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Monday, February 28, 2011

Yeah, they're all big and bad ...

... until homeschoolers sue:

Several Maricopa County, Ariz., deputies are seeking protection from the courts after threatening to take children away from their parents because the homeschooling family was unwilling to allow social workers inside their home for an inspection based on an unsubstantiated anonymous rumor.

Ok, they didn't threaten the family ... they just provided the color of law.

Most thinking folks believe that zero tolerance in the schools is wrong. Why should we let police officers do the same thing?


JPFO alert

Red light, green light - the results

Not violent ...

... peaceful:

President Obama must embrace Islam as a way of life or face the consequences of a trial under the Shariah Islamic court system, declared British extremist cleric Anjem Choudary.

Choudary, founder and former chief of two Islamic groups disbanded by the British authorities under anti-terror legislation, is planning a Washington protest later this week in which he says he will call on American Muslims to revolt against the country and implement Shariah law.

"On top of that, he's increased the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, so he is a warmonger just as his predecessor was. And thirdly and more importantly," Choudary said, "the Muslims don't want democracy and freedom. Democracy and freedom are anathema to Islam and the Shariah."

Did you catch that last part? "Muslims don't want democracy and freedom".

It would almost be funny, except the MFM will hairlip the governor trying to apologize for these guys, while the supposed 'moderate' muslims say nothing.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

This is pretty big!

CBS reports on Project "Gunwalker"

You might notice ...

... that there's a new addition to the sidebar.

People of the Gun is a tribe of regular gun owners (and a few bloggers!) who are ready to standup and be counted.

Take a look ... lots of regular folk out there.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Here's what we need

From the comments on Ace's, Q-ships:

Q-ships, also known as Q-boats, Decoy Vessels, Special Service Ships or Mystery Ships, were heavily armed merchant ships with concealed weaponry, designed to lure submarines into making surface attacks. This gave Q-ships the chance to open fire and sink them.

Which leads to this use:

Attacks on merchant ships by pirates originating on the Somalia coast have brought suggestions from some security experts that Q-ships be used again to tempt pirates into attacking a well defended ship .

This is analogous to Americans carrying concealed weapons ... it gives the criminals pause.


This is why ...

... we need high-capacity magazines:


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h/t Ace

PS - sorry about the dating link

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Why there aren't 15 dead pirates ...

... I'll never figure out:

The U.S. forces found the four Americans has been shot by their captors and attempted to deliver lifesaving medical care - but all four ultimately died of their wounds, the U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

"During the boarding of the Quest, the reaction force was engaged by pirates on board the vessel. Two pirates died during the confrontation and 13 were captured and detained along with two pirates already in US Forces custody," CENTCOM said

The pirates cannot be brought to the US. They need to be executed forthwith.

Maybe the Navy needs to camp out around Somalia and light up every fifth ship that even looks like a pirate ship.

JPFO alert

Red light, green light

What do you think?

Good time for an armed Restore the Constitution Rally:

Members of the various Tea Party, 9/12, and other freedom-oriented folks in the Atlanta area will be assembling in the vicinity of Georgia State Capitol this coming Wednesday afternoon at 4 pm. We'll be providing balance to the ravings of the passengers aboard the SEIU Thugbus, which is scheduled to vomit forth its stooges at that same place and time.

Could be that it's heading toward that anyway.

I also predict that if someone doesn't 'convince' a democrat senator to return to Madison, WI, the R's will cave.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Good on 'em

Wish more states were like this:

Texas is preparing to give college students and professors the right to carry guns on campus, adding momentum to a national campaign to open this part of society to firearms.

More than half the members of the Texas House have signed on as co-authors of a measure directing universities to allow concealed handguns. The Senate passed a similar bill in 2009 and is expected to do so again. Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who sometimes packs a pistol when he jogs, has said he's in favor of the idea.

Common sense, if you ask me.

Utah has had this for a while now, yet you never hear about all the blood in the streets. Let folks defend themselves.


More on Open Carry ...

