Rule Five

Marooned has a post up about Rule Five. A very hard rule to follow, as he points, since our instincts work against us.

His post reminded me of something that happened at the range a couple of years ago. At the end of a match a group of us were in the parking lot and one of the guys had a 1911 he was thinking of selling. Pretty, hard chromed, trigger work professionally done, frame and slide fitted, mag well installed. He got it out of his truck. We all looked at the empty chamber, observed muzzle discipline, and passed it around to fondle.

As I mentioned, it was the end of the match, we were packing up, and since we weren’t carrying a stack of hundred dollar bills, once we had looked at the gun, we went back to work. I was putting things in my truck when I heard the sound of metal on gravel. We all looked over, saw a gun shaped hunk of shiny metal laying on the gravel parking lot where they were congregated and thought the worst. Expensive finish gouged, value suddenly diminished, someone buying a gun they didn’t plan on.

Except, when the gun was passed to him one of the other guys had one of those big chrome staple guns in his hand. He hooked the staple gun by the handle in his trouser pocket so he could give both hands to the 1911. It was the staple gun that had bounced on the rocks. No matter how nice a staple gun it was, it’s value was not sharply affected by the scratches.

Big sighs of relief all around.

Marooned is right. It’s wired in to try to catch things when we fumble them. The more expensive they are, the more desperate we would be. It’s bad juju to try to catch a loaded gun. But could you stop yourself?

A few strong instincts and a few plain rules suffice us.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A Prediction

After all the upheaval in the Mideast shakes out, one thing is going to happen. Some country, or coalition of countries, is going to have another go at Israel. I expect it to be soon, probably before our next Presidential election. There will be buildup, excuses, cries of how Israel is the bad guy, but it will come down to an attempt to eliminate Israel as a country.

I hope I’m wrong.

I had faith in Israel before it was established, I have in it now. I believe it has a glorious future before it – not just another sovereign nation, but as an embodiment of the great ideals of our civilization.
–Harry S Truman

Bulletproof

Times have changed a lot. You might not get me to stand out there while you shot that glass with a pellet rifle.

Safety is something that happens between your ears, not something you hold in your hands.
–Jeff Cooper

Now, That’s True

Just when I thought the situation in the Mideast and the U.S. response could not be explained, the Obama administration made this statement. Now it all makes sense.

We don’t make decisions about questions like intervention based on consistency or precedent.
–Denis McDonough, deputy national security adviser to Pr. Obama