Today it’s CBS’s turn to spread the FUD, with news (?) of a “gun” that can be made with items that you can purchase after you clear security at the airport. To make sure we’re on the government watchlist, here’s what you need to manufacture your airport gun: a hair dryer, some 9-volt batteries, an aluminum can, a magazine, a refrigerator magnet clip, dental floss, an anti-perspirant spray can, lithium batteries, some coins, water, and a condom. It looks like something that’d be as likely to kill you as anyone else, but according to CBS12, we should all be very afraid. Click the photo above or here to see the video, which offers Myspace among its “sharing” options, but won’t give me a simple embed code. . .
Today’s Lockdown of the Day is brought to you from Fort Pierce, Florida, where Lawnwood Elementary School (my home for 3rd, 5th, and 6th grade) was locked down for a bit over an hour Monday after a third-grade girl said she saw a man across the street with a shotgun. Law enforcement was called a few minutes before 11 a.m., and performed a room-by-room search of the school as well as a search of the wooded area across the street. No gunman was found, and no one else reported seeing the man. The lockdown was lifted a few minutes after noon. (Article behind a paywall, screengrab here.)
A couple weeks back I told you about the artist in the UK that was x-raying guns for some sort of “consciousness-raising” project nonsense. Well, here in the U.S. we do things differently, because it’s capitalism, baby! The Firearm Blog covered that same UK story and had a guy in Mississippi reach out to them with his version. This gent has access to a CAT scanner, and his are for sale. Jump over to TFB for the rest of the story, or straight to his website or his Etsy store.
The Boulder (CO) Daily Camera’s Erie News went out of its way to headline that “Erie-based Magpul’s PMAG magazines used in Sandy Hook school massacre” on Monday. I guess that’s the “local interest” part of the story, but it’s interesting how they took a minor detail and used it to drag Magpul through the mud by associating their name with a crazed gunman while rehashing the whole sordid mess in Newtown. Not counting the headline, the article mentions “Magpul” or “PMAG” or both not less than five times in the section where they summarize the Sandy Hook report. Seems a little gratuitous, to me.
The laughing German Joerg Sprave is back with some upgrades to his spinning sewer pipe slingshot. Direct-drive wooden gears and super-fast rotation make for a pretty awesome setup.