Wish I Could Take A Day Off…

…just to recover from the weekend. Its been a while since I’ve had a weekend this good. Tiring but good.

Saturday was another wedding; this time my” niece” Samantha and her new hubby Jason. Great ceremony and good times but made for another long day.

Then up on Sunday for church and –prepare yourselves — a few hours of actual shooting goodness !

Yes, your humble scribe remembered that he can actually use the range for target practice. My buddy Cliff was in town for Sam’s wedding and we spent about 3 hours running a pistols and our .22 rifles through their paces. Good news is both of us can still shoot even though some rust shows on the skills.

I would have taken pictures, prepared reviews (shot his Ruger 10/22 for example) but was having too much fun just shooting. Maybe next time.

In the mean times, here is a pic of the bride and groom.

 

Hope your weekend was as fun as mine.

Technical Difficulties, Real Life Priorities

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Not sure what is going on with the blog right now; I at least keep getting database communication errors.

I’ll try to get some help resolving the issue (probably related to the web hosting service I use) soon.
Just not sure when “soon” will be — I’m working crazy hours still and my niece is getting married tomorrow. Have a house full of guests for the wedding and club board meeting was last night.

For Some reason, I’m feeling a little stretched.

 

But speaking of marriage; did I share a picture of my daughter and son in law?

 

 

Are We Really That Violent?

One of the common anti-rights cultists arguments is the United States of America is one of the most violent ‘developed’ countries in the world.

Too bad the evidence doesn’t support that idea,(PDF alert)  this report from 2010 shows that while USA may be more lethal in its crime; it is far from the most violent.

Police Recorded Rape Cases per 100,000 Population
Australia 91.9
Sweden 58.6
New Zealand 30.6
United States 28.6
England and Wales 27.7
Belgium 26.6

Over 3 times as many rapes as nearly gun free Australia. Sweden has twice as many rapes as the USA. England and Wales very close

Cases of Robbery per 100,000 Population
Belgium 1762
Spain 1188
Mexico 607
Chile 456
Portugal 192
France 181
England and Wales 137
United States 133
Italy 108
Sweden 103
Canada 96

 

Robbery appears to be a very serious issue with Belgium having 13 times as many, Spain nearly 9 times. Even Jolly Ole England and Wales have more.

Police Recorded Assault Cases per 100,000 Population

Scotland 1487
Sweden 927
England and Wales 730
Belgium 718
Israel 641
Germany 630
Finland 615
Chile 576
Luxembourg 476
Ireland 353
Netherlands 352
Iceland 346
Australia 327
Portugal 312
France 310
United States 262
Mexico 218
Turkey 218
Denmark 191
Spain 177

 

Even if we break up the assault of other countries into aggravated or simple assault like we do in the USA; it is clear they are either more violent or just as violent as Americans.

It isn’t easy comparing crime rates across countries; so many variations can change how it is reported. Like Great Britain not counting a homicide until some one has been convicted for or confesses to  that crime. But the overall numbers indicate that the United States isn’t exceptional in the levels of violence in our society.

Please join the discussion.

 

Edited to Add — Dive Medic has posted on this issue in the past; always a good read

http://street-pharmacy.blogspot.com/2012/12/canadas-gun-laws.html

http://street-pharmacy.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-numbers.html

 

 

New …but Not Improved

New Store, New Name, New Location — F. W. Guns

Welcome to the NEW store location and NEW website for Fort Worth Gun at Eastchase Parkway and I-30 in Fort Worth. We are so excited about our new space. We hope you are too! We will continue to keep you posted here as well as Facebook, Twitter and our Email news of upcoming sales, new inventory and other events. We appreciate your business and feedback. Please send comments to guns@fortworthgun.com. As always, Shoot ‘em good. DeWayne Irwin, President Cody Henslee, Vice President and all of the staff at FORT WORTH GUN

 

But still the same old Cheaper Than Dirt prices — $65 for a 525 bulk pack of .22 LR Remington Golden Bullet. The same bulk pack available at Bass Pro for $24.

Maybe be closer to home but still not buying anything from them.

Yeah, About that Claim of Terrorizing People….

