Normalizing the norm

One way to make sure guns ain’t scary is to remove the stigma about carrying them around in public

A bill proposed for the 2012 Utah Legislature would prohibit a person who is lawfully carrying a firearm in public from being charged with non- firearm related crimes such as disorderly conduct or disturbing the operation of a school.

HB49, sponsored by Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, states that, “… in the absence of additional threatening behavior, the otherwise lawful possession of a firearm … whether visible or concealed” would not in itself constitute a violation of various criminal statutes.

I *love* this piece of legislation. Not sure if this is already inscribed in Arizona law (Hello, Alan? Any comment?), but if it’s not, it should be. 

Ok AZCDL, get crackin’.

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Who needs full-auto?

It’s interesting that we civilians are (rightfully) b*tching and moaning about the Hughes Amendment and the scarity and high prices of full-auto weapons, while on the other hand, the Army is wondering why its soldiers need rock n roll

“We don’t expect, nor will we tolerate, our soldiers just firing their weapons on full-automatic because they can,” said Dave Libersat, director of the Soldier Requirements Division at the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga.

“We have to maintain fire discipline for lots of reasons,” he said. “One is when you go out on patrol, you’ve only got X amount of ammo; if you shoot it all up, and you’ve still got a firefight going on, it’s not a good day for you.” 

For we civilians, the defensive use of a full-auto gun = less accuracy = more rounds downrange = more chances to hit an innocent bystander. Full auto is fun, but unless you need supressive fire or wipe out a marauding horde of zombies, keep it on semi-auto and make your shots count. 

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Alternate headline: Lawmakers attempt to restore civil rights at Arizona universities

Love the PSH in the comments on this story

“Stupid idiotic nonsense. When your kid gets shot for looking at someone the wrong way, moving in the wrong direction or for ffor walking off with the wrong guys pen and the law does nothing and the public cheers the death of another bad guy you’ll understand what I am talking about. The vast majority of murders are committed by good guys gone bad or thugs posing as good guys imposing their will on petty offenders because the law allows it. Keep guns off campus.” 

When will people learn that a “No Guns Allowed” sign prevents shootings just like speed limit signs prevent speeding. 

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Tam has less-than-flattering words for the Hi-point Carbine, Capitalist Pig loves his.

Me, I keep wondering why there aren’t more pistol-caliber short guns out there on the market.

There’s the Hi-Point which suffers from being a Hi-Point, there’s the Kel-Tec Sub2000 which suffers from being a Kel-Tec and also cannot be found for purchase within the lower 48. There’s also the Taurus CT G2 which has yet to hit our shores, the Beretta CX4 Storm (which costs about the same as a dedicated 9mm AR), and all manner of lever action guns in all manner of calibers.

The Ruger LCP and LC9 proved that there was a market for upgraded and “name-brand” versions of guns inspired by Kel-Tec guns, and with the utter unavailiability of the Sub-2000 and the lack of competion in the carbine marketspace, maybe it’s time for Ruger to take a another look at the Ruger Police Carbine and update it for the 21st century with some rails and a folding stock.

And then steal their tagline from me again, of course.

I promise not to complain this time.


More guns, more wildlife

The Associated Press is all agog at the notion that shooting ranges can be wildlife sanctuaries, too

The property on the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., is home to some of the FBI’s most elite forces and training programs as well as a de facto wildlife refuge where deer, fox, wild turkeys, groundhogs and vultures roam fearless and free.

In recent years, a black bear was spotted running across a parking lot, and a groundhog cornered an FBI agent coming out of the cafeteria, hoping to score some human food, FBI spokesman Kurt Crawford said. Turkey vultures are often seen perched atop the 500,000-square-foot national crime lab where the FBI analyzes evidence, including the remains of the former al-Qaida leader in Iraq. 

I’ve seen similar at the ranges out here, too. Rio is just *rife* with coyotes and small game, and I was shooting a 3 gun match at Phoenix Rod and Gun with Danno when a family of quail wandered across the top of the berm. 

And me with a shotgun full of #8’s in my hand. Hmmn, to go home with a DQ and supper in hand, or not. That is the question… 

I digress. 

On the surface, gun ranges and wildlife seem to be a strange mix, but when you think about it, they’re always off-limits during hunting season, there’s loaded with acres of open, empty space, and aside from the noise, they have little impact the environment. 

Save the earth. Build more gun ranges. 

Worst-Case Scenario

Michael Bane defined it nicely: If you want to stay safe, don’t do stupid things with stupid people. But sometimes, the violence finds you.

Police Capt. Rusty Cooper tells the Kingman Daily Miner on Tuesday that the teen and another man wearing masks kicked in the front door of the woman’s home on Sunday night.

They began beating her and her 28-year-old boyfriend with bats before she was able to retrieve a shotgun and began swinging it at the assailants.

The gun fired and hit the 15-year-old, who is now hospitalized. Her boyfriend was hit with birdshot and also had to be treated.

The second assailant fled and hasn’t been found.

An infant in the home was not hurt.

Cooper says the attack could stem from a hit-and-run killing from last month, but did not say why. 

Glad to hear things turned out alright, but lady, if you got a shotgun, shoot it, don’t swing it.

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