A famous strategic and political thinker once said that “War is the continuation of politics by other means.” From many perspectives, this is entirely true and weapons being tools of war can then be seen as weapons of politics. While we here at TFB focus on the technological aspects of our hobby, sometimes the creation of a firearm is indeed intended as a political act.
The classic modern example of this is Defense Distributed, who’s use of 3-D printers to manufacture a firearm has been a loud statement. However, what happened before the internet and rise of crypto-anarchy?
More women are buying guns than ever before, so much so that media outlets have noticed and are attempting to get at the reasons for the uptick. But none of the stats on firearms purchases have alarmed leftists more than those surrounding black women.
Black women are buying guns, getting trained on them, and being really open about it. Just this week, the Associated Press profiled three such women, all of them black, and proudly boasting of newly acquired guns.
Antonia Okafor is a black graduate student who carries a gun for self-defense and some of the New York Times readership is extremely bothered by it.
On July 24 Okafor wrote a NYT opinion piece, in which she explained why she owns a gun, why she carries it, and why she thinks campus carry is the most logical way to empower women to protect themselves from predators in the university setting.
There is a particular strain of humanity now deeply rooted in Western culture that we can refer to as the Ivory Tower Man. This individual is the product of an entire cultural philosophy. He is the result of several generations that have faced no immediate danger or challenge to life itself; he is the spawn of the Nanny State. The Ivory Tower Man is found throughout all current age groups and academia is especially rife with this character.
A conservative columnist who was suspended by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after she defended the National Rifle Association from comparisons to ISIS fired back with her resignation and a series of targeted tweets.
The newspaper on Friday suspended Stacy Washington after a column entitled “Guns and the Media” disputed an anti-NRA article that argued since more Americans die from guns than from ISIS, the Second Amendment advocacy group is the greater danger.
Stacy Washington, a black conservative columnist for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, took to social media over the weekend to announce that she has been suspended for writing a column seen as favorable to the National Rifle Association.
Our state passed Constitutional Carry last July, which allows us to carry concealed firearms without any registration or classes, so I have finally acquired a small handgun for concealed carry. This is a Smith & Wesson Airweight .38 Special 5 shot revolver- as simple and reliable as it gets. Unloaded, it weighs in at 14.6 oz / 413.9g and is 6.3 in / 16 cm in overall length. This model (638) has a nub of a hammer that can be cocked for single action shooting and won’t get snagged when drawing from a pocket. The double action trigger pull is heavy – reported to be around 17 lbs / 7.7 kg- so I’ll be installing a custom spring kit to bring it down to around 7 lbs / 3 kg. Here’s Smith & Wesson’s page for the 638.
It’s loaded with Hornaday FTX Critical Defense Lite reduced recoil hollow points, a 90 grain bullet matched to a propellant blend that limits the recoil on such a lightweight firearm, and the gun is rated for continuous use of +P ammunition if you feel the need for more stopping power. There’s gunpowder residue that shows the factory fired 3 test shots, but I haven’t had time to shoot it yet.
Every day a child or youth is shot in Ontario and 75% of those injuries are unintentional, according to a new study from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and The Hospital for Sick Children.
Sometimes a report is well-meaning and honest, while alarmingly incomplete.
The risk of such a report, without a full explanation of what it reveals, is that politicians will react emotionally, passing ineffective laws which will impact innocent gun owners, but solve nothing.
The report reads, “researchers examined data representing all children and youth up to 24 years of age.”
No one among the general public calls a 24-year-old a child.
In case you haven’t already heard, a 23-year-old man from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma made headlines this week when he shot and killed three teenage home invaders. The three teens had robbed the garage earlier that day, then returned to try the main house. They awoke Zach Peters, the homeowner’s son, who grabbed his AR-15 and defended himself against 3 armed and masked intruders. Max Cook, 19; Jacob Redfearn, 17; and Jake Woodruff, 16, were shot and killed. Cook’s 21-year-old girlfriend, get-away driver, and “robbery mastermind” Elizabeth Rodriguez was arrested and charged with three counts of both first degree murder and burglary. Her murder charges come from the felony murder rule which charges anyone involved in a felony with murder if a death occurs during or due to the felonious act.
Now the family of one of the deceased criminals is complaining. They don’t believe it was fair that Peters was allowed to defend himself with an AR-15 when the criminals were only armed with knives and brass knuckles.
As a tyrant whose subjects would rather face hordes of flesh-eating zombies than live under him, Negan finds it necessary to take one particular step with each new subject. He disarms them.
As longtime fans of AMC long-running smash hit “The Walking Dead” know, the show isn’t so much about zombies as it is about how the living interact with each other as they attempt to survive and deal with the chaos of their world, a world that once looked like ours.
My wife and I have followed Rick Grimes and his band of survivors through thick and thin. It’s always fascinating to explore with the writers of the show how people, particularly strangers, interact with each other in the absence of law and order, steady employment, stability, security, even the knowledge of what one is going to eat the next day. Certainly, as one of the season promo posters eloquently stated, in such a world one would find it necessary to “fight the dead” but “fear the living.”
Well, it didn’t take long for common sense to set in on those most vulnerable. Following the Islamic jihad knife attack at Ohio State University on Monday, there was a lot of Communist thinking gun grabbers who took to Twitter to urge for more gun confiscation measures. However, those affected closest to the attack are singing a different tune, including Miss Ohio. They are demanding they be allowed to exercise their right to keep and bear arms on campus in order to protect themselves.
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump — who said he has a concealed carry permit — called for the expansion of gun rights Friday, including making those permits applicable nationwide. In a position paper published on his website Friday afternoon, Trump called for the elimination of gun and magazine bans, labeling them a “total failure.”
“Law-abiding people should be allowed to own the firearm of their choice. The government has no business dictating what types of firearms good, honest people are allowed to own,” Trump wrote.