Archive for the 'Gun Control' Category

NYT To Banks: Take Aim At Gun Owners

BY Herschel Smith
7 hours, 15 minutes ago


For the past year, chief executives have often talked about the new sense of moral responsibility that corporations have to help their communities and confront social challenges even when Washington won’t.

In the aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 students and staff members — and at a time when Washington shows little interest in limiting the sales of assault weapons — there’s a real opportunity for the business community to fill the void and prove that all that talk about moral responsibility isn’t hollow.

Here’s an idea.

What if the finance industry — credit card companies like Visa, Mastercard and American Express; credit card processors like First Data; and banks like JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo — were to effectively set new rules for the sales of guns in America?

Collectively, they have more leverage over the gun industry than any lawmaker. And it wouldn’t be hard for them to take a stand.

PayPal, Square, Stripe and Apple Pay announced years ago that they would not allow their services to be used for the sale of firearms.

“We do not believe permitting the sale of firearms on our platform is consistent with our values or in the best interests of our customers,” a spokesman for Square told me.

The big financial firms don’t even have to go that far.

For example, Visa, which published a 71-page paper in 2016 espousing its “corporate responsibility,” could easily change its terms of service to say that it won’t do business with retailers that sell assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and bump stocks, which make semiautomatic rifles fire faster. (Even the National Rifle Association has said it would support tighter restrictions on bump stocks.)

The purpose, of course, being not only choking the financial flow of firearms sales, but trying to shame gun owners, just like laws against open carry are an attempt to shame gun owners.

Trump Flirts With Gun Control

BY Herschel Smith
1 day, 8 hours ago


“The president also surveyed Mar-a-Lago Club members about whether he ought to champion gun control measures in the wake of last week’s school massacre in nearby Parkland, telling them that he was closely monitoring the media appearances by some of the surviving students, according to people who spoke with him there.”

David Codrea also links this Towhall piece and takes a swipe at Fairfax.  Hey, I get it, and I like to take swipes at Fairfax too.  And don’t get me wrong, I get that Trump is way better than the alternative.  Way better.  But when you begin from the platform of believing basically nothing, you can end up virtually anywhere.

Or another way of saying it is this.  If you’re not ideologically and incorrigibly committed to God-given rights to personal defense and the amelioration of tyranny – like I am, then you can be talked into virtually anything regarding the tools used thereto.

“Stoneman Shooting” Points To Need For One Gun Law That Could Have Made A Difference

BY Herschel Smith
2 days, 8 hours ago

David Codrea:

There is one “gun law” that at least had the potential to make a difference, but it was being infringed by “gun free school zone” edicts.  Broward County Public Schools, of which Stoneman Douglas is part, explains on its website …

As I said, if you must pile your children into state schools of indoctrination rather than home school them, run, hide and fight isn’t a plan.  It’s not even hope, and hope is not a plan.

No one will protect your family but you, or someone who functions en loco parentis.  I would rather just trust myself.

Speaking of the family, some Christian parents in Ohio lost custody of the 17-year old girl because they refused her transgender drugs.  Because in the view of the state, “All your children are belong to us.”

You Were Never One Of Us To Begin With

BY Herschel Smith
2 days, 9 hours ago

Via David Codrea, this news from Florida is most welcome.

The gun store owners who sold confessed Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz the semiautomatic refile he used to kill 17 people on Wednesday said their devastated the weapon came from them.

Michael and Lisa Morrison said that they are so ‘mortified’ over the event, they shuttered their business, Sunrise Tactical Supply, indefinitely on Friday.

The Morrisons lawyer Douglas Rudman said in a statement that the couple are ‘completely shocked and mortified that anything like this would happen,’ according to The New York Daily News.

[ … ]

The couple also said that they will support new legislation designed to keep deadly weapons out of the hands of people with mental health issues.

From the department of pre-crime, anyone who sports a Gadsden flag must be considered mentally unstable and unfit for firearms ownership.  Or so they must now believe because they want to give the power over the definition of mental health issues to the all-consuming, omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent state and their band of witchdoctor psychiatrists.

Good riddance to the vermin.  It’s always nice to see impostors cast out and treated like the traitors they are.  It’s best not to have them in our midst and to be found out before they could do any more damage to the cause of liberty.

