Tag: Guns

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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When I developed my recent infatuation with pistol shooting, I had no idea what I was in for. In particular, the associated startup costs from things like cleaning supplies caught me by surprise. I soon discovered that there is a whole constellation of shooting products that don’t go bang. I can’t count on anyone else […]

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Rather late to the party, GLOCK has officially announced that it will introduce a single-stack 9mm to its family of functional, blocky, reliable handguns. As a Massachusetts resident, I will not be able to purchase one (our Attorney General’s office requires that all civilian semis have external safeties; this rule does not, however, stop most of the PD […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Guns, Birkenstocks, and Beer

 

shutterstock_120816094I’ll admit this much up front: I’m not a gun person. I’ve tried to like guns. Some of my favorite people are gun nuts, so I’ve been treated to long disquisitions on the virtues of different kinds and calibers and sat through long debates on the merits of the Glock this and the Winchester that.

I attend firearms training with new recruits to our agency and fire a few rounds with a 9mm SIG Sauer and a patrol assault rifle (AR-15). As long as I’ve got my tongue poking out of the corner of my mouth, I can put a hurtin’ on a paper bowling pin at three yards (CQB). I really enjoyed watching the recruits learning, and love watching the instructors who are so expert at something that (having tried it) I know is difficult.

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From the NSSF: “ATF to Not Move Forward with 5.56 M855 Ban At This Time” This is welcome news. I suspect that the ATF received heavy political pressure from even the Democrats on this one, as many Dem senators and reps have come to realize that firearms actually enjoy rather bipartisan support. It also helps […]

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Recently on the Chix PIT, there was some discussion of what gun is best for a new shooter. The shooter was directed to this thread from a few months ago, where I asked the same question. That led me to thinking: How would I answer that question now? The answer surprised me, because it goes […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Free(?) Market

 

tumblr_inline_nf1oyfC7CQ1rwpoc4Some things are legal only because a law has yet to forbid them. For example, take the home manufacture of un-serialized, untraceable, “ghost guns.” Building your own firearm is not a federal crime, and people have been doing it for years. The time and expense required have kept the hobby to a very niche market. However, a confluence of events is changing the dynamic. As gun-grabbers make the purchase of commercially manufactured weapons ever more difficult, the market has responded by harnessing technological innovation to bring home manufacturing of firearms within reach of more gun enthusiasts.

3-D printing is one such technology that makes building your own weapon an easier task. The problem with this is that the durability of plastic materials makes them less preferable to metal gun parts. In order to make the required bits out of metal, one has, until now, needed an expensive mill, the cost of which made the project unrealistic for most consumers. One company, Defense Distributed, solved the problem by creating a small CNC mill capable of creating AR-15 lower receivers at a price affordable to almost anyone who wants to make his own semi-automatic rifle. Pre-sales of the machine sold out in less than two days after its announcement. There is, however, a problem. The manufacturer cannot get the machines to its customer because both FedEx and UPS have refused to deliver the mills.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Special Interests Aim at Toomey-Manchin Background Check Bill

 

shutterstock_228936508Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) have proposed a bill to expand background checks, which they claim are necessary to ensure the safety of schoolchildren. Special interests, however, have come out against the plan, claiming that inaccuracies occur in the databases used for background checks and that complying with the requirement would place an undue burden on law-abiding citizens.

This has nothing to do with guns, however. The bill targets teachers, coaches, and other school employees who have been convicted of sex offenses and seek to regain employment in a different state to avoid detection. The American Federation of Teachers expressed skepticism about the bill, citing concerns about false accusations against teachers. To be fair, there are also concerns — cited by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) the chairman of the committee that would handle the bill — about the federal government imposing mandates on local school districts, but Sen. Toomey points out that it would only restrict non-complying schools from receiving federal money. A similar measure passed the House unanimously last year, but stalled in the Senate committee, at the time led by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).

