New Zealand “Buyback” Report: 38,192

Previous reports


Kiwis, by and large, are still not giving up their property to authorities who have failed to protect them.

Here are last month’s numbers in comparison to the latest NZP official numbers.

10-29-2019
Cat A banned: 26,095
Cat E banned: 4,408
Total: 30,503
Program cost is averaging NZ$2037.22 per firearm (up)
Estimated total cost at NZ$488,932,983 (up)

11-28-209
Cat A Banned: 32,470
Cat E banned: 5,722
Total: 38,192
Program cost is averaging NZ$2042.73 per firearm (up)
Estimated total cost (assuming complete compliance) at NZ$490,255,200 (up)

Running Compliance total: 15.9% (using last .gov estimate of 240,000 firearms)

However, they are now reporting modified firearms, as well: 1,421; which raises compliance to 16.5%.

Cat E compliance: 39.5% (using estimate of 14,500 firearms). Over 60% of registered owners of registered Cat E firearms are not complying yet.

Projection: They are averaging 3.3% compliance per month, for 5 months. I guesstimate 19.8% final compliance if rates remain steady.

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Philly Machinegun FOIA

Philly police have been telling the media that 2yo Nikolette Rivera was killed with an “AK-47,” “automatic rifle,” and “assault rifle.” When I asked PPD if they were sure it was an AK-47, and not a semi-automatic variant…

“we are unable to accommodate your request.”

I sent them a formal FOIA request this morning. I won’t be surprised if they blow me off again. In which case, I’ll need to track down a PA attorney who’ll help me out pro bono.

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Demon Summoning 101

Via David Codrea, I ran across an interesting little “children’s” book, A Children’s Book of Demons (paid referral link).

Don’t want to take out the trash tonight? Maybe you’re swimming in homework? Perhaps that big bully is being a real drag? Well grab your coloured pencils and sigil drawing skills and dial up some demons! But be careful, even if these spirits are more silly than scary they are still demons.

I have to admit, while I haven’t read it (it’s out of stock), I disapprove. It might even be a funny read. For grownups.

But this book is marketed for “Age Range: 5 – 10 years.” I think the last thing parents should be encouraging in small children is the idea that they can and should be calling up evil beings to prank and torment people just for the hell of it, without consequences.

Not that I think there’s a danger of kids actually summoning demons. I’d be vert surprised if any of those “spells” is at all effective. But I really don’t want them taking the concept and applying more effective summonings. Because there are some.

Here’s one:

Material Component: One cash-purchased, pre-paid cell phone.

You’ll need the true name and location of your target. Then you “dial up” 9-1-1, and speak the magical incantation:

Yeah, yeah. This is [target’s true name]. I just killed them all! And when the effing cops get here, I’ll get them, too. ‘Cause I’m tired of their shit, harassing me all the damned time.

911: Sir, what is your location?

You know where I’m at! Your cops are always watching me. Now I’m watching back.

911: Sir, I need your address.

I’m at [target’s address], and you know it!

And demons promptly appear and wreak your vengeance on the poor sucker.

That’s why I disapprove of the book. It teaches kids that inflicting the forces of evil on other folks, without placing themselves at risk — no consequences — is just clean fun.

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Sunnuvagun, it looks like there was a conspiracy.

OK, this is just based on Breitbart reporting, so take it with a grain of salt. But they do seem to be linking to plenty of supporting documents.

  • Vindman wrote up talking points for the Ukraine call, including the “incriminating” quid pro quo stuff.
  • Trump didn’t use the quid pro quo point in the call.
  • Vindman then added the quid pro quo stuff to the phone call memo, as if Trump had used it.
  • Vindman admitted to telling two people about the allegedly incriminating call.
  • Schiff-for-brains stopped questions about who Vindman told because that would out the “whistleblower.”
  • We already know that the “whistleblower” coordinated with Schiff’s office (possibly Schiff personally), and filed his complaint using brand new rules that allow hearsay.
  • Schiff opens an impeachment inquiry based on the fabricated evidence.

That sounds a lot like a concerted plan to fabricate and plant evidence to impeach the sitting President.

They should have just rolled with the impeachable offense Trump brags on. If the Republicans had balls, they could have Schiff‘s on a platter, if this is accurate.

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You’d think the AJC would have learned by now

…so I assume it’s deliberate.

Remember last year, when the Atlanta Urinal-Constipation claimed a reporter built an assault rifle (and even claimed it was legal to sell them “with no identifying marks”)?

After I slipped the ATF a little note, and tipped off reporter Ken Foskett that he and his Channel 2 buds Wade and Regan had just confessed to a major felony, they… gradually corrected the story to reflect that it wasn’t actually, you know, an assault rifle. “Gradually,” because they changed the headline, but forgot to change the graphic. And the HTML header. And the URL.

So you’d think AUC would know the difference between an AR-15 and an assault rifle.

Nope. They ran a poll and asked:

Do you favor or oppose banning assault rifles like the AR-15 and the AK-47?

I’ll grant that the AK-47 is an assault rifle. But aside from a few that got grandfathered in, they’ve been mostly banned since May, 1986. The AR-15 isn’t an assault rifle at all.

And let me preemptively head off their inevitable counter: This was a Georgia poll. In Georgia there is no such thing as an “assault weapon” either. And those jurisdictions that do define “assault weapon” all do so differently.

So the Urinal-Constipation is deliberately asking a a biased, invalid question, designed to mislead respondents, just to generate so numbers that make it look like a majority favors a gun ban.

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