Rebecca and I attended the NRAAM in Atlanta this year (if you couldn’t tell by the pics…) and it was energizing. To be in a place with over 80,000 like-minded individuals is an amazing experience, and if you are able to get to one you should take the opportunity. For me personally, it is definitely awesome to catch up with industry professionals, and meet a few celebrities. The main thing it does for me though is encourage me to continue to defend my 2A rights. A firearm is truly a great “equalizer for women. I may not be able to physically stop a man with brute strength, but by carrying a firearm I can compensate for that if I am attacked. As a mom I will continue to fight for my right to defend not only myself but my family. Not until I had kids (and most women, I think, can agree) do we truly understand the mama bear effect. Sure I loved kids before, but when you have them you have this overwhelming sense to guard and protect children, not only mine but others. I can understand the emotional side that Shannon Watts likes to prey on. I am a very emotional person. If we can just save one life…. If you just ban guns….etc. It appeals to the emotional side and can be QUITE effective! However, we must put emotion aside for a moment and use our reasoning skills.
We guard banks, courthouses, presidents, jewelry stores, sporting events and more with guns (there is a great meme about this) BUT we guard our children with a sign. Where in history has a sign defended someone against an attack? If signs were so very effective we wouldn’t be going to war with guns. We could solve those wars with Dollar Store poster Board and fruity smelling markers… Moms Demand believes that if no gun signs are posted, no bad guy with a gun will enter the premises. They better come out with a new campaign on No Knives, No Cars, No Blunt Force Object signs to cut down on those incidences. Someone forgot to inform my sisters’ attacker that he was NOT supposed to kick down my parents’ door stab her multiple times, and use objects to beat her but I digress.
Back to the meetings…. Now, if you are Moms Demand Action, you are thinking OH MY GOSH all those people and guns someone is going to die!! I can tell you, not only do those cities become a bit safer during the multiple day event, there aren’t incidences by the guns of the attendees. If we are to truly believe that guns are the issue at hand, then one would assume one of these meetings (and this is the 146th year of meetings) would become a bloodbath. Are police on edge when large events come to their towns? Being a LEO wife, I can tell you it can be nerve wracking especially in todays’ world. However I can bet that THIS specific event is most likely the least of their problems. Why would I say that? I can’t produce numbers or graphs to prove my point but I can point out the past and the lack of incidences. All these extra “scary” weapons in town and what did I hear about in the news in the morning as I got ready to leave for the event? Not an out of town, NRA supporting, law abiding citizen hurting someone. No, an FBI agent was shot by a criminal who had shot another person a few days before. Of course who is on TV with the 5th District Rep. John Lewis saying the NRA isn’t welcome here and he would tell them if he had a chance?
Bloombergs’ mouthpiece Shannon Watts. You know, the woman who lies like a rug on the living room floor and tells us that the majority of mass shootings occur in the home. What boggles my mind is the fact that so many believe her and her group. At least our group won’t lie, and pass out shirts to homeless for the mere fact we need photo props. We were approached by a very pregnant homeless woman who donned a Moms Demand T-shirt. Bob Owens of Bearing Arms broke the Moms Demand T-shirts to homeless scandal, but it was mind boggling to see in person. Sad that they use the unfortunate as pawns in their true lies game.
With all that said, I encourage you to get out and counter the trash that anti gunners sling at us. Be the voice of reason, and keep fighting for our 2A rights no matter if your state has fabulous gun rights laws. The opposition will never cease to take away our rights so stay vigilant.
Not that I oppose the idea of Bloomberg putting the former head of Mansanto’s Global PR Division back into the spotlight. Shannon Watts has done more for gun rights than some of the most staunch 2A advocates since 2013. Her constant stream of inanities, her pathological lying, the ease in which her lies are uncovered, her multiple ties to Bloomberg stretching back more than a decade, her stating “Good guys with guns don’t stop bad guys with guns” from behind a phalanx of heavily armed Bloomberg funded goons (who show a propensity for shoving female reporters around) all have added up to one of the biggest, longest lasting public relations win for the 2A side since… well forever.
