Thursday, June 14, 2018

Liberal Media Declares War On The NRA -

Liberal Media Declares War On The NRA - AllOutdoor.comAllOutdoor.com:
The YouTube account of Hank Strange has been suspended. This account has been terminated for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines. According to a video posted by TheFireArmGuy, Hank received a strike for a video that was several years old. This usually means a group of people are systemically flagging videos.



Monday, June 11, 2018

Yes, we DO want to take your guns

No surprises, nothing new here ... move along.

Yes, gun grabbers are now openly advocating for repealing the second amendment.

If you own a gun, you are suspected of ... well, anything that would be considered a "violent person".

It's not a matter of "who you are" or "what you do", but "what you own" that marginalizes you as a law-abiding citizen of America.

Second Amendment protection?  That's their first target.

Once they succeed in removing that Constitutional Right (which is acknowledged, not granted, by the Constitution), those who hate gun owners have a down-hill run toward universal confiscation of firearms

It doesn't matter that you're a law-abiding citizen who hasn't had as much as a traffic ticket for 20 years; you are considered an outlaw, and as such you need to be curbed from your threat to honest (liberal/non-gun owners) society

5 Facts Proving "They Are Coming For Your Guns" Is Not A Conspiracy Theory:
Many of the politicians, mainstream media pundits, and students who call for stricter gun control laws insist that they are only seeking “common sense” gun legislation. But in reality, the real issues that lead to mass shootings are being ignored and the rhetoric that is being shared in the name of “safety,” is instead chipping away at the Second Amendment, and in some cases, pushing to repeal it altogether.
You might consider writing to your congress-person.  No, not an email; type it out and send it to their home office.

Tell your representatives that you are a gun owner with no criminal history .. and that you are concerned that you civil rights may be undermined by recent gun-control movements.   The Internet has your representatives contact information ... if it's not worth the five minutes to find the contact information, then you just don't care enough about your rights.

I've done that.  None of them replied to me yet.  So it may be that you're wasting your time.  What the heck, you have something better to do in the next 15 minutes?

Or else, expect that your firearms me be subject to mandatory registration, and later confiscation.

Your choice.

Chicago ... That "Toddling Town"

Another week, another Chicago Massacre.  You have to ask yourself ....

                          WTF CHICAGO?

38 shot — 9 fatally — in weekend gun violence across Chicago | Chicago Sun-Times:

Can't you people  talk things out?

I'm wearing out the "CHICAGO" sidebar classification thingie on my computer because every damn WEEK I'm reading about how you folks are killing each other.

Yes, I know there are other major cities with horrendous murder rates ... but you guys seem to get the most press time because (I don't know) the Roaring Twenties?

Gimme a break; Al Capone died of syphilis about a zillion years ago, but you people keep on with the shootings and gangs and I don't know what all.  Have you no shame?

Nine people were killed and at least 29 others were wounded in weekend shootings in Chicago. Shootings across the city wounded 12-year-old boy on the Far South Side, and wounded a woman who tried to break up a fight in University Village, from 5 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. In the weekend’s last shooting, two women were shot by a man they were arguing with in Englewood on the South Side, Chicago Police said. Among the fatalities was 39-year-old Tyrone White, who was killed in a shooting that wounded five others the West Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side. About 1:10 a.m. Sunday, White and the others were gathered outside in the 6400 block of South Eberhart when someone fired shots from inside a passing vehicle, police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said.

Stop it.  Just ... stop it.  I don't need more stories about Chicago murders.

Can't you all just get along?

PS: Can anyone tell me what a "Toddling Town" is?  I tried to ask Frank Sinatra, but he's not answering his phone.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpCoidxg6Ek


Saturday, June 09, 2018

Here's your Diploma, and here's your Armor Plated Vest. Good Luck!

