Murdoc wouldn’t mind finding one of these under the Christmas tree one snowy morning, but he probably can’t pull off “good boy” to the $1299 level.
Reading up a bit, I saw that on Wanted: Dead or Alive, Steve McQueen wore .45-70 rounds in his gun belt rather than the .44-40 rounds his gun actually used. I haven’t watched the show much, maybe an episode or two over the years, but .45-70 out this thing might take an arm off.
December 15 marks America’s Bill of Rights Day, the anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution. To commemorate this event, we have created the Second Amendment Book Bomb, a unique and powerful way to communicate the importance of the Bill of Rights’ Second Amendment for the protection of liberty. With your help, we can launch constitutional rights to the top of national book bestseller lists, making a loud and clear statement that Second Amendment rights are inalienable!
As you know, the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2008 landmark District of Columbia v. Heller ruling finally affirmed that the Founders fully intended the Second Amendment to protect an individual right to own and bear arms. The renowned Second Amendment scholar and lawyer Dr. Stephen P. Halbrook, Research Fellow at The Independent Institute, was key to the Heller victory—as well as to three previous gun-rights victories in cases before the Supreme Court. And his definitive defense of the Second Amendment is now available in The Founders’ Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms the first in-depth, book-length account of the origins of the Second Amendment and the most readable, comprehensive, and compelling work ever assembled arguing that the right to own a gun is as fundamental under the U.S. Constitution as freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
The book bomb is an effort to get the book to the top of the rankings on the big book-buying sites. I haven’t checked out the book yet, but I am often amused by “the Founding Fathers never meant for people to have assault weapons” claims. If people took two seconds to think about what the 2nd Amendment means and why it might have been added to the Constitution when it was, they’d realize it wasn’t about hunting or home defense against criminals.
Americans love books in which the good guys win. Gottlieb and Workman are adding to that proud tradition with America Fights Back by documenting case after case in which gun-owning citizens who refuse to wear the label victim remain the winners. –Jill J.R. Labbe, Deputy Editorial Page Editor, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
During my years in the U.S. House of Representatives serving on the Judiciary Committee, I tired of listening to the arguments of one gun-control advocate after another endlessly repeat the same tired, baseless arguments in support of their efforts to disarm law-abiding American citizens. Now, in America Fights Back Armed Self Defense in a Violent Age, we have a well-written defense of the Bill of Rights that provides both sound substantive arguments in support of the right to keep and bear arms, as well as true-life stories of how the Second Amendment works in practice not just in theory. This book ought to be required reading for every Member of the House and Senate; and every occupant of the White House –Former Congressman Bob Barr
In America Fights Back, through vivid real-life stories of citizens forced to face the reality of violence, Gottlieb and Workman provide an accounting of America s crime problem largely ignored by mainstream media. –Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President, National Rifle Association of America
This past June, the Supreme Court decided a question at the heart of one of America’s most impassioned debates, ruling that individual citizens have the constitutional right to possess guns. With that decision, the District’s handgun ban–one of the toughest and most controversial in the nation–was ended.
In Gun Control on Trial, journalist Brian Doherty tells the full story behind the landmark District of Columbia v. Heller ruling. With exclusive, behind the scenes access throughout the case, Doherty delved into the issues of this monumental case to provide a compelling look at the inside stories, including: The plaintiffs’ fight for the right to protect themselves and their families from violent neighborhoods. The activist lawyers who worked exhaustively to affirm that right. The forces that fought to stop the case, including city officials and the NRA. The story of the Heller case stretches back to long before the decision struck down D.C.’s restrictive gun ban and forward to the future of the political and legal battle over gun control in America. Doherty provides clear, concise explanations of the issues and battles that have driven the gun control debate for decades, detailing how the Heller decision is a new starting point for the gun control debate as it passionately and energetically continues in the years ahead.
It’s important to note that the Heller decision does not settle every controversy in the gun control debate. It only settles the legal question of whether or not the right to possess weapons under the Second Amendment extends to personal self-defense: it does, writes Doherty. What the Supreme Court decided in Heller may be narrow in its direct and immediate effect; but it’s deep in its implications for the relationship between the government and the American people, explains Doherty. It establishes a new shape to the arena in which the legal and political struggle over guns and gun control will be fought. And that fight assuredly continues.
Sold a BlogAd over at Murdoc Online for this book: American Rifle: A Biography by Alexander Rose. Don’t know much about it, but it looks like it could be interesting:
Given the title, American Rifle is a book that many potential readers might dismiss without a thought. Don’t do it: Alexander Rose’s peculiar “biography” is not written for gun enthusiasts–though they’ll certainly enjoy it–but for anyone interested American history from George Washington to the Wild West to Iraq. Drawing on original sources ranging from Samuel Colt to the soldiers who depend on the weapon the most, this book is an exhaustive history of the rifle’s place in American culture, not only as an instrument of war, but also as a driver of technological innovation and advances in mass production that helped propel the United States into its role as both a military and economic superpower. Once you start, American Rifle will have to be pried from your cold, dead hands before you put it down.
Just got The Lions of Iwo Jima by Fred Haynes and James A. Warren and read nearly half of it while flying today. Great read so far.
The Lions of Iwo Jima tells the full story of one of the greatest units fielded in the history of the U.S. Marines. Combat Team 28, 4500 men strong, trained for a full year, landed on the black sands of Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945, and raised the flag atop Mount Suribachi after four days of ferocious combat. Major General Fred Haynes USMC (Ret’d), then a young captain, is the last surviving officer in CT28 intimately involved in planning and coordinating all phases of the Team’s fight on Iwo Jima. Drawing on a wealth of previously untapped documents, personal narratives, and letters, in addition to more than 100 interviews with survivors, Haynes and Warren recapture in riveting detail what the Marines of Combat Team 28 experienced, placing particular emphasis on the Team’s ferocious struggle to break through the main belt of the Japanese defenses to the north, and reduce the final pocket of resistance on the island in Bloody Gorge.
The Lions of Iwo Jima offers fresh interpretations of the fight for Suribachi, the iconic flag raising photo, and the nature of the campaign as a whole, and helps to answer the essential questions: Who were these men? What accounts for their extraordinary performance in battle?
The first (smaller) flag was just raised when I left off. If the second half of the book is anything like the first, this is a real winner.
I will have a lot more on this in the near future.
Apparently, Red Dawn embodies conservative nutterdom.
So now are we all just clinging to our guns, bibles, and Red Dawn Collector’s Edition DVDs?
Because Red Dawn is a movie about gun control. At least to a great extent.
Something I wrote about it in 2003:
In all reality the film wasn’t too bad. Good stuff for teenagers, and if it’s got a little “rah-rah America” it’s better than a little of the dark cynicism to prevelant in most movies.
Not coincidentally, the Gotham City of the two most recent Batman films is based on Chicago, not New York City. This makes some sense, because Chicago residents are severely restricted in their methods of self defense. Masked vigilantes might be the only answer.
He points out a “favorable” new review by Natalie Pompilio of the Philadelphia Inquirer and adds:
I don’t know what Natalie Pompilio’s position is on gun control, and right now I don’t care, because I am always delighted to see fair coverage of this issue — especially the simple acknowledgement that gun owners can be regular human beings.
Like, who knew?
The Ministry of Minor Perfidy has a picture that appears to have been taken at the same event as the photo of the Iraqi police woman with an AK I posted earlier.
I think the delivery of the Dirty Harry line would suffer from the layers of clothing masking the woman’s expression during the delivery.
Incidentally, I’ve been revisiting the Dirty Harry movies recently. I plan to watch The Enforcer tonight. I haven’t seen that in at least 20 years.