I can answer that for you in three words. Age and Alcohol Consumption. Officers and NCOs tend to be a little older and more mature than your basic recruit. It simply isn’t wise for an 18 yr old away from home (and possibly drinking illegally) for the first time to be living in a barracks with firearms at hand. Officers and NCOs tend to be older and hopefully mature enough to be responsible enough to not let their emotions, especially when intoxicated, to over rule good sense when dealing with a firearm. Of course, we also had officers who were so lacking in proficiency with their issued weapon that they weren’t even capable of disassembling it for cleaning. I had to teach people who out ranked me how to disassemble their 1911s for cleaning.
 July 19, 2015 at 12:50am
My real concern at this point is who has our backs when the politicians turn the police (and possibly the military) on the people? While the actions of the politicians would be unconstitutional, that hasn’t seemed to have stopped them lately.
 July 15, 2015 at 9:38pm
Like I was explaining to a woman on the phone today, military training is dangerous. When I was in during the mid 80s, every single monthly rotation to the National Training Center at Ft Irwin had resulted in one or more fatalities for over 3 years. We had three people killed during our training cycle. I’ve got a messed up knee and a slowly degenerating neck from injuries while in the military. You don’t have to go to combat to get severely injured. We had two soldiers fall asleep at the wheel of a truck and roll it down a hill. Luckily it was one of the OshKosh HMTT with a four point safety harness. They escaped any injury to anything but their pride and the motor sergeant pulled the truck back onto it wheels, started it up and drove it back to the motor pool for repairs.
 July 15, 2015 at 9:32pm
We had to bury one of our NCOs on the same day that the unit bowling team had leagues. The other team was a bit upset that myself and a staff sergeant were buying the team a round on virtually every frame. One made the mistake of opening her big mouth to my now ex-wife. She let them know in no uncertain terms, that bowling was NOT our most important responsibility that day, burying a comrade killed in an accident had been. The other team got VERY silent about our less than sober efforts the rest of the night.
 July 15, 2015 at 9:27pm
If you are talking about USAA, you need to do some research. You could probably NOT get coverage from USAA. Until recently it was ONLY available to military officers, advanced military cadets, and their descendents. It is what is called a reciprocal insurance company and was founded by 5 military officers who didn’t want to pay the high prices of commercial insurance. A few years ago they decided to allow non commissioned officers and their descendents to join as well. When they talk about how the right to join was EARNED during a particular military engagement, they are simply stating that those people who enjoy coverage from USAA were not handed it, someone, somewhere earned them that right. Much like the founding fathers and members of the Continental Army earned our freedom for us. Unfortunately, that freedom is far too undervalued by far too many people in this country. My gun safe has a magnet on it that says, “For those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor that the protected will never know.” BTW, I’ve had my insurance through USAA for over 30 years.
June 21, 2015 at 1:12am
Actually it does in the taxation rate, the utilities rates, and the union shops. All of which raises the cost of production. Union blackmail is the primary reason why Colt didn’t go to CNC machining over a decade ago. The UAW (who represents the machinists and gunsmiths) threatened to go on strike if Colt updated their machinery to cut costs. Instead of losing a handful of jobs, Colt was forced to eliminate their entire double action revolver line and ended up killing of hundreds. Colt Pythons are beautiful weapons (I’ve had three of them) but they are labor intensive to produce, unless you produce the basic parts on metal injection molding and CNC equipment. Then you can produce them at a cost on par with a comparable S&W revolver, but with higher quality. The UAW was against the equipment upgrade because it would allow fewer machinists to produce the basic parts while keeping the same number of gunsmiths busy assembling the weapons.
There were a number of articles about things that went wrong in Colt that caused the company to file chapter 11 back in 2000. The story that I just mentioned was from one of them. Other problems included Colt’s lack of responsiveness to the civilian market for items like high capacity double action handguns, compact revolvers and even 22 pistols. Colt had sold 22 pistols in the past, but had discontinued them. The later brought out one that was outsourced from someone else. It was a nice gun but only on the market for a short period.
[-1] June 10, 2015 at 10:00pm
We had a catcher try to block the base path repeatedly in one pony league game. I got around him without much problem because he was too busy trying to catch the guy who was following me on the base paths. That runner on the other hand simply lowered his head and inserted his batting helmet into the guys upper left chest snapping his collar bone. End of his blocking the plate for a few months.
Our team scored back to back unearned runs that inning. I walked, got the pitcher to balk and then stole third and eventually home. The next guy walked, stole second, third and home. That catcher was having a bad day all the way around.
She is NOT BLOCKING! She left the path for the runners and the RUNNER clip HER
 April 18, 2015 at 9:23pm
Only in the same states that have strict laws against defending yourself. In Arizona, virtually anything that stops the bad guy is legal.
 April 18, 2015 at 9:21pm
There are some highly intelligent and well educated entertainers. They just happen to not be the ones that get involved in political discussions that they are not qualified to discuss. The girl who plays Amy on “Big Bang Theory” actually has a PhD in the field she portrays on the show. Dolph Lundgren has a Masters in Chemical Engineering from MIT. Mira Sorvino has (IIRC) a Masters or PhD in East Asian Studies. Notice how none of them try to pretend to be experts on political topics?
