Gun Control: Lullabies, Legends, and Lies

There was a high-profile shooting yesterday which brought out the typical news media routine of spin the back story on the shooter and deflect the incident into a conversation on gun control, or as they want to call it now gun safety or ending gun violence. The problem starts with a lack of understanding personal responsibility, the shooter decided to do this himself. It turns out he was from the political Left in this country, he was a Bernie supporter and a socialist, a social media ranter against any and all things Trump, and he was a Left-leaning news junkie. This information was all downplayed and the reporting was directed in the direction of gun control. Today, I am going to just present a few facts because there is a metric ton of fact that is ignored whenever the topic turns to gun control.

Shortly after the shootings, the Governor of Virginia made a very inaccurate (and ridiculous) statement that we lose 93 million Americans every day to gun violence. Unless we are bringing in many more refugees than they are publicly claiming, everyone in the U.S.A. would be dead in just a few days at that rate. In fact, if I may be permitted to use a more factual terminology, and call it gun-related deaths, even if the Governor meant to say 93 deaths per day, he would have still been incorrect. He would have been much closer to the truth, but in our time, facts don’t mean as much as agendas.

So, undisputed fact – there are right at 30,000 gun-related deaths per year in the U.S.A. Statistically speaking, 0.000000925% of the population of the U.S.A. dies per year from gun-related causes. On a personal level, each loss is tragic. At a recent shooting at North Lake College in Irving, I lost a former student. I know. But even the 30,000 number needs to be dissected to see a clear picture and notice the media spin.

To start with, you need to subtract 15% of the 30,000. That is the number that are from justified actions. Bad guys sometimes refuse to be taken in by the Police, or at times leave the Officers with no other option. In some cases, a home invader chose the home of an armed citizen and paid the price for the crime. Justifiable shootings happen, but anti-gun politicians think it is okay to lump these shootings in with the rest.

Next, take out 65% because those are suicides. Taking guns away because of potential suicides is pointless because if a person wants to die, they will find a way to make it happen, and the entire availability of guns effect on the suicide rate is propaganda.

You have to take out another 3% for accidental discharge. Guns, in spite of Hollywood jargon, do not just go off. The trigger has to be pulled, or there has to be a faulty engineering which allows a gun to fire when dropped.

So we are left with 17% of that 30,000 who are killed by the mentally ill, criminals, gang members, and druggies. Thirty thousand out of over three hundred million will not give you those drastic infographics that make America out to be the murder capitol of the world, which we are not.

In the end, we are left with just over 5,000 deaths per year that are the victims of gun violence, out of a Nation of over 300,000,000. And 25% of those deaths come from just four cities! Chicago, of course, takes the top honors followed by Baltimore, Detroit, and Washington D.C. And while we are here, I should probably point out that these cities have very strict gun control laws.

And this is a point where I will make note of the glaring fallacy that the media wants you to ignore – gun control leaves only the law-abiding citizens defenseless. The criminals don’t care one bit about the gun laws. Need proof, search out the number of shootings that occur in Gun Free Zones.

If you are on the political Left, and you wonder why people on the Political Right will not budge on gun control, no matter how you change the terminology, look at Australia. In a moment of weakness and emotion, they allowed themselves to be stripped of every means of personal self-defense. Now, the politicians there, who are safe behind their armed security force, are telling the populace that in the event of a terrorist attack, they should Run, Hide Tell, and if found in hiding, Beg. 

In my humble opinion, we owe it to those, who lost their lives in generations past to secure and maintain our freedom, to preserve and defend that freedom. You have the option to believe the BS and the lies and the spin. I think the truth in the debate is pretty telling. But so is the constant intentional misdirection of the political Left. So, in closing, I would like to recommend that you open a history book and read it.

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“What’s Up With the Guns?”

During a recent conversation with one of my adult students, there was a question that came up. “I saw the change in the title of your Facebook page. ‘Martial arts, sharp things, and guns.’ What’s up with the guns?” Now, my student accepted my answer and moved on to another topic without missing a beat. I have had other conversations that did not go so well.

As is common in America, many people become concerned when a friend purchases a gun, or as in my case, a few guns. Due in no small part to the news media’s constant barrage of slander against anyone who might actually *gasp* like guns, well-meaning friends can become genuinely concerned, and sometimes even frightened by your decision to buy a gun.

