Hello My Friends,
I know. It’s been a long time since I posted, and for that I do apologize. Many of you have been very vocal about that and I do appreciate the added incentive. Keep those comments and emails coming! In my defense, I’ve been in the process of enjoying life a little with my new bride and spending some time working on our new camper (now winterized for the season) and even doing a little camping. As I always say, life is grand.
This week’s blog is a far cry from my usual topics; (I’ll get back on topic next week) but as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a current events junkie. I span the web frequently in search of interesting or poignant news from reliable sources. Lately the topics of gun control and survival prepping have been foremost on my mind and I feel like babbling about a few of the things I have gnawing at my age addled mind. Bear with my ramblings if you dare.
For those of you rolling your eyes, apparently you’ve never been the victim of gun violence.
I have. So I speak from an enlightened pulpit.
For starters, lets face facts: gun control doesn’t work. The very system itself is flawed from the ground up. Those incapable of possessing a firearm legally can and will acquire one by any means necessary. It’s no different than a lock on a door. It keeps honest people honest. While I wouldn’t wish a home invasion on anyone, if Michael Bloomberg’s home were broken into, I believe his current, misguided tirade on gun control would end abruptly. Of course, he doesn’t have to worry about that. He has armed security around him wherever he goes. Most of us “Joe the Plumber’s” don’t have that luxury. At any rate, the man needs to take off his Ivory Tower, rose colored glasses and take a real look at what he’s proselytizing.
Look at the statistics! The states/cities with the highest instances of gun related violence are those with the strictest gun control laws. Washington DC and Chicago are two examples. Why? Because the law abiding citizens are ripe for the picking for criminals. Those citizens can’t legally be armed and the criminals know it. The criminals don’t seem to have any problem getting their hands on firearms. Talk about lambs to the slaughter.
The Stand Your Ground laws are being revisited in states like Florida. Why? Because of a few unfortunate incidents where the shooter was exonerated by the legal system, through due process. for using necessary force, but the outcry from those uninformed soap boxers with bleeding hearts who took up their banner on a half cocked, loud crusade to right what they believe to be the wrongs done to individuals who were in the wrong place doing something they shouldn’t have been doing. The loss of a young person is never a good thing, but when you play with fire you’re bound to get burned.
And don’t even get me started on these race baiting, nut job, banner wavers like Sharpton and Jackson whose only purpose in life is to stir the pot for their own nefarious purposes. If only they’d use their limelight for the benefit of others instead of themselves. These irreverent Reverends need to take a sabbatical from their rabble rousing and read the Bibles they claim to preach the teachings of.
None of us know all the details of what happened in the Michael Brown shooting, and I’d be an idiot if I were to claim that all law enforcement officers are straight up, capable, compassionate people, but I’d dare say that most of them are-and I sure wouldn’t want to have their thankless jobs for love or money. My hat is off to the 99% of them who put their life on the line every day to protect us. Right or wrong, when a cop tells you to do something, just do it. If he or she is wrong, deal with that later at the police station through proper channels, or with a lawyer. Getting into an altercation with a law enforcement officer is never a wise idea. If you do, you’re bound to come out on the losing end.
Those of us who are legally registered to carry firearms are the least of your worries, but our government seems to be petrified of us. In many cases, as I’m sure you’ve seen in those few unbiased news outlets who don’t hide stories for their political agenda, honest, law abiding, concealed carry gun owners have saved many situations by thwarting bad guys who were attempting to rob, loot and plunder and have aided police in many dire situations. Click here to read just a few of them. We are, for the most part, gun enthusiasts who enjoy gun sports and appreciate and respect the beauty and power that firearms possess. We also believe in our Second Amendment right to protect ourselves in times in eminent danger.
Those with violent or felony criminal records are forbidden by law to own firearms. The fact that they’re criminals pretty much tells you that they don’t give a damn about the law. They carry stolen guns or guns bought illegally (very easy to do) mainly so the gun can’t be traced to them after they’ve committed a crime. The meth-head who broke into my house had a record as long as your arm and was even on parole at the time. The .22 caliber pistol he carried was a stolen gun. Had I not been in possession of my firearm that night, I wouldn’t be writing this blog today. I have no doubt in my mind that had I not been armed, and had the presence of mind to use it, I’d have been a case for the CSI investigators. I still have a lead souvenir in my right butt cheek as a memento of that night, and he has three in his hip, a scar across his forehead and the view from his new home includes razor wire and armed guards. All I lost that night was a little blood, a pair of jeans and the sense of home and serenity I once had in the confines of my hovel. That night and the subsequent PTSD led to my having to have an alarm system installed, a lot of lost sleep and an increase in my personal arsenal to insure that, heaven forbid, if it ever happens again, the odds of the perpetrator leaving in a zippered bag will be greatly increased. While I suffered a pretty devastating loss, I’m still breathing, I still have all my possessions and time does heal all wounds.
