The Walking Dead

Murdoc doesn’t watch a lot of TV, but when he was sick over the holidays he spent a few days watching the entire run of The Walking Dead. Pretty good, for the most part. He tries to ignore the fact that these people seem to be able to pick off zombies with one shot between the eyes at a hundred meters, but they can’t shoot other people at six feet. And that bullets apparently bounce off of filing cabinets and quarter-inch plywood. Anyway.

The second half of season 4 begins tonight on AMC.

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The Stephen King eBook ‘Guns’

Famed author Stephen King has published an eBook called ‘Guns’ to discuss the gun control issue.

No link given here, but here’s the blurb on Amazon:

In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King’s keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

Seems almost reasonable, and definitely a possibility for “rational discussion.”

But then there’s this:

King’s earnings from the sale of this essay will go the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Whoops. One doesn’t have to know anything about King’s politics (which are very Liberal) or know what his stance on gun control is (he apparently favors a total ban on semi-autos) to realize which way his breeze is blowing on this.

Don’t buy this eBook unless you want to put money in the pockets of the Brady Bunch.

It’s almost like Stephen King is totally full of shit.

Cartridges of the World

Murdoc’s buddy Richard Mann is helping out with the upcoming revised edition of Cartridges of the World: A Complete and Illustrated Reference for Over 1500 Cartridges and wants your help:

If you are familiar with previous volumes and would like to complain about mistakes or content, or if you know of any new interesting cartridges that more than two or three hillbillies are using, let me know. No promises but I’d like number 13 to be the best one yet.

So if you want to weigh in, get a hold of Richard and let him know.

After You Shoot: Your gun’s hot. The perp’s not. Now what?

After You Shoot: Your gun's hot. The perp's not. Now what? by Alan KorwinAfter You Shoot: Your gun’s hot. The perp’s not. Now what? by Alan Korwin:

Dial 911 and fry. You re gasping for air. You just stopped a would-be murderer cold with your sidearm four rounds to the chest. Do you have the right to remain silent? Then how do you dial 911 and talk to a police voice recorder? How do you make that call and not say anything? According to criminal-defense attorneys, half of all convictions for self-defense incidents rely on frantic traumatized 911 tapes. As a bonus, the media will air your voice nationwide for weeks. That can t be right. Do you have the right to have an attorney prior to and during any questioning? What about your precious Fifth Amendment rights against self incrimination? How do you make a 911 call and protect your rights? You cannot. When you call 911 after saving your life with gunfire, you are giving up the crucial life-saving rights you think you have. And that s wrong. The dangerous snare of 911 recordings is built into the American self-defense system and no one has looked at it hard until now. After You Shoot lights up this overlooked problem and provides common-sense, workable solutions to these horrors vicious traps that threaten every gun owner and innocent crime victim in America. More than 70 experts contributed to the ideas presented here, the “common wisdom” that floats around is examined, and five specific solutions to the problem are provided, including the controversial Adnarim statement. Don’t help convict yourself. Read After You Shoot.

Remembering Katrina

The Great New Orleans Gun Grab by Gordon Hutchinson and Todd MassonThere’s been a lot of new coverage of the 5-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and all the problems it caused in New Orleans. Like the original go-round, the plight of the areas where the hurricane actually hit got much less coverage. So go check out this post I wrote back at the time on Murdoc Online showing many photos of the effects of Katrina east of New Orleans.

Something else that must not be forgotten about Katrina and its aftermath was the eagerness with which the local New Orleans law enforcement agencies tried to confiscate legally-owned firearms. At a time when people were on their own more than ever, the police spent an awful lot of effort to disarm law-abiding citizens when they should have been protecting them.

If you have only a passing knowledge of those events, I heartily recommend reading The Great New Orleans Gun Grab by Gordon Hutchinson and Todd Masson.

‘More Guns, Less Crime’ by John Lott

Medium ImageThird Edition is now available:

More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, Third Edition
On its initial publication in 1998, John R. Lott’s More Guns, Less Crime drew both lavish praise and heated criticism. More than a decade later, it continues to play a key role in ongoing arguments over gun-control laws: despite all the attacks by gun-control advocates, no one has ever been able to refute Lott’s simple, startling conclusion that more guns mean less crime. Relying on the most rigorously comprehensive data analysis ever conducted on crime statistics and right-to-carry laws, the book directly challenges common perceptions about the relationship of guns, crime, and violence. For this third edition, Lott draws on an additional ten years of data—including provocative analysis of the effects of gun bans in Chicago and Washington, D.C—that brings the book fully up to date and further bolsters its central contention.

Jack Lord in the First Episode of ‘Have Gun, Will Travel’

Jack Lord in 'Have Gun, Will Travel'
Jack Lord in 'Have Gun, Will Travel'

The first episode of the long-running series, ‘Three Bells to Perdido,’ featured Jack Lord as bad guy Dave Enderby. It aired on September 14, 1957.

Like many bad guys in westerns, Lord’s character couldn’t shoot for spit. If he shot even as well as Murdoc, the television series would have been over twenty minutes into the first episode. Instead, it lasted for 224 more.