26 June 17
It is truly said:
“Where you stand depends on where you sit!”
Today, our Supreme Court cynically declined to hear the Peruta V CA Case. Justices Thomas and Gorsuch magnificently dissented!
I can’t put it more eloquently:
“The Constitution does not rank certain rights above others, and I do not think this Court should impose such a hierarchy by selectively enforcing its preferred rights. Second Amendment rights are no less protected by our Constitution than other rights enumerated in that document.
The Court has not heard argument in a Second Amendment case in over seven years—since March 2, 2010, in McDonald v Chicago. Since that time, we have heard argument in, for example, roughly 35 cases where the question presented turned on the meaning of the First Amendment and 25 cases that turned on the meaning of the Fourth Amendment. This discrepancy is inexcusable, especially given how much less developed our jurisprudence is with respect to the Second Amendment as compared to the First and Fourth Amendments.
For those of us who work in marbled halls, guarded constantly by a vigilant and dedicated police force, the guarantees of the Second Amendment might seem antiquated and superfluous. But, the Framers made a clear choice: They reserved to all Americans the right to bear arms for self-defense. I do not think we should stand-by idly, while a State denies its citizens that right, particularly when their very lives may depend on it.
I respectfully dissent.”
Thomas and Gorsuch are genuine heroes!
… and they will have their day!
Before DJT’s first term ends, Justice Thomas will be writing the MAJORITY ruling in a Second Amendment Case.
In the interim, Californians are on their own. Their governor, state legislature, and at least some of the Supremes consider them expendable.
No “marbled halls” protect them, nor for that matter, the rest of us!
25 June 17
What inscrutable card shall ye throw next upon the soft felt of our days?”
Quoting Musashi, we often warn our students of the hazards associated with having “favorite weapons.” Because we know, as Musashi did, that a “favorite weapon” (or its curious, but consistent, absence) will invariably become a convenient “excuse to lose.”
Telling ourselves that victory is impossible, absent a certain set of circumstances, sets us up for serial failure. It is a flawed personal philosophy, and represents a lethal snare that Operators must avoid.
Who thus adhere to the “resistance-is-futile” philosophy are already defeated, before any species of fight ever starts!
They’re losers. They’ve set themselves up to lose, and are only rarely disappointed!
Equally fatal is the “everyone-wait-a-minute, -so-I-can-get-ready” approach to serious fighting.
And yet, we regularly see the foregoing actively practiced during supposedly serious training!
What do we do when we have our favorite rifle, but not our “favorite sights?”
Most of my Urban Rifle students report to training with modern, military rifles, and most are equipped with sophisticated optics, mostly red-dots- Aimpoints and EOTechs.
When I start a tactical drill, I look at a student and say, “Go!” Students are expected to instantly spring into action, get moving, devise a plan on the run, and then aggressively solve the problem. Tactical drills are only vaguely described beforehand. I don’t provide detailed instructions.
We’re training Operators, not Rockettes!
What happens when our student belatedly discovers his optic’s brightness is set so high that he can’t see anything beyond the glowing dot, or so low that he can’t see the dot/reticle at all. Or, is otherwise less-than-optimal?
In the latter example, do we fight though the problem, without the slightest vacillation, deploying BUIS (Back-Up Iron Sights), when necessary, while on the move?
Or, do we stop what we’re doing, plant our feet in cement, and then gawk at our gun as we stand motionless adjusting dials to perfectly suit our needs?
In the latter case, when the student finally gets back into action and completes the exercise, I remind him that his distracted, motionless hesitation was likely fatal!
In fact, in some tactical exercises, I require that the optic but turned off at the beginning of the drill. In others, I require the optic’s brightness to be turned-up as high as it will go.
When I say, “Go,” my student must instantly, efficaciously deal with the problem, with no “intermission!”
When the dot is too bright, are you automatically using your support-side eye to superimpose the too-bright dot on the target? This is the BAC Technique (for Bindon Aiming Concept), named after Glyn Bindon, founder of Trijicon. It can be used with both magnifying and non-magnifying optics, but not all people can make it work. When it works for you, it is a useful addition to your toolbox, and one that needs to be exercised regularly!
