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Armed And Serious

January 17, 2013 by  

Armed And Serious

I’m going to open today’s remarks with an act of contrition. In Tuesday’s column, I identified the M1 Garand as having a 10-round capacity. A number of you pointed out that that weapon’s capacity is eight. You were right, and I was wrong. In watching gun-grabbing general Piers Morgan’s daily self-embarrassments, I watched a liberal refusing to acknowledge his ignorance despite irrefutable proof that he had his head wedged so far up his overbred British rectum that he could see the scones he had for teatime. I can admit when I missed the bull’s-eye. Working with the gang here at the Personal Liberty Digest™ is a source of real pride. Working for a sharp, intelligent readership is even more so. I’m so inspired by you that I’m going to take a break and watch some “Band of Brothers” clips on YouTube.

In recent days, I’ve noticed an increase in the chatter regarding a planned “Gun Appreciation Day.” Promoted by Larry Ward and his pro-Bill of Rights group Political Media, Inc., the observance is scheduled for Saturday and is fairly self-explanatory. It’s a chance for firearms enthusiasts to cheer the 2nd Amendment and thumb their collective noses at President Barack Obama, his liberal accomplices and their assault on our rights — all without missing a day of working to cover the Democratic voters’ Obamaphone bills.

Gun Appreciation Day: It’s a sentiment with which I can agree, in a general sense. But count me out of those who will tweet, hashtag or Facebook post my support. It’s not that I don’t recognize that a day spent at the range is every bit as worthwhile in a Constitutional sense as a few moments of watching Piers Morgan beclown himself. But observing Gun Appreciation Day strikes me as a bit on the juvenile side. It’s almost as if the celebrants will be throwing an exceptionally noisy tantrum. It also undersells the importance of the central issue: making private firearm ownership a bone of contention instead of the symbol of American unity it should be. Moreover, every day is as much Gun Appreciation Day as it is Free Speech Appreciation Day or States’ Rights Appreciation Day. As an aside, notice all three would be conspicuously absent from a liberal calendar. I celebrate each time I take my AR-15 (affectionately known as the “M4-gery”) to the nearby outdoor range, pen a column about Obama’s crimes or vote for a candidate whom I believe to be the least likely to threaten to stop me from doing either. Think of it this way: Planned Parenthood, which kills an exponentially higher number of Americans each year than all the gun owners in the country could even imagine, doesn’t celebrate its taxpayer-funded massacres with a big, annual shindig. It’s too busy providing – ahem — women’s healthcare.

One of the things that has always gratified me about the pro-Bill of Rights side is the intellectual sanity we dispense in the face of an endless stream of brainless invective from the other side. While sock puppets like Morgan humiliate themselves by dismissing the Constitution itself as “your little book,” Constitutionalists respond by systematically dismantling every aspect of the gun grabbers’ agenda with the same Constitution that Morgan foolishly dismissed.

Sometime after this column makes its way to Bob Livingston’s electronic in-box, Obama is going to announce a fascist end run around the 2nd Amendment, the separation of powers and common sense.  During the speech (in which he will claim imperial prerogative in abrogating the Bill of Rights without having even approached proving the necessity of such a move), he will be surrounded by passel of fresh-faced kiddies. The little moppets will fill the role of stage props for Obama’s liberal dog and pony show.  Exploiting children to sell a plan to violate their civil rights in perpetuity repulses me, as it should anyone with even a shred of decency.

That’s the sort of political theatricality conservatives eschew in favor of real logic. I don’t want the people on the side of the Bill of Rights to behave like a bunch of unbathed trust-fund babies at some Occupy rally. We have the weight of history on our side. Armed with that knowledge, we should be the serious ones in this political war. Then again, Saturday at the range does sound like a fine idea — even one I can seriously appreciate.

–Ben Crystal

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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  • independent thinker

    I will celebrate Gun Appreciation Day and most likely do it by visiting my local gun dealer. I probably will just drop in and say HI and visit for a few minutes but I do plan to be there. If he has them in stock there is a couple of lever action Henry Rifle I would like to have but finances will most likely prevent me from purchasing them at this time. As soon as the damage to the roads from recent local flooding rains is repaired I will visit my local range to send a few rounds down range and stay sharp for hunting of various types and varmit shooting.

