Friday, December 4, 2015

A Quick Run Around the Web--December 4, 2015 (Updated)

San Bernardino Terrorist Attack:
While they were originally sold legally, with magazine locking devices commonly known as bullet buttons, the rifles were subsequently altered in different ways to make them more powerful, according to Meredith Davis, a special agent with the ATF.
    The Smith & Wesson rifle was changed in an attempt to enable it fire in fully automatic mode, while the DPMS weapon was modified to use a large-capacity magazine, she said.
      Those alterations made the weapons unlawful under California’s ban on assault weapons, which bans guns with magazines that can detach for quick reloading.
        The state legally allows the sale and ownership of assault weapons that have fixed magazines.
        The illegal conversion to full-auto also was in violation of the National Firearms Act.


        The World In Which We Live:
        • "The fantasy of drafting women."--Dalrock. Some thoughts on the decision to open all combat positions in the U.S. military to women. "Since the goal is to erase the concept of masculine virtues, the new bargain the introduction of women into combat represents isn’t to have women join equally or even seriously in the fighting and dying.  The new bargain is that men will continue to be the ones who fight and die, but they must not feel a sense of masculine pride in either doing this or having this obligation."
        • Related: "Working Class Boys Struggling Across the Anglosphere"--American Interest. "It’s becoming increasingly clear that the popular framing of the relationship between gender and educational advantage in the West—that boys get special privileges while girls are discriminated against—is no longer particularly accurate or useful."

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