In full disclosure, I am a sitting board member of the National Rifle Association, which if you didn’t know, was founded with the goal of improve rifle marksmanship. And yes, I am the proud owner of two AR-15s — America’s modern-day musket — along with a Mossberg tactical for home defense and a Beretta 12-gauge for sport shooting. I also have several handguns ranging from “Old Glory,” my Charter Arms .38, to a .380, 9mm, .40, and a Taurus .45 to including a vintage World War I service revolver last fired on November 11, 1918. I was recently presented a prized engraved Sig Sauer .45 from the Vineyard family of Texas, proud founders and owners of Babe’s Chicken Dinner restaurants. My oldest daughter, Aubrey, wanted her own 9 mm pistol for her 21st birthday, which I was proud to present.
Why am I sharing all this? Well, there was an interesting report from the Washington Examiner: “Gun sales hit the 17th consecutive monthly record in September according to FBI data released on Monday, and overall sales are up 27 percent compared to the same period last year.
A total of 1,992,219 background checks were processed through the bureau’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System for the month of September, higher than the 1,795,102 conducted in September 2015.
The number of checks run through the FBI’s NICS system is a reliable indicator of how firearm sales are trending, though there is no precise correlation between the number of checks and the number of guns being sold. Licensed dealers are required to run a check in the database every time they make a sale, but sometimes turn buyers down.
Sales have surged in the wake of ammunition shortages and fears that the Obama administration may seek to restrict Second Amendment rights in the president’s waning days in office. Experts say the equipment being sold indicates interest has spiked out of growing interest in self-defense and hunting.
“Sales of handguns and AR’s have been very strong for the past two months. Hunting rifles have been about average for this time of year,” Scott Blick, a managing partner at Ammunition Depot, told the Washington Examiner.
“Ammunition sales are definitely following that pattern with sales of 9mm ammo and .223 ammo being extremely strong.
“A year-over-year record has been set every month since May 2015. The September figure brings the total for the first nine months of the year to 19,872,694, and puts this year easily on track to break last year’s 12-month record, when 23,141,970 sought to purchase firearms.”
Consider what we’ve recently learned about the federal government trolling parking lots of gun shows taking down license plates. We’ve shared here the actions of President Obama’s home state of Hawaii, where they’re actually sharing the personal information of law-abiding gun owners with the federal government.
We shared the story of the City Council of Seattle imposing a “gun violence tax” on legal gun purchasers of $25 per firearm and five cents on each piece of ammunition — you know, law-abiding citizens must pay their “fair share” and be held responsible for criminal gun crimes…how typical of progressive socialists.
Hillary Clinton has stated previously that she believed Heller vs DC should be overturned and she’ll impose a national 25 percent gun tax on firearm purchases.
So, look, all you folks out there going through massive consternation about supporting Donald Trump — tell me, what is the alternative? Trump is not the second coming of Reagan, nope, and stop looking for a reincarnation or resurrection of Reagan.
Stop professing the absurd notion of political perfection, as it is the enemy of good enough. How many Democrats have come out publicly and said they cannot support Hillary Clinton because she is a corrupt, deceitful, liar and disingenuous? None of them! They all line up like lemmings — including Bernie Sanders — and march to the same order: the drum beat of collective progressivism and political ideological elitism.
Did you notice how our U.S. Supreme Court issued an edict that all our states must observe and allow same-sex marriage using the 14th Amendment equal protection clause as rationale?
Then ask yourself, how can it be in America, a firmly established individual right, the Second Amendment, can be disavowed and disregarded in certain states?
We already have a dangerous situation with our SCOTUS — which by the way doesn’t have the enumerated constitutional power to tell the states to do anything. They can only interpret the law, the Constitution, as it applies to cases being brought before it. The SCOTUS doesn’t make law. But the law says we, as free American citizens, have the right to keep and bear arms, and that right shall not be infringed. “Gun violence taxes” are an infringement on that right…where is the SCOTUS ruling on equal protection for gun owners?
Obama once exhibited his disdain for the American First and Second Amendment rights when he talked about bitter Americans clinging to their Bibles and guns — damn right Mr. President. God, guns, and pass more ammo in order to preclude the proliferation of government tyranny.
Now, I know they don’t teach our kids American history anymore in our schools — including colleges and universities where at some you can get a degree in American history and not take a single class in American history. But there is a reason why the British landed and marched inland towards Lexington and Concord — there were on a mission to seize and destroy any gun producing factory…it ended badly then, and just as a warning to the modern day “Red Coats” of the liberal progressive socialist persuasion, history has a way of repeating itself for those who pay it no attention.
Americans are arming themselves because they see what they’re up against: a monolithic ideological machine that controls our political, media, cultural, and entertainment establishments. Funny, these are the same elites surrounded by folks who keep them safe by using guns — yet they want us disarmed. We don’t roll like that in God’s given US of A. We stand and place our hand over our heart for the National Anthem, and we sing the Star Spangled Banner loudly. And we teach our children that same level of respect. We honor the rule of law as written in our Constitution, and raise up generations to support and defend it against all enemies, foreign — and y’all too, domestic! We don’t apologize for the greatest nation the world has ever known, one so greatly blessed in its young 240 years of existence.
And we will protect ourselves when we believe the federal government, led by cowards who will not articulate the enemy, purposefully refuses to safeguard us and our way of life from Islamic terrorists or the rule of the mob.
So, just to let you know who we are and certainly me…”I am the National Rifle Association of America, and I am freedom’s safest place.” As they say out in Texas Tech Red Raider Country…”Git yer guns up. Wreck ’em!”