I wrote this piece for Ricochet on the Hearing Protection Act the morning of the attempted massacre in Alexandria, Virginia. Due to the attempted assassination of several of it’s members, Congress cancelled deliberations that day, included the HPA, but I am confident it will still soon be passed.
Cut ’em in, Raaaaaaawhide!
I’ve always had a man-crush on the Kel-Tec SUB2000. It comes closer to the idea of a civilian PDW than just about anything else on that list.
I was on the Polite Society podcast a few days ago, talking about for the Interactive Pistol Training System just as funding for it ran out of gas.
Nevertheless, I was, as always, my usual polite* and charming self. Give it a listen.
* All of Canadian society is a polite society. Except on the hockey rink. There, we are not so polite…
I am now completely and utterly convinced that if and when Florida does allow for the open carry of firearms, it will be despite the efforts of Florida Open Carry, not because of it. I joined the group thinking they’d be as effective in changing Florida’s gun laws as Arizona Citizens Defense League has been changing the laws of Arizona.
Boy, was I wrong.
Look, if you think that
gay pride parades open carry fishing events and stuff like the photo below will get people to change their minds about the public display of guns, you’re fooling yourself.
Open carry won’t happen until guns are seen as boring, not frightening, and frightening the locals with such things as that is not the way to change minds.
Work on removing the need for a background check if you have a CCW license. Lower the CCW fees. Get more scholastic shooting teams in the schools. Change the culture, then change the law.
I received a job offer today, for the same salary I was making before, doing pretty much the same work I did before, but with the added possibility of a bonus if I drive in more revenue.
Thank you everyone for your kind words and support. They really, really REALLY made a difference.
And Bob, you were such a big help the last time I was laid off. I miss you brother, I really, really do.
I am not a social media butterfly. Memes are not my gig, I am much more happier working in the long form, like blogging.
So when I am able to pull a rabbit out of my hat, it feels pretty good.
Went out of town yesterday, and to be honest, my mind’s been on other things, like getting a job.
9mm, 4 inch barrel, 5.5lb trigger pull, “tactical rail”, 17 round capacity… pretty much par for the course.
The interesting thing will be if it fits Glock holsters like the CZ P10C does, and what the price point is going to be.
Most evangelists suck at evangelizing. If you go to a “revival”, you’ll see that if anyone is walking forward for redemption, it’s probably who has already been in the church for years and years.
That’s great (and needed) but it’s not really increasing the numbers of people inside the church, it’s just lowering the amount of people who leave.
Now let’s apply that to gun culture. Who are the evangelists? Who are the ones bringing new people into the fold, and who are the ones who are preaching revival? Many people preach “revival” but in reality, they’re just delivering the same message to the same people in the same pews, and then when one or two of them walk down the aisle to be saved, they call it a new movement in gun ownership.
The best analogy I can come up with is the “Jesus People” movement of the early 70’s, when the hippies realized that hey, there might be something to that preacher-man stuff they heard as kids, and they tried to go back to church, but the church, seeing the long hair and… questionable grooming habits of the hippies (not to mention that heathen rock n roll they listened to) rejected them.
Now, four decades later, the church is on the outside of American culture, looking in.
Now let’s look at gun culture.
Today, we have millions and millions of people who want to “feel safe” and bought a gun, but they’ve not integrated that gun into their everyday life. That’s something that needs to change, or else gun rights will go away if those people don’t understand that it’s THEIR right to protect themselves that’s under attack, not someone else’s right to go into the woods and blast Bambi, or something (and the reverse is true as well).
Tens of millions of casual gun owners is nice. A million people who are dedicated to proficiency with their weapon of choice and are passionate about keep the right to keep and bear arms alive is even better.
I’ve been wanting a Pistol Caliber Carbine for years now. I’ve waffled and waffled for awhile now, and finally settled on a 10.5″ barreled “pistol” in .300Blackout.
Why? Well, go over to Shooting Illustrated and read my reasons over there.