the struggle over gun rights and regulation in America, in the aftermath of the Newtown school shootings and the ongoing congressional stalemate over federal gun legislation. An investigative report from
"29 students from 16 journalism schools, as well as an experienced staff of editors" for Carnegie-Knight News21. [more inside]
"For a long time, being both liberal and a gun owner didn’t seem like a big deal. 'Guns were certainly an issue,' Robinson says, 'but owning firearms wasn’t enough to get you tossed out of the movement.' After Sandy Hook, though, that changed 'with a speed that was truly breathtaking.'
A refreshing, well researched, measured take on gun control
The police officer smiled and handed me a bucket with a revolver and thirty loose rounds of ammunition. Outside, it was dusk and the snow was falling sideways.
The Simple Facts About Mass Shootings Aren't Simple At All
The first step in stopping future mass shootings is figuring out what we know and working from there. Unfortunately, the real first step is getting rid of a bunch of stuff we “know” that turns out to be wrong. [more inside]
Bearing Arms: [New York Times]
Articles in this series examine the gun industry’s influence and the wide availability of firearms in America. [more inside]
The TSA has started an Instagram page
showing confiscated items from TSA checkpoints in airports around the country.
Jury acquits escort shooter
. Texas Penal Code s. 9.42
has been interpreted to possibly allow the shooting of sex workers who accept money at night but do not then perform sexual services, and Ezekiel Gilbert was therefore found to have the legal right to shoot at a sex worker over a $150 dispute. This interpretation of the defence of property has come under some criticism,
and although the jury may have reached their decision on a different ground, the possibility of this defence under state law appears to be sound.
How-To: Paper Micarta
, Micarta from blue jeans
, How To Make Homemade Micarta
. Micarta is a genericized name for any paper or fabric, layered, soaked in resin, then dried, shaped, and polished.
The UK Peace Index [PDF]
, a new publication from The Institute for Economics and Peace
(IEP), has produced a startling new headline: against public perceptions of crime
, both crime and homicide have fallen significantly. The fall over the last decade has resulted in the UK homicide rate now being roughly equivalent to that of the Western European average, and it is now at its lowest level since 1978. [more inside]
Despite widespread popular support, on April 17th, 2013, the US Senate voted
to defeat four legislative amendments
that would strengthen background checks for gun purchases and place a ban on assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines. Victims and survivors of victims of recent shootings
who were in the Senate audience were heard to yell "Shame on you" at legislators as the final votes were tallied.
Inventions that Changed the World
is a 2004 BBC Miniseries in the vein of Connections (previously
) hosted by Jeremy Clarkson (yes the Top Gear guy).
documents the restoration to operable status of an early US Army 1911
(1918 pattern) pistol. The 1911 was recovered buried in 3 feet of mud in Tennessee alongside an old bootlegging road. Wanna see the 1911 in action? The incomparable hickok45
gives a run-down of its history and fires a few mags
A Contagion Of Violence
In exploring the occurrence of violence, researchers have recognized the tendency for violent acts to cluster, to spread from place to place, and to mutate from one type to another – similar to the infectious disease model, in which an agent or vector initiates a specific biological pathway leading to symptoms of disease and infectivity.
Is It Time To Treat Violence Like A Contagious Disease? [more inside]
Finally, Gilbert Arenas reveals the whole story
behind the infamous Washington Wizards guns in the locker room incident.
"Not only did the .30-30 go through, but this is you."
Ballistics expert Paul Harrell demonstrates
the stopping power of various objects. [more inside]
The long strange trip
of a Singaporean Cold-War-era assault rifle into the hands of Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden, and what it reveals about the unintended consequences of the global trade in small arms and ammunition. [slnyt]
Machine guns still firing, 70 years later.
The BBC's Dan Snow joins in an dig in Ireland to uncover a Spitfire mk2, hoping to find one o the machine guns in reasonable conditions. They find six, and then it's time to see if they still work.
Okay so they stripped the six to rebuild just one good one, and used modern .303 calibre ammo as opposed to the ammo in the ground, but hey. 70 years and still spitting fire. Of course the WWII in me will point out that the mk V's Hispano cannons were far more effective, but hey, that's not romantic enough for a modern news bulletin.
