Tag: Guns

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. This Is Why We Win

 

Mike Rowe visits Demolition Ranch in a quest to become a middle-aged action hero for his CNN TV show, “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.” Unsurprisingly, he has a tremendously good time shooting shotguns and blowing up a significant portion of the area outside of Austin, Texas.

This is why gun rights are advancing and gun control is losing: At the end of the day, safely shooting firearms is fun, and marching to take away the right of personal protection is not fun.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. What You Need to Know Before Your Concealed Carry Class

 
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Shooter practices tactical shooting in an Idaho Falls, ID gun range, Nov. 18, 2014. (B Brown / Shutterstock.com)

If you’re one of the thousands of people who have decided to take your self-protection seriously and apply for a concealed carry permit, congratulations, you’re in good company. The ranks of people who have decided to stop being a victim and become their own first responder are growing every day, and carrying a concealed weapon is an empowering act that signifies you are adult enough to take charge of your personal safety and the safety of your loved ones.

For many people, though, a concealed carry class is their first step into the world of firearms training, and as such, they arrive at the class with no understanding of what lies ahead and how they should prepare for a concealed carry class.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Inside, Outside, Upside Down: Choosing a Holster for Concealed Carry

 

Purchasing a defensive firearm is not a (pardon the pun) one-shot deal. You’re making the most adult decision you’ve ever made in your life, namely, taking personal responsibility for the safety of your loved ones. As Marty McFly might say, “that’s heavy.”

A firearm is not a talisman of self-protection: You don’t buy one and then leave it in a place of veneration in your home so it will somehow provide an umbrella of protection to all who dwell within. A pistol has to be readily accessible in order to be effective, and that means having it near you both when you’re inside and outside your home.

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Ouch. Less than 24 hours after Obama once again praised Australia for its strict gun control laws, someone has launched a hail of bullets at a major police headquarters in western Sydney, killing one employee. Worse still, it seems the gunman might’ve had an agenda of the Type We Dare Not Speak, with media outlets now describing […]

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At the time of this writing on Thursday evening, very little is known about the sicko who shot up a community college in Oregon (which had no armed security), snuffing out lives and dreams before the police ended his spree. We know that the shooter (whose name we won’t repeat here) was 26 years old, […]

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We’ve been told over and over again by the anti-gun crowd that relaxing our nation’s onerous gun laws will result in blood running in the streets and “The O.K. Corral on every corner”. But according to a new study from Texas A&M, legal gun owners tend to obey the law.  More

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Ricochet has proven to have a wealth of opinion and experience on the topic of guns. So here’s one I’m puzzling over. I want a lever-action rifle. Because if you’re an American man and you don’t, you’re probably dead inside. So the question becomes, what caliber? To start, the important details. I’m not a hunter. […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Six Things Your Gun Store Clerk Wants You To Know

 

gun store 0471. Beginners should buy beginner’s guns. 

We’re happy you’ve decided to take responsibility for your own protection and are looking for a concealed-carry pistol. However, most small pocket pistols are not for first-time gun owners: They’re hard to control because they pack a powerful punch in a small package and are not easy guns to shoot on a regular basis. Sure, they’re easy to carry around and have enough firepower to stop the threat, but that power and small size makes them very unpleasant guns for practice and training. All the firepower in the world does you little good if you can’t hit the target.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Gun Grabbers’ Mask Slips

 

When Democrats and gun control advocates talk about “gun safety,” they mean only one thing: banning guns and attempting to confiscate them from law-abiding citizens. Sure, they may talk about “gun safety” or “gun violence*,” but what they really want are guns out of the hands of the private citizens.

Gun safety isn’t all that hard, actually. The four rules were laid out almost 50 years ago by Marine Colonel Jeff Cooper, and they’re still true today. But to the gun grabbers such as the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV), those rules don’t exist. All guns are capable of magically leaping off the table or out of the holster and inflicting wanton destruction, all by themselves. Any attempt, therefore, to increase gun safety that doesn’t involve turning your guns in is evil, and in their eyes, deserves ridicule. But they have now taken their opposition to new lows by opposing a federal grant to help educate kids about gun safety.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Now, If You’ll Just Sign and Date Here, Mr. Criminal …

 

410px-MA_-_Boston_Police_BadgeMore than 20 years ago, Samuel T. Francis coined the phrase anarcho-tyranny to describe the trend of laws increasingly burdening law-abiding citizens while allowing genuine criminals to get away with malfeasance. He offered gun control as a prime example of this and, as a new study about the difficulty in tracing seized weapons in Boston has shown, he was all too prescient on that specific issue.

