Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Mumbai and the horror of gun control: "In the wake of the terrorist attack in Mumbai, I can already hear the U.S. gun-control crowd calling for new gun-control measures here in the United States. There will be several big problems with their pleas. One, as an article in the International Herald Tribune points out, India has strict gun-control laws. Those laws did not prevent the terrorist attack at the Oberoi and Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel. As libertarians have long been pointing out, terrorists and murderers have no reservations about disobeying gun-control laws. . Two, another long-held assumption of the gun-controllers is that gun control will keep guns out of the hands of murderers and terrorists. Not so in Mumbai. The attackers simply brought their weapons with them when they landed on shore."

The life-and-death cost of gun control: "Banning guns is in the news. India practically bans guns, but that didn't stop the horrific Muslim terrorist attacks this last week. A football player concerned for his safety violates New York City's tough gun control regulations by carrying a concealed handgun, and people call for everything from banning NFL players from carrying guns to demanding that the athlete serve many years in jail. `When police can't promise to protect law-abiding citizens such Plaxico Burress or the victims in India, why don't we allow people the right to protect themselves?' . In India, victims watched as armed police cowered and didn't fire back at the terrorists."

Federal Judge upholds "domestic violence" gun grab: "The federal statute making it a crime for a person subject to a domestic violence injunction to possess a firearm does not violate the right to bear arms [sez a political hack in a black dress]. U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman distinguished the ban from the Washington D.C. gun control law, struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in D.C. v. Heller, 128 S.Ct. 2783 (2008). `Heller held only that the federal government may not forbid possession of handguns for self-defense in the home,' Adelman wrote in a recent decision."

Gun maker uses murderer to market rifles : "The National Association of Gun Rights, various state organizations and Gun Owners of Arizona feel it is necessary to inform you of the following: As you may have already heard, HS Precision Rifles, a South Dakota gun maker, has been marketing their wares using the endorsement of a hired murderer. As bizarre and demented as it sounds, the HS company has a `testimonial' about their products on the back of their catalog from none other than Lon Horiuchi. Although they have a civilian market, they clearly are willing to throw civilian gun owners under the bus to get a little government business... Most gun owners remember Lon T. Horiuchi. But for those who do not, here is a little background: Horiuchi is the former FBI sniper who shot and killed Vicky Weaver while she was standing on the front porch of her cabin during the notorious "Ruby Ridge" standoff. Vicky was holding her infant daughter at the moment Horiuchi fired a rifle bullet that crashed through her skull, killing her."

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