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Motorcycle Trip with Kitty Austin and “Gun Laws by State” by Bryan Ciyou (Part II)

Motorcycle Trip with Kitty Austin

The last time I talked about the first two states of my 21 day trip on a 1999 Kawasaki Vulcan Classic, again it is as much fun as anything else to do in the summer time. I do want to briefly update on Illinois – just as I finished submitting the blog Illinois’ Legislators overrode the veto by Governor Pat Quinn on the Federal appellate court order mandating that Illinois uphold the Second Amendment. Even though Illinois has this new legislation Chicago’s police superintendent still suggests that guns are the cause of the city’s violence. Has he ever heard of knives? What about just a Read More

Motorcycle Trip and “Gun Laws by State” by Bryan Ciyou

Motorcycle Trip and “Gun Laws by State” by Bryan Ciyou

A 21 day trip on a 1999 Kawasaki Vulcan Classic is as much fun as anything else to do in the summer time. In getting ready for the trip (as any gun tote’n citizen would do) I thought it would be important to know where I could carry my handgun and where they frowned on such things. So, where did I turn, my 2012 Edition of Gun Laws By State by Bryan Ciyou. You might ask yourself, “Well why is she talking about a book in her blog?” I don’t have a good reason other than I want to share what I thought and what happened. Starting off in Indiana, I have my life time carry permit from Read More

Schools and Guns

School Building

It was in my last blog, which was a while ago – so I apology for not getting this out at little earlier, that I talked about how our schools are “dumbing down” our children. I shared information about colleges changing their thoughts on education.  However, just after my last blog, I ran across a college publication with an article titled, Right to Bear Arms: Students for Concealed Carry.  After reading the article I had two thoughts. First Thought:  This is just too Cool! Well, I thought to myself, this is really incredible and just plain cool!  I know “cool” is an old 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

UN sent to prevent voter suppression in U.S. Elections?

R vs. D

Yesterday, I came home from a day of teaching – tired as the semester is on the “down swing” and we have 5 weeks to go.  To my horror, yes to my horror – my husband asked if I had heard the news about “the UN “watching” the voting process in the United States?” Jessica Pieklo wrote in the Wall Street Journal that “In response to the concerted efforts by Republicans to suppress voter turn-out in the November election, civil rights groups have asked the world’s largest election monitoring organization to police the elections for fraud.”  First I was shocked that anyone Read More

I Hate Republicans…

R vs. D

Random Stranger, A man recently told me, out of the blue, “I hate Republicans!”  Now, I thought to myself at first, what brought that on?  And then, I have several questions come to mind.  Why would he say that to me, which by the way I am a registered Republican?  Why would someone in today’s society be so closed minded?  I just shook my head and went on about my business.  But, here is what I think about that statement… Let’s take a look at the definition of the Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or maybe we need to look at just what defines a political party – a group Read More

Girls and Guns

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Girls and Guns – what makes a girl want to buy a gun? Why is gun ownership for females on the increase? Is it for safety? How about self-defense? Do women feel that threatened in today’s world? Well, when you have someone victimize you – it’s not about just one reason. It’s about the feeling of safety in your life. Gun store owners reported a 73% increase in female customers. 43% of women report household gun ownership. What are the top 5 firearms for ladies? As my thoughts regarding an increase in sales and ownership for women are – excited, overjoyed and just plain happy for Read More

The Second Ammendment

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Hello Gun Shows Today visitors! I am so excited to provide you with some great firearms/shooting information in my future blogs. I am Kitty Austin and I have been shooting for over 45 years. My husband, Bill and I own Austin Originals, where we fabricate and carve pistol grips. We work in ivory, wood, and synthetic materials creating unique and personalized guns for our customers. I also teach self-defense to young mothers who want to learn non-physical ways to protect their homes, children and themselves from potential threats. I hold a certification as a NRA instructor for pistol, rifle and Read More

Deciding on a Handgun

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How do you figure out what type of handgun to buy? Do you pick a revolver or semi-auto? How about the caliber? Do you need to ask questions when looking at a firearm? What questions do you ask? Questions like these and many more can be downright frustrating at times. I was at the Indy 1500 Gun & Knife Show (the largest gun and knife show east of the Mississippi) this past weekend working my booth (Austin Originals) when a couple walked up to look at the grips on our table. As I approached them, the man asked if I could suggest a firearm for his wife. I’m always excited to help Read More