The next wall to be torn down

I chatted with a couple of IPSC shooters from my home and native land this month at the Desert Classic, asking them about the chances of getting some form of concealed carry up north. 

“No way”, they said, (No, they did NOT say ‘Eh?”. Sorry, another sterotype bites the dust. I digress….), “The Prohibited / Restricted list needs to go first.” 

And the door is now open to that, thanks to the ineptitude of the New Democrats, Canada’s most socialist political party

The laws were written in such a way to ensnare the maximum possible number of firearms into the prohibited and restricted categories, severely curtailing their availability to the public. But since the government of the day — the Jean Chrétien-led Liberals — didn’t want to admit that was their intention, they had to hide their motives behind benign-sounding technical jargon. In doing so, they created a bureaucratic monster.

The NDP are its latest victims. Ruger, an American-based firearms manufacturer, builds the Mini-14 rifles, in several different variants. The different variants are essentially identical in terms of their mechanical operation — the “guts” of the rifle, with the highly complex moving parts and delicate components — are common across every variant. Only the finishing touches differ, and those are easy to slap on in the final phase of manufacture.

Canadians and Californians alike are beginning to realize that banning inanimate objects on the basis of their appearance leads to bad laws. Criminals ignore those laws, making them even worse, and soon the realization comes that the best way to get rid of a bad law is to, well, get rid of it.

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It’s the season for giving

I’ve never done a post about helping out and clicking on the banners or ad links on this blog, because I do this ’cause I like blogging and shooting, not to make money. 

But. 

I figure it’s Christmas and that means crass commercialism, so if you’re so inclined, I added my Amazon.com “gun wishlist” to the sidebar for your convenience. 

Thanks, and keep them cards and letters and pageviews a-comin’ in! 

K

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Another Goblin Bites The Dust

Get offa ma lawn

Phoenix police said a woman shot and killed an intruder in her backyard Monday afternoon.

The 35-year-old woman saw two men in her backyard near 45th Street and Roeser Road at noon and then three hours later saw them again, according to Officer James Holmes.

The woman opened her door and ordered them to leave her property. One of the suspects then reportedly pointed a gun at her.

In fear for her own life and the life of her 13-year-old daughter, the woman fired at the suspect, striking him at least once, according to Holmes. The 29-year-old man died at a local hospital. His name has not been released.

But wait, there’s more!

Holmes said the incident started earlier in the day when the woman saw two males in the backyard around noon.
She called her husband who told her to get out a gun, Holmes said.
Around 3 p.m. the woman saw two males in her backyard again and went out to check. 

Kudos to that family for having the means, foresight and the will to defend themselves. 

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Shoot for shootin’s sake

I got in a little trigger time with my brother over the Thanksgiving Day weekend, just us, a few friends and a variety of guns, the great oudoors and I realized something on the way back.

I don’t like shooting for shooting’s sake anymore. 

I like to go the range, and I like to shoot, but if I go to the range these days, it’s practice for a specific skill or skills that I need to improve, and not just shooting to go shoot. 

I still like to socialize while shooting, but I guess I don’t see a trip to the range just to go send lead downrange as a fun thing anymore. 

Not that there’s anything wrong about that.

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Threats analysis

I’ve been thinking more about the comment I left in a post last week.

There are, as I see it, two kinds of violent encounters: Predatorial and Adversarial. 

The “sudden encounter” is a predator attack, be it mugger, rapist or Rottweiler. Those types of encounter require you to be on your game rightthisveryinstant and respond to the attack with enough force to end things.

The Adversarial attack is road rage or the loudmouth in bar itchin’ for a fight or the jealous spouse of a co-worker or the fight between friends that gets out of hand. Those happen on pretty well-defined patterns, and if they get out of hand, they get out of hand in predictable paths that can be countered (or better yet, de-escalated) in predictable ways. 

And as things are now, we spend a LOT of time preparing and training for the Predatorial attack: The mugger, the home invasion, the sexual assault. It’s not that these kinds of attacks aren’t real, it’s that for us law-abiding folk, they are just not that common. 

Predators tend to prey on the weak, and if you’ve taken the steps needed to secure your family at and away from home, you are not easy pickin’s no more. When such an attack happens, there’s little you can do to de-escalate the action, in fact, trying to de-escalate it will probably get you killed dead. Such an attack requires the immediate and swift application of force sufficient to end the threat. Anything less just ain’t enough.

