Quote of the day–James Huffman-Scott

It’s an overcast day and vampires could attack at any time. We take safety very seriously.

James Huffman-Scott
Boomershoot April 30, 2006
Explaining the reason for the wooden stakes being given to every participant at check in.  The real reason, which James was not allowed to know, was that each shooter was to get a personal target to put at close (20 to 30 yards) range after lunch. More context from James:

Random person checking in “What’s the stake for?”

Me: “Killing vampires.”

Possible follow ups:

“Bullets won’t hurt a vampire, they’ll just piss it off. That’s why you need a stake.”

“It’s an overcast day and vampires could attack at any time. We take safety very seriously.”

Quote of the day–Neal Kurk

We care more for our liberties than to meekly hand over to the federal government the potential to ennumerate, track, identify and eventually control.

It’s not going to promote national security. It’s not going to help us prevent illegal immigration. It’s just going to help the government keep tabs on ordinary citizens.

Neal Kurk
State Representative, New Hampshire
April 25, 2006
N.H. leads a rebellion against driver’s license regulations

Last post until Boomershoot 2006 is over

I suspect this will be my last post for a few days.  I’ll either have Xenia post a “Quote of the Day” or back date them after Boomershoot 2006 is over.  I have to work all day today at my new job then drive home to Idaho tonight.  Thursday morning I head out to the Boomershoot range to prepare for the big event.  No internet access from Thursday morning until late Sunday night.  By late Sunday night I will be ready for a shower and sleep.

Boomershoot 2005 video

It’s not done yet but it’s close.  And it’s nearly seven MBytes.  Boomershoot 2005 history video.

Update: It’s midnight and I just finished it.  It’s nearly 7.5 MBytes now.  I just need to make 100 CD’s with it (and some other stuff) on it.  It’s taking about four minutes per CD so that means I should get to bed about 6:00 AM.

The high resolution version being put on the CD is here (nearly 39 MBytes).

Quote of the day–The Minnesota Daily

What do people even need handguns for? Protection, right? However, if no one could buy or carry a handgun legally, no one would need a handgun to protect themselves.

The Minnesota Daily
Editorial April 25, 2006
[I'm thinking 6th grade.  Maybe as high as the 8th grade.  The thinking can't be attributed to someone beyond that level.  What about people that don't need a weapon because of their size, or other weapons such as knives, clubs, or illegally obtained firearms?  Whoever wrote this needs to grow up and answer Just One Question.--Joe]

Repressive laws

It may be there is more to it than what appears in the paper.  And of course the kid is living and going to school in the repressive Peoples Republic of Massachusetts.  What from what I see in the paper, except for the recreational drugs (which should be legal but I would ban them in my house) if it were my kid I would be asking the police, “And your point is?”  Instead they are charging him with possession of bomb-making materials.

STOUGHTON — Alexander J. Wilson, 17, who was charged with having bomb-making materials after an incident in March was ordered held on $100,000 surety or $10,000 cash bail Monday in Stoughton District Court.

When police stopped Wilson’s car March 29 in the O’Donnell Middle School parking lot next to the high school grounds, authorities reported finding gunpowder and a pellet gun.

Also found were model “rocket engines, igniters for those, wires and miscellaneous other stuff that could be used to make bombs,” said acting Police Chief Christopher Ciampa.

Most of the materials were in the trunk of the suspect’s car, and some were under the front seat, the chief said.

Police also recovered a small amount of marijuana and marijuana residue in a pipe, Ciampa said.

The problem is that it’s a rare house that doesn’t contain materials appropriate for making a bomb.  People shouldn’t be charged with possession of things that might be used in a illegal fashion.  Only if there is clear intent to do harm to someone else or someone else’s property should they be harassed by the police–which is the way it is in Idaho with explosives.

The latest numbers from Australia

After the big collection and destruction of firearms in Australia we have some more numbers:

Tasmanian Auditor-General Mike Blake produced a $63,000 report on the impact of the reforms last year.

It showed that in 1994, of 2364 crimes against the person, firearms were used in just 69 cases. In 2004, the level of crime against the person had soared 90 per cent to 4492, and just 56 of those instances involved firearms.

I have Just One Question.