    • vicki

      I will celebrate it by thanking God for the opportunity to have been in this country of all the countries I could have been born in. And thanking ~300 MILLION of my fellow Americans for not shooting anybody that day or any other day this year, or last or….

      I might even go to the range.

      • James Andrews

        Good idea Vicki! If I don’t have to work that day, I might do the same!

    • Howard C

      I will celebrate the day, but I will not be using any ammoto do it. I fell that stockpiling the ammo is the wiser choice seeing how expensive it is now getting. I will be playing with what I bring to the party when/ if the second revolution comes about.

      MOLON LABE – King Leonidas

      • DWFields

        You know, there will come a day, maybe before this year is out, that many people will regret buying their guns right now. Not because they’re taken away from them, but because the price will have dropped to half of what they’re currently paying.

        I was planning on buying a handgun and a rifle this year and teaching my wife how to shoot. Not now though; they’re grossly overpriced.

    • Hedgehog

      Independent thinker; as I read your comment, your remark about varmint hunting reminded me of an old joke, you’ve probably heard it. To cut to thepunchline, the varmints in question were RATS. (plutocrats, bureaucrats, democrats, etc.)

  • Mr Diesel

    I celebrated the day by going to Wal-Mart and buying some ammo. I already purchased three guns the last time I visited and wasn’t gouged like the gun dealers are doing.

    • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Joe Anthony

      Prices are going up in the gun industry period. But people are gouging from magazines up 300 percent to 5.56 a round to the crap AK’s that were $500.00 going for over 1K. Magpul mags will go up on the industry side because they are a million backordered.

      • Howard C

        Explain how the most widely used and reliable rifle used today world wide is crap? My AK is a beast and plenty accurate with way more stopping power than your knatsass .223.

      • Howard C

        Oh yeah… MOLON LABE – King Leonidas

      • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Joe Anthony

        Not bad mouthing AK’s talking about what that Romanian ones are going for. I like both cartridges and the 5.45×39. I just sold a SAR 2 for 850 with 4 mags and a little ammo.

      • Average Joe

        Joe Anthony,

        “Not bad mouthing AK’s talking about what that Romanian ones are going for.”

        I bought my Century Arms, WASR 10/63 back in November for $550 new in the box.
        I had been warned that CA’s WASR’s were sub par, don’t buy one. So, I did a lot of research and found out the CA WASR used to have a bad rep. However in 2008 the company retooled the weapons and made great strides in quality control. I wouldn’t trade my WASR for 3 AR-15′s ( other than to resell them). Most of my friends will tell you that although the AR is slightly more accurate, the Ak is certainly more reliable and much easier to work on. I can field strip, clean and reassemble mine in under 2 mins. As for the high prices…supply and demand. The supply is low, the demand is high….higher prices. While you may consider this to be price gouging….I consider it smart business practice.
        If the Feds have their way about it…all of the gun dealers will be on the unemployment and welfare roles…so they are making what they can now.
        BTW, I have been offered 3x what I paid for my WASR…it’s not for sale at any price…because I may not be able to purchase another one…Supply and demand.


      • Bill

        I agree with you guy about the AK’s. The first time I shot one I was exhilarated. I like the way they feel and the way they shoot. They do not jamb, and they are easy to clean. They were designed a little sloppy and to get less blowback on the mechanism, which makes for a reliable gun.

        I can see why they are so popular world wide


      Deisel, you need to stay the hell away from Wal-mart. They’re part of the problem and you should be boycotting them like many other Patriots right now. Did you know they stopped all ammo orders in lieu of premeditated oBOZO gun grab?
      Anybody who supports oBOZO lovers and swaddlers is just part of the problem.
      Please stop shopping there untill they get some balls and stand up to the baby clown.

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Joe Anthony

    I am going to a local gunshow to sell 1 firearm that I don’t need. I will also attempt to scrounge for powder which has dried up like everything else. I hope the Dems realize that since President Obama’s election and reelection and with and shooting incident that has happened – a lot of gun related supplies have been sold, I lean towards 50 to 75 years worth. At least 1 industry is doing well.

