Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I doubt I will be doing much in the way of blogging, so this may be my last post until Monday or Tuesday. Well... I might hop on if I get a free minute over the weekend.
Remember to keep the pressure on the Senate, that Illegal Alien Amnesty Bill has got to go.
Shooting the Messenger comments on Our Vast Immigration Backlog.
ACE is working hard to get the word out. Truer words were never mispoken points out a presidential Freudian slip and reminds us that we have Two days to change five votes.
The Barking Moonbat Early Warning System gave us a blow by blow or yesterday's Cloture Vote.
Not one of these fine folks supports the Illegal Alien Amnesty Bill.
This is a small blog with a small voice. When enough small voices join together, that voice becomes a mighty roar. We have one last chance to put a stop to this bill. Call your senators today, call the GOP at all levels. Let them know that this will not be forgotten.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
He has pretty much covered all of the bases without overwhelming the new shooter with too much information.
Thanks to Xavier for the link.
This is probably a good time to remind everyone that if you are in or around the DFW Metroplex, and have never been out shooting, I would be more than happy to spend a day at the range introducing you to firearms. My email address in listed in my profile.
Monday, June 25, 2007
This time, they did not post addresses, just a list of names. That is still an abuse of their privilege. CHL holders have many reasons for obtaining a CHL. Some get a CHL due to a direct threat, others just because it is the right thing to do. This paper has just notified an offender that the potential victim is armed, they have just escalated the violence of the attack by the goblin.
Many, if not most, CHL holders have not told their friends, acquaintances and co-workers that they carry a firearm. The decision to protect yourself is a private one, unless you happen to live in Sandusky Ohio. There is a possibility that being on this list will get a person fired. An anti gun supervisor reading the name of an employee on this list, even if the employee does not carry at work, can take action against the employee.
Publishing this list of CHL names is just plain wrong. This paper has made a conscious decision to endanger the lives and livelihood of the folks it pretends to service.
A very large thanks to The Liberty Sphere for bringing this latest bit of journalistic malpractice to our attention.
For a more in depth discussion, check out LIBERTY ALERT! Paper Publishes Names of Gun Owners
Thanks to an anon commenter, we have a link to the Buckeye Firearms Association article on this mess. Sandusky Register Editor Matt Westerhold Declares War on Gun Owner Privacy. This is an in depth article that includes a bit of history on the editor who decided to run this story (this is not his first attack on CHL privacy) and how it came to be that state law allows this to happen. This article is well worth the read.
The article also led to this political cartoon, from the very paper that published the list of CHL holder names:
It seems the paper's cartoonist has a better handle on the bag of worms that was opened with this story than the editor does.
And some people wondered why we (Texas) needed HB 991, a bill to ensure CHL confidentiality.
From the Herald Citizen:
By Ashley Bergthold
COOKEVILLE -- Top Guns, a locally-owned gun shop in Cookeville, has seen some changes take place since the first of the year. The business got a new partner, expanded its product lines and was recognized as a top dealer in Tennessee.It looks like they are doing something right. Good job guys, keep up the good work.
Adam West opened Top Guns in March of 2006 and in January of 2007 William Horner became West's business partner. Both West and Horner were avid gun enthusiasts before becoming owners of the store...
... Top Guns was recently recognized as a Smith and Wesson top gun dealer. According to West, there are only five dealers recognized by the gun manufacturer in Tennessee. The recognition goes to Smith and Wesson top volume dealers, which is based on total gun sales.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Wish they would spend more time worrying about goblins such at this:
From the Star Telegram:
By Martha Deller
DALLAS -- An Alvarado man has been sentenced to nearly 22 years in federal prison without possibility of parole in a multistate drug-trafficking conspiracy, according to U.S. Attorney Richard Roper. Juan Antonio Iruegas Jr., 41, pleaded guilty in March to one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. Acting on an informant's tip, authorities raided Iruegas' home, where they seized firearms including an illegal sawed-off rifle, scales, packaging materials and other items consistent with the distribution of methamphetamine. They also found a monitor with live camera feeds showing roads to his residence, according to a news release. Iruegas, who was on state parole when arrested, was sentenced in federal court as a career offender because he has been convicted of multiple felonies, including murder and burglary of a habitation, and has admitted to being a member of the Texas Syndicate gang, the release said.So, this goblin was on "...state parole when arrested" and "...he has been convicted of multiple felonies, including murder..." Mr. District Attorney. Stop worrying about me and my guns. I am an employed taxpayer, a voter, a homeowner and a free citizen of Texas. I need to carry a .45 every time I leave my house because YOU allow goblins such as this to roam free. YOU put my family and loved ones at risk with your plea deals, early paroles and light sentencing for violent offenders. You help to create some of the problems with the violent gangs with your revolving door justice that releases young gang bangers back into the communities so they can be an example of how to get over, no matter what they do. Yes, you finally got this goblin off the streets. But if you had done your job sooner, he would not have been on the streets to begin with.
Friday, June 22, 2007
A Brady Bunch protest is not something I would normally comment upon, but the layout person at Pegasus News has a great sense of humor.
This image and caption was next to the article:
Now that is some funny "editorializing".
"Someone needs to put a waiting period on these guns"
If you are interested in reading the article:
PHOENIX -- A 46-year-old woman lost her leg Tuesday night and later died after she was hit by an undercover Maricopa County sheriff's deputy who was trying to stop another car.You know what is coming next.
Phoenix police said the deputy saw a man later identified as Guadalupe Perez-Borjorquez, 26, throwing beer cans out of a moving car. When the deputy pulled up next to the car, police said, Perez-Borjorquez started ramming the deputy's vehicle.
Police said the two vehicles continued swiping each other as they made their way down Durango Street.
Perez-Borjorquez later admitted he was using maneuvers he learned by watching American TV shows, authorities said.
Near 27th Avenue, the deputy's vehicle collided with another car.
Police said the deputy suffered minor injuries and burns, but the woman driving the car was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in critical condition. Her leg was amputated at the hospital and she later died, according to police.
Perez-Borjorquez faces aggravated assault and second-degree homicide charges.
