Saturday, November 28, 2009

Fort Hood to require firearm registration

I can't say I didn't see this coming, but I am disappointed all the same. I had a glimmer of hope that the brass would make a good decision and loosen the firearm restrictions, but alas...

Soldiers assigned to Fort Hood will have to register their personal firearms with the director of emergency services... (more)

This would seem to include registration of privately owned firearms that are stored off-base, which is a constitutionally questionable measure.

Keep in mind, Maj. Hasan had been flagged by the FBI months in advance of this shooting, and this information had been shared with military intelligence. If they are unwilling to take action on a suspected Islamofacist terrorist, how will a list of soldiers who own firearms (all of them) help prevent future attacks?

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Justice after all...

When I feel like I have lost all hope in humanity, stories like this both reinforce and shatter my perception simultaneously.

The young man was given three choices: get turned over to the police, go one-on-one in a fight with a seasoned war veteran, or be duct-taped to a flagpole for six hours with a sign around his neck identifying his alleged crime: flag burning. (more)

I'd like to buy the vets at that VFW a round.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

What she said

Tamara at View from the Porch, says it better than I ever could

An army at war does not have the luxury of "safe at home". Do you think the bomber crews of the Mighty Eighth landed in southern England after pasting the hell out of the Nazis and called out "Olly olly oxen free! We're safe at home now; we'll be putting on our slippers and lighting a pipe. No fair bombing us 'til tomorrow, Adolf!" or do you think they made sure that there were plenty of slit trenches, anti-aircraft guns, and armed guards on the base?

Media Cluelessness

"The initial investigation shows that Hasan allegedly used only one gun during the attack — a 5.7-caliber semiautomatic pistol."

Hmm. For some perspective... (read more)

Friday, November 6, 2009

News Flash! VA CHPs cause mass murder!

According to Dan Casey of the Roanoke Times

One interesting note, among many: Hasan was issued a Virginia concealed handgun permit by the Roanoke County Circuit Court in 1996.

This of course was derived from a FOIA request by the paper to the VA State Police for names and home addresses of all CHP permit holders in the state. A list including undercover police officers and persons in witness protection programs. The Roanoke Times publish the complete list... and only later removed it after public outcry. Seems they have kept those records open to their so called "journalists."

Some of the comments are gems... some, including Dan Casey, arguing that his faith was as irrelevant as his MD, or being a Tech grad.

To quote commenter Walker, someone who gets it:

Most doctors don't recite their code of ethics before killing 13 people. I guess yelling "Alluha Akbar " before he began shooting has no bearing on this.
I added my own comments, it is apparent to me that Dan Casey doesn't trust the US military with guns.

Link to the whole mess

Fort Hood Shooting

Wow... where to begin.

I am infuriated and embarrassed. What has our society come to when a base full of soldiers, trained in the use of weapons and lethal force, standing ready to deploy and visit harm upon the enemies of the United States, are herded into a victim disarmament zone, ready for slaughter like so many cattle. When my fellow soldiers, each of whom I trust with my life, are not trusted by our beauracratic leadership, both military and civilian, with the tools to defend their own lives.

Not to mention that the perpetrator was a MUSLIM, of Arab descent, and reportedly shouted a phrase in Arabic, Allahu Akbar, that is the usual last words of jihadi suicide bombers, yet the whipped dog mainstream media is afraid of drawing the obvious conclusion, while they wildly and irresponsibly speculate about every other facet of the attack. This man was no pyschotic criminal, his past is littered with indicators that show alignment with a particularly anti-American and homicidal version of Islam. Comparing suicide bombers with self-sacrificing soldiers is just one example.

Lets make it totally clear, this was not a crime, catastrophe, not even an act of terrorism, but an ATTACK on the United States military by an operative of our enemy - Radical Islam. I may be labeled racist or xenophobic or any number of terms used to slime political opponents and stifle free speech, but without properly identifying the enemy, he can never be defeated.