Robb Allen's been doing yoemans' work on this particular issue, since he's trying to help get OC legal in his state of Florida. He's also been the most level-headed of all the bloggers I read:

So, let’s have discussions on the merits of OC from a social perspective. We can even discuss the tactical differences. But let’s not combine the two because they are different beasts. Also, this goes for me and the pro-OC guys & gals just as well, we shouldn’t try to use the social to justify the tactical or vice versa. They’re separate.

In the end, I want you to be able to wear your Deagle on a chest rig if you want, or pocket your P3AT in your cargo shorts. The choice is yours and shouldn’t be made by politicians, bureaucrats, or committees. And as gun owners, I wish we’d spend the same amount of effort we do chastising each other for differences in how we handle things into pestering our misrepresentatives to get the laws changed.

Robb is much nicer than I am.

It's my opinion that in this particular incident, the anti-OC folks are arrogant Fudds, intent on letting us know in no uncertain terms of their inherent superiority about all things firearms-ish and political. And in true liberal-progressive fashion, they want us to conform to their view of the world, at the point of the states' gun if need be.

Sorry, I won't play.

Are shotguns normally seen in a library? No, and it's likely that some were a bit frightened by that. I'll concede that. But second guessing why he carried a shotgun? Srsly?? I have neither the inclination nor the right to tell you how, when or what to carry while going about your business. You want to hump around a patrol rifle? Fine by me ... you'll learn that it's really not all it's cracked up to be. Carry an MP5? Sure, why not?!

But you wanna tell me that I can't? No thanks.


JPFO alert

Armed and Jewish - Candace Dainty

Any excuse

Friday, February 18, 2011

Action thought ...

Is it time we started treating other constitutional rights like we do 2A rights?

Weerd Beard commented on a Sebastian post regarding magazine capacity. Weerd lives in the Volksrepublik of MA, and he (and JayG) have to negotiate a lot of laws just to own firearms.

So why doesn't the NRA start to push their favorite kids in state legislatures to start introducing bills that would treat the right to assemble, the right to free speech, the freedom of the press, the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure, etc ... and start exacting the same fees as are charged to firearm owners?

For instance, it costs $100 in MA just to get a permit to own a firearm (and they can't be evil firearms, either). So why not introduce legislation that requires a $100 permit to street-preach? $100 permit to demonstrate outside a place of business? Require all 'authorized journalists' to get a $100 permit to report the news? How about a $100 permit for all citizens to be able to vote?

Sound extreme?

Then why is the NRA not partnering with, oh, say the Second Amendment Foundation to file suit against MA for requiring money to exercise an enumerated right? And why wasn't that suit filed as soon as the McDonald decision came down?

Why has the NRA done nothing about the Hughes amendment?

It seems to me that the 800lb gorilla needs to really start throwing it's weight around.

Start in MA and IL.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Another open carry kerfluffle

This time brought to us by some Michiganders, and brought to our attention by Breda (Uncle, Robb Allen and Sebastian chime in as well).

Seems that the local library (among other government entities) are violating the law by not allowing folks to carry openly in the library (MI doesn't have any option to carry concealed). To protest, some individuals have resorted to carrying long guns and shotguns into the library.

It has opened that can of worms yet again.

Given that I am an absolutist wrt the 2A, I agree with your right (as long as it's legal) to carry a long gun wherever you want. In fact, I think that's what the 2A indicates when it talks about 'the security of a free state' (security details will be carrying long guns, or submachineguns at least).

I will also concede that bearing a shottie into a library might be a strategic faux pas, but it's legal to do so, and that's the point these folks are trying to make.

From what I've seen, Shottie Boy, when asked to leave, left ... quickly and with no argument, so his point was made. This leads me to analogies to Rosa Parks, and how some commenters think the analogy breaks down.

I believe that Rosa Parks is a more extreme example than firearms, because a little black woman is not threatening at all. Yet look at how many people got their panties so tightly in a bunch, just because a black woman had the utter audacity to sit in the front of a public bus.

Now ... who was right, and who was wrong?


