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Why is it So Easy to Buy a Machine Gun? | September 1, 2016

Judging from the internet chatter many people seem to think that it’s easy to buy a machine gun. It’s not.

To legally purchase a machine gun, you must have a Federal Firearms License (FFL) which requires a background check, paper work and a $200 fee. ¹

Then:
“…you must obtain approval from the ATF, obtain a signature from the Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) who is the county sheriff or city or town chief of police (not necessarily permission), pass an extensive background check to include submitting a photograph and fingerprints, fully register the firearm, receive ATF written permission before moving the firearm across state lines, and pay a tax. The request to transfer ownership of an NFA item is made on an ATF Form 4.” ²  And pay another $200 fee.

You also must live in a state that allows the possession of machine guns. 13 states and the District of Columbia ban their possession. ³ So 119 million people, more than a third of the US population, can’t own them.

Then there’s the issue of availability. There are only 175,977 machine guns registered by individuals. And limited availability means premium prices so even if can buy one you might not be able to afford one.

Note. The article states that: ”private citizens have registered more than 543,000 machine guns”  but it’s actually 490,664 and less than half are registered to individuals;  297,667 are registered to government agencies and 17,020 are sales samples and are owned by the companies that manufacture them. See 6 below.
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¹ https://www.atf.gov/firearms/instructions-form-7-application-federal-firearms-license

² https://www.gunsamerica.com/blog/legally-buy-machine-guns-silencers-short-barrels-understand-the-nfa/

³ (CA, DE, DC, HA, IL, IN, IA, KA, MI, MO, MN, NJ, NY, RI)

http://www.onlythebestfirearms.com/faq.html

0.057% of the estimated 310,000,000 firearms in the US. https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL32842.pdf

http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2016/03/daniel-zimmerman/atf-reveals-the-number-of-registered-machine-guns/
It’s totally legal to own a machine gun, but the laws and regulations are widely misunderstood.
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The Decline and Fall of the McMansion | August 25, 2016

Not only are McMansions ugly, ostentatious, poorly constructed and devoid of any architectural style; they’re also becoming a terrible investment.

For years these shoddy aesthetic monstrosities have been a way for people to display the fact that they have money untethered from class or culture. But they’re finally losing their cheap brass luster.

Except in the Midwest of course, which isn’t surprising considering that Glen Ellyn, Illinois is the McMansion capital.
Shoddy construction, ostentatious design—and low resale values.
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(Mis) quote of the day | August 18, 2016

SurvivalBlog is a good source of information on survival but it also promotes a right wing Christian End Times agenda. So while I find the technical information useful, I in no way subscribe to its politics.

A recent post that misquotes Milton Friedman illustrates its bias.

“A society that puts equality … ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom.”

Which presents a false dichotomy: freedom or equality.

The actual quote from Friedman’s book Free to Choose offers more nuance:

A society that puts equality—in the sense of equality of outcome—ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom. The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests.

On the other hand, a society that puts freedom first will, as a happy by-product, end up with both greater freedom and greater equality. Though a by-product of freedom, greater equality is not an accident. A free society releases the energies and abilities of people to pursue their own objectives. It prevents some people from arbitrarily suppressing others. It does not prevent some people from achieving positions of privilege, but so long as freedom is maintained, it prevents those positions of privilege from becoming institutionalized; they are subject to continued attack by other able, ambitious people. Freedom means diversity but also mobility. It preserves the opportunity for today's disadvantaged to become tomorrow's privileged and, in the process, enables almost everyone, from top to bottom, to enjoy a fuller and richer life.

Freedom only ensures equality if it applies to everyone.
“A society that puts equality ... ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom.” - Milton Friedman...
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Pokemon Go (To Jail) | July 20, 2016

Idiot playing Pokemon Go runs a red light and slams into a (thankfully unoccupied) police car. This is why using your phone while driving should merit a DUI charge. With jail time and a license suspension.
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Back to the NRA | June 23, 2016

Several years ago I left the NRA because I was sick of their constant fear mongering and overreaction to everything Obama said or did.

But after witnessing the Democrats opportunistically exploiting the Orlando shootings to cripple our Second Amendment rights, and the blatant lies and historical revisionism in the media, I felt that it’s time to rejoin.

I chose the 5-year membership because that’s the most money I could send them.

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Surface Pro 4 vs. iPad | May 18, 2016

Why the Surface Pro 4 is a better choice for work than the iPad from a lawyer’s perspective.

The Paperless Prosecutor is a blog about reducing the use of paper and embracing digital technology. While it’s geared toward lawyers and the legal profession the articles are useful for anyone who wants to use 21ˢᵗ technology to organize their information.

And if you’re a OneNote fan, the blog has articles extolling the features and virtues of OneNote for organizing your info.
Surface Pro is a better device to make the transition from an analog lawyer to a digital attorney. It represents the best of how we used to do our work (pen) and the best of the future (flexible ta…
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Chicago and the Failure of Gun Control | August 31, 2016

Illinois has fairly stringent gun control laws but Chicago, which had a complete handgun ban from 1983 to 2010, has had a high homicide rate for decades.

How is that possible if gun control reduces crime? It’s Indiana’s fault, we’re told, because they have laxer laws than Illinois and thus criminals buy guns in Indiana and drive them right into Chicago.

But if lax gun laws are responsible for violent crime then Indiana should have a higher violent crime rate than Illinois. But in actuality both states have similar rates of violent crime.

Illinois has 370 violent crimes and 5.3 homicides per 100,000 while Indiana has 365.3 and 5 respectively.

