I assume this was covered somewhere on TTAG in the past few days, but I still wanted to throw it up anyway, because I had a point to make. I really see no issue with parents talking to each other about stuff like this. But parents talking to each other is not a replacement for talking to your own kids about guns, so they know what to do if they encounter a firearm “in the wild.” But while you’re talking to your kids, don’t stop at just guns. Teach them about respect for other people’s stuff. Like many others, I encountered guns at the homes of my friends when I was a kid. And like many others, I didn’t touch them. Why? Not because I’d been taught about guns . . .
because I hadn’t. I didn’t touch them because they were someone else’s guns. Teach your kids about guns, sure. But in a larger sense, teach them that whatever it is, if it’s not theirs, they should keep their grubby mitts off, unless permission is sought and received. Kids who aren’t taught to respect other people’s stuff when they’re young grow into entitled adults who think everything is (or should be) theirs for the taking.
“The way we Americans casually, often unthinkingly, incorporate gun metaphors into our everyday slang says a lot about how deeply embedded guns are in our culture and our politics, and how difficult it is to control or extract them.” That’s the thesis statement from Landon Y. Jones piece on how “gun-related” language is helping to keep us from doing the smart thing and getting guns out of our lives. Read the rest (if you can stomach it) over at wapo.com.
About a month ago, the Digest had the story of a collection of Wyatt Earp memorabilia that was going on the auction block, including a Colt .45-caliber revolver that is believed by some to have been carried by Earp during the shootout at the OK Corral. That auction took place last Thursday, and the revolver ended up selling for $225,000. The whole collection brought in over $445,000 in total.
Carnik Con’s Super Pistol training course. NSFW language warning. Stay to the end for the gag reel.
Carnik Con is one of the best gun guys on YouTube. That is all.
Richard Ryan apparently has liquor company sponsorships now, and so builds an apple tree-shaped det cord creation for Johnny Appleseed Hard Cider, with jugs of red paint (wired with more det cord) standing in for apples. It still looks like he’s having fun, but the amount of work he puts in building these things is pretty impressive.