Concealed-carry laws by state, 1986-2015

I’ve been pleased that the Democrats’ president and presidential candidates keep making an election-year issue of gun control (see discussions from June and July of last year), but it just keeps getting better!

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If countries like France won’t allow the concealed carry of firearms, maybe the concealed carry of Americans is the next best way to stop would-be mass shooters.  The Guardian reports:

A heavily armed gunman has opened fire on a high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris before being overpowered by three US citizens, two of whom were soldiers.

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Clinton Eastwood for President

You heard it here first.  This was Hillary Clinton’s first and second reaction to the shooting in Charleston last month:

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January 24, 2013

Let me get this straight:  Law-abiding Americans shouldn’t be allowed to have “military-style” weapons that liberals think look scary (a. k. a. “assault weapons”), which are used in about 1% of gun crime (rifles of any kind are used in less than 3% of murders), but the government is giving free tanks and fighter jets to the Muslim Brotherhood president of Egypt who thinks the people of Israel are “bloodsuckers” and “the descendants of apes and pigs” for whom Egyptian children should be “breastfed hatred”?

No, go ahead, keep voting Democrat, I’m sure you have your reasons…

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Yesterday’s Project Veritas video included a theme of elitism, a ruling class that thinks it can live by one set of rules while imposing other rules on the rest of us—“Guns for Me but Not for Thee”, as the title of John Fund’s column put it.

Apparently the NRA also released an ad yesterday on the same theme:

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James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas has a new video out:

Project Veritas explains that idea was to show the irony (not to say hypocrisy) of anti-gun journalists and politicians who bully ordinary citizens and want to make it more difficult for us to arm ourselves and defend ourselves against criminals, while those same journalists and politicians rely heavily on guns to protect themselves.

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I’m seeing a number of people responding to the school shooting last week by calling for more gun control.  I just want to point out that the public policy most likely to prevent massacres like this is, on the contrary, less gun control:

Let the law-abiding carry guns and protect themselves.

Why do you think these mass shootings are always in “gun-free zones” (i.e., victim zones)?  As Dan Mitchell suggests, posting a sign at the entrance calling it a “gun-free zone” is tantamount to posting a sign saying, “ATTENTION CRIMINALS: This is a defense-free crime zone.  All law-abiding persons have been disarmed for your convenience.”

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Guns Mainstream?

November 28, 2011

I heard an ad for a gun Web site on the radio this morning.  (They’re having their “cyber-Monday” sale.)  I’ve never heard an ad for a gun Web site on the radio before.  I wonder whether it’s a sign of a changing culture.

Certainly the different states’ laws have become much more congenial to concealed carry over the course of the last twenty-five years, as shown dramatically in this animated-GIF map from the Wikipedia article on the subject.  Ohio’s own concealed-carry law was passed so recently that I remember when it happened.   Read the rest of this entry »

As The Telegraph puts it, “How about that?”  I couldn’t resist passing this on.

I do so without further comment.

“The government is just a bunch of stupid idiots with guns.”