Gun positive media coverage

From Reno:

Families celebrate Fathers Day at machine gun shoot-out

Everyone has their own way to celebrate Father’s Day, but some families went out of their way to break tradition.

Close to 2,000 people made their way to the Mustang gun range to show their love by firing automatic weapons.

Under Nevada’s open gun laws, it is legal to shoot machine guns. And fathers, sons, and shooting enthusiasts in general, had an opportunity to shoot fully automatic weapons like AK-47s, M-60’s, and Uzi’s.

While it may not be a traditional Fathers Day event, for Matt and Andy Polehman it was all about being together on this special day. “My dad and I have this saying, it doesn’t matter what we do as long as we do it together.”

If you missed Sunday’s shoot, don’t worry, the range will host another one this October.

Thanks for the pointer to this reporting from “The Gun Guys”–who had this to say about the article:

Nothing Says “I Love You” Quite Like A Machine Gun Shoot Out.  Gun Lovers Won’t Rest Until They Can Do This In Their Suburban Backyards.

And I say, “And your point is?”  Admittedly, if you are going to do this in your suburban backyard you should do it in a tunnel or have a particular good backstop and shooting area that makes it impossible for a bullet to leave the range.  And the use of suppressors might be required, but other than that–what’s your point?

Price discrepancy on explosive sniffers

Last Thursday I posted about new explosive detection machines costing $3 Million each.  Here is an article saying they cost only $130K to $150K each.  A much more reasonable price to pay.  I don’t know which is correct but it really doesn’t matter all that much because the most interesting portion of the article is this:

Sniffers are proving to be very sensitive, said Deirdre O’Sullivan, a spokeswoman for the TSA, sometimes indicating “hits” for persons who might have had contact with substances such as fertilizers, which can be used to make explosives.

So far, she said, sniffers haven’t uncovered anyone of interest or suspicion to law enforcement officials. Still, terrorists have lots of weapons that worry the air travel industry and law enforcement agencies. Shoulder-mounted rockets, for example.

This is the problem… The number of false positives far exceeds the number of valid detections and will always be the case.  If the alarm threshold is adjusted such that a reasonable number of false positives are experienced (say 1%) then a well scrubbed explosive device will pass.  If the threshold is set such that nearly any amount of care in explosive device preparation will be caught then the majority of innocent people will be subject to additional searches.  Because of the high cost (time of the screeners as well as the complaints of the innocent) and predominance of hits being false positives (100% so far) the threshold will be adjusted such that the well scrubbed device will pass without detection.  And this scenario doesn’t even include active opponents working against the machines in the days to weeks ahead of the attempt to get an explosive device past the machines.

Hence the explosive detection machines do nothing but provide comfort for those with mental problems (denial in this case) and actually make things less secure because that same money could have been spent on effective security.

Xenia and Snow White

Saturday Barb and I drove Xenia and “Snow White” out past Elk River to the “largest tree in North America east of the Sierra-Cascade divide“ (according to the sign beside the tree).  There Xenia did a photo shoot for a photography contest.  I like #8, duplicated below, the best.