Hipsters hit the range . . . Creative Types Learn to Shoot Guns – “Ross Smith is a self-described ‘visual anthropologist;’ in the past, he has photographed gun owners and female boxers. At the range, wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with a white boom box and the message ‘turn the hate down,’ he informed the creatives, ‘Today, we hope to raise the questions of who is a victim, who is a target, who is a threat, and how is that related to how we perceive violence.” He added, “I’m always curious who people think should have guns. I’m black and American and I don’t trust only the police and the military to have them. So who gets to have them?'”
SNL keepin’ it classy . . . Katie Rich of ‘S.N.L.’ Is Suspended for Tweet Mocking Barron Trump – “Katie Rich, a writer for ‘Saturday Night Live,’ has been suspended from her position at that show following a widely criticized post she made Friday on her personal Twitter account in which she mocked Barron Trump, the 10-year-old son of President Donald J. Trump. She was suspended immediately after her tweet, and her suspension is indefinite, according to someone familiar with the plans at ‘S.N.L.,’ who was not authorized by NBC to comment on personnel matters.”
Let us count the ways . . . Shooting In Kentucky Taught Me Why Americans Love Guns – “Of all the freedoms that puzzle non-Americans most, the Second Amendment must surely top the list. While most of the constitutional rights, such as freedom of religion and speech, enjoy similar recognition and respect in Europe, the right to bear arms seems far removed from our definition of freedom. So when I knew I would be heading to Kentucky, the gateway to the South, experiencing the freedom of shooting was near the top of my ‘do list.'”
California Gun Owners Are Already Subverting the State’s Expanded Assault Weapons Ban – “Just as they did the last time California updated its longstanding assault weapons law, enterprising gunsmiths are ready with new products that could render the tighter restrictions largely moot.” Gun grabbers will never learn…you can’t stop the signal.
So thought provoking . . . ‘Guns in America’ art show in Paso Robles confronts controversial subject of firearms – “At Studios on the Park in Paso Robles, artists from across California are taking aim at a contentious topic: ‘Guns in America.’ ‘There’s no more controversial or polarizing issue than guns,’ said Sasha Irving, executive director of the nonprofit art center. ‘There are so many viewpoints on this issue. … It’s not just simply black and white,’ Irving said. ‘The goal was to be as inclusive as possible. … We made it clear that this was an opportunity for artists from all political perspectives to come together’ and start a dialogue.”
OMG! A house key! OMG! . . . Gun-shaped house key almost ruins couple’s cruise trip – “Henry Echevarria, a deputy sheriff in Pasco County, Fla., was boarding the cruise ship in Port Canaveral with his wife Lisa Jan. 15 when a ship security agent halted them at the entrance. ‘He pulls out my key and says ‘Oh, here’s the problem,’ Echevarria told WTSP. As a law enforcement official, Echevarria says he understands routine security procedures but was shocked such a small item would cause an issue.”
Dispatches from fly-over country . . . In Wyoming grizzly country, DeVos’ gun remark lands differently – “In grizzly country, comments by President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary that schools should have guns on campus to protect against the bears aren’t a punch line. … (I)n places such as Wyoming, the issue is more about safety than politics. Grizzlies attack hunters, tourists and others while they are deep in the backcountry and sometimes even on a quick hike near home. The bears have killed six people in the Yellowstone National Park area since 2010.”