In a recent episode of Noir Colion had a day at the range and drank some alcohol afterwards. The NRA captioned the scene with a disclaimer not to drink before or during shooting, but rather to wait until you are done. Colion has had a drink a few times after shooting and they always do this disclaimer. I fully agree with it, but one of the episodes also included a trip to a cigar shop so I jokingly made a disclaimer comment mentioning that cigar smoke causes death. A few people took me seriously but it later digressed into a conversation regarding gun control.
The person in favor of gun control was calling semi automatic weapons machine guns. A machine gun is defined as fully automatic and while semi automatic is similar in many ways it is still different. Someone else mentioned that true assault rifles (full auto) were already banned. The anti gunner said the pro gunner needed to learn the difference between an assault rifle and an assault weapon. I told them the difference is mostly cosmetic since a ruger mini 14 with a wood stock and rifle grip is considered a ranch gun while the same rifle with a black synthetic stock and pistol grip would be called an assault weapon. It doesn’t change the capacity, the speed, or the power of a gun. It only changes how it looks and how it feels in your hands.
So he asked me why people do it then. That’s a pretty fair question. If it doesn’t make the gun any more effective then why do it?
It’s the personal touch. Everyone has a preference. Good guns are a pretty considerable investment. When you spend a lot of money on something that you might plan on owning for a lifetime why wouldn’t you want it made just the way you want it? Some people like simple iron sights, some like scopes, some like red dot sights, some like lasers, some like solid stocks, some like folding, some like telescoping. There is an almost limitless variety of gun parts out there. Some feel better in your hands, some fit your body better, some look more appealing.
A common portrayal of gun ownership is that it is used only for harming people and the people that own them are blood thirsty monsters that want to cause as much destruction as humanly possible. There are a few people like that out there, but it’s such a minor amount. It’s like a percent of a percent of a percent or some such low fraction. Some people want a good sporting piece and they like a pistol grip with vertical foregrip better than a normal rifle grip and handguard.
Well, while beat up wood can have some aesthetic allure, if I had a rifle I really liked but also wanted to use regularly, I’d probably replace the wood by synthetic whenever I took it out to preserve it’s looks and maybe even resale value. This of course if the synthetics available for that model had the quality.
Raising the question “why would people choose synthetic over wood?” also raises the question “why are guns made with wood furniture in the first place?”. If we look at it, the polymer is the practical and the wood is the aesthetic, not the other way around.
It’s difficult to explain this to some people, but comfort is a big deal. One part of car safety is adjusting the seat and mirrors because everyone is different. Pretending that one size fits all or that people just send their stocks to be lengthened or shortened all the time is detaching oneself from reality. That’s why adjusting stocks and different buttpads exist. In the Mini-14 the grip is always the same in classic stocks, in an AR the same receiver can take the grip that is most comfortable.
Sometimes it’s not even about personal preference, it’s the way it has to be. A lot of people would take away that “personal preference” away from gun rights, in Germany people can’t put lasers or flashlights on their weapons.
Boss fired language writer because he thought his article about homophones was about promoting homosexuality
Tim Torkildson, a former employee at the Nomen Global Language Center based in Utah, says he was removed from his role as head of social media because of the mistake.
His boss claimed his article, which explained homophones means words that sound the same but have different meanings (such as their and there), could give off the impression the school promoted homosexuality.
While they both come from the Greek word ‘homo’ – which means ‘same’ – they mean, like ‘homo sapien’ or ‘homophobia’, very different things.
Speaking to the Salt Lake City Tribune, Torkildson said after the post went public he was called into the office of the company’s owner Clarke Woodger.
Woodger then told him he was fired.
Torkildson posted the conversation between the two on Facebook, with Woodger saying the social media writer ‘could not be trusted’.
The explanation to homophones has now been removed from the language school’s website.
Torkildson said he thought the post was relatively straightforward, and something those in the early stages of learning English would find useful.
Are you fucking kidding me?