Andrew Branca posted this at Legal Insurrection.
It is an important issue, and one that is not addressed adequately in the training that a person receives when they get their gun permit.
It is also not a scenario that most people prepare themselves for, and that lack of preparation can cause hesitation or indecision at a crucial moment.
Well worth your time to read.
If you are going to do any long-range hunting, or if you want to improve your marksmanship beyond 50 yards, you need a spotting scope. You can’t learn & grow your skills if you can’t see what your current performance is. Not knowing where your last bullet hit will hold back your development as a shooter. And running downrange to examine your target repeatedly is going to tire you out and piss off your fellow marksmen.
A binocular is fine out to 50 yards, but beyond that distance the lack of magnification is a problem.
And, no, the scope on your rifle is not “good enough”, even if it is a fancy German brand. It doesn’t have enough magnification, and you don’t want to get into the habit of aiming your gun at everything that you want a closer look at.
If you want to improve your skills with a long gun, and get your guns sighted in correctly, you need a spotting scope. In optics, you generally get the quality that you pay for. Below, I will address some of the considerations that you need to think about before choosing a spotting scope.
6 days! The first arrest under the draconian and pointless “assault rifle” and “high-capacity magazine” law took place on the morning of January 6:
“The handgun was loaded with 11 bullets, and had a magazine capable of handling 15 rounds, police said…The gun owner told Norwalk officers that he was unaware of the law or the deadline, according to the police report. He was issued an infraction for possession of a large-capacity magazine and having a mutilated license plate. The weapon was returned to the owner, under the condition that he keeps the magazine separated from the handgun, and he was released at the scene, police said.”
Read the whole thing, especially the reason that the man was pulled over.
Now, if you are a handgun permit holder, and you carry a gun that can accept a high-capacity magazine, you have the option to do so provided that you only load 10 bullets in it. And perhaps you carry an extra magazine, as recommended by many self-defense experts.
But what happens if the arresting officer decides to take a bullet out of your spare magazine and load it into the magazine that was in your gun. You are a felon, that’s what. There’s probably no way to prove that is what happened, and you are left holding the bag. Or the mag.
My advice to Connecticut permit holders is to avoid carrying a gun with a high-capacity magazine in it, and eliminate the chance that this could happen to you. Carry extra magazines, and be sure to tell people why. And also, practice reloading drills. You might not become Jerry Miculek but you can certainly improve your time.
Think I am being paranoid? You might be right.
But if the police feel entitled to shoot 90-pound children who have been tased and restrained, what wouldn’t they do?
We talked before about doctors pushing gun control.
But now a major medical journal is taking the exact opposite view:
“A major fallacy in the analogy between motor-vehicle crashes and shootings is that crashes are almost always accidental, and shootings are almost always intentional. Thus, in the former, the safety characteristics of cars and roads are highly pertinent, whereas in the latter the issue is why a shooter decides to pull the trigger.”
The article also calls out the AMA (American Medical Association) and ACP (American College of Physicians) as having “fashioned gun violence as a “health problem” rather than a “crime problem.” In so doing, they have avoided the real causes of violence and to pursue federal funding for research from an advocacy perspective.”
Read the whole thing.
Gee, why hasn’t this received more media attention?
Let’s add it up:
Here we go again.
A 19-year-old gunman fired off an AK-47 in an elementary school in Georgia. No one was injured.
And in other news, 3 savages in Oklahoma shot a young man in the back as he was jogging. The victim died.
The almost total lack of media coverage (and the overly-careful wording of the little coverage that had been published) sent a clear message about the race & culture of the people involved. The eventual publication of pictures of the perpetrators confirmed this suspicion. One perp reportedly danced as he was being booked.
The parents of the perpetrators claim that their little angels couldn’t have done this because they are good little boys. Look at the pictures of the little angels’ twitter feeds and see if that claim is plausible to you. One of them was in court this week to sign papers for his probation status.
The cops are trying to claim that it was a crime of boredom. The savages used a .22 revolver, which none of them could have legally possessed.
And the usual suspects are starting to beat the gun-control drum. It will get louder.
Example: one of CT’s own state legislators wants to ban video games from using realistic weapons in them. Even though he admits there is no evidence connecting video games to violence.
Don’t let them seize the narrative. Write letters to and call your representatives at all levels of government and make your voice heard.
Have a gun. And be aware when you are out in public.
Or else this might happen:
WWII veteran Delbert Belton survived being wounded in action during the Battle of Okinawa only to be beaten and left for dead by two [Afro-American] teens at the Eagles Lodge in Spokane on Wednesday evening.