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General Pink Pistols Discussion / NRA October 2017
« on: September 21, 2017, 07:50:23 PM »
Mr. LaPierre has the following to say:

Of the many big lies of the gun-ban
media, none should make us angrier
than the malicious, false notion that
somehow the NRA is racist.

Confronted with that “NRA-racism” claim
by a CBS news anchor, my instant reply
was to say that at a time when the doors
of many newsrooms were sealed against
employment of people of color, membership
in the NRA was wide open.

It has been ever thus since the founding
of our Association in 1871 by former Union
officers—men who were deeply committed
to ending the vestiges of slavery and to
seeking equal rights for all.

One of the great honors of my career at
the NRA was serving with Charlton Heston
and Roy Innis—among the great figures in
the 1960s' Civil Rights movement.
Heston marched in Selma, Ala., and in
Washington, D.C., arm-in-arm with
Dr. Martin Luther King, who was a gun-owner
who knew the sting of racist gun control.

Heston was a man not just touched by
that history, but immersed in it. He lived and
breathed civil liberties. He understood better
than anyone the NRA’s role as the oldest
Civil Rights organization in the nation.

Innis, who headed the Congress of Racial
Equality (CORE) as a Civil Rights pioneer in
the 1960s, was a staunch Second Amendment
supporter, serving for 25 years as an NRA
Director until his death in January this year. His
son, Niger, carries on in his footsteps.

With our unyielding dedication to preserving
the Second Amendment, the NRA has
long been fighting the covert racism of “gun
control.” Even today in places like Chicago
and D.C.—where the Supreme Court’s will on
the Second Amendment is ignored—the
targets of the gun banners are good and
honest inner-city residents who are the
victims of unchecked armed violence—
Hispanics and African-Americans.

Nowhere was that more apparent than in
the story of Otis McDonald, the lead plaintiff
in the U.S. Supreme Court case that knocked
down Chicago’s draconian gun ban in 2010
and extended the individual right to keep
and bear arms to every corner of the nation.

An elderly black veteran disarmed by the
Chicago political machine of his right to own
a handgun in his home, McDonald lived in a
once-peaceful neighborhood that had been
taken over by gang members. His singular
accomplishment was summed up in an
obituary published in the Chicago Tribune in
2014, two days after his death at age 80:
“Mr. McDonald felt strongly that he had
a duty to stand up for the rights that had
been taken away from African-Americans
during slavery. … He had come to understand
more about his ancestors and the
… ‘black codes’ that kept guns out of the
hands of freed blacks.”

The Tribune quoted McDonald as saying,
“There was a wrong done a long time
ago that dates back to slavery time. … I
could feel the spirit of those people running
through me as I sat in the Supreme Court.”
McDonald’s recounting of history was
on the mark. Just as people of color were
denied the right to vote, they were denied
the right to keep and bear arms—and with
it, the right to protect themselves, their
families and their communities.

In her autobiography, Condoleezza Rice,
a former Secretary of State, recalls her first
understanding of the Second Amendment. It
came in the wake of the 1963 bombing of a
black church in Birmingham, Ala.—a horrendous
crime that took the lives of childhood
friends of the then-8-year-old Rice. The
murders of those children forever changed
the Civil Rights movement in America. Rice’s
father, a pastor, feared the same fate for his
church. She wrote:

“After the first explosion, Daddy just
went outside and sat on the porch with his
gun on his lap. He sat there all night looking
for white night-riders. Eventually, Daddy
and the men of the neighborhood formed
a watch. They would take shifts at the end
of the entrances to our streets.” Had they
registered their guns, she said, racist law
enforcement “surely would have confiscated
them or worse.”

If you want an example of selective racism
in gun control, it came in the first few
months of the existence of the NRA
Institute for Legislative Action (ILA).
In 1975, the nation’s urban gun
owners were faced with the threat of
federal gun controls that would apply
strictly to urban areas that kicked in
when crime rates hit a certain score.

Pushed hard by then-President
Gerald Ford’s attorney general,
Edward H. Levi, the plan was to
disarm selected city and suburban
residents of their right to armed
self-defense.

Shockingly, Levi was more concerned
with lawfully armed citizens
than illegally armed criminals. In April
1975, he told a law enforcement conference,
“[W]e must try to act immediately
to counter a dangerous trend in
our cities, in which citizens, skeptical
of the government’s ability to protect
them, seek to guarantee their personal
safety through a terrible balance
of force.”

