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9/11, Remembering Fifteen Years Ago

On this day of reflection, we are all drawn to memories of where we were fifteen years ago and just how we came to be aware of the incredible occurrences on the east coast.  I remember that I was up north in Sacramento managing construction of a new restaurant, but unable to leave the coverage on TV to go out to the jobsite.  Later, I remember telling my crew of the events as they had arrived for work early and missed the news.

Most of us assumed it was just an accident.  I of course was no different and remember thinking that that first plane must have been an accident because growing up, I had heard a few times of small planes that had accidentally crashed into the Empire State Building before they developed no fly zones over the City.  Because of those memories, I naturally thought that it must have been an accident, as no one could conceive that someone could be so villainous to deliberately cause such a terrible crash. We watched hoping that they would get the fires out soon.  I, the contractor that I am, wondered about the fire sprinkler system and why it wasn’t doing its job.  It must have been compromised in the crash, I thought.

Oh My God! There’s Another One!!!

Then, the second plane crashed into the building as we all watched.  That moment of horror, as we all realized that this is no accident, is probably the most vivid of all our memories.  There, before our eyes, was evidence, that terrorists, yes terrorists, had actually aimed planes at these two buildings filled with people in a deliberate act against our country.

There was not much daily talk of terrorists prior to 9/11/01, but we weren’t oblivious to the fact that there were those in the world that might take aim at our country.  After all, they had tried to bring down the towers once before when a truck bomb went off in the parking garage below one of the towers.  But that attempt was not very successful, and in the aftermath, we had confidence that terrorists were largely incompetent, and would never be able to do anything major in this country.

Then on September 11, 2001, there was suddenly evidence that they were obviously behind this horrific act that was unfolding before our eyes.  This was no accident.  Somebody had actually planned this out and sent people on a suicide mission to hijack two planes that would kill so many innocent people.  In that moment, everything changed.   We would, moments later find out that two more planes had also been hijacked.  Our world, as we had known it, would be, forever different.  How?  We did not really yet know, but we knew that things were now different.  Our shock would turn to bewilderment, to anger, to sympathy, back to anger, and disbelief – disbelief that someone could be so callous.   But there it was.

As we came to realize that this had to be terrorists, we started to speculate on who could be the mastermind.  We knew it had to be Muslims.  Who else could be so callous?  We had seen them before, using the name of their God and religion to justify some other heinous bombing somewhere else in the world.  And what about that?  What kind of religion would place such a small value on human life, that they would sacrifice the life of a devotee and those of other innocents who may be in the vicinity, to make a statement?  How could this be a religion at all?  Our ignorance of Islam is what would not allow us to come to grips with this.  Our religion, and to our knowledge, most other religions, preach the love of life, love of God, love of fellow humans, love, love, love.  How could a religion be so,   so…….. demonic.

In that moment, we knew that Muslim Extremist terrorists had somehow, and for some unknown reason, committed an act of war against us, attacking us in a way we had not before dreamed could happen.  In that moment, we would all come together, united in our own disbelief, horror, sympathy and resolve.

Then, as if our disbelief and horror had not been tested enough, at 9:59, the South Tower collapsed. This pillar of American financial might, just crumbled before our disbelieving eyes.  Again, I as a contractor, had never conceived that it would be possible knowing how buildings are constructed.  It took only moments though for me to understand what must have happened. The heat was so intense that the columns and beams folded and could no longer support the millions of pounds of weight above such that it just came down.  The horror.  Those people.  My God.  Run!  Everybody Run!  Does this mean the other tower will come down too?  It must.  Please God, get the rest of the people out of there.

And of course, the second tower did come down.  We just found it so hard to believe.  We looked for someone to make some sense of it all.

Thinking back today, one other reoccurring thought I have is how glad I was glad that we had the President that we did in George W. Bush.  Could you imagine how different it would have been if the vote almost one year prior had provided a different result? Could you ever imagine Al Gore in the White House at that moment and how different things would have been?  My belief is that this country is so fortunate that our God had made sure that such a strong person as George W. Bush would be our leader in such a time of crisis.  Thank you God.

WORLD CHANGES

The attack caused a lot of changes in our world.  The first being how we board planes.  No longer can your loved ones go with you to the gate to see you off or welcome you home.  Security checks are ridiculous now, sometimes waiting hours to pass through and nearly having to strip down naked to do it.

