Monthly Archives: February 2011

Stuff happens part 2

I just got off the phone with First Sergeant Jeff Gordon of the NC Highway Patrol. I called him and asked him about the story in the Raleigh News and Observer that I quoted earlier today. The weapon involved was a Smith and Wesson M&P in .357 SIG. Here’s what he said about my two questions.
Stuff happens.
FSGT Gordon says that it was a long conversation, and he probably did say that “stuff happens.” The context was that State Troopers are only human and mistakes can happen. Luckily no one was injured. He did not mean to imply that it was not a serious issue, nor that he or the Highway Patrol takes it lightly.
Civilians carrying on an empty chamber.
FSGT Gordon categorically denied ever having said anything at all about how civilians can or should carry their firearms. He said that this was something written by the article’s author, perhaps based upon the authors training and experience.
I have also just spoken to the reporter, Michael Biesecker. He states that he would not “do my reporting for me.” When I asked him if he would characterize what FSGT Gordon said as “cavalier,” he refused to say and referred me to FSGT Gordon. When I asked him about the civilian carry, he said that it was entirely his own words as part of a question to FSGT Gordon, not something the Trooper said. Mr. Biesecker was as unhelpful as possible, and seemed to consider it an affront that I was questioning him.
This whole story smells. What first sounded like a fool quoted in the newspaper is starting to sound very much like the victim of a hit piece. Few people advocate carrying a defensive pistol in Condition 3. For a reporter to have written it down, it means that he lacks a lot of firearms specific knowledge. For a reporter to have had a long conversation with a PAO and to have reduced his words to “Stuff happens,” making him sound like a negligent discharge is not a big deal, sounds like a hit piece.
I’d like to thank First Sergeant Gordon for being polite with my questions. Michael Biesecker was as rude as possible. In the future, I will make sure to take any story containing his byline with a grain of salt.

“Stuff” happens

NC Highway Patrol Trooper has negligent discharge, and what do they say about it? (Scroll down to second story at link)
“Stuff” happens? But wait, there’s more
I have never been told anything this stupid during any of my self defense or concealed carry courses. In fact, most people argue that empty chamber carry is a bad idea.
I hope that SGT Gordon was horribly misquoted. I don’t want to think that one of our Troopers is this dumb.

Update: I spoke to both the Trooper and the reporter. Update here.

Doctors getting nosy about your guns?

Here’s one I just have to pass along. Ever had a doctor ask you if you own a gun? I mean, outside of normal conversation which leads to “can I come shoot with you?” The American Academy of Pediatrics wants its Doctors to stick their noses into your Second Amendment rights. There have been documented cases of doctors asking children about guns in the house without their parents present. This has pissed of people in Florida so badly that they are thinking about passing a law to make it a serious crime for doctors to even ask about guns in your house. Sebastian thinks it’s a bad idea.
I’m not so sure. They’ve been told to keep their nose out, but they keep letting their politics get in the way of good medicine. One of the commentors, bullbore, offered this PDF for you to print out and take with you to the doctor. It’ll get your point across, law or no law.

Survivor’s guilt? Overzealous cops? Honest misunderstanding? (*Video*)

I want you to watch these two videos. This guy was a hostage in the Cary bank holdup. When the hostage taker let him go, the cops swarmed him and arrested him very harshly. I know that police (and military hostage rescue teams) will arrest everyone first and sort the innocent from the guilty later. Even knowing that, try watching these two videos and not feel sorry for him and his situation.

You can tell that he blames himself for being unable to save the hostage taker, and part of that is because he identifies himself with the hostage taker. Being the only other black man in the building, he is convinced that had he walked out with one of the other hostages, he’d have been shot. I think he’s wrong, because they only shot the hostage taker when he took an aggressive posture toward his hostage. I’m pretty sure that he’d have just gotten dog piled. Still, there’s no way to know.

When grasping for relevance, it helps that you are on every journalist’s speed dial

It must be that the only person outside of some of our legislators who is willing to be quoted in opposition to fixing North Carolina’s gun laws is Roxane Kolar, the Executive Director of North Carolinians against Gun Ownership Violence (NCGV). She must be on the speed dials of journalists across the state. She is quoted in this story about the proposed NC Castle bill. I love the way they describe NCGV’s “mission.”
You get the impression that not even the journalist is fooled about NCGV’s mission.
The law is actually written to protect guys like this
Oh, few and far between! That makes me feel a whole lot better. Not! Why did this guy have to go all the way to the NC Supreme Court to get the court to hear a claim of self defense? You have to wonder why people like Roxane Kolar are so against self-defense. What are they so afraid of? 

