Monday, November 11, 2019

Second Amendment News - November 11, 2019

First and foremost, today is Veterans Day, and I want to take this opportunity to personally thank all of my fellow veterans, our law enforcement, and our first responders for your service.  You are the reason that we are all safe and free!

It's been a while since Alex Kincaid has posted a video, so I wanted to share this one with you.  For those of you that don't know, Alex is an attorney who practices, among other things, protecting Second Amendment issues and gun rights.  Please check out her channel sometime.  She has a lot of excellent Second Amendment information in her videos and explains the legal aspects of gun ownership, especially legislative issues very well.

In this video, Alex explains laws that several states have put in place to provide "warnings" about the dangers of firearms.  Firearms are deadly.  No kidding?  Sometimes a deadly weapon is the only thing that stands between an innocent victim and a deadly attacker.  As she mentions in the video, the purpose of all this is not to enhance firearms safety, but to instead spread misinformation.  Incorrect or even outright dishonest information about firearms is often used to promote fear in the minds of gun buyers and even gun sellers to try to deter people from even legally purchasing firearms.  By treating everyone as idiots instead of educating them about firearms, we are not only denying their ability to learn and make good decisions but also needlessly instilling in them fear about a tool that should be respected and handled properly.  A tool that all by itself does not hurt or kill people,  but in the proper hands could be a tool that saves a life someday.

As Alex reads the statistics used by the anti-gun legislators who put these laws into place, please be sure to also read the actual statistics that are shown.  I have heard several anti-gun legislators and anti-gun groups try to use statistics from the Violence Policy Center, for example, who are notorious for spinning the numbers to suit their agenda.  The fact of the matter is that the vast majority of laws like the ones discussed in this video are simply ineffective, as illustrated by the actual statistics from the FBI and others, but at least allow the lawmakers to say that they're "doing something."








This Writer's Opinion: Gun control comes in many shapes and forms from banning certain types of firearms to making firearms ownership so expensive that the average citizen can't afford it, to inciting fear in the public and making them hate firearms.  Spreading fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) is yet another gun control tactic, and appears to be a great way to make people hate inanimate objects and even hate the law-abiding people who legally practice a Constitutional right.   One of my professors in my Master's Degree program used to say that "Figures don't lie, but liars sure do figure."  When I see a lot of these anti-gun groups try to use statistics, especially statistics that aren't even true, I get very concerned.

The key to preventing tragedies such as those involving so-called "accidental" (they are negligent, not accidental) shootings is through education and awareness.  Teach your kids about firearms.  For that matter, invite your anti-gun neighbors to the range and introduce them to the extremely high level of safety practices that we use around firearms.  Open their eyes with education, not with fear.



And in Other News...


Suppressors and Hearing Protection:

In this article (click on the image below) from the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA),  they cite that the National Hearing Conservation Association has published a paper recognizing the importance of suppressors in hearing protection.  As a person who suffers from a world-class case of tinnitus from years of working on jet aircraft and participating in shooting sports, I can tell you that anything that will help prevent or even lessen tinnitus is extremely valuable in efforts to enhance the quality of life, especially in later years.  Hearing loss and tinnitus issues for gun owners can be prevented by simply allowing law-abiding citizens to use the normal firearms purchasing processes access to an accessory that can be a big part of hearing conservation programs for hunters and in fact all gun owners.  I personally also see this as a very valuable tool in the home defense firearm arena.

To be honest, I have no idea how a firearms accessory such as suppressors even made it as an object that people felt needed to be so strictly regulated through the NFA.  Well, yes I do: people have been watching too many James Bond movies.  They somehow got the idea that if suppressors were available using the same background check system used to purchase firearms, that we would all run around like a bunch of little James Bond assassins.   The thought is that suppressors somehow hinder law enforcement's ability to see muzzle flash and hear gunshots, and will hinder the ability of urban shot detection devices to work properly.

Look, if I'm in my home and a violent intruder crashes through the door and I have no choice but to use deadly force to stop the attack, wouldn't it be reasonable to think that a device that would help prevent my family and me from having our eardrums blown out would be of enormous value?  The police are going to be called anyway, and they will be able to investigate.  Having a suppressor on a home defense weapon is not going to hinder their ability to do that.  Nor is having a suppressor on a hunting rifle going to hinder anything.  As for the actual assassins (gang members) running around killing people - hindering law-abiding citizens is not going to help that situation.  Those people don't acquire their firearms through normal lawful channels.







