[Image blatantly stolen from Legal Insurrection, who probably stole it from somewhere else]
I’m behind, and I’m sorry. The holidays are busy as hell here. But since apparently gun control is back on the menu for this political season (in that democrats are going to force feed it to us via the media.) I thought we’d return to my favorite failed attack of the season thus far. I won’t recap the background in full as you already know it (and if not the LI link above will give it to you, but also come out from under your rock.) But the gist of it is, crazy liberal journalists insisted Cruz’s open break action was still highly dangerous because GUN! and was likely to go off and shoot someone. (By the by, the picture of the Gizmodo guy in the LI article holding his gun upside down by the stock? Great way to shoot yourself in the foot if you trip. But he’s blindly following rules I guess.)
Having finally had 3 minutes to think about it. (OK, 45 seconds followed by 2:15 of laughing.) I thought that perhaps what we finally needed was a clear and convincing test to screen out once and for all the idiots in journalism who likely have never seen a gun in person (much less fired them.) I have some (limited) background developing tools like this so I thought I’d give it a try.
And so I present my test:
You see a turtle lying (Sorry wrong script let’s try this again.)
After a weekend at a friends farm plinking, you set up on your L-shaped workbench to clean your Ruger 10/22. The Trigger assembly and bolt lay in front of you, the barrel and receiver (still attached) lay to your right. The stock is…just imagine wherever it is I can’t tell you everything. You get up to get a glass of water, return and pick up the trigger assembly to brush it out, when your wife comes in surprising you. You turn around dropping the trigger. Which of the following runs through your mind:
- Oh god, I should have never bought a gun, they’re so dangerous! WHAT HAVE I DONE.
- What direction did I leave the barrel facing?!
- Was the safety on?!
- Whelp, now she won’t be able to complain when I buy that new upgraded trigger I wanted.
- [Other, please explain]
Also, since this test is in Common Core format to accommodate your journalism degrees, you must explain your answer. Please note, only one answer is correct (with possible exceptions for properly explained “Other.”)
So there you go, administer this short test to any journalist and see if they pass it.
(PS, sorry the multiple choice isn’t “a, b, c” etc. WordPress is overriding what little HTML I know.)
11:30CST Update: Added a sentence refreshing people’s memory about the Cruz thing since I’m apparently farther behind than I thought.