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Citizens Association for Responsible Gun Ownership = CARGO
Hello Fellow CARGO Members,
The March meeting will be held at Napoli’s on Thursday, March 20th.
Last Monday afternoon the club was contacted by US Congressman Sessions’ office about meeting with the club. We have been working through timing and schedules and based on a call today, Congressman Sessions will be joining us for dinner and the beginning of our meeting this Thursday.
We have reserved the Napoli's meeting room for dinner:
701 N Highway 78 # A
Wylie, TX 75098
We will be in the meeting room between 5:30 and 7:00 for food and fellowship.
For the dinner portion of the meeting we will meet in the restaurant please remember, no firearms are allowed – except for CHL Holders’ concealed firearms.
The official meeting will start at 7:00 and run until 9:00 in another storefront in just down the sidewalk in the same shopping center.
This Month’s topic is: the big and the small.
We are inviting each of you to bring your biggest and smallest handgun, rifle, shotgun or knife. By biggest and smallest, that is up to you: weight, overall length, caliber or gauge, blade length you name it.
If you have any suggestions for future speakers or topics please send your feedback to CARGO@att.net.
Please take some time to go to the newly remodeled CARGO website! Doc has spent many hours working to make the CARGO website more mobile device friendly and it looks great! Please stop by the web site: www.cargogunclub.org
Gun Control Misfire, Sinking Ratings: Why Piers Morgan flopped
By Howard Kurtz Published February 25, 2014
Piers Morgan believes he shot himself in the foot by crusading for gun control, with his CNN show as the final casualty.
But the self-inflicted damage was far deeper than that.
The British journalist undoubtedly alienated many in the audience (and perhaps delighted others) with his crusade against guns. But when he would bring on gun advocates and rail against them as “stupid,” well, it was hard to watch.
Morgan’s political advocacy sliced at the heart of CNN’s brand, which helps explain why the network has decided to cancel his show. That, and anemic ratings, of course. (Last Wednesday, for instance, Morgan drew 345,000 viewers, compared with 860,000 for MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and 2.06 million for Fox’s Megyn Kelly.)
But it was his manner as much as anything else that was hard to swallow. Morgan is a talented broadcaster and has a certain rogue charm, but he also radiates smugness and condescension. I have no doubt he is sincere in his deep-seated belief in gun control, but it would have been a whole lot easier to take if he wasn’t berating the other side as a bunch of idiots. The notion of a Brit lecturing Americans about their laws, as David Carr observed in breaking the story, was a bit much.
It’s easy to forget now, but when Piers was tapped to replace Larry King in 2011, he cast himself as a celebrity interviewer who would occasionally do news. The show would drag as he held hourlong chats with the famous and not-so-famous, which seemed out of sync with CNN’s news-first approach. (King talked to plenty of celebs, but he was comfortable to watch, and he never made his show mainly about him.)
When breaking stories forced him to adapt, Morgan’s show became newsier and more relevant. But he still struggled, and while his post-Aurora advocacy raised his profile, it also turned him into a partisan. And he was often engaging in stunts, such as challenging an Australian cricket team and winding up with a broken rib as a player hurled balls at him.
The New Republic recently put it this way: “He is a mastermind at the game of cheap provocation. This is what made him a star in the tabloid world, where shock value is news value and blatancy is currency. The trouble is that he has channeled the very same sensibility into his anti-gun campaign. You might call it tabloidism as activism, sensationally and recklessly applied.”
The fact is, if you’re going to carry a prime-time show five nights a week, people have to like you. Or at least view you as their surrogate, someone who’s fighting for you.
Time’s James Poniewozik blames “simple matters of personality: his abrasive superiority had him clashing not just with gun owners but recently with a transgender interview subject. His brash, tabloid-y air of self-promotion didn’t really fit with the rest of CNN’s vibe. His preference for longform personality interviews didn’t make him the best fit for breaking-news periods or the long slogs of campaign coverage. Meanwhile, his links as a former newspaper editor to the British phone hacking investigation didn’t do him in, but they didn’t argue in favor of keeping him.”
Morgan’s own assessment, to the New York Times: “Look, I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarizing, and there is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it. That’s run its course and Jeff and I have been talking for some time about different ways of using me.”
Jeff Zucker inherited Morgan when he took over CNN, and rumors swirled for months as it became obvious that the show’s ship was sinking. Now Zucker has to find a replacement at 9 p.m.
Who will it be? Ex-ABCer Bill Weir? Larry King, at 81, says he’s available for a Leno-reclaims-throne-from-Conan move. But the chances of a King return are exceedingly slim.
There’s been a bit too much gloating online about the show’s demise. But Piers himself took it in stride, tweeting: “Humbling to bring such happiness to so many people today. Coming 3rd, as I've always said, is not a trophy. #MorganOut #CNN”
Baldwin vs. MSNBC
Alec Baldwin really unloads on the network where he briefly had a weekly show. But as you read the as-told-to piece in New York magazine, it’s worth keeping in mind that the actor got fired—after an incident in which he shouted at a photographer and was said, though he denies it, to have used an anti-gay slur—so there’s a little bit of sour grapes here.
“I like Lawrence O’Donnell, but he’s too smart to be doing that show. Rachel Maddow is Rachel Maddow, the ultimate wonk/dweeb who got a show, polished it, made it her own. She’s talented. The problem with everybody on MSNBC is none of them are funny, although that doesn’t prevent them from trying to be…
“Phil Griffin is the head of MSNBC, and when I saw that Griffin didn’t have a single piece of paper on his desk, meeting after meeting after meeting, that should have been my first indication there was going to be a problem. Phil is a veteran programmer who knows well the corridors and chambers of television programming—and couldn’t give a flying [blank] about content…
“Once they fired me, a former MSNBC employee I knew emailed me. He said, ‘You watch now, Phil is going to start leaking left and right to bury you.’ When I left, ‘Page Six’ was flooded with lies about me. Another told me, regarding [an earlier] ‘toxic little queen’ comment, that Rachel Maddow was the prime mover in my firing, as she was aghast that I had been hired and viewed me as equivalent to Mel Gibson. Another source told me, ‘You know who’s going to get you fired, don’t you? Rachel. Phil will do whatever Rachel tells him to do.’ I think Rachel Maddow is quite good at what she does. I also think she’s a phony who doesn’t have the same passion for the truth off-camera that she seems to have on the air.”
Maddow has denied playing any role, and from what I know, while she’s certainly an important voice, Griffin runs the network and Rachel doesn’t meddle in management.
Why Are Gun Companies Moving?
by Kyle Wintersteen | March 3rd, 2014
Since the 1816 founding of Remington Arms in Ilion, New York, the northeastern United States has been the domestic firearm industry’s home for traditional manufacturers such as Colt and Smith & Wesson. Currently, however, an unprecedented number of gun companies are expanding or considering a move to entirely different states.
Why? The most obvious answer is that these companies find it difficult to do business in regions favoring an anti-gun sentiment. Connecticut and New York, both home to large, historic firearms manufacturers, enacted some of the nation’s strictest gun-control regulations last year. The governors of these states continue to foreshadow additional restrictions.
During an interview with CNN’s Candy Crowley, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy had a telling response to criticism of a new state law that bans semiautomatic rifles and 10-round magazines and requires preexisting magazines to be registered.
“What this is about is the ability of the gun industry to sell as many guns to as many people as possible — even if they’re deranged, mentally ill, [have] a criminal background, they don’t care,” said Malloy. “They want to sell guns.”
In a radio interview, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was similarly disdainful when asked if his state’s SAFE Act, which was passed just before midnight on January 15, 2013, is a burden to law-abiding gun owners and manufacturers.
“Who are they?” Cuomo asked rhetorically of his opposition. “Are they these extreme conservatives … pro-assault-weapon? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”
Perhaps it’s no coincidence then that New York-based companies such as Remington Arms, Kahr Arms and American Tactical Imports are all expanding into or moving to more gun-friendly states, as are Connecticut-based companies including Mossberg, Ruger, Colt, Stag Arms and PTR Industries.
“The comments by Governors Cuomo and Malloy did not go unnoticed, nor has the legislation they passed,” said Larry Keane, senior vice president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). “CEOs have expressed to me that they’re tired of doing business in states with governments that don’t respect their products and that are openly hostile to Second Amendment liberties. New York politicians, for example, have essentially said, ‘It’s OK to make guns and magazines here, but you can’t sell them to our citizens.’ Consider the hypocrisy of that. If the products are so dangerous, then why are politicians OK with exporting them and collecting the tax dollars? It bothers the gunmakers deeply.”
Still, companies don’t just move to spite anti-gun state governments. For them, it has to make financial sense. Interestingly, some of America’s most pro-gun states are also currently some of the best in which to do business in terms of taxes, regulatory compliance, labor and energy costs, and more.
“The states shedding gun companies are making it undesirable for people to do business in general,” said Keane. “Generally speaking, they’re overtaxed and overregulated. Take Connecticut. It’s rated one of the worst states in which to do business or retire. So, if you’re a businessman, are you going to invest there or somewhere like Alabama [where Remington is expanding] or Tennessee [where Beretta is expanding] where it’s not only a better place to do business, but they respect the products you manufacture and are happy to have your tax dollars?”
Many states, particularly those in the South and Midwest, have actively recruited gun companies and competed among one another to secure their business. Texas Governor Rick Perry has been arguably the most vocal in this regard, even tweeting Magpul Industries to “come on down to Texas.”
“You’re seeing a shift of these manufacturers out of states that don’t want them there,” Governor Perry said in a CNN interview. “And I think that is an appropriate move and an appropriate conversation.”
Following Governor Perry’s invitation, Magpul is indeed shifting its headquarters to Texas in response to a high-capacity magazine ban by its home state of Colorado. Texas is also the new home of expansion factories owned by Mossberg and Colt. Many other states join Texas in offering tax breaks and other financial incentives to lure gun companies.
“I’ve had CEOs in New England tell me that the offers from states’ economic development teams are so extraordinary that they could essentially move their factories for free,” said Keane. “In some cases they’ve received these offers almost daily over extended periods of time.”
So, is it any wonder then that states with anti-gun attitudes are losing gun industry jobs and tax dollars?
While difficult to quantify the exact extent of the economic blow, a 2013 NSSF report estimated that Connecticut would lose 1,768 jobs, $13.5 million in business tax revenue and $450 million in economic activity if Colt, Mossberg and Stag exit. All three have announced factory expansions outside Connecticut. Even states with healthy economies will notice a loss of that magnitude.
“The message to the firearm industry from many northeastern states has been loud and clear for some time,” said Keane. “I think the message in response is becoming clear as well.”
Check out this list of firearm manufacturers that have recently moved to different states, and tell us your opinions about gun company relocations in the comments below.
Location: Accokeek, Maryland
In 1990, Beretta also moved a factory from Maryland to Virginia, citing gun laws as a factor
Former Location: West Hartford, Connecticut
New Location: Breckenride, Texas
Why: Colt Manufacturing Company is moving its Colt Competition factory, which manufactures AR-15 and other semiautomatic sporting rifles. Colt says the decision was made after Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy pushed through legislation that attacks the very products manufactured by Colt Competition.
Former Location: Blauvelt, New York
New Location: Pike County, Pennsylvania
Why: Kahr has cited New York’s restrictive gun laws and Pennsylvania’s lower tax rates as motivations for leaving.
“We’re looking for a more friendly environment for our business,” Frank Harris, Kahr’s vice president for sales and marketing, told the Associated Press. “Maybe we could have stayed here and built a plant, but the way the [SAFE Act] was passed left us feeling there were a lot of uncertainties going forward.”
