I had a breakthrough moment last night. It was on the IRC channel for one of my projects. The developers, and the IRC’s regulars, are a small and tight-knit group. By a coincidence completely unrelated to the nature of the project, we’re all firearms fanciers who take a firm line on Second Amendment rights. Occasionally… Continue reading We are not sheep
News flash: Presidential candidate Barack Obama says Iâ€™m not going to take your guns away in front of a hand-picked crowd of Democratic supporters in Duryea, Pennsylvania — and they don’t believe him. No, that was not a hook for an anti-Obama rant. Obama’s unbelievability on this issue is only partly his own individual fault.… Continue reading Oh, those bitter clingers!
Instapundit links to this interesting news story: Texas school district lets teachers, staff pack pistols. While this is a step in the right direction, I think it does not go far enough. I think all teachers, day-care staff, and other adults in loco parentis for groups of children should be required to carry firearms on… Continue reading A welcome outbreak of sanity
Monday was the day things went bang. Firearms, basic and advanced. We began with safety instruction and refresher by the lovely Lynda, emphasizing three basic rules: (1) Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, (2) Finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot, and (3) keep ammunition separated from weapons until… Continue reading Sword Camp 2008: Firearms Day, Day Three
The Heller vs. D.C. ruling affirming that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms was a major civil-rights victory building on 15 years of constitutional scholarship. Accordingly, we owe a great deal of thanks to principled and dedicated legal academics including Don Kates, Dave Kopel, and the blogosphere’s own InstaPundit (aka Glenn… Continue reading A Brief History of Firearms Policy Fraud
I’ve had time to think about the impact of the Heller ruling on the 2008 elections now, and I’m concluding that a pro-gun-rights ruling with a 5-4 split was absolutely the worst possible outcome for Barack Obama’s campaign.
This morning I read the entire majority opinion from the Supreme Court striking down the D.C. gun ban. Then I walked over to the Malvern Police station and asked for a few minutes with my town’s Chief of Police.
Yes, testosterone makes people stupid. No, I’m not talking about the men who secrete and metabolize it, I’m talking about the nervous old women of both sexes who pronounce upon it as though it were some sort of demonic drug.
This is an essay blog; I don’t normally just carry links to other peoples’ postings, but Iraq Gun Porn is just too informative, and too much fun, to pass up. I was particularly tickled by this: The ..45 pistol: Thumbs up. Still the best pistol round out there. Everybody authorized to carry a sidearm is… Continue reading Iraq Gun Porn
Oh, my stars and garters. A pro-firearms story in the New York Times? Yes, children, it has actually happened: Police and Owners Begin to Challenge Looters (link via InstaPundit). Property owners with guns maintaining civil order in their neighborhood are cited approvingly. There’s even a picture of a handsome armed couple “on the lookout for… Continue reading The first good thing to come of Hurricane Katrina
Donald Sensing is dead on target in his post suggesting the U.S military re-adopt the M1911 .45ACP pistol. I’ve fired a Beretta 92F and it’s an ugly, awkward gun that neither feels good in the hand nor inspires confidence in its stopping power. Those who have actually seen the sharp end of combat generally agree… Continue reading Donald Sensing is so right
In response to my post on The Last Samurai, one reader asked a question I should have expected: didn’t the Tokugawa Shogunate successfully suppress firearms in Japan? No. Actually, they didn’t. Many American believe they did because they’ve vaguely heard the argument of Noel Perrin’s book Giving Up The Gun, explaining that the Tokugawa Shogunate… Continue reading Giving Up The Gun
The Democratic Party is getting hip to the fact that advocating gun bans loses them elections. Way to go, Dems! For a crowd widely touted in the media as the best and brightest, it has taken you far too long to wake up. But there is still a weird feeling of unreality about the exercise.… Continue reading Hey, DLC, Rethinking Is Not Enough
This happened about 15 minutes from where I live: Police in West Chester are looking for an assailant they believe used a crossbow to shoot a pedestrian from a passing SUV. The victim, a restaurant worker who was walking home along High Street early Sunday morning, was shot in the stomach with a 16-inch hunting… Continue reading If Guns Are Outlawed, Outlaws Will Use Crossbows
The Bear of Considerable Brain, writes: “This does not mean every man, woman and child should roam the streets packing heat, much as some of my more rabid hoplophile colleagues in the Blogosphere might enjoy the sight.” N.Z. was probably thinking of me as one of his “rabid hoplophile colleagues.”; I’d be rather disappointed if… Continue reading Armed children
A current Weekly Standard article, Crime Without Punishment, observes that European crime rates are soaring to levels that match or exceed the U.S.’s even while U.S crime rates decline for the tenth consecutive year. Schadenfreude is not a pretty emotion, but it’s hard not to feel a twinge of it after so many years of… Continue reading Arm and Assimilate
James Rummel asks why men keep teaching women to shoot, despite the fact that they tend to outdo us at this manly pursuit. As a man who makes something of a hobby of teaching woman to shoot, I can answer in two ways: One: Women need to learn to shoot more than men do. Men… Continue reading Women With Guns
Asparagirl has committed a base calumny against me. While it’s true she had something to do with me entering the blogosphere, this business about threatening her with a Glock is totally off-base. I would never do anything like that. My carry weapon is a Colt Officer’s Model 45 ACP. It’s my wife who carries the… Continue reading Foo on you, Asparagirl!
A recent flurry of nearly identical editorials in American newspapers conveys the degree of fluttering endemic in dovecotes everywhere in the wake of the Justice Department’s new statement of position on the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The New York Times and Washington Post have viewed with alarm, displaying an almost pathetic degree of… Continue reading Firearms and the dominant media culture