  • Justice 1

    What is it exactly about Gun Appreciation Day that bothers you? The fact that thousands of law-abiding citizens want to stand “together” and show the world that the people here still have rights under the Constitution and still have a voice? Shame on you for criticizing . Go to your gun shops, show your support…stand together and be heard (not that the liberal media will show the gatherings in a positive light nor respect what law- abiding citizens are trying to say). Your attitude is verging on a touch of liberalism and that is extremely frustrating for those trying to preserve our 2nd Amendment freedoms. You can go to your gun club/shooting range if that makes you feel grown up. The one that’s acting juvenile is you I’m sorry to say for trying to make everyone else appear not as responsible as you. Be humble.

    • Steve E

      I am going to the state capital on Gun Appreciation Day to show my support.


        Below are the reasons for the Bill Of Rights as argued by our forefathers.
        During the debates on the adoption of the Constitution, its opponents repeatedly charged that the Constitution as drafted would open the way to tyranny by the central government. Fresh in their minds was the memory of the British violation of civil rights before and during the Revolution. They demanded a “bill of rights” that would spell out the immunities of individual citizens. Several state conventions in their formal ratification of the Constitution asked for such amendments; others ratified the Constitution with the understanding that the amendments would be offered.
        On September 25, 1789, the First Congress of the United States therefore proposed to the state legislatures 12 amendments to the Constitution that met arguments most frequently advanced against it. The first two proposed amendments, which concerned the number of constituents for each Representative and the compensation of Congressmen, were not ratified. Articles 3 to 12, however, ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures, constitute the first 10 amendments of the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.

        Below is the 2nd Amendment. The Amendment says I have the right to bear arms. It does not say EXCEPT. It say nothing about parts for guns [weapons] or what a gun looks like or how many bullets or shells can be held in a magazine for said weapon. If you don’t like it bring it up for a vote as we did for prohibition. It only takes three quarters of the states to ratify an Amendment.

        Any other approach used in squelching the 2nd Amendment is Treason against the people and the Constitution of the USA. Thus creating a cloud of Tyranny over this nation giving the people the right and obligation to fix the problems facing this nation brought about by the politicians that refuse to obey the Constitution. Including the Dictatorial and Tyrannical powers amassed by Presidential Orders. This to be accomplished by means of the 2nd amendment as necessary. It is also our duty and obligation to do so.

        The 2nd Amendment States:
        Amendment II
        A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
        Amendment X
        The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
        Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

    • DWFields

      Be afraid. Be Very Afraid. If you want conspiracy theories, how about one that says this Gun Appreciation Day is an effort to bring out all the irresponsible gun owners so they can be photographed by our socialist spies and identified for confiscating their weapons? It makes just about as much sense as any of these other arguments being presented.

      • Vicki

        DWFields says:
        “Theory….Gun Appreciation Day is an effort to bring out all the irresponsible gun owners so they can be photographed by our socialist spies”

        How are they going to identify the irresponsible ones?

  • Doc Sarvis

    Every mass shooting, followed by cries to put further controls on guns, answered by defense of 2nd Amendment Rights (as if they were ever in danger) leads to another frenzy of gun buying and NRA membership spikes. This, of course is good for the gun manufactures and for the NRA and ultimately, for Conservative lawmakers who get funded by the NRA. This begs the question; if NRA membership drops or if gun manufacturers profits need a shot in the arm, would they (do they) encourage such shootings?

    • Wil

      That is even more ridiculous than the idea that government set up the shootings to push their disarmament agenda.

      • independant thinker

        “…than the idea that government set up the shootings to push their disarmament agenda.”

        While I do not subscribe to that theory given the past history of the government and its actions against the citizens of the US they are quite capable of doing such.

    • TML

      That isn’t begging the question, that’s a misuse of the terminology. Something may inspire or motivate us to ask a particular question without begging the question. A question has been begged only if the question has been asked or implied before in the same discussion, and then a conclusion is reached on a related matter without the question having been answered.

      The question is begged; is mass-shootings good for the gun manufacturers, NRA, and conservative lawmakers? No… To encourage mass-shootings which may invariably lead to cries for further gun controls, or even bans, is ultimately not good for gun manufacturers and retailers as it could threaten the very existence of the business, and self-refuting to the goals and policies of 2nd Amendment advocates and conservative lawmakers which support the right to bear arms.

    • eddie47d

      Well Doc if they can and do peddle such conspiracy nonsense then why not poke them back. Too many are like that professor in Florida who claimed Newtown was all fake and done with actors.

