Update: Everytown for Gun Safety video works as predicted for two women of “The View”

In our previous post, we mentioned that Everytown for Gun Safety’s new video was likely to have the exact opposite effect of what they intended. Well, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy just proved the point. Neither apparently see the video as a clear call for gun control. In fact, they both indicate it reminds them of why women SHOULD own guns! Great job Mike and Shannon!
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Everytown for Gun Safety makes a “pro-gun” video

You need to see this video before they realize their mistake. Michael Bloomberg and Shannon Watts have managed to make a video they think promotes the need for gun control. But an objective view of it would suggest it can just as easily be interpreted as the exact opposite, promoting gun ownership by women.

In this video, the presumably estranged husband/father is threatening “Mom” from outside the home. Mom calls 911 for help. in the time it takes 911 to answer and for her to explain why she needs help, “Dad” has kicked in the door and overpowered Mom, threatening to take the child. The police or any other help 911 MIGHT provide is no where to be seen. And while this video depicts a gun as the weapon of choice, there’s no reason to believe the result wouldn’t be the same if “Dad” were reduced to nothing more than a knife, bat, stick, plastic bag, or his bare hands.

The idea that “Mom” might be able to defend herself or her child apparently has never entered the minds of Everytown for Gun Safety. And it would seem they expect it to never enter the minds of anyone watching the video. They expect that anyone watching it will see that “clearly, if only this man didn’t have a gun, none of this would happen.” But suppose, for a moment, that Mom had a gun?

Might “Mom” have been able to yell, “Stay out! I have called the police and I will shoot you…” and mean it? Might that justifiable threat of deadly force have caused “Dad” or anyone else outside the home to reconsider entering forcibly, thus avoiding the loss of life or threat of injury for all parties entirely? And if Mom’s justifiable threat fails to dissuade Dad, having a gun provides a force multiplier that may give her the ability to stop Dad even if he brings his own gun. Still, the video perfectly illustrates something else we know about many similar scenarios. Calling 911 is fine when there is sufficient time for help to arrive but, as the saying goes, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

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Situational awareness might have prevented this…

This video may be disturbing to some. But I’m not posting it as yet another, “This is why we carry guns,” post. It’s about situation awareness. Specifically, the man never should have allowed these two to get this close to him.

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How Military Guns Make the Civilian Market – Matt Valentine – The Atlantic

…the military brass seem to differentiate between guns suitable for the bedside table and guns purpose-built for the battlefield—a distinction that sometimes eludes the American public.

via How Military Guns Make the Civilian Market – Matt Valentine – The Atlantic.

I can’t. My brain hurts. I lost IQ points reading it. It’s not quite as bad as the Rolling Stone article from a few weeks back but, it jumped the shark all the same. Pretty sure Homer Simpson makes more sense. Maybe I’m being harsh.

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Remington Clarifies R51 Status

Earlier this year, we launched the innovative R51 subcompact pistol to critical acclaim. During testing, numerous experts found the pistol to function flawlessly. In fact, they found it to have lower felt recoil, lower muzzle rise and better accuracy and concealability than other products in its class.

However, after initial commercial sales, our loyal customers notified us that some R51 pistols had performance issues. We immediately ceased production to re-test the product. While we determined the pistols were safe, certain units did not meet Remington’s performance criteria. The performance problems resulted from complications during our transition from prototype to mass production. These problems have been identified and solutions are being implemented, with an expected production restart in October.

Anyone who purchased an R51 may return it and receive a new R51 pistol, along with two additional magazines and a custom Pelican case, by calling Remington at (800) 243-9700.

The new R51 will be of the same exceptional quality as our test pistols, which performed flawlessly.

Following on to our comments on Sunday’s podcast, I’m not holding my breath. Remington is taking what might be their only viable step on this, trying to make whole, those who bought a flawed product that was rushed to market before it was ready. Jeff is obviously a bit more upset about it than the rest of us but, he’s right about it being a black-eye on Remington and the entire Freedom Group management.

The scuttlebutt throughout the industry is that engineers specifically told management that the gun wasn’t ready. Management sided with the marketing group and the bean counters because Remington needed an answer to the Glock 42, Ruger’s LCP, and Smith’s M&P Shield among other compact semi-autos recently introduced to the market. It was a gamble. They lost. And combined with recent recalls on long-standing issues with the Remington 700 and general quality control issues, Remington’s reputation is the lowest it’s been in a century. One would hope that Freedom Group and Remington as its subsidiary find their way once the dust settles from ongoing relocations and other restructuring within the firm.

