Don’t Mess With The 2nd

“Here’s my credo. There are no good guns, There are no bad guns. A gun in the hands of a bad man is a bad thing. Any gun in the hands of a good man is no threat to anyone, except bad people.”-Charleton Heston

“Self defense is not only our right, it is our duty”-Ronald Reagan

As could be expected, the recent shooting incidents in Atlanta and Boulder have driven the anti-gun crazies out of their holes and back into the sunlight. Let me make something clear. If you are anti gun  and want to write about it, that’s fine. Write about it until you are blue in the face. But please, if you choose to do that, write in a literate manner. Form complete sentences, use the correct words and most of all, make sense. I wrote a commentary back in November about gun control and here is a reply that I received yesterday.

The simple answer us that you are simple. You gave no need of guns. What are they protecting you from? Someone drops a bomb on your house, no more you. But the guns, likely there for someone else to steal to use against members if your family. Yea, protection.
One pistol might be considered oritection. An arsenal, you guns are a menace to your community.

Ah yes, nothing like a well thought out argument that is presented in a logical format for readers to see. It is unfortunate, but this reader has done nothing to help his cause except show me how illiterate he is. I wish he would have explained how my guns were a menace to my community because the last time I checked, they hadn’t attacked anyone yet.

So, what do I have to offer this fellow blogger? First, do your homework on gun ownership. Second, please take a writing class so your responses make sense. Third, get a copy of the Constitution. Read it and gunderstand it.

If you need help understanding it, I’m always here to help.

Whether you like it or not, our Constitution is what guides the citizens of this great country. If you haven’t guessed, I am a firm believer in our Constitution and this is how I live my life. I am given the right to own weapons and I choose to do so. Just as an FYI, I learned how to shoot from the experts, the USMC. So I am a “responsible” gun owner.

The bottom line is this-I do not pass judgement on the fact that you may not want to own guns so please do not do so because I do. Your logic is faulty and non-existent.

The Choices Are Endless…

Self-defense is not only our right; it is our duty.”-Ronald Reagan

“The essential thing is to bear always in mind that trouble can appear at any time.
Be aware.Be ready.Be alert.”-Jeff Cooper

“It is high time for society to stop worrying about the criminal, and to let the criminal start worrying about society. And by “society” I mean you.”-Jeff Cooper

Yesterday, I presented an argument that if you wanted to protect your home, you most certainly have the right to do so. I stressed the fact that before you decide to buy a firearm that you research the laws of where you live in regards to self defense. I can’t stress it any more than this: you have to make sure that you fully understand the laws of your state, town, municipality, or whatever, so if you are in a position where you have to use deadly force you are legally in the right.

With that out of the way, and you are familiar with the law, you have decided to purchase a firearm. What direction do you then go in? A pistol? Revolver? Long rifle? Shotgun? Bolt action? Semi automatic?

As a veteran of the USMC, I have a good working knowledge of many weapons and the potential that they have as to whether they can serve as an appropriate self defense weapon. Before I go any further, I am going to clarify that I am going to be talking about defending your home. Self defense if you are attacked in public is a topic for another day.

Some folks may disagree with my next statement, but I am not a believer in “shoot to wound.” Anyone that tells you that in a very stressful situation they expect you to shoot someone in the leg is just kidding themselves. If someone is breaking into your home and you feel as though your life is being threatened, go for center mass (upper chest). The object here is stopping power. You want to make sure that whatever firearm you purchase, it has enough power to stop the cretin (or cretins) from doing you harm once they enter your home.

Since I live in NYS, buying a pistol is a stretch for me. We have way too many hoops to jump through and for me personally, I like something with a little more stopping power, especially in the confines of my house. If the day ever comes where I have to use deadly force, I want to make sure that anyone that intends to do me harm are down with one shot. Now I know that a Glock could probably do that, but my comfort level isn’t as high as it is with let’s say a shotgun or rifle.

I am not going to review particular shotguns and rifles here. I would rather tell you why one would be a better choice than another. They all have positive and negative features, so my thought is go with what you know. If you don’t know, go to a pro and speak with them. They will lead you in the right direction.