Every week she got handed a new defeat. Constitutional Carry exploded. Shall Issue spread like wildfire. The Heller decision refuted everything Bloomberg instructed her to say. Concealed Carry permits climbed to record highs, shattered those records, and continue to climb today. Minorities, women and senior citizens joined our ranks in numbers never seen before. It was glorious! At the height of her exposure her “rallies” we sad, sad events. One Facebook page suggested that “MDA” didn’t stand for Moms Demand Action but Moms Demanding Attendance. We found gun control’s comedic Rosetta Stone. Everything and anything she did resulted in millions of people pointing and laughing at the epic failure she had become, and the amount of money Bloomberg wasted on her astroturf movement. (See here for background information: http://www.1mmagc.org/…/growing-astroturf-the-manufacturing… )
We crushed our enemies, saw them flee before us, and heard the lamentation of Moms Demand Action.
Then, alas, Shannon faded from the limelight. She returned to the underside of whatever slimy rock by the lakeside she spawned from. Gone were the days of endless memes. Gone were the days of the material writing itself. Gone were the days of her making a statement in which every word that came out of her mouth was a lie including the words “the” and “and”. Gone were the days of her denigrating memorials to NYPD officers who fell on 9-11 in NYC. Gone were the days where we could point and laugh as Shannon made a complete ass of herself in front of the entire nation.
We wandered in the desert, lost and adrift. The well of LULZ had dried up and we went in search of greener pastures. There were some bright spots like Ladd Everitt’s buddy and CSGV contributor Jonathan Romans getting arrested for assault and disorderly conduct (it seems criminals just LOVE gun control- go figure) but for the most part the meme fields were barren. Then, just a couple days ago, we crested the last ridge and beheld the Holy Land!
She's back and funnier than ever. Of course she is up to her usual nonsense, like trying to turn campuses an sporting events into killing fields, denying domestic abuse victims the tools to fight back, pushing what amounts to OSHA for thugs, rapists, jihadis and killers, supporting the cop killers of Black Lives Matter, and saying CCH holders are responsible for the US homicide rate not prohibited persons(apparently she can't read the Uniform Crime Report of the Federal Bureau of Investigation), but this NRAAM counter-event...that is just icing on the cake.
I truly wish I wasn’t going to be out of the country during the NRAAM. It’s almost worth resigning my position just go head down to Atlanta, find out where the Demanding Moms are holding their event (the location is kept secret), and spend an hour pointing, laughing and taking photos of what is sure to be a miserable turnout as usual.
Come to think of it I do have vacation time I need to burn…
- Mr. Decker
There's a trend we have heard much about over the past few years, safe spaces.
As a parent, it is my obligation to keep my children safe. My life is devoted to keeping them out of danger.
When your children are young, they are essentially with you all of the time. It is a parent’s primary job to ensure that child’s space is safe. As they grow in their independence, there are times when they are no longer under our roof of protection. That is when we, as parents, must teach them how to effectively make their own space safe. We must teach them how to protect and defend themselves from those who have absolutely no regard for their life, let alone an ounce of respect for a sticker on a door, or the laws already on the books which state that murder, attempted murder, rape, kidnapping, and the like, are illegal.
As our children approach college we are entrusting the school to either pick up where we've left off in keeping them protected while in our care, or simply allow them to protect themselves via nationwide campus carry.
To deprive them of both, on the basis of people's feelings, is an outrageous travesty.
Why should their lives be placed in jeopardy on the assumption that criminals will obey laws? Why should their lives be placed in jeopardy because someone else did not tech their child how to protect themselves?
Our children are our future. Their lives are worth protecting.
It is time to make sure they are able to be their own safe space by providing their own personal security with the ability to carry concealed on campus.
