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Thoughts on Paris

I’ve not blogged much since getting back from tour. I’m still playing catch up. There has been a ton of things to comment on, so in brief:

Paris. Coming soon to a location near you. Mumbai, Beslan, and a thousand others, we’ve seen this before, and we’ll see it again.

On the personal, local level, this is another example of why you should carry a gun. No, we don’t expect every permit holder to be a Navy SEAL, just a speed bump. The best way to stop a mass shooter is an immediate violent response. At best, you drop them before they can hurt too many people. At worst, congratulations you were a distraction, but even distractions can save lives or derail plans.

Running is great. I’ll never fault somebody who chooses to run or hide when bad things happen. Every one of us has a different level of training, knowledge, and commitment, and what is the right answer for you, isn’t the right answer for your grandma. If you are the kind of person to get involved, you need to have a clue. However, since the only constant of gunfights is that they suck for somebody, you can do everything right and still die. On the bright side you at least bought everybody else some time.

For the pacifistic anti-gun dumb asses on the internet who always crop up in the aftermath of any violent event, bitching about imaginary crossfires, or how fighting back would just make things worse. Just shut up already. You’re children, with a child’s grasp of the subject. When people are being mass butchered, barring tossing hand grenades at the bad guy, it is pretty damned hard to make it worse.

Then I see the idiots claiming that they’re only worried about the quality of the regular people with guns… Liars. But okay, thought experiment time. Say there was a proposed law for a federal “super permit”, where if a regular person could pass a rigorous background check and, oh say, the same firearms qualification as an FBI agent, that individual would then be allowed to carry a gun anywhere in the fifty states a federal agent could, and ignore things like idiotic gun free zones, or could carry a gun in states where concealed carry is banned.

This doesn’t replace state laws. Heck, make the federal super permit really hard to get. Have it require a really high level of proficiency, a big knowledge of use of force laws, and one hell of a tough qualification. Make the applicant foot the bill for everything. And you know what? I bet you within a week we could still provide a million of my people as defense in depth, worst case scenario interrupters, spread all over America, for when bad things happen.

Would these people so worried about our level of training be in favor of this? Of course they wouldn’t. They’d find some other reason to bleat. And murderous assholes will continue to target disarmed populations.  Besides, this is just wishful thinking, because any federal program which would empower the general populace would be designed to suck and fail from the get go. Ask any pilot who went through the armed pilot training post 9-11 how easy the feds made that simple,obvious, no brainer program.

Other than learning to shoot, learn first aid. The main things to remember about gunshot wounds is direct pressure. For most of them there’s not much else you can do. Learn how to apply a tourniquet.

That’s all personal stuff that could actually help. You want to argue about putting a French flag over your profile pic, I don’t care if you do or not. Whatever makes you feel better. I’ve seen some people saying that if you want to actually make a difference you need to join the military. That’s great, but missing the point. We don’t have a lack of warriors problem, we have a lack of leadership problem.

Now, big picture. Militant Islamist Wahhibi douchebags want to kill you. Period. Don’t make excuses for them. Don’t try to explain them away. They literally want you to submit or die. This isn’t rocket science. Just ask them. They’ll tell you.

In our current stupid society, you can’t talk about this topic without being accused of racism. That’s just idiotic, since a religious philosophy isn’t a race. But these same idiots like to bitch about Christians being awful and look under every rock for an imagined slight to rail against. Only Christians aren’t blowing people up. But libs love to throw out the racism card to automatically shut down all dissent, because most cons are nice people, who don’t like being accused of being vile, repugnant things. So they shut up.

Like if you say, hey, maybe taking in tens of thousands of completely unvetted refugees from a war torn third world nation that is a hotbed of the philosophy that wants to saw our heads off is a bad idea… They scream racist.

For the people saying the refugees are vetted… How? The Syrian Bureau of Criminal Identification?  I’ve seen some people quoting the plaque from the Statue of Liberty. Really? Did you miss the point of what Ellis Island was for?

Do I feel bad for the actual refugees? Yep. The decent people are running from the same scumbags we’re worried about. However, that doesn’t mean the western world has to commit suicide in order to save everybody. It sucks. There’s evil in the world. Not having it on your doorstep makes it easier to treat it elsewhere. When you’ve got a disease you quarantine it. You don’t purposefully spread it everywhere. We’re in the position to help other countries only because ours isn’t currently on fire.

Some of you are under the mistaken impression that there is a good answer.

Another thing that I keep seeing are two opposing, equally idiotic schools of thought. The immediate knee jerk reaction of liberals flipping out about potential retaliatory hate crimes that almost never happen, but will eventually. Because push someone far enough, and they will inevitably lose their shit. Europeans are good at that.

And the other is the they’re all guilty, kill 1/6th of the world’s population, let God sort them out rage posters. Not getting into morality at all, that’s dumb just from a logistical and target selection stand point. That’s just good business. You’ve got a particular problem, focus on that specific rather than the overwhelming whole. Of course we aren’t fighting all Muslims. If we were fighting a billion people, you would know it. However, we are fighting millions. This isn’t some tiny, violent splinter group. This is a fairly wide spread, violent, jihadist, idealized imaginary history, philosophical movement, and they are motivated and think they can win.

The problem is that this murderous faction has taken over large swaths of everything, all over the world, and it has been going on for a long time. I’m not talking physically taking over either, but they’re in the mosques, in the leadership, and in the money. Yes, there are plenty of moderate Muslims who fight these people. That’s why the nut jobs spend most of their energy blowing up people who are supposedly of the same religion. There are bombings and shootings daily across the third world that barely make a blip in our media because they’re business as usual.

For the vast majority of the moderates however, what do we expect them to do? You can ally with the west, where you can fight against the death cultists, but the minute a progressive gets elected, you are going to get sold out and left to die. So why ally with us? Because the death cultists aren’t going anywhere. Those fuckers are committed.

Look at what happened to Iraq and Afghanistan. Why would any leader side with us now? America will come in, kick ass with the greatest fighting force ever… Oh, wait. MSNBC is upset. Buh bye. We’re out. Everybody who helped us get massacred. A year later, if they’re lucky they might get a hashtag on twitter, because that’s how America shows it cares.

Boko Haram, ISIS, and Hamas are all different groups, but they all share that idealistic, death cult, militant, asshole philosophy.

Barack Obama has two signature achievements. No seriously, check google. That’s all they can come up with.  Two. Obamacare and pulling out of Iraq. Obamacare is an expensive train wreck, that didn’t solve the problems it was supposed to, which raised everybody else’s costs, and now for the handful of the population it did help, all of the exchanges are imploding like everybody who can do math said they would. Brilliant. But back to Muslim extremists, we pulled out of Iraq, and Daesh rolled right in. Yay.

Meanwhile, the rest of the middle east fell apart. Hillary Clinton and John Kerry showed us the brilliance we’ve come to expect from democrat presidential candidates and did… shit. I can’t tell. Our administration totally sucked it up to the point that the western world was literally cheering Putin getting involved. How badly do you have to fuck up that your allies are happy the Russians moved in instead?

Mostly it looks like our State Department yelled at the one little country in the region who isn’t trying to blow us up, for being too mean to the philosophical allies of the people trying to blow us up, or for trying to stop the biggest country that wants to blow them up from getting a nuke, even though they get the population adjusted equivalent of a Paris attack all the freaking time.

