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Threats from Within

So often these days we are reading, seeing or hearing about various issues with guns. But is the threat really as bad as the media would make it seem?

This week there was a new case of a military member gone off the rails.

Apparently even the Coast Guard isn’t immune to the increase in “domestric terrorism”. Remember the case of domestic terrorism committed by an Army Officer?

The threats of domestic terrorism grow each day from radical ideology. Whether it comes from religious belief or a personal belief that one is superior to another in some way, shape or form does not matter. What matters is that we do have threats in this country that are not being met head on due to the ever increasing fear that people have to stand up those in society who do pose a threat.

This belief that we should not stop the people who would threaten our security has become ingrained in our culture for a number of years. Once the doors opened to refugees from other countries with radical ideology, the rise in anti foreign sentiment in the U.S. has grown exponentially. But yet, we have been shamed for our belief that we should protect ourselves from these increasing threats to our security by others who don’t have to worry about those threats themselves.

The increase in liberal beliefs that guns should be taken away from everyone save the government is just one of a series of mistakes that cause people to fear that the liberties we have in the United States will soon be extinguished all together. Most law abiding citizens have vacillated on whether to be concerned or ignore the current climate we currently deal with in our country. With every gun related incident there comes a new call for gun rights to be minimised even more.

So we come to the dilemma of where the rights of citizens begin to clash with the beliefs of the society around them. At what point does any part of society have the right to impose their will on another part of society based on their beliefs? How is it that we have reached a point in society where communication is so widespread and fast, yet people still spread misinformation?

Interestingly enough, studies have shown that despite the idea that all of the people that commit mass shootings are mentaliy ill and commit these violent acts suddenly, the reality is that these individuls often plan these acts well in advance. The planning and preparing part doesn’t negate the idea that there may be some underlying mental illness, however, the fact remains that these individuals knew or should have known that their actions were going to cause grievous bodily harm or death.

We have once again arrived at the question of whether gun control really is going to stop an otherwise determined individual to commit an act of extreme violence. There have been acts of mass violence in other countries that have not involved guns. Gun control or the lack of ability to own a handgun didn’t stop these people.

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No Guns Allowed

The list of restaurants that ban guns on their premises has been growing in the past few years.  Sadly, now that these are gun-free zones, I am certain they will be much more secure.  Just ask The Pit Authentic Barbecue restaurant in North Carolina about how that worked out.  Jack In The Box, which was subsequently robbed three times in a row also has a no guns policy in effect. Sonic announced a “no guns” policy this week and one of their stores was robbed as well.

No-Guns-Sign

I carry most everywhere I go.  I really don’t like people telling me, someone who is trained and has gotten a permit to legally carry from the government, that I cannot bring a firearm into an establishment.  I will take my business elsewhere.

If you are looking for a way to determine the businesses that ban guns in your area, consider this IPhone app.

Don’t be a sheep.  Refuse to be a victim.  Keep on carrying!

 

Security Forces-0, Nuke Inspection Team-1

Yes, yet another failure for our nuke folks.  Some guys can never catch a break.  The Security Forces apparently failed to recapture a nuclear missile that had been “captured” by bad guys during a recent exercise testing the fitness of the troops operating and protecting our nuclear missile launch facilities.  This is not a good thing.

nuke

Let’s be realistic, these exercises are meant to test the ability of the men and women to be able to think critically and make fast decisions.  One of the main things I tried to teach the other SF I worked with was that some situations will come up that you may have never trained for, everything is not textbook and the bad guys do not play by the rules.

