Cool Comic Strips
A woman who CCWs in a comic strip...in Minnesota, no less.
Is Anyone Surprised?
FrankenFeinstein's monster will be back for another sequel after the shootings in Ulster, NT, and Tyler, TX. Never mind that neither the Hesse 47 nor the MAK-90 was legally an 'assault weapon' under the old law.
This quote is quite funny:
In disclosing her decision, Feinstein cited the shooting deaths Thursday of two Los Angeles city workers by a co-worker apparently armed with an AK-47 rifle as an example of why the law is needed.
Last I checked, LA-LA Land is part of the PRK. Where Homeland Defense Rifles such as the alleged AK-47 are banned.
"Once again, we've seen the tragic consequence of the ready availability of assault weapons throughout our society,'' she said.
Translation: the state ban is so effective, we should have a federal one. Oh, wait, we did. And it didn't do anything. But we should have another one.
The horse is dead, you stupid bitch. Let it rot in peace already.
More Thoughts on the Lautenberg/Corzine Bill
Something occured to me yesterday while I was thinking about what the evil ones might be proposing. Are they specifically going after the Five-Seven, or is their bill going to be broader and encompass any "pistol that fires bullets capable of penetrating a bulletproof vest?" While the
gun grabber press releases news stories have focused only on the Five-Seven, it'll probably be the latter.
Which means that a number of other guns would be included, like AR based pistols such as the Oly Arms OA series, the Thompson-Center Encore, and depending on the level of body armor specified, the CZ-52 and TT-33 Tokarev pistols.
Nevermind that AP pistol ammo is already unavailable to
PRNJ Senators to Introduce Bill to Ban the FN Five-Seven
Article from NY Newsday via Firearm News.
Corzine, Lautenberg to introduce bill banning assault pistol use
February 22, 2005, 7:07 PM EST
WASHINGTON -- New Jersey's U.S. senators plan to introduce a bill that would make it illegal for anyone, except a police officer or military official, to purchase or use an assault pistol that fires bullets capable of penetrating a bulletproof vest.
What exactly is an 'assault pistol?' Since the federal AWB is gone, I'm not aware that the term even has any legal definition at the federal level.
The Five-SeveN gun made by FN Herstal of Belgium has already been denounced by three national police organizations and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The handgun is small and lightweight and easily concealed in a person's pocket, the groups said.
Everybody knows that the Brday Campaign to
Take Away All Guns is a totally unbiased and objective source of information. And doesn't the phrase "small and lightweight and easily concealed" describe most of the pistols on the market. And don't the Bradys object to those that don't meet that description as too big and too powerful?
Last month, the Brady Campaign released a videotape of its staff test-firing one of the handguns it had purchased from a Virginia gun dealer. The bullets penetrated a police Kevlar vest.
If memory serves, they were using the one loading, of the several available for the 5-7, that is not available for sale to the general public, as AP pistol ammo is already banned by current federal law.
Democratic Sens. Jon Corzine and Frank Lautenberg said the guns are a menace to society.
As opposed to the Senators from New Jersey, who are merely menaces to freedom and my God-given rights.
"There is absolutely no reason anyone other than law enforcement and the military should possess firepower capable of piercing protective body armor," Lautenberg said.
Actually, Senator, there is, you just don't like it. I need that kind of firepower so I can shoot my way through your bodyguards to get to you after you pass a law to actually confiscate my guns. Once I do that, however, out of defernce to you hoplophobia, I'll settle for burning you at the stake.
And I guess I'll be buying a CZ-52 for BAG Day.
Politicians Blindly Addicted to Racial Preferences, Diversity
Or, our program is benefitting a minority group, just not the right one.
Background: In 1998, Washington votes enacted I-200, which banned the use of racial preferences in all government activities, to include college admissions. Now, in light of the recent SCOTUS decisions regarding the University of Michigan, some college administration types and the usual legislative suspects out of Seattle want to re-introduce race as a factor in admissions, in the name of diversity. But as this Seattle Times editorial notes, current admissions policies are already doing that, just not apparently, in the right way.
Racial comparison, state as a whole vs. incoming UW freshmen (by percentage).
State/2000 UW/1998 UW/2004
White 78.9 55.0 53.9
Hispanic 7.5 4.6 4.6
Asian 5.4 24.1 28.5
Black 3.1 2.9 3.0
Native Am. 1.4 1.3 1.3
Sources: University of Washington, U.S. Census Bureau
Now, if these folks truly want a student body that "looks like the state," they would have to give the most preference to Hispanics and, horror of horrors, whites. The numbers for both groups at UW (that's the University of Washington for those outside the Great Wet North) are only about 2/3 their numbers in the general population. And Asians would be the most penalized.
Of course, I've said for over a decade, since I was in college, that Asians pretty much put the lie to the whole minority victimist crap. Asians in the west were just as much discriminated against blacks and hispanics (minus, I'll admit, the lynch mobs seen the the South) including Jim Crow style laws. In at least one town in Nevada, the Chinese were literally forced to live underground. So, instead of whining and complaining, they built their own town underground and went about building lives.
This blind, "we need race as a factor" push is just that-blind. A reflexive bone thrown to groups like the NAACP, to show them that the Democrats care more about them than the GOP does, and thus keep their votes on the plantation where they 'belong.'
CNN .50 Cal Update
Kevin notes that CNN didn't violate the law, just journalistic integrity. He quotes this thread at The Firing Line forum (which, sadly, I can't access at work):
I just saw a replay of the article on CNN. When the seller and buyer walked out of the house with the gun, it was not the reporter that bought the gun. The reporter wasn't in the picture. The reporter handled a rifle case on an airport luggage conveyer, but apparently didn't actually go anywhere with the 50 cal. The reporter at the end of the story made it clear that the gun was bought in Texas by a resident of Texas (which was not the reporter).
