I’ve already said that I consider the S.W.A.T. television series to be much inferior to the Canadian version (from a few years back) Flashpoint. Sure S.W.A.T. can afford to blow more stuff up than the budget allowed to Flashpoint, but that just means that they spend time blowing stuff up, and crashing cars, or whatever, instead of actually having to tell a story.
That said I have seen more than my allotted share of S.W.A.T. episodes. Case in point, an episode that originally aired on March 4th, they talk about a suspect who owns and AR-15, but the gun that guy uses is clearly fully automatic, not semiautomatic.
If you have access to episode, via a cable recording or whatever, the offending sequence starts at about 6 minutes and 30 seconds into the program.
Because if you are going to be anti-gun, and you have access to a big megaphone, why not tell lies? </sarcasm>
And they aren’t used for suicide more often than self-defense. Here’s the story of the day. Bogus Study Claims Guns Used In Suicide More Than Self-Defense.
Which is wrong. Click thru for the details. (Hat tip to MaddMedic.)
Here’s a link to the story about how Canada changing the laws around handguns had virtually no impact on the suicide rate, while it did change the methods used. Suicide vs “Gun-death” Suicide.
A study of 20,851 suicides in Quebec from 1990 to 2005 found that hanging, strangulation and suffocation were the principal causes of death (males, age-adjusted rate of 15.6 per 100,000; females, 3.6), followed by poisoning (males: 5.7; females: 2.9).
Should Canada tightly restrict access to rope? I mean that must be what causes suicide right?
And here’s a link to the Archives from 2012 comparing methods used between Canada and the US. (At the time, both countries had suicide rates that were comparable.) TFS Magnum – Archives: Canadian Suicide and the Myth of “Gun Deaths”
Well it turns out, that people don’t commit suicide because they have access to firearms. When they decide to commit suicide, they turn to whatever means they have available. Be fair, do you really think that Canada should enact “rope control” to cut down on the “rope deaths” – that is hangings – in this statistic? (It would be “for the children.”)
Both of my previous posts have some graphics, if your interested.
The North Carolina sheriff stopped issuing pistol-purchase permits because of COVID-19. Wake sheriff to resume pistol permit applications halted by coronavirus concerns.
He still gets to take COVID-19 into account, but he has to issue permits.
The consent order gives Baker up to seven days to implement the changes needed to resume accepting pistol purchase applications. Information on the modified application process will be available on the Sheriff’s Office Pistol Permits Office’s website in the next few days.
Concealed carry permits are still on hold because they stopped doing fingerprinting. Infectious disease protocols, don’t you know.
So why is any sheriff issuing “purchase permits?” Seems very anti-Second-Amendment to me. (Hat tip to Pirate’s Cove.)
They’ve been mugged by reality. Choose Your Weapon.
As most of these things go, they follow one person. A new gun owner. A woman in her 60s.
“I’m old and I live alone, and we don’t know if there’s going to be civil unrest. The world is not the same.” She added, “It didn’t have to be this way.”
She purchased a gun, and ammunition, and she said one of her son’s friends, a soldier, was going to give her some training.
The owner of the store mentioned that there has been a rush to buy weapons, and lot of the first-time buyers are liberals.
“I think she’s a liberal,” Bales said, once the door closed. “There’s so many coming in. First-time-gun-owner liberals. I’ve probably seen ten this week. It’s so funny, because I hope it just turns them on to liking the Second Amendment. I mean, the Constitution was created for a reason. To protect us.”
Hat tip to Shot in the Dark: A Conservative Is A Liberal That’s Been Mugged (By Reality), who notes…
If you are a new gun owner? Perhaps coming from the left?
On behalf of everyone who’s spent decades fighting to keep the right to keep and bear arms safe, you’re welcome.
Heh. Michigan Firearm Maker Awards Special “AR-14” to Auto Worker Who Challenged Biden on 2A.
During Biden’s tour of the new plant Mr. Wayne took his chance and asked the former Vice President a question about his Second Amendment policy, “Why are you actively trying to end our Second Amendment rights and take away our guns?”
