Tuesday, August 2, 2016

A... good article about Mass Killers fom Cracked.

This was surprising....



One the one hand the article repeatedly calls a semi-auto pistol and an AR-style gun (even when it's not an AR) the "standard mass shooter gear."  And it notes how common Glock handguns are... in these killings... but that's like saying drunk drivers prefer Ford F150's and Honda civics.

A common gun would tend to be...  common


On the other hand the article admits time and time again, that these killings have been done without "assault weapons" (or even guns),  that the background check laws in the above examples wouldn't have done anything because the killers had clean backgrounds, and makes a point that unless you want to  "ban[] all guns and magically mak[e] the existing 300 million of them vanish" that the laws wouldn't do anything.

The Article has #2 as the Nice massacre, and points out that all the killing was done with a truck, and then mentions at the end the dozens stabbed to death in a mass killing in Japan.


And then there's this:

OK, I have to pause to address everyone who's been shouting, "assault weapons ban!" at their screen for the last 4,000 words. After all, should that crazy fucker have been able to buy these?
But remember, all we're talking about with an assault weapons ban is a limit on how many bullets they hold at a time before you have to reload. Would this particular shooting have turned out differently if he'd only been able to fire, say, ten shots before swapping magazines? Remember, he had combat training -- with practice, swapping magazines can be done in a couple of seconds.

And an AWB doesn't even cover *that*.  What he's talking about is a magazine ban.
An AWB bans guns if they have a certain number of cosmetic features.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Cracked: Nobody wants to ban guns, but look at how awesome a country with no guns is!

Cracked has an article about UK policing.

Which goes about as well as you think.


Amusing that #2 is a "Oh sure we have thousands of armed cops in London, but there's no armed cops!"

And a lot of the article is ignoring how rare US police use their weapons.

Or that people in the UK can own some guns.  But hey, handguns are banned.

Also...... in the comments.

Here's a hint.  If the article is about a "kinder, gentler and deescalating" form of policing when someone asks "well how would they ban guns in the US?"  maybe you shouldn't go "They'll send the Army after gun owners."

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Cracked: Homemade weapons are Awesome, but scary, ban guns!

That's pretty much the tone of this article. I'm not sure what's more amusing.

That even in an article about cool (if dubious) homemade weapons Cracked can't get in a swipe at US gun laws.


Americans already have almost stupidly easy access to the best and most effective supervillain weapons of all time -- guns. But we're not talking about the cute little guns you might use to shoot up tin cans or kill a celebrity lion. We're talking about guns that blow a hole in time and space.


Or that the only guns in the article. Are.... black powder guns, homemade black powder canons... and.... shotguns.

Yes. Despite having a picture of a guy holding a mini-gun there's not a single self-loading firearm in this list.

And the only cartridge weapon are ones that even people int he UK and Japan can own.


Oh I know! Almost all of hte weapons on this list (except for the shogtuns) are ones people can (and did) build AT HOME. Which was the whole point of the article.




So.... think Craked will keep this in mind next time they demand more gun control?

Thursday, June 9, 2016

It's not surprising that Cracked did an anti-Reagan article...

But it is surprising that they decided the number one bad thing he did was....

Mental Health Deinstitutionalization.

Seriously go check the list.

Huh... remember when it was progressive to fight against the horrors of the Insane Asylum system?
And all good liberals (and not just liberals) railed against the idea of warehousing the mentally ill in prisons-in-all-but-name?

Huh.

But there's a real bonus too. See it wouldn't be Cracked if they didn't take a swipe at gun owners.

So the next time a rabid firearms enthusiast says that improving mental health treatment is the answer to controlling gun violence in this country, tell them that they're probably right, and then remind them how much of a shame it is that their favorite president didn't see it the same way.
Uh...   Reagan *did* sign gun control as governor of California and as president he wasn't exactly firearms friendly  (Just as a gun enthusiast about the Hughes Amendment)

Still... aside from that,  Cracked is admitting that "improving mental health treatment is the answer to controlling gun violence in this country"  as opposed to the gun bans (including Australian-style mass confiscation) that Cracked advocates.

Huh.  Funny that.

And as a bonus.   Somehow Reagan's neutering of public sector union's abilities to to strike....  destroyed the power (and size) of private sector unions.

Once the president says it's cool, though, all bets are off. Private employers absolutely took this as a sign that they were free to use replacement workers in the event of a strike.

Ah,  so before Reagan came around companies would never have thought of simply "hiring scabs".  I guess all those Guilded age robber barons were morons for hiring Pinkertons to beat strikers

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A warning on handloads.

Bayou Renaissance Man has a cautionary tale on why reloading (while rewarding) has to be done with care.

He's also got another story that starts off like this:
Reloading is fun, interesting, and a lot cheaper than buying factory ammunition . . . but it has its dangers.  They can involve powder, like the tale above;  or they can involve carelessness in other ways.  My favorite is a friend of mine in South Africa who smoked a pipe. 
I won't spoil how that story goes.

So go and give a read.

And I can't talk about the risks of handloads without mentioning my own mistake.
I will note that it's been many years and so far I have not had another incident, let alone a repeat.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Cracked on how corrupt and overly powerful the police are

So last week Cracked Ran an article on how powerful police interrogations can be.
(But doesn't talk about why that's a real good idea to lawyer up once you've stated the minimum the situation deems appropriate. )

And today they did a piece about how abusive, racist and crazy US Police departments can be.

Keep these articles in mind the next time Cracked has an article going on about how "there ought to be a law!".




Cracked On Sandy Hook Truthers.


This is a heartfelt article on a parent's loss and the nature of how conspiracy theories work.

Not much to criticize about that.

But...  reading it one notices that the article repeatedly says "gun control never happened".

It's their blithe attempt to debunk a pillar of the "Truther" movement that is "The government orchestrated X tragedy in order to exploit it."

Here's the problem with saying "gun control never happened". Post Sandy Hook New York,  Connecticut, Maryland, Colorado and other states *did* pass stricter gun control in response to the killings.

And the President himself lobbied congress heavily to pass bills that would ban certain guns.

This is like saying "Bush didn't cause 9/11 because the Patriot act never passed"  or "We never invaded Iraq."

Obviously, the Sandy Hook Truthers are nuts, but saying they're wrong because "gun control didn't happen" is factually incorrect.

And then there's this...

 Some of these interviews didn't sit right with the conspiracy-minded, especially those who feared that the tragedy would be used as a pretext for gun control.

Well... yes  wasn't the tragedy used by Gun Control advocates as a reason to pass laws they thought would make things safer?  They were pretty open about using it as a pretext for gun control.


Here we see the article being very sloppy with terminology.  Basically, they're saying that because guns weren't fully banned, that there was "no gun control".


Heck don' gun control advocates go on and on about "gun control" is not "gun confiscation"? And that "nobody wants your guns"?

But here we have an article that deliberately equates gun control with mass confiscation.



What's funny is only a minor edit could have removed this bit from the article.

Just replace "gun control" with "mass confiscation" and the point would stand.