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When you don’t have public support parade Hollywood actors

I guess when you don’t have public support for your gun control schemes Obama Fails To Sway Public on Gun Control, Poll Finds:

Just 42% of the public thinks stricter gun control laws will help keep guns out of the hands of criminals, while 52% think increased gun ownership increases public safety.

You need to pull out the celebrity card. Because celebrities are smarter than the voting public. If you read their statement, which is devoid of anything except rhetoric, I think you will agree that they are not. Actually, considering that a lot of these folks make a living depicting people who use guns to save their own and others’ lives I think we have to wonder how they sleep at night. Double-standard much?

You can read the non-statement here:
Dozens of Hollywood A-Listers Sign Letter Backing Obama on Gun Control

 

More importantly here is the list of “A list” signers:

Jessica Alba, Judd Apatow, Alan Arkin, Dylan Baker, André Balazs, Talia Balsam, Elizabeth Banks, Jason Bateman, Tony Bennet, Aloe Blacc, Dustin Lance Black, T Bone Burnett, Steve Buscemi, Sophia Bush, Nick Cannon, Graydon Carter, Maverick Carter, Rosanne Cash, Liza Chasin, Andy Cohen, Bruce Cohen, Marc Cohn, Kenneth Cole, Maria Cuomo Cole, Bradley Cooper, Victor Cruz, Rosemarie DeWitt, Griffin Dunne, Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, Steve Earle, Rich Eisen, Noah Emmerich, Carolyn Everson, Edie Falco, Marshall Faulk, Will Ferrell, Viveca Paulin-Ferrell, Jenna Fischer, Rupert Friend, Scott Fujita, Nely Galán, Alex Gansa, Victor Garber, Tony Goldwyn, Clark Gregg, Jennifer Grey, Ted Griffin, Dan Gross, Paul Haggis, Jon Hamm, John Benjamin Hickey, David and Joan Hill, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arianna Huffington, Timothy Hutton, In-Q, Brad Jakeman, Richard Jenkins, Beverly Johnson, Rashida Jones, Michael Keaton, Michael J Kelly, Neil LaBute, Donna Langley, Kristin Lemkau, Nanette Lepore, Ben Lerer, Tracy Letts, Ron Livingston, Justin Long, Carey Lowell, Josh Lucas, Tobey Maguire, Julianna Margulies, Tom McCarthy, Adam McKay, Kelly Meyer, Ron Meyer, Julianne Moore, Mandy Moore, Elisabeth Moss, Olivia Munn, Liam Neeson, Edward Norton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mandy Patinkin, Sarah Paulson, Amanda Peet, Jeremy Piven, Josh Radnor, Paul Rivera, Shauna Robertson, Holly Robinson Peete, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Richard Schiff, Taylor Schilling, James Schwab, David Schwimmer, Adam Scott, Naomi Scott, Suzy Shuster, John Slattery, Sir Martin Sorrell, Nicholas Stoller, Steve Stoute, Ed Templeton, David Wain, Robyn Wholey, Kristen Wiig, Olivia Wilde, Debra Winger

 

Why do you need an “arsenal”? What’s an arsenal anyway?

There has been a lot of discussion about people having a lot of guns – something that the media likes to call an “arsenal.” How many times have we heard “The shooter had x-number of guns…” with him or in his home. Not sure what it matters how many he has at home matters, but media seems to think it does. What’s worse is that often times “arsenal” equates to not very many firearms, sometimes as few 3 or 4. In the recent Oregon shooting the shooter had a total of 13 firearms, of which 7 were found at home. This has prompted some people to claim that there should be restrictions on the number that a person can have arguing that a person only has two hands and can only use two at a time. This is true – however, I do not see the reason to limit the number a person can have, after all we can only hold two at a time right?

I write this even as the President has spoken of requiring special licensing for individuals who may exceed an arbitrary number of firearms purchases, sells, or transfers. I didn’t see a number specified but Federal Lawyers and the ATF have previously expressed that such a requirement would be illegal and unenforceable. My guess is it will target people who might have an “arsenal.”

(Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-weighs-expanding-background-checks-through-executive-authority/2015/10/08/6bd45e56-6b63-11e5-9bfe-e59f5e244f92_story.html)

This prompted me to realize that a great number of people are NOT familiar with firearms and are grasping at concepts (any) that may help (in their mind) these tragedies. I was recently in conversation and pointed out that firearms are a tool – with specific purposes and functions. I pointed out that just for hunting that a person could potentially have:

1-goose shotgun, 1-duck shotgun (i’m not using a 10 ga for duck), 1-deer rifle, 1-elk rifle, 1-long range game flat trajectory rifle, 1-big game rifle, 1-Varmint rifle, 1- brush rifle (hog),  1-small game rifle, 1-hunting revolver (again multiple can be needed depending on game)

That’s *10* firearms! An “arsenal” according to some!

I haven’t even touched upon home defense, self defense (yes they can be different), competition (IDPA, 3-gun, trap, clays, etc), or just plinking.

And the 10 are just plain old hunting firearms. They are not even potentially scary looking (shotguns, bolt actions, revolver, etc) aka ‘military-style’ looking.
However, some of them certainly could be.

The AR15 that for some reason inspires fear in non-gun people can easily be used for deer, elk, long range game, big game, varmints, hog, and small game. The platform is remarkably adaptable (changeable caliber) and very accurate. Non-gun people might be surprised that the cartridge that the military uses was actually for VARMINT hunting. (Yes, gun people will be quick to point out the leade differences between 5.56 and .223 which is a technical difference that makes no difference for this discussion but I know someone will point it out).

I will also point out here that I was very explicit in using hunting firearms since they seem to be more accepted (by non-gun people) but that the 2nd Amendment, as the NRA slogan used to say: “Ain’t about duck hunting.” Remember, the Standing Army was DISBANDED after the Revolutionary War, but I digress.

I write this knowing that the average reader is a gun person and none of this will be new to them. However, it is my hope that someone potentially using Google to find out why a person has a gun “arsenal” might find it.

If you haven’t written regarding the M855 ammo ban yet, consider this…

I know that you have been probably been flooded with prompts to write and let your comments be known about the proposed ban and even been supplied with templates. If you haven’t already I would urge you to do so. I have included what I sent to the ATFE via email. Perhaps you will find it useful or informational, feel free to use it however you like –  a few people have asked me “what’s the deal with green tip?”

To: APAComments@atf.gov

Dear Sir/Madam,
I am writing to make it known that I am against the proposed ban. I will be brief.
1. M855 makes up ~ 30% of the civilian sporting market for 223.
2. M855 is not mostly made made up of an offending “piercing” metal
3. M855 has always been exempt from the 1986 requirements
4. Handguns firing rifle rounds (including M855) have long been available and are prohibitively expensive
5. ATFE makes no claim nor presents any statistics that there are actually instances of M855 being used in crime, especially from a handgun
6. The round, ironically, is actually ballistically less of a threat when fired from a handgun
7. The “framework” is too loosely defined, it appears as if the goal is to be able to restrict all .223 based ammunition with the exception of rimfire. The accelerated timeframe for adoption does not help this perception
8. The 223 round is probably the most popular sporting round currently in use by the public, surpassing even 22 rimfire since 223 (up until this proposal) it has been more available

Thank you for your time, and I hope that you reconsider this proposal.

And I urge to please comment on the proposal if you have not already!

Strange times – Gates dumps millions into anti-gun initiative while Apple hires a designer who designed a Beretta shotgun

There are indeed strange times.

Microsoft’s Bill Gates seems to now think that that he knows better than law enforcement unions/groups and sheriffs in WA and is dumping millions into anti-gun initiative 594. He is even at odds with Microsoft’s own gun club (yep, there is one).

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Bill-Gates-wife-donate-1-million-to-gun-control-initiative-272615021.html
I am still waiting to hear what size soda he thinks I should be drinking/allowed to buy.
Maybe I would have if I hadn’t moved our family off of Windows Phone 8.1. Oh Cortana, what have your masters done!?