For people who are considering making a firearm purchase, it should be known that some of your friends will react to it in a way far removed from how they would act if you were to purchase a fire-extinguisher. If you tell a friend, “Hey, I just bought my first fire-extinguisher!”, they might praise you on the wisdom of the decision. “Wow! That is a good move! You know, if you set the kitchen on fire, you might be able to get the fire out before the fire department is able to get there. Very good move!”

With a gun purchase, you are sure to have some friends who are against it. “Hey! I just bought my first gun!” Your response is likely to be questions about your training in gun safety, lectures on the dangers of having guns in the house, and even questions about your state of mind.

To me, the worst is when they start with their own short-comings. “I could never own a gun, I know I would end up killing someone the first time I get mad.” This is a subtle hint that you share this mental deficiency, or even that all people are deficient in this same way.

You might encounter guilt trips from people who lament the “gun culture” of America. I even had one person who told me that liking guns was “typical white person behavior”. Whatever that means.

In the end, for as long as we are able to maintain the right to do so, owning a firearm is a choice. If you are anti-gun, don’t buy one. If you are pro-gun, buy one. Just as I will not go out and demand that everyone own a fire-extinguisher, I will also not demand that everyone own guns. But if the option is there, if you want to take that option, by golly do it!

I want to have the best possible option when it comes to defending my Family. I would never willingly defend my Family with the least effective weapon I can think of. I want to, at the very least, be on a comparable footing with the bad guy. If I could have him outgunned, awesome, but if the contest has to be equal, then I will accept it and rely on training and motivation to make me victorious.

In the end, please understand this; a friend who decides to own a gun is still your friend. They made a personal decision. This does not give you the right to label them a gun nut. It does not mean they want to kill people. I can tell you truly, I hope I never have to point a gun at another human. If I have to, I will not hesitate, but this does not mean I want to or am eager to. I like peace and happiness. I study violence, and train in the application of violence, but if a problem can be settled with a conversation and a cheeseburger, then I am taking that option. Even if it takes two cheeseburgers.

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The 2nd Amendment

In the United States, the first ten amendments are what is known as The Bill of Rights. As an armchair student of U.S. history, I could write quite a bit about the Constitution and the founding of our Nation. It would be a little out of place here, and so I will stick to one issue here.

The 2nd Amendment.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

This clear and very straightforward sentence gets mangled and twisted as people try to make it conform to what they want it to mean.

Anti-gun people focus a lot of their attention on the phrase A well regulated Militia. The Militia, those who would be called upon to defend the United States against aggression, had to be armed. The anti-gun people take this to mean that the military would be armed.

But this isn’t what the 2nd Amendment says. And the Militia being referred to here was…wait for it…the people.

This is very clear in the way that the 2nd Amendment does not read A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the Militia to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. It says the people.

We tend to forget in our time that back when these ideas were debated, people actually thought. They argued. They did not get their positions on political issues from celebrities or Facebook shares. In our dumbed-down society, we inject our approach to issues into the minds of people in the past. The reason the 2nd Amendment says the right of the people is because they meant the right of the people.

I don’t claim to be anyone special who is gifted with any unique insight into the matter. But I am able to think for myself, and in our time that is almost a superpower. I have said repeatedly, self-defense isn’t a Constitutional Right, it is a human right. As an independent and free human being, no one has the authority to tell me that I am not allowed to be equipped to defend myself and my Family.

If any of my anti-gun readers have read this far, I would like to point out that I was once very anti-gun. I was raised to be afraid of guns and afraid of the people who liked them. I am not your enemy. But there is a simple way of approaching this subject. If you do not want to own a gun, don’t buy one! I found enough reason to buy guns and before that, I took the time to learn about gun safety.

Every single time that some half-wit or radical idiot shoots someone we are inundated with cries to end one or more types of gun ownership. And such cries are complete and utter nonsense. People are still responsible for their own actions. Not society, not inanimate steel and polymer objects – individuals.

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Range Time

I promised a follow-up to my First Impressions article about the Walther Creed. Here it is.

Although the weekend was busy with a North Texas Regional Karate Championships to prepare and direct for KickStart Kids, I snuck away for a few minutes on Sunday morning to try out the new Creed.

I had never loaded a magazine for a semi-auto before. The springs were tougher than I imagined, but I got the hang of it. It might just be because the springs are new, don’t know and don’t really care. I just figure everything has a learning curve and this one was quite manageable.

And a silly side note; after spending so much time lately dealing with .357 Magnum and 45-70 cartridges, 9mm are so tiny that it took a little time to get used to handling them.

Back to the Creed.

