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On Hungry Ghosts by L.B. Johnson

In Buddism hell doesn't exist as a "place" - it's created by individuals, actions, thoughts, and words---a consequence of life for which each individual is accountable. Other faith-based believes notwithstanding---that is also true here on earth, not of the "hell" as depicted in scripture but those places we find ourselves where we don't want to be. I was at lunch at a chain Italian restaurant with a group of ladies from a volunteer group.   One of them was NOT having a good day, and when our very young waiter came by and asked how we were doing she said, quite boisterously  "We're all Read More >>

Speak Softly . . by L.B. Johnson

Several years back, not long after I got my first Concealed Carry Certificate I made my first long road trip in my truck with my 1911 in a holster on my hip. I carry because I'm often a woman traveling alone in dark places and because I support the Second Amendment.   I support the Second Amendment as it supports what our country was founded on, the means in which we can protect and defend. The true measure of the patriot is steadfastness. We all have small moments of wanderlust in us, tearing off on paths that others may not follow, testing limits, testing ourselves. That is Read More >>

The Times They Are a Changin’

To quote Dylan, things are a changing’ and some don’t think it is for the better.  You are here, so you have some interest in the Shooting Sports, and presumably in the preservation of the 2nd Amendment.  It started in California and New York, fairly quietly.  Then, BOOM, Virginia with massive proposed anti-firearm legislation and threats of enforcement by the National Guard.  The most egregious bills seemed to have died in committee, but the legislature isn’t done.  Bans and serious restrictions for ranges, Red Flag laws without due process, Universal Background checks, Read More >>

2nd Amendment Sanctuary Movement

In a sweeping pushback against liberal overreach Counties and Cities across the country are declaring themselves 2nd Amendment Sanctuaries.  Mostly on the Pacific coast and in Virginia, the movement is growing as state governments seek to impose sweeping gun reform.   In Virginia, which will have a democrat majority for the first time in over 20 years with the incoming representatives in Jan, sweeping bills have been pre-staged for early action.  These include some very dramatic controls, such as redefining Assault Rifle, making AR 15s, AKs, and many sport rifles with detachable Read More >>

Politics and Millennials

There is a scary report out that Millennials on the campus of George Washington University are overwhelmingly in favor of socialism, thinking it inclusive and all for one.  They don’t know about the atrocities attributed to socialism by other governments.  GWU is an expensive, prestigious school.  How can this be.  These young people will vote us into Socialism and then blame everyone else when it fails.  But getting in is much easier than getting out.  Virginia county and state elections just saw a blue tidal wave.  Hardworking Virginians are nervous about the next Read More >>

Checking Claims Carefully

I was gratified to have an attorney ask me to be an expert witness in a case in California. California recently licensed open carry. You did not know it had been legal? Yes, outside cities in most of the state. But no more. So in Baird v. Becerra (E.D.Cal. 2019) there is a challenge to this law. The California Attorney-General is defending this law, as they are required to do. But their defense included these claims: 1. The 2nd Amendment does not protect a right to open carry. 2. State supreme court decisions before the Civil War that seem to regard open carry as protected, also claimed Read More >>

Defending the 2nd

We have seen our 2nd Amendment rights fall under attack in recent years.  The rationales vary from No One NEEDS an Assault Rifle, which is an often used but rarely defined term. We Don’t Need Military Style Arms on Our Streets, in truth most modern firearms were at some point derived from military use but the current military arms are not what we see at the range.  We Need to Prevent Mass Shootings Like In Schools, according to Crime Prevention Research Center, 90% of all mass shootings between Jan 1998 and Dev 2015 occurred in “gun free zones”.  These are the places where a Read More >>

Concealed Carry in a Coat

Lynne Finch

As winter approaches for most of us, the talk of how to conceal and access your firearm in a coat is coming up more and more.  There are a lot of options, some better than others.  There are conceal carry winter coats that have a holster built in to the system.  A simple web search will turn up lots of options.  If you prefer on body, a shorter Bomber or Letter style jacket can offer concealment and access.  Coats made for first responders often have snaps or zippers on the sides so you can open up the coat for access to hip carries firearms. Some will add a pocket holster and carry Read More >>

Open versus Concealed Carry

Lynne Finch

There has been a lot of media attention to Walmart and Kroger asking people not to open carry in their stores.  I don't think for a minute they are foolish to think this makes them safer (I did see a video of a man successfully conceal and draw an AR-15 from his pants, it was impressive) but it does ease the nerves of the non-shooting public.  Many on the open carry side argue that it is their right, assuming your state allows it, mine does.  Yes, it is also the right of any establishment to impose a restriction.  If Walmart announced you must wear a smiley face at all times in this store, Read More >>

Do Bump Stock Bans Make Sense?

You are doubtless aware that a bump stock ban has been adopted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco * Firearms effective March 26, 2019.  Doesn’t Congress have to pass a ban?  The way BATF did this was by redefining a bump stock to be a machine gun, requiring you to destroy it or turn it into BATF.  What? The federal law definition of a machine gun is a gun that fires multiple rounds by one function of the trigger.  Now the Obama Administration approved bump stocks because each time the trigger is pulled, it fires one round, even though you only pull the trigger once.  Within the strict Read More >>

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