Regular readers of this weblog may remember that my father came to the conclusion that he should start lawfully bearing arms after reading a particularly bigoted, narrow-minded, anti-Constitutional article penned by Rob Woutat, a "community columnist" for the Kitsap Sun. Suffice to say, I was quite amused at how an obvious anti-rights cultist had successfully alienated a recent fence-sitter, not only to the point of owning firearms, but also to the point of carrying them, but wait, it gets better.
From an email recently received from my father:
OK – just back from the range. Your mom and I are now routinely producing 3"-4" groups at 15 yards with all of the handguns. I even managed two 2" groups with the .45. We were feeling pretty spunky, considering all the spray-and-prays on the range with us until we went to leave. A gent was one handing a .45 at 25 yards, popping a 3" group. Must practice more…
Didn’t take the Mossberg – raining. But here’s the portrait:
Magazine holds 5 rounds, with 5 more at the ready. It don’t look a whole lot like your competition trophy any more, do it? [...]
I really ought to send Rob Woutat a note of thanks for that wonderful piece of ‘journalism’ he wrote earlier this year. I certainly found it motivating!
(I must confess to failing at my gunblogger duties and not photographing the Mossberg before I gave it to my father, but suffice to say that it used to be a fairly standard, wood-furnitured, long-barreled, vented-rib-equipped, "traditional" shotgun.)
Thanks to your extremist diatribe supporting the arbitrary and nonsensical abridgement of law-abiding citizens’ Constitutionally-protected rights, Mr. Woutat, yet another "evil black shotgun" is born, and a few more folks are enthusiastically learning how to competently and effectively defend themselves. I sincerely doubt that was the intent of your "drug-induced fantasy", to quote my father, but I thank you for it all the same.
Oh, and for the one magazine it was able to shoot, my father seemed to thoroughly enjoy my AR-15 – a magazine-fed center-fire rifle that you no doubt consider to be an "assault weapon" despite the idiocy of that contrived moniker – and it would not surprise me at all if something similar to it were added to his armory in the future. (And speaking of accuracy, he was bouncing a 3"x6" piece of wood around the berm 100 yards away, with that being his first time behind that particular rifle.)
In the end, recreational shooting is all manner of fun, defending yourself and your family can literally be a matter of life and death, and exercising your Constitutionally-protected rights is part-and-parcel of being American. What do "gun control" extremists like Rob Woutat have that could even compare, much less compete?
Eat your heart out, Rob.