Column: No Rational Person Backs AR-15 Ownership

H/T Bearing Arms.

I consider myself a very rational person and I support ownership of AR-15’s by American.

 

Did you know that you’re irrational?

I sure didn’t. I mean, there are a lot of things I probably get irrational about, but I think that’s true for most of us. Child abuse, for example, tends to make me very irrational and I’m OK with that.

But my support for the Second Amendment isn’t irrational. It’s based on a fair bit of reasoned thinking, just like most of you reading, I suspect.

However, a columnist for the Fayetteville Observer begs to disagree.

Last year, Dean Winslow, a doctor and retired Air Force colonel was going through confirmation hearings before a Senate committee for a job as Trump’s assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. He offered the opinion that it was “insane” that in the U.S. “a civilian can go out and buy a semiautomatic assault rifle like an AR-15.” He looked at it from the perspective as a military doctor who had treated combat wounds.

Winslow believes the moment of truth cost him the job in Trump’s cabinet, as he later wrote in an opinion piece. He noted he had arrived at his hearing the day after massacre at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

“Unfortunately,” he wrote, “I do not possess one credential the committee wanted to see: I do not support the unrestricted ownership of semiautomatic assault weapons by civilians.”

No rational person would — unless it is someone with their own idiosyncratic attachment to the AR-15 or is a politician paid off by the National Rifle Association, the gun industry or some other lobbyist.

If you support AR-15 ownership, you’re not rational no matter what. This columnist discredits your opinions outright because you’re irrational and his sole criteria for determining that is your refusal to side with him. Either that or you’re bought and paid for because no one would look at this and come up with anything other than what he did.

The problem with this is that if anyone were to look at this rationally, they’d recognize that the problem is not now and never has been the AR-15 or other so-called “assault rifles.”

First, there is the minuscule number of crimes committed by people wielding AR-15s. While mass shootings make major headlines, they also make up the vast majority of illicit uses of AR-15s, and they’re far from the only tool used for such things. To date, the most deadly school shooting in the country remains Virginia Tech. The gunman there used two semi-automatic pistols.

This is a rational observation.

Second, there’s the fact that there are millions upon millions of these weapons in circulation. They’re popular and in common use, which means they meet the Heller test. They’re used lawfully by something like 99.99 percent of those who own the weapons (not an official stat, I should state, just a guesstimate based on observations and the fact that they’re used in so few crimes despite being so popular).

This is a rational observation.

Finally, this also ties into the fact that we have a constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. There’s no right to be comfortable with which guns other people get to buy. There’s no right to have reality distorted to conform to your feelings. There’s no right to any of that.

We have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms, and we also know that the Founding Fathers believed that the citizenry should be armed in such a way to resist a tyrannical government or foreign invader. While people like the author tend to argue that our Founding Fathers couldn’t imagine the firepower we currently possess, they either ignore or are ignorant of the fact that the Second Amendment protections included artillery. That’s right. Cannons!

A rational person would examine these facts and understand that opposing restrictions on firearms is rational.

Unlike, say, having a visceral hatred of a weapon time used in a tiny fraction of a percent of all crimes.

Hat tip: The Truth About Guns

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Big Percy Price – The Marine That ‘Beat Up’ Muhammad Ali

H/T War History OnLine.

It would have been interesting to know if Ali could have beaten Big Percy Price if he would have pursued a boxing career.

Semper Fidelis! United States Marines know best what it means to be “Always Faithful” and to put service to country above anything else. Only those who got the true meaning of this motto understood why “Big Percy” Price refused to leave the Marines to become a world famous boxer.

The story of Staff Sergeant Percy J. Price comes down to his decision not to become a rich and famous sportsman. Both confusing and perfectly clear at the same time, it is a story of a man who did love boxing but who lived to serve his country. The sense of pride of belonging to the Marines was a foundation for the decisions he made in his life.

Proud to be a Marine

Percy was just another Marine. One of many. If he wasn’t 6’3” tall and 209 pounds heavy, one would barely notice him. He was calm, never overexcited, even in battle, and was always there to serve, no questions asked.

In a period of his life when he had an opportunity to evade it, he went Vietnam and served two tours. Not even the horrors of the Vietnam War changed his mind. He remained in service for as long as he was able and he never regretted dedicating his entire life to his country.

