Archive for category: Guns

Erin Needs Some Help

11 Oct
October 11, 2017

Erin Palette, who has tirelessly raised funds for people in need, is in need herself. She was mauled by a dog and is in need of help with the substantial medical bills.

If you have something to spare, would you mind kicking it over here?

https://www.gofundme.com/vv43jt-erins-medical-fund

One thing I love about the gunnie community is their generosity.

Hills To Die On

07 Oct
October 7, 2017

One of the reasons that Black Lives Matter wasn’t more widely accepted was the “martyrs” it chose to lift up. It’s hard for the mainstream populace to get behind the idea of there being too many police shootings with little or no investigation when the examples are often thugs doing things that justified being shot. These are not the hills to die on.

Right now, the gun community is looking at another fight because a man decided to murder as many people as he could and chose to use guns as his weapon of choice. More to the point, the question of the day revolves around the possible ban of bump stocks, a novelty item that increases the rate of fire of a semi-auto rifle. At the same time, there’s the SHARE act and national reciprocity that is essentially shelved because Republican Congress critters are trying to please people who hate them anyway. (I swear the leadership has some sort of Stockholm Syndrome).

My Wookiee-suited libertarian side is screaming that we should tell those proposing a ban “Fuck you and while we’re at it, let’s roll back every other stupid gun law!” I also realize that what I believe is outside what most people are comfortable with. And most people are uncomfortable with the idea of full autos in the hands of anyone but the military and police. This is not the hill we want to die on.

I think we would get further acting magnanimous by offering up bump stocks for passage of national reciprocity or SHARE. Both if we can get it. Is it ideal? Fuck no. But I’d rather die on the hill of states treating CCWs like drivers licenses or taking suppressors off the NFA list than I would of defending the bump stock.

Initial Thoughts on Vegas

04 Oct
October 4, 2017

I generally wait at least twenty-four to forty-eight hours after a tragedy like the mass murder in Las Vegas before commenting. The early information is usually wrong or incomplete. So here are some of my thoughts, in no particular order.

  1. My sympathies go to the victims and their families. I can’t even comprehend how their lives will change because of this night.
  2. It appalls but does not surprise that this became political in nothing flat. It’s almost as if the chattering classes are salivating over the bodies for a chance to push their agenda.
  3. It also appalls but does not surprise me that conspiracy theories have sprung up faster than black mold, but with the same toxicity.
  4. No, a good guy with a gun would not have likely stopped this or shortened it. The shooter was raining down rounds from a perch three hundred feet up and five hundred feet away. Unless you had the rifle you took top honors at Camp Perry and could somehow locate the target amidst the carnage and horror, I really don’t want to hear about it.
  5. What would’ve helped? Probably more people with first aid training and first aid packs with tourniquets and hemostatic bandages.
  6. In the midst of such horror, there are always beacons of light. People shepherding and pulling others to safety, others tending to the wounded, and some who are ballsy enough to just stand up and flick off the bastard.
  7. No, this doesn’t make the case for gun control. This was a person bent on killing as many people as possible. Even if the antis managed to somehow magically disappear all 300 to 600 million guns in the country, a person bent on mass murder will still find a way. Last year, a terrorist used a truck in Nice and killed more people. Twenty years ago, a terrorist used legally acquired materials to build a bomb that killed almost three times as many.
  8. As of this writing, I don’t know if we’ll ever learn the motive. That won’t stop everyone from telling you what his motive was.
  9. No, we don’t need to “do something.” The only people who have to do something are those who have to tend to the wounded, bury the dead, or investigate the crime. If you want to do something, make sure you tell your friends and family you love them. And maybe learn first aid.

Violent Crime Up, But That’s Not A Reason to Panic

26 Sep
September 26, 2017

Reason has an article on the release of the new Uniform Crime Reports from the FBI.

http://reason.com/blog/2017/09/25/violent-crime-rose-again-in-2016-for-sec

My favorites parts from this:

“Adam Gelb, director of the Public Safety Performance Project at the Pew Charitable Trusts, pointed out that only five years since 1971 have had lower violent crime rates than 2016. In 2005 and 2006, the U.S. also experienced a similar two-year rise in violent crime. “There were dire warnings from police, only to have crime then continue to drop,” Gelb said.”

And

“John Pfaff, a professor at Fordham University Law School, cautioned that crime is a complex, geographically concentrated phenomena, and that it can’t simply be attributed to how many people are or aren’t being sent to prison.

He noted that Chicago, which has been experiencing an unprecedented spike in murders over the past several years, was responsible for about 20 percent of the national net increase in homicides. However, half of Chicago’s rise in murders were confined to five neighborhoods with 9 percent of the city’s population. “So in other words,” Pfaff said, “five neighborhoods in Chicago explain 10 percent of the national increase in homicide rates.””

Contrary to world stereotypes, America is still mostly peaceful – even while being having a heavily armed populace. Moreover, almost all of the violence is found in cities, particularly impoverished neighborhoods.