You're welcome

h/t Alan

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

This is pretty good!

Breda alerts us to a new airline, Awesome Air:

We don't trust any of you motherfuckers, and that's why when you get on board, we hand each of you a gun. If you pull it out first, you're the terrorist. If you pull it out second, you're EVERYONE ELSE. Good luck, first guy
Sounds like my kind of airline!


Yeah, what he said ...

... the cab driver that plowed into a crowd in San Diego fell asleep, right?

That headline is a little provocative because, at the moment, the story is that supposedly he fell asleep or blacked out.

Which is possible.

But no one seems to even mention That Other Possibility That Shall Not Be Named. No kidding, every story I call up says "police are looking into the possibility he fell asleep or blacked out at the wheel." Okay, fine; do you have a plan B? Or is that the only possibility under active consideration?

This quickie bio on Hassan isn't reassuring:


I especially liked the part about us not trusting the government, and that we're acting rationally by taking matters into our own hands.


My feelings exactly

Nat Hentoff points out the idiocy of 'zero tolerance':

Having violated the school's zero-tolerance code on weapons, the child faced 40 days in the district's reform school. That sure would teach him a lesson, but about what?
Yeah .... about what? Not to trust the system, that's what.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I'm late!

Email Ms Terrell about the multiple long gun sales reports.

I just did.


Here's a thought ...

Radley Balko has a post about the Pace University football player who was shot and killed last year by a police officer, and how the officer has not been charged:

A grand jury said Monday that a police officer did not commit a crime when he killed a Pace University football player in a confused series of events last year, according to the the district attorney's office.

Of course, other witnesses dispute the officers' account of the incident.

So I started thinking, why not automatically charge every police officer who shoots a citizen?

'But Packetman, then no one would want to be a cop', you say.

Which begs the question - Why, then, are people joining the police force in the first place?


Suprise, suprise ...

... illegal alien refuses to leave, and kills 3:

A Salvadoran man who was ordered deported nearly a decade ago but never left has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in a series of shootings and a knife attack in a Virginia suburb of Washington.

When will we learn?


Monday, February 14, 2011

Thank God!

At least they weren't killed with those evil guns:

A crazed knifeman who allegedly murdered four people and stabbed four others in New York has been dramatically arrested at Times Square.
And it's a good thing that none of the victims were allowed firearms to defend themselves. I'm sure Mr Bloomberg is happy.


That doesn't mean what you think it means

This is liberty ... you're looking for liberty liberty:

Attorneys for Bradley County, Tenn., and several of its officials have submitted a brief to the state Supreme Court arguing that the constitutional idea of "liberty" doesn't actually mean "physical liberty."
Constructive liberty? Imaginative liberty? WTF?

I really hope this turns out badly for Bradley County.


JPFO alert

Armed and Jewish

Sunday, February 13, 2011

1st suppressor experience

Yeah, I busted my quiet cherry yesterday!

I went out to Liberty Cans, where they have a one-Sat-a-month try out their cans day - Bring Your Own Ammo. I took my son with me, 'cuz I need someone to pull triggers while I listen, ya know.

There were, all together, 5 other folks there looking at suppressors. Weapons that were there were a Sig P226, Walther P22, Auto Ordnance .45 and an M-16 (yeah, with a fun switch!). David Saylor also had a bolt-action rifle in .308 to show the difference between bolt guns and semi automatics. Weapons that were brought to Liberty were AR-15's; one in .223 and one in .308.

First weapon to get fired was the .308 AR. David had his dB meter set up because he likes to get data on different weapons.

First shot - 142 dB! Now, dB charts are mostly worthless, but to me, it sounded like a .22 rifle loaded with Stingers. That's a .308.

Wow - I had no idea. Then David took the last round and fired it into the ground and showed us that within about 10 feet, there isn't even a sonic crack (the sonic envelope doesn't have time to develop). That last round was downright tolerable.

I had no idea.

Then my son loaded up the Walther, the 226 and the .45. Impressive results. If it weren't for the light 9mm rounds I brought, the 226 would've sounded a lot better.