The failures in these situations point to a critical problem with our leaders.  There is very little innovation, very little interest (in my experience) in listening to the Airmen on the front lines.  I always found it disappointing when I would hear a flight chief come to do a post check and ask the Airmen to state the Airman’s Creed.  While that may be important, what should be important is the fitness of the Airmen to adequately do their duties by knowing them.  I  had a great flight chief that would run us into the ground in back to back scenarios, making it up as he went along (he was also a former Sheriff’s deputy, so he knew how the bad guys would operate).  I would be absolutely exhausted at the end of the night. I learned a lot from those exercises.

sf apprehension

One of the most important things a commander can do is teach his or her Airmen to be able to think on their feet.  I would spend lots of time asking Airmen at the gate “what if” scenarios.  “Okay, Airman Johnson, a blue Ford Taurus is pulling up to your gate, but something seems off.  When you lean into the car to check i.d.’s you see a man with a mask holding a gun to the driver’s head.  What do you do?”  “The mini mart just got robbed, what are the procedures here at the gate?”  On patrol I would ask Airmen “what color was the car that just passed us?  How many occupants and what was the tag?”  I always believed in keeping the Airmen on their toes.  Unfortunately, things have changed quite a bit since I joined back in 1990.  Airmen don’t live on base as much, which causes untold number of problems.  Young Airmen are getting married and living beyond their means. Some of these young troops came from bad backgrounds at home and tend to carry many of those problems into the military with them.  We were sent Airmen that had failed out of other schools and since SF was ALWAYS short handed and in need of bodies, we took them.  That led to another whole set of issues in itself.

Technology has changed the way people think.  Advances in how we operate as a society outside the gates has changed the way young people coming into the military behave, think and act.  Some of the changes in the military system have not done us any favors.  Commanders and others in leadership are told to accept changes that would have been unfathomable 20 years ago.  The ‘kindler, gentler’ approach to training Airmen leads to poor performance and lackadaisical attitudes.

I am not going to armchair quarterback these folks at Malmstrom, because I know jack shit about nukes.  But I do know the one thing about bad guys, they are bad.  So the best way to beat bad is to be good, real good….at being bad.  The Airmen would laugh when I said this, but I put it like this: if you are a bad guy and you want that nuke, think about all the things you know we aren’t doing. Observe where your fellow airmen are taking shortcuts, not being alert, not doing what they should. That’s where the bad guy lives.  Get in that house and kick his ass.  Often enough, a little peer pressure and some incentive would get the airmen to tighten up their own ranks.

I can’t say that I would have all the answers to fixing the problems at Malmstrom, but I think a different approach might be in order.  The nation depends on these Airmen to be able to defend us, perhaps it’s time for a overhaul of the system.

 

 

Gun Shooooowwww!

This version of the rebel yell is very often heard in my home whenever the POTC (President of the Compound) and I hear there is a gun show coming up.

The Yeti

The Yeti

We ready ourselves by withdrawing the cash from the bank and gassing up the Yeti.  Whoops and high fives over, we board the landing craft and head out.

So we headed off to the gun show this weekend on Sunday, due to the POTC being on a trip and I was working on Saturday anyway.  The place was mostly empty, and the show was rather disappointing.  The only highlight of the trip was the cool VA Beach cops that zip tied my GLock at the door.

Has anyone else noticed how gun shows are more like garage sales?  There is everything from food to jewelry at gun shows these days.  Some of the jewelry is firearms related and that is cool.  I can also see some of the food stuff applying to hunters and outdoorsmen.  But we actually saw a guy selling gutter guards at a gun show once, go figure.

Share your gun show stories with us, we’d love to hear!

You Want Me To Do What?!

This has got to be the dummest thing I have ever heard:  Man puts on a bullet resistant vest and tells someone to shoot him.  I kid you not, that is exactly what happened in SC this past week.

Three individuals were hanging around in a garage and found a vest, one young man put it on and asked his friend to shoot him.

Now, let’s leave all the suppositions out of this, fact is this was just plain stupid, no matter how you look out of it.  Being intoxicated doesn’t make it any less stupid.

There is never a time and a place to aim a loaded gun at someone you don’t intend on killing.  Because that is what happens when a bullet comes out of the barrel of a gun.

