Take That, You Evil Gun!: Ed Stack, the chairman and CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods, said in a new interview that his company destroyed $5 million worth of semi-automatic rifles after removing them from store shelves last year. Dick’s stopped selling AR-15s after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 but took it a step further after the 2018 Parkland high school shooting, raising the gun purchase age to 21 and banning the sale of high-capacity magazines and assault-style rifles. It was a highly controversial move that Mr. Stack said cost the company “pretty close” to $250 million. “About a quarter of a billion [sic],” Mr. Stack said when asked how much the company lost during a CBS interview aired Sunday. He said the company turned $5 million worth of weapons pulled from store shelves into scrap metal. “I said, ‘You know what? If we really think these things should be off the street, we need to destroy them,’ ” he said. Despite the blow to business, Mr. Stack said he is weighing pulling all firearms from store shelves. “We’ve got the whole category under strategic review to see what we’re going to do with this category,” he said... (I certainly hope that none of the mutual funds in my retirement portfolio hold shares in Dick's. At least these weren't collector-grade guns and I'm sure that those companies still producing them for sales to the general public appreciate the fact that Dick's did not discount them to other retailers.)

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news...s-company-des/

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Not So Tangentially Related: Wisconsin state Rep. Paul Tittl always thought mental illness was something that afflicted other families. But one year, the Republican lawmaker got what he called a triple “smack dab, slap in the face.” In 2013, the maid of honor in Tittl’s wedding committed suicide. Then his cousin committed suicide. Another relative was institutionalized with a serious mental illness that year. Now Tittl has joined the ranks of Republican lawmakers nationwide pushing to expand mental health treatment, a remarkable turnaround for a party that a few years ago was staking its reputation on cutting taxes and starving government budgets. The renewed GOP focus comes as the party, which lost more than 300 state legislative seats last year, has struggled to convince voters it cares about a host of societal challenges, including mass shootings, opioid and methamphetamine abuse, homelessness and surging suicide rates... So far this year, Republican state legislators nationwide have proposed 5,372 bills that mention “mental health,” about twice as many as they sponsored five years ago, according to a Washington Post analysis using Quorum, a database of state and federal legislation. Republican governors in several states have made mental health reform a key component of their legislative agendas. Democratic legislators still sponsor more mental health legislation than their GOP colleagues – about 10,000 bills so far this year. But the number of bills sponsored by Republicans has increased for three consecutive years, according to Quorum... (I'm not persuaded that expanded mental-health programs will have any effect on mass murder. I'll let the Digest's resident psychiatrist weigh in on how likely they would be to reduce the “surging suicide rates.”)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/natio...608_story.html

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More Blather from DC and WaPo: So far this bloody year, about 450 people have been hit by gunfire in the nation’s capital. They were executed, injured or they killed themselves, according to the incidents gathered by the Gun Violence Archive... All these guns – Glocks, Berettas, Walthers galore – are seized every year in a city with some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. That’s what the gun folks like to point out, when they argue that gun laws don’t work, right? But the answer, my friends who would prefer not to get shot, is not really in D.C. It’s in Virginia. Virginia is the Wild West just one traffic-choked bridge away from America’s seat of power. And it’s the source of most of the guns that flood the District’s streets... Liu’s eastern Virginia counterpart at the U.S. attorney’s office, G. Zachary Terwilliger, is prosecuting the gun runners. From July to September, the office arrested four separate gun traffickers who bought dozens of guns in the free-for-all that is Virginia, some of which were later seized in the District. One of their favorite games is to get women to buy the guns for them... So here’s the weird reality, D.C. And it may be controversial to say this, but get in there and influence Virginia’s election. Shout, yell, volunteer with gun safety groups, do everything (but ask Ukraine for help) to convince our neighbors that they have the power to make their state – and our nation’s capital – safer. It’s not the only way [sic] to end gun violence, but it is the best way to end the guns. (I did not have the time to locate comparative data for other cities but I was able to find that 52.8% of households in DC have only one parent present. Much as with illicit drugs, if there weren't a market for illicit firearms in the District, “traffickers” wouldn't e selling them there.)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...b37_story.html