"Americans who carry a firearm are often viewed as rough, gruff, middle-aged men
with over-developed trigger fingers. [more inside]
Badass Lego Guns
, a short YouTube video (1.55) showing five working guns built from instructions from the book of the same name by Martin Hudepohl. [more inside]
Michael was born without arms, yet he has managed to learn how to load and shoot a 1911 pistol
"I have kinds of mortars; most convenient and easy to carry; and with these I can fling small stones almost resembling a storm; and with the smoke of these cause great terror to the enemy, to his great detriment and confusion. [...] I have means by secret and tortuous mines and ways, made without noise, to reach a designated spot, even if it were needed to pass under a trench or a river. I will make covered chariots, safe and unattackable, which, entering among the enemy with their artillery, there is no body of men so great but they would break them. And behind these, infantry could follow quite unhurt and without any hindrance."
Leonardo da Vinci's cocky, violent resume
Though President Obama has signed no laws since taking office that prohibit gun purchases and ownership, that hasn't stopped permit applications and weapons sales in the United States from rising through the roof and worried state legislators from passing laws
they wouldn't otherwise pass, which greatly ease access and allow carrying weapons in, among other public areas, city, state and national parks
. Schools may have to get their kids prepared.
So I got arrested by the SWAT team last night… Jeremy Bell
's office was stormed by Ontario Police looking for some Lego blocks he bought online. An eyewitness account
Does carrying a gun protect you from physical harm? Research by epidemiologists
at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
suggests that carrying a gun makes one 4.5 times more likely to be shot in an assault
, than someone not possessing a gun. Resisting increases one's odds of suffering harm even greater. [more inside]
DIY Portal Gun on flickr,
with a few other pictures and build notes
. You want of your own, you can either contact this guy
or just ask Aperture about working at their test facilities.
- the Nerf dart blaster overclocked to 500 rounds per minute.
The single-shot Palm Pistol...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has accepted a conceptual, ergonomic 9mm handgun — designed for people crippled by arthritis, muscular dystrophy, or similar conditions that render them too weak to operate normal handguns — as a Class 1 Medical Device.... doctors could eventually write prescriptions for it and then be reimbursed by Medicare.
Culture Of Fear.
An interesting look at the security concerns National Football League players harbour in the wake of the death of Sean Taylor
, who was robbed and shot within his own home. Previously. [more inside]
is a fully weaponized waffle-making machine. (SLYT)
I apologize in advance for linking to Cracked.com, internet leader in lame lists, but this 3-minute video sketch works for me: The Real Reason Guns Are Dangerous
. [more inside]
Give it up for The Cramps
and The Gun Club
. Two of the greatest bands to come out of the late 1970s/early 1980s punk scene, they (wikis here
) shared a few things in common: guitarist Kid Congo Powers
as well as a penchant for re-invigorating the raucous, carnal, primal spirit of American popular music--i.e. early garage rock and rockabilly (what the Cramps dubbed "psychobilly") and blues. Start with this screamer
from The Cramps
, and this blistering classic
from the GC's first LP
. [more inside]
What happens when a US President declares war on a concept? In 1964, Canadian photojournalist Hugh O'Connor traveled to eastern Kentucky to document the battlefields of Lyndon Johnson's war on poverty
and was shot for trespassing.
The incident is the subject of a wonderful documentary, Stranger with a Camera
by filmmaker Elizabeth Barrett
, produced by Appalshop
, a non-profit organization in Whitesburg, Kentucky, that works with local artists to promote self-representation in media and the expediency of culture to counteract a stagnating local economy.
Makes you think twice about nostalgic representations
of poor Appalachian coal miners plucking their banjo strings in the hollers, doesn't it?
Putting up a sentry!
Commercially available paintball sentry guns. Optional extras include a VR heads up display. If $1399
is too much you could build your own
. Watch out for spies!
Previously (and slightly more lethally)
Rubber band warfare just got deadlier.
(Single YouTube link to rubber band gun AWESOMENESS.)
Gun for the whole family.
A Scanning Around With Gene article about historic gun ads.
More fun with Gene Gable: Cigarettes
, diving, winter fonts
, red white and blue
, and so much more
Like a YouTube for soldiers in the Middle East,
this site boasts lots of large explosions, night vision footage, dawn raids, night-time firefights, desert shootouts, and convoy ambushes. There is one film of a failed IED that is breathtaking. Astonishing movies, whether you're for or against the war. [more inside]
Alexander Pavlovich Lobanov
was a Russian deaf-mute confined to psychiatric institutions for over 50 years
. He liked to draw pictures
. Lots of guns