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The AR-15 is Not the Problem – New Laws are Not the Solution

With all the talk about Guns lately, specifically the AR-15, I have some thoughts about this.


First off, let’s clarify what we are talking about when we talk about the AR-15.  The AR-15 stands for “Armalite Rifle model 15”.  It is (in it’s stock form) a 223 caliber (same as a 22 rifle with a bit more powder behind the bullet) SEMI-automatic ( 1 trigger pull, one bullet comes out) rifle that LOOKS like it’s military counterpart, the M-16.   That is where the problem is.   The M-16 A1 was a FULL automatic (meaning machine gun) select fire gun.  The A2, A3 and A4 are 3 round burst or Full Auto select fire weapons.  (meaning pull the trigger and 3 rounds come out) The AR-15 is NOT an Assault Rifle.  It just looks like one.  There are many less military looking rifles out there that do EXACTLY the same thing and in more powerful calibers.  So banning the AR-15 is not going to help. Period.

M16A4 selector

Second, Banning ANYTHING just makes it slightly more difficult to get.  Criminals and crazies will find a way if that is what they really want.  Otherwise, they will just pick something else to kill with.  They already do not follow laws. Why would they follow one or two more laws?  Look at all the car and knife attacks that happen world-wide with no guns involved.

M16A1 (Old school)

Third, The AR-15 is not a particularly great rifle.  It’s ok, and highly customizable (but hard to convert to full-auto) but it’s not any better than a bunch of other deer rifles and I would argue not as good.  Just so you know that I do know what I’m talking about, I spent 9 years in the USAF with the M-16A1 (full auto) as my main duty weapon (along with the M-9 pistol).  It was good, easy to carry around, light, seemed to work every time we shot, which is the point.  Think of this… The government buys things, including guns, on a lowest-bidder system.  SO, the M-16 was the result of the lowest bidder.  Meaning, there are better guns out there that cost more.

AR15 Selector (note: No Auto or burst)

Now that we are talking about the same thing,  Banning the AR because of it’s looks is just like banning Corvettes because they look fast or banning Lemon-lime soda.  Sort of pointless.

Personally, I don’t really have a want or need for an AR-15.  I have the guns I want and need for my use of guns.  I have my carry pistols covered.  I have a deer rifle (but do not hunt) and a shotgun.  I’m happy with that. BUT, what I worry about is if we let the government ban a type of gun.  Then the next time something happens, they will want to ban that type of gun and before long, we won’t’ be able to have guns.   The slippery slope argument.

I don’t have a problem with better background checks and background checks for private sales and gun shows as long as it’s not hard to expensive to do. A reasonable fee and non-cumbersome process would be just fine with me.  We already have laws that cover who shouldn’t get guns. We need to enforce them. Not make up new ones.  Changing the age limit to buy guns wouldn’t really bother me but it wouldn’t helped in most mass-shootings because most of the shooters either were over 21 or got their guns in another way.

Magazine capacity is not the problem either.   With 10 round magazines and a skilled shooter, they can still get a crap-load of bullets down range.

In other words, this knee-jerk reaction to a tragedy is not going to help anyone.  Just like airline security, it’s just a feel good thing but doesn’t really do much for real safety.

What is the solution?  I haven’t got a clue.  Sorry, I don’t, but what has been proposed is not it.  I do know that much.

NASCAR 2018 Season Starts

As I write this, the pre-race coverage of the Daytona 500 is going on. I’m looking forward to a new season of NASCAR racing.

A lot of people think it’s funny that I would like NASCAR. Even I think it’s a bit strange, but what can I say? I really do enjoy the stories and stats from the races. There are a lot of underlying stories that get told off the track. The personalities involved on this type of “sport” are very colorful.

I’m a fan of Kyle Busch (#18 Toyota). I also like Brad Keselowski (#2 Ford), Chase Elliott (#9 Chevy), Denny Hamlin (#11 Toyota) and a few others. The only racer that I don’t like (and when I say I don’t like I really mean I just don’t want to see him win, but as a person I’m sure he’s fine) is Jimmy Johnson (#48 Chevy). Jimmy has a nickname in our house. Jimmy F##king Johnson 🙂 It’s just that he has been so successful over the years that I’m ready to see others win.

