Spin Machine In Action

The local CBS affiliate didn’t mention last year’s record number

The number of Texans who have sought permission to buy firearms has taken an 18 percent drop this year.

The first link at the Houston Chronicle mentioned it but didn’t put it into context.

Experts attribute the slowdown to waning fears of stricter federal regulations, The Houston Chronicle reported (http://bit.ly/1pbdWRV ). Gun sales spiked across the nation after the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school massacre in 2012.

Had to go back to the original source, through 3 levels, to find even a mention of how many firearms were sold in 2013.

From January through August of last year, 1,097,392 requests were submitted, compared with 909,050 for that same period in 2014.

And these numbers don’t tell the full story either; people could be making multiple purchases for each check, remember the check is done on the person, not the product. The media seems to be desperate to make it appear fewer people are purchasing firearms; perhaps in the hopes of having fewer people line up to buy later in the year. Well, it is sort of true. Less people are buying firearms this year through the retail or licensed dealers. But that is relative to the year before. Take a look at the list below.

1999 –  9,138,123
2000 –   8,543,037
2001 –   8,910,191
2002 –   8,454,322
2003 –  8,481,588
2004 –  8,687,671
2005 –  8,952,945
2006 – 10,036,933
2007 – 11,177,335
2008 – 12,709,023
2009 – 14,033,824
2010 – 14,409,616
2011 – 16,454,951
2012 – 19,592,303
2013  -21,093,273
2014 Year to Date – 13,795,965

 

This are the number of N.I.C.S checks conducted year year – notice the huge increase ?  Almost twice as high from the “Pre-Obama” years. Wonder why the media and the antis don’t report that. Why they don’t mention the year after year increase?

It is almost as if they want people to think no one else still feels the need/desire to keep purchasing firearms.

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Guns and Kids

Pretty good report on the subject from the local CBS station

 

 

 

 

 

Our gun club also helps out with several area school clubs; I think we are up to 3 – maybe 4 clubs using our fields for practice. So it is good to see a positive report on the subject.

One of the things not mentioned in the report is how much family involvement goes on behind the scenes. Just like band or other school activities, it takes a considerable number of parents to make it work. We see a large number of parents helping out, working with the kids and learning about the sport.

And joining the club   :)

Wish I Could Take A Day Off…

…just to recover from the weekend. Its been a while since I’ve had a weekend this good. Tiring but good.

Saturday was another wedding; this time my” niece” Samantha and her new hubby Jason. Great ceremony and good times but made for another long day.

Then up on Sunday for church and –prepare yourselves — a few hours of actual shooting goodness !

Yes, your humble scribe remembered that he can actually use the range for target practice. My buddy Cliff was in town for Sam’s wedding and we spent about 3 hours running a pistols and our .22 rifles through their paces. Good news is both of us can still shoot even though some rust shows on the skills.

I would have taken pictures, prepared reviews (shot his Ruger 10/22 for example) but was having too much fun just shooting. Maybe next time.

In the mean times, here is a pic of the bride and groom.

 

Hope your weekend was as fun as mine.

Main Stream Media Catching On

Finally

If you’re a woman, and you’re licensed to shoot, then your skills are in hot demand.

The market for female gun instructors is booming as more women want to learn to shoot — both for self defense and for sport, said Tina Wilson-Cohen, who owns She Can Shoot, an all-women firearm and self-defense training business in Fairfax, Va.

The National Rifle Association, noting the burgeoning market opportunity, is trying to boost its ranks of 8,000 NRA-certified female instructors, said spokesman Andrew Arulanandam.

In 2009, the NRA organized 280 “Women On Target” training clinics nationwide, and 8,000 women signed up. In 2013, the group held 450 clinics for 12,000 women

 

Yep, CNN’s financial pages posting about the demand for firearm instruction and instructors…..just a few years after everyone in the gun blog community discussed it.

 

Hidden deep in the article is a really salient point:

Now, Babes with Bullets conducts 24 camps a year (a mix of three-day intensives and one-day sessions), and has over 4,000 alumni ranging from 24 to 74 years old. “80% of them have never touched a gun,” said Ferns. “They’re professional women, real estate agents, nurses and young divorcees.”

 

Just one data point but probably very reflective of the overall trend; new people learning to shoot in large numbers. Kinda lets the air out of the antis claims support and popularity of firearms is declining, eh.

