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My guess is that most non-shooters just don’t get why we enjoy the activity. They don’t understand that it really is like meditation to us.

Albeit, meditation that requires eye and ear protection.

Shooting isn’t about making lots of noise at the range. You may be there with a group of people and it’s loud, but eventually your world shrinks down to just a few things: You, the firearm, the target, this next bullet, and the air between you and the target.

You start to block out the world around you. You concentrate on the fundamentals; your stance, your grip, the sight picture. You inhale deliberately, and exhale. In that pause between breaths, you smoothly pull the trigger. The gun discharges, but you keep pulling the trigger. You pull it all the way back applying proper follow-through. You slowing release the trigger until hear it reset. You note where the bullet hit, but you’re already on to the next round. That last shot is over and done with; it’s no longer part of your world. The next shot is what matters. And then you do it all over again.

No, some people just don’t get the quiet that we find in all of that noise.

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If you take an NRA certified firearm class, or any course certified by a reputable organization, you will hear safety rules repeated over and over again. There’s a reason for this. Even those familiar with firearms can have mishaps when they ignore these rules. Like this NRA employee.

An employee at one of the NRA’s museums “accidentally” shot himself while holstering a pistol. I put accidentally in quotes because “accident” implies an unforeseeable and thus unpreventable event. This was neither. Guns don’t “accidentally go off”. A gun will fire when you load it and depress the trigger. That’s kinda the point. If I press down on the “A” key on this keyboard, an “A” appears on the screen. That’s kinda the point. If the keyboard didn’t do that, or if the gun in question didn’t fire, we’d correctly report that said device is defective.

So what are those rules we should be following?

  1. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
  2. Always keep the gun unloaded until you are ready to use it.
  3. Always keep your finger off of the trigger until you are ready to fire the gun.

If you apply all three of these rules, a gun simply cannot “go off” and hurt someone; it’s a physical impossibility. This guy got his finger onto the trigger of a loaded gun while it was pointed at his own body. The gun functioned as advertised, as did the ammo, and now he has an extra hole in his body. The rules are there for a reason.

And if you are an NRA member, or a member of any other group that emphasizes gun safety, you are especially responsible for following these rules. A negligent discharge in any other location would have been ignored by USAToday. One at an NRA facility makes headlines. Why do you suppose that is? If you think that USAToday has a sudden interest in firearm safety, then you need to step away from the meth pipe. The media report events like this one because they want to paint gun owners, and NRA members in particular, as violent and dangerous. Follow those rules not only because you should to stay safe, but also to keep from becoming an argument against your own rights. Don’t arm the other side!

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At what point does a species go from endangered to extinct? Is it when the last individual dies? Or is it when the last individual of one gender dies leaving a lone survivor? This may not seem to be a gun related topic; but, here in California, it is. The State’s attempts to “save the condor” affect hunters in particular and gun owners in general. Laws on lead ammunition will ultimately determine the ammo choices, and costs, that even non-hunters will have when they seek ammunition for self-defense or other non-hunting applications.

The popular view of extinction is the latter of the two listed above. When the last male or the last female dies, breeding another generation becomes impossible. Or does it? Cloning might offer hope, some would argue. But recent studies suggest that it was all over for a particular species long before the last breeding pair was parted. This study of Woolly Mammoth populations shows how a species can pass the point of no return even while there may be hundreds of individuals still alive. (Here’s something of a Cliff Notes version from the NY Times.) The study documents the dramatic loss of genetic diversity in the last known mammoth population.

The last mammoths of Wrangel Island died out about 4000 years ago. The DNA of one individual that died about 300 years before that point was compared to the DNA of a mammoth from Siberia that lived 45,000 year ago. The genetic diversity was about 20% lower in the younger sample and showed signs of multiple, deleterious mutations that would have hindered the ability of the Wrangel Island population to survive changes to their environment. The estimate of the island’s mammoth population 4300 years ago is 300 breeding individuals. (There may have been more individuals present on the island, but only 300 or so were actively breeding.) This proved to be too small a population to sustain the species. Harmful mutations built up and natural selection couldn’t weed them out of so small a population.

