Saturday, April 21, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
I have been on Kodiak the last few days preparing for our bear hunting expedition. The memorial service for the two Coast Guardsmen who were murdered recently was open to the public so I attended. It was a great ceremony with lots of support from the community and base.
I also attended the transfer of the caskets from the chapel to the C-130 today. It was a beautiful day, as if Alaska herself wanted to give a proper send off to the fallen Coast Guardsmen. A bald eagle circled overhead, the sun was shining, and the hillside is starting to green. A family of Sitka deer waited patiently across the street from the chapel.
A sad day to be sure, but also a day to think and reflect.
- ~16K total visitors.
- Average of around 200 visits per week.
- Huge spikes occur around certain posts (mostly the ones about Canada, and also Polar Pure). Generally these posts come from links from larger blogs (thanks, Uncle and Sebastian!).
- Almost 1/4 of the traffic was driven directly from PA Gun Blog. Another quarter comes from Google Searches. About 10% was driven from Say Uncle. 5% comes from Sean and another 5% from Linoge. The rest is from other assorted sources.
- Four of the top ten most popular search terms revolve around "40 SW HiPoint." My post on the HiPoint is one of the most popular on this blog, at least after posts about Canada.
- 70% of the visitors are ostensibly new, 30% are repeat. I have a feeling it is probably closer to 50/50, and some of my repeat readers purge their caches and cookies occasionally or use VPN services.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
The FBI says that they believe the shooter to still be alive and no suspects are in custody, but they also say that there is no risk to community members. I'm not sure how those two statements work together, unless they believe the shooter is off-island by now. Whatever the case is, hopefully they are able to find answers in this case. Meanwhile, we'll be a little more alert later this week when we're wandering around town.
We don't have anywhere near enough information at this point in time to speculate, but I wonder if this sad story might have had a different ending if we trusted our military members to carry firearms...
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
- Once you're in, you're in. For example, the state of Alaska could care less that you're a non-resident and that you have no plans to go hunting. A Canuck could open carry your Glock 19 down the streets of Anchorage with nothing more than a $20 hunting license (not even required as far as Alaska is concerned). In most states, transport and storage regulations are far looser than those in Canada.
- Lower fees. You can work the 6NIA process for $20 for an unlimited number of firearms (the cost of an AK hunting license). After all, ATF doesn't care what state you're going to and what state your hunting license is from.
- Form can be processed in advance. While customs officers have discretion as always, I got the impression with Canada that they could and WOULD just turn me away at the border and refuse to register the weapon. This was honestly my biggest concern: I didn't want to get stuck at the border without permission to enter. At least ATF lets you process the paperwork ahead of time.
- It is still stupid. Do we really think that terrorists like those on 9/11 will register their weapons with ATF? Heck, even if they DO register their weapons with ATF, what's it matter? I'm pretty sure that if the 9/11 hijackers could go to flight school, they can probably qualify for a hunting license. What is this policy supposed to accomplish?
- Time frame. ATF says it will take 8-10 weeks to process. That's probably optimistic.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
But wait! Laws are for The People to follow, not for The ATF.
Recent changes in BATF regulations require nonimmigrant aliens to have an approved import license to bring firearms or ammunition into the United States. Although the text of the regulations states that persons engaged in hunting and competition shooting have an exemption from the licensing requirement, recent information from the BATF indicates that they are using their regulatory authority to override this exemption and require an approved import permit of all visitors.
BATF seems to view the import form as a way of verifying that visitors to the country really do fall within the exemptions outlined in the law.
Federal Requirement for Aliens Bringing Guns into the United States
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Then why in the name of Mars Pater did you wait 'til now to stock up?!?I just ordered up an extra case of .40 and 5.56. So I guess I'm a bit guilty. While prices are somewhat high now, I just have the feeling that prices are going to go up more before they go down again. We got into the shooting sports at the height of the last craze/shortage, so I know how bad it can be. It can be tough to stock up though after a move. We hauled as much ammo as possible but the car was pretty packed. So we've been rebuilding. We wanted to wait for our finances to stabilize after moving before dropping the dough on large ammo purchases.
