HPD: Man beaten, another choked to death after road rage incident | News – Home

Police said while the older driver was being attacked, his son got out of the truck and tried to defend his father. Officers said there was at least a 100-pound difference between the young man and Brown,but in that moment, detectives say, the younger man jumped on Brown’s back and put him in a choke hold.

“While the older driver’s son was on the other driver’s back, he was yelling ‘Call 911. Call 911.’ The driver of the Nissan collapsed before emergency crews arrived,” said Sosa.

via HPD: Man beaten, another choked to death after road rage incident | News – Home.

Assuming the son is “no billed” by the grand jury, the lesson here is that if the use of deadly force is justified, the means by which that deadly force is applied is irrelevant.  By all accounts, this is just a son defending a father. The Nissan driver, according to statements, was the aggressor and was using unlawful force against the Ford driver, an elderly man.  The Nissan driver also issued threats to the effect that he would hunt down the other driver’s family. It appears he won’t be hunting anyone going forward.


Bloomberg Plans a $50 Million Challenge to the N.R.A. – NYTimes.com

“Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence…”

via Bloomberg Plans a $50 Million Challenge to the N.R.A. – NYTimes.com.


Ugh.  What people need to understand first is that “gun violence” is a made up term. Violence is either lawful or unlawful, regardless of the tool used to commit said violence. Far more people are killed and injured annually as a result of what is actually criminal use of a motor vehicle through driving under the influence, speeding, and (increasingly) distracted driving.  And yet, no one calls it “vehicular violence” even when there are actual criminal charges such as “vehicular assault.” And we certainly aren’t in a rush to ban private ownership of vehicles. Again, this is a completely made up term to suit a political agenda.

Bloomberg and others of his ilk will say they respect the 2nd Amendment. They don’t. At least not as it’s written. They choose to interpret it as a collective right for the rest of us while reserving it as an individual right to themselves by way of a phalanx of armed security personnel. And yet if you point out this hypocrisy, the answer is usually one of two things. They are considered “high profile” or “high risk,” neither of which would apply if they’d just shut up and stopped sticking their noses into other people’s lives.


Remington Model 700 and Model Seven Recall

Remington Arms Company, LLC (“Remington”) is voluntarily recalling Remington Model 700™ and Model Seven™ rifles which were manufactured from May 1, 2006 through April 9, 2014 and which have an X-Mark Pro® (“XMP®”) trigger. All product manufactured after April 9, 2014 is not subject to recall.

via Remington Recall.

Yup, ALL Remington Model 700 and Model Seven rifles with X-Mark Pro® triggers, manufactured between May 1, 2006 and April 9, 2014 are being recalled. Why? Because according to Remington, some of these rifles may have had excessive amounts of bonding agent applied to their trigger assemblies.

While Remington stands by the XMP trigger design, they say they are acting out of an abundance of caution and recalling all such rifles.  You’ll want to look at the actual recall notice itself for details.  but, they have created a dedicated website and hotline for the recall.

Remington is providing free return and service of the rifles. Details are provided via the website and help desk. Per Remington’s statement, do not attempt to fix or diagnose the rifle yourself. Owners are asked to stop using their rifles immediately and contract Remington to arrange return and service.  Again, this is FREE. My own Remington 700 SPS Varminter is under recall and will be headed back to Remington soon.



Test, Examination and Classification of 7N6 5.45×39 Ammunition | ATF

Test, Examination and Classification of 7N6 5.45×39 Ammunition | ATF.

April 7, 2014


Test, Examination and Classification of 7N6 5.45×39 Ammunition

On March 5, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) received a  request from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) to conduct a test, examination and classification of Russian-made 7N6 5.45×39 ammunition for purposes of determining whether it is considered  “armor piercing ammunition” as defined by the Gun Control Act (GCA), as amended. Since 1986, the GCA has prohibited the importation of armor piercing ammunition unless it is destined for government use or testing.  The imported ammunition about which CBP was inquiring was not destined for either excepted purpose.

The Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA), as amended, defines the term “armor piercing ammunition” as:

“(i)      a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely (excluding the presence of traces of other substances) from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium; or

(ii)        a  full jacketed projectile larger than .22 caliber designed and intended for use in a handgun and whose jacket has a weight of more than 25 percent of the total weight of the projectile.”  (emphasis added)

When ATF tested the 7N6 samples provided by CBP, they were found to contain a steel core.  ATF’s analysis also concluded that the ammunition could be used in a commercially available handgun, the Fabryka Bronie Radom, Model Onyks 89S, 5.45×39 caliber semi-automatic pistol, which was approved for importation into the United States in November 2011.  Accordingly, the ammunition is “armor piercing” under the section 921(a)(17)(B)(i) and is therefore not importable.  ATF’s determination applies only to the Russian-made 7N6 ammunition analyzed, not to all 5.45×39 ammunition.  Ammunition of that caliber using projectiles without a steel core would have to be independently examined to determine their importability.

Famous last words, “Don’t worry; It’s not loaded…”

If I’ve heard that phrase once, I’ve heard it a thousand times. And out of those 1000 times, 999 of them involved an act of extreme negligence, stupidity, or both occurring immediate before or immediately after those words were uttered by someone committing the aforementioned act. Today was no different.