This doesn’t make any sense

Does this make any sense to you? WRAL reports
Plus
Why would a person who allegedly shot two people with a “stolen 9mm sub-machine gun” not be charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction? The News and Observer has his mugshot plus this description
So this guy is charged in the high court of public opinion of shooting two people with a “stolen sub-machinegun,” but in the actual, legal, courts is charged with
(a)        Any person who assaults another person with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflicts serious injury shall be punished as a Class C felon.
(b)        Any person who assaults another person with a deadly weapon and inflicts serious injury shall be punished as a Class E felon.
(c)        Any person who assaults another person with a deadly weapon with intent to kill shall be punished as a Class E felon.
And
If any person shall possess any chattel, property, money, valuable security or other thing whatsoever, the stealing or taking whereof amounts to larceny or a felony, either at common law or by virtue of any statute made or hereafter to be made, such person knowing or having reasonable grounds to believe the same to have been feloniously stolen or taken, he shall be guilty of a Class H felony, and may be indicted and convicted, whether the felon stealing and taking such chattels, property, money, valuable security or other thing shall or shall not have been previously convicted, or shall or shall not be amenable to justice; and any such possessor may be dealt with, indicted, tried and punished in any county in which he shall have, or shall have had, any such property in his possession or in any county in which the thief may be tried, in the same manner as such possessor may be dealt with, indicted, tried and punished in the county where he actually possessed such chattel, money, security, or other thing; and such possessor shall be punished as one convicted of larceny.
But not charged with this
(c)        The term “weapon of mass death and destruction” includes:
 (3)        Any firearm capable of fully automatic fire, any shotgun with a barrel or barrels of less than 18 inches in length or an overall length of less than 26 inches, any rifle with a barrel or barrels of less than 16 inches in length or an overall length of less than 26 inches, any muffler or silencer for any firearm, whether or not such firearm is included within this definition. For the purposes of this section, rifle is defined as a weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder; or
(d)       Any person who violates any provision of this section is guilty of a Class F felony.
Is WRAL making up the record?
Update: When I contacted the Web Editor, she replied
Arrest warrants state that Pineda was in possession of a 9mm Intratec DC9 9mm sub machine gun. We only got the warrants from Smithfield police. It’s possible there are state and/or federal charges pending.
Now a TEC-9 is a semi-auto pistol, albeit one which has a design that scares some people.
What it is not is a sub-machine gun. I’ll be contacting the Smithfield Police to ask them.

WRAL posts their downtown Raleigh protest video (*Video*)

Another view of the dueling protests in Raleigh yesterday.

Why do they keep referring to government employees as “public” workers? Why do they insist that government workers should get so much money and such great benefits? Nationally, government workers make double what private sector workers make. Do these people forget who their employers are?
I’ve been having fun at these rallies. The people in the Tea Party ranks are a lot of fun to be around. If you get a chance, come out and join us.
Previous post on this rally: SEANC and SEIU are scared (*Video*)

News and Observer sneers from their perch high above the unwashed masses

Here’s some more condescension from our elite media overlords.

It isn’t a “verbatim” account, but apparently it’s close enough to put quote marks around it. I’m looking for a copy of the video so we can compare the account to the actual commercial. If anyone has a copy, please let me know.
Because, of course, gun owners are all cousin humpin’ rednecks. I guess when you see the world from your perch high up in the ivory tower, we all pretty much look alike down here.
Remember, folks, they can’t argue that their proposals are effective, because they aren’t. All they have left is the Ad Hominem argument. We are bad people, or at least grossly suspect. We should not be allowed to own a gun without a trusted government agent shining a proctoscope up our nether regions, because this clown is convinced if they just look hard enough they can find a reason to deny us our rights. They haven’t seen any evidence to support their conclusion that we are dangerous, violent, or unstable, so they will search until they find something. Even if they have to make it up.

SEANC and SEIU are scared (*Video*)

The State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC) and its parent group SEIU are scared. They are scared that they will lose all of their influence in this state forever.
Before the last election, the Democrat party ran the show in North Carolina. Due to a century of gerrymandering, this increasingly Republican state has been held by the Democrats. Suddenly, the ground has shifted. After years of gains by Republicans, and two bad years under Obama and, to everyone’s surprise, both houses of the NC General Assembly have gone from Democrat to Republican control. No one saw this coming. There were hopes that the Senate might turn over, but no one dreamed that both houses would.
While this has a profound effect on gun laws, as we are seeing, it will also have a critical effect on other laws in this state. Democrat leaders from gerrymandered far left districts were able to maintain control of committees in each chamber, killing reforms they didn’t like and advancing pet projects that might never get a hearing otherwise. Now, with Republicans in control of the committees, we have seen gun bills not only get voted out of committee, but they’ve been strengthened far beyond the weak compromise bills of previous years. The same things are going to happen to other laws in this state.
SEANC and their SEIU overlords are scared that they will lose everything. There is almost no chance that a longstanding prohibition on collective bargaining for government workers will be repealed. There is equally little chance that NC’s Right to Work laws will be repealed. Workers in this state have long ago decided that, in most industries, there is no benefit to joining a union. In most cases, unions will take your money, negotiate contracts that you could have negotiated yourself, and then spend all your money getting Democrats elected. Realistically, the only way to increase union size is to force closed shops, card check, and to give government workers collective bargaining. That’s what this is all about. That’s why they are so angry. They want the power that comes from running a union. They want the State to collude with them in forcing you to join that union and have dues extracted from your paycheck.
The protest you see in the video above is a manifestation of that fear and anger. Mark my words, it’ll get much worse as these people realize that their power isn’t coming back.

Why do they use demeaning language? (*Video*)

Outside of period piece crime dramas, the only people who use the phrase “packing heat” are journalists. WTF is up with that?

I like the fact that more ladies are taking it upon themselves to look out for their own safety. What I can’t understand is why journalists are using really stupid old slang terms in what should be straight reporting. It’s almost as if they want to demean us by suggesting we are a subculture like the criminals who invented the term pre-WWII. The term grates on me, and is about as appropriate in a newspaper as “Yo Dawg.”
In any case, more ladies are carrying than ever before.
I want criminals to see the world much like a person playing “Minesweeper,” on the super-expert level. Every single person could be carrying a gun. Each crime is another opportunity to get shot dead. And there’s no second chances. Many criminals will come to the same conclusion as the WOPR computer did in War Games. “The only winning move is not to play.”