A Dutch engineer turned photographer has combined those two skillsets to create photos like the one above, where a projectile from a pellet gun smashes through the splashback of a drop of water falling into a pool. It’s pretty neat when you think about the timing required to get all of that stuff to line up at once, and then capture it on film. TheBlaze has the story that photographer Lex Augusteijn loves to make art and engineering meet. “That reveals scenes which cannot be captured by the naked eye and require a lot of electronic control to make all events happen at the right instance,” Augusteijn said, “I have designed and build my own equipment for this purpose.” You can see more of the series (and other ones not involving bullets) over at his site. [h/t Tom in Oregon] . . .
Your Lockdown of the Day™ comes from Sandoval, Illinois. Sandoval Jr./Sr. High School was locked down for about a half hour on Wednesday after an empty shotgun shell box was found in a garbage can inside the school. Administrators issued a “Code Red” warning for a potential active shooter, locking down the school and calling in local police. At some point shortly thereafter, a school administrator realized the box was in the trash from a recent general cleanup of the school grounds, and the alert was called off. The article states that “In recent times, schools have been practicing “Code Red” drills in the event of a violent or potentially violent school intruder.” Or a potentially violent cardboard box, apparently. [h/t dmac]
Two gun-related laws will go before the New Jersey Senate Law and Public Safety committee on Monday. One bill, A2006, reduces the permitted size of ammunition magazines from 15 rounds to 10, and the other, A2777, clarifies circumstances in which drivers can make stops while transporting firearms. The first requires no explanation, but the second could actually be a very bad thing for gun owners, because while it clarifies the permitted deviations from travel as “collecting and discharging certain passengers, purchasing fuel, using a restroom, and contending with an emergency situation,” Scott Bach, executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, says that because that clause doesn’t have the word “including” in front of it, the permitted deviations are limited to those circumstances, giving no discretion for enforcement. Bach hopes that the bill will be amended before passage to include the missing language. Both bills were already approved by the Assembly back in March.
Though many say that Detroit is on its way back, in many ways it remains a city under siege. While police wait for expected money that will allow them to upgrade their systems and replace outdated equipment like patrol cars and radios, many citizens are taking responsibility for their own security. According to an article at businessweek.com, eight times this year residents have killed intruders. On April 29th, a 50-year-old woman shot and seriously wounded a 24-year-old man that had climbed into her house through a window. On April 17th, gunshots from a homeowner interrupted a break-in and mortally wounded the getaway driver of the SUV that waited outside, causing the SUV to crash into the house across the street belonging to Raymond Bradley, pinning his 29-year-old daughter inside the bathroom. As a contractor assessed the damage to his home, Bradley said, “People are taking a stand, they’re just not going to put up with it any longer,” he said. “If you can’t be safe in your own home, where can you be safe?”
Yankee Marshal with a short discourse on language, “I am NOT Pro-Gun.” I’ve seen similar things said on these pages, both by the contributors and the commenters, so I think most of us get it, but for those that don’t…
Primary Weapons Systems Direct Impingement Stripped Uppers Product Release video is slick, and makes me want one. I suppose that was their nefarious plan all along, huh?
Love that wrist snap with the BCG when Lindsey was assembling the upper at the beginning of the video. Not the action of someone that’s a stranger to the platform.