I could sit here and quote gun statistics but that’s already been beaten to death in the news. What bothers me most is that with those glaring statistics staring anyone with any common sense right in the face, these grand-standers like Bloomberg keep persisting in trying to make gun ownership more difficult for the average Joe who is only out to insure the safety of himself and his family.
While I don’t own any of what the media calls, “Assault Weapons,” I have fired many and, frankly, they’re a blast to shoot and a beauty to behold. How many criminals do you think have an assault rifle stuffed down their pant leg? It would be painfully obvious, wouldn’t it? How many crimes do you think were committed with assault weapons? Yes, they have been implicated in cases such as the devastating Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, but they are definitely not a weapon of choice for the common criminal and are very low on the scale when it comes to violent crime.
Clip capacities have come under fire of late. Let’s be honest here: anyone with any prowess with a firearm can change clips in the blink of an eye so how is limiting the size of a clip going to deter crime? Large capacity clips are of more use for rapid fire, timed target shooting, a sport, than they are for the commission of a crime. I believe all too many of these naysayers were raised on 1950’s Lone Ranger serials where a six shooter was capable of shooting unlimited rounds.
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And I’m really bothered by the media’s portrayal of so called “Survival Preppers.” While I will admit that some do seem, at least to the uninformed, to go way overboard, there are all too many practical reasons for being prepared for whatever nature, or the evil powers of the world, decide to throw our way. Given the current unrest throughout the world: especially the latest threat-ISIS (or as our illustrious dictator calls them, ISIL) and the headline news today/gone tomorrow Ebola scares, it’s time to give some honest thought to where you want to be when disaster strikes. Let’s face it, folks, the world has become an ugly place and there is a never ending supply of radical nutcases out there who’d think nothing of opening fire in a crowded shopping mall or blowing up a populated building.
Even with the evil “what if’s” aside, what about the guaranteed occurrences-like being prepared for Mother Nature’s wrath? I live in South Carolina where the weather is usually bearable, but our infrastructure frankly sucks. All our power wires are still strung from pole to pole. Every time we have an ice storm here, (at least once a winter) and the overburdened tree branches begin to fall on those power lines, vast numbers of homes and businesses go days, and in some cases even weeks, without power. When even a hint of an upcoming storm leaves the lips of the local rumor mill, the grocery stores get cleaned out…especially the milk and bread. Call me a radical prepper if you will, but we have a generator and a good supply of non-perishables, medical supplies, waterless soap and water so we can at least keep the refrigerator cold, a heater running, the toilets flushing and have the means to prepare nutritional meals in relative comfort…and not suffer the wrath of four or five days without a shower.
I also believe that the evil in the world is going to come to a head one day soon, though I pray for the sake of my children and grandchildren that I’m wrong. Being prepared for such situations may mean your family’s very survival. One errant strike from an EMP on our aged power grid and the lights are going to be out for a very long time. After a few days, things are going to start getting very ugly. Those unprepared will be out scavenging and those lacking any moral fiber will be out looting. Desperation and hunger will bring out the worst in even the nicest people. Will you be prepared to protect your home and family when, not if, disaster strikes? Do you think FEMA is going to be knocking at your door the next day with a nice steak and a baked potato? If you do, I want some of what you’re on. Just ask some of the folks in Louisiana how Johnny-On-The-Spot governmental response to a disaster is.
I’m not saying it’s time to go out and buy a surplus deuce and a half and convert it into a mobile fortress, (although that would be a lot of fun), with a ten year supply of MRE’s stashed in various secret hiding places. What I am saying is that responsible gun ownership and common sense preparation can and will improve your chances for your longevity and that of your family. Laugh if you will at the folks on shows like Doomsday Preppers and other like programs. Don’t fool yourself. They’re the ones who are going to have the last laugh. And with all the time, money and effort they’ve put into insuring that they have the means to survive, they’ve also developed the skills to protect it.
Just the opinion of an average, semi-normal, non-radical taxpayer that I thought I’d share. As for me and mine, we shall err on the side of common sense preparedness.
Man it felt good to get that out. Every once in a while you just have to vent instead of cursing at the news commentators on the daily news programs. They can’t hear you anyway and probably wouldn’t care about what you had to say. If you haven’t realized that Fox News is strictly conservative, CNN is strictly liberal and MSNBC is downright dangerous, and all report their stories with those slants, you haven’t been paying attention.
OK, time for my meds and shock therapy treatment. It keeps the voices in my head cordial.
Until next time, as always, I wish you peace, happiness and good health.
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