And when the dot isn’t there at all? Are we trained to smoothly deploy BUIS while on the run, and then continue fighting as if nothing happened?
When using BUIS, and we discover our small aperture has been inadvertently flipped-up, and
we wanted the large one (or vice-versa)? Do we make-due and stay in the present tense, or do we insist on stopping and making adjustments?
What about our corrective glasses? Do we practice sometimes with non-corrective safety-glasses? Our regular glasses might get knocked-off or broken. Can we still be effective, even when operating with out-of-focus vision?
Many (myself included) have a degree of astigmatism in one, or both, eyes. When using my Aimpoint, I therefore don’t see a red “dot.” I see a red “slash.” It looks like a comet! I’ve had to learn to use the head of the comet as my aiming-point. Works fine! Not optimal, but adequate to achieve rapid hits at most ranges.
Most lethal fights (like most surgeries, most criminal trials, and most building projects), are little more than a “series of disasters!”
The difference between ultimate triumph, or catastrophe, lies in the way we handle disasters, in our icy persistence and determination, in our ability to make things go our way despite less-than-optimal conditions and circumstances, in our uncanny knack for snatching victory from the jaws of defeat!
When someone handles good fortune well, that tells me little about him. Anyone can do that!
Operators surely handle success well, but we also train ourselves, in fact we spend most of our training time, to handle disaster(s) well!
“Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes playing a poor hand well.”
23 June 17
“When you are a dog, and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.”
Since the “Baseball Field Shooting Incident” of 14 June 17, a half-dozen bills have been forwarded in Congress, all addressing the issue of politicians (but only politicians) carrying concealed guns in DC, or anywhere else they want, including “gun-free” zones.
Of course, this is all so “justified,” due to (as always) “increased threats.”
I’m not sure if this point ever came up during discussions, but many more “ordinary” US citizens are murdered every year than are Congressmen!
But, only Congressmen are slated for the special privileges specified in any of the aforementioned bills.
Some proposed legislation requires “training,” of some sort or another. Some contain no training requirement.
I suspect many Congressmen carry concealed in DC now, and have for some time. For them, there is almost no risk, even without legislation mentioned above. Who is going to arrest them?
Capitol Police? DC Metro Police?
In any event, I strongly suspect one of the above bills will quietly become law very soon, with scant discussion, nor the slightest interest on the part of the media.
While all this is going on, bills that finally grant state-to-state concealed-carry-permit-reciprocity to us mere peons languish interminably in committee, and are endlessly denigrated in the media.
Oh, I know: Such legislation is “impossible.” Well, it may be impossible when it pertains only to “ordinary” citizens, but Congress always magically finds a way to fast-track confirmation of special privileges upon themselves, particularly when it is their personal safety that is the concern.
Our personal safety is obviously vastly less important!
“Equality before the law is probably forever unattainable. It is a noble ideal, but it can never be realized, for what men value in this world is not rights, but privileges.”
19 June 17
Yesterday, in the West African nation (former French colony) of Mali, at least five Islamic terrorists were ultimately killed by “government forces,” but not before they invaded a swank resort (popular with foreign tourists) just outside the capital City of Bmarko, and murdered at least two guests.
Many more guest fled.
As with last week’s baseball field attack in DC, the death toll would have doubtless been much higher, had it not been for a single French soldier, who happened to be there for a holiday weekend, just like everyone else!
This situationally-aware, well trained French soldier, a true Operator who realized that there is no such thing as “off-duty,” wisely chose to carry his pistol during his weekend leave. That pistol came in mighty handy.
This courageous French soldier, in the right place at the right time, responding IMMEDIATELY to incoming gunfire, identified, shot, and wounded at least one jihadi. The result of his swift, precise, and decisive action is that the entire terrorist mission (of wiping-out dozens of helpless resort guests), precipitously fell apart!
Police arrived minutes later and finished the job!
This French soldier’s unilateral and audacious decision to go armed while on leave was in direct conflict with “rules,” “conventions,” “orders,” “understandings,” ad nauseam. But, it likely saved his life and the lives of many other innocents.
He is a hero, by any standard!
So, once again we see the recurring theme:
“CCSAPO;” (Concealed Carriers, on Scene, Achieve Positive Outcomes)
This is THE “answer” to terrorism!
