Weapons Grade Stupid

If you haven’t heard of Heidi Yewman yet, it’s about time you acquainted yourself with this numbskull, who decided to become a “good guy with a gun” for 30 days and document her trials and tribulations in MS Magazine.

So instead of educating herself, getting some training and documenting objectively her 30 day experience, this one chose to paint gun ownership in the most negative light possible without actually breaking any laws.

Yes, I bought a handgun and will carry it everywhere I go over the next 30 days. I have four rules: Carry it with me at all times, follow the laws of my state, only do what is minimally required for permits, licensing, purchasing and carrying, and finally be prepared to use it for protecting myself at home or in public.

Can you already tell which side of the gun control debate Heidi Yewman falls on?

Me, a board member of the Brady Campaign. Me, the author of a book about the impact of gun violence, Beyond the Bullet.

I will say this: judging by this inane, imbecilic attempt to demonize gun owners and gun ownership, I can already tell that her little book on the impact of gun violence is likely a biased, subjective piece of dreck on which I wouldn’t bother spending money.

Additionally, when someone tells me the reason for her little “experiment” is curiosity about “what would it be like to be that good guy with a gun? What would it be like to get that gun, live with that gun, be out and about with that gun. Finally, what happens when you don’t want that gun any more?” after Wayne LaPierre astutely noted post-Newtown that “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” I have to wonder why Heidi thinks that being a “good guy with a gun,” means an absolution from her responsibilities as a gun owner.

Getting the permit to carry a concealed weapon was simple. I filled out a form, had my fingerprints taken for a background check and paid $56.50. No training required. It took far longer to get my dog a license.

I started my 30-day gun trial with a little window-shopping. I visited a gun show and two gun dealers. I ended up buying a Glock 9mm handgun from Tony, a gun dealer four miles from my house. I settled on this model because it was a smallish gun and because Tony recommended it for my stated purposes of protecting myself and my home.

It was obvious from the way I handled the gun that I knew nothing about firearms. Tony sold it to me anyway. The whole thing took 7 minutes. As a gratified consumer, I thought, “Well, that was easy.” Then the terrifying reality hit me, “Holy hell, that was EASY.”  Too easy. I still knew nothing about firearms.

Tony told me a Glock doesn’t have an external safety feature, so when I got home and opened the box and saw the magazine in the gun I freaked. I was too scared to try and eject it as thoughts flooded my mind of me accidentally shooting the gun and a bullet hitting my son in the house or rupturing the gas tank of my car, followed by an earth-shaking explosion. This was the first time my hands shook from the adrenaline surge and the first time I questioned the wisdom of this 30-day experiment.

I needed help. I drove to where a police officer had pulled over another driver. Now, writing this, I realize that rolling up on an on-duty cop with a handgun in tow might not have been fully thought through.

I told him I just bought a gun, had no clue how to use it. I asked him to make sure there were no bullets in the magazine or chamber. He took the magazine out and cleared the chamber. He assured me it was empty and showed me how to look. Then he told me how great the gun was and how he had one just like it.

The cop thought I was an idiot and suggested I take a class. But up to that point I’d done nothing wrong, nothing illegal.

So to summarize:

Idiot buys tool and gets concealed carry permit.

Idiot rejects any responsibility for owning said tool.

Idiot gets no training and acquires no knowledge about said tool.

Idiot is appalled she passed the instant background check to purchase said tool.

Idiot is incensed that her state has no laws preventing her from being an idiot, and that the store where she bought said tool will not take action to prevent her from doing stupid things.

Idiot publicizes stupidity.

See, most responsible gun owners don’t need laws to compel them to do what is right. They will get training, they will familiarize themselves with their firearms, they will follow all proper legal procedures, but will also go above and beyond – something which Heidi did not do intentionally, and then attempted to paint general gun ownership as irresponsibly as she painted her own.

Most gun owners respect the tool and understand the personal accountability that goes along with it.

