If I had written that book…

Blog (and Facebook) friend Mike W. made the observation that the movie based on John Grisham’s The Runaway Jury was changed; that is, they changed the company being sued from a tobacco company to a gun manufacturer. I know well that the idea for suing the latter came from the suits against the former, and from what I remember the book was full of anti-tobacco propaganda; however, I still wonder why (if indeed he did) Grisham allowed the filmmakers to make that change. If it’d been my book there wouldn’t have been enough money in the world to get me to let them do that.What an ugly change, especially after A Time to Kill. No doubt they’d have made much of the “easy availability” of full-auto M-16s…

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  1. southtexaspistolero Says:

    Boomer Lad (207.235.20.43)
    Well, truthfully, FA is easier to do than select or Semi, as far as self-loader designss, simpler than mountain bikes with 21 gears and disc brakes. I told a friend of mine who writes one of the Gun Rights Examiners about that and he said “Thanks Tom. Now The Brady Campaign will want to outlaw bicycles…” and then I got bored and did some sketches of a gatling type fire support weapon powered by bicycle like on Gilligan’s Island and Chi-Com bicycle type field generators, just because it made me giggle. Wouldn’t even be NFA, because pedals and cranks are not “multiple rounds fired by one pull of the trigger” as there’s no trigger to be pulled. Funny how the law works both ways at times, isn’t it?

    Every AR in the world is a very tiny bit of work away from being an M-16 iffin you don’t mind comitting a felony and have half a brain.

    Of course, I reckon that people who habitually commit felonies don’t much care about that law…

    So all NFA rules do is keep people that are unlikely to murder anybody with an M-16 from recreationally using M-16s unless they are wealthy…

    Lots of hard core anti-gun politicians are actual NFA owners, no joke. Because they are “better than you”.

    Like Barbara Boxer having a concealed permit in the unlikeliest part of California to ever get one…

    Funny Whirled, ain’t it?
    August 30, 2010, 9:51:40 PM CDT – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    thepistolero (71.21.100.23)
    gatling type fire support weapon powered by bicycle like on Gilligan’s Island and Chi-Com bicycle type field generators

    Dude, I WANT ONE. In 7.62 NATO. As for antis and NFA weapons, for some reason that evokes the image of Chuck Schumer with the Uzi (or was it an MP5?) and the shit-eating grin on his face. If there were any justice he’d have been staring down the other end.
    August 31, 2010, 6:39:00 AM CDT – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    Boomer Lad (207.235.20.43)
    One more NFA rant from BL:
    The receiver or frame of a firearm is the part that contains the BOLT not the fire control group, unless it’s an AR/M rifle, and then it’s the lower, partially because the initial Colts were all serial numbered on the lower. I have ARs and variants. Without a tax stamp a “NFA” lower is an illegal machine gun in and of itself. Auto-Sears are serial numbered all by themselves. Having a M-16 FCG and a Stoner rifle the parts could conceivably fit in has been successfully prosecuted as constructive possession of illegal NFA. BUT, in the case of damn near every other MG and derivative on the planet the LOWERS are the ENTIRELY UNREGULATED PARTS. I’ve got a bunch of un-modded MG lowers and according to the BATFE, they aren’t firearms, the uppers are, as the uppers are what contain the explosions and colt group, except for when they don’t…Add to that fact that Mini-14s and FALs become MGs with a spiffy little trick with breaking off a toothpick or watch stick in the right spot, and it’s all pretty silly, but DO NOT GO ANYWHERE NEAR the dangerous waters as it’s all 10 years and thousands of dollars fines if you do and get caught. For the record, when we did experiments with those sorts of things, we were apprenticed to a S.O.T. so it was “legal for us”.

    Recently I was in a SOT and one of the wealthier businessmen in the region (Michael Dell wealthy, but not him) drove up in his twin turbo Bentley and bought three supressors and 2 MGs like you’d buy ammo at Wal-Mart. It’s always always always been about money and class. The reason that Corporations and Trusts don’t have to get LEO sign-offs on transfers is it was during the era of mine strikes and the mine companies were afraid some Sheriffs would be sympathetic to miners rather than the Pinkerton guards that often machine gunned them…

    True stories of the real origins of NFA.

    If I ever do a bike powered toy, I’ll let you know. I’ve got full scale arsenal blueprints for 3 different Gatlings, so it wouldn’t be too hard to adapt a bicycle drive. Heck, you could put a generator on it too, not to spin the barrels, as that would be illegal (carnks and pedals are legal but switches and motors put you in “one pull of trigger” category) but the electricity could be used to run servo motors to aim it
    August 31, 2010, 3:10:30 PM CDT

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