Friday, July 04, 2014

What "Independence" REALLY means

A Completely Different Proposal for Gun Control:

First of all, it is constitutionally-sound to keep weapons out of the hands of those who might be reasonably assumed to have violent tendencies; otherwise, the background checks we already have would never have stood up to the battering they would have undergone in the courts by zealous gun lobbyists.
This means that people who belong to factions that openly advocate or have a history of violence against US citizens or government agencies, or individuals who openly express such ideas, can and should be prohibited from owning firearms.
Obviously, simply being a skeptic or critic of the US government alone would be insufficient; but those who unambiguously express violent tendencies should be subject to an explicit legal requirement to surrender their firearms.

Seems reasonable, doesn't it?

Read further:

Second, we must remember that the US constitution explicitly gives the government the power to suppress revolts.  Most gun nuts seem to hold the constitutionally unsound idea (which no serious scholar of constitutional law agrees with) that the Second Amendment is somehow about their right to fight against a "tyrranical government" but in reality, the federal government actually has sweeping Constitutional powers to keep the peace.  It seems logical to me that it should be within the powers of the US government to seize firearms and prevent the sale of weapons to people who advocate the violent overthrow of the government for this reason as well.  Our government, however, has been incredibly lax in using this power and I think it's time they used it.  Bundy Ranch and Leith were our wake-up call: there are violent, dangerous people who want to overthrow our government and impose something far worse than our borderline plutocracy on each and every one of us, they are armed, and it would be criminal to allow them to continue owning firearms of any sort.
Oh yeah, the emphasis is definitely added!

"We All Doin' What We can!"

Having read all the above, you have to ask yourself: isn't this the same situation as that which Americans faced at Lexington and Concord in 1775?

About 700 British Army regulars, under Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith, were ordered to capture and destroy military supplies that were reportedly stored by the Massachusetts militia at Concord.
Hmm ... confiscation of privately owned firearms.  To the fanatics at The Daily Kos, that sounds like a "violent overthrow of the government".

(And of course, that is exactly what happened ... to the result which most Americans today are celebrating!) Exactly how would "Rose City Rose" have reacted if she lived under the British Boot 238 years ago, instead of in the insulated, protected environment which America represents today?)

To me it seems sort of ... I don't know, kinda/sorta like ... UNPATRIOTIC for Liberal Democrats to be biting the hand that feeds them (given Food Stamps and other social programs .. literally) on the day when we celebrate our Independence from Foreign Rule.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Trash Shooters: Arizona's Hunter and Ash Canyons Closed to Shooting

The "two percent" who are irresponsible ruin it for the 98% who are responsible.

Shooting Wire:
(July 02, 2014)
Arizona's Hunter and Ash Canyons Closed to ShootingSIERRA VISTA, AZ -

ANOTHER part of Public Lands is closed to shooters, because of the activity of 'some' shooters'.
And the inactivity of other shooters.

Apparently, this area in the Coronado National Forest in Arizona has been closed to "all recreational shooting" due to the irresponsible conduct of a few members of what we may choose to to call "The Shooting Community".

Beginning July 1, 2014 the Coronado National Forest, Sierra Vista Ranger District, will close Ash and Hunter Canyons to all recreational shooting.
 The emergency closure is being implemented due to excessive resource damage to trees and other vegetation in both canyons and large amounts of trash, shells and lead being deposited in trees and on the ground.
 Closing the area to shooting will allow the area to recover, improving vegetative growth and wildlife habitat, and allow for cleanup of damaged hazard trees as well as lead, shells and shooting debris.
 The closure order will remain in effect until July 1, 2015 or until it is rescinded. During this time the Sierra Vista Ranger District will develop an overall Shooting Management Plan for all of the canyons along the east side of the Huachuca Mountains.
 The emergency closure prohibits discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun in the restricted area. Binary explosives such as Tannerite remain illegal in all areas of the Coronado National Forest at all times of the year.
This announcement speaks for itself.

I know there must be responsible members of "the shooting community" which also use this National Forest land for shooting.  If so, I imagine that they try to clean up the area when they visit it.  But if the Trash Shooters outnumber the Real People, it's impossible to keep up with the mess those "other people" leave behind.

Perhaps the Real People are outnumbered, and only the Trash Shooters use that area now; in that case, the Forest Service folks have taken the only remaining solution --- to close the area to ALL shooters.

Arizona, you need to clean up your act.  I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but the Forest Service can not, and will not, monitor the activities of everyone who uses that area.  (And no, I am not familiar with the situation; "all I know is what I read in the newspapers".)

I'm not sure if there's anything that can be done to resolve this situation.  I hate to see any area of public range/forest closed to shooting.  If anyone is deprived of the opportunity to shoot, and the Forest Service can't keep up with the damage ... then it seems up to the few (?) who are responsible to take it into their own hands to maintain the area.

The use of Tannerite on public lands is, in my mind, entirely responsible.

This is our land, folks.  We're responsible for what happens there, even (or especially) if we are not the people who are making the mess.

Otherwise ... no matter how responsible you are, you are not part of the solution.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

"The Last Round You'll Ever Need" ???

Has someone (link at G2 Research) invented the ultimate "Self Defense Bullet"?   They seem to think so, and so does the author of this article on the Radically Invasive Projectile.

Meet the RIP round from G2 Research. Not only does this bullet look scary, it does scary things. It was intended to be used for gun-toting women against would-be attackers, and it’s guaranteed to kill anyone dumb enough to assault anyone who has this in the chamber.
G2 calls it “the last round you will ever need” and describes its effects as “radically invasive.” As you’ll see in the video, the bullet doesn’t just stay in one piece upon entering it’s target. The round uses its forward momentum to send the edges of the bullet ripping apart into your attacker. This not only puts a round into the target, it also sends shrapnel into various parts of the body as well, effectively destroying vital organs.

- See more at:

Personally, I give it "Two Yawns Up" --- just another version of the hollow-point, except that it fragments rather than expands.   The separated base of the bullet continues through as a mass for penetration --- with 'radically' lighter mass, which might be an advantage if penetration is an issue in, for example, an apartment building.

The originators seem inclined to bill it as a one-shot/one-kill bullet, and I haven't seen enough evidence to evaluate it.  (Video, and links to other videos, presented at the bottom of this page.)

Still, reactions at the YouTube site are mixed; a lot of people tend to consider this "scary" and "shouldn't be used except by the military" (note: does violate the Geneva Convention).

Blue Nation Review provides a little black humor in their social evaluation:

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

"No Weapon Is Taken From Anyone":

Feinstein on assault weapons ban: “No weapon is taken from anyone” -
(January 24, 2013)

Legislatures can do only one thing: make laws.  They don't solve problems, they don't resolve crises, they don't stop crime.  They only punish.  Too often, the people they punish are the only ones who respect the law.

This is the story of a Lawmaker who has long ago quit trying for "right", but now only wants to preserve her office by seeming to be "Doing Something" while she is in office:

 In a press conference Thursday, Democrats unveiled a new version of the assault weapons ban that they will introduce into the House and Senate, which includes a ban on 158 specifically named military-style firearms. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who sponsored the Senate version of the bill and who worked on the assault weapons ban from the ’90s that expired in 2004, said in her remarks that this will be a “tough battle,” but she is “incensed that our weak gun laws allow these mass killings to be carried out again and again and again in this country.”
Yes, this original article was published over 18 months ago.

It's offered here as a reminder that the Gun Grabbers will never, NEVER give up!

(And they call ME paranoid!)

The legislation specifically prohibits 158 types of military-grade firearms, as well as other semi-automatic rifles, handguns and shotguns that can have a detachable magazine and have at least one military characteristic. As Feinstein explained, the 1994 version of the law had a two-characteristic test for a weapon to be banned, but that was “too easy to work around.
Is this a reference to the 1994-2004 "Compromise" legislation, which was only enacted if a "Sunset Provision" which allowed the gun/magazine ban to be deleted if (after ten years) it was found to have no effect on the "Violent Crime Rate"?

Yes, it is!

The problem with the 1994 gun ban, according to Senator Feinstein, was that it was "too easy to work around".  In other words, it was insufficiently strict.

Oldie but Goodie: Michael Z on things that you have to "believe, to believe in Gun Control"

Keep and Bear Arms - Gun Owners Home Page - 2nd Amendment Supporters:

Tonight I re-viewed Michael Z. Williamson's:
 "It's amazing what one has to believe to believe in gun control"

As usual, I enjoyed his caustic wit.  I must have read this a dozen times over the years.  While some of the issues have changed slightly .. every item is a dead-on (excuse the Politically Incorrect verbiage), scathingly accurate analysis of the Progressive "cognitive dysfunction" demonstrated on a daily basis.
That manufacturers are not responsible for damages caused by their products, unless that product is a gun.
 That trigger locks and other devices make guns safer, which is why the police and military refuse to use them.
 That registration of guns will help law enforcement, because that way they won't need probable cause and a warrant to conduct a search.
 That registration of guns, which makes their existence a matter of public knowledge under the FOIA, isn't dangerous to owners.
 That registration of guns, in violation of the McClure-Volkmer Act, and as declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, is somehow still legal.
 That private citizens making private sales of private property is a "loophole."
 That the existence of weapons not banned by previous laws is a "loophole." That making it harder to get a license to sell firearms legally will reduce the number of people selling illegally.
 That it's safer to do nothing than resist with a gun, which is why the military wins so many wars by not fighting.
 That we must close shooting ranges because of the noise, but ban silencers because they are quiet.
 That owning a gun for self-defense indicates an intent to kill, just like owning a first aid kit indicates an intent to impersonate a physician.
 That guns are an "epidemic" even though we can't treat them with penicillin.
 That there's no right to own military weapons, which is why the Civilian Marksmanship Program at exists to sell military weapons to civilians under Congressional authority.
 That suggesting teachers be armed is an outrageous suggestion for a "civilized" society, which is why the Swiss and Israelis do it.
 That making it harder and harder for even cops to have guns on school property will somehow make it harder for lunatics to kill the utterly helpless students.
If you think he's caustic here, you should read some of his books.

NOTE that he has also co-authored with John Ringo and Tom Kratman.

You can get them all from Amazon, or you can borrow them from me.

Hmmm ... not.  Go to Amazon.  My books are MINE!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Final, Official on USPSA Scandal

Letter from USPSA President Phil Strader on the Paul Hendrix cheating scandal | Gun Nuts Media:

I think that this is a solid, reasonable, and balanced response. Lacking any way to prove that Hendrix colluded with others conclusively, the punishment should fall squarely on his shoulders, and a lifetime ban is the only appropriate punishment. My only question is why this was posted on Facebook, and not emailed to the entire membership at large\
Posted by CALEB, June 27, 2014

I agree ... why did I have to search the internet to find this?

Oh, go to the link at the top of the article to see Pres Phil's statement.

No "I'm Sorry/You're Forgiven".
No "rehabilitation"
No "acknowledge your continuing commitment over the years"

Just "Don't let the screen door hit you on your way out."

It all goes back to my very first comment:

Why cheat at USPSA?