Monday, August 24, 2009

All 3 of you might be wondering where I am...

Blogging and tweetage to be lighter than the normal very light as I am on vacation. I'm 3 days in and haven't even opened my Google Reader to see what's been happening with all of my (gradually reciprocated) blogroll. I'll probably have to pull a "mark all as read" and just catch up piecemeal as sorting through 1000+ posts has little appeal to me right now.

For the record, I am vacationing in a state that has CCW reciprocity with my homestate of South Cacalacky.

Maybe I can make a little dent in it tonight. Shouldn't take but another 30 minutes...right?

Maybe I'll just read Tam.

And Snowflakes and Uncle.

And Borepatch and Tbolt and Robb and this is why I haven't made it into the lobby until tonight.


An hour and 1 cocktail later...

And Breda and Kevin and Marko and Joe Huffman

and who am I kidding - I normally cannot go a night without reading , Rawles (or JWR, if you prefer not to use the , )

and last but certainly not least James.

oh yeah one more: Steve

Done. Going to go to bed now. Last thought - isn't it a bit odd to refer to these nice people by their first names when I have never met them? Probably.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

10 good gun rules

#10: Repeat after me, “No, I don’t need that many rails. Lead me not into temptation.” Rails on a gun are like a clean shirt: they attract the oddest things.

seen 1st @ Uncle then @ Robb

A Dixie Carpetbagger is now on the roll and in the reader. Adding at least another 10 minutes to daily reading.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Lancaster SC robber gets shot with his own gun. That's one less robber in Lancaster SC. twtd

Some idiot got shot dead trying to rob a guy and the Observer refers to the dead robber as the victim. Really?

from the Charlotte Observer via the Rock Hill Herald. Emphasis mine

The intended victim of a robbery turned the tables on his attackers early Friday in Lancaster, fatally shooting a man, police say.

The victim was identified by police as Jarkevious Ingram, 18, of Lancaster.

Police say Ingram and two other men tried to rob Edward Patterson Jr., 34, as he arrived at his home on Culp Street about 1 a.m. Friday.

According to police, Ingram and Patterson got into a struggle, and Patterson grabbed the gun, shooting Ingram. Neighbors reported hearing several shots.

Ingram was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where he died. Patterson drove himself to Springs Memorial Hospital, where he was transferred to Carolinas Medical Center. It is unclear how Patterson was injured.

Police said Friday afternoon that an investigation into the case was continuing.

Victim? No.

Suspect? Yes.

Likely recidivist? No longer.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) responds to my Sotomayor letter

Here's Senator Lindsay Graham's response to this letter, asking him NOT to vote for the confirmation of Judge Sonya Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Dear Brian:

Thank you for contacting me regarding Second Amendment rights and Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor. I appreciate the opportunity to hear from you on these important issues.

I have announced my intent to support Judge Sotomayor, in both the Senate Judiciary Committee and on the floor of the Senate, because I believe she is well-qualified for the position. As you may be aware, Judge Sotomayor's nomination was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 28, 2009, and awaits consideration by the full United States Senate.

I understand your concerns regarding Judge Sotomayor's record on Second Amendment rights. She was questioned extensively on this point during her confirmation hearings. Judge Sotomayor acknowledged and pledged to abide by the precedent established by the Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment confers an individual right of gun ownership. In making my decision to support Judge Sotomayor's nomination, I considered how she might rule on a variety of issues, including gun rights. I weighed her past rulings, education, and statements on judicial philosophy, both in and out of the courtroom, to determine whether she was qualified for the position of Associate Justice. I also considered her character and the uniquely American story that her life presents. Finally, I studied whether there was anything about her past actions which would be serious enough to disqualify her from sitting on the Supreme Court. Finding none, and believing her qualifications to be exemplary, I chose to support her nomination.

I believe my record of supporting legislation which protects the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans is clear. I joined 54 other senators, 250 representatives, and former Vice President Cheney in filing an amicus brief with the Supreme Court to argue that the long-standing District of Columbia (D.C.) handgun ban is unconstitutional. Additionally, I cosponsored an amendment to S. 160, the District of Columbia Voting Rights Act, which would conform D.C. gun laws to the requirements set out in the Heller decision. I have also cosponsored legislation, S. 371, which allows concealed carry reciprocity. Finally I was proud to cosponsor an amendment which restores the right of law- abiding citizens to possess, carry, and transport concealed weapons within a national park area or national wildlife refuge area. This legislation was signed into law by President Obama on May 22, 2009. I assure you I will continue to look for ways to protect the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans.

Thank you again for taking the time to share your thoughts. If I may be of further assistance to you or your family,please do not hesitate to call on me.

Lindsey O. Graham
United States Senator

At the end there he mentions his support of the Thune-Vitter amendment (although oddly not by name) like I'd not heard of it - even though I mention it by name in my letter, clearly marking this as his form letter for "gun people". Sigh.

I'll give Lindsay and staff credit for not ignoring me completely and at least having some pro-2nd Amendment credibility. He really dropped the ball on this vote though.

For the record - I prefer the nigh-on instant response from Senator DeMint, via email. As a comparison, it is safe to say that Graham bought it and DeMint did not, safely neutering any influence the Republican Senators from South Carolina might have on the proceedings. This is not the first time this has happened and likely won't be the last.

