Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
I am starting to see a wish list of things develop including removing suppressors from the NFA list and Constitutional Carry. In reality the suppressor change would be a welcomed one, but in order to pass everyone must realize they are not silent, they only suppress sound. It would be great for hunters or at the range and while it would not negate the need for hearing protection it would greatly reduce the noise created. I’m not sure if it is a hot-button topic for most legislators, nor if the NRA is concerned about removing items from the NFA list. As far as Constitutional Carry I don’t see that this as something which will be tackled anytime soon. On the other hand it is important to realize there will never be another time when control is in the hands of those most likely to be against gun control. The gun control advocates see concealed as the wild west when the reality is those with permits are law-abiding citizens and those seeking Constitutional Carry feel it is already their right. I actually like a training element on the law, but would certainly support sweeping change to make it less cumbersome to obtain a permit. I recently renewed my permit and despite being an instructor in the state certified by the NCDOJ still had to complete the application and will have to wait up to 90 days for the permit to arrive. It is a system in need of a serious revamp when someone who has been fingerprinted and is an instructor cannot simply have their permit renewed on the spot. Anyway, I don’t see either popping up soon, but stranger things have happened. It will be an interesting period for a few years starting in January, hold on to your hat!
I have been interacting with someone recently who seems obsessed with concealed carry and to possess no ability to keep quiet about it. They seem to make it a point of conversation wherever they are. I’m not sure if they are trying to impress me since I am an instructor or if that is their only interesting topic of conversation. The very first rule of concealed carry is to shut your cake hole about it. If you announce it to everyone you meet then why conceal in the first place, especially when the state in which he resides allows open carry. I think in future CHP classes I conduct I will remind everyone to be silent about their concealed firearms.
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I’m surprised I kept this one to myself when the video surfaced last year. Here’s the story, a man claimed to have been harassed by the police at his home so he would photograph or video them when he could. He was hooking up a boat trailer in front of his house and the police officer came by, three times IIRC so he began to film the officer. Eventually the officer became irritated he was being filmed and exited the police SUV and engaged the homeowner. He ordered the homeowner to remove his hand from his pocket and pulled his pistol on him.
Let’s stop the story there. Pulling a pistol and pointing it at someone is a show of deadly force. Putting your hand on a fiream, opening a retaining strap, even unholstering and holding it by your side is not a sign of deadly force, but pointing a firearm at someone means you intend to shoot and kill them. I remember watching the video last fall thinking how lucky the officer was he had not engaged me because I might have shot him for his actions. I know that would mean jail time unless a jury saw it my way, but the video would have shown I only exercised my right to deadly force when deadly force was my only option based on the officer’s actions. Leeway is often given to officers in the course of duty, but a guy hooking up a boat and taking your picture or filming the encounter does not call for deadly force!
So the officer was placed on leave and eventually cleared of wrongdoing. Let’s just call BS now because if nothing else the guy should have been sent for retraining, or even better, fired. The homeowner has filed a Federal lawsuit against the officer and the city for violating his civil rights and I have no idea if that will bear fruit, but I’m gonna grab the popcorn and stay tuned.