Liberalism is a suicidal political philosophy that focuses on non-problems and ignores real problems. We’ve got an actual death cult massacring people? Well, we’d better crack down on regular Americans civil liberties. Hey, there’s a conservative organization in rural Nebraska that has absolutely nothing to do with militant Islam, better tap their phones and sick the IRS on them. We do security theater at the airports, while having a foreign policy that makes zero sense and no border. Bad guys are massacring people with machine guns they smuggled into a country with incredibly strict gun control? Well, we’d better double down on gun free zones to minimize the number of people who could effectively fight back. DHS leadership is issuing warnings about American veterans, while the actual guys fighting terrorists are stymied with rules that make absolutely no sense.

I’ve got a ton of fans who are feds. Oh, the horror stories I hear from these guys. So many plots have been foiled, so many bad guys have been caught, and the stuff they are worried that is coming next is frankly terrifying… I mean, we’ve not seen anything yet. There are some nightmare scenarios out there that I won’t talk about on the internet. But don’t worry, our administration’s greatest concern is climate change. They’re all over that.

Seriously, this bunch of fuck ups will go down in history as the most clueless administration we’ve had. ISIS is the JV team! They’re contained. We spent like half a billion dollars on a training program that produced, what? A squad? But even if we’d turned out an actual Syrian fighting force, because of stupid campaign promises to Code Pink, heaven forbid we let our SF guys do their freaking job, and actual lead or help, because that would be “boots on the ground”, and that is so much worse than having hundreds of thousands of refugees overwhelming the western world a year later.

The other day on book tour I was stuck in an airport watching CNN. I swear airports are the only place that play CNN anymore (and before anybody bitches at me about bias, I’m not a FOX news guy either. I cancelled cable years ago). I caught Obama’s speech about the Keystone Pipeline, and it was just asinine. The whole thing was bullshit. He talked about the lowered energy costs, as if that was his doing, and not because of North Dakota, and Saudi Arabia going all bargain basement to try and stop them. Hang on… Isn’t this the same administration that is always bitching about the evils of fracking. Yeah, heaven forbid we be energy independent. Because if you think things suck now, just wait until the house of Saud collapses, and the same militant asshole extremist JV team that we’ve contained so well rolls in there. But don’t worry, before that we’ve got a nuclear deal with Iran that will surely result in Peace in Our Time.

But that’s us. Europe has been following the liberal, progressive, pseudo-socialist path a lot longer than we have. Instead of doing little things that make sense all along, they’ll let the problem get really big and stupid, and then it is guillotines, gulags, and cattle cars. There’s a lot of really pissed off Europeans right now, and over the centuries we’ve got plenty of examples of what masses of pissed off Europeans do when pushed.

The death cultists are totally cool with that, because they truly believe they’re going to win the apocalypse. The only long term problems liberals can fixate on are imaginary ones that allow them to make the government more intrusive for regular law abiding citizens. So I expect everything to get far stupider from here on out.

For the super isolationist types of the Perhaps if We’re Nice They’ll Go Away school of foreign diplomacy, too late now. We’re dealing with a group of people who literally think they’re helping bring about the apocalypse, and that’s a good thing. Our leadership is made up of petulant children more worried about poop swastikas that may or may not have existed, than actual killers who believe in real oppression.

Solution? Beats the hell out of me. It certainly isn’t whatever it is we’ve been doing. The ball is now in Europe’s court. America’s bipolar leadership has abdicated responsibility. Europe can either decide it is in it to win it, and fight like their survival is at stake, or keep doing their thing. The extremists are happy to die, and they consider everybody on their side expendable.

My guess? Retaliation. Our warriors will do what they’re awesome at, and kill a whole bunch of assholes. Depending on how hard and fast we, or in this case the French, do it, that will stop a whole bunch of other attacks. However, innocent people will die as has happened in every war in human history, which will cause liberals to flip out, which will cause the west to go all half-hearted and stupidly forward. So nothing will get fixed. The west will go back to the next imaginary issue that allows liberals to be control freaks. The security apparatus will then go back to being an ever tightening ratchet against the wrong people. We’ll repeat this cycle until the west collapses, or one particular brand of religious philosophy is utterly annihilated forever.

 

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414 Comments on "Thoughts on Paris"


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Dan Zeigler
6 months 14 days ago

The only thing that worries me about having a mass of armed people at something like a concert is this phenomena:

https://youtu.be/-zX-gz1lRt0?t=35s

And I apologize in advance for the fact that it’s a Pepsi commercial.

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PavePusher
6 months 14 days ago

And I’m certain you can come with merely 5 examples of such, committed by non-LEO persons, yes?

We’ll wait……

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Andrew
6 months 14 days ago

I get what you’re saying Mr. Correia, but really, isn’t it preferable for the good people among us to do nothing?

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Tiffanie
6 months 14 days ago

Evil prospers when good men do nothing.

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Ted N
6 months 14 days ago

Kitty Genovese has your vote.

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Shawna
6 months 14 days ago

In what way is doing nothing while people around you die the mark of a good person?

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lee
6 months 6 days ago

Shawna, very good point!

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Kevin P.
6 months 13 days ago

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

Edmund Burke

There are too many scumbags getting away with far too much because none of those good people will step forward and say “No more.”

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Andrew
6 months 13 days ago

@Kevin P.
At least one person has that font installed. I should probably be more explicit until all the browsers upgrade.

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Grimmy
6 months 12 days ago

@ Kevin P.

It was during the ’70s that moral equivalence crept into criminal law in regards to violent crime.

Interfere with or attempt to interrupt or stop a violent crime in progress then you became a criminal too.

It’s gotten so bad in so many places that our run of the mill criminal gangs use that to their own advantage. Anyone that’s building momentum in keeping said gangs out of their neighborhood are targeted with violence of a non lethal variety until they raise their own hands in a combative manner to defend themselves. Then, that person ends up in jail where other gang members already in jail can take care of business.

Most often, they don’t kill the defender. But, when the defender gets released from jail, assuming he hasn’t been forced to commit “acts of aggression” sufficient to get moved up to prison in order to attempt to defend himself, he’ll be so wrecked and ruined that he’ll serve as an example to everyone else in “the hood” on why it’s not a good idea to stand against the gang.

Our current law system IS the reason violent gangs are as large and powerful as they have become.

We’re seeing this exact same thing playing out on a global scale now.

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Firehand
6 months 9 days ago

With some of these idiots it’s not even moral equivalence: the bad guy isn’t at fault because “Society/We MADE him do it!”:
A UC Merced student who attended the teach in said he could not believe the school’s event blamed the stabbing spree on “masculinity” and completely downplayed radical Islam.

“They just want to say it’s not Islamic terror,” said the student, a senior at the school who asked The College Fix to remain anonymous for fear of “retribution” for speaking out.

“They were trying to understand why the kid did it,” he added, noting about 200 people attended the teach in. He said “Islamophobia” was cited as the reason people want to call it a terrorist attack.
http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/25127/

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Lee
5 months 19 days ago

I wonder how many recent acts of terrorism are committed by people calling themselves something OTHER THAT MUSLIM?

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jabrwok
6 months 13 days ago

I’m guessing that you’re being sarcastic (and that eight people failed to notice). Because it’s always better that evil triumph:-P.

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Andrew
6 months 12 days ago

@jabrwok
Yeh. Not everyone has the sarcasm or Burke fonts on their browser.

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keranih
6 months 12 days ago

…I’m really disappointed that so many people seem to have missed the thread here. What *are* they teaching in schools these days?