Training

Proper Pistol Grip:

In last week's news update, I posted a training video about how to use trigger finger isolation techniques to find the good trigger finger positioning for YOU in order to improve marksmanship.  I have seen many instructors who insist that everyone should be using the same trigger finger placement, which in my opinion is simply not true.  Everyone has different hands.

This video from former Navy SEAL Chris Sajnog also discusses trigger finger placement but wraps it into the whole technique of properly gripping the pistol.  He emphasizes concentrating on proper grip and then letting the trigger finger find its proper position.









This grip and trigger finger placement practice can be easily and effectively done using the LASR App software.  Practice proper grip, but also practice with different trigger finger placements as well so that you can see how your grip and the various trigger finger placements affect the actual point of impact on the target.  Then when you think you have found your proper grip and trigger finger placement, go to the range and practice under live fire to confirm and build up good muscle memory.



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Monday, November 4, 2019

Second Amendment News - November 4, 2019

From time to time, I like to highlight what "the other side" is saying about the Second Amendment and gun ownership rights.  And this CNN video is about as "other side" as it gets when it comes to gun rights and the attitudes expressed by those who are ignorant about the reason for gun rights or just hate guns that much.

Although this video is from almost 7 years ago, it highlights what gun owners are up against when it comes to the interpretation of the right to keep and bear arms.  Leave it to CNN to inject their own interpretation into the wording and interpretation of the 2008 Supreme Court DC versus Heller ruling and even the wording of the Second Amendment itself.  It always seems that those who don't understand the Second Amendment or who have a blatant agenda to severely limit or even do away with gun ownership in this country, twist words and meaning to suit that agenda.






This Writer's Opinion: The Founding Fathers made it clear in their language when they wrote the Second Amendment that the citizenry had an absolutely individual right (and responsibility) to keep and bear arms.  The "militia" clause simply meant that all able-bodied citizens make up the militia, and "well regulated" simply means that these same citizens should be well trained in the use of firearms.  And according to several constitutional and second amendment scholars and lawyers, the founders agreed to this very opinion.  The Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting, as many today will often claim.  The Second Amendment is all about an individual right to self-defense, whether that defense is from a criminal or a tyrannical government entity.

The same opinions expressed by CNN in this video are still being expressed today.  It is important for all of us to be sure that we are aware of what is being said by both sides of the argument, and then being able to articulate facts and truth.  Stay active in Second Amendment issues.  Attend rallies, gun rights events, city council meetings, and town hall events with your representatives.  Don't be afraid to question them on their stances and express your opinions.  But most important of all, VOTE!  Supporting and electing good Second Amendment friendly candidates is crucial to our ability to maintain our rights and our heritage.



And in Other News...


SCOTUS Contemplating Case Regarding Unconstitutional Bans...:

I always get excitedly optimistic but at the same time a little worried when the Supreme Court decides to take up a gun rights case.  Given the current makeup of the Supreme Court, I lean more on the optimistic side in hopes that SCOTUS will again maintain the opinion that not only is the Second Amendment an individual right but also rule that it is a right that protects firearms and firearm accessories in common use, as the framers intended.  But these rulings can go either way, which will influence the way that states and municipalities make or modify their laws.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed in hopes that SCOTUS rules correctly on this matter.

You can find out more information about the Worman versus Healey case that is discussed in this video.  Click on the various "Main Document" links there to read the Amicus (friend of the court) briefs filed by the various organizations for this case.  You can also stay up on Second Amendment news and get some great gear reviews by subscribing to The Guns and Gadgets Channel.




Training

Trigger Finger Isolation Drill:

This week's drill is another good one from The Tactical Rifleman Channel.  Trigger finger placement has a huge influence on where the shots land.  Too far across the trigger, or too shallow, and your trigger finger could possibly throw your point-of-aim/point-of-impact relationship off and your shots will not go where they were intended.  As they show in the video, this drill is done very close to the target into a 1-inch by 1-inch square.  As you can see in the video, a slight error at this distance will be greatly magnified at farther distances.

