How Shooting Became The New Golf

Gregory Andrews

 

About 10 years ago I moved from Northern Michigan to Central Florida. In Michigan we savor the late spring, summer and fall because that is the only time of year you can get out your golf clubs and hit the links. In the winter we watch the PGA TOUR on TV and learn all about erectile dysfunction medicines and investments strategies. Seriously, if you watch Golf on TV, those are the only commercials. While snow falls outside we read articles on how not to shank the ball and the new gear all available with the hope of shaving a few strokes off our game.

golfing vs shooting

All of that changed when I moved to Florida. My first thought was that I’d golf here all the time. It never snows here, but as it turns out it’s hot in Florida and humid too. When it’s not hot and humid, it’s either night time or raining. In the winter months it’s also 5 times more expensive to play. I still love Golf but playing is a lot harder than it used to be. I play more golf when I go home to visit family than I do living in Florida. One reason is that I have kids. The idea of leaving my wife at home with two small children while Dad lives it up for 18 holes just doesn’t seem fair. Dad Guilt! Another reason is that I don’t seem to be good at it any more. I’ve gotten old, my eyes are not as good, I’ve put on weight, my joints and flexibility are diminished and the whole endeavor is more work now than play. On the occasional outing I still manage enjoy myself, focus more on the positive rather than the negative but it’s just not the same. Usually by the middle of the round I’m looking forward to the girl in the tight shirt driving the beer cart more than anything.

Still, I needed an outlet for my spare time and extra money, and that is when chance, opportunity and desire conspired to make me the new owner of a gun. To be fair I had already owned a pump action 12 gauge. It was something I purchased after a rash of burglaries in my neighborhood. However, I never really got comfortable with it. It makes a nice recognizable sound that says SHTF / GTFO. It did the job until an opportunity to buy a beloved Icon of the 9mm family, seen in practically every movie came along. I was finally at a point in my life where I could buy a gun I’ve seen thousands of times, the Beretta 92 or in my case an M9A1. I’m not going to go into if that was a good choice or not, but I wanted it and I figured if the Army could teach people how to use it then I could learn too.Beretta M9A1

I couldn’t just own the handgun. So I got a nice range bag. And you need earmuffs, and eye protection so I got those things too. And then you need tools, brushes, patches & CLP to clean your guns. You need Ammo, and a safe place to keep all that stuff organized. My first trip to the range I looked like a walking Beretta billboard but I didn’t care. You’ve all seen that guy right? We all shake our head and think, “Oh boy, I hope this guy doesn’t get me killed”, more money than sense! I’ve been drinking the Beretta Kool-Aid from a young age so I didn’t care. My first brush with Beretta was my Grandfathers Beretta semi-auto 12 gauge Shotgun. My grandfather was the guy at the local Trap shoot that would simply wait for the other guy to miss before taking home the prize. He was that good. It’s hard to shake that brand loyalty when it’s tied to a beloved family member, and if it was good enough for Grandpa it’s good enough for me!

So here is where my Golf / Shooting parallel came into play. Just as my golf clubs needed a bag, and golf balls, and tees, and a golf glove and all the other junk, so does the shooting sports. For me it was almost an even trade in terms of expense. A good set of clubs will set you back $1000 or so, add in the bag and all the rest and you can easily add in another $1000 depending on if you buy pro jock wedges and putters, and leather staff bag. Not to mention Country Club memberships, bag storage, club cleaning and the list goes on. Gun = Clubs, Balls = Ammo, Range fee = Green Fees and so on. And best of all, going to the range takes considerably less time than 18 holes of golf.

happy golfer

I solved the dad guilt puzzle. I justified the use of my time and money as not only fun, but less time consuming than golf with the added benefit of learning to protect my family. These days I regularly slaughter paper targets at varying distances. It took me a while to get comfortable. I’d ask guys on the line for help, ask my friends and neighbors who were ex military, cops or prison guards for tips and tricks. I spent a lot of time reading and asking questions online. It was the exact same routine with golf. Why do I slice the ball? Why are my shots going low and to the left? Turns out there are some basic fundamentals that cause them both, but you need to be able to practice to master them. There is more to protecting your home and family than punching holes in paper, and I’m learning more as I go along. I think I’ll always be learning, practicing, and working on my skills. But, I have a good foundation, good tools and a familiarity I didn’t have 3 years ago. I’m safe and responsible and happy.

I have the Shooting bug. I’ve been out shooting clays; even got me an AR before someone decided it was illegal for me to buy one. Sound familiar? Yeah, I’m hooked!

I do miss the girl on the beer cart with the tight shirt though.

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Christmas Show

Podcast 407- Joy, Love and Piece

The Christmas episode.  Can’t beleive I put a show out for Christmas.  But then how else could I talk to you.  Thank you listening.  Hope you are well.  Revolvers vs Pistols, shoutouts, new products,  John Farnam’s Quips, Dr. Seuss, and a casting call.    

On this episode of the podcast I talk about the culture we are in and call it “low tide.”  Tides are the rise and fall of sea levels caused by the combined effects of the gravitational forces exerted by the Moon and the Sun and the rotation of the Earth.  Tides produce oscillating currents known as tidal streams. 

