Gee somebody left his rifle, so I guess I will just hold on to it for them!


Have a great Sunday on me! NSFW


A Springfield Armory Model: Sporterized 1903 in 300 Win Magnum

Somebody sure did pour a whole lot of cold hard cash into this puppy is all that I can say! Grumpy





A friend of mines Drawing Room!

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The neat Toys pf the USA got to play with in WWII

List of equipment of the United States Army during World War II

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The following is a list of equipment of the United States during World War II which includes artilleryvehicles and vesselsWorld War II was a global war that was under way by 1939 and ended in 1945. Following the Japanese attack on 7 December 1941, which led to the United States actively supporting the Allied war effort.

Knives and bayonets[edit]

Knives and bayonets
Name Image Type Origin Notes
M1905 bayonet Great-War-US-Military-Bayonets.jpg Bayonet  United States
M1917 bayonet Vietnam-War-US-Military-Bayonets (cropped).jpg Bayonet  United States
Mark 1 trench knife M1918 Trench Knife.jpg Knife  United States
M3 fighting knife M3 knife.jpg Knife  United States
Ka-Bar Ka-bar USMC Combat Knife (4970059898).jpg Knife  United States
V-42 stiletto V-42 Stiletto.jpg Dagger  United States
United States Marine Raider stiletto Marine raider stiletto.jpg Dagger  United States
Bolo knife 2011-11-1 Bolo Knife (5375014869).jpg Knife  Philippines Used by units in the Philippines.

Small arms[edit]

Revolvers and pistols[edit]

Model Image Cartridge Type Origin Details
Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless Colt 1903 right side.jpg .32 ACP Semi-automatic pistol  United States
Colt M1911A1 M1911a1.jpg .45 ACP Semi-automatic pistol  United States still used today
M1917 revolver Smith-et-Wesson-1917-p1030108.jpg .45 ACP Revolver  United States
Colt Official Police Colt Official Police 32-20 1927.png Multiple Revolver  United States
FP-45 Liberator FP-45 Liberator.jpg .45 ACP Single shot Pistol  United States Dropped into occupied territories for use by insurgency.
Smith & Wesson Model 10 M&Prevolver.jpg .38 S&W Revolver  United States

Submachine guns[edit]

Model Image Cartridge Type Origin Details
Thompson submachine gun Submachine gun M1928 Thompson.jpg .45 ACP Submachine gun  United States
M3 submachine gun M3 submachine gun.jpg .45 ACP Submachine gun  United States
M50 Reising submachine gun Model-50.jpg .45 ACP/.22 LR Submachine gun  United States
United Defense M42 United Defence M42.jpg 9x19mm Parabellum.45 ACP (prototype model only) Submachine gun  United States .45 ACP was used only in prototype model


Model Image Cartridge Type Origin Details
M1903 Springfield M1903 Springfield - USA - 30-06 - Armémuseum.jpg .30-06 Springfield Bolt action Sniper rifle  United States
M1 Garand Garand.jpg .30-06 Springfield Semi-automatic rifle  United States
M1917 Enfield M1917 Enfield - USA - 30-06 - Armémuseum.jpg .30-06 Springfield Bolt action  United States
M1941 Johnson rifle Johnson M1941 Rifle.JPG .30-06 Springfield Semi-automatic rifle  United States
M1 carbine M1 Carbine tri army.jpg .30 Carbine Carbine  United States
Winchester Model 70 Pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 2.jpg Various Rifle  United States


Model Image Cartridge Type Origin Details
Winchester Model 1897 Winchester 1897.jpg Gauge (firearms) Shotgun  United States
Winchester Model 1912 Winchester Model 1912.JPG Gauge (firearms) Shotgun  United States
Browning Auto-5 Browning auto 5 catalog.png Gauge (firearms) Semi-automatic shotgun  United States
Winchester Model 21 No image Gauge (firearms)/.410 bore Shotgun  United States .410 bore was used only in deluxe models.
Remington Model 31 No image Gauge (firearms) Shotgun  United States
Stevens Model 520/620 Stevens 520 1935-37.JPG Gauge (firearms) Shotgun  United States
Ithaca 37 Ithaca 37.jpg Gauge (firearms) Shotgun  United States


Grenades and grenade launchers
Name Image Type Origin Details
Mk 2 grenade MK2 grenade DoD.jpg Grenade  United States
M7 grenade launcher M1Garand muzzle grenade.jpg Grenade launcher  United States Fired smokefragmentation, and anti-armor grenades.

