Saturday, September 13, 2014

BREAKING: Prosecutor in Shaneen Allen Case Asks to Delay Trial, Might Back Off Charges Against Single Mom
From "Guns Save Lives":
The prosecutor in the Shaneen Allen case has asked the judge to delay the trial while he reevaluates the charges against her.

Read more: http://controversialtimes.com/news/breaking-prosecutor-in-shaneen-allen-case-asks-to-delay-trial-might-back-off-charges-against-single-mom/#ixzz3DFeNaaGE


We're glad to hear that.   Yes, this was a victimless crime.  Except, of course, for Ms Allen who was to be persecuted (not just 'prosecuted') for her honesty, and for her exercise of her 2nd Amendment Rights.

In earlier articles, I had mentioned that it seemed a miscarriage of justice that she be imprisoned for 'crossing a bridge".  Comments on the article seemed "indignantly smug" when declaring that ignorance is, in fact, no excuse.

The End of the Hiatus

Regular viewers may have noticed that I haven't report about USPSA (Practical Pistol) matches I have attended lately.  The reason is simple:  I haven't been to many since "I Blew Up My Gun".  Over a year ago.

I did try to shoot a match at the Dundee club a few months back, but as I reported at the time, that came to No Good End.  Ammunition fizzled because it was reloaded with 'old' gunpowder which had apparently drawn moisture.   It was, of course, the best USPSA match I even attended in which I fired less than a single magazine.

Today, after months of encouragement from my good friend (and fellow Linguica Pizza Aficionado) The Homeless Brasser, I took advantage of the Bi-Mart sale on .45ACP ammunition ... "$19.97 per box of 50, as many boxes as we have" ... and took my Beloved Kimber to a match at the Albany Rifle and Pistol Club!

More Guns/Less Crime: Confirmed

Disarming Realities: As Gun Sales Soar, Gun Crimes Plummet:
(May 14, 2013)
A couple of new studies reveal the gun-control hypesters’ worst nightmare…more people are buying firearms, while firearm-related homicides and suicides are steadily diminishing. What crackpots came up with these conclusions? One set of statistics was compiled by the U.S. Department of Justice. The other was reported by the Pew Research Center.
(H/T: The Hobo Brasser)

I had heard this claim parenthetically, but not having the gumption to do my own research I have never bothered to confirm it for myself (although I have bought, and read, John Lott's book).

Now I am informed of a May, 2013 Forbes article which provides links to the source material. (There is an accompanying May, 2013, CNN article which addresses the PEW report.)   The study covers the 20 year period between 1993 and 2013.

Something that surprised me;  the report also discusses briefly a few sociological issues which are parenthetical ... but vitally important ... factors in the murder/suicide rates which are the key elements:

Friday, September 12, 2014

99 comments

New York Times readers are a funny bunch.

"WE DON"T NEED GUNS!  ANYONE WHO OWNS A GUN IS A BAD PERSON!"


That's the upshot of Reader Comments in a recent NYT article which begins with the question:
"Will a gun retailer get away with negligence?"

(An alternative title might be: " Gun Control and the New York Times Mindset".)

Thanks to David Codrea, I just spent an interesting evening reviewing an August 28, 2014, article on Gun Control in the New York Times.  The link is provided below.

The author's presumptions were 90% lucid, until the last paragraph of the article.

The comments were ... illuminating.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

It's Always Tea Time, in Wonderland

When it comes to firearms legislation, New Jersey is to 'the real world' is as Wonderland is to ... well, the real world!

No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money: "There Is No Justice For Gun Owners In New Jersey":

The headline, "there is no justice for gun owners in New Jersey", is a statement by Brian Aitken on the treatment that he and Shaneen Allen have received from that state's justice system. He is featured in a new NRA News Report by Ginny Simone entitled "Accidental Criminals: Brian Aitken is Living the Nightmare".

There is a comment about jury nullification somewhere in there, and it's extremely  important to include as a trial option of a "jury of your peers"  ... those people who are asked to consider whether to deprive a citizen of his or her civil rights because of confusion, mistakes, ignorance of the law or any other circumstance which threaten to turn an honest citizen into a felon.

"Ignorance of the law is no excuse" 
     ... or ...
                            “You would have to be half mad to dream me up.” 

We have all heard that tired bromide about ignorance of the law, but the truth is that everyone is ignorant of the law.  Look at ObamaCare as a splendid example of indecipherable legal jargon.  Look at the 2nd Amendment ... a few words, but thousands of pages of litigation have turned it into a morass of controversy.