We are waging a religious war. This labeling is disastrous for our public relations with the rest of the Muslim world, but it is the truth nonetheless. This is not a battle between Christianity and Islam, it is not a new Crusade. It is struggle to the death between a secular western society and the followers of radicalized Islam - Islamofascists. It is no different from the worldwide war against secular fascism in the 1930s and 40s. The only difference is that we as a society are too chickenshit to properly label the enemy as being associated with a particular religion for fear of being labeled intolerant. As long as this attitude persists, we will never win.

Our soldiers fight this war everywhere, 24/7 - 365. They deserve the support, the trust, and the tools to effectively wage it, both abroad and on their bases at home. This attack is not the first on a military base and will not be the last. As our enemies realize that military bases are easy to infiltrate and extremely soft targets, these attacks will increase in quantity and severity. There are two options forward. Either arm the soldiers on base (this includes at National Guard armories), or persist in a negligent policy of disarmament and continue to pay the butcher's bill in soldier's lives.

Update: Mike Vanderboegh sums up similar sentiments at Sipsey Street Irregulars

Update: Obama gets in on the "cultural sensitivity" circle jerk, telling us "don't jump to conclusions". Apparently to our dear leader, if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a friggen duck, its a giraffe.

And apparently this was all caused by a slip of paper

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Thoughts on the election results

I predict that the combination of McDonnell and AG Cucinelli in VA, bi-partisan pro-2A support in the state congress, and the continued efforts of the VCDL will push Virginia to the forefront of the pro-gun and pro-freedom political sphere.

As it should be.

First on the list will be to remove the inane CC ban in restaurants, which has already been passed twice by the state Senate and House of Delegates. Hopefully state preemption of public universities prohibition of firearms through policy will follow.

If you live in Virginia, and care about gun rights, join the VCDL. They are the guys behind the scenes that will push this legislation forward.

Hell, even if you don't, the VCDL has done more for gun rights in the past 5 years than most national 2A organizations, and deserves your support.

Stop buying cheap ammo! (from Walmart)

As ride the falling wave of the Obama guns and ammo buying craze, many threads on various 2A discussion forums are focused on where to buy cheap (and in stock) ammo. Invariably Walmart is a popular suggestion, with some threads keeping running updates on the status of the ammo shelf at the local Wally World.

I have a problem with this, because Walmart is a blantantly anti-gun and anti-freedom corporation. If you care at all about the preservation of 2A rights, and the regaining of some of those natural rights we have lost over the years, you will boycott Walmart.

Generally folk who consider themselves 2A supporters don't patronize anti-gun businesses that do not allow lawful concealed or open carry, we should apply the same criteria to businesses that support anti-rights groups.

Walmart is one of those businesses. They are in bed with Bloomberg, the Brady Bunch, Micheal Moore and a bunch more anti's.

Notice how they have been shutting down more and more gun counters? No more handguns. All of this as a result of Micheal Moore and the Brady Brunch's post Columbine blood dance.

No "handgun" ammo for someone without a photo ID proving they are over 21. "Handgun" ammo to them means any round that can be fired by a handgun, including .22 Long Rifle.

And now videotaping every firearm purchaser, as well as maintaining a registry of people who buy both guns and ammunition.

And this gem

If a person who buys a gun linked to a crime were to return to a Wal-Mart to buy another gun, the purchase would be flagged. It would then be up to the store whether to permit the purchase.

So if a gun is stolen from me, and I report it stolen (linked to a crime), I may not be able to buy another gun from Walmart.

This one worries me too

When fully put into effect, the agreement would also prohibit the sale of a gun to someone whose background check comes back with inconclusive results.

I have no idea what qualifies as "inconclusive"

Walmart is not the only game in town for cheap ammo. If you aren't going to support your local FFL, you might as well shop online. Even with shipping, you can get ammo online cheaper than Walmart.