Weapons

Hillary Clinton wants to sell more guns

Hillary Clinton is buying a fight with the NRA…which means she will lose…and along the way make a challenge to beat Barack Obama as the world’s greatest gun salesperson of all time.

In a speech Tuesday, Hillary Clinton raised eyebrows by calling for increased restrictions on carrying firearms in public.

It feels like the 1990s again with Monica Lewinsky in the news and a Clinton calling for increased gun control measures.

In a speech Tuesday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton decried the current wave of state laws allowing citizens to freely carry firearms in public places. While speaking at the National Conference on Behaviorial Health outside Washington, D.C., Clinton said “I think again we’re way out of balance [in regulating firearms]. We’ve got to rein in what has become almost an article of faith that almost anybody can have a gun anywhere at any time. And I don’t believe that is in the best interest of the vast majority of people.” The former New York senator and potential 2016 presidential candidate made the statement in reference to a question about the role of firearms in suicides.

Clinton worried that the ability of gun owners to freely carry weapons in public would lead to an increase in shootings in places like movie theaters over disputes as mundane as someone talking loudly on a cell phone. In her opinion, “That’s what happens in the countries I’ve visited where there is no rule of law and no self-control and that is something that we cannot just let go without paying attention.” Read more »

Not just ducks are getting shot at

Careful readers will know that Team Whaleoil is doing their bit to keep the duck numbers down this weekend, but it appears it isn’t just ducks getting shot

The duck shooting season has claimed its first hunting injury.

Police and ambulance were notified just before 11.30am of a 44-year-old man, hunting in an area north of Masterton, being hit by pellets from the gun of someone else in his hunting party.

A central police communications spokesman said the man had hurt his elbow in the incident. “It looks like one of the people in the group, the blast of a shotgun has connected with the side of his elbow.”

The caller who alerted emergency services to the incident said it was an accident.

It was not clear how far away the two men were, “but if you take precautions you shouldn’t accidentally shoot anyone”, the spokesman said.

If you can’t see the difference between a duck and a hunter, you have no business carrying a gun around.

Wellington Free Ambulance spokesman Daniel Paul said the injury was “pretty serious.”

The man was being flown to Wellington Regional Hospital by helicopter. He was hunting in Bideford, he said.

Nicole McKee, Firearms & Hunter safety programme manager at the Mountain Safety Council (MSC), said shooters had to be vigilant about safety precautions.

“Duck hunters need to ensure that their firing zone is always checked before they pull the trigger.

“They need to look at the area between them and their target, as well as beyond their target.”

I should have a pic or two of my weekend later.

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Why the NRA keeps on winning

The NRA never loses a fight…it is a brave politician who wants to go against them.

For a start they usually rinse you and secondly it will cost them a great deal of hooter.

National Review’s Jim Geraghty posed a pointed question from the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting this weekend: Why do gun-rights supporters win when other conservative causes lose?

And in fact over the past 20 years, gun advocates have scored an astounding string of successes:

  • All 50 states now issue concealed-carry permits to allow approved gun owners to carry firearms into public places. In many states, permit holders may carry guns even into bars and non-TSA-patrolled areas of airports.
  • In 2008, gun advocates persuaded the Supreme Court to overrule a century of precedent and redefine the Second Amendment not as a right of state governments to form militias but as an individual right to acquire private firearms.
  • Gun advocates persuaded Congress in 2004 to let lapse the Clinton-era ban on assault rifles. In the mid-1990s, they voted to halt government research into the public-health effects of gun ownership when that research yielded uncongenial evidence.
  • No crime or atrocity, not even the massacre of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, has checked the strong trend of U.S. public policy to make ever more lethal weapons ever more easily available to ever more people, including people with histories of domestic violence.

So congratulations to the NRA: mission accomplished!

Even more impressive, this string of victories was scored as gun ownership in America tumbled. Only about one-third of American households now own a gun, compared to about one-half in 1973. Much of this decline can be traced to the fading of hunting as an American pastime. Only about 6 percent of Americans hunt even once in a year. That’s just slightly more than the number who attended a ballet performance: 3.9 percent.

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Obama is the greatest gun salesman of all time

Barack Obama continues to hold the title of the greatest gun salesman of all time as gun sales surge to new highs.

A record surge in recent firearms production and transactions have swamped the federal government’s automated registration system for select weapons, including machine guns.

