The Everlasting Phelps

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

Shoot Straighter

December 29th, 2006

Wired has an article about how a guy in NYC deicded to improve himself by learning to shoot straighter.

This is the part that told me that he groks it and is now one of us:

I add a few minutes of breathing exercises between each magazine to zen me out further. Gradually, the methodical loading of bullets becomes a calming ritual.

In fact, constantly quieting my mind and body at the range is having a spillover effect. I’m less jumpy at work, more able to will myself to focus. “Guns,” I tell my wife, “are my yoga.”

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Just Like You and Me, Only Better

December 27th, 2006

A police officer lets his police dog get loose. It goes and begins threatening neighbors. It gets between a father and his small son. The father kills the dog to protect his son. What happens? The father gets charged with a felony, and the city sends him a bill for the dog.

Think about this. A police dog is a weapon. They are trained to be aggressive and trained to attack. I don’t buy all the pit bull hysteria (even before I saw how overblown it was thanks to Say Uncle) but this is different. The guy who is protecting his own family from an unsecured weapon is being threatened with jail and loss of his franchise? They are claiming that he knew it was a police dog. So what? It was a police dog without a handler. If anything, it is more dangerous because it is a police dog. Does anyone think that his son was safe strapped into a car seat in the car?

A lot of people like to talk about guns like they jump up and kill people anytime they are unattended. Where are all those people when we do have a weapon that gets up and walks around, potentially attacking people without restraint by a responsible person? And if dogs are so safe, why do the police shoot so many dogs on thier ninja raids? Because maybe the dog at the raid site is trained? As opposed to knowing that a particular dog is trained to attack?

(Via Say Uncle) More here.

Update: Compare and contrast.  (Via Radley.)

The Everlasting Phelps

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.