Breaking: Democrats Vote To Keep Fusion GPS Documents Secret

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H/T Western Journalism.

What is it about the Fusion GPS Documents that DemocRats want to keep secret?

 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free but for the DemocRats the Fusion GPS Documents will put many of them behind bars.   


Members of the House Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to make available the reports of documented abuse of the FISA program, but not all seemed to be on board with the move.

The four-page memo revealed the alleged surveillance abuses by the U.S. government, yet many Democrats voted against making it available for everyone to see, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Journal highlights that left-leaning officials voted to release Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes’ interview with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson on behalf of transparency, but were silent when it came to the transparency of a memo that would list abuses regarding the FBI.

“Every Democrat voted against letting the rest of the House see a memo that will list the facts about the FBI’s use of FISA warrants to surveil members of the Trump campaign in 2016,” the article states. “Strange. What are Democrats afraid of?”

Democrat Adam Schiff has even been a vocal force in demanding accountability regarding the Trump-Russia probe, but his “outrage evaporates” when confronted with the role “Fusion GPS and its Democratic financiers” may have played in the abuse of warrants that would allow eavesdropping on American civilians.

And that information, many sources say, needs to be made public.

According to Fox News, the process for releasing such information to the public involves a vote from the committee and, upon approval, can be released so long as no objections arise from the White House within five days.

Yet, even with the recent vote approving the transparency of the documents, questions have been raised as to the alleged abuses that lie therein — and it seems those concerns have been going on for quite some time.

Back in December, Nunes admitted that his investigators had uncovered evidence that the government was abusing surveillance practices, though it seemed to fall on deaf ears.

“I believe there’s evidence that abuses have occurred,” Nunes had said, with many now sharing that same sentiment.

Many Republican officials called the evidence “shocking,” “alarming,” and one congressman even likened the information to the Russian KGB.

Though lawmakers couldn’t yet give the details of what the memo contained, they stressed that it should be made public as soon as possible.

“It is so alarming the American people have to see this,” said Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan.

“You think about, ‘is this happening in America or is this the KGB?’ That’s how alarming it is,” added Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry, with others such as Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz admitting that some could possibly lose their jobs once the information is released.

“It’s troubling. It is shocking,” admitted North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows.

“Part of me wishes that I didn’t read it because I don’t want to believe that those kinds of things could be happening in this country that I call home and love so much.”


Hell Freezes Over=> Liberal Media Correctly Blames Democrats For #SchumerShutdown

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H/T Gateway Pundit.

There is an old adage that goes “Even a blind pig finds an acorn now and then.” and it seems the blind pigs at the New York Times and Bloomberg have found the acorn of truth about the government shutdown.

As the saying goes, “a broken clock is right twice a day.” Liberal media outlets, such as the New York Times and Bloomberg are blaming Senate Democrats for the government shutdown.

Daily Caller reports:

“U.S. Shutdown Starts as Senate Democrats Block GOP Funding Plan” a Bloomberg headline blared early Saturday morning, referring to the Senate’s inability to agree on a variety of budgetary issues. The New York Times and AP chimed in with similar headlines.

Republican and Democratic leaders have not stopped talking through their differences. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, for instance, said late Friday night that the conflict has a “really good chance” of being resolved before the weekend concludes. […]

Media outlets, meanwhile, painted the issue in harsh tones for the Democrats — one NYT headline declared: “Senate Democrat Block Bill to Keep Government Open Past Midnight, Shutdown Looms,” while the AP simply noted that, “Senate Democrats derail bill to avert shutdown.”

As previously reported by The Gateway Pundit‘s Kristinn Taylor, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a blistering statement late Friday night on Senate Democrats blocking funding the federal government in favor of amnesty for DACA recipients.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ statement reads:

Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown. Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans. We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands. This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators. When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform. During this politically manufactured Schumer Shutdown, the President and his Administration will fight for and protect the American people.”

On Saturday, Sanders, once again slapping Senate Democrats for shutting down the federal government, tweeted, “One year into the Trump presidency, Democrats can’t shut down the booming Trump economy so they shut down the government instead. This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators. Do your job Democrats: fund our military and reopen our government.”

One year into the Trump presidency, Democrats can’t shut down the booming Trump economy so they shut down the government instead. This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators. Do your job Democrats: fund our military and reopen our government



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H/T Steadfast And Loyal.com.

