Posts Tagged ‘2nd amendment rights’

Do Bump Stock Bans Make Sense?

You are doubtless aware that a bump stock ban has been adopted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco * Firearms effective March 26, 2019.  Doesn’t Congress have to pass a ban?  The way BATF did this was by redefining a bump stock to be a machine gun, requiring you to destroy it or turn it into BATF.  What? The federal law definition of a machine gun is a gun that fires multiple rounds by one function of the trigger.  Now the Obama Administration approved bump stocks because each time the trigger is pulled, it fires one round, even though you only pull the trigger once.  Within the strict Read More >>

Silencers Do Not Exist

You doubtless heard that a “silencer” was used in the recent Virginia Beach mass murder. Do not use the word “silencer.” The correct term is “suppressor.” I have yet to see a suppressor that made a gunshot silent; at best they make gunshot less obnoxiously loud. Only in Hollywood do “silencers” exist which made a firearm sound like a pellet gun. As Dr. John Lott observed, the only reason a mass murderer would use a suppressor is to make the noise less deafening to him. The use of the term “silencer” makes it easier to justify bans that will have no impact on nearly every Read More >>

This is Likely a Victory Coming

You may or may not have heard of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association vs. City of New York.  This is a challenge to a New York City regulation that says people with premises licenses for their handguns (which is required to have a pistol in your home or business) may not take their unloaded, inaccessible, and secured pistols anywhere except one of the licensed gun ranges in the city.  You may not go to a range outside the city, to your home in upstate New York, to a competition of any sort.  You are allowed to take your gun to a gunsmith, but only if you get advance permission from Read More >>

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Lynne Finch

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.". There have been multiple interpretations, but I tend to focus on “…shall not be infringed.”  In the last few years there has been a lot of calls for “gun control” in various forms, ranging from complete disarming to banning specific types of firearms.  These calls get louder after an atrocity like a school shooting, church shooting, etc.  Why am I so resistant to the call for my gun rights?  For one, history shows that disarming the Read More >>

Good News on the Second Amendment Front

And from New York!  Avitable v. Beach (N.D.N.Y., 2019).   Important points: Second Amendment protects possession of stun guns and Tasers.   New York State argued that Tasers are not in "common use," by comparing the number in private hands "to the relatively small number of civilian-owned machine guns that were sold prior to the 1986 federal ban on those weapons."   “Avitable argued that he preferred one of these electric weapons over using his rifles or shotguns because he would prefer not to kill in self-defense,  (A good argument--it shows Read More >>

If Gun Mass Murders Justify More Gun Laws

Mass murders with firearms justify stricter gun control laws: that’s the core assumption of the news media and politicians (which are pretty much identical). So what is the weapon that is the big killer in American mass murders? So big that more than half of all mass murder victims since 1657 were killed with this weapon, one that was not invented until the 20th century. My current research project is a comprehensive history of mass murder. I have identified 360 mass murders (defined as three or more persons murdered or wounded in a 24 hour period). This includes 5,948 dead. And the Read More >>

Do “Red Flag” Laws Do Anything?

The latest attempt to prevent mass murder is the adoption of “red flag” laws, whereby persons whose behavior or statements suggest that they might be a threat to others may be disarmed and prohibited from acquiring firearms.  You might think that’s logical.  Crazy people do often give plenty of warning that something running in the hamster cage isn’t a hamster at all. There are several problems with this solution: First is that mass murder is not just done with guns.  I am currently writing a history of mass murder in America.  I have identified 333 mass murders (3 or more dead Read More >>

Fragility and Strength Combined – Why I Carry by L.B. Johnson

I'm out for a very early morning walk with a woman friend. She does not shoot, though she is starting to show interest. We're walking down a long trail in a small city park, a large sprawling area with miles of trails, a lot of trees and a small river. A jogger passes us every 10 minutes or so, Barkley's intent on sniffing out a cheeseburger someone just had to have left behind on the trail. She's quiet and then the question comes out. She looked at me and said, "you're carrying, aren't you?". I looked down at a hip length winter jacket over a T shirt, and couldn't see the form Read More >>

Doctors on Guns

The American College of Physicians is recommending solutions to what it says,"continues to be a public health crisis," and "Firearm violence continues to be a public health crisis in the United States that requires the nation's immediate attention."  You would never know that murder rates are now below 1965 rates.  To quote Snopes: FBI statistics show, in fact, that the 2015 murder rate was among the lowest of the past 47 years, and indeed the lowest of any year between 1965 and 2009. Their requests include: ACP supports strengthening and enforcing state and federal laws to Read More >>

To Walk in Freedom

To Walk in Freedom If there is any advantage of getting up sometimes at 4 a.m.,  it's occasionally getting done in time to enjoy a little bit of last light, a short trek around the fields and trees that surround a friends home we were visiting. With a couple hours free before darkness drew a cape across the face of the moon, I had time for a long walk around the area, on some property of those friends. Time to gather my thoughts, ricocheting around inside my head with all that's going on in the world. Time, after travel and busy days, for stillness and quiet, out among the cold and a few Read More >>