Open Carry Debate Rises From the Grave

The open carry debate is something like a zombie. No matter how many times it gets put down it always managed to rise again. It reminds me of the caliber wars actually. Well Sharp as a Marble points to an article where a man was assaulted by a cop-wannabe because the wannabe saw the gun being carried openly and decided to attack instead of something that makes sense.

Either way the anti-open carry people are bringing this story up as a reason not to open carry. Likewise the other side of the spectrum brought up by Rob is this likely wouldn’t occur if more law-abiding people open carried. I think both sides are correct here.

Getting open carry accepted is a chicken or egg thing. Many people won’t open carry because it’s not acceptable by the general public. Likewise open carrying will never be acceptable by the general public until they see more of it.

Generally I conceal carry. Not because I dislike open carry, I actually have zero problem with it and think it’s a method to desensitize the public. But I like my element of surprise. But if you’re a security guard and you see a person openly carrying a gun walk upon your turf it would be best to assume innocence as that’s what this country’s legal system is based on (Unless of course your a suspected terrorist or accused of being a pedophile, then you’re guilty as sin no matter what).

On Pocket Carry

Well it seems like pocket carry is the gun blog discussion of the week. As a person who has a Ruger LCP and an accompanying pocket holster I want to chime in.

In my opinion pocket carry is a good idea, if it’s the only viable option. For instance here in Minnesota it gets damned cold which usually means we wear heavy winter gear. I wear a Swiss surplus wool greatcoat. Needless to say there is almost no chance of my getting to the .45 on my hip when out and about during the winter. What I can get at is the LCP in the front pocket of my coat.

Pocket holsters are not idea in my opinion, but it beats nothing by a long shot. I still prefer my .45 nestled in its Crossbreed SuperTuck on my hip. But I’d also prefer having a 12 gauge shotgun. Practicality often trumps the best options.

Best Shit Hits the Fan Gun Guide Yet

Everyday, No Days Off did a great service by posting a guide for SHTF guns. It’s very detailed and accompanied by some of the best research found on the Internet. Take for instance:

Unfortunately, none are available with a pistol grip. If Napoleon’s Mosin had a pistol grip, he may have very well conquered the world, but that’s another discussion. Other “carbine” type Mosins are also available, which would be the perfect compliment if one’s SHTF plan includes charging at bad guys on horseback while wearing a fur hat, swinging a curved saber and swilling a bottle of vodka.

Mayors Against Freedoms Federal Blueprint Initial Thoughts

As mentioned yesterday I downloaded a copy of the Mayors Against Freedoms Federal Blueprint. I’ve not read through the entire thing yet since I’ve been busy but from what I’ve read so far I’ve come to a couple of conclusions.

1. The bastards are well organized and intelligent. Unlike the Brady Bunch and the Violence Promotion Center, these guys have actually done a lot of research on gun related laws. They know the laws and more importantly know the wording to make the laws look weak.

2. The paper doesn’t break down into mindless hysteria. It’s worked in such a way that they avoid the whole desire to ban guns. The paper doesn’t read anywhere of wanting a gun ban.

3. Their desires are scary. More or less they want to give the BATFE more power to investigate gun owners and gun dealers without any suspicion or probably cause.

4. They aren’t going after the guns directly. These guys are going after the dealers and gun shows where private citizens purchase their guns. Most of the recommendations I’ve read so far are means of restricting gun shows and sicking the BATFE on gun dealers without any real reason.

This paper is teaching me something, Mayors Against Freedoms is a lot more insidious than previous gun banners. They’ve spent time researching the laws and know how to word things ever so carefully as to make it look like they aren’t attacking guns. We’ll need to watch them and do everything we can to shut them down. Fortunately we have facts on our side so we can certainly win this fight.

If you know any mayors whom are in this group do everything you can to either get them out or elect somebody else. Likewise freedom of information requests for all communications they have had with the organization is a potential method of finding out what they are up to.

The Brady Bunch May Need a Bailout

Some positive news via Snowflakes in Hell. Apparently the Brady Bunch are hard up for money, at least it appears that way since they shot out over four Twitter posts in one day begging for money. If you want to see them you’ll have to head over to Snowflakes in Hell because I refuse to give those bastards at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Your Rights any link love.

Also pointed out is the fact many of those who follow the Brady Bunch Twitter feed are more likely to donate money to pro-gun organizations. See some people only follow the Brady Bunch to see what they’re up to, which apparently begging for money.

Update on Advantage Arms Conversion Kit

Hey I thought I might as well give a small updates on the conversion kit for the Glock 30.

I was able to take it out again today and test it with the recommended Remington Golden Bullets. They worked great. In fact I’d go so far as to say they’re a very good choice to run in the kit considering how cheap they are per 525.

It’s still malfunctioning once in a while but being I’m firing .22LR ammunition which I’ve always found on the side of unreliable I’m not surprised. But it’s getting better so it may still be breaking in.

Mayors Against Civil Rights Secret Document

Snowflakes in Hell let us know that California Gun Laws has obtained a copy of Mayors Against Illegal Any Guns Blueprint for Federal Actions. God I love Freedom of Information requests. Head over to the site, register, download, read, and get angry.

I’m still diving through it but Snowflakes in Hell already got through it and made a nice list of what those pricks are planning. And let me tell you it has nothing to do with illegal anything.

Because We’ve Done So Well In the Past

So I open up the BBC to get my daily fill or news everybody else cares about (in other words not gun related) and see this story:

President Barack Obama has pledged his administration “will not rest” until all those behind an alleged plot to bomb a US plane are brought to justice.

I’m sorry but I have little hope that we’ll actually nab the people who planned this. We’ve spent over eight years trying to capture Osama and so far haven’t (granted he could be dead at this point). We’re still trying to destroy al Qaeda but even though they are a far inferior military power they’re still around. Iraq is still a mess. Seriously does our government do anything right?

Don’t get me wrong if there were other people involved in the crotch bomber plot we should nail them. I just lack confidence in our government to do the job. I’m guessing this will end up being an invasion of Yemen (where the bomb was apparently from) meaning more of our finest men and women will be sent off to die in yet another pointless war.

Beyond Stupidity

Says Uncle brings up a link that really makes me both sick and enraged at the same time. From the article:

But as a progressive, I would sooner lay my child to rest than succumb to the belief that the use of a gun for self-defense is somehow not in itself a gun crime.

So this individual would rather see his child dead than admit that self-defense is a natural right? This kind of logic is downright pathetic, hell even deadly. Let’s take a moment to consider this.

The author would rather his child DIE than ADMIT self defense isn’t a crime. I’m truly at a loss for words. I’m assuming Doug The Author isn’t a father because I can’t think of any father who would rather their child die than ANYTHING, let alone simply admit something.