You were around during the circus that was gun shows after Election '08 and you're just now waiting to stock up on magazines and buy that extra AR? You experienced the Big Ammo Drought and you've allowed your reserves to drop so low that you feel compelled to go make a panic purchase? We all know what this does to prices and availability. We've been here before.
Generally, a non-resident alien transiting the United States with a firearm does not require an ATF Form 6NIA or a DSP-61 issued by the State Department. If you will be in physical possession of your firearm, however, you will need to meet one of the exceptions outlined at 18 USC 922(y).
(2) Exceptions. - Subsections (d)(5)(B), (g)(5)(B), and (s)(3)(B)(v)(II) do not apply to any alien who has been lawfully admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa, if that alien is - (A) admitted to the United States for lawful hunting or sporting purposes or is in possession of a hunting license or permit lawfully issued in the United States;
“The laws are not the kind of laws a civilized society should have and the [National Rifle Association] should be ashamed of themselves,” Bloomberg, a leading gun-control advocate, said at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
Shaguyik - and as I write this post, I realized that I somehow did not get any pictures of her last time I was at the AWCC, what was I thinking? - has made a break for it! The electric fence was turned off last Tuesday for maintenance, which was just the opportunity that Shaguyik needed. The bear is still on the lam, despite aerial searches being conducted. Perhaps Shaguyik was not so keen on being transferred to Sweden later this summer.
In all seriousness, the AWCC is a fine establishment that we are happy to support. They do excellent work rehabilitating rescued animals and finding homes for those that cannot be returned to the wild, like Shaguyik. Their enclosures are large and designed more for the animal's comfort than human's viewing pleasure. Hopefully they find Shaguyik soon!
No one noticed.
The removal of the national registry is another example of the government’s flippant attitude towards gun control policy. No one denies that the spread of arms throughout the hemisphere poses a huge threat to international security. The recent “Operation Fast and Furious” scandal in Mexico proves that mismanagement of firearm practices in developed countries presents serious consequences for developing or underdeveloped nations. If guns are made more readily available in Canada, the proliferation of these arms to other, more retrogressive nations that can be dominated by criminal activity becomes even easier. While many long-range weapons to be found within the registry are used for game or sport, the deconstruction of the national registry is a step in a decidedly right-wing direction. The consequences of cavalier ownership and the provision of weapons unchecked by the government could prove catastrophic for Canada and the entire hemisphere.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
- Man in Brevig Mission shoots 30-06 at inhabited dwelling. Gwen missed that the man in question was drunk and has a record of criminal arrests as long as my arm. Here's the arrest record for the night in question. When you look at the other arrests you'll find felony assault, more assault, domestic violence, attempted murder 1, grand theft auto, sexual assault, more DV, felonies and misdemeanors involving booze, and yet more DV as recent as 2010. Does it sound like this man, who is almost certainly a prohibited person who cannot legally touch a weapon, suddenly "snapped?"
- Man in Fairbanks borrows a pistol and shoots his dogs while drunk. Gwen blames NRA training. Somehow I missed the lesson on how to shoot my pets while drunk in NRA Basic Pistol; in fact, I seem to recall that they taught me to never handle guns while drunk. Anyways, a quick review of the rap sheets indicates that this guy had to borrow a gun because he's probably a prohibited person who can't pass the background check to buy one. Nor could he legally borrow one, but I guess a guy who has multiple domestic violence incidents, at least two felonies, and a long string of assault charges probably can't be bothered to follow the law.
- Man in Fairbanks calls the cops to report a home invasion. SWAT finds no evidence of home invaders, but the homeowner is blitzed, has been shot in the arm, and jumps out a window. What kind of guy does that? Oh, wait, a prohibited person with numerous incidents of DV as well as a stack of misdemeanors. The DV would make him a prohibited person.
