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It’s a Mag. Cap World!

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Let me spend a few words talking about magazine capacity and how it will do NOTHING to stop lunatics and criminals but it will affect law abiding citizens and endanger more lives.  I’m going to examine two scenarios and show just what an absurd law this would be.

For Scenario #1 I want you to transport yourself to a land of make-believe where criminals follow some laws before they break other ones.  Specifically, I want you to imagine a world where our bad guy, who is going to steal guns, won’t steal a standard capacity magazine.  So our bad guy takes a bunch of handguns whose standard magazine capacity is, say, 20 rounds and one rifle that has a standard capacity of 30 rounds.  But, being the law abiding criminal, he doesn’t take ANY standard capacity magazine at all; he takes only Ban Compliant 10 Round magazines because it wouldn’t be cricket to kill people with something that is against the law.

So our shooter bad guy goes to a school because the voices in his head that helped him concoct this act of evil tell him it’s time to kill some kids.  Apparently the only better angels of his nature were concerned solely with obeying the magazine capacity law and not killing children, but hey…  So let’s say he leave his rifle in the car (Just as it happened at Sandy Hook) and only takes in the easily concealable handguns.

Now he is going to be in a gun fee zone where he has complete tactical advantage.  He can change magazine at will without any fear of being shot.  Make a gun with your hand.  Pull your “trigger” 10 times with a second pause in between each shot.  That’s about how long it takes someone who isn’t a proficient shooter to reacquire a target.  Now after the 10th shot, pause for, let’s make it 3 seconds.  Even though you can change a magazine in 2 seconds with no training and in less than a second with a little training, we’re going to assume a bit of an adrenaline dump and make a second’s worth of shock that you’re run out of ammo.  Now go back to pulling your trigger again 10 times.   You lost 3 seconds between your standard capacity mag and they neutered 10 round mag.  Not a lot of time when you have the advantage of being the only one with a gun.

BUT WAIT!  Our shooter thought ahead and brought 4 guns(See link above)!  He only has to wait 1 second to draw a new one.  Or he could have had #2 in his left hand.   He could expend two guns worth of ammo, make sure he’s safe, spend 6 seconds loading his guns, then go back to picking off kids who’ve hidden under desks.

The point being, he has tactical advantage.  He can pause, reload, kick, stab, punch, et cetera… all he wants.  And no one can stop him because he’s going to have a loaded gun that can be used on an unarmed defender.   Even if he took in his rifle, he still has NO RESISTANCE so he can do a reload whenever and how ever he likes.  Net result; dead children.  Nothing has changed.

Scenario #2:  A 120 pound lady is walking to her car.  She is assailed by multiple attackers.  She, a law abiding citizen, has purchased a Glock 19 that has a standard magazine capacity of 15 rounds.  But the law clearly states you can only buy 10 round magazines and the gun only comes with a 10 rounder.  There are older 15 round magazines out there, but, when you can find them for sale, they are now $50 or $60 each and she can’t afford that right now.  She’d doing good to afford the gun (used $450 + tax), the Ammo ($220 + tax*), $50 holster or $120 gun purse, and the $200+ for the class and license to carry the gun.  So a RICH PERSON can still get ahold of standard capacity mags, but a work-a-day mom just trying to get back home to her family can’t.

9mm is good defensive round, but it’s not uncommon for it to take upwards of 5 rounds to stop an attack.  That’s a very important thing to remember, a defensive shooter is not trying to kill, but stop that attack RIGHT NOW.  One bullet may kill someone in a few hours without medical attention, but it may take 5 or 6 to STOP that attacker in his tracks.  Add drugs to the mix and you can guarantee that you will need more than one round to STOP someone.

Our lady is observant, she sees the bad guys, she’s doing EVERYTHING right.  But they move to attack her.  She draws her gun.  She fires 5 shots into thug #1, he slows and stops.  She fires 5 rounds into thug #2, he falters.  Because she was smart and carried her gun with a round in the chamber, she is able to put 1 round in thug #3 who doesn’t stop.  He takes a knife, plunges it into her just below the rib cage, makes a downward “J” motion with his arm, and her intestines spill out on her shoes.   She doesn’t make it home.

She didn’t have the tactical advantage so she wasn’t able to reload without being assaulted.  She is now dead, her children get to weep, and her husband has to plan a funeral.  …all because some politician needed to make splash and pay off a special interest group.

