Below we discuss our thoughts on the situation in Nevada where armed citizens who were peacefully protesting stood down the Bureau of Land Management. BIG win for the good guys!
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Tensions continue to escalate in Bunkerville, Nevada, between protesters and federal authorities. The plight of rancher Cliven Bundy has captured the national spotlight as federal authorities escalate the fight with the Nevada rancher who rejects the federal government’s sovereignty over land his family has used since the 1880’s. Now, with protests mounting and federal authorities not looking to back down, the volatile situation appears to be getting worse.
On March 1st a group of attackers armed with knives stormed a Chinese train station, killing at least 29 and injuring more than 130 others before good guys with guns showed up to end the attack.
According to NBC News, “four of the attackers were shot dead,” and “one was captured alive.”
Yang Haifei was buying a ticket when attackers “dressed in black” rushed in and “starting stabbing people.” He said he ran when one of the attackers came at him “with a long knife;” as he ran he saw injured persons “[falling] on the ground.”
On February 28th Breitbart News covered a Chinese report criticizing the U.S. government for failing to use gun control to curtail the growth of private gun ownership in America.
China has used draconian gun control measures to keep the Chinese people disarmed. However, as the attack on March 1st reminds us, once a population is disarmed, a successful attack with more primitive weapons becomes feasible.
In the study “Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide?,” Don B. Kates and Gary Mauser address this by showing “that per capita murder overall is only half as frequent in the United States as in several other nations where gun murder is rarer, but murder by strangling, stabbing, or beating is much more frequent.”
Look, Barry, if I’m gonna take the fall for this cluster f***, you could at least exempt me from it!”
Latest FBI Report: Violent Crime Way Down in 2013, During Same Time Gun Sales Reached All Time Highs
The FBI’s latest Uniformed Crime Report has been released. The report covers the first half of 2013.
Some might be surprised to learn that crime fell fairly substantially across the board. According to the report, violent crime is down 5.4% and murder rate is down a significant 6.9%. Both of these are in comparison to the same time period in 2012.
This may be a surprise to some because during 2013, particularly the first half of 2013, gun stores could not keep any firearms on the shelves. Many vendors were sold out of popular models for months on end during 2013.
According to the report,
Preliminary figures indicate that, as a whole, law enforcement agencies throughout the nation reported a decrease of 5.4 percent in the number of violent crimes brought to their attention for the first 6 months of 2013 when compared with figures reported for the same time in 2012. The violent crime category includes murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The number of property crimes in the United States from January to June of 2013 decreased 5.4 percent when compared with data for the same time period in 2012. Property crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. Arson is also a property crime, but data for arson are not included in property crime totals. Figures for 2013 indicate that arson decreased 15.6 percent when compared to 2012 figures from the same time period.
How many times have you heard the argument that “The 2nd Amendment only applies to Muskets!” or similar ridiculous statements? “The Founding Fathers never could have envisioned repeating rifles, high powered weapons, and the highly evolved weapons of today.” is another asinine claim. Is it true? Is it even remotely true? Let’s take a look…
The Second Amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791, as part of the first ten amendments comprising the Bill of Rights. At the time, what were weapons like? Were the Founding Fathers using slingshots like blubbering idiots such as Michael Moore would have you believe? Was it all single shot muskets with no hope for evolving the rifle to be more effective? Not exactly… Let’s see some examples that might argue the contrary.
The Puckle Gun
According to Wikipedia:
The Puckle gun (also known as the Defence gun) was a primitive autocannon invented in 1718 by James Puckle (1667–1724) a British inventor, lawyer and writer.
The Puckle gun mechanism was essentially a flintlock revolver; the design concept behind the Puckle gun turned out to be years ahead of what was technologically achievable with 18th century technology. The first practical guns using this design principle, now known as revolver cannons, only appeared in the mid-1940s.
This means that 73 years BEFORE the 2nd Amendment was adopted that there existed a firearm that “at a public trial held in 1722, the gun was able to fire 63 shots in seven minutes in the midst of a driving rain storm, an amazing feat for the period.” (source)
Is it the equivalent to an AR-15? Certainly not… but to be 73 years before the 2nd Amendment, I think it shows that the Founding Fathers might not have just been contemplating muskets during their drafting of the right of the people to keep and bear arms.