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It is fearsome looking, a carbine hybrid of a pistol and a long gun with a mouthful of a name: the Kel-Tec Sub Rifle 2000. Mr. Shahzad bought it, new, in March for about $400. It was found in the Isuzu Trooper that he drove to Kennedy International Airport on Monday, loaded, with multiple extra clips.

Full Story – HERE

Extra clips?  Did he also own an SKS or something? :P

Pretty funny how the entire article demonizes the Kel-Tec Sub-2000. I have come to expect more quality from the NY Times;  most of their articles mentioning guns have been fair and informative lately.

Kel-Tec Sub-2000 website – HERE

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Four people were shot and 54 were arrested in New York’s Times Square late Sunday night in an Easter melee some fear was gang-related.

Hundreds of New York City police officers worked to contain the violence, making dozens of arrests and stopping pedestrians to look for weapons, the New York Post reported. One police officer was injured in the knee as he tried to stop the ruckus. A couple of hours later, two more women were shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, The Associated Press reported.

Full Story – HERE

Ironic, considering how strict gun laws in NYC are.

Since Easter violence seems to be a yearly occurrence in New York City’s Times Square, it would be socially responsible for the tourist information places to warn visitors.  My guess is they don’t though.  Getting shot would sure put a damper on the rest of a persons holiday.

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When President Obama took office, gun rights advocates sounded the alarm, warning that he intended to strip them of their arms and ammunition.

And yet the opposite is happening. Mr. Obama has been largely silent on the issue while states are engaged in a new and largely successful push for expanded gun rights, even passing measures that have been rejected in the past.

Full Story: NewYorkTimes

A surprisingly negative and stereotypical “crib sheet” summary of the New York Times article at over at Vanity Fair.

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Gun rights advocates are hoping for even fewer restrictions on where they can have a firearm. Among their top goals is to make Arizona the third state where it is legal to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. Bills in the House and the Senate would also eliminate background checks and training classes for people to carry hidden guns.

“All we’re doing is handcuffing good people, restricting their constitutional, God-given right to carry and perhaps their ability to defend their families,” said State Senator Russell Pearce, a Mesa Republican sponsoring the bill.

Right on!

Police departments worry that making permits optional might encourage more people with bad motives to carry concealed weapons, said John Thomas, a lobbyist for the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police. It also could lead to more accidents by people not adequately trained, Mr. Thomas said.

As always I disagree with the “encourage more people with bad motives to carry” argument, because criminals do not care about the law.  The part about accidents happening more frequently is a valid concern.  I hope that even for their own personal safety, no one would carry a gun that they were not familiar with.

Full Article at the New York Times website – HERE

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Full auto shenanigans:

Want to see the hanguards on a M4 melt and start on fire?

Want to see the barrel on a M4 droop and then explode?

Those guys are having way too much fun at work

The M-4 carbine, one of the primary rifles used by the United States military, appears destined for a change. After concerns surfaced about rifles overheating in a sustained firefight in 2008 in Afghanistan, the manufacturer and the United States Army are close to agreeing on a modification to the weapon’s barrel that makes the carbine more resistant to the stresses of extended firing.

Full Article at the New York Times website – HERE

This is a continuation of my blog post on New York Times on the Making of the Military’s Standard Arms

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Sandy Banks from the L.A. Times is gearing up for column this Saturday on America’s fascination with guns.

This initial article, Do you love your gun? Tell me why has a bit of a negative feel to it considering it is mainly about the recent NBA incident.  Though there is a positive and optimistic feel to it:

I discovered that I’m a pretty good shot. That there is something thrilling about holding a gun. And that firing real bullets is nothing like playing Halo.

I don’t think guns are evil, but I’m trying to figure out the fascination with them for Saturday’s column. I’d like to hear from gun owners. Why do you love your guns?

I respect Ms. Banks for giving shooting a try and keeping an open mind.  I am optimistic that the article on Saturday will not make us look like a bunch of right wing extremists.  I believe she will find that people love their guns because they are a means for self defense, and because shooting is a fun hobby where you can enjoy the outdoors and time with friends and family.

We will see, come Saturday.  Don’t let us down Sandy.

Picture source – Armed America: Portraits of Gun Owners in Their Homes

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