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Caught in Crossfire – Saturday Newsletter #2 of 4 – November 2021 –

3D Printing & DIY

Bear Arms N’ Bitcoin 2022 is announced! The annual event, which focuses on 3D printing, cryptocurrency, privacy, and other freedom technologies, will be held in sunny Miami in April. This will be the third year of the event, which receives consistently high reviews from attendees, and is unique in that it facilitates anonymous attendance. Read more and register [Here]

Firearms Policy Coalition helps 3D gun makers

FPC stepped in on behalf of the defendants named in the Everytown for Gun Safety lawsuit that we’ve talked about here for the last 2-3 weeks. The Firearms Policy Coalition was able to secure a stay, which is great news for the people named in the lawsuit. This puts things on pause pending review from a 3-judge panel. Props to FPC for taking action here; radio silence from other orgs. [Here]

Chairmanwon teases developing project

This image is a preview of @chairmanwon’s forthcoming project. Looks great as always!

Riptide’s new ejector

Riptide rails is testing a machined ejector for the FGC-9 MkII. Great idea. [Here]


No charges for cop who mistakes good samaritan for active shooter

A Colorado DA announced there would be no charges against the police officer who killed John Hurley in June of this year. John Hurley used his concealed carry firearm to kill an active shooter who had just ambushed and killed an Arvada, CO, police officer. An officer then mistook Hurley for the suspect.

It breaks down like this:

  • Ronald Troyke, 59, gets out of his truck and sneaks up behind Officer Gordon Beesley — who is on foot with his back turned — and kills him with a shotgun

  • Troyke then walks back to his truck and swaps his shotgun for an AR-15

  • John Hurley, 40, sees the shooting and engages Troyke via concealed carry handgun, killing him, and ending the rampage

  • John Hurley picks up Troyke’s AR-15

  • Another police officer arrives and observes a dead cop, a dead civilian, and John Hurley holding an AR-15. The officer opens fire and kills Hurley, believing Hurley to be an active shooter.

This is an awful situation, but if you carry a concealed firearm there’s probably a takeaway here for you to consider. For me, this story highlights how important it is to remember that once you draw your firearm — even if it’s for the right reasons — you’ll be perceived as hostile and as a threat by everyone else around you. I’m not saying there’s anything Hurley could have done differently to avoid being killed by police; it’s certainly not his fault and this was a very rapid situation. I’m just saying that police aren’t going to give you the benefit of the doubt and they have no incentive to check twice, since they’re almost never convicted of crimes when they shoot the wrong person, no matter how negligently.

If you draw your handgun, remember to re-holster and re-conceal once you’ve assessed the area for further threats.


The Rittenhouse trial

Trial Status

Closing arguments are expected to begin Monday; a verdict is likely next week. The Governor of Wisconsin has ordered the National Guard to be on standby in the event of ‘mostly peaceful protests.’ I won’t rehash the trial here, but the below are useful links if you’re not up to speed:

  • NPR summary of week 1 of the trial [Here]

  • NPR summary of week 2 of the trial [Here]

  • Summary of the charges against Rittenhouse [Here]

  • What is known about the jury [Here]

Bubble Bursting

An interesting thing has been occurring in relation to the Rittenhouse trial: liberals are realizing (or at least admitting) that the media is lying:

Even billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman weighed in. Ackman, who is neither pro-gun nor right-wing, criticized how the case had been misrepresented by the media. The whole thread is [Here] but these are the highlights:

Most pundits are in agreement that there’s a good chance Rittenhouse will either be acquitted of the most serious charges, acquitted of all charges, or that the jury will be unable to reach a consensus (triggering a mistrial).

I’m curious if these confessions of “bubble bursting” from people who typically trust the mainstream media are genuine, or if these are people trying to get out in front of what will likely be an unpopular outcome and an “L” for the left.

There really have been some bad faith headlines from legacy media about this case, and I can see how a casual observer might get an inaccurate impression:

Thanks, Associated Press, for your very clear, very not-misleading headline
Journalism: not even once

The bad behavior of the corporate press isn’t anything new — but it’s weird to see normies and Democrats kind of calling them out on their BS. I wonder if the trend will stick.

Biden’s vaccine mandate takes another loss

The US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit has upheld their decision to halt the Biden vax mandate. The court ruled last weekend to stay the mandate, and after a response from the Biden administration and further judicial review, the 3-judge panel affirmed the court’s decision against the mandate.

Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt writes in the court’s opinion that the mandate “grossly exceeds OSHA’s statutory authority”.

One highlight:

From economic uncertainty to workplace strife, the mere specter of the Mandate has contributed to untold economic upheaval in recent months. Of course, the principles at stake when it comes to the Mandate are not reducible to dollars and cents. The public interest is also served by maintaining our constitutional structure and maintaining the liberty of individuals to make intensely personal decisions according to their own convictions—even, or perhaps particularly, when those decisions frustrate government officials.

Read the MSN fake news article [Here] or a PDF of the court’s ruling [Here]

Kentucky, South Carolina leave National School Boards Association

Two more states leave the NSBA after their letter to the DOJ calling parents potential “domestic terrorists”. This is good to see, and is the least one would expect. The NSBA has since apologized for the letter but for the most part, the damage is done. [Here] and [Here]

Police shooting badly

A high school football game outside of Philly turned violent after two teens opened fire on one another following some type of dispute between groups. Spooked, three nearby police officers responded by opening fire into a vehicle they erroneously believed was a threat. The vehicle had nothing to do with the gang shooting, and the hail of bullets from police killed an 8-year-old girl and wounded her sister, who were inside the car. Several other bystanders were also wounded.

The two teens (one of whom is under 18) have been charged with the murder of the 8-year-old girl. No charges yet for the officers involved, but a grand jury will weigh the decision in a hearing later this month. [Here]

Related News

Shiri’s Scissor

I came across this old Slate Star Codex post thanks to a tweet from @mokshaik. I hadn’t seen it before, and it’s an interesting story written from the perspective of a programmer about the risks of weaponizing artificial intelligence. It’s mostly played out in an allegory about an advertising agency that accidentally destroys itself by creating an AI program that turns the employees against one another.

China’s new target range

The Chinese military has a new target range, complete with mockups of US Navy ships to practice firing missiles at. [Here]


  • Steppy and I went on The Rollo and Slappy Show last week and debated/discussed the recent tensions over “post-libertarianism,” and the ineffectiveness of the Libertarian Party as a 3rd party. Listen [Here]

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– Lee

Lee Enphield

Lee writes about 3D printing, guns, politics, and opinion. E-mail at lee@enblocpress.com.

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