Robert H. Scales wrote a piece for The Atlantic entitled Gun Trouble, with the catchy subtitle as follows: The rifle that today's infantry uses is little changed since the 1960s—and it is badly flawed. Military lives depend on these cheap composites of metal and plastic. So why can't the richest country in the world give its soldiers better ones? Scales then proceeds to rehearse the history of flaws after the initial rollout of the M-16 in Vietnam, well known flaws (and failed to mention [read more]
From Fox News:
The White House and the nation’s leading gun lobby will meet face to face Thursday amid an intensifying effort in Washington to craft new gun control measures, in what could be a testy session.
The National Rifle Association confirmed to Fox News that the group has accepted an invitation to meet with the Vice President Biden-led task force examining ways to curb gun violence. The task force was formed in the wake of the Connecticut school massacre and is running up against an end-of-the-month deadline to produce a set of proposals.
The administration says mental health and the entertainment industry will likely be examined as part of that process. But much of the discussion, and proposals from Democratic members of Congress, continue to center around gun control.
Well, it’s that time of year again, time to renew my membership. So let’s make my own expectations for Wayne, Chris and the balance of the NRA executives clear. Meet with these guys all you want, or feel you need. But there must be limits.
I know that you’ve pointed to mental health issues, and I’ve made my own history with getting a concealed handgun permit known before. I had to have a felony background check, get fingerprinted, and sign over authority for my own medical records to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff. Any admissions to local hospitals for mental health or substance abuse problems would have been reason to have denied my application for a concealed handgun permit.
Of course, I have no personal issues to hide, and I got my permit, but I foresee a time in America where this might be controlled by the federal government, and there might be some rather disagreeable standard (such as Freudian Psychology) applied by external reviewers who are themselves rather disagreeable (e.g., Psychiatrists who have been specifically approved by the state). For that matter, the mere act of desiring to own a firearm may be seen as aberrant behavior and made a reason to deny the request.
As for closing this so-called “gun show loophole,” that’s not the real point. The phrase is a smoke screen to hide the fact that the concern isn’t real. It’s a phantom issue. As you know, gun shows are no different than person-to-person transactions in locations other than gun shows. What they are really after is grandpa gifting his rifle or pistol to his grandson for Christmas without state approval.
We find the notion that grandpa cannot gift and bequeath his guns to be reprehensible, stomach-turning, repulsive, and highly immoral. This is non-negotiable. We don’t want the federal government involved any further in our business.
In summary, I don’t want you to press this mental health issue too far. I am unconcerned about video games. Getting a federal firearms license involved in my personal and family business isn’t an option.
Basically, not one more inch. Not … a … single … inch. I don’t want any more laws, regulations or stipulations. I don’t want a single new requirement, code, interpretation, or federal worker.
If this is uncomfortable for you, I understand. Turn the job over to me. I absolutely do not mind in the least being called names and having your moral character questioned. I note that even Ann Coulter has railed against your performance, asking if you’ve read John Lott’s book?
I haven’t read John’s book, and having exchanged e-mail once with him I find him to be a jerk. You don’t need him, and neither do I. And I can deal with Ann quite handily.
Or, perhaps you like your gig and want to keep it instead of turning it over to me. Very well. To you and Chris: Show your backbone. No compromise. No prisoners. No retreat. Not … one … more … inch.