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Neale's Weekly Gun Rant for 12-7-2014
by Neale Osborn

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As is my usual wont, I shall begin with Mama Liberty's latest. AND, since this one is an exclusive, I won't even edit it for certain venues! LOL. [Link]

You wake in the night, hearing glass breaking, or maybe someone pounding on the front door hard enough to rattle the walls. INTRUDERS! ALERT! Condition RED! Check. You jump out of bed, grab your gun and charge down the stairs...

OOPS! WAIT a minute. Not so fast.

Do you have a plan to deal with something like this? If not, why not?

First, if you have family or, especially, little children, you need to have a safe place for them to wait until the danger is past. A "safe room" is a good idea, especially if a spouse or other adult can stay with them, be prepared to defend them and call the police. Usually that's going to be you. If you have a gun and don't regularly carry it or have it available at your bedside, the safe room is a good place to keep it and the ammunition needed to make it useful.

Do I REALLY need to say more? Didn't think so....

I'm going to take a few lines to address my recent absences from this forum. Many of you have contacted me, or commented where possible, expressing your sympathies and support for myself, my father, and my family over the last few weeks. I want to tell you some good news, AND give you a bit of advice. Pop, whose blood pressure has ALWAYS been excellent (110/75) decided a few years ago that salt, being EEEVIL, must be stamped out of his diet. Like all converts to a new cult, he went overboard—proselytizing the joys of a salt free diet, exhorting others to follow in his footsteps, and generally being holier-than-thou about his excellent health choices. recently, as many of you know, he began going downhill fast. He's 76, his balance went, he got very nasty, his memory went, he slurred his speech, his eyesight went wonky (it's a medical term), and we all thought he was heading for the grave. A friend of my sister told her that her own father had had the same thing happen, and it was a salt deficiency. No one believed her. But then, Mom got Pop some fries and forgot to specify "No salt". Pop reamed her out for it, but ate them anyway. Within mere hours, memory was returning, balance was coming back, and everything was looking a little better. Mom began salting his food. Not a lot, but more than Pop had been using for the last 2 years. Pop is still 76, he's still not in the best of shape, but his balance is back, he's walking pretty damn well, his memory is greatly improved, he's only cranky, not nasty, and we no longer think he might die at any moment. Thanks to all of you who have sent your sympathies. For now, at least, all is back to normal.

For shits and giggles, I'm scattering the Quotes of the Week throughout this missive. Why? Because I can!

"Make good scouts of yourselves, become good rifle shots so that if it becomes necessary that you defend your families and your country that you can do it."—Lord Baden-Powell, Scouting For Boys

An armed American defends family from an armed criminal—something the anti-Constitutionalists claims never happens! [Link]

A man broke into an Indiana couple's home recently, and didn't live to tell the story. The couple, who live in Hardinsburg, heard someone in their home early Tuesday. They moved their 86-year-old mother into a bedroom to protect her, then went downstairs to investigate.

When one of them opened the cellar door, they found themselves face-to-face with an armed man, 23-year-old Joseph Grimes. He was wearing a bandanna and hooded sweatshirt, and holding a knife. He punched the homeowner in the stomach and the two began to fight. According to the police report, the other homeowner shot Grimes with a handgun. He died on the scene.

I know, using a gun in a knife fight just isn't fair to the knife fighter.... TOUGH SHIT!

Oh, look! ANOTHER example of how armed Americans cannot possibly defend themselves against criminals! [Link] And guess what? He's not even a Caucasian!!

A Jackson, Mississippi business owner defended himself and his store recently, and shot an intruder. Ali Nancer, who owns JJ's Corner, was already on the alert. His cousin's store in Canton had been robbed last month, with tragic results. Nancer told a television reporter, "It happened to my cousin in Canton; he was 13 years old. He just got shot." The boy died. His father, Fahd Saeed, was injured, but survived.

Nancer never wanted to shoot anyone. "We come over here and try to make a living," he said. But about 2:30 on Sunday morning, he heard someone attempting to break in. Seeing the man was armed, Nancer got his gun, and shot three times. The man ran away.

Police say surveillance video shows at least two men were involved in the attempted break in. They fled by car, and the condition of the man who was shot is unknown.

I just wish he'd been a better shot—the police SHOULD be looking for money to bury the thieves.

Oh LOOKIE! Another Quote! (and it's from an average joe!)

