Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Here It Is

Happy 2009 everyone.

I hope that our fears fail to come to fruition. I hope that all of you have joy and happiness. I hope I win the lottery.

You Gotta Love This

I admit it, I have a thing for redheads anyway but you show me a REDHEAD WITH GUNS? Oh my.

The blog is funny and thoughtful and I wish I had found it sooner. Go read Brigid.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Ya Gotta Love the Hypocracy

In my wanderings around the internet, I click on the occasional link that just pisses me off. The gun ban community has to be some of the most polished hypocrites in our country today.

On the one hand they accuse the NRA of fear mongering then with the other hand they bleat and whine about "cop killer" bullets and .50 caliber "sniper rifles" capable of knocking down small airplanes or blowing up chemical plants. Then they cry about all the children killed by senseless gun violence but ignore the even more children killed by senseless swimming pool violence.

They want to scare you shitless. It's just that simple. Their entire plan is to scare the public into banning all guns because the guns are evil. The guns are whispering to you in your sleep and ordering you to kill. If you won't cooperate, then the gun will just have to go out on it's own and kill someone. Sweet Shiva what a crock.

Do you jackasses have any clue whatsofuckingever, how difficult it is to hit a moving target with a .50 Barrett? That thing is 4 to 5 feet long. You just can't swing it that fast. Then the computation of lead, mind just boggles. An Olympic caliber shooter probably couldn't do it. Even if you did, it's a hole about a half inch across. Even a civilian aircraft can take that, hell they can run over a seagull and keep flying and trust me, a seagull is a hell of a lot bigger and heavier than a .50 round. The terrorists use them? Give me a fucking break. You're gonna hide a 4 foot long 30 pound weapon in a bhurka? Are you fucking kidding me?

So tell me Mr. Gun Banner, how many .50 caliber rifles have been used in crimes? Want the answer? Of course you don't, you don't want anyone to diminish your opportunity to scare the hell out of the uninformed. The only .50 caliber weapons that are used in crimes are being used in the crimes that YOU are attempting to commit. The destruction of my right to keep and bear arms. You need to take a look at the quote from George Washington that is on the top of this blog.

Assault rifle. A name that will live in infamy. These people just have no clue. They've probably never even held one, let alone fired one. For the ones who haven't already seen this on any one of a hundred other places, I'll say it here.

An Assault Rifle is a military rifle capable of being fired in full automatic mode, which means that once the trigger is depressed, the weapon will continue to fire until it exhausts it's ammunition supply, and can be carried easily by a soldier. The DPMS Sportical rifle that I have is NOT an assault rifle. It is a semi automatic rifle that looks like an M4. Semi automatic means that when the trigger is depressed, the firearm fires ONE round. Looking like an M4 does not an M4 make. I look like a teddy bear, but I'm not as snuggly as you think I am.

The Brady crowd keeps pushing for what they call "common sense" gun control. They should stop after common sense. Common Sense would tell you that there are hundreds of laws on the books right now. All of which, are being ignored by criminals. What we have doesn't work, what you want won't work. What needs to be done is to enact some common sense criminal control, but we already have that, it just needs to be upheld. Common Sense would tell you that every mass shooting in the world today is happening in gun free zones. You're disarming the general population very well but doing nothing to disarm the criminals. The bitch of that is that it's already a crime to use a gun while committing a crime so you see, it's just not working.

Gun Show Loophole...there is NO GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE you festering pile of shit. If you knew what you were talking about then you'd know that the people who have tables at gun shows are federally licensed gun dealers and that they are REQUIRED to perform a background check on anyone to whom they sell a gun.

See the hypocracy in action here? If all else fails we can SCARE our way to a ban. It works so well in the rest of the world ya know. We can't stop now, we can't let facts get in the way. We'll scare the people to believe that only the extremeists want to fight gun control.

Concealed carry. Oh yeah, they're breaking their tiny little nutsacks to demonize that too. You remember the same tired blood in the streets, just like Dodge City bullshit that creeps up every time a new concealed carry measure gets considered. Hell, they don't even change the wording, just the city or state name. I bet they have a stock press release you can just download it, fill in the blank and send it out as your "statement". Then of course, you want to bleat about "vigilante" justice. Let me pull out a Dictionary and get you the definition of vigilante:

vig·i·lan·te           Listen to the pronunciation of vigilante
Spanish, watchman, guard, from vigilante vigilant, from Latin vigilant-, vigilans
: a member of a volunteer committee organized to suppress and punish crime summarily (as when the processes of law are viewed as inadequate) ; broadly : a self-appointed doer of justice.

