The dumbest thing you will read today . . . Is Donald Trump Going to Take Away Your Gun? – “From November 8 (the day of the 2016 Presidential Election) to November 11 (the end of the week of the election), shares of Sturm, Ruger (NYSE:RGR) stock fell 26% while Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ:SWHC) stock fell 25%. Which kind of begs the question: What the heck is going on here? Are investors in gun stocks afraid that Donald Trump will take away their guns?”
Show Me constitutional carry . . . Concealed carry permit no longer required in MO – “Effective January 1, 2017, most people will not need a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Lawmakers passed the measure last year, before Gov. Nixon vetoed it. Then, the Republican-led legislature managed to override that veto.”
In Southeast D.C., a project is turning confiscated guns into art – “In his young life, Ronnie Phillips, a 17-year-old native of the District’s Woodland Terrace neighborhood in Southeast, has known six people who died in gun violence. The teenager himself nearly became a victim one night, he recalls. While walking alone, a man approached and stuck a black handgun in his face, he said. ‘They pulled up and whipped it out,’ said Phillips, a senior at Friendship Tech Prep. ‘I’m used to it. You live around it every day.’ But Phillips doesn’t want it to always be that way.”
It just went off . . . Dakota Ball on losing finger: ‘No messing around’ with guns – “‘It’s completely gone,’ Ball told reporters. ‘I shot it at the knuckle and blew it off. I was tying a rope around the barrel and around the stock to keep the shotgun from falling out of my lap. I was tying rope around the barrel, and it just went off. I didn’t have my hand on the trigger. … I think I forgot to put the safety on, but I didn’t have a finger on the trigger. But that doesn’t matter. … I love guns, but I’ll take a break from them for a little bit.'”
Arion Compact Ported Pistol Suppressor Introduced – “New for 2017, ARION LLC has introduced the Compact Ported Suppressor for pistols 22 to .45 caliber. This innovative device is tiny: only 3.5” by 2.2, and weighs just 11.8 ounces. It’s fully CNC machined from 6061 T6 aluminum and utilizes an ingenious patent pending design to direct the gases exiting the barrel down into the internal baffles and out the front port.” Compact? Seriously?
Waffle House waitress loses job after firing gun during robbery – “A Waffle House waitress in Georgia says she was fired for shooting her gun at three fleeing robbers. Heather (Shorty) Burkinshaw-Stanley said she was only trying to defend herself and her co-workers, The Newnan Times-Herald reported Sunday. ‘I was in fear for my life, my co-workers’ lives, and I did what I thought was right,’ she told the paper.” She ran outside and fired a warning shot in the air as the robbers drove away. Don’t do that.
Remembering a very bad year . . . March remembers the nearly 800 victims of Chicago’s gun violence in 2016 – “Hundreds of people marched on Saturday on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue carrying crosses representing murder victims in the city, CBS Chicago reports. On the crosses were the names of nearly 800 people lost to street violence in 2016.”