"The gun control extremist has at least two things in common with the Islamic extremist. He has a willingness to die for his fundamental beliefs. And he has the sanctimony to demand that others go with him."—Dr. Mike Adams

A moment of seriousness before we get to the next, light(er) hearted piece. By now, no one in America is unaware of the Grand Jury Decisions in Ferguson, Mo, and NYC regarding the deaths of two black men at the hands of police. We've all seen the media lies and exaggerations about the events, we've all heard the cop's side of the stories, and we're all sick of that asshole, Al Sharpton, running his yap about racism being the cause. They all ignore the fact that the "gentle giant, Michael Brown" had assaulted an oriental shopowner while robbing him minutes before his death. They ignore the BLACK female police lieutenant in charge of the arrest of Eric Gardner. Now, I am not taking darrren Wilson's side on this, but I have to admit that if a nearly 300 pound man, of ANY color, built like a linebacker, puts his head down and charges me, the bastard is going to eat lead—I'm not capable of running away anymore. I doubt it would take me 9 or 10 shots to drop him, but he WOULD have died. And contrary to media reports, the hold used on Mr. Gardner (whose sole crime was denying NYC their tax money on cigarettes) is NOT banned in the state—it is TAUGHT IN THE POLICE ACADAMY as a way to secure compliance from the masses. It is not a generally tolerated hold in NYC, but even the NYPD academy still teaches the hold to rookies. Now, do I think that the rash of police killings of unarmed people is a bad thing? DAMNED STRAIGHT IT IS! But this isn't racism, unless you consider cops and civilians to be separate races. It may well be a sign of police brutality in some cases, and in a militarized PD in many more. But it isn't racism. Now, the REAL racism is in the race-baiters who flock to the site of one of these events and scream that it is the sign of a white belief that blacks don't matter, while ignoring the fact that MOST murdered black people are murdered by OTHER BLACKS. Want to protect the black community, Reverend Al? Start raising money to arm poor blacks for home defense, demand that racist anti-gun laws be repealed, and start telling black parents to teach their kids to respect each other and their property, and to stop killing each other. Because Rudy was right, even if he IS an asshole. How about talking up THESE guys, Al? [Link]

But one business remained intact and unharmed, a Conoco gas station and convenience store owned by Doug Morello, who happens to be white. For that, he credits his friends.

Morello's father bought the business in 1984, when Ferguson was mostly white. Over time, the demographics of the town have shifted, so that now two-thirds of the 21,000 population is black. One night during the rioting, as police and soldiers lined up to protect strips malls and big box stores in the area, the gas station was brightly lit and serving customers. A reporter watched as a 6 foot 8 inch tall black man named Derrick Jordan ("Stretch" to his friends) lifted his AR-15 assault rifle from his pickup truck next to the entrance. Jordan, who is 37, joined three other friends who stood, pistols tucked into their waistbands, alert for any threats to the business.

"We would have been burned to the ground many times over if it weren't for them," Doug Merello said.

Another of Merello's unofficial guards, who identified himself only as "R.J.," said of the station owner, "He's a nice dude. He's helped us a lot." The four, and other local volunteers, said Merello has given many of them jobs over the years, and they have built a mutual respect and friendship.

R.J. carried a Taurus 9mm pistol. An older man at one of the gas pumps had a MAC-10 machine pistol. Missouri allows open carry of firearms, and the state recently passed legislation to override any local gun control ordinances.

The men have caused some confusion for Missouri National Guardsmen, some of whom mistook them for looters. One man was handcuffed before Merello came outside the store to explain they were his friends and protectors.

We all KNOW that if The tax evading "reverend" were to even mention these decent men, he'd probably call them all Uncle Tom for defending a white man, rather than heroes for defending a fellow man.

And now, another scattered "Quote of the Week", this one from TJ Mason, from the Libertarian Enterprise.

If a State denies your natural right to bear arms, it is forced you to place your rights to life, liberty, and property at its convenience. If you cannot bear arms, the best that can be said is that the State will defend your life, liberty, and property at its convenience; when it's inconvenient (or politically incorrect), you are SOL. The all too common worst case is that the State can (and will) take your life, liberty, and/or property at its convenience.

He makes this in response to Ferguson and open carry people defending their property when the government didn't.

"Okay, Mugsy! Drop the banana, and come out with your hands up!!" [Link] Golden, Colorado—Police quail in fear at sight of banana.

According to an arrest affidavit, Mesa County deputies Joshua Bunch and Donald Love said Channing pointed the fruit at them while crossing a street.

The deputies said they feared for their lives even though they saw that the object was yellow. Bunch wrote in the affidavit that he has seen handguns in many shapes and colors.

He wrote that Love was drawing his service weapon when Channing, of Fruitvale, Colo. yelled, "It's a banana!"

Yes, the man accused of pointing a banana at police is from Fruitvale.

And yes, one of the police officers he pointed the banana at is named Bunch.

Yes, they arrested him. AND CHARGED HIM WITH A FUCKING FELONY!!!! Felony menacing for pointing a banana. I guess he's lucky—if he'd been a black man, would Sharpton be demonstrating in Golden right now? "Banana up! Don't Shoot!"

