Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Clinton arrived with a "High-level delegation" and the first thing out of her mouth was this bull$hit: "Yes, we accept our share of the responsibility," she told reporters, recognizing that "guns purchased in the United States ... are used to facilitate violence here in Mexico."...Meanwhile "President Calderon told CNN this weekend, "We seized 66,000 weapons in three years, half of them assault weapons. We made a sample one year and a half ago, above 80 percent of those weapons came from the United States."...
Readers can check the archives listed at the right of this page from 2009 (April, May, July, & August) for news & comment refuting these blatant stinking dammed lies...
Bloviator Louis Klarevas (at HuffPo) says U.S. firearms dealers selling semi-automatics that fall in the hands of the Cartels should be shipped to Mexico for prosecution, a country that has only one gun store, which is run by the Military, and DeFacto has disarmed it's law-abiding populace, with no effect whatsoever on it's criminal populace (what next, ship Jews who send money to Israel to Saudi to be prosecuted for money laundering?). Some commenter's on this outrageous idea clean his clock with the facts. For example:
BenErza said:"I would point out that the weapons the cartels have been using in the high-profile shootings recently are not available on the U.S. civilian market. M16's, M4's, M203 grenade launchers, etc. are manufactured in the United States, but they are sold only to the military, government agencies, law enforcement agencies, and foreign governments. Actual selective-fire AK-47's, RPG's, etc. are similarly restricted and are neither manufactured or imported here, even for government use.
Possession of *any* automatic weapon manufactured after 1986 by anyone outside of military/government or their suppliers is an automatic 10-year Federal felony in the United States, under the Title 2 provisions of the National Firearms Act of 1934 as amended by the Hughes Amendment to the McClure-Volkmer Act of 1986.
I'm sure there is significant cross-border traffic in stolen/illegally purchased civilian handguns, and possibly even a few U.S.-legal non-automatic civilian rifles, but the cartels are most assuredly not buying their automatic weapons on the U.S. civilian market. More likely sources are the stockpiles of Central American Cold War proxies (for older weapons and Warsaw Pact hardware) and the Mexican government for new U.S. made military arms"...
HisXLNC reasoned:"No need to extradite criminals to Mexico. The Mexican government has plenty in it's own ranks.
If you really want to cut the flow of weapons from the US to Mexico, tell the US government to stop selling guns to the corrupt Mexican government whose police and soldiers defect to the cartels, taking their weapons with them"...
Tonyspdx opined:"It was proven that a small portion of the total guns seized by the Mexican government came from the US, because most guns seized are guns that can’t be purchased in the US. The vast majority come from boarders (sic) of Central America. These are the nations that are supplying automatic weapons to the drug cartels. These cartels have vast amounts of cash to buy all kinds of weapons that the average US citizen CAN'T buy in the States. The total corruption of the Mexican government and the inability of the law-abiding citizenry of Mexico to fight the drug cartels are escalating the problems. The law-abiding Mexican citizen doesn't have the rights to protect themselves and their families. You ask "Then why doesn't this happen in the US", because I have the right to self protection. The Mexican people do not"...
Dimensio pointed out:"Given the demonstrable and extensive corruption inherent in all branches of the Mexican government, suggesting that firearm retailers be extradited for alleged violations of Mexican law, even when said retailers were unaware of any criminal activity by their customers, is entirely unreasonable".
Snake9 Says: Well said, Gents. Fortunately there are some realists out here using their minds in the face of the utopian fools looking at the world through totalitarian rose-colored glasses...
Friday, March 26, 2010
‘Remove rifles from Police’ - Police experts from Ireland and the United Kingdom have advised Uganda Police Force to remove assault rifles from their officers in public and crowded areas, and replace them with side guns, especially in towns...“Use of AK47s in a town like Kampala isn’t appropriate. I have no doubt that they (Uganda Police) will move to reduce this,” Mr Leahy said at Police Headquarters in Kampala...police officers wielding AK47s on the streets paint a bad picture of the security situation in the country...Mr Smith, who operates in North Ireland, said in UK, officers in towns carry pistols and belts with tactical tools. In Uganda, pistols are a reserve of senior police officers and detectives...“We should carry assault rifles on streets of Kampala because of our situation. We had terrorists throwing bombs in 1998 that is why we have armed police at junctions,” Gen. Kayihura (Uganda Police) said...even in Britain, armed units are there in the streets but the only difference is that they aren’t often seen by the public because they hide themselves in cars with tinted windows...
Full Story@: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/-/688334/874582/-/wj6rii/-/index.html?
