An Engineered Solution To The Problem Of Gun Safe Weight On Floor Joists

Herschel Smith · 28 Sep 2015 · 5 Comments

There is a plethora of articles, discussion threads and other resources that presume to give advice on the issue of floor loading with heavy gun safes.  Some of them even provide professional engineering counsel, even if they don’t say so.  For instance, some articles I have seen mention the typical and customary floor design loading limit of 40 pounds per square foot (PSF) and then opine something like “but even though the load for a safe is concentrated in a small space, since the total…… [read more]

Guns N’ Roses

BY Herschel Smith
1 week ago

News from France:

The terror and carnage that struck France last week was terrifying for everyone, but even more so for the young children who don’t quite understand what happened.

One such confused young Parisian voiced his fear when a reporter came to speak to him, leading to a heartwarming exchange between him and his father.

The video is in French, but begins with the journalist asking the young boy if he understands what happened Friday night when terrorists struck, killing at least 130 people.

“Yes, because they’re very very very mean,” the boy replies. “The bad guys aren’t very nice. And we really have to be careful because we have to change homes.”

His father smiles, and quietly responds, “No, don’t worry, we don’t have to change homes. France is our home.”

“But there are bad guys, Daddy!” the boy retorts.

“Yes, but there are bad guys everywhere,” his father says.

“They have guns, they can shoot at us because they have guns and are bad,” the boy counters.

“Well, they have guns, but we have flowers,” the father replies.

“But flowers don’t do anything,” the boy argues.

“See all the flowers?” his dad asks. “They’re to fight against the guns.”

“Are they there to protect?” the boy asks. “The candles too?”

“There you go. It’s to not forget those who left us yesterday,” his father says.

“The flowers and the candles,” the boy understands, “they’re there to protect us.”

There the reporter picks back up, asking, “So are you feeling better?”

“Yep, I’m feeling better,” the young boy concludes.

Something tells me that the French won’t be any better prepared for this kind of event next time.

Markos Moulitsas On Guns And The Paris Attacks

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 1 day ago

Here is Daily Kos himself:

So if those countries, awash in weaponry, couldn’t stop those terrorist attacks, then what kind of moron thinks that it would’ve made a difference in Paris?

The reality is that Paris-style attacks are surprisingly simple to carry out. It’s a blessing that they’re not more common in the West. So rather than try to create an oppressive surveillance state or pretend that more guns are a solution to anything except a lack of death and mayhem, perhaps we could focus on addressing root causes?

And maybe, just maybe, we can even try not being the root cause in the future? Crazy shit, I know.

Of course, stopping terrorist attacks isn’t the point.  Controlling borders is more to the point, i.e., not letting people in like MS13, cartel enforcers, and Syrian, Somali and other radicalized Islamic immigrants.  But you know that.

What we see in Markos is sad, pitiable, even repulsive self-loathing.  It seems like something I shouldn’t be watching, done in the privacy of his own bedroom.  But as unseemly as this is, I can’t turn away, like driving by an accident without looking at the carnage.

Markos thinks he’s responsible, or if not him directly, his kind, or his ilk, or those who share his skin color who don’t think like him, or something like that.  Only he could tell us for sure.  But ISIS is apparently someone’s fault other than ISIS.  This is the progressive sickness, to be sure.

Every sin isn’t really a sin, just a dysfunction cause by bad white Americans and colonialists and Patriarchal bigotry and wealth densification within certain demographics, and so on and so forth.  It must be tiring to live with progressive guilt and outrage.  And I’m sure based on what I know about ISIS that if we left them all alone, they would be okay just beheading women and children in Iraq and Syria and killing young people in Paris.

As for Markos and his revulsion towards guns, I share it.  I don’t want Markos to have a gun either.  Ever.  I want Markos to be as defenseless as he wants everyone else to be in the face of danger.  Markos and I actually agree on something.  As for me, I will always have weaponry.  Markos is probably smart enough to know that we would never give it up without a fight.

State Governors On Immigration Of Syrians

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 1 day ago

Several Governors have gone on record opposing the immigration of Syrians to their states.  Let me focus on just one.

