It is now closer to reality than you think…

You’re sound asleep when you hear a thump outside your bedroom door. Half-awake, and nearly paralyzed with fear, you hear muffled whispers. At least two people have broken into your house and are moving your way. With your heart pumping, you reach down beside your bed and pick up your shotgun. You rack a shell into the chamber, then inch toward the door and open it. In the darkness, you make out two shadows.One holds something that looks like a crowbar. When the intruder brandishes it as if to strike, you raise the shotgun and fire. The blast knocks both thugs to the floor. One writhes and screams while the second man crawls to the front door and lurches outside.

As you pick up the telephone to call police, you know you’re in trouble. In your country, most guns were outlawed years before, and the few That are privately owned are so stringently regulated as to make them useless. Yours was never registered. Police arrive and inform you that the second burglar has died. They arrest you for First Degree Murder and Illegal Possession of a Firearm.

When you talk to your attorney, he tells you not to worry: authorities will probably plea the case down to manslaughter “What kind of sentence will I get?” you ask. “Only ten-to-twelve years,” he replies, as if that’s nothing. “Behave yourself, and you’ll be out in seven.”The next day, the shooting is the lead story in the local newspaper.

Somehow, you’re portrayed as an eccentric vigilante while the two men you shot are represented as choirboys. Their friends and relatives can’t find an unkind word to say about them. Buried deep down in the article, authorities acknowledge that both “victims” have been arrested numerous times. But the next day’s headline says it all: “Lovable Rogue Son Didn’t Deserve to Die.” The thieves have been transformed from career criminals into Robin Hood-type pranksters. As the days wear on, the story takes wings. The national media picks it up, then the international media.

The surviving burglar has become a folk hero.

Your attorney says the thief is preparing to sue you, and he’ll probably win. The media publishes reports that your home has been burglarized several times in the past and that you’ve been critical of local police for their lack of effort in apprehending the suspects. After the last break-in, you told your neighbor that you would be prepared next time.

The District Attorney uses this to allege that you were lying in wait for the burglars.A few months later, you go to trial. The charges haven’t been reduced, as your lawyer had so confidently predicted. When you take the stand, your anger at the injustice of it all works against you. Prosecutors paint a picture of you as a mean, vengeful man. It doesn’t take long for the jury to convict you of all charges. The judge sentences you to life in prison.

This case really happened.

On August 22, 1999, Tony Martin of Emneth, Norfolk , England , killed one burglar and wounded a second. In April, 2000, he was convicted and is now serving a life term. How did it become a crime to defend one’s own life in the once great British Empire ?

It started with the Pistols Act of 1903. This seemingly reasonable law forbade selling pistols to minors or felons and established that handgun sales were to be made only to those who had a license. The Firearms Act of 1920 expanded licensing to include not only handguns but all firearms except shotguns. Later laws passed in 1953 and 1967 outlawed the carrying of any weapon by private citizens and mandated the registration of all shotguns.

Momentum for total handgun confiscation began in earnest after the Hungerford mass shooting in 1987. Michael Ryan, a mentally disturbed Man with a Kalashnikov rifle, walked down the streets shooting everyone he saw. When the smoke cleared, 17 people were dead.

The British public, already de-sensitized by eighty years of “gun control”, demanded even tougher restrictions. (The seizure of all privately owned handguns was the objective even though Ryan used a rifle.)Nine years later, at Dunblane , Scotland , Thomas Hamilton used a semi-automatic weapon to murder 16 children and a teacher at a public school.

For many years, the media had portrayed all gun owners as mentally unstable, or worse, criminals. Now the press had a real kook with which to beat up law-abiding gun owners. Day after day, week after week, the media gave up all pretense of objectivity and demanded a total ban on all handguns. TheDunblane Inquiry, a few months later, Sealed the fate of the few sidearm still owned by private citizens.

During the years in which the British government incrementally took Away most gun rights, the notion that a citizen had the right to armed self-defense came to be seen as vigilantism. Authorities refused to grant gun licenses to people who were threatened, claiming that self-defense was no longer considered a reason to own a gun. Citizens who shot burglars or robbers or rapists were charged while the real criminals were released. Indeed, after the Martin shooting, a police spokesman was quoted as saying, “We cannot have people take the law into their own hands.”

All of Martin’s neighbors had been robbed numerous times, and several elderly people were severely injured in beatings by young thugs who had no fear of the consequences.Martin himself, a collector of antiques, had seen most of his collection trashed or stolen by burglars.

When the Dunblane Inquiry ended, citizens who owned handguns were given three months to turn them over to local authorities. Being good British subjects, most people obeyed the law. The few who didn’t were visited by police and threatened with ten-year prison sentences if they didn’t comply. Police later bragged that they’d taken nearly 200,000 handguns from private citizens.

How did the authorities know who had handguns? The guns had been registered and licensed. Kinda like cars.

Sound familiar, have we heard this plan lately???

Six turning, four burning…

An interesting clip of a SAC recruiting video from the 1950’s.

