Over at “A Girl and Her Gun” is a post that may be the best firearm-related post of the year, and we’re only a few days in. Sample:
Generally a group, any group, has an agenda. Stated or not. Conscious or not. No matter how well meaning, they almost always want something.
That something is usually steeped in power and control.
Politicians, religions, schools, the anti gun crowd, you name it. They want to bring you for what you can give them, which is often nothing more than a feeling of power and self worth for the leaders of the group.
They want to take something from you in order to gain something for themselves.
Not this group.
In the past 10 months, I have gained so much more than the ability to line my front site on the target.
This group has welcomed me when I had absolutely nothing to offer them.
Go read the whole thing.
I just took the “Libertarian Purity Test” here, and scored an 82, which is described as “51-90 points: You are a medium-core libertarian, probably self-consciously so. Your friends probably encourage you to quit talking about your views so much. ”
If you are wondering “Am I even a libertarian?” or “What is my political position?, the best quick test is at the Advocates for Self-Government, the World’s Smallest Political Quiz.
Saw a little silly bit over on Borepatch’s blog, and I thought I would give it a try.
This isn’t doing analysis of any meaningful sort — it is calculating the numerical value of words by the process of gematria. Even if there were value in this process in the original Hebrew, there is no applicability to English. Hebrew letters also carry numerical value, in some ways loosely similar to Roman numerals.
But it is kinda fun. H/T to Borepatch.
Over on the USACarry.org forums, there is a thread about the meaning of the Second Amendment. In one the posts there was a link to an article by J. Neil Schulman, originally from 1991. It is a detailed breakdown of the linguistic analysis of the Second Amendment by a Professor Copperud, and in it is this interesting statement:
To the best of my knowledge, there has been no change in the meaning of words or in usage that would affect the meaning of the amendment. If it were written today, it might be put: “Since a well-regulated militia is necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be abridged.’
Darned if that doesn’t look familiar. 🙂
The ‘first’ Atlanta gunblogger meet happened Saturday, organized by Borepatch. It turned out to be a great but small affair — myself and my wife Mary, plus Borepatch and the lovely Mrs. Borepatch.
We initially met at Sharpshooter’s USA in Alpharetta, as a common neutral ground. We were invited to share some lanes, and we tried out their 380 SIG and 1911. I found the trigger pull very long on the SIG, but it handled cleanly. I fired the 1911, which I haven’t touched one in 20 years, and did well. The 1911 trigger is short and crisp. Mary also tried both, and considering she had never (as in never) shot a handgun before, did spectacularly well, especially with the 1911. She only worked one magazine, but in 7 shots, got all 7 within the 8-ring or better, and one bulls-eye. This, firing left-handed and right-eyed, with a firearm she had never handled before, and only the second handgun ever. I was very impressed.
We then drove down to the “5 Seasons” brew pub in Sandy Spring, just inside I-285. We we arrived, we found a “Beer Festival” in progress, which caused us to spend 30 minutes looking for parking. We met up with the Borepatches, now with Number One Son in accompaniment. Regarding the 5 Seasons — service was a bit slow (possibly in overwhelm because the the Festival that day), the artisan beers spectacular, and food very good. The evening was filled with over two hours of great conversation on a variety of topics. It is always great to meet with like-minded folks — all too often liberty-minded folks find themselves isolated, and wondering “if I am the only one who thinks like this.”
I would pronounce the gunblogger meet a success, though I also want to meet more of the local crowd. Borepatch with handle the logistics of the next one as well, though we’re looking at a June timeframe (we’re both booked with work and other distraction through all of May). So please keep an eye on Borepatch’s blog about details for the next one, and I hope more of the folks in the region come out for the next one.
UPDATE: I finally got a picture of Mary’s target, and here it is:
The red portion is about 2 inches wide, for scale.