Les Baer Custom
Former Location: Hillsdale, Illinois
New Location: LeClaire, Iowa
Why: While a 2007 bill to ban high-capacity magazines, .50-caliber rifles and semiautomatic rifles was pending in the Illinois legislature, Les Baer announced that the company would move to Iowa. Gun control was among the deciding factors.
“A lot of it is because of the legislation,” Les Baer told “Quad Cities Online.” “We keep fighting it like everybody else. We didn’t give up.”
Lewis Machine & Tool
Former Location: Milan, Illinois
New Location: Davenport, Iowa
Why: In 2007, LMT suspended plans to expand its Illinois facility as the state mulled further gun controls. The company now looks to grow its business entirely elsewhere. LMT notes that Texas was among the states considered, having offered an aggressive financial package.
Former Location: Erie, Colorado
New Headquarters: North-central Texas
New Manufacturing Facility: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Why: Magpul said it would leave Colorado if the state banned 15-round magazines and meant it.
“Moving operations to locations that support our culture of individual liberties and personal responsibility is important,” Magpul CEO Richard Fitzpatrick said in a statement. “Moving to a true multistate operation will also allow Magpul to utilize the strengths of both Texas and Wyoming as we continue to expand.”
O.F. Mossberg & Sons
Location: North Haven, Connecticut
Expansion Location: Eagle Pass, Texas
Why: No official reason has been given, but Mossberg has chosen to boost manufacturing capacity at its Texas facility rather than invest in Connecticut.
Former Location: Bristol, Connecticut
New Location: Aynor, South Carolina
Why: PTR is among the sporting-rifle makers led to feel unwelcome in Connecticut by Governor Malloy and an anti-gun legislature.
“In Connecticut, we always felt like a dirty little secret,” PTR CEO Josh Fiorini told Fox News. “Down there [in South Carolina], it’s very much the opposite.”
Location: Ilion, New York
Expansion Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Why: Remington will add 2,000 jobs to the Alabama economy with its new manufacturing facility. The company has not stated publicly why it chose to invest outside New York, but there’s speculation that Governor Cuomo’s agenda is part of the puzzle.
“[The SAFE Act] has been a terrible thing from the beginning,” Fran Madore, president of the United Mine Workers union, which represents Remington employees in Ilion, told “The Post-Standard.” “You’d think New York would be doing everything to keep us. Instead, it passes a law that cripples us.”
Location: New Britain, Connecticut
Expansion Location: Not yet determined, but Texas and South Carolina are reportedly being considered.
Why: “With the way the laws went in Connecticut, we decided to do expansion out of the state,” Stag Arms president and CEO Mark Malkowski told Fox Business.
Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Location: Southport, Connecticut
Expansion Location: Mayodan, North Carolina
Why: With factories in Prescott, Arizona; Newport, New Hampshire; and, most recently, one purchased in Mayodan, North Carolina, Ruger does not manufacture any guns in Connecticut. Ruger Vice President Kevin Reid says the North Carolina factory met a variety of criteria. It’s modern, close to an airport, provides access to skilled workers and is located in a gun-friendly state.
Record U.S. Gun Production During Obama Term as Buyers Stock Up
By Del Quentin Wilber February 20, 2014
U.S. gun makers led by Sturm Ruger & Co. and Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (SWHC:US) churned out a record number of firearms in 2012, government data show, continuing a trend of robust production during Democratic presidencies.
More than 8.57 million guns were produced in 2012, up 31 percent from 6.54 million in 2011, according to data released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which has been tracking the statistics since 1986.
Almost as many guns -- 26.1 million -- were produced during Democrat Barack Obama’s first term as president as during the entire eight-year presidency of his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush, the ATF data show.
Advocates on both sides of the gun-control debate said manufacturers were meeting demand fueled by concerns among gun owners that Democratic presidents are more willing to limit firearms sales than Republicans. After years of steering clear of the issue, Obama pressed unsuccessfully last year for stricter gun measures in the wake of the 2012 massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
The production boom has resulted in strong sales and profits for gun companies, including Sturm & Ruger and Smith & Wesson.
“Barack Obama is the stimulus package for the firearms industry,” said Dave Workman, senior editor of Gun Mag, a print and online publication of the 2nd Amendment Foundation, a gun-ownership rights group. “The greatest irony of the Obama administration is that the one industry that he may not have really liked to see healthy has become the healthiest industry in the United States.”
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Brian Malte, senior policy director of the Washington-based Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said gun-rights groups “demonized” Obama during the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, leading many gun owners to buy more firearms.
“We see the percentage of households owning guns declining,” he said, “and that indicates that those who already own guns are buying more of them.”
Other factors may also be driving gun demand, including Supreme Court decisions striking down gun restrictions, a spread of laws allowing people to carry concealed weapons and the increasingly popularity of sport shooting, said Mike Bazinet, spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade organization that represents gun and ammunition manufacturers.
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“It defies any simple characterization,” he said.
A White House spokesman, Matt Lehrich, declined to comment.
The 2012 manufacturing figures were the most recent ones released by ATF as part of its annual Firearms Manufacturing and Export Report. Just 3.4 percent of the firearms covered in the 2012 data were exported.
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Obama isn’t the only Democratic president to see a spike in gun production. More than 33 million firearms were manufactured during Democrat Bill Clinton’s two terms, which was more than the 28 million produced during Bush’s presidency. Just over 16 million firearms were manufactured during Republican George H.W. Bush’s single term.
Clinton antagonized gun-rights groups by pressing for stricter gun control. He signed legislation mandating background checks on firearm purchases and a ban on assault weapons. The ban expired in 2004.
Obama largely avoided the debate during his first term and campaigns. He decided to back tougher firearms restrictions after 20 children and six adults were slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 by a gunman wielding a semiautomatic rifle.
Those proposals, which would have blocked the sale and possession of more than 100 types of assault weapons and expanded background checks, stalled in Congress in April. Since then, the gun-buying fever has somewhat ebbed, according to FBI data on background checks.
Background checks for gun sales dipped in December and January versus the same months from a year earlier. Even so, the number of background checks conducted during those months were the second most for any December or January on record.
The FBI data, a proxy for sales figures, also indicate that the firearms industry enjoyed a solid 2013. More than 21 million background checks were conducted last year, up 7 percent from the 19.6 million in 2012, according to the FBI. Those figures are records and represent increases of at least 19 percent over the 16.45 million checks performed in 2011. Not every background check leads to a gun sale, and a single background check may be used for multiple purchases.
Smith & Wesson, based in Springfield, Massachusetts, reported record sales of $588 million for the fiscal year that ended April 30, up 43 percent over 2012. Shares reached $14.99 on Jan. 10, the highest close since 2007. According to the ATF data, the company produced more than 1.1 million firearms in 2012, a 32 percent increase over 2011.
Sturm Ruger, the largest publicly traded gun maker, reported net sales of $506.4 million during the first nine months of 2013, a 45 percent jump from the same period in 2012. The company, based in Southport, Connecticut, said its profit was up 67 percent. It manufactured more than 1.6 million guns in 2012, nearly a 50 percent increase over 2011, according to ATF data.
Shares of Sturm Ruger rose 31 percent in the past year as of yesterday, compared with a 19 percent gain for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index. Spokesmen for both firearms makers did not respond to phone messages seeking comment.
During a conference call in November to discuss the third-quarter company’s results, Chief Executive Officer Michael Fifer pointed to the 2014 mid-term elections as a possible fresh catalyst for demand.
‘I’m sure the politicians will go at it on both sides and they’ll talk about guns and that’ll spur gun sales again,’’ Fifer said.
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CT State Police Spokesman Says – They Would Participate In Door To Door Gun Confiscations
Published on Thursday, February 27, 2014
Manasquan, NJ --(Ammoland.com)- The State of Connecticut says that all citizens must register rifles and high capacity magazines, or be charged will a felony. As many as 350,000 people could face heavily armed police smashing down their doors and be charged with a felony.
The legislature of Connecticut says that a registration is needed so they can know where the guns are. Yet at the same time, they are sending threatening letters to gun owners. So they already have records of who has purchased certain guns. The fact is, that the Connecticut legislature fully intends to confiscate hundreds of thousands of firearms anyway. The registration process will simply make it easier to confiscate, because you acknowledge that you still own a firearm that the state already suspects that you own.
In a recorded phone call Connecticut State Police Spokesman Lt. Vance was reached at at (860) 685-8290 and says that state police would comply with an order from the state to conduct door to door gun confiscations.
Experts claim that as many as 350,000 people are in violation of the law, and over 100,000 of those people could face felony charges. That means over 3.6% of the entire adult population of Connecticut has been transformed into a felon by the new registration law. Roughly one in twenty Connecticut homes could have their doors smashed in by heavily armed law enforcement seeking to confiscate firearms.
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Conn. Cop: I Will Kick Down Doors To Confiscate Guns
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“His words straight out were, ‘I cannot wait to get the order to kick your door in’”
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A Connecticut man revealed shocking comments made by a Branford police officer this week who has openly defended door-to-door gun confiscation.
After the tragic Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, Conn. lawmakers mandated that all “assault rifles” and “high capacity” magazines be banned, requiring all in circulation to be registered with the state. Fearing the obvious move towards confiscation, the vast majority of gun owners have refused to submit, with estimates finding less than 13 percent of rifles being registered.
Navy veteran and former firefighter John Cinque, who made national news after telling state lawmakers he would not comply with gun registration, briefly, commented on the officer’s statements in a discussion with gubernatorial candidate Joe Visconti last Friday.
“I’ve had contact with a police officer in my home town, I live in Branford, and his words straight out were, ‘I cannot wait to get the order to kick your door in,’” Cinque said.
In an exclusive interview with Storyleak, Cinque further detailed the disturbing comments made by Branford Police Officer Joseph Peterson, one of the state’s mostly highly decorated officers.
“It happened on facebook… he posted to a thread on my wall,” Cinque said. “I have known him personally for 20 years. He was interacting with other friends of mine and it was directly about the video.”
In multiple screenshots captured from the lengthy conversation, Peterson continually argued that law enforcement were not obligated to defy unconstitutional laws. Instead, Peterson stated that he would follow any order given, even if it meant confiscating firearms from close friends.
“But like I said I didn’t make the law,” Peterson told Cinque. “But if it comes down to that then I guess we see how you would respond…”
“I’m not going for any warrants… but if my dept gets them and we have to serve them I will see you then.”
As the conversation’s audience continued to grow, Peterson repeated his pledge, telling multiple people that he would never hesitate to carry out confiscation.
“So if they make a law confiscating guns… You will enforce it?” a Cameron Smith asks in a separate screenshot as Peterson reiterates his stance.
LeftNutPeterson0Angered by comments pointing out the state’s unconstitutional law, Peterson goes as far as to say that he would love to knock down Smith’s door personally.
“I give my left nut to bang down your door and come for your gun,” Peterson said. “Hey everyone Cameron is a criminal law breaking psycho.”
Receiving considerable backlash, Peterson quietly disabled his Facebook page following the conversation, although a screenshot was obtained beforehand.
Despite the inability of some officers to understand what a constitutional law entails, Cinque revealed that countless Conn. officers are opposed to the state’s ruling.
“As for the cops who will stand with the people… there are many,” Cinque said. “None have spoken publicly but in private i know many who do not like this one bit… they realize they are being used.”
