Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Welcome to 2019!

Happy New Year!  I am pretty sure that 2019 is going to be a very hectic year, politics-wise, as we begin a new round of doing battle to preserve and protect the U.S. Constitution, and the 2nd Amendment in particular.  New bans on weapons and accessories, Red Flag Laws, and a whole host of other unconstitutional laws will abound, especially here in Colorado.  We cannot afford to sit around this year and let it all happen.  People who know nothing about firearms will presume to dictate what we can and cannot have to defend our liberty and our families.

So let me just sum up my thoughts with some images that I hope you will all take to heart as we prepare to do battle in the coming year...


Please help defend our Second Amendment rights by joining one of the gun rights groups.  The FPC and GOA are already on the front lines.  I am an NRA recruiter and can help answer questions about NRA membership.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

A Stolen Life - Lives Lost to Illegal Immigrants

As the latest government shutdown drags on, the Democrats are stubbornly sticking to their stance of not allowing President Trump to obtain the funds to build a desperately needed border wall.  But this isn't about their "compassion" for people as they would have us believe.  Plain and simply put, this is about their desire for power.  And if they can't get enough Americans to vote for them to keep them in power, hey will import the needed voters from elsewhere.  

They were all for the wall back in 2006 - 2009, evidently before they realized the easy way to import their voting base.  Now they are against it.  Nancy Pelosi even calls the border wall "immoral."  What, Nancy, as opposed to the brutal slayings that are taking place at the hands of these illegal aliens, or the abortions that you so ardently support? 

Our country's sovereignty is at stake here.  The country is taking a hard left turn due to the policies of the current democratic party, and these policies will ruin any chance that our children and grandchildren have for a prosperous and safe future.  One of my dear friends on FaceBook posted a perfect analogy to this situation:

"Mass [illegal] immigration is a forced marriage: The home country is forced to marry a man she did not choose, yet she is expected to love and honor him even though he beats her and treats her badly. And on top of that, her parents (the government) tell her to be warm and show solidarity with him."

One of the latest and most noteworthy victims of the actions of a violent illegal alien, officer Ronil Singh, was gunned down while simply making a traffic stop.  Turns out the shooter is an illegal alien with known MS-13 gang ties.  Want to see the devastation that these people are causing?  Here is a news conference featuring officer Singh's brokenhearted brother, Reggie Singh.  I found this video extremely hard to watch, as it is truly heartbreaking.  Watch it, and I hope it has the same hearth-wrenchign effect on you as well.  Because we have to never forget this and get active until this never happens again.

President Trump:  Build the wall, and close our border until it's built.  Stand your ground.  We are with you. 

And finally, below are some of the victims of illegal alien violence featured by the FaceBook group "The Remembrance Project."  Please visit and support their page.  May these precious victims rest in peace.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Government Shutdown 2018/2019

Time to clear the air and correct some of the false reporting that abounds as a result of the US Government shutdown. I wanted to take an opportunity to talk about the government shutdown, and what it means to the federal employees who were furloughed.  First of all, not all federal employees are lazy bureaucrats who worship the ground that Barack Obama walked on, or who hate President Trump.  There are many who are strong conservatives, voted for our current president, support his policies, and want to see America succeed.   And among the ones who are Democrats, there are many who have a fiscally conservative viewpoint, may not have voted for our current President, but still, want to see America succeed. 

Non-Essential Personnel:

This is a completely incorrect and misguided term.  The actual term that should be used is "Non-Emergency" personnel.  The fact of the matter is that if all of these so-called "non-essential" personnel were permanently let go, none of the agencies would function correctly.  Ever.  These so-called non-essential personnel are human resources specialists, IT specialists, inspectors, budget stuff, and a whole host of other people who are in their positions because they run the day to day activities of their agencies.

The offices are staffed by skeleton crews that basically keeps the lights on, handle emergent IT and other urgent support needs, but do not perform the myriad of other necessary functions needed to keep these agencies running at their normal operational levels.  For example, IT staffs are performing minimal support functions for the staffs that are still on duty (and not being paid).  But they are not performing necessary functions such as security patching to keep servers and computing systems safe from critical vulnerabilities that could compromise government systems.  Human resource personnel are not there to handle many necessary but non-emergent staffing and other personnel needs.  Inspectors who would normally be out investigating and enforcing things such as food safety and animal welfare act violation are not out in the field to do those inspections.  Staffs that administer the food stamps program are cut to the bare minimum.  There are employee assistance staffs that would normally answer employee crisis issues and help offer resources that will not be there to answer the phone.