BRIAN:
Brian Aitken made every effort to conform to New Jersey laws, but somehow he managed to fall athwart of those Laws.  Apparently it's easier to break the law when you've tried to conform to it.  Thieves, rapists and murderers violation of gun laws are treated as mere details when compared to the crimes of which they are convicted.   Honest citizens are hoist by the petard of the very laws which predators ignore.  And the irony is ... those laws are presumably aimed at the predators, not the law-abiding.

SHANEEN:
Shaneen Allen  drove across a bridge and became a felon.  She was arrested when she naively volunteered during a routine traffic stop stop that she had a gun with her ... a gun which was entirely legal on the other end of the bridge.   She didn't have to volunteer the information; the arresting officer was ignorant of the possession "offense".  Had she been in possession of a license to have the gun in NJ, she would have been allowed to go on her way with nothing more than a traffic ticket.  She HAD a license to carry the gun in her home state, but she had been caught up in the tornado of NJ law ... much like Alice in Wonderland, where all the rules are changed,  (This was the source of the major quotes here.)

Both of these convicted felons un-knowingly broke the laws of New Jersey.  Aitken received clemency from the NJ governor; Allen is hoping that she will receive the same consideration, and be freed from jail.

And they will continue to have it on their record:  they are felons, and forever they will be disallowed from their civil rights --- including the right to vote, and the right to self-defense of their homes, their families, and themselves.

The best defense is a sympathetic Jury
                    ... or ... "Off With Their Heads!"

"Wherever"? Whatever

"... we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are."

(Barack Obama, September 10, 2014 speech.  see pre-speech transcript here.)

Wherever?

How about our Southern border?  You know, the porous one?

Hmmmm ..... seems like a logical place to start.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

"Captain Ron" and NRA Perfidy

Do you remember "Captain Ron"?  Incompetent pilot/captain leads his intrepid small-boat owners/crew into heart-rending pathos and good feelings.  1992?

Sure, the guy seemed like a Loony, but it all turned out all right.
Hollywood.   They gotta sell tickets.  Go figure.

IRL ... "In Real Life" ... incompetents usually lead to pathos and no good feelings.

Current Day:  
Doney: Gun extremists show their callousness - Roanoke Times: Opinion:
September 04 2014


Scene: a semi-private shooting range.
Storyline: A "firearms instructor" puts an UZI in the hands of a little girl, and doesn't monitor the shooter safely.
Action:  Uncontrolled Uzi performs a Darwinian function.  Well .. that's its job.

Reaction:
Quote:
Many gun enthusiasts resort to trite slogans in order to further their cause of destruction. The Virginia Citizens’ Defense League handed out stickers at the Steppin’ Out street fair in Blacksburg that read “Guns Save Lives.” Guns did not save my life when I was at work at New River Community College on April 12, 2013; the student who opened fire at my school was subdued by an unarmed security officer. Guns obviously did not save Charles Vacca’s life. In case we need any more evidence of the National Rifle Association’s utter callousness and horrifying lack  empathy, the women’s Twitter feed of the NRA posted an article called “7 Ways Children Can Have Fun at the Gun Range” a mere two days after Vacca’s death.
Uh .. bad timing, there.  Charles Vacca paid the ultimate price for his incompetence, but his legacy lives on.

It's the NRA's fault!
  I always thought it was the fault of the instructor who didn't do his job right.  Was he an NRA Certified Instructor?  Haven't heard that yet, one way or the other.  And I haven't seen any other information about his training and his background.  As far as I know, Vacca was just a well-meaning, enthusiastic guy shooter who was eager to unculcate others into "the JOY of SHOOTING".

Did he not know his limitations.





And if you decide to allow your child to shoot a fully automatic firearm (curse of the Arugula Set), you got to ask yourself:
What was this family doing, when they put their small daughter's safety in the hands of someone whose competence is now being questioned?  Was there some earlier link between them, which caused them to assume some aura of competence which was apparently undeserved?

We don't know that yet, either.  Before we automatically blame the 'obvious' player, it is usually a worthy exercise to understand the back-story.

