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My perspective on the Starbucks thing.

18 Sep

When this whole Starbucks appreciation day and I love guns and coffee thing kicked off I was tepid in my excitement for it. (Feel free to look back on my archives if you want some proof). I thought it was good that a major company like Starbucks was supporting our freedom but I thought that people were going way overboard.

So now the CEO of Starbucks has posted and open letter politely asking us to stop openly carrying firearms in his stores. When I read the letter basically what I see is that he didn’t ask for his stores to be used as a basis for anyone’s political organization activities and he doesn’t want to participate in the debate. I’m fine with that. He also states he is not posting his stores with “gun free zone” signs. So those of us that carry concealed are still legally just fine to drink coffee armed.

I love the gun community but we do have a habit of overdoing it. When people started carrying long guns into Starbucks and when others made it a point to redesign the Starbucks logo into a pro-gun logo I knew this would eventually happen.

To my fellow advocates that are bashing Starbucks and saying you wont buy their coffee. Well so be it your welcome to eat and drink overpriced coffee anywhere you want but I really don’t see this as an anti-gun move by Schultz I see this as him politely asking us to stop using his private property for our political demonstrations.

 

Want a slow and almost unusable holster?

21 Nov

Hat tip to Caleb for showing us this funny video of a rather dumb holster design.

As you can see in this holster you holster your gun with an empty chamber. And then hope that the overly complex holster functions perfect with your odd and unnatural draw stroke to chamber the round that may save your life.

Although I hate dumb products like this I like they somebody is thinking outside the box. I believe in order for new products to come along sometimes we need bad design first. At least the wheels of innovation are moving.

video here

 

Good press for a great guy

30 Jun

Our friend Dennis of DragonLeatherworks got a very nice article written about him in his local paper.

It’s a short article and focuses on his work for the NCIS tv show but it does talk about his holsters.

 

Is open carry overblown?

05 Jun

Recently Breda and other bloggers had open carry weekend. While I think this was great, certain others had to go get is fuss about it.

When it comes to the discussions about open carry my response is generally, ok no big deal. Here is how I see it, some people (mostly who live in more rural areas) wake up each morning toss on a beautiful 6in barreled revolver and go out and start the day. Others spend several extra minutes making sure that their super duper tuck conceal holster is 100% hidden from all fields of view.

In addition an ever growing number pull a LCP/ P3AT or whatever toss it in their pocket (with appropriate pocket holster of course) and get on with it. Many of us fall somewhere in between. I often tailor my carry selection to what I will be doing that day. If I am hiking or fishing I prefer a larger gun normally my M&P 40 in a custom Dragon Leatherworks Talon. Toss on a cover shirt and call it good. If I am just bumming around town and going to the grocery store then normally my LCP in a desanti nemeses does just fine.

However when I see OC events covered by other blogs or I see somebody OC’ing in public my reaction is normally, gosh that’s a nice holster or is that a Kimber? I don’t put a lot of worry into OMG its a man with a gun he must be here to kill us all. Conversely I also don’t think he / she is a better or worse person than me because I chose to carry my gun concealed that day.

So if you choose to carry openly then all I have to say is good on ya, just remember that you have elected to make yourself an icon of all gun owners when you do it so don’t be a dick.

If you choose to conceal and you see somebody open carrying don’t be a dick to them either. Heck maybe say hello or nothing at all since they are just another person going about their day.

 

Hermain Cain in hot water, but should it put him out of the 2012 Presidential race

18 Jul

I read this blog on PDB’s site today he argues that Herman Cain basically ruined his chances of being successful in his 2012 presidential bid when Cain argued that local jurisdictions should be allowed to ban the construction of mosques. PDB was specifically responding to This interview between Hermain Cain and Chris Wallace on Fox news Sunday.

Now its no secret that I have been a big fan of Herman Cain, I feel that he is just what we need in the GOP. Ever since Donald Trump stepped out of the 2012 race I have felt that Mr. Cain would be the best chance we have at getting a reasonable, strong pro-business conservative in office.

Now to the issue with Cain and mosques, of course much of this comes from the earlier controversy over a proposed  NYC Mosque near Ground Zero. In the fallout from that even several other communities have attempted to preemptively ban or restrict Mosques in their town. The town of Murfreesboro, Tennessee is currently having their own battle with a proposed Islamic community center.

With all of that out of the way, here is my view. I agree with PDB when he says “Islam is a disgusting, vile, oppressive and brutally misogynistic totalitarian ideology”  Where I have the problem is that this is essentially a local zoning issue, I strongly believe that any court accurately applying the constitution would say that these towns like Murfressboro do not have the right to ban a specific religious house of worship. However I also feel that while Cain may be constitutionally wrong his view on this does not actually effect anything. This is an issue that will be decided by the courts not an executive order. One could make an argument that this would be a great reason for Cain to not be considered for the position of US Supreme Court justice, but luckily he is running for President instead.  I also feel that Islamic Americans need to do a far better job of PR in America. While events like an series of interfaith services and open houses for the community help we need to see more of them.

Frankly the Islamic American community could learn a lot from the open carry movement, open carry is something that has freaked a lot of people out and at times has even been divisive in the gun community. However over the past several years groups like NE Shooters organized trash pick-up and ice removal days. As well as other smaller events such as Breda’s open carry non-event. The image of open carry is changing, and its for the better. While I admit the Islamic community has much larger hurdles to jump they also have the money and organization to make it happen.