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Lee
5 months 19 days ago

To be stupid, ignorant, let liberals think for you and passive. I know I’ve missed a bunch, but this sums up what our colleges and universities are promoting so they have all the money and power to make us slaves.

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bobby b
6 months 12 days ago

Some of us got it. The rest . . . . meh.

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lee
6 months 6 days ago

NO andrew it’s not!

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WyrdBard
6 months 13 days ago

Once I finish my moon ferret drawings I am now going to have to draw Dracula riding Godzilla… you are a source of endless brain worms for interesting imagery.

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David
6 months 13 days ago

Then Google Images for “Nothing is Unpossible” — Mermaid riding a T-Rex as a description barely does it justice.

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Patrick Chester
6 months 13 days ago

Oh, I’m sure it’ll be good. I have Gamera to assist me.

(…they’re not the only one who can be ridiculous!) 🙂

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iconoclast
6 months 8 days ago

Sharks with fricken lasers–what good is your pistol then, gun nut? huh? huh? Gotcha with that one.

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Lee
6 months 6 days ago

You could still shoot Godzilla in the eye or the nuts, soft spot! 🙂

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guest
6 months 5 days ago

“What if the mall is attacked by Dracula riding Godzilla?”

That image is too cool not to be a scene in one of your upcoming books.

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Lee
5 months 19 days ago

Correia, Finally someone who does his/her homework and has a real brain installed!

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BHPshooter
6 months 14 days ago

With all due respect, people aren’t ping-pong balls, and there is no evidence of such a “phenomenon” ever taking place with CCWers. Believe me, there are enough of us out there that if it were going to happen, it would have happened already.

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Joe Dagostino
6 months 14 days ago

He thinks the movie “Kingsman, The Secret Service” was a biography.

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TheWriterInBlack
6 months 14 days ago

“Pepsi commercial” IOW made up, not real, didn’t happen.

These kind of things keep being predicted by the pearl clutcher crows, but remain stubborn in their insistence on not happening as the pearl clutchers predict.

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rocinante
6 months 14 days ago

So much wrong, I hardly know where to begin.

But, I can only speak for myself: I am not a ping pong ball. On a mousetrap. In a room with a thousand other ping pong ball/moustrap sandwiches. Plus, if the mousetrap is activated, it throws me across the room. It doesn’t cause me to draw my legally-carried weapon and randomly spray the room with gunfire.

Your analogy is invalid. lol.

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Joe in PNG
6 months 14 days ago

Question for Dan- are you a shooter? Do you have an actual familiarity with firearms? Do you compete with firearms? Are you personally acquainted with people who shoot?

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141 engineer
6 months 14 days ago

must agree with the correia45 and PavePusher; absolutely zero relevance to the issue in discussion

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Ted N
6 months 14 days ago

Your post was bad, and you should feel bad.

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Dustin
6 months 12 days ago

I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. Perfect meme is perfect.

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gmmay
6 months 13 days ago

Actually this commercial is the perfect metaphor for anti-gun concern trolling.

Note the mirrors surrounding the mousetraps that only serve to create the illusion of something larger. It’s just missing the smoke.

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David
6 months 13 days ago

Really? Every time I’ve seen those mousetrap demos it was all about explaining how nuclear chain reactions work so well. I think the original was by Walt Disney back in the 1950’s. Sorry, but as Wolfgang would say: “Not Even Wrong”

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Mark Hagerman
6 months 12 days ago

I think another factor that prevents the chain reaction firefight is that the Good Guys have limited ammo, and are hunkered down, evaluating the situation, in order to use that ammo to best effect.

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lee
6 months 6 days ago

Are you fin serious? NEVER EVER HAS ANYTHING LIKE this happened in a fully armed society…EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TallDave
6 months 6 days ago

Well, a lot of people don’t like your post, but I think you raise valid, well-thought-out concerns about the over-consumption of soda.

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Matt
6 months 6 days ago

I am also scared of Pepsi. Thank you for bringing this up.

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Ted N
5 months 23 days ago

Holy shit. your refutation really is a pepsi commercial.

Your mom should have stuck to blowjobs.

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TheWriterInBlack
6 months 14 days ago

Haven’t read the whole thing yet, but just want to address this part right now:

I’ve seen some people quoting the plaque from the Statue of Liberty.

I’d be pretty happy if we were getting “huddled masses yearning to breath free” Instead we’re getting “angry crowds trying to turn us into the same hellhole they came from.”

It’s the “yearning to breath free” part that’s lacking, replaced by “yearning to enslave us”.

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Dan Kauffman
6 months 13 days ago

I would not mind the yearning to be free masses it is the yearning to cut of our head ones that I am not too keen about

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Derek
6 months 13 days ago

This is pure xenophobic, racist, fantasy. The people who want to come here are more like your great-great grandparent from Scotland or wherever than they do to Osama Bin Laden. Challenge your biases.

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Dawn
6 months 13 days ago

Derek, challenge yours. Your knee jerked so hard it almost clipped you in the nose. A majority of the people who want to come here are like that, but not all, and to be not keen about the violent, beheading minority is sane, not xenophobic, racist (what race would that be again?), or fantasy. Gosh, I wish it were fantasy.

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Joe in PNG
6 months 13 days ago

And you know this how? You’ve personally vetted all the refugees yourself, then?
To quote the Gipper, “Trust, but verify.” To not check these folks out is foolishness.
Are you so ignorant of human nature to believe that popular American reaction to a terrorist attack by Syrian refugees would be a “ah, dangit, missed that one! Oh, well!”?
We need to check them out for the safety of the legit refugees.

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Doug Loss
6 months 13 days ago

That is, of course, completely false.

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Ted N
6 months 11 days ago

Only the Sith deal in absolutes.

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TheWriterInBlack
6 months 11 days ago

Only the Sith deal in absolutes.

Which statement is, itself, an absolute.

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snelson134
6 months 13 days ago

Which is why 70% or more are single military age males.

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rocinante
6 months 12 days ago

As the nice lady said, “the peaceful minority is irrelevant”.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry3NzkAOo3s

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rocinante
6 months 12 days ago

“…peaceful majority…” (dammit)

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McChuck
6 months 12 days ago

So, Derek, I take it from your opinion that you have lived with Arab Muslims in the Middle East for a significant period of time recently? That’s the only way to have a truly informed opinion about what the people in question are really like.

Or are you merely expressing wishful, nay, childishly magical thinking? Unless, possibly, you mean that like our Scottish and Irish forefathers, they, too, want to kill the English?

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BobtheRegisterredFool
6 months 12 days ago

I’ve got irreconcilable political differences with that generation on one side of my family. You suppose that we would want to be neighbors with all of our ancestors. You suppose that none of us know that we have terrorists or murderers in our ancestry. You suppose none of us are descended from nasty pieces of work who would kill you on general principles.

I suspect the evidence is not in favor of your assumption.

A lot of immigrants to North America were soldiers of fortune, adventurers, and warriors who were driven from Europe as being too savage for the new civilized order being created there.

Also, the assumption that one should accept the political violence of one’s ancestors because of blood is racist.

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Mrburns
6 months 9 days ago

Never read the Koran have you ? My grandparents did not believe it was their sacred duty to impose their religion on the world by violence and to kill or enslave everyone who didnt believe in their religion.

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Matt
6 months 6 days ago

Mine kind of did, but it was a long time ago. Water under the bridge.

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TallDave
6 months 6 days ago

Very few of Jeffrey Dahmer’s meals included human flesh, but you still probably don’t want to accept his dinner invitation.