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Thanks to all who helped with my first round of gun questions. I bought a 9mm for my first gun, even though I may have preferred .22 caliber, because of my difficulty finding .22 ammo. However, I have not given up the hunt. So I have some new questions, this time on .22 caliber ammo. […]

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A relative of mine has been calling me for advice. He wants to build his first AR15, and as I’ve built several he’s called several times asking about different components, budgets, specs, etc. The most important question he’s had to ask, however, was how I got my wife’s permission to not only build them, but […]

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According to legend, the Glock Fairy goes from house to house in the middle of the night, giving out guns to all the bad little boys and girls. Or at least, that’s what the police in Beliot, Wisconsin believe.  More

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I have recently become interested in shooting, and am shopping for my first handgun(s). I am looking for your recommendations on what to buy. My goal right now is to learn good shooting technique. I am not planning to use a gun (yet) for personal protection or home defense. That said, I like flexibility — […]

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The private ownership of guns — and the attendant culture of gun owners — is virulently opposed by a significant portion of the country. Such anti-gunners are disproportionately represented in journalism and entertainment, fields populated by people skilled at speaking, acting, and writing; people, moreover, who have all the resources necessary to make their voices widely heard.

I’ve said it here before and it bears repeating: Gun owners must be tougher on themselves than their opponents are. Every mistake we make; every arrogant boast; every garbled, ineloquent defense we attempt; every misplaced criticism of our culture will be parsed, dissected, analyzed, and stored for future use.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Coming Out

 

It’s still summer, but autumn felt close this past weekend. Daughter #2 has returned from camp. We were hosting a family barbecue as a sendoff for daughter #1, who will be spending the year in Israel before entering college. The crispness of fall has yet to set in, but the heat and humidity of summer were gone.

At the barbecue, we talked about my daughter’s classmates, and their plans. About half are going to Israel next year, the rest straight to college. What happened to the boy who applied to West Point? He discovered he had a disqualifying health problem. My parents expressed relief. Ilana, their friends’ daughter, was injured in Iraq, and years later she is still fighting to get proper care from the VA.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. “Stop Gun Control Against Women!”

 

During the 2012 election, the Democratic Party hit on a poweful message: that the GOP is waging a War on Women by — as they tell it — restricting access to contraceptives, condoning workplace discrimination, and showing indifference to rape victims. These positions are, of course, deeply dishonest: Republicans opposed Democratic efforts to create new subsidies for contraceptives; Democratic claims about income disparity have been repeatedly debunked; and even Todd Akin’s notoriously ham-handed and factually inaccurate comments about rape were intentionally twisted to mean something he very obviously did not say.

Figuring out how to combat this narrative — and, more broadly, how to find ways to make the GOP more appealing to younger, single women who don’t live in deep red states — is not a new discussion on Ricochet. Stipulating that we don’t want to fall into the trap of fighting the last campaign all over again, it’s an idea we need to combat.

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I finally made it to the range this evening. First time in a month, and my first time without one of the girls along in about a year. 240 rounds later and I’m much more relaxed. Following the Jason Rudert rule of Targets, I present the following, along with a question. My grouping is decent, […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Being Right Is Never Enough: Open Carry Advocacy Edition

 

Starbucks-courtesy-Starbucks-Facebook-Page-500x330In the most recent GLoP Culture podcast, John Podhoretz said:

There is a risk on the horizon of a return to a 2012 rope-a-dope on the part of the Democrats that the Republicans may be falling into. And that has to do with the response to the Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case…

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Oh Yes, in Your Backyard

 

shutterstock_177220943Guns are bad and everyone knows it. So declares Dahlia Lithwick in Slate. The proof is in our tendency towards NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) double standards while addressing the issues related to gun ownership and carry laws.

The NIMBY factor is what is at work every time a legislature affords sweeping and generous gun rights to everyone, except people likely to shoot at them. So when the Georgia legislature passed its infamous “guns everywhere” bill this spring, it allowed for the carrying of weapons virtually everywhere, including in bars, churches, school zones, government buildings and parts of airports.

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