Shooting yourself in the foot

There is the old adage “Don’t shoot yourself in the foot”, and today’s city folks don’t understand how old saying sometimes have a basis in reality.

It’s not just Canadians who shoot themselves in the foot, rednecks can do it too!

Last week Bubba was at the range, getting ready for turkey season:

While there, he accidently discharged his shotgun right into his foot. At first blush it didn’t look too bad, just a small hole in his shoe:

Fortunately, it was only a meat shot, no bones broken:

Just a half inch variance in either direction, and Bubba would have had to pay for an expensive visit to the vet. Fortunately, this injury could easily treated at home with a potus salve:

While this was just a minor injury, it could have been much worse, and it might have required hospital treatment.

Remember to always keep your safety on!

Getting Toasted: Mentally Ill Man electrocuted on top of train

Anybody who has ever stuck their tongue in a light socket knows what a 110 volt shock feels like, but it’s hard to imagine the amperage of a current that is powerful enough to run a train! Talk about getting toasted. . . .

Sadly, this man dies instantly, and the electrical shock is so intense that his corpse catches fire and smolders. It’s clear that this incident was very embarrassing for him.

Click on the image to start the video (new window):

Shocking Video – Indian Man Electrocuted to Death on Top of Train
This is actually the alternate ending to the famous clock tower scene at the end of Back to The Future I.

Test your knowledge of current events

Many people today reply on the web for their news, and it’s especially disturbing when young people reply on TV clowns like Jon Leibowitz (Jon Stewart) for their news.

And it shows! Young people have a very limited knowledge of current events.

Me, I have subscription to several news magazines, Newsweek, Businessweek and TIME, but I’m not very political.

This test measures your knowledge of current events, just 12 fast questions. Try it:

Test your knowledge of current events

The stats show some interesting trends (n not disclosed):

Gender – Men scored higher than women (52 for males, 35 for females)

Education – More education leads to better knowledge of current events: (56 – College graduates, 44 – Some college, 31 – HS or less)

Age – Older people know current events better than youngsters, with the over 50 crowd scoring nearly double the young folks: (53 – Ages 50+, 46- Ages 30-49, 28 – Ages 18-29)

Me, I nailed it! I guessed on a few questions, but my instincts were good.

“Here’s Your Score: You correctly answered 12 of the 12 possible questions along with approximately 6% of the public.

You did better than 94% of the general public.”

Using non-deadly force

The media treated the introduction of the Taser with great fanfare, as-if it was the first non-lethal weapon ever used.

Taser me Elmo

Tasers can cost over $1,000 and they are not always effective at long range than other nonlethal alternatives like a good old salt rocks load:

Don’t tase me, Bro!

But to any hard-core 2nd Amendment lover, we all know that you can load a handgun, shotgun or file with non–lethal loads.

You have to be careful, even with blanks, as they are not always non-lethal. Remember back in 2003, Actor Jon-Erik Hexum was clowning around on the set and killed himself with a gun that was verifiably loaded with blanks.

Canadians have trouble with non-lethal weapons

I’ve always preferred a good old salt rock load in a double barrel 10 gauge shotgun (a 14 gauge does not have enough power to beak the skin, even at close range).

If you want a 12 gauge, try the Remington 870. As long as you gage the distance right, the salt will penetrate the skin under an inch, and not damage any vital organs, while still delivering a incapacitating sting that will last for days.

Granny with a load of salt rocks

Here is an article showing how to load your own salt shells.

Making your own non-lethal salt loads

Here he used a 12 gauge shotgun (less range) and he concluded the damage at these ranges:

1. At 20 yards, you might scare a dog or some other animal, but you sure wouldn’t break the skin.

2. At 10 yards, you might break the skin with a couple of grains, but nothing very serious.

3. At 12 feet, you might get the desired effect, if the desired effect is to “burn” the target with the rock salt.

4. At 4 feet, you might cause a wound requiring a visit to a hospital for a human, or maybe death to a small animal.

In his case, I suspect that he did not use large salt chunks which will penetrate the skin easier than bird shot.

Remember, salt loads for only for scaring varmints (foxes, possums, Europeans) but you must be very careful. People may assume that you are using deadly force and shoot back at you with real bullets, so be careful when using ANY non-lethal load in a rifle or pistol.

Warning: When confronting an unknown intruder, assume that they are armed and use always use a lethal shot. And don’t forget, aim for the head!