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Enough Links For a News Dump?

I guess we’ll see:

NRA President: Gun control advocates were ready for Newtown. Once Obama had won re-election, a gun control push was a fore drawn conclusion. Newtown was merely the pretext.

Another illegal mayor?

Mike Bloomberg, best thing to happen to the GOP since Citizen’s United? That all depends on the GOP. Before they can take advantage of the opportunity Bloomberg presents, they have to first stand up for Second Amendment rights. So far, they’ve been doing well, but that needs to hold.

A man breaks into someone’s home, gets shot dead, and his family claims he was a victim. Thirdpower found the guy’s rap sheet.

That .323 caliber Enfield. What’s scary is that it would seem the Connecticut State Police know next to nothing about guns. That check for the C183 I mentioned yesterday came straight from the police report. It was the cops that assumed that was a firearm.

Sean crashed one of Bloomberg’s pressers, talking about what Bloomberg’s “background check” bill would actually do.

Mr. C and Keewee are OK after a big land slide on Whidbey Island. Didn’t happen near them. We’re glad to hear that. Mr. C organizes postal matches for gun bloggers and readers. If you have any ammo to spare, they are fun.

Big Democratic donors are demanding some action on gun control, or screw those Dems who hold office in cousin humping redneck states. Have it your way. I’ll be happy to contain the Democratic Party to the Northeast and West Coast.

The biggest gun banning states have the lowest rates for actually prosecuting crimes involving guns. Pennsylvania bans private transfers, and it’s a well established fact that Philly prosecutors rarely use these laws to go after criminals. So why have them?

6 Responses to “Enough Links For a News Dump?”

  1. Thanks for the link. It was a lot of fun to get up and ask awkward questions of politicians who were reading from talking points.

    Lessons learned: Bring my own audio recorder. The news reporters had video, but since I wasn’t miked, they couldn’t use the exchange. If I had miked myself and offered them the audio, they could have sync’d it up and ran it.

  2. Robert says:

    “I’ll be happy to contain the Democratic Party to the Northeast and West Coast.”

    We can change the name on the currency to “The Balkanized States of America.”

  3. Andy B. says:

    “That .323 caliber Enfield.”

    I doubt the above is really accurate, but the P-14 Enfield was manufactured in 7.92 x 57 (“8mm Mauser”), I believe by Belgium, under contract to the Chinese. So if he had one, it would indeed be a “.323 Enfield.” Maybe a cop didn’t recognize what caliber it was, and slugged the groove diameter?

    I remember “Ye Olde Hunter” advertizing those back in the pre-GCA ’68 1960s. I coveted having one, because I liked the P-14/P-17 action (still do), and the 8 x 57 cartridge even more, but I think they were around $25 – $30, and that was heavy bread for me at the time. I kind of remember fantasizing about rechambering one to 8mm Norma Magnum (wildcat) because it would be relatively cheap (then) to just replace the bolt with one for the .303 boltface (.532″).

    • Rob says:

      I doubt the above is really accurate, but the P-14 Enfield was manufactured in 7.92 x 57 (“8mm Mauser”), I believe by Belgium, under contract to the Chinese. So if he had one, it would indeed be a “.323 Enfield.” Maybe a cop didn’t recognize what caliber it was, and slugged the groove diameter?

      That’s unlikely. According to the link, they recovered several boxes of .303 British, and it doesn’t mention any 8mm Mauser. Also, it was apparently made by Albion Motors – a British company – during WW2, where as the variant you mentioned would not have been.

      You have to ask what’s more likely: that they had an obscure variant of the Enfield but didn’t have the correct ammunition for it, or that the police screwed up while transcribing the markings from the receiver?

      • Andy B. says:

        In which case the “.323″ was most likely just a misprint that got carried forward, and was hardly an issue to make a big deal out of.

        I just felt like having a little fun, because the “.323″ Enfield did bring back old memories.

      • raybiker73 says:

        My guess is that they were just doubly-stupid, changing .303 to .323, and failing to realize an importer mark we’ve probably all seen a million times – “CAI St. Albans VT” – then not only failing to recognize it, but also misspelling it.

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