from TFB (in part)
First of all, my thoughts and prayers go out to the survivors and family members of the police officers murdered yesterday. The female officer who was killed had just returned from maternity leave. She had a four-month old child. – Guffaw
Whenever I travel somewhere, I have a tendency to notice armed police/security. Especially when they are carrying rifles. Just one week after the Chelsea bombing in NYC, my wife and I took our 4 month old to visit NYC. It was a bit of a risk since I could not legally carry in NYC, but then CCW won’t do much against an IED like what was used last week.. Anyway I noticed an increase in police activity. A lot more police officers on patrol. When I took this picture, I saw people coming up to these officers and thanking them for their service.
However these other officers stood out like sore thumbs in Time Square. They are all wearing Ops-Core helmets and what look like plate carriers. I do like that they have modernized and are using hearing protection which also doubles as communication head sets to their radios. The rifles are sporting what looks like Aimpoint Pros with rear MBUS. The front sight is a folding gasblock front sight and the railed handguards have Inforce WMLs.
I remember posting about civilian police being deployed on a regular basis in teams with selective-fire weaponry some time ago. Beginning in NYC.
And I was told this is already occurring in other metropolitan areas.
I remember active discussions in my Police Science classes (in the mid-70’s) regarding civil liberties versus police presence. And the general consensus was we, as a society, preferred NOT to have cops on every corner! Having them in teams with rifles was not even on the radar, then!
YES, we need policing. How we go about it is the question.
And how we preserve, protect and defend The Constitution (including The Bill of Rights, of course) is another question.
The fact that we even have to ask these questions in the wake of the BLM violence and the cop killings in California (on a domestic violence call) further makes the point.
How armed do we want the police to be versus the legally-armed citizenry?
Homicides in the United States went up by more than 10 percent in 2015 over the year before, while violent crime increased by nearly 4 percent in the same period, according to new statistics released Monday by the FBI.
All told, the country reported its highest estimated violent crime rate in three years, and while these numbers are far below those seen one or two decades earlier, they mark a sharp increase following two years of declines, the FBI’s summary of crime figures showed.
MORE (from Wirecutter)
WTF? Between the conservative agenda (a record number of CCW/Constitutional Carry States) and the liberal agenda (fallout from the Obama presidency) one would think murder would have been eradicated by now! 😛
Of course, if progressively-run metro areas (like Chicago, Detroit, Washington D.C., New York City) with their oppressive gun-control laws are factored out, as well as Black-on-Black and gang crime, I’d bet the numbers are even lower!
Days of our Trailers (or as I lovingly refer to them – DOOT) posted recently regarding the hoops some guy had to go through to get a gun in his jurisdiction. (Spoiler Alert – he received one and should not have!)
Guy who makes lots of mistakes in his youth turns his life around and goes straight. Family, honest employment helping people, the works.
But he makes several other mistakes. Big ones.
He changed his name to make things easier to move on, get a good job, not get labelled. Fair enough. But under his new name he is still a prohibited person…. and he went and got a gun.
How, you ask, can he do this with all of the licensing and background checks in place?
Easy… The system screwed up…. again and again.
Background check #1: FOID card. Mandatory for any purchase/possession of a firearm or ammo in the state. 30+ days for the state to conduct a background check. Falsifying information on the application is a class 2 Felony. (question 2)
Background check #2: Firearm purchase. NICS w/ the form 4473. State mandated 72 hr waiting period for handguns. Falsifying information on the form is a felony (question 11c) (assuming he purchased the weapon legally that is)
Background check #3: CCW. 90 days for background check w/ fingerprints, 120 days w/o fingerprints. 3-4 months for a simple court records search.
Him merely having the gun was a felony under any circumstance.
So two or three extended time background checks and waiting periods all failed.
But lets do it again… only harder.
Because, it’s all about CONTROL!
This makes two times!
Bill Maher said Donald Trump is right that the U.S. should have a profiling service that uses techniques employed by security guards in Israeli airports. The HBO host also said people already profile and that “all police work is profiling,” we just do it “stupidly.
BILL MAHER: He is for profiling, that’s what he said. But he said we should do it the way Israel does. And, like, every once in while Donald Trump says something right. Because we profile already, we just do it stupidly. All police work is profiling. Discrimination does not mean prejudice; discrimination means telling un-like things apart…
And how weird is THAT?
Mr. Maher began as a ‘comedian’, claiming he is a ‘libertarian’, then skewed far left (one presumes to attract a bevy of leftist sycophants?) Most of the time, he seems to agree with the progressives (“I think America needs to be dragged to gov’t healthcare, kicking and screaming if necessary.”). He says he owns two guns, with which he practices, in case of a home invasion, but has come out for repeal of The Second Amendment!
