Quote of the day—Violence Policy Center

In the 1980s, a very significant shift in gun design and marketing occurred: high-capacity semiautomatic (firing one round per trigger pull) pistols became the dominant product line. Looking at the United States, the most lucrative civilian handgun market in the world, prior to the 1980s the most popular handgun design was the revolver, most often containing six shots. In 1980, semiautomatic pistols accounted for only 32 percent of the 2.3 million handguns produced in America. The majority were revolvers. By 1991 this number had reversed itself with semiautomatic pistols accounting for 74 percent of the 1.8 million handguns produced that year.

Violence Policy Center
July 25, 2011
The Glock Pistol: A Favorite of Mass Shooters
[I love it when our opponents make our points for us. What this means is that Glock pistols are protected by the Second Amendment because they are “in common use” (see D.C. v. Heller).

If the VPC and the Brady Campaign people want to ban guns and actually have some chance of success what they should to is go after the guns that might not be protected by the Second Amendment. The guns that might not be protected are the flintlocks, matchlocks, and cap and ball firearms of a century or more ago. That would actually make a certain amount of sense because both the organizations and those type of firearms are only of interest from a historical perspective.—Joe]


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  1. The muzzleloaders would be a problem for the anti rights movement. There are muzzle loader hunting seasons in every state. The feds don’t even consider them firearms. Then there is the antis’ own silly argument– that the founders secured the right to bear 18th century arms, having no idea of the type of arms that would we have today.

    Anyway; they’re worried over the fact that there are such things as design evolution and consumer choice, and that one good guy can now defend himself against more bad guys. But then they would be worried about that of course.

    I wonder if they’re aware that our military abandoned the revolver as the primary sidearm in the very early 20th century, long before the National Firearms Act, and other militaries started using automatics even earlier, or that there were what, millions(?) of automatics floating around in the civilian populations, starting in the late 1800s. Civil War vets bought self loading pistols for personal use, without paperwork, and carried them state-to-state and around the world without so much as a raised eyebrow.

    Of course we are once again marveling at the blithering stupidity and rampant dishonesty of the left, which is something that by now should be taken for granted.

    That the crazy is only going to escalate is also a foregone conclusion, and if we don’t expect it and prepare for it (if we’re ever taken aback or surprised at all by its blatancy) it is because of our own state of denial. We already know where this can and does end up.

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