JROTC Air Guns = ‘Mixed message being given to youths about guns and violence’

Via Say Uncle comes this absurd tale:

A group that is, and I am not making this up, protesting that ROTC offers arms training.

Here is a sampling of the group’s messages:

Military science courses (i.e., JROTC) are now taught in most San Diego City high schools. They are not required to include weapons training, yet many of them have high-powered pellet gun ranges on school grounds. This is despite the school district’s zero-tolerance weapons policy and community efforts to teach young people NOT to use weapons.

We’ve been arguing for years and years that assault rifles and civilian guns modeled on them are not “high-powered.” Now we’re faced with “high-powered pellet guns.”

They use pellet bullets but those bullets still can hurt someone

If “still can hurt someone” is the standard, pencils and pens are right out. Right?

  • Violence should be left off campus
  • Against zero tolerance policy
  • School Shootings
  • Using what you learn in JROTC can be used in ways that affect the community

The above items are from a PowerPoint presentation. I can just imagine what the discussion points are for these items. Violence? School shootings? They are reaching badly.

Students that can’t handle firearms can make a big mistake and do something they might regret

So the answer is not to teach anyone how to handle firearms.

They’ve also got a couple of slides (apparently) showing a number of JROTC students, titled “Another issue we have w/ JROTC” and “Who’s missing in these images?” None of the pictured students are white, and I imagine that’s what they’re getting at. Are they saying that no white students are enrolled in JROTC in the San Diego school system? Again, I’d sure love to see the discussion points for these slides.

UPDATE: Sebastian noticed that they list The Onion in their “Related Information” section. You can’t make this stuff up.

Double Tap Airsoft Exercise

An airsoft enthusiast blends in with his surroundings to take a shot on his enemies during Hawaii\'s first airsoft military simulation exercise, hosted by Double Tap, a Hawaii airsoft team comprised of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Marines and sailors Dec. 13. The five-hour exercise featured several real-life combat scenarios for the airsoft enthusiasts to react to.  Photo Date Taken: 12/13/2008  Unit: Marine Forces Pacific  Photo ByLine: Lance Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil
An airsoft enthusiast blends in with his surroundings to take a shot on his enemies during Hawaii's first airsoft military simulation exercise, hosted by Double Tap, a Hawaii airsoft team comprised of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Marines and sailors Dec. 13. The five-hour exercise featured several real-life combat scenarios for the airsoft enthusiasts to react to. Photo Date Taken: 12/13/2008 Unit: Marine Forces Pacific Photo ByLine: Lance Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil
Jason Wright, a former soldier and airsoft enthusiast, prepares to take down an enemy during a military simulation exercise held by Double Tap, an airsoft organization founded by Marines and sailors of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. Members of the Hawaii airsoft community were invited to take on the members of Double Tap in a series of combat scenarios.  Photo Date Taken: 12/13/2008  Unit: Marine Forces Pacific  Photo ByLine: Lance Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil
Jason Wright, a former soldier and airsoft enthusiast, prepares to take down an enemy during a military simulation exercise held by Double Tap, an airsoft organization founded by Marines and sailors of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. Members of the Hawaii airsoft community were invited to take on the members of Double Tap in a series of combat scenarios. Photo Date Taken: 12/13/2008 Unit: Marine Forces Pacific Photo ByLine: Lance Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil

Toys for Tots Paintball

Petty Officer 1st Class Ivan Cruz, a hospital corpsman with 2nd Dental Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, takes cover behind bushes, Dec. 13, during a paintball demonstration at the Sportsman\'s Lodge in Jacksonville, N.C. As part of the Toys for Tots event organized by Cruz, paintball players were able to play a day\'s worth of paintball normally worth $38 for the price of one toy.
Petty Officer 1st Class Ivan Cruz, a hospital corpsman with 2nd Dental Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, takes cover behind bushes, Dec. 13, during a paintball demonstration at the Sportsman's Lodge in Jacksonville, N.C. As part of the Toys for Tots event organized by Cruz, paintball players were able to play a day's worth of paintball normally worth $38 for the price of one toy.

Murdoc hasn’t paintballed for 15 years.

Soldiers held in BB gun shootings

Army Times:

EL PASO, Texas — Four Fort Bliss soldiers have been arrested on felony charges after a recent BB gun shooting spree in which one man was wounded in El Paso.

Police made the arrests Friday, a week after residents reported that vandals had been driving around shooting at residential windows, vehicles and at least at one person…

Each soldier faces a first-degree felony charge of engaging in organized criminal activity-aggravated assault with a deadly weapon since they allegedly worked together to shoot a man with the BB gun, Sambrano told the El Paso Times for its Saturday editions.