I'm not sure whether to laugh or to weep. 
Graduating 8th grade class gifted bulletproof backpack plates before heading to high school - Story | WTXF: CHADDS FORD, Pa. (WTXF) - Local students have been outfitted with ‘ballistic shields’ for their backpacks as they get ready to head to high school next year. FOX 29’s Bruce Gordon was at St. Cornelius in Chadds Ford Monday as graduating 8th grade students were given the bulletproof plates, all thanks to a local company. St. Cornelius is located in just the kind of quiet, almost idyllic setting that we used to think made schools immune to violent acts like mass shootings.
Protecting students or instilling fear?  I don't know if it's a good idea or ... what.

Whether this is a mechanism which will instill "Fear of Guns" on impressionable adolescents, or will protect them in case of another horrible School Shooting .. well perhaps it will save at least one life.

On the other hand, having armed protection in schools might have the same effect, without making the students feel more like targets.   The bad thing about this is that these teens will feel like targets for the rest of their lives.

Ultimately, this is a silent acceptance by "Responsible Adults" that their charges have no better way to protect themselves, other than to live in fear and cower at the sound of gunshots.

War Story Alert!

On December 28, 1969, I was assigned to a "Road Patrol" mission, which required me to take my platoon on a sweep of Hiway 13 (AKA: :"Thunder Road" .. the main "highway" north of Saigon ... about 30 miles away.

Division Command wanted us to search for mines along the road (literally, nothing more than a dirt track) where three American soldiers had been ambushed and killed.

The soldiers had been to Saigon to purchase champagne glasses for the New Years' Celebration of their unit.  The three of them were returning from Saigon to their unit in an open jeep, when they were ambushed.  The Viet Cong command-detonated a roadside mine, which tipped over their jeep and spilled them (wounded, confused ... helpless) and then the VC advanced and shot every American in the jeep at close range with AK47 fire.

The Americans were armed, but complacent.  They had no way of knowing they were a target .. there had been no VC action in that area for weeks, and the road was daily patroled by local troops.

But directional command-detonated mines can be easily hidden in the berms on either side of the road, and when this trio of unfortunates .. who were armed, and wearing body armor ...entered the Kill Zone, the mine knocked th jeep on its side and left the three Americans dazed  and defenseless.

The hidden VC then approached them, and shot them on the ground.  Their armor was no defense against an AK47, and every one of them died as they lay dazed on the ground. Every one of their "armored" vests had multiple bullet wounds which penetrated their vests and killed them; DRT (Dead Right There).

The area had been "Mopped Up" (bodies and jeep had been recovered) .. but the "armored vests" were still there.

Every round which hit the vests had fully penetrated; most of them were "through and through", meaning that the rifle rounds of their attackers penetrated the front of the vest, penetrated the chest cavity, and exited through the back of the vest.

When my patrol went through the area, the vests were still in place. 

The area reeked of the copper-iron stench of human blood, and there were stagnant, rotting pools of blood marking where each American had died.

In the First Infantry Division (where I was assigned), infantrymen were not obliged to wear "bullet-proof vests".  And for good reason .. by the time I arrived in-country, it had been long determined that "armored vests" were not adeqyate to stop a bullet from either a Claymore mine (or it's NVA equivalent), but was too hot to wear in a tropical climate when we troops were  actively "working" a patrol.

But "Garret Troopers" trusted "Bullet Proof Vests" as an article of faith ... plus they were often required by their local command to wear them when out of the compound.

(No, it didn't make any sense .. but it was "Wishful Thinking:" that "If It Just Saves One Live ..."!)

It didn't save any lives, but it persuaded armored-vested personnel who didn't understand the universal "YOU'RE IN A WAR ZONE!" concept that they were somehow "safe".

They were not; and these three didn't live to regret their acceptance of  illogical expectations.


SO ... I DO NOT TRUST ARMOR!

Nor should you trust body armor.

Any municipality which expects that its citizens may be protected by body armor is just whistling in the graveyard.

