Chicago: And so it begins….

A 53-year-old South Austin man with a valid concealed carry permit was able to shoot at two men who tried to accost him outside of his home early this morning….

…The man was walking from his garage to the front of his home when two males in hoodies appeared in a gangway between his home and the neighbor’s home, Sullivan said.

One of the two men pulled a handgun from his waistband and pointed at the man who took out his own gun and managed to fire several times at the males, Sullivan said.

The males fled the area without being struck and the shooting did not result in any property damage, police said.

After the shooting, police responded and determined that the man was shooting in self-defense. The man had a valid firearm owner’s identification card, a valid concealed carry permit and police were able to determine that he had completed a required concealed carry class and was properly trained, Sullivan said.
Cops: No charges for man with concealed carry permit who fired at armed male.

Dear Chicago: Welcome to the Gun Culture.

And this is why we have Shoot, Shovel and Shut Up

State legislators have given initial approval to a bill that would allow ranchers to kill Mexican gray wolves caught attacking humans or livestock.

The Mexican gray wolf, which once roamed large portions of the Southwest, has been listed as an endangered species since 1976.

Eva Sargent, Southwest program director with the Defenders of Wildlife, said the bill violates federal law and ranchers should use different approaches to coping with wolves.
Bill Would Allow Ranchers Kill Endangered Wolves in Self Defense.

That NM needs a bill that say it is OK to shoot a predator that is attacking you shows there was a lot of insanity to begin with, but that some nimrod is actually trying to tell you that you can New Age a wolf into becoming a puppy and fetching the flip-flops is just catastrophic idiocy.


Beat Up Tommy Gun

beat up tommy gun


Another gun from the Spanish Guardia Civil archives.
You can tell it has seen some tough times. The pistol grip is “after market” to name it somehow and it has what appears to be a bullet impact indentation in the receiver.

Seeing that it has the Cutts compensator, I wonder if it is a battlefield pick up from the Spanish Civil War.

This will go into my First Aid kits: XStats

XStat plugs gunshot and shrapnel wounds faster and more effectively than the standard battlefield first aid. Currently, medics treat hemorrhage by stuffing gauze as deep as five inches into an injury—a painful process that doesn’t always work. Of soldiers who died between October 2001 and June 2009 of wounds that weren’t immediately fatal, blood loss was the killer in an estimated 80 percent of cases.
The 2.5-ounce syringe slides deep into a injury, such a bullet track, and deposits pill-size sponges that soak up blood and rapidly expand to stem bleeding from an artery. Each sponge is coated with chitosan, a substance that clots blood and fights infection. The FDA says the sponges are safe to leave in the body for up to four hours, allowing enough time for a patient to get to an operating room. To ensure they don’t get left inside a wound, X-shaped markers make each sponge visible on an x-ray image.
Simple Invention For Sealing Gunshot Wounds Gets FDA Approval

Of course, depends on the price but I guess it might be a step up than shoving tampons down a wound.
Hat tip to ITMOTR

It is about Control, not Guns

Federal police guard the streets as members of a vigilante group observe them in the village of La Ruana, in Mexico’s Michoacan state, March 11, 2014. (European Pressphoto Agency )

MEXICO CITY — Citizen “self-defense” groups that have emerged to fight off a ruthless drug cartel in the state of Michoacan should take steps to join the government security apparatus or disarm, Mexican officials said Thursday.

Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said during a press conference in Morelia, the state capital, that government forces have gained the upper hand since thousands of troops and police officers swarmed the western state and arrested several “important criminals” associated with the Knights Templar drug cartel.
Mexico calls on self-defense groups to join police or disarm.

So basically is a case of  “Well yes, we couldn’t protect you. You had to face the Bad Guys, you won and now you need to get back to be obedient victims or else.”

Now, the interesting part is that this is about the third or fourth week in a row that the government has been calling for the self-defense group to disarm but it seems that the calls are not being respected.

One wonders what the future holds.

Book Review: The Grey Man: Vignettes. (Vol 1)

The Grey Man Vignettes

I enjoy a twisted plot, techno thrillers and gotcha books for entertainment. The Gray Man is not that.

But what I did find is a very enjoyable, kick-your-shoes-off, coffee-cup-next-to-you, back porch-relaxing reading book that I read almost straight from beginning to end in one sitting.

I started the book right after I finished re-reading Larry Correia’s & Mike Kupari’s Dead Six so I was afraid that it would color my perception of The Gray Man, but we are talking two different ideas: while one is tactical tri-dimensional chess with lasers and explosions, the other is a ornery frontier-like, Mesquite-smoked checkers where you know your opponent has you by the short ones before you moved the first piece and he is smiling about it.  I finished the book with a wicked smile and wondering where the story will go from here and when Jim is gonna finish the next book.

Disconnect your electronic devices, pour your favorite poison, get in your comfy chair and get to read it.  Available in Kindle and Dead Tree.