The real malignancy in this ongoing world drama is “hoplophobia,” and the real villains are “hoplophobes”
Hoplophobes are cynical, sleazy, career cowards who are at once envious and spiteful of true Operators. Many occupy high places up the food-chain. Always too timid to enter the ring themselves, they sit in safety on the sidelines and piously point-out “where the strong man stumbled, and where the doer of deeds could have done them better.”
These are the ones who are deathly afraid of guns and armed men. These are the ones who nervously post “no guns allowed” signs everywhere they can.
Good thing we ignore them! Good thing that French soldier ignored them, eh?
For a domestic example, we’ve only to look as far as what used to be known as Comiskey (Chicago White Socks) Park, recently renamed to “Guaranteed Rate Park” (another example of Chicago’s decent into sewerdom. Charles A Comiskey, who died in 1931, was a founder of the American League).
The Park and MLB are hosting an annual baseball game between the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Fire Department.
This notice was just sent to all participants and attendees:
“ATTENTION POLICE OFFICERS: Per MLB POLICY: ABSOLUTELY NO GUNS are allowed in Guaranteed Rate Field. Please do not bring your gun!”
A crowd of police officers and their families, concentrated in a small area, and no one is armed. Does that sound like a terrorist target to you?
I suspect many CPD officers will not be attending. I surely wouldn’t. Cynical hoplophobes at MLB obviously don’t trust CPD officers with guns!
1) Your motives are not as altruistic as they seem to you.
2) Don’t overestimate your own merits.
3) Don’t expect others to take as much interest in you as you do..
4) Don’t imagine most people give enough thought to you to have any special desire to persecute you.”
18 June 17
“Unarmed people are slaves, or are subject to slavery at any moment.”
The progressively frustrated cry for forced disarmament of Americans:
In the wake of Wednesday’s attempted murder of Republican politicians by a leftist ideologue, one might have expected the ususal panicked petition by liberals for, once again, the forced confiscation of all privately-owned firearms in America (much like what happened in Australia a decade ago, in the UK shortly after the end of WWI, and in CA currently).
For leftists/liberals, forced confiscation of privately-owned firearms may take place all at once, or in small, lying steps, but their end-goal is always the same. In fact, when each “small step” fails to reduce violent crime (of course, such “small steps” are cynically designed to fail), liberals will ever whine, “We didn’t go far enough,” setting the stage for the next “small step.”
All so predictable!
In any event, lately, and particularly this time, their worn-out, “Guns-are-ishey,” siren-song is falling upon deaf ears!
In fact, so unpopular is the bromidic notion of universal gun confiscation, few Democrats are now even bringing it up, at least in public.
Even our liberal media is only lukewarm this time, a genuine departure from their customary vile, rabid, gun-hating diatribes.
It strikes me that liberals, in and out of the media, have finally caught-on that Americans are bored with them, and their ever-so predictable far-left dogma, maybe even a little annoyed!
Perhaps Americans have finally grown weary of being told by liberals that we are too stupid to own guns.
Perhaps Americans have plainly seen the blatant hypocrisy of heavily-armed, liberal politicians, and liberal media personalities pseudo-sanctimoniously (and oh-so condescendingly) dictating to the rest of us, from their ivory towers, that we don’t “need” guns!
Perhaps, despite being assured by liberals that it is all just our imagination, Americans are justifiably frightened of Islamic terrorists, and we desperately want effective means of unilaterally defending ourselves.
If they were smart, Democrats would drop this red herring once and for all. But, as with all leftists, their personal vanity won’t permit any species of repentance. They would rather die than admit they’re wrong, or are even capable of being wrong!
“Without your rifle, you are nothing, worthless. You are waiting for death, any minute, any second.”
Aron Bielski, WWII Jewish Resistance Fighter in Eastern Europe
15 June 17
“I used to have six theories on child-raising, but no children. Today, I have six children, and no theories!”
Theory vs Practice:
During yesterday’s shooting incident in VA, a man walking his dog at a park near the baseball field told Fox News he heard uniformed police yelling at the perpetrator to “… put the gun down”
Immediately afterward, someone in the dugout, who was openly exposed to the perpetrator’s gunfire, screamed back:
“Just shoot him!”