So, if you are looking for a shotgun, Mossberg offers many reliable and easy to use ones that will perform well on the range and if need be, in an emergency situation. For those of you who are thinking of cost but still want a reliable firearm the Maverick 88 is an excellent choice. Just make sure that you get ammunition that has some good stopping power.

As I mentioned earlier, I was in the USMC so obviously I am intimately acquainted with the format of the AR-15. Unfortunately, because of the restrictions that NYS has put on them, it has been bastardized from its original design. With that said, even in its Frankenstein form it is still worth it if you need it.

I can’t tell you what the best option for you would be, but here are some things to look at:

  1.  What do you feel comfortable with?
  2. Do you have any experience with firearms?
  3. Does your spouse/significant other have experience with firearms?
  4. Are you considering training your children how to use firearms?
  5. What is the layout of your house? How many points of entry are there?
  6. If you have neighbors, how close are they?

Another suggestion I might give you is that when you research as to what you may want, go to a gun shop and speak to them. They are always very knowledgeable and will answer all of your questions. You may walk into a shop fully committed to buying a Glock or an AR-15 and leave with a shotgun.

The bottom line is you need to do the research, so you don’t end up with something you don’t like or is not the right fit for you or your home.

If you are a novice, sign up for a class to properly learn how to use that firearm.

I will end this post by reiterating that I am fully committed to everyone having and using the option of a firearm to defend themselves. We live in a time where we have seen that the lawless and criminally minded do not have a healthy respect for the law and will do whatever they want. That is the only reason that I need to ensure my safety and that of my family.

What do you think? What is your thinking process when you go to purchase a firearm?

Be Smart and Be Safe!!!!!

Now Is The Time To Fight

“The right of self-defense is the first law of nature; in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible.
Wherever standing armies are kept up, and when the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.”-Henry St. George Tucker

“Self defense is not only our right, it is our duty.”-Ronald Reagan

We are rapidly moving into what could be a very dark period in our history. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights was put into place to protect us from people who would try and take those rights away from us. To take away rights that we have had since the start of our nation. Rights that we hold dear and were not meant to be taken away, especially from an opposing political party.

With the election of Slow Joe, one of the first things he is promising to do via executive action is to restrict our right to own weapons. Through the outright banning of some (AR’s) and making the registration of weapons mandatory, he is promising to roll back gun ownership so it is indistinguishable from what we are used to.

For some odd and deluded reason, the left somehow believes that guns kill people with reckless abandon. As I have said before, my weapons have never, ever killed anyone. For them to do so would require that someone pick them up, load them and then fire them. They can do none of those things by themselves.

As a citizen of the United States, the Constitution is what I hold as to the standard to what everyone in the country should. Unfortunately, the left has already taken it upon themselves through ANTIFA and BLM and the SJW’s to restrict our 1st Amendment rights. They will most definitely try to do the same with the 2nd Amendment.

This is something that we can not let happen. To allow the left to either take our guns or allow them to restrict the purchase of them to the point where you pretty much can’t buy them is truly unconstitutional. If the left is allowed to mandate that we register the weapons we own, then what is to stop them from then taking them? And take them they will. I have no doubt whatsoever that the end goal of the left is to have a gun less society.

What is the old saying? If guns are outlawed, then only outlaws will have guns.

I would venture to say that 99% of gun owners do so lawfully and safely. I know that if anyone from the government tries to take my weapons or tax them, it won’t be without a fight.

We can not let the left take away our rights.

So, since I am a person who looks for solutions, why we don’t we try dealing with the mental health issues and criminal backgrounds that many people who commit gun violence have. It makes no sense to restrict my ability to buy as many weapons as I want if I do not pose a danger to anyone. Leave the people alone who are law abiding citizens and have been properly trained in their use. Since I served in the Marine Corps, I would say that I have been adequately trained in the use of rifles and pistols.

Our cities have become literally become liberal cesspools for the mentally ill and they are the ones who need to be regulated, not the rest of us.

I have a feeling that this insanity is only going to get worse before it gets better and as I stated before, it won’t be without a fight.

I refuse to give up my right to protect my family and what I have. I certainly have no faith that a Biden/Harris administration will protect me either.

Now is the time to stand up and fight. One day you will wake up and it will be too late.