TODAY THERE ARE BODY ARMOR OPTIONS AVAILABLE which will stop low-power pistol rounds ... but few which are available to civilians ... and the energy which even a pistol round generates when stopped before penetration will take your breath away

These "armored vestscan may stop some pistol-caliber rounds.  But they are obvious to the casual observer.  They are typically worn by Military and Law Enforcement Officers, and nobody expects them to do  more than stop penetration of small-caliber rifle rounds, at best.

It's like a fist to the chest; it will hurt you and it will undermine your ability to return fire for a bit.  You may not have the luxury of recovering from the impact before you can return fire.

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Where Have All The Swimsuits Gone?

Miss America Beauty Contest has become the Miss America Politically Correct Competition.

America has finally hit the skids, when a beauty contest doesn't focus on feminine pulchritude.
("Pulchritude-ness"?) of the femininity of its contestants,

I stand with the author (see below) in my dismay that the "swimsuit competition:" has been eliminated as one of the essential elements of a beauty contest.

Let me say that loudly:

A BEAUTY CONTEST WITHOUT SWIMSUIT COMPETITION?  MADNESS!

Face, Figure, Form.  Okay, you can be a Rhodes Scholar and that helps, but it's still a BEAUTY CONTEST and how can you judge beauty without  ... oh, wait a minute.  Are they going to ask the contestants to model in the nude?

There's a Liberal theme here, and I'm against it.
And I'm not the only one:
Miss America Swimsuit Competition Eliminated: Political Correctness Gone Wild | National Review: The Miss America competition will now focus on ‘scholarship, social impact, talent and empowerment.’ Good luck with that. The Miss America Organization announced this week that it will no longer judge women on their “outward physical appearance.” To that end, the swimsuit competition is gone. “We are no longer a pageant,” Gretchen Carlson, the group’s head, explained. “Miss America will represent a new generation of female leaders focused on scholarship, social impact, talent and empowerment.” Before I go on, let me confess my shameful secret: I like looking at really beautiful women, including when they wear bikinis.

I'm with "That Guy".

As a reasonable comparison, what if the National Merit Scholarship Program decided to eliminate Grade Point Average of prospective candidates,

It would lose all of its supposed pertinence. 
Scholarship is defined as smartness; Beauty is defined as comeliness.

You want to eliminate the Swimsuit Competition from Beauty Contests?
Fine with me ... let them pose in the Nude Competition.

Heck, I might actually hook my television to the Cable outlet to watch that show.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

NEW NEWS: Harvard Students Are "LIBERAL"!!!!

It SOUNDS as if Harvard were contemplating the inclusion of Republicans on their staff.
But we know that's never going to happen.

Perhaps a couple of  Republican students may be admitted; but that would be just cruel in a student body where they're outnumbered 20,000 to one.

Harvard Student Paper Calls Out University's Liberal Bias, Pushes for Ideological Diversity on Campus | Fox News Insider:
Harvard University's student newspaper criticized the school's liberal bias and called for greater ideological diversity on campus. In an editorial, The Crimson argued that the conversation surrounding diversity and inclusion at Harvard has been dominated by issues of race and gender. "While we should always strive for more conversation that focuses on addressing the unquestionably salient issues of racial and gender identity, approaches seeking to foster diversity, inclusion, and belonging at Harvard should be more comprehensive," the editorial board wrote.
In reference to Conservative Students, would they refer to them using the N-word?

Tucker vs CA Dem on Gun Control Issue .... NOT a "Debate"

There's this thing about a "Debate" where each opponent is permitted to present his position without interruption.

That's how we (observers) get information we need to judge the relative merits of each side.

Unfortunately, Tucker Carlson's aggressive version of "Debate" only allows him to pontificate against his opponent ... which dis-allows the audience evaluate the relative merits of each side.

