Robert Mugabe’s death: too late to undo the damage he caused

I can’t help feeling at least some pleasure at the news that Robert Mugabe, former dictator of Zimbabwe, has shuffled off this mortal coil.  He was personally responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of his people, and transformed Zimbabwe from a flourishing economy, the breadbasket of Africa, to a famine-stricken wreck of a country.  As former Rhodesians were wont to say cynically, “People used to come to Rhodesia to see the Zimbabwe Ruins.  Now they come to Zimbabwe to see the ruins of Rhodesia.”  That was, overwhelmingly, Mugabe’s doing. My friend Lawdog has written a less restrained farewell to Robert Mugabe.  He doesn’t mince

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A new favorite deep concealment pistol – Glock’s 43X

Over the years I’ve tested most of the smaller, more concealable pistols to reach the market, with particular emphasis on ease of handling and concealment by partly disabled shooters.  Almost all of them were comparable in terms of magazine capacity, available calibers and cartridges, accuracy, and so on.  My ultimate criteria was always ergonomics;  how well did the pistol fit the hands, grip and physical capabilities of the shooter?  Since there are so many variations in shooters, I couldn’t say that any one model was better than another across the board.  My personal choice for several years was Springfield’s XDS model, which fit

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Refugees as an instrument of international blackmail

Having mismanaged its relationship with Turkey for decades, including paying a “subsidy” of billions of Euros to that country to persuade it to stop allowing Syrian and other “refugees” to flood into Europe, that continent is once again learning (the hard way) the lesson taught so well by Rudyard Kipling:  “If once you have paid him the Dane-geld, you never get rid of the Dane“. Reuters reports: Over a dozen migrant boats landed on Greece’s Lesbos island within minutes of each other on Thursday in the first such mass arrival from neighboring Turkey in three years, officials said, prompting Greece to summon Turkey’s ambassador.

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Walmart, guns, and safety

I note that Walmart has announced new restrictions on the sale of firearms and ammunition, and has asked its customers not to open-carry their firearms, even in states where this is legal. I have no problem with Walmart making whatever decisions are best for its business.  That’s entirely within the company’s purview.  What troubles me about these restrictions is that they’re public relations window-dressing.  They won’t actually do anything to solve the problem of the misuse of firearms for criminal purposes.  They’re feel-good measures, not actually do-good steps.  The Babylon Bee highlighted the difference in its usual masterly satirical way. In a bold move intended

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Avoid Mexico unless you absolutely have no choice but to go there

It looks like Mexico’s cartel wars are flaring up again, even more deadly than before – and its new government isn’t doing much to stop them. Mexico’s drug war appears to be back — and it may be worse this time around than in the bloody years of the government’s 2006-2012 offensive against drug cartels. Back then, the worst of the violence was confined to a few cities. Now it is spread out throughout the country. Once it was not uncommon for gangs to kill adults but leave children unharmed. Now, the killing of children alongside their parents has become all

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Ebola: just like I’ve been sayin’

Strategy Page brings us the latest on the Ebola epidemic in the Congo.  I’ve bolded and underlined a few key sentences that reinforce what I’ve been saying for months. In early August Congolese government health officials publicly stated what everyone suspected: many doctors and health care workers believe the medical relief effort is identifying only half of Congo’s Ebola virus (Ebola hemorrhagic fever) cases. That meant the current epidemic that began in August 2018, could continue another three years. During August 2019 the government and WHO (World Health Organization) confirmed the virus has spread from Ituri and North Kivu provinces to a third Congo

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Follow-up links on self defense in a mass shooting situation

Courtesy of more than one reader, here are some links with additional information to go with the three articles I posted earlier about personal security in an era of mass shootings: Personal safety during a mass shooting Everywhere is a potential danger zone – so prepare accordingly Ammunition selection for small handguns Greg Ellifritz wrote two articles some years ago that directly address some of the same issues.  I recommend both to your attention: “Mouse Gun” Gelatin Testing Results Stop Worrying About Overpenetration! I note that both articles confirm my preference for my standard .38 Special and .380 ACP loads,

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Ammunition selection for small handguns

Following my blog post yesterday morning on the selection of concealable firearms, I had a number of comments and e-mails about my ammunition recommendations for .38 Special snubnose revolvers.  I said that I used Buffalo Bore’s full wadcutter load.  I was criticized for this, because it’s not an expanding load (i.e. a hollow point or soft point bullet), and therefore might lead to overpenetration. Folks, there’s a very important point to remember.  Bullet expansion is a function of two things:  bullet velocity and target composition.  The last factor is something we can’t control, except by aim, and even that isn’t guaranteed.  If you shoot someone in the

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Everywhere is a potential danger zone – so prepare accordingly

After the recent mass shootings in Gilroy, El Paso and Dayton, one thing should have become clear to every American:  there are no “safe spaces” in which shootings will not occur.  Anywhere can be chosen by some deranged maniac or warped, twisted deviant to express his feelings by shooting a few (or a few dozen) people. That being the case, the question arises of personal preparedness for such events.  I’ve addressed personal safety concerns in a previous blog post.  This morning I’d like to address the need to be armed and ready to defend ourselves and our loved ones.  This article is directed primarily at those readers who

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A snappy answer to a stupid question

As usual after any mass shooting tragedy, the anti-gunners have been spouting their propaganda once more, including the tired old canard “Who needs a 100-round magazine?”  It makes for a cute sound bite, but has little or nothing to do with reality – particularly because most shooters can change magazines pretty quickly when necessary (as we’ll see below), rendering the question moot. Congressional representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky had a great answer to that question. Nicely put, sir! I don’t have any very-large-capacity magazines for my rifles, because I’ve found too many cases where they jam or cause problems.  That’s not to say there

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