Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Interview, WAMU, Range and Denny's

OK guys, I did the interview with Rosa and it went very well. Rosa is going to do a good job on this and was not weirded out by anything. She interviewed us for 2.5 hours, got 12031'd with us (she wanted to carry a gun and I had my Single Six, she was thoroughly stoked :) ), was delighted about her first shooting experience and just generally took everything in. Grammaton76 spent a great deal of time with her on pistols and we also got her to shoot a Mini-14, Keltec SU-16 and AR-15 to show her the difference in weapon type but how they are all essentially the same rifle (to illustrate the "assault weapon" crap). All in all, this was an EXCELLENT interview!

Some highlights from the day

-Really weird druggie guy trying to explain how we should put away our guns, asking to see our guns and explaining how Jesus Christ is against violence, etc. Sam, grammaton76 and myself all took turns arguing with him. Audio posted here, it is priceless!

-Meeting a girl and her boyfriend that had a pet pygmy goat on the beach! Totally cool! Lifeguards came by and said that they just had to put a leash on it but couldn't do anything else since it isn't a dog. Apparently, said goat loves cigarette butts and wine... druggie goat!

-Some random guy saying "This isn't Mexico!" and reporting us to the police. I tried to inform him of Mexican laws but he wouldn't listen to reason as he thought we were in the wrong. Kind of funny to think that he, a disarmed person out for a jog, would have an effect on us?

-Police eventually finding us and performing a VERY PROFESSIONAL 12031 check on all of us... as in, no questions asked beyond "does your holster have any form of retention on it?" WAV FILES HERE! (Only 21 days until expiration!)

-Meeting some nice ladies at the range and educating them on marksmanship and safety. I gave them my phone number, email address, Calguns.net handle and the complimentary schpeal about Calguns and the ladies section and said that I would be happy to accompany them to the range again if they wanted to learn more. Very nice ladies and they were very interested in shooting (Sam and I were primarily instructing them, grammaton76 was training Rosa at the time :) )

-DGM employees only billing for the initial $10 range fee and the muff rentals for both lanes ($24 total) because I was bugged twice about OCing in the store. They all apologized for not knowing/bugging me but I said it was a lot better than what was received at the boardwalk so no harm done :). It was really fun to see the guy that was busting my balls the first time I OC'd look at me, roll his eyes and say nothing the entire time, haha!

-Rosa said that she might want to buy a rifle after she gets her camera fixed! We will see what happens but she really liked my 10/22. I think that for the sake of economy, a Marlin 60 would also be a good choice but she is going to call me when she is ready.

In other news, KPBS won't agree to the terms of the interview, as Amita's editor, Alan, does not see how a range trip could make Amita more knowledgeable about gun laws than an interview at Starbucks, this coming from a man that said essentially admitted that revolvers are "assault weapons". I believe that KPBS was just looking to do a hack job on OC and I am putting the word out there on OCDO and CG to tell people to stand down on any interviews with them, at least until further notice.

I also open carried into WAMU bank today not once, but twice; once to cash my checks and once to go get my cell phone that I left there. Both were eventless.

I also open carried into Denny's at around 10:30pm while visiting a friend of mine whom I haven't seen in a while. I thought for sure one guy was going to call the cops on me but as usual, no issues.

I know this post is a little disorganized but it is 2AM and what good is an interview if I don't make you guys wait for it in the SD Reader? :)

CARRY ON!

-N8

P.S. I got my business cards today!

6 comments:

Flintlock Tom said...

Good job, Nate. I look forward to reading the article.
Any idea when the article will be published?

elsensei said...

The coolest part about the 12031 check, even though it's a violation of the 4th amendment, is that my first one took 2 hours with me in handcuffs, and this second one, if you take out Grammaton76's commentary at the end, took about 60 seconds for 4 people!

Paul said...

Rosa carrying and getting 12031(e) checked - that is awesome!

TrackerPacker said...

I know, talk about the full experience!

J.R. said...

Brilliant!

Now I REALLY see no reason to ever donate to NPR or KPBS. The internet means it is no longer possible to be excusably ignorant. Intentional disregard of the facts should equal termination of government funding as well.

TwitchALot said...

"Meeting a few pretty ladies at the range and educating them on marksmanship and safety. I gave them my phone number, email address, Calguns.net handle and the complimentary schpeal about Calguns and the ladies section and said that I would be happy to accompany them to the range again if they wanted to learn more (hehehe...)."

I see you've learned from your mistakes. ;)