Friday, November 24, 2017

Everyone Should Stand for the National Anthem

If you've followed this blog, you've noticed that I'm not great at brevity.  PragerU does a lot better.  I've thought all these things and said some of them.  The video does it more succinctly.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

8 rounds is not enough

In recent years, gun control advocates have worked hard to implement a new tactic:  restricting magazine sizes.  There's some evidence that this could help when a shooter goes on a rampage, but the effect is negated if the shooter practices magazine changes.

What restricting the number of rounds a lawful citizen can have in the magazine really does is handicaps someone who is firing in defense of his or her life.  If you don't believe me, read this story:

Why one cop carries 145 rounds of ammo on the job

Most of us won't need 145 rounds of ammunition in a self-defense situation, but the fact remains:  this officer, Sergeant Timothy Gramins, shot a suspect 14 times, 6 in fatal locations and he was still up, shooting and trying to kill the officer.  After that experience, Gramins always carries a lot of ammunition. 

This makes the point better than anything else I can say would.  8 rounds of ammunition isn't enough (Listen up, New York and California).  This suspect wasn't even on drugs.  He was just determined and wouldn't go down.

As a related note, the Gramins overheard the doctor making an observation often made by the underinformed:
At one point Gramins heard a doctor exclaim, “We may as well stop. Every bag of blood we give him ends up on the floor. This guy’s like Swiss cheese. Why’d that cop have to shoot him so many times!”

Gramins thought, “He just tried to kill me! Where’s that part of it?”

Well, doctor, when defending oneself against the imminent threat of death or grievous bodily injury, one keeps firing until the threat stops trying to kill you.  That's how many rounds it took for the officer to save his life.

The result of this experience was a telling one:
When Gramins was released from the hospital, “I walked out of there a different person,” he said.

“Being in a shooting changes you. Killing someone changes you even more.” As a devout Catholic, some of his changes involved a deepening spirituality and philosophical reflections, he said without elaborating.

At least one alteration was emphatically practical.

Before the shooting, Gramins routinely carried 47 rounds of handgun ammo on his person, including two extra magazines for his Glock 21 and 10 rounds loaded in a backup gun attached to his vest, a 9 mm Glock 26.

Now unfailingly he goes to work carrying 145 handgun rounds, all 9 mm. These include three extra 17-round magazines for his primary sidearm (currently a Glock 17), plus two 33-round mags tucked in his vest, as well as the backup gun. Besides all that, he’s got 90 rounds for the AR-15 that now rides in a rack up front.


Gramins shook his head and said “Preparation.”
Good for you, Sergeant Timothy Gramins.  Loss of life is always regrettable, but if a bad guy is determined to kill a good guy, I'd prefer the good guy be prepared to win.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

What to do in a terrible situation

This is an awful story that may help others avoid similar injury. 
Tiffany Phommathep was shot by 44-year-old Kevin Neal Tuesday morning while she was dropping her children off at school. Phommathep threw her body on her 10-year-old son who was sitting in the passenger seat.

Phommathep thought she was going to die as she frantically drove around asking people for help. She was bleeding and losing consciousness.
The story is available here.  Its focus is how 4 different people chose not to help Tiffany.  That's bad.  She is probably right in her assumption that they were simply afraid.  I'm glad she's recovering.

I have no criticism of Tiffany.  She responded in a crisis and protected her children. 

With a little planning ahead, any of us might escape uninjured from this situation.

There's a simple thing you can do if anyone draws or fires a weapon near your car.  Drive.  If you're boxed in, there's little you can do, but if you're not, just drive.  Hitting a moving target with a handgun is very difficult.  Hitting a swerving, speeding car with a handgun beyond point blank range is next to impossible, despite how large cars are.  The chances of injuring someone inside a rapidly fleeing vehicle are slim.

If you're determined to help rather than escape, a car is a far better weapon than a handgun for killing people.  Here's an example:
A man shot and killed a cook Saturday morning at a well-known Ashland lodge, an apparent random attack that ended with the suspect firing shots at Interstate 5 traffic before a pickup hit and killed him.

The suspect connected to the homicide was killed when he was run over by a pickup while firing shots at vehicles on Interstate 5, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. A man in an older model maroon Subaru Legacy stopped on I-5, got out of the vehicle and began firing at other vehicles in the southbound lane near milepost 1, just north of the Oregon-California border, officials said. He was subsequently struck and killed by a gray pickup truck.

The suspect parked his car diagonally along the freeway, exited and shot at oncoming cars, sheriff's officials said. The man was run over by a car he shot at shortly before 7 a.m. The driver called 911 and reported he had hit a man who was firing at his car, officials said. 
The full story is here.  Justifiable vehicular homicide probably isn't for most of us, but you should have a plan to avoid injury in any likely circumstance.  We take our safety for granted in the U.S., and while shootings are statistically quite rare, a little planning might save your life.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Al Franken should be fired today

Since allegations against Harvey Weinstein brought his career to a halt, there seems to be no end to the allegations against powerful people.

One of them isn't an allegation.  It's a fact, and it should be acted on right now.  Al Franken should be fired, and the political Left should be howling for his ejection from the senate.

Leeann Tweeden has photographic evidence that Al Franken sexually assaulted her.  We all do.  You can simply google it.  I won't repost the picture here.  A sleeping woman can't consent to intimate contact.  No one on the Left, the people who brought us "Affirmative Consent" can possibly think that what Al Franken did is anything but a crime. 

Whether he ever works as a comedian again is up to the entertainment industry, but he can't work in the U.S. Senate.