Unc has family that have suffered Harvey’s wrath. Go help them out.
I wrote this almost six years ago, and it’s still true today.
I am just not into gun shows. Don’t know if I ever will be. I’m not really into guns as objects, I’m into guns as tools, and ever since I got my eight guns, I’ve been buying stuff either as backup to what I already own or to compete in specific competitions.
But buying guns because they’re guns? Nah, not really.
This is not really a surprise. I never collected cameras when I was a shooter, and I never bought the latest, greatest gear either. My medium format was a 25 year old ‘Blad, and my 35mm’s were FM2’s and a FG’s, not an F4.
If it works, use it.
“You should not have any special fondness for a particular weapon, or anything else, for that matter. Too much is the same as not enough. Without imitating anyone else, you should have as much weaponry as suits you.”
― Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings
Maybe one of the things that makes the SpecOps lifestyle so attractive to we in Gun Culture 2.0 is because they tell really, really good stories, and that’s important to us.
We need heroes. We need to aspire to be something that’s more than we are right now, and let’s face it, there are very few really extraordinary armed civilians out there. Most of them are schlubs like me, and that’s totally cool. I’m not all that extraordinary, and quite honestly, neither or most of my friends.
But Green Berets, MARSOC, Navy SEALS? Them’s extraordinary people who tell extraordinary stories.
Gun Culture 1.0 had extraordinary hunters who went to far-off strange places and turned out some great hunting stories from their exploits.
Is it any wonder, then, that we in Gun Culture 2.0 idolize the men of today who go off to far-off strange places and do extraordinary things in order to keep us safe at home?
* Bonus points if you got the literary reference in the title…
It’s interesting that the reaction to this post assumed that I was talking about giving up the fight for gun rights.
Nothing could be further from the truth. The fight MUST go on, but the tactics must change to fit the times.
We are winning. 42% of Americans say they own guns, and over half of the people who don’t own guns say they could see themselves owning a gun in the future.
That’s two-thirds of America who either own guns or want to own guns.
Fear is not a motivator for the majority. Fear is what the minority uses to close ranks and hold ground.
We’re not losing ground anymore. We are the majority now. Let’s act like it.
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.
Those of you who know me on social media know that I spent the weekend at two theme parks in the central Florida area. Both parks are “weapons-free zones” that have metal detectors and bag searches before you walk through the park gates, so surely you couldn’t get a gun or a knife through such air-tight security, right?
And if you believe that, I have a bridge in Gaza to sell you.
I waltzed through the security checkpoints both days with my cell phone, a Coast flashlight (neither of which raised any eyebrows) and my lightweight emergency tourniquet, which looks like the nylon coin purse it really is. I had my Boker knife in my wallet, and on the second day, I carried around the ABDO safe with me, and that passed right through the bag search at the park because it looks like a big ol’ cell phone case it’s meant to look like. I know that I can fit an LCP ][ and a spare mag into that case, which means that even in a non-permissive environment, I can carry a gun along with a cell phone, spare mag, flashlight and a knife, the four things I recommend for concealed carry EVERY day, and also had a tourniquet on me in case that was needed.
Keep in mind that I in no way recommend you do similar, because that might be construed as telling you how to subvert Florida’s gun laws, and that would be a BAD thing, so don’t do this.
Even though you can if you want to.
There’s been some talk about trunk/truck guns in a Facebook group I belong to, and most of the comments have been against them, citing the risk of having your gun stolen vs. you actually using a gun in your trunk to defend a life.
I can dig it.
However, isn’t that also true of guns inside the home? Despite that, no one who’s serious about guns advises against safely having a gun in the home for self-defense. I also understand that the idea of a trunk gun carries a lot of baggage with it, namely the “I’ll run back to my car, suit up, stop the bad guy and save the day!” sort of thing, and God knows (literally!) how many people suffer from that delusion.
It’s kinda nice knowing that I have something at home with a little more oomph behind it than just a pistol, and it’s nice to know that I have something with me on the road that will allow me to be my own roof Korean if (God forbid) I need to be.