Monthly Archives: August 2011

Whoa, how’d that get there?

This is an odd thing to find in your basement
I’m not even sure I could identify a stick of dynamite. Not unless it said “Dynamite” on the side, and then I would probably think it was a joke.
Good catch on the maintenance man’s part.

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Why do you carry a gun in your own home, are you paranoid?

Why would anyone want to carry a gun inside their own home? Isn’t an irrational fear that bad people will get you a sign of paranoia?

Luckily the neighbor wandered over and scared them off before they decided to eliminate the witnesses.
Carry your gun. It’s a lighter burden than regret.
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So will he be allowed to plea away the Felon in Possession charges?

From Fayetteville, we have this lovely story,
The list of charges somehow don’t include Felon in Possession. Because you just know this guy has to be a felon, right?
Of course he is.
So, will he be allowed to plea that one away? Or will they grow a pair and send him off to Federal prison for a change?

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Gunwalker T-Shirt at DEFCON

Fellow blogger “Stainles” from Whipped Cream Difficulties posts a self portrait wearing his Gunwalker T-Shirt at DEFCON 19, which is a hacker convention.
Don’t have a Gunwalker T-Shirt of your own? You can still order one from my VERY limited stash of extras. Email me for details. No small or mediums available, sorry.

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Road Rage!!!! Blood in the STREETS!!!

I wonder what happened here?
No doubt that as soon as they can find their way into the office, the fools at NCGV will be tweeting madly about how easy access to guns led to this road rage incident.
This sounds like the action of a lawful concealed carrier, not a street thug. Of course, let’s look at the person who was shot
Whoops.
The name of the shooter has not been released and they are looking for witnesses. Given who got shot and the post shooting actions of the shooter, it’s not hard to imagine that he probably deserved it. We will have to wait and see.

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You are too stupid to know right from wrong

Another hand wringing article from the Noise and Disturber. Now the twin problems of the end of school bussing and annexation reform will destroy the fragile balance that built our great state.
So in this clown’s mind, it is a positive good that school children are thrown on a bus and delivered to whatever school suits his racial goals? Instead of fixing the problems with the school district, it’s better to make sure that enough white students get sent to crappy schools that no one can claim racism? I’m glad I don’t have kids. I think I would be in danger of being arrested for the things I would tell the school administrators.
It must be grand for the city to just be able to declare your house to be inside the city limits and now subject to city taxes. It’s like being a Viking. You can loot and pillage, but you don’t even have to get your sword dirty.
At their core, all Liberal arguments break down to one simple statement. “We are smarter and more moral than you. Do what we say or else.”
I try not to swear too much on my blog, so I will leave it at that.

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October 22nd Blogmeet and shooting class

I have decided to open up the blogmeet and shooting class to readers. We are going to TigerSwan, near Fayetteville, and taking their 8 hour Intro to Pistol class.



The class is suitable for beginners, but unless you are a pro, you will learn and get better in this class. Costs are $210 for the class, plus $10 for food, PayPal fees, and drinks. I’ll be bringing some good Franklin County pork for lunch, along with some Gatorade and water.
Class requirements are a pistol, 5 mags, holster, 2 mag carriers, a sturdy belt, and 500 rounds of ammo for your pistol. Don’t have your own pistol? For $130 they will supply you with a Glock 17, 500 rounds of 9mm, plus holster, mags, and carriers. Just bring yourself and a sturdy belt.
After class we will return to Garner to have dinner (open carry if you like) at the Golden Corral. I still have 4 or 5 spots open in the class. Email me if you are interested.

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Another felon cuts his monitor and runs

Once again we run into the problem that North Carolina requires bail be offered in all non-capital cases.
A long criminal record is right. Take a look at his official “transcripts”
There are two problems here.
First off, there is too long a delay between being charged with a crime and being tried for that crime. What’s the use of punishment if it starts a year (and several more crimes) after the original crime was committed? 
Secondly, not enough crimes are “capital” crimes in North Carolina. 
I have a proposal. They used to hang people for stealing horses. Let’s bring that back. Anyone convicted of a crime equal or more serious than horse theft gets hung by the neck until dead. This limits the sort of person who can get bail, plus it eliminates a large number of criminals from the pool of possible recidivists.
Either that or we could shorten the time between charge and trial. Either way works for me.

