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Inside Story

by on Jul.31, 2014, under Art, History, Technology, Weapons

Sir Thomas Overbury wrote in 1613: "All the carnall beauty of my wife, Is but skin deep." renaissance-nude-lead We don't know anything about Overbury's wife, but we've always heard that it's what's inside that counts. Gun deaths have  declined 49% since 1993, nevertheless the extensive and shocking press coverage has polarized the United States on the subject of gun violence. gun_control030413 Scientists and engineers, in addition to gun enthusiasts, can understand the beauty of the designs behind certain firearms. They are machines, designed by brilliant minds of their times, and their esthetics often reflect the thought that goes to what lays inside. gunshop_1900 These x-rays by artist Nick Veasey turn these ominous looking weapons into fascinating art. The Smith & Wesson .44 revolver sw_44_l veasey-sw44 Walther PPK ppk_silenced_2 veasey-waltherppk Magnum Research Desert Eagle magde veasey_deserteagle Mauser C96 mauc96mag   veasey_mauserc96 Franchi SPAS 12 Shotgun SPAS 12 veasey_spas12   Anschutz 1418 Riflean1418ST   veasey_anschutz M1 Garand M1_Garand veasey_m1garand     Thompson M1928 "Tommy Gun" Thompson-M1928 veasey_thompsonm1 MG42 MG42 veasey_mg42 M14 M14 veasey_m14 M16 w/ M23 Grenade Launcher M2031 veasey-m16 M60 M60GPMG veasey-m60 H&K UMP-9 hk_ump-9 veasey_hkump

Gun X-rays © Nick Veasey

The x-ray pictures make these menacing weapons look intriguing and non-threatening. They become art.


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Over A Barrel

by on Jan.26, 2013, under Crime, Culture, History, Recreation, Weapons

However you interpret it, the right to bear arms is enshrined in the Constitution of the United States. With the British violations of civil rights before and during the American Revolution still fresh in the minds of the citizens of the new country, certain rights were amended to the Constitution to ensure that they wouldn't be subject to the same tyranny from their own new government. gunfetus Some consider it to be a birthright. Kids have fond memories of their first hunting or assault rifle.


Entire families participate in shooting activities.


Gun owners in the US don't all hunt or keep firearms for self-protection. Shooting is a recognized sport, and there are a number of shooting events in the Olympics. There are training programs to teach kids safety and marksmanship. 200323586-001 Some of the programs are sponsored by the government. paleskids-ak47 What it really comes down to is that it's no different than any other sport or potentially dangerous recreational activity. Motorcycle riders, skydivers, ATV's... as a society we recognize that people are entitled to engage in risky behavior if they choose, and we expect them to pay the consequences if they exceed their boundaries.


