Toy Guns Aren’t Toys.

And you shouldn’t let your kids play with them.

Growing up, I was never allowed to have a cap gun, nerf gun, water gun, or anything else. That’s a rule I enforce with my kids.

Why?

Because we’ve got REAL GUNS in our house.

The kind that puts leaky holes into people.

And people are basically just souls surrounded by a giant blood and gore filled hydraulic bag. Poke a hole in the right place and things stop working. Poke enough holes, and the soul finds somewhere new to reside.

But the reason for this blog is that we went to a church members house for our small group meeting. My Church Life Group is pretty legit, we’ve had the same members for almost 4 years and we’re all close friends. Anyways, we brought our kids along, and my three year old daughter found a fake plastic shotgun… the toy sort that makes noises… picked it up and proceeded to start slaying everyone in the play room with it. Pew, Pew, Pew, and all that.

I don’t know where she learned that. I can’t think of any movies she’s seen with guns in them, except maybe the Incredibles… and she hasn’t been to the range with me yet…. I would joke that it’s in our bloodline, but there’s something about weaponry that arouses curiosity in most children. (I bet back in the day, dad’s had to tell their kids to stop playing with their swords lest they dull the blade.)

This is why, if you’ve guns in your house, you MUST instill the ‘Don’t Touch/Tell A Grownup’ rule. Because they’ll pick it up, swing it around,  naturally figure out the grip, press the trigger and kablooey… something gets a hole punched through it at several thousand feet per second. That’s no bueno. Kid’s need to know if they see a gun to go tell an adult instead of playing with it. Otherwise, horrifying things can happen real quickly.

So we, as a society need to recognize that we live in the most armed culture that has ever existed on this wonderful planet –  A country that has over 423,000,000  guns but only 327,000,000 people. (‘Murica!) With numbers like that, we should be cautious and reflective about allowing our children to play with toy guns.

Playing with toy guns WILL instill a lack of respect for a tool that can kill, and it WILL instill a lack of safety observation for the five rules. My daughter broke every single one of these when she picked up the fake shotgun:

The 5 Basic Principles of Gun Safety:

  1. Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
    2. Always point your gun in a safe direction.
    3. Never point your gun at anything you don’t intend to shoot.
    4. Keep your finger off the trigger until your ready to shoot.
    5. Be sure of your target and what’s beyond.

Maybe you live in a Gun Free home (In Greta Thunberg’s voice “How DARE you?). But you still live in a very gun-centric society and you’ll never have complete observance and control over your child. They may be at a friends house and find one, or playing in an alley in Chicago, or whatever. But you don’t know, so teach them what to do if they find one.

Run and tell an adult.

And if you’ve got guns in your house, you need to inoculate them. Slowly build up an understanding of them and the dangers surrounding them.

When they’re little, let them watch you clean your guns. Let them ask curious questions, and give them good answers. Take away the ‘mystery’ from weapons. As they get older, let them hold them, under your guidance. Let them help disassemble and clean. And as they grow, take them to the range and show them what they can do. Blasting tomato cans, watermelons, etc will give them a suitable impression.

So inoculate your kids to guns.

Slowly and carefully, ensuring that they understand the five safety rules and that firearms are not toys.

And if they get into guns, you’ll never have to worry about them being able to afford drugs or voting Democrat.

Because ammo ain”t cheap, freedom ain’t free, and Democrats want to take your guns.

(Right Mr. “Oh Hell Yes” Beto?)

Happy 4th of July! (The holiest of freedom’s holidays)

As a kid, our tradition was to go to the range today.

Because what better way to celebrate our independence day than by shooting guns?

Just like those upstart colonial farmers did when they picked up their rifles and went to work. And by ‘went to work’ I mean defeated the greatest military force in the world.

Because they were. At the time, the British owned so much real estate that the sun never set on their empire. In the previous 100 year’s they’d smoke checked the Spanish and French. They ruled the high seas. They had vast resources and funds at their disposal.

Until April 19th, 1775… when the main body of the Massachusetts militia led by Captain John Parker intercepted British troops in Lexington on the way to confiscate colonial weaponry and uttered the famous words, “Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”

And thus, the bloodied birth of the greatest nation to ever exist began.

