Sessions orders review of gun background check system after Texas church shooting

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Sessions orders review of gun background check system after Texas church shooting

US attorney general gives FBI and ATF 60 days to investigate whether military and other agencies are failing to provide information to database

Jeff Sessions said the Nics database was ‘critically important to protecting the American public’. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Jeff Sessions said the Nics database was ‘critically important to protecting the American public’.

Three weeks after a gunman used an assault rifle purchased despite a court-martial conviction to kill 25 people in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, the US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, has ordered a review of the US federal background check system for gun purchases.

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HOW TO : The No. 1 Factor to Consider when Choosing Self-Defense Bullets

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The No. 1 Factor to Consider when Choosing Self-Defense Bullets

It was the morning of April 11, 1986. An FBI sting operation to apprehend two armored car robbers in Miami, Florida, erupted in a gunfight, and the results were catastrophic. Despite each being shot numerous times, the two suspects continued firing on FBI agents. Their ability to stay in the fight over the following critical moments left two FBI agents dead, and five others injured.

At the time, experts including those in law enforcement had been choosing and using handgun rounds under the belief that a lightweight bullet should be pushed at high speed to create the largest possible temporary wound cavity, and eliminate over-penetration risks to bystanders. The “Miami Shootout” as it came to be known, changed all of that, triggering a revolution in how handgun bullets used for self-defense and law enforcement were built, tested and used.

Lessons Learned

At the most basic level, a defensive bullet needs to stop an attack as quickly as possible. The terminal ballistics lesson taught in dramatic fashion in Miami was that this only happens when a handgun bullet physically reaches the central nervous system, or the heart, which causes a critical loss of blood and blood pressure.

This can’t occur without sufficient penetration of the upper thorax from any shot angle, and it demands a bullet with high weight retention. The more of its mass a bullet holds onto after impact, the farther it can go before losing its energy.

With this realization, the FBI moved away from lightweight handgun bullets or those that fragmented on impact, opting instead for controlled-expansion bullets that penetrate deeper and more consistently. To this end, it designed a gauntlet of tests that became known as the “FBI protocol.” The tests involved shooting a given bullet design into a bare block of 10 percent ordinance ballistics gel calibrated to represent body tissue, as well as through gel blocks shielded by common barriers including heavy clothing, half-inch wallboard, auto glass, 20-gauge steel and 3/4-inch plywood.

Targeted penetration depth is engineered into the best modern handgun projectile designs.

Initially, the FBI was looking for a handgun bullet to penetrate 10 to 12 inches in gel after passing through each of these barriers. Penetration beyond that was thought to pose too great a risk to bystanders, because a bullet passing through an assailant could hit someone else.

Over the years, those guidelines have evolved. Now, through decades of testing, we’ve come to better understand the nature of over-penetration risks and become less conservative. As a result, the FBI now recommends 12 to 18 inches of penetration to better handle all of the possible wound angles and different sizes of individuals.

The Expansion Factor

Despite their apparent power, handgun rounds are anemic when compared to centerfire rifle loads. When a rifle round hits living tissue, the tremendous energy held by the projectile rapidly transfers to the target, opening up a temporary cavity so large the tissue can’t flex enough to contain it. This causes huge tears that radiate out from the path of the bullet itself, resulting in damage to tissue far from the actual projectile.

Handgun bullets don’t do this. With a tiny fraction of a rifle bullet’s energy, the only damage they create is to tissue that comes into direct contact with the bullet.

That’s where expansion comes into play. The larger a handgun bullet becomes through expansion within the target, the more tissue it will contact, the greater the wound cavity volume will be, and the better its chances of hitting something vital.

But expansion plays another important function: By engineering a bullet with petals that fold out during penetration, tests show that drag increases, draining excess energy from the bullet and stopping it deep enough in the target to hit the vital organs, but preventing over-penetration.

Better Bullets for Modern Standards

The lessons learned the hard way through events like the infamous morning in Miami were a catalyst for the development of handgun bullets precision engineered to do exactly what’s needed to stop a deadly attack. The decades of advancement that have unfolded since have produced the finest projectiles ever made.

Speer Gold Dot, for example, is today’s No. 1 load in law enforcement, and a top choice among self-defense experts. Much of the credit goes to its exclusive Uni-Cor process that electrochemically bonds the copper jacket to the alloyed lead core one molecule at a time. This virtually eliminates core-jacket separation for nearly 100 percent weight retention. The Gold Dot process also creates a precision hollow point that expands reliably through all barriers.

