Ms. Magazine Does Guns

BY Herschel Smith
4 years, 2 months ago

Ms. Magazine:

My hands are shaking; my adrenaline is surging.

No, it’s not from the latte I just inhaled or because this is the first time in two years I’ve been in a Starbucks since declaring a boycott on its open-carry gun policy.

What’s got me jittery this morning is the 9mm Glock that’s holstered on my hip. Me, lead gun policy protester at the 2010 Starbuck’s shareholder meeting. Me, a board member of the Brady Campaign. Me, the author of a book about the impact of gun violence, Beyond the Bullet.

Yes, I bought a handgun and will carry it everywhere I go over the next 30 days. I have four rules: Carry it with me at all times, follow the laws of my state, only do what is minimally required for permits, licensing, purchasing and carrying, and finally be prepared to use it for protecting myself at home or in public.

[ … ]

It was obvious from the way I handled the gun that I knew nothing about firearms. Tony sold it to me anyway. The whole thing took 7 minutes. As a gratified consumer, I thought, “Well, that was easy.” Then the terrifying reality hit me, “Holy hell, that was EASY.”  Too easy. I still knew nothing about firearms.

Tony told me a Glock doesn’t have an external safety feature, so when I got home and opened the box and saw the magazine in the gun I freaked. I was too scared to try and eject it as thoughts flooded my mind of me accidentally shooting the gun and a bullet hitting my son in the house or rupturing the gas tank of my car, followed by an earth-shaking explosion. This was the first time my hands shook from the adrenaline surge and the first time I questioned the wisdom of this 30-day experiment.

I needed help. I drove to where a police officer had pulled over another driver. Now, writing this, I realize that rolling up on an on-duty cop with a handgun in tow might not have been fully thought through.

I told him I just bought a gun, had no clue how to use it. I asked him to make sure there were no bullets in the magazine or chamber. He took the magazine out and cleared the chamber. He assured me it was empty and showed me how to look. Then he told me how great the gun was and how he had one just like it.

The cop thought I was an idiot and suggested I take a class. But up to that point I’d done nothing wrong, nothing illegal.

On the contrary.  She’s done everything wrong, from refusing to get adequate training on her firearm and the laws of her state, to asking a cop about anything.

The drama is exhausting and breathtaking.  But the thing that really worries me isn’t that she has a gun.  It’s that bimbos like this can purchase an SUV the size and weight of my Ford F150 and drive it down the road with screaming kids in the back whilst jabbering on the cell phone attached to her ear, after qualifying with a driving test that a monkey could be trained to take.

Makes you stop and ponder, no?  It’s one reason I drive so defensively on the road nowadays.

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  1. On June 18, 2013 at 12:18 am, Left Coast Conservative said:

    I would love to get Emily Miller to comment on this article.

  2. On June 18, 2013 at 8:26 am, Rikkisan said:

    Excellent and true point re. driving the SUV while under the influence of distractions.

    This is a classic case of an accident waiting to happen. I’d be gunuinely surprised if she’s even read the owners manual much less review and understand the safety steps.

  3. On June 18, 2013 at 4:09 pm, Daniel Smith said:

    My question to her is , ” Why are you shaking and why is your adrenalin surging? Have you been taking some sort of opiate or other mood altering substance? The mere fact you have a firearm does not constitute me caring about how you feel about it.

  4. On June 18, 2013 at 4:11 pm, Daniel Smith said:

    I quoted on Ms Magazine’s website, and its “awaiting moderation”…probably wouldn’t be accepted ;) < <>>

  5. On June 18, 2013 at 4:11 pm, Daniel Smith said:

    You did everything wrong. You purchased a weapon with no firearms training whatsoever. You talked to a cop. You are blabbering around like a little school girl who just figured out what an orgasm is. I mean come on really?

  6. On June 20, 2013 at 9:50 pm, Bill said:

    Yep. My comment was “awaiting moderation” for a while, and then got black-holed, never to be seen again.

  7. On June 20, 2013 at 9:54 pm, Bill said:

    Yep. My comment was “awaiting moderation” for a while, and then got black-holed, never to be seen again. Interestingly enough, I made the connection to how most people are terrified on first learning to drive, only to become familiar and proficient with driving techniques via repeated daily training (i.e. getting out and driving), and that she should consider doing the same with her firearm.

  8. On June 20, 2013 at 10:26 pm, Windy Wilson said:

    Monkey! Monkey? I recall a matchbook advertisement for a driving school when I was a kid that said, “We taught a horse to drive. Humans are easy!”

  9. On July 23, 2013 at 8:16 pm, GunRights4US said:

    My comment, which was never posted, was simply: “Young lady, all you have managed to prove conclusively is that YOU have no business owning or carrying a gun.”

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