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Oh sure, they’ll tell you that their donation is to help prevent “gun violence”. In fact, they probably believe that wholeheartedly. But, the end result will be more attempts to relieve law abiding gun owners of their rights. Why? Because they’re giving that money to people like the Brady Campaign and Michael Bloomberg’s mommies.

If they really wanted to prevent violence perpetrated with illegal guns, then they’d use that money to promote proven methods like Project Exile. The search engine giant is probably aware of the project. (Just a wild guess there!) Instead, they’re giving that money to groups who consistently view the law abiding gun owner, and not criminals, as the source of “America’s gun problem”. And of course, when you ignore a problem’s root cause, you can’t solve that problem. It gets worse when you dogmatically insist that there’s another root cause!

If Google really wants to do some good in this area, here’s another place that they could spend their money: The NRA’s Eddie Eagle program. Unlike the Mommies and their screeching, this program really does protect children from gun accidents; over 29 million thus far! Perhaps they should Google it to find out more.

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No, not the watery kind like we’re having here in California; We’re talking about the .22LR ammo drought. (The watery kind may be over too, but we’ll have to see what the next winter is like!)

Wally-World has reportedly told its sales associates in their sporting goods departments that they can sell as much .22 ammo to a single customer as they’d like. Walmart is the largest retailer of guns and ammo in the US. If they think that there’s plenty of ammo to go around, then there probably is. This marks the end of a lingering influence of the Obama regime’s years in power. Greater manufacturing capacity combined with less of a tendency to hoard is returning the ammo supply in the US to normal.

#MAGA!

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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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