THEREFORE, I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:

SECTION 1: All departments, budget units, agencies, offices, entities, and officers of the executive branch of the State of Louisiana are authorized and directed to utilize all lawful means to prevent the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the State of Louisiana while this Order is in effect.

SECTION 2: The Louisiana State Police, upon receiving information of a Syrian refugee already relocated within the State of Louisiana, are authorized and directed to utilize all lawful means to monitor and avert threats within the State of Louisiana.

SECTION 3: All departments, budget units, agencies, offices, entities, and officers of the executive branch of the State of Louisiana are authorized and directed to cooperate in the implementation of the provisions of this Order.

SECTION 4: The Order is effective November 16, 2015 and shall remain in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the Governor, or terminated by operation of law.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 16th day of November, 2015.

This is mighty weak tea.  Here is how this works.  The U.S. government takes the state of Louisiana to court and gets a federal judge to say that Louisiana cannot use any means to prevent this from happening.  Done.  Then it happens because Jindal is too weak to stop it, has no moral compass, and cannot stomach what it will take to keep the people of his state from having to let Syrians ensconce there.

What he could have done if he actually believed what he said is promise that any federal agent or other federal employee who enters the state to ensconce Syrians in Louisiana will be arrested and thrown in the state penitentiary, with Syrians put back on buses to Washington, D.C.

But he didn’t say that, he won’t do it, and this order is as toothless as any other governor’s order who tries to stop this without using the power and force of his office without regard to federal judges.

Notes From HPS

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 1 day ago

David Codrea:

She was one of the celebrity signatories of a Handgun Control, Inc. (that’s what the Brady Campaign called itself before they figured it would be smarter to hide their true intentions) “Open Letter to the NRA.” She’s fine with using the coercive power of the state (meaning they can shoot you if you disobey them) to impose gun and magazine bans, one-gun-a-month limits and waiting periods, just so long as her precious hindquarters are protected.

Case in point: when an “undocumented” intruder attempted to “migrate” to her property some years back, he wasn’t greeted with unconditional love. He wasn’t treated with dignity and respect.

Madonna’s armed security shot him.

As long as the horrible knuckle-dragging, mouth breathing monkeys do the work of stopping the bad people, she can be free to do the moral preening at our expense.  LEOs and security guards understand that’s how the elite see you, don’t you?  Knuckle-dragging monkeys.  They don’t respect you.

Marco Rubio is a globalist.  But we knew that already.  The reason he had to “change his position” is because it was unpopular with the electoral base.  The reason he didn’t think that way to begin with is that he never really believed what the electoral base believes.

Mark Steyn on saddy-saddy-sadcakes.

Mexican cartel gunmen cross the border into Texas and disappear.  You didn’t think ISIS was the most immediate threat to the safety of your family, did you?


Twitter wasted no time recirculating Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s infamous post-Charlie Hebdo shooting tweet which said, “Isn’t it interesting that the tragedy in Paris took place in one of the toughest gun control countries in the world?”

While Trump was getting blasted (again) for that tweet, The Daily Beast posited that getting AK-47s into France, a country with hugely restrictive gun laws, most likely came though in the black market in Eastern Europe where “a Kalashnikov or a rocket launcher can be acquired for as little as 300 to 700 Euros.”

But what about here in the U.S.? If terrorists here wanted to buy guns, would they be able to?

The short answer: Probably, yes.

Yea, it’s another one of those articles.  Listen, collectivists.  A man intent on getting a gun will always be able to get a gun.  Or steal one.  Or make one.  Gun control doesn’t work with terrorists and criminals.  But you knew that already, didn’t you?  That isn’t why you want gun control, is it?

The Bataclan And The Death Of The Globalist, Secular Utopia

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 2 days ago

“Thou shalt not kill,” God to Moses to the world.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” Jesus Christ, Son of God, to the world, Matt 5:3.

“You shall not curse a deaf man, nor place a stumbling block before the blind …,” God to Moses to the world, Lev 19:14.

