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Number 797, November 16, 2014

Ignorance is no longer an excuse

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Neale's Gun Rant for 11-16-2014
by Neale Osborn

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By now, only the idiots, morons, and those who are reading this for the first time don't know how these start. Mama Liberty, that saint of self reliance, that paragon of self-ownership, starts these off. And today is no different. [Link] Today, she discusses ways to practice when "Baby it's COLD outside!".

Since you are reading this in TLE, you will have to scroll to Mama Liberty's posting of this article.

And what do I always say at this point in the game? Damn Straight—Go ye forth and read Mama's article!!

Pay close attention to this one—I happen to totally agree. [Link] NEVER fire a warning shot—EVER!!

A Wheeling, West Virginia Sunday School teacher was walking after church when he and his fiancée were surrounded by a group of nine men who began making threats. Chris Harris and CC Roxby said they were frightened for their lives. "It was one of the most scariest experiences I have ever been through," Roxby told WTOV Television. Harris added, "They surrounded me saying... they were going to rape my wife in front of me, cut me." Even after Roxby called 911, the aggression continued.

Finally, Harris pulled his gun and fired a warning shot, prompting the men to flee. Police arrived and handcuffed Harris and charged him with wanton endangerment for firing a gun in a public place.

Christopher Burg explains why firing a warning shot is never a good idea...

Warning shots are a bad idea both defensively and legally. Defensively a warming shot is a loose round, which means where it lands is anybody's guess. That's a major risk to innocent bystanders.

Legally speaking warning shots take away your claim of being in immediate fear of death or great bodily harm. By firing warning shots you legally admit that you believed the situation could be resolves with something less than lethal force in that moment so employing a lethal weapon was not warranted. In other words, legally speaking, if you use a firearm you damn well better believe that lethal force is the only option left to you to preserve your life.

Nope, NEVER!!!

One wonders whether the chopper would have fired back if an "AD" happened to hit the airframe. After all, the Chopper WAS trespassing on a legitimate business's property by hovering that damn low. [Link]

A family visiting co-workers in Salt Lake City was taken out to a gun range in the Utah desert to shoot pistols and shotguns but their day was interrupted on two separate occasions by the chopper.

According to the wife of the man who uploaded the video to YouTube, "you could see the gun under the nose waving at us."

The video shows the Apache swooping across barely 30 feet above the heads of the family, while a subsequent clip shot later in the day shows the chopper hovering nearby as it appears to be keeping tabs on the gun owners.

Taxpayer dollars being used to intimidate taxpayers. Hmmmmm.

Kahleefourneeyah, against it's will, may become Shall Issue instead of "We might give you a CCW if we feel like it, but probably not." [Link] Funny thing is, the ruling of the appeals court doesn't actually say CCW's are even legal.........

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals voted 2-1 today to deny a bid by California Attorney General Kamala Harris, a gun control organization and two police lobbying groups to challenge the court's February ruling that any responsible, law-abiding citizen is entitled under the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment to possess a concealed firearm in public for self-defense.

I don't see anywhere in that that "entitled" means a license must be issued—entitled means entitled—you don't need a license for an entitlement. Or do all those welfare entitlements require a license?

Now, don't get me wrong—I'm super glad the daughter was recovered before the scumbag left the property. But the parents SHOULD have been armed, so that the kidnapper had NO choice in the whole thing. [Link] Who the hell wants to rely on a lazy kidnapper who just hands over his victim when confronted?

Troy Morley, 48, was arrested before dawn on Friday just blocks from the child's house in Sandy, a suburb of Salt Lake City, after being challenged on the front lawn by the child's stepfather and relinquishing the girl, police said.

As I said, glad they got her back.

Merry Christmas from Spray-Tan John Kerry (who served in Viet Nam) and the Dectators' Club (the United Nations). [Link] December 24th, the UN Arms Trade Treaty goes into effect across the world. Of course, Jackass Kerry signed it, even though the Congress refused to ratify it. IF they did ratify, arguably it would become the law of the land—but the Constitution DOES happen to over-rule treaties—for this to actually be enforceable, the 2nd would have to be repealed. Now, as many many anti-Constitutionalists love to claim "no one is out to take your guns!", I have to wonder what they think it means to have a world-wide treaty that requires countries to disarm ALL civilians. That sure sounds to ME like they want to take our guns.

