Monday, June 26, 2023

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 255: Gun Control Will Never Work


In This Episode

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss:
    • a Juneteenth celebration that turned violent;
    • a terrorist attack in Uganda;
    • a Trap and Skeet League in Minnesota, and why the gun prohibitionists hate it;
    • and a gun shop that got raided by both the ATF and... the IRS?
  • Next, Sean sits down with Weer'd and talks more about Gavin Newsom's proposed Constitutional Amendment;
  • and finally, David talks about how to modify magazines so they work in different firearms.

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Show Notes

Main Topic:   

Sean Sorentino Interview:

Gun Lovers and Other Strangers:

Monday, June 19, 2023

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 254: Bless Gavin Newsom's Heart


In This Episode

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss:
    • a spree stabbing in France;
    • the Federal Appellate decision that non-violent felons regain their 2A rights after being released;
    • and Gavin Newsom, bless his heart, has proposed a Constitutional Amendment for gun control.
  • Next, Matt from Geeks Gadgets and Guns talks about the Oculus Quest 3 and the Apple Vision Pro;
  • and David talks about prepping your grill for cookout season.

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Show Notes

Saturday, June 17, 2023

My LibertyCon Panels

So, I'm going to be a panelist at LibertyCon next week. If you don't already have tickets, it's too late; they went on sale in March and sold out in a day, and I didn't know for certain I'd be a panelist until late in May. 

For those of you who are attending, I hope you will be able to attend one of my panels. Here's my schedule

I was curious who was on these panels with me, but I had received no information to that end. It took me longer than I feel comfortable admitting to realize that I could just click on the even name on the website and I would see who is presenting!

The following is a reconstruction of my thoughts as I read each entry. 
  • Opening CeremoniesOK, I'm a presenter for the convention several panels, it makes sense that they want me in the opening ceremonies. Not a big deal, this is likely just going to be a "smile and wave after being introduced" kind of thing. I expect a lot of people to be there, and there will be. 
  • Meet and Greet the First Timers: Again, this makes sense. I have no idea what's expected of me, nor who any of the other people are, so I'm going to be clueless and without backup. 
  • The Basic Survivalist: All right! This is solidly within my wheelhouse. I don't know most of the people, but I know Cedar Sanderson and Jason Cordova and they like me, so this ought to be a fun panel. 
  • Building a Bug Out's just me. 

Now to be clear, this is not a problem. While I wouldn't consider myself the foremost authority on building a BOB, I know that I can give a practical presentation and speak with experience on the subject. I'm just stunned that I'm running a solo presentation at my very first LibertyCon as a panelist! I mean, I know that I won't suck, but how does the convention committee know that?

Also, it's a really good thing that I checked, because otherwise I would have just shown up on Sunday morning all herp-de-derp, thinking I was on a panel, and then be in for a terrible surprise. I had planned to bring along a BOB for a demonstration, but that's now gone from a "Nice to have" to "Must bring along". 

Also, I'm up against some pretty hefty competition: autograph sessions, author readings, and the Kaffeeklatsch where people can have coffee with no less than Timothy Zahn and David Weber!

So if you're at LibertyCon next weekend, please come by and say hi! If you like hugs, I enjoy hugging so be sure to collect one from me. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

State of the Sword 2023

Seven years ago yesterday, an atrocity occurred.

Seven years ago today, a diverse group of people banded together to claw hope from the wreckage of that atrocity, and through their efforts Operation Blazing Sword was born.

Seven years later, and we have accomplished so much:

  • We have 1,560 volunteer firearm educators in every state of the USA, along with volunteers in Canada, Australia, and Europe.
  • Our volunteers educated a reported number of 82 people, or just under an average of 1.6 people per week. However, understand that we do not require our students to out themselves and so this data is voluntary; the actual number is higher, although we cannot know by how much.
  • We have filed numerous Amicus Curiae briefs opposing firearm prohibitionist legislation, most notably in NYSRPA v. Bruen. This landmark Supreme Court case shifted all states into "Shall Issue" concealed carry, and the origin of the Pink Pistols was quoted in the concurring brief of this decision.
  • We are the largest pro-gun queer group in the nation, if not the entire world, and we continue to grow through the creation of new Pink Pistols chapters and new volunteers signing up to be  Operation Blazing Sword instructors.

We still have much work to do, though. Even though we live in a post-Bruen world, many legislators seek to make the lawful carry of defensive firearms as difficult, as expensive, and as restrictive as possible, and we will continue to file AC briefs to oppose those laws. One only needs look at the Club Q shooting last year to see a reflection of the 2016 Pulse massacre, albeit one with a mercifully smaller body count, and so we must continue our quest to teach everyone who wants to know how to defend themselves.

We are Operation Blazing Sword – Pink Pistols, and we teach everyone how to shoot. And then we tell the world that we have done so, because armed queers don't get bashed.

Monday, June 12, 2023

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 253: Get All Your Ducks in a Row


In This Episode

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss:
    • The massive non-compliance with the ATF pistol brace ban;
    • a Federal Court ruling that it is unconstitutional to be denied a firearm because of  Marijuana use;
    • Maryland attempting to pass more gun control laws, and the people protesting them.
  • Weer'd finally brings us the final installment of his Fisk of the Brady Campaign podcast about common pro-gun talking points;
  • Oddball talks about the best way to back up your computer data;
  • and David talks about reactive targets on a budget.