Biden blew a gasket that anyone would question him. Especially a peon. He went on about how you “don’t need an AR-14,” which as far as I know, didn’t exist before the confrontation. (Though Armalite does have any number of models…)
Mr. Wayne’s courage caught the eye of a local firearm manufacturer in Michigan call Next Level Armament and they decided to award the autoworker with a very special edition AR-15 model “AR-14” for his convictions.
Very cool. Click the link above for a nice picture of the “AR-14.” They did a nice job with the customizing. (Hat tip to 90 Miles from Tyranny.)
While they enjoy professional, armed security. 11 Examples of Bloomberg’s Folly on Defensive Gun Use.
The reality is that Bloomberg, as a wealthy white man living in upper-class neighborhoods, is statistically far less likely to be a victim of violent crime than most other Americans.
But you’d never know it from the way he spends hundreds of millions of dollars advocating gun laws that reserve armed protection for the special few.
Because he is better than you, and you should know your place.
He was arrested for having “hollow point ammunition.” But the state’s own website lists the ammunition he had as being legal. He was licensed to carry a concealed firearm. He was in New Jersey.
Here is Colion Noir’s take on the situation. The video is less than 5 minutes, so…
Hat tip to Moonbattery.
The linked article is mostly about a surge in concealed carry permits, but also covers 2nd Amendment sanctuary counties, and more gun control. Record number of Minnesotans have permits to carry guns in public.
Permit holder Sarah Cade Hauptman said that carrying a firearm “gives you more options to respond to dangerous situations. It’s all about having a choice and a chance.”
Hauptman, of Maplewood, said she frames her thinking about the law in terms of being a woman and a feminist.
“I view my gun as a tool that gives me parity of force with bigger, stronger or more numerous opponents,” she said. “I have the ability to enforce decisions about my body and my boundaries without depending on others.
Strange to see that in The Star Tribune.
There are the usually hand-wringers/gun-haters and one statement from a cop who admits he was wrong.
Looking back, Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie is reassessing his wariness since permit-to-carry in Minnesota became law 17 years ago, back when he was a top St. Paul police administrator and the proposal promoted by the National Rifle Association was under heated debate at the Legislature.
“I was opposed; I just thought it was, I don’t know, scary,” Leslie said last week, referring to the 2001 push to ease restrictions on what was loosely known as conceal-and-carry. “As I have lived through this, I’ve learned it’s been much more freeing for people to have some control back. They want to exercise this right.”
Here’s hoping Minnesota can retain its freedom.
Because they hate all gun owners, even the ones licensed for their work. New Jersey: Carry-Licensed Security Guard Arrested for So-Called “Hollowpoint” Ammo.
What a load of crock.
The New Jersey State Police Firearms Information FAQ website specifically states:
“Ammunition lacking a hollow cavity at the tip, such as those with polymer filling, are not considered to be hollow point ammunition. An example of this can be seen with the Hornaday Critical Defense #ad / Critical Duty, Car-Bon PowRball / Glaser Safety Slug and Nosler Inc. Defense ammunition.” (Emphasis added.)
Roselle Park Police Officer Louis Plock, nonetheless, arrested and charged Twyne under NJS 2C:39-3F(1) (possession of hollow nose ammunition) for possessing the above-mentioned Hornady Critical Duty ammo #ad.
The guy is suspended from his job. The cops will face no problems because cops don’t have to know or obey the law; only you have to do that.
There is a GoGetFunding page set up for this guy. Legal fees. Unemployment.
Your history lesson for the week. You might learn something. (It will only hurt for a minute!) The Black Church Tradition of Arms, W.E.B. DuBois, and Bethel Church of Philadelphia.
Reading an excerpt from The Souls of Black Folk by the great African-American intellectual W.E.B. DuBois for my sociological theory class last week, I came across the interesting description of Philadelphia’s Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church copied above, including the reference to “a company of militia.”
A militia because where do you turn when the authorities may be a part of the problem?
The entire article is worth a moment of your time. And why aren’t your reading Professor Yamane’s writing? That’s worth your time as well.
Cheers Erupt When VA’s ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban and Magazine Confiscation Bill Fails to Pass…for Now
The Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee voted to not move forward with HB961, the “assault weapons” ban and magazine confiscation bill, on Monday for the rest of the year.