Interesting the way theoretical police work, nonchalantly discussed by lawyers, politicians, and journalists (none of whom have ever worn a uniform, nor faced death directly, nor fired a shot in anger), instantly gives way to “pragmatic police work,” when it is THEIR LIVES that are about to end abruptly!
They apparently think THEIR LIVES are important!
In fact, our lives are important too, but many of them don’t see it that way, except during these rare “moments of clarity!”
Representative Chris Collins (R-NY) said after yesterday’s shooting incident that he would start carrying a gun with him whenever he is in public. “It’s going to be in my pocket from this day forward,” he declared.
I suspect the gun to which he referred is intended for his personal protection. That is, it’s there primarily to protect his life.
Many of us made that personal decision with regard to our lives long ago, but didn’t announce it to the media.
We think our lives are pretty important too!
At taxpayer expense, many politicians enjoy armed protection twenty-four hours a day. Because I own guns, I have continuous armed protection too (at my own expense)!
So, when VA’s Democrat governor piously tells me, “There are too many guns on the street,” I can only wonder how many guns are “too many.”
He obviously wants to eliminate mine, and keep his.
Thus, he is protected, and we’re defenseless. Lacking any recent “moments of clarity,” he is apparently okay with that. Having had more than one “moment of clarity,” that is not okay with me!
“Truth-tellers are not always palatable. There is a preference for candy bars.”
15 June 17
“The world has no particular objection to vice, but it does have an insuperable repugnance to hearing vice called by its proper name.”
Last week in the UK, a local police commissioner, Alison Hernandez (suffering from an attack of “malicious honesty,” albeit only temporary), indicated that she was open to the idea UK citizens arming themselves, with guns, as a defense against Islamic terrorists. She voiced her opinion during a radio talk-show.
Such a thing would, of course, require significant revision of the UK’s current array of anti-gun laws that make private ownership of nearly any species of firearm illegal.
Ms Hernandez was quickly slapped-down by her superiors who ever-so sanctimoniously declared that the very idea of privately-owned guns in the UK is unthinkable. I suspect Ms Hernandez can forget her next promotion!
“Enforced helplessness” is currently public policy in the UK!
Our British cousins are unhappily discovering that the glamorous socialist/Marxist “nanny state,” so piously promoted by all the “beautiful people,” that they foolishly thought would bring about a utopian society where no one had to do any work, has cunningly enslaved them (as it always does, everywhere it has been tried), suffocating every vestige of individual initiative and personal dignity. They have been deceived, gullible victims of their own vanity, vice, and cowardice, and they know it!
The same can be said of most of the rest of Western Europe, now in the process of being voluntarily “Muslimized,” with scant resistance, nor even significant opposition. Their ultimate religious/political “conversion” to Islam will be violently, brutally forced upon them. And, there will be no “going back!”
“Sharia Law” will soon be the law of the land in the UK and the rest of Europe. Moors have invaded, all over again, with no less brutality and cruelty than the last time! And, amoral socialist collaborators don’t really care, so long as they’re on the winning side.
Over here, we still have our Second Amendment protecting us, at least for now. However, we’ve experienced relentless efforts by our own leftist collaborators (Democrats and RINOs) to regulate it out of existence, already successfully in places like NYC.
Personal defense is not just a “choice.” It means accepting full responsibility for individual safety, immodestly claiming our own magnificence, and the magnificence of our religion and culture. Asking permission from no one, and upon our own summary command and judgement, we defend ourselves with grace and strength, confident in the righteousness of our cause.
This is our birthright as Americans.
We are no one’s slaves!
“A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.”
14 June 17
Now, I will comment on motive:
Sure enough, this morning’s shooting perpetrator (now deceased) was a certified “Sandernista.”
And, leftist blogs have all day long sung his praises and are openly disappointed that he had not murdered more Republicans.
I wish I were surprised!
I wonder if Democrat politicians actually believed their squalid, threatening, profanity-laced speeches about our president would have no tangible consequences.
I wonder if a leftist entertainer, holding a simulated severed head of our president, and other Hollywood types acting-out a presidential assassination on stage (which Democrats and their media lackeys, thought was “so cute”) ever considered that these seedy displays would stimulate real violence against all non-drinkers of their Marxist Koolaid.