 

But on the flip-side, Apple just hired a designer that recently designed a beautiful SxS shotgun. That’s a side-by-side for whoever wrote the new “Purge” movie — it’s not “Es Ex Es.”

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-designer-marc-newson-made-172315237.html

 

Wacky times.

 

 

 

New Study recommends self-reliance in active shooter scenario. Pistol or fire extinguisher?

Usually the news articles about active shooter situations or the school “mass slayings” (their words) are useless. In fact, they are filled with rhetoric that equates to gibberish. I have yet to have anyone explain to me how a “universal background check” would have stopped the Newtown Shooting. Forget the fact that such a requirement is volunatary and unenforceable. Or better yet explain to me how an “assault weapons ban” in state which already had one would have? But, I digress. Here is an article from Y! that makes good sense and is well written! I reproduce it here, before it disappears or is changed into something incoherent. LINK: http://news.yahoo.com/spike-in-mass-shootings-creates-demand-for-different-police-approach-132625638.html

I have bolded some of the points that I think are significant. Think about it. Police CAN’T get there fast enough. It is up to you to stop the attacker by any means necessary. Yes, you could try to stop them with a folding chair or fire extinguisher. A pistol would be better (assuming you can’t have your rifle).

 

Article appears below in entirety:

 Spike in mass shootings creates demand for different police approach

 

The school in Newtown. The Sikh temple in Wisconsin. The movie theater in Aurora. America’s angst over shootings in public places is growing, and for good reason.

According to a study obtained by Yahoo News, rampages like the Washington Navy Yard and Los Angeles airport shootings have tripled in recent years.

The report, written by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University, will be published next week in the “FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin,” a training publication for criminal justice professionals.

Researchers considered only active shootings in public settings where the primary motive appeared to be mass murder and at least one of the victims was unrelated to the suspect. Shootings during crimes such as bank robberies, drug deals, and gang violence were excluded.

“The rate at which these events occurred went from approximately one event every other month between 2000 and 2008 (5 per year) to more than one a month between 2009 and 2012 (almost 16 per year),” the researchers wrote. “Our tracking also indicates that this increased rate has continued into 2013.”

Other key findings from the 110 active-shooter attacks indentified by researchers:

Shootings most often take place at businesses (40 percent), followed by schools (29 percent), outdoors (19 percent) and other places (12 percent).

The median number of people shot is five. The median number killed is two.

Shooters are 94 percent male. The youngest was 13 and the oldest 88.

They often use handguns (59 percent), followed by rifles (26 percent), shotguns (8 percent) and unknown weapons (7 percent). In 33 percent of the cases, the gunman used multiple weapons. In 7 percent of the shootings the gunman wore body armor.

The average median time for police to respond to these incidents (where data was available) is three minutes.

Despite the hurried police response time, the study found that almost half of the active shootings are over before officers arrive.

“This points to the phenomenal speed with which these events occur,” the researchers wrote.

Changing police protocols

The FBI formed a team to study active shootings after the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Among other initiatives, the agency has adopted an active-shooter training, which was developed at Texas State University after the 1999 Columbine High School killings in Colorado. The program’s core course prepares first responders to isolate, distract and stop active shooters as fast as possible.

According to the new study, patrol officers, who are usually the first on the scene, had to use force to stop the gunman in nearly a third of the attacks.

“These events unfold very quickly,” said Katherine Schweit, a special agent who heads the FBI’s active shooter team. “We know that if they go to the threat, they save lives.”

The training is a major shift in police protocol. Since the 1970s, many departments conditioned street cops to contain the scene and wait for more skilled tactical officers to arrive.

“You were supposed to call the SWAT team to come handle the problem,” Terry Nichols, a former police officer now an assistant director at ALERRT, told Yahoo News.

That was the accepted strategy in 1999 when two teenagers killed 12 students and a teacher at Columbine. The shooters took only 16 minutes to kill 13 people and wound 21 others. But it took three hours and 14 minutes to find the gunmen, who had committed suicide. The SWAT team’s methodical response was later criticized as being too slow.

