School shootings during the Clinton “assault weapons” ban:

11/15/95 – Lynville, Tn School shooting
2/2/96 – Moses Lake, Wa School shooting
2/19/97 – Bethel, Ak School shooting
10/1/97 – Pearl, Ms School shooting
12/1/97 – West Paducah, Ky School shooting
4/24/98 – Edinboro, Pa School shooting
5/21/98 – Springfield, Or School shooting
4/20/99 – Columbine, Co School shooting
5/20/99 – Conyers, Ga School shooting
11/2/99 – Honolulu, Hi Office Shooting
12/26/00 – Wakefield, Ma Office Shooting
3/5/01 – Santee, Ca School Shooting
3/22/01 El Cajon, Ca School Shooting
1/16/02 Grundy, Va College Shooting
4/14/03 New Orleans, La School Shooting

What will a second AWB do to “keep children safe”?

God ble$$ the U$A: Finest politicians money can buy!

Despite the soaring rhetoric and scandalous accusations, if anybody here REALLY thinks either party gives a flip about your piddly problems, you’re deluded.

As far as “voting” goes: after the Bush/Gore debacle in 2000, the powers-that-be pushed hard for electronic voting. Numerous videos have surfaced since then showing how easily (and frequently) these machines can be manipulated, yet frequently NO PAPER TRAIL is ever created to allow suspicious results to be examined after the fact. Open source code? Nah, that’s for Commies.

A few years ago, during the 2004 elections, one county in Ohio (someone please Google it) ended up with 3000 votes cast for Bush where there were 600 registered voters.  (Who needs to round up warm bodies to vote when you can just type a command and throw an election the modern way?)

…And that doesn’t even mention the good old fashioned voter fraud that has gone on essentially forever, yet any common sense solution (like voter ID) sets off waves of howling about “disenfranchising the voters”.

…Or the “directed” voting of people who are legally-eligible, but mentally deficient to vote (think group homes, nursing homes, etc. where the staff pencil-whips absentee ballots.) After her death, we discovered my wife’s aunt “voted” for 4 years in her nursing home bed, even though she was addled by a stroke, all contracted up, and unable to communicate at all.

Despite whatever BS is spewed, once in office BOTH will do exactly what the Big Money Boys tell them to do — just like always.

This whole “election” thing has about as much significance, and legitimacy, as American Idol.

The on-going caliber war in almost every gun forum on the internet will never end.  Many times the same cliched points are repeated over and over.

Handguns, even the holy 10mm , are puny compared to ANY centerfire long gun round.   Velocity or weight matter, and a .223 (fast) or 12 gauge slug (heavy) will ruin your day without fail.  Yet, despite all the hype, zombie bullets, and laser targeting systems around these days,  most people shot with handguns DO NOT die. 

Stopping an attack does not automatically require a fatal shot, which is very often overlooked when arguing ballistic gelatin tests.

Having seen more than a few gunshot wounds in my life, I must point out that it is nearly impossible to differentiate a .22, .380, 9mm, .40 or .45 wound without examining the projectile.   (Conversely, it is very easy to tell a rifle or shotgun wound from a handgun wound.)

Skin is elastic and has compensatory mechanisms to limit bleeding.  While paper targets and gelatin “stay” wounded,  actual skin does not, and this makes the size of the hole irrelevant.  Handgun velocities do not create significant wound cavities outside the path of the projectile.

Exsanguination, so called “bleeding out”, is much more rapid if something that lacks effective compensatory methods is hit. (E.G.: A hole in the heart, or a major (torso) blood vessel will probably be fatal, though not instantly.   A hole in an extremity may eventually lead to shock, but this is an easy 10 minute or more process on most cases.)

Few new issues to consider in the caliber wars:

Hollow points are much improved in recent years from those available in the past  Very often hollow points get clogged (by thick clothing for example.)  This makes them into hardball, and hence less effective than designed.  (A clogged .45 still makes a .45 hole.  While a well-designed 9mm can achieve up to .60 expansion — once clogged, it is just a .355 FMJ round that weighs about half as much as the .45 bullet)

“Hard” areas of the body (pelvis, arms bones in defensive position, sternum, skull) will resist penetration by light bullets. Even if you don’t hit a vital area that causes a bleed-out (slow process) the PAIN (or structural incapacity) of a shattered bone can cause an attacker to discontinue an attack (fast) or allow your escape, even if not fatally wounded.

(I feel this alone is the most significant element of the .45 ACP’s reputation as a “manstopper”.)

Capacity:  Not all .45s carry just 8 rounds.  For example, an XD45 carries 13+1, with a grip length less than an inch longer than the Glock 19 (which carries 15+1.) I don’t find the recoil on this particular .45 objectionable at all, being more of a “push” than a “snap” when fired (unlike a .40S&W).  The .45 is a real hoot to shoot, and is a whole different animal than .40 or recoil.

I have both of the above mentioned guns, and carry them easily in appendix position. The ammo for .45 is more expensive to buy, but reloads are not much more than 9mm reloads, so practice time doesn’t really break the bank. (Commercial JHP carry rounds are essentially the same price.)

