Sage advice….which will be ignored

Lieutenant General (US Army Retired) Hal Moore, who commanded a battalion at the Battle of the Ia Drang, the first major battle between the U.S. Army and North Vietnamese regulars in 1965, and was immortalized in the film We Were Soldiers and book We Were Soldiers Once…and Young told West Point Cadets in 2005:

“The war in Iraq, I said, is not worth the life of even one American soldier. As for Secretary Rumsfeld, I told them, I never thought I would live long enough to see someone chosen to preside over the Pentagon who made Vietnam-era Defense Secretary Robert McNamara look good by comparison. The cadets sat in stunned silence; their professors were astonished. Some of these cadets would be leading young soldiers in combat in a matter of a few months. They deserved a straight answer.

The expensive lessons learned in Vietnam have been forgotten and a new generation of young American soldiers and Marines are paying the price today, following the orders of civilian political leaders as they are sworn to do. The soldiers and those who lead them will never fail to do their duty. They never have in our history. This is their burden. But there is another duty, another burden, that rests squarely on the shoulders of the American people. They should, by their vote, always choose a commander in chief who is wise, well read in history, thoughtful, and slow-exceedingly slow-to draw the sword and send young men and women out to fight and die for their country. We should not choose for so powerful an office someone who merely looks good on a television screen, speaks and thinks in sixty-second sound bites, and is adept at raising money for a campaign.

If we can’t get that part right then there will never be an end to the insanity that is war and the unending suffering that follows in war’s wake-and we must get it right if we are to survive and prosper as free Americans in this land a million Americans gave their lives to protect and defend.”

He was not invited back…….

I can’t remember where I saw and copied this from, so h/t to somebody. Apologies.


St. Patrick’s Day Hypocrisy

I’ve written of this in the past, likely on my old blog….but as daughter #2 [a champion Irish Dancer] is making the rounds of parades again, including today’s Washington D.C. parade, I’m compelled to revisit it.

In the current age of people looking to be offended, by screeching “cultural appropriation” anytime someone ‘violates’ an invented, Leftist social norm…and doesn’t possess the proper skin hue….why is St. Patrick’s Day overlooked?

Where are these ‘offended’ snowflakes, when thousands, if not millions of Americans equate being Irish with ginger hair, short stature and….drunkeness?

Skin color. Period.

Leftist snowflakes = racists.

Yep…I’m a “Gunsplainer”

Whiny Op-Ed in the WaPo:

The phenomenon isn’t new, but in the weeks since the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., a lot of gun-skeptical liberals are getting a taste of it for the first time: While debating the merits of various gun control proposals, Second Amendment enthusiasts often diminish, or outright dismiss their views if they use imprecise firearms terminology. Perhaps someone tweets about “assault-style” weapons, only to be told that there’s no such thing. Maybe they’re reprimanded that an AR-15 is neither an assault rifle nor “high-powered.” Or they say something about “machine guns” when they really mean semiautomatic rifles. Or they get sucked into an hours-long Facebook exchange over the difference between the terms clip and magazine.

Has this happened to you? If so, you’ve been gunsplained: harangued with the pedantry of the more-credible-than-thou firearms owner, admonished that your inferior knowledge of guns and their nomenclature puts an asterisk next to your opinion on gun control.

If you think that you’re going advocate for legislation, based on a faulty and misguided [if not outright perfidious] position on gun control…’d better expect to be corrected. On no other issue that I can think of, do we give credibility to significant legislative actions, impacting millions upon millions of people, based on provably faulty information, and above all…..emotion.

This is all the more evident by the beatification of the Parkland “activists”, where by media sock puppets and Statists refer to teenagers who were in the vicinity of a mass shooting as ….gun control “experts”. Laughably sad.

Officer “Boone” Passes….


It is with deep sadness that the Front Royal Police Department must report that K-9 Boone has passed away earlier today, just 2 days after his 12th birthday, from a brief illness he was being treated for. Boone and his handler, Sergeant J.B. Courtney, have been partners since June of 2007 when the K-9 program with our department was started.