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guest
6 months 5 days ago

Consider a hypothetical bowl of hypothetical candy. 1% of the hypothetical pieces of candy it contains are contaminated with a lethal poison. How many pieces of candy will you eat? How many will you allow your kids to eat?

HINT: any nonzero answer is prima facie evidence of incurable psychotic disconnect from reality and absolute contempt for human life, even to include your children’s, and your own.

HINT: yes, we’re aware, they’re “vetted.” So were the Tsarnev Brothers. So was Major Nidal Hassan. So was Mohammad Abdulazeez, the Chattanooga mass murderer. So was Saadiq Long, who just got arrested in Turkey trying to sneak into Syria with a bunch of other ISIS killers. So was Faisal Mohammed, the Merced killer. All of them, “vetted.” Yes, let’s bring in a few million more of them. Why not? Just put them somewhere in Flyover Country and if they succumb to Sudden Jihad Syndrome, let ’em kill some of those uppity Red-state rednecks who don’t matter, right?

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Harry_the_Horrible
6 months 12 days ago

Problem is, we are talking about people who have nothing in common with our culture, and have already fubared their country to such an extent as to make our Federal government look productive and responsible.

Whether it is ‘refugees’ or ‘immigrants’ the policy should have to answer one question: What do these people bring that the United States and its Citizens need or want?

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guest
6 months 5 days ago

The Preamble to the Constitution predates the Statue of Liberty. And it says “For ourselves and our posterity.” It doesn’t say “for every Third World Iron Age head-chopping psychotic death-cult atavism with an IQ of 55 who’s already turned his own country into a post-apocalyptic wasteland.”

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Jusuchin (Military Otaku)
6 months 14 days ago

As a fan who is a Fed, all I can say is the rest of us low level folks are concerned whenever we watch the news and leadership is on it.

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WyrdBard
6 months 13 days ago

This was so back when I was in the military as well, though the administration was a bit better back then at least after the first year.

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Susan B
6 months 14 days ago

Regarding CCW:

As a girl, who *loves* skater skirts and other girly-wear, do you have any suggestions as to how to carry? I really don’t like the idea of using my purse (I can’t find a damn thing quickly there, and it’s altogether to easy to be separated from), but I’m sorta at a loss.

Any resources would be awesome. 🙂

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Wolfmanjim
6 months 14 days ago

*Recalls a Japanese action movie with two female detectives and a recent news story…*
*Smirks evilly*
*Opens mouth*
*Thinks better of it…*
*walks away.*

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Susan B
6 months 14 days ago

*blink blink*

I know there’s a joke here…somewhere…

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guest
6 months 5 days ago

What is this, I cannot even–

“Swanton said he did not know if the gun’s safety was on when it was recovered…”

Because if you’re going to stick a handgun into one of your bodily orifices, you should make sure the safety’s on, right?

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J Dallas
6 months 14 days ago

There are some very attractive Concealed Carry purses. They have hidden, easy access pouches for the weapon, and are in all other ways normal purses. I would suggest you check out some gunships specifically to look at their selection. As for the take-away issue, wear it strapped cross-body, with the access convenient to your strong hand. Then practice, practice, practice draw with the weapon COMPLETELY unloaded. There are plenty of marksmanship classes available, you might also want to get some martial arts training. I would also suggest you carry a backup. I’m not familiar with “skater skirts”, but .380 pistols can be small enough to conceal in a garter-type holster. You can also look at padding the skirt at the waist so that the profile of a waist holster is blended in to the garment. If it comes down to it, rember: never kick anyone in the groin unless you are trying to drive everything through the bridge of the opponents nose.

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Susan B
6 months 14 days ago

I’ve considered the purse route, but I’m the idiot who leaves her purse randomly around other peoples’ houses, doesn’t take it to the bathroom, etc. Just a bad idea all around.

I’m generally a lost cause with actual fighting. I’ve sprained my neck getting OUT of a lock before, but I’m rather better at absorbing a beating than dealing one out (which I’m kinda trying to avoid).

I like the idea of a garter holster, as well as some of the bra-related ones (plenty to conceal with there…), and thankfully I’m not girly enough to worry about flashing the room if enough shit is going down that I need it.

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Greg "Blotto" Garrett
6 months 13 days ago

http://www.30calgal.com/
http://thewellarmedwoman.com/
http://girlsguidetoguns.com/
There are other resources out there too. Kathy Jackson at Cornered Cat is excellent, but someone else beat me to that reference. I’m a guy, but I’ve got a wife so I make note of resources when I come across them. FWIW, my wife carries in either a fanny pack concealed holster or a 5.11 shoulder bag. Like Larry, I’m not a big fan of off-body carry either, but I’m a guy and can get away with dressing like a slob (as Jim Tarr points out, this is the key to effective concealment). I’m not a big fan of tiny concealment guns either, though they’re better than two hands with some skin on them. The advice I got was; find a reliable gun in a major caliber (9mm or higher) that you can shoot consistently well, and *then* address concealment. There are lots of options out there.

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Elenor
6 months 13 days ago

I struggled a LOT with carry, because I don’t wear belts and I’m fat. I finally (yes, I have the usual drawer full of unusable holsters… {sigh}) found the Nate Tactical in waistband — it’s SUPER comfortable, doesn’t ‘print’ and so on… I posted pix and discussion here of my search for a holster: http://www.kimbertalk.com/forums/kimber-micro-carry-forum/6111-micro-holster-review.html

(If the link doesn’t work/show up: it’s on the KimberTalk forum, a thread by SnowTao called Micro holster review.” For this holster:
http://www.n82tactical.com/store/holsters/kimber-micro

That website is: n82tactical — pronounced Nate-Squared — cause it’s two guys named Nate!

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MsgtB
6 months 11 days ago

I’m also portly. If your weapon is a compact try Sneaky Pete. Looks like a tablet case or medical device case on your belt. Can even leave your shirt tucked in.

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Katie
6 months 12 days ago

http://womencarry.com/holsters-good-bad-ugly/

The gals at the Women Carry podcast did a discussion on several different holsters. It’s in no way a comprehensive list of options, but it does discuss several pro’s & con’s of some of the options listed out below.

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Jeff Gauch
6 months 14 days ago

“you check out some gunships”

Where do you live, and when can I move there?

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Moses Lambert
6 months 13 days ago

I noticed that and am still trying to figure out how to get an AC-47 or AC-130 into a purse… ‘Course, given the things I’ve seen women pull out of them, it might be possible.

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jimc5499
6 months 13 days ago

Portable hole.

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richard mcenroe
6 months 14 days ago

If you’ve got a gunship concealed carry really isn’t an issue…

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Davefla
6 months 9 days ago

My gunship’s like my Marine Rifle Company: if I thought I really needed them today, I’d stay home… Staring gloomily at my budget!

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Brooke Waskewich
6 months 13 days ago

Just a thought to consider. I recently completed firearms training, and was advised by the instructor that CCW purses have advantages, but also have a major risk factor. If an attacker grabs your purse, he will get your keys and wallet. But if your gun is in your purse, he gets that too! He suggested to my class that if you’re going to carry, make sure it’s on your person. I feel he made a really good point and thought I’d share.

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Old 1811
6 months 13 days ago

Problem with the cross-body strap is, when the bad guy grabs the purse (and it’s the first thing he’ll grab), having the straps across your body will either pull you right to the ground (try drawing a gun from a purse in someone else’s hand when you’re on the ground with a broken elbow), or cause the straps to break, leaving you purseless and unarmed. And your assailant will now have your gun. He probably won’t use it on you, because he won’t know it’s there yet, but he might on the next woman he attacks.

