Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Got A Special Request

Bruce, of the Bluegrass Bruce Blog e mailed me and asked me to help him out and link a message from his blog.
Go give it a look here!!


Sunday, August 31, 2014

How old is to old?

So I am out renewing my old NRA Instructor certifications and all I can say is that many things have changed. The old methodology is nothing like the new one. Total Participant Involvement (TPI) is the way of the world, and just like anything else it has to be learned. DO NOT LECTURE, teach by asking, get them to think and be involved.  Many of my NRA Certs were back in the 70s and early 80s. I am taking some of them again. I came from a revolver world, need to get up with semi auto world. Why, do you ask I post this? A wonderful young woman, who we will call Wendy because that's her name, started her own business in San Diego and she asked me why I was talking them again. Actually she said, I thought you were already certified, and I explained the changes and my need to know the new ways. She is in her 20s. I am pushing 60. I missed a lot in those 40 years. I worked at the gun shop, then carried a firearm with the US Coast Guard, then always stayed active in the shooting sports.  But I was do for a refresher.  Might take more refreshers if TJ gives me the discount.(TJ is the Training Counselor who wrote many of these classes.)

In other news, a 9 year old girl accidentally shot  instructor this week. The instructor was hit in the head by the bullet of a fully automatic Uzi. The instructors family do not blame the young girl, and only hope she is alright. The anti gun nuts are coming out of the closet with accusations and demands.  My 10 cents? The video does not have the whole story. It runs only as the 9 year old is at the line. Yes, it is hard to manage the recoil of an Uzi, and the instructor thought he had control. I will not offer advice, only condolences. I was not there., and neither were anyone from the anti gun nuts side. Please mourn for the man killed, and pray for no lasting mental anguish for the young girl. Prayers are said.

I am enjoying the California gun folks, they are a passionate group. I tell them how complaisant my home state of PA has gotten with their spoiled gun rights.(In comparison with here) They fight pretty well here and getting people to volunteer is just as hard.

Burbank shoots are going well with standing room crowds on my Friday nights. We started the Winchester Shooting program and had some success with it.  The first stage is shooting paper plates. We had some creative individuals doing this. Photo below.





I will be attempting to log more often.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Disconnected

This past week I have been in an apartment in California for exactly one year. I have not had a TV in the apartment the entire year. I disconnected the idiot box.  I made it.  How did I make it?  I read, I studied and contemplated. I also have a nice HP Laptop computer that has a 17 inch screen. I caught the few TV shows I wanted to watch On Demand, which added up to about 6. Blacklist, NCIS, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Longmire, The Mentalist. Working in the entertainment industry my entire adult life, it is hard to imagine not having the newest technology that includes a huge screen HDTV. But I did it, and it didn't hurt one bit.

The excitement of the week is scheduling my vacation for the summer. I haven't been home since February when Nancy was seriously, seriously sick. Sometime this summer I will be heading to meet the family in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 3 of my sons and Nancy will be driving down, me flying in on a 3 plane hop out of Burbank Airport. I wouldn't care if it was a 10 plane hop. My oldest will be with us, now that he has left the band scene, he has all this vacation, so he will join us. Liam, who is 17, will be going into his Senior year and I am not sure he will want to go on vacation next year after he graduates. Better add Ryan here as he will be 15 by the time I see him! Maybe if I can save enough we can all go somewhere he won't want to miss out on?  The 2nd oldest son, Shawn, is living up in Oakland.  My plan, loosely derived, is to drive up and spend a weekend in the Oakland area and visit with him and his girlfriend Erica. Who knew seeing your family was so impactful?  ME>....

Work has been extremely busy, hectic and maniacal. Change is afoot.  It is hard to a work life balance when your boss works 20 hour days, 7 days a week.

Looking forward to hugging my kids, and Nancy, during the summer vacation.



