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 . . .
I’m sorry. I know I should be respectful. We live in a constitutional republic. All citizens have protected rights. Gun control advocates have the same right to free speech as gun rights advocates. Anti-gunners are just as free to mischaracterize, mislead, delude (both themselves and gullible listeners) and lie as pro-gunners are to tell the truth about guns. So … good for them. I guess. But man are the antis idiots. There, I said it. In this case, I’m defining idiocy as believing your own lies. Specifically, the belief that gun rights advocates are, to a man (not women), white racists. It’s the operative idea behind this piece of lunacy forwarded by Atlantic writer James Fallows . . .
The antis want you to believe that the South’s “weak gun laws” are responsible for higher levels of “gun violence.” Well, not the South. “Some southern states” have “more gun-related violence than others.” See how that works? The antis cherry pick – including some states, excluding other – to promote their agenda. (FBI crime stats put gun-control crazed California at the top of the firearms-related homicide table.) They stat with a premise – “The weaker the gun laws and the higher the rate of gun ownership in a given state, the more deaths from gun violence that state will see” and shoehorn stats to fit. We’ve said it before . . .
No doubt NBC‘s editors charged their researchers with researching the U.S. firearms industry to prove that the lack of gun control is all about the money – seeing as its filed under “Oregon College Shooting” and all. The New York-based news net doesn’t say so, but c’mon. I was born on a Tuesday. Not last Tuesday. If the peacock’s media moguls thought that the stats would bolster the anti-gunners civilian disarmament campaign, they’re right! But, at the same time, the numbers clearly and unequivocally reveal that the desire to exercise the natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms is alive and well and living in America. Make the jump for the good news . . .
“RCMP said about half a dozen homes were evacuated around Canoe Road in southwest Airdrie Friday night,” or-politics.com reports. “A new homeowner was moving in, and saw a device that seemed suspicious in the shed in the backyard. Police said it looked like an ‘ammunition box.’ Police, fire crews and ATCO Gas officials are investigating, and had called in weapons experts to determine if the item is dangerous. RCMP and Airdrie officers were blocking sections of roadway at Canoe Road and Canoe Circle at around 5 p.m.” One assumes this “emergency” is over, if not the underlying anti-gun animus and ignorance that caused it.
A columnist for a major American newspaper has called for the State Department to include the National Rifle Association on their list of state sponsors of terrorism. Let that sink in for a moment. New York Daily News columnist Linda Stasi wants America’s oldest civil rights organization classified as a terrorist group. Which would make NRA members terrorists or, at the very least, supporters of terrorism. Commentators have snickered and pointed out the delicious irony of someone named Stasi advocating the use of federal power to roll back an enumerated civil right. But branding the NRA a terrorist organization could well be a sign of things to come. Check out Stasi’s “logic” . . .
I used to carry a Kimber Pepper Blaster II. It was a pocket carry too far. Despite the Blaster’s slim profile, I’ve don’t have enough real estate left in my pants; what with schlepping a spare ammo mag, knife, keys, sunglasses, wallet and phone. And, on occasion, a backup gun. Tactical pen. Flashlight. I also worried about having to decide whether a defensive situation called for a gun or pepper spray. And how I’d make the transition from spray to gun should the situation escalate. So . . . got a stun gun? Pepper spray? Whistle? Cudgel? Anything less lethal?
In the wake of the Umpqua Community College mass shooting, sensing rival Bernie Sanders’ “weakness on guns,” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is launching a war on guns. Speaking at a rally on Friday, Clinton promised to fight for “new, effective, gun control measures.” Channeling President Obama’s petulant post-Umpqua statement, Clinton set her sights on “the NRA and the gun lobby and the manufacturers they represent.” The Clinton campaign gave their BFFs at The Huffington Post a heads-up on their candidate’s four “new” gun control proposals, scheduled for their official debut at a town hall meeting later today. To quote Warren Zevon, it ain’t that pretty at all . . .
“In citing Australia and Great Britain as examples, does Obama envision their gun laws as right for America? If so, he should put it on the table. He should have the courage to tell America exactly how Australia and Britain control guns, and make the case for emulating them. Draft those bills and send them to Congress.” – Nolan Finley, Obama just jawboning on guns [via detroitnews.com]
“A witness called police saying that someone had just shot their wife in the middle of the street,” reuters.com reports, “and that he was trying to get into the house across the street. The homeowner heard the shots and grabbed a firearm. As the man attempted to enter the home, he killed the suspect.” Given the totality of circumstances, the Oklahoma homeowner who terminated his wife-aversive neighbor will not face prosecution. Ah, but the antis would say, “Why didn’t he retreat into the house? He didn’t have to confront the man trying to break in.” No he didn’t. But neither was he obliged to retreat . . .
Mr. Atwood is the author of America and Its Guns: A Theological Expose. In it, the long time ecumenical anti-gunner “documents how Americans have been deceived into believing that the tools of violence, whether they take the form of advanced military technology or a handgun in the bedside stand, will provide security.” Deceived eh? I’m not so sure. In the talk above, Atwood goes further . . .