Entries in the Category "guns"

National collegiate empty holster week

I know, I wasn't going to post about this any more. So I refer you here, without comment.

Whoops, I'd better shut up now...

...about weapons on campus. Evidently, at Hamline University, such discussion is a suspendable offence.

Or is that what it is? I'm down with both WND and FIRE, but even with the information presented, it's pretty clear that this student is imperfectly bolted down. And perhaps he should have been suspended for illiteracy unbecoming a college student. If in fact Hamline is following its own written procedure and rules, and not just pushing the VT panic button, as a private institution it has a right to do what it will, and to suffer the consequence: a loss of reputation for free inquiry. I think that the suspension/shrink evaluation is way out of line. But there may be more to this than we're being told.

Of course, as always, that's just my opinion, not Case's.

UPDATE: More from Declan McCullagh, including something I somehow missed: Scheffler is a graduate student. It seems that Hamline now has more to be embarrassed about than their "Ham"-fisted approach to campus security. He's also a CCW permit holder. As for the all-important "written procedure and rules" mentioned above:

But then, after FIRE pointed out being suspended for expressing political views violated the school's freedom of expression policy, President Hanson retreated to a fallback position. Hanson said that the suspension was also based on "critical input from various members of the Hamline community."

The bizarre thing is that to this day, Hamline has never informed Scheffler what those anonymous allegations were (or who his anonymous accusers are).

Plain Dealer beats up on local business

In the fine tradition of Hope Taft sending the Jello shot guy to Michigan, the Pee Dealer is beating the drum to remove another producer from the Ohio economy. Oh sure, there's some attempt at telling both sides of the story. But the slant is clear from the lead: we have an Eevul Gun Maker in our midst.

My first gun was a Hi-Point 9 mm carbine. I bought it to beat the Brady check implementation (just coming in then)...not that I'd have any problems passing, but why should I have to pass? I was far from prosperous at the time, the price was right, and the dealer at the gun show took credit cards. It's the firearm equivalent of my '97 Ford Aspire: cheap and reliable, but not luxurious. (much nicer than the Jennings J-22, the worst POS I have ever fired.) All a criminal needs in a gun is that it goes "bang" reliably. Most of the time, they only need it to look like it goes "bang" reliably, given what a wimp the average victim is. And if a criminal had a boatload of money to spend on fine arms, do you think he'd be stealing it? (No, he'd be lobbying and voting for somebody else to steal it for him.)

So, because criminals are just as blue-collar as the people who most need protection from them, the Pee Dealer has to Do Something. Evidently, only the wealthy are allowed to defend themselves, and that only if they're willing to have the Pee Dealer print their names. It really doesn't seem prudent for the paper to adopt an anti-business attitude or to piss off the gun-owning part of their readership, given the tenuousness of their own business.

Teach the spawn of capitalist insects to kill themselves

My dad was wondering in his last email about why young people commit suicide. Maybe this helps explain it?

Campus self-defense coming to Michigan?

Grand Rapids Superintendent Bernard Taylor, for example, told the local newspaper the proposed bill left him "speechless," before saying, "If that's what we've come to, I need to find a new line of work."

An excellent idea, Mr. Taylor, "that" being allowing certain privileged and trained people to carry guns on school grounds. The bill is a no-brainer...why is why it will never pass the Michigan Legislature.

Disarm the young!

Cleveland's mayor has decided he needs a new tool to crack down on hoodlums: a statewide ban on gun possession for anyone under 21. And among other other legislators carrying water for him is Michael DeBose, who supposedly got religion about concealed carry awhile back. Never mind that those same hoodlums might be after a 20 year old college student, who as a full citizen has the same rights of self defense as DeBose has. Never mind that if you take an 18 year old and put him through basic training, he's not only mature enough to carry firearms (and fully automatic firearms, at that -- which is something you don't see on Cleveland streets), but to use them to kill people in foreign lands.

I don't think this was Mayor Frank's idea; I think somebody Bradyesque put a bug in his ear. This isn't about urban gangbangers (who are still going to get guns...and shall we talk about knives?). This is about the 16 year old learning how to hunt. This is about wiping out the gun culture, to the glory of gangsta culture. Further, it's a violation of the 2nd Amendment rights of citizens 18-21. (They get shafted on alcohol, too, but there's no specific Constitutional protection of the right to drink -- though in the Good Old Days, it was thought that you needed a constitutional amendment to keep people from drinking.) What I want to know is: why, if the young can't be trusted with guns or alcohol, they are entrusted with a vote, which is far more dangerous. I'm not nearly as afraid of drive-by shootings as drive-by socialism...which is why I moved to a safer neighborhood.

Buy a gun on Tuesday

...especially if you can get a privately-sold gun.

The Brady Campaign, along with its Million Mom March chapters, said it will join the Rev. Jesse Jackson's Operation PUSH Coalition at demonstrations in cities across America.

Jackson's group chose Aug. 28 because it marks the 44th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic march on Washington.

