UN-FREAKIN'-BELIEVABLE! The Local Fishwrap prints a PRO-GUN story!!


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Hand_Rifle_Guy
July 6, 2003, 04:31 AM
Right. First I rail at 'em for printing up that pile of compost from UpChuck-and-Di-Fi, and they come back and make a DAMNFOOL outta me for complaining how miserably biased they are most of the time!

Bloody 'ell, why can't The Local Fishwrap (http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/states/california/peninsula/6238863.htm) at least be consistent? :eek:

I dunno.:uhoh: I don't trust 'em! :scrutiny: THEY'RE TRYIN' TA LULL MY 'SPICIONS, I'LL BET! :uhoh::scrutiny: I AIN'T PARANOID! THEY ARE OUT TO GET ME! AAAGH!:rolleyes:

Uh,...yeah. Calm down, Colin. From the Mercury News. I still don't believe it.

BTW, this guy is related to the folks who ran Eddy's Gun Shop in Mountain View.


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Posted on Sat, Jul. 05, 2003

Sharpshooter has his sights on U.S. title
MTN. VIEW MAN RAISING FUNDS FOR TRIP
By Joshua L. Kwan


When Brian David needs to relax and escape the frustrations of the day, he packs three pistols into a briefcase lined with foam and drives from his apartment in Mountain View to the tree-lined hills of Cupertino.

At an outdoor shooting range, the reigning state pistol-shooting champion lays out his guns, puts on a headset and loads a magazine clip with bullets.

Holding a pistol in his right hand and staring down a black circle on a target 25 yards away, David is no longer an unemployed 36-year-old worried about making the rent.

There is "nothing but sight alignment and trigger control,'' he says.

In less than two weeks, David will be competing at the National Rifle & Pistol Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio, having qualified by winning the California state competition in his first try. To get to Ohio, David has been asking friends and fellow members of the Sunnyvale Rod & Gun Club for financial help.

One club member donated round-trip air fare. Another friend slipped him an envelope with money inside and a good-luck note scribbled outside. His older sister, Liz David, promised to chip in.

"It makes me feel better when someone gives me something and I can give something in return,'' said Brian David.

In David's gentle, genial manner, he already has given them something -- the informal shooting lessons and equipment advice that he doles out as the club's resident sharpshooter. And perhaps that's why some of them were quick to help David when he was invited to the national competition but couldn't afford to make the trip.

So far, David estimates he's raised half of the $2,000 in travel expenses and competition fees.

Two years ago, Stuart Eichert, a 26-year-old software engineer, walked into Eddy's Sports Shop in Mountain View with the vague notion of wanting to overcome his fear of guns. Behind the counter was David, a son of the owner, Jerry, and a grandson of Eddy, the founder of the store.

David invited Eichert to the club, gave him a lesson in firearm safety and introduced him to the thrill of shooting a gun.

"He's willing to talk to just about anybody who walks in off the street,'' Eichert said. "I thought, 'Wow, this is fun.' And I've been practicing ever since.''

"My brother is relaxed and easygoing,'' said Liz David. "That's his personality, just relaxed and easygoing.''

David is a former machinist by trade and the manager of his father's gun shop by passion. Eddy's Sports Shop was a fixture for more than 50 years among the small crowd of National Rifle Association members in the Bay Area.

David's father, Jerry, taught his four children, including daughter Liz, how to shoot a gun and fall in love with its culture. "When your dad has a gun shop, you learn to shoot at a fairly young age,'' said David.

But Jerry David was forced to close the store last year after both his health and his business deteriorated. Brian David found work with a gun distributor for awhile, but was laid off in February.

These days, David spends much of his time at the shooting range, socializing with club members and getting ready for the big competition. He practices most often with a .32-caliber pistol because he can save about a quarter each bullet by making them with a machine in his garage.

In the speed segment of the pistol competition, David must get off five shots at 25 yards within 10 seconds. Endurance becomes a factor with higher-caliber guns because of the weight and stronger recoil of the pistol.

"I don't have to go running and do push-ups every morning, even though I probably should.'' David said.

Liz David sometimes worries if it's such a good idea for her brother, without much money and currently unemployed, to devote so much of his energy on shooting competitions, which don't carry much monetary reward.

But she quickly returns to this redeeming notion: "It's just a good life experience for him. In a way, it'll enhance his general life skills, sticking with something and completing it and having this accomplishment. I think it's admirable.''


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IF YOU'RE INTERESTED

Brian David will compete in the National Rifle Association's National Pistol Championship July 16-19. To contact him, e-mail bd_gun_dlr@yahoo.com.


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Contact Joshua L. Kwan at jkwan@mercurynews.com

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Edited to pull phone numbers, but they're in the original article, should you actually wish to phone up the author or the shooter.

This was on the front page of the local section, not stashed on page 4. I can't understand it, as this goes against every fundamental journalistic principal demonstrated by the media these days.

My personal theory is that the editor came down with the Monkey Pox, or some such equally debillitating condition like a brain aneurism or a malignant tumor. Otherwise it just makes no sense.

Sarcasm aside, LOUD CHEERS and Mucho Kudos for Mr. Joshua L. Kwan and the Mercury News for bucking the anti-gun trends in modern media and presenting Mr. David's story right up there where God and everybody can see it. This shames the Olympic coverage of Kim Rhode by the major networks even further.

And hey, some of you might even help this guy out. I would, but I'm un-employed like him, and I currently have exactly $41 and some coins to my name. Gotta go buy gas for the newly recovered car, don'cherknow.

I STILL don't believe it. Somebody pinch me, I must be dreaming.

*OWCH!* Hey!...I didn't mean REALLY...;)

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Frohickey
July 6, 2003, 04:38 AM
Brian David... I've met him.
He used to be a regular at the Silicon Valley NRA Members Council. A pretty good gun group.

Any THRs in the Bay Area ought to check them out. They meet at Harry's Hofbrau (on Saratoga Blvd) on the last Thursday of each month starting at 7pm.

Chipperman
July 6, 2003, 09:33 AM
Nice story. Maybe some CA fence sitters will read it and realize that guns aren't evil, they're just tools.

Waitone
July 6, 2003, 09:50 AM
David invited Eichert to the club, gave him a lesson in firearm safety and introduced him to the thrill of shooting a gun.

"He's willing to talk to just about anybody who walks in off the street,'' Eichert said. "I thought, 'Wow, this is fun.' And I've been practicing ever since.'':D

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