The End is Nigh…or Is It?

Welcome to a semi-regular compilation of prepper, survivalist, and apocalypse information.

How many of you have bought tactical pens? I’ve tried out a few, with some better than others. The latest I tried was from 5.11, and I wasn’t very pleased with it. As a weapon, it succeeds well, but as a pen it sucks. The barrel slide mechanisms don’t work well. The barrel tears on the fingers if you write for more than five seconds. You can do way better than this. On a good note, it passed through multiple airport checkpoints in my briefcase without ever being taken away.

For me, I’ll be going back to my Fisher Space Pen and use a real knife or a regular pen for my tactical needs.

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Think the Feds or CDC were ready for the Ebola outbreak a couple of years ago?

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Bought me a new inside the pants (ITP) holster for my Glock. Haven’t used it yet, so I’ll let you know if I like it or not in a future post. I tried to get in touch with the maker, but he never bothered to respond to any communications by e-mail or phone. Even if I like, I’m not sure I’ll pass on the company name. I hate to help companies with poor customer service skills. These are hand-made by a firefighter in Horry County SC. He makes a great product, but I’m not so sure how long his business will last.

What’s your favorite ITP holster?

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The Mini Mjolnir drawing is mine. It’s what I call my baby.

With sea levels changing, how long are we going to keep spending tax money to shore up vacation rentals and beach mansions for the rich? Check out this blog to see the flipside when we abandon poor people whose homes fall into the sea.

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Fisher Space Pen

Poor Alaskan Eskimos Get Shafted

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The Chattanooga Police Department’s Plan to Harass Gun Owners

Two things collided in Chattanooga TN this week. One is a new law from the Governor that allows permit holding gun owners to carry in parks. The other is the Riverbend Festival. The collision led to a plan by the Chattanooga Police Department to harass law-abiding gun owners who exercise their legal rights and have done absolutely nothing wrong.

Their crime will simply be following state law.

As people come into the festival, as the usual for any large gathering or concert, bags will be checked. So far, they’re not officially patting anyone down, but that’s probably either on its way or happening unofficially. Per state law, anyone legally carrying a concealed weapon must be able to produce a carry permit to a police officer if requested, or as the Chattanooga Times Free Press (CTFP) stated, officers may “be alerted by volunteers”.

I have a problem with this. First off, if a person is carrying a concealed weapon, no one should know. Secondly, if festival staff find out through questioning or a search, then that would seem to be going too far. Now we’re getting into ‘stop and frisk’ territory and using volunteer non-LE staff to do it.

The article in the CTFP went on to quote a great deal from Chattanooga police Sgt. Austin Garrett, who has worked the festival for almost two decades. He went on to state how safe the festival and the area are. I’m not sure where he got this information, but as a police sergeant, I would hope he has access to better intel, like the rest of us. Chattanooga is well known at this point as a city overtaken by gang violence and the frequent site of shootouts in public places. It’s happened at grocery stores, fast food restaurants, and city streets. And that’s just this year. Kids have been shot and witnesses to kids being shot have been shot. Just do an Internet search of “Chattanooga gang violence” and see what pops up.

But Riverbend and any area Sgt. Garrett knows of are immune to this violence? No need to legally carry a concealed weapon? I would say that the police department’s lack of effective protection in the city establishes a clear need for law-abiding citizens to arm themselves.

So, with all of this going on, what’s Sgt. Garrett’s plan to enforce the law at Riverbend? Is it to control the drunk folks? Keep smokers penned up in their area? Stop crazy country music mosh pits? No, his plan is to harass card-carrying, law-abiding gun owners. Seriously, it is. Here’s what he told the newspaper…

“What’s going to happen is you’re going to get stopped every 30 feet by one of us…You’re going to get tired of getting stopped.”

Sounds to me like harassment. The Chattanooga Police Department is planning on harassing gun owners until they either leave the festival or lock their guns their guns in the car.

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Let’s take this a step further and ask if this is official department policy and what else may be coming down the road from the city of Chattanooga. Is this a sign of the future? Is the city planning on creating local laws that prohibit gun owners from the city limits? Mayor Andy Berke insinuated as much when he made a statement regarding local communities creating their own laws on this matter. I’d like to know.

This guest post was written by a concerned Chattanooga TN citizen who decided not to attend the Riverbend Festival due to expected and publicly posted policy of intent to harass gun owners by the Chattanooga Police Department.

Check out the Zombie Shooter’s Association

A friend of mine just recommended I check out the folks over at the Zombie Shooter’s Association of America. Although I’ve never been to any of their events, I have to say that I’m intrigued. I’m a big fan of anything zombie and also an aficionado of the shooting arts, so this seems right up my alley.

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Turns out these guys and most of their events and matches are within a half days drive of my compound in eastern South Carolina, so I may be visiting them soon to send off a few rounds downrange. Their 3 gun matches sounds especially fun. From all appearances and what I’ve heard about them, the ZSA isn’t just a bunch of redneck gun yahoos.¬†These guys are professionals who enjoy¬† a fun, safe time with guns and zombies as the medium for that.

Check out their site. Look at the event schedule. Watch a few videos. And make yourself better prepared for zombies or any other bogies that try to get between you and the rest of your life.

Tell them that Dr. Dave at CAPOCS sent you. Maybe I’ll see you there one weekend on the range.