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♫ FEE-LINGS! WHOA -O-O FEELINGS! ♫

I can’t find a single study from Bloomberg’s groups that aren’t loaded with errors. They have an anti-gun agenda and will lie to achieve it.  –  John R. Lott, Jr.
How Bloomberg’s Million-Dollar Desire For Gun Control Is Backfiring
[While I think there is a fair amount of lying going on they don’t think of it as lying. They just don’t understand facts are independent of their feelings. If they feel something then, in their view of reality, it is true. I’ve had people flat out tell me this. I would point out that what someone was saying was in direct contradiction to verifiable facts. And I would get a response of something to the effect, “Well, it’s true to them and that is what matters.”

There is also a very telling anecdote about liberal “research” in this same article:

In 2006 I was at a cocktail party in Arlington, VA, talking to a liberal journalist about his soon-to-be-released book on Iraq when John Lott joined us. John listened for a moment and then said to the author, “I’m curious. You say you just finished a book on the Iraq war. I always find it so hard to finish a book. I get so deep into the research I have a hard time stopping to write. I’m guessing you had a hard time leaving Iraq. There is so much to investigate and understand.”

The author said, “I didn’t go to Iraq.”

John paused with this quizzical look on his face before asking, “Oh, how did you do your research?”

The author said, “I didn’t have to do much. I mean, I already know what I think.”

Feelings versus facts. It’s a type of mental disorder.—Joe]

There’s a thesis in popular conservative/libertarian culture that liberals (or at least the current flavor of liberal, the progressive) act(s) based on feelings more than facts, even if the facts deny their feelings.  “Oh, those cute polar bears are dying in records numbers, due to global warming!” – even though recent data shows their populations have increased and so have the square footage of ice on which they live.  Not to mention they are extremely dangerous to humans, cuteness aside.  “If it just saves ONE life.”  or “It’s for the children.”, facts aside are other feeling-based statements.

I cannot speak for all conservative libertarians, but, I have on occasion questioned my use and ownership of firearms, looking at how doing so affects my community, my family and myself.  And I stuck to my principles.  And didn’t buckle to ‘feelings’ about some whack-job shooting up a school by disarming myself.

I did the same process after the accident that killed my daughter.  However, I ultimately didn’t give up my driver’s license, my vehicle, or insist others do the same “for the children”.

I see that as counterproductive, and unscientific.

h/t The View From North Central Idaho, John Lott

How NOT To Get Shot By The Police

(as stolen borrowed from Free North Carolina, courtesy of Gabe Suarez)

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The concern is that the good guy CCW, or off duty LEO for that matter, taking out the bad guy might be misidentified by responding police and shot. Police shoot one of their own every 18 months around the nation so it is a very plausible event. Contributing factors seem to be as follows -

You are more likely to be mistakenly shot by police in areas where the carry of weapons by citizens is not common. Places like New York or Los Angeles immediately come to mind. The notion seems to be that only cops or criminals have guns. This is not the attitude I see nationwide but it is prevalent enough in those areas to be aware of it.

You are more likely to be shot if the first thing the police see is the gun….specially if it is pointed in their direction. Understand that not all officers are well trained by their agencies and some may over react to the obvious sight of a weapon, not stopping to think of who is holding it or why.

Words to the wise – especially as many of the police have become more militarized.  And many of us carry.

Turned Out It Was B00BS WITH Guns!

Boobs and Guns

Protesters in Texas thought that showing up topless to an Open Carry rally to protest the protestors was a good idea.

Carrying signs that said, “Boobs are for Babies” they had no idea how big a favor they were doing for the Open Carry folks.
These protests for open carry are to draw attention to the issue. Who knew that 4 nipples would bring so much attention.
–Too bad the breasts were not nicer looking.   (The Miller)
And here I was hoping for gun pr0n!   (Women with Guns is better – some NSFW.  Many not following the Four Rules!)

The Tate-LaBianca Murders

sharon tate1Today is the anniversary of the cold-blooded murder of actress Sharon Tate and her friends.  Tomorrow will be the anniversary of the murder of the LaBiancas, also by The Manson ‘Family’.