Take the time to notice how it has been morphed away from it's original meaning which was watchman or guard. The broad definition is the one commonly mis-used. Self Defense is a right conferred upon each human being AT BIRTH. It is THE primary right you have. Self Defense is NOT vigilante justice. We are not looking for trouble. On the other hand, we're not going to piss all over ourselves when trouble comes to us. We take our own well being pretty seriously to jump through all of the bullshit we have to to even get the license required to carry concealed. The fact we have the thing with us does not transform us into raging monsters looking to shoot random people, but to defend ourselves against the raging monsters.

One of the first things to do is to come to grips with the fact that you cannot ban your way to safety. Then you need to stop wetting your panties because someone "might" have a gun. Then, you might learn a few real facts. Violent crime drops everywhere that citizens have rights. In places where the subjects have no rights, violent crime is rising. Shops in England are selling knife resistant school uniforms to children, Guns are banned. The Mumbai attacks, Guns are banned. Violent crime skyrocketing accross Australia and New Zealand, Guns are banned. Crime rate in south Florida drops, citizens have guns. Crime rate in Texas dropping, citizens have guns. You beginning to pick up a pattern here sparky? Probably not because you're sheep. You abhor the sheepdog, you don't want him around, until the wolves come, then it's too late because you banned the sheepdog.

Merry Christmas..Navy Style

I saw this over at the United States Naval Institute blog and after reading that for a few moments, it has earned a link here. It's no secret that I was in the Navy and damn proud of it. I remember we used to go to some pains to decorate for the Christmas Season. I see that tradition is held up nicely. Well done brothers and sisters.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Some Have It Worse

In my daily read over at the Anti Idiotarian Rottwieler, I stumbled upon this extremely well written little bit about the tyranny happening down under. You may want to read it and be prepared. The looney left will not come right at us over gun rights. They'll try to sneak in the back door with all kinds of new taxes to make it too expensive to shoot the gun or too intrusive to go through the registration process for either the gun or the ammo.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

That's Funny!

In fact, it's so funny, I have to do the old Copy and Paste thing. If you don't read Tam on a regular basis, you're missing something truly special.

It is ten frickin' degrees Fahrenheit out there right now, with a wind chill of... well, I don't even want to think about it. Today's high is supposed to be a balmy 14F. I want to speak to Al Gore right this instant; my global warmening is defective. I was promised Palm Beach-like weather (with the special bonus of the drowning of New York and Boston!) and it's not happening fast enough to suit me.

Now, I know my readers in Frozen Moose Sac, Alaska and Tlkkjjjmkkjjko, Finland are getting a kick out of my whining because what I call "soul-destroying, mind-numbing, bone-cracking cold", you call "November", but at least I won't have to hear any more "You can't be cold; it's not even winter yet!" 'cause you know what? It's officially winter as of today.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Stopping Power

Ah yes, I also shall chime in on this subject. Now I realize that I'm trying to follow The LawDog on this and that he's probably wiser than I but I'm going to put it into my own words and let the chips fall as they may.

Let me ask you a quick question. Do you know why the military uses the calibers that they do? Wounding. You see, the military uses the thought process that it takes anywhere from 2-4 soldiers to remove 1 casualty from the battlefield. The dead, they leave. so you see, military weapons are not the best benchmark to use when discussing stopping power.

The battlefield is a completely different arena than the street. On the battlefield they throw out 100's of rounds to achieve a few hits. You can't do that on the streets. so what it all comes down to is shot placement. On the street, it's not enough to shoot at the assailant, you have to hit them and hit them in a spot that makes them fall down. On the street, you shoot to stop the threat.
At the end of the day, bullet size, weight and speed aren't as much of a factor as dead accurate hits.

Example, my primary concealed carry piece is a Springfield Armory 1911 A1 in (drum roll please) 45 ACP. I can throw 7 rounds quickly into a fist size area accurately at 15 feet. Now contrast that with Joe Blow who carries the Ubercruncher 9000 in 650 magnum but can't hit the broadside of a barn. Who wins here? My back up carry is a Bersa Thunder in .380. It's easier to carry in the summertime. But shot placement is critical with a round like that. I would actually shoot lower with that than the 1911.

So if shot placement is the real "king of the fight" then where does one place said shot? Well a good sure take down is a round through the pelvic girdle. Yep, shoot them in the crotch. Here's why. The pelvic girdle is the primary weight bearing structure for the lower body. If you can collapse that, the assailant goes down...and stays down. And to be honest, since most defensive firearm uses end about the time you froggy do you think Mr Bad Guy is gonna be when you aim dead at his twig and berries? I bet not at all. Guys are kinda protective of that region. The size of the gun/round will no longer matter, all he's gonna see is your gun, under an evil grin, aimed at his testes. You can now aim at the wet spot. Now look at something else here.