Heidi has no concept of these principles, and has decided to pretend that the rest of the gun owners in this nation are just as stupid as she is.

I had posted the following in the comments on that website, and to my surprise (not), the comment was never approved.

“So let me get this straight. Author buys tool. Has no idea how to use it, and is appalled that she passed the instant background check to purchase it. Expects store and law enforcement to remedy her ignorance about said tool, instead of taking responsibility for herself.

Publicizes her stupidity.

Got it.”

Perhaps if Heidi Yewman had bothered becoming a responsible gun owner, getting training, getting educated about guns and getting enough practice to become comfortable with her tool, as the vast majority of gun owners do, she would have a little more credibility with a crowd that isn’t entirely comprised of hysterical hoplophobes who support her cause.

But for now, Heidi Yewman is weapons grade stupid.


16 responses

  1. I don’t even want to know what happened after she purchased a vacuum cleaner. I’m betting her house hasn’t been cleaned since that day.


    1. Well, if she bought a Vacuum cleaner I doubt it was to clean her house.The sad thing is her readers are probably as STUPID as she is. Vancouver, Washington, well that makes even more sense on how STUPID she is.


  2. I can’t really say that the bint is stupid. Her whole point was to show that her state doesn’t have any means to in place to prevent legal but irresponsible gun ownership and she’s doing that quite well which is a sad pity.

    Of course her sort are always incensed whenever the government doesn’t regulate irresponsibility…until said government decides that her sort are the ones being irresponsible,


    1. I will submit it’s not the state’s responsibility, nor should it be the store’s, to prevent stupidity.


    2. And I agree with you but that doesn’t change the fact that this female and those like her do believe so and she did make her point to her fellow travelers quite well.

      Don’t mistake evil for stupidity. Doing so can lead to making tactical mistakes. The enemy must be respected for the harm that they can cause if for nothing else.


      1. Well, sure. And she’s preaching to the choir. She probably won’t convince anyone who doesn’t already think like her to her side. It does us well to point out her dumbassery.


  3. I can purchase a cordless power saw without any training and carry it around with me all day too, and I can seriously damage myself if I have no idea what I am doing. Her little endeavour proves nothing more than the fact that she is a fool. I wonder how long she will survive once she has a garbage disposal installed?



  4. Hey just so you know this is the author of the subject. A board member of a very vocal wing of the VPC/Brady campaign.
    Yet, the unethical editors of Ms. Magazine and author are unwilling to report that they have dual causes for this story to be written. A simple google search turned up her information and if you then do some simple journalistic things (of which she isn’t doing because she needs to tell a story that guns are evil), you will find there are a number of barriers she doesn’t report during her purchase.


  5. My comment on her article from almost 24 hour ago is still “awaiting moderation.” Granted, it wasn’t worded quite as nicely as yours – but still with more logical reasoning and holding one to account for their own self-responsibility than she’s probably comfortable with.

    …In retrospect, perhaps calling them a “foolish, irresponsible child masquerading as an adult”, “a disgrace to anybody in this world who takes seriously their own self-accountability and personal responsibility”, and clearly telling her, “you’re smug and clueless, and feel strongly you know what’s best for other people” wasn’t the most tactful way to go about things. Dang…I generally show more restraint than that…


    1. I generally don’t show as much restraint as I did, but I figured I had a better chance of getting approved if I did. Obviously not. Only comments that lick her ignorant asshole get the thumbs up. Oh well.


    2. Lol…I don’t generally visit your blog from the Liberty Sphere with the expectation that a good deal of restraint will be found…


      1. There are times I try, because I know my kids will be reading, but generally… nah. I’m not a restraint type of gal! 🙂


  6. Your lack of restraint is why I’ve been reading you all these years, Nicki.


  7. I told her she was being an irresponsible moron and that she should put the gun away until she’d taken a class and spent time on the range. My comment was not approved, for some reason….

    Anyway, I have no time for this chick. I need to buy some spare mags for my ruger 😉


  8. Excellent commentary!


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