Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Midweek Notes...and Congrats to Uno!
First, congrats to Uno, now the numbah one dog in America! Of course, the victory was a bittersweet one for Alf the Wonder Beagle. As her many fans know, Alf was destined for show greatness...both parents champions; all four grandparents champions; pick of the litter in a multiyear breeding plan to create the perfect 13-inch tricolor beagle. In a stunning and unexpected development, Alf grew to a massive 13 1/4 inches, ending her show career before it began and resulting in her being packed off in shame to the Provinces.
Of course, Alf confounded the nay-sayers by becoming an official Free Range Beagle, ranging the rugged Rocky Mountains in search of elk, bison...biscuits. I actually once outlined a children's book titled Alf and the Free Range Beagles, but I decided that, really, if I ever did a children's book, I would probably be struck by lightning thrown by a vengeful god.
Anyhow, back to the mundane...I have formally asked the John McCain campaign for an interview with the presumptive Presidential candidate on the topic lf guns and gun control. I have a friend in the campaign who will make sure my written request is actually read by someone high up in the campaign. I will, of course, keep everyone informed.
The George Bush Sell-Out — Impeach the Lying Bastard! — on D.C. v. Heller has infuriated not just me, but the gun culture at large...I'm trying to retain a clear head, such as my head is ever clear, on the overall election. For all my blusterings, I morally can't stay home on election day...expecially when my independent friends are telling me that, "maybe Obama would be a good thing for the country." Terrifying!
The Ruger LCP .380 has become the most successful new gun launch in recent memory — and maybe ever. The numbers are staggering — you've seen some on the DOWN RANGE Forums, and they're good numbers, with advance sales continuing at an unprecedented rate. I like this a lot, and not just because I and DOWN RANGE were involved.
My goal for 2008 is to try and get as many people to sign up for their CCWs as possible...if you can get a carry permit in yor state, GET ONE! And carry every day...every time you step out of the house. The little Ruger pocket pistol is idea for first-time CCW holders...a little secret that we all know and never talk about is that carrying a gun on a regular basis is harder than one might think. After the "new" wears off the experience, that full-sized 1911 in a Milt Sparks Summer Special weighs about the same as a concrete block. So — and I've been here myself — you get ready to walk out the door to the 7-11, a.k.a. the Stop and Rob, and you say, "Naw, I don't really want to go back upstairs, fish out the gun and holster, change belts...whoops, change pants to one that works with the gunbelt..." blah blah blah for a quart of milk.
That's why I keep a light-weight J-frame in a pocket holster by the front door. The new Ruger LCP will perfectly fill that role. So congrats to Ruger, too!