Getting Older

For some reason, I can really relate to this

 

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Tell Me Again How Open Carry Is Scaring People…..

But when my friend Lola and I decided on Saturday that enough is enough with the kind of people who take out their guns for play dates

Lola’s gone out topless to several of these events in counter-protest before, and this time, fed up with the idea of random armed men in my streets, I decided to join her.

Because those opposed to it really don’t seem to be that scared.

I will admit to engaging them just a bit – but then it dawned on me that confrontation was what they wanted, so I closed my pie-hole and just did my thing whether the guys with guns acted angry, amused, distracted, outraged or whatever.

For all their claims about the constitution and their right to carry guns whenever and where ever they want – and our need to just get used to it – the people who participated in the open-carry protest do not stand for freedom: they are just there to intimidate anyone who disagrees with them. But the reality is that all the new Austin hipsters could care less about their big weapons,

So…the Open Carry group is ‘just there to intimidate anyone’ yet this lady and others felt comfortable enough to not only counter-protest them, not only to go semi-naked but to actually confront and engage them.

Some how I’m just not getting the impression that Open Carry is really scaring people.

 

Of course this is a good example of the cognitive dissonance exercised by so many people; especially the antis. She is protesting people who she feels doesn’t show enough respect for others. Not my words, but hers

Now, unlike the wave of people who advocate for their second amendment rights by waving around their guns, I don’t normally go shopping without my shirt on – it’s a matter of basic respect for others.

Of course, that is now. Before she had no problem not giving others the same courteous:

Not many folks know that it’s also legal for women to go topless in the state’s capital city. But I did: in the late ’80s, I took part in a lot of performance art that included nudity, so I was familiar with baring my breasts in public.

Oh but I’m sure she’ll explain how different that is-somehow.

Now I don’t have a problem with Open Carry or Nudity at all. Do your own thing and it doesn’t bother me. But is it more than a little hypocritical to decry that Open Carry is disrespecting people sensibilities when proudly proclaiming a past that disrespected people’s sensibilities. And doing so by continuing that action.

I find the topless protest to be hilarious honestly. Talk about people seeking attention — I had considered another phrase but wasn’t sure how that would go over :)
Frankly I think people

 

Training Effectiveness

Let’s imagine there is an organization providing training for people wanting to get their Concealed Handgun License — in one class only 7 out of 27 students passed the written examination on the first attempt. An examination that requires students only to get 70% of the answers correct.

Well that could be a fluke, right? Just a bunch of people who didn’t take it serious.

What if you found out that out of the last 4 classes there were similar problems; students seemingly unable to master the concepts of when to use force, what the law says, etc?

I don’t know about you but I would worry just how much those students had learned.

 

Now what if I told you that organization was the Dallas Sheriff’s Training Academy?

 

An exclusive NBC 5 investigation reveals a crisis inside the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department.  

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Training Academy is at risk of being shut down by the state because last year’s recruits did so poor on the state’s basic licensing exam.

NBC 5 Investigates obtained records from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, which certifies Texas Police Academies, that indicate only 25 percent of last year’s recruits passed the exam on the first try.  

Their records show 27 recruits took the exam at the academy in 2013 but only seven passed on the first try. The state requires 80 percent of recruits pass on the first attempt and every police academy in Texas did that last year, except Dallas County who had the worst percentage in the entire state.

NBC 5 Investigates learned the state put Dallas County’s academy on probation last fall, which means they are at risk for losing their license.

NBC5 posted that report back in May — sorry blog and real life issues kept me from addressing this sooner.

Does that fill you with confidence and security knowing that it took multiple attempts for the majority of the class to get a “C” on the final exam? In interest of full disclosure, for a Concealed Handgun License with its admittedly shorter/less comprehensive test also requires a passing grade of 70% on the examination.

Before last year, the academy had stellar grades.  In 2012, recruits logged a 100 percent passing rate.

Law enforcement training experts said a sudden drop often points to a poor recruiting class or poor teaching and that both could be a problem.

 

Follow up investigations reveal that the issues do not appear to be with a single class.

NBC 5 Investigates obtained copies of the scores for the last four academy classes. A score of 70 is a passing grade for individual cadets, but in the last four classes the average score on the problem solving and critical thinking portion of the test ranged from just 50 to 60 percent. Three of the last four classes had failing scores on the force options section — which gauges their knowledge of when it’s OK to use a weapon.

Recent Dallas County academy classes also had scores averaging below 70 percent in test areas including controlled substances, arrest search and seizure, traffic laws and crisis intervention – mental health code training.

In one recent academy class, the average score on the family code and juvenile justice portion of the test was a mere 36 percent.

