Archive for August, 2011


Posted in Uncategorized on August 19, 2011 by Jay

So Standard&Poor dropped the US credit rating to AA+, if you haven’t already heard.

What I find interesting is since that happened, they are now being investigated by a House committee. But, what I also find interesting, is they downgraded LA’s investment pool, so the city of LA drops them.

I remember reading a post on ARFCOM in the thread discussing the news article about the US credit being downgraded, and the poster basically said, any rating agency that drops the U.S. from AAA is going to be investigated and fined until they raise the U.S. ratings.

I mean sure, like millions of commentors and analyists have said, S&P rated several companies AAA that later folded, went bankrupt, or needed millions/billions of government bail out money. The problem I have is, why weren’t they investigated then? Like in the Yahoo! article above, Treasurer Ongele said the real estate problems came about from ratings companies like S&P. So why is the City of LA just now cutting ties after they were downgraded, and not back then? It seems like as long as they were on the AAA train, it was okay to look past their problems. But now that they aren’t on that train anymore, it’s time to dump them.

This is sounding more and more like a farce every day.


19 + CCW

Posted in Uncategorized on August 15, 2011 by Jay

This was posted in the comments, but I’m going to reply to it as a full post.

I read in Texas you can legally have a handgun in your house (at least 18 years of age) and the vehicle is an extension of your dwelling, and you can have a weapon in your vehicle, as long as its out of sight. Not concealed on your person mind you, but in the glovebox or in the middle compartment, and you notify the officer when he pulls you over. I’m 19 and I don’t want to go to jail for having a gun in my car. Please let me know if I’m mistakin. OFFICER ONLY I don’t want biased opinions.

This was posted by Sean as a comment to my Traffic Stop Etiquette article.

First, I can understand your reasoning for “officer only”, however, I would ask you to make an exception for “KR”. He is a highly experienced firearms trainer and knows much about the firearm laws and laws regarding carrying a concealed weapon.

Anywho, I’ll need to take some time to research it. I know the jist of it, but I want to make sure I actually know it, plus it’ll allow me a chance to post reference material.

Thoughts on Wounding factors

Posted in Uncategorized on August 15, 2011 by Jay

I recently got to speak with a surgeon regarding effectiveness of bullets and wounding factors from getting shot, primarly about handguns.

This surgeon, whom we will call Dr. K, said he started as an ER doc in the 70s in Houston, then became a surgeon and remained working in the Houston area in various ERs until the 90s, when he switched and worked for the hospital where I met him. He is into shooting and has his CHL.

Anyway, we got to talking about the effectiveness of handgun rounds. Basically, he said in a nutshell, handgun round sucks. He said the most lethal round in his experience has been buckshot or slugs from shotguns. He said the damage they do is just so enormous it’s hard to repair on the operating table. He said it’s been his experience that most rifle rounds don’t really cause enough damage, unless you are hit more than once with them. Most rifle rounds have a tendency of causing permanant damage through destroying tissue and muscle, in his opinion.

I asked him about the effectiveness of handgun rounds and what caliber he believes in. He laughed and said .45 ACP. He said that most officers and trainers teach the best way to stop a subject is a Central Nervous System (CNS) or to hit the heart/lungs (a.k.a. an A-Zone hit). He said that is a good tried and true method that works, no matter what you shoot. I asked him why he preferred .45 to 9mm or .40.

He simply said “It makes the biggest hole.” I asked him to clarify. Dr. K said the other way to stop a target is by causing the blood pressure to drop enough that blood isn’t delivered to vital organs. He said that without blood flow to the vital organs, it causes the target to fall to the ground. He said if you cause enough big holes the target will bleed to death, and it can happen rather quickly if you hit enough large arteries. He said medically, on the operating table, someone that is full of 9mm holes stands a greater chance of surviving than someone full of .45 holes, even with modern day JHP rounds. He said the larger bullets just simply cause so much damage. He also said because a larger bullet could potentionally take out major blood vessels, arteries, and nerve clusters where a smaller bullet may just take out one of the three.

I’m providing this information based off of what Dr. K said. I’m not saying it’s right, wrong, or indifferent, just saying what his experiences have been operating on people over the years.

PSA from Chris Rock

Posted in Uncategorized on August 3, 2011 by Jay

“How Not to Get Your Ass Kicked by the Police!”

I can’t stop laughing…

Carry Woes

Posted in Uncategorized on August 1, 2011 by Jay

or watch what you do when you carry!

A local PD picked up a guy on DWI. Turns out, the gentleman had a concealed handgun as well. So, not only is he being charged with a Class B Misdemeanor for the DWI, he is also being charged with a Class A Misdemeanor for Unlawful Carrying Weapon (a.k.a. UCW).

But Jay, I thought it was legal in the state of Texas to carry a concealed handgun in your vehicle, even without a CHL?

It is legal. The catch is, the above gentleman broke the law when he decided to get behind the wheel of his vehicle and drive. You see, Texas Penal Code 46.02 UNLAWFUL CARRYING WEAPONS states (I bolded the relevant sections):

Sec. 46.02.  UNLAWFUL CARRYING WEAPONS.  (a)  A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on or about his or her person a handgun, illegal knife, or club if the person is not:

(1)  on the person’s own premises or premises under the person’s control; or

(2)  inside of or directly en route to a motor vehicle that is owned by the person or under the person’s control.

(a-1)  A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on or about his or her person a handgun in a motor vehicle that is owned by the person or under the person’s control at any time in which:

(1)  the handgun is in plain view; or

(2)  the person is:

(A)  engaged in criminal activity, other than a Class C misdemeanor that is a violation of a law or ordinance regulating traffic;

(B)  prohibited by law from possessing a firearm; or

(C)  a member of a criminal street gang, as defined by Section 71.01.

(a-2)  For purposes of this section, “premises” includes real property and a recreational vehicle that is being used as living quarters, regardless of whether that use is temporary or permanent. In this subsection, “recreational vehicle” means a motor vehicle primarily designed as temporary living quarters or a vehicle that contains temporary living quarters and is designed to be towed by a motor vehicle. The term includes a travel trailer, camping trailer, truck camper, motor home, and horse trailer with living quarters.

(b)  Except as provided by Subsection (c), an offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.

(c)  An offense under this section is a felony of the third degree if the offense is committed on any premises licensed or issued a permit by this state for the sale of alcoholic beverages.

So, because the gentleman was DWI (a Class B Misdemeanor), it becomes a UCW charge. Some thing like speeding, fail to indicate turn, headlight out, etc are all Class Cs, which won’t turn into a UCW.

But, driving on a suspended license without insurance…that could easily turn into a UCW charge.

The bottom line is, keep up with your business (i.e. insurance, DL, and tags) and don’t break the law (i.e. DWI, etc), and you’ll be fine. If not, you run the added risk of a UCW charge simply because your a CHL holder and you were carrying.