  shootingsfun68 On April 19, 1995, a truck bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring 500. Many of the victims were children. It was the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil up to then. No guns were involved. Not a single shot was fired. okc-bombing_3
All of the materials used to build the bomb were legally obtained. Nobody deemed it practical or reasonable to make it illegal to buy diesel fuel, fertilizer, or rent a truck.
The twin towers of the World Trade Center were brought down by terrorists armed with box cutters. The government's reaction was to curtail rights to privacy and freedom for law-abiding citizens. We've had to learn to live with warrantless wiretaps, "extraordinary rendition", and "Homeland Security", an Orwellian sounding organization that could have come out of the Nazi or Soviet states. The TSA performs intrusive searches and infants and the disabled, while letting Richard Reid board with bombs in his shoes, and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab take flight with an underwear bomb.
At one time we were certain we knew what constituted an assault weapon. The most important distinguishing feature was automatic fire. But Congress believes that adding an adjustable buttstock or pistol grip, which make the weapon more manageable, or a shroud to protect your hand from the heat of the barrel, or a flash hider to help you maintain your night vision make your hunting rifle into an assault rifle. None of these additions change the fundamental way the rifle shoots but Congress believes that making them illegal will save lives.
Here's a stock Saiga AK Sporter rifle. It's made by Izhmash Arms, the premiere manufacturer of AK-47's in Russia.
And here's the same rifle dressed for prom. It looks like something you'd see in Call of Duty, but outside of esthetics, it's the exact same rifle. Under the current proposals, the sport style rifle might remain legal, while the tactical model wouldn't.
Mass killings didn't come with the invention of the assault rifle. A determined killer will find the means. The deadliest school killing in US history was in 1927, at an elementary school in Bath, Michigan. A school board member named Andrew Kehoe, wired the building with dynamite.
The school exploded at 8:45 a.m. on May 18, 1927. It was determined later that a short circuit prevented the ignition of 500 pounds of dynamite and a few sacks of gunpowder, otherwise there would have been more damage.
After the initial blast, Kehoe loaded his truck with additional explosives and drove to the school. Thirty minutes after the initial attack, while conversing with the superintendent, he detonated the truck bomb, killing himself, the superintendent, and a few others. Kehoe’s actions killed 45 people, 38 of whom were children.
In Newtown, Connecticut, Sandy Hook School killer Adam Lanza used an AR-15, a semi-automatic replica of the military M16 assault rifle to kill 26 people, including 22 kids. Firearm opponents want to limit the number of rounds a magazine can hold to 10, 7, or even 5.
Adam Lanza had 30-round magazines, It was reported that all of the magazines recovered contained at least 15 rounds. Even if they were fully loaded initially, smaller magazines wouldn't have reduced the carnage.
A school shooting in Dunblane, Scotland resulted in the deaths of 16 five and six year old children, along with their teacher. Shortly after 9 a.m. on March 13, 1996, Thomas Hamilton, a 43-year-old former Scout leader, burst into the gymnasium of a primary school in the tranquil Scottish town and started shooting.
There was a huge public reaction in Scotland, and a highly successful public campaign against gun ownership. The change in UK public sentiment regarding firearms began nine years earlier in Hungerford, Berkshire when 27-year-old Michael Ryan decided to have a day out in Savernake Forest. He took along two rifles, including a fully automatic AK-47, and a pistol. As he neared the entrance to the forest, he shot Sue Godfrey just as she was putting her children in the car to leave.
By the end of his rampage, he had shot and killed 16 people, wounded several others, killed his mother, set her house on fire, and ultimately killed himself.
Within a year and a half of the Dunblane massacre, UK lawmakers had passed a ban on the private ownership of all handguns in mainland Britain, giving the country some of the toughest anti-gun legislation in the world.
Although sport shooters were angry, England doesn't have the same kind of gun culture as the United States and many thousands of weapons were voluntarily surrendered after each of those incidents. All small-bore pistols, including the .22 caliber, were included in the ban, along with rifles used by target shooters. Penalties for anyone found in possession of illegal firearms range from heavy fines to prison terms of up to 10 years.
How effectively would such a ban work in the United States? At the time of the UK ban, there were about 200,000 registered handguns in England, most owned by sport shooters. It's estimated that there are over 270,000,000 modern weapons in circulation in the United States.
In Antoine de Saint Exupéry's Le Petit Prince, the young hero encounters a king, who rules over his tiny planet. He tolerates no disobedience, and insists that his authority must be respected. pp-king

"I should like to see a sunset . . . Do me that kindness . . . Order the sun to set . . ."

"If I ordered a general to fly from one flower to another like a butterfly, or to write a tragic drama, or to change himself into a sea bird, and if the general did not carry out the order that he had received, which one of us would be in the wrong?" the king demanded. "The general, or myself?"

"You," said the little prince firmly.

"Exactly. One must require from each one the duty which each one can perform," the king went on. "Accepted authority rests first of all on reason. If you ordered your people to go and throw themselves into the sea, they would rise up in revolution. I have the right to require obedience because my orders are reasonable."

"Then my sunset?" the little prince reminded him: for he never forgot a question once he had asked it.

"You shall have your sunset. I shall command it. But, according to my science of government, I shall wait until conditions are favorable."

"When will that be?" inquired the little prince.

"Hum! Hum!" replied the king; and before saying anything else he consulted a bulky almanac. "Hum! Hum! That will be about--about--that will be this evening about twenty minutes to eight. And you will see how well I am obeyed!"

How would gun owners in the United States react? Some gun buyback operations have gotten hundreds of weapons off the streets.


But many of the weapons aren't operational or complete anyway, and nobody believes that criminals brought their weapons for disposal.