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Show Notes

Main Topic:

Weer’d Audio Fisk:

Oddball’s Corner Pocket:

Gun Lovers and Other Strangers

Saturday, June 10, 2023

Proud of Pink Pistols Atlanta

Over the past six months, the Atlanta Chapter of the Pink Pistols has been doing amazing things for its members. 

While everyone was still reeling from the Club Q shooting in November of 22, Pink Pistols Atlanta held a Stop The Bleed class in early December, which was taught by local firefighters and paramedics from the organization Frontline Medical Defense

The current average response time of emergency services in the city of Atlanta is 9.5 minutes, yet traumatic blood loss can render a victim unconscious in less than a minute. Stop The Bleed, designed by the American College of Surgeons and promoted by the Department of Homeland Security, follows the principle of "You Are the Help Until Help Arrives" by teaching the medical skills associated with bleeding control and stabilizing victims of violent trauma prior to emergency services arriving. 

18 members of the Atlanta chapter were taught how to apply a tourniquet, when to pack a wound versus when to ventilate it, and what order of operations to follow when stabilizing patients to prevent blood loss. This class empowered those members with the skills and knowledge necessary to protect themselves and others in an increasingly dangerous word. 

In January, the Atlanta chapter relaunched its annual Introduction to Pistols class, which has been on hiatus due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Last offered in January 2020, this class provides a safe and low-cost environment for members and guests to learn firearm safety and the principles of pistol shooting by certified instructors. 

Conducted at the Quickshot Shooting Range in Buckhead, GA, this course consists of three hours of classroom time covering the safe handling of pistols, instruction of the mechanical components and common faults within handguns, pistol marksmanship techniques, and the consideration which must be made prior to arming oneself.

Following the classroom portion and practice with simulated firearms, participants were provided with one hour of structured range time to practice what they learned, and get comfortable with a few types of pistols and revolvers.

This past April, Pink Pistols Atlanta offered a private Everyday Carry class for its members, focusing on lawful concealed carry with an emphasis on techniques for those that intend to carry a handgun daily. The instructor, Edgar Mills of Osprey Shooting Solutions, has worked with Pink Pistols members in the past, but this was the chapter's first formal partnership with him for private instruction.

This course included two hours of classroom time, which covered safe handling, variations in carry holsters and positions, changes to traditional safety rules when handling a firearm outside a gun range, and legal considerations for concealed carry and drawing a firearm in self defense. Following the classroom portion, participants were provided with five hours of structured range time at a private facility to practice what they learned, with a focus on drawing from concealment and engaging threats with their own firearm.

Both Stop The Bleed and Introduction to Pistols were financially sponsored by Operation Blazing Sword, Pink Pistols' parent organization, making these classes free to attend by members of the Atlanta chapter. Osprey Shooting Solutions offered a discounted rate for its Everyday Carry class, with additional financial support from Operation Blazing Sword. 

If your Pink Pistols chapter is interested in hosting classes like these, please do the following:
  1. Find an instructor and venue.
  2. Contact Erin Palette, President of Operation Blazing Sword, with the  class invoice(s) for approval. 
  3. If approved, Operation Blazing Sword will pay the invoices. 
  4. Conduct the class. 
  5. Submit a written report of the event, ideally with pictures. Please ensure that consent to be photographed is given. 

When considering a class, first talk to your members. It may be that one or more of them are already instructors, and someone may be able to provide space for the class.

Monday, June 5, 2023

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 252: The Second Amendment Is For All Arms Round Table


In This Episode

It’s an ACP Round Table!  Join Wee'd,  Erin, Oddball, David, and Xander as we discuss:

  • The injunction against the ATF Pistol Brace Ban;
  • A Chicago "Peacekeeper" who was arrested for a violent robbery, and how it reflects on the Peacekeeper program;
  • Gun-Prohibitionist attacks on shooting ranges and training facilities;
  • A report that calls forensic ballistics into question;
  • The Second Amendment becoming a strong issue in the 2024 Presidential election,  and it's not looking good for gun control;
  • Hawaii losing the court battle over the carrying of batons;
  • and a review of the book Them: Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson.

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Friday, June 2, 2023

OBS-PP Liability Disclaimer

The head of the Triangle, NC Pink Pistols chapter came up with the fantastic idea of having a disclaimer indicating that Pink Pistols is not any kind of militia or armed security, and that if any of our members makes the decision to use deadly force in defense of themselves or another, it is 100% their personal choice and that Operation Blazing Sword - Pink Pistols has not asked, and would never ask, any of our members to do such a thing.

This position has been made clear in the Pink Pistols Utility Manual, but not everyone reads that. Given the recent increase in anti-queer sentiment and that our members may very well be armed at Pride events, we felt it important to have such a disclaimer drawn up.

If a Pink Pistols chapter plans to have a presence at Pride, please make sure that everyone who is attending as a Pink Pistol — working a booth, handing out information, or just wearing our logo in an official capacity — reads and signs this.

Thank you for helping us stay safe.

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