Question of the Day: How Safe Are Most Shooters?

I’m a safety Nazi. I never point a gun at another human being unless I intend to shoot them. I always keep a gun pointed in a safe direction (when a safe direction is available). I assume all guns are loaded – even if I can see a blaze orange Chamber View action blocking thingie gumming-up the action. I’m also highly alert to the safety habits of those around me. The other day, I handed my Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless to new shooting pal. His finger couldn’t have gone to the trigger any faster if he’d been trying to shoot a passing Archduke. Later, another gun guy inspected a wicked custom 1911 – pointing the barrel straight at the palm of his hand. In a previous episode of Who Wants to Die Ironically, some bright spark lasered me with a fully loaded Remington 870. As one of our commenters pointed out, gun store patrons’ gun safety habits are notable by their absence. Oy vey. Is it me or is it really bad out there, gun safety-wise?

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Question of the Day: Should Shooting Reports Include Race?

 East 55th Street and Grand Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio (courtesy Google Maps)

“Police say the 29-year-old victim was there helping two females change a tire,” fox8.com reports. “A vehicle occupied by several males pulled up, and one of them exited and asked for directions. As the victim provided directions, the suspect  pulled out a handgun and began to rob the victim and the two females. Other passengers in the suspects’ vehicle also exited and participated in the robbery. At some point during the robbery, the victim drew his own weapon, and the victim and suspect exchanged gunfire. The other suspects fled the scene. Police were able to locate three juveniles in the 3800 block of East 55th Street, and they were identified as participants in the robbery. All three were arrested.” Should the Fox News affiliate have reported the race of the females, the good samaritan and the perps? [h/t Jrwmaq]

 

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Question of the Day: Got Ammo? Specifically, .22?

“I’ve never been much into large conspiracies–that is, until now,” Brian Buru writes at gunnews.com writes. “In talking with a few WalMart managers (who happen to be relatives), I can say that WalMart is in fact starting to hoard .22 long rifle ammunition from their normal suppliers. I can also confirm that it is very purpose-driven. WalMart is planning one of the greatest marketing coups in history of marketing. They are saving all their .22 long rifle ammunition to attract one specific marketing demographic: Men, on the accursed Black Friday (The big sale night and/or day after Thanksgiving). Black Friday is often so important to retailers’ bottom lines that some would go out of business entirely if it were not for the masses of people coming in.” Yes, well, my LGS (Sportsman’s Finest) is still restricting customers to two boxes. What’s the sitch in your neck of the woods? [h/t SS]

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Question of the Day: Why Doesn’t the Mainstream Media Ignore Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America?

Before you get started, TTAG will NOT ignore Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. For one thing, we agree with Saul Alinsky’s Rule 12: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Second, MDA is the mainstream media’s civilian disarmament darling – despite the fact that they are an astroturf organization. Check out the Indianapolis WRTV video above, which gives play to three Moms demanding Kroger ban open carry from its stores. With three pre-pubescent children wearing T-shirts declaring that they’re “Gun Sense Voters.” Sure, Indianapolis is Shannon Watts’ home town, but the Moms founder couldn’t even be bothered to show-up for the cameras. So why does WRTV and their ilk give these Moms PR action? Seriously, is the mainstream media anti-gun or are these poorly-attended (to say the least) protests legitimate news? Oh and notice how the station’s banner says MDA is calling for a ban on guns in Kroger. Not open carry. Guns.

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Question of the Day: Do You Own a Bullet Proof Resistant Vest

Dressing a water bottle in a bullet-resistant vest may not be a scientifically correct way to measure the impact of various rounds on the wearer, but it’s visually illustrative and certainly entertaining. The takeaway from BulletSafe’s promo video seems to be that taking a big boy round to the chest while protected by one of their products is roughly equal to absorbing a good rap with a rubber mallet or a Louisville Slugger. You’re probably going to have the breath knocked out of you and may very well end up on the deck, but it sure as hell beats a sucking check wound and critical organ damage. “Bullet proof” vests aren’t cheap, though, and most people figure that their odds of taking a round don’t warrant dropping that kind of coin, let alone the hassle and discomfort of wearing one on a regular basis. Would you buy one? Have you?

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Question of the Day: Is America Becoming A Police State?