Our world, not just the United States but the whole world is going through a low tide in some spots.  Here in particular we are seeing a resurgency of a situation or state of affairs that is confused or full of difficulties.  Young people are protesting as they have since the sixties.  Today, I think most of them are juxtapose between a feeling of hopelessness and being used, most are uninformed and angry, and fed up with more than what their signs say.  

The anti-rights side is trying to leverage something.  Politicians are still doing their thing – Virginia comes to mind.  But what the VCDL has put in place will hold for now.  They like all of us need to hold the line.  Don’t relent, don’t rest, the price of freedom is still vigilance. 

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Casting Call 

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We’ll follow each step of the process of building a remote mountain cabin from the challenges of getting materials to the remote site (by horse, ATV or helicopter, etc.), dealing with unpredictable weather and wildlife, and taking on the geographical obstacles of the build site itself. We’ll see the highs and lows of each build as our builder/contractors work against the clock during the abbreviated build season the region demands.

Behind the remote mountain cabins are the intrepid builders who represent the toughness and tenacity that is the hallmark to living off the grid. The ability to adapt, improvise, and persevere in the face of remarkable challenges will make all viewers appreciate what it takes to own a hunting or fishing getaway in the middle of nowhere.

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WHO ARE THE OWNERS OF THE HOME AND WHAT ARE THEIR EXPECTATIONS? WHAT IS YOUR WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM?

 

BUDGET FOR THE BUILD?

 

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From AmmoLand and John Farnam.  

 

Something from Dr. Seuss

On their walls he left nothing but hooks and some wire.

And the one speck of food That he left in the house,

Was a crumb that was even too small for a mouse.

Then He did the same thing To the other Whos’ houses

Leaving crumbs Much too small For the other Whos’ mouses!

It was quarter past dawn… All the Whos, still a-bed,

All the Whos, still asnooze When he packed up his sled,

Packed it up with their presents! The ribbons! The wrappings!

The tags! And the tinsel! The trimmings! The trappings!

Three thousand feet up! Up the side of Mt. Crumpit,

He rode with his load to the tiptop to dump it!

“PoohPooh to the Whos!” he was grinchishly humming.

“They’re finding out now that no Christmas is coming!”

“They’re just waking up! I know just what they’ll do!”

“Their mouths will hang open a minute or two,

Then the Whos down in Whoville will all cry BooHoo!”

“That’s a noise,” grinned the Grinch, “That I simply MUST hear!”

So he paused. And the Grinch put his hand to his ear.

And he did hear a sound rising over the snow.

It started in low. Then it started to grow.

But the sound wasn’t sad! Why, this sound sounded merry!

It couldn’t be so! But it WAS merry! VERY!

He stared down at Whoville! The Grinch popped his eyes!

Then he shook! What he saw was a shocking surprise!

Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small,

Was singing! Without any presents at all!

He HADN’T stopped Christmas from coming! IT CAME!

Somehow or other, it came just the same!

And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,

Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?”

“It came with out ribbons! It came without tags!”

“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”

And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.”

“Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

And what happened then? Well…in Whoville they say,

That the Grinch’s small heart Grew three sizes that day!

And the minute his heart didn’t feel quite so tight,

He whizzed with his load through the bright morning light,

And he brought back the toys! And the food for the feast!

And he, HE HIMSELF! The Grinch carved the roast beast!

Shout Outs:

AnnapolisDefense.com  – SIM’s shooting – force on force 

New range being proposed and constructed in Beltsville, MD

LuckyGunner Ammo

Hager Watches

Crossbreed Holsters

Accu-Tac 

 

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Merry Christmas

 

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Security From Canada to Capitol Hill

Security Dialogue

First of all, I am grateful for the opportunity to address the recent security breach in Ottawa, Canada that occurred in the Capital Parliament Building. My sincere prayers go out to the family of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the soldier violently killed as he stood post with honor.

After prudently listening to the media addressing this unprecedented breach in Canada, I pondered and came to the realization that the vast majority of the western society appeared to have forgotten the ambush that took place on Capitol Hill, 24 July 1998 at the attack occurred at visitor’s entrance at the X-ray screen / magnetometer public area. A gunman breached the House of Representative’s Chambers and fired shots instantly killing United Stated Capitol Police officer Jacob Chestnut. Fellow Protective Agent Detective John Gibson was able to return fire and stop the assailant before being mortally wounded. The detective later died in surgery at George Washington University Hospital.

ottawa-policeSixteen years and three months later Canada, a Constitutional Monarchy Country didn’t apply the lessons learned from that tragic day in Washington, DC. As a result of the devastating physical breach at the visitor entrance. A security panel recommended various security changes after in-depth vulnerability assessments were submitted to address corrective solutions. Congress provided monies totaling 621 million dollars to build a grand entrance center to minimize deadly security breaches at the gates of congress in the future. The Federal Law Enforcement Divisions and Protective Service Community provided vast input regarding the mass underground structure totaling 580,000 square feet, with a public seating capacity of 4,000, as well as boosting the largest café in Washington, DC.

