April 27, 2018 Newsletter by Jeff Pittman
The NRA Annual Meetings 2018 will be held in Dallas May 4-6. Fun and mostly free.
Virulently anti-gun CDC Agrees with DGU Stats, Declines to Publish Study Results
In fact, there were three separate studies, the largest ever conducted, and each one was suppressed.
“In an average year during 1996–1998, 2.46 million U.S. adults used a gun for self-defense. ….CDC’s results, then, imply that guns were used defensively by victims about 3.6 times as often as they were used offensively by criminals.”
Three shooting attacks were reported from three different Waffle House restaurants across the country last week. Waffle House is a “gun free” zone. We also note that in the case of the Nashville area Waffle House attack claiming 4 dead victims, the apparently warped perpetrator (with a history) had previously had his guns confiscated (and returned) and his state license to possess weapons revoked after a previous arrest by the US Secret Service for encroaching on a restricted area near the White House. Meanwhile, the NY Daily News says the Nashville massacre is the NRA’s fault, while MSNBC blames the rifle and the “pro-gun culture,” and the Chicago Tribune blames President Trump and the NRA.
Actual Headline: “Machete Attack Every 90 Minutes in ‘Gun-Free’ Britain”
No reports of any defensive shootings of any attackers. Meanwhile, Britain moves to ban points on knives.
The largest mass shooting in US history. 297 dead, including 200 women and children.
How to Stop a Massacre
We’ve noticed that there are now a lot of “training” sessions going on purporting to teach folks at various workplaces how to survive an “active shooter” type mass killing event. Many of these classes are “taught” by law enforcement personnel. But apparently a lot of what they’re teaching is NOT what works.
- Find out what Officer Whoever would do if such a killer came in his police station and attempted to shoot the place up.
- Do that.
(It probably does not involve hiding in the closet, turning off the lights, or throwing staplers.)
You may have seen the report that YETI has declined to do any more business with the NRA Foundation, saying they no longer wish to be an NRA vendor, and refused to say why. The NRAF and NRA-ILA (NRA’s political arm) indicated that this was an “anti-gun” move by YETI.
The report came from Marion Hammer of the Unified Sportsmen of Florida, a state NRA affiliate, and not from the NRA or the Foundation. Hammer is a former NRA President.
However, I have also received a YETI communication that was sent to a YETI dealer which stated that YETI was eliminating a group of outdated discounting programs and was instead offering an alternative customization program available to many groups, including the NRAF. YETI further states that it is “unwavering in our belief in and commitment to the Constitution of the United States and its Second Amendment.”
Hammer also said “In early March, YETI refused to place a previously negotiated order from NRA-ILA, citing ‘recent events’ as the reason – a clear reference to the tragedy in Parkland, Florida. YETI then delivered notice to the NRA Foundation that it was terminating a 7-year agreement and demanded that the NRA remove the YETI name and logo from all NRA digital assets, as well as refrain from using any YETI trademarks in future print material.” The NRA-ILA has concurred in this assessment on its website.
(Note that the NRA Foundation is NOT the NRA itself, but is a separate, related nonprofit charitable organization whose activities are limited to education, safety training, range development and promoting the shooting sports, as well as supporting law enforcement agencies. It does no lobbying, campaigning or other political work.)
Some not-extra-bright NRA members are blowing up their overpriced YETI coolers with Tannerite.
Meanwhile, Orca, RTIC, Pelican and Bison, all of which make competing coolers, have doubled down with statements supporting the Second Amendment and/or NRA.
Regulation Would Outlaw Semiautos
- “Michael Hammond: Trump Bump Stock Regulation Could Ban Millions of Semi-Automatic Rifles“
New US Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) Has Signed On To The National CCW Reciprocity Bill
An eighth-grade student at Kendyl Depoali Middle School in Reno is suing Nevada’s Washoe County School District (WCSD) on First Amendment grounds in US District Court in Reno after he was disciplined and told to cover his pro-gun T-shirt because it was in violation of the district’s dress code, which prohibits depictions of “anything that promotes weapons.”
One of the offending shirts promotes the Firearms Policy Coalition and features the words “Don’t Tread On Me” and a coiled snake. It also includes references to the Second Amendment and other “constitutional themes,” but has no image of a firearm. In other words, WCSD says you can’t promote the US Constitution, because the WCSD disagrees with the message.
The lawsuit was filed by the student through his parents with backing by the Firearms Policy Foundation and the Firearms Policy Coalition. The WCSD’s president is Katy Simon Holland. The offending teacher is Brooke May.
Firearms Policy Foundation’s New Free Speech Guide for K-12 Schools
The next time the topic of armed teachers in schools comes up, consider the VERY good question: “Are Teachers More Dangerous Than Mass Murderers?” Insist on an answer. Don’t stop until you get it.
High School students at some 200 high schools across the country are preparing to stage a walkout on Wednesday, May 2 to demonstrate “Standing for the Second Amendment.”
Why Are Kids Shooting Up Schools, Etc? Because We Teach Them To.
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, a scholar, soldier, speaker, one of the world’s foremost experts on human aggression, trains soldiers to kill, to overcome their inhibitions, and he sees the same impassionate techniques aimed at our kids, with predictable results. Kids never used to commit mass murder. We’re encouraging psychotic behavior, teaching the mechanics, and predictably getting the horrendous results.
Department of Idiocy
An 11-year-old El Paso boy illegally crossing a highway was struck and killed by traffic last week while participating in an “organized” school walkout protesting guns. No charges have been filed against the adults “responsible” for the walkout or letting the kids play in traffic. Xavier De La Torre, the superintendent of the Ysleta Independent School District, said “What we’ve come to understand is that there are students out there that are very vocal, that are going to be our future leaders that are going to insist upon walking out.”
Well Mr. Torre, that is the wimpiest cop-out I’ve ever heard. And there’s one student that won’t be a future leader because YOU let him walk away from school and across a busy highway, all because YOU ARE too irresponsible and politically correct to be in charge of anything, and because his “adult” parents didn’t teach him not to play in traffic.
Penn State’s 98-Year-Old Outing Club Is No Longer Allowed to Go Outside. Because, well, stupid. We hasten to add that Penn State is no longer an acceptable university.
The University of Utah now has a “cry closet” in the library, where students (and I presume faculty) can go cry about their exam stress.
A 5-year-old North Carolina girl was suspended from school for a day after she wielded a “gun-shaped” stick and imitated shooting to “protect the royals from an intruder into the kingdom” during a made-up game on the playground, thereby “posing a threat to other students.” The Hoke County School Superintendent Freddie Williamson. That probably should read “Hokey.”
Another boy was suspended from school pending a police investigation because he went to a gun range with his father.
Best Headline of the Week: “Schools Are Teaching Kids to Use Their Body, Not Their Mind, To Affect Politics”
The Newtown Action Alliance and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence have begun a petition campaign to have the Justice Department rescind a $2.4 million grant made for Project Childsafe, an NSSF program “committed to promoting firearms safety among firearms owners through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm safety kits.”
These are gun ban groups, plain and simple, and they are lying when they talk about gun safety. They just proved it.
Here’s Project Childsafe’s 2017 Annual Review. No word on any results from the above gun ban groups’ gun “safety” efforts.
“At first I was a little turned off by how often the NRA spoke out against the left, but I gradually came around to see how extremely anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment the left was. For a large portion of them, their ultimate goal is a full gun ban and to repeal the Second Amendment — I know I was one of them.” – Ryan Moore in How a lifelong anti-gun liberal became an NRA life member [via desmoinesregister.com]
Chris Cox: Why We Don’t Trust Gun Ban Groups
US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said this week that when Democrats control the House in 2019 they would quickly schedule floor action on gun control, protections for “Dreamers” and infrastructure.
“The Sierra Club [which has long opposed most hunting and fishing — JP] supports an assault weapons (sic) ban, stricter gun control laws including background checks (sic), and banning lead in ammunition.”
Amalgamated Bank goes full retard.
US Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Banking Committee is pressing Bank of America and Citigroup for details on their plans to implement new policies restricting business with firearms manufacturers. Sen. Crapo sent letters to Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan and Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat expressing concern with their decisions to limit their ties to gunmakers. “It is deeply concerning to me when large national banks … which receive significant forms of government support and benefit use their market power to manage social policy by withholding access to credit to customers and companies they disfavor,” Crapo wrote. (Banks must receive a federal charter to operation nationwide, and are protected by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which insures deposits of up to $250,000 per account, not to mention the federal bail-outs of most influential banks’ bad investments back in ’07.)