In 1987, when the last wild California Condor was captured at the start of the State’s breeding program, there were 27 individuals left in the world. Out of that group, only 13 were breeding individuals. All California Condors alive today are descendants of those original 13. Making matters worse, there’s a very good possibility that all 13 were closely related. If that’s the case, then the entire population of California Condors in the world today is descended from less than 13 birds.

Current law regarding endangered species focuses on simplistic census numbers; how many animals exist. 300 large animals on a 2900 square mile island would seem, by this measure, to be a healthy population. It wasn’t. But laws such as the Endangered Species Act were written before science could accurately describe a species’ genome. It assumes that having more individuals in a population is automatically good. But, if all of these individuals are closely related, then even a large population isn’t healthy and isn’t sustainable. Merely counting heads won’t save a species from extinction.

The question to be asked about new or existing laws here in California isn’t “Will this save the condors?”, but rather “Is saving the condors even possible anymore?”. Arguably, the answer to that question is “no”. Gymnogyps californianus is already extinct when one considers their genome. But all of this goes further than condors. Recent studies have shown that some “endangered” wolf species aren’t wolves; they’re coyote hybrids. Under current law, this means that they’re not endangered at all.

It’s time for the law to catch up to science. More than nose counting must be done to determine which species need protection, which do not, and which are beyond hope; and thus, where we should spend our finite government resources. Attempting to save an already extinct species or a hybrid population isn’t a good way to spend the People’s money. Worse yet, we hurt species that can be preserved with these quixotic attempts to “save” extinct species and hybrid populations.

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Chef Ramsay posted this clip from his visit to Ft. Benning, GA, of a hog hunt on the base…

It’s Chef Ramsay, so the usual warnings about language apply!

Don’t get me wrong: The 2nd Amendment isn’t about sporting goods. You might be able to buy a gun at Big-5 or Walmart, but this doesn’t put firearms in the same category as a yoga mat or roller blades. That being said, there are many of us in the gun owning community that see firearms as kitchen tools. For us, food prep begins at the target range.

Some of you West Coast latte-sippers may find all of this appalling. You’ve possibly wondered aloud why hunters can’t shoot cameras instead of guns. Perhaps you’ve even done so over dinner. So where did that cut of meat come from?

You would do well to remember that the forests and other wild spaces you enjoy on the weekends are largely funded by taxes that us “rednecks” pay when we buy guns and ammo. The next time you’re tempted to sneer at an F-250 with a rifle rack in the back window, remember that the driver puts more into the environment than you and your Prius do. You and he (or, increasingly, she) both eat meat, but the driver of that F-250 is willing to do the killing and butchering himself rather than paying someone else to do the dirty work.

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I’m quite sure that the idea of applying free market solutions to gun safety gives the typical gun hater the heebeegeebees. They’re usually the sort that want government to drive solutions to this, that , or the other societal concern. The thought of “the rabble” deciding what’s best is, well, unthinkable. When it comes to gun safety, their ideas are as a rule unworkable or impractical. Their solutions also come with laws that attempt to force you to use their “product”. One of their bright ideas is mandating the purchase of a “gun lock” with every new firearm. These usually end up locking everything but a firearm. (The last one I was forced to buy is a nice lock, but it’s better suited to securing the dressing room door on our horse trailer than a handgun.)

So why is this the case? It’s simple: You cannot market a product that no one wants. There’s a reason why there’s no such thing as celery flavored beer, sweet-and-sour birthday cake, or Carolina Reaper flavored bubble gum. This also explains the wild success of smart guns in the retail market. Nobody wants them.

At first blush, they may sound like an interesting idea. But, as you dig in a little bit, you realize that this is a product being marketed to gun muggles, not gun owners. It’s just not practical to put a hackable computer between you and your self defense firearm. Strike 1.

