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Gun Laws Clearly Do Not Work, But That Fact Seems Not to Matter by The Elephant's Child

Are Democrats really sure than banning guns would mean no more killing? Or are they just told to respond to a mass killing with a push for a gun ban. We, of course, have come to expect that. Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, but a very high murder rate, rivaled only by Baltimore. It was over 400 before the month of July was over. The pictures that accompany the article show pictures almost entirely of young black men, which suggests gang killings. Other cities like St. Louis, Detroit and New Orleans have even higher death rates, but I don’t know what their gun laws are.

Britain has really tough gun laws, even the police cannot carry guns, but a very high rate of shootings. The recent one at Manchester was very bad. Now the British are considering knife laws. ISIS has been urging their adherents to stab people, and it seems to be catching on, particularly in Israel.

In Switzerland, all young men are required to join the militia, where they learn all about firearms and are required to keep a gun to be ready if they are called upon. Switzerland has the lowest rate of gun crimes in the civilized world. Their firearms legislation is comparatively liberal and similar to the United States. The reason is a long tradition of shooting and hunting.

In the West, and where I grew up, many if not most, families counted on killing a deer or elk to fill the freezer for the winter. Here, near the coast, they add a salmon or two.

The current push is to ban bump-stocks, the accessory that allows machine gun like rapid fire from a rifle. Some Republicans in Congress agree that they should be banned, to the anger of others who believe that it is wrong to give in to the Democrats irrationalism because that would encourage their efforts for total gun control, which would get lots more people killed. Thinking logically is not one of the Lefts strong points.


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Would you believe I actually own one of the rifles pictured above (the Dragonov), and that I’ve fired all of them? Better have me locked up, eh?

Liberals have really pulled out the tropes for this one. The “silencer” comments are my favorite. (suppressors only make the firearm quieter. The best one I’ve ever seen dropped the sound of a 9mm to something like a champagne cork; it weighs half again as much as the gun itself, is eight inches long, and is only good for about 18-20 shots before the baffles break down). One could hope that they could make informed comments, but as I’ve been told, if a politician only talked about things they understood, DC would become a very quiet place.


Comment by Lon Mead

Trade the Bump Stock for Universal Carry.

More importantly, there should be an investigation into Slide Fire, the company that applied to the ATF for the ruling that their product is legal. The Obama admin was anti-gun, so it is completely out of character for them to approve this accessory. We know Democrats, they will advocate for anyone given the proper dollar amount and then spin a narrative even if pretzel logic is needed.

Bump-Stock Device Received ATF Green Light During Obama Administration

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Comment by dscott

Did you know that your Twitter account was suspended?


Comment by alkidya

Bump stock is not necessary.


Comment by alkidya

Alkidya –the Elephant knows that his Twitter account was suspended, does not know what for, and they will not reinstate.They are interested in celebrity accounts and well-known people (but I repeat myself) because those Twitter accounts get picked up by the Media, and make Twitter seem an essential part of the news. Unknown people (who are conservative) will not be repeated by the news media, so can be blocked. Silicon Valley seems to be majorly involved in censoring Conservatives and anything they might say, especially if it is an important statement. Silicon Valley people have been so consumed with making big money and developing technology that they are a little short on history, the Constitution, ethics, free markets and freedom of speech.


Comment by The Elephant's Child

I learned to shoot when I was around 7 or 8. We would go down to the Big Salmon River for a picnic in the spring, sometime before Easter, when we were still in deep snow at home, It would be Spring there, gamboling lambs, sandy beaches, lots of sheep, and we’d pot away at tin cans with the .22. I never hunted except for varmints—woodrats, Porcupines. I did shoot skeet once at the Greenbriar, and did pretty well.


Comment by The Elephant's Child

There’s going to be a major battle about bump stock. Some Conservatives don’t want any ruling that encroaches on gun rights, others cannot see any necessity for turning an ordinary gun into a rapid-fire weapon. I can understand the arguments on each side. Here’s an article about what a bump stock accessory is and what it does to clarify the matter.


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