For those of us who started in recips, these were the big boys, Wright R-3350’s- 18 cylinders in two offset rows of 9 each, pulling 59.5 inches MAP and developing 3,400 HP with 115/145 avgas!

I ‘think’ most people will recognize the guy sitting behind the pilots next to the flight engineer, but how many of you recognize the copilot and flight engineer???

More airplane stuff…

Since the last post on the fly-bys got a pretty good response, here are a couple of other interesting ones…

Go HERE to see a flash movie about the SR-71 (also known as the Blackbird or Habu). A funny story about the SR-71, it was President Johnson that “admitted” the SR-71 existed, but he mispronounced the designation, as SR-71 when it was supposed to be RS-71, so the Air Force had to change all the documentation because nobody had the balls to tell the President he screwed up… 🙂

Now this is one where the test pilot earns his money…

This is a 24 degree nose up short field landing (which is about 10-15 degrees steeper than normal). He had about a 50-50 chance of actually succeeding without bending the airplane. The other option was getting a tail strike into a porpoise into a ball of flames…

Anyhoo, I’m off playing in the field for a couple of weeks, so blogging will be light for a while.

Home repairs…

You really need to stop by Bayou Renaissance Man and read THIS POST! He talks about the issues encountered with repairs after a fire and hurricane. This opened my eyes to some things I need to change with my finances, and maybe you will too.

Now on a more humorous note:

The new “Spread the Wealth” pencil sharpener. Every U.S. taxpayer will be mailed one of these with their 2008 IRS tax forms. Watch your mail box!

That is all.

Yee Haaa!!!

I was gonna post about the auto bail out (against it), politics or something along that line, but everybody else is doing it much better than I can, so screw it…

A video for your viewing pleasure- MANY, MANY gallons of fuel were used in the making of this video, some birds were scared out of the sky, many observers were either impressed or running for cover, and the Pilots/NFOs were loving life! It’s not often you get to do this legally 🙂

Kick the tires, light the fires, first one in the air is lead, brief on Guard.

I miss those days… sigh…

Media bias? No doubt anymore…

Well, it’s pretty much official, the wraps are off now on the media bias- It’s well beyond bias, and into fawning in my opinion…

Howard Kurtz in the Washington Fishwrap this morning wrote:

Perhaps it was the announcement that NBC News is coming out with a DVD titled “Yes We Can: The Barack Obama Story.” Or that ABC and USA Today are rushing out a book on the election. Or that HBO has snapped up a documentary on Obama’s campaign.

Perhaps it was the Newsweek commemorative issue — “Obama’s American Dream” — filled with so many iconic images and such stirring prose that it could have been campaign literature. Or the Time cover depicting Obama as FDR, complete with jaunty cigarette holder.

Go here to read the article…

And another one that mysteriously DIDN’T get any coverage by the Fishwrap before the election, by Carol Leonnig.

Obama Wrote Federal Staffers About His Goals- Workers at Seven Agencies Got Detailed Letters Before Election

In wooing federal employee votes on the eve of the election, Barack Obama wrote a series of letters to workers that offer detailed descriptions of how he intends to add muscle to specific government programs, give new power to bureaucrats and roll back some Bush administration policies.

That little jewel is here.

Another one, albeit heard on radio, is that over one trillion $, that is $1,000,000,000,000 went out the back door to various banks and organizations since Sept for various bailouts, yet the first dollar has not been spent to buy up any of the so called ‘toxic’ mortgages…

And another report, yet more people got preferential loans from Countrywide- Interestingly, one of the Countrywide “special” loan officers testified part of his job was to make sure those receiving the loans KNEW they were getting a special rate! Kinda puts paid to Congresscritter Dodd’s and the others protestations of innocence doesn’t it????

Only good thing that has happened is Dallas beat Washington! Go Cowboys!!! 🙂

Hog Leg…

While I agree with Tam the 1902 and 1903 Colts are beautiful pieces, the ones I saw at Tulsa were pristine examples and WELL out of my price range ($1100-1300 each). I did stumble across one for me.

It’s an old Colt hog leg- A firearm, i.e., old western 6 shot revolvers. shaped like a part of a hogs leg; slang for a pistol, western style.

To be exact, it’s a Colt pistol (United States Revolver, Caliber .45, M1917) chambered in the .45 ACP cartridge and loaded by either three round stamped metal half moon clips or six round full moon clips.

This one is formerly US Property, and shows a good bit of wear, but it shoots pretty well. And yes, those are real stag grips on it, they are rough enough to give you pretty good control of the pistol, and have aged beautifully! They have probably been on the pistol for most of it’s life, as they show a little rust, and have changed colors due to handling over the years. I was actually offered more for the grips than I paid for the pistol, but I’m not breaking up a piece of history just for money.

The pistol was actually carried by a friends’ Uncle; who was a Deputy Sheriff and later Sheriff of Caddo Parish, LA. From the looks of the moon clip that was in the pistol the last time it was used was the mid-1940’s since the ammo in the moon clip was WCC ’43! He is going to look for the shoulder holster his Uncle used, so I will have a piece of history with that, along with the ammo.

