Bloomberger at the Gunblogger Rendezvous? WTF?

Joe Huffman reports:

“Paul M. Barrett is at the Gun Blogger Rendezvous. I talked to him for a couple hours last night.
Barrett is the author of this article which includes this article which includes:

The rise of the Glock and other semiautomatic handguns cannot be linked to variations in overall crime rates. But that doesn’t mean it would be pointless to take small steps to reduce mayhem, such as restricting magazine capacity. One lesson of Tucson is that there is a difference between a 33-round clip and an 8- or 10-round clip.

If I get another chance to talk with him I’m going to show him this video:

But for me, what’s a Bloomberg writer doing among the Rendezvousers?  An Expose?
A quick check gleans this:

Paul M. Barrett

Paul M. Barrett is an assistant managing editor at Bloomberg Businessweek, a position he assumed in September 2005. He is responsible for overseeing investigative projects. The magazine has won a series of national awards for articles he has supervised.

Prior to joining Bloomberg Businessweek, Barrett was an editor and legal affairs reporter for The Wall Street Journal. At various times, he held the positions of Supreme Court correspondent, Page One special projects editor, and Page One news editor at the Journal. Prior to that, he was a staff writer and editor for The Washington Monthly.

Barrett is the author of American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion, which was named to Best Books of 2007 lists by the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and Publishers Weekly. He is also the author of The Good Black: A True Story of Race in America.

Ok, so really – who is he?  Somebody *important*…?
But more like – WHY??

UPDATE: In comments – short answer, he’s a gun-writer!


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2 thoughts on “Bloomberger at the Gunblogger Rendezvous? WTF?

  1. Hi Paul, I'm sorry we didn't get a chance to meet in person too, and share some fun shooting at the Rendezvous.
    I'm sorry that the Bloomberg association reflexively caused me to be suspicious – that and most mainstream media journalists are simply not oriented to be very friendly or positive towards gun-owners or about the shooting sports – though for many it's because of ignorance and lack of exposure, which does not seem to be an indicator for you.
    Actually, until now I was only aware of your Bloomberg article that Joe linked, and not that you had written a book about Glocks!
    As a Sig aficionado I can't imagine why anybody would write an entire book about that soulless bit of plastic Tupperware, but I do have a friend who owns one (in the bizarre .45 GAP caliber) and appreciates it for its reliability – so my attempt at gun-snobbery is not entirely isolationist. Also Major Chuck Ziegenfuss, the tank commander and focus of our Soldier's Angels fundraising effort who was blown up in Iraq, mentioned that he prefers Glocks since he can still operate them, even with his damaged-repaired hand(s). 🙂
    For me among the shooting sports, I have the most familiarity and spend the most time with rifle-shooting rather than with hand-guns (though I am recently taking some pains to learn more about “pistolcraft”) – which is itself an effort in minor futility with aging and poor eyesight, punching holes in paper from a great distance away…

  2. Hello, DirtCrashr. Thanks for your interest in my book, GLOCK: The Rise of America's Gun, and in my participation in the Gun Bloggers Rendezvous. Too bad we did not get a chance to meet in person. All I ask is that you (and your colleagues) read the book and, if you find it worthy, tell other gun owners about it. If you would like a copy of the galley, send me an email ( and a US mail address. I'd be grateful if you would read the book and review it on your blog. Best regards, Paul Barrett

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