Firearms, lethality, and politically correct surveys

I’m annoyed by the silliness of a recent JAMA article titled “The Association of Firearm Caliber With Likelihood of Death From Gunshot Injury in Criminal Assaults“.  Its statement of “meaning” reads: The findings are foundational to the debate over whether deadly weapons should be better regulated and provide evidence againstthe common view that whether the victim lives or dies is determined largely by the assailant’s intent and not the type of weapon. Words in italics are my emphasis. Frankly, I’d never heard of the “common view” that the article reports.  As far as I’m concerned, the “assailant’s intent” is demonstrated

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Antifa trains for violence. Forewarned is forearmed.

Antifa has become notorious for its attacks on moderate and conservative groups across the nation.  Now James O’Keefe has captured an Antifa instructor teaching members of the group how to attack and injure their opponents.  A sample quote: “If you get a good liver or kidney shot, it’s pretty much crippling them.  They’re going to be doubled over and in a lot of pain.  If you break one of the floating ribs, which are small and right down here.  Those are also very painful, it’s hard to move after that, to catch a breath.  So one good body shot could potentially

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That’s not crime – that’s a war zone!

I’m still blinking in astonishment at this news report from Chicago.  Bold, underlined text is my emphasis. Since Friday at 5 p.m., 60 people have been shot, nine fatally, in shootings in Chicago. 34 of the shootings and five deaths occurred between 10 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday, according to police. During one two-and-a-half hour-hour period, 25 people were shot in five multi-injury shootings. “We know that some of these incidents were targeted and are related to gang conflicts in those areas,” said Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller at a press conference Sunday afternoon. . . . CPD said the

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A way to pay for the Wall?

President Trump is struggling to get Congress to appropriate sufficient funds to build the wall he wants along our southern border.  I thought Oklahoma’s experience with a remittance tax might hold promise for that. Oklahoma … collects 1 percent from all out-going, out-of-state, person-to-person wire transfers of money; many of these transfers are remittances from illegal aliens in Oklahoma to their relatives in their homelands. It is the only state to do so. . . . Oklahoma tax officials told us a year or so ago that 96 percent of the wire transfer fees are not used as income tax credits —

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Remembering the Vela Incident

Older readers may remember rumors of a nuclear explosion in the South Atlantic Ocean in 1979, which could not be verified at the time.  This became known as the Vela Incident.  A recent news report claims new evidence indicates that it was, indeed, a nuclear bomb. Ever since the flash was observed by a U.S. “Vela” satellite orbiting above Earth in September 1979, there’s been speculation that it was produced from a nuclear weapon test by Israel. . . . The flash was located in the area of Marion and Prince Edward islands, which are in the South Indian Ocean about halfway between

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Sometimes the police can’t win for losing

Calibre Press posted this video a few days ago. In an accompanying article, the author pointed out: Only one person should be talking to the witnesses and taking information—confidential information, as it is—from the victims. That person in this case, Officer Bartynski. No one else should inject themselves into the investigation. This is too much, it seems, for Rev. David Bullock. . . . I’m not going to detail everything Reverend Bullock said over the course of the video. But what I will say is that this is a sad state of affairs we’re in. Elites criticize peace officers with impunity.

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The cashless society is meeting opposition again – this time from banks

We’ve discussed the so-called “cashless society” in these pages on prior occasions.  I’m fundamentally opposed to it for several reasons, not least of which is the added control it provides to Big Brother to monitor and control our every financial transaction.  However, its practical disadvantages now appear to be taking center stage with central and commercial banks. “The digitalized system, it is easy for someone in Russia, China, whatever to just shut it off,” Björn Eriksson, the head of a pro-cash lobby group Cash Uprising and former head of crime-fighting agency Interpol. “[Cash] you can hide in your car, or your

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Dealing with a riot or political unrest

We’ve seen how demonstrations on both the left and right of US politics have led to increasing violence on our streets.  For those of us living in cities where this sort of thing is common, it’s an unpleasant reminder that we aren’t necessarily safe from extremists, even in our own homes.  There’s also the criminal element that takes advantage of such unrest for its own purposes.  Those of us living further away from such incidents may nevertheless find ourselves at risk if we have to travel to other centers. Greg Ellifritz, whom we’ve met in these pages before, recently compiled a

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The worst battlefield in the world – cities

I’m not surprised to read the views on urban warfare of the head of the US Army’s Training and Doctrine Command.  Bold, underlined text is my emphasis. Future wars will be more Stalingrad than Star Wars, a US General has said as he warns against a relentless focus on technology. General Stephen Townsend, the head of the US Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, told British military leaders at the annual Kermit Roosevelt lecture in London, that combat in an increasingly urbanised world will result in a “scale of devastation beyond our comprehension”. “The future operational environment will be more lethal and on a scale not seen in decades,”

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