Could John Lott’s wisdom be permeating the culture? . . . The Weird Thing That Happened As Firearms Sales Surged – “Even with the uptick in violent crime that’s been recorded recently, lawful gun owners remain concerned with safety, which explains why despite soaring gun sales, few people are actually accidentally injured by them. Crimes committed with guns will always be a problem, but the declining rates of commission using firearms of any kind suggests the proliferation of guns may be having a deterrent effect.” Who could have possibly seen that coming?
He apparently picked most of his victims at random . . . Phoenix serial shootings: Suspect accused of killing nine people identified – “Authorities in Arizona announced Monday that they had identified and charged a suspect in a series of shootings that killed nine people over an 11-month period. Aaron Juan Saucedo, 23, had been arrested last month in connection with the August 2015 murder of his mother’s boyfriend, 61-year-old Raul Romero. He faces 26 felony counts of homicide, aggravated assault and drive-by-shooting related to 12 attacks, which took place between August 2015 and July 2016.”
Beware bogus HK recall notices – A very prominent firearm dealer friend of ours received both of these pieces of correspondence. He spoke directly to HK and confirmed that yes, this was in fact a bogus recall notice initiated by those kooky awareness-raising kids at something called the Peng! Collective. Now you know where our German friends get their well-earned reputation for their collective sense of humor. View larger versions of these here and here.
God forbid . . . Every Marine a rifleman no more? – “Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter shocked the military last summer when he called for boosting the military’s high-tech force by finding civilians who already have those vital skills like cyber security and offer them ‘lateral entry’ into the military — a chance to skip boot camp and put on a uniform as a mid-career rank from Day One. In effect, he suggested having a Marine Corps that included ‘Marines,’ pinned with a staff sergeant’s rocker, who had never been to boot camp and spent no time in the junior tanks (sic). Marines scattered across the force who had little knowledge of Marine culture and whose colleagues quietly questioned their status as a ‘real Marine.’”
Hollywood’s Best L.E. Facial Hair – “The ‘boys in blue’ boast a beautiful bounty of bushy beardsmen whose bewhiskered faces are broadcasted across the nation. But we mustache you a question… who wears it best?”
Challenging Tailgunner Joe . . . GOP Challenger Steps Up to Run Against Pro-Gun Control Joe Manchin – “Pro-gun Representative Even Jenkins (R-WV-3) is challenging gun control Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) for his Senate seat in 2018. Jenkins has released an internet ad that chronicles Manchin’s broken pro-gun promises; showing Manchin shift from being a pro-gun Senate candidate to a pro-gun control Senator who stood side-by-side with Obama in the push for more gun regulations on law-abiding citizens. The ad shows Manchin saying, ‘As your Senator, I’ll protect our Second Amendment rights.’”
NRA Honors Henry NRA 2017 Annual Meeting: ATLANTA, GA- May 1, 2017– At the NRA Board of Directors Meeting at the Omni Hotel, Board President Allan Cors and Vice President Peter Brownell presented Henry Repeating Arms with the President’s Special Recognition Award. Anthony Imperato, president of Henry Repeating Arms accepted the plaque which reads: Presented by the NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA To HENRY REPEATING ARMS In Grateful Appreciation for Distinguished Philanthropic Leadership. NRA Board of Directors Meeting Atlanta, Georgia. May 1st 2017.
Fox Butterfield, is that you? . . . Despite Strict Gun Control, British Gangs Still Gunning Each Other Down In The Streets – “A new documentary airing on Britain’s Channel 5 reveals that, despite nearly a century of strict gun control, violent crime in England actually appears to be getting worse. The documentary, called ‘Inside the Gang,’ reveals today’s gang members are even more ruthless than their predecessors. Gangsters as young as 15 brag about shooting others for trespassing, or simply for entertainment’s sake. One, who goes by ‘Haze,’ says he ‘loves’ shooting people, and that the sight of them ‘scatter[ing], running into houses,’ is indescribably exciting. But, he says, ‘If I can’t catch them, I’m going to their mums, and they’re losing family members.’”
This looks like a high profile First Amendment lawsuit just waiting for an enterprising trial attorney.