Incendiary Image of the Day: No Holster for the NRA Edition



There will be some who will say that the only thing incendiary about the above NRA Facebook post image is the fact that I chose to use it for our Incendiary Image of the Day feature. After all, the more important point is that the D.C. City Council is a bunch of anti-firearms freedom statist you-know-whats. Still. the NRA’s “thing” is gun safety. Not civilian disarmament dressing itself up as gun safety (e.g., Everytown for Gun Safety). Being safe with a gun. There is no way that the NRA should show a concealed carrier carrying a firearm without a proper holster. So yes, this image is incendiary to gun safety weenies like me. Deal with it. I had to.


Tucson Schools Delay SRO Deployment for Fear of Immigration Crackdown

Arizona School Resource Officers (courtesy

“Class is back in session,” reports. “But students in Tucson middle and high schools will have to wait a little longer for police in the city’s newly restored School Resource Officer program to join them on campus. The City Council delayed approving an agreement with Tucson Unified and Amphitheater school districts Tuesday night over concerns about officers asking students about their immigration status.” While the chances of a spree killer attacking any given school are lottery-level small, the AZ school district’s reticence is still an outrage. For you and me, who see nothing wrong with asking students if they’re undocumented (especially if the student is disruptive or violent) and for PC pols, who have no respect whatsoever for the rule of law. For example . . .

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Is Simpson’s Ltd. The World’s Best Gun Store?

I’ve been to a large number of gun stores. I’ve managed not to buy something in a few. That’s because most gun store are to retail what Sunbeam bread is to the sandwich maker’s art. Most are no more appealing than a Communist-era grocery store. In Gdansk. Some are truly the pits; cramped, dank, poorly-stocked hovels inhabited by OFWGs intent on inflicting their political opinions on any who dare darken their door. This one, Simpson’s Limited of Galesburg, Illinois, has its unique charms. Especially if you’re a Luger lover. Even if you’re not, it’s one of those places that reeks of personality, passion and pistol packer’s palzogony. I wonder if customers can wander. I doubt it. But I have no doubt that our readers know of some extraordinary gun stores. Spill.


TTAG Reader Goes Mom Spotting

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Mom (courtesy Drew W)

Regular readers know that Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA) is an astroturf organization. Although Shannon Watts claims over 2m “members”, none of them are dues-paying (thanks to the funding provided by former NYC Mayor and billionaire bully boy Michael Blooomberg). More to the point, a local MDA “rally” tends to produce something more than a quorum and less than two dozen participants, a significant percent of whom possess testicles. Because MDA “members” are so rare, one TTAG reader was taken aback when he actually say one. Drew W. snapped the pic above and writes . . .

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TheBear: Gun Rights Activists Need Better PR

TTAG reader TheBear writes:

I have a habit of daily checking out a number of online news sources. I try to stay informed not only of current events, but also of the talking points for various political and social issues. So when I saw yet another pro Shannon Watts article on ultra-progressive Yahoo!, I was originally not exactly shocked. It wasn’t until I read about 700 comments under the article (yes, I actually read that many) that I was mildly surprised. It seems that the anti-gun rhetoric has changed. Now not only are all gun owners uneducated, redneck, racist wife beaters with small penises who are afraid of the world, we are all BULLYING, RIFLE TOTING uneducated, redneck, racist wife beaters with small penises who are afraid of the world. You see, the breathless hoplophobes have recently lumped everyone who is pro 2nd amendment in with the folks who do open carry rallies with rifles. I think this is both a good and a bad thing . . .

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Passively Constructed Negligent Discharge Story of the Day: Foot-in-Mouth Edition


Quick note: I know the difference between passive and active sentence construction. The stories chronicled in this feature do not, by and large, contain passive sentence construction. This TTAG category centers on the way jobbing journos refer to the victims/perpetrators of negligent discharges – especially police and children. They make the victims/perpetrators seem like passive victims of evil guns. For an example, I offer this headline: Officer Shot In Foot During Near North Side Chase. You know where this one’s going . . .

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Passively Constructed Negligent Discharge Story of the Day: Bad Guys Have ND’s Too Edition

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“A woman was reportedly hurt when a gun went off during a robbery early Saturday morning near a South Bend restaurant,” reports, suggesting that the concurrent events were not coincidental. “Police responded shortly before 2 a.m. to the 2000 block of Miami Street, where the woman, 22, and a 25-year-old man said they were robbed by three male suspects, at least one armed with a gun. One of the suspects . . .

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“I Don’t Know Anyone Who’s Ever Had to Use a Gun!”


By Lucas McCain

Not long ago I had a conversation with someone that is radically opposed to firearms. When my presentation of actual facts, naming of my credible sources, and comparisons to airbags, fire extinguishers, and handguns as all being smart precautionary tools became too much for them, they blurted out something along the lines of “I don’t know anybody who has ever used a gun to defend themselves or ever needed to use one!” My reply was simply, “Well, now you do.” And I left it at that. They were practically frothing at this point, so I just walked away . . .

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A Soldier Responds to Rhonda Little’s Gun People and the Jagged Marble


Yesterday, we published newcomer Rhonda Little’s post Gun People and the Jagged Marble. Ms. Little admitted her aversion to firearms but thanked concealed carriers for helping keep people safe. A soldier made the jump to Rhonda’s blog and left the following comment for the author. Ms. Little agreed to republishing it here. “I think he should be thanked by as many people as possible,” Rhonda emailed. As do I.

Ma’am, I’d like to take a moment to say thank you. I read your article “Gun People and the Jagged Marble,” and I was blown away (pun very much intended!). I am a “gun person,” and to hear someone admit that they don’t like guns, but hold no animosity toward those of us who carry legally, was the perfect pick-me-up today. But you didn’t stop there. You thanked us for being willing to do something that most aren’t. I can’t begin to express to you how much your thanks mean to me and, no doubt, to others like me. I am an Infantry officer in the U.S. Army . . .

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NSSF Pushing Gun Safety Message In Airport Ad Campaign


I’m currently in big sky country, the beautiful state of Montana at the headwaters of the Missouri river. One of the perks of the job is that sometimes a company in the industry – in this case, BLACKHAWK! – will invite you to tour their operation, show you some of their newest products and let you use them while sending large quantities of lead downrange, hopefully at some steel and paper targets. Yesterday I got to tour their manufacturing facility in Manhattan (but more on that later). On my way up here though, I was trudging toward the security line in the St. Louis airport early Monday morning when this sign caused me to do a double-take . . .

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Michael Brown Memorial Burns. Ferguson Next?

When Ferguson, MO police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, the town erupted into violence. Law enforcement’s response to protesters and looters triggered a debate about police tactics and militarization. Race hustlers moved in. News commentators commented. And then . . . relative calm. The peace shattered last night, after person or persons unknown torched a makeshift memorial to the dead teen. “At least two protesters were arrested and some businesses were damaged Tuesday night,” reports. Reading between the lines at, it seems the cops have learned from their previous mistakes . . .

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Passively Constructed Negligent Discharge Story of the Day: Childhood Tragedy Edition


The mainstream media often reports negligent discharges (ND’s) in the passive voice. This is particularly prevalent in stories of police ND’s and ND’s that claim the lives of children. The technique sugar coats the shock and deflects blame from the person responsible for the “accident.” Unfortunately, it leaves readers with the impression that the gun was somehow responsible for the damage done. For example, “A 12-year-old girl is dead after a rifle discharged, fatally shooting her during a youth hunting event on Drummond Island,” Michigan’s reports . . .

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