Well here we are into the next Presidential Administration and things seem to be all kinds of rosy for those of us on the side of individual freedom and liberty. We have the Hearing Protection Act moving through Congress, which eliminates the onus attached to firearm suppressors and reduces the physiological damage that can arise from engaging in shooting sports. We have a push for national CCH/CCW reciprocity; the same reciprocity afforded to drivers licenses (since that seems to a comparison the gun grabbing crowd just adores). We also have a vacant SCOTUS seat and the nominees all seem to hold to a Constitutionalist school of thought rather than the “Living Document” types who view contracts as changeable depending on political whim. Overall, the picture is looking pretty good for firearm owners for the foreseeable future.
That does NOT mean our fight is over!
Do you think Bloomberg and his crowd of elitists have given up? Do you think the Monsanto Mommy isn’t planning her next press release DEMANDING our freedom and liberty be curtailed from behind her Bloomberg funded phalanx of armed men? Do you think Ladd Everitt and his followers will cease their calls for firearm owners to be SWATed to death and stop harassing pre-pubescent girls on Twitter?
If you do, please find a brick and beat yourself about the face and head until the stupid is all gone.
They will never give up trying to strip our rights away. They will never rest until the only people allowed an effective tool for self-defense are themselves, and those they hire to protect them. They want… no they NEED… the average American to be a defenseless victim to expand their power and control.
Therein lies the difference between them and us. They feel a need to force their will on everyone around them while we just want to be left alone.
We want to exercise our natural right to defend ourselves and our loved ones with the most effective tool at our disposal. Every organism known to science develops or acquires defenses to ensure their survival and the survival of their offspring. Water buffalo have gigantic sharp horns to defend themselves and their herd against lions. Bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics. Cactus plants have sharp thorns to keep animals from eating them. Many insects have venomous bites, stings or hairs to ensure they are left alone by predators. Humans have the advantage of technology which has birthed something that makes a 100 pound woman the equal of a 250 pound rapist in a fight… the firearm.
The gun grabbing crowd wants to turn the natural world on its head. According to them the best way to keep a lion from killing off members of the buffalo herd is to saw off the buffalo’s horns. The best way for a cactus to avoid being eaten is to trim off all its thorns.
Most telling they believe the best way to stop that 250 pound rapist, or the crazed ex determined to ensure that if they can’t have her nobody can, is….
Wait for this….
It’s going to be good…
I promise this will be classic…
They believe the best way is for the woman to be disarmed, call the police, and wait 10 minutes or so for them to show up to handle the problem for her.
The same goes for our elderly in regards to a home invader. The same goes for the disabled in regards to a robber. The same goes for the weak in regards to the strong.
They know, despite our best efforts, that the police are there to record the circumstances of your misfortune and hopefully arrest the perpetrator. Do I wish I could prevent crimes from happening? Of course and I did all I could when I wore a badge to do so. I can't say how many I prevented but I can recall, with perfect clarity, those I could not prevent.
The gun grabbers don't care about that though. They don't care about us. They don't care about anyone or anything but themselves and their twisted vision of utopia where they are safe and we are thrown to the wolves. I guess their line of reasoning is if the criminals have a nice juicy victim pool to choose from, with no fear of those victims defending themselves, no fear of injury or loss of life, they won't bother them behind their walls and armed guards. It's the only thing that makes any kind of sense.
They want us to be defenseless and will lie, cheat, and (to take their own slogan) do “Whatever It Takes” to bring their vision to reality. They want to rest at night, safe and secure in their gated neighborhoods, behind their estate walls, behind their armed guards, knowing that their mission of disarming you and I was successful. They advance the concept, with all the earnestness of a Preacher on Sunday, that loading 8 cartridges into a magazine should carry more time in prison than arson or persistent sexual abuse of a child. They say we are in the midst of an “epidemic” of gun violence when firearm related homicides are at 100 year low. They classify a drug dealer getting killed across town over a deal gone bad and dumped in a high school dugout as a “school shooting”.
When dealing with such dishonesty, such arrogance, such conviction only found in cults, do you honestly believe they will sit back and say “Oh well they won- we will go away now”?
