I’ve previously discussed the phone poll that is being run in Cook County, IL in order to justify a draconian gun ban. This poll is still active, and you do not need to be a resident of Cook County to take the poll:
Monthly Archives: November 2008
I’ve previously discussed how Chicago’s anti gun rights politicians spend millions in taxpayer money on bodyguards for themselves at at time when ordinary Chicago citizens are dying faster than US soldiers in Iraq. The Sun-Times now reports that Chicago City Treasurer Stephanie Neely and Chicago Alderman Edward M. Burke, still have police officers permanently assigned to chauffeur and protect them, despite the fact that these individuals have no particular reason to fear for their safety. Instead, having police officers assigned … Continued
As reported, a criminal who had just robbed a gas station was looking to steal a getaway vehicle. The criminal came upon a 53-year-old woman walking near her car, and began beating her, causing serious injuries. A man who had just purchased a frozen turkey for Thanksgiving rushed over, and
As reported, a 30 year old man from Chicago Heights, IL was with his family on thanksgiving when he decided to place a loaded gun to his head. William Agee, thinking that the safety was on, pulled the trigger. It turns out the safety wasn’t on, and Mr. Agee ended up killing himself. My thoughts on this entirely preventable tragedy are below:
A visitor to this site recently left a comment suggesting that Mace, pepper spray, or some other less lethal self defense tool would work just as well as a gun, and that using a gun for self defense against a violent criminal is wrong. I find both of those assertions to be untrue. While Tasers, pepper spray, and other self defense tools have their place, none of them can match the ability of a gun to stop a criminal before … Continued
As reported, Oak Park handgun ban continues to keep law abiding citizens vulnerable to criminals, while failing to prevent those criminals from having guns:
The Wednesday Journal, Oak Park’s local newspaper, ran a story discussing Oak Park’s efforts to keep its handgun ban. My response to that story is below:
I recently stumbled across a 7 year old article in the BBC, which showed a 40% increase in handgun related crime in the 2 years after the UK’s handgun ban was passed. This crime increase continues to this day.
As reported, Houston Police officer Rodney Johnson arrested Mexican illegal immigrant and convicted child sexual abuser Juan Leonardo Quintero, but failed to properly frisk Leonardo for weapons, missing a 9mm pistol. Juan Leonardo Quintero then fatally shot officer Johnson from the back seat of Johnson’s squad car (and was sentenced to life in prison for this crime). Joslyn Johnson, the widow of the slain officer, is now suing the gun store from which the pistol was purchased, despite the fact … Continued
This is part 5 of 5 in the series looking at how civilian disarmament is a step on the road to tyranny.
As reported, a South Philadelphia resident shot and killed a violent burglar after being attacked in his own home, on the 1900 block of Montrose Street, police said.
This is part 4 of 5 in the series looking at how civilian disarmament is a step on the road to tyranny.
Below is my review of the H&K USP:
This is part 3 of 5 in the series looking at how civilian disarmament is a step on the road to tyranny.
With the November 4th general elections over, some people don’t realize that there are still elections coming up in some parts of the country. Please be sure to check in your area to see whether there are any local elections coming up. For example, the people in Louisiana’s 4th Congressional District have an election coming up on December 6th, in which a strong supporter of the Second Amendment is running:
As reported, the village of Winnetka, Illinois has repealed is 20-year-old ban on handguns, thanks to the NRA and 3 law abiding citizens who fought to restore their right to have handguns for self defense:
This is part 2 of 5 in the series looking at how civilian disarmament is a step on the road to tyranny. General background information on this series can be seen in Part 1.
Piracy at sea remains an ongoing problem, as this week’s hijacking of the MV Sirius Star (a supertanker that was carrying $100 million worth of crude oil) shows. This is a problem that the world’s navies have have been unable to solve in either the age of sail powered ships or today. Whether at sea or in one’s home, self defense is often the only viable option, as seconds count and neither the police nor navy warships can be everywhere … Continued
Barack Obama is steadily filling positions in his new administration with politicians who are opposed to gun rights. The latest is Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, who will head the Department of Homeland Security.
As expected, Barack Obama is selecting anti gun rights individuals for key positions in his administration. One such person is Eric Holder, who will be Attorney General:
The John Birch Society released a 5 part series addressing civilian disarmament and how it is a step towards tyranny. This is part 1 of 5.