Police state? (courtesy usactionnews.com)

“As I make clear in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, the Constitution has been on life support for some time now,” John Whitehead writes, cheerfully enough. “We can pretend that the Constitution, which was written to hold the government accountable, is still our governing document. However, the reality we must come to terms with is that in the America we live in today, the government does whatever it wants, freedom be damned.” In terms of gun rights . . .

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Question of the Day: Does Gun Control Work?

Rodrigo Guerrero talks to the Cali cops (courtesy npr.org)

According to npr.org‘s A Doctor Turned Mayor Solves A Murder Mystery In Colombia, Dr. Rodrigo Guerrero came up with a successful prescription for “gun violence.” “With the army’s OK, he implemented a ban on carrying weapons on weekends and holidays. Stop-and-frisk checkpoints, which would become so unpopular two decades later in New York City, confiscated weapons from the most dangerous parts of the city. The measures worked. Murders dropped from 2,239 in 1994 to 1,695 in 1998 — a 30 percent decline. A decade later, Cali’s murder rate per 100,000 people had been cut in half. Meanwhile . . .

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Question of the Day: What Gun and Ammo for Shooting Fish in a Barrel?

(courtesy insidesocal.com)

My main squeeze is cooking a proper Southern breakfast. (My arteries are hardening in anticipation.) I’m sitting here blogging about the USDA’s recent purchase of 85 submachine guns. I told her that sometime this job is like shooting fish in a barrel. Hmmm. How easy is that, anyway? What kind of barrel are we talking about? What kind of fish? Which gun? What ammo? So I’m asking TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia to ignore the image above and please suggest a proper experiment to prove the validity of this piscine adage. Note: no fish were harmed in the making of this post. Although I can’t make the same promise for the follow-up . . .

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Question of the Day: Do You Use a Retention Holster?

When I was in Montana this week, I got a lot of trigger time with the BLACKHAWK! GripBreak retention holster. It’s a pancake-type OWB holster with a release lever by your thumb as you grip your holstered pistol. I’m one of those who thinks concealed carry beats open carry in almost all cases, but now that open carry is almost here in the Show Me state, there may be times when I’d venture out of the house with an M&P out there, loud and proud on my hip. That would require (or probably should) a retention holster. Having someone sidle up and snatch your openly displayed mohaska from behind could ruin your whole day. I liked the GripBreak’s design enough that I’d use it even when carrying concealed, but more on that later. In the mean time, do you use a retention holster, however it is you carry?

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Question of the Day: How Much Do You Spend on Gun Stuff Per Year?

(courtesy nssf.org)

“We’re sure you know that a day spent hunting beats a day in the office,” the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) says. “What you might not know, though, is that a day spent hunting in many cases is more affordable than a day spent on the golf course or at a major league ballgame.” I think we knew that. And that “in many cases” qualifier sticks out like a sore thumb. Does the price of 10-days of turkey hunting include gas, the gun, accommodation, ammo, camo eyeglass frames, a turkey call and the celebratory drinks? Equally, I don’t play golf or go to major league ballgames. But I do buy Boar’s Head Ovengold turkey, at about $12 a pound. So I could buy four pounds of sliced turkey for roughly the same price as 10 days hunting turkey. Huh. Anyway, I spend a more on shooting than I do on anything else I do for amusement. (Yes, even in Las Vegas.) I reckon my total annual outlay’s at the tippy top end of four figures. How much do you contribute to the gunconomy?

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Question of the Day: How Are Gun Rights In Your State?

“It seems that people who live in states whose founding fathers failed to record that individuals have the Right to Keep And Bear Arms within each state constitution, do have something to lose,” ammoland.com asserts. “The states were talking about, California, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, and New York, do not have “right to keep and bear arms” provisions in their state constitutions. Of those listed here, only two, Iowa and Minnesota, have managed to hold on to some or all of their rights. The rest, CA, NY, MD and the worst, New Jersey, have had resident’s rights stripped a way by mostly Democrat run legislatures. Just one look at the run down of article headlines by state [list after the jump] and you can quickly see that having a state constitution the clearly spells out your right to keep and bear arms seems to be a corner stone of keeping those rights intact.” Except in RI, where legislators feel free to ignore an unequivocal declaration of gun rights. Anyway, how are gun rights doing in your neck of the woods?  . . .

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