Firearms in the Media

Covering firearms’ portrayal in the media.

  • The Modern Gun Culture

    Over the years, the gun culture in the United States has taken it on the chin. Long we have been the target of left-leaning politicians and media outlets with an agenda, Hollywood movies, and overly critical television shows that use the stereotypical clich of a crazed gunman repeatedly to make a dollar. Let's look at how this has changed recently. Hip Gun Owners In the past twenty years, there has been a shift in the gun owner's community towards a more modern and professional gun owner....
  • Tom Knapp Goes to the Clay Range in the Sky

    The great Tom Knapp, perhaps one of the greatest exhibition shooters of all time, has passed away at age 62. He was an ambassador for the sport and just a legend in the gun community. Who was Tom Knapp? Hailing from Minnesota, the brushy mustached well-spoken showman, forever in his shooting cap and vest, Tom had long been the public face of modern exhibition shotgun shooting. After 25 years of service with the Three Rivers Park in Hennepin County Minnesota and a lifetime of hunting and...
  • Civilians and Active Shooters

    So you are sitting, chilling out in your home when you hear gunfire outside. When you pop your head out you see one of your neighbors hiding behind a tree taking pot shots with a rifle. Its then you notice that the person he is popping off at is a police officer barricaded behind his patrol car. What do you do? Well this isn't a scenario, it really happened last month in Early, Texas. Charles Ronald Conner, the neighbor with the rifle, had just shot and killed a couple in their 50s over a...
  • Seal Sniper Legend Chris Kyle Murdered

    On Groundhogs Day 2013, one of the most famous military marksmen in US history was killed. Chris Kyle, Navy Seal sniper, author, and activist, was shot to death at a shooting range in his home state of Texas in an action that does not appear to be an accident. Who Was Chris Kyle Born in 1974 in Odessa, Texas, Chris Kyle grew up with guns. In his bestselling autobiography, American Sniper, he details hunting and being a sportsman. After a stint as a cowboy and bronco rider on the rodeo...
  • LAPD Sees A Ghost

    The LAPD almost met its match in a late night encounter with a video game statue last week. Note, I said "almost." Here is the rest of the story What happened? Polygon.com reports that the LAPD responded to a tripped duress alarm at Los Angeles-based independent game studio Robotoki. A duress alarm is a panic button that can be pressed to alert the alarm company and/or local law enforcement that a situation such as a robbery or burglary is in progress. They are quite common in commercial...
  1. Free NRA Life Of Duty Membership To Military, LE, & Responders

    Are you a first responder or member of the armed forces? Well the National Rifle Association has a free membership with your name on it to the Life of Duty program. What is it? This special program includes all of the benefits and privileges of a regular NRA membership, and deep discounts on gear from NRA's Life of Duty member-only gear discount providers. Then there are other special savings on select NRA Store offers, a digital subscription to America's First Freedom, and a digital...
  2. LAPD Sees A Ghost

    The LAPD almost met its match in a late night encounter with a video game statue last week. Note, I said "almost." Here is the rest of the story What happened? Polygon.com reports that the LAPD responded to a tripped duress alarm at Los Angeles-based independent game studio Robotoki. A duress alarm is a panic button that can be pressed to alert the alarm company and/or local law enforcement that a situation such as a robbery or burglary is in progress. They are quite common in commercial...
  3. Woman Saves Hubby With Empty Shotgun

    Don't tell Joe Biden but it looks like the humble shotgun has triumphed again in one of the most amazing tales of home defense you are likely to read. It involves a shotgun, a bear, two senior citizens, and a cautionary tale about training. Bear attack in Wisconsin Outside of the small village of Silver Cliff (pop 529) in Marinette County, there was a small cabin. A rural, back-to-nature way of life is central to this part of the country as the area's two main rivers, the Peshtigo and...
  4. Tom Knapp Goes to the Clay Range in the Sky

    The great Tom Knapp, perhaps one of the greatest exhibition shooters of all time, has passed away at age 62. He was an ambassador for the sport and just a legend in the gun community. Who was Tom Knapp? Hailing from Minnesota, the brushy mustached well-spoken showman, forever in his shooting cap and vest, Tom had long been the public face of modern exhibition shotgun shooting. After 25 years of service with the Three Rivers Park in Hennepin County Minnesota and a lifetime of hunting and...
  5. Boston Bombers Had Trouble Getting Guns

    In one of the most heinous acts of terrorism committed in modern times on the soil of the United States, the pair of immigrant bombing suspects in Boston apparently had trouble laying hands on firearms. No Permits The two suspects in the Boston bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26 and his brother Dzhokhar, engaged police in multiple active firefights across the city. The thing is, according to a Reuter's article, they were not licensed to own guns in the town where they lived. Neither brother had...
  6. Navy Enters the Laser Age With Shooting Down of UAV