 April 18, 2015 at 9:16pm
I’ll happily dial 911 AFTER I dial 9mm. I just hope that I don’t have to make either call more than once.
No police cruiser on the planet travels in excess of 1200 feet per second like a good hollow point.
 April 13, 2015 at 9:48pm
I work with doctors wanting to know what benefits medicaid recipients are eligible for in a number of states and I can tell you that Medicaid benefits are far superior on virtually every level to what our VA benefits are. Need glasses? Half of the states will pay for an exam and a new pair of glasses every other year. Need dental work? No problem most of that basic stuff is fully covered with no deductible or co pay. Need a ride to the doctor? They’ll pick you up and drive you to the doctor a few times a year. Seldom a copay and never a deductible.
If you’re a veteran, you have to go to the VA hospital if it is less than 60 miles away. You get 2 appointments a year and have to drive yourself. Got a job? Expect to pay a co payment (flat amount per visit), or a co share (a percentage of the overall cost of the procedure.) Want to go to a doctor of YOUR choosing? Not unless you’re paying for it. VA doesn’t cover that. Medicaid will cover any doctor that will accept their ridiculously low payment rates.
It truly shows the priorities of this country when lifelong Medicaid parasites who have given nothing to this country are treated better than the veterans who have given nearly everything for it.
I am IN the VA system for 10 years. Except for dental work you are ALL wrong. It is very hard to find docs that take medicaid and I live next to a very large city. Meds are almost nothing. The VA system is far from perfect but the people I deal with are great. The big wigs and retaliation are a huge problem and has never been fixed.
 April 13, 2015 at 9:35pm
So two guys who were not going to see the light of day until they were senior citizens offed two other guys who were either convicted of first degree murder or of conspiring to commit first degree murder and we’re supposed to be upset about this? The taxpayers of California should be donating a dollar each to the commissary accounts of these two for saving them the cost of incarcerating the two worthless wastes of skin.
 April 11, 2015 at 9:06pm
I recently took my concealed carry permit shooting test and smoked it. I practice dry firing almost daily using snap caps. I had a Tristar c-100 that I had never fired with live rounds but still shot a tighter group than people with much more expensive weapons because my trigger control and over sight alignment were better.
 April 11, 2015 at 9:01pm
In many states the cost of getting a concealed carry permit is excessive. At around $300 for non veterans, carrying a firearm in Texas is impossible legally for those who can’t afford it.
 April 11, 2015 at 8:58pm
A threat, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. In states where the view of openly carried weapons is not the norm, people feel threatened. In Arizona where they have had open carry since before becoming a state over 100 years ago, the sight of someone openly carrying a firearm is almost ignored by anyone but the tourists and new arrivals.
 April 10, 2015 at 1:21am
The Pizza Hut in Woodbury NJ used to have a sign in their restaurant that the company’s main priority was their employees’ happiness. That way the employees’ main priority was keeping the customers happy. That was the BEST Pizza Hut I ever ate in. The service was fast, courteous and friendly. Even if you were there for the lunch buffet, your glass was never empty for more than a few seconds before you were getting a refill. Your dirty plates were removed before you got back with your next plate of food.
 April 10, 2015 at 1:17am
They haven’t found out about the openings in the various government agencies that can’t be bothered to even check resumes. Look at the EPA. They were hiring people for decades without even verifying their resumes. Then they were paying them double the national average in salary because it would be too hard to find someone with their qualifications, even though many had no special qualifications.
 April 10, 2015 at 1:13am
I get the same thing all too often at Braums. I love their burgers, but 40% of the time I have to return to the counter with a handful of onions and a receipt that says “NO ONIONS”. I get serious stomach irritation from raw onions, so I ALWAYS tell them NO ONIONS. The last time I walked up to the counter and showed them the receipt and asked what it said about onions. I then showed them the onions and asked why they were on my burger. I then told them that it was a good thing I didn’t have a serious food allergy to onions wasn’t it?
 April 10, 2015 at 1:08am
When fast food starts paying $15/hour, I’ll show them how to truly use the phrase “Would you like fries with that?”. My add on sales were so high at one retailer I worked for that every time I waited on a customer the Manager and Assistant Manager would say in unison after the customer left “Would you like fries with that?”. When I got my own store to manage a few months later, I averaged a better than 50% sales gain every month simply by adding an extra item or two to every sale. When your bonus check is dependent on sales increases, you do what it takes to increase sales.
April 6, 2015 at 8:37pm
They had a dealer leave his personal sidearm on the table and an idiot helper handed it to a customer without checking to insure it wasn’t loaded. The not so bright customer proceeded to discharge a round that hit a door frame and sent shrapnel out that injured two to three people including a small child. This was at a gun show in Mesa in 2008. Virtually every gun show has people checking weapons to insure that they are unloaded and then zip tie the action open so that they can’t be loaded or fired. The problem you run into at the gun check table is that there are so many types of firearms, including older ones with defective safeties that almost anything can happen. I had a buddy get a CZ-52 at a gun show that when he went to fire it, it went runaway on him. It turned out that it had a broken firing pin that had wedged in the firing pin hole. He replaced the firing pin and was very happy with it after the fact, but he bought machined stainless firing pins for them any time that he bought one of them in the future.