What could possibly go wrong? . . . Robotic security guards: the future of keeping people safe – “As new technologies continue to shape our world, one company hopes to use them to reduce crime. Silicon Valley-based company Knightscope is in Austin this week, talking to Texas businesses about their robotic security guards. The K3 and K5 Autonomous Data Machines utilize cameras, sensors, microphones and GPS technology as they patrol. They’re already on the job in California, being used in malls, hospitals, sporting venues and businesses.”
Reader Colleen asks: “I am planning my spring vacation from work and thought it would be fun to improve my long range shooting skills during that vacation. Where can a girl go with her own Springfield M1A and work to perfect the skills for 1000+ yard shots? The current set up is a basic M1A with the stock iron sights and the Archangel stock although a scope is in the future. I’ve seen a few places that have long range classes but they all provide the rifle and ammo (that’s great but I would like to work with my rifle.) I live in North Carolina and would prefer to travel west so I can see another part of the country though I will choose my airline carefully!” Your thoughts?
Sawed-off rifle among the weapons and drugs police seized in London – “Two men are facing multiple charges related to weapons and drugs following a raid at an east London home. London Police exectued a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant on Friday at a residence on Mornington Avenue. Police seized just over 1.5 grams of Methamphetamine, a sawed-off .22 calibre rifle, another .22 calibre rifle, a crossbow and an air soft hand gun.” Firearms in the UK? Shirley, you jest.
So the whole Trump-as-motivation-for-arming-up narrative was just fake news? . . . In 2017 women and minorities are buying guns. Here’s why – “These changes fit in with general national trends in gun use and ownership. The number of concealed handgun permits has soared from about 4.6 million in 2007 to 14.5 million in 2016. And over the last four years some data indicates that permit-holding has been increasing about 75% more quickly among minorities than among whites. The number of women with permits has increased twice as quickly as the number of men with permits.”
Washington Post Uses A Gun Trafficker’s Boast To Blame Illegal Guns On Virginia – “Rather than wait for gun-trace data, the Washington Post relied on a boast from a member of a gun-trafficking ring to blame Virginia for illegal guns in New York. ‘So hats off to Virginia lawmakers for their success in making the commonwealth a place that illegal gun traffickers boast is the absolute best place for them to do business,’ WaPo claimed in a March 10 op-ed. WaPo relied on a wiretap that caught one of those arrested bragging, “I can go get 20 guns from the store tomorrow” in Virginia. The fact is that criminals steal guns or buy them on the streets, rather than try to purchase them at retailers or gun shows, where they must pass a background check. Buying a gun for a prohibited person (“straw purchasing”) is also illegal in Virginia.” All’s fair in pursuit of the approved narrative.
We’ve come to expect no less from America’s armpit . . . Legislature Moves to Undo Christie’s Concealed Carry Reforms -“The New Jersey Legislature has moved to undo Governor Christie’s concealed carry reforms that he passed by Executive Order last week. As we mentioned last week, this Executive Order was nothing to get too excited about and we warned that this is exactly what we expected to happen. Despite the fact that all his Executive Order did was allow victims of domestic violence like Carol Bowne a chance to potentially get a permit to carry, the anti self-defense bigots in the Legislature are determined to make sure no one can ever defend themselves with a gun in this state. The last thing they ever want to see in this state is a woman successfully defending herself with a gun from a violent attacker.”
Two civilian disarmament operatives look for glimmers of hope . . . Firing Back at the Gun Lobby – “Together, these rulings underscore the dawning acceptance that the American gun problem goes far beyond bad guys with guns. The twin decisions are major setbacks for the gun lobby, and not only because it has spent 40 years paying “scholars” and lawmakers to support its “guns everywhere, for everyone” agenda and sell more firearms. Six of the judges who rejected the NRA’s arguments were appointed by presidents named Reagan or Bush. Even for conservative jurists, the NRA’s push to monetize the Second Amendment has gone too far.”