We must keep BR55-M45 and M90A assault weapons off the street!

Some third-grader writing about the definition of assault weapons in California uses images from Rambo and (I shit you not) the Halo video game.

Assault weapons are dangerous. Just look:

Halo Weapons
Halo Weapons used for examples of 'assault weapons'

I mean, why would anyone even NEED an MA4B-APTR? Are they going to go duck hunting with an M8 SMG? Thomas Jefferson certainly didn’t have the BR55-SS in mind when he wrote the Constitution.

Hahahahahahahaha.

What an idiot. I guess this is what passes for journalism in SF Weekly.

Via Thirdpower.

Talk About Paranoid…

Sebastian observes And They Say We’re Fearful

Eugene Kane in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Before today, I never had to worry about encountering covertly armed strangers during my daily routine.

That, boys and girls, is as stupid a thing as you’ll ever read. If he really thinks he’s never encountered “covertly armed” people before during his daily routine, he’s ignorant. Let’s hope he’s just pretending to be ignorant.

With concealed carry laws in effect, I can’t be too lax about casual encounters anymore. I have to remind myself to be aware of any sudden movements or suspicious behavior by individuals while in public space.

Why wouldn’t anyone be “aware of any sudden movements or suspicious behavior” at any time, regardless of whether you think they’re armed or not? This is a fake paranoia.

Even driving back and forth from home to work takes on a new relevance. I have to make it a point to be more courteous to fellow motorists and exhibit extreme road courtesy in all situations.

Mr. Kane pretends to be unaware that more people are killed in cars by cars than they are by gun crime.

I’m going to have to start watching for the hunched-over posture that could signal a concealed gun carrier.

Maybe a telltale bump or protrusion under their clothing. Of course, as it gets colder, that’s going to be a lot more difficult to decipher.

If anyone has really been so cluelessly unaware of suspicious behavior, highway dangers, or telltale bumps under clothing, there’s nothing more that a few people legally carrying guns is going to do. Though it’s tough to know for sure, I suspect he’s playing dumb to try to prove some sort of point.

In the end, though, I think he shifts from playing dumb to actually being dumb:

Yes, the tavern; the law says you can carry a concealed weapon in a bar as long as you’re not drinking.

I suspect some folks will obey that law about as well they do drunken-driving statutes.

This is one of the things that I find so telling about those who wring their hands over gun laws. They pretend that gun law will help, but they will readily admit that they don’t think other laws help other issues.

Critics of the right to keep and bear arms often claim that gun owners want guns because they’re so afraid. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. Even when it’s wrong.

That Old West must have been a lot more peaceful than in the movies…

June 2008:

“Does this lead to everyone having a gun in our society?” [Chicago Mayor Richard] Daley asked while speaking at a Navy Pier event. “If [the justices] think that’s the answer, then they’re greatly mistaken. Then why don’t we do away with the court system and go back to the Old West, you have a gun and I have a gun and we’ll settle it in the streets?”

Today:

Newly released data for Chicago shows that, as in Washington, murder and gun crime rates didn’t rise after the bans were eliminated — they plummeted. They have fallen much more than the national crime rate…

In the first six months of this year, there were 14% fewer murders in Chicago compared to the first six months of last year – back when owning handguns was illegal. It was the largest drop in Chicago’s murder rate since the handgun ban went into effect in 1982.

Meanwhile, the other four most populous cities saw a total drop at the same time of only 6 percent.
Similarly, in the year after the 2008 “Heller” decision, the murder rate fell two-and-a-half times faster in Washington than in the rest of the country.

Shockingly, this doesn’t seem to have registered on the national media’s radar.

You Would Never Guess It From the Headlines

Gun crime continues to decrease, despite increase in gun sales

The FBI recently released its Crime in The United States statistics for 2010. Overall, murders in the U.S. have decreased steadily since 2006, dropping from 15,087 to 12,996. Firearms murders — which made up 67 percent of all murders in the U.S. in 2010 — have followed this trend, decreasing by 14 percent.

At the same time that firearms murders were dropping, gun sales were surging. In 2009, FBI background checks for guns increased by 30 percent over the previous year, while firearms sales in large retail outlets increased by almost 40 percent. The number of applications for concealed carry permits jumped across the country as well.

It’s almost like guns don’t cause crime.

Next thing you know, people will start getting skeptical about the evening news

TV Station Takes Four-Year-Old Child’s Quote Out of Context

A Chicago television station is being blasted by civil rights leaders and news media professionals for airing edited video of a 4-year-old boy that took his statements out of context, violating the basics of journalism ethics.

The Maynard Institute published a story on July 21 detailing how Chicago CBS station WBBM ran a story about the June 29 shooting of two teenagers in the Park Manor neighborhood.

A freelance photographer interviewed the youngster about whether the shooting frightened him. The station aired the portion of the interview in which the boy responded by saying he was not afraid and wanted his own gun.

However, it failed to air the portion of the child’s quote in which he said he wanted a gun because he planned to be a police officer.

But not so easy to get people scared of guns that way.