It’s all fun and games…

Until someone gets shot. He thought he shot a toy gun, until someone got hurt, Wichita police say.

This is why I don’t like Airsoft, or other “replica” guns. They teach bad habits to people.

When a man and child were playing with guns on Monday night, they thought they were toys. But one of them turned out to be real when the man shot another man, officials said.

At least police are treating this like the accident it is. No one was killed, which is attributable only to dumb luck.


14 Years: I must be crazy

What was going in 2004? John Kerry (A “C” student at Yale) was berating George W Bush (Another “C” student from Yale) for not being smart enough for the Oval Office. That’s when this whole thing kicked off. Straight Shooting About Gun Laws.

September 23, 2004. William Jefferson Clinton’s Assault Weapons Ban (So Called) had just expired. The Left and the Media (but I repeat myself) were hysterical because automatic weapons were sure to be everywhere tomorrow! Or something.

Of course, the Clinton gun ban didn’t touch on automatic weapons at all. These are covered (present tense) by the National Firearms Act of 1934 – which is still in place.

So was all that hysteria “Fake News?”

A little less than 8 years on Blogger 20012 was about the time Google began its war on all things firearm and Second Amendment related. Then here, on WordPress since then. (Which is starting to follow in Google’s footsteps, and piss me off almost – almost, but not quite – as much.)

The Long History of Concealed Carry in the US

People make it sound like the idea of an armed public is new (and scary), but it has a long history. Add a Colt to Your Motoring Equipment.

And not just in the US. If you read Sherlock Holmes, you might notice that Dr. Watson is almost always in possession of a revolver.

Even in the late 18th and early 19th century we see handguns like the Durs Egg ladies flintlock and Allen and Thurber percussion cap “muff pistols,” designed to be carried in the cylinders of material that women used to keep their hands warm. In the mid-to-late-19th century, the Philadelphia Deringer was so widely copied that “derringer” became a popular (if misspelled) designation for many small, concealable pistols. In the early 20th century, Colt’s Patent Fire Arms manufactured two John Moses Browning designed pistols, the 1908 Pocket Hammerless in .380 ACP (often called the “Model M”) and the 1908 Vest Pocket in .25 ACP (the “Model N”). As the names suggest, both were both made to be carried concealed in jacket, pants, or vest pockets. And they were both popular in their time. According to Massad Ayoob’s Greatest Handguns of the World, Colt’s produced nearly a million of these two concealed carry pistols by the 1940s (p. 128).

Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed Back At It

Turns out the ruling against Defense Distributed said he couldn’t give the file away indiscriminately. So he will sell them. Man Behind 3D Gun Files Spoils The Left’s Celebration Over Ban With Major Announcement.

“This judge’s order, stopping us from simply giving things away, was only an authorization that we could sell it, that we could mail it, that we could email it, that we could provide it by secure transfer. I will be doing all of those things, now,” announced Wilson.

Proceeds from the files will go for legal fees.

You can get all your 3D printer files (and other files) at DEFCAD.COM, where you can also buy 80% lowers and a Ghost Gunner.

The 30-year-old said he’s “happy now to become the iTunes of downloadable guns if I can’t be the Napster,” but added that it was somewhat “regrettable” that state attorneys general drove him into the commercial space.

Hat tip to Silicon Graybeard, who notes Cody Wilson Sticks A Finger in the Judge’s Eye -Metaphorically speaking, of course.

When Only Cops Have Guns, Only Cops Will Sell Guns to Criminals

I wonder if the thieves passed background checks before they got these guns. Thieves steal Paraguay police rifles, replace them with toy replicas.

The inventory of the armory in the city of Capiata, about 15 miles south of the capital Asuncion, was ordered after FN FAL battle rifles used by police started appearing in the black market, BBC News reported. The rifles can fetch up to $10,000.

No details on whether the FN FAL were in full or semiautomatic configuration. I would hazard to guess fully automatic.

It seems they weren’t “stolen” (as it says in the headline of the article) so much as they were sold out inventory on the sly. They were put into storage, because the police force was adopting more modern rifles. The officer in charge of the armory has been replaced.

So It Is A Question of Mental Health

As per usual. In Howard County, parents of Jacksonville shooting suspect had been desperate to find psychiatric care for son.

[The parents] had tried psychiatric care in Towson and Rockville, enrolled him in public and private schools, and even sent him to Utah for a therapeutic wilderness school for teens.

Court records show his behavior was still worrisome.

He was on psychoactive drugs in his youth, but it doesn’t say anything about recently. And the psychiatrist said he should pose no danger to anyone except his mother.

By 12 years old, he was taking Risperdal, an anti-psychotic drug to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, his father said in court records. He often missed school and resisted treatment, sometimes curling into a ball. His father said the boy would appear to be “looking right through you.”

But the Left will blame the NRA, the gun, but never the person.

But Mexico Has All of That Lovely Gun Control

I don’t understand how it doesn’t work. 10 dead after 4 attacks against police, military in Guerrero.

7 died after armed civilians attacked a military convoy

How can this be? Gun Control failed?

Armed men attacked a military convoy at around 7:30am yesterday in El Naranjo, a community in the coastal municipality of La Unión, which borders Michoacán.

And crime in general is a problem in Mexico, even if the powers-that-be, south-of-the-border, don’t want to admit it.

While this story is mostly about Acapulco, it does touch on Mexico as a whole.

Violence is spreading to new places and taking many forms. In Puebla, south of Mexico City, a fight rages over the sale of stolen fuel. Beach towns such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen have been bloodied by drug killings. The battle for human-smuggling routes leaves bodies strewn along the migrant trail.

In Acapulco, the faded playground of Hollywood stars, where the Kennedys honeymooned and John Wayne basked in the clifftop breeze, drugs are no longer even the main story. This is a place awash in crime of all stripes, where criminals no longer have to hide.

There are US State Department travel advisories (which the Mexican authorities say is all a conspiracy!) warning against all of this. And all that violence in spite of gun control.