You may visit the wikilink above for the particulars.  Make certain you are of strong stomach before so doing.

(I originally was going to post unedited crime scene photos here.  Decorum said to do otherwise.  Those with such an interest may find them on Google or Bing.)

These brutal and gruesome murders of West Coast elite took place in 1969 California.  By persons using guns and knives against others who had no means of self defense.  In their own homes.

And that’s my point.

These folks had no reason to suspect massive home invasions were about to occur against them.  And while California had restrictive firearms laws in place then, possession of them in one’s own home was pretty easy.

And none of those victims availed themselves of their rights.

This is not intended to scare you, unnecessarily.  It IS, however, intended to scare you necessarily.

Even if you don’t want to carry a firearm with you in your travels, it behooves you to get an ‘appropriate’ one, learn how to use it and keep it in your home.  Just as you would a fire extinguisher.

Home invasion crime is at an all-time high.  If it happens to you and your family, I hope the miscreants are just looking for valuables, not torture, rape and murder.

Guess you’ll have to ask them when you see them…

Six Months Old!

Time for spaying.  :-(

Poor Baby! – but our vet advises us her chances of contracting canine breast cancer are decreased by a huge percentage, IF the spay is done prior to her first heat.

Yesterday, we dropped her off @ 0800 – picked her up @ 1300.  “Fixed’, as the expression goes.  Plus the removal of some extraneous baby teeth, along with a couple of crowding adult ones.  Especially common in chee-hooa-hooa dogs.

AND, she’s been micro-chipped (for her safety).

Rather than the cone-of-shame, we chose a life-preserver-style apparatus.  It would have been hysterical had it said S.S. Minnow, but, at least it’s pink.

As is her cage, to keep her from running willy-nilly against vet’s orders.  For most of the next 7 to 10 days.

Poor Lola!

20140709_160216The good news is her prognosis is excellent!  :-)

Special State-Sponsored Permission!

Various law enforcement agencies and military units  have memorials to those that have fallen in service to their country.

If we ever build such a memorial to concealed carriers who put their lives at risk to save others, the name of Joseph Robert Wilcox, 31, of Las Vegas deserves to be on that wall.

Wilcox was killed yesterday (June 8) attempting to take down the deranged couple that had just  murdered Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo at a nearby Cici’s Pizza location.  Wilcox apparently spotted the husband as he rushed into Walmart, and tried to take him down.

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So what??
Most CCW courses are basic safety classes, I’ve seen many I wonder if safety is even taught that well.

Please do not fool yourself into thinking you are trained to fight just because the state issued you a license

When the rubber meets the road, a lot can be going on, and basic training may not save you, I don’t know how much training Mr Wilcox had, , and he may have changed the course of the event, but he lost.  (Maddened Fowl)

Not to cast aspersions toward Mr. Wilcox, but most of us are armchair adventurers at best.  I’ve been in IPSC competitions wherein civilians cleaned the clocks of sworn officers, but these were pretend, not real life.  And I’ve observed many officers whose firearms safety regime was trumped by their huge egos.  And they paid for it.

Most of us are not sworn officers or spec ops guys home on leave from Afghanistan.  We are regular Joes (and Janes) going about our mundane daily lives, but we do so armed.  And many of us have received a permission slip from our respective States to carry our tools concealed as we go about our business.

The concealed weapon permit is akin the driver license.  It doesn’t mean that we are automatically Mario Andretti upon our receipt of it.  Keep training, keep learning, keep maintaining and most importantly, keep paying attention to your surroundings.

We, as civilians, have no obligation to rush in like John McClane (Die Hard films) in the movies and save everyone.  And most of us don’t have the skills.

