In light of a recent attack on a US Military Recruiting station and Reserve Depot that left five servicemen dead, American veterans and civilians have been exercising both word and action. They have been not only demanding the repeal of a policy that forbids service members to carry firearms but guarding the recruiting stations with their own time, manpower and weapons until that policy change is made.
While the idea itself is noble, it has raised as much controversy as it has praise. Just recently, the US Army issued a warning for all recruiters, demanding they treat the armed volunteers as a security threat. The Defense Department, currently reviewing solutions to the lack of armed troops, has asked civilian volunteers to stop guarding the centers altogether, with several National Guard Units relieving the volunteers of their posts in their respective states.
Brazil-based handgun maker Forjas Taurus SA has agreed to a $39 million settlement in a class action lawsuit alleging some of the company’s most popular semi-automatic handguns can discharge when dropped and have a defective safety that allows the gun to fire even when it’s engaged.
According to court documents filed May 15 in a U.S. District Court in Florida, the company has agreed to pay up to $30 million to owners of nine separate handgun mode who opt to send their pistols back, with owners receiving anywhere from $150 to $200 for their pistols depending on how many choose that option.
The agreement also will extend the warranty for the nine handgun models, allowing gun owners to send the pistols back to have the handguns inspected by Taurus technicians and address the “safety defects” alleged in the suit. Documents show the settlement could include as many as 100,000 handguns.
There’s a line in the film, “Two Guns,” where one of the lead characters says to the other, “Never rob a bank across from the best donut shop in three counties.” Well, this guy didn’t rob a bank and it isn’t a donut shop but, it’s close enough. Instead, he apparently burgled a favorite pit stop in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, about 20 miles north of Lafayette. It almost seems Lt. Higgins is taking that personally. I’d say I feel sorry for the suspect but, he brought it on himself and it sounds like his life is going to suck for at least a year…His burglary is considered a felony.
This week’s podcast is up! Jeff is still fuming a bit. I’ll have to again advise listeners that this episode’s language gets a little rough. But, we cover listener questions on affordable guns, open carry, and we even got a little gossip from a friend of a friend who participated in operation Jade Helm. Please adjust your tin foil now.
“LANCASTER, Ohio — An armed volunteer guarding an Army recruiting station in the River Valley Mall area has been charged with a misdemeanor after he accidentally fired his AR-15 rifle this afternoon.
One shot was fired, and no one was injured, Lt. Shane Wilson said.
Someone from the recruiting station at 1530 River Valley Blvd. flagged down an officer at 12:01 p.m. to report the incident, Wilson said.
Christopher A. Reed, 28, of Lancaster, was charged with discharging a firearm in the city limits, and was issued a summons to appear in Fairfield County Municipal Court on Tuesday, according to the police incident report. “
Sadly, this was predictable. But it’s not a knock against civilians. Few will admit it but, their own ineptitude at times is one of the big reasons there’s such aversion to allowing military personnel to carry guns in their own defense. There is an assumption by many that being in the military or police makes one an “expert” in carrying arms. That assumption is false.
I have lost count of the number of times I have attended training with people who were supposedly high speed low drag only to see some of the biggest egos get pulled aside by the instructor and taken back to day one, hour one…”This is a gun. It is a dangerous tool. Don’t point it at yourself, at me, or anyone/anything you don’t intend to shoot. Keep your booger-hook off the freaking bang-switch!” The eye opening moment for me came when I attended the Concealed Handgun License instructor course for the first time in Texas. I had veteran cops in my class who were scared they couldn’t meet the 90% accuracy standard on a test that I’ve seen a blind man pass! Let’s not even discuss the safe handling and storage of a firearm.