This year we will be missing Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth and Danica Patrick. There are a ton of rookies and younger drivers coming up this year and it will be very fun watching how they do.

A lot of teams that have been dominant in Cup racing have changed up a lot. Way too many changes cover here. 2018 NASCAR Cup Driver List

All in all, I think it will be an interesting season in NASCAR Cup racing (I don’t mention sponsors in this blog)

As they say on Fox Sports: “Let’s go racing boys! (and Girl for one more race) ”

He’s Doing it Again! – New Podcast from Mike Dell’s World Studios

Fast Food History is going to be a show about all the fast food places you drive by all the time (or used to). The history of the drive-thru, the burger, the hotdog, Pizza and everything else as told from the perspective of each fast food chain.

This will be a Weekly podcast with a Friday morning release (4am) so go over and get subscribed!

I have officially killed off several podcasts so I have room for this project.

Dead are: Traverse City Podcast, Geek of the North, 5 Minutes with Mike and Podcast Quick Hits. (along with a couple of private podcasts I was doing}.

I’m down to 4 now 🙂 Podcast Help Desk, Mike Dell’s World, Your Podcast by Blubrry (for work) and now Fast Food History.

Fall on Long Lake

I was able to help my dad update the firmware on his drone the other day and we tested it between rainstorms out at his house in the Long Lake Area (Grand Traverse County Michigan) and got some cool shots!.

Long Lake (with All 5 Islands)
Long Lake (with All 5 Islands)
The lake across the road from Dad’s house. His house in the lower left of the shot.

Elsa is Now Allie and Is Adopted!

Our foster dog Elsa (now renamed Allie) found her forever home with Kristin and her family.  She now lives in Battle Creek Michigan with her Husky brother, 2 kids and a loving Mom and Dad.  She has a BIG back yard to play in and a nice park to go for walks and sniff everything in site.

We miss her around here, but it is nice to be back down to just 2 crazy beagles for a while.

Have a great life Allie!!


What is the point?

Looking at my Facebook and Twitter steams lately, I’m coming to some conclusions.  (Yes, I know FB and Twitter are not the best place to see the world through, but a TON of people do so I’m going with it). I think the 2 major parties fans are like football fans.  No matter what the team does, they are for it blindly following the party and they feel as long as their TEAM won, everything is OK.   If not, all hell breaks loose.  <strong> If the President has that much of a effect on your life, you are doing something wrong. </strong>

Let me say up front that I am very happy that Hillary Clinton is not our President.  It has 100% to do with HER and not President Trump.  She’s very arrogant, dishonest and treats people badly such as the Military and Secret service.  When the cameras are off, it’s well documented that she is a total bitch to people.

Just because I’m happy Trump won the election, does not mean I get to defend everything he does.  (As my Liberal friends would want me to do).  ALL I’m saying is he was ever so slightly better than her.  <strong> I will not defend what Trump does if we get into a discussion about it. </strong>

Trump is the legitimately elected President of the United States.  The Electoral College <em><strong>IS</strong></em> the law of the land and that is how the rules are.  It does not matter one tiny bit that he lost the popular vote.  That isn’t how the system works. <strong> Deal with it or Change it, but shut the fuck up about it!</strong>

It does seem funny that the party that says they are tolerant, loving and for the little guy are the ones rioting, marching and spewing hate on social networks. Whenever I post something even SLIGHTLY political (I don’t do it much) I get all my liberal frends asking me to defend some off the wall thing or another.  I am NOT the spokesman for Trump or the Republicans.  Truth be told, I’m more Librarian.  I believe that whatever you do that doesn’t cost me money or take away my rights is fine.  I like to say I’m one of the few people that say that All Gay married couples should be able to defend their pot plants with a gun!

I’m not unfriending many people on Facebook over politics. There have been a few.  There are people I had on my friends list that are just obsessed.   Facebook is not REAL LIFE and I am going to guess NOBODY has ever had their mind changed because of some bullshit Facebook post.