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Every Tragedy Has A Lesson

Peter (aka Bayou Renaissance Man) has a well thought out post regarding the terrorist attack in Florida, and personal response.  (Link Here)  Because group response after-the-fact is rarely efficient or just! (more gun control?!)

(In part:)

We’ve discussed terror attacks like that last night at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on numerous occasions in these pages.  Suffice it to say that anyone with two brain cells to rub together knew that something like this was coming.  Furthermore, it won’t be an isolated event.  More such attacks will follow.  Our terrorist enemies have already promised that – and every time they’ve made that promise, they’ve kept it.  We know they’re coming.  The question is, are we – we as individuals, not just as a society – prepared to do something about it?

There is much more in his post.  Please, educate yourself and go read it!  (You should be reading Peter daily, regardless!)

He concludes asking what lessons WE have learned(?)

Here is the comment I humbly left:

A.C.E.
ALWAYS CARRY EVERYWHERE!

Something I am already doing, barring the interference of metal detectors.
Just signage? Ignore it.
OR DON’T GO IN!

Easy Peasy.

Now, I’m not advocating violating any law.  HOWEVER, this is truly a personal choice.  Better to be tried by twelve, than buried by six?

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(And, now for something completely different – as promised)
I would ask all of you bloggers out there to at least make the effort to post a link to www.projectwelcomehometroops.org/#22kill

22 VETERANS COMMIT SUICIDE DAILY

Even ONE of these heroes making this choice is unacceptable! (Day #10 of 22)

My Rebuttal To The Editorial Board Of The New York Times.

(Well, not mine, exactly…

BUT, I do agree!)

From Brock Townsend

Via WRSA

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I will not give up my guns. You will have to try to take them.

One of us will die.

I will not give up combat-capable rifles, their standard-capacity, 30-round magazines, nor any kind of ammunition that I see fit to run through these guns. I will not give up my combat-capable shotgun, designed to kill a human being the first time, every time with one well-aimed blast of plated buckshot. I will not give up my high-capacity semi-automatic pistols that I can hide under almost any kind of clothing without a hint that I’m armed at all, nor will I give up the hollowpoint ammunition that fills them. You will not take my long-range precision rifle, with which I control anything within a half-mile of my position.

I am one of 100 million armed American citizens, trained in the use of small arms by military and police trainers who want citizens to be armed against an increasingly tyrannical government.

We are free, and we will not submit to you.

Bob Owens

My only additional comment is this was posted in response to a front-page editorial published Saturday by the NYT, the second in 95 years.  (The first criticizing the nomination of Harding for President).  The editorial was about us needing to renounce our right to be armed.

I don’t think the original editorial changed any of the minds of the current NYT readership – all 6 of them.

WARMONGER! (Joke)

Tomi  (known to long-time blog readers here) recently posted her response to the Paris terrorist attacks on her blog.

To be fair, I was a bit surprised.  After all, she is an admitted social democrat, who tends to lean left in her views on many things.

Here is her post, in full:

It’s time to stop making Terrorism about Islam, and make it War between States

I have often felt like a voice crying in the wilderness, since September 11, 2001.  I keep insisting that the “War on Terror” is a sham.  You can’t wage “war” on religious fanatics who wear suicide bomb vests and shoot people at restaurants.  Terrorism is a series of criminal acts done by those that have nothing to lose in this life, and everything to gain in the hereafter.

After nearly fifteen years of listening to this ridiculousness, and watching the US commit its worst crimes since the Native American genocide, I am ready to throw in the towel….kind of.

If we’re going to fight a “war” let’s make it a real one:  State to State.

We KNOW where these terrorists get their money from:  Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates.  They are, and always have been, the funders of Al-Qaeda, ISIS (ISIL, the IS, or whatever you want to call it) and all of their offshoots.

I am not saying anything we all already don’t know.

It is long past time to keep pretending these States are our allies.  They are not and never have been.

Seize their financial assets.  All of them.  Tell them they will get their money back if and when all of their sponsored terrorism ceases.

It is time to stop all this double-dealing.  They are not our friends or allies.  They are our enemies, by any reasonable definition of the word.

These proxy wars have got to stop.  If we’re going to expend blood and treasure, let’s at least do it honestly.

