Connecticut has an “assault weapon” problem.
Politicians rammed through a law demanding that citizens register scary-looking firearms and standard capacity magazines, and the citizenry overwhelmingly responded by being “militantly sedentary.”
Gun owners sat on their butts and refused to register either arms or magazines, all but daring the state to do anything about it.
Of the estimated 375,000-400,000 firearms deemed “assault weapons” by the state, more than 325,000 remain undocumented. Only about 50,000 were registered for future confiscation.
The requirement to register standard capacity magazines was laughed at even louder by the citizenry; just 38,000 (less than 2 percent) of an estimated 2 million standard capacity magazines holding greater than ten rounds of ammunition were registered with the state. (Bearingarms.com)
The Art of Manliness (my go-to place for classic wisdom on the Web) recent posted 20 aphorisms, abhored (or ignored) in youth, but appreciated as I got older. (Sometimes)
An aphorism is a short, pithy statement that conveys a principle or contains a pearl of wisdom. Part of what makes them so powerful is that they can stand on their own without context; as the philologist Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel put it, “An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog.”
Here is one. CLICK on it to link to the remaining 19.
is here to remind you, as it’s been another orbit of the Earth…
If there isn’t a gun within arms reach as you read this, you missed the point of API 250 !
(Yeah – I’m shocked, too!) :-P
That is a turnout increase of 300%. If voter ID was intended to suppress votes, it is failing as spectacularly as HealthCare.gov.
Now hers’ the SHOCKING PART!
h/t CNN !
Murphy’s Law recently posted a fine piece about Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, her history of massive attempts to violate the rights of legal gun owners, and her mind set.
Distilled down, this is all about personal responsibility.
Now I have a number of health ‘issues’. Chronic conditions requiring regular monitoring by physicians and prescription medications for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar regulation and arthritic/neuropathic pain. My weight is not within the CDC guidelines. I consume too much fat, protein, carbohydrates and volume. Probably too much alcohol. Because of my ‘issues’, I get minimal exercise. And I’ve an aversion to tofu and most cooked vegetables. And don’t eat as much salad as I should.
Now, if I get more sick, or when I die, I’ve no expectations of suing beef, cheese, pork, egg, sugar, booze and bread manufacturers because it’s their fault! That’s asinine!
I’m certainly not the poster boy for always owning up for my errors-in-judgement, but I’m trying.
Murphy’s Law is right. Rep. McCarthy is the poster child for the ‘it’s their fault, they need to pay’ mindset.
I hope I never get THAT sick!
A while back, I posted about ‘how to get out of handcuffs’. It seemed like good information, given the propensity of certain agents of government to restrain folks. Of course, this only applied to the classic metal restraints.
Then, I found THIS:
Seems appropriate information to pass on as well.
With this caveat from a commenter on Sipsey Street Irregulars:
I’m tracking the so-called major media, looking for the major story about the Million Vet March…
To be fair, CNN, Fox, and NPR did cover the story, mentioning (mumble-mumble) thousand veterans showed up as promised, brought down the barricades, and occupied the memorials. Apparently, some politicians spoke, and The President barricaded The White House against rioters. (Actually, some protesters moved some barricades to in front of the Executive mansion!)
At least it was the lead on Drudge for a while…
No rioters were spotted.
There was no reported violence, or damaging of the historic sites, save the removal of the barricades. One protester was arrested for having handguns in his backpack in D.C.
And no report as to accurate numbers of attendees, either. It’s as though the MSM had an editorial agenda (?)
I was reminded of a Summer protest in front of the Arizona State Capitol. I think it was the weekend after Independence Day, so you know it was hot. The peaceful protesters were speaking out against yet another attempted action by the State and Federal governments, regarding guns and gun control. This was during the time of the Clinton so-called Assault Weapons Ban. Something like 250+ protesters were there, with appropriate signs and speakers. Seems to me Sheriff Mack was there. We drank a lot of bottled water.
And media vans drove around us, but, none stopped or filmed. We didn’t fit the agenda.
