Archive for January, 2012

01/31/2012

Thank God I don’t live in DC

by wfgodbold

Because Emily Miller spent more on training, permitting, and registration ($465) before the government allowed her to buy a gun than I did just to buy my first gun (no registration, permitting, training, fingerprinting, or anything else required). My Bersa Thunder 380 CC was (IIRC) right at $300.

Now, I did have to spend ~$125 on a CCW training course and fingerprinting, and another $145 for the FBI background check and state CCW application processing, but that was to be licensed to carry, not merely to own the handgun. And even that, I think, is far too excessive. I shudder to think what DC’s carry fees would be (if they allowed any form of carry at all, which they do not).

High registration or permitting costs are one of the easiest ways for politicians to keep guns away from those they don’t believe should have them; in places like Washington, DC and New York City, that’s pretty much the entire populace.

01/30/2012

What is this I don’t even

by wfgodbold

Because I don’t have real content, here’s Marty Friedman and Sayuri Ishikawa performing the enka classic “Over Amagi Mountain Pass.”

Lyrics translation here.

01/26/2012

And without even trying, Matthew Yglesias shows why STEM majors mock non-STEM majors…

by wfgodbold

If only we could be as well educated as Harvard philosophy majors!

Undegraduates?

Even engineers (perhaps especially engineers) know to proofread before publishing.

01/25/2012

Quote of the Indeterminate Time Interval – County Councilman Michael Brown

by wfgodbold

Michael Brown is sick of the local sheriff encouraging qualifying citizens to protect themselves.

This isn’t really a quote, but the paraphrase of Brown’s statements from this article:

Despite what the sheriff may say Brown believes encouraging people to get a CWP isn’t the answer.

County Councilman Brown says law enforcement get more hours of training when it comes to weapons and they should be the ones protecting citizens. Sheriff Wright says he hasn’t heard from brown’s constituents who are upset over his comments and says he has an open door policy.

This is especially bad timing, given that a patron of a local Waffle House had to defend himself from what must have been a pair of misunderstood upstanding citizens.

Even if I were to concede the councilman’s point that the police are better trained (given the OCD of the gunblogging community when it comes to classes and training, I find that a bit hard to believe), the police have no duty to protect anyone.

Not you, not me, and certainly not the poor bastard who had to defend himself in a Waffle House in Spartanburg, SC.

What are we supposed to do, Councilman Brown?

Wait the rest of our lives for the police to show up?

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01/23/2012

Your tax dollars at work (4th amendment edition!)

by wfgodbold

I was curious about the genesis of the newest SCOTUS decision to come down the pipe, and you’ll be interested (leave me my delusions!) to know what I learned.

In the original case, U.S. v. Jones, Jones (who generally appears to be a misanthrope (not that that makes any difference to his civil rights)) moved to suppress evidence gathered when the police put a tracking device on his car and used it to see where he was going:

Jones also has moved to suppress the data obtained from an electronic tracking device-a Global Positioning System (“GPS”)-which law enforcement agents placed on his Jeep Cherokee pursuant to an Order issued by the Honorable Paul L. Friedman on September 16, 2005. In support of the motion, Jones advances two arguments. First, he contends that Special Agent Yanta’s affidavit in support of the application for GPS authorization lacked probable cause to believe that his vehicle “was in any manner being used for criminal activity.” (Def.’s Omnibus Mot. at 18.) Second, Jones asserts that the government placed the GPS device on his vehicle both after the Order authorizing its *88 placement had expired and while the vehicle was located outside of the issuing court’s jurisdiction. (See Defendant Jones’ Supplemental Omnibus Pre-Trial Motion at 3-6.) In response, while conceding the “technical” violations of the September 10, 2005 Order (Gov’t’s Omnibus Opp’n at 52 n. 12), the government contends that the placement of the GPS device was proper-“even in the complete absence of a court order”-because Jones lacked a reasonable expectation of privacy in the whereabouts of his vehicle. (Id. at 51.)