“They are supporters of the Constitutional rights of the people, but they need to speak publicly soon.”
Officer Peterson’s mentality is eerily similar to that of Conn. State Police Spokesman Lt. Paul Vance, who recently told one woman that he was “the master” after being asked about gun confiscation.
Although police have begun sending out letters demanding residents comply with the law, Second Amendment activists are standing by their line in the sand. As the police leadership takes its time to analyze the situation, one gun group is now demanding the law be enforced or repealed.
“If the state does not have the stomach to enforce these laws, then the legislature has until May 7th, 2014 to completely repeal these immoral edicts and let the residents of Connecticut return to their rightfully owned property and former exercise of constitutional rights and practices without any threat of State violence,” a press release from Connecticut Carry reads.
Just last month, gun blogger Mike Vanderboegh was informed that multiple cops and politicians wanted him “dead” for sending a 16,000 word email to the Conn. State Police and the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. In the email, Vanderboegh warned that violence would surely unfold if officers attempted confiscation.
Despite denial by a few, the agenda of the country’s most powerful gun control groups has been thoroughly exposed. Only one month after the Sandy Hook shooting, rejected democrat proposals from New York’s SAFE Act gun bill were revealed to include outright gun confiscation. New York mayor Andrew Cuomo even publicly supported the idea, stating, ‘You could say confiscation is an option’ during an interview on station WGDJ.
Also last month, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Mayor John C. Tkazyik announced his resignation from Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) group, pointing out the group’s hidden gun confiscation agenda.
“Under the guise of helping mayors facing a crime and drug epidemic, MAIG intended to promote confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens,” Tkazyik wrote. “Nearly 50 pro-Second Amendment mayors have left the organization. They left for the same reason I did.”
During a Moms Demand Action gun control rally last year, a group that recently merged with MAIG, Austin, Texas City Councilman Mike Martinez admitted that his group was pushing gun control in order to reach an outright ban as well.
Unfortunately for them, even with tens of millions of dollars, the popularity of such groups continues to plummet even faster than the country’s gun crime.
This article was posted: Monday, March 10, 2014 at 9:42 am
By Mark Zaretsky, New Haven Register
Posted: 03/11/14, 8:34 PM EDT | Updated: 5 days ago
BRANFORD >> Police have opened an internal affairs investigation into whether veteran officer Joe Peterson violated department policy in a Facebook exchange with Branford gun rights activist John Cinque, Capt. Geoffrey Morgan said Tuesday.
Peterson’s comments in the exchange have unleashed a firestorm in the days since it took place.
Bloggers, particularly from the right, have been all over the story since word and screen captures of the exchange filtered out.
In the exchange with Cinque — who in addition to being a gun advocate is an East Haven firefighter who has known Peterson for years — Cameron Smith and others, Peterson said that he would “give my left nut to bang down your door and come for your gun.”
The comment appears to have been aimed at Smith, who in an earlier comment appeared to have baited Peterson, saying that “POLICE OFFICER Peterson would round up Jews and put them in ghettos, if the government told him to.”
Cinque said he “was shocked” when he saw Peterson’s comments “because I thought I knew” him. “I was shocked at the standpoint that it’s someone that I do know that would have these views ... Somebody that I’ve known for a long time.”
Asked if they were friends, Cinque said, “If Joe Peterson had called me and said, ‘Hey, I’m broken down on the highway,’ yeah, I definitely would come up there. We’re friends from the standpoint that he was a police officer in East Haven and I’m a fireman ... It’s all a brotherhood.”
But they don’t socialize outside of work, he said.
Morgan said the police department is looking into the matter.
“He made a comment on Facebook” during a conversation “between him and a couple of people that we’re taking a look at,” Morgan said, “and we launched an ‘IA’ international investigation ... to see if he violated any of the department policy and rules...including our social media policy.”
Peterson, a one-time East Haven K-9 officer who moved to the Branford department a number of years ago, has been honored multiple times in his career — including for catching alleged murderer Lishan Wang in April 2010 after Wang allegedly shot Dr. Vajinder Toor outside Toor’s Brushy Plain Road condominium.
Peterson currently is on extended workers compensation leave following an accident in his squad car, Morgan said. His listed telephone number has been disconnected, his Facebook page appears to have been taken down or made private, and he could not be reached for comment.
“We treat every allegation concerning our agency with the utmost of seriousness,” said Chief of Police Kevin Halloran in a press release. “This, like any other allegation, will be thoroughly investigated and if any law, departmental rule or regulation has been violated, the officer will be held accountable.”
The hyperlocal news site The Branford Seven on Monday reported that there was internal affairs investigation underway and that Peterson allegedly made the comments while off-duty.
Cinque, who has had dozens of calls and e-mails — and maxed-out his Facebook friend list — in the days since the exchange, said he met with Halloran for two hours Tuesday, in part as part of an effort on both sides to cool things down.
“He was very welcoming. He listened. He wants to make sure that things don’t get out of control,” Cinque said.
“There have been threats made — that I found out about today,” he said.
Police could not be reached later to verify that.
“We’re going to try to throw water on this thing and get it calmed down ...” Cinque said. “The whole premise of where Joe’s coming from has to be addressed, and now it has been ... Now it’s time to calm it down ...
“The problem now is, we have a forest fire burning, and we’ve got to see how we can go about extinguishing it,” he said.
Cinque, who previously had been in the news for his stand against ever disarming, has been a little surprised by his celebrity.
“I’ve carried a gun every day for 30 years,” he said. “Haven’t shot anyone.”
What’s more, “people who know me know that I’m outspoken about ALL of the rights afforded to us by the Constitution” and not just the Fourth Amendment, he said, “because you can’t just cherry-pick on the Constitution.”
He said the exchange with Peterson, on an item he believes somebody else posted Cinque’s page, was the first he can recall having with Peterson in the digital world.
Cinque subsequently referred to the exchange in a recorded interview with Joe Visconti, a Republican candidate for governor.
Does Cinque think Peterson should be disciplined?
“I believe he needs to have a remedial course in the United States Constitution,” he said. “I am not looking for a pound of flesh. That’s for the individual person to decide.
“I wasn’t looking for the firestorm that has occurred, but there are a lot of people out there who are upset with the path that we’re on in this country,” Cinque said. “I know that the people who get elected do not understand the boiling pot of water that is going on in this country ... People are saying, ‘No more, not an inch further,’ and it makes for a difficult situation.”
While the exchange has been widely covered, Cinque said he’s not the one who made that happen.
“Any quotes that you see from me ... are because they reached out to me” and asked, he said.
Conn. police refuse to enforce new gun laws
March 8, 2014
A showdown is developing between a sizable number of Connecticut state police officers and the politicians who passed into law highly restrictive gun control, gun bans, and bans on high capacity magazines.
Gun rights legal expert and activist David Hardy reported Friday that 250 law enforcement officers in Connecticut have signed an open letter stating that they will not enforce the new anti-gun and magazine laws, which they consider to be a violation of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
A major news story on these developments is due to be published soon, but Hardy received an advanced notice via email from Tyler Jackson, the head of the Connecticut Peace Officers Association, the organization that sent the open letter.
According to Hardy,
“Tyler Jackson has emailed me an interesting story, soon to appear online (I'll link to it once it does)-- the gist is that the head of the Connecticut Peace Officers' Assn has released an open letter stating that the police will not "be party to the oppression of the people of the state by enforcing an unconstitutional law." So far 250 LEOs have cosigned the letter.”
Gunowners in the state have already ignored the mandate to comply with the new laws, refusing to register with the state government their possession of so-called "assault weapons" and forbidden magazines.
It is estimated that over 300,000 gunowners have practiced civil disobedience in refusing to register and give up the newly forbidden items. Only roughly 50,000 citizens in the state have complied.
But now these courageous citizens have key support in high places. With at least 250 law enforcement officers joining them in disobeying an unconstitutional law, the gunowners have a new weapon in their arsenal -- the support of hundreds of police officers.
Hardy reported that with the lack of support of police, Connecticut faces massive civilian resistance, with police officers refusing to enforce a law that to most citizens crosses a line that is unacceptable in a free society.
If such a thing can happen in a deeply blue state in New England, what would law enforcement encounter if they attempted such an ill-fated attack on Constitutionally-protected rights in Texas, Wyoming, South Carolina, Utah, or Kentucky?
This is something that the political powers that be in government and law enforcement -- and in the Courts -- should think long and hard about before acting in such a knee-jerk fashion as Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, and Massachusetts have done.
Footage Captures the Moment Federal Agents Storm Calif. Gun Parts Store
Mar. 17, 2014 11:16am Becket Adams
Federal agents on Saturday executed a search warrant on a gun parts store in California, despite the store owner filing a temporary restraining order against their agency.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had demanded that Dimitri Karras, the CEO of Ares Armor in National City, Calif., turn over the names of nearly 5,000 customers who had purchased an 80 percent lower receiver that reportedly failed to meet ATF specifications.
Karras, a former U.S. Marine, agreed to turn over the receivers, but refused to reveal the names of his customers. He then filed the restraining order.
Federal agents responded by obtaining an ex parte order, meaning they did it without Ares being present, giving them permission to execute a “lawful search.”
The ATF “is conducting a lawful criminal investigation of the illegal manufacture, distribution, sale, and possession of AR-15 variant lower receivers, which are considered firearms under the Firearms Control Act,” the federal agency said in its ex parte application, dated Friday.
It’s worth noting that the ATF application refers to the receivers in question as “firearms,” which would seem to be an incorrect application of the term. Outgoing Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) introduced a bill last August that would define 80 percent lower receivers as “firearms,” but the legislation has not passed.
“The ATF did execute a search warrant against all of our buildings today. None of our employees have been detained or arrested. We will be open for business tomorrow,” Karras said Friday in a Facebook post. “We will be back up and shipping out orders on Monday. We wholeheartedly believe that they are WRONG in their actions and we will be relentlessly pursuing remedy through the courts.”
In his post, Karras claimed that he heard an ATF agent say during the raid, “Searching is fun! Paper work sucks.”
“Maybe the ATF thinks the Constitution is part of that paper work that sucks,” Karras wrote. “Despicable behavior on their part. This is just the beginning! Thank you all for the support!”
Representatives from the ATF and from Ares did not immediately respond to TheBlaze’s request for comment.
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Who Made My AR?
By: Patrick Sweeney | March 3, 2014
A quick briefing on a subject that consumes entirely too much bandwidth in arguments, web forums and gun shop debates: who really made your AR? Simple. Lots of people, and not always the one whose name is on the lower.
Let’s say you are a guy with a lot of money who wants to be an AR “maker.” But, you don’t have enough money to invest in CNC machining centers or the trained machinists to run them. You can buy all the parts, assemble them and sell them as rifles.
You’ll need a location, staff, insurance, papers of incorporation, etc., and you’ll need a manufacturers license, listed as 07 in the federal regs, known in the parlance as an “Oh-Seven.”
If you want the rifles to have your name on them, that, too, can be arranged. You simply contract with the company who is doing the actual machining of your lowers and, for a setup fee and a minimum purchase, they’ll put your name on them instead of theirs.
As part of the process, the company machining the lowers will send a form in to the ATF (before they do so much as unpack and degrease the first receiver forging of your contract) known as a ”marking variance” that informs the Feds that they are making lowers with your name on them, thus the setup charge and the minimum purchase requirement.
If it turns out that you cannot, for some reason, accept delivery of the lowers, they can’t sell them. How could they, the receivers have your name on them. They can only destroy the lowers, after informing the ATF of that action.
