Saturday, March 14, 2015

Let's talk training

(Once again, found on Facebook.  I think there is a conspiracy out there to make Facebook gun friendly.  Works for me.)

In his latest post, The Tactical Professor holds forth on "Why don't people train?"  Given the seriousness that a situation where you need to use a firearm in self defense commands, it's a valid question.  He breaks it down to seven reasons, some of which go hand in hand with each other.  I'm not going into them here, you'll do better to go read it all at his place.

I dropped a longish comment (currently in his moderation queue, so you may not be able to see it) addressing two additional points that I think also affect people's training decisions--marketing, or more specifically, the lack of effective marketing by smaller, more local trainers, and the lack of any effective mechanism by which we can judge the quality of a trainer other than by taking a course and taking our chances.

Training is a very important part of self defense, and it is something that you have to do frequently, because the skills are perishable.  I know I haven't been to a training in way too long, and I'm in desperate need, and so is everyone in my family.  There are some trainers in our local area, anywhere between a 30-90 minute drive, which is perfectly feasible for a 1 day class.  Except they don't offer a 1 day class or the offer it on Tuesday.  Or the trainer doesn't give me enough information on his background that I'm comfortable plopping down 4 registrations on the chance that he actually knows something and is a good enough instructor to get it across to us

I doubt that many trainers drop by my little outpost on the Intertubz, and I'd be astounded if any of them are anywhere near the Piedmont area of North Carolina.  But if you are one, or you know one, guys, there is a untapped market out there that is ready to lay some cash on you.  You just need to let us know who you are, why we should trust you with our time and our money, where to sign up and when to show up.

Just so it isn't on Tuesday.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

I'm gonna leave this right here

(Found in a roundabout way via Facebook.)

During the recent M855 ammo imbroglio, there were some people, including one local gun store owner who is now minus a customer (*ahem*) who were poo-pooing the entire story.  It was "made up to drive up the price of ammo" was the favorite beef, followed by "It's only about armor piercing bullets" from the Elmer Fudd Society, who wouldn't know black tip from green tip if it rose up and bit them on the arse.

So would you jerks believe the Director of the BATFE if he told you?

In a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, ATF Director B. Todd Jones said all types of the 5.56 military-style ammo used by shooters pose a threat to police as more people buy the AR-15-style pistols.

"Any 5.56 round" is "a challenge for officer safety," he said. Jones asked lawmakers to help in a review of a 1986 bill written to protect police from so-called "cop killer" rounds that largely exempted rifle ammo like the 5.56 because it has been used by target shooters, not criminals.

Let's try this again, slowly for those of you who are slow on the uptake.  It isn't about "those guns" or "that ammo".  It's not about hunting.  It isn't about "officer safety" or public health or "the children!"

It's about control, and specifically, control of the people who scare the living hell out of a certain group--the group who thinks they are the smartest people in the room and who want to run everything, including your life.  If it were up to those among that group who are the least constrained, there would be laws, turn-in periods and door-to-door confiscation.  After that there would be raids.  And after that, there will be this:

Now while those are Polish Jews being loaded on that particular train, you need to bear in mind that after every firearm confiscation in the 20th century (save Great Britain and Australia) came genocide against some group of the population.

It happens.  Every. Fucking. Time.  Because it really isn't about guns, it really is about control.  Of you.

In parting, consider these words:
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.
Judge Alex Kozinski, US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals,
What do you suppose those Polish Jews would have given for a few dozen pistols and some ammunition?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Well, lookit that

According to emails from the NSSF and GOA, Facebook post from man + dog and a number of blogs, it seems that BATFE has decided in the face of overwhelming criticism not to move ahead with their framework to justify banning the most popular 5.56x45 ammunition on the face of the planet at this time.

Well hoo-fucking-rah!

Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful for all our victories, even ones as small as this one.  And this, make no mistake about it, is a small victory indeed.  They didn't say this is dead, just that they are going to review the issue in more depth given the fact they got snowed under in comments on the subject.  I suspect the fact that a couple of hundred of them came from Congresscritters didn't exactly hurt.  But this is not over, not by a long shot.  They'll be back.  Obama has way too much time left in office.  The pressure from above is too great.  They'll figure out where they screwed it up, fix it and they'll be back.

Something I have seen tossed out in various places on our side of the discussion during this current foray into stupidity is the concept that this is nothing more than a symptom of a bad law, in this case the 1968 Gun Control Act.  I heartily agree, and I believe that while there are a bunch of "R"s who are theoretically in control of Congress, now is the time to begin the process of either repealing that egregious POS in its entirety or amending the crap out of it so that it's worst problems are abated.  I'm sure Obama would veto it, but getting the language passed once will make it easier to pass a second time with a President who is theoretically friendlier to our rights.

You might want to keep writing letters to your Congresscritters suggesting such things while we have their attention.  Just a suggestion.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Oh gee, it was all an oopsie! Our bad!

The Shooting Wire reports in today's edition that BATFE, when caught with both hands in the cookie jar and chocolate smeared around their mouth, has declared that the lack of a written exemption for M855 ammo in the 2014 ATF Regulation Guide actually doesn't mean anything when it comes right down to it and that the exemption is still in place, and hey, we're just talking about about banning it and haven't made any decision yet.

Obviously, if you go read it, the actual wording is a bit different, but it raises an interesting point--if the lack of written notice of an exemption "has no legal impact on the validity of the exemptions" (their wording, folks), then how, exactly, are we supposed to know what is or is not exempt?  I have to think that a good legal team could make some fantastic hay with such things....