A while back, I read something on one of the gunny blogs about the "Three Conditions" for renewing the gun-control debate.
Basically, the author said "I'll be willing to listen to ideas, under the following conditions", and then listed each condition.
One of them was "All existing laws are on the table and subject to being repealed" and another was "You don't get to talk if you don't know some basic facts... people who think a barrel shroud is a shoulder thing that goes up are excluded from the conversation."
(Those are both paraphrased, of course, as I don't remember the exact wording.)
For the life of me, I can't seem to find that blog post. Anyone remember seeing it? Can you direct me to the blog link, so I can read it again?
There was a little gun show at the local fairgrounds this past weekend. I swung in for a while while Elder Spawn was at cheer practice. Didn't have any particular goal in mind, other than selling my Cobra Patriot 9S (never did get that failure to feed issue resolved, despite a new magazine, and I won't carry a gun that I don't trust to work 100% of the time), but I had some free time and there was a gun show and that's that.
I did sell the Cobra, for only slightly less than I wanted. That was easy.
Walked the aisles, looked around, and prices were about what one would expect in today's panic-driven market.
Then I left. I didn't buy a single damn thing.
No new guns.
No spare magazines.
No holsters or tacti-cool flashlights.
Not even a box of over-priced bulk ammo.
Not. One. Thing.
I am so ashamed. May John Moses Browning (PBUH) forgive my sins.
Was running a bit early today, so swung into my local Gander Mountain, thinking I'd be there right before they opened, maybe grab some ammo (they get their delivery truck on Friday morning.)
There was a line of folks already waiting, but not terribly long. Perhaps 25 folks or so.
Like many other retailers, Gander is limiting purchase amounts: You can't slap down a Visa card and buy fifty boxes of 5.56. Limited to one 100 round box of center fire pistol or rifle, or two 50 round boxes of center fire, or two 50 round boxes of rimfire.
The REALLY nice thing, to me, was the price. They were almost at "pre-panic buying" prices. A hundred round box of 115gr FMJ 9mm Luger was $39.99, and two 50 round boxes of .22LR were $4.99 each.
Yes, the .22LR is a bit high. Before the panic purchase madness began, I could get a box of 525 rounds of 22 for about $20.00, give or take. That's 3.8 cents per round. Today, the 22 cost me 10 cents/round. But Ammoseek.com is showing around $.19/round as the cheapest they can find. So, I still got the best price on 22 I could find.
I spoke with the manager and thanked him for not gouging us on price like my local gun shop does (LGS wants $65 for 375 rounds of 22.... Or about 18 cents/round. No, thank you.) and he thanked me for my business. From the time I parked to the time I paid my bill was just shy of 30 minutes. Not bad.
Everyone in the line was polite (not surprising: gun folks are polite folks), and the staff at Gander Mountain were all friendly and helpful as well. I'll be going back to give them more business.
All in all, a pleasant ammo buying experience in today's mad world.
I'd wager someone at that prison is sweating heavy, wishing he or she hadn't approved Dwyer's release.
Lastly, given the liberal atmosphere of Bloomington, it is unlikely that this woman was armed. If she were armed and trained and competent, my tax dollars wouldn't be going to provide food and housing for a violent scum bag... AGAIN.
Didn't have time yesterday to put anything up... was busy cooking breakfast for the Spawn, taking them to church, taking a sandwich to Missus JB for lunch (she had to work), taking Spawn to the store to buy Momma's Day gifts for Missus, taking Spawn to visit Mimi and Poppi, and going to my Mom's place so I could see her.
So I'll repost what I put up a couple years back, and hope that everyone forgives my tardiness.
Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there.
In turns, she's played the following roles:
Pusher of the swing set.
Applier of Band-Aids.
Assistant Crayon Manager.
Finder of Lost Toys.
Laundry Machine Operator.
Day Care Center Director.
World's Greatest Little League Fan.
Bicycle Repair Technician.
Rocking Chair Rocker.
And many more.
Salary.com has calculated the salary Moms should get, given all they do, to be around $122,732/year.
I don't know any Moms who make that much, but they're certainly worth a heck of a lot more.
Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms who do what they do. Y'all are priceless.
I can think of 535 Congress Critters and Senator-type folks they could use, in the interest of realistic results.
You could put it on Pay-Per-View, set up a system where folks can bid to have their (least) favorite critter next in line. Take the proceeds (and oh how the money would flow!) and pay down the national debt.
Srsly, could it get much better than watching Ms. "Shoulder Thing That Goes Up" McCarthy writhe in pain on a 52 inch 1080p hi-def flat screen while you and your buddies drink beer?