Archive for February, 2014

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To kick off a new series on Home Defense Ballistics and Over-penetration, take a look at these two videos and let me know what you think…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQ1kREDfHpE 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAxkVMQHGpE

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Over the last few weeks, I witnessed a variety of unsafe gun handling and it spurred me to write a letter to all gun store customers. Essentially, I asked everybody, for the safety of all, not to handle a loaded gun in a gun store. Based on a recent news story, I’m now thinking I need to expand that topic a little bit. If you do not intend or expect to handle your firearm in our store and thus you leave it loaded for the duration of your shopping experience, make sure it’s in a quality holster!! An off-duty cop in Ft. Lauderdale had a negligent discharge from a pocket gun as he was dining near the bar. The shrapnel wounded six people. There are only two  ways I can see that happening. 1. He was not using a holster at all or 2. The gun slipped out of the holster enough to reveal the trigger. Either way, I consider it to be negligence. A quality pocket holster would have solved either problem. Not putting anything else in your carry pocket would also help reduce the chance of something like this happening. Firearms are serious and deadly weapons, we must constantly fight our over-familiarization of them so as to maintain a level of respect that will in turn prevent tragedies.

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 I would like to take this opportunity to request a small token of consideration. Before you enter our store please ask yourself this question: will I need to handle my currently loaded firearm at any point during the course of business in the store? If the answer is yes, for the love of humanity, please unload your firearm before you enter the building. Those of us behind the counter and your fellow customers are loved by friends and family alike. Out of respect for them and us, please do not handle a loaded firearm while surrounded by so many lives. Life is a precious gift, highly valued by most of us. Please do not treat the value of all the lives around you so lightly as to draw a loaded firearm in a store. While you may feel completely confident in your capabilities of handling a firearm, please understand we have guns pointed and waved in our direction all the time (1st NRA Safety Rule broken). Frequently, those guns are loaded and the finger is on the trigger (2nd and 3rd Safety rule broken). Forgive us for reacting strongly but we have numerous examples of negligent discharges permanently embedded in our range and therefore do not trust anyone with a loaded gun in their hand. Even employees do not handle a loaded firearm in the storeroom. To do so violates all safety rules. We understand it is your Constitutional right to carry. Truly, we do. Rare is the gun store employee that does not support the 2nd Amendment. However, please realize by handling a firearm in an unsafe manner you are providing fodder to the anti-gun crowd and thus damaging the pro-2nd Amendment efforts.

Sincerely,

Gun Store Employee

 

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Some stores post up this sign whereas we choose to ask nicely.

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The past week was certainly a learning opportunity for those of us in the Atlanta area. Winter Storm Leon was unreal. I see many internet commenters asking how 2 inches of snow could possibly shut down a major city for so long and while I don’t have a good answer for that question, I would like to share some of the lessons we learned.

Prepare!!

So many were caught unprepared and suffered through the cold night. On the other hand, preppers were instantly vindicated in the eyes of their friends and family. Many a spouse began suddenly thanking their wife or husband for insisting on keeping supplies in the car for “just in case.” Blankets, coats, food and water made the night so much more bearable. Even with these common preparations, though, one oft-forgotten issue slowly came to the forefront. How’s a lady to go to the bathroom while gridlocked on the interstate or highway? Of all the problems that arose from the gridlock, the bathroom issue was the single most discussed problem I heard mentioned on the radio or on social media. The utter misery and humiliation this caused countless people convinced me to procure a means of addressing the situation. I will soon be adding a urinal to my emergency kit.

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Supplies people wish they had: blankets, warm clothes to walk in (snow boots, hat, mittens, coat, etc…), food (and not just a snack bar or two; some people were stuck for 22 hours or more), water, a way to modestly go to the bathroom without uncovering in the frigid cold, toilet paper, a battery charger for their cell phone, a list of phone numbers for when the cell phone died, flashlights, pillows, hand warmers, items for other occupants in the car (children or pets), a change of clothes, etc…

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The car itself needs preparation: a full gas tank, good tires, good wiper blades, an ice scraper, an empty gas can, de-icing washer fluid, sand or kitty litter, shovel, etc…

Plan ahead: Map out alternate routes (but keep in mind once the highways are gridlocked, the side streets shut down too), discuss options and plans with loved ones  ahead of time to best determine your course of action and once the situation arises keep loved ones informed of your progress.

Stay Home!!!

UnknownIf at all possible, stay home and off the roads. Georgia as a state has proven itself incapable of dealing with snow storms and Atlanta drivers met all the expectations their reputation demanded. Of course, when it’s a regular occurrence for a fender-bender on one side of the highway to cause traffic on the entire highway to back up, what else should we anticipate when an unusual weather event occurs. Learning how to drive in winter conditions would certainly help us next time (applying the brakes right as you hit that patch of ice is really not a good idea). For Atlanta drivers though, simply learning how to drive safely on a clear day would be a step in the right direction. The combination of crazy drivers, horrific rush hour and ice all combined to give us #SnowJam2014. The only part of that equation I can personally change is to not be one of the crazy drivers. Just stay home. I hope schools and inside-the-perimeter employers will be more lenient when the next storm comes around. Cutting down on the massive number of vehicles on the road would tremendously assist in reducing the gridlock.

Join Together

Rebecca-WattersPeople opened up their homes to strangers. Some packed up food and water and walked it out to the gridlocked interstates. Stores re-opened to give the stranded drivers a warm place to stay and a bathroom. Untold numbers of people reached out to help their “neighbor” in the greatest showing of Southern Hospitality I have ever seen. Reading the stories of compassion and kindness reveals the heart of God moving upon so many people to help their fellow man. It was truly touching to see.

Lessons To Be Learned

There are many other lessons to be learned from an event such as this, but these are the ones that I gleaned from the whole mess. I certainly hope the city and state have learned their own lessons from this snafu. More than the government learning its lessons, I truly hope the Atlanta populace has learned not to rely on government to do the right thing but will prepare themselves for such a weather event next time it comes through. Only time will tell, but I pray there will not be a repeat of this past week.

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Other Resources:

http://www.instructables.com/id/READY-2-GO-emergency-porta-potty/

https://www.sportys.com/PilotShop/product/15040 Electric 12v Blanket

https://www.sportys.com/PilotShop/product/13089 Travel John-absorbent pouch

https://www.sportys.com/PilotShop/product/13087 Little John urinal

https://www.sportys.com/PilotShop/product/13088 Lady J adapter for Little John urinal

http://blog.allstate.com/survive-a-night-in-your-car/

http://beprepared.com/insight/6790/how-to-build-an-emergency-car-kit/

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/how-to/products/the-ultimate-emergency-preparedness-kit-for-your-car-8#slide-1

http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/01/30/simple-winter-car-survival-kit/

http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/24444321/be-prepared-have-a-winter-weather-emergency-car-kit

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/next-time-put-these-in-your-car/nc8x5/

http://www.prisonplanet.com/if-3-inches-of-snow-can-cause-this-much-chaos-in-atlanta-what-will-economic-collapse-look-like.html

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/02/daisy-luther/a-harsh-lesson-in-winter-survival/