Incendiary Image of the Day: Ankle Holster Edition


That’s TTAG contributor Alan Brooks on the right, above, who had just taken one for the team by covering Saturday’s SXSW anti-gun confab (read his full account of all the fun here). And we bet you know who that is on his right.

Obviously wanting something to hand down to his grandchildren, Alan used his prodigious powers of persuasion to convince Bloomberg sock puppet and Moms Demand Action gun-grabress-in-chief Shannon Watts to pose for a happy snap.

The best part: Shannon didn’t know Alan was packing at the time. And somehow the gun didn’t break loose and shoot anyone. Eat your heart out, Dirk.


  1. avatar Andy says:


  2. avatar Charles5 says:


  3. avatar anon says:

    This needs to be tweeted thousands of times asking her how she managed to escape such a close brush with death.

    1. avatar Robb says:

      ^This. She should also be emailed with copy and told. Maybe, but doubtful, she’ll have an epiphany about how responsible gun owners and carriers are part of the solution and not the problem.

    2. avatar Steve D. says:

      She’ll probably shake uncontrollably and collapse when she finds out how close she was to a loaded gun. Such trauma will damage her delicate psyché.

      Unless you’re suggesting she was involved in some near-fatal disfiguring accident while enroute to Austin?
      I don’t think you would say such a thing. Just checking.

  4. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    Comment moderated

    1. avatar Soccerchainsaw says:

      Now this somehow just strikes me as unfair. First you tease the Dirkmiester and egg him on, then you moderate his comment? What’s next, handing the crippled kid a set of rubber crutches?

      1. avatar Avid Reader says:

        Pretty much. And if they work, then kick them!

      2. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

        exactly. throw the bulls**t flag Dan. Frankly, I think they did this only b/c traffic has been low to TTAG the last week or so and Robert needs to get his stats up for his advertisers. just sayin . . . .

        1. FLAME DELETED

          Final warning Paul.

        2. avatar MOguns says:

          I’m tired of this bullshit. Are you really going to stifle the thing that made ttag truly great, the comments, just because of a single article that wasn’t even truthful. Even if we never say a single thing that isn’t pc, guess what, they will lie and say we did. It’s what they do. You are going to keep losing readers

        3. avatar H.R. says:

          How did an endless string of immature personal attacks make TTAG great?

          We’re much better off when we behave with a little class.

          Case in point, the above pic with Mr. Brooks behaving like a gentleman, even in the presence of people who clearly loathe everything about him. The calm, friendly attitude he displayed represents us much better than throwing a textbook full of teenage insults at Ms. Watts in response to anything she writes or says.

          The truth is that even in the post at the top of this discussion, Zimmerman could have stood to tone it down a bit.
          Think about it – if you were a casual observer who just happened upon TTAG while chasing down a passing interest in firearms, what would you think if this was the first discussion you stumbled in on?

    2. avatar PavePusher says:

      Whatever it was, I bet it was funny as hell….

      1. avatar Gene says:

        I bet it was. Mods, can you even post a redacted version or at least verify it’s hilarity?

      2. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

        Comment moderated. Again. Still.

        1. avatar JWC says:

          Comment moderated. Please let us deal with commentators who step over the line. Email [email protected]

    3. avatar Javier says:

      I thought the whole point of this post was to get an epic reply from Dirk. I’m confused now.

      1. avatar Mina says:

        No kidding. I just love how everyone made fun of me a couple of weeks ago for saying that the censor editing hand was unlikely to be light.

        Registration leads to confiscation as censorship leads to political correctness.

        Nothing new under the sun.

        1. avatar Mitchell! says:


          Rev. Paul used to be the sweetest guy around here. That was back in the old days.

          Before his name turned red.

          Power corrupts. A little power corrupts little people.

  5. avatar Kim Burr says:

    Oh the irony. I love it.

  6. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Laughing uncontrollably now.

  7. avatar Ben in UT says:

    Hahaha this is fantastic. Well done.

  8. avatar Nine says:

    Crude as it is, I would have cut a huge one as soon as that picture was over.

    1. avatar JoshtheViking says:


  9. avatar jwm says:

    Comment moderated

  10. avatar HiddenHills says:

    Alan Brooks has won the innerdwebs for life. No one else need ever apply.