“Everything has changed. It’s now, get in there and go,” Nichols said. “Time is absolutely of the essence.”

The new approach proved vital on Dec. 13, 2013, when a heavily armed student carrying a shotgun, machete and three Molotov cocktails stormed into Arapahoe High School in suburban Denver. Police said the gunman, who was looking to harm his debate coach, shot a fellow student but then committed suicide when he realized a deputy assigned to the school and a security guard were closing in.

Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said the suspect stopped firing on others and turned his weapon on himself 80 seconds after entering the school.

“We believe that the response from the school resource officer and from the unarmed school security officer was absolutely critical to the fact we did not have additional injury and or death,” Robinson told reporters.

In addition to tactical maneuvers for swiftly ending the threat, the ALERRT program also teaches police medical skills like how to apply a tourniquet.

“Law enforcement officers must be trained to provide point of injury care, quickly interface with EMS and fire and remove wounded victims to high levels of care,” Nichols said.

Sandy Hook ‘turned the tables’

The gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary committed suicide about a minute before officers reached him, but not before killing 20 first-graders and six adult staffers.

“It just turned the tables for everybody,” said Adam Madsen, a veteran police officer in Roy, Utah. “It opened everyone’s eyes when little kids were attacked.”

Madsen said he knows of at least two dozen departments in northern Utah that are on the waitlist for the ALERRT training, which puts officers through lifelike scenarios with active shooters and mass casualties.

“Before Sandy Hook we had a waitlist of 25 to 30 agencies wanting the training,” Nichols said. “Now we run anywhere from 250 to 300. It’s been overwhelming.”

The course, which is offered to departments at no cost, is funded by grants from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the FBI and and the state of Texas. More than 100 FBI agents have also undergone advanced instruction so that they can help scale the course across the country.

“The faster and more we can do, the better,” Schweit said. “We feel it is a very urgent matter. Every day I get notices about potential active -hooter situations, it seems.”

What citizens can do

While many attackers commit suicide, the new study states potential victims stopped the attacker in 17 cases that ended before officers arrived.

“This tells us that citizens and bystanders have a very real and active role in stopping these events,” Nichols said. “If we can properly prepare and educate civilians, maybe we can get to where 90 percent are stopped by civilians long before the police arrive.”

The FBI has been busy promoting instructional videos and literature to educate the public on workplace and other scenarios.

“Run, hide and fight are your essential options in a shooting situation,” Schweit said. “The better prepared civilians are, the better they’ll be able to respond themselves.”

Any ShotShow 2014 requests?

Did I forget to mention that I will be at Shot Show this year?
We got approved as internet media and will be attending the entire week including Media Day!
There is also a TweetUp on that Monday-ping me if you are going to be there too.

Any requests for booths you would like me to drop by? I will be working out my agenda shortly.
So far I have: NCStarOptics, Glock, and SIG.

Anywhere except for the company that has an “&” in their name. I wouldn’t want their lawyers to have to contact me again.

Interested in going to SHOT yourself? I am considering adding additional authors next year. If you have, or are interested in creating, original content please drop me a line!

Mila Kunis: I can shoot pretty well

http://www.examiner.com/article/mila-kunis-dishes-on-her-shooting-skills-i-had-a-lot-of-practice-with-guns

Mila Kunis might be a sexy star, but the actress knows how to defend herself. The entertainer was on the Conan show Monday night dishing on her skill and it sounds like she it a good shot. Sharing that she was on production of a movie set, but it snowed and the cast had to wait it out, Kunis was given an opportunity to learn about the weapons and brush up on her skills.

“I had a lot of practice with guns, I was given free range,” said Mila Kunis on the Conan show. “I learned how to take apart and put together a gun. I’m actually pretty good… I can shoot pretty well, an automatic and a semiautomatic. And I learned how to keep my eyes open while shooting a gun, which sounds crazy but it’s really hard to do.”

While the star isn’t the typical person one might think of when it comes to shooting, it’s a great skill to have when needed for a movie as one never knows when an action film script might be the next big blockbuster.

She was really good in the SHTF movie Book of Eli.

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