March 17, 2017 Newsletter by Jeff Pittman
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House Committee on Oversight and Government Activities Chair Jason Chaffetz saw that ATF/DOJ was continuing to stonewall Congress on their Gunwalker debacle by not showing up for a committee hearing, and he immediately issued subpoenas for Associate Deputy Director Ronald Turk and Dallas Field Division Special Agent in Charge William Temple to appear on March 22.
Ronald Turk is the one who wrote the “leaked” ATF white paper discussing relaxing a bunch of federal gun regulations.
Litigation — by Enemies and Idiots
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman says that a citizen “does not have a Second Amendment right to possess a Taser or a stun gun – even within his own home …”
Apparently it’s illegal to carry loaded guns on your boat in Tennessee. Who knew? But there’s a bill in the TN legislature now to fix that.
The US House of Representatives has passed The Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act (H.R. 1181), a bill that protects the due process rights of veterans, in a 240-175 vote. The Act would overturn the VA’s gun bans for non-prohibited veterans who receive disability benefits and use a fiduciary to help manage those benefits. The bill now moves to the Senate.
“American Guns” star convicted
Star of the reality TV show “American Guns” Richard Wyatt, 53, who ran a Denver-area gun shop called Gunsmoke that was featured on the Discovery Channel show in 2011 and 2012, was found guilty in a federal court in Denver last week on 10 felony criminal counts related to fraud, conspiracy and tax evasion, including selling guns without a license and failing to disclose $1.1 million in income to the IRS. The jury was hung on three charges of illegally importing weapons. The convictions mean Wyatt is facing up to 15 years in prison.
Prosecutors said Wyatt lost his federal firearms license in 2009, but still negotiated a contract with the Discovery Channel to star in the show while selling guns without a license in a conspiracy with other gun shops that were licensed.
“American troopers, practicing amphibious landings, during wartime, in contested waters, were not armed that day!”
Pay close attention to the Lessons:
And a repeat about “active killer” events
Ron Borsch, a retired career lawman and SWAT cop and consultant trainer for the Bedford (Ohio) Police Department specializing in tactically training first-responders, then head of the Southeast Area Law Enforcement Academy in Bedford, has found that active mass killers will kill or wound about 4.7 people per minute.
Dennis Kennedy, of Swanson Tactical — Counterterrorism Institute of America, Ogden, UT also notes that in active shooter events, someone dies every 25 seconds.
EVERYONE notes that the killings continue until someone offers effective resistance.
The AVERAGE police response time to 911 emergency calls varies from 4 to 11 minutes, depending on the department and information source. But in the best case, one could expect 4 minutes, times one death per 25 seconds, equals a minimum of 9.6 deaths between the 911 call and the first officer on the scene.
But before you do, think about 911 problems, like the “ghost calls” and response delays plaguing Dallas this month.
A 17-year-old student, identified as the son of a French politician and reportedly armed with a rifle, two handguns and two grenades (probably improvised or training rounds), opened fire on Thursday at Alexis de Tocqueville high school in the southern French town of Grasse, injuring somewhere between 2 and 8 people including the headmaster. The attack was carried out after the student had watched American-style mass shooting videos, and does not appear to be linked to terrorism. The student was arrested in possession of multiple weapons after the attack. Authorities are investigating the possibility of a second perpetrator.
France has very strict gun control, prohibits possession by minors, and apparently prohibits grenades. Oh, and apparently school administrators are unable to provide any defense. Kinda like the French Army, which I don’t believe has won a war in over 200 years.
British media reports that acid attacks are occurring with alarming frequency in London, with nearly 1,500 recorded since 2011. That’s in London alone. Nearly 80% percent of acid attack victims in the city are men, but globally, 80% of victims are women.
MS Self defense
21-year-old Deondra Deshun Tillman died shortly after 2:15 a.m. Saturday after he broke into a Columbus, MS, home earlier in the morning, where the homeowner confronted him and stabbed him twice in the upper body.
