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We Don’t Let Blind People Drive….

Posted by Bill Nance on February 11, 2010

So why in God’s name do we let anti-gun, hoplophobic people who know nothing about firearms or firearm safety try to mandate safety practices they don’t even understand?

The latest genius effort?   … wait for it…. Childproof guns.

Yep, This is a new meme coming from among other places, the Million Mom March (aka ignorant women with no common sense).  According to these mechanical engineers,firearms experts, idiots, guns can be made as safe as a teddy bear. Sure, hand your kid that 1911 that shoots a 230-grain projectile at 865 fps. It’s ok, because the MMM has passed laws that made guns safe as a teddy bear!

Think I’m joking?

Childproof Handguns make good sense!
Many products are regulated to make them safe to be used around children:

  • Medicine bottles have childproof caps;
  • Toys for young children are made with parts that cannot be swallowed; and
  • Teddy bears and dolls must be made of non-toxic, non-flammable materials

And how, pray tell, does one make a gun safe for 4-year-old johnny to cuddle up with all by his lonesome? According to the Brady Campaign (who sponsors MMM):  Loaded Chamber Indicators.

I kid you not. these idiots insist on trying to mandate a loaded chamber indicator as a child-safety device on firearms.

To those of you who don’t know what a loaded chamber indicator is, it’s a tab, or colored piece of plastic that is supposed to show when the chamber of a semi-auto racking handgun has a cartridge in it. The idea is that rather than checking to see if the gun is actually loaded, you can use the little tab (which is nearly invisible in most cases) to see if you’ve got one in the pipe. Yes, that’s right. Don’t actually CHECK, use the mechanical device (which can FAIL) to save yourself that extra 1 second which it takes to just look for yourself.

Basic safe gun handling indicates that you keep the gun unloaded until ready to fire. That mean’s you’ve removed the magazine, racked the slide to eject any loaded cartridges and re-checked the chamber just to be sure.  IN THAT ORDER. This is the only method of which I’m aware to be SURE a semi-auto handgun is actually unloaded. If there’s another way to be SURE, I don’t know it and I’m a NRA and State Police certified firearms safety instructor.*

So a loaded chamber indicator would do exactly what to keep kids safe from guns?  That’s right, nothing. In fact, a good bit LESS than nothing. In fact, an LCI is an open invitation to use unsafe gun handling techniques which will, absolutely and without question, lead eventually to a tragedy. You can be certain as the sun rising in the east that some jackass will use this to indicate whether or not his gun is unloaded, that it will fail and he will shoot someone. I’d be amazed if this hasn’t already happened.

Of what utility is the device? None. Zero. Nada.

If you want to check for a loaded chamber on a semi-auto handgun, you rack the slide and LOOK. You do NOT trust to a mechanical device (which can fail) to tell you something that 2 seconds and your own eyes can tell you without any possible error.  Why would you use a loaded chamber indicator? I can only think of one possible use for them and it’s a practice you’re a fool to follow:  That is, before you holster your defensive sidearm that you use the device to see if you’re fully loaded.

If you carry a semi-auto and keep a round in the chamber, that means you practice defensive tactics with this in mind. You draw, release the safety if there is one, aim and fire.What happens if the loaded chamber indicator is stuck or otherwise malfunctioning and in fact there is nothing in the chamber?

You get to hear the loudest noise in the world: a click instead of a bang. In a defensive situation that is likely to mean the difference between life and death. Are you SURE you want to bet your life on the LCI?  -Me neither.

So here we have the Million stupid person Mom March and the Brady Bunch calling for a device which actually increases the danger associated with handguns and claiming it’s going to make guns childproof.-Like a TEDDY BEAR.

I have news for the MMM and the Brady bunch: There is no such thing as a child-proof gun.

There are only GUN-SAFE Children.

That is, kids trained in basic gun safety, which starts with STOP, DON’T TOUCH, GET A GROWNUP.   You’d think educating kids about gun safety would be something these well-meaning authoritarians do-gooders would love wouldn’t you? But oh no, the antis don’t want the NRA’s award-winning educational program “Eddie Eagle” in schools to teach safety.  Oh noes, not the NRA! (shudder horror) No, they’d rather legislate new “features” which make our kids and everyone else demonstrably LESS safe than they were before.

This is how we got an “Assault Weapons” ban that banned vast numbers of firearms for nothing other than the way they looked. This is how we made felons of anyone from New Hampshire that  that makes the mistake of bringing his perfectly legal 13-round magazine into Mass. when he comes here for a shooting competition.

Only this nonsense is infinitely worse. It actually increases the danger of the firearms that the hoplophobes are so frightened of in the first place.

So I propose a new rule:

No one gets to talk about gun safety, gun handling or gun laws until they can pass a basic firearms knowledge and safety test. The test, which is part of the NRA’s basic home firearms safety course is trivial. Any eight year-old could pass it with thirty minutes instruction. Of course this means that it’s well beyond the comprehension of the average Brady Bunch member.

