I know it’s a parallel universe, or the bizarro world when a liberal spew sheet such as Time actually allows such a radical op-ed in it’s pages. Of course, I suspect the following letters-to-the-editor were scathing indictments of an America, crime laden with youngsters poisoned by such criminal tutelage.
1) The times (Times), they are a changin’., and
2) I don’t care about the opinions of those who seek to deny the law-abiding their rights – unless, of course, they are in power!
Here’s the complaint. Essentially, the NJ legislature passed a law in 2002, which required the attorney general to report whenever “smart gun” technology went on sale in the US. Three years after he so reports, the only handguns that can be sold in NJ will be ones so equipped. The complaint alleges that the technology is now on sale, and seeks an order that the AG file the report. Nevermind that there are major concerns about reliability and safety. If people don’t want to rely on such guns, Brady figures, we’ll just have to force them to do so.
Ah, “reasonable gun control”! Brady apparently thinks that even New Jersey is “unreasonably mild” on the subject.
Because New Jersey is already so lax on their gun laws, and smart gun technology has been proven to work consistently.
Yeah, that’s SMART…
In days of yore, the British SAS carried Browning High Powers WITH THEIR SAFETIES UNENGAGED! Why? Because they knew with proper training there wouldn’t be any negligent discharges. Relying on man-made devices to act as a ‘safety’ against gun accidents is foolhardy. And these so-called smart guns use batteries. See any problem here?
I’ve recounted previously in these pages about my 800 pound safe having been stolen (in 2008), and the loss of 50+ firearms, parts, credit cards and personal papers and effects.
One of the firearms was not mentioned, as I knew nothing about her history, how she was acquired, or anything else. I suspect my Father acquired her when his Father passed. I’ve no idea of her origins. Obviously the 1800s.
She resembled this, with a more visible trigger. Her mainspring was broken, and she was in a little rougher condition.
I think there was a 3 digit serial number on the butt, however I’ve no idea what it was. As none of the papers, credit cards or other firearms have surfaced, I still believe she is lost to history.
Thank God for the security of Fort Knox safes!
I’ve a number of recurrent themes in this blog. One is secure your vault, even if it weighs a lot, to the floor and wall.
You never know.
Any ideas as to the kind of pistol? Inquiring minds want to know!
The Tucson Police Department says one of its guns is missing.
Police say an officer who helped locate a purse-snatching and shoplifting suspect following a foot chase on the city’s west side Monday discovered that his service weapon had been dislodged from his holster.
I’m so old, I remember when LAPD had those nifty S&W 6″ Combat Masterpieces in a duty rig which were of a clamshell design! One placed one’s finger in the trigger guard (!), depressed a button, and the holster flew open, leaving the K-Frame revolver in your hand – finger on the trigger!
Of course, mechanical contrivances being as they are, more than one revolver was lost by a patrolman scurrying over a wall whilst in foot pursuit and inadvertently depressing the release button! Weapon retention eventually evolved into high-ride duty holsters with steel linings, thumb snaps and specific presentation angles, said holster being held in place on the Sam Browne belt by Chicago (tension) screws.
And, Aikido – Jiu Jitsu – like training simultaneously developed to teach officers how to maintain control and possession of their weapons during physical encounters with suspects interested in obtaining their own control.
Civilian training? SOME is out there. Of course, making certain no miscreant even sees you have a gun until it’s leveled at him is a good idea, too.
I do remember one time when I was a security guard/graveyard shift in an urgent care facility, when an accident victim and his entourage arrived. They were all drunk.
And I was escorting them to the even more crowded clinic when I felt a firm tug on my sidearm! Reflexively, I used my elbow to pin the hand to the stocks, and rapidly turned and stepped away, to break the offending wrist or hand. The guy yelled, let go and complained I’d tried to hurt him. Then he explained he “just wanted to see what I had”! He was drunk, of course. I kept my cool and told him forcefully if he wanted to stay in the clinic with his friend he’d keep his hands to himself. He complied.
I’ve never had any problem of this nature carrying concealed. Perhaps there’s a message here?
I can’t speak for you, but, I’m no Bruce Lee.
Hell, I’m not even Pinky Lee!
(Yes. I know. I’m old…)
RETAIN AND CONTROL YOUR WEAPONS AND ACCESS, PEOPLE!
Not all IRS agents are armed, of course. It’s only the Criminal Investigation Division, and they arguably need them. Yet even within that group there’s been some criticism. According to one government audit, IRS Agents ‘Accidentally’ Discharged Guns 11 Times between 2009 and 2011.
Some resulted in property damage or personal injury, claimed the report. What’s more, agents accidentally fired their guns more times than they did intentionally, said the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. That would be a worry for any law enforcement agency.
Again, look at the statistics for armed civilians versus civilian law enforcement officers. Generally, the civilian populus is safer, and more accurate than all of the sworn agencies out there (when taken as a whole).
But the government keeps pushing to make it more difficult to legally own, possess, carry or use a firearm. Is that because they are so bad at it?
I lived in my current town from age 7 ’til age 29. I saw it grow from a farming community coupled with a university to a party university town – complete with gridlock and liberal local gov’t policies.
I’ve written about the ‘free’ circular route shuttle train before. TANSTAFFL!*
When I was growing up here, adjacent to farm land (mostly alfalfa and cotton fields) the Valley was combed with open irrigation canals. These were marked with signs reading DANGER and NO TRESPASSING. The utility company who owned the canals would have you arrested if you were found on their property.
The irrigation canals remain. But, in our little (progressive) college town, apparently a deal was made to allow pedestrians, runners and bicyclists free run on the adjacent canal roads. And, sometimes these folks encounter real street intersections they need to cross.
What to do?
In an ordinary town, looking both ways and taking your life in your hands while crossing might be appropriate. But not here.
OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK!
Installed fully across the offending streets, coupled with vertical lights rivaling the best railroad crossing signals! With instruction signs explaining IF the lights are ON, STOP, IF the are flashing, stop, look for pedestrians, then proceed!
How much did these cost? Why not just a stop sign and a cross walk?
I’m all for rights of the minority, but how many pedestrians, bicyclists, runners, equestrians utilize these canal paths? The canals traverse other cities in our Valley, but you don’t see these expensive signals there? And they still remain (mostly) open, dangerous, and marked as no trespassing!
I’m guessing some mayor or city council member used them, hence the monstrous signals.
Our tax dollars at work.
*TANSTAAFL – There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. Stuff costs money.
Most of the gun-friendly venues I’ve visited in recent years require clearing of weapons before entrance. Most gun shops, for example. Some even have a ballistic barrel bunker filled will sand to accomplish this. ‘For safety‘. Some gun shows even require nylon zip ties post clearance, if one intends to bring the firearm into the show!
I remember a time. (cocks head sideways, looks skyward, pensively) when all that was required in most gun shows and shops was don’t touch it.
The Duck reminded me of this, with an attached video showing a young man very proud of his new Ithaca Model 37. He cannot stop fondling it. (Freudian gun equivalency jokes here)
You can guess what happens next. At about 2:50 in.
Booger hooks, bang switch. Period. If you must dry-practice, remove all ammo to another room, first.
Addendum – word around the innerwebs is this was a put-up job, likely a blank shotgun shell used to create a large audience of suckers. Regardless, blanks or live rounds, the same principles apply.
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