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Matt
6 months 6 days ago

I don’t like anything that isn’t attached to you pretty solidly. You can lose purses and bags and packs. Just not secure enough. I don’t actually expect ever to use a gun and feel that if it weren’t in my belt it would be a bigger liability than a help.

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Lsaysl
6 months 14 days ago

Check out the CanCan Concealment Holster. It’s designed by women, for women, and can be worn under pretty much anything.

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Susan B
6 months 14 days ago

The girly-girl in me’s eyes just got really wide. I might have to update my Christmas list (among friends…my silly hippy parents would be appalled).

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Dave H
6 months 14 days ago

It’s too bad you can’t order products like that undercover – like from a parallel web site that lists the same products and prices, but under unassuming names like “control” or “security garment.”

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Cara H
6 months 14 days ago

I *did* just add it to my Christmas list! Now, I’m gonna have to choose between the emergency space heater thingy and this. Decisions, decisions. Maybe I can talk Santa into both 😉

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Shawna
6 months 13 days ago

I like that a lot. I’ve been wondering what a good holster would be, and this the first time I’ve seen one that really looks like it’d be comfortable and fit under clothes well. Since the fashion industry makes women’s clothes so much more form-fitting than men’s, it’s tricky.

Does anyone have advice on what sort of gun to use for a CCW? Particularly as far as balancing safety (safety switch or no?) vs. speed of draw/fire (since when you need it, you need it right now)? Bearing in mind that I have fairly long fingers so small grips aren’t so great. (Balancing size–big enough to handle easily yet small enough to conceal easily–is also a concern I have.)

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Dave H
6 months 12 days ago

Does anyone have advice on what sort of gun to use for a CCW?

You’ll get tons of advice asking that online, but I’ll try to stick to your specific questions.

For a safety, it’s up to you whether you want to use one or not. (Most CC people recommend not, because it’s one more thing to forget in the heat of the moment.) But even if a gun has a safety, you’re not obligated to turn it on. (There are exceptions however. The 1911 and Sig P238 come to mind. I carry a 238 with the safety on, but my other pistols I leave it off.) Modern pistols are designed to not fire when dropped, only when the trigger is pulled. So learn to keep your finger off the trigger until it’s needed, and a safety become redundant. Revolvers don’t usually have safeties.

For grip, a number of pistols come with replaceable grip pieces to tailor the fit to your hand. My Smith & Wesson M&P Compact has three different grip covers. You can also get third party replacement grips in different dimensions to customize the fit, especially in revolvers.

There are tons of guns being sold to the CCW market these days. Visit a gun shop if you can, handle as many as possible to see what fits well, make a list of which ones feel good and research them online. You’re looking for reliability first and foremost. If at all possible see if you can rent or borrow your top candidates and shoot them. There’s no one best model or brand, but for any individual there should be several that work better than the rest. Some popular brands are Glock, Smith & Wesson, Ruger, and Sig Sauer, but there are plenty of others.

Also, if your budget allows, it’s not uncommon to have a few different guns for different seasons & occasions. Cold weather means heavier clothing, so a bigger gun can be concealed. Summer usually means light clothing, so a smaller gun may be necessary. If you regularly carry a bag, purse, briefcase, planner, or other accessory you can keep a gun in that. (Although I agree with Larry about off body carry, too many more things to go wrong. But it’s your call whether carrying off-body or not carrying at all is the lesser evil.)

One bit of advice I’ll offer: YOU pick the gun you want. Don’t let a well meaning friend, spouse, or store clerk tell you what you want. Consider their advice, but you make the final decision. It’s your skin on the line.

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Shawna
6 months 12 days ago

Thanks for the advice, Dave. I didn’t even know about replaceable grips.

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bobman
6 months 11 days ago

Smart carry google them great holster even in gym shorts

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Joe in PNG
6 months 12 days ago

To add to Dave’s point, first, get proper training on how to shoot handguns. You’ll know better what you’re looking for. Plus, proper grip and technique can “tame” the recoil on some of the smaller compact automatics.

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Doug
6 months 12 days ago

Dave hit every one of the points that come to mind. I carry the M&P by Smith and Wesson, compact and its been a fantastic carry.

The grips are great and change very easily. My wife was using the smallest grips on hers, has longish fingers as you do, and when we were at the range, we got a great tip from the instructor on using the biggest grips, her shooting accuracy went WAY up in that one change.

Only other one that I’d say is that CCW is not being your comfort, It’s not supposed to be comfortable. It’s supposed to be comforting.

Only other thing I’d add is don’t let yourself get tied into “caliber talk” it can go on FOREVER one what is the best for this or that reason. Do what Dave said, pick the gun YOU want.

As long as it’s at least 9mm. (See? I couldn’t stop myself)

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Joe in PNG
6 months 12 days ago

There’s a few good, shootable, and really small 9mm auto available for not too much money these days. The S&W Shield or the Walther PPS can be had for under $400.

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PavePusher
6 months 14 days ago

Open Carry is completely lawful in 44 states.

http://www.opencarry.org/?page_id=103

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Susan B
6 months 14 days ago

True, and I’m in Nebraska/Iowa most of the time so that wouldn’t be an issue, but I can’t imagine open carrying causing less issues than it would create.

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Leah
6 months 12 days ago

yeah, I’d rather not open carry either. it just turns you into more of target, to be honest, for both criminals and law enforcement.

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jungshin
6 months 14 days ago

the Flash Bang concealment holster for center line bra carry comes to mind. handles small/ micro pistols

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Susan B
6 months 14 days ago

I’m looking into that one, but teensy guns keep trying to hop out of my hand when I use them. Silly crappy wrists and grip. And being very right-handed and very left-eyed…

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jungshin
6 months 14 days ago

your not going to get it into play very quickly but the NAA mini in .22 WMR has the option of a fold over pistol grip that does fill the hand well enough, mind you its a single action belly gun, but it beats throwing rocks.
i sock carry one when i am without jacket or other concealment garments since all my other carry pistols are .45acp. It small light still offers some protection. barrel ballistics are similar to .380 but drop off quickly and that’s OK since i don’t figure to make more than a 10′ shot with it. its really my cower in the corner and at least go with dignity option or as more often happens, my wife asks for some piece of mind if we end up in the shadier parts of St Louis.

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Moses Lambert
6 months 13 days ago

There are parts of StL that AREN’T shady? Who knew…

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Elenor
6 months 13 days ago

If you can scrape up the money — check out the Kimber Micro .380 — yes, it’s pretty much the same gun as the Sig P238 — but O.M.G.!! SO MUCH smoother shooting! (I’m a leftie, right-eyed…) Superb little carry gun!

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Jim3
6 months 9 days ago

You might try the Sig 290rs. My wife hates most sub-compact pistols, but finds that one fairly comfortable to fire. It does have a long trigger pull, which bothers some people, but she prefers a double action only trigger.

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Peggy C
6 months 6 days ago

I have a Glock 19 that I’ve carried for years, but arthritis in my wrists and hands no longer permit me to carry it. I now carry a Sig P238. It’s a 380 but my gunsmith says not to worry about caliber. The 380 uses a 9mm round, just slightly less powerful. But if you put 6 of them into someone, they are going to stop.

