Housekeeping: Please Send a Polite Email to TTAG Blockers

Kohl's greeter (courtesystardem.com)

TTAG reader Mike writes:

“I was roped into taking my wife to our local (central Florida) Kohls department store today. While my wife shopped I searched for and ultimately found a cozy spot and proceeded to fire up my laptop. My first internet stop was TTAG of course. What??? Can’t be!!! Your TTAG domain is blocked on Kohls’ complimentary Wi-Fi due to gun content. My waiting time was ruined. Yet another reason to despise Kohls. Just thought I would pass this info along in case one of your wordsmiths gets bored.” Many public Internet providers have a blanket policy blocking “weapons-related” websites, including TTAG. If you come across a ban, please email the provider a polite protest. [Cut and paste version after the jump.] It’s not about our bottom line; the bans don’t have a significant impact on our readership stats. It’s about your gun rights. Thank you . . .

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Gentle Reminder: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Does Not Support the Second Amendment

Derek Flemming and daughter and  killer Martin Zale (courtesy inquisitir.com))

The idea that gun control advocates support the Second Amendment is as preposterous as the idea that Israeli supermodels support Hamas. And yet the antis repeat this lie on a regular basis. “Moms Demand Action supports the 2nd Amendment,” the “about” section of their website proclaims, “but we believe common-sense solutions can help decrease the escalating epidemic of gun violence that kills too many of our children and loved ones every day.” What part of “shall not be infringed” do they not understand? Why, all of it. So they don’t support the 2A, do they? While we wait for some enterprising journalist to ask MDA jefe Shannon Watts to outline her vision of gun rights, we feel duty bound to highlight the contradiction in their position. Here’s one of their usual bloody shirt waving Facebook postings that proves the point . . .

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Cabela’s NRA Weekend September 13-14

When bitching about their failure to pass gun control laws, the civilian disarmament industrial complex refers to their antagonists as “the gun lobby.” It’s better (for them) than referencing “the broad coalition of gun owners, retailers, firearms and ammunition manufacturers and pro-gun lobby groups supporting Americans natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.” When the antis use the term “gun lobby” it’s shorthand for the NRA and gun makers. NOT owners or retailers. Shining a light on that connection would mean admitting that guns are popular. But we know the truth. As does the NRA. Which is why they’ve teamed-up with Cabela’s . . .

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Question of the Day: What’s the Farthest Target You’ve Ever Shot?

I am not a long-range shooter. For one thing, I have less – I mean “fewer” math skills than a fifth grader. Second, nope. That’s it. I can’t do math. As fas as I can see (so to speak) that’s the whole point of the thing. You identify a bunch of variables that affect the bullet’s flight path to the distant target, crunch the numbers (or enter them into a calculator that crunches the numbers), twiddle the scope, assume the position, stop breathing and try to make the trigger pull as smooth as an Israeli supermodel’s inner thigh. (I’ve got to make some part of this sound exciting.) And pray the wind doesn’t change. Yeah, about that. Kirsten Joy Weiss has some weird meteorological psychic ability. Not me. I can no more “read” the wind than I can read Heidegger’s Being and Time. So . . . I once hit a steel target at 750 yards. Using a Tracking Point rifle. Under careful supervision. What the farthest you’ve ever shot, and actually hit what you were aiming at? Using what kit?

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ShootingTheBull410 Tests Wallboard Penetration

If you had to defend your home by firing a gun, what happens if you miss? What effect would a stray shot have if it missed the bad guy and instead penetrated through a wall? Would the shot pose a threat to a loved one in an adjoining room, or a neighbor in the next apartment or condominium? While the answer is normally an overwhelming “yes” with conventional hollowpoints or FMJ bullets, it seems like people are always looking for ways to minimize the risk.  A viewer wrote to me to say . . .

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Passively Constructed Negligent Discharge Story of the Day: Beehive Ballistics Edition

“Officials say a Utah elementary school teacher [not Mrs. Muray] has been rushed to the hospital after a concealed firearm she was carrying accidentally discharged in a school bathroom and shot her in the leg,” foxnews.com reports. It’s a good thing her firearm was such a bad shot, although Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley says the teacher at Westbrook Elementary School (in the Salt Lake City suburb of Taylorsville) was “severely injured when the bullet entered and exited her leg.” And it’s a bad thing it “happened” to a Utah teacher at her workplace. The Beehive State . . .

