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I Can’t Make You Care About Politics

October 25, 2014

You don’t care about politics.  It is too much bother to for you to vote.  Really?

Do you care if people have jobs?  A third of us are not working.  We have an administration who uses their phone and their pen to pile a trillion dollars of new regulatory cost on industry.  The only growth industry in the Obama economy is processing unemployment and welfare benefits.

Do you care about immigration?  The United States has 5 percent of the world’s population.  We have a White House who wants to invite the other 95 percent to live here and vote for them.  Guess who gets to pay for it.

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Do you care about the next generation of Americans?  New government debt and taxes will cripple us for generations to come.  Do you plan to live here or leave?

Do you care about religious freedom?  The government now tells churches who they can hire, who they can fire, what they can say, and who they can donate to.  Religious freedom has been reduced to the freedom to worship.

Do you care about your liberty and free elections?  The federal government refuses to prosecute voter fraud.  At the same time, they challenge state laws that require voters identify themselves.

I could give more examples.  Do I need to?  Politicians are not perfect.  I know we don’t get the choices we want to vote for.  Despite that, it seems we have every reason to vote this year.  The reason is simple.  Politicians are running our lives.. whether we care about politics.. or not.

First posted at Clash Daily.

You know you had a good day at the range when…

October 25, 2014

You know you had a good day at the shooting range when..

You are the first shooter of the combat handgun match and get a procedural penalty.  Ah.  Now I understand!  That is why we are supposed to pay attention during the walk through.  All shooters have the I.Q. of a flatworm once the buzzer sounds.

Beep!  – – – – – -

I didn’t suck as bad as I thought!  The last stage was taken from a backyard barbecue.  The stage started with your hands buried in an ice chest.  That was the moment three thugs attacked your guests from behind your back.  You had to pull your hands out of the ice, turn around, step around an innocent guest, then draw and engage three targets.  I scored well and did not shoot the hostage!  It was also so hot that the ice-water felt good on my hands.  Ahhh.

I overheard a father whisper to his son, “I won’t say a thing, but you have to explain to mom that you shot the no-shoot hostage.”

Been there.idpa5

I bought groceries on my way home and found a handful of cartridges in my pocket as I walked through the checkout line.  I decided to pay with my credit card.   Better that than sort out the 25 cents pieces from the 45 cartridges in the middle of a check out line.  Yay, more ammunition!

I helped score a few stages.  I took advice and gave advice.  All in all, a great day at the range.  May you have many like it.



Barack Obama, Bewildered Bystander | National Review Online

October 24, 2014

Whey you only have a community organizer, everything looks like grant money and midnight basketball. That doesn’t work for the economy or for ISIS.

Barack Obama, Bewildered Bystander | National Review Online.

Crazy Gun Control Fantasies in California

October 22, 2014


In California, we recently passed a law that lets a doctor take away your guns.  A mental health professional can ask a judge for a firearms restraining order.  So can a cop or a family member.  They get to take away your means of self-defense; every gun, bullet and gun part.  This new legal power will be abused.  Ask any divorce lawyer if you don’t believe me.  The law will also be ineffective in stopping crazy people who want to kill.  How do we know the new law will fail to stop the mentally ill?  We know because crazy people have told us.  Some of the crazy people are evil and they lie.  Here is a recent example.

The young murderer who shot up the Arapahoe High School in Colorado planned his attack for months.  He wrote about it and called himself a “psychopath” in his secret diary.  This murderer was a narcissistic loon!  He vowed revenge for slights dating back to elementary school.   The murderer wrote that he wanted to commit “mass murder and be in a place of power where I and I alone are judge, jury and executioner.”  That, friends, is called a clue that he’s crazy.

