Really busy today, and I’m going shooting this weekend with someone who’s just getting back into it, so I’ll be loading ammo tonight (and probably tomorrow). No new posts for a bit. Sorry.

Sorry if I’m Late

But I just found Steven Den Beste’s Amazon Wishlist.

Damn, I knew the guy had a sense of humor to match that intellect!

I’m not sure why he’d want a Demag AC650 construction crane (perhaps to drive through a downtown area with the boom swinging freely as in Terminator 3?)

I do see the attraction of a personal submarine, however (at only $4*107! [that’s $40,000,000 to non-engineers] what a bargain!)

And I certainly can understand the Warp Drive upgrade for the Clueless, but

Britney Spears in a bikini?? That’s bad enough, but the associated pint of maple syrup just puts it over the top!

Oh, and Steven? You’re getting your 16 minutes of fame. Just in random 30-second increments.

Just So You Don’t Think I’m Only a Fan of Modern Guns

While I do like the FN P90 for its futuristic looks, I’m also a fan of older guns (though I personally draw the line at the front-stuffer charcoal burners). In fact, like many, I’ve lusted after one of these

ever since I saw “Quigley, Down Under.” This is, of course the 1874 “Quigley” Sharps made with loving care by Shiloh Sharps of Big River Montana. I would probably wimp out and get it chambered in the commercially available .45-70 rather than the shoulder-thumping .45-110 though.

It is a beautiful piece, isn’t it? Wish I had a spare $3.5k.

Can You Say “Double Standard?”

In conjunction with the story of the officer who shot a handcuffed suspect in her cruiser – but wasn’t prosecuted because it was “an accident,” here’s another case of preferential treatment for law-enforcement. It seems that Multinomah County, Oregon Sherriff’s Dept. Sergeant Patrick Coffeen had an unregistered machinegun. Now, this will normally land your butt in Club Fed, but not Mr. Coffeen. No, in a plea agreement Sergeant Coffeen plead guilty to attempted unlawful possession of a machine gun, a Class C felony, rather than actual unlawful possession. He had to pay a $2,500 fine, and has lost both his job and his right to arms (which means he won’t be working in law-enforcement again.)

Money quote:

“You can’t have that weapon unless the federal government gives you permission, and he didn’t have that permission”

And the gun ban control groups want to expand that requirement for possession to all guns, not just NFA weapons.

If you have to have permission, IT’S NOT A RIGHT!

Kim du Toit Needs Help!

Kim ran National Ammo Day last year, and was disappointed in the result.

So, as he says in this post, if he’s going to fail, he’s going to fail BIG! And he needs our help to do it. I suggest that all of us gun-bloggers go sign up and go spread the word.

Now it will be National Ammo WEEK, and involve two weekends in the fine political tradition of stretching the facts.

Let’s get moving!

This is Why My House Has Guns, but NO BARS

(Third story on this page.)

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Single mother Tina Marie Satterfield tried to make her home safe from crime, but she died early Monday, trapped inside the burning house by window security bars.

“She was like a mother to the other girls. She’d make them smile,” said Bob Monette, manager of the topless club Deja Vu. Satterfield, 24, danced there to support her daughter, Mia, Monette said.

Satterfield, two other Deja Vu dancers and three children died in a fire caused by smoking materials, fire officials said. Mia, 6, survived the fire.

“It wasn’t a party house. My sister just doesn’t like to be alone,” said Teresa Lundberg, Satterfield’s half-sister.

Lundberg recalled that Satterfield had installed the bars out of fear of neighborhood crime.

Sweet Freaking Jebus, Doesn’t ANYONE Take Responsibility for Their Actions Anymore?

City of Madera, police officer sue stun gun maker over death

The city of Madera and a police officer who killed a suspect after drawing a handgun instead of a Taser device, have put the blame on the manufacturer of the stun gun, alleging the company failed to provide appropriate training.

The city and officer Marcy Noriega have filed a lawsuit against Arizona-based Taser International for the death of Everardo Torres, 24.

Noriega shot Torres in October last year while he was sitting handcuffed in the back of a police car.

Noriega told investigators she intended to stun Torres with her Taser but she accidentally drew and fired her service weapon.

Sounds like the fault of officer Noriega and her training to me. How in the hell can it be Taser’s fault?

Torres had been arrested on suspicion of resisting and delaying police as they tried to quell a loud party.

The city and the officer allege that the manufacturer had a duty to provide notice of the risks involved and that the firm knew its training methods were flawed.

Oh for jebus’s sake. The POLICE DEPARTMENT is at fault for improperly training the officer. They APPROVED it.

They also claim say it wasn’t the first time law enforcement had mistakenly fired bullets instead of an electronic charge, pointing to allegedly similar incidents in other states.

A lawyer representing Taser said the company would have no immediate comment on the lawsuit.

The Torres family filed a federal wrongful death complaint against Madera and Noriega after the city rejected a $10 million claim.

The city of Madera had reportedly offered the Torres family a $350,000 settlement, but the family has declined the settlement, the Fresno Bee reported in Tuesday’s edition.

No criminal charges against Noriega were filed after the District Attorney’s Office concluded that the shooting was accidental.

Bruce Praet, a lawyer who is representing Madera and Noriega, said that officers no longer carry their handgun and Taser on the same side — something that contributed to the Torres shooting.

Taser International produces less-than-lethal weapons for use in the law enforcement, private security and personal defense markets.

The Taser shoots an electric charge that overrides the central nervous system and contracts muscles. This momentarily incapacitates a person without causing permanent injury.

The first time I saw this was at the Sacramento airport – two apparent handguns, one on the belt, one lower down on the leg in a “tactical” holster – and I said right then that they were begging for a negligent discharge. The Taser looked very similar to the duty Glock, and under pressure you’re going to draw the gun you’re used to drawing. But Taser isn’t at fault here – the officer is – the Department is.

Oh hell, let’s sue the gun manufacturer. It went “BANG!” when the officer didn’t really mean for it to.

(Department of “Kill all the Lawyers.”)