So, let’s consider the ways that the recent classes, including the 2012 class which had a 100% pass rate could have passed.

a. The prospective peace officers took the test repeatedly until they got it right.
b. The prospective peace officers received illegal assistance in passing the test.

Does either scenario fill you with confidence and security about the peace officers coming out of that organization? Especially when you consider that once they passed the test; any department or agency could have hired them!

 

The anti-rights cultist generally harp on how people who carry firearms need to be trained like professional law enforcement officers are trained. Yet the reality of the situation is peace officers aren’t held to incredibly high standards. I’ll be covering the training requirements in more detail later. I want to assure people this isn’t a knock on law enforcement in general; more of pointing out the problems with a major training institution and the tendency of the antis to put law enforcement on a pedestal.

The simple fact is most officers are decent people trying to do the right thing. Unfortunately they are also working for agencies usually headed by political appointees or elected officials trying to stay in office. Unfortunately most officers do not possess the in depth knowledge of the law or the Constitutions.

In fact, I was shocked that for a Basic Peace Officer certification only 8 hours out of 643 — a measly 0.16% of the of the time — is spent on the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution and the Texas  Constitution.

Please join the discussion.

 

And thanks for sticking around and the messages regarding the blog; it really helped to know that people were reaching out to me during the past couple of months.

 

 

Blog Fixed?

I don’t know for sure yet.

Still trying to figure out what I did right or stopped doing wrong.

 

Comments are still showing wrong date but that has been something I never got right.

 

Thanks for sticking with me.

More later

 

Wish I Could Take A Day Off…

…just to recover from the weekend. Its been a while since I’ve had a weekend this good. Tiring but good.

Saturday was another wedding; this time my” niece” Samantha and her new hubby Jason. Great ceremony and good times but made for another long day.

Then up on Sunday for church and –prepare yourselves — a few hours of actual shooting goodness !

Yes, your humble scribe remembered that he can actually use the range for target practice. My buddy Cliff was in town for Sam’s wedding and we spent about 3 hours running a pistols and our .22 rifles through their paces. Good news is both of us can still shoot even though some rust shows on the skills.

I would have taken pictures, prepared reviews (shot his Ruger 10/22 for example) but was having too much fun just shooting. Maybe next time.

In the mean times, here is a pic of the bride and groom.

 

Hope your weekend was as fun as mine.

Technical Difficulties, Real Life Priorities

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Not sure what is going on with the blog right now; I at least keep getting database communication errors.

I’ll try to get some help resolving the issue (probably related to the web hosting service I use) soon.
Just not sure when “soon” will be — I’m working crazy hours still and my niece is getting married tomorrow. Have a house full of guests for the wedding and club board meeting was last night.

For Some reason, I’m feeling a little stretched.

 

But speaking of marriage; did I share a picture of my daughter and son in law?

 

 

Are We Really That Violent?

One of the common anti-rights cultists arguments is the United States of America is one of the most violent ‘developed’ countries in the world.

Too bad the evidence doesn’t support that idea,(PDF alert)  this report from 2010 shows that while USA may be more lethal in its crime; it is far from the most violent.

Police Recorded Rape Cases per 100,000 Population
Australia 91.9
Sweden 58.6
New Zealand 30.6
United States 28.6
England and Wales 27.7
Belgium 26.6

Over 3 times as many rapes as nearly gun free Australia. Sweden has twice as many rapes as the USA. England and Wales very close

Cases of Robbery per 100,000 Population
Belgium 1762
Spain 1188
Mexico 607
Chile 456
Portugal 192
France 181
England and Wales 137
United States 133
Italy 108
Sweden 103
Canada 96

 

Robbery appears to be a very serious issue with Belgium having 13 times as many, Spain nearly 9 times. Even Jolly Ole England and Wales have more.

Police Recorded Assault Cases per 100,000 Population

Scotland 1487
Sweden 927
England and Wales 730
Belgium 718
Israel 641
Germany 630
Finland 615
Chile 576
Luxembourg 476
Ireland 353
Netherlands 352
Iceland 346
Australia 327
Portugal 312
France 310
United States 262
Mexico 218
Turkey 218
Denmark 191
Spain 177

 

Even if we break up the assault of other countries into aggravated or simple assault like we do in the USA; it is clear they are either more violent or just as violent as Americans.

It isn’t easy comparing crime rates across countries; so many variations can change how it is reported. Like Great Britain not counting a homicide until some one has been convicted for or confesses to  that crime. But the overall numbers indicate that the United States isn’t exceptional in the levels of violence in our society.

Please join the discussion.

 

Edited to Add — Dive Medic has posted on this issue in the past; always a good read

http://street-pharmacy.blogspot.com/2012/12/canadas-gun-laws.html

http://street-pharmacy.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-numbers.html