I call this my "modified" Mozambique Drill. I'm sure I'm not the only one thinking about this either. The Mozambique Drill involves 2 rapid shots to center of mass (usually the center of chest) followed by one aimed round to the head. This was developed to stun an opponent wearing body armor. Nice trick, but you lose all of your fine motor skills in a high stress situation so as you shoot, your gun muzzle will naturally rise. So the modified Mozambique Drill puts the first round into the pelvic girdle, the second, using the natural muzzle rise, goes about center of chest and the third can be aimed to the head. If they're still standing. The advantage? Look at the common types of body armor and tell me what they cover. Heart and lungs. No protection for the twig and berries.

Cruel? Maybe. Effective? You bet your ass. And you will be too as you've been thrust into a position where you're defending yourself or your loved ones from immediate harm. It's not the time to start worrying about being PC or showing mercy. It's time to stop the nonsense and right fucking now! Put the goblin down as hard and fast as you can. Remember this though. With the Mozambique Drill, the third shot is fired only if the first 2 don't work. Stop not necessarily kill. The first 2 are rapid fire, the third is a slower, more deliberate shot. If you don't need number 3 because the first 2 stopped him, then you need to hold the 3rd shot.

There is absolutely NO way to achieve this with out training and training and more training. I say, you should shoot as much as you can afford to. I like to shoot at least 100 rounds per gun, per session. I like to shoot and I do it as much for stress relief as I do for training. Don't neglect off hand shooting either. Trust me, I hate shooting offhand, but it is a necessary skill to develop. Another good skill to develop is shooting on the move. Not really possible where I shoot. In fact, I think there is a terrible shortage of places where you can do this kind of training so I think that in order to develop some of this, I'm going to try some local 3 gun matches this summer. I think it might be valuable training and it just looks fun. Truth be told, I want to shoot some steel plate matches too. Speed and accuracy training in a fun environment. I got to shoot in my first PPC type shoot in early November and it was pretty fun. I asked the guy in charge about maybe doing some 100 yard AR work for the next one as well as the pistol and he was very receptive to it.

Dammit, I did it again, I wandered off topic.

Practice as much as you can afford to. If even only 50 rounds a payday, it's still practice time that you will need if it all goes into the crapper some dark night. Remember this always...under stress, one will not rise to the occasion but will default to one's level of training. Train to stay alive. One more least in my opinion, make sure your practice ammo is the same weight as your carry loads. I shoot 230 gr hardball for practice because I shoot 230 gr JHP's for carry so the bullet hit point is going to be pretty much the same. It works for me anyway.


In my wanderings through the internet, I make it a habit to read all of the blogs in my blogroll daily. It's my way of letting them know I still love them. I especially enjoy The LawDog and many of the things he says or recommends, I take to heart or at least give serious thought to.

He has recommended another LEO blog called Observations of an Old Cop, which I shortened to Old Cop to fit in the list. Yep, you guessed it, I put the man on the Blogroll because it's just good thoughtful stuff and I'll bet that as he stays on longer, it will just get better.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Gun Control

I feel the need to comment on this topic. Partly because guns are something I like talking about anyway and partly because this is a topic where so many fail to understand simple reason. Let's start with this article by Ron Paul.

Tragically, over the Thanksgiving holiday, the world was reminded how evil and cruel people can be. According to emerging accounts of the events in India, about a dozen well-armed and devastatingly well-trained terrorists laid siege on the city of Mumbai, killing almost two hundred people, and terrorizing thousands.

Right, now let's take a look at the key here. A dozen terrorists in a gun free zone. India is, after all, a gun free zone. Now, this is, in and of itself, India's choice as a nation. The Brits disarmed them to keep them from rising up and overthrowing British rule. They never changed the law after they became independent.

Gun control advocates tell us that removing guns from society makes us safer. If that were the case why do the worst shootings happen in gun free zones, like schools? And while accidents do happen, aggressive, terroristic shootings like this are unheard of at gun and knife shows, or military bases. It bears repeating that an armed society truly is a polite society.

That, right there, is exactly the little bit of common sense that the gun banners are missing. I don't know why either. It's so painfully obvious that it makes one want to cry. This is how obvious it is:

Everyone knows that schools and universities are gun free zones. It's illegal to have a gun there. Now, some idiot walks in with a gun and shoots a bunch of people. What is the first thing that happens? Some moron starts calling for new gun laws. There's already a law dumbass, this guy didn't care enough to follow it. What fuckin good are more laws going to do when the original one was ignored?