“Oh surely this never happens,” you will say.  It’s not a regular occurrence, no.  But multiple attackers and flash mobs are happening more often now.  They are certainly happening more than the media frenzied mass-shootings.  And remember, our directive in the debate is, “…if it saves just one life…”  With a 15 round magazine, our lady is now safely giving her statement to the responding officer.    With a 10 round magazine, the officer is informing a husband and father that his world has fallen apart.

“Why not carry a gun with a bigger bullet?”  Well… Handguns only punch holes.  There is only so much damage you are going to do with a handgun.  Trading “up” to a higher caliber only gives you a little more “oomph” with the trade-off of less accuracy, and the weaker you are, the more pronounced that trade-off is.  That’s one of the reasons the military went to the 9mm round.  The brass hats decided that more rounds and accuracy make up for the less power in the 9mm.  If you are a woman, you should be allowed to use the best caliber that you can shoot.  And for many women, that’s a 9mm.  Taking magazine capacity away will only hurt women shooters forcing them to either HOPE they are only attacked by one person or trying to shoot calibers that are too inaccurate for their frame and strength.

The takeaway from this is simple; restricting magazine capacity is only going to affect law abiding citizens, with women, truly, being the hardest hit.  It will do NOTHING to stop what happened in Newtown, CT from happening again.  It will not stop spree killers and mass shootings.  This is simply a worthless idea being hailed as a cure-all that will only give those who hate the 2nd Amendment momentum, act as a sop for special interest groups, and set the stage for politicians to say, “See, we need to do more,” when the next tragedy hits.   Don’t fall for it.  Call and write your elected officials today and keep the pressure on.

*YEAH!  That’s on the low end.  20 rounds of defensive ammo costs upwards of $20. And you need to run 200 rounds, failure free, though a semi-automatic gun before you can deem it “working properly”.

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Written by lablount

January 18, 2013 at 11:46 am

Once Again, Barack Obama Strives for Perfect Attendance.

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Yesterday, amid great fanfare and spectacle, complete with innocent children as props, President Barack Obama bravely voted, “Present,” dropped back five, and punted.  His 23 Executive Orders were, to put it mildly, a joke.   They were a kin to a kid being told he needed to turn in a seven page paper and he kept typing the same things in different ways page after page.  And if that wasn’t enough, Our President then, with amazing intestinal fortitude (and a straight face) handed Congress the whole mess and said, “Do as I say, not as I do.”

The thing is, The President could have done A LOT of (temporary) damage to the firearms industry with powers he does have.  He could have instructed the BATFE (eye-ee-eye-oh!) to ban the importation of a whole host of guns by deeming them “Not suitable for sporting purposes.”   Now, that would have caused some legal problems because the regs would have to be bent so far as to break, but given Obama’s predilection for full-blow constitutional crises, the legal dust up over the rules for “sporting purpose” would be like fighting a traffic ticket by comparison.

Companies like Glock and Taurus would be hit hard as their manufacturing presence in the U.S. is either small (TaurusUSA) or nonexistent (as with Glock).  All manner of full capacity magazines (30 rounds) could be made illegal to import.  Especially the ones imported for the always maligned “AK-47*” that, apparently, most gun owner agree is evil and, “only belongs in the hands of the military,” never mind the militaries that field the AK-47 are almost all criminal enterprises that terrorize unarmed citizens until the citizens get ahold of their own AKs…   But I digress.

He could have bravely ordered The Acting BATFE(eye-ee-eye-oh!) Director to begin bending the regs and shut down the flow of evil 30 round magazines and semi-automatic weapons into the country from ferrin’ godless lands.  And if you doubt he has the authority to do that, try and find a NORINCO 1911 or NORINCO SKS at your local merchant-of-death.  You can’t.  Not because they’ve been bought up with all the other guns in this crisis, but because Bill Clinton outlawed their importation**.    Not only could Barry ban the importation of guns and parts, but also ammo.

Dear Leader could have CROWED with triumph yesterday then demanded The Congress have the guts that he did.   “I’ve stopped them from commin’ in!  Y’all stop them from getting out!”  Well… maybe not that tag line.  That might not play well with the “Fast and Furious” scandal.  But you get the idea.