In today’s dynamic security climate, it’s no longer good vs evil, right vs wrong or grey matter vs blurred lines. Having the ability to make concise recommendations based on pertinent data collection and obtaining essential facts in addition to making prudent threat assessment are vital elements to making sound policy. The protection of our nation and its citizens mandates a vast understanding of the broad field of National Security as it encompass virtually anything that one could imagine. Danger is present at each interval but a vigilant security system reduces the threat as needed. Diverse ideology, politic and personal agendas makes securing any environment problematic as potential crisis form daily covertly. It’s imperative that the security organizations work assiduously to prevent another 911 attack, Boston Marathon Bombing, Capitol Hill Shooting or most recent Ottawa Parliament deadly Breach.

True security derives at a price and the associated Opportunity Cost is confronted daily to wit: in order to gain something, we must give up something. Nevertheless, I argue Mathematical Modeling, Critical Theory Criminology, Big Data Analytics in addition to Actuary Computations will play a pivotal point in the enhancement of National Security and mitigate against security breaches in the future. Just remember when True Security isn’t available, lives are often lost. Let’s learn from our pass mistakes and negligence’s. Veritable security requires continuous improvement to insure freedom for our citizens, upward mobility for our children and liberty for the advancement of our nation. The effective application of Security Methodology via physical surveillance, virtual cloud assessments, advanced Law Enforcement Personnel, electronically and innumerable facial recognition technologies can make any given environment safer.

Reflecting on the duties of a Federal Protective Officer, I recognize that the vast majority of our society has no concept regarding the overall obligation, dedication, complex training, professionalism, discretion and sacrifice that are required of Protective Service Officers. It’s an elite, esteemed and respectful position within the law enforcement community.

Secondly, perhaps the media not noticing the dreadful similarity of the lone gunman assault on the Canada Parliament Halls and the United Stated Congressional visitor’s entrance in 1998, was due to the fact that most of the contemporary anchors from the major networks were mostly not engaged as news anchors, still in college or just starting their first job in 1998. Truthfully, they don’t have any meat in the game nor clearly comprehend what provisions were taken to prevent another deadly security breach on our Congressional Grounds. Some of the best security are never noticed by the public!

P.D. Sutton

 

 

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Phasers on Stun: Smart Gun Technology

Both sides of the gun control debate abhor violence. That is about as close as the two sides get.

One side blames violence on the gun, as if the inanimate object hurt, maim or kill without human action.  And we on the other side fight to keep what we have and what we can pass on to our children.  But there are bunches of people in the middle that don’t know a slide, from a barrel. And it is this group that is caught in the crossfire of fact and fiction over the so-called Smart Gun.

This is the group that sees the death of children by criminals and mentally disturbed people and wonders why can’t we do something. Their only point of reference are movies, where people like James Bond, Judge Dred, the guys in Aliens2, and a host of other Sci-Fi heroes have weapons that can only be used by them. They’re using technology that only fire in the right hands.  It works so well on television.  These so-called smart guns can recognize a watch, DNA, a ring or even just a grip.  So WTH?

The truth is that this smart gun technology is not new. It has not been used because it is unsafe. It is not safe to use a firearm that does not have the 100% probability of working when you need it. It is unsafe because criminals will not comply with yet another law imposed on the law abiding. It is unsafe because the more complex you make something the greater the probability of failure. Batteries not included. Technology can be defeated. You don’t need a battery-operated fork.

The truth is that to make a gun safer requires education of the user. You cannot idiot proof a mechanical device.  We have to educate our society.  Thou Shall Not Murder is still confusing to some people.  A smart gun is way beyond that.

Why did Marylanders get so angry with Andy Raymond, the co-owner of Engage Armament, a store known for its custom assault rifles?  

After the Governor Martin O’Malley changed the gun laws in the state (2013) recently without support of the community it affected –we were still sore. History has shown us that whenever concession is made – we lose. We saw that if smart gun was successful selling point, then some politician would use the momentum to mandate that all or future firearms be implemented with such devices. Gun-control groups and politicians would almost certainly push for mandatory smart guns. New Jersey, where debate on the topic has gotten further than anywhere else, actually has a currently dormant statute on its books that would require that all guns sold in the state have “smart” technology, were the technology widely available and deemed to be effective. Why, because there is a smart gun making company in New Jersey. Which would again increase the prices for law-abiding people. It would change how we legally use firearms for sport and recreation. It would impose risk to the gun owner.

Mr. Raymond’s actions angered the gun community because it was like he shot us with a Star Trek phaser set on stun. As a gun dealer in Maryland he should have been seen as the staunchest supporter of the right to keep and bear arms. I understand that he is a businessman. It is very hard to be a federal firearms licensed dealer in Maryland. It’s a tough business. But the anger comes when it seems as if he was selling us out –for a profit. That is where the passion comes from. It was extremely wrong however for folks to threaten his life. It was just a Zumbo move.

There are at least three smart gun companies in Europe and Mossberg has a smart gun. Colt tried it in a pistol back in 1999. And it failed miserably.