Federal Premium HST is another load developed for and proven by law enforcement before being offered to the self-defense market. Its tapered jacket is locked to the core by a cannelure, ensuring weight retention to penetrate deep. Meanwhile, its specially designed hollow point and patented co-aligned internal and external skiving provide extremely reliable expansion through almost every kind of barrier.

Federal Premium was also one of the first manufacturers to use what was learned in the Miami Shootout to build a better bullet. Hydra-Shok (below) was released in 1989 yet remains a favorite for self-defense. Its notched copper jacket controls expansion to maintain weight and penetrate deep, and it helps initiate expansion to maximize wound channel size.

Looking Ahead

Life-and-death encounters are no place to compromise performance. Thankfully, the experiences, service and sacrifice of the law enforcement community have taught important lessons on how targeted penetration should be factored into bullet design. Coupled with advancement by ammunition manufacturers, it’s given all of us the means to effectively stop any threat.

Check out the video below to see how Federal Premium HST beats its competitors in FBI protocol testing, and learn why it’s the ultimate personal defense round.

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North Korea v the US: how likely is war?

North Korea v the US: how likely is war?

Donald Trump has promised ‘fire and fury’; Kim Jong-un has threatened a missile strike on Guam. But experts say bluster might not lead to conflict

News: US airbase in Guam threatened as Trump promises ‘fire and fury’

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches a rocket-launching drill.
 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches a rocket-launching drill. Photograph: Kcna Kcna/Reuters

The war of words between the US and North Korea has escalated, with Donald Trump warning any threats would be met with “fire and fury” and Pyongyang promptly announcing it was “carefully examining” a plan to attack an American military base in the western Pacific.

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been running high since North Korea’s two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month and two nuclear bomb tests last year, which has lead to increased sanctions on the already isolated nation.

But despite two unpredictable nuclear-armed leaders trading barbs, most observers believe the possibility of conflict remains remote, with the North Korean leadership using its nuclear program as a bargaining chip rather than an offensive weapon.

Jean Lee, Wilson Center fellow, former AP Pyongyang bureau chief

No one in the region, not even North Korea, wants another war. But Kim Jong-un is going to push it as far as he can to get what he wants: recognition from the United States that North Korea is a nuclear power, and legitimacy at home as a ruler who can defend his people against the big, bad US.

In some ways, Trump’s threats play into the North Korean calculus: Kim Jong-un wants his people to believe that the United States continues to threaten the very existence of North Korea. That fearmongering brings the North Korean people together, and justifies the regime’s diversion of precious resources into building nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles.

What I’m concerned about is a miscalculation or mishap that could force troops in the region to take military action. Remember, we had a military confrontation between South Korea and North Korea at a frontline Korean island in 2010 that killed several South Korean civilians. And with test launches of ballistic missiles straying into Japanese territorial waters, Japan may feel forced to act.

Andrei Lankov, professor at Kookmin University, Seoul, and director of NK News

We will be treated with fine examples of bellicose rhetoric by North Korean media. I’m just waiting for some colourful abusive description of President Trump, soon to be produced by the North Korean propagandists, and perhaps Trump will dispatch an aircraft carrier or two to cruise around the Korean peninsula.

Once North Korea finishes development and deployment of a nuclear force capable of hitting the continental US, they might be ready to talk about a nuclear and missile freeze. The US should accept this option.

There is a very little probability of conflict. But North Koreans are not interested in diplomacy: they want to get the ability to wipe out Chicago from the map first, and then they will be interested in diplomatic solutions. They will get such capability within a couple of years.

The US president is employing both rhetoric and tactics which for decades have been used only by the North Korean side of the conflict. On the North Korean side, it is business as usual, of course: they repeat their promise to transform Seoul into the “sea of fire” every few years.

Jiyoung Song, senior lecturer in Korean studies, University of Melbourne

They will exchange some harsh words for a while and until Washington talks, secretly or publicly, with Pyongyang. Kim Jong-un will keep test-firing.

There is no military solution to the North Korean problem. North Korea wants to be recognised as a legitimate nuclear state by the US and establish diplomatic relations with the US. Constantly reminding the world and especially the US of their nuclear and missile capabilities is part of their regime survival calculations. All options are on the table for Pyongyang, and North Korea did propose peace talks with the US a number of times to end the 1953 armistice and replace it with a peace treaty.

What North Korea is also trying to do is to break the South Korea-US alliance and undermine the new South Korean president Moon Jae-in’s initiatives for improved inter-Korean relations. He’s proposed numerous talks with North Koreaand Pyongyang has deliberately ignored Seoul’s good gestures. Kim Jong-un wants to talk directly with Trump, undermining Moon, but the US is reluctant to talk with North Korea unless Kim denuclearises or at least freezes its nuclear programmes.

