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  1. avatar ErrantVenture11 says:

    I don’t know what’s more ridiculous about this photo. The gentleman’s whole flag-draped photo setup, or the fact that the lever gun he’s holding might in fact be banned by the CT bill.

    1. avatar Stephen Hendrickson says:

      Ugh he looks so ridiculous. Pretty much the crazy gun nut looking stereotype that keeps getting passed around.

    2. avatar MothaLova says:

      Gotta go with the ban’s being more ridiculous – far more ridiculous. I’d rather live around a bunch of staunch 2A supporters wearing the Confederate flag than a bunch of people who vote to take away my guns, steal my money, and force propaganda on children through the public schools.

      A bandana, whatever political symbol it may display, cannot take away my rights.

      1. avatar John in Ohio says:

        A bandana, whatever political symbol it may display, cannot take away my rights.


  2. avatar Old Ben turning in grave says:

    Nice looking lever gun!

    1. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

      It sure is nice. I’m in the market for one right now, preferably in .357mag, but would consider .223. I can find some good ones either at a good price or in Houston, but not both in Houston and at a good price. May end up going with the Ruger 77/357 bolt action.

      1. avatar Sixpack70 says:

        I’d love to find a .357 lever gun also. They just sound like a lot of fun and ammo is fairly easy to find. I think my next purchase is going to be a .17HMR. I shot my cousin’s rifle last week and now I really want one.

  3. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    Pictures like this become posters for the gun grabbers who like to portray us as a lunatic fringe.

    Grow a pair, lose the (confederate flag) mask, and turn the US flag around so it’s displayed properly.

    Note to Mr. Zimmerman, et al, you don’t need to post every photo you receive. Discretion is crucial in any P.R. campaign.

    1. avatar mb says:

      i’d wager his pair had grown in long before you and i even had pairs. just sayin kemosabe.

      i agree on the confederate flag though – not necessary.

    2. avatar Peter says:

      Exactly. I support this guy’s right to take patriotic(?) selfies all day long, if that’s what gets him off. But this is certainly not the face I’d like to give to our cause. I would have hoped TTAG would think better of it, too.

      What we need is pictures of clean-cut men and women dressed in business casual (or other attire suggesting gainful employment), holding the biggest, scariest black rifles they own. Our number one goal should be the societal normalization of what our opponents fear. The message we want to send is that people who own “banned” rifles look just like our co-workers, neighbors, friends, and family.

      This picture does the opposite of that.

      If the subject of the photo is reading, cheers to you for your passionate support of the cause, but I hope you can understand why you don’t make a great posterboy.

    3. avatar nnjj says:

      Yes! This is getting ridiculous, I’m half-tempted to send in an even more ridiculous photo than this one – just to be ironic and hilarious – but I’m afraid TTAG might actually publish it. Come to think of it, I’d wager that the guy in this photo was making a funny too. I mean, amiright?

      1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

        You could be right. Sometimes sarcasm flies clear over the head of its target.
        Or it could be sent from one of Bloomberg’s buddies, who just won a bet.

    4. avatar KCK says:

      Flag on left=Liberty
      Flag on right=Liberty
      Flag on face=Slavery??????????????????????????????????

      Yes I know, the south wanted the liberty and freedom to enslave.
      But for you sir, make your choice,resolve the internal conflict, move on.

      1. avatar Henry Bowman says:

        Flag on right = fought a war to “end slavery” in order to enslave everyone.

        1. avatar KCK says:

          Point, taken… so
          Let’s go with the one that has a circle of stars from our days puritity and Ideals, but even then we were killing the natives.
          Ideals and principles is a difficult business.

        2. avatar MothaLova says:

          KCK – Who are “natives”? Do you mean the peoples who killed off the previous inhabitants before Europeans arrived?

        3. avatar ropingdown says:

          Frankly, the country’s gone to hell when pride cannot be taken in conquest. Even the Indians think we’re p_ssies now, so they rig the odds at their casinos and laugh. Then a hundred million new immigrants arrive after escaping from their prior service as pike-wielding conscripts in the Austro-Hungarian army. Two weeks off the boat and they start to lecture us about our brutal colonial past. The people who’d like to forget their past feel free to harp on ours. It’s like feminism: I came across a 15th century manuscript in the Bodlean. It was nothing but the whining of an old pilgrim recalling how he was cuckholded by his scold of a young wife. Liberation? Like that didn’t happen the first day half the men went out to hunt woolly mammoths? Stars and bars? Sounds like Las Vegas.

