Self-Defense Tip: Grieve. Quickly.

When discussing the immediate impact of a life-or-death encounter, gun gurus often refer to the “fight of flight response.” In the blink of a widened eye, your brain dumps adrenaline into your system. Blood flows away from your extremities, protecting your arms and legs from blood loss. At the same time, the shift feeds your rapidly beating, super-heating heart with highly-oxygenated blood (thanks to rapid breathing). Within seconds you’re ready to fight the bad guy—albeit with limited fine motor skills—or run like hell. Yes, well, that’s only two thirds of the story. There is another natural response to life-threatening danger: freeze.

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Sunday Morning Funnies: Osama Bin Dyin’

W.S. Gilbert (of Gilbert & Sullivan fame) once opined, “There’s humor in all things.” Not the least of which is the demise of Osama Bin Laden. But as funny as some of the pros have been on the subject, the Great Unwashed is not without comedic skill. Witness the comments over on Google Maps, for those that have added “reviews” of the Osama B&B over Pakistan way. To date, there are over 1,300 comments. Here’s a few of the funnier ones:

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Springfield Armory’s Hosting a Duel. (Not THAT kind of duel.)

Every so often, a gun manufacturer comes up with a promotional idea that involves free stuff. (Here at TTAG, we like free stuff.) Unfortunately, we came away from the NRA shindig swag-less, as far as Springer is concerned. You, however, may be a little more lucky. SA’s holding a “duel” between their XDm 3.8 Compact 40 S&W and their new 1911 Range Officer model. It’s a beauty contest, and you get to judge. There are daily prizes, but the big prize is the one who votes the most number of times over the duration of the contest wins BOTH GUNS. Interestingly, they are encouraging you to have family members spell you when you sleep, as you can vote but once per hour. Obviously, the one that manages to vote EVERY HOUR will win this thing. Are you that OCD? That desperate to win? (If you win, for God’s sake, get some sleep before you take ‘em to the range!) Good luck.

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When Suing the Gun Range Fails, Sue the Lawyers

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I am sure we have all seen the video of the Mother who shot her son and then offed herself at the range. Well it appears the Father of the boy killed by his mother is a little miffed! “Moore’s father filed a wrongful-death suit, accusing the business of failing to protect his son from his ex-wife,” orlandosentinel.com reports. “He was represented by Salzmann of the Morgan & Morgan law firm.” OK – first things first – the “boy” was 20 years-old. As sad as it is that a mother would kill her son, it wasn’t like he was a helpless child. The case against Shoot Straight is absolutely dead,” Garcia said.” Very bad choice of words. But frankly this case should never have been “alive” . . .

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Open Letter: “Mothers of Gun Violence Victims Call for Help to Save the Gun Registry this Mother’s Day”

In response to the recent election, we, the mothers of victims of gun violence, are calling on politicians to stand up for public safety. During the election it became clear that many candidates were ill-informed about how important the gun registry is as a tool for police. We are concerned that abolishing the registry will be pushed through the [Canadian] House of Commons based on misinformation. Regardless of race, creed or colour, we need to work together on integrated solutions to curb violence. We need to stand together to defend gun control . . .

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