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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Pieter Groenewald from the FF+ has again, as is customary from himself and his party, stood up in Parliament on behalf of lawful firearm owners in South Africa.
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.
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.
It is my (Gunservant’s) personal view that if you want good advice, you are best served forking out a little money (and so-doing contributing to the fight for gun rights at the same time) and getting it from a suitably qualified person. The FDD has been doing sterling work, and I am glad it put my money where my mouth is.
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:
Note: While not the usual fare of WUWT, after some discussion with Mr. Eschenbach, I decided…
The State has failed time and time again, and in fact continues to spectacularly fail at controlling their own inventory of military-grade arms and ammunition. Through gross negligence they have lost thousands of firearms, and so-doing have contributed to arming thousands of dangerous and violent criminals. Now it is revealed that entire depots of explosives, weapons, and ammunition are left vulnerable to criminal exploitation.