There has been a lot going on lately that has drawn my attention to raising kids in what has become an ever-increasingly hostile society. I posted recently on my Facebook page, Jon Britton aka Doubletap, some positive things that could be taken from the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case that got a lot of feedback. It was aimed at raising kids in this society and what lessons can be learned from the life and death of Trayvon Martin. Unfortunately most of those who commented on it simply wanted to retry the case rather than discuss lessons learned and society’s impact. Kids have been a focal point in the ongoing gun debate as well. Cold Dead Hands started Team CDH to bring attention to proper firearms training for kids, to present some good role models for kids and to help these junior shooters to achieve their full potential through sponsorship. Working with these junior shooters has made it very clear what role good parenting plays in producing such awesome kids.
Life has a way of throwing us some rather extreme changes, deviations, to which we either learn to adapt or we simply fail. When Darwin described the progress of evolution …
I grew up in a home without guns. Though all my uncles and Aunts who lived on farms had them. I knew that a gun protected a person and killed …
I have had just about enough of Piers Morgan and his asinine rants about the level of violence in our country. He spews his lies to anyone gullible enough to listen and it seems he has quite the audience (seemingly half the population), because he’s still on the air doing what he does best… stirring up controversy. The man is a bald face liar, citing statistics about his beloved homeland while trying to place his country on the same level as our own. It’s like comparing apples to oranges. There is no comparison between the two, none… nada. Our country is the land of the free, home of the brave while his is one that lives in the shadow of a monarchy. Ours enjoys freedom of religion, freedom of speech and the privilege, ability and right to bear arms. England may have less gun violence per capita, but it’s simply because they’ve been disarmed and ruled over by the very same government we beat down and took our independence from.
A couple days ago, I was listening to talk radio and the subject of a proposed bill for Open Carry in Texas came up. Of course, I had to call in with my two cents worth and was fortunate enough to be able to plug our website on the air. You can listen to the podcast here:
I have always had a general understanding of what the “gun culture” is and from where it originated, but I have never had to actually …
Is it the year? Most definitely! In fact, it’s the year! The year in which Mr. Browning unveiled his most prolific weapon ever… the 1911 pistol.
In very long standing (over a hundred years now), the 1911 remains one of the finest handguns ever created and has a real history in American culture. From World War I, World War II, Korea, as well as Vietnam it has garnered the faith and trust of many American soldiers.
Developed by the son of a gunsmith, John Moses Browning (as I understand it), got the idea of wanting to harness and use the gases produced from the firing of a weapon to actually cock the gun, thus creating a faster firing rate. While out hunting with a friend one day, Mr. Browning noticed that every time his friend fired, the long grass around him would bend from the muzzle blast. The idea was stuck in his head, and working in part with Colt went on to develop what has now become the standard in semi-automatic handguns.
I have always had a general understanding of what the “gun culture” is and from where it originated, but I have never had to actually put it into words before, so I did a little research. America was born after the invention of the gun, so the earliest settlers in America coming to a strange land had already embraced the gun as a means of both survival and procurement of food. As the settlements grew into colonies and then into states and eventually a super-power nation, firearms made that possible through basic survival, personal defense and even revolution. In our infancy as a nation, a standing army was practically non-existent, so the “citizen soldier” or militia was our form of national defense. That concept was so ingrained in our founding that it resulted in the writing of the 2nd Amendment, which protects our right to keep and bear arms as individual citizens. Our nation was born out of revolt against tyranny and in their wisdom, our founding fathers recognized that an armed citizenry was essential to the protection of a free nation from enemies, both foreign and domestic. So, the “gun culture” has been a part of America since before it was born.