What Would the Antis Suggest?

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Okay…middle of the day; no apparent attempt to determine if the house was empty; dude just breaks a window and starts climbing in.

The home owner protecting at least his property; if not his life investigates the noise and sees the criminal breaking in. Shoots and kills the criminal breaking into his home. That is how it went down.

What will continue to go down is the police will finish their investigation, the District Attorney will present the case to a grand jury, and they’ll decide to bring charges or not. Still a costly process but one I don’t expect to end with charges brought. Especially not with the mom saying “yeah, this sounds like something he would do”.

But let’s turn the clock back and ask the antis what would they rather have the home owner do?

A.) Call the police and wait?
B.) Run out his house, leaving possessions – including a firearm behind for a criminal to steal and use for illegal drugs?C.) Fight him hand to hand after the criminal has gotten inside the house?
D.) Meekly stand there and let an unknown person with unknown intentions do what ever he wants to him?

3of those possibilities would have increased, not decreased, crime. One would still be violence but puts the home owner at a disadvantage. Either not used to physical violence, due to age, etc.

In contrast, the home owner’s actions not only stopped this crime but put an end to a long (some said 18 page rap sheet) career of crime.  Based on the recommendations of the anti-rights cultists; it is almost as if they want MORE crime to occur not less.

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Tales From The Great Ammo Shortage of ’13

Academy Sports Stores have an unwritten and unannounced exception to their “2 Boxes or 1 bulk pack per caliber” policy.

If you purchase a firearm, you can buy 3 boxes in the appropriate caliber.

Details on how I know this to follow.

Imagination Not Needed

One of the anti-rights cultists often used canard is “Our Founding Fathers couldn’t imagine the semi-automatic or automatic weapons we have today”.

Well, as usual, the antis are wrong but more importantly the Founding Fathers didn’t need to imagine; they just had to extrapolate from what was already invented. Repeating firearms have were attempted at every age and major advancement through out history. I came across these two firearms reading “The History of Military Small Arms” on my Kindle.

One of the earliest models of repeating firearms was the Ribauldequin:

A Ribauldequin, also known as a rabauld, ribault, ribaudkin, infernal machine or organ gun, was a late medieval volley gun with many small-caliber iron barrels set up parallel on a platform, in use during the 14th and 15th centuries. When the gun was fired in a volley, it created a shower of iron shot. They were employed, specifically, during the early fifteenth century, and continued serving, mostly, as an anti-personnel gun. The name organ gun comes from the multiple barrels with the likeness of pipe organ.

As an early type of multiple barrel firearm, the ribauldequin is sometimes considered the predecessor of the 19th century mitrailleuse.[1]

The first known ribauldequin was used by the army of Edward III of England in 1339 in France during the Hundred Years’ War

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A firearm that the Founding Fathers were probably aware of — the Cookson Repeating FLINTLOCK — a 12 shot repeating rifle

The Cookson flintlock rifle, a lever-action breech-loading repeater, is one of many similar designs to make an appearance on the world stage beginning in the 17th century. The revolutionary mechanism at the heart of the Cookson repeater dates from 1680 and was originally known in Europe as the Lorenzoni System, named for Italian gunsmith Michele Lorenzoni of Florence. Long arms utilizing this system were produced in other European nations and in the United States until about 1849. The Cookson rifle dates from 1750 and features a two-chamber horizontally-mounted rotating drum.

 

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Isn’t a little bit of hubris to assume the people who experience changes in technology, who studied knew the march of technological progress through history would not be able to imagine further changes?

Isn’t also absolutely besides the point? They didn’t enshrine the right to a printing press like the one Ben Franklin used; they protected the right to free speech and a free press. They didn’t enshrine the right to own muskets, flintlocks or even Kentucky Rifles; they wisely protected the right to keep and bear arms.
They could have limited the rights to particular items or technology; they had a blank slate to work with after all but they didn’t.

I type this on a system of technological advances the Founding Fathers would marvel at but be able to comprehend fairly easily. More importantly, they could grasp the direct connection to the rights they fought so hard to preserve and protect.
So Mr./M(r)s. Anti-Rights Cultist; we have enough that we can legitimately debate but saying the founding fathers couldn’t imagine changes in technology isn’t one of them. It is very hard to have an open debate if you continually shade the truth about such basic truths.

 

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