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Old 08-19-2010, 3:45 PM
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Default Article on "Gun Culture" in the Washington post

This was posted on pinkpistols-politcs yahoo group

Article on "Gun Culture" in the Washington post

I think this shows that firearms are once again starting
to be more excepted with the culture at large.
Note:
"I kind of think it's terrific that he likes to
go out and shoot off rounds, and he takes dance
class, and he's in theater, and he plays football,"
Gorman says. "It's just part of an all-around
American kid's experience." '


I haven't seen links from the gun blogs I
generally read to this article, so maybe
it came in under the radar. The Washington
Post has a pretty decent article on the
"Gun Culture" as counterpoint to legislation
designed to eviscerate Washington D.C's gun
regulations. Compared to the New York Times
hit piece from several weeks ago attempting
to marginalize folks who train for long range
shooting, this article seems to aim squarely
for the mainstream.

Link here:

http://tinyurl.com/28zrzk9

The article runs four pages and will probably
take you five or so minutes to read.
This is one article from the so-called "mainstream
media" where you won't need your blood pressure
meds, and you can keep your favorite beverage to
hand as you read the article.

A few morsels:

' Gorman, who frets that no one makes stylish
holsters for her Glock .45, ran a campaign ad
showcasing her skills with a machine gun. The
ad was mocked by MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, but
Gorman says she has never flinched from backing
the Second Amendment and likes to talk of bonding
at the range with her 14-year-old son, Ryan, and
his AR-15 rifle.'

"Happiness is a warm gun."

' "I kind of think it's terrific that he likes to
go out and shoot off rounds, and he takes dance
class, and he's in theater, and he plays football,"
Gorman says. "It's just part of an all-around
American kid's experience." '

Unless the kid lives with a hive of antis, like
along the Atlantic Seaboard from Washington DC
through Boston, perhaps?

' On a June evening that had cooled to a mere
110 degrees, more than a dozen women waited for
a timed competition as Carol Ruh, president of
the Arizona Women's Shooting Associates, went
over safety rules.

' The group's oldest member is 89. The youngest is
Susan Bitter Smith's 16-year-old daughter, who has
brought her AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and her
American history homework to the range. Some look
like anyone's grandmother -- silvery hair possibly j
ust styled at the salon, pastel-colored golf shirts,
pressed slacks, orthopedically correct shoes -- but
for the handguns on their hips.

' "Gotcha!" a woman yells after emptying her handgun
at a brown silhouette partly obscured by a white
silhouette -- a setup meant to suggest a crook and
a hostage whom Ruh calls "a little old lady with
groceries." '

Folks with no criminal history can just walk in,
pay for their firearm, pass a NICs check, and walk
out of the FFL a brand new gun owner. But in "the
District"...:

' In the District, a person who wants to obtain a
handgun must file forms with the D.C. police, take
a five-hour safety class, undergo two criminal
background checks, pass a multiple-choice exam,
endure a 10-day waiting period and take the newly
registered handgun to police headquarters for a
ballistics test. And that's just to keep the gun
at home. Except for retired law enforcement
officers, private residents cannot legally carry
open or concealed weapons in the District. The
ATF lists only nine federally licensed firearms
dealers, and the nearest public shooting range is
the Maryland Small Arms Range eight miles away. '

And all of that bureaucratic horsepucky is being
challenged in Chicago. There was a case challenging
D.C.'s special horsepucky on appeal, but I haven't
heard much about it lately.

' And although most gun rights advocates skew
Republican, Arizonans say that large numbers of
Democrats embrace the Second Amendment.

' "Hell, if you're going to believe in free love and
drugs and all that kind of stuff from the 1960s, you've
got to believe in guns," said Jeff Smith, a former
columnist for the Tucson Citizen who calls himself a
"redneck liberal."

' Smith, 64, who is paralyzed from the chest down
from a motorcycle accident, likes President Obama,
dislikes Sarah Palin and thinks health-care reform
should have included a single-payer government option.

' He also competes in long-range shooting events, casts
his own lead bullets and gave his former wife a .38
special snub-nosed revolver for Mother's Day. His
preferred weapon, the Sharps repeating rifle, is made
in Montana.'

"I may be movin' to Montana soon...."

I'm getting warm fuzzies off this guy. Maybe it's
time for a group hug. Or not.

' Because of a backlog, customers wait as long as
two years for a Shiloh Sharps rifle, which is an
exact replica of the firearm patented by Christian
Sharps in 1874. The company makes about 800 to
1,000 rifles a year, some of which have appeared
as props in "Dances With Wolves" and other movies.
Fully customized, some models run $5,000 each.

' Before taking a visitor onto the shop floor,
owner Robert Bryan relates a little family history
about members who formed cattlemen's associations,
ran off rustlers and fought for statehood, often
at the point of a gun. Among the Bryans' heirlooms
is an original Colt revolver said to have killed a
man in a poker game in the town of Alzada.

' Guns are such a part of the West's history, Bryan
said, that his family worries about some of the
attitudes imported by East and West Coast newcomers.
When his wife took one of their Sharps rifles into
an elementary school for show-and-tell, some of the
children were excused from class at their parents'
request. '

Vampire-sunlight. Remember that anti who worried that
merely being in the presence of a firearm would...
<gulp>
...turn you into an eee-ville Conservative.

Acute hoplophobia can sometimes manifest itself as
being gobsmacked by stupidity. Thrice.

' At the Big Sky Practical Shooting Club's match
in Missoula, Gary Marbut looks as if he's dancing,
except he has a gun.

' Starting with his toes on two black X's, Marbut
pirouettes, draws his Glock and hustles through a
maze of targets at the club's competitive match,
one of the biggest shooting events in western
Montana.

' Marbut, president of the Montana Shooting Sports
Association, was the prime mover behind the Montana
law challenging the federal government's authority
to regulate guns in the state. The law was the first
of its kind and inspired similar initiatives in
other legislatures, including Virginia's.

' The match has brought shooters from Canada and from
various walks of life, including Carrie Jamrogowicz,
34, a transplanted New Jerseyan who builds Web sites.
She never saw a real gun until she moved to Montana,
and then she saw them everywhere and decided she needed
one for self-defense.'

Only one? She hasn't been in Montana long enough....

' Midway through the event, Doug Worley, 40, and his
10-year-old son, Kyler, approach Marbut. Peering
through yellow shooting glasses, the boy also wants
to be a competitive shooter.

' "It's important for them to know about guns," said
Worley, a security guard from Missoula.

' His other children have also learned to shoot,
except for his 6-year-old daughter. But Worley said
he will teach her to shoot, too, with a .22-caliber
rifle he has already picked out. It's pink.'
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She had one when she moved to Montana but had acquired many more by the time this article came out.
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Old 02-23-2013, 6:28 AM
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They also say that despite having nearly 158,000 people with concealed weapons in Arizona, their homicide rate of 6.3 per 100,000 is lower than the District's, 31.4. That's true of Phoenix, too, where the homicide rate is 10.5 per 100,000.
Ha! yup, 6.3 is "lower" than 31.4!
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Dude, thanks for posting this, but don't post the whole article in here.

And the reason it came "under the radar" is because this was published two years ago.
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Good article, thanks.
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