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Episode 176 – So Long and Thanks for all the Downloads

EP176 GunBlog VarietyCast Radio –  So Long and Thanks for all the Downloads

It’s a wrap! Episode 176, our finale, is the end of more than three years of weekly podcasting. We have farewell segments from Beth, Barron, former contributor Nicki, Miguel, Tiffany (and her Mom!), Co-host Emeritus Adam, Weer’d, and of course Erin and Sean.

Our sincerest thanks to our sponsors, both current (LuckyGunner and Remington, as well as Carolina Ceramic Coating) and former (The Law of Self Defense). We especially thank our longtime supporters at Firearms Policy Coalition for their generous support over the years.

Our biggest thanks are however reserved for you, our listeners. Thank you for downloading, listening, and subscribing. It was an honor to be invited into your lives each week.

Look for the show notes HERE!

GunBlog VarietyCast Radio Episode 175 – ‘Twas the ‘Cast Before Christmas

EP175 GunBlog VarietyCast Radio – ‘Twas the ‘Cast Before Christmas

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good podcast!

  • It will be Christmas Eve when this podcast drops, so in order to get everyone into the proper spirit, Beth performs a reading of “ ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas”… but with a twist!
  • A minister foils an Orange County church break-in by shooting out the tire on the fleeing suspect’s car. Sean takes a look.
  • You thought they just wanted to steal your data, but  now there’s malware that turns your computer into a Bitcoin miner for someone else. Barron tells you how to avoid having someone steal your computer’s processing power.
  • When you find yourself in a hole, you should stop digging. Miguel is here to talk about how to get your mind off your problems and find inner peace.
  • Those who want tighter controls on firearms ownership are always telling us that gun owners agree with them, so when Dave Workman and Alan Gottlieb wrote a widely-published article seeking that common ground, you’d expect that it would start an instant dialog with “Gun Safety Advocates.” Our special guest today is Dave Workman, here to tell us about the whole lot of nothing they heard from the the other side.
  • In Episode 171, Tiffany chatted with firearms trainer Aqil Qadir about using affinity groups to help connect separate firearms cultures. This week, she talks to Aqil about his law enforcement background and how we might begin to mend the frayed relationship between many black communities and police.
  • Not to be outdone by ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Erin tells us the story of the Nativity from a prepper point of view.
  • This week Weer’d takes on part two of the Jordan Klepper interview on Kickass Politics where he plugs his Comedy Central special “Jordan Klepper Solves Guns”.
  • And our Plug of the Week is the Survival Blanket 2.0.

Thanks to LuckyGunner and Remington for their sponsorship. And a special thanks to Firearms Policy Coalition for their support.

Look for the show notes HERE!

GunBlog VarietyCast Radio Episode 174 – What Caliber for Taylor Swift’s Husband?

EP174 GunBlog VarietyCast Radio – What Caliber for Taylor Swift’s Husband?

” ’Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood

You know it used to be mad love

So take a look what you’ve done

’Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!” — Taylor Swift, “Bad Blood”

  • Beth and her husband are getting ready to shoot a 3-gun “buddy match”. What is it? What kind of gear do you need? How do you practice for it? Listen and find out!
  • Where do they find each other? It sounds like a random shooting, but the records make it sound like more is going on. Sean takes a look.
  • Barron runs the websites for several pro-gun blogs, including the website for this podcast. He recently dealt with a bizarre issue where the websites were basically spamming people. He walks us through the thought processes necessary to effectively troubleshoot what turned out to be a rather complex problem.
  • Miguel is on assignment.
  • In this week’s Main Topic, Sean and Erin analyze the CNN article “How an ‘ugly,’ unwanted weapon became the most popular rifle in America”.
  • Tiffany is on assignment.
  • Holidays are naturally the most wonderful time of the year… except when they aren’t. Erin has some practical tips on how to manage holiday stress and depression.
  • Jordan Klepper, former Daily Show member and current host of “The Resistance” on Comedy Central made a special titled “Jordan Klepper Solves Guns” and it’s filled with anti-gun nuttery. Weer’d is here to set him straight.
  • And our Plug of the Week is the NeuYear Monday First Large Wall Calendar.

Thanks to LuckyGunner and Remington for their sponsorship. And a special thanks to Firearms Policy Coalition for their support.

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GunBlog VarietyCast Radio Episode 173 – Too Many Acronyms

EP173 GunBlog VarietyCast Radio – Too Many Acronyms

GOA and NAGR tried to make HR38 DOA with FUD.

