Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Peak Gun Sales registered through NICS

Background Checks on Gun Sales Most Ever in November -NSSF

Background checks on the sale of firearms reached record levels during the month of November, pointing to a spike in sales for the month. Data from the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) show a 42 percent increase in November firearm purchaser background checks. A total of 1,529,635 checks -- the highest monthly total ever -- were reported for the month, up from 1,079,923 in November 2007. Federal law requires FBI background checks on individuals purchasing firearms from federally licensed retailers. The NICS increase coincides with an increase in federal excise taxes reported by firearms and ammunition manufacturers, another key economic indicator for the firearms industry. Trends such as excise taxes and NICS data are strong indicators of sales patterns; however, they are not actual sales. There is no data source that captures firearms sales by month.

[NOTE: double-click on the image to see the full-size version of the graph; or, go to the link to the NSSF page to see the full article.]

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas from SWMBO and The Geek

I know I haven't been posting much lately, but Life Happens.

Sandie has had a couple of uncomfortable weeks. This week her blood pressure medicine worked too well, and when she had a checkup on Monday it was far too low to be safe. She got treatment then, and tomorrow (Christmas Eve Day) she goes in for another treatment to add fluids to increase her blood pressure to safe levels.

She's not feeling very energetic, but we still plan to celebrate a quiet Christmas in her home with a huge Ham and all the trimmings.

Thank you again to all of you who have been sending us prayers and other quiet support.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Objects which should be outlawed, to preserve the Public Order

It has been a while since I posted a "Blogmeat" article. I've been saving up for a slow news week, and this is one of them.

Here is an attenuated list of inanimate objects which have figured in the news during the past week, and which (according to the standards of the Brady Bunch) should be outlawed because they are, you know "weapons":

This last item is especially forbidding:

FORT SMITH - She's a woman who knows how to protect herself as two men who tried to rob her found out. What they didn't know was the woman is licensed to carry a concealed weapon...and yes, she was packing heat.

"A lady was flagged over Sunday evening about 6 p.m. on the interstate between Kelley Highway and the Arkansas river bridge." Lt. Steve Coppinger with State Police says that two men in a car signaled that the woman was getting a flat tire.

"When she pulled over to check her tires one of those person in that other car got out and attempted to rob her at knife point."

But what the thief didn't expect happened next. Coppinger says the female driver pulled out her handgun.

"She pointed that at her attacker and he backed away, got in the car and they fled."

Imagine the effect on the National Peace if all women were allowed to carry concealed weapons, and ... when assaulted ... were permitted to defend themselves with a firearm.


Something must be done about this. The next thing you know, there will be Death On The Freeways as assaulted women are allowed to defend themselves against ... er .. Predators.

"Investigators say the would-have-been victim was able to turn the tables because she had a concealed carry permit. State police are keeping some details of the investigation close to their vest so they will know when they get the right guys. Right now, officials are saying they believe this to be an isolated incident.

As for advice, Lt. Coppinger says to always pull over in a well-lighted public area. And if you are pulled over by someone you don't know, don't get out of the car. Use your cell phone to call 911 and ask for assistance.

Investigators for the Arkansas State Police are trying to track down the alleged suspects and what's been described as a black Toyota Camry with Oklahoma plates. If you have any information that could be helpful to their investigation, please call Troop H in Fort Smith."

What is this country coming to?