The time that I would normally spend writing an article for this website was instead spent on a behind-the-scenes tour of an upcoming collectible gun action.  An attorney with whom I work in involved with the auction, and was kind enough to invite me over a few days before the auction starts.  It was truly amazing to handle firearms that were older than our country, and to realize that some of them were worth more than 10 years of my salary (and yes, I was ever so careful not to drop them!)  Since I didn’t have time to write an article, I would instead like to note this excellent article about piracy and arming merchant ships.  Here is an excerpt:

While bureaucrats at the United Nations continue to wring their hands and whine that arming merchant ships in order to defend their crew and cargo from well-armed Somali pirates infesting the waters off the Horn of Africa will only lead to more violence, at least some US-owned ships are arming their crews and actually employing force to repel the increasingly violent maritime invaders.  In the latest episode that has been made known publicly, the Maersk Alabama, which was actually boarded and overtaken by pirates earlier this year (until US Navy SEALS mounted a successful counter-operation), employed both lethal and non-lethal force in thwarting a second capture.

Read the full article here.  Articles that I’ve written on this same topic can be found on this page.