‘Man shot in abdomen by shotgun’, Iowa’s kcci.com proclaims. More promisingly – in terms of attributing the firearms-related injury to something other than a malevolent inanimate object – the lead reveals that “A man was airlifted to the hospital after being shot in the abdomen while pheasant hunting Saturday morning in Plymouth County.” Ouch! But don’t get to thinking that kcci.com’s crack journos would use this as an opportunity to warn readers about gun safety, rather than gun possession (in the demonic sense) . . .
“I’ve been involved in about five standoff situations where, as soon as the MARV showed up, the person gives up, saving time, money and increasing safety.” That’s Sheriff’s Capt. Greg Bean paean to his 2001 Marathon County Response Vehicle (MARV), which gets a lot more use than you’d imagine or, perhaps, want. “It’s the only one in the county and gets used 10 to 20 times a year,” Bean told jsonline.com. “People may not always understand why, but an armored vehicle is almost a necessity now.” Almost a necessity does not a necessity make. In at least one case, however, MARV seems to have done the trick. The trick being intimidation . . .
A poster at opencarry.org, Southern Covenanter, recounts an ironic experience in Charlotte, North Carolina. Here’s his story:
I made it a point to stop and meet my parents for lunch in Pineville while I was passing through town, and after I left, I stopped at the QT on Woodlawn Road (right off I-77 where Woodlawn turns into Billy Graham Parkway) to gas up the Blue Bullet. This QT is in a somewhat sketchy part of town, so I was already on high alert when I pulled up to the pump.
In a completely shameless attempt to gain a few new subscribers to my mediocre-at-best YouTube channel, I’ve belatedly decided to do a 2nd Amendment-related Halloween costume contest. Details on how to enter — you don’t even need a costume! — and on what the two winners shall win are as follows…
By Jon Y.
I am currently spending this week looking after my parents’ house in southern New Mexico. Yesterday afternoon, when I went out to get dinner, there was a very small, very young rattlesnake sunning itself on the walkway. It was only six to eight inches long and it probably only had one rattle on it’s tail since it made a sound almost like a loud bumblebee or a vibrating phone. Had it not started rattling, I very possibly could have stepped on it, which would have been very bad for business on both ends of the deal. My initial confusion (What’s that buzzing sound?) turned quickly to excitement (Oh wow, a snake!) and then almost immediately again to absolute terror (Wait… the snake is the one buzzing. Oh shhiii..) . . .
In America, they’re called “gun buybacks.” Technically, they’re not buybacks. The police, politicians, gun grabbers and corporate do-gooders perpetuating this brand of security theater – where Americans turn in broken-ass guns for cash, gift cards and/or kudos – never owned the guns in the first place. So it’s really a “buy-up.” Of course, “gun buy-up” doesn’t have the same PC ring to it. In fact, the term hints at the truth of the matter: the “no questions asked” buyback folks are creating a black market for stolen guns. Anyway . . .
“How do two neighboring, wealthy democracies have such different experiences with guns, one that makes a shooting on the northern side of the border so much more shocking? Maybe it has to do with trust in government. Alan Voth, a firearms expert formerly with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said after the shooting that ‘Canadians have the mentality that the government will protect us – and we’re more likely to look to them for [our] safety. Americans take more responsibility for their own security.'” – Natasha Rudnick in Why Canada’s gun culture is different – and why its shootings shock America [at washingtonpost.com]
Now that more cities and states are enacting laws preventing “buy back” and other firearms that have found their way into the hands of public servants from being destroyed, gunophiles have the opportunity to pick up previously-loved heaters at potentially favorable prices. Reader LA from AZ forwarded a notice listing over 400 firearms being auctioned off in the Grand Canyon State starting next week. Make the jump to see the full list . . .
Nothing has ever made me feel more like the stereotypical blogger than angrily opening my laptop, connecting to the intertubes and furiously airing my grievances to the world. Double points for using a grainy cell phone photo as an illustration. But sometimes, stupidity demands to be highlighted . . .
The first annual Texas International Firearms Festival – November 8 & 9 at Best of the West Shooting Sports – is just weeks away! You need to buy your day pass today – it’s your chance to sample (and buy) firearms from over two dozen major gun makers. Click here for the full list. Click here to buy a $59 one-day pass or a $95 weekend pass. Ammo included! Action Target will be there. In fact they’re the official target provider of the Texas International Firearms Festival. If all you’ve ever done is poke holes in paper or cardboard on a square range, you haven’t really shot yet. With steel you can get instant feedback as you flip the disks on a dueling tree or run a Mozambique drill on a PT Tactical Torso. Come and shoot (at) it!
When I worked as an EMT in Fairfax, the radios we were issued had a big orange button on the top that we were never supposed to press. Unless we really needed it. That button was our lifeline — each radio was assigned to a specific person in a specific unit, and along with the GPS in the rig was the “bat-signal” to send every available police officer and fire & rescue unit to our location ASAP. I only needed to press it once in my career there, and I was thankful that it not only worked as advertised but also that it didn’t require me to do any thinking on my part in the heat of the moment. A new device from a company named Yardarm is seeking to do the same thing, but with guns . . .