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SOTG 602 - Bullet Goes off by Itself and Magazine Springs

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Can a “bullet” go off all by itself? Apparently, if you like in Eugene, Oregon, a “bullet” can ignite simply by holding it in your hand. Tune in to hear what the Eugene, Oregon Police spokesman had to say about that.

Our SWAT Fuel Warrior of the Week has a question about magazines and their springs. Should you store magazines empty, full, or partially loaded. Professor Paul has three decades of experience with the topic.

Also, the wake of yet another Muslim Missionary attack in London, let us not forget what the Mayor of London had to say about terrorism less than one year ago. We have a brand new theme song to commemorate the event.

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Topics Covered During This Episode:

  • The boys talk about Spur Outfitters monthly sporting clays shoot. It was great to meet Mike from Laramie as well as Rusty and Ace from Saratoga.
  • Warrior of the Week: Magazine springs and how to store magazines; loaded or empty?
  • Terror attacks are ‘part and parcel of living in a big city’, claims London mayor Sadiq Khan: www.dailymail.co.uk
  • SJW take over campus – Evergreen State College president expresses ‘gratitude’ for students who took over campus: www.washingtontimes.com
  • Police say bullet fired without gun, struck man in face: nbc16.com

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From www.dailymail.co.uk:

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has said that living with terror attacks – like the one that hit New York at the weekend – is ‘part and parcel of living in a big city’.

Mr Khan told the Evening Standard: ‘It is a reality I’m afraid that London, New York, other major cities around the world have got to be prepared for these sorts of things.

‘That means being vigilant, having a police force that is in touch with communities, it means the security services being ready, but also it means exchanging ideas and best practice.’

Mr Khan, who was elected as Mayor in May to replace Boris Johnson, who is ironically now Britain’s Foreign Secretary, was in the United States on a business trip.

He said he had a ‘sleepless’ night on Saturday after a bomb exploded on West 23rd Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighbourhood, injuring 31 people.

Another device on 27th Street in Manhattan failed to go off and Ahmad Rahami, an Afghan-born US citizen was later arrested in New Jersey.

Mr Rahami has been charged in relation to the New York explosion and another device that exploded harmlessly hours earlier near a race in Seaside Park, New Jersey.

After taking advice from the New York authorities it was ‘business as usual’ for Mr Khan, who visited the 9/11 memorial and attended a New York Mets baseball game.

Mr Khan reportedly hinted that the Mets could come to London next year to play a Major League Baseball game at West Ham’s Olympic Stadium.

Mr Khan later met with the Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, as well as with Muslim community leaders, and co-wrote an editorial in the New York Times.

Mr Khan, who was the first Muslim Mayor of a major western city when he was elected in May, Mr de Blasio and Paris’s Mayor, Anne Hidalgo, wrote: ‘We call on world leaders to adopt a similar welcoming and collaborative spirit on behalf of the refugees all over the world.

‘Our cities stand united in the call for inclusivity. It is part of who we are as citizens of diverse and thriving cities.’

From www.washingtontimes.com:

The president of Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, says he is “grateful” for the “passion and courage” demonstrated by a mob of students that has taken over his campus and driven a professor to teach off campus due to concerns for his safety.

In a speech delivered May 26 responding to student demands, college President George S. Bridgessaid he is “grateful to the courageous students who have voiced their concerns” about discrimination on campus.

“Let me reiterate my gratitude for the passion and courage you have shown me and others,” Mr. Bridges said in his remarks, as reported by student newspaper The Cooper Point Journal. “I want every one of you to feel safe on this campus and be able to learn in a supportive environment free from discrimination or intimidation.”

The speech began: “I’m George Bridges, I use he/him pronouns.”

The president’s statement comes after a week of protests at the college, during which students have shouted down and cursed at faculty and administrators who show insufficient passion for social justice.

One professor targeted by protesters, Bret Weinstein, was told by campus police to hold his classes off of campus out of fear for his safety.

The biology professor wrote an email in March saying he would not participate in a no-whites “Day of Absence” at Evergreen.

“You may take this letter as a formal protest of this year’s structure, and you may assume I will be on campus during the Day of Absence,” Mr. Weinstein wrote in the email. “On a college campus, one’s right to speak — or to be — must never be based on skin color.”

That missive, and others he had written criticizing a proposal to increase the role of race in faculty hiring, later became public and prompted about 50 students to surround and berate Mr. Weinstein outside of his classroom May 23.

In an interview Friday on Fox News, Mr. Weinstein said students have threatened violence if their demands are not met.

New video also has surfaced showing the student protests at Evergreen last week. The footage depicts students shouting and cursing at Mr. Bridges at a May 23 meeting.

“Why is it all these black women and femmes doing all this emotional labor in this space?” one student shouts. “These white-a— faculty members need to be holding him and him and all these people accountable!”

Another student says: “I said, I’m tired of white people talking about what black and brown people need. You don’t know.”

Mr. Bridges tries to answer, “I’m just trying to respond—”

“Stop giggling and laughing every time we say something!” another student yells at the school president.

He tries to respond, “I am not giggling—I’m not laughing at you.”

“That’s how whiteness works!” another Evergreen student yells at Mr. Bridges, who is white. “Whiteness is the most violent f–ing system to ever breathe!”

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From nbc16.com:

Police say a man is recovering at RiverBend Hospital after a bizarre accident Sunday morning.

Eugene Police said around 11:30 a.m., the man was standing on Highway 99N in Eugene, holding a bullet in his hand when it discharged and struck his left cheek.

The strange thing is, there was no gun involved.

Police said they are unsure how the .22 caliber bullet fired.

They said if you hit the back of a bullet hard enough, it has the potential of discharging.

“This is what happens when people handle ammunition and they shouldn’t be. This is part of the reason they tell parents to keep ammunition out of the hands of kids, ‘cause things can happen,” said Sgt. Dale Dawson from the Eugene Police Department.

The man was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Dawson said the bullet wound is not life-threatening.

Police did not release the man’s identity, but they did say he is in his 60s.

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Paul G. Markel has worn many hats during his lifetime. He has been a U.S. Marine, Police Officer, Professional Bodyguard, and Small Arms and Tactics Instructor. Mr. Markel has been writing professionally for law enforcement and firearms periodicals for nearly twenty years with hundreds and hundreds of articles in print. Paul is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows and subject matter expert in firearms training and use of force. Mr. Markel has been teaching safe and effective firearms handling to students young and old for decades and has worked actively with the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Paul holds numerous instructor certifications in multiple disciplines and a Bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution; nonetheless, he is and will remain a dedicated Student of the Gun.

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