“Using data for the period 1980 to 2009 and controlling for state and year fixed effects, the results of the present study suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states. It was also found that assault weapons bans did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level. These results suggest that restrictive concealed weapons laws may cause an increase in gun-related murders at the state level. The results of this study are consistent with some prior research in this area, most notably Lott and Mustard (1997).”
Another observation from Reason:
“The most recent Reason-Rupe poll reports that 63 percent of Americans don’t believe that stricter gun laws would keep weapons out of the hands of criminals.”
I realize that these observations are old news to gun owners. But having respected establishment media organizations admit them is a relatively new thing. And having these facts in your back pocket can help you shut down the lies of anti-gunners that you will inevitably end up debating in your life.
To those of you who reside in CT and own an “assault weapon” or a magazine that can hold 11 or more bullets: the deadline for registering them is December 31. Meaning, your registration application must be postmarked by December 31, 2013.
Before you make a decision on whether or not to comply with Gov. Malloy’s Gestapo, you must understand that a separate “assault rifle” registration form must be completed for each gun you intend to register. And that each of those forms must have your right thumbprint on it, and be notarized. And each form must include a copy of the original purchase receipt or DPS-3-C form that was filled out at the time of purchase to prove that you owned the gun prior to April 4, 2013. In the absence of those sale documents, you must include a signed & notarized affidavit with each form attesting to the fact that you owned the gun prior to 4/4/13. Free advice: print extra forms and thumbprint the blanks until you get clear images, then fill out those forms.
For magazines, you can register multiple calibers/capacities on a single form, and no notary is required. Once again, you are required to provide a receipt or affidavit to attest that you owned the magazines prior to 4/4/13. But the affidavit must be notarized!
The forms you need:
The legwork required to complete this process is significant. You must do an inventory (and it had better be accurate!). Figure out which items are covered by the poorly-written law. Fill out forms, do thumbprints, get them notarized. And if you are smart, you will submit them by certified or registered mail. So if you haven’t started, you had better start soon.
The decision to comply, or not comply, with this Nazi-inspired registration scheme is not one to be taken lightly. I offer no advice on that topic.
I will say that the law states that you must keep the “assault weapon” certificate (which the DPS will return to you after they process it) with the “assault weapon” at all times (so you had better find a way to protect it from damage!). And also that the State already has a database of DPS-3-C forms from the purchase of all guns.
And that the law says you are permitted to transport the “assault weapon” to a place of sale/repair or to a shooting range, but NOT to any other destination. Which means that if you plan to stop for a burger on the way home from the range, you might become a felon.
Not sure whether to conclude this post by saying: Caveat Emptor …or: Arbeit Macht Frei.
Well, well. Looks like some pretty serious cracks are developing in the prevailing front of liberal socialism that has been crowding Americans for the last 50 years.
First, Obamacare is finally being recognized as a colossal mistake by those who most fervently endorsed it. Not a surprise to anyone that used their brain to run the numbers, but those aren’t the people who supported Obamacare.
And in deep-blue Chicago, the inner-city residents have finally seen through the smoke & mirrors of liberalism and decided that they don’t like the way their plantation is being run:
On Thursday, a town hall meeting hosted by Al Sharpton and the National Action Network to address gun violence exploded into a revolt against “Chicago Machine” politics, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and the aldermen in City Hall, with panel and audience members calling to vote out their elected officials.
“Calls for more gun control laws and getting guns off the streets were nonexistent and not mentioned by residents throughout the session.”
When seconds count, the police are only minutes away…
But don’t worry folks! The Department of Homeland Security is hard at work protecting us from the grave threat of…unlicensed sports apparel.
A story has been circulating in the gun blog world, a podcast interview with a crime victim as well as the original AR15.com thread where he posted his story.
After listening & reading, I (like many others) believe that there are lessons to be learned from this man’s unfortunate experience.
What those lessons are may depend heavily on the biases that you bring to the analysis.