Continue writing and calling your State and Federal representatives. Become involved on a grassroots level with a 2A advocacy group. Donate some money to your favorite 2A advocacy group (1MMAGC comes to mind). Bring new people into the shooting sports. Arm yourself with irrefutable facts and march into battle against the lies of Bloomberg and his cronies and paid mouthpieces.
We may have won the battle, but the war is far from over.
So here my first blog since i announced my return. I have been thinking about this while on patrol and while i have been at home. Even while out with my family at public places, some of which it's legal to carry and even those that are posted up as "Weapon Free" areas.
As well all know very too well from other blogs and "news" outlets, many officers and individuals are now getting ambushed. That's because criminals are cowards and don't want to fight an opponent that is ready. Well, that's where i like to say, they're wrong about us, the armed public, being ready. So i compiled a short list of things to consider or to think about when it comes to ambushes.
On Duty - As we know, we are always in the public's eye and almost always inside our vehicles while on patrol. Those of us that are lucky will sometimes get assigned foot patrol or static positions. Although i have known security guards to have more of a static position when it comes to a job but we do get the occasional assignment.
So how can we as officers obey the law ourselves, keep the public trust, and come home at night without thinking that everyone is an enemy especially since the public isn't exactly law enforcement friendly in today's time? Here's one thought; park and walk.
Many of us that are in the cities know that the public is always lively and from time to time, a little bit insteresting. So one of the things i have done is find an area that is well lit and parked my patrol car where there is a lot of people. Now if this was my personal POV, this wouldn't happen but i will explain that in a moment.
So why park in an area that's well lit but full of people? One of the results i have had by doing this is more interaction with people at the local hang outs and even had the chance to talk to kids and young adults as if they were my kids or younger siblings. This has helped me create a tighter bound with the new generation. It has also helped me figure out what they think law enforcement really is and why they believe the way they do?
This way of getting out talking with the publichas also helped me learn more about people's emotions, reactions, and body language more than what i do from the driver seat of a patrol car. Many adults and younger adults have told me that seeing an officer just sit in a car and watch them makes them feel scared. By getting out and interacting with the public, this helps eliminate that fear.
So what does this have to deal with ambushes? Here goes, first you're in a crowded area with a lot of witnesses. Two, you're helping lower your chances and the departments chances of making enemies in areas which maybe not be police welcomed. Three, you're learning more on what to look for and where to look for an attack.
That parking garage you have to ride through, the back ally that you pass up and down the street, those high rise buildings that put you in a 'fish in the barrel' situation, even the school that used to be the nicest place in town. Learn what is the 'norm' and so should something ever look or feel off, you know it and can tell yourself that maybe you should call someone or maybe now would be a great time to undo that seat belt and look for possible cover and concealment.
It's not a lot to go on, but it's a tool that can help keep you alive just a little bit longer.
Off Duty - With today's technology and all the cyber attacks, you really don't picture ambushes following you at home or out in public after you're shift or on that well deserved day off that you want to spend with your loved ones. Well this is whwn you at your most vulnerable and more often than not will let your guard down.
Wrong answer if you're guilty of this. With the increase of ambushes on first responders and military, this has become the most common occurrence type of attack. Why? Because the criminal knows you will protect your family but also you're not wanting to think about that fugitive that got let go, not thinking about that rapist that everyone is talking about, not listening about the latest B&E or armed robbery that just occurred.
Nope! You're thinking about your spouse, your kids, the in-laws coming over while your favorite team is playing this afternoon. Your mind is anywhere but on the streets. Here's just a couple of tips to help with decreasing your chances of attack. Park your POV away from everyone else and walk some distance. This helps create space and also allows you to see everything going on around you. You come back out and see a car or two near you; go into defense mode and start scanning for threats. Don't take the same route back that you took coming in, this creates a pattern.