I was wrapping up my Krav Maga workout for the day when a classmate indicated her car wouldn’t start. A young, recent college graduate, she did what many young, recent college grads do, he called “Dad” for help…And to the rescue he came. I don’t hold that against her…I was that kid too about 15 years ago and I too would have called “Dad.”  Dads are great and fortunately, I’d already helped the young lady get her car started by the time “Dad” arrived.”

“Dad” was a nice enough guy and very gracious for the help we’d extended to his daughter.  Both of them are indeed very nice people. After he’d expressed his gratitude, we continued exchanging pleasantries and talked about his daughter’s misadventures with the offending car that has left her stranded in some bad parts of town on occasion. And this is where things get “interesting.”

“Dad” attempts to illustrate the hilarity of being a worried dad in a bad part of town, trying to “fix” his daughter’s car while keeping his gun handy just in case.  “Dad,” in a series of goofy, unsolicited moves, struggles briefly to remove a small, .380 caliber handgun from his right front pocket with his right hand. It’s in some sort of “tactical pocket sock,” and he then shuffles it to his left hand before placing it under his left armpit.  All the while pointing the muzzle at a dear friend of mine standing a few feet forward and to my right, in front of my truck.

My friend is a pretty smart women with cat like reflexes who instantly removed herself from the direction of the muzzle before I said anything to her. Knowing the man meant no harm, it is still unsettling and I think he saw my demeanor instantly shift from jovial to borderline hostile (as it tends to do when people unnecessarily face me with a gun in their hand). With my friend now out of the way and my smile gone, “Dad” now sheepishly begins to put the gun back in his pocket and utters those familiar words, “Don’t worry; it’s not loaded…”

How many times do we have to say it? Always treat every gun as if it were loaded, period. No ifs, ands, or butts…All guns are assumed to be loaded even if Jesus Christ himself says otherwise.  And then there’s the fact it’s just plain rude and offensive gesture to unnecessarily face another man with a gun in your hand. To do so is typically viewed as a threat and legally interpreted as deadly conduct. Don’t be a rude criminal. Keep your gun in its holster. Don’t tell me “…it’s not loaded.”

As it happens, everyone I know who has ever been “accidentally” shot, was shot with a gun that someone thought was unloaded at the time. Don’t be a statistic or the next news story in which the media says, “…the gun discharged without warning.” You will win the lottery twice and be struck by lightning each time before a gun “just goes off.” Invariably, someone failed to treat the gun as if it were loaded, allowed their booger-hook to interact with the bang-switch, and the gun worked as advertised. Don’t be THAT guy!


Well that didn’t take long…Chicago has it’s first concealed carry permit arrest.

The state police have revoked O’Connell’s permit based on a provision of the concealed carry law that says permit holders can’t be the subject of a “proceeding for an offense or action that could lead to disqualification to own or possess a firearm,” said Monique Bond, a spokeswoman for the agency.

via NW Side man is first concealed carry permit holder arrested in Chicago – Chicago Sun-Times.


As much as I hated Chicago’s gun laws, this does us no favors and as expected, the mainstream media is all over it.  It would be interesting to know why Mr. O’Connell felt the need to pull a gun in a dispute over rent money. There may be more to it. I hope there’s more to it. There really needs to be more to it. Otherwise, Mr. O’Connell is living proof that for every stupid rule/law, there was some idiot who made it necessary.


Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead…Piers Morgan’s show is over…

Piers Morgan — “To those who claim my gun control campaign has been anti-American, well, the reverse is true. I’m so pro-American I want more of you to stay alive,” he said, adding, “Now it’s down to you.”

via  – Yahoo TV.


No Piers, you’re quite anti-American and anti-freedom. You came to the US only because your native country can’t stand you either and was likely to prosecute you for your unethical behavior.  You hate the most basic of American freedoms, the one that allowed us to enforce our independence from yours.  If you prefer to live among unarmed peasants, you have the option of returning home…Exercise it, please.

High court bolsters domestic violence gun ban law – Yahoo News

“People convicted of minor domestic violence offenses can be barred from possessing guns even in states where no proof of physical violence is required to support the domestic violence charge, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday

via High court bolsters domestic violence gun ban law – Yahoo News.”

Well there’s a miscarriage of justice. NO PROOF REQUIRED! Just the mere accusation is sufficient to destroy your life. One step forward, two steps back SCOTUS.


Off-duty Houston firefighter shot dead by neighbor – CBS News

“No one did anything wrong. It was just a confluence of events that provoked a tragedy,” 0Parker said. “My understanding is that the firefighter, off-duty, had been out. He did what he was supposed to do: He took a cab ride home, got dropped off in the wrong place and wasn’t aware of it. [He] tried to get into what he thought was his house and was tragically shot.”

via Off-duty Houston firefighter shot dead by neighbor – CBS News.


I’m actually rather impressed that Houston’s mayor, or any liberal Democrat, is actually capable of taking this stance on such things. Of course, they nearly all make exceptions when it’s actually their own home. Anyone else needs to be a good victim.

All the political BS aside, it is indeed a tragedy.  There will be those who scream “murder!” because they believe she should have called 911 and waited until he was in her home and sobered up to do anything about it. After all, he didn’t mean to harm anyone one.  But, how many home invasions, robberies, rapes, and murders start under seemingly identical circumstances for the poor woman whose home he tried to enter? Is she supposed to assume all the risks and just see what happens once he’s in?