And they’re expensive. Strike 2.

And they have yet to prove themselves capable of withstanding common gun cleaning chemicals or harsh environmental conditions. Strike 3.

Gun haters bemoan the lack of these gizmos on gun store shelves. They blame the NRA, of course. Their stock solution to this “problem” is, no surprise here, to demand laws mandating their sale. The real reason they’re not flying off the shelves is that there’s no demand for them. The free market has spoken, and its answer is a resounding “NO!”. Does this mean that there is no market whatsoever for gun safety products? Of course not.

Gun users design some handy and thus marketable tools for increasing gun safety. For example, the ZØRE gun lock from Israel was designed with defensive use in mind. Once it’s unlocked, racking the slide on your pistol disengages it, throws it clear, and leaves you with a ready-to-go handgun. It comes with an app for monitoring the lock for tampering as well as a feature for timing yourself to see how quickly you can disengage it. The app can even be set up to “surprise” you as a practice drill. Hornady offers its Rapid Rack empty chamber indicator for AR platform rifles and some shotguns. It does more than indicate an empty chamber, it’s designed to act as a charging handle. Pull on its big, red handle and it strips itself away from your firearm to make it instantly available for use. The market already has products like retention holsters and gun safes to prevent unauthorized access. All of these are gun safety products offered to gun owners who actually want to spend money on them. In other words, these are free market solutions.

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Billionaire Bloomy and his mommy minions are no doubt having some sleepless nights. Gun grabbers like them have long hoped that women would be the driving force to advance their anti-gun cause in the US. This comes from the traditional view that guns are a “guy thing”. For them, the stuff of nightmares is that perception changing.

which it is.

The number of women who buy and carry guns has more than doubled over the past decade, according to organizations like the National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

[Lorraine] Wall, who has lived between Lapel and Anderson for 14 years, started the Madison County chapter of The Well Armed Woman a year and a half ago. It’s one of 13 chapters in Indiana.

“I wanted to do something for women here,” she said. “I wanted to find something I could do and shoot with other women.”

Wall said she believed the growing popularity of gun ownership among women is inspired by their need for independence.

“A lot of women want to feel like they can do something for themselves,” she said. “They feel it’s not just up to their husband to protect their family but they can protect their family.”

Women, as a matter of biological imperative, seek stability. Men, on the other hand, are hardwired for instability. Our species depends on a balance between those two competing impulses. Men push the envelope while women reel them back in. For years now, the Left has been able to use firearms as a physical embodiment of “maleness” and the instability that men sow. Furthermore, “maleness” and its resultant instability has been painted as a bad thing rather than a necessary part of the human condition. The Left has taught women to hate this quality in their fathers, husbands, and sons. It then taught them to hate guns as a way to hate “maleness”.

But then something went horribly wrong. (Well… horribly wrong if you want women to hate guns.) Women have begun to see firearms as a way to increase the stability their DNA forces them to seek. When the Left sought to make “maleness” undesirable, they accomplished two things: They removed the moderating influence of “femaleness” from some men and caused others to reject any form of “maleness” at all. Thus society saw increasing numbers of uncivilized, predatory men and eunuchs. This is not a formula for stability and women are starting to realize it. A firearm and the ability of a woman to use it tips the balance back toward stability.

Worse yet for the Left is the fact that women are learning that firearms are more than just protection for hearth and home: Shooting is an enjoyable experience. As it turns out, there’s something to be said for pushing the envelope. and doing “guy things”.  More and more women, as well as the men in their lives, are finding that they are actually quite good at it. (By the way, real men don’t find this threatening at all. We want an equal in life, not a dependent.) So instead of being repelled by guns as symbols of “maleness”, women are seeing guns as tools that they can use for their own betterment. This is precisely the opposite of what the gun hating Left wanted.

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A bill introduced in Utah will fund firearms safety programs in grades 5 through 12. What a bunch of hayseeds! Here in enlightened California, we know that ignorance is bliss.

