Friday, November 30, 2007
Pulling the Trigger
The Second Amendment is an anachronism in need of repeal
Published On Friday, November 30, 2007 1:15 AM
By THE CRIMSON STAFF
Hat tip to David Hardy:
Man Takes Hostages in NH Clinton Office
Nov 30, 2:10 PM (ET)
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - A man claiming to have a bomb was holding one or more hostages at Hillary Clinton's campaign office Friday, police said.
The man had what appeared to be a bomb strapped to himself, said Bill Shaheen, a top state campaign official. The two hostages were volunteers, Shaheen said.
Clinton was not believed to be in the office at the time.
The news stated, that Hillary was very calm, during the ordeal, & why not? she wasn't there!
Let's see if this leads to calls for more gun control, after all she may claim there was an attempt on her life.................
The header says it all
But then most of the europeans, are use to being subjects
Guns on college campuses would create chaos
"The truth actually lies polar-opposite with Students for Concealed Carry on Campus' claim. People can't fight fire with fire. Adding more guns to the equation doesn't create a more peaceful environment - campuses will instead be more prone to violence.Guns being permitted on school grounds could have detrimental repercussions, including accidental firings, gun thefts and an increased risk of violent behavior because of provocation by peers or professors.School should be a safe haven where students feel comfortable and secure; however, it's also a culprit of anxiety, experimentation and, therefore, impulsivity. Stress, frustration and guns don't make a mix to take a chance with."
The sheep are at it again, my response:
"FEELING" Safe & "BEING" Safe are two different things. Responsible armed citizens are not a threat to peace & safety. If they can continue to get weapons on airplanes, how are you going to keep them off of a wide open campus? They didn't need scanners at Columbine, they came in shooting. Scanners, cameras & written rules will not stop anyone who is determined to do harm, Period. Can you find a school shooting, that the police could arrive in time to stop them, before they had killed students? It takes seconds to dail 911, & the police are only minutes away, what will you do while you are waiting, beg for your life?
So how do you propose to deter a shooter?, & give the readers something besides "pie in the sky" ideas. How do you plan to handle an active shooter once he is in your face?
When dealing with a homicidal manic, perhaps the only choice is "Fight Fire with return Fire".
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Briton Convicted in Sudan Blasphemy Case
Nov 29, 2:04 PM (ET)By ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) - British teacher Gillian Gibbons was convicted of insulting Islam for letting her pupils name a teddy bear Muhammad and sentenced to 15 days in prison and deportation from Sudan, one of her defense lawyers said Thursday.
Speeding or DUI could well be fatal...........
The agency reports that some chanted: “No tolerance: Execution,” and “Kill her, kill her by firing squad.”
12/3/07 Well she has been pardoned, which is some ways surprising
from: Resistance is futile!
Just another reason to vote for him!!
hattip to Tam.
More on CNN's Debate
hattip to Bitter
So if you use these bio hazard light bulbs, you'll save Santa, yeah right...............
Doug Stanton's story
Cell Wall Writings
No Fear, No Pity, No regret, No remorse!
Am I sorry?
Yea, I'm sorry I didn't get them all!
Oh well, better luck next time.
A bad day in jail is better than any day dead.
Treat me like trash, find out I'm toxic.
I've had the pleasure to train with Doug, & looked at a lot of the material in this case, those who would disarm us, act as if acts like this don't take place.
Liberal thinking is dominated by an obsession with power
10 Steps to Understanding Liberal Thinking By John Lillpop Thursday, November 29, 2007
The liberal brain does not collect and process information in a logical, reasonable, and objective manner. Rather, liberal thinking is dominated by an obsession with power, and use of that power to preserve elitist advantages.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
LONDON - A rare enamel-and-gold Faberge egg that had been in the Rothschild banking family for more than a century sold for record-setting $18.5 million at auction Wednesday.
That more than most people make in several lifetimes
Since they don't need more, how many do they have?
Since the article was posted without comment, mine are in blue Colleges do not need more guns on campus
We would all agree that this nation has seen its share of horrific moments where a person with a gun has taken far too many lives at high school or college campus.
No one wants to see that happen, and we all want our schools to be as safe as possible.
But, we are concerned about the recent news of a non-partisan group called Students for Concealed Carry on Campus.
More than 8,000 students nationwide have joined the group believing the best way to prevent such incidents is more guns.
The group is arguing that students and faculty already licensed to carry concealed weapons should be allowed to pack a weapon on campus.
