Archive for March 2009
I saw a couple posts on the Seattlest group on flickr from a new park; the gentleman opined that this park may well become the new Kerry Park. I agree. The park is so new the signs consist of blue tape and paper:
There isn’t much to do in the park but sit and look at the city; it is all of perhaps twenty feet front to back. I dig the little basalt columns; I thought they were bike racks at first, but they appear to just be.
Smith Tower shows a new (to me) side:
Forturnately, a step or two south improves the view:
Here’s a little pano from the south end of the park; I imagine when the sunsets clear up, this will be heavily populated. Click for a much larger version:
the facts aren’t there. While it is true that many types of firearms can’t be readily converted to reliable full auto, two of the more common – the AR15 platform and the AK47 platform – can be converted with this highly regulated tool:
Right, a $100 drill press. I’ll allow that finding the exact location and size of the single hole you need to drill in each to facilitate the conversion will take a few seconds of googling. I’m also obscuring that you must have a vise and the proper size drill bit. Oh, but you say, you have to have the parts to install and know how to install them; the parts for an ar15 were about $150 pre-Obama (I haven’t priced an LPK, sear, and bolt carrier recently). The parts for an AK47 were free for about a decade; every AK47 parts kit ordered from any reputable vendor came with everything, including the full auto fire control parts. The first step for the homebuilder of an AK-pattern weapon was to toss that jailbait in the trash.
Robb is leading the charge; Tam picked it up today. While it’s true that the conversion isn’t interesting (Robb covers why), in these two cases, it isn’t hard. It doesn’t require a machine shop. To do it legally requires the paying of a lot of fees (FFL, SOT, ITAR); to do it on a small scale, illegally, does not. The conversions are neither difficult nor requiring ultra-precise machine work.
This also sets aside that both platforms have a well-known, no-machining work-around. The AR15 supports the lightning link, the exact dimensions of which are easy to find; the AK47 supports that U-shaped thing without a real name, AFAIK. Neither of these options require modification of the host firearm.
Again, I agree the drumbeat of “OMG FULL AUTO” in the media is idiotic. I also agree that, by definition, any firearm a non-stamp-buying member of the general public may purchase is not readily convertible; the ATFE has decreed it to be so, therefore it is.
I ask you to remember that the federal government couldn’t turn a profit on a bordello; what makes you think they’ll do better with banks, automakers, or insurance companies?
Impossible to live in Washington and not hear about how hard the $9 billion in budget cuts is going to screw over the poor, the kids, the prison system – even Queen Christine, who will have to do without her private aircraft:
The budget even eliminates three King Air turboprop airplanes used by Gov. Chris Gregoire, Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark, the State Patrol and the Department of Corrections. The planes would be sold.
The real issue is, of course, there aren’t many spending cuts; the “cuts” are lower increases against plan:
Which raises a question: What’s being cut if overall spending actually is increasing?
The answer: mostly proposed budget increases.
Amazing – at least the Times come right out and says it.
The new regulations would cost shippers an additional $3.2 billion in 2020, according to the EPA.
Based on what level of inflation? I support the goal, but sitting here in 2009 making financial predictions about 2020 seems perverse. (source)