Oh my, where to start today? Perhaps we shall take a glance at the U.S. Supreme Court. Though divided in their vote, they passed a ruling that allows law enforcement agencies to take a cheek swab for DNA testing at time of arrest of anyone, without a warrant, and regardless of whether or not the person was wrongly arrested. Of course I am not implying the cops make mistakes, but like me, they too are human. I don’t know how I feel about this. So now you will be asked for your name, address, driver’s license and DNA sample? Could you imagine checking out at the grocery store and after swiping your VIC card they announce that your DNA doesn’t match (probably since you grabbed your spouse’s keys by accident) and refuse to give you discounts? Am I reaching too far here? One of the Supreme Court justices voiced concern that someday the TSA could request a DNA sample before allowing you to board a plane. Oh, George Orwell, Big Brother is alive and well in 2013.
On another note (and this seems to be a repeating theme with me) another child, a nice 8-year-old boy from Maryland, was suspended from school when he nibbled on his Pop Tart and somehow created the candy-coated shape of a gun. Boy, give that kid an art award! It clearly wasn’t toasted since I can barely keep them in one piece while eating over a plate. I remember as a child I used my Silly Putty to duplicate a badge out of my brother’s Boys Life magazine and would stick it to my shirt. Good things times have changed or I would have been arrested for impersonating an officer. Can we get over this crap already? The good news? He was awarded a Lifetime NRA Membership recently and received it to a standing ovation.
On the scope of new things in the gun world: Mossberg has come out with a “Patrick Flanigan series” semi-automatic 13-round (yes, 13) 12 gauge shotgun with a 28-inch ported barrel and a blue with marbled yellow synthetic stock that looks like nothing I have seen before. A beautiful 52.2 inches and a tad over 8 pounds, this shotgun was designed for the 3-gun competitions. With an MSRP of $890, it is clearly worth a look to the avid gunman (or gunwoman).
Springfieldhas answered the call of Smith and Wesson (with their great success with the M&P 9mm shield) by coming out with the brand new SpringfieldXDS 3.3 inch in 9mm. Both of these guns are designed for durability and conceal and carry.
Remember that knowledge is power and the more you learn the more you realize you are surrounded by crazy people (HA HA) just kidding …
Be safe out there both on the roads and in the water. We have lost too many folks to both in the last few weeks . Rest in Peace, Whitie, you will be missed and fondly remembered.
Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.
Email queries and comments regarding this column to Gun Gal at email@example.com.