Recoilless rifles[edit]

Model Image Cartridge Type Origin Details
M18 recoilless rifle M18 57mm Recoilless Rifle pic1.JPG 57×303mmR Recoilless rifle  United States Was not developed until the final stages of the war, in 1945.
M20 recoilless rifle M20 75 mm recoilless rifle korean war.jpg 75 x 408 mm R HE, HEAT, Smoke Recoilless rifle  United States Was not developed until the final stages of the war, in 1944.


Model Image Cartridge Type Origin Details
M1A1 flamethrower M1A1 flamethrower fired at bunker.png Flamethrower  United States
M2 flamethrower USm2flamethrower.jpg Flamethrower  United States
Ronson flamethrower Ronson flame tank Iwo Jima.jpg Vehicle mounted flamethrower  United Kingdom Developed in the United Kingdom, however, was used exclusively by the United States and Canada.

Obstacle-clearing explosive charges[edit]

Model Image Cartridge Type Origin Details
M1A1 Bangalore torpedo Bangalore torpedo.jpg TNTC4 Explosive charge  United States

Machine guns[edit]

Model Image Cartridge Type Origin Details
Infantry and dual-purpose machine guns
Lewis gun Lewis Gun (derivated).jpg .30-06 Springfield Light machine gun  United Kingdom United States
M1917 Browning machine gun Hackenberg - browning M1917.JPG .30-06 Springfield Heavy machine gun  United States
M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle Browning ar001.jpg Various Various  United States Was used as an: Automatic rifleMachine gunAssault rifle, and Squad automatic weapon.
M1919 Browning machine gun Browning-M1919-machine-gun-batey-haosef-2.jpg Various Medium machine gun  United States
M1941 Johnson machine gun Machine gun M1941 Johnson 1.jpg .30-06 Springfield Light machine gun  United States
Browning M2HB (.50 BMG) M2 Browning, Musée de l'Armée (cropped).jpg .50 BMG Heavy machine gun  United States
Bren light machine gun Bren wog.jpg .303 British Light Machine Gun  United Kingdom
.30 AN/M2 “Stinger” field modification No image 7.62 mm caliber Machine gun  United States Used by the USMC Only
Vehicle and aircraft machine guns and autocannons
M4 cannon M4 cannon drawing.jpg 37x145mmR M4 autocannon  United States
M2 cannon TCM-20-hatzerim-2.jpg 20 mm caliber autocannon  United States
50 caliber machine gun (Browning M2) M2 Browning, Musée de l'Armée (cropped).jpg .50 BMG Heavy machine gun  United States


