NRA Gambles on Low Profile

Whether motivated by safety concerns or responding to opposition voiced by its friends in Washington, The National Rifle Association (NRA) has opted out of the Second Amendment March gathering in Washington, D.C. today. The organization is also adopting a policy of non-engagement in the firearms freedom act sweeping the state’s rights community. The NRA’s non-strategy hasn’t escaped the Salt Lake Tribune’s attention: “The nation’s most influential gun-rights group is conspicuously absent — and nearly silent — in a growing battle between states and the federal government over gun control. The National Rifle Association has been taking a low profile when it comes to the firearms freedom acts that have been passed by seven state legislatures and spawned a growing legal fight between those states, some gun advocates and the U.S. Justice Department . . . Gun enthusiasts who launched the fight said they would like the NRA to be more assertive.”

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“Gun Nuts Will Protest 2nd Amendment By Bringing Their Guns Everywhere Today”

D.C. gossip site Wonkette has a morning alert for its readers re: today’s Second Amendment March “celebrating” gun rights. The accuracy of which starts with the headline’s proclamation that the marchers are protesting the Second Amendment. How much wrongerer could a quasi-journalist be? Watch. “A bunch of paranoid gun fanatics will gather today at two federal parks on the Virginia side of Potomac, taking advantage of new federal legislation signed by President Barack Obama, and using a federal park permit, to protest the federal government taking away the rights of paranoid gun fanatics to brandish their weapons and scream about the federal government.” I’m not sure what Wonkette is saying here (as usual), but it should be stressed (by someone somewhere) that the celebrants are not going to be armed.

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.38 Special Comparison: 3rd Place – Taurus Model 85

Back in 1899, Smith & Wesson introduced the .38 Special. The K-frame model 10 offered civilians reliability, simplicity, a kick-ass caliber and a classic design—all at an affordable price. From day one, the competition was fierce. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but many .38 Special knock-offs were “special” in the non-PC ironic sense of the word. In fact, some of these wheelguns were so bad they earned a “use-it-once and throw it in the river” reputation— an activity that had nothing to do with target shooting, The “Saturday Night Special” genre was born. Flash forward today. Progress?

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Thank You for Shooting (with apologies to Christopher Buckley)

First, a disclaimer…I am not a representative of Big Guns or the NRA. Never have been. Probably never will. I’ll never be a card-carrying member of the M.O.D. Squad (a.k.a. “Merchants Of Death” – the chief lobbyists for Tobacco, Alcohol and Firearms in D.C., as portrayed in Chris Buckley’s book Thank You for Smoking.) But apparently, I’m the resident TTAG voice for the gun industry – or at least the side of the argument that is “pro” gun.

A recent exchange between blogger and commenter on TTAG brought up the question “is the gun industry fanning the flames of anti-gun sentiment in order to sell more guns”? I speculated about the nature of the NRA in the mix in an earlier post. But if you want to take the question to the logical extreme, it becomes far more nuanced (doesn’t everything?) than the more simplistic “are the gun guys stirring up trouble to increase sales.” Here’s what I mean…Read More

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Rick Santorum Flirts with Armed Insurrection Rhetoric

America’s political left has been getting plenty of mileage out right wing chatter about opposing not-to-say-overthrowing an over-reaching not-to-say Socialist federal government. The administration’s defenders linked the protest movement with the Republican and the armed militia (a.k.a. domestic terrorists). While it’s mostly a bunch of hooey, I’ve begun to see Republicans clinging to their jobs and their rhetoric through the prism of of liberal paranoia. If you can set aside the nauseating fact that the tit-sucking, earmark loving politicians now sounding the alarm are as culpable as the Obama administration for the Uncle Sam problem, ARE Republicans laying on the anti-government thing a bit thick? Check this from the Pittsburgh post-gazzette.com re: Senator Rick Santorum’s exhortations at a Tea Party shindig. “”Now it’s a different kind of war. Instead of the Japanese dropping a bomb on Pearl Harbor, Barack Obama has assaulted the soul of America,” he said. “And it’s our watch.” As a sign that he knows he’s stepping over the line, the Senator backpedals furiously . . .

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Sunday Morning Post: Vaseline Machine Gun

Now before you get the wrong idea and go all Gloria Allred on me, this is a well-known (near legendary) song composed and performed by the master of the 12 string guitar, Leo Kottke. This is a recent performance of the tune…it was one of the first things he wrote, and has become an enduring classic. Enjoy!

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Richard Osborne: “Anyone with a gun just might pull the trigger”

In the same sense that anyone without a gun can’t pull a trigger? Well, almost. Writing for Northern Ohio’s The Morning Journal, Richard Osborne feels obliged to translate his recent stumble upon experience with a parking lot homicide into a diatribe about gun control. Only Richard doesn’t want to alienate his conservative readers jump to conclusions. So he rambles a bit, seeking color in the corners, leaving out salient facts, as curmudgeons are wont to do. “When I got home after the game and checked the phrase ‘Cleveland parking lot attendant’ on the Web,” Osborne [almost] reports, “more than my worst suspicions jumped off the screen. Shot. Dead. One young man had killed another young man over a dispute involving a parking space.” Huh? What parking space? Why? How? When? Where? Never mind. Apparently.

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Editorial: Gun Grab Fear Driven by Firearms Industry


Donal Fagan constantly reminds the TTAG team to look for the truth beyond the official version of a story. Specifically, beneath the main text. And so we scan the comments section under posts like a sooth-sayer examining used tea leaves—except that our analysis isn’t based on pseudo-science and intellectual / emotional exploitation. (As far as I know.) Here’s an example of a coherent middle ground response to a wide-ranging editorial on gun control; a piece that reads like a teenager borrowing his Daddy’s Porsche (i.e. going nowhere fast). Writing for North Carolina’s  thedailyadvance.com, commentator carydude (perhaps only one “r” away from holstering his pro-registration rhetoric) points the fickle finger of fate at the gun industry profits, from whence cometh gun grab hysteria. Allegedly. Reckon there’s any truth to that?

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Fired Up.

If the NRA ever decided to commission a TV show that’s like Jackass meets Shooting USA, it might look like the video above. Strike that. It might look EXACTLY like the video above. The jackass in question has been a busy boy, shooting off 300-some-odd rounds in an AK-47, quickly enough to catch the foregrip on fire. Stop and think for a moment just how hot the barrel would have to get to accomplish this feat. I don’t know at what temperature wood will catch fire (if the foregrip was made of paper, I could tell you. 451°.) After marveling at the physics of it all, let’s stop for the nonce and consider what kind of moron would shoot a gun in a way to make it catch on fire. I’m no metallurgist, but you gotta come from the shallow end of the gene pool if you think you can heat metal hot enough to burn wood and not assume that you’re risking metal fatigue or some kind of catastrophic event with the barrel in the near future. (Exploding barrel…meet moron. Moron…meet exploding barrel.)Read More

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