Back in December of 2012, I busted out the ol’ snark shillelagh on Dennis Merrill and hit him pretty darn hard with it. He had raised a stink to a local TV station over the wild west shootout reenactments the Ft. Worth Stockyards put on for tourists, claiming that they were inappropriate. Keep in mind that this was only about a week after the Sandy Hook shootings. Well Mr. Merrill just ran across my post and I agreed to give him equal time to present his objection to the rootin’ tootin’ shootin’. Make the jump for his side of the story . . .
To Whom it May Concern;
Count me as a viewer of your wonderful show! I love Elementary. I love Sherlock Holmes. I have been watching this show since it began airing; it is currently my only “must watch” show every week. In the past, there have been negative comments about firearms in your show, both through misinformation and more directly from the characters at times, but I have always accepted it as a simple cultural difference between myself and both the NY based characters and/or the (presumably) more politically liberal show leadership. Your episode this week however (Feb 19, 2015) truly frustrated me for the first time. I felt there was a direct and overt attempt to create a political, anti-firearm message . . .
My main squeeze had never watched High Noon. Thanks to Netflix, I rectified that omission. I hadn’t seen Gary Cooper’s darting eyes in a good forty years. Watching the Marshal fail to marshal the townspeople to defend themselves against a quartet of outlaws, it all came flooding back. How a good man sometimes has to stand alone. How fine Grace Kelly looked in a skin-tight bodice (not an observation I shared with my SO). How a single shot can make a man fall down dead in an instant. Wait. What? Yup. Here are three really stupid lessons I learned from watching cowboy movies as a kid . . .
The lovely Mrs. Kee and I have taken to the open road for Valentine’s weekend to follow one of our favorite bands, The Turnpike Troubadours, through Arkansas. I consider this fine state to be one of the most beautiful places in these United States. And underrated. Mrs. Kee had never been and we’ve been trying for a year to attend a Troubadours show, so things worked out pretty perfectly. We watched them play at The Rev Room in Little Rock on Friday night, and I gotta tell you, what a show . . .
“Apple has asked some developers of gun-based iOS games to remove pictures of weapons from the promotional images used on the App Store.” Of course they have. Because as everyone knows, simply glimpsing a gat while casually browsing for something that allows you to play your favorite tunes on a fart piano can turn an unsuspecting yoot into a bloodthirsty killer. As arstechnica.com makes clear, the censoring doesn’t apply to the actual applications – yet. So images like the one above from the game Tempo have been pixellated to obscure the offending firearm. Which brings to mind . . .
Purists, hold onto your martinis. James Bond is sporting a new gun. Or he will be in the upcoming film, ‘Spectre.’ A just-released still from the flick shows him on the ice planet Hoth toting a H&K VP9. Jeremy sure liked the pistol, but we’re guessing seeing Daniel Craig making bloody snow angels with it will goose sales even more than our review did.
“I had police point a gun at my little brothers because of you. They could have been shot because you chose to SWAT my stream. They could have died. I don’t give a sh!t about what you have against me or what I did to you. For that, I am at a loss for words. Your gripe is with me, so let it be with me. So let it be with me. Do not involve my family in any way shape or form with this. They don’t deserve that. He’s ten. He’s 10 years old, and he had 10 police officers pointing a gun at him because he was at the door.” – Gamer Joshua Peters
“Film makers have been banned from shooting action scenes in Paris in the wake of the terrorist shootings which left 20 people dead,” dailymail.co.uk reports. “It means that the kind of classic segments which have thrilled generations of movie lovers cannot be repeated.” Why should they be repeated when you can see them on Netflix? “Announcing the measure, police commander Sylvie Barnaud said: ‘There’s a problem with these action scenes, as the actors in uniform could be targets for terrorism.'” Mistaken identity not police assassination isn’t the only risk . . .
All gun guys and most Americans, except perhaps for a few off-the-grid survivalists shivering in a dugout somewhere west of Des Moines, already know that the American Sniper is based on the exploits of Chris Kyle, the “most deadly sniper in American military history.” The same people also know how Chris Kyle’s story ended prematurely and violently at a Chalk Mountain shooting range, where he was gunned down by a man he was trying to help even though they hardly knew each other. American Sniper focuses on the rest of Chris Kyle’s story, taking 132 minutes to demonstrate, very graphically at times, that Gen. Sherman had a knack for understatement . . .
Last we heard, former Sons of Guns reality TV star Will Hayden [above] pled not guilty to one count of forcible rape of an 11-year-old girl in a Livingston Parish court, Louisiana. Before that, the former Red Jacket Firearms jefe pled not guilty to one count of aggravated rape in Baton Rouge in connection with his arrest for raping a young girl multiple times between March 2013 and August 2014. But a report on Hayden’s hidden endorsement deals just published on foxnews.com casually suggests that the Discovery Channel’s former cash cow has copped a plea with the state. It says . . .
Like it? Buy it! Amazon Japan is selling the mechanical suit above for 120 million yen, around $1 million. Gunnies (with easy access to really smooth and level pavement) need apply. “The KURATAS suit, which was first designed in 2012, runs on diesel and can move at 10 kilometers an hour,” nydailynews.com reports. “Additionally, it has an arsenal of weapons, which includes a machine gun that shoots 6,000 BB bullets a minute and an external launcher that shoots plastic water bottles. The system inside the suit can also detect targets — including humans — with automatic alignment. Once the system has a target . . .
The Campaign to Stop Gun Violence Facebook page issued a collective huzzah! when Sean Penn announced his new gun-collection free status. “Kudos to this ‘strong woman’ (Charlize Theron) for making herself and Mr. Penn safer. Thankfully, our country is full of strong women.” All of whom the CSGV’s Ladd Everitt & Co. would like to see disarmed. Needless to say, Mr. Penn and Ms. Theron are not without firearms protection, chaperoned by armed bodyguards. Anyway, get this: some CSGV commentators reckon Sean’s commitment to civilian disarmament is not morally inspired (i.e. he let his little head do the thinking for the big head). How’s that for common ground? . . .