Major Gun Control Victory


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  1. Tod Kelly says:

    I very much agree with this, though I suspect it was meant sarcastically.Report

  2. Mike Schilling says:

    The 2nd Amendment doesn’t say anything about issuing licenses or restricting imports. Where’s the NRA when you need them?Report

    • Zane in reply to Mike Schilling says:

      I’m not familiar enough to be able to say with any certainty, but there’s an argument that the NRA represents the interests of gun owners less than gun manufacturers. If that’s the case, then there might be a certain reluctance to focus on ease of importing weapons.

      I know, it’s all in fun all the way around, but I’d like to know more about how the NRA is viewed by gun-owners and hunting enthusiasts. Could anyone point me to anything useful?Report

  3. Saul DeGraw says:

    Tod already posted about Yee in an off the cuff.Report

  4. zic says:

    From the linked story, there’s this paragraph:

    The charges are particularly shocking given that Yee has been among the state Senate’s most outspoken advocates both of gun control and of good-government initiatives.

    Which seems to be reflected in the NYT’s piece on spite, reporting on research into spite. Toward the bottom, there’s this:

    Omar Tonsi Eldakar of Nova Southeastern University in Florida has studied the link between cooperative behavior and what he calls selfish punishment. “Why is everyone always assuming that it’s the good guys who are doing the punishing?” he asked. “Selfish individuals have more reason than anyone else to want to get rid of other cheaters.”

    The idea of selfish punishment came to him as a biology graduate student who also competed in track and field. “I noticed it over and over again,” he said. “The people who were most vocal against others using performance-enhancing drugs were the ones who were using performance-enhancing drugs.”


    • Jaybird in reply to zic says:

      Eh, I think it’s just as likely that he wanted to keep prices high.Report

      • Glyph in reply to Jaybird says:

        I have to say, if these charges are true, this is a pretty spectacular case of corruption. Like, original-Robocop-villain type stuff.Report

      • Tod Kelly in reply to Jaybird says:

        True story: Since I wrote about the gangster Shrimp Boy, I’m getting emails from a company called Lucky Gunner. They are rebranding some of their ammo “Shrimp Boy Ammo” at close out prices.Report

      • Stillwater in reply to Jaybird says:

        Eh, I think it’s just as likely that he wanted to keep prices high.

        I cant’ tell if your hipsterizing here, but either way it’s not inconsistent with anything zic said.Report

      • zic in reply to Jaybird says:

        That’s the danger of publishing under with a byline. I still get fan mail, hate mail, and the occasional offer so good that you just know there’s a free lunch out there somewhere; usually ending with a sucker.Report

      • Will Truman in reply to Jaybird says:

        @jaybird There’s a Japanese animation that takes place in Chicago that involves a mayoral candidate who is pushing for gun control because he’s actually a big-time gun-runner.

        I don’t think that I’ve ever seen that plot on an American TV show. Drugs, maybe, but not guns.Report

      • Kim in reply to Jaybird says:

        After having one enthusiastic fan show up to his house, my friend-the-writer doesn’t use real names anymore (actually, he wasn’t then, either. dunno how she managed to weasel it out of his publisher). Also, it’s totally awkward when you realize that your 20something fan is older than you are.Report

  5. j r says:

    It’s not often that you come across someone who is a bootlegger and a Baptist.Report

  6. Mike Schilling says:

    There’s a Richard Condon novel called Mile High that portrays Prohibition as a Mafia-generated plan to create new businesses. It’s a very entertaining story until it falls completely apart at the end.Report

  7. Damon says:

    Damnit, I was hoping to get some RPGs and a 7.62MM minigun for my up armored Surburban through those guys.

    I guess I’ll have to go through the ATF, via the Mexicans, now. :pReport

  8. Seems like a we-love-guns-and-throwing-people-in-jail kind of story to me. Feel free to choose your own “we”.Report

  9. Kazzy says:

    Was he a state senator?Report

  10. notme says:

    I’m sorry I’m confused. He is a minority Democrat and is pro-gun control but is corrupt and accused of running guns? This must the work of the Kochs framing him, their invisible hand is everywhere.Report

    • Lenoxus in reply to notme says:

      By saying “minority”, are you trying to make a point out of his being Asian? Like, “Oh, liberals think everyone who isn’t white is a perfect angel, but this sure shows them!”

      Scoring points over his political party makes sense, but why bring race into it in that particular way?Report

      • notme in reply to Lenoxus says:

        I thought his being Asian adds to the irony. Liberals tell everyone that people of color suffer from gun violence more often so he is causing the problem that his liberal friends use to try and take away my 2nd admin rights.Report