Monday, January 19, 2015

The Caliber Debate: The "New" Conventional Wisdom

The new conventional wisdom is that handgun caliber doesn't matter, as long as it is at least 9x19 mm and - well - conventional. Or, one of those newfangled .380 ACPs with "modern" hollowpoints - er, something.

Apparently, modern "quality" "defensive" ammunition is so great that all "major" run-of-the-mill cartridges will save your life. Oh, and shot placement is "now" the most important thing. But high pressure cartridges apparently beat up guns, and heavier bullets risk over penetration. But again, having one of the regular players levels the field.

So, I sit comfortably with my selection of the 9mm "for war" cartridge in a handgun that can handle +P, NATO, and +P+ - I guess. And as a disclaimer, my chances of getting in a gunfight are irrationally south of nil. But people love to parse differences, so ...

TO BE CONTINUED


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Hindsight is Bullshit, Or ...

"Hindsight is 20/20," or it's just plain wrong.

I was flipping through the September 2002 edition of American Riflman - the NRA's premier rag.

I stumbled upon what should rightly be called a glowing eulogy to William Batterman Ruger. Many took Ruger to task for going along the magazine-capacity partial ban of the early '90s (or so). I am still uncomfortable with any such accommodation (or, in Ruger's case, an apparent overabundance of self righteousness), BUT that was a different political climate, a different social climate, and the apex of Second Amendment dilution that ironically allowed for an abundance of pre-ban "banned" items.

Now in hindsight, when the worm has turned, people are recognizing that a right to arms is a Constitutional right at the lease and a natural right at the best, but we are stuck with draconian regulations and laws.

I fault Bill Ruger, Sr. for accommodation, but it seems his heart was in the right place. He was a good, though apparently harsh, guy.

If there is a lesson to be learned it is this: A right is a right, and it is folly to let it be abrogated in trade or to prevent a greater assault.

Mr. Ruger wasn't perfect, but he made great guns, supported the gun culture, contributed more than he took.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hundreds Vs. David Friedman's Minicity

In Machinery of Freedom, David Friedman proposes breaking down cities into 100,000-constituent minicities.

My first reaction: What about hundreds?

My second reaction: That's pie-in-the sky idealism, thinking that 100,000 people can make any system work.

But I do understand economies of scale, and that 100,000 is much better than 1 million or more, but there is a certain appeal to "hundreds." I don't fully understand the concept, but I'm certain it had to do with a manageable "political" organization, like New England small-town direct democracy, that came very much after the original concept.

Also, my feeling is that "hundreds" would most likely be composed of 100 families, of whatever composition, because the original "hundreds" were composed of only men.

An interesting contrast. Something to look into.

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Armed Society Cycle: Armed, Polite, Safe

The armed society cycle: An armed society is a polite society, a polite society is a safe society, a safe society is an armed society ...


 Second amendment. Natural law. Real rights.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Duty To Retreat

Under natural and common law - but apparently not Missouri statute - Officer Darren Wilson had an obligation to retreat, if he was the aggressor. If he struck Michael Brown with his car door (battery) and threatened Brown (assault), then Brown had the right to defend himself, regardless what "government" authority Officer Wikson had.

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