The Loopholes in Hillary’s Gun Control Proposal

As reported by the New York Times, Mrs. Clinton’s gun control proposal contains these nonsense points.

A central issue in Mrs. Clinton’s proposals are the background checks on prospective gun buyers, which are required for retailers at stores. But under federal law, they are not required at gun shows or over the Internet with private sellers.

Mostly false. Gun sales between private parties do not require a federal background check. This includes face-to-face transactions at a gun show in most circumstances. However, if the gun show transaction (private party or dealer) involves the sale of a hand gun and the buyer is from out-of-state, the transaction must be made using a licensed gun dealer in the buyer’s home state which will result in a background check. Also, if the seller at the gun show is a licensed dealer, he must complete the usual check. The same restrictions apply to Internet sales (or classified ads in a newspaper).

Mrs. Clinton will suggest urging Congress to end another loophole, by which people with felony records who should be barred from obtaining a gun can get one if their background check is not completed within three days. That loophole was how Dylann Roof, the accused killer in Charleston, obtained his weapon despite a felony conviction for a drug arrest.

Mostly Nonsense. It is already a crime for a felon to posses a firearm. No felon is likely to answer truthfully about his background on the ATF transaction form. If he did, any dealer would stop the sale immediately without bothering to call in to the NICS. Rather than catching a significant number of felons, this could delay purchases by qualified buyers. Self-defense is a human right that predates the Second Amendment. Any government action aimed at impinging on that right should be subject to strict scrutiny. Perhaps some bad guys will get guns, but so will lots of women threatened by stalkers.

Why don’t the hoplophobes just cut to the chase and try to repeal the Second Amendment?

Common Sense Crime Control

Which of these is more likely to deter a criminal?WhichOne

The Sound of Silence

Steve Hayward writes about the fundraising and other management problems at KPFK, the progressive public radio station in the LA radio market, over at PowerLine.

Left-wing radio generally does not do well in the real world marketplaces of ideas or entertainment. Air America failed as a commercial enterprise, and the Pacifica stations (KPFK is one) have had chronic problems raising enough money. As Steve Hayward points, out KPFK was one of the few, perhaps the only, Pacifica outlets with any semblance of financial stability.

I haven’t had this much leftist schadenfreude since the Berlin Wall came down.

Read the whole thing.

Oh, and Sarah Hoyt beat me to the headline I wanted: I love the smell of dead air in the morning.

Banning Stuff

It’s the sort of thing you hear from the National Rum Association: Booze doesn’t kill people. Drunk drivers kill people. Yet, we allow alcohol-related car crashes to kill around 10,000 people every year in the United States. Clearly, the time has come to do something. It’s time ban alcohol. It time to …



Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Given the recent news from Oregon, I thought it would be a good idea to recycle this post from 27 June, 2013. The original nrawatch dot org site is now defunct

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Part of Brett Kimberlin’s personal puffery is his claim to have circulated lots of petitions that have received lots and lots of signatures.

Uh, huh.

On 6 May, 2013, one of Velvet Revolution US’s subsidiary efforts called NRA Watch (No, I won’t link to it) posted this link to a petition. (Note: The link in the image below isn’t live.)nrawatchPetition1

If the link were live, clicking on it would show you this.nrawatchPetition2

nrawatchPetition3The petition isn’t doing so well. As of 3 pm yesterday, it only had 15 signatures. That’s fewer than one for every three days that the petition has been up at Change dot org. Of course, Brett Kimberlin didn’t post this petition himself. He delegated the work to Cabin Boy Bill Schmalfeldt who has a track record of getting things started only to abandon them. If Kimberlin were serious, he should have picked someone with some stick-to-it-iveness.

Say, here’s another interesting thing to note. The Cabin Boy gives the impression with his petition that he thinks firearms are something to be taken seriously.GE

Yeah. Right.

More Killings in a Gun Free Zone

Reports say that 10 or more people, including the shooter, are dead as a result of a mass killing in the gun free zone know as Umpqua Community College. Apparently, a criminal who was willing kill people was not deterred by the campus rule against firearms.

The usual suspects are already running their mouths and keyboards suggesting that we need more gun free zones and that restricting the ability of most people to defend themselves with a firearm is the best way to prevent future gun free zone killings.

UPDATE—CBS News is reporting that law enforcement says the shooter was a 26-year-old named Chris Harper Mercer. The Roseburg, Oregon, News Review reports that he asked victims their religions before shooting them.