K-9 Boone graduated from the United States Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection Canine School in 2007. He was actively serving our department, having been deployed on over 1000 occasions to assist in detecting illegal narcotics in vehicles, residences, and schools. Those deployments provided support to not just the Front Royal Police Department, but also the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, National Park Service, and other area agencies. Sergeant J.B. Courtney and Boone have over 400 documented seizures of illegal narcotics and paraphernalia and have provided numerous K-9 demonstrations for area schools, civic organizations and has been a featured demonstrator at National Night Out.

Boone gave 100% to our department and the community he served for 11 years and will be missed by all. Please keep Sergeant J.B. Courtney and his family in your thoughts and prayers as they heal from his passing. – Link


Boone was a friend to us, a stalwart Law Enforcement Officer, and a beloved member of the Courtney family. He will be truly missed.


This guy will have my vote……

Originally posted on The Foxhole: This beat down on Dems over their bullshit, is one of the best I’ve ever seen. From Biz Pac Review Virginia Delegate Nick Freitas engaged in such a harsh dose of truth telling over the Second Amendment and how to prevent gun violence that Democrats were forced to put themselves…

via Republican Virginia Delegate Drops Truth Bomb on Triggered Dems Over Gun Control — The zombie apocalypse survival homestead

He’s a stones throw from me, and running for U.S. Senate in November, barring any scandal…he will have my vote.

H/t Mobius Wolf

Pushing Back, Against One Lie at a Time, Bonus Edition

A random letter to the editor sums up the gun control camps argument, being built upon a crumbling foundation of emotion:

The AR-15 rifle is not an assault weapon. AR stands for Armalite Rifle and it is a platform, not a rifle. While most people equate the AR-15 platform with military variants, the company was actually founded, in 1954, with the goal of developing civilian market guns using modern materials and manufacturing technologies. So when people tell me it is a weapon of war, I try to share the facts. It was not until 1963 that the United States Air Force purchased 85,000 M-16s, which was a fully automatic rifle with serious upgraded metallurgy. I explain it simply, an AR is a Chevy Malibu with a racing stripe; it is not an Indy Car. Any real gun knowledgeable veteran will tell you these facts are correct.

Many of you have read there was a ban on these rifles from 1994 to 2004. Someone mentions that the NRA lobbied for its removal and then that “Officer and Gentleman” failed to give you all the facts. When Bill Clinton got the ban bill passed it included money for the government to report its impact. After 10 years the report, from the government, stated that there was “no attributable impact to gun violence” with the ban in place. Since 2004, it has been reported that there have been 6 to 10 million sales of this rifle. It is a common use firearm. The reason for that? It is a great training rifle platform. It has seriously low recoil (Like Phil Heron’s BB-Gun) and makes it great for women and youth to learn on. It is customizable to easily fit any student, which increases safety.

As you read people’s writings you may have seen that this rifle fires a bullet that tumbles and shreds its target. I ask you this; a human male averages about 200 pounds, correct? Why then is this rifle caliber of bullet not permitted to be used for hunting deer, which are similar size (200 pounds)? My answer is these people have little understanding of ballistics and impact damage. This caliber, when used in hunting, is used for groundhogs, fox and coyotes.

The flintlock, the percussion cap, the rolling block, the bolt action and the lever action have all been used in United States conflicts at one time or another. This is why when “talking points” are used calling the AR platform a “Weapon of War,” the people who truly know firearms shrug their shoulders.

Required reading for insight into the “Coward County” shooting…..But let’s blame the NRA instead…..

Please look at the linked affidavits and reports as well. H/t Bayou Renaissance Man

And it wasn’t just Trayvon Martin, there were hundreds of similar actions taken by conflicted School Resource Officers – totaling thousands of crimes over the course of just the first few years of these programs (2010 through 2013).

CTH contacted the Miami-Dade School District, every single school board member, and the Broward County School District – to warn them of what was taking place.

We provided thousands of pages of sworn affidavits and transcribed testimony from law enforcement. We spent several thousand dollars locating, transcribing and assembling the documents and evidence; and hundreds more hours compiling all the information.  –SEE HERE– We sent all of it to both school districts and both school superintendents.

Their response: “go away”.

