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This is not our shocked face . . . America’s Complex Relationship With Guns

As a nation, the U.S. has a deep and enduring connection to guns. Integrated into the fabric of American society since the country’s earliest days, guns remain a point of pride for many Americans. Whether for hunting, sport shooting or personal protection, most gun owners count the right to bear arms as central to their freedom. At the same time, the results of gun-related violence have shaken the nation, and debates over gun policy remain sharply polarized.

A new Pew Research Center survey attempts to better understand the complex relationship Americans have with guns and how that relationship intersects with their policy views.

They tend to frown on that kind of thing in California . . . Police: Man Wore Sawed-Off Shotgun, Brass Knuckles To Dress As ‘Mad Max’

A man claimed to be fashioning himself as “Mad Max” when he put on a sawed-off shotgun, ammunition, brass knuckles and knives to work on a quad in Barstow.

Authorities say they arrested 39-year-old Jack Lee Ernest of Barstow after seeing him working on his quad on Old Highway 58 in Barstow at 11 p.m. at night.

Deputy Kenneth Bubier conducted a traffic stop on the quad, whose rider — later identified as Ernest — behaved suspiciously and first tried to ride off, according to a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department statement.

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SIG picks up another LEO contract . . . North Dakota Highway Patrol Adopts SIG SAUER P320

SIG SAUER, Inc., The Complete Systems Provider, is proud to announce the selection of the striker-fired P320 as the sidearm of choice for the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP).

The NDHP was organized in 1935 with just five patrolmen. Their duty was to enforce state laws pertaining to the protection and use of highways in North Dakota, the 19th largest state with the highest number of roads per capita.

Today, the NDHP boasts over 150 sworn officers who are assigned a wide array of tasks, ranging from driver examinations to protecting the northern border. Before selecting the SIG P320 in 9mm, the NDHP utilized P226 pistols chambered in .357 SIG.

It may soon be a defensive gun use . . . 11 Stars Who Imagined Violence Against Donald Trump, From Kathy Griffin to Johnny Depp

Since the election, several celebrities have voiced their displeasure — even anger — with the Trump administration. Some have gone so far as to suggest violent measures. From Robert De Niro to Snoop Dogg, here are nine left-leaning noteworthy people who have fanned themes of violence toward Trump and the GOP.

And in that same vein . . . CLASSY: Bill Nye writer is ok if ‘a few old ass conservative white men have to die’ to pass gun control

Huh, that’s not nice.

Admit it, no one is surprised that this Marcella Arguello ‘person’ is a writer for Bill Nye (via her bio) and has a blue check from Twitter. A conservative would be suspended indefinitely for saying something like this, but Twitter verifies her.

Tells us so much.

This AUGurs well for the Yellowhammer State . . . Steyr Arms to add manufacturing at Alabama operation in $2.9M expansion

Steyr Arms announced today it will invest $2.9 million to add a manufacturing component to its Alabama facility, a key assembly and distribution hub for the firearms maker. The project will create up to 10 jobs, according to the Birmingham Business Alliance.

The company’s Jefferson County location is its only U.S. subsidiary that imports, distributes and assembles Steyr firearms, as well as some firearms from Merkel. Steyr plans to relocate the manufacturing of its products for U.S. sales from Austria to the Bessemer facility.

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A strangely good idea . . . Senator Introduces Measure Targeting Executive Overreach On Guns

A U.S. senator on Wednesday proposed legislation that would shield the Second Amendment rights of Americans from executive overreach, according to a report at

U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., introduced the “Protecting the Second Amendment Act,” targeting unnecessary intrusions of freedom like those made by executive actions during the Obama administration.

No. Next question . . . Are Guns in Video Games Holding the Medium Back?

From a development perspective, adding guns to your game has a dual benefit. Wolfenstein and Doom helped define the role of guns in video games, and those games came out of a country that defined itself through guns. “Guns are satisfying to use, and they exist in the real world,” says McDonnell. “You have easy replicable models for design, there are a lot of variants in them and the designs. If you want to make a good shooter, you already have ten designs right there, but if you want to make an action game, you have to figure out the classes, or you have to figure out different weapons. It’s more complicated.”

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  1. Pew pew pew…guns holding video games back? I thought that’s how wannabe boyz got their “skills”. Violent action drives “entertainment”?Even The Sound of Music had Nazis.

