Archive for category: Guns

Comments on John Wick

17 Jun
June 17, 2019

The Wife and I saw all three John Wick movies last weekend. We had to fast forward through the puppy death in the first one, because The Wife wouldn’t be able to watch the rest of the film otherwise. We enjoyed them, but they are violent – particularly the third.

So, this comment from The Wife kicked over my giggle box:

We watched all three of those movies, but they were so ‘roided up, it was like watching six shoot ‘em ups.

Friday Quote – KrisAnne Hall

14 Jun
June 14, 2019

If society is honest and historically accurate, the only question that has any relevance to the gun control debate is, “Do you trust those in government, now and forever in the future, to not take your life, liberty, or property through the force of government?” If the answer to that question is “no,” the gun control debate is over.

One Step Closer to An AWB on the Ballot

13 Jun
June 13, 2019

The Sun Sentinel is reporting the backers of putting an assault weapons ban on the 2020 ballot collected the 100,000 signatures needed to trigger a Supreme Court review. That’s the bad news.

The good news? First, they need to collect about 625,000 more signatures to actually put it on the ballot. Second, Governor DeSantis signed into a bill into law that makes it harder for out of state interests to push their BS onto the Florida constitution. Seriously, read the link. It’s a fucking hoot of pearl clutching goodness.

This also means that I no longer feel constrained if I see them collecting signatures. Oh, I’ll be polite, but I am going to ask the hard questions. I don’t expect to change the minds of the people collecting the signatures. I’m hoping to change the minds of the people within earshot.

My Toastmaster Speech On Prepping

12 Jun
June 12, 2019

I know a lot of my readers are going to cringe on how much I missed or just skimmed, but it’s amazing how hard it is to cram prepping in 5 to 7 minutes. And I came in at 7:46.

What To Do If Your Doc Asks About Guns

10 Jun
June 10, 2019

I found this article from Doctors For Responsible Gun Ownership discussing what you, as a patient, should do if a doctor asks about guns in your house.

Should a medical professional ask about guns? Yes, but only in a few limited scenarios. The big one is if they believe the patient is imminent danger of causing harm to him/herself or others.

As a routine question? Nope. Any more than they should ask how much you drive (which is a bigger danger).

The article also specifies to find out who is actually asking the question, the doc or the healthcare system. Having worked in healthcare on the administrative side for more than a decade, I’ve seen a lot of stupid stuff foisted on the front line staff because someone in the upper echelons thought “it’s a good idea.” I’m not going to take actions against a doctor who’s being forced to ask questions because of some bureaucrat.

Fortunately, my doctor has not asked. I’d like to think he respects me enough not to pry into affairs outside his scope of practice.

The Arrest Of Coward Scot Peterson

06 Jun
June 6, 2019

First, go read Kevin’s and Miguel’s posts on the subject. Finished? Good.

I’m closer to Miguel’s POV on the charges. I also think the perjury charge is probably bullshit, but will be the charge in the end that Peterson will go to jail for. Broward is so ready to punish anyone for their county’s systemic failures, they’ll go with a bad case. Which will end badly because cops have no duty to protect individuals.

One can hope this is the case that overturns those horrific precedents. That cops, like damn near every other profession, will have a minimum duty of care to people under their direct care or purview.

My conspiracy side is wondering if they’re doing it this way to prove they’re doing something they know won’t work but will satisfy the public’s bloodlust.

Gun Safety in Schools

05 Jun
June 5, 2019

I saw this article on the Book of Face about how Minnesota passed a bill to allow gym safety to be taught in phys ed.

This got me thinking. There are upwards of 400-500 million guns in private hands. Approximately half of the households have at least one gun. Why is gun safety not being taught from kindergarten on up?

In my ideal world, it would at least be a variant of Eddie the Eagle with age-appropriate modalities. As they get into high school, it should be equivalent to a hunters safety course.

NRA Shenanigans

01 May
May 1, 2019

It’s been a helluva week for the National Rifle Association. First, the lawsuit against Ack-Mac, then the letter published by Wayne alleging that Ollie North tried to blackmail Wayne into stepping down, North’s resignation, and then the secret Executive meetings where Wayne and Co were kept in place. Lots of recriminations and members are understandably frustrated. On top of all this, the New York AG is determined to use all means at her disposal to revoke the NRA’s non-profit status.

My few thoughts:

  1. I was listening to the Polite Socirty podcast, and Jeff Knox stated that LaPierre released a similar letter in 1996 when he was challenged previously. This throws some doubt on the authenticity of the blackmail attempt.

  2. Even if the blackmail wasn’t genuine, Ack-Mac needs to go. It’s been sucking up millions of dollars for not a whole lot of return.

  3. LaPierre needs to go. He’s long passed his usefulness, and I’m sure that his machinations behind the scenes have placed the organization into a position where the New York AG could wreak havoc on the NRA.

