20+ yr Infantry Officer.
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@SEAL76 The NRA is not against background checks.
16 hours, 45 minutes ago on A Navy SEAL Sniper’s Perspective on Firearms Ownership & The NRA in America
@ArcticWarriorSomething to think about...
Some may consider the size of today's airborne force too large for a potential mission. Those same people don't realize to maintain a 24/7 capability for an undetermined time you need three times the force you want to commit (a third on alert, a third preparing and a third recovering).
1 day, 13 hours ago on 24 Army Airborne Units Budget Cut Casualties
@engelbrad@Desertratkuwait "So you are for no registration, no certifications of any kind and
no questions when it comes to fire arms? Any and all ok...leave it
Why are you promoting any of this? Are the people following the law the ones causing problems? Is there a rash of gun accidents at ranges? I find all the philanthropic concern suspicious.
Seems like an effort to fix a problem that doesn't exist that also happens to be along the lines of the anti 2A agenda.
Nope, no thanks...
1 day, 14 hours ago on SOFREP’s own Brandon Webb & the NRA
@ak1134@drnick I have never seen someone who rents a booth at a gun show sell a gun without following state law. Have you? Is this documented ANYWHERE?
There are people breaking all sorts of laws everywhere. Where is the EVIDENCE that this is where the illegal guns are coming from?
You seem to be very uninformed about gun life outside CA.
1 day, 15 hours ago on A Navy SEAL Sniper’s Perspective on Firearms Ownership & The NRA in America
@drnick "there's a very good chance that that person will be answering a
lot of questions to prove that they're not acting as a firearms dealer
without a license (which is also a crime fwiw)."
A FEDERAL LAW BTW
@ak1134"What about the Gun shows in those walk in states where if i brought cash I can walk out with a dozen or so used handguns?"
Again you are uninformed. I've been to gun shows in a dozen states. I've NEVER been to one where you can buy a gun from a table without filling out the state paperwork. In fact just like selling cars a private owner is limited to how many weapons they can sell in a given time. This is another law on the books that seems to not be enforced but that's a separate issue.
The fact is you are repeating the LIE the anti-2A movement puts out there.
They say three is a charm.
"Keep talking. You bring great credit on the state of California and non NRA members..."
Seems the NRA could do some good just educating gun owners in CA who are trying to influence the discussion in other states and federal law.
@ak1134@JohnChristopher1@124YK@majrod "You and I know there are states where you can walk in to a Gun Store with no information and buy a hand-gun of the rack."
Uh no, don't include me in that bit of propaganda. There is NO STATE I'm aware of where you can buy a gun from a dealer without an ID. The fact that you actually think this is the case demonstrates the difference between informed and uninformed opinion.
If common sense and biting sarcasm was a genetic trait we might be.
Yep, and the anti 2A labels such moves as reasonable common sense initiatives. "A person should know if the neighbor has a gun."
Hilarious! Then you have gun owners who don't realize they are being lemmings and trying to undermine those fighting the insanity...
@CB_DementedI was following until you cited the two sides as hard core anti-2A and someone who thinks a minigun is fine in the safe.
The hard core anti 2A crowd exponentially outnumbers the guys that want nukes, full auto or miniguns yet the anti 2A movement has very successfully lumped those that don't want further regulation besides the VOLUMES already in existence (while many effective laws aren't being enforced).
You lost me because it seems you have succumbed to the anti-2A propaganda and just like them, I don't trust you.
@A7Dave I support GS5414.
Have you taken constututional law? If not why bring it up. You're JUST
as unqualified to talk. Oh, and since it's so important shouldn't you
be asking Brandon? (not to put him in the hot seat but standards should
aply across the board huh?) I have taken constitutional law. GS5414 is laying it straight.
BTW, one of the programs we put into place to stop future Atta's is allow pilots who volunteer to go through some rudimentary training and carry on an airplane. We haven't had an Atta since. Let's see that approach in our schools.
And before you attack anyone about their experience downrange you need to back away from the stupidity. Service is awesome. Brandon's service is stainless. It doesn't automatically equate to wisdom when it comes to the 2A or how the right to carry is practiced here. Timothy McVeigh was a combat vet. (and before you ask, yeah, I earned my CIB)
1 day, 16 hours ago on A Navy SEAL Sniper’s Perspective on Firearms Ownership & The NRA in America
@CB_DementedWhat specific data was Lott not able to provide?
