According to reports at yahoo.com Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper spend 15 minutes in a closet as a gun battle raged outside the caucus room he was in. “Harper initially sought to escape the room through a side door, but was urged to stay put. ‘Someone knew there was a closet there, so they stuck him in there,’ a source told the Globe & Mail.” How did the rest of the MPs prepare to defend themselves? “Several Tory MPs began fashioning spears out of flagpoles to protect themselves. ‘These guys were up there holding these spears ready to impale anyone who came in,’ the source said. News images of the frantic scene also showed antique tables and green leather chairs stacked against the door as a barricade against the gunman.” Perhaps a few Canuck legislators will consider concealed carry as a more robust personal defense choice in the future. And extending that option to all Canadians wouldn’t go amiss either.
By Prescott Paulin
Remember the time our government told us plastic sheeting and duct tape were enough to protect against biological agents and dirty bombs? The Obama Administration is next in line for this logic by allowing the CDC to claim “Enhanced Ebola Screening” (EES) is taking place in the United States, which debuted last week in Chicago alongside rollouts at four other major U.S. airports. Government workers carrying a firearm are more likely to receive effective training and personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect them against biological agents like Ebola, yet many of our border protection and screening agents in airports do not carry firearms . . .
As the lawsuits — many of them filed and pursued by Judicial Watch — have wound their way through the courts, the Obama administration has been less and less successful in kicking the Fast and Furious can much farther down the road. Not that they aren’t still trying. Attorney General Eric Holder – the first AG to be held in contempt of Congress for his assiduous lack of cooperation – has finally come to the realization that soon the entire sordid story will be disgorged from the Justice Department’s files. If, that is, they don’t experience mass hard drive failures a la the IRS. In any case, Holder has decided that now’s the time to get the hell out while the getting is good. In a long-delayed just-released accounting of the related evidence the most transparent administration in history has been sitting on . . .
For some reason ‘behind the scenes’ videos are de rigeur these days. Recently we’ve had the GLOCK 41 tactical shoot which was impressive in its scope. And God knows the Utah National Guard won’t forget the Hot Shots calendar shoot any time soon. So with the year winding down toward its conclusion, Magpul’s now putting together their 2015 calendar featuring some easy-on-the-eyes operators, too. The super-quick cuts employed here make your average music video look like a Fellini film by comparison, so if you’re epileptic, consider yourself warned. But the bluesy Blind Boy Fuller tune is worth pressing play on its own. Enjoy.
When three wayward yoots forced Kenneth Byrd, his wife and granddaughter to the rear of their home, they complied, opening a safe and handing over cash. But when one of the three moved to rape the girl, out came Mr. Byrd’s mohaska. As wmbfnews.com reports, “The man was then able to retrieve a weapon and several shots were fired between the man and the suspects in the house. The man was struck multiple times by gunshots and the suspects then fled the scene in his vehicle.”
GoDaddy founder Bob “Parsons, a gun owner and member of the National Rifle Association, says that firearms aren’t to blame for mass shootings. That’s a hotly-debated and emotional topic, especially after a gunman killed 20 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.” Really, inc.com? Only the most rabid hoplophobes actually blame inanimate firearms for causing mass shootings. But this isn’t about media-driven ignorance or agitprop, it’s about Parsons’ vocal support for Second Amendment rights . . .
It seems America’s government-run education system provides almost weekly examples of pants-wetting idiocy wherever firearms are concerned. Whether it’s students being suspended for infractions such as biting their food into the shape of a pistol, or pointing a pencil at another kid and saying, “bang”, institutionalized hoplophobia runs amok in our public schools. Which is why it’s so sadly surprising when a school system – in this case, in Broken Bow, Nebraska – tacks the other way . . .
As usual, Billy Johnson has his finger on the pulse of Gun Nation. Nothing gets gun owners’ hackles up quite like open carry. Just read the comments under any TTAG post that touches on the subject, sit back and watch the fur fly. But whether you think open carry is needlessly inflammatory or a right rightly exercised, there’s little doubt that demystifying firearms can only redound to the benefit of The People of the Gun. The fewer non-gun types who freak out at the mere sight of a holstered hog leg, the better it is for gun rights in general. Billy suggests taking a noob to the range. Some of you believe that, yes, open carrying regularly will desensitize the overly sensitive. What’s the best way to demystify guns for a gun-ignorant public?
According to nytimes.com, the shootings in and around the Canadian parliament in Ottawa were carried out by at least two shooters. “At least two gunmen traumatized the heart of the Canadian government on Wednesday, with one shooting a soldier guarding the National War Memorial and then entering the adjacent Parliament building, where multiple rounds were fired. Shooting also was reported at a nearby shopping mall . . .
“A soldier (not pictured above) has been shot at Ottawa’s War Memorial in Canada, near the parliament, after a gunman opened fire. The soldier was being treated by paramedics and police rushed on the scene. Witnesses told CBC News that the suspected shooter was carrying rifle.” The report from ibtimes.co.uk has no information as to the soldier’s condition. Another attack on two Canadian soldiers yesterday – that one vehicular – killed one and injured the other. That incident is now being called a terrorist attack by a radical Islamic convert. Canada is part of the coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria. There’s no information yet whether the two crimes are related in any way. More as details emerge.
UPDATE: bbc.com reports that the gunman continued shooting inside Canada’s Parliament building – “Witnesses reported seeing a gunman firing at the Ottawa War Memorial and then running toward the government buildings, where more shots were heard. A soldier has been wounded in the attack, Canadian media report. The incident came hours after Canada raised its terror threat level from low to medium. A soldier was killed in a hit-and-run earlier in the week. Two Canadian MPs later said the gunman was killed, but that has yet to be confirmed.”