The .22 sounded like a bb gun.

So now I'm trying to work out funding for a Liberty Cans Essence of Liberty .22 can. 4 oz of titanium, cleanable quality.

I'm very fortunate to live in the same area as Liberty, and that I have an opportunity to talk to the man himself.


Friday, February 11, 2011

Oh the tedium ...

Tam has another post about M1911A1's, in which I notice a good term:

well inside minute-of-goblin

A tad better than minute-of-berm, don't you think?!



A much more detailed look:

In fact, the 3,480 guns positively traced to the United States equals less than 12 percent of the total arms seized in Mexico in 2008 and less than 48 percent of all those submitted by the Mexican government to the ATF for tracing.
Of course, we in the gun culture already knew that. The article goes into much more depth than just math and numbers. RTWT.

h/t Sebastian


Morning funny

Saw this on AFV the other night ... reminded me of the Brady campaign!


Thursday, February 10, 2011

JPFO alert

Wouldn't it be terrible?

More from the Religion of Peace

I'll bet these folks wish they had a firearm with several of those wicked high-capacity magazines:

Now, it's just my opinion that upon seeing that they're a bit outgunned (rocks vs firearms), these thugs would turn tail and run. I also think that's no excuse not to put at least a couple in the dirt, for instructional purposes.


Here's the reason ...

... for the Second Amendment:

The only check on power is power itself.

Jeff is talking about something else in this post, but his admonition about power is spot on.



Sebastian has a post up about a DGU where the citizen made some statements and did some things that he thinks will hurt his case. One for sure won't help him (refusing to disarm when asked to by police), but the other, I'm not so sure it's such a big deal.

The man, Gerald Ung, is reported to have said to the attackers "don't piss me off'. I remember a long time ago that Massad Ayoob dealt with this in a court case. In that case, he was accused of saying some awfully mean and profane things to the perp in the course of the apprehension and arrest. When asked about it on the stand, he said something like (this is from memory now) ' I have also been accused of calling the defendant a motherfucker ... I may have, but in the heat of the moment I don't remember saying it.'

Case closed.

Now, it's my opinion that the DA in the Ung case should be looking at this case with a bit more of a critical eye, filing charges against Ung. But this is a lesson we all need to be aware of. If you have to shoot someone in self-defense, society is going to adjudicate the death of a citizen. He may have been a shitty citizen, but he's a citizen none the less. Some DA's seem to forget why they're there.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I'd also like to whine a bit

And I understand the economics of all this.

When I went to see about a suppressor, I asked about barrel threading. Liberty Cans will thread Ruger barrels, and other barrels provided it's cost-effective.

The factory options are, shall we say, underwhelming.

So if you're looking at suppression, in addition to the cost of the suppressor and the tax stamp, you're also looking at the cost of having the barrel threaded (if it can be done) with the requisite having the front sight moved back, or you can get a replacement barrel which is more expense.

Sure would be nice if manufacturers started threading their barrels (with a thread protector) or at least offering that as an option.


Gura @ CATO

Alan Gura sat in with a couple of other dufasses on a 2A panel. I haven't listened to it all yet, but I've gotten 3/4 of the way through.

In his opening remarks, Alan Gura lamented that there are other, more ... 'extreme' elements who are following a legal path that is perhaps not that productive. This brings up a problem, in that Alan Gura hasn't set up a legal clearinghouse so that litigants can check to see that their cases pass his planned muster.

Now I understand that Alan Gura is the golden boy regarding 2A litigation, and rightly so. But as his co-panelist notes, the other litigants often have no choice in the matter, since those cases are primarily criminal in nature. Take David Olofson.

His case was criminal (disregard for a moment the ATF malfeasance), and he had no choice but to argue the way he did. No one can blame him.

And Alan Gura doesn't like the bad precedent that sets, because it makes his job harder. Understandable, but consider this: David Olofson has been railroaded. He'll have been out of prison for years before Alan Gura can advance a court case to address the issues involved in the Olofson case.

