Kamala is On Her Way to Save the Day by Tom Reynolds
Joe Biden announced the formation of ‘Executive Office of Gun Violence Prevention.’ Biden pledged to use the office to “centralize, accelerate, and intensify” his administration’s gun control push.
A report by the Washington Post makes clear that this new office will be coordinating with the ‘Community Justice Action Fund’ and ‘Everytown for Gun Safety,’ two far left gun control organizations.
On a positive note, Biden said he had chosen Vice President Kamala Harris to oversee the office. She was a disaster as the ‘Border Czar” so let’s hope she is as successful in this endeavor as she was on illegal immigration.
After Biden announced the launch of the new office, he then called for an “assault weapons” ban, a “high capacity” magazine ban, and universal background checks. He also called for Congress to take action for more gun restrictions.
Biden previously used 2022’s Bi-Partisan Safer Communities Act to cut off funding to those bastions of criminal activity: high school trap shooting and high school archery programs.
His ATF has put in place rules defining partially complete firearm frames as firearms, has put forward a rule requiring registration of AR-pistols with stabilizer braces, and has most recently proposed a rule to bring the country nearer to universal background checks. In addition the ATF has a zero tolerance of clerical mistakes in its efforts to drive FFL’s out of business.
We are constantly bombarded with studies showing how wonderful every Democrat initiative is in preventing the imminent destruction of the world in 5 or 10 or 15 years. The media is quick to publicize any study, without hesitation.
A column in the ‘Wall Street Journal Webview’ entitled The Band of Debunkers Busting Bad Scientists highlights a group of scientists that get little notice, but they cast doubt on studies that were quickly accepted. The investigative work of the ‘Data Colada’ scientists and many other academic volunteers has caused numerous studies to be redacted.
How many you ask?
At least 5,500 faulty papers were retracted in 2022, compared with 119 in 2002, according to ‘Retraction Watch,’ a website that keeps a tally.
Of nearly 800 papers that one researcher reported to 40 journals in 2014 and 2015 for running misleading images, only a third had been corrected or retracted five years later.
An article by some of these scientists, published in 2014, coined the now-common academic term “p-hacking,” which describes cherry-picking data or analyses to make insignificant results look statistically credible.
Why does this happen?
The pressure to publish papers—which can yield jobs, grants, speaking engagements and seats on corporate advisory boards—pushes researchers to chase unique and interesting findings, sometimes at the expense of truth, according to researcher Joe Simmons.
“It drives me crazy that slow, good, careful science—if you do that stuff, if you do science that way, it means you publish less,” Simmons said. “Obviously, if you fake your data, you can get anything to work.”
So, the next time you see the media hyperventilating over some new leftist study about guns – take a deep breath.
WSJ Webview - The Band of Debunkers Busting Bad Scientists (onservo.com)
The gun grabbing left would have us believe that, when the 2nd Amendment was passed, the founding fathers could not have imagined the advances in firearms that have taken place. Not so. The Founders were well aware that what had been impossible or unimaginable to one generation could become commonplace in the next.
The following is per ‘reason’ website: The Founders were well aware of continuing advances in arms technology (reason.com)
The first European settlers in America had mainly owned matchlocks. When the trigger was pressed, a smoldering hemp cord was lowered to the firing pan; the powder in the pan then ignited the main gunpowder charge in the barrel.
Then there was the wheel lock, invented by Leonardo da Vinci (1452 to 1519). In a wheel lock, the powder in the firing pan is ignited when a serrated wheel strikes a piece of iron pyrite.
Even better than the wheel lock, but simpler and less expensive, was the flintlock which first appeared in the mid-sixteenth century. Flintlocks were more reliable than matchlocks, especially in adverse weather, although still far from impervious to rain and moisture. Significantly, Flintlocks are much simpler and faster to reload than matchlocks.
In 1777, in Philadelphia, inventor Joseph Belton demonstrated a firearm that could fire 16 shots all at once. The Continental Congress voted to order a hundred, while requesting that they be produced as 8-shot models. (Gunpowder was scarce.) The deal fell through because Congress could not afford the high price that Belton demanded as the small internal components required especially complex and precise fitting and were expensive.
The 22-shot Girardoni rifle with a 21 or 22 round caliber tubular magazine had been invented in 1779 and was later carried by the Lewis & Clark expedition. Powered by compressed air, its .46 caliber bullet had a muzzle velocity of 900 fps. It was able to punch a hole in a 1 inch pine board for the first 30 shots on a single air reservoir. (It was no Daisy BB Gun!) The power dissipated after 30 shots and required a ‘pump up.’ The disadvantage was that once empty the reservoirs required a significant effort and 1500 strokes to restore full power.
South Carolina gunsmith James Ransier of Charleston was advertising four-shot repeaters for sale in the Columbian Herald (Charleston) on October 26, 1785.
Firearms had improved significantly in the 300 years after Columbus landed and the founding fathers had no reason to believe they would not continue to evolve. Keeping and bearing arms was not intended to stop with those in existence when the 2nd Amendment was passed, as the Supreme Court rightly decreed.