Again, these are full-auto selective fire machinegun capable AK's, not the Semiauto only versions western politicians are so fond of lying about. With the track record on firearms in UK & Ireland, I'd be more than skeptical of "advice" from these ex-colonial "police experts" were I from the UPF. They would be better off following the U.S. Model IMHO...(S9)
Monday, March 22, 2010
The Army is doubling the number of 7.62mm (NATO) weapons in the infantry squad...squads are deploying to Afghanistan with two SDMs (Squad Designated Marksman), each armed with the M14 Enhanced Battle Rifle, a modernized version of the Vietnam War-era weapon that’s accurate out to 800 meters...The EBR features a standard M14 barrel, plus a receiver and trigger assembly that’s fitted with a Sage International adjustable aluminum stock, a Leopold 3.5x10 power scope and Harris bipod legs...Special Operations Command has already adopted this concept with its fielding of a 5.56mm and a 7.62mm version of the Special Operations Combat Assault Rifle...The EBR effort also illustrates how the M14 has continued to evolve after its brief eight years of service when the M16 replaced it in 1965 as the Army’s standard infantry rifle. Patterned after the popular (Semi-automatic) M1 Garand of World War II and the Korean War, the M14’s robust design features a gas operating rod system, wood stock and 20-round magazine. A more accurate version of the M14 — dubbed the M21 — served as the Army’s official sniper rifle from 1975 until 1988. The M21 featured a more accurate, match-grade, barrel...“The adjustable cheek piece makes it to where, in a quick reflex situation, when you have a target of opportunity, you can just slap your face up against it and get the same spot on your cheek every single time,” he said. “All this adjustability makes the EBR more comfortable to shoot.” The EBR also has a M16/M4-style pistol grip...It’s not cheap to produce, either — EBRs cost about $3,000 each...
Full Article @: http://www.armytimes.com/news/2010/03/army_m14_032210w/
Semiauto versions of the M-14/M-21 are extremely popular in the U.S. (despite being quite punishing to shoot), especially as long-range competition target rifles, notably the "M1A" as offered by Springfield Armory. Aftermarket EBR style stocks and furniture will undoubtedly also become popular with civilian owners when some entrepreneurs decide to put them on the market (I'd go for one)...(S9)
Sunday, March 21, 2010
"China opposes illicit trafficking of small arms, light weapons: Envoy"
China opposes illicit production of and trafficking in small arms and light weapons, and is ready to work with the international community to properly solve this problem at an early date, a senior Chinese diplomat said here Friday..."China has always been opposed to illicit production of and trafficking in small arms and light weapons," Li said. "We sympathize with the people of the Central African region who have suffered deeply as a result of the proliferation of small arms and light weapons."...[See:http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/90856/6925407.html?] Oh, Really?...Except for their fellow totalitarian murderous pals, that is..."More Chinese guns for Mugabe - And military advisors too":A Chinese cargo ship believed to be carrying 77 tonnes of small arms, including more than 3m rounds of ammunition, AK47 assault rifles, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades, has docked in the South African port of Durban for transportation of the weapons to Zimbabwe, the South African government confirmed...It claimed it was powerless to intervene as long as the ship's papers were in order...[See:http://www.danwei.org/china_and_africa/guns_for_mugabe.php]
Note:These are full-auto selective fire machinegun AK's, NOT the neutered Semi-Auto look-alike versions anti-gun Politicians are so fond of lying about...Beware! NRA/ILA observes:"agendas for the elimination of private ownership of firearms are disguised as calls for international arms control to stem the flow of illicit military weapons"...(S9)
"Ban on assault weapons makes its way to Illinois House":A House committee dominated by Chicago Democrats approved the measure on a vote of 7-4. It now makes its way to the full House.
The hot button issue has been proposed frequently since a federal ban on semiautomatic weapons expired in 2004. But it has failed to become law in Illinois.
The issue showcased the ideological difference between gun opponents, who are supported by Chicago Democrats, and gun advocates, who are supported by Downstate lawmakers..."They are not designed for sport, they are designed to kill humans quickly and efficiently," said state Rep. Edward Acevedo, D-Chicago, who sponsored the legislation...But gun advocates say the weapons are indeed designed for hunting. They also say that gun manufacturers would be run out of the state because the legislation includes a ban on manufacturing assault weapons.
"Sixty five Illinois manufactures are going to leave the state because they won't be able to service their clients," said Todd Vandermyde, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association...
Full Story @:http://www.pantagraph.com/news/state-and-regional/illinois/article_a82c9430-31db-11df-be26-001cc4c03286.html
Same old tired anti-gun lies (simple semi-autos demonized as scary mythical so-called "assault weapons" is always the first sign) planted again in the fertile soil of an anti-gun political dominated state (and let no one fail to notice the same where the current resident in the White House hails from). Pro-Rights advocates are not surprised the usual phony do-gooding hating misrepresenter's are at it again, in a location they assume they will have an easy win...(S9)
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Opinions of the Office of Legal Counsel, Department of Justice: Having carefully considered the views of the Criminal Division and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), we conclude that semiautomatic assault weapons are no longer among the firearms to which the ten-year minimum sentence in section 924(c)(1)(B)(i) of title 18 applies. The 1994 amendment that increased the penalties for use of such firearms in section 924(c)(1) is subject to a sunset provision, and thus was repealed as of 2004...
