Early last year, a British-born photographer named Charles Ommanney traveled around the U.S. photographing Americans with their guns, on an assignment for the German magazine Stern. Instead of photographing the subjects at a firing range or at an NRA meeting, he wanted to capture them in their homes. He was seeking a sense of “normalcy” and trying avoid the “predictable NRA-bashing” that is often common in such projects. He was surprised at how easy it was to get people to let him take their picture, saying if he tried to do that in England they’d look at him like he was a lunatic. But for the Americans it was in no way abnormal . . .
because for these folks, their guns are a “perfectly normal extension of their lives.” Slate has a handful of interesting photos for you to look at, including one of sometime-TTAG contributor and friend-of-RF Dan Baum.
A 54-year-old employee of a for-profit South Carolina college was arrested today after she texted her daughter to report that she “could hear gun shots being fired inside the school.” She sent the message to her daughter April, who was in New York, and when the woman didn’t respond to her daughter’s reply texts, the daughter called police. They raced over to Virginia College and found no evidence of any shooting. When police located and questioned the woman, who had told her daughter she was “hiding for her own safety,” she told police that she “sent the text as an April Fools joke and that she has done such jokes on April Fools in the past.” I’m sure she won’t be doing similar jokes in the future, as she’s now been booked into the county jail on multiple charges, including aggravated breach of peace and disturbing a school.
An Lance Corporal marksman with Britain’s Coldstream Guards killed six Taliban insurgents with a single bullet while on a mission in December, according to a story by AWR Hawkins over at Breitbart. The LCpl took the shot from about a half mile away, hitting an insurgent wearing an explosive vest, which detonated and killed the man wearing it along with five men standing nearby. The soldier, who was not identified for security reasons, apparently also took out a Taliban machine-gunner at a range of about 4,400 feet with the first shot he fired on his tour of duty. One shot, six kills. That’s doing it the right way.
Typical media FUD in an opinion piece over at Liberty Voice in response to the recently passed Georgia law that allows carry in previously disallowed places such as churches and bars (if you’re not drinking). Apparently Gabby Giffords has termed the new law the “guns everywhere” bill, and the cynic in me wonders if she managed to come up with that by herself. The piece goes on to say that the NRA “got everything it wanted” in this bill (not true), and that “if a carrier tries to go through airport security the TSA has no rights to stop, detain, or confiscate the weapons” (also not true; it’s still illegal to take a gun through security). But the best part is where the author says that the new law “even gives felons a right to carry with protection to use a ‘Stand Your Ground’ defense in criminal cases.” Lies and half truths, the gun-grabber’s stock in trade.
One of the most important tools in your range bag is a staple gun, but have you ever thought of weaponizing one? Well, Jerry Miculek did. Complete with laser sight, flashlight, reflex optical sight, and 100-round magazine. The ergonomics look like they could use a little work, and the accessory attachment method is clearly a work in progress (I hear the final edition will use Spongebob duct tape), but still a dangerous weapon in the hands of a trained operator. Get some!
OK, obviously my title lied. One little April Fool’s joke. And Happy Birthday Mom.