The mental health professionals missed those “clues”.  The Arapahoe murderer was a discipline problem at high school and threatened his debate coach.  After that incident, the murderer was required to take two mental health evaluations.  Both evaluations were within a few months of his attack.  The murderer first took a threat assessment from a school psychologist.  The second evaluation was by therapists at a private behavioral clinic.  The doctors determined he was a low-level threat.  Yes, they described him as a threat in their reports.  So how did this murderer pass the mental health screening designed to keep us safe from violent predators?  In his diary, the murder said, “Let the record show I lied through my teeth (during) the test.”  Sociopaths lie.  Does that surprise anyone?

The proponents of the new firearms regulations said they will keep us safe.. this time.   They promised to only take guns from people who are crazy, criminal, or corrupt.  We’ve heard the same promise before.  Gun control advocates already passed 23 thousand gun laws.  They said that each and every new regulation was the one that would keep us safe.

You and I would have to be insane to believe them.  I guess we were.  New York proposed a firearms restraining order law similar to the one recently passed in California.  Now that is crazy.


Mass Graves in Mexico  40 students presumed murdered by police/drug cartel

October 20, 2014

The facts are simple.  The conclusions are not.  The facts are 43 students at a rural Mexican teacher’s college are missing and presumed dead.  Searchers found 10 mass graves in the area.  They uncovered 28 badly damaged bodies so far.  We know the students were stopped by police as they traveled to a remote town.  We know the police have close ties to the narcotics gangs.  22 policemen have been held for questioning.  The local police chief has fled to avoid questioning.  The head of the local drug gang died in a shootout with police.  Local sources assume the police gave the students to the local drug gangs for execution.

Protesters demanding an investigation burned down the capital office buildings in Chilpancingo.  Chilpancingo is the capital of the Mexican state of Guerrero.  You may be familiar with Guerroro since Acapulco is its largest and the best known city.

How does this relate to us in the US?  The problem is not a thousand miles south of the border.  Everyone in the United States is familiar with the problems of political corruption.  In the case of the murdered students, I see a confluence of monopoly power created by bad political decisions.

Drug prohibition put enormous wealth into the hands of corrupt people.  Politicians created and maintain that prohibition.  Crushing government regulation and corruption smothered honest businesses.  The bad business environment drove people into the black market.  Politicians created those regulations, and pass more every month.  Politicians prohibited the civilian ownership of firearms and their use for self-defense.  That left law-abiding citizens as easy victims.  Each of those decisions can be reversed in Mexico.

We tried the same political policies in the United States.  The difference between Mexico and the US is simply a matter of degree.  Think back and you can see our politicians trying to sell us similar decision.  We know where these decisions lead.

Drug prohibition creates local monopolies controlled by drug gangs.  Government regulations create huge barriers that protect existing companies.  The prohibition against armed self-defense creates vulnerable victims who depend on either the police or the drug gangs for protection.  That sounds all too familiar.

Those political choices led to this ugly situation in Mexico.  It does not explain why we voted for similar choices in the United States.  I hope we will learn from 43 Mexican students who wanted to be teachers.

Elections have consequences.

This article first appeared at

Plan to go to the Gun Rights Policy Conference

October 11, 2014

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I’m an average guy who went to an extraordinary event at the Gun Rights Policy Conference.  A simple idea brought us from across the country.  We want our neighbors to come home safely every night.  That is why we work for the right of self-defense and firearm ownership.  There are ways to get involved in that effort even if you’re an ordinary guy or gal.


Looking back over several years, an ordinary guy like me had a conversion experience climbing the ladder of commitment.  It is a well worn path that many have people have climbed before.  In hindsight, I see each conference was a stepping stone.


  • Supporters become donors. I met the people I’d only read about or heard on the radio.  I saw what the national advocacy groups do for our right of armed self-defense.  Now I appreciate all they do and give them money on a regular basis.
  • Donors become activists. At least we can take a friend shooting.  I got my instructors certificate this year.
  • Activists become advocates. I met writers and bloggers at the conference.  Now I try to write.  Anyone with passion can start a blog.
  • Activists become leaders.  I talked with the podcasters and public speakers at the conference.  Now I podcast.  In some small way, an ordinary guy like me helps form public opinion.

