“Even the unarmed folk in Brazil are fighting back,” the liveleak.com caption asserts. “As two bandits arrive on their motorbike, one steps off brandishing a gun, and is immediately attacked by his intended victim. Although he appears to get a shot or two off, he retreats and makes a run for it, with our intended victim appearing to be none-the-worse.” And there you have it: go all-in as early as you can. If you’re armed – and we certainly hope you are – don’t necessarily go for your gun at first. That is all.
Congressional Testimony – A Review of the Department of Homeland Security’s Policies and Procedures for the Apprehension, Detention and Release of Non-Citizens Unlawfully Present in the United States
February 25, 2015, delivered by Michael Ronnebeck for the Ronnebeck family
Good morning Distinguished Committee members, my name is Michael Ronnebeck. I am here on behalf of the Ronnebeck Family. I’d like to tell you about my nephew, Grant Ronnebeck . . .
Reader Michael L. writes:
I received a notification that my county police department has instituted a system called Smart911. From my research it is a private company that sells their service to government entities. It is a repository of citizen information available to first responders supposedly. It gets tied into the 911 police system. It talks about uploading photos of all family members, medical records, etc. In about a minute of research I see that noting whether firearms are “stored in the home” is one of their target areas. This is a huge intrusion into gun owners privacy and rights . . .
Reader BP Dealer writes:
By no means is this intended to be the end-all-be-all to firearm purchasing, merely a few quick points I wish somebody had pointed out to me earlier on.
1. Know your item and the law
Do some online research regarding going prices and comparable equipment, as well as legalities (i.e. req’d age for shotgun vs. rifle vs. handgun ownership). An excellent research tool for prices and availability that I use is SlickGuns.com, a site of “deals posted by users.” Excellent sources for legalities are the online dealers themselves (such as Bud’s Gun Shop, GrabAGun) . . .
If you’ve been checking in on TTAG over the last few days, you know that I spent last weekend at the Bushnell Brawl. It was my first precision rifle match, and I had an absolute blast doing it, though I think the time and financial commitments to be successful will keep me from doing it seriously. My first exposure to the community at large was Thursday night at the shooter prep meeting. I stood in this huge barn surrounded by 119 white men, 1 African American guy, 1 guy who was a quasi Pacific Islander, and a sum total of 8 women, 3 competing and 5 there to support their partners. Looking around the room . . .
By John Crump, republished with permission from ammoland.com
A few weeks ago Louis, a 24-year-old combat veteran of the Afghan War, was sitting at home watching the news and saw a story from Iraq that reported on ISIS, an evil organization that was destroying what his brothers-in-arms had worked so hard to secure. The daily reports of atrocities began weighing heavily on Louis. Louis hoped that the U.S. would confront this evil in the same way in which they stopped the NAZI reign of terror during World War II. However, Louis felt that the U.S. was not doing enough. If his own nation would not do something, Louis decided that he needed to get into the fight . . .
“They are telling us what they’re gonna do. They have been telling us what they’re gonna do for six or seven years. It’s the one thing that we really can’t say we’re being shocked and surprised. That’s why the people who profess to be shocked and surprised by (the m855 ammo ban) kind of bother me, because it is happening right now. It started, actually, in 2013. What do you think the government buying up as much ammo as they could in the retail markets was all about? They’re telling us what they’re gonna do. Obama’s making no bones about it. It’s just so people, ‘Nah, he doesn’t, it will never happen.’ That attitude is understandable in a sense. It’s rooted in the fact that, ‘No, we’ve never had a president do this, the Constitution, can’t do that. That’s not the way things happen in America.’ That’s true. But they are happening.” – Rush Limbaugh
“‘This deferred action is a temporary permit,’ says Claudia, who fled from violence in her native Mexico and has been living in the US since 2000. ‘What is going to happen when Mr Obama is no longer president? They are going to know where I am, where my family is. Is it possible that we will all be deported?’ she tells the BBC in El Paso, Texas.” It’s an entirely sensible concern, expressed to the reporter in ‘The silent enemy of Obama’s migrant plans‘ at bbc.com. “Now, with the new executive action, the Obama administration hopes many immigrants will provide their personal details, and it is confident the initiative will not be overturned when a new president comes to the White House in 2017. Remind you of anything? TTAG reader NC sees a parallel . . .
In the recently-surfaced video above, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry tells a group of college students that she hoped that Travyon Martin “whooped the shit” out of George Zimmerman. Even though anti-gunners like Harris-Perry lobby for more and more draconian laws to limit Americans’ ability to defend themselves – in the name of public safety no less – the antis have no respect for the rule of law . . .
Hanging out with JWT, I’ve come across vets who’ve trained Iraqi and Afghan troops in the fine art of firefights. When I ask if our Arab allies are ready to take back Mosul and otherwise kick ISIS ass, well, let’s just say the vets are not entirely optimistic. Still, someone’s got to it, no? [h/t CC]
Reader SAS 2008 writes:
While I agree that M855 should not be classified as armor piercing because its core is not “entirely” composed of the restricted materials, I am concerned that everyone is focusing on M855 and missing the point of the ATF proposal. The title of the document is: ATF FRAMEWORK FOR DETERMINING WHETHER CERTAIN PROJECTILES ARE “PRIMARILY INTENDED FOR SPORTING PURPOSES” WITHIN THE MEANING OF 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(C), So while it may be useful to comment on M855 and U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(B)(i) we had better also comment on the problems with the proposal’s definition of what is primarily intended for sporting purposes . . .
As regular readers know I’ve been hanging out with TTAG writer, combat medic and Bronze Star recipient Jonathan Taylor. (Taylor has just accepted a position creating, establishing and enforcing hiring protocols for veterans seeking gainful employment inside Texas government.) Jon and I have been talking about all sorts of military-related issues, from his service in Afghanistan to the challenges facing returning vets . . .