Don’t open that door — Ayoob
“I think open carry (and concealed-carry) laws, with all due deference to the Second Amendment, which I support…are dangerous to any community because of the epidemic of mental health issues throughout this country.” — senior federal judge Walter H. Rice of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
One could say the same about certain senior federal judges.
Coffee County, AL, Sheriff Dave Sutton is urging county commissioners and residents to contact state lawmakers in opposition to Senate Bill 24, which would make it legal for a non-prohibited person to carry a concealed weapon without obtaining a government-issued permission slip. Sutton also said “It is not about our second amendment rights…” Of course it is. That is EXACTLY what it’s about. He’s lying. Pelham Police Chief Larry Palmer said essentially the same thing, while the Alabaster City Council voted unanimously to oppose the bill.
“A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power.” — Abraham Lincoln
Dept. of Idiocy
New York is getting rid of a literacy exam for prospective teachers, known as the Academic Literacy Skills Test, because not enough minority applicants were passing it. In other news, they’re probably also plotting to change the value of pi to 3.0, because that other number is too hard to remember.
For the second time in a week, we have a report of a Darwin candidate being struck by a train. This time, a female aspiring model was standing on some tracks in Texas while wearing high heels during a photo shoot. Because, stupid. When a train came by, she moved over onto another track and was struck and killed by a second train.
It has been my observation that very few people who aren’t on or very near tracks are hit by trains. That’s a hint for anyone sensible enough to take it.
The Only Ones
Lee Coel, the Punta Gorda, FL police officer who shot (4 times) and killed a retired librarian during a citizens police academy course when he used a real gun and live ammunition in a force-on-force demo, has been terminated by his department as he awaits trial for manslaughter. According to investigative reports and crime scene photos released this week, Coel mistakenly loaded CCI Blazer .38 Special hollow-base wadcutter aluminum-cased ammo, instead of similar-looking Winchester blank rounds, into his Smith & Wesson .38 Special Airweight revolver.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. (Sheriff Jim McDonnell) is spending $300,000 in a cosmetic makeover to upgrade some of the metal bits on its 9,100 deputies’ uniforms from silver to gold in color, in order to match the badges and other bits. Included are belt buckles, snaps, baton rings and key holders. Meanwhile, the Department is experiencing chronic staff shortages, a Taser shortage, and a $250 million budget deficit in a $3 BILLION budget.
We have reports that a Hinds County, MS, Sheriff’s Deputy Daryl Ethan Davis, 26, and his girlfriend, Lakrisna Myers, 28, were fatally shot in her home in Madison County this week. Myers was employed by a private company and worked at the Hinds County detention center as a nurse. The autopsy report concluded that Myers shot and killed Davis and then shot herself several times. We also have a report that she was arrested several years ago for shooting another man but was acquitted of the charge. That record was later expunged.
One report says that authorities say off-duty veteran Cincinnati police officer David Jenkins, 45, was drunk when he pointed an AR rifle at fellow officers responding this week to a 911 call about a fight at an apartment building. Police radio traffic confirmed that a responding officer claimed Jenkins “pointed an AR-15 at me.” Another report says that Jenkins was carrying the rifle while intoxicated off duty to engage in police activity by searching hallways, and that the rifle is likely a personal one. Jenkins has been a Cincinnati police officer since 2002. He’s been charged with misdemeanor crimes of using weapons while intoxicated and disorderly conduct, and placed on desk duty at the PD. Apparently no charge for pointing the rifle at responding officers.
In southern California this week, a suspected robber accidentally shot himself with his own gun when his intended victim took exception to the crime and jumped in his car and ran over the perp, leaving him in critical condition.
I think I saw that episode of Road Runner…
Watch where you point that thing.
1,000 yard handgun shoot
Have you heard of the 1,000 yard handgun shoot? Me either.
Florala, Alabama’s City Council has voted to authorize the discharge of firearms in the city limits to kill feral hogs, which have been making pigs of themselves in the city. There is no closed season. Florala is located along the AL/FL line north of Fort Walton.
