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Economists on Gun Contol

15 Feb

I really can’t speak highly enough for this specific podcast episode. It’s a really fact based discussion on gun violence and the real numbers.

Honestly this episode has so many great pull quotes I could list them all but I would end up trampling all over their intellectual property. So I listed just one below.

Here is a link to the full episode

And here is the FULL transcript if you prefer to read

If I’ve done my calculations right, any particular handgun in the United States will kill a person about once every 10,000 years. Okay, so in order to prevent one homicide in a year, you would need to get 10,000 guns brought back in a gun buyback. Okay, but the thing is you don’t get 10,000 guns, and they’re not the guns that are used to kill people. So the typical gun buyback program I would guess saves approximately maybe 0.0001 lives. And I think that’s being optimistic about the size of the effect.

 

My Weekend in Review

06 Feb

My usual 3 day weekend was reduced to 2 days because I picked up an extra shift. This proved to be worthwhile because it allowed me to earn some extra money while also catching up on a few podcasts because when your working on SuperBowl Sunday not much is happening outdoors.

Monday, the Mrs. and I spent the day running a ton of errands and doing some shopping. We even hit the new thrift store outlet that recently opened where everything is sold by weight. Thus the only place where graphite shafted golf clubs are cheaper than a rolling backpack. However the highlight of the day was when we were making a quick run to walmart to return an item and ended up find not one, but SIX boxes of .223FMJ on the shelf. So we swooped them up as quickly as a hawk picks up a mouse. Seems like our policy of always walking past the gun counter is starting to pay off. But its still frustrating that I can’t regularly keep any sort of supply up.

 

Today we decided to go the whole day without spending any money. So we cleaned the garage and caught up on all of the projects at home that we have been putting off. We also ran a bunch of chicken breast and some Carne-asada through the meat grinder to make ground beef and ground chicken. We used the ground beef tonight for some mighty yummy taco’s and dirty rice. Now we are sitting here catching up on TV. But that was interrupted by the scheduler in work asking for me to work extra next weekend too. So it looks like next weekend will be a short one as well.

 

The Scissors video and my thoughts.

31 Jan

This video has been getting passed around today on blogs and Facebook. Seems like most of the gun guys are attacking it on the basis of it not supporting firearms for defense.

Here are my thoughts.

I like that it at least presents the idea of fighting back. Even if the weapons they show are sub-par. Even a fire extinguisher is way better than scissors.

I like that it tells you the cops are going to take a while to get there.

I don’t like that it doesn’t connect these two points. Until the cops show up your on your own and you may very well be forced to take lethal action.

I don’t like the theme of prepare to trust everybody who looks like a cop, don’t talk to them and don’t ask questions.

While I understand the sentiment I think it creates a false sense that a “bad guy ” would never try and look like law enforcement. I think it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with what your local pd and even their swat teams dress like. Look at patches and of course use your brain.

 

Registration for gun felons?

31 Jan

I have mixed feelings about this. A Washington law maker is purposing that individuals with gun convictions be required to register in a database similar to sex offenders.

The bill would require felony gun violators to register into a statewide database twice per year and allow police to perform random house checks.

“One thing we are not addressing is going after the offender. That’s what this bill does,” Hope said.

Hope, who is also a Seattle Police officer, said reducing felons from committing repeat offenses would make a serious dent in gun violence. Also, he says it would be a tool for law enforcement to more easily perform background checks on the street.

On face value it seems ok since these individuals where convicted of a felony thus preventing them from owning firearms anyway. However I don’t like the idea of giant lists maintained by the government and I also know that the sex offender lists are at best not effective and have been used too broadly including against teens who sext and other similar “victimless ” crimes.

To put it in gun terms I am fine with keeping tabs on the guy with an armed robbery conviction. However the guy who got caught with a 12 round magazine in a state with a 10 round limit isn’t a threat. In the society we have today where constructive possession is a real threat I don’t see the benefit of this database.

Full article here.

 

Congress critter contact update

26 Jan

Last night at work I put the numbers of my senators and my congressman in my phone and decided to call each of their offices on my way home. Here are the results.

Rep. Dave Reichert- our office is closed and voicemail is full. I was unable to leave a message.

Senator Patty Murray- left voicemail express my viewpoint.

Senator Maria Cantwell- got a live staff member.

Me: I hope that Senator Cantwell will take the pro-rights position on future gun legislation.

Staff member: So you support more gun regulations.”

Me: Not at all I value my liberty.

Staff Member: I will pass your viewpoint along to the Senator.

 

Restrictions on fake guns too?

25 Jan

Looks like EvylRobot discovered something pretty interesting.

Glock has decided that it doesn’t want the blue rubber replicas of its firearms sold to the general public.

