One of RF’s favorite warblers says he won’t play where guns are carried: Singer Ray Lamontagne announcing he’s canceling his appearance at the University of Texas’ Bass Concert Hall – “I consider myself to be a very open minded human being, and I always try and see things from another’s point of view. I realize this is a controversial issue and there are strong feelings on both sides of it. But no matter how hard I try to understand the rationale for allowing guns on campus or more broadly, the ‘concealed carry’ law in general, I just cannot in any way support that ideology.” If that’s his attitude, we guess Ray’s going be playing a lot more gigs in New York City, Newark, San Francisco, DC…and an ever-dwindling number of other coastal locales.
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Don’t let Hillary leave you protected with nothing but a phone.
Not really news any more, but notable because of where the article appears…the Los Angeles Times: In a Minnesota mall, a ‘good guy with a gun’ stops a ‘bad guy’ with a knife – “Jason Falconer, a part-time police officer who killed an attacker wielding a knife Saturday at the Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud, Minn., earned high praise from local officials as well as his own trending hashtag on Twitter. ‘He was put in unfortunate circumstances. I believe there was divine intervention,’ Corey Nellis, the police chief in the neighboring city of Avon, said at a news conference Monday. ‘I think he was the person that needed to be there to prevent it from being worse than it was.'” Of course Falconer was a part-time cop so…that’s as acceptable as it gets for anti-gunners.
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Child’s Play? The Trouble With Toy Guns – “Yes, boys will be boys. But if they can learn not to call people fat or ugly, they can learn to have fun in ways other than with war games. But first, adults have to do what’s right. So this week, I called my Cambridge police station and had them take away my beloved Winchester. As I hefted it from the closet where I’d kept it since the 1970s, I was surprised at how much it weighed. Once it was gone, I felt unburdened. I told my neighbors’ boys, ‘I don’t like war games.’” I know I feel better. You?
They don’t call it the stupid party for nothing: Swing-state Republicans play up efforts for gun control laws – “Republicans in critical down-ballot races are taking a page from the Democrats’ playbook: They are talking up gun control measures. Republican incumbents have faced increasing pressure from both their Democratic opponents and colleagues in the Senate to act on gun control legislation, particularly in the wake of several mass shootings that have occurred since late last year.”
Lightweight ‘Magnificent Seven’ entertains with guns blazing – “What with all the shootin’ and the stabbin’ and the bow-and-arrowin’ and the killin’ in ‘The Magnificent Seven,’ perhaps the most remarkable thing about the film: It’s rated PG-13 for ‘extended and intense sequences of Western violence, and for historical smoking, some language and suggestive material.” No spandex costumes or exabyte-powered CGI megablasts? I’m in.
Bull riders’ show almost called off over color guard’s guns – “Professional Bull Riders chief Sean Gleason came within seconds of canceling Friday’s event at The Spectrum Center after he said arena managers refused to allow a U.S. Customs and Border Protection color guard to enter the building to display the American flag during the national anthem. In an angry Facebook post, Gleason said managers of the former Time Warner Cable Arena cited “building policy” in asking members of the color guard to relinquish their firearms. They refused, leading to a 90-minute standoff.” Spectrum Center management only allowed the color guard in the building when a local LEO agreed to marched with them. Apparently to ensure they weren’t impelled by the evil influence of the guns they carried to shoot up the joint. Looks like the PBR — and a lot of other events — may want to look for a new venue.
Remember…anywhere but the shoulder:
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