However, he didn’t do anything of the sort.  My guess is because he doesn’t have a permanent BATFE(eye-ee-eye-oh!) Director to hide behind.  Regardless of the reason, he stood his prop children on the piled bodies of the dead children of Newtown and tried to yell, “LOOK! ELVIS;” leaving Congress to take the black eye.  Amid all the trappings of perfectly staged photo-op, Our President stared out at the smoking hulk of the Reichstag, where he’d fanned flames only a short time ago, and said, “NOT IT!  But, you, Congress, make me a cake as fast as you can so I can tell them to eat it.”

Now the sad truth of any importation ban is that Glock and other companies like it would just temporarily partner with a U.S. manufacturer to build enough parts for their guns to be considered “Manufactured in the U.S.A.” until they could build or buy their own plants.   Companies like Taurus would just push to expand their U.S. facilities as fast as they could.  The only companies to be permanently affected would be the outliers that only serious gun nuts like me would care about (like NORINCO).  But that wouldn’t stop the narrative that “The President took firm action.”  And in the future when GlockUS opened its doors with jobs for some small community in a Southern state, Dear Leader could just say, “Hey, I did my part, it was those evil Republicans in The House that killed the bill that would have saved just one life (My political one).”

Please don’t get me wrong.  I HATE Executive Orders.  I’m happy Dear Leader didn’t send the rule-of-law into another tailspin with Extra-Constitutional mandates.   I’m happy, both for political and constitutional reasons, Congress has to go on the record with this nonsense.   I fear a deal will be struck that will outlaw private sales and standard capacity magazines.  I fear The House Republicans will cave and pick those low hanging fruits for a compromise.  But they shouldn’t because The President showed he’s not going to do anything more than talk about this.  He’s voted, “Present,” so The Congress should listen to the people, the States, and The Constitution and do the same.

* FYI:  For all the bluster from Dear Leader about AK-47s; REAL AK-47’s are heavily regulated by the NFA of ’34.  You can’t own one without an ok from the ATF, an okie-dokie from your locale’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer, a deep background check by the FBI, $200 for the tax and paperwork, a several month wait, and a spare $10K-$20K for the legally transferable registered weapon itself.   All civilian “AKs” are AIR-QUOTE AKs.  They LOOK like an AK-47 but are simply a semi-automatic version.  It’s like owning a kit version of a real Shelby Cobra. 

** It’s toward the end of the page.  You can see that 1994 was not a good year for the 2nd Amendment and was the high water mark for anti-2A forces.   Just like an aging hippy trying to recapture their youth with a bottle of Cuervo and bag of “glaucoma medicine”, me thinks the haters of the 2nd Amendment are trying to recapture the halcyon hays of joy they used to get in their little black hearts when they could say, “boo,” and everyone would bow to their whims.   Times, and the internet, have changed.  Anyway, if you find the page, “TLDR,” here’s the relevant line:

“Also in 1994, President Clinton, by Executive Order, banned importation of firearms and ammunition from Red China, then a major exporter of AK-47-type semi-automatic rifles.”

And notice the phrase, “AK-47 type.”  See footnote “*”

Written by lablount

January 17, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Conservatives and “Plan B” or… Everything is Proceeding As I Have Foreseen.

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I was looking for a way to discuss this but every time I sat at the keyboard my mind just went, “Meh, not ready yet.  Still hurting.”  The November elections left me in a funk for days. Not so much about the liberal that lost but for the socialist that won.  I processed through the first four stages of grief, added three sub-stages of my own (Pizza, Beer, and Range Time), flirted with Stage five, and still haven’t found a way to get to stages six and seven.

In the back of my mind, however, there was a small feeling of relief: I never had to be date-raped by the Statist Republican Leadership ever again.  Since ’88 they’ve been telling us to shut up and vote for the guy they gave us or there would be this endless parade of horribles.  “If you love America you will do what we say or you’ll get Socialized Medicine, a bottomless pit of debt, an Imperial President, destruction of The Constitution, full on Socialism, overarching federal regulations, destruction of the culture, loss of fee speech, the death of religious freedom, a castrated Second Amendment and, the one thing you fear most… you’ll be paying for abortions and will be materially complicit in the deaths of thousands, if not millions, of babies.”