GM has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will be closing these 32 of its 162 stores in the immediate future:
- Texas  – Houston, Killeen, Laredo, Lubbock, Round Rock, San Antonio, Sugar Land, Texarkana, Waco, West Houston
- Alabama  – Gadsden, Mobile, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa
- Georgia  – Augusta, McDonough, Snellville
- Illinois  – Algonquin, Champaign, Springfield
- Minnesota  – Mankato, Rogers, Woodbury
- Indiana  – Greenfield, Merrillville
- North Carolina  – Raleigh, South Charlotte
- Wisconsin  – Eau Claire, Germantown
- New York  – New Hartford
- Tennessee  – Chattanooga
- West Virginia  – Charleston
Chapter 11 bankruptcy allows GM to clean up, consolidate as needed, refinance debt, reorganize and potentially sell the company without too much disruption for their customers.
Remington trigger update
Judge Ortrie D. Smith, of the US District Court for the Western District of Missouri, has given approval to the class action settlement involving some 7.5 million allegedly defective Remington guns, allowing the owners of some of Remington’s Model 700 and variants to have their triggers replaced free of charge. Apparently the settlement includes both the Walker and X-Mark triggers as described below:
- Current owners of Remington Model 700, Seven, Sportsman 78, 673, 710, 715, 770, 600, 660, XP-100, 721, 722, and 725 firearms containing a Remington trigger mechanism that utilizes a trigger connector;
- Current owners of Remington Model 700 and Model Seven rifles containing an X-Mark Pro trigger mechanism manufactured from May 1, 2006 to April 9, 2014 who did not participate in the voluntary X-Mark Pro product recall prior to April 14, 2015; and
- Current and former owners of Remington Model 700 and Model Seven rifles who replaced their rifle’s original Walker trigger mechanism with an X-Mark Pro trigger mechanism.
Remington is also offering a voucher worth between $10 to $12.50 for models that are too old to qualify under the lawsuit. Those Models include the 600, 660, 721, 722, 725 and XP-100.
I have just finished reading Chris Bird’s book, “Surviving a Mass Killer Rampage.” It is very good. You should get a copy and read it — with a highlighter.
- Thunder Ranch now has online training.
- Browning’s new A5 Sweet 16 shotgun was chosen by Sporting Classics Magazine as their Awards of Excellence Shotgun of the Year for 2017. Now if they could only get the price under $1k. And if someone would make 16 ga. ammo with big lead shot (between #4 birdshot and #1 buck).
- “Stop the Threat” TV seasons 7 & 8 are now available on demand, free, for Amazon Prime members.
- Ruger has announced three new pistols: a .45 Ruger American Pistol Compact with a manual safety, a Mark IV competition model, and a Mark IV 22/45 Tactical, which includes Picatinny rails top and bottom and a threaded muzzle.
- Winchester Repeating Arms has introduced a new Model 1866 (“Yellow Boy”) Short Rifle in .44-40 (.44 WCF) and .38 Special. 20″ barrel, 39″ OAL, full length mag, 7 lbs. $1300.
- Sako (Sock-Oh) has introduced two new rifles: the Sako 85 Black Wolf (ergonomic), and the Sako 85 Exige (take-down). The Black Wolf features a laminated wood button-adjustable stock with ergonomic pistol grip, and double forend sling studs. .22-250 – .300 Win. Mag. The Exige comes apart at the stock/receiver interface and is available in stainless as well as blued. .22-250 – .375 H&H.
- Hornady has SBR-specific ammo
- Leupold has two new lightweight carbon fiber bipods that use magnetic mounts for quiet deployment. One is 6.5″–9.5″ while the second is 9.5″–13.5″. They weigh 5.5 oz. and 6.5 oz. respectively. $339. Or for that money, just buy another rifle to prop your rifle on.
- Tiger McKee has a new book out: “AR-15 Skills & Drills: Learn to Run Your AR Like a Pro” (also available at Amazon)
Quote of the Week
“One of these days, these people keep robbing people, they’re going to run into a person legally carrying a gun and we won’t need to go to court. They’ll end it.” – Saginaw, Michigan Police Chief Bob Ruth