And the new anti-gun push begins…

091613_otr_timeline_640Before all the facts are in and the details of what really happened are known, predictably, the spin machine is already running. News outlets were quick to seize on yet another opportunity to vilify guns, especially the AR-15 (whether one was actually used or not) and semi-automatic pistols. The anti-gun push has already begun.  Never mind the fact this happened in a city where gun ownership was nearly completely outlawed until 2008 and even since then has been largely impractical. So much so, Emily Miller developed an entire news column, blog, and book on the process of acquiring a firearm in the District. But the reality is, gun control failed here, miserably. It only served to create a target/victim rich environment that ultimately claimed the lives of twelve people and injured at least a dozen others.

mediaguidetofirearmsThis morning, it is clear that the media has no clue what happened. In the firearms community, we all know that few in the media know a shotgun from a rifle and fewer still know an M-16 from an AK-47.  let’s not get into the differences between an M-16 and Ar-15 but, that too is a well known point of confusion and ignorance.  Still, we’ve already seen reports that an AR-15 was involved as well as a Glock.  It’s hell to be black…typically any semi-automatic handgun that is black in color, is a Glock.  Actually, that’s racist and we know “journalists” aren’t racists. The reality is, if it’s a handgun or looks like a handgun…It’s a Glock to the average journalist. Of course, they were also quick to say the guns were legally acquired but, they’ve had to retract/bury that because later, the report was video indicating this all started with a shotgun and that all other firearms taken from dead/injured first-responders. The latest news is that an AR-15 may not have been involved at all. The reality is, we don’t know. None of us outside the actual investigation really knows what happened and it may be weeks or months before we have all the details.

The fact we don’t know will not stop the anti-gun crowd from throwing the first brick and predictably, those of us on the other side of the issue will have to bust open our own bag of rocks. But I submit that a renewed debate serves no purpose other than a political exercise for those interested in playing those games.  The harsh reality is, all it takes is a typical garbage bag to kill and disarm your average sentry or police officer if he’s not expecting it. From there, it would be easy enough to acquire new weapons at the scene.  A goal oriented person is going to do damage no matter what legislation we pass so it would seem then there is little to be accomplished by additional gun control measures unless we’re going to take to disarming everyone, especially, the government and its agents, solely for the purpose of eliminating their weapons as a potential hazard. After all, we certainly don’t want NYPD showing up to save the day…They’ve shot at least 15 innocent bystanders in the 12 months in efforts to subdue a grand total of 3 suspects. Given those odds, I’ll take my chances with the bad guys having guns.

And finally, in the days ahead, we’ll go from interviews with friends and family who are predictably “shocked” and “can’t believe he [the shooter] was capable of such violence…” to finding out the shooter had a wide range of mental health issues that may or may not have been treated but, were still somehow documented. Failing mental health is perhaps the single most common thread among all mass murders and has long been a major problem in this country. Sandy Hook, Aurora, Tuscon, Virginia Tech, the list goes on. Not to mention that fully half or more of all firearm related fatalities are suicides, another symptom of mental illness.  But like petulant children, liberals and the media outlets they control, will insist on vilifying the tool if ever there is a gun involved.

-Gary

At least 10 people injured in shooting at Navy building in Washington | Fox News

Here’s the latest news on the Navy Yard shooting in Washington D.C…Reports vary about how many people are dead. One report said ten were dead, another said ten injured. Some have said multiple shooters while another said a single shooter had been killed. It’s all unknown and unconfirmed to at this time and little if anything can be confirmed. We’ll offer what we can when we can. Predictably, the President and his political hacks are all angling to for the gun-control issue. The liberal media is salivating over the possibility an AR-15 may have been used. But, with something like this happening in a military installation, AR-15/M-16 rifles would be a common sight and may not have been involved other than their use by responding police or the on post security personnel.

Navy Yard Shooting Police Line

Navy Yard Shooting Police Line

Illegal Arrest? Or Dubious Understanding of the Law?…Open Carry

Over the last 36hrs, Open Carry Texas tweeted that three of their members were “illegally arrested” for openly carrying “pre-1899 black powder revolvers” at the Texas Capitol. News of the arrest has quickly gone “viral.” Infowars.com was also there to record it and has posted video on their website and YouTube channel.