The school board’s in Miami-Dade and Broward County had created a disastrous scheme and it didn’t take long to see where this was going.   The scheme was supported by President Obama’s federal education policy, and executive orders –SEE HERE– and people like Jesse Jackson –SEE HERE– In August of 2012 President Obama issuing an “executive order”  establishing the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence. Effectively placing “quotas” on school discipline based on race:

via School Shooting Was Outcome of Broward County School Board Policy – Now Local and National Politicians Weaponize Kids for Ideological Intents…

Pushing Back, Against One Lie at a Time, III

One of the proposals currently being considered, by the Right and the Left….is the notion of “Universal Background Checks” [UBC]. One of the misconceptions used in this argument, is that there is some sort of loophole in the law, often referred to by the ignorant, as a “gun show loophole”. There is nothing of the sort. People attending gun shows wishing to purchase a firearm from a licensed dealer, undergoes the same NICS process as they would a gun show. Those wishing to conduct a purchase from another private citizen selling at the show, does so without NICS, just as they would were they to conduct a transaction with their neighbor.

In no other transaction, do we attempt to require government regulation of the transfer of a lawful item. But back to UBCs….

When we propose legislation, we require an enforcement mechanism. In other words, if you fail to abide in accordance with the law, there is a consequence. With UBCs however, there is no enforcement mechanism, because the State has no means to be apprised if a Citizen has violated the law.

For example, if UBC is statute law, and I sell my firearm to my neighbor without taking him/her to an FFL dealer… does the State know? If my neighbor proceeds to use said purchased firearm in the commission of a crime, and is apprehended……unless he/she confesses to the lawful transaction… does the State know that the law was violated.

The obvious answer is, that without a mandatory registration of ALL firearms, there is no enforcement mechanism for UBCs.

If you think there is righteous pushback on UBC…..wait until the gun control cabal tries to proffer registration…..

Pushing Back, Against One Lie at a Time, II

“I turned 18 the day after [the shooting],” [Parkland Student Sam] Zeif said, through tears. “Woke up to the news that my best friend was gone. And I don’t understand why I can still go in a store and buy a weapon of war. An AR.” – Mediaite

This illustrates how we’ve failed our kids education. Young Sam doesn’t realize that every class of firearm ever invented, is a “weapon of war”. Revolvers, semi-automatic pistols, shotguns, bolt action rifles, black powder muskets….you get the idea. These were all designed as “weapons of war”. I would argue that there has never been a class of firearm designed to be a “civilian” gun.

Bellows of “weapons of war”, complete with feigned angst and sad face, are nothing more than appeals to emotion. Young Sam also hasn’t been educated that we shouldn’t legislate based on emotion, or falsehoods. Young Sam owes it to himself and his generation, to educate himself.

This has made the rounds on the gun blogs, but it’s worth posting again:

If you don’t know what a 4473, Form 4, or 922(r) is, do not know what the dates 1934, 1968, 1986, 1994 and 2004 mean, cannot explain the difference between shall-issue and may-issue, or a 03 SOT versus an 02 SOT, then you are not prepared to articulate any useful opinion on the state of gun law in this country and you should do your homework before speaking.

Pushing Back, Against One Lie at a Time

Standard sloganeering for the gun control cabal, regarding semi-automatic rifles…especially the oft-demonized, scary, evil AR series rifle… that the platform is “not used for hunting”.

From the BATF just over a year ago:

Since the sunset of the Assault Weapons ban in 2004, the use of AR-15s, AK-style, and similar rifles now commonly referred to as “modern sporting rifles” has increased exponentially in sport shooting. These firearm types are now standard for hunting activities. ATF could re-examine its 20-year-old study to bring it up to date with the sport shooting landscape of today, which is vastly different that it was years ago.

A remark making the rounds on gun rights sites, sums up a recommendation for the gun control crowd:

If you don’t know what a 4473, Form 4, or 922(r) is, do not know what the dates 1934, 1968, 1986, 1994 and 2004 mean, cannot explain the difference between shall-issue and may-issue, or a 03 SOT versus an 02 SOT, then you are not prepared to articulate any useful opinion on the state of gun law in this country and you should do your homework before speaking.