  • Tom Cook

    Ben, we differ on this. I rank you right up there with my two living heroes: Walter E. Williams and Thomas Sowell, but on this point I think you are wrong. Whereas we have Mrs. Boner in the house to tear up and cave to criminal liberals at a moment’s notice, I think the huge number of Patriots in this country need to make some noise to let the proles know that there is a big sector of the population who will not cave to the Kenyan. We need to respectfully and lawfully and cleanfully (I know it ain’t a word–literary liberty) make a big noise to contrast as we did when we marched in D.C. with the trash who support obongo and absolutely raped the National Mall with their first celebration of the foreigner’s usurpation of our presidency and undoubtedly will again ruin it with their african celebration of trash and filth.

  • Just wondering ?

    Threats by our Marxist Caliph Obama are far more serious as he rules alone by Edicts and Personal Ukasi’s. He calls them ‘Executive Orders !, Democrats and RINO’s merely bend over and ask for more. He has just signed another edict to give himself armed Secret Service protection for life. Is he a hypocrite ? – you can answer that one for yourself.

    • DWFields

      Do you really know anything about our government? Your last statement alone proves you don’t. All US Presidents have armed Secret Service protection for life, from the moment they take office to the moment they die. Why? Because those same men tend to represent America itself wherever they go and even if they no longer hold office, they are a target for militants who either hate America itself or hated that individual’s terms in office.

      • manuel rosa

        THE CITY OF A HIGHER WISDOM (true story)

        Its New York city perhapps a decade ago or more.
        liquor store owners were tormented cause they were being robbed continually.
        the city passed a new law where the store owner could set an armed guard behind a twoway mirror and if a thug came to the store armed to rob the store the armed guard was allowed to shoot the thug right through the glass mirror during the robbery.

        The store owners learned of the new law and before long all the stores had armed guards posted and everytime a thug tried to rob the store the guard shot him and he died.
        This went on for a while and a bunch of thugs got killed. One day the city notified all the store owners that the law had been reversed and that they could no longer shoot the thugs through the mirrors, when the storeowners asked the city why the law was reversed the city officials replied. You guys are killing to many thugs.
        I wonder if Obama attended the same school?

      • independant thinker

        “DWFields says:
        January 17, 2013 at 10:08 am
        Do you really know anything about our government? Your last statement alone proves you don’t. All US Presidents have armed Secret Service protection for life, from the moment they take office to the moment they die.”

        DWFields you are the ignorant one. From the Secret Service web site:

        “Former presidents and their spouses for their lifetimes, except when the spouse remarries. In 1997, Congressional legislation became effective limiting Secret Service protection to former presidents for a period of not more than 10 years from the date the former president leaves office ”

        Note the Second sentence where it says NOT MORE THAN 10 YEARS.

      • Haskell Dale Hamilton

        Sorry. US presidents were only to have 10 years protection by law not a life time. Obama changed that like he is hypocritically changing a lot of things.

      • ranger09

        Dw, why should the American tapayers have to keep protecting them for life when they are no longer in office, besides They made enought money while in office to hire their own protection, Why would the Taxpayers allow this to continue is beyond belief. but the politicians do things their way, has nothing to do with whats good for the country or its people. I really dont even understand why they need protection from Sheep that just follows the bell.

  • mark

    “Exploiting children to sell a plan to violate their civil rights in perpetuity repulses me, as it should anyone with even a shred of decency.” Please, Ben, The NRA money-grabbers used President Barak Obama’s children in their latest television ad. They have made their latest video shooting game (after condemning gun-violent video games and Hollywood movies!) for viewers from age 4 up! Violate their civil rights in perpetuity? C’mon, Ben. Ending all loopholes on criminal and mental illness background checks is a violation of your civil rights? In perpetuity? Gun laws change all the time with changing Congresses, presidential adminstrations, and Supreme Courts. From 1994 to 2004 there was a ban on the sale of semi-automatic assault guns, and now there is none. Where’s your perpetuity there, Ben? As anyone who knows even a modicum about the make-up of our current Congress and Senate, the semi-automatic assault gun ban that Obama is proposing doesn’t have the votes. At best, all that will be passed is ban on multi-round magazines over 10 bullets and tougher background checks to prevent convicted criminals and mentally ill individuals from purchasing guns. And the over 10 bullet clip proposal probably will not pass either. No one is going to grab any guns but the NRA will be grabbing a lot of money from the gun industry and the frightened saps who mail in more donations like trained Pavlovian dogs.

    All you are doing here, Ben, is your typical hate and fear mongering. Congratulations on denegrating a legitimate political debate that will be resolved in the Congress and ruled upon by our Supreme Court as the Constitution calls for into another paranoia fest.

    • manuel rosa

      thank you Mark, glad somebody is awake.

    • Howard C

      Blah blah blah mark. We get it… You are candyass liberal biatch.

      • Howard C

        MOLON LABE – King Leonidas

      • mark

        Right, Howard, you can insult me. But you can’t refute any of my points. Typical of what passes for debate on this site. Someone makes a legitimate argument. And the opposition’s reply? You’re a fat stupid, commie idiot! Hate to tell you, but if that’s all you can come up with, it means you’ve lost the argument

      • Average Joe


        “From 1994 to 2004 there was a ban on the sale of semi-automatic assault guns, and now there is none.”

        There was no such ban…there was a ban on importation of certain assembled semi-automatic rifles and carbines..not a ban on “the sale of semi-automatic assault guns”.
        That’s how WASR etc. came into existence. Before the importaion ban, all AK’s only had 10 round magazines….the 30 round mags came about as a direct result of that legislation…the receivers were remilled to accept higher capacity magazines. So, while you praise the previous ban…it actually produced a different result than was intended…be careful what you wish just may get it it…and more….

        It is better to remain silent and be thought an idiot, rather than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.


      • DWFields

        @Average Joe: You don’t have to “remill the receiver to accept a larger magazine”, you only have to make a longer magazine. That only shows me how little you know about whatever guns you may own.

        Get some education. Read a book. Heck, go subscribe to Guns magazine or something. Statements like yours make the rest of us gun owners look stupid.

      • Average Joe


        I’m not sure where you got your info, but. The recievers were milled wider to except the larger capacity “double stack” magazines…which are wider than a standard single stack. Using your logic, the magazines would be about a foot and a half long…which defeats the purpose of a carbine…shorter, more compact for easy manueverablity in dense foilage.


      • mark

        No, Average Joe, actually between 1994 and 2004 there was a ban on the domestic manufacture for civilian use of a number of assault guns It was not just a ban on their importation as you state.

      • Average Joe

        From your reference:

        Semi-automatic rifles able to accept detachable magazines and two or more of the following: Folding or telescoping stock
        Pistol grip
        Bayonet mount
        Flash suppressor, or threaded barrel designed to accommodate one
        Grenade launcher (more precisely, a muzzle device that enables launching or firing rifle grenades, though this applies only to muzzle mounted grenade launchers and not those mounted externally).
        Semi-automatic pistols with detachable magazines and two or more of the following: Magazine that attaches outside the pistol grip
        Threaded barrel to attach barrel extender, flash suppressor, handgrip, or suppressor
        Barrel shroud that can be used as a hand-hold
        Unloaded weight of 50 oz (1.4 kg) or more
        A semi-automatic version of a fully automatic firearm.
        Semi-automatic shotguns with two or more of the following: Folding or telescoping stock
        Pistol grip
        Fixed capacity of more than 5 rounds
        Detachable magazine

        Please take note of the line in each….”able to accept detachable magazines and two or more of the following: ”

        In other words..not an actual ban on the manufacture…but rather guidlines on how to get around the public policy….since it is certainly not Law. The weapons were simply retooled to meet criteria..and then sold to the public. Just like right now…All AK variants and other semi-auto imports….must have at least 6 parts in them…that are American made parts…..


      • DWFields

        That only shows poor design, since it would be very easy and a lot cheaper to design a magazine that tapers that double-stack into a single wide without jamming. Sure, it might hold one or two fewer cartridges overall, but it also isn’t as susceptible to the jamming issues of a misfeed so common with many double-stacked magazines.

      • CZ52

        “From 1994 to 2004 there was a ban on the sale of semi-automatic assault guns, and now there is none.”

        That is your original statement mark and what Average Joe was responding to. While AJ’s reply is not entirely accurate your original comment is patently FALSE.

      • Average Joe


        “Get some education. Read a book. Heck, go subscribe to Guns magazine or something. Statements like yours make the rest of us gun owners look stupid.”

