Wednesday, April 25, 2012

America's Next Top Shot & Model Project

I've got a great idea for a new competition/reality show that would combine the best and worst of  Top Shot, America's Next Top Model, and Project Runway.  Models would design and wear revealing clothing that would allow the wearer to conceal weapons.  They would then have a target shooting competition on some sort of obstacle course. I'm surprised Fox News hasn't put a program like this in the evening line-up right after Bill O'Reilly.

My inspiration comes from this New York Times article that reports.
Woolrich, a 182-year-old clothing company, describes its new chino pants as an elegant and sturdy fashion statement, with a clean profile and fabric that provides comfort and flexibility.
And they are great for hiding a handgun.
The company has added a second pocket behind the traditional front pocket for a weapon. Or, for those who prefer to pack their gun in a holster, it can be tucked inside the stretchable waistband. The back pockets are also designed to help hide accessories, like a knife and a flashlight.
The chinos, which cost $65, are not for commandos, but rather, the company says, for the fashion-aware gun owner. And Woolrich has competition. Several clothing companies are following suit, building businesses around the sharp rise in people with permits to carry concealed weapons.
 Clearly the South Dakota legislature was on to something when they passed HB 1248. They should have added some tax breaks for clothing companies to the mix and the bill probably would have survived Governor Daugaard's veto.  The Times reports that many states allow the carrying of concealed weapons, so South Dakota missed out on an opportunity to attract businesses to the state.
Gun experts suggest that there are many reasons for the growth in the number of people with concealed-carry permits. They say it is partly due to a changing political and economic climate — gun owners are professing to want a feeling of control — and state laws certainly have made a difference.
After a campaign by gun rights advocates, 37 states now have “shall issue” statutes that require them to provide concealed-carry permits if an applicant meets legal requirements, like not being a felon. (A handful of other states allow the concealed carrying of handguns without a permit). By contrast, in 1984 only 8 states had such statutes, and 15 did not allow handgun carrying at all, said John Lott, a researcher of gun culture who has held teaching or research posts at a number of universities, including the University of Chicago.
Some curmudgeon's are unhappy with the new hide-your-weapon clothing, however.  The article concludes.
Not everyone who carries a concealed gun is a fan of the new fashion. Howard Walter, 61, a salesman at Wade’s Eastside Guns in Bellevue, Wash., said he preferred to carry his Colt — and a couple of knives and two extra magazines — in a durable pair of work pants.
They don’t shout ‘gun,’ they shout ‘average guy in the street,’ ” said Mr. Walter, who years ago worked in sales at Nordstrom. But really, he said, the most important thing in picking clothing is to choose something that works for the weapon. “They should dress for the gun,” he said he advised his customers. “Not for the fashion.”
Woolrich is apparently undeterred by such quaint criticism.
The company has since added new patterns for shirts, pants and the Elite Discreet Carry Twill jacket, in dark shale gray and dark wheat tan. In addition to its gun-friendly pockets, the jacket has a channel cut through the back that the company says can be used to store plastic handcuffs.
 I'm assuming the handcuffs are for gun owners who want to get their kink on.

1 comment:

D.E. Bishop said...

I read that too. What a bunch of dumbfu***