    Someone *has* posted this to Shannon’s FaceWhine page, right?

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      Give that man a Walter .22.
      I’ll mail a brick of ammo for it.
      Alan needs to be rewarded.

  11. avatar Jeff in Tacoma says:

    Comment moderated

  12. avatar Excedrine says:

    Well-played, good sir. Well-played indeed.

    1. avatar G.Hall says:

      I’ll “2nd” that….

      1. avatar Don says:

        Comment moderated

  13. avatar Scott says:


  14. avatar gemalo says:

    They will definitely have his photo at the door at the next party. Nice work, Alan. Just confirms my belief, ‘if it’s concealed, how will they know?’

  15. avatar Jus Bill says:

    Solid. Gold.

  16. avatar Tom from Georgia says:

    It’s all well and fine that even ideological enemies can be willing to call truce for but a brief moment, but that doesn’t change the fact she’s still a Comment modified. And not merely because she quite literally is; but because the sentiment is completely mutual. Even so, if she has any shred of self-honesty, she has to admit her fear of other peopke carrying a gun has no basis in reality. Too much to hope for? Only time will tell.


    1. avatar Tom from Georgia says:

      Okay Robert, I’m going to have to say my piece here. Moderating (or editing in my case) everything, is an exercise in futility, pure and simple. The Bambis quite literally have to be laughing at this. Yes, yes I know…your blog, your rules and all that. But still, there’s gonna have to be some flames every now and then. The hottest fire makes the strongest steel, as the old saying goes. I used to be a newspaper editor, so I know a thing or two about juggling tender egos….or deflating them. Not mad at you, not gonna leave in a huff, but I would feel remiss if I failed to point out the fact that your current policy is playing into the enemy’s hand just as surely as Shannon’s own faux pas played into ours. Besides, what I said wasn’t so much a flame, or even ad hominem in the third degree, as the plain truth. Sometimes that truth has to find its mark.

      Please reconsider your moderation strategy if at all possible.


      1. avatar Steve D. says:


        If this moderation was being done by Facebook we’d all be filing petitions and up-in-arms about it. Remember the 1st is protected by the 2nd etc.

  17. avatar JR says:

    This has absolutely made my day.

    Alan, you rock.

    All it’s really missing is a “Stand Strong CT” sign.

    1. avatar Gene says:

      The only way that could be topped is if Watts held that sign.

      1. avatar Jim at the NSA says:


  18. avatar Tony says:

    I wonder how long until the MDA people freak out and release a statement.

    1. Another ‘gun bully’ accusation in 3…2…1…

  19. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    This would be a great TTAG contest.
    Get yourself photographed with a noted gun grabber.

    1. avatar The average American says:

      Whoever successfully conceals the largest firearm wins!

      1. avatar CA.Ben says:

        Now im picturing Leghorn taking his picture next to Bloomberg, an AK pistol faintly printing from beneath his coat…

    2. avatar Gunr says:

      I could start with my mother in law.

    3. avatar Kris says:

      Tom, that’s brilliant! Two new categories: photos with gun grabbers and photos with politicians AND guns (not concealed, thinking more like snap a pic when you bump into elected officials at your local gun range. If you don’t bump into elected officials at your gun range, it’s time you move.)

  20. avatar Alan Brooks says:

    For those wondering, it was a Rossi model 641, .357 mag in an Uncle Mikes ankle rig.

    1. avatar Another Robert says:

      Rossi, you say? Glad to hear that, sometimes I feel out of place in forae apparently populated exclusively by Kimber/Wilson Combat/Sig/S&W-toters… 😉

    2. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

      OK, so I guess I’m going to be the first to address the elephant in the room…

      Dude, what the hell is going on with that profile picture you got there?

    3. avatar crndl says:

      Reilly, Ace of Spies, well done 🙂

      1. avatar Avid Reader says:

        Extra credit for referencing one of my favorite min-series.

    4. avatar nathanredbeard says:

      Wait…what? What’s the slightly square-ish shape on your left hip? It looks like you have some full size pistol there.

  21. avatar Dev says:

    Picture of the year. Hands down.

  22. avatar Lurker_of_lurkiness says:

    Comment moderated

    1. avatar Lurker_of_lurkiness says:

      Yeah! I was waiting for my first moderation, badge of honor.

