Four Reasons Replica Firearms Training Fails

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Words of Wisdom:

“In recent years it has been suggested that the Second Amendment protects the “collective” right of states to maintain militias, while it does not protect the right of “the people” to keep and bear arms. If anyone entertained this notion in the period during which the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were debated and ratified, it remains one of the most closely guarded secrets of the eighteenth century, for no known writing surviving from the period between 1787 and 1791 states such a thesis.” – Stephen P. Halbrook, “That Every Man Be Armed”, 1984


John Lott

John Lott

John Lott digs into VPC stats

In our first bit of news, John Lott lays waste to Violence Policy Center arguments, by way of statistics.  Lott notes how VPC triple counts the murders they include as committed by concealed carry holders.

Anti-gun Lawyer caught at the airport with handgun

David Malik, an attorney known for his anti-gun stance, was arrested for having a concealed handgun in his carry on luggage.  Interestingly, Malik also was the original attorney for Tamir Rice.

A good reason to be Armed while at homeWhite_Walkers

An Idaho manhunt ended with a homeowner shooting the escaped convict.  The homeowner found the escapee on his property, called 911, and then was forced to shoot him as the man approached him after being ordered not to move.  He was taken back into custody.  John notes the escapee’s appearance, and things get a little weird.

ATF: Policy changes don’t have to be published in the Federal Register

David Codrea reports that ATF’s ammo ban proposal isn’t going to be published in the Federal Register.  Codrea quotes the spokesperson that this “will not actually be a change, more of a policy along those lines.”  It is a little frightening to consider that a ban on commonly used ammunition doesn’t even amount to rulemaking, according to the ATF.

Replica Firearms Identification Training… What?

John & Mike discuss Massad Ayoob’s opinion piece, which discusses plans to offer police officers training to aid them in recognizing replica firearms.  There are several weaknesses to this idea that Massad identifies in his article.

  1. An exact copy, by definition, is indistinguishable from the real item
  2. Real criminals may use replicas
  3. Real criminals may disguise real guns as replicas, in order to gain an advantage
  4. Real guns now come in an assortment of colors 

Reading more than Headlines

We round out the show with a discussion on some trends we see in how people consume news in social media, or online generally.  There is a tendency by many to not read past the headline of an article or post.  Somehow, these people are able to generate fully formed opinions as well.  In addition, it is sometimes difficult for authors of posts to be fully informed on their topics sometimes.  John cites an example from the past week where he was frustrated by this phenomena.

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John is founder of NJ SAFE Conference and is primarily responsible for the production of our events. He grew up shooting and hunting in Minnesota, and moved to New Jersey in 2002 after serving in the US Marines. John is focused on education, holding a Master's degree and pursuing a Ph.D.