They won’t take a bet on you, you have to accept the burden of cost and risk. They’ll probably even make you pay 100% up-front, until you establish a track record with them.
As many makers use proprietary tooling and cutting paths, it is possible to get a sense of who made something by looking at the toolmarks left behind.
However, it is entirely possible for an end-assembler to have contracts with two or more makers, and marking variances with each, to keep them supplied regardless of contractual conflicts.
This situation leaves people trying to figure out who “really” makes the lowers that so-and-so sells. At this point I throw my hands up and move on to the next chapter.
Gun Shop Battles City Over AR-15 Sign: ‘I Will Be in Jail or Dead Before That Sign Comes Down’
Mar. 3, 2014 7:00pm Becket Adams
A business owner in National City, Calif., claims politics are behind recent attempts by city officials to have him remove a storefront billboard featuring the silhouette of an AR-15-style rifle.
“The sign is not coming down. I will be in jail or dead before that sign comes down,” Dimitri Karras, a former United States Marine and the CEO of Ares Armor, said in a recent interview with Guns.com.
Ares Armor is known in its community for specializing in do-it-yourself firearm projects and for opposing anti-Second Amendment groups. For example, the company actually registered the domain “SenatorFeinstein.com” so they could link their website to the notoriously anti-gun Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).
Trouble began for the former Marine in November when he had the sign on the National City store refaced. Just a few days after the work was done, the company learned second hand that a City Council member was reportedly unhappy with the sign, according to a statement on Ares’ website.
Later, on Jan. 18, Ares was issued a citation for having the sign refaced without the “necessary permits.”
The store owner contests the citation, arguing that in all the years that the building has existed, before and after his company moved in, city officials have never complained of signs on the property.
“The Local Government of National City thinks it is acceptable to re-interpret their own city code to suite their political agenda if a message appears that does not suite their liking,” Karras said in a statement on the company’s website.
“They have chosen to attack us based on opposing political views,” he added. “They have abused their elected positions in order to silence those who do not agree with them. We will not be removing our sign. I will go to jail first. If it’s a fight they want, it is a fight they shall have.”
For his part, Ron Morrison, Mayor of National City, argues that the citation has everything to do with the city’s ordinances and nothing to do with harassing a local business owner. The mayor explained in an interview with Guns.com that the city “revised their general plan in 1997 to ban rooftop signs.”
“Existing signs, like the one on the building that Ares Armor now occupies, were grandfathered, however in 2012 the city changed their ordinance for the grandfather to break if any building was taken over by a new tenant,” Guns.com notes, citing the mayor’s explanation. “Since Ares moved in at the end of 2013, the city contends that the sign is now illegal.”
Morrison is adamant that the city is merely trying to enforce regulations and that it’s not trying to make an example of of a pro-Second Amendment business.
“The sign had been up there for decades, that’s not an argument,” Morrison said.
“Our ordinance is content-neutral. It has nothing to do with the content of the sign. We told them they can take the exact same sign, the same graphics, and put it on the front of their building,” he said. “That’s what the whole issue is. This doesn’t have anything to do with the Second Amendment, or the First Amendment. They have every right to put that message on their building if they want to.”
But Karras, who has been chronicling the entire ordeal on his company’s website, isn’t buying this explanation.
“The appeal was railroaded and denied,” Karras told Guns.com.
“The city now wants us to spend a ridiculous amount of money in another appeal, but what we are looking at is to see if we can file in federal court before doing that because it is evident the decision is already made before we can get there,” he added. “It’s ludicrous the stuff they are trying to pull right now. They are sticking to their guns.”
Click here to read the full story at Guns.com.
Picking the Right Concealed Carry Gun
By: Grant Cunningham | March 6, 2014
Drop into any local gun store or log into any firearms forum on the Internet and ask what the “best carry gun” is. You’ll get a raft of responses, almost all of which are based on what the responders personally like. What’s more, what they personally like may or may not be based on anything other than hearsay – or what their buddies like.
Let’s look at it a little more logically; choosing a concealed carry gun is really about reaching the right balance for you. You have to consider size, power, efficiency and capacity in your deliberations, and each variable affects the others.
Revolver or Auto for Concealed Carry?
This is an age-old debate. They each have their adherents, and they are somewhat complementary in their capabilities. There are some vital differences however, and you should go into either choice with your eyes open.
Arguments for the autoloader:
-Flatter for better concealment
-Easier to reload under stress
-Easier to shoot well (better triggers)
-Greater selection of defensive ammunition
-Generally greater tolerance to abuse
Arguments against the autoloader:
-Perceived lack of reliability
-Complicated manual of arms (operation)
-Upper body strength required to rack slide
-Generally lesser tolerance to neglect
-Can be sensitive to ammunition variances
Arguments for the revolver:
-Simpler manual of arms
-Easier to verify loaded or unloaded state
-Easier to shoot (lack of external controls)
-Perceived greater reliability
-Relatively immune to ammunition variables
-Generally greater tolerance to neglect
-Somewhat easier to fit to smaller hands
Arguments against the revolver:
-Harder to shoot well (heavy, long trigger)
-Difficult to reload quickly
-Somewhat lessened selection of defensive ammunition
-Generally lower tolerance to abuse
Having written two books on the revolver, and being known as a revolver “expert,” it may surprise you that I usually recommend an autoloading pistol for most people. Why? Because the advantages of the autoloader generally outweigh the advantages of the revolver, except for some specific instances.
How gun control helped a stalker kill my husband
By Nicole Goeser - Published February 25, 2014 - FoxNews.com
In April 2009, my husband was shot six times in front of me in the middle of a busy restaurant by a man who was stalking me. I have a permit to carry a handgun but because of the law at that time in my home state of Tennessee, I had to leave the gun that I normally carried for self defense, locked in my car that night.
My husband Ben and I ran our mobile karaoke business out of a restaurant that served alcohol and my gun was forbidden there. I obeyed the law but my stalker, who was carrying a gun illegally, ignored it.
I noticed my stalker (a former karaoke customer) in the crowd that night and I knew something was not right. This was a man that I had blocked from my social network account due to inappropriate messages he had sent me.
He had never threatened me or my husband but he was definitely creepy.
My husband Ben had asked him to leave me alone before he showed up at this venue where I had never seen him before.
I realized at that point I was being stalked.
I asked the management at the restaurant to remove him.When they approached him and asked him to leave, he pulled out a .45 semi-auto and shot Ben. He then stood over him and continued to fire five more rounds into my husband.
I could only watch in horror and helplessness.
Since that terrible night I have learned that gun free zones are a predator's playground. This is where my stalker found us and where we were defenseless.
We all have a fight or flight response when we sense danger. We make decisions based on the options we have at that moment. Decisions must sometimes be made in a matter of seconds.
My only option that night was flight. Fight was not something I would have been able to follow through with because I was denied that chance. That basic human right was taken from me by a Legislature that unintentionally helped a predator hunt down his prey.
I hope that lawmakers around the nation will begin to understand that when you disarm law abiding citizens, you do not help protect law abiding citizens. Instead, you actually make it easier for those with evil intentions to be met with no little or no resistance.
In one way, I was lucky on the night my husband was shot and killed -- and so was everyone else in the restaurant. A United States Marine happened to be in the crowd, he tackled the man who killed my husband and held him until the police came.
I have been told the police arrived within 3 minutes after getting the 911 call. I can tell you that when something so terrible is happening to yourself or someone you love, even three minutes seems like an eternity. The familiar saying "when seconds count, the police are only minutes away" is very true.
I respect law enforcement. They have a very difficult job but even they know they cannot be anywhere and everywhere at anytime.
The majority of rank and file police officers I have spoken with support right to carry laws. They would much rather find an innocent person with a smoking gun and a dead bad guy than the other way around.
Unfortunately, most law enforcement officers fear speaking out in support of right to carry laws for fear of retaliation by their superiors, who, more often than not, are attuned to politics and not inclined to support self defense laws.
Then there are those who fear gun permit holders might do something wrong with a gun or hurt an innocent bystander.
I personally am more concerned about a bad guy shooting indiscriminately with no regard for innocent life rather than a permit holder who has had state certified training and fears criminal and civil penalties. Those penalties act as very real deterrents for good people. Less than one percent of permit holders ever do anything wrong with a gun. I can't think of any segment of society that is more law abiding.
It's time for law abiding people, who have taken proper legal measures to provide for their own self defense, to be allowed to carry a gun to places where they have a right to be present.
Evil can visit us anywhere. Signs posted on doors declaring "no guns allowed" do nothing to protect any of us.
Since my husband's murder, the law has been changed in the state of Tennessee. Handgun carry permit holders can now carry their guns into establishments that serve alcohol -- as long as they are not drinking alcohol and as long as the establishment has not posted a "no guns allowed" SIGN.
At least this gives law abiding citizens the ability to try to protect themselves. A right that my husband, Ben and I were tragically denied on the night he died.
Nicole Goeser is author of "Denied a Chance: How gun control helped a stalker murder my husband." Her story will be featured on February 25 at 10 p.m. ET on Investigation Discovery Network.
Don't believe mainstream media mistruths about firearms research
By John Lott - Published February 27, 2014 - FoxNews.com
If we are to believe the mainstream media, the powerful NRA has used its political muscle to keep people ignorant of how guns impact our safety. They are supposedly to blame for the elimination of firearms research. This is all a result of a 1996 amendment to the federal budget stating “None of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”
Thus last month, ABC News reported: “In 1996 the NRA successfully lobbied Congress to pull millions of dollars out of government-funded firearms research. This has resulted in essentially a 17 year moratorium on major studies about gun injuries.”
The Washington Post worried: “[Academics] were forced to stop their work at the point of a gun — or at least at the insistence of National Rifle Association.” Thousands of news reports have made the same assertions over the last 13 months.
Nice story line, but a new report from the Crime Prevention Research Center shows none of this is true. The amendment didn’t ban federal research. Indeed, to the contrary, federal funded research, which was never an important part of the total, actually increased since then.
Besides, the NRA is not the only interest group involved in this battle. Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor who wants to protect you from buying oversized drinks or eating too much salt, is using his $31 billion fortune to fund anti-gun research through organizations such as Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Moms Demand Action, and the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins, his Alma Mater. His crusade to protect Americans from guns is only now kicking into high gear.
Of course, academics are always enthusiastic about receiving more government funding for research. Take Professor Mark Rosenberg at Emory University, former head of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. He described how the cut in federal grants cultivated an atmosphere of fear and “scared people” or “terrorized people.” And Jens Ludwig at the University of Chicago argued that without federal money, “it is very difficult” to conduct research. A number of academics, many from top universities, signed an open letter demanding more federal funding for their research.
But where is the evidence that restrictions on federal funding dramatically cut such research? In January 2013 Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns in January 2013 published a study stating (pp. 2, 15): “As a result, peer-reviewed research on gun violence has sharply declined. A review conducted by Mayors Against Illegal Guns showed that academic publishing on firearm violence fell by 60 percent between 1996 and 2010. . . . Academics working in the field describe how constricted federal funding for firearm research has discouraged research in the area.”
It’s easy to show this “fact” to be a blatantly false manipulation of the data. While they claim that the number of firearms studies fell, what they actually showed is that the percent of all medical journal articles on firearms fell. The logic is rather twisted: gun-studies rose but not as fast as the number of other medical studies. Thus, as a ratio, there is a decline, but that is not what they are telling everyone. They never reported the number of firearm deaths.