These classes would teach students what to do if they encountered a firearm or discovered a threat to their school.

Source: Newly Passed Bill Gives Utah Schools Option to Provide Students with Gun Safety Courses | MRCTV

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No, not those California turkeys; the ones that roam the halls of the State Capitol. I’m talking about Meleagris gallopavo.

Wild turkeys were introduced into the State starting about 100 years ago with mixed success. These were initially farm-raised birds that didn’t fare well in the wild. But starting in 1959, true, wild caught birds were introduced from Texas and these have established themselves here. Now environmentalists have begun some predictable handwringing. (Never mind that it’s far too late to actually do anything about the birds!)

Dawn Starin writes in Scientific American about California’s Wild Turkey Troubles

Before the arrival of European settlers with their hunting, forest clearing and timber extraction, flocks of hundreds of wild turkeys could be found throughout North America. By the start of the twentieth century, they were on the brink of extinction. Through conservation and reintroduction efforts, however, they recovered and today, although not quite as many as the ten million estimated during the 1600s, they number about six million and are resident in every state except Alaska. While this proliferation has been deemed a great conservation story by many—maybe even the greatest wildlife conservation success of the last century—there is considerable debate surrounding the introduction of wild turkeys into California and their place in its landscape.

M. gallopavo isn’t native to California. There was once a native species, M. californica, but it died out 10-12 thousand years ago; a time roughly corresponding to the Younger Dryas period. This same period saw an end to much of the megafauna in North America. This also marks the beginning of the end for the California Condor, a functionally extinct species that was designed to feed off of the carcasses of megafauna. It’s possible that a comet impact event triggered the sudden cooling in the Northern Hemisphere that marked the Younger Dryas. M. gallopavo now seems to be reestablishing the old ecological niche once occupied by M. californica, but possibly to the detriment of those species that began to adapt to the vacancy.

Of course, the greenies are doing what greenies do: They’re churning out studies. But to their dismay, not all of the studies support the something-must-be-done point of view. (A point of view that gives them a shot at employment after they’ve run out of post-graduate classes to take, by the way.) For example, one study suggests that turkeys and quail have no problem coexisting, even though they eat some of the same things. Another contradicts suggestions that the birds are spreading Sudden Oak Death. It also dismisses claims that they’re eating endangered species or causing habitat destruction. Still, the something-must-be-done camp tells us that something must be done. They don’t say what that something is in particular, but one of the somethings you don’t see them suggesting is hunting. (Shocked? Neither was I.)

So for those Californian’s interested in supporting biodiversity and a providing lovely dinner, the spring turkey season is just around the corner.

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From NRA-ILA:


Third Time’s the Charm? Sportsmen’s Legislation Passes House in Third Consecutive Congress

 

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Third Time’s the Charm? Sportsmen’s Legislation Passes House in Third Consecutive Congress
On Friday, a bipartisan majority in the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2015. The bill now heads to the Senate, where a similar package, the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015, has already advanced out of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Committee on Environment and Public Works. This is the third straight Congress in which the House has passed far-reaching sportsmen’s legislation, with the prior versions falling prey to election-driven bottlenecks in the Senate. Hopefully, the third time will prove the charm for this important legislative package.

Court of Appeals Declines to Rehear Heller III, Reinforces Pro-Gun Victory

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Court of Appeals Declines to Rehear Heller III, Reinforces Pro-Gun Victory
Last year, we reported that a panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held in the long-running follow-up to the original Heller case (known currently as Heller III), that certain provisions of D.C.’s firearm registration scheme violate the Second Amendment. These included D.C.’s handgun rationing rule, its requirement to renew firearm registrations every three years, a required test of “legal knowledge” for registration applicants, and the requirement that registration applicants present their firearms in person at police headquarters. As we noted at the time, however, the District still had options for further review of the decision.