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Incendiary Image of the Day: Militarized Batmobile Edition

Latest Batmobile

George Barris designed the first real-world Batmobile in 1966. The Caped Crusader’s ride was an evolution of the 1955 Lincoln Futura show car. [Click here to see the missing link.] Barris’ design also held a hint of the Cadillac DeVille and the Screaming Chicken Trans-Am. Whatever its genesis, the flame-spouting Batmobile was a car. You know; a vehicle driven by people. In fact, the Batmobile’s bubble cockpit put the distinctly disarmed Dynamic Duo on display. Compare that to the vehicle above. The Dark Knight’s latest ride is a cross between a tarantula and an MRAP. More to the point, its point is plain to see: bow-mounted machine guns. Which reminds me . . . I can’t remember ever seeing Batman shoot a gun. So why is it OK for him to mount them on his car(s)? Just wonderin’.

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D.C. Shotgun Loader Kokesh Gets 3 Mos. Suspended Sentence

You may recall Adam Kokesh as the Marine-turned-anti-war-activist who YouTubed himself [illegally] loading a shotgun in D.C. “I didn’t kill anybody,” he told a reporter. “I didn’t drone any children. I didn’t steal any children’s future. I didn’t sell this country into debt. I didn’t do any of the crimes that the man two blocks over at the White House is responsible for.” Mr. Kokesh was SWAtted, arrested and jailed for his trouble. And the magic mushrooms found in his domicile. In an email blast [full text after the jump] we learn that Judge Loraine Nordlund slapped the Jew-turned-atheist-anarchist with a three-month suspended sentence, no probation. Although Adam claims to “matured in ways I didn’t think were possible” anyone who thinks he’ll ape 60′s activists and start selling insurance is likely to be sadly (happily?) disappointed. Watch this space . . .

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Second Amendment Supporters Buy Up Guns Destined for Cleveland Turn-In Event

At the recent Cleveland gun buy back turn in event, the public handed over 270 guns to the police. But Second Amendment supporters were there in force to snag some of the best of the bunch. They purchased about 100 guns, some of the most valuable of those brought to the event, for cash. There were at least two local groups of gun rights supporters present — Ohio Carry, and OhioCCW.org, which paid for the billboard truck shown in the photograph above . . .

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“Apparently they are smoking crack again over at Mother Jones”

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Brooklyn Bridge march (courtesy motherjones.com)

TTAG reader TT provided our headline. It’s his take on Mother Jones’ celebratory article These Women Are the NRA’s Worst Nightmare. There’s a lot of amusement to be had therein, but check out the artfully crafted (to make a small group look large) photo above. It’s a pic of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s march across the Brooklyn Bridge. Ever heard the expression “selling the Brooklyn Bridge“? It’s common parlance for scamming the public. So right away we know Mother Jones doesn’t “do” irony. Hagiography? That they do . . .

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As A Matter of Fact, We Can’t All Agree to ‘Safe Gun Storage’

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The Connecticut-based editorial board of the theday.com has a great idea — let’s lock up guns so that people can’t use them to commit suicide! The article’s title, ‘Agree, at least, to safe gun storage‘ makes it clear that they consider this to be one of those “simple, straight-forward, common-sense” restrictions so beloved of those who favor civilian disarmament. I mean surely we can all agree that reducing suicide rates is a good thing and safe storage laws can hardly be counted as infringements on the natural, fundamental, and inalienable human, individual, civil and Constitutional right to own and carry the weapon of your choice. Right? To “prove” their point they offer up lots of facts with very little context. Naturally I feel honor-bound to provide that context . . .

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New From Ruger: Gunsite Scout Rifle in 5.56/.223

New Ruger Scout rifle in 5.56/.223

Ruger’s take on Col. Jeff Cooper’s scout rifle design has been extremely popular. A short, relatively light weight bolt-action Jeep of a rifle chambered in .308 that can handle an awful lot of jobs really well for a large number of gun owners. What’s not to like? Now Ruger’s announced an expansion of their Gunsite Scout Rifle chambered in lighter-shooting 5.56/.223. The new chambering is priced the same the original at an MSRP of $1039 for most models. Press release after the jump . . .

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