Last month Texas governor Rick Perry was jogging with his dog. A coyote threatened his puppeh, so Perry shot it with his laser-sighted Ruger LCP. It was a non-story that was seized on by people who know little about coyotes or guns but have strong opinions on both.
A month later, Ruger showed its good-humored side by releasing a silly "Texas special LCP (sans laser, for some reason).
Again, not a huge story. But what grabbed me in that article was this:
UPDATE: Travis says ...
I was at an Ace Hardware in Waco, TX this weekend. The gun counter employee showed me a Coyote Special. He said that Ruger made 1,000 of them. Also, he said that Ruger had shipped 500 each to two different distributors in Texas. He claimed to have received the pistol from one of those distributors.
In Texas, there are gun counters at Ace Hardware?! Y'know, I'm pretty heavily involved in the gun rights issue, and I'm still sometimes surprised by how nonphobic much of the country is outside New Jersey.
ETA: Mind you, reading some of the liberaler coverage of the incident, some of the "critics" they interview make Austin sound like a little slice of New Jersey. Some of them seem unaware that people carry guns at all.