Skip to comments.Slow news day when Workman is hot item in Seattle Times(WA)
Posted on 04/26/2012 5:36:32 AM PDT by marktwain
Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat put one out of the park Wednesday morning with a column on the sharply rising number of active concealed pistol licenses in Washington State, in which this columnist was, er, liberally quoted.
And quoted accurately, I might add. Did Workman really say firearms are dangerous? Uh, huh, because that happens to be true; if youre not careful with a firearm, youll get an education about 30 seconds after you need it.
An old Texas Ranger once related how one of his colleagues had apparently been approached by a lady who had been observing the cocked-and-locked .45-caliber Colt Model 1911 semiautomatic pistol on his hip.
Said the lady: Isnt that dangerous?
Replied the Ranger: Youre damn right it is.
Seriously, firearms in the hands of neophytes (or deliberately ignorant anti-gunners) can be very dangerous.
Why else would the National Rifle Association have wisely invested millions of dollars in developing successful firearms safety training programs and creating a network of volunteer certified firearms instructors across the United States? The NRA cant do much about educationally challenged anti-gunners, but it has done a remarkable job of teaching millions of Americans the safe and proper handling of firearms. Firearms accidents have declined dramatically over the decades that NRA instructors have been busily passing along their knowledge.
Westneat explores the rise in gun ownership and concealed carry perhaps the best way the Seattle Times knows how: He chatted with Ralph Fascitelli, the hoplophobic president of Washington CeaseFire, the organization discussed Tuesday by this column.
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In the fifties he ran a bar in North Carolina IIRC. He would carry two Colt Commanders with the grip safeties deactivated by rubber bands, hammers cocked, safeties on. If asked “Isn't that dangerous” he would reply “You damn betcha”. Occasionally, he would pull one or both out and fire a coupla rounds into the ceiling, which was related to be not quite as reckless as it sounds since he was the only person who lived upstairs.
I really can't remember the source. My best guess is an early sixties copy of “Guns” or, same time frame, one of those “Guns and Ammo” Quarterlies or the Specials they used to do (such as “Jeff Cooper on Handguns”).