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Smoldering in Oklahoma: A Democratic state representative from Oklahoma City and other advocates for more restrictive gun laws filed a lawsuit Monday challenging a new Oklahoma law that will allow people to carry firearms without a background check or training. State Rep. Jason Lowe sued in Oklahoma County, arguing that the law violates a state constitutional requirement that bills deal with only one subject matter. “This fight is far from over,” Lowe said at a news conference. “We believe this law is dangerous.” ...Lowe and other advocates for tighter gun laws already fell short of gathering enough signatures to send the issue to a vote of the people. In the lawsuit, attorneys for Lowe and the other plaintiffs argue that the bill deals not just with carrying firearms, but also with self-defense, a campus weapons ban, the transportation of firearms, preemption and other subjects. “In short, like the numerous acts of the Legislature that have previously been struck down for violating the single-subject rule, HB 2597 addresses ‘multiple subjects that are not germane, relative and cognate to a common theme and purpose,” the lawsuit states... One of the law’s biggest proponents, Don Spencer, executive director of the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association, said he believes Lowe’s attempt is a last-ditch effort to derail the law and that it will ultimately fail. “We’re considering it kind of a Hail Mary attempt, and we’re confident the attorney general’s office will deal with it appropriately, and constitutional carry will go into effect on Nov. 1, as scheduled,” Spencer said. (I have no insight into applicable case law in Oklahoma but it seems as though all the aspects of the contested bill share a nexus with the lawful use of firearms for personal protection. Do Oklahoma Donks demand separate bills for each component of the state budget? Inasmuch as the costs of training and licensing weigh most heavily on those of low income, Lowe seems to be signaling that it is his own constituents that he wants to keep disarmed in public.)

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news...over-oklahoma/

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Lies, Damned Lies and Polls in Virginia: A majority of Virginia voters support gun control and would prefer to see Democrats in control of both houses of the state legislature, according to a new poll from Christopher Newport University’s Judy Ford Wason Center of Public Policy. Some 53% of voters surveyed said they want Democrats to hold majorities in the two chambers of the General Assembly, compared with 37% who said they want Republicans to maintain control of both. The survey questioned voters on prominent campaign issues including guns, abortion, health care, the minimum wage, transportation spending and education. Barring a few exceptions, Virginia voters supported Democratic positions. For example, some 83% of respondents said they were more likely to choose a candidate who would support a law requiring background checks for all gun purchases in the state. Just over two-thirds of voters surveyed said they would be more likely to back a candidate who supports an assault weapons ban, and a similar number of respondents said they would favor a candidate who supports a $15 minimum wage... The survey of 726 registered voters was conducted in September. Most answers were collected before the U.S. House of Representatives began an impeachment inquiry into President Trump... (I never heard of Christopher Newport University and have no idea how objectively the poll – linked within this article – was conducted. The crucial poll is the one by ballot.)

https://wamu.org/story/19/10/07/virg...se-poll-finds/

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Justice Thomas Update: An unnamed SCOTUS spokesman is being “quoted” as saying that Justice Thomas's current illness is likely the flu.

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Since I've Got Some Space Here: Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. is excited to introduce three configurations of its new Pistol Caliber Carbine (PC Carbine) Chassis model. The standard model of this refreshed PC Carbine boasts an abundance of new features, including a glass-filled polymer chassis system; six-position, telescoping, Magpul MOE buttstock; flared magwell for improved magazine reloading capabilities; ergonomic pistol grip with extended trigger reach; and a factory-installed, barrel-mounted Picatinny rail. Additionally, two 10-round state compliant models are available. One with an adjustable stock and threaded barrel, and the other with a fixed stock and non-threaded barrel. The new, glass-filled polymer chassis system allows for the use of standard AR pistol grips and collapsible buttstocks. The adjustable ghost ring rear sight of the original PC Carbine has been replaced with a factory-installed, barrel-mounted Picatinny rail, which allows for the forward mounting of optics. These new models utilize a CNC-machined, hard-coat anodized aluminum handguard with Magpul M-LOK accessory attachment slots on all four sides for easy mounting of M-LOK-compatible accessories... (The original PC Carbine – with traditional buttsock and forend – limited sound selection of red-dot optics as mounting most offerings on the rail atop the receiver blocked the use of the barrel-mounted rear aperture sight as a backup. The next offerings introduced the M-Lok handguard, expanding the options for mounting accessories. These latest versions finally introduce an adjustable stock, expanding the utility of the gun to a wider range of family members, along with adding a short Picatinny rail where the earlier versions placed the rear sight. Users who wisely opt for backup iron sights for the latest version will need to purchase them for both front and rear.These guns use either Ruger SR pistol magazines or Glock magazines, according to which insert is in the magazine well.)

https://www.ammoland.com/2019/10/rug...hassis-models/