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The 90% Myth – Only 17% of Guns in Mexico Come from US

You’ve probably heard all over the media and from the politicos about the out of control crime in Mexico. And of course 90% of the guns used come from the US so therefore we need to take away your guns. Leaving aside the dubious logic of citizens having to give up their rights because the Government cannot secure our border there’s one thing about that statistic everyone needs to know, it’s not true.

The fact is, only 17 percent of guns found at Mexican crime scenes have been traced to the U.S.

What’s true, an ATF spokeswoman told, in a clarification of the statistic used by her own agency’s assistant director, “is that over 90 percent of the traced firearms originate from the U.S.”

But a large percentage of the guns recovered in Mexico do not get sent back to the U.S. for tracing, because it is obvious from their markings that they do not come from the U.S.

“Not every weapon seized in Mexico has a serial number on it that would make it traceable, and the U.S. effort to trace weapons really only extends to weapons that have been in the U.S. market,” Matt Allen, special agent of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), told FOX News.

So basically what it’s saying is that 90% of US weapons come from the US. Our very own gun control and government regulation is creating this misperception because the government requires guns to be traceable.

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Concealed Carry School

A small Texas School district approved a plan to allow teachers to carry concealed handguns on school grounds last October and will see its first school year open later this month with that plan in effect. As far as I know, and as anyone in the article knows this is the first experiment of its kind and thus it will be interesting to see the result. However it will be a long term result no doubt, and we probably won’t hear much of this district again, which is a good thing.

The reasoning sited was,

“When the federal government started making schools gun-free zones, that’s when all of these shootings started. Why would you put it out there that a group of people can’t defend themselves? That’s like saying ’sic ‘em’ to a dog,” Thweatt said in Friday’s online edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

But I think I’ve found the real need for this measure.

The 110-student district is 150 miles northwest of Fort Worth on the eastern end of Wilbarger County, near the Oklahoma border.

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Through a Darker Glass

Cernig at Larisa Alexandrovna’s site had me persuaded for two whole paragraphs.

Now, having little taste for the fine art of distractions-from-distractions, I tend to roll my eyes at the transparently partisan diversionary tactics one sees all over the web from Democrats in defense of John Edwards (eg “who cares about a politician’s adultery when there’s potholes in the streets!”). However, Cernig’s complaint that the national media was focusing on that rather tawdry and meaningless scandal to the exclusion of the crisis in Georgia, had some legitimacy. Reading it I paused for a moment, reflected on the non-Olympic television news coverage I’d watched over the past 24 hours, and decided Cernig had a legitimate point.


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Weekend Gun Lust

Apparently TDI has produced a civilian legal semi-automatic version of their KRISS 45 Carbine. Quite a futuristic looking firearm, which supposedly reduces muzzle climb by 95% for the .45 ACP cartridge. You’ll recognize that as quite a feat if you’ve ever tried to keep a 1911 or even a Thompson level in rapid fire. ImpactGuns is sold out, but there’s always the waiting list.

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Shooting Oneself in the Foot

Never underestimate the power of a politician to overestimate their power, especially in an election year.

Just as the signs are trending towards a “permanent” majority for Democrats, one of them has the bright idea to poke a sleeping bear.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a New Jersey Democrat, has introduced a bill that would allow the FBI to keep background check information on approved gun buyers for 180 days.

Since 2004, records of firearm transactions must be destroyed within 24 hours after those transactions are approved. (Prior to 2004, the FBI retained the records for 90 days.)

Second Amendment supporters strongly oppose the retention of lawful gun sale records, seeing it as a step toward creating a national gun registration list. When the National Instant Criminal Background Check System began running at the end of 1998, the FBI said it would “not be used to establish a federal firearm registry” and that all information resulting in legal firearm transfers would be destroyed.

I can already anticipate the pleas from the usual suspects (NRA, GOA, 2nd Amendment Foundation, etc) coming in the mail.

The last thing the Democrats ought to be doing is riling up those rubes in the heartland who are clinging to their guns and religion. The 2 things they hate most are people trying to take away their guns or religion, which is probably why most of them cling so dearly to them.

Next thing you know they’ll be pushing to pass an “assault weapons” ban.

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The Politics of Condescension

Given the discussion at this post about Obama’s condescension, I suggest Tom Maguire’s roundup of the coverage of Obama making the mistake of speaking his mind about the rubes who he needs to vote for him:

I can’t believe that in all those Harvard classes they never emphasize that you can’t tell the rubes what you really think of them. Surely they aren’t relying on the common sense of the elitist snobs passing through to figure that out themselves? Didn’t work!

For those not in the know, here is what he thinks, or at least wanted this audience to :

At issue are comments he made privately at a fundraiser in San Francisco last Sunday. He was trying to explain his troubles winning over some working class voters, saying they have become frustrated with economic conditions:

“It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

I really don’t have a problem with the guy, or, as McQ points out, that Obama’s claims of being some kind of “new” politician are a load of horse hockey. Marketing is the stuff of campaigning. I do have a problem with supporters who actually believe that load of BS.

Hmm, I do like this quote from Tom as well:

Bayh skips past the odd tension between Obama’s own opposition to free trade and his apparent belief that free trade opponents are embittered economic losers; maybe Barack opposes free trade on behalf of Michelle, who is struggling to get by on only $400,000 per year.

Heh, well so much for talking straight and holding a position from principle. Given his employment of Austan Goolsbee I think Obama is a free trader, he just doesn’t want us to know. Whether that should make one more likely to vote for him or not I have no idea. What is better? Wrong or insincere?

