China bans pretty much all private ownership of firearms, but that doesn’t mean that guns don’t exist there. In fact, they exist in huge numbers. A recent raid in southern China netted more than 10,000 illegal guns, the largest confiscation of illegal firearms in Chinese history. Seized along with the guns were some 120,000 knives, and fifteen people were arrested. China is also using the no-questions-asked turn-in model to try to reduce the number of firearms in the country, with the Ministry of Public Security reporting more than 150,000 guns turned in within just a few months. Despite the scarcity and illegality, the citizens are very curious . . .
with major shooting facilities like the Bejing North International Shooting Range opening around the country. Also, some of China’s elite now take part in unsanctioned sport shooting and illegal hunting expeditions for wild-fowl. An armed populace is about the Chinese government’s worst nightmare, but as the trend slowly shifts in that direction, it’ll be an interesting thing to see.
Fire crews fighting a car fire in El Paso, Texas “had to take cover” after several rounds of ammunition were heard going off inside the vehicle. They also shut down a neighboring thoroughfare for more than an hour while knocking down the 5 a.m. blaze. While I’ve highlighted FUD from the press about ammunition in fires on several occasions in the past, I can’t really fault them for this one. While the ammunition may very well have been loose in a box and therefore relatively harmless, it is possible that the ammo cooking off was actually in a firearm, perhaps stashed in the glovebox, and that makes things a little more dicey. All the SAAMI videos in the world don’t count for squat when you have no idea exactly what you’re dealing with.
In last night’s Digest, I told you about a student suspended in Maine due to his possession of a bright yellow squirt gun. A followup article says that the teen may have been taking part in an “Assassin” game, where individuals try to “take out” one another through the use of stealth, surprise, and strategy. Apparently part of the informal ruleset the game is played under is that it will only be played outside school grounds, but administrators of high schools and colleges are concerned just the same. I’m not sure if this is really a thing, or if it’s another one of those rumors perpetuated almost solely by the media coverage (like “eyeballing” vodka and those rubber “sex-game” bracelets), but I don’t think it really matters. Whether he was playing some sort of game or just had a squirt gun because he had a squirt gun, 10 days off seems pretty excessive.
I didn’t really look into this any deeper than what you see here, but the guy sure can shoot fast. I’m just gonna leave it at that.
His facial expressions during the “look back” video during the AK reloads remind me of a guitar player who is really getting into his licks. They make some goofy faces, and this guy would fit right in.
Richard Ryan aims to find out how many Peeps a .50BMG can go through. Y’know, because it’s Easter weekend. Got ’em all lined up like little soldiers and BLAMMO! I really hate Peeps, but I gotta give them credit. Those little bastards are apparently pretty tough.
I much preferred the paint-filled eggs, which made great high-speed video. Or the fourth chocolate bunny, who was just standing there like “‘Sup?” as his buddies got vaporized. Oh, and here’s last year’s Peeps video, if yer interested.