Model Image Caliber Type Origin Details
Infantry mortars
M1 mortar 81 mm Mortar M1.jpg 81 mm (3.2 in) Mortar  United States
M2 4.2 inch mortar Mortar-korea-19520505.jpg 107 mm (4.2 in) Mortar  United States
M2 mortar M2-Mortar.jpg 60 mm (2.36 in) Mortar  United States
Rocket artillery
T34 Calliope T-34-rocket-launcher-France.jpg 114 mm/183 mm4.5 in/7.2 in Rocket artillery  United States
T40 Whizbang 7.2-inch Multiple Rocket Launcher M17 Mounted on Medium Tank.png 180 mm (7.2 in) Rocket artillery  United States
Field artillery
75 mm Gun M2/M3/M6 75 mm model 1917 Hanko 2.JPG 75 mm (2.95 in) Field gun  United States Copy of British weapon.
QF 2.95-inch Mountain Gun QF2.95inchMountainGun.jpg 75 mm (2.95 in) Mountain gun  United Kingdom Used in the Philippines.
M116 howitzer M116 75 mm Pack Howitzer M1, CFB Gagetown, NB (2).JPG 75 mm (2.95 in) Pack howitzer  United States
M101 howitzer M101 Howitzer Front View.jpg 105 mm (4.1 in) Howitzer  United States
M3 howitzer M3 105mm howitzer kalemegdan.jpg 105 mm (4.1 in) Light howitzer  United States
Canon de 155mm GPF Militaire-Canon de 155 court lle Rimailho-1907.JPG 155 mm (6.10 in) Field gun/Coastal artillery  France
M114 155 mm howitzer M114 155 mm Howitzer, Minto, NB (3).JPG 155 mm (6.1 in) Howitzer  United States
155 mm Long Tom 155mm-Long-Tom-england.jpg 155 mm (6.1 in) Towed field artillery  United States 4.5-inch Gun M1 was a variant to fire British ammunition.
M115 howitzer M115 203mm Howitzer Display in ORDC 20121013c.jpg 203 mm (8.0 in) Howitzer  United States
8-inch Gun M1 8CanLeft.jpg 203 mm (8.0 in) Heavy gun  United States
240 mm howitzer M1 240mm howitzer.jpg 240 mm (9.4 in) Howitzer  United States
Fortress and siege guns
5-inch/51-caliber gun TulaneU9Nov07FreretCannon.jpg 127 mm (5 in) Various  United States Was primarily used as a naval gun, however, also saw use as coastal defence and fortification
8-inch gun M1888 8-inch M1888 Plant Museum University of Tampa.jpg 203 mm (8 in) Coastal defence and fortification  United States Saw little service in the war, was primarily used in WW1.
8-inch Mk. VI railway gun 8 inch MK. VI.jpg 203 mm (8 in) Railway gun  United States Was a variation of the 8-inch M1888.
M1918 240 mm howitzer 240mm-howitzer-FAJ19220708.jpg 240 mm (9.5 in) Howitzer  United States
12-inch coast defense mortar Battery Way.jpg 305 mm (12 in) Coastal artillery  United States Also used as a railway gun.
12-inch gun M1895 12-inch-M1897-Firing.jpg 305 mm (12 in) Coastal artillery  United States
14-inch M1920 railway gun 14in-railway-gun-M1920-CAJ192211.jpg 355.6 mm (14 in) Railway gun  United States
16-inch/50-caliber M1919 gun FortDuvallM191901.jpg 405 mm (16 in) Coastal artillery  United States
Anti-tank guns
37 mm gun M3 37-mm-at-gun-fort-benning-3.jpg 37 mm (1.45 in) Anti-tank gun  United States
Ordnance QF 6-pounder Ordnance QF 6 pounder.JPG 57 mm (2.24 in) Anti-tank gun  United Kingdom
3-inch gun M5 Three Inch M-5 Gun.jpg 76.2 mm (3 in) Anti-tank gun  United States

Anti-tank weapons (besides anti-tank gun)[edit]


