I have to start scaling back our posting frequency on here. I also normally try to read every comment, and respond to the ones I feel a need to respond to. But the volume has gotten to be pretty high lately. Right now I feel like I have two full time jobs, and I’m not able to get to stuff I want to do with my club, which can bring local pressure to bear on lawmakers. The pace can be very tiring, and I can really sympathize with Robb, I’m not going to completely unplug, but I’m going to pull things back to DEFCON 3 for now. I will still keep everyone updated on major news as it happens, but I need some breathing room to work on stuff for the club, focus better on work during the day, so I’m not working all night until the wee hours to make up for it. I will share with you what’s been building up in my “list of things to maybe blog about.”
Tom Ridge used to be anti-gun, and then claimed to be pro-gun, and now is anti-gun again, suggesting that banning semi-autos is “a very important step.” Step to where, Tom?
Another generation of Bushes prepares to enter politics. God help us. God help the GOP.
The activism gap behind the gun control debate. I’ve had a lot of people e-mailing asking what they can do. I hope that momentum keeps up through 2014, because folks, if the GOP holds together, we need to work hard. They are going to make 2014 a referendum on gun control.
Smart Guns, an Engineer’s Perspective. I was peripherally involved in this debate. The anti-gun folks think we need smart guns. So does Obama. Personally, I’d prefer to go straight to phasers. Though, I wouldn’t accept any firearm that needs batteries to function, at least not with the current state of battery tech.
How we are going to be safer (not sure where I found this, but it’s excellent)
Obama’s proposals have nothing to do with Sandy Hook. Of course they don’t. Nothing would have stopped that, short of making it easier to adjudicate mentally ill people, or making sure people like Nancy Lanza can’t own firearms.
Why are gun death statistics inflated with gun-suicides? Prof. Althouse notes: “It occurred to me, after the Sandy Hook murders, that blaming guns is a secular substitute for blaming the devil. People find it too challenging to figure out why a human being would do this terrible thing and they latch on to the idea thatthe gun made it happen. Suicide presents a similar challenge, and one way to fathom it is to say: It was the gun. Isn’t it like saying the devil made him do it? The gun/the devil is a great go-to answer, freeing you from wracking your brain about the workings of the human mind.”
New York’s Gun Control Make the PATRIOT Act Looks Careful and Deliberated. Hey, never let a crisis go to waste.