Every state, but Illinois and Wisconsin allow residents some form of concealed handgun carrying rights.
But many states forbid license-holders from carrying weapons on school campuses, while in states where the decision is left to the universities, schools almost always prohibit it.
Utah is the one exception to that rule.
While we understand that many believe that carrying a weapon is a basic right of self defense, we are concerned about the idea of college students carrying weapons.
Most will argue that carrying guns is needed to protect against massacres such as what happened at Virginia Tech.
We're not so sure.
First, unless everyone is carrying a weapon, not everyone will be safe.
Not everyone needs to be armed to be safe, if arms were allowed everyone would be safer, the fact that some might be armed would likely deter an attack.
It will take time before the rampage is revealed and and the gunman found. That's why the police, never get there in time, & when they do arrive it's all over.
People will get hurt and while some may argue it would be less people, we're not so sure.Better leave everyone defenseless than take the chance of someone getting hurt.
A person wanting to inflict massive harm will find ways to do so unfortunately, regardless of the circumstances.
This is true, so since it might happen anyway, there is no reason to take any measures to stop it.
Secondly, we hope their aim is good. What happens if they hit an innocent bystander in the panic that such situations likely create?
That could happen, so it would indeed be better to keep everyone unarmed, so they have no choice but to be victims, I would much rather just standby & watch 32 people be executed, than take the chance one might get hurt, by my actions.
And, suppose they do stop the gunman. Are college students really emotionally ready to handle the idea of wounding or perhaps killing someone, even in a situation such as that?
Are any of us really?
No emotionally we are much better prepared to do nothing, & just say bad things happen, I'm sure most people would rather be killed or injured, than live with the fact that they killed a madman. You are right much better to die, than live with guilt. Although most people entering the military are the same age, what makes them emotionally ready to handle it?
While self-defense is a good idea, there are many other situations in college where a gun isn't a good idea.
There are many situations in life where a gun is not a good idea, but they are a great idea when you are being backed into a room & some crazy person is killing everything in sight.
College is an emotional time for students. There are also the issues of alcohol and drug use. In these situations, do we really want students having guns?
Life is an emotional time for people!, All these issues happen in the outside world too. That's really why not everyone needs to be armed, those that choose to do so, tend for the most part to use some common sense. I know most of the students leaving home for the first time are really just overgrown kids, but there are young adults that are far more mature than the majority. But the Staff is also prevented from carrying on campus, are they emotional also?
We've already read, or in our case covered, far too many stories where situations have gotten out of control and a weapon was used to settle a matter - in the worst way possible.
That's because they have not been allowed, so that's why you never see them used in the best possible way.
We understand that college students may be concerned for their safety and we would urge universities and schools to do all they can to make campuses safe.
Yes they should be safer, look at those that are licensed as just one part, of making the entire system safer. Remember it takes seconds to dial 911, & the police are only minutes away.
So for those that live off campus, they should give up their rights when they enter the universities?
We're just not sure that guns is the right way to go in this case.
Guns may not be the best, do you have a better one than prayer?
Originally published November 26, 2007
From the Canada Free Press today: "You'd never read this in the mainstream media: The owner of MS Explorer that sank, leaving a huge carbon footprint at the bottom of the Antarctic Ocean Friday is an acolyte of teensy-weensy carbon footprint crusader Al Gore. G.A.P. Adventures CEO and Explorer owner, Bruce Poon Tip and Gore have similar ideals, 'filling their schedules with speaking engagements on environmental change to educate global audiences.' And that’s straight off of their website. In fact, as recently as last April, both Poon Tip and Gore gave presentations at the Green Living Show in Toronto. 'I expressed my admiration for Mr. Gore’s commitment and leadership which spans more than 20 years,' commented Poon Tip. 'I also invited him aboard our legendary polar expedition ship, the MS Explorer to visit the Arctic.' The legendary polar expedition ship... 'had at least five faults at its last inspection,' according to Greenpeace spokeswoman Bunny McDiarmid. 'Maritime records show the MV Explorer--'" anyway, it was a bunch of eco-warriors. I was exactly right. There were 154 passengers, and a lot of them were eco-warriors, and they were out there doing a global warming cruise.
Global warmer leftards sunk by an iceberg, does leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling
RJ Reynolds to Stop Print Ads Next Year
By JOCELYN NOVECK
NEW YORK (AP) - The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., which has been under intense pressure from anti-smoking groups and members of Congress over print ads for its cigarettes, said Tuesday it would not advertise its brands in newspapers or consumer magazines next year.
