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Archive for October, 2009

Why Would You Carry in a Park

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Because not all bad guys are two-legged. Folk singer Taylor Michell was attacked and died from wounds inflicted by coyotes. This was a rather surprising headline for me to read as it’s very rare for coyotes to actively interact with humans in general. It’s incredibly rare that they attack human, but it does happen.

When the anti-gunners ask why we want to carry our guns in national parks point to stories like this. Mother nature doesn’t fuck around, yelling at a bear to stop isn’t going to make them stop. Humans in general are pretty frail and we’re not built for killing like most predatory animals and hence we need tools to go up against those types of critters. Punching and biting a bear isn’t going to accomplish shit, putting a few rounds of .454 casull into it very much may stop it.

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October 30th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

The VERY Definition of Doing it Wrong

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Wow some people just have to prove a point. Thanks to a story found via Walls of the City I’ve learned that some people like to do it wrong in regards to carry permits.

Hit the link for the full story but suffice to say some kids got their carry permits and decided to go “fishing for robber.” Yes they are going out and actively looking for trouble. Fucking morons. The idea of carrying a gun usually revolves around the idea you do it to protect yourself. That’s good everybody should be willing to fight for their life. Of course the biggest thing to remember is if you don’t get into trouble you don’t need to defend yourself. Hence the best way to stay alive it to actively AVOID trying to get into a situation where your life would be in jeopardy.

You can’t always control when you’ll be in a bad situation, but walking around “fishing for robbers” is a great way to get yourself into a bad situation. Should they ever use their firearms in self defense the prosecution is going to have a field day ripping them apart.

Written by Christopher Burg

October 30th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Tom Emmers

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Every Wednesday evening me and other members of Campaign for Liberty sit down and have dinner. Last night we were joined by potential Minnesota Governor Republican candidate Tom Emmer. You can imagine that any candidate that sits down with us for several hours is probably going to be closer to a libertarian than a neo-conservative which, by what he said throughout the night, is very true.

I’ve mentioned Representative Emmer on this blog before after he introduced the Minnesota Firearms Freedom Act which emulates the same act passed in Montana. I talked to him briefly about it, mainly asking why there was an exemption for machine guns. This is always a good litmus test to see if a candidate is pro-gun or not as many will give reasoning why machine guns are horrible weapons that civilians shouldn’t have. Tom said he didn’t realize such a clause was in there and asked me to e-mail him the part of the bill that says that as he felt it shouldn’t be in there. I did e-mail him although haven’t heard back yet but alas this means one of two things. First he just fucked up or two he didn’t know what was in his own bill. Either way he said he didn’t see a difference between machine guns and any other type of firearm. Good.

I then asked him about suppressors. He lives right down the street from the range I go to (I didn’t know that previously) and admitted to enjoying the sound of gun fire (another good thing). But he agreed that suppressors should be legal in Minnesota as well. That question was more or less for my person interest on the subject.

Finally I asked him what he thought about Alaska and Vermont style carry laws. Once again Mr. Emmer thought they were great. He also said in his opinion the licensing thing we have in this state was nothing more than a method to appease law enforcement officers and felt we should be able to practice our right to bear arms without any for of licensing. He also made a quick mention about how we should get a clause in the Minnesota constitution proclaiming citizens’ right to bear arms (we have no such clause).

Overall I was very impressed with him, even on issues outside of guns. He is certainly a person to keep an eye on for Minnesota governor.

Written by Christopher Burg

October 29th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

More British Tyranny

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Oh Britain when will you ever learn. My friend sent me this article via old school e-mail (Yup no Twitter here). Well the British police decided to rip open and confiscate the contents of over 6,000 safety deposit boxes in a mad rush to find drugs and *GASP* guns.

I’m not going to spend time analyzing this as most of you are probably capable but I’m going to pull out some choice quotes:

A semi-automatic Glock 9mm, the weapon of choice for British gangsters, was lodged in Box 1653 at the Hampstead depository, rented by 44-year-old Gavin Leon, who was jailed for five years last March.

Wow I’m actually impressed, British gangsters have much better taste then those in the United States. Here gangsters usually haul around Hi-Points and Jennings as their gun of choice. I’m glad to see not every country’s criminals have the same lack of taste and sophistication. Next up:

However, by talking to scores of box-holders, none of whom have spoken before, Live has uncovered a different version of Operation Rize, one that shows how the vast majority of those caught up in the raids were innocent. They have had their lives turned upside down over the past 17 months. Many have struggled to recoup their money and possessions, been forced into legal trench warfare with police lawyers and told they must prove how they came by the contents of their boxes.