    5. avatar John in Ohio says:

      The photo is fine. Also, AFAIK they aren’t posting every photo here.

    6. avatar Hannibal says:

      Remember… ad hom posts are deleted because it may get reposted by MDA or someone to make us look backwards and uncouth. But south-shall-rise-again man is A-OK!

    7. avatar Dean says:

      Stars and Stripes, Stars and Bars, Plaids and Prints.

      This guy only offends the fashion police!

      1. avatar Dean says:

        And that hat band ain’t from Texas.

  4. avatar mb says:

    quick! see if you can find a serial number to report to the atf! maybe they’ll give us a nice pat on the head and rub our tummies. 😀

  5. avatar Maineuh says:

    Rock on.

  6. avatar Mark Lloyd says:

    lol. I like it!

  7. A cowboy assault weapon!

    We can do without the Stars and Bars though.

    1. avatar lolinski says:

      What I was going to say.

      Agree on the Stars and Bars. People don’t care what something symbolizes, they just care what they think it means.

    2. avatar Henry Bowman says:

      That’s not the Stars and Bars, it’s the Battle Flag.

    3. avatar Werewolf1021 says:

      Not the stars and bars…..

      It’s the battle flag.

      1. avatar lolinski says:

        My apologies, I thought that “Stars and Bars” was used to refer to the battle-flag as you called it.

  8. avatar iCONOCLAST says:

    some of the people in these pictures look softer than a sneaker full of shit.

    1. avatar iCONOCLAST says:

      like outta central casting. “yeah, I need some lunatic fringe types….. for a photo op”

    2. avatar SWAMP DADDY says:

      I have seen many arrogant men get there arse’s handed to them by a ” man with the soft look…….”

      1. avatar Hannibal says:

        Yeah and a stopped clock is right twice a day.

        1. avatar Mark Lloyd says:

          That’s right. That’s why some soft guy with too many dinners under his belt won’t take any shit, like epic beard guy, and wipes the up the floor with their opponent.

        2. avatar Hannibal says:

          Yeah but betting on them is still a bad idea. EBG might not have done so well if his opponent wasn’t a drunk telegraphing idiot. Amber-lights guy might have been better served to leave guys alone who have undergone forced mental evaluations more than once.

      2. avatar iCONOCLAST says:

        what I mean by soft is crazy…. get it…… soft….. crazy. ok your turn to come back with a different brand of butt hurt.

    3. avatar ropingdown says:

      I’m just gonna say it: The guy in the photo looks, from his eyes, like that cranky professor from Boise, Idaho that wanted to know when it was OK to shoot a student. I really think Lon Horiuchi should check that guy out. Might have been on the level.

  9. avatar badTTAG says:

    Strike 3, TTAG.

    Your ammo panic nonsense, your obsession of MDA and Watts (nobody would ever hear of them otherwise; you are their PR budget), and your idiot stereotyping with this confederate-flag-bemasked old redneck have shown your true colors.

    You do more damage than good. It’s sickening.

    1. avatar SysEng says:

      LMAO, yet you are still here, reading, bitching, and posting.

      oohh no strike 3 TTAG. Now i’m going to post anonymously. That will teach you.

    2. avatar Werewolf1021 says:

      “stereotyping” and “redneck” in the same sentence.

      Pot, meet the frelling kettle.

    3. avatar Mediocrates says:

      Get off the bus so the next person waiting in line can get on. Your bandwidth suckage is keeping good people from enjoying TTAG.

  10. avatar Hannibal says:

    Hooooyeee! Time to go rob the union train!

  11. avatar Henry Bowman says:

    This guy must be conflicted, what with displaying both the union flag and a confederate flag.

  12. avatar Jumbie says:

    Dear TTAG,

    Why the H3LL are you posting pics of people wearing THAT flag?

    Whatever your position on what the flag actually represents, TTAG is free to choose what it posts and can use some G%dammed descretion in choosing it’s message. This photo is going to hurt more than help by far,especially if it starts floating around some Lefty outlet or just one of the late night shows.

    And the irony is that on the day you make another post about gun owner diversity, you put up a pic to represent us that is of that old white guy who is (possibly) racist.

    Man, just delete this post…

    -Jumbie (who is not white, not old and not racist, but pleads guilty to being a guy)

    1. avatar MothaLova says:

      Well, gosh, if racists had to be excluded from the photos of the members of the OTHER political side, there’d be practically no one left.

      But we have to be so concerned about every little detail?

      1. avatar Hannibal says:

        So… to be clear, you’re in favor of being racist and just like the gun grabbers?

