Saturday, November 28, 2015

Chicago Tribune Puts a 'Magic Bullet' to Their Heads and Pulls the Trigger

During Thanksgiving, I spent the holiday w/ my mom and sister's family gorging myself on food and watching the idiots in Chicago wreck holiday decorations downtown.  I also got the pleasure of reading THE stupidest editorial in the Chicago Tribune in some time, written by an " associate professor at John Marshall Law School".  The article is behind a paywall but if you google 'Chicago tribune magic bullet' it comes right up.
Imagine if the first bullet in a cop's chamber were a blank bullet. Would this approach save lives?
What if a police department adopted this approach as standard procedure. Or, better yet, if legislation mandated this requirement for state and local police departments. Would it help save lives?
Police in Britain, Ireland, Norway, Iceland and New Zealand typically do not carry weapons at all when they are patrolling the streets. Surely, crimes in those countries are no less threatening than what we experience in the U.S.
The idea is not to ban guns from the police departments here. Rather, it is to require that the first bullet in the chamber not be a live bullet.
The rest is a near incoherent rant defeding violent criminals and attacking various police. 

What this article proves is that it doesn't take much to be an 'associate professor' at Marshall Law School. 

It also shows that Mr. Acevedo either has absolutely no idea how a gun works and/or wants more police killed in the line of duty. 

I'm sure every gunnie who read the first line immediately thought "WTF?!!, that's the stupidest thing I ever heard".  Beyond the ignorance on function, just imagine Joe Gangbanger when he figures out that he can charge any cop because the first round will just be a 'BANG'. 

This is the state of the media and academia today.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Bill Maher's Double Standards @billmaher

So, a few days ago Bill Maher went off on @sswipe CA Lt Governor Newsom for his anti-gun nonsense.
Maher responded, “Really? So if you were in a restaurant and a crazy gunman came in, you wouldn’t want to have a gun? You’d rather just be shot?”
Newsom responded by suggesting that citizens without proper training might just start shooting in response and make things worse. They might get nervous and “start pointing the trigger or pointing a gun and shooting.”
Again, Maher countered by trying to get Newsom to listen to himself. Maher said, “But hasn’t the worst thing already happened? A crazed madman who’s bent on killing everyone? How could it get worse?”
Now why would I have a problem w/ this when I completely agree?  because just a few months ago he went on a rant against American firearm owners calling them "a bunch of f&cking rednecks".

Guess what Billy-boy, you elitist prick, the same people that are more likely to be the ones in the restaurants legally carrying firearms are the same ones you think are too stupid to own them.  It won't be your Hollywood/television friends (although maybe their paid, armed guards).

So which is it Bill, do people carry guns or not?  Or is it that you just like to hear yourself talk?

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

16 Years is a Start

So POS A steals dozens of guns from a collector over the course of  years and exchanges them for drugs to POS B.  POS B then sells the guns (and more drugs) to Chicago gangbangers.  

Now I'm going to guess that the 'Avid Collector' is probably an older guy who picked up any gun he got a fancy to, maybe shot it a few times, then stuck it away in a box or safe, never to be thought of again.  Since they were able to trace the serial #'s, he obviously bought them legally going through all the hoops the People's Soviet puts in front of us.  I'm also going to guess that he had no idea what a POS he was living w/. 

Now according to 'Lost & Stolen' laws, this unnamed individual who followed all the rules should be criminalized as well because he didn't report his guns gone in a 'reasonable' time.  He'll also be the one anti-gun fanatics will blame ("If he hadn't had them, they couldn't be stolen")

A 'Universal Background Check' would have been completely useless as POS A was a prohibited person and both he and POS B were committing crimes already.  Think they would have bothered phoning in their transfers? 

So instead POS B plea bargains down to 16 yrs by admitting guilt to 2 charges instead of hitting him for the dozens he should be up for and life along w/ his buddy. 

He'll be out in 5 and back to his old tricks. 

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015


So the folks at 'Ammo To Go' hooked me up w/ some promo codes for introducing new shooters to the range.  These codes are good for 2 boxes of 9mm Magtech 115gr FMJ.