Remove all those damn stick family and family decals from your car! I know we all love our family and , having a family of storm troopers are cool but also this helps me figure out how many people you have that i can harm to get to you. "Proud 'insert military branch' parent" or "Proud 'school' parent" while we all love our kids or spouse, it's decals like these that help me learn who you are or who your loved on is.
These are dangerous and create data of which is visible and easy to gather. Therefore making you and your family easier targets.
Turn off your damn locator! "Living it up at 'favorite restaurants ' or vacation spot" well thank you for telling me where you are and what time you are there! Oh that time you say you do daily with your peace sign or bicep curl.....breakfast date or blind date you're going on; can't wait to be a place in x-y-z days, etc.
I know people are guilty of these and these not only let me know when you're not home but also tell me where i can find you and ruin your day and those snap shots tell me what you look like.
Sit where you can see everyone and everything! Counting one exit when are really three? Best change your vantage point before things settle down. Sit so you can have eyes on the entrance but the exits too. Ask for a new seat if at all possible or move to another spot before the lights go out. Anything to gain an advantage in the fight and to do recon without being rude.
Last but not least, get off your damn cellphones! You're out in public and you need to stay alert. That's not going to happen if you're glued to that miniature and portable television. This device will get you killed and now i have your contacts and information. So put it away!
These are some small tips but they will save you. Until next time, stay safe, stay alert, and always carry.
Here the crux of the entire conversation, the gun-free zone signs don't work. They are not effective in preventing crime and it is not difficult to understand why.
You first have to understand the difference between everyday, run of the mill, concealed carry citizens and criminals.
Statistics show that people who are licensed, concealed carry permit holders have proven themselves to be the most law abiding people in any area. Some studies suggest that these people adhere to the law more strictly than even police officers. Likewise, citizens who practice constitutional carry, where the law permits, are shown to be similar to their permit holding counterparts. On the other hand, criminals who carry concealed do not abide by local, state, and federal laws. They either don't bother to know the law or they blatantly disregard the law. How do we know this? First of all, the very definition of the word criminal is, a person who commits a crime. That really should be self explanatory. Secondly, in case it wasnt, the criminals who shoot people in gunfree zones have no regard for life, let alone laws.
A gun-free zone is a place which has a plastic or painted sign depicting a gun with a line drawn through it. Rarely does this artwork come equipped with bulletproof glass, metal detectors, armed guards, or any other safety measures. Therefore, when a criminal, who has no qualms about breaking the laws which state things such as; a felon cannot legally possess a firearm, stealing a firearm is illegal, trafficking stolen firearms is illegal, discharge of a firearm is illegal within city limits, and most importantly, murder is illegal, it is laughable to think that a plastic sign on a doorway is going to be the one strong suggestion which will gain their attention and magically provides the deterrent to breaking the previously stated laws.
To be blunt, the criminal is already aware that their actions have consequences. How do we make it more illegal to murder someone? What would an effective deterrent to that be? A sign? A sign on a door which has nothing inside to back up the suggestion that the business owner, employees, and patrons refuse to be victims of criminals and their criminal activity? That's all it takes to stop someone from breaking the law?
Of course not. That's ridiculous.
So then, in a gunfree zone, when a criminal decides to break several laws in order to commit a crime, and you are stuck with only the ability to try to hide behind that plastic sign on the door, instead of having the ability to adequately defend yourself, how many bullets will that sign deflect? How much more illegal will your murder be? How much more time will they get added onto their prison sentence simply because they walked past a sign painted or hung on a door? Will that get you home safely to your loved ones? Will that stop the criminal from hurting or killing others? Will it deter the next criminal who is contemplating ignoring a sign?
That, my friends, is why gun-free zone signs don't save lives.
Laws are a form of deterrent based upon consequences. However, if the person is not deterred by the action or consequences of breaking the law, a sign is most certainly not going to stop them. In fact, the only people who notice and abide by these signs are the very people who have proven to be the safest people to be around. But, hey, if you don't want us to come into your place of business we are happy to go make another business safe and profitable while we practice our Second Amendment protected right to defend ourselves and others.