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rocinante
6 months 14 days ago

And there’s always the Flashbang holster:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8r6CY5UZyw

Can Can Concealment also makes a ladies’ version of Thunderwear.

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Alex
6 months 13 days ago

The Flashbang is not safe. The design violates the first rule of gun safety. One user has already shot herself and died. There are plenty of other options for women who want something other than IWB carry.

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rocinante
6 months 12 days ago

Please explain how the proper use of the Flashbang violates Rule #1.

Also, I’d like a cite on that death, if it’s not too much trouble.

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Alex
6 months 12 days ago

I’m not sure what your definition of “proper” use is, but trying out a sample holster, using plastic training firearms, led to the following observations: the design of the holster presses the muzzle into one of the user’s breasts. The first rule of gun safety is “Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction”. If you prefer Col. Cooper’s rules, it would be rule two, “Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not prepared to destroy”. Rule one or rule two, it’s a clear violation, to me.

If the user has large breasts or a protuberant stomach, the average user’s draw stroke tends to push the grip down (to get it out or away from the bra band), pushing the muzzle up, into the breast tissue. Further, the holster often rides inside the bra band and one or both bra cups, which can allow the user’s breast tissue to slip out of the bra cups, causing fidgeting. I suspect such fidgeting may have contributed to Ms. Bond’s death. Here are the links:

http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2015/02/woman_who_fatally_shot_herself.html

Ms. Bond’s obituary:
http://www.heraldpalladium.com/obituaries/christina-bond/article_5c315d07-ce80-56e2-8e77-0383a73e13ef.html
notes that she was an MP in the Navy. From that, I would not presume her to be an absolute novice with firearms.

My opinion is just that, but it is based on over 10 years as a firearms instructor teaching several hundred women handgun, rifle and shotgun marksmanship and safety, and assisting with concealed carry classes for the same amount of time. The dozen women in our informal training group concluded that the Flashbang was a cute idea that was 1) impractical and 2) not safe. If you like the Flashbang, I’m happy that you found something that works for you.

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Arathian
6 months 14 days ago

I’ve seen some lady CCW holder talk about a bra holster but I’m not entirely sure about that, for one if you are too small it would be more obvious, two you are more liable to risk injuring yourself than an IWB holster I would think.

But they exist and you could possibly look into it and come to your own conclusions.

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Brooke
6 months 13 days ago

Google “The Big Shebang! Hip Hugger”. Made by Can Can Concealment. Their motto is ‘Safe Sexy Holstering’. http://www.cancanconcealment.com. I bought one of the hip huggers. Just looking at the package. It says ‘See our full line of safe, sexy, concealed carry options from the World Leader in Women’s Compression Holstering”. I bought it at a Gun Show, and didn’t see the full range. What I bought is perfect. Cannot be seen under any clothing. Good luck.

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Feather Blade
6 months 10 days ago

I like the “Wear your purse on your belt” option.

Keeps your gun close at hand, gives you an easily accessibly place to keep your keys, and you never have to worry about where your purse is.

Admittedly, it forces you to absolutely minimize the contents of said purse (or it gets heavy), but I still manage to fit a pistol, two magazines, my card folio (which also has space for cash in), a cell phone, a multitool, a thumb drive, a coin purse, and a handkerchief.

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MDC
6 months 9 days ago

Flash bang.

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Ken
6 months 14 days ago

Yeah, the future looks….turbulent. On that note, most all of the LDS canneries are open to non-member – stock up now. 😉

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TheWriterInBlack
6 months 14 days ago

“Interesting times.”

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Doug
6 months 12 days ago

Stop with yer cursing and cussing you Writer you.

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Maniakmedic
6 months 14 days ago

The freaking day after the Paris attack the Democratic monkeys were still dancing to the tune of “climate change is the biggest threat to national security evarrrrrr” and half of our living population and all of the dead ones will still vote for the morons – because “free shit!” – so yeah, things are about to get exponentially worse. And with that I say there is no way in hell anybody is convincing me – through force or otherwise – to give up a single one of my guns.

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bluesun
6 months 14 days ago

To quote John Ringo “Don’t go to a gunfight without a gun, and don’t go to a religious war without a religion.”

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Synova
6 months 14 days ago

For a decade and a half now I’ve wondered why so many people with no possible concept of Christian “true believers” think that they’re uniquely qualified to understand and design effective policy related to Islamic “true believers”. It’s sort of like if a vegan declared herself the authority on grilling the perfect steak while insisting that those who smoke a brisket every Sunday have it all wrong. She’s *proud* of her meat ignorance sort of like how the professionally secular are proud of their religious ignorance… But since her very identity requires the firm conviction that she’s just *smarter* than stupid meat eaters she can’t admit that she has no idea how to grill a steak without ceasing to exist at all.

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Zsuzsa
6 months 14 days ago

Every time I hear one of these politicians pontificating about how “everything these terrorists are doing is entirely antithetical to what Islam stands for, Islam is a religion of peace that would never seek to convert anyone by the sword, etc.” my only thought is, “And just when did you get your doctorate in comparative religion, Mr. Obama?”

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Synova
6 months 14 days ago

A certain amount of that is appropriate informational warfare and not a *bad* idea as long as the foundational understanding exists that a great number of dedicated Islamic jihadists vehemently disagree and that their beliefs *are* rational ones within their religious context and when combined with a wholly non-Protestant culture (an “honor” culture) means that god, by whatever name, *wants* them to destroy his enemies and favors victory and the winner. There is NO concept of divinely required humility and the downtrodden aren’t the most holy, their downtrodden and defeated lives are, rather, proof that they offended god. When Christ was asked “who sinned?” to explain why someone was crippled at birth His answer was revolutionary. Of *course* someone sinned… being crippled was proof of it. And yet, the notion that one’s godliness could be proven by victorious action persisted in Christianity for centuries and in cultures that were mostly Christian for centuries in the form of judicial combat. The person who’s case was favored by god, or who god knew to be holy and righteous would WIN. Losing only proved that you opposed god and deserved to lose.

Why? Because for most of History this was the default way of thinking about god and god’s will and why one person triumphed and another was born crippled.

And yet… we’re “ruled” by nincompoops who are proud that they take our cultural underpinings for granted on the basis, I suppose, that we’re “born that way”… good… without sin… and all this compassion and love toward the downtrodden is the natural state of Man… and they think they can formulate policy? OMG.

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Shadowdancer
6 months 14 days ago

In the case of disagreement within Islam – it shouldn’t surprise. Even when Mohammad was alive his followers were confused which of his latest divine proclamations they were supposed to follow. That was resolved by him declaring that his latest ones were the ones they should follow, and the previous one that contradicts the latest one should no longer be followed (that’s the abrogation bit.)

The story of Mohammad taking his daughter in law as his wife is a particularly illuminating example of Mohammad’s make-ayahs-up-on-the-spot-to-justify-what-he’s-doing-then tendency.

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Shadowdancer
6 months 14 days ago

I was repeatedly told I was not allowed to tell someone he was wrong about Wahhabbism being the Reformation of Islam. (Yes it is, especially if you go and read about how Martin Luther’s ‘return to the basics’ push was about.)

There was a lot of goalpost shifting, a lot of comparisons to historical Christianity/crusades, then shifting that I was ‘painting people with the broad brush’ – except no, thats not the case, I was talking about the fact that it IS part of the doctrine, and thus ‘extremist’ is not an accurate descriptor.

There is a difference about arguing for doctrine and ideology, and arguing about people. I’m with Churchill on the difference.