Update: McQ picks this theme up and goes a little deeper.

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Mugging for the Camera

h/t Instapundit

I’m not convinced that the two incidents contrasted in this video from Ed Driscoll are similar enough to be compared to each other but he does say something that I said about the Aguilar report at the time.   Someone edited, prepared, and made the decision to air the segment of her badgering the old man who’d defended himself.    It was a team effort.

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Where Charlton Heston Stood

Over at Where the Buffalo Roam Peter gives us Charlton Heston’s 1999 NRA Convention Keynote Speech in Denver, which was scheduled shortly after the Columbine shootings in Colorado. A perfect reminder of what he stood for, and against.

Update: Here he is speaking in 1989 on the animating issue of his later life, the Second Amendment.

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Nice work if you can get it

A 22-year old kid and his 25-year old ex-masseuse brother run a company called AEY, Inc. They won a rather sizable contract to supply the Afghan National Army with ammunition for their fight against the Taliban. Along the way they developed a relationship with shady international arms dealers, 40-year old Albanian surplus bullets, and a penchant for rotting Chinese metal.

CJ Chivers has the whole story, which spans several continents. This is, sadly, not atypical for how these wars have been conducted—that is to say, downright sloppily.

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What Cost is Freedom Worth?

Maybe, just maybe, guns do serve the purpose of holding back the tyrants boot heel.

The data show that (although exceptions can be found) the nations with the highest rates of gun ownerhsip tend to have greater political and civil freedom, greater economic freedom and prosperity, and much less corruption than other nations. The relationship only exists in for high-ownership countries.

via Instapundit

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Whatever It Takes

Talk about trying to speak to both sides of the fence. He’s talking in all the right code words though, and that should have people worried. “Whatever it takes” “Commonsense regulation” The one thing I agree with him 100% on is that the Constitution PROTECTS an individual right to bear arms.

Barack Obama said Friday that the country must do “whatever it takes” to eradicate gun violence following a campus shooting in his home state, but he believes in an individual’s right to bear arms.

Obama said he spoke to Northern Illinois University’s president Friday morning by phone and offered whatever help his Senate office could provide in the investigation and improving campus security. The Democratic presidential candidate spoke about the Illinois shooting to reporters while campaigning in neighboring Wisconsin.

The senator, a former constitutional law instructor, said some scholars argue the Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees gun ownerships only to militias, but he believes it grants individual gun rights.

“I think there is an individual right to bear arms, but it’s subject to commonsense regulation” like background checks, he said during a news conference.

His views on gun control are worrying however.

While in the IL State Assembly he supported the “Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.”

That would include handguns other than revolvers, and single shot pistols. So, that would make 75% of new handguns illegal, right off the bat. That would also make many sporting firearms illegal, including some shotguns.

And it still wouldn’t accomplish a single thing, other than making many gun owners criminals themselves. The results around the country, and in other countries, hasn’t shown most gun control schemes to be an effective method of reducing crime.

This latest spree killing in IL is a perfect example of this. IL requires “All Illinois residents who buy or possess firearms are required by law to have a valid FOID card.” So this guy, if he possessed his firearms legally, had to have gone through some sort of validation process with the IL State Police. That he slipped through the cracks somehow is inevitable. But, as Synova said, to have true freedom, you sometimes have to trust the untrustworthy.

Then, however he obtained his firearms, he entered the “gun free zone” of the college campus, and started shooting. No one was there to respond with force to his force, and he probably knew that would be the case. If such unenforceable laws worked, why not just declare that America is a “criminal free zone,” and have all crime go away.

It is sometimes said that it’s better to have 100 guilty people go free so that 1 innocent person wont be wrongly convicted. Shouldn’t the same calculus apply to other activities and issues.

And this is why you should never rely on the police to protect you from random violence.

Police said he reloaded the shotgun in a shooting that lasted less than five minutes, before he took his own life. Police arrived on the scene within two minutes of the first reports, but it was too late to stop the gunman.

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Home & Land Defense

There’s a moment in Mark Steyn’s book America Alone, where he relates the truism that we’ve all experienced conversations with a mild-mannered, educated and seemingly rational person from the Arab world, where quite unexpectedly they say something nutty in the most casual way. “Of course the Jews planned 9-11″ for instance. As Steyn notes, when this happens it’s a peculiar form of media and culture-shock, and you’re not quite certain what to say in response. But this strange cultural dissonance can also be experienced between Europeans and Americans just as easily on certain issues.


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M16s for Iraqis

Stag Arms M16 rifle
Photo: Atlantic Firearms

Upgrades for Iraq’s Presidential Brigade. They’ve purchased M16 rifles to replace their AKs:

The Iraqi Army’s Presidential Brigade turned over their older AK-47 model rifles for newer and more accurate M-16s at Besmaya Range Complex in Iraq starting Feb. 5.

The weapons were issued using the biometrics system, which ties each soldier’s photograph, fingerprint, voice, retinal scan and name to the weapon they receive for accountability.

From what I’ve heard our standard battle rifle is coveted among the Iraqi troops (although their special forces are issued M4s).

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It is sometimes tragic when the basic rules of firearm safety are ignored.,2933,329347,00.html

A teenager playing with a shotgun he thought was unloaded accidentally shot and killed a friend.

William “Kane” Krinn, 18, was hanging out with two friends in the garage of a home on Tuesday when one of the teens pointed a 12-gauge shotgun at him and pulled the trigger, police said.

So, let’s review.





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