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Amateur Gun Porn

Once again from the Spanish Guardia Civil museum
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It is a home made firearm created with a piece of pipe and a motorcycle carburetor. Shotgun perhaps? Being ignorant on how carburetors work I cannot figure how this thing fires.

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And this is a shotgun made out of a bed headboard.

In reality, we do not need 3D printers or any sophisticated computer driven stuff. We just need to properly recycle.

An ancestor of Harry Reid on Domestic Terrorists.

Boston – National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed on April 19 by elements of a para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw.
Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement.

via Seventy-two killed resisting gun confiscation in Boston | Buckeye Firearms Association.

Go read the whole thing, have a laugh and then realize where are we standing now.

MAIG doing the language parsing thing again.

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Anybody reading this will say that the message is simple: 60% of the guns recovered in all crime scenes come from 1% of gun dealers, right?

Well, not quite so. Here is a screen cap of the original report:

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So it is not all the guns recovered from crime scenes but just the guns that were able to be traced to 1.2% of the 83,200 licensed retail dealers and pawnbrokers at that time.

But even so, those dealers that break the law must be punished, right? The way that ATF deals with that is the revocation of the license and possible indictment on gun trafficking charges. Does that mean that 1,02 FFLs were revoked?

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That number of 20 FFLs whose licenses were revoked (I assume) come out to be 0.24% of all Gun Dealers in the US at that time.  As it happened, most of the other FFLs’ violations were poor record keeping, bad inventory and other administrative issues and given reprimands. As  far as I could see in the report, no indictments were handed down for gun trafficking.

I could dice and slice the graphic even more by applying some other considerations, but I think this sums it up pretty much: They lie  because if they told the truth, they would not have an issue to complain about.

An update on the Everytown Facebook Graphic boondoggle.

I was contacted by Erika Soto Lamb who is the Communications Director for Everytown.org regarding this now infamous pic:

She stated the following:

I want to make sure you know that this is not our page or our image.  There are impostors who are cybersquatting on the FB page with our name — Facebook is working on this now because it is against their policies.

It also goes without saying that this is the case the “strategist and manager of social media” Kevin Call had nothing to do with it. I was tempted to ask Ms. Soto who was responsible for not securing the proper Facebook spaces, but I thought better to avoid the issue.

I am willing to give them a smidgen of the benefit of the doubt since it is not the first time and certainly not the last that stuff like this has happened and you may want to do the same but your mileage may vary and you make up your own mind.

UPDATE: And then there is this view of the whole thing brought to you by Days of Our Trailers.