Tag: May 2016 Series

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“That Gates is a damned fool. Going muzzle to muzzle in the open field with redcoats—it’s madness.” With these words, Benjamin Martin, played by Mel Gibson in the (I think outstanding) 2000 film The Patriot voices much of modernity’s scorn for the warfare of the past, as well as general sense of American superiority over […]

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So You’ve Decided Not to Own a Gun…

 

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I recently attended the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting, and given the title of this post and the NRA’s reputation, I’ll bet you’re expecting me to write a long missive about why gun ownership is for everyone and you’re crazy if you don’t want to own a gun.

Nothing could be further from the truth. There are many good reasons not to own a gun, and gun ownership is not to be taken lightly. Taking control of your personal security and the security of your loved ones is one of the most adult decisions you can make in your life and, sometimes, the answer to that question is “no.”

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When hearing the words “naval gun,” one usually associates it with the big 12+ inch guns used on 20th century battleships, culminating with the 18.1 inch guns used on the Japanese Yamato class, which displaced over 70,000 tons. But big guns were relatively ineffective at the World War I Battle of Jutland, where only 3 […]

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