        1. avatar MothaLova says:

          Read again what I said, Hannibal. We’re holding ourselves to an impossible standard while holding the other side to no standard. Let’s make sure we’re talking first about the rampant racism of left-wing policies. Then we can worry about whether every single one of our supporters is dressing exactly according to our sensibilities.

      2. avatar Jumbie says:

        The fact that he didn’t put a period after the abbreviation ‘ST’ is a small detail.

        A confederate flag front and center is not a little detail.

  13. avatar Jumbie says:

    My Civil War studies weren’t that thorough… can someone remind me when Washington State joined the confederacy?

    1. avatar Bob in Washington says:

      It’s just a bandana. No political statement.

      1. avatar Pulatso says:

        It’s a bandanna in the image of a flag. It is impossible to wear an image of a flag without making a political statement, intentional or not, because flags have meanings to both those that support and those that oppose.

      2. avatar Hannibal says:

        lol what? You’ve gotta be kidding or in the most denial I’ve seen on here lately.

  14. avatar Xanthro says:

    Unless there is a vertical coffin with a body on the right, the American flag is hanging backwards.

    The blue goes on the Flag’s own right, unless it is on a coffin, in which case the blue goes over the heart.

    It’s a parody of bad images.

  15. avatar Hannibal says:

    Is that Fred Phelps? Thought he was dead…

  16. avatar John in Ohio says:

    Thanks for posting that photo, TTAG. It looks fine and thank you to the gentleman for submitting it.

    Stand strong, Connecticut!

  17. avatar Maineuh says:

    The dude is supporting the cause. If he wants to submit a photo in feety pajamas, that’s okay by me.

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    2. avatar MothaLova says:


  18. avatar Bob in Washington says:

    I thought these images were all about supporting Connecticut. Why read more into the images than that?

    1. avatar Jumbie says:

      Why PUT more into the image than support for Connecticut?

  19. avatar jwm says:

    Sorry, the confederate rag has to go. This photo looks like MAIG/MDA posed it and paid for it. Remember the “gun owner” with the beard sitting on the tailgate of the pickup?

    The confederacy practiced and fought for slavery. What people mean when they defend the confederacy with revisionist history is that they miss the days when a white man was not just free, but had a priviliged place in society.

    Now that we’re all equally free, men , women and minorities and make it in life based on our merits and not our superior race some guys can’t deal with it.

    Time to lose that rag and join the 21st century.

    1. avatar MothaLova says:

      The Confederates fought for many reasons. Many Confederate soldiers were not partisans of slavery. (I recommend reading “For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War” by James McPherson. Excellent book.)

      Be that as it may, one result of Confederate success would have been the continuation of race slavery, true, which was, of course, an abomination. On the other hand, Progressives today fight for the enslavement of everyone – slowly but surely, step by step – and they have already come quite far.

      1. avatar Hannibal says:

        I hate to bring up Godwin’s but I’m going to have to in this case, at least partially. Many German soldiers were not Nazis and didn’t care for the racist supremacy /anti-Semitic crap Hitler loved. But while the Swastika may have represented these soldiers in 1944 as well, it also represented the worst of humanity. The fact that some of those who died under it may not have been full nazis doesn’t diminish the evil the standard represents. Anyone flying one now is making a statement and that statement isn’t “heritage.” The same should be true of the confederate battle flag. There is plenty of ‘heritage’ that can be shown with others without the baggage of oppressing millions to get there.

        1. avatar MothaLova says:

          Hannibal – That is simply a baseless comparison, irrelevant to my point, and, frankly, offensive. Or perhaps you could describe to me the camps in which slaveowners mass murdered half the population of blacks on the planet?

  20. avatar Harold Puckett says:

    I understand why misinformed folks get their panties all in a bunch over seeing a Confederate flag, but…. Please, people, read your history. Being from the Deep South, we see it every single day as a symbol of heritage, not hate. The Civil War was fought over states rights, NOT slavery as most people believe. Slavery wasn’t an issue until late in the war. Put on your big boy pants and read a book before condemning someone as a being a racist.

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      Quit drinking the revisionist redneck koolaid. Yeah, it was fought over state’s rights… to keep slavery. That ‘peculiar’ institution (I’d call it a institutionalized crime against humanity) was the defining feature of the conflict that became the war. The Union wasn’t purely right but the south was wrong but would prefer to drape itself as a martyr of liberty… for white people.The mythos that has developed by the losing side in that is absurd and self-serving.