Take a closer look at these numbers. Consider the number of firearm articles in medical journals in the five years before the restriction on federal funding in 1996 and the last five years (2009-13). There was an increase of 40 percent. Federally funded research also increased, but federal funds were never that important, only supporting about 3 percent of all the studies done.
The deliberate manipulation by Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns is obvious. The organization obviously looked for some way to adjust the numbers to reach the conclusion that there was a decline in research about guns.
What few reporters seem to realize is that academics at most reputable universities get paid to do research. Professors are typically expected to spend about half their time on research, and they get to decide what they are going to work on. For instance, I have myself conducted some of the largest studies on gun laws but never received any federal funding. People such as Bloomberg and George Soros have also funded a number of studies.
Being against government funding of research is not the same as being against “science.” It is simply not credible to believe that the Obama administration can keep politics out the grant giving process. It isn’t just academics who will be subsidized, but academics who agree with the Obama administration.
Support for gun control has been plummeting, reaching its lowest level since such poll questions began. Gun control advocates are desperate to change this, and they know that the mainstream media is only too happy to repeat whatever questionable “facts” they put out.
John R. Lott, Jr. is a columnist for FoxNews.com. He is an economist and was formerly chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission. Lott is also a leading expert on guns and op-eds on that issue are done in conjunction with the Crime Prevention Research Center. He is the author of eight books including "More Guns, Less Crime." His latest book is "Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Judges Off the Bench" Bascom Hill Publishing Group (September 17, 2013). Follow him on Twitter@johnrlottjr.
Utah Lawmakers OK Gun Safety Bill That Doesn’t Destroy The 2nd Amendment
By Brian Anderson on February 26, 2014 Subscribe to Brian Anderson's Feed
A Utah State House of Representatives committee unanimously passed a gun safety/suicide prevention bill today. And here’s the hook: Nobody’s 2nd Amendment rights will be infringed. Not one single person is going to have their guns confiscated. Nobody who is law-abiding today will be turned into a criminal tomorrow if the law passes. The gun grabbers must be scratching their heads at this “witchcraft.”
The bill is not just another do-nothing ban that further restricts gun ownership; instead it is an education program with incentives. HB134 would create gun safety and suicide prevention literature to be packaged with cable gun locks free of charge. In addition, it would offer rebate vouchers to concealed carry permit holders if they were to purchase a gun safe. The rebates would range from $10 to $200.
The committee placed a price tag on this bill at $900,000, but the good news is it will be paid by a surplus of revenue already collected from concealed-carry fees. So in addition to not crushing the Bill of Rights, it also won’t cost the taxpayers any money.
This has to be the least liberal piece of legislation ever introduced. As a general rule, democrats favor laws that raise taxes, restrict freedom, and have no noticeable effect. This is especially true in the case of “common sense” gun legislation. Here we have something that doesn’t cost additional money, won’t further constrain gun owners, and might actually be beneficial.
The reason behind the bill is to try and curb Utah’s high rate of teen suicides. A study showed that 85% of those who committed suicide with a gun did so with a family member’s firearm. The hope is that if more gun owners would secure their firearms then more teen suicides could be prevented.
“It has nothing to do with taking guns away or mandatory restricting access. It’s simply an education program aimed primarily at parents to talk about the risks of not properly securing your firearms,” said bill sponsor Rep. Steven Eliason (R-Sandy).
Granted, access to guns has no effect on suicide success. If someone wants to kill him or herself, they will find a way. But teen suicide, in many cases, is different. Teens are impulsive and can get temporary suicidal thoughts. Not being able to get a hold of a gun in a moment of depression that will soon pass could actually save some precious teenaged life.
When anti-gun kooks like Michael Bloomberg and his Mayors Against Illegal Guns or Moms Demand Action talk about gun safety, what they really mean is gun banning and confiscation. This, however, actually is a gun safety program and it doesn’t threaten anyone with a felony conviction for non-compliance. I’d like to see more of this kind of thing.
There was a time when gun safety and shooting sports were part of many high school’s curriculums. I think it would be great if schools and communities started offering these kinds of programs again. It would have a much more positive effect on accidental gun deaths and even teen suicides than any draconian unconstitutional gun grab ever would.
The bill will move on to the full Utah State House of Representatives for a vote. Let’s hope it passes and succeeds so we can show the Illegal Mayors and Demanding Moms of this world that safety is achievable without control.
Armed Resistance To Tyranny Impossible Says Gun Control Advocate
By Brian Anderson on February 28, 2014 Subscribe to Brian Anderson's Feed
The idea that a major component of the 2nd Amendment is for an armed populace to be a safeguard against tyranny doesn’t sit well with the gun control industry. They always counter with a ludicrous argument that people with small arms couldn’t possibly resist heavily armed government forces. That is the position of Mike Austin, a philosophy professor, in his op-ed piece for the Eastern Progressive.
Austin is pushing for even stronger gun control laws in the country and his reasons are weirder than most. His basic argument is that we the people couldn’t possibly stand up to a tyrannical government, so why bother. Of course he’s completely wrong, but when has that ever stopped a gun grabber from spewing nonsense.
Predictably, he starts off on the wrong foot:
While it is possible that tyranny may arise in our nation, this seems unlikely, given the existence of democratic institutions and a strong tradition of adherence to the rule of law.
Currently we have a President and Attorney General that have no love for the Constitution. Obama and Holder spit in the face of the law. Police from the feds down to local departments have increasingly become militarized and the government spies on it’s own people. It’s not a matter of “if” tyranny is possible so much as a “when” it’s going to kick into full gear. Our tradition of the rule of law is history.
Moreover, when we take into account the military might of the United States government, it is not clear how an armed populace would prevent such tyranny. If such tyranny did arise, the people could successfully resist only if they had a stockpile of weapons capable of matching the state’s firepower.
Last year, LL Cool J look-alike, Christopher Dorner took on the full force of the Los Angeles and Riverside police departments. He killed 3 cops and wounded 3 others in a nearly two-week rampage. The cops knew what he looked like and basically where he was; yet tens of thousands of heavily armed officers could not bring him down. He created chaos and death at will and was only stopped after a civilian helped cops find him.
That was just one guy. Now imagine 300 million guns in 55 million households nationwide. If you average 3 persons per household that would be 265 million armed American citizens. That’s 265 million anonymous lone wolf dissenters. How much military and police might would it take to quash that rebellion?
See, the thing is, the US is not very good at fighting guerrilla warfare. This is not to bag on the American military, all armies suck at fighting guerilla wars. When you don’t know who the enemy is, there’s a lot of standing around waiting to be ambushed. It’s hard to mount an offensive when the enemy is indistinguishable from innocent civilians. Heavy armor, artillery, and technology are useless against a radicalized armed indigenous population.
If the justification for the widespread possession of guns is to deter or resist a possible future tyrannical state, then by the same reasoning there would also be a right to possess tanks, missiles, and weapons of mass destruction, all of which would be needed to truly deter or reverse such tyranny. But surely this is wrong, because of the potential harm to innocent victims if these weapons were widely possessed.
Here’s another stupid argument. Tanks and warplanes cost millions of dollars so they would be out of the price range for the average anti-government agitator. Beyond that, if there were a tyrannical government looking to disarm its population, they would prefer that the dissenters were in a tank. If you had three guys in a city, sniping and creating mayhem, it would take thousands of soldiers to quell the threat. If you had three guys in a tank doing the same thing, all it would take to eliminate them would be one missile.
Of course in arguments like these, the anti-gunners always throw in the childish argument that if you support the 2nd Amendment as absolute, then you must also believe average citizens should be allowed to possess weapons of mass destruction like nukes. For this, I will capitulate to Mr. Austin and agree that people shouldn’t have access to nuclear weapons without a background check and a 3-day waiting period.
Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. For a philosophy professor, Mike Austin doesn’t seem to be able to grasp any of that. I think it is because when a person convinces him or herself that guns are bad, it becomes impossible for them to look at any problem or solution objectively. How’s that for philosophizing?
Tyranny is possible, even in our great democratic system of checks and balances. An armed population is less susceptible to tyranny than a disarmed one. Our founding fathers knew this and that’s why they included the right to keep and bear arms in the Bill of Rights.
Car Thief’s Horrible Miscalculation Turns Out to Be Deadly After He Targeted Armed Former Marine – Who Was Just as Heroic as You’d Expect
Sep. 24, 2013 4:15pm Jason Howerton
A former Marine in Maple Valley, Wash., didn’t expect to encounter a car thief breaking into his truck as he prepared to walk his dog Tuesday morning. Then again, the thief didn’t expect to run into an armed former Marine either.
The thief, identified only as a 27-year-old male, and his girlfriend were reportedly driving a stolen Honda with stolen plates when they decided to break into a pickup truck. As the owner of the truck, the former Marine, came out to walk his dog, he saw the crime in progress and confronted the criminals.
In an instant, guns were drawn and bullets were flying through the air. The former Marine was deadly accurate, hitting the male suspect several times before he could hide behind the truck. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
The former Marine, identified by KING5 as “Keenan,” 24, was also just as heroic as you’d expect someone with such a distinction to be.
His aunt reportedly witnessed the attempted carjacking and is positive her nephew’s brave actions saved her life.
“He shoved me out of the way when the guy was going to shoot at us,” Kristen Hague told KOMO-TV. She also said it looked like the thief had a gun and Keenan “pushed me out of the way and yelled ‘gun!’ and I don’t think if he would have done that, I would be alive… I think he was defending me — I totally see it.”
Though the incident ended badly for the suspect, Hague said the shooting was completely justified.
“My life was in danger; my nephew’s life was in danger, and he did the right thing even though it ended really bad and really sad,” she added.
The woman even reportedly attempted CPR on the suspect who had just tried to shoot her until medics arrived.
“Detectives say they recovered at least two weapons from the scene — a .45 caliber apparently used by the thief and a 9 millimeter from the man who shot the suspect,” KOMO-TV reports.
The deceased suspect’s girlfriend was arrested in the incident and police learned she also had a felony arrest warrant for burglary.
Police reportedly questioned the former Marine about the shooting — then released him.
Thugs Picked the Wrong Dad to Target for Shameful ‘Knockout Game’ — He’s a Concealed-Carry Permit Holder, and He Used It
Nov. 21, 2013 2:31pm Dave Urbanski
TheBlaze has been covering the frightening uptick in the so-called “knockout game,” in which thugs randomly target people and punch the unsuspecting victims in public for kicks.
Well, it’s taken an interesting turn in Lansing, Mich.
There it’s reportedly called “Point-em-out, Knock-em-out,” according to WILX-TV in Lansing, and the station said one incident didn’t turn out so well…for the attacker.
The incident actually happened in February but is now getting play because of the recent rash of attacks. On that day, the school day was over, and a father was waiting for a school bus to drop off his six-year-old girl.
“I saw the van circle twice and the second time three came out,” the victim told WILX, which didn’t reveal his identity out of concern for his safety. “I didn’t suspect anything. I hadn’t any enemies, or any reason to believe that they would be looking or doing anything to me.”
Marvell Weaver, 17, apparently had other ideas.
“He shoved something into my side,” the victim said of Weaver. “I wasn’t sure what it was. It had some force to it. I wasn’t sure if it was a knife or a gun.”
It was a taser. One that fortunately didn’t work.
What did operate just fine, however, was the victim’s concealed-carry .40 caliber pistol.
The intended victim shot Weaver twice, once in the leg and the other shot landing an inch away from his spine in the February 26 incident. WILX says Weaver has since been sentenced to a year in jail.
