Monday, November 11, 2019

Firearms Warning Labels

First and foremost, today is Veterans Day, and I want to take this opportunity to personally thank all of my fellow veterans, our law enforcement, and our first responders for your service.  You are the reason that we are all safe and free!

It's been a while since Alex Kincaid has posted a video, so I wanted to share this one with you.  For those of you that don't know, Alex is an attorney who practices, among other things, protecting Second Amendment issues and gun rights.  Please check out her channel sometime.  She has a lot of excellent Second Amendment information in her videos and explains the legal aspects of gun ownership, especially legislative issues very well.

In this video, Alex explains laws that several states have put in place to provide "warnings" about the dangers of firearms.  Firearms are deadly.  No kidding?  Sometimes a deadly weapon is the only thing that stands between an innocent victim and a deadly attacker.  As she mentions in the video, the purpose of all this is not to enhance firearms safety, but to instead spread misinformation.  Incorrect or even outright dishonest information about firearms is often used to promote fear in the minds of gun buyers and even gun sellers to try to deter people from even legally purchasing firearms.  By treating everyone as idiots instead of educating them about firearms, we are not only denying their ability to learn and make good decisions but also needlessly instilling in them fear about a tool that should be respected and handled properly.  A tool that all by itself does not hurt or kill people,  but in the proper hands could be a tool that saves a life someday.

As Alex reads the statistics used by the anti-gun legislators who put these laws into place, please be sure to also read the actual statistics that are shown.  I have heard several anti-gun legislators and anti-gun groups try to use statistics from the Violence Policy Center, for example, who are notorious for spinning the numbers to suit their agenda.  The fact of the matter is that the vast majority of laws like the ones discussed in this video are simply ineffective, as illustrated by the actual statistics from the FBI and others, but at least allow the lawmakers to say that they're "doing something."

This Writer's Opinion: Gun control comes in many shapes and forms from banning certain types of firearms to making firearms ownership so expensive that the average citizen can't afford it, to inciting fear in the public and making them hate firearms.  Spreading fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) is yet another gun control tactic, and appears to be a great way to make people hate inanimate objects and even hate the law-abiding people who legally practice a Constitutional right.   One of my professors in my Master's Degree program used to say that "Figures don't lie, but liars sure do figure."  When I see a lot of these anti-gun groups try to use statistics, especially statistics that aren't even true, I get very concerned.

The key to preventing tragedies such as those involving so-called "accidental" (they are negligent, not accidental) shootings is through education and awareness.  Teach your kids about firearms.  For that matter, invite your anti-gun neighbors to the range and introduce them to the extremely high level of safety practices that we use around firearms.  Open their eyes with education, not with fear.

And in Other News...

Suppressors and Hearing Protection:

In this article (click on the image below) from the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA),  they cite that the National Hearing Conservation Association has published a paper recognizing the importance of suppressors in hearing protection.  As a person who suffers from a world-class case of tinnitus from years of working on jet aircraft and participating in shooting sports, I can tell you that anything that will help prevent or even lessen tinnitus is extremely valuable in efforts to enhance the quality of life, especially in later years.  Hearing loss and tinnitus issues for gun owners can be prevented by simply allowing law-abiding citizens to use the normal firearms purchasing processes access to an accessory that can be a big part of hearing conservation programs for hunters and in fact all gun owners.  I personally also see this as a very valuable tool in the home defense firearm arena.

To be honest, I have no idea how a firearms accessory such as suppressors even made it as an object that people felt needed to be so strictly regulated through the NFA.  Well, yes I do: people have been watching too many James Bond movies.  They somehow got the idea that if suppressors were available using the same background check system used to purchase firearms, that we would all run around like a bunch of little James Bond assassins.   The thought is that suppressors somehow hinder law enforcement's ability to see muzzle flash and hear gunshots, and will hinder the ability of urban shot detection devices to work properly.

Look, if I'm in my home and a violent intruder crashes through the door and I have no choice but to use deadly force to stop the attack, wouldn't it be reasonable to think that a device that would help prevent my family and me from having our eardrums blown out would be of enormous value?  The police are going to be called anyway, and they will be able to investigate.  Having a suppressor on a home defense weapon is not going to hinder their ability to do that.  Nor is having a suppressor on a hunting rifle going to hinder anything.  As for the actual assassins (gang members) running around killing people - hindering law-abiding citizens is not going to help that situation.  Those people don't acquire their firearms through normal lawful channels.


Proper Pistol Grip:

In last week's news update, I posted a training video about how to use trigger finger isolation techniques to find the good trigger finger positioning for YOU in order to improve marksmanship.  I have seen many instructors who insist that everyone should be using the same trigger finger placement, which in my opinion is simply not true.  Everyone has different hands.

This video from former Navy SEAL Chris Sajnog also discusses trigger finger placement but wraps it into the whole technique of properly gripping the pistol.  He emphasizes concentrating on proper grip and then letting the trigger finger find its proper position.

This grip and trigger finger placement practice can be easily and effectively done using the LASR App software.  Practice proper grip, but also practice with different trigger finger placements as well so that you can see how your grip and the various trigger finger placements affect the actual point of impact on the target.  Then when you think you have found your proper grip and trigger finger placement, go to the range and practice under live fire to confirm and build up good muscle memory.

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