Today is the one year anniversary of ‘the gun wire.’ We went live August 21, 2011. That may come as a shock to some of you – it certainly does for me. In one year, we’ve linked to 26,754 gun-related news stories and likely topics of interest to those in the freedom-loving gun culture community.
When I started this blog, I decided to let the gun community find it. I didn’t go into forums posting topics leading to my site. I didn’t advertise. I just started reporting.
And over time, you’ve found the site. Whether it was when The Firearm Blog posted a generous item about our site back in late November, 2011…or when it was when we were mentioned on a forum somewhere…or some other way…you’ve found ‘the gun wire.’, and made it a regular stop. Well, most of you make it a regular stop…
If you are a regular reader, you know that a large chunk of these stories are not positive news items for the freedom-lovig gun culture. Despite being a freedom-loving gun-toting individual myself, I did not start this site to only beat the pro-gun drum. I’ve got my ways of promoting the pro-gun agenda while minimizing the anti-gun crap we are all too familiar with…I’m certain that’s noticeable to most of you. But as a realistic pro-gunner, I firmly believe that the best way to deal with the anti crap is to be well-informed of the trending arguments against guns and gun owners.
And in the last year, we’ve seen plenty of trends. Just off the top of my head, Fast and Furious has dominated headlines since ‘the gun wire.’ went live, ‘Stand Your Ground’ has been demonized with the Trayvon Martin mess, ‘assault weapons’ have targeted for a ban as they always are, the UN gun ban was a hot item for the longest time (and still is, to some extent)…and all the while reporters still cannot get a handle on the difference between a ‘magazine’ and a ‘clip’, a ‘semi-automatic’ and a ‘fully-automatic’ weapon, as well as a consistent and correct definition of an ‘assault weapon.’
Of course, there’s been plenty of ‘good’ news – way too much to even try to remember one story over the next – I suppose the latest I’ve enjoyed has been Kim Rhode’s victory in the 2012 Olympics…
Anyway, this year has flown by – writing this piece, I still cannot believe it’s been a full year since I started doing this…what was supposed to be a blog that I played around with in my spare time…has become a full-time gig in many ways for an obsessive-compulsive person like myself. I’m here finding news morning, noon, and night, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. New Year’s Day, Christmas, Easter – I really don’t take a day off. Sure, there may be less news on certain days – but there is new news here each and every day, all year long.
And the community has acknowledged this, and has responded with very, very impressive readership and reader loyalty. Most of you are here each and every day, multiple times per day.
And I am forever grateful…
To cut this short, I’ll just say, here’s to another year covering gun news as we hit the good, the bad, and the ugly, head on, day by day, all day long…
Thank you for reading,