Friday, April 04, 2014

Grunts Without Guns (LONG!)

Reference "Another Ft. Hood Massacre", (which incident has been talked up much better elsewhere) ....  I'm still fuming about the practice of not allowing American military personnel to be armed "in camp".   This policy, established 20 years ago by President Bill "Willy" Clinton, actually goes back much farther.

Which explains part of my ire, which has been with me since 1969.

And which just might not be defensible.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Georgia lawmakers pass controversial 'guns everywhere' bill | MSNBC

Georgia lawmakers pass controversial 'guns everywhere' bill | MSNBC:
(March 21, 2014 .. revised March 23, 2014)

The Georgia House passed a sweeping gun bill late Thursday night that allows firearms in bars, nightclubs, school classrooms and certain government buildings that lack security personnel or devices. Lawmakers moved the bill through the House during the last hour of the night on Thursday, meeting their midnight deadline before the end of the current legislative session. If signed by the state’s governor, the law will give religious leaders the option to “opt-in” to allow guns on their worship premises, where violators cannot be arrested or fined more than $100 each. Additionally, it could grant citizens the right to carry firearms in bars, nightclubs, libraries, sports facilities, senior citizen and youth centers, and on K-12 premises by authorized administrators and teachers.
Not surprisingly, this MSNBC article presents a rather biased interpretation of the new Georgia laws, in order to present a view which accords with the author's anti-gun prejudices.

I intend to present a different interpretation, based on my own personal PRO-gun prejudices.

Now you know the "Full Disclosure", which is more than the MSNBC author allowed you; hopefully, you will evaluate both interpretations and find your own understanding to fall somewhere in the middle ground.

Kansas: Gun RIGHTS, not Gun CONTROL

Senate preparing to pull trigger on gun-rights bill |
(April 01, 2014.   The Topeka Capital-Journal:  H/T: The Gun Wire)

Kansas is preparing to eliminate all existing and proposed restrictions on Concealed Carry.
The Senate endorsed a sweeping bill Tuesday limiting authority of local governments to require employees to disclose if they hold a concealed-handgun permit and abolishing power of cities or counties to spend tax dollars on gun buy-back programs. Legislation scheduled for a final vote Wednesday would require elimination of all city or county regulations, ordinances or policies regulating the open carrying of firearms. The bill would allow municipal governments to post signs on buildings to ban open carry of weapons, but violators would face no criminal sanction for ignoring the signs. The Senate bill also would make it a misdemeanor to operate, possess or carry any firearm — not just a concealed handgun — while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Chicago CHL holder "Unclear On The Concept?"

The whole point to CHL (Concealed Handgun License) is that if you apply for and receive a CHL, you understand that you represent the Responsible Gun Owners who deserve the trust of --- well, people who are frightened by people who carry guns.

NW Side man is first concealed carry permit holder arrested in Chicago - Chicago Sun-Times:
(March 30, 2014) 
A 54-year-old Northwest Side man who allegedly pulled a gun during a property dispute is the first concealed carry permit holder arrested in Chicago, police officials say. William P. O’Connell, of the 7200 block of North Oleander Avenue, lost his permit as a result of the arrest, said a spokeswoman for the Illinois State Police. In January, a new state law kicked in allowing people to carry concealed weapons as long as they have a permit. O’Connell was involved in a quarrel over rent money with a 52-year-old man on March 23, police said. O’Connell allegedly pointed a handgun at the man and threatened to shoot him.

The sad truth is, some people just cannot live up to the expectations.

The "Shall Issue" rule in Chicago is .. what, less than four months old?  (Effective January, 2014 ... Who can keep track of Chicago?)  And already it is being abused by a man who presumably met the necessary background checks and references to aver that he was qualified to responsibly carry a concealed handgun.

I'm disappointed.  Embarrassed for him, and for the people who have fought for so long to get Illinois into the "More Guns/Less Crime" mindset.   His only job was to prove himself worthy of the trust, and he mucked it up the first chance he got.

He has, of course, been deprived of his license to carry a gun.  I hope they charge him with every felony they can think of, from 'brandishing' to felony assault.