ISIS CombatantsTwo wars have been fought in the Middle East, one of which Barrack Obama cut and ran from.  We have seen the birth of ISIS since Obama cut and ran out of Iraq.  There have been stepped up Muslim Extremist attacks on our country at places of work (San Bernardino), places of entertainment (Orlando), attacks at Military installations (Fort Hood and Chattanooga), and the list goes on.  Barrack Obama appears to be intent on repopulating our country with a large percentage of MuslimsSyrian Refugees as he is importing them by the tens of thousands.  He has also opened up our borders to anyone who wants to walk across, hugely inflating the Hispanic population as he endeavors to inflate the Democrat voting base and thereby ensuring that Liberals will be in power from now on.

We have seen horrific terrorist attacks in Europe like Paris, France; Brussels, Belgium; and Nice, France.  Muslims are running a muck in Germany, raping women as their populations have seen an influx of Muslim refugees.

Four years ago today, 4 Americans were killed in Benghazi, Libya, trying to defend the American Embassy that was left nearly defenseless by then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.  We found out later that she ignored over a hundred requests for more support and security.  But that is in the past as far as it goes for Hillary as she remarked to Congress, “But what difference now does it make”.

MOVING ON

And now, on this fifteenth anniversary, I am embarrassed that we still have the President that we do in the personage of Barrack Obama.  That this man would actually attempt to stand up and speak for our country on this auspicious day is another sad moment.  This man does not respect this country.  He hates the tenets upon which is was founded and is trying to change it into a third world Oligarchy.  He is not a leader.  He acts in so many ways as he does, to stifle this country, stifle our belief in God, and to bring this country down.  As I see him stand at the Pentagon Memorial speaking, I am embarrassed.

I pray to God that He would once again try to protect us and allow us to elect someone who take the measures we need to Make Our Country Safe Again.  I pray, “Please do not allow Hillary Clinton to be elected President”.   Of course that means that the only other Real Choice is Donald Trump.  Of course, even if Trump is successful, it could be as soon as the next election cycle that give us again a Liberal and a Country Hater.  So who knows how long our Country is going to be able to survive the attacks from the Liberal Left.  I probably won’t be alive, but my children may have to live through it.

God Bless this Country and God Save our Country.  It is the only country in the world that was founded embracing a strong belief in God.

Gun Enthusiast

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Gun Free Zones Kill, Again – This Time 4 Marines in Chattanooga

This keeps happening and yet it is predictable, and to some degree preventable. Our lawmakers and politicians continue to believe that our society needs what they call “gun free zones”, ostensibly to keep guns out of the building, arena, or gathering place. But gun free zones are becoming known as “killing zones”.

A few weeks ago, we reported about a senseless shooting in Charleston, S.C. This time the location is in Chattanooga, TN where a Muslim man shot through the windows of a military recruiting station located in a strip mall. Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, a naturalized American citizen, born in Kuwait, with citizenship in Jordan, woke up in the morning and decided that this form of terrorism, shooting up two military centers with an AK-47, would be appropriate for his unknown cause. He paid for it with his life.

According to Sgt. 1st Class Robert Dodge,     Continue reading

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An Armed Society is a Polite Society

The Liberal, gun grabbing society that we live in today shudders at the idea of guns in our communities. The idea of having even more guns among the peasants is absolutely abhorrent to the average big city dweller/liberal. But there is a saying that “An armed society, is a polite society”. On it’s face that seems to be fairly logical. When one ponders the concept, within seconds they can rationalize in their brain just how that might be true. One can easily see how “Manners are good when one may have to backup his acts with his life”. But it would require a majority of the people to carry guns.

After their initial realization in their head of how this concept might be true, today’s modern liberal would then realize that this idea flies in the face of their beliefs, and they can’t have that. They won’t stand for it. So next comes an argument such as, “Well, I suppose we should go back to the ways of the wild west with gun fights, blood in the street and near everyone carries a gun”. They think this is the ultimate bad idea that might come out of it.

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Expect New Calls for Assault Rifle Ban

Dateline: Aurora, Colorado, July 20, 2012 – A gunman dressed all in black and wearing a gas mask massacres 12 people attending a midnight premier showing of the “Batman, The Dark Knight Rises”, and injures at least 50 more at the Century Theaters in Aurora.  This was also in a place that is a “Gun Free Zone”, as Century Theater posted a “No Guns Allowed” sign on the front doors.

