I was surprised to read this article:
Why I'm Proud That My Kids Shoot Guns For their sake–and everyone else's
which was published on marieclaire.com and stands out as a voice of reason in a world of media where they are afraid of firearms. It is a stark contrast from say Esquire.com which recently had an article where they are scared that people are going to hide Glock 43's in their PALM (see my post here http://fortreg.com/r3/index.php/item/557-a-glock-43-will-fit-in-the-palm-of-your-hand-really-esquire)
However, from the Marie Claire article:
"I've never understood the logic of avoidance when it comes to important issues that can impact a child for life. My philosophy is to meet those issues head-on. That's why educating my children about gun safety is so important to me.
Fear is often born out of ignorance, and frankly, the general public's lack of gun safety knowledge scares the mess out of me. I've seen that education and parental influence is key in preparing kids for the real world. Whether it's their changing bodies, handling a bully, sexual curiosity, or gun safety, I will talk to them about it directly."
I wish that there are more in the media open to her viewpoint, or at least willing to learn.
I suspect the author of this article:
has never actually seen or held a Glock model 43.
It unfortunately become pretty common for media to talk about firearms with little knowledge and then be outraged at their own untrue statements.
For fun I just snapped a couple pics of my Glock 43 (the exact model discussed) in my hand -- sshhh about the 42 because that would expose quite a few mistakes in the article and cause even more feigned outrage.
You tell me if you think that the 43 can be easily hid in the palm of someone's hand. More like a #facepalm to the face.
Sorry for the poor pic quality, I literally just snapped them with my iPhone.
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Original article: Gun ownership does not make women safer from the Boston Globe
This is an example of showing that a study will prove exactly what you set out to prove.
First they attack the statement that a woman with a firearm can defend herself. In fact, they even go as far as to say that they have discredited its possibility by citing a particular study.
However, the study doesn't have anything to do with women owning a firearm!
Instead the study actually says that women, who are around more people with firearms are more likely to get harmed by a firearm. hmm...no mention of the rates of firearm ownership by women though.
Is that like the study that concluded that if you own a firearm, that you are more likely to get shot with your own firearm?
"The presence of a gun is the biggest risk factor for domestic violence deaths among women.”
Really? The "biggest" risk factor? So, if a woman knows someone with multiple firearms (gasp!) is she exponentially more in danger? Right. It's the gun(s), not the person - got it.
The article also strikes me as sexist in its implications that a woman cannot handle a firearm. In me experience, that is simply not true.
Anti-gun groups are quick to say that pro-gun people are unreasonable and unwilling to compromise.
But apparently, they are quick to attack any pro-gun control supporter who might be willing to make a compromise. Hypocritical much?
Their complaints are very weak. Each side got something, and to use the anti-gunners' mantra:
"If it saves just one life!"
They wanted people with protective orders against them to not be able to give/sell their firearms away, but rather be required to give them to law enforcement. Why?
And the universal background checks requirement for gun shows is voluntary with a stationed police officer at gun shows didn't go far enough. But "if it saves just one life"? Right?
It essentially restores status quo of CCW reciprocity that existed before the AG's "re-examination" and to quote the article: "...in exchange for tighter restrictions on gun ownership by domestic abusers and voluntary background checks at gun shows."
Sounds good, right? Apparently not! I guess unless it is completely draconian or has the word "ban" in it, it is no good.
Let's also not forget the fact that there were a couple of bills introduced that would have reversed the CCW reciprocity AG ruling anyway. One attempted to make VA a CCW license-less state which would honor any state's CCW license!
In the end (and being from the Commonwealth myself) I like Gov. McAuliffe's response:
McAuliffe dismissed the criticism during an appearance in Northern Virginia, saying “everybody supports [the gun deal] except one gun-safety group out of New York City.”
This is a refreshing ruling from the 4th Circuit Appellate Court. The 3 judge panel ruled that the "because they are scary" justification to ban assault weapons is too vague and that it could effectively used to ban anything, sending the case back to district court.
This is actually a fairly decent article on the topic:
What is frightening is what the dissenting judge said. He said that people would die because of this ruling. Wow, what rhetoric. I find that judge to be too scary to be a sitting judge.
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Well, this is an interesting twist. I am kind of impressed that a bipartisan agreement was reached in the Commonwealth of Virginia, however, I am alarmed that the Governor's Office (and Attorney General) have the ability to enforce/interpret the law.
Regardless, it looks like states will be added back in. I know that there are also several bills being floated that would make Virginia a permit-less state and one that would require them to honor any other state's CCW license.
Original article that VA was removing 25 states from their reciprocity list: