James from HellInAHandBasket points out an awesome article in the Associated Press about today’s challenge to Chicago’s 28 year old handgun ban:
CHICAGO – A couple worries that burglars who tried to break in when the wife was home alone will return. A retiree fears the drug dealers and junkies just outside his window will attempt — again — to steal what he spent a lifetime earning. And a businessman wants to protect himself as he could when he was a police officer.
On Tuesday, the four will take their seats inside the U.S. Supreme Court as their attorneys argue a lawsuit that bears their names: David and Colleen Lawson, Otis McDonald and Adam Orlov.
The four plaintiffs are not stereotypical gun rights advocates. They don’t represent the agenda of any national group or organize rallies. Instead they represent average Chicagoans — the kind of people that opponents of the city’s ban say should be allowed to protect themselves from gun violence.
Full Story – HERE
CNN Showing both sides of the story here:
Full CNN article – HERE
I applaud the kindness of Diane Latiker with her “Kids off the Block” program, I think that is great that those kids have a place to go to escape gun violence. She supports the handgun ban because she “would rather something be in place then nothing be in place”. I’d be willing to bet that all those 200+ people that are represented in her memorial did not did at the hands of law abiding citizens. This is one of those criminals do not care about the law type things, where it’s easy to see that banning handguns in Chicago does not make them any harder for criminals to get. It is the regular person that needs to protect themselves from the criminals.
Although I don’t live in Chicago, I anxiously await the outcome of McDonald v. Chicago (08-1521).
A repeal of the ban would be a huge Second Amendment victory.
Looks like that might actually work! If I had a Wii i’d definitely try it.
Source AR15.com – HERE
FRANKFORT, Kentucky –Northern Kentucky University has been awarded $10,660 from the state Law Enforcement Protection Program (LEPP) to purchase patrol rifles, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Thursday.
Hmmm… Coincidentally the ATF had $10000 worth of “easily convertible” airsoft m4′s fall into their lap. Agency to agency transfer anyone?
Also, awesome use of “Patrol Rifles”…. It’s refreshing to not see them demonized as “Assault rifle” killing machines. I guess it has always been this way though; In the hands of police they are “tools”, but in the hands of citizens the same view largely isn’t held by the general public.
Under the LEPP, administered by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS), appropriate agencies can seek financial help for certain defensive items essential in the course of their duties.
“These funds will help ensure that our law enforcement will not be out-gunned and increase security on campus,” state Sen. Katie Kratz Stine, of Southgate, said.
Damn, I’ve only been out of University a couple of years now, but it must be getting pretty rough. All jokes aside, if this keeps the students safe from psychos then I’m all for it. I still think allowing students to carry on campus would be a zero cost better alternative though. $10660 isn’t going to buy that many patrol rifles, especially since they will all likely be fitted with some fairly pricey optics. I say this because I can’t see open sights being a good choice for a possible shootout around hoards of innocent students running in every direction.
In conjunction with the Kentucky State Police (KSP), KOHS derives income from sales of confiscated weapons.
Oh that’s nice! *sarcasm* I thought confiscated weapons were either destroyed or else given back to the original owner (if they were found to be stolen). Or does this policy vary by state and department? My first thought is that confiscating weapons to fund department purchases doesn’t seem very ethical.
Source: KYPost – HERE
Hat Tip: SayUncle
A lady was telling her neighbor that she saw a man driving a pick-up truck down the interstate, and a dog was hanging onto the tailgate for dear life!
She said if the pick-up truck driver hadn’t been going so fast in the other direction, she would have tried to stop him.
A few weeks later, her neighbor saw this truck at the local Bass Pro Shop.
The pick-up truck driver is a local TEXAS taxidermist with a great sense of humor!
Taxidermists are a twisted lot anyway!
And it is not a dog in the first place; it is a Coyote.
Can you imagine how many people tried to stop this guy?
Source AR15.com – HERE
Ever since the military and law enforcement started using m16′s and m4′s produced by Colt, the company developed an elitist status because they chose largely to turn their nose up at civilian market.
Now they seem to want a piece of the market, with the new AR6720.
The fact the pricing for the Colt 6720 is being based on serial number just goes to show that you can’t shake old habits. I don’t know if the tiered pricing was decided by Colt or by Clyde Armory (the exclusive retailer of the 6720). The serial number in itself obviously only has extrinsic value… meaning no one really cares what it is, unless you can find someone pretentious enough that “NEEDS” a certain serial number that you possess. Unless of course for this model, Colt doesn’t clean or calibrate their machines after the first parts are made. I guess that would make the later ones less valuable? heheh
Here is how the pricing goes…
- The least expensive guns are serial # 400 and up – $1200
- Most expensive serial # 11 – $3000
#1 – #10 are apparently “spoken for”
I’ll admit $1200 isn’t TOO terrible… like Solomon at SNAFU! mentioned though, it is still quite a bit higher than similar offerings from Bushmaster, Rock River Arms, Armalite etc…
I don’t ever like telling people what to do with their money, but in my opinion if you even pay $50 more for a #300 to #399 serial you’re making a big mistake. No matter what, you are better off buying a different brand name AR-15 such as the ones mentioned above, and spending the left over money on ammo or a red dot optic.
Clyde Armory for purchase info on the guns – HERE