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Sheriff Nate to the Rescue

Posted by heyrandy on January 3, 2014

Gridlock,

The electrical power grids in America (we have three) are vulnerable to attack. There is not a lot that anyone can do to make them more secure. This is the theme around which Gridlock revolves. The book is an apocalyptic novel about international machination, the Internet, terrorism, criminal networks, and a county sheriff who saves all.

Nate Osborne, the one-legged sheriff of Obscure County, North Dakota is the man who keeps the lights on in America when America’s American-made enemies try their best shut off the current. It seems that Iran and Venezuela have decided to get back at the big Yankee idiot. They have hired a Russian killer and a stupid computer genius to do the work. The Russian is quite capable, the computer kid thinks that getting his Ph.D from MIT at age 14 makes him impossible to defeat.

The book is filled with the impossible. The trouble starts when the Russian shoots a high-voltage power line insulator. He uses a long-range gun, one that he recently acquired and has not test fired. I guess that the scope was perfectly adjusted since he made the very difficult shot of hitting the insulator with his first round. The scope must have kept inline even though the Russian used the barrel to bludgeon to death his first victim.

What is even more far-fetched is amazing coöperation of all the government agencies involved. The CIA borrowed an airplane from the U.S. Navy so the FBI could fly the sheriff to Amsterdam.

Key to the book is the Internet. By way of the internet we have intercepted phone calls and e-mails. (The Russian does it. The NSA had not yet been exposed.) The computer virus would of course come via Internet.

There is the usual technical babble about guns. You cannot have an action novel without guy stuff! There is also a totally gratuitous rape–sans details.

The women in the novel come out as the heroes.  Fighters all. The most silly scene is when the sheriff’s girl friend is standing behind the Russian, shotgun in her hands, but does not blast the Russian. She runs at him; he disarms her.

In the end all is well. The grid does not crash (Two 2.5 megawatt transformers are lost to saboteurs. Why bother?) The Russian returns to his ignorant wife whom he had planned to eventually kill but now decides to retire with her. She reveals that she knows he is not all he says. “I sell arms.” Must have been a side business to help in the lean times between killings. It would also give a good rate on ammunition. The sheriff keeps the trigger-shy girl. The Chinese whack the Doctor Stupid. Having your fingerprints surgically removed makes for a clean getaway.

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Bull’s Eye

Posted by heyrandy on March 9, 2013

More Guns, Less Crime, John Lott, 1998

Gun restriction legislation, aka gun control, is always a topic of discussion. It becomes a passionately discussed topic when there is a mass shooting. What are we to think about the prevalence of guns? Are fewer guns in the hands of ordinary people something that will make us safer?

Lott has the answer. As the title suggests, gun restrictions are not the answer. Lott has the statistics to support the book’s title. He also has the strident critics to prove science doesn’t matter.

Lott’s thesis is that the carrying of guns, especially concealed handguns, are a great deterrent to crime. The presence of guns makes criminals look for easier victims. When a criminal is faced with the unknown, does this person carry a gun, the criminal often chooses another victim, often another type of crime.

The book is full of statistics Lott gathered for a scholarly paper he wrote. The paper is the basis of this book.  The numbers are necessary to support the book’s conclusion. What is interesting about the numbers is the reaction of Lott’s critics. The original study was vociferously criticized by  many who had not read it. Yes, facts don’t matter to gun control advocates, even if they are university professors.

While the numbers are important, they make the reading a little dull. I do not have the statistical training to re-crunch Lott’s numbers, so I spent my time looking at his conclusions.

What was that conclusion? The title says it all. Buy a gun.

 

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Guns Are for Girls too

Posted by heyrandy on December 23, 2009

Armed and Female, Paxton Quigley, 1989, 237 pgs.

A girl’s got to look out for herself. According to Quigley, the best way to do that is through gun sights. The author, a former gun control advocate turned gun owner, makes a blunt case: women are smaller and weaker than men, and the only way women can protect themselves is by possessing and using handguns. She is not subtle, shy, or coy.

Quigley makes her case by an appeal to the crime statistics. The numbers, all from the 1980’s and therefore dated, are grim. Women are victims because they are easier prey. This will  not change. The stories that give life to the numbers are horrible reminders of this reality.The numbers have not gotten any better through the years.

While the crime data cited in her book are out of date, the advice on gun selection and training are still solid. She surveys the most popular models and calibers, evaluating their usefulness as self-defense weapons. She gives good advice on what size gun will best fit a woman’s smaller hand; how much recoil each model will produce; and, best of all, the intimidation factor: Just how dangerous does that thing look when you are staring up the barrel?

Quigley also deals with shooting techniques, safety, and children and guns. I found the book a good place to start when getting information on handguns.

Remember, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away. But don’t worry, they will get there in time to draw the chalk outline of the body. The body won’t be Quigley’s.

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