Saturday, July 30, 2016

Further demonstration of why anything most media says about guns

needs fact-checking: they don't know their ass from a hole in the ground.
A British tabloid made an embarrassing error Friday, writing a hysterical piece that incorrectly reported the Defence Ministry had paid hundreds of millions of pounds to buy a five-inch-long gun.
“We just blew £183m on a five-inch gun, but it’s ‘a good value for taxpayers,’” read the outraged headline from The Daily Star. The subheadline also reinforced that the author believed the gun was literally five inches, calling it “the length of a toothbrush.”
The only problem? Five-inch guns are named after their caliber, not their length. They shoot munitions that are five inches in diameter, meaning the guns themselves are necessarily huge.

Remember, every time the gun bigots start screaming about castle doctrine and 'stand your ground' laws being horrible, this is what they want to happen here:
In April, a 35-year-old man from Hyvink√§√§, a town just 50km north of the Finnish capital, Helsinki, heard a knock on the front door of his suburban house and rushed to open it. As soon as he unlocked it, three strangers rushed in and launched at him, toting baseball bats and a gun. The man retreated to the kitchen, where he found a knife and with it was able to overpower the intruders, two men and one woman.
The homeowner has been convicted of “excessive self-defense and attempted manslaughter, Helsinki news reports. He will serve an unconditional sentence for four years and two months, which he has to spend in prison. The man also has to pay damages to his attackers, with the fine totaling €21,000 (US$23,000). The newspaper does not provide information on the severity of injuries sustained by the home-invaders, however, it is known that they survived the event.

The attackers were also convicted for felony home invasion and assault, yet their punishments are much less harsh.
Much like the British mess of 'defend yourself, even in your home, with too much force, and you go to jail'.  Disgusting.

Snopes has been caught playing games before; apparently they don't mind throwing away their reputation.  Either that or they'll just insist "There were flags at SOME point, so it's good!"

So he's standing across the street, taking video, and because he mouths off you arrest him?  This kind of crap does NOT help the situation, guy.

Yes, I do understand you're sick of clowns like this 'anti-violence activist' calling you Uncle Tom; still not a good thing to do.


mark leigh said...

The enforcers always try to work in the dark, It gives them cover.When someone objects to being recorded he is trying to hide something and this type of reaction by the police is far too common. At least with live-streaming they can't destroy all of the evidence.

Knitebane said...

"The only problem? Five-inch guns are named after their caliber, not their length. "


Five inch guns are named after their bore diameter. When you speak of a five inch gun and include 'caliber' the caliber refers to the length of the barrel in multiples of the bore diameter.

So a 5"/50 caliber gun has a bore of 5" and a barrel length of 250".

When speaking of small arms then yes, caliber is the bore diameter. But a 5" gun isn't a small arm.

Firehand said...

Unless compared to, say, the Iowa main guns.

'Course, just about ANYTHING is small compared to those.