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Not bad. The vast majority of Americans are grossly ignorant of our own history. The bottom line is that American exists today because the government attempted to enact gun control. It was 243 years ago today that the British arrived in Lexington enroute Concord to confiscate guns. The American militia in Lexington were grossly outgunned, but fought to defend their freedoms anyway. Our forefathers fought and died to fight gun control and now Americans are eager to give up the very freedoms our forefathers died defending because those guns look scary.
Along the line of the linked article; the British were hands down the most powerful military the world had ever seen to that point. They were beat and besieged in Boston by a 'well regulated militia'. As we have seen ourselves in Vietnam, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, don't underestimate a motivated group with some guns even when faced with the worlds most powerful military.
I use the clock method to determine XW component.
Just picture a clock with tick-marks at the quarter hours... 15 (1/4 of clock) 30 (1/2 of clock), and 45 (3/4 of clock) minutes.
If winds are 15* off runway hdg, you take 1/4 of the wind speed as your XW component. 30* off is 1/2 the wind speed as your XW component. 45* off is 3/4 the wind speed as your XW component. 60* and up, take the full wind speed as your XW component.
Interpolate as needed.
Using this technique, I’ve never been more than 2 knots off estimating the XW component, and it takes about 2 seconds to calculate.