What happens after the election is probably another story. (Hat tip to Daley Gator)
The Left never wants to look at the per capita, and they usually want to exclude some data. (Don’t clutter the issue with facts!) Sorry, Despite Gun-Control Advocates’ Claims, U.S. Isn’t The Worst Country For Mass Shootings.
There were also 27% more casualties from 2009 to 2015 per mass shooting incident in the European Union than in the U.S.
“There were 16 cases where at least 15 people were killed,” the study said. “Out of those cases, four were in the United States, two in Germany, France, and the United Kingdom.”
“But the U.S. has a population four times greater than Germany’s and five times the U.K.’s, so on a per-capita basis the U.S. ranks low in comparison — actually, those two countries would have had a frequency of attacks 1.96 (Germany) and 2.46 (UK) times higher.”
Lots of good stats, so click thru and take a look.
Hat tip to Say Uncle.
Well probably not the last word, but I love the image. Sic Semper Tyrannis.
The MSM was anticipating the violence like your puppy waiting for you to come home from work so he can anoint your shoes with the wee-wee of joy. And it didn’t happen.
And of course Virginia passed even more draconian gun laws after the rally.
I can’t do better than quote Tam, at View From The Porch, from 2011. Hats off, please…
It would not be an exaggeration to divide the world of metallic cartridge firearms to the periods “Before Browning” and “After Browning”. This is the guy who invented the slide on the automatic pistol.
Click that link for a list of his accomplishments.
Two videos from the Virginia 2A protest.
But then it was drummed up by the media to justify the anti-constitutional moves by Virginia government. FAKE NEWS: CNN, MSNBC Spread Fear of ‘White Nationalists’ Causing ‘Violence’ in Virginia.
Fortunately for the sake of the truth, CNN correspondent Sara Sidner didn’t engage in the nonsense her colleagues (and competitors) engaged in. During At This Hour and CNN Right Now, she engaged in real journalism by explaining that not one of the concerns heading into the rally came to fruition
Click thru for a video montage of the MSNBC/CNN insanity. (Hat tip to Weasel Zippers.)
I thought I had written about this, when it first came to my attention, but apparently I only commented on it. US Air Force Survival Rifle: GAU-5A ASDW.
The GAU-5A ASDW is a 5.56x45mm M4 based platform. The chief difference is the QD barrel/handguard and folding pistol grip. These allow for a substantially smaller foot-print. The GAU-5A utilizes a Quick Release Barrel (QBR) system from Cry Havoc Tactical and a FAB Defense AGF-43S Folding Pistol Grip.
What follows is a video from Cry Havoc Tactical, the folks who developed the quick-release barrel setup for the AR platform.
I’m not sure where I saw this first. I know it came up in the comments at Chant du Départ, but I don’t think that’s where I first encountered this. I find the quick-disconnect fascinating, especially knowing that the Air Force put it thru tests. If I had a need for a backpack rifle, this would be an interesting option.
Because that’s the world that we live in. ‘We believe this is a ministry’: Ozarks-based company offers active-shooter training for churches.
The guy they interview, Roger Moore, of Peacekeepers Training, said that average response time to an event like this is 7 minutes.
“Most of these incidents are over in four minutes or less,” Moore said. “What that tells me is that if you do not have an armed, intervention-capable person on the scene prepared to intervene, then the likelihood is they are going to carry out the assault until the police arrive.”
The training sounds pretty good, for a 3 day course.
Instructors cover a broad range of topics including keeping the church property safe and secure, how to identify threats, how to deal with the chaotic environment that happens when there is an active shooter, how to communicate with law enforcement and how to treat gunshot wounds.
I wish more organizations would take security seriously.
In NYC it is a “permit to own” not a permit to carry. Gun Permit Applications Surge Nearly 1,000% in New York Jewish Community.
And if it went from 1 to 10, or from 10 to 100, that would be 1000 percent. That is the trouble with small numbers, they don’t lend themselves to statistical reasoning.
And until NYC and New York State get rid of their insane gun laws it won’t help. They can’t carry guns on the street, so they will continue to be disarmed when they are attacked by the antisemitic monsters in NYC.
Still, it is a beginning. (Hat tip to New Jovian Thunderbolt.)
I wish I knew where this image originated, because it is wonderful. If you are celebrating Hanukah, then I hope you are enjoying the holidays.