As I write this blog, they still have not caught the evil person who took two lives earlier today. It is because of evil acts like this that I choose to get a concealed carry permit. Unfortunately, even if I had been right in front of the shooter, I would not have been able to do anything. First of all, Virginia does not recognize the concealed carry permit my state issues. This needs to change, it should be reciprocal just like a drivers license. Second, guns are not allowed on school property. A Virginia permit holder may have his or her gun with them only in a school parkinging lot. In other words, only if you are dropping off or picking up a student.
So, how did this shooting, and the one in 2007 that claimed 33 lives happen? If guns are not allowed on school property, how did a gun get on school property? The answer is simple. Criminals DO NOT CARE THAT THE LAW PROHIBITS FIREARMS ON SCHOOL CAMPUSES! In fact, that very law is probably WHY shootings occur at schools in the first place. Bad guys can look at the law and see a nice list of places where they can go kill people where concealed carry permit holders, such as myself, will not be there to stop them. For the love of all that is holy, you liberals need to understand that law abiding citizens should have more rights then the bad guys do. Not many people want to die. Not even the scum that carried out this horrendous act today. They want to get away with it. If they knew that there was a good possibility that somebody around them might be carrying a gun, they may have a moment of pause before opening fire. The sooner that the gun-hating left grips that little piece of reality, the better off our country will be!
UPDATE: The sicko gunman shot himself! No money spent on a trial, and no money spent on feeding him three squares a day!
Well, I always like to hear stories like this where lawful gun owners use their Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms. In this case a woman is awakened at 4AM to discover someone is trying to break into her house. The woman calls 911 and in a moment of clarity remembers she just bought a .38! I would grab the .38 first and then call 911, but hey, that is just me! Anyways, she shoots two warning shots, and still the man crawls into her home. Once inside, she shoots him two times and the career criminal starts his long decent to room temperature.
Now, here is my problem. If you listen to the 911 call, the operator is asking the woman, “what are you arming yourself with?” Clearly, the operator was not listening, because the woman had already told her “I am going to grab the .38 I just bought”. Then, as the man is physically coming through the window, the operator makes an impassioned plea for the woman NOT to shoot the intruder. The operator states that she has officers VERY NEAR the scene (from her plea you would assume on the property). In reality, they are not even in her block when the man gains entry to the home. In horror, the woman shoots the man. Like all decent people, nobody wants to shoot a human being, not even an evil or bad one. When he falls to the ground she is horrified at what she had to do, but in the end, she was not raped, beat or tortured.
Being that this happened in California, I thought the fact that she was able to buy a gun fascinating! I thought all of the ultra liberals who destroyed that great state probably took away gun ownership rights as an amendment to some budget bill. Well, I pray for the woman who took those brave actions that she may find peace with what she had to do. She made a decision not to be a victim and for that, she deserves praise. Sometimes doing the right thing has consequences and no doubt this weighs heavy on her. Now I am cold-hearted and mean, so I would sleep well knowing that it was him or me. Use the link below for the news story.
Thank you Sheriff Wright!
We all expect and almost always get the truth from the law enforcement community. This week Sheriff Wright, spoke the truth, but not in the usual place. We expect the truth in filed reports, statements to the press as they relate to cases and captures, but not always on subjects as touchy as this.
I don’t believe the subject is touchy or sensitive at all. Sheriff Wright merely stated that women should get training, obtain a firearm and protect themselves. Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner. This is an obvious truth, what is astonishing is who spoke the truth and how plainly. Left-wing anti-gun nuts are up in arms because a law enforcement official came down on the side of the Second Amendment. Oh my, a law enforcement official, sworn to uphold the law, recommended that women use the law to defend themselves! Certainly upscale coffee houses, filled with $5.00 a cup lefties, will be roaring with the nonsensical argument that this sheriff is out of his mind promoting vigilante justice. That is NOT what the sheriff is promoting. No one has the right to take the law into their own hands, but you do have the right to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Thanks Sheriff Wright, I don’t live in your jurisdiction, but if it is legal you’ll be getting a donation from a ton of out of state supporters when you are up for re-election!
I have often been asked about my personal firearms collection, and why I made the decisions I made… so lets start off with what I have: the Glock 19 and the Remington 870 pump shotgun.
“My name is Wedge, and I am a Glock guy.”
“HI WEDGE”, the support group responds.
For my first handgun purchase, I drank the Austrian Kool-Aid and bought the most common and boring handgun in existence, in the most common and boring caliber – 9mm – the Glock 19.
Glock 19 and a Honda Civic
The Glock 19 is universally recognized as the Honda Civic of handguns.
- Unglamorous and not flashy…
- Known for reliability…
- There are a million of them out there…
- Everybody’s got one…
Lets face it… THEY’RE UGLY… no doubt about it. So why, when spending hundreds of dollars, did I go with the ugly duckling of handguns?
- The Glock 19 works! I know in my heart that I can trust my Glock to go bang every time. If I need my gun to go bang, it better bang!
- There’s less of it! My Glock 19 handgun has 33 parts, the fewest by far of any auto loading pistol. The less there is of something, the less there is to go wrong.
