The Assault Weapon Myth

In rare candidness, the New York Times finally admits that “Assault Weapons” are a myth.

…in the 10 years since the previous ban lapsed, even gun control advocates acknowledge a larger truth: The law that barred the sale of assault weapons from 1994 to 2004 made little difference.

It turns out that big, scary military rifles don’t kill the vast majority of the 11,000 Americans murdered with guns each year. Little handguns do. . .

More than 20 years of research funded by the Justice Department has found that programs to target high-risk people or places, rather than targeting certain kinds of guns, can reduce gun violence.

David M. Kennedy, the director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, argues that the issue of gun violence can seem enormous and intractable without first addressing poverty or drugs. A closer look at the social networks of neighborhoods most afflicted, he says, often shows that only a small number of men drive most of the violence. Identify them and change their behavior, and it’s possible to have an immediate impact.

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Armed felons working security?

I question the accuracy of this report from the Washington Post, which claims that an armed felon was riding in the elevator with Obama. (Though the claim comes from a politician not the report itself.)

I’m surprised that any strangers would be permitted to ride the elevator with him. Seems like the Secret Service would clear it out of any non-essentials and hijack the elevator for the duration of the ride. (I’ve actually had this happen to me when riding the elevator and it was needed by a so-called VIP.)

What is even more surprising is that an alleged convicted felon was hired as an armed guard. Providing guns to felons is a crime itself and any private security firm would need to do a thorough criminal background check prior to hiring someone in such a position.

A security contractor with a gun and three prior convictions for assault and battery was allowed on an elevator with President Obama during a Sept. 16 trip to Atlanta, violating Secret Service protocols, according to three people familiar with the incident. . .

“You have a convicted felon within arm’s reach of the president and they never did a background check,” (Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah) said.

Perhaps Chaffetz doesn’t have his facts straight or was just trying to score political points. It’s worth noting that another report from the Washington Examiner doesn’t report that the guy was a felon.

UPDATE: We were right to question the validity of the Washington Post report. They’ve since retracted their claim that the security guard had a criminal record. Our apologies to the guard, whom we hear lost his job because of this kerfuffle.

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“Hoarding” a “stockpile”

A gang-banger was arrested in New York for “hoarding” a “stockpile” of weapons. Well, I guess a pile is anything greater than one.

A New York man was arrested Friday after police found a stockpile of guns and ammunition while searching his Staten Island home.

Police raided the home of 42-year-old Nelson Quinones in West Brighton on Friday morning and found two loaded pistols and over 40 rounds of ammunition, the New York Post reported. Quinones was also found carrying a gravity knife, which are illegal in New York City.

Down south, that’s just our walkin’ around stockpile.

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Buttlegging Revisited

iconAs cigarette taxes rise year after year, buttlegging is still a problem according to a recent Breitbart report:

‘Smuggled cigarettes have become the new currency of organized crime, and a lot of these criminal organizations are finding that it’s more profitable than illegal narcotics,’ Rich Marianos, the retired Assistant Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, recently noted.

Marianos said that black market tobacco smuggling has become “a high-profit, low-risk criminal enterprise. Compared to drug offenses where there’s a mandatory minimum sentence, there’s no penalties out there for the cigarette trafficker.”

We’ve been saying this for years. This was more than a decade ago:

. . .keep in mind that all those smuggling dollars floating around are completely unregulated and may even end up in the hands of terrorists. One Michigan cigarette smuggling operation was suspected of having funneled millions to the Hezbolah terrorist group.

The Post also notes that since they are dealing a legal product, police and judges go pretty easy on them. A person busted for dealing cigarettes usually faces a summons or a small fine. With big pay days on the line, dealers engaged in turf wars have little remorse for their violent actions. Said one dealer, “Think about crack, man, how raw that got back in the 1980s. This ain’t that bad yet, but there’s easy, almost make-believe money to be made hawking smokes, so it don’t matter what the police do . . . you’re going to have crews setting up franchises, cutting up the city, and deading the competition.”

