Friday Highlights

Good morning.

  1. Some history.
  2. Assault weapons for which the left wants no state controls.
  3. Heh.  Oh, and heh.
  4. Not noticing that Texas gun violence is lower than Chicago’s, which has some of the most stringent gun laws in the country.
  5. Slipping off the White House talking points.
  6. The oldest (working) computer.
  7. Better than gun control, gun advice.
  8. Obama’s shower bully and race.
  9. ’cause Mr Biden thinks a double-ought 10 gauge pump action would have done lots lots less damage in Sandy Hook.
  10. Apparently all you have to do is change the name of your gun to be legal if you’re a manufacturer.
  11. And … an assault weapon ban and Sandy Hook? No effect at all. No such weapon was used. Oops.
  12. “He can see the other side” … does anyone have smidge of evidence to back that up? Or is just like the “he’s really smart” … with no evidence claim?
  13. Graft is profitable. Always has been.
  14. More State stupidity.
  15. On a statement made at the inaugural address.
  16. Inclusion.

7 Responses to Friday Highlights

  1. Not noticing that Texas gun violence is lower than Chicago’s, which has some of the most stringent gun laws in the country.

    Thought NYC took the cake for the nation’s strictest gun control law. It also takes the cake for the largest contribution to the massive decline in crime we’ve seen this generation. Not sure what that other little town you’re talking about has done, doesn’t strike me as statistically significant.

  2. Boonton,
    Before you start bragging up NY, you might note they are in the top 4 on their brady rating for strictness of gun control laws and 9th in rate of gun violence fatalities of the 50 states. So, yes it is in fact quite clear that gun control is so so so (not) effective.

  3. Boonton,
    Chicago until the SCOTUS overturned it was gun free, it was illegal anywhere in the city to have a gun … and is in the top 10 on gun violence. Gun control? Did you read that pdf I linked a few weeks back on the elasticity of gun violence to gun control laws?

  4. Chicago until the SCOTUS overturned it was gun free, it was illegal anywhere in the city to have a gun

    And in the larger state? It’s illegal to have fireworks in NJ but that doesn’t mean much when you can buy them in PA.

  5. Boonton,
    And how many people were arrested in NJ for using or possessing fireworks? Seems to me if you spend an hour shooting off fireworks in your backyard, it’s kinda sorta public and the police have ample opportunity to locate you and arrest you. That they don’t just shows that using fireworks even if illegal on the books in practice are quite legal. Sorry. Try again.

    And in the larger state?

    In the larger state concealed carry was (is still?) illegal and it remains hard to get and transport guns legally (although downstate “legally” suffers from the same problem as fireworks in NJ, i.e., what is on the books and what is enforced is quite different).

    The problem of having laws which are unenforced is a different discussion. The biggest problem with that is the practice encourages disdain for laws in general.

  6. If fireworks were not legal in PA, few people in NJ would drive to Ohio to buy them, they would simply go without. So I agree with you, if it’s easy to buy a gun by simply driving outside of Chicago then guns are effectively legal in Chicago meaning it’s not a serious gun controled city. Therefore it should be scrubbed from your examples of cities who suffer high crime despite having gun control. That leaves NYC and a correlation that seems to be improving.

  7. Boonton,
    When I was in NJ as a kid my buddies and I just bought bottle rockets mail order. Let’s see, NYC is one of the top 5 best in the nation by the Brady law and 9th in the nation (as in 9th worst) as far as gun violence. Correlation … is in your minds eye alone. Remember you’re advocating federal gun standards … and you need to explain why a guy who faces grizzleys and such in Alaska or Montana will no longer have access to the tools he needs.

    You haven’t remarked on this. As pointed out in the Althouse comments it include only negative aspects of gun ownership and is a flawed study in that regard. But … the elasticity is close to 0, seems a problem for gun control advocates to me.

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