Time to be selfish for your own good.

“Hey. Can I borrow….?”

These are probably the words I dislike the most at work. I am not talking about “darn, I left “X” at home” or “rats! My “ZYZ modulator” just croaked without warning.” I am talking about basic crap you need to have to perform your job and to take care of a very basic emergency.

Let me give you an example: Every year at work, we must read and sign the rules & regulations applicable to our job. This is done over a period of several days, one or two regulations at the time as to make sure you understand what you are signing and even there is a brief discussion about it.  One of the things we have to have with us at all times is a pen and notebook as we are either gathering info or keeping checklists or making entries at different locales at work. This is not a new thing.  Just last week, the forms with the pen & paper regulation came up and one of my co-workers (somebody working there for quite sometime) asks me:

“Can I borrow your pen?”

Are you frigging serious?

When I started working at this place and trying not to be that “New guy is an asshole” I would lend some of my stuff with the naive idea that my coworkers were just not as into being prepared as I was. But soon I came to realize that I had become the efficient toolbox that they could draw stuff from and not having to spend money or worry about it. I flipped the switch and suddenly my stuff became my stuff if for nothing else that “I might need it and if I do, i want t with me.”

-Can I borrow your flashlight? You can if you pony up $5 for the batteries (or the alternative: You need to leave a $80 deposit with me. You break it, you buy it)
-May I have your multitool to fix my whactmacallit? Sorry dude, I left it at home (One jackass actually managed to break a Leatherman and even refused to pay for the shipping to the manufacturer.)
-I cut myself, do you have a band-aid? No, but I have duck-tape. Want some?

By now, nobody asks me for squat anymore.  guess they somehow were able to figure out what a clue is. And I may even grant you that some of the equipment could have been issued by the company, but even then I would not depend on that just because the items would not be in my control for proper maintenance making them unreliable (If you need flashlights at work, you know what I am talking about. Somebody always forgets to order new batteries.)

And let’s not even go into the emergency training part. Other than dialing 911, my coworkers are useless on emergency stuff. I am willing to be that maybe two at most know CPR and probably none know how to treat a bleeder of any size. Immobilization is what happens to them at the sight of an injured person and if they can manage to do it without being caught, they will disappear rather than take charge or even assist in an emergency.

So be smart: learn, prepare yourself and don’t share your supplies. They have made the conscious decision to depend on the kindness and preparation of others (They pay taxes, you know?) and even if it is un-christian, not to help them, fuck ’em as you come first.

Being disappointed is a fact of life. Being disappointed in an emergency can cause death by stupidity. I plan of trying to stay alive.

“Criminals Don’t Wait. Why should you?”

I bet this ad hurt some when you are trying desperately to impose a long and obnoxious waiting period.

Florida Legislature 1986 The Fight for Gun Rights
Photo: Donn Dughi Collection

Accompanying note “Cries Foul on Gun Control. House Majority Leader Rep. Ron Silver, (D)-N. Miami Beach, holds up a newspaper ad on the House floor Wednesday, claiming it was riddled with untruths regarding his sponsored gun legislation and its cooling off purchase period. However, Silver supported the floor amendment’s shorter cooling off period, saying was at least a start in the right direction.”

I know that we complain about the hardships we face battling gun control, but back then was even worse: No Internet to mobilize and congregate, no concerted effort between all parties interested in Gun Rights, a Mainstream media that hated the idea of Citizens armed and independent with no alternative methods for people to acquire alternative information.

In a sense, we are standing on the shoulders of Atlas-es who did what nobody back then thought possible. And Marion Hammer was there too, she was derided and thought useless: boy were they wrong! Sis one frigging tough cookie and we owe her so much and I am not just saying Florida.


Florida Legislature 1986: The Fight for Gun Rights.

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Photo: Donn Dughi Collection


“For days Friedman (Rep. Michael Friedman, D-Miami Beach) has debated against the House’s handgun bill but the measure passed 86-27. Naturally Friedman voted on the losing side.”

I have been looking at some pictures of the Legislature proceedings at that time and it looks like it had to be a nasty battle. I guess this pic shows that somehow.  I think the particular bill refers was the reduction from a 7 day waiting period to a 3 day.

No To Florida’s Katrina Law: Because we can’t have guns in cases of Natural Disaster.