Yet another tragic mass shooting, this time involving what appears to be an otherwise sane person by all initial accounts, who for some unknown reason shot theater goers in the Rocky Mountain metropolitan city of Aurora, Colorado.

As usual the media jumped right in with its usual slipshod, inept attempt to investigate the incident and the shooter that only resulted in journalistic malpractice.  Early Friday Brian Ross with ABC News checks out the name James Holmes on his I-Phone and finds one of the James Holmes listed is an active TEA Party member, so he gleefully reports that he is the “Batman Killer”.  Oops!  Didn’t check his facts again.  Turns out he wasn’t the same guy.  Just the possibility that the TEA Party could be tarnished and tied to this was enough to send Brian Ross into a frenzy and report to the world that the Batman Killer is a major TEA Party member.  He later had to apologize.  But I digress.

The next words out of the reporters mouths was that the gunman was carrying an “assault rifle” thought to be an AR-15 that shoots high velocity ammunition along with a pistol and a shotgun, that were bought “legally”.  Now the word “legally” is added strategically.  Their agenda is to put blame on the guns that are ‘so prolific’ in our society – in their minds.  And the fact that someone could buy what they call an assault rifle legally is undoubtedly going to be brought the forefront in the media reporting in the next few weeks.  Journalists are no doubt chomping at the bit at the notion that they are going to be able to start calling for more gun control, more extensive background checks, new gun laws, waiting periods, gun limits and wait for it – a renewal of the “assault rifle ban”.

Yes, an “assault rifle ban” just like the one that expired in the ‘90s.  After all, their mantra is “let no tragedy be wasted”.  They’re not going to let this go unanswered.  In a press conference this afternoon, the Aurora Police Chief said that it now up to us to now start “pushing back”.  Pushing back??  What the hell does that mean?  I’ll tell you what that means.  They are going to start the call for more gun control laws.  Liberal legislators are going to be more than eager to answer the call.

So let’s just see how long before we see the first news report on calls for new gun legislation.  I give it two – three days tops.  After all, it is a weekend coming up.

Gun Enthusiast

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Competition Shooting – My First IDPA Match

Going to the local gun range is good but very limited.  Everyone should indeed visit their local gun shooting range periodically to maintain their skills and familiarity with their tools.  You don’t want to grab your gun in an emergency and have to spend time trying to remember how to make it go bang.  But as I said, a simple gun range is limited in that you may not use a holster at most ranges, you can’t move from your lane position with a loaded weapon, and it’s all very calm and relaxed while you fire at a static paper target with maximum accuracy.  As such, range shooting does not come anywhere close to a real life situation where you might have to defend your life or your family.

Enter IDPA which stands for International Defensive Pistol Association.  It was founded in the mid 90s to provide more realistic scenarios for competition and training. It simulates self defense scenarios and real life encounters to give participants active concealed cover training that goes beyond simply standing at a range bench and killing paper.  Now, no simulation is ever going to actually provide the anxiety of a real life gun battle but it at least gets you moving and using more of your brain to complete the scenarios.

I knew that I needed to be there by 8:00 AM to be able to attend a newcomer briefing, which I did.  However, there were a lot of people who showed up to participate which took a long time to get them all signed in.  Sixty six participants showed up which is the most they’ve had in several months.  In addition, there were 16 new shooters all wanting to try an IDPA match for themselves.  So as registration went long, so did the newcomer briefing.

At the briefing we were schooled on safety rules, protocol, safety rules, scoring, safety rules, garments (you are supposed to be dressed for concealed cover), safety rules, advice on how to approach the match as a new never been tested first time shooter, and more safety rules.

Did I mention that they discussed “safety rules”?  Safety is paramount at an IDPA match.  It is the first consideration in anything you do with your gun.  Here are just a few of the safety rules:

  • Your gun never leaves its holster except and unless directed by a “Safety Officer” (SO) to do so, or at the safe handling zone.
  • Your finger must never be on the trigger except when aimed and ready to fire at a threat (target), especially when moving to the next firing position.
  • Your gun must be unloaded at completion of each stage in the presence of the SO who must see the magazine ejected, see an empty chamber and witness the trigger pulled at which time he will declare the range ‘safe’ and instruct you to return the gun to your holster.
  • Never drop your gun.  It will result in a disqualification.
  • Never shoot at the ground, accidently or otherwise, within 6 feet of yourself or anyone else (disqualification).
  • The gun muzzle must not break the 180 degree rule.
  • And many more.

