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Massad Ayoob on Guns

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HANDGUNS FOR DEFENSE AGAINST DANGEROUS ANIMALS

Monday, August 29th, 2016 by Mas | 9 Comments »

Those who spend a lot of time outdoors often carry handguns not just for the situations one imagines will be preceded by ominous banjo music, but for the wilderness’s own dangerous denizens.  We don’t want “Deliverance” or “The Revenant” to be the template for our outdoor adventures.

My old friend Alan Kulovitz, retired from the Cook County, Illinois (Chicago area) Sheriff’s Department, turned me on to this excellent article.  It was written by Larry Mudgett, one of our leading experts in firearms and tactics.

I first met Larry thirty-some years ago at Chapman Academy in Columbia, Missouri, where he was training under founder and world champion Ray Chapman.  Larry, I learned, was a decorated street cop, SWAT operator, gunfight winner, and firearms instructor extraordinaire. He has continued the latter vocation since his retirement from LAPD, and he is well up on the list of instructors I recommend.

Read Larry Mudgett’s linked article.  It will enhance your appreciation of a potent handgun worn during outdoor pursuits.

WHAT’S YOUR HOME DEFENSE GUN CHOICE?

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 by Mas | 135 Comments »

When I was a little boy, my dad’s choice of home defense gun was “American Traditional”: a double barrel 12 gauge shotgun and double-aught buckshot. Joe Biden would have approved.

The shotgun was the home defense standard in this country for centuries, but recently we’ve seen a huge surge in the adoption of the A15 rifle for this purpose. With proper ammo, it won’t penetrate through residential building materials any more than a service pistol bullet, but is very easy for all authorized members of the family to manipulate, particularly when equipped with the telescoping stock so hated by those who scream for the ban of “assault weapons.”

At the other end of the spectrum, my old friend Rich Grassi made a case in The Tactical Wire for the tiny Ruger LCP .380 pistol as part of the home defense armory. Reason: it can be constantly carried in your pocket, giving you a firearm instantly at hand wherever you are inside or outside the four walls, buying you time to fight your way to something more substantial if necessary.

As I write this, our current home defense guns motel room defense guns are a couple of .45 autos: A Springfield Armory Range Officer 1911A1 on my side, and a ROBAR Custom Glock 30-S for the lady of the house hotel room.

What’s your current approach to home defense hardware?

SAD, BUT NO SURPRISE…

Friday, August 19th, 2016 by Mas | 15 Comments »

Reference one of our great champions and American role models:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-unknown-olympic-champion-1471562129

REASONS TO WORRY ABOUT AN HRC PRESIDENCY

Sunday, August 14th, 2016 by Mas | 64 Comments »

Why am I concerned with the prospect of Hillary Rodham Clinton as President of the United States? Let me begin to count the reasons.

For many years I have been a sworn police officer. Mrs. Clinton’s dislike of police has long been a matter of record. From her contempt for the Arkansas troopers on her bodyguard detail when her husband was governor of that state, to the disdain with which she treated Secret Service when she was in the White House, to her campaign’s recent announcement that it was not interested in an endorsement by the Fraternal Order of Police, it is clear that Mrs. Clinton is no friend or supporter of law enforcement.

For many years I have been an expert witness in weapons and homicide cases, on both the criminal and civil justice sides of the house. Even-handed fairness is the very essence of justice. Go back to her earliest professional days, when her ethics were questioned during the Watergate matter. Go back to the case where her ethics came into question in her defense of a child molester.  As we look at the questionable contact more recently between her husband and the Attorney General immediately before the AG abjured from deciding on Mrs. Clinton’s prosecution in the email matter, we wonder about even-handed fairness by a potential President whose appointments to the US Supreme Court will determine the tenor of that body for the next generation or two.

For many years I have been a life member of the NRA, and a responsible gun owner and firearms instructor. When a candidate compares groups you belong to – and thus, by extension, you – to terrorists, you start getting nervous.

We live in a time when there is strong sentiment to put suspected real terrorists on lists such as the no-fly list and the no-gun list. A candidate conflating law-abiding Americans with terrorists is unacceptable. It is not surprising that some American gun owners watch the rise of Hillary Clinton and feel like German Jews witnessing the ascendance of Adolf Hitler. (And, before anyone invokes Godwin’s Law, I invoke Ayoob’s Corollary to Godwin’s Law: If you don’t want to be compared to Nazis, don’t act like one.)

Your thought and comments are welcome here.

THE OLYMPICS IN RIO – DARK SIDE?

Thursday, August 11th, 2016 by Mas | 18 Comments »

Something I haven’t seen in the mainstream media…more than mosquitoes to worry about down there.

This from my old friend and colleague John Farnam this morning:

10 Aug 16

Brazil, the “Nation of the Future,” and always will be! Summer Olympics in yet another “socialist paradise!”

Down in Rio, armed robbers are having a field-day in the “human wild-dogs” versus “stampeding unarmed human wildebeest” competition!

Despite “extreme security,” the Olympic “security chief” himself was attacked by four knife-wielding armed-robbery suspects directly after opening ceremonies. He lived through it, through no fault of his own! Armed police officers arrived in time to shoot one of the suspects before he could perform a murder. Suspect was DRT. His companions fled the scene and are still at large.

Imagine this so-called “Chief of Security” not carrying a pistol. What a fool!

Portugal’s own Minister of Education was simultaneously assaulted and robbed as he headed back to his hotel.

Many other assaults and robbery/kidnaping attempts, but the situation is so embarrassing to local politicians, most of it is being hushed-up. The American press won’t report it, of course, as it does not fit-in with their pro-socialist talking points. No socialist/Communist government can ever do wrong!

The wise are not attending. Between armed robbers and local bacteria, it is not a safe place to be!

Back here, the wise go armed! We know that “rescue” is mostly fantasy. We know that “protection” is also mostly fantasy. What protection you do enjoy will be generally what you personally provide!

Socialists here care as much about our personal safety as do socialists everywhere else!

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. Its inherent ‘virtue’ is the equal sharing of misery.”

Churchill

/John

 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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