DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: All In For Trump?


DABDA. The five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. I admit it. I was in denial. I thought Ted Cruz would sandbag Donald Trump’s presidential nomination at a contested convention. Maybe “hoped” is the better word. While I view Hillary Clinton as the gun rights anti-Christ, I view The Donald as a firearms freedom flip-flopper (considering his previous support for gun purchase waiting periods and an assault weapons ban). Flip me once, shame on me. Flop me twice, God help us all. Still, in this case, I think it’s better the Devil we don’t know than the Devil we do. I held my nose and voted for McCain and Romney. I’ll hold my nose, cover my eyes, block my ears and vote for Trump — if only to protect the Supreme Court from another Kagan. You?

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DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: Would You Treat Your Assailant?


You’ve just shot someone who posed an imminent, credible threat of death or grievous bodily harm. They are lying on the floor, bleeding. “Make sure you eliminate the threat,” Former Combat Medic Jon Wayne Taylor cautions, meaning continue shooting or leave. “But if they’re no longer a threat you have a moral obligation to treat them.” (“Apply pressure until the bright red blood stops.”) Yes?

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DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: Shoot or Don’t Shoot?

David Kenik was one of my first (and best) firearms instructors. His company Armed Response sells an excellent collection of instructional videos. [Enter code TTAG for 20 percent off any DVD.] My favorite: Shoot/No Shoot Scenarios [not shown]. The video presents a “48 realistic scenes to interact with by challenging, drawing and shooting as needed! This vital training will help you recognize different types of confrontations, develop appropriate threat responses and understand the time constraints of violent encounters.”  OK, so here’s a scenarios based on that DVD, with three elements . . .

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DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: How Much Do You Spend on Your Security?

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg (courtesy

“Security means everything to Facebook — security for Mark Zuckerberg, that is,” clarifies. “The social-media company shelled out $5 million last year to make sure its co-founder and CEO had protection around the clock, according to regulatory filings . . .  powerful Apple CEO Tim Cook spent relative chump change of $209,151 on his safety last year.” I’m not sure how much I spend on security. I pay ADT a monthly fee and despite TTAG freebies, I spend lot of [my own] money on guns, ammo and training. Call it $10k per annum. How much do you shell out a year to keep you and yours safe? Be honest: do you see all your gun stuff that way?

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DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: When Was Your “First Time”?

The young lady — disappointingly on the right — is against guns. Surprise! She’s never touched one. I can relate. Thanks to my anti-gun Mom, “gun free” liberal community and Quaker school, the first real gun I touched was an Uzi machine gun at an Atlanta gun range, fired in my first year out of college. Big fun! But it wasn’t until I got to grips with a pistol — a Browning Buckmark — that I “got it.” I suddenly understood that I was in control of the gun. That it was entirely up to me what it did and didn’t do. And that I was responsible enough to be responsible with it (i.e. safe). I know that sounds weird, but we’re talking about overcoming decades of indoctrination. Do you remember the first time you shot a gun? How old were you? What was your initial reaction? Were you safe?

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DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: What Gun Stuff Are You Buying for Mother’s Day?

(courtesy Law Enforcement Targets)

My mother is virulently anti-gun. Well, not so virulently any more. At 96-years-old, she’s lost most of her animus (though she still hates Republicans with an passion undimmed). Still, the thought of buying her something firearms-related for Mother’s Day is beyond ludicrous. My first wife — mother of my first two daughters – lives in the UK. If I sent her something like the Law Enforcement Target above, she’d probably be arrested. My second wife – mother of my second two daughters – is an alcoholic. So no. But I realize that most members of TTAG’s AI have firearms friendly moms and/or wives who are mother to their children. What if any gun-related gubbins (UK term) will they receive on Mother’s Day?


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DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: Seen “Gun Violence”?

In the video above, the former Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky’s St. Regis suburb reckons people shouldn’t be scared by an incident of “gun violence.” That’s because “it’s a rare thing.” You wouldn’t know that from the mainstream media, which follows ye olde dictum “if it bleeds it leads.” (That said, you don’t see automotive fatalities every day, and they’re just as common.) Anyway, have you seen a firearms-related injury or fatality? I was on the scene seconds after a neighbor in the house behind mine shot himself in the head. Not pretty. It made me [even more] sensitive to mental health issues. What have you seen shooting-wise and how did it effect you?

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DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: What Makes a Gun Beautiful?

Reanna Kadic (courtesy

Somehow I don’t think that the AR above will be joining 3-Gun competitor Ms. Reanna Kadic at her Junior Prom. But there’s no question that both gun and girl are lovely. Yup, I reckon Ms. Kadic’s AR is a babe. But then my aesthetic appreciation runs the gamut, from the minimalist GLOCK 19 (true story) to the epic Ma Deuce to a sublime Holland & Holland shotgun. Question: what makes some guns gorgeous and renders others “physically challenged”? Please give examples (and links if possible).

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DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: Should Legal Aliens Be Allowed to Carry?

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By James England (via

State laws lock horns with federal law when a legal immigrant was denied her right to obtain a concealed carry permit in the State of Montana. She is filing suit — with the help of the Second Amendment Foundation — against the sheriff alleging that this denial of a permit constitutes an infringement upon her constitutional rights. The sheriff of Flathead County denied her based upon current state law in Montana which prohibits the issuance of a concealed carry permit to non-citizen status. However, this immigrant in particular . . .

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