    Back in 2007, the US Navy started looking at high-energy lasers for use as an active weapon. The most promising of these, the Laser Weapons System (LaWS) has already downed target aircraft and is on the way to the fleet. (The LaWS prototype aboard the USS Dewey in 2012) The LaWS uses series of six commercially available 5.4-kW fiber lasers focused through a frequency doubling crystal. This active laser system can fire a very tight 32kW beam at line of sight ranges than can travel in excess...
  7. Armed Citizens Stop Rash of Home Invasions

    In the past several weeks, a number of normal everyday civilians have found themselves the subject of heinous, unprovoked attacks from armed criminals in their very homes. These citizens refused to be victims and fought back, turning the tables on these would-be predators. The Maypearl Firefight In a case that is bound to be turned into a made-for TV movie, two wayward teens from Oklahoma stole a red 1991 Ford Ranger pickup truck, a stash of prescription medication, 17 guns and 2,000 rounds...
  8. Huge Machinegun Collection on the Auction Block

    One of the largest personal collections of fully automatic machine guns in the world is up for grabs. The collection, that of well-known firearms buff Richard Wray, consists of some 191 lots and includes some of the rarest machineguns in the world. The good news is, if you have the scratch, everything is transferrable. Who was Richard Wray? Richard 'Dick' Wray was a former soldier (82nd Airborne in Korea) and successful Ohio businessperson. He was the president of Wray Electric, a company...
  9. Group Giving Away Free Shotguns

    Today with all of the panic and fret of gun control, buybacks, and bans, in a strange twist of fate a non-profit group is striving to (wait for it) put free shotguns and the training to use them in the hands of needy citizens. This organization calls itself the Armed Citizens Project. Who is this group? The Armed Citizens Project seems to be the brainchild of one Kyle Coplen, a University of Houston MPA grad student. Founded earlier this year the group is in the process of registering as a...
  10. Gun Companies Stand with the People

    In recent months there has been a concerted push by the gun control (they now prefer to be called gun violence) advocates to strictly regulate the arms that are available to the public. With a small but vocal minority of left-wingers screaming from the rafters and trotting out event figurines, they are asking for unprecedented restrictions on currently legal firearms and accessories. Not to cave into the fear mongers, some of the biggest names in the industry are making a very public choice...
  11. Seal Sniper Legend Chris Kyle Murdered

    On Groundhogs Day 2013, one of the most famous military marksmen in US history was killed. Chris Kyle, Navy Seal sniper, author, and activist, was shot to death at a shooting range in his home state of Texas in an action that does not appear to be an accident. Who Was Chris Kyle Born in 1974 in Odessa, Texas, Chris Kyle grew up with guns. In his bestselling autobiography, American Sniper, he details hunting and being a sportsman. After a stint as a cowboy and bronco rider on the rodeo...
  12. Freedom Group Up for Sale

    On December 14, 2012, 26 people, including 20 children, were killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The incident is the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, behind the killings at Virginia Tech in 2007. What is particularly heinous about the crime is that many of the victims are prepubescent children. The attacker, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, according to news reports used a Bushmaster XM-15 .223-caliber rifle in the commission of his barbaric act. His mother, who he killed in...
  13. Lean Times Mean Less Cops

    Just when you would think that they community would need its thin blue line the most, local cash-strapped governments are having to fray the ends and ask a smaller community of cops to do more with less. In some cases, they are even cutting that frayed blue line away altogether. What's the problem? No matter whether you call it the Great Recession, the Lesser Depression, or just the economic crisis, but since 2007 the US has been sliding into a financial crisis. Governments big, small and...
  14. 2000 Unissued Kimbers Found

    The US military has long used rimfire caliber rifles for basic marksmanship training as well as JROTC/ROTC/CAP programs. These rifles are among some of the best steel you can get and are widely sought after by both collectors and target shooters alike. One of the best and most modern of these, the Kimber 82(Government) series, is now available again for a short time. What is the Kimber 82? Produced for the US Army from 1987-1990, more than Kimber of Oregon contracted 20,000 of these...
  15. The Modern Gun Culture

    Over the years, the gun culture in the United States has taken it on the chin. Long we have been the target of left-leaning politicians and media outlets with an agenda, Hollywood movies, and overly critical television shows that use the stereotypical clich of a crazed gunman repeatedly to make a dollar. Let's look at how this has changed recently. Hip Gun Owners In the past twenty years, there has been a shift in the gun owner's community towards a more modern and professional gun owner....
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