Hello and welcome once again! Thank you Countertop and Les Jones for filling in for me these last few weeks. And thanks in advance to Eric for hosting next week. I hope you all had a great Memorial Day; I know I did. Since many of our regular contributors had weekend plans, this week's Carnival may seem a little brief. But that's OK: what we lack in quantity, we make up for in quality!
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This week, we approach the anniversary of the demonstrations at Tiananmen Square.
If that picture isn't a reminder of what the Second Amendment is really about, then you just don't get it. Simon World has a great post about what happened that day. In China, men like the unknown protester immortalized in that photograph end up murdered by the state for the crime of wanting to be free. In America, we MADE ourselves free by taking up arms against an oppressive dictatorship. Sadly, many enslaved people around the world are unable to win their own freedom. An unarmed populace cannot defeat an army.
It is a sad irony that a week after Memorial Day and on the eve of the anniversary of Tiananmen Square, we have reports of genocide, or "democide," coming to Zimbabwe. The Volokh Conspiracy tells us that the method of democide is starvation of an unarmed populace.
But if the people of Zimbabwe had not been disarmed under the pretext of "gun safety", they would be able to help themselves. A revolution would not be guaranteed to succeed, but fighting to live is much better than passively starving to death.
After the Holocaust, the international community said "Never again." Yet in Zimbabwe, as in so many other nations in the last 60 years, the combination of citizen disarmament and international indifference has made democide a reality again and again and again.
Some of my blog readers enjoy my other blog topics, like news, humor, and such, but tune out the gun stuff. One thing they tend to think is that reports about gun control leading to genocide are just the rantings of the lunatic fringe. Well, I'd like to remind such readers that Eugene Volokh, despite the name of his blog, is no lunatic conspiracy theorist. He is one of the most highly respected law professors in the country, and is routinely touted as an ideal candidate for the United States Supreme Court. So stick that in your lunatic fringe.
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Our Second Amendment is, of course, meant to protect Americans from situations like those in China and Zimbabwe. But, unfortunately, gun control is big political issue here. Strangely enough, gun control advocates are often (not always, but often) the same people fighting for abortion rights. But new contributor Lornkanaga makes an interesting point.
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The Second Amendment also guarantees our right to protect ourselves against criminal violence. The Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog reports this week about a 64-year old widow who has done just that. mASS BACKWARDS offers a compare and contrast.
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We now move on to a lighter category, new guns:
He is looking for feedback from fellow gun enthusiasts, so if you have experience with this particular firearm, please leave a comment on his blog.
El Capitan from Baboon Pirates has new toy:
That's his S&W 2214. And I have to say, if you need a tiny little backup gun, this one ain't bad. Even though it is a "mere" .22 LR, you can get some good .22 LR loads that are superior to most .25 ACP and even comparable to .32 ACP for defense purposes. Given the cost and availability of practice ammo, one of these is probably better than most .25 or .32 pistols as an emergency back-up gun, since you can actually afford to shoot it enough. Practice is everything, and even a tricked out .45 1911 is next to useless if you practice so little that, come crisis time, you can't hit your target in a timely fashion.
The ever-enjoyable Kim du Toit is drooling over a new product from Taurus:
That's the new Taurus Thunderbolt .357 Pump-Action Rifle! Kim points out it would be an excellent companion to his recently acquired Colt Python. I'm looking forward to this one shipping, so we can read Kim's range report. He sounds eager:
I have to tell you, this rifle looks like a hell of a lot of fun—it holds fourteen rounds of .357 Mag in the tube mag—and it’s going to be priced at around $450, I think, which makes it even more appealing. Now throw in a bucket of cheap .38 Special ammo (15 in the tube, then), and you’d have to pull me off the firing line with a boat hook.
Hopefully, no hooking will be required.
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Speaking of range reports:
Editor’s note: If the “editor” had remembered his damned camera, this post would have been much better.
Mental note: remind me to get my own digital camera to enhance my own blogging! And all you carnival readers, fun photos from your range trips will enhance future Carnivals!
This is from someone who didn't forget the camera:
What we see here is a Beretta U22 Neos .22 LR, courtesy of new contributor Mr. Completely. Read his post for a complete range report and quality review of this sharp-looking target pistol. And that's not all:
Pictures from the range are always fun!
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Moving on to the follow-up section:
Last week, the Carnival included the absurd news that folks across the pond were thinking about banning kitchen knives. This week, Brian of Memento Moron (one of my very favorite blog titles!) follows up with his thoughts on how fatherhood puts Second Amendment rights into a new perspective.
And for any who may have missed it, I had my own take.
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Frank better appreciate all the extra traffic his site is going to get from this!!!
There is no better source for high quality conservative clothing than Those Shirts. Any of you readers think you have the skill to create a Carnival of Cordite shirt?
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Taking a break from shameless capitalism, I wonder, "what would I do with all the money I would make selling a great t-shirt over the internet?"
A truly custom handgun is at the same time, a work of art, and a piece of engineering and craftsamanship perfection.
Let's take a look at some of that perfection:
But Chris isn't just another drooling 1911 cultist. He has some great info on custom Brownings:
Chris, as usual, your posts leave me wanting things I can't afford! Oh well, at least I have Google Ads (hint hint)...
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Kit demands that all you hot studly men send in some of your Second Amendment pictures for the ladies!
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As we near the end of the week's Carnival of Cordite, the time has come to name the blog of the week. This week's honors go to mASS BACKWARDS! Let's celebrate with another of his fine posts: Life in Crime-Free D.C.
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Finally, continuing with the tradition started by Les Jones, we are ending with a question for you to discuss in the comments section of this post. This week's question:
Most Second Amendment supporters would agree that some people, like convicted violent criminals, should have their gun rights restricted or even taken away all together; how much gun control is enough, and how much is too much? Where do you draw the line between "common sense" gun control for the safety of the public and an unconstitutional abridgment of the right to keep and bear arms?
Please discuss in the comments of this post. Thank you all for participating!
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That's the end of our post-Memorial Day Carnival of Cordite. We'll see all you readers next week at Eric's Grumbles Before the Grave. Let's all be sure to send him plenty of material for his Carnival debut. You can send your entries by e-mail to:
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