This Week in Video: World’s Largest Balloon Fight, Urban Survival, and Ali on Being President

Mexican Drug Cartels Now Menace Social Media, “In areas where they are powerful, the Mexican drug cartels silenced the mainstream media by threatening and killing journalists. Now they seem to be extending the practice to social media.

“Many Mexicans have had to rely on social media to find out what’s going on in their cities after newspapers, TV and radio stations stopped reporting on drug-related violence.

“But last week, the mangled bodies of a young man and woman were hung from a highway bridge in Nuevo Laredo along with a sign that read: ‘This is what happens to people who post funny things on the Internet. Pay attention.'”

Alright, let’s give this a go.  Top o’ the news was a pair of FBI whistleblowers in Texas who brought to the press what they’d brought to the FBI after the feds cut them loose from an 18-month-long “investigation” of the Sinola cartel, where the FBI assisted the cartel in smuggling drugs into the U.S. Following that was a family-run New Mexico gun store that was shut down by federal agents on the suspicious charges of arming drug lords and laundering money.

In Chicago, the city is rolling out a new database that’s available to the public and hosts crime statistics, police records, and public criminal records for all to see.  There is one facepalm-worthy omission.  The database will not make public any information pertaining to police misconduct nor political corruption.  And in Michigan, a Walgreens pharmacist got fired for shooting back at a robber.  It’s not all frustrating, though, as a whole cache of recordings indicting the ATF for knowingly engaging in gun-running; so much for “botched operation”.  Also, the Discovery Channel’s starting a new gunsmithing reality TV show, yay!  Or boo, depending.  We’ll see.

A Marine saved 36 and earned a Metal of Honor, and Jim Downey talked about what it’s like to lose a parent in the line of duty.  A Connecticut town is building a memorial to Brian Bill, one of the 29 fallen in the recent Taliban attack on an American Chinook.  Recognizing the fact that ordinary people can contribute as well, House Judiciary Committee held a hearing with respect to H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow all people who have a concealed-carry permits to carry in all states that allow concealed-carry.

We highlighted a few oldies, like the distinguished pistols chambered in 9x18mm Makarov (look ma, no typo) as well as the reborn M14, the MK14 Mod 0.  Boberg is finally, after years of anticipation, shipping their impressive 9mm pocket pistols, the SR9-S, you should check ’em out if you’re in the market for a genius and spendy handgun.  We brought up that old chestnut, AR v. 12-gauge: which is better in the home?

And we got our hands on a pair of fun and moderately practical guns, the Saiga 12 shotgun and the Kel-Tek Sub 2000 pistol carbine.  And just a little while ago, the Desert Eagle-branded Walther 9mm, the new Baby Eagle.  What we can’t get our hands on is R. Finley Hunt’s Confederate War Plane, on account of he never built it.  We’ll be OK with our other guns, though.  Oh, and have you heard?  The CDC released their statistics about firearms-related deaths.  And despite the fact that there are more guns in the United States than there have been throughout its history, that there are more people with concealed-carry permits than ever before, firearms-related deaths are declining.

So there, know that shooting doesn’t lead to shootings.  So this weekend, please, go shoot something.