When it comes to self-defense I teach simplicity. We can make better technology but we have not improved on humanity.  There is so much more that is wrong with smart gun technology when it comes to self-defense that I could go on longer.  There can be no one-stop solution for anything having to do with us. A stun setting on a gun in the future sounds good but it may still kill if it were ever invented because all of us are not the same size, shape or have the same mental stamina.  There are a lot of people trying to sort out how to help and how to make a buck.  The key is to sort out which is which.

I love tech like the next guy but lets not infringe any further on my rights.

 

 

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What we fear most and how it is affecting us

Fear, Racism, and What’s Wrong

 

Many of my friends are on their way to the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting being held in St. Louis, MO this year. I can’t go this time for a couple of reasons or I would be there. I could use the laughs, friendly faces and sights of the latest firearms and accessories.

 Things look and sound grim right now. Gas prices, the rising cost of everything, and the anger that exist in America right now is scary. It has made people wonder about their futures. I have heard a young couple say that they didn’t want to raise a child in the current environment. Funny thing about that statement, is that I have actually lived long enough to have heard that before.

Despite how jacked up today is for us, it will be the good old days for our kids if you choose to have them anyway.

 The death of Trayvon Martin has brought to light the darkness within close friends and family. I have heard more racist stuff since February 26, 2012 than I have in a long time. I have counseled friends distraught that their friends have said some pretty hateful things that shocked them. I’ve made a couple of amatuer videos with my beliefs in them for sake of reaching out and helping folks realize that not all people have lost their minds.

 I think America is grieving over the loss of many things. I have a list but it is not all inclusive. I hear it in political statements and country music that say “we need to take our country back.” Back from where, I ask? Who has it? Why did we let it go? And for the record, that statement, sounds racist most of the time.

 One of the stages of grief according to a theory first introduced by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross is anger. I think it comes after denial. She had five stages. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and then acceptence. We are definately in the anger stage as a nation. President Obama used the word HOPE during his successful campaign. Milton, author of Paradise Lost said,

Where no hope is left, is left no fear.

We are afraid. Our false expectations appear real. (F.E.A.R.)
We are afraid of:

 crime,

 of the world ending,

 of law enforcement,

Young Hispanics, blacks, whites, asians, and foreigners

We mistrust of the justice system, the executive branch and the legislative branches of the government.

 There is a industry of incarceration.

 We want more government services but don’t know what we are asking for when we do.

 We have loss real family values.
We have loss of faith in God.
We have lost faith in our education system.

The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.
Gandhi

And thrown right in there as the perfect scapegoat are gunowners and supporters of the Second Amendment. I’ve unfollowed a few folks myself in media this month from some of the stuff I’ve read. Friends have taken opposite sides. Racial lines have been drawn. Lynching parties are popular. Buy yourself a hoodie and you don’t have to say a thing.

Personally, I am going to follow the teachings of the Jedi masters.

“Fear is the path of the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” Master Yoda

And so, it is what it is.

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Tics

There are a few “tics” I’d like to talk about today.

I usually never talk about politics per se, but I feel disgusted at the moment about the state of our governments.  As I watch the gas prices rise and fall for no honestly explainable reason.  Listen to my wife note the cost of groceries now that no one else seems to notice.  Bacon for example, is almost $10 a pound.  (I might have to find me some pigs to raise somewhere.)  In scanning the television news, listening to elected officials that have not been discovered of wrong doing yet, all they seem to do is blame the other party for whatever.  It is disconcerting.  Nothing positive is happening in our government.  And if anyone seeks to offer a solution, they are shot down as heretics.

I really am starting to despise politics.  The “tic” part of the word is starting to resonate.  Like the arachnid; the blood sucking creature that we avoid in the woods these politicians are equally distasteful.  Wood ticks can carry viruses, like West Nile.  Poly-tics appear to carry the virus of greed, over indulgence, and lying. We have a lot of them in the humid and densely populated area of Washington, DC.  Wish there was a spray for it.

Poly – As a prefix, often meaning more than one or many.

Right now it is a really tough time to start a new business, invest in your future or even retire because the economy is in the crapper.  The U.S. is becoming on par with the rest of the world and losing our “super” status financially.  The solutions seem to just increase our spending, debt limits, or print more money.  All of which devalue our futures.

Then there is the constant barrage of corruption as folks we voted for let us down by being caught with their hands in the cookie jar, in each other’s pants or whatever.

The clock is ticking.  We are setting ourselves up for more drama, digging a hole that can be exploited by evil.  It is just sad.  All of it just ticks me off.

   Just added:   Sent to me by a listener of the show:

545 vs. 300,000,000 People

                     –  By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and
then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are
against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation
and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.

You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on
appropriations.  The House of Representatives does.

You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme
Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are
directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the
domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that
problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its
Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally
chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason.
They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a
senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing.
I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash.
The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what
the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to
determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that
what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con
regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive
amount of gall.  No normal human being would have the gall of a
Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating
deficits. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the
Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole
responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and
approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House?
John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow
House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want.
If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they
agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot
replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of
incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic
problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you
fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the
federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they
want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.

