“Gravity Violence”

The gun prohibitionists like to conflate suicide death by firearm as “gun violence.” Suicide, whatever the instrument, is sad occurrence and can be devastating to those left behind. Today on the Senate floor, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was railing about “gun violence” (sic) and was inflating the numbers as usual. Emily Miller pointed out the hypocrisy of Facebook in not forcing posts of Schumer’s speech to give attribution for these numbers.

My friend Tim Glance of Old Grouch’s Military Surplus fame pointed out the absurdity of referring to suicide by firearm as “gun violence” since no other means used to kill oneself is characterized that way.

Do the same people that label suicides “gun violence” also label people jumping off bridges or buildings as “gravity violence”?

Is overdosing “pharmaceutical violence”?

Is hanging yourself “cordage violence”?

Since it’s not you can see right away the dishonesty in the narrative.

As Tim noted to me in a message when I asked permission to quote him, asking if all suicide is violence shuts down those who are argue that suicide by firearm is “gun violence.”

If you are thinking of ending your life, please get help. There are a lot of good groups out there like Walk The Talk America, the American Society for Suicide Prevention, and Forefront Suicide Prevention. There is also the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255.

I’m Proud Of My Local Military Surplus Store

I’ve written in the past about Old Grouch Military Surplus. They are my local military surplus store and harken back to the days when surplus stores were just that. On Tuesday, they took a stand in support of the gun owners of New York who just had their Second Amendment rights trampled upon.

In support of our customers in the state of New York, effective today we are cancelling all orders to any state or municipal government agency customers in the New York and will accept no more. While we can’t stop the trampling of rights that is occurring there, we certainly can make sure we don’t assist in it in any way going forward.

They do a substantial mail order business and are one of the only places to find some items. I’m proud of their stand and I hope the majority of firearms manufacturers will emulate Tim’s approach – or as others have called it, the Barrett approach in honor of Ronnie Barrett’s stand against California and their .50 BMG ban.

Osama bin Laden Is Dead Sale

My favorite surplus store, Old Grouch’s Military Surplus, is having a sale to celebrate U.S. forces taking out bin Laden. Here is what they posted on Facebook.

Some have said we shouldn’t cheer Osamas death. Screw that, our Bin Laden is Dead Sale starts now-15% off “infidel” is the coupon code.

No limits, no restrictions, 15% off every purchase on the website, or in the store if you mention the sale when you checkout!

Please share with your friends and spread the word, lets celebrate in proper decadent western capitalist pig style!

The sale goes on for one week. You can access their store website here.

Real Military Surplus Stores

When I was a kid, Army-Navy stores were common and they were filled with surplus items from WWII and Korea. Since it was before the Gun Control Act of 1968 you even found racks of old Mausers and Springfields full of cosmoline. If you wanted to play Army (how un-PC is that!), they had all the stuff you needed.

Today it is rare to find a real military surplus stores that has actual surplus items and not crap made in China. Usually the closest they come to surplus is selling ribbons, medals, and insignia for wannabe SEALS and other “SpecOps Operators.”

I am fortunate that I have a real military surplus store little more than 5 miles from my house. The Old Grouch’s Military Surplus sells the real thing whether it is surplus USMC motorcycles, wooden practice shells for a 3″ naval gun, or an Alice pack. You keep going back because you just never know what they will somehow lay their hands on. They are located in beautiful downtown Clyde, NC, population 1,324. The store is right across from an old naval gun that is the town’s war memorial as you can see in the picture below.

Thanks to the second generation in the business, the Old Grouch’s son Tim, they now have both a blog and an online presence. They even have a Facebook page! If you are some of the more unusual surplus items along with the common stuff, I suggest giving them a try. If you are ever visiting western North Carolina, drop in to see what a real military surplus store looks like.

Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast just put out a video review of surplus Italian Army alpine rucksacks sold by Old Grouch’s. I have one of the bunch that they sold earlier minus the assault pack. I concur with Jack that they are well made.