Sunday, June 8, 2014

Burbank CalGuns shoot with Pizza


The last Friday night of the month gun shoot happens at The Firing Line in Burbank, CA. In May we had 30 people show up with 2 brand new shooters joining the group. We were lucky to have Scott and Chad join us from the award winning CalGuns shooting team. They were fresh from the first place finish they grabbed in Nevada. The pizza was hot and picked  up by yours truly. I would say the night was an incredible success, and that's me being humble.

Yes, they shoot guns in California.  The sheeple mostly don't know the laws or about their rights.  But we are changing that, one smile at a time!!


Unicorns and rainbows

This Blog post was written by a woman in Maine.

Of course she moderates the comments so she can delete the ones she doesn't like.  I, on the other hand, accept all comments.

Link Here 

My answer below. I stick to the facts and I emphasize in red italics her ignorance. 

 

Thursday, June 05, 2014


Gun violence in America is growing like an infectious disease

Right wing zealots are obsessed with protecting Second Amendment rights while young people are being murdered by the growing public health menace of gun violence.  If the rate of killing young people murdered by gun violence were caused by any other vector, the American public would demand a responsible public health cure. 

It's impossible to understand why Second Amendment zealots are protected by the United States Supreme Court's supportive rulings, when young people are at risk of dying in the US, every day, from guns. Now, Seattle WA has reported yet another in the unbelievable litany of gun violence incidents on a college campus, including the death of at least one of four victims.

Meanwhile, right wing zealots are cruelly attacking the decision to exchange 5 ugly old terrorist Taliban leaders, who were held without trial in Guantanamo, for a young Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner for 5 years. It's unbelievably hypocritical for the right wing nuts to ignore the deaths caused by growing gun violence, while they waste energy criticizing a humanitarian act to save an American soldier from certain death in captivity.

Although the right wing establishment within the Republican and Libertarian political parties are paralyzed by money the National Rifle Association showers on them to sustain support, maybe young and untainted voters can make a change in this zealotry.  

Let's educate young people about the horrible danger of gun violence in America. This is the fact: guns kill people

In the absence of guns, the death rate from gun violence would be reduced to practically zero.

Like any infectious disease, it's time to remove the causation and cure the epidemic. We can enforce gun safety regulations that will protect Second Amendment rights and save our youth from preventable violent deaths.






Hello Ms. L'Heureux,

It does not matter to you that the legally standing facts do not support your statement.  Violent crime is down.  The FBI statitics says so, the DOJ statistics says so.  Also while guns sales have increased 10fold, crime has been reduced. I think better sentencing, video camera and yes, 10 million licensed gun carriers are to be credited.
I do agree that if there were no guns, gun crime would go away. Feel free to quote me on that. As such as if there were no cars, car deaths wouldn't exist, or swimming pool deaths if pools didn't exist. I do believe unicorns are not real, so let's avoid that discussion. But we live in a country that has a 2nd amendment.
The 2nd amendment is the most restricted amendment of all, wouldn't you agree?  I live in California. Even though I have a license to carry from 3 other States, I can not here because I live in the wrong county. When I buy a handgun, I must wait 10 days, even though I own many more already. I also can only buy 1 gun a month.  What if you had to wait 10 days for a newspaper, or get one newspaper a month? A right is a right?! Some of the strictest gun laws in the country here in California. Eric Rogers lived here.
I am a law abiding citizen, I obey the laws of the states I am in when I am in them. Can you admit the criminal do not?
My licenses to carry allow me to do so in 40 States, why is that? Why does a State regulate my safety? Or why only 20% of them?

Anyway, you keep with the emotion and your miscalculations, I prefer to stick to the facts.When people tell me I am paranoid when I say people want to take my guns, I will just point them to your writing it.

Have a great weekend.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The VA Scandal

Old NFO has a great rant on the VA Scandal and it's impact on Veterans. Please go read it and read the links. What I always like about Old NFO is he offers solutions to his rants. He looks and seeks answers. I guess that is inherent in job. Many people are complaining about the scandals, but offering solutions? Priceless.

