We have a lot to be thankful for. Our freedom, of course. And our ability to defend it against all enemies foreign and domestic by force of arms. And the fact that our readers put food on our table. As you enjoy your family and friends today, or savor your own company, take a moment to appreciate one simple fact: no turkeys were hurt in the making of this post. Yet.
I prefer the unchanging firearms retention capability and reholsterability of a well-made Kydex holster. Kydex also snugs my gun closer to my body than a leather rig; a key consideration for us OFWG outside-the-waistband types. And Kydex holsters are the dictionary definition of low maintenance. But our completely unscientific opt-in online poll reveals that TTAG readers like rocking it old school. I get it. Leather holsters offer gun owners personality, tactility and stealth (no noise when unholstering). I’m not sure how hybrid holster wearers vote, but I am sure this one’s going down to the wire. Get your vote in before Sunday, when we’ll offer another dynamic duo for your opinionator.
Over at the TTAG Instagram account (@guntruth) what started as a friendly competition between the writers to post the most awesome gun pictures has quickly spiraled out of control. For your benefit, that is. Jeremy had a brilliant idea this weekend about a way to get y’all in on the fun, and reward those with the best pictures with a little bit of free schwag. Interested? Here’s how it works . . .
We’ve received reports previously of TTAG being blocked in dentists’ offices and airports. We’re now hearing that the feds are blocking the world’s most popular firearms blog from their networks, too. First, it was the FAA. Now it’s the Navy. And we got this from a friend who’s a medic in the Air Force . . .
TTAG’s posting policy: no flaming the website, its authors or fellow commentators. This “play nice” policy makes our comments section a clean, well-lighted place where civilized people can engage in respectful debate. While that’s still working well, there’s a growing tendency amongst TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia to personally attack the subjects of our posts. In Director of Women and Gender Studies at College at Brockport, NY: Ban Guns! dozens of commentators sneered at Barbara LeSavoy‘s looks and sexual orientation. Nope. Not having it. TTAG will not, must not stoop to the anti-gunners’ habit of using ad hominem attacks on people with whom they disagree. We will continue to delete comments on this nature. Your restraint and understanding is most appreciated.
We’ve been served a “programmatic” ad with malicious software. We’ve shut down all such ads until we can identify and eliminate the culprit. It does NOT put software onto your hard drive, but it will lock your browser. If so, DO NOT CALL THAT NUMBER! Close and reopen your browser. [Note: Although this is not strictly related to the issue we identified with your help, I recommend downloading and then running the free app formerly known as AdWare Medic on a regular basis.] You can now use TTAG in completely safety. We apologize for the inconvenience.
As of this writing, 2,822 TTAG readers voted in our unscientific Lockerdome poll pitting the National Rifle Association against the Gun Owners of America for most favored status. The GOA beat the NRA by 54 to 46 percent. What does that tell you? Nothing we didn’t suspect: TTAG’s readers tend to hold the absolutist position on gun rights, better exemplified by the GOA than the NRA. Don’t take this wrong way . . .
Another quarter has gone by and so here we are again doing a little bit of navel gazing as we prepare to close out another year at TTAG. If you’ve been here a while, you know that every quarter we publish our vital statistics for all to see. There are two reasons behind this. First, that we truly believe in openness and transparency, and when we say we’re the biggest and the best gun blog on the internet we like to provide some data to back up that claim. Second, I promised RF I’d do these data dumps every quarter so he would shut up about posting every stats-related milestone we reach. It’s mostly worked so far, so let’s take a peek under the hood . . .
Last night’s post Pro-Tip: Concealed Means Concealed (Especially During Threesomes) was not universally well-received. Shark jumping was mentioned. A general degradation of quality was decried. TTAG’s commenting policy prohibits meta comments as they distract readers from the subject matter raised by the post, lower the tone and bum me out. We invite readers to send comments about TTAG’s editorial stance or style to firstname.lastname@example.org where they will be addressed directly and promptly. That said, we operate under the assumption that a single dissatisfied customer represents many more. So . . . let’s hear it. How are we doing? What sucks and what works? More of what, less of what? No holds barred (here). Both barrels. And thanks for caring.
In case you missed it, TTAG is counterpunching Everytown for Gun Safety’s #WhateverItTakes hashtag campaign – Trump style! We’ve created a Facebook page of TTAG readers who’re putting their own spin on Bloomberg’s anti-gun agitprop. To submit your #WhateverItTakes photo, click here to go to Everytown’s page (can’t be helped), print their poster, fill it in your way, snap a selfie (guns welcome!) and send it to email@example.com. Put the word FEELINGS in the subject bar. The best entry wins a box of their favorite ammo. Maybe two. Here’s another excellent entry, from the same family! . . .
Out and about today, I followed the WBDJ shooting story on MSNBC’s satellite radio channel. The anchor announced that Twitter and Facebook had deleted the accounts showing the killer’s instantly infamous GoPro video of the murder. The news org’s anchor said the network wasn’t going to run it, or the live footage taken by the now-dead cameraman. Thomas Roberts did, however, describe the shooter’s video, moment-by-moment. What was the point of that? Now I realize . . .