Sara’s post about instructing women could not have been more timely as I’d returned home the day prior from teaching a woman how to shoot. I read through it, and like most things in life, found a couple points I liked, and some stuff I didn’t really agree with. But then I watched with a sort of morbid fascination as the comments section turned on Sara for her views that women don’t learn as fast and aren’t as rugged in their emotional hardiness. Or something. With all due respect, I’d like to offer an addendum to her post . . .
On Friday, Dara Lind (Vox job description: “Jetpack Comandante“) wrote on Donald Trump’s recent interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe in which he said this about the attack on Umpqua Community College last Thursday: “…oftentimes this happens…you know, we sort of saw that about him, it really looked like he could be a problem but it’s often hard to put someone in an institution for the rest of their lives based on the fact that he looks like he could be a problem” . . .
By Brandon via concealednation.org
Just a little past midnight recently, a Port Arthur, Texas police officer was home with his family when he heard the glass break at his front door. When he responded with his firearm, he saw a man breaking through the front window of his house with a hammer. According to News 12, the officer and man reportedly got into some manner of verbal altercation. The man allegedly raised his hammer to the officer and the policeman shot him in the hip or groin area . . .
Many news sources (including Reuters) have been trying to figure out exactly how many “mass shootings” and other events take place in the United States. Too lazy to do their own research, they have begun relying on advocacy websites like ShootingTracker.com. That site is maintained by a small group of rabid anti-gun activists who reside in the /r/GunsAreCool area of Reddit and are known for ignoring facts that don’t fit their agenda. If you thought /r/FatPeopleHate was bad, this is worse. Being the aggressive hoplophobes they are, rather than sticking with the facts and reporting the truth, they decided to artificially inflate the number of shooting events in their database by including incidents that even Shannon Watts would reject as irrelevant. Like what, exactly? Well, like this . . .
An FFL friend noticed something new on the ATF’s NICS portal. Under the Purpose ID section, there are now a variety of classifications for private sales of firearms. And when he signs into the portal he gets the following message regarding transfers between “unlicensed individuals”: . . .
Have you ever tried to use the magazine of your AR 15 as a monopod? If you have, you know that it doesn’t do a very good job of supporting your rifle. It’ll work in a pinch, but there’s some lateral movement, and generally speaking, there’s usually a better and more stable way to shoot your rifle. But if you’re hellbent on using your magazine as a shooting aid, Mag-Pod has a solution for those who seek near-monopod stability from their magazines . . .
There’s a LOT of preamble in this video. I find it entertaining, but then I’m easily amused after seven hours of straight (non-impaired and non-iterrupted) gun blogging. So you might want to skip to 7:00 in, where anti-gunner Eyers declares that he is “unsure that the American public is mentally healthy or mature enough to have unfettered access to firearms . . . I don’t think the American public can be safely trusted to operate a firearm because the American public cannot be safely trusted to operate a f-ing toilet.” Same old ignorant elitism, of course, but it’s a good warning against firearms safety complacency.
We’ve been hearing about Hillary Clinton’s proposals for new laws in the wake of the school shooting in Oregon, but once again it looks like the mad rush to “do something” about guns has generated the same old proposals that we keep hearing time and again. The common refrain from gun control activists: “why do you keep fighting these common sense proposals?” There’s a damn good reason, namely that the new laws would do exactly nothing to stop the “gun violence epidemic” that the Democrats are using as cover for their proposals. Here’s why.
Lancer Systems invited a handful of gun writers to join them at Virginia International Raceway to learn about the company and put its products through the paces. Full disclosure: I joined in part because I’m a fan of the firearms-related Lancer products that I had used thus far and I’m surprised they don’t have more traction in the market. Additionally, I also wanted to find out a lot more about Lancer’s other business units and, hey, who could turn down the opportunity to shoot at one of the nicest outdoor range facilities in the country? A few posts will come out of this trip, so stay tuned, but first I’ll take you through a run-down of Lancer Systems as a company and share some of the 2-day experience. . .
What do you say to gun control advocates when they ask the same old questions about gun ownership? Here’s some of the anti-gun inanity I face on a regular basis, and my snarky replies. Please add to this list. For the children! . . .
SIG SAUER enthusiasts are legion. I don’t count myself amongst their number. SIG’s handguns are reliable, accurate and only slightly harder to look at than Makenzie Leigh. But I don’t get on with their triggers. Give me a Walther PPQ or a FNS-9 or a GHOST-modded GLOCK 19 and I’m as happy as Larry (as the Brits are wont to say). That’s changed. Not the bit about the other manufacturers’ go-pedals. With the help of the new SIG SAUER P229 Legion Series semi-automatic pistol, I’ve overcome my pathological aversion to SIG triggers (as diagnosed by a ballistically-minded acolyte of SIGmund Freud). But first, a word about SIG’s Legion Series sub-brand . . .
When I was a Tufts University Jumbo, I engaged my teachers in pointed, spirited debate. (Surprise!) None of my profs shied away from intellectual confrontation, nor punished me for refusing to tow the party line in class or on paper (something you write on with a pen or pencil. Google it). So I don’t get why University of Texas professor Lisa Moore [above] is up in metaphorical arms about campus carry, organizing her fellow educators to oppose Texas’s new concealed carry legislation. I reckon the chances of a UT prof being assaulted by an armed student pissed off about course content or grades are . . .