In the United States, all sales of new firearms must be registered and logged with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (oddly, still known as the ATF). The federal government does not, however, require that subsequent private sales be recorded, though some states do keep such records. Scratch that: some states attempt to keep such records, but fail to do so because such databases rely overwhelmingly on malefactors’ willingness to report their own misbehavior. This was detailed in a new report titled “The Sources of Boston Crime Guns” that looked at the Boston Police Department’s statistics on 3,200 firearms it recovered or confiscated between 2007 and 2013. The results were, shall we say, underwhelming.

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Many people know the poem from the movie, Full Metal Jacket. I first read it in Eugene Sledge’s masterpiece of one Marine’s experiences in the South Pacific, With the Old Breed. Marine recruits who mistakenly call their rifle their “gun” are made to recite this: More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Must Be The Guns

 

shutterstock_129482747Early Monday morning, Carey Gabay, an aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, was shot in the head, apparently by a stray bullet; he is not expected to survive. As member kelsurprise notes on the Member Feed, both Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are already calling for additional gun control measures, despite New York already having some of the least gun-friendly laws in the country:

Seeing as Cuomo’s previous foray into more stringent gun laws bordered on delusional, I’m curious to know what additional measures he thinks will manage to address the criminal element responsible for the majority of gun violence here, while still “protecting the Second Amendment and legitimate gun owners.”

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Summer is nearly over and some of you, at some point, are going to visit an amusement park. Being free market capitalists, you know that these places, much like your average casino, are looking to separate you from your cash as fast as legally possible. They provide you with fun and you provide them with […]

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Last month was the busiest June ever for background checks for gun sales, with the FBI conducting nearly 1.53 million. It’s no coincidence that this spike in sales occurred in the same month as the tragic shooting in South Carolina. More

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Today, I did something incredibly American. I went to a gun show on the Fourth of July. While wandering the aisles, I saw a huge (at least 6’6″, 300 pounds or so) black man arguing with a classic Florida redneck (about six feet and half that weight) and a short, pudgy Puerto Rican guy (the PR […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. The Mainstreaming of Gun Rights

 

Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 1.33.08 PMYou’ll be forgiven for not appreciating the extent to which gun-rights advocates have enjoyed success comparable to that of same-sex marriage and marijuana decriminalization advocates over the past decade.

With each mass shooting — most recently the racist massacre in Charleston – progressives show a mix of arrogance and disdain: arrogance aboout their own virtue and disdainful of Americans’ exceptional attitude toward guns. But everyone involved knows that when the gun grabbers’ moment in the sun passes, it’s the gun nuts who eventually carry the day.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Governor Christie, You Have A Problem

 

shutterstock_95092702On Friday, our own Charles C. W. Cooke and Kevin Williamson discussed the latest firearms-related injustice from New Jersey, in which Carol Bowne was murdered by her abusive ex-boyfriend — against whom she had a restraining order — while awaiting approval to own a firearm. Cameron Gray ably took the matter up again yesterday, reiterating the injustice New Jersey committed against her.

Amazingly, there was yet more news on the Garden State’s terrible gun laws yesterday: Governor Chris Christie pardoned Steffon Josey-Davis for unlawful possession of a weapon (a felony). More specifically, Josey-Davis was charged and convicted for forgetting to unload his legal handgun and merely securing it in his glove compartment during a harried commute to work as a security guard. Though his legal troubles are now over, his financial ones are not, and his legal defense fund is still taking donations.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. A Nice Little Fiefdom

 

cc_application_pic_500x333We’ve had a few discussions before about the proper size and scope of local government. While I agree that keeping government local has multiple advantages — e.g., ease of response to complaints, ability to fit local needs better, relative ease of voting with one’s feet, etc. — this case out of Rhode Island furthers my feeling that those advantages only go so far and that we shouldn’t understate the degree to which local governments can still abridge citizens’ rights.

In Rhode Island, licenses to carry a concealed weapon are issued through local police departments, which have great discretion over their issuance. Some towns and cities are relatively liberal in issuing licenses, while others make it nearly impossible for the average citizen to protect himself with a firearm outside of the home. East Providence appears to be one of the latter: by former Chief Joseph H. Tavares’ own admission, no license to carry a concealed weapon had been issued within the last decade in his city of 47,000 people with slightly below-average income rates and rather dull crime stats.

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