Bump stocks and the Las Vegas shooter

Bump stocks 101. Or how to shoot a shitload of people without breaking a sweat.

I’ve been talking to people who were wondering just how in the Hell that lunatic -here in Las Vegas- managed to shoot that many people, at one time.

  • So, first we have approximately 22 thousand people packed together at an open air concert. –Aka: shooting fish in a barrel.
  • Next we have a room with a view. –32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay.
  • Then we have a gun show in town, so nobody thought it was weird that some guy brought a shit load of firearms to his room
  • And lastly; “Apparently,” he looked and acted like any other hotel patron. He had no known history of mental illness. He had no connections to any known death-to-America groups. And he didn’t show any outward changes in speech or behavior.

As a general rule, Jihadist will usually follow a pattern. They post on message boards, they send final letters to friends and family, and they follow radical teachings. etc. But this guy is the thing of nightmares. He blended in perfectly. He was white, he had enough money to be able to gamble regularly, and he passed any background checks with flying colors.

Sure he had 2 out of 23 rifles fitted with bump stocks, but the truth is, when shooting into a crowd of that size, the number of people wounded or killed would have been lower, but not that much lower, if he had brought 23 fully loaded lever action rifles. There simply isn’t any way to evacuate that many warm bodies without leaving them exposed for way too long.

But on to what will be blamed for the entire awful mess.

The now infamous bump stock.

Here’s how they work:
Bump stock animation

You pull the trigger and hold your finger in the pull position, while the stock slides back and forth, resetting the trigger and allowing the rifle to continue firing. It takes a bit of practice, but then it’s kind of cool. (Providing you can afford to feed the beast, at two full 30 round magazines a minute.)

These are NOT illegal. ATF has decided that these stocks, in spite of firing 45 – 60 rounds per minute, do not convert a rifle to an automatic weapon, because there is no change to the firing mechanism.

The problem is simple: It’s not about bump fire stocks, semi-auto rifles, hi-cap mags, or even gun control.

It’s about mental illness, social pressures, and all the problems that come from an over crowded planet leaving too many people in too small an area.

Have you ever noticed how rude the folks in the really crowded cities are? Well guess what. If you crowd rats together like that they develop the same problems. Only humans tend to do it voluntarily.

Get used to it folks. It’s only going to get worse.

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What’s that? You want to write a blog post today? But you don’t know where to begin?

Is writer’s block winning? Have you run out of ideas? Does your head feel like it’s going to explode?
Would you rather be cleaning the bathroom?
Monse's cleavage

Well, maybe these fill-in-the-blank suggestions will give you that kick in the pants to get you writing again. –If not, at least your bathroom will be clean.

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Ain’t it amazing how many of these can be completed with the words blog, fuck or sex?

Bermuda Grass is pretty much unkillable

Bermuda grass growing up through the cracks and taking over the patio.
bermuda grass in patio

When I started the grass was a foot high in places, so I used a weed whacker to bring it down to a manageable height. I wouldn’t say there was a lot of grass, but I had to use a garden rake to pile it up because the broom just couldn’t cut it.

As you can see, I didn’t finish the cleanup because it started raining.

This was a typical desert thunderstorm, lots of wind, noise, lightning and pouring rain. A series of storms were blowing through so it gave me an excuse not to continue. –Like I need an excuse to stop working.

When I went inside the grass was scraped down to the level of the cement. So I was not a happy camper when I looked out this morning and saw this bright green grass showing me who was the boss.

I give up. Cutting Bermuda is just pissing into the wind. So I trotted down to the nursery looking for something to kill it.

At least they had the good manners not to laugh out loud, but the bottom line is that I’m going to have to give it multiple treatments, and then the best I can hope for is to control it.

I’ll give glyphosate a try, but plan B is swimming pool acid.

Unemployed and Trying to Adjust

Okay, so I’m not adjusting well to being unemployed. I really need the money, but I haven’t been looking. I guess I really did need a break.

The first week I did nothing except watch TV and re-read Anton Chekhov’s short stories. Which is odd, because I still maintain a handful of websites and I’m supposed to be writing for five blogs. Three blogs are mine, so I couldn’t care less, but I’m a guest blogger on the other two and that should matter. It doesn’t, but it should.

As I said, I haven’t done squat. Hell, I’ve been so lazy that I haven’t even gone online and applied for unemployment. (I guess I’ll do that in a few minutes.)

In spite of having some money in the bank –weird for me–, I need some more income. But the one job offer that’s still good is from a guy who doesn’t always pay on time. Everyone else who said they could get me a job were just wasting oxygen. All talk-talk, no go-go.

I have been cleaning house, but I’m still at the stage where the mess I’ve created is bigger than the one I was trying to clean up. I know it will work out in the long run, but the biggest pile is, “where the hell do I put this?”

I spent this morning researching blogging and writing, trying to find inspiration, or at least something I didn’t already know. It’s funny that everyone of the blogging sites I’ve visited says you need a “call to action.” How about “SEND MONEY NOW!!!” That’s what they all say. No? You say it’s overused. It’s been done to death? –Oh well, Fuck It.

As far as writing goes, I spend an awful lot of time on Pinterest saving things to my various writing boards. You know, it’s amazing how much “good advice” there is out there and how much it helps me avoid actually writing.

Am I the only one that finds strange that most of these pins lead to sites that offer to teach you all about writing, being written by authors who have nothing published except the occasional howto book on writing?

At any rate, they say my blog needs a theme. How about, “retirement, how not to do it.”

They also say I need pictures. Okay, here’s your picture. –Sorry. No naked women this time.

(The moon taken in daytime and processed with Adobe Photoshop.)

Moving Shit, Finding Gemological Stuff

I’ve been moving shit around, trying to get organized, but mostly making a huge mess, while I try to sort and organize everything.

I found this foam box buried under a bunch of canvas bags full of stuff I was saving. (I hadn’t looked in any of them in several years, but it was all “good stuff.” –Really it was.)
Hard foam box

 

At any rate, I pulled it out and put together the device inside.
desktop spectroscope

It’s a desktop gemological spectroscope, by the International School of Gemology that I bought but never used.

 

I found it on eBay, so I guess someone else started learning, got all excited about the toys, and never finished the course. Or, like me, bought a bunch of tools, and then found out that they didn’t need all this fancy equipment for day to day dealings.

Ah, well. Back to it. I’ve got a bunch more “good shit” to sort through, including more gemological tools that haven’t seen the light of day in years.