It could have been worse, and Weaver even admits he’s getting off easy.
“It was just a lesson learned. I wish I hadn’t played the game at all,” Weaver told the news outlet, adding that before he met his match with the gun-wielding dad, he and his friends attacked others.
“Not many, six or seven,” Weaver told WILX. “It wouldn’t be an everyday game, just a certain game to be played on certain days. You don’t even try to rob them or anything. That’s the game.”
Weaver added that “Point-em-out, Knock-em-out” isn’t gang related, and teens are playing it because they’re bored — and watching others on the Internet getting away with it inspired confidence.
He added that he played the game usually as a result of dares from unseemly kids while high.
Knockout Game Thug Shot by Victim He Targeted in Lansing, Mich.
Marvell Weaver (Image source: WILX)
“They weren’t my normal group of friends. Someone just throws it out there and people go along with it,” Weaver told the station. “One thing leads to another and it just goes all down hill.”
Lansing police are watching for others playing “Point-em-out, Knock-em-out,” WILX noted, adding that an attack could be considered a felony:
“There’s a price to pay if they wind up doing it,” Lansing Police Officer Robert Merritt told WILX. “A good example is Marvell Weaver.”
“It’s just senseless. Teenagers have a lot better things to do with their time,” Merritt.
Weaver’s victim sees nothing humorous about knockout games. “What they tried to do to me wouldn’t have been a joke if they would’ve succeeded,” he told the news outlet. “My child would’ve been left with the aftermath of seeing her father in any type of way I would’ve been left.”
Market Trends: Smith & Wesson Shield Gaining Steam in Northwest
By: Brian McCombie | March 7, 2014
Robin Ball — Sharp Shooting Indoor Range and Gun Shop, Spokane, Wash.
The Glock 19 had always been undisputed number one seller at Sharp Shooting Indoor Range and Gun Shop. But this winter the Smith & Wesson Shield is in a virtual sales tie, owner Robin Ball said.
Available in 9mm or .40S&W, the Smith & Wesson Shield sells for $449 here.
Ruger handgun sales are strong, too, especially for the 22/45 Lite Target Pistol in .22 LR.
With a large percentage of the operation’s customers practicing concealed carry, the Galco line of gun holsters and accessories does very well here, too.
Ball also notes a steady and growing demand for Mossberg and Remington tactical shotgun models, mostly going to self-defense buyers.
Wilson Combat's Guide to 1911 Magazine Troubleshooting
1) Why won't the slide stop drop on an empty magazine?
Because we use extra power springs for improved feeding and lockback your unloaded-magazine should not allow the slide to drop when empty by using the slide release. When the magazine is loaded with ammunition it will be easy to drop the slide using the slide release.
It is not an important tactical feature for an empty magazine to allow the slide to drop over it. Flawless feeding and reliable lockback on empty are more important.
2) Why is my magazine hard to seat when fully loaded?
If your pistol is made on the high end of magazine catch/frame specifications a fully loaded, new magazine may be difficult to seat. This can often be rectified by allowing the springs the break in my leaving the magazines loaded before your first time shooting them or repeatedly loading them by hand until the springs relax and take a set. Some pistols may even require a different magazine like our ETM model that has a longer tube and is generally easier to seat.
3) Why do my 9mm magazines sometimes hang up when loading them?
To accommodate the wide variety of bullet profiles your magazine has been designed with exacting tolerances. Occasionally the follower will catch on the magazine catch notch on the tube, if this happens simply push it back in the tube with your fingernail while loading. Eventually as your magazine is used this will lessen over time.
4) Why doesn’t my pistol always reliably lock back when empty?
Even though we use the strongest magazine springs in the industry, some pistols have such excessive tolerances in the magazine well–slidestop internal lobe area that some magazines will not reliably lock back on empty even when new. This is a known problem with some Springfield Armory pistols. You may need to have a gunsmith replace, polish or fit your slide stop for proper function. This may also be an indication that your springs need replacing.
5) Why won’t my baseplates stay on?
All of our magazines baseplates are sized for a very snug fit on the bottom of the tube and with the retention plate. After installing a 1911 magazine baseplate you may need to rap the baseplate against your workbench to ensure that the baseplate is seated.
6) My pistol has a failure to eject the last round, it must be my magazines?
No, failure to extract and eject, especially on the last round, is typically a problem with the pistol’s extractor. A 1911 pistol with a loose extractor will drag the last empty case across the magazine lips on the way out of the pistol potentially ruining the magazine in the process. This usually results in a failure to eject the last round. Pistols with external extractors, clocking extractors or broken extractors can suffer from this. Make sure your pistol’s extractor holds an empty case firm against the breechface before you blame your magazine. If your pistol has a failure to feed the last round it may indicate you need new springs or a magazine with heavier springs like our HD/+P magazines.
7) Can I use "full size' magazines in a "Compact"?
Yes and No. In a pinch you can use full-size magazines in a compact frame but it is not recommended for carry or service use since the longer magazines can over-insert into the frame on a reload causing malfunctions and damage to to your pistol. You will be better served using appropriate magazines for your pistol.
8) My black magazines seem stiffer than my stainless ones-is this normal?
The Melonite process we use to blacken magazines can sometimes add extra friction to a new magazine. If your magazine feels sticky or rough when loading simply disassemble the magazine and clean the inside of the tube with a cleaning brush and solvent. When dry apply a light gun oil or mineral oil to the follower and reinstall. Cycle the magazine with ammunition a few times prior to use to ensure the follower operation is smooth.
WHICH SIZE DO I NEED?
Full size is the traditional USGI 1911 frame size. Most 1911 pistols are "full size". This includes all of our Full Size and Professional models listed here in addition to most standard, 5" and Commander length 1911 pistols. Full size guns have a measurement of 3.0625" of center-to-center between the grip screws.
Compact denotes a smaller frame similar in size to Wilson Combat Compact, Colt Officers ACP or Kimber Compact / Ultra Series. Compact guns have a measurement of 2.6875" center to center.
Sentinel denotes a special Wilson Combat small frame 1911 which is one-half inch shorter than a compact frame. It uses special Sentinel magazines.
What is ETM?
The Elite Tactical Magazine or ETM, is our latest evolution of the 1911 magazine and represents our best effort in increasing durability, reliability and ease of use. Feed lip spread, weak springs and hard to seat magazines are a thing of the past.
What is a Service Magazine?
The Wilson Combat Service Mag Plus is a traditional GI 1911 magazine profile with several important tube and spring enhancements for absolute reliability over the long haul - all at a lower price!
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Colt M2012 Bolt Rifle – Cooper Arms of Montana
by Administrator on March 9, 2014
by Paul Helinski
Colt’s Manufacturing has a long history of working with other gun companies for Colt-branded bolt action rifles. The Colt Sauer rifle was produced by J.P. Sauer & Son in Germany from 1973 to 1984, and the 27,189 rifles that came out of it are still highly sought after by collectors. These days, Colt has updated its game with an American company called Cooper Firearms of Montana. Cooper was started in 1990 by ex-Kimber employees and has beena staple in the custom rifle market for more than two decades. The first Colt/Cooper came out a couple years back, called the M2012. They still make it today, and as you can see from the picture here, it looks like what it is, a high-end tactical rifle meant to look tactical. Since the introduction of the M2012, a lot of high-end shooters, especially ex-military snipers, have said that they would love a Cooper rifle that says Colt on the side (who wouldn’t?), but that what they would have in mind was something more along the lines of a US Army issue M24 or USMC M40. Colt, and Cooper, have listened, and the result is a whole new version of the M2012 that more resembles those rifles, while sacrificing nothing in performance. These rifles aren’t cheap. Our test gun as you see it here retails for $3,195. But as you will see, it is well within the world class division when it comes to bolt guns. If you are a Colt fan who just loves to see that name on the side of your gun, like back in the old Sauer days, or you are just in the market for an extremely thoughtful and well-made long range rifle, look no further than the new Colt Model 2012.
Colt sent us the M2012MT308T, which if you decode it, means Model 2012, from Montana, in .308, with a T stock, whatever T means. The stock is made by Manners from aircraft-grade carbon fiber and fiberglass, making the stock much lighter than your standard solid polymer of the same look and feel. Our test rifle weighs barely over 10 lbs. without the scope. This tan-stocked model only comes in .308 Winchester, but the laminate-stock hunting rifle (the G model) also comes in .260 Remington, a favorite among long range varmint hunters right up to whitetails. The laminate-stock models are also a pound and a half lighter at 8.5 lbs. due to a slightly less heavy barrel, built for carrying in the field. All of the guns come with a single stage Timney adjustable trigger set at about 3 lbs., and all have 22” button-rifled barrels. The .308 guns have a 1/10 twist and the .260 is a 1/8. Our gun (and yes it is ours because we are buying it) has a stainless fluted barrel, as does the original M2012, and the laminate guns have a blued chome-moly steel fluted barrel. A five-round box magazine is included, and 10-rounders are available. The length of pull on our test rifle is 13 3/4” from the front of the trigger to the absolute back of the recoil pad. An optics rail comes mounted on the top of the receiver.
Accuracy, or more of a correct term is precision, is of course what these guns are about. Our gun came with a hand-signed and laminated test target showing a three-shot group of .319 center to center. The bullet itself is .308. That should give you an idea of how precise your shooting can be with the right load and the right shooter. The test group was shot with a custom handload using a Sierra MatchKing 168 grain bullet and IMR 4064 powder, and it reflects the fact that few true long range accuracy shooters are using factory ammo. I don’t know if you call Cooper that they will tell you exactly how many grains of 4064 they use and the seating depth, but they might! The point is that you will eventually work up your own loads to shoot in the gun, and that these results are possible based purely on the precision manufacturing of the Colt/Cooper.
We tested the rifle with Hornady American Whitetail 150gr. lead-tipped deer hunting ammo and Hornady Superformance in the same weight, but with the 150 Hornady GMX bullet. My groups came in at .654” and .543” respectively. It would have been a shock if these groups were anywhere near as good as those shot by Cooper’s professional shooter using tuned handloads, and he used a 36x Leupold as compared to our 24x NightForce. Nonetheless, not bad! This rifle is a keeper and we’re keeping it
As you can see from the pictures, the fit and finish on this rifle are flawless. The three lug bolt is as smooth as butter (without actually having to lube it with butter, or anything else), and the compensator on the front can be taken off to put on a suppressor. I personally am not a big fan of the fluted barrel look, but when in Rome… Fluted barrels are very popular in the high-end rifle community. I also would have preferred that the barrel be blued instead of the silver stainless color. It would make the rifle more homogenous and at unity with itself. (That last comment was for our new ex-hippy gun owners who have finally seen the light). The Timney trigger is crisp and light with zero creep, and there is really little else to say about the Colt M2012 except go buy one while the serial numbers are still low. It is a superb firearm, and while there is more to red-blooded American liberty loving life than an AR-15, it is always awesome when the side of the gun says Colt.
Prepping 101: Water Storage, Purification, Filtration & Winter
by Administrator on March 9, 2014
Water is the most crucial and diverse aspect of preparing for the breakdown of our society. Where do you get your water now? Is it from the city? Is it from an artesian well? A shallow well? Do you have lakes or streams near your house? Are those your sense of water security? Is your swimming pool an ever-available water backup? All of these pieces mesh into a fairly large body of possibilities, and points of failure. Those points of failure are what we most need to talk about. Once you understand the issues, and the types of methods to resolve them, water gets much simpler. The bad news is that if you live in a tightly packed area, or an apartment, you may have to make a decision now that eventually abandoning your home is mandatory (but not right away). Depending on where you live, your water issues may be complete scarcity, pollution, feast or famine seasonal rain and droughts, deep freezes and even deadly bacteria and viruses in the water. There are ways you can prepare for all of these potential problems, for both the short and long term. FEMA isn’t going to bail you out of this one. In fact, if you watched Jesse Ventura’s FEMA camp video, there is a pretty good chance that they will be the ones you are hiding from.