 

Marine Staff Sgt. Percy J. Price leads his platoon on an operation in Da Nang, Vietnam in 1967. In 1960, Price defeated famed boxer Muhammad Ali, then-Cassius Clay, in the 1960 Olympic trials. A career Marine, Price remained in the Marine Corps instead of pursuing a professional boxing career. He went on to complete two tours in Vietnam. Marine Corps photo

Coming from Philadelphia, Percy joined the Marines in 1955 when he was only 18. With his height and weight and fists large as shovels, he was perfect to be a heavyweight boxer, but he chose to serve instead. Being a Marine was his dream come true, and the fact that it allowed him to fight at the same time was just a big plus.

With his boxing abilities it didn’t last long until he joined the Marines’ Boxing Team and started knocking out other Marines who wanted to try their boxing skills. Since he was so good at it, when the 1960 Olympics boxing trials started Percy was there to try his luck.

1960 Olympics trials

At the time it was nothing unusual to see a military man to participate in sports competitions, even at Olympic Games. It was the time when most of sportsmen were either amateurs or semi-professionals, while some of them were still students.

Opening Ceremony in 1960 Summer Olympics in Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy. Photo: Alex Dawson / CC BY-SA 2.0

Even though he was the top of the Marines’ heavyweight, Percy was not considered as favorite for the National Olympics Team. To reach Rome and the Olympic Games, he had to fight with some of the best young boxers in the country.

The first qualification matches were smooth sailing for Percy. In the semifinals, on the other hand, he faced Archie Milton, a three time NCAA heavyweight champion and the absolute dominator in his category. However, it was one thing to fight college boys and completely another to fight a Marine. Percy Price ran over Archie Milton in a match that ended with Percy’s right hand knockout and Milton down on the floor.

 

Sequoia High School product Archie Milton, a two-time NCAA heavyweight boxing champion.

 

Portrait of the ten individual champions of the twenty-third NCAA boxing tournament held at the University of Wisconsin field house. Front left: Archie Milton. April 1960. Photo – wisconsinhistory.org

Cassius vs. Marine Giant

After defeating Archie Milton, Percy had just one final match to reach Rome. That final match proved to be the highlight of his boxing career, for he fought none other than young Cassius Clay, the rising talent of American boxing.

There they were: on one side young and fearless Cassius Clay and on another, Marine private Percy Price whose hands were so huge that he needed special gloves. Clay was punching fast, but Percy punched hard and he did it with both of his hands equally. Cassius managed to avoid Archie Milton’s fate of being knocked down, but he surely got the beating of his life.

It was a decision win for Percy Price and a ticket to the Rome Olympics. After suffering a defeat in a division that he would dominate in years to come, Cassius Clay had to switch to the light-heavyweight division to secure his place in Rome.

Once there, in the Olympic Tournament things were completely different. Cassius Clay became the star by winning a gold medal, while Percy Price had to come back home without even a bronze. He was stopped in the quarter-finals by Josef Nemec from Czechoslovakia.

As soon as he finished his Olympic Games adventure, Percy returned to his duty in the Marines. The way he fought in trial tournaments and during the Olympics caught the attention of several boxing managers.

Even though he was an amateur, Percy fought in the style of a true professional. He thus received a number of proposals to turn pro and further develop his boxing skills, but he refused them all. For Percy, boxing was just a sport, while the Marines were his life.

From Rome to Vietnam

The 1960 Rome Olympics were a turning point for both Cassius Clay and Percy Price. Afterward, their lives went in completely opposite directions.

For Cassius, Rome was just a first step in becoming one of the best boxers in the history of the sport. After converting to Islam and changing his name to Muhammad Ali, he became a strong opponent of white domination in the United States and especially of the Vietnam War. Until Ali’s 1971 match with Joe Frazier, Percy Price was the only man who defeated him.

On the other hand, after the Olympics, Percy continued his career in the Marines. As previously mentioned, he served two tours of duty in Vietnam.

Even though he had spent most of his time in Marines as a boxer, which reduced his warfighting skills, it didn’t prevent him from going into combat. As a platoon leader Percy saw as much combat as any other serviceman. He successfully led his men in Operation Union 1 in The Que Son Valley and proved to be a fine NCO.