If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it’s because they
want them in  Iraq and Afghanistan.

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement
plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they
hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and
advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to
regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let
them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical
forces like “the economy”,”inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them
from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they  alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are
their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

We should vote all of  them out of office and clean up their mess.

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando  Sentinel  Newspaper.

What you do with this article now that you have read it is up to you.
This might be funny if it weren’t so  true.  Be sure to read all the
way to the end:

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table,
At which he’s fed.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.

Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for
peanuts anyway!

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
Taxes to pass

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won’t be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He’s good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he’s laid…

Put these words
Upon his tomb,
‘Taxes drove me
to my doom…’

When he’s gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Personal Property Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Sales Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the
most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had
the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise
the kids.

What in the heck happened?  Can you spell ‘politicians?’

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Don’t Conceal Carry Your Compassion

As the pastor of patriots, I get some good insight into what some Americans are thinking about.  One of the listeners of the Urban Shooter Podcast had some concerns that inspired me to post this.

King Solomon said that there was a time for everything.

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

One of the things pro gun folks don’t do well is demonstrating how much we care for our communities after a tragedy.  When we prefer to portray ourselves as tough guys and as a result lose ground.  There is a time to show that you are not all Break Free and Brass brushes.  There is a time not to open carry, and not to rub your neighbors face in the poop that your family is secure, whole and responsible.  This is not the time not to wear your “Kill them all, and let God sort them out” t-shirts, tactical pants and “Boonie” hats.  There is a time when showing your heritage with the Southern Cross is not appropriate.  We live in an age of symbols.  You can use this time to be a symbol of a good neighbor.  There is a right and a wrong time for everything.

If you have any compassion for your fellow man, and I know you do, now is a good time to show it.  Many people will not see how the nonviolence movement the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. copied from Gandhi can be applied to supporters of Second Amendment right now.  You might not want to waste your time trying to explain it now.  Many of us don’t quite understand it.  You can’t talk philosophically with a person that is starving physically or intellectually.

The tragedy in Tucson, Arizona isn’t the first time, a mentally ill person has taken the life and wounded innocent people but at the moment to some people it is.  They are searching for solutions to problems of the human condition.  They won’t hear the facts you want to pontificate on through tears.  Instead, use your strong shoulders to comfort.  Use your strength to lead in prayer and consolation, don’t conceal your compassion.

And if you are in the presence of people, family, and friends that are not gun owners, you will hear their sorrow, confusion, and pain as they look for answers.  You might even wonder if there is something more that we can do as Second Amendment people.  Don’t beat yourself up for being empathetic.  You are not selling out.  You are being a good citizen.  Caring is good.  I know you know this so this is just a reminder:

You know that there are over 40,000 gun control laws already on the books and none of them prevented what happened in Tucson.  You know that after the law of “thou shalt not murder” anything we come up with is redundant.  You know that the mentally ill are already prohibited from purchasing a firearm.  You know that even in the year 2011, you can’t control the evil that men do.  You know that no law ever prevented a crime.  You know that evil continues when good people do nothing.  You know that eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.  You know that freedom isn’t free.  You know that firearms are already one of the most controlled and regulated mechanical devices in the United States.  You know this is not a perfect world.  You know it’s not about guns it’s about freedom.

I would like to see more pro gun groups leading the charge to comfort the grieving.  Volunteer to be the pall bearers, and shepherd the lost.  You know we can win more friends by being compassionate than sanctimonious?

As gun owners and supporters of freedom we are the sheepdogs in the herd.  We are the shepherds.  We are the law abiding, responsible and compassionate members of our society.  Soften the rhetoric.  Tone down the “rah rah” speeches.  I know you care, so get out and show it.  You can win the undecided to our side more easily by being gentle than with perceived callousness to the current situation.

There is a time for everything.

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192 – Plastic Guns

I thank God for all that He has done for me this year.  I am truly thankful.

This has been an incredible year for me and this podcast.  I have learned a lot.  My son is in college.  My family is whole and happy.  I still have a job.  I am still a pastor.  I have met some great people.  I have talk to many of the people that listen to the show.  I have shared some of my whacky life experiences and you have with me.  Friends of mine have conceived babies, and some have been wed.  Babies were born.  I spoke on the grounds of the Washington Monument.  (The 1st Second Amendment Rally), .  I have been published on Human Events.com.  I have started a new book.  I have been supported by some really great people I call the Urban Shooter Association.  Corporately, Crossbreed Holsters and Lucky Gunner are helping me reach more people.  And I launched  Kenn Blanchard Promotions, a marketing business to support other small pro-gun businesses like, ESS Eyepro, SlateandJones.com.  I met Michael Bane and became a part of DownRange.TV’s blog.  I got a chance to attend the SHOT Show as a media representative.  I went to a bloggers conference sponsored by BlackHawk! and met some awesome women like Barbara Baird, Laura, and Ashley Burgess.  I learned a few things from Todd Jarrett.  Had dinner with some of my listeners and new friends.  Traveled to Hollywood, CA and interviewed some of Hollywoods’ pro-gun actors.  Got the opportunity to review guns from ISSC Austria and Sig Sauer Arms.  I got listed on IMDB.  I am watching the growth of the Gun Rights Radio Network.  I co-published my first kindle ready book to Amazon.com.  Though it makes no real money, I have an ipod ap, like I am somebody.  And through it all still growing as a person.