Those of us who don’t live in flyover country are mostly dependent on city water. It is generally reliable, even in the midst of disasters. Even in the worst hurricanes in South Florida, we never lost the water but were only put on boil notices. That is a pretty good sense of security, but the only reason it didn’t go out was because the government has those giant pumps on emergency backup power comprised of enormous diesel generators. In a true national or global disaster, those generators are eventually going to run out of fuel. The good news is that it thankfully won’t be the first thing to go, so if you are prepared, there is a decent chance that you could potentially store several months of water for the initial crisis period. This would allow you to not have to attempt to get out of your area and fight the death-trap gridlocked highways that will claim many lives at the onset of any major disaster.
Outside of storing giant pickle barrels in your garage (and we’ll get to that), your best asset for storing water is your bathtub. Well duh, right? Wrong. Your bathroom is also the most dangerous place to store your water, especially if you have kids. Fecal Coliform bacteria is a deadly killer in a survival situation, and it doesn’t take much to pollute a water supply. When you hear about people dying of dysentery, typhoid and gastroenteritis, there is a pretty good chance they got it because of Fecal Coliform (though if you read that Wikipedia page on it there are some conflicting theories). Farmers aren’t even allowed to plant vegetables for a couple months after fertilizing a field with cow manure. Human feces have up to 1,000 times as much of Fecal Coliform than do cows.
Your bathtub holds about 65 gallons of water, and there are three giant plastic bag products on the market that will help you keep that water fresh. Right now Amazon has a three-pack of Made in USA Aquapods on Prime for $26.03, shipped. If you have two bathtubs, I strongly suggest you just go buy the three pack now. Even if you plan to utilize some of the more advanced systems I’ll suggest below, an extra 65 gallons of fresh water never hurt anyone. The other two brands of bathtub bags are “The Reservoir” that you can usually find on Ebay and WaterBOB, also generally on Amazon for about $20 per bag. Both of them claim to store 100 gallons instead of 65, and both are the same packaging with different names on the side, and made in China. The three-pack of Aquapods is a no brainer. More information can be found at http://aquapodkit.com/.
To take the Aquapod one step further, there is nothing that says you need a bathtub to use it. I wouldn’t expect to just fill it with water and expect it to survive for months as a stretched bag, but constructing a simple cage for it out of 2x4s and lining the inside with 1/4″ plywood should work just fine. In fact, you could probably stack two of them safely, which, if you are careful, could be used for quite some time. Officially each container is enough water for a family of four for 14 days, but if you don’t use it to flush the toilet or wash dishes, it can last much longer. We will also take a look at the Aquapod as a survival still later.
Bulk Storage – The Cistern Approach
If you take a tour of Key West, you will learn that the entire Florida Keys is mostly devoid of fresh water, and that the islands all lived almost entirely off of rain water collected in cisterns until a water pipeline from the mainland was laid in the 1940s. That is on only 36″ per year average rainfall in very seasonal rain. You can live on rainwater in most parts of the United States, and since it is water that is the absolutely most important aspect of your survival, saving some water in advance and planning to store rainwater long term is a good idea. Assuming we didn’t just get nuked, rainwater is almost always 100% safe, and with minor treatment will last for a long time. If we did just get nuked, that would be a pretty good argument to have several hundred gallons on hand. The more the better.
To store water, you are going to want containers made of Polyethylene (HDPE) plastic, PETE (#1), LDPE(#4) or Polypropylene (PP/#5). Right now there is a huge supply of 55-gallon blue water barrels on Ebay for $100 to $150 each, but these are being sold by “prepper” opportunists. As you can see from the price of the Aquapod, which holds more water, this is a ridiculously high price. You can get five-gallon buckets for under $10 each. Don’t fall for this scam. Instead search for just “blue water storage barrel” on Ebay and it will bring up a lot of people selling them for $15 each, without pumps. The pumps you can get on Amazon or Harbor Freight for like $4-$15. If you live near enough to one of the sellers with local pickup available for the barrels, $15 each is a good buy. Many will also ship them to you for actual cost, even if they say they won’t.
If you have the room, a better and inexpensive option is what is called an IBC Liquid Tote. The totes are used in dozens of different industries to transport liquid ingredients and chemicals. An IBC Tote is a giant plastic container that has usually been been bound inside of a plastic or metal cage, meant to be transported by a fork lift. Used IBC totes come in 275- and 330-gallon sizes, and you’ll find them on Ebay for $75-$200. Not all IBC totes are capable of holding potable water, so make sure you find out what was in them before you buy. You don’t want to poison yourself because the previous use of the containers was for noxious chemicals. If you find a cheap source that is within driving distance, and the container has food additives or oil in it still, unwashed, you can clean these through the top opening with a pressure washer. The containers have drain spouts at the bottom with a 2″ coupling pipe and a ball valve with a handle. At the higher end of the price spectrum on Ebay will be the people who have already cleaned the containers and who offer to set up shipping for you. These will be shipped to you via truck freight, so you will have to provide your zip code in order to learn the total cost. Check Craigslist for local sellers as well. Just search on IBC tote.
There are two nice things about the totes over 55-gallon barrels. One is that they have the outflow valve at the bottom. If you store the container outside, all you have to do is dig a hole next to it for a five-gallon bucket and you never have to pump anything. You can also get couplers at Home Depot that will turn the spout into a garden hose. The sheer capacity is another reason. If you plan to build a true cistern approach to your water, a bunch of buckets will require a complex feeding system, whereas a couple of IBC totes require one valve. Also, keep in mind that you should replace your water at least a couple of times a year, even if you are treating it. With the blue barrels, you will have to pump the water out when you want to empty them. What a pain. With the IBC totes, emptying them is a matter of turning a handle.
Depending on where you live, seasonal rainfall may be your lifeline for the entire year, and in these areas I strongly suggest a genuine cistern. There are several companies that advertise in the prepper/survival market, but that I found one seems to serve all of the liquid storage and transportation markets, and not just the opportunistic prepper market, is Plastic-Mart.com. They seem to have everything from smaller-than-IBC totes to about that 265 or more capacity, to tens of thousands of gallons. I can’t recommend them because I haven’t ordered from them, but they seem like a great resource if bulk water storage is a matter of absolute survival in your area, and you have the cash to invest. One noteable product is the “doorway” tank. If you are in an apartment, these can come through the front door, weigh under 150lbs., and store up to 400 gallons in one closet. Nice stuff!
The Pitfalls of Swimming Pools
Then there is the good old swimming pool. If you have a pool and all of your neighbors have pools, there is a pretty good chance that you will be able to rely on your pool for drinking, bathing and toilet flushing water for some time (assuming your city sewerage doesn’t back up which it will). Just beware that your pool filter is going to stop pumping, and chlorinating that much water to protect against algae and bacteria requires a lot of chlorine. Plan to filter your pool water meant for drinking within a couple weeks of the city water shutting off.
If your neighbors don’t have pools, beware that in couple days after the water goes off, everyone will be waiting for the FEMA truck that isn’t coming and thinking about your pool. Then it becomes a liability and likely a magnet for trouble. Nobody wants to die in a gunfight over a swimming pool, so plan to siphon off as much water for indoor storage as possible to get through the first few weeks when local resources are completely depleted and most people have left for greener pastures.
The absolute cheapest option for storing a whole bunch of water is a 15′ round Intex backyard pool. The whole kit with filter is available on Amazon for $215 with free shipping for Prime. With dimensions of 144″ x 144″ x 41″, it will hold somewhere just south of 3700 gallons, calculated as .00433 x cubic inches as if it were a square and not a circle. Buy the cover, because blocking the sun will slow algae and bacteria growth once your filter system goes down, and you won’t collect leaves and other stuff as your stored water sits there, hoping it is never needed. This model of pool has a floating ring that raises the walls if you fill it, so it won’t be ideal as a rainwater cistern. Other models have poles that hold up the walls, but the bigger models don’t have covers available that I have found.
Chlorine kills most pathogens with the noticeable exception of Giardia, otherwise known as “beaver fever.” It is called beaver fever because Giardia is really common with hikers who drink river water that looks crystal clear, but in which a beaver defecated in upstream. If you are collecting rainwater or filling your barrels or totes with well water, there is no danger of this disease (rainwater is actually distilled water). But if you are purifying water from a local pond or stream, you will want to use a filter to make sure that there is no Giardia in it. We’ll get to filters later in this article.
Iodine is a superior chemical to chlorine for water purification and kills pretty much everything. That is why those little water purification tablets at the camping store are made out out iodine. Note, however, that people who are allergic to shellfish are also allergic to iodine (eh, one less mouth to feed). Why don’t people recommend iodine first when it comes to water treatment? The taste. If you are filtering also, the taste will come out usually. But otherwise you are stuck with it. There are also dubious health issues with long term ingestion of iodine, despite the fact that they add it to salt. Chlorine can be breathed out just by letting water sit. Iodine you have to filter. If you want to have some iodine on hand, “just in case,” 2% iodine tincture on Amazon is about $6 for two ounces. The formula I found is five drops per quart when the water is clear, and 10 drops per quart when the water is cloudy. Do your own research regarding adding it to all of your water and health detriments, if you can take the taste. An interesting factoid about iodine is that chlorine degrades when you store it, as much as 20% per year. From what I have been able to research, iodine does not.
Make sure to either paint your water containers so that they are opaque, or cover them from the sun. Despite the fact that UV from the sun kills bacteria under certain conditions (see below), sunlight can also really give you a problem with growing bacteria long term, as well as algae.
It would really be nice if one topic regarding water was simple, but alas, filtration is a mess of little details. Worse, the information is conflicting and sometimes makes no sense if you don’t know the actual science behind it. No one method of filtration guarantees that you will have water free of harmful properties. Filters also wear out, so no matter what you filter your water with, at some point you will need an alternate plan.
For pure survival, I went out and bought a half a dozen LifeStraws. The new version filters out almost everything, including Cryptosporidium and Giardia, but it is only good for 1,000 litres, or just over 250 gallons. The unit is an actual straw, so cooking water would have to be dealt with separately. At $20 bucks a pop, it isn’t a huge investment to get one LifeStraw for each person of your family, but after the time is up for the filter, you are pretty much on your own. Of course, we all will be at that point. You can’t prepare for everything. But I would see the LifeStraw as more of a backup measure of last resort than the primary plan to be able to drink fresh water. They now make a family unit that I have not tried.
Filtration & Purification
The most confusing thing about filtration is the issue of “microns.” Activated charcoal filters are supposed to only filter down to .5 microns, which would exclude Giardia and some other harmful bacteria. But if you look at the Frequently Asked Questions page for Brita faucet filters, they claim to filter Giardia, Filter technology has stretched itself beyond the limitations of just one media type because of educated consumers, and you really need to read the labels yourself and figure out what level of filtration you are most comfortable with.