U.S. v. Jones, 451 F. Supp. 2d 71, 87-88 (D.D.C. 2006) aff’d in part, rev’d in part sub nom.U.S. v. Maynard, 615 F.3d 544 (D.C. Cir. 2010) aff’d in part sub nom.U.S. v. Jones, 10-1259, 2012 WL 171117 (U.S. 2012) [emphasis added]
So this whole case came about because the DC cops let their warrant expire and then bugged the guy’s car while it was outside their jurisdiction. After they got caught, they argued that they didn’t really need a warrant in the first place.
The case was then appealed, granted certiorari, and finally heard by the Supreme Court.
Almost five and a half years after the end of Jones’s original trial (which itself was for actions the defendant took between 2003 and October 2004).
And all because the police tried to fast-talk their way out of something they knew wasn’t going to work.
Sure, the police might screw you over, but unless you can afford to pay your lawyer for the better part of a decade, you’re not going to prevail.
And the government? They don’t care if they can’t afford their own appeals; after all, you’re the one footing their bill.
01/22/2012

Oh, that’s rich…

by wfgodbold

Especially coming from the head of Bloomberg’s personal anti-gun organization:

“For our mayors, the tired debate about gun control is over and beside the point,” said Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. “Now that we know the answer, we can sort of put aside the tired debate at the extremes and focus on how you respect the Second Amendment and the rights of law-abiding owners and keep the guns out of hands of people who shouldn’t have it.

“The sweet spot is letting law-abiding citizens buy the guns they want,” Glaze said. “While tightening the background check system to make sure the next Jared Loughner, the next Virginia Tech massacre doesn’t happen.’’

Unless you live in Bloomberg’s own NYC, I suppose.

That article at the Tennessean focuses on the so-called “gun show loophole.”

Tightening up the background check system to ban private sales without a background check would have done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to stop either Loughner or the Virginia Tech shooter.

Loughner lied on his background check form when he bought his gun. The background check was done, but because he lied, nothing stopped him. Preventing private gun sales would not have changed this in the slightest.

Cho likewise purchased his guns through regular stores, and not from private citizens; Cho had been adjudicated mentally defective (though the NICS system was not notified), and must have lied on his 4473 forms as well (since one of the questions explicitly asks if you have ever been adjudicated mentally defective). Banning private gun sales would have done nothing to prevent this shooting either.

When the “solutions” gun control advocates favor would do absolutely nothing to prevent the problems they are supposed to fix, how can we not conclude that their goal isn’t actually the reduction of crime, but the empowerment of the state?

I’d be screeching for relevancy if I were on the wrong side of history, too.

01/19/2012

Quote of the Indeterminate Time Interval – Scott Adams

by wfgodbold

Yes, that Scott Adams. He posted his thoughts on SOPA to his blog today, and I found his reply to one commenter (GeneralTekno*) … enlightening:

Can you imagine any company using SOPA to shut down Dilbert.com because of an objectionable link in the comment section? I think larger sites such as this would be immunized by public opinion.

Scott Adams, while against SOPA, is confident that even if it were passed, it wouldn’t apply to “larger sites,” such as his.

All websites are created equal…

Some are just more equal than others, I guess.

*For some reason, you can’t link to individual replies on Adams’s blog. If you look through the comments, you’ll find it.

01/18/2012

Obama is doing his part…

by wfgodbold

To ensure energy rates skyrocket.

Of course, not building the Keystone XL pipeline isn’t going to do jack to save the environment; the Canadians will still pump their ethical oil.

They’ll just sell it to China instead of us.

01/17/2012

While the rest of the gunblogosphere is at the SHOT Show…

by wfgodbold

I’m sitting in my apartment preparing for the second day of my second semester of law school. What the hell was I thinking, applying for law school?

Say Uncle has a bunch of SHOT stuff, as does The Firearm Blog (my favorite piece so far: Sig’s ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ 1911).

And for all you anti-gun people, I hope you have lots of fun at your anti-gun trade show.

01/16/2012

Avoid the blue helmets of UN peacekeepers like the plague

by wfgodbold

Literally.

I’m sure just what Haiti needed after a devastating earthquake was a bunch of UN “aid” workers to show up and bring their super-virulent strain of cholera from their home country.

Why are countries with super-virulent strains of diseases even bothering to send aid anywhere?

Oh, wait. It’s probably required so they don’t lose their spot at the UN feeding trough.

In the meantime, if you ever have to deal with the blue helmeted devils, it’s best to do it at a distance.

After all, if the cholera doesn’t get you, the rapists might.

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