- There’s less to think about! My Glock 19 does not bother me with much to control. Since I’m a simple minded kind of guy, the more there is to control, the more there is for me to mess up.
My Glock 19 gives me a trigger (I know what that does), a magazine release, and a slide lock. That’s it. It does not give me such unnecessary things like safety buttons, grip safeties, hammers, and de-cockers.
I don’t have to worry about what “condition” I am carrying my pistol in. If my Glock 19 is loaded, it is in condition “ready to go”. If something goes bump in the night, the only decision I need to make is whether to pull the trigger. I like that!
Conclusion on the Glock 19
The Glock 19 is a dual purpose gun; It is small enough to CCW, but big enough to shoot easily and accurately at the range or the farm. It serves my purposes very well.
Remington 870 Express Magnum
For those times when a puny little 9MM just isn’t good enough, there is the 12 gauge boomstick – the Remington 870. You can’t get much more boom in a stick then a Remington 870 pump shotgun!
Remington 870 – Dual Purpose
My Remington 870 is great, because it is dual purpose: hunting and home defense. I bought the shotgun with a standard 26″ barrel and non-extended tube. It is a great upland game gun, being easy to carry and manipulate in heavy clothes and gloves when you are freezing your balls off in some frozen field chasing a bird.
For home defense, I bought a 18″ barrel and extended magazine that gives me two more rockets in the tube, for a total of 7 rounds. I keep 00 buckshot in the tube and the chamber empty… that way I can greet any unexpected visitor to my house with the universal sound of “you need to re-analyze the direction your life has taken you“… “SHUCK-SHUCK“. The Remington 870 sends a clear message!
I also have a side saddle with three extra buckshot loads, and a couple of Brenneke Black Magic Magnum slugs… so in case I have to take down Godzilla, I have a properly sized and motivated projectile.
Remington 870 and Hunting
The Remington 870 does hunting and home defense equally well, and it’s a one minute change between the two. You can’t get much better value and power in a firearm the that!
No in closing, my collection is simple, and it will be expanded upon. But goes to show you that a person can be extremely well armed with some pretty versatile tools for about $800.00. Bring on the zombie apocalypse!
This particular entry won’t be a rant on any particular Second amendement attack. No, this is going to be a nice little review of my various long guns and side arms.
First, my dad left me an old Marlin 22 bolt action rifle. It can always be counted on to shoot straight and true. It is missing the rear sight and the stock has a crack in it, but I’ll fix it soon to be good as new. After over sixty years, I can depend on her without question.
Next is my favorite sidearm, my Sturm-Ruger KP90 45 ACP. If ever there was a pistol that fired whenever called upon, this is it. You guys can spend the extra dough on S&W or Glock, but I’ll stick with my Ruger. The KP90 is a BIG pistol, not a good match for those with smallish hands. My wife handles it just fine, though she is almost six feet tall. Very little recoil and the accuracy is amazing. Not a jam or misfire yet!
My wife sports a Ruger SR9c. This compact 9mm is an absolute blast. The fit and finish of the gun is first-rate, as is the accuracy of the gun. It is no wonder why so many people look to the SR9c to be their choice for lawful concealed carry.
Hickok45′s Review of the Ruger SR9C
Next is my Ruger Mini-14 Tactical. I still need to deck it out with a scope, but I can already put a bullet in the eyes of a standard law enforcement target from 75 yards, so for personal defense, I think I’m OK without the scope. I’ll probably add an ACOG or a red dot sight in the future. Maybe a grip pod as well, who knows!
Last week I picked up the tried and true Ruger 10/22 stainless. I picked up the 25 round magazine for some extra fun at the target range. I did put a scope on it zeroed at 100 yards. All I can say is WHOA! The accuracy is not measurable with existing technology. I picked the paper target with the perp holding a hostage and was able to empty my magazine into the perp with not a single miss. For those of you wanting a reliable and accurate 22 autoloader, run down and pick up a Ruger 10/22 in any of the various models. You will not be dissappointed!
Hickok45′ Ruger 10/22 Review
Everyone needs a revolver for old-times sake! To fill that role we have a Smith and Wesson 38 Special revolver. I like the way it shoots, straight and true. However, it needs a date with a gunsmith because unless I cock the pistol the hammer does not drive forward with enough force to ignite the round. Sounds like a bad spring to me, but I just shoot’em, I can’t fix’em!
Finally picked up the Ruger LC9 for concealed carry. Wow, the recoil takes some getting used to! There is quite a kick in a 9mm in a frame that small. Even with the recoil, I am very confident that anyone seeking to harm me or my family will be surprised in a very unpleasant way should I ever need it! Now I just need to find a holster that I like and I’ll be good to go. Though I must admit it fits in my pocket just fine at the moment.
Added a new “friend” to my collection, a new Ruger SR40c. The Ruger SR9c that my wife has is such a great gun, I had to get the 40 and see if it was indeed the smoothest shooting 40 S&W on the market. Well, I am happy to report that it has very little recoil and is a pleasure to shoot. All of those reviews speaking of the reduced recoil were not just kool-aid drinkers after all! If you want something slightly bigger than the 9mm, pick up the new Ruger SR40c. It is one heck of a great gun!