Glock restricts the sale of Glock Blueguns to the Public. We are restricted to selling Glock Blueguns to the Police, Military, Trainers, Police Distributors, or Holster Manufacturers

Full story here.

 

My interaction with my congress critters

23 Jan

Like many of you over the past several weeks I have been writing my Congressmen and Senators on the topics of gun rights and the future of the 2nd Amendment.

On Dec 22nd I wrote to Washington’s Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray the letter I wrote to Senator Murray is published below. The only difference between hers and Senator Cantwell’s was the name and a few minor details concerning when they entered the Senate.

 

Senator Murray,

You and I may disagree on many things however I have always respected your passion and hard work. As I’m sure your aware as a senator your about to be presented with a lot of legislation stripping many Americans of the right to possess many types of firearms. You were around for the 1994 assault weapons ban and saw that it made no effect o. Crime and its only positive impact was that in 2004 when it expired millions of Americans used the list of weapons in that bill as a shopping list thus providing lots of tax revenue for the state and nation.

I urge you to look at the data about these weapons and you will see that they are the most effective tool for home defense and use out in the field. In addition we have millions of returning Veterans who have purchased AR-15’s and similar rifles when they came home since that is the platform they are most trained on. An estimated 30 million of these rifles are in civilian circulation. They are not going away.

Frankly politicians threatening gun bans has been the most effective economic stimulus we have seen in years as so many of us rush to purchase these tools while we can.

Thank you for your time. Your response is appreciated.

On January 2nd I received this response from Senator Cantwell’s Office,

Dear Mr. xxx

Thank you for contacting me regarding the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

All Washingtonians – and all Americans – offer our deepest condolences to the families of the 20 children and six school staff members who were killed in this senseless attack. Our thoughts and prayers are with the community of Newtown, as its residents heal from this incomprehensible tragedy.

This horrific attack highlights several issues that must be addressed promptly in order to better protect against such inexplicable violence.    We need to get powerful assault weapons off our streets.  And we need to strengthen services for the mentally ill and their families.

In the past, I supported the original Assault Weapons Ban and the Brady Bill, as well as the Youth Handgun Safety Act of 1993, which prohibits juveniles from possessing or receiving handguns. I look forward to work with my colleagues in the Senate to strengthen responsible legislation to rein in gun violence. We need to work to close the loopholes in existing laws that allow criminals and children to gain access to firearms contrary to the law’s intention. One example is the well-known “gun-show loophole” which allows people to purchase firearms at gun-shows without undergoing the background check required when guns are bought from licensed dealers. Lastly, I believe we must support increased gun-safety and gun-use education.

I support the Second Amendment and the rights of law-abiding Washingtonians who own guns.  I also remain focused on addressing the deeply troubling violence in this country and making our state and our country as safe as possible for all people, including our most vulnerable citizens, our children. I believe both of these goals are important and can be simultaneously accomplished through common-sense gun laws and stricter enforcement of existing laws.

Along with addressing gun violence, making services for the mentally ill and their families more accessible will encourage those suffering from mental illness to seek needed care and support. Mental health care is a critical component of our healthcare system and an individual’s overall health status. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately one in 17 Americans suffers from a seriously debilitating mental illness. I care deeply about mental health care and understand the important role behavioral health services play in the lives of both those who suffer from mental illness and their family and loved ones.

Then on January 5th I copied my letter again changing a few minor wording issues but not changing the substance (Sorry I didn’t remember to keep a copy). This time I sent it again to both Senators as well as my Representative Dave Reichert.

On January 17th I received the identical form letter from the Office of Patty Cantwell.

On January 22nd I received this response from the office of Dave Reichert,

Dear Mr. xxx

Thank you for contacting me to share your views regarding Second Amendment rights and related legislation. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this matter and welcome the opportunity to respond.

Over the course of the last year, the United States has witnessed tragic shooting events in several parts of the country, including the most recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. In response, some have called for legislation toaddress the online sale of ammunition as well as the possession of ammunition feeding devices. As you may know, several related measures were introduced in the 112th Congress. Rest assured, should these measures come before the House of Representatives for a vote, I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind and give them thorough consideration.

I share your concern about gun violence in America. This difficult issue requires a thoughtful approach and consideration of many related issues, including the services available to those suffering from mental illness. Please know that I am already working with my colleagues on how we can address these issues, including increasing school safety. In a previous Congress, I offered an amendment that would have authorized resources to enhance and improve school safety by modernizing and upgrading school technology and infrastructure to ensure schools are properly prepared for the unthinkable (H.R. 2187). We have an obligation as Americans to make sure that our nation’s youth are protected from harm’s way – these heart-breaking tragedies must be stopped.

