1 month, 3 weeks ago
So how smart is a gun that requires a separate and nearby fingerprint sensor/wristwatch to activate a chip, and has built-in lights to tell an aggressor where a defender in the dark is, and whether or not they that gun is enabled to fire?
Not very smart. And we’ve discussed this before.
In a very important development, the Supreme Court is going through its backlog of stuff to consider, and rejects an important one.
The Supreme Court won’t review a decision upholding a Maryland gun law that requires residents to demonstrate a “good and substantial reason” to get a permit to carry a handgun outside their own home or business.
Allow me to summarize. We’ve all noted that Heller and McDonald were weak decisions, and didn’t envelope carrying outside the home. Many had suspected that the SCOTUS would continue to develop post-Heller case law that fleshed out Second Amendment rights. This is important in that what the Supreme Court rejects is as important as what they decide. In this case, they have decided that Heller doesn’t apply outside the home, or at least, they won’t intrude on decisions they will leave to the state.
Folks, if I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand times. The Second Amendment frames or boxes in the federal government. It is a mistake to look to the federal government to delineate your God-given rights at the state and local level. All gun politics is local. Marylanders, you must fight the fight where you are, or leave for a free state.
Thomas Sowell discusses the appointment of Janet Yellen to the federal reserve. She is a true believer in Keynesian witchcraft. Be careful. Chicken bones flying around, thrown by Ms. Yellen. You know, the thing that impressed me most about the article was his quote of Yellen.
Ms. Yellen asks: “Do policy-makers have the knowledge and ability to improve macroeconomic outcomes rather than making matters worse?” And she answers: “Yes.”
For those of you who have read Plato’s Republic, she appears to be a believer in the concept of philosopher-kings, just as is Obama.
For one thing, while the supply of legal machine guns in private possession has been capped since 1986, with the (very questionable) passage of the Hughes Amendment to the Firearm Owners Protection Act, driving the price of the artificially limited supply well out of range of most gun owners, the number of suppressors in private hands has been spiking dramatically, according to the Wall Street Journal.
There is no rational reason to require CLEO approval for purchasing silencers (which Kurt correctly points out should be considered safety equipment). I have worked in a plant environment all of my working life, as well as operated power equipment outside of work. I love the fact that I can still hear (albeit less clearly than 35 years ago), and I want to continue being able to hear. Prohibiting equipment that can protect hearing (part of your set of PPEs) is immoral.
John Jay gives us an update on the armored personnel carriers in Montana.
Finally, see my disapprobation of the federal leviathan from this weekend.