Thursday, May 21, 2015

Winchester Shotgun "OOPS!"

RECALL: Winchester Shotgun Recalled Over Possible “Unintentional Discharges” [VIDEO]:

HT:  Guns Save Lives

Shooting Sports ... it's the people we meet that make it worth-while

A couple of days ago, I received an email from a friend who had volunteered to officiate at a State Match for USPSA competition.

There were a couple of Range Officers who did not have 'timers', and unfortunately that had been overlooked during the match timing.

So my friend got online to his associates, and asked if anyone could loan one to the two Range Officer Volunteers who needed one.

I had one, and offered it to him.  He responded that he already had received one from someone else, and thanks for the offer.

Today, he posted this email message to his circle of friends:

I really love this sport.I think the world of the people that belong to our clubs.
I asked if we could barrow a timer, and within 6 hours I had 7 offers with more still coming in. 
I now have one in my possession.
Thanks folks, your the best.           WALT

He's right, of course.  The joy of competitive shooting isn't just that you get to blast a lot of rounds 'down-range'.  It's that you meet the nicest, most polite, and most generous people in the world through shooting sports.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

"Spongey Projectile" generates Fear and Loathing in NJ Elementary School!

NJ fifth-grader suspended for bringing a foam 'bullet' to school, says mom | Fox News:

New Jersey fifth-grader Aarin Moody got a lesson in his school's zero tolerance policy after being suspended all of last week for bringing a foam Nerf gun bullet to school, according to his mom.

I don't know about you, but *I* am quite intimidated!

Not by the foam rubber 'bullets'; the scarey school folks, though, freak me out.
*Did I mention that this was New Jersey?*

When I was in Grade School, in a Previous Century Not To Be Named, we (students in 6th Grade) were trading miniature replicas of pistols and rifles like they were Sports Cards.  No special reason, they were just cool.

The same thing could get a sixth grader jailed today.  Funny ... we didn't have any school shootings back when guns were just 'stuff'.

I remember once I brought my father's "exotic" bullet collection to school for Show And Tell.  Everybody wanted to take a closer look at them.  But I don't remember anyone killing anyone because they got too excited.

I guess we weren't as "cool" as we thought we were.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Tough Call. *Who will you believe? John Kerry or Islamic Jehadists?"

ISIS capture of Ramadi renews concerns about US troop pullout, weapons left behind | Fox News:

Secretary of State John Kerry also said Monday that he was confident about defeating the Islamic State and about Ramadi being retaken “in coming days.”

Who are we to believe?  Enemies of The State Jihadists, or "Unfit At Any Speed" John Kerry?

I know.  It's difficult to choose between declared enemies and ... well, libotards.

My money is on the declared enemies.  They may be bad, but they may not be congenital liars.

Unlike John Kerry.

Outlaw Biker Mantra. "Hey Man, you spilled my beer!" BANG!

Another Shoot-out in Waco!


Rival motorcycle gangs kill 9 in Texas gun battle - NY Daily News:
(May 17, 2015)
 A trio of rival motorcycle gangs is believed responsible for a large gunfight that killed nine bikers and injured 18 outside a Waco, Texas restaurant, authorities said Sunday.
Charming.  I'm sure.

The good news is: no 'innocents' were killed or injured.   Good shooting on the part of the bikers?  More likely, non-involved people were smart enough to un-ass the neighborhood.  When the going gets tough, everybody who wants to live through the day get out of the bar.

Oh, yes.  Some news sources called the establishment a "restaurant"; but others called it a "Sports Bar".    It's all about what your meaning of "IS", is.  Personally, I've never cared for spectator sports, but when it comes to a shoot-out, my first choice is "NOT THERE".

Another Shootout in Pennsylvania!
There's nothing unique in this "event".  In January in Pennsylvania, a couple of rowdy groups mixed it up.

Another Shootout in Chicago!
And in Illinois, after a brawl between "The Outlaws" and (civilians?), the Outlaws want their leather vests back.