This week on The Urban Shooter Podcast:

  • Dr. Bruce Eimer, Personaldefensesolutions.net
  • Zombie Strike #51
  • Wanted Dead or Alive
  • Plastic Guns
  • This Year Will Be Different

Barbara  from www.womensoutdoornews.com informs us about wills, estates, how gun buybacks rip of widows and warns against predatory firearm poachers.  Good stuff!

Plastic Guns


Back in the mid eighties, the Austrian gun maker version of Henry Ford created a stir with the production of a new handgun called the Glock Safe Action Pistol.  The “Safe Action” system is a partly tensioned firing pin lock, which is moved further back by the trigger bar when the trigger is pulled.  When the trigger is pulled, 3 safety features are automatically deactivated one after another. When doing so, the trigger bar is deflected downward by the connector and the firing pin is released under full load. When the trigger is released, all three safety features re-engage and the GLOCK pistol is automatically secured again.  Without the tech talk, if you keep your finger off the trigger, the gun won’t fire.

Old timers called it ugly.  The media called it the plastic gun.  The fear was that this gun made from plastic polymers and steel didn’t have as much metal in it as a 1911 Semi auto or a traditional revolver so it would get through metal detectors.  Hollywood jumped on it.

“That punk pulled a Glock 7 on me! You know what that is? It’s a porcelain gun made in Germany. It doesn’t show up on your airport X-ray machines, and it costs more than you make here in a month!” –John McClain, Die Hard 2

The news media loved it.  It was the gun to be feared.  It was the gun that the terrorist were going to use to sneak into the White House.

Old timers didn’t help it; they trashed it on the bulletin boards.  It is what they had before forums and Facebook.  You heard jokes about Tupperware.  It was so new, the holsters that came out for it was plastic then Kydex.  Still not something you could brag about.  It wasn’t really customizable either.  But you know what?  It was reliable.  It was like a Timex

The truth was though that it has enough metal, among the 33 parts that make up the gun including the slide and barrel, springs to be detectable.  Why can’t it be plastic?  Because plastics and other synthetic material simply can’t handle the explosions, shock and pressures that the ignition of gunpowder generates. The stuff that makes it a “gun” has to be forged from steel. As such, the barrel, slide, firing pin, frame rails, screws and springs are all quite detectable, and the gun can’t function without any of those.

So, why use plastic? Because it’s lighter, and it doesn’t rust or pit like steel can. It’s a good design choice, and most modern firearms makers produce models with polymer frames.

The hysteria started with a poorly-researched Washington Post article in 1985 titled, “Quaddafi Buying Austrian Plastic Pistol.” Jack Anderson, always a paragon for journalistic integrity, didn’t bother to do any fact-checking, and the rest of the press picked up on it like jackals on a zebra. The whole silly debacle culminated in the Terrorist Firearm Detection Act of 1988, in which our leaders wasted time and money outlawing something that didn’t exist based on an unfounded rumor.

But it didn’t stop the sale and promotion of magnetometers.  Fortune Magazine in 1986

A NEW X-RAY SCANNER TO HINDER HIJACKERS

American Science & Engineering Inc.’s ”flying spot” beam can help inspectors detect plastic pistols, the newest terrorist tool.

By – Eleanor Johnson Tracy

April 28, 1986

(FORTUNE Magazine) – THE GLOCK 17 PISTOL is the latest terrorist weapon to menace air travelers around the world. The simple, lightweight, Austrian-made gun has a suggested retail price of $443 and has 32 pieces — many of them plastic, which does not show up as clearly as metal on X-ray machines. It can be taken apart or reassembled in less than a minute. Airport security officials fear that terrorists could disguise the pieces in luggage and smuggle them through X- ray inspection. Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi reportedly has ordered up to 100 Glock 17s. A new X-ray system introduced in January by American Science & Engineering Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts, may be the traveler’s best defense…..

Today is different.  Glock has been so successful; they are up to Generation Four, and making goo gobs of money.  They don’t have to advertise their products and have an air of aristocracy that is a little hard to swallow sometimes.  I am not saying they are arrogant but they are definitely not as humble and easy to get to as they were back in 1985.  They are more secretive now that there are other polymer guns and competition is fierce.  Another truth that is rarely discussed is that industrial espionage is bigger and more prevalent than the spy stuff between nations.

Twenty five plus years and counting and now Glock is no longer alone.  Polymer guns are popular now.  Smith and Wesson has its Sigma series, that looks better than the Glock but doesn’t have the reputation or reliability.  They didn’t quit though and came out with a Military and Police pistol that is liked by many, just not me, the M&P has some hardcore fans.  Springfield Armory has the XD.  Walter has a few.  Taurus is break new ground by copying and doing the best of whatever works and has a line of polymer revolvers and autoloaders.

