Main Stream Media Catching On

Finally

If you’re a woman, and you’re licensed to shoot, then your skills are in hot demand.

The market for female gun instructors is booming as more women want to learn to shoot — both for self defense and for sport, said Tina Wilson-Cohen, who owns She Can Shoot, an all-women firearm and self-defense training business in Fairfax, Va.

The National Rifle Association, noting the burgeoning market opportunity, is trying to boost its ranks of 8,000 NRA-certified female instructors, said spokesman Andrew Arulanandam.

In 2009, the NRA organized 280 “Women On Target” training clinics nationwide, and 8,000 women signed up. In 2013, the group held 450 clinics for 12,000 women

 

Yep, CNN’s financial pages posting about the demand for firearm instruction and instructors…..just a few years after everyone in the gun blog community discussed it.

 

Hidden deep in the article is a really salient point:

Now, Babes with Bullets conducts 24 camps a year (a mix of three-day intensives and one-day sessions), and has over 4,000 alumni ranging from 24 to 74 years old. “80% of them have never touched a gun,” said Ferns. “They’re professional women, real estate agents, nurses and young divorcees.”

 

Just one data point but probably very reflective of the overall trend; new people learning to shoot in large numbers. Kinda lets the air out of the antis claims support and popularity of firearms is declining, eh.

Another Reason Not To Live In Dallas

Regardless, that’s what Dallas police Chief David Brown advocated to City Council members wednesday in an effort to give his officer access to the private financial records of criminal suspects.

“This information can be used to take down these organizations — multiple drug houses, open air drug sales,” the chief said. “We can access this information.”

Brown asked the Council to let officers access private banking and financial information that’s protected under the federal Bank Secrecy Act. Brown said this information — already being collected by the feds, but tightly controlled — would help him take down local drug dealers.

Yep, Let’s not worry about the people’s rights when trying to enforce impractical drug laws.

Makes me wonder if there is an ulterior motive behind this action.

The vote lets the City enter into an agreement with the Department of the Treasury to access financial records at no cost to the city.

Brown said the arrangement will let Dallas keep drug money it seizes instead of sharing it with federal agencies.

That couldn’t possible be an ulterior motive, could it?

Remember, No One Needs “Large Capacity Magazines”

A popular spring break celebration near the University of California, Santa Barbara campus turned violent Saturday, prompting officers to release tear gas into crowds.

Santa Barbara police said in a department statement early Sunday that more than 100 people were arrested throughout the course of the day and evening.

Approximately 18 people were arrested during the actual disturbance, police said.

The police were eventually able to get the situation under control. Of course that didn’t do much good for the people whose property was damaged before that.

Some vandalized street signs, set small fires, and damaged property, including law enforcement vehicles, police said.

Think you would feel comfortable trying to keep 18 people from setting your property on fire? Keeping 100 people from breaking into your house or store?

Those numbers were just the ones arrested; the actual crowd/mob was much, much larger.

The incident unfolded in the 6700 block of Del Playa Drive about 9:30 p.m. at the event, known as Deltopia, which drew about 15,000 revelers.

Now most of the people there were fairly law abiding but even if a  small percentage 5 to 10% is 750 to1,500 people were out to cause trouble, it is easy to see how inadequate reduced capacity magazines would be. Anti-rights cultists often say there is no need for regular capacity magazines or firearms with high rates of fire. Of course, they usually say this far removed from cases like Deltopia or Louisville or Chicago or Norfolk Va. Or Minneapolis or hundreds of others.

The truth of the matter is simple; human nature really hasn’t changed. Not in the 2oo something years since the Bill of Rights was written. Not in thousands of years. There always have been and seemingly always will be mobs / hordes / tribes / gangs / pick one of thugs who harm others for either pleasure or profit. Changing the number of rounds a person can have in a magazine doesn’t change human nature. Until we evolve past this, until we no longer have individuals and groups who will break the law; limiting self defense really isn’t common sense.

Please join the discussion.

Perception Shift

I’m in my 50′s. Been into computers since High School; took the first computer programming class the school ever offered way back in ’81.

I should be very aware of storage capacity and limitations but some things sneak up on even the most aware. Today it really struck home how much things have changed.
I need to work on some documents at home so I sought out one of the USB thumb drives our marketing folks distributes as the industry version of ‘gimme’ caps.

My initial thought on looking at it was “How quaint*; 512 MB — not even a full Gig or a 2 Gig drive.”

Of course, there was more then enough room on the drive for all 200+ documents; not even 40 megs of worth of files. Realized I’ve been spoiled by how fast technology has advanced and how cheap components are now days. Makes me thankful for the times we do live in.

 

 

 

 

* Or something to that effect minus the sentence enhancers and more colorful phrasing.

Meet Officer Brice Woolly

Officer Brice Woolly works for the Ardmore Oklahoma Police Department. He was assigned to investigate complaints of an aggressive dog loose in a public park.

Sarah Brown said her family’s 2-year-old pit bull, Cali, escaped the yard of their Ardmore home Wednesday, and police said neighbors reported the dog running loose.

Police said the dog was wearing a collar but no tags, and animal control officers tried several times unsuccessfully to catch the animal and determine its owner.

A mail carrier had reported in January that he was confronted by a dog that matched Cali’s description, but a neighbor said she knew the owner and took the dog home.

No problems with his actions so far; dogs should be kept in yards or on leashes per local ordinances. An aggressive animal should be controlled as soon as possible. I do question how much effort was made to capture the dog but I wasn’t there and I haven’t been an animal control officer so let’s credit the city employees with a good faith effort.

It’s what Officer Brice Woolly reportedly said afterwards that should get him the appropriate attention.

A neighbor told Brown that she did not see police shoot Cali, but she heard the shot and saw the officers’ reaction.

“Did you see the way its collar flew up into the air when I blew its head off?” Woolly told the animal control officer, according to the neighbor. “It was awesome!”

The neighbor said Woolly also bragged about shooting another dog with his handgun a few days earlier.

Way to stay classy there Officer Brice Woolly.

 

Seeing Race Everywhere — Except…Er…Uhm…Sometimes

I don’t always agree with Bill Maher but he is often willing to skewer both sides.

 

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A Request -Please Talk to ME

This goes out to all the fast food workers in the Dallas Fort Worth area; please consider it a polite request. I do my part. I shut off my radio or turn it way down. I don’t drive a car with a loud engine. I make sure that only one person in the car is talking when we are ordering. All I’m asking you to do in your part of the conversation is to:

Please TALK TO ME…..

 

Please TALK TO ME.….not the 1.5″ thick plexiglass window. I understand (and can see) that most drive through windows are the size of a postage stamp. But putting your mouth two inches from the window and 18 inches above it doesn’t help me hear what you are saying.
Lean over a little, look at me through the window and Please talk to me.

 

Please TALK TO ME…..not the blooming cash register.  I worked fast food in my youth. I remember the press of business and not being able to keep one order’s details in mind. I get it. So how about you look at the total on the register for my order, then turn towards me and verbally relay that information. Sound is directional; they may not have taught you that in school but it is true. It is very difficult to hear what you are saying when most of the noise is traveling 90 degrees from where I am.

 

Please TALK TO ME…..in a voice that audible more than then cell phone range from your mouth. I see the boom microphone firmly attached to your head. You can adjust the volume on it or simply lower your voice when you are talking to the person at the order station. But whispering in a voice that would make a librarian proud isn’t very effective when the person is sitting in an idling car. You might wake up a few coworkers (might help get the order out faster but that is a side benefit) but it would save you from having to repeat yourself a couple of times.

 

This mini rant, polite request has been brought you by This Old Curmudgeon.

 

 


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