This is a picture of the Bataclan.  Look at it.  And look at it some more.


Take note of what one woman said about the attack.

Miss Wilson, 49, originally from New Orleans, also told how she witnessed the gunmen deliberately targeting concert-goers in wheelchairs. The gunmen hunted down disabled people who were sat in an area specially set aside for wheelchair users.

The mass killing of women and children, the most defenseless among us, in Iraq, isn’t an accident or incidental feature of militant Islam.  It’s who they are.  It’s what they do.  There is no mercy, there is no compassion, there is no love, there is no respect, there isn’t even honorable war.  There is only wretched evil, queued up straight from the pit of hell.

Self denial is all that is left in Europe.  It must be the Jews, since this band played in Tel Aviv recently (no more anti-Semitic ideology can be found anywhere than the American university – this is what they’re thinking, you know it is) .  Except that it’s not really the Jews.  ISIS has declared that the American blood is best, and we will taste it soon.  It must be American strikes in Iraq and Syria, except that ISIS attacked France.  Gun control laws work, except that the attackers all had guns.  Semi-automatic guns are the culprit, except that one of the attackers used a pump action shotgun.  The police will protect us, except more than 100 perished in Paris that awful night.

The world is a confusing place to the progressive mind at the present.  Don’t be confused with them.  Germany won’t close her borders, France will remain an open society, and not to be outdone, America failed its test on 9/11 more than a decade ago.  Our borders are still open, and we still invite disparate cultures from across the globe to ensconce here.

But no civilization in more than a millennia has been able to peaceably coexist with Islam.  Add to that the effects of Hispanic and Latino immigration, the financial pressure on the middle class from all of this additional baggage, and a government that increasingly wants to enslave its people, and a pressure cooker of historic proportions is being set up.

Everyone in the French government is shocked.  No thinking man is shocked.  This was the inevitable deliverance of a ruling class who hates us.  America is the product of Continental and Scottish Calvinism, unquestionably a Christian nation.  The current administration, along with ISIS, hates who we are.  This is coming to America – it is already in America – and it is our responsibility to be ready for it.

Tom Ricks On Gun Control

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 2 days ago

Tom Ricks writing at Foreign Policy:

I’ve been reading a lot of early American history lately. The more I read, the more I think that the gun is central to our history. So yes, controlling guns is literally “un-American,” in that it runs against the grain of our past.

Even so, I think we need to do something about guns, especially in the hands of the insane. Part of the problem is that everyone is partly nuts sometime. And some people are bigtime nuts much of the time. Other countries have crazy people too, but they don’t make it so easy for them to get weapons in their crazed hands.

Tom is a former journalist with the Washington Post, and long time military writer who has corresponded with me only once, and then just briefly.  Like everyone else at Washington Post (and Foreign Policy), he is a progressive.

So there you have it, the progressive mind on gun control.  “Everyone is partly nuts sometime.”  Never mind that Tom doesn’t give a clinical definition of nuts, and never mind that he hasn’t demonstrated that anything related to what the mental health professionals consider to be mental dysfunction has anything whatsoever to do with violent behavior.  It does not, as we’ve seen again, and again, and again.

He goes even farther, saying that some people are “bigtime nuts,” and we are left to wonder again what is the clinical definition of bigtime nuts.  Then he self-identifies as a rube and a dimwit.  The recent attacks in Paris demonstrate how easy it is to perpetrate evil if the perpetrator is motivated.  No country can compete with France for onerous gun control.  But more to the point, Tom may not be saying it, but he knows that the real problem with gun crime in America is crime in the black community, gun or not.  He is willing to make it tougher to get those awful guns for everyone in order to solve a problem that is primarily associated with the inner city black community.

I wonder if Tom is concerned enough about the black community to cause an American civil war over gun confiscations, or to see a government that has lost any semblance of control because no one observes its laws?  Does he really think we’re going to go along with more gun control?  Finally, I am left wondering if Tom wrote this piece when he was partly nuts or bigtime nuts?  For the record, I’m not nuts.

