Notes from JWR:

It came to me a bit late in the year, but I just realized that 2012 is the 125th anniversary of the patent of the world’s first automatic shoulder-fired battle rifle, the Mondragón. Talk about being far ahead of one’s time! The inventor, Manuel Mondragón was born in 1859. And speaking of fully automatic firearms, isn’t it high time that we repeal the National Firearms Act of 1934, and disband the BATFE? Or, failing that at least repeal the unconstitutional and never properly enacted 1986 machinegun production freeze, and declare a one-year amnesty period to register or re-register any un-papered full autos? Please encourage your Congresscritters and our next president to put that on their “to do” list.

Today’s first article is by our Medical Editor, Dr. Cynthia Koelker.