Well… guess what?  We did vote for posers like W, lairs like his father, moderates like Dole, and out right lefties like Romney.  Heck, we even voted for Wendell Willkie II, or as most know him, John “I thought the media was going to give me a pass” McCain.  Yes, we voted for them because we did fear the worst and held out hope that the GOP was still, somewhere deep down inside, the party of Regan.   After so many trips to the dance with a date someone else picked for us, we were getting tired of being left in the corner while they partied with the pretty girls.  However our love of country and fear of Socialism kept us in line.

We voted for all these losers because we hoped we could stem the tide of fiscal irresponsibility and social decay.  Now, after supporting these abusive boyfriends who, all, at one time or another, threw us under the bus, then blamed us for the disaster they caused, we have almost all the parade of horribles virtually enshrined as official doctrine.   Which means, we have nothing left to lose.  I wondered if others felt the same.  I now have my answer.

Speaker Boehner and his gang of moderate-to-left Republicans were told to “shove it” by The House conservatives on the “Plan B” vote. Immediately, the party elites, fresh from their cocktail parties, all decked out in their golf (or spay-on?) tans, began to mumble about the horribles again.  They complained that now, because of the conservatives, the momentum was now back in The Senate.  No, you sad old fools, it’s back in The Senate because YOU wanted to continue to be Socialist Lite™ and we don’t have to go along with it any more.

Of course Mr. Speaker will have his revenge.  Last week when Mr. Speaker was handing out the goodies and kicked several good conservative reps out of key committees, it became clear that the party elites wanted to clean, well… House, and were happy to lose The House to do it.  I started to wonder how they were going to do it.  They would need some miracle to beat down the real conservatives. Enter Newtown.

If you remember the Columbine shooting and the political barn raising held on the bodies of the dead; the ’94 AWB was passed to make life safe for the children.  Never mind that it did nothing but drive up the price of standard capacity magazines and make the AR-15 the number 1 selling rifle in the U.S.  The purely cosmetic ban was the Left punishing the Right.  … And the left suffered.

America threw a, “…temper tantrum…,” claimed the shocked and distraught Peter Jennings during the ’94 election night coverage, just a few short weeks after the ban passed.  Dems were booted from power left and right.  And I mean Left AND Right.  But the conservative wing of the party never recovered.   The mid-nineties was the official death knell of the Blue Dogs with any power.  The Kennedy wing of the party, although they suffered defeat, was much more entrenched in the leadership and survived to fight another day.

This was all just a byproduct of Clinton’s desire to take the party by the horns and knock down the Congressional leaders who marched into The White House after his inauguration to tell him how things really were going to be.  But they forgot they weren’t dealing with a puppet, they were dealing with a redneck used to getting dirty.  So Willy stood aside and let the Party elites get punted.  Of course, turnabout was fair play in 2008 when Kennedy picked Barry over Hil.

Don’t think Boehner didn’t learn something from this.  He’s going to side with The POTUS and try to allow a bill to pass with the faith that the party elites will survive and the weaker, newer, conservatives will fall even though they would not have voted for it.  The “R” next to their name will be enough to poison support.

Will it work?  I don’t know yet.  But I do not look forward to the next few months.  I’m really afraid that my predictions will come true and I don’t pull off the maniacal laugh thing very well.

But, for the time being, it’s good to see other conservatives exercising the same freedom I feel.  Hopefully it’s the same resignation that led to the Battling Bastards of Bastogne and not The Little Bighorn.

Written by lablount

December 22, 2012 at 12:07 am

The Only One Professional Enough to Dangle a Participle

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One of the great absurdities that people who support The Constitution, and by extension the 2nd Amendment, use to illustrate the absurdity of the anti-gun rights canards, is to change the wording of all their vitriolic assertions and substitute 1st Amendment tools for 2nd Amendment ones.

1)     The public should be allowed no more than one (1) opinion a month.
2)     All Word Processors should be registered.
3)     Only professionals should be allowed to own pen and paper.
4)     The Founding Fathers could never have envisioned the internet and the digital medium is much too powerful for civilians to own.

Well, it seems some of the same champions of Gun Control, the MSM, would be okay with that.  A better commentary on the 1st Amendment hypocrisy can be found here.

Just remember kids, it’s never about Guns or Words, it’s about Control.  They believe they are entitled to it and you can’t be allowed to exercise it.

Will cross post to Dante’s IaFR.   H/T to Phlegmmy

Written by lablount

July 27, 2010 at 10:57 am