But, as it is said of a broken clock…
For that nazi/narc in you!
From Alan Korwin:
ATF Launches Anonymous Tip App
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has launched a new mobile app that enables the anonymous reporting of information regarding crimes or that could be used to help prevent the commission of crimes. With the reportit app, available through the App Store or on Google play, citizens can submit a tip and attach a photo or video. The information is forwarded to ATF in real time, but should not be used to report a crime that is currently in process. Submitters will have the option to provide personal information, but it is not required. (emphasis added).
The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Is it possible this app doesn’t already know who you are if you use it? Especially considering who designed it?
Top-notch expert: Oh I’m sure it does.
Second top-notch expert: Recommend you route any tips through Hillary’s personal email server to be safe.
Third: Doesn’t everyone know the system has to identify both ends of the address to deliver the message?
Names withheld but it doesn’t matter anymore. (end)
I remember back-in-the-day, when our State police agency had a toll-free number one could use to report vehicles with out-of-State license plates (as legal residency requires in-State licensure) TRANSLATION: Revenue
And I thought THIS was beyond the pale!
If you see something, say something! – a current administration motto
For me, it’s a matter of degree. Narking on your neighbors because they are behaving suspiciously (whatever THAT means?), hmmm…
Narking on the guy driving the wrong direction, erratically (which I have done)? Of course!
Being the eyes and ears of the State? Degree, my friends.
The times, they are a changin’
(from The Firearm Blog)
“THIS JUST IN: We were just informed that Wells Fargo Bank would not do business with us, refusing to provide their services based on the fact that we manufacture “weapons” (aka knives). Incredibly, this refusal came after THEY initially pursued us to gain our business. Once we had decided to go with Wells Fargo, they then pulled the plug saying they could not provide their services since we manufacture weapons…Needless to say, we are shocked and confused – considering their logo is a stagecoach and driver with a shotgun too! We felt we needed to inform the firearm and knife community of this discriminatory stance Wells Fargo has taken. Please share.“
There has been a serious increase in the number of banks refusing to do business with firearms industry companies. It’s too bad the industry doesn’t have its own banking institution. I’m sure they’d do phenomenal business both within the industry itself and by opening up to personal banking accounts. What do you think?
Visit Hogue’s website (and maybe give them some business) at www.hogueinc.com
This reminds me of the short-sighted thinking of folks who boycott Chik-Fil-A, because their founder is an unabashed Christian who closes his business on Sundays, but who will promote Muslim businesses in the name of inclusion – even though the Koran preaches killing gays.
And, my credit union, who actively promotes new customers who are illegal aliens!
And, those businesses who put up the ‘No Guns Allowed’ signs.
And bakeries who refuse to bake cakes for gay couples.
I believe businesses have the right to refuse service to anyone, as long as their refusal conforms with the law.
Of course, some laws are egregious.
Businesses who refuse to serve certain customers are simply cutting their own throat, in their pocketbook. BUT, it’s their choice – or should be.
I’m also a believer in choice – if you don’t want to support a business, don’t support them. If you don’t wish to patronize a business, don’t go there.
If you want to – go ahead.
FORTUNATELY, these businesses with ‘guns be bad’ signs don’t know whether or not I’m carrying. And I’ve been known to let management know my feelings politely on the way out…
Regardless, I A.C.E. – Always Carry Everywhere
(from Wirecutter, in part)
I have been a long time viewer of your site and I would like to get the word out on President Obama’s July 22nd 2016 Executive Order Applicability of the ITAR Registration Requirement to Firearms Manufacturers and Gunsmiths.
This order will do nothing for the safety of our country and all it is going to do is force a small Gunsmithing Business’s like myself to either close their doors or raise prices 50% to cover the cost which will drive our customers away and I will end up having to close my doors. I have spent the last 5 years putting all my spare money and time building my business now I might be forced to close it. This executive order must be stopped it is infringing on our 2nd Amendment rights. Below are the links to the Executive Order and the break down of them. I hope you are willing to post this on your site you have a lot of traffic and this word needs to get out so this can be stopped. Thank you for your time.
This information was sent to me via email – the address indicates a gun shop owner, but because the email was unsigned I’m not going to name the sender.
Me and Dennis were discussing this when I visited with him last week. Once again, it’s an underhanded move to restrict our Rights guaranteed us under the US Constitution and as such is a direct violation by entering into a treaty that violates or compromises our Rights.
