So how do you teach a dog the 4 rules of gun safety?

Dog shoots owner.

Defending your property, South Carolina style!

Southern Truck Alarm

Southern Truck Alarm

Turn that frown upside down

While I think there is some “panic” in the recent buying surge of guns and ammunition, I like to take the optimistic view and assign a large part of the sudden desire to buy guns to something other than fear. Buying out of fear assumes that all is already lost and makes me think of a selfish desire to get that last possible purchase before the world as we know it ends. To me, that strategy admits defeat before the battle has been fought.

I would like to encourage even more buying between now and January 20th, but for a different set of reasons that will help avoid defeat rather than simply plan for it. All this “fear buying” can actually accomplish some good if you look at it from a different perspective:

  1. Buy purchasing guns and ammunition, we are exercising our right to keep and bear arms. As Tom Gresham likes to say, a right atrophies unless it is exercised regularly.
  2. I like the idea of supporting our firearm and ammunition manufacturers during a very difficult and uncertain time. Not only is the future of restrictive gun legislation uncertain, we are in some tough economic times according to the media. We are also in two wars with a long road ahead, and healthy firearms and ammunition industries fuel the overall pace of research, development, and production which ultimately supports our military.
  3. Although the election is over, we are continuing to vote – only with our dollars. I would love nothing more than the new administration and congress to see in very real terms how many of their constituents feel strongly about their second amendment rights. Might make them think twice before getting too hasty with onerous firearm legislation. The next election is only two years out and we all remember how many overzealous legislators became unemployed last time around.

So sure, fear is there, but I prefer to channel my actions in a way that will result in more positive outcomes. And you still get the benefit of growing your collection!

Discrimination against gun owners?

From the NRA-ILA:

In yet another example of hostility towards lawful firearm owners, the Obama transition team is weeding out applicants for White House positions who own firearms themselves, or who come from firearm owning families.

View article…

What? Gun owners don’t trust politicians?

According to FBI statistics, gun sales have skyrocketed since the election last week. The NICS (National Instant Check System) run by the FBI to do instant background checks at time of gun purchase was bombarded with transactions during the week of November 3rd through 9th. Year over year traffic increase for this period was up 49%. Read more about it here.

A veteran who may have changed the world: Lt. Commander John Waldron, USN

“If worst comes to worst, I want each one of us to do his utmost to destroy our enemies. If there is only plane left to make a final run in, I want that man to go in and get a hit. May God be with us all. Good luck, happy landings, and give ‘em hell!”

Torpedo Squadron 8

Torpedo Squadron 8

Lt. Commander John Waldron, USN

Many know of the Battle of Midway on June 4, 1942 and how it was the turning point of the war in the Pacific.  On that day, three squadrons of SBD scout bombers from the Enterprise and Yorktown dove on the Japanese fleet and put the Kaga, Akagi, and Soryu carriers permanently out of action.  Later that day, American carrier based planes sank a fourth carrier – the Hiryu.

What is generally not known are the amazing circumstances that led to the United States Navy turning the tide of the war by ending permanently Japan’s near total dominance of the Pacific. While the Battle of Midway is filled with many incredible stories, any one of which could have changed the entire outcome of the battle, one stands out on this Veterans Day.

Lt. Commander John Waldron led Torpedo Squadron Eight straight into the jaws of the Japanese fleet, completely unescorted by fighter cover. Japanese Zero fighter aircraft, providing protection for the fleet high above, found the temptation of attacking the slow and lumbering American Torpedo planes irresistible and descended to sea level to stop the torpedo attack. Lt. Commander Waldron’s entire squadron was destroyed by the fast and maneuverablele Zero’s without getting a single hit on the Japanese fleet.

What appeared to be total sacrifice without result by the brave American pilots would arguably change the outcome of the war.  As the Zero fighters, now at sea level, finished off Torpedo Squadron Eight, the three squadrons of SBD scout bombers arrived high above, and commenced the attack, completely unopposed by the now out of range Zero fighters.  Within minutes, three Japanese carriers were burning out of control and the tide of the war had changed forever.