We are law abiding citizens after all and we respect your rights, even when you've shown us that you don't respect ours.
By now I'm sure you've seen the memes going around, propagated by Obama's forlorn and melancholy bootlickers, which tout things such as, "My reaction when Obama's term is over and I realize he never came for my guns."
I feel as though I must address this nonsense which liberal, anti gun, instigators are claiming as validation of their relentless attacks on pro Second Amendment citizens of the United States of America. These progressive fascists are accurate that the former (good riddance) president did not institute martial law and send forces door to door to collect our Second Amendment protected firearms. However, it was not for lack of trying.
For instance, the amount of times he took to the media spotlight to call for action against law abiding citizens, exercising their constitutionally protected right to bear arms in the wake of a criminal, domestic terrorist, attack is in the double digits. Every time a crazed murder made horrific and tragic headlines; such as Sandy Hook, San Bernardino, and the Orlando night club, to name a few, Obama was there, on screen, with his pen and phone vowing to bypass Congress (the elected representatives of the American constituents) in the name of "justice."
Obama did not stop at veiled threats against the law abiding citizens of America who exercise their right to bear arms. He, in fact, did bypass Congress with his pen and phone by issuing numerous executive orders which did nothing to hinder or eradicate criminal activity, but only hindered and impeded on the rights of those who live within our nation's laws.
No, Obama did not "come and take" our guns. For that you can, and should, thank those who stood in the gap for the protection of the constitutional rights of all Americans, gun owners or not. You should thank them for consistently, tirelessly, and relentlessly, keeping Obama in check and exposed as the enemy of our Constitutional Republic that he has repeatedly proven himself to be.
So, to you smug and smarmy progressive parasites, you are welcome. Because of people such as my colleagues, we continue to be a Constitutional Republic. We continue to be able to protect all of the rights you take for granted and try to bend to your agenda everyday. We, as Americans, continue to observe the notion that our lives are worth protecting in the most effective manner, with the most efficient technology, available to us today. We take great pride in the fact that we met the wolf at the door and we did not cower in fear, but we rose in defense of our freedom and in protection of those who could not, and even would not, protect themselves.
Obama, though he tried doggedly, making it his presidential mission and biggest regret, did in impotence try to come for our guns.
He simply did not count on the fact that Americans across the nation would slam the door in his face.
We all know that guy, or gal, who has a problem for every solution. They are the ones who upon reading an uplifting article that someone is finally standing up to an anti gun lobby, and their well compensated elected representatives, comment things such as, "Yeah right, nice try but that'll never happen in New Jersey" or "California is a lost cause, they need to just secede already" or (my personal #1 pet peeve) "Who cares what that anti gun politician (and/or celebrity) says. We can just ignore them. No big deal."
I get it, after years of being lambasted for exercising your inherent rights, browbeaten for standing up for the Second Amendment, and steamrolled by an overreaching government, you are exhausted. So, go do what you've got to do to regroup and recharge. Just be sure that you are not standing in the way of others who are picking up your place in the fight.
Ignoring anti gun legislation and rhetoric is precisely what got us in this pit of government over regulation and infringement which we've been trying to climb out of.
Allowing the voices against our unalienable right to defend ourselves to be the only voices heard by an entire generation, who readily inhale pop culture as if it were oxygen, is not only foolish, it is disastrous. The days of keeping to ourselves and hoping that the antis eventually read the Constitution, wake up, and stop trampling on our rights is long past proven to be ineffective. We must meet them at every turn, counter every blow, and not give up.
Likewise, just because you happen to live in a relatively 2A friendly state, you are still a vital part of this fight. Your fellow Americans who live in California, New Jersey, Illinois, Maryland, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York, and other states which are vehemently opposed to gun ownership, are still American citizens. These states, whether they like it or not, are still part of the Untited States of America. As such, they are still governed by the Constitution of the United States of America. When those citizens rights are being infringed all of us who believe in the sanctity of our unalienable rights should take it as a personal affront.
Even if you are not prepared to be among those of us who take it as a personal responsibility to be on the daily frontline of this fight to educate, empower, and restore our rights, do not stand somewhere behind us and shoot us in the back with your tepid, lazy, surrender mentality, and backbiting comments.
As the old saying goes, "People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it."
To those of you who are out there making a difference and being a positive force in the fight for our Second Amendment; posing solutions instead of complaints, educating instead of impeding, and not giving up, you have made all the difference.
Keep up the good fight! We are honored to be at your side.
In fact, we out here in fly-over country are quite capable of living our everyday lives without your opinion ever being heard. We marvel at how utterly condescending you are to think that somehow the words which spill off your lips will feed, clothe, house, and protect us. We’ve been managing our entire lives without your sudden burst of wisdom on how to best live.
No, I don’t want you to stop having an opinion. I just don’t want to hear it.
You see, I have these things called morals. They prohibit me from paying my hard earned money to go see your movies, concerts, and purchasing your branded items in stores and online when you tell me things like how much you donate to, or promote, the restriction of my constitutionally protected rights, such as the Second Amendment. Now, I realize that I am only one person and you don’t give a rodent’s hind-end about my measly little contribution to your net worth. However, there are many more out here in the real world, far from the stage lights, the closed door high roller political donor parties, and world of paid security, who feel the same way.
The next time you feel the need to pontificate your vast wisdom ask yourself who it is that you think really cares about your opinion. You may be surprised to find that it’s not as desired as you’ve been lead to believe.
You’ve been hired to entertain. Do us all a favor and stick to that.
Political correctness, along with the “it takes a village” mantra, has already been hard at work eroding the foundation of imaginary play for many years. For instance, when was the last time you saw a group of children playing an imaginary warfare game in the yard? Everything from Cowboys and Indians, to GI Joe, to capture the flag, has nearly gone extinct.
We have children being suspended from school, or at least threatened with suspension, for acts such as bringing a two inch long Lego toy gun, a Hello Kitty bubble gun, pointing their fingers in an L-shape on the playground, drawing pictures of a firearm on a piece of paper, and chewing their breakfast pastry into a “gun-like shape.”
Now, we as gun owners and Second Amendment advocates are the first ones who will tell you that guns are NOT toys. The responsibility you hold each and every time you handle a firearm is astounding. We constantly stress the four cardinal rules of gun safety; Always treat every gun as if it is loaded, Never point a gun at anything you are not willing to destroy, Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot, Always know your target and what is beyond.
That being said, we also understand that childhood imaginary play is preparation for situations that children might face in adulthood. Many studies (including, but not limited to, the Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development: Young Children's Play Fighting and Use of War Toys) have proven how vital it is for children to interpret and express the information they are obtaining from the world around them in a safe and risk-free environment. Play-fighting is a normal and natural part of childhood development. It is as vital to a child’s development as the imaginary role-play including playing house, playing with dolls, playing in a toy kitchen, or workshop.
How did we, as American parents, go from teaching and reinforcing gun safety through play to teaching intolerance and abhorrence of firearms?
First of all, we allowed the nanny state to begin to override our parental duties. We shifted the responsibility of teaching gun safety off on to groups and organizations which were coming into the classroom to teach it for us. Then, those groups and organizations, very subtly, stopped being asked to return and began to be replaced with the zero tolerance policies we are accustomed to today.
Now, I’m going to ask you a question which I personally spend quite a lot of time pondering.
Why do you believe there has been such a relentless attack on kids playing imaginary games with toy weapons? What was the harm in those old western style showdown reenactments? Why are we expelling kids from their education over wielding a stick which happens to be in the shape of an L? Why is play-fighting now the equivalent to, and completely indistinguishable, from real fighting? What is the end goal?
My friends, I wager to bet that you already know the answer to those questions, don’t you?
Now, what are we doing about it?
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