Archive for March 25th, 2008

25
Mar
08

Texas To World Court: You Lose

While the United States has agreed to be bound by the 1963 Vienna Convention, the US Supreme Court has decided that states are not necessarily bound by those agreements. At issue is a death row inmate in Texas who is a Mexican national. He was not told that he had access to consular officials (he was told that he could remain silent and have a lawyer). He confessed to a capital offense, was convicted to death, appealed and lost. Mexico then went to the World Court and got a 2004 rulling against Texas and the US. President Bush then tried to exert his executive authority and told Texas to give the guy a new trial. Texas said nix. It went to the Supreme Court. Bush and Mexico lost. According to Chief Justice Roberts, the president may not “establish binding rules of decision that pre-empt contrary state law,” Roberts said. Neither does the treaty, by itself, require individual states to take action, he said.

25
Mar
08

Why The Gun Safety Rules Are Important

The Henry Repeating Arms Company makes some fine lever action rifles. They also, apparently have some friggin idiots working over there. I got this notice in my email box today:

URGENT ATTENTION REQUIRED!!!!

We have been notified by Henry Repeating Arms that some rifles may have been shipped by them loaded with ammunition.  If you have any Henry Rifles in inventory they must be inspected to make sure they do not contain ammunition.  Also, please inspect any incoming Henry Rifles.  This does not relate to a specific model or date.  Each gun in your inventory must be checked for ammunition.
Henry Repeating Arms apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Treat every gun as if it is loaded. Really.

UPDATE: Some folks have speculated that the above is actually a hoax. They became dubious when they could not find anything about this issue at Snopes. While Snopes is an excellent resource for validating the torrent of crap one receives via the net, it is not the be-all and end-all resource. Just to further the importance of this issue, I received this warning alert from a significant firearms and sports supply distributor. By large, I’m talking five warehouses. If they are going through the effort of notifying their customers, then it’s certainly worth it to me to pass the information along.

Now, this is certainly not the first time that a weapon has been shipped with a live round fromt he manufacturer. Occassional screw-ups do happen. And that is yet another reason to treat every weapon as if it is loaded. I check every weapon as it comes in. But a notice like this would lead a person to believe that this was not some random event and that there were several firearms that escaped the factory in this condition. This would also lead one to speculate that somebody at Henry has a very sore butt at the moment.