The sheriff's office said information gathered by immigration-trained deputies revealed Perez-Borjorquez has entered the U.S. illegally at least five different times and has been deported five times.
Deported five times? Does anyone else see a problem with this? One of the few duties of Congress is to protect our sovereignty. Instead of demanding that Homeland Security, the Border Patrol, INS, and state police enforce the rule of law, they are debating a bill that would legitimatize folks who entered this country illegally. This bill would legitimatize Perez-Borjorquez's presence in the United States. Does that bother you? If so, contact your senator and demand that he or she vote against the upcoming cloture vote on the immigration bill. We desperately need to keep this bill from coming to a vote in the Senate.
There are a few senators who are doing the right thing:
From the Houston Chronicle:
By Julie Hirschfeld Davis
Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison and Georgia Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson have all said they would oppose the effort, despite the fact that proposals by Hutchison, Chambliss and Isakson all won coveted slots on a list of two dozen amendments that would be considered before the bill is completed.A note thanking these senators for their support would be appreciated. They are going against the Administration and the GOP to do what is right, and they should be commended. A vote for cloture is a vote for this bill. A few senator's with an R behind their name are planning on voting for cloture and then vote against the bill itself. If the cloture vote passes, the debate is ended. The Dem's own the Senate and they have enough votes to pass this bill.
Close the borders. Enforce current law. Then discuss immigration reform.
Thanks to Matthew (a reader) for the article from Phoenix.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Reading tonight's news, it appears that kids may not have been the culprits.
From the Star Telegram:
ARLINGTON -- Arlington police were using dogs early Thursday to search for three men in connection with burglaries in an area near Indian Trail and Mayfield Road.This is my neighborhood. Maybe I'll get my garage door opener back and not have to install a whole new unit.
Police were investigating a burglary on Woodside Drive in southwest Arlington, when they received a call about a burglary in the 2700 block of Jewell Drive. They arrived in time to see three men speed away in a green Ford Explorer.
Police chased the vehicle, which fishtailed, went off the road and crashed into a metal gate that abutted a vacant lot in the 3500 block of Indian Summer Lane.
Police chased the men, who fled on foot and jumped a nearby fence. Police dogs searched for the men but lost their scent at a creek, officials said. Police found two lawnmowers, two saws, a weed trimmer, a baseball bat and a cellphone in the Explorer, which was not reported stolen, officials said. Police said they believe the items came from more than one home.
Lesson learned: Having the remote to your garage door clipped to your visor is convenient, but a bit of a security risk.
The Liberty Sphere: Second Amendment News Roundup for 6/21/07
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Why did I bring this up?
It seems that it is news that our older citizens are armed in Ohio.
From the Plain Dealer:
By Joe Guillen
Even at 69 years old, Russ Geis has enough vitality to bike through Stark County's remote nature trails.The article goes on to highlight a few other seniors who have accepted the responsibility for their own self preservation. As Mr Geis stated:
He said the .380-caliber handgun on his handlebars will ensure he's doing it at 70.
Geis is among a growing number of seniors licensed to carry a concealed firearm. Because of the way the state collects such information, it's hard to determine exactly what portion of concealed-carry permit holders are 60 or older. However, some local permit data and anecdotal information indicate they have steadily packed heat since the state's concealed-carry law passed in 2004.
"You are out in a park, riding a bicycle trail and all of a sudden you're confronted by a drug addict who would kill you for $5," Geis said. "Are you going to sit there and say, Boy, I hope the police show up?'Now from the anti's:
But gun-control advocates say society is safer with fewer armed citizens, not more. Senior citizens are no more at risk of being attacked than any other demographic group, said Toby Hoover, executive director of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence.What a load of crud. Who is the local crack head going to rob, the 25 year old 6'1" runner, or the 65 year old grandma? Predators attack the weak and frail, it is a fact of life. I do not know who these folks are trying to kid, but it is not working.
Also, despite the vulnerability older people might feel, there is a "code" among criminals against attacking women, children and the elderly, said Lt. Reginald Eakins, who's in charge of the division of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office that issues concealed-carry licenses.
Later in the article:
The Cleveland area has had a spate of high-profile attacks on seniors. Two seniors were killed in the city's Slavic Village neighborhood in recent months, including the March beating death of 78-year-old Joseph Krasucki.What about that "criminal code" Lt Eakins?
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
The following is an article about a 17 year old who took action when a goblin attempted to car jack his Mom at a fast food drive through. This young man did a great job and should be held up as an example of what can be done to protect yourself and your family.
The AP does not see it that way.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
A 17-year-old boy foiled an attempted carjacking, wrestling a gun from a would-be robber and shooting him after the man grabbed his mother, authorities said.Good job.
Carl Chestnut, wounded in the head and torso, will face armed robbery charges once he is released from East Jefferson General Hospital, Col. John Fortunato, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman, said Monday.
The 53-year-old woman, whose name wasn't released, and her son were in the drive-through line at an Arby's Roast Beef Restaurant early Monday when Chestnut, 44, walked up and pointed a gun at her, demanding their money and the car, Fortunato said.
When he leaned inside, trying to yank the mother out of the car, the 17-year-old grabbed the gun, Fortunato said. He said it went off once as they struggled, but did not hit anyone. Once the youth got the gun, he shot Chestnut several times, Fortunato said.
Sylena Rhodes, a corporate officer for Arby's, said, "He saved his mother's life. He's a hero. He's an absolute hero."Not everyone sees it that way:
While acknowledging the gamble succeeded, authorities stressed that it's safer to cooperate in such a case.I disagree. These are the same folks who would recommend that a woman "cooperate" with her rapist to prevent further injury.
"Give them the money and give them the keys," Sheriff Harry Lee said. "You make an insurance payment on your car, and nobody gets shot."
First: All to often we read about, or watch the news story about, the victim who was shot, stabbed or beaten even though they attempted to cooperate.
Second: It is the duty of a free citizen to resist violent crime in any way possible. To cooperate with a goblin is to embolden that goblin. Cooperation empowers the goblin and makes it easier for him to strike again, each time becoming even more violent. Resist, even at the risk of personal injury. Resist, fight back, cut the goblins crime spree short.
