Friday, October 13, 2017

Stop bleeding all over my floor!

(Via Michael Bane on Facebook)

One of the training points that has come up in the last few years is that "If you carry a gun, you should carry a trauma kit." Not a bad idea; I've carried one in my range bag for years, and it's evolved as available equipment has evolved and as my skill level has improved.

I have to admit to being lax and not carrying one in my vehicle, even though there is always a gun in the lock box. Yes, I will do something about that soon. If necessary I can pull most of what I need from the household stock, but I'd really like to do it with new gear.

It's also a great thing to note that our own Federal Government is finally going to waste money on something that is worthwhile for a change--National Stop the Bleeding Day will take place on March 31, 2018. In light of the recent spree killing in Las Vegas, you can't overstate how important it would have been if a lot of the concert goers had been toting a little trauma training along with them.

If you feel the urge to get training before hand, you can visit www.bleedingcontrol.org/, or try out Dark Angel Medical, also linked on the left. I'll try to find some more trainers to add; perhaps as a new category. You can also check out the "5 Minute Prepping" tag, there are a couple of posts there that fit this subject.

According to the Feds, 20% of trauma victims could be saved if they had gotten their bleeding controlled quickly. Don't be one of that 20%, don't let one of your family or a friend be one of it. Get trained.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Chainsaw, use of

(Via SurvivalBlog)

YouTube, even though it's owned by Google and is in the middle of some sort of politically motivated purge, is still a source of much how-to goodness such as this.


 That's part one, there is a Part 2 and a lot more useful videos as well.

Word from Puerto Rico

I need to have the time to read my own blogroll more often. Over at cdr salamander's joint, there is an excellent article on the emergency response to the hurricane damage in Puerto Rico. This is from October 2, so it's out of date in terms of news. What isn't out of date is the information on what a worst-case natural disaster scenario looks like. Read, consider and re-evaluate your preps in light of the information. I will be.

Not helping

Seth Smith, the owner and operator of Aynor Armory Firearms Research and Manufacturing in Aynor, SC, is not helping gunnies out.

Speaking to a local news outlet on the subject of bumpfire stocks, he's quoted as saying “It’s definitely not something that needs to be in anybody’s hands."

While he may be correct on some of his technical pronouncements on the subject, we need to present a unified front in the face of our enemy, who has already taken statements made within the gun community on the subject of bumpfire stocks and ran with them.

This isn't the time for grabbing some free publicity, political games, reaching out or any of the rest of it. Right now, we have to knock the gun grabbers flat. After that, once emotions have cooled, maybe then there can be some talk about the subject. But right now, let's all tend carefully to what we put out there.

In which a liberal writer

Learns that none of her anti-gun ideas would actually do any good in the real world.

I have to give credit where credit is due to author Leah Libresco for writing that piece. Far too many who believe as she does would have simply kept quiet after discovering those facts, or may have simply discarded them and written what they started to write anyway. While she and I will never see eye-to-eye on the issue of guns, at least she has the intellectual honesty to admit the facts didn't support her thesis.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

I must haz hit the Big Times

Like most people who blog, I probably attract one comment per hundred plus readers. So I'm thrilled to find 6 comments awaiting moderation.

All spam. I can make my girlfriend com crawling back to me (Sorry, I'm married, no time for a girlfriend), I can make a certain body part grow or be harder (OK, this has possibilities if true) or I can increase my Google rankings (Don't give a flip).

You readers are going to have to start finding something to say, even if it's just "You suck!" This spam is depressingly low quality. What ever happened to the funny 419 messages?

Monday, October 09, 2017

Give 'em an inch

And Diane Feinstein will take every firearm accessory she can ban. This is yet another example why there is no way that gunnies can actually cut a deal with gun grabbers.

Here's my deal. Offer an amendment to the Hearing Protection Act that bans bumpfire stock by name and clear description. I'll bet we can get that passed for you.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Yo! Lefties! Read up if you want a clue why we're not going to compromise on guns.

At the Federalist,  Meredith Dake-O'Connor write a very nice, civil piece titled "6 Reasons Your Right-Wing Friend Isn’t Coming To Your Side On Gun Control".

She hits the nail on the head on every one of them. In the gunniesphere, we have thoroughly hashed out every one of these, so no need to go over them in detail, although I will say the article is worth the time to read, as she does a good job pulling together the talking points. You might want to bookmark it for future reference.

While I still believe our side needs to come up with at least one well thought-out proposal that we can live with that would help with the spree killer thing, she is quite right when she says we aren't coming to their side. The NRA is taking increasing heat over their poorly considered endorsement of a bump fire stock ban, and it's only going to get worse. Sorry Wayne and Chris, but calling it as I see it. I'm a Benefactor Member and You. Have. Pissed. Me. Off. I threw two fundraising items from the NRA and the ILA unopened into the recycling bin yesterday, and that is going to keep happening until you screw your heads back out of your asses. I won't resign my membership like some foolishly do, but I won't fund your stupidity either. You can sit in Fairfax and...whatever.

I do believe, however, that Meredith missed a few reasons that we won't be coming to the Lefties side on gun control, and I'd like to toss them out here.

Reason #7: You insist on personally insulting us and threatening us with theft and bodily harm. While this is in part contained in some of the earlier reasons, it needs to be pulled out as a stand alone. You want to take our property--our guns, ammo and accessories--by force and without compensation. You threaten to do this by force, and cowardly enough, by using the coercive force of government. You don't even have the minimal guts of the Antifa, who will at least pick up a stick and fight for themselves. You are, in effect, making the case for the Second Amendment that was the very reason the Founding Fathers had for writing it into the Constitution in the first place. Not smart.

Reason #8: Hypocrisy: While there are many "little people" who would like us to give up our guns, the loudest voices come from elected officials and famous people who have the wherewithal to have either state-funded or private armed security to protect them. Yet they would have us be denied the most effective form of self-defense that exists. That doesn't sit well with most of us.

Reason #9: Because Fuck You. Yes, Fuck You. And you, and you and you, and particularly you. Because we see through you. We know that "gun control" itself is just "a good first step." For you, the removal of our gun rights is simply part of a greater project in which you self-appointed smarter-than-everyone-else-in-the-room types will tell all of us how to live, because we're too damn dumb to figure it our ourselves. Well, Fuck You. We know what you're up to. We've seen this movie before. We're not going to get in the box cars quietly. We won't answer that 3 AM knock on the door bare-handed. We will not be sent to re-education camps without a fight.

Yeah, I'm not a civil as Ms. Meredith Dake-O'Connor. I'm a ticked off old fart who is over the BS. As so many others have said, we had a conversation on guns, and you lost the debate. Get off my lawn.