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F.N.C. Makes Me THINK

I like FNC…

NO, NOT the Fox News Channel – although I DO like it, too, on occasion.

I’m speaking of the blog Free North Carolina!

They sometimes have blog fare I view as incendiary, but, more often than not, they make me think differently on a specific issue – even if I continue to disagree with them on that very issue!

One of this Constitutional Republic’s tenets I wholeheartedly endorse is speedy justice.  I know, with the judicial bureaucracy, it doesn’t always seem so, however.

FNC did post a short video of one such event:

Pickpocket, purse snatching, shoplifter?

 

Fashion and Concealed Carry

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The Guayabera or Mexican Wedding Shirt

I believe for CCW folks to ‘fit in’ with the mainstream, they must dress in a similar fashion.  Most of the time here in the Southwest, this is not a problem.  Hawaiian shirts, square-cut camp shirts, and Mexican wedding shirts are in abundance, and even the lowly colored T-shirt can provide enough concealment for casual wear in this 100+ degree environment.  (not me in the photo!)

This has not always been so for me.  Working @ TMCCC, initially men were required to wear shirts and ties (management being from the Eastern United States clothing meme) and as the company prohibited weapons, one had to be discrete with regard to what kind and where one was possessing.  Being a known quantity (the gun guy) in my department, I was especially singled-out for surveillance.  One time, a black nylon eyeglass case I wore was accused of being a holster, another time, management prohibited all personnel beneath a certain level from carrying brief cases!

Style also enters into this equation.  Col. Cooper oft made pronouncements pooh-poohing fashion, saying the utility of proper concealment was of more importance.  Of course, he lived in the high desert outside a small town and could pretty much wear whatever he wanted.  He wasn’t constrained by a business environment expecting 80′s cut suits (with tiny belt loops – in the 80′s).  Last time I saw him in person was a warm day during which he wore a very heavy (and not stylish) suit coat over his 5″ 1911 (in a holster on a beefy belt).  I know he was wearing the 1911, as he removed the coat, much to the consternation of the young turk law enforcement types in the audience at the time.  You see, he was speaking on a community college campus and firearms were not permitted there.  A couple actually lunged out of their seats, as though they were going to wrestle the old man to the ground and arrest him!

They didn’t.

Women who CCW are a whole different issue.  Many choose not to carry on their bodies, but use purses, briefcases and backpacks designed for such a purpose.  This, of course, has both utility and drawbacks.  If one chooses to leave their purse in the car, or with an unknowing luncheon partner while visiting the restroom, for example.  Or grabs their wallet out of the armed purse to run into the stop and rob convenience store, because the purse is such a pain-in-the-ass to lug around!

Of course, they might utilize one of those new bra holsters, and carrying something like a .32 or .380?

The point is that one must make allowances for fashion, but decide what works specifically for them.  I’ve a fused right hip.  Wearing an ankle holster on my right leg is hardly a valid choice for me.  And wearing a heavy suit jacket in the Summer just invites attention.  (Reminiscent of those ‘guys in suits’ (security) who hang around Las Vegas casinos not gambling in the Summer!)

I remember visiting the shopping district in a high-end neighborhood some years ago.  I paid particular attention to the men I thought might be carrying a concealed weapon.  I think I spotted nine men, no women, because their clothes didn’t quite fit right (they kept adjusting their belts) and seemed overly concerned about how their jackets or shirts were riding.  One doesn’t do that with a cell phone.

Make right choices, for both your clothes AND your armament.

Be safe, but be comfortable.  And inconspicuous.

“Badges? We Don’ Need No Stinkin’ Badges!” II

ccw badgeI don’t own one of these.

I do have an assortment of security guard badges from my tenures there, as well as my fraternal grandfather’s railroad police badge.

The question is, what will you do to ID yourself when a patrol unit rolls up on the scene, wherein you just dropped a guy in self defense?  Show your CCW Permit?

Or is it a better idea to have something like the above badge (they abound on the Internet and Amazon) in one’s possession when the constabulary sees one man down and you with a hot, smoking gun in your hand covering him?

