Which of the three guns above is real? Can you tell without cheating? Police are finding it harder and harder to differentiate between real guns and replica or pellet guns, a determination that often must be made in just seconds. Last week in South Bend, Indiana, a 12-year-old boy pointed a pellet gun at a South Bend Police officer. Fortunately, the kid obeyed the cop’s instructions to put the gun down, but if he hadn’t, we might have another dead kid like the one in California a few weeks back. I’m not really sure what the solution is, other than good parenting. I was recently at Walt Disney World and overheard a dad tell his son, regarding the orange tip on the Pirates of the Caribbean cap pistol they’d just purchased, that “I’ll paint that black for you when we get home.” While I’m not against that practice specifically, I hope it’s accompanied by a healthy warning about the world we live in today. Kids don’t know if you don’t tell them. Answer to the Sesame Street game (Which one of these is not like the other?) when you click through . . .
[The one on the right is fake; the other two are real.]
A planned Eddie Eagle gun-safety instruction in Westford, MA has been postponed until the fall, due to what Superintendent of Schools Everett “Bill” Olsen called an “extraordinarily busy year” for teachers and administrators. The training was originally supposed to run in all six elementary schools across all grades in April or May, with an “opt-out” option for parents who would prefer their children not participate. Olsen said that the delay would also allow more time to “integrate gun safety lessons into our health and safety curriculum.” The program previously ran in the Westford schools until 2001, when it was discontinued by a former superintendent. A former teacher went to the School Committee last year about reinstating it, and in December they voted unanimously to do so. There is no mention of the NRA in the Eddie Eagle program, nor any expression of support for the organization in the educational plans.
The Michigan chapter of Moms Demanding Action for Gun Sense in America held a march on the Capitol on Wednesday [Darn, I missed it] in an attempt to get the House to vote on legislation requiring background checks on all firearm purchases. I’m sure it was the usual pathetic affair, with representatives of MDAGSA-WTFROFLBBQ outnumbered by the press that showed up to film them, but what I found interesting about the article on wlns.com was how they helpfully ended their story with the information that, “You do not have to be apart [sic] of this group to march. All you have to do is meet at the Anderson Building today at 11:30 to help initiate the gun sense voter campaign.” Somehow I feel that if it was a gun rights rally, they wouldn’t have been so helpful and accommodating. Maybe I’m just paranoid.
Ohio State Sen. Joe Uecker has introduced a bill, SB 338, that would allow non-residents of Ohio to get a concealed carry permit if they work in the state. Currently there is a 45-day waiting period during which a person must establish Ohio residency before being eligible for a concealed handgun license. This bill would eliminate that waiting period, and would reduce the number of training hours necessary to get the license from twelve to eight. Furthermore, the bill would eliminate the section of state statute that prohibits firearms in government-owned public facilities, such as parks and stadiums.
Carnik Con brings us a recently discovered War Dept. training film that teaches the fundamentals of modern day sniping.
Yeah, that’s about how I feel about figuring out my Mil-Dot scope, too. This may be one of the best videos that Dugan’s ever done.