The Shawangunk (NY) Journal (yes, I spelled that right) has an editorial this week titled “A True Discussion Needs To Happen.” Right away from the title, you can be sure this isn’t a pro-gun editorial. And it’s not. It decries the use of slogans and rhetoric (like the “a good guy with a gun” line), saying they prevent an actual, clear-speech conversation from taking place. I suppose that’s not an incorrect statement, but in their indictment of the NRA and gun owners, the editorial completely ignores that the same rhetorical methods are used by the anti-gun side . . .
Of course, the argument eventually works its way from language to the usual and customary “not trying to take all the guns away” line. The author says that of course, “Hunting still has its place, as does collecting.” But the Second Amendment’s not about hunting, you say, or collecting, even. “What about self-protection, or the checking of tyranny?” you ask. Don’t worry, the author’s got that covered, too, and is almost cavalier in his dismissal.
“Those sentiments,” he says, “don’t match our mature idea of a civil world, I’m afraid, where we train professionals to protect us. Or the ways in which change, and revolution, really occurs these days.” Wouldn’t it be nice to live in this world, that of “mature ideas” where we have professionals to protect each and every one of us all the time. It would be nice, but we’re not there yet. In the meantime, look at this baby.
From The Tactical Wire – STAG ARMS, one of the world’s largest AR-15 manufacturers, is now adding to its specialized laser engravings on rifles and lowers with the American or Gadsden Flag on the magazine well. These two new engravings are in addition to the extremely popular second amendment engraving. The cost for the engraving is $15.00 and must be requested at the time the order is placed. The engraving cannot be applied to the rifle or lower once it has left our factory. The engraved rifles and lowers can be purchased through our network of dealers, online at our website www.stagarms.com in the individual item pages as an upgrade option, or by calling our sales office.
Occasionally the truth works its way out. KTRE.com, out of Tyler, Texas, has a short article detailing that while the number of gun homicides in this country is down, Americans are largely unaware of that, and in fact think the opposite. We know this to be true, but that’s because we’re paying attention. They note that gun homicides in 2010 were down 49% from their 1993 peak, even though the U.S. population had grown (and presumably, gun ownership along with it).
One reason for the ignorance of the populace is, of course, that the bad occurrences get the headlines and attention, as noted by Tyler resident Anna Katrina Pecson, who said, “I don’t normally just read on it all the time, but when there’s a mass shooting or something like that and it’s big on the news, yes I do read about it and I take part in online debates and stuff.” Where she said “online debates,” read “Facebook.”
I suppose I shouldn’t be so dismissive of the conversations that take place there, if that’s where a lot of America gets its (dis)information, but then I read a comment thread, and decide all over again that those people aren’t worth saving. Luckily, if you pay attention to the crime statistics, there’s less and less to save them from.
tnoutdoors9 is one of my favorite ammo reviewers, because he’s meticulous and consistent, and thorough without being long-winded. He’s been absent for a while due to an illness, but I’m happy to report he’s back at it, and has dropped three new videos in the past week. The most recent is his review of the 9mm 124gr Federal HYDRA-SHOK round. If you’re not familiar, check it out to see his style, and then look at his (large) catalog of videos for the ammo you’re interested in.