Notes From HPS

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 2 days ago

David Codrea:

All that does is highlight the glaring truth that criminals break the law. It’s what they do. Astoundingly, at least, apparently, to some, prohibition of those prized commodities invites bootlegging, and the violent crime that goes along with it. Thank goodness we have “the newspaper of record” to clear that up for us!

And Australia sees a spike in gun crime despite an outright gun ban.  You mean gun control laws don’t work on criminals?  You mean that all of those prohibition laws made up by those morally preening Northern women didn’t actually cause people to stop seeking corn liquor?

Mike Vanderboegh: A crock of excrement, this is.  I agree.  I’m ashamed to be a North Carolinian.

Grim relief” over Jihadi John strike.  Grim relief?  Seriously?  How about a glass or three of good wine, a thankful prayer to God for His kind providence towards, and a a little celebratory dancing?  I’m glad we could speed John’s entry to the lake of fire.  What the hell is wrong with the media?

Police seizure of guns.  Hmm … it doesn’t really matter to me that this guy is a celebrity of sorts (I don’t know who he is).  The moral of the story is don’t give the police permission to enter your home or take anything.  In fact, don’t talk to the police at all.

Paris Terror Attacks

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 4 days ago

Here is the French government meeting after the recent terror attacks in Paris, where at current rendering almost 160 souls have perished.


Look at the bastards, with their fresh water, iPhones and iPads, looking all shocked at the carnage their open borders policy has created.

As one might expect, Obama has sped up the process of relocating Syrians to the U.S., and has declared that we have ISIS contained.

Obama may as well wear big shoes and a rubber nose, and beclown himself before the world.  He does so on a regular basis.  But the problem is that he is at the moment a clown with power, doing the bidding of Valerie Jarrett and a gaggle of globalist, international power brokers.

Those power brokers apparently want to see the dissolution and the disintegration of civilization, perhaps being bored with things as they are.  I was recently watching news reports where French men went to the scene(s) of the shooting to beg for the lives of their wives.  Why exactly their wives were there and they weren’t is a mystery that must require understanding the French in order to sort out.

Don’t be them.  Understand that there is a real threat inside the U.S., whether from ATF or EPA or police or [fill in the blank] SWAT teams, or MS13, or Islamists.  Their goal is all the same – to enslave and ultimately to kill you and your loved ones.  There will be no mercy, there will be no way out, no matter how much you beg.

Guns, ammunition, and practice, family, clan and tribe.  Do it.  Prepare now.  Time is short.  Your loved ones are counting on you.


John Jay has thoughts here and here.


WRSA has coverage here.  Mark Steyn’s comments are always worth reading.

“So I say again: What’s the happy ending here? Because if M Hollande isn’t prepared to end mass Muslim immigration to France and Europe, then his “pitiless war” isn’t serious. And, if they’re still willing to tolerate Mutti Merkel’s mad plan to reverse Germany’s demographic death spiral through fast-track Islamization, then Europeans aren’t serious. In the end, the decadence of Merkel, Hollande, Cameron and the rest of the fin de civilisation western leadership will cost you your world and everything you love.

So screw the candlelight vigil.”


FBI has nearly 1000 active ISIS probes ongoing.

There Is Nothing Better Than An Unregistered Gun

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 6 days ago


At a Tuesday candidate forum in LD24, Assemblyman Parker Space, who is up for reelection this year, declared: “There is nothing better than an unregistered gun, believe me.”

The statement came after the discussion turned to current gun laws in the state of New Jersey. Space made it clear that he and his running mate Gail Phoebus “support the second amendment” and think there are already too many restrictions in place on gun ownership in New Jersey.

After Space made the remark, his opponent Democrat Michael Grace asked him if his statement meant Space had an unregistered gun.

“I’m saying is that when the liberals take over everything they are not going to be able to track you down and take your weapons away from you,” Space replied.

Grace called Space’s statements “extremely paranoid.”

Not long after these comments, one of the “moms” got her knickers in a twist.

I am extremely concerned about the statement “There is nothing better than an unregistered gun” made by Assemblyman Parker Space at the public debate for the state’s 24th Legislative District.