Even if the government were to prohibit ownership of firearms, they are likely to discover more disobedience and less respect for authority than they would like. Our impression of the British in the US is that they politely queue for buses, and always mind the gap in the Underground. They respect law and order. And they have strict laws against private gun ownership. Simon Berni was renovating his uncle's house in the village of Dinas Powys, near Cardiff, when he encountered a false wall. berni1 After breaking it open, he discovered some items wrapped in newspapers from March 1996, just a few days after the Dunblane massacre. berni5 There was a stash of more than 30 shotguns and pistols, as well as hundreds of rounds of ammunition. berni2 They were all greased for storage and well-wrapped. berni4 One set of guns was found hidden in a space behind a wall heater. Another was discovered behind a drywall panel. berni3 Police believe that the guns were unregistered, and the owner hid them rather than turning them in when the strict new firearms laws took effect. berni7 He is thought to have died after concealing the firearms without having told anybody about them. berni8 Mr. Berni commented that he "was shocked because there weren't any bricks in the wall but a lot of shotgun barrels and hand guns. They obviously belonged to somebody who knew what they were doing as they were all greased and beautifully wrapped up in newspaper." dinas1 Police were called in to carry out a search with sniffer dogs to be sure they've found all the guns. dogs-guns
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Open Season

by on Dec.30, 2012, under Animals, Food, Weapons

Illinois has some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation. If you're determined to bring home a fresh Thanksgiving turkey, but you're in an urban area, you might have to find an alternative method.

This hunter used a 2.2L 4-cylinder to take down his bird.

A friction fit was used to secure the kill to the front of the vehicle, but we would recommend straps, and to keep it away from the heat of the engine while in transport.

Finally, this turkey is actually a vulture.

Hunting without the proper knowledge and equipment can be hazardous. If you're going out for the first time, start with something small.

This hunter was out looking for rabbit.

He was apparently confused by the big ears and mistook this baby moose for his intended prey.

The outcome wasn't good for either the car or the moose.

So remember to keep it safe by using a gun. A car is dangerous in the wrong hands.

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Take Your Best Shot

by on Apr.08, 2012, under Animals, Nature, Recreation, Technology, Weapons

A lot of people see something in National Geographic or on the Nature Channel and feel the romance of being a nature photographer. A love of wildlife is paramount, and you have to be comfortable working in a lot of different environments, some merely unpleasant and some downright dangerous. And there's the danger of looking like a dork. You don't bring a camera to a gunfight.

If you're hoping to shoot a lion, it's not going to feel threatened by a camera.

Brothers Randall and Michael Gregg say they came up with the idea of the hunting camera after failing to shoot a deer on a recent trip. The day after deer hunting season finished, they spotted an animal and instead took a picture through the rifle’s scope. The pair said this inspired their prototype rifle. "The rifle scope with crosshairs serves as the camera lens which is able to zoom in on intended subject and date/time stamp the shot," they say on the website they have set up to raise funds for the project. Surprise your friends and family. Imagine their expression when they learn that you're just taking a photo. Because it's a camera and not a war toy, you can let your children play with them without guilt.
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Getting the Point

by on Jul.01, 2011, under Health, Kids, Recreation, Weapons

The NRA guidelines for safe weapons handling are common sense. Here are two of them: 1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. This is the primary rule of gun safety. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage. The key to this rule is to control where the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances. 3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use. Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and looking into the chamber(s) which should be clear of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does. Lewis Tavernier, 17, had taken his crossbow to a friend’s house in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, and put the safety catch on before carefully placing it on a nearby desk. He left an 8" crossbow bolt loaded. As Lewis was chatting with his friend, the crossbow inexplicably fired into his face from only three feet away. He ended up with a punctured muscle and fractured cheekbone, but the arrow missed killing or critically injuring him by 2 mm. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2009774/Is-arrow-face-Er--yes-Boy-17-lucky-alive-crossbow-fires-bolt-face-freak-accident.html Lewis is expected to recover in six months.
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Girls Field Strip AR-15 and Boy-11

by on Jun.07, 2011, under Crime, Education, Family, Games, Kids, Media, Nature, Parenting, Pornography, Recreation

McKenzie is an 11 year old girl. Her father says she's a "damn good cook" and makes mashed potatoes that melt in your mouth. She can also field strip an AR-15 in under a minute. She's said to be popular with the boys in her class, especially when she sends notes asking "Do you like me?" [ ] Yes [ ] No She hasn't received a single negative response since the video was posted. While McKenzie was practicing her field stripping skills, so were three 13 year old girls from Dunbar Middle School in Fort Myers, Fl. Their victim was an unidentified 11 year old who attended Ray Pottorf Elementary School.

