Random thoughts from flyover country

Tuesday, July 2

Michael Savage doesn't get to invent his own facts

I am not a big fan of Michael Savage, but the radio was on the station that carries his program when I went to the store. Savage was having a rather hostile discussion with a caller about the George Zimmerman murder trial and was going on and on about how Zimmerman was carrying a cocked gun with a round in the chamber with the safety off. He was apparently using these "facts" in an attempt to prove that Zimmerman intended to kill someone the night Trayvon Martin died.

Sorry, Savage, but you're not only off base, but you're wrong. Your "facts" are fiction.

First, you're wrong about a pistol carried with a round in the chamber being indicative of intent to kill, because police officers carry their pistols with loaded chambers. Is it your contention that the police carry chamber-loaded handguns because they intend to kill someone? If that were the case, don't you think that there would be a lot more police-involved shootings than there are?

Secondly, you're wrong because the pistol that George Zimmerman used that night was a nine millimeter Kel-Tec P-11 semiautomatic. You claimed that he was carrying this pistol cocked with the safety off, didn't you? Well, there's a problem with that: The Kel-Tec P-11 is double action only (DAO) so it cannot be cocked and it doesn't have a safety. Essentially, Savage, the pistol George Zimmerman was carrying that night was just like a double action revolver except it holds more ammunition. It has a long, relatively heavy trigger pull that takes a very deliberate pull on the trigger to fire it.

Then you described George Zimmerman as "a hulking man." Okay, maybe I'm a bit biased here because reports of Zimmerman's height and weight at the time of Trayvon Martin's death as 5'7" to 5'8" and 185 to 200 pounds. If that describes a "hulking man" then I must be the Incredible Hulk.

How about we wait until the trial is over to find out if the prosecution proved Zimmerman guilty beyond a reason, Savage?

ECS

Sunday, June 23

More updates - health and work

On March 6th I passed the one year anniversary of my prostate surgery and am still doing well and cancer-free. Back in January, I got tired of my increasingly sedentary lifestyle which my work seemed to encourage. An eleven hour shift controlling access to a secure facility doesn't do much other than develop powerful muscles that allow you to sit for long hours without tiring. I started climbing stairs on my breaks. As of this week I'm climbing 13 stories twice in the  morning and walking back down. I walk down 20 stories twice in the afternoon. I'm not on the shape I want yet, but I'm  getting there.

Also, we had another round of qualifications, and I scored 100% again. Not bad for an old fat man with a revolver.

ECS

It Used To Be Such A Nice Little Rifle...

Several years ago, I got a .223 Rem/5.56X45mm NATO Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle for Christmas. It has served nicely as a truck gun, coyote swatter, and critter getter equipped with an old Weaver 2.5 rifle scope. It hasn't been able to compete with my brother's Colt HBAR in shooting tiny groups on the range, but it has fed and fired everything I've stuffed in the magazine, including dinged and dented ammo that my brother's HBAR tore up. The only thing the Mini-14 didn't do was look like an evil assault weapon.



Well, that's changed...



I replaced the wooden stock with an ATI Strikeforce stock that adjusts for length of pull and folds. I put all four rails from the package on the forend and mounted a red dot reflex sight on the top rail. Now, I'll just wait for Senator Dianne Feinkenstein's head to explode since the stock Ruger Mini-14 wasn't on her AWB list.

ECS

Thursday, January 31

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished (Possibly)

Gun owner saves boy from vicious pit bull attack, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C. 01/22/13


Posted on January 24, 2013

An 11-year-old boy was riding a bike through his Washington, D.C. neighborhood when he encountered a trio of unleashed pit bulls. The pit bulls viciously attacked the boy, with the young man’s uncle later recalling that all three of the dogs were biting the boy’s limbs. A neighbor who witnessed the attack went home, retrieved a pistol, and fired at the dogs, striking one. The sound of gunfire alerted a police officer to the attack, and once on the scene the officer dispatched the other two dogs. Following the attack, the boy was taken to a local hospital and underwent surgery.

The boy’s uncle praised the actions of the armed citizen and police officer, stating, “They did the right thing.” Unfortunately, doing the right thing can be a crime in Washington, D.C., as District police are investigating whether the armed citizen violated any of the city’s onerous gun control laws. (The Washington Post, Washington, D.C. 01/22/13)

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So, this guy saves a child's life, and HE might go to jail. What ever happened to President Barack Hussein Obama's, "...if there is a step that we can take that will save even one child from what happened in Newtown, we should take that step.” Well, perhaps getting eaten alive by pitbulls isn't exactly what happened to the children in Newtown, but doesn't the same thing hold true here?

ECS





Overdue Update!

Sorry, folks, but I was kinda busy at work last month and this month, so I neglected to update my prostate cancer recovery. During my last check-up, I'm still at 0.0 PSA level. (Cue: wild cheering masses)

Guys, this is important. Once you get into your 40's, or if you notice a change in your urinary patterns even before that, ensure that your primary care physician is checking your PSA levels, and providing you the results. If your PCP refuses to do this, get another doctor! There are all sorts of treatment options if you get diagnosed with prostate cancer as I was, but, if you don't know you have it, your options will be even more limited.