And the opening of the Mauthausen concentration camp (1938)

VA Tech buys off victims

RICHMOND -- Virginia Tech will offer the families of the 32 students and faculty members slain by Seung-Hui Cho a one-time payment of up to $180,000 from a fund used to solicit private donations in the weeks following the April 16 massacre, the administrator of the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund announced yesterday.

I don't get it. Is this an admission of liability? If so, it looks good for those who'd want to use the courts to get even more. I suppose they can just play nice with contributor's money...but I can't imagine this ending well for them.

It's enough to make you barf

...this flashlight is. Brought to you by the Department of Homeland Security, makers of "Project X" and "Project F"..."Taxpayers are too precious to kill."

For home protection, I think I'd really rather clean up blood than puke.

So, is this a threat?

ATF Area Supervisor Linda Young came in today from Spokane, Washington (567.72 miles; 9 hour drive) along with Industry Operations Inspectors Calvin Pavey and Mike Gorewicz from Portland, Oregon (570.96 miles; 9 hour drive) at around 9:45am. They showed up in a rented newer model Chrsyler … [it] appears they are staying at Best America Suites, which I have to compliment them on their taste, that is a very nice hotel for this area," he wrote.

Evidently it was enough to scare a bunch of BATFE agents. That and the pictures some old man was taking.

Given that they were trying to destroy somebody's livelihood, it's about time they got scared back. Especially when they're so easily frightened.

More here.

UPDATE 8/1:
Evidently the Feds have agreed that it wasn't a threat after all.

Check here for more news.

Republicans want your guns

Apparently, the Republican Party of Cuyahoga Co. is planning to adopt a new platform tomorrow, which includes this little gem:
“Oppose the efforts to curtail constitutional home rule in such areas as…gun control"
Apparently they aren't pleased by the local pre-emption passed by those awful downstate hick Republicans; not that local rights are a bad thing, but they should be devolved to the individual level.. Now, they don't have the draft document up on their website, at least the public portion, so my information is being filtered through Buckeye Firearms Association. But for Republicans to go anti-gun is ultimately a repudiation of the principles the party claims to stand for. Not that that is old news, mind you. But this is a particularly egregious bullet through the metatarsal. With a pro-gun Democrat in the governor's mansion, and a resurgent Libertarian Party, there are fewer reasons to put up with RINO-dom.

Bloomberg gets spanked by Senate committee

In a blow to Mayor Bloomberg's campaign against illegal guns, a Senate committee yesterday voted 19–10 to pass an amendment that mandates prison time for police officers who use federal gun-trace data for anything except specific investigations.

University of Nevada faculty to carry?

Wow. Just wow.
The University of Nevada Board of Regents is willing to spend $3K per faculty member for 21 weeks of training so they can be deputized to do an end run around a state law banning guns on campus.

Now, I doubt many will take them up on the offer. And it does seem like "some potential victims are more equal than others". But could you imagine Case doing such a thing?

America's most powerful gun control lobby

...has just struck a deal with the Democrats. I'm glad I let my membership lapse.

Felony brandishing of a rubber band gun

I used to gunsmith rubber band 3-shooter pistols, so this could have been me...except that I had better sense (from better parenting) than to point a rubber-band gun at an adult, esp. a strange adult. But then, "adult" may not describe this little girl:

Someone driving nearby called police after they said the boy pointed what looked like a real gun out the window. The victim told police she was afraid for her life.

Things might have gotten interesting if the chickie had been armed and decided to defend her life.

DeBose converts to CCW

I'm really glad that State Rep. Michael DeBose chose not to be a victim, and that he is choosing to be even less a victim in the future. But I really have to wonder what went on in his head when he cast his anti-CCW votes. Was it the Reverend asking "What would Jesus do?" and conveniently forgetting that what Jesus did was tell his disciples to buy a sword? Or was it a failure of imagination? Could he really not think of himself in the position of being a victim of violent crime? And if he couldn't vote on the basis of such a stark, clear, easy-to-visualize issue, what makes him think that any other vote he's ever cast is reasonable and valid?

And while we're imagining, what if he'd had a gun and used it? What would have happened to his political career?

VA legislature draws down on Bloomberg

RICHMOND, May 9 -- Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell is warning New York to stop, by the summer, sending private agents into Virginia to look for illegal gun sales, saying that the agents could face legal action.

Because of a Virginia law that goes into effect in July, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (R) and his agents could be charged with a felony if they continue to target Virginia gun dealers with undercover sting operations, McDonnell said.


Gotta love it. Columbus, are you listening?

"Goddam piece of paper..."

No, not George W. (and the source of that quote has low credibility) but Philadelphia City Council, which has decided that in spite of the Pennsylvania constitution, it can pass local firearms laws - AND is suing for the right to do so, a suit which has been on hold for 3 years because they couldn't find a lawyer dumb enough to take it. The supporters of the law don't sound so bright either:

"It's utterly ridiculous where we are right now. It's an aberration when somebody doesn't get killed," Clarke said. "We can't wait any longer."

