Tennessee does not take kindly NY screwing with its people.

House Joint Resolution 0585

CONCURRING, that we hereby urge the State of New York to use common sense and sound judgment in the disposition of the case against Meredith Graves.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we remind the citizens of New York, especially those
residing in New York City, to drive carefully through the great State of Tennessee, paying extra attention to our speed limits.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this resolution be transmitted to
Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City.

Word of advice to New Yorkers. Do not screw with the TN Troopers. You will never see them till it is too late. Be Nice, Drive 55.

I need to move back there 🙂

GFZ Official WTF Gun of the 2012 SHOT Show

Behold! The Mossberg 464 SPX lever-action rifle.

There is no denying: The gun is ugly. It is not only ugly but Helen Thomas wearing a string bikini and giving you a lap dance kind of ugly.

No gun has managed to insult the sensibilities of so many so quick. The AR Tactical Tommies are screaming bloody murder and tearing their Under Armor Coyote Tan shirts (Rails? Muzzle brake? ZOMG!) while the Classic Rifle Crowd is demanding the heads of Mossberg Management and trying to channel the spirit of John Wayne to exact his wrath on the rest of the company.

Yet… I think it is one of the most sensible guns ever. All of the sudden you have a rifle that can be configured both for hunting and/or self-defense in a round that is proven to be effective on living creatures bigger than poodles. And a collapsible stock means people of different body shapes & sizes can use the rifle comfortably to either bring a buck or a bad guy. If the retail price remains in the $500s, this would make a great home long gun to have.

I think this is a win any way you look at it. But just in case look at it as a mother would to her ugly child.

PS: Be ready for the tactical upgrade aftermarket parts for lever action rifles flood that is sure to come.

UPDATE: Alcalde in the comments could have not said it better:

” It fills the void for the discerning gentleman who needs an appropriate weapon for his cowboy steampunk escapades”

For Rick: Husband Shoots At “Intruder”, Turns Out To Be Wife.

Rick from the South Florida Daily Blog sent me this link regarding a negligent shooting. I found out this other site that provides a bit more information that will come handy for examination purposes. By the way Rick, for myself and I am sure I speak for the rest of the gun bloggers, we are very happy you are willing to learn and expand your knowledge and we will be always happy to help you.

OK, let’s summarize the facts of the case. Quoting from the second link:

He heard some noises coming from the first floor,” Miami-Dade police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said. “As he walked downstairs, he armed himself with a firearm, and at that point is when he turned the corner, met face to face and pulled the trigger and shot.”

A quick review of the Four Rules and also so Rick gets to know them:

1) All Guns are Always Loaded.
2) Never Aim The Gun at Anything You Are Not Willing to Destroy.
3) Keep You Finger Off The Trigger Until You Are Ready To Shoot.
4) Be Aware Of Your Target and What Is Behind It.

Top of my head, Hubby screwed with Rules 2, 3 and 4 which is always a very bad combination. Let’s break it down, shall we?

Violation of Rule 2: Hubby was on the move. He probably was doing his best Hollywood gun stance as he was going downstairs, that means muzzle facing forward and probably arms fully extended. I am a fan of the Compressed Ready Position as it gives up very little control, it is easier to maintain in a long run and does not have the muzzle outright forward following the line of movement but the gun can be brought to eye level on a swift punching motion.
Violation of Rule 3: At a basic level, we are still predatory monkeys that react a certain way when faced against a perceived threat. The Fight/Flight/Fright combo makes our bodies react by reducing our size (crouching), protecting our body’s main locations (Chest/Head) and by creating the most fundamental of weapons: a fist. That means we unconsciously and forcefully close our fingers which tends to be a bad thing when one of them is resting over the trigger. Referring again to the picture above, the finger must be outside the trigger guard and preferably alongside the frame of the gun. It is very probable that hubby’s sudden face to face with the wife was surprising and scary enough to provoke a basic reaction and the booger hook activated the bang stick.

Violation Rule 4: It is obvious that target identification was not achieved. Unless there is some other story not told, Hubby failed miserably in this matter and I am sure long weeks of dog house are in his future. Illumination could have also been the problem. A good tactical flashlight is necessary and must be with your weapon or on your weapon for low light or no light situations. Training with this item is simple so it shouldn’t be a big problem to be at least well versed with a little practice.
No matter what, You Do Not Shoot What You Have Not Identified As A Threat.

I wanted to go on with Slicing The Pie and Fatal Funnel, but the post is getting long enough. For the uninitiated, Slicing the Pie is basically Extreme Hide & Seek “played” while doing a house clearing. House clearings must be done by individuals only under exigent circumstances such as saving a family member from immediate danger or remaining on the original position becoming too hazardous. Other than that I am a firm believer in ensconcing, pulling out home artillery and let the idiots come to you.

Feel free to add your two centavos in the comments section. And I would like to thank Rick from bringing a case that teaches us the importance of following the Four Rules.