It’s wishful thinking that Kim will give up his nuclear power. Neither [Russian president Vladimir] Putin nor Xi [Jinping, the Chinese president] would want another war in the Korean peninsula, and Kim Jong-un has no friends in international relations. He developed a very dangerous weapon that’s threatening everyone, especially those in South Korea. If Trump doesn’t want Kim to further develop his nuclear ambition, he has to sit down and talk with Kim.

What are North Korea’s nuclear capabilities?


Robert Kelly, associate professor, Pusan National University

There are two ways to think about what Trump said. The optimistic way – if you’re a Trump supporter – is that he’s trying to be unpredictable. What this is really intended to do is pressure the Chinese, to signal to them that strategic patience is over.

The less optimistic, and probably more accurate, reading is that this is Trump shooting his mouth off. There’s rhetoric on both sides – it’s like two bullies in the playground yelling at each other.

The North Koreans are not going to offensively strike an American base or the American homeland unilaterally without any provocation – to do that would bring crushing American retaliation. The North Koreans aren’t stupid. Their nuclear weapons are intended for defence, not offence.

The North Koreans are worried about what happened to Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein, they’re worried about the Americans leveraging change and they know that nuclear weapons are guaranteed to prevent that from happening. That’s what this is really all about. The Guam thing is another empty threat.

But the North Koreans are not going to back down. They’ll continue with the missile testing and make sure that the warhead has been miniaturised. They also need to make sure that the vehicles don’t break up when they re-enter the atmosphere. In the meantime, they’ll respond to American bluster with their own bluster.

We’re not used to unpredictability and anxiety coming from the American side of this relationship. That’s why people are so unnerved – we’re not used to Potus talking like this.

Why is North Korea threatening Guam?

John Delury, North Korea expert, Yonsei University, Seoul

For all the bluster, there is no rational case for war and sanctions have proved their inefficacy. So, if we want any progress, we are left with diplomacy.

The US message to Pyongyang should be: “We want you to prosper and maybe after you have prospered you’ll be able to let go of the nukes because you are feeling more confident and you are integrating into the region and you want to be like the rest of east Asia.”

But some people don’t want progress. For example, if you are focused on non-proliferation, then there is a good argument that you just want to beat up North Korea every day and isolate them and keep them down so that every other country that is considering going nuclear says to themselves: “Well, I sure don’t want to be North Korea.” There is a rationale for that.

The North Koreans love the verbal hostilities. They will do this ad nauseam. They are happy to do daily threat battles with the White House. That is actually quite wonderful for them. They like the attention and it all underlines their point that they are under siege by the Americans.

But an outbreak of military conflict is not impossible. It is hard to get the balance. I do think there are real things to be concerned about. I think South Koreans are insufficiently concerned and not watching the situation enough. I think the South Korean government is being too quiet about this.

Professor Andrew O’Neil, ballistic missile testing expert, Griffith University


Much will depend on North Korea’s actions with respect to missile testing. If NK tests a nuclear device (they tested two in 2016) after two watershed ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile] testing in July, this will be highly provocative and place intense pressure on the US and its allies, as well as China, to come up with additional measures to pressure Pyongyang.

The problem here is that: a) security council sanctions haven’t worked in restraining North Korea; and b) there is no appetite for carrying out military strikes against North Korean WMD installations for fear of triggering a wide conflict in north-east Asia. President Trump’s “fire and fury” comments, however, could be a game-changer in the sense that he may feel compelled to use military force to uphold US credibility internationally. If he doesn’t act in the face of a major North Korean provocation, his own credibility will take a big hit, which may in itself move him closer to military action.

The cycle historically has been that both sides have become more risk-averse as conflict becomes more likely. The possibility this time around is that Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump may have too much confidence in their capacity to manage a crisis and de-escalate before a spiral gains traction.

It’s important to appreciate that Kim Jong-un’s domestic circumstances also play a role. Turnover at senior levels of the regime is frequent and brutal, and Kim’s position is not necessarily secure. He would be anxious about the potential for a Chinese-sponsored coup and his own power base. Standing up to the enemy that is the foundation for NK’s historical and contemporary threat narratives (ie the US) plays well with Kim’s domestic base and probably helps to reinforce his control over the regime, the military and the party.