I have been very lucky. I have never used one benefit of my GI Bill. My jobs have always provided affordable healthcare and I was able to make due without my benefits. But for the men/women who are not in my situation I find it appalling that the US Government would ever turn it's back on those who served and took the oath. It sickens me. 40 Vets died waiting for healthcare in one facility. Why were they waiting? The possibility seems almost insane. That bonused employees could receive money for hitting a number. So the books are cooked and papers destroyed for well off people to make more money. Tar/Feathers/Jail.

Please remember all Veterans, alive and dead, this weekend for Memorial Day. I hate it that most people think of this 3 day weekend as the kickoff to summer. I will be placing US flags on grave markers tomorrow at a grave-site close to my apartment with other members of the American Legion and the cub scouts.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Armed Service Day is May 17th

Not much more I can say here. For us old farts it was a hard time. Maybe I need to get a tattoo?
Thanks to Old NFO for the link.

May 17th is Armed Services Day. Please thank a Vet.

I may have mentioned in the past, I thank every Vet I find. If I see a hat, or a pin, I approach them all and offer a sincere thanks and handshake. If you are in uniform, I am coming for you. I use to embarrass my kids, then they learned and would point them out for me. I don't think it is to much to ask to thank those who MAY have put the life on the line. Those of us who have served know that not all put their actual life on the line, I was in the Coast Guard right?, but we know how it works, those that do put their life on the line need the support of all those behind the lines of the immediate danger. I was a great boat handler. But without my crew, without the radiomen back on shore, without the support system we were nothing. WE get that.

God bless all Vets who have served and understand their oath and what it means.

Semper Paratus!


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Another One Bite's the Dust

In my plan to have a means of income in my retirement, I have taken another NRA Instructor class, and yes, passed it.  Add the Refuse To Be A Victim class to my certifications. I approached the local American Legion and asked them to allow me to teach classes there, they are investigating, and insist on me becoming a member. I can do that, need to check the dates of my cold war enlistment. I sure think all Veterans should be able to get into these associations. But the American Legion has stipulations on time in action. But I say that also knowing I support private clubs. Conundrum.

I was the perfect straight man in this class. It was 3 men and 5 woman. As we completed the class and I read through the book, there was not one mention of the word firearm, weapon or gun. I was aghast.  I mentioned to the Instructor, TJ Johnson, as part of my comments that I very surprised there was no mention in an NRA class.  He got me to ask.  There is a supplement and it's a separate booklet that leads into Home Firearm Safety class.  Perfect, got that one, too!
So TJ Johnson and I go way back. I have been a long time NRA Member and I remember voting for him for the NRA Board back in the 90's.  That is my instructor, he is one of the few people who actually created these NRA courses. He is the real deal.  I will take all my classes from him.





Saturday, May 3, 2014

Wild Thinking at the Gun Range

I wanted to add one thing.  The pro gunners here in California have a long way to go.  When I tell them PA has no training for a license to carry, they think that's wrong.  16 of 16 people think you as a citizen must meet the government mandated training to carry a gun in public.

When I told them the Georgia law being passed this week is already the law of the land in Pennsylvania they gasp. "Dude, why do you need to carry a gun in church." Arggghh.

They have a long, long way to go.




CalGuns and Other Stories.

Looks like I am back deeply involved. I am now running the CalGuns Monthly shoot at the The Firing Line indoor range for the 4th Friday night get together.
The Firing Line is a nice little Range in Burbank, about 4 miles from my apartment and 3 miles from my office. I started going there 4 month ago, didn't shoot the first 2 months and now am a member of the range and running a monthly shoot for CalGuns. Remember when you say, you are willing to help, if you wait long enough people are willing to listen and empower you. The shoot starts at 1900 hours and goes until they close at 2200. Pizza, which I have to order and pick up across the street, starts at 2030. I will run some raffles and hope to sell some swag at the event to help make the group funds. People are encouraged to bring cool firearms and do a show and tell session. The range attempts to give us a entire 8 bay range, they have 2, when we get there. Last 2 month we have had to wait. The people shooting population grows.
I will have someone, Chad, hand holding me this month, May 23.  Next month, June, it will be all me.  I hope I get time to shoot some.I will post more pictures here as I collect them.

