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Handguns for home defense

A while back, I wrote a piece about using long guns for home defense.

I did this after a request from pax at Cornerd Cat.  She recently wrote a piece about the advantages of pistols for home use.

 It is a good article, but I’m keeping my rifle as my primary.  We may disagree on what we personally use, but we agree that the most important factors are finding the tool that works best for you and learning how to use it.

This Week In The News, November 8, 2007

On the campaign trail, Rudy Guilliani continues to be the Anointed One of the media.  I’m still trying to figure out the appeal of a man who sued the gun companies to the party that (supposedly) supports gun rights, and the man who demanded tax payer funded abortions for poor people to the party that (supposedly) is pro-life.   

But, wait, says our media overlords!  He cleaned up New York City! 


Well, friggin’ awesome.  And that means what, exactly, to the rest of us that could care less if New York sank into the ocean?   He closed down the porno studios!  Forcible sodomy of prisoners in NYPD jails is down 15%!  No more giant armies of homeless people running out to squeegee your windows! 


Okay, for a good take at what Manhattan is like for us folks who live in flyover country, go click on the link in my blog roll for Mojo Filter.  He’s seen and done a lot, and has been to New York numerous times, and has a great post about his last trip there.  I don’t want to vote for the guy that cleaned up New York.  I want to vote for the guy that forced New York (and San Francisco) to succeed from the union. 


The media is absolutely in love with the idea of two elitist New Yorkers duking it out.  Ironic, since the news is made up of a bunch of New York elitists.  


Hillary vs. Rudy?  Whoever wins, we lose.  Just like the slogan for the new Alien vs. Predator movie, only instead of a gooey opportunistic parasite vs. a ruthless sadistic brute, we get a… oh, hell… never mind.   


In other national news, we should know in a couple of days if the Heller case will be granted ceritori at the Supreme Court.  If you don’t know what this is, I’m shocked you’re reading this blog.  Basically, this case is where the circuit court told the city of Washington DC to get stuffed, and that their idiotic gun bans are blatantly unconstitutional, because the 2nd Amendment was an individual right.


See, to liberals, the 2nd Amendment is a collective right, whereas the other original 9 were about individual rights.  Also, the 2nd was where the founding fathers authorized the National Guard to have guns, but they neglected to invent the Guard for like another hundred years or something. 


Basically pretty much every gun law in the country disregards the wording of the 2nd Amendment.  A good Supreme Court decision could kick a lot of those idiotic laws to the curb.  Because as it stands now, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED means that my gun’s okay, as long it is in certain places, on certain days, only if it was imported during a certain time frame, unless it has seven specific US parts, isn’t too short, isn’t too big, isn’t too small, and I’ve filled out all of the appropriate paperwork when I bought it, and depending on what state I live in, the gun has passed nonsensical tests, has been registered with a bureaucrat, shipped with a fired case, is locked up, disassembled, only allowed to use certain types of ammo, or stamps microscopic images (that don’t work) on the bullet. 




So fingers crossed.  Heller is a big deal.


In Entertainment News, TV writers have gone on strike.  This is going to cause no new episodes of our favorite TV shows.  This has caused a huge panic, as soon Americans won’t be able to watch our favorite episodes of… shoot, I can’t actually name a current sitcom.  Is Scubs still on?   


Okay… I watch exactly one network TV show.  And it comes on Mondays, when I’m usually teaching a class anyway.  I’ll admit it.  I watch Heroes, and I enjoy it.  I’m a sucker for super hero stuff, and grew up on X-Men.  Now since there are approximately 5 decades of good comic book super hero stories sitting out there, I wouldn’t think it would be too hard to cobble together a story line. 


See, this is why I like B-Movies.  There can’t be a B-Movie writer’s strike, since I’m relatively sure that most of them don’t actually have any writers.  I’ve watched a few that I’m certain that they actually make up the story as they go along.  I saw one once that was created using those little magnetic fridge magnets with random words.   Chupacabra.  Cruise Ship.  Boobies.  John Rys-Davies.  See what I mean?


The only TV shows that absolutely suck me in don’t have writers either.  Ghost Hunters on Sci-Fi, because I’m a complete nerd on that topic, and I actually like the people that it follows around.  (on a related note, there’s going to be a spin off called Ghost Hunters International, catchy title huh?  It would cool if somebody wrote a book with a similar title, only about monsters… oh yeah…) And the other one is Ninja Warrior, because it is really fun to watch a bunch of random Japanese people go through obstacle courses, with bonus points to anybody who does it wearing a costume, or shows up carrying a dead squid.


If Hollywood gets really desperate, hey, I can write stuff.  (subliminal message BUY MY BOOK).  And I’m not union.  Monster Hunter International would be an awesome series.  On HBO.  I’m serious.  Call me.  Let’s do lunch.


In Utah news, Referendum 1 crashed and burned.  Which sucks.  I guess those “Concerned Parents” ads I mocked were more effective than our sides’ “Beware the evil east coast liberal unions” ads.  Freedom in education is coming though.  The evolution is inevitable.

Arguing with a liberal

I’m in my waning days at my corporate job.  I’ve given my notice, and currently I’m only there in the mornings acting in a consulting fashion as I train my replacement.  I’m out of there at the end of November.  Hasta la vista, corporate world. 