And it IS the greatest nation. The entirety of the history of human civilization has been one of misery, suffering, oppression, slavery, tyranny, dictatorship. The many governed by the powerful and ruthless few . Kind of what these collectivists (communists/socialists/’ists’) want for us now.

So you wanna be a Communist in America, eh Comrade?

Then a group of selfless men banded together, with the intent on creating something that had never been tried before. The many governing themselves. A Republic.

NOT a Democracy. Any politician who says the word Democracy doesn’t deserve to be in office..

Quick lesson.

Both a Democracy and a Republic elect people to represent and protect their interests. However, in a Democracy, the majority rules. The 51 govern the 49 without constraint or cares for the 49 wishes. So, whenever a politician says we have a Democracy, what they are saying is that those with power rule those without. The minority has no rights. In a Republic, laws are made under the constraints of a constitution which protects the rights of the minority. As in, the power of the majority is limited. Certain rights are deemed ‘”inalienable” and thus cannot be touched by anyone, regardless of whom is in power.

When America was created, there were literally no words in existent for ‘ruled by the people’. The terms Democracy and Republic did not exist.

That’s how rebellious our countries founders were.

And they paid a heavy price.

Of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, they paid a steep price. But not a single one backed down.

Five were captured, tortured, and executed

Twelve had their homes ransacked and torched.

Two lost sons in battle.

Two others had their sons captured and imprisoned.

Nine fought and died.

More than a few died penniless after having spent their entire wealth/career/business helping the war efforts.

They pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. And upheld that pledge throughout 8 years of war.

So, we owe it to our founding fathers, and the tens of thousands of subjects who rebelled, to have a great day today.

John Adam’s even says so!

“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

And please remember, if you leave apple pie for Captain America tonight he will leave presents under your flag!

(Conversationally, if you leave bullets out for the Punisher, he will leave bodies in the trunk of your car. Semper Fi, buddy.)

Also.

Today, there are two speeches worth recalling. The first, is President Thomas Whitemore, 1996. The second, is Patrick Henry’s ‘Give me Liberty’ speech, 1775. 221 years apart… both epic in their own right.

President Thomas Whitemore:

“Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. “Mankind.” That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it’s fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom… Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution… but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: “We will not go quietly into the night!” We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!”

(That’s from the movie Independence Day. 😛 )

Patrick Henry: (This is my favorite speech of all time and I bolded the end because it’s so awesome.)

“No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do, opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely, and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfil the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offence, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years, to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves, and the House? Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with these war-like preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled, that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask, gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us; they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne. In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us!

They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable²and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace²but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

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Happy Treason Day ungrateful colonials!

Oh, look. The Venezuelans want their guns back.

We pro-gun, pro-second amendment people are on the right side of history. Always have been, always will be. Our Founding Fathers deserve our eternal thanks for their sacrifices and foresight that lets us have gun safes full of weaponry and the ability and knowledge to use them.

And unfortunately, they are proven correct, time and time again. Regardless of how ignorant the left is on the subject and how much they try to belittle us into thinking we don’t need guns, the 2nd Amendment is outdated, and that only duck hunting carries the stamp of approval by politicians…

They’re wrong. Terribly.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/venezuelans-regret-gun-prohibition-we-could-have-defended-ourselves

“Guns would have served as a vital pillar to remaining a free people, or at least able to put up a fight,” Javier Vanegas, 28, a Venezuelan teacher of English now exiled in Ecuador, told Fox News. “The government security forces, at the beginning of this debacle, knew they had no real opposition to their force. Once things were this bad, it was a clear declaration of war against an unarmed population.”

I suppose the Venezuelans are getting tired of prostituting themselves for survival, eating rats and dogs, giving their children away in hopes someone else can care for them, and dying in the streets of starvation and disease.

Oh, and violent crime is at record highs. According to Human Rights Watch, worse than a war zone. (But on the same level as Chicago probably.)

Then there is the 200% inflation this year. Which is a real kick to the groin when your currency drops by 2/3rds of it’s value and pushes the number of people living below the poverty line to more than 90%.

And if that’s not bad enough, Polio is beginning to hit them hard.

