Monthly Archives: May 2009

MOTOR CITY MADNESS

A May 28 report in the Detroit Free Press over Jeff Gerritt’s byline asks “Why Are Our Jails Empty?” According to Gerritt, homicides are up 24% so far this year, while other reported crime is down 9.1%. According to my … Continue reading

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A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF AUSTRALIAN GUN CONTROLS

Historically, Australia had very permissive gun laws and a very low violent crime rate. The arrival of television brought sharply increased crime rates, and there were several mass murders during the 1980’s. The “Milperra Massacre” between outlaw motorcycle gangs resulted … Continue reading

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CRIME IS A LIFESTYLE DECISION

A comment by a friend informed me that the five thousandth study linking violent criminal activity to television violence has passed peer review and is to be published. That’s five thousand studies, in just 46 years, and each and every … Continue reading

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THINK POLITICS

Drinking coffee today, one of the gathered gun cranks suggested starting our own political party. The “Gun Party.” It’s a thought, of course. But our political system has never been kind to third parties. If Teddy Roosevelt could not make … Continue reading

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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

My insurance company sent me a letter touting flood and earthquake insurance. If you live in a flood zone, flood insurance is a GOOD thing to have. And if you live anywhere within 500 miles of the New Madrid Fault … Continue reading

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WHEW!

For whatever reason the last few days have had me running like a rat on a motorized treadmill. With no one to turn the motor off. When you have been drawing a Social Insecurity pittance for a full decade, you … Continue reading

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GUN SALES UP AGAIN

The latest NICS numbers are in, and gun sales are up again. There were 1,225,980 instant background checks this April, a 30% plus increase over April 2008. The April increase follows a 29.2 percent March gain over March 2008, and … Continue reading

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POWDER SCALES, RELOADING, AND STUFF

Let’s see. I have the old Herters from 1968, a slightly newer RCBS 505, and a “brand X” of unknown antiquity that someone gave me. These three balance beam scales all give me the same 54 grain reading for a … Continue reading

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OUCH!

One of my fellow gun cranks made a comment that he hated to shoot his L.C. Smith because “it bruised up his arm.” Which makes me wonder why in heck Shorty has the butt of any long gun where he … Continue reading

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SAVING AMMO!

Yes, we really need to practice – but ammo is in short supply and getting scarcer every day. What to do? Well, I manage to put a few thousand rounds through a couple of my revolvers every year very cheaply. … Continue reading

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