Link Soup: 11/29/2012

I’m up to my eyeballs in work stuff today, so although I’m hoping to get a post out later today, I wanted to share a few small tidbits and links with you all:

  • Kathy Jackson was on the Politics and Guns podcast recently, and she had (as always) some wonderful things to say. It’s a long podcast – her interview is more than an hour – but it’s very much worth a listen. Check it out here.
     
  • Jay G. has a thought-provoking post about an armed citizen who stopped a robbery at his jewelry business in San Jose, California. Notice that the police’s response was essentially “we encourage you to just comply with the criminal’s demands and not fight back.” Umm, yeah. I thought the 9/11 terrorist attacks taught us the folly of that line of thought. Apparently not. And I recently found out my local county sheriff worked in San Jose before he moved here, which doubtless explains his steadfast opposition to lawfully armed citizens.
     
  • Speaking of terrorism, here’s an interesting paper (PDF) from college professors John Mueller and Mark C. Stewart analyzing the risk of being a victim of terror. The table on page 16 is especially interesting; it seems you are nearly twice as likely to die in an accident involving a deer than you are to be killed in a terrorist attack in the United States. You’re also twice as likely to die in a household appliance mishap as a plane crash. Who knew?
     
  • There’s been some buzz in the news lately about whether people with computers and 3-D printers can “print” firearms. Mike over at Stately McDaniel Manor has a good rundown on why he thinks this isn’t worth the fuss anti-gun folks and the media are making about it.

Back to work now, but hopefully I’ll be back with you, and have a new post up, later today. In the meantime, thanks to my new readers and Facebook followers for joining me, and thank you all for your patience.

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One more bit of administrivia: A reader recently contacted me about submitting a guest post for this blog. I’ll hopefully be bringing you Lisa’s post soon, but I want to let you all know that I enthusiastically welcome on-topic guest posts. So if you have something you’d like to say, let’s talk!

Book Review: “The Cornered Cat: A Woman’s Guide to Concealed Carry”

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To say that Kathy Jackson knows her stuff when it comes to firearms and shooting is sort of like allowing thst Tiger Woods knows a thing or two about golf. Kathy is an instructor at the Firearms Academy of Seattle, teaches workshops for women through her Cornered Cat Training Company, and is the editor of US Concealed Carry magazine. She’s also the maintainer of Cornered Cat, which is perhaps the firearms and concealed carry resource going for women. (The site is a great resource for men who would like to help the women in their lives who want to shoot, too.)

I imagine Kathy probably wrote “The Cornered Cat: Concealed Carry for Women” at least in part because she got tired of people asking her when she’d make a book out of her Web site. The truth is, there are precious few resources out there specifically tailored toward women, and although I’ve been lucky enough to experience fairly little in the way of overt sexism in the gun community, there’s no question that the lion’s share of the material out there is geared toward men. Many gun books and magazines, and no small number of equipment manufacturers, seem to cater to the “tacti-cool” guys who want to play the “bigger, better, latest, greatest” game with their guns and gear. There’s nothing wrong with doing that, of course, but for a woman new to shooting, it can be a bit intimidating.

That’s where Kathy’s book comes in.

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