Freaking, Polio. Because there is no medical care. There ain’t even Toilet Paper.

Now they wish they could do something about it while ‘President For Life’ Maduro eats $275 steaks, cooked by that mustached guy who dribbles salt off his forearm, and tells his citizens…er…subjects that it’s good for the country to go on a diet and that the average 24lbs lost per Venezuelan is a good thing.

Too bad. Six years ago they voluntarily gave up their firearms. (What few they had.)

So when Maduro is crushing dissidents, there ain’t shit-all most folks can do about it. I suppose that’s because it’s pretty hard to protest when the government uses live bullets instead of rubber ones and you’re so weak you can’t hit swing a baseball bat or throw a rock.

But remember this Venezuelan Badass?

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Oscar Perez.

The high-speed, low-drag, special forces police officer who stole a helicopter, flew it over the Supreme Court building, and strafed it with machine gun fire and grenades? All while flying the flag with 350 Libertad written on it? (That’s the article in their Constitution that gives the people the right to oppose the government.)

Later this guy raided a police department, and stole a couple dozen rifles. (That’s how disarmed they are. Come to America, and we got a dozen AR’s within a ten mile radius for most of the red states.)

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Maduro’s goons tracked him down and killed him after a nine hour siege. With 500 men against 10… one of the ‘terrorists’ being a pregnant woman. During the Siege, he uploaded a video online, covered in blood, stating that they had surrendered but the government wouldn’t stop shooting.

They did, after they made an example out of him.

But that’s socialism. It ain’t free shit. It’s the extreme power of a few over the multitude of weak and defenseless who are at their mercy.

And sometimes it really sucks to be right and watch millions suffer because of the same foolish morons we are co-habituating with in America. The same brainless lemmings who flock to ‘Democratic Socialists’ like Bernie Sanders and ‘Perpetually Stupid’ Ocasio-Cortez in hopes of free health care, forgiven student loans, a minimum living wage, no guns, and no Electoral College or Republicans.

Screw that.

Buy guns. Vote for Freedom. Or eat Dog Meat.

 

 

Ocasio-Cortez is the Spirit Animal of Millennial Socialists.

This lady is the gift of imbecility that keeps giving. I don’t think she can walk and chew gum at the same time.

Every time I look online I see another trinket of genius falling out from her rectum.

Lady… you’re parties colors are BLUE. Awesome.. just awesome.

Palestine has never existed. Ever. But I love how you can’t explain why you think Israel is occupying Palestine, and your default when pressed to explain is “I’m not an expert on geopoliticals of this issue.” That’s okay. I don’t expect you to be an expert on everything. But I DO expect you not pick a side until you know the facts. But good to know you are anti-Semitic.

This is the woman who defeated a ten term incumbent 57% to 43%. She was outspent 18 to 1. $3,400,000 to her $194,000! And still won. You would expect some sort of political, marketing genius. But apparently… not.

She is basically the urban legend of the Ugly Girl becoming the Prom Queen.

If you don’t know that one, once upon a time, there was an Ugly Girl who was nominated for Prom Queen against the Hot Girl who had always been the fairest of them all. It was meant as a sick joke. Everyone thought there was no way she could win. But people voted for her just for laughs, or to make a social statement about acceptance, or because they felt like a fellow outcast. Whatever. But then she wins to the Mean Girls clique’s surprise and abject horror as their future Vogue Centerfold gets beaten like a rented mule at the ballot box.

Thus, Oscario-Cortez is crowned, while the Democrat Party wails and gnashes their teeth as their anointed heir to House Majority Leader cries under the bleachers.

But right off, we know her politics suck. Because she’s a self-declared ‘Democratic Socialist’… even though she can’t explain why she isn’t just a normal Socialist. I reckon she choose the title because ‘Socialist’ is to much of a ‘commoner’ title for the Entitled Millennial Princess who sips lattes, tweets on her iphone, posts videos on Facebook, and basically enjoys all the perks of Evil Capitalist America while whining about how unfair it is.

And after watching her being paraded around all the media as the future of the Democrat Party, it was pretty evident she has the IQ of a high school senior.

The poor confused girl can’t string two sentences together without a dozen umms and likes and re-starts of whatever her train of thought is trying to spew out. It’s morbidly fascinating to watch someone so clueless fumble through socialistic math. Which to them, is always 2+2=22. (We take 2 of his, and 2 of hers, and tell people we have 22 to give them if they keep voting for us.)

And this lady is educated – she has a degree in economics from Boston University(with honors!), which is a step below Ivy League colleges. She is the product of higher learning! So of course, she thinks she is an expert on everything.

This, this is just to fantastic to not re-post.

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And the wonderful Rush Limbaugh gives a response:

“The GOP is: – weak on fighting for working class Americans.” Really? Working-class Americans are doing better than they have in the last 15 years, after just 1-1/2 years of being escaped from Obamaism.

The GOP is “weak on crime.” Really? Who is it that wants to let felons out of jail so they can vote?

The GOP is “weak on equal rights.” The GOP is “weak on national security.” Who is it trying to secure the border? Who is it that’s trying to make illegal immigrants don’t get in and national security is maintained? Who is it that wants to get rid of customs and ICE? It’s the Democrats, and they claim they are tough on national security?

The GOP is “weak on rejecting racism.” Let me tell you who the real racists are. The real racists today are Democrats, and they are racist against Republican blacks. The most vile invective, the most insulting racial epithets uttered in America today are uttered by black Democrats at black Republicans and conservatives.

The GOP is “weak on family values.” That probably means the GOP doesn’t think LGBTQ define… I don’t know. But this is also absurd. Weak on family values? The country with a party that tries to keep families together by limiting the number of babies killed is weak on family values?

The woman is a… I mean, I’m sad to say, but she’s a glittering jewel of colossal ignorance who doesn’t know it.

I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised. She’s about as batty as Nancy Pelosi and that crazy lady in the flaming red cowboy hat.

And I shouldn’t just pick on the left for having whackos in Congress. The right has some as well. Who was that crazy preacher man who was giving his biker congregation beer and parties and sexually assaulted a friends daughter than suck-started his pistol on a bridge after the news came out? Dan Johnson. He was an elected Republican for Kentucky. Guy was a supreme weirdo-preacher. And he would have made a good villain for Justified.

Heck, even the normal ones can turn out to be losers. I was a fan of Rep Duncan Hunter out of California. The guy was a combat Marine. And now it turns out he’s been embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Run him out on a rail.

But in the end. Only one party has Socialists. And their newest member is a moron.

I suppose it makes sense. If they weren’t stupid, they’d be a capitalist.

“Kind of like reading Louis L’Amour, but with dinosaurs.”

That’s from one of my books Beta (Rough Draft) Readers. As someone who grew up reading pretty much all of Louis L’Amour’s books – that’s as high of praise as I could ever hope for.

Mathematically speaking, I’m 36% through the final draft. Which doesn’t mean much since the story length grows and shortens as I edit. After this draft, it will be the ‘return to the beginning and nit pick every single freaking sentence for errors’. Writing a book is kind of a PITA.

I’ll hit walls sometimes, a scene usually that takes a few days to work my way through. It’s draining, but bursting through that sucker and rampaging through the next few thousand words of good stuff makes it all worthwhile.

There should be a general rule for a writer, if you realize the opportunity to do something awesome in your work, freaking do it. The reader will thank you for it. No one will ever thank you for making something mediocre.

Never.

Except Stephen King’s readers. They keep rewarding him with monies for his mediocre crap.

(Side note, he wrote Dream Catcher while tripping on Oxycontin. Another one of his, AHH! THE SPECIAL KID WAS AN ALIEN THE WHOLE TIME! SURPRISEEE!)

Sigh.

I’m anxious to start the next series.

Because while the outline on the sequel is mostly finished, I really have another story I want to tell about Marines on an island during WWII.

Because the ocean covers 70% of the planet, and 95% of it is unexplored.

That leaves 95% of crazy shit I can make up and stuff into a book full of BARs, Thompsons, M1 Garands, Japanese suicide charges, Mitsubichi Zeros, P51 Mustangs, and…

Did I mention Flame Throwers? Oh heck yeah.

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Forget this book – I want to write THAT ONE.

(Excuse me while I go type faster.)