Gun Safety Training: Because you can’t legislate away ignorance or stupidity.

*Disclaimer: I am not in any way speaking for the NRA. I am speaking strictly as a private person. the opinions expressed in this article are mine alone.

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CCWs Allowed In National Parks -The Horror

Posted by Bill Nance on May 21, 2009

Jack Cafferty of CNN asks:

It looks like gun rights advocates are about to score a win with a Democrat in the White House. The House and Senate have now both approved bills that would allow concealed and loaded guns into national parks and wildlife refuges — unless a state law doesn’t allow them.

The measure has been attached to the credit card bill, which is a top priority for President Obama, and could become law this week. The bill passed with the help of moderate Democrats, many of them from the South and Midwest. One of the bill’s supporters, Republican Senator Tom Coburn, says the move isn’t a “gotcha amendment,” but a real step to protect the Second Amendment.

Gun rights groups say the bill will give gun owners the same rights on national park land that they have everywhere else; but they say they don’t want to declare victory until it becomes law.

Meanwhile groups like the Fraternal Order of Police and the Association of National Park Rangers say the bill would increase the risk of poaching and vandalism of park treasures, as well as threats to visitors and staff.

Some Democrats are disappointed in what they see as the success of the gun lobby under a Democratic president and Congress. But aides admit that many Democrats feel pressure to back gun legislation or face political heat from the National Rifle Association. Can you tell there’s a mid-term election around the corner?

Here’s my question to you: Should concealed and loaded guns be allowed in national parks?

My Answer:

This is a small victory, but a victory nonetheless for gun rights.
As an avid backpacker I’ve hiked the John Muir Trail in California, all through the Rocky Mountains and the Tetons via Glacier National Park.

The right to keep and bear arms doesn’t end at a national park. In fact crime does take place there and an unarmed person is utterly at the mercy of a criminal who IS armed, in defiance of any law you care to pass.

Having been treed by a Grizzly and narrowly missed being mauled, I can tell you that a sidearm in many places is not only appropriate, but a common sense precaution.

As with any right, the human right of self defense is not without costs. Newspaper articles like the ones run in the New York Times and Washington Post helped generate support for the gulf war, even in the absence of evidence to support the Bushies’ claims of WMDs and Al Quaeda connections to Iraq. The Hearst newspapers are known to have essentially started the Spanish American War. But no one sane is claiming the right to a free press should be restricted.

I’d far rather live with the costs of a very tiny minority of lawfully licensed CCW holders acting like idiots by shooting up a sign than be the victim of a criminal in a park with no ability to do anything but beg for mercy and hope they aren’t crazy.

Guns aren’t the problem. Criminals are the problem. And my human right to self-defense should no more be restricted by a national park boundary than my right to protest logging, National Park Service policies or any other exercise of basic human rights.

Self-defense and the means of that defense is a human right.


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An Open Letter To The NRA

Posted by Bill Nance on May 19, 2009

Dear sir or Madam:

I’m writing to ask you to please STOP associating the NRA with right-wing politics in general and the GOP specifically.

Our human right to self-defense is not a liberal or a conservative issue. And certainly not a partisan political one.

Like it or not, we live in an era where the demographics all align against gun-rights. We face a giant wall with young people who will be alienated from the GOP probably for the rest of their lives, where so-called “conservatives” have been discredited with most Americans for at least the next decade and where urbanization of the population all work against our interests.

As a group we need to stop making gun-rights a partisan political issue and make it a human-rights issue. Bashing Obama with stupid lines like “The Blame America Beat Goes On” as Chris Cox’ recent article in American Hunter is entitled, won’t convince anyone we are right who wasn’t already on our side. It’s a complete waste of time. We don’t need to solidify NRA members’ support for our rights, we need to reach out to other people. Folks who don’t know the facts. And to do that we need to separate ourselves from any particular ideology.

The facts, our proud traditions and our fundamental right to self-defense and the means to that defense speak for themselves. We need to be stressing those things, not giving the Democrats ammunition with which to kill us by making our human rights subject to partisan political fights.

It’s extraordinarily bad strategy on the part of the NRA, which does so much good in this country, to continue to align themselves with a political agenda that has nothing to do with guns.

On behalf of myself, my wife, (also an NRA member) and our “Evil Black Rifles,” our three high-capacity handguns and our NRA certified instructor credentials, we beg you to see reason on this.  It’s not about all the other stuff. It’s about our fundamental human rights, which the constitution only happens to codify, rather than grant.

We need to reach out, not inward.

Sincerely,

Bill Nance

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Gun rights vs Property rights

Posted by Bill Nance on August 27, 2008

Steve Chapman over at Reason has some good insight over what to do when rights conflict.

The Juice:

For the NRA to demand that guns be allowed in every company lot is just as oppressive as it would be for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence to insist they be prohibited in every company lot. When gun-rights advocates oppose the use of government power to suppress firearms, they are advancing freedom. When they use government power to dictate to private companies, they are harming it.

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