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Chris’s Blog

While I do some of the writing chores, my main role is behind the scenes. In particular, look for updates about the web site here. We’ve added several new features recently and there are more to come. Please let me know what you think. You can reach us by following the Contact Us link in the menu.

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Chris Knox 

The Next Ex-NRA Board Member

Joaquin Jackson: my favorite candidate next former NRA Board member. 

My dad got drummed off the Board for independently and "without portfolio" lobbying Congress to follow NRA Board policy which NRA had turned away from.  This guy, while waving his  Board credentials, calls for banning all but five-round magazines for "assault weapons."

If you know any Board members, maybe they need to hear from you.

Speaking of which, contact information for Board members might be a useful thing.  We'll work on that.  

Please let us know of any developments from this interview. 

Site News

Want to be alerted when new items are added to The Firearms Coalition site?  I've added a feature that allows you to subscribe to the various categories.  Look for the "Subscribe" link on the bottom of the menu after you've logged in.  It's handy for those of us who haven't caught up with the newsfeed trend and still just troll email.

More cool stuff on the way.

ABC Examines Concealed Carry on Campus

ABC News is covering the topic of concealed carry on campus.  See the story behind this link.  I was struck reading it how much the story echoes an older Knox Report column that I have posted here on our site.  The coverage also echoes the HELPS (Higher Education Lawful Personal Security) Act which we hope to see introduced this year which Jeff describes in a forthcoming Knox Report column.  The HELPS Act should prompt some interesting discussions in the months and years to come.

AK-47 As The Open Source Rifle

"Open Source" is a familiar term among computer cognoscenti. It's what brought us the Linux operating system, the GNU tool suite, the Firefox browser and all manner of other handy tools free for the downloading. "The Register," a sharp-tongued UK-based online computer magazine, has a feature" calling the AK-47 "the open-source weapon that took the world by storm." Bearing in mind that the authors aren't primarily gunnies, it's a decent overview of the history and development of the AK-47 and its family, even linking to an article explaining the origins of the "assault rifle" with the Nazi Sturmgewehr 44.


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Blast From the Past — AK-47 Video

Over twenty years ago, Neal Knox teamed up with Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America to try out the latest technology:  A VHS video recorder.  Their object?  An experiment in comparative terminal ballistics:  Shoot watermelons and see what gun makes the biggest splash.

The hot issue of the day was the awesome power of the AK-47.  Keep in mind the context of the times, massacres in Stockton, California, Louisville, Kentucky and elsewhere were raw memories.  The media, as Josh Sugarmann had predicted, was in a frenzy over “para-military” weapons and “assault weapons.”  Even today, it’s not unusual to see a nicely groomed news-reader gasp over the power of the AK-47.  And let’s just forget about the crime dramas.

It’s amazing how little has changed over the past twenty years.  Every TV station’s news department has the consumer reporter who investigates extravagant claims.  But I’ve never seen one of those guys investigate his colleagues’ claims of the over-stated power of an AK.  This despite the fact that it makes for some really cool video.

I finally got around to digitizing a copy of The Truth About AK-47 Firepower and, with the kind permission of Larry Pratt, posted it to YouTube.  To comply with YouTube’s file size restrictions, I had to cut out Larry’s narrative.  The, uh, juicy parts are all there.  Just follow the link below: Continue reading Blast From the Past — AK-47 Video

Militarized Cops

I'm not ordinarily a channel surfer, but stuck in a hotel room recently, I tuned in to Dallas SWAT.  It's a video ride-along with SWAT teams in various parts of the country — this one was in Detroit.   I've seen scarier things on TV in the past few years from the September 11 attacks to the Waco horror.  But this one was scary because it was so routine.  Detroit cops working with the Secret Service served a search warrant against the house of someone accused of — get this  — identity theft! 

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Sesame Street/NRA-ILA Contribution Tie-In

Something for the "Oh, for pity's sake!" file from the Philadelphia Daily News.  What I love is the way the newsies twist it around to where Elmo's threatening someone…


NRA -Sesame Place tie draws gun-foes' fire

By GLORIA CAMPISI 215-854-5935

Put the gun down, Elmo.

That's the war cry of gun-control advocates after learning that a National Rifle Association Web site is offering discounted tickets to Sesame Place and other kid-friendly theme parks – in return for donations to the NRA's political arm, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA).

"This is a very strange thing, the connection between guns, the NRA and Sesame Place," said Bryan Miller, executive director of Ceasefire NJ. "It looks to me like a PR nightmare."

"There is no conflict of interest by having the theme-park tickets available," said NRA spokeswoman Ashley Varner.


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Publishing CCW Lists

Our friends at Buckeye Firearms Association, responding to the Sandusky Register publishing a list of Ohio CCW holders by publishing the personal information of the reporter under whose byline the story appeared.  Read about it at  "What harm coul possibly come from publishing those lists?"  "Doesn't the public have a right to know?"  Well, there are examples of real harm.  We have to wonder where exactly the public interest crosses the line into intrusion.