Archive for May 2012
Today is the day we remember those who payed the ultimate price so that we might live out our lives secure in this great land of ours. For that we honor them as heroes.
There are others out there who think of them in different terms though: father, brother, son, mother, sister, daughter. While we may honor the fallen, it is their family and friends who are left to mourn them.
If there is anything we as a people can do for those who gave everything for us it is to look after those they left behind. There is a charity, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), that seeks to do just that. From its page on Charity Navigator:
Founded out of tragedy in 1994, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) has grown and established itself as the front line resource to families and loved ones of our military men and women. TAPS has provided comfort and care, 24 hours a day, seven days a week through comprehensive services and programs including peer based emotional support, case work assistance, crisis intervention, and grief and trauma resources. TAPS has assisted over 25,000 surviving family members, casualty officers and caregivers. Our National Military Survivor Seminars and Good Grief Camps have been conducted for fourteen years, and are now complemented by regional seminars across the country.
Please give what you can, whenever you can.
Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms. This is not to say that firearms should not be very carefully used and that definite safety rules of precaution should not be taught and enforced. But the right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, and one more safeguard against tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.
As my luck would have it, I have to work that day, so I will not be there. My money on the other hand, will be.
Several Democrats have joined with a gun control group to publicly attack State Representative Margy Conditt (Liberty Township, District 55) because of a fundraising event she has scheduled for May 12 at the Middletown Sportsmens Club where participants will have the opportunity to shoot GUNS.
The group linked her fundraiser to a recent Ohio shooting where three students died and called her fundraiser “absurd” and “highly inappropriate.”
In response to these attacks, Buckeye Firearms Association today announced the fundraiser to their hundreds of thousands of supporters in Ohio and are pledging to match any donations made to this event, up to a total of $1,000.00.
Dear Democrat Reps. Ted Celeste and Tracy Heard,
As Margy Conditt is not my representative, under normal circumstances I would not have contributed any money to her fundraiser. Your despicable attempt to link a harmless and legal activity with a violent attack on a school has changed that. My reaction is not unique. Try to remember that next time you decide to demonize a civil right.
Over at Sharp as a Marble the old “one in the chamber” debate is being revisted.
I was familiar with this argument before I ever bought my first pistol. Aside from extreme situations such as the one described by M Gallo, I was fairly well convinced that the balance of risk versus reward favors keeping one in the chamber. I would also add that the lawyer who taught part of my CCW class quite vehemently described carrying without a chambered round “idiocy”
There is, however, no substitute for experience. So here is what I did. When I bought my first carry pistol (XD) and first holster (nylon Uncle Mike’s IWB), I also bought snap caps. I loaded a magazine with the caps, chambered the first cap, triple checked to make sure it was indeed a red plastic snap cap, and then put on the holster and put the pistol in it.
I carried it around like that all day. It never went off.
So then I tried making every physical contortion I could while wearing it to see if any of them would make the pistol go “snap” Didn’t happen.
Then I took the holster off, with the pistol still in it, and poked, prodded, massaged, slapped, squeezed and everything else I could think of in a deliberate attempt to make it snap while it was in the holster. It could not be done, even when I was keeping the grip safety depressed.
Then I unholstered the pistol, checked that it was a snap cap in the chamber, again, pointed in a safe direction, and pulled the trigger. SNAP.
I’ve been carrying with a round in the chamber ever since, albeit in a much more durable holster.
If you need to convince yourself that it is safe to carry this way, try what I did. If it goes snap when it isn’t supposed to, either the gun or the holster needs to be replaced.
Jim Treacher has, amongst other things, screenshots of the would-be bombers’ Facebook pages where they self-identify with either Occupy Cleveland or Occupy Wall Street:
Brandon “Skabby” Baxter has a well documented association with Occupy Cleveland, as it turns out:
Brandon Baxter of Lakewood said he had no regrets for making sure people heard the message.
“I took the risk of getting arrested because I feel the powers that be, whoever they might be — on all levels of government and those who hold corporate power — are not listening because not enough people are actually taking a stance” against foreclosures, he said. “I was hoping that this would be a great way to get Cleveland more involved by showing the potential that a small group of dedicated people can have in making an impact. Even though we are not in any government position or in Congress, we do have the power.”
Occupy Cleveland organizer Brandon Baxter gets some shade in the Occupy Cleveland tent in downtown Cleveland on March 21, 2012. Baxter, one of the few remaining members of Occupy Cleveland’s physical presence downtown, said the group has seen a sharp decline in numbers since last October because of increasing disorganization. “We need guidance,” he said.
Posts on Occupy Cleveland’s Facebook page indicate that Baxter was involved in helping the organization organize and advertise events as recently as February 2012. Baxter and two of the other alleged co-conspirators — Joshua Stafford and Anthony Hayne — list Occupy Cleveland as their “Employer” on Facebook, where the three list one another as friends.
He was by no means the only one with documented ties. From Big Government:
Another of today’s suspects is Anthony Hayne, named previously in a report on Occupy Cleveland. “I just want to be very clear: we are not occupying Lakewood,” said Anthony Hayne, who is organizing the information session. Hayne, a Lakewood resident since 2001, said there will be about six or seven members of Occupy Cleveland, which stems from the Occupy Wall Street movement, at the table Saturday.
There are many who are much more qualified and eloquent to write on that subject than I, and below are links to their words on this occasion: