It turns out that the person pictured in a widely-circulated (including here) photo of an alleged David Chipman standing in the fresh Branch Davidian Waco ruins is not actually Chipman, but is instead an “unidentified” FBI HRT member. Chipman was working for ATF at the time and was sent to Waco as part of the cover-up about a month after the siege and conflagration that left 76 citizens and five federal agents dead. Chipman was President Biden’s failed nominee to lead the ATF, and remains an employee of the Giffords gun ban group. My apologies to Mr. Chipman for the error.
Attendance at the re-re-scheduled 2021 NRA meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina this weekend is extremely limited (to a few hundred), requiring pre-registration, and tickets “sold out” last week. We are told that the majority of the tickets were doled out in advance to NRA Directors and their families and friends. Since it only requires 100 NRA members to constitute a quorum at a Members’ Meeting, that requirement can easily be met with just Directors and their spouses. (Perhaps the bylaws should require a quorum of members not counting Directors.) I suspect that whole debacle was very intentional to keep the Directors from being run out on a rail by the membership. I also wonder how many seats will be available at the criminal trials for EVP Wayne LaPierre and the complicit Directors.
NRA Director Rocky Marshall has sent out a letter this week about the Board debacle. You can read it on this post below my newsletter.
The NRA has announced its 2022 Annual Meeting and Exhibits, originally planned for Louisville, will now be held in Houston, Texas over Memorial Day weekend May 27-29, 2022.
U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that Washington, D.C. is liable for six wrongful arrests made in the years after the D.C. vs Heller Supreme Court decision was handed down. The individuals in question were arrested between 2012 and 2014 for carrying handguns in public.
Re: Memphis Kroger shootings
Police report that the shootings were over just minutes after police received a call, and investigators believe the gunman fatally shot himself “as we were pulling up to the scene.” This is consistent with the average for these kinds of events – they’re all over before the cops arrive, and the killer stops when stopped by a victim/citizen intervention or when the cops show up.
Is it paranoid to carry at your own home? An anonymous commenter on another forum weighs in:
“In 30+ years of law enforcement in ‘quiet’ Arcadia I remember at least three times when people were taking a midday shower and had a burglar walk in on them. In each incident I think the burglar was just as surprised as the homeowner and fled the scene. Obviously something more serious could have happened. So I too keep my gun (hidden) within a step of the shower and when alone lock the door to give me some kind of warning (usually I also set the home alarm).”
3 Things You Should Expect From a Good Concealed Carry Class
We note that one should FIRST have a gun safety class and be competent and safe with gun handling, manipulation and shooting BEFORE taking a CCW class. We further note that a CCW class is not a class on self-defense. One should also take those.
Chicago is installing 426 “Bleeding Control Kits,” each of which can treat 8 victims, across the city under the new Safe Chicago program amid an increase in gun violence. Although these should be everywhere, along with AEDs, you should always be carrying your own personal first aid kit suitable for serious injury treatment.
Here is the first report of which I am aware of a home-built “ghost gun” being used in a crime. The left is using this incident to rail against “ghost guns” because they are “untraceable.” But wait; in this incident – which they are using as an example – they already have the shooter and the gun. Tracing would serve no real purpose.
Military “intelligence” – RFID guns
- Over 3.5x as many people were stabbed to death in 2020 than were killed with all kinds of rifles combined.
- Armed private citizens killed more criminals during the commission of a felony than were killed by police.
- We note that Mississippi is the only state with no state program reporting to the FBI.
The Only Ones
Hartford [CT] Deputy Police Chief of Administrative Services Sonia Watson unintentionally fired her weapon in her office in the city’s public safety complex. She’s getting a time out.
An unidentified Los Angeles County [CA] sheriff’s deputy unintentionally discharged his or her firearm in a county courthouse in Van Nuys in August, injuring another deputy. Such action by a citizen reportedly would result in criminal charges, but in this special case, the sheriff is looking into “administrative action.”
More on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies/gangsters.
An unidentified male Long Beach [CA] Unified School District resource officer fatally shot a young woman allegedly involved in an off-campus fight while she was a passenger in a fleeing car, also off-campus. So far, there is no allegation that anyone in the car was armed or threatening at the time.
Sharon Hill [PA] police officers fired the shots that killed an eight year-old girl and injured four others while responding to a shootout at a suburban Philadelphia football game August 27.
Prince George’s County [MD] Police Cpl. James Thornley has been charged with assault and suspended without pay after being accused of pointing his duty weapon at another driver while he was off duty in Annapolis.
Michigan state Rep. Jewell Jones, one of Bloomberg’s ban boys, is in deep trouble with a felony gun charge. Typical.
Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller Incarcerated and Sent to the Brig for Speaking Out against Weak U.S. Generals for Surrendering Afghanistan, Stranding Americans and Arming Taliban Terrorists. I said the same thing. Are they coming for me now?
Blond timber rattlesnake
FYI the proper way to handle a blond snake is with a yellow shotgun shell.
Hodgdon is ceasing manufacturing operations at the company’s Camp Minden, Louisiana black powder manufacturing site while evaluating strategic options for the black powder business. Options for the GOEX and Olde Eynsford brands of black powder, along with the manufacturing capabilities, will include a potential sale of the business. Hodgdon Powder Company, Inc., established in the late 1940s, is the largest U.S. supplier of smokeless, black powder and black powder substitute propellants controlling a range of brands including Hodgdon, IMR, Ramshot, Accurate, Winchester, Pyrodex, Triple Seven, Blackhorn 209 and GOEX. Hodgdon management explained that their plan moving forward was to focus on their smokeless and muzzleloader (black powder substitute) offerings.
Smith & Wesson has announced it will relocate its headquarters to Maryville, Tenn., from Springfield, Mass., starting in 2023. The headquarters has been in Springfield since the company was incorporated in 1852. S&W will continue to employ 1,000 people in Massachusetts and will keep its forging, machining, metal finishing, and assembly of revolvers in Springfield. More than 750 jobs will move from Springfield, as well as facilities in Connecticut and Missouri to Tennessee. Because Massachusetts is anti-gun. Welcome to Dixie!
The .416 Rigby story. FWIW, a .416 Rem. Mag. has identical ballistics using a smaller, higher-pressure cartridge, and both rifle and ammo are much cheaper. I once bought a brand new Remington 700 in .416 Rem. Mag. at retail for 400-and-something dollars.
Nosler’s all-new Model 21 bolt rifle is based on a new action and has a lot of premium features. Available in 12 calibers from .22 Nosler to .375 H&H Mag. (but not in .270 or .30-06!). $2495.
Springfield Armory’s new XD-M® Elite 3.8″ Compact OSP™ is chambered in 10mm. 11+1 capacity. Also available with a HEX™ Dragonfly™ 3.5 MOA red dot optic. $633 for the bare pistol, $818 with the red dot.
An Insider’s View of the NRA Board of Directors
Letter by Rocky Marshall
In the last eight months as a member of the NRA Board of Directors (BOD), I have been asked often by NRA members, pro-gun groups and pro-second amendment reporters “Why does the NRA BOD refuse to terminate Wayne LaPierre’s employment in light of the accusations and evidence of mismanagement, malfeasance, and misuse of NRA funds for personal benefit?” I believe there are three primary reasons and a lengthy list of secondary reasons.
- NRA Officers and key board members fully support maintaining Wayne LaPierre as the EVP regardless of the evidence that has been presented in the recent Bankruptcy trial.
- Several Directors are not independent fiduciaries and will follow the leadership regardless of the admission of wrong doing by Wayne LaPierre and others.
- A few Directors are independent but will not openly challenge the current leadership for fear of reprisals, loss of committee assignments, and ultimately removal from the BOD.
The BOD’s failure in the fiduciary role of over sight has created a risk of dissolution by the New York Attorney General and has enraged NRA members, pro second amendment organizations and second amendment reporters. The very groups that historically have been the back bone of the NRA are now the biggest critics. The NRA routinely describes these former support groups as adverse to the NRA and malcontents. These often repeated derogatory terms are used to described anyone or any organization with views that do not align with the NRA leadership.
In order to develop an understanding of where the NRA is heading, it is necessary to predict the outcome of the New York Attorney General’s Complaint against the NRA.
- The NRA prevails in the NYAG case and all charges are dropped and the NRA returns to normal operations with current management and BOD in place. This is not plausible due to the over whelming evidence compiled by the NYAG and through testimonies during the bankruptcy trial. If Martha Stewart can go to jail for insider trading on a transaction valued at $45,000; then I venture to speculate that mismanagement of millions of dollars can also have serious consequences.
- The NRA loses the NYAG case and immediately files an appeal or another bankruptcy filing. This is possible, however I think is unlikely because the NRA will lose all leverage with the NYAG and will be at the mercy of the court.
- The NRA avoids the trial through negotiations with the NYAG agrees to remove management, agrees to pay a massive fine, the NRA BOD is disbanded, and the NYAG has a huge political victory. I think this outcome is the most likely based on the other possible outcomes.
The appointment of an Independent Receiver by the New York Court could help stop the raiding of the NRA’s bank account. I am hoping that the recent filing of an intervention in the NYAG case (which I am the named Director) will finally end the continued wrong doing by a few and save the NRA for the members.
I hope to encourage all NRA members to become fully engaged in taking back control of the NRA for the benefit of the members. The annual member’s meeting has been scheduled for October 2, 2021 in Charlotte North Carolina. If you attend, now is the time for your voice to be heard. The BOD will not change course and have no intention of correcting the wrong doing of the past. If the NRA is important to you, please get involved….now!