See Fred Run!

From Insty, Fred Thompson says he’ll run.

Politician-turned-actor Fred Thompson plans an unconventional campaign for president using blogs, video posts and other Internet innovations to reach voters repelled by politics-as-usual in both parties, he told USA Today.

Thompson, a former U.S. Senator from Tennessee, has been coy about his intentions with audiences, but made clear in an interview that he plans to run.

It’s really good news for people who don’t like any of the other three clowns currently vying for the nomination. Thompson is a bit more socially conservative than I would like, but as Glenn points out, there’s a lot not to like about Giuliani. Mitt Romney is a political opportunist of the first order. The only other serious candidate, John McCain, doesn’t believe in free speech, and being in the Senate for too long has melted his brain.

So Fred might not be my ideal candidate, but I like his style, and he’s certainly better than the other three. Run him against Hillary, and it’s not even a question. Against Obama, even less of a question. I’ll take him over Richardson too. I like Richardson, but his foreign policy ideas don’t appeal to me.

So Fred it is!

Centers of Gravity

Rightwingprof brought up the issue of urbanization and how it affects Pennsylvania in one of the comments. I thought I’d expand on the issue a bit in terms of how it relates to gun policy in the commonwealth.

According to the Center for Rural Pennsylvania:

  • 2.8 million Pennsylvanians live in rural municipalities, or 24% of the population
  • 64% of municipalities in Pennsylvania are rural.

No doubt that Pennsylvania is already heavy urbanized and suburbanized, but we’ve still maintained pro-gun policies. There is a reason for this.
The political center of gravity of the gun control movement in Pennsylvania is unquestionably Philadelphia. There might be some sympathies for it in some of the other cities, but in any movement you have to worry about it’s center of gravity. Pittsburgh is Pennsylvania’s other big city, and tends not to be as solidly anti-gun. The suburbs of Philadelphia have never been, and still aren’t solidly anti-gun. There are a lot of pro-gun legislators in the suburban districts, and even a few in Philadelphia.

The real danger is rooted in the suburbs going Democratic and becoming more solidly anti-gun, and following the lead of the city. My district recently switched from a pro-gun Republican to a pro-gun Democrat, so we’re safe in that vain, but I also live in the most pro-gun suburban county.

One of the things that really worries me is Delaware County, which is where I grew up. My state legislator there, Tom Gannon, was a long time NRA A rated politician. This past election year he was pushing an anti-gun bill. Granted it was less onerous than a lot of other measures pushed, but it still had the potential to penalize honest gun owners. He still lost his seat to an anti-gun Democrat. Delaware County is traditionally solidly Republican, but that’s changing, and it’s the fifth most populous county in the commonwealth. Reasonably pro-gun Curt Weldon, who represented most of Delaware County and some of Chester County, was also defeated by rabidly anti-gun Joe Sestak.

Is our state making the slow march toward being an anti-gun state? It all depends on whether the anti-gun movement’s center of gravity can grow to encompass the suburban counties. Pennsylvania has 12.3 million residents, and Philadelphia and the suburban counties contain 3.85 million of those, which would be a formidable force in state politics if they all voted in a single block.

Philadelphia has been losing population rather rapidly though, but they are moving to the suburbs, and continuing to vote like Philadelphians. For at least the next decade, our gun rights are safe. Beyond that, I wouldn’t want to place any bets.

The Answer is Gun Control

I wish more psychologists were like Dr. Helen rather than this guy.

The Virginia Tech shooter used a Glock 19 semi-automatic weapon and a Walther. In less than 10 minutes he fired approximately 170 bullets. In the face of such firepower, do even the most ardent technophiles really believe that quicker communication systems could deliver people to safety?

Never claimed that, but I certainly do think someone capable of returning fire sure could have.

Our nation’s strategy for securing peace in other parts of the world includes ridding violent societies, such as Afghanistan or Iraq, of the widespread weapons that undermine their peace.

Actually, we’re taking weapons from belligerents.  Households are permitted to have a fully automatic AK-47 to defend themselves and their families.  Want to talk about bringing that kind of “gun control” to our shores?

Love Hurts

You know it’s a slow news day in the gun blogosphere when I’m resorting to linking to college papers.  This one tells us that love can hurt:

For those who carry guns to protect your family I think you probably love your family so much it hurts… hurts them and all of us in society. Real love is based not on fear but on hope. My high school journalism teacher was shot by an elementary school student who had access to a gun. I grieve for both since they are both the victims of a lack of gun control.

I’m pretty sure they were victims of a deranged murderer.   And, you know, since people like that are out there, I’d really rather not depend on “hope” to protect me.  That’s how you end up at these people’s mercy, and that’s not for me.

Three of my cousins graduated from Virginia Tech recently and I am thankful that guns are not allowed on the VT campus. Allowing students to carry guns on VT campus would have not prevented the massacre, rather only made more people victims and more people shooters. Cho would have been more successful if he had an opponent.

Do these people even stop for a moment to seriously consider what they are saying here?  How stupid and incompetent do you have to think your fellow citizens are to even claim something this absurd?

I for one, am rather sick of the anti-gun people harping on Virginia Tech.  We’re really not going to see a sea change in gun laws over this.  That much is obvious now.   A few states, and maybe the feds, are going to move to tinker with mental health data and the background check system, but that’s as far as it’s going to go.   Get over it.  I’m tired of talking and reading about it.

Bat Control

It looks as if baseball bat control could be coming to the Keystone State.

Protecting kids from injury is the top priority, said Carroll, who represents Luzerne and Monroe counties and is an assistant coach on his son’s Little League team.

Of course, it’s for the Children.  I’m glad to see that all the other problems in our state have been dealt with, that our legislators can now feel free to turn their attention to the menace of aluminum baseball bats.  I played with aluminum bats when I was a kid.  I also didn’t always wear a helmet!  I got beamed with a ball once too.   Some would say this explains a lot.

The Representative who is sponsoring this legislation’s name is Mike Carroll, and he’s a freshman Democrat from the Wilkes-Barre area, out to show the world how much he cares, apparently.   He can be contacted here if you’d like to tell him what you think about this steaming piece of crap legislation.

Great Article About Semi-Autos

Chris Byrne has a pretty good post up about self-loading mechanisms.

Need to call UPS

My shipment of venom and vitriol is late this week.

What is Meant by Snuff?

Eugene Volokh thinks that he probably was meaning to say run out of business.  I think it would have had to be a pretty poor choice of words in that instance.   I think it’s quite likely the Reverend didn’t intend people to literally go in and drag him out into the streets and kill him, and I think he’d probably have a pretty good defense against any charges.  But I do think he was alluding to violence in his speech.

This rhetoric is irresponsible, insulting and reprehensible for utterance by a public figure and supposed man of the cloth.  Sadly, we have people like this on our side too.

I’ll take it

Looks like I scored 4 out of 5 in category and 7 out of 10 overall.  Considering how much time I spent at the range practicing to get my groups to be smaller, I’d like to say I’ll do better on the next match, but I don’t know if I have the time!  I have to say, we have some really good shooters out there.  That target was a bitch.  I can’t imagine being able to get some of those high scores.   I have a long way to go before I can pull something like that off.

The Brady’s Were Right!

Someone call the Brady Campaign.   Below is solid evidence that the 50 caliber can indeed bring down aircraft:


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