All that happened because of the people I met at the Gun Rights Policy Conference.  The same thing could happen to you.   You get a stack of books every time you go to the Gun Rights Policy Conference.  You also get something much more important.  The other participants are a major part of your education!  Each of them is trying to protect the right of self-defense in their home town.  Even at your first conference, you leave with a stack of business cards and cell phone numbers that are invaluable.  The people I met at the conference made me think I could do something worthwhile.  I thought it was important to try and follow their example.

You might find your passion and your mission.  You’ll never know until you go.  Whether you start tomorrow or next year, you won’t be alone.  Together, we are an army of Davids.  The 2015 conference is in Phoenix, Arizona.  I hope to see you there.

Stop Rape Culture.. With a Gun

October 6, 2014

Some so called feminists on Twitter claimed that women’s self defense enables rape culture.  Rather than teaching women to defend themselves, they said we should simply teach men not to rape.  We should tell predators “Don’t hurt others” rather than teaching women to be aware, avoid trouble when they can, and to defend themselves when they must.  Some so-called feminists went further and claimed that refusing to be a victim “enables rape culture” and so promotes sexual assault.  I disagree.  Preparation does not cause violence.

 Locking your front door does not enable burglary culture

I understand the attraction of utopian fantasies.   Claiming you’re against rape by choosing to be vulnerable is a fantasy virtue with strong rewards.  It is a Tinkerbelle ideology of crime prevention.  It is the perfect meme for our age of hash-tag activism.  The so called anti-rape culture clams to stop an attacker if we all think “be nice” real hard.  The so called anti-rape culture claims our nice thoughts will somehow stop assault, rape and murder.  That style of feel-good activism is enough for some people.  The feel-good emotions of the anti-rape fantasy sell on campus and academia.  Reality is not that pretty.


The “play nice” fantasy sounds harmless until you look at all the people the fantasy leaves beaten, sexually assaulted and killed.  The fantasy fails time after time as it enables domestic abuse.  Stopping an abuser takes more than words.  Stopping an abuser takes more than a piece of paper.  If we look at history, we see that the “play nice” fantasy fails in every gun-free zone where it is tried.

We see gun-free zones disarmed victim zones in our major democrat controlled cities and at our liberal-controlled college campuses.  The advocates of disarmament ignore their record of failure and the growing mountain of victims.

They are worse than simply being wrong in their beleifs.  Selling vulnerability as a virtue is evil.  It is as evil as a medical doctor who sells a false cure to a sick patient.

 Wearing safety belts does not enable car crash culture.

These anti-violence quacks see no reason to give up on the failed fantasy as long as the fantasy continues to bring in donations and favorable press reports.  In the face of repeated failure, the fantasy saleswomen will claim we didn’t make ourselves vulnerable enough.  It is our fault their fantasy ideology failed because we didn’t want peace enough.  We didn’t buy enough pink T-shirts with glittery writing of Co-Exist written on them.. and we didn’t donate enough to their liberal disarmament groups.  The failure is our fault.  The let’s-all-be-a-victim fantasy would work if we simply worked it harder.

I don’t believe them.cause-of-rape

I believe in evil.  I believe in evil people, evil governments, and evil religions.  I believe that evil grows when it is unopposed.  Violence IS painful.  History shows us that violent people become less violent when they are met with painful violence in return.


Tie-down straps on your bookcases do not enable earthquakes.

Women have the right to arm themselves.  Women should protect themselves and those they love.  Please.  Women stop their stalkers and rapists when they are armed.  I give thanks to every armed women who sets a good example for other women to follow.

Self-defense training does not enable assault culture.

To the ideologues carrying the Peace protest banners, put down the cardboard signs and pick up your staff.  So armed, go boldly into the night.  Go in peace, but go armed and #BeCarrying.




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