“The heightened concern [about the theft of a Toldeo police officer’s duty gun] is the bigger, larger capacity for the magazines. Police have a 15 round magazine, and the legal limit for a civilian is nine. So, there’s six more bullets.” Fremont [OH] Police Chief Tim Wiersma [via wtol.com]
Nat Geo is set to air a documentary series on survivalists: Doomsday Preppers. (Tuesday, February 7, 9pm.) Needless to say, it’s a sandbag job, painting preppers as gun-toting whack jobs. While the nine sample clips on Nat Geo’s webpage are as gun-free and as freak-free as you wanna be—well, as the preppers wanna be—the official promo [above] is whole ‘nother story. It’s all about the guns. Well it would be, wouldn’t it? Nothing says weirdo more than firearms in the “wrong” hands. Ironically, the survivor doc won’t have any of the Survivor crap that makes Top Shot, American Guns and Sons of Guns so unwatchable for many of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia. [h/t to CM Davall]
TTAG commentator Joe sent us a link to this YouTube video of an Officer Involved Shooting outside Carl Jr.’s restaurant in Monterey Park, California [as reported by nydailynews.com]: “The man did not swing the pipe at the officer. When are these people going to understand that if the man had successfully swung the pipe at the officer we would have a dead man and a dead officer? A pipe bender to the skull is deadly, this is not Nerf.” A few minutes later, our correspondent sent a second electronic missive. “What in the world is wrong with the passengers in the car that filmed this? They laugh when the man is shot. Not that he didn’t present a deadly threat the the officer, but it should be sad to anyone when a human being is killed, even when the death is justified.” Amen.
Downrange Sports is your average ordinary gun dealer operating out of Lenox, Illinois. Unfortunately, the village of 25 thousand souls is situated just 36 miles southwest Chicago; a city that is to gun rights what The Wiggles are to Opera. Last December, perps stole guns from Downrange. Twice. Ten guns went walkies in the first theft, five in the second. Despite the relatively small number of weapons pilfered and the fact that cops collared a culprit immediately after one of the break-ins, Mayor Tim Baldermann and the New Lenox Public Safety Committee have had enough. newlenox.patch.com reports that they’ve cooked-up a city ordinance that would have Downrange’s owners wondering if they suddenly woke up in Communist Russia . . .
Last year, we shared Lisa Looper’s Flashbang Bra Holster with the group. According to the product’s tagline, “nothing comes between a girl and her gun” (in this case there’s no room). Despite out prurient interest, or because of it, we had a close look at the system—and filed it under What Could Possibly Go Wrong. (If the first rule of a gun fight is “have a gun,” the second is “get it in your hand in short order and aim it at the aggressor without shooting yourself or anyone else who doesn’t need shooting.”) I ran into the ever-affable Ms. Looper at SHOT. She agreed: the Flashbang Bra viral video was lacking in the safety department. The technique not the system. Be that as it may, she’s devised a better bra holster . . .
Here’s the press release from the National Gun Victims Action Council:
CHICAGO, Jan. 23, 2012 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A nationwide boycott of Starbucks stores and its products will be launched on Valentine’s Day 2012. Its goal is to eliminate the risk of guns in public places and ultimately to bring sane gun laws to the U.S. This boycott is being called by the National Gun Victim’s Action Council (NGAC), a network of 14 million gun victims, the faith community including the: Episcopal Peace Fellowship, United Church of Christ, Fellowship of Reconciliation (46 peace fellowships and 43 affiliate fellowships), secular groups working to reduce gun violence and many of the organizations that support passing sane gun laws. WHY STARBUCKS? . . .
Never take your gun rights for granted. Never believe that “common sense” gun regulations are OK because, well, they seem to make sense. Always keep in mind that the expression “the camel’s nose under the tent” isn’t just an allegory about avoiding insidious calamity; it’s a barely-coded message from God telling you to defend—to the nth degree—your God-given right to protect yourself and your family from evil. Now, where was I? Oh yes, New South Wales. “THE NSW Greens hope to reduce gun numbers in the state with new legislation it is putting before parliament,” heraldsun.com.au reports.
As TTAG has reported previously, Arizona is not waiting for the President of the United States to live up to his Constitutional obligation to protect America’s national borders. The Copper State is creating the Arizona State Guard (a.k.a., militia) to patrol its borders and take on the Mexican drug cartels operating within their territory. Click here for SB1083 which lays the groundwork for the new fighting force. Given Obama’s indifference towards the Mexican drug thugs (or, if you’ve been following our coverage of the ATF Fast & Furious scandal, his active collusion with the Sinaloans) and the DOJ’s de facto amnesty for illegal aliens, the move could ding the CIC’s reelection campaign. I wonder which rifles the Arizona State Guard will purchase . . .
“I learned that a law enforcement injury prevention, tactical fitness and wellness class was given a thumbs down for any officer from a large department because ‘fit cops don’t stop bullets.’ Apparently poor fitness, obesity, stress, substance abuse, chronic fatigue, poor nutrition and disease are acceptable as long as they pay their union dues. Frankly I am appalled and embarrassed,” medic8 writes at fitresponder.wordpress.com. As are some of us at our own waistline. But how important is fitness for someone with a concealed carry permit? How fit are you?
There are times when you do want to hold a Bad Guy (BG) at gunpoint. If the scrote’s got your family hostage at a remote, as-yet-unknown location. Or BG number one’s looking to join-up with the rest of the BGs (falsetto and all), come back and cap yo’ ass. While it could happen and there’s nothing wrong with learning the proper way to detain a stranger, the general rule remains: don’t do it. For one thing, holding a suspected perpetrator with the threat of lethal force could have dire legal consequences . . .
Handgun buyers living in Massachusetts, Washington, D.C. or California must choose their new gat from a state-approved list. Like to keep up with modern handgun design, safety and innovation? California’s added exactly one handgun to their buyers’ list since 2006 (Chris Dumm’s preview to follow.) If the cops catch you with the “wrong” gun you’re going down. In terms of long guns, the Golden State has all sorts of arbitrary and inconsistent rules about “assault rifles.” One thing’s for sure: no .50 caliber rifle for you Dude. Fortunately, the Fifty Caliber Shooters Association (FCSA) is out there, somewhere . . .