We Want To Know How Much Ammunition You Have

BY Herschel Smith
2 days, 9 hours ago


But there is still an awful lot we don’t know about guns in Minnesota.  For example, we don’t know exactly how many gun owners there are.  We don’t know the number of total guns in Minnesota.  And Frank, we also don’t know how much ammunition is bought every year, and how much is kept by gun owners.

The horror!  The elitists and “journalists” don’t know how much ammunition is being kept by gun owners.  Well get used to it, dick head.  You’re never going to know – we’re going to make sure of that.  You don’t have a right to know how much ammunition I have, any more than I have a right to know what your car payment is.


National Review On Bump Stocks And “Assault Weapons”

BY Herschel Smith
2 days, 9 hours ago

Robert Verbruggen:

My skepticism of banning assault weapons has always primarily relied on the questionable nature of the distinction. These are not fully automatic military weapons that spray bullets when you hold down the trigger (though “bump stocks” can now make them behave like that, and we should do something about that); they fire once per trigger pull, just like many hunting rifles, and in fact often use smaller-caliber ammunition. Capping magazine size might allow someone to tackle a shooter while he’s reloading, and would apply even if he’s using a handgun instead of a rifle, but it also restricts people’s ability to defend themselves against more typical acts of violence (police do not limit themselves to ten rounds), and extremely high-capacity magazines jam more often.

These data don’t eliminate that skepticism of mine, but they’re worth noting and considering.

Eh, tet-a-tet, tit for tat, this and that, blah blah blah, yammer, yammer, yammer.

This fellow is the Deputy Managing Editor of National Review, and has argued for a bump stock ban and is willing to listen to another “assault weapons” ban based on the fact that the military “sprays” bullets and we do not.

So in addition to being an ignoramus concerning the use of firearms and anything like suppression or directed fire, he cavorts with gun control.

Which is why given the control of the beltway and Northern elitists have over National Review and the apparent desire they have to analyze their way to any conclusion based on what they perceive to be the “data,” the National Review has become irrelevant and meaningless.

You do realize that’s why they hate Trump and the revolution to overthrow the establishment, don’t you?  It upends their own self-appointed role of arbiter of the data and creator of policy that comes from the GOP.  By bashing the establishment in the face you’ve gotten into their stuff, and they don’t like it one damn little bit.


Suppression Of Arms Commerce Led To The War Of Independence

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 2 days ago

David B. Kopel:

As the amicus brief explains, a key reason that a decade-long political dispute between Great Britain and American colonies turned into a war was the British government’s attempt to suppress arms commerce. Royal governors illegally seized merchants’ gunpowder and firearms. King George III embargoed the import of arms and ammunition into America. Americans vehemently objected, describing the prohibition of arms commerce as an effort to enslave the Americans, by leaving them no means of resistance to tyranny.

Americans did everything possible to defeat the British suppression of arms commerce. Benjamin Franklin masterminded arms and gunpowder imports from other countries. All forms of domestic production were strongly encouraged.

Then on April 18, 1775, King George renewed the embargo. On that same day, Royal governor Thomas Gage dispatched Redcoat soldiers to seize a large cache of gunpowder in Concord, Massachusetts. Paul Revere, William Dawes, and Samuel Prescott rode to raise the alarm. Forewarned, Americans were forearmed. At Concord Bridge, they fired the shot heard round the world. Swarms of armed Americans harried the Redcoats all the way back to Boston, nearly wiped them out, and besieged the city. The War of Independence had begun. Rather than let a government effectuate a prohibition on arms commerce, Americans started a war against the most powerful military in the world.

The above story is told concisely in the amicus brief, and in more detail in my article, How the British Gun Control Program Precipitated the American Revolution, 38 Charleston Law Review 283 (2012).

Go get ’em David.  Kick them in the ass.  Always remind everyone who will listen that gun control started the war against King George and his band of controllers in the states.

The only reason it hasn’t precipitated yet another war of independence is the longsuffering nature of the American people.  That will eventually wear thin and break.  When it does there will be hell to pay.