Full quotation @: http://www.bespacific.com/mt/archives/023633.html?#23633
CHENNAI: A mysterious consignment of 10 AK-47 rifles along with telescopes landed here in a cargo plane three days ago and now security agencies are hot on trail of a man from Uttar Pradesh...The cargo plane from Dubai landed at Anna International Airport on February 20 and the consignment including 10 rifle scope (AK-47 rifles and telescopes) was marked for a person identified as Vijayan, official sources said here today...Raids were carried out at various places to trace Yusuf, but no breakthrough has been achieved so far...
Full story @:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Cargo-plane-lands-with-AK-47-rifles-from-Dubai-/articleshow/5608324.cms?
"Rambo Rifles for Weekend Hunters":The "Modern Sporting Rifle" is a hot seller. Please, just don't call it an assault weapon
As heavily armed U.S. troops deployed in the Middle East remain in the news, the military-style semiautomatic rifle has become a hot seller in the civilian market back home. Most major manufacturers have launched new models.."This is the one the younger generation wants," says Ruger spokesman Ken Jorgensen. "It's not their dad's gun or their granddad's gun." That's the sales pitch—and a source of controversy.
Even within the ranks of hunters and other gun enthusiasts, some protest the pursuit of deer with a modified form of the basic U.S. military weapon. The touchstone for this debate remains a February 2007 blog post by legendary hunter Jim Zumbo. "Maybe I'm a traditionalist, but I see no place for these weapons among our hunting fraternity," Zumbo wrote on the Outdoor Life Web site. Gun owners erupted. Outdoor Life excised his online comments and parted company with the columnist...
"These rifles are there; they are not going away," Stephen Sanetti, the NSSF's chief executive, told reporters...
The solution, Sanetti says, is to rebrand the weapons as "modern sporting rifles," or MSRs. In an online campaign, his organization points out that MSRs are durable, reliable, and use ammunition similar to that used with more traditional rifles. "It won't be long before people call one of these 'ol' Betsy,'" the narrator of an NSSF video says as he cradles a semiautomatic. Americans spend about $2.5 billion a year on guns; precise figures aren't available on semiauto rifles.
For generations, rifle models first used by soldiers have become profitable sellers in the domestic market. The 1903 bolt-action Springfield adopted by the U.S. Army in World War I begat the wooden-stock rifle carried by generations of deer hunters. The higher-capacity Garand issued to troops in World War II also spawned versions used to hunt big game.
The main difference between the military weapon and its civilian counterpart is that the Pentagon's version has the capacity to fire bursts of bullets with a single pull of the trigger. The cosmetically similar MSR fires only one round with each trigger pull.
Some of the confusion over these rifles stems from the tendency of gun-control advocates to refer to all of them —fully automatic and semiautomatic—as "assault weapons."...Since the election of 2008, gun retailers have helped drive semiauto sales by stirring the fear—so far unrealized—that President Barack Obama would try to ban them...
Full Story @: http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/10_10/b4169060665633.htm?chan=magazine+channel_what's+next
This biased piece spins negativity for firearms owners & makers. The "So far unrealized" Obama semiauto ban has only been held back by the efforts of gunowners opposed to it. Obama (& his sycophants) still fully intend to ban guns as soon as he feels he can get away with it, of this there is no doubt...(S9)
Wichita police officials are exploring the possibility of adding rifles to patrol cars to give officers more firepower in responding to potentially violent situations.."Without the rifles, we were under-equipped to deal with a lot of situations," said Butler County Sheriff Craig Murphy, who issued rifles to deputies about two years ago. "You have situations out here where the first officer on the scene may need to go into battle right then if he's going to save lives. "All we had were shotguns and hand weapons," he said. "Well, that wasn't going to get it done."..Wichita's Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT, teams already have rifles. Each SWAT member is assigned their own rifle, Williams said.
But incidents around the nation in recent years alerted law enforcement agencies to a possible need for more firepower, local authorities said. Among them:
* The attempted robbery of a bank in North Hollywood, Calif., on Feb. 28, 1997, where two men dressed in body armor and armed with high-powered rifles engaged in a running gun battle with law enforcement that lasted for nearly an hour before the men were killed.
Six officers and six bystanders were wounded in the gun battle, during which officers had to go to a nearby gun store to obtain rifles and other weapons with more firepower than their handguns.
* School shootings at Columbine High School, Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University, as well as a middle school in Russia.
"It used to be that if you had an active-shooter situation, you'd call in SWAT and set up a perimeter, and then move in," Sedgwick County Sheriff Robert Hinshaw said. "But Columbine and other school shootings, other spree shootings, showed you can't afford to wait.
"The sooner you can mount a response to that, the more lives that are saved and the sooner you can bring it to a resolution," he said. "We can't just send people into harm's way without having the right tools."
Sedgwick County has 35 rifles in its arsenal, deployed mostly with deputies on patrol. The department plans to double that number soon, Hinshaw said.
A rifle is a much better weapon than a shotgun, he said, because it's more accurate and has a much longer range.
The M4s used by sheriff's officers have an effective range of about 300 yards, compared with 50 yards for a shotgun, he said.
"A violent criminal who's using body armor — it's becoming much more prevalent,"
Full Story & Video @: http://www.kansas.com/2010/03/01/1204121/wichita-police-want-to-add-rifles.html?