Halfway Through July News Links


Is it the middle of July already? Time does indeed fly when you’re busy. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s going to let up anytime soon. In addition to working at a client, I’m still doing my regular job, and things there are getting a bit backed up. Running a blog is like having two jobs, so when I have two jobs that I get paid for, three (i.e. this blog) is a bit too much to handle. But I appreciate Bitter filling in. As it often is in the summer, gun news is a bit slow. But let’s see what I have here in the tabs:

Be careful when you leave America. Since my new client is in New Jersey, it’s something I have to be cognizant of. A single .22 hollow point that escaped from your range bag after a day of shooting can land you in New Jersey State Prison for a good while.

Culturally, hunting is in a lot more trouble than shooting. You see plenty of hunters arguing against trophy hunting too when these things come up. It’s never a good idea to feed your presumptive allies to your enemies in the hope that they’ll eat you last.

Do gun owners have any rights liberals are bound to respect? Well, they don’t seem to think so.

Professor Nick Johnson looks at those who are undermining our right to Keep and Bear Arms. He looks into the book “The Second Amendment: A Biography.” I started reading it, got about 1/3rd of the way through. I’ll finish it when I have more time.

Gun control is well and truly a folly with modern technology. But that’s not going to convince people to give it up.

Chicagoland is acting up again, treating shall-issue as may issue. Lawsuits are already filed. It’s funny that the gun control folks justify this intrusion thusly: “If you can’t fly on a plane because of being on a secret government list, you shouldn’t be able to buy a gun.” Well who said that ought to be constitutional in the first place? Last I heard, there was an implicit right to travel.

Is there hope for the future? I think it’s good advice. Of course, one way to neutralize attacks on social issues is to actually not be on the wrong side of younger voter’s values.

I have to agree with Joe. I don’t see any problem with that ad. Even if you’ve taught your kids well, you haven’t taught your friends’ kids.

OSU students sue over illegal campus gun ban.

Does the Religious Freedom Restoration Act violate separation of powers? Not necessary off topic. The article mentions City of Boerne v. Flores (1997). If we get national reciprocity, I can promise you that you’ll be seeing more of that case.

Missouri is considering passing a RKBA provision very similar to the one passed in Louisiana. The more states that do this, the better. It shows that the people aren’t happy with this intermediate scrutiny two-step dance the federal courts have been doing. The Louisiana Supreme Court recently upheld prohibitions on violent felons possessing arms under strict scrutiny, so there should be less credible scaremongering this time.

Just when you thought the stupid couldn’t get any stupider. Seems there’s a lot of stupid going around these days.  I have to agree with Jeff Soyer. The way to convince people we’re not a bunch of loose cannons with guns is not to act like loose cannons with guns.

The Army is looking for a new pistol again. The big problem is the ammunition. Would the world really be a worse place if we announced we were withdrawing from that one aspect of the Hauge Convention?

Why am I not shocked that Bearing Arms is the only place I’ve even heard of this guy?

7 thoughts on “Halfway Through July News Links”

  1. if we announced we were withdrawing from that one aspect of the Hauge Convention?

    I don’t believe we’re signatory to that provision anyway.
    But you’re right, who would care or what difference at this point would it make?

    (psst- Hague)

    1. A very strong case can be made that the Hague limitations on small arms ammunition have been (mostly) observed for so long (including by nations, like us, that never signed) that it has entered the realm of “customary international law” under the doctrine of jus cogens, and can be held to be enforceable in general against all nations – even those who have not formally agreed to it.

      For example, the basic principles of Geneva Conventions are now held to this standard — a non-Geneva signatory belligerent that doesn;t follow the exact letter of the GC in terms of minor aspects like noticifation times, etc., is OK, but “grave breaches” like maiming POWs to ensure they cannot fight when repatriated would not be accepted, merely because that nation never signed.

      Even if deemed not to rise to the level of jus cognes, the fact that a state does not formally object to the limitations (and, by unilaterally agreeing to follow them for over a century, it would be hard to claim the US has an active objection to the core provisions of the Hague limits on small arms ammunition in warfare) can be used to bind them to a rule they did not formal agree to in a treaty where the rule is longstanding and almost universally formally accepted. (As an example of the second, the US has formally objected to the “guerilla” addendum – Protocol II – to teh Geneva Conventions, and is not bound by them.)

  2. Hey didn’t Chris Christie sign into law in New Jersey a ban on anyone buying guns if they happen to be on the Federal no fly list?

  3. When will hunters ever stop attacking each other? Never. They’re stupid enough to think that by sucking up to those who oppose them, that their hobby will survive.

  4. “If you can’t fly on a plane because of being on a secret government list, you shouldn’t be able to buy a gun.”

    Hell, apart from the obvious due process issues, do they not realize that the “no fly list” is really a “extra inspection before they let you on the plane list”?

    It’s not actually a “You Are Forbidden To Fly” list, never has been.

    (“Why, anyone subjected to this extra scrutiny must be so dangerous we can’t let them have a gun! Even if you can get on that list just by having a name like someone else’s, or because someone ticked off the wrong box on a form!”


  5. The particulars of the Mosbey case were familiar. it just took so ling it had faded to the background. There must be a means of taking wastefully stupid public servants to task.

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