If the thought of Crazy Maxine as Speaker Of The House does not motivate you to vote in the midterm election then nothing will.

I say Robert Patillo is doing some good drugs if he thinks Crazy Maxine and the DemocRats will control Congress after the midterm election.   

      Robert Patillo is under the crazy impression that Maxine Waters has the right stuff to become the Speaker of the House next year saying that that Democrats have “no reason” to try and create bipartisan deals with President Donald Trump because he believes that next year, whack-a-doo Maxine Waters will lead the house and Chuck Schumer will lead the Senate… riveting stuff, Patillo…

“Democrats looking at a president hovering around a 30 percent approval rating have no reason to run into a burning building and try to put it out, when they should instead just wait for 2018 when they have Speaker of the House Maxine Waters and Senate leader Chuck Schumer,” Patillo, an attorney, civil rights activist and Atlanta radio host, told Fox News’ “America’s News Headquarters.”

Seriously? He can’t be serious. Waters? Let’s kick it old school. Here are the top 4 Outrageous Maxine Waters Quotes.

1.   Walk the plank:   During her August 2011, “We’re getting tired” tirade, Waters also went after the opposition in the debt-ceiling debate:   “We were basically held up in raising the debt ceiling until they got all of those budget cuts they demanded.   We didn’t raise any revenue, and they didn’t close any tax loopholes.   I believe the Democratic Party and the President of the United States should not have backed down.   We should have made them walk the plank.”

2.   Socializing oil companies:   Back in 2008, Waters was lecturing oil company executives at a congressional hearing when she plainly stated her true intentions:   “Guess what this liberal would be all about?   This liberal would be about socializing … uh, umm.   … Would be about, basically, taking over, and the government running all of your companies.”

3.   Outrageous flag-waving:   After the health care bill was signed in April 2010, Waters denounced flag-waving at a Tea Party rally.   “I was amazed.   I really was.   I didn’t say anything to anybody.   I just watched-the Republicans were out there-they were having a great time.   They were laughing, they were waving the American flag, they were egging them on, and I thought that was outrageous behavior.   I really did.”

4.   No crisis at Fannie Mae:   As a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, Waters played a key role in allowing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s reckless actions that led to the housing meltdown.   Here is Waters, at a 2004 congressional hearing, (and yes, that is the same “Frank” Raines that vastly overstated Fannie Mae’s earnings in order to receive $90 million in bonuses).   “We do not have a crisis at Freddie Mac, and particularly Fannie Mae, under the outstanding leadership of Frank Raines.”

As reported by Fox News:

Waters, a California congresswoman, has been one of Trump’s most outspoken Democratic critics, with her calls to impeach him creating buzz about a possible 2020 presidential bid.

Patillo’s comment presumes Democrats next year would retake control of the House and Senate and that Waters would unseat now-House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, of California, who has been the chamber’s top Democrat for roughly the past 11 years.

Schumer, of New York, is now the Senate minority leader.

Democrats next year would have to win a net total of about 35 House seats.

Republicans how hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate, but Democrats next year must defend 25 seats, compared to just eight for Republicans.

California Democrats fear losing congressional seat over census proposal to only count Americans

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H/T BizPac Review.

This is why Smuckie Schumer and company want amnesty for the DACA crowd so they will get on welfare and vote DemocRat. 

California Democrats are increasingly worried over losing a Congressional seat if proposed changes to the U.S. Census are implemented.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Paul Mitchell of Political Data Inc. told Politico “there’s a lot of fear” about the upcoming 2020 Census count.

California Dem’s new-found fear is only exasperated by President Trump’s hardline stance on illegal immigration. The current Department of Justice sent a letter in December to the Census Bureau requesting that the citizenship question that was eliminated under the Obama administration be reinstated.

Fed-up! Trump’s DHS Secretary takes steps to put officials in jail for ‘sanctuary city’ policies http://dlvr.it/QBjYGk 

Democrats are worried if questions about citizenship are added back into the Census, thousands of immigrants will be too afraid to participate, resulting in an undercount that could cost the state billions of federal funding, Politico reported.

“The state is starting to get together resources, because it does have an actual direct impact … on state revenues if we have a severe undercount,” Mitchell added.