Vehicles (armored and non-armored, tracked and wheeled, amphibious, etc.)
Name Image Type Origin Notes
M1 Combat Car M1 Combat Car.jpg Light tank  United States
M2 light tank M2A4 07.JPG Light tank  United States
M2 Medium Tank M2 Medium.Aberdeen.00081tph.jpg Medium tank  United States
M3 Stuart M3 serial 1.JPG Light tank  United States
M5 Stuart M5 Stuart.jpg Light tank  United States Upgraded version of the M3 Stuart
M3 Lee AlfredPalmerM3tank1942b.jpg Medium tank  United States
M4 Sherman M4 Sherman Utah Beach.jpg Medium tank  United States Most widely used tank by the Allies of World War II.
M22 Locust M22 Locust (23567843411).jpg Airborne light tank  United States
M26 Pershing M26 'Pershing' tank (2003) - panoramio.jpg Heavy/medium tank  United States
M6 heavy tank Heavy-tank-OWI-4.jpg Heavy tank  United States
T29 Heavy Tank T29.Fort Knox.0007x8yr.jpg Heavy tank  United States
T30 Heavy Tank T30 Heavy Tank.JPG Heavy tank  United States
Marmon-Herrington CTLS IWM-E-6820-Marmon-Herrington-19411028.jpg Light tank  United States Primarily used as an export to the Dutch.
M24 Chaffee M24 chaffee side.jpg Light tank  United States
Self-propelled guns
M7 Priest M7 Priest at APG.jpg Self-propelled artillery  United States
M10 tank destroyer M10 1943.jpg Tank destroyer  United States
M12 Gun Motor Carriage 155 Gun Motor Carriage M12.png Self-propelled gun  United States
Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 Self-propelled howitzer M8.jpg Self-propelled artillery  United States
T28 Super Heavy Tank T28 Super Heavy Tank.jpg Tank destroyer  United States Only a couple prototypes built. Never used in war.
M18 Hellcat M18 hellcat side.jpg Tank destroyer  United States
M36 tank destroyer SC198612.jpg Tank destroyer  United States
M40 Gun Motor Carriage 155mm Gun Motor Carriage M40 1.JPG Self-propelled artillery  United States
T40/M9 Tank destroyer 3-inch Gun Motor Carriage M9.png Tank destroyer  United States
M41 Howitzer Motor Carriage 155mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M41 2.JPG Self-propelled artillery  United States
M43 Howitzer Motor Carriage TM-9-335-8in-HMC-M43-1.jpg Self-propelled artillery  United States
Armored Cars
M2 half-track car M2 Halftrack.jpg Reconnaissance vehicle  United States
M3 Scout Car Scout-car-fort-riley-3.jpg Armored car (military)  United States
M8 Greyhound M8-Greyhound-Haugh-3.jpg Armored car (military)  United States Had a turret-less variant that was named M20.
M38 Wolfhound Chevrolet M38 Wolfhound Armored Car.jpg Armored car (military)  United States
M29 Weasel M29 Weasel 3.jpg Tracked vehicle  United States
S1 Scout Car Pattons-M3A1-scout-car-1.jpg Armored car (military)  Australia
T17 (armored car) T17-armored-car.jpg Armored car (military)  United States
Armored carriers
M3 half-track Arkansas Air & Military Museum May 2017 54 (M3 Half-track).jpg Armoured personnel carrier  United States
Universal Carrier Universal Carrier in Kubinka.jpg Armoured personnel carrier  United Kingdom
Dodge WC series DodgeWC-59 telephone truck.jpg Truck  United States
Willys MB Willys MB (Bild 1 2008-06-14), Baujahr 1944 c.JPG Truck  United States
Harley-Davidson WLA WLA3quarters.JPG Motorcycle  United States
M4 Tractor M4-artillery-tractor-batey-haosef-3.jpg Artillery tractor  United States
M5 Tractor M5 tractor RMM.jpg Artillery tractor  United States
Aquatic vessels
Landing Vehicle Tracked Landing on Emirau AWM305252.jpeg Landing craft  United States
DUKW DUKW 4.jpg Amphibious vehicle  United States
LCVP (United States) Darke APA-159 - LCVP 18.jpg Landing craft  United States
Ford GPA Ford GPA (1).jpg Amphibious vehicle  United States
DD Tank DD-Tank.jpg Amphibious tank  United States Upgraded version of the M4 Sherman
Landing craft tank IWM-H-19057-Crusader-landing-19420426.jpg Landing craft  United States Used to transport Tank.
Landing Craft Infantry Invasion Training in England 02.jpg Landing craft  United States Used to transport Infantry


United States Coast Guard[edit]


United States Navy[edit]

United States Marine Corps[edit]


United States Army Air Forces[edit]


A Smith & Wesson Pre 27 6 inch blue in the MANLY Caliber of 357 magnum

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As you can guess by now. I think that this is one hell of a great Gun. That & I would just be overwhelmed to own. Grumpy













I think that somebody has been hitting the Sauce way hard over in the “Space Force”!



Remember this as I sure do! ( I never got one as my allowance was $2 a month back then in the 60’s)


Yep, The Brass does not like being called out when they F**K up. Especially by one of their own too!

Marine Officer Who Demanded Accountability for Afghanistan Debacle Jailed Awaiting

by Debra Heine


The Marine officer who received viral attention in August for posting a video on social media blasting military leadership over the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, has been thrown in the brig, the United States Marine Corps has confirmed.


