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I have pinned this post to the top of my blog. It is to remind people of what many of our opponents want. Alison Aires wants a tyrannical government. They want summary execution for private possession of firearms.

This is why we have a Bill of Rights. This is why I created Boomershoot.

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That will probably never happen again

I participated in the USPSA match at Marysville today. It was raining as I left home and was still raining as I arrived nearly an hour later. I had checked the weather forecast the night before and it said it would stop raining by 9:00 AM. I had not brought a rain coat. But I hadn’t checked the forecast before I left either. I checked again. The rain was to stop by 9:15. At 9:15 it was still raining..The forecast now said the rain was to stop by 9:45.

The rain tapered to a slight mist by 10:00 and I avoided spending a miserable match in wet clothes. And to my surprise only 36 people showed up for the match. It has been a long time since there were fewer than 100 people have been at the matches I have attended there. I suspect it was the rain that kept most of the people away or perhaps there was a major match someplace that drew them away.

I had practiced some last week but I was very slow compared to what I had been a couple months ago. I just couldn’t consistently get good hits when I would try to shoot fast. I stayed slow for the match. I would rather do poorly because I shot slowly than do poorly because I had tons of misses. A miss is an unforced error.

I still had three misses for the match. One was just barely a miss outside of an A-Zone covered by hard cover on both sides via a highly angled shot taken from a narrow port. Okay, that error is almost forgivable. The other two of those were overlooked steel targets that were some sort of mental block that affected about 25% of our squad.

I think I was the first one to do it and the range officer smirked at my error. The targets were wide open, directly in front of me, as I finished shooting. Later on, I was his R.O. and he did the same exact same thing!

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The picture above and the two below are the same stage. It is a run and gun stage. You run down the path, shooting targets on both sides, make a right turn, continue shooting on both sides and then shoot bunch of targets at the very end of the path. For an old guy I can start, run, and stop pretty good. And if I can get close to the targets I can shoot A’s at about 3/4 of my top speed. This was my type of stage. This gave me the Limited Division stage win.

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There were 20 targets, 40 rounds minimum, in this stage.

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The stage above was the most difficult stage. On the extreme left there is a vertical sliding panel you open by pulling a rope down with two targets behind it. On the extreme right is a spring loaded door with two targets behind it. In between are a complex setting of steel and paper targets scattered among many obstacles. You must shoot all the targets without going forward of the yellow fault line. As you move from side to side just foot or two a multitude of targets appear and disappear. It is extremely easy to overlook a target or think you haven’t shot a target and waste time shooting a target more times than needed. I saw one target that had been shoot six times when only two shots were required. I saw many, many shooters think they were done and had left one or more targets untouched. Looking at the stage results I see some shooters had four, six, eight, and even 14 misses on this stage. It took me almost 53 seconds to complete this stage but I did it without misses and with good hits (27 As, one B, and five Cs). This put me ahead of some people (in other divisions) who shot it in less than half my time. This also gave me a Limited Division stage win.

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This is the stage where the mental block occurred. In the distance there are three steel targets that when fallen reveal a smaller steel target behind them. The act of falling takes time. So I, and many others, shot the big targets first, and continued on to a bunch of other targets behind the barricade to the distant left. We then came back to shoot the moving target just to the right of the steel targets. This mover was activated by one of the steel targets. We shot the moving target and declared ourselves finished without shooting all the small steel targets. I think the mental block was because of the moving target distracting us plus we had already mentally cleared the area when we dropped the big steel targets. I had a decent time but the misses dropped me to fifth out of nine Limited Division shooters.

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This was a hallway we entered through the door and then shoot targets through windows on either side of the hallway and through two windows at the end of the hallway. See the picture below for a look down the hall.

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I thought I did pretty good on the stage until I heard my time. It took me almost 22 seconds for the 32 shots. The Limited Division stage winner did it in under 19 seconds with better hits than me.

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This stage is where I had my other miss. Behind the green obstacles in the center is a target similar to the one just visible to the right of the obstacles. I shot it from the diagonal slot in the barricade on the right. I didn’t quite (probably about 1/16th of an inch short) break the black area of the target to claim an A-zone hit. The Texas star on the distant right can be challenging. I saw one shooter (with an Open Class gun!) take close to ten shots to drop the last plate as it swung back and forth through a 180+ degree arc. I managed to knock down all 15 pieces of steel in this stage with one shot each. This saved me one reload and although it seemed slow to me, 40.93 seconds, I completed the stage 3.6 seconds ahead of the next fastest shooter in my division. Even with the miss this gave me the stage win in Limited Division!