I will be in California 11 months on the 10th.  It will get increasingly hard to maintain my PA address through the 2014 year. But I am more comfortable here, but I miss my kids, and my ex-wife more than I would have ever guessed. 3 hours is an incredible time variation when you work here in PSDT until 7PM minimum. My new boss stays late, and therefore, so do I mostly. Calling my kids after 10, their time, is a mixed bag.  I hate to wake them on a school night, or I might catch them doing homework. Either way, I am disturbing them.

I will be driving to Vegas to meet my oldest son in May. He has a work related show to attend and he is staying longer to hang with his old man.  He will take the brunt of the missing hugs and kisses for the rest of the family. I am pumped to go see him and stay with him for the 3 to 4 days. There will be steak and beer shortage in Vegas, heads up.

I am looking to see when I can back east again, hoping the end of June. Sure would like to get away to North Myrtle Beach if possible. My ex has a pending medical concern that may slow this option. And yes, I would still vacation with my ex wife. She really is still a good friend, great mom and all around heart filled person.  My new boss insist that I be in the office if he isn't, so when I asked about vacation he told me wait until he decides when his is.  LOL 

I have not applied for my carry license here in Los Angeles yet. I am waiting the full release of the Peruto ruling before wasting my time. In Orange County people are waiting 8 to 10 months for the interview process. But they are getting them.  When I tell my friends back east about the gun laws here, they choke. I am not sure WHY the citizens here just give up so easy on their rights. I run into more people who seem to have the anti gun talking points down, and believe them. When I tell them they are all lies and I can prove it, and then do, they still say things like, "Why would they say it?" Ughh.

Enough for now.  CU all later!





Saturday, February 22, 2014

Licensed To Carry

I was reading this morning of a woman, the bank manager, who was fired from Wells Fargo banks, for carrying her concealed firearm while she worked. Her lawyer is claiming she has a right to carry her firearm. The bank says it is there private property and she has no rights there. I will not comment on my suspicions here, but it made me think of another conundrum that we, as licensed firearm carriers, have to contend with. That would be getting to and from work. Many laws have been changed to declare that parking lots owned by businesses can allow employee's to keep a firearm stored in the car. But what do the train folks do? I worked for a major Cable/Telecommunications company for many years, but my office was in the suburbs.  when they made me sign a paper that allowed them to search my truck when on the lot, I just parked in a public lot about 30 feet further in some cases. But the people who train into Philly office, what could they do as they got to work? Nothing.  No lock boxes were offered, no where to properly store a firearm. I know many folks who work there that knowing just blow off the rule. They conceal and never mention it to anyone.(I feel privileged they trust me with it) One woman has a very nice, expensive concealed carry briefcase in beautiful leather. Another woman has a portfolio that has a zippered compartment. I have to admit, I love it. What we have done is create a hidden group of mini radical lawbreakers. When I ask them why they carry at work, they tell me, "My life is worth more to me then my job." They might get fired, but the alternative is not realistic to them.
With licensing getting more mainstream, I mean even California will have shall issue here soon, we need to start doing more to recognize these growing hidden minorities of licensed, law abiding folks. Currently the number I hear is over 10 million people have licenses in the US. That will explode as Illinois and California and other restrictive states come around. (It is estimated that Illinois and California will add 2 million+ combined. I am betting on more) Once we get NJ, NY and some of the idiotic Northeastern states included, a serious change will occur.