        As it happens, I am taking an active role in my education at this time. You see, also back in November, I enrolled at Ashworth Colege…in their accredited “Gunsmithing” Course of study.
        I figure if the SHTF, I am a valuable commodity. If it doesn’t, I am still a valuable commodity…I can fix guns…reload ammo….and all kinds of fun stuff…..I’ll have a job with a future…
        I also volunteer a couple of days a week at a local gun shop doing repairs. So at least one of us is actually educating themselves….


    • Wil

      Lmfao, trained Pavlovian dogs? Your ‘lord and savior’ Obama speaks and you lemmings bend over with your tail in the air.

    • anon

      Doesn’t grab guns??????? You are so full of it!!! By limiting the bullet clips to 10 or below takes away most of the double stacked GLOCKS ?

    • Bill

      Whoh, read below and see that Mark is getting his panties in a twist

      This gun issues might be just what we need to unite conservative values against the progressives. As with any election, there are a lot of issues that are just diversion. Such as we saw that recently elected Obama.

      The gun confisgation issue of the liberals might bring us together if we do not allow ourselves to be manipulated by diversionary side issues

      The city of San Bernardino in California recently went bankrupt. The mayors advice to the population is to stay indoors and keep your guns loaded.

      With the unsustainable policies of the unionized public sector, this is our future. Now, more than ever do we need guns for self defense. And the bigger the better

    • S.C.Murf

      Ya mark having those children on stage while obama talked tough on gun control really made me sick too. You are a hoot

      up the hill

    • Leroy

      Mark, I hope and pray you are right but I strongly fear you are wrong,based on Obama’s performance and Ideologies exhibited over the past four years. The man by his own mouth has a negative attitude toward this country and her people, has made statements about Islam that enforces people’s fears about him and what he is capable of and intent on doing if given the latitude to do so. He has already been caught in more than one act that could be recognized as treasonous. He is thought by thousands not to even be qualified or eligible to be POTUS. He could stop that in a heartbeat by simply opening up his records to examination on his life that should be a matter of public record and indeed is just that for most freedom loving Americans. Why does he continue over and over to do things and say things that divide the people rather than bring them together so we can overcome our country’s problems as a team? People that don’t have anything to hide do not hide things. What ever he is enduring real or imagined,he has brought on himself through secret dealings etc. after campaigning on transparency.

  • Rich

    Wife and I going to a gun show in Medina, Ohio on Sat. I will be incredibly crowded. I plan on selling 500 rds of 7.62 x 39 ammo. Ammo is almost impossible to aquire nationawide. Ammo has been stripped from the shelves by purchasers along with firearms. On inauguration day I plan on flying the American flag upside down showing a nation in distress. We should all wear black or at least black ribbons. WE now have much more debt per person than Greece. Its just a matter of time.

    • Howard C

      You got it Rich. They gotta disarm us before they allow the economy to collapse. Which is why they used these FALSE FLAG EVENTS (Aurora, CO and Newtown, CT) as their spring boards to justify a gun ban.

      • Howard C

        MOLON LABE – King Leonidas

      • mark

        False flag events? Please? Like 9/11? President Bush did that, right? He deliberately killed 3000 innocent U.S. citizens? But you guys are all right with that. No need to impeach him, try him for treason, execute him if found guilty. No, not Bush. But someone who wants to close loopholes on criminal and mental illness background checks for gun purchases? Oh, he’s a traitor, he should be impeached, tried for treason, put before a firing squad. Another president killed 3000 Americans, no problem, we can give him a pass on that. After all he was a conservative Republican – and a white guy. The head honcho of this site Bob Livingston actually believes this, that Bush and Cheney ordered and carried out 9/11. Absolute lunacy with zero proof of course just like the Sandy Hook plot. But hey you guys will buy anything And I do mean anything as long as it makes Obama and our own government Satan and the Antichrist.

      • Howard C

        Oh really mark… Are you familiar with the Gulf of Tonkin incident?? Proven to be a false flag event led to 58000 of our DRAFTED soldiers dying in Vietnam. You don’t believe our government would allow 20 children to die to push their fascist agenda?? You are an ostrich with your head in the sand.

      • Howard C

        There are only 3 ways 9/11 happens… 1) Our intelligence agencies are completely inept and incompetent, 2) Our intelligence knew they were planning and allowed it to happen, or 3) Our government was directly behind it.