'You Wrote That': Tucker Battles CA Dem Calling for Federally Enforced Gun 'Buybacks' | Fox News Insider: Tucker Carlson debated a California Democrat who recently called for a law that would institute a government buyback program for "military-style semiautomatic assault weapons" and prosecute those who "defy" the policy by keeping those firearms. (video available at the link)
It seems counter-productive to have a debate where the "host" brow-beats the "guest"; but that's the way the Internet works.   In an interview with a 'hostile' guest (one who disagrees with the host),  it's all about the money ... websites won't abide a host who loses his debate.   And it's unlikely that Tucker Carlson is willing to undermine his "I'm Always Right!" position just to let a 'guest' get in a shot or two.  (Excuse the expression.)

Not that we all agree with Gun Control people, but they are entitled to have their opinion.  If we don't know what it is, how can we debate them?

The Fox News answer is .. we don't debate them.  We bully them, and don't let them talk.
 Piece of cake!

I expect better from people who speak for "my side".

Friday, June 01, 2018

How the assassinations of 1968 led the NRA to become the lobbying force it is today - The Washington Post

WAPO has an in-depth analysis of the rise of the NRA in the turbulent 1960's.

I urge you to read it, and pay attention to the key events which turned this nation inside out.

Also .. WAPO allows a limited number of 'reads' before they begin to charge you for access.  It may be worth it to you , to keep track of what "they" have to say about the issues of gun control and Constitutional Freedoms.

It may be worth it; they don't charge much, and they always have an interesting point of view, whether or not you agree with them.  See below.

How the assassinations of 1968 led the NRA to become the lobbying force it is today - The Washington Post:
The day after an assassin’s bullet crashed through Robert Kennedy’s skull, President Lyndon B. Johnson wrote a letter to Congress. “Let us now spell out our grief in constructive action,” the president urged in a message on June 6, 1968. Johnson decried the availability of arms to the mentally ill. And he lamented “mail-order murder,” which had allowed Lee Harvey Oswald five years earlier to purchase a $19.95 rifle from a Chicago store and train its sights on Robert Kennedy’s brother John as he rode through Dallas in his presidential motorcade:
for more ... follow the link.

YouTube new policy on Firearms Posting

You Tube is "cracking down" on content which features firearms!

 I don't know what the final version will look like, but I DO know that Youtube has  changed its role of providing a central point of reference for Second Amendment issues (and firearms in general) for many years.

Obviously, there's a new Niche market opening up, one which is not inclined to be critical about videos merely because they content provides valuable information about firearms and related topics.   

But you won't see it on YouTube.

Hunting, self-defense, reloading,  care-and-maintenance, quality comparison between manufacturers of similar firearms ... you name it, I've always considered YouTube my first go-to source of information; both technical and entertainment.

Someone will have to step in to fill the gap, but it will be an uphill climb to achieve the familiarity that YouTube had already achieved.

Personally?   think that YouTube has caved into some pressure which hasn't been mentioned yet, let alone identified.  And I think that same agency, group, whatever will continue to hound the Gun Community and its online resources until there's no "There", there!

It's censorship, it's bowdlerization of America, and it's a not-so-subtle attack on our Second Amendment AND First Amendment rights.


The following page contain links from YouTube which provide specific references the above article:

FedEx v NRA Pricing Program Inclusion

FedEx has released a statement in reference to  doing business with the NRA.   *See below for text*

(Note: Hogg Grunts not addressed here.)

While FedEx "distances" itself from the NRA it continues to offer discounts for "american small businesses and consumers".

Apparently, the NRA falls within their business aperture.

It's impossible to criticize their determination to "...  protect schools and students from incidents such as the horrific tragedy in Florida on February 14th".   

In fact, nobody could ask more, or expect less, from a concerned business in America.

So while Fed-Ex isn't about to offer direct support to the goals and activities of the NRA (firearms safety training, safe gun handling, protection of the Second Amendment),  it is encouraging that FedEx hasn't been intimidated by anti-gun fanatics who would undermine our constitutional rights ... and paint law-abiding, safe firearms owners with the same brush of felons, fanatics and murderers.

Speaking as an individual safe firearm owner who has been hunting, plinking, competing for 60 years (as well as serving as an Infantry Platoon Sergeant in Viet Nam during 1969-1970), I applaud Fed-Ex not only for their rational, measured response, but also for not joining the clan of corporations which would tarnish my service by conflating me with illegal, irresponsible firearms users.