And back in 2005, we noted that…

Over-regulation leads to under-regulation. When prohibition of alcohol took affect, your average Joe didn’t think twice about civil disobedience. Speak-easies popped up and alcohol was available for anyone with the money to buy it. The price went up, the quality went down, and any of the laws that controlled product quality or safety were moot. As neo-temperance takes hold people will gradually start to ignore anti-smoking laws. That is, when cigarettes are outlawed only outlaws will have cigarettes. When that happens, the government will be powerless to control what goes into cigarettes. They could become more harmful, even deadly depending on how cheaply they’re produced. Laws governing the nicotine, tar, and carcinogens produced from tobacco will be worthless. And what about the children? There will be no way to limit access to cigarettes. All those age-limits that anti-smokers pushed through a few years back will be negated once cigarettes are sold in mass quantities on the streets. By over-regulating the product, they’ll actually increase it’s overall availability. The only thing between a child and a cigarette will be the conscience of the dealer.

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Bobo to act ‘unilaterally’ on guns

Obama plans to act “unilaterally” on guns, reports The Blaze. Responding to the latest school shooting, White House spokesman Josh Earnest notes that Obama is frustrated that Congress won’t advance his anti-gun agenda for him, so he’s got no choice but to issue exective orders.

“There’s no doubt there has been an alarming frequency of tragic incidents of gun violence that are concerning to Democrats and Republicans in Washington but more importantly to people all across the country,” Earnest said. “The question is what can we do to make certain something like this never ever happens again? There are going to be other tragedies. The question I think really facing lawmakers right now is what common sense steps can Democrats and Republicans take to reduce the likelihood of gun violence.”

Well they could start by making guns in school illegal. Maybe make murder illegal too. Or at least murder in schools should be illegal. After all if simply making things illegal elminates them, that’s a good place to start.

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More evidence that recycling is bullshit

Fifty-three tons of plastic that Washington D.C. claimed was to be recycled was shipped to Virginia landfills and incinerators.

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Red Alert: Communism Works, says Dem

Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla. says that Communism works, especially for those with good government jobs!

“Let me give you an example, the kind of money we’ve poured in,” he said. “So the most dangerous – sorry, the safest city in America is El Paso, Texas. It happens to be across the border from the most dangerous city in the Americas, which is Juarez. Right?”

“And two of the safest cities in America, two of them are on the border with Mexico,” Garcia continued. “And of course, the reason is we’ve proved that Communism works. If you give everybody a good government job, there’s no crime.”

And just how well does Communism work for those of us who are stuck footing the bill for all those good government jobs?

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Global Warming Causes Avalanches

In the quest to find something (anything) that global warming doesn’t cause, we can now cross avalanches off the list. Apparently snow, ice, and glaciers are melting at such an alarming rate that Mount Everest will soon become a tropical oasis in the Himalayas.

Scientists have claimed that climbing Mount Everest is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on the highest peak in the world.

Then again, maybe it won’t.

While it is impossible to link any single event to long-term changes in the global climate, scientists say the future will likely hold more such dangers in high-altitude regions, Fox News reported.

So before long, climbing Mount Everest will no longer be the safe and leisurly activity that it is today.

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Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Rides Again

What with all the will-she/won’t-she speculation of the Hildabeast 2016 campaign, the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is once again making news.

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Chicago wants more gun control

Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results — Albert Einstein.

Gun violence in Chicago has the Police Superintendent calling for (surprise) more gun control. Chicago, the city that brings us bulletproof Subway stores, has some of the toughest gun laws in the country along with the highest murder rate. Knowing their politics, this would be pretty much a non-story. But then there’s this:

“There was a legal gun that became an illegal gun,” he said, saying state law should be changed to require guns to be kept more securely.

“In this case, the simple fact that the law states that you can store a firearm in a vehicle is absolutely insane,” [Chicago Police Supt. Garry] McCarthy said. “Those guns need to be in lock boxes, in safes, in people’s residences or on their person.”

On their person implies open or concealed carry. This is a relatively new concept in Chicago (and Illinois in general) which just last year was dragged kicking and screaming into Free America.

In Virginia where carrying guns is both legal and common place, leaving your gun in your car is typically a law abiding citizen’s only option when encountering a gun-free zone.

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