Needless to say, they take safety very seriously, as they should.  They want everyone to be able to walk out of there.  You are all playing with a potentially dangerous and lethal tool.  But after all of that, they want everyone to have fun with it – which I think is impossible not to do.  I mean, you’re going to have fun.  I don’t know how you can help it.

So, off we went to our respective groups for the match which had already begun.  There are 8 stages grouped in 4 locations with 2 each.  Each group of about 15-20 people went to one of the four bays where there are 2 stages.  As each group of two stages is completed, you move as a group to the next bay of two stages until everyone has completed all eight stages.  On this day, that took us over 6 hours.  They tell me that normally they are about 4-5 hours.

Now, normally I am a very good shot at a regular range or out at one of our fun shoots with the Big Thunder Gun Club in the desert, but this is a new dynamic.  You have a lot of things to think about and you have to move too.  Most of the stages required you to move either from one firing location to another or to move while shooting.  On my first stage, I think I completely missed two of the targets or at least scored a “failed to neutralize” (FTN).  Hey, it was my first time.  My second and third stages were a little better but not much.  However, by the time I got to my fourth stage, I had calmed down and was scoring much better as I took my time to aim, and some of the basics started to set in and become more natural.

The stages are set up with simulated walls as “hard cover”, sometimes with windows or doors, sometimes barrels as “hard cover” and cardboard targets, which are in a rough human silhouette, that represent a threat that must be taken out.  However, some of the cardboard silhouettes represent an innocent bystander or hostage, and of course, you’re not supposed to shoot those.  I’ve got to say though, some of the hostages had a bad day, although not by me.   I think I only shot one in the head on my first stage.

Scoring is fairly simple.  You are timed on each stage.  The SO asks for you to acknowledge when you are ready, says “stand by” and a buzzer goes off giving you the signal to go.  You draw you gun from concealment and proceed to attack the course and the threats.  After two shooters have gone and the range is declared “safe” by the SO, we all move up to the target area where the scores are read and the holes taped up for the next shooter.  The scoring is minus zero (-0) for a center of mass shot or head shot, minus one (-1) for the next ring, and minus three (-3) for the outer most ring.  If all shots land in the minus three zone you receive a “failure to neutralize” (FTN) which is a minus five (-5) added to your minus threes.  Any “procedural” violations such as not remaining behind cover will give you a minus five (-5).  Each of these numbers represents a half second that is added to your time.  They add them all up, multiply them by 0.5, and add that many seconds to your score.  Simple, right?  Well don’t worry.  They do all of the scoring.  All you have to do is shoot and help tape the holes in the targets.

Most of the stages require about 15 – 18 shots to complete and one took a minimum of 22 which required three magazines.  We live in a land of ten round magazines so that is the most you can have in any magazine whether it holds more or not.  Most of the threat targets are static but there are some moving targets thrown in as well.

They tell you how many shots you are to put in each of the threats.  It could two or three, or even two to the body and one to the head.  You may have to shoot each threat with two or three consecutive shots or in “tactical sequence” which would mean that you would give each of say, three targets one shot, and then follow with a second shot to each.

I found it comforting in that the Safety Officers and seasoned veterans are all very friendly and helpful in that they want you to have a good time and learn from the experience.  Several times the SO we had in our group coached me on some things I might want to work on or pointers on how to better do something.  They of course, knew that I was a first timer since they give all the newbies a name tag which tells everyone that it is indeed your first time.  There was never any condemnation, only encouragement, guidance and a sharing of wisdom that has come from experience.

In as much as this was my first time, I don’t expect I had a very good score, as I was walking through most of the stages just to get the hang of it, (in fact they advise that for newbies).  Although, I did pick up the pace a little near the end as I got more familiar with the concept.  I did notice some of the other newbies having a much more difficult time with it than I, so I doubt I will be in last place.  But more than anything, I was competing against myself – trying to see how I would do with something new.  I’m sure I’ll get better the more I do it.  So I think I would give myself a passing grade.  What’s more, I had a lot of fun doing it.  Can’t wait until next time.

My impressions were all positive.  If you are interested in developing your tactical skills I believe you really should try this.  It is an excellent way to provide you with some practical training that goes beyond simply standing and shooting.  The course scenarios at IDPA matches are designed to simulate potentially life threatening encounters and test the skills that would be required to survive such encounters.  In addition, you end up meeting some great people all the while you’re having a great time.

If you think you might be interested in trying an IDPA match, I invite you to visit their website by clicking here.  Once there, click on “Club Info”  and “Club Listings” in the left sidebar and find the range closest to you.  Then go have a blast.

Gun Enthusiast

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“American Guns” Returns in Two Weeks

After much controversy, and some speculation, we can announce that the popular Discovery show “American Guns” is returning for season two on April 25th. Many people have wondered if the show was coming back. I have been reassuring them that it was indeed going to have a second season and now it is here.

In late December of last year, we received notice from the producers that they were casting for the second season.  We subsequently posted a notice that the producers were looking for gun enthusiasts to become a part of the new season. You can read that post by clicking here.

Now the hit new reality show about an average family in the Denver area of Colorado, who just happen to own and operate one of the premier gun stores in the country, is starting its second season on a new night, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 9:00 PM on the Discovery channel.

Rich Wyatt and his wife Renee, own Gunsmoke, located near Golden, Colorado, where they buy, sell and trade guns – from hand cannons to hunting rifles.  And if you don’t see what you want, they’ll build one for you – from nothing more than a block of metal.  Gunsmoke has the largest and most experienced group of gunsmiths in the state.  When the Wyatts aren’t building or selling guns, they’re shooting them.  No gun leaves their shop without being test fired by the family first. They, and the one-of-a-kind and historic guns they make and sell, are featured in the hit series on The Discovery Channel.

And YES, Paige will be back.  For all of you ‘pervs’ who think their 17 year old daughter is hot (well she is), Paige Wyatt is also returning to the show.  I get a lot of people stopping by here just looking for pictures of Paige.  Well, here it is.

If any of you might be wishing that you could be the next custom gun owner – you may still be able to.  The producers are always looking for gun collectors, gun enthusiasts, buyers, sellers and traders of guns to include in the show, if not for this season, then for next.

For more information, or to apply for the chance to be featured on the seires, please email Sandy Mehlman at sandy.mehlman@gmail.com for more information, or log on to www.facebook.com/metalflowersmedia or call at Sandy at 323.600.4582

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 9:00 PM Eastern and Pacific
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Spike TV Casting New Gun Show

Metal Flowers Media has begun casting a new show to be aired on Spike TV.  It is not yet on the schedule but they are looking for groups of three gun enthusiasts who can speak with knowledge about guns to host the new show.  Metal Flowers Media is also involved with American Guns, Sons of Guns and The Colony.  If you are interested in a chance to be on a new show about guns, read below and contact the Casting Directors listed below.

A nationwide search has begun to find enthusiastic, energetic groups of friends who love everything about guns!  This new series will celebrate friendship, camaraderie, skill and technology.  These gun-slinging dudes will have their dreams come true as they get the chance to host their very own show!  If you eat, sleep and breathe all things firearms – if you are a “gun-tard”! – then this is the opportunity you have been waiting for!

Casting Directors at Metal Flowers Media (The Colony, American Guns) are currently seeking a group of guys who together become an encyclopedia of firearms.  This “A-team” of gun enthusiasts will have an amazing dynamic and the knowledge to blow your typical gun fanatic away.

If you and your friends appear to be between the ages of 30-50 years old, are able spit a wide range of “gun talk” and host a series all about GUNS, then we want to hear from you!

For more information or to apply for the show email janelle@gmail.com or log on to www.metalflowersmedia.com for details.

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“American Guns” Now Casting

Update:  The new season is starting.  See our post for more information.  Click here.

The Discovery Channel hit series “American Guns” is Now Casting for upcoming episodes.

‘American Guns’, Featuring a Colorado Family Business Dealing with Historic, One-of-a-Kind and Downright Cool Guns, Is Now Looking for New “Customers”

The Discovery Channel is currently casting for the show American Guns on the Discovery Channel.  They are looking for some gun enthusiasts (preferably in the Denver area, but we will consider candidates from anywhere in the US) who might be interested in being featured on the show.  They are looking for people, especially females or ‘twenty somethings,’ who are interested in a buy, sell, trade, or fix up.

The Wyatts are your typical suburban family… who just happen to own one of the premier firearms facilities in the world. Rich Wyatt and his wife Renee, own Gunsmoke, located outside Denver, Colorado, where they buy, sell and trade guns – from hand cannons to hunting rifles. And if you don’t see what you want, they’ll build one for you – from nothing more than a block of metal. Gunsmoke has the largest and most experienced group of gunsmiths in the state. When the Wyatts aren’t building or selling guns, they’re shooting them. No gun leaves their shop without being test fired by the family first. They – and the one-of-a-kind and historic guns they make and sell – are featured in the hit series on The Discovery Channel. And for anyone wishing that they could be the next custom gun owner – now is your chance.

The Discovery Channel and Gurney Productions are currently searching for gun enthusiasts who are in the market for a one-of-a-kind, specialized firearm. They are also looking for gun collectors, enthusiasts, buyers, sellers, and traders. Candidates must be U.S. Citizens, over the age of 18, and preferably live within approximately 150 miles of Denver, Colorado. They will consider candidates from anywhere in the United States.

For more information, or to apply for the chance to be featured on the seires, please email Sandy Mehlman at sandy.mehlman@gmail.com for more information, or log on to www.facebook.com/metalflowersmedia or call at Sandy at 323.600.4582

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More Women are Embracing Gun Ownership

In our previous article, Gun Sales at Record Levels This December, we noted how much gun sales have increased this year.  But wasn’t mentioned in that piece was how many of those new guns are going to women.  The percentage of guns going to women is growing.  What used to be considered mainly a men’s sport is becoming coed – especially in the competition sports.

According to a recent Gallop poll, 43 percent of women now have at least one gun at home, which is up 19 percent from the previous year.  Women are gaining on men in the purchase of firearms for both hunting and personal defense, according to several reports as well as the NRA.  Thousands of women are learning how to shoot, and learning how to take responsibility for their own personal defense.  Last month, a Sheriff from South Carolina held a press conference wherein he adamantly encouraged women to obtain and carry concealed weapons.

Take for example, the following video produced by a gun training academy in Texas.  It promotes what they can do for women who want to be able to defend themselves.

According to one local gun range instructor, “Interest has been so high that we have started holding women only classes”, in response to the increased interest by women.  And according to the NRA, their Women on Target program has seen a 20% increase in clinic attendance since 2010.

One woman who is an avid shooter but also happens to be a Yoga instructor put it like this, “Yoga’s Zen-like quality can be applied to shooting guns in a lot of ways.  Shooting guns takes focus, concentration, and it doesn’t always have to be about violence.”  She added, “When I cook, I use a chef’s knife.  You have respect for a knife as a tool that you use in your craft.  And I think guns can be used in the same way.”

The target shooting industry is now catering to female shooters.  There are pink pistols, and even purses with holster slots. Some local IDPA and USPSA chapters have even added women’s divisions to their competitions.  IDPA competitions especially, help to teach proficiency in self defense techniques in more real life situations.  They help to provide women with a venue to practice their skills to better be able to defend themselves.

As a blogger myself, I am finding more and more women who have their own blogs about guns and shooting sports. Here are just a few:

So here is a tip of the ol’ Stetson women.  Here’s to you.  Keep shootin’ and remember, more guns means less crime.
GE

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Gun Sales At Record Levels This December

Remember Ralphie from the classic movie “A Christmas Story”?  Well I guess all of the Ralphies of years past have grown up and are still wishing for fire power, only now it’s the real kind.  According to the FBI who runs the background checks for gun sales, December 2011 is proving to be the busiest month for gun sales ever.  Apparently electronic toys and gadgetry is not the only thing topping Christmas Wish Lists because Holiday shoppers are also flocking to gun dealers and purchasing guns in record numbers.

FBI statistics show that this December Holiday shopping season is topping the last record setting month which was only last month – November.  With only a few days left in December, the number of background checks has already topped last month.  The NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) has received 1,534,414 requests from gun dealers in order to complete gun sales across the United States.  Almost half a million checks were performed in the last six days before Christmas.

Two days before Christmas, the NICS ran 102,222 background checks, which was the second-busiest day in history.  The one-day record was set this year on Black Friday, the shopping day following Thanksgiving this year, with 129,166 searches.  By comparison, the previous one-day high was set November 28, 2008, when gun dealers made slightly more than 98,000 requests for background checks.

I know that I was one of the half million and probably part of the one day record, as I caused one of the checks when I purchased a shiny new, stainless steel, Smith & Wesson, 1911 to add to my own collection.  Unfortunately, since I live on the ‘left coast’ I was unable to take mine home before Christmas because of the 10 day waiting period we must endure, thanks to the “well meaning” liberals (sarcasm intended) in charge of our government.  It’s amazing just how long ten days can seem when you’re waiting to bring home a new member to your family.  Oh well, it’s just extending Christmas for me.

The FBI had no explanation for the sudden jump in gun purchases but it’s easy to surmise that more and more people are feeling the need to be in charge of their own self protection and are thereby exercising their Second Amendment rights.  Every day the main stream media features news stories of people who have become victims because of their inability to provide for their own defense.  While the intent of news organizations is to show guns in a bad light, people are realizing their importance as a tool to have in their possession.  Afterall, the police and the news reporters only show up after you become a victim. 

And with the Governor of our state opening up the prisons because of supposed “overcrowding”, it is becoming more and more important to be able to defend your family.  Our “wise” judges have ordered a reduction in the prison populations saying that the overcrowding must be reduced.  Of course, the liberal Governor is jumping on the idea of releasing criminals instead of fighting to build more facilities.  Frankly, I don’t see why we can’t erect some tents to house those who choose crime as a career choice.  It seems to work fine in Arizona.

Happy New Year Gun Enthusiasts, and remember – More Guns, means Less Crime.

GE

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Rick Perry Wants to Get Serious on Insider Trading

Following is an article by Governor Rick Perry of Texas, who is currently a candidate running for President of the United States.  In the article he makes some points that not only make a lot of sense but should be read and understood by all Americans who plan to vote in November.  While I am not necessarily endorsing Governor Perry at this time, I would certainly vote for him if he becomes the Republican nominee.

The current field of Republican candidates has several fine candidates that would make a fine President and I am still analyzing each of their attributes.  As such have not decided on one whom I would like to be the nominee. I only know that I definitely do not want Mitt Romney.  We don’t need a middle of the road RINO who is willing to kiss liberals butts to get legislation that will only compromise our values, passed through Congress.

Rick Perry’s plan is proposing to establish a “part time” congress to bring it back in line with the fundamental tenets of our founding fathers who believed that elected congressmen and senators should come out of the working class and return there after their term in Congress.  The full time professional legislators we now have become entrenched in the trappings of power and money that influences voting and their mindset.

Read now an alternative idea proposed by a fine American; Governor Rick Perry:

Time To Get Serious About Insider Trading in Washington

by Governor Rick Perry (R-Tx)

Congress is finally feeling the pressure over insider trading, the practice of trading financial securities based on non-public information available to a select few in government.

After a series of investigative reports, including several here at Big Government, the American people are beginning to realize that what is wrong with this country can be diagrammed on a map, with a straight line connecting Wall Street and Washington, D.C.

Now exposed to the light of day, the political establishment is determined to show the American people it is “doing something” to clean up its act.

This week, the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing on the matter, taking what many observers saw as great pains to minimize perceptions of a systemic and bipartisan problem.  But I remain skeptical, as do many Americans, that Congress will actually pass a bill with teeth that requires them to live by the same rules as the rest of us.

The fact is, things will never change as long as the same Washington insiders remain in control.  Washington is broken and needs a complete overhaul, but establishment politicians only want to tinker at the margins.  This is why we can’t ask a Washington insider to fix Washington, because it takes an outsider to overhaul a corrupt culture.

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Top Shot Casting is Underway

With Season 3 now over and production of Season 4 gearing up, the History Channel is NOW CASTING THE NEXT SEASON of its electrifying marksmanship competition show.  Producers are looking for anyone with unrivaled shooting skills and a big personality to take on exciting physical challenges with multiple guns and mystery projectile weapons.  If you are skilled with a pistol, rifle or any other firearm, you could win $100,000 on TOP SHOT 4.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a professionally trained shooter or a self-taught average Joe or Jane.  As long as you’re in good physical shape, have mastered a firearm and can adapt to new weapons and demanding physical situations, you could be America’s next Top Shot.

APPLY TODAY!

This is an ongoing casting call. Currently there is no deadline for submissions or schedule for the final casting process and production of the next season. Still, they’d like to hear from you!

To apply, email TopShotCasting@gmail.com with your name, city/state, phone number, a recent photo of yourself and a brief explanation of why you should be on the show.  For more information, visit PilgrimStudios.com and click on “CASTING” or call 818-478-4570 for more information TODAY!

* Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, a resident or citizen of the United States and reasonably proficient with shooting and marksmanship

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