Percy remained in the Marines until 1976, when he retired at the age of 40. He continued to fight on a military level, winning 3 All-Marine Heavyweight Championships, 2 Inter-Service Titles, and a World Military Championship in 1962.

Despite all their differences and the fact that their lives went separate ways, Percy Price remained in contact with his Olympic Games teammate Muhammad Ali.

 

Dem Congresswoman: Actually, Trump’s Border Wall Is About Getting Rid Of People Of Color, Or Something

H/T Town Hall.

The ignorance of Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) is mindboggling.

President Trump is not promoting ethnic cleansing but he is promoting the safety and welfare of Americans from sex trafficking, drug abuse and crime committed by illegals.

Oh, of course, MSNBC peddled this trash out there. It is like peering into a whole other universe watching that network, whose sole job is to keep liberal blood pressures low. When a Democrat is in the Oval Office, it’s the era of good feelings. When the GOP wins, it’s apocalypse watch, which has increased in its insanity and stupidity since Trump win in 2016. This network thought we’d be mid-way through another Clinton presidency, and then that plan got punched in the mouth.

Now, as the government is shut down over border security, the far Left is coming out swinging, with a few members suggesting that Trump’s ultimate aim to pretty much wipe out minorities in America. It’s nonsense. Enter Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), who was on host Chris Hayes’ show, where she suggested that the fight over the wall isn’t about border security, but Trump’s alleged white nationalist agenda of purifying America (via Real Clear Politics):

CHRIS HAYES, HOST: Joining me now, Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal of Washington who was at the southern border last month helping migrants seek asylum and who worked in — with immigrants and immigrant rights before she came to Congress.

Do you think a deal can be made, or do you think this is fundamentally existential and cannot be made?

REP. PRAMILA JAYAPAL (D-WA): It is fundamentally existential if he continues to insist on a wall. And, you know, you just said it so beautifully, Chris, this has never been about a wall. He actually could have gotten funding a couple of years ago, or a year ago, for a wall. It was part of a deal that was proposed. Not all of us agreed with that deal, but it was proposed to him and he turned it down because his ultimate goal is, as you said, to make America pure in the sense of not having immigrants, not having folks of color here and shutting down every form of legal immigration, all to throw a bone to those people.

Well, congresswoman, there is a crisis at the border. The Washington Post and The New York Times did stories about, not necessarily publications that are part of the right wing. Gangs are pouring across the border. Drugs are pouring across the border. The detention facilities are becoming overwhelmed. Hordes of these people are trying to bum rush ports of entry. Enough. This is a party, who despite their support for border security, really don’t want it. I know I’m preaching to the choir, but walls work. They know it. That’s why they’re staunchly opposed to it. They want amnesty. They want these people’s votes in the fullness of time, and they don’t care how many commit crimes in the process. When did being pro-legal immigrationbecome a dog whistle? It’s not. It’s how it should be done. I’m sick of the sob stories being used as a pass to break federal immigration laws. Oh, but families are being broken up. Yeah, tell that to the scores of American families destroyed because people who shouldn’t have been here committed heinous act of murder and mayhem. Build that wall, Mr. President.

Also, to those, like Jayapal, who see racism everywhere quit sniffing glue. It’s going to fry whatever brain cells you have left, most of which were eradicated when you decided to become liberals.

Tyger Tyger, burning bright

H/T Beyond The Band Of Brothers.

The good, the bad and the ugly of the Tiger and Tiger II.

What difference if any would have the Tiger and Tiger II made in the war and for tank warfare?

A beast, but savage or toothless?

William Blake’s famous poem quoted in the title might have been written about actual tigers, but it’s also an apt expression of the intense fascination popular culture has for the most famous of the German “big cat” Panzers: the Tiger heavy tank. But just how good was the Tiger? In this newsletter, we will overview the good and the bad about it.

