21 Sept 18
Leftist bullies don’t always succeed!
The State of New Hampshire officially jettisoned all knife-related statutes in 2011. Other states are quietly following!
Proponents of this purgative measure clearly showed that “knife regulations,” invariably so poorly written as to be indecipherable, were mostly unenforceable anyway, and in any event demonstrably had zero deterrent effect on violent crime.
Like “magazine bans,” and similar unproductive, “trash” legislation, they just clogged the System and wasted everyone’s time!
As an example, here in CO our “magazine ban,” signed by our governor in 2013, has never been enforced! In the five years it has been “on the books,” not a single person has ever so much as been charged, much less convicted, under this joke of a law. After signing the legislation, our governor so much as admitted it was stupid!
In any event, this unenforceable “ban” is universally, and contemptuously, ignored (an should be) by gun-owners, and police, throughout our state!
Anti-gun and anti-knife legislation is, without fail, designed by treacherous leftists (like our governor), only to “punish” owners of these weapons, solely because we don’t, and won’t, vote for them!
They don’t want us shooting (in self-defense) violent criminals (who do vote for them) they so lovingly coddle.
They want everyone utterly defenseless, and of course, dependent upon them!
Currently in the UK, “The Land of Upside-Down,” baffled/frustrated chefs and cooks are now publically denigrated as “knifemen” or “enemies of the steak,” who could, at any moment, represent “a threat to public order!”
We hear contemptible politicians there invent ridiculous terms like, “zombie knives,” which is the UK’s version of “assault weapons,” in order to vilify a particular arm and anyone who owns one, or who would every want to have any species of effective personal defense.
Despite the utter, and exhaustively demonstrated, failure of all these “bans,” the only solution ever offered-up by control-freak politicians is “additional bans.”
Next, they’ll ban books! There is no limit to their treachery!
At least in NH, there are a few politicians with sufficient honesty and personal dignity to say:
“Enough is enough, already! These bans don’t work. They’re never going to work. We need to go in a different direction!”
Who don’t say that need to find themselves this November “freshly unemployed!”
“I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for physical strength, nor powerful political connections, nor great wealth, who have none the less staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies attempting to remove certain books from their shelves, and who have courageously refused to disclose to ‘thought-police’ names of persons who have checked out those titles.
The America I love still exists!”
19 Sept 18
A hero goes down fighting!
Last Sunday morning, an American/Israeli (duel citizenship), Ari Fuld, was precipitously attacked by a knife-wielding Palestinian teenager in Israel. He was stabbed in the back at a shopping center near Jerusalem.
Fuld was likely targeted due to his high-profile, pro-Israel political activism.
At the moment of his attack, Fuld was carrying a concealed pistol (brand/caliber not reported).
After being stabbed (fatally, as it turns out), Fuld ran after and shot-down his attacker, preventing him from committing additional mayhem against other innocent bystanders.
As a result, the Palestinian perpetrator suffered multiple gunshot wounds, but survived.
Fuld died a short time later at a nearby hospital.
Fuld, though painfully wounded and dying, summoned the courage, psychological determination, and physical strength necessary to put his pistol to proper use… one last time!
Fuld’s heroism demonstrates, once again, that armed citizens represent, by far, the best deterrent to terrorism!
Let’s not miss important lessons:
1) Keep your head up! Watch your six, relentlessly.
Innocent-looking, bubble-gum-chewing teenagers, sitting on the fence behind you may indeed be weapon-wielding great-grandsons of Yasser Arafat!
That’s not “paranoia.”
That’s the caustic reality of this unsafe, unsettled world of 2018!
2) Go armed!
Don’t delude yourself into naively dividing your life into “safe” and “dangerous” times and places.
There is no “safety,” not anywhere, not any time, nor will there be during our lifetimes!
The world is full of lethal weapons, and violent criminals/terrorists will always have access to them.
Some of us are experts in their use. The vast majority are bungling amateurs!
The critical, war-winning advantage we have over armed terrorists is our courage, audacity, and practiced expertise.
Be one of us!
4) Finish the fight!
When placed “in extremis,” and your destiny is to go down, resolve to go down fighting!
Ari Fuld did, and he serves as a shining example to all of us!
“The battle, Sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.”
18 Sept 18
How far we’ve come!
Language now regularly emanating from the mouths of hard-left Democrats (is there another kind?) would be regarded as worthy of true Communist heroes, and garner generalized public adulation in Cuba, the DPRK and the PRC!
Modern-day variants of Mao’s loudly-chanting, book-waving Red Guards are today sporting blue T-shirts, doubtless provided by Nike, and openly shouting for death to conservatives, gun-owners, Christians, Jews, and capitalists of all kinds.