Speeding Car Kills 2 Deputies in Fla.
PAHOKEE, Fla. (AP) - A speeding car struck and killed two Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies and injured another Wednesday as the officials tried to stop the vehicle, authorities said.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Ride Fast & Shoot Straight: Right of the people, to keep and bear arms#links#links
"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."
Theodore Roosevelt 1907
Monday, November 26, 2007
COLFAX TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A man says he shot and killed a neighbor's cow after mistaking it for a coyote.
Authorities and the owner are skeptical.
The undersheriff in northern Michigan's Benzie County says he doesn't see how anyone could confuse a 1,400-pound, pregnant cow with a coyote, which typically weighs 20 to 45 pounds.
I would have to agree
From the AP:
WHITEWOOD, S.D. (AP) - If the Rev. David Baer has his way, the Whitewood City Council will change the name of one of the northern Black Hills town's streets.
Hooker Street doesn't quite lend itself to a family atmosphere and is offensive to some residents in the town of about 800 people, according to Baer.
It's actually named after a Union general from the Civil War, but Baer said that even renaming it to General Hooker Street might not be much better.
I have heard that's the General was very fond of the working ladies
LADSON, S.C. (AP) — White House hopeful Fred Thompson called his trip down aisle of rifles, shotguns and pistols at a gun show "a day in paradise," and said he wished he could come back to spend more time and money.
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Friday, November 23, 2007
ACCEPTING ORDERS FOR HRA GARAND. We have begun inspecting and grading HRA M1 Garand rifles and will now accept orders for Service, Field, and Correct grades. Delivery time is 30 - 90 days. For additional details, please see http://www.odcmp.com/Services/Rifles/m1garand.htm
THANKSGIVING WEEKEND - CMP CLOSED. All CMP operations and stores will be closed 22-25 November. Normal operations resume on 26 November. The CMP staff wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!
INLAND & UNDERWOOD CARBINES. A small quantity of Inland and Underwood carbines in both Service and Rack grades is still available for purchase, and not subject to the one carbine per customer per year restriction any longer. http://www.odcmp.com/rifles/carbine.htm
JANUARY CARBINE RELEASE. Inspection & Repair and grading of M1 carbines is progressing faster than planned. In addition to the January 7, 2008 scheduled sale of carbines manufactured by Winchester, CMP will also accept mail orders for carbines manufactured by Quality Hardware and Rockola. For operational reasons, we have set a limit of one carbine per customer for each of these manufacturers until further notice. A small quantity of these carbines will be available at both CMP stores beginning January 9, 2008, while quantities last. For additional details, please see http://www.odcmp.com/rifles/carbine.htm
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The homicide terror bomb used in an assassination attempt on former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto last month may have been strapped to a 1-year-old child who was being carried by his jihadist father, The Australian newspaper reported Thursday.
Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, who are not only prepared to take arms,
but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily lives,
and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.
--- John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
might not be that bad
Historical forms of execution include:
Scourged to death
Stung/bitten to death by insects
Roasted on grill
Dragged from chariot
Torn apart by wild beasts
Rolled downhill inside spiked barrel
Death of a thousand cuts
Hanged by the neck until dead
A2A is a small group -- legal academics who support the second amendment aren't a majority! The costs of an amicus are considerable (just the printing, and Sup. Ct. briefs must be printed) run into the thousands.
Academics for the Second Amendment
Post Office Box 131254
St. Paul, Minn. 55113
David Hardy Has the details here:
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Just minutes ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to take what could be the most significant Second Amendment case in our country's history.
Arms & law has a link to the order
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Monday, November 19, 2007
"As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms." -Tench Coxe, Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution, under the pseudonym "A Pennsylvanian" in the Philadelphia Federal Gazette, June 18, 1789 at col. 1.
Shot several S&W MP's this weekend, with the rebate & extra mags it's not a bad deal at all.
Also looked at a Springfield XD Tactical, it was a bit more than the MP but I have a standard XD so the Mags holster etc interchange
Also looked at the FN FNP, which was about the same price as the MP after the rebate, & they are offering a holster deal till the end of the year.
Or I could just opt for not buying anything, but that's no fun ether ;-}
The Hoboken, N.J., SWAT team was axed from the department on Friday after pictures surfaced showing Hooters waitresses posing with their guns, sprawled on top of police vehicles and dangling off the shoulders of officers, MyFoxNY.com reports.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Even if they were off duty, I think there would be some problems, for them to have city vehicles, & automatic weapons when they aren't working, of course since several officers were still in uniform, were they off duty? New Jersey has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, but they don't apply to cops off duty, so there are two classes of citizens in the The Garden State?
