Thanks WSIL for the professional, unbiased coverage. John did a bit of live blogging on WSIL.com after the story ran. It was a lively, informative discussion on concealed carry laws, permits, and gun rights. I was following along and got the giggles when I saw a comment from a live blogger named Joe:
"What good is an empty firearm, you going to throw it at them?"
This is what they say at my favorite Bikram Yoga studio during the check-in process. It's such a sweet way to say "don't be an asshat." I was chatting with Peter over at Firearms & Freedom about this article on skyrocketing gun sales. We decided we would happily practice patience and welcome the opportunity to make new friends. Always remember: be nice to the newbies.
I am finally catching up on my Google Reader feeds. I found this fabulous post over at Breda's. Read it, please. I love how she sums up the situation... "Act like prey and that is exactly what you will become." Well said, girl!
Stumbled across this interesting article from Guns & Ammo. I love it when facts are separated from feelings. The picture is crystal clear when the waters are not muddied by emotion.
On another note, here is a rather odd article. I admit I can't help but rubber-neck at a train wreck (e.g. reality TV, tabloid magazines, and celebrity gossip blogs).... but, I will not watch a nun beauty pageant.
Here at The Pretty Pistolera... it's all about balance.
Check out "Finding Truth" over at Breda's. Just the day before she mentioned she had blogger's block! Breda, no one could say this better!
"That someone could be, or should be, treated differently because of something like their gender has never made sense to me."
"...the fact that I am a woman should have no bearing on what I can, or at least on what I attempt, to do."
Taking up this sport/hobby was a very hard decision for me. I am not usually a scaredy-cat, but, I had so many pre-conceived notions! I refused to listen to any of John's rebuttals against my silly arguments. I was terrified to put myself in a position where I was vulnerable to embarrassment and humiliation. Regarding the people I've encountered at the range, I was so wrong. I agree with Breda's assessment:
"I have seen so much diversity at the range, so much openness and camaraderie among those that would probably never even exchange a hello in any other situation."
It is so true! Everyone has been friendly and encouraging. I am so glad I agreed to try shooting. Looking back, this was a great decision for several reasons:
My awareness of what is going on around me is much higher
My confidence in being able to protect myself and Winston has soared
Competitive shooting is a fun sport John and I can do together
I am learning something new. Brain power!
I've met so many smart, funny people that I would not have met otherwise
If you are on the fence about trying competitive shooting or going to the range for the first time, I encourage you to try it!
Catching up on The Breda Fallacy this evening... I discovered I am not the only one applying yoga principles at the range. Hooray! Breda talks about "feeling how things work, breathing, and quieting the mind." I agree wholeheartedly!
My favorite yoga principle to apply at the range is "where your eyes go, your body will follow." Gary C. from Michigan taught me about eye drills several weeks ago. Once I saw the results I immediately linked his lesson back to Bikram Yoga. This has helped me improve my accuracy tremendously.
Great point from Call Me Ahab regarding practical shooting sports.
"...I think that a lot of the future of the shooting sports lies in the run-’n-gun events, the practical shooting. The fast pace and hang-and-bang nature seems like it would appeal to the younger demographic. That creates a double bonus, because 1) you attract young shooters, and 2) action pistol shooters are “high volume” shooters, buying gear, ammo (or components for reloading) at a huge level."