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A Machine Gun Theme Park?

Indeed!  🙂

Orlando, Florida – (in)famous for it’s theme parks – has added yet another.

But this is not in the Disney Family…

Inside Orlando’s First MACHINE GUN Theme Park!

Shooting simulation experiences start are $30 but tickets to shoot real weapons start at $99 and up depending the type of gun you choose to shoot.

“A traditional bulls-eye is our most popular target followed by Osama bin Laden.”  – Dan Shalloway, owner of Machine Gun America

Frankly, I like the inclusion of the word FIRST in the article’s title.

(And NO, FTC, they didn’t give me anything to post the article.)

h/t Doc in Yuma

Life Is Loss, Part Two – A Lesson Learned

I posted a few days ago regarding losses – specifically the loss of my daughter, and a good friend’s loss of most of his lower left leg and foot.

Hardly an upbeat read.

However, Life is not just loss.  Life also gives us lessons!

Since I heard from my good friend Bob regarding his diabetic amputation surgery, I’ve tried to contact him.  We exchanged texts initially a couple of times, and he advise me he would call.

Nothing.

I feared the worst.

So, I took it upon myself to call him.  Not to incessantly badger him (thinking he was busy enough) but once a week, just to check-in on him and his condition.  And attitude.

And I ended up leaving messages.  And this concerned me.

Bob returned yesterday’s message last night.  I needn’t have been concerned.

Bob – (my former PI and gun store boss) was in great spirits!  YES, he did lose his left foot and about 12″ of lower leg.  And yes, he has a long, painful recovery and rehab ahead.

But he was not only doing physically well – he was doing well emotionally and spiritually, too!

Now, Bob would be the first to tell you he is not a religious guy.  And not the most spiritual.  But he almost lost his life to sepsis, and took his survival to mean he is supposed to remain here a while longer.

And not wallow in his losses.

He is fortunate to have the great support of his wife and two daughters.  And his brother.  And he reminded of previous losses and near-death experiences he has suffered.

AND HE SEES THIS AS YET ANOTHER CHANCE TO REDEEM HIMSELF!

Or, in the words of his parents (both deceased), “Put on your big boy panties and get on with it!”

And his is and has.

And, he reminded me (indirectly) that I have similar lessons.  I, too, have had losses, and near-death experiences.  And I have wallowed.  Or more specifically whined.

I might lose some benefits.  So what?  Big boy panties are available for the wearing.

Bob has set an example for me to try and emulate.

Starting now.

“BANNING” – As The Republic’s Policy

Or perhaps I should have worded it the former Republic’s government policy…

It was recently announced that the BATFE was moving to ban certain ammunition familiar to users of the AR-15 rifle, specifically:

In a move clearly intended by the Obama Administration to suppress the acquisition, ownership and use of AR-15s and other .223 caliber general purpose rifles, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives unexpectedly announced today that it intends to ban commonplace M855 ball ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition.” The decision continues Obama’s use of his executive authority to impose gun control restrictions and bypass Congress.

It isn’t even the third week of February, and the BATFE has already taken three major executive actions on gun control. First, it was a major change to what activities constitute regulated “manufacturing” of firearms. Next, BATFE reversed a less than year old position on firing a shouldered “pistol.” Now, BATFE has released a “Framework for Determining Whether Certain Projectiles are ‘Primarily Intended for Sporting Purposes’ Within the Meaning of 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(c)”, which would eliminate M855’s exemption to the armor piercing ammunition prohibition and make future exemptions nearly impossible.

Now, aside from petty power and control, why would they bother to do this?  Because they see a future where armored troops are engaging the citizenry serfs for power and control?  Perhaps.

But I think it’s that time ‘honored’ reason – because they can.  And have.

Which brings us to the larger question.  Should anything be BANNED in a Free Republic?  Or should the marketplace be the controlling factor?

