Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Thursday, October 09, 2003

"Easy Availability?"

Seems that one Dave King, body-builder, security-type, guy with a known "record of 'considerable criminality'" was shot to death on September 5. He was sitting in his car when two masked men drove by and opened up with an AK-47 automatic rifle. Twenty-five rounds of "armor piercing" (probably just standard military-spec steel-core stuff) 7.62x39 Russian were fired at the car, killing him, and wounding another.

Damn, just another case of those awful assault weapons that ought to be banned, BANNED I say!

Oh, wait...

This happened in ENGLAND. You know, where automatic weapons have been illegal since the 30's and semi-automatic weapons since the mid 80's.

As an interesting addendum, the story has a sidebar that says:
Appeal to underworld

OFFICERS leading the hunt for Mr King’s killers this week identified the weapon and ammunition used in the murder.
They are almost certain the weapon used was an AK47 Kalashnikov Russian-built military assault rifle and the ammunition was armour piercing.

Senior investigation officer Det Chief Supt Steve Read said: “Preliminary detailed examinations have confirmed that at least 25 rounds of 7.62mm x 39mm armour piercing ammunition was used in the murder of David King.

“I am keen to hear from members of the criminal fraternity who, although they may have a high tolerance to the use of firearms, would probably be shocked that a weapon designed for battlefield use which discharges high velocity armour piercing rounds has been used on a public street in suburban Hertfordshire.”
Really? Why? Automatic weapons are turning up in England fairly often. A submachine gun was used not so long back to gun down two young women, Charlene Ellis, 18, and Latisha Shakespear, 17, on New Year's day, and police seize "assault weapons" repeatedly in raids.

If criminals want them, they'll get them. "Easy availability" is not the problem.

Hell, in March a gang used automatic rifles and an anti-tank rocket to bust a gangster out of a Paris jail! I don't believe those are all that "easily available" in France, either.

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