Where to Get News You Can Use

I tend to get most of my RKBA news from blogs and podcasts. They tend to find the stories that most of the big news outfits don’t/won’t print.

Kenn Blanchard has put up a list of blogs that he’s found useful over the years. The only reason I don’t read all of these is purely time.

I’m going to poke a little bit of fun that he didn’t include this blog, but I have to face reality about how my currently minuscule readership stacks up to the ones on the list.

H/t Robb, whose blog deservedly made the list

Friday Quote – 2/7/14

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, and I’ll hire you as my lawyer.

Brandon Sanderon, in Alcatraz vs. the Shattered Lens

Sanderson does epic fantasy, well, epically. He also does a surprisingly good youth series. If you and your kids liked the Harry Potter series, I would recommend picking up a copy of Alcatraz Vs. the Evil Librarians.

Emily’s Got Her Gun – A Review

Like most of the gun blogging community, I became aware of Emily Miller when she started her series “Emily Gets Her Gun” in the Washington Times. I heard her the first time on Kenn Blanchard’s podcast, and I finally saw her at the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Orlando in 2012. In each venue, I heard variations of the same theme. Emily Miller is what we need in our community. Someone who has been through the insanity imposed on us by our opponents, and is a writer in the mainstream media. Then last year, I read that Ms. Miller was collecting her series into a book. What she actually produced was Emily Gets Her Gun: …But Obama Wants To Take Yours.

This is a book with two intertwined narratives. The first is the ordeal Emily went through in order to get her own, legally-owned, pistol. The second is a review of the gun control battles post-Newtown through mid-summer of 2013 (when the book was published). Together, they combine to give the reader an excellent primer on the current state of the gun control battle, as well as the insanity that is being forced upon many gun owners just to possess a gun.

For those unaware of Ms. Miller’s story, she decided to get a gun after a home invasion when she was house sitting for some friends. After discussing it with her editors, Ms. Miller began to document her experience in getting a gun in Washington, DC through a series of articles in the Washington Times. What she found was a series of steps (most documented, but some missing and/or outdated) that could have only been born from sheer incompetence or to discourage the average citizen from getting a firearm. The book makes the case for the latter, especially considering that the police officials that were supposed to assist in the process were not knowledgeable and/or apathetic. Partly due to the light Ms. Miller shone on the onerous process, the DC authorities shortened the process (eleven steps instead of the seventeen previously).

Ms. Miller’s personal sojourn to get her pistol is interspersed in the book with an explanation of the larger gun control debate, particularly the post-Newtown fight. The book recounts how in the wake of a horrific tragedy, gun owners were forced to defend their rights against a coordinated onslaught led primarily by (thankfully former) New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his Mayors Against Illegal Guns organization and the Obama administration. Ms. Miller also explains why the measures being supported by MAIG and the administration were less than worthless in stopping either a Sandy Hook-type attack or the more common criminals.

Overall, Emily Gets Her Gun would be a book that I would give to someone who is just getting into the gun rights movement or who needs a good explanation of why we fight and the stupidity of the restrictions that our opponents demand.

Full Disclosure: I was contacted by the publisher and received a free review copy.

On the Passing of Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy has died at age 66. My condolences go to his family and friends.

I picked up my first Clancy novel, Red Storm Rising, when I was 12 and burned through it. Then I went back to read The Hunt For Red October. Clancy’s pacing, breadth of narrative and characters, as well as his often-in depth technical discussions were influences on my own writing. I stopped eagerly gobbling up his books around The Bear and the Dragon, not because they’d become bland, but rather I had moved on to other genres. I still have a fondness for his books.

An interesting anecdote. About 15-20 years ago, Clancy came down to the VA Hospital here in Tampa. My dad and the hospital director got to meet him. The quick conversation related to me by my dad.

Hospital Director: What’s your new book about?

Clancy: About $19.95.

Yes, I laughed for a couple of days.