Importance of Communicating

Wow…..this video is a little tough to watch because it a.) shows the shooting, b.) shows a cop who shots very quickly and c.) illustrates the dangers we face, especially those of us who carry.

 

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First, I’m not saying the victim, the driver, did anything wrong. Definitely could have, should have done one very important thing much better — communicate to the officer. Letting the officer know “My license is in my wallet which is on the seat/in the console/etc” might have prevented this. NOT saying he is at fault though.

 

I understand how much stress is involved in being a cop; I want to make the process as stress free as possible so I don’t make any sudden moves. I try not to do anything that could be misinterpreted and IF I think there is a chance, I’m going to inform the officer before hand. Yes, I’m speaking from experience. I have something of a lead foot; been stopped several times for speed violations. Deserved them so I’m not complaining. I just recognize especially as someone with a Concealed Handgun License the factors involved in a traffic stop. I think people can get conflicted by the “don’t say anything to the cops” mentality and the desire not to give too much information to the police. I don’t advocate saying anything to the police other than what you are doing or better – what you are going to do before you do it.
Don’t explain anything you don’t have to, don’t volunteer information unrelated to the exact action you are doing or need to explain regarding the interaction.

I really believe this video is a great anecdote that shows how too many officers view the people they are sworn to protect — as enemies out to kill them. Not every person they encounter is out to kill them. This guy was just following the command as fast as he could. Instead of interpreting that behavior as it was; the officer saw it completely differently. I’ve talked about this often enough here, I don’t think I need to dwell on it too much more.

It happens and will continue to happen until we make departments and officers change.

 

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Spin Machine In Action

The local CBS affiliate didn’t mention last year’s record number

The number of Texans who have sought permission to buy firearms has taken an 18 percent drop this year.

The first link at the Houston Chronicle mentioned it but didn’t put it into context.

Experts attribute the slowdown to waning fears of stricter federal regulations, The Houston Chronicle reported (http://bit.ly/1pbdWRV ). Gun sales spiked across the nation after the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school massacre in 2012.

Had to go back to the original source, through 3 levels, to find even a mention of how many firearms were sold in 2013.

From January through August of last year, 1,097,392 requests were submitted, compared with 909,050 for that same period in 2014.

And these numbers don’t tell the full story either; people could be making multiple purchases for each check, remember the check is done on the person, not the product. The media seems to be desperate to make it appear fewer people are purchasing firearms; perhaps in the hopes of having fewer people line up to buy later in the year. Well, it is sort of true. Less people are buying firearms this year through the retail or licensed dealers. But that is relative to the year before. Take a look at the list below.

1999 –  9,138,123
2000 –   8,543,037
2001 –   8,910,191
2002 –   8,454,322
2003 –  8,481,588
2004 –  8,687,671
2005 –  8,952,945
2006 – 10,036,933
2007 – 11,177,335
2008 – 12,709,023
2009 – 14,033,824
2010 – 14,409,616
2011 – 16,454,951
2012 – 19,592,303
2013  -21,093,273
2014 Year to Date – 13,795,965

 

This are the number of N.I.C.S checks conducted year year – notice the huge increase ?  Almost twice as high from the “Pre-Obama” years. Wonder why the media and the antis don’t report that. Why they don’t mention the year after year increase?

It is almost as if they want people to think no one else still feels the need/desire to keep purchasing firearms.

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T.A.B.C. Withdraws Alcohol/Gun Show Proposal

It’s a short notice on their website

TABC Staff Recommends Withdrawing Proposed Gun Show Amendments.

The proposed amendments to TABC Administrative Rule 36.1 (Possession and Sale of Firearms on Licensed Premises) are being placed on the agenda for the September 23, 2014, Meeting of the Commissioners. The Commission Staff is recommending that the proposed amendments be withdrawn. The decision on what action to take will be made by the Commissioners. If the Commissioners vote to withdraw the proposed amendments, the current rule will remain in place.

Other sites do have a little more coverage of the issue though.

