A Study in Propaganda

Every time there’s a mass shooting, someone brings up Australia’s gun laws. After the Port Arthur Massacre – really Australia’s only American-caliber mass shooting1 – Australia put in some far-reaching gun restrictions and instituted an expensive buyback program, which is estimated to have reduced the number of guns in private hands in Australia by 10%.…

It Takes a Nation of Millions to Pass a Law

One thing that’s been circulating in the wake of yesterday’s shooting at a Congressional baseball game is Mo Brooks‘ excellent response to a reporter question about whether being shot at had changed his views on gun control. Not with respect to the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment right to bear arms is to ensure that…

Australia Proves Something about Guns

The blood’s barely dried on the Orlando mass murder shooting spree, and people on Facebook are already dredging up the New York Times classics claiming that Australia’s gun ban and buyback program eliminated all mass murders forever. To show that I’m not exaggerating the article’s implications: In the 18 years before the Port Arthur massacre,…

How Not to Advance the Gun Control Debate

So, we had another one of those incidents where some idiot goes and shoots up a public place – usually a school or theater for some reason. Needless to say, it’s stoked a lot of conversation about gun control. Also needless to say, none of this conversation has changed at all since the last time.…

Alex Hannaford is a Slippery Eel

Alex Hannaford is a slippery eel. The evidence: this column that he wrote about gun culture in the United States (Hannaford is a Brit – a writer for the Guardian). The first misleading thing about the column is the title: “What I Discovered when I Got a Gun.” Hannaford did, in fact, buy a gun,…

How Not to Argue about Gun Ownership

There’s an interesting article in Foreign Policy about gun homicide in the United States and South Africa. And what’s interesting about it is how it’s trying to put at least a mild pro-gun control spin on numbers that argue just the opposite. Here’s the data they cite: – the United States has the highest rate…

Guns and Coups, Real and Imagined

A Facebook friend posts some information about the Wounded Knee Massacre, which is about 122 years old now. The point he was making was one for gun rights. You know, the REAL purpose of the Second Amendment is not self defense against criminals, but popular self defense against tyranny. Now, he’s not wrong. I guess…

Reagan and Assault Weapons

I’ve blogged before about demandaplan.org and their annoying celebrity video shoot. Now I’m seeing links to a quote that they lifted from Ronald Reagan’s 78th birthday speech, given weeks after he’d left office. I do not believe in taking away the right of the citizen for sporting, for hunting and so forth, or for home…