And while Alan Gura relentlessly follows his plan, other citizens' firearm rights are being infringed, often with no recourse. You can't blame someone in a bad situation from arguing the only way they can.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

JPFO alert

Curable or incurable?

Speaking of 'just'

I just got back from talking to a man about a suppressor. David Saylor of Liberty Cans was very helpful (especially since he was on his way to a funeral) and I plan to go up on Saturday to get some hands on experience on his suppressors.

I was leaning toward the Essence of Liberty .22 suppressor, but I may try the Kodiak, since it's built a bit heavier, and is full-auto rated for most rimfire cartridges.


Just finished MHI

And it was a great book ... would make a great screenplay.


Monday, February 7, 2011

JPFO alert

Good cop, bad cop.

It may have been an honest mistake ...

... but down her in the South, I don't think it would have happened:

Four-star Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli -- the No. 2 general in the U.S. Army -- says he is absolutely not offended that Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett mistook him for a waiter at a fancy Washington dinner this week and asked him for a glass of wine.

Yes, the brass may joke about looking like waiters .... I think this is a case of the general giving Jarrett the benefit of the doubt.

She's still a Lefty bitch.


It just 'went off' ...

... all by itself:

Ventura County sheriff's spokesman Capt. Mike Aranda says the gun went off as the agent was putting it back in its holster Friday at the range in Camarillo. The agent was hospitalized with a non-life-threatening injury to his hip. His name was not released.

Funny how that works. I'm sure no one accidentally had their booger hook around the band switch while holstering.


Friday, February 4, 2011

Tehcno-geek stuff

Seen at Ace's ...


This is a great point ...

Linoge of Walls of the City makes an excellent point about reality in this post at Joe's:

reality does not care if you tried, reality only cares if you were successful


In my world, I look at things being intuitive to judge whether they're valid or not (because it seems to work for me).

Nothing anti-gunners do or say passes my intuitive test.


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Might get a little dark ...

... Le Petite Poulet has an appointment with the doc today, and I'll be by her side (meaning, not here!).


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

JPFO alert

A dire warning for American Jews.

This will work out just fine

David Codrea has a post up about a representative who admits the Hughes Amendment is pretty shitty, but then won't do anything about it.

Like a typical representative.


Logical extension of ideas

South Dakota lawmakers take lefty idea about commerce clause, applies it to firearms:

Five South Dakota lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require any adult 21 or older to buy a firearm “sufficient to provide for their ordinary self-defense.”

I think they should add that if you buy a Glock, you should also buy a factory 33rd magazine as well.

Jazz Shaw over at Hot Air's Green Room thinks this ploy will backfire, but he misses the point. Quothe Ace: "This is a classic sort of argument, and it's classic for a reason; take your opponents' claim of general principle and begin applying it generally to see what they think of it. If the principle seems ridiculous in most contexts, chances are, it's just as ridiculous in the context they initially proposed it."

It's kinda like when lefty's were screaming about how eeevil tobacco was, until a Republican senator proposed banning it outright. Seems tobacco sales bring in significant revenue.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Just my luck ....

... to have such a mundane 1000th visit!

Oh well .....


Lies and more lies ...

... the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has rejected the Democrats:

Sixteen Democrats on the panel sent a letter to Republican Rep. Lamar Smith requesting hearings in the aftermath of the Tucson shootings. Smith rejected the request, saying they could prejudice the shooting suspect's upcoming trial.

The lies come in there at the last - Republicans don't give a shit about Jared Loughner getting a fair trial. It would be nicer if he'd just told the truth in his press conference: 'There's no need to hold hearings about firearm safety - the Democrats will call their experts to talk about how bad firearms are, in order to rebut the majority's experts who say that firearms are good. The bottom line is that the minority doesn't have the votes to pass this, the American people don't want it, and they can scarcely afford to be on the wrong side of an issue like this again with 2012 looming right around the corner.'

But no .... it's gotta be about making sure Loughner gets a fair trial.