Charlotte Rifle and Pistol Club

Sebastian's post about Clubs got me thinking about joining the Charlotte Rifle and Pistol Club. It sure isn't cheap, and on top of the financial commitment, there is a time commitment as well. I will learn more when I actually get to go to an orientation, as I was unable to attend the most recent event and I will probably have to wait until September to get the ball rolling on the rest of the process.

Lot's of potential +pluses. The ranges look magnificent in comparison to what I am used to at the local commercial establishments (which aren't bad at all) and the moderately inconvenient Waxhaw location is just as far as the outdoor rifle range at Pappy's although it's in another direction.

I don't know if I have the time and $ to belong to more than one gun club as the Central Carolinas Shooting Club seems to be more my style. Decisions.

NC Dems trying to kill "Castle Doctrine"

NC Senate Bill 928, “The Castle Doctrine” (For more on how Castle Doctrine strengthens your right to defend yourself, click here.) remarkably passed the Democrat-controlled NC Senate on 14 May of this year.

It has since languished in the NC House where it will face 3 committees as opposed to the typical single committee hearing where, if passed, it would head for a vote by the full chamber. This is due to the efforts of:

"Rep. Deborah Ross (Wake), the virulently anti-gun chair of the Judiciary I Committee...(who) maintains she is hearing “non-controversial” bills first, but doesn’t explain what should be “controversial” about a bill which simply reinforces the right of lawful citizens to protect themselves from imminent death or serious bodily injury. Indeed, if SB 928 is so “controversial,” why did it pass the Senate by a vote of 42 to 2?"

RTWH over at The Charlotte Gun Rights Examiner, who I just discovered via an email alert from Grass Roots NC. There is some good news at the end of the post.

Act now North Carolinians!

Contact Rep. Hugh Holliman (D-Davidson) at, 103 Sapona Road, Lexington, NC 27295, or 336-956-1385.

Contact Rep. Deborah Ross (D-Wake) at, 425 S. Boylan Ave., Raleigh, NC 27603, or 919-832-6508.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Finally got to the range yesterday

For the record: the pretty stag grips on the S&W M63 that I got off of gunbroker are going back in the box.

Dumbass here forgot to swap the "fancies" out for the factory grips before heading to the range for the first time in weeks and the results were not surprising in the slightest. It was hard to work the kung-fu grip on the tiny little things.

I had a great time blowing through my box o' cheap Federal .22LR and once I warmed up and switched to the higher-end Winchester stuff I managed some decent groups.

I need to make some money so I can spring for a trigger job and some nice chunky grips.

Total price for 30 minutes at the range: $12 (+ maybe $5 worth of ammo). I can barely take my other pistols out of the bag for $17. Win.

UPDATED: these are OTW - old set of Pachmayr grips for a square butt K frame for a whopping $14. I hope the factory grip screw works as one is not included with these. Got to dig that green shag carpet though.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Iowahawk: Know Your Town Hall Mob Agitators!

Iowahawk has a guide for identifying Town Hall Astroturf Agitators. Hysterical.

Remain strong, citizen, for the day of their comeuppance is near! Patriotic spontaneous volunteers from, Organizing For America, HCAN, SEIU, AFSCME, ACORN, NPR, and MSNBC have all pledged independent grassroots efforts to spread the word about the health-hating tricksters and their transparent astroturf agitation campaign!

In local news, U.S. Congressman John Spratt (D-SC 5th) - a CapNTrader - is surprising precisely ZERO of his constituents by not planning to hold any Town Hall meetings to discuss ObamaCare (another link here). Which is a pity as I'd love to go see some of the people that keep electing him, as I've never met anyone who voted for him.

Of course, I mostly hang out in gun shops.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Aim Right is moving!

My favorite gun shop is moving closer to my house! Aim Right is moving to downtown Fort Mill.

Well it’s finally going to happen


The Gun shop will relocate to Main Street Fort Mill.

The new address is 237 Main which is at the top of Main Street.

Should be in and ready to sell guns by the first of September.

We look forward to seeing You there.

Fatjak & the boys

Jack has informed me that the "big moving sale" is "Buy 1 for the price of 2". Ha.

from the Chucktown P&C "Brady Center critical of S.C."

from the Chucktown Post & Courier "Brady Center critical of S.C."

Now I am jut shocked. SHOCKED I tell you. I simply cannot imagine why the Brady Center would be "Critical of SC"...

In 2006, lawmakers passed a bill that extended legal coverage under the Castle Doctrine, in which residents can use deadly force against intruders to protect themselves and their property. Someone's business or a car in danger of being hijacked became areas covered by the legally recognized defense.

Oh. There is that. And...

South Carolina is not shedding its reputation as a gun-buyers' haven, Brady Center senior attorney Daniel Vice said.

"Unfortunately," he said, "in South Carolina it is very easy for dangerous criminals to get deadly weapons."

Wow. Just like anywhere else, it's easy for dangerous criminals to get "deadly weapons" in South Carolina, just not LEGALLY.

Brady officials consider South Carolina a weak gun-law state because of the ease of getting firearms over the counter. Among their arguments is that there are no limits here on monthly purchases, and the lack of background checks required at gun shows.

Yawn. Nobody listening. Old news.

However this is actually the least biased gun story I've seen in print in some time. Good on you Schuyler Kropf, you've exceeded my expectations by not merely regurgitating Brady talking points, but adding the NRA response without a trace of a sneer.

Love the comments too.

If there are so many pro-gun folks in SC that take the time to write well-thought-out comments to stories like this, why does it seem like there are only 3 or 4 gunbloggers from SC?