Many times I get told the "NRA is only 5 million out of 300 million" people in the states. But these are annual or life members who PAY real dollars to stand up. But FBI stats show over 10 million people are licensed. (This does not include LEOs) So quickly 5 becomes over 10, see how that works. This is why we won the battle last year against gun registration. (YES, that is what it was)

Lastly, since I am in California, I was asked by an employee about the new electric gun. The one that needs batteries and can only be shot by the person wearing the wrist band it synchronizes with. I am older, but I am a techy guy, so I see this as one of the most stupid things I have ever heard. Ever need your Iphone really bad but the battery was dead? Think about it.  I remembered my firearm, but forgot the wrist band.  I awake at night and need to find 2 things.  My wife has the gun, but I have the wrist band?  I could go on all night.
Would you really put your life in the hands of the energizer bunny??  Not me.


Monday, February 17, 2014

The NRA-ILA and why we win.

Once again I am reading my American Rifleman magazine and I am always caught counting the number of donators to the NRA-ILA that give over 1000 dollars. Yes there is the gun club and gun manufacturer in there, but the majority are individuals. I would assume that many individuals like me, give less, but give.
So in a not scientific way, I would like to post why we win.
  • Truth, we have facts on our side. 
  • Passion, the over 1000 dollar donators are many.
  • Gun shows.
  • Gun shoots
  • State associations
  • Pro Gun bloggers
  • Membership. Many states beat National Anti gun groups.
  • NRA Conventions and *shows.(Adding in *Harrisburg and expecting more as success grows) 
  • Pro Gun forums.
  • Excellent lawyers, not left wing ideological anti constitutionalists.  
These are just a small reason why we win. But I come back to the start and say that truth is the real reason. We have MOMs on our side that defend their children, we have Mayors on our side that understand their oath. We have 80 to 100 million gun owners who vote and call and write when needed. We win!

 " the right of the people to keep AND bear arms shall not be infringed."
Please always share the  keep AND bear arms section. Keep in our homes, and bear outside the home. SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!!!


Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Delaware County Daily Times.

I stopped getting the newspaper delivered many years ago. It was more because they didn't reflect my views. The Inquirer was liberal as all heck, and the DTs was left leaning. But when they started going to Internet news, and allowing readers to comment, I was enthralled. I enjoyed sharing my views and I learned quite a bit. I became more and more recognized as the years went by. I was especially noticed when it came to gun issues. People would almost wait for my feedback.  Even my detractors would line up for my lesson.
I was even invited on the DTs Internet Video show. I debated the Lansdowne Mayor and the Chester Mayor on live streaming video. I told the truth, corrected their lies and tried to help educate. Not sure it mattered. I had IDd the DTs as a gun hater paper, even though the editor, Phil Heron was extremely nice.

Why do I mention all this now. When I asked them why they don't carry stories like the 3 Colorado State Senators being successfully recalled for their gun position, or the confiscation of guns in NY state, or the most recent over ruling of Carry rights in the state of California? There answer was always the same, and still is. We are a local paper, and they are national stories. Then I dug in. I reminded them that the CT story was National, that the Navy Yard story was National and that many other gun crime stories they carried were national.  They couldn't see their hypocrisy.  I don't think they do it on purpose, but it's there. They are so blinded by the agenda they believe, they argue they stand equal to all sides, while obviously banning the other sides argument. There answer is "Send in a editorial."  Nope. 

I miss my PA laws and my PA roots.  That being said, I sure am not missing the winter of 2014. 

We, the NRA members, the gun friendly responsible, law abiding folks, will win because as I started out saying, we have truth on our side. The anti gunners have lies, damn lies and statistics.