Even worse for Dems, it could cost the state one its 53 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. That seat was already in jeopardy according to a data study conducted last month that concluded California was coming “very close” to losing a seat, regardless of immigrant participation, Politico reported.

As middle-class families continue to flee crime and crushing taxes, California’s population growth has become stagnant, according to the data study.

Footage of California’s once scenic landscape has been making the rounds on social media for weeks. Large swaths of homeless “communities” and litter covered streets are becoming a familiar sight. It’s not exactly what many Americans would call “progressive” by definition of the term. The following footage was taken from Orange County, Calif, Ryan Saavedra of the Daily Wire, reported.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration’s Census request has Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown and his allies seeing red.

On Wednesday, Brown proposed spending 40 million on the state’s own Census related outreach, and Calif. Sec. of State Alex Padilla told Politico proposed changes could have a “devastating effect.”

“The citizenship question is just the latest red flag — maybe one of the biggest — but just the latest red flag,” Padilla said.

California has been under national scrutiny for its new “sanctuary state” law that offers protected refuge to illegal aliens who enter the U.S. unvetted. Radical policies, high taxes, and a disappearing middle-class has rural communities organizing to secede from the state in order to form a “New California.”

Many people living outside of California’s cities and high-density coastal communities feel they are not being represented by their state’s legislators. Map of proposed, “New California” state.

But Daniel Zingale from the California Endowment advocacy group, blames the state’s woes on Trump, of course.

“It’s already a toxic environment coming forward from D.C.,” Zingale told Politico.

“When you add up all of these things — the abandonment of competent leadership, the proposed citizenship question, the hostile environment toward a state like ours and our diverse population, it is perceived here as a less than act of good faith coming from Washington, D.C.,” Zingale said.

“I think Californians have never felt less represented in the national capital than we’re feeling right now.”

Really? Perhaps Zingale should speak to the growing numbers Californians who feel they aren’t represented by lawmakers from their own state.


Out of All 535 Members of Congress, Here Are the Ones Asking to Not Be Paid During Shutdown

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H/T Independent Journal Review.

I find it very interesting that there is only one DemocRat is this group of House Members asking to not be paid.

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Friday’s government shutdown put a lot of federal services on hold, and members of Congress still can’t agree on how to move forward.

The shutdown is a burden for many who rely on federal funds, including active duty military personnel. In fact, if Congress can’t figure things out soon, those service members might not take home a paycheck. On the other hand, members of the House and Senate still get paid. But not every representative on Capitol Hill is OK with that, and they’re speaking out about it.

Thus far, several members of Congress are requesting that their salary is withheld.

Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH):

My letter to the House CAO asking that my pay be withheld during the . Members of Congress should not be paid while 2 million troops are not.

Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS):

In light of the government , I’m asking for my pay to be withheld until the government is reopened.

Rep. Daniel M. Donovan (R-NY):

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO):

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY): 

ICYMI: I asked the House Chief Administrative Officer to withhold my pay during this shutdown. Until our military gets paid, I won’t get paid.

Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA):

Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ):

I am requesting that Congress withhold my salary until an appropriations agreement has taken effect.

Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA):

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN):

If the military doesn’t get paid during the shutdown, members of Congress shouldn’t either. I wrote a letter to withhold my paycheck.

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY):

Did you know that during a Members of Congress still get paid?! Not me. I told @CAOHouse to withhold my pay. It’s crazy to me that Members of Congress get paid while military service members do not.

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY):

Members of Congress should live by the same laws as our constituents. I will be foregoing my pay during this government shutdown.

In addition, Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA), who served as a Navy SEAL, is donating his salary to a military-themed charity each day.

Taylor tweeted:

Congress shouldn’t be paid during this , just like some of you aren’t being paid & especially if our military & first responders are not. I will donate my salary to a military/veterans’ charity each day. Today’s pay will go to Vetshouse, Inc.http://www.vetshouseinc.org 

Amidst all the debate over the shutdown, these members of Congress are focused on making a difference. Their willingness to give up their salary reveals that they aren’t in for themselves, but that they are putting their country first.

Sec. Mattis Refused to Be Late to a Briefing — What He Does Next Defines His Commitment to His Job

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H/T Independent Journal Review.

When you are a Warrior General and are committed to your job you adapt you improvise and you overcome.

