Archive for category: RKBA

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.”

Either They Are Stupid or Murderous

03 Sep
September 3, 2015

Miguel is nice enough to troll the gun control pages for us without enough duct tape to keep our heads from exploding.

Today’s offering is the doubling down by the CSGV after Fox News discovered they were advocating swatting of open carriers.

This reinforces my opinion about most of our opposition. They feel happy about putting people into dangerous and possibly lethal situations because they have never really considered what it means to take human life. Most gun owners, particularly those of us who choose to carry, have wrangled with that decision and its ramifications. It’s easy to wish death on someone when you’ve never thought of the cost. 

I Guess I’ll Stay With My Current Provider

27 Jul
July 27, 2015

I’ve been hearing ads for Simplisafe home security systems and thinking about switching to them when my current contract is up. Then this:

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! 

So, we’re going to ignore the mountain of successful defensive gun uses (and other weapons) to spout worthless advice probably written by corporate lawyers afraid of being sued.

Do you know what my current company’s salesperson said when he saw my gun safe? “That’s cool! I’ve been thinking about getting my permit.” Plus, they had a booth at the NRAAM. They at least recognize who is buying their system and aren’t likely to insult us with such worthless advice.

So, Simplisafe, you have lost my business. End of story. 

H/t to Miguel

You Are On Your Own. Please Plan Accordingly.

24 Jul
July 24, 2015

In the past two months, we have had three high profile mass killings. Charleston, Chattanooga, and now Lafayette. It’s still early on Lafayette to have any real facts other than some people are dead, some are injured, and the news media is ecstatic with another bloody story to sell to the public. Yeah, I guess I’m getting a bit cynical. Expect the same byplay on the gun control stage with Bloomberg’s minions telling us that restricting guns in some way would have prevented this and our side saying if someone in the theater had been armed, it would have been over sooner. Facts tend to support the latter, but we’ll still have to play that dance out once again.

What do these incidents tell me? No where is safe. Have a plan. Expect to have to put that plan into effect in the worst possible conditions. Carry your damn guns. Carry your damn flashlights. 

My girlfriend showed me a prank video where people were in an elevator car. The lights would go out and this kid would climb out of a secret panel and act like a horror movie ghost. None of those people had even a pen light on them for when the lights went out. None of them had a plan for reacting when fecal matter impacts turbine. You could see the sheer panic in their reactions. 

We live in a dangerous world. An infinitely better world than that of our ancestors, but still a dangerous world. Not just from crime, but disease, injury, and failures in the complex systems that work in our lives. 

Please plan accordingly.

Edit: My brother has informed me that this post caused him to pick up a pocket flashlight. My work here is done.

Want To Buy Some Guns Cheap?

18 Jun
June 18, 2015

Tampa Mayor Buckhorn (who tried to get concealed carriers banned from downtown during the GOP Convention) and Tampa Police (who harassed an open carrier during one of Florida Carry’s fishing events) have announced a gun buy-back on June 27. Because the entirety of the gun control proponents is doing the same failed actions over and over again. 

You can anonymously exchange shotguns, assault rifles and handguns for $50 cash per gun at River Tower Park, located at 401 East Bird Street.  

I hope that my fellow weapon aficionados do their best to turn it into an impromptu gun show. I won’t be able to attend due to a previous commitment.

Oh, and this is being funded by a half-million dollar donation from the Lightning. Remember that when deciding how to spend your entertainment dollars.

Florida Carry Fisher Trespassed in Tampa

17 Jun
June 17, 2015

I didn’t go to last Saturday’s Open Carry Fishing meeting in Tampa, but according to Sean Caranna one of the participants got trespassed by Tampa Police. I don’t have any details other than that as of now. 

Florida Carry has been doing those events for almost five years without incident. In the times I’ve been to them, I’ve seen TPD question our people once and hold a mini-safety briefing once.

Sean says there’s a lawsuit coming over the incident. 

What To Do When Gun And Ammo Bans Fail

08 Jun
June 8, 2015

Ban speech about guns. 

There is a proposed rule change to the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) regulation that would ban technical decisions on the Internet about guns and ammunition unless the website gets the okay from the federal government. An okay that costs a couple grand a year and probably would require some heavy modification to a website. 

Which means me talking about changing parts on my M&P and the differences in ammunition performance on this blog gets categorized as an “export”. An export that without the State Department’s authorization could land me in jail for 20 years and a cool million in fines. 

Better analysis from Sebastian.

Friday Quote- 4/24/15

24 Apr
April 24, 2015

The police of a state should never be stronger or better armed than the citizenry. An armed citizenry, willing to fight, is the foundation of civil freedom.

Robert Heinlein

It’s that willing to fight that’s the kicker.

You Know You’re a Gunny…

13 Apr
April 13, 2015

When you see this and think “Finger Off Trigger!”

Warning: Extremely NSFW