Question of the Day: Why Are Democrats Still Pimping for Gun Control?

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“Democrats are becoming more and more outspoken about gun violence in the wake of seemingly ever increasing mass shootings, despite the fact that the American public remains as opposed as ever to many gun-control measures,” businessinsider.com reports. Copy that. This gun blogger has noticed a distinct uptick in civilian disarmament background chatter in the run-up to the 2016 election cycle. This despite poll numbers revealing that Americans’ support for gun control is waning and the widely acknowledged fact that . . .

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Question of the Day: Why Does the Mainstream Media Cling to Gun Control?

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Over at the Washington Post’s blog The Fix, Amber Phillips writes what should be the final word on the current state of civilian disarmament in America. “Gun control is still going nowhere in Congress,” Phillips asserts. “And in fact, with every major mass shooting in America, gun-rights supporters seem to be digging in even further — and bringing the rest of America along with them.” Note the words “in fact” . . .

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Question of the Day: Why Do So Many People With Permits Decide Not to Carry?

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I shared a cigar with a car parts store owner last night. Great guy. Great cigar (Liga Privada T52 Double Corona). He quizzed me about my Wilson Combat Commander carry gun with a newbie’s fascination. “I have a permit,” he said, surprising me. “But I don’t carry.” Why go to all that bother and leave home without it? He squirmed a bit, puffed on his stogie looking in the distance and demurred. This morning, over on Diana Hufstedler’s Facebook page . . .

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Question of the Day: Is Your Town Gun-Friendly?

Aww jeez. It seems that the local constabulary in peaceful New Holstein, Wisconsin isn’t really up on state law in America’s Dairyland, dontcha know. Both open and concealed carry are okey-dokey in The Eat Cheese or Die state. In fact the only place you can’t openly carry is in your caarr. And thanks to the state’s preemption law, any municipal ordinance there may be to the contrary, as the un-named officer references, is null and void . . .

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Question of the Day: What’s GunBroker.com’s Number One Selling Revolver?

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The same folks who own GunBroker.com broker TTAG’s advertising. And for that we give them thanks; their sterling salesmanship gives me, Dan, Nick and the rest of the TTAG crew the freedom to focus on providing you, gentle reader, with the gunblogosphere’s freshest and most frequent content. Some of which is genuinely surprising. For example, did you know that GunBroker.com’s best-selling revolver isn’t a Smith & Wesson? Ah, but what is it? Guess, then make the jump for the reveal via the manufacturer’s proud presser. I bet you won’t see this one coming . . .

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Question of the Day: With Whom Do You Shoot?

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I prefer to shoot alone, and I prefer the range to be empty when I go. I don’t like waiting for others. I want to do what I want to do. I know this seems selfish, but it’s only a preference. I’ve taught plenty of people how to shoot. But when I do, I end up shooting very little. The only way they learn is to pull the trigger; watching me more that once or twice won’t help them. My desire to shoot by my lonesome boils down to one thing: freedom . . .

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Question of the Day: Two Americas, Gun-Wise?

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TTAG used to refer to states with draconian gun laws, stratospheric taxes and a general lack of personal freedom as “slave states.” Our Armed Intelligentsia told us to chill, so we did. Semantics aside, the ballistic bifurcation of America continues. After its failures on the federal level, the gun control movement has focused its efforts on state initiatives, driving a wedge both between and within states. Encapsulating the conflict, The Campaign to Stop Gun Violence routinely calls gun owners “insurrectionists” and publishes intra-state antagonistic anti-gun agitprop. But does that matter? Are these state-by-state fights for firearms freedom an indication of something bigger and more ominous, or just brush fires that need dousing at the ballot box in the laboratories of democracy?

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Question of the Day: Is A .22 Caliber Pistol Enough Gun for The Great Outdoors?

I came across this video recently and expected a reasonable defense of a .22 caliber pistol for self-defense. Which is perfectly understandable – given that most defensive gun uses (DGUs) don’t involve shots fired and there are many, many people (including women) who can only or better handle a .22 than a larger caliber pistol. But that’s not how Starry Hilder rolls here. She says she carries her Ruger to ward off . . .

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Question of the Day: How Do You Deal With Firearms Ignorance?

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Reader George G. writes:

Tonight while at a car show I encountered a young woman about 18 or 19 openly carrying a handgun. This in and of itself is fine, until you factor in that the shopping center this car show occurs in is on an Indian reservation. Most of us know that Indian reservations are not gun friendly, and they certainly don’t care about the laws of the state their land is in (Arizona, in this case). I mentioned to her that if Salt River PD saw the gun she would be in a heap of trouble. She immediately became belligerent stating, “Open carry at 18.” I told her that the laws on the reservation are not the same as they are off the reservation. She rolled her eyes at me and went on her way. How do you handle blatant ignorance to firearm laws?

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Question of the Day: Would You Draw Your Gun To Help This Man?

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As we’ve all learned by now, the real reason for Dylann Roof’s massacre of nine innocent churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina was the Confederate battle flag that no longer flies over the capitol. The decision to lower the banner for good has predictably provoked protest by both supporters and detractors. And a number of flag-wavers have been set upon by groups of angry blacks who now consider showing the stars and bars on par with shouting the ‘N’ word in public. If you came upon a scene like the one in the video above — an anti-Confederate crowd beating a reported KKK protester — would you draw your weapon to defend the victim?

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Question of the Day: What Gun-Related Item Made You Facepalm Lately?

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Let’s be honest – I’m a pedantic gun owner. I will be the first to admit it and I will proudly wear that title because I make a concerted effort to make certain I’m right whenever possible. As my friend Ralph likes to point out, I don’t suffer fools kindly – and he’s right to an extent. One thing that really aggravates me in the firearm industry is the ignorance of the industry itself. There’s also an attitude about it that embraces knowing less rather than more, which I find remarkably damaging long term since the people of the anti-gun movement pride themselves on academic knowledge. Some folks I’ve done business with can barely identify the difference between ‘your’ and ‘you’re’ when constructing a sentence. One of my customers sent me an email this evening with a cringe-worthy advertisement that made me roll my eyes so far back into my head that I’m pretty sure I detached my own retinas . . .

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Quote of the Day: Fair Question Edition

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But if these Second Amendment-purists really think that guns make places safer, if they really think that guns are an important check on government and safeguard of liberty, then why do so many of them keep their workplace—the U.S. Capitol—free of firearms? – Josh Zeitz in If Guns Make Us Safer, Why Not Let Them Into the U.S. Capitol? [at politico.com]

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