Lt. Col Stuart Scheller was taken to a military brig on Monday for violating a gag order, his father told the military blog Task & Purpose.

“All our son did is ask the questions that everybody was asking themselves, but they were too scared to speak out loud,” said Stuart Scheller Sr. “He was asking for accountability. In fact, I think he even asked for an apology that we made mistakes, but they couldn’t do that, which is mind-blowing.”

The elder Scheller said that his son is scheduled to appear before a military hearing on Thursday.

“They had a gag order on him and asked him not to speak,” the senior Scheller said. “He did, and they incarcerated him. They don’t know what to do with him.”

The Marine Corps issued a statement confirming that Scheller, a former battalion commander, has been sent to the brig.

“Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller Jr. is currently in pre-trial confinement in the Regional Brig for Marine Corps Installations East aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune pending an Article 32 preliminary hearing,” said Capt. Sam Stephenson, a spokesman for Training and Education Command. “The time, date, and location of the proceedings have not been determined. Lt. Col. Scheller will be afforded all due process.”

According to Task & Purpose, Scheller is accused of four offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Scheller is accused of the following offenses under the UCMJ: Article 88: Contempt toward officials, Article 90: Willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer, Article 92: Failure to obey an order, and Article 133: Conduct unbecoming, a Marine Corps spokesperson told Task & Purpose.

However, it’s not yet certain whether Scheller will face a court-martial. The Marine will go through an Article 32 hearing, which will determine whether there is enough evidence to warrant a court-martial. But no matter what the hearing finds, Scheller has already made a name for himself through his viral videos. Publicly criticizing senior leadership while still in uniform the way Scheller did was a move so bold that even members of other branches of the military are talking about it.

“People are lying if they said they didn’t feel a little bit like he did the day he posted the video,” said a commenter on the Air Force subreddit in reaction to the news on Monday that Scheller had been sent to the brig and is expected to appear before a military hearing on Thursday.

“[B]ut most of us have the better judgement than to post something like that (especially in uniform),” the commenter added.

Another commenter on the unofficial Marine Corps subreddit echoed that sentiment, writing “You don’t out-dick the Marine Corps. The green weenie always wins. This is no surprise.”

In his viral video—posted on the same day that 13 U.S. service members were killed in an ISIS bombing attack at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan—Lt. Col. Scheller expressed extreme frustration with the way the military withdrawal from Afghanistan had been handled, and demanded accountability.

“People are upset because their senior leaders let them down and none of them are raising their hands and accepting accountability and saying ‘we messed this up,’” he said.

“Did anyone raise their hand and say, ‘we completely messed this up?’” Scheller asked, going on to note that his Marine friends have been wondering if all of the lives lost over the past 20 years had been in vain.

“What I will say is, potentially all of those people did die in vain if we don’t have senior leaders to own up, raise their hand and say, ‘we did not do this well in the end,’” he said. “Without that, we just keep repeating the same mistakes—this amalgamation of the economic/corporate/political/ higher military rank not holding up their end of the bargain,” he added.

Scheller concluded: “I want to say this very strongly. I have been fighting for 17 years. I’m willing to throw it all away to say to my senior leaders, I demand accountability.”

Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who has been providing fundraising support for Scheller through his Pipe Hitter Foundation, posted an update in Scheller’s case in a Facebook post on Monday.

In his post, Gallagher shared a message from Scheller’s parents, Stu Scheller and Cathy Scheller, which began: “It is with a heavy heart that we, his parents, are informing you that our son, Lt. Col Stuart Scheller, has been incarcerated by the USMC this morning, September 27, 2021. He was issued a Gag order which he broke this weekend by posting on social media.”

In a post on Tuesday,  Gallagher noted that Sec. of Defense Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and General Kenneth McKenzie would be testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“Will they be held accountable for the debacle in Afghanistan?” he asked, sharing a tweet about the hearing by former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik.  “Losing a 20 year war with no pull out plan that led to the death of 13 young Service Members?”