The media thinks they’re “cute”
To strengthen this fall, by their definition of achieving victory, socialists (masquerading as “Democrats”) will not only focus their overheated hatred upon firearms as objects of scorn, they will simultaneously demean personal identities of owners and users of firearms, knowing full-well that neither they, nor their heavily-armed
bodyguards, will ever be affected by draconian firearm, magazine, and ammunition bans that they will soon zealously endeavor to jam down the throats of the rest of us.
No Democrat will dare vary from that theme!
You’ve only to ask a current resident of Venezuela or Nicaragua how socialism is “working-out” for them!
Socialists bring only squalor, squalid helplessness, high levels of violent crime (as in Chicago), suffocation of individual freedom, high penalties for opposing them, and endless luxury for themselves (as in North Korea)
It’s headed our way!
No wonder Democrats are deathly afraid of armed citizens!
“Without freedom, I am a slave in shackles on a ship lost at sea.
With freedom, I am a captain!”
Richelle E. Goodrich
12 Sept 18
Lancer Rifle Magazines:
For my M4s, I like 30-round magazines by Magpul, Lancer, and a few others.
I also like both Lancer and Magpul magazines for my Farnam Signature 7.62×51. Lancer makes both a 20-round and a 25-round version. I use both regularly, and both run just fine.
The plastic body of Lancer magazines can be had in “clear,” “smokey,” and “opaque.” I prefer the smokey version.
The Farnam Signature 7.62×51 is currently based on the POF Revolution Rifle and the Robinson Arms XCR/M.
Both are now available, and both are wonderful!
You can see photos and videos of the FS 7.62×51 and the FS/M4 on the DTI Web Page at defense-training.com
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I recommend FS Rifle owners maintain at least ten magazines (fully-charged) for each rifle.
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11 Sept 18
“‘It was a mistake,’ you said. Yet, the cruelty is:
It felt as if the mistake was mine, for trusting you.”
In CA, where Democrat politicians apparently can’t distinguish a “bullet” from a “cartridge,” a whole new layer of restrictions upon sales of ammunition are in the works.
California leftists are reminiscent of ancient Mayan priests who, fearing lunar eclipses, tossed severed heads of unlucky citizens from bloody sacrificial altars on-high to waiting crowds of chanting, swaying, devotees below.
Lunar eclipses came anyway, and the predictable cry from the priestly class, concerned about keeping their cushy jobs, was of course,
“We didn’t go far enough! We didn’t sever enough heads!”
Similarly, Democrat politicians know and understand that none of the restrictions they’ve already imposed on hapless citizens, nor any of those they’re currently implementing, will reduce violent crime. In fact, violent crime is steadily increasing in CA, and has been for the past five decades.
It is increasing, because that is exactly what leftist politicians want. They know only too well,
“The more crime you have, the more government you need!”
They’re banking on it, and their “dirty little secret” is of course, that all these new and onerous assailments on individual rights and freedoms are cynically designed to fail!
They know full-well they’re going to fail!
They want them to fail!
Because when they fail, which they always do, counting on citizens’ short memories, Democrats will call for a whole new round of corrosive assaults on individual rights, predictably chanting,
“We didn’t go far enough!”
I wonder if it occurs to average CA citizens how curious it is that they are expected to fully support their own disarmament, while Democrat politicians not only remain armed, but become increasingly better armed (at taxpayer expense) will all the guns, magazines, and ammunition “ordinary” citizens can’t even touch!
If gun prohibition is such a good idea, why don’t its ardent proponents start with themselves?
Why do leftist politicians, without fail, exempt themselves from their own laws?
Only leftists are worthy of such hypocritical treachery, and betrayal!
“There are three signs of a hypocrite:
1) When he speaks, he lies
2) When he makes a promise, he breaks it
3) When he is trusted, he betrays all who trusted him”
10 Sept 18
“Arms are permissible, when there is no hope except in arms.”
Our liberal “mainstream” media, corruptly motivated only by grievance and identity politics, have piously declared that reports on recurring, fatal attacks on South African farmers by ANC-sponsored thugs (their version of ANTIFA) are all untrue!
They point-out that such barbarous attacks are reported mostly through Afrikaner agricultural organizations, and otherwise only mentioned (inappropriately) by our “misinformed President.”
These are the same voices who naively denied reports of generalized persecution (murder) of Jews in Nazi Germany in the 1930s. They self-righteously assured us that the ongoing Holocaust was/is all in our imaginations!
Many still do!
