How we win…

March 30, 2013 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Friends and relations, Gun Rights 

…or “Major Kudos to a Fellow Gunnie”

I’ve known Sean Sorrentino from NC Gun Blog for a few years now. This most recent report from behind enemy lines does not surprise me.
Sean has consistently been on the front lines here in NC. He does the unglamorous, boring, and absolutely necessary work. His simply showing up, on a week night, to provide a counterweight to the MAIG vigil, a point of view that otherwise would not have gotten out. On GRNC rally day, Sean spent most of the morning teaching other people how to lobby. He presents a thoughtful, intelligent, reasonable perspective on gun rights.

Kudos, brother. I’m glad you are on our side.

Interesting theory

March 24, 2013 by · 3 Comments
Filed under: Gun Rights 

“Hitler joins gun debate, but history is in dispute”

An AP article examining some of the history of Nazi gun control. The article itself is fairly balanced, but there are some wacky quotes. Like this:

Paulsson said it is possible that if Polish Jews had limited their resistance, Nazi troops might not have destroyed the ghetto, allowing more to survive in hiding or escape. When armed Jews shot at mobs or troops at other times in 1930s and 1940s Poland, it incited more vicious counter-attacks, he said.

Right…because we saw how well non-resistance worked in the rest of Europe.

Assault Weapons ban is dead

March 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Gun Rights 

Good news. Now let’s kill the registration bill.

The fight for all the marbles

March 3, 2013 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Gun Rights 

Michael Bane has the latest update from Colorado.

Folks, the fight in Colorado is the fight for all the marbles.  If we are successful in turning back the ban there, then I believe that the worst is over.  Bloomberg, who is evil as Satan, but no dummy, chose Colorado for his offensive very carefully.  In many ways, it was the ideal state for a ban: a largely blue state where a highly publicized act of mass murder took place.  If they can pass a ban in a state that is historically fairly gun friendly, then it sends a message to the rest of the country: gun control is no longer the political third rail that everyone assumes.  If we can stop them, then they will have taken their best shot and it will have failed.  The whole issue goes away, again.

Our friends in Colorado have done a great job stalling the bill and sending the message that passing a ban is not without consequence.  Magpul, as everyone knows by now, has said that they will leave Colorado if the ban passes.  Micheal has said that he will stop producing his shows in Colorado if the ban passes.

If you are not in Colorado, there is still something that you can do.  Hunting is a $1.5 billion business in Colorado.  Make sure that legislators in Colorado know if they pass this bill, you will take your hunting dollars elsewhere.

Senate Judiciary Committee:

Senator Lucia Guzman (Chair)

Senator Jessie Ulibarri (Vice Chair)

Senator Irene Aguilar

Senator Steve King

Senator Kevin Lundberg

Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee:

Senator Angela Giron (Chair)

Senator Matt Jones (Vice-Chair)

Senator Ted Harvey

Senator Evie Hudak

Senator Larry Crowder

Sean on Triangle Tactical

March 2, 2013 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: Gun Folks 

My buddy Sean at An NC Gun Blog was invited to appear on the Triangle Tactical podcast.  Topics include the NY boycott and restaurant carry in NC.  Have a listen!

Where are all the guns?

March 2, 2013 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Gun stuff, Newbie Info 

This began as a comment at Sean’s place, but it evolved into a bigger thought.

Friday, I took a few hours off from work and took a tour of the local gun shops.  The cases were pretty bare, but there were guns to be found.  In my favorite shop, I found and bought a Ruger SR22.  Great little pistol; I had hoped that it would fit the kid’s hands well, and it does perfectly.  And the model that I got came with a threaded barrel for a suppressor, which is on my buy list soon.

I’ve known the guys in the shop for years, and we had a long talk about the current state of the industry.  Here’s what they told me:

  • They are getting the same amounts of guns and ammo that they always have; it just goes out the door just as quick.
  • The majority of the demand is new people.  They are getting a ton of new gun owners and people who have owned guns before, but not in a long while.
  • This rush is much, much bigger than 2008.  Their suppliers are saying 18 months to two years to refill the pipeline.
  • They had several ARs, and a bunch of lowers in stock.
  • Pistols were not to be found.  No M&Ps, no Glocks, although oddly enough, every shop I went into had a Glock 29.  Guess sub compact 10mm isn’t selling too well.  Gander Mountain had a bunch of XDs.  You could find Taurus and a few Kahrs

So that’s the situation, at least in the Charlotte area.

Bay area police: Take out active shooters!

February 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Story here.

Law enforcement agencies have begun adopting a new policy on so-called “active shooters,” encouraging civilians to take safety into their own hands and take down gunmen who threaten them at work or school.

So we have finally realized that the tactics have to change. Great! Now isn’t the next logical step ensuring that the people have the tools to do what you have asked them to do?

And the list keeps growing

February 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Sean has updated the New York Boycott list. Go take a look.

Why didn’t I think of that?

February 20, 2013 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: Economics 

So, the US Postal Service is slowly going bankrupt under a crushing load of unfunded pensions and union wages.  Fortunately, there is an obvious solution.

What?  Re-negotiate the labor contracts to something sustainable?  No, no, no.  The answer we were looking for was promote brand awareness by starting your own clothing line.

“It will make a contribution, but it’s bigger than that,” Betts said. “It’s really brand reputation, brand awareness, in addition to revenues.

I can totally see how this plays out: “Man, what a cool jacket! I think I’ll go home and send some *correspondence*, yo!”

I personally can’t see how this could possibly fail.

On ignorance

February 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Other bloggers have commented on the, oh shall we say, breathtaking stupidity that was Joe Biden’s “tactical advice” to women looking to defend themselves.  I console myself with the thought that maybe he isn’t deliberately giving bad advice to women to advance a political agenda, advice that could potentially get them arrested.

Maybe he is just an ignorant blowhard.

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