Between you and me, I already carry a packed wallet, numerous keys, a speed strip (or 2) OR magazines and my sidearm.

Some states prohibit use of a badge with a private investigator’s credential.  It’s possible some prohibit a badge with a CCW permit, too.

And some anti-gun rights/anti-self-defense prosecutor/cop might tack on ‘impersonating a police officer’ to your charges.

What do you guys think?

Oh No! More School Shootings Possible!

Idaho becomes eighth state to have concealed handguns on college campuses  (from John Lott)

Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah, and Wisconsin currently prevent public colleges from banning concealed handguns on college campuses.  With Idaho becoming the eighth state (Governor Butch Otter has already indicated that he will sign the bill), 20 states leave the decision to ban or allow concealed carry weapons on campuses up to each college or university individually.  From Reuters:

Idaho lawmakers on Thursday approved a measure allowing concealed guns to be carried onto university and college campuses.
The legislation, which cleared the state House of Representatives by a 50-19 vote and was overwhelmingly approved by the state Senate last month, now heads to Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter for his signature.
If the Republican governor signs the bill into law as expected, Idaho will be the seventh U.S. state that allows guns on college campuses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
The passage of the Idaho bill comes amid a tense debate on the extent of gun ownership restrictions in the United States, which has seen a string of recent shootings at schools, movie theaters and other public places. . . .

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BE AFRAID!  There have been more school shootings from legally-possessed handguns…   OH, wait a minute…

I don’t think there have been any on the campuses which make such allowances, have there?

Next On Matlock

Not THIS Matlock!

Not THIS Matlock!

Isn’t it wonderful when the family of a dead alleged criminal arrives to tell us how there wasn’t really a home invasion?

Somehow, the homeowner didn’t see it that way:

Authorities on Monday said Ronald Green, 66, was watching TV when he was startled by the sound of his front door flying open.

Ramon R. Matlock entered the home, and Green ran to a bedroom to retrieve a revolver, authorities said.

Matlock swung at Green, and Green fired a shot into Matlock’s chest and another into his lower back, authorities said.

Authorities said Matlock ran out the door, but only got as far as the front yard. The Omaha Fire Department pronounced Matlock dead at the scene.

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His family claims that perhaps the teen had been drinking and was confused, and thought he was at his aunt’s house. Presumably, crashing in through doors and taking a swing at those inside after they’ve retreated to their bedrooms is just how Ramon greeted people.

The district attorney said that Ramon was known in the neighborhood… and not for his hugs. He ruled Ramon’s entry a home invasion, and his swing at the homeowner a deadly force attack justifying the use of deadly force.

No charges will be filed.

Another example of wasted youth.

I did some incredibly stupid stuff in my youth, and as my Dad used to say, I’m not young, anymore.  But, it never occurred to me to get drunk, kick in someone’s door and take a swing at a 66 year-old man!

I was more into whining I had no date for Saturday night.  And the only time I kicked in a door was when I locked myself out of my own bedroom at my college roommates house.

h/t Bob Owens, Robert McDonald

Go Cougars!

Ninety Miles From Tyranny brings us the story…

How girl ELEVEN grabbed gun and shot dead cougar that was stalking her brother, 13, outside their house (link)

Of course, these kids would have been much safer had they no firearm or safety or shooting instruction or access to firearms.  After all, the cougars were here first.

Picking on a poor, defenseless animal like that, how dare they!

It’s for the children…

PS – I took my first shot at age 6.  When did you start?

You’re Eight Times More Likely to be Killed by a Police Officer than a Terrorist

It got a lot of attention this morning when I tweeted, “You’re Eight Times More Likely to be Killed by a Police Officer than a Terrorist.” It’s been quickly retweeted dozens of times, indicating that the idea is interesting to many people. So let’s discuss it in more than 140 characters.

In case it needs saying: Police officers are unlike terrorists in almost all respects. Crucially, the goal of the former, in their vastest majority, is to have a stable, peaceful, safe, law-abiding society, which is a goal we all share. The goal of the latter is … well, it’s complicated. I’ve cited my favorite expert on that, Audrey Kurth Cronin, here and here and here. Needless to say, the goal of terrorists is not that peaceful, safe, stable society.

