USA Today Loses Twitter (and it’s mind)

Chainsaw Bayonet OK Twitter is usually pretty entertaining. And the mainstream media’s understanding (or lack thereof) of all things firearm related can be entertaining. When you apply one to the other, it is downright synergistic.

USA Today, in it’s fine tradition of journalism about guns, decided to take a look at the Ruger version of the AR-15 that was used in the latest shooting in Texas.

While they get it MOSTLY right, they include a reference to a “Chainsaw Bayonet,” which do exist – but mostly as a joke for fans of Gears of War, or The Walking Dead.

Since you can bolt pretty much anything to the front of an AR-15, yes, you can bolt on a chainsaw. Why you would want to as anything but a joke… or a reference to The Army of Darkness isn’t clear to anyone. Least of all USA Today. The denizens of Twitter immediately responded, as they are wont to do in these circumstances, with the hashtag, #ChainsawBayonet. Everything from velociraptors to “Fully Functioning” Deathstars are shown bolted to the AR-15.

USA Today did offer a clarification.

To clarify, the video shows both the shooter’s modifications, as well as other possible modifications. The shooter did not use a chainsaw bayonet.

The full video is below.

As noted, you can bolt just about anything to the front of an AR-15. You could bolt a Table saw to the front of a rifle and it would be only slightly less useful than the chainsaw version.

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AR-15 Trigger Animation

It seems like a lot to expect from a couple of pieces of metal and some twisted wire, but it has to be drop-safe, and keep the trigger from working when the selector is set to “safe.”

Anyway I found this when I was looking at a review/comparison of some of the various options for AR-15 triggers. Not really of interest, I put it here for my own reference. People (non-shooting people) are often confused about how stuff works in the world of firearms. (Gas-blocks, and direct impingement systems seem like magic the first time you try to explain them.)

Shipment of Guns Headed for Bass Pro Stolen

That’s right, an entire shipment of guns was stolen. (And it isn’t just 1 shipment.) Guns stolen from Springfield UPS facility were destined for Bass Pro, ATF says. (That is the Springfield, Missouri facility.)

The ATF is offering a reward. But I doubt there will be takers. Bass Pro is “Not commenting.”

UPS is also “not commenting.” But there is no video of the thieves in the UPS facility. So that says something.

The official reports are light on details, but Second City Cop is saying it is nearly 1000 guns. 600 pistols. A few hundred shotguns.

So how many laws will the Left want to pass to make my life difficult, and those 1000 guns (or whatever) have nothing to do with law-abiding gun owners? And do you think anything will happen to UPS, or the folks who wouldn’t cough up the money for better security?

As for the ongoing nature of this problem, consider this story from CBS Chicago. Gun Thefts Continue At Chicago Railyards « CBS Chicago (That is plural. “Thefts.”)

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Kenn Blanchard on Media Interviews After a Tragedy

OK, I admit it. I’m am falling behind on all my podcasts. This one is a few weeks old, but it is worth listening to. The Black Man With A Gun Show : 541 – Ten Steps For 2A Folks To Win On Anti-rights Interviews

If you are going to give media interview (under any circumstances) you need to be prepared. Kenn Blanchard tells you how to prepare for these things.

The list of 10 things to do is the first portion of the podcast. The 2nd section of the podcast is on hunting.

A Monument to Mikhail Kalashnikov

Mikhail KalashnikovHe certainly had an impact on the entire world. Russia Unveils Monument to Mikhail Kalashnikov, Designer of Iconic AK-47 Rifle – NBC News

The Автомат Калашникова (Avtomat Kalashnikova) or Automatic Kalashnikov was designed for a 1946 competition, and was first produced in 1947, hence AK-47.

Every fifth firearm in the world is a Kalashnikov and more than 70 million of the assault rifles have been produced over the past 60 years, the Kalashnikov concern said on its website. Kalashnikovs are in service in 50 foreign armies, it said.

Military experts say the AK-47 has killed more people than all other types of modern weapons taken together.

Kalashnikov, who died aged 94, had repeatedly said that pride in his invention was mixed with the pain of seeing it used by criminals and child soldiers.

So is there a memorial to John Moses Browning?

Black Women and Armed Self-Defense

US News wakes up to the fact that people in danger of becoming victims of crime might not want to become victims of crime. Black Women Picking up Firearms for Self-Defense | Political News | US News

It is a well-written article on an important topic. Well worth a minute of 3 of your time.

Marchelle Tigner is on a mission: to train at least 1 million women how to shoot a firearm. She had spent no time around guns before joining the National Guard. Now, as a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault, she wants to give other women of color the training she hadn’t had.

“It’s important, especially for black women, to learn how to shoot,” Tigner said, noting that black women are more likely to be victims of domestic violence. “We need to learn how to defend ourselves.”

The US News is disturbed that “It’s hard to find definitive statistics on gun ownership,” but it is a lesson long in the learning. If someone taking a survey asks you if you own a gun, you say, “No.” Also applies to anyone in the medical profession, or any other busybody not in law enforcement.

“The Federal Bureau of Incompetence.”

So an FBI agent (unnamed) left his vehicle running while he pumped gas. What could go wrong? Second City Cop: Four More Guns on West Side

About 12:10 a.m., a 32-year-old man left his vehicle “momentarily unattended with the engine running” in the 300 block of South Morgan, according to Chicago Police

Seriously? I have to guess he was a suburbanite who had never been in the big city. Any big city. (I guess he thought he was in Mayberry, or perhaps he thought the FBI aura prevented crimes.)

thanks to a dumb-ass FBI agent, the offender now has a Chevy Equinox, a M4, a Glock 17, a Glock 22, a Glock 27, 2 vests, full tank of gas…

That last is from 2nd City Cop. He knows more about the FBI than I do, and the papers aren’t mentioning the guns. Wouldn’t want to scare the citizens, or make it a question when they call for more gun control. (The title of the post is borrowed from one of the comments.)

(Update: They have recovered the vehicle and some of the equipment, but still no mention of the guns. Second City Cop: No Word on the Guns)