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Dec 15, 201509:43 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Some of us CAN shoot straight, liberals

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Like good liberals everywhere, The New York Times is locked and loaded for gun control, the answer to all domestic ills. Page one erupted in editorials immediately following the radical Islamic terrorist attack in San Bernardino — urging not better border patrol, stricter visa standards, or a hiatus in Muslim refugees, but gun control. No surprise that this Sunday’s Times belabored the point yet again — this time, mercifully, in the opinion pages. There’s yet another this Monday morning. Ho, hum. Dog bites man.

More nefarious is a piece written by, you know, an average citizen from Texas, that cowboy place. Even better, the author is a student at the University of Texas in Austin, where the faculty and students, at age 21, are permitted to carry firearms. Been that way since the legislature acted last May.

Six months later, the Austin campus remains peaceful; definitely not the streets of Laredo storied in song. Not that you’d know it from reading the piece, complete with close-up photo of a Glock weapon holstered — and quite visible — on blue jeans.

It is headlined “I’m a responsible gun owner? Seriously?”

Catch the snark? The author, a senior at Texas named Zach, relates that he moderated a campus debate on concealed carry. A neat trick, given that he founded Students Against Guns on Campus. In service of that cause and fodder for Sunday’s op ed, the young man obtains a state concealed-carry license. (An even neater trick would be to slip a pro-self defense article into the Times.)

Is he crazy? No, just liberal

Zach applied for a license, paid the fee, and passed a background check as to criminal record and mental illness — another fact never revealed in “Responsible Gun Owner, Really?”

In lieu of such full disclosure, the anti-gun polemicist relates his supposed misadventures on the firing range. “The instructor was yelling at me because he couldn’t understand how a 22-year-old missed a target … standing only nine feet away. But he was completely at ease when … he certified me.”

Son, don’t take that scattergun to town!

Zach signs off by asking: “Given that the system allows me — lacking firearm experience — to get a license, would you be comfortable if we sat with each other in class, upon learning I’m secretly carrying a gun.”

My answer to the young gunslinger is this: Yes, I would be comfortable with you in class, or at the office Christmas party, or on the bus, Gus. I mean, Zach.

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Dec 15, 2015 10:29 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blaska:

So the effectiveness of concealed carry depends on the gunfighting ability of the permit holder. A bit different from firing at a static target in a controlled enviornment. Perhaps Dave could highlight his gunfighting experience and how that makes him an expert combat marksman?

Dec 15, 2015 10:59 am
 Posted by  John

The NYT wants to address the 1 murder every 20 days in this country committed with a loosely, and primarily visually, defined "assault weapon" but doesn't want to talk about the 10 murders PER DAY committed by non-citizen immigrants.

Dec 15, 2015 11:09 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blaska:

The 10:20 AM poster raises a point. Do cops train using static targets in a controlled environment or do they pursue live, moving targets to gain proficiency? Do cops get "gunfighting" experience during training? If cops don't get enough "gunfighting" experience, should they all be summarily disarmed so they won't hurt the general public in any way? My guess is that if we find a way to take guns away from Islamic terrorists they may have to step up their acquisition of pressure cookers, nails, fertilizer and diesel fuel.

I think I'd feel a little safer in a room with a few Blaskas during a shoot out than with the young woman who made the disparaging comment. I don't carry (personal choice) but I don't really feel threatened by those who legally do. More concerned about multi-felony rap gangbangers doing their "gunfighting" on city streets.

Dec 15, 2015 11:27 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blaska:

The 10:20 AM poster raises a point. Do cops train using static targets in a controlled environment or do they pursue live, moving targets to gain proficiency? Do cops get "gunfighting" experience during training? If cops don't get enough "gunfighting" experience, should they all be summarily disarmed so they won't hurt the general public in any way? My guess is that if we find a way to take guns away from Islamic terrorists they may have to step up their acquisition of pressure cookers, nails, fertilizer and diesel fuel.

I think I'd feel a little safer in a room with a few Blaskas during a shoot out than with the young woman who made the disparaging comment. I don't carry (personal choice) but I don't really feel threatened by those who legally do. More concerned about multi-felony rap gangbangers doing their "gunfighting" on city streets.

Dec 15, 2015 11:33 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

At this point, hundreds of mass shootings in to 2015, I wonder if you have one example of a "good guy" intervening when a "bad guy" with a gun started shooting. I just want to know what it looks like. Out of hundreds (in just 2015) of shootings, you'd think there would be one NRA member who got there in time to "man up."

Man up means to shoot a gun, right?

Dec 15, 2015 11:35 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

"rap gangbangers"?

Dec 15, 2015 11:39 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

The NYT article on gun control reminded me of the article on campus sexual assault in "Rolling Stone" a while ago--the one that eventually had to be retracted. Both are examples of outrageously biased "reporting" that relies on selective facts and manipulates information to validate a preconceived point of view. "Zach" spouts the liberal line so seamlessly because he's been thoroughly indoctrinated by cynical campus ideologues who know that most college students can be led around more easily than the average cocker spaniel.

Dec 15, 2015 02:33 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

anon 11:09 x 2:

I sure wouldn't feel any safer with armed blaskas in any room, let alone one with a potential shoot out in the making. dave plays pretty fast and loose with the truth on this blog and I see him as a "shoot first, aim later" kinda guy. That is if he can clear leather without damaging some important body part.

Dec 15, 2015 03:47 pm
 Posted by  mark

Okay Dave, since you're trained and ready to go, why don't you sign up for the Active Shooter simulation that I previously posted and let's see how you do? Because, based on that evidence, you're most likely to be shot by the police/SWAT team responding...although I'm hopeful that you won't have accidentally killed any of the victims...

Dec 15, 2015 03:57 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blaska:


So you think that the average smuck, lets call him "Dave", with a concealed carry permit when faced with suprise situation will be able to pull his gun, select the correct target, fire effectivly, all while in a chaotic situation and facing possible return fire. Pretty amazing performance. Blaska -- do you have any combat experience? By the police officers are notoriously bad shots with handguns. They just squeeze trigger until the magazine is empty or the black kid stops moving

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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