So here's what I'm gonna do.  The first two readers that send me evidence of a new/renewed/upgraded/gifted NRA or ISRA membership will get one of the codes I have to give away.  These can be redeemed through 'Ammo To Go', not me.

NRA membership

ISRA membership

So forward me the receipt notice or a pic of dead tree form (thirdpower at ) and I will email you back w/ the one use code.  I will update this when the two codes are sent out.

Update: 24 hrs and no takers?  Interesting. 

Update2:  Codes redeemed.  Enjoy.  

Disclaimer:  I am in no way being compensated for this by ATG.  They gave me extra codes to use as I saw fit for readers after showing I had introduced multiple people to shooting.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015


Several weeks ago I made the decision to damn the expense and sign up for a Concealed Carry class due to the increased violence in the nearby town, mostly due to the trash Chicago has been dumping into the local area.

Well that's what I've been up to this week (along w/ a high level of stress at work).  Illinois requires 16 hrs of training along w/ the $150 license fee.  I was exempt from 8 of that due to being a veteran but did the full time because I took the class w/ the C-in-C.  We had about a dozen people in our group, half women, have men.  Mostly older folks but one younger guy and a few middle age (including me).  At least half of them said they were getting their licenses due to what's been going on in town. As for experience it was split pretty evenly between gun nuts, casual owners, and completely new to firearms.  The class is designed to cater mostly to the new and inexperienced owners, hence the exemptions for military and various safety classes.  The instructor we had was a 30yr canine officer and firearm enthusiast. 

Night 1: Firearm safety and terminology

The absolute basics.  Starting w/ the four rules and moving onto the different types of firearms and their parts.  He went over various mistakes that people commonly make,safe handling, function, caliber, terminology, and other intro topics which a lot of the newer individuals did not know.  It was interesting to watch those who didn't know these things learn about them and ask some good questions.

Night 2:  Cleaning and operation drills

The second night continued the basics.  Everyone that had one brought in their own firearms (unloaded/no ammo) and went through instruction on how to disassemble, clean, and maintain them.  Those w/o their own were able to use the instructor's.  Lots of different models were there, Ruger, Colt, Glock, etc. Some more unique pieces were a 1903 Colt .32 (which hadn't been used in decades), my Makarov, and a Ruger Mk II.  We watched a youtube video to figure out how to disassemble the Colt which turned out to be pretty easy.  It was pretty nasty inside.  The Ruger was a nightmare to deal w/ even after various videos and attempts to assemble/re-assemble.  I will not own one of those. An interesting note was that most of the women who brought firearms brought revolvers.  

Following that we did some basic drawing, loading, and firing dummy rounds.  When it was my turn, the instructor stated he didn't have any worries about me and that it should go quick.  That made me feel good and it did.  I cycled it through a few times w/o any major problems. Some went as quick as I did, others took longer for extra practice or advice.

Day 3: Legalese and Qualification

This was the full day.  We met at the instructors residence and went over all the laws and legal requirements related to CCW in Illinois. Heavy emphasis on the various gun free zones (of which there are lots in this stupid state) and use of force.  Reciprocity, actually applying for the license, and other bureaucratic particulars were also discussed.  Lots of details.

We then moved over to his range and began the qualification.  The target was a standard 'B27' silhouette at 5, 7, & 10 yrds, 10 shots each, w/ 70% accuracy total.  Not difficult but the CinC and I went out the night before and practiced at about twice the range JIC.  This was my result:

He complimented me on my grouping using a 'Commie gun' and cheap ammo (Silver Bear).  As mediocre of a shot as I am w/ handguns in general, I was pleased. Everyone did well w/ some extra instruction and attention paid to the less experienced shooters.  Following that some of us went through a simple move and shoot drill, not part of the mandatory curriculum but fun. Several rounds at a pumpking, a paper plate, and a metal plate, w/ some suggestions on how alternative training can help.  We had to leave to check on a sick spawnling but a few stayed to go through some failure drills.

Next up comes the filling out the application, uploading images of the certificate, personal pic, and CC info to the ISP.  Then we wait.

Update:.  Application filed.  Website ran pretty smoothly.  They of course jack you w/ a 'convenience fee' to pay for it so it ended up being $153.53

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