If we have the determination to reduce the roughly 30,000 people in this country who are shot each year by firearms, to reduce that to zero, we can do it…it is within our ability to do that. We just have to adopt the registration requirement that has been so successful in Canada.
– Buford Scott.
I’m not going to address the ludicrous claim that we can reduce gun violence by any significant amount (let alone to zero) by registration. That’s just absurd.
Rather, I’m going to focus on part of his first sentence:
…people in this country who are shot by firearms…
Maybe I’m just being pedantic, but I’ve never heard of anyone being shot by a firearm. Rather, I’ve heard of people being shot by other people with firearms.
The Brady Campaign has a flyer along these lines where they state that “In 2004, guns murdered…11,344 [people] in the United States.” For the sake of the exercise, I’m not going to dispute the numbers, but I suspect that the guns alone didn’t do the murdering…rather, a person used a gun as a means of murdering someone else.
Last time I checked, guns are inanimate objects without any will of their own.
Indeed, Assault Weapon Watch has been closely monitoring an AR-15 for over four years, and it has yet to move, speak, dance, or commit acts of violent crime. It’s just quietly sat there for four years in the corner.
Perhaps it’s a clever ruse on the rifle’s part? Is it behaving as such simply to serve as a decoy, so we won’t pay attention to other guns going out and committing crimes on their own? Who knows?
I found this video a while back (I didn’t make it) and found it to be particularly useful at silliness of the claim that licensing and registering gun owners (especially law-abiding ones) and their firearms will affect crime.
I found it again while browsing the internet today, and figured it’d be a fun thing to post here.
…an Elite Team Fighter.
This guy fails as an instructor.
While some (some!) of his advice is reasonable for a beginner, simple possession of firearms and a basic knowledge does not make one an expert, nor “elite”. He might be able to try out for marching band, what with all the twirling of the rifle and shotgun like they’re batons…
And what’s with the ski mask?
(Hat tip to a few gun bloggers. Thanks, guys!)
Some days, I wonder about the sanity of government workers.
First off, there’s the whole silliness about the “economic stimulus” program (giving taxpayers their own money, yet somehow thinking this will make the economy better)…that’s enough for an entirely separate post.
The thing that really confuses me is all the mail they keep sending out about it. They sent me (and presumably all other eligible recipients) a letter a few months ago saying “We’re going to pay you!”, then they paid me (via direct deposit), then they sent out another letter saying “Look! We paid you!”
Duh. I know. There’s no need to waste more of my own money on postage, knuckleheads. I shudder to think how much money was spent on postage alone.
Here’s a suggestion: Instead of spending money letting me know you already gave me money (I can read my bank statement, after all), why not use it to pay down the National Debt?
In an incident reminiscent of the DEA agent shooting himself in the foot, the Riverdale, Utah chief of police demonstrates how not to clear a jam.
Actually, he didclear the jam…by firing the gun into his own ankle. But it’s clearly not a recommended way of doing it.