Why Did Michael Brown Die in Ferguson?
- According to the police of Fergusson, Missouri it was because he reached for an officer's weapon, necessitating that he be shot multiple times as he ran away empty handed. Eyewitness tell a different story
. Whatever happened the killing has prompted demonstrations and looting. Ferguson police responded in full force, firing teargas
and wooden rounds
into crowds of protestors and sealing the area off from the media
. In the wake of the tragedy questions of racial profiling
, the paramilitarization of police
and media depictions of black shooting victims
have been raised. Meanwhile the shooter has not been named to preserve his safety
- oddly beautiful cross section photos of ammunition by Sabine Pearlman
, taken in a WWII bunker. The io9 write-up
has Redditor identification of the cartridges.
How the Glock Became America's Weapon of Choice
The Glock was created in 1982 by a curtain rod manufacturer named Gaston Glock. Glock didn't like the handguns available on the market and decided to manufacture a new gun from scratch. [more inside]
My new favourite internet celebrity Dmitri panders to every gun-nut's fantasy and demonstrates various firearms with humour, spectacle and cool Russian accent :)
I give you: FPS Russia
How two American kids became big-time weapons traders
- "Working with nothing but an Internet connection, a couple of cellphones and a steady supply of weed, the two friends — one with a few college credits, the other a high school dropout — had beaten out Fortune 500 giants like General Dynamics to score the huge arms contract. With a single deal, two stoners from Miami Beach had turned themselves into the least likely merchants of death in history." (via
; previously on arms contractors
How much abuse can a Glock
21 take? A lot.
Haven't you always secretly wondered what would happen if a ninja
accidentally stumbled into, say, Bill and Ted's time traveling Phone Booth
and ended up somewhere around 7th century BC, only to come face-to-face with a feisty Spartan
? Have you not pondered what would happen if you locked up an Apache with a Gladiator
inside some sort of 21st century battle dome
? Are you frustrated because you feel like there's nobody doing proper scientific studies to see what would happen when you pit two historically violent warriors
that could have never actually met in real life? Worry no more people - I present to you Spike TV
's newest offering - Deadliest Warrior
! [more inside]
? Like assault rifles
? Got some spare AR-15 parts lying around begging to be crossbowed up? Then the PSE TAC 15 crossbow upper
is for you! (video
). Or how about this Swiss crossbow
that can be cocked in 3 seconds? Alternatively build your own
, or even build a repeating crossbow
Club Little Gun, a bunch of tiny guns built into things from rings
. Eat your heart out, Indiana Jones
, the whip pistol
. via [more inside]
How many times as this happened to you?
(warning: video/audio). It's late at night, you're in bed & you need to kill someone with a shotgun, only to find out the gun is ALL THE WAY across the room. Well, friend, your prayers are answered
Knob Creek Gun Range
, a former military-munitions test range situated near Fort Knox
is home to the "World's Largest Machine Gun Shoot and Military Gun Show
". Run by private citizens excercising their second amendment rights (Kentucky has no state-level gun laws) the focus is on Class III
firearms - things like assault weapons and anti-tank rifles, but also the occasional high-caliber sniper rifle and cannon. Hold my bourbon and watch this
The folks down at the Pakistan Ordnance Factory [youtube: 6'40]
would like to show you how they make some of their machine guns, mortar bombs (in a surprising range of bright, cheerful colors), tank and anti-tank ammo ("capable of defeating the toughest armor in the battlefield!")
, aircraft and anti-aircraft ammunition, and so much more. "P.O.F. products are in service with over 40 countries around the globe, with an ever-expanding market!"
Just fill the catapult with one or more cupids, pull the trigger, and aim at the person of your dreams!
This "love gun" alarms me, but maybe I overreact as a parent about my kid's exposure to violence. Is this just a harmless novelty, or a disturbing example of how desensitized we are to guns? At least it's for kids over 3.
You got your Outkast in my Sun Tzu
Weaponry, military, and war footage set to music. Although the author believes
Enya did the song Adiemus, the target practice
video is kind of interesting. I couldn't find any videos set to Peace Train, however.
What the NRA wants the NRA gets.
The Assault Weapons Ban ends Monday. In an election season where first responders have become an issue it seems odd that both parties are ignoring pleas like these, Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton:
"Nobody has an inalienable right to run around with a machine gun. I'm sorry, that's insanity!" Also, check out this fun and informative "banned or legal" page
explaining the 1994 ban. Ban FAQ here.
Packing heat at the local Starbucks
Feeling a little unsafe going to the local mall? Bring your hand gun!
In fact bring some more ammo just in case you run out! It's legal here in Veeerginia.
US-made ultrasonic gun uses baby's scream
The gun is capable of causing permanent ear damage, even death.
Makes me want to scream.
They Could Be Packing.
Or, Buddy's got a gun (sung to the Aeorosmith tune of almost the same name). Buddy Hackett, that is. Sorry for another news story link, but New York City's issuing fewer and fewer concealed carry permits, but more and more to celebs, including Steven Seagal, whom I thought wouldn't need one ....
Firearms exempted from Consumer Product Safety Commission. Why? Erik Zenger lost consciousness for only a few minutes when his black powder gun misfired on a Utah County shooting range, burying a 3-inch steel spring bolt in his cheekbone. . .
There is no national agency or organization either man could have consulted to find out if a rifle or handgun had been recalled. Firearms are specifically exempted from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, said agency spokesman Ken Jiles, and no other federal agency is empowered to gather information on safety hazards of weapons.
Neither the National Rifle Association nor the National Sports Shooting Foundation tracks such information or has lists of gun recalls. Consumers must rely on retail stores and manufacturers to determine if weapons have malfunctioned or injured anyone.
"Civil War, Revolutionary War and Pirate cannons
could not harm tanks, half tracks, armored cars or self-propelled guns." Army Men
, my friends, Army Men.
"I’d keep guns off the streets if I could -- keep them off people, off cops, off everybody. They’re just built to kill people, and that’s no good. Sometimes I feel like turning people in -- like when there’s a shooting in front of my house. But something always stops me. I grew up in this place. I knew these people before they even started dealing with guns. Those are the people who watch my back when I need them. They’re like family -- I can’t turn them in." Jesus Gonzalez reports on the illegal handgun trade
in Brooklyn, NY, as part of a Marketplace series on the underground economy
the passengers on our planes should have the right to bear arms
Is this guy, a former pilot, suggesting that we have a constitutional right to carry weapons aboard planes so we can defend ourselves? Is an uzzi ok or a bayonet?
"The paper gun posed no immediate threat
to the students in the class." Is this a prudent reading the warning signs or knee-jerk reaction to a media frenzy?
North Dakota Blind man gets weapons permit :
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Carey McWilliams has a concealed weapons permit from the state of North Dakota and isn't afraid to use a gun - even though he's blind...
McDermott owed back taxes
Mix one unstable man with a love of ammo. Add in government intervention (which means loss of control). Pile on some kids from HR and you've got a massacre.
A historical rebuttal to the currently rabid NRA.
Michael Bellesiles analyzes gun culture throughout American history and finds a number of points that disagree with Chuck Heston's version of 'Merica. Not surprisingly, the NRA is livid. At the risk of posting flamebait, will people ever be able to approach this issue from a reasoned, educated perspective, rather than responding with knee-jerk reactions?
BIG FUCKING GUNS:
Your tax dollars hard a work . . .
Ted Nugent reccomends more guns for students.
Through his new book, Nugent uses the Columbine massacre as a tool in pointing out the need for more people to be allowed to carry concealed weapons.