The young lady that pulled the trigger in this incident is going to have to live with the truth that one stupid act has taken a life of a friend and ruined her life.  There was a lot of things that could have changed the outcome, but that didn’t happen because stupid.

You can read the story here.

This Man Is My Hero

I saw a video clip on Zite this morning while I was happily chewing away on a delightful Starbucks breakfast sammich, it made my day. It is great to see that some of our politicians are still fighting the good fight. I am disappointed he isn’t one of my Representatives, but I have adopted him as one as far as I am concerned, he is my hero.

For your viewing enjoyment:

300AAC Blackout and 6.8SPC

A fairly interesting question was posed to me by a co worker yesterday afternoon. He wanted to know which round is bigger, 6.8SPC or the .300AAC Blackout? I had to say, I honestly didn’t know, since both rounds had been developed and came to the public view after I had retired from the military and I had no knowledge of them in my military career. Having worked as a firearms instructor, I should have know, but I didn’t.

So I decided it was time to find out.

The .300 AAC Blackout round is an AR platform round, developed to be used with silencer equipped firearms. The size of the .300 is 7.62x35mm. Anyone who has fired a .308 knows what this means. The round is measured by the diameter of the barrel of the firearm it is intended to be fired from. A barrel is typically measured by the distance between grooves in the barrel, although it can be measured as the distance between lands as well. When the distance is measured in inches, we typically will hear the term “cal” being used to describe this measurement, as in .308 cal. When the distance is measured using metrics, we will typically hear “7.62x39mm” or “7.62x54mm”. The number expressed in mm’s is the length of the cartridge, while the decimal number is the distance between the grooves in the barrel. So a 7.62X39mm is shorter than a 7.62×54, but the diameter of the round is the same. NOTE: BE VERY CAREFUL FIRING .308 THROUGH A GUN RATED FOR 7.62X51. WHILE THE CARTRIDGES MAY LOOK IDENTICAL, THEY ARE NOT. THE CHAMBER PRESSURES ARE DIFFERENT FOR THESE FIREARMS AND USING THE WRONG AMMO CAN RESULT IN DAMAGE TO YOUR GUN. GENERALLY, YOU CAN FIRE 7.62X51 IN A .308 SAFELY.  CONSULT YOUR OWNER’S MANUAL OR A GUNSMITH IF YOU HAVE DOUBTS.

So now that we understand how rounds are measured, let’s compare rounds. The .300AAC Blackout round, as mentioned previously is a 7.62x35mm. The 6.8SPC is measured as 6.8x43mm. So the answer to the question is clearly that the 6.8SPC is longer than the .300AAC. However, the .300AAC is wider than the 6.8SPC.

So now that we have come to understand the difference between the two rounds, let’s discuss why they were developed in the first place.

300Black-vs-223

The .300AAC Blackout was developed by Advanced Armament Corporation to meet the need for a round in the .30 cal range to be used with suppressed firearms and and have the same energy properties as the 7.62 Soviet rounds. The .556 has been found to be lacking in stopping power, so AAC began development of new round that had the increased power at a shorter distance equivalent to the 7.62 rounds. The unique thing about the .300AAC is that it can be used with a simple barrel change, as opposed to the 6.8SPC, which requires a barrel, bolt and magazine change in order to be used.

Remington Arms developed the 6.8SPC in response to the need for a longer range round for the AR platform. The new round developed outperformed the Soviet 7.62 round. The need for a round that would perform well in the current short barreled M4 platform had become apparent to the military. The 6.8SPC does this well, but a complete upper conversion is necessary in order to make it work.

AR Platform Rounds

 

 

The work to find a new AR platform round that would meet the needs of today’s military has generated both of these rounds, and while they are both unique in their own way, they are definitely different. The question remains which one will eventually come out on top. The unique characteristics of firearms today mean that both rounds are available to anyone who has the time or the passion to convert their existing AR platforms for whichever round they prefer.