  23. avatar Scythian Arrows says:

    “You know the thing about a gun grabber, she’s got… lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll’s eye. When she comes at yer guns, doesn’t seem to be livin’. Until she bans yer assault weapons and those black eyes roll over white. And then, ah then you hear that terrible high pitch gigglin’ and the legislature turns blue and spite of all the petitionin’ and the blog posts they all come in and rip your ARs and AKs and FALs to pieces.”

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      So, eleven hundred guns went in the water, three hundred and sixteen guns come out, the gungrabbers took the rest.

      1. avatar 5Spot says:

        That’s why you’ll never seeing me wear a life jacket again chief.

        1. avatar jwm says:

          Wanna compare scars?

        2. avatar Ralph says:

          Mary Ellen Moffat. She broke my heart.

        3. avatar jwm says:

          We need a bigger NRA.

        4. avatar Maineuh says:


    2. avatar ready,fire,aim says:

      If it wasn’t done this time it will be done next time ….whats that you ask? …well once the word gets back to her that her life was in danger next meeting mark my words there will be pat downs there will be metal detectors. there will be police on hand there will be posting’s at the enterance…it’s for the childrens parents

  24. avatar Stuart Anderson says:

    Should have worn IWB and gotten a second picture showing it off.

  25. avatar Tom W. says:

    “Revenge is a dish, best served cold”

    Well done sir!

    1. avatar SteveInCO says:

      Khan. For pete’s sake. It’s KHAN. I see people do that all the time. I’ve even seen computers in places where all the computers are named after Star Trek characters, named after “Kahn”

      Sorry, a pet peeve of mine.

      1. avatar Andy says:

        Maybe they all mean Madeline Kahn…..

        “….I’m so tired….” 🙂

  26. avatar Another Robert says:

    Comment moderated

  27. avatar benny says:

    I’m speechless. There’s too much awesome in this picture.
    Has MDA made any sort of statement on twitter or Facebook???

  28. avatar William Burke says:

    Flattering photo of the ubiquitous Ms. Watts!

    1. avatar Steve D. says:

      She’ll not allow any future photos in public – not without her approval/editing first.

  29. avatar JackinAlabama says:

    Alan, I salute you! That is such a perfect photo of awesomeness….man…words really can NOT do it justice! Again, I salute you!

  30. avatar Asmodeus says:

    Mr. Brooks,

    Should you ever come to the NYC/LI area please look me up. You have 2″ thick Porterhouses and adult beverages waiting for your arrival. This is nothing but epic awesomesauce defined. This amount of winning puts Charlie Sheen to shame. You are indeed the man!

    1. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

      actually, Mr. Brooks won’t have to worry about a bar tab . . . . .

  31. avatar Joey Miller says:

    I believe you mean “assault ankle holster”

  32. avatar Hannibal says:

    Come on, if she can’t tell someone dressed like that with that beard has got a gun, what hope is there?

    Can’t tell if his fingers are crossed…

  33. avatar Jon in NC says:

    Comment moderated. Please address all comments about TTAG’s editorial stance or style to [email protected]

  34. avatar jeff Goldstein says:

    Make sure you snail mail her an autographed copy.

  35. avatar pirateye says:

    I salute you Sir!

  36. avatar Tile floor says:

    I don’t know how he refrained from laughing hysterically the whole time

  37. avatar Chris says:

    Comment moderated

  38. avatar T says:

    This is a great pic in so many ways. Good Job!

  39. avatar AngryAZ says:

    Your sir win at life…. and CCW AWESOME!!!

  40. avatar Gyufygy says:

    Heh, the absurdity is strong with this one, but maybe that makes it even funnier.

  41. avatar Another Robert says:

    Whoa, sorry if I offended, it was an honest question–I guess I phrased it badly?

    1. avatar Not So 1337 says:

      Its the new TTAG policy: don’t say anything that the antis could possibly use against us. Personally I find this policy to be futile, as they’ll still get their ammunition from plenty of other sources. Even if they freaked out like they have in the past and wrote a “OMG Dirk posted a politically incorrect comment about our glorious leader OMGWTFBBQ”, we live in the internet age. Everyone has pretty much accepted by now that you’re not going to find a pristine Mormon chapel in the comments section of ANYTHING.

