Sunday, October 22, 2006

Lookin for a house-hold scattergun

So, what to get? I'd like to spend less than $800 for...
  • 12 ga
  • slide action
  • short pull
  • low recoiling
  • weapon-light accepting
  • non-beaded combat sights
  • 18" barrel

With plenty of manufacturers to consider...
I'd love to get a Vang Comp custom, but I think that'd push me over the price limit I was set on.

I gotta say that a lot of tactical options look great, but I'm not SWAT and I need something that my wife can use too. I am hopeful that she can handle a 12 ga, but realize that I might have to consider a 20 ga down the line if she doesn't like the recoil of the larger guage.

So far, I like the Remington 870 Tactical with the SpecOps collapsible stock and the Mossberg 590A1 with ghost ring sights.

I don't believe in "clearning the house"... I just want something for holding out in the bedroom until the cops can come check things out.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Armed teachers

MADISON, Wis. - In the wake of school shootings in Wisconsin, Colorado and Pennsylvania during the last two weeks, a state legislator says he plans to introduce legislation that would allow teachers, principals, administrators and other school personnel to carry concealed weapons.

Rep. Frank Lasee, a Republican, said Wednesday that, while his idea may not be politically correct, it has worked effectively in other countries.

"To make our schools safe for our students to learn, all options should be on the table," he said. "Israel and Thailand have well-trained teachers carrying weapons and keeping their children safe from harm. It can work in Wisconsin."

I am a teacher and I don't think that it would be a bad idea to give people who are willing and properly trained the option to carry a weapon. It would definitely give those who are bent on taking innocent children's lives a second thought before entering a school.

However, what is proper training? It would have to be no less than what SWAT forces receive. To have a teacher fire a weapon and possibly endanger the life of a student is almost unthinkable. I don't see how a good educator has the time to go through that kind of training. I hardly have time for my wife and simple hobies as is.

Proper hardware? CCW for sure. Nobody could know that you were carrying. Ammunition would have be chosen very carefully - over penetration is totally unacceptable. What about tasers? Difficult if some one is using a child as a human shield.

As predictable and interesting as this concept is, I doubt the future of this kind of legislation. The newsgroups are massive flamewars, nobody seems open to a different opinion.