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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheeple?

I have recently become more perturbed by the behaviour of tech companies than usual. No, it is not so much that they release bug-ridden apps and programs to paying users, or severely overprice their consumer products without adding any meaningful innovation, or even that they spy on their customers at the behest of government.

No, my gripe with these flannel-wearing, Silicon Valley-dwelling, socially maladjusted pissants is that they indulge in incessant virtue signalling.

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Washington, DC - July, 14: Today is the 25th anniversary of the launching of the Vince and Larry crash test dummy public service campaign, and donated artifacts, such as these two masks, are welcomed at a ceremony at the Smithsonian American History museum on July, 14, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)  StaffPhoto imported to Merlin on  Wed Jul 14 14:51:06 2010

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Owning a Gun for Dummies

So a friend of mine, Mark Groome, runs 365 training and also does a lot of great work in getting children and ladies involved in the shooting sports. He also adds to his civic duty by moderating the Facebook presence of one of South Africa’s larger firearm’s forums. He does an excellent job with that as well. His sense of humor is probably one of the key characteristics which allow him to succeed at both of those endeavors. It was with this in mind that I borrowed a list he recently shared on the selfsame Facebook group.

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Gunservant gets Whipped

I was recently surprised to learn that Ben Trovato (of Whipping Boy fame) had not only found my blog and actually read some of it, but proceeded to write a satirical piece about it. Well, it was not so much a piece about the blog as it were a commentary about an article written by Lynette Oxley I published some months ago. Never the less, by some mysterious machinations Mister Trovato had located and locked-on to my relatively obscure publication, and proceeded to fire across the bow.

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A Shooter’s Day at the Mall

Hey, we all love shooting, after all we wouldn’t be reading this blog if we didn’t. In an ideal world most if not all of our weekend would consist of some firearm related activity. Being at the range, at a match, out hunting, cleaning our firearm, or reloading would fill our downtime. Yet down here in this place I like to call reality we always have to battle our wants and wishes with those of our families, our need to accomplish other tasks and in general ensure this balance in life.

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Of course shooting has a place at the Olympics

Upon reading Helen Walne’s assertions that shooting sports have no place as an Olympic event, I was fairly astonished. She correctly mentions that shooting has been part of every Summer Olympic Games since their inception in 1896. Sadly the rest of her opinion piece falls rather short of contextualised fact and reason, and she makes numerous wildly inaccurate claims and discourteous accusations regarding sport shooting and its practitioners. Needless to say its contents caused more than a little umbrage among members of the sport shooting community.

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SA Political Parties & Gun Rights

The 2016 Municipal Elections are done and dusted. South Africans from all walks of life are trying to make sense of the results after what has potentially been a watershed moment in South African politics. The focus of these elections and the preceding campaigning has understandably been firmly fixed on local governance and service delivery issues, but if one takes a wider view it becomes clear that you cannot separate local from national policy as far as political parties are concerned.

National policy such as that of our different political parties regarding firearm ownership and gun rights.

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Europa está en estado de sitio. En el espacio de un mes, los estados miembros de la UE, en particular Francia y Alemania, han sufrido una serie de ataques mortales en varias de sus ciudades. Es evidente que nadie está a salvo. Hombres, mujeres, niños, ancianos y los enfermos: todos son blancos legítimos para estos fundamentalistas islámicos, extremistas del odio. Decir que estos acontecimientos han sacudido al núcleo de la sociedad europea occidental sería quedarse corto.



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The EU has Blood on its Hands

Europe is under siege. Within the space of a month the member states of the EU, particularly France and Germany, have suffered a series of deadly attacks across several cities. It is evident that nobody is safe. Men, women, children, the elderly, and the infirm: all are legitimate targets as far as these hateful extremists and Islamic fundamentalists are concerned. To say that these events have shaken Western European society to the core would be an understatement.

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