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.
April 6, 2015 at 8:30pm
Under federal law, it is already illegal for most of those people to even OWN a firearm and has been since 1968. Read the questions on an ATF form 4473 and you’ll see that most of those people are already considered prohibited and are not allowed to even be in possession of a firearm.
April 6, 2015 at 8:23pm
It used to be called a “Pager Pal” and they work VERY well with any form of reasonably loose pants. I used to carry at work while wearing shorts. No one ever knew that I had a loaded 9mm on me, even in the summer.
 April 6, 2015 at 8:21pm
My concealed carry instructor is a pastor and carries every day, including at services.
 April 6, 2015 at 8:20pm
Every time someone claims that something is fool proof, God laughs and produces a new and improved bigger fool to prove the inventor wrong.
April 6, 2015 at 8:14pm
Please tell me that you do not consider yourself knowledgeable about firearms. I happen to have had numerous double action handguns over the years and every single truly double action one had both a hammer and a safety. Now there are striker fired semi automatic handguns that are called double action, or double action only that don’t have hammers or safeties. These include the Glocks, Kahrs and a number of others. They are not actually double action in the classic sense as they have to be manually cocked if there is a misfire, just as if they were a single action like a 1911. An actual double action semi automatic handgun self ***** when you squeeze the trigger whether the pistol is at half **** (like a Glock or Kahr) or all the way down as if the round failed to fire. Examples of this type of handgun would be a CZ-75, Sig 226, or a Beretta 84 or 92 series pistol or clones of any of these.
The striker fired handguns are not inherently safer than a normal semi automatic as is evidenced by the number of NYPD officers who accidentally shot themselves while holstering their Glocks when they were first issued. While holstering a sidearm with your finger on the trigger is NEVER a good idea, doing it with a pistol that has no manual safeties to prevent the handgun from firing if the trigger is depresses is NOT inherently safer than doing it with one that does. You can pull the trigger all that you want on my Beretta 84 F with the safety on and absolutely nothing will happen.