IN THE MAIL: ActionAirgun Shooting Kit

Recently got a chance to check out the new Official ActionAirgun Advance Shooting Kit from ActionAirgun:

Welcome to ActionAirgun – the world’s only action target shooting sport that utilizes the internet to create a heart pounding global competition.

Whether you’re new to airguns, or a skilled shooter, ActionAirgun is your chance to show the world what you’re made of. All you need is an 8′ by 16′ space to set up a range in your home, garage, basement, or club. The rest of the standardized equipment is available exclusively with the ActionAirgun Advanced Shooting Kit. Each week you’ll time yourself shooting Courses of Fire downloaded from the site, then upload your scores and see how you stack up.

The kit looks pretty good:

This Advanced Shooting Kit contains everything you need to get started:

    (1) AAG-M1911-A1 all metal semi-automatic CO2 powered gas blowback pistol
    (2) 25 BB capacity CO2 magazines
    (1) LCD shot timer w/wrist strap
    (10) CO2 chargers
    (2000) Precision Ground BBs w/speed loader
    (10) High Density Polymer Targets
    (2) pairs of poly carbonate safety glasses
    (1) ambidextrous holster
    (2) target stands with printed placement grid. Important: Save the target stand wrapper to use with courses of fire.
    Complete online instructions

The $20 fee for a 12-week season seems reasonable.

The above kit retails for $299.99, but one kit can be shared by multiple shooters. There’s even a option to form a ‘fireteam’ of 5 for team competition. One thing I can’t really speak to is the quality of the gun compared to other airsoft-type guns, so it’s hard to know whether the $300 price tag is a good value or not. I can see that, if you buy one kit and you average three shooters per season for three 12-week seasons spread over one year, you’ve spent less than $35 per shooter season (plus entry fee) for a year of competition and fun.

Murdoc’s not real familiar with airsoft-type gear and competition, but I’m going to participate in the inaugural 12-week season which begins September 22nd. I will be posting regularly on my experiences as long as everyone promises not to laugh when all the teenagers beat me.

My 13-year-old son may be playing, too. He’s not going to promise not to laugh if he beats me.

Is anyone else out there competing?

Check out ActionAirgun’s web site for more info. I will be posting more in the coming days.

UPDATE: Meant to include this from the AAG message board in response to a question about the gun:

We are using a WE double stack 1911 that’s roughly based on the STI 2011. BB capacity is 25 and the capacity of the 12 gram CO2 Cart is about 50 rounds of rapid fire and 75 of just plinking. We tested about 15 guns including the Western Arms and Tokyo Marui.

and

The most expensive part of the kit is the timer. It’s a CED 7000 that’s just a joy to work with. It has more features than we’re currently planning on using but as the sport progresses it’ll be right there with us. It’s been modified for AAG so it’s more adaptable to the softer report (bang) of the airsoft gun and works well in an enclosed space like a garage or outside if that’s where you’ve setup your course.

Veritas Mark IV in Denver

Here are a couple of new photos from the fun in Denver:

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A police officer holds a machine gun along the route of the ‘Recreate 68’ march near the site of the Democratic Convention in Denver, Colorado, USA on 24 August 2008. The protesters are calling their movement ‘Recreate 68’ referring to the tumultuous 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago

“Machine gun”!

I pointed out the plan to use the Veritas Mark IV during the convention a couple of months ago.

Two arrested in paintball vandalism incident

Mecosta County, Michigan:

Two people were were arrested Tuesday morning in connection with shooting paintballs at several homes and mailboxes.

Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call of a house being shot several times with paintballs, and saw a suspect vehicle leaving the scene. Deputies searched the area after briefly seeing the vehicle and then losing sight of the suspects.

After seeing several other houses that were hit with the same color red paintballs, deputies found the suspect’s vehicle parked behind a house. The car had red paintballs on the floor of the passenger compartment.

Deputies contacted the residents of the home, who admitted to shooting the paintballs. Both suspects were arrested and taken to the Mecosta County Jail.

The fact that they call them the “residents” and do not call them “teens” makes me wonder if they were, well, older than teens. Not that teens should be excused from shooting up stuff with paintball guns, but it’s beyond ridiculous for so-called adults to carry on like that.

Stuff like this helps give paintballers a bad name and gives those who would increase regulations on the equipment more ammo. Thanks, guys.