That advice goes counter to some state laws that require a citizen to retreat, cower, capitulate and cooperate with an attacker before finally taking action. States such as this consider their citizens to be subjects, not free citizens with individual liberty.
Finn Aagaard wrote a great article on this subject:
Mr. Christian, from over at the Barking Moonbat Early Warning System, found an interesting site that may help.
EuroSimulator.com has developed a target simulator that I think will go a long way towards showing new shooters proper sight alignment. There are both basic and advanced options for revolver, pistol and rifle. In the advanced areas, you can set the sights to match what is on your pistol or revolver. The rifle in this simulator uses target sights and you can play with aperture settings to find what works best for you. You can even set how steady you hold on target to match your natural movement.
It is pretty interesting and makes explaining sight picture much easier.
To check it out, go here.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Since the match was off, and it was still raining, I decided to go to the Winchester Gallery Shooting Range in Fort Worth and shoot Sailor Curt's postal match. This is an indoor shooting range that is a part of the Winchester Gallery Gun Store.
This simple postal match became a lesson in humility. Basically, I blew it. T.J. would be pretty disappointed in my performance.
To shoot the match I used my carry pistol and ammo, a Kimber Carry Pro II and Federal 230 grain Hydra-Shok's. The first target was acquired from the low ready position. I fired a double tap at the first target, reloaded and fired a double tap at the second target. The sad part of this exercise is that I was slower than when I shoot plates or silhouettes, but still had a poor showing.
This pretty much proves that I have let some basics slide while at the range. I've obviously been doing too much playing and not enough working.
All total, I put 270 rounds downrange today. This is the last 50:
That's 50 rounds on about a 3/4 second cadence at 7 yards. We'll blame the fliers on the sweat in my eyes and fogging safety glasses (yeah that's the ticket, foggy glasses)
This E Postal Match had one very good end result. It pointed out an area where I need to re-focus my attention.
There is still time left to shoot this match. Head on over here for instructions and targets.
Friday, June 15, 2007
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Gun maker Smith and Wesson Holding Corporation reports record sales and earnings for the just ended fiscal year.That is some pretty good news. I'll bet a few anti's are having a conniption over this one.
The Springfield-based company reported a nearly 49% increase in sales over the last fiscal year to almost $235 million.
Net income was almost $13 million.
CEO Michael Golden called the results "an incredible year."
The record results were driven by a 50% increase in firearms sales
After posting this I had to go check out the Foolish Forecast on Smith & Wesson:
What management says:I wonder what part their new AR-15 (The M&P 15) played in this increase in sales?
All the chambers have been loaded for Smith & Wesson as it continues its remarkable turnaround. While it seemed difficult to imagine improving on fiscal 2006, which saw revenue rise 27% and profits soar by 67%, this year has been another bull's eye for the legendary gun maker. Over the first nine months of the fiscal year, revenue was up 43% on the strength of a 46% increase in firearms sales. The January acquisition of Thompson Center Arms gives the company immediate firepower in the $1.1 billion longarms segment. Add in new and renewed police contracts, and you're staring down the barrel of a very formidable rival.
President and CEO Michael Golden, who has targeted the turnaround that began in 2004, noted the gun maker has taken aim and delivered on or near the mark. "We have delivered healthy, profitable growth in our core business and have entered all of the major long gun categories within two years of our decision to enter that market."
What management does:
Smith & Wesson has been able to consistently improve margins by keeping expenses in check. Gross and operating margins have been rising at a steady rate, and net margin, while also improving over time, has been subject to more volatility. Branding opportunities have spread the company name to markets that should bolster and expand its reputation -- like sponsoring a NASCAR team that runs at International Speedway (Nasdaq: ISCA) and Speedway Motorsports (NYSE: TRK) -- while introducing its weaponry to new and younger customers.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Thanks to Xavier
If you click the right arrow after the first clip, you will see what the Boston Police recommend women do to protect themselves. I am with the young lady in the first clip.
A firearm is the one tool available to all women that can be the deciding factor in an altercation with one or more rapist. Becoming proficient in the use of a firearm is the key. It is very difficult to rape an armed and trained woman.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Well, it does not seem to be working.
The death of a police officer today has thrust knife crime into the spotlight once more.I am a bit confused here. Great Britain has very restrictive gun laws. These gun laws are supposed to have reduced violent crime, yet the violence continues?
A brutal series of stabbings of mainly young people has left many parents fearful for the safety of their teenage children.
The stabbing today has been a further reminder of the grave dangers faced by police officers attempting to carry out their day-to-day duties.
Figures published last year showed that the number of people convicted of carrying a knife or blade in a public place had reached record levels.
Home Office statistics showed 5,784 people were found guilty of the crime in English and Welsh courts in 2004 compared with just 3,511 in 2000, a leap of 65%.
It was also disclosed that the number of children found guilty of the specific offence of carrying a knife on school premises had doubled from 18 in 2000 to 37 in 2004.
What are the Brit's to do?
The widespread concern about knives has prompted a debate on how to tackle knife crime.That's it. Have a debate.
This is what the U.K. has done so far:
A knife amnesty last year resulted in more than 100,000 knives being handed in to police forces in England, Scotland and Wales, and was hailed a success by ministers.Sound familiar? Same 'ol song and dance the anti's are doing here to stop "gun violence", with the same results.
But a report by the Metropolitan Police suggested that such amnesties would not have a long-term impact on reducing knife crime.
An eight-week amnesty run by the Met over summer last year achieved only a slight dip in knife-related crime, with levels returning to normal within weeks, the review found.
Such amnesties were also criticised as a strategy by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, a charity based at King's College, London.
Given that there are some 22 million households in England and Wales, the knife amnesty held between May and June last year may only have succeeded in removing a tiny fraction of knives that might be used in crimes, it said.
The Home Office has countered such criticism by staying that amnesties are only one element of a three-pronged approach of prevention, education and enforcement measures for tackling knife crime.
In March, Home Secretary John Reid announced that data involving knives would be recorded separately as part of a package of measures to tackle the use of such weapons.
He also said the Government will improve facilities to allow the public to pass on information about knife crime to the authorities.
