Kevin Costner: Pro-Gun Control FUDD

Actor Kevin Costner’s wife number whatever bought the actor a shotgun for his most recent birthday. Good for her! Good for him! Only Kevin is very clear that the long rifle’s for shooting Bambi, not bad guys. Which makes his new shotgun, and the rest his “heirloom” firearms OK. As for other guns and gun ownership in general . . .

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Incendiary Image of the Day: Texas Tribune Edition


The Brief: Open Carry Activists Don’t Bring Their Guns to Capitol the headline announces. “A group that advocates for allowing the open carry of handguns without a permit, also known as constitutional carry, rallied outside the Capitol . . . They were joined by state Reps. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, and Molly White, R-Belton, as well as a survivor of the 2009 Fort Hood shootings. The protesters made their position known by brandishing empty gun holsters, with some of them filled by bananas, copies of the Constitution or cans of hairspray, per a report from The Associated Press’ Jim Vertuno.” So why did the Trib show a pic of . . .

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This Is What Happens in a Gun Free Zone: University of Chicago Edition

Hyde Park, Chicago (courtesy Google maps)

TTAG reader VE writes:

I live in Chicago’s Hyde Park. It’s pretty much owned by the university of Chicago. Thanks to our concealed carry laws, any property owned by a university is a gun-free zone (GFZ). Since the U of C owns almost ALL of the commercial property in a six block radius – dry cleaners, ACE Hardware, Staples, the grocery story, Starbucks, the noodle shop and more – they are all posted. This is how the criminals view the campus area [via] . . .

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Austin Whole Foods Bans Concealed Carry (Informally)

Whole Foods concealed carry sign (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

Returning from the Sin City SHOT Show, looking to re-stock my radicchio supply, I was waylaid by this pair of signs at my local Whole Foods. I immediately realized the letters aren’t big enough for a Texas-legal 30.06 sign (1″ tall by law). And what was all that other text? 30.06 signs are supposed to have the required wording – and nothing else. Unfortunately, the signs are posted on automatic doors that slide open at the mere thought of a customer. I had to step back, wait for the foot traffic to disappear, snap the photo, enlarge it and read the text. Here’s what it says . . .

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Bass Pro Shops: No Online Ammunition Sales to Pittsburgh or Philadelphia


I laugh when the elitists and busybody extremists who comprise much of the opposition to the right to keep and bear arms whinge that owning and carrying a firearm involves less bureaucracy than purchasing an automobile. Laws related to firearms in the United States are so labyrinthine that they require a team of attorneys to keep things straight. Heck, some of the regulations are occasionally dreamed up by the people tasked with enforcing them. The stakes are high . . .

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Second Amendment Foundation Launches Training Division

Alan Gottleib (courtesy

Alan Gottleib of the Second Amendment Foundation [above] made few friends with his attempts to compromise on the Manchin – Toomey background check bill. His unsuccessful efforts to fight his native Washington State’s I-594 Initiative did nothing to enhance his reputation amongst many members of the Armed Intelligentsia (the Sipsey Street Irregulars are still seething). Still, mega-props to Gottleib for the SAF’s courtroom triumphs, which have defended and extended Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. If only Alan would stick to that arena. No chance. The SAF’s now opened a training division. [Press release after the jump.] To quote Steve Jobs, “Focusing is about saying no.” . . .

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This is What Happens To a Disarmed Populace: American Terrorism Edition


Excerpts from chapter one of We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement by Akinyele Omowale Umoja:

Terrorist violence disrupted [a state senate] election debate on September 4, 1875, in Clinton [Mississippi]…. The Democratic candidate spoke first with no incident, but after Caldwell [the Republican] began his speech, heckling and other disruptive behavior by Whites escalated into shooting at the predominantly Black and Republican audience, resulting in the death of four people (two Whites, two Blacks) and injury to nine others (four Whites, five Blacks). Blacks fled Clinton, seeking refuge in Jackson—a Republican stronghold—or the swamps and woods. Caldwell, along with others who retreated to Jackson, demanded that Governor Ames provide weapons so they could protect themselves . . .

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This Is What It Looks Like When an Anti-Gunner Tries to Be “Balanced”

Francis Wilkinson (courtesy

When an editorial’s url doesn’t match the headline, it’s a sure sign that the publisher is playing silly buggers. For example, the title of Francis Wilkinson’s editorial at Bloomberg View is When Gun Logic Leads to Death. Here’s the url: The change reflects the antis’ desire to sugarcoat their civilian disarmament agenda. They want to lure in the fence straddlers without scaring the horses. Here’s a taste of Mr. Wilkinson’s attempt to appear fair and balanced . . .

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Quote of the Day: When CCW Was a White Privilege Edition

Convicts leased to harvest timber in Florida, 1915 (courtesy

“The original Act of 1893 [requiring persons carrying or having in manual possession a concealed pistol to obtain a license from the state of Florida] was passed when there was a great influx of negro laborers in this State drawn here for the purpose of working in turpentine and lumber camps. The same condition existed when the Act was amended in 1901 and the Act was passed for the purpose of disarming the negro laborers and to thereby reduce the unlawful homicides that were prevalent in turpentine and saw-mill camps and to give the white citizens in sparsely settled areas a better feeling of security. The statute was never intended to be applied to the white population and in practice has never been so applied.” – Watson v. Stone, 4 So. 2d 700, 703 (Fla. 1941) (Buford, J., concurring), cited in Robert J. Cottrol and Raymond T. Diamond, “‘Never Intended to be Applied to the White Population': Firearms Regulation and Racial Disparity–the Redeemed South’s Legacy to National Jurisprudence?”, 70 Chi-Kent L. Rev 1307, 1307 (1995).


Pro-Life = Anti-Gun?


“Pro-lifers have long denounced the use of instruments of death against the child in the womb, “Rob Schenck [above] writes at “We have boldly displayed the bloody photos of post-abortion fetal remains. Yet, we have ignored other victims of violent death. Among them are the real and potential victims of gun violence.” Wait. What? Pro-life = anti-gun? Here’s the President of the National Clergy Council’s line of thinking, such as it is . . .

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Did NJ’s Anti-Gun Climate Lead to This Roadside Shooting?

Reader Roscoe writes:

I am hardly anti-cop. Having been one, I still carry the experiences and influences that come with the job. But some of the actions I see unfold in certain parts of the country of late are difficult for me to comprehend. In some cases the police citizen interplay appears to be more than simply a reaction to the circumstances of the contact, but an over-reaction based on what has become a highly charged, anti-gun influenced, fear response to what was once everyday contact interactions. The results are over-reactive judgment calls . . .

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OMG! Emily Miller Says DC’s “Not Part of America”! OMG!

“Emily Miller, the chief investigative reporter for Washington, D.C.’s Fox affiliate WTTG, told the crowd at a January 19 gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia that the District ‘is not part of America.'” And . . . that’s it. That’s what got‘s proverbial knickers in a twist. The Soros-funded “web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center” seized on Ms. Miller’s relatively innocuous (if inappropriate for a news reporter) comment to further their usual gun owners = insurrectionists meme. was a bit more, well, raw about it. They wrote . . .

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