To all those who served…

Our hats off to you.  To all those who didn’t come home. Our hearts out to you.

Truthfully, I know many veterans, but I know so few veterans who get Veteran’s Day off. If you are an employer, especially a small business that has the authority to do so, consider giving your veterans the day off with pay. 

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Published in: on November 11, 2013 at 5:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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DON’T GIVE OUR ENEMIES PHOTO OPS

NOTE: IF THIS PHOTO IS FROM AN UNRELATED EVENT. PLEASE LET ME KNOW. BUT IF NOT…

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Okay I am fairy supportive of open carry. I’m a strong 2nd Amendment supporter. I’m sure a few have their gripes with some of my views.

And I hate linking to a site like thinkprogress. But if that photo was taken at said event and is portraying it accurately. Than seriously folks YOU’RE FUCKING DOING IT WRONG ASSHOLES.

And please don’t give me any BS about open carrying. That one guy is kneeling in with rifle pointws forward – not slung. As far as I’m concerned this was brandishing.

This doesn’t build support for the 2nd Amendment. This undermines all the hard work the rest of us are doing.

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/11/10/2921121/dallas-gun-advocates-protest-restaurant-gun-control-advocates/

UPDATE:

NC Gunblog has given some insight into the photo over here.  The image he provided shows that part of what is going on is a photo angle. He shows that they were posing for a pic with the flag. And a disingenuous camera angle makes it look far more fearsome than it is. In fact, the individual in the front that looks as if he is brandishing, was likely just transitioning his rifle to the pose below. You can clearly tell both photos were taking within seconds of each other.

Rally Intimidation Rebuttal

But what does this mean? This means that our political enemies are hunting for anything they can use against us. And we need to be extremely careful not to give them any ammunition. They may have taken a 100 photos before they caught one that looked intimidating. But they still “got it”.

The top photo has three people, kneeling. One clearly looks like his hands on his rifle and not in a stowed/safe carry stance. Now, I can see in the second picture that he is pointing it down and safe. And perhaps the above photo was in fact a capture of him transitioning.

But the first photo sure as heck comes across like he is brandishing. And I am still of the opinion that if a rifle is to be open-carried. That it should be done so slung safely and not handled. When I open carry a pistol, I keep it stowed. I don’t fondle it unless I’m ready to use it. I am of the opinion that the same practices should be utilized with regards to rifles. While there are no holsters for rifles. Slings are the equivalent.

And this is one of the reasons why even within the gun community there is a lot of backlash against open carrying rifles. Because you give our enemies photo ops, which the media will more than gladly take advantage of.  No mainstream media rag will publish the bottom photo. But nearly all, even Fox, will be willing to publish the top and give an anti-gunner opportunity to write a damn article. Context is everything. And when we are given next to ZERO context in the media. We have to ensure that context is perceived clearly.  In this case, it was NOT.

When I served in the Coast Guard we had drilled into our heads that “perception” is 90% of the truth. That the truth is irrelevant, the only thing that matters is how your actions are perceived. And the perception of above photo does NOT aid our cause.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t open carry. I’m not even saying don’t open carry rifles. Though I think it is dubious as to whether it aids our present cause.  But I do believe that if you are going to open carry, be it a pistol or a rifle, your hands should really be off said unit unless you are intending to use it. It should be holstered or slung.

Published in: on November 10, 2013 at 3:59 pm  Comments (8)  
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DC Shooting….The ART of FACTS

The incident began around 8:20am at a Navy base.  The information was only exceeded by the misinformation. One shooter, two shooter, three shooter, more? 4 dead, a dozen dead?

It’s several hours later and we now have a known and dead suspect. I’m wagering the other suspected shooters were likely early law enforcement of military who quickly responded to a marked threat.

The question is, what do we know about the shooter?  Well there is a lot being tossed out, how much will boil down to truth – we don’t know.  But what is being reported is very insightful.

Claims & Rumors

– shooter had a concealed carry permit
– had a past arrest,  involving a a negligent discharge (perhaps intimidation of neighbor), not an arrest does not equate to a conviction
– Served in the Navy and then as a subcontractor
– may have lost his civilian job
– road rage incident where he shot out the tires of another vehicle
– had an anger filled blackout, and other anger management issues,
– may have suffered from PTSD (was this being treated?)
– dishonorably discharged after a “pattern of misconduct”

Huh wait, as far as I recall a dishonorable discharge results in an individual being a prohibited person.  Might I inquire as to how he was able to get a carry permit? let alone purchase and possess a firearm?

I expect the media to try to label him as one of us. But in most cases, the gun community does not advocate prohibited persons owning firearms and possessing carry permits.