Teachers or security staff are also able to search pupils for knives and other offensive weapons without consent, under a new law which came into force at the end of last month.
The law follows powers allowing schools to use screening devices, such as metal detecting arches and wands, in a bid to protect students from knife crime.
Well heck, if all this has not worked, maybe they should come up with some newer, more restrictive laws.
In spite of such new powers, the Police Federation, representing frontline officers, has said current legislation is "unclear" and "arbitrary" in relation to knife crime and has called for an overhaul of legislation.Did you notice this - "Laws which currently cover possession of weapons in public places should also be extended to private property such as homes". Next, only licensed butchers and meat packers will be able to own knives.
In a written submission to the Commons all-party Home Affairs Select Committee, the Federation called for the closure of loopholes which allow knife-carrying criminals to escape prosecution.
The Federation suggested changing the standard of proof so that prosecutors do not have to convince a court that someone found with a weapon intended to use it illegally - instead, the individual should have to prove they had an innocent reason for holding the weapon.
Laws which currently cover possession of weapons in public places should also be extended to private property such as homes, particularly to tackle domestic violence involving bladed weapons, the Federation said.
Home Office minister Vernon Coaker has ruled out introducing a minimum mandatory sentence for carrying a knife, such as the similar sentence introduced earlier this year for carrying firearms.
He said there needed to be a "distinction" between guns and knives.
Knives are lawfully available, he said, and there needed to be a law that was "proportionate and workable".
He said the Government had just increased the maximum sentence for carrying knives from two years to four years.
After they have written all the knife laws possible, and have metal detectors on every street corner and video surveillance in every kitchen, will the violence then stop? Or will violent people continue to commit violent acts?
At what point will someone in authority finally wake up and decide that maybe they should be focusing upon the violent offender instead of his tools.
I have a thought. Instead of banning firearms and knives, why don't we ban violent criminals? Just a thought.
Thanks to Tony, who emailed this article.
From the Houston Chronicle:
By Renèe C. Lee
MAGNOLIA — A 29-year-old man is in jail on a charge of indecency with a child after he slit his wrist and confessed to police that he sexually assaulted 13 children, police said.I have a question. If we had secure borders and if we were serious about enforcing our current immigration laws, would this predator have been in the United States? The answer, of course, is most likely not. This is why we have immigration laws, to keep goblins such as this out of our country.
A grand jury is expected to hear the case next week.
Mauricio Ojeda told police about the assaults when they responded to an emergency medical call at his house on April 29. Ojeda had self-inflicted cuts on his wrist and no pulse, said Magnolia Police Chief Ronald Cunningham.
Once emergency medical service personnel revived Ojeda, he said had been ''a bad boy" and had sexually assaulted 13 victims who had lived in the house with him, Cunningham said...
...Ojeda was held in federal custody in Houston after he was treated and released from a local hospital because of his illegal status, Cunningham said. The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office later issued an arrest warrant and he was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on May 2, where he remains with bail set at $50,000.
Another question - Why does an illegal alien have the opportunity to make bail?
Just think, under the proposed immigration reform bill, goblins such as Sr. Ojeda will become legal residents of the United States.
If this bothers you, contact your Senator and let them know.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
From the Houston Chronicle:
By Julie Hirschfeld Davis
WASHINGTON — President Bush pressed divided Republicans today to support him on immigration overhaul, saying "status quo is unacceptable."Yes Mr. President, I agree. The "status quo" is unacceptable. Our open borders, and the lack of any real enforcement of current laws concerning illegal immigration and the hiring of illegal immigrants is unacceptable.
The American People have made ourselves clear. We raised our voices prior to the last election, and we have spoken once again. Close the border. Close the border NOW! You signed a bill to build a fence, build the bloody fence. Direct the Justice Department to enforce current law. Fine and/or imprison companies that make a habit of hiring illegals. Fine, imprison and then deport (as is current law) any illegal aliens discovered in routine traffic stops, criminal investigations, or in workplace audits. If it is determined that an individual is in the United States illegally, take action under current law.
This is not too much to ask.
We have a day worker program. We have a Green Card program. We have means for folks who wish to work in the United States to legally do so. The folks who follow the rules and use these programs should be commended. Those who do not are criminals.
Punish the criminals. Do not reward criminal behavior.
Monday, June 11, 2007
This young lady is from Washington State.
From The Spokesman Review:
By Juan Juan Moses
Shadle Park High School senior Elisha Lafond is an outstanding student whom any parent or any school would be proud of. She has accomplished a lot in a few years and seems to be heading into a busy life of excitement and achievement.She is quite the competitor. Not quite what the anti's would have you believe about what happens when high school kids and guns get together.
Lafond competes both nationally and internationally in air rifle and .22-caliber rifle. It is not a common sport for a young person to be involved in today, but Lafond has found something that she not only is passionate about but also excels in.
The sport has taken her many places around the world and offered her many lessons she can use throughout life.
When she was 12, her father spotted an advertisement by the Spokane Rifle Club for juniors. He signed her up.
Soon, she was hooked.
In 2002, she competed in England. Last year, she was a member of the world championship team that competed in Croatia. Last year also found her competing in Brazil as a member of the U.S. World Cup team. And she won the title of junior national champion at the 2006 Junior Olympic Games at the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs.
So, last year was a busy year for Lafond. But she managed not to miss any schoolwork in between her travels and competitions.
"My teachers are all very supportive. They work with me. Sometimes I take homework with me on the road. And when I come back, I have to work extra hard to catch up," she says.
For 2006-2007, Lafond also is a member of the Bundesleague team that competes in Germany.
What has she learned while training in her marital art?
Asked what she has learned from the sport of shooting, Lafond answers without hesitation: "Patience."
She elaborates that once a shot has been fired, there is nothing you can do but have the patience to learn from your mistakes and practice harder for the next shot.
"You learn to let go and have patience and not be angry with yourself," she says.
Lafond stresses that shooting has taught her to learn from past mistakes and to always strive to do better next time.
Another important lesson she has learned, she says, is the importance of goal-setting, not only for the sport itself but also for life in general...
...Lafond credits her sport for her focus in whatever she pursues. "Shooting is a sport that requires a lot of focus and concentration. I like the challenge of getting the target every time. It has helped me with my concentration."