This guy has beaten himself up plenty over this incident, and I am not trying to pile on. But he made some major errors that are entirely correctable.
I have been in 3 stores in the past week that all had .22 ammo in stock.
100-round plastic boxes of Winchester HP, bulk tubs of Remington Golden Bullet, 50-round boxes of Federal Target, 100-round boxes of Remington Viper, 50-round boxes of Fiocchi Official 320 and Remington Eley Match EPS.
All had limits on the quantity that a single customer could buy.
A friend found bulk boxes of 9mm at Dick’s. Other than that one opportunity, I haven’t seen any brass-cased 9mm for sale for a month.
.30-30 ammo has been scarce too.
But I have seen plenty of .223.
Well, to anyone that was paying attention to who Barack Obama really was when he first ran for U.S. Senate, it was clear that he was a calculating socialist with a well-funded public-relations team. A look at the traitorous mob that he surrounded himself with (the Chicago Machine, Bill Ayers, etc.) cemented the impression that his true values were unAmerican to the core.
But he was an eager, brazen liar, and he employed many other liars (of various skill levels of lying), and he had the zealous unquestioning support of the liberal media behind him. And he coasted into office despite his lack of qualifications and many unanswered questions about his past.
Since taking office, he has put into motion a wide variety of schemes to undermine the traditional American way of life and traditional social values. Some were overt maneuvers; some were hidden. But all were calculated to adhere to his mentor Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.
Another left-wing gun-hating legislator in Colorado is the subject of a recall initiative:
We have all seen the news stories of the Navy Yard Massacre. Those of you who go beyond the biased MSM will know that Alexis had some serious mental problems, and that his employer failed to complete his background check. You also know that, despite the MSM bleating about it for days, there was no AR-15 involved.
But lost in the blizzard of disinformation is: why did Alexis do it? What made him follow Joe Biden’s advice (“Get a shotgun”), and saw the stock off while writing cryptic messages on the gun? What made him snap?
Clearly, this must be it:
What Alexis did was wrong and monstrous. But, having used the newest version of Office, I understand. Ballmer could screw up anything without really trying. He should do what George Costanza postulated, and do the exact opposite of what his instincts tell him to do. I mean, raising the price of the Surface2/SurfacePro2, after the first ones didn’t sell? That is some industrial-strength denial at work, to arrive at that decision.
Of course, this is just the excuse that dessicated ratchet-jaw Nancy Pelosi (D-LaLaLand) needs to ban MS Office.
It’s like Groundhog Day.
I can’t claim to be surprised, since this is what the gun-grabbers do every time they think they can tie a criminal act to the issue of gun control. They even have a written strategy guide to help them twist current events into excuses for gun control.
And at the other end of the spectrum, the gun-grabbers in California are about to enact a ban on lead hunting ammunition. All of you gun-owning Californicators can expect ammo shortages and skyrocketing prices. If you thought the ammo problem was bad now, just wait until Governor Moonbeam signs this liberal wet dream into law.
Yet the gun-hating sits-to-pee coalition accuses law-abiding gun owners of being paranoid for opposing their endless, pointless gun-control schemes.
To that, I reply (in the words of a scientist named Carl Sagan):
He is a scientist. I have to believe him, right?
We talked before about doctors pushing gun control.
But now a major medical journal is taking the exact opposite view:
“A major fallacy in the analogy between motor-vehicle crashes and shootings is that crashes are almost always accidental, and shootings are almost always intentional. Thus, in the former, the safety characteristics of cars and roads are highly pertinent, whereas in the latter the issue is why a shooter decides to pull the trigger.”
The article also calls out the AMA (American Medical Association) and ACP (American College of Physicians) as having “fashioned gun violence as a “health problem” rather than a “crime problem.” In so doing, they have avoided the real causes of violence and to pursue federal funding for research from an advocacy perspective.”
Read the whole thing.