Of course, no one wants war (except, perhaps war profiteers and fanatics).  But I understand her argument.  The fact we both fight and simultaneously support so many of these nations smacks of that military-industrial complex President Eisenhower warned us about!

Let us not remain mired in brush-fire wars that have been plaguing us since Vietnam.

As Todd Beamer said on Flight 93, “Let’s roll!”

Martial Cultism

What is Martial Cultism?

It is the belief that your particular skill, machine, tool or system is better, even if evidence exists to the contrary.

We see snippets of this constantly in gun magazines, self-defense magazines and on-line bulletin boards.

  • .45 versus 9mm (or .38, .357 or .40)
  • semiautomatic versus revolver
  • taekwondo versus shotokan (or gung fu, muy tai, or the myriad other fighting styles)
  • shotgun versus rifle
  • Colt versus Smith & Wesson

ad infinitum, ad nauseum

KEADS posted a snippet of this on Facebook the other day.  Seems a student was lauding his Kimber to the exclusion of all others (?)  I asked if this was pre or post MIM parts?  ;-P

Reminiscent of the pre-64 Winchester Rifle discussions of my youth.

Or a high school discussion I had with a learned friend regarding European Medieval Swords versus Japanese Swords.  Or as he put it, The Cult of The Japanese Sword.

Recently both the U.S. Military and the FBI have endorsed converting to 9mm hollow points (from .40 S&W and .45 ACP), as the newer 9mm showed better stopping power. then the wider, heavier ammunition.

It appears as though a new cult has formed.

Frankly, I’d like to see the data.  If it’s inanimate, like gelatin, I’m not certain of their conclusion.

Thinking Outside The Box

Most of us live with our firearms.  They are as much part of our daily routine as shaving, brushing our teeth, picking up our wallets and keys on the way out the door.

But, what if…?

Melody Lauer aka Limatunes recently made a choice to put her gun away for an entire year!  Or in her words…

 

The Year I Put My Gun Away

If you could put my blog into a category it would be “self defense.”

To me, however, it’s a little more than that. It’s my story–my unique journey. If others can glean a little from my experiences and thoughts I’m honored, if not, it’s no big deal. There have been times, however, when I’ve purposely withheld parts of this journey from my readers because I wasn’t sure how what I had to say would be received. Or I may not have been ready to put it out into the virtual void. This is one of those times.

I’ve been hanging on to this post for almost two years and it feels like a good time to get it off my chest.

I want to tell you about my biggest “break-through” year in self defense. It was a year I learned more about how to defend myself, increased my confidence, improved my overall skills and expanded my horizons. I learned how to manage fear and angst and to trust my instincts. I learned how to manage medical emergencies, have fun and express myself in many other ways. This was one of the best years of my life.

It was the year I put my gun away.

My journey, my work, my goals have all been a means to build confidence in myself, not a tool. I chose a tool to aide in my journey, not to define it. I sought to be well-trained with a tool, not ruled by it. Guns, to me, are tools to master in a long list of other tools to master (including my sewing machine).

I have always wanted real self-defense solutions, not crutches or bandaids, platitudes or false security. So when I felt my gun was becoming a crutch I decided it was time to get rid of it–or, at least put it away for awhile.

I want to tell you about why I felt compelled to put it down and why I picked it up again and why I always knew it would find a place on my belt again, when I was ready.

While my husband and I were packing for a much-needed vacation to a place without reciprocity I felt nervous at the prospect of having to leave my gun behind. I started thinking about all the “what if” situations and wanting my gun.

I hated the feeling.

It exposed everything I’d wanted to avoid about carrying a gun in the first place. It exposed my weaknesses and my fears, my shortcomings and false security. I showed me I wasn’t confident that I could protect myself without my gun. I was using that gun as a means to “feel” safer, but that didn’t make me safer. It was becoming a cliche I wanted to avoid.

I honestly evaluated myself and decided it was time to rip off that bandaid, throw out the crutch and walk on my own.

You should really go and read her whole essay.  It does turn mindset on it’s head.

Thanks, Melody.

Different Drummer – A Musical Lifetime

I’ve always been a little different musically…

My real mother (who passed when I was in the second grade) had lots of 78 RPM records of classical music – including The Nutcracker Suite done straight by Spike Jones!  I still have some of them.