….I’m gonna need you to, um…perhaps retract that outrageous claim. The Fort Worth Police department made the claim in an email

An email from Sgt. Ray Bush, with the Fort Worth Police Department, said Jack in the Box employees at the South Freeway location on Sycamore School Road, were scared about the armed men protesting outside of the restaurant.

“They locked themselves inside a freezer for protection out of fear the rifle-carrying men would rob them,” the email stated. “The demonstration had no signage that would have alerted anyone to their real purpose, and to our knowledge they did not attempt to contact anyone in the Fort Worth Police Department to advise us prior to the demonstration.”

The Media ran with it, seemingly without trying to vet, for days. Even when the story started falling part (from O.C.T.’s FB page)

Open carry activists at a Fort Worth Jack in the Box drew the attention of police following a 911 call. (Photo credit: Facebook)

From the Open Carry Tarrant County FB Page

The anti-rights advocates still haven’t seen fit to address the issue by printing a retraction — despite the company in question saying the story is false

An earlier version of this post included information from Sgt. Ray Bush of the Forth Worth Police Department, who wrote in an email last week that the employees at the Jack in the Box where Open Carry Texas staged a demonstration “locked themselves inside a freezer for protection out of fear the rifle-carrying men would rob them.” However, Brian Luscomb, vice president of corporate communications for Jack in the Box, told the New York Times this evening, “Our employees told us that they did not hide in the freezer.” We have amended the post to reflect this new information.

And don’t you love how the NYT puts the retraction at the very bottom of the page? Now, we are starting to get information regarding the — yes, I said THE – 911 call that was made. So far it is the only one that has been released in regards to this demonstration.
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It looks like that is the only call made. So let’s see; friendly smiling faces (the guy posing with the OCT group is the manager), non -terrified appearing employees in the background, no 911 calls released from the employees. Even the 911 caller didn’t sound terrified or excited. You know what I think happened – NOTHING, at least until the police over reacted.

 

Come on seriously Fort Worth Police department; how many times have their been reports of Armed people strolling about in a parking lot and problems arise from it.  Not to often. Add to that no other reports of shots fired, no other 911 calls.

We can debate the merits of Open Carry and the methods used by this advocacy group all day long; in the end that misses any important point. The point that even in a state were Open Carry isn’t that common; it just doesn’t generate the level of hysteria or concern from ordinary people. Let’s keep going and make sure everyone realizes this; let’s point out the lies of the media and the Mom’s Demanding Attention And Bloomberg’s Money.

 

Please join the discussion.

This Is One Of The Reasons….

…that I generally wait a while before commenting on events in the media, especially shootings.

The Headline really grabs your attention; doesn’t it?

17-Year-Old Girl Robbed, Shot In The Head In Broad Daylight

A daylight robbery, a young girl shot and injured; we have to do something NOW.

Police say that’s where a 17-year-old girl was robbed and shot at least once in the head.

She ran to a house on Danbury Road. Detectives are now collecting evidence there.

Now this is one of the few times where the media is doing their job; even if they do tend to rush things. That was Yesterday – Today the headline reads slightly differently.

Police: 17-Year-Old Girl Shot In Head Made Up Robbery To Protect Suspect

Gee Wilkers; the possibility of a teenager lying never occurred to the media? One of the benefits of the pre-electronic/pre-24 hours a day news cycle was the delay needed to get the story published allowed for more thorough investigations; both from the police and the media.

 

Police say, at first, the 17-year-old girl told them she was on a nearby street when a robber shot her in the face after stealing her cell phone. She said she ran to a home to call for help.

Police now say the victim made up that story to protect the suspect who lives in the same house.

“The victim and the suspect were arguing over a gun in the basement of a home in the 100 block of Danbury Road,” said Cpl. John Wachter, Baltimore County Police. “During that argument, the gun was discharged and the victim was struck in the head. The victim made up the incident to protect the suspect.”

Instantaneous isn’t always better.  I would not be surprised if there ‘t revelations of drugs and/or alcohol involvement in this story doesn’t break soon.

Anyone want to take bets?

Not the Sun but Tons of C02

are said to be responsible for Global Warming Change Disruption Normal Cycle or something.

 

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I find it incredible that people can see images like these and not recognize what is really having an impact on our planet.

Of course, I find it incredible we live in a day and age with great technology that even lets us see these images. Pretty awesome stuff.