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Gabby Giffords, the ‘Hero’

Former Representative Gabby Giffords remembered her almost fatal assault the other day by skydiving – celebrating her life!

And, Good for Heras far as that goes…

I’ve friends and relatives on Facebook who praised her as being courageous and brave.

Perhaps.

But, she and her astronaut husband Mark Kelly are still actively involved in an organization they helped found with a goal of more gun control for the law-abiding!

The Goal being Lessening MY Rights, and the Rights of Millions of other law-abiding people?gabby+and+gun

I don’t think so.

That’s cowardly.

Here she is with one of the rifles she owns and wants to have further controlled.

Hypocritical AND Cowardly.

No ‘hero’ in my book!

That Stoopid Guffaw…

is here to remind you, as it’s been another orbit of the Earth…

  • Are all your firearms clean, lubricated, inspected for broken and/or worn parts?
  • What about holsters?  Properly cleaned, dressed – hardware inspected?  Snaps/straps, equipment need replacing?
  • Magazines or speedloaders (speed strips)?  Clean?  In good condition?  Functioning properly?
  • Pants belts?  and Women (or metrosexual men?) with carry bags?  Clean and in good repair?
  • Ammunition.  When’s the last time carry rounds were inspected and wiped-down?  Shot for group and function?
  • Do you carry edged weaponry?  When was the last time it was sharpened?

Jeff5Lastly, I’m channeling the late, great Col. Cooper.  Yes, again.  It all begins with mindset…

If there isn’t a gun within arms reach as you read this, you missed the point of API 250 !

A Change in the FBI’s Mission

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Excerpted from Foreign Policy: The FBI’s creeping advance into the world of counterterrorism is nothing new. But quietly and without notice, the agency has finally decided to make it official in one of its organizational fact sheets. Instead of declaring “law enforcement” as its “primary function,” as it has for years, the FBI fact sheet now lists “national security” as its chief mission. The changes largely reflect the FBI reforms put in place after September 11, 2001, which some have criticized for de-prioritizing law enforcement activities. Regardless, with the 9/11 attacks more than a decade in the past, the timing of the edits is baffling some FBI-watchers.

“What happened in the last year that changed?” asked Kel McClanahan, a Washington-based national security lawyer.

Visit Pat Dollard to see the entire story.

And from the same government that brought you the above…

ATF Falsifies Gun-Tracking Data to Mislead Public

Gun (People) Control by Fiat

It’s the same, old, sad story.

The Executive cannot achieve his goals through the proper Constitutional channels, so he just dictates his desires like Caesar, and presto!

After the last couple of  (the vast majority in recent history) shootings were determined to have been caused by left-wing (sorry – not politically correct) nut jobs, mental health suddenly became the cause celebre of the Brady Bunch.

And, why not?

After all, we don’t want escaped mental patients running around, willy-nilly, purchasing fully-automatic weapons and murdering folks, as is the movies, do we?

Except, of course, that doesn’t happen in the real world.  Sick people sometimes steal semi-automatic weapons.  Or illegally convert them to full auto.  (see the word illegally – already a crime!)  And kill people.

And, there is a difference between a homicidal, padded-cell, mental patient, and YOU, asking your doctor for some medical help with your depression.

But The President and his administration don’t see it that way!  And they don’t believe in current media privacy law, either!

And, as stated earlier, they are doing an end run to bypass H.I.P.P.A.* and make anyone who was ever been depressed and sought mental health aid to be branded a prohibited person – one who may NEVER own or possess a firearm!

Write you congressman and senators, now.  The Gun Owners of America has been kind enough to provide us with a link to make it quick and easy.

Obama Proposes Massive Gun Ban by Regulation Fiat

GOA prepares legislation to block implementation

*H.I.P.P.A. – federal medical records privacy law

Poverty & Immigration

This is a terrific, succinct analysis of poverty and immigration.  My only dispute with the presenter his conclusion. (click below)

Can immigration help other countries?   You will be surprised!!

If he suggested we need to begin FIRST with the disenfranchised in our own country, the United States, then I would completely agree with him.

h/t Judy and David

“I’m From The Gov’t, and I’m Safe!”

Of Arms and The Law brings us this gem…

Giving a presentation, the New York State commissioner of Homeland Security uses his handgun’s laser sight as laser pointer!

laserSERIOUSLY?

Of course, the anti (gun) rights crowd will either ignore this, or make a case for then

NO ONE SHOULD HAVE GUNS!

Return to the ‘Old’ Neighborhood…

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!

canalInstalled 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.

So Much For ‘The Republic of Texas’!

Quizikle pointed us to recent judicial activism political agenda-making in the State of Texas.

I always liked Texas.  Not only do they have many ‘libertarian’ laws, but they were once their own Republic!  It did take them a while to evolve concealed-carry legislation, but they finally did.

And now some nazi judge says THIS:

from http://www.westernjournalism.com

Texas courts have ruled that because legally owned firearms represent “a threat of physical violence” to police, officers may ignore the 4th Amendment rights of Texas residents by treating ALL legally issued warrants as “No Knock” warrants, even if the issuing judge has made it clear that officers “…must knock on the door and announce their identity and purpose before attempting a forcible entry.

Say WHAT?

NOT Up To A VOTE!

EVER!

MY Individual Rights (and, of course, YOURS) are NOT up for debate, or a plebiscite!  End-of-story.

(Courtesy of Brock Townsend)

Commies at work: 59% Favor Assault Weapons Ban

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Most voters still favor a ban on semi-automatic and assault-type weapons but strongly oppose outlawing handguns in the United States. Seven-out-of-10 would feel safer living a neighborhood where individuals could own a gun for self-defense.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% of Likely U.S. Voters think there should be a ban on the purchase of semi-automatic and assault-type weapons. (Whatever THOSE are?) Thirty-three percent (33%) disagree. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

NOPE.  Not moving on this.

MOLON LABE!  (pronounced lah’vay) should you need to yell it in some unwelcome intruder’s face.

While suitably armed.

RIP William Overstreet

(thanks to Neatorama)

RIP William Overstreet, A World War II Fighter Ace Who Flew Through the Eiffel Tower

William Overstreet Jr. died in Roanoke, Virginia at the age of 92. During World War II, he flew a P-51 Mustang fighter plane. During the liberation of France, he performed one of the most daring fighter combat actions ever witnessed.

You can read an extensive wartime biography here. Mr. Overstreet was a daring and aggressive pilot. During training, he did loops around the Golden Gate Bridge. Later, in Europe, during the spring of 1944, he had escort duty on a bomber mission. He chased after a German fighter plane through central Paris:

The German’s engine was hit, and Bill stayed on his tail braving the intense enemy flak. His desperation undoubtedly growing, the German pilot aimed his plane at the Eiffel Tower and in a surprising maneuver, flew beneath it. Undeterred, Bill followed right behind him, scoring several more hits in the process. The German plane crashed and Bill escaped the heavy flak around Paris by flying low and full throttle over the river until he had cleared the city’s heavy anti-aircraft batteries.

(Len Krenzler/Action Art)

For his wartime record, the French ambassador to the United States presented Mr. Overstreet with the Legion of Honor in 2009.

-via Ace of Spades HQ

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In Loving Memory…