Trends in Gun Ownership

Women and minorities are recognizing that the .gov is not offering protection, and they are taking rational actions as a result. DC area joins nationwide trend of first-time gun ownership

This is mostly an article about the increased demand for basic training in safe firearm handling and the increased demand for concealed carry classes, but there was an interesting bit a national news.

The NSSF, a trade association that represents gun makers, said that 40% of those who purchased a gun were first-time owners based on estimates from gun shop owners they spoke with in June.

In an August follow-up to the June survey, retailers told the foundation that 40% of those new gun owners were women. NSSF also said that 58% of firearm purchases were among African American men and women — the largest increase of any demographic group.

Nearly 5 million Americans were estimated to have purchased their first gun in 2020, according to the foundation.

I can’t find the reference right now, but I seem to remember reading that in a typical year, there are 1 million new gun owners. Could it be that the images from Seattle and Portland, of cops being ordered to do nothing in the face of violence is having an impact? If so, it isn’t the impact the Democrats were hoping for.

This will of course receive no coverage by the national media, because it doesn’t support the narrative of gun-owners being old, white men.

Professor Yamane Teaches The Basics of Gun Safety

So Professor David Yamane is once again teaching his seminar on The Sociology of Guns. But due to COVID restrictions, he has had to produce a few videos. I’m not sure if it is a loss for his students or not, but it is a gain for us. Sociology of Guns Student Field Trip to the Range, Year 6

The students in the seminar are mostly people who have never shot, or even held, a firearm. So these are the basics. But it is nice to have the basics available, clearly articulated, for reference. I have taught people to shoot starting from the point where they have never held a gun and are scared to do so. (That’s why .22 LR and .22 short are such great calibers.)

And you should be reading Professor Yamane’s writing. at Gun Curious and at Gun Culture 2.0. And he has links where you can Buy him a coffee.

The three videos are below.

The four rules of gun safety are presented as Pre-Range Visit Gun Safety Information

The basics of what kinds of guns there are, and how they differ is in the following video. Basic Firearms Information Video for Sociology of Guns Students

The trip to the range is not meant to be a training exercise. It is more just an icebreaker, but people do better with a little training on grip, stance and sight alignment. Basic Shooting Instruction Video

I would add one more video or two on the workings of the semiautomatic firearm. They are after the break

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Professor David Yamane of Gun Curious

David Yamane is a university professor and a gun owner. You don’t have to agree with him on everything to realize that both of you value the 2nd Amendment. Teaching the Sociology of Guns, Year 6 Syllabus

The course starts with a trip to a local range, a safety lecture, and those students who wish to, can actually fire a gun. They write their reactions, and occasionally in past years he has gotten permission from some of them to publish those essays on the website. He includes links to those past courses, and the related material.

Here’s a glimpse of part of the syllabus.

  1. Police Use of Force
  2. Gun Injury and Suicide, with guests Michael Soldini and Rob Pincus of Walk the Talk America
  3. Homicide
  4. Political Views on Guns, with guest Lara C. Smith of the Liberal Gun Club

He also of course, covers history of guns in American culture, including what the concealed carry revolution did. He covers diversity in the gun culture, something really not covered by the media, and other things.

You should be reading both of Professor Yamane’s blogs: his Gun Curious blog, and his Gun Culture 2.0 blog. His article, “How a Card Carrying Liberal Professor Became a Card Carrying Liberal Armed American” is really worth the time, even if the video is 36 minutes. He explains how this transformation came about, and he manages to be entertaining.

“You just don’t mess with guns when you’re drinking”

Is there a safe gun-handling rule that covers this? It is one of the things that goes without saying. Witness: Fatal shooting victim had been drinking, firing gun before death

Alcohol can be dangerous to your health; it makes you do stupid shit. Though the sheriff lists the death as ‘suspicious.’

Ted Samples, who previously spoke with police, said in an interview with The Winchester Star on Monday that the homeowner complied when he told him to stop shooting around 4 a.m.

“He went inside and put the gun in a cabinet, so I figured it was done and over with. And then [30] minutes later, here comes the cops and the ambulance,” said Samples, who lives across from the home and was able to see inside. “You just don’t mess with guns when you’re drinking. It’s unfortunate.”

The stupid can kill you.

Black Guns Matter Has the Media Clutching Pearls

Because GUNS! Or something. Black Guns Matter Group Is Teaching Black Americans How To Use Firearms.

