The numbers related to gun violence in the land of the free are, of course, deeply chilling. More than 8,500 Americans were murdered by guns (or rather, by killers wielding guns) in 2011, according to the most recent FBI data. Of those, 565 were under the age of 18; 119 were kids 12 or younger. Wherever one comes down on the gun debate, most sane people can agree that those statistics are a national disgrace and … well, insane.
And from the original 1956 article:
In 1954 more than 550 U.S. children under 15 were killed in accidents involving the careless handling of firearms, five of them in lake County, Indiana. [In 2010, 606 people were killed by "accidental discharge of firearms," according to the CDC. — Ed.] This situation shocked Indiana Conservation Officer Rod Rankin, who decided to offer a course in gun safety to any interested child in the county. In the past year 2,500 children from 6 years on, with the approval of their parents, have taken him up on it.
via LIFE With Guns: ‘Drawing a Bead on Safety,’ 1956 | LIFE.com.
Check the great pictorial. And of course the snarky final remark of the Editor ignoring the obvious.
Hat tip to Liberty or Zombie podcast via Twitter (
0:59 – Whoa easy there Dieter… not everyone borrowed or bought the “Art of the dynamic ABS pipe fuckery” DVD yet. Don’t be an asshole and try to show everyone up.
via Achtung Old White Guys Training To Be Operators.
Have I mentioned that I hate…really hate the SUL thing? OK go check the video and don’t miss the Play by Play.
Outstanding report from literally ground zero on the new push for Gun Control.
Sorry for my friends that see this elsewhere, sharing on the usual gun forums:
So, I have my asbestos suit on…. flame away….
I went down to Newtown to face the Bloomberg folks today Went with a buddy of mine, Joshua. He’s a younger guy, Marine, getting active in the 2A movement. I decided not to wear a CCDL shirt, I don’t think that was the time (especially if the anti’s decided to engage us in a loud ruckus and all – I didn’t want the organization getting the negative attention). So, I decided on wearing my “guns save lives” shirt. Pretty obvious, given their whole campaign was about ending gun crime. Which reminds me, you wanna see people in the anti-gun camp freak out: When they ask an open carrier why they are there, just say “I believe in stopping gun crime”….. the look on the face is EPIC!!!
But I digress…..
So, we were blatantly open carrying in our retention holsters. Turns out, the Bloomberg folks called 911 on us…. no biggie, we were in the right.
Officers showed up, said “Hi”. They did not hassle us at all about being there. No “sidewalk, grass” nonsense like I’ve seen at other events where I’ve OC’d. Mind you, we were the only pro gun folks there.
Officer says “do you have a permit?”…. obvious “yes”. “Can I see it?”. Now, I could have been a prick here and said, “why?”. However, as you can see by the few pictures, satellite trucks from CNN and national broadcasters were there as well. I didn’t want to draw negative attention (especially when we were doing so well). So, I said sure. I have my permit, Joshua did the same (mind you, funny hearing my name coming out of a cruiser over fifty feet away!).
Officer then called on her cell phone after running our permits (clean). She acknowledged our courtesy when she handed our permits back. She DID NOT ask for our firearms, run serial numbers or ANYTHING. Simply said, thank you and we had a short chat. She commented on the fact that we were indeed courteous and respectful. Admitted that we were free to walk wherever we want. She asked if others were coming and I said I wasn’t sure. She then continued with pleasant conversation by saying “if they give you a hard time, feel free to call us and we’ll fix the situation”….. Then a simple “thank you and have a nice day”.
Then, it gets even better….. the guy from Bloomberg’s group goes over to them and….. NOTHING. They obviously didn’t think it was legal, found out otherwise. Had our pictures taken A LOT of times by the anti’s that were VERY poor at trying to take pictures thinking we wouldn’t notice!
All in all, spent almost two hours out there, quietly on the side and EVERYONE knew we were there. Pointing, looking. NOTHING.
CNN tried to “direct” an pre-interview with me. Tried to flow the conversation with statistics. Look on her face when I gave her data right back that is provable, and she realized she couldn’t make me look like an idiot.
Best part: We stood in front of the NBC-30 folks for nearly two hours and they didn’t even notice….. when we were FACING them.
We made our presence known.
Were courteous with everyone we met.
They found it so hard to comprehend because we didn’t argue, antagonize or try to belittle their little moment of exploitation.
Damn right it was a good day.
Now flame away, I showed an officer my permit…
Credit of the above goes to Jonathan Hardy & yankeegunner.com
I am gonna have to start liking them Yanks…at least some of them.