I've become quite fond of a man named Rob Morse. He writes blogs on "Slow Facts" his blog. He's a pretty smart guy (despite still living in Kahleefourneeyah........), and he has been keeping me informed about the gun laws on the left coast. In fact, he's invited me to do a Pod Cast (??) next week with him. I'm thinking about it....... Ennyhoo, he tells us about the latest crap from Ca. and elsewhere designed to make gun owners less able to keep their arms safe (and then, they will prosecute the owners for failing to secure them). [Link]

I am a responsible firearms owner. Say I have contractors working at my home, or my home is damaged in some way and is no longer secure. In some states, I can't move my guns to my neighbor's house for safe keeping. You heard that right. It is against the law to move the firearms to a safe place off my property. Another good reason to store my guns with a friend for safe keeping is if I'm going to be away from home for several days. Some states outlaw that simple practice. I suppose I could sell my firearms each time I go on vacation, but it is illegal for me to store them in someone else s gun safe on a temporarily basis. To do so would be a misdemeanor. In some states it is a felony for my neighbor to return my guns back to me. Those are a few of the ways crazy firearms restrictions put all of us at greater risk.

Some states restrict firearms education. In those states, temporary possession of a firearm is against the law. That means I could neither bring a firearm to your house for non-shooting educational purposes, nor could you come to my house or business to learn basic firearms safety about your new gun. Instruction is only allowed at approved shooting ranges. This is as ridiculous as requiring that student drivers must own their own car before they can take driving lessons. Oppressive firearms regulations have made it illegal for an instructor to take someone out on private property and teach the student to shoot. These overly restrictive laws certainly restrict firearms education. The anti-rights bigots forgot that ignorance about firearms is dangerous! Maybe they never cared in the first place.

You should start reading his work. He's good.

This week's "Well Armed American" segment starts with "A tale of Two Idiots". Two armed entrepreneurs learned a pair of hard lessons the best way—well, the best way for society. [Link]

A Phoenix businessman squashed two serial bank robbers' latest heist when he took the keys out of their getaway car and fatally shot one of the would-be raiders, police said.

Lyndell Cherry, 29, died at the scene Wednesday while his partner in crime, 21-year-old Vincent Jones, fled. He was arrested shortly after his escape and told police the duo were involved in a slew of previous bank robberies, the Arizona Republic reported.

As the article mentions, they learned two lessons—don't leave the keys in the ignition of the getaway car, and make sure surrounding businesses do not have armed employees or owners who might take exception to a robbery in their neighborhood. Sucks to be these guys!

I'll call this next "Well Armed American" link "9 Safe Citizens" and let Y'all do the reading and watching. [Link] Here's a little taste to wet your whistle-

December Long, a clerk at the Stop & Go in Toledo, Ohio, learned from a past robbery and decided to keep a gun behind the counter to protect herself and her customers.

In November 2013, a second robber tested Long while she was on duty. After being shot in the abdomen, Long returned fire and killed her assailant.

I guarantee that at least one asshole reading this will claim she would have been fine if she had just caved in to the creep. There are 8 other tales there, not all of the result in deaths, or even shootings. But they ALL end in a crime stopping at the hands of a good guy (or gal) ((or girl child)) with a gun. And when you get to the child, at least one asswipe will whine about children with guns, preferring she be abducted, raped, beaten, or even killed rather than soil her hands with an eeeevil nasty killy-bang-bang! Thanks for the link, Gunny. Semper Fi!

Zeig Heil! A Saratgoga, NY cop shows two scumbags (otherwise known as common citizens) who's boss. At least, that's what he THOUGHT he was doing! [Link]

Saratoga County Deputy Shawn Glans had no idea he was being recorded as he tried to intimidate a man into allowing him to search his car, which is why he slapped him on the back of his head while yanking the keys out of his hand, tossing them to another deputy who searched the man's car and found nothing illegal.

But he does know now after Adam Roberts uploaded the video to Facebook where it began going viral Friday.

In a Facebook message interview with Photography is Not a Crime, Roberts explained that he and his buddy, Colin Fitch, who owns the car, had parked it at a business that was closed and walked to a nearby party Thursday night. They didn't spend much time at the party but when they walked back to the car, they were confronted by deputies who had spotted a rifle in the back seat and wanted to search the car.

One wonders what would have happened if the piggly-wiggly had noticed the camera.

And we finish up, as usual, with our quotes of the week, provided by The Right to Bear ([Link])

"To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them..."—Richard Henry Lee

"Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth."—George Washington

"A woman who demands further gun control legislation is like a chicken who roots for Colonel Sanders."—Larry Elder

"One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them."—Thomas Jefferson

"The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed."—Alexander Hamilton

"The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose."—James Earl Jones

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."—Benjamin Franklin

"Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it tougher for sober people to own cars."—Unknown

"You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass."—Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

"I have a very strict gun control policy: if there's a gun around, I want to be in control of it."—Clint Eastwood

Thus endeth another lesson........

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