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Readers of these pages don’t need to be told that California recently passed new “assault weapon” regulations into law. (Why the quotes? Because, as the new laws themselves demonstrate, the term “assault weapon” has no fixed meaning. It’s a legal chimera.) Those laws are the subject of legal action, but, pending lawsuits do not relieve the Department of Justice from from its obligation to issue the regulations that will actually guide enforcement of the laws. Care to take a guess at what Attorney General Xavier Becerra has been doing? If you guessed “dragging his feet“, then you got it in one.

Gun owners have four options for dealing with the new law:

  1. Surrender or otherwise dispose of their very expensive property
  2. Register their firearms with the State
  3. Remove the features that cause the guns to be called “assault weapons”
  4. Or just ignore the law entirely

(Yes, that last one is an option.)

Option 1 was the intended result. The anti-gun Left thought that passing a law would make all of the naughty, evil, wicked, naughty guns just go away. But as mentioned above, these guns cost money. Some are less expensive than others, but they’re not free either. Expecting people to just give up their property isn’t realistic. Option 2, even if most gun owners view it with suspicion, isn’t possible. Thanks to the glacial pace at which AG Becerra is working, there is no mechanism to register these guns as “assault weapons”. So option 2 is also a non-starter. Option 3 is where things start to get interesting.

The law defines an “assault weapon” mostly by a series of cosmetic features. These do not affect the way the gun functions. The one functional feature is the presence of a detachable magazine in combination with those cosmetic features. Removing the detachable magazine means that it can no longer be called an “assault weapon”. The intended result was that one would have to at least partially disassemble the gun to reload. But thanks to the new market that these laws created, products like this now exist…

This is just one of many reloading systems that now exist that allow a fixed magazine to be reloaded quickly.

The flip side to removing the detachable magazine is removing the cosmetic features. These are generally called “featureless builds”. Why would someone do this? Because a “featureless” gun can have a detachable magazine! If the entire point of the law was to get rid of detachable magazine guns, then it’s failed miserably. These guns and those with fixed magazines need not be registered.

Now back to option 4: do nothing and ignore the law. As long as there’s no way to register an “assault weapon” under the new law, one is by default ignoring the law. But once Becerra finally gets off his lazy backside and establishes a registration system, there is no obvious way to tell a registered gun from an unregistered gun. We’ve mentioned this problem before.

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Perennial screwball, Virginia Governor, and potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Terry McAuliffe recently stated that 93 million Americans die each day from gun violence. Sounds a little off, doncha think?

McAuliffe made this claim the day a Democrat extremist and Bernie-bro attempted to assassinate members of the House GOP. It’s been more than three days since his remarks and we’re all still alive. It’s thus safe to conclude that 93 million of us don’t die every day from “gun violence”. (Or any other flavor of violence, for that matter.)

Well… OK… It was a slip of the tongue. Even though he said 93 million, twice, he really meant 93; as in three more than ninety and 7 less than one hundred; the precise value between 92 and 94. But it does raise a pair of questions: Where did he get the number 93 and why did 93 million pop into his head, twice?

The first answer is easy: He’s cooking the books. 93 per day is the total number of firearms related deaths in the US each day. This includes suicides. He’s deliberately conflating the two in order to make homicides look more common than they really are. Suicides are not preventable via gun control laws any more than homicides are. In both cases, those intent upon killing, either themselves or others, will find tools appropriate to the task. It’s also important to remember that this is a nation of 321,000,000 people. Even if there were 93 homicides each day, that’s only .000029% of the US population.

As to the spurious multiplier, My guess is that McAuliffe said it because he truly believes that there are that many deaths per day. He’s not alone. There are lots of anti-gun activists out there who are thoroughly convinced that we’re all gonna DIE, if “something” isn’t done. You can hit them with the real numbers all day long, but you won’t get past their irrational fears.

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You sometimes have to wonder why the MSM is so consistently wrong on subjects such as guns. Are they simply stupid? Are they being willfully ignorant?

