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Mass Shootings & Gun Control

Posted on October 2, 2015 at 12:27 PM Comments comments (93)
Mass Shootings and Gun Control

     There's been a recent spike in mass shootings from some very sick and misguided individuals in the US in the recent years. When a shooting occurs everybody starts jumping up and down demanding that something be done to stop these horrific acts. They typically start calling for gun control and more laws that will stop this sort of thing. Well, there's a few things they haven't taken the time to consider. 
     #1- We already have laws on the books that you have to pass background checks to purchase a firearm. You also have to be old enough to purchase a firearm. The sad part about it is out of all the thousands of individuals that broke this law and were caught they got a slap on the wrist at most and was told not to do it again. What good are the laws we have if you aren't going to give a punishment that will deter people from committing them in the first place.
    #2- The criminal that committed these crimes broke most is not all the laws that are on the books to obtain the firearms and took them to a place where it's a crime to take them too. What makes you think that one more law will stop them from doing so? I always here if we outlawed firearms all together we wouldn't have this problem. If this is your thoughts on the matter you need to educate yourself. One word for you: METH... It's outlawed and possibly the easiest street drug you can obtain.
     #3- If you do a criminal study you'll see that they pick what we call soft targets. This means they will pick the easiest place to attack so they'll be able to accomplish their goals. They know that if a place has a lot of armed citizens they will be met with resistance and can't reach their goal and will be cut short. Most criminals want easy targets because they know that's the only way to either kill as many as they can or they'll accomplish their crime and get away. 
    #4- In almost all of these places except for one recently all of the law abiding citizens new it was illegal for them to carry a firearm in these places so guess what, They obeyed the law and we unarmed. But yet we still hear everybody calling for more laws... Law abiding citizens aren't the problem and shouldn't be punished for it.
    #5- We responsible gun owners want the same thing that you do. We want this evil to be put in it's place and stopped and are actually willing to do something about it. Get rid of your "gun free zones" aka "criminal safety zones" and arm your teaches and allow your students that have permits to carry to school. Nothing more will happen with legally armed students and teachers than is happening now. In fact once criminals realize they'll be met with force they'll find another soft target. The difference between those of us law abiding legal gun owning citizens and anti-gun people is that we're willing to stand up and take responsibility and protect ourselves, loved ones, and everybody else around us. The anti-gun crowd would rather cower in a corner and call someone else with a gun to come protect them. The only person responsible for your safety is you. Man up...
     #6- If we took proactive steps towards protecting ourselves and these places we wouldn't be reacting to them. If you or someone nearby is armed, trained, and willing to engage an active shooter we will stop the shooting a lot sooner, and will start seeing less shootings happen. 
     #7- We've done it the way of adding laws and restricting law abiding citizens in what they can and cannot own and guess what. It hasn't worked and has gotten worse. How about we take the restrictions away, arm more law abiding citizens, punish the criminals more severe and watch these types of crimes decline. It is true that a criminal commits less crime once their shot, and once you have so many being shot by law abiding citizens they'll start to think twice before they commit these crimes. This is the only way you're going to accomplish the task of stopping these crimes.
     Our founding fathers were extremely smart when it came to having ways to protect ourselves from criminals and a tyrannical government that they made it law of the land so that they can't just come and take our arms. Living under this law there will always be firearms here in America and yes criminals will always be able to get them some way some how. We must take a stand and fight back. Until we're allowed to do so this won't stop and will only get worse.

Stay Safe, Stay Armed.

The 2nd Amendment

Posted on June 27, 2015 at 5:47 PM Comments comments (0)
Before I get into the 2nd Amendment I just want to throw out that I'm as pro-gun as anybody, however I want to follow the Constitution as best I can.

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

The above is the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. I'm going to go over actual writings from our founding fathers and break it down a bit. For the most part everybody breaks it down to what they believe it means or have been told it means by someone no more educated on the subject than them. This goes for both sides ( conservative & liberal ) viewpoints as well.

To be a true constitutionalist I must read it for what it says and research it for what it is meant. 

Typically the left or more liberal anti-gun crowd reads the first part and stops there. "A well regulated militia". They stop here and say the militia is the military and normal people have no right to have firearms. Well, this is way off in just reading the rest of the 2nd Amendment and looking at what our founding fathers have said. 

The whole 2nd Amendment:
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

"I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
George Mason
Co-author of the Second Amendment
during Virginia's Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788

"A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves …"
Richard Henry Lee
writing in Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republic, Letter XVIII, May, 1788.

"… the people are confirmed by the next article in their right to keep and bear their private arms"
Philadelphia Federal Gazette
June 18, 1789, Pg. 2, Col. 2
Article on the Bill of Rights

"Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that's good."
George Washington
First President of the United States

"The great object is that every man be armed." and "Everyone who is able may have a gun."
Patrick Henry
American Patriot

This is nowhere near an exhaustive list of quotations from our founders. There are many more that say the same things. This tells us that we the people are the militia, not the military, and we have a right to keep and bear arms so the anti-gun point in ignorance at it's best. 

Now... The pro-gun crowd always seems to get hung up on "Shall Not be Infringed!"