Scheller wrote a number of long posts on his Facebook page over the weekend, including one on September 25th in which he criticized Presidents Donald Trump, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, as well as Generals James Mattis, David Petraeus, Michael Flynn, Julian Alford and Francis Donovan. Scheller also called out Task & Purpose, the military blog that broke this story.

“You don’t understand me,” he wrote. “I do plan to bring the whole system down. Yes, Task and Purpose, I am brave enough to say it again. What say you now?”

Scheller ended his September 25th post by daring his commander to arrest him. “What happens when all you do is speak truth and no one wants to hear it. But they can probably stop listening because… I’m crazy… right? Col Emmel please have the MPs waiting for me at 0800 on Monday. I’m ready for jail.”

In a subsequent video, Scheller upped the ante, declaring that he would bring charges against Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), for dereliction of duty.

“To recap my position, in the fallout of Afghanistan I demanded accountability in my senior leaders and I stated then that I understood that I might lose my battalion commander seat, my retirement and my family’s stability,” Scheller said. “As it has played out, I have in-fact lost all three of those things.”

Scheller indicated that rather than pursuing a court-martial over his critical remarks, the Marines had offered him a non-judicial punishment and separation under honorable conditions, so long as he is willing to give up his commission and not fight for his retirement.

“The reason I can’t let it go and the reason I’m not just taking an offer is because I feel like there are general officers in our institution who aren’t being held accountable,” Scheller said.

Addressing McKenzie, Scheller said, “You made comments that are public record on August 31st, that stated you made bad assumptions, that you left hundreds of Americans in Afghanistan, and then you itemized pieces of equipment that total hundreds of millions of dollars.”

“I know you are a great American,” Scheller continued. “I know you didn’t intend to fail. I know you have served very honorably and are probably a great leader. That doesn’t absolve you from the accountability of your bad assumptions.”

“I have read the entire UCMJ [Uniform Code of Military Justice] in the last two weeks of my purgatory, all of the punitive articles,” Scheller said. “And it turns out that all military officers are subject to the UCMJ,” Scheller said in the video. “Because it appears to me that no general officers are willing to hold each other accountable, I am submitting charges against Gen. McKenzie for his bad assumptions – not because I’m vindictive, but because the senior leaders need to be held accountable to the same standard as us.”

– – –

Debra Heine reports for American Greatness.
Photo “Lt. Col. Scheller” by Stuart Scheller.


Most Firearm Offenses in Illinois are for Firearms Possession by Black Men by Dean Weingarten

Facts Truth Fake Bogus Research

Paper: Most Firearm Offenses in Illinois are for Firearms Possession by Black Men IMG iStock

USA – -( In a paper published at Loyola University Chicago, describing the make-up of people convicted for firearms possession, few surprises are found. These are the major findings listed in the executive summary of the paper, published in July of 2021. From

1) The majority of felony firearm possession convictions in Illinois occur in Cook County, primarily involve Black men, and are disproportionately concentrated in specific Chicago neighborhoods;

2) The majority—52%–of felony firearm possession convictions in Illinois involved Class X, 2, or 3 felony offenses of a person with a prior felony conviction possessing a firearm; 34% involved a Class 4 felony offense;

3) For the least serious felony firearm possession offense (e.g., a Class 4 felony), one-third (33%) of the statewide convictions stemmed from arrests in 11 of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods. Of those convicted of a Class 4 felony firearm possession offense, 74% were 18-24 year-olds;

4) As a result of increased arrests, and mandatory prison sentences for most firearm possession offenses, prison admissions for these crimes increased 27% between 2014 and 2019, while admissions for all other crimes fell 38%;

5) Legislative changes in 2011 and 2018 to Class 4 felony firearm possession offenses primarily impacted sentencing practices in Cook County;

6) Of those firearm possession offenses where prison is not mandatory under all circumstances (i.e., the Class 4 felony offenses), those convicted in Cook County were more likely to be sentenced to prison than in the rest of Illinois;

7) The vast majority of those sentenced to prison for firearm possession offenses were not arrested for a violent crime within 3 years of release from prison. Having a prior conviction for a violent crime was a stronger predictor of a subsequent arrest for a violent crime, and the majority of those convicted and sentenced to prison for firearm possession offenses do not have prior convictions for violent crimes;

8) Those sentenced to probation or prison in Cook County for a Class 4 firearm possession offense had similar, and relatively low, rates of arrests for a violent crime within 3 years of sentencing after taking into account other characteristics correlated with recidivism, including age, sex, and prior criminal history.

