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Massad Ayoob on Guns

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 by Mas | 17 Comments »

In Chicago a few days ago, an armed citizen not only stopped a murder attempt, but it appears, may have also prevented a mass murder.

Coincidentally, I happened to be in Chicagoland when it happened.  As you might imagine, advocates of the right to self-protection are smiling rather smugly.  Being one of them, so am I, all the more so because of my long service on the board of trustees of the Second Amendment Foundation, which funded the landmark US Supreme Court case of McDonald, et. al. v. Chicago, which paved the way for concealed carry permits for law-abiding citizens in Illinois.

More details on that aspect here, from my old friend and Second Amendment advocate Dave Workman.

What brought me to Chicago in the first place this trip was the largest conference of police instructors in the world, the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, in Wheeling.  This coming Friday morning, I’ll be on a “train the trainers” panel chaired by Don Alwes, whose topic is dealing with mass murder attempts in progress.  The shooting mentioned above has already been discussed at this seminar, with much the same approval as is being seen from the law-abiding armed citizenry.  It promises to be an interesting discussion.

By the way, as is usual in seminars that cater to actual working cops, the National Rifle Association had a booth showcasing their current and long-lasting support of police training, and the anti-gunners were conspicuous by their absence…


Sunday, April 19th, 2015 by Mas | 20 Comments »

Last Friday I grabbed lunch at Booby’s restaurant in Niles, Illinois.  Niles is right next to Park Ridge, where Hillary Rodham Clinton grew up, and it has been said that Booby’s was one of her favorite hangouts in her younger days.  No argument here: food and service were excellent. Booby's

Booby’s is a place for ordinary neighborhood folks to eat.  As Mrs. Clinton, who for decades has surrounded herself with exemplars of wealth and power, attempts to reinvent herself as a champion of the middle class, her contact with mainstream Americans doesn’t seem to go a whole lot farther than having eaten at Booby’s.

Mrs. Clinton, quite possibly the most anti-gun Presidential candidate in memory, is traveling the country in a van she calls “Scooby,” whimsically named after the Scooby-doo cartoon.  I for one see more irony than whimsy.  As I understood it, most every episode of Scooby-doo involved someone pretending to be magical, fantastic, and marvelous, only to be revealed as a villainous fraud portraying themselves for their own benefit to be something they were not.

What would Scooby say? Probably, “Ruh-ro.”

As Oscar Wilde once said, “Life imitates Art more than Art imitates Life.”


Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 by Mas | 20 Comments »

The 2015 National Rifle Association Annual Meeting is done.  According to The Shooting Wire, attendance – which had been estimated at 70,000 in the newspapers – was actually somewhat in excess of 78,000.

Nashville, generally seen as a blue island in a red state, proved to be extremely welcoming to the NRA influx.  A great many of us in attendance were carrying guns, some openly, which is legal there.  Any untoward incidents would have been trumpeted to the skies by the national media.  Apparently, none took place, proving once again the truth in the Heinlein quote popularized by Jeff Cooper: “An armed society is a polite society.”

Some interesting guns were seen.  The long-awaited Glock 43 slim-line 7-shot 9mm was introduced to the public. I previewed this gun in these pages last month, and now have my own which is well into testing phase.  My time with it on the 25 yard bench was brief, but it gave me five shots in 2.10” at that distance with Federal 9BP 115 grain hollow points, and I know I pulled one of those shots a little bit.  You have to make sure the magazine is seated all the way, kinda like with an AR15, but I’m not finding any other quirks with it yet.

In rifles, I’m intrigued with Nosler’s new high performance 7mm round, the .28 Nosler. A 160 grain AccuBond bullet at 3300 feet per second has a lot of potential.

In working shotguns, Mossberg’s hugely popular Model 500 is now available in a left-handed version.  With ambidextrous top-tang safety, the Mossberg has always had appeal for southpaws, but one that ejects spent shells off to the left instead of distractingly across the shooter’s field of vision has definite appeal to those who shoot from the left shoulder.

Next year, the NRAAM will be held about the same time in Louisville, Kentucky.

Hope to see you there.

With Mr. Colion Noir, the face of the new generation of gun owners.


The new left-handed Mossberg 500 slide action shotgun.




Speaking on self-defense pitfalls at the National Firearms Law Seminar at NRAAM.




.26 Nosler preceded this year’s .28 Nosler.



Sunday, April 12th, 2015 by Mas | 15 Comments »

The National Rifle Association Annual Meeting saw streets in Nashville closed for the NRA’s massive country music street festival as hordes teemed through the Music City convention center.  The Evil Princess was at the Moms Demand Action anti-gun protest on Saturday, and noted that the predicted turnout of 400 appeared to be a lot smaller than that. She observed several of our NRA people there at one point, having cordial discussions with some of the Moms. Our friend Miggy Gonzalez channels Bob Owens and applies his own take on it, here: .

The newspapers are estimating 70,000 NRA members in attendance, by contrast.  When I attended the NRA’s annual Firearms Law Session, a small “break-out session” by NRA standards, there were some 310 attending.

Our side has the numbers.

The meeting continues Sunday.


Overview of the “Crowd” of Demanding Moms


Below: Some of the NRAAM attendees engage the “Moms” in “reasoned discourse.”


Moms Demand



Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 by Mas | 19 Comments »

What does Shannon Watts, mouthpiece for the Bloomberg anti-gun front group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, have in common with the New York Daily News?  They both recently told the world that the National Rifle Association is a bunch of hypocrites because they want their members to be able to carry on the streets, but won’t let them pack heat at their own annual conference later this week in Nashville, TN.

Uh…wrong.  One venue for some of the festivities is posted against concealed carry – the venue’s choice, not NRA’s – but the main convention will find attendees welcome to carry if they may legally do so.  Details here, from the ever diligent Dave Workman: .

Speaking of Ms. Watts, last year she held a tiny “counter-demonstration” to oppose the NRA being in her home town, which in 2014 was Indianapolis.  Significant Other and I went over to see it, and found that the Bloomberg folks had had to bus in people.  They also had Ms. Watts surrounded with armed bodyguards of Men In Black motif.  We outed them here and elsewhere.

Ms. Watts has announced that she’ll have another counter-demo in Nashville this weekend, but the location has not yet been announced. Perhaps it’s “by invitation to bused-in Bloomberg minions only.”  Or maybe they’re wondering whether or not to have it in a gun-free park…and how it will affect their armed bodyguards if they do.

And they call us hypocrites…




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