Venting on Facebook

On the right side of the Facebook page for the Discovery Channel, there is a place for the audience to leave messages. And most folks are not happy about American Guns being cancelled in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy. Discovery also has a picture section with chopper photos detailing the results (Paul Junior vs Jesse James vs Fast N Loud vs Paul Senior) of Chopper Live, the Revenge:

Chooper Live Competition. Paul Junior versus Jesse James versus Fast N Loud verus Paul Senior
Chooper Live Competition. Paul Junior vs Jesse James vs Fast N Loud vs Paul Senior

I do like Paul Junior’s bike. Classic and clean. . .

American Guns Cancelled!

Wow, to pick today of all days to cancel a television show. If you are fan of Rich Wyatt, his wife Renne, son Kurt Wyatt and daughter Paige Wyatt, you are going to have watch reruns. Despite great ratings, Discovery trashed the show today:

Discovery Channel’s popular reality show about a family of gun makers, “American Guns,” came under intense scrutiny in the wake of Friday’s mass shooting at a Connecticut grade school, with people flooding the show’s Facebook page calling for its cancelation.

Paige Waytt, Rich Wyatt, Renne Wyatt, and Kurt Wyat
Paige Waytt, Rich Wyatt, Renne Wyatt, and Kurt Wyatt

“I know you all have to make money but would Discovery Channel PLEASE consider ceasing to broadcast the show in the U.K.? Sadly your program makes buying/owning guns seem fun, glamorous, even normal,” wrote one.  Another tweeted, “Dear Discovery Channel: it’s not appropriate showing the program American Guns now!” Another weighed in: “With Discovery shows like ‘Sons of Guns’, ‘American Guns’, ‘Ted Nugent’s Gun Country’ etc it’s not surprising how guns r seen as acceptable.”

It seems the critics may have been heard.

1.21 million people die in car crashes per year. And worldwide, they cost $518 billion. Shall we cancel car shows too?

Guns and More Guns

Steph Hayden, Kris Ford

I am on leave this week from the Navy, minding my own business, over-blogging. Even though I am officially on leave, I can’t flee the area because I have supervisory watch duties that might call me back to base.

As I write this, the television blares the Discovery show Sons of Guns. The usual story: some client brings in a challenging weapon, in this case the Maxim. No, not Maxim Magazine, but the historical Maxim Machine Gun.

Although I suppose the Maxim Machine Gun uses a Maxim Magazine? Hmmmm. On second thought, it is belt-fed. Nevah-mind.

Some elegant monstrosity, huh:

The Maxim Machine Gun, that does not use the Maxim Magazine

A girl comes on, from the blog Girl’s Guide to Guns. Wait, I stop typing. That name sounds familiar! I have a friend who used to blog and she knows (or knew) the ladies over at Girl’s Guide to Guns. I zip over to their website. The site is run by Natalie Foster and Katie Shackelford. Okay. And Jenn Strand also blogs there.

Natalie Foster, from Girl’s Guide to Guns, and Stephanie Hayden of Sons of Guns

So I email my friend, who I would have linked to, but her blog is dead. As in, she has not blogged in almost 7 weeks! And I write her that her blog buddies are on television. I wonder which of the girls from that blog she knows. (Knows is a relative term in the blogoshphere.) No response yet.

The episode continues. Vincent Buckles, Kris Ford, Flem, and the guys finish up the Maxim and mount it to a plane propeller. And then Vince and Steph modify a Glock with special Israeli charging handles to help a customer with multiple sclerosis.

Stephanie Hayden and Kris Ford from Sons of Guns

And later, towards the end of the show we finally learn what Red Jacket means. It is the English translation for Will Hayden’s Choctaw name, Osguma.

I know folks advised me to watch American Guns in my first Sons of Guns post. The former show is about Gunsmoke Guns in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. And I have. I like Rich Wyatt and his wife Renee. And the kids are amusing too, Paige Wyatt and her brother Kurt. As readers mentioned, they are highly professional. More so than Will and the boys. But I like the down-home vibe on Sons of Guns. I can’t help it. I’m a ‘burb-turned-city boy and that backwoods guitar twang, alligator thang gets me every time. The Earth can shake, the sky come down. . .

Kurt, Renee, Paige, and Rich Wyatt