In a notice earlier this month to the firearms industry, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was temporarily suspending parts of its computerized system to shore up capacity in part to process the required registration and transfer of National Firearms Act covered weapons, which also include silencers, short-barreled shotguns, short-barreled rifles and some explosive devices.   Read more »

Blogging might be a little slow…

…I need to get this yearling into the freezer.  That’s after I climb out of this damn steep gully.  Had to leave the big ones – no way would I have been able to get one back to the top of the ridge!

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Bloomberg gets it and is prepared to put his money where his mouth is

There is a saying that no one wins taking on the NRA.

They regularly rinse candidates and deploy their considerable resources against politicians who seek to impinge of the rights of all Americans to keep and bear arms.

But Michael Bloomberg is going to give it a crack at taking on the NRA…and spending $50 million to do it. He at least understands the daunting task, though I suspect his $50 million will be ineffective against the campaigning prowess of the NRA, who in all likelihood will use this declaration of war as a fundraising drive and pick up even more cash.

Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually out muscle the National Rifle Association.

Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, said gun control advocates need to learn from the N.R.A. and punish those politicians who fail to support their agenda — even Democrats whose positions otherwise align with his own.

“They say, ‘We don’t care. We’re going to go after you,’ ” he said of the N.R.A. “ ‘If you don’t vote with us we’re going to go after your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids. And we’re never going to stop.’ ”

He added: “We’ve got to make them afraid of us.”  Read more »

The Gurkhas are here!

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Personnel from 1RGR arrive into Christchurch airport en-route to Tekapo Military Training Area.

Perhaps the most feared soldiers in the world and credited for being the reason the Argies finally capitulated at Port Stanley, the Gurkhas are in NZ for some training.

More than 140 soldiers from 1 Royal Gurkha Regiment (1RGR) have arrived in the South Island for the military exercise Pacific Kukri 2014, a biennial exercise hosted by the NZ Army.

The main body of personnel from 1RGR arrived through Christchurch airport last week and have since departed to begin their training in Tekapo.  Read more »

Now there is a good idea for patrolling the EEZ

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I remonstrated with Wayne Mapp at the time of the 2010 Defence White Paper release. In fact I called him an outdated silly old fool, which he didn’t like.

But basically the white paper advocated the continued use and reliance on hordes of people and equipment that required people to perform routine tasks. Mapp thought he knew best and tried to tell me that a P3 Orion with upgrades and some fancy new patrol aircraft would solve our problems in the EEZ.

I told him that drones and UAVs were the way of the future. Turns out I was right and Mapp has gone.

The Ministry of Defence is considering using huge drones to patrol Britain’s coastline to help replace the axed Nimrod surveillance aircraft.

A military team will travel to America this summer to train for two months on the US navy’s Triton reconnaissance drone which has the wingspan of a small airliner and can fly at a height of 10 miles for more than 24 hours.  Read more »

The Special Ops wish list, laser rifles, pain rays and other cool stuff

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Who wouldn’t want a laser rifle, or a “pain ray”…these are just some of the wish list for US special operations forces.

Laser rifles. Canine air conditioners. There are lots of gadgets that U.S. commandos would love to have, except for the fact that these items don’t even exist.

That’s why the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), which includes the Army’s Special Forces and Rangers, has published a long list of equipment that it wants private industry to develop and build.

What is fascinating about this list isn’t just that it tells us what capabilities U.S. special operations forces want. It also tells us what capabilities they don’t have.

But just as important, it’s a forecast of the kind of warfare that American commandos anticipate they will be fighting. Special operations forces, along with drones, have now become America’s preferred method of waging war. If commandos get a new weapon or sensor, it probably will be used on a real mission or battlefield. And when the special operators get new technology, then it sometimes trickles down to the rest of the military, and from there to the civilian world.  Read more »

Top shot, six dead scumbags with a single shot

This has to be one for the record books.

Six dead taliban ratbags with a single shot.

A British sniper in Afghanistan killed six insurgents with a single bullet after hitting the trigger switch of a suicide bomber whose device then exploded, The Telegraph has learnt.

The 20-year-old marksman, a Lance Corporal in the Coldstream Guards, hit his target from 930 yards (850 metres) away, killing the suicide bomber and five others around him caught in the blast.  Read more »