Robert H. Scales wrote a piece for The Atlantic entitled Gun Trouble, with the catchy subtitle as follows: The rifle that today's infantry uses is little changed since the 1960s—and it is badly flawed. Military lives depend on these cheap composites of metal and plastic. So why can't the richest country in the world give its soldiers better ones? Scales then proceeds to rehearse the history of flaws after the initial rollout of the M-16 in Vietnam, well known flaws (and failed to mention [read more]
Police running everywhere. That’s what I saw last week. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, County Sheriff, N.C. Highway Patrol, men with suits, sunglasses and ear pieces, something called the Federal Protection Police (yes, for those who haven’t followed, this is part of the Department of Homeland Security), the guys associated with the Federal Protection Police who run around wearing khaki pants, white polo shirts and badges, and on and on it went. There are also many police departments represented in Charlotte, and apparently, they like to visit a local gun shop.
Charlotte gun stores, while opposing President Obama’s effort to restore the assault weapons ban, are taking aggressive action to make sure that they don’t inadvertently supply protestors or lone wolf attackers with weapons to disrupt the Democratic National Convention.
“We’re from Charlotte and we don’t want anything to happen here,” said Larry Hyatt, of Hyatt Gun Shop, a big and popular supplier of guns and reloading equipment including gunpowder. “We’re capitalists, but we do live here,” he told Secrets in his sprawling and well-stocked store 2.5 miles away from the convention.
Silly concern in my opinion, that anyone would suddenly decide to become a “lone wolf” shooter at the President and then send someone into Hyatt to conduct a straw purchase and lie on form 4473 thinking that they will be successful. Just silly – and more than a little paranoid.
But we do learn something from the report. Apparently, police departments around the nation have become interested in Hyatt’s large inventory.
But he has an advantage in his effort: His store has become popular with police from the dozens of departments from around the country helping out with convention security.
I purchased my Rock River Arms AR from Hyatt Gun Shop. I know this store, and have spent a good deal of time there. Perhaps the Chicago Police have never seen so many law abiding citizens with guns in one place before? I’m just saying.