In the meantime, I work with somebody who is a bonafide, hardcore liberal.  (that doesn’t ever seem to pop up at my other job, FBMG, strangely enough)  Pretty much everything I believe in, he doesn’t.  Everything he believes in is about as realistic as the tooth-fairy, but I digress. 


This morning we got into it about school vouchers.  I wore my I VOTED sticker in this morning, and since that was the main thing on the ballot, he asked my opinion.  Of course we were diametrically opposed, but it was extremely educational.  I learned the following facts: 


  1. Competition is good, except for in education, because then it is evil.
  2. Americans are becoming more fragmented, because we have like 300 TV channels, and when we were kids we only had 3, so we need public education to “bring us together”. 
  3. Public education exists so that people can learn about diversity, and different ways of life, otherwise you would just have to learn stuff from things like your parents, or religion, and that is bad.
  4. People shouldn’t send their kids to schools where they can freely associate with people of their choosing, because that is bad for diversity.
  5. Diversity is good, unless it is diversity from liberal thought, because then it is bad.
  6. And the founding fathers were all about public school because of diversity, (he actually used Land Grant as an example) and education has evolved into what we have today (not because of the Industrial Revolution training drones to sit still and concentrate on repetitive crap for 8 hours, mind you) because evolution is good, unless it is evolving so that parents have more choice or freedom, because then, evolution is wrong.


Okay then.  I’m all educated on the issue now.  Too bad I had already voted against the unionized strangulation of the free market.  Drat.  Foiled again.   


This is not the first time we’ve gone around about various topics.  I find that this individual gives me a fascinating view into the liberal mindset.  We’ve argued about guns, concealed carry, Iraq, terrorism, and self defense.


Let me break this down for you.  In order to toe the liberal philosophical line on the use of force, you have to honestly believe that defending yourself is somehow immoral.  You have to believe that if somebody assaults you, it is morally superior for you to just let them hurt you, than it is for you to fight back, whether it is on a small scale (rapist, murder, psycho) or on a large scale (other countries, terrorists).  


And if somebody does take action against you, it is your fault somehow, because you caused it.  Kind of like when a woman is battered by her husband, it is because she burned dinner or looked at him funny.  I pinned him down last time, and asked, “so if somebody was raping your children to death, you wouldn’t do anything about it?  You would just wait for the police to do it for you?”  No response.  Liberal brain vapor lock.  Then sorry, my friend, you are an evolutionary failure.  If you can’t protect your own DNA, then what good are you? 


Finally he comes back with “Oh, that hardly ever happens here.”  Ahh… wishful thinking.  That’s awesome.  I am a CCW instructor, so I kind of collect giant lists of horrible things, so I start rattling off local cases.  That ended it.  He needed to get back to work at that point.


The arguments always meander about aimlessly.  Any logical points I bring up are dismissed with a wave of the hand, and vague references to feelings, and people’s rights to have feelings.  There is no actual comprehension of how people actually operate in real life, rather just a list of platitudes and philosophical impossibilities heaped on a giant pile of steaming bullshit and wishful thinking. 


Oh well… On the bright side, at least I get to experience “diversity of thought” or some other friggin’ nonsense like that.  I’m counting the hours until I’m only working at a place where diversity of thought consists of AR15 vs. AK47 or Mad Greek vs. Apollo Burger for lunch. 

Gun Show: The Aftermath

It was a good show, which was surprising since we just barely had one like six weeks ago.  We went 5 months without one, then two back to back, but considering how many guns we sold, I wouldn’t mind having one of these every month. 

Our simulator was a big draw.  People love to play on the simulator.  Usually we’re running basic games and things of that nature, but the actual training sims are the ones that draw people in.  (though I’m still waiting for one of the customers on the other side of the tent to drop the gun they’re looking at, when the person fighting bad guys on the simulator starts screaming, DROP THE GUN!  DROP THE GUN!)  After the show, we moved the simulator downstairs in our shop, so that it will have more visibility to the public.  So if you come by now, it will be a lot easier for us to demonstrate it to you.


We sold most of our copies of Mitch Vilos’ latest edition of Utah Gun Laws.  We still have a few left, and we’ll be getting more before Mitch’s free symposium at our shop on the 16th. 

On the funny side of things, I’ve just got to point a few things out for gun store shoppers.  If I’ve got a new gun marked at $925, and you offer me $700, don’t be offended when I don’t sell it to you.  Seriously, I don’t know how much margin you think we have in these things, but it ain’t that much.  And yes, I know your cousin saw one on the internet, once, three years ago, for $700… You should have bought that one. 

Massive thanks to all of the Minions for all of their hard work.  You guys rock.

Come see us at the gunshow

Tomorrow is the gunshow at the South Town Expo Center in Sandy, Utah.  You can come and see us in the northwest corner of the building.  (walk in, hang a left, walk to corner, can’t miss us).

 We’re bringing the simulator, and letting folks play on it for free, which is always fun.   We’ll be teaching a couple of free classes also throughout the day, including our new 7 Saves lesson, where we take the advice that is given to in most police departments to officers involved in a shooting, and break it down for use by CCW holders and armed homeowners.