Chicago’s violent crime rates skew the Illinois totals upward. Chicago comprises 21% of Illinois population yet it has 51% of the state’s violent crimes and 60% of it’s homicides.

If you exclude Chicago, Illinois actually has a rather low violent crime rate: 233 per 100,000 (Chicago has 885) and a homicide rate of 3 per 100,000 (Chicago’s is 15).

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FBI Uniform Crime Reports - Crimes by City: https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2014/crime-in-the-u.s.-2014/tables/table-8/table-8-by-state/Table_8_Offenses_Known_to_Law_Enforcement_by_Illinois_by_City_2014.xls

FBI Uniform Crime Reports - Crimes by State https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2014/crime-in-the-u.s.-2014/tables/table-5
Cook County, IL is moderately educated, economically diverse and is 945.36 square miles in size. Compare demographics, real estate trends, and school ratings.
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Cash = Crime? | August 30, 2016

Economist Kenneth S. Rogoff wrote an op-ed piece on why we should get rid of paper currency. His article can be summarized with two recycled premises:

Some people use guns cash to Facilitate Criminal Activity™ therefore no one should be allowed to have guns cash.

If you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to fear.
Paper money fuels corruption, terrorism, tax evasion and illegal immigration—so the U.S. should get rid of the $100 bill and other large notes
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This Man Who’s So Privileged, Even His Shadow is White | August 2, 2016

Thank You Crystal.
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Truth is the First Casualty of Politics | July 26, 2016

This is how Republicans think. The crime rate is, and has been declining for years which contradicts Trumps doom and gloom message and deflates his law and order posing. So Gingrich simply lies and says crime is up because people feel it is.

Democrats lie about the crime rate for a different reason. They deny it’s declining because the truth would undermine their position on gun control; if crime is declining then why do we need more gun control laws?
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Second Amendment Original Intent | June 28, 2016

For the past two weeks Second Amendment deniers have been reiterating their long disproven claims that the framers of the US Constitution never intended for Americans to have the right to keep and bear arms.

Liberals are usually opposed to the concept of Original Intent because a Constitution that can change as society changes is fundamental to the expansion of civil rights. But on gun rights it’s a different story. In their revisionist rewriting of history the framers original intent was anything but an individual right to keep and bear arms.

We can’t go back and ask the framers what they meant but we can read some of the alternate proposals for a right to keep and bear arms amendment. And these show quite clearly that they intended the right to belong to the people.

George Mason's Master Draft of the Bill of Rights

That the People have a Right to keep and to bear Arms; that a well regulated Militia, composed of the Body of the People, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe Defence of a free State; that Standing Armies in Time of Peace are dangerous to Liberty, and therefore ought to be avoided as far as the Circumstances and Protection of the Community will admit; and that in all Cases, the military should be under strict Subordination to, and governed by the Civil Power.

Ratification of the Constitution by the State of New Hampshire June 21, 1788

Congress shall never disarm any Citizen unless such as are or have been in Actual Rebellion.

Amendments Proposed by the Virginia Convention June 27, 1788

That the people have a right to keep and bear arms; that a well regulated Militia composed of the body of the people trained to arms is the proper, natural and safe defence of a free State. That standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, and therefore ought to be avoided, as far as the circumstances and protection of the Community will admit; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to and governed by the Civil power.

Ratification of the Constitution by the State of New York: July 26, 1788.

That the People have a right to keep and bear Arms; that a well regulated Militia, including the body of the People capable of bearing Arms, is the proper, natural and safe defence of a free State;

Ratification of the Constitution by the State of North Carolina November 21, 1789.

DECLARATION OF RIGHTS

That the people have a right to keep and bear arms; that a well regulated militia composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural and safe defence of a free state. That standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to Liberty, and therefore ought to be avoided, as far as the circumstances and protection of the community will admit; and that in all cases, the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by the civil power.

Amendments Offered in Congress by James Madison June 8, 1789

The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; a well armed and well regulated militia being the best security of a free country: but no person religiously scrupulous of bearing arms shall be compelled to render military service in person.

Amendments Reported by the Select Committee July 28, 1789

A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, being the best security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, but no person religiously scrupulous shall be compelled to bear arms.

Amendments Passed by the House of Representatives August 24, 1789

A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the People, being the best security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed, but no one religiously scrupulous of bearing arms, shall be compelled to render military service in person.

The Address and Reasons of Dissent of the Minority of the Convention of Pennsylvania To Their Constituents

That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and their own state, or the United States, or for the purpose of killing game; and no law shall be passed for disarming the people or any of them, unless for crimes committed, or real danger of public injury from individuals; and as standing armies in the time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be kept up: and that the military shall be kept under strict subordination to and be governed by the civil powers.

The inhabitants of the several states shall have liberty to fowl and hunt in seasonable times, on the lands they hold, and on all other lands in the United States not inclosed, and in like manner to fish in all navigable waters, and others not private property, without being restrained therein by any laws to be passed by the legislature of the United States.

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Ballistics By The Inch | May 17, 2016

Barrel length is a determining factor in a bullets velocity. Generally, the longer the barrel the faster the bullet will be traveling when in exits the muzzle. So short barreled guns sacrifice power for concealability, but how much?

The folks at Ballistics By The Inch tested 23 different calibers in multiple barrel lengths and posted the results.

I’ve taken their data, computed the muzzle energy for each load, and put it in an easy to navigate spreadsheet: https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=AEBCE67226A8F61!9505&authkey=!AMlO7IL07bGPtAM&ithint=file%2cxlsx

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