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Massad Ayoob on Guns

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Archive for April, 2012

Massad Ayoob


Thursday, April 26th, 2012

A recent case in the national headlines has revived the debate over “stand your ground” laws, which in essence rescind any retreat requirement and allow innocent crime victims to repel force with appropriate force if attacked in any place where they have a right to be. There has been much confusion with the Stand Your Ground (SYG) principle and other legal rules, such as Castle Doctrine and Presumption of Reasonableness.

This past Monday, I had the privilege of participating in a forum at the headquarters of the libertarian Cato Institute in Washington, DC, addressing this matter.  It can be found here:

It opens with moderator Tim Lynch of Cato Institute giving an overview of the matter. Next, for twenty minutes each, we have historian Clayton Cramer explaining the origin and development of the laws and principles involved in the debate…me explaining why I consider the objections to SYG to each be somewhere between weak and bogus…and Steven Jansen, vice president of a prosecutors’ association, advocating that SYG laws be eliminated.

It’s all very civil, and very much worth an hour of your time, particularly if you keep or carry a firearm for defensive purposes.

(Early on, you’ll also get a reminder why it’s important to turn off your cell phone before people start recording…)

Your comments are very much welcome here.

Massad Ayoob


Friday, April 20th, 2012

With a Florida shooting this past February having become a cause célèbre that has triggered strident demands for more restrictive laws on guns and self-defense, it is a good time to review the history of the “gun control movement.”  The following comes to you from Ann Coulter.  As you read it, you might want to remember that Martin Luther King – a Republican gun owner – was denied the concealed carry permit he requested.

For more on this topic, read “Black Man With A Gun” by my old friend Kenn Blanchard.

Kenn Blanchard, left, with Mas (center) and Steve Denney (right) at SHOT Show.  Kenn’s book “Black Man With A Gun” details the racist beginnings of “gun control” in the US.

Massad Ayoob


Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Well, our likely Republican nominee has completed his address to the National Rifle Association and its members.

Romney’s comments of Friday the 13th reported here

And here:,0,250411.story

The day before Romney and the other heavy hitters spoke at the NRA conference, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran this as their front page headline story:

This was the front page story in St. Louis’ major newspaper when NRA members hit the ground there for the annual meeting.


Mr. (and Mrs.) Romney spent more time discussing women’s issues than gun owners’ civil rights issues with the NRA audience.


Massad Ayoob


Thursday, April 12th, 2012

It has been a week in which national news has been dominated by a couple of issues that impact directly on gun owners’ civil rights.  One of those issues is the fait accompli that Mitt Romney will almost certainly be the Republican candidate for President in the next election.

Romney does not have a good record on gun owners’ issues from my perspective, though he has shown signs of coming more to our side in recent years.  Some see it as strictly a political move on his part, some are more hopeful.

One skeptic on the issue is my old friend Frank James.  There are lots of gun bloggers out there, and Frank’s is one of the few I have on my RSS feed.  Frank has little respect for politicians who are soft on this issue – he refers to Mitt Romney as “Mittens” – and he had this to say in his blog recently:

Like Frank, I’ll be watching and listening with interest when Romney joins several other political powerhouses to address the NRA gathering in St. Louis this coming Friday.  Hopefully, it will be on C-Span or some other venue where the nation can watch, listen, and use their life experience and their own BS detectors to gauge the sincerity of the speakers.

Feel free to comment. I’m particularly interested to hear from Massachusetts readers who lived under Mitt Romney’s governorship from 2003 to 2007.

Massad Ayoob


Friday, April 6th, 2012

We’ve all heard that amusingly hypocritical line, “Lay in a big supply before the hoarders get it all!”  Indeed, we shooters all lived through that in 2008 and for a good time after.  People who feared the Obama administration would make good on the new President’s previously declared wishes to ban assault rifles bought up every AR15 and AK47 clone in sight, and ammo was so scarce people were waiting in line to buy the six measly boxes that WalMart allowed per customer.  Some of those folks in line were gun dealers, who took the six boxes back to their own shops to sell for inflated prices.

Whether you call yourself a survivalist, a prepper, or simply self-reliant, it makes sense to “buy it cheap and stack it deep” when it’s something you need, like food or medicine.  At least in terms of ammo, it’s too late to “buy it cheap,” but since I need a continuing supply of ammunition for training and match shooting, I’m stacking it deep right now myself.  The rumor mill whispers of coming shortages, due partly to the strongly-grounded perception that the Obama administration’s anti-gun leanings will come out of the closet once he’s re-elected. There are also certain other market factors.  Foreign countries fearful of the second term President pulling US troops out of their countries are rumored to be ordering small arms ammo in large quantities from US manufacturers, who have a finite production capacity.

Much has been made of Homeland Security’s recent contract with ATK for 450 million rounds of Federal HST 180 grain hollow point ammo, caliber .40 Smith & Wesson.  I don’t see that as a harbinger of martial law and civil war as some do. Being in law enforcement myself, I’ve seen the severe shortages that have plagued even police agencies in the last several years.  The contract is for up to all those millions of cartridges, and may mean nothing more malignant than that a huge government agency wants a contractual guarantee that they’ll be able to get enough to train and qualify their people, even if their actual deliveries never come close to the top level to which that contract holds the manufacturer.

If you’re a reloader, stock up on components, particularly primers.  Keep both components and loaded ammo in a cool, dry place.  If nothing else, if inflation runs rampant and turns hundred dollar bills into toilet paper, ammo is always worthwhile for barter…

What’s you folks’ take on the situation?

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