Question of the Day: Can School Shootings Be Prevented?

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At huffingtonpost.com, self-proclaimed School Safety Advocate, Educator and Writer Jonathan J. Doll, PhD offers readers A Framework for Understanding Lethal School Violence: Part 1. “It is critical to bear in mind that lethal school violence seldom occurs completely unannounced in a perpetrator’s life,” the good Doctor reminds us, “but rather often has a lengthy runway leading up to them — of weeks or even more than a year.” I’ve posted a list of his questions for schools looking to institute “behavioral intervention” after the jump. My question to you: what would be your list of questions for educational institutions who want to defend themselves against a school shooter? . . .

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Question of the Day: Do You Know How to Do Press Checks?

Probably the first question is whether you’re someone who thinks you need to do press checks at all. It’s not quite as contentious a subject as .45 vs. 9mm, but there are plenty of firm opinions on both sides of that question. But if you are a press checker, do you know how to do it without dropping a round or causing an out-of battery situation? Not to get too personal, but are you an over-the-top front, over-the-top rear or a pinch kinda person? Inquiring minds want to know. How do you press check your guns?

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Question of the Day: What’s the Dumbest Hollywood Gun Fail You’ve Ever Seen?

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TTAG reader CC sent us the above image from The Walking Dead. It’s not a fail, exactly, but “tea cupping” a pistol like that is pretty darn dumb – especially when the undead are coming for your brains. Speaking of brain dead, Hollywood has a long and ignoble history of making guns do things they can’t. Bad guys fall down dead from a single shot. Or get blown off their feet – backwards – by a shotgun blast. Good guys have magic mags that never require a refill. While most people don’t know or care, The People of the Gun do. So, cowboy, what’s the dumbest gun fail you’ve see on the silver screen or within the glowing confines of the boob tube?

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Question of the Day: Is There Such a Thing As A “Woman’s Gun”?

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I don’t understand why people think gun manufacturers are “pandering” to women when they offer a standard handgun in pink or purple with glitter. What’s wrong with appealing to women with fashionable firearms? (And yes, their aesthetic sense is generally different from men’s.) As for other female-specific changes, what else is there? Lightening the springs for easier racking (as above) isn’t just a girl thing . . .

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Question of the Day: What’s Your Favorite Bullpup?

Post people love ‘em or hate ‘em. On the pro side, they’re short, maneuverable and fun to shoot. As for cons, mag changes can be awkward, ejection can be an adventure and some people are a little skittish about having a round (especially a 12 gauge, in the case of the KSG) going boom immediately adjacent to their face. But if you’ve shot one, you know that they can be a hell of a lot of fun. Not to mention an effective home defense option. Iraq Veteran 8888 (above) seems particularly taken with the FN P90. And why not? What’s your favorite bullpup gun?

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Question of the Day: How Do You Clean Your Guns?

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Reading through the press release at ammoland.com for a new triangular-shaped cleaning patch [after the jump], I was horrified to encounter this little anecdote from Eric Feldman. “Something I learned in gunsmithing school,” BoreSmith’s Director Of Operations’ recalls, “was that people cause more damage to their firearms by improper and over cleaning than by actually shooting.” Oh great. As if I don’t have enough anxiety about cleaning my guns, from using too much lube to not using enough lube, to not getting it done with a BoreSnake and more. So, how do you clean your guns, what products do you use and how often do you use them? . . .

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Question of the Day (From an Anti-Gunner): How You Gonna Feel . . . ?

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Taking that Tweet at face value, Matt’s just another anti acting out. [Click here for a video montage of similar comments.] But I’m left wondering what circumstances Matt envisions that would lead to this horrific scenario for Soldier1eaODGrn. Is Matt fantasizing about a spree killer delivering sweet justice against a gun rights supporter who opposed legislation that would have disarmed the psycho? I’ve actually heard that sentiment voiced. Or is Matt imagining . . .

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Question of the Day: What’s Your Favorite Cop Show?

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By Rick Notkin

I have watched a lot of TV in my time, including many cop and detective shows (e.g., Dragnet, Adam-12, Kojak, Barney Miller, CHiPs, Hill St. Blues). As a firearms enthusiast from childhood, I noticed how guns were used in those shows. Once I was old enough to have and shoot my own guns, I saw that realism wasn’t always the prime consideration (like when 5-0’s Steve McGarrett downed a helicopter with a 2” .38 Special). Once I received permission from the state to carry a handgun, I became much more aware of the soft and hard prejudice against armed citizens. NRA’s Cam Edwards calls it “otherizing”. Watching these shows with this new perspective, I noticed that non-police with guns were almost always either perps or people who were probably going to be perps . . .

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Question of the Day: How Often Do You Compete?

I should talk. I don’t compete. I should, but I don’t have time. I should make time. But how can I make time when I’m a single parent running a website and organizing the Texas Firearms Festival and going to the gym five days a week? As Jim Croce sang, there never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do, once you find them. How about you? Have you made time for firearms competition? If so, what and how often? And what can you tell a reluctant competitor to get him/her off their keyster and out on the field of combat? I mean, competition? [h/t Todd]

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Question of the Day: What’s the Best All-Around Gun You’ve Ever Had?

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When it comes to picking the one best all-around gun, Caleb reckons that for his money, it’s the GLOCK 21 Gen 4. Take a Xanax, GLOCK haters, because he backs up his choice with plenty of well-reasonsed support. The big .45 isn’t, he cautions, necessarily the best gun at any one thing. Not the best for competition, self defense or as a hunting handgun. There are arguably better choices for each of those purposes. But as he sees it, the G21 is the best single firearm for getting all those jobs done. Fortunately, most of us aren’t confined to only one gun. Unless we are. In which case, if you had to choose only one pistol for all your ballistic needs, what gun would it be?

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Will Hipsters Be the Next Generation of Hunters?

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By Seamus McAfee via wideopenspaces.com

Hipsters are known for their love of thick-framed glasses, skinny jeans, and obscure rock bands. But more and more of them are gravitating towards an activity they can’t claim they did before anyone else: hunting. They may seem like the least likely group, but some believe the trend-setting, often left-leaning urbanites known as “hipsters” will drive a resurgence in hunting popularity. The attraction of young people to the sport, hipsters included, may even be the reason behind the recent nine percent increase in hunters . . .

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Question of the Day: Do You Know Any Gun Banners?

Over at nj.comGKWtheRealist posted the following comment underneath ‘Call for ban on AR-15 ammunition another act of harassing law-abiding gun owners: Letter’ –  “Ammunition AND GUNS should be banned except for use by law enforcement and LICENSED security guards . For those who are hunters, paraticipate in another sport and get another hobby (it’s 2015 – take a computer course!). For home defense, have an alarm system installed that’s connected to the police department and buy a taser. And for legislators at the federal and state level, increase the penalty for gun possession that includes a very large fine.” Do you know anyone like this? Or do the antis you’ve known and loved ascribe to the “ban bad people from having guns” Trojan horse school of civilian disarmament?

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