Or are they just lying?

It really could be that last one. But what I don’t get is how they think that they can away with it. It’s not like it was back in the good ol’ days. They can’t tell a lie and then expect it to be months or years before they’re found out. (Just ask Dan Rather! His career was over before “Fake but accurate” had finished airing in the Hawaiian market. And that was over a decade ago.) The latest are claims that Democrat Party extremist and Bernie-Bro James Hodgkinson was armed with an “M4 assault rifle“.

It was an SKS.

Now, to borrow from Hillary Clinton, what difference does it make? The M4 is a military weapon system capable of fully automatic fire. That’s like a machine gun for those of you in Rio Linda. (Or journalism school.) The SKS is a semi-automatic rifle. It fires once and only once for each pull of the trigger. The M4 fires the 5.56X45mm round while the SKS fires the 7.62X39mm round. They’re very different rounds. The 5.56mm round is a much higher velocity round, though both have the similar effective ranges.

And now the really important differences: The SKS can be purchased by civilians in the US while the M4 cannot. The M4 accepts a detachable magazine, while the SKS (almost always) does not. (There are some after-market modifications and some versions that do accept a detachable magazine, but these aren’t common.) The standard magazine for the M4 holds 30 rounds. The standard fixed magazine for the SKS accepts only 10. This means that the SKS isn’t classified as an “assault weapon” anywhere in the US.

But all of this information is available on the Interwebs. Why didn’t the dim bulbs at CBS, ABC, or the New York Post bother to look? Don’t they have computers?! Do they know about Google?! Or were they just trying to squeeze in a little more propaganda?

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duckspeak [duhk⋅speek]

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To quack like a duck; to speak without thinking.

As predictable as the rising sun, the attempted assassination of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise has anti-gun wingnuts calling for more and more gun control. In particular are calls for “universal” background checks. Never mind that the shooter in this case passed several of these beloved background checks. Perhaps those calling for more gun laws should do a little research before they start quacking.

There were ample opportunities for the legal system to catch the assassin before he struck. He had multiple encounters with law enforcement that could have ended in arrests and convictions. But they didn’t. in each case, he was given a pass. Convictions that could have marked him as a prohibited person, and thus would have allowed the police to disarm him, didn’t happen. And yet, we’re supposed to believe that, but for a few more gun laws, this crime could have been prevented.

What good are more gun laws when the legal system seems determined to ignore the ones already available to it?

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So there was this former University of Missouri journalism prof who opined that the NRA is as bad as ISIS. I thought to myself, this could be fun. But alas, there isn’t enough in the article for even a bit of silly mockery, let alone a good Fisking. The old duffer’s argument seems to be that both organizations are known by acronyms. One wonders what he thinks of the National Restaurant Association.

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The anti-gun, liberal, wingnut butthurt continues. This time it’s this lament from Slate editor Jeremy Stahl that Merrick Garland wasn’t able to attend the inauguration as a Supreme Court Justice. Worse yet, “Now Trump will get to nominate whomever he wants to fill this seat.” The horror!

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I’m pretty sure that we warned y’all this would happen. But did you listen? Why start now, right?

Californians, faced with yet another round of unconstitutional gun laws, responded by buying a record number of firearms in 2016. Of course, this happens every time crazy, gun hating liberals roll out new gun laws. Real Americans respond with their wallets.

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Like Ned Stark memes appearing around the winter solstice, there are some things that just aren’t surprising. They appear like clockwork; as predictable as the tides. One of these regular, cyclical events is the run on firearms that precedes a new gun law taking effect. And yet, there are some people who are shocked and amazed every time it happens again.

The last 8 years of the Obama regime have seen otherworldly increases in firearms sales. The Bamster’s every anti-gun utterance, no matter how vaguely worded, saw a fresh run on gun stores. Ultimately, the man’s term in office was an unqualified failure. Other than a few executive orders that were intended to harass law abiding gun owners, he was unable to pass a single piece of anti-gun legislation. He swung for the fences with his nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, but struck out. Now President Donald Trump will appoint the successor to Antonin Scalia.

