Harper’s Magazine Writer Ticked-Off at TTAG

Earlier today, I blogged Dan Baum’s upcoming article for Harper’s Magazine: Happiness is a Worn Gun: My Concealed Weapon and Me. I asked the PR flack for an interview with the author. What we got was a comment from an irate gun-toting scribe. And a reply from a TTAG reader. Of which I’ll share with you. First up, Mr. Baum:

Just what is the “obvious conflict of interest between his liberal upbringing and the consequences of his acceptance of gun ownership”? What exactly is the conflict between a belief in collective over individual action that is in “conflict” with either an enthusiasm for guns and the desire to defend oneself from criminals? And why on earth is it in the interests of the gun-enthusiastic community to drive away anyone who doesn’t sign on to the whole small-government/low-taxes/loose-regulation ideology?

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Los Zetas Invade the Streets of Laredo

My baby sister posted an article on Facebook yesterday: LOS ZETAS TAKES OVER TEXAS RANCHES, NOT A PEEP FROM MSM. Since then, The Cypress Times has toned down their assertions of the veracity of the story. Yesterday, Google News yielded dozens of links claiming that A) America had been invaded and B) the MSM was suppressing the story. Oddly, both Media Matters and Big Government were amongst the few sources that called it a hoax. There were also a lot of links about the dire situation in Nuevo Laredo, just across the border, so I figured that maybe someone had confused the two cities.

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TV Review: The Good Guys

Dallas is my adopted home town. I love the place – the people, the architecture, the places to go, the things to do. And I wanna move back there ASAP. Until I do, Fox is offering up a little slice o’ home in the way of a new cop show, The Good Guys. Starring Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks (Tom and Rita’s kid), The Good Guys is set in Big D, and is the closest thing you’ll ever see to a cop/buddy flick (think Lethal Weapon without the bigotry and misogyny) on TV. Explosions. Car chases. And gunplay. Lots and lots of gunplay. And not just handguns, either, but ARs, AKs, and some other ordinance that lights up the Texas sky on a weekly basis.Read More

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Harper’s Magazine Cover Story on Liberal Gun Owners. Go Figure.

It’s official: gun ownership is trendy. When a prime exemplar of the liberal press publishes a “Come to Jesus (Armed)” feature, you know it’s only a matter of time before every state in the these here United becomes a “shall issue” state. Yes, even California, Rhode Island and New York. The press release for Harper’s Magazine’s August cover story Happiness is a Worn Gun: My Concealed Weapon and Me tells the tale of a left-leaning jobbing journo who gets serious wood for firearms. Yes, well, Baum’s text (provided by Harper’s Magazine to TTAG) doesn’t really answer the crucial question: does carrying a firearm change one’s political views? He gets close, but there’s no cigar.

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The Homeboy Shoppin’ Network.

Anybody remember the Wayans Brothers and In Living Color? In particular, one of their standout routines was the “Homeboy Shopping Network,” where two small-time hoods sold stuff off the back of a truck. Hillarious. The product above would have fit in well with their enterprise.

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The Yin and Yang of Home Defense

For those of you who’s only exposure to Eastern philosophy came from watching David Carradine just prior to reluctantly opening up a can of Oriental whoop-ass on some miscreant in Kung Fu, “yin” (阴) and “yang” (阳) are polarized or seemingly contrary forces that are nonetheless interconnected and interdependent. It also references how these contrary forces balance each other out, and implies that neither can exist without the other. We’re talking both “natural order of things” and the nature of paradox, here people. And home defense is all about the paradox.

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How Many Bullets Do You Need in Your Home Defense Handgun?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tilvAd5gKyM

A handgun is not a shotgun. A handgun doesn’t fire as much lead as a shotgun. A handgun is harder to aim than a shotgun. Provided the shotgun in question is loaded with double ought buck and fired from a relatively close distance, the disparity in lethality is so great that many security experts pose the following question: what’s the main purpose of a home defense handgun? To fight your way to your shotgun. This much is true: if you’re trying to stop someone from killing yourself or your loved ones using a handgun, you’re going to need to pull the trigger more than once. So you’ll need more than one bullet. But how many?

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Sunday Morning Funnies: (De)Motivational Posters

Like motivational posters? Personally, I can’t stand ’em. They are to philosophical discourse what cotton candy is to the food pyramid. Having said that, I’m a huge fan of satire, and nothing says “what a stupid load of crap motivational posters are” better than satirical versions of same. Below, you’ll find an assortment of posters created by anonymous wags, we found on TonyRogers.com, and reprinted them here for your Sunday Morning Funnies amusement. Enjoy.

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Saturday Evening Post: Vampire Weekend – Giving Up the Gun

Sorry I’m a little late. As I post this, it’s just about midnight, so I guess I’m in under the wire. At least in some time zones. Woulda gotten it posted sooner, but I was driving back from Dallas and my mini-vacation. (And a side note to the schmuck who keyed my dad’s van – the one with the WWII Vet and handicap plates – the Karma Police have an APB out for you. And I hope they force you to drink a litre of Diet Coke and force-feed you Mentos until your stomach explodes with the white-hot intensity of a thousand suns. Choke on it.)

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