Terrible balance of force? He was
talking about armed citizens—good
people versus evil criminals, where only
the good can be disarmed. And he was
talking about populations of majority
black and Hispanic urban residents.
He was also demanding a prohibitive
tax on so-called “Saturday Night
Specials.” “Short of prohibition,”
Levi wrote, “a taxing system could
be developed to price this variety of
weapon out of existence. The only
advantage to purchasers of these lowquality
weapons is their low price.”

Low price? Read that to mean
that poor black and Hispanic people
were buying them. On Capitol Hill, we
argued the racist nature of all of this,
and we quietly changed the debate.
The urban disarmament schemes were
defeated. It was ILA’s first Civil Rights
victory.

In our 146-year history, open
doors for minorities, and defense of
our common rights has been at the
center of the NRA’s existence. For all
Americans—especially minorities who
are the victims of crime—the NRA is
America’s safest place.





so....if you keep insisting that NRA discriminates, you are without basis and wrong.

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General Pink Pistols Discussion / A Win for Pink Pistols
« on: July 25, 2017, 05:56:49 PM »
just decided today:

https://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/005426559985AEE685258168004F376E/$file/16-7025-1685640.pdf

DC's "good cause" reason for concealed carry permits struck down on 2A grounds.

yay!

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General Pink Pistols Discussion / No parade for YOU!
« on: June 08, 2017, 06:51:41 PM »
http://www.fox5ny.com/news/259656209-story

Gays kicked out of pride parade because they support Trump.

tell you what, as long as you are safe, i'll take you to the range and show you what i know about pistol shooting.  even if you did vote for Trump as I did.  :)

so much for tolerance.

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really.

https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2017/06/robert-farago/julie-golob-barriers-shooting-competition-high/

so i'll state again, if you want to go shooting, i'll take you shooting.  free.  really.  you can find me on Operation Blazing Sword.

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General Pink Pistols Discussion / In the news
« on: April 04, 2017, 06:25:53 PM »
as an IDPA member, I regularly get emails from them, titled "The Tactical Brief", and the emails contain links to relevant stories about shooting and shooting sports.

today, the email contained a link to the following story:

http://www.bendbulletin.com/lifestyle/5154994-151/lgbtq-community-warming-to-carrying-concealed-guns

story mentions Nicki Stallard part way down.

it's a good read.

also included was  a link to a short story about the Mozambique Drill, aka the Failure Drill.  5-10 yards, just 3 shots.  easy to set up and easy to do, not too many rounds.  if you haven't tried it lately, try it next time you hit the range.

https://gundigest.com/article/shooting-skills-the-mozambiquefailure-drill


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General Pink Pistols Discussion / Merry Christmas
« on: December 25, 2016, 10:25:38 AM »
Hope everyone got what they wanted.

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General Pink Pistols Discussion / FedEx
« on: December 21, 2016, 11:49:48 AM »
so some folks are protesting FedEx extending discounts to NRA members.

http://heatst.com/culture-wars/lgbt-groups-protest-fedex-over-nra-discount/

well, shoot, i'm an NRA member, and i didn't know about this.  i'll have to check it out.

i have also offered by services to anyone who asks, to show them basic pistol safety and operation and the basics of how to shoot a pistol - free.  yes, i'll cover all costs.  i'll bring the eye/ear protection, guns, magazines, ammo, targets, range access, transportation (you bring your own snacks, i don't know what you like).

yep, this mean old NRA member has made the above offer on the Blazing Sword site...and so far, no takers.  offer stands.

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General Pink Pistols Discussion / I love made up stats
« on: December 01, 2016, 10:22:10 AM »
in today's news:

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-debrabander-nra-demographic-20161201-story.html

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Half the firearms in the U.S. are owned by 3% of gun owners, and that means trouble for the NRA

umm....i don't know what methodology the researchers used, but most guns are not recorded on gov't rolls, so no one knows who owns what.  and if you knock on a gun owner's door and ask him or her about guns they own....they are quite likely to boldly lie to you.  duh.

GIGO - garbage in, garbage out.

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General Pink Pistols Discussion / maybe my first student?!
« on: November 11, 2016, 02:57:12 PM »
got an email this morning, asking if i'm still offering free basic training.

yes.

replied with my name and number.  stay tuned.

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General Pink Pistols Discussion / Another reason to conceal carry
« on: August 22, 2016, 07:59:40 PM »
http://www.cleveland19.com/story/32814897/men-chant-black-lives-matter-before-viciously-attacking-white-victims

summary:  5 white guys out for a walk, minding their own business, attacked and beat up by 7 thugs (5 black, 2 white). 

think you have strength in numbers because you and 4 friends are walking together?

a closed fist, a glass bottle....both deadly weapons.