Which brings us to Neverland-by-the-Sea.

The California Democrat Party, for reasons that I actually can’t guess, passed a wagon load of new gun regulations this year. I say that I cannot understand their reasoning because it wasn’t necessary as a political device. The extreme, anti-gun left wasn’t threatening to bolt for another party, nor was there any other reason to placate this one, small wing of their coalition. A bunch of us, myself included, expected Governor Pan to be the adult in the room and say no. But alas, he got into the pixie dust and flew off with the rest of his Party to chase pirates while Californians flew off to their local gun stores.

In light of the election of President Trump, one might think that a temper tantrum was involved, but that forgets recent history. The Lost Boys and Lost Girls in Sacramento passed their laws when it looked to everyone like Hillary Clinton would be appointing Scalia’s replacement. They quite unnecessarily blew off a very large bomb from their political arsenal. Even if they somehow knew that Hillary was toast, they’d also have to have known that President Trump will be in a position to bring California back into line with the US Constitution. Which would mean…

OK…

And with that, I’m gonna stop writing. I just realized that I’m shocked and amazed that the anti-gun left did something balmy for no apparent reason. I shoulda seen that coming.

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I guess that they have a reputation to uphold…

The assembled clowns of the aptly named 9th Circus have had one last temper tantrum before President Trump takes office. A court panel has overturned a lower court ruling that the California 10-day waiting period for current gun owners to purchase another firearm is unconstitutional. The panel’s ruling, based on “intermediate scrutiny” rather than “strict scrutiny”, holds that the superfluous waiting period is “reasonable safety precaution”.

Anti-gun screwballs argue that current gun owners may have snapped between their last purchase and a new purchase and thus the “cooling off period” is necessary. They ignore the laws that they cried for in this State that create a mechanism to confiscate weapons from those who become “prohibited persons”. For those wanting an example of “doublethink”, this is a fine one; they simultaneously support and forget a law that they wanted.

So here’s a thought: What if the new Congress and the new President passed a Federal law prohibiting waiting periods? That could prove interesting.

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Surprised by Hillary’s October surprise? Surprised that The Donald “went there“? Many things have been surprising this election season. The least surprising is that the Republicans are desperately attempting to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

GOP pearl clutching notwithstanding, the Party’s elites have been itching for an opportunity to openly support their candidate of choice, Hillary Clinton, for a long time now. They’re not outraged by Trump’s stupid remarks about women; it’s all an act. Were they truly concerned about the mistreatment of women, they’d be outraged at Hillary Clinton’s treatment of Bill’s accusers. In point of fact, they’ve been praying for Trump to be defeated. It’s their best shot at regaining ownership of their decrepit party. Even if the GOP never wins another National election, they’ll be in charge and that’s all that matters. So not a peep about how Hillary Clinton actually treats women; just feigned indignation about how Trump once talked about them.

Why does this matter to gun owners? You do, in fact, have a dog in this fight. The GOP is willing to see Hillary Clinton appoint a liberal majority to the US Supreme Court if that’s what it takes to wrest control of the Party away from the rabble that nominated Donald Trump. (And that almost nominated Ted Cruz!) They’re willing to see your right to own and use firearms erased to regain their petty political power.

If you cherish the right to keep and bear arms, you have one and only one choice in this election: Donald Trump. If you’re thinking that the Court can remain split 4-4 until the next President after Hillary is sworn in, then you’re higher than Gary Johnson. If you think that Gary Johnson is a viable alternative who can defeat Hillary, you’re both high and stupid! Your one priority is the Supreme Court and who gets to fill its next 3-4 vacancies.

Don’t let Paul Ryan and the GOPe trick you into sacrificing your liberties for their political gain!

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