There is no excuse for pulling a gun on a person, unless it is a matter of defense of self, or others.  Property?  Maybe, under special circumstances; I don't think so highly of most of the 'things' I own that I deem them worthy of a life.  On the other hand, if I'm present when I'm being robbed, I would be concerned that the robber would prove to be a threat to me, personally.  It still comes down to "Things" vs "People", and I can't fault people who decide that they are at risk during felonious assault.

But .. arguing over RENT?

Geez, think of all those judges who aren't getting paid to settle property litigation!

On the other hand, now the Chicago Judiciary has a juicy "Menacing"  (or better, "Assault") charge to try.

Chicago.  There's always something.  Maybe it's the Mercury in the lake waters.

You think?

  [Hat Tip:  "Say Uncle"]

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Another Ft. Hood Massacre

Four dead, 14 injured at Ft. Hood, Texas congressman says - KILLEEN, Texas —
(April 2, 2014 @1718)
Authorities are investigating a shooting at Ft. Hood that left four people dead and 14 others injured, according to a Texas congressman. The sprawling military base was on lockdown as investigators tried to determine whether there was a second gunman.

Ft. Hood

The shooter was among the four dead soldiers. Count of wounded has not been confirmed yet.

Ft. Hood remains on lockdown and everyone at the Texas Army base is to "shelter in place."

The 1st Cavalry Division, which is based at Ft. Hood, sent a Twitter alert telling people on base to close doors and stay away from windows.
 That Base Sign is beginning to look like a tombstone.

It only lacks one more shield:

The Legacy of Piers Morgan: A True Believer!

Bottom line on GUNS in America : Guns in 21st Century America : Naples Blogs : Naples Daily News: Local Naples, Florida News Delivered Throughout the Day.:
Love him or hate him this man always went to the bottom line and said what he believed. He let those of different views say thier [sic] piece too, without the cut-offs, shout-downs and bullying you see today on the Fox cable show. Piers Morgan even took his show into the lions den in the largest gun and shooters shop in Texas. The owners demostrated [sic] thier [sic] best, most popular guns and ammo. At that time it was the AR-15 Military style assault rifle, 100 plus shots in less than a minute, wonderfull [sic] . Killing made fast and easy. Piers words speak for themselves. I agree with most of them and the respectfull [sic] way he says them and proves his point.
Oh, where to start.

America's Newest Firearms Superstore Opens in… California?

America's Newest Firearms Superstore Opens in… California? | Virtual-Strategy Magazine:

Despite California's increasing intolerance for firearms, a new firearms manufacturing superstore proudly opens its doors. Complete with an e-commerce website, Full Spectrum Firearms brings innovation to firearms enthusiasts across the nation. Fresno, CA (PRWEB) March 31, 2014
Really!  I'm amazed.

In 2005 I posted an article which described Ronnie Barrett's decision to discontinue servicing Barrett .50 BMG rifles owned by the LAPD after California declared that his rifle was EVILLLL!

And in 2007 I posted an article which described the STI (Strayer-Tripp, Inc.) decision to discontinue selling their pistols to California LEO organizations when it appeared that CA would implement the Micro-Stamping requirement on new gun sales.

There was also a point around that time (a cursory search of this website didn't find the exact post) when California was implementing a new law which required that EVERY model, make and caliber of pistol which the manufacturer expected to sell in California must submit a sample production exemplar of that pistol to California.  There it would be subjected to extreme "Drop Test".  As I recall, the requirement was that the pistol would be repeatedly dropped onto a concrete floor from a height of six feet, while cocked and with the safety off.  If the hammer dropped, the model was rejected and would not be allowed to be sold in California.

Of course, the testing was a "to destruction" process, so the submitted firearms were not in a condition to sell .. whether the firearm passed the test or not.

STI (and other manufacturers) backed away from that loser law, too.

So, with this very limited experiential history as a basis, I'm wondering just WHY anyone would want to start a new firearms manufacturing business in ... Kalifornia?


(April 1, 2014)
Second Amendment Foundation: BELLEVUE, WA – 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico have agreed, in a stipulated order, to not enforce a section of the state’s controversial SAFE (Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement) Act while an appeal is underway in one of the legal challenges to that statute, amounting to a small but important victory for the Second Amendment Foundation in a challenge to the constitutionality of a provision in the law.
Well, isn't that special?

