Eh, what’s up Doc?
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Apparently the Doc’s classification in USPSA.

Now, I want you to think about this part – if the anti’s had their way, the doctor would not have been legally allowed to carry a gun. Being law abiding, he probably wouldn’t have. Señor Crazypants however doesn’t care about things like ‘laws’ and thus procured a gun and walked through multiple layers of “do not do this”.

How did he get the gun? Who cares? There are hundreds of millions of them already in circulation, preventing people from buying more doesn’t make those disappear (and remember that England, an island with strict gun control laws is having quite the problem with crimes committed by guns). So we already have them, they’re not disappearing, and the only thing you can do is make it to where people like this Doctor have a hard time getting them, but the crazy guy can still buy one anywhere.

This is why I scoff at gun control laws. Not a single law stops the crazy guy but each and every one puts the Doctor at a disadvantage.

And that’s the end goal of all gun banners’ actions. Hence why I hold them in such low regard.

posted by Robb Allen @ 7/25/2014 8:48:28 AM | Feedback (7)
Why does Officer Friendly carry a gun?

Because every law on the books, when broken, is punishable by death.

Force is the final answer to everything, like it or not. When you task the gov’t to uphold laws, you are in essence saying “And when someone refuses to do this, continue using force until they comply”. Hence, when someone is selling cigarettes that aren’t taxed, cops will put them in a choke hold and murder them force them to comply.

Cops are told by society that they are the teeth behind the law. Then we continue to make more & more laws for them to enforce and demand they stick to it. This is the end result. The problem lies much, much, much higher up the chain of events. We’re letting the country turn into a police state, it’s not surprising the police do what they do.

posted by Robb Allen @ 7/24/2014 9:09:23 AM | Feedback (16)
Quote of the Day

“Remorse is left for the next generation, they'll have the leisure for it.”

Go. Read. This.

Seriously. It covers so many possible thought processes with so many quotables that I cannot even begin to do it justice.

The only thing I can say is that it explains why I have no qualms about using violence to protect myself & my family – primarily because I know, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that violence is our default mode. The guy wanting my TV so bad he’ll break into my house has no problems harming or killing my family or me to achieve his goals.

Those who are willing to use violence will always win over those too passive to do so.

Always.

This will never change no matter how big the drum circle, no matter how long the peace-chant, no matter how many signs you hold up at the rally.

Hat tip Kevin over at The Smallest Minority

posted by Robb Allen @ 7/22/2014 11:38:09 AM | Feedback (4)
Uh, blog. Right.
BloggingTMIMusic

I love you people, really, but a) this house thing is going to be the death of me and b) the new job is awesome, but I’m so flippin’ busy that I haven’t had much time to write anything here.

Any my numbers show it.

I’m ok with that though. I do this for my own entertainment and if a few of you get some giggles out of it (or those rare occasions that I say something worth thinking about), then all the better.

Thanks for hanging in there.

Here’s a short song I started a few days ago when I was stressed out about the house. It’s just an idea, not a full song, but sometimes it’s neat to hear bits & pieces to see where song inspiration comes from.

First Steps Toward the Milky Way

posted by Robb Allen @ 7/22/2014 8:57:59 AM | Feedback (3)
OH FOR #(*&’S SAKE

So, I was texting our Realtor to tell him to cancel the whole thing.

He texts me that we’re getting an offer on the house.

Then the wife gets the info from the insurance company. Rates are considerably less than we estimated. By like a $1000 a year.

So… we may still be moving.

I can’t take this much longer. I need some vodka.

posted by Robb Allen @ 7/16/2014 5:55:30 PM | Feedback (19)
About the house
TMI

Looks like it just fell through.

Sellers didn’t disclose the house in a designated AE flood zone. It was designated this just last year, so they never had to pay for flood insurance themselves and thus is probably the reason they didn’t think about it, however it’s still a failure on their part.

Quotes for flood insurance have run up to $3000 annually, but without a flood certification (to determine the elevation of the house) they don’t know. If the house is high enough up, the insurance could be $1500. Or it could be $3000. The only way to know is to look at the existing certification. Which doesn’t exist, because they never had to have one done.

Guess who’d have to pay for it?

So we’ve already spent a considerable sum of money to get the house inspected (twice) and ours appraised for the bridge loan, burned many hours getting our house ready to sell, and are out easily over a thousand bucks with nothing to show. Paying for another certificate which at best will increase our already near-the-top budget by another $142 a month (best case)… well, I don’t think I’m going to do that.

Unless our realtor can get them to drop the price on the house by a considerable amount (we’re talking $50,000 range), it’s not worth it to us. We’ll get our escrow back at least because this is a fault on the seller’s side, but we can’t get the money back from the appraisals & inspections.