"He stopped to chat with a friend, and they thought it would be funny." said the boy's mother. While one girl records the assault, two of the 13 year old girls attacked the boy, knocking him to the ground. One of the girls held him down by his arms, while the other pulled off his bathing suit. The boy is heard frantically asking them to stop. The event was posted to Youtube. The boy's mother first heard about it when her older son told her that friends at school showed him the video. "Nobody cares, nobody cares," the mother said. "If this was my son doing it to a little girl there would have been lights and sirens at my door." The police report taken Tuesday described the incident twice as a "prank" and says "police incident closed." The original video was posted on Youtube, but has been removed. The broadcast image has been blurred to protect the identity of the victim. http://www.fox4now.com/story/14821011/11-year-old-stripped-naked-bullied-on-video
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Playing with Fire – Sentry Safes Suck

by on Oct.21, 2010, under Consumer, Crime, Health, Miscellaneous, Weapons

It was predicted that the computer age would bring about a paperless society when we wouldn't need hard copy documents for anything, but the need for paper documents has actually increased. Our society has become more security conscious. Children are issued a social security number right after birth.  You need a passport to visit Canada or Mexico.  Employers are required to see your original social security card in many cases to be sure you're a legal resident.  So you need to protect those papers. They can be destroyed in an instant. A house fire is reported in the United States every 90 seconds. The most common way to protect your documents and personal property is with a fire resistant safe. You can get 30 minutes, 1 hour, or two hours of protection for a reasonable price. The safes are designed to keep the temperature below 385 degrees for at least the rated time so your papers don't char and other items aren't damaged.

Other things commonly kept in home safes are guns and jewelry. To keep your property safe, it's not just fire you have to worry about. A poorly designed safe, such as Sentry brand, will do more damage to your property than fire. Expert safe technician Terry Andreasen explains: Sentry safes are wet poured when they are filled with their fire retardant material and not all of them are baked or allowed to dry completely prior to being sold.  This causes two immediate problems the first being mold or mildew on your documents the second being rust.

It even warns you in the manual that comes with the safe, though you really have to squint to read it, and it downplays the danger. Here it is enlarged.

I added a couple of pounds of Silica Gel (a desiccant) and refreshed it occasionally, but it didn't make any difference.  Anita S., Sentry's Customer Care Representative told me: "We do realize that you were using silica gel packets in your unit.  However, we do not know the brand or if instructions were on the label on the packets you were using.  The packet that is included with our product does have instructions on it for refreshing to be used again." Sentry was unable to tell me why their Silica Gel was special.  I still wouldn't eat it. I followed instructions for the most part.  I stored most of the papers in sealed plastic bags but they still got moldy. Even the cash I sealed in plastic bags got moldy. There are key hooks on the door, so it should be appropriate to use for keys.

But they corroded.  As did a valuable heirloom. The manual warns you not to store items that need to be secure because it's a fire-resistant safe, not a burglar resistant one.  But the only other caution is that you should "open your unit periodically to avoid moisture accumulation."  There are no warnings about the high-maintenance nature of Sentry safes.

Nice box design belies the awful quality of the contents

Anita S, Sentry Customer Care Representative, suggests these extra steps to keep your items from being damaged:

"We suggest that you open the safe at least once every two weeks for approximately 20 minutes. To alleviate any musty odor, we suggest that you periodically remove the items from the safe and wipe the interior with a mixture of baking soda and water and allow to completely dry." If this extra care is needed to keep my possessions safe, then it ought to say so on the box and in the instruction manual.  But then nobody would buy these crappy Sentry products. So how can you protect your important papers and valuables?  Buy another brand.  For only a little more, you can get a safe from Meilink, FireKing, or Mesa that will not destroy your valuables, and doesn't require frequent cleaning and disinfecting to do the job you bought it for. I own Meilink and Mesa fire resistant safes, and use a FireKing safe and none of them have the problem that Sentry safes have. Check out the selection and prices at http://www.authoritysafes.com.

Don't buy a Sentry safe.  You'll regret the damage to your possessions and their awful customer service.

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