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants." --- Thomas Jefferson
"That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United states who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms..." -- Samuel Adams
Pray & stand strong
Firearms enthusiast turns a sweet profit at buyback
Hatip to Uncle
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Highway fatalities account for more than 94% of all transportation deaths. There were an estimated 6,289,000 car accidents in the US in 1999. There were about 3.4 million injuries and 41,611 people killed in auto accidents in 1999.
My Goodness when will we simply pass reasonable "Car Control Laws"?
No one needs 350 horsepower!! "Extreme Vehicles" need to be controlled!
Some cars can get from zero to 60 miles per hour in just seconds, there are children out there at risk!
If the power to use such performance is there people are going to use it, isn't it time for some common sense car control laws?
Police are refusing to investigate more than two million reported crimes every year, including huge numbers of burglaries and thefts, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose.
So if there is no investigation, there is no crime?
Hat tip to the Gun Debate Critic
As is common in Japan, Aichi police reached their verdict on how Saito died without an autopsy. No need for a coroner, they said. No crime involved. Only 6.3% of the unnatural deaths in Aichi are investigated by a medical examiner, a minuscule rate even by nationwide standards in Japan, where an autopsy is performed in 11.2% of cases.
Kinda of makes you wonder................
Buckeye Firearms volunteer and NRA instructor Clint Lake had this to say about the course: "ITC has finally provided the complete merger of advanced pistol craft, close quarters battle , and hand-to-hand techniques. The ITC crew did a tremendous job of simplifying difficult hand combatives into an easy to execute set of tools for my personal defensive toolbox. Brian and Tim did a fantastic job of managing range logistics as well. Everything from moving targets to tactical scenarios was well thought out and worked great!"
To contact Brian:
Rank Country Road fatalities per million population (OECD Countries)
1 Netherlands 49
2 Sweden 53
3 Norway 56
4 United Kingdom 57
5 Switzerland 69
6 Germany 71
7 Finland 72
8 Denmark 74
9 Japan 75
10 Iceland 79
11 Turkey 80
12 Australia 86
13 Canada 87
14 France 92
15 Ireland 95
16 New Zealand 99
17 Italy 103
18 Austria 108
19 Luxembourg 109
20 Belgium 109
21 Slovakia 113
22 Spain 115
23 Portugal 124
24 Hungary 129
25 Greece 135
26 Czech Republic 136
27 United States 145
28 Korea, South 147
29 Poland 150
Source: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
"A gun cannot harm anyone unless there is a human being to pull the trigger. Ten million guns would be harmless unless some human became stimulated by hate, greed or prejudice. So the gun controversy becomes a spiritual problem. While strict gun laws might have some effect in showing the world that we are concerned about the problem of violence, violence is really a thing of the human heart and conscience. If men harbor the desire to kill and maim, they will find a way, guns or no guns"
Rev. Billy Graham (November 1968)
(Novemember 1993 American Rifleman)
Friday, November 09, 2007
Captain Hamblen "recognized that the Guard was woefully unprepared to fulfill its duty if called upon to act as an armed force." Guardsmen historically have provided their own weapons. The captain proposed to provide his battalion with at least a few machine guns. He acquired and repaired nine of them. Then he stored them in a concrete safe at his place of business in Nashville.
His intent was to protect his fellow guardsmen, & his country, sounds American as can be, but the powers that be do not want people who are motivated, who can think on their own, who will take action, who will be prepared.
My server & dial up connection, make blogging a pain, & I won't have acess to hi speed until tuesday but a few links of interesting items:
From the Breda Fallacy:
Depending on how it comes out could be a great PR piece for Gun Rights
From Snowflakes in Hell:
Hope for the peoples republic of NJ?
From Tom Hardy:
Similar to my snark on cars
From Days of our Trailers:
ABC has always seemed to be fairer than NBC or CBS
From the War on Guns:
How the main stream media, trys brainwashing?
What no AK47's or Hi-Point pistols? No assault pistols made the list? slackers!
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Over forty nearly killed, She was said to be laughing, as she plowed into the helpless crowd at over 70 miles per hour, some 20 minutes earlier she had assaulted a police vehicle!
There may well be a question if the police need better vehicles to stand up to those extreme vehicles that are being used in these attacks.