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Tiger tank Note the numerous vertical surfaces where armor isn’t sloped

The Waffenamt, Nazi Germany’s weapons development center, embarked on a quest in 1935 for a weapon that could destroy the interwar French Char 2C super-heavy tank. After a few prototypes, experience against French and British tanks during the Battle of France and the shock of encountering superior Soviet armor on the Eastern Front in 1941 gave the project the final push: the Tiger was born. Its gun was ultimately based on the iconic 88mm Flak cannon, which served well against both air and ground targets. The gun was highly accurate and powerful enough to penetrate the frontal armor of most Allied tanks from ranges where those, in turn, did not present a threat. The tiger did have a weakness, though: the traverse of the turret was very slow, taking about a minute for a full rotation. If Allied tanks did get close, like in the hedgerows of Normandy, they could flank the Tiger whose turret was just too sluggish to stay trained on its target.

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Hitler and Ferdinand Porsche (both on the left) examining one of the Tiger prototypes

Heavy armament was paired with heavy armor, up to 4.72 inches thick in the front. Its design was suboptimal, though: rather than using sloped armor which presented a thicker layer of steel to incoming shots, enemy shells could easily hit the Tiger’s surface perpendicularly, maximizing penetration potential.

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A Tiger crew examining a non-penetrating hit in Russia

At 60-63 U.S. tons depending on model, the Tiger was close to twice as heavy as lighter versions of the Sherman. Nevertheless, its speed was somewhat slower but still comparable.

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Tiger crews were encouraged to position the tank so it faced 45° away from the enemy, similarly to how this one presents itself to the camera. This increased the effective thickness of armor.

Power came at a price. The Tiger was expensive in cost, manpower and raw materials. For the price of one Tiger, Germany could have produced two Panzer IVs or four StuG IIIs. Another disadvantage of the big cat was overengineering. While it was reliable with proper maintenance, its mass was pushing the upper limit of what the suspension and the gearboxes could tolerate. Consequently, it was liable to breakdowns when proper care was not available. The interleaved placement of the road wheels was also a maintenance nightmare: in order to replace a single inner wheel whenever it lost its rubber tire, which it did rather frequently, up to 9 other wheels had to be removed for access.

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An early Tiger in Russia. Its size is well shown compared to the nearby house.

According to an unverifiable anecdote, a Tiger crew once shared a tavern with some Luftwaffe men. The latter bribed the waitress to put the tank crew’s dinner plates on the table in the hated interleaved pattern, sparking a fierce brawl.

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General Eisenhower walking past an upturned Tiger B in France. The wheel arrangement on the original Tiger was even more complicated.

The Tiger’s bulk came with inherent problems that went beyond maintenance. Small bridges couldn’t support it, so a special fording system had to be developed. Whenever it was carried by rail, several wheels had to be removed and a special, narrow transport track had to be installed so it would fit on the train; though crews usually ignored this step if they knew there were no narrow tunnels along the way.

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A Tiger in an assembly facility being fitted with the narrow tracks for rail transportation

In combat, the Tiger achieved an amazing 10-to-1 kill/loss ratio on average. When considering all losses, however, including breakdowns, this ratio drops to 5-to-1, demonstrating just how big a problem maintenance was.

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Tyger tyger, burning bright: a destroyed Tiger tank on the Eastern Front

The Tiger was deployed in 45-tank independent battalions. Though originally designed for massed breakthroughs, the changing tides of war forced it into a defensive role, racing from hotspot to hotspot to shore up defenses wherever needed. This greatly increased the distance they had to cover, exacerbating the mechanical problems.

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A Tiger under repair in Italy

The major revision came into service in 1944, two years after the original Tiger. Often referred to Tiger II, it’s actual official short name was Tiger B. It was also informally known Königstiger, incorrectly translated by Allied troops as king or royal tiger. The correct translation would have been Bengal tiger.

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A Tiger B, note the prevalence of sloped armor

Weighing 77 U.S. tons, the Tiger B featured an even more powerful gun and a turret that could actually turn at a decent speed. Armor was not only thickened, but also applied in a sloped contour to increase defensive power.

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The turret of a Tiger B The rough coating on its surface is Zimmerit, a non-magnetic paste-like coating designed to prevent magnetic mines from getting attached to the tank.

With increased strengths came increased weaknesses. Early Tiger B-s had leaky seals and gaskets and were made with inferior steel. Additionally, the massive vehicle remained prone to breakdowns even after its teething problems were fixed. One particular battalion, when first deployed with 45 Tiger Bs, was left with only 8 in battle readiness after all the rest suffered drivetrain failures.