Now hold on a second there Mr or Ms. Bradyite. Don't let the vein in your forehead pop just yet.
Let's take a look at the history of things prohibited. Wanna start with the prohibition of the 1920's? I have a better idea...let's look at the prohibition or alcohol in the 20th century worldwide, I can do this thanks to Wikipedia.

The first half of the 20th century saw periods of prohibition of alcoholic beverages in several countries:

Gee, none of those countries still ban alcohol do they? I wonder why? Well, in the United States it was because prohibition created an enormous black market. What do you think would happen with guns? Same thing, the biggest difference is that now, a known criminal has to go through a bit of trouble to get a gun, with a huge black market, they'd actually be easier to get and no pesky ID checks.

Now take a look at Chicago. This is one of your "gun free utopias" More citizens killed by guns over the summer than troops killed in Iraq. Washington DC, murder capital of the world for cities of it's size. The similarities between the cities? Unarmed citizens...or should I say, subjects. You can't ban your way to safety. The criminals don't care about the law. The only people you hurt are unarmed, defenseless (thanks to you) citizens who do obey laws. You use emotion to hide the fact that you have no facts. You play on the fears of parents about the huge threat of gun violence and how guns could kill their kids when in reality, swimming pools and cars kill more kids each year than guns do. How about some common sense swimming pool control? How about a car free school zone? You want to sue a gun maker because someone uses that gun in a manner not intended by the maker, but I don't see you suing the car companies for every drunk driving death. The car company never intended to have their product used that way. What swimming pool company builds a pool to drown kids? None of course, but it happens with far more regularity than a child death caused by guns. You don't sue the swimming pool company.

The right to feel safe is not included in the constitution. You don't feel safe, you make yourself safe. You take precautions. You plan your route. You carry a gun for the same reason you carry insurance. God forbid you ever need it, but you'll be damn happy to have it if you ever do.

Stop trying to ban guns. No one is asking you to carry one, you can hide behind those who do. Stop pretending that the police are infallible. Do I have to remind you about the YouTube video of the DEA guy?

Or how about this fine lady officer?

Stop pretending that only the military and police should have guns. Most importantly, learn to read and read well. Read your history. If you took the time to do that, there would no longer be any question about the intent of the founding fathers. They documented their thoughts very, very well.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Christmas Cards

I'm going to do something different this year and I hope that you'll join me in it. I'm going to send a bunch of Christmas Cards to random soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital. If anyone can get me an address, I would appreciate it.


I'm still seeing lots of folks out there talking about how they intend to handle a possible national gun grab by the messiah. I have no argument with the sentiment behind this, My problem with it is each individual saying something along the lines of "my line in the dirt is here" and that's well and good. I believe that each of us needs to make that decision after careful consideration.

We're at least discussing the possibilities concerning what we might do should the ballot box and soap box fail. What would each of you do should the bullet box become necessary? For me, I pray it will not. I don't really want to start the fight, but I have no intention of walking away from it either. Like many of you, I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution against ALL enemies foreign and domestic. I'm gonna be honest, I'm not politically correct (spit, spit) I consider anyone I see wearing Arab style dress to be a potential enemy.

I said potential. I don't think we should kill every Arab on the planet. Just the ones that wanna yell allah ackbar before they blow up a busload of children. Do I think we should subject Arabic males to increased scrutiny? You're damn right I do. Is that "profiling"? Yes it is. Do I care? Not one damn bit. Here's the deal Johnny Jihadist, if I see you in my hometown and you're putting an object next to the road that could be an IED, guess what? I'm going to pull out my trusty 1911 and put a 230 grain JHP through your towel. If I happen to have my DPMS with me, you get a 5.56mm FMJ delivered the same way at 3100 FPS and you know what? I'm not gonna lose 1 second of sleep over it.

Aw shit, look at how far off topic I've wandered. Working all night is not conducive to clear and concise postings in the morning. Back on topic.

What to do if the Obamessiah decides to go after the guns.

One man, 2 men cannot stand. If we're going to have to employ the last ditch option of the bullet box, we need to do so as a group. We need to get ourselves gathered into one place with one goal and become once again, the citizen militia that our founding fathers envisioned defending the constitution. We need a national voice to say "we shall gather at this place and defend our constitution and way of life.

I personally would like to see the State of Texas secede from the union and become the Republic of Texas. Guess how fast my fat white ass would defect?

What I'm saying, in my really tired rambling way is this. If any of us are thinking of really fighting this with actual arms, then we must band together. We must present an overwhelming united front. Talk is good. The soapbox is still our best option right now. Should that fail, we need to unite in one physical place and stand our ground together or we shall surely hang seperately.

See? The words of the founding fathers are just as true right now as they were then. Let's make them proud.