An L.A. Times Op-Ed Op-Ed

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The following is an opinion piece by Jennifer Carlson for the LA Times titled “Why Men Feel the Need to Carry Guns”. Following most passages will be my opinion on her opinion. I hope you enjoy.

Since the 1960s, the national conversation on firearms in both political and academic circles has revolved around one main question: Do guns increase crime or reduce it? Are guns tools of escalation or deterrence?

This has certainly been time well spent given the Earth-shattering revelations you and your ilk have brought to light over the last 5 decades.

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Let’s Talk About Background Checks, (Again)

blame the gunToday Colion Noir (@MrColionNoir) shared an article from the Arizona Republic, penned by EJ Montini, which amounted to a cesspool of false claims, ridiculous appeals to authority, and blatant logical fallacies. Let’s dive right in and start to tear this to shreds.

The article begins with a simple appeal to reason: Let’s stop terrorists like Nadir Soofi and Elton Simpson, perpetrators of the attempted mass-shooting at a Texas art contest, from getting guns. How does the author suggest we do this? By closing the supposed “gun show loophole” of course!

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Open letter to the ATF

ATF, I am (obviously) writing in regards to the proposed ban on M855 ammunition. I have two primary concerns. The first is that I feel that this ban is not legally within the guidelines of the GCA. I’m sure you’re well aware of both qualifications for banned armor piercing ammunition, so I will not remunerate them. The 2nd banning qualification clearly does not apply, as M855 was clearly not “intended” for use in a handgun, so I’m assuming you’re banning it on grounds of the 1st qualification, which states that “which may be used” in a handgun and has a core constructed entirely of said alloys.M855 does not have a core constructed of these prohibited alloys. It has a core constructed of lead. It does have a steel “penetrator” tip. This is not the core. Additionally, the first qualification specifically states “ entirely (excluding the presence of traces of other substances) from one or a combination of” qualification specified alloys. Even if you claimed that the steel penetrator tip was part of the core, there is no conceivable way you could claim that the lead portion of the core was a “trace presence” given that it would account for more than 50% of total. This is my first concern. Not only is this ban not legal within the guidelines of the GCA, but there is not conceivable way it could hold up in court. This ban will fail, and the only thing that will be shown for it is a massive waste of the court’s time and taxpayers money. My second concern is this: (also this is where the letter becomes slightly less polite, I apologize in advance. Also I am fully aware that you, the individual selected to go through the undoubtedly massive amount of correspondence received on this issue, are not the individual responsible for this decision. As such, please understand that when I refer to “you” I mean the officials who made this decision, and not you personally. You’re just doing your job, and I respect that.) This is clearly not an attempt at improving police officer safety, as has been claimed. Do you really think that someone is concealing an AR15 pistol down their jeans, loaded with some M855, specifically so they can kill a cop wearing soft body armor? You couldn’t even conceal an AR15 pistol in JNCOs. Or did you just watch Heat 27th time and think “hey, Val Kilmer did it so I bet that’ll happen any minute now that guys figured out how to have an AR that’s 4 inches shorter without paying us $200!” No, of course not, that would be too funny for real life. What’s really happening here is you guys are throwing a hissy fit about the AR15 pistol, pissed off because your own agency approved the Sig brace and then it became an embarrassing cluster when you tried to cover your tracks. And now that you allowed this can of worms to open its own non-Form-1-paying-self you’re just trying to “get even” with the AR community. You know who you are? You’re the wife/girlfriend who tells their husband/boyfriend “oh yeah, sure, go out with the guys, I don’t care!” and when he doesn’t take the hint and actually goes out and enjoys himself, you freak out and trash the whole flippin’ house, even though you know deep down that it’s not really a big deal, and that no harm was done. And even though you’re acting irrational and unnecessarily vengeful, hey, you’re the one in the relationship with all the power, so it’s cool, we’ll clean up the house. Honestly, if my 7 year old nephew knew about his behavior, he’d give you one piece of wisdom. “Grow up.” Sincerely, Andrew Scott, CEO A&A Ammunition
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M855 Ban – It WILL Affect You

19 February 2015

About a week ago, on 13 Feb 2015, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced that it will be banning the M855 5.56 ammunition, commonly known as “Green Tip” ammo. There has been a lot of discussion about this, why it isn’t valid, and how this is basically the ATF “getting even” with the gun industry over the explosion of AR Pistols with a Sig forearm brace attached. The last point I will touch on in another article, but for now, I want to clear something up for all of our customers and the shooter community.

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Your Everyday Carry and You

By Andrew Scott, CEO

Recently I read an American Rifleman article about how to care for your Defensive Handgun, or what I will call your everyday carry gun, or EDC. Maintaining your EDC is just as important as remembering to put it on before you walk out the door, it’s not going to do you any good if it’s left on the night stand, and it’s not going to do you any good if it doesn’t go BANG! With that said, I have to disagree with many of the points that the author’s article makes.

Right off the bat, this article began to grate on my every nerve. The first sentence goes “One thing’s for sure: Good-quality defensive handguns aren’t cheap” ending with an embedded hyperlink to an article for the “Kimber Custom Shop Super Carry Ultra.” This bugged the shit right out of me for two reasons: #1 you don’t have to blow $1,600 to get a “good-quality defensive handgun” and stating that you do might scare away people who are researching their first EDC. #2 I love my Kimber, but how redundant can you be with the name of your gun? “Custom Shop Super Carry Ultra” is almost as bad as Behr’s “Premium Plus Ultra All In One Primer and Paint”. Cut it out.

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