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A Tiger B in Budapest, Hungary

The gradual collapse of the German war industry, Allied bombardment of the manufacturing plant and the Allies tendency and ability to call in artillery or air strikes to deal with tough targets did a lot to nullify the awesome power the Königstiger would have had in a straight-up tank fight.

You can learn more about the famous, the infamous and the lesser-known tanks of World War II on our Third Reich Tours.

 

NRA Applauds Sen. Cornyn for Introducing Reciprocity Legislation

H/T AmmoLand.

We need to call and email our Senators and ask them to support Sen.John Cornyn’s proposed legislation.

You can use this link to contact your Senator.

We are fortunate enough here in Indiana to have two Republican Senators.

Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- On behalf of our more than 5 million members across the country, the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauded the introduction of S. 69, The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2019, sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn (TX).

“The current patchwork of state and local gun laws is confusing and can cause the most conscientious gun owner to unknowingly run afoul of the law when they are traveling or temporarily living away from home,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA. “Sen. Cornyn’s legislation provides a much-needed solution to a real problem for law-abiding gun owners.”

S. 69 would eliminate the confusing patchwork of state carry laws by allowing individuals who possess concealed carry licenses or who are not prohibited from carrying concealed in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state that provides a lawful means of concealed carry for its own residents.

This legislation would not override state laws governing the time, place or manner of carriage or establish national standards for concealed carry. Individual state gun laws would still be respected. If under federal law a person is prohibited from carrying a firearm, they would continue to be prohibited from doing so under this bill.

“Law-abiding citizens should be able to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense while traveling across state lines,” continued Cox. “We thank Sen. Cornyn for his leadership on this important issue.”

Concealed Carry Facts:

  • Nearly every state in the country recognizes the right of residents to lawfully carry a concealed handgun in public for self-defense – a right that more than 17 million Americans now exercise.
  • America’s experience with concealed carry demonstrates that the repeated claim that concealed carry increases violence is factually incorrect. Concealed carry licensees are an exceptionally law-abiding population.
  • National reciprocity is already a reality in the 22 states that recognize all other concealed carry licenses or allow law-abiding non-residents to carry a firearm without a license.
  • Only ten states (and the District of Columbia) still refuse to recognize the permits of any other states, forcing lawful concealed carriers to surrender their rights when traveling through these jurisdictions. The consequence is obvious, as otherwise law-abiding citizens – specifically veterans, single mothers, disaster response workers, nurses, medical school students, and even corrections officers – have wrongfully suffered seizure of property, arrest, detention and even prosecution because they failed to navigate the legal minefield that is the current state reciprocity system.

The bill recognizes the diversity of state concealed carry laws by making each person subject to the rules of the state in which they are present, including places off-limits to firearms and laws governing the defensive use of force. It merely allows out-of-state licensees to carry concealed in the same manner as in-state residents.


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De Blasio Doubles Down on Seizing Buildings, Stealing for Free Vacations

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To all of the stupid New York City left-wing voters and non-voters, you own the next sequel the City’s Commie Mayor Bill de Blasio’s nightmare who like the Progressives, correction REGRESSIVES in both House (including the Albany State Legislature) own the government shutdown, Commie Bill will own the ruin, corruption, despair and suffering of the poor that he has brought about courtesy of his fundamental transformation of the now Rancid Apple.

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August 1945 – James Fahey’ Diary

Pacific Paratrooper

From: The Secret Diary of an American Sailor, Seaman First ClassJames J. Fahey aboard the USS Montpelier :

2 August – All hands rose at 4:30 am because of storm warnings, the ships turned back 110 miles from Shanghai.  A typhoon is heading towards our position.  We will then travel south and patrol around until the danger passes.  The sea was full of enormous swells today.

3 August – It was very chilly on the midnight to 4 am watch.  The sea was very rough.  All hands were up for sunrise General Quarters at 4:30 am.  We were to refuel the destroyers today but could not because of the condition of the ocean.

The radio reported that 820 B-29 super forts hit Japan — 819 planes returned to their home bases.  It was the largest raid in history.  They dropped 6600 tons of bombs.

Clement Attlee defeated Churchill…

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