The sturm und drang has been flowing freely since Charles Vacca met an untimely end earlier this week after allowing a 9-year-old girl to fire an Uzi with the giggle switch engaged. Reactions have fallen somewhere on the spectrum between ‘you deserve to be dead, you moron‘ to ‘all gun owners should be imprisoned and their children taken away.’ But taking a more measured view of the value of teaching children to shoot is Dan Baum, author of Gun Guys: A Road Trip. He’s out with a piece at time.com today, ‘Letting Kids Shoot Guns is Good for Them,” in which he extolls the virtues and benefits of teaching kids to shoot . . .
Reader Steve Sacco has had some extra time on his hands lately:
While my real work is running in the background and I’m waiting for it to complete, I thought I’d play with Google Trends. Google Trends is a tool which allows you to see search activity over time for certain words and/or phrases. This is the first time I’ve used it. So, let’s ask The Google how much interest there is in “gun control.” According to the antis, this is a burning question being asked by everyone. According to Google, with the exception of a couple of spikes in 2013, I see a distinct downward trend in interest . . .
I’m a big fan of Shiva the Destroyer. According to the wikipedia hive mind, “Shiva is the standard of invincibility, might, and terror as well as a figure of honor, delight, and brilliance.” For me, Shiva represents the duality of destruction as creation. The fact that Shiva is a Baldwin is relevant; there is incredible beauty in destruction, and yes, violence. As demonstrated by action movie director Sam Peckinpah, whose love of slow-mo ballistic mayhem helped elevate him from hack to auteur. Also on display above, in the Slo Motion Lab video of various bullets intersecting with various solids and liquids. I’ve said it before: I’d give my right testicle to have a really high speed camera for our reviews. Sigh.
Smith & Wesson’s downward adjustment of its earnings outlook piqued the curiosity of the ink-stained wretches at businessinsider.com. So they put an intern to work combing through the FBI’s NICS reporting and compiled this map showing background checks per 100 people by state in 2014 through July. The results are largely unsurprising. First, throw out Kentucky as their deep purpleness is due to the fact that the state runs monthly checks on all concealed carriers. For some reason. And no one here will be surprised to learn that the states with the lowest NICS checks are . . .
The fight for gun rights is a legal battle. And a political struggle. But make no mistake: the fight for firearms freedom is, at its root, a culture war. As long as the culture accepts the idea that guns are bad, that the people who possess them are bad, that cops and the military are the only “good guys” who should have them, our natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms are under threat. And just as the only cure for hate speech is good speech, the only cure for a negative image of gun owners (as crazies and criminals) is a positive image of gun owners (as happy, law-abiding folk). In this conflict, comeliness counts. In other words, good-looking people are good for gun rights. Here are three of the best . .
“The data analysts at eBay put together an incredible map of the 50 states showing what types of products are purchased in each state most often,” dailymail.co.uk reports. “The list was compiled between 2013 and 2014 and adjusted for population. Despite its tough gun laws, New York bought more firearms and supplies than any other type of product.” Texas, too, but you already knew that. But did you know that Wyoming resident, hunter, sharp shooter and Texas International Firearms Festival spokesperson Kirsten Joy Weiss is an amazing artist? Maybe guns and art go hand-in-hand in the Equality State, accounting for their eBay fave (art supplies). Yeah, let’s go with that.
Reader MarkPA has an idea:
I propose that state groups petition their legislatures to call for an Article V convention to draft a Right-to-Carry Amendment to the US Constitution. To illustrate, I offer a tentative draft text to be debated and refined by the convention: “The right to keep and bear arms shall not be denied for want of need.” . . .
Following the most recent arrest of Will Hayden for the alleged rape of his twelve year old daughter, Discovery Channel has decided to stop production of the next season of Sons of Guns and cancel the series. That’s the news via Fox News, which posted the announcement earlier today. Discovery Channel still lists the program on its press website, but I’m guessing that will change before long. Filming of new episodes was put “on hold” following Hayden’s first arrest, but the latest statement from the network seems to officially put the brakes on the whole production . . .
I named this website The Truth About Guns because I wanted to make sure that, A) we held ourselves to the highest possible journalistic standards, and B) we weren’t corrupted by the industry or, indeed, our own enthusiasm. Although we’ve made missteps, I like to think TTAG’s stayed true to our mission statement. With your help, we pursue the truth about guns. In contrast, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is an organization based entirely on a lie. The words “gun sense” are a ruse designed to hide the fact that MDA’s out to deny Americans their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. If you pay even the slightest attention to their messaging, you can see the proverbial man behind the metaphorical curtain. For example . . .
Just what in Sam Hill is going on in the image above? OK, we know that cops were responding to a call of a man with a rifle at Cal State San Marcos. “Campus police said they located the man shortly after 9 a.m.,” fox5sandiego.com reports. “He was carrying an umbrella, not a weapon. But what up with all the rifle pointing? Especially as the man in question was a professor who called himself in. Strategically, this is nuts. [Make the jump for another angle.] If you have a choice, why take a guy in the open like that? And if you do, best get him our of there lickety-split. Just sayin’ . . .
I wish I was making this up. But I’m not, no I’m not. “Communist Party officials have told residents of China’s violence-stricken west to add a new weapon to their armoury for fighting the country’s war on terror: the frown,” telegraph.co.uk reports. “Inhabitants of Xinjiang, a predominantly Muslim region that is currently the setting for a major security crackdown, should use the ‘angry stare’ as a way of intimidating terror suspects, according to official advice circulated this week on Wechat, the popular social networking service.” OK, that’s absurd. But is it that much more absurd than the rest of the Party’s advice? . . .
SPOILER ALERT! Comedian Orlando Jones pours empty brass on his head in the video above, then condemns the death of millions of people around the world fighting for peace that “all seems to stem from some militarized police force threatening the rights of people to assemble.” Uh, what? Those deaths stem from the people who order the police to quash peaceful demonstrations. Oh well. That’s the kind of cognitive dissonance you’d expect from a self-proclaimed lifelong NRA member and “active member of the Louisiana police force” who Tweeted that liberals should kill Sarah Palin to gain some respect. Funny peculiar I’d say. [h/t IK]