Staff at the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has recommended withdrawing last month’s proposal at the panel’s next meeting on Tuesday.

Alcohol sales would have come with strict conditions, such as banning the sale of live ammunition, a requirement that firearms be disabled and not allowing a buyer to walk out with their weapon.

It was, in my opinion, a combination of the banning the sale of live ammunition and preventing a buyer from walking out with his/her purchase that was the main sticking point.

Beck said the rule was drafted to address the Dallas Safari Club’s annual convention, a massive event that draws up to 50,000 people that is mostly designed as an exhibit and may include only a few booths with weapons.

While it may have been designed to address the Safari Club’s convention; it would have hit dozens of other events like the Friends of the NRA banquets or even my gun club’s Annual Banquet. These events are often either great fund raisers or opportunities to increase membership. This was not a ‘gun friendly’ proposal.

 

 (f)   A location that has a license or permit authorizing the on-premises consumption of alcoholic beverages may only allow a gun or firearms show or display at the location if:
   (1)   the location is owned or leased by a governmental entity or nonprofit civic, religious, charitable, fraternal, or veterans’ organization;
   (2)   the location is used for a gun or firearms show or display only on an occasional basis; and
   (3)   a written agreement between the operator of the show or display and the permittee or licensee is filed at the commission’s district office and approved by the commission 30 days prior to the gun or firearms show or display and the agreement includes the following:

If nothing else, this section was worth defeating because it greatly limited where gun shows could be held.

Great job folks, I do have to mention the spin put on this by the state.

The commission asked for public feedback and hundreds of responses poured in from all sides.

“It was for the most part negative,” agency spokeswoman Carolyn Beck said Friday. “They were either against it because they didn’t think alcohol and guns should mix, or there was feedback against the restrictions.”

Yeah……..notice Ms. Beck ‘casually’ lumped those two very different reactions together. I’m betting there were many more comments against the restrictions then anything else.

 

Priorities Mr. President

Yours are screwed up and skewed unbelievably

President Barack Obama is unveiling new public service announcements against campus sexual assault in a campaign being supported by the NCAA and several media companies with reach among college students.

The White House says athletes will appear in the campaign called “It’s On Us” that Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to reveal Friday at a White House event. With an estimated one in five college women assaulted, the message is particularly targeted at men.

 

I guess National Security isn’t as important for your administration, after all we just have a southern border where thousands of people a day are streaming across including possible terrorists. The economy is still in the ‘recovery’ phase if we call what we’ve been experiencing a recovery. We haven’t seen that “post racial” America you promised to bring about. We still don’t know the truth about so many issues (for other administrations they would be called scandals) such as the IRS targeting conservative groups, Benghazi, Fast & Furious, etc.

 

I understand sexual assaults on campus are a serious problem but I don’t think it should be the role of the President’s administration to lead an effort to reduce them. Maybe the idea sounded better on the golf course than it does in print; why don’t you try to figure out the serious national issues which you can actually do something about. Here’s a hint; they try to tell you about this things in your daily security briefings.

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Hi, We’re from the Government and You Are On Your Own

Somewhere in a Department of Homeland Security warehouse, thousands of doses of antiviral medications are about to expire.

Another warehouse stores thousands of expired respirators.

This is the equipment and medicine that was supposed to help protect government personnel in the event of a deadly pandemic.

And there is more

A federal investigation has found that the DHS is totally “ill-prepared” for something like the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic — or something worse, such as a global Ebola outbreak or the 1918 flu pandemic that killed an estimated 21.5 million people, according to a report released by the Office of the Inspector General on Monday.

In 2006, Congress gave DHS $47 million to prepare for such a national medical crisis. And the department did go shopping; it spent millions on this equipment that might now be completely worthless, missing or unnecessary.

For example, the audit found more than 4,000 bottles of expired hand sanitizer in storage with the DHS. Many of those bottles have been expired for up to four years.

Some 81% of the antiviral drugs the DHS has will expire by the end of next year. And 100% of the Tamiflu is set to expire in 2015.

