Liberty is being free from the things we don't like in order to be slaves of the things we do like.--Ernest Benn

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Do I Need This For Yacht Racing in California?

I quote from the NRA Catalog:
We want concealed carry to fit around your lifestyle – not the other way around. That’s why we developed the NRAstore™ exclusive Concealed Carry Hooded Sweatshirt. It’s the only garment of its kind we know of! Made from a pre-shrunk, heavyweight 50% cotton / 50% polyester blend, we’ve taken a standard 9 oz. fleece sweatshirt design and added a full-body polyester lining for added warmth, durability, wind resistance and weight distribution. Inside the sweatshirt you’ll find left and right concealment pockets. The included Velcro®-backed holster and double mag pouch can be repositioned inside the pockets for optimum draw. Ideal for carrying your favorite compact to mid-size pistol, the NRA Concealed Carry Hooded Sweatshirt gives you an extra tactical edge, because its unstructured, casual design appears incapable of concealing a heavy firearm – but it does so with ease! Includes drawstring hood, cotton/spandex ribbed cuffs and waistband, two front pouch pockets and a discreet black zipper. Includes one Velcro® holster and one Velcro® mag pouch. Colors: Black, Navy. Made in USA.
Yeah, I think so. I just learned that any yachtsman entitled to carry concealed weapons in Florida can come to California and enjoy the same entitlements. I need to be able to stand and defend my home waters.

11 comments:

  1. I'm staying out of your home waters. You're too old to shoot straight!

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  2. What a country!

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  3. In California our self-defense laws are based on the "Castle Doctrine." The thinking is that a man's house is his castle. If you as a homeowner feels threatened, you can use deadly force to defend yourself inside your home.

    This is different from Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which is much more lenient. Florida, along with 17 other states say you don't have to be protecting your home and you don't have to retreat. Your automobile (or boat) becomes your castle. That means you can go out & around looking for trouble. That means every fender-bender can become a potential shoot out between self-anointed vigilantes.

    This is more like our America in 1881. This should not be our culture or custom in the 21st century.

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  4. Call me a closet redneck but I am essentially okay with the "Castle Doctrine." Anyone breaking into my house in the middle of the night will be on the receieving end of a Sig Sauer P226. Now on the other hand as someone who lives in a "Stand Your Ground" state the very concept to me is proof that the United States of America is probably a lost cause.

    While there are exceptions whites folks around here are scared of evil liberals and minorities hiding in the shadows, the terrorist boogeyman under the bed, and Satan out to eat their newborn babies. I truly wish I was overstating the case but fear is what gives meaning to these peoples lives. Deep down these white folks long for the world of the 1950's when they were on top of the social order and those below knew their proper places.

    Since that world is gone they dream of a politcal superhero (Frothy Rick or megalomanical Newty) that could bring it back or they make plans for a racial doomsday when the evil minorties come to kill the men and rape their wives and daughters. Doomsday calls for guns and insane pitchmen like Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh, and scores of others that tell the fearful masses what they want to hear.

    My view on this stuff is obviously skewed because I live around the asylum inmates, I hope in other places where rational thought is not viewed as socialistic thinking the situation is different. America is not the place it was back in the 1950's and until some sort of nationwide realization of that fact hits it is my view we will edge ever closer to an abyss no sane person wants to think about.

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  5. Your hearth & home are your castle. But not your car & truck. If you're afraid to go out, you should probably be better off staying home.

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    1. The big what-if question in this case is what would have happened if Trayvon Martin had been carrying?

      This case is also about racial profiling which is alive and well. Look what happened with this New Jersey case in the Supreme Court yesterday!

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  6. To take this therapeutic discussion back to where I started it (on the water), I recall reading of an incident I read about on the Internet more than 15 years ago. This was B.G. (Before Google), so I guess that's why I haven't been able to Google it up and reference it. Perhaps I read about it in Scuttlebutt.

    It occurred on the east coast during a major collegiate Laser championship. In the critical final race of the day, two lasers T-Boned each other and became entangled. One irate Ivy-Leaguer walked off his boat on to the other's and proceeded to punch him out. Ivy-Leaguer, as I recall, was disqualified from any competition for the remainder of his collegiate career.

    I recall this simply because physical (combative) confrontations in regattas are rare; it has just stuck in my mind.

    This column was born out of my general frustration of the NRA's reckless sponsorship of open and concealed carry laws which, I believe, is responsible for this Florida case being tried in the media and not in the courts.

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  7. I really don't see the need for it but that's just me. Why would I want to carry while I am doing everything on my boat? I keep mine under the sink in the galley. Bullets in two different spots. Its just me and my wife out on the boat usually, so small children are not an issue with guns on board. I also agree Doc, this type of marketing/sponsorship by the NRA leads to instances such as the most recent one in Florida. Again, I see this as more of an inconvenience than anything else.

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    1. Nice comment. I checked out your site! Left a comment.

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  8. For the record, I have signed this petition to tell Washington not to Give Dangerous Vigilantes A Nationwide Free Pass!

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