[Since a number of folks shared this post I made on Facebook, I feel like I should repost it here]
If you’re wondering why pro-gun folks are so mean and do everything that they can to stop “common sense” measures like assault weapons bans*, look no further than Massachusetts. They’ve had an AWB that mirrored the Clinton era federal AWB on the books basically since the federal one expired.
The state AG recently decided to officially interpret that law radically different than anyone in the 20 years of its existence has done so. To the point that she’s basically declared any semi-auto rifle or pistol to be illegal in her state. The good news is that she promises to not go after anyone that owned said items before she made this declaration. Of course, this isn’t her saying “oh, that one’s legal,” it’s her saying “we won’t prosecute.”
So… without a single piece of legislation being passed, thousands of people woke up to discover that they now possess items that very well could get them hit with a felony charge.
Yeah… that’s reason to trust the other side.
*there’s lots of reasons that AWBs are stupid on their own merits, but that’s not the point here.
I was listening to some older episodes of Handgun Radio, and got to episode 121, where they were talking about the “Ring of Fire” guns and other “Saturday Night Specials. It got me thinking.
I know there was a time when .32acp, .25acp, and other calibers that are now considered woefully under powered rounds for self-defense were popular. Especially in pocket guns that were primarily bought for that purpose.
I’m curious if the trend to thinking that they were under-powered, and therefor mostly useless (except for the .22, which fell into the “cheap target shooting round” duty) relates to the passage of the GCA of ’68 and the introduction of the import point system largely aimed at killing those small pocket pistols. I will readily admit that I have done zero research to back up this hypotheses, but I could easily see gun owners creating the mindset of “well, those stupid little mouse guns are useless, anyways,” when the majority of the supply in the US was cut off. Could be similar to the fairly common statements of “machine guns are only useful for burning through a lot of ammo fast and not hitting anything” that is around today.
Not saying that I’ll be trading in my 9mm carry guns in for ones in .25acp anytime soon. There’s no doubt that 9mm, .45acp, or whatever your common carry gun round of choice is (yes, even the .380) does more damage to the bad guy than the little .25acp. Just one of those random thoughts.
Presented without comment–the current CNN front page:
For the past couple years, I’ve taught a self defense class at a summer camp at a local university. It’s one of those academic camps that could be considered “summer school for smart kids.”
As I was getting ready for class last week, one of the other instructors (I believe he was teaching iPhone photography) was sitting in a chair outside his classroom waiting for the door to be unlocked. He casually asked me “so, does that stuff work as well as a gun at a distance?” (as he makes “chop socky” moves with his hands) I returned admitting that I have yet to figure out how to throw a rock at 1200fps. We ended up talking about the prices of ammo, and lamenting that the days of truly cheap .22 are behind us. I was kind of hoping that that would be the end of it.
Sadly, this week, he continued to make comments about it. At one point, he basically straight up stated that he didn’t need to know anything, because he had a gun. I asked him how confident he was in deploying the gun if the bad guy was already a foot or two away, or if the bad guy had already grabbed him. He didn’t really have a good answer for that. I also pointed out that we were currently on a college campus in TN, where carrying a gun is a felony. Again, no good answer.
I’ve run into this attitude before, and it always annoys the heck out of me. Just as there are anti-gunners that treat guns as a magical talisman of death, there are gun owners out there that treat their carry piece as a magical talisman of protection. Sorry, but it’s just a tool. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a rather good tool, but it should be one among many in your tool bag.
If you carry a gun for protection, I would recommend adding some form of open hand defense to your training. There are martial arts that don’t require you to be in excellent shape. In fact, the ones that are probably the most immediately practical for self defense typically don’t involve a lot of running/jumping/etc. And if you don’t, that’s your option, but don’t scoff at those of us that do. Honestly, it’s up there with those that scoff at you for being paranoid and wanting to carry a gun.
That reminds me… it’s been too long since I’ve been to a gun class.
A few days back, I met up with some friends at the range. Fun was had by all. His girlfriend was taking the second half of her carry class (the range session), and we decided to hang around until she finished and get some dinner.
We decided to hit an Italian place in the Vandy area. Naienko (my wife) decided to join us, but was at home and had to catch up with us. Of course, she was at home, and it would take her a little longer to get there. We went ahead and grabbed a table, and let the guy at the host station know that we were waiting on a 4th person.
When Naienko showed up, she asked the host if he knew where we were. She started to try to describe us, and the host asked her “did one of them have a gun?” (one of us was open carrying) She started to say “oh, they probably all do,” but managed a “yes” instead.
For those that don’t know the area, the neighborhood around Vanderbilt University is one of, if not the, most liberal areas of a pretty liberal town.
There were no shrieks of terror.
At least one of us was positively identified as carrying.
We ate our dinner in peace.
During a serious discussion with my wife about guns (she’s not anti, but she’s not one of us), she made the comment that she thought it was funny that the Black Lives Matter folks tend to also be the ones currently screaming for us to ban guns. After all, they don’t trust the police, because they’re racist, but the only folks that should have guns are the cops.
I swear I did not prompt her on this point in any way.
Was right after reading this. Sebastian is absolutely right when he says “American gun owners are sick to death of having this shit pinned on us, and we’re not going to take it anymore.”
Good job, media.
*I show off one of my latest knife purchase*
“Damn, Oddball. How many knives do you need?”
“How many magazine do you need?”
“… good answer.”
While my mind is currently focused on heading to Louisville for NRAAM, I figured I’d throw up this quick post.
A little while ago, a buddy of mine asked me what my top 3 gun wish list was at current date. I couldn’t really answer him at the time, but it’s been peculating in the back of my head. So… here’s my attempt to answer that.
- a “modern” centerfire bolt-action. Oddly enough, I don’t have a bolt action rifle that’s not in .22 that was built in my lifetime. While I enjoy my Mosin Nagant m39 and my Ishy Enfield is great for a milsurp bolt gun, I do want to eventually do things like the Boomer Shoot. That pretty much requires a modern bolt gun with a good scope on it. The Remington 700 used to be the default for this, but I’ve been steering clear of them due to their current QC issues. Maybe a Savage Axis II? Or even that new Ruger Precision Rifle? Then there’s the question of caliber. .308 would be good, due to it being something I already keep in stock, but I’m not averse to arguments for other calibers. Especially since, from what I’ve read, .308 is kind of on the bottom end of recommended calibers for the kinds of distances you see at the Boomer Shoot.
- a snub nose revolver. Like the #1 pick, this is to fill a hole in my collection. Thinking a S&W in either .38 or .357 just to keep control commonality with my Model13.
- 12ga coach gun. There’s just something about a double barreled 12ga that hits my giggle button. And grabbing a shorter barreled one just hits it that much more. Of course, if I ever thought I could justify the cost, Chiappa’s Triple Threat would be awesome. If 2 barrels is good, 3 is better… right?
So… what do you think? Honestly, #3 was difficult to choose. I still need to get into black powder at some point, and a replica navy revolver kit would be damn nifty. As would one of those “build your own Kentucky rifle” kits. I think I’ve got the pocket gun bug out of my system… for a while… all those NAA Guardians make me giggle… There are other guns that I would happily take if handed to me (a Barrett .50cal, for example), but I tried to limit this to ones I could actually see buying. Anyways, this is just the top 3. Doesn’t mean that there aren’t more. 🙂
So, what’s on your list?