It's not only the question of what the big 3 auto makers are producing, but what about those cheap overseas imports? When is the goverment going to step in & pass stronger car control laws? I'm not against people having cars, but there should be conditions, limits, common sense car control laws, background checks, how much blood has to flow, before the madness stops?
WOMAN AUTO NOVICE RUNS INTO A CROWD; Man Dying and Woman and Two Children Hurt After Miss Barton Loses Control of Car.
Yes some were injured, but no one could forsee the terrible future, of todays "Extreme Assault Vehicles"
With todays high performance assault cars, there are many deaths & more injured
Look at this U-tube video:
Look at this one: Police told CNN at least 40 people were injured, 14 of them critically. You see people on stretchers, on gurneys right now, right there.
How many have to die? How many have to be hurt? before something is done about the car control loophole?
Six die when car runs into crowd
5:00AM Tuesday June 19, 2007
NASHVILLE - Six people died and 18 others were injured at a charity event for children when a dragster doing a burnout went out of control.
The car makers know this is going to happen, & they seem to promote it! The car ads sell performance, but who pays the price? It's time for these companies were held libable for the actions of their products, If it saves just one child, just one life...
Pregnant Woman Killed in LA Brawl
Nov 6, 10:53 PM (ET)
By JEREMIAH MARQUEZ
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A pregnant woman who had just returned from her grandfather's funeral was killed when another woman deliberately rammed her car into a crowd during a street brawl involving about three dozen young women, authorities said.
Here is another: http://www.lasvegasnow.com/Global/story.asp?S=7101555
We have to do something about these lax car control laws!
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
"You may keep your guns, with my pleasure, I can think of no better solution to the problem of overpopulation."
The rest of her opinion are here:
So do I read into this that she wishes our deaths?
I have been around guns all of my life, & I've really been around a lot of gun people for nearly 20 years, & not one of the gun owners I have ever known has ever been killed, nor have any of them ever killed anyone else.
When the people that wish for gun control, come up with a way to control outlaws, with out stepping on my rights, I will listen, BUT as long as they write ramblings that paint law abiding owners the same as criminals,( Then call foul when they are called on it, and feign ignorance "a writer whose greatest crime is her naivete" Should one attack another group if they have no knowledge of the subject?) I will fight them every step of the way.
She wants to attack gun owners & the NRA, but now admits she does not know what she is talking about.
Joe Arpaio, Andy Thomas and Dennis Wilenchik hit New Times with grand jury subpoenas
"The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age..." -Title 10, Section 311 of the U.S. Code.
Does that not mean we are to armed in kind to the regular Army?
A black rifle (AR15) in the same caliber as the Army, & a 9mm sidearm?
Some very Interesting Targets for action shooting
Monday, November 05, 2007
Hillary Wants Drivers' Licenses for Illegals, Opposes Carry Licenses for American Citizens
Just think this is what they want in the America, I think they have become one with their sheep. To punish people for defending themselves, punishing people for protecting themselves, might as well turn the whole mess over to the crooks, but I digress
Friday, November 02, 2007
A Superior Court judge says relatives of a woman who died last year as part of a murder-suicide in Lyndonville can seek punitive damages from the family of the man who killed her. The case is the first of its kind in Vermont.
From the gunguys:
But that doesn’t mean that individuals and families who embrace gun ownership can necessarily escape liability.
Same article, It's just what the NRA has always said: hold the actors responsible for their actions, just because you own a gun does not excuse your responsibility.
I would be very surprised if there is a single gun owner out there that thinks she has some special protection under the law from liablity. But the maker of the gun should not be held responsible, nor should the gundealer, if he followed the law.
We punish drunk drivers, we don't sue Ford or Chevy, or the Beer company, or the bartender.
Note the key word ON campus. Of course there is not likely a single college student out there that spends all of their time on campus. Many neighorhoods that surround todays colleges are not really high rent areas, & they are not real safe areas.
Very Good Article
An interview with a Lethal Man
Peter and Helen Evans interview Massad Ayoob
While you are there, check out:Why Can't We Reform Our Criminals?
Thursday, November 01, 2007
The right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against tyranny, which though now appears remote in America, history has proven to be always possible. — Senator Hubert H. Humphrey
A 2003 Gallup/NCC poll found that 68% of Americans believed that the second amendment protects a right to keep and bear arms. Only 28% believed the Brady interpretation. Most constitutional scholars these days have rejected that interpretation as well.