This is all I ever hear from them. They always say we shouldn't need to take a CWP class the 2nd Amendment says shall not be infringed. The 2nd Amendment is my gun permit. I ask them what the whole 2nd Amendment says and they say "SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED"!!!

I then go to point out the it does actually say "Well Regulated". That usually quiets them down for a moment or so anyway. 

Then I usually have them say regulated didn't mean the same thing then as it does now. It meant the firearms themselves had to be in good working order. Well, I'm going to list some statements from our founders and go from there. 

First we'll work on the "well regulated" part.

"A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government." 
George Washington

"A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves …"
Richard Henry Lee
writing in Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republic, Letter XVIII, May, 1788.

"To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them."
Richard Henry Lee
American Statesman, 1788

"The great object is that every man be armed." and "Everyone who is able may have a gun."
Patrick Henry
American Patriot

"The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that … it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; … "
Thomas Jefferson
letter to Justice John Cartwright, June 5, 1824. ME 16:45.

"The best we can help for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed."
Alexander Hamilton
The Federalist Papers at 184-8

I think you should be getting the idea by now. In each of these and many more I have not listed it gives to the idea of discipline, taught, properly, duty, etc. This leads into the fact that they thought you should be taught and disciplined with your arms. In other words regulated. This leads us to the idea of training with your firearms especially to carry out in public places. 

Now the idea that regulated meant something entirely different than what it means today.

A nation under a well regulated government, should permit none to remain uninstructed. It is monarchical and aristocratical government only that requires ignorance for its support.
Thomas Pain 1792

Sec. 3.  Internal government of the State.
The people of this State have the inherent, sole, and exclusive right of regulating the internal government and police thereof, and of altering or abolishing their Constitution and form of government whenever it may be necessary to their safety and happiness; but every such right shall be exercised in pursuance of law and consistently with the Constitution of the United States.
NC Constitution 1776

Here are two examples of places calling for government regulation in the same time period that the 2nd Amendment was written. So for those that are saying that well regulated means that the firearms are in good working order, this would in turn mean that the governments writing tools are to be in good working order... We know this is not the case for either one. 

This gives us the conclusion that we not only should be armed but it is our duty to be armed and trained. Are CWP programs constitutional? Yes. This would be the regulation, now you can't tell someone they can't carry nor can you make it so hard to obtain a permit that the average individual can't but you can be required to take the basic training class to be able to carry in public. 

As far as the infringement, this would be they can't tell us what kind of firearms we can and cannot own but that we may have to have training classes on them. 

Another deal is everybody wants open carry. Am I against this? No. I'm not for it meaning I would never open carry personally because I like the element of surprise but am not against it. If they implemented a carry permit that covered concealed and open carry, this would be true constitutional carry. 

For the ones wanting what they are calling "constitutional" carry by anybody being able to strap a gun on and carry it without any sort of training and safety class. This is not what the 2nd Amendment says nor is it what the writers meant when they wrote it. Our founding Fathers were very smart in putting together the Constitution the way the government is regulated as well as the people. The people are the masters but even masters have to follow certain rules. This is what makes everyone get along around each other safely. 

Stay Safe, Stay Armed  

About Me

Posted on June 27, 2015 at 12:19 PM Comments comments (0)
Well, the first thing I need to throw out there is I'm a terrible writer. I write how I speak and there's nothing eloquent about it. I'm southern and I know it shows but if you can get past that hopefully you may find some good information in the rest of my blogs / reviews.

I am first and foremost a Christian, a husband, I have no kids but have 5 animals so I figure that's close enough. 

I take teaching / instructing armed self defense very seriously even though I'm not a hard core one way instructor. I do realize that everybody is different and not everything that works for me works the same for everybody else. We must adapt skill sets to our unique individual needs. 

We must also adapt guns, caliber, ways of carry etc. I have my caliber preference, holster and holster position preferences, gun preferences, drawing preference, shooting stance preference, etc. 

We are all different and unique and must adapt this to our everyday lives and carry in a way we can be comfortable with. Now, when I say comfortable I don't particularly mean that the gun and holster is going to be comfortable at first. It will take some getting used to. What I mean by being comfortable is that we are able to carry concealed legally, draw the gun fast enough to be effective, be able to handle the gun we've chosen effectively hitting the target in the right spots. So If I say I'm comfortable with my set up it means that I'm confident enough with it that I believe that if I'm attacked I'll be able to stop the attack with my set up.

I am a firm believer in the Bible and the Constitution. I believe we must follow them both very strictly. However, I don't condemn others for their beliefs. I believe in the whole Constitution especially the 2nd Amendment. I'll have to write another blog just on it because I believe the 2nd amendment for what it means and not what the right nor left is telling me it means. For the most part neither ever gets it right. 

What gets to me most is when an innocent life is taken and there were ways to have stopped it. Whether it's an accident due to a firearm being left out unloaded for a 3 yr old child to get to, or when an evil person walks into a church and shoots a bunch of people. Both can be stopped by common sense use of safety rules, or by legally armed citizens defending themselves. 

Do I believe in Common Sense Gun Control? YES
Common since being that if you're being attacked you have enough common sense to pull and control your gun while shooting to stop the attacker. Anything less than this is not common sense, it's either ignorance or someone wants control over people. 

I hope this had given some insight to me and what some of my beliefs are. 

Stay armed, stay safe