As a law enforcement officer for 33 years, I realize in a very personal sense just how dangerous weapons are in the wrong hands. I am concerned about the violence that results from criminal use of firearms and the incidence of criminal possession of firearms. However, I believe the best way to deal with crime is not to limit the availability of firearms to law-abiding citizens, but to enforce our laws to ensure that criminals do not obtain weapons in the first place and are penalized for their misuse. These criminals must be held accountable to our laws.

I believe Congress has a responsibility to ensure that legislation holds up to constitutional scrutiny, and I am a strong defender of the Second Amendment, which permits citizens to keep and bear arms. As we move forward into the 113th Congress, my colleagues in Congress and I must come together in a bipartisan manner to help find effective solutions to prevent these horrible tragedies from ever occurring without violating the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to get in touch with me.  Your interest and input are valued, and I hope to hear from you in the future regarding other matters of importance.  I encourage you to visit my website and sign-up for my monthly e-newsletter at http://reichert.house.gov to learn more about other issues impacting the 8thCongressional District and our nation. You can also follow my work online and receive frequent updates on legislation being considered in Congress by visiting me on Twitter (www.twitter.com/davereichert) and Facebook(www.facebook.com/repdavereichert).


Sincerely,

David G. Reichert
Member of Congress

The fact that I received the same form letter from Senator Cantwell both times does not really surprise me and the fact that her and I disagree on this issue isn’t a big surprise either. When I received the letter from Rep. Reichert I really expected it to be a little stronger than what it contained. He never directly says that he will work against an assault weapons ban. To me this means he could be a target of the opposition as somebody who could be convinced with the right deal.

However the biggest issue for me is that at this point I have not received any response from Senator Patty Murray. I am sure she has gotten thousands of email on this topic and I would be interested if any of you have gotten a response from her, specifically if you live in Washington.

I will update this blog with any new communication.

 

Almost but not confident yet.

20 Jan

So I chickened out. I am leaving today for a getaway weekend with my wife and another couple but my buddy doesn’t get off work until this afternoon so I thought about heading down to the Puyallup gun show with a few of the new PMAGS I ordered and trading them off for something shiny. My goal was going to be 2 mags and maybe some cash for an NAA mini revolver.

I woke up early for this, because I really had confidence that the new AWB wont get passed and that in 6 months PMAGS will be plentiful and cheap again. But then it dawned on me that I also proclaimed Romney was going to win in big way.

So instead I am sitting here blogging about it and firing off one more letter to my elected representatives. Then I am going to go out and buy a new Carhartt jacket. Its a little less exciting than a NAA mini but also more practical.

 

My thoughts on Today’s Gun Press conference.

16 Jan

This morning Obama preached on how I don’t need a modern rifle and how selling a gun to my hunting buddy causes crime.

To me that’s all crap but the good news is that he left it up to congress to pass these laws.

A congress that is always running for reelection regardless of where they are in their term. A congress who panders to try and improve their NRA rating but rarely cares about their Brady score.

I don’t believe this congress will pass another assault weapons ban.

I do however feel that they will have to do “something” which is always dangerous. My fear is that the sacrificial lamb for this will be private sales.

They want every gun transfer to go through a licensed dealer. The problem with this is not only that the NICS system goes down a lot and is imperfect at best. But that there is no proposal to deal with multiple firearms as a group. Lets say that I inherit a small collection of 20 guns. Right now in my area most gun shops near me charge $50 per gun for a transfer from another dealer such as an online purchase. 20 x $50 = $1000 so a small collection will cost me $1000 to inherit.

Of course since dealers will be the only way to transfer I expect to see that fee rise as well.

If you haven’t written you congress critter THIS WEEK about the issue of gun rights get on it.

 

Like it was made of gold

15 Jan

Today involved a LOT of running around in the search for some new exercise equipment ( more on that soon). Since the vast majority of that was in sporting goods stores any place that I went that sold ammo got a look. ( which pretty much has been SOP lately anyway).

I was very pleased when I found 500 rounds of cci mini mag .22lr at Walmart. I of course scooped them up as soon as I saw them.

Then I got home and found that 2 of the PMAGS I ordered got delivered today too.

While today was successful in getting some ammo and 2 more mags it was actually pretty depressing.

I have no intrest in hoarding ammo or mags. I would be perfectly happy waltzing down to the store on my way to the range to pick up ammo. Then just keeping a few boxes of good stuff for emergencies and carry ammo.

However due to the current political climate those of us who use these tools either for sport or survival have been forced to stockpile what we can today because it may not be accessible tomorrow. Those magazines I bought arn’t going in my range bag or my bug out bag. They are going in the closet for the unlikely eventuality that a current magazine fails