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Flying Unicorns have invaded Washington, D.C. according to Emily Miller

Tongue in cheek with all due respect to Ms. Miller…But I saw this on Twitter and had the same reaction Jason did this morning when I told him I wanted a supply of tampons for my emergency medical kits. If true, I’m floored. And some of that is because I’ve got not so great history with D.C. Metro.

I was threatened with arrest told ,”we can take pictures of people…not infrastructure,” for attempting to take the image below in 2011. Yeah, because terrorists routinely go about openly photographing architectural features with $5000 camera rigs.  It’s a publicly visible space…I had every right to shoot it but, I wasn’t interested in staying in D.C. or going to court to prove it. I was pleasantly surprised to find I’d actually captured this image two days earlier on a previous attempt. Don’t know where that cop or any of his co-workers were a month later when some turd pulled out an AK to shoot at the White House. Clearly, so long as D.C. Metro and the Secret Service are on the case, you can be assured they’ll trample your rights at every turn but, they’ll never protect you. No, I’m not bitter at all.
DC Subway

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Dr. Lee Silverman praised (rather than persecuted) by Mercy Health Systems

We are thankful for the swift action of Dr. Lee Silverman, Dr. Jeffrey Dekret, John D’Alonzo and the other colleagues and visitors who took brave and difficult action during yesterday’s tragic event. We extend our condolences to Theresa Hunt’s family, and we are praying for Dr. Silverman’s speedy recovery. We look forward to Dr. Silverman’s return to serving patients at our hospital. We will do all we can to support the victims during this difficult time.

We continue to work with the Delaware County authorities to understand fully the details of the event. We are reviewing our policies and procedures to ensure a safe environment. We are committed to serving as a compassionate and healing presence in our communities, and we are grateful for the outpouring of community support

via We are thankful for the swift action of Dr. Lee… – Mercy Health System.

The Mercy Health Systems facility in which this shooting happened has a written policy against employees carrying or possessing guns on the premises. With that in mind, it was feared the good doctor would face termination for cause (violation of written policy) but, for the moment, it appears Mercy Health Systems is applying real common sense, recognizing that were it not for doctor Silverman’s actions, the shooter would have killed or injured many more people.

Mom’s Demand Action, the Brady Campaign, and others of their ilk try their best to downplay or dismiss Silverman’s actions because they have long maintained that no such incident ever has or could be stopped by an armed citizen. Even the media are trying their best to find a way, any way, to continue the mantra, “guns are bad,” by finding any psychiatrist they can to confirm what they want you to hear.

“My guess is that arming psychiatrists is more likely to be harmful than helpful,” said DJ Jaffe, executive director of Mental Illness Policy Org…

“I had a holy cow reaction — a psychiatrist with gun in his office!?” said Dr. Stephen Marder, a schizophrenia expert and director of the section on psychosis at the Semel Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. “The idea of a psychiatrist having a weapon in his desk is entirely new to me. I haven’t heard of anything like it before.”

via Psychiatrists With Guns Likely More ‘Harmful Than Helpful’: Experts

I’m no expert but, it would seem Dr. Silverman and his family might disagree with DJ Jaffe. And I’m pretty sure Dr. Marder’s surprise/disgust/shock is of little concern to Silverman as well.  Dr. Silverman made a decision to defend his life and furthermore, made a decision that his employer’s policy was not in keeping with his own right to defend himself. I am not suggesting that one disregard his employer’s policies but, it is clear that sometimes, employers are far more concerned about civil liability than the safety of their employees.

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GOTR20140727 Podcast

I’ll apologize now for the audio quality. It’s rough. Recorded on location at Shiloh rather than a radio studio but, it’s our first post KSEV podcast. There’s more to come next week when Jason and I will discuss what to look for in a quality retention holster.

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http://gunsovertexasradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/GOTR20140727.mp3

Major win for gun rights in DC

While gun rights are facing a continued assault and new threats every day, today was a good day. A federal judge has ruled the District of Columbia’s ban on carrying guns outside the home is unconstitutional.
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Judge Sculin extensively referenced the Supreme Court decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010) to concluding “there is no longer any basis on which this court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny.”

The court ordered the city to now allow residents from the District and other states to carry weapon within its boundaries.

via EMILY MILLER: Federal judge rules DC ban on gun carry rights unconstitutional | Fox News.