Ceramic filters claim to filter down to .2 microns, which should catch most things except viruses. So if you are drawing water from a pond or stream, where human contact is inevitable, keeping some iodine on hand wouldn’t hurt. Historically, lots of really bad diseases tend to spread in third-world environments and America would be no different after a short time. Water is a comparatively friendly carrier for viruses, friendlier than air. Nonetheless, I would assume that you need some sort of ceramic filtration for ongoing bulk water supplies. Fortunately they are cheap and trouble free.
I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I personally got hoodwinked on my first ceramic filter purchase. I get a lot of interesting information and perspective from the Alex Jones websites, so I like to support the cause by buying stuff in the store. For water filtration, I figured I’d try ProPur, which is one of Alex’s long-time advertisers, and now they actually sell the products themselves at the InfoWars store. At first glance, the filter systems seem very complicated, full of choices as to how many people you need to supply, but that is just meant to get you to buy the most expensive system, which I did.
What I’ve learned since that purchase is that all ceramic systems are the same design. You put a fill bucket on top, with the filters attached to the bottom of it, and a catch bucket on the bottom. Dirty water goes in the top. It travels through the filters and drips into the bottom bucket, which has a spigot of some sort. The filters, not the buckets, are the main thing, and how many people you supply should be gauged on the throughput of the filter type that you choose. The buckets can be metal or plastic, and a hand drill with a 1/2″ bit makes the hole for the filters and spigot to attach, with included rubber washers. I paid almost $300 on the Alex Jones website for two stainless steel pots, a metal spigot, and 4 filters. I didn’t even get the most robust filter. Since I ordered that system, ProPur has come out with a new filter that also takes out flouride. Oh well. This isn’t for city water anyway.
The most integritable company that I can find making ceramic filters is called Just Water, or justwater.me. These filters also have activated charcoal inside them (that doesn’t leak out like ProPur), and they filter 100% of the same stuff claimed by ProPur. What I find most interesting about the Just Water Filters is that they are not included on the comparison chart of https://propurusa.com/Page_14.html, the ProPur website. They mention similar ($200 stainless steel pots) brands, but Just Water is left out. That could be because the Just Water filters are cheaper and have a longer life. Plus, they come with a sock that pre-filters the water to extend the life of the filter. The official life on the data sheet is one year, but if you clean and reverse flush them, Just Water filters will last almost indefinitely if you look at the independent testimonials by Googling around on them.
Available for $80 on Amazon for two filters with two socks and a pour spout, I don’t think you can beat the Just Water filters. The best detail about the company is that they don’t try to hide their products in packages with overpriced stainless steel buckets. The data sheets for the filters are on the website, as are independent third party tests of the filters, and they suggest you just use regular old five gallon buckets. These can be found at Home Depot, or 3 for $30 on Amazon. You could also use two 55 gallon drums, or pretty much anything else capable of holding water that you can drill a 1/2″ hole in for the top bucket. The bottom bucket needs either 1/2″ hole for the spigot, or some other way to get the water out.
Sunlight Ultraviolet Treatment
You may have seen documentaries from Indonesia and other third world environments where plastic PET water were used to treat infected water with ultraviolet light from the sun. This can kill a lot of stuff, but it is a very specific margin of error. You can’t use glass bottles, because glass doesn’t allow the UV to get through. You can’t used colored plastic or polycarbonate. The Wikipedia article on this is a must read, because it includes information about a Swiss study on what chemicals from the PET bottles actually leach into the water, bringing the quality below international drinking water standards.
If you have educated yourself on the hazards of fluoride in drinking water, there is a good chance that you have already invested in an undersink Reverse Osmosis filter for your kitchen. The military also uses this method to remove salt from seawater. It all sounds great, and RO sounds like a cutting edge water purification technology, but it isn’t.
For survival, RO is almost useless. The concept of how it works is simple. We have all put a plastic bag of ice in the cooler to keep food cold and come back hours later to find the bottom of the cooler full of water, yet the opening to the bag had always remained up. Sandwiches in plastic Zip-Loc bags also apparently leaked some water inside the plastic, despite the fact that the zipper was fully closed. This is because thin plastic is not water tight. There are pores in it that water (and air), can get through. Reverse Osmosis uses this property of plastic to filter water. The water is put under pressure against the plastic, and gradually seeps through, sans all of the contaminants. What they don’t tell you about RO is that it requires a constant pressure from a pump to work, and the water that doesn’t go through the plastic while the pump is on is jettisoned by the system as waste.
If you installed your own RO system, you probably remember that there was a drain. That drain eats up to 90% of the water put through the system, while as little as 10% ends up on the “clean” side of the plastic, ready to drink. That is why all RO systems have a significant reserve tank, because the actual flow through the filtering system is way too slow to be of use. With unlimited water and unlimited energy (the myth we live in today), RO is a truly awesome technology, but without either or both of those, not so much.
Stills – Solar and Moonshine Cookers
On a sunny day, all open water sources will have some evaporation going on. That is how the clouds build up their water supply, and when it rains, as mentioned above, the water is essentially the same quality as distilled water that you will find at the supermarket, with very few contaminants. You can use that same “technology” to create your own water supply by harnessing natural evaporation. Any water source that you can cover with plastic sheeting is a potential source of fresh water.
At its simplest, a solar still is easy to make. Dig a hole in the ground and put bowls of murky, salt or polluted water at the bottom, with a collection bucket in the middle. Cover the hole with plastic sheeting, weigh down the edges with rocks and put a rock right in the middle over the collection bucket. In the heat of the sun, water will collect on the bottom of the plastic sheet and drip off in the middle. How much water you collect will depend on how much sun you get, your latitude and how many holes you set up. I would buy the 4 mil. stuff at Walmart. It is cheap and doesn’t take up a lot of space.
The other kind of solar still requires a condenser of some kind, and it is a lot like a regular cooker still that produces steam and that is used for making moonshine. The physics of solar distillation used in this manner is simple. Water is heated and begins to interact with the air. This causes evaporation at far below the boiling point of water, so that the water is lighter than air and floats. To extract this water from the air, all you really need is a cooler temperature. A regular cooker-type still uses a coil of metal tubing, through which the steam from the cooker travels, cools down and turns into water that drips out of the tube. The coil is called the condenser. Solar stills can be constructed the same way. The simplest still constructed in this manner can be two plastic bottles with a plastic tube between them. Fill the first bottle half way with water and put it in the sun. Put the other bottle in the shade, lower than the first, and ideally put some kind of insulator around the tube to protect it from the heat of the day. Eventually, water will fill the second bottle. We hope to try a version of this using a bag from the bathtub storage system and a plastic tube condenser coil. Stay tuned on that one. Solar stills don’t produce a ton of water but it’s enough to keep you alive.
A deep, hard freeze erases a lot of stored water and may even destroy your containers. If you live where all the water freezes and stays frozen several months per year, a way to deal with that has to be planned, purchased and even tested now. There are two ways to deal with frozen water, besides using valuable fuel to melt it or to keep it from freezing. One is to dig it out of a lake. The other is to build a greenhouse. Neither are perfect.
Digging water out of a frozen lake is something you probably have seen over the years if you live in the North. Ice fishermen use something called an ice auger to dig holes in the ice. On Amazon you’ll find hand ice augers for under $100, including one that attaches to a cordless drill. They will get you through about three feet of ice, which should be fine in most places. Gas-powered augers sell for $300 and up these days, and have two-stroke engines, so you have to add oil to the gas. If you are going to swap fuel for water, you’ll get a lot more water from the five minutes of fuel in a power auger than you will a heater to melt snow. Once you dig through all of the ice, it is just a matter of cracking off new ice from the hole every day to get a new supply of water. That water should still be treated or filtered. Cold water can harbor some dangerous stuff.
Keeping water from freezing without burning some type of fuel is going to require a greenhouse, or preferably a double greenhouse. Even in the dreariest stretches of grey skies during winter in the north, you would be surprise by how much heat a greenhouse catches, and on sunny days it will be sweltering inside the greenhouse, even though it may be single digits on the outside. Greenhouse technology has grown far from what you would think and isn’t that expensive. I have always used FarmTek for my materials, and I strongly suggest that you build only hoop models if you want them to survive winter. A 12×15′ hoop house is about $1,200 if you buy them as kits. Not as kits, you don’t have to spend as much money, and there is no need for multi-thousand double-wall polycarbonate panels kits. I once had a greenhouse that withstood several winters in Amherst, Massachusetts, made from a hoop carport bought at Costco for $249 and plastic sheeting with end connectors from FarmTek. The grass grew green all year round in that greenhouse, even though it was sometimes 10 below outside. A hoop greenhouse doesn’t give the wind a long flat side to blow against, and because heat rises and it is a half circle, even a heavy snow starts melting off within an hour.
You can also build straight-side pitch roof greenhouses with Kwik Clamps and galvanized pipe from Home Depot. The secret to building greenhouses is how you keep the plastic together. You trap the pieces you want to join inside of a channel using a spring. Greenhouse plastic will generally last you four years before it starts to break down and rip. That should be enough time to come up with a plan to get the heck out of the cold.
Building, or at least having the materials on hand for, a smaller greenhouse inside the larger greenhouse is more of an insurance policy. Double-wall plastic on your greenhouse will give you something of an insulating air buffer, but in real greenhouses you hook up a blower to keep air between the layers. A smaller greenhouse, or “cold frame” inside the larger greenhouse is just more insurance, in case it is really dark and dreary for a long stretch or if your main greenhouse fails. Look in the cold frame section at FarmTek, and you’ll find a bunch of short options that could be set up over a water tank.
That melted water also acts as a heater at night, so you may want to keep your base of operations inside the actual greenhouse and sleep there. We are going to get into heat and surviving a cold winter. A greenhouse is going to be your lowest-maintenance option.
Officially we all use over 20,000 gallons of water per year each, but that includes water for irrigating lawns, taking long showers, running dishwashers and all kinds of other stuff that we won’t have any use for in a post disaster world. But anything that you can do to guarantee at least five gallons per day of fresh water per person, the better off you are going to be. You can skimp on a lot of things, but don’t skimp on water. It is a pain to deal with big tanks and gutter systems for collecting rainwater, but if you don’t have any water available without any people between you and the water, do what you have to do to make sure you don’t have to leave your perimeter for the most vital of all survival supplies. Don’t leave home is going to be our theme throughout this series, and water is always going to be the thing you have to leave home for the most.
Washington girl, 11, shoots and kills cougar tracking her brother
Published February 27, 2014 - Associated Press
TWISP, Wash. – An 11-year-old girl shot a cougar that was following her 14-year-old brother to their home at Twisp, in north central Washington, the state Fish and Wildlife Department said.
The female cougar killed last week was about 4 years old and weighed about 50 pounds — half of what it should weigh, said Officer Cal Treser.
“This cougar was very, very skinny,” he said.
It was the third cougar killed in a week in the area just outside Twisp, The Wenatchee World reported Tuesday.
The children’s father, Tom White, had chased the cougar away from their calves twice on Feb. 19. The next day his son went out to feed the dogs and was returning to a basement door when he spotted the cougar following him, Treser said.
“His dad was in there and said, ‘Close the door!’ and there was the cougar, right behind him,” Treser said.
His 11-year-old daughter had a tag to hunt cougars and shot the animal, he said.
So far this winter, Fish and Wildlife agents have tracked and killed five cougars for attacking domestic animals in the Twisp-Winthrop area. Five others in the Methow Valley have been killed by hunters.
The department issued five special permits allowing hunters to use dogs to track and kill cougars in response to an unusual number of cougar problems this winter. There may be more cougars than usual or they may be having trouble finding deer, their usual prey, agents said.
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