Saturday, January 12, 2013

You don't need one of "those guns"

(Via Timebomb 2000)

After all, no one uses them for self defense.

There is an old saying to the effect of "You use a pistol to fight your way back to the long gun you shouldn't have left behind in the first place."  There's a lot of truth to that.  Even the biggest, meanest pistol calibers don't compare to the .223/5.56 round in terms of damage inflicted on an attacker.

Don't believe me?  Understanding that ballistic gel is an imperfect test medium, look at these:
 If you were in a fight for you life and you had the choice, which gun would you pick up?  Leaving out the .50 BMG, I'd go for the 5.56.  I think it's a safe assumption that it would be an AR-pattern rifle with a 20 or 30 round magazine, as that is the most popular thing out there in that caliber.  At this point, close to 3 generations have been exposed to this weapon via military service, so the manual of arms is fairly well known to many.  They used to be available at a reasonable price (I know of several places where I could get a decent one for $600 before the gun banners opened their mouths), so most folks could afford one.  And if the ballistic gel is to be believed, they pack a heck of a punch at inside-the-house self-defense ranges.

Get out there and fight for you rights if you want to be able to buy them at a reasonable price ever again.


(Via the Drudge Report)

Bad guys robs a victim who "doesn't believe in guns".  Armed good guys show up, go after the robber and for unspecified reasons shooting starts.  Robber gets hit, jumps a fence and gets attacked by a German Shepard.  All in Houston, Texas.

Damnedest story you'll read this weekend, I think.

Friday, January 11, 2013

What was your first clue?

(Via the Drudge Report)

Homeowner awakens at 5 AM to a naked man trying to strangle one of his dogs.  Homeowner confronts him and is attacked in turn.  The armed homeowner (answering the ever-present question "Why do you need a gun?") shoots his attacker and hold him for the local constabulary.

The genius observation of said constabulary and some of the local health care professionals?

He "may be under the influence of drugs."

Ya think?

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Do you do business with Tactical Arms Manufacturer Inc. in Huntersville, NC?

If you do, you might want to reconsider that.  The owner is channeling none other than Bill Ruger himself.

While he feared a ban on rifles, Rinkor supported calls for a ban on sales to the public of high-capacity magazines, which may be used on his AR-15’s or those made by other manufacturers.

“Frankly, I think there’s no need for anybody to have such . . . magazines, 20 or 30 rounds. It makes no sense at all to have that large of a magazine, even for personal protection,” he said.

Read more here:

Really, Mr. Rinkor?  The last I checked, the Second Amendment wasn't about need--or hunting, or plinking or any of the rest of it.  It was meant to be the reset button on these united States.  As Judge Alex Kozinski put it in Silveira vs. Lockyer:

The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed—where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once. 

Boys and girls, we are in a fight, and it's going to be a down and dirty one.  People like this are going to be popping up from all over, like toadstools after a rain.  It's going to be up to all of us to oppose them at every turn, every time we find them.  You aren't going to be able to mutter "asshat" under your breath and go on about your business.  You're going to have to be involved in this every day.

You'll miss some.  I watch the Charlotte Pravda as closely as I can, and I missed this until I saw it mentioned in yet another of their hit pieces.  We're all going to have to keep at it just as hard as we can until we stuff this thing back in its box were it belongs.

For your convenience, you can reach these folks at Tactical Arms Manufacturer, Inc. on the web or on Facebook.  As you will see on their Facebook page, they backed up in a hurry early on and have now went silent.  That doesn't mean that we back off, it means we go into pursuit mode.  Everyone needs to fully understand the nature of this fight we're in--including Mr. Rinkor.  And I think he needs to understand it good and hard.

I am not buying their BS.  Looking at their web site, it appears likely to me that this company jumped into the AR market after His Obamaness's last "open mouth, insert foot" episode on gun control, I would assume because Mr. Rinkor figured he could make a fast buck.  When the heat came on this time, law-abiding firearms owners can go under the bus, because he's made his money.  I can't prove any of this, but it just smells that way.

Companies like this don't deserve our business or our support.  We should not only deprive them of both, but publicize their actions against us.  There are too many good manufacturers out there who support gun owners, not only by making the products we buy but by sponsoring events and teams and donating to groups like the NRA, to need companies like this.

Mr. Rinkor, your NRA recruiter badge and NRA-ILA banners don't sway me.  You're just another in a long line of people who thought they could make a buck off of gun owners and then go on to the next market.  Not happening.