“There is nothing better than an unregistered gun” is an irresponsible statement that encourages a culture of lawlessness. It is shameful and dangerous, especially when it is made by a public official. With all the deaths resulting from gun violence, one would think that Assemblyman Space would be more sensitive in his public remarks. His statement is offensive to those who have lost loved ones to gun violence, to police officers who put themselves in danger to protect the public from criminals and to responsible gun owners who are law-abiding citizens.

Not only registering guns, but also expanding Brady background checks on all gun sales, is supported by 90 percent of Americans, including the vast majority of gun owners …

They don’t give up their lies easily, do they?  I’m impressed with Mr. Space, and only two days earlier I had said to coworkers that I feel like people in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Washington, D.C. and I live in two different countries, and that I feel no kinship whatsoever with them.

I was wrong about Mr. Space, and one can only pray that there are more like them in his neck of the woods.  But he made one slight error.  Mr. Space shouldn’t hide his guns when the collectivists come to confiscate them.  He should serve his fellow men by using his guns to shoot the collectivists in the face.

There Is Nothing The Police Can Do Because Of Open Carry Laws

BY Herschel Smith
2 weeks, 1 day ago

Earlier this week, we shared new reports about the investigation into Noah Harpham, who police say shot and killed three people before dying in a gun battle with officers. A neighbor, Naomi Bettis, said she’d called 911 after seeing Harpham with a gun but was told there was nothing police could do owing to open carry laws; see our previous coverage below.

Now, the Colorado Springs Police Department has responded with a detailed account of what took place during the ten-minute period between the first 911 call and a second, during which Bettis revealed that a man, later ID’d as bicyclist Andrew Myers, was dead, and also released audio of the conversations in question. We’ve shared the links here.

The CSPD insists that the first report wasn’t shrugged off. However, it was initially given a lower priority because lives weren’t thought to be at risk.

Bettis’s first call came in at 8:45:40 a.m., with the department noting that it “reported a suspicious male walking into a building carrying gasoline cans and a rifle” on the 200 block of North Prospect Street in the Springs.

The emergency response technician, or ERT, speaking with Bettis initially classified the report as a “priority 3″ — near the middle of its six-point prioritization system. (Priority 6 is the least threatening designation, priority 1 the most serious.) However, about one minute into the two-minute call, the ERT upgraded the circumstance to a priority 2 under the theory that Harpham might be planning to commit a burglary.

Regarding the open-carry mention, here’s the transcription: “Well, it is an open carry state, so he can have a weapon with him or walking around with it. But, of course, having those gas cans does seem pretty suspicious, so we’re going to keep the call going for that.”

To listen to the first 911 call in its entirety, click here.

And commenter John P. Koury blames open carry laws.

Was walking into Walmart on 8th, two guys right ahead of me strapped with handguns. Mentioned it to the clerk, who started quoting open carry laws and said that it was their God given right. I walked out.

How does anybody know if these guys were robbers, thugs, angry punks or just bad-looking so called “good guys”? Open carry is nuts. If you are so paranoid that you think you have to carry a gun wherever you go, you probably are too unstable to have one.

And if open carry had been illegal, the shooter, if he had in fact decided to perpetrate evil, would have used a pistol, or several pistols, or an SBR hidden under a coat.  The caller wouldn’t have called in because there would have been nothing to call about, and hence no one could have blamed open carry.  Said another way, if open carry had been illegal, the shooter wouldn’t have carried openly else he would have been caught before perpetrating his evil action.  Evil men aren’t mentally deficient and unable to reason – they are just evil

Do you see the point?  Let’s use Aristotle’s categories in metaphysics and ontology to help us.  Open carry is an accident of this event, not essential to it.  It was essential to the shooter to be evil and to have shot.  The mode of transportation for himself or his weapon was not essential.  Understand?

As for Johnny boy, he doesn’t get to decide whether my carrying a gun disqualifies me from carrying a gun (Johnny needs to study tautology a little better, no?).  Because … I have guns and can stop Johnny.  Understand?

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