Monday, August 8, 2016

August 8, 2016 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

  • "Cracking the Machine Pistol’s Code: Is a Useful Fully Automatic Handgun Possible?"--The Firearms Blog. Nathaniel F. discusses whether it is possible to overcome the primary problem with machine pistols: the ability to control the weapon when firing full auto. He looks at a Colt machine pistol prototype from the 1970's as a possible answer, which overcame the problem with lower recoiling ammunition in .22 caliber. I would also note that the same approach was taken by the developers of the American 180 submachine gun which is, as the video above illustrates, very controllable. It used .22 LR. Some of the comments to the article, however, question whether there is any practical need for a machine pistol. The error, I believe, is a misunderstanding of the various uses of automatic fire; that is, the critics seem to believe that the only purpose of automatic fire is to provide suppressive fire. However, another purpose is, like the shotgun, to put multiple holes in a target with each pull of the trigger. The advantage that a machine pistol (or submachine gun, for that matter) has over a shotgun is (1) it shoots projectiles that are ballistically superior to buckshot, (2) it is more compact, and (3) has less felt recoil. In that regard, if it were not for the NFA and the ban on production of new civilian automatic weapons, I believe that there would be a fairly strong market for machine pistols and submachine guns for personal defense.
  • The wages of sin socialism:
  • "Hunger haunts Venezuela, especially its children"--Miami Herald. "Malnourished children who faint in class. Children who, in the worst cases, die from hunger, their bodies nothing but skin and bones, the outlines of their ribs visible. Images like those have become common in Venezuela, where critical food shortages are pushing hundreds of thousands of children under a blanket of misery and hunger more often seen in the poorest countries in Africa."
Teachers sell passing grades to students in exchange for milk and flour. Lines at government stores are endless and an entire economy has been built on buying and trades spots on food lines. Fingerprint scanners are used to enforce milk rations. And a heavy military police and military presence is required to stop mobs of starving people from grabbing the food as soon as it arrives. 
    The military elite receive special food privileges. In a country where bread and butter have become distant memories for many, the guns used to oppress the Venezuelan people are paid for with butter. And the people are fighting back. The government calls its crackdown on starving people “Operation People’s Liberation”. The people however want to be liberated from their socialist liberators. 
      When the Socialist regime responded to electoral defeats by rigging the Supreme Court and arresting the free market opposition, the street battles intensified. The “Liberators”, who have the luxury of eating butter with their bread, are fighting hungry men and women in the streets of cities. And sometimes it’s the socialist “liberators” who are forced to retreat from the true people’s liberators. 
        While the socialists route food through the United Socialist Party of Venezuela’s CLAP committees to their own supporters, ordinary Venezuelans are hunting pigeons, and even dogs and cats in the capital. 

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