This will, among other things, eliminate home builds and any modifications that require any machining by a shop unless they can pay the exorbitant fees to register. Also, check out the part about automated reloading – while one section says reloading anything under a 50 caliber is permissible, another says that automated reloading will be affected.
This is going to drive a huge number of gunshops and self employed gunsmiths out of business due to the fees and regulations required by this Executive Order.
Funny. I remember reading somewhere long ago that Executive Orders were only to regulate folks in the executive purview, as in federal employees(?) (e.g. Truman ordering the military to desegregate with all
deliberate speed) The fact this clown The President continues act all monarchical by waving his sceptre (or his pen) speaks volumes.
(from The Firearm Blog, in part)
The last few months in the US have been pretty tumultuous if you have been watching the news. Without getting too political, we have seen terror attacks, hate crimes, and a multitude of other criminal activity. It is truly unsettling and has a lot of people on edge. Some people want to scream gun control or make other arguments, but I digress. What is interesting is what firearms some Americans think should be legal or illegal. Vox, an internet news site, tried to delve into that exact topic.
Vox teamed up with Morning Consult and tried to ask the question of firearm legality. They asked 2,000 people whether certain firearms should be legal or illegal merely based on appearance and their name. The infographic below is very telling. The less it looks like a hunting firearm and the more scary it appears lead whoever they surveyed to believe it should be illegal!
Results from 2,000 people surveyed on whether certain firearms should be LEGAL or ILLEGAL [Credit: Vox/Morning Consult]
You get some interesting, and maybe not surprising results, when you start to identify respondents by their political affiliation. Vox and Morning Consult took it a few steps further by dividing results from their survey by gender. Their full story and results can be found HERE.
Yeah, regardless of what the polls think (democracy), I will keep my guns and, if at all possible add more.
BECAUSE MY INDIVIDUAL NATURAL RIGHTS ARE NOT UP FOR DEBATE OR PLEBISCITE!
from Free North Carolina
A federal appeals court says people do not have a right to carry concealed weapons in public under the 2nd Amendment.
An 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the ruling Thursday.
The panel says law enforcement officials can require applicants for a concealed weapons permit to show they are in immediate danger or otherwise have a good reason for a permit beyond self-defense.
It was bound to happen. While the Supreme Court affirmed firearms ownership to be an individual right, it said so in the home. There had to be a case further defining the terms. Of course, in this post-Scalia court, the fear is that the eight Justices (or 9, with a progressive appointee) will deny you, me and every other law-abiding citizen their natural right!
Time will tell…
Speaking for myself, I believe weapon possession, ownership, and method-of-carry should be entirely up to the individual! This solves the CCW vs. OC debate. It is NOT the business of the State to decide what or how, or when or where I can so do!
And (while we’re at it) didn’t Miller
(1939 – the case affirming the 1934 National Firearms Act
– full auto, etc.) mention commonly-carried military, individually-operated arms are the purview of the Second Amendment?
I call this ‘the Stinger in the basement’ principle.
(Yeah, I know, I’m rambling. I’m tired this morning)
This seems to be something inherent in humanity.
When a crisis occurs, we
want need to do SOMETHING! ANYTHING!
Even though so much of our lives is out of our control…
“There must be something we can do?” (After someone had passed, to comfort the survivors) “If there’s anything I can do?”
And, of course, after tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, or riots, or a mass shooting (or stabbing, as recently in Sacramento)…
We must do SOMETHING!
It makes we, as humans, feel better about our powerlessness.
“I KNOW! Let’s pass another LAW!”
When did we become so disconnected from how things work that we think ‘the government’ passing yet another law (which are selectively enforced, if at all, anyway) will solve any problems?
Bank robbery is already illegal. Let’s make it even more illegal by passing laws restricting the kinds of firearms the robbers might steal to use!
“Double-secret probation!” – Dean Wormer (Animal House)
I have an idea.
First, lets undo the glut of useless, poorly-written laws clogging up the books since the first gun control (prohibiting freed slaves from owning firearms) was passed in 1809.
Let’s let people protect themselves and others from those who would threaten harm.
As we used to
Protecting our families with hope while evil has guns is not protecting our families. We are in a gun fight and some do not want to give us a fighting chance.
1973, a student and teacher guarding a Delaware high school after someone called in a shooting threat during a morning class. Juniors, seniors, and teachers went to their cars and trucks to grab their guns, and guard the doors between classes. No shooter ever arrived. (from FB)
And how about school districts hiring honorably-discharged veterans (with security skills) as school security? Jobs for vets, and schools more secure.