America is based on freedom. A very intelligent man once said: Freedom stands for something greater than just the right to act however I choose—it also stands for securing to everyone an equal opportunity for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. [Mike Treder, IEET website.]
Freedom isn’t free and never has been. It is a precious yet intangible abstract. A concept that many millions have paid the ultimate price to give to their posterity – you and I.
Freedom is the right to justice and happiness. You cannot have that right if you have no power. Power is won through the ability to wield fear over your enemies or those who do wrong. I would say that the greatest power a person, or in our case, a people, can wield over another is the fear of death. Before the first firearms where invented and dispersed, people used swords and axes – much less humane, if you ask me. The modern day weapon is the all-powerful, and stunningly swift gun. To own these en mass, is to keep the power over freedom in the possession of the free people.
Besides being used to defend our freedom, firearms have long been a part of our American Culture. They were with the pilgrims who began to settle our coasts. They purchased our freedom from our British overlords. They saved our ships in 1812. They are wound in the myths and legends surrounding the settling of our frontiers. They worked their way west to our farthest coasts at the sides of the settlers. They were used to fight slavery during the Civil War. They protected our cowboys and the cattle they guarded out in the wild west and settled duels in the east. They were the trademark of the infamous gangsters of probation America. Then they marched with our doughboys to deliver freedom to our allies overseas in 1913 and again in 1941. Serving justice to a virulent and deadly fascist party known as the Nazis. The more recent history of the American firearm has become muddied with the smears of crime and mass killings of the last quarter century. Because of this bad reputation accumulated since the Vietnam War, many people, women especially tend to view firearms as evil devices that kill people. This is a misconception. As we continue in this journey together, we will begin to understand them on a more intimate level and will learn to use and appreciate them.
Right off the bat, I would like you to lay aside any notions that guns kill people. I once read a sign that said ‘if guns kill people than pencils must misspell words’. Guns do not kill people. People kill people. If there were no guns, people would still get killed. [statistic: 4x more people die from hammers / 8x more people get killed from falls.] Ultimately, all people die. This is just a reality of life that we need to accept. But we are here to make sure that it’s not because of your mishandling of a firearm.
In upcoming posts we’ll begin to go through the basics of safety, gun anatomy and reasons to carry a firearm. From there we’ll progress into shooting basics and different techniques, tips and hacks.
Remember, if you would like and specific areas covered you can go to our contact page, or use my email address, and send me your ideas, comments, or corrections. I’m excited to hear from you!