Quote of the day–Jeff Cooper

Further nasty news from the nasty United Nations Organization:

One Eric Kibuka, who delights in the title of “Director of the United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders,” has gone on record to the effect that “The international community (sic) has decided that firearms regulation is at the core of democracy and good government.” The connection between firearms regulation and democracy is about as obvious as the connection between traffic regulation and quail hunting, but that is not likely to trouble a U.N. official. As we have all noticed, the cry of the modern left seems to be “To hell with the facts. It’s the gut reaction that matters.”

Jeff Cooper
From Jeff Cooper’s Commentaries
Vol. 6, No. 1
January 1998

A comparison in mindsets

Compare the mindset of these Jersey City professional victims (emphasis added):

(CBS) JERSEY CITY Jersey City Police today released surveillance videotape of a known Bloods gang member running away after shooting a man twice in broad daylight on Easter Sunday near Grant Avenue and Martin Luther King Blvd.

He’s identified as Jamal Ebron and he’s still on the loose considered armed and dangerous.

“The individual who he shot refuses to cooperate with the police,” Jersey City Police Chief Robert Troy said.

Investigators say this video shows how important it is to enact tough Federal gun legislation.

Just last night, police confiscated the guns and a thousand dollars in cash.

Four suspects have been charged with bringing the guns here from Georgia, where police say gun laws are laxed and where gun owners aren’t required to report stolen weapons.

“This gun here is marked a hundred and ninety-nine dollars, this gun sold in Jersey City last night for five-hundred dollars.”

Investigators say the weapons were found in a car that had a secret compartment, where the trunk can be accessed quickly.

With the mindset of a gun owner:

I have been completely baffled by the content of many letters to the Cape Argus and other newspapers in response to the antics of “killer cops” in the past week or so.

Some call for the police to be given higher salaries. Others call for the police to be provided with better working conditions.

Even more call for civilians to be more sympathetic towards “overworked, underpaid cops”.

Sympathetic? Higher salaries? Better working conditions? Surely when somebody goes on a killing spree, society should call for the trial, conviction and imprisonment of such criminals instead of increased perks and sympathy?

It did not make any sense until I discovered the definition of Stockholm Syndrome. Stockholm Syndrome can be described as “bonding to one’s hostage-taker as a survival strategy or mechanism”. The term was coined after the world witnessed the bizarre behaviour of several hostages in a botched 1973 bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden.

While the hostages were held, they bonded with their captors to a point where they actually defended their captors and resisted attempts by the police to rescue them, despite the fact that they were strapped with explosives and victimised.

In a hostage situation, the hostage instinctively understands that any harm to the captor could cause the captor to harm or even kill the hostages. The hostage hopes that as long as the hostage taker is alive and his demands are met, he will see no need to harm the hostages. Hostages’ survival strategy is to persuade the hostage taker to have as many reasons as possible to keep his hostages alive.

The relationship between killer police and sympathetic citizens could be described as some sort of variation of this syndrome.
The police are seen by many helpless and defenceless citizens as the only barrier between themselves and violent criminals.

As with the Stockholm hostages who overlooked the fact that they had explosives strapped to their bodies, it would seem that unarmed and helpless South Africans are prepared to tolerate immense abuse from the police for the mere promise of survival and protection.

This may also explain why several firearm owners, who have made successful use of their personal firearms in defence of life and limb, refuse to adopt similar soft-hearted approaches towards killer cops. Such firearm owners will simply call for the immediate dismissal of such rogue cops.

This could be further explained by the fact that the traditional barrier – police – between gun owners and the criminal thugs has been replaced with, in their own opinion, a stronger and more reliable barrier in the form of a shotgun or two.

Hence the popular saying among gun owners that “a gun in the hand is worth 10 cops on the phone”.

The people of Jersey City are mentally ill and need to be asked Just One Question again and again until they figure it out.

Quote of the day–Emilio Halepopoulos

It seems to me that the anti-gun crowd are all mentally ill hostages, who are under siege from criminals and who suffer from a variation of Stockholm Syndrome in their pathetic desire to protect the honour of this violent standing army known as the police, simply because they are their only means of survival from something worse.

On the other hand the pro-gun crowd are a healthy bunch who see reality as it is: killer cops deserve jail time, not sympathy. Gun owners have control over their guns and do not need to live in fear of an inanimate firearm. This results in firearm owners adopting a more balanced perspective.

 

Emilio Halepopoulos
Sandton, Gauteng
April 19, 2006
Letter to the editor titled Gun owners show way to true freedom in SA