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Missouri Police Officer Fatally Shot During Traffic Stop

Missouri Police Officer Fatally Shot During Traffic Stop

Clinton police officer Gary Michael, 37, who had been on the force less than a year, died late Sunday near Clinton, about 75 miles southeast of Kansas City, Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe said. The traffic stop involved a registration violation, Lowe said.

Image: This undated photo released by the Missouri State Highway Patrol shows Ian McCarthy, of Clinton, Missouri, who has been identified as a person of interest in the fatal shooting of Clinton police officer Gary Michael, Aug. 6, 2017.
This undated photo released by the Missouri State Highway Patrol shows Ian McCarthy. AP

The vehicle stopped was registered to Ian McCarthy, 39, of Clinton and he is considered a person of interest in the killing, Lowe said.

After Michael made the traffic stop and got out of his patrol car, the driver got out of his car and fired at the officer, who was able to return fire, Lowe said. The man drove away but crashed and fled on foot. It was not clear if the driver was shot or injured in the crash.

Officers searched a house Monday morning where McCarthy was thought to be, but he was not there. Lowe said authorities believe he is still on foot somewhere in the Clinton area.

Michael was a lifelong resident of Clinton and leaves behind a wife and stepsons.

“In a small community, the police department is very tight-knit, so it’s obviously devastating for the family and also for the police department,” Lowe said. “(Michael) was heroic right to the end. He was protecting his community.”

Acceptance of Polygamy Is at a Record High, and TV Might Explain Why

Acceptance of Polygamy Is at a Record High, and TV Might Explain Why

‘Sister Wives’ could be tied to why more people are OK with a multiple-spouse lifestyle.

Polygamy wedding cake.

Gallup polling on American values and beliefs in May found acceptance of a person having multiple spouses at one time has grown in the U.S., but pinning down the exact cause of the trend is tricky.

Support for polygamy in the United States is at an all-time high, and Americans’ love for TV may be one explanation for the trend.

Gallup polling on American values and beliefs in May found acceptance of a person having multiple spouses at one time has grown in the U.S., with 17 percent of people saying the practice is “morally acceptable.” That number marked the highest rate on record dating back to 2003, according to Gallup data.

Pinning down the exact cause of the trend is tricky, as Gallup notes it’s coincided with a general increase in liberal views on social issues like same-sex relationships and premarital sex, but hasn’t come with a correspondingly permissive legal shift on the issue. Polygamy, in fact, is illegal in all 50 states.

However, Andrew Dugan, an analyst with Gallup, also notes TV programming within the last decade or so started to feature polygamist characters. Perhaps most notable has been the TLC show “Sister Wives.”

Gallup has seen U.S. support for polygamy rise by almost 10 percentage points over the time “Sister Wives” has been on the air, according to Dugan, though he cautions “it is impossible to establish any direct causality between the show and changing attitudes.”

Still, it wouldn’t be the first time TV has been referenced as a possible reason for Americans’ changing social views.

Former Vice President Joe Biden famously mentioned sitcom”Will & Grace,” which featured multiple gay characters, as a reason behind why he thinks American attitudes have shifted on gay rights.

“I think ‘Will & Grace probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody’s ever done so far,” Biden said during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

And TV touching the political realm doesn’t end there.

Today, it often makes its way into discussions about President Donald Trump, with many pointing to Trump’s reported interest in cable TV news shows.

Emmy-winning actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and star of HBO’s “Veep,” for one, has said Trump’s election “scratches a deep itch for me to satirize or be funny about something that maybe doesn’t seem funny at all.”

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  • Custom drug combinations and formulations which minimize induction times-the time from dart impact until the animal is immobilized. (Dr. Amass has drug combinations and techniques that will safely immobilize a White-tailed Deer in 64 seconds, with drug combinations now mixed according to ambient temperature!)

  • Safe and reliable drug and dosage recommendations for Deer, Elk, and Exotic Hoofstock in various levels of confinement-from tame animals in close captivity, to wild temperament animals that are in large enclosures or free-ranging. (One drug combination or dosage does not fit all situations!)

  • Proper injection sites to ensure rapid drug absorption and effects.

  • Capture strategies to minimize capture stress on the animal, and procedural stress of the operator.

  • Drug delivery technology: Advantages and disadvantages of the various commercially available darting systems including Pneu-dart, Telinject, Daninject, Palmer, Paxarms, and Distinject. Choosing the system to best fit your needs-maximizing the utility of the dart projector/tranquilizer gun you already have.

  • Sighting Techniques in dart projectors/tranquilizer guns to ensure accurate, atraumatic dart delivery.

  • Techniques and modifications which are necessary to have field accuracy and consistent results with currently manufactured darting systems and radiotracking devices.