  • Self Defense with Kids and Dogs! No, not using your kids as shields or throwing dogs at intruders. Instead, Beth discusses the self-defense options that are available when you have small children and/or dogs.
  • In a story that hits a little too close to home, Sean knew the victim (but not the son) in “Friends, family grieve after Franklinton man killed, allegedly by his son.”
  • Barron is back with us this week to talk about why you should keep your cell phone number secure, safe, and private.
  • Miguel has a temper. The guy in that truck you just accidentally cut off has a temper. You have a temper. In this “Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” Miguel offers some tips for how to avoid having the worst part of you make the worst decisions possible.
  • In this week’s Main Topic, Sean and Erin discuss the “Fix NICS” half of HR38, and why you shouldn’t let the freakout by GOA and NAGR over NICS frighten you away from supporting this important bill.
  • Tiffany is attending a week-long Deadly Force Instructor course in Live Oak, FL. She has just enough time on a break to record  her thoughts on why you should attend… and stay tuned for a surprise cameo!
  • It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year for you to buy stocking stuffers for the preppers in your life. Erin makes a list, and you should check it twice.
  • There was so much anti-gun nuttery on the “Professor Puppet” video Weer’d did last week, he had to come back for more.
  • And our Plug of the Week is Contact Your Senators and ask them to support HR38 Concealed Carry Reciprocity.

Thanks to LuckyGunner and Remington for their sponsorship. And a special thanks to Firearms Policy Coalition for their support.

Look for the show notes HERE!

GunBlog VarietyCast Radio Episode 172 – Vacuums Suck

EP172 GunBlog VarietyCast Radio – Vacuums Suck

But in a good way!

  • Beth has never done yoga because she’s not flexible. But that’s the whole point of yoga! Similarly, some people don’t get involved with firearms training because they aren’t proficient with firearms.
  • It’s a story with a happy ending, then a sad one: a robbery suspect is beaten with bat by Raleigh store clerk. Sean explains.
  • Barron is on assignment
  • Talk is cheap, and talk without the skills and knowledge to back it up is even cheaper. Miguel is tired of the fake outrage at those who didn’t help a woman and child shot by a gunman.
  • In this week’s Main Topic, Sean and Erin talk about HR38, the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity, which just passed the House Judiciary Committee.
  • Tiffany is on assignment.
  • Just because something sucks doesn’t mean it’s bad. Erin talks about vacuum sealers.
  • All through life,  one must seek intellectual guidance on complicated issues. Who better to seek knowledge from than a puppet,  especially a puppet that’s an anti-gun nut! Yes, Weer’d is about to Fisk a puppet.
  • And our Plug of the Week is the TOPOKO 25 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Water Bottle.

Thanks to LuckyGunner and Remington for their sponsorship. And a special thanks to Firearms Policy Coalition for their support.

Look for the show notes HERE!

GunBlog VarietyCast Radio Episode 171 – Talking Turkey

EP171 GunBlog VarietyCast Radio – Talking Turkey

We recorded this on Thanksgiving, between Erin’s lunch and Sean’s dinner. We apologize if listening makes you hungry.

  • Beth is on assignment.
  • A burglar is shot and captured. But what did he do just before that? And who were they, really? Sean takes a look.
  • Risk vs. Reward is as important a consideration in the Tech world as in real life. Barron is back to talk about doing a proper risk assessment.
  • Miguel is still on assignment.
  • In this week’s Main Topic, Sean and Erin the tackles the “Giffords! Courage to Fight Gun Violence!” new position paper “Legal and Lethal: 9 Products That Could be the Next Bump Stock.” <Dramatic Music>
  • Tiffany recently appeared on the Polite Society Podcast with fellow Rangemaster-certified instructor Aqil Qadir. She was so intrigued by his story that she asked if he would sit for an interview.
  • Erin spent the week shooting a gun in her back yard. Don’t worry, it was an air gun. She’s going to tell you about it and the heavy duty bullet trap she needed to make sure everything was safe.
  • Anti-Gun Researcher Tom Gabor is back, and he’s not any more factual than last week. Weer’d issues the appropriate corrective.
  • And our Plug of the Week is Silver Spoon, a really awesome Russian cop drama on Netflix.

Thanks to LuckyGunner and Remington for their sponsorship. And a special thanks to Firearms Policy Coalition for their support.

Look for the show notes HERE!

GunBlog VarietyCast Radio Episode 170 – Weer’d Underpants

EP170 GunBlog VarietyCast Radio – Weer’d Underpants

Erin wanted to call this the “Zombie Miguel Episode” but figured that would just confuse people.

  • Beth feels that  RSO’s — Range Safety Officers — are basically the black belts of the gun world. She and her husband explain why.
  • Homeless guy beats another man to death in a trailer. Sean looks at his permanent record.
  • Barron is on assignment.
  • Miguel is not so much on assignment as “wandering about Southern Florida, looking for his brain.” His words, not ours.
  • In this week’s Main Topic, Sean and Erin discuss the dumbest GQ article ever: “Inside the Federal Bureau Of Way Too Many Guns”.
  • Pro-gun votes are good, but integrity is better. Tiffany weighs in with her opinion on the matter of Roy Moore.
  • Erin finally noticed that in 169 episodes, she’s never once talked about sharpening your knives.
  • Anti-Gun Researcher Tom Gabor speaks out against Stand Your Ground and whatever else comes to mind. Weer’d brings the facts.
  • And our Plug of the Week is the “Captain Underpants” series of books. Weer’d’s daughter LaWeer’da tells us more.