4 Months?

How do you know you are really been busy? When you don't post to a blog in over 3-4 months.
So much has happened I won't spell it all out here. (I know someone will appreciate that)

But I will spout off about California things.  Like trying to get in touch with the NRA Volunteer in my area.
Most of you who read this know I am a dedicated volunteer to the cause.  I show up on time, I write the letters, I meet with the politicians and I speak well. Trying to get involved in Los Angeles is tough.
It took me 2 months to get someone to respond, let's call him Anthony, since that's his name. He e mails me that he has regular meetings, 2nd Tuesday of every month at a diner in Van Nuys. Nice little place, called Lulu's. I Google the place, dial into GPS and plan on being early for a 7:00 meeting.  As I mentioned earlier, I tend to be early and I get there at 6:30 PM. I sit quietly in the parking lot, which is large for California, and watch for vehicles coming and going through the lot attempting to spot a CalGuns, or NRA sticker in a rear window. A couple of pick up trucks come in that immediately get me attention and the men getting out of them fit the description.I get out, and inspect their trucks, no stickers. Hmmmm, I must be a freak.....   OK, time to go in.
I walk into the diner, nice place, small bar and I am met by a nice gentleman who asks me if he can help me. I tell him I am there for the NRA meeting.  He looks puzzled and grabs a book.  He turns back to me and says, he cant find anything. He says to go back in the meeting room and ask there. Ahhh, I think, the meeting room. The NRA guy would be there. I open the door to the meeting room and there sits 4 guys, 3 bearded and one looking like a guy who sits at the rifle range all day.  I say, "Hi guys, I am Dan, are one of you Anthony?" Nope is my immediate answer. I say, "this the NRA meeting?" He says, nope National Ski Patrol, but you can join us. I apologize and leave the room. So I head back to the manager and ask again, say Anthony, say the NRA..  Nope nothing.  OK, I am hungry, I eat. Meatloaf and garlic potatoes. Not spectacular, but didn't suck.
I go out to my truck and e mail Anthony. Then I call his number. Voice mail with the "Not Set Up message!" ARRghhhhhh.  I head to the apartment. E mail him again when I get there. Nothing.

The following morning I wake up and get an e mail response from Anthony. The meeting is 2nd Wednesday, not Tuesday. I re read his e mail, it says Tuesday right in it, but the date he mentions is Wednesday. 2nd Tuesday or the date? It was the date. (Think about typing that, which mistake would you believe?)
Since my calendar was open I just plan on visiting Wednesday. Everyone makes mistakes, right?

Wednesday evening arrives and I work until 5:45. I know the route now and it's easy driving even in rush hour. I get to the diner at 6:45. Parking lot is quiet and slow. I park in well lit spot and move towards the door. I see the same gentleman at the door and ask about NRA again for this night.,  He says, nope. MY BS meter is now flying.  One meeting room, no one in it, the rest of the place has a mix of like 8 people eating. Mostly 2 at a booth. So I sit at the counter and wait.  Order dinner again at 7:15. I am furious. I told the guy, Anthony I would be there, and he's a no show?  I eat and leave. Late night e mail to Anthony and I am not polite.  Response back comes following morning.

"Dan,
We were there, there was only 2 of us, me and a guy named Paul."  "We were sitting at a booth in the diner."
"Don't know how you didn't see us?"  REALLY??  I am the PA transplant, looking to help you and you don't greet the people, make no discernible identification known to me, no hat, or pin, or let the manager know???
Lastly, because I am a idiot, I attended on the 2nd Wednesday in February. This time I wore my blaze orange NRA cap. I walked up to 3 tables and asked if they were there for the NRA. One was 2 woman, if you ever think I am sexist. 

So I am mad as hell. I can see why California is screwed up. They allow people with interests, but no skills to be Election Volunteer Coordinators.(I guess beggars can't be choosers) So I contacted the NRA and volunteered myself. I will wait and see what happens.  I know the basics of planning, like giving all the folks all the info on where, when, and how to find me.  I can find a place to meet and I will never let a volunteer off my distribution list.  EVER!!  Anthony could learn some things from me.

I take the 2nd amendment serious. I truly believe that government, left unchecked, will get tyrannical. I don't mean it in a paranoid way, just a keep close tabs on our rights way. I also believe if the cops have access to ammo, or firearms, we should too.  Law abiding is law abiding.

Thanks for letting me vent!!