This story, either word for word, or with slight alterations, has been in my news feeds for about a week. Maybe less. I was studiously ignoring it, because it seems like a non-story to me. “Law-abiding citizens obey the law! More at 11” This is news? But the media has convinced me. They wouldn’t be spending this much time on it except for the cognitive dissonance they are experiencing.

[Black Guns Matter Founder, Maj] Toure said he started the Black Guns Matter in 2016 to help Black Americans navigate gun ownership laws and protect themselves.

“We saw so much ignorance going on,” Toure said. “Guys that lived in rough neighborhoods may have been missing some information in order to carry a firearm on their person. So what we in essence did was we created the space to let people know what was their process and what process it was of getting a firearm, lawfully carrying it on their person if they chose to, while being safe and responsible.”

Now who could NOT be in favor of law-abiding citizens following the law, and learning how to be safe? I think the Left, who can’t quite come out and say that they hate this, hates this. The only people who are disturbed at the thought of law-abiding African-Americans exercising their rights under the 2nd Amendment racists. And just like all the Karens who’ve been called out for the racism, the Left is being forced to look at some of their own assumptions in light of reality.

Every Bullet Comes With a Lawyer Attached

Worth emphasizing. Want to Own a Firearm to Protect Your Home? These Are the Rules.

Millions of American gun owners are incredibly responsible. Every month, I find story after story of law-abiding citizens who used their firearms in lawful defense of themselves or others.

Unfortunately, in looking through these stories, I also find far too many instances where gun owners messed up, acted irresponsibly, or didn’t appear to fully understand the limits of their right to self-defense.

Just as we highlight examples of responsible gun owners, it’s vital that we “call out our own” when gun owners make a mistake.

After the example I cited on Monday, I thought this was important.

Stop “fooling around with guns”

They are not toys. They are quite dangerous things, and you should respect them. Man arrested after he accidentally shoots, kills friend, state police say.

A Rhode Island man who state police said fatally shot his friend while fooling around with guns at a New Milford party last year was arrested on a manslaughter charge Tuesday.

Rules of safe gun-handling exist for a reason.

“We can’t allow ourselves to go on auto-pilot when innocent people’s lives are at stake.”

David Yamane always seems to have some insight. Recent events indicate that cops could use some of the insight. It’s Not About the Shoothouse, It’s About Decision-Making with a Gun/

The line that forms the title to this post is about the fact that everyone in his class shot a picture of an under-cover police officer. It brought to mind the shooting in suburban Chicago, where a cop shot an armed security guard, and the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, where cops shot an armed homeowner in his own home. (The homeowner was hard of hearing, and couldn’t hear the cops. The only thing he pointed at them was a flashlight.) There are other examples of course.

Although clearing a structure with a rifle and a partner in search of a hostage in a terrorist bomb making facility is an unlikely scenario for me, I was easily able to substitute my own more realistic (even if also unlikely) scenarios as I reflected on my runs through the shoothouse. For example, I come home from a trip and find the door of my house kicked in and my wife inside, or I am awoken in the middle of the night by a cry of distress coming from my child’s room. Do I sit outside or barricade myself in my room and wait for the police to arrive? No.

I think it’s worth a few minutes of your time.

Unintentional/Accidental Discharges of a Firearm

Kathy Jackson of The Cornered Cat, is still working on her Unintentional Discharges Project She is up to part 3, in which she answer the question, “Shouldn’t we just keep these under wraps?”

Part 2 is in someways more interesting to me. How you might violate the rules of safety and be lucky. Or why do we have rules of safety?

The gun that you expect to be empty might really be empty.

The unexpectedly-fired bullet might be stopped by a solid 2×4 stud in the wall instead of passing through sheetrock and empty space to hit the child sleeping on the other side.

The noise in the brush that the excited hunter shoots at might actually be a deer instead of another hunter.

Luck happens.

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Luck happens.
But we never, ever count on luck.
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Anyway, you might find it interesting, or you might have a story for her collection.

Raleigh Residents Arm Themselves to Fight Crime

Does this count as an example of the militia? Raleigh residents turning to guns to deter crime

A Memphis community is considering turning to guns in order to take back their neighborhood against crime.

The Raleigh area held a meeting last week, and one neighborhood association wants to make sure residents are knowledgeable about gun safety and carry permits.

The media of course has to include a quote from someone who thinks only cops should be armed. But otherwise it is a pretty even-handed article.