Advertisements for guns for sale in South African shop windows and a newspaper have Gun Free South Africa all atwitter, and having already complained to the local police, they are considering taking their complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority. GFSA spokeswoman Pam Crowsley called the advert “highly irresponsible” and said the overall message was that “guns are fun.” That message probably sits just fine with the placer of the ads, the Gun Fun Indoor Shooting Range. For their part, the ASA is staying out of it, saying they would only investigate adverts that breached the code, “for example, condoning illegal or violent behaviour, or (if) the prices were wrong” . . .
Have you walked your bug-out/get-home bag? If not, GeorgiaBoy over at The Survivalist Blog suggests you do so. Assembling a bug-out bag (or get-home bag) is a great idea, as is having a plan to use it, but if you haven’t tested them you may be doomed to failure. A bug-out bag is only as good as the distance you can carry it, and if it’s not something you’re used to, you may be dramatically overestimating your abilities. A test run (walk) is a great way to figure out your weaknesses, as well as those of your gear. Plus, a healthy walk is good for you, and probably will help combat the most likely danger the majority of us will face: being too out of shape for all that cool gear to do you any good.
Top-level shooter Randi Rogers, formerly of Team GLOCK, currently shooting for Team Comp-Tac and the marketing and sales manager for Comp-Tac Victory Gear, has signed on with Team Smith & Wesson. A supremely talented shooter in Cowboy Action, IDPA, IPSC, she’s now turned her sights toward 3-Gun. At S&W Randi will be competing side-by-side with her friend and podcast co-host Julie Golob, and their collusion can only help the both of them reach even greater heights of performance. Paul Erhardt at The Shooting Wire has all the details, but suffice it to say Ms. Rogers will (continue to) be one to watch in the upcoming year.
Parents of several students at Emmaus High School in Pennsylvania are up in arms, wanting to know why the school’s championship rifle team was left out of the school’s new yearbook. The EHS rifle team went undefeated against 10 other high school teams in the 2012-13 season, winning the district championship in February. Parents don’t know if the team was left out of the 2013 yearbook because of an oversight or if someone was afraid to include anything about its victory because of the national debate over gun control.
A professional photographer, Don Herb, hired to take pictures for the yearbook took the photo, which shows 21 team members, many holding their rifles, posing with their advisors. What happened after that, nobody knows. The yearbook advisor says that perhaps Mr. Herb didn’t turn the photo in on time, an allegation that he vehemently denies, saying that the rifle team photo was one of the best he took for the yearbook. He’s offered to send it to all rifle team members for free.
Meanwhile one of the parents, Chris Donatelli (who also happens to be a candidate for school board in November) suggested to the school board that everyone who gets a yearbook should receive a supplemental page showcasing the accomplishment of the rifle team, saying, “I’m not going to let it lie.”
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