Happiness Is a Warm Gun.

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Introduction: Happiness Is a Warm Gun.

I recently bought a new pistol, and I figured that what it really needed was a pink crocheted cozy to keep it warm.

This was done with pink acrylic yarn and a size H crochet hook. I didnt' have a pattern -- it was pretty much free-form. I crocheted it in rounds, mostly, except for where I needed to add flat panels to allow for the diameter changes for the trigger guard and the grip. I started with a chain of 6 in a circle, then did single crochet outward and finished with double crochet for the last three rounds, for a slight finish to the border.

The crocheting is a bit uneven on one side -- the flat panels done in rows where the bottom of the cozy had to drop down for the trigger guard and the grip were slightly askew. Also, a few of the corners in it are a bit uneven. Overall I think it came out pretty well and as I expected.

I am considering making a pompom from pastel pink and purple sparkly yarn and sewing it onto the barrel tip of the cozy.

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    Sadly this looks like my home state of Florida. It's legal to shoot people in the back here. We can thank Jeb Bush for that legal innovation. My Nana would probably knit this herself, God rest her zombie bones. Before you begin, I grew up with rifles and guns. I actually had a shotgun rack in my bedroom from 7th grade on. I've shot a lot of types of guns. Revolvers, semi-automatic handguns, various caliber rifles. Everything short of an assault weapon. Discourse: I contemplated buying a handgun, but then realized that I'd just find myself in bad situations. A bad guy who feels under control is more predictable. A bad guy who sees someone fumbling for a gun gets spooked and then really bad things happen. I was taught that if you decided to pull your weapon you have already decided to kill. The rest is just the motions to implement your will. I've decided that I can't kill, ergo no gun. I agree with harlyquin. Gun shops will preview movies and look for the weapons used. Because sure as sh*t there will be a surge in purchases in that particular weapon. The individuals who buy them tend to be in their young 20s, or parents buying that special "reward" for their child. Should we really personalize a weapon that is designed to kill? I would be irritated if an Eagle Driver painted a Disney Theme all over his/her plane and visited day schools. An F-15 is a machine designed to kill, as is a gun. We should not forget these things. As an individual who has friends who died from gunshots, and have had guns pulled on myself, I can say that they really doesn't make a difference owning one. You just tend to get yourself in more trouble (overconfidence.) I've had friends march around sketchy parts of town thinking they are invincible because they have a gun on them. They found out that they were very wrong. Normal folks tend to negotiate with their target when they draw (leave me alone or I'll shoot!) Opposition does not typically think that way. So you end up getting shot anyways. My friend, who was a marine scout sniper (63 kills), has one handgun, but it's locked in a case. The way he looks at it is that there is no way in hell he can get a gun trained on a target, fire and get his three pops in (2 body mass center, 1 head shot) if opponent barged into his house while he is watching TV with his kids, or at the drive thru. He keeps it as a reminder of a former life, and perhaps for bizarre emergencies (social breakdown after a disaster i.e. hurricanes.) He knows that the kids are more likely to kill themselves with the gun. And I can promise you a large dog will be a much more credible deterrent, and will not hesitate if the time ever comes. People love them (dogs), and you keep them in public (chicks dig them.) Doing that with a gun doesn't get the attention you want.

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    You are astute in knowing that you should not own a gun because you couldn't use it. But beware of feeling morally superior because of that stance (not that you were). To my mind, there is nothing morally superior about a woman getting gang raped, then her corpse thrown into a ditch, or a child losing their parent or their own life. Self-defense is highly moral. What are the moral implications of Jared Loughner not getting shot after his first victim was shot? Is it morally superior for him to have been allowed to kill several others? All tough questions to some. Seems crystal clear to me. But again, props for knowing your own heart as many don't and use a gun as a talisman to ward off evil; which is futile.

    You seriously need to lighten up. Self-defense is a God given duty (and right). If I want to customize my pistol with some beautiful Pearl grips, do I then, not cherish life as being precious? I wouldn't kill an aggressor without good reason, but if I did, those pearl grips wouldn't have one iota of relevance to the act. Believe you me, I pack daily and if required to protect my life, or the life of my loved ones, I will take the life of an aggressor without hesitation. This is not macho, it is truth.