By Theresa Dunn
When your child looks at you from behind the computerized game controls and gives you that line, “there is nothing to do in Grayson County” the local 4-H Club has a solution to that problem.Look at what they have to offer:
On Tuesdays at 6 pm the Kentucky 4-H Shooting Sports meets to teach area youth to handle and shoot weapons at the Agriculture Park just off HWY. 259.
It is an introduction to the safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment which, according to one of the shooting sports coaches, Lori East, is a valuable life skill.
The goal of the program is not just to teach kids about shooting guns and bows and arrows, it is to provide youth with an outstanding way of providing human growth and development in life skills identified by the National 4-H program.
If a young person is interested in just archery then he can concentrate on that or he can do all five; shotgun, rifle, pistol, archery or black powder.The land they use has been donated to the club, but they could use some help to get things finished up.
There are 53 members in the program. The property at the Ag Park was donated to the club by Doctor Vitor Duvall.This is how we ensure the RKBA is passed down to our children and grandchildren. For most of us, the days of stepping out into the back yard and plinking cans with Dad are long gone. Organized shooting groups such as the 4H are one good way to help your children learn safe and accurate marksmanship, along with a bit of competition. There are 4H shooting clubs throughout the United States, and they all could use your support.
The club hopes to provide a first-rate facility for the 4-H members. and is hoping for donations and community support.
“We have a vision of having a rifle range where 50 people can shoot and we want it to be handicap accessible,” said one of the leaders of the club, Bob Higbee.
“We are not looking for just money but donations of time and supplies. We need about five loads of gravel to get started and about 30 yards of concrete.
“We already have two trap throwers and just need the block and house for each of those,” said Higbee.
There are no dues and all the guns and bows are provided to the young members free of charge. With five disciplines available to the youth there is plenty to do for everyone.
Plzens, CZECHOSLOVAKIA -- Kentucky rifle freshman sensation Tom Csenge continued a stellar summer pace, claiming the men’s under-20 smallbore and air rifle championships in the 17th annual Meeting of the Shooting Hopes, held over the weekend in Plzens, Czechoslovakia.Next, The United States Nationals...
“I am extremely proud of all three of our shooters,” Kentucky head coach and reigning Great American Rifle Conference Coach of the Year Harry Mullins said. “They have done an exceptional job for us and I am excited that they had the opportunity to continue this on an international level. For this to be Ashley Jackson's first international match, she held up very well. She will come away from this with a great learning experience that will help her greatly in the coming months. Andrew Roland and Tom also did a great job. For Andrew to come back in both finals, I think is a great accomplishment in his growth as a shooter. Tom having to make the move up in smallbore to win and then the next day having to hold the lead in air rifle is also a great accomplishment in his ability to perform under pressure.”
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Now this is how you introduce a first time shooter to firearms.
Contrast the above with this video I previously posted.
Which shooter do you think will become an enthusiast, and which will just have a story to tell about the one time she shot a gun?
Saturday, June 09, 2007
First is Red's Trading Post. Ryan's blog will keep all of us updated on his battle with the BATF.
Next I have added Freedom Sight. Jed is a Colorado blogger who has a good way with words and a common sense approach to expressing his love for freedom.
Give these guys a look, it will be well worth your time.
This is an example of an article not providing enough necessary information.
From the Houston Chronicle:
By Lindsay Wise
The fatal shooting of a 29-year-old man in northeast Houston on Friday night will be referred to a grand jury, police said.Seems pretty cut and dried to me. "Butler allegedly fired shots at several people, including a 45-year-old man, who returned fire with a rifle, striking Butler once..."
Witnesses told investigators Gerald Tyrone Butler was threatening people with a handgun in front of a home in the 2200 block of w Bringhurst about 7 p.m. Butler allegedly fired shots at several people, including a 45-year-old man, who returned fire with a rifle, striking Butler once, police said.
It appears that the goblin was in the front yard taking pot shots at folks. The neighbor retrieved a rifle and returned fire. It would be nice if the reporter had mentioned at what point the police were called, and their response time. No matter I guess, they got there in time to pack up the goblin and send him off to the hospital, where he died.
(Click on image for larger version)The rifle was loaded with blanks and attached to the Pitching Gun via a Telescoping Tube. The baseball's velocity was adjusted by extending or retracting the telescoping tube. Too bad the professors at Princeton are not still putting out cool gadgets like this.
The article mentioned that the pitching gun was accurate, but scared the heck out of the batters.
Friday, June 08, 2007
I am still concerned about the potential of this bill being passed out of committee. H.R. 1022 currently has 49 cosponsors. The last two signed as cosponsors on June 6th, just two days ago. The bill has moved from The House Judiciary Committee to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. I honestly do not know what this move signifies, or how it affects the odds of the bill making it to the house floor. I do know that four of the sixteen members of this subcommittee are cosigners of the bill.
These are the committee members who also cosigned H.R. 1022:
Representative William Delahunt
(D) Massachusetts, 10th
Representative Sheilia Jackson Lee
(D) Texas, 18th
Representative Martin Meehan
(D) Massachusetts, 5th
Representative Jerrold Nadler
(D) New York, 8th
This committee is made up of 10 Dems and 6 Republicans. If the Democrats decide to push H.R. 1022, it would make it out of committee very easily.
This has just been a friendly reminder that H.R. 1022 is not dead. If you have a spare moment to send an email or a fax to your representative concerning this bill, it would be appreciated.
The text of H.R. 1022
More on H.R. 1022 here.
From the Journal Gazette:
By Jerome A. Welch
First, smoking bans have never been about public health. Smoking bans are about property rights and the right of a business owner to allow the consumption of a legal product on the premises of a business establishment.
Congratulations to the city of Fort Wayne on the smoking ban that took effect June 1. Think of all the lung cancer that will be prevented.
Now let’s take on the gun problem. Make it illegal to possess a handgun within the city limits. Law enforcement personnel initially could be allowed to carry guns, but eventually even that would be unnecessary. Think of the homicides that will be prevented. Britain and Japan have very strict gun laws. Their homicide rates are a small fraction of ours.