Possessing, manufacturing or distributing child pornography is essentially banned.  This doesn’t stop possession, manufacture or distribution.  How about drugs?  Substandard (or poisonous/dangerous) products from overseas?  Or those domestically produced?  Remember cyclamates and hexaclorophene?

Perhaps it’s a bit callous of me, but I think the marketplace should be the deciding factor.  If you don’t want cyclamates, poisons or substandard foreign crap, don’t buy it!  Child pornography harms children in the production prima facie, so banning that is acceptable and appropriate.   Drugs?  If you are an adult, it should be up to you.  But, driving under the influence or committing crimes to support your habit is another thing altogether.  Then you are bringing others into the mix.  Without their permission.

If you inadvertently purchase something harmful, sue the bastards!  But, you have a responsibility – you should be an informed consumer.

Now, to the proposed ammunition ban.  The ‘sporting purposes’ argument.  Obviously, the Second Amendment is not about hunting.

Their regulation and argument is invalid.

Bruce-Campbellh/t Alphecca, NRA

Just When I Thought It Was Safe, Part Cinco

(If you abhor whining, read no further)

vulturesIt’s my fault, actually.  I had the audacity to turn 62.  And, with that milestone came the vultures.

First, my former employer TMCCC contacted me regarding applying for early retirement.  I’m currently medically retired due to my contracting lymphoma in 2008.  I left active employment in 2009, after six months of chemo.

Obviously, the sooner they can nudge me out, the less pension they will have to pay.  And current calculations are not very promising, regardless of my retiring now or @ 65.

So, it wasn’t a complete surprise when my private medical insurance carrier (thank GOD I paid the premiums when I was working!) contacted me to update their information.

This means contacting my physician with regard to my current condition and ability to work. 

In spite of the fact I was awarded SSDI and private disability due to having cancer, I have many other conditions which make returning to the workforce problematic.  Even though I AM currently in remission! (knock-on-wood!)

Working while diabetic is no biggee,  working with the neuropathy (chronic nerve pain) that comes with it – not so much.  And the arthritis.  There was a time I could stand and sit for long hours.  No longer.  Now, sitting more than an hour or two is painful.  Forget standing and walking much.

Oh, I can (and do) take various prescription pain medications.  Which make me dopey and put me to sleep.  And still only lessen the pain.  They do not take it away.

And my fear is the private insurance company will say, well, you have been in remission over 5 years…SAYONARA!

And the private addition to my SSDI payment isn’t much, but it is 21% of my disability pay.   And the total is still poverty level.

I rent a room in a friend’s home, and drive a clunky 2000 Oldsmobile.  I lost my home of 18 years, 2 1/2 years ago.  I’m not milking the system here.

And now I get to jump through more hoops in hope of keeping that 21%.

Sigh.

The Foul Legacy Of Thomas Jefferson

Say WHAT?

Now, I’ve said before numerous times in this blog (and in real life) that I love this Nation, warts-and-all!  I understand that so doing can be a complex, and sometimes confusing endeavor.

Yes, Jefferson owned slaves.  And he even took Sally Hemmings to Europe.  And may have fathered a child with her. (DNA evidence does not exclude his brother as the father, which was also a possibility).  And yes, she was a slave – had absolutely no choice.

But, I’m not here to debate this.

Jefferson was a great mind, who coalesced theoretical ideas of John Locke (that Social Contract guy) into one of the great documents in human history – The Declaration of Independence.  He and the Founding Fathers designed this Nation, and he devised the 3/5 compromise, setting the stage to grow this country as a confederacy and for freeing the slaves a couple of generations later.

Yes, he was human.  A widower.  And alone much of his life.

Now comes this:

Citizen offers Proclamation to rid Charlottesville of the “foul legacy” of Thomas Jefferson (link)

Send In The Clowns: The Charlottesville Circus(link)

 The “council meeting” at Charlottesville is an example of the war strategies of the enemies of freedom and the South. It isn’t a deep, intricate strategy but it is effective. It goes something like this:

1. Call a meeting of the local governing group to ostensibly hear the “voice of the People.”

2. Make sure that the “People” who support the agenda of the governing group (or at least its majority) know that they will have free rein in that meeting no matter what “opening remarks” are made calling for civility and proper conduct.