I think “caliber wars” that ignore physiological effects of pain and structural damage, versus just the size of the hole (or wound tract), overlook an VERY important component of overall effectiveness.   For example:  .357sig has a reported “lightning bolt” effect on people, just by driving a 9mm bullet at very high velocities and having very high penetration capabilities (– this comes at the cost of added recoil and muzzle blast.)  If your plans include penetrating cover (windshield, car door, plasterboard) a higher velocity round is more desirable than a slower one.  This is not a likely requirement in civilian defense use, though police and military do have such a need. 

It seems to me that rounds that are either very fast (.357 magnum/sig) or very heavy (.45acp) do their job the best.  (Put your hands down 10mm guys — I know what you want to say.)

A 9mm (blue) versus .45 (red) round.
Who wants to get hit by an itty-bitty .223 (teal) bullet?

In summary:  The “size” of the bullet hole really doesn’t matter as much as we think it does, and expansion while helpful (more is naturally better), is not the most important factor in stopping power effectiveness, especially since it is unpredictable in anything but gelatin.  Just damaging an opponent enough to allow your escape counts as “a win” in my civilian playbook.  Their death isn’t mandatory, despite the mythological “one shot stop” hype manufacturers spew.

Everything is a compromise, and I alternate between the two rounds depending on where I am going, and what dress it requires. In the end, the gun in your pocket (when you need it) is a much more effective round than the most “awesome flying round of instant death” gun that isn’t carried.

Tell me why I’m wrong, and how my family is descended from brain-damaged monkeys below:

Starting a business is a daunting proposition.  It can be emotionally exhilarating and soul-crushing — sometimes in the same day.

My “take-away” advice to those reaching for the Brass Ring is as follows:

  • Avoid debt. Bankers are never your friends. They will chisel the gold from the teeth of your still-warm body if it suits them.
  • Avoid vice. Booze, drugs, and sexual adventure has ruined many a business.
  • Doing what you really don’t want to do, when you don’t want to do it, is what makes some succeed where others fail.
  • Before buying into a business plan, ask “Would I buy this product?” Seriously?
  • Overhead will kill you. Watch it at all times.
  • Any business that depends on recruiting others into “The Opportunity” to make “The Big Money” is 99% a scam. The focus should be on selling a product.
  • Using debt to start a business is a good way to burn a bunch of other people’s money “investing” in stuff you don’t need, because you have no idea yet what you are doing. This fact won’t be obvious until after the bankruptcy is final.
  • The urge to quit is strongest just before the breakthrough success.
  • You don’t own a business, often the business owns you.
  • Never hire relatives or friends. Thanksgiving dinner gets awkward after you fire a slacker, embezzler brother-in-law who thought he was 50% owner for showing up to work 10:30 to 3:00 (most days.)
  • Lawyers are much cheaper to write a good contract than to litigate an ugly dispute. People used to do things by handshakes and their honor. These days it is amazing the “assumptions”, that favor themselves, people will make without the paper.
  • Failure is not fatal, it is an expensive learning experience.
  • Everyone is good at giving free advice. If they’ve “done it”, or have skin in the game, consider it — otherwise avoid people with “Good Ideas.”
  • Everything is time or money in business. You often have to choose to trade one for the other.
  • Have a good prenup.

As requested, I have changed the “No Guns = No Money” education card. It is now formatted as a 4×6 print, which can be printed at any Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, etc. photo kiosk for 15-20¢ and cut in half for economical distribution. (Original post here.)

Click me, download, print out as 4x6 print, cut in half, distribute!

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It doesn’t require a hard-sell, or a confrontational discussion, to make your point.   You are seeking to put a polite, respectful face on legally-carrying gun owners, nothing more.

Launching into a Second Ammendment lecture, or fear-mongering about The Zombie Apocalypse will NOT help. (Doing so will only reinforce whatever negative stereotypes the business owner already has about “Gun Nuts”.)

Someone who is shy (like me), could just hand the card over, say something like “I just wanted you to know how this sign affects me, a loyal customer” and leave. (No stressful deep conversation required.)

The strategy is not to PUSH someone into your way of thinking, but to gently lead them to reconsider how bad theirs is with gentle pulls.  (Anyone who has ever worked with a mule will understand the technique.)

No, you can not change the world overnight, but you CAN improve your little piece of it, one step at a time!

With the heavy media stereotyping after every gun-related atrocity, is it worth 10¢ and 2 minutes of your time to RESPECTFULLY educate business owners about who their gun-owning customers really are?

Please help spread the word about this “low-confrontation” education mission to others you know.


I recently talked with a local business owner about his “No Guns” sign on his front door.

He stated he didn’t realize that there a number of people who can legally carry, and the sign was aimed at the thugs, not “good” people. Unfortunately, the sign (which carries the weight of law in North Carolina) does not distinguish punks from people.

He agreed he would actually like to have legitimate gun owners around if the SHTF. In this case, education worked.

Using ideas from a thread on another forum, I have produced some cards that can be printed and handed out to other business owners.

Please help spread our message in a non-obnoxious manner!