Total War: America’s Roadmap to Victory

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By Paul Brown

Throughout most of history it has been up to small communities, even heads of households, to provide for their own defense. This was just the natural order of things. With smaller nation states or tribal groups, inferior systems of communication, little-to-no roads, and scarcity of land and other resources, conditions have almost always been ripe for organized violence between neighbors (both near and far). But over time nation states grew larger. Technology and better forms or organization led to police forces and large, national militaries that protected entire nations, allowing smaller communities and households to let their guard down. If roving bands of armed men are unlikely to come to your town to pillage (such as Vikings, or warring Greek city-states), then what’s the point of spending time, money, sweat, blood, and tears on preparing for pitched combat? Swords, spears, guns, and training were put on the backburner or dispossessed altogether by people in most regions . . .

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Potential Negligent Discharge Story of the Day: Racking the Slide Edition

I tried to sell my GF a GLOCK 42 for Christmas. After safety checking the gun, we discovered that racking the slide was a major issue. Due to her diminutive size and a recoil spring stiffer than James Bond’s martini, Rhonda found that racking the 42’s slide reliably and effectively meant turning the gun sideways, bringing the gun into her body and pushing the frame down as she pulled the slide back. To do that on a gun range safely — keeping the muzzle pointed downrange — she’d have to turn her body sideways as well. And, of course, keep her finger off the trigger. And then there was the problem with . . .

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OMG! Texas Women Carrying EVERYWHERE! OMG!

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Clued-in members of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia know that Texas isn’t America’s most gun-friendly state. Arizona, for example, has Constitutional Carry – no permit required. Texas doesn’t “allow” openly carried handguns, and will probably only do so for permitted citizens come September. Regardless, foreigners still associate American gun-slinging with The Lone Star State. So when Britain’s dailymail.co.uk clocked a photo essay on pistol-packing Texas women, they ignored the trigger discipline issues in some of the images (flagged, as always, by our commentators) and went ape sh*t on general principle . . .

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McGruff Takes a Bite Out of Unsafe Firearms Storage

“I saw this McGruff PSA last night on TV,” OneIfByLand1776 writes. “It’s sponsored by the National Crime Prevention Council and the Ad Council. The ad references the NRA (OMG! OMG!) as a resource for more info (although they missed a trick by not mentioning the Eddie Eagle program). While the ad seems neither neither pro nor anti-gun, the NCPC just can’t seem to help themselves from taking the antis’ side, where guns “accidentally fire” all on their own. Check out this poster that’s part of the campaign’s resources . . .

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“Another Example of Media Knowing Nothing About Firearms”

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You might say that blogger Greg Howard at theconcourse.deadspin.com identified the guns confiscated from rapper Bobby Shmurda and submitted the following list [after the jump] as an attempt at anti-gun humor. I agree with TTAG tipster therealmattinfl that Howard doesn’t know dee eye see kay about guns. Like the majority of his colleagues in the media, he felt free to ignore his ignorance to celebrate his prejudice. Anyway, name those guns! . . .

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More Burglars Shot, Fewer Burglaries…Who Knew?

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Who could possibly have predicted that when more burglars are shot in the act, burglary rates go down? Somehow, though, that natural response seems to confound media sophisticates. Take, for example, this report of a recent routine defensive gun use story from richmondconfidential.org: “Terrell Ruben, 42, became the third person shot and killed in an attempted burglary in Richmond this year. A Richmond homeowner shot Ruben in the chest after he discovered Ruben and another man attempting to steal property from his backyard last Saturday.” . . .

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Piers Morgan: I Still Don’t Understand You Psycho Gun Nuts

What’s this? Piers Morgan on the Fox’s ‘Kelly File’? That’s kinda like Rush Limbaugh sitting down with Amy Goodman for a Democracy Now! one-on-one. Something you never expect to see short of a harmonic convergence or porcine pilots buzzing past your window. We’ll save you the time it takes to view the video above with a brief synopsis: nothing has changed as far as the bombastic Brit is concerned. Sure, he allows as how . . .

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High Art Meets Hi Capacity: A Different Look at Women and Guns

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Pictorials featuring women and guns tend to heavily sexualize both subjects. Just Google “Women with Guns”. You’ll get a mixture of both professionally shot photos and photos from guys on ARFcom who want to show off their rebounds after that messy second divorce. A lot of the pics are, on some level, pornographic. They exist to elicit a response of lustful desire for the acquisition of the female, the weapon, or maybe both. Since we live in a free society, it’s entirely the prerogative of the consenting adults in the photos to exhibit themselves or their gats in whatever fashion they choose. Volumes have been written on the subject as to what constitutes art vs. pornography. We could easily get into the argument of nude vs. naked a la Wendy Beckett or whether “operator” poses are the updated equivalent of Robert Mapplethorpe’s self-portrait below . . .

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Incendiary Image of the Day: Facebook is Not Sending Gun-Themed X-Mas Cards to the Feds

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Axl Rose is not dead. Yet. And Facebook isn’t sending copies of gun-themed Christmas cards to the local constabulary. Onion-esque news satire site empirenews.com started the second rumor. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed rumors this morning that the company would be handing over names and photos of site users who have posted pictures of themselves with guns to the government,” the lead proclaimed. “Democrat leaders applauded Facebook’s move, stating that it is important to know who has guns in America, especially since many of the weapons that they’d seen could very well be unregistered.” The Zuckerberg quotes are my favorite bit . . .

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OMG! A 10-Year-Old Shooting a Gun! OMG!

“How young is too young to learn to shoot?” the text under the ABC News Nightline video asks, rhetorically. The talking head introducing this report on 10-year-old Shyanne Roberts’ shooting ability clearly signals the news org’s disapproval. As does the reporter. “Trust me,” she tut-tuts, “it seems like a lot for a little girl to handle.” And then . . . bruises! OMG! She’s bruised by a gun. Time to bring out an anti who fingers the evil gun industry for the young ‘uns ballistic proficiency corruption. The Uzi tragedy is duly trotted-out. Still, all in all, it’s a win! Yes?

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Passively Constructed Negligent Discharge of the Day: Ferguson Fallout Edition

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“The boyfriend, who wasn’t identified, told police that the couple had bought a gun because of fears of unrest related to the pending grand jury decision on the shooting of Michael Brown,” cnn.com reports. “He told investigators that as they drove late Friday night, the victim waved a gun, jokingly saying the couple were ready for Ferguson. He ducked to get out of the way of the gun and accidentally rear-ended another car. He said the accident caused the gun to go off and she was struck by a bullet in the head.” Something about her finger being on the trigger at the time, and pointing the gun in an unsafe direction, I imagine. Still, it’s perfect grist for the Gun Sense Demanding Moms’ mill. See? You’re safer without a gun! Unless you aren’t. To paraphrase General George S. Patton – a Colt 1903 guy – the trick is to make the other bastard win a Darwin Award. [h/t Cade]

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Update: Guns & Ammo Backs Down, Won’t Sue Guns Save Life Over Taurus Curve Post

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Yesterday John Boch, president of Illinois gun rights org Guns Save Life received a threat of legal action over his strongly-worded post that took a dim view of Taurus’s latest product, the Curve .380 ACP pistol (as well as G&A’s alleged pimping of the new gun). Today the Intermedia mother ship called John and assumed a much more conciliatory tone than the initial foot-stamping by online editor Dusty Gibson. Here’s John’s latest post, reprinted here with permission . . .

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