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  • Post Immobilization Care of Deer, Elk, and Exotic Hoofstock: Species specific tips on proper body and head position to prevent aspiration, dart removal techniques to minimize tissue trauma and techniques of wound care to decrease the chance of a dart wound abscess.

  • Medical monitoring: Assessment techniques to ensure the immobilized animal stays physiologically stable throughout the procedure. The “Vital Signs” – how to monitor and interpret temperature, pulse, heart rate, respiratory rate, capillary refill time, pulse oximetry, capnography-with checklists provided to help keep you organized and on track in the field.

  • Medical emergencies associated with capture and handling: How to prevent, recognize, and treat bloat, capture myopathy, shock, hyperthermia, hypothermia, seizures, and other complications which can be avoided and managed in association with chemical immobilization.

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HOW TO : How to ‘Lollipop’ Frog Legs in 5 Easy Steps


How to ‘Lollipop’ Frog Legs in 5 Easy Steps

So, you’re a brave heart willing to tangle with venomous slitherers under cover of night for trophy hoppers? Or, you might be so deep into the locavore movement that you’re willing to get boots sucked out from under you in knee-high muck to bag a heap of croakers in a mosquito-infested Tennessee swamp?

Either way, you probably already know how to clean and dress frogs. Perhaps you have an old family recipe that’s been handed down the family tree. But if you want to get a bit schmancy next time, or have never “lollipopped” frog legs and are wondering how, here are five easy steps that will elevate your wild kitchen skills.



  1. Start lollipopping by cutting the legs into two; one nice slice and bone crunch on each side of the tail bone (below).

  1. Slip the tip of the knife between the tibiofibular bone and the calf muscle (below).

  1. Slide knife along the tibiofibula to release the calf muscle (below).

  1. Pull back the calf muscle to expose the tibiofibular (below).

  1. The photo below shows a different angle of stripping the calf muscle. Once the calf muscle has been detached with the tip of a knife, strip the flesh off the bone by pulling and scraping. That’s all there is to it!


Quick-and-Easy Recipe

Toss the legs and a bit of pork fat back in some seasoned flour.

Deep fry until golden in a cast iron skillet.

Coat with your favorite homemade, or store bought sauce: buffalo, Teriyaki, bar-b-que, or whatever. That right there is some finger-licking good eating!

About the Author: Raised a Minnesota farm-girl in a hunting family, Krissie Mason (below) is an outdoorswoman, food enthusiast, and has been reconnecting with her culinary country roots and family hunting traditions of late. She is the brains and brawn behind Scratch + Holler media, and a regular contributor to several outdoor websites. Krissie fully supports a field-to-fork wild food chain, and especially enjoys expanding pantries and stretching wild game palates with her ambitious and delicious wild game recipes.

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Strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia

Strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia

INDONESIA has been struck by a strong earthquake.

Indonesia earthquakeUSGS

A strong earthquake has struck Indonesia

The  struck at around 3.35pm BST (9.35pm local time) and registered 6.6 magnitude.

It hit the Sulawesi region in the north of the country at a depth of around 9.4 kilometres – unusually shallow.
The USGS estimate up to 200,000 people could have felt “strong” to “very strong” shaking during the quake.
Indonesia is located on the infamous Ring of Fire, a area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

The Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics said there was no threat of a tsunami.

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Local Police Are Warning If You Spot Purple Fence Posts To Get Away As Soon As You Can

Local Police Are Warning If You Spot Purple Fence Posts To Get Away As Soon As You Can

 If you live in Texas, as well as a number of other states, you have certainly seen a fence post or tree painted purple. And you probably already know not to go anywhere near it. But do you understand why?

Texas and other states with the purple paint law allow residents and land owners to mark the outskirts of their territory with bright purple spray paint. Instead of building a wall or fence around the property, Texans and residents of other states with a similar law understand that purple paint means no trespassing…

Why do states do this? Well because of the unpredictable weather patterns, especially considering the disastrous effect climate change is having on America’s southern states, “No Trespassing” signs can easily be blown away in a wind storm. Landowners need another way to mark the borders of their land.

And as any Texan understands, if someone has a sprawling patch of land, how are they supposed to monitor their property’s boarders if they have to do so much on a daily basis? It’s just too much work for anyone to do on top of farming their land or managing their cattle.

Because the landowners in Texas and other states with the purple paint law have so much land to watch over, they probably wouldn’t notice a single “No Trespassing” sign missing in the first place. It’s not like they go around checking on that every day.

The purple paint law allows landowners to spray it and forget it.