It's easy to blame others; not so easy to accept your own blame.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

How To Stop An Airplane

Passenger dispute diverts flight to JIA | News - Home:
(September 02, 2014)

A Delta Airlines flight from LaGuardia to Palm Beach International Airport was diverted to Jacksonville when a passenger got into a dispute over a reclining seat.
---
"She said something to the effect of, 'I don't care about the consequences, put this plane down now'" 
(fellow passenger)
Apparently, all you need to do to stop interstate flight of an airplane is to be a Total Bitch.

It never occurred to me that it would be so easy to interrupt interstate transport.

I wonder if the Terrorists are aware of this chink in "The Body Electric".?

It seems a lot easier than blowing up power plants and national monuments. ...
... and HEY!  You can use the same "Professional TOTAL BITCH". for multiple interruptions before America catches on.

Or maybe she was just playing Airplane Catch-up.

A Bronx Tale

Considering the plethora of 'mass shootings' --- you know, where idiots who want to make a name for themselves by shooting up people in a "No Guns" zone, and then shoot themselves ... it makes you wonder why they don't just shoot themselves first.

Oh ... they want the notoriety?

Then maybe they should take a lesson from this guy's solution.

The Damn Thing Just Went Off! (Pocket Pool? Darwinian Solution?)

Imagine the scenarios: the teacher in a class and the gun in his pocket "just goes off" and IT shoots him in the foot.  Here are a few "lame" (pardon the snarkiness) explanations.

"I was just ... I don't know, writing something on the board and the damn thing just went off! Maybe the chalk squeaked, and it was a sympathetic detonation?"

Or,

"There I was, sitting behind my desk grading papers while the class was working on a pop quiz, and the damn thing just went off!"

Or,

"Gee, I don't know.  I think one of my students may have smuggled a cell phone into my class.  He was probably texting someone, and it accessed the chip in my Smart Gun and the damn thing just went off!"

Or,

"Okay, I had the gun in my pocket and I was scratching my balls ...."
(which sounds a bit less unlikely).

It could have been worse: he might have using the "Mexican Carry" ... where the gun is in his waistband, pointed toward the itchy parts instead of toward his foot.  * [see below the fold]

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Internet Gun Sales can make you PARANOID!


I sold a gun on the Internet.  It wasn't a Big Mistake, but in case you didn't know ... those second thoughts can drive you crazy.

A couple of years ago I decided that my Ruger Convertible Six was subject to rust in my gun safe.  I hadn't shot it in years; I just kept it around because it was such a sweet revolver.  But I had no use for it.

So on one of my blog posts I mentioned that I would let it go to a good home, and for a decent price.   I don't remember exactly what the asking price, but I think it was around $85.

Months later I got an email from a guy in Florida who was interested.  That's about as far away from Oregon as you can get, and still be within the contiguous United States.

As I recall, the buyer was in what is now called "Miami-Dade" County.  We exchanged a few emails, and I learned that he was a deputy sheriff.

So he sent me his check, and the address of the gun shop which would receive the pistol.  I checked it out; it was a legitimate gun shop in the area.  I emailed the shop, and they said they had already been notified by the purchaser to provide the necessary transfer process .. including the NICS check.

I cashed the check, boxed up the revolver, and sent it to the gun shop.

Then I got nervous.   Because of exactly the question asked here:

Friday, August 29, 2014

Sniff, Sniff. What is that smell? Is that .... COFFEE?

Britain raises terror threat level to 'severe' - Washington Times:
(August 29, 2014)
Britain’s move means the nation’s terror threat now stands at its second-highest level, at which the government considers an attack “highly likely,” Business Insider reported.
 Home Secretary Theresa May said Friday that the threat level was raised because of the escalating violence in Iraq from the Islamic State, and because of any specific threat that Britain’s received.

“The increase in the threat level is related to developments in Syria and Iraq where terrorist groups are planning attacks against the West,” she said, Business Insider reported. “Some of these plots are likely to involve foreign fighters who have traveled there from the UK and Europe to take part in those conflicts.”
 ---
 “The first and most important duty of government is the protection of the British people,” Miss May said, Business Insider reported. “We have already taken steps to amend our powers and increase our capabilities for dealing with the developing terrorist threats we face. That process will continue and the British public should be in no doubt that we will take the strongest possible action to protect our national security.”

This is a reaction which should be noted by the American people, especially given that terrorists are also gathering along our southern border (where else?)   * where they are
" ... planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued.  Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat."
* (H/T: David Codrea)

Meanwhile, in other news:    The Emperor Isn't Wearing Any Clothes.