Hear something, say something? According to the New York Post, panic is in no short supply in and around New York City lately, with many local residents calling 911 in a panic to report shots fired. Sirens wail, squad cars roll, only to find out that the “bad guy shooting up the place” is nothing but a film set. Although (simulated) gunfire is the most common cause of alarm, occasionally EMS crews get to play, too. During a recent shoot for “Nurse Jackie,” seven residents called 911 to report a horrible car wreck, which turned out to be a mock accident with an overturned car. Local precincts are supposed be…
(and usually are) notified when there will be filming in their area, but according to their source, you still have to respond when people call, and you still “have to go into the situation thinking that it is real.”
Florida has a reputation as the Gunshine State, and it’s usually for good reasons, and well deserved. However, another aspect of gun ownership here could probably use a little work. You see, according to data from the last few years, Florida’s gun accident rate is running right around double the national average. Statewide, four in ten people who are treated in the hospital with nonfatal gunshot wounds were shot by accident. In Orange County (my home), the number is over 5 in 10. That said, the CDC refused comment on the Orlando Sentinel’s findings, warning that the methods they used were not the same, and could result in different numbers. Still, it sounds like Florida gun owners could benefit from a little more control. Self-control, that is.
Concurrent with last weekend’s L.A. gun buyup that saw the surrender of a Sturmgewehr 44, San Jose, Oakland, and San Francisco also held their own exercises in futility and waste. San Jose saw 463 firearms surrendered in exchange for $46,400 in Target gift cards, which was more surrendered guns than Oakland and San Francisco combined. Thankfully, there haven’t been any stories of rare and expensive military artifacts turned in from these boondoggles.
A little longer video tonight, since it’s Friday. Hickok45 takes a look at the Steyr M9A1, and though he rarely has an actual bad thing to say about any gun, his videos are still usually educational. This gun isn’t one I really would have looked twice at prior to watching this, but hey, more is never bad, right?
Oh, and just for completeness’ sake, Joe Grine reviewed the M9A1 back in March of 2012.