What the Number Say, Again

A little less than 5 years ago I published this article that went over the numbers related to mortality from the CDC.  I wanted to revisit that and re-hash those same numbers 5 years later. I was afforded the opportunity to teach myself how to use the CDC’s “WONDER” system, which took a bit to sort through, but I think I got it.

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Lessons from history and the law of unintended consequences

Apparently, this has been a banner year for “gun control” bills to be introduced, both at the federal level and in my state. I’m sure other states as well. In my state alone there have been 48 gun control bills introduced. At the federal level, there have been 47 gun control bills introduced. I would have thought that people would have learned their lesson about trying to ban items back in 1919.

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Red flags are for avoiding bad dates, not gun laws

One of the issues currently being discussed as a way to implement gun control is something called an Extreme Risk Protective Order (ERPO), more commonly called a “Red Flag” law. In additional to the usual culprits in a legislative session such as weapon bans, “universal” background checks and the like, a new type of bill has started appearing and is unfortunately entirely too popular, and ripe for abuse.

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Are legal firearms for military purposes or for sporting purposes? Both?

So Congress is at it again with a plethora of firearms-related bills this time around. Some are good, and some are bad and some I’m not sure yet. I’m not sure because the current run has some bills that may end up with riders that can be good or bad. I will be keeping a close eye on all of them on the Congress.gov website. (I’m also watching at the state level for my state, and I suggest you should do the same.) Something occurred to me though, and there is a problem between the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Control Act of 1968. These two laws have text that directly opposes the other.

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Building your own rifle

A few good friends of mine hunt feral hogs in the area using some custom-built AR-15s and allowed me to use one of these rifles when we invited them out to some family’s property to help reduce the feral hog population there.  The rifle I own uses a smaller caliber, and while it would work for hunting feral hogs, a larger caliber would be much more effective, so I decided to follow in their footsteps and build my own. I’ll talk about how I did so, some of the proposed laws around this (and my opinion of them), and how well I did or didn’t do in putting everything together. Yes, mistakes were made.

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When to join the Circus

There is an old Polish proverb that is making the rounds in self defense circles, and pretty much just in general; “This is not my circus. These are not my monkeys.” Of course it’s been shortened to simply “Not my circus, not my monkeys,” but the meaning is the same. What does it actually mean though? After doing about 30 seconds of surfing around the internet, I found this brief explanation;

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If it only saves one life, it is worth it.

While the title of this post alludes to the misguided reason that some people want to place restrictions on firearms, that is not the purpose of this post. What I am going to describe could actually save lives, and isn’t just a feel good, useless measure to mistakenly substitute complacency for safety. This should be something that everyone can get behind, regardless of how you feel about firearms, and that I hope everyone does. I also think that people of most ages should have this skill, even high school and junior high school aged children. Out of all the protesting, and town halls, and media interviews, and marches and political campaigning going on, my wife and I thought it would be wise to do something that might actually do some good.

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