On the shooting side, I have some cool news to report...you guys know how much I like the new Wild Bunch class of cowboy action shooting, that is, using the guns of the movie THE WILD BUNCH — trench shotguns, major caliber lever action rifles and 1911s — on cowboy stages. Well, Gene Pearcey (Evil Roy to you all), Marshal Halloway from DRTV and I have decided to "adopt" Wild Bunch shooting and help promote it big time.
Our initial efforts will be at this year's End of Trail, the cowboy world championships, in June. DRTV and Evil Roy will be proving the super-deluxe trophies for the match, and we will be lining up a heart-breaking selection of prizes for the participants, including 1911s, magazines, custom Wild Bunch leather and other things you really really want. In keeping with the spirit if cowboy action shooting, the prizes will be given away to registered Wild Bunch shooters by drawing at the match.
DRTV will of course be there to cover the match, and we're going to set up a special Wild Bunch section on the site that will include the basics of Wild Bunch style shooting, Evil Roy video training tips and (hopefully) discounts on gear.
Ideally, Gene, Marshal and I want to make Wild Bunch shooting into a serious — and fun — national competition. And based on the great response we got from the SHOOTING GALLERY episode on the first major WB match at last year's EOT, I think we're definitely on the right track!
I'll be putting up the talking points/letter to your Congressperson on the new AWB on Wednesday, both on DRTV and the blog. I'll also go over them point-by-point on the Wednesday podcast. I'm undecided on whether A.G. Holder's comments on the new AWB last week was a trial balloon or simply a slip on Holder's part.
Pelosi and Reid tried to distance themselves from the comment, which IMHO means they counted votes and didn't have it. Their actions don't, however, mean they don't support a new AWB...just that they don't want the train to slip the rails this early in the new administration.
Clearly Holder's comments in the last couple of weeks reveal him as an undistinguished lawyer with a second-rate mind...a stalking horse or a shill. In either case, it's clear he speaks for the Obama administration, who — as Jim Shepherd has so clearly outlined — already think of the AWB as a done deal.
I believe the fight is upon us.Yesterday my conversations with a wide variety of people in the firearms and shooting industry were focused on a common theme: now what?Depends on who you ask. Pro-gun observers tell me that it's going to take a tremendous outpouring of protest to slow a new ban - despite Madame Pelosi's protestations for reason. Democratic officials tell me they don't believe there is any slowing of the administration because their position really is that "a crisis is too-good an opportunity to waste".
Disturbingly, they're also telling me that the administration strategists have dismissed the first step - the AWB's resurrection and implementation - as a foregone conclusion and have already moved into the second phase of a strategy that is designed to bring the United States into compliance with the "enlightened" position on firearms ownership as set forth the United Nations. Seems they feel they have time as well as power on their side.