 

There are several video segments on YouTube and other sites in which Open Carry Texas members and even a DPS trooper can be seen reading Chapter 46 (Weapons) of the Texas Penal Code. Specifically, they are reading the definition of a firearm. The text of that section reads as follows:

“Firearm” means any device designed, made, or adapted to expel a projectile through a barrel by using the energy generated by an explosion or burning substance or any device readily convertible to that use. Firearm does not include a firearm that may have, as an integral part, a folding knife blade or other characteristics of weapons made illegal by this chapter and that is:
(A) an antique or curio firearm manufactured before 1899; or
(B) a replica of an antique or curio firearm manufactured before 1899, but only if the replica does not use rim fire or center fire ammunition.

I hate to be the guy taking unpopular positions but, I honestly think the troopers on the scene made a reasonable call. My father (a retired, 32-year veteran cop), was well known in his department for saying that people often know just enough about their rights to go to jail. Experience has shown me the man knows what he’s talking about. I say that because as I read Chapter 46, the cap-and-ball revolvers may be replicas of pre-1899 firearms but, they are also handguns. Being that it is currently a Class A misdemeanor under Section 46.02 to carry a handgun openly in Texas, an arrest would seem reasonable to most police officers.

It should be noted that none of the people at the scene who were carrying long guns were arrested.  This would seem to indicate DPS troopers clearly recognized that openly carrying a long gun does not, in and of itself, constitute an offense under Texas law. Now having said this, the folks at Open Carry Texas can and should cite the definition of “Firearm” under Section 46.01 in their defense but, I am not a lawyer. There’s a good chance that because of what might be seen as the vaguarities of the law, charges may be dropped…Or not. Time will tell as this story is still in play.

-Gary

Confirmed: George Zimmerman Detained By Police After Wife Said He Threatened Her Family With a Gun, Assaulted Her Father

Confirmed: George Zimmerman Detained By Police After Wife Said He Threatened Her Family With a Gun, Assaulted Her Father | TheBlaze.com.

Really, George? I know what a bunch of you are thinking.  Innocent until proven guilty! And the man was acquitted but, damn. You’d think you’d go out of your way to keep your nose clean and avoid any and all trouble or controversy after the experience Zimmerman had over the last 18 months.

An I again recognize it may not be a popular position but, I for one have never felt comfortable with the “hero” status this milk toast butterball has enjoyed in many conservative social circles. There are those of us who do not hold him blameless in the shooting that turned into a national circus but, in the interest of justice, we couldn’t see hanging a man when the evidence did not support a murder conviction or even voluntary manslaughter.

None of that meant he wasn’t a bonehead who willingly walked into a situation that got out of hand faster than he thought possible. None of that means he didn’t make decisions that put him in a position where he had to defend himself. May be it’s not fair or overly harsh but, this man’s decision making skills really do seem to be less than optimal.

-Gary

Always be ready and whenever possible, be armed…

 

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I drove past the scene of this incident on my way home from an indoor IDPA match and dinner with a half-dozen shooters last night. Somehow, it just didn’t look like a traffic accident as indicated on the TX-DOT electronic billboards as I pass through the area. The large percentage of police vehicles relative to other emergency vehicles and no wreckers in sight might have been a giveaway…May be.

In all seriousness, this is not the first time this has happened and it won’t be the last. The next incident may not be a mass shooting per se. It might “just” be a robbery. And while there is no guarantee that being armed would have changed the outcome for all, it might have changed the outcome for those who got shot and those who died if they and they been armed and trained. To me at least; having a plan and having the option to meet and exceed by 1, the level of force of your assailant, would be better than being shot in the back as you ran down the street.

I am sure that as soon as the bad guys were gone, someone was able to call 911. In the meantime, they robbed the store and they robbed the patrons inside. The police, for all their hard work and dedication to the profession, could not and did not protect anyone in this store. It simply is not possible for them to do so. The point lurking here is the same one preached by every gun advocate…You are on your own. When the fecal matter hits the spinning impeller; that problem, whatever it may be, is yours to solve until help arrives and there is no guarantee that help is coming anytime soon. Call 911 on a truly busy night in any major city and you’ll see what I mean. Sometimes, as the old Public Enemy song says, “911 is a joke.”

-Gary