An Interview With CeaseFire PA’s Max Nacheman

In the Philadelphia Daily News:

He can relate to people who collect guns, he says, because he collects bikes. He has six in his living room: a mountain bike, a road bike, the cyclocross, his “commuting bike,” a tandem (“the only way to get my girlfriend to go with me”) and a bike “on display” that he doesn’t ride.

No, you can’t. You don’t collect bikes in the same way people collect guns. You have multiple bikes that each meet the needs of different applications. You’re the bike equivalent of a guy who own a bolt-action in .243 Winchester for deer, keeps a pistol for home defense, has a shotgun for bird hunting, and keeps a 10/22 for fun and plinking. Now, if Max had half a dozen Penny-Farthings in his living room, one of which he was particularly proud of because it once belonged to a nephew of Queen Victoria, he’d have some idea what collecting guns is all about.

7 thoughts on “An Interview With CeaseFire PA’s Max Nacheman”

  1. …and bike collectors can sell across State lines, and don’t have to go through a background-check at every sale, and don’t have to worry about about special State Laws which put restrictions on poorly-defined “race bikes”…

  2. Actually, I sort of collect in the same fashion. I have upland shotguns. I have waterfowl shotguns. I have old shotguns that I don’t use but like to look at and just have. I have dove shotguns. I have (a) bolt action for deer. I have a lever action for deer. I have .22s for squirrels. I have .22s for targets. I have winter carry guns. I have summer carry guns. I have modern home defense guns. I have historical home defense guns. I have scare my pinko neighbor guns – which serve no other purpose for me than for my being able to sit on the front stoop cleaning them and upset my gun hating NY Times writing neighbor.

    I also have a collection of bikes – a few road bikes, a few kids bikes, a couple of mountain bikes. None of which get ridden very often these days.

  3. Exactly. When I tell folks I have a dozen or so guns (between my wife and I) they say “Oh, you must be a collector.” My reply is, “No, I don’t have enough money to be a collector. These guns all have a specific utility.” Que the blank stares.

    I don’t consider it a collection till you have multiples, variants, rares, and historical items.

    Yes, I was a collector of something. Comics, so I know all about obsession.

  4. I call the firearms I own my collection.

    If I own it, it’s part of my collection. When I buy a new gun, it’s to add to my collection. I don’t collect Glocks, but I own more than one. I don’t collect AR’s, but I own more than one.

    Different folks define collecting differently I suppose.

  5. What collection? I have to keep buying more because the existing ones keep getting lost in tragic boating accidents!

  6. “Everybody’s calling that shooting a freak accident,” Nacheman says. “It wasn’t a freak accident. It was avoidable.”

    yes, it was. Instead of teaching basic safety from a young age, we demonize the tool, and kids have no idea how to react or act with and around it.

    If the group is against violence (arent we all?) then they would be against the act of aggression, not the tool. They are lying, they are about control of you and I.

  7. At least he’s on record supporting the idea of owning things that have little practical use (his safe queen) and bikes designed for uncommon fringe sports (cyclocross).

    I mean, he’s got a New Jersey arsenal of bikes there.

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