Granted, none of this may be true. But if it is, than its really proof that the backgroun check system is an abyssmal failure.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/heres-everything-thats-reported-alleged-201008457.html

http://spdblotter.seattle.gov/2013/09/16/suspect-in-navy-yard-attack-previously-arrested-in-seattle-for-anger-fueled-shooting/

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Aaron-Alexis-Fort-Worth-Arrest-Report-223953911.html

Published in: on September 16, 2013 at 7:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Weird…suicide by cop?

Apparently, there was a shoot out involving a 107 year old man. The reasons for the incident are not really made clear in the article.

But I have to say this sounds fitting for the ol’ “News of the Weird”. Not sure if this qualifies for the Guinness Book of Records.  I do wonder if dementia had a role to play. As that is not uncommon in many elderly, especially if they’re not being properly cared for and suffering from urinary tract infections.

I confess, I am not even sure how to tag this.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/08/justice/arkansas-107-year-old-man-death/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Published in: on September 8, 2013 at 9:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
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3D Printing a Full Auto Gauss Gun – THINGS ARE GETTING FUN!!!

 
I have long argued that we need to remember the 2nd Amendment is about “Arms” and not guns. One day modern guns could be as obsolete as blunderbusses. And we need to defend both old tech (swords) and new tech (gauss/railguns/lasers).

http://hackaday.com/2013/08/07/a-full-auto-gauss-gun-probably-wont-hurt-much/

Published in: on August 7, 2013 at 10:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

News Summary

CNN hit piece against guns, trying to convince Americans that Jefferson was not pro-gun.
http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2013/07/us/jefferson-rorschach-guns/?hpt=hp_c4

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Evil Mr. Zimmerman now has at least four new friends who are extremely happy he was not convicted. Largely, because if he had been convicted, Mr. Zimmerman wouldn’t have been there to help rescue and pull them out of their flipped over vehicle

http://abcnews.go.com/US/george-zimmerman-emerged-hiding-rescue-family-trapped-suv/story?id=19735432

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H/T’s to PAGunBlog.com for the next two

There is no such thing as “gun confiscation”, just merely a request for mandatory surrendering of property, that’s all. Totally different…. 
http://gunfreezone.net/wordpress/index.php/2013/07/22/confiscation-what-are-you-talking-about-we-would-never/

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What happens when a 17 year knocks you off your feet and starts pummeling you head into the cement, and you don’t shoot him?  You DIE!!!!!

http://www.elpasotimes.com/tablehome/ci_21843760/teen-accused-el-paso-officers-fatal-beating-indicted

Published in: on July 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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I’m a *burp* excuse me…I’m a cop…give me uh..a twinkie…ya

Seriously, what was running through this dudes head.  Glad he got weeded out early (article states he was hired as an officer in September).  But seriously, “ya, I’m a cop so I’m going to whip out my gun at a cashier”. 

If you’re that drunk, maybe your gun should be locked in a safe…just saying.

http://news.yahoo.com/off-duty-az-cop-accused-pointing-gun-clerk-032832380.html

Published in: on July 18, 2013 at 10:50 am  Leave a Comment  
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Breaking News: Zimmerman’s All Female Jury Selected

Is this truly a jury of his peers?  Oh-kay, we can put aside the jokes.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/20/justice/florida-zimmerman-trial/index.html

But I think this is monumental. You have a self-defense case, and the defense is going with an all-female jury. What does that say???

“The times, they be changing.”

See, women are one of the fastest growing demographics in the gun owning community. More and more women are realizing their own need to be able to defend themselves.

And I am very intrigued by this jury selection. But I think it might be a good choice.

Published in: on June 20, 2013 at 2:45 pm  Comments (5)  
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Zimmerman did not kill that boy

He was dead long before Mr. Zimmerman shot Mr. Martin.

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When George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin the media portrayed it as an over zealous community watch man. We were shown kiddie pics, altered 911 logs and a lot more.

But then folks scoured the web and Martin started to look more like a thug. dealer, gangster, thief.

These text messages leave little doubt that the cute little boy was sadly dead a long time before Mr. Zimmerman shot Mr. Martin

http://www.gzlegalcase.com/index.php/court-documents/174-defendant-s-3rd-supplemental-discovery

UPDATE: More pics at CNN article

Keep your booger picker off the trigger

http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/23/justice/florida-zimmerman-defense/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Published in: on May 23, 2013 at 6:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Day of the Gun

A co-worker of mine is involved in an independent Western film. She said they’ve got a number of competitive shooters.

Check out the trailer. …
http://dayofthegun.com/

Published in: on May 16, 2013 at 8:17 am  Leave a Comment