Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dreams From My Father

Public statements by President Barack Obama:

This will be the most transparent administration in history.

If  you like your health care plan, you can keep it!
(Repetitive admonitions here ... "pants on fire!"; "... as clear as we needed it to be ...")

"I am not going to take your guns away.  That just ain't true."
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I'm not happy with confronting the president of my nation.

But when he's all about "Dreams", and not about "Truth", I lose respect for him.



"Nobody wants to take your guns away", according to the Liar In Chief

Obama renews call for gun control on anniversary of Navy Yard shooting | TheHill:
By Justin Sink - 09/16/14 10:46 AM EDT

Our President renews his push for "Gun Control" and "Common Sense".  His statements cause most legal firearms owners to assume that he conflates both legal and illegal firearms owners as people who are inclined to commit 'atrocities", and that efforts to restrict firearms possession as a step toward "rejecting atrocities".  Words are more powerful than guns, when you're The President.
President Obama called on Americans to renew the push for gun-control legislation in a statement Tuesday marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. "One year ago, 12 Americans went to work to protect and strengthen the country they loved," Obama said. "Today, we must do the same — rejecting atrocities like these as the new normal and renewing our call for common-sense reforms that respect our traditions while reducing the gun violence that shatters too many American families every day."

But  be assured, nobody is trying to take your guns away.  If the President seems to be working toward extreme 'gun control measures' (read: confiscation), it's only because gun owners are "fearful" .. otherwise they wouldn't be so extreme in defense of their 2nd Amendment Rights.

And congressmen who are more concerned with the Constitution than their Presidential leadership WILL be punished!

The Pathway To Violence.

The .. 'etymology' of "Mass Shooters" is bizarre, frightening, But perhaps not beyond understanding.

 One author attempts to explore the phenomenon.  Whether he is successful is subject to your interpretation.

But one thing is clear ... if anyone offers a way to predict mass murderers, it bears closer examination.

Everything We Think We Know About Mass Shooters Is Wrong - Esquire:
By  on September 16, 2014

Mass shootings are not unstoppable, and there are people trying to stop them. They are not even inexplicable, because every time Trunk hears of one he understands why it happened and who did it. We have come to believe that mass shooters can't be stopped because we never know who they are until they make themselves known. But Trunk was almost one of them once. He was a heartbeat away. And what he understands is that shooters want to be known, not through the infamy of a massacre, but before they have to go through with it. They want to be known as much as he, years later, wants to remain unknown, walking to the bus stop in the rain.


Want to win a gunfight? Train under pressure

Want to win a gunfight? Train under pressure:
September 16, 2014:
Psychological in Nature Pressure is a compelling sense of urgency that forces you out of a normal mode of operating.
 Pressure puts you into a higher state of arousal. It’s psychological. Pressure changes your mental state and forces you to deal with challenge over arousal, fear, doubt, and other emotions. If you want to reach higher levels of competency and skill, learn to stay calm in dangerous situations; make good decisions while under duress.
You absolutely have to have pressure on a regular basis and learn to thrive under it. Pressure is created by making a test of your skill, your will, and your self-image — a test that you care about and that matters to you. It forces you to question your abilities, skills, and your self-confidence.
 There should be risk of failure and reward built into this test. It can be light, moderate or heavy; depending on what level of training you are at. Above all, it must be appropriate to the skill level of the participants and they must be agreeable to the test. If they don’t want to do it or complain about it all the time, it won’t work out too well.
This post by Ron Avery (one of my personal heroes of Shooting Excellence) provides some valuable insight into the process of developing excellent shooting skills.

My emphasis is on Competition, but in fact this training technique is apparently positioned in the "Self Defense" area.

Pressure:

One of the primary reasons why I became involved in IPSC competition was that .... well, I bought a gun.
I own several guns, but this was a 1911 style pistol which I though would allow me to be 'competitive'    But I had no idea how well I would compare with other people, so I got into USPSA just so I could learn if I was as good as I thought I was.

I was not as good as I thought I was.  I'm better, now, but still not really very good.

The thing is, when you are shooting under pressure, the whole shooting thingie comes down to one thing:

You're not prepared When Things Go Wrong.