The National Rifle Association On Guns In Outback Steak House

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 2 days ago


There is a general consensus that uniformed and ununiformed current and former law enforcement officers should be allowed to carry a firearm for the public benefit. That is why in 2004 Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed the Law Enforcement Officer’s Safety Act (LEOSA). Under LEOSA, current and former law enforcement officers who meet certain basic criteria, such as carrying qualified identification, are permitted to carry a firearm throughout the country. 

Showing the strong bipartisan support for this measure, the original legislation, H.R. 218, had 297 co-sponsors in the House of Representative and passed the Senate unanimously. Subsequent changes that have been made to increase the number of officers able to take advantage of this protection have been similarly popular.

I’m not sure where this “general consensus” comes from, but I’ll bet it’s not among my readers.  In other news, a SAPD officer just about killed a colleague.

A San Antonio Police Department officer was suspended for three days without pay after he accidentally fired his personal AR-15 inside a police station and injured another officer, according to police records.

Officer Jordan Ramirez accidentally fired a round from his AR-15 on Nov. 1 inside the SAPD Street Crimes Unit office, according to suspension records obtained by

Other people were inside the office with him and a bullet fragment or flying debris hit an officer, causing minor injuries.

Gosh I do hate it when that happens to me.  But leave it to the NRA to miss the opportunity to make the point that this has nothing whatsoever to do with LEOs and everything to do with the policy itself.

New York And New Jersey Rifle And Pistol Clubs Take Up Lawsuits Against Gun Control

BY Herschel Smith
2 weeks, 1 day ago

Times Union:

The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of state regulations that prohibit many gun owners from carrying their firearms in public areas without judicial authorization.

Buoyed by a recent federal appeals court decision that dismantled strict gun-control laws in the District of Columbia, the lawsuit filed in Albany this week seeks to open up a court challenge on whether constitutional rights under the Second Amendment extend beyond the home.

“We’re going to try to get the courts, particularly in New York, to look at the Second Amendment as a right that extends to everybody no matter where they may be, with some restrictions,” said Tom King, president of the roughly 35,000-member Rifle & Pistol Association.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Albany this week on behalf of Robert Nash, whose application for a conceal-carry permit was rejected two years ago by state Supreme Court Justice Richard C. McNally, Jr.

Bless your heart.  Is that what you’re going to try to do?  Then there is New Jersey.

The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs announced February 5 that it has filed suit in federal court to overturn New Jersey’s draconian restrictions on carrying a handgun outside the home for self-defense. Under New Jersey law, a permit to carry a handgun may be issued only to those citizens who show that they face a unique need for self-defense—such as specific, documented death threats or actual attacks. Ordinary citizens are barred from carrying a handgun outside the home for self-defense, under threat of up to 10 years in prison. The plaintiffs in this lawsuit contend those restrictions violate the Second Amendment. Click here for a copy of the complaint.

I wonder if they planned this together?  At any rate, this comes right around the time Glenn Reynolds recommended against relying on the courts to secure gun rights.  If this goes to federal court, it’s already been decided by Judge Cathy Seibel, who ruled that “individuals do not have a constitutional right to carry a concealed handgun in public. The decision was rendered in the case of Kachalsky, v. Cacace, in the Southern District of New York.”

I wish them success, but I predict abject failure.  It’s really too bad.  I fear that the Northeast is too far gone to save.  The only option at that point is relocation to the South or West.  Entrusting the black-robed tyrants with your liberty has proven to be a bad strategy.

New York State Police: “Register You Guns – Pretty Please With Sugar On Top?”

BY Herschel Smith
2 weeks, 5 days ago

While the deadline for gun owners to renew their permits was Wednesday at midnight, New York State Police officials said they will continue to collect admissions.

The New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, otherwise known as the SAFE Act, makes people recertify their pistol permits every five years to keep track of them throughout the state.

Not only will state police allow recertifcations to be submitted past the deadline, the Public Information Director, Beau Duffy, said there also won’t be penalties on those who fail to do so.

Do I sense some good ole’ civil disobedience going on here?  Good.  “Sorry officer, I sold that thing a long time ago and lost the receipt when we did spring cleaning.”

Although I do recall New York abstaining from the vote to separate from King George.

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