Armed bureaucrats

The Obama administration does not like it that individuals can own firearms.  And yet, federal bureaucracies are arming themselves at an unprecedented rate.  Agencies that have nothing to do with national defense or crime-fighting–such as the IRS, the EPA, and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service–are spending millions of dollars on weapons.  To the point that more federal officers are armed and authorized to make arrests (some 200,000) than there are Marines (182,000).  And no one is really explaining why.  So says former Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn. [Read more…]

The assault weapon in question

The push for gun control following the San Bernadino shootings is filled with misinformation, according to columnist Rich Lowry.  He takes a look at the “assault weapon” used in the attack that many want outlawed. [Read more…]

More gun control by executive order

The Justice Department is moving ahead with a new round of gun control regulations implemented by the President’s executive order, to be enforced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).  These include forbidding anyone convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense from possessing a firearm.  Also anyone who has been found to be “mentally ill.”  (Does that mean anyone regularly treated by a psychiatrist? Even for traumas and conditions unrelated to any threat of violence?) [Read more…]

In Europe, only outlaws have guns

In Europe, owning a firearm is pretty much illegal.  But a huge black market has arisen in military-grade weapons, making them easily available to criminals, gang members, and terrorists.  Proving the adage that if guns are outlawed, only outlaws will own guns. [Read more…]

The Dalton gang meets the Second Amendment

In the course of a discussion on the importance of an armed citizenry, Michael Walsh tells how the citizens of Coffeyville, Kansas, shot up the Dalton gang.  The story is similar to what the good folks of Northfield, Minnesota, did to another set of formidable outlaws, the gangs of Jesse James and Cole Younger.  I blogged about Northfield, but I didn’t know about Coffeyville, even though that small city is just across the border from where I grew up! [Read more…]

150 firearms you might not be allowed to have

Democrats have introduced legislation to ban 150 specific firearms. Not just “assault rifles” but also certain brands of pistols and shotguns.   I’ve posted the complete list after the jump.  Those of you who own guns might want to see if any of yours are on the list.  [Read more…]