I picked up the statistic from a blog post called: “Fear of Terror Makes People Stupid,” which in turn cites the National Safety Council for this and lots of other numbers reflecting likelihoods of dying from various causes. So dispute the number(s) with them, if you care to.

You need to read the whole article, and it’s links.

This is the quote that came to mind, after I read them:

They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.  -  Benjamin Franklin, November 11, 1755

h/t Miss Cellania, Cato @ Liberty

“We Don’t Have Time For This!”

Two North Carolina parents are in shock after local police shot and killed their 18-year-old son in their own home, while they watched helplessly.

The family called police because they were worried about their son, Keith Vidal, who is schizophrenic and suffers from depression, according to local news. Vidal, armed with a small screwdriver, was apparently having a psychotic episode. Mark Wilsey, Vidal’s father, called the authorities to help deal with the situation.

An officer from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and another from the Boiling Spring Lakes police department showed up to the house soon after. Eventually, a third officer from the Southport police department entered the home as well, and ordered the use of tasers to subdue Vidal. According to Wilsey, Vidal was pinned on the ground by two of the officers when a third said, “we don’t have time for this,” and shot Vidal, killing him.

Vidal had just turned 18, and weighed a mere 90 pounds. He couldn’t have hurt anyone with the screwdriver, and had no history of violence according to family and friends.  (The Daily Caller)

Now, of course, none of us were there, and we weren’t the responding officers.  HOWEVER, while my tendency is to support law enforcement, this appears lazy, at best.  And it’s not the best.

What do YOU think?

Maddox and Platt Revisited

Maddox and Platt were responsible for the death of 2 FBI agents, and the upgrading of FBI armament from revolvers to semiautomatics.  They were sociopaths who trained with their guns.  (The Miami FBI Massacre)

Maddened Fowl pointed us to an article by Greg Elfritz in Active Response Training.

Most of us armchair blog reader/occasional shooters think that because most criminals are lazy, if we have a modicum of training, we can defeat them on the street.  After all, criminals don’t train.

Ever see a video of convicts ‘taking exercise’?  If they are not lifting weights, they are practicing disarmament techniques in the yard.  And (per this article) many criminals get more and regular target practice than we (the good guys) get!

We might get lucky disarming some 12 year old meth freak trying to rob the local convenience store with a nail file, but, anyone who makes a living doing violent crime probably has the practice and the tools to fight back.

Many guys (and gals) practice karate or some martial art through kata (forms) and kumite (pretend combat). For every cage fighter there are 1000 folks out there pretending to hit each other.  Hardly a skill valuable in the real world.  Can you break a board?  My daughter broke a 1″ pine board in her Second Grade karate class.  It’s all about focus.

And the stones.

Keep practicing.  As an exercise, think through scenarios in your head (What would I do if the guy at Denny cash register pulled a gun?)

Continue to be aware of your surroundings, AND your limitations.

“Man’s got to know his limitations.”  -  ‘Dirty’ Harry Callahan

h/t Wikipedia

Guns are NOT Talismans!

JayG said it – truer words never spoken!

Then followed up with THIS!

Long Island Deli Worker Pulls Machete, Chases Away Armed Robber

A New York deli worker pulled a machete from under his counter and chased away an armed, masked gunman who fired a shot at the wall as he demanded money, police said.

Police on Long Island say the gunman entered the Stop & Shop Deli on Crooked Hill Road Sept. 25 and fired his silver .22-caliber pistol as he ordered the worker to stuff his Air Jordan backpack with cash.

The worker apparently chased the dude out of the store and through the parking lot. Armed with a machete. Against a gun. That’s pretty impressive right there, I have to admit. Not many people would go on the offensive against a (marginally) superior weapon. I know I’d sure as hell be reluctant to take on someone armed with a gun if I only had a lawn care implement…

Amen, brother!

(I was reminded that Jamaica has rampant violent crime, and very strict firearms control – perhaps we should all get machetes as backup?)

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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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