I will admit it, I am a hot head. I have a tendency to become angry and emotional when something wrong happens. Friday of last week something VERY wrong happened. Almost as soon as the last shell casing hit the floor something even worse started to happen. The anti-gun movement went into high gear with more fervor than I can EVER remember coming from that side before.
Today we get news that Cheaper Than Dirt is going to impose a moratorium on on line gun sales and review their policies. Also Dicks sporting goods is stopping sales of at least some rifles. Part of me wants to scream and holler “STOP COWERING!” at these places, but then a friend pointed out that these businesses are going to loose A LOT of money in the near term, as everything firearms is going gangbusters. They did not go into firearms retailing with closed eyes, they knew what they were selling.
So I don’t know if it is age creeping up and mellowing me out, or whether my friends astute observance pushed me in this direction, but how about we take Dicks sporting goods and Cheaper Than Dirt at their word and see what happens. They are sure to loose a TON of money short term and many who feel slighted will never turn to them for purchases again. After all all of the things that these people sell are still available from other retailers. The people who run these businesses had to know this when they took action today.
One other note and I am going to call it a night. Unless something happens this week it is unlikely that any gun bans will go through. Pro-rights congressmen still hold the majority in the house and that did not change with the election, Unless I am wrong (unusual, but it has happened) the only hope is for a lame duck congress to cave, and that isn’t likely. Please remember if you are adding to your collection of arms to add to the collection of pro-second amendment organizations that you belong to as well. Belonging really does multiply your voice.
Stay safe, be aware, and I’ll see you down the road.
Today started for me with a lot of load planning and then trying to get caught up on some podcasts. I was unaware of the events of the morning in Connecticut. About 2pm, I tuned into a satellite radio program centered around NASCAR that I try to catch as often as I can (usually 3 to 4 times a week).
Right away the host starts talking about tragic events in Connecticut and this usually politically conservative guy starts saying how he is thinking that we might have to start re-thinking our positions on guns, and then goes on to the issues of the day in NASCAR.
At that point I change the channel to Fox News to find out what is going on and hear the whole deal. My initial thoughts are, of course for the families who have lost children. I am a Father and now Grandfather for some time and cannot fathom the pain of a loss of a child or grandchild.
Very soon after that the calls for gun control start coming in and I am torn. We know next to nothing about the events of today and yet there are all the usual suspects screaming from the rooftops that guns are the problem. Here is the dilemma. I have a show “in the can” (recorded and pre-editing done and only have to wait for one segment and lay down and open and a close) that was to be released Saturday night. Almost all of it was recorded Monday afternoon and evening.
In the show that is ready to go is a REALLY good interview with a representative of the K-Var group, the distributors of the Saiga 12GA shotgun, and a roundtable with Toby and I and a couple of Canadian podcasters. A REALLY good show.
So this is what I have come up with. The show that was to air this weekend will now be a mid week show and the whole gang (Raquel, Toby, Brian, Mick, and me) will be doing another round table in the morning. That show will be released tomorrow night.
Everyone please hug your kids extra tight tonight. They are after all what it is all about.