I have a couple of Competition Pistols which I have been planning to send to the manufacturer for Level 3 Maintenance and Repair; I believe I'll send them via Fed-Ex rather than "those other guys", and request return vie Fed-Ex as well.

Perhaps others of my friends and co-competitors will Take A Clue and be more particular about specifying Fed-Ex for their shipping needs, as well.

Firearms Owners need to support those agencies who support our sport.   It's not about the money; it's about the support.

Gun control activist David Hogg hints at Memphis protest versus FedEx:
* FedEx released a statement late Wednesday that didn't mention Hogg and repeated several points the company had made earlier this year during an earlier dispute over its discount program for NRA members. "The pricing program mentioned in some reports is not for the NRA itself – it is for American small businesses and consumers that are members of the association," the company said. The company also repeated earlier statements distancing itself from the NRA's positions: "FedEx opposes assault rifles being in the hands of civilians . . .-Most important, FedEx believes urgent action is required at the local, state, and Federal level to protect schools and students from incidents such as the horrific tragedy in Florida on February 14th." *
And yes, even those firearms which you consider to be "Assault Rifles" need maintenance.  My firearms are used for self-defense, competition and for putting meat on my table, not for hurting people.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Helpful Advice from the Theocratic Republic. of Iran

The Supreme Ruler says we need better gun control in America.

I'm touched that the leader of a Theocracy is willing to provide helpful advice to the infidels of America.   I'm only surprised that he hasn't been engaged in extended conversations with leaders of the Baptists, the Catholics, the Mormons, the Shakers, the Episcopalians and the Muslims who constitute only a few of the many, many religious denominations which comprise the religious leadership in my native country.

The experience might help him to understand why we so vigorously defend our freedoms.
But that's not going to happen, because the Ayatollah only recognizes his own religion.

(Well, that's his job.)

Ayatollah Khamenei Calls for Gun Control—in the U.S.: (CNSNews.com) -
Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, has released a statement calling on the United Nations to “seriously” pursue seven “human rights” cases in the United States. One of these is what Khamenei perceives as the need for gun control. “Another case which the UN should definitely pursue is the freedom of selling guns in the US with which so many crimes are being committed,” Khamenei said in a statement published today.
Get your own house in order, "grant" them the same freedoms as American .. and then we'll talk.

We are Americans ... all of us.

Even those of us who don't agree with everyone else.

Oh ... that's all of us.


Nobody Likes a Potty Mouth

The Democrat who said 'F**k The NRA' Is Dropping Out Of NM Congressional Race - Matt Vespa: Pat Davis is dropping out. The New Mexico Democrat who made headlines with his “f**k the NRA” ad has decided to back his challenger instead. He’s doing it to help shore up party unity in the race that’s considered a toss up.
Curiously, in a news release published yesterday, he claimed that his numbers were looking good and that he had received a lot of encouragement from his constituents.

His opponents (in New Mexico?) didn't necessarily disagree with his opinion:
Opponent Deb Haaland issued the following statement:
"The NRA and the arms industry are responsible for horrific preventable deaths all across America -- with communities of color hardest hit by this epidemic of violence. I fully understand the anger many people are expressing, and I share it -- even if I might use different words."
Damon Martinez's campaign declined to comment. KRQE News 13 did not hear back from Antoinette Lopez.
Well they're Democrats, trying to toe the party line (and privately grinning at the curiosity of an avid anti-gunner shooting himself in the foot).

Let's start a new totally unfounded rumor, shall we?

GEEK CENTRAL NEWS FLASH!
DAVIS TO CHANGE PARTY AFFILIATION

Claims He'll Feel More Comfortable as a Member of the "STUPID PARTY


(file under: "Accidental Discharge")


CNN and Broward County

The Gun Feed (thegunfeed.com) has a great picture on their website entry page today: