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Promote What You Love

Ever hear the expression, “Stop knocking down what you don’t like and start lifting up what you love.” I say this all the time to liberals and anti-gun bullies who try to tear down my support of conservative policies or the Second Amendment. It’s the equivalent of asking my children, “don’t you have anything better to do?” when they start to bicker.

This rather small, misinformed group of people just loves to attack anyone who has a different opinion than they do, touting their love of diversity, claiming tolerance and global acceptance of everyone even as they attack. What they are looking to accomplish with their all out assault on those who dare to disagree with them is pretty clear; by polarizing and intimidating their opponent, they believe they can silence anyone with the audacity to challenge them.

I’ve seen them degrade women, throw ignorant stereotypes, sling disgusting language, belittle careers, assume a lack of education, social standing or psychological health limits their opponent’s ability to discuss facts or worthiness to discuss the topic at hand with any semblance of intelligence. I’ve seen death threats, the wish of gross bodily harm and even disturbing, heinous wishes toward their opponents loved ones, children and pets.
Alinsky would eat it up with a spoon.

While the juvenile insults and absurd assumptions can be entertaining in some instances, we’ve gotten to the point now where I feel the country is so divided that a more than generous portion of the other side is not only unwilling to discuss issues, but rather are unable to. I admit that I have been in that boat a time or two on a few issues. Abortion is a hot button topic for me for very personal reasons, so when pro-choice proponents argue my pro-life points, I have a hard time keeping my cool because it physically pains me to think of those sweet little babies being ripped to death. I know when to cut my losses and don’t continue to waste my time with people who I feel aren’t even listening to me. I know I can only pray they find clarity.

When debating political viewpoints, defending the second amendment or my right to carry, my pro-life beliefs or a number of other topics, I am finding more and more instances, on social media especially, of Cognitive Dissonance but more specifically Belief Disconfirmation Paradigm.  Belief Disconfirmation Paradigm occurs when an individual is presented with information that directly contradicts their beliefs. If the individual is unable to change their beliefs, the internal conflict experienced can result in the rejection or denial of the information, even if it is proven as factual and true. A person unable to resolve the conflict will seek others sharing a similar belief to restore the agreements of their beliefs. Sound familiar?

I have to admit, while batting these little mice around like a hungry cat can be fun for a bit, it serves no purpose in furthering our side’s cause. 100% of the time, it’s my opponent coming onto my post to attack me on whatever comment I’ve made, meme posted or article shared to provide facts to support my beliefs. Even with sports! For example, I have never gone on anyone else’s post rooting for their team to jab a “GO PACKERS!!” or “YOU SUCK!”, yet every week some unsportsmanlike dipshit will come on my posts to go full on fanatic for their team and start a fight with me. Note to other sports fans: I don’t care. When the Packers play the Seahawks and I post “Alright, it’s almost game time! Got meatballs in the crockpot and a beer in my hand, so GO PACK GO!!”, I cannot tell you how hard I roll my eyes when some moron pips up and writes something idiotic in response like “BEAR DOWN!!”. Worse yet, this happened yesterday:

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People; you do not EVER insult a woman from Wisconsin about their knowledge of sports, much less make the horrendously ignorant statement that 100% of women don’t understand games can be played well without the team winning by score.

If you see a post and don’t have anything nice to say, how about you just don’t say anything at all? Didn’t everybody learn that in kindergarten? (obviously not)

So insults, team rivalries and glib assumptions aside, what if we chose to respectfully and joyfully promote things we believe in rather than being hateful and disrespectfully trying to tear down things and people we may not agree with? Obviously I’m not saying we should stop working to gain more support for causes we believe in, but just imagine if everyone would focus a little more effort on promoting their own causes?

This week, take a little extra time to search out some new facts to support what’s most important to you and share that with people. Find an article a day and post it to social media. Read up on what foundations, societies, or groups are posting. Search for recent news articles, find different websites, try to connect with others in your area who share in your beliefs. Pretend you know nothing about the subject and start from square one, then post all you find for others to read. Do this for a few weeks and see if it makes a difference in advancing your cause to others.

We can all stand to brush up a bit. At the very least, with the additional time spent on finding new facts and ways to promote your causes, think of how much better you’ll be prepared the next time the opposition challenges you. Now get at it!

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Big SHOT Leno Caves to Anti-Gun Bullies’ Lies

So after being brainwashed with grossly incorrect information and all-out lies from anti-gun lobbying groups, Jay Leno has cancelled his emceeing role at the 2015 SHOT Show State of the Industry Dinner. The National Shooting Sports Foundation’s annual SHOT (Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade) Show takes place in Las Vegas, NV this January. After seeing record numbers at the 2014 show, NSSF expects next year’s attendance will break the record 67,000 attendees it saw last year.

