The Last Post of 2017

This will be the last post of the year. I wanted to do something a little different than cover gun news. We have enjoyed many freedoms in this country which others have not. The main examples are enshrined in the first two amendments to the constitution, that being freedom of speech and to keep and bear arms. As most of you know, these two amendments have come under tremendous assault recently.

I saw what happened 240 years ago this month in history.  I wanted to write about it as a reminder that freedom isn’t always free. Freedom has a price and I wonder how many people today would be willing to pay that price. When I saw a poll  that stated that a record 57% of Americans want MORE government in their lives, and that the government needs to be doing more to solve people’s problems, I was saddened. In fact, those that responded that there was too much government and that government is too intrusive, that the nation fairs better when things are left to private businesses and individuals, fell to a near record-low 39%.  I fear that there are very few Americans that are willing to pay the price for freedom.

What price am I talking about? What happened 240 years ago? On December 19th, 1777 George Washington took what was left of his tattered army to Valley Forge for the winter. They had lost Philadelphia to the British and congress was thinking about removing Washington as the leader of the Continental army. His troops lacked winter clothing and nutritious food. In fact, on Christmas Eve they dined on rice and vinegar. The troops also had to bind their frost bitten and bleeding feet in rags. In a letter that Washington had written to Patrick Henry he stated that, “We have experienced little less than a famine in camp.”

The troops that remained with Washington he described as marching without clothes, blankets or shoes – leaving bloody trails in the snow – who displayed “patience and obedience which in my opinion can scarce be paralleled.”

That is the price I’m talking about. How many of us could dine on only rice and vinegar, march barefooted with bleeding feet through the snow, go without being paid, all for freedom? I fear the number is too few. T.S. Elliot is quoted saying, “This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a whimper.” I believe the same can be said for freedom.

To read more on this you can check out this link.

Did You Really Think Your Muzzle Loaders Would Be Safe From The Gun Grabbing Zealots?

Through the years I have often heard various gun control advocates say, “When the constitution was written they only had muskets. There is no way they would have allowed assault weapons to be in the hands of everyone. If you want a musket fine, but handguns and assault weapons should be banned.” It is obvious these people have no clue why the second amendment was written. If they did, they would know that if the guns of today existed then, the founding fathers would never have wanted that kind of power to reside only with the state. They were most adamant that freemen should have arms. Here are just a few quotes.

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. A well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country.” – James Madison

“Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation. This is a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. – James Madison (Federalist Papers #46)

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” – Thomas Jefferson

These are just a few quotes out of many that express their sentiments towards firearm ownership. It is interesting that 150 years or so later the tyrant Mao Zedong said this, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” It seems to me our founding fathers new what they were talking about.

Today the power-hungry gun grabbing tyrants even want to take our muskets as well. I saw this article on the NRA website stating that, “Muzzleloaders Now Targeted by “Giffords” Gun Prohibition Lobby.” That’s right they even want to take those now. Here is a quote from that article:

“But muzzleloaders — which fire one shot at a time and must be laboriously loaded through by hand down the barrel – can deliver what “Giffords” calls “a particularly lethal .50 caliber round” and are therefore unacceptable as well.”

The fact that these people want to disarm everyone cannot be denied. The only way to confront that is to never yield. There can be no compromise with them, because each time we give ground, they want more. So, to the gun grabbers I say no compromise no surrender. I would also add this little saying from King Leonidas to Xerxes I, when Xerxes wanted the Greeks to disarm and surrender at Thermopylae. He answered Xerxes with this now famous phrase, “Molon Labe” or “come and get them.”

You can read the article on the gun ban proposals from the Gifford’s group here.

An Anti-Hunting Activist Got a Good Whipping

Smoke Pot or Own a Gun… Your Choice

This is something that I was afraid would happen back when Colorado first legalized Marijuana. I had read that the federal government via the ATF would not allow people obtaining a state license to smoke Marijuana to own firearms. Despite medical marijuana laws in 44 states, cannabis is still illegal under federal law. The federal government regulates drugs through the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) (21 U.S.C. § 811), which does not recognize the difference between medical and recreational use of cannabis. When I first read about this possibility it was under the Obama administration, and I figured it would only be a matter of time before it would happen.

This never occurred under the Obama administration; however, it appears the officials in Hawaii have taken it upon themselves to invoke such a statue. The Honolulu Police Department is ordering medical marijuana cardholders to surrender their firearms within a 30-day window of time.

KITV reports that Honolulu police are doing this via letters to cardholders demanding they “surrender weapons, permits, and ammunition to HPD or to transfer ownership.”

You can read more here.