OK…so a bit of background here.
Really tired this morning. I stayed up to watch the recall in Colorado. Way to go, guys. Hopefully the message has been sent: If you ignore your constituents and ally yourself with nanny state fascists (I’m looking at you, Bloomberg) then your butt gets sent home.
Sean does a masterful job of welcoming Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly. He asks a pretty simple question: if you are interested in dialog with gun owners, then why are you hiding from the gun owners?
Thanks to all the GRNC guys who made it to the protest.
I’ve just been busy. I have been the technical lead on a deal that will be the largest my company has done by at least an order of magnitude. It has been challenging and interesting. Unfortunately, it has also meant weekly trips to Mordor-on-the-Hudson, also known as New York City.
I’m back…regular posting should resume. (Or at least as regular as it ever was.)
This began as a comment at Sean’s place, but it evolved into a bigger thought.
Friday, I took a few hours off from work and took a tour of the local gun shops. The cases were pretty bare, but there were guns to be found. In my favorite shop, I found and bought a Ruger SR22. Great little pistol; I had hoped that it would fit the kid’s hands well, and it does perfectly. And the model that I got came with a threaded barrel for a suppressor, which is on my buy list soon.
I’ve known the guys in the shop for years, and we had a long talk about the current state of the industry. Here’s what they told me:
- They are getting the same amounts of guns and ammo that they always have; it just goes out the door just as quick.
- The majority of the demand is new people. They are getting a ton of new gun owners and people who have owned guns before, but not in a long while.
- This rush is much, much bigger than 2008. Their suppliers are saying 18 months to two years to refill the pipeline.
- They had several ARs, and a bunch of lowers in stock.
- Pistols were not to be found. No M&Ps, no Glocks, although oddly enough, every shop I went into had a Glock 29. Guess sub compact 10mm isn’t selling too well. Gander Mountain had a bunch of XDs. You could find Taurus and a few Kahrs
So that’s the situation, at least in the Charlotte area.
In writing yesterday about the courageous stand being taken by LaRue tactical, I realized that one thing was bugging me about their press release. It had to do with a word choice.
Gunnies are a notoriously picky lot when it comes to nomenclature. Calling a magazine a clip, for example, will almost certainly cause a cacophony of protest. But gun banners are a tricky lot, and they are very good at controlling language. For example, inventing the “assault weapon” and the “high-capacity magazine.” We’ve gotten better about perfecting our responses. Replacing “assault weapon” with “modern sporting rifle” and calling the factory magazines “standard capacity” are subtle changes, but they go a long way to change public opinion.
Which brings me to the heart of the matter. There is one word that LaRue used in their press release that I thought was unfortunate. That word was “civilian.” This is not to take anything away from what LaRue is doing. We all use the word incorrectly from time to time, but it is a bad habit to get into.
I’ve been using an alternative word in place of civilian that I think sums up my position quite nicely. That word is “citizen.” Note the difference:
“There is no reason for a civilian to have an assault weapon!”
“There is no reason for a citizen to have an modern sporting rifle!”
“There is no reason for a civilian to carry a concealed weapon!”
“There is no reason for a citizen to carry a concealed weapon!”
A subtle distinction to be sure, but one implies equality, and one does not. And I think it is important to draw that distinction.
I got the opportunity to meet my state senator Tommy Tucker, who was very gracious and spent some time with us on the issues. We were even able to give him some detail on restaurant carry in NC. He’s a friend, but we were able to arm him with some talking points for his colleagues.
All in all, a great day.
99.99% of the gun owners of America are wonderful people that you are hanging around with here today. Perfectly safe, perfectly harmless, wonderful, loving, giving, generous, caring people; would you please leave us the hell alone?
h/t to Weer’d
The Journal News has taken down the list of Westchester and Putnam pistol permit holders. Pity it led to two break-ins.