    • Definitive proof that gun owners are more intelligent than non gun owners. 8% of non-gun owners don’t think the freedom of speech is important to their own sense of freedom? 15%???!? of non gun owners don’t think that freedom of religion is important to their own sense of freedom? Well if they were in China and were persecuted for having beliefs in something other than the Chinese government they would think otherwise. Let’s gather them all up and force them to be Catholics or Muslims and then see if freedom of religion is important. Idiots. 14% of them don’t think that freedom to privacy is important to their own sense of freedom. Let’s have the government install cameras in their homes and in public bathrooms. When some weirdo is watching them drop a deuce then we’ll see how important it is. It’s amazing they haven’t contemplated on any of these. Depressing.

  2. “11 Stars Who Imagined Violence Against Donald Trump, From Kathy Griffin to Johnny Depp . . . and a thousand other “stars” who want him dead but haven’t come out of the closet yet.”


    • I seem to remember many years ago there was a skit on SNL where Robert DeNiro was playing Peter Pan, but he was drunk and beat some guy up for suggesting that he was “queer” (not in the gay way, but because he could fly and stuff).

        • Sometime the “role” is confused with the “actor.”
          In the referenced article, it’s obviously the actor who is noted.

  3. Conservative white men? Really?
    White men are not the only people who are logical and not socialist. And a discussion is not one sided where everyone goes away agreeing with you.

  4. Wouldn’t mind if he’s dead? A bit tacky, but free speech in all that.

    Given some of the comments quoted in that article, I’d be a little surprised (and yet more disappointed in them) if none of these people have been paid a visit by the Secret Service. I also really have to wonder why people think this kind of crap is funny. I don’t care who they’re talking about – Hillary, Donald, Barak, Nixon, Joe Blow down the street, whoever – this is simply in extremely poor taste.

    And these are the people telling me I’m the deplorable one?

    • They get visits. You don’t hear about it because Griffin ain’t going to admit it, and the Secret Service won’t say (unless it’s a Demonrat that was threatened.)

    • What’s crazy is how dramatically a few assassinations could change this country, yet assassins almost always target people who are replaced by someone who hurts whatever the assassins cause is more. Fortunately, most assassins turn out to be really dumb.

  5. Huh. Pleasantly surprised ‘Big Luther’ is doing ANYTHING pro-2A given his half-assed responses to 2A infringements as AL’s Attorney General…

  6. Nice vid by Mr. Whistler at the end….
    But how many outside of our tiny circle are ever going to take the time to see it?
    Of so-called “journalists”, I’ll guess – zero.

    • He leaves a bit of ambiguity on a few points, and also manages to hit a lot of the right ones. Like ‘the people’ have the right to be armed, not some construct of a ‘militia’. He’s good on the vast majority of it…

    • He used “assault rifle” and “assault weapon” interchangeably. His definition of whichever he meant was only (maybe, depending on which he meant) valid for a ten year period, and doesn’t match others in place in various states.

    • He also butchered the terminology on SYG, Castle Doctrine, and Duty to Retreat, but that’s okay because it’s quickly approaching the point where one would have to be an expert in legal history to know what the terms actually refer to.

  7. I think the real political (and maybe real) danger comes from the 26% of gun owners who don’t see it as important to liberty like free speech, religion, etc…

    • Doubtful. The vast majority of gun owners and carriers are the most law abiding segment of society, have stable jobs, and as many lean lean right, generally want to be left alone. There’s not ever going to be some uprising of people of the gun to destroy the first amendment. It’s just way too opposite of most gun owners beliefs and way of life.

    • I noticed that gun owners are, overall, more appreciative of our freedoms than those who don’t own guns. There’s probably a very good reason for that.

  8. Why aren’t all of those at 100% across the board? Faith. Humanity. Shattered.
    It’s FREEDOM for Christ’s sake! The only appropriate response unless you’re a totalitarian asshole is 100% of everything is 100% important 100% of the time.
    That’s what FREEDOM is.

  9. I’d peg every one of those freedom issues to the max. They’re all essential. Each one of them helps protect all the others. And so far I’ve used every one of them except the gun (unless figurative/symbolic use counts) to do exactly that.

  10. That video should be required viewing for every hoplophobe. Except for the part about the Castle Doctrine. Standing your ground is fine – but nobody should be allowed to go out in public dressed that heinously.

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