Know yourself, too!

h/t Bob Owens, The Duck

CIRCLE – J**K

(my apologies for the above epithet)

Nearly Two Dozen Miami Dade Cops Fired 377 Rounds at Two Unarmed Men in a Car  – 

What might cause 23 police officers to fire 377 rounds in two volleys of gunfire into a car that held two unarmed men, one of whom was a suspect in an armed robbery? That’s what happened in Miami-Dade County, Florida, in December. The suspect, Adrian Montesano, was also accused of shooting a police officer in a trailer park after the robbery. Witnesses said the early morning shooting scene resembled something out of the “wild, wild west,” and that the two men in the car were alive after the first volley of gunfire. Two cops were also hit in the shooting, in the arm, with one also being grazed in the head. Both men, Montesano and his passenger, Corsini Valdes, not accused of any crime, were killed.  Here’s what they found out:

The nature of the shooting suggests the officers lost sight of their own training and that the officers, caught up in the heat of the moment, failed to listen to their radios or coordinate their actions endangering not only their own lives but the lives of the public.

It is worth saying, none of this would have happened if Adrian Montesano had not made the decision to rob the Walgreens and shoot a police officer. None of those officers would have been in that backyard if it weren’t for the actions of Montesano. But that does not absolve the officers of responsibility for their own conduct, as well.

Senior commanders admit they are very lucky more officers weren’t seriously hurt or killed. Even more haunting is the danger the residents in the area faced. At the time of the shooting, parents were getting their kids ready for school and across the street men and women stood exposed on a Metrorail platform.

The incident is being reviewed by the Miami Dade Police Department and the state attorney, but those reviews, according to CBS4, could take years to complete. The robbery and subsequent shooting of a cop, CBS4 concluded, “sent officers across the county into a state of frenzy.” Read the rest of CBS4’s report here.

Only the police and the military should be allowed to have guns…

Seriously?

h/t Say Uncle

 

 

 

What Ever Happened To The Great Melting Pot?

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Should we be concerned about the Arabic one?  You know, where they keep on trying to pass Sharia law?  Otherwise, an interesting take on the evolution of language in the U.S.

Last I knew, California has their ballots in 13 different languages!  Now, I’m not for an ‘official’ language, but I strongly support the use of English as a common one.

Just for simplicity, cost, and melting pot sake…

h/t Free North Carolina

David Hardy Makes Me Sad, Again…

…for showing me how f***ed-up the public schools are!

A student tries bullying another, isn’t successful, so he tries another tack. When the other student is twirling a pencil, the bully calls out, “He’s making gun motions, send him to juvie.” The school obliges, the bullied student gets suspended, has to take a psych evaluation, and blood tests for drugs. No word if they did anything to the bully.

Political correctness and zero-tolerance mandatory sentencing reigns!  And non-thinking, hoplophobic school administrators!

Maroons!

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Beat-Up Cars and Guns

I’m not rich.  Even when I was able to go to a regular 40-hour/week job with benefits.  I was lower-middle class, at best.  Now that I’m on medical disability, I can barely make ends meet.  I lost my home a year and a half ago.

Cars and guns are important to me.  Guns apparently more so.  I currently am driving a 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue with over 140K miles on her.  She needs a lot of work I cannot afford.  And I certainly cannot afford a (newer, in-better-shape) different vehicle.  Sigh.

I also own two guns:  a custom 1911 and an electroless nickel Smith .38.  Both have seen better days, but, just like the ol’ clunker, THEY WORK!

Murphy’s Law recently posted a photo of his workhorse pistol, a Beretta 92F.  She looked a little like she had been dragged behind something for a while.  Obviously, this made no difference to Murphy, who said she worked and shot like a champ!

Which brings me to my point.  My car looks and works like crap, but she still works.  My 1911 and revolver both function, albeit they are cosmetically imperfect.

So I’m a bigot.  :-)

I LOVE the look of a nicely appointed vehicle and a fine firearm!  When I first saw Murphy’s photo, my heart sank.  I thought how sad it looks like that, and how much she resembled my well-worn 1911.  And, I see nicely running cars on the street, painted all pretty, and I secretly loathe my beater car.

Okay, I don’t know if it’s bigotry or shallowness…

Thankfully (as of this writing) the car and guns still function, but there’s always tomorrow!

h/t Lagniappe’s Lair

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1. ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.

2. NEVER POINT YOUR MUZZLE AT SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.

3. KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET AND YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT.

4. KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT'S BEYOND.

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"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." - Bene Gesserit, from Frank Herbert's Dune

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