Terroristic gun ban group the Southern Poverty Law Center had $477 million in the bank as of last October. I guess they define poverty a lot like they define law.
The Only Ones
Off-duty Detroit police officer Will Fortner, 25, was arrested and charged with two counts of felonious assault, two counts of felony firearm and domestic violence after he allegedly tussled with his girlfriend downtown Sunday and pulled out his gun when citizens tried to help the woman.
Former police officer and Navy veteran Joseph James DeAngelo, 77, who also has a criminal justice degree from Sacramento State, was arrested this week on suspicion of two counts of murder and is believed to be the East Area Rapist who began terrorizing Sacramento County and other cities up and down California in the 1970s. The East Area Rapist, also known as the “Golden State Killer” and the “Original Night Stalker,” was believed to be responsible for at least 12 homicides, 45 rapes and 150 burglaries in multiple Northern California counties, before moving on to commit crimes elsewhere in the state.
More From Broward County, FL
Apparently Broward County deputies (plural) took cover outside of the Parkland school while the massacre was ongoing.
Is there more related fishy stuff in the Broward County Sheriff’s Department? Yeah, looks like it.
The deputies of Broward County have voted 534-94 in their union that they have “no confidence” in the leadership of Sheriff Scott Israel and will ask Florida Governor Rick Scott to remove Israel from his position. Sheriff Israel has faced close scrutiny and criticism for the way he handled the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February, and for the failures to act on previous contacts with and warnings about the killer.
Meanwhile, Broward County student Kenneth Preston, 19, published the findings of an in-depth investigation he has conducted over the last two months that has uncovered some alarming details about how the Broward County School Board neglected school safety leading up to the Parkland massacre.
And, US Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has asked US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to investigate the above safety failures and serious allegations about the school discipline reform program touted by the county’s superintendent Robert Runcie. Rubio also called upon US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate claims that the Broward County revised school discipline policies to instruct school resource officers to not arrest students for specific felonies to reduce the number of on-campus arrests.
Gun Form for Nosy Doctors
Available here. Note that there are some misspelled words. You can highlight the text, copy, paste into a Word-type document correct the spelling, and save/print.
CCW in a Dress
- Gear Review: Top holsters for concealed carry in skirts, dresses [Guns.com]
Your Gun — Just Drop It
- Drop Your Gun at the Range? Let It Fall [The Daily Caller]
The FBI has awarded Hornady a Fixed Price Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity agreement for 9mm+P Luger 135 gr. FlexLock Critical Duty ammunition, and for some training and frangible ammunition. This new contract is in addition to an FBI contract for .40 S&W 175 gr. FlexLock Critical Duty ammunition awarded last year.
The FBI has also awarded Vista Outdoor an IDIQ contract to supply FBI and other Federal government agencies with up to $19 million worth of a high-performance Federal Premium 9mm handgun training round specifically designed to support their mission.
Writer Duane Thomas reports that Galco Ankle Lite holster is very comfortable.
TacStar has a Picatinny Rail mounted brass catcher. But you have to have some open rail space. $35.
Bula Defense has a left-handed M-14 (assumed semiauto) in rifle (22″ bbl) or carbine (19.25″ bbl) lengths. $2400.
The IWI Tavor TS12 12 gauge shotgun is a gas regulated bullpup shotgun that can be configured for either right or left side ejection and operation. It feeds from one of three magazine tubes and holds a total of 15, 2.75″ rounds plus one additional round in the chamber. Uses Beretta/Benelli choke tubes. $1400.
Bushnell has more products in its AR Optics line.
Smith & Wesson has announced some new rechargeable flashlights but their website is so cumbersome I can’t navigate it.
Black Hills Ammo has new HoneyBadger loads in .44 Spl., .45-70, and 9mm.
Sinister Diesel has some exhaust pipe tips that mimic an AR-15 quad-rail handguard. Not cheap.
20 New (and expensive) AR rifles for 2018
Cyndee’s Conceal Carry purses
Quote of the Week
“I sometimes wonder how some of the young people in the colleges with comfort zones and safe areas will fare when they actually have to meet the grinding competition of the workplace, where there are no crisis counselors and you’re not allowed to take a comfort dog to work with you.” — Charlie Daniels