- A man in Anchored hired some hookers, then three large beefy men showed up in the same vehicle and robbed him in his hotel room. They used a gun in the hold up.
"Two of the suspects were described as a male, 6 feet, 2 inches and 330 pounds and a male, 6 feet, 2 inches and 290 to 300 pounds. The victim did not offer a description of the third suspect."Guess what? In a world without firearms, if I were to bet on the outcome between three dudes who are built like linebackers and a lone defender, I know where the smart money is going. Gwen is basically advocating a rule of the jungle where the physically strong can take what they want from the physically weaker or the outnumbered. That sounds kind of medieval. Oh, yeah -- don't get involved with illicit activity like drugs or prostitution and you're probably less likely to be held up, too.
In an example of Journalistic Integrity, the very first paragraph sets the scene by describing a self defense shooting in Florida, all word choice chosen to make one think that the homeowner was far out of line, shooting a defenseless person who posed no threat, and was not prosecuted due to SYG.
Of course, later in the article they get into more detail about this particular incident, and - go figure - it turns out the young man who got shot did not simply ring a doorbell in the middle of the night only to be met by a bullet. In fact, this was the second time he had been to this house (being too drunk to notice the difference) and refused multiple times to leave, and then started towards the homeowner.
Bit different from the first paragraph in the article, eh?
The article also tries to convince us that SYG laws are a "sharp turn in American law" that began in Florida in 2005." Sometimes I wonder what world these people live in.
Another particularly excellent quote comes from the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys: ""It's almost like we now have to prove a negative -- that a person was not acting in self-defense, often on the basis of only one witness, the shooter," said Steven Jansen, the group's vice president."
Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2012/04/08/2412644/justifiable-homicides-increasing.html#storylink=cpy
Originally, when the CFP was implemented, quality assurance issues arose with respect to the accuracy of the information that was entered into the system... The error rate has been halved from 2 per cent to 1 per cent [Comment: so there are at least 70,000 erroneous records in the system.. very comforting!]. Second, not all firearms have been registered, and owing to repeated long-gun registration amnesties (2006-2010) [Comment: I thought the latest was through 2013], information is not consistently entered into the CFP database.. There some confusion surrounding the responsibilities of licensed owners to have their firearms registered, however, currently the law stipulates that they must continue to register their firearms. Lastly, many firearms that are being procured specifically to be used for illegal activities are never entered into the system.
As of January 2001, with a new personal firearms-import form, a new $50 visitor license fee, and a police records check, Canada also became a hostile tourist destination for thousands of U.S. hunters or competition shooters bringing their own guns. As a result, many tourist-dependent northern hunting-fishing lodges are now suffering financially or have closed. Unlike in the U.S., even antique-reproduction muzzle-loading muskets are classed as firearms in Canada, and now require owner-licensing and registration. The new regulation and fee had already, in 2001 and 2002, caused many cancellations by visiting American Civil War historical re-enactment groups, and will likely end Canadian visits and demonstrations. 26...Outdoor sports magazines are suffering as American and European gun and ammunition makers decide the shrinking Canadian market no longer justifies their advertising costs...Trying to assess the total negative economic impact of the Firearms Act is like trying to estimate the number of guns in Canada. Again, there are no reliable figures, but both domestically and from lost U.S. hunter tourism, the writer would guess a loss so far of at least $4 to $5 billion in shooting sports business activity.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Additionally, before these places ran out of ballots, the number of questioned ballots was already five times last years number.
Someone messed up pretty good this time.
Of course, with this mess, everyone who didn't think the election went the direction they wanted it to is calling it a conspiracy to throw the election. That doesn't seem likely to me, as the two most controversial issues were decided by a wider margin than seems to be an issue with the missing and questioned ballots.
Friday, April 6, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
I asked, "So, what was the concern prior to your state passing a shall-issue CWP law?"She replied, "Oh, it was hysteria. Everyone thought there'd by crime all over and shootings in the street."I asked back, "And what's happened?""We've had no problems," she said. "Not a single one."