Birthday and the New Year

Jan 24, 2015 by

January 27th will be my 66th birthday. I have been retired since April of 2008. So far retirement has been pretty much what I expected. I spend my time between walking my dog Max, doing social media, reading, including the Bible and my daily devotionals, and going to the gym. I spend a bit every day doing various church work.

A few things I want to do this year include travel, more study time, and shooting my guns. I have not been to the outdoor range in a couple of years. I want to join the Nansemond Suffolk shooting range so I can shoot my M4, AK47, M1 carbine, Mossberg shotgun, and my Mosin Nagant. I really miss shooting them. I have only fired my handguns in the indoor range in Norfolk.

The reason I haven’t gone to an outdoor range is that they are so far away. One is in Wakefield and the other in Pungo, both over an hour drive. The Nansemond Suffolk range will be much closer.

As for travel, I really want to go to Alaska. It is the one state that, although I have been to it briefly while traveling to Vietnam, have always wanted to visit. It is one of the last remaining wilderness areas in America. I have been to the Rockies and was thrilled by them but Alaska will be so much more.

I hope to be able to realize all my aspirations this year but as with everything, things seldom go as you wish or plan. But I am ever hopeful. Wish me luck in the New Year. I wish the same for you.

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Meathead is still a Meathead

Jan 29, 2012 by

One of my favorite shows as I was growing up was ‘All in the Family.’ But from the first the one person on the show that I disliked was meathead. Meathead was played by Rob Reiner who is so typical of the liberals that infest Hollywood to this day. I vividly remember one episode where Archie and meathead get into an argument over the second amendment to the Constitution. Back then I was not a gun collector but I had a deep respect for the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

In the argument meathead took the position that the second amendment meant that only the militia were guaranteed the right to bear arms. He based this on his distorted usage of that term in the amendment. This is a common argument used by liberals today in their misguided attempts to disarm us all and leave us at the mercy of criminals and a possible tyrannical government. For those liberals who are unfamiliar with the second amendment I will reproduce it for you.

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.

Seems pretty straightforward and unambiguous, as the founding fathers no doubt thought. But the founding fathers had never envisioned the modern day liberal. From experience I can say that most liberals arguments are not based on facts but are a twisted perversion of reality. Liberals have taken a single, straightforward sentence and twisted it around in a feeble attempt to foist their beliefs on us all.

First, meathead’s definition of militia is completely wrong. I think he interpreted the modern day militia to be the National Guard.  The definition of militia as given by Merriam-Webster is:

a: a part of the organized armed forces of a country liable to call only in emergency

b:the whole body of able-bodied male citizens declared by law as being subject to call to military service

But when the Bill of Rights was written the definition of Militia was somewhat different. Back then the militia was defined as the whole body of able-bodied citizens. This included men and women. Merriam-Webster uses this definition too but has added that this includes men only and declared by law as being subject to call to military service. Even if we accept Merriam-Websters definition to include men only and declared by law, this includes most of the male population as all men are subject to the draft to this very day.

But even with the phrase ‘well regulated militia’ added to the second amendment, this does not imply that a well regulated militia is the sole justification for the right to keep and bear arms. What meathead conveniently leaves out of his argument is the fact that the second part of the second amendment does not say: ‘the right of the Militia to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’  It specifically states the right of the PEOPLE to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. What part of PEOPLE and infringed don’t liberals understand?

My final argument is that when the founding fathers drafted the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the arms that would later equip the militia that won our freedom from the British were in the hands of the people before a militia was ever organized and called into service. The arms were not supplied by the government. If we are ever confronted with a tyrannical government sometime in the future, how is a militia ever going to be formed to defend liberty if the guns needed to defend against that tyranny are in the governments hands and not we the people’s hands? Please answer that question for me meathead.

 

 

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Guns, Religion, Freedom of Speech

Jul 27, 2009 by

Three of our unalienable rights that are being destroyed by an ever growing and unaccountable government.

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Gun control advocates up in arms again.

Mar 10, 2009 by

s_safetyrules The tragic murder of a pregnant woman by an 11 year old boy has given gun control advocates fuel to add to their misguided attempts to take firearms away from law-abiding Americans. The 11 year old used a 20-gauge shotgun that was given to him by his father to fatally shoot the father’s pregnant girlfriend.