"Those who deny me the freedom to carry a firearm with which to protect my family and myself, are as complicit and guilty as the perpetrator should we be harmed or murdered by an act of violence."—Charles F. "Chuck" Bearden

(This has been another Average Joe Quote, provided free of charge by the Buckeye Firearms Association)

Why oh why does the pro-gun community insist on giving Facebook business? [Link] Don't you people realize they hate us? my wife made me an account last year, and the ONLY times I go there is when a good friend of mine (Hi, Neil!) gets into a spat with an anti-gun asswipe, and wants me to read the fray.

The Hyatt Gun Shop in Charlotte recently posted the ad online for a Veterans Day sale on safes and vaults.

Owner Larry Hyatt told WSOC-TV the ad was posted because the store didn't feel like it violated Facebook's policy on banning ads for weapons.

Facebook said ads cannot indirectly link back to pages where guns can be purchased.

The social media giant said the ad violated the policy and wrote, "The decision is final. Please consider this the end of our correspondence about your ad."

Consider THIS the end of our relationship, fuckbook!

Scattering more quotes through the rant, we arrive here—

"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

And we, the 2nd Amendment supporters, refuse to lose.

Another fine example of an armed American doing what's right in the defense of self and family. [Link]

On November 18 a Lakewood, Washington, homeowner untied himself and his wife, then shot one of three armed home invaders to death.

The incident occurred around 9 p.m.

According to The News Tribune, one of the intruders "had a gun, another had a knife." They pistol-whipped the husband then tied him up. They also tied up the wife and cut her hand with the knife in the process.

After tying up the couple and rummaging through the home, the intruders stepped outside. While they were outside the man was able to untie himself and his wife. He then "retrieved a handgun," shut the door to the room, and he and his wife waited.

When the intruders returned the one with the gun shot through the door. The homeowner responded by firing twice.

The intruders fled and police later found the body of a 19-year-old man they believe "was one of the robbers from the Lakewood home invasion."

One down, 2 to go... nice job. And how long will it be before some idiot reading this decides to tell us this man was wrong to shoot back?

Gotta love civil disobedience done right. [Link] After Washington state decided to violate the Constitution big time, many Washingtonians have decided to tell their state where to go—straight to hell. The new law requires background checks for ALL transfers of firearms, even between Private owners. You may recall that this same law has made it impossible for museums to display loaned firearms, because they have NO LEGAL WAY TO RETURN THEM TO THEIR RIGHTFUL OWNERS!!

This is practically unheard of in the modern era; not only will 5,500 people deliberately violate the law through civil disobedience, but will violate felony gun laws. Washington is one of few remaining blue states that has remained friendly to gun owners, and so gun owners are furious that a handful of billionaires were able to come in and buy the election, contributing about half the $10 million poured into the race to support I-594, almost 10 times as much as the opposition. Unsuccessful at getting the legislature to pass the law, gun control proponents resorted to billionaires to push it through instead as an initiative. Their money provided the resources to afford to run continuous misleading ads on TV.

The Facebook page for "I-594 I Will Not Comply" states, "We will rally at the capitol, openly exchange guns, unveil and plan to break apart the entire legislation and violate I-594 in every possible way ... We will buy and sell guns from whom we please, we will not submit to background checks, we will not give up our rights, WE WILL NOT comply."

Under I-594, transferring a gun to someone in most situations—such as loaning your gun to a family member or friend at the range—will constitute a felony. Most gun owners have transferred their gun at one point to a friend or relative to try shooting. One-third of Washington state residents are gun owners. Considering the population of Washington is about 7 million, that means as many as 2.3 million gun owners could now be felons for doing what they have commonly done in the past. And that is only the tip of the iceberg; the 18½-page law contains many other poorly written, vague and onerous restrictions, too many to list here...

What are the police going to do if 5,500 gun owners all commit felonies transferring their guns to each other at once? It would be impossible to try and arrest all 5,500. Rank and file law enforcement opposes I-594, as do more than two-thirds of the elected county sheriffs in Washington. A recent candidate for Yakima County Sheriff is helping set up the rally.

The point of the rally is to show that the law is so ridiculous, burdensome and convoluted that it is unenforceable. Unlike much prior civil disobedience, the protest will be nonviolent, and there is no reason to believe otherwise. At the rally against I-594 in downtown Seattle last month, where most protesters came armed, the only law enforcement agent visible who showed up to monitor the event was a Washington Park Ranger who was unarmed. This is because gun owners are some of the most law-abiding people in the country, and law enforcement knows this. The fact they have been provoked to civil disobedience—felony civil disobedience—is very disturbing.

It's not disturbing to ME, it is encouraging. Encouraging that my fellow Americans are finally deciding that enough is enough. Disobey away, my friends—shove their laws right down their throats, until they gag on them.

And the last Quote of the Week, by one last Average Joe.

"I'd much rather go to my grave never needing my gun, than go there wishing I had it."—Phil Dalmolin

And that's a wrap.

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