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This was the classier stage, The Roscoe Rattle. There are two strings to this stage. The first string is to turn, draw, and put six rounds into the center target. The next string is to turn, draw, put six rounds into the left most target, reload, and put six rounds into the right most target. Speed is very important on this stage. There is no problem solving with opportunities to do reloads while you are moving between shooting positions. There is no running. There are no complex shots where I can take advantage of my height to lean around barricades or shoot over obstacles. You just have to shoot fast and not hit the no shoot targets. I sped up my shooting from the previous stages but not nearly enough to make up for the dropped A-zone hits. I had 8 As, 9 Cs, and one D hit in a total of 12.87 seconds. According to the USPSA this is a low C class result (45.9136%, where C class is 40% to 59.9%). But it was good enough for a distant second place Limited Division finish for the stage.

I didn’t didn’t have any clues about how I was doing at the match except for my squad. I knew I was doing okay in my squad but I also knew there were two other squads which had Limited Division shooters. I knew my shooting was below what I knew I could do if I had been practicing more. I left the match feeling sort of blah. Not bad. I hadn’t screwed up too badly. And I knew did fairly good on a couple of the stages. But I had no idea I had won three of the stages. I have never, ever, won even one stage at a Marysville match. I attribute the wins to the poor match turn out.

It turns out, that in addition to winning three stages, I won my division by a good margin! I have not even fantasized about winning my division at this club and this will probably never happen again.

Quote of the day—Lyle

This fight has never been, and never will be, about WHETHER people should own guns because criminals and government will always have them no matter what. Rather, the only question regarding guns is whether the honest and the law-abiding should also have them.

Anyone who opposes an unadulterated second amendment is therefore a criminal, a would-be criminal, has emotionally bonded with criminals, or has fallen for the lies of criminals to such an extent that this basic, irrefutable, self-evident line of reasoning is abandoned. There is simply no other possible conclusion.

Lyle
May 7, 2018
Comment to Quote of the day—Hieu Nguyen
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]

Quote of the day—EisenhowerConservative

Only hardcore right wing extremist belong to the NRA, over 98% of gun owners want nothing to do with the NRA and it’s unhinged extremist political agenda.

EisenhowerConservative
May 18, 2018
Comment to Parkland father calls out Trump, McConnell, Ryan after Santa Fe shooting
[Interesting claims. Nearly all the gun owners I know who don’t have NRA memberships say the reason is because they NRA gives up our rights too easily. The others I know say it’s because they don’t want to be on a list the government might someday get access to and use to confiscate their guns.

Going on to the next portion of the sentence, the NRA claims they have something like 6 million members. If that represents only 2% of gun owners then EisenhowerConservative is of the belief there are 300 million gun owners in this country out of a population of about 325 million, of which about 35 million are under the age of 18. So, EisenhowerConservative  believes the entire adult population and a significant portion of teenagers are gun owners.

Hence, we must conclude EisenhowerConservative is a liar and/or has crap for brains. It is my hypothesis that one or both attributes are prerequisites for being a gun control advocate. EisenhowerConservative is just one more data point confirming that hypothesis.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Floyd Wilson

Firearms are rarely used for self defense. They are mostly used for domestic violence and to make racist suburbanites feel tough.

Floyd Wilson
May 17, 2018
Comment to Gun Rights Group May Sue Columbus Over Gun Control Laws
[Trolling? Crap for brains? Delusional? Telling the big lie?

I’m going with, “Telling the big lie” with “Trolling” in second place. The facts are easy enough to look up even if you can’t arrive at the correct conclusion from thinking about easily observable data (such as the police carrying guns for self-defense).—Joe]

The world according to the left

Via a tweet from Far Left Watch‏ @FarLeftWatch

TheWorldAccordingToTheLeft

I find it very telling the left resorts to lies of such a grand scale in hopes of achieving their agenda. The truth is not only insufficient. It is counterproductive to their goals.

From US Office of Strategic Services in describing Hitler’s psychological profile:

His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.

Hitler would be proud of the lessons our political left have learned from him.

Quote of the day—Timothy Hsiao

Your right to life isn’t dependent on whether respecting your life would yield the best set of consequences. It is absolute and unrelenting, even if it would be more beneficial to others if your right were violated. It would be wrong for me to override your right to life in order harvest your organs to save five people, even if in doing so I produce a more beneficial outcome.

Your life has basic dignity that cannot be defeated in the name of social utility. It isn’t dependent on the outcome of a cost-benefit analysis. The same goes for other rights that are derived from the right to life. For example, it would be wrong to rape someone even if doing so would save ten lives. Rights function as moral “trump cards” that override appeals to utility.

Timothy Hsiao
February 27, 2018
Why Americans Have A Right To Own Guns Even If That Makes Us Less Safe
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]

Boomershoot 2019 entry opens soon!