Media in RSA, like that in Nazi Germany, are intimidated into downplaying farm attacks. Liberal media over here won’t report them either, because of their perceived obligation to defend Marxists no matter where they are, and no matter what they do.
Armed (at least for now), private security response-teams always arrive at sites of farm-attacks hours before RSA Police. They see the hideous carnage firsthand! When RSA Police respond at all, it is seldom within twenty-four hours of the first, desperate call!
Marxists, since 1917, have never hesitated to use lethal violence to intimidate critics and political opponents.
Over here, we see black-clad ANTIFA thugs, enjoying the (barely) covert support of the DNC, being likewise slowly transformed into politically-approved, arcanum enforcers of the leftist ethos, as across the nation, old-guard Democrat elected officials (who had at least a modicum of personal dignity) are being swept from office by openly-socialist/Marxist, self-proclaimed “revolutionaries.”
Some such “modern Democrats” (Maxine Waters, et al) are even now, unapologetically calling for open violence against political opponents.
As the Democrat Party continues its relentless march toward Marxism, most professing “liberals” will blindly follow, and ANTIFA will be only too happy to carry-out their violent agenda- first secretly, then openly!
Will we see RSA-style “farm murders,” based on ethnic and political profile, break-out in rural areas within CONUS?
When it happens, you can bet our corrupt media will never report it. And, when such stories can’t be suppressed, our media will predictably jump to the defense of Marxist thugs!
Between now and then, cunning crypto-Marxists (masquerading as “progressives” and “liberals”) will continue to work relentlessly to disarm their future victims, much as they’re doing in RSA, much as they did in Russia in 1917 and in Nazi Germany in the 1930s.
They mean to “rule!”
“Those same hands, which once screwed-tight our chains, now hold out their palms in ‘reconciliation’
Don’t dig up the past!
Dwell on the past, and you’ll lose an eye,’ they shout,
but the proverb goes on to say:
‘Forget the past, and you’ll lose both eyes.’”
8 Sept 18
An advertising maxim says:
“You have to spell-out the ‘benefit of the benefit.’
People don’t buy quarter-inch drill bits. They buy quarter-inch holes, so they can hang photos of their children.”
A friend at TSA just sent me this link:
It contains good information for those of us who fly frequently, a definite improvement over what TSA has put-out previously.
A lot of us, me included, fly many times per year, and we always have guns in checked baggage.
My experience has been mostly positive, particularly the past two years.
In most airports, TSA folks are used to guns in checked baggage, and are mostly helpful and courteous.
Of course, guns in checked baggage are handled differently at every airport, but at least on UA and SW, which I fly on mostly, excessive delays are now pretty unusual.
I still highly recommend TSA-Pre status. You have to jump through some hoops in order to have it conferred upon you, but it repeatedly saves me significant time at airports.
I like the fact that TSA Web Page (above) frankly discusses mistakes and mistaken overreach by the agency.
That is refreshing!
Most bureaucracies (private and public) tempestuously defend themselves against every hint of criticism, insisting not only that they’ve never been wrong, but are indeed incapable of being wrong!
There has been at least a little progress in that regard!
Again, guns need to be unloaded and in lockable (and locked), hard cases. Hard cases are then placed within checked luggage, which also needs to be locked.
Guns need to be “declared” to the airline upon check-in. All airlines have “tags,” which you sign, and that are then placed on the outside of the hard case that contains the gun(s), but inside the luggage itself.
Best advice when flying commercially:
DON’T FAIL THE ATTITUDE TEST!
Be courteous and polite, but neutral, boring, and “non-memorable.”
No loud colors. No flashy jewelry. No sunglasses. No smart-ass remarks. No “messages” on t-shirts.
Be pleasant, but not chatty. Don’t volunteer information, and I don’t answer questions that weren’t asked.
When you get to your destination, grab your luggage and get away from the airport without delay.
Yet, I’m not optimistic!
With every new terrorist incident, particularly those involving infrastructure, new restrictions, new hassles, new delays, a whole new layer of confusion follow quickly.
Right now, commercial air travel is at least tolerable. That could all change tomorrow morning!
6 Sept 18
In my Quip of 3 Sept 18, I published an incomplete list of the “Senior Cadre” of practitioners of our Art.
I should know better, because when I do something like this, I always make a foolish omission, or two.
My sincere apologies to my esteemed colleagues mistakenly not included in the original Quip!