SB 296  is apparently stalled. As I posted before, it allows for people even without a Concealed Weapons Permit to carry a gun during an evacuation during a State Of Emergency.

Again, fits are being thrown like Mardi gars necklaces in New Orleans and sulfuric editorial are being written all across the Gunshine State.  Will the bill be killed? No idea. maybe, maybe not. Although is good to throw a bone to the opposition sometimes, it also encourages them to come back for more and then you have to roll the newspaper.

At any rate, if this bill gets stuck, it really does not matter much if the people inside the car are smart and follow the law as it stand now:

POSSESSION IN PRIVATE CONVEYANCE.—Notwithstanding subsection (2), it is lawful and is not a violation of s. 790.01 for a person 18 years of age or older to possess a concealed firearm or other weapon for self-defense or other lawful purpose within the interior of a private conveyance, without a license, if the firearm or other weapon is securely encased or is otherwise not readily accessible for immediate use. Nothing herein contained prohibits the carrying of a legal firearm other than a handgun anywhere in a private conveyance when such firearm is being carried for a lawful use. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to authorize the carrying of a concealed firearm or other weapon on the person. This subsection shall be liberally construed in favor of the lawful use, ownership, and possession of firearms and other weapons, including lawful self-defense as provided 

Securely encased” means in a glove compartment, whether or not locked; snapped in a holster; in a gun case, whether or not locked; in a zippered gun case; or in a closed box or container which requires a lid or cover to be opened for access. 

So, do we really need this law? Yes if only to tweak the opposition’s nose.

Those are my two cents and I am sticking to them…or something like that.

We hate Stand Your Ground: The Internationale

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, and Ron Davis, the father of Jordan Davis testified before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) as part of three days of hearings on a range of issues.

“Never mind that your child or your loved one was unarmed. It’s what I think they had,” Davis said of the law.

“You don’t have to have a weapon, as long as I think you have a weapon, then it’s reasonable to the shooter, and that’s all they need to prove.”

via Parents Of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis Testify At Human Rights Hearing | WJCT NEWS.

The first group I heard doing something like this was Dream Defenders going to the U.N. Human Rights Committee and actually filing a report about the Trayvon Martin case that I think it was written by Nancy Grace and it does not even come close to the evidence collected and presented at trial. As far as I can figure, no opposing view or even a copy of the trial transcript was presented to counter this load of manure.

I find sad that Ms Fulton went to cry crocodile tears to the OAS when this organization just decided to play Sgt Schulz with what is happening in Venezuela. But she will probably get an answer faster than anybody else as this international microorganisms do hate the USA.

Initially I was pissed that they actually had the balls to go to international organism (and I use the term thinking little bugs like Ebola) to make their case. But as Sebastian told me on another gun-related issue “The more they do their chicken little routine, the more we know we’re winning.

And we are.

Andrew and Katrina: Lessons Lost.

Take, for instance, Senate Bill 296.

Terrence Gorman, general counsel for the Department of Military Affairs and a staff attorney for the Florida National Guard stationed in St. Augustine, had just given testimony during a Senate committee hearing critical of a bill Hammer supports.,,,,

….The legislation, sponsored by state Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, allows someone who is required to evacuate during an emergency like a hurricane to keep a gun on them even if they don’t have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

The National Guard responds to those types of emergencies.

People without proper training shouldn’t have weapons in those high-stress situations, Gorman told the committee last week.
NRA lobbyist’s protest to Rick Scott’s office leads to reversal letter

I know it has been 21 years after Hurricane Andrew and 8 years after Hurricane Katrina, but you cannot tell me that the lessons have been lost already. The stories of people evacuating the NOLA area via car, being stopped by police and having their weapons confiscated and destroyed are well documented in places like the book The Great New Orleans Gun Grab by Gordon Hutchinson & Todd Masson. Somehow it seems that leaving people at the mercy of luck makes more sense than allowing them to defend themselves from the criminal element that prey on situations like that.

But what is really funny is that the National Guard is protesting this bill. Let’s not forget that after Andrew, they sent Guardsmen to “safeguard” the Homestead area…without ammunition in their rifles. I have heard tales of Guardsmen being robbed by criminals with boolits in their guns and leaving them pretty much naked and their superiors having to explain the idiocy of sending disarmed people out there.

If that is what qualifies as “responding to that type of emergencies” I do want that bill passed A.S.A.P.