For more on the Battle of Midway, visit the Naval Historical Center.

Honoring our Veterans: Matthew J. Taylor

This Veterans Day let us not forget those who gave, and those who gave all, in service of our country.

Army Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Taylor

Army Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Taylor

Army Staff Sgt Matthew J. Taylor, of Charleston, S.C.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Polk, La.; died on wounds suffered September 20, 2008 in Baghdad, Iraq. Staff Sgt. Taylor is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Here is the full story.

http://iraq.pigstye.net/article.php/MatthewJTaylor

http://www.patriotguard.org/ALLForums/tabid/61/view/topic/forumid/29/postid/979578/Default.aspx

Is the ink on the ballots dry yet?

Boy that didn’t take long! President-elect Obama is already backpedaling on campaign statements regarding Second Amendment rights. Of course, no one is really surprised by this, but the sheer audacity of doing so, in writing, on his www.change.gov site before the final votes were counted is somewhat incredible.

I just ran across an article on the topic written by the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, and I thought you might find it interesting…

“Yes We Can . . . Ban Guns”–Obama Announces Gun Ban Agenda Before The Final Vote Count Is In

Friday, November 07, 2008

Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign slogan, “the audacity of hope,” should have instead been “the audacity of deceit.” After months of telling the American people that he supports the Second Amendment, and only hours after being declared the president-elect, the Obama transition team website announced an agenda taken straight from the anti-gun lobby–four initiatives designed to ban guns and drive law-abiding firearm manufacturers and dealers out of business:

“Making the expired federal assault weapons ban permanent.” Perhaps no other firearm issue has been more dishonestly portrayed by gun prohibitionists. Notwithstanding their predictions that the ban’s expiration in 2004 would bring about the end of civilization, for the last four years the nation’s murder rate has been lower than anytime since the mid-1960s. Studies for Congress, the Congressional Research Service, the National Institute of Justice, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found no evidence that gun prohibition or gun control reduces crime. Guns that were affected by the ban are used in only a tiny fraction of violent crime-about 35 times as many people are murdered without any sort of firearm (knives, bare hands, etc.), as with “assault weapons.” Obama says that “assault weapons” are machine guns that “belong on foreign battlefields,” but that is a lie; the guns are only semi-automatic, and they are not used by a military force anywhere on the planet.

“Repeal the Tiahrt Amendment.” The amendment–endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police–prohibits the release of federal firearm tracing information to anyone other than a law enforcement agency conducting a bona fide criminal investigation. Anti-gun activists oppose the restriction, because it prevents them from obtaining tracing information and using it in frivolous lawsuits against law-abiding firearm manufacturers. Their lawsuits seek to obtain huge financial judgments against firearm manufacturers when a criminal uses a gun to inflict harm, even though the manufacturers have complied with all applicable laws.

“Closing the gun show loophole.” There is no “loophole.” Under federal law, a firearm dealer must conduct a background check on anyone to whom he sells a gun, regardless of where the sale takes place. A person who is not a dealer may sell a gun from his personal collection without conducting a check. Gun prohibitionists claim that many criminals obtain guns from gun shows, though the most recent federal survey of convicted felons put the figure at only 0.7 percent. They also claim that non-dealers should be required to conduct checks when selling guns at shows, but the legislation they support goes far beyond imposing that lone requirement. In fact, anti-gun members of Congress voted against that limited measure, holding out for a broader bill intended to drive shows out of business.

“Making guns in this country childproof.” “Childproof” is a codeword for a variety of schemes designed to prevent the sale of firearms by imposing impossible or highly expensive design requirements, such as biometric shooter-identification systems. While no one opposes keeping children safe, the fact is that accidental firearm-related deaths among children have decreased 86 percent since 1975, even as the numbers of children and guns have risen dramatically. Today, the chances of a child being killed in a firearm accident are less than one in a million.

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