3. Fill the audience with people for whom “civility and proper conduct” has no meaning other than the restraints under which their opponents will be held.

4. Permit the meeting to degenerate into chaos with the larger and louder group shouting down and intimidating those who have come to participate in what they thought was the democratic process; it isn’t.

5. Have the media carry the story that whatever “plan” is being considered by the “governing body” has the approval of the people and that those who objected were “racists” or in a small minority.

Result? They win (again), we lose (again) and the cultural genocide goes on. We have got to stop thinking that such spectacles as the Charlottesville “meeting” represent a condition of social anarchy and that these “meetings” simply indicate the failure of local government to control the attendees. No such thing! It is as orchestrated as a ballet with the exception that those who are not “in” on the program find themselves trying to make order out of chaos and because most of the time our side is well bred, polite and considerate, we get our collective backsides kicked from here to Sunday.

You should really go and read all of it.

That way, you can determine from where this “foul legacy” truly emanates.  (Here’s a hint –  It’s NOT Jefferson!)

h/t Free North Carolina

Residency Requirements Struck Down!

Go Rick Go!“We” score a Victory – and Alan too!
Civil Rights UpdateOpinion in PDF via InstaPundit

From the CONCLUSION:

Accordingly, the Court DECLARES that 18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(3), 18 U.S.C. § 922(b)(3), and 27 C.F.R. § 478.99(a) are UNCONSTITUTIONAL, and Defendants are ENJOINED from enforcing these provisions. The Court will issue its final judgment separately.

SO ORDERED on this 11th day of February, 2015.

[Emphasis in the original]

Related:

Civil Right Victory in Federal CourtShall Not Be Questioned
Win in Court!, Breaking NewsMaddened Fowl
Ban on FFL handguns sales to nonresidents struck down!Of Arms & the Law

Courtesy of Not Clauswitz et al

In English  – Non-residents may now purchase firearms in Texas, and presumably anywhere else it is legal.

Could removal of ridiculous restrictions on citizens BE any cooler?  – Chandler Bing

Of course, this was from a federal district court.  And as the bloggers above suspect, until there is an edict from the BATFE, I don’t see much of this kind of activity.

I see a Supreme Court battle in our future.

#HASHTAG ARMY

The lovely (and brilliant) Tamara says it better than I EVER could!

I’m reminded of the joke that all the people running around with “Free Tibet!” stickers on their cars would have been horrified if  Dubya had woken up one morning and decided to send the 82nd Airborne to actually, you know, free Tibet. “I didn’t mean like that!

Exactly!

Hashtag, smashtag – it’s great to believe an injustice is being perpetrated, and that something needs to be done.  But just placing a bumper sticker or hashtagging something relevant on Twitter isn’t going to accomplish squat! (Mrs. Obama!)

ACTION is needed.

The Red Chinese aren’t going to give a hoot if some teens gather excitedly in Pittsburgh to hear Richard Gere wax eloquently regarding the poor Tibetans plight.

Frankly, I suspect even if every college student worldwide sent the Red Chinese government a letter no hoot would be given.  Because the PRC knows the truth –

Power grows out of the barrel of a gun – Mao Tse Tung

And, while we’re on the subject, it’s not a hashtag, number sign or even a pound sign.

It’s an octothorpe!

octothorpe

What Are YOU Prepared To Do?

In timor veritas. “Olympia disarms open carriers in hearings.”

Washington State House and Senate officials announced yesterday that the ban on open carry has been extended to include all public hearings in legislative office buildings, the Associated Press and Seattle Times reported.