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Dad goes Open Carry

My father has been catching hell from one or two people who are politically active in his area of Pennsylvania. He has thrown in his lot with the Tea Party people, gotten himself appointed as a Republican Committeeman, is planning on standing for regular election as a Committeeman, and has announced his candidacy for County Republican Chair (Dad says the Bylaws prevent this). To say that he’s unhappy with the direction of the Republican Party in his county would be a vast understatement. My sweet and kind mother, a lady who came from Great (it still was, in those days) Britain in the 60’s, has gotten pretty militant about guns. From a woman who actually told my father that he only wanted a gun to make himself feel more manly, she has become a concealed carrying Second Amendment absolutist. She figures that if you want to take her gun, you probably want to do something nasty to her. She’ll keep her gun, thanks very much, and if you get nasty, you’ll find out why she is keeping her gun.
To that end, they are both getting organized for a Second Amendment rally in October. And they are going to Open Carry. Dad has been catching hell for this decision from a few people who are “concerned” about the “image” it portrays of gun owners.
I have been mulling it over in my mind; the arguments for and against openly carrying a gun.  Exercising my rights etc and believe me when I say this is not difficult for me.
Any right not exercised is a right lost.  If you do not speak out and address an injustice, you have abridged your freedom of speech.  If you fail to meet your friends for any reason except you don’t want to, you have abridged your freedom of assembly.  Let us say you refuse to file a complaint against a police officer who mistreats you because of fear of reprisal, you have given up your right against unreasonable search and seizure.  You get the picture.  
(Via email)
Sounds to me like Dad’s got the right idea.
Let’s talk about the nature of propaganda. We have been told that “people will be afraid” if they see a gun. We are good and decent people, so we naturally don’t wish our friends and neighbors to be afraid of us, so we rarely carry a gun openly. Now wasn’t that so much easier than trying to ban open carry?
If those who argue against gun ownership were successful in passing a law against open carry, they would piss off the open carriers, of course. But they would also piss off that much larger group of people who resent being told what to do. A whole raft of people who don’t care one way or the other about Open Carry would run out and buy the most obnoxious guns possible just so they could flout the new (and unconstitutional) law. So the opponents of guns are much stealthier. They try to convince you that you are alone. They try to convince you that if your neighbor sees you with a gun he or she will fear and loathe you. They try to convince you that you are the crazy person. In reality, none of that is true, but 50 years of TV news propaganda has convinced you that it is.
Here’s what I recommend. Get a gun. Learn how to use it. Check your local laws (PA is VERY lenient on OC) and Open Carry. Once you get over the initial nervousness, you will be bored out of your mind. Where are all the screaming neighbors? Where are the SWAT teams converging on you to prone you out and seize your gun? They don’t exist. They are all phantoms.
And give up on Open Carry being a bridge to teaching your friends and neighbors about gun ownership and law. Your friends and neighbors probably won’t notice. Let’s face it. One more black object stuck to your hip in this era of universal cell phone ownership isn’t much of a red flag. It makes it really hard to start a pro-gun conversation with a person who doesn’t even notice that you are carrying a gun.
What Open Carry does is teach the Open Carrier that guns are not universally despised in society. The few that notice will almost without exception be positive. They might be surprised, but after a quick question about the legality of it all they will wander off happy that one more law abiding citizen has a gun. I’ve done several Open Carry dinners, and the most common comment is “Anyone who robs this restaurant is in for a REAL surprise.” Think about that for a minute. A person you have never met sees you and your friends carrying guns and automatically classifies you as an ally. You see that often enough and you start to see through the web of lies you have been told.
You were told that your friends and neighbors would panic, scream, run, and call the cops. You were told that you, decent law abiding citizen with a gun, are a menace, a danger, and completely without allies in a hostile political environment. You were told that the cops would invite you to a pavement tasting contest while they arrested you and seized your gun. And none of this happened. Your “scaredy-cat” friends and neighbors either don’t notice the guns, or they don’t care. In fact, when pressed they seem downright friendly to the idea of law abiding citizens having and carrying guns. Suddenly you realize that that hostile political landscape is an out and out lie. There are so many people who are pro-gun that you start to wonder who, if anyone, is actually anti-gun.
The anti-gunners are the ones who are running the cameras. They are the ones who pretend that there is a serious anti-gun movement in the US. They tell us that our neighbors will be afraid. They tell us that we are isolated and alone. They tell us that Open Carry will start a panic.
So who are you going to believe? Them? Or your lying eyes?
Update: Arms are the Mark of a Free Man posts his Open Carry thoughts: The Boredom of Open Carry.

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“Gun Free” just means nothing left to defend yourself with

Chris from Arma Borealis points out the story of a would-be home grown terrorist. Pay attention to the proto-jihadi’s choice of attack sites.
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