James Mattis


On Friday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis traveled to Johns Hopkins University to unveil the newest version of the National Defense Strategy. On the way, however, it looked as if his motorcade was going to be late for his scheduled appearance.

Instead of accepting the unacceptable, the retired Marine general got out and walked the last 15 minutes in order to arrive on time.

One of the biggest takeaways from the new National Defense Strategy is that the Department of Defense is pivoting to focus on maintaining a competitive military advantage to deter Russian and Chinese aggression.

Elbridge Colby, deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force development, said the main pillars of the new strategy include “peace through strength, the affirmation of America’s international role, the U.S. alliance and partnership structure, and the necessity to build military advantage to maintain key regional balances of power.”


Politico: Don’t Blame Mental Illness for Mass Shootings. Blame “Toxic Masculinity”


H/T The Truth About Guns.

Never mind what this mindless bimbo has to say these shooters are not Alpha Males they are limp wristed soy milk drinking Nancy Boys.

As we begin a new year,” UVM grad Laura Kiesel (above) writes at politico.com, “it’s time to have a more nuanced discussion about what might really be to blame for the trend of mass shootings in America—as well as the gun violence epidemic more broadly. No, it isn’t mental illness. It’s gender. If we want to stop the problem of mass shootings, we need to fix the problem of toxic masculinity.” Specifically . . .

According to sociologist Eric Madfis, the male gender-mass shooterconnection may stem from cultural standards of how men are expected to react to stress and perceived victimization as compared to women.

“Women tend to internalize blame and frustration, while men tend to externalize it through acts of aggression,” says Madfis, who is an associate professor at the criminal justice department at University of Washington-Tacoma and author of a 2014 journal article exploring the intersectional identities of American mass murderers.

Boys will be boys? Not a bit of it!

This isn’t just because of how men are built physically.

While it’s true that having higher testosterone is often related to aggression, recent research indicates that testosterone is likely a result rather than a cause of violent behavior. This suggests that societal influences probably play a larger role in violence than any biological factor.

After all, our culture is saturated in messages—whether in the media, in our military, in sports, at the workplace, or in our education and health care systems—that embrace and even endorse a distorted view of masculinity, which tends to value and encourage expressions of aggression by men.

Bottom line: Ms. Kiesel is convinced that mass murderers aren’t born, they’re made. America’s “hyper-masculine” society conditions men like Elliot Rodger (the California shooter who complaining about his virginity before stabbing his roommates and shooting random strangers) to become mass murderers and “gun violence” vectors.

“If violence was just due to genetics, [mass shootings] would not be happening with increasing frequency or occur so much more often in the United States than other places,” says Madfis. “It’s time to have a close look at our culture and what is going in terms of how masculinity is defined and characterized, which is often as something that is performed or ‘proven’ through acts of aggression and even violence.”

Where I grew up “masculine” values included physical courage, honesty, honor, empathy and self-sacrifice. But then I played soccer, drove a Mazda RX7 and learned to cook. Go figure.

Report: California Mayor Vows to ‘Go to Jail’ to Protect ‘Sanctuary City’ Policies Amid Immigration Crackdown


H/T Breitbarts Big Government.

Lock her up with some of the sexual predators that are her precious illegal aliens and she what she thinks of them after a few days in a cell with them.

The mayor of Oakland, California, is vowing to face jail time to protect illegal aliens from facing America’s immigration laws as the Trump administration plans to ramp up its enforcement of those laws, a report says.

During his campaign for president and several times since, President Donald Trump has threatened to starve so-called “sanctuary cities” of federal funding. Some reports recently claimed that the administration is set to focus on California for a new wave of raids setting the stage for more deportations of illegals.

With the pressure on sanctuary cities, especially in California, Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf is grandstanding that she would risk going to jail to oppose immigration officials from deporting illegals in her town.

In an interview with San Francisco’s CBS affiliate, Schaaf slammed Trump as the “bully in chief.”

“It is no surprise that the bully in chief is continuing to try to intimidate our most vulnerable residents,” Schaaf said. “We’re very clear that our values are to protect all of our residents regardless of where we come from. We want to protect families, not tear them apart.”

