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From Dollars to Donuts, American Gun Owners Keep the Economy Growing

Thursday, March 23, 2017 — It’s probably sinful to say the least, but I miss my Krispy Kremes. Two years ago the donut chain opened its 1000th store in Kansas City. That was two years after it closed its closest location where I used to get mine, in Billings, Montana, after driving two hours to get there from home. We know, “That’s ridiculous!,” you say. True enough. But that just goes to show how addictive…

Just What Is It About South Dakota? Have They Gone Soft On Guns?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 — With all his Nordic passion on display, South Dakota’s Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard vetoed two measures submitted by his Republican Legislature, constitutional carry and concealed carry in State Capitol buildings. Does that mean Daugaard is a member of the repulsive political establishment Republicans? Doubt it. Daugaard is a longtime NRA member. But, since the state is in firm trifecta control of the Republican Party, South Dakota is considered…

To Hear Him Tell It, Neil Gorsuch Has a Mind Of His Own

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 — He’s the Great Gray Hair Hope for those of us past the age of 45. Waaay, past. Before then and since China invented gun powder, and over-45ers shooting guns didn’t have to hop over a horde of gun grabbers to exercise their constitutional rights, somebody running for the Supreme Court was nothing more than a gleam in some liberal daddy’s eye. The Warren Court of…

The Digital Transformation of Firearms Commerce

Monday, March 20, 2017 — Saying it isn’t so didn’t stop Cabela’s from trying to sell out to Bass Pro Shops. And yet that transformation is running into delay after delay. Why? One observation is that gun sales are grinding to a slow crawl. Sports Chalet and Sports Authority have bellied up. Big box Big 5 has closed five of its stores in Texas, and other sales slumping locations have impacted up to 60% of…

The Do’s and Don’ts of Concealed Carry

Weekend, March 18-19, 2017 — Are you prepared to use the gun you’re carrying concealed when someone with illegal intentions decides you’re a potential victim for a robbery or a rape?  Have you trained properly with a qualified instructor, or have you just relied on a family member or friend to show you the ins and outs of surviving an armed felony? As concealed carry spreads throughout America, and now we…

Don’t Let Anybody Tell You the Gun Industry is Dead: The Shot Was Only a Flesh Wound

Friday, March 17, 2017 — There are those who will tell you that the firearms industry is so over. As if gun rights have been unconstitutionalized and gun control advocates are joyously freaking over their massive victory.  If you’ve heard any of that, you just haven’t been around long enough nor are you as smart as some people reportedly thought you were.

We’ve been at this game a long time, far…

Neil Gorsuch: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Thursday, March 16, 2017 — He’s not the boogyman. He’s not St. Gabriel Possenti, the tacit Patron Saint of Handgunners. He’s only the latest candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court and, to the anti-gun community, he’s the enemy. Uncertain enemy, to be sure, but until he’s spent some time on the SCOTUS bench, he’s to be seen as potentially pro-gun. And that makes him guilty as charged.  Gorsuch, President Trump’s…

The Warning Shot: When You Use It, When You Don’t

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 — There’s nothing controversial about the warning shot. Simply, do it and you are suddenly and unequivocally handcuffed even if you’re the good guy with the gun. Cops may get away with it but will face immediate disciplinary action unless the threat has a death or injury potential. At some point, say, you’re the U.S. Navy ship’s captain in the Strait of Hormuz and a half dozen…

When The Seed, Once Planted, Becomes a Forest

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 — It is entirely fair to say that suppressors aren’t medical devices, but that’s what our industry – the gun industry – is purporting. It’s not fooling anybody. Wrapped in a blanket called the Hearing Protection Act, Congress will accept so-called silencers as just another accessory for hunters, gun range shooters and rural neighbors trying to pick off a squirrel or two without freaking the whole…

From My Cold, Dead Hands is the Mantra That Chuck Heston Left For the Gun-Grabbers

Monday, March 13, 2017 — No one alive today wants bad guys to have guns.  That’s the sweeping theology that the late actor and former President of the NRA Charleton Heston intended for the law-abiding you and me.  Gun ownership is a religion of sorts to those among us that live by the law of orders and die by the sword of injustice. Just like the no-buy, no-fly dictum that…

Drilling Holes in the Future of Concealed Carry

Weekend, March 11-12, 2017 — We are fast approaching a time when Americans may be able to carry a concealed gun with them wherever they go and that prospect is bound to put fear in the hearts of nearly everyone, but for different reasons. If you’re a novice gun owner and see the opportunity to have a gun with you at all times you’re likely to be unfamiliar with the…

Rampant-Running Teens Will Sue If You Don’t Let Them Trample Your Property Rights

Friday, March 10, 2017 — Like so many disrespectful events that happen when street-roaming teens gather with little to no purpose in mind, the resultant laughing, squealing, loud shouting, and even innocently playful activity often gives way to not just annoying their neighbors but feeling free enough to trample through your tulips for lack of nothing better to do. That’s a synopsis of the script that caused an off-duty LAPD cop…

Gangbanger Commerce Takes a Healthy Hit

Thursday, March 09, 2017 — Kudos to the covert cops that took down the largest gun-runner gang in Crooklyn. Other city LE departments should take note, gather around a campfire with the borough bums and milk them for strategy. Chicago PD, are you listening? For too long law-abiding gun owners have railed about gangbangers’ guns, but the gun controllers didn’t want to hear it.  Instead, they blamed the NRA and the gun…

Fact Check: If There Are Too Many Guns In Wyoming, There Are Too Many Cars In California

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 — Ever imagine yourself being in one of these?  How about one of these?  California reportedly has 8 million gun owners, or about 8 percent of its 36.7 million population.  Wyoming, in the other extreme, has 318 thousand gun owners, or more than half of its 532 thousand population. Wyoming’s Park County Sheriff Scott Steward told CBS News there are so many guns…

In The Absence of Action Only the Gun is Held Accountable

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 — The death of innocents is always regrettable. But, importantly, the buck, despite the involvement of many, always seems to stop at the wrong place and we all pay the price for the negligence of others. Today’s Top Story, about a schizophrenic daughter who shot her father and put her mother at odds with guns, is remarkable only for the length of time and the hesitation…

Guns: The Life Span of Anything Only Gives Way to Innovation

Monday, March 06, 2017 — In a rare case of admitting bureaucratic overreach, the New York Times appears to be celebrating one thing, the decline in gun sales, while bemoaning another: President Trump’s determination to relieve industries of the broad brush of regulatory cockamamie. When Barack Obama moved into the White House in 2008 he brought with him much more than new furniture and wallpaper.  He filled the people’s home with…

Scared: Reading, Writing, and Trigger Fingers. Gun Controllers Fight Back

Weekend, March 3-4, 2017 — There was a time when carrying a concealed gun was left only to police detectives. That was before Florida’s lawmakers approved concealed carry permits for most of its citizens and led the way for other states to follow. That they did, and concealed carry in one form or other, is now a 50-state right; with certain exceptions, that is. Once the cat is out of the…

An Old Cowhand and Bird Hunter Brings a Little Sanity to His First Day On the Job

Friday, March 03, 2017 — There’s something just reassuring about the new Interior Secretary in the Trump Administration who arrives at his Washington DC workplace in blue jeans, a cowboy hat, boots, and on a tall roan gelding instead of a black Brooks Bros. suit, silk tie, black Salvatore Ferragamo shoes in a block-long limousine. Outdoor folks don’t always get like-minded people from ‘back home’ to help run the always…

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