I've seen this approach used often by those unable to address the issues and instead expand the discourse to address an individual in an effort to discredit him hoping it will discredit the issues they can't/won't address.
That has always struck me as an underhanded way to debate. It's character assassination vs. addressing the issues. I hope you aren't following that path and can discuss the specific data that Lott was asked to provide and didn't and how that destroys all his credibility on the matter...
1 day, 17 hours ago on A Navy SEAL Sniper’s Perspective on Firearms Ownership & The NRA in America
My first thought is where did you get 35k back in '97 (not doubting you, just always like to see the source material myself) and is it counted the same way as the 49k in the story.
I did a dangerous thing and did not assume any USASOC slots were included in the 49k number which may be a mistake. I will continue to assume those "Army" numbers don't include SF & Rangers because if they did I could see no reason to cut them.
Keep in mind the 82nd did field an additional BDE and while the 4th BDE is going away each Airborne BDE now has a RSTA BN something they didn't have before 911 (and each BDE will return to three infantry BN's).
I agree wholeheartedly with your general observations about headquarters. That said headquarters usually have forward elements called TACs back in the day vs. division and corp "main" HQs. I think there are operational reasons to keep them on jump status.
As to Corps units (outside HQ), I cannot agree. There are many artillery BN's key to increasing the combat power of the light nature of airborne forces. The engineer BN's are also a combat multiplier especially in the defense and even MP BN's free up Infantry units to conduct the front line fight. Short of another division, they are well worth the investment.
Finally an observation, Airborne units have always had a higher level of pride & esprit that parallels the whole of the Marine Corps. The Marine Corps carefully couches their intense morale and esprit in the expeditionary/amphibious mission. There are benefits far and beyond operational requirements in maintaining large numbers of soldiers on jump status and sending every soldier we can to jump school.
BTW, appreciate your participation here. I think your commentary over on FP.com was always a breath of fresh air.
1 day, 17 hours ago on 24 Army Airborne Units Budget Cut Casualties
Well if that's your argument the Corps doesn't have a chance and nor does an air superiority fighter...
49k get's us a division, a separate Brigade and a handfull of companies and some key corps support stuff. Not much considering some of the scenarios out there.
2 days, 10 hours ago on 24 Army Airborne Units Budget Cut Casualties
Ok I get it you want to punish z"glib" gun owners with a six month process to get a concealed carry.
How do ANY of your recommendations keep down the number of illegal guns? Except by punishing ALL lawful gun owners for the suspected few selling guns to hoods. (I'm seeing a pattern here)
I liked how you slipped in a plug for national gun registration. Sly.
Like I said, Keep talking. You bring great credit on the state of California and non NRA members...
2 days, 10 hours ago on A Navy SEAL Sniper’s Perspective on Firearms Ownership & The NRA in America
Thanks, Back at you. No offense meant. We all need a thick skin around here. Steel sharpens steel and we should pit our ideas out there and see how they do or don't do.
2 days, 11 hours ago on A Navy SEAL Sniper’s Perspective on Firearms Ownership & The NRA in America
I don't agree with national mandated firearms training, that dogs are the best solutionfor active shooters or the current NRA Pres is as bad as the left likes to portray him but that has nothing to do with where Brandon's born. Feel free to disagree with his positions but attacking him based on where he was born?
Not a strong argument.
2 days, 13 hours ago on SOFREP’s own Brandon Webb & the NRA
@jt260 "Structural factors matter. Filling in the blank between cause and effect with feminist jingoism and assertions of systematic discrimination doesn't help."
That needed to be said twice...
@Kriegsakademie Absence doesn't automatically equal discrimination. Have you seen how many women Obama has in his cabinet?
2 days, 15 hours ago on Access denied | The Best Defense
@OnTheHook You admit the problem is the extreme anti-2A and then suggest that a more "reasonable" persona is going to change their mind.
When has a more 'Reasonable" person changed a nut's mind?
Limiting the rights of gun owners isn't the solution. Nor is increasing certification requirements. You are playing their game.
The answer is showing them for who they are. Do the studies and get the word out. You don't give up stuff to the losing side in the hope they'll be satisfied. Look at the history.
I vote No and if its run like the anti-2a propaganda machine, I'll vote as many times as possible. They have no problem making stuff up.
2 days, 15 hours ago on A Navy SEAL Sniper’s Perspective on Firearms Ownership & The NRA in America