Well folks, time once again for the Carnival of Cordite!
This is a weekly round up of blog posts dedicated to guns, shooting, marksmanship, hunting, personal and civil defense, and the law and politics of the Second Amendment. It's also a great way to showcase blogs and bring in new readers. Be sure to explore the many fine blogs contained below. And if you are new to the Carnival of Cordite, please take a moment to peruse the rest of my blog for opinions on current events, culture, and other items of interest.
First things first: it's almost Halloween! Let's wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!
But this week is more than just a time to dress up in costumes and beg for candy. It also marks the anniversary of a black day for Second Amendment supporters: the Gun Control Act of 1968. Fitting that this comes near Halloween. After all, the Gun Control Act of 1968 was made in the image of an earlier law produced by the most evil and demonic force of modern times: Adolf Hitler.
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Gun Control. Nazi. Hitler. Trick or treat. Boo!
Leaping right into range reports and such...
It's one thing to take a four legged friend with you shooting... but does this constitute animal abuse?
(seriously, it's a good range report!)
Makes me wonder what the future holds. What will they be shooting in 100 years?
Well, if they are like you, probably a 100 year old "inferior" M-16 or something. That is, if we are still allowed to own and shoot guns...
New Orleans update:
FEMA lifts the ban. Troubling words:
"I never looked at it, and I don't look at it now, as a Second Amendment issue," Col. Phares said yesterday. "We had asked for FEMA to say firearms would not be permitted on site, just as you can't bring firearms into the federal building, into the Legislature in Baton Rouge, into an LSU [Louisiana State University] football game."
Why is it troubling? Because for the people involved, we are talking about where they live. It was tantamount to the federal government saying "you can't have your own firearm in your own home." It is folly to compare the emergency housing to a federal courtroom. For one thing, federal courtrooms, in theory, have armed security to ensure that you remain safe when you leave your gun at home. For another, as far as I can tell, no one lives in a federal courtroom. Many mistakes the government makes involving firearms probably really don't reach the Second Amendment. But this one sure as hell does!
Why should we be able to arm ourselves in our homes? To protect ourselves! The Civilian Gun Self Defense Blog chronicles stories of people who have done just that. This week, a scumbag is busted trying to steal a plasma TV. Oh, if only all criminals were this dumb.
Just what does the Second Amendment mean, anyway?
Eugene Volokh makes an important observation about Congressional findings. Folks, this is big. It largely went unnoticed, as most of us were focused on the liability aspect, the bulk of the bill. But this simple Congressional finding puts before any court that reviews this law the notion that the Second Amendment is YOUR right as an individual. These two little clauses are as important as anything Congress has even done with respect to your right to keep and bear arms.
You can put your two cents in with the poll.
Extending beyond our own borders...
"Now, I feel like a man. When I hear a bullet, I want to know where it came from," she said, sitting comfortably with an AK-47 assault rifle across her legs, red toenails poking out from a pair of stacked sandals. "Now I feel equal to my husband."
And Coyote Killer has more from Brazil. He asks the fundamental question:
The next question is when gun rights activists will stop playing defense against gun-control efforts and start promoting the right to arms as an international human right.
It's not just Halloween. It's also hunting season in many parts of the country!
On to matters of
Uh... Heh heh... Twisted Sister?
Speaking of the media, we are approaching the holiday film season. One story, about a movie that hasn't even been made yet, really bugged me. Apparently, James Bond doesn't like guns.
Blogonomicon has this on the next film:
In an unexpected release today, producers of the upcoming James Bond movie Casino Royale have stated that star Daniel Craig will not be armed with Bond's trademark Walther pistol--or any other firearm for that matter. The new Bond will overcome evil armed only with his wits and the smug self-righteous assurance so common among British movie heroes.
Plenty more in the rest of the post.
It's a travesty, a sham, a mockery...a traveshamockery...to think that the new Bond is going to be short, blond and kinda stupid looking, to tell the truth. He lacks the intensity of Connery or Brosnan, and looks a little slow, though I'm sure the studios will edit it as best they can.
But what makes matters all the more unpalatable is the fact that he's a gun-fearing sissy boy.
The new James Bond Actor, Daniel Craig, hates firearms.
Now he is very ready to take a lucrative role making him millions of dollars which would require he use a firearm to kill people left and right but does not believe we should have access to firearms for self defense.
And he makes an excellent comparison to another gun-fearing weasel, Robert McCall.
If you want your Bond, James Bond, to be the tough guy you remember from your childhood, just stick with this:
That's a Smith & Wesson, and you've had your six...
I can think of no better follow-up to the James Bond debacle than a number of posts featuring the evil guns themselves!
This lead won't be in a landfill. It will be shot into a dirt berm so that it can be mined and used again. Very little of this lead will get into the environment, unless a big ole buck walks by while I am holding the Sharps.
And of course, that big ole buck will end up on the dining room table, thus, the circle of life continues!
Heartless Libertarian has some lead-free slugs:
Those are steel-core .50 BMG slugs, with a .223 for comparison.
...you'd better act fast!
Mine is a little older (the benefit of purchasing secondhand) and has recessed chambers, a Bill Jordan combat trigger and a pinned frame.
A thing of beauty!
Hey, why buy a new gun when you could WIN ONE! Act fast; some of these end soon!
Is this gun a disg(race)?
We'll know the answer next week...
My take: anything full auto in a standard military caliber, filled with blanks. Blanks? Yes, blanks! Little known fact: most blanks have a small piece of wood where ordinarily a bullet would go. This is necessary to hold the powder in place and to provide pressure to ensure the whole powder charge ignites at once instead of flying in a stream of fire out the barrel. The wood will only fly a few feet, but at point-blank range can be lethal. More than one person has died from a blank! So, wait for the Vamp to get in close, then open fire at the chest. Hopefully, one of your mini-wooden-stakes will pierce the heart.
And finally... it wouldn't be a Halloween Carnival of Cordite without...
I wonder if we could modify one of these for pumpkin duty?
Blog of the week: Hell in a Handbasket for sheer volume!
And now, the discussion question:
As Halloween is a time of scary things... other than gun bans, what are you afraid of, in a strictly gun-related sense?
That wraps up this week's Carnival of Cordite! We'll see you back next week with another round of gunny goodness. To catch up on previous Carnivals, please see our archives. And don't forget ubercarnival, home to a variety of blog carnivals just like this one.
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See y'all next week, if the ghosts don't get you!!!