Stay strong, stay healthy.

ECS

Monday, January 28

An Apology (?) To A Stolen Valor "Suspect"

The say there's no apology like a sincere apology. Since the sincerity of the following is in doubt, grave doubt, all I can say is enjoy:  http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=33851

ECS

Friday, January 11

Senator Inhofe Supports RKBA

I received this on Tuesday in response to my message to Senator Inhofe advising him that in the event Senator Feinkenstein's updated so-called Assault Weapons Ban passes Congress and is signed by the President that "I shall not comply."

Dear Mr. Smith:

Thank you for contacting me about the Second Amendment. As your voice in Washington, I appreciate knowing your views.

In 1994, the assault weapons ban established a comprehensive regulatory scheme of prohibiting the manufacture, transfer, or possession of assault weapons, as well as the possession or transfer of large capacity ammunition feeding devices that hold more than 10 rounds. These magazines are used by millions of Americans and are customary in handguns and other firearms. Nineteen specific weapons and their copycats were banned by the original legislation signed into law by President Clinton on September 13, 1994. The weapons ban was contained in a larger Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, and expired on September 13, 2004. As a member of the House of Representatives in 1994, I voted against the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 because of the undue restrictions on weapons, among other reasons.

Semi-automatic assault weapons function similarly to other semi-automatic firearms, as they fire one round per pull of the trigger. It is important to note that under the assault weapons ban, the defining features of a semi-automatic assault weapon are mostly cosmetic. For example, a handgun is classified as a semi-automatic assault weapon if its magazine is visible, despite the fact that it fires one bullet per pull of the trigger and the speed of fire remains the same. Therefore, the law banned certain guns that are functionally identical to other weapons that are still considered to be legal.

While supporters of the ban may point out that the violent crime rate dropped after the 1994 ban, they do not mention that violent crime was dropping before the ban was instituted in 1994 and that gun ownership, including ownership of newer designs of the banned weapons, rose during that same time period. It is also important to note that these weapons were rarely used in the commission of crimes before the 1994 ban.


Additionally, a provision of the 1994 law required a study of the effectiveness of the weapons ban. The Congressional study showed that, according to police reports and federal felon surveys, the type of weapons banned in 1994 were only used in one to two percent of violent crimes. Murders committed by knives, clubs, and bare hands outnumbered murders by weapons 20 to one. According to a recent study, existing data does not show whether the number of people shot and killed with semi-automatic assault weapons declined during the 10-year period (1994-2004).

Should any attempt be made to reinstate the semi-automatic assault weapons ban, I will strongly oppose it. Law-abiding gun owners should be free to use their firearms for hunting, marksmanship, and self-defense. The statistics demonstrate that a true ban on these weapons will not significantly decrease crime but will significantly decrease our rights guaranteed by the Constitution. When I was sworn in as a member of Congress, I took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. As your representative in the Senate, I will continue to staunchly oppose any attempt to tamper with our nation's Constitution or undermine our Second Amendment rights.
Sincerely,

James M. Inhofe
United States Senator


Thank you, Senator Inhofe, for your support of our constitutionally-guaranteed right to keep and bear arms.

ECS

Wednesday, January 9

"I shall not comply."

After reading the details of Senator Dianne Feinkenstein's proposed revival of the so-called Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) with ever more draconian provisions, I sent the following message to my United States Senators: "I shall not comply."

Senator Feinkenstein proposes to "grandfather" existing semiautomatic weapons and magazines that hold over 10 rounds (how kind of her!) as long as the current owner submits to a background check, obtains a letter from local law enforcement that the weapon and/or magazines are not illegal in that jurisdiction, registers the weapon and magazines with the ATF unit that administers the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA), and pays the Federal Transfer Tax for each one just like they were machineguns. That's $200.00 for each semiautomatic weapon and $200.00 for each magazine! Better yet, once the registered owner of said semiautomatic weapons and magazines dies, unlike any other NFA firearm or destructive device, those weapons and magazines must be surrendered to the Federal Government for destruction. That's right. I can have a machinegun, a suppressor, a short-barreled rifle, or a short-barreled "sawed-off" shotgun and leave them to my heirs, but my Ruger Mini-14 and all it's magazines over 10 rounds get confiscated and destroyed! I think the good senator needs to refresh her understanding of Amendment V to the Constitution of the United States, specifically: "No person shall be...deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."

When I posted the same sentiments on Huffington Post, I was called everything but a loyal American citizen and told I'd be sent to prison where I belonged. What those people fail to understand is that there are millions of us, and there aren't enough prisons to hold us all. Add to that the fact that cooperation from local law enforcement, at least in the greater part of the country, will be lacking or downright hostile, and the Federal Government will find it impossible to enforce such a law.

Tell everyone you know to contact their senators and tell them, "I shall not comply."

Finally, the people who keep asking us why we need guns and snarkily suggest that we join the army or police if we want to use "assault weapons" don't realize the type of company they're keeping: "Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA - ordinary citizens don't need guns, as their having guns doesn't serve the State." - Heinrich Himmler, Reichsf├╝hrer of the Schutzstaffel (SS)

ECS