Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A Quick Run Around the Web--February 17, 2016

  • Juxtaposition this:
Obviously, I don't know if Scalia was murdered or died from natural causes; given his age and history of health problems, his death probably was natural. But because there will apparently be no autopsy, we will never know. Here's the point, though: the various scandals of the last decade--e.g., NSA spying, the use of the IRS against conservative groups, blaming Benghazi on some poor YouTube film maker, Fast and Furious, Obama's targeted assassination program (including Americans)--make it reasonable to at least consider whether Scalia was assassinated. And that is a sad commentary on the current state of the Republic.
... the liberty minded people on the right feel that the last 15 years or so have been a constant assault of never-ending threats to personal liberty and desperately want our country back.  The left feels that the last 15 years haven't gone anywhere near far enough and desperately want (arguably) Bernie Sanders to complete the fundamental transformation to a socialist republic.  ... We desperately want a country back where personal liberty and determination can live again; they desperately want a country that never was!  
    Those two views are fundamentally incompatible.  There isn't a single step that can be taken in the direction of more liberty that doesn't conflict with the leftist's views, and there is no step the leftists can take that doesn't take away more liberty.  A presidency farther to the left than we are now will simply destroy the republic.
      Before 9-11, there were just a few training institutions and about 10-12 traveling instructors...I got to them all and had a good handle on what was being taught. Then our country was attacked, two wars began and a large number of folks came out of the military and changed the training industry, I believe forever. Focus shifted from the concealed handgun to the M-4 carbine and if you were not former Special Ops you didn't know s[***]. If you weren't former Special Ops and wanted to instruct, no problem! You just act like you were/are.
        Defending the home or what to do in a parking lot attack moved to battlefield tactics. Never mind much of the battlefield stuff was/is inappropriate for law enforcement or the legally armed was/is really cool to do! Gear became the primary concern and many felt as long as they looked good, it did not matter if they could shoot good. ...
        Does Spaulding have a legitimate gripe, or is it just sour grapes over the change in the industry? A bit of both, I suspect. He makes several valid points, though, and I recommend reading the whole thing. I understand his concerns about the quality of the training being offered, or whether it is even applicable outside a battle zone. But if Spaulding is suggesting that all training should be only what is eminently practical (and I don't know if that is his opinion), I would disagree. I know people very interested in different aspects of sword combat. Is it practical? Not really. But it interests them because of the historical context, the challenge, or they simply like bashing or stabbing at someone with a sword. Likewise, most of us will (hopefully) never have a need to use small unit tactics to take down a team of raiders or terrorists, but it is of interest to various people for different reasons.
        The man operating the table had a Beretta 92 with a set of Crimson Trace Lasergrips. I asked if I could borrow it for a demonstration. After double and triple checking it to make sure it was clear, I handed it to the customer. Stepping back and holding up my fist, I said, “This is about the size of the brain at five yards. Every time you have a sight picture, activate the laser.” I then moved my fist up, down, sideways, and diagonally. The laser never came on.
        While the basic point--the headshot is more difficult than a center of mass shot--is valid, the more I thought about the author's demonstration, the more unrealistic it appeared. Unless your target is bobbing around like a boxer, the head is not going to be moving like the author's fist. Some movement? Likely. But moving up, down, sideways, and diagonally? Unlikely. A valid point does not need to be supported by a bad example.

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