This drill can be done in a dry fire environment using the LASR App software, but then should be done in the range under live fire to get a feel for actual recoil and trigger press from the pistol that you are carrying with or shooting in competition.  My competition pistol and my daily carry pistol are two different guns, so I practice this drill with both. Practice putting your trigger finger at different positions to find the best spot.  Once you have found the ideal trigger finger placement, practice over and over until you build up good muscle memory.







The link for the target used in this drill is here:  https://instructorzee.com/targets-%26-stuff.  This target can be programmed into the LASR App software as well so that you can see how the various trigger finger placements affect the actual point of impact on the target.  Then when you think you have found your proper trigger finger placement, go to the range and practice under live fire to confirm.



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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Second Amendment News - October 30, 2019

The summer sure has come and gone quickly, and now we are racing toward winter, cold weather, and snow!  In fact, we here in Northern Colorado have already had our first two snowstorms of the year, and it's not even Haloween yet!  The USPSA style indoor matches have started back up for us here, and I have been busy practicing for those.  Just getting ready for deep winter in general, spending time with family, and plowing through various work-related issues has been my routine these days as well.

Now is a good time to think about that routine preventive maintenance that needs to be done to keep your gear in shape and ready.  Check all of your optics for proper operation, proper and secure mounting, and properly set zeroes.  Check those tactical flashlights also.  In fact, check all of your equipment that uses batteries.  One thing I have found over the years is that batteries tend to leak and can possibly ruin your flashlights and other gear if you don't change them regularly.  And finally, a general "once over" of all your firearms to check for proper lubrication,

I had to share this Liberty Doll video as a timely reminder of we as gun owners are up against.  We are continuously seeing a wide variety of myths about guns and gun owners, and probably will not stop seeing it until all the guns are banned and confiscated.  The continual problem that we are facing is the extraordinary amount of fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) that is thrust upon an unknowing public.  People who know nothing about guns frequently lecture us about them, and know nothing really about the features that make them "scary."








And in Other News...

Blackhawk Holster Recall:

Some important information about a recall of a popular holster in the Guns and Gadgets Channel video below.  The Blackhawk T Series L-2C holster.  There are reported issues with moving the thumb safety while drawing the SIG firearm for which this holster was made.  More information below.






For more information:

"The recall affects the Blackhawk T-Series L2C holster for the Sig Sauer P320/P250.

The holster design can change the position of the safety switch on the firearm without the user knowing it. When this occurs, if the trigger is pulled the gun could fire unexpectedly, posing an injury hazard to the user and bystander.

Consumer Contact:
Blackhawk toll-free 888-343-7547 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at https://www.blackhawk.com and click on the Recall tab located at the top of the page for more information."

Training

Cold Start Drill:

Now that our indoor USPSA style matches have started up again, I found this to be a pretty interesting drill to help with dynamic shooting issues.  This particular drill tests a lot of the various mechanics and muscle memory issues involved in shooting, including target acquisition, shoot/no-shoot discernment, reloading, and proper follow-up.  Most of what you see in this drill can be done in a dry fire environment using the LASR shooting system, and then at a live range for follow-up fine-tuning and live-fire practice.





The link for the target used in this drill is here:  https://instructorzee.com/targets-%26-stuff.  This target can be programmed into the LASR App so that it calls the numbers out randomly, and you can also set the "reload!" command for random so that you are forced to reload at different round counts.

For more information about the LASR App Training System that you can use to set up this drill in a dry fire environment, see my LASR App page and receive a discount when using my discount code.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Red Flag Laws (Again!)

We should all be extremely concerned about this.  Social media scouring to determine who to "Red Flag" - seriously?!  Suppression of free speech is now taking the form of "Minority Report" types of behavior by the government.  It's bad enough that social media is suppressing conservative speech.  But stuff like this actually makes gun owners (who are most likely to be conservatives) afraid to even post anything on their social media accounts.  Share a meme that they don't like?  Red Flag.  Even repost a news story that they don't like?  Red Flag.  Are you a YouTube firearms friendly channel?  Red Flag.  This is getting out of control, and we need to be as vocal as possible to our representation.






Special sessions for Red Flag Laws in the news.  Next meeting of the House Judiciary Committee, September 4, 2019.  Nadler and company plan on working on HR-1186 (Large Capacity Magazine Ban) and HR 1236 (Red Flag Laws) and many others.  Please make sure that you are contacting your representation and oppose this dangerous legislation.








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