Quote of the Day: What’s Up There Beyond The Sky Edition

Adam_Gopnik

“During his Presidency, (Obama’s) gone from a kind of rote acknowledgment of the (gun) issue to a deeply felt recognition of its centrality, if only because it represents not a problem that is insoluble in its nature but something stupidly simple and easy to fix. In any sane polity, gun killings would be a horror, not a habitual event. Seeing the President’s metamorphosis suggests that, as another old song had it, a change is going to come.” – Adam Gopnik in Obama’s Evolving Outrage on Guns [at newyorker.com]

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Tipton: Why Gun Sales Skyrocket After A Shooting

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It is very much inevitable that before we know anything more than there was another shooting in a gun-free zone, the anti-gun crowd begins screeching at the top of their lungs for more laws. Ban “assault weapons”! Universal background checks! Magazine capacity limits! More gun-free zones! Never let a crisis go to waste. Then they get upset because they know that gun sales will skyrocket. I am going to attempt to use an example to explain this, and maybe — just maybe — a few hoplophobes will understand. I know, it’s a cute thought. But this is the truth about guns, so I’m about to give the antis a does of that truth . . .

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The Long March To Silencer Legalization in Minnesota

By Brandon Maddox

As of July 1 firearm owners in the state of Minnesota are legally allowed to own and possess silencers (or suppressors). SF 878 was passed with strong bipartisan support in both chambers and signed into law by Democrat Governor Mark Dayton. On August 1, 2015, the use of silencers  while hunting will be allowed in the North Star State. Silencers, for the uninitiated, are not the tools of spies and assassins that the media has portrayed them to be, but rather an innovative safety device that provide three key benefits to hunters and shooters . . .

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What About The Civilians?

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Reader Larry Smith writes:

With the murders of four Marines and a Navy Corpsman in Chattanooga, there has been a lot of hue and cry to allow the arming of military personnel to protect themselves in similar situations. On February 25, 1992, Donald J. Atwood, deputy secretary of defense under President George H.W. Bush, signed a DoD directive that modified three previous DoD directives. An abridged version states . . .
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Random Thoughts About Disarmed Disney World

Disneyworld entrance (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

Upon entering Disney’s Hollywood Studio, “Joe” searched my backpack. There were three pockets in the front of the pack and several on either side. Joe didn’t open any of the pockets to examine any of their contents. Not good. This time of year the Disney entertainment industrial complex is wall-to-wall with shvitzing tourists, jammed in a huge confusing space with multiple choke points and no clearly marked exits. If a terrorist somehow smuggled explosives or firearms into the House of the Mouse and attacked Walt’s “guests” it would be a very bad thing indeed. Saying that . . .

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Question of the Day: What’s GunBroker.com’s Number One Selling Revolver?

(courtesy 123rf.com)

The same folks who own GunBroker.com broker TTAG’s advertising. And for that we give them thanks; their sterling salesmanship gives me, Dan, Nick and the rest of the TTAG crew the freedom to focus on providing you, gentle reader, with the gunblogosphere’s freshest and most frequent content. Some of which is genuinely surprising. For example, did you know that GunBroker.com’s best-selling revolver isn’t a Smith & Wesson? Ah, but what is it? Guess, then make the jump for the reveal via the manufacturer’s proud presser. I bet you won’t see this one coming . . .

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Firegild Exclusive Firearms: Mexican Drug Lords Need Apply?

(courtesy firegild.com)

Our salacious friends at Because Guns turned us on to Firegild Exclusive Firearms. In case the image above and the ones over at BG’s gallery [click here to view] aren’t self-explanatory, and I think they are, the company’s website tells us that their work is “Inspired by laissez-faire freedoms and the reckless pursuit of seeing beauty in the blending of forces, this boutique venue brings a celebration of blissful furor to firearms, from simple or sublime elegance, to dazzling brilliance.” So now you know: Firegild’s marketing prose is just as overwrought as their jewel-encrusted guns. Still, Polly Davis Ditch’s passion for obscure objects of bedazzled desire seems clear enough. As is her distaste for corporate America . . .

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TX Parks & Wildlife Test Lead vs. Non-Toxic Shot

By Reese Johnson via wideopenspaces.com

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has completed a two-year study of dove hunting, comparing the effectiveness of lead shot versus non-toxic shot. This was a “double-blind” study with neither hunters nor observers knowing what they were shooting to remove bias. Both hunters and and observers recorded data based on these hunts to determine the effectiveness of the loads. The results may surprise you . . .

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New York Gun Owners Tell Cuomo to Pound Sand On SAFE Act Registration

Although TTAG has been reporting on the civil disobedience brewing among gun owners in New York to the ironically-named NY SAFE Act, the story is now spreading enough such that even elements of the mainstream media are unable to ignore it anymore. NPR reported on Friday that “it appears that many gun owners are refusing to comply with a key provision that requires the registration of so-called assault weapons.” Imagine that . . .

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