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James May
6 months 13 days ago

It never occurred to me to think about it like that. My understanding is it was an anti-Turkish, anti-colonialist (enter irony here) creation by Arabs who felt the Turkish presence in Mecca and Medina had sullied Islam and so had Arabs who worked with the Turks. At that point the Turks had been the “defenders of the faith” for over 2 centuries. The famous ethnic Albanian, Macedonian-born originally Ottoman figure Mohamed Ali who set up a 150 yr. dynasty in Egypt until Nasser was once sent on an expedition to Arabia to stamp out the “heresy.” The family who most benefitted from Wahhabism remained attached to it and to its anti-Turkish views right up til WW I and its alliance with the British and Lawrence. The family was granted kingdoms in Iraq and Jordan and the latter lasts til this day. ISIS out-Wahhabis the Wahhabis of S. Arabia. That’s why they bulldoze any mosque with images and shoot Shia on sight.

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BobtheRegisterredFool
6 months 13 days ago

At the moment I’m irritated with the fellow who is indignant about psychos claiming that their terrorism is a political act.

The international terrorist curriculum draws its theory of terrorism from the Soviet Leftists who wrote a lot of the early lesson plans.

‘They learned it from you, leftist spittoon filling.’

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James May
6 months 13 days ago

Terrorism became popular because of the massive leftovers in explosives and experts to go along with them after WW II.

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BobtheRegisterredFool
6 months 13 days ago

I should’ve specified random terror, as opposed to the specific or genocidal types.

I’ll concede that the bomb throwing anarchists would’ve killed more if they had better tech.

1. Consider the extensive leftist history of political violence prior to WWII.
2. It was the communists who spent a lot of words selling the idea that killing an uninvolved guy’s kid will make him hate the government more than he hates you. They’ve dressed it up fancy, shown it around town, and attracted a lot of gentleman callers, but it is still a dummy.
3. Psychos blow up people because they have access to explosives. Organizations need a better excuse to pull in funds than lulz. The folks who have done the vast majority of modern terrorist killings seem to be organizations. Back before they could hold on to territory, their sales pitch was mostly based on 2.
4. Soviet intelligence seems to have put a lot into funding and training any and every terrorist group that was for the left, or against America.

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jimc5499
6 months 12 days ago

Including the Sierra Club and the Students for a Democratic Society.

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Joe in PNG
6 months 12 days ago

The theory behind #2 is that a government reaction to bombing that causes the uninvolved to turn on the government. In the case of the I-bastards, the hope is to increase the pressure on western Muslims- by government or population persecution. If they can cut them off from western civilization, they can only turn to radical Islam.

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Hugh Mannity
6 months 12 days ago

There are a large number of atheists and agnostics who have a strong in depth knowledge of religion — often more than one. They do not believe because they have studied. They often come from very religious backgrounds. So unlike your theoretical vegan, they do know how to grill a perfect steak or smoke a perfect brisket, but prefer not to.

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Synova
6 months 14 days ago

It wouldn’t surprise me if Ringo is an atheist but it’s clear he gets the concept.

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Dan Lane
6 months 14 days ago

Former atheist here. There’s a difference between atheists who lack belief in any god or gods, and atheists who hate Christ, Christians, and the Bible with the fervent fire of the converted. The former are not *nearly* as loud, usually have a more-than-passing familiarity with several religions (can quote verses accurately and in the right places), and are able to *respect* the religious while disagreeing.

Needless to say, they don’t get as much airtime. It’s much easier to ignore the calm dissenter who makes you tea but sleeps in on Sundays, and go with the loudmouthed brat who makes radical statements instead. The atheists who’ve actually *studied* religion look at radical Islam with great trepidation. They *know* they will be some of the first to suffer, along with the Jews and the Christians who won’t renounce or pay the bribe to remain second class citizens, the gays who get caught out, and all of the other *different* people who cannot pass.

That’s not the popular thing to say. And they, the ones that have spent their lives (quietly) dissenting with the loudest, most reactionary and vicious members of their professed non-religion (often disillusioned former religious people), are *very* familiar with what happens when you get caught not following the approved narrative. This is nothing compared to a religion that preaches conversion at sword-point.

There are atheists who get it. Just as there are people of nigh all religions who do, as well. There are even liberals who, in the right circumstance, can see what’s going on, and react accordingly. I worry about those guys, too. See “zeal of the converted.” I don’t want to see concentration camps happen in my lifetime, but I can see ways it could happen.

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Jim R
6 months 13 days ago

That’s me. Atheist because I disbelieve in one more god than monotheists do.

“But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”

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greatUnknown
6 months 13 days ago

We need to distinguish between atheist and antitheist. Or perhaps, theophobe.

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John R. Ellis
6 months 13 days ago

“Misotheist” is the term I’ve seen thrown around.

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Synova
6 months 12 days ago

I hope it didn’t sound like I was grouping all atheists into a single mass. I know quite a few (to the extent that I know they’re atheist and also know what they think about religions) who clearly understand the concept, either from experience or simply because they’re genuinely interested in other people.

And the “professionally secular” includes any number of people who are culture and weekend “Christians” who would call themselves such but who are still proud that they don’t let it interfere with their understanding of the world.

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DaveP.
6 months 11 days ago

There’s also what I call “Bill Clinton Christians”: they’re more than willing to pose for a publicity shot outside a church, waving a leather-bound ‘family Bible’ around (especially when they need to justify whatever they want to do next or have been caught doing this time)… but they’d laugh in your face if asked to consider what the Bible actually said about any other issue.

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snelson134
6 months 12 days ago

Dan, I refer to the second group as anti-theists; seems to fit.

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dgarsys
6 months 14 days ago

I think it was actually Kratman making the point, but John didn’t change it.

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Shadowdancer
6 months 14 days ago

Speaking of Kratman, Caliphate is looking like a likely ugly future prediction isn’t it?

Someone asked me if I had read it, on Twitter. Guess who showed up to say it was shit without much example of ‘why’? Stalkers gotta stalk.

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Andrew
6 months 14 days ago

I’m not a softie, but I always hate it when I start thinking Kratman is right. Bums me out.

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Synova
6 months 13 days ago

Heh. 😉 That would do.

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Chris Chittleborough
6 months 12 days ago

Most of Kratman’s books are labeled military SF, but they’re actually horror stories.

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dgarsys
6 months 13 days ago

ugh, sorry to hear about the stalker

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BobtheRegisterredFool
6 months 13 days ago

For Halloween, I was ‘America’s next President, Pat Buckman’.

Can’t happen like that. Suppose we do get a ‘three cities’ before the next election. The most extreme level of reaction would probably be a Republican victory. (Barring, say, it happening after the Republican convention nominates Kasich. )

Sanders, ‘Ecchi Rape Culture’, and O’Malley probably don’t have it in them to ride such to victory.

‘Three Cities’ is a reasonable extrapolation of Obama’s Iran policy. So all sound Republicans will have at least thought about the possibility. All of them except maybe Trump or Kasich should be prepared enough that they won’t be that unhinged unless they lose close family to the event.

Suppose that it happens next term. Supposing that the Republicans have not nominated and elected a Democrat, they should be able to blame Obama and get enough revenge on the mid east to preempt a campaign to elect Candidate Buckman.

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Alexandru Constantin
6 months 14 days ago

On target yet again with your commentary. I am finding myself angrier and angrier at the vile yet expected apologetic what-about-ism and moral equivalence nonsense of my friends and other media that started before the attack was even over.

