SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. Political correctness strikes once again, this time attacking the heros of the Alamo.
Another Wrongful Death
In a nearly unbelievable story coming out of Dallas, a police officer shot and killed a man in his own apartment. The police officer entered her apartment only to find another man there. Alarmed, she drew her weapon and shot him. The problem is that she had entered the wrong apartment. The apartment actually belonged to the man she shot. The Dallas Police initially investigated it as just another officer involved in a shooting, but as the facts started appearing, they asked the Texas rangers to participate in the investigation to avoid any conflict of interest. The officer is being tested for drug/alcohol and a manslaughter warrant was being sought.
You Should Know the Difference
A Connecticut woman accidentally blew her hand off and was hospitalized. Apparently, there was a power outage and the family didn’t have any backup source of light. They even tried to visit the giant orange big box store, but it was already closed. That’s when the family realized that the prior owners of the house had left a couple of candles in their basement. Upon retrieving one of the “candles” and lighting it, the woman discovered that they weren’t candles the hard way. I’ve never seen a candle that resembled a stick of dynamite, but I guess there is a first time for everything. Thankfully no one else was hurt. There is another comment buried in this article that is also disturbing. “Surrounding homes in the area were also searched as a precaution.” Wait, you mean if my neighbor does something stupid, they have the right to search my home too? I think not!
Reader DSV sent in this article about an absurd proposal by a school advisory board. One of the most inspiring stories taught in schools in Texas is that of the Alamo. The story is deeply embedded in Texans fiercely independent nature. A small band of heroes holding out against all odds, fighting a much larger military force in a bid for an independent state. While ultimately losing the battle, the incident served as a call to arms and Texas eventually won their independence from Mexico. Now the advisory board wants teachers and schools to quit calling them heroes. The advisory board complains that the story is over simplified to the Mexicans being bad guys and the white guys are the good guys. In other words, they want to be politically correct. Thankfully, the independent spirit is still alive and kicking. The governor of Texas is fuming over the proposal.
Single Stack Pistols
Reader T.J. sent in another video from Reid Henrichs of Valor Ridge on carrying single stack pistols. The fear is that you will run out of ammo in a gun fight. That is an understandable fear, but he quotes Tom Givens in answer: “You will run out of time before you run out of ammo and misses take up the most time.” The issue isn’t one of running out of ammo, but rather one of marksmanship. For years, those who carried only carried six to eight rounds and they did fine. How many times have you heard of a police shooting where nearly a hundred rounds are expended, the perpetrator gets shot a couple of times and many bystanders are shot by the police? Most of the rounds fired a clear misses and who knows where they are going! This isn’t the military where laying down covering fire is an actual strategy to make the other guy keep his head down. Gun control equals a firm grim on your firearm and actually hitting what you are aiming at.
Reader D.S. sent in this article showing yet another reason why the educational system in America is morally bankrupt. This time a Harvard professor is attempting to prove that merit-based admissions policy reproduce inequality. The professor claims that white students reluctantly agree with affirmative action as long as it benefits them. She is also displeased that the students she interviewed for her research as motivated by “self-interest” rather than her particular brand of social justice. It’s worth noting that neither the professor nor the school responded to questions by Campus Reform.
Reader DSV sent in this excellent article that answers the question about the “well armed militia” clause in the Constitution. Who are they? As it turns out, the liberal/progressive claim that the states National Guard is not what the founding fathers had in mind. In fact, the National Guard is considered what the founding fathers would have called the “select militia” and they took a very dim view of the concept. They saw very little difference between a “select militia” and a standing army. This is an excellent read.
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