Which leaves adversarial encounters. These differ in that we can and should control the level of force needed to end things. “A soft answer turneth away wrath” ain’t in the Bible because it sounds nice, it’s in there ’cause it works. 

Adversarial encounters can get out of hand quickly if no one choses to de-escalate. Ask any cop who’s had to arrest someone for a barfight or the murder of a friend and he’ll tell you the number one thing they’ll hear from the poor soul who’s now cuffed on the curb is “Why didn’t he just back down?”. 

I turn that around and ask “Why didn’t YOU just back down?”

Is an insult, a bad lane change or a loud remark worth twenty years of your life and the loss of your firearms freedoms? Is it worth not seeing your kids grow up or your friends? Is it worth a black mark on your record that will follow you wherever you go? 

We spend hours on the range and in the dojo preparing for the predator’s attack. How much time do we spend learning the difference between backing down and giving up? 

 

You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.

I like Scottsdale Gun Club. I tried unsuccessfully to get a job there, and I had a blast a few years ago shooting full-auto and NFA guns there while the NRA was in town. I think they’ve shown other ranges across the country what a professional, high-quality gun club should look like. 

And then they go do something like this

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz – An Arizona gun club is putting a new twist on Christmas by inviting families to pose for a photo with Santa Claus and a gun.

The Scottsdale Gun Club is hosting what they call a family event that allows people to take a holiday card picture with St. Nick, and a high-powered firearm. 

Really? Explain to me, SGC, how having a premium membership lounge and the best collection of black rifles and custom 1911’s west of the Mississippi coincides with getting pictures of the lil’ nippers next to Kris Kringle and a Kriss Vector, ’cause I ain’t gettin’ it, and I do marketing for a living. 

All that time and effort put into building up Scottsdale Gun Club as a premium brand has now been flushed down the toilet. Yes, they’ll get (and are getting) a lot of press over this stunt, but not all publicity is good publicity, as they will soon find out. 

What’s next, a free budgie with every gun sold

 

Is there a problem, officer?

I’ve been pulled over twice since I got my CCW, once for expired tags: It seems that if you give ADOT your email, they never, ever, EVER send another piece of paper to your house, ever, so you’d better give them an email address you check regularly or your renewal notice might get overlooked. 

Ask me how I know this. 

And the other time I was stopped was for doing 53 in a 35, just north of Globe.

Oops.

On both stops, I told the officer I had a CCW and where my gun(s) were. According to Arizona law, I didn’t NEED to inform John Law that I had a gun, but I went ahead and did it anyways. 

Why? Two reasons. 

I don’t want the cop’s threat level to be any higher than it needs to be, and I want him to know I’m on his side. As anyone who watches “Cops” knows, traffic stops can go real bad real fast. I want everything to go smooth as silk almost as much as the cop does, so I don’t want my sidearm to come as a surprise to him. And I want thte cop to know that yes, I have I gun, but no, I am not a rogue cell of the Campaign for Canadian World Domination

The advantage of all of this is that cops know that people who play by the rules aren’t the issue. Even though I was speeding and my tags were a couple of months out of date, I got off with warnings each time. 

If all else fails, try telling the truth. 

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Right tool at the right time

I’ve been re-thinking my daily carry as of late. I usually have enough gun, but do I have of everything else? 

Here’s what the police use

  1. Physical Presence
  2. Soft Hands
  3. Mace or Pepper Spray
  4. Hard Hands
  5. Police Baton, Taser, etc.
  6. Threat of Deadly Force
  7. Deadly Force

Now, I’m not a cop, nor do I want to be. My job is not to serve and protect society as whole, my job is to serve my family and protect them from harm, but there are some gaps in my own personal force continuum. 

I’m learning karate to fill in steps 2 and 4, but I don’t carry any other less-lethal options with me on a regular basis. 

And that needs to change. I need to able to meet force with force (and then a little more so i can end the fight). Aside from that, there are many advantages of carrying pepper spray: 

  • I can carry it where I can’t carry a gun. 
  • It works against dogs and other critters as well as it does people
  • It can end a non-lethal encounter right quickly
  • It’s super-easy to conceal 

So now it’s off to Sportsman’s Warehouse for a keychain pepper spray can for everyday carry, so I can match the tool to the work that needs to be done.

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