Fill Yer Hands

you son of a

Jesse Ventura, Ol’ Butthurt

Ol Painless Rev

The original Ol’ Painless, carried by Ol’ Butthurt

Jesse Ventura has proved himself a Douche Lord of Epic Proportions, by suing the widow of slain SEAL sniper Chris Kyle for defamation. Kyle wrote in his book “American Sniper”  about an encounter with a scruffy SEAL who made a disparaging comment, and Kyle claimed he punched him out, only to find out later that it was Ventura. After Kyle’s untimely death, Ventura sued for defamation of character, and a jury yesterday awarded him $1.8 million in damages.

I tell you that because last year I had a contest to name the AR that I had built. The winning name was O’l Painless, named after the chain gun that Jesse Ventura’s character carried in the movie Predator. Needless to say, the news of his suit’s victory gives me quite a few second thoughts about that decision.

My first idea was to change the name to Ol’ Butthurt, but I didn’t want to have to explain that name every time I asked someone if they wanted to shoot it.

I also thought about defaulting the name to the second place vote-getter, Freedom.

But, after much thought I have decided that I will keep the name of the gun the same, but I will remove Ventura’s face from its record, lest it defame my wonderful gun’s image.

Why Gun Shows Don’t Allow Loaded Guns



More than once have I read, from non shooters and anti-gunners, derision at the fact that gun shows are sticklers about not allowing loaded guns. They see that as obvious proof that gun owners are all negligent morons who cannot be trusted with their own safety, much less the safety of others.

Then comes a story like the one from last weekend, where a vendor at a gun show in Orangeville, Pennsylvania, accidentally shot a woman while demonstrating a concealed carry wallet holster.

In the same weekend, another person was killed at a gun show in Texas.

It’s obvious things are out of hand.

Fortunately, no. Here is the truth:

Probably no one is safer with loaded guns that the folks who attend gun shows, be they vendors, salespeople, or shoppers. Most have spent their lives around guns, and will go the rest of their lives with no incident.

But, the key to gun safety is awareness.

Pay attention.

Every gun show I have been to has had police at the door, reminding us to unload our guns before entering. So, it stands to reason (and a casual reading of the news reports confirms) that it is when you combine a lot of vendors, each excited to show their products, with a lot of excited shoppers, and the aisles are full and bustling, that the awareness shifts. Vendors, anxious to demonstrate the latest, overlook Rule 1. They are paying attention, just not to gun safety.

And accidents happen. And will happen.

So, once and for all, the reason we don’t allow loaded guns at gun shows isn’t because guns can’t be trusted, or gun owners can’t be trusted, it’s because, in all the excitement, awareness and attention get sidetracked.

Are accidents at gun shows a real epidemic in America? I think not.

A Google search will show that there aren’t a lot of accidents reported. One study even concludes that guns shows present no significant danger, either in accidents at the shows, or from the guns sold there.

On the other hand, there were 120 deaths among fast food workers in America in 2012.

Now, I know that comparing the two isn’t valid, and it’s probably something we would yell at the anti-gun crowd for. But my point is this – if we have that many deaths, and many more injuries, in a workplace where everyone should be paying attention to safety, don’t become inflamed when an isolated accident happens in a venue where people sometimes slip up and pay attention to other things.

So, the next time you’re at a gun show (especially if you are a vendor), pay attention to the Rules of Gun Safety. Always.

Now Playing – Projects

Over the next while I will be summarizing the various projects I have worked on and written about these last 3 years, under “PROJECTS” in the title bar.

The first one covers my 10/22 rifle Captain America.


Enjoy, I know I did when I did them.

For Once, Hillary Is Right

In a recent CNN town hall meeting, Hillary Clinton, who looks more and more like the leading Democratic presidential candidate for 2016, said this about gun control:

“We cannot let a minority of people — and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people — hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people.”

When I read (and re-read) that, the image in my mind was the huge crowd outside the NRA convention in Indianapolis.

Courtesy of National Review

Courtesy of National Review

It was estimated at times to be as large as 30 protesters. This compared to the 75,267 NRA members and supporters inside.

Or the 5 people who showed up last August to protest the thousand inside the GeorgiaCarry convention.

Time and again, this numerical disparity is demonstrated. A minority of misinformed people ranting about

  • Background checks – we already must have them
  • Automatic weapons – already heavily regulated, unless you can manage to buy them in Mexico from the BATF.
  • Gun Show loopholes – which don’t exist

Yes, for once, I agree with Her Majesty. It’s time for the minority to shut the hell up.

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