Mayors Against Guns

If you haven't already seen Sebastian's scoop on the secret plans of the Mayors Against Guns to implement stealth gun control, go read it now.  The short version is that they plan to lobby a friendly administration for whatever gun control measures they can get by implementing rules changes, policy changes, or other administrative hurdles.  They won't try for new legislation, because they are (correctly) afraid of the political backlash, but they will do their best behind the scenes to mess things up.

Tue Dec 29 20:37:30 CST 2009 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss...

Remember when Bush's White House allegedly fired Department of Justice career prosecutors for political reasons, and how that was a huge scandal?

Obama's White House has allegedly transferred a Department of Justice career prosecutor in order to stifle criminal charges against the New Black Panther Party voting rights incident.  You may remember that case as the one where two individuals in uniform and with police batons intimidated voters outside a polling place.

It's not conclusive proof of any wrongdoing, but it sure is suspicious.

I got the tip from John Lott's blog.

UPDATE: Big Lizards has a detailed post with the complete timeline.

Tue Dec 29 13:30:28 CST 2009 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

If my doctor asked me about guns...

... in any context other than advising more hearing protection, I would find a new doctor.  Thankfully, I've never had any issues with doctors trying to pry into my personal affairs like that.  Presumably, it's one of the advantages of living in Texas.

However, I do occasionally see articles by misinformed physicians encouraging other doctors to ask their patients about guns, and try to give advice about gun safety.  Such articles never fail to annoy me, but usually they are from doctors, to doctors, and heavily reliant on the arrogance of doctors who believe their expertise in one field extends to every area of human endeavor. 

This is the first time I've seen a physician's assistant try to give advice about gun safety to other physician's assistants.  I suppose that having no success with doctors capable of recognizing their lack of expertise means that the gun bigots have to try the next level down. 

I would fisk the whole thing, but Bitter already has.

Thu Dec 10 12:35:35 CST 2009 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

I don't know what to think about this one.

Remote controlled zombie deer fight poachers?  Sure, people should follow the laws regulating hunting and only hunt deer in season.  Not being much of a hunter myself I am not sure how much of a problem poaching usually is.  But this sort of stunt strikes me as a waste of time and money if conducted by lawful authorities, and ... to be blunt... criminally insane if conducted by the sort of anti-hunting zealots I suspect are hiding behind the nice, friendly exterior of this operation.

Hunters wear the highly-human-visible orange for a reason, and if you're trying to hide from (never mind tackle!) a hunter, you're just asking for something tragic to happen by mistake.

Thu Dec 10 10:49:28 CST 2009 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Homicide rates linked to trust in government?

I figure that this article has hit on something that explains a lot.  The basic idea is that the level of trust held by a populace in its government influences the murder rate in that society.  When people trust their government and feel justice and respect can be obtained through the system without resorting to violence, murder rates are low.  When the government is not responsive to the people, and is not trusted to deliver justice for its citizens, murder rates increase:

In his analysis, Roth found four factors that relate to the homicide rate in parts of the United States and western Europe throughout the past four centuries: the belief that one's government is stable and its justice and legal systems are unbiased and effective; a feeling of trust in government officials and a belief in their legitimacy; a sense of patriotism and solidarity with fellow citizens; and a belief that one's position is society is satisfactory and that one can command respect without resorting to violence.

When those feelings and beliefs are strong, homicide rates are generally low, regardless of the time or place, Roth said. But when people are unsure about their government leaders, don't feel connected to the rest of society, and feel they don't have opportunity to command respect in the community, homicide rates go up.

America has always distrusted its political leaders; we practically founded our nation on that principle.  It's not likely to be something that can be fixed -- if it even should be -- by just electing the right person.  Instead, what needs to happen is to elect leaders who will respect the rights of the people rather than advancing their own beliefs while disparaging the beliefs of others.  That gives people confidence that their own lives are safe and won't be arbitrarily interfered with by government.  That's a judgement not necessarily based on the system of government, but having a government that explicitly lacks the power to destroy its political opponents certainly helps a lot.

Fri Dec 04 11:57:54 CST 2009 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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