Innovative personal defense techniques in anti-gun California . . . ‘2 Guns Pointed at You’: BART Rider Fakes Seizure Upon Being Handed Menacing Note

An Oakland woman on Friday pretended to have a seizure after someone approached her on a BART train and handed her a threatening note, attempting to rob her.

Julie Dragland said she boarded a train in Daly City and was heading home to Dublin when a person in dark clothing climbed onto the train in downtown San Francisco and thrust a note at her.

It read: “There are 2 guns pointed at you now. If you want to live hand back your wallet + phone NOW + do not turn around and be descreet. Do not turn around until after you have left Civic Center + you will live.”

Life imitates art . . . ‘Narcos’ Location Scout Shot and Killed in Mexico

Mexican location scout Carlos Muñoz Portal was shot to death in a violent region in central Mexico Monday while scouting for season four of Netflix’s hit show “Narcos.” The seasoned scout, who worked for Stacy Perskie’s Mexico City-based production company Redrum, has a slew of high profile credits to his name, including, “Sicario,” “Spectre,” “Fast & Furious” and “Apocalypto.”

Netflix issued the following statement: “We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family. The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate.

Anti-gun actor will no longer use his very particular set of skills in action movies . . . Liam Neeson Has Kicked His Last Ass

On Tuesday, the 65-year-old actor told a crowd at the Toronto International Film Festival that he is officially retiring from action movies, Sky News reports.

“They’re still throwing serious money at me to do that stuff,” he said during press for his definitively-not-action film Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House, about the Watergate source. “I’m like: ‘Guys, I’m sixty-fucking-five.’ Audiences are eventually going to go: ‘Come on.'”

The Liberal Gun Club clarifies their position . . . The Trace LGC interview comments

As to the factual correction. The members survey we did earlier this year shows overwhelming support among our members (66%) for this part of our platform:

We favor enforcement of existing regulations over the creation of new regulatory schemes.

Our membership did not indicate in the survey an overwhelming YES to Universal Background Checks. It’s a topic we’ve debated internally for years, and as is the case with many of our positions and takes on things, the answer is much more complicated than a simple yes or no, as the devil is in the details on this kind of thing.

No, but that’s not why he did it . . . Cardinal Cupich’s ban on guns won’t make churches safer

A picture on a church or school door of a gun in a red circle with an X over it is unsettling. It is not conducive to interior peace nor prayer, defeating the purpose of a church or a school. It is an open invitation for radicals to come in and start shooting.

The cardinal’s intentions are good, but he is living in a fantasyland to think that the “no guns” sign will keep out radicals with evil intentions.

These are not friends of ours . . . US nixes proposal to let Turkey guards buy guns

The Trump administration has withdrawn a proposal to let Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security guards buy $1.2 million in U.S.-made weapons, a congressional official said Monday, following violence against protesters during Erdogan’s visit to Washington this spring.

Earlier this year, the administration told Congress it planned to allow New Hampshire gunmaker Sig Sauer to sell the weapons, which include hundreds of semi-automatic handguns and ammunition. The notification triggered a period in which Congress could review the deal before final approval is granted. The weapons would have gone to an intermediary in Turkey for use by Erdogan’s presidential security forces.

That was pretty much the point . . . The gun registry’s legacy – creating needless paperwork criminals

Goodale also brought Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould along to reassure the government’s rural caucus his law to preserve an archive of old firearms records was not really a stealthy attempt to resurrect the registry.

The fear of such a “backdoor” registry is very real among gunowners, and rightly so.

Recall that during the tumultuous flooding in High River, Alberta in the spring of 2013, Mounties went door-to-door breaking into hundreds of homes looking for firearms. In the name of finding survivors, officers searched homes that were untouched by flood waters but where, it was later learned, there were registry records of guns in the home.

During some searches, Mounties also seemed to be checking list of guns from the registry, even though all registry records were supposed to have been deleted nearly a year earlier.

OMG! An NRA Sweepstakes! In the mail! OMG! . . . The Day I Got 23 Guns in the Mail

“You and I know our enemies are not going away if we lay down our arms now,” it reads. “They have more resolve than ever. And they’re promising to fight on and never surrender. Again, you don’t have to join NRA to enter the sweepstakes. It won’t improve your chances of winning. But your NRA membership will definitely improve your chances of holding the line against those who would like nothing more than to destroy your freedom. Standing together under the NRA banner is the best guarantee for the long-term survival of our freedom, our heritage and our American way of life.”

Ah, yes, the gilded buzzword: “heritage.” What are the fruits of this heritage? Colonialism, white supremacy, fear and rage, all wound together to facilitate a national bloodbath that has killed more people than smallpox.  Mr. LaPierre would have his followers believe in a horde of liberal gun-grabbing brigands looming over the horizon, just waiting for the right time to strike. Five years ago, 20 children and 6 staff members were slaughtered at Sandy Hook Elementary School with a gun very much like the one Mr. LaPierre wants to give me today. The fact that I received this gun-swaddled sweepstakes mailer in the first place is proof positive that nothing, but nothing, has changed.

32 Responses to Vedder Holsters Daily Digest: Improvisational Self Defense, No More Ass-Kicking and Cutting Off the Turks

  1. Yeah old Liam whining about 65. My pastor is 71 and has boxing video’s on YouTube. Shockingly great shape…what’s up with the terrible Turks?!? Why do they need American pistols? I thought they made some fine Canik,Sars and others. Odd…or is it?😫

    • That is nothing. At the warehouse I work at I semi-regularly see two truck drivers that are both 85 years old. One of them has “only” been driving for 20 years (got bored with retirement), and the other has been at it 69 years now. When he started driving the interstate highway system was still ten years away from being authorized, there was no such thing as hours of service regulations, and some states didn’t even issue drivers licenses.

