Archive for the ‘Gun control’ Category

The coming ban on semi-automatic rifles

Monday, December 17th, 2012

I expect Congress and President Obama to pass some form of ban or stricter federal law against semi-automatic weapons and/or "assault rifles" in the next few months. I'm sure many Americans strongly support such a ban now, after the Sandy Hook Elementary School murders, if they didn't before. It's easy ...

Tyrants overthrown vs. innocents killed

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

This Tom Toles political cartoon from 2010 is making the rounds in the Twittersphere in support of strict gun-control laws in the wake of the Newtown, CT elementary school murders. The content and the message of this comic are so misdirected and disingenuous that they could not have been unintentional. ...

Disarm the President

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

According to this incredibly depressing and disturbing infographic, 62 pieces of human excrement have committed mass shootings in the United States since 1982, killing and injuring a total of 978 people. That's over 32 a year. Most of the guns used were semi-automatic, and 75% were purchased legally. All of ...

Adam Gopnik is complicit in the genocides of the 20th century

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Adam Gopnik, writing in the New Yorker, makes an eloquent while still outraged and despairing plea for the United States to enact much stricter gun control laws to prevent massacres like that in Newtown, Connecticut. I think he makes a major logical and philosophical error, though, when he makes gun-rights ...

Guns and freedom: a different argument

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

I liked this post by David Friedman, mainly the end: In my view, the real argument for private firearm ownership is a different one. The less able individuals are to protect themselves from crime, the more dependent they are on protection by government law enforcement. The more dependent they are on ...

Plaxico Burress shouldn’t be imprisoned

Monday, August 24th, 2009

I am appalled and depressed at the nonchalance with which everyone on the TV and the radio reports the Plaxico Burress plea-bargain to accept two years in prison for shooting himself in the leg. How anyone can become so confused about rights and morals and crime and government that they ...

Rahm Emanuel: we can cancel your right to bear arms at any time

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

One of the most telling, and disturbing, facts about Barack Obama was his choice of Joe Biden as VP and Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff. Both are creeps, both are criminals, both are frightening warmongers who are terrible on civil liberties. Here's the latest appalling example from Rahm Emanuel. ...

Quote of the day

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

In light of all the gun-control talk that's out there in response to recent public shootings: Please get this through your head once and for all: regarding the individual right to own and carry weapons, there is no "allowed". Government has nothing to say about it. This basic human right predates ...

Facebook “thoughts” of the day

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

A friend's Facebook status: "...says its about time the government passes some serious gun control laws. to hell with the right to bear arms." Her friends' responses: "hear hear!" "No guns and arms? That settles it, no more gym." (admittedly, kind of funny) "But then what the hell am I going ...

Plaxidental shooting

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Last Friday, New York football Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress took a gun into a New York City nightclub and accidentally shot himself in the leg while he was fumbling with his gun in one hand and holding a glass of wine in the other. He went to the hospital ...

An anecdotal story about incompetent police and gun control

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

On the WRIF-Detroit morning show I heard a story from a caller about a ridiculous ordeal he went through as a result of his attempts to protect his next-door neighbor's property. He called in response to the show's discussion about Joe Horn, a 61-year-old Texas man (not an Atlanta Falcons ...

David Z. on District of Columbia vs. Heller, Second Amendment

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

David Z. at No Third Solution had some excellent commentary on the recent ruling by the Supreme Court that (as I understand) Washington, D.C.'s gun-control laws were unconstitutional. It is the type of in-depth and thoughtful commentary that has been missing from our web page for a few weeks, which ...