A Dumb Idea About “Smart” Guns

The President has ordered the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security to study smart gun technology.

Here’s the TL;DR on the subject.

1. As an electrical engineer, I know how reliable electronic components are. I wouldn’t trust a gun that would be bricked by a capacitor or semiconductor failing. Or a dead battery.

2. If something uses software, it can be hacked. I wouldn’t trust a gun that someone could disable—or fire—remotely.


Common Nonsense Gun Control Measures

Barack Obama is in the process of rolling out a series of executive orders to implement several common nonsense gun control measures. (By common nonsense I mean the usual proposals that seem to make progressives feel good, but have no real world effect on crime other than turning otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals.) This will apparently include measures designed to plug the non-existent gun show loophole.

Most of the usual suspects on the left have made appreciative noises, but a few are expressing disappointment that the President isn’t moving more aggressively to suppress Second Amendment rights.

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One Reason for the AR-15’s Popularity

Writing at RedState, Moe Lane points out that the Left’s attempts to stigmatize the AR-15 have backfired and have contributed to it’s becoming the “modern sporting rifle.”

Something similar is in play here, I think: the anti-gun Left has managed to successfully categorize a whole variety of handguns and rifles as ‘assault weapons.’  What they clearly did not consider is that talking up the AR-15 – which is essentially a hunting rifle that you can accessorize like it was a Barbie doll** – as a scary ‘assault weapon’ will not dissuade anybody who might be worried that, say, Islamist terrorists might be planning to shoot at them in the near future.  Because the map is not, in fact, the territory; and relabeling ‘Duluth’ as ‘Albuquerque’ doesn’t actually get you to New Mexico any faster.

**It’s actually called that.  I mention this for anybody who just wandered in, mind you. My regular readers already know this.

Read the whole thing.

ColtSporter-1BTW, I own one, but it’s an oddball. When I first moved to Maryland in the early ’90s, I had hunting privileges in an overgrown orchard next to a 6,000 acre no-hunting environmental area and a 200 acre corn/soybean field. The woods were dense enough that the longest shot possible was less than 100 yards, so a .270 Win. or .30/06 was overkill. I used a .45/70 rifle for the first few years but decided that something like a .30/30 would make more sense. I went to a gun show looking for a deal on a Marlin 336 and stumbled on a dealer who had a Colt AR-15 in 7.62×39 mm that he wanted to sell cheap. The price was right, and I bought it. It performed well with Winchester 123 gr. soft points and has been a nice woods gun. I’ve had even better results using Hornaday Zombiemax ammo.

Mmmmm. Venison.

No Pinocchios

WaPo‘s Fact Checker gets one right when he awards no Pinocchios to Marco Rubio for his statement that none of the recent “mass shootings” would have been prevented by any of the current or currently proposed gun laws.

Gun-control advocates often point to the experience in other countries that have enacted gun laws that heavily restrict gun ownership; as we have shown, quantitative measures of cross-comparative crime statistics, especially where the crime is not consistently defined (i.e., “mass shooting”), usually end up being apples-to-oranges comparisons. It is possible that some gun-control proposals, such as a ban on large-capacity magazines, would reduce the number of dead in a future shooting, though the evidence for that is heavily disputed. But Rubio was speaking in the past, about specific incidents. He earns a rare Geppetto Checkmark.

Read the whole thing.

Amazon Has Holsters

belt_slideIf you live in one of the states that doesn’t suppress Second Amendment rights and you want to exercise your right to go armed, you’ll need a good holster. Alas, I live in the Democratic Peoples Republic of Maryland which is not one of those states. However, when am someplace where I’m able to carry, one of my preferred setups is a Model 1911 pistol in a yaqui belt slide holster. Amazon has Galco‘s version as well as a wide variety of holster types from Galco, Bianchi, and other top brands.

UPDATE—BTW, I want to thank the Gentle Readers for the Amazon shopping they do through Hogewash! links. The purchases are quite diverse. Among the 35 items included in last week’s sales were an HP desktop computer, a LEGO Star Wars Death Star set, a package of habanero pepper seeds, a box of nitrile exam gloves, a toilet seat, and a Sony AM/FM radio.

A Common Sense Gun Proposal

Last night, the President again proposed denying a right enumerated in the Bill of Rights for American citizens without due process of law. Apparently, he believes he can sell the idea that the best way for citizens to protect themselves is to be disarmed. If that were really the case, shouldn’t he order his Secret Service detail to stop carrying weapons? Of course, the proposition that the best defense is none at all is hogwash! (The sharp-eyed  Gentle Reader will notice I dropped the e.)

I’ve recently seen a proposal for a common sense gun law that respects the principle of the equal protection of the laws. If Congress continues to let states decide who can carry firearms in public and what firearms they may carry, it should also exercise its authority under the Fourteenth Amendment to protect civil rights and require that such prohibitions be applied equally across the board. If one class of citizens has its the right to bear arms restricted, no other class of citizens should enjoy the right in any greater measure. Under such a law, the rich, celebrities, and government employees would have no more right to have or use guns for personal security that the average person. Michael Bloomberg could have his private security detail if he wished, but they would be disarmed.

If such a measure passed, I don’t know that I would feel any safer here in the Democratic Peoples Republic of Maryland, but it might hasten the day when all of the Bill of Rights was operative in the state.

UPDATE—Ken White has a post over at Popehat that speaks with uncommon sense about how we talk about civil rights such as the right to bear arms.