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Thoughts on the current hoplophobia frenzy

Here’s a blast from the past that was drug up in response to a question from a friend about this (or another) post made on the book of face yea these many years ago. The original response was to the following comment, posted in the comments section of one of my photo albums:

This seems more like glorifying weaponry and violence than promoting self-defense. I’m all for gun rights, but the focus here is beyond that of protecting home and family, which is what Jesus was talking about.

This post here features a modified version of the original response.

Glorifying – depends on perspective. Firearms have been a part of my life for as far back as I can remember. There is a current cultural push to try and marginalize those of us who enjoy the shooting sports and are responsible people who own guns. The cultural push is to try and focus on the object and vilify those who possess them rather than to focus on the mentality of the people who misuse them.

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Calibers I’d love to try

In the post just prior to this one, I wrote up a list of calibers I’ve fired over the course of my life so far.  It’s a rather eclectic collection, containing from the mundane to some of the more esoteric calibers.  This is due to the variety of friends with unconventional tastes who by their generosity have allowed me to fire their guns and ammo.  This list is a bit different, it’s one that shows some of the gaping holes in my shooting experience, holes that I hope someday to fill. Note that these are just some that come to mind. When visiting friends and family and the chance comes up to “burn powder”, usually I’ll give just about anything a try – once.

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A variety of calibers

Over the years it has been my pleasure to shoot just about anything that comes along, my motto being “Almost anything once” when it comes to the delightful sport of shooting.  Something sparked my memory and I put up a partial list of calibers I’ve fired over the years.  Well, that lead to more cogitation and so here’s a list of calibers I’ve fired at one time or another.  When comparing this list to “Cartridges Of The World” (ANY edition thereof) it’s a very  small and puny list.  But compared to the fact that most folks can’t name more than a half dozen calibers, it ain’t too shabby – especially considering that most of my life has been spent where the shooting sports are not exactly encouraged.  The generosity of friends and family during our brief times of sojourning up North has allowed me to rack up an interesting (to ME anyway)  list. It’s organized as follows – Calibers fired in pistols/handguns, Calibers fired in rifles, Shotgun gauges fired, Muzzle Loaders/cap and ball revolvers. If memory coughs up something more I’ll update the list. Note that the caliber designation does not necessarily indicate the type of firearm from which it was fired. A good example is the 50 BMG (Browning Machine Gun) which was actually fired from a Barrett semi-automatic rifle that belonged to a friend.

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On Guns And Dogs

People are funny creatures. We are as consistent as our inconsistencies allow us to be. Up in arms over one thing, but in denial over another similar situation seems to be all to common.

Over the years I’ve watched the debate over firearms, a topic that seems to bring out the paranoid in many. Devoted bird hunters often look askance at modern semi-automatic rifles. Those who hunt with rifles may look with horror at those who shoot handguns. All the above sometimes shudder at the thought of light weight full automatic firearms and nearly pass out when crew served weapons are mentioned.   Yet each of the little niches will fight tooth and nail to defend their own little specialty. This division amongst those who have a love of shooting sports of one kind or another is what has allowed those who abhor ANY type of firearm to write laws stigmatizing certain weapons and limiting freedom for all of us who enjoy one or more aspects of the shooting sports.

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A few thoughts on unjust laws

This year in the country in which your humble blogger currently resides, the government enacted a new “police code”.  The police  have been given greater power to enforce certain politicians’ ideas of  “a civil society”, yet in their rush to “make everyone behave” they have acted in an ingenuous (at best) manner.  The matter I’ll address in today’s venting of virtual steam is the matter of “leash and muzzle laws”.

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Is Taxation Necessarily Theft?

There are meme’s floating around the ‘net with the bold statement “Taxation Is Theft”.  Many people have bought into this way of thinking, including many that claim to be Christian in orientation  and thought.  This idea is very popular with those of a Libertarian leaning and is accepted by many who otherwise claim to be Christian and claim only a libertarian inclination.  (the difference between Libertarian and libertarian? – the difference between seeing pedophilia and some other behaviors as acceptable and recognizing that some behaviors are wrong and SHOULD be punished by government)

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Isaiah 5:20 – getting things backwards.

The USA, where folks believe there are forty-eleven genders but only two political choices…

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!  Isaiah 5:20

I mourn for my birth land, she has fallen far below where she began.  Reading the documents that placed her on a firm foundation at her birthing, one can see how godly men set forth the foundations for a strong, godly nation.  But starting strong is not enough, one must continue  strong.  Once we, as a nation, began to deny Him Who blessed us with the opportunity to experiment with a nation founded on His Principles, it was the beginning of the end.

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Thoughts on the Media

We live in an amazing time. One can pick up a device and within seconds connect with someone living half way around the world via text, images or sound.  Back in the last half of the last century of the second millennium, the more typical scenario was for someone to send a letter which would arrive in a few days or weeks, unless sent to a really backwards area and then it might take months or never show up.  My in-laws sent a telegram before leaving the US to go on the mission field. Arriving at the airport they found no one waiting for them.  The telegram arrived days after they did.  Telephone service was “iffy” at best clear up to the final decade of the century.  When our youngest son was born we called my wife’s parents to let them know.  To do so we had to go to a neighbor’s house and borrow their phone.  We tried three times and never heard a word from my  in-laws.  But we DID get the bill.  About $10 US equivalent PER CALL – that never went through.  So today  when we can use VOIP (voice over internet protocol) to chat with friends and family “in real time”, we are truly blessed.  Using WhatsApp has been a real boost to keeping in touch with my siblings. Email is checked multiple times a day.

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“The Good Lord Willing And The Creeks Don’t Rise”

A while back some friends of mine were discussing the origins of an old saying, “The Good Lord willing and the creeks don’t rise”. The question was asked, “Does anyone know if the reference is to a creek (little river, stream, bayou-ette) overflowing its banks, or to the Creek tribe going off the reservation?” It turns out that some folks claim that this goes back to the Creek War of 1813-1814. But those speculating on such origins probably never lived in the backwoods.  Unless someone makes the effort to look through historical documents until they come across some ancient writing in which the words are written (I suspect that some variation of this theme may be found on Cuneiform tablets in some ancient city) we may never know for sure.  But I heavily suspect that the phrase is ancient indeed, arising long before 1813 and the uprising of the Red Stick Creeks.

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Doom and Gloom

There remain about 5 months ’til US elections 2016 and folks are full of doom and gloom.  The gun boards are rife with talk about “What ‘battle carbine’ should I get?”, “What magazines for my ‘battle carbine’ should I get?”, “Who has the best price on bulk ammo?”, “What are you going to do if “Hitlery” gets in?”, etc.  There’s a lot of speculation about what the future holds and “The End Of The World As We Know It” (otherwise known as TEOTWAWKI)  is “just around the corner”. We haven’t seen this much agitation since, well, the past two presidential elections.

Now, I’m no more in favor of “Hitlery’s” policies than the doom and gloom crowd, nor am I a “Trumper”.  This election cycle the words of Charles Spurgeon ring truer than ever.  “Of two evils, choose neither.”  Yet there are folks howling that one or the other of the above mentioned candidates will certainly sink the sunken ship of the American states.

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