A girl was shot in a church in Florida. They are calling it an accident. This is not an accident. You keep using this word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

1. You took the gun out of the holster.
2. You left a round in the chamber.
3. You pointed it in an unsafe direction.
4. You pulled the trigger.

Every gun, always loaded.

Muzzle control. Never, never, let the muzzle cover anything that you don’t want a hole in.

What happened here is no accident. It is negligence. In layers. You didn’t break one. You broke them all.


Training Mindset

From Flashing Steel: Mastering Eishin-Ryu Swordsmanship, by Masayuki Shimabukuro:

The first step in your journey is to make up your mind. You must decide to make your training a high priority in your life, not just something you do for entertainment or a diversion whenever you lack something more interesting to do.

Martial arts practice, especially in a serious art like iaijutsu, is a lifestyle, not just an extracurricular activity. As you progress, the discipline and dedication of your training will set you apart. You will begin to approach all of life with a martial artist’s outlook. Over time, your entire attitude and personality will evolve. But this kind of fundamental improvement of your character cannot occur without a strong determination to train, even when you don’t feel like it— especially when you don’t feel like it.

H/T to Art of the Rifle for the quote. He joins the blogroll and if you’re not already reading him, you need to go spend the rest of your evening catching up. He’s approaching his rifle shooting as a budo, a martial way, and he’s already got me thinking about how I practice.

When It Goes Bad, It Goes Fast

The following is part of the news report on the death of Officer Green from Al.com.

The weapon used to fatally stab Mobile Police Officer Steven Green in the neck and back on Feb. 3 was a small 3-inch knife that authorities believe was hidden on robbery suspect Lawrence Wallace Jr.’s body when he was arrested for trying to hold up a dollar store…A preliminary investigation also revealed that Wallace had a small handcuff key in his shoe that he likely used to slip out of the restraints while being transported from police headquarters to Mobile County Metro Jail.

“We believe somewhere between police headquarters and Metro, Wallace took his handcuffs off,” Williams said. “We believe the handcuff key was concealed somewhere on his body. We don’t know where. We may never know where.”

The escaping Wallace fatally stabbed Green at the sally port of the jail last Friday. Police tracked him down a short time later and eventually shot and killed him in an exchange of gunfire as he hid beneath a home.

Update: I watched it again. I’m pretty sure it’s the handcuff key he pulls off the necklace.

Parchment Promises

The right to practice your religion, the right to free speech, enshrined in the Constitution of the United States? Not so much.

It doesn’t matter if you think he’s right or wrong on this issue. What matters is his right to say it. Here is the full text of the Archbishop’s letter.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I write to you concerning an alarming and serious matter that negatively impacts the Church in the United States directly, and that strikes at the fundamental right to religious liberty for all citizens of any faith. The federal government, which claims to be “of, by, and for the people,” has just been dealt a heavy blow to almost a quarter of those people — the Catholic population — and to the millions more who are served by the Catholic faithful.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that almost all employers, including Catholic employers, will be forced to offer their employees’ health coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception. Almost all health insurers will be forced to include those “services” in the health policies they write. And almost all individuals will be forced to buy that coverage as a part of their policies.

In so ruling, the Obama Administration has cast aside the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, denying to Catholics our Nation’s first and most fundamental freedom, that of religious liberty. And as a result, unless the rule is overturned, we Catholics will be compelled to either violate our consciences, or to drop health coverage for our employees (and suffer the penalties for doing so). The Obama Administration’s sole concession was to give our institutions one year to comply.

We cannot—we will not—comply with this unjust law. People of faith cannot be made second class citizens. We are already joined by our brothers and sisters of all faiths and many others of good will in this important effort to regain our religious freedom. Our parents and grandparents did not come to these shores to help build America’s cities and towns, its infrastructure and institutions, its enterprise and culture, only to have their posterity stripped of their God given rights. In generations past, the Church has always been able to count on the faithful to stand up and protect her sacred rights and duties. I hope and trust she can count on this generation of Catholics to do the same. Our children and grandchildren deserve nothing less.

And therefore, I would ask of you two things. First, as a community of faith we must commit ourselves to prayer and fasting that wisdom and justice may prevail, and religious liberty may be restored. Without God, we can do nothing; with God, nothing is impossible. Second, I would also recommend visiting www.usccb.org/conscience,to learn more about this severe assault on religious liberty, and how to contact Congress in support of legislation that would reverse the Obama Administration’s decision.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
+Alexander K. Sample
Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample
Bishop of Marquette

Taken From BorePatch’s Comments

Borepatch links to Mark Levin. He quotes some highlights but you can listen to what Mark Levin has to say in the audio at the end of his post.
Then an anonymous comment and my reply. Because it’s my vote. Mine. I’m not unreliable. Reliability implies that I somehow owe the Republican Party my allegiance. I do not. If they want my vote, they can earn it. With a candidate that can do the simple things outlined by Mark Levin in his broadcast.

Otherwise, I will vote for the best conservative candidates in the House and Senate, as well as my State and local elections, and vote for a third party candidate for President. And if my vote, and the votes of other conservative libertarians can be thrown away, what sort of strategy is it to try to demand that I somehow owe my vote to whoever the party nominates?
From BorePatch’s comments

Anonymous said…

All that matters is ousting Obama from the White House in November. Everything else is secondary. Anyone who thinks otherwise is deluding himself.


The only “lesson” you give by staying home is that you are unreliable and marginal. Your choice.

ASM826 said…

Really, Anonymous, just getting Obama out of the White House fixes America? How, exactly?
And yes, it is my choice. If you offer me
— A. Obama
— B. Romney

I choose C. –None of the above.

That’s freedom. The Republicans can put someone else forward, or they can decide my vote and my support does not matter to them. Their choice.