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 …



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.


The Baltimore Sun reports that May was the deadliest month in Baltimore in over 40 years.

This is all rather puzzling. Maryland has some of the most draconian gun control laws that were toughened under the recent O’Malley administration. They were passed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, so how can all those shootings be happening? I mean, the politicians wouldn’t lie to us, would they?

UPDATE—Speaking of Baltimore and Martin O’Malley, Stacy McCain has an interesting post here.

Hands Off My Gun

HandsOffMyGunDana Loesch’s new book is available at Amazon.

The book is receiving good reviews, and I will post one here at Hogewash! as soon as I finish reading my copy.

One comment that Glenn Reynolds has made several times over at Instapundit is: “You can’t judge a book by its cover, but I’ll bet this cover sells some books.” Having met Mrs. Loesch at CPAC, I add these two points. First, she’s thoughtful and intelligent, so I have high expectations for the quality of her book. Second, the picture on the cover doesn’t do her justice. Rule 5!

Assault Luddism

The Luddites destroyed machinery because of they were threatened by progress.assaultnonsense

So how advanced does the technology of a weapon have to be to enable a rate of fire of 10 rounds per minute?

I have a muzzle-loading rifle, and, if I really hustle, I can get off two rounds per minute. However, there are muzzle-loading firearms that are capable of firing 10 rounds per minute. Consider the Colt Model 1851 Navy Revolver.Colt_Navy_Model_1851

It was probably the most common revolver used during the Civil War. It takes a long time to load the six-round cylinder, but the cylinder is easily removed and replaced. It was not uncommon for soldiers to carry spare loaded cylinders. It’s possible to fire three cylinders (18 rounds) in under a minute.

LongbowHowever, there are even older weapons capable of firing 10 rounds per minute. Consider the weapon shown at the left. Henry V was able to use massed fire from such weapons to devastate an attack by a force that greatly outnumbered his happy few, his band of brothers, at Agincourt.

There are other, even simpler, weapons that can deliver a high rate of fire. David only took five stones when he fought Goliath. He was a good shot and only needed one to kill the giant, but an expert with a sling can get off 10 shots in a minute.

A sling is a stone age weapon.