      • Howard C

        George Bush was a traitor and his dad and grandpa were Nazis. I don’t like Bush. I beleive DC is all in it together.

      • DWFields

        You left out #4: Our intelligence community knew about it and reported it to the president–who ignored it. Kind of hard to stop something when you’re told “It’s not going to happen,” by your boss.

      • Buster the Anatolian

        While I am not big on conspiricy theories given its past actions against its citizens it is entirely possible for one or more of the events to be a false flag event. If I were to subscribe to the conspiricy concept the three I would pick as most likely are the OKC bombing, the Colorado theater shooting, and the shooting of Giffords that killed the Judge who I understand to have recently ruled against the obama adminstration.

      • Howard C

        You say that if a person believes that our government is dishonest and deliberately deceives us that they are lunatic. Well I say that if you beleive the garbage that the government and MSM tells us then you are indoctrinated, nieve, dillusional, and willfully ignorant. You spout the BS that Fox, MSNBC, and CNN tell you to spout like a parrot mimics. Putting labels on anyone who questions popular belief even if PHYSICS contradicts that popular belief.

    • Average Joe

      How much are you asking for the 500 rounds?
      You may have a sale…if the price is right ;)

  • boyscout

    I celebrate every GD day I wake up breathing. When I hunt, I carry a 50 cal mussel loader. When I want to protect my own or defend the liberties espoused by this nation’s forefathers, it is an entirely different matter; every day is dedicated to this last concern and I see no reason to whoop it up on another special day. Write your legislators, do what you can, go underground if you have to – just don’t inflame the morons that believe that liberty is free.

  • Jamie

    AF-1 falls from the sky with him and,all his cronies – Makes for great head line News.
    – as seen in my sleeping dream.

  • DWFields

    While I agree with Ben’s sentiment that the “Gun Appreciation Day” is a childish sticking-out-your-tongue activity as far as any real statement to our President is concerned, I have to question the accuracy of his arguments based on the fact that not only does he admit to not knowing the magazine capacity of the M1, but to name has AR-15 the “M4-gery”? The AR-15 is–or at least was–the civilian version of the M-16, not the M-4. When did that change?

    Secondly, he obviously forgets that even England has a Constitution–for the same basic reason that we have one–to prevent the top office (the King or Queen in their case) from having too much power. However, that top office even there does have the ability to pass rulings down to the government just as our President has that ability.

  • Johnathon

    You are referring to of course a separate organizer that has introduced Gun appreciation day, there is another grass roots movement that is not spending the day at the range but at our state capitols this Saturday Jan 19th at 12 noon. These events are being coordinated by & the event is known as “Guns Across America”. We will not be spending a day at the range, but will be spending it at every state capitol in the Union, there are several independent organizers from each state that will mobilize this Saturday for us to demonstrate to our politicians that we have a voice & will be heard. Please get out the message about this separate event which is more of a political call to action than an appreciation day.


    One group of people naively believe that, in the absence of guns, criminal violence would be much reduced. They are quite wrong about that prediction: to the contrary, the strong would be able to bully the weak and we would be back in the Dark Ages…or the modern Third World.

    Further, thinking that a mature technology such as firearms manufacture can be legislated out of existence is an opium pipe dream. Guns, in their basic form, are not very complex. Anyone with basic tools can make them and ammunition for them. Moreover, roughly 500 million functional firearms already exist. Guns, propely maintained, last for centuries.

    Imagine a pack of hyenas stalking a human. As they close in for the kill, their intended prey repulses them with a rifle. As the surviving predators retreat, they think: “If only we could separate that human from her gun!”

    People who think as those hyenas are less naive than the idealists who wish to ban guns outright. “Gun control” is a misnomer for what they have in mind. They are evil: they wish to control others. One of the easiest way to control other people is by making them defenseless.

    Communists, fascists and other totalitarians world over have rendered their subject defenseless as the first step towards total control. Then they could imprison or murder millions with complete impunity.

    Who wishes others to be defenseless? Rapists and muggers prefer unarmed victims. Politicians and mafia chiefs who want people to depend on them for protection. Racists who wish to exterminate other peoples: genocide is much easier to perpetrate when the victims are unarmed. In sum, those who wish to have a monopoly on arms are never well-meaning people. They might not admit it, but their narcotic of choice is power over others.