There aren’t any easy answers to helping those neighborhoods. Most likely, the solutions will require a multitude of approaches that will anger both of the major camps.

Felons and Guns

23 Sep
September 23, 2017

Time for another unpopular opinion –

Felons who have done their time should have all their rights restored once they have completed their sentence. This includes Second Amendment rights. There are a few reasons:

  1. In this day and age, about the only people who haven’t committed a felony are infants. Between “tough on crime” initiatives and administrative law, Americans committ at least two or three felonies a day. Why should someone lose their rights because some prosecutor decided to selectively enforce a law against someone?

  2. “But what about violent felons?” A person with a propensity for both violence and crime are dangerous whether or not they have rights restored. This subset of our population would be dangerous even if they only had access to weapons that could be bought from a hardware or general store. Or fabricated from items bought at a store. Or hell, just buying gasoline.

  3. Kinda related to above is the assumption that a violent person with criminal intent would suddenly decide to get his/her weapons through legal means instead of stealing it or buying it off another criminal.

Here’s what it boils down to IMHO. Currently, we are over-criminalized AND that over-criminalization is selectively enforced. Hence, it is very easy for the state to deprive people of their civil rights, but very difficult for a person to get his/her civil rights restored. Furthermore, because the state is inefficient, other people are having their rights delayed because we do not restore people’s rights when their sentence is completed.

Going To Do My Civic Duty

27 Aug
August 27, 2017

I got something that I haven’t gotten for about fifteen years – a jury summons. It’s been even longer than that since I sat at the courthouse waiting to be called. That got me to thinking of what has changed in my thinking since the last time I sat in the pool.

1. I started carrying a gun on a regular basis. That alone has radically shifted my worldview, but then I attended trainings and started learning about the legalities of self defense – and the intricacies of the legal system.

2. I don’t have the automatic deference to police that my younger self had. Because of the powers that a police officer are granted, I’m more likely to hold them to a higher standard.

3. I don’t trust forensics as much as I used to. Some forensic tools, such as DNA testing, were developed through rigorous processes, and are generally reliable. Others, such as handwriting and hair analysis, were developed in crime labs, and are less reliable. Then there’s the small item of the numerous lab scandals.

4. I no longer expect the heroic prosecutors and scumbag defense attorneys. If anything, I don’t trust either side. Probably about as much as I trust MSNBC and Fox to present their cases.

And now I have to go through my EDC and start yanking out stuff that is not allowed at the courthouse. That may take a bit.

Why Is The NRA Promoting a Company That Doesn’t Believe In Self-Defense?

28 Apr
April 28, 2017

On the same weekend as the NRA Annual Meeting, I get a mailer from the NRA. Usually I toss them into the shredder, but I opened this one. It’s an offer for NRA members for the SimpliSafe security system. Now, that tickles the back of my memory. Wait, this is the company that tells people on its blog not to use weapons to protect themselves.

“3. Unless you are a trained professional, don’t grab a weapon. This includes firearms, baseball bats and pepper spray. They all sound like a good idea, but again, we don’t know how the burglar will react to seeing an armed person. If they do have a weapon, they may be more likely to use it when they see you have one too. If you use pepper spray in an enclosed space, you and your family will also be affected by the pepper spray. If you use another weapon, such as a firearm and are not a trained professional, you run the risk of hurting yourself or a family member. And when a weapon is in your hand, you also run the risk of arriving police officers mistaking you for the intruder!”

http://simplisafe.com/blog/what-to-do-if-youre-home-during-a-break-in

ReallY? Even though thousands of people protect their home from invaders every year using firearms?

Granted, the blog post is a couple of years old, but I’m not seeing anything on their blog that contradicts the above advice.

I’m not about to cancel my NRA membership, but would someone up in Atlanta ask the leadership why they decided to partner with SimpliSafe?

When Anti-Gunners Speak, I Hear Something Completely Different

21 Sep
September 21, 2016

There’s a scene in the movie The Ghost and the Darkness where Val Kilmer’s character is receiving his instructions. The official says that the reason the bridge must be built is to help “save Africa from the Africans, and to spread Christianity.”

This is kind of what I hear when anti-gunners (and most Progressive) leaders talk. “We must save America from the Americans, and spread our worldview that state is responsible for the subjects’ defense.”

Active Shooter Training Video

04 Sep
September 4, 2016

I really wish my work had LU’s weapon policy. If wishes were horses…

This is excellent because it covers the key points of “Run, Hide, Fight.” It emphasizes that cops can’t be everywhere and YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN when the fecal matter impacts the turbine. 

The instructions to the concealed carrier were good, including emphasizing that you will be put into handcuffs and to comply with officers. 

H/t Sean Sorrentino

Friday Quote – 2/19/16

19 Feb
February 19, 2016

You can’t have too much ammunition unless you are on fire or trying to swim.

Jeff Cudwin, LEO who expended all of his rounds in a gunfight