On This Date In History: On this date in 1847, the Federal Government more or less began the arming of America with handguns. Not directly or on purpose, mind you, but it had the same affect. Samuel Colt had invented his revolver in 1836, but he had no money. Except for dueling, handguns
were not that practical up to that time due to inaccuracy and also the fact you had to reload everytime you shot. Most pioneers preferred big knives like the Bowie Knife for close in action. Colt’s revolver solved that problem. They had a rifled barrel for accuracy and the repeating percussion caps provided for several shots with cartridges making it simple to reload quickly. But, Colt had no money and his guns were very expensive….too expensive for most Americans. But on January 4, 1847 Sam got a contract from the US Army for 1000 revolvers. That gave him cash. The army liked it so much that they ordered more..that gave him more cash. He then teamed up with Eli Whitney to more efficiently mass produce the weapons and suddenly the prices fell and everyone could afford them. Naturally his business grew and between 1850 and 1860, Colt sold nearly 270,000 weapons of various types. There was a saying after the Civil War that went something like this: “Abe Lincoln may have freed all men but Sam Colt made them equal.”
Today, gun control advocates point to the millions of handguns in America as reason for controlling their sale. Others say that people need them for self defense and many states even have right to carry laws. Some say the proliferation of guns as the cause of an increase in violent crime whereas others point to data that suggests handguns in the population has actually resulted in a decrease in crime.
I won’t deal with that debate, but I will say that a college friend of mine once opined this…that is that the United States could never be conquered by an outside foe because it is the only country in history that has a generally armed population. I think he has a point there. Now, whether or not an outside invasion is ever likely or will ever be an issue is another topic, though one might say that it would never be an issue or be likely because everyone is armed. I mean, can you imagine any invading army trying to get to the boys in the mountains of Tennessee or West Virginia? How about the Cajuns in South Louisiana? The mountain men in the Rockies would be no easy task and I can tell you, the state of Texas would be the largest armed camp known to man. Nevertheless, it is what it is and on this date in 1847, the US Government was largely responsible for the proliferation of handguns across America….whether Uncle Sam knew it or not.
Weather Bottom Line: This potential snow story, predictably, is not clear. That is to be expected since we are so
far out. Now, the GFS continues to be the most bullish with it taking a low coming up from the southwest right over the top of us and then dragging down cold air. It is claiming about 1.5 inches Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday night followed by another inch late
Thursday into Friday. Then you have the NOGAPS, which is a tropical model, calling for a similar story except it doesn’t want to keep things all that cold and has no precipitation after Wednesday. Then we have the NAM, which I only have through 84 hours and if I were to interpolate a position down the line, I’d say it runs the low well to our northwest, thus keeping us in an all rain scenario. You can see the comparisons between the three. They are all from the Saturday 12Z run and are all for 84 hours, which is Tuesday evening. The pink line is the 540 thickness line which you can roughly use as the freezing line. Note how far away it is with the NAM. So, its still the same thing….warmer on Sunday with rain and then rain Tuesday, especially late Tuesday. Wednesday temperatures fall and snow is possible, not probable at this point. My gut feeling has been we’d get some accumulation, though nothing overly large. But, this NAM solution makes me hesitate.