On Assault Rifles

A disturbing scenario:

It was not my intention to impugn the gun owners of America as cowards or fools. My intention was only to give an example of how the fight you expect is not always the fight you get. If I were to add anything it would be this: Americans, as with all people of formerly free Western democracies ought to prepare for the possibility that their back will never be put against the wall en masse. That there will be no great peril that makes brothers in arms of those who were formally mere neighbours and acquaintances. That no definable moment will tip the scales or “cross the line”.

Edmund Burke said “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”

Every militia, every army and every nation can trace its history back to a single point in time when two men looked each other in the eye and agreed not to fall “one by one”. Then two became four, four became eight, and so forth.

Start associating. Because by the time you’re waiting for them at your doorstep it’s already too late.


Gun tracking bracelets? Nah, I don’t think so…

Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that gun tracking bracelets are something the Justice Department (DOJ) wants to “explore” as part of its gun control efforts.

“By making them either through finger print identification, the gun talks to a bracelet or something that you might wear, how guns can be used only by the person who is lawfully in possession of the weapon.”

This not what I want to worry about when I need my gun in the middle of the night, or to malfunction when I need it most. And there are (fortunately) several million guns already in circulation, and it would be difficult to retrofit them all.

This is just another avenue for gun registration, and it will not fly.

I love my revolver–it is powerful, it is reliable, and I don’t have to wear a bracelet to shoot it.

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Licensed to kill

Apparently there were lots of raised eyebrows, clutched pearls, and horrified tweets over Simon Shnapir’s costume at the Winter Olympics last night.

Shnapir and his partner Marissa Castelli performed to the music of Skyfall, a James Bond movie, in the pairs figure skating event last night in Sochi.

“I think US figure skating pairs man is wearing a gun holster. Not sure it sends the best message about America.” Meh. I’m sure they knew there would be a little flack from the anti-gun crowd.

My only thought was that the costume was incomplete, but I guess it would be hard to skate with a Walther PPK under one’s arm.