Three cheers for Councilman John Crawford for persevering in a noble cause. And three cheers for former mayor Paul Helmke for his efforts to control guns.
As to his recommendations about firearms. His idea is not even worth fisking, hence my thought that he may be attempting sarcasm. In the even he is not, I will make one little comment.
All I have to say to this:
Think of the homicides that will be prevented.is - Think of Washington D.C.
From the Star Telegram:
By Dave Montgomery:
WASHINGTON -- Warnings surfaced throughout the day Thursday that a far-reaching immigration bill was in trouble in the Senate. By late night, prospects for passage collapsed...The bill has been removed from the Senate floor. This is great news. It is somewhat amazing to me that these Senators (Dem and GOP alike), thought they could get this garbage past us with just a wink and a smile. These long term politicians have absolutely no idea about life in America outside the Beltway. They have no idea about how having 12,000,000+ uneducated invaders who have little or no grasp of the English language and a total disregard for our laws is affecting Middle America. Somehow they believe that with the stroke of a pen they can create a serf class in America, a class of people who will be appreciative of their status in society, and maybe vote for them in the future.
...The 627-page bill was taken off the Senate floor at the end of a bitterly contentious day that saw the bill's sponsors desperately trying to resolve differences between Democrats and Republicans over GOP demands to offer additional amendments.
Senators voted overwhelmingly Thursday night against a motion to end debate, prompting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to pull the bill.
Our representatives on the hill need to be reminded that this is America. America is the land of the free, and the home of the brave. America is not populated by serfs and subject, but by free citizens. Attempting to create a secondary class of citizen, will only cause extreme civil unrest and breakouts of violence of a magnitude potentially greater than the recent riots in France. A restrained and regulated immigration policy was a key factor in building this country during the industrial revolution, and remains an important (if ignored) policy today.
Have the open borders, amnesty granting Senators given up?
...leaders refused to proclaim the bill dead.Our work is not yet done. Until this bill is truly dead, we need to keep pressure on our respective senators.
...But Reid and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., both expressed hope of resuming work on the bill if they find a way out of the deadlock.
The prospects for reviving and ultimately passing the bill appeared uncertain, but supporters insisted it could be done.
"We're still open for business on this bill," said Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., a leading Republican supporter of the measure.
...Supporters on both sides of the aisle insisted that the bill could be resurrected.
"Oh, no, it's not dead," said South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican member of the bipartisan coalition.
OBTW: You folks who are represented by the likes of Graham, Specter and McConnell; the rest of us are counting on you to do something about these guys. The next time they are up for re-election, you need to use the primaries to get them the heck out of office.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
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Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Today we get work that the BATF has submitted a letter to Judge Edward Lodge requesting the termination of the preliminary injunction that was granted to Red’s Trading Post on April 30th by Judge Lodge.
The crimes committed by Red's Trading Post? Keeping records in an alpha/chronological order (as recommended by a previous BATF auditor) vs strict alphabetical order. There are other similar clerical items such as that. Not a single public safety issue. The BATF wants to close down this multi-generational family business just because they can.
It was not that very long ago when you could purchase a firearm in any department or hardware store. Even Sears had their own branded firearms for sale. At that time, firearms did not have a mystique, they were just guns. These days even the big box stores are succumbing to the pressure of the regulatory morass and the bullying of petty bureaucrats. The most recent example is WalMarts decision to pretty much stop selling firearms. The smaller shops are becoming few and far between. The only place many people see firearms are in the movies and on the news. No wonder they become ambivalent about the right to keep and bear arms.
And while there are less and less FFL dealers to audit, the BATF continues to grow. Why is that?
Ryan Horsley, the manager of Red's Trading Post, has started his own blog to help keep us informed of what all is going on in that neck of the woods and with this case. The name of this new blog? Red's Trading Post of course.
Head on over and see what he has to say.
h/t to The War on Guns
I have to admit that I smiled when I saw that image. Too bad that it does not reflect the policy of the local leadership of the GOP.
From Fox Carolina:
By Lidia St. Mark
...A sea of signs once polluted a median on Interstate 26 and Highway 221 in Spartanburg County. Now, only one sign remains. The sign reads: "Vote Yes - Make guns legal in public schools - Vote Republican."
Although the sign insinuates Republicans are in favor of a controversial gun bill moving through the state legislature, Spartanburg Republican Chairman Rick Beltram said most Republicans are against the idea. "I think the signs are ugly. I think we also found that they are illegal, immoral and unethical," Beltram said. "They're trying to send a message that the Republican party is endorsing these issues."
This is just one more example of why the GOP is no longer grand. The bill that is alluded to in this article is H.3964. This bill, as originally written, would allow a CHL holder to carry a firearm on school property. The bill was recently amended to only authorize a CHL holder to carry a firearm on school property while the CHL holder remained in his or her vehicle.
So, according to Mr. Beltram, the Spartanburg Republican Chairman, most Republicans in S. Carolina are against the idea of a CHL holder carrying a firearm when dropping off or picking up their children from school. Mr. Beltram would have free citizens, parents, continue to make a decision between protecting their children, and breaking the law.
If you are wondering about my views on this issue, read these posts:Grassroots Gun Rights for the update on S. Carolina law.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
As successful as the BATF has been in the past, they get a bit arrogant when a free citizen stands up to them and uses the courts to hinder actions. Worse yet, they get down right pissy when that free citizen uses the news media and the internet to expose the agenda driven bureau for the anti American establishment that it is.
Of course I am talking about Ryan Horsley and Red's Trading Post.
A quick review for those who may be coming to this story late:
On March 5th, the BATF revoked Red's license to acquire firearms due to minor clerical findings in a 2004 audit. More information here.
On April 9th, David Codrea interviews Ryan Horsley on the blog "The War on Guns". The complete text of the interview is posted here.
May 1st, Red's Trading Post is granted an injunction to continue operations:
Judge Lodge noted in making his decision that “the ATF speaks of violations found during the inspections of 2000 and 2005, but fails to reveal that additional investigations in 2001 and 2007 revealed no violations or problems.” He also notes Red’s statement that ATF is exaggerating Red’s conduct by “double counting” certain violations. Also noted was the balance of the ATF’s hardship compared to Red’s hardship. The judge found “that granting the preliminary injunction would not place the public safety in jeopardy” and “that that the relative hardships tip sharply in favor of Red’s.”Great news, not only for Red's, but also for the rest of us. The BATF needs a muzzle, and the only branch of our .gov willing to supply that muzzle is the judicial.