After some discussion and a few behind the scenes changes Gene Econ and his crew will again be adding to your Boomershoot experience. As far as participants are concerned there will be no visible changes from what you have enjoyed in previous years.

Learn about Boomershoot. Then sign up for our next event!

Registration opens for staff 5/19/2018 9:00:00 AM Pacific Time.
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Registration opens for everyone 5/27/2018 9:00:00 AM Pacific Time.

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Quote of the day—Don Kilmer

There are no significant Second Amendment obstacles to local and state gun control at this point.

Don Kilmer
May 15, 2018
California Cities Are Free to Regulate Gun Stores Out of Existence
[The twisted bit of reasoning that led to this particular situation is:

No historical authority suggests that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to sell a firearm.

If you read the appeals court ruling a little deeper you will see they don’t see any reason why the manufacture of all firearms couldn’t be regulated out of existence. Sure, you have a right to keep and bear “arms” of some sort, but no right exists for someone to build them or parts to repair them. The same would appear to be true for ammunition.

Assuming you want to retain some semblance of the right to keep and bear arms in the all the states there are three paths ahead of us.

  • Change the culture.
  • Get gun friendly justices into the Federal Courts with particular attention to the SCOTUS.
  • Take up arms and use them effectively and efficiently.

Option 1 is probably a lost cause in places like California, New Jersey, New York, and other tyrannical states.

Option 3 is far too uncomfortable to give serious consideration until all other options are exhausted.

We have to get behind option 2 and make it a reality while preparing for option 3.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Insipid‏ @insipid42

Anyone who wants an AR15 is too crazy to own a gun. And yes, I do want to take your guns. But I know that’s unrealistic.  However outlawing future sales of Assault rifles is extremely reasonable- even for Scalia.  The ones being unreasonable and tyrannical are the gun nuts.

Insipid‏ @insipid42
Tweeted on May 12, 2018
[I would be more likely to agree with the first sentence if the words “who wants” were replaced with “who doesn’t want”.

What a stereotype. If you read just a little bit of the Twitter threat linked about you will find Insipid is hitting on all three of the SJWs laws:

1. They always lie
2. They always double down when confronted with their lies
3. They always project

And don’t ever let anyone get away with telling you, “No one wants to take your guns”.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Blurtsy TouRIOTte’s‏ @blurtsy

Yet another limp gun junkie peacocking his pew pew. #BobKeller #FuckTheNRA #GunContolNow #NRAIsATerroristOrganization

LoveGunsYouMustFeelInadequate

Blurtsy TouRIOTte’s‏ @blurtsy
Tweeted on April 15, 2018
[It’s another Markley’s Law Monday!

Via a tweet from Jonathan‏ @CorrelA_B who says:

The fixating on strangers’ genitalia is par for the course with #guncontrol extremists – hence #MarkleysLaw (@JoeHuffman).

The simultaneous calling for the murder of ~6,000,000 peaceful Americans by way of the #NRAIsATerroristOrganization tag? Ironically, that’s why we own guns.

They declare us terrorists then we get stubborn about giving up our guns. Odd how that works out. You would think they would be smarter than that. I mean, how much dumber could they be?—Joe]

Holding my own in Action Shooting International

I shot in another ASI match yesterday at Renton Fish and Game Club. I did about the same as I did last time. I came in 5th out of 69 shooters. I had six seconds of penalties in a five stage match.

I prefer USPSA matches because of the added complexity and problem solving required. But I still have fun with ASI.

Quote of the day—Rep. Eric Swalwell

I’d had it backwards this whole time. I’ve told town hall participants and reporters in the media that we can protect the Second Amendment and also protect people’s lives. What these kids have taught us is their right to learn, their right to go home, their right to live is supreme over any other right. We should put that first.

Rep. Eric Swalwell
D-California
Questions and answers with the lawmaker who wants your assault weapons
[In other words, the Second Amendment is null and void because he says so. And unless we get a good SCOTUS ruling in the next five to 10 years his vision could be the way it plays out.

His end game is something we need to think about. No door-to-door confiscations. If you get caught with a gun you go to jail. Sure, you can hide it and get away with it for a long time. But you someone will sell you out, a relationship will turn sour, or you’ll get in an accident as you drive to the deep woods to shoot it. We loose that game because the culture will slowly die.

So what do we do? Show up at the first guy’s trial with 100’s of people open carrying AR-15? Burn down the court house?

I’m not sure that is the best way to win friends and influence people in the way we want them influenced.