Thanks to LuckyGunner and Remington for their sponsorship. And a special thanks to Firearms Policy Coalition for their support.

Look for the show notes HERE!

GunBlog VarietyCast Radio Episode 169 – The Personification of the Firearm

 

EP169 GunBlog VarietyCast Radio – The Personification of the Firearm

“The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.” ― Col. Jeff Cooper, “Art of the Rifle”

  • Beth detests the phrase “gun violence”. She’s talked about that before, so if she brings it up again, it must mean it’s important! She has more examples and details.
  • A cop walks into a gas station just in time to interrupt an armed robbery. Sean tells us how this story ends.
  • Barron is on assignment.
  • In this week’s Mental Flea Market, Miguel reminds us that some SOB won’t try to murder you just because you’re worshiping God.
  • David Yamane, sociologist and new member of the Gun Culture, has been saying it for a while now, but it bears repeating: the laser focus of gun control advocates on the criminal use of firearms ignores the REAL gun culture, which is the average gun-owning citizen.
  • Tiffany is on assignment.
  • Avoid that sedative! Erin explains how sleeping too soon after trauma can negatively affect your ability to recover from it.
  • A lone anti-gun crusader has proposed a “national gun buyback day”.  Weer’d looks at the lies and delusions of grandeur as this nut promotes his little pipe dream.
  • And our Plug of the Week is MAG-20 / Classroom – Armed Citizen’s Rules of Engagement.

Thanks to LuckyGunner and Remington for their sponsorship. And a special thanks to Firearms Policy Coalition for their support.

Look for the show notes HERE!

GunBlog VarietyCast Radio Episode 168 – The “I Can’t Think of a Good Title” Episode

EP168 GunBlog VarietyCast Radio – The “I Can’t Think of a Good Title” Episode

Erin is back, Miguel hurts, Tiffany pops bubbles and Beth loves socks.

  • What do flashlights, tourniquets, and socks have in common? Beth answers that question as she tells us about attending a class taught by The Complete Combatant.
  • The suspect in a Halifax quadruple murder was out on bond at the time of the killings. What had he been charged with? Sean looks a little deeper
  • Barron is on assignment.
  • The past is catching up with Miguel. The bills from his past misdeeds are coming due, and it’s all because he lived by the mantra “No Pain, No Gain”.
  • The anti-gun podcast Loaded Conversations had what they billed as a “Constitutional Scholar” on episode 16 who made all sorts of untrue statements about guns, the law, and the Constitution. We asked noted gun law expert Alan Korwin to weigh in on what this 3rd Year law student had to say.
  • What can Second Amendment advocates learn from lefty liberal lifelong democrat and former NPR CEO, Ken Stern? Tiffany explains in this week’s episode of The Bridge.
  • After every emergency, good preppers evaluate what they did wrong and what needs to change so things go right next time. Erin lists the lessons learned from her dog attack.
  • To bring light to the misinformation on the 2nd Amendment Debate, a Progressive host invites a bunch of Bloomberg stooges to spout their propaganda in response to softball straw-man questions!  Weer’d brings the voice of reason they intentionally excluded in.
  • And out Plug of the Week is the Dirty John podcast.

Thanks to LuckyGunner and Remington for their sponsorship. And a special thanks to Firearms Policy Coalition for their support.

Look for the show notes HERE!

GunBlog VarietyCast Radio Episode 167 – Dog Bites and Murder Insurance

EP167 GunBlog VarietyCast Radio – Dog Bites and Murder Insurance

Weer’d is still pulling Stunt Cohost duty (no word on what kind of dress he’s wearing this week).

  • MURDER INSURANCE!!! That’s what some anti-gun people are calling paid self-defense plans. Our own Beth Alcazar, who works for a company which offers such plans, talks about her encounter with the media on this issue.
  • Police chase a teen driver after a drive-by shooting,and his mom hits every trope in the interview. Sean tells us more.
  • Barron, Miguel, and Tiffany are on assignment.
  • Erin is back… sort of. She’s not up to hosting just yet, but she did record a lengthy segment about her incident and her recovery so far.
  • Michael Bloomberg is pushing hard against the SHARE act and Concealed Carry Reciprocity using “Celebrities” and virtually no production values! You know that Weer’d couldn’t pass that up.
  • And out Plug of the Week is The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook.

Thanks to LuckyGunner and Remington for their sponsorship. And a special thanks to Firearms Policy Coalition for their support.

Find the show notes HERE!