Sunday, June 23, 2013

Added to My Required Reading

I've started following a new blog called "The Old Gunhand - Gun resources for senior citizens." I came across this blog a couple of weeks back and I really like it, even if I am several years from getting my Senior Citizen discount or a reserved parking spot at the local Hardee's.

The posts are pretty thorough and well written. The best part is he is writing about topics we're all going to be concerned with at some point. For some it will just be sooner than others. And though the blog is geared toward seniors, it's still got information that's useable by all ages.

Give him a look-see and check him out on Facebook and Twitter, too.

Be safe.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Quote of the Week - June 8, 2013

GeorgiaCarry.Org has filed suit against the city of Carrollton, GA for a couple of local ordinances on their books that violate state preemption. One ordinance prohibits carrying firearms or other weapons in a parade, and the other prohibits firearms on the Carrollton GreenBelt which is a biking/walking trail. The co-plaintiff, Carrollton resident John Miller, said he would like to be able to carry a firearm on the trail without fear of prosecution.

Carrollton, GA Mayor Wayne Garner, who claims to be an NRA member and supporter of the Second Amendment said,

"If somebody is afraid to ride a bicycle without guns, I suggest they stay home.”

You can go here for the whole article.

Be safe.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Newtown Shooting Photos

I was sitting in the airport the other day when I heard a news story come on talking about releasing photos of the Newtown shooting crime scene? I think it was Fox News running the story. I couldn't hear everything thanks to the two neighboring gate agents that either just like to hear themselves talk over a PA system, or they were competing for who could be the loudest and least understood. I since learned that Connecticut passed a bill banning the release of crime scene photos taken at Sandy Hook, so I guess the story was about the lead up to the passing of this bill.

The newscaster was saying something about the need to publish the photographs so the public could see that the law enforcement agencies were doing their jobs properly. Ordinarily, I'd agree with that line of thinking, but not in a case like this. This isn't an investigation into government wiretapping. This is a story affecting hundreds of lives of surviving family members that have the right to privacy. Let a special committee review the investigation to ensure it's being done properly and then report to the public their findings. The public doesn't need to see this stuff.

No good can come to the families affected by this shooting by publishing the photos or videos of the crime scene. The families are living in their own Hell without the press airing the gruesome scenes upon their release, on every anniversary, and anytime they want to beat the gun control drum.

It certainly won't benefit those outside the Newtown community either. I have nothing to gain by seeing this stuff, and you don't either. We don't need to encourage any more psychopaths to strive for a higher body count. In fact, I'd be okay if the press would just make a quick mention of a shooting that occurred somewhere by some nutjob without mentioning his/her name, and then going on to the next story. Stop giving these people the publicity they are craving. I'll probably catch Hell about this, but if these whack jobs want publicity, televise their execution, that is if they aren't so cowardly as to kill themselves first.

Be safe.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Ten Gift Ideas for Father's Day

Sorry I’m late getting this out to you. Father's Day is Sunday, June 16th. There’s still time to find a good gift for Dad this Father’s Day. Somehow I don’t think he’ll mind too much if you tell him his gift from Brownells or MidwayUSA or any other gun related store or website is running a little late.

Shopping for a gun nut can be tricky. If you don’t know all of their specific guns by model and caliber, shopping for them can be downright difficult. So I’ll try to keep it somewhat generic. I won’t tell you to buy them a gun because that’s like trying to buy a woman a pair of shoes, and ammo is out because it’s so scarce.

Here are my top 10 picks for this Father’s Day in no particular order:

1. Maglula Uplula magazine speedloader – This one goes without mention. Every shooter needs one. I did a review on it some time ago. Here is the post.

2. Here is a cleaning kit that covers calibers from .177 to 10 gauge. 

3. Here is a very inexpensive item that often gets overlooked. No more wearing your earmuffs around your neck or over your temples. 

4. I have one of these cleaning mats, and I love it (once it aired out a bit). There are different sizes, but for me, this size works for everything. 

5. If Dad uses an outdoor range, these are on sale right now. Tacstrike is a great company and carry other great products to choose from as well. 

6. If Dad reloads, you can’t go wrong with this (unless he already has it of course). 

7. Here is a spiffy little box for toting shotgun shells. I just wish it carried more than 4 boxes of shells. 

8. Here is a great gift idea if Dad ever needs to leave his handgun in the car or truck. 

9. If your budget is tight, get him a magazine subscription. We admit it freely, we LOVE browsing through them.

10. Last but not least, take Dad to the range. Spend some quality time with him. Even if it’s not really your “thing”, sacrifice some of your time for him and show just a little interest. After all, he’s sacrificed a lot more over the years for you.

Be safe.

Staples Office Supplies vs. Maple Creek Gunsmithing

Have you heard about how Staples rejected a gun store's entry into the Staples' PUSH It Forward Contest that they were running? They rejected the application of Maple Creek Gunsmithing because: 

"Entry contains content that promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing); promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous; promotes any particular political agenda or message; is obscene or offensive; or endorses any form of hate or hate group."

After all the money Maple Creek had spent with Staples, Staples throws them into a class with criminals. Maple Creek vowed to never spend another dime with them. They were telling it from the highest rooftops. Word got around, and next thing you know, Staples changed their mind. Now, whether they changed their decision because they realized they are doing people wrong, or if they just want to head off bad publicity, you'll have to decide. 

I'm not calling for a boycott of Staples, because honestly, I don't think enough people would get the word (from me and everyone else writing about this subject) and then actually boycott them to make a difference.
 I just wanted to get the word out that Staples is backpedaling. You might also want to check out Maple Creek's Facebook page and give them a "Like". If you don't do Facebook, you're out of luck as they don't appear to have a web site.

Here is the link to the original article.

Be safe.