“We are exercising our legal right to be a Sanctuary City and to protect our residents,” the mayor added. “The fact that the federal government is suggesting that it is actively retaliating against jurisdictions that are exercising their right to have sanctuary policies — that is what is illegal.”

Schaaf said she is willing to go to jail to protect illegal aliens.

The Oakland City Council firmly backed the mayor, too.

Firstly, Oakland has set aside one million in tax dollars to help defend illegals who are gathered up by immigration officials. Secondly, the council voted unanimously to discontinue cooperation with ICE officials.

Is Mitch McConnell The Reason We Don’t Have National Reciprocity?

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H/T  Bearing Arms.

As he is the Senate Majority Leader I would say Mitch The Bitch McConnell is the reason we do not have National Reciprocity.

One of the biggest items on the agenda for many gun owners is national reciprocity. The time for such a law has never been better, with the GOP holding both chambers of Congress, the White House, and a majority on the Supreme Court. It seems likely that national reciprocity needs to happen now or it may never happen.

However, despite passing in the House, there’s been no movement on the Senate’s version of the bill. Is Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell to blame?

Some say he is.

Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 some 45 weeks ago. Three-hundred-and-twenty-three days have passed since the introduction of Senate Bill 446 on March 1, 2017. Nothing. You can thank Kentucky Republican and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell . . .

Perhaps there’s some other political calculus of which I’m not aware. Maybe Senator McConnell is waiting for the right moment to restore gun rights on the federal level. When would that be, exactly?

While we’re asking questions, where does Sen. McConnell stand on Americans’ Constitutional rights? Does he support the Second Amendment as writ, or did he swindle those Kentucky voters back in 2014 and the millions of NRA voters that poured their hard earned money into his campaign? We shall see.

Politics is a messy business, especially when you’re in leadership. There’s no point in bringing a law to a vote when you know it won’t pass unless you’re trying to make a point with it not passing. While Republicans control the Senate, they don’t have a supermajority. Perhaps McConnell is worried about Democrats filibustering the bill, thus bogging it down?

However, if that’s the case, then you might as well give up now. You’re giving Democrats the ground without there even being a fight. Democrats from pro-gun states won’t be forced to choose between party and their constituents, thus leveraging them to either vote for the bill or set the groundwork for a Republican to take that seat come next election. You’re just making it too easy for them.

But I can’t help but think McConnell’s been around too long for that to be the reason. He knows how the game is played, and he knows that even the bill being blocked can count as a win if you handle it right. So why the holdup?

Frankly, I haven’t got a clue. It does seem to boil down to McConnell not being as pro-gun as he claimed to be as Candidate McConnell. He was more than willing to take the NRA’s money as well as the money of legions of the NRA’s supporters for his campaign war chest, but now that it’s time for those contributors to get a little something back for their investment, McConnell doesn’t seem willing to deliver.

National reciprocity needs to be brought to a vote. Win or lose, gun rights advocates have earned the chance to see who really stands with us and to make ready to remove any politician who stands against us.

It’s on Senator McConnell to make that happen, so he needs to get to it. Otherwise, the only one being targeted by gun rights activists might just be him.

Ten Examples of the Internet’s Worst Gun Advice

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H/T OutDoorHub.

When I hear a person spewing crap like this I want to do a couple of things first I want to yell as loud as I can this is bullshit then smack the Hell out of that person.


Apparently I’ve taken on a task that it simply not possible without violating several laws of our physical universe—picking only 10 of the worst pieces of shooting advice from the across the vast and vacuous expanse known as the internet.

I stopped counting at 32,987,412,318. But no worries, I’ll persevere.

Here we go, drum roll please…

1. A firearm light or laser will just give away your position!

If the self-defense scenarios swirling around your brain involve moving ninja fights in the dark that emulate Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon moves, you’re absolutely right! A weapon light will give away your position, and your tactical pose hanging from the chandelier will be compromised. In real life, the benefits of seeing where and/or what you’re shooting at far outweigh any realistic disadvantages of “giving away your position.” One more thing, make it a point to tell the hundreds of thousands of military and law enforcement personnel who mount lights and lasers on their guns specifically for the purpose of fighting in the dark that this is a tactical blunder. What do they know anyway?