I've been competing for over 20 years now (okay, 30 years ... but who's counting?) and the one think I've learned is that something ALWAYS goes wrong.  Your individual performance doesn't depend on how accurately you can shoot, nor how quick you are on the draw.  It depends on how you react when the situation goes into the crapper.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

USPSA’s accountant resigns over un-accounted for expenditures | Gun Nuts Media

For people who didn't happen to see the news in Area 6 website or or Caleb's "GUN NUTS" website,
this is provided as a means of circulating information of interest to USPSA members.
The Geek


USPSA’s accountant resigns over un-accounted for expenditures | Gun Nuts Media: NEWS USPSA’s accountant resigns over un-accounted for expenditures
by Caleb September 17, 2014
 The following was provided to me by an anonymous source, and has since then been posted on the Area 6 FB page as well as other forums. USPSA’s accountant resigned from USPSA, with an effective final day of September 30th because corporate funds were not being properly accounted for. Here is the entire text of her resignation letter:

Monday, September 15, 2014

Saturday, September 13, 2014

BREAKING: Prosecutor in Shaneen Allen Case Asks to Delay Trial, Might Back Off Charges Against Single Mom
From "Guns Save Lives":
The prosecutor in the Shaneen Allen case has asked the judge to delay the trial while he reevaluates the charges against her.

Read more: http://controversialtimes.com/news/breaking-prosecutor-in-shaneen-allen-case-asks-to-delay-trial-might-back-off-charges-against-single-mom/#ixzz3DFeNaaGE


We're glad to hear that.   Yes, this was a victimless crime.  Except, of course, for Ms Allen who was to be persecuted (not just 'prosecuted') for her honesty, and for her exercise of her 2nd Amendment Rights.

In earlier articles, I had mentioned that it seemed a miscarriage of justice that she be imprisoned for 'crossing a bridge".  Comments on the article seemed "indignantly smug" when declaring that ignorance is, in fact, no excuse.

The End of the Hiatus

Regular viewers may have noticed that I haven't report about USPSA (Practical Pistol) matches I have attended lately.  The reason is simple:  I haven't been to many since "I Blew Up My Gun".  Over a year ago.

I did try to shoot a match at the Dundee club a few months back, but as I reported at the time, that came to No Good End.  Ammunition fizzled because it was reloaded with 'old' gunpowder which had apparently drawn moisture.   It was, of course, the best USPSA match I even attended in which I fired less than a single magazine.

Today, after months of encouragement from my good friend (and fellow Linguica Pizza Aficionado) The Homeless Brasser, I took advantage of the Bi-Mart sale on .45ACP ammunition ... "$19.97 per box of 50, as many boxes as we have" ... and took my Beloved Kimber to a match at the Albany Rifle and Pistol Club!

More Guns/Less Crime: Confirmed

Disarming Realities: As Gun Sales Soar, Gun Crimes Plummet:
(May 14, 2013)
A couple of new studies reveal the gun-control hypesters’ worst nightmare…more people are buying firearms, while firearm-related homicides and suicides are steadily diminishing. What crackpots came up with these conclusions? One set of statistics was compiled by the U.S. Department of Justice. The other was reported by the Pew Research Center.
(H/T: The Hobo Brasser)

I had heard this claim parenthetically, but not having the gumption to do my own research I have never bothered to confirm it for myself (although I have bought, and read, John Lott's book).

Now I am informed of a May, 2013 Forbes article which provides links to the source material. (There is an accompanying May, 2013, CNN article which addresses the PEW report.)   The study covers the 20 year period between 1993 and 2013.

Something that surprised me;  the report also discusses briefly a few sociological issues which are parenthetical ... but vitally important ... factors in the murder/suicide rates which are the key elements:

Friday, September 12, 2014

99 comments

New York Times readers are a funny bunch.

"WE DON"T NEED GUNS!  ANYONE WHO OWNS A GUN IS A BAD PERSON!"


That's the upshot of Reader Comments in a recent NYT article which begins with the question:
"Will a gun retailer get away with negligence?"

(An alternative title might be: " Gun Control and the New York Times Mindset".)

Thanks to David Codrea, I just spent an interesting evening reviewing an August 28, 2014, article on Gun Control in the New York Times.  The link is provided below.

The author's presumptions were 90% lucid, until the last paragraph of the article.

The comments were ... illuminating.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

It's Always Tea Time, in Wonderland

When it comes to firearms legislation, New Jersey is to 'the real world' is as Wonderland is to ... well, the real world!

No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money: "There Is No Justice For Gun Owners In New Jersey":

The headline, "there is no justice for gun owners in New Jersey", is a statement by Brian Aitken on the treatment that he and Shaneen Allen have received from that state's justice system. He is featured in a new NRA News Report by Ginny Simone entitled "Accidental Criminals: Brian Aitken is Living the Nightmare".

There is a comment about jury nullification somewhere in there, and it's extremely  important to include as a trial option of a "jury of your peers"  ... those people who are asked to consider whether to deprive a citizen of his or her civil rights because of confusion, mistakes, ignorance of the law or any other circumstance which threaten to turn an honest citizen into a felon.

