A John Wayne rifle and a “cowboy six shooter” were among a group of collectible guns stolen from a home in Sarpy County, Nebraska last weekend. The homeowners were out of town when the burglary occurred, but there are indications that the robbers broke out a window and then simply reached in to unlock the deadbolt. The crew removed a half-ton gun safe from its location using the owner’s own dolly, and authorities believe that since the garage was empty, the bad guys simply drove into the garage and closed the door to load up at leisure. I’m presuming the safe was not bolted to the floor or walls . . .
though if the robbers had that much time to work on it, I’m not sure how much difference that would have ultimately made. Also stolen were three flat screen TVs, ten silver dollars and some family jewelry. Police are still searching for clues, and hope that the uniqueness of the stolen items might allow them to track back to who was involved.
Your Lockdown of the Day™ comes from Austintown, Ohio, outside of Youngstown. Austintown Fitch High School was put into a “precautionary lockdown” last Friday due to an empty ammunition box. The empty box from the Vietnam War was left in the lunchroom by a student by accident, and police at the school put a lockdown in place while they made sure it was empty and wasn’t suddenly going to leap into action and start killing people. It turns out the student was learning about the Vietnam War, and had brought the box in for show and tell. The lockdown was lifted after about 20 minutes, and a call went out to parents, as well as a district email about the “incident.” Sigh.
It’s no secret that many Americans’ 401k plans invest in gun manufacturer stocks, because they continue to make money on a steady ongoing basis. But to some folks that seems too much like supporting the guns they hate, so a group called “Campaign to Unload” is seeking to have as many of those investments divested as possible. They’ve got their work cut out for them, as according to the article over at HuffPo, U.S. 401k accounts hold roughly $2 billion in three major gun and ammo makers, out of an estimated $3.5 trillion in total 401k assets. The Campaign has created a website, Unload Your 401k, which pairs a bunch of dubious “facts” about guns with the ability to find out if your retirement plans invest in publicly traded firearm companies. I checked my 401k, as well of those of both my parents and one of my best friends, and every one of them came back with the result that they were “likely invested in three public gun stocks.” All of them? Really? Really. See the second clause of my first sentence if you don’t understand the reason why. Gun companies are proven performers, performance is the name of the game, and any investment group that puts politics over performance doesn’t deserve to have your business.
A group of fast food employees at a Jack in the Box in Fort Worth, Texas locked themselves in a freezer after spotting a group of men toting guns outside, according to police. (Link has autoplay video.) The men turned out to be engaged in an open carry demonstration (Oh boy, here it comes), and some of them were members of Open Carry Texas. Police were called, and arrived to find six men carrying rifles. After speaking to police and concluding their “demonstration,” the men went home, and no arrests were made. OCT’s CJ Grisham (remember him?) denied the reports about employees hiding in the freezer, but Fort Worth police say they stand by their report. Police asked that in the future the OCT give them a “friendly heads up” about their demonstrations, so they can respond appropriately to the inevitable panicked phone calls.
It honestly has very little to do with guns, but it made me chuckle a bit, so here’s episode 5 of Half Cocked from Primary Weapons Systems… (NSFW language)
MattV2099 offers some tips on finding cheap .22LR ammunition. (NSFW language)
OK, so maybe that wasn’t as helpful as I’d hoped. I know people have asked this before, but does anyone ever think we’ll see .22LR again available like it was five years ago? Ever?