The article by the Associated Press highlights the fact that hunting is a way of life in the rural area where 11 year old Jordan Brown regularly practiced target shooting with his 20-gauge, youth model shotgun. The article goes on to say that gun control advocates are worried that manufacturers are increasingly focusing their marketing toward children with smaller, lighter models that are easier for them to handle.

Josh Sugarmann, executive director of the Violence Policy Center, a gun control group in Washington, D.C., says:

The industry portrays youth gun possession as risk-free, and when something bad happens, they always blame the kid and not the presence of the gun. We think the risks clearly outweigh the benefits.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Every firearm I have ever purchased came with many warnings and cautions about the safe handling and storage of firearms. No one in the firearms industry considers firearm ownership and use to be risk-free. Firearms are to be treated with the same respect and care that you would afford a chain saw or a skill saw or any other potentially dangerous tool. If used with care and common sense, firearms are no more dangerous than any other potentially dangerous object. I have seen ladders with 12 warning labels on them but people still fall off them every day. The same holds true with firearms. Paul Helmke, president of the Washington-based Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence said:

If you are keeping loaded guns around the house and you have kids, you’re asking for a tragedy.

Again, nothing could be further from the truth. Most gun owners who have children in the house are very aware of the potential for tragedy and act accordingly. But no matter how many laws you pass or hoops you require a gun owner to jump through, there is always going to be some irresponsible parent who doe not adhere to proper safety precautions. The same is true with drunk drivers. You can pass laws until the cows come home but some people are still going to drive drunk. Parents who negligently cause their children to be injured or killed by their guns will be punished by the law, the same as a drunk driver. No responsible gun-owning parent is “asking” for a tragedy. Jerry Feaser, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, put the incident in the proper perspective.

The Brown case violated the basic tenets of firearm safety and hunting safety. This had nothing to do with hunting.

I would like to take this opportunity to fire a few salvos at the gun control advocates. One of the comments made in the article was that in many states rifles and shotguns are not registered and are not required to be sold with trigger locks. First, I don’t see how registering a rifle or shotgun would contribute to firearms safety. As for not selling rifles or shotguns with trigger locks, every firearm I have purchased in Virginia was sold with a locking mechanism.

I would also like to highlight a few statistics that show how safe firearms really are. Various statistics on firearm ownership in the United States put the number of firearms owned as high as 235,000,000. 42% of U.S. households own firearms. Yet in 2007, FBI statistics recorded 10,086 firearm homicides in 49 states. 235 million firearms yet only 11,348 firearms related homicides. You can do the math but it is easy to see that the vast majority of firearms in America are never used in a crime. On the other hand the Virginia Citizens Defense League estimates that there are about 2,500,000 defensive uses of a firearm in the United States every year. That is 2,500,000 instances were a crime was prevented or someone’s life was saved. In 92% of those cases no shots were fired.

As for total deaths due to firearms, in the U.S. for 2001 there were 29,573 deaths of which 16,869 were suicide, 11,348 homicides (as previously stated), 802 accidental and 323 by legal intervention. Again the statistics show that accidental deaths by firearms were only 802 in a whole year with over 200 million firearms in America. So firearm ownership by responsible parents is hardly “asking for a tragedy.”

Looking at accident statistics for areas other that firearms portrays a much clearer picture of the “dangers” of firearms. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2005, there were 32,691 poisoning deaths in the United States. Of those deaths 23,618 (72%) were unintentional (compared to the 802 accidental deaths by firearms) and 3,240 (10%) were of undetermined intent. That leaves almost 6,000 deaths that were basically homicide or suicide by poisoning.

When you start talking about automobile accidents in the United States the statistics are staggering. In 2005 there were nearly 6,420,000 auto accidents in the United States. Those accidents resulted in 2.9 million people injured and 42,636 people killed. Comparing the total deaths due to firearms of 29,573 to the total deaths due to auto accidents of 42,536, you tell me which is more dangerous, firearms ownership or automobile ownership? Do those statistics warrant the statement that owning a automobile is tantamount to “asking for a tragedy?” That is the statement made by Paul Helmke of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Ask yourself where you think it would be safer for your 16 year old son or daughter to be, out hunting with you or driving alone on the Interstate. My money is on hunting with you. What do you think?

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