Friday, June 1st, Red's announces that they will host the premiere of "The Gang":
Red's Trading Post is pleased to announce the JPFO's decision to premiere their latest documentary The Gang in Twin Falls Idaho. The Gang exposes the abuses of the BATFE, this truly is a movie they do not want you to see.Winning a small battle in court, bringing to light some of the abuses of the BATF, and then joining forces with JFPO. What a country. We have the freedom to be free and to speak out against .gov abuses. Or do we?
This will be shown FREE OF CHARGE and Red's Trading Post will also be raffling off a Ruger 10/22 Rifle and other prizes to those who attend.
Following the JPFO Alert of my interview with "Talkin to America" we were greeted by 3 ATF Agents, one of which was the Area Supervisor who traveled from Spokane, Washington to inspect us.Heavy sigh. It appears the JBT's do not like to be opposed.
Dear Illinois Firearms Dealer:
Thank you for your help in the fight against Illinois SB 1007.
This bill is a serious threat and would ban the possession, sale, or manufacture of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, driving several good firearms manufacturers out of the state. This bill has ALREADY PASSED THE SENATE and has a VERY GOOD CHANCE of passing in the House and becoming law.
For your reference, the text of the bill is here: Read Bill
Please print out the attached PDF flyer, copy it and distribute it to your customers. Click Here to Print flyer
Please place it RIGHT IN THEIR HANDS and don't wait for them to pick it up off your counter.
As of today, the vote will be VERY, VERY CLOSE.
A complete listing of Illinois Legislators can be found by clicking "Legislator Lookup" at: www.ilga.gov
If I understand Illinois legislation procedures correctly, SB 1007 would now require a super majority in the house to get passed due to the fact that it was not voted on prior to midnight on May 31st. Even if there is only a slim chance this bill will be passed, it is still a very good idea to contact your representative and remind them of your stance on this bill.
Monday, June 04, 2007
From the Houston Chronicle:
By Jennifer Leahy
A man who accidentally shot himself in the hand during the High Caliber Gun & Knife Show at the George R. Brown Convention Center may face misdemeanor charges and revocation of his concealed handgun permit.You may be asking yourself why he would get his concealed handgun permit revoked.
The incident occurred Saturday about 2:30 p.m. when the man tried to disassemble the Glock .40-caliber handgun while shopping for a new part, said event organizer Todd Bean.
"He pulled the trigger, barrel over his hand and shot himself in the fatty part of the hand," Bean said.
On-site emergency medical personnel treated the man, who was taken to a hospital.
"We have signs posted at the entrance that state that no one can enter with a loaded weapon under Section 30.06 of the penal code," Bean said. If the man is convicted of violating the statute, he could lose his concealed handgun license.Not only did he ignore the Four Rules of Safe Firearm Handling, and bypass the posted procedures for entering the venue, he broke the law. He violated section 30.06 of the Texas Penal Code. He could be found guilty of criminal trespass.
My original post can be found here
WASHINGTON – Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., was indicted Monday on federal charges of racketeering, money-laundering and soliciting more than $400,000 in bribes in connection with years of trying to broker business deals in Africa.The Democrat leadership should have stripped him of all power two years ago, and if he had even the smallest amount of shame he would of resigned. Has any of that happened? Nope, Pelosi assigns him to a committee, and instead of resigning he runs for re-election. Not only does he run, but he wins. A very sad statement about the voters in Louisiana's 2nd District.
The charges came almost two years after investigators raided Jefferson's home in Washington and found $90,000 in cash stuffed in a box in his freezer.
The indictment in federal court in Alexandria, Va., lists 16 alleged violations with prison terms totaling as much as 235 years. Jefferson is charged with racketeering, soliciting bribes, wire fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice and conspiracy.
Did I click the ad?
Don't know what a postal match is?
Basically a postal match is means for firearms enthusiasts to compete against each other, no matter where they may life. The 4-H clubs in Texas are always participating in postal matches. An E-Postal Match is similar, just using email vs snail mail to post scores.
This month's match involves two targets and a basic reload drill.
When ready, take aim and fire two shots at one of the targets, reload and fire two more shots at the second target. While speed can be important in a self-defense situation, shot placement is the key to stopping an attack (plus, not everyone has shot timers) so this will not be a timed event...however, you should shoot it as quickly as you safely can. Ideally, each set of two shots should be double taps, but if you don't normally shoot double taps and don't anticipate doing so in a defensive situation, two discrete, aimed shots is permissible as long as you do it quickly as you would in a defensive situation and not as slow, deliberate, "bullseye competition" style shots.Easy enough, and reload drills are never a bad idea.
Repeat this drill 5 times for a total of twenty shots...ten per target.
For more information, and to download targets:
From the Star Telegram:
By Sen. John Cornyn:
As Congress debates overhauling our broken immigration system, the bottom line should be this: Will the new system be enforceable and restore respect for our laws? Or will it be unenforceable and lead to even more illegality in the future?Head on over and read the rest.
This is not a minor matter. America is successful because it is a nation of laws. We now have a situation in which some laws are routinely ignored. If we approve yet another law that promises reform yet again fails to deliver on its promises, our precious heritage as a nation of law will be in serious jeopardy...
Sunday, June 03, 2007
From ABC13 Eyewitness News:
There's been a shooting at a gun show at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston.The local gun forums are all abuzz over this incident. It appears that the firearm involved was a Glock 23, and that the individual was checking the action after installing a new (part?) when the negligent discharge occurred.
Authorities say a man accidentally shot himself in the hand Saturday afternoon, with his own gun. He was taken the hospital and is expected to be OK.
The man told authorities he forgot the gun was loaded. No one else at the gun show was injured.
