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Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Newsletter

October 14, 2014

 

Get Off Your Butt - Get In The Fight!

Well, it's way past time for another Truth Squad newsletter. Man, we've been busy with production on Gun Talk (TV), Guns & Gear, First Person Defender, and other video projects. But ...

IT'S TIME. The midterm elections are a couple of weeks away, and this election is important. It's possible that the Republican Party could gain control of the Senate. Not that I think the Republicans are always our friends on gun rights, but on average they are much better than the Democrats. 

The House has sent hundreds of bills to the Senate, only to see them die because Harry Reid won't allow them to come up for a vote. Also, remember that it's the Senate which confirms Presidential nominations. This is HUGE! 

To find out where your candidates stand on gun rights, visit www.gunvote.org. Also, talk it up with your friends, make sure your hunting or gun club gets out an alert on the elections, volunteer to man the phone banks of a good candidate (they can use the help this close to the election), and even work with a local gun store for a promotion offering some special deal when you go in on election day after voting.

Seriously. This one is important. Get in the fight!

Gun Safety. Again. And AGAIN.

When I went on an on-air rant about gun safety recently, it generated a number of emails of thanks, along with some "I did this" stories. It's easy to get complacent. You must make safety part of who you are, not just what you do. You must BECOME the safety officer. It's an all-time commitment. When we talk about this being a lifestyle change, we are talking about you making it one of the most important things in your life. This applies especially if you are committing to carrying a gun for protection.

With names removed to avoid embarrassment, here are a couple of those stories.

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“Since you were talking about gun safety on the after show I thought I would give you my story about safety for me.

Starters, my friends and girlfriend all think I am too precautious when it comes to gun safety. I have a friend that will leave a loaded gun on the bench at the range and walk away, and when he comes back it is unloaded, mag out and the plus one sitting next to it with action open. And they always know it is me - haha.

But besides that, my story behind my being so anal (or what I just believe to be safe) comes from when I was 16 ( I am 26 now). I liked to shoot my brothers pellet gun in the back yard, and I would often have a friend over and we would shoot bottles and cans. Well, one day I had handed him the pistol, (daisy pump target pistol), so I could get something out of a cabinet, and before I could even turn around I heard the pellet gun go off and heard a ringing between my ears. He had shot me about a half inch away from my temple on my head. In shock, I had felt my head and, of course, there was blood. I ended up being OK, only because the air gun was old and had a leak in the air chamber and most of the air had leaked out.

But because of that, even before anyone could teach me gun safety, I had learned and taught my self to check, check again, and before you pull the trigger in a safe direction to check one last time. Thank god I am OK today and it did not deter me for my future love for firearms.

P.S. Mom and Dad were divorced, so he wasn't around to teach me. Mom didn't like anything with a trigger beside an egg beater and my brothers were always to busy. So I learned the hard way.

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“Great job talking about gun safety yesterday.  

I have never shared this with any one, other than my wife, but I had a NEGLIGENT discharge with a Glock about six years ago. I was disassembling my carry gun, pulled the magazine out, set it on the bed, and let the dog outside. When I picked it up again, I didn't clear the round in the chamber. I pointed it at my bed, pulled the trigger, and put a 180 grain Gold Dot through two pillows, a TempurPedic mattress, solid wood bed frame, the sheetrock, and it lodged in the 2x6 wall stud where it still sits today.

Needless to say, my opinions on gun safety changed that day. Nor do I carry a Glock any more (not that it was the gun's fault).

Reminding people of gun safety cannot be done too often. I also appreciate how you reiterate this all the time on your TV shows.

Love the show!

P.S.  The one other thing that sticks with me about that event is how loud a handgun is inside a house. I literally could not hear for a good 20 minutes, and had loud high pitched ringing for many hours. If you have to fire a gun in your house without hearing protection, don't plan on communicating verbally after that. (I couldn't imagine an AR being shot inside.)”

 

How Do You Listen to Gun Talk Radio?

Here's a quick question: How do you listen to Tom Gresham's Gun Talk radio show? 

Head over to our Facebook page (you don't have to have a Facebook account to read the page, but you DO have to join to comment), or to my Twitter account, or email us at info@guntalk.com, and let us know how you are getting Gun Talk.

Lots of options! Of course, you can listen on a "terrestrial" radio station. To find a station near you (or when you travel), look here. 

Many people do the "radio DVR" thing by listening to the podcast. You can download it directly from here. You can also set it up to download automatically via iTunes. Gun Talk also is available through Stitcher, iHeart Radio, YouTube, and live streaming on the web.

Plus, you can listen on Glen Beck's "The Blaze Radio" every Sunday from 4pm to 7pm Eastern at http://www.theblaze.com/radio/. Yes, Gun Talk is on The Blaze! 

One more big "get" for Gun Talk. We just started beaming into the Chicago market. That's the number THREE market in the U.S.. It's where Rahm Emanuel is mayor. It's where we won several critical court cases. It's where concealed carry came to the last state holding out. It's huge! A big Gun Talk Attaboy to WCGO radio (1590AM) for picking up Gun Talk (live on Sundays from 1pm-3pm CT).

 

Giveaways and Discounts

Enter to win with Taurus by Friday, October 31st: Grand Prize winner receives a Taurus Millennium G2 Sub-Compact in 9mm. Enter at www.guntalk.com/win today!

Also, a new GTR sponsor - Comfort Holsters - is offering listeners 10% off when you enter the code 'TOM' at checkout, at www.comfortholsters.com. Check out their Made in the USA, gel-backed holsters!

 

When to Watch

You can catch Gun Talk Television and Guns & Gear TV on Pursuit Channel. Find Pursuit Channel on many cable providers, and on DISH Network Ch. 393 and DirecTV Ch. 604.

Gun Talk Television airs on Mondays at 8:00 am Eastern, Wednesdays at 12:30 pm ET, Fridays at 9:30 pm ET, and Sundays at 1:00 am ET.

Guns & Gear TV airs on Mondays at 8:30 am and 11:30 pm Eastern, Wednesdays at 2:30 pm ET, Fridays at 10:30 pm ET, and Sundays at 1:30 am ET.

Both shows will be back on the Sportsman Channel in January.

 

Stay Connected

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