Leno, who backed out on his commitment to emceeing the event after receiving pressure from anti-gun shills, personally called Po Murray, chairman of the Newtown Action Alliance, to assure her of his cancellation. The NSSF issued the following statement in response to his cancellation:

We are clearly disappointed by Jay Leno’s decision not to perform at the 2015 SHOT Show State of the Industry Dinner. He unilaterally cancelled his promised appearance due to pressure from the anti-gun lobby, which included false statements about our industry and its commitment to genuine firearms safety, which we attempted to personally correct with him, but to no avail.

We are not deterred by their publicity seeking nor are we unfamiliar with the bullying political tactics of the gun control groups that seem to have as little respect for the First Amendment as they continually demonstrate with regard to the Second Amendment.

We are proud of the many programs that we run that meaningfully contribute to public safety including our long standing Project ChildSafe and Don’t Lie for the Other Guy initiatives in addition to our members everyday work in compliance with comprehensive federal and state laws. We will not allow the lawful commerce in firearms nor our industry to be demonized and we will continue to speak out for the Second Amendment rights of the millions of law-abiding citizens who are our customers.

Despite Mr. Leno’s cancellation, we look forward to having our biggest and best State of the Industry Dinner to date with a performer that respects the contributions of our industry and the customers it supports.

I am utterly disgusted with Mr. Leno’s failure to listen to facts and blatantly disregard his obligation promised to the NSSF. I am a proud attendee of the SHOT show and look forward to the State of the Industry Dinner every year. What the NSSF does for gun safety, the Second Amendment and shooting sports is dignified and deserves respect. The work of Project Child Safe alone is something I tout regularly in my blogs and on the air with Cam & Co.

Have any of these groups ever bothered to meet with the NSSF and learn about what they really do? I doubt it, but when did people start making personal decisions based on what some people believe (and lies they spew) over facts and reality?

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Are ‘Active Shooter’ Drills the New Normal in Schools?

Last week, I received a letter from our children’s elementary school, notifying parents of an “Intruder Alert” Drill. The letter outlined how the students would be taken through a hard lock down to ensure proper procedures are followed in the event the school’s security is breeched.

The letter read:

Dear Parents:

Your child’s safety is one of our top priorities.  For the past year, we have worked to create a crisis team, received training in NIMS (National Incident Management System), upgraded our security protocols and have been planning procedures for emergency situations.

On November 13, we will be conducting a school wide intruder drill, known as a hard lock down.  The teachers will explain to the students the procedures and expectations the day of the drill.  Basically, students need to remain out of sight and quiet during the duration of the drill.  Classroom doors will be locked by the teachers and children will follow the hard lock down protocol to practice proper procedure. Our Police Liaison Officer, District Safety Coordinator, Principal and Vice Principal will conduct the drill.  Students and staff will remain inside their classrooms until law enforcement officers clear the rooms and the school is deemed clear and safe.

We will continue to keep the safety of your child(ren) a high priority.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Principal or Vice Principal directly.

Sincerely,

Elementary School faculty and Local Police.

We were thankful the school sent this out to parents and we took the opportunity to talk to our daughters at dinner about the drill. Since they’re used to drills throughout the school year and because we also run drills at home (fire, tornado, etc), the girls were pretty unfazed at the whole thing. We talked about how good practices ensure they are prepared in the event of a real danger. Much of this gets through to my children since we were hit by an F2 tornado last year and thanks to having practiced our own tornado drill many times, all five of us were able to get downstairs when the first tree hit my daughter’s room shortly before 2am. They know that practicing proper procedures prepares you to ensure your safety in the event of a real emergency.

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A Friendship Made This WWII Veteran Whole Again

Veteran’s Day was my Grandpa’s favorite holiday. He was immensely proud of his service as a combat medic with the 692nd Tank Destroyer Battalion during World War II.

He said those days in the Army defined him.

Charles “Chick” Mullen dropped out of school at age 14 to help earn money for the family. However, in rural West Virginia, there were little options for employment during the Great Depression. He eventually joined the Civilian Conservation Corp as a means of helping his family. The family moved to Akron, Ohio while he was gone with the CCC. This is where he met my Grandma Mary. They married in 1940 and had my Uncle Fred the following April. My Grandpa was 26 years old when war was declared. My Grandma became a “Rosie the Riveteer” and acted as a single mom while he was in Europe.

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Soldiers Are Heroes

It’s November again; my birthday month, hunting season, and Thanksgiving, but more importantly it is time to honor our soldiers on Veterans Day. President Wilson proclaimed November 11th as Armistice Day in 1919 to commemorate the end of the war and to keep Americans mindful of the tragedies of WWI. After the Korean War, Congress moved to amend the day to honor veterans of all wars. President Eisenhower signed the bill in 1954, proclaiming the holiday be named “Veteran’s Day” and that it should honor all soldiers of war.

