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Yes, he’s being that guy. . . . Letter: Glamorizing guns is inappropriate

I am uncomfortable with the cover image that you selected for this week’s Current in Carmel, as I feel that this particular photograph glamorizes guns in a way that is inappropriate, particularly when there is so much gun-related violence in our society.

I do appreciate Guy Relford’s advocacy for firearm safety, but given that one of the tenets of gun safety is never to point a weapon at anyone unless you intend to shoot them, why on earth does your photo portray a gun pointed at the reader?

Maybe he thought the homeowner had evacuated . . . Police: Homeowner shoots intruder on city’s Southside after Harvey’s landfall

Corpus Christi Police had no new information Saturday about a man who was shot Friday by a homeowner after police say he broke into a Southside home.

About 11 p.m., about an hour after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, police responded to the 7100 block of Ficus Court near Yorktown Boulevard where they found a man who had been shot in the head.

According to officers at the scene, the man broke into the residence and was shot by the homeowner. The man was taken to Christus Spohn Hospital Shoreline.

Who among us can resist the siren song of a $2180 shotgun?  . . . Union Corruption Double Take: The UAW, FCA, Shoes, Shotguns and a Deepening Federal Probe

It is also alleged that King made other purchases, totaling more than $40,000, at the direction of and for the benefit of other UAW officials. According to the indictment, training center funds were used to keep senior UAW officials “fat, dumb and happy.” One of the items allegedly purchased was a $2,180 shotgun given to Norwood Jewell, who was elected UAW vice president in 2014, as a birthday present.

In a follow up article published on Aug. 19, the Detroit Free Press reported that according to the indictment, access to training center funds was, in part, for the purpose of having UAW officials take “company-friendly positions.”

Dove season in Texas starts Friday . . . Have a Better Opening Day Dove Hunt with Trulock’s New Dove Choke Tubes

Doves are famous for being one of the toughest game birds to hit in flight. Doves aren’t physically tough, but their speedy, and the fact that they can appear out of any direction has long kept the makers of #8 and #7 1/2 shot shells in business.

As boxes of empties pile up quickly, most hunters find themselves wishing there was something to improve their results.

Thanks to Trulock Choke Tubes, the long-time industry leader in high quality choke tubes, you can take action now, before the season starts.

Trulock is proud to introduce two new choke tubes they have developed specifically for the demands and conditions of dove hunting.

May issue firearm licensing, AKA a government-created gold mine of graft and corruption . . . Going After The Guns – New FLA Board To Be Mandated To Revoke Hundreds Of Licences Issued Under Questionable Circumstances

The permits of hundreds of firearm holders could be revoked in coming weeks with the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) locking in on its targets as the probe continues into the questionable granting of gun permits by the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA).

The Sunday Gleaner last week revealed that several convicted criminals who were denied gun licences had the initial rulings overturned and their applications approved.

Since then, several other horror stories have emerged about the lax manner in which fire permits have been issued by the FLA.

Among the cases that have left investigators most worried is a man who had his firearm licence renewed on July 29, 2017, despite being in prison in the United States at that time. His firearm licence had previously been renewed in 2014.

It looks like Italians are tiring of the EU’s open borders policy, not to mention its knock-on effects . . . Italian Mayor: We’ll Shoot Anyone Who Screams ‘Allahu Akbar’

In language that would make President Donald Trump blush, Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro has promised to shoot dead anyone who so much as shouts “Allahu Akbar.”

Taking a hard line against radical Islamic terrorism in the wake of the fatal Barcelona attackearlier this month, Mayor Brugnaro proclaimed that those who wish to kill innocents in the name of Islam will be sent “straight to Allah before they can do any damage.”

“In contrast with Barcelona, where they had not set up protection, we keep our guard up,” Burgnaro told reporters, according to The Times. “If anyone runs into St Mark’s Square shouting ‘Allahu Akhbar’, we will take him down. A year ago I said after four steps, now after three. I will say it in Venetian: ‘Ghe Sparemo’ (We will shoot him).”

COD WWII is beta-testing. Despite some concessions to game play over historical veracity, it looks like a return to form . . . Call of Duty: WWII private beta impressions — Incendiary shotguns, Gibraltar map, and bayonet grunts

One of the cool new weapons is the shotgun with incendiary ammo from the Expeditionary Force Division. It certainly doesn’t seem realistic for the Second World War, and it previously appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops from 2012. But there were some incendiary weapons used in both World War I and World War II, and that’s enough to justify the appearance of the incendiary ammo in WWII. When you fire the shells at close range, you can take out an enemy and watch him burn. He’ll scream as flames engulf him, making for a dramatic moment on the battlefield. If you fire from too far away, your enemy may still catch on fire but will only be wounded.

Just so you know, the allies used incendiary ammunition in The War to End All Wars 2.0 — as anti-aircraft ammo. Dragon’s Breath incendiary shotgun ammo — banned in California, Florida, and Illinois — came later. As reports, “Dragon’s breath rounds qualify as ‘incendiary weapons’ in Protocol III in the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, which would oblige party nations to regulate their military use, if any.”

DU TV this week: Delta Blues

This week on Ducks Unlimited TV, Ainsley Beeman is in the flooded timber of Arkansas, introducing her best friend to duck hunting. Then she heads south through the Delta to join the Mossy Oak team in Mississippi.

“I was so excited, because I got to bring my best friend, Margot, along with me,” said Beeman. “She’s never been on a duck hunt before, and she’s always wanted to go. So it was a super special moment for both of us.”

Presidential pot shots . . . Duterte fires sniper rifle at Maute terrorists

On his third visit to war-ravaged Marawi City, President Duterte fired a sniper rifle at positions held by Islamic State (IS)-linked gunmen to show solidarity with government troops who have been fighting the terrorists for the past three months, officials said on Friday.

During his visit on Thursday, Mr. Duterte inspected a devastated community where he spoke with troops and fired the rifle twice from a military sniper’s nest, Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said.

“The President wanted to be at the front line, so he went to the main battle area,” Padilla told reporters in Malacañang.




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    • Pointed at the camera, and his finger is on the trigger. Hopefully, the camera was on a tripod and the shutter was released using a remote, but it still is not the best image to convey safe and responsible use of a firearm.

      • Perhaps both the person holding and pointing the gun and the photographer VERIFIED the gun was unloaded and there was no safety issue…..I am 100% certain that neither viewers of this photo nor the persons responsible for posing and taking the picture were harmed.

    • Actually, it appears to be aimed to the reader’s left … perhaps someone is lurking menacingly behind the reader? Look behind you, reader! Thank you, gun-pointing person, for saving the reader from that dangerous stranger!

      (And that, children, is why we practice head shots…)

  1. Hey guys,

    Not to be “that guy”, but that’s an article from the local paper in Carmel, IN…not Carmel, CA.

    Guy is a great local 2A resource and the letter writer is definitely a minority around here when it comes to 2A opinion.

    • Good to know. I spent some time living in the area where trees have civil rights, and this wouldn’t surprise me one bit had it come from there.

  2. I have a question about the Union guy. Did he buy the gun then give it to the official? If so, he lied on the 4473 because the gun was purchased and arguably given to him in exchange for something of value (having insider representation within the union.)

    • Buying a gun as a gift isn’t a straw purchase, although some jurisdictions may require a background check or formal transfer when delivered to the giftee. Even if it’s for your boss (who gives you work), significant other (who gives you “affection”), friend (who gives you food/booze) or someone who is giving you a Christmas gift, it’s not a straw purchase unless they are giving you something specific for the gun. “Grandpa, I want a 10/22 with a pink stock” is different from “Here’s $400. Buy me a 10/22 with a pink stock and keep the change” or “If you give me a Ruger 1911, I’ll give you season tickets.”

      • “If you give me a Ruger 1911, I’ll give you season tickets.”

        that answer depends on the team in question??

        In some cases a BIG plus in others? I would punch you because the seats are worthless…because the team sucks!

  3. “given that one of the tenets of gun safety is never to point a weapon at anyone unless you intend to shoot them, why on earth does your photo portray a gun pointed at the reader?”

    You answered your own question, FLAME DELETED.

  4. What’s that you say?
    Labor unions are run by union leaders for the benefit of the union leaders?
    I’m shocked and astonished, I tell you.

    • Your point was a key element in the rejection of the UAW organization efforts at the Nissan plant in Mississippi.

  5. Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA)

    Perhaps one of the crimes they should investigate is who stole the extra letters from their acronym.

  6. I’m with the Italians – if I hear ‘Alahu Akbar’ I’m at the very least clearing leather…

  7. I’ve never understood why people always worry about videos and photos shooting at them. God forbid they ever see a John Wick movie.

  8. “the fact that [doves] can appear out of any direction has long kept the makers of #8 and #7 1/2 shot shells in business”

    It’s crazy how often you have to wonder whether people writing about guns have ever shot a gun. #8 and #7.5 are probably the two most popular loads for shooting clays. I guaranty that people use 1,000 times as many shells shooting clays as doves.

    This goes down with the countless firearms “experts” who write at length about how “.40 S&W is a middle ground between 9mm and .45 ACP, a good choice for those wanting a compromise…” it’s crazy

    • The “standard” on the dove field is, according to most “experts”, is 1 dove for every 4-8 shells fired. So 2-4 boxes to limit out. As you’ve surely seen, the big box stores put cheap field loads out by the pallet. Of course, the quality, or lack thereof, of that ammo may contribute to the low averages. Both on the range and the dove field. The guy who can limit out with 1 box probably went through many, many boxes at the skeet range.


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