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Guns 'n Gear / Came in 4th at yesterday's IDPA match
« on: August 07, 2016, 10:50:54 AM »
behind 2 experts (one shooting as a sharpshooter in a different class) and behind a SSP sharpshooter.  i was shooting CCP sharpshooter.  so 4th out of 14 total, i'm ok with that.  came in 3rd on two stages, 6th or 7th on the remainder.  a good time, a safe time, and a good time to test equipment and skills under time pressure.

shot my normal carry pistol, a Beretta PX4 9mm full size.  worked just fine, no problems.

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Guns 'n Gear / New parts monday
« on: July 30, 2016, 07:12:53 PM »
waiting on my Beretta Px4 stealth decocking levers, which will convert my F model (decock and safety) into a G model (decock only).  that way, the pistol is always ready to fire, there is no accidentally putting the pistol on "safe" while holstered, and thus going to draw the pistol and pulling the trigger and nothing happening.  already done this to my compact Px4, this is for the full size Px4.  also have a slim slide release lever to swap out, making the pistol a bit narrower, and making it comply with the rules for IDPA CCP (compact carry pistol) classification.

happiness is new parts!

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Guns 'n Gear / The Cost of Owning a Pistol
« on: July 30, 2016, 02:57:54 PM »
I also posted this on FB previously, some good info for beginners:

Cost of owning a pistol

The economics of owning a pistol:

Since we have a few new folks here, some of which have not fired or don't own a pistol, and since we are all adults, some with money, herewith is a short discussion of the economics involved.

First, you have to buy a pistol. most quality pistols are in the $500-700 range, and normally come with 2 or 3 magazines.

If you plan to take it with you, you'll also need a holster and a magazine carrier for the spare magazine. Figure 80-100 for a holster, and another 50-80 for a magazine carrier.

Now you'll need some ammo. For a novice, assume about 100 rounds are used each time you go to the range to practice, and assume you go once a month with your buddies. Range ammo, also commonly called ball ammo can be had for about $25/100 rounds. You can buy in bulk online or at your local gun shop. So I'd budget about 1000 rounds for your first year. After that, you'll likely find yourself practicing more and shooting more, so budget 2000 rounds for year 2 and onward. So that's another $250 upfront.

Additionally, if you want to get a concealed carry permit, you'll have to pay those fees to the state/county, figure $100-200 (some research will get you your exact fees depending on where you live), and if you need to take a class from an instructor, figure another $150-200 for that.

Now that you have your permit, your pistol, your holster and magazine carrier, you'll also need some quality defensive ammo, normally hollow point ammo. I stick with ammo that has passed the FBI's barrier penetration tests, such as Hornady Critical Duty ammo. It runs about $1 per round, and normally comes in 20 or 25 round boxes. Figure 2 boxes at $25 each. You don't shoot this at your practice sessions, aside from a few shots to confirm that it works in your pistol. Budget 2 new boxes a year, that's $50.

Oh, you want to go to the range? Well, you have range fees. They vary widely. Some ranges only charge a fixed fee for the year, mine is $100/year for unlimited use (outdoor). Others charge a fee per trip or per hour. Budget $250/year.

You aren't going to drag your pistol and ammo in a grocery sack, are you? You'll need a range bag and some cleaning supplies. Figure $100 for a good bag, and another $50 for cleaning supplies.

So what's the total? about $1775 all total.

Yeah. This is not a sport/hobby for a poor person. You say you're a little light in the wallet? Better start saving and scrimping. Your life is surely worth that much, isn't it?
Lastly, don't forget the 4 safety rules:

1. Treat all guns as loaded.
2. Keep guns pointed in a safe direction at all times.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire.
4. Know your target and what is beyond.

Be safe. Have fun.

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Guns 'n Gear / A Day at the range
« on: July 28, 2016, 08:00:49 PM »
went up to the range midday, did some speed drills with my new Px4 9mm, found i can do a 20 round mag dump in 6.45sec, and after getting some rounds thru the new pistol, shot the IDPA classifier (90 round test), and unofficially (because i was the only one there timing me) shot 125.23 sec, my best time ever.  did much better on reducing my points down (they add 1/2 sec for each point down).  i'll make Expert some day with this pistol.  shot about 250-300 rounds, got most of the brass picked up for later reloading.

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