Interesting that “Sandernistas,” and “Clintonistas,” all of whom publically profess to hate guns and our Second Amendment, hypocritically consider guns to be just fine when they’re the only ones who are allowed to posses them, much the same as when they cynically decry honest wealth, while hiding their own!
Leftists/Marxists/socialists are not good people, as we see!
We’re not as far from Bosnia as we’d like to think, nor for that matter, from “Bloody Kansas” (circa 1860)
“There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as ‘moral indignation,’ which permits envy and hate to be acted out under the guise of ‘virtue.’”
14 June 17
“The first five seconds are more important than the next five hours”
This morning’s shooting incident in VA:
I won’t comment on motive of the single shooting suspect (now deceased), as these facts have not yet been reported.
I will comment on tactics:
Representative Mike Bishop (R-MI), who was there, said this morning in a radio interview:
“The only reason any of us walked out of this thing, by the grace of God, one of the folks here had a weapon to fire back and gave us a moment to find cover. We were inside the backstop, and if we didn’t have that cover by a brave person who stood up and took a shot themselves, we would not have gotten out of there, and every one of us would have been hit, every single one of us.”
Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL) added:
“… would have been a lot worse without Steve Scalise’s (security) detail. They immediately began returning fire. They were the true heroes. They fired back”
Scalise’s bodyguards where apparently the ones to which Mike Bishop (above) was referring.
Uniformed Capitol Police were on the scene, and apparently also fired at the suspect. Uniformed APD officers arrived within minutes and may have fired at the suspect too.
In any event, the suspect was fatally wounded at some point, but perhaps dissuaded (maybe wounded too) by return fire at a much earlier point, as Mike Bishop indicated.
Points everyone needs to take away from this:
1) Decisive and IMMEDIATE return fire doubtless prevented a much larger massacre.
2) Who go armed routinely, and have IMMEDIATE access to guns, are the only ones who can possibly influence these kinds of terrorist incidents in any meaningful way.
3) Competent training is the only way through which one can adequately prepare to deliver precise, war-winning fire on pernicious threats, at the moment it is required. Simply “giving guns” to the incompetent accomplished nothing!
4) “Armed and well trained,” is the solution to terrorist attacks, whether you’re protecting a dignitary, your family, or just yourself.
5) “Helplessly waiting to be rescued” holds out scant hope!
This morning’s incident has changed our political climate already! Many politicians and bureaucrats, who rarely thought about the subject before, will be carrying guns tomorrow morning. Many others will be clamoring for bodyguards!
This is America, and we shoot back!
6 June 17, 73rd Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion
From a friend in the UK:
“Last few days before our general election here.
Thick crowds will be gathering in public places to cast votes. There is significant danger from more terrorist attacks, and everyone knows it! Many will decline to vote for this very reason.
Our Labour Party (equivalent of your ‘Democrats’) is hovering over all of this with bright, red banners and Marxist-Trotskyite control overtones.
Our national response to recent mass murders by Islamic terrorists is confined to ‘one-minute silence moments,’ and ‘memorial performances’ by entertainers.
Meanwhile, terrorists are gleefully planning their next example of revenge upon Western civilians.
We remain a great, unprepared mass at the mercy of these murderous ideologues, who freely move about in packs here, with the cloak of our ‘free society’ covering their terrible intent.
Our government tells us to: ‘Run, Hide and Tell,’ because of course, we cannot privately own anything that even remotely resembles a weapon. ‘Fighting’ is unthinkable. We are expected to be ‘good victims.’ In fact, any species of individual boldness, daring, or initiative is frowned-upon here and considered by our socialist nannys to be ‘politically incorrect.’
Curious that our highly-vaunted national weapon prohibition never seems to apply to, nor is it enforced upon, Islamics. Yesterday, ‘gun-free’ Australia experienced yet another example of this identical phenomenon. Imagine that!
In a just world, we would all be righteously resolute, well-armed, and they would be confidently telling us:
‘Keep calm and fight back!’
Seventy-three years ago, that is what they did tell us!
That’s when we were proud ‘citizens,’ not dysphoric, expendable ‘sheep,’ groveling under the uncaring thumb of our socialist ‘shepherds’”