So, nothing illegal was done, but the story as presented was a lie, implying that the reporter flew home with the rifle. In fact, the rifle stayed in Texas, and the purchaser was not the reporter. From the Michael Moore school of journalism.
On a related note, at least one Second Amendment group missed both the potential GCA violation by CNN (or they were paying more attention to the story than us bloggers), as well as the deliberate deception of the CNN piece. This press release from CCRKBA instead calls CNN to task for telling terrorists "how such a gun might be put to criminal use."
News flash for Alan Gottleib and Joe Waldron: the enemy is very smart, and very adaptable. They already know what a .50 BMG rifle is capable of. And, being that they don't care about obeying the law, I'm sure they could get one if they want one. They don't require a primer from the American media on this.
What you guys should be raising holy heck about is the fact that CNN has once again deliberatly misled their viewers in order to demonize guns. Go talk to FoxNews, they love making CNN look stupid. Until then, the blogosphere will be keeping up the fire.
Kelo v. New London Update
SayUncle is all over it, with reports here and here. Kevin at Smallest Minority also has his usual great commentary.
I don't really have much to add, except that I'm a bit more optimistic. If Stevens votes (he missed argument due to a reportedly canceled flight), I think he'll go on the side of the angels here. Just a hunch. And I think O'Connor's Motel 6/Ritz question shows that she thinks what the city is doing is wrong, as well.
What worries me, especially given past tendencies of the current Court, is that they'll find some little hole to weasel wiggle their way through that would actually decide the case for Kelo, while basically leaving the staus quo unchanged.
More on CNN on 18 U.S.C. 922
SayUncle reports that the ATF is aware of the violation:
Thanks to a reader, I have copies of emails from an ATF agent who was forwarded the CNN transcript. The email from the ATF agent says:
I have forwarded this to the Houston office. There is no straw purchase since the transaction does not involve a licensed dealer. However the owner did sell a firearm to a non-resident of Texas which is a violation of 18 U.S.C. 922(a)(5).
Only problem here is that Griffin, the CNN reporter, and his crew, are in violation of section 922(a)(3) of the same law, which the ATF doesn't seem to concerned about.
Triggerfinger is also on it.
Pictures That Need to Be Seen
Pearl Harbor survivor Houston James of Dallas embraces Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Graunke Jr. during a Veterans Day commemoration in Dallas. Graunke lost a hand, a leg and and eye when he defused a bomb in Iraq last year. (AP Photo)
From BlackFive via SondraK
More on CNN's Illegal Gun Buy
Kevin at Smallest Minority has posted a transcript of the piece. The reporter's name is revealed to be Drew Griffin.
Now, just for fun:
BATFE's Atlanta office main contact number: 404-417-2600. Other numbers here.
Houston office: 281-372-2900
United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia: 404-581-6000
United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas: 713-567-9000
Today is a Federal Holiday, but I'd guess both offices will be open at 8 AM EST tomorrow.
CNN Apparently Commits Felony; Blogswarm in Progress
I say apparntly because I only see CNN in the airport or someother place where the TV is beyond my control. Long story short: CNN ran a sensationalist (from all the summaries I've seen) story on .50BMG caliber rifles. As part of the story, they sent a reporter from Atlanta to Houston to buy a .50 rifle, in a private sale. Reporter then took the rifle back to Atlanta. Since the reporter did not buy the rifle from an 01 FFL, he committed a felony violation of the 1968 GCA. There may be other felonies commtted as well-conspiracy (by everyone involved in that part of the story's production, including whoever authorized spending corporate cash for the purchase. Does this mean the .gov can go after CNN under RICO?) and a possible straw purchase on the Houston end of the deal.
Links to the swarm in progress:
Jed at FreedomSight spotted the thread at Claire Files that started it all
Triggerfinger has a detailed series of posts here, here, here, here, here, and here.
Additional commentary at The Smallest Minority, War on Guns, and the TenRing.
An Instalanch has occurred.
And there's a thread on Free Republic.
I know there's a BATFE office in Atlanta-that's where my Curio & Relics license came from. If someone out there knows the name of the reporter, we can start deluging that office with calls to report the crime.
Wicked Witch of the West Reveals Her Poison Apple
I don't particularly like the headline of this Washington Times article or the opening sentence-both seem to me to be showing an anti-gun bias, expecially coming from an erstwhile right-leaning paper. The rest of the article isn't all that bad, however. Mostly fairly factual reporting.
Anyway, about three quarters of the way down, the Queen of the Senate Gun Grabbers, Dianne Feinstein, reveals her choice of poison pill amendments this time around. Does it surprise anyone that it's the .50 caliber? The GFW attack on Homeland Defense Rifles has pretty much lost it's momentum, so they've decided to try to demonize something new, to slice of a chunk of our rights in another space.
Naturally, Senator Feinstein feels compelled to engage in a few lies in order to spread the fear a bit better. She claims that .50 caliber rifles are "accurate for miles" (the record for the longest kill shot is somewhere around 2,400 meters, or about a mile and a half) and "then go through concrete walls" (in my books, you have to go at least 2 miles to make the claim to plural 'miles', and a .50 isn't going to have the energy to go through concrete at that range. A 120mm sabot tank round can probably do it, but not a .50 BMG.) And she again states the unproven assertion that .50s are a threat to national security.
Not nearly so much as you are, Senator. Not nearly so much as you.