My dad was a big band kinda guy.  And 50’s crooners.  Perry Como, etc.

And my exposure to music didn’t include most rock-and-roll or folk.  (My sister worshipped Elvis, though.)

In grade school, a friend asked me if I liked ‘popular music’.  I said no.  He replied, “not even Mister Tambourine Man?”

I had never heard it.

I was too busy listening to Johann Sebastian Bach.

I loved – and love – this piece:

My leg disability developed between Eighth Grade and High School.  No P.E. for Guffaw.  The high school principal ask me if I could play an instrument.  I could not.  He said, “Well it’s Choir for you!”, as if it were some kind of punishment.

I loved choir.  They taught me how to sing (in the baroque manner), and  how to read music.  And how to appreciate Jazz! (Stan Getz, anyone?)

We even made All-State when I was a Senior, and we got to sing on the stage at the university’s Grady Gammage Auditorium (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright!)

It was after I graduated and went on to college that I developed a liking for popular music.  The Beatles, The Eagles, Credence Clearwater Revival, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, Emerson, Lake and Palmer and many others.  Jethro Tull.  I even taught myself a bit of flute to play along!

But Bach will always be my first musical love.

Starbucks And Politics

pequodsI like Starbucks.

They are not my favorite, but they are close by.

And being near a university, there are many pretty people to watch – some of them college girls!  :-)

They are overpriced, and the stores are filled with students and hipsters, but the ones I sometimes visit are clean, well stocked, and the staff is attentive.

As far as that goes.

messageNow comes the producers of corporate messaging, trying to imbue us with the idea that Starbucks supports inclusion, racial equality, and fairness.  Except for White people.  They, by the wearing of their very pink skin, are racist.

Almost simultaneously with this message being promoted by handouts and scrawling cryptic racial messages on their overpriced cups came ‘news’ across the Internet that Starbucks is anti-Semitic!  (I wonder if this was planned?)

It seems there are numerous and ubiquitous stores throughout the Middle East in Arab countries, but the six lone stores in Israel have been closed by corporate edict!

It certainly must be because they are anti-Semitic.  Right?

A quick Internet search determined that Hebrew doesn’t necessarily mean he brews coffee.  The Israelis like their tea.  And Starbucks, being of a profit-making mind, decided to close the stores as they weren’t producing.

As they have been in the Arab (coffee-drinking) nations.

Of course, it was only a year or two ago that Starbucks encouraged legal firearms possession in locales where doing so was legal – then reversed their decision and said it didn’t support such action in their stores.

Perhaps they should keep their corporate minds on their coffee and not my politics!?

Of course, I still carry discretely, wherever.

Sometimes, caffeinated.

(FTC – Starbucks gives me nothing!  Get your own coffee!)

Our Shame Of Higher Education

Harvard Students Struggle To Answer The Most Basic Questions On America and Current Events

Five weeks ago, Campus Reform went to Harvard and asked the students if ISIS or the U.S. poses a bigger threat to world peace. The answers that were given were entertaining enough to create a viral video that has since received about half a million hits.

In addition, the video received air time on Fox News.

Somewhat skeptical of the video, a few students at Harvard decided to go around and ask their fellow classmates some questions of their own. The questions focused on ISIS and the Pledge of Allegiance.

When one student was asked if ISIS or the U.S. posed a bigger threat to world peace. He said:

“I guess I’ll have to say America. I think ISIS as a group… I believe as Ben Affleck said, could fit into a baseball stadium, so they don’t have the potential to put countries into war as America would.”

Also, the response to being asked to say the Pledge of Allegiance, which anyone applying for U.S. citizenship must to be able to recite, was even more concerning…

Disgusting.  And shameful.

To disagree with a political philosophy is an American Right, a tradition.  But, to do so in complete ignorance is SHAMEFUL.  Of course, look what we see every day on the ‘news’, the Internet.

Of course, sometimes there it’s an agenda.

I was surprised to hear people must apply for citizenship, anymore.  I thought it was just granted – like a fief.

h/t Facebook, IJReview

Five Principles of Conservatism

Bill Whittle’s latest Afterburner…

Being a conservative libertarian (and a fan of Kevin Baker), I found this of interest.

YRMV

h/t The Smallest Minority

“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?

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…