Well, you can't blame them.  it's all about honor, y'know?

So while the rest of the world is worrying about Trevon Martin, Ferguson, Baltimore ... there is an entire subculture which thrives on violent confrontations.

It's A White Thing; you wouldn't understand it.

That's okay, neither do I

The Thing Is ....

... this is the sort of thing that many people consider the "Gun Culture".

It's not, of course.  The American Gun Culture is responsible people who are non-violent, but are prepared to defend themselves against violence.   That sounds a lot like waffling, I know.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

What is "The Gun Culture"?

My definition of "Gun Culture" is this:

I grew up in a 'gun family'.  My father was an avid hunter all of his life.  His hobby was to take old military rifles (1903-A3) and convert them into modern sporting rifles which were an expression of his art.

He bought me my first deer rifle when I was 13, and I was thrilled to finally get to go hunting with him.  More frequently (because it didn't depend on a 'season') we would go 'varmint hunting'.

And as bloody as it must have seemed to the varmints, it was a much more humane solution than the alternative.  (Of course the hares and the rodents of all kind probably resented our predation.)

I did some hunting of deer and antelope, and the meat which they provided to our dinner was welcome.  Mom was never a good cook, but fresh venison is a welcome supplement to our diet.  I ate Deer, Elk, even Bear meat.

I became involved in competition shooting.  For 15 years I was a Gallery Rifle shooter, both indoors and outdoors.  I spend a few summers working in harvest (both wheat and peas) so that I could buy a Valment "Lion" Free Rifle, with which I won a few junior matches.

In later years, I chose to shoot pistols in competition.  I'm now certified as a "not very good, but determined"  shooter in three divisions of USPSA shooting.

People enjoy shooting.  It's like throwing darts in a pub, only louder, and without the drinking.

Some people are more involved in self-defense shooting.  Nobody wants to hurt anybody else, but sometimes the circumstances are such that one needs to protect Hearth and Home, Self and Family.

But that's not what a lot of people envision when they think of the term: "Gun Culture".

THIS is the image that they see:

Saturday, May 16, 2015

I know it was free, but it didn't come from us ... so you can't DO that!

School freaks out over boys baseball storage shed | Fox News:

Don't you just love a government that doesn't do anything FOR you, but they go out of their way to undermine your efforts to do for yourself?

We're from the Government, and we'll be your Crash-Test Dummies for today

Inspector General report says Secret Service agents 'likely' alcohol-impaired in March incident | Fox News:
A report by the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General has concluded that two senior Secret Service agents were "more likely than not" impaired by alcohol when they drove an official car through a secure area outside the White House this past March.

No field sobriety tests were given that night and both men were allowed to drive their government vehicles home from the White House.
Sounds like poor judgement is the standard in the White House.

Oh, poop! This SO sucks!

How do you go to the bathroom in space? | Fox News Video:
 How do you go to the bathroom in space? May. 13, 2015

Stan Freberg --- will never die

Stan Freberg Dead: Acclaimed Satirist Was 88 - Hollywood Reporter:
(April 07, 2015)
Stan Freberg, whose freewheeling comic career in advertising garnered him worldwide acclaim and whose satirical entertainments abounded on TV, the radio and on records, has died. He was 88.

Stan Freberg did more with words and your imagination than the movies and television ever did; he kept the spirit of radio alive even after my parents bought their first television (a Packard Bell in Danish Blond ... to compliment Mom's Orange Deep-Shag Carpet and Mint Green Sectional, I Kid You Not!)

Mister Freberg lives on in You Tube.  Here are two of my favorite skits:

"Stormin' Norman" got it wrong ...

THIS is "The Luckiest Man Alive"

  Irons in the Fire:

Class Act

Life is tough.  When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
Everyone else finds someone to sue.

Pennsylvania university student suing school after failing required class twice | Fox News:
A Pennsylvania university nursing student is suing the school after failing a required course twice, saying anxiety and depression made it difficult for her to concentrate. Jennifer Burbella claims her Misericordia University professor did not do enough to help her pass a class on adult health patterns.
Who would want a whiner for a nurse?

