About Aaron Spuler

Author and Executive Editor for The Weapon Blog, Aaron is a firearms enthusiast and recreational shooter.

Armed Guards With AR-15s Save North St. Louis Strip Mall From Looters

Who says guns do not deter crime?

The “security team” was back out standing guard at the plaza last night.

About 20 men with handguns stood guard at the Greystone Plaza last night.
The St.Louis Post-Dispatch reported:

Along West Florissant just north of 270, in Greystone Plaza, about 20 men with handguns and AR-15 rifles stood around the perimeter of the parking lot, guarding the dozen or so stores.

They estimated that 100 cars had come by throughout the night, seemingly to check the place out, but turned away.

Mike Cross, the owner of St. Louis Ink at the plaza, said: “There’s nothing in this strip mall open, so you’re going to get scrutinized.”

The strip mall had been hit by vandals soon after the shooting in August.

The men wore masks and carried handguns and AR-15 rifles.
The Daily Journal reported:

A couple miles north of the police station, about six men stood in front of Greystone Plaza, a small shopping center that had been looted soon after the Michael Brown shooting in August. The men wore masks and carried handguns and AR-15 rifles.

“I will definitely call police first,” in case the store sees trouble, said St. Louis Ink Tattoo studio owner Mike Cross, 35. “We are not trigger happy by any means. We all have families, and homes and vehicles and bills. So this place cannot go anywhere.”

Source: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/11/armed-guards-with-ar-15s-save-north-st-louis-strip-mall-from-looters/

Learn To Build A Garand

The CMP-AMC or Advanced Maintenance Class, held in Anniston, Alabama, is for students with a strong mechanical aptitude and a desire to learn how to work on their M1 Garand Rifle. There will be a total of 12 classes in 2015. Each class will be a three day event and be limited to 20 students. The class involves classroom lecture as well as hands-on shop time. Tools will be provided. Students will each assemble, from parts, their own CMP Special (RM1Special) Rifle, which is included in the AMC Class Fee of $1800.00

NEW THIS YEAR: Competitors MUST REGISTER via the Competition Tracker system. All students who register via Competition Tracker will be part of a registration lottery. Students may go in and register for classes that fit their schedule (you may register for more than one) between November 17 and December 1. After December 1st the system will randomly assign 20 individuals to each class and 20 individuals to a waitlist for each class. NO applicant will be able to win more than one seat in a class for 2015. NO FORMER AMC CLASS PARTICIPANTS MAY REGISTER
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ALSO NEW THIS YEAR: The “Buddy” AMC Classes. These classes will take place on June 12-14 and June 16-18. This class is RESTRICTED to students who wish to attend the class with another student. This includes father/son, husband/wife, brothers, sisters or friends. Only one member of the “Buddy” team may register. YOU MUST INDICATE YOUR “BUDDY,” THEIR CITY AND STATE AND THEIR DATE OF BIRTH OR CMP COMPETITOR NUMBER, UPON REGISTRATION. Each student attending the “Buddy” classes will have to pay the fee of $1800.00

An email will be sent to each lottery winner as well as those selected for the waitlist. All students who won the lottery, will receive an email by December 6, 2014. NO EMAIL will be sent to students that are not selected for the class or the waitlist.

For more information on the class please contact the Custom Shop at customshop@thecmp.org or call 256-835-8455, ext. 1113.

For online registration questions contact Christina at croguski@thecmp.org or 419-635-2141 ext. 1114.

Newly Uncovered Memo Shows How Holder Got Prepped to Mislead the American People on Fast & Furious

Former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson on Saturday posted 2011 email correspondence between attorney general Eric Holder and communications adviser Matthew Miller on how to best manipulate press coverage of the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal.

(President Obama withheld the email under executive privilege but it was recently released as a result of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the Justice Department).

In response to Miller’s decision to leave the Justice Department that same year, Holder said in a statement that he was ‘greatly saddened” by the decision and that he “will miss his judgment, humor and spirit.”

“He has been one of my most trusted and tireless advisers, a person to whom I could go with the most difficult of issues and always receive wise counsel. Matt has played a critical role in helping reshape the Department over the last two and a half years.”
Here are excerpts from Miller’s advice to Holder:

1. Send a letter to the Hill explaining what happened. Put in context the amount of information you get every week, say that you don’t recall reading those bullets or being aware of Fast and Furious at any time before early this year, but in any event, you certainly weren’t aware of the gun walking aspect of it until the news broke earlier this year (at which point you took immediate steps to have the IG investigate, etc.).

This needs to happen tomorrow. In fact, it should’ve happened today. The last time your credibility was directly questioned was whether you had disclosed all of your amicus briefs — the story started to break on a Thursday night, and we made people stay up all night compiling information so we could get a response out by 1 pm or so on Friday.

2. Find a way for you to get in front of a reporter or two about this. You don’t want to call a press conference on this because it will blow things out perspective, but if you have any events in the next few days (preferably tomorrow), you could find a way to take two or three questions on it afterwards.

Or if that’s not easily doable, you could find a way to “run into” a couple of reporters on your way to something. Maybe Pete Williams, Carrie, Pete Yost — that part can be managed. Most important is that you’re in front of a camera in a relaxed manner giving a response you have rehearsed.

It would be ideal if those two things happened in the same day so you didn’t have two news cycles of responding — you want to do it all at once.

There may be things you need to do to go on offense as well, but I think most important right now is that you answer the charge about covering this up. Then you can move to offense.
Earlier this month, additional recently-released internal email shows Holder’s contempt for Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee:

“Issa and his idiot cronies never gave a damn about this when all that was happening was that thousands of Mexicans were being killed with guns from our country. All they want to do — in reality — is cripple ATF and suck up to the gun lobby. Politics at its worst.”
It’s interesting that during a scandal on gun-running gone bad, Holder’s mind would leap to the implications of gun control. Then again, when don’t people in the Obama administration think about politics, rather than the lives of innocent civilians and border patrol agents like Brian Terry?

Judging by the discussion between Holder and Miller about how to best manipulate the media, the outgoing attorney general’s assertion that “Issa and his idiot cronies” were simply playing politics is ironic to say the least. But getting a close-up view of how Holder & Co. stage-manage the media for mass consumption is revealing, indeed.

Source: http://www.ijreview.com/2014/11/206721-2-newly-released-docs-trusted-adviser-tells-holder-manipulate-media-fast-furious/