Redstate's Watercooler, 4/25 Open Thread: "Why AR's?"


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And Goobermint Types Say We Can Trust Them To Tell The Whole Truth?


We always hear about Centers for Disease Control wanting to treat shooting as a “disease” and braying about how Congress won’t let them “properly study gun violence.” Bet you NEVER heard that back in the ’90s they did a study and found that Defensive Gun Use incidents outstripped gun crimes by a ratio better than three-and-a-half to one. Nope, can’t publish that, doesn’t fit the narrative…

“Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck conducted the most thorough previously known survey data on the question in the 1990s. His study, which has been harshly disputed in pro-gun-control quarters, indicated that there were more than 2.2 million such defensive uses of guns (DGUs) in America a year.

Now Kleck has unearthed some lost CDC survey data on the question. The CDC essentially confirmed Kleck’s results. But Kleck didn’t know about that until now, because the CDC never reported what it found.”

Read the rest at –it’s worth reading the whole article.

And while we’re here, let’s take a look at Defensive Use of Evil “Assault Weapons”…


Why AR’s for Home D?

Editor Tom Knighton at sister-site Bearing Arms has a really good writeup here, but his six key arguments can be quickly summarized as “lightweight, compact, low recoil, versatility, accuracy, capacity.” He also provides a very good rebuttal to the Grabbers’ arguments against the AR for Home D. Not enough? Consider the wisdom of former Navy SEAL Dom Raso. Need some ideas for Home D setups? Shooting Illustrated has you covered. So when somebody says you shouldn’t have an AR, just ask them “What do YOU have planned for me that makes you fear I might use it against you?” Then go buy three. Or buy Eighty Percent Lower blanks and build three. Either way, when the Heirs of Hitler don’t want you to have something, that’s a legitimate reason to get as much of that something as you can lay hands on… and make sure you train on how to effectively USE it.


This Week In History

  • Sunday, 4/22: John Paul Jones raids Whitehaven, 1778; Oklahoma Land Rush, 1889; Allied forces assault Hollandia, New Guinea, 1944
  • Monday, 4/23: The Bard born, 1564; “Hammerin’ Hank” hits first homer, 1954; “New Coke” debacle, 1985
  • Tuesday, 4/24: Attack on Petersburg, VA, 1781; Library of Congress established, 1800; Truman let in on A-bomb, 1945; Desert One disaster, 1980
  • Wednesday, 4/25: Robinson Crusoe published, 1719; Cornwallis retreats from Guilford, 1781; Hubble Telescope placed in orbit, 1990
  • Thursday, 4/26: 16-year-old Sybil Ludington warns of approaching Redcoats, 1777; Marines take Derne, 1805; SS Ideal X sails to introduce container shipping, 1956
  • Friday, 4/27: Battle of York (now Toronto), 1813; Cornell University established, 1865; Xerox introduces computer mouse, 1981
  • Saturday, 4/28: Maryland ratifies Constitution, 1788; Billy the Kid escapes, 1881; peace treaties in San Francisco and Taipei officially end WWII “state of war,” 1952

Today’s Birthdays: Radio inventor Guglielmo Marconi, 1874; journalist Edward R. Murrow, 1908; singer Ella Fitzgerald, 1917; politician Jon Kyl, 1942

Holidays Around the World: Faroe Islands and Swaziland both celebrate Flag Day, Aussies and Kiwis observe Anzac Day, Italy celebrates Liberation Day and Portugal has Freedom Day. It’s also DNA Day, Red Hat Society Day and World Malaria Day.

This Week In History is compiled with assistance from and Wikipedia. Something interesting not listed here? Please share in the Comments section–this is an Audience Participation Encouraged featurette.


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