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Science corrupted

So there was a study that found gun ownership rates had a direct correlation to teen suicide rates. They found that for every 10 percent increase in household gun ownership, the youth suicide rate increased by 26.9 percent. There are so many flaws in this logic that it is laughable.

The first is that they compared Alaska and South Dakota’s high gun ownership rates and high suicide rates to New York and New Jersey. They ignore population density as being a factor. When you compare New York and New Jersey to Alabama and Mississippi, the rates are closer. Perhaps the lack of access to timely EMS and trauma centers means that an attempted suicide is more likely to be a successful suicide.

Nah, it’s easier to blame guns.

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Why I carry

I carry a weapon all of the time, even while walking or jogging. The fact that a woman in Central Florida was attacked by a coyote seems to prove me correct.

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DIAS

A 19 year old mechanical engineering student from UCF was arrested with several DIAS equipped AR’s. The press gets it wrong, though: Drop in auto sears have been illegal to manufacture since 1986.

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Bad advice

This is making the rounds of Florida social media:

They are saying that having a medical marijuana card won’t affect your CCW permit. That is probably true. However, note that they are advising people to lie on the 4473. That is most certainly bad advice.

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Ingenuity

Explain to me one more time how gun control disarms criminals

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Electric action

I’ve been thinking:
Since a semiautomatic rifle is defined as: “any repeating rifle which utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing cartridge to extract the fired cartridge case and chamber the next round, and which requires a separate pull of the trigger to fire each cartridge.”

There is a workaround. Eliminate the recoil springs and most of the firing mechanism. Replace them with a small servo set that cycles the bolt and then re-locks it after each shot. The weapon would not be a semi-automatic at that point, since the energy to extract and chamber would not come from the energy of the fired cartridge.

The magazine of such a weapon could contain the battery and be recharged between firings, the battery could be in the weapon, or both.

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True Republican

Today, Donald Trump proved that he is a true Republican. Having learned nothing from George HW Bush and his famous “Read my lips, no new taxes” pledge, Trump caved in to Democrats and, going back on his word, agreed to reopen the government without any funding for his wall. 

Between this and the bumpstock ban, Donald Trump just ensured that he will not be reelected. 
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Shutdown woes at the IRS

The IRS is shutdown, and that is going to be a significant problem for me. The IRS made a major mistake with one of their tax forms. The problem is that there is a lawful deduction that I am eligible for because it is still in the tax code, but the IRS screwed up and didn’t leave any way to legally file for that deduction. The IRS can’t fix the mistake because of the shutdown. In fact, they can’t even be notified of the mistake, because no one is there to answer the phone.

If I file my taxes without taking the deduction, it will cost me an extra $150K plus in taxes that I am not legally required to pay, an amount of money that I simply do not have.

Even if I DO take the deduction, I am going to owe the IRS more than $150,000. Don’t tell me that the rich don’t pay taxes.

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Florida closer to blue

John Morgan, the ambulance chasing personal injury attorney that made his fortune using his tagline “for the people,” has gathered signatures to put a constitutional amendment to the state constitution on the ballot. That amendment would raise Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. Since Disney has already taken this step, the biggest player in the state will likely back the measure in order to level the playing field.

Morgan appears to be making a play to run for public office in the future. You may remember that he was the force behind legalizing medical marijuana and decriminalizing recreational marijuana in the state.

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A major hole

Nearly all assault weapons bans define assault weapons in terms of being semiautomatic. The proposed 2019 ban is no exception. It defines “assault weapon” like so:

The term `semiautomatic assault weapon’ means any of the
following, regardless of country of manufacture or caliber of
ammunition accepted:
            “(A) A semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept
        a detachable magazine and any 1 of the following”

There is a huge hole that can be exploited.

Federal law defines semiautomatic rifle thusly:

 The term “semiautomatic rifle” means any repeating rifle which utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing cartridge to extract the fired cartridge case and chamber the next round, and which requires a separate pull of the trigger to fire each cartridge. (emphasis added)

The same definition of semiautomatic applies to pistols and shotguns under that same AWB.

The weakness here is obvious. All you need to do is have something other than the energy of a firing cartridge eject and load the next, and the weapon is no longer subject to the AWB. It seems like Franklin Armory is trying to do just that