Many young black men are being arrested for firearms possession. These men are mostly from the most dangerous neighborhoods in the United States. Most of these men would rather take the chance of being arrested compared to the chance of being defenseless when attacked. Some of these cases are arrests when the firearm is being used in defense of self and others. We do not know the percentage.

Firearm Possession Sentencing in Illinois by AmmoLand Shooting Sports News on Scribd


On Monday, 22 March, in Chicago, 15 people were recorded as being shot. Three of them were killed. One of those shot is recorded as acting in self-defense, on the South Side of Chicago.

In the gun culture, the phrase is: better tried by 12 than carried by 6.

Many of the arrests are for not having a Firearms Owner Identification card (FOID). The requirement to apply to the state to obtain permission to own a firearm is repugnant to the Second Amendment. From

Judge T. Scott Webb, of White County, Illinois, Found the requirement to obtain a (FOID) before owning a firearm in Illinois, to be unconstitutional.

Gun Control in the United States has racist roots. The purpose of gun control was to disarm disfavored minorities, so the establishment could better control them. At first, this was mostly applied to black people. As time went on, it was applied to more and more people.

Black people have been severely discriminated against in their legal ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

Once someone is convicted of felony gun possession, their chance of ever regaining their ability to legally exercise Second Amendment rights is almost non-existent.

This sets up a vicious feedback loop, where people in dysfunctional black communities do not trust the police. They do not get FOID cards or concealed carry licenses. They are arrested for carrying for self-defense. They are now felons. The distrust of the police and the system grows.

Shall issue permits only started gaining ground in the late 1980s. Constitutional Carry stated increasing in 2003.

The establishment in Chicago has done everything it can to perpetuate this cycle. There is not a single public range in Chicago, because of local government restrictions. Certified shooting instruction is required to obtain a concealed carry permit in Illinois. The wait time for concealed carry permits and FOID cards is measured in months, approaching years. For a young man of 18, who faces daily threats to his life in the worst of Chicago neighborhoods, carrying legally becomes an impossibility.

Because legal carry and training are exceedingly arduous in Chicago, maintaining a gun culture of responsibility and training becomes difficult, unlike much of the rest of the United States.

Training and legal exercise of Second Amendment rights could help reverse this cycle. From

After last week’s appearance at CPAC, Toure told Politico that he began advocating for gun rights in the inner cities after seeing friends locked up for avoidable gun possession charges. He wants to continue the legacy of Malcolm X, the black nationalist who was assassinated in 1965, who expressed softer views on race following his pilgrimage to the holy Muslim city of Mecca.

“We go where there’s high violence, high crime, high gun control — high slave mentalities, to be perfectly honest — and inform urban America about their human right, as stated in the Second Amendment, to defend their life,” Toure told the magazine.

In spite of the barriers, some black people in the dysfunctional neighborhoods are legally arming themselves. They serve as examples of how people can protect themselves legally and have the police as allies instead of adversaries. Former Police Chief James Craig in Detroit, and Sheriff Clarke in Milwaukee County, earned much praise for championing concealed carry as a way to stop crime.

Trust in the police is paramount. Trust has to be earned. It is a feedback loop. Where there is trust in the police, crime drops too low levels. Where police are not trusted, crime rises astronomically.

The BLM and Antifa platforms seem calculated to destroy trust in the police. They appear designed to move the United States from a high trust nation to a low trust nation.

Examples of high trust nations would be Switzerland or Canada. Examples of low-trust nations would be Mexico or South Africa.

It is possible to have a high trust nation like the United States, with pockets of low trust communities, such as we exist today. Those who wish to see the United States in chaos or destroyed, are working hard to increase and spread distrust.

About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30-year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

Dean Weingarten