One of my regular readers (and a dear friend) teaches at the college level. Obviously, when school shootings, such as recently occurred in Oregon happen, it gets her attention.
She wrote on her blog regarding the grief and the aftermath. And of her decision to NEVER carry a gun into her classroom, lest she be forced to assess her students as potential threats. In her words, I’m not going to go there.
AND THAT IS HER CHOICE! Period.
As a part-time, professional firearms instructor, I may disagree with that choice. But it IS her choice.
I’ve been carrying, possessing, having-nearby, wearing both concealed and/or openly, a sidearm most of my adult life. Doing so is part of who I am and what I do. I did so openly even when attending community college, before it was ‘restricted’ by law.
And I have already made the decision to take action, should that become necessary. Jeff Cooper called this having a mindset.
Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet. – Major General James Mattis (USMC – Retired)
Mattis reportedly said this to his Marines as one of his rules to live by while they were stationed in Iraq.
And that’s different from participating or teaching in a college in the United States.
The question is how different?
Certainly, one should be in Condition Yellow in a public place. Generally aware.
But how one responds to a threat is a personal choice!
I think a wiser choice would be to be armed. However, some folks just aren’t built that way. And unless they radically change their mindset, it’s best they choose NOT to be armed.
Hopefully, it will always be a choice…
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
Yet another friend lives in a gated community, for folks 55 and over (a mobile home park). They have drive-in gate ‘security’, but they are not trained, nor armed. Usually their function is to direct you to a person’s residence. And the walls around the park are four feet, or less. The closest to ‘security’ are the speed bumps.
And he advised me the other day that he NEVER LOCKS HIS HOME!
Again, his choice.
I suspect he’s not particularly aware…
Some folks just aren’t built that way.
I pray all my friends are safe, and take reasonable measures to ensure that security – whatever their choices.
No, NOT the Bureau of Land Management…
Apparently, Hillary Clinton has forgotten or doesn’t care BLM chanting for the death of police and supporters/members actually shooting police officers. She apparently missed DeRay McKesson, that’s the guy in the ridiculous blue vest in the middle of the picture, and his class at Yale, ‘In Defense of Looting’.
Wife of America’s first Black president hanging with her potential constituency. I suspect next on the list are The New Black Panthers*, La Raza and The Weather Underground.
We KNOW which way the wind blows with this woman…
I’m not big on labeling, but divisive, unprincipled, dishonest, and yes, evil…
h/t Weasel Zippers
Whether or not you agree with Kevin’s technique from the USCCA, it IS important to remember:
Practice with the gun and holster you use, AND the clothing you normally wear.
If this technique doesn’t work for you, find one that does.
Practical practice makes perfect – or at least a better chance of survival.
Butter flavored? :-)
(in part from Bayou Renaissance Man)
Another controversy is brewing in the firearms industry, this time over the alleged nature of a firearms cleaning and lubrication product. Andrew Tuohy of Vuurwapen Blog (“Firearm Blog”) reports.
If you have been on the internet and have visited a sampling of firearm related blogs or social media sites in the last few weeks, you have most likely come across reports or claims that FireClean is nothing more than Crisco vegetable oil.
. . .
I did not – and still do not – believe that FireClean is Crisco, but not for the reason you might think. Although such statements make for shocking arguments, it wouldn’t really make sense to buy a name brand product at a high price if the goal was to resell and make money.
Still, the claim that FireClean is nothing more than Crisco is not one to be taken lightly by anyone … I sought to undertake my own testing to determine whether or not these claims are true about FireClean. Trust, but verify.
. . .
I contacted a professor at the University of Arizona – a very nice man with a Ph.D. in organic chemistry – and he agreed to help with an infrared spectroscopy test of FireClean and two types of Crisco.
. . .
What did the tests show?
FireClean is probably a modern unsaturated vegetable oil virtually the same as many oils used for cooking.
I don’t have the time, ability or money to test the myriad gun-cleaning/lubrication chemicals out there. I still utilize Hoppe’s #9, WD-40 and Remington gun oil for crissakes! And that runny white stuff for ARs…
And lithium grease for final lube.