My best approach is “sanctuary states”. States which refuse to cooperate with the feds on these sort of issues. But that can escalate with blocking of Federal grants and other money. And that is just the start.—Joe]

Then no one needs military style vehicles

Via email from JavaMan:

I was driving the other day and thinking.  I do that a lot lately.  And I came upon a convoy of “weekend warriors” – National Guardsmen, I believe (I don’t think it was Regulars, although I could be wrong) and later on the trip back home as I was thinking about the anti-gunners argument that “No-one should have an military style weapon… what with it’s ‘high capacity clip’ and pistol grip, etc…”

Maybe you’ll see where I”m going with this.

Following that reasoning no one should have a vehicle or any other equipment that can perform as well or better than anything the military has.  Like cars that go 70, 80 or more MPH!  We should all be limited to 50 mph as a military convoy is on the highway!  And why would anyone need a 4X4 … only the military should have those.  And then there are the various Hummers out there.

I know, just a wild and crazy thought but I though may be you could consider it when someone posits “no one should have something that the military might have” argument.

I think the argument is sound. But logical arguments are not the currency of our opponents. Hence it will have no more value to them than if we offered a $100 bill to a caveman in hopes he wouldn’t hurt us. He would probably take it as an insult, club us over the head, and take our pocket knives while leaving our corpses to be eaten by the vultures and maggots.

Given the chance, anti-gunners would do the modern day equivalent.

We need responses the caveman will understand.

Quote of the day—Sean D Sorrentino

Anti-gunners don’t like you. They don’t just want to take away your guns. They want to take away your rights. They want to humiliate you. They want to force you to obey. They want to bring you to heel. Why do you think they care that so-called “Red Flag Orders” or “Extreme Risk Protection Orders” or “Gun Violence Restraining Orders” violate more than your Second Amendment rights?

But anti-gunners don’t want to prevent violence by unstable, dangerous people. They just want to take guns.

Sean D Sorrentino
Facebook post, May 9, 2018
[H/T Sebastian.

Sean makes a good case.—Joe]

NRA suing over New York state abuse

I’m glad to see this:

The National Rifle Association sued New York state officials over what it described as a “blacklisting campaign” targeting companies that try to do business with the group.

The organization filed a complaint Friday in Syracuse federal court accusing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state Department of Financial Services of abuses of regulatory power aimed at stifling the gun-rights advocacy group’s right to free speech.

Earlier this month, the state financial services department fined insurance broker Lockton Cos. $7 million and a unit of Chubb Ltd. $1.3 million over an NRA-branded insurance program called Carry Guard. The agency claimed the program illegally permitted gun owners to receive liability coverage even if they were charged with firearms-related crimes. Carry Guard has been criticized by gun control advocates as “murder insurance.”

While I think it has to be done I can’t imagine the district court gives it much more time than it takes to say, “Case dismissed!”. This, almost for certain, will have to go to SCOTUS to get any traction. I just hope we get one or more friendly justices there by the time it arrives.

Quote of the day—Jordan B. Peterson

If you can fight you generally don’t have to. When skillfully integrated, the ability to respond with aggression and violence decreases rather than increases the probability that actual aggression will become necessary. If you say “No!” early in the cycle of oppression and you mean what you say which means you state your refusal in no uncertain terms and stand behind it then the scope for oppression on the part of oppressor will remain properly bounded and limited. Forces of tyranny expand inexorably to fill the space made available for their existence. People who refuse to muster appropriately self protective territorial responses are laid open to exploitation as much as those who genuinely can’t stand up for their own rights because of a more essential inability or a true imbalance in power.

Naïve, harmless people usually guide their perceptions and actions with a few simple axioms: people are basically good; no one really wants to hurt anyone else; the threat (and certainly, the use) of force, physical or otherwise, is wrong. These axioms collapse, or worse, in the presence of individuals who are genuinely malevolent.

Jordan B. Peterson
2018
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
[Daughter Jaime and I share an account on Audible and generally pick books that we are both interested in and then discuss them. This was one of the books she picked that, from the title, I wasn’t particularly interested in. Even after she said that this was a book that she was putting on a list for her son to read when he got older I just didn’t have any interest. But then, I ran out of books on my phone and decided to at least start it rather than immediately go searching for another book.

I am extremely pleased with what I found.

Among other things Peterson is a psychologist. In this book, what he tells us is how our minds work and how to make them work better.

What Peterson says in the quote above works on many scales on many topics. From the personal, to the political, to the international. The grand scope of this would not come as a surprise if you read the chapter. He tells us the knowledge in this quote was learned by animals 100 million years before the arrival of dinosaurs. It is an essential part of all animals today.

Extrapolating only the smallest amount you realize what he says is an argument for the right to keep and bear arms. It is instructive on how to retain our rights.—Joe]