I’m not going to school in Texas. But that’s where I’m from, and that’s where a lot of my friends are going to college. So I was interested to read the AP headline Texas Poised to Pass Bill Allowing Guns on Campus. The Lone Star State is about to allow concealed carry weaponry on all its public college campuses, without the possibility of a local opt-out (as exists in Colorado). If Texas goes down this path, they’ll become the second state to protect CCW holders’ right to campus carry (after Utah, the state where I’m currently going to school). The issue highlights gun rights in general and affects me directly . . .
Call of Duty: Black Ops. Its been breaking all sorts of industry records this past week or so. Not only video game records, though, but also trashing the reigning king (in dollars and cents, at least) of the entertainment industry, the motion picture. But is it as good a game as the sales suggest?
Call of Duty: Black Ops just set a record yesterday. They sold $360 million dollars worth of gunslinging action yesterday, more than any entertainment property has ever sold. Of course, Activision already held the record from last year’s record-setting Modern Warfare 2. I was able to get my hands on a copy for a bit yesterday, and these are some of my first impressions . . .
On November 15th, 2001, Bungie changed American culture forever with the release of Halo 1 (Halo: Combat Evolved to those who played it). Those white, teenage/young adult males who drink Monsters all night and don’t wake up until 5:00 PM? Yeah, that’s Halo’s fault. The success of the Xbox as a platform? Also directly attributable to Halo. And, as with all things successful, it is necessary to make more . . .
Our church had a youth activity a couple of nights ago at Elm Fork Shooting Range. I decided to exercise my newfound “journalistic privilege” to go along for the ride. Besides, what good Christian wouldn’t want to go to a gun range?
Ever heard of the Biggest Guns Theory? If I can kill you faster or more impressively than you can kill me, you won’t try to kill me. In the words of Iron Man, “That’s the way America does it, and it’s worked out pretty well so far.” President Theodore Roosevelt’s favorite saying, imported from tribal Africa, worked along the same lines: “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” Seems like in the past year and a half or so, China has been speaking softly and looking to break America’s biggest stick in half.
It seems that Israel can do no right in its foreign affairs these days (or ever, for that matter). Since its liberation from Britain, Israel has had “issues” with all its neighbor. In the past few months, relation with its neighbors have been exceptionally testy. Tuesday, there was a major border clash between Israel and their northern neighbor, Lebanon. The facts are extraordinarily fuzzy . . .
There aren’t a lot of universities out there that are anywhere right of center, but Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan is one of them. Two years ago, they decided that their students should have the opportunity to learn to handle a gun safely, in support of Second Amendment rights. A patron donated 37 acres of land for this use. The class is so popular among their student body that there has always been a waiting list to take the class since its inception. The shotgun/rifle range is in operation, and a pistol range is in the works.
Today a federal judge struck down the operative portions of Arizona’s controversial illegal immigration law. While it is probably not the end of this law (as it will almost certainly end up in the Supreme Court), this has many people worried, and not just Brad Kozak or Arizonans.
Yesterday I had a conversation with my former Scoutmaster. He was giving me a letter formalizing my attainment of the Eagle Scout Rank. He said “Tell me if your Eagle Scout Award is signed by the President: I heard that he wasn’t signing them anymore.” He suggested that perhaps the President was afraid that the BSA organization churned out gun-totin’ men-of-the-mountains. And we simply can’t have that.