      1. Hey, Not So, don’t like TTAG comment policy, which has been so clearly explained, even a bag of hammers would understand it?

        Go start your own blog and comment your heart out.

        1. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

          or start a YouTube channel.

        2. avatar OCD says:

          I guess your bag of hammers didn’t understand when you got banned from just about every gun forum on the planet. Some multiple times.

        3. avatar Mina says:

          A great word someone taught me here: syncophant

        4. avatar iCONOCLAST says:

          I really appreciate your statement of the obvious

    2. avatar Another Robert says:

      Hey guys, seriously, I see what I did wrong, it was an unfortunately-phrased shortcut I was taking–at least I’m pretty sure that’s what it was. I was just wondering what the origin of all this conversation about Dirk Diggler and Ms. Watts is. Re the policy–1. It’s his blog 2. Ad hominems are pretty worthless as discussion tools anyway.

      1. avatar joe l says:

        he’s in love with shannon to say it plainly

  42. avatar WRH says:

    Why didn’t they hold this event at a Gun Free Zone? Everyone knows that you physically cannot enter a Gun Free Zone with a gun, as the magical unicorns that protect these areas will stop you.

  43. avatar g says:

    I wouldn’t have been able to keep a straight face.

    1. avatar JR says:

      HIs grin says so much…talk about non-verbal cues.

  44. avatar US says:

    Comment moderated

  45. I covered the #facebooklistened and #shannonwatts hashtags on Twitter and FB with this. I anticipate leftist moonbat butthurt all over my @libertydwells feed in 3…2…1…

  46. avatar Bill says:

    Comment moderated

  47. avatar Sixpack70 says:

    Comment moderated

    I didn’t want to feel left out.

  48. avatar TJ says:

    Any person who try’s to stop me from defending myself for their own guise of safety is a bad person….therefore Shannon Watts is a bad person person.

    Can you moderate that logical attack on someone’s character?

    1. avatar Dirk Diggler says:


  49. avatar Guy From V says:

    Who else senses a Cheryl “Carol” Tunt vibe to her. Gluing up with ocelots while getting strangled, etc.

    1. avatar ninjaTED says:

      Tum again?

      1. avatar Foster says:

        Thanks, I haven’t LOL’d at a TTAG comment, that hard, for a long time. Since the tragedies, there’s not a lot to laugh at.

    2. avatar JTS says:

      I think you mean Cherlene “OUTLAW COUNTRY!!” Tunt.

  50. avatar Steve D. says:

    Comment moderated. No ad hominem attacks

  51. avatar Justin_GA says:

    I’d do her! Give me one night and i’ll give her something a liberal could never.

    1. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

      Comment Moderated. 🙂

      1. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

        Comment Moderated (just for the hell of it) 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

        1. avatar benny says:

          I haven’t had this many Lol’s from TTAG in a long time.

      2. avatar I_Like_Pie says:

        Comment moderated softly….smoothly. Like a veal cutlet.

        1. avatar nathanredbeard says:

          An excellent article on how to pound veal cutlets. Or things smoother than veal cutlets.

    2. avatar Chris says:

      I said something to the same effect earlier. Went unedited for a while, but after 5 hours, it was finally “Moderated”.

  52. avatar jwm says:

    I’ll bet you were a hall monitor in school, Paul.

    1. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

      JWM – Kreskin would be proud of you. . . .

  53. avatar S.CROCK says:

    your comment was not worthy of moderation. i use the treat others how i would like to be treated rule when commenting. if someone said i had girly hands, i would ignore the comment and not be butt hurt. to me you fact stating comment about manly hands (forgive me Dirk) was still in the okay guidelines.

    1. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

      I didn’t start the manly hands comment. . . . all is forgiven.

      1. avatar jwm says:

        (Slowly raises hand in the back of the classroom) It was me. I started the whole manly hands thing. Then I got moderated and deleted. And maybe even folded, spindled and mutilated.

        1. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

          don’t forget sentenced to detention by the hall monitor.

        2. avatar S.CROCK says:

          hahaha one of the best episodes of the whole series!

      2. avatar S.CROCK says:

        haha i know you would never say an ill word about Shannon.

