Smith and Wesson ad campaign shows dude in a shirt that is very very very very close to the Proud Boys logos:

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"'During routine screening of checked luggage that was destined for Fort Lauderdale, Transportation Security Administration agents discovered two .40 caliber Glock magazines, each containing fifteen rounds of .40 caliber ammunition,' the complaint read. 'A further search of that luggage revealed a ballistic vest carrier that displayed the words 'Deputy Marshal.''

His luggage was removed from the aircraft and officers discovered in his bags an AR-15 rifle, a .40 caliber handgun, a Taser, a spring-loaded knife, an expandable baton and a .308 caliber rifle.'"

I didn't know Fort Lauderdale was so dangerous. I should let my father know before he jumps on a plane next week.
 

"But what you’re watching here is not the exercise of the Second Amendment. What you’re watching here is political hysteria: fear ginned up on purpose with maximum dishonesty in order to get people in a state of agitation—armed people in a state of agitation."

Tucker perfectly describes his own sentence as he's speaking it. This is a masterclass in propaganda. The truth of the matter is that Tucker Carlson and other supposed "2nd Amendment supporters" like him don't actually support the 2nd Amendment at all, and they never did. They don't see the 2nd Amendment as a civil right guaranteed to all people in the United States, nor do they view the right to self-defense as a fundamental human right. They simply see their guns as a perceived firepower advantage over their political enemies. If exercising your 2nd Amendment rights is worrying to someone like Tucker Carlson, then that's exactly why you need to be exercising your 2nd Amendment rights.
 
 
^A few things strike me about those figures: For homicides, a vast majority of the "children" are adolescents, not "children" in the strict sense of the word. A 16- or 17-year-old is not exactly a "child" in my book. For most of the rest of the deaths, the numbers are pretty trifling. Yeah, I know, "one is too many" and all that, but for most of the other fatalities, the figures seem to run about 0.2 per 100K. That's one out of every 500,000 children. Maybe it's callous of me, but that doesn't seem to rise to the level of a national problem.
 
You don’t think he would have used a different weapon if it were available? Had he had a baseball bat in the car instead of a pistol, he would not have attacked her?

This goes back to the theory that everyone has access to buy a knife and knives are freely available but no one is running around stabbing and slashing at people just because you can and therefore we shouldn't heavily regulate and licence the purchase and use of knives.

I never said guns are the issue.

But hearing someone gets shot every day for the past couple of calendar days for innocuous activities (or in the shooter/defendant's terms, not so innocuous mistakes) is disturbing. And if no one is shot in this manner, then there's a mass shooting (>3 victims). You could say media sensationalizes it or statistically in a country of 350M this type of thing will happen once a day but it's getting to the point where that's not a believable explanation.
 
This goes back to the theory that everyone has access to buy a knife and knives are freely available but no one is running around stabbing and slashing at people just because you can and therefore we shouldn't heavily regulate and licence the purchase and use of knives.

The UK has certainly gone down this path, focusing on their ‘knife problem’ rather than addressing the root causes of the problem.



I never said guns are the issue.

But hearing someone gets shot every day for the past couple of calendar days for innocuous activities (or in the shooter/defendant's terms, not so innocuous mistakes) is disturbing. And if no one is shot in this manner, then there's a mass shooting (>3 victims). You could say media sensationalizes it or statistically in a country of 350M this type of thing will happen once a day but it's getting to the point where that's not a believable explanation.
You did say ‘gun issue’.

I would say more broadly that America has a violence issue. Though ready access to firearms often make the consequences of this much worse.
 

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The UK has certainly gone down this path, focusing on their ‘knife problem’ rather than addressing the root causes of the problem.




You did say ‘gun issue’.

I would say more broadly that America has a violence issue. Though ready access to firearms often make the consequences of this much worse.

Socratic irony.

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Yes - well aware of knives across the pond. When we were scouting for a new office location and considered Romford I was warned about little kids running at me with knives.

Violence and disorderly conduct is rampant all over. Some attribute it to the byproduct of the pandemic. Some blame the rise of social media. I think it's just having too many people and most of them of lower quality. The Texas of Canada is considering this: Alberta weighing involuntary treatment law for people with addiction
 
On another note, two notable personalities in the gun culture died within about a week of each other: Tiger Magee, a combat instructor of some renown, and Bart Skelton, lawman and sometime gun writer. The latter was the son of "Skeeter" Skelton, one of the most beloved gun writers of the second half of the 20th century. I talked to a friend who had edited some of Bart's material. I gathered Bart was something of an epigone compared to his illustrious father. A curious coincidence was that both men passed at the comparatively young age of 63. I had thought the name "Tiger" had been assumed, and it struck me as somewhat vainglorious. However, it turns out it was his given name. I thought giving a kid the name "Tiger" might be imposing something of a burden upon him. However, the names "Leo," "Leon" and "Lionel" seem to be unremarkable. I gather that Tiger just lay down to take a nap but didn't awaken...a rather pleasant way to exit this old world of woe and dread.
 
I saw that.

It’s gold. There must be a good story here.

How the fuck did she even get to board a plane with that? Even from USA.
You are supposed to declare firearms and check them in an approved, locked case for domestic flights here, but I don’t think they worry too much about firearms in checked luggage provided there is no ammunition. While she would never get through security to bring it into the cabin, they are mostly looking for explosives in the luggage area.
 
In my post on April 25, I mentioned the deaths of two firearms personalities, Bart Skelton and Tiger Magee. Today I learned of the death of John Linebaugh--creator of ultra-powerful revolver cartridges and a master craftsman at customizing revolvers, usually Ruger single actions converted to handle his powerhouse cartridges. He was working in his shop when he suddenly collapsed and died on March 19 of this year. I first became aware of him when I was in my early 40s, a few years into my career at Guns & Ammo. I had always imagined he was a veteran gunsmith considerably my senior. He and I became very good telephonic friends in recent years and had many very lengthy and pleasant conversations. I was quite surprised to learn that he was 13 years younger than I. I think he very much overrated my knowledge and abilities. It was flattering, but I always felt like something of an imposter when chatting with him. He was a genius in his field, and like most men of genius I have known, a little bit nutty but a real good guy and a buon camarado. I'll certainly miss him. I had tried unsuccessfully to call him a number of times in the past couple months, being ignorant of his death. He was a very fervent Christian, so I hope upon his demise that Jesus said to him, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant! Enter now into my kingdom."
 

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