Tab Clearing

Time to clean out the old tabs again. I’ve been using a lot of what I’ve come across lately, since I haven’t had as much time to keep up with blogs, not as much builds up in the tabs:

Good news for people in Milwaukee. Homicide is down, but that’s only because criminals are becoming lousier shots.

Constitutional Carry is on the table currently in twelve states. South Dakota has a bill on the Governor’s desk, but he has not yet signed it.

Emily Miller reports on DC City Council passing an easement of the gun laws there.

The Baltimore Sun talks to some legal scholars, who think the decision which would make Maryland shall-issue will stand.

Dave Hardy talks about some old memories in regards to the fight over the Firearms Owners Protection Act’s passage.

Outdoor life runs an article on pigeon shooting, or more accurately, pigeon hunting. Apparently these shooters eat most of what they kill. I can’t say I find the thought of eating a pigeon very appetizing, but I’m more familiar with the flying rats that inhabit urban areas.

Since our opponents are always quick to demand this answer after a tragedy, the Ruger Mk.III target pistol used by the mass murdering teenager in Ohio was originally purchased at Gander Mountain. This was before the little murderer started criminal life by becoming a thief. I will not mention the little monster’s name here on this blog, and wonder if the media adopted my tactic, the idea of becoming notorious might not be so appealing to other off-balance teens.

Joe Huffman thinks it’s time for California gun owners to come out of the closet. I think that’s always a good policy, since if everyone knows someone who’s a gun owner that they think are normal, that prevents a key tactic of our opponents from working.

9 Ways Gun Owners Can Lose the 2012 Election. I’m there on 1-7, but 8 and 9 are a bit of a reach.

A couple of good articles over at Shooting Illustrated from people you may know.

Armed Doctor Helps Others Flee

Fordham Law has a pretty good seminar lined up this Friday. If you’re in or around New York City and have the time, you could go. I’d be tempted to go if I found out about it sooner.

12 Responses to “Tab Clearing”

  1. beatbox says:

    Good for Emily. The NRA has refused to get serious about gun rights in DC. Nice to seem some good ol’ public shaming by the media can help.

    It was interesting to watch her series develop. Week after week you would here more people talking about at bars, at the gas station etc. It shed light on Mendelson and the rest of the council’s true intentions.

    BTW-the regulations that Phil thought was necessary to rescind were ones he wrote in the first place…and he knew they were bogus.

    To justify these changes, the report quoted testimony given back in 2008. Testimony that was ignored when the laws were first passed.

    • Harold says:

      The NRA has refused to get serious about gun rights in DC.

      They are not helping with Heller II?

      Up to now everyone assumed the next step was through the courts, and the case is still necessary since the City Council could reverse itself after the threat of current litigation is over.

      • beatbox says:

        Heller Two will go nowhere. The NRA has, and has always had in its power to help drive change to DC’s gun laws through Congress. However, the only time they talk/or act on it is when the topic of statehood comes up. I believe that DC gun rights is just something of a gift to anti-statehood republicans.

        There are many legislative vehicles they could push for new gun laws on. Also, enough of the “eliminate all laws at once.” How about knocking off one per session? e.g. Allow DC residents to buy handguns out of state, end the semi-auto and 10+ round mag ban. Finally, go for ending registration.

        Again, they have no legislative agenda for DC. It took a reporter to shed the light on how bad things are to get some change.

        • Sebastian says:

          There was a bill that was introduced before the 2010 elections, but yes, it got held up with the DC voting rights act. Getting it done now would be difficult because the Senate hasn’t been remarkably cooperative, which I consider to be a consequence of NRA not endorsing Reid in 2010. Reid’s going to be more concerned with protecting the White House in an election year than he’s going to be concerned with helping out NRA’s agenda.

          So I don’t think it’s really fair to suggest NRA has no legislative agenda for DC. If anything, DC is acting now because they know things aren’t likely to go that well for them in court, and also that someone like Emily Miller testifying before Congress could get them preempted by Congress from regulating guns. I think without the prospect of intervention by Congress, DC probably wouldn’t have eased its laws at all.

          • beatbox says:

            It didn’t “get help up” by the voting rights act. It was intentionally tied to it. Again, you have other vehicles, like the DC budget that you attach items that have a stronger chance of passing. This “all or nothing” approach will never work-same as with the courts. Just ask Gura.

  2. Oliver Perry says:

    “the Ruger Mk.III target pistol used by the mass murdering teenager in Ohio was originally purchased at Gander Mountain.”

    You must be lying. Tiahrt makes it impossible to get this information, Denny Henny told me so. And he’d never prevaricate.

  3. Jake says:

    Sadly, Constitutional Carry is only on the table in 11 states. Virginia’s Republican Party leadership killed it in committee by refusing to schedule it for a hearing. From VCDL:

    Constitutional Carry is dead (HB139, Delegate Cole) – it never got a hearing. This is called a “pocket veto” and was intentional done by Republican leadership, who did not want the bill to be voted on.

    There’s always next year.

    • Alpheus says:

      Utah had Constitutional Carry on the table a couple of years ago. I’m beginning to wonder what more I can do to get it back, and then to get it on the Governor’s desk!

  4. WRT the Mk III: That is was taken from a barn tells me the barn is probably on a farm, and a Mk III is a damned handy pistol to have around.

  5. Zermoid says:

    9 Ways Gun Owners Can Lose the 2012 Election’s #9 was a case of other than losing a little privacy in what should be personal matters I don’t see a downside to crooks knowing you are armed.

    And if they don’t get a clue from the NRA stickers, NAGR Stickers, and NAHC Stickers on my truck and home doors and go elsewhere then they deserve to get shot for trying to steal from me or my family.

    • Harold says:

      I’m afraid this is a “speak for yourself” type of thing.

      By and large no one but my family and friends know I’m a gun owner. No stickers … but I normally live in an apartment (temporarily evicted by the May 22nd Joplin tornado, I’m living with my father at the moment, and anyone showing up to the main entrance will know there’s guns here). People who handle my mail or packages could figure it out/remember it if they’ve got enough continuity. Very possibly my apartment complex’s management does from that (e.g. the huge Brownells catalog), on the other hand I’m so deep in Red State America the maintenance guy advertised a Ruger .40 S&W semi-auto for sale on the bulletin board; the lease agreement and rules are only intolerant of negligent discharges, which is hard to argue with.

      I’m pretty much invisible to someone who starts from the question of “Who owns guns in [my town] and would be fruitful to burglarize?” and I prefer it that way. And I’m glad Missouri CCW license info is private.

      Ah, well, it’s easy enough to go from this online persona to me, but that’s indirect enough, I suspect. The intersection of people who could glean that info and who would use it is small, and I doubt it would work well in the medium term for cyberthieves to try that gambit, e.g. selling lists of probable gun owners. Plus the people who’d commit local burglaries aren’t likely to connect to the former, at least as things stand now.