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Shadowdancer
6 months 14 days ago

The latest derp compares Muslims to the Jews, and bitches at America for turning the Jews away, insinuating that it’ll be the same for Muslims.

Last I checked, if that analogy were to hold up even just a little bit, it’d have to be the various Arab Christian sects/tribes, such as the Yazidi, who would have to be turned away…

…except that y’know, they mostly dead or enslaved now, or in refugee camps in countries not too far away from where they fled, oh and nobody invited them to come live with them, but threw open the doors to the Muslims.

I’m not really sure how that’s supposed to work.

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anonymous coward
6 months 13 days ago

Beautifully stated, thanks!

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Scott
6 months 11 days ago

The Nazarene Fund is vetting whole Christian communities and getting them outta Dodge. First batch going to Slovakia this week, I think. Yazidis may be beyond help by now.

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141 engineer
6 months 14 days ago

Your statement about what Europeans will do if pushed is spot on; I also see a scenario occurring in the US per Tom Kratman’s book, Caliphate.

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the gripping hand
6 months 14 days ago

As the ever-wise @TamSlick as said, Europe has been known in the past to go from 0 to jackboots in no time flat.

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Wolfeyedangel
6 months 14 days ago

A few words the bad guys might want to remember: Romans, Francs, Goths (Visi- and Ostro- both), Saxons, Vikings, Celts, Spartans, Conquistadors… yeah. Do they really want to send Europe back to those roots?

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Doctor Locketopus
6 months 14 days ago

Even closer on point: Crusaders.

There’s a reason why mothers in some parts of the Middle East still scare disobedient children by telling them that King Richard (Malik Ric) is going to get them.

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James May
6 months 14 days ago

There’s a reason the Ottoman N. African pirate Barbarossa is still in children’s books in Turkey.

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WyrdBard
6 months 13 days ago

There’s also a reason why until recently (linguistically speaking) in many Arabic dialects the word for ‘European’ was essentially ‘Franc’ I’ve heard similar threats based on Charlemagne, though I don’t remember what their name for him was. (It’s been a while.)

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richard mcenroe
6 months 14 days ago

Combine Medieval Eurosensibilities with 21st century logistics and there goes the neighborhood.

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Rick E
6 months 14 days ago

In France it’s Jacqueboots

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Wicked Duke
6 months 14 days ago

Glad it’s not just the wife and I who are thinking this crap sandwich is going to be the only thing on the menu unless things change in Washington.

Buckle up folks, looks like a rough ride…

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NKR
6 months 14 days ago

Excellent! Very well thought out and presented.

I’ve been calling people out all over the internet for their deflection methods. That’s what they’re doing when they knee-jerk start talking about “millions of peaceful Muslims”. It’s a tactic to change the subject so you can’t actually discuss Islamic terrorism. Whenever I see that now I just tell them to stop changing the subject and then I remind them of the subject at hand. I do not engage in their deflection and follow them on their tangents as they’d like. Islamic terrorism is a very uncomfortable topic of conversation, but it cannot be avoided if we don’t want to end up like the places that have to deal with Paris/Beirut/Baghdad style attacks every.

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WyrdBard
6 months 14 days ago

“Justify the Moon Ferrets”

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James May
6 months 14 days ago

The problem isn’t millions of peaceful Muslims. They are in fact that. The problem is they are only peaceful when they institutionally make everyone else second class citizens. So the peacefulness is an illusion. They are peaceful in minorities too small to agitate or too large to go up against. It’s the in-between where you are seeing the problems and muscle-flexing and power grabs; the transitions.

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richard mcenroe
6 months 14 days ago

As I have heard repeatedly, radical Muslims want to kill us; moderate Muslims want radical Muslims to kill us for them.

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Shadowdancer
6 months 14 days ago
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Patrick Chester
6 months 13 days ago

This is a bit depressing:
https://youtu.be/g7TAAw3oQvg

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Shadowdancer
6 months 13 days ago

I realized THAT when I was in my early twenties. Hence the BSOD I had for a few months while I wrestled with that reality and that truth, before accepting it. Now I just shrug, and figure Europe is going to fall, or we’ll have another horrific war which the Left will beat on the West with.

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dgarsys
6 months 14 days ago

Defense in depth, a DISTRIBUTED defense in depth, and the moral will to fight, are needed.

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Tish Groller
6 months 14 days ago

Well said

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David
6 months 14 days ago

Larry is right. Here in Israel many people open carry, and the terrorist attacks that have happened have been neutralized pretty damn quickly. That is why they go for suicide belts, because we take out their gunmen pretty quickly.
We also have armed guards at schools, coffee shops, malls and most office buildings.
Unlike the rest of the world, we don’t have them at synagogues, churches or mosques.

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Joe in PNG
6 months 14 days ago

Question for the anti-CCW types- why is the guy with a badge who only shoots 50 rounds a year a better person to be on scene than a regular person who only shoots 50 rounds a year? Some sort of magic incantation present in the badge?

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RG
6 months 14 days ago

Careful, you’re getting logical and shit.

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Still
6 months 14 days ago

I see plenty of LEOs at the range who are really damn good.

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TheWriterInBlack
6 months 13 days ago

Non-representative sample. The ones you see at the range are that handful that go in on their own time to shoot.

(Side note: let’s see if the notifications work for my personal account now)

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Joe in PNG
6 months 13 days ago

Absolutely- there’s a lot of cops that are good shooters… and lots of non-cops who are also good shooters. Every single negative that is written about the supposed uselessness of a non-LEO with a CCW during a mass shooting could also be said about off-duty/plainclothes cops in the same circumstances.
Don’t forget the Norwegian shooter wore a police uniform- we may see this happen in the future.
Shooting skills are shooting skills- pretty much the same grip/front sight/trigger press/practice, dammit! that all good instructors teach. There’s no sooper seekret ‘Wanted’ gun kata kind of training for ninjas out there.

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Mike in Seattle
6 months 13 days ago

Of course they have magic. The magic of “Authority” and “Credential”. Now go back to your vote latifundia and stop bleating.

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Joe in PNG
6 months 13 days ago

Sorry Mr. Miculek, because you’re not a cop, we can’t trust you to shoot the bad guys if things get bad.

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Aacid
6 months 13 days ago

He shoots the qual course and is reprimanded for using an automatic weapon…a Smith and Wesson revolver

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Greg "Blotto" Garrett
6 months 13 days ago

Anything that falls outside of our experience or knowledge base unfortunately winds up being ascribed to “magic”. For urbanites, creatures of specialization (knowing more and more about less and less) this leaves a lot to be attributed to magic. Having grown up in the Northeast, they (and formerly I) would spout the platitudes about the military and police being the only ones who should have guns, because their only knowledge of guns came from Hollywood. They didn’t examine their “logic” because to do so would threaten their beliefs, which is what they value more than reality or learning.

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jimc5499
6 months 13 days ago

How’s that guy with a badge better than someone who takes this shit seriously and shoots 2000 rounds a year?

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Jusuchin (Military Otaku)
6 months 13 days ago

I fit the 2000 rounds a year. Govt paycheck isn’t that great when you’re low level peon and paying for car…insurance…student loans…food…

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Dan Lane
6 months 13 days ago

Almost got the student loan paid off, myself. And not a gov’t peon (any longer), but balancing feeding the beast that goes bang, me, the car, and the mortgage… Is why I work one full time job and keep looking for another part time job for extra cash.

On the plus side, being dead broke means you’ve got to make *every* round count. *chuckle*