      1. avatar Harold Puckett says:

        Butthurt much? “redneck koolaid” = sweet tea. Thanks, I think i’ll have some now.
        Whether you think it’s racist or not, or think i’m a redneck or not, i’ll keep flying my flags how I please and won’t bow down to political correctness or race baiters.

    2. I was born and raised in the Deep South and the only “heritage” that flag represents is the economy built upon the backs of Africans in slavery.

      Old times there are forgotten by ignorant redneck pinheads.

  21. avatar Skyler says:

    Confederate imagery does not necessarily imply support of slavery, and until about 15 years ago just about everyone understood that.

    However, that ship has sailed. It’s no longer appropriate to display Confederate imagery without calling a host of insults and accusations of racism down on your head. So why do it?

    If you want to espouse freedoms from central government, there are plenty of other symbols that work that have not yet been stained by the race baiters.

    1. avatar MothaLova says:

      Which ones? The Progressives have successfully labeled all of them racist, as far as I can tell.

    2. avatar John in Ohio says:

      If the progressives successfully smear the AR-15 as a symbol of terrorism one day, does that mean we must sell or otherwise hide them from view to appease people? That’s ridiculous and so is the notion that a flag should be hidden because of PC twisting of the truth. Screw ’em.

      1. avatar Jumbie says:

        When they vilify the AR-15, as they already do, SHOULD speak up.

        As for that flag, well, can handle it. No need for us to take on that burden and distract from the issue of what’s happening in Connecticut.

        1. avatar John in Ohio says:

          The man in that photo IS part of the POTG. That flag might very well be a part of his life and his beliefs. Then again, it might have just seemed to be an appropriate prop to him at the time. Liberty cannot be so sterilized as to not have anything that might, in some measure, be offensive to any opposition. I don’t buy into this “winning the hearts and minds” crapola. This isn’t a democracy. There is a Constitution and we are either going to stand on that or fall separately. The leftists certainly can’t handle Liberty. They’ve proven that time and time again. Can we? I can. Hopefully most of us can. Can you?

        2. avatar Curtis in IL says:

          This republic and its constitution wouldn’t exist at all, were it not for Thomas Paine and others who were able to convince enough people to join the rebellion. The hearts and minds campaign had to be won before the revolutionary war could be fought.

          I would rather battle for hearts and minds now than fight another war to save our constitution down the road.

        3. avatar John in Ohio says:

          Apples and oranges. They were forming the nation. It’s been here for quite a while now and the tools to fight tyranny are embedded within our Constitution. The chance to turn back the tide is now… today; through all of the appropriate “boxes”. The “hearts and minds” already side, in majority, with the 2A otherwise a constitutional amendment would already be underway. If the People pussy-foot around too much longer, Liberty will lose. Push in the courts. Push in DC. Push in the states. Push in the streets. As to your chosen path… good luck with that and I sincerely hope you are correct. I don’t believe that you are and if that is the path that the People continue to choose then our free nation is lost already.

    3. Wait…everyone 15 years ago didn’t look at the Rebel flag and think, “Oh, that’s nice.”

      Are you bonkers?

      The Rebel flag has long been a symbol of hate, repression and the horrible chattel slavery that the South went to war to keep.

      Get a grip.

  22. avatar Jeff says:

    ENOUGH with these ridiculous pictures. You guys are jumping the shark bigtime

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      It’s kinda funny how they now ‘moderate’ comments so that they can’t be taken by the gun-grabbers to put TTAG in a bad light then they POST this!

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  23. avatar CoolBreeze72 says:

    Hey Bob! A swastika was just a cool ancient graphic until 1938-ish. Why introduce an inflammatory image into the message. Think.

  24. avatar CA.Ben says:

    Lose the confederate flag, and wear a smile instead. That will do more good for our cause than a dozen of these pictures.

    1. avatar Jumbie says:

      Oh, God, Yes, Yes Yes!

    2. Now that is just way too much common sense which, come to think of it, is actually not that common.

  25. avatar Jumbie says:

    Once upon a time US school kids used to salute the flag every morning with their hand raised in what we now call the ‘Nazi salute’. If the US were to cite that history and say, ‘hey, it wasn’t always about der fuhrer you know,’ I’m sure no one here will have a problem with going back to that salute, right?

    The true history of the battle flag is irrelevant. Just like it’s irrelevant what the word ‘gay’ or ‘faggot’ used to mean. Just like it’s irrelevant that easter used to be a pagan holiday for the goddess Eostre.