    Disarming others is never done for their benefit. Usually, rendering people defenseless is a prelude to abusing them further. Was disarmament of the European Jews started in 1938 done for their benefit. Did it “reduce gun violence in their community” or did it merely make them easier to murder?

    Did any people armed with rifles end up stuffed into the holds of slave ships? When we look at history, a pattern emerges: free people have guns, slaves don’t. Just having guns does not guarantee freedom, just as having air to breathe does not guarantee survival.

    Plenty of armed people are dependent on others for food, decision-making and the like.
    Being armed is just one of several essential elements necessary for freedom. Being unarmed by choice or compulsion guarantees having to exist at the mercy of others!

    • Bill

      Good remarks, Jay
      It is so true that “Disarming others is never done for their benefit”.

    • ranger09

      History tells us that the govt only wants the people to have weapons when they need to further their agenda, Such as the early days when we arrived in the Americas, We needed weapons to defend the people from the rightfull owners. The Indians, We also had our weapons when we rebelled againest our rightful rulers, the Revolution, it could not have been won without the armed Citizens, we could not have beaten the french out of the South without the people and their weapons, We could not have beaten the indians without the armed citizens who moved west at the request of the govt and the Corp group, The govt could not have beaten the mexican Army when they wanted control of texas without the armed citizens, The Govt could not have continued the move west without the armed citizens, They took the states as we know all the way to calif and North, without the armed Citizens we could not have taken these states.Our country has always been free because of our armed citizens, Armed citizens maintained law and order in the west because they were armed when we had no protection from our Govt. Today we need not fear outside Countries wanting to control us by force, because it will never happen as long as our citizens are armed, Never from without only from within. because Now that we are the Most Powerful Military in the world, the Powers to Be have no fears from other Countries, The only fears they have is the armed Citizens of America.

  • Motov

    Here are some thoughts to ponder on

    1. An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.

    2. A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone

    3. Colt: The original point and click interface.

    4. Gun control is not about guns; it’s about control.

    5. If guns are outlawed, can we use swords?

    6. If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words.

    7. If you don’t know your rights, you don’t have any.

    8. Those who trade liberty for security have neither.

    9. What part of ‘shall not be infringed’ do you not understand?

    10 The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others.

    11. 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yest erday.

    12. Guns have only two enemies; rust and politicians.

    13. Know guns, know peace, know safety. No guns, no peace, no safety.

    14. You don’t shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.

    15. 911: Government sponsored Dial-a-Prayer.

    16. Assault is a behavior, not a device.

    17. ;Criminals love gun control; it makes their jobs safer.

    18. If guns cause crime, then matches cause arson.

    19. Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.

    20. You have only the rights you are willing to fight for.

    21. Enforce the gun control laws we ALREADY have; don’t make more.

    22. When you remove the people’s right to bear arms, you create slaves.

    23. The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.

    • Deborah57

      Excellent post. I particularly like #s 2 and 4. I live in Fort Wayne, In. and we are currently having a rash of apartment robberies. I have a daughter who lives at one of the apartments that has been robbed. The robbers have guns, but my daughter does not. She plans on getting a permit and buying a gun soon…..if we can find a place that still has guns available for sale.

      • Haskell Dale Hamilton

        Sorry. US presidents were only to have 10 years protection by law not a life time. Obama changed that like he is hypocritically changing a lot of things.

      • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Joe Anthony

        Haskell is was lifetime until Clinton changed it to 10 years – exempting himself. Since Obama is doing a lot of this through EO’s the next President should do an EO stating that Barry loses secret service protection 6 seconds after he leaves office. You figure the Black Panthers or Muslim Brotherhood would step in and do it.

    • mark

      Well, hate to tell you Motov but your refresher course list starts out with a lie, item #1.. Unarmed Americans are indeed citizens not subjects. In no state, county, town, or city in America is proof of gun ownership required to vote. In fact such a requirement is unconstitutional since it is nowhere listed in that document as a requirement for voting. The right to free speech, religion, assembly, trial by jury, protection from unwarranted search and seizures are accorded to all adult Americans not just to those who are armed. Tens of millions of Americans own no arms, yet they enjoy all these freedoms each and everyday in our country.

      • Dennis48e

        Obviously mark is replying because he is impressed with seeing his words appear on this site. The idea is not any particular citizen but rather the citizenry as a whole. Even though you would technically still be a citizen if