It's old but it's still good: As for me, my politics are somewhere in the middle—and then way outside both wings. I believe in the death penalty, especially for pro-lifers, child molesters, those opposed to gay marriage, and for stupid dancing in the end zone. I believe in the abolition of estate taxes and the [...]
Archive for the 'Guns' Category
Here's a good article on gun control. Fantasists and zealots can be found on both sides of the debate over guns in America. On the one hand, many gun-rights advocates reject even the most sensible restrictions on the sale of weapons to the public. On the other, proponents of stricter gun laws often seem unable [...]
A good article that's neither pro-gun nor anti-gun.
This is appropriate too: Let me tell you a story. The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program. The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking sound bites to support it. "Wouldn't you say," she asked, "that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?" No, I said, [...]
A few random thoughts… - Guns don't kill people, people do. But guns make it easier to kill people than a knife. - If you want to kill a bunch of people, bombs, poisons, etc. are effective too. - The media sure makes mass killers famous, don't they? - Guns save lives, too - and [...]
A good article on guns, the military and police, and gun issues in the U.S. and human nature.
For a few months I've been looking at getting a pellet gun. It'd be fun to shoot little targets in the basement. I used to do this from time to time as a kid, and it seems the same exact pellet guns are still for sale: the venerable Crosman Pumpaster 760 and the American Classic [...]
This reminds me a bit too much of this 30+ dead to a young Asian man dressed like a boy scout? I'm curious what possible motivation this person had for acting in such a way, and I wonder what effect - if any - this will have on the gun debate.
I haven't applied for a concealed weapons permit here in Pennsylvania because I work from home. My gun is thirty feet from where I sit in my office (albeit across a hallway). Still, I've been thinking about getting one again simply for the times my wife and I venture to Pittsburgh (where getting lost and [...]
I'm not gonna link to it because it's old news, but how frickin' dumb do you have to be to shoot a man? I was explaining to someone that you can't shoot anyone quail hunting unless one (or both) of two things happen: You don't walk in a straight line. You shoot outside of your [...]
Yes, it's true, and you too can download the Gun Self Defense Calculator. I've taken the "back side text" from this widget, and here it is. Calculations used in this widget are based on the now famous study by renowned criminologists Gary Kleck & Marc Gertz that was reported in the The Journal of Criminal [...]
Imagine an American man of 30. He has a young family, he's been married for a few years, and he's looking at buying a home very soon to raise his family. He'll change diapers and put money into a college savings account. He'll watch school plays and mow his lawn. He may never own a [...]
I rarely laugh audibly (at blog entries) these days, but the retelling of a classic joke earned a chuckle from me today: A man armed with an assault rifle went into a Best Buy store in Kingston, New York, today and opened fire, according to the AP. He wounded one person before running out of [...]
My friend Dave sent me an article called "Lock and Load" from the NY Times (username: macnn, pass: macnn if you can't log in). It's pretty silly, but I haven't written about guns in awhile, and so here's a chance. Nothing kills Democratic candidates' prospects more than guns. If it weren't for guns, President-elect Kerry [...]
The Clinton Gun Ban is no longer law. Today, I can legally purchase and own 15-round magazines for my two guns. And, honestly, that's about the only change as far as I'm concerned. Of course, Kerry attempted to seize the moment to make some kind of point, but ended up falling flat on his face. [...]