The gun is awesome! I ran 100 rounds through it (it was all I brought, normally 100 rounds with the revolver takes most of the hour long range time, not so with a semi-auto). No malfunctions at all. Malfunctions were my main concern. I had none.

The complaints about the grips seem unfounded to me, or maybe I’m just not very picky. Could it be that other polymer guns bite more snugly in the hand, perhaps? The gun didn’t jump out of my hand, and it didn’t even slip a little.

The sights were great. My accuracy was good enough that I eventually ran out of bullseye to hit and started working on creating an ever-widening hole in the paper. The only time my accuracy went down was when I tried some rapid-fire. As it turns out, I’m not John Wick. But, having started my journey into the world of firearms with truly horrible marksmanship, I’m okay with what I accomplished.

Loaded with 16 rounds, it is still lighter than my revolver. I like the gun. A lot.

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Walther Creed: First Impressions

My Wife is one in a million. A couple of weeks ago she told me, “You need to get around and get your LTC!” (License to Carry, in Texas, formerly Concealed Carry or Concealed Handgun License).

I responded that my handgun wasn’t good for concealed carry. For those of you who are new here, my handgun is a Smith and Wesson 686 SSR .357 magnum revolver.

Is that a 686 in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

It is a big chunk of steel and would be hard to hide.

So my Wife told me to get a carry gun.

Okay, if I have to.

Just as with my first handgun purchase, I had a lot of things to consider. I ended up opting for a semi-auto because of the concealability and extra rounds. I opted for my first ever polymer gun and 9mm for the same reasons. Then I had to narrow things down from a very large field of choices.

I ended up deciding on the Walther Creed because of the incredible reviews it was getting. But it was not available anywhere in the DFW Metroplex. For those of you unfamiliar with the Dallas/Fort Worth area, please understand that the Metroplex is probably about the size of Connecticut. When I say I searched the Metroplex, this is a serious search. A search that turned up nothing.

So, I decided to check with Bud’s Gun Shop. Hicock45 recommends them all of the time on his YouTube channel, so, why not give it a try. Well, now I too can recommend Bud’s Gun Shop without reservation. They were respectful, timely and honest as well as helpful with questions. They have a good reputation that they earn through fantastic customer service.

Anyway, here is the Creed.

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For first impressions, the gun is very light. It is hammer fired instead of striker fired, but coming from a revolver to a hammer fired semi-auto is no big deal to me. The gun will hold 16 +1, and it comes with two magazines. And it is a Walther, for under $400! The gun is solid, the grip is much better than I expected, coming from zero experience with polymer grips. I expected it to be slippery, but it isn’t at all.

The drawbacks for me are all minor. The slide release is not ambidextrous, but since this is my first semi-auto, what do I care. I simply find a way to make it work for a lefty. The magazine release button is currently under my trigger finger, but it is reversible, so that will change soon, so no worries. The complaints in the reviews I checked were about the grip and the trigger. Some people found the grip to be of poor quality, but I can find no such fault. Once I get to the range with it I will know more, but, on first impression, the grip is good. The complaints I heard about the trigger were different. Some people disliked the pre-cocked hammer, others did not like the reset point…this is all new stuff to me. I have never owned or fired a semi-auto before, so I have no base of reference. Perhaps a trip to the range will clear things up for me.

Next up will be a trip to the range and getting a chance to see how I fare with this gun! I am excited at the chance to find out first-hand how well it shoots. I will report here once I get time to go to the range.

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Marlin 1895 Rifle

A few people have asked, so here is the answer, yes, the lever-action rifle that is a part of the random banner images is mine. It is a Marlin 1895 lever-action rifle chambered in 45-70 Government. It is a gun type that has appealed to me for a long time. The lever-action guns are pure Americana.

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The rifle holds four in the magazine and with one in the chamber you have five very powerful shots. If you need more than five with this gun, you are either a terrible shot and would be better served by throwing the rifle at the enemy, or you are up against some seriously committed enemies, or your people skills are lacking and you have angered many.

A little bit about the ammo.

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In the image above, I have on the left a .38 Special. This is the round I am typically using when I go to the range with my revolver. In the center is a .357 Magnum, hollow point for home-defense. This particular cartridge is actually made for home defense, it has a lower grain count and so the bullet is a tiny bit less hot (it won’t go through the wall and another wall and the refrigerator to kill a bad guy three houses down). The hollow point expands on impact to further slow the bullet. The cartridge on the right is a .45-70 govt. This one is a 300-grain cartridge, but I have since found that you can purchase .45-70 in a 405 grain. I actually found out that loaded for bear was a real thing after I bought this rifle. I thought it was just an expression but .45-70 can be a bear hunting load with the proper grain count.