    I don't normally post comments, but after reading your posts I felt compelled. Coming from the UK, I'm afraid my overall impression of Americans is that they are war mongering, gun toting lunatics. So to read your posts and their subsequent replies, it was both refreshing and reassuring to have that myth dispelled.

    Quit spreading rumors!

    Most American's are gun toting lunatics = myth.

    Americans are gun toting lunatics = truth.

    The key word here is "most".  This is called "freedom".  300 million people.  290 million guns.  Now, how do we get the other 10 million armed?

    Since our new president got elected, ammo here is in perpetual shortage.  Especially 45ACP.  9mm supply is limited.  Even 357Mag is hard to find.  Its super inconvenient.

    I'm sorry you think (or thought) that of most Americans. Actually, that really sucks because there are plenty of us who aren't "war mongering, gun toting lunatics." I hate that so many people see us that way...it just isn't fair to those of us who are sane.

    I'm relieved you feel that way, I am an American as well, and I doubt id have what it takes to fire a gun knowingly it'll Kill/hurt someone, even if I'm put in danger, however living in Canada I hear alot of hateful comments about Americans. I was wearing a jacket I got in America and it said "America" on the back of it, one guy said "You know you're not in America, right?" I was thinking to myself... "So... you must not wear/eat/play or use anything from another country, huh?" And btw so many Canadians where I live think we love guns. Keep safe :P

    Candians are an interesting bunch. In my time in the UK, I found them a bit hostile to Americans in general (they hated when your refer to the US as America. They are quick to point out that there are other countries.) It got to the point where it was insulting when I was summarily dismissed as being "an American" as if it were an insult. So I had fun with the Nationalist Canadians. And for the record, the vast majority of Canadians are friendly people. My favorite was when I would accidentally ask someone if they were from America or the States. If they were Nationalistic they would huff something about there are other countries in North America. I would act portray ignorance and state "Oh, I thought that Canada was the 51st state." Man that really upset them. One morning a girl was wearing all Canadian kit. A jacket, athletic track pants, and even a maple leaf gym bag. I asked her if she was from America. It was too easy to pass up. I've also found that they take South Park a bit too seriously. Some seem to think that a chunk of Americans hate Canada. I try to explain that the humor comes from Canada being such a nice and friendly place, but they don't get it. Good luck in those winters, or if you are in BC, try to stay dry.

    Most people I know (I'm Canadian) refer to the US as America. I guess it's different for some people hearing it from an American?

    Thanks. Always keep in mind that the US is an enormous place and that we take up a better part of a continent. The population is about the size of the EU, and parts of the country are as poor as the Eastern Blocks and others are wealthier than the Western Nations. I think it is very safe to say that we are a welcoming and inquisitive nation. If you come here be ready to answer where your accent is from at least a million times, and explain what life is like in the UK (they might mistake England as being the sum of the UK, but again we look more inside as a nation.) The cities of New York and Boston are more of a European design, but they also tend to be less friendly (sorry.) Another piece of advice is that our Coach system (Greyhound) is nothing like like yours. Do not think you can use it to travel the US. Rent a car and have more fun. And take the backroads. Best of luck

    Just a not someone is in my house and I'm pointing a gun at someone him my house the I'm most likely yelling stop and pulling the trigger at the same time. Gun shops buy what sells well not what is in movies, go into a gun shop as for a good rifle, they aren't gonna point to there 50BMGs because the no good and well you don't have the kinda money .As far as your friend goes, didn't you have a shotgun rack in you bedroom in the 7th grade did I miss the part where you accidental killed yourself with one? Kids want to play with everything they can't, so if that safe somehow finds it way open that kid is more that likely to hurt someone by accident, instead of being trained and aware of how to handle a firearm. Final note, I have a dog it licks people to death, I could train the dog to bark at people but then again chicks don't dig dogs that bark at them. Also it would be awesome if a had a f-14 visit my school! Now I'm stepping off my soap box, and reminding myself that gun ownership isn't for everyone but I just don't want you discouraging anyone.