Some 46% of the Relenza DHS has will expire then as well. It was unclear to investigators whether the antiviral medication had been stored at a proper temperature.

Oh yes, doesn’t that just fill you with confidence and comfort? So if a pandemic hits (and with Ebola spreading ‘exponentially’ that could be sooner than later) the government is ill prepared to do a darn thing well….if they can do anything at all.

“The Department of Defense has just declassified a copy of its 2009 Concept of Operations Plan for an Influenza Pandemic. Among the Plan’s scary yet reasonable assumptions are that in the United States, such a pandemic will kill 2 percent of the infected population, or about 2 million people. The plan also assumes that a vaccine won’t be available for at least 4 to 6 months after confirmation of sustained human transmission, and that the weekly vaccine manufacturing capability will only produce 1 percent of the total US vaccine required. State and local governments will be overwhelmed, and civilian mortuary operations will require military augmentation. Measures such as limiting public gatherings, closing schools, social distancing, protective sequestration and masking will be required to limit transmission and reduce illness and death. International and interstate transportation will be restricted to contain the spread of the virus. If a pandemic starts outside the US, it will enter the country at multiple locations and spread quickly to other parts of the country. A related document, CONPLAN 3591-09, was released by DoD in 2010.”

At least anything we would want them to do. Just started reading the information in the first link – (PDF alert) at least what isn’t redacted. Folks, it is pretty clear that the military will be deployed internally to quarantine the country. Stopping travel, limiting gatherings, probably even interfering with the flow of information; all in the name of public safety of course. I’m not a conspiracy theorist; this is their own plan. We need to be aware of what the government plans, what it is capable of doing and how much we will be forced to rely on ourselves for our health and medical issues.

None of this is really new information; people have been saying it a long time. Heck they even made movies showing us what they plan to do decades ago.

A couple of points just to think about

I. State, Local and Tribal jurisdictions will be overwhelmed and unable to
provide or ensure the provision of essential commodities and services.

m. DOD reliance on ”just-in-time” procurement will compete adversely with
US and foreign civilian businesses for availability of critical supplies.

bb. A surge in private demand for consumer goods (stockpiling) will cause
DOD shortfalls.

e. Forces  and assets that traditionally support response to critical disasters
will not be available.

Combine that with the information that Homeland Security has seriously screwed the pooch on basic inventory control measures and you can see how life will get interesting in a relatively quick and painful way.

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True Colors

Sometimes the politicians slip and actually tell people what their true goal is; Joe Biden made that mistake recently.

Biden argued today that Americans deserve a ‘fair wage’ so that they can send their children to college and purchase homes.

‘Just give them a chance. No hand out. Just give them a chance,’ he plead. ‘Because once you give Americans a chance, they have never, never, never, never, ever let their country down, he said. ‘Never.

‘So folks, it’s time to take back America, as we say. It’s time to change the tax code. It’s time to make sure you get equal share.’

Emphasis mine.
We already have a progressive tax system. Yet that still isn’t good enough for Biden. They don’t want people to get a fair share or a share even equal to what they put in — NOPE. He wants people to get an EQUAL share.
Regardless of how much a person contributes to the profit; the janitor and the engineer should get the same share of the profit. The owner of the company who risks his family’s food and future shouldn’t get any more of the profit then the person who punches in for 40 hours a week and collects a paycheck.
Notice he doesn’t call for people to share equally in the risks, he doesn’t call for people to share equally in the work load; just the results.
Never forget people like these are not interested in equal opportunity but in equal outcome.

One Way Borders

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama could act without congressional approval to limit a key incentive for U.S. corporations to move their tax domiciles abroad in so-called “inversion” deals, a former senior U.S. Treasury Department official said on Monday.

I find it more than hypocritical that so many people are interested in securing the borders — IF the company or people are leaving America for a better place or for more money.
I keep thinking that some people will come up against the upper limits of their hypocrisy. They haven’t yet.
He wants to give millions a pathway to legal status but opposes companies using the legal system to improve their situation.