While I grew up with a stalwart Navy man for a Grandfather and a strong respect for our military, apparently others do not share my sense of pride, regard and appreciation for our soldiers. These brave men and women, who have served our nation both past and present, have selflessly given their lives to ensure our freedom and fight for those who are unable to fight for themselves. Just to clarify, I have always said all soldiers give their lives because if they do make it home from the fight, they have sacrificed those years away from family and friends, they will carry with them experiences that can rob them from peace, and they have often lost close companions they will miss throughout their lives.

I frequently travel and whenever I see military in the airport, I go out of my way to say thank you. Even if I can’t catch them, if I make eye contact, I say thank you in sign language. Last week, I was having lunch with a friend when a group of Army recruits came in to eat. Before leaving, I walked over and said thank you to them, walking around the table, shaking hands and letting them know how much I appreciate everything they do for me. Since when is this the exception, not the norm? Our military deserves our respect. THEY’VE EARNED IT.

Whether you agree with war or not, these brave Americans have volunteered to fight our wars and they ask for nothing from us as individual citizens in return. A simple and much deserved thank you can and does go a long way.

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Poll: More Than 6/10 Americans Say Guns Make Homes Safer

Well ain’t that a kick? New Gallup Poll released shows more than 6 in 10 Americans say guns make homes safer. The overall number of Americans saying guns make homes safer (63%) has doubled since 2000, when only 1/3 polled answered as such.

Can I get an Amen?

The demographics also show that a growing knowledge that guns provide safety has even spread across the political aisles, with Democrats showing a 13 point increase, while Republicans increased steeply to 81% and Independents moved up to 64%.

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Women also make their mark on this poll with 58% of females polled agreeing that they feel a gun in the home make it safer. With 42% of American homes now equipped with guns, let’s hope criminals take heed and crime is deterred.

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Is America Finally Waking Up on Gun Laws?

A new Gallup Poll was just released showing that less than half of Americans support stricter gun laws.

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Only 47% of Americans say they favor stricter gun laws on firearm sales, down from 58% in 2012. Does this mean Americans are finally getting over their fear of guns in the hands of law abiding citizens?

I’ve always stressed that, as gun owners, we need to be speaking to everyone and anyone we meet about our feelings on gun rights (including our right to carry) and the Second Amendment.

We must work to humanize the face of gun support and gun owners to combat the negative stereotypes gun grabbers all too often use and twist to push their agenda.

With this new poll showing that more people are against stricter gun laws, have we finally made a dent in the Bloomberg crazy train of gun grabbers? Have media outlets like NRA News, Bearing Arms and Guns Save Lives finally broken through the rhetoric of the scared and frightened to replace their fears with knowledge that you can defend yourself from attacks?

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Homecoming Horror Story

We’ve stumbled across another case of punishing the ridiculous, but this one borders on unbelievably absurd. A pair of Massachusetts teenagers have been suspended from their high school for 10 days after a photo was posted on Facebook of them dressed for Homecoming and holding Airsoft rifles. 

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16-year old honor student Tito Valez took to his Facebook page to say,

“See this photo? Yea, well this photo got me and my gf [girlfriend] suspended from our high school for 10 days. Possible expulsion too. Today we were taken right before the Cross Country states meet. We were asked, ‘Why would you post something like that?’ When we tried saying something, they told us to be quiet and they separated us. I was sent to a room and my bag was searched, along with my clothes and locker. The school called the police and they had a cop speak to us without reading our rights and without our parent’s permission.”

 

Bristol Plymouth’s school superintendent, Richard Gross, said in a statement that Tito Velez and Jamie Pereira were suspended after school officials learned that buzz over the photo had created a ‘disruption among students’. The photo was deemed “threatening” by school officials, although the guns were not aimed at any person, used as a of threat violence or brought to the school. ..and of course, are airsoft guns. 

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An Open Letter To VA Rep. Gerry Connolly

Gerry Connolly is the incumbent Representative from Virginia’s 11th Congressional district. Gerry is in danger of losing that seat so he has brought out the “war on women” canard to attempt to defeat his Republican opponent, a woman by the name of Suzanne Scholte. I decided to write a letter to Gerry in response to some of things he has been saying about Suzanne:

Dear Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11),

Our eyes are up here, sir. Stop looking at us women from the waist down.

Someone forgot to give you the memo that the “War on Women” nonsense isn’t working this election cycle. Thinking you would be coasting to victory in what is typically a safe district for Democrats with a Cook Partisan Voting Index (PVI) of D+10, your incumbency is facing a formidable opponent in Suzanne Scholte. You are struggling in the polls.

We’ve noticed you’ve become obsessed with every woman’s uterus - again.

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