The Next Supreme Court, by the Numbers

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The Next Supreme Court, by the Numbers
With the passage of Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia, how will the Court rule on Second Amendment cases in the future? The answer is, “it’s just a matter of simple math.”

As the Primaries Turn

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As the Primaries Turn
The process of selecting the major party nominees for the presidential election moved forward this past week with results for the GOP from South Carolina and Nevada, and results for the Dems from Nevada (Democrats hold their South Carolina primary on Saturday, February 27).

Accident Victim, Corrections Officer Treated to “New Jersey Justice” for “Illegal” Firearm

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Accident Victim, Corrections Officer Treated to “New Jersey Justice” for “Illegal” Firearm
What started out as a pleasant evening with his wife soon devolved into a nightmare for Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Sergeant Raymond Hughes, when his safety, career, and freedom were all jeopardized by New Jersey’s draconian suppression of Second Amendment rights.

Stranger Than Fiction: Gun Control Debate Leads to Discovery of New Species

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Stranger Than Fiction: Gun Control Debate Leads to Discovery of New Species
Researchers have found a variety of new species on the planet in recent years. Bugs and slugs, bats and rats, mini-dragons with tails, fish that walk, pigs that live in the sea, monkeys that sneeze, translucent frogs and, well, the list of previously unknown critters goes on and on.

Has the VA Deprived You of Your Second Amendment Rights? NRA Wants to Hear From You!

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Has the VA Deprived You of Your Second Amendment Rights? NRA Wants to Hear From You!
As we have reported several times in the past (including here and here), the Veterans Administration (VA) has been reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) the identities of its beneficiaries who have been assigned a “fiduciary” to manage their benefits. The VA claims that such determinations constitute an “adjudication of mental defectiveness” under federal law, thereby prohibiting the beneficiary (presumptively for life) from acquiring or possessing firearms. The NRA has for several years been supporting legislation to correct this unjustified infringement on Second Amendment rights, including the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act (H.R. 2001, Rep. Jeff Miller, R-FL) and the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act of 2015 (S. 2002, Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX).

Michael Bloomberg is ALL IN to strip away your Second Amendment Rights! Are you ALL IN to make sure he doesn't succeed?!

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Michael Bloomberg is ALL IN to strip away your Second Amendment Rights! Are you ALL IN to make sure he doesn’t succeed?!
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is in a spending freefall attacking our gun rights all across the U.S., on multiple fronts…in Congress, in state legislatures, and on the airwaves. Further, he’s gathering signatures and pouring money into anti-freedom ballot initiatives in states like WA, NV ME, and AZ.   In the ’15 VA elections, he spent more than $2 million on a couple of state senate races!  If he’s willing to invest that much in VA alone, imagine how much of his BILLIONS he will spend in ’16 all across the nation!

 

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In this News Minute from the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, Jennifer Zahrn reports on important gun bills being considered in Iowa, Georgia, and Mississippi.

 


 

STATE GRASSROOTS ROUND-UP

Alaska Alaska
Alaska: NRA-Backed Campus Carry Bill Moves Quickly Through the State Legislature
California California
California: Assembly Public Safety Committee Scheduled to Hear Several Anti-Gun Bill on Tuesday
Florida Florida
ALERT! FL Senator Brags about killing 2A bills in Bloomberg venue
Georgia Georgia
Georgia: Campus Carry Legislation Assigned to Senate Committee
Iowa Iowa
Iowa: Five Pro-Gun Bills Pass House Floor Vote
Kansas Kansas
Kansas: Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Passes out of House
Louisiana Louisiana
Louisiana: Urge Your State Representative to Protect Louisiana’s Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday!
Mississippi Mississippi
Ex-NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Taking Aim at Self-Defense Bill in Mississippi Legislature
South Dakota South Dakota
South Dakota: Gold Card Permit Legislation Passes House
Virginia Virginia
Concealed Carry Reciprocity Deal Signed in Virginia
Washington Washington
Washington: All Anti-Gun Bills Stall in the House Judiciary Committee

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