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December 23, 2012

Guns & Hunting Thread (12-23-2012)

Thoughts On the NRA's Statement

For as long as I can remember, the NRA's slogan has been, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people". Casting blame towards Hollywood and video games doesn't really fit in here, and I think it was very shortsighted, as was calling for a federal program to put security guards in schools.

If schools want security guards, they can hire them now. Federalizing this and making it mandatory, which appears to be the NRA's position, really is a solution in search of a problem.

As I said earlier this week, and as author Larry Correia pointed out in his excellent and now 10x-linked-at-the-HQ blog post, the policy change we need is simple: put an end to schools as "gun-free zones" ... either through hiring security guards or allowing concealed carry ... and this problem fixes itself.

Beware Of Laws Made In Haste

I had this piece in the queue before the shootings in Newtown, but is seems even more relevant now.

New York Democratic Rep. Steve Israel is calling for legislation to renew the federal ban on plastic guns, according to his official congressional website.

“Recent reports have pointed to the new possibility of building guns at home using a 3-D printer,” Israel’s website states. “Right now, plastic guns are illegal under the Undetectable Firearms Act, but this law is set to expire next year.”

Umm, yeah. As the article points out, these "plastic guns" don't exist and have some serious technical hurdles to overcome with ammunition to be completely undetectable. So let's ban them!

They said the same thing when the ZOMFG!!11! PLASTIC GUN!! Glock was first introduced, even though that thing has more steel in it than an S&W Chief's Special.

Second only to the average congressman in ignorance about guns is, of course, the media.


Marksmanship Award

Concealed Carry Tip For the 'Ettes

Via Jake in Idaho comes this helpful video on concealed carry in a dress.

Christmas Hunting Traditions

When I was growing up, Christmas day always involved guns and hunting. In the perfect scenario, I'd wake to find Santa had left a long, skinny box under the tree. Green and red were the colors of the season ... green meant Remington and red meant Ruger or Winchester.

Then in the afternoon, after we were done with presents and lunch, we'd take to the field. Most of the time it was in pursuit of small game like squirrels, quail or the like since by then the deer tags had long been filled, but it was a great tradition that, unfortunately, I wasn't able to replicate with my kids.

Tips

Thanks for all the tips. I'm working hard to clear the backlog.

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