Question of the Day: Off-Body Carry for Women?

Lucy Tote (courtesy

5.11 now makes concealed carry bags for women. I’m sure the $110 Lucy Tote [above] is a thoughtfully-designed, well-executed product. It’s certainly better for a woman to off-body carry in a bag designed for the job, rather than shoving her gat into any old bag in the hopes she can fish it out in time should an attacker pose the threat of death or grievous bodily harm. But regular readers will not be surprised to learn . . .

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Question of the Day: What’s the Most Inaccurate Gun Owner Stereotype?

Vice offshoot Broadly talked conservative commentator and author Ann Coulter into an interview recently, so as a hook, they took her out to shoot some guns. You know, because that’s all anyone on the right likes to do (when they’re not polluting the environment and subjugating minorities, that is). Anyway, they schlepped her across the Hudson to a range in New Jersey – yes, there are gun ranges in New Jersey – and discovered, to their amazement, that she has gay and black friends! I know, right? She also appears to know how to handle a gun fairly well, too . . .

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Question of the Day: Are Anti-Gunners Helping the Cause of Firearms Freedom?


The image above came from an email blast from The Trace, the anti-gun website funded by anti-ballistic billionaire bully boy Michael Bloomberg. Question: what part of their “reminder” says “we need gun control”? What law would have prevented Jenkins from his killing spree? His cousin broke the law by transferring the firearm to a known felon. Jenkins broke the law by possessing it. And he sure as hell broke the law by killing innocent people with it . . .

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Question of the Day: Will We Ever Return to ‘The Good Old Days’ of American Gun Culture?


The America of my youth was not as good as the America of today. African Americans had not yet claimed their civil rights. The mafia controlled my native Rhode Island. The encyclopedia was our internet. And so on. But one thing’s for sure: I grew in a gun culture. Even in the liberal bastion that is this country’s smallest state, guns were part of the social fabric. We had toy guns – as seen on TV! All our TV heroes – spies, soldiers and cowboys – used guns. Guns were good! Today . . .

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Question of the Day: How Many Gun Nuts Does It Take to Change a Lightbulb?


I thought long and hard about using the term “gun nuts.” Somehow this question/set-up doesn’t work with “gun enthusiasts.” Besides, there’s nothing wrong with co-opting the term from proponents of civilian disarmament. One of the great things about The People of the Gun is that (unlike our hoplophobic friends) we have a sense of humor. When was the last – or first time – you heard a gun control advocate crack a joke? So, anyway, how many gun nuts does it take to change a lightbulb?


Question of the Day: Are You Armed for Workplace Violence?

(courtesy letargets,com)

Our friends at Law Enforcement Targets have introduced a new line of Workplace Violence targets. Some of these images present scenarios where I’d be loathe to let loose the ballistic dogs of war (i.e. I wouldn’t take the shot). That’s not to say I don’t practice hostage shots. I do and recommend that precision head shots be part of any armed self-defenders regular training. All of the Workplace Violence targets assume . . .

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What’s Next for Movie Theaters?


First there was the flame-haired James Holmes mowing down ‘Batman’ fans in Aurora. Then, more recently, John Houser stood up during a screening of ‘Trainwreck’, murdering two and injuring nine in Lafayette before putting out his own lights. Now comes Vincent Montano (above) to a screening of ‘Mad Max’ with his pellet gun, pepper spray and a hatchet. Exactly what his plan was is anyone’s guess at this point. The common thread: all three were certifiable (if not certified), with clear histories of mental illness. Or as Montano was described, they all “had significant psychiatric or psychological issues.” And then there are the venues they chose for their magnum opuses . . .

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Question of the Day: Does the Atom Bomb Prove That Mutually Assured Destruction Works for Criminals?

Seventy years ago, the U.S. dropped an atom bomb on Hiroshima. It was the beginning of the end of World War II in the Pacific. While the world continues to debate the necessity of the resulting carnage, there’s no question that Russia’s subsequent development of the atomic bomb helped stave off any future world wars, thanks to the threat of mutually assured destruction. The question is . . .

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Contest Entry: Question of the Day – Do Concealed Carry Permits Disarm the Poor?



By Abram

Among the People of the Gun, the necessity of a license to carry a concealed firearm is discussed with some frequency. Depending on the state, it may be called a Concealed Carry Weapons permit (CCW), a Concealed Handgun License (CHL), or something else (since my state, Ohio, calls it a CCW, I shall use that acronym throughout the rest of the article). A couple of the main debate points are whether requiring a permit actually stops criminals from carrying. Most believe they don’t and whether a CCW is an unconstitutional infringement on the natural, inalienable right to self-defense . . .

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Question of the Day: How Do You Counter Gun Control Advocates on Television?

Magician comedian and gun rights supporter Penn Jillette gets owned on a Comedy Central’s Nightly Show debate on gun rights. For one thing, it looks like he’s struggling (#tonematters). In this clip, Jillette attempts to draw a parallel between the “technology means the Second Amendment is outdated” argument by his millennial antagonist and the technological enhancements since the First Amendment was drafted. It’s the right approach, but incomplete – thanks to an interruption. He switches gears and concedes that “we’re evolving as people.” Which is where things go seriously wrong . . .

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Question of the Day: Which GLOCK Are You?


GLOCK has a website widget to help newbies choose an appropriate model from their selection of 50 – count ’em 50 – pistols. It’s a branching do-hickey that falls down at the third entry, where the programmers ask aspiring GLOCK owners to decide whether they want their handgun for home defense or concealed carry. I own a GLOCK 19 (with a Ghost trigger and night sights) for BOTH home carry AND concealed carry. And, soon, open carry. And maybe competition. In fact, I reckon the 19’s do-it-all versatility is what sets the 19 apart from its ballistic brethren and many of its competitors. Anyway, GLOCK aficionados, what GLOCK(s) do you own and why’d you choose that model(s)?


Question of the Day: Are Police Bodycams a Boon or a Bandaid?


We’ve seen lots of bodycam footage of officer-involved shootings in the last year or so since the Michael Brown shooting. As more and more police departments video officer interactions with the general public, we’re getting better and better intel on what’ “really” goes down when the cops send lead flying. I put the word “really” in quotes because context is key; action footage can be extremely misleading. In fact, I reckon the number of “bad shoots” now is a lot smaller than the number of police murders in days gone by. But despite the new technologically-enhanced accountability, there’s still a police culture of coverup and contempt for the rule of law. Here’s proof [via] . . .

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