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.

Using Public Resources for Private Political Purposes

Mayor Bloomberg was first caught using New York City IT resources to further his Mayors Against Illegal Guns gun control agenda. Today, JWF posts that he’s be caught sending a city employee to Nevada to lobby for a Nevada gun control bill. Instapundit suggest that this a matter that should be investigated by the New York Attorney General.

Yeah, it’s probably wrong to use city resources that way. I wouldn’t be surprised to find that the server hosting the MAIG’s assets has a big gulp hard drive that holds more than 16 Gb. Hypocrite. Arrogant hypocrite.

Irresponsible Gun Ownership

Heidi Yewman has a post over at MsBlog about her spending a month with a Glock pistol.

Her behavior is prime example of the fact that not everything that is legal is wise—or, in her case, responsible.

She bought a 9 mm Glock, took it home, and freaked out when she opened the box and found a magazine in the pistol. She found a cop (who was doing a traffic stop) and asked him to remove the magazine for her.

The cop thought I was an idiot and suggested I take a class. But up to that point I’d done nothing wrong, nothing illegal.

Nonsense! She had done something very, very, very wrong. She was fooling around with a firearm and had absolutely no training, not even the Eddie Eagle safely class the NRA offers for kids.

She began her … quest … fool’s errand … whatever … because she’s opposed to Starbucks’s policy of not hassling customers who carry firearms in accordance with local laws.

I was right to protest Starbucks policy. Today, they have a woman with absolutely no firearms training and a Glock on her hip sitting within arm’s reach of small children, her hands shaking and adrenaline surging.

Did I say, “irresponsible”? Let me also add, “immoral”! If she is so afraid of her own self-control that she doesn’t trust herself to be armed, why does she assume that she has the moral right to endanger others.

UPDATE—Zed from Day by Day asks a good question here.