June 2016 Archives

Michael Shurkin, a political scientist at RAND, offers a brief history of the assault rifle, with this conclusion:

Virtually all the world's armies now use assault rifles, most of which are variants of the AK-47 or the AR-15. They differ in the details--slightly smaller bullets or slightly bigger ones, longer or shorter barrels, and so forth--which reflect different schools of thought regarding the right sweet spot between power and ease, between full-size rifle cartridges and pistol ammunition. There are also different mechanical approaches to things like how the gun uses the gas from a fired round to reload. The basic idea, though, has remained the same since Hitler gave the weapon its name. Other guns are technically more lethal, and of course different guns are better suited for different purposes. Assault rifles were designed for fighting wars.

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In comics news that is garnering broad attention, the NYT reports that Midnighter and Apollo will reunite in a six-issue miniseries:

Gay Pride Month ends today, but DC Comics is giving fans something to look forward to this fall. In October the company will publish Midnighter & Apollo, the first part of a six-issue mini-series that reunites the two heroes, who are gay and have an on-again off-again relationship.

IGN quotes writer Steve Orlando:

"Midnighter and Apollo are back to remind the world that it truly is a bad time to be bastards. This is the World's Finest Couple--kicking back and making each other better than they are on their own."

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