The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) has changed its minds about another class of legally owned products, this time choosing to regulate flare guns.
A May 5 letter from Valentina Close, acting chief of the Explosives Industry Programs Branch, announced that acquisition of M992 flares will now require a federal explosives license. Close writes that 40 mm flares contain less than 100 grams of explosive material (including primer and propellant/parachute charges) and admits “ATF has historically held that .50 caliber or smaller ammunition” is exempt from regulation—just before redefining flares as regulated explosives. 40 mm is well bigger than .50 cal., so what’s the real motive? Then, there are those many millions of boating/emergency flares in 26 mm/12-gauge. Are they next for a BATFE beat-down?
BATFE also recently ruled that AR arm braces can be regulated depending upon how the firearm is held. The agency also tried to ban green-tip ammo, but failed when they could not produce a single instance of a police officer being shot with it.
Just like, say, flare guns.
L.A. Council Votes To Make Criminals Safer
The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to ban possession, by law-abiding citizens, of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
“People who are civilians, people who want to defend their homes, people who want to defend their families don’t need a hundred-round drum magazine and an automatic weapon to do it,” said Councilman Paul Krekorian, who pushed the effort. In truth, the statute does much more than ban these often cited but seldom seen 100-round drum magazines (we won’t even start on the “automatic weapon” lie). It also bans ownership—by law-abiding citizens, only—of many standard-capacity magazines that normally hold 12 rounds, 15 rounds, etc.
Of course, it’s unlikely that you’ll see long lines of violent criminals waiting at the L.A. Police Department to turn in their magazines anytime soon. They’ll simply keep theirs, happy to know they will now be better armed than lawful citizens they intend to prey upon.
Gun Crime Nearly Doubles Over A Decade In UK
So much for the success story of gun banning and confiscation in Great Britain: Crime statistics reveal that the total number of firearm-related offenses in England and Wales has risen from 5,209 in 1998/99 to 9,865 last year. While these numbers combine both violent and “non-violent” crimes—perhaps an odd way to describe armed robbery—they reveal a tendency for criminals to have confidence in the fact that their victims are helpless to defend themselves.
In terms of evaluating the effects of Britain’s radical gun-confiscation policy, it makes sense to focus less on murder statistics—famously unreliable, as we haveseen—and more on total instances of gun-related crime. As predicted by those on the pro-gun side of the coin, a culture in which only criminals are armed is one in which they can operate with impunity.
Alan Dershowitz Finds The Second Amendment “Absurd”
According to Alan Dershowitz, liberal scholar and Harvard law professor emeritus, our Second Amendment rights never should’ve existed. He described the Second Amendment in a recent NewsmaxTV interview as an “absurd thing” in our Constitution that needs to be adjusted “to create a presumption against gun ownership instead of a presumption in favor of gun ownership.”
“If I could write the Bill of Rights over again, I would skip amendment number two,” he continued. “We’re the only country in the world that puts in our Constitution the right to bear arms … We have tried an experiment for the last 250 years and it’s failed miserably … Guns should not be available to people generally, except if they have a significant need.”
Dershowitz fails to recognize that America is a unique experiment individual freedom that has produced the greatest country the world has ever known. And the Second Amendment, rather than being a failure, has protected those freedoms for all of those 250 years.
CNN Anchor Goes Cherry-Picking
It’s an all-too-familiar meme: Cherry-pick (or even fabricate) a few stats, absurdly extrapolate them to a supposed “norm,” and, voila, the stage is set for radical confiscation of Second Amendment rights. Such is the technique of Carol Costello, CNN Anchor, in a recent opinion piece.
How she gets there isn’t just shaky journalism, it’s simply rotten science. To make her point, she not only quotes serial fabricator Everytown for Gun Safety, but gets in a lick for the Holy Grail of all other gun banning, too—the licensing gambit a la motor vehicles: “ ... pass a test … before they are issued a license to obtain and shoot a gun?”
What her examples don’t take into account are the same-old, same-old as well: For each statistically rare, emotionalized negative she cites, conveniently forgotten are the literally tens of millions of proper uses and proofs of restraint that occur every single day.
Armed Robbers Taken Down By Armed Citizen
If two people in ski masks were standing outside your car at 3 a.m. and pointing guns at you, what would you do? If you’re Joshua Hamadi, you’d start firing.
Today’s armed citizen was working his night job in DeKalb County, Ga., where his task to find semi-trucks illegally parked on private property often takes him to isolated areas. The 25-year-old was processing a truck he’d just booted when the trouble appeared. Luckily, he was prepared.
“My first reaction is, my life or theirs,” said Hamadi. “I pulled the gun and started shooting.” He struck one of the attackers while the other assailant and a third suspect fled in their stolen car.
The assailant he shot was taken to a local hospital and was in stable condition. The other two remain at large. Hamadi, who likely saved his own life as well as that of the trucker, will not face charges.