The original edict is going to be tested on 7 February by the I Will Not Comply folks. It seems certain that someone will, at the least, be arrested this time. My intention, if I can raise the ticket and the expenses, is to go out, participate in this action and give them the chance at me. The fight in Washington state is more important than almost everybody understands and has national, even international, implications.

If things go really south, Bob Wright has offered to truck my bones around the country, Irish-like, to raise money for the cause. I have accepted, since at that point I will no longer have need of them. 😉

I am not suicidal, but the willingness to trade life for liberty — your own and those that you love — is implicit in the oath we take. The collectivist media has been very successful in serving their masters by deliberately ignoring the armed civil disobedience movement. Even the pukes at CSGV have been holding their tongues, even though the various state campaigns “prove” their “government-needs-a-monopoly-of-force” position. The “authorities” in Olympia are frightened to death, it would seem, about citizens exercising their rights while in the vicinity of their Mandarin personages. To paraphrase the Romans, “In timor veritas” — in fear there is truth. The politicos have demonstrated their fear and an essential truth. The trick will be to give them the opportunity to overreact and demonstrate the bankruptcy of their tyranny where all will see and notice. THAT is a cause worth risking much for.  (Sipsey Street Irregulars)

Some folks are putting there money where their mouths are.
Americans Have Obeyed Their Last Gun Law, a pamphlet by L. Neil Smith
What are YOU prepared to do?
PS – Mike Vanderboegh (of Sipsey Street Irregulars) has been having major health problems, both before and after his Washington State appearance.  Please keep him in your thoughts. – Guffaw

Wishin’ And Hopin’

Being on minimal disability, I cannot afford to ‘do much’.

This is not a bleg for money (although your kind generosity IS appreciated), but rather an observation.  An expression of lust.

Regular readers know I’ve a beater car, that sometime runs w/o dashboard warning lights on.  Or not.  With no A/C.  In AZ.  I rent a room from a good friend, because I lost my home of 18 years due to my reduction in income on disability.

Yes, I’m fortunate and grateful!  Seriously.

And, the Internet and television are my portals to the outside world.  Women (did I say I’m single divorced?), guns, cars.  All for my viewing pleasure.

Only.

And I’m generally okay with this arrangement.

But today, something caught my attention.  No, not a vehicle.  Not a woman (surprised?)

But THIS:

texas-borde-special-colt-lightweight-commander-45ACP-Baranti-Tol-Dawson-holster-sheriff-jim-wilson-LO-600x450I’ve always wanted a Texas Border rig, such as this.  With an appropriate BBQ gun – I’m certain Sheriff Jim Wilson doesn’t want to part with his (above), though.

Of course, this is wrong-sided.

I’ve no place to wear it, anyway (would probably sell it to get the A/C in my car repaired!)

Sigh.

Use Enough Gun

The firearm blogosphere is replete with tales about armed folks taking down charging water buffalo from 100 yards, and failed suicides using .25s to the temple, which subsequently fell out of their largely undamaged head.

PawPaw’s House tells us yet another story whose lesson is USE ENOUGH GUN.

You should visit the link and read.

There’s a rule with regard to gunfighting – ‘have a gun’.  Certainly, if a knife-wielding bad guy is advancing on me, or if there’s a crew of street thugs, it’s comforting to know I have something with which I can defend myself.

God made Man; Colonel Colt made them equal.

That is certainly true.

But, there is (or rather should be) an addendum to the have a gun rule.

And that should be have ENOUGH gun.

This goes back to carrying a talisman, or one of those decoy guns companies are selling now to wear as a deterrent!

There is a rumor that some of the neo-Gunsite folk have backed off of the .45 ACP/1911 meme of Jeff Cooper, since his passing, in favor of calibers such as 9mm – because it is ‘easier’ to shoot!

Have enough gun.  Or at least a real gun, in a real caliber.

Street criminals might just call your bluff.  And then you are stuck with an antique in VeloDog, or a worthless look-a-like.

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…