Just for comparison purposes, here is the 1917 with a G26… Hog leg is a true statement; it’s bigger than a Colt Python!

Oh hell, why not…

5 Things I Was Doing 10 Years Ago

– Working for the Navy
– Running around the world doing systems testing
– Racing on the weekends at Pomona with the car club
– Shooting with a bunch of cops on off weekends
– Sending jokes out twice a week to a bunch of friends

5 Things on My To-Do List Today

– Get up EARLY
– Drive 1 1/2 hours to another damn meeting
– Go to the store (forgot yesterday, no food in the house)
– Clean guns
– Take car to dealer for oil change (got back too late, that is now Pri 1 for tomorrow)

5 Snacks I Like

– Trail mix with M&Ms
– Pecan Pie

5 Things I Would Do If I Was A Millionaire

– Pay for kids educations
– Random acts of kindness to friends who’ve helped me out over the years
– Build myself a rifle range in the back yard.
– Donate to a couple of organizations that help our troops.

5 Places I Have Lived (for various lengths of time)

(and a whole bunch of places overseas, six months at a shot)

5 Jobs I Have Had

Shovelling crap- literally (I worked for a veterinarian as a kid)
Military- 22 years E-2 to O-3E
General manager of an Interconnect (telephone) company
Group manager for a communications group at a major university
Program manger for a government agency

5 People I Tag to Answer

Whom ever is as bored as I am 🙂

The Bookworm Award…

Rules:Pass it on to five other bloggers, and tell them to open the nearest book to page 56. Write out the fifth sentence on that page, and also the next two to five sentences. The CLOSEST BOOK, NOT YOUR FAVORITE, OR MOST INTELLECTUAL!

I was tagged with this meme by Big Bad Wolf. Since I keep several books at hand at any given time, depending on where in the house I am, I’ll use the one I have open on the computer table.

It is: The Complete Book of U.S. Sniping, by Peter R. Senich, ISBN 0-87364-460-3, and I picked it up last week at the Tulsa gun show.

Pg 56, sentence five is:

“The Winchester telescopic sight, model A5, produced by the Winchester Repeating Arms Co., with a special Marine Corps mounting, was found satisfactory in use by the Marine Corps and adopted as Marine Corps standard.”

(Note: The irony here is the A5 had actually been deemed unsuitable due to the inability to operate the bolt on the 03A3 and the lack of eye relief according to a 1915 report. But bird in hand is worth two in bush, so it got adapted and used.)

Okay… Now I’ve got to find sucker…er… volunteers… Hmmm, lemme see here…

First one’s easy- Brigid at Mausers and Muffins! She always has books posted on her blog, is an excellent writer and shooter and cook…

Second one- Breda at the Breda Fallacy- Being a librarian, there is no telling what book she is reading right now 🙂

Third one- Gun Toting Seagull– I just hope he’s not updating Jepps when he gets this…

Fourth one- William the Coroner– Again an excellent writer, with thought provoking posts, and a love of cats (I think)…

Last but not least- Wyatt at Support your local Gunfighter- Excellent writer with a twist of good law enforcement/military/fire/EMS humor at times. I just hope he’s not studying for a promotion, if so, we’re gonna get Philly laws…

Job application or Inquistion???

Well, the new job app is up for anyone who wants to go work in the White House, just answer these few non-intrusive questions and we’ll get you right in… NOT…

Funny how every one gave them a free pass, but now that they are poised on the brink, they get really intrusive on you!

Go HERE for a copy…

My personal favorites are 16-20 (especially the last sentence), 32-ALL gifts over $50.00 from anyone not immediate family/friend, ALL of Sections 6, 7, and 8 and especially number 59 below!

59. Do you or any members of your immediate family own a gun? If so, provide complete ownership and registration information. Has the registration ever lapsed? Please also describe how and by who it is used and whether it has been the cause of any personal injuries or property damage.

Hell, I’d be disqualified on this one alone, much less the other crap, since about half of ’em I’d be answering none of your damn business…

Lemme see on 59 though…

Yep, we all own guns. None of them has ever been registered (we don’t live in Illinois), ownership has come down through the family in many cases, so few records. No, it hasn’t lapsed, since they’ve never been registered. Hmmm, since we all own multiple guns, that would be kinda hard to describe… for example;

1878 SAA Cavalry model in .45 cal., most probably used to shoot a few people over the years, after all the original owner was the Sheriff of XXXXX County Texas.

M-1 Garand– Original owner US Army- probably used to shoot quite a few people in WWII and Korea, and no doubt did plenty of property damage.

Winchester ’94 .30-30- Original owner me, paperwork long ago lost (hell I got it when I was twelve, I have NO idea where the paperwork went). Killed quite a few deer, a few feral dogs and cats and a few coyotes over the years. Chewed up a few fence posts shooting cans too…

Nah, hell I can’t get by that one either… Better keep my day job (as long as they don’t gut the military, I might even still have it in a year).

Guess I won’t be applying 🙂

h/t Snowflake