Another Pointer from TFS Magnum.

And I just moved Deb’s blog up to my Daily Reads list – long overdue. This one will require you to run Internet Exploder if you want to watch the videos, but it’s worth it.

Memphis television station WREG is running a multipart series called “Get Your Gun” – a tutorial on getting a concealed-carry permit, selecting a handgun, storing it securely, and so on. There are three video links at the moment, and the only glaring error I saw was the assertion that “revolvers carry only five rounds.” Well, small concealable ones. But you can get a revolver that carries five, six, seven, or even eight rounds. Nine, if you want a .22.

The reason for this series?

Because of the nature of what I do for a living, I come across some pretty dangerous circumstances and people. In 14 years as a television reporter — 8 as an investigative reporter — I have received a few threats. Some are the cowardly, anonymous kind — the kind you get in e-mails or letters. Others are right on the street, in store parking lots or in crowded restaurants. My family and I have dealt with harassment and stalkers, but luckily, nothing has ever come of it.

My experiences inspired me to produce the series we’re airing TONIGHT ON NEWS CHANNEL 3 AT 5, 6 & 10. We call it “Get Your Gun” because we wanted to reach those of you who are considering for the first time — like me — to arm yourself. Through our production of this series, I have developed an enormous respect for firearms, the experts who use them and our Second Amendment right as Americans to bear them. I am convinced that if more of us had a healthy respect for guns; if more of us as citizens knew HOW to use them, WHEN to use them, WHERE to secure them; and if more law-abiding citizens properly CARRIED the appropriate handgun, crime would not be as much of a problem. After all, most of the thugs out there don’t have a clue about how to really harness the power of that gun they just stole, and they certainly don’t understand the conviction of someone who is prepared to kill in order to protect himself or his family.

Remember, this is not a series about gun expertise or tactics. This is a series for first-timers like me who are learning and making choices about firearm ownership. I will add the streaming video of each of these stories after they air in their respective shows. Those clips will appear below. Please watch, and I welcome your feedback at [email protected].

I intend to send Mr. Wise some feedback.

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