During gun shows, the George R. Brown Convention Center has large signs stating "No Loaded Firearms Allowed". There are also several uniformed officers (off duty I believe) at the entrance checking weapons and tie-wrapping actions. The tie-wrap acts as a physical barrier to chambering a round, and as a visual indicator to all that the firearm is unloaded. Procedures such as these provide for a safe environment in which we can perform a large number of firearm, and firearm related transactions.
If you have a CHL, and you decide that you are not going to declare your firearm at the entrance to a gun show, the leave that firearm concealed, period. Don't touch it, do not draw it to verify that the new fangled gizmo you just found might fit, and don't show it off to others who are having a discussion about concealed firearms. I always unload my CHL firearm in the truck and check it at the door when I attend gun shows. Granted, I have a means of cutting tie-wraps, and a magazine or two hidden on my person as I go through the door, but the firearm itself can be removed from the holster if necessary.
This was not an "accidental shooting", it was a negligent discharge of a firearm. Stating that this shooting is an accident removes the onus of responsibility from the individual and places it upon the firearm. The responsibility belongs with the individual. Not only did he ignore the four basic rules of firearm safety, he ignored the very obvious posted procedures for entering the gun show with a firearm. I would have absolutely no problem with the promoters of this gun show (High Caliber Gun and Knife Shows) filing a civil suite against this individual for endangering it's customers and employees.
If you own a firearm, it is YOUR responsibility to know, understand and follow the Four Rules of Firearms Safety:
- All firearms are loaded - There are no exceptions, period. Know this rule and live it. Handle all firearms accordingly.
- Never let the muzzle of a firearm point at anything you are not willing to destroy - If you are not willing to see a bullet hole in it, do not allow a firearm's muzzle to point at it. If you are doing dry fire drills in your home, extra care needs to be made to insure that ammo is not even in the same room as you are. Dry fire drills can be dangerous because they do violate Rule #2.
- Keep your finger off the trigger unless your sights are on the target - You do not gain any speed at all by keeping your finger on the trigger. Keep it out of the guard until you are sighted on the target. Practice this until it becomes second nature. If this rule were followed 100% of the time, there would be no negligent discharges.
- Be sure of your target and what is behind it - Be aware of your surroundings whether on a range, in the woods, or in a potentially lethal conflict. Never shoot at sounds or at a target you can not positively identify.
Tragedies could be avoided if everyone involved with firearms followed these rules all the time.
Fr. Frog lists these rules and other firearm safety procedures here. It is very well put together and even old hands at the firing range would be advised to look it over.
ACE has also commented on this incident here.
Friday, June 01, 2007
As a special way to recognize the 100th Anniversary of the National Matches at Camp Perry and to encourage more shooting clubs and parents to bring new junior shooters to the National Rimfire Sporter Match at Camp Perry on 22 July, entry will be free for juniors this year.
The National Rimfire Sporter program is posted at http://www.odcmp.com/NM/rimfire.htm.
You can download the CMP Guide to Rimfire Sporter Shooting from the CMP website at http://www.odcmp.com/Competitions/rimfire.pdf and obtain detailed information about this fast-growing shooting sports activity.
This would be a blast for any youngster.
From the LA Weekly News:
By Jeffrey Anderson
FEDERAL ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND FIREARMS AGENTS knocked first, then entered the Downey home of purported anti-gang activist Hector Marroquin on Wednesday, arresting him for selling silencers and weapons — including three assault rifles and a machine gun — to an undercover ATF agent.The LA Times reports he was charged with the sale of an assault rifle, a machine gun, two pistols and two silencers.
The gun sales, some of which Marroquin, the founder of the gang-intervention group No Guns, transacted at his bar in the city of Cudahy, were captured on videotape and audiotape, said police officers present at his arrest.
So, was being an anti-gang activist just a cover for this goblin's gun sales? Did no one know he was a goblin?
Marroquin, an alleged associate of the prison-based Mexican Mafia, has grown accustomed to such intrusions, having been arrested many times over the years while at the same time being the founder and CEO of No Guns, which has received $1.5 million from Los Angeles City Hall via the much-criticized L.A. Bridges program designed by the Los Angeles City Council to keep youth out of gangs.This is beyond funny, check out this goblin's family:
...his son, Hector Marroquin Jr., a former No Guns officer who police say is an admitted 18th Street Gang member, has been indicted on charges of home invasion robbery and faces up to 40 years in prisonAnd then there is his daughter,
who police say is a member of the Hawthorne L’il Watts Gang...This family of street gang members convinces the city that they are a legitimate anti-gang organization, and get $1,500,000 for their efforts. You folks in LA are sure getting a nice ROI for your tax dollars.
Oh, but the trustee's of the common wealth did finally wise up -
No Guns finally lost its funding last year, after city officials found the organization had engaged in nepotism and misappropriation of public funds. Along with his wife, son and daughter, who police say is a member of the Hawthorne L’il Watts Gang, the Marroquins made more than $200,000 a year in salaries — public funds paid by L.A. taxpayers — to steer children away from gangs and help active gangsters escape the life.Yep, they took away their funding. Umm... no mention of jail time, or even charges for misappropriation of public funds.
No wonder poor Mr. Marroquin was selling guns, he lost his job. Not only did he lose his job, but it was the cities fault that he lost his job. I think the City of Los Angeles owes Mr. Marroquin a apology, and maybe some compensation for forcing him out onto the street and into the gang lifestyle he had fought so hard against.
Is this an isolated incident? Was this just one case that slipped through the cracks of an otherwise effective program?
...a report by civil rights lawyer Connie Rice and independent audits have stated that L.A. Bridges, which has funneled more than $100 million to programs like No Guns, cannot show that it has reduced gang activity, and the city council lacks any meaningful measures for determining success. Just last week, another purported gang-member-turned-good, 30-year-old Mario Corona, with a group called Communities in Schools, also a recipient of L.A. Bridges money, was sentenced to 32 months in prison for transporting a large amount of methamphetamine and being a felon with a gun.There was a time when LA was famous for giving us Hollywood and Disneyland. Soon LA will be best known for the gangs that have tentacles throughout the United States. It is the rare city that does not have street gang activity that, at the roots, is not traced back to LA.
The story according to the LA Times: Founder of anti-gang group arrested