  4. We need to save the NRA, even if that means temporarily keeping some people I’d like to see depart. The anti-gun groups smell blood in the water and are chomping to take advantage wherever they can. The NRA is currently our best lobbying force at the federal level.

NRA Troubles

24 Apr
April 24, 2019

If you haven’t heard, the NRA sued it’s PR firm – which is most likely part of an internal struggle between factions. Taking advantage of the situation, Everytown sent a notice to the IRS to look into the NRA’s non-profit status.

John Richardson has been doing yeoman’s work reporting on what’s been happening. You should be reading him daily anyways.

For what it’s worth, I think the Ack-Mack deal has been poisonous to the NRA for at least the last fifteen years or so. Under its influence, the NRA has gone hard to the right in non-RKBA issues in order to satisfy what Ack-Mack considered the “core constituency.”

Yeah, that’s a great plan. Except for the small fact that it alienated large swaths of new gun owners and potential new gun voters. The ones who aren’t Republicans or conservative. People who would work for gun rights, but don’t want to support an organization that turns around and advocates against other positions that they hold dear.

The kinds of people that could help make the Second Amendment dangerous for either party to play with.

I would hate to see the NRA go down in flames. I hope responsible adults among the Board of Directors are able to save the organization. I also hope this episode forces the NRA to get back to focusing on its core mission with a big-tent perspective.

Every Day Carry 2019 Post

22 Apr
April 22, 2019

Last year list

Another in my series of seeing how things change year over year. I’ve started having two sets of EDC – one for when I’m going to the day job and one for when I’m just going out in public. Some items are the same between the sets, but others are switched out.

Wallet

I use a Saddleback Large Leather wallet.. I keep one of those credit card multi-tools inside it. This is the same between both EDC sets.

Keys

I have a key ring that uses little caribiners to attach keys or other items. In addition to my keys, I have a Kingston 32GB Flash Drive, Gerber Artifact, and [Surefire Sidekick](SureFire Sidekick 300 Lumen Rechargeable LED Keychain Flashlight Bundle with USB Car and Wall Adaptors https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MT328TK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_I3DTCbVRRK8H0). These go with me in either EDC sets.

“Urban Kit”

This is one of a [Maxpedition pocket pouch](Maxpedition Micro Pocket Organizer (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005CSYVSW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_H5DTCb7Y9M53Z) that I stash useful stuff. It goes with me in either EDC sets. I keep the following: – [First aid kit]( Coleman All Purpose 27 Piece Mini Kit, Travel First Aid Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BIRMTY4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Q-DTCbKDBWDTE)- This handles handles minor emergencies – [Scissors and tweezers](First Aid Only Scissors & Metal Forcep Pack https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CEK3A74/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_faETCb79JKV2D) – Because sometimes a knife isn’t the tool for every situation – Bic disposal lighter – Must Have Fire – Lightning to 3.5 mm adapter – in case I need to use wired headphones – Anker lipstick battery – Short lightning cable for phone – Three foot or less, just long enough to use the lipstick batteries – 2 Spare CR123 batteries – Mainly for my flashlights – Reusable twist ties – Lightning to micro USB adapter – mostly so I can recharge my lipstick battery – 32GB flash drive – Emergency cash – No, I’m not going to say how much

Pocketknife

For my day job EDC, I’m carrying a Leatherman Skeletool. It’s a bit “friendlier” when dealing with coworkers. For my going out EDC, I carry a Kershaw-Emerson CQC-10 along with a Gerber Dime multi-tool.

Flashlight

For the day job, I have carry older Streamlight ProTac. The rest of the time, I use the bigger [750 lumen version](Streamlight 88040 ProTac HL 750 Lumen Professional Tactical Flashlight with High/Low/Strobe w/2 x CR123A Batteries – 750 Lumens https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007RB82CS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_6j6TCb8Z1S47M).

Pepper Spray

I carry a small Sabre Pepper Spray for both sets.

Earbuds

Currently, I’m using a pair of Apple AirPods. Expensive, but worth the cost IMHO. Of course, I needed to replace my old set (because I thought I lost them – I didn’t and now The Wife has her own set) right before Apple released the new version.

Phone

I’m using an iPhone 8. I have the 256 GB model because I cram it with audiobooks. Lots of audiobooks.

Watch

I’m using a Series 3 Apple Watch.

Pen

For the day job, I carry a pair of Smith and Wesson M&P tactical pens. For my other kit, I carry a CRKT tactical pen.

Sidearm

Unless I’m going to someplace I’m not legally allowed to carry, I generally have my Smith and Wesson M&P9 (First Gen) equipped with a Streamlight TLR-1 and Trijicon night sights. I keep it and the spare magazine loaded with 124-grain Speer Gold Dots (since that’s what the local cops use).