For comparison, earlier that year, six (6) people met a couple State legislators on the steps of the capitol to discuss something to do with abortion. THIS made state and national news.
Who are the most powerful persons in any newsroom? The assignment desk and the editors.
It’s all about the agenda.
(NO, not the underrated Stanley Kramer film with Dick Van Dyke in a non-comedic role!)
I should have said, “Sometimes, the cripple falls – and food is less than perfect!”
A few days ago, J. left for California to assist her older sister who had just lost her husband. This left me again in the role of Dog Wrangler, and caretaker of the homestead. I’m okay with that.
Now, I’m a pretty self-sufficient guy, considering I’m on minimal disability and have some physical ‘issues’. Long time readers remember ‘Ed’, aka the really big shoe, which helps me to walk, unquasimodo-like (?)
Most of the time. Once in a great while, it doesn’t. Thursday, I just came in the front door when my right ankle turned and my 3 1/8″ built-up shoe went sideways. And I went down.
Now, normally, this wouldn’t be a big deal, as my roommate would be there to assist. But, she’s assisting her sister in California. and the three amigos (chihuahuas) don’t have the muscles or skills to block-and tackle me back to vertical. It would be like mice building the pyramids!
So, it took a bit for me to get up. Inventory bones and joints to make certain nothing is sprained or broken – CHECK! Pull myself over to the stair landing (next-to which I’d conveniently fallen) to get a purchase, and VIOLA’!
Some bruising and minor abrasions, muscle pain, and EVERYTHING hurt. More than usual.
Thank the gods for ibuprofen! And a short nap. After all, walking in the door takes great effort. So much for the plans I had to vacuum and dust on Thursday! (Hooray!)
About an hour later, I awakened to a telephone call from a good friend in Chicago. This reminded me of yet another task I had on my list. PORTILLOS recently opened just a few miles away!
For the uninitiated, Portillos is a famous Chicago Hot Dog chain. Visions of Chicago beef, hot dogs and Polish sausages went through my addled brain. I’d not had a good red hot in some months! Hmmm…..
SO, bent, but unbroken, I made my way to the car, and found out some additional muscles used for ingress and egress of said vehicle were also involved in my fall. Ouch! Nothing serious, though. And off to Portillos!
What a place!. Think Arnold’s from TV’s Happy Days on steroids. Clean, well organized, busy. At 2:00 in the afternoon! Glad I didn’t come for dinner on a Saturday!
Quick, efficient service. Good looking food. BUT lukewarm.
It was still tasty, but would have been 75% better in my estimation had the Polish been steaming hot and fries as well. And if the poppy-seeded bun didn’t look as it I’d fallen on it! The malt was excellent, chocolaty and malty. And cold. At least they were consistent, temperature-wise!
I do plan on going back, to try the onion rings, and maybe the Italian beef. But Yelp will get my opinion, one way or another.
Perhaps I’ll clean house Friday (having written the draft Thursday)…
PS – It’s Sunday, still haven’t cleaned! :-)
FTC – get your own Chi-town food. I paid for mine.
pistol-training.com has an interesting link adding to the debate regarding the speed of the draw (pistol presentation). It seems, empirically:
Professor Ross explains that in 90% of the 1,100 cases studied, an officer had less than two seconds to react to perceived lethal danger. (Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 2013, #13(2), p 90) (emphasis Guffaw)
While an interesting factoid (and, to be fair, I’ve not read the study, it costs $4.00) my emphasis is about an officer being the focus. Most of us gun folks on the Internet, reading this and many other blogs are not officers, not in uniform and not charged with protection of the public at large.
And, I’m certain a civilian carrying discretely doesn’t have the same constraints on their actions. Civilians probably have more.
Having said all this, it would be ‘cool’ is all of us were Condition Yellow enough to be able to react to perceived lethal danger in less than two seconds. But, we are not cops, special operators, nor super heroes. We are just responsible men and women who train for the eventuality.
And hope it never happens.