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.

Uninformed. As usual.

Banning Assault Weapons: Time For The NRA To Admit It’s All About Lifestyle

Some guy named Aaron Epple writes:

When George W. Bush quietly allowed the federal assault weapons ban expire in 2004

Wait. George W. Bush allowed the ban to expire? How? Did he veto the bill extending it?

That’s right. No bill made it out of Congress. The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act was voted down 8-90 in the Senate with an amendment to extend the AWB. The bill, without the amendment, passed 65-31, the following year.

Okay. Next sentence:

When Jared Loughner killed six people in 15 seconds with a Glock 9 equipped with a thirty-round magazine last month

Wait. A Glock 9? With a 30-round magazine? The weapon was a Glock 17 and he had a 33-round magazine.

This guy can’t even do the most basic simple research into his lead paragraph, yet he feels like he’s in a position to tell all the rest of us which parts of our God-given and Constitutionally-protected rights us citizens should be allowed to exercise.

The rest of his column pretty much goes downhill from there.

This is a gem from Susan in the comments section, though:

He has set out what those of us who don’t buy into the gun culture think about the subject.

To which Murdoc responded:

Yes he has. He starts his argument with statements about what happened that are just plain uninformed and show that he didn’t spend ten seconds on the internet to learn anything before deciding to tell everyone else which parts of which God-given Constitutionally-protected rights they should be allowed to have.

I’d say that he has EXACTLY set out what those who don’t buy into the so-called “gun culture” think.

Deep Thoughts from ‘The New Internationalism’

Further Thoughts on Gun Control

…just because gun controls are likely to be politically unpopular does not make them any less necessary. It is true that the United States possesses a much stronger gun culture than that found in Europe, and once guns have been purchased, it appears incredibly difficult to see them removed from circulation, and this is a real shame. The assault weapons ban should be reinstated because it reduced the overall number of assault weapons in circulation (even if it didn’t eliminate them altogether) while the elimination of open-carrying laws would limit the number of hand-guns within public venues. People should not be allowed to brandish weapons in public places, and the whole idea of allowing concealed weapons is, at best, an utterly insane idea because it places the general public at a whole of increased risk.

Ohio Law Trumps Cleveland Restrictions

Ohio Supreme Court shoots down local gun control

The Ohio Supreme Court today dealt a fatal blow to local efforts to regulate firearms, concluding that a more permissive state law should trump restrictions on guns in cities.

In a 5-2 ruling, the state’s top court struck down Cleveland’s assault-weapons ban and registration requirement for handguns.

This good news comes via Instapundit, who writes:

Though the decision appears to turn on issues of Ohio law, I believe that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions in Heller and McDonald, by normalizing firearms ownership, have made a difference in how state courts approach these questions.

Indeed.

Guns flowing into the hands of Mexican criminals

Via the Mexican government: State Police Arsenal Raided in Chihuahua City

The group entered by the main (south) entrance. They first took control of the radio room. In the process, they disarmed 5 guards & handcuffed their hands & feet (one news source said it was 2 police & 3 security guards).

The commando then entered the arsenal after breaking 2 locks to get through the steel doors. They took 43 H&K G36 assault rifles (.223 caliber), 26 9mm pistols, bulletproof vests & grenades.

They left the way they came with no resistance.

It looks like there wasn’t much of an effort to stop them, and it appears like the raiders had the benefit of inside information. Shocking, I know.

Just remember this the next time someone in the Obama administration tells us we need a Federal Assault Weapons Ban because we’re arming Mexican drug gangs.

80%, 18%, 8%…what’s the difference?

Mexican President Calderone Lied to Congress

You keep saying it long enough, enough people will start to think it’s true:

Calderon said the increase in violence in Mexico had coincided with the 2004 lifting of a U.S. assault weapons ban.

He said again that 80% of the guns that hae been seized by Mexican officials from criminals originated in the US.

One problem:

Calderone’s claim that more than 80% of guns came from the U.S is a bald-faced lie.

The actual figure is less than 18%, and the number of guns purchased from dealers that made their way to Mexico was only eight percent; the majority of guns traced to the United States were stolen.

The bulk of firearms in the hands of the cartels are military weapons purchased on the black market, with a sizable percentage purchased or stolen from the Mexican government itself.

Since the Pres and his crew have finally got it into their heads that Americans don’t want a new AWB, they’re left trying to pass one off as assistance to Mexico.

Mexico is a huge problem and it’s going to get worse. I still want to see the number of seized guns that were legally sold/given to the Mexican government at some point. Because it’s obvious once they run the numbers.