Monthly Archives: October 2011

We don’t know why, but we do know who

Who gets murdered?
Another young life tragically cut down by gun violence?
We don’t know why he got shot, but we do know who he was.

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Meanwhile in Sarah Brady Paradise: Famous Faces Hitman edition

The gun grabbers like to point to (Formerly Great) Britain and how “peaceful” it is without guns. How do they explain this?
Since guns are heavily controlled in (Formerly Great) Britain, where did they get the sawed off shotgun to do the shooting?
If they were intending to disarm the criminals, they failed. If they wanted to disarm the law abiding, they’ve succeeded. They are acting like they have succeeded. I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions.

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Gunwalker T-Shirts have shipped!

The third run of Gunwalker T-Shirts has shipped. Every single order is in the mail. This time I ordered quite a few extra shirts.
“Am I the only person on the planet that didn’t get guns from the ATF?”
So if you want a shirt, order here and I will pack and ship it immediately.

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Father-Daughter bonding

Do you know what this is?
It’s a photo of a proud papa at TigerSwan, shooting next to his daughter. Dad spent quite a bit of time in the US Army Special Forces. His daughter outshot him. And dad was as pleased as anyone about it.

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Meanwhile in Sarah Brady Paradise: Northern Counties Carjack edition

Gun control works. They gun grabbers tell us that all the time. So please explain this.
Maybe it was a figment of the victim’s imagination. We all know that banning guns will instantly make the world a safer, happier place.
Or not.

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Brian Searcy weighs in on the Caliber Wars™

Which is better, 9mm, .40S&W, or .45ACP? Now I have long been a .45ACP man. Bigger is better, right? So while I was taking the TigerSwan Introductory Pistol class, I asked the lead instructor, President and Chief Operating Officer, Brian Searcy what he thought.
Brian has 16 years with the US Army’s Tier 1 counterterror unit, commonly called Delta Force. He’s been all around the world carrying basically whatever he’s wanted. I thought it would be crass to ask him how many people he’s shot, but it’s a fair bet that he’s had to shoot people. Given that he said during class, “I’ve never seen anyone shot in the pelvis that didn’t drop like a sack of potatoes,” and “I’ve seen people shot in the jaw, and in the top of the head get up and walk away, but I’ve never seen anyone shot in the eye orbits get back up,” he’s probably shot his share of people. Here’s what he said.
“Get a 9mm. Civilians are not limited by the Geneva Conventions and can carry hollowpoints. A 9mm hollowpoint is devastating. Plus 9mm is cheaper and you can practice more”
He said that “The Unit” has gone to carrying .40 S&W, but only because they can’t use expanding ammo in combat.
I guess that shoots my “bigger is better” theory right in the backside.
Did I mention that I got a chance to shoot his personal Glock 17? It’s the same one they sell at their pro-shop. First shot hit on a steel man size silhouette at 65-75 yards. I missed the other 6 shots, but I did hit it once.

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Altercation leads to death in Wilmington

During an “altercation,” one man used a gun to shoot the other.
Most of us have learned not to use a gun to settle a disagreement.
Not these two, apparently. The shooter is not a convicted felon, but he has been convicted of Assault on a Female, only one step down from a felony. The victim, well, best you check it out yourself. Keep scrolling down.
The gun grabbers want to restrict our rights because criminals keep murdering each other. How exactly does that make sense?

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Meanwhile in Sarah Brady Paradise: All Dressed Up and Armed With a Gun edition

Handguns are banned in (Formerly Great) Britain, right? So how did this clown get a gun?
“Fancy Dress” is Brit-speak for a costume.
Police said the robber “almost always” struck as shops opened, and armed himself with a knife or gun to threaten staff.
So this guy dresses up, waves a gun or knife, and has made off with the equivalent of more than $31,000. Here in the US, he’d have gotten away with it once or twice, but eventually he’d have gotten shot.
That would undoubtedly horrify the British.

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Updated More Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

We’ve been treated to some breathless stories about how much more dangerous it is this year than last for police officers. Like many stories of this type, it ignores the bigger picture in order to hype the smaller one. As anything else, data on officers killed needs to be viewed in context. I have accessed the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted data for since 1996. For each year, I have recorded the number of officers killed feloniously and accidentally. I have also entered the data for officers assaulted.

As you can see, while higher than 2009, and much higher than 2008, the number of officers murdered in 2010 was not out of line with historical data. The number of officers murdered was only slightly higher than the average number killed in the last 15 years. The same goes for officers killed accidentally.
Most people are visual, so it’s easier to see and understand the data if it is in graph form. Here’s the number of officers killed, both feloniously and by accident.

As you can see, there seems to be no pattern to the data. This is pretty normal with data of this type. Police officer murders are generally random events. They happen at relatively low levels compared to the total number of police officers. This isn’t much comfort to those who lost their lives, but it’s a fact. When you have relatively few of something, the changes from year to year represent statistical noise rather than any real trend.
Here’s the data on officers assaulted.

Not much to see here either. It’s nice to see that overall assaults on police officers seems to be falling to the lowest level since 1997, but without several more years it would be hard to call it a trend.
In the end, we can only pay attention to who is killing officers. The latest FBI report said

This shouldn’t surprise anyone who reads this blog. Criminal activity is generally confined to a small subset of the total population. In general terms, past performance is a good indicator of future actions. Leopards don’t change their spots. If you’ve spent 20, 30, 40 years being a good upstanding citizen then the likelihood you will kill anyone, much less a cop, is really small. Don’t let the statistics showing an increase in police murders this year over last year, coupled with the info that a large percentage of police were killed with firearms, be used to tar honest gun owners. It’s also a good idea to remind your local cops that their enemies are the criminals, not the honest citizens that the criminals prey upon.
Honest gun owners are the natural allies of police. Don’t let the gun owners turn the cops against us.
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The North Carolina CHP issue process is RACIST!

The NC CHP issue process may not be racist in intent, but it certainly has racially biased outcomes. As of the last numbers I was able to obtain, which were valid as of 6 months ago, 91.26% of all active NC Concealed Handgun Permits were issued to white people, and 8.38% of CHPs were issued to non-whites. This might make sense in lily white Duluth, Minnesota, but here in racially diverse North Carolina, it makes no sense.
The most recent census told us that here in NC, whites make up 68.5% of the population. This means that the average white person is 5 (FIVE!) times more likely to have a CHP than the average non-white person.
How can this be explained? Are non-whites less likely to want a gun or a Concealed Handgun Permit? It’s possible. I have a better explanation. Getting a CHP is costly and time consuming. The permit itself costs $80, and the fingerprints cost a further $10. I spent $60 on training, but the local shooting range wants $120! Then you have to carry yourself down to the center of Raleigh, pay for parking ($2 per hour, figure $6) and spend the two to three hours in the middle of a work day getting your paperwork done and your fingerprints taken.
I can’t make heads or tails of the Census data, but we are told repeatedly that the percentage of non-whites living below the poverty line is much higher than the percentage of whites living below the poverty line. Does anyone dispute that, on average, whites are more likely to have the money and time necessary to pay for the permit and navigate the bureaucratic process? If someone can figure out the Census data that shows this, please send it to me.
Whenever someone tells you that gun control isn’t racist, ask them to explain why whites are 5 times more likely to have CHPs than non-whites. Ask them if they would accept a world where whites were 5 times more likely to be registered to vote. Or 5 times more likely to have a driver’s license. Or 5 times more likely to go to college.
It might not be overtly racist, but gun control certainly discriminates.

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