 At issue is the arbitrary seven-round limit on magazine capacity that was included in the SAFE Act under Section 265.37 of that law. At
trial in the case of New York State Rifle and Pistol Assn, Inc. v. Cuomo, Judge William M. Skretny ruled that the section dealing with the magazine limit is unconstitutional. He upheld other provisions in the Act.
 "... arbitrary seven round limit on magazine capacity ....."

Unless I am sadly mistaken, most of these 'arbitrary ... limit on magazine capacity" laws are disingenuous at best.  The usual practice is to accompany the 'mag capacity' rule with verbiage to the effect that " .... the following firearms are restricted in that they allow the use of a magazine with a capacity of holding more than (x-number) rounds".  The only variable is the "arbitrary"  number of rounds.

Make no mistake, that number is entirely arbitrary.  Is a seven round magazine acceptable, but an eight round magazine is "evil"?   Those who would mandate a magazine capacity limit would very much prefer a maximum of ONE round, but they feel magnanimous in "allowing" us to have up to <gasp!> SEVEN rounds of highly dangerous ammunition. 

One supposes that they feel this is a quid pro quo measure.

That is, they will "give" the citizens of their state the ability to carry SEVEN round of ammunition  (presumably because the WWII magazines in a 1911-frame .45 accepted 7 rounds).

In turn, they expect you to swallow, smile, and say "thank you, that was very good for me".

Those of you New Yorkers who have foolishly bought 8-round magazines, or even worse 10-round magazines?  Well, y'all are just shit out of luck because you know that this appeal process is going to fail in the long run.


It's the governor of New York, that's why.

And you thought Cuomo was a Good Guy because he stood up with GW Bush on 9/12.

The fact is, of course, that restricting magazine capacity DOES "infringe" upon the 2nd Amendment.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Salem Oregon: New indoor shooting range!

Marine veteran opens indoor shooting range | Statesman Journal |

An indoor shooting range where individuals can learn about gun safety, sharpen their skills, go through training simulations or purchase a weapon is now open in Salem. Tritac Shooting Solutions at ...
1400 Sunnyview Road NE 
... had a soft opening March 26. Co-owner Martin Weiss, a Marine Corps veteran, decided to open the facility to provide gun enthusiasts and law enforcement officials a place to sharpen their skills away from the elements. “I felt there was a need for a safe facility,” he said.


 Although I do not live in Salem, I live very near there.   "People Who Shoot" need to be aware of, and support, independent facilities as they become available.

If YOU live near Salem (Oregon), I heartily encourage you to patronize this new business. 


Facebook (and map):


TriTac is committed to providing the highest level of training and safety to the general public and security professionals in Salem and surrounding areas.
TriTac Shooting Solutions offers six lanes of live-fire indoor shooting for pistols and rifles; high-definition video training simulator; gun and ammo rentals and sales; instructional classes for beginners to advanced shooters.

-30 Days of unlimited range time with the purchase of a firearm!
-The only place in Salem where you can try out a gun through our rental program before you buy one!
-Ammo in stock, no limits!
-TriTac is a great place for parties and dates!
-Watch for updates about special ladies' nights.
-Group training available for law enforcement, military, and security personnel.
-Open 7 days a week

Membership Information
-Unlimited lane use
-Priority reservations- No waiting!
-Special deals and discounts
-Free eye and ear protection
-Free TriTac t-shirt

April Fool's Day!


No stupid April Fools Day tricks here.  

Unless you count Obama's jubilation over having met his 'benchmark' for Affordable Care enrollment.

Well ... and that's His trick.  How many have truly signed up, considering that as of March 1 nobody expected  enrollment to reach six million, let alone seven point one million, and Smarmy Biden was "lowering expectations" from 7 mill to 6 mill a month ago?

Imagine, after all these months to get six million enrollees,  when it came down to the wire and they absolutely had to show progress .... they got ONE MILLION PEOPLE to sign up for Obamacare in just four weeks.

How'd they do that?
It's a freaking MIRACLE, that's what it is.

Yes, We Can!

Question:  How many of the enrollees have actually actually sent a check?

OH, and ....

