Do You Remember?
Do you remember when Britain banned all of the guns and violent crime disappeared forever, and the UK became a bastion of safety and peace?
This has been a public service message from the Shut The Fuck Up You Are All So Fucking Retarded Foundation
110% done reading this shit, the UK did not ban all guns.
Quit bringing us into your fucking bullshit oh but its our god given right have guns because we’re better than everyone fucking else shit.
Kindly do some fucking reading up before you start battering shite out.
You sure don’t understand what hyperbole is, do you?
Or the point of this post at all, really.
Backers of a 15-page gun control initiative are throwing a little get-together tonight at a private home in Medina, Examiner has learned, and they’re seeking do
I can do this all day motherfuckers. Do you know what my favorite part of American politics is?
It’s the part where 8 people donate over $300,000 to support a bill that restricts our freedoms while producing zero evidence that supports the efficacy of the bill.
Guess which school isn’t ever going to suffer a mass shooting? I’m pretty sure it’s this one.
Real Quotes From Real People: Outdated Legislature
I’m willing to consider your culture and constitution that you seemingly hold so dear to your hearts as a fundamental aspect of being “an American” but one has to wonder if Americans are willing to accept that the second amendment is an outdated and impractical piece of legislature in modern times, given the date of its inception and the development of modern arms.
Given the date of the first amendment’s inception there is no way they could have anticipated the advent of radio, television, or the internet, but all of these things enjoy first amendment protection. I seem to remember a lot of people getting riled up about the risk of the internet losing it’s first amendment privileges just recently.
Real Quotes From Real People: Roaming Sword Gangs
For all of the UK’s faults that I am acutely aware of, I’m grateful that I don’t live in a society that arms people and their associates almost indiscriminately and allows them to carry out impersonal acts of murder and terrorise anybody who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
For all of the USA’s faults that I am acutely aware of, I’m grateful that I don’t live in a society with roaming sword gangs and a police force so universally corrupt that crime statistics are totally worthless.
A Victory of Facts and Logic - Part Three: Assault Weapons and You
"Assault Weapon" is a term that politicians have been throwing around for a couple decades now and what few people understand is that the term has no real definition. It was conjured from the imagination of some politically motivated individuals to scare people who don’t know any better. The word "Assault" brings up images of violence and pain, and the word "Weapon" strongly encourages people to remember that firearms are frequently used to kill people and are bad. It is also meant to strongly resemble the term "Assault Rifle", which is the standard firearm of many modern militaries. This is a good learning aid / link to share with your pro gun-control friends on what an assault weapon is and how they work.
An “Assault Weapon” as defined in the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban (Yes, there was a previous one. It expired in 2004) was either:
A semi-automatic rifle that accepted detachable magazines, and two or more of the following features:
- Folding or telescoping stock
- Pistol grip
- Bayonet Mount
- Flash suppressor (or threaded barrel that could accommodate one)
- Grenade Launcher
A semi-automatic pistol that accepted detachable magazines and two or more of the following features:
- Magazine that attaches outside the pistol’s grip
- Threaded barrel capable of attaching a barrel extender, flash suppressor, hand grip, or suppressor
- Barrel shroud that can be used as a handhold
- An unloaded weight of 50oz or more
- A semi-automatic version of a fully automatic firearm
A semi-automatic shotgun with two-or more of the following:
- Folding or telescoping stock
- Pistol grip
- fixed capacity of more than 5 rounds
- detachable magazine
Along with several specifically named types of firearms, for the purpose of preventing companies from manufacturing neutered versions of their guns that complied with the ban’s new rules. These typically included AK-47s of all brands, Colt brand AR-15s, Uzis, MAC-10s and other types of machine pistols or handguns resembling machine pistols.
This only applied to firearms manufactured during the ban. Guns manufactured before the ban were grandfathered in and allowed to remain legal.
The ban was criticized for doing basically nothing. None of the features banned had any sway over the lethality of the rifle and in many cases only appeared scary or threatening in any way. Several of the features helped make firearms more user-friendly (telescoping stocks helped smaller people use rifles properly, and flash suppressors allowed shooting in the evening or at night without enduring a blinding muzzle flash). It also banned the manufacture of magazines that could hold more than 30 rounds, but that’s a discussion for another post.
The only tangible result of the ban was to raise the prices of “pre-ban” guns to astronomical levels and flood the market with neutered ban-compliant firearms that nobody really wanted. The most common were fixed stock AR-15s with no barrel threading or flash hider. A study conducted after the ban found no correlation between the ban and reduced crime, and the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports indicate that violent gun crime may have slightly increased during the ban.
So in short, an “Assault Weapon” is just a made up term to describe guns that people think are scary or have scary looking features.
In my next post I’ll discuss many of the defenses of and arguments against various types of gun bans (full ban, semi-auto ban, etc.), specifically assault weapons bans.
A Victory of Facts and Logic - Part Two: Background Checks and Why More of Them Won’t Help
One of the measures that got killed at the Senate today was a federal law that would require background checks for all private firearm sales and for all firearm purchases at gun shows (known colloquially as the “gun show loophole”), as well as require background checks for purchases online.
This was seen as the measure that was both most likely to pass and most likely to have a tangible effect on violent crime. While the first part is true because it’s a form of gun control that some gun enthusiasts can palate, the second is definitely not.
Let’s debunk this line of though without even citing any sources. Who commits violent crime? Usually a violent felon or occasionally a mentally unhinged person. Who follows the law? Neither felons nor mentally unhinged people follow the law. Bam.
The basic flaw in this bill was the idea that people who are going to break the rules will also follow the rules. A vast majority or violent crime is committed by convicted felons, people who have a track record for not doing things legally.
Some people say that it might dissuade potentially violent people from using guns, but this isn’t really the case either. Criminals only very rarely acquire their weapons legally. They usually get guns either on the street (a.k.a. the black market), through straw purchases, or from corrupt dealers. Background checks solve none of those problems. A criminal can usually get a gun faster and for cheaper on the street then he can in a store or online.
Others, most notably the Brady Campaign (as seen in my post here on this tumblr) think that buying guns online works much like buying a book or some clothes. You pay the money and it’s mailed to your door. No muss, no fuss. In reality buying online is even more trouble than buying locally in person. Most of the transaction is done through FFL dealers, including the final step that involves a background check before the new owner takes his or her new gun home.
Gun shows are a popular target for gun control supporters because of the illusion that they are some kind of flea market for terrorists, where the rules do not apply. Real world gun shows aren’t shady backroom dealings, just events where gun people get together to trade stuff and talk about their hobby together. Most sellers at a gun show are FFL holders, because it’s otherwise unusual to have enough guns in your personal possession up for sale to make the cost of a vendor booth worthwhile. FFL dealers are required by law to do background checks on gun buyers, regardless if it’s at a show or in their shop. In several states the rare private seller that is selling full firearms, and not just spare parts, also has to do a background check just like FFL dealers. The proposed law would be completely redundant in the case of these states, and hardly effect anything in the others.
Next post I’ll breakdown the failure of the Assault Weapons Ban. It’ll probably be a doozy.