    Meaning is created in the heads of people and the people in the middle ground that we want to reach aren’t going to sit down for 15 minutes to hear a lesson about 1860, much less be convinced afterwards that you aren’t still secretly (or semi-secretly) racist.

  26. avatar Dave says:

    I understand why some people choose to hide their face, but to hide it behind that?

    Also, your displaying the American flag wrong; the stars should be in the upper most left from the perspective of the viewer if the flag is hung vertically.

  27. avatar S_J says:

    Yeah I’m with the other comments, this one does us no favors and gives our enemies in the media a field day.

  28. avatar Andy says:

    The War of Northern Agression was mainly fought over states rights and taxation , slavery was but a minor consideration , in the South at the time there were indentured white farmers , also white sharecroppers that were considered at the time in the same vein as blacks slaves , but a lot of the black slaves were not treated as bad as a lot of the nowadays liberals would have ya’ll believe . A lot of folks think that slavery was the main reason for the war , it wasn’t just look at the explanation above . Now as for the flag I like the Bonnie Blue myself . As for showing respect to Conneticut perhaps this is a semblance of this individuals belief in throwing off the encumbrance of what the government has come to , and decided that he feels the same as those that were encumbered by the Union in 1861 . We all know that the federal government is trying to restrict our freedom more everyday , just look at the laws and executive orders that have been passed . As for the firearms owners in Conneticut , stand tall until backup arrives , which once the first volley is thrown it will be on the way ! Be prepared and ready . Keep your powder dry.

    1. avatar Doug Knaus says:

      My ancestors fought for the Confederacy, I have a portrait of Stonewall Jackson on my wall, I fly the Bonnie Blue on Confederate Memorial Day, agree that the vast majority of Rebels did not own slaves…but check out the second sentence of the Mississippi Declaration of Secession: “Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery – the greatest material interest of the world.”
      Unless you are participating in a Civil War reenactment, it’s time to put the battle flag away…unless you’re trying to make people mad, then go ahead.

    2. avatar jwm says:

      Indentured white farmers. Slaves weren’t treated badly. So why do we defend the constitution again? If slavery isn’t all that bad why do we insist on our 2a rights?

      All men are created equal. All rights are equal. It’s 2014, standing in line to defend the confederacy seems like a load of ignorance to me.

      States rights? Why are we supporting gun owners in CT if we support states rights enough to defend the confederacy’s attmept at splitting the union and violating all the BOR’s?

      Like I said earlier. Paint it any way you want. It’s a bunch of white guys that mourn a loss of privilege based on their race.

      1. avatar John in Ohio says:

        That’s easy… I support the confederacy’s privilege to have seceded from the nation. Likewise, I would support Connecticut’s decision to secede, if they choose to so do. I do not support slavery and I do not support our government’s violation of the RKBA as tyranny is the ultimate result of such violations.

        What’s so hard to understand about that sort of stance?

        (BTW: Some of my ancestors would have been directly affected by slavery. Other ancestors would have been directly affected by the US’s Native American policies.)

  29. avatar William Burke says:

    UH-OH. A Confederate flag! Probably has some “scary” tattoos on ‘im, too…..

    1. avatar John in Ohio says:

      Boy, I sure am glad that my tattoos didn’t show up well in our little photograph. ROTFLMAO

      We stopped what we were doing, grabbed the sign and whatever firearm was nearby, and bob’s your uncle! Frankly, there wasn’t all that much thought put into it other than wanting to show support for our Patriot brothers and sisters in Connecticut.

  30. avatar g says:

    One word: Yikes.

    While I appreciate the spirit of the gentleman supporting our 2A rights (nice rifle), the Confed mask just ruined it for me. Not good PR for our cause.

    I would think TTAG would know better… there’s a reason my grandfather moved the whole family from Mississippi to California back in the 50’s. Despite the fact he had honorably served in the Army during WW2 and fought for his country, his neighbors still couldn’t see past his skin color and treated our entire family with threats and contempt. That’s the enduring legacy of “The South” to people like myself, despite what meanings you might attach to the flag.

    1. avatar MothaLova says:

      And the Progressives can’t see past my religion, my patriotism, and my belief in family. And they want to deprive me of all these things – by taxation, regulation, and their twisted moral contempt.

      Better to be despised for what one knows to be wholly meaningless (the color of one’s skin) rather than for one’s most important beliefs.

      Until we learn to be more offended by a Che shirt or a Hillary poster than by a Confederate flag, we will be fighting against Progressive domination with one hand behind our backs.

  31. avatar Bob in Washington says:


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