Not Really Katrina

September 7th, 2017

As Hurricane Irma approaches the Virgin Islands, Governor Kenneth Mapp has issued an order allowing the National Guard to confiscate lawfully owned firearms from citizens if deemed necessary.

Many people are drawing parallels between this and the situation in New Orleans in 2005, when Mayor Ray Nagin signed a similar order. The NRA brought litigation then, and Congress responded by outlawing any such future confiscations.

So, it seems Mapp's order would be illegal, right? Not exactly.

As an unincorporated territory, Virgin Islands are governed under the provisions of the Revised Organic Act …

It Looks Like Private FFL's Are a Thing Again

December 29th, 2016

Once upon a time, you could order a gun through the Sears catalog and have it mailed to your door.  Contrary to much of the political rhetoric you may have heard, that's no longer the case.  In fact, it hasn't been since 1968, when the Gun Control Act mandated the requirement for a Federal Firearms License (FFL) to transfer firearms.  Essentially, one had to acquire the license to "deal" in firearms, and the licensee would act as a gatekeeper between manufacturers and the general public.

Many collectors acquired the license and used it to transfer firearms to friends and other collectors. …

Do Let's Shut Up

October 9th, 2016

I'm sick of the manufactured outrage this election.  The American public was fully aware what kind of people both Presidential candidates were when we nominated them.  We have only ourselves to blame.

Let's be honest and stop with the fist-waving and name-calling.  We relinquished that right with an enthusiasm and abandon that should trigger nothing but shame in retrospect.

Donald Trump is, for lack of a more articulate adjective, an asshole.  He's the spoiled rich kid, the bully, the fraternity jock who hopes a comely cheerleader will get drunk enough not to remember who took advantage of her in the morning.  The …

The Democrats don't care about gun violence

July 24th, 2016

Oh, sure, they pretend to.  They make sure the media sees their crocodile tears following every public shooting.  They do their little sit-ins for measures that gut due process, and they push selective gun bans that do nothing about the underlying madness that grips our society.

But when it comes to initiatives that actually reduce violence, they clam up.  Case in point:  current Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine.  As Mayor of Richmond, he backed a program that actually reduced gun violence, and now he's taking flak for it.

That's not …

Black Lives Matter: We All Deserve Better

July 8th, 2016

This group has been a problem since its inception.  It is a leaderless, anarchical mess.  Their juvenile shock tactics have dismayed established civil rights leaders, and their constant drumbeat of hostility towards law enforcement has now inspired outright murder.

That's it.  We need to be done with them as a country.

It's hard to write that because I'm well aware of the sources of their anger.  The unconscionable killings of Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, and countless other black men by law enforcement are unacceptable.  The disproportionate prosecution, ridiculous mandatory sentences, and deficient legal representation black men …

Hollis, Again

July 7th, 2016

Less than two years ago, a guy named Jay Hollis brought a case to the Texas District Court challenging several aspects of the 1934 National Firearms Act and 1968 Gun Control Act. Long story short, he wanted to build a machine gun for personal use, and the ATF said no. He then filed a rambling, poorly argued case, despite knowing that his actions were illegal before he began this whole endeavor.

I predicted then that it would fail on the District level.  I was correct.  I predicted he would appeal to the 5th Circuit, where he would also lose.  …

False Flags, Part 641

June 27th, 2016

There's a website up today asking that gun buyers "share the safety" by sharing guns with people in "impoverished" areas. The shared guns will supposedly go to "locations with highest incidences of police, security guard, and vigilante violence against unarmed citizens."

Yes, it apes the NRA's website design. Yes, the links all take you to legitimate sites. No, it's not real.

Both the NRA and Smith & Wesson have denied knowledge of it. I don't see how it doesn't constitute libel.

The bigger question is, why stoop to this? That site cost money and …

Lies, More Lies, and the Liars Who Tell Them

June 24th, 2016

This has been a tough week for gun-control advocates.  We had the worst mass shooting in American history, and they just couldn't seem to exploit it.  They had a cute filibuster in the Senate, and they got the vote they wanted.  Problem is, it didn't go the way they wanted.

The plain fact is, the general public doesn't consider gun control a pressing issue.  We all grieve at the horrors of Newtown, Aurora, and Orlando, but gun-control advocates would have us believe they grieve even more.  The rest of us just don't feel it as much as they do, and anyone who …

The Sanders Con

June 9th, 2016

Bernie Sanders has made history, but not in the way the media tells it.  In short, he's committed what may be the largest and most brazen piece of fraud in, well, ever.  He managed to raise $208 million, and he did so by convincing a huge number of gullible children that politics is a retail transaction.

They actually believed his promises of a $15 minimum wage, single-payer healthcare, and free college education.  They deserve to be parted from their money.

Let's start with the minimum wage thing.  It's not going to happen.  The last time it was raised was in 2009.  Even that was the …

Even the Libertarians Are a Sideshow

May 30th, 2016

If I were to sum up my personal politics, I hew most closely to the Libertarian platform.  The problem is, they can't put forth a candidate worthy (or likely) to be elected dog catcher.

Gary Johnson is this year's nominee for President, same as 2012.  Failing to secure the Republican nomination, he went to the Libertarian ticket as a consolation prize.  Johnson isn't bad; he's just uninspiring.  Still, he has more mainstream name recognition than anyone else in the party, so they might as well nominate him in 2016.

The big problem is his pick for Vice President.  William Weld was governor of …

Low Energy, Totally Uninspired

March 6th, 2016

At this point, I can't see the math working out any other way.  Donald Trump is going to be the Republican nominee for President this fall.

That scares the living bejeezus out of me.  It should frighten any reasonable person.  Apparently, "reasonable person" excludes a large portion of the American electorate.

Let's be clear:  Donald Trump doesn't care about you.  He only cares about himself.  This is all a game to him, and one in which the most uncouth bully wins through sheer force of will.

The obvious retort is, "well, that's politics as usual."  It's not untrue, but this guy claims to represent a …

Is the Gun Industry Really Free of Liability?

January 24th, 2016

Over the last couple of years, the Democrats have decided that gun control is no longer a toxic political issue.  In fact, they seem to consider it a vital imperative, and support for new restrictions has become something of a litmus test.  Presidential candidates Clinton and Sanders have both been strident in calls for new legislation.

One of their primary targets is the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.  The claim is that the PLCAA exempts manufacturers and retailers from any sort of liability for their actions.  As Clinton put it,

So far as I know, the gun industry

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