2. To defend your home, blast your shotgun through the front door!

We all know that politicians are (self-defined) experts in all things. Some of the best (worst!) gun advice in recent history comes from our very own vice president: “[if] you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door.” While blasting your shotgun through the door may help you drill a hole for one of those handy peep holes, it won’t help your legal cause in any way, shape, or form. Most likely, this strategy will send you straight to jail. Just ask the Virginia Beach man who actually did this when confronted with two armed and masked home invaders. The bad guys escaped, but the Biden disciple was charged with a crime. The “Biden Defense” is just not likely to yield a positive outcome. Come on, we all know politicians are immune to repercussions from bad behavior. It’s an expected part of the job.

3. Don’t use an AR-15 for home defense!

You might have heard from internet commandos that a “high-powered” .223 round will go clear through your interior and exterior walls, Margaritaville machine, and most of Montana—or maybe that if you torch off a .223 round indoors, the building will explode. Actually, most standard AR-15 ammunition will only go through a few pieces of interior drywall with any significant energy. The projectiles are light and traveling extremely fast. This combination results in rapid tumbling and fragmentation when barriers are hit. While there may be other factors in the debate on using AR-15s for home defense, over-penetration is not one of them—especially when compared to pistol ammunition and buckshot. Of course, exceptions apply if you choose to use ammunition designed to penetrate.

Here's some practical advice: Always keep one hand on the wheel while shooting a tactical rifle from a golf cart.
Here’s some practical advice: always keep one hand on the wheel while shooting a tactical rifle from a golf cart.

4. You should carry your self-defense gun with the chamber empty.

Unless your self-defense gun is a single-action revolver with a hammer-mounted firing pin, that’s almost always bad advice. If you think you can simply keep an eye on things around you so you have plenty of time to draw your gun, and rack the slide, in the event of an attack, try a Tueller drill sometime. It’s enlightening and will quickly relieve you of any security gained by carrying with an empty chamber. Also, please write Hollywood and tell them to stop racking the slide every time someone is about to fire a gun. It’s a waste of perfectly good pretend ammunition.

5. I only train for head shots.

Some of the couch commandos elite-speak of training for head shots to defeat body armor and perhaps save ammunition during these tough economic times. On the range, a cardboard target is pretty darn easy to hit anywhere you like. Now try that while running full speed. Then try that while you and the target are running full speed. Then try it when everyone is running full speed, shouting, and the target is trying to kill you. Enough said.

6. You don’t have to aim a shotgun!

The tireless persistence of this one is incredible. At any reasonable self-defense distance, a shotgun pattern is measured in inches, and when indoors, usually less. Compared to firing a shotgun, you need to aim it less if you were to swing it like a club.

7. Any advice that includes the words “knockdown power.”

Remember Wayne’s brother Isaac? As in Newton? According to him, and word is that he was really, really good at science, if your gun could knock someone down, you would also be knocked down in the process of firing it. In fairness, some people who use this term really mean “stopping power.” Even still, guns, and especially pistols, just make little holes. Rifles make bigger holes, and therefore are more likely to have “stopping power” as big holes in our bodies tend to make us stop and evaluate things. I’m thinking that cannons and howitzers do have “knockdown power,” as the last time I held one and fired it, I was, in fact, knocked down.

8. Standing downrange during training is the best to prepare for a real gunfight!

Unless you’re a special forces operator and need to train with a half-dozen of your buddies who will all be shooting in the same room, you don’t need to be downrange during training. Some schools insist on posting videos of “operators” being as “operate-y” as they possibly can by sending students and instructors downrange so they can hear they bullets fly by. If you want to learn self- and home-defense skills, avoid these schools like you would avoid Justin Bieber’s Tupperware Party.

9. You don’t need an AR-15!

If you’re ever the victim of a home invasion, you “need” about 14 miniguns, a howitzer or two, and a MK-19 Automatic Grenade launcher. Those tools are just not very practical, so you get by with what you have. Allowing people to define “need” is a slippery downhill slope that never ends well. Next time someone tells you that you don’t “need” an AR-15, ask them if they “need” a car that goes faster than 60 miles per hour, bacon or periodic bathing. We don’t “need” anything beyond air, water, shelter and calories.

10. It’s OK, you can ________, because this gun is unloaded!

There’s no scenario where playing with, or pointing, guns is “OK” because a gun is unloaded. Rule one: a gun is always loaded.

These are some of my pet peeves. What say you?

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