The "Free" Vacation:

Yes - when the government opens back up, it is customary for Congress to authorize back pay for the employees who were furloughed, whether they worked or not.  So the popular talking point is that these people got a free vacation at taxpayers' expense.  Well - yes and no.  Most of the time when I go on vacation, I go somewhere to have fun, I'm not too worried about spending money on frivolous vacation type activities, I enjoy eating out, and generally enjoy a time of no stress.

When these government employees are on furlough, they have no idea when it is going to end.  They are watching every dime, figuring out how long their savings will last if they have any, and wondering how they will be able to pay bills with what money they have.  Many live pay-check to pay-check.

They are not on vacation.  They are glued to their televisions and social media for news, any news, of what Congress and the President are doing to end the shutdown so they can go back to work.  They are listening to the rhetoric from both sides of the aisle and hearing some not very optimistic things about their situation.  And they are hearing news pundits talk about how they shouldn't worry because they will be paid after their so-called free vacation.

Not Our Enemy:

These people are not our enemy.  They want to work instead of sitting home living in stress and being glued to the TV waiting for news.  Give them a break.  Most of them are hard-working people who want nothing more than to serve their country.  Many are military veteran's, and many are disabled veterans.

These people still have bills to pay, families to feed, mortgages, student loans.  They contribute money to charities, tithe at their churches, and volunteer their time outside of work.  Not all are them are the freeloaders that the ignorant make them out to be.

Monday, December 24, 2018

The Bump Stock Ban

Look, I don't own any bump stocks.  I never wanted a bump stock, I'm not even sure that I'm spelling "bump stock" correctly.  But the latest shenanigans by a bunch of unelected federal bureaucrats has me livid.  This is bump stocks today, and my competition triggers that I use in shooting matches tomorrow, then all semi-automatic firearms after that.  If we choose to look the other way on these egregious gun laws and rulings just because we don't own the types of firearms or accessories that are being targetted, then there is something seriously wrong with us.  We must stand up and fight every single time one of these infringements is introduced, and we must keep on fighting with our last breath.

I've seen several discussion threads where folks are saying that they don't care about this ban because a bump stock is "just a toy" and a "waste of ammunition."  Well, like I said, I don't own any, never wanted one, and personally think that they have no purpose.  But the people who are turning their heads on this issue are missing the point.  Wake up!  You need to see the bigger picture.

Well, instead of listening to me rant, I thought I would leave it here and let you listen to a top Second Amendment attorney on the subject.  Alex "AK" Kincaid is in front of the fight, as are Gun Owners of America, and the Firearms Policy Coalition  Please watch the whole video.  Watch it again if that's what it takes to sink in.  AK discusses the larger picture that we all need to be aware of.

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Sunday, December 02, 2018

H.R. 7115 - Parts Bans

Well - I suppose in the grand scheme to ban guns, going after ammunition and now parts are expected to be par for the course.  And isn't it amazing how the language in these bans is purposefully vague and misleading?!  Seems to be the same old story: we have people who know nothing of guns lecturing us about them and then attempting to ban them.  What this type of law does is not only outlaw common parts needed to even repair your guns, but sets up a gun registration scheme which will no doubt be used later to confiscate.  This type of law vaguely and incorrectly defines "terms" and features and then sets out to make them part of yet another infringement of our rights. 

While I believe that this H.R. 7115 has little to no chance of passing at the federal level - yet - I do believe that the states, especially liberal states, are looking at this type of bill with a great deal of interest.  Since our recent elections which turned Colorado deep blue, I have no doubt that our new state legislature will look at this type of bill and will be running this one on steroids in a coming session.

For a breakdown of this bill, please take a look at the following video, watch it again, and then share it with your friends. The Daily Shooter does a very good job of thoroughly unpacking this one, so I feel I have nothing to add.  His descriptions and admonitions are very keen and timely.  He is in California, behind enemy lines when it comes to states with draconian gun laws, and I have no choice but to believe that Colorado is next when it comes to this kind of crap.

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