Depressing.

posted by Robb Allen @ 7/16/2014 3:35:20 PM | Feedback (5)
My current world
TMI

Is inspections, appraisals, finances, and also taking on the part of mental health counselor for my wife. We’re on track to move into the new house – mortgages (yes, two of them) are ready to roll, inspections have taken place, appraisal is being scheduled for the new place (already did the appraisal on our current home), and at the same time we’re working feverishly to sell our current place.

The “2nd Mortgage” is technically a bridge loan. We’re putting down 20% on the new place using the equity in our current home, but since we’re still living here and we need to close on the 28th, we simply got a loan against some of the equity first. This puts an additional pressure on us to sell quickly, otherwise the payments on our house go up considerably.

We can’t pull 100% of the equity in our house since a) we haven’t sold it yet and could end up not making as much as we want off the sale and b) the new house is awesome, but the kitchen has to be gutted and rebuilt. How much gutting & rebuilding depends on how much we make on the house. We’re wanting to remove walls and while the  actual removal isn’t the expensive part, putting new ones in is. Plus cabinetry. And countertops. And a new stove. With double ovens.

And beyond all that, we have to sell our house. Soon. We’re priced to sell and are lower than the average in the neighborhood. In fact, a few neighbors have already complained because the low price could hurt their ability to sell at what they want, but that’s unfortunate for them. The neighborhood is nice, the elementary school is walking distance and one of the best in the county, and the inside of the house has been renovated with custom cabinetry and granite countertops in the kitchen and both bathrooms. It’s a bargain and move in ready so we should be good.

Should.

There is no guarantee though. And that’s what’s keeping the Mrs. up at night and by proxy, me.

Wish me luck, I need a little of it. Sorry for the dearth of gun blogging, but for now that takes second fiddle.

posted by Robb Allen @ 7/16/2014 9:16:16 AM | Feedback (6)
There are many valid arguments about concealment vs. open carry

“I prefer to keep the criminals guessing” is not exactly one of them.

I hear this a lot. On the surface, it’s logical – with concealed carry, a criminal has to believe that just because he or she cannot see a firearm doesn’t mean there isn’t one there and thus must always assume someone has a gun – and if the argument stopped there, I’d agree completely. The problem is, I see people take it to a most illogical conclusion.

The argument has a tendency to move to “If people don’t show their guns, criminals will leave. However if they see a gun, then they will most assuredly attack.” I take it to mean they think the criminal will take the gun from the gun owner / go ahead and shoot the gun owner first.

Open Carry and Concealed Carry are not mutually exclusive. In fact, when OC gets here to Florida, I will still continue to CC the majority of the time because I’m generally out & about with my family, and they’re not the activist I am and thus I don’t want to bother them with the hassle it will bring in the beginning.

A criminal will always have to wonder if the guy with the gun they know about is the only one with a gun. Plus, it makes no sense to say a criminal will not attack because there might be a gun, but will attack if they know someone has one.

Not saying criminals are logical though.

(here’s a funny thing – someone isn’t going to read to this part and is already scrolling down furiously to make a comment that I’m going to answer here.)

This has nothing to do with the issue of Open Carry being tactically advantageous or disadvantageous. It is not claiming one is better than the other (hint – it’s situational, changes with not only the carrier, but the criminal and the place & time). It has nothing to do with how CC does allow you to decide if & when to enter the fight better than OC. It’s simply stating the fact that OC doesn’t lower the ‘guessing’ factor since people can still CC and that criminals who fear people having guns will fear it if it’s out in the open or sight unseen.

That’s all.

posted by Robb Allen @ 7/14/2014 8:36:56 AM | Feedback (20)
Shame

Started cleaning our the garage a little yesterday since that’s the one place I can start packing stuff without messing up the inside of the house. Back in the corner, I had a little shelf I built where some tools I rarely used sat, and under it was my box of 7.62x54R which I had been meaning to bring inside for… well, years.

I did move a bunch of ammo inside, but left half of the crate out there. Since I rarely shoot the Mosin, I kind of forgot about the box.

And now I have about 400 rounds of unusable, corroded, rotted ammo.

Moisture must have condensed in there, plus a few bugs decided the paper was delicious and when I cleaned out that area last night, the crate practically disintegrated when I tried to move it. The inside is disgusting and the ammo is beyond repair. Now I have to find a way to properly dispose of it.

That should be fun. Teaches me to leave good ammo outside in the garage.

posted by Robb Allen @ 7/10/2014 11:56:24 AM | Feedback (17)