Notes From HPS

BY Herschel Smith
5 years, 8 months ago

David Codrea:

“At the Burlington City Council Meeting on Monday, Councilor Norm Blais, the driving force behind the gun control ordinance campaign in Burlington, proved what [we have] stated from the beginning,” VFSC explained. “Burlington [is pursuing] the dismantling of the Vermont Sportsmen’s Bill of Rights so that towns and cities all over Vermont will have the power to enact gun control, hunting, shooting, fishing and trapping regulations. We would then face a patchwork of conflicting municipal ordinances.”

I am a long standing and diehard advocate of State’s rights, even to the extent that I don’t think the federal court system should be invoked when local gun control is concerned.  All gun politics is local, I have said.  The corollary is that in order to prevent local hicks, ne’er-do-wells and criminals from acting out their Napoleon fantasies upon other men, association with the state means that – assuming robust gun rights laws already exist – local municipalities and townships shouldn’t be able to preempt state laws.  The state is the right size for law-making and control.  Our founding fathers were wise.  Oh, and David is of course correct.  The goal of progressives is complete control over everything.  They’re control freaks and they think they know better than you.

Kurt Hofmann:

And it’s all bogus. As this column has noted before, John Fund debunked the claim handily in the National Review. More surprisingly, the shrilly anti-gun, fawningly pro-Obama Washington Post found the claim very unconvincing (soon updated to even less convincing than that, with a much more defensible figure being 14-22%), and when Obama continued to repeat the “40%” fiction, they realized that they had still been giving him too much slack.

Kurt covers some lies told by the collectivists.  There are so many from which to choose.  Kurt is of course correct to note that a good tactician goes after the weakness of his opponent – in this case lies concerning polling statistics – while at the same time Kurt acknowledges that polls or not, we’ll keep our guns.  Good.  Very good.

Michael Bane notes what he believes to be the utility of AR pistols as a PDW.  I’m not so convinced that one needs a high velocity round like this, but I’m more convinced than ever that a SBR has specific utility as a PDW, especially inside homes (regardless of caliber or muzzle velocity – and I would probably choose a pistol caliber SBR).  Of course, SBRs are illegal unless registered as such with the ATF, and I’ll have my fingernails pulled off before I’ll ever register any weapon with the ATF to get a tax stamp.

Mike Vanderboegh:

John Lott has written another book. No big surprise there. The surprise, forwarded to me by David Codrea, is that Lott has sanitized the story of the Fast and Furious scandal by writing me out of it.

John Lott has written another book. No big surprise there. The surprise, forwarded to me by David Codrea, is that Lott has sanitized the story of the Fast and Furious scandal by writing me out of it.

Now, it is no surprise that John Lott doesn’t like me very much. He took the trouble to personally look me up when I was resting and chatting with supporters on the steps at the side of the Connecticut state house right after my Hartford speech back in April (he also spoke at the rally) to take me to task for my “lawbreaking,” saying that I was alienating the vast majority in the center and playing to gun confiscationists’ worst characterizations of American firearm owners.

I told him if he was waiting for the “vast middle” to agree with us or to save us from the determined minority of collectivists who sought to disarm us he would be waiting a very long time. He left, frustrated and obviously angry that I could not see his “wisdom.”

John Lott is a jerk.  I’ve known this for some time now.  I interacted with him on an article I wrote about cases involving firearms in national parks and also so-called “assault weapons” and their ban in D.C.  John responded by saying that neither case was good to take to the supreme court and that, basically, me thinking so showed that I didn’t read his blog and should and I’d know more than I did.  Or something like that.

Frankly, I hadn’t known about him or his blog until just before that note, and so his point was irrelevant.  But his ass-clownery towards me wasn’t irrelevant at all.  Never read John Lott, never will.  That fact that Lott wrote Vanderboegh out of F&F only shows again what a jerk he is.

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  1. On October 28, 2013 at 10:38 am, Mark Matis said:

    Mr. Lott fits in quite well with the REST of National Review, both dead-tree and online. Rove Republicans. Nothing more. Abjectly without honor or principles.

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