A more complete List (in no particular order):
Mas Ayoob, Dave Spaulding, Tom Givens, Manny Kapelsohn, Denny Tueller, Marty Hayes, Joe Gilbert, Freddie Blish, Jeff Gonzales, Gabe Suarez, James Yeager, Clint Smith, Skip Gochenour, John Murphy, Evan Marshal, Chuck Soltys, Gary Greco, Jeff Chudwin, John Holschen, Bill Aprill, Claude Werner, Spencer Keepers, Karl Rehn, and me.
All are my friends, esteemed colleagues, and heroes!
And, I’m sure the foregoing List in still incomplete, but I wanted to put this out in order to properly recognize this magnificent cadre!
5 Sept 18
“Shoot, when you have no choice!
Don’t, when you have other choices that are reasonably safe.
When you have no choice except to shoot, who cares if it’s ‘legal?’
When you don’t need to shoot, who cares if it would have been ‘legal?’”
The foregoing quotation, from a celebrated lawyer, represents his inevitable answer to the naive question:
“Can/should I shoot someone if they ….?”
When you’re involved in a deadly-force incident, particularly one where guns were present, here are some factors that will lend credibility to your case:
1) You were not the “initial aggressor”
When it becomes obvious to the jury that you were going about in public, armed with a deadly weapon, presenting yourself as “bait,” looking/hoping for an “opportunity,” an “excuse,” to shoot someone, as did Paul Kersey (played by Charles Bronson) in the original (1974) version of “Death Wish,” don’t expect much sympathy, regardless of other facts in the case.
Prosecutors refer to this attitude as “the malignant mind.” The Latin is “mens rea.”
The “Death Wish” motif may be made into an entertaining film, but neither prosecutors, nor juries, will have any tolerance for it!
Don’t go anywhere with a gun, that you wouldn’t go without a gun!
2) Even when you were not the initial aggressor, when in a public place and faced with someone offering violence and/or wishing to engage in violence, you declined confrontation and instead made a reasonable effort to disengage and separate (assuming it was mostly safe to do so).
In order to qualify as an “innocent party” you must not say, nor do, anything that a reasonable person would interpret as aggravating/challenging the aggressor(s).
The horn on your car is there solely to “prevent accidents” Employing it to “scold” or “punish” other drivers and pedestrians represents a conspicuous misuse, and is thus illegal, no matter who is “at fault.”
Like your car’s horn, using your gun because you’re frightened (assuming your fears are genuine
and legitimate), is acceptable.
Using your gun because you’re angry, is not acceptable!
When “sorting motives,” the prosecutor needs to see yours as sensible and respectable!
3) You were “first to the phone” and reported the incident to police as soon as you could.
In the eyes of prosecutors, “flight equals guilt,” always! Guilt also attaches to excessive delay in reporting the incident. Who flee the scene and try to evade police are always seen as “guilty parties.”
In most states, citizens of character are now trusted to “go armed.” Legally-armed citizens are not required to be “perfect.” But, we are required to be “reasonable.”
No matter the outcome, investigators, prosecutors, and juries need to interpret your actions as reasonable, and your motives as those of a “good person.”
“Discernment is the son of good judgment, and the father of self-control.”
4 Sept 18
“That’s a fact, Jack!”
“John” (played by Bill Murray), in the 1981 feature film “Stripes”
Last Friday, two American tourists were singled-out, attacked, and stabbed by a 19-year-old Afghan Jihadi within a busy train station in Amsterdam. Central Station is, in fact, the entry and exit point for most visitors to Amsterdam
The suspect, knife still in hand, was subsequently confronted by, and immediately shot by, Dutch police.
The suspect, and the two victims of his unprovoked attack, are all expected to recover.
Based on statements by the perpetrator after his arrest, Dutch authorities said on Saturday that the suspect had “a terrorist motive.”
On Sunday, they curiously revised their assessment (under pressure from the tourist industry), saying, “The victims were not chosen deliberately, nor with a clear reason”
Don’t insult my intelligence!
Islamic terrorists, invited in by leftist politicians, are now out-of-control in Holland, and in most of Western Europe and the UK. They will continue to physically harm Western interests and citizens at every opportunity.
They have their orders!
Friday’s focused attack on Americans is thus typical of what we’re going to see for the foreseeable future.
Cowardly politicians and bureaucrats, here and there, will continue to stick their collective heads in the sand and insist that there is no problem, and that all this bloodshed is just in our imaginations!
The sage neither believe, nor trust, anything they say, nor should we!
We don’t believe leftist propaganda, nor depend on “luck,” to keep us healthy!
We depend upon our own well-practiced skills, and good judgment.
“The familiar clause, ‘It’s better to be lucky than good’ is the most ridiculous homily ever uttered!
In any competitive endeavor, you have to be damned good, before ‘luck’ can be of any use to you at all.”