"Ignorance of the law is no excuse" 
     ... or ...
                            “You would have to be half mad to dream me up.” 

We have all heard that tired bromide about ignorance of the law, but the truth is that everyone is ignorant of the law.  Look at ObamaCare as a splendid example of indecipherable legal jargon.  Look at the 2nd Amendment ... a few words, but thousands of pages of litigation have turned it into a morass of controversy.

BRIAN:
Brian Aitken made every effort to conform to New Jersey laws, but somehow he managed to fall athwart of those Laws.  Apparently it's easier to break the law when you've tried to conform to it.  Thieves, rapists and murderers violation of gun laws are treated as mere details when compared to the crimes of which they are convicted.   Honest citizens are hoist by the petard of the very laws which predators ignore.  And the irony is ... those laws are presumably aimed at the predators, not the law-abiding.

SHANEEN:
Shaneen Allen  drove across a bridge and became a felon.  She was arrested when she naively volunteered during a routine traffic stop stop that she had a gun with her ... a gun which was entirely legal on the other end of the bridge.   She didn't have to volunteer the information; the arresting officer was ignorant of the possession "offense".  Had she been in possession of a license to have the gun in NJ, she would have been allowed to go on her way with nothing more than a traffic ticket.  She HAD a license to carry the gun in her home state, but she had been caught up in the tornado of NJ law ... much like Alice in Wonderland, where all the rules are changed,  (This was the source of the major quotes here.)

Both of these convicted felons un-knowingly broke the laws of New Jersey.  Aitken received clemency from the NJ governor; Allen is hoping that she will receive the same consideration, and be freed from jail.

And they will continue to have it on their record:  they are felons, and forever they will be disallowed from their civil rights --- including the right to vote, and the right to self-defense of their homes, their families, and themselves.

The best defense is a sympathetic Jury
                    ... or ... "Off With Their Heads!"

"Wherever"? Whatever

"... we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are."

(Barack Obama, September 10, 2014 speech.  see pre-speech transcript here.)

Wherever?

How about our Southern border?  You know, the porous one?

Hmmmm ..... seems like a logical place to start.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

"Captain Ron" and NRA Perfidy

Do you remember "Captain Ron"?  Incompetent pilot/captain leads his intrepid small-boat owners/crew into heart-rending pathos and good feelings.  1992?

Sure, the guy seemed like a Loony, but it all turned out all right.
Hollywood.   They gotta sell tickets.  Go figure.

IRL ... "In Real Life" ... incompetents usually lead to pathos and no good feelings.

Current Day:  
Doney: Gun extremists show their callousness - Roanoke Times: Opinion:
September 04 2014


Scene: a semi-private shooting range.
Storyline: A "firearms instructor" puts an UZI in the hands of a little girl, and doesn't monitor the shooter safely.
Action:  Uncontrolled Uzi performs a Darwinian function.  Well .. that's its job.

Reaction:
Quote:
Many gun enthusiasts resort to trite slogans in order to further their cause of destruction. The Virginia Citizens’ Defense League handed out stickers at the Steppin’ Out street fair in Blacksburg that read “Guns Save Lives.” Guns did not save my life when I was at work at New River Community College on April 12, 2013; the student who opened fire at my school was subdued by an unarmed security officer. Guns obviously did not save Charles Vacca’s life. In case we need any more evidence of the National Rifle Association’s utter callousness and horrifying lack  empathy, the women’s Twitter feed of the NRA posted an article called “7 Ways Children Can Have Fun at the Gun Range” a mere two days after Vacca’s death.
Uh .. bad timing, there.  Charles Vacca paid the ultimate price for his incompetence, but his legacy lives on.

It's the NRA's fault!
  I always thought it was the fault of the instructor who didn't do his job right.  Was he an NRA Certified Instructor?  Haven't heard that yet, one way or the other.  And I haven't seen any other information about his training and his background.  As far as I know, Vacca was just a well-meaning, enthusiastic guy shooter who was eager to unculcate others into "the JOY of SHOOTING".

Did he not know his limitations.





And if you decide to allow your child to shoot a fully automatic firearm (curse of the Arugula Set), you got to ask yourself:
What was this family doing, when they put their small daughter's safety in the hands of someone whose competence is now being questioned?  Was there some earlier link between them, which caused them to assume some aura of competence which was apparently undeserved?

We don't know that yet, either.  Before we automatically blame the 'obvious' player, it is usually a worthy exercise to understand the back-story.

It's easy to blame others; not so easy to accept your own blame.