Family who mourned for 6 days after told daughter died not allowed to sue | Fox News Latino:
 For six days, the family of 19-year-old April Guerra mourned her death because they thought she was killed in a car wreck. It turns out, she wasn't. Arizona's highest court said Friday the family cannot sue the state for negligence after officers mistakenly told them Guerra died in a 2010 rollover crash west of Phoenix. The officers confused Guerra's identity with that of a close friend who was killed in the Interstate 10 wreck.
That woman's parents stood vigil at a hospital with a paralyzed and badly bruised Guerra, thinking she was their daughter.
So the response of the Guerra family is not to thank God that their daughter is alive, but to sue the police for making a mistake.

 "Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste"

Friday, May 15, 2015

"We're from the Government, and we're here to help."

It could have been worse.  They could have ignored their prisonor's worsening physical condition until he almost died.

Oh.  They did.

You know that weird guy across the street? He's a Terrorist!

Fox News Poll: Voters believe White House incompetent, US still in recession and ISIS has moved next door | Fox News:
Six in 10 voters think it is likely terrorists are living in their hometown (60 percent). That’s up from 48 percent who felt that way in 2007, the last time the question was asked, and back to about what it was nine months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In June 2002, 58 percent thought terrorists were in their community.
(Note to my neighbors:  No, it's not me.  It must be you.)

How can you identify a terrorist?  Well, if he points a gun at you, or his garage blows up because the bomb he was building had a slight design flaw, that's one clue..

They don't need to be wearing towels or fencing masks across their faces over the all-black floor length robes.  Remember Timothy McVeight?  He blew up this government building in Oklahoma a while back?  He looked normal.  Sort of.

(Actually, he looked a lot like my cousin Charley.  I don't talk to Charley much.  After today ... probably not at all.)

Living in America today is much like being Howard Keel in "The Day of the Triffids" .. except that Howard had a simpler way to identify the 'bad guys plants'; if they were six feet tall, looked vaguely like sunflowers, and could kill you for reasons and in ways you didn't understand, they were triffids.

Come to think of it, Terrorists are not unlike Triffids.

Hmm ... I may need to rethink my original thesis.

Never mind.

Here's a primer, in case you need it.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Antigtun Activist Advises Additional Archaic Acts Appropos Ammunition Availability

Sipsey Street Irregulars: Checking for chipmunks, collectivist congresscritter cogitates coitally crippling Constitution.: "Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman targets online ammunition sales.''

(1).   There is nothing new in this tactic.  Democrats have been using this approach for decades.
(2). Case in point:  Danial Patrick Moynihan proposed a 1000% tax on ammunition sales, in 1993.
(3).   Calfornia is attempting the same underhanded political tactics (too many references to cite ... you know what their tactics have been for the past several decades) and for the same reasons: the Libs think they are right and we are wrong, and they are determined to prevail because they are F*cking SENATORS, and we're NOBODY!

Why do these Libtards keep trying to undermine the second amendment?  Lots of reasons:

Hoo-Raw The Witch Is Dead! (not quite)

Section 215 of the Patriot Act Expires in June. Is Congress Ready? | Electronic Frontier Foundation:
(January 29, 2015)
 You may have heard that the Patriot Act is set to expire soon. That’s not quite the case. The Patriot Act was a large bill, as were the reauthorizations that followed in 2005 and 2006. Not all of it sunsets. But three provisions do expire on June 1st: Section 215, the "Lone Wolf provision," and the "roving wiretap" provision. 
All of these sections are concerning, but Section 215 takes the cake. It’s the authority that the NSA, with the FBI’s help, has interpreted to allow the U.S. government to vacuum up the call records of millions of innocent people.

The article includes information about how you can contact your representative to state your case for or against the NSA legally monitoring ALL of your (supposedly) private electronic communications.