"I've got a shotgun. Do you want me to stop 'em?"
On November 14, 61-year old Joe Horn saw two men breaking into his neighbor's home. He called 911, told the operator what he could see through his window. As Horn watched the men, he grew more and more agitated, saying he was going to go outside and shoot them. When the men left the neighbor's home, Horn went outside and did just that.
Now, Texas gets to argue over the hero
status of Joe Horn in the public square (a debate made more volatile by concerns that race was been a factor
), while weighing the merits of that state's recent adoption of Castle Doctrine
(aka "Stand Your Ground" Law). First adopted by Florida in 2005
, Castle Doctrine is now law in 19 of 50 states
. So what does this mean for Joe Horn? Public accusations of vigilantism aside, what Horn did is arguably legal under Texas law
... or, at least, it would be
had he shot the two men after dark.
posted by grabbingsand
on Dec 5, 2007 -
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!"
posted by flapjax at midnite
on May 4, 2007 -
An editor at Outdoor Life
for nearly 30 years and member of the NRA for 40, Jim Zumbo
is a lifelong advocate of outdoorsmanship, hunting and gun ownership in print and on television. Last week, Zumbo left a comment
on his Outdoor Life blog commenting on the rising popularity of assault rifles for hunting calling them "terrorist weapons" and suggesting they should be banned from hunting use. Three days later
, Zumbo's lifelong career is all but over
, having lost all his product sponsorships, was publicly disavowed by the NRA, and his show was canceled. With the 2008 election season starting and a Congress now controlled by the party supporting greater restrictions on assault weapons, Zumbo may be the first sign of a zero-tolerance
posted by XQUZYPHYR
on Feb 25, 2007 -
Old textbooks proposed as protective shields.
One political candidate's idea is to reissue outdated textbooks and place them under desks so that students can use them defensively when a shooter opens fire. They actually stop most handgun bullets, although raise the specter of a passive bystander society.
posted by Brian B.
on Oct 21, 2006 -
Richard Holbrooke delivers an analysis
and forecast of how the current situation could trigger a chain reaction that would lead to world war.
He refers to Barbara Tuchmans Guns of August, apparently a political science classic, that has been mentioned here on mefi
Here's the article in dutch with an appropriate picture of the murder of archduke Franz Ferdinand.
posted by jouke
on Aug 12, 2006 -
Metal Storm Limited
specializes in weapon systems featuring rapid fire electronically fired bullets, up to 1 million a minute. The weapons platform can be used to make the worlds strongest handgun
as well as be used to equip unmanned drones with firepower. The most frightening of which is perhaps the "dragonfly" micro copter
. Their site has a number of videos
showcasing some of the various weapons applications.
Metal Storm has been around for a while, without getting a product to market, but with a recent influx of funding
it doesn't look like they are going to go out of business any time soon.
posted by reverendX
on Jul 10, 2006 -
Video of an unarmed man being shot by a San Bernardino Sheriff's Deputy while appearing to comply with orders.
Senior Airman Elio Carrion, 21, had been riding as a passenger in a Corvette that was involved in a brief, high-speed chase with the deputy that reached speeds of 100 mph before the Corvette crashed into a fence, authorities said.
The videotape, shot by Chino resident Jose Luis Valdes, shows Carrion sprawled on the ground and repeatedly telling the deputy, "I'm on your side."
The deputy then seems to shout, "Get up!" after which Carrion appears to lean forward.
"I'm going to get up, all right?" he says.
The deputy then fires his gun three or four times from about five feet away.
"Shut … up, you don't get up …!" he shouts.
Moaning in pain, Carrion responds: "You told me to get up."
The deputy then radioed in to dispatch that shots had been fired. [LA Times]
posted by Mijo Bijo
on Feb 2, 2006 -
Future handgun ban?
Despite reassurances made during passage of C-68 that registration would not lead to confiscation, Paul Martin is promising to enable provinces to ban handguns if elected this January.
posted by Mitheral
on Dec 9, 2005 -
LA Deputies: 100+ rounds, two wounded.
After firing nearly 120 rounds, some Los Angeles County Sherriff's Department deputies manage to wound the driver of an SUV they'd been pursuing, one of their own number, and punch lots of 9mm holes in a Compton neighborhood. Report says no weapon in the suspect's vehicle.
posted by alumshubby
on May 10, 2005 -
"Welcome to Black Man With a Gun dot com.
If you smiled at the name of the site or jumped from fear of it you are not alone.
This site is about responsible firearm ownership. I use the taboo subject of race to show how people have been conditioned to fear the words "GUN" and "BLACK MAN" when used in the same sentence."
posted by fandango_matt
on Dec 22, 2004 -
eBay for the NRA
A place (mentioned once before in the blue, here
) where you can drop nearly $4K on a high-end showgun
or bid on a His & Hers Pistol Set
or, if you just need a gat for a quick drive by maybe a Cobray CM-11 Carbine 9mm
is what you need (with a free 32-rd magazine!). What's that? Thirty two rounds isn't enough? Go big and get the 50 round clip!
. Or heck, why not get yourself a real honest to goodness Gatling Gun
(sure it shoots .22 rounds but they are dirt cheap and you can run through up to 1200 in a minute)?
I'd like to get one of these cute little numbers
. But I also wouldn't mind one of these
either. Note: All gun auctions are processed in complete accordance with firearm laws, all guns are shipped to Federally licensed gun dealers and background checks are run on buyers.
I am a gun nut and I approve this message.
posted by fenriq
on Nov 8, 2004 -
US Ban on Assault Weapons Expires
Without much fanfare the ten year old ban on assault weapons has expired. How does this affect our relative level of safety now that we can all own high powered, high capacity weapons again?
posted by fenriq
on Sep 13, 2004 -