      I should probably note though that neither of these drivers are full-time anymore. They both just do short local runs for 5 – 6 hours per day 2-4 days per week.

  2. I’ve seen the first two seasons of Narcos. Can’t speak for the third season yet, but what I’ve seen so far is superb TV. The kind of stuff most TTAG guys and gals will probably appreciate. Action, drama, grit, realistic gunplay, and it’s all historically-based. It’s also about as family-unfriendly as it gets, so wait until the young’uns are in bed to fire it up on Netflix. Be prepared to binge watch.

    • Season 3 is every bit as good as the first two. There is one gun thing which irks me on the show, no one, to include DEA agent Pena uses a holster. Were they not invented in the early 90s?

  3. “Nothing has changed”? He quite obviously does not live in or under the strictures of the “Gun Safety Act of 2013” passed while the revulsion over the atrocity in Newtown was still fresh in the minds of the already firearms-hating liberals of the Leftistlature in the People’s Demokratik Republik of Maryland.

  4. Canada’s gun lists, once destroyed, are not quite as destroyed as they once thought? How inconceivable!

    Paperwork criminals in canada when some of them decide that being on the “once destroyed but not destroyed list” is not the “list but not list” isn’t where they want to be? How Inconceivable!!!

    Note to California….this is our future.
    How Inconceivable!!!

    Created: 9/18/17 @ 7:12 PST

  5. “The cardinal’s intentions are good, but he is living in a fantasyland to think that the “no guns” sign will keep out radicals with evil intentions.”

    I have to say, if your prayers will not keep out “…radicals with evil intentions…” what makes you think a sign on the door will work?

  6. The fix for Canada is to fire any Mountie or member of any police department caught with any part of that list and put those suspected of using it on permanent desk work with no phone or internet until they quit. The likely hood of this is nil but there is no other way to deal with data that has escaped into the wild.

    This is why no one should ever register any firearm no matter what law the legislature passes or regulation the executive branch writes. Police departments will have plenty of employees willing to break laws because they feel their ends justifies the means.

    • Canadian Gun confiscations: If it was to concurrently happen here in the USA. Then my recommendation for We the People would be to make such an act by the Law Enforcement community a “Capital Crime.”
      With $ 250k in compensatory dispensation to the citizen (victim.). Plus, Damages for each Constitutional Infringement. Mandatory 5 year jail time for this level of violation of the public trust! Mandatory 10 years if a US citizen is murdered while LE is carrying out ILLEGAL, and UNConstitutional activities of this nature! Automatic Defunding of the Police Department, or agencies involved! This is encompassing all rank and file Police officers…Including administration….

      • POS (D) cleansing would be faster and last longer, till the evil bred itself back up until you had to do it again.

        That’s what we promise each other in the Declaration of Independence. Remember too, a fight to the death is what’s promised in the Declaration of Independence.

        “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
        . . .That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security”

        https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript

  7. WOW
    Filled my freekin bingo card. Let’s see:

    F:
    Canada
    Mexico
    LGC
    Turkish muslim horde (and their best weapons are stolen designs and technology at best)…

    Holy crap, I forgot all the rest.

    Tell the (communist tyranny loving) Cardinal to pound salt.

    • I’m at an airport headed to CA now. Gunless. :/ I would probably call their bluff, but I hope I won’t have to find out. And I wouldn’t be a likely target anyway. Still young enough and strong enough that I don’t look like a soft target quite yet. (Although my belly has gotten ‘softer’ the last couple years.)

      • So, in here TX, if the lady presented someone with such a note, he’d probably grab her around the neck, stick his gun in her ear, and say loudly, “OK you two, let’s see what you got!” Probably why no one does that here. Of course, in the San Fran area, that’s not too feasible, at least not legally.

    • I think I would call their bluff, if for no other reason than because it wouldn’t even occur to me that someone could be serious about it, especially if I’m in a public place.

      Maybe, if I were being more cautious, I might stare at the paper and use my little bit of college Japanese to pretend like I don’t comprehend.

      “Nandesuka? Sumimasen! Boku no supeingo amari yokunai!”

  8. “Cardinal Cupich’s ban on guns”?
    Tell his guards to disarm first.
    When the pope tells his guards to disarm I will no longer call him a hypocrite.

    • “JESUS in Matthew 26:52 speaking to his apostle Peter, in the garden at Gethsemane, after Peter’s cutting off the ear of one of the servants of the high priest’s with a sword, “Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” While the latter of that bible passage is most used (cited), it should be
      noted that Peter had the sword, that he had it with him, that he was OBVIOUSLY not unfamiliar with its swift employment, and that the LORD had to still-him from further carnage after drawing blood. The Author posits that it should be well noted too, that JESUS did not tell Peter to throw the sword away, or even to lay it on the ground. JESUS merely told Peter to store it on his person from where it was drawn.” [J.M. Thomas R., TERMS, 2012, Pg. 51]

  9. As for BART incident, If the perps are American’s I’ll speak Spanish and say No Habla, if Latino I’ll hit them with German, Nichts Spreachen but a good old faint or heart attack routine works as well.

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