The decline of American journalism since the legacy media decided to stop so much as pretending to be non-partisan tellers of truth and became proud and wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Democrat Party, has been rapid and ugly. As a result, I’ve often turned to the British press, whose insight into American politics and culture, and whose journalistic ethics, have been a viable alternative. But no one and nothing is perfect, and deeply ingrained cultural beliefs commonly sneak into reporting. A recent story by American Ana Marie Cox in The Guardian is a case in point . . .
When Michael Bloomberg launched Everytown for Gun Safety, the former NYC Mayor touted his gun control group as a “grassroots” anti-NRA org. The irony of that debut – unveiling a [supposedly] populist anti-gun movement financed by a single $50 million cash donation – was lost on the mainstream media. But TTAG readers responded with keen insight, posting comments that basically proclaimed “I don’t think the word ‘grassroots’ means what former Michael Bloomberg thinks it means. Or wants it to mean.” Here’s more proof, if proof be needed, that Mayor Mike’s grassroots anti-gun group is actually a lush crop of freshly extruded Astroturf . . .
Lefty Brit paper The Guardian has published an article article entitled ‘NRA lecture details ways to circumvent restrictions on buying guns.’ After that bit of hyperbole – admittedly not uncommon where headlines are concerned – the writer explains what the lecture was really all about . . .
While the crowds were busy having posters signed by Minsk-born “Red Army Girl” Yulia (if you have to ask Y, I can’t explain it) my eyes were drawn to Century International Arms MDL 38-3. MDL for I forgot to ask what, 38 for .38 caliber and 3 for three-rounds. Ladies and gentlemen (hey guys! over here!), I present the “world’s slimmest revolver.” Which is a bit like the world’s most fire-retardant paper hat. But it’s a thing, right? Not yet it isn’t. Century may not take as long to bring the gun to market as their name suggests, but there is no firm release date for the MDL’s arrival at your LGS. They’ve promised us a T&E sample when the first batch is released. To which I replied “Baba s vozu — kobyle legche.” Luckily, Yulia didn’t smack me. Make the jump for the reveal . . .
The 2014 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits are under way, with throngs of attendees packing the Indianapolis Convention Center floor. For those of you who can’t (or don’t want to) be here, you can watch the goings on as we live stream them for your viewing pleasure. Here are the speakers who are scheduled to address today’s annual meeting of members beginning at 10:00 a.m. eastern and the Stand & Fight Rally at 7:00 p.m. eastern. Make the jump to look in on the proceedings live . . .
As far as I can tell, I’m the only African American at the NRA’s national convention. And I’m white. Not to put too fine a point on it, Indianapolis has just become the Old Fat White Guy center of the universe. While I have nothing against OWFGs – some of my best contributors are OWFGs – the battle to defend and extend firearms freedom lies elsewhere. The urban cores are where it’s going down, conurbations where minority voters hold sway. If the NRA wants to seal the deal, to put gun rights beyond reproach (where the U.S. Constitution places them), they need to attract blacks, asians and hispanics. So . . . how? How does the arctic-colored civil rights organization get minorities to come in out of the cold?
While assault weapons bans are in effect in some states, that doesn’t mean that an AR-15 rifle is out of their reach. There are a number of companies that make AWB-compliant rifles for those markets, but the vast majority of those manufacturers take the approach of simply neutering the existing design and selling a substandard product. Ares Defense didn’t think that was good enough, and instead of simply chopping up an AR-15 they completely re-designed the gun. And in the process, they came up with something that is a nifty gun in its own right.
Tongue firmly in cheek, Gun Nuts offers The 5 types of media at the NRA Annual Meetings. Caleb lets gun bloggers have it with both barrels: “If there’s one thing worse than the old media, it’s the new media. There’s nothing worse than a blogger who think that just because they’re smart enough to set up a wordpress page and pound out some mediocre content every now and then that their opinion is actually worth more than a fart in the wind. Seriously, bloggers are just the worst people ever. Can you imagine the massive ego it must take to think that your opinion is SO IMPORTANT that the whole internet should read it? Ugh.” Guilty as charged. Dan, Nick and myself will be at the NRA meeting in Indianapolis from Friday to Sunday, blogging our brains out. Let us know below if there’s something you’d like us to check out on your behalf. And no, booth babes don’t count. Although we might post some images on our Facebook page . . .
Email blast from the Violence Policy Center re: the NRA’s upcoming Annual Meeting (TTAG will be there):
Dear VPC Supporter,
Wayne LaPierre, Ted Nugent, and the rest of the NRA leadership will be in Indianapolis later this month for the NRA’s annual meeting which begins on April 25. We don’t expect they will mention the fact that Indianapolis has a murder rate higher than Chicago’s and that most of those killings are committed with guns. And we don’t expect them to stop opposing even the most limited policy changes that would help stop the gun violence epidemic. We do expect, however, that gun industry representatives will be there in force to promote “spectacular displays of firearms … from every major firearm company in the country.” . . .
On Saturday night I was a guest of TTAG and Dan Zimmerman at a local event. His wife, my wife and other like-minded folk attended a Friends of the NRA dinner where hundreds of gun nuts get together and place bids on donated items. One of my clients, Mid America Arms, was in attendance offering their FFL services to make sure winners of firearms passed the appropriate background checks before taking possession of their rifles, pistols and shotguns . . .
The National Rifle Association may be the official whipping boy of the national media these days, but Alan Gottlieb seems to have had a good time in Houston this past weekend. In fact, The Second Amendment Foundation’s taken the time to issue a press release congratulating the NRA on a very successful shindig . . .