Happy Thanksgiving and thank you all for making this a fantastic year for your friend and brother from a different mother, Kenn Blanchard.  Dr. Bruce Eimer is a guest, Thoughts about family get togethers- “this year will be different”, a joke or two, Barbara Baird, Zombie Strike #51, Wanted Dead or Alive, Shout outs.  Plastic Guns, Glocks and More.  New ad for Massad Ayoob Group.

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177- VCDL

This Week on The Urban Shooter:

  • VCDL president Philip Van Cleave is a guest on The Urban Shooter show to share and introduce this extremely successful grass roots pro gun organization.
  • Zombie Strike #38
  • Bones Hooks sings a Stevie Wonder version of “Signed, Sealed and Delivered”
  • Introducing www.americangunworks.com and www.federalpremium.com as a sponsor for this month
  • Remember SKYNET !!
  • Tip Of The Week:  How To Take A Punch To The Stomach
  • In the News:

The Second Amendment Foundation is helping MD man get his legal right to protect himself back from the Handgun Roster Board.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/29/AR2010072905675.html

And here is the original Lawsuit:  http://saf.org/legal.action/md.lawsuit/complaint.pdf

MANCHESTER, Conn. — Omar Thornton,  a warehouse driver who was asked to resign his job at a beer distributor killed eight people  and wounded  several and took his own life August 3rd.

Grassroots and Boots

On episode 177 of The Urban Shooter Podcast, along with my usual joviality, I got the opportunity to interview the president of a successful pro-rights group called the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL).  On the show, Philip Van Cleave spoke candidly and proudly about the group.  I entitled the whole episode VCDL so you can find it later if you ever want to.  They have been around since 1995 and involved in skirmishes that matter to residents of Virginia.  This local assembly of pro-gun people has made an incredible impact in their state by doing what grassroots movement do.

Driven by their desire to keep the U.S. Constitution from being maligned and misinterpreted by defending the Second Amendment the VCDL has done more locally for the rights of gun owners in Virginia than anyone.  I have witnessed their work and except for their own small celebrations they have received little public acknowledgment.  I wish to give my brothers and sisters in arms a big thumbs up from where I sit.  I appreciate them because they are aggressive but not disrespectful.  They are apolitical but focused.  It’s amazing to see a organization move as effectively as this one does without as many resources as some have.  It is a testament to the power of the American people.

The VCDL holds small rallies and restaurant open carry events that draw good numbers.  They are good at communication and have progressed from the fax to Facebook.  They move with the effectiveness of a small guerilla group.  I have seen them at all pro-gun events with the familiar hunter orange buttons proclaiming simply but effectively that Guns Save Lives.  They are the ‘boots” on the ground that politicians and money hungry national organizations wish they could control.  Several states have adopted their template.  One of the notable things about the group is simplicity.  Even their website is no frills.  It is easy to navigate and demonstrates that sometimes we can get too obsessed over style versus content.  The substance is there.  You will also notice the absence of mention of well known national pro-gun organizations on the site and in our dialogue.  Donations to sponsor their events come largely from members and gun show coordinators.  This spoke volumes to me as a reminder to all who seek to fight for your rights must do so without the support of traditional groups that have budgets, an image, and may be more interested in maintaining the status quo than helping you win your fight.  Even though we have many pro-rights groups out there, the price of freedom is still depending on how much you are willing to defend it.

Grassroots organizations like this are what made this country one of the greatest nations on the planet.  This is how this country was founded.  This is how we defeated tyranny.  This is how we will continue to defend the freedom our forefathers have died for.  Thank you VCDL for all you do for gun rights in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  It’s the people that are praised here.  They just all seem to come from the same state.  Visit www.vcdl.org and see for yourself.

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Say So- Psalm 107*2*

In a week I celebrate my first year as pastor of Historic Berean Baptist Church. I’ve learned a lot of about people. I’ve learned a lot about myself. A church is a bouquet of personalities, different flowers, weeds, both exotic and weeds. There are thorns and annoyances; there are blossoms and young shoots still pressing their way through tough times and grounds. You have to press your way through tough situations, seasons and times and when you do; when you can celebration don’t be afraid to…Say So.

Right now, our country is going through a tough time, right now, our state and city are going through challenges. Right now you may be going through a season of struggle and testing. There may be times when everything you do seems to turn out wrong. Regardless of our prayers and consecration, adversity will come. You can’t pray away God’s seasons. The Lord has a purpose in not allowing us to be fruitful all the time. We need seasons of struggle. These times break us down, put our pride in check and make us lean not to our own limited understanding and wait on God.

When the winter winds blow, when it’s cold, when it’s dark, when you are all alone in your mess, trust God. We don’t like the cold, the wind or the dark, and no body likes to be alone all the time but even this is for an appointed time. David wrote my times are in thy hand. (Psalm 31:15)

Every stage has its purpose. Even when you can’t see it. What do you know anyway? Think about it, all that you know you learned second hand or are still learning it. Who created knowledge? Who created everything?