I routinely see gun control groups work feverishly to vilify the NRA. They spout the organization as the root of all evil and blame it for gun violence nationwide. What they and their followers seem to fail to grasp is everytime you post a meme, tweet, article, or an interview which disparages the organization you disparage the membership. Now the NRA is not ridiculously large, in fact it has less than 5 million members. What the NRA does have is 5 million members who actually vote and care about one thing in common, the Second Amendment. In 2012 there were 125 million votes cast for President so the NRA membership is really just a drop in the bucket of available votes. There is another segment of the population who are gun owners and are not NRA members. Some of those also see an attack on the NRA as an attack on gun ownership. So what the gun control groups need to realize is vilifying gun owner is not going to achieve their goals. If the ultimate goal is confiscation then I’d suggest the groups give up because that simply is not going to happen. If tomorrow the government was instructed to round up all the firearms in the US the overwhelming response from gun owners would be a demonstration of why that is a horrifically bad idea. What the gun control groups chant is common sense gun laws, but the reality is they have not applied common sense in the first place. We need to absolutely crack down on anyone breaking gun laws. Not long ago I posted about a straw purchase scheme where they guy got a suspended sentence. What he should have received was a long time behind bars and additional jail time for any crime where a gun he supplied was used in a crime. This week Chicago will crest over 1,400 people shot so far this year and we should take a look at where and why these shootings are occurring. If it is inner city gang violence, and it is, then how in the heck can one blame the NRA for the crimes? I see supposedly intelligent people talking about stronger purchase laws, but not one of them screaming when the laws on the books are not applied quickly and with maximum penalties. So quit telling me how much of a monster an organization is and start shouting about how the law should be upheld and you’ll have my attention. Vilification is not the answer, a call to prosecute gun crimes to the fullest extent of the law is a step in the right direction and to me seems like common sense.
Had a thought this morning if you are a staunch gun control supporter, then before you begin a campaign to ban or restrict a particular type of firearm you should take a short class on that firearm and fire it at the end of the class. I’m not seeing this as an all involved Basic Pistol class, but more of an introduction to firearms which would last a couple of hours and be offered at an affordable cost. Of course the student would not be able to fire off too many rounds or the cost of the course would escalate, but I think having someone shoot and AR or a semi-automatic pistol would at least give them some knowledge and might remove the mystique and fear they feel of that particular firearm for certain individuals. I’m not asking them to change their view, just to enhance it through knowledge. Wanna ban ARs, then take a class on them. Wanna restrict handguns, then take a class on them. Perhaps at some point in the future I’ll offer an introduction to firearm class for gun control advocates, the question is would they even bother to attend for fear they might actually change their mind!
I think most people know choosing a holster is a very personal decision. Most of us end up with a holster drawer filled with holsters we thought would be perfect, but that just did not cut it for us. Your choice once you purchase one is to sell it to someone else or shove it in a drawer and forget about it. Since it is difficult enough for me to chose one for myself, it is impossible for me to chose one for a female. A man can get away with baggy pants or a baggy shirt, but most women like to be a little more trendy. They could just throw it in a purse, but if someone snatches that purse or they become separated from it while shopping by leaving it for a second in the shopping cart it is not going to do them any good whatsoever. I happened upon a Guns.com review of a garter holster and while I think that might be a good idea for a female who would wear a short enough skirt they could access the firearm, I don’t think it would be the best solution for a full length gown although it is far better than having it shoved in a purse. If you are in the market for a garter holster check out the review and the website for the manufacturer, it might be exactly what you have been looking for in a holster.
I’ve not been able to verify this actually happened on Friday, but apparently a man in the Greenwood Park Mall was reholstering after using the bathroom and shot himself in the butt with the round exiting from his thigh. Someone mentioned open carry on one forum or perhaps social media, but the article linked above says inside the waistband so I’m assuming it was a concealed firearm. One person on Facebook actually had the gall to post, “I just love when this happens.” I cannot imagine a hatred so extreme you wish for someone you don’t even know to be hurt by their own hand because you have a fear of firearms. Perhaps this person snickers in glee every time they see death and destruction on the news. People such as this are only a step away from radical extremism.
Anyway, back to the point of the post today. Gun safety is paramount and must be observed at all times. What happened here is one of two things. Either the man who shot himself put his finger on the trigger, or he allowed his holster/fabric to get in the trigger guard and as he inserted the firearm it went off. Many people clinch their hand unknowingly when holstering and so I’m voting for finger contact on the trigger. It is very important to keep your finger off the trigger so an exaggerated position along the slide or frame higher than the guard should be practiced. If the trigger would not be visible when viewed from the side because the finger is placed across the trigger guard work to change that position to avoid an accident.
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