Hi all,

As a guy who's both liberal and into guns, I get annoyed a lot when I see, well, liberals talk about guns. It's frustrating for people who purport to regulate a thing not know the first thing about it.

But I'm also trying to figure out just how widespread this really is. As someone who knows a fair amount about guns, it's hard for me to gauge (heh) what people do and don't know, and how much of it is overblown. I mean, TV does a rotten job of depicting how guns work; I've lost count of the number of times that I've heard a hammer cocking sound when someone is raising a Glock, or how often people with pump shotguns eject live rounds because they have to keep pumping the thing every 5 seconds. But again, that's TV, and I don't know if people really believe that's how things work or not.

So to that end, I'd like to check y'all's interest on this. Would you be interested in some kind of explainer on guns and gun-related things from someone who isn't to the right of Darth Vader? Is there anything that you've heard that seems odd, but weren't sure about? I guess I want to see if this is something people care about/are interested in before I do all that typing....


Fiscal conservative, socially liberal, gun owner, with a concealed carry permit to protect myself from other gun owners. I've hunted food. I've also shown up for brunch with friends and found four of them dead. And had a dear friend die at the hands of a thrill killer.

So yeah. I know guns.

More to the point of your question though, I'm not sure there is much to be added to the conversation at this point. The information is out there for anyone who wants it, and - not knowing you - I don't know what you bring to the table that is new or different or provides a fresh perspective. If you think you have value to add to the conversation, I'm fully behind you.

posted by johnnyFive: 515 days ago