That’s right the police went in, stole the contents of every safety deposit box, and it’s the burden of those who were stolen from to prove they own what was in those boxes. That must have been one fucking general warrant. I’m guessing the description of the person was something along the lines of, “Human being between 3′ and 7′ tall weighing between 50 to 700 pounds. Skin may be white, black, red, yellow, or indigo.” And the description of the evidence must have read, “Any item in the possession of the suspect or being held in a place rented or leased by the suspect.” Seriously what the fuck? But that’s not all:

Mark Richardson, a former military intelligence officer and now a forensic accountant, who has been employed by several box-holders to explain their wealth, told us: ‘We had to get one family’s diamonds carbon-dated at great expense to demonstrate to the police that they had been cut in the Thirties, which tallied with their story of fleeing Germany before World War II.’

Yup guilty until proven innocent. “What’s that? Oh you say this diamond that we found in YOUR safety deposit box is in fact YOUR’S? Prove it.” I would assume that having an expensive item in a safety deposit box under your name would qualify as proof enough, just a thought. What else do we have? Well this:

Lawyer Sara Teasdale, of City practice Roiter Zucker, whose client had kept more than £900,000 in his box at the vaults in Edgware as cash flow for his business leasing black cabs, said: ‘The police are “deep-pocketing” – hauling people through a protracted legal process that they know is so costly that most will roll over.’

Not surprising. I’m sure the police get to keep anything that isn’t claimed, hence there is a conflict of interest there. The police are supposed to uphold the law but will try to fuck over people they stole from to keep the goods.

Anyways you get the idea. If you have heart pressure problems I’d advise not reading the article. The same goes if you have an allergic reaction to fascism.

Written by Christopher Burg

October 29th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Ubuntu 9.10 Released

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Well everybody the newest version of Ubuntu has been released. I haven’t had time to play with it much so I can’t tell you what’s new yet. Anyways it’s free so go get it.

Written by Christopher Burg

October 29th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

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Alcohol and Guns, Don’t Use Both at the Same Time

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Wow some people are fucking idiots. I present exhibit one here. I’m not going to say anything until you read this:

Timothy William Pollard, 37, and friend Robert Knorr, 28, were playing with the gun Sunday night after a full day of drinking. Pollard had about six beers, a couple shots at a bar and then another beer at home.

I bet you can guess where this is going:

Pollard had taken the handgun and pointed it at Knorr. Pollard told police he thought the safety was on as he pulled the trigger once and it just clicked, the Greeley Tribune reported. So he pulled the trigger again, shooting Knorr.

This should bring a couple points to bear. First booze and guns are not good bed fellows. If you want to drink leave the gun, if you want to carry the gun don’t drink (and before somebody says something this has nothing to do with being able to carry guns in places that serve booze, you should be allowed to do that so long as you don’t drink). The second point is you never, EVER, point a firearm at another individual unless it’s in self defense. The gun is always loaded, plain and simple (somebody is going to quote Gabe Suarez’s remark about two people verifying it’s empty, I don’t care the only safe bet is not to cover another person with your barrel ever).

And to top it all off these clowns are from my state.

Written by Christopher Burg

October 28th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Just Because it’s Funny

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I don’t know about the legitimacy of this but it’s funny anyways. Schwarzenegger gives legislators a big fuck you. It seem fitting since he gave a big fuck you to the citizens of California with the signing of AB 962.

Written by Christopher Burg

October 28th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Google Chrome OS Release is a Hoax

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OK just a heads up for anybody who read Google released a beta of Chrome OS, it’s a hoax. Somebody posted a Google Sites page with a virtual machine image and ISO download of “Chrome OS” which is actually SuSE Studio with Chrome installed. The site has since been disabled.

When Google releases Chrome OS trust me, they’ll post it on their official blog.

Written by Christopher Burg

October 28th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Now This is a Halloween Scare

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OK this story via Says Uncle is funny (since nobody was hurt). A drunken off duty police officer, Eric Janik, went to a haunted house. It was great fun and all but after they exited one of the workers came running out with a chainsaw as was his part there. The worked wanted to give them one last scare, instead he ended up looking down the barrel of officer Janik’s service gun.

Mr. Janik is being charged with assault since not only did his wield his service gun at a person while intoxicated, he also tried to deny it. Either way I think the haunted house worker was the one who ended up with the real scare.

Written by Christopher Burg

October 28th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Now This is a Confusing Story

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The headline of this story reads Number Of Women Buying Handguns Increasing. The story is on a Chicago area news site. It’s too bad the person interviewed in the story can only have her handgun if she lives in the Chicago area, not Chicago itself.

Written by Christopher Burg

October 28th, 2009 at 3:36 pm