Sunday, March 24, 2013

Cuomo's Kingdom

Saw this on Facebook and had to share.

It's good to be the king.

Be safe.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

New York SAFE Act Resistance Grows

Many New Yorker State residents have been up in arms, since their state legislature passed the SAFE Act of 2013 in the dark of the night with little to no time for their legislators to read the bill. It didn’t take long for town meetings to become, shall we say, heated over the topic.

I know New York doesn't have reciprocity Georgia, but with a New York girlfriend, I’d say I have a vested interest in the Second Amendment movement in The Empire State. So, I've been watching what has been happening since the Act was passed.

One website cropped up that has been pretty handy to monitor the counties and towns that are working against the SAFE Act. If you’re a New York State resident, or like me with an interest in New York, you should check out this site to see where your county or town stands in relation to the Act.
February 22, 2013
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About a month ago, they posted a map of the counties that have proposed or passed resolutions against the SAFE Act.
March 22, 2013
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This is what the map looks like now. Top this off with the injunct from the NYS Supreme Court, and I think the month of April is going to be pretty interesting in New York State.

Be safe.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Situational Awareness – Life’s Easy Lesson #1

My crude MS Paint depiction of where everybody was. This is definitely not to scale.

You never know what you’re going to come up against in your normal daily routine. I am going to the store to get some Brats for supper. I've got the windows down and Sirius/XM Hair Nation on the stereo. The sun is behind my left shoulder and still fairly high in the sky. There isn’t a cloud in the sky and it’s almost 80 degrees. It’s been a beautiful day in southeast Georgia. Unfortunately, my situational awareness is at about a 2 on a 10 scale right now.

I pull up to a traffic light behind another pickup truck. Now, this intersection is famous for homeless folks with signs looking for a helping hand. There usually isn’t more than one on this particular corner, and I’ve NEVER seen anyone give them a hard time. But today I see two, a male and a female. Oh look, they've got a dog too. It’s a young Pitbull. Probably out here playing music for whatever money they can get from passing vehicles, because I see one of them packing up a guitar. Then I see the officer approaching the corner from his car parked on the side of the cross-street. The female starts to approach him with the dog on a short-ish leash but they stop about 10 feet from each other. The male is squatting while packing up his guitar, with his left side to the officer. I can’t see Guitarman from the waist down because my hood is in the way. I can see the officer talking to her and keeping an eye on the dog, not so much him. Guitarman stands up and I see he’s carrying a straight bladed knife with about a 6 inch blade in a sheath at the 4 o’clock position on his belt. I’m sure the officer cannot see the knife, but he turns and heads back to his cruiser to leave while the couple and the dog walk off in the opposite direction.

My first thought was the alignment of everyone. If the officer had to use deadly force to protect himself from either the dog or Guitarman, guess what his backdrop was. Me and my Hemi. There was nowhere to go. I was trapped at the intersection. The best I could do if there were time would be bail out and cover behind the front wheel.

To me, this reinforced the importance of situational awareness. Always be aware of what’s going on around you, regardless of how “normal” it might appear. You should always be looking for an out as well. Bailing out of the truck for cover behind the front wheel would have afforded me better cover than the cab of the truck’s sheet metal and glass if bullets had started flying. Had I seen this just a bit sooner, I’d have stopped a little back, out of the potential line of fire. No, it wasn’t likely to happen, but that doesn't mean it couldn't happen, even in our little town.

How many of you go out to a restaurant with your significant other and know where the exits are once you’re seated? If things suddenly got ugly at the front door, would you know where to head to get out of harm’s way? From an acquaintance, I’ve learned that Secret Service agents are taught to think like this all the time. His example, “Two men with Uzi’s come through that side door. What are you going to do?” This applies to driving as well. If you’re sitting at a traffic light and someone approaches your vehicle, do you have an out? Hopefully you haven’t pulled up too close to the car in front of you. The rule of thumb here is always stop where you can see the rear tires of the car in front of you. (This should also be enough room to keep you from getting a ticket for following too close if you get rear ended while waiting at the light. Doesn't seem fair, but it happens.) Food for thought.

Be safe.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

States Ranked for Gun-Friendliness

Have you ever wondered how your state ranked in comparison to others for their gun laws? Here is a link to Guns & Ammo's ranking of the 50 states and Washington, D.C.. States are ranked on 5 categories:

  • Open/CCW
  • Modern Sporting Rifles (aka Personal Defense Weapons)
  • Class 3/NFA
  • Castle Doctrine/Stand Your Ground
  • Miscellaneous
I was surprised Georgia only ranked #13. I thought we would have been higher. Hopefully, HB512 will be passed and we'll move up a notch or two. The bottom of the list isn't really much of a surprise.

Have fun with this.

Be safe.

Friday, March 1, 2013

New York State Gun Owners Infringed Upon - UPDATE

As an update to my post of January 15th, New York State gun owners will have their day in court! (So to speak.) Late Wednesday, the New York State Supreme Court signed an order requiring the state of New York and Governor Cuomo to appear on April 29th to prove the Constitutionality of the NY SAFE Act of 2013.

Here is the story as I saw it. (H/T to the Gunmart Blog)

Be safe.