AND, I no longer have the firearms I used to have on which to test such things.
I DO like some of the ads I see for modern, high-fallutin’ compounds, though…
Which is why I appreciate Bayou Renaissance Man and Andrew Tuohy!
Will the blockage disappear ?
(with apologies to The Stones)
Probably before you read this blog post, my roommate J, good friend, landlord, and hairdresser extraordinare, will be undergoing an angiogram. That is exploration of the heart muscle via a tiny camera.
It seems doctors think she might have a blockage, making half of her heart not work as efficiently as the other half!
The good news is that, unlike in days of yore, the current procedure is mostly outpatient. If a blockage is located, either medication will be prescribed to dissolve it, or a stent will be implanted during the angiogram. This is all dependent on the size of said blockage. If a stent is used, she will be required to stay overnight.
Once again, I get to play dog wrangler. This is not a problem.
We (the critters and I) are all anxious for her return – either later today or tomorrow. Logistics involving our cars made it impossible for me to drive her. A good friend is there for her during the procedure.
Please keep a good thought. If you are a praying kind of person, doing so would be appreciated!
She can come home after three hours!
The Illinois State Police recently received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to add “unmanned aircraft” to its list of tools for the next two years. In a statement released to the Sun-Times Media Wire, the police department said that it was intentionally avoiding the word “drone” because “it carries the perception of pre-programmed or automatic flight patterns and random, indiscriminate collection of images and information.”
Because an unmanned aircraft is not a drone.
Guess it all depends on what the meaning of IS is…
h/t Ars Technica, Freedom Writer’s Publishing
That is, if Al Sharpton can convince the President!
Word has it he is considering it!
ARE THESE PEOPLE F’NG SERIOUS?
IF I could be convinced that all such law enforcement officers would properly enforce the law and take their oaths to the Constitution seriously – just as The President and Congress does!
(AND, don’t we already have the FBI, DOJ, ICC, FTC, FCC, TSA, Homeland Security, and about twenty other federal alphabet-soup agencies charged with domestic security, surveillance and law enforcement. Hell, even the Department of Agriculture agents have firearms!)
NOPE. Not on MY Watch!
Wouldn’t be prudent at this juncture. or legal, constitutional or cost-effective.
‘Course, when has THAT ever stopped anyone!
h/t Instapundit, Firehand
Brock Townsend posted the following:
While most of America is focused on a radical terrorist attack on Americans in Garland, TX, the bigger news came from the International Monetary Fund via the Wall Street Journal tonight which could only be equated to a 9.9 earthquake on the financial Richter scale:
Fund on verge of declaring China’s currency fairly valued for the first time in more than a decade
The story by Ian Talley of the WSJ seem innocuous enough. However some of the details should sett off major alarm bells for those who think that economic warfare or our future as the predominant world power shall continue:More @ Shenandoah
The Firearm Blog recently brought THIS to our attention…
Glock Demanding Customer Private Info
It’s been noted that the individual involved in suing various online retailers over the Colorado movie theatre shooting and who now owes $220K is a Brady employee (6 months after the event). Something interesting was noted on his Linkedin Profile:
ExperienceJanuary 2013 – Present (2 years 4 months)San Antonio, Texas Area* worked in the organizing department doing outreach to victim/survivors of gun violence* Led the department in adding names of gun owners to data base
* Worked closely with communications department to connect with national media to do television
interviews related to gun violence.
* Lobbied national and state congressional legislators to pass reasonable restrictions on gun
*Designed and implemented training programs on gun basics and how to engage gun owners for
*Did inspirational talks to grass roots volunteers in Washington state in their efforts to pass
legislation for background checks on all gun sales.
*Spoke at fund raising events.
Led the department in adding names of gun owners to data base? What? So what exactly is this Brady ‘Data Base’ that they’re adding names to? Why are they creating it? What is its purpose?
Inquiring minds want to know.
h/t Days of our Trailers