According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2009 there were 48.6 million people in the US (15.7% of the population) who were without health insurance. (source as of July 2013)

Assuming that 7.1 million are now insured, thanks to the wonder of ObamaCare ....
Where are the other forty million?

Monday, March 31, 2014

NSF: "Climate Change; The Musical"

National Science Foundation funded climate change musical to tune of $700,000 | Fox News:

Your Tax Dollars At Work!

The National Science Foundation has spent nearly $700,000 on a climate change-themed theatrical production, leaving some in Congress questioning if the organization's grant funds could be put to better use.
Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, questioned White House science czar John Holdren in a hearing last Thursday about the way the NSF is using taxpayer money -- including on the grants for the play, a New York production called "The Great Immensity."
“I support basic research, which can lead to discoveries that change our world, expand our horizons and save lives,” Smith, chairman of the House Science Committee, told “But NSF has funded too many questionable research grants.
 Spending taxpayer dollars to fund a climate change musical called ‘The Great Immensity’ sounds more like a waste of taxpayer dollars -- money that could have funded higher priority research.
(emphasis added)

Yes, the article is describing exactly the boondoggle it sounds like.  A stage show which is intended to .. not research, but to glamorize the theories behind the research.   It's an actual stage play, produced to champion the cause of Awareness of Global Warming, and financed by Your Tax Dollars.

This kind of project might marginally be 'understandable' (if not  'acceptable') if it was endowed by NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) ... we already know that is a wildcat experiment designed to pay lunatics to pee into a mason jar and call it "Art".   But no, this is ... Science!

A stage play is ... science?

Performance Art?

Here's the kind of performance which this project is funding:

SOL ...  A Climate Change Musical!
Spreading the message through music and theatre. [sic]
We need to come off the carbon, but we can't.  We're locked into a cycle of production and consumption that just seems too set in it's ways to change direction.
It's not for want of information or know-how.  It's rather our self-belief and the will to act for our collective  future which needs to be re-kindled.  We need to become emotionally engaged with new stories about ourselves and our planet if we're going to have any joy in adapting our behaviours to the new situation we find ourselves in.
and ...

A song of our warming planet -- understanding Climate Change through music
When faced with the challenge of sharing the latest climate change discoveries, scientists often rely on data graphics and technical illustrations. University of Minnesota undergrad Daniel Crawford came up with a completely different approach. He’s using his cello to communicate the latest climate science through music.
Well, isn't THAT special?

Woody Allen (who probably did NOT deliberately contribute to this tree-hugging liberal bullshit) once said:  "I don't want to achieve immortality through my work... I want to achieve it through not dying."

Can't argue with that.

Here's MY take on Climate Change: The Musical:

"I don't want to save the earth by paying for Liberal Tree-Hugger bullshit programs; I just want to die before the bill hits my mailbox!"

Chicago: 17 people shot in 30 hours!

2 Dead, 15 Wounded in Chicago Shootings Since Friday | NBC Chicago:
Two men were fatally shot and at least 15 others have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday.
(Sunday, March 30, 6am)

Seventeen .... which was the median age of the victims (except a FedEx courier and a 41 year old man who was in the company of a 16-year-old victim of the same incident) ... people shot.  One of the "wounded" was shot in the head; prognosis unavailable.  

(According to the rough timeline provided in the article, all of the shootings occurred between Noon Friday and 4:30pm Saturday.)    

One 'victim' was killed by a Chicago policeman; the 'victim' was pointing a pistol at the policeman at the time, during a home invasion of the officer's residence, and had refused to put down the gun.  As nearly as the reader can tell, that was the only incident in which both parties had displayed a gun.  Were the shootings entirely random?  The article doesn't delve deeply enough to determine causality.  Apparently, even the local NBC affiliate was overwhelmed by the spate of Gun Violence in Chicago.

Yes, the term "Gun Violence" seems appropriate; but the emphasis should be on the word "violence", not "guns".   Note that only ONE incident was characterized by an intended 'victim' having a gun.  That was the Chicago policeman who shot a teen who was defending his life, his property, and his family during a home invasion.

According to the article in only one shooting 'gang-related'. Yeah, right.

Let's talk about this for a minute: