Archive for January, 2013:

Media or Marionettes?

Reciprocity part 1

The Propaganda in the Current Gun-Control Fiasco Who is the media answerable to? Do they practice their profession based on a series of guidelines, a code if you will, that obliges them, as individuals and companies to meet certain moral, ethical, and veritable accountability standards? The answer is simple. They should, but do not! They are answerable to the public; the people to whom they broadcast, for whom they write and to those masses who tune in to hear the truth. All mass media essentially have two functions: to be the mouthpiece of the people and to provide information to the Read More

Shot Show 2013

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This was my first trip to Shot Show, which is an annual event open to members of the Firearms and Outdoor industries only.  It was held in Las Vegas…Elvises and guns, what more can you ask for? For those who have not had the opportunity, or are not familiar with Shot Show, which is put on by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, it is somewhat like a Gun Show on steroids.  It is to gun shows what the Trans Siberian Orchestra is to Christmas Carols.  There were celebrities, pro-shooters, vendors of every description,  new technologies, guns, knives, outdoor gear… I had the Read More

Recent Negligent Discharges at Gun Shows

Reciprocity part 1

You have probably read recently that there were five incidents at different gun shows in a single weekend.  Why do I call it a Negligent Discharge (ND) versus an Accidental Discharge (AD) since the individuals didn’t intend to fire a shot?  Because, if you are following the safety rules, you won’t have an accident.  There is negligence involved. By all accounts the individuals involved were experienced shooters, understood the safety rules, and skipped at least one.  Luckily, while there were injuries, no one was seriously injured or killed.  The NRA safety rules call for us Read More

Gun Whisperer – You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Lawnmower Isolated

Dear Gun Whisperer, My Husband wants to get a gun for home defense.  It is just us, no kids…yet.  But, Guns scare me.  He thinks I’m being unreasonable but I’m not sure I want one in the house.  What should I do? Signed, Sleepless in the Suburbs Dear Sleepless, Are you afraid of your car?  Lawnmower?  Stand Mixer?  These are tools, in the right hands they produce good results, in the wrong hands, they can be dangerous.  Ever watch how fast the beaters spin on the mixer?  Guns are tools.  Alone, they are completely harmless, it takes human intervention to make them work.  Read More

Gun Whisperer – You Have Questions, We Have Answers

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Dear Gun Whisperer My home state doesn't have any good Gun Shows near me, but just across the line, in the next state, there is a great one.  Can I buy a gun there and take it home with me? Signed, On the Border Dear On the Border, Simple answer, sort of.  First, know if there are any restrictions in your home state, such as magazine capacity, that could interfere with your desired firearm.  Gun Laws by State is a great reference. Second, know before you go.  Find a friendly gun store near you because you are not going to be able to carry your new baby home, you will need to have it Read More

Protecting Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

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An introductory essay on America at the precipice of devolution. The thoughts, opinions and analysis expressed herein are solely my own and from this essay I simply want to inspire thought and provoke motivation in every reader, to consider the outcome if the necessary course of action is again not taken in our present society. First of all I want to begin by saying what happened at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut was and is a tragedy, one that we will never forget. My condolences and prayers go out to the families and everyone affected by this heart breaking Read More

The Dumbing Down of America

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Changes for the New Year As the New Year approaches and arrives, it’s natural to reflect over the year and speculate toward the future.  People despise change but every minute change happens.  It is inevitable.   But, how we change is the real focus.  As I have alluded to in past blogs, I not only enjoy but demand that I live my life according to my choices as I’m willing to accept the responsibility of those choices.  And, I think that is where one of the problems lies with the Second Amendment.  We are teaching our children to allow themselves to be taken care of and in most Read More

Unintended Consequences of Gun Ban Talk

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I had the chance to visit “The Nations Gun Show” in Chantilly, Virginia the weekend between Christmas and New Years.  This was not my first time, but I went Friday evening after work and it was the first time I had to stand in line at that time of night.  I’ve never seen it so packed!  Friends visited on Saturday and Sunday and reported lines an hour long just to get in, and dealers being sold out of many commonly stocked firearms by Saturday noon. The administration and the anti-gun groups are pushing gun bans in light of the recent tragedies.  Unintended consequences include a Read More

Tragedy in Connecticut and the Aftermath for Gun Owners and the 2nd Amendment

Washington Murder Rate and U.S.

I think we can all agree that the mass shooting at Sandyhook Elementary School was horrific; the innocent children lost, the heroic staff who died trying to protect them; the First Responders who will carry those images for the rest of their lives; the children who will never feel safe again and the parents who can’t kiss their little ones good-night…and many others who were affected in lasting ways.  We can also agree that the tool was used by a seriously disturbed man was a gun. What we can’t agree on is where the responsibility lies.  The tool was a gun, but it was the hands of a Read More