Sunday, January 25, 2009

Gun Safety

Today, while I was trying to explain that the most important safety is between your ears, a nearby woman exclaimed that she didn't want to hear any of that crap, because she'd had a husband who shot himself in the hand, and he knew about guns. It took 9 surgeries to get his hand fixed, and no matter how safe you are, you need as many safeties as you can get.

I held my tongue, though I wanted to ask her whether he pulled the trigger with the muzzle pointed toward something he wasn't willing to destroy. I knew the answer, of course, and she would not have been pleased to provide it.

How many safety devices would it take to keep that gun from going off? Just one--keeping the finger off the trigger. No grip safety, trigger safety, or manual safety work to prevent misuse.

Sure, buy a gun with several safeties. It won't hurt anything, and you might just feel better. Or buy one without so many extras. It'll work, too. Just remember to point it safely, keep your finger off the trigger until you're ready to fire, etc.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Libertarianism

I don't know why it still surprises me to be met with disdain just about every time I call myself a libertarian. If it weren't for our insistence on sticking with two parties, it might not carry such a stigma, since it's largely comprised of principles almost everyone would like applied to themselves.
Of course, the Republicans think of Libertarians as lost votes, and Democrats see libertarianism as conservatism. Conservatives dislike ideas like drug legalization, and liberals dislike free capitalism.
Oddly, though, I've heard people claim such bizarre things as libertarianism being anti-freedom, which confuses me. Often, people don't understand libertarianism. Here's a very simplistic rundown:

People should be free to do as they wish, so long as they do not hurt others.
People should be allowed to amass as much wealth as they'd like, and they should be allowed to trade it freely.
If someone uses force or threat of force to take from others (be it life, liberty, or property that is being taken), responding with force is justifiable. Otherwise, it is not.

Yeah, I know it's far from thorough, but I'm often made fun of for my somewhat verbose explanations, so I'm going to leave it at that for now. Besides, most of my possible readers are probably familiar with libertarianism.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

A trade?

A coworker has offered me an interesting trade recently--he has a Smith and Wesson MP15 with a detatchable carry handle for my FN Five-Seven. On the one hand, I don't have an AR, but the Five-Seven is harder to replace. The values are approximately the same, and it's really a fair trade. I have been considering an AR, but I haven't considered getting rid of the FN.
It WOULD cut down on the number of calibers I keep on hand, but it would also rid me of an amazing little gun that I do enjoy and would like to have in a SHTF situation.
The funny thing is that the coworker just bought the S&W, hasn't fired it, and could theoretically have purchased an FN instead.
I'm not going to make the trade, though I'll admit I was tempted.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Bar fights

While there's a lot that I do not (and will never) fully understand about people, one thing in particular has been bothering me of late. Why do people seem to want to get into bar fights?

Lately, I've been trying to get out more, and I've been spending time at a kind of divish karaoke bar. They have a pool table, and I spend a bit of time figuring out how to play pool (the geometry is easy enough--it's the actual performance aspect I just can't get down). Seems there are some people who want to fight over their turn in line or something that goes down during a non-betting game. Even those things are almost understandable, when compared to the people who want to fight over a pool cue pointed at them or something they saw while not playing.

Bar fights are stupid for a number of reasons--you may not be welcome in the bar afterward; arrest chances increase in a bar; you never know who'll pull what; you can't always be sure who'll be on which side; while your reflexes are almost certainly impaired, not everyone has had as much as you (or, sometimes, any). There are other reasons, but bar fights are pretty stupid, at least around here.

Also, shattering a glass over someone's head may seem like a good idea, but you will end up cutting yourself and being charged with aggravated assault. Pick something more defensive, if available, and you'll do a lot better.

In any case, please don't fight in my bar. It ruins my good time. Thanks.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

A goal of writing for 2009

Yeah, it's been a long time since I've posted. This year, I'm going to try to write at least:
1 blog post per week
1 attempted poem per week
1 page of fiction each month
1 letter or electronic letter (no, short, pointed emails won't count) per month.

Yeah, I'm aware that I'm making a promise I haven't even come close to last year, and I know that a Christmas season of retail (again) and a computer that decided it's done really don't count as reasonable excuses, but we'll see if I can keep this up at least for a while. And I am counting this post as part of what is technically last week, so I'll have a real post this upcoming week, as well.