My purpose for buying the rifle was actually hunting. I want venison. I have since been informed that the round is a little bit more powerful than what I need for Texas deer. And as I make no claims of expertise in the subject, I can only agree. However, I plan to also hunt elk and perhaps buffalo in the future as well, and with this rifle, I will not need a different gun for the different hunts. Being unable to secure a day lease to hunt for deer this year, I am working on arrangements to hunt for wild pigs, and I have been told this is the perfect ammunition for that. We shall see.

In all, I am very happy with the rifle. It is a great weapon that is well built and the ease of use has me hooked. The learning curve was a lot easier to manage than the revolver. This is a product I can recommend.

Why I Stopped Being Afraid of Guns

There is a lot of fear mongering going on right now, and I want to go ahead and share with you just a bit on my change in stance regarding firearms.

I was raised to be afraid of guns. There are a lot of reasons for this. People only know what they know and experience. My Parents are no exception.

My Father was a World War II Veteran who was stationed in the Pacific. He never spoke much about the combat part of what he saw and experienced, but what little he did tell is enough for me to say it was horrible. He operated what I believe are called LCVP, the boats that brought troops to the shores from the ships. Knowing many of the people he was delivering would not survive had to be hard, and he did tell of some bad stories that he said were just scratching the surface. Former Military typically are not afraid of firearms, but there could be further history he never discussed. He was against guns in the house.

From my Mother’s side, she lost a brother to an accidental shooting and a nephew to a moment of carelessness as he was cleaning a gun and told his wife, “Hey look honey! I’m a suicide!” whereupon he put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger, not having checked first to see whether or not it was loaded. She commented often about how in the casket he seemed to have a surprised look on his face.

I first learned about the freeze response on a basketball court in south Austin when a car drove onto the parking lot and fired some rounds at those of us playing ball. I stood there like an idiot, unable to even flinch. My friends said I was hardcore. I knew I was scared out of my mind.

I was raised around the open fear of firearms. It was taught to me and hammered into my brain.

Throughout the 80’s and 90’s as I advanced in the martial arts, I classified guns as the weapon of cowards. I know all of the arguments used by the anti-gun people and know them well, because I used those arguments. If social media existed back then, I am sure one would be able to find damning evidence of a flip-flop on my stance in the subject.

I grew up, and never really thought about owning a gun.

The first point where my mind started to change was when I started losing venison connections. I had been surrounded by people for a long time who supplied me with deer meat. When these connections moved away, I started thinking about taking up hunting.

Yup. My first thought about owning a gun had to do with eating.

But if a person has a brain, they have to be able to see that the world is not always a safe place. Loving your enemy sounds good until he starts killing you for fun. I want peace, I hope for peace, but if the bad guy kicks in my front door and he has a gun, peace is no longer an option. An added challenge; if the bad guy has a gun, my awesome kung fu skills don’t mean doodley-squat. Even the many swords I have will not help as much as I would like to think. I have often said that “when I start swinging a four-foot razor blade at him, he is going to hesitate”. I really believed it, but it is an untested theory.

What if he didn’t hesitate? What will he do to my Family when I am bleeding out on the floor and no longer pose a threat to him?

These people exist. Those thoughts kept me awake.

Regular readers know that my first firearm purchase was not a hunting rifle, or an “assault rife” (a term made up by politicians). I bought a handgun.

The criminals will be armed, no matter what laws are passed. Terrorists will be armed no matter what laws are passed. They also seem to have no issue with killing you over a disagreement on how to live your life. I get tired of being lectured about the American gun obsession. Being able to protect my Family is not something that I care to put up for debate.

The bottom line is this – self-defense is not just a Constitutional Right, it is a human right. No one should be the victim of the destructive aims of another person. I stopped being afraid of guns when I became more afraid of not being able to protect my Family. I hope I never have to use my gun against a person, that would be terrible. But if that person is intent on hurting my Family, at least I can even the odds. And if I fall in the process, my Wife can pick up the gun and take over where I left off. That gives me peace of mind.

In closing, I want to offer a simple thought. Instead of looking at those who have a different opinion than you as an enemy, how about seeing that we can disagree on small matters and great matters, but in the end, we need to stand together. I am not your enemy unless you want to harm my Family, so stop viewing different opinions as reasons to hate and stay divided. And how about not waiting for a tragedy before we consider doing so?