Europe: More Gun Control, More Terrorism

From America’s 1st Freedom:  https://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2017/6/9/europe-more-gun-control-more-terrorism/

Throughout the 20th century, various nations in Europe tightened their controls on guns owned by law-abiding citizens. In many cases, the new controls amounted to bans on entire classes of firearms, licensing and registration requirements for the few firearms that could be owned, rules on storing guns and ammunition, and bans on possessing the guns in public for self-defense, whether said guns were carried openly or concealed.

Britain proved to be a microcosm of this gun control beginning shortly after World War I, when steps were taken to curtail and control the private ownership of firearms.

In 1920, Britain adopted the Firearms Act. As with gun control in the United States, the Firearms Act was an emotionally driven political expediency passed to alleviate fear that weapons from recent battlefields would flood the streets of cities and increase crime. Instead of considering the fact that criminals commit crime with or without battlefield weapons—and law-abiding citizens follow the law without or without battlefield weapons—the British ruling class chose to ban the weapons as a way to ban crime.

The ruling class focused on weapons “designed for the discharge of noxious liquids,” but took the opportunity to pass gun controls that went far behind such weapons as well. For example, they set licensing requirements for gun owners via the issuance of a “firearm certificate [which] shall be granted by the chief officer of police of the district in which the applicate for the certificate resides.” Besides showing that an applicant had the Crown’s permission to own a gun, the certificates showed “the nature and number of firearms” that the holder of the certificate could possess. The certificate also showed how much ammunition the certificate holder could own.

Again, this was in 1920, and gun control only became more stringent moving forward. For example, British Parliament passed the Firearms and Imitation Firearms Bill in 1933, making the possession of a replica gun punishable on par with possession of a real one, unless the replica’s owner could demonstrate a lawful reason for ownership.

Then came the Firearms Act of 1937, followed by World War II and more gun control in the post-war world, which finally culminated in handguns beings virtually banned in the 1990s.

A watershed moment occurred on March 13, 1996, when Thomas Hamilton walked into an elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland, and shot and killed “16 small children … and their teacher in the gym before killing himself.” That attacker complied with all gun controls in obtaining his firearms; he possessed licenses for six guns. But the impotency of gun control did not matter to proponents hungry for more laws, and by October 1996 the BBC could report that “almost all handguns” would be banned in response to the Dublin attack. The Firearms Act of 1997 was passed to implement the ban.

Continue reading at:  https://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2017/6/9/europe-more-gun-control-more-terrorism/

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Dallas Arms Collector’s Show at Dallas Market Hall This Weekend

Well It’s time for the June Dallas Market Hall Show.

We are in our usual spot right next to Lone Star Knife Makers Supplies.
Section Q in the second group of sections. three or four rows from the north wall.

We have some new Microtechs.

Show Hours are:
Saturday:      9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday:         9:00am-4:00pm

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Bloomberg Recruits Authors To Spread Anti-Gun Propaganda

From America’s 1st Freedom:  https://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2017/5/31/bloomberg-recruits-authors-to-spread-anti-gun-propaganda/

by Cam Edwards, Host, NRATV’s “Cam & Co.”
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Moms Demand Action. Everytown Creative Council. And now, the Everytown Authors Council. Michael Bloomberg has opened up a new front in the cultural war on your gun rights, and this time he’s hoping to use the power of the pen to restrict your right to keep and bear arms. More than 100 authors have signed on to a statement of principles in support of the anti-gun agenda:

We believe we have a responsibility to help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people—including convicted criminals, domestic abusers, stalkers, and people with dangerous mental illness.
We believe in gun safety—that we have a responsibility to store guns safely, unloaded and out of the reach of children.

We believe everyone has a role to play in reducing gun violence and that every action, no matter how small, helps bring us closer to a future free from gun violence.

We believe the creative community has an opportunity to use our communication skills and the power of culture to galvanize many more Americans in the gun violence prevention movement.

Considering these are all people who make a living with their writing, you’d think they could come up with something better than this mindless pablum. Oh sure, it sounds so common-sensical, to the point that there’s no mention of any new laws at all, just a desire for less violence. Who could ever be opposed to less violence? The truth is, we all want a more peaceful society. That’s not our disagreement. Instead, the debate is over how best to reduce violence. Second Amendment supporters generally think that targeting criminals works better than new laws aimed at legal gun owners, while gun control activists are far more interested in new gun control laws than increased enforcement in neighborhoods beset by gang and drug violence. In fact, did you notice anything missing from the Everytown Authors Council’s stated goals?

These writers forgot to tell us what they think the punishment should be for breaking their new rules. What do they think should happen if someone breaks one of their rules? And have they really thought about what their good intentions look like once they’ve been translated into legislation? It’s one thing to say certain people shouldn’t be able to get a gun, but there’s a reason why so-called “universal background check” laws have recently been voted down by voters in Maine and by lawmakers in New Mexico. Not only are these laws largely unenforceable, but they also criminalize common transfers of firearms between friends, family, students and instructors. Do these writers really believe that someone should go to prison for loaning a friend a firearm to try out at a range? How about prison for someone loaning a gun to a friend who needs one for self-defense, but may not have the time or financial resources to buy a gun?

Continue reading at:  https://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2017/5/31/bloomberg-recruits-authors-to-spread-anti-gun-propaganda/

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NEW CRKT Knives | Blade Show 2017

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NEW Emerson Knives | Blade Show 2017

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Blade Show 2017 wraps up and I chat with Brian Tighe, who won a very prestigious award this year.

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Blade Show 2017 Kershaw Knives

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