    2. avatar Steve D. says:

      Reply to: S.CROCK
      If “manly hands” is okay, then I was wondering if “comically-large Spock ears” would be within acceptable guidelines?

  54. avatar Maineuh says:

    This thread has taken a fugly turn.

  55. avatar Ross says:

    I would loved to have see this photo taken 1 second after he leaned over and told Mr. Watts, by the way my dear, I’m packing right now, isn’t America great.

  56. avatar sbk510 says:

    Awesome picture! Soaking with irony. And Dirk, dang, we really, really have different taste in women. Yeesh.

    1. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

      I am a pig. (shrug).

      1. avatar jwm says:

        Careful there Dirk. We need a rule clarification on self inflicted ad hominems. Calling yourself a pig may get moderated.

        1. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

          were is our self-proclaimed hall monitor when we need a ruling on the field. . . . . . ?

  57. avatar JR says:

    This thread might be giving new meaning to “Lock Down of the Day.”

    On topic: I still cannot stop laughing about this photo. It’s so full of win it’s almost scary.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Yep, we got locked down and not over an empty shell casing either. All it took was a big set of knuckles and Dirk’s unrequited love.

      “All we are saying, is give peace a chance……”

  58. avatar JAS says:

    This has to be up there for the post of the year!!!

  59. avatar benny says:

    Wtf? We can’t point out truckasaurus hands when we see them?

  60. avatar benny says:

    Le sigh. This thread has become…*puts on shades*
    Watted down.


  61. avatar MojoRonin says:

    New contest: anyone with a real pic standing next to her while open carrying gets that (expletive deleted) Walther.

  62. avatar Cubby123 says:

    Perhaps he got some information from that meeting that could be researched as to accuracy and biased.Since this group is notorious for sprewing in accurate information and absolutely refuses to report anything based on fact,this would be a great opportunity to use their own publications against them.Just sayin!

  63. avatar Steve D. says:

    Boy, Ms Watts sure looks different in real life.

    Her “Official” photos are obviously heavily retouched and very carefully posed. Numerous studies have shown that attractive people have more powers-of-persuasion over others – which explains why they would want to perform such photo trickery.

    I would never had known the above photo was actually her.

    ** “Re: Ad hominum attack deletion” – I’ve watered down my comment to be politically correct and unoffensive. I hope this version is acceptable to the “feelings police”.

    Though I don’t know why you are worried about MDA reading what people think of their dear leader… It’s not like they aren’t calling gun-owners names… constantly!

    I wasn’t even stooping to their level (many of them have called all gun-owners maniacs; murderers; child-killers; Yosemite Sam’s; hicks; rednecks; penile-deficient over-compensators; scum; “cling onto their bibles & guns” etc.) – but merely describing her true-to-life facial features.

    I can guarantee they aren’t removing negative comments about gun-owners over there. So why tie our hands behind our back? Are we not allowed to fight back in this war – and it is a war they are waging on us.

    1. avatar neiowa says:

      I though I was being terse with my observation that Shannon needs to carry a “folding brown craft paper grocery carrying container”. The editor owes 3 israeli super model photos to atone.

      Did you learn anything useful at the coven?

  64. avatar Steve D. says:

    I think the mod must have a crush on Shannon Watts. The critique of her real-life appearance upsets him greatly, because he is in love with the idealized portrayal of her – not the “Walmart lurker” version we see above.

  65. avatar Robb says:

    The MDA Twitter feed links to this twice. No epiphany unfortunately. All they seem to want to focus on is the apparent lie Alan told her in order to get the pic taken.

    1. avatar JR says:

      Did Alan tell her a lie, though? Or, did he just ask to get his picture taken?

      (And, no, “lie by omission” does not count).

      MDA Twitter: 18.3K followers, 8681 tweets
      NRA Twitter: 213K followers, 4678 tweets

      Not sure what (if anything) those numbers really mean, but I find them interesting…something about digital noise, I think.

      1. avatar Robb says:

        According to them, he claimed to be a fan to get the pic.

        I was very surprised that the number of followers they have is that low.

        1. avatar JR says:

          But, word from on high is that he said no such thing.

          We may never know, but based on character and past behavior, I know where my money would be on that bet.

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