I had a challenging time this past couple of weeks. My patience ran low. I almost said something to a couple of people that always speak out of turn, out of order, and I still might but it wasn’t time. You know how you expect more from someone and when you don’t get it, you feel like what is the use? Why do I even bother? Frustration. Once frustration touches you, you want to quit, throw up your hands. But if we are not careful, we will do that with God. First it’s our parents. Then people we should respect. They let us down. Then its friends, and eventually its church people. People who are gracious, but fake, artificial, facsimiles of what Christianity represents. And you get frustrated. You want to quit.

You ever been there? But guess what? It’s just a test. We need to hear a big recording like we do for the Emergency Broadcast System that says “Please stand by this is only a test.”

The real test of faith is facing the silence of being on hold. When we call a business, we get a voice mail, or sometimes a prompt. If you want to reach billing, press one. If you want to reach customer service representative press zero, if you want service upgrades press three, if you want to exit press star. You don’t hear that when you pray to God. Sometimes you don’t hear anything. But don’t quit. Just wait. He heard you.

But when you faith is being tested, it’s not that easy. Stuff just happens to you. And depending on what is going on in your life, in your mind, you respond.

David wrote in verse 7 “…he delivered them out of there distress”.

That is where praise and worship come in. Worship can be a bone of contention, a deal breaker for someone seeking relief from the world. Worship touches on tradition, culture and classism. I am going to raise some points here and then tell you my viewpoint at the end. Amen? OK,

Listen to this:

We have names for worship like it belongs to us. How many in our churches think that worship is for them?

Over the years we have become critics, judgmental and connoisseurs of worship. We even have categories for it. Well, this message is for someone in here right now that is wondering about their place.

Some call their worship Contemporary because it relates the younger crowd…

The may call worship blended if it relates to a mixed crowd…

They may call it traditional if it is to the older crowd…

How can WE call it anything? We do this as if worship is a radio station to be tuned into OUR OWN preferences. Worship is about and for the creator. It belongs to him and is done by the heart when it’s poured out beyond our comforts, likes, and desires. I am amazed at the selfishness of the church when it comes to God’s possession and one of our only gifts to him… worship. That is right. WORSHIP is the only you can give God that HE doesn’t already OWN. He doesn’t need your tithes. He doesn’t need for me to be dressed any better than anyone else or ride in a better car. I have heard it said that worship is: “making God big and me small” I don’t believe that happens when OUR hearts and focus is on our worship and is about the crowd liking it…

“God inhabits the praise of his people”

Spiritually, praise and worship is the devils bone of contention. He used to lead praise and worship in heaven and then thought he wanted some of that adoration. He wanted to stand up in the crowd and folks look at him. THAT IS WHY THERE IS SO MUCH ATTACK AND DIVISION ABOUT IT.

Is worship about singing out loudly and raising hands? Is that truly worship? Isn’t true worship a matter of the heart that is focused on God?

How about the show boaters? You know the ones that like the attention. They kick a shout like worshipping God is a joke. The ones that is going to shout every week. Doesn’t that make us judge everyone? Or how about the guy that is one way on Sunday and different WAY every other day of the week.

How about the people that don’t think you have to do all of that. They might believe that there needs to be a sense of awe when we enter God’s presence. I agree with some of that. But yet, that same person will make a bigger deal over a politician, or someone in authority than they do to GOD. They will do the wave at a football game, scream at the TV for the Redskins, or make sure they get recognized at some event.

Well, what does pastor think? Pastor thinks it should be truth. Pastor thinks it should be your real heart. Pastor thinks it should be whatever and however you want to express your thanksgiving to God.

Just don’t play with God. God is not mocked.

I’m learning that I have my own preferences. And I am going to try not to judge the way you honor God. And that even goes for those that don’t say amen, halleluiah, or praise God. I am going to leave those people alone. You know when you have a party, a celebration; you want the fun people, the live people, and the people that get it? Same with me. I am no longer going to get upset, if I preach a good Word and no body says anything. I am no longer going to feel defeated if folks turn their backs on me or hide their faces in the Bible while I am speaking. I am going to try to keep my joy after Sunday when the flow of worship is dampened by a crazy announcement or unnecessary speech done just because they can. Psalm 31 verse 17-18 says

“let the wicked be ashamed. Let them be silent in the grave. Let the lying lips be put to silence. Which speak insolent things proudly and contemptuous against the righteous.”

Why? Because if you haven’t been saved from something then maybe you can’t praise God like I can. Maybe you have nothing to give God glory about. If you have had a pretty calm life, if you haven’t wanted for much, if you haven’t been where I’ve been blessed,

If you haven’t struggled

If you haven’t gone through,

If you haven’t been bought with a price

If you haven’t been snatched out of the hands of death

If you haven’t almost lost your mind, from all the worry, sickness, death and destruction that happens out here,

You probably can’t praise God any better than you do. And I am not going to be mad with you.

But let the redeemed of the Lord say so.

Whom he has redeemed from the hand of the enemy-

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