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?)

Random musings.

I haven’t posted anything in a while, so here’s some random thoughts.

First, I’ve always been a fan of people having money. The more the merrier. I don’t hate the 1%, I want to JOIN the 1%! I guess that’s because I’m an evil capitalist at heart, but honestly – if you can’t make it in America, you’d never have made it any point in human history.

That being said, Michael Bloomberg has too much money. I’m tired of being bombarded with Bloomberg for President ad’s from that evil little anti-gun midget. Youtube is basically turned into MichaelBloombergtube.

Second, I’ll say it. I’m glad Romney lost in 2012.

He’d have been a garbage President and paved the way for a Hillary Clinton presidency in 2016. Then we never would have gotten Trump and this awesome economy. Thank God for unanswered prayers. “He changes times and seasons; He deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” – Daniel 2:21

Third, the Oscar’s were on the other night. Like most of America, I didn’t watch it because I’d rather scoop my eyeballs out with a melon ball spoon than watch a bunch of people wearing tens of thousands of dollars of jewelry and custom tailored dresses and tuxedo’s lecture me on my wrongthink. Gee, I don’t know why each year the viewership seems to hit new lows. You’d think they’d catch on… but self-congratulating themselves for their wokeness is too important to their Hollywood culture. That’s fine – Their culture is a dumpster fire of hypocritical climate change activists with jets and mansions, anti-gun rapists with armed body guards, and protected and idolized child molesters being paid to pretend to be someone else. Oh, and apparently people who drink cow milk are evil. I did catch that much from Joaquin Phoenix’s soundbites. If that doesn’t sum up the batpoop craziness of Hollywood – I don’t know what does.

Fourth, I hate painting. I’m trying to get our old house ready to list, and that includes repainting several rooms. Ugh. Make it stop.

Fifth, Student Loan Forgiveness. This is how the system works – the government offers more loans to go to school – the school increases its price because easy money is available to students. That’s why schools are so expensive. You wanna cut educational costs? Cut out government subsidized student loans. Once people have to pay their own way, they’ll stop dropping 40-70k on stupid degree’s like Gender Fluidity in Post-Civil War Era America and Disgust for Red Flyover Country 101 and go back to Engineering or Business Management instead.  Personally, once our house sells my student loans will be finally paid off. Yeeeehaw.

Like those obnoxious people who begin an anti-gun argument with, “I own guns anndddd I support gun control.” I’m going to start my argument with, “I have a student loan and I don’t think anyone should be forgiven.”

Look.

Life is hard. It’s harder when you’re stupid.

You went to college. You is supposed to be smart. You figure out how to repay the tens of thousands of dollars you stupidly wasted having a good time instead of learning a trade, or getting a degree in something that would help you get a good paying job.

But I’m not going to pay it for you. Sorry. I ain’t. I’m not going to support any candidate who so foolishly does. Because if they REALLY cared, they’d cut back on government offered student loans and make college more affordable.

Geez, I could write an entire post about this…

Sixth, I could care less that Trump thought Kansas City Chiefs were from Kansas instead of Missouri. The left went nuts over his tweet. “Argh! Trump is such a BOOB! hahahaha!”

Whatever… Still more intelligent than full grown adults believing in the splendor of socialism, gun free peaceful societies, and climate change.

Seventh, I’m hungry.

 

Walmart – So Stunning and BRAVE.

So, Walmart bans a bunch of ammunition types and stops selling handguns in Alaska.

Whomp-Whomp.

Such brave posturing.

Fun story – Guess what else Walmart sells that kills more people than guns?

  • Knives.
  • Auto Parts.
  • Pharmaceutical Drugs.
  • Candy and Sugary Foods.
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco

But yes, let’s stop selling certain types of ammunition. Even though something like 99.99999999999999% of the ammunition they’ve sold is peacefully and recreationally used. And Walmart is going to have a helluva time picking and choosing what ammo is allowed for ‘hunting’ rifles, since basically most popular hunting guns are based on military cartridges used in ‘assault rifles’.

(The 30-06 slayed Nazi’s. The 7.62 (.308) did the same for commies and the whimpy 5.56 (.223) is still trying to win this generational war against terror.)

Ultimately, this is just going to drive hunters and shooters to their local gun stores who could seriously use the economic boom from Walmart being stupid. If I owned a gun store, I’d be leaping in joy right now. Because ammunition moves a lot faster than guns (is that a pun?), thus you can make a decent amount of money off them. Plus, if a customer comes in for something small, you might be able to sell them something larger. A spare magazine, a sling, a holster, or maybe… a gun. $$$

So this is wonderful news for the small businesses and companies that actually give a flip about shooters and defending rights and Constitutions and peoples lives.

Screw Walmart. They’ve been moving in this direction ever since they stopped selling handguns when I was a kid in the lower 48, and more recently when they stopped selling the ‘most popular firearms platform of all time’… the AR15. I expect eventually they’ll turn into Target and not offer anything that goes boom.

Sadly I can’t avoid Walmart like I can the wretched Dick’s (Stop being dicks, Dick’s.) Also, I doubt that a boycott will have the same economic impact on their company that it had on Dicks. Walmart is simply massive, and sadly, I have to go there whether I like it or not.

But what I can do, is order ammunition in bulk online and go to the local gun store.

And for everyone hating on people open carrying… keep in mind that some states a person can buy a handgun at 18 but can’t conceal carry until 21. So for three years, if they want to carry – they HAVE to open carry.

Personally, I remember calling the police department when I was considering getting my concealed carry permit. I asked if there would be any problems if I opened carried and I was told I’d be arrested. When I asked why, since North Carolina is an open carry state, I was told because I was ‘armed to the terror of the public’ and all it took was one person dialing 911 for that charge to stick.

Is that bullshit? Yup. Is that fair? Nope. Is it worth spending a weekend in jail because some ditz got nervous about me open carrying while I eat? Nope.

So I went concealed and never looked back. Since then, I’d never choose to open carry. Because if I ever have to shoot someone, I don’t want them seeing it coming.

In other news, San Francisco declared the NRA a Terrorist Organization.

So I’m a terrorist now.

Neato. I’m going to add that to my LinkedIn resume now. ‘Domestic NRA Terrorist! Evil to the Nth Degree! Murderer of Innocents! Purveyor of death and destruction! Hatred Incarnate!’

That’s okay.

I’d rather be called a domestic terrorist by a bunch of leftists than actually be a Planned Parenthood supporter.

(And honestly, if San Francisco thinks I’m doing something wrong, I’m probably doing it right.)

Reason # Infinity to carry a gun – Crazy people. (Also – Don’t go Full Hero during a Mass Shooting.)

‘Carry at All Times’: Video of Random Woman Stabbing Boy in Front of Parents Shocks Gun Owners

First off – You need to watch this video.

Second off – The title is wrong, this should shock everyone, and if you love your family, you should be concealed carrying anyways.

Historically speaking, the world has always been full of vile, evil, crazy people willing to inflict pain and hurt on others. And just because we’ve got indoor plumbing doesn’t mean that thing’s ain’t changed none. There’s only a thin veneer of civility on top of society, and it could be argued that’s been weakened with the current state of vitrol amongst our politics, the pathetic shape of our mental health institutions, the lack of father figures in homes, and the influence of social media.

But if you are carrying a firearm, you could have done something other than flail about pathetically like the child’s father in the video.

You could have shot her during the confrontation or you could have tried to detain her afterwards.

Personally, I’m not above shooting her in the back as she’s walking away. If that gets me arrested, I’ll smile for my mug shot. But I’m not about to let someone walk away after stabbing my kids.

But I’ve always been the sort to figure, if they’re willing to do this to me and my kids, when will they stop?

Answer – when they’re incapacitated.

Now, comparing this to the mass shooting that just happened in Texas on how a concealed carry holder should act…

I read this recently at Survival Blog and found it to ring true.

The letter itself is in italics.

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Some Counter-Mass Shooting Wisdom

SurvivalBlog’s Editor-At-Large Michael Z. Williamson chimed in with this letter that he received from a friend who is a former SADF trooper, in South Africa:

“Handguns are better than bare fists but that’s about it. Shooting it out with someone who is armed with a carbine sucks beyond belief. I speak for experience since, unlike a whole pile of the Internet blowhards, I’ve actually done it. As have numerous cops in other [bad places]. Ask any of them if a pistol would be their first choice if they had to do it again.

Having said that, the problem with long guns is how are you going to carry it? Go back to your vehicle and fetch it? Not going to work in reality. Carry it around in a bag or under a coat? Statistically it’s probably not worth the trouble.

As to the little Suarez gem about being seen as an accomplice if you are armed with a rifle (Obviously you should be armed with one of his red dot pistols because of wallet mining) that’s BS. The cops have been given a report of an active shooter. Anyone waving a weapon around be it a rifle, shotgun or a sidearm is going to be seen as a possible suspect and treated as such. Why? Because plenty of other weapons are used by active shooters.

A lot of police work is a game of imperfect information. Even if the report said man with a rifle, no cop in his right [expletive] mind is going to go “Oh look a guy with a pistol he must be a CCwer and I can safely ignore him, in-fact I can safely expect him to help”, to do so would be folly.

And as to the re-conceal bit. That may take timing you don’t have. I know the latest fantasy of the red dot “offensive pistol” crowd is that they will snipe the [bad guy] across the mall with their awesome skills. Maybe they will, but maybe they won’t. Bad guys don’t want to die either. If the shot is less than perfect, there are more than one shooters (remember you are also playing a game of imperfect info) or anything else aside from what you hope for you will attract fire and maybe get into a protracted firefight. At that point there is no more concealing after taking care of business.

In South Africa, during a cash in transit heist, an armed private citizen engaged the robbers with his pistol killing one. Problem was he engaged them from behind the cover of a car. Why is that a problem you ask? Because it was a car with one of them in it, assumedly a getaway vehicle. The occupant simply got out and blew the good Samaritan’s brains out. Remember it’s a game of imperfect info! A single private individual has even less of it that cops with radios and such.

Personally, I would not directly engage, unless I was in the perpetrator’s immediate vicinity or immediately threatened by an identifiable threat, some of those are better off eliminated proactively. Given the option, I would take my spouse and or family members, seek hard cover and the safety of a defensible position and wait for a decent opportunity. If the active shooter goes Mumbai style and comes looking for more targets that’s when you take the [hostile] out.

I realize that’s not being “sheepdogish” and such. But if you want to go full [hero] and charge on the sound of the guns, to die a good death then go for it. I guess someone else will look after your family and the people you saved families won’t be giving a [care] either. Life is hard, simple as that. Your immediate duty is to you and yours, [expletive] the rest. Of course its different if you are responsible for more people’s lives, for whatever reason, but most normal, family people are not.

As I’ve said before most people are not trained to clear a house, let’s not even talk about waging urban warfare in a [expletive] Shopping Mall.”

 

Stay safe friends. Practice shooting often and write diligently. 🙂

 

A Few Random and Unpopular Opinions.

First – “Your allegiance should be to the Constitution, not to a person, President, or political party.”

I love Trump, he tickles me. He’s one of the greatest Presidents we’ve ever had. He deserves his place on Mount Rushmore.

But he sucks sometimes too. Especially when it comes to his waffling back and forth on firearms. If he wants to see his almost guaranteed 2020 win evaporate, he needs to allow an Assault Weapons Ban to go through. He’s already ticked us all off over the Bump-Stock ban.

I’m also a Republican, well, really a Libertarian, but I know a losing side when I see one and prefer to work within the system rather than sit outside the gate kicking my boots against it hopelessly. But the Republicans really suck sometimes.

(Also – That is not my quote. I can’t recall where I read it, if you know who said it, please let me know so I can give credit.)

Second – I think Greenland would be a pretty sweet buy. Vast, open spaces, low population density, huge and untapped resources, and access to the arctic that would make Russia jealous. It may take some time to sway the Greenlandies to our side, but once they reach our obesity levels… we can trust them.

Besides, why would the Danes still want it?

According to Climate Change specialists it’s going to melt into the sea in the next dozen years. So we’re looking at diminishing returns here on our investment. The Art of the Deal man should be able to use this to his advantage.

Speaking of climate change activists, why did the Obamas just buy a mansion at Martha’s Vineyard that is dang near sea level?

Won’t it be under water shortly?

Rhetorical question, because they don’t believe in it anymore than I do, they just see the POWER that comes from using FEAR to gain political advantages and force economic changes that benefit them and their goals for America.

Third – I’m not that big a fan of Chic-Fil-A. I like that they’re a Christian company who non-apologetically sticks to their guns, and I’ll support that by eating their food… but really… other than the lemonade and chicken nuggets.. not a big fan. And for the love of all that’s good, please stop putting pickles on my chicken sandwiches and put some mayo on it instead.

(I do hear their frosted lemonade is the bomb-diggity though.)

 

Book Update.

Let’s see. When it comes to Publishing Houses, I’m doing well. Several have shown  strong interest so far, plus the one offered contract. When it comes to Publishing Agents, I’m at 22 rejections. So, all in all, pretty good. 22 is still a pretty low number of rejections, and considering how genre-blending this book is, it’s going to be a hard sell. Folks keep telling me how it’s unlike anything they’ve ever read, which is awesome, but that also makes it more difficult to interest agents and publishers. But the interest is good enough that I’m confident it’ll sell.

For the sequel, I passed the 60k word mark over the weekend. That’s half-way to my goal. For my first sequel and second book ever, it’s considerably easier than the first now that I’ve climbed the learning curve and most of the world building/characters/villains etc have been built and established.

If you’re curious as to what I’m talking about. Here’s the first 15% of the book, if you like it, I’ll send you a copy for the sake of feedback.

West of Prehistoric