Sunday, April 29, 2018

Good piece on the subject of prepping,

and why, from a stormwater hydrologist:
The Surprisingly Solid Mathematical Case of the Tin Foil Hat Gun Prepper
Or, “Who Needs an AR-15 Anyway?”

With a nice bit that touches on the virtue-signaling gun vandals and hoplophobes:
...Most recently, we had some guy cut his own AR-15 in half on Youtube, to thunderous applause. Don’t mischaracterize my position. If Mr. Pappalardo thought that he might be prone to murdering someone with his rifle, or more statistically likely — purposely killing himself with it, then he should absolutely sell or destroy it. But if he isn’t going to do either of those things, all he must do to ensure it doesn’t hurt anyone is not shoot anyone with it. He could leave it in his attic with a couple of cans of ammunition, just in case something horrible does transpire where he might actually need it. There are certain things in the world you’d rather have and not need, than need and not have. And paramount among those things, given the state of the modern human condition, is a rifle.


Toastrider said...

Ah, this is the same guy who crunched the numbers and pointed out that firearms do not increase or decrease violence (I actually do not mind that result, as it's basically a 'win by default' for us pro-self-defense types).

Good to see he's still pushing some common sense.

markm said...

There's also a woman who made a You Tube of sawing an AR-15 in half, and both of them made a mistake from basic ignorance of how the gun works. Rather than cutting through the thick, bulgy parts (receiver or chamber), they cut in front of the bulge - that is, through the barrel. That leaves a short-barreled rifle that can still be fired, although the gas port is gone so it will have to be cocked with the charging handle each time. The barrel is very short so it won't get much muzzle velocity, but it _is_ a functioning Short Barreled Rifle, which is grossly illegal.

I don't expect the ATF to prosecute these people for their ignorance - but the trouble is, they will prosecute others for similar mistakes, and even for filling out a form wrong. They are choosing to prosecute or not on political grounds.