I'll bet there are hundreds of thousands of Filthadelphians who are not-killed every day -- which makes it not terribly aberrant.

I'm just waiting for the first prosecution under these laws -- and hope it's somebody not reliant on a public defender. Jury nullification, here we come!

Thanks to rightwingprof.

Toledo doesn't need a 4th Amendment..or 2nd.

From the Toledo Blade, a former diplomat cold-bloodedly dissects how we could eliminate private printing-press gun ownership:

The disarmament process would begin after the initial three-month amnesty. Special squads of police would be formed and trained to carry out the work. Then, on a random basis to permit no advance warning, city blocks and stretches of suburban and rural areas would be cordoned off and searches carried out in every business, dwelling, and empty building. All firearms would be seized. The owners of weapons found in the searches would be prosecuted: $1,000 and one year in prison for each firearm.
I must admit, it's novel to see a police state described without any opinion on its desirability...and more than a little creepy.

Steyn on VT

A few excerpts from a must-read:

And at Yale, the dean of student affairs, Betty Trachtenberg, reacted to the Virginia Tech murders by taking decisive action: She banned all stage weapons from plays performed on campus. After protests from the drama department, she modified her decisive action to "permit the use of obviously fake weapons" such as plastic swords.

...the [VT] administration has created a "Gun-Free School Zone." Or, to be more accurate, they've created a sign that says "Gun-Free School Zone." And, like a loopy medieval sultan, they thought that simply declaring it to be so would make it so. The "gun-free zone" turned out to be a fraud -- not just because there were at least two guns on the campus last Monday, but in the more important sense that the college was promoting to its students a profoundly deluded view of the world...

The "gun-free zone" fraud isn't just about banning firearms or even a symptom of academia's distaste for an entire sensibility of which the Second Amendment is part and parcel but part of a deeper reluctance of critical segments of our culture to engage with reality. Michelle Malkin wrote a column a few days ago connecting the prohibition against physical self-defense with "the erosion of intellectual self-defense," and the retreat of college campuses into a smothering security blanket of speech codes and "safe spaces" that's the very opposite of the principles of honest enquiry and vigorous debate on which university life was founded. And so we "fear guns," and "verbal violence," and excessively realistic swashbuckling in the varsity production of ''The Three Musketeers.'' What kind of functioning society can emerge from such a cocoon?

Are you listening, Case administration and Ohio legislature?

This man has blood on his hands

More than one year before today's unprecedented shooting rampage at Virginia Tech, the state's General Assembly quashed a bill that would have given qualified college students and employees the right to carry handguns on campus.

At the time, Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker said he was happy to hear of the bill's defeat, according to the Roanoke Times.

"I'm sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly's actions because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus," the Virginia Tech spokesman said.

I'm glad they felt safe. Wouldn't it have been better if they were safe?

It was a little eerie seeing the TV vans on Bellflower as I left work, knowing they were there for the "local color" part of the story. I was fortunate to have taken the Friday of Bizzy Halder's Adventure off, so I didn't twitch as much as I might have.

And then we got the "caring message" from President Eastman:

The threat of crime is one that Case Western Reserve University takes very seriously. We have been and always will be committed to doing all we can to promote the safety of our students, faculty and staff.

...except of course for altering the status of Case as a victim disarmament zone. I'm glad we have the best campus security around. I'm gladder that they finally got guns. But they can't be everywhere at once. Mr. Virginia Perp shouldn't have made it to the other side of campus, as he did.

Cincy bends over for Bloomberg too

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory and "13 [unnamed] suburban mayors" have joined Bloomberg's Conspiracy Against the Constitution. I guess they had to, else we might start taking Cincy seriously, and they'd lose their status as laughingstock of Ohio. Bloombooger was in town for the ceremonial signing. The Bloomenbergers can't be too excited about this, as none of the names have made the website yet. But keep an eye on it...especially when election season rolls around.

Miller Rod and Gun bends over for Bloomberg

A Youngstown gun shop has chosen not to fight NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg's attempt to drive gun retailers out of business. (Yes, I know, that's not what he says it is, that it's all about straw purchases, but even the members of his coalition of mayors are starting to realize that he's going too far.)

I understand that the guy doesn't have $50K to fight der Führer Brooklyns. Yet it's really not appealing to do business with somebody lacking the spine to resist. The ideal situation, one that fans the flames of resistance while funding the means to do so, is a program like that of Bob Moates Sport Shop: the Bloomberg Gun GiveAway.

Yes, straw purchases are illegal, and bad. But there is basically no way for retailers to stop them, unless they hear the prohibited buyer saying, "Honey, buy this gun for me." Even Sarah Brady has been accused of making a straw purchase.

Meanwhile, these are the Ohio members of Bloomberg's Conpiracy Against the Constitution. You might want to drop them a line:
Thomas O'Grady, North Olmsted
Frank Jackson, Cleveland
Lydia Reid, Mansfield
Donald Plusquellic, Akron
Jay Williams, Youngstown
Michael Coleman, Columbus
Rhine McLin, Dayton