A 6 year old girl lost her life in a tragic and completely preventable shooting. The anti gun crowd is already trying to blame guns, rather than the individual who is at fault:
I’ve heard quite a few gun control arguments that conflict with themselves and each other. A few of these arguments, and their flaws, are discussed below:
A visitor to this website emailed me a link to a great article on policemag.com. The article discusses cases where armed citizens have saved the lives of police officers:
Just though I would mention some recent changes to LearnAboutGuns.com:
As reported: a man who appeared to be a new customer walked in to Llord Baron Cross’s “Cross Cutz” barber shop, in Philadelphia. The man, 19 year old Hakeem Birch, turned out to be an armed robber, who drew a gun and demanded money. The owner put his hands up, and then gave the armed robber all of the money he had. The robber wasn’t satisfied, and threatened to harm the owners 9 year old son, who was in a … Continued
There is an effort in the United Nations to pass international gun control laws. This video clip show the issue being debated.
Its always annoyed me to hear people incorrectly refer to magazines as “clips”. This video clip does a nice job explaining the difference:
As reported, about 1/2 of Chicago Public School students drop out between their freshman and senior years of high school.
As reported, the Obama administration’s job application requires applicants to disclose whether they or their family members are gun owners:
Mexican law enforcement recently completed the largest gun bust in their history. The view clip below shows what was captured, ranging from pistols, to rifles, to grenade launchers. A tip of the hat to Say Uncle.
This week there was “only” one armed robbery reported in Oak Park, although the criminals seem to have made up for it by beating and robbing some other Oak Park residents:
As I mentioned last week, my girlfriend created a gun cake at work. It turns out that when she walked in to work with the pictures of guns printed on paper, two of her coworkers expressed fear and concern over the pictures. How a picture of a gun can be scary is beyond me, but apparently this is nothing new:
As reported, an unarmed man in Hartford, Connecticut suffered a home invasion. The armed criminals went through his house looking for valuables, but found that what he owned wasn’t worth their effort. One of the criminals then shot the man to express his displeasure.
Laws that take away gun owership rights are particularly unfair to women:
Although Obama is not yet president, he has wasted no time laying out his gun control agenda on his new website, change.gov. These include a new ban on so-called assault weapons, making frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturers easier, trying to close the non-existent “gun show loophole”, and mandating unreliable “child-proof” guns.
“Negroes with Guns” is an interesting book that anti gun rights people like Jessie Jackson really should read:
As reported, Anthony Velez, a Tampa, Florida man was at home in his apartment when two home invaders broke in. The criminals tied the man up, and robbed his home. Fearing that he was about to be murdered by the criminals, he managed to break free, grab their gun, and fatally shoot one of the criminals in self defense. The surviving criminal then ran away.
Following up on the article in which I addressed the fact that sometimes it is not wise to clean a gun, this article addresses my recommendations as to how frequently a gun should be cleaned.
My girlfriend is in culinary school, and works for a bakery. Usually, her work bears no relation to guns… Until recently, that is:
The American Hunters and Shooters Association tries to falsely portray itself as a gun rights group. However it is really a gun control organization that was created by the anti gun rights crowd, with the intent of deceiving and confusing gun owners.
Since the election results mean that this is not an uplifting time for gun rights advocates, perhaps this entertaining post will lighten the mood.
It is no secret that the 2008 elections results are a blow to gun rights. However not all is lost, so long as gun owners continue to support gun rights at the local, state, and national level:
As the ISRA reports, 14 counties in Illinois had a non-binding CCW referendum on the ballot yesterday. The question on the ballots was generally worded like: Shall the General Assembly enact legislation to permit the carrying of concealed firearms? While non-binding, these resolutions mark an important step in the path to concealed carry in Illinois – which is one of only 2 states left without some concealed carry right. Here are the results from those 14 Illinois counties:
As reported, on November 1st, 2008 there were 3 armed armed robberies in Oak Park, IL. This is despite the longstanding handgun ban, which has disarmed Oak Park’s law abiding citizens, while not stopping the criminals from having a gun:
Barack Obama will be the next president of the United States. The Democrats control both the House and the Senate. Obama has repeatedly called for a new and permanent ban on so called “assault weapons” – the type of guns best suited for self defense purposes. Now is a good time to purchase guns and magazines.
When it comes to this election, there is little I can say that has not already been said. Remember to vote, for the success our democracy depends upon citizen involvement in politics. Don’t forget to read the NRA’s candidate endorsements, read the ISRA’s candidate ratings, and vote pro gun rights.
As reported, kidnappers in Mexico grabbed a 5-year-old boy named Javier Morena from street market, in order to hold him for ransom. However the kidnappers killed the boy by injecting acid into his heart, before they even issued a ransom demand.
As reported, a rape victim shot and killed an attacker in Cape Girardeau, MO when he broke into her home to rape her for a second time this week. The 57-year-old woman shot 47-year-old Ronnie W. Preyer, a registered sex offender, in the chest with a shotgun after he cut the power to her apartment and then broke through her locked basement door. Preyer had previously broken into the woman’s home, punched her in the face, and then raped her … Continued
My review of the Desert Eagle pistol, chambered for .50 Action Express (.50 AE) is below: