Lighten Up, Francis.

Lighten Up, Francis.

I have a friend who’s AntiFa, and his response when I suggested that maybe violence wasn’t the answer for his group was “Well, when I’m being threatened with violence, what choice to I have?” *

In other words, he hit me, so I have no choice but to hit him back.

Bull crap. That is a child’s response to violence: “Of course I hit him, he hit me first! I HAD to hit him!” **

“No choice?” We are humans, not animals. We learned to override our baser instincts around the same time one of us figured out that a burning branch wasn’t something to be afraid of, but rather, it was good for warmth and illumination and starting barbecues.

No, we do not always have control over the actions of others, but we always, ALWAYS have control over our reactions. Any cop could probably tell you about the times they’ve had some poor fool sitting on a curb in cuffs, watching a friend bleed out in front of them say something like, “Man, I didn’t want to do it, but he just wouldn’t back down.” At that point, one life is over, and one life is ruined. Who hit whom first is a bit of a moot point. I’m not willing to let this beautiful country with its beautiful freedoms go away just because a bunch of children started arguing over who threw the first punch.

* I’m old enough to remember when Martin Luther King Jr. was reviled by the right and loved by the left. My, how things have changed.
** I haven’t heard that said in our house since my youngest son turned ten, which speaks volumes about the emotional age of Antifa and other groups.

Define “Normal”.

Define “Normal”.

Now that Trump is in office gun makers are thinking “Ok, Obama’s gone, now we’re going back to normal” but the fact is, we’re still in an abnormal market environment.
When was the last time that:

  1. Concealed carry, in one form or another, was the law of the land?
  2. Personal protection and target shooting were the main driver of gun sales?
  3. There is no federal Assault Weapons Ban, nor a credible threat of one being on the horizon?
  4. We have a pro-gun President and a nominally pro-gun (ok, how about ‘not virulently anti-gun’?) Congress?
  5. Legislation that expands our right to self-defense (rather than more gun control) made it through the House of Representatives?

This is a target-rich environment. I hope we do something with it. Market forces have driven the price of guns down to ridiculous levels, clogging up the Retention part of the customer lifecycle. People who own already guns have taken advantage of the ridiculous prices of the past year, which makes Ruger’s new product strategy a very, very good idea.

For the first time in over a hundred years, guns are normal. Let’s keep it that way.

A Movement Towards The Better.

A Movement Towards The Better.

Chris Wagoner was a leader in the Florida Open Carry movement, and he bailed on them before I did, because they’re a bunch of dorks who have no idea how to get legislation passed in the halls of power.

Now he’s back in the game, leading a new gun rights group called The Florida Firearms Coalition, and they’re determined to advance the right to keep and bear arms on ALL fronts here in Florida, not just open carry.

I’m in, and if you’re in the Sunshine State and you’re reading this, you should be too.

That’s Why They Play The Game

That’s Why They Play The Game

So the NRA decided to cut the post-Vegas gun control argument off at the knees and make a play for national reciprocity instead.

Good. They should. As I said elsewhere, we’re winning now, and that requires different tactics. NOT ONE INCH MORE! was a great order to give the troops at El Alamein or at Stalingrad, but it would kinda suck to hear if you were stranded somewhere on the Tarawa Atoll. Moving forward will require something more from the NRA than just circling the wagons and refusing to move. There are a number of my friends who are saying “Yeah, right, like the NRA is EVER going to get national reciprocity and the SHARE Act passed. They gave up bump stocks, and in return we got bupkis.”

To which I say, if you travelled back in time to 1997 and told gun owners who were suffering under the restrictions of the Assault Weapons Ban, that 20 years from now, they’d be buying $400 AR-15 rifles, $500 AR “pistols” that were effectively SBR’s and that 30 round mags would cost less than $10 apiece, they’d lock you into the looney bin and throw away the key.

It ain’t over ’til it’s over, and to borrow a line from the best movie of all time, nothing is written.

Let’s see how this plays out.

Are We Winning Yet?

Are We Winning Yet?

At one point in time, Wired magazine was a bastion of techno-libertarianism, where articles on cryptography went side-by-side with articles on using the Internet to empower individuals to take charge of their lives.

That era is long-gone, and Wired has veered so far towards progressivism, they endorsed Hillary Clinton for President last year.

Which makes this article on “gunsplaining” rather interesting. The author correctly points out that most attempts at gun control fail because the people who make gun control laws have no friggin’ clue how guns actually work, so they wind up legislating on feelings rather than facts. The problem with that is, of course, that effective laws require precision, and precision and emotion are not usually associated with each other, leading to horrible laws that are easy to circumvent. What the author doesn’t realize, though, is that if liberals learn more about guns, it won’t lead to better gun laws, it’ll lead to fewer gun controls, not more of them. I’m all for more people learning about guns, because once they understand what they can and can’t do, we win.

Every. Single. Time.

Is there a realization on the left that they sound like morons when it comes to guns? I hope so, because that means they are starting to fight this fight on OUR terms, not theirs, and once the enemy is fighting your battle rather than theirs, the path to victory becomes a whole lot clearer.

Nothing Is Over Until WE Decide It Is!!!!

Nothing Is Over Until WE Decide It Is!!!!

It’s interesting that the reaction to this post assumed that I was talking about giving up the fight for gun rights.

Nothing could be further from the truth. The fight MUST go on, but the tactics must change to fit the times.

We are winning. 42% of Americans say they own guns, and over half of the people who don’t own guns say they could see themselves owning a gun in the future.

That’s two-thirds of America who either own guns or want to own guns.

That’s winning.

Fear is not a motivator for the majority. Fear is what the minority uses to close ranks and hold ground.

We’re not losing ground anymore. We are the majority now. Let’s act like it.

Culture Clash

Culture Clash

We’ve won the gun rights battle. We’re rolling things back (slowly… too slowly) but we are winning. The left is getting more and more radicalized (Linda Sarsour and Assata Shakur? REALLY?), and there will be a void open for the NRA or someone else to step into to and expand gun rights even further into ground that once belonged to the enemy.

We’ve won the battle. The war? The war continues, and wars are not won on the basis of winning battles, they’re won on the basis of holding territory and making it your own.

We have regained (cultural) ground from our enemy. What are we doing to hold it and make it our own?

Cultures don’t change because the extremes get pushed out more and more, cultures change because, in the words of the Doobie Brothers, what were once vices are now habits. Gay marriage was once a vice. Now it’s the law of the land. Ditto with doobies (words are my business! 🙂 ) in Colorado and many, many other states..

Armed self defense was once considered a vice. It’s now a habit for millions and millions of people.

Let’s keep that going.

Do You Even Win, Bro?

Do You Even Win, Bro?

An interesting comment was left on a gun-related Facebook group I belong to, regarding this photo.

I have acquaintances who still post “They’re Gonna Take Yer Guns!” crap every now and then. It’s not that the sentiment doesn’t concern me – being of around the same age as (redacted), it does and ought to. It’s just that the strident sense of doom seems, well, out-of-touch now that things are bending our way. It’s almost as if many of our number can’t get used to the notion of having a winning cause.

I agree 100%. American gun culture, quite frankly, doesn’t know what winning feels like. We’ve been on defense for so long, since 1934 at the very least, we don’t know what it feels like when quiet, confident and practical armed self defense is as much of our culture as, say, fishing is. Yes, there are cranks who go out and protest fishing, but they’re looked on as cranks, not people who inspire other people to create “Million(-ish) Mom Marches” and such.

We don’t know what it means to be our own first responder, because we’ve abdicated that role to the .gov since the Sullivan Act or thereabouts. We have forgotten what it means to be in charge of our own destiny.

We need to re-learn such things, and quickly.

Moving Beyond The Fear.

Moving Beyond The Fear.

From Threepers on the right to the Antifa on the left, there are way, WAY too many people other there right now who are itchin’ for a fight, and if their words and deeds keep escalating, that fight will surely happen.

Maybe it’s because I was sitting on the political sidelines for the Assault Weapons Ban, or maybe it’s my innate Canadian niceness, but fear has never been good at motivating me to do something, especially when it comes to gun-related things.

To quote Clint Smith, I have a gun. Why should I be afraid?

Now, should you be fearful of those who are afraid of you being armed? Yes, and rightly so. Is that the prevailing spirit inside red state America? Nope.

Blue states may vary.

Yes, the radical left is misbehaving. Dangerously so.

However, misbehavior on the other side does not demand misbehavior on our side. If you carry a gun on a consistent basis, you soon learn that de-escalation and avoidance are much better ways to deal with the threat of violence than angry harsh rhetoric and more violence.

Take the actions of the Antifa from the macro-level down to the personal level: If the Antifa were a person and not a movement, how would we handle them? They say they want to stop us, with violence if necessary, and they’ve shown a propensity to use violence in the past. What does all the things we’ve learned about living our lives as armed citizens tell us we should do about them? When do we de-escalate? When do use awareness and avoidance? Should should we use force, and if so, how much, and when?

We need to be very careful about which hill we choose to die on, because once the dogs of war have been let off the leash, it is very, very hard to bring them back.

More thoughts on this at Ricochet.com.