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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Question of the Day: Should Journalists be Armed?

Most major news outlets bar their journalists from carrying firearms, even if they’re in a war zone. The Committee to Protect Journalists, advises against it on their website noting that carrying a gun “can undermine your status as an observer and, by extension, the status of all other journalists working in the conflict area.” Many major news organizations — such as the New York Times, and CNN — refuse to let their journalists carry firearms, supposedly for their own safety. Certainly, if I was a soldier in wartime that found someone running around with a recording device asking a lot of nosy questions and with a firearm of some kind, the best reaction I’d have was that he was a spy who needs to be held until the MPs can haul him to the stockade. So maybe that policy makes some kind of sense, in a typical war zone fought between various nations . . .

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Have a Plan to Kill Everyone You Meet…And One to Let Them Walk Away



Albuquerque police officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez were charged on Monday with murder for the March 16, 2014, shooting of James Boyd, a 36-year-old homeless man who (allegedly) was illegally camping in the Albuquerque foothills. Officers Sandy and Perez shot Boyd after a standoff that lasted four hours. Boyd allegedly had refused to leave his ersatz campsite after officers approached him guns drawn. The entire confrontation was captured on a helmet camera . . .

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Everytown for Gun Safety Sponsors Journalist Education on “Gun Violence”

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“I’ve long thought that someone should offer comprehensive firearms training for the Fourth Estate. Well, someone has finally stepped up to fill that niche, and his name is Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City.” That bulletin comes from Herald-Tribune’s Lee Williams. What could possibly go wrong? Hizzoner figures the best way to report on “gun violence” is to make sure journos know more about guns and the issues surrounding them. And who better to fill those skulls full of mush than…Everytown for Gun Safety? . . .

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PBS’ Frontline Thumps the NRA for Being Too Good at What It Does


If you’ve ever seen an episode of Frontline, you couldn’t have been terribly surprised by last night’s NRA exposé, subtly titled ‘Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA’. The NRA’s real sin, according to the program’s slant, is that it’s just too good at protecting gun rights. Too effective at countering the best efforts of Congress, victims groups and the civilian disarmament industrial complex. In case you missed it . . .

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Incendiary Image of the Day: Facebook Remains Anti-Gun Edition


Brice McCunn of McCunn Specialty Firearms wants to remind us that there are Internet portals that continue to restrict our right to commerce in legal products. He writes:

Hi Guys,
Just wanted to send you this to reconfirm and show Facebook is obviously still antigun. We are opening a new gun shop and indoor shooting range next month in southwest Iowa. I wanted to pay to run a targeted ad for a few days on Facebook to let people know about our opening. This is what I got right away from Facebook.


Bergen Record Reporter Covers Anti Gun Orgs Without Disclosing His Affiliation With Them


By Josh Levy

The worst type of political scandal doesn’t involve the passing of money but the manipulation of public information. The reason for this is plain. Money cannot buy everything in the political world. Many very wealthy or well-connected candidates have failed. Many well-funded legislative efforts have come to nothing. But control over the sources of public information – above all, the schools and the press – brings control over public opinion, which makes any political achievement possible. As Lincoln said, “[P]ublic sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed.” The anti-gun left seems to have absorbed this lesson in New Jersey . . .

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Behind the Scenes of the Femme Fatale Photoshoot of the Century


Team TTI (sometimes affectionately referred to as “Ballistic Angels” or simply “Taran’s Angels”). Members featured: Michelle Jean, Corinne Mosher, Allie Barrett, Diana Hufstedler (yeah, I’m always in black), Sammi King, Jessica Hook, Janna Reeves & our fierce leader Taran Butler. All images: courtesy of 5.11 Media

This post originally appeared at and is reprinted here with permission.

By Diana Hufstedler

Hi, my name is Diana Hufstedler. You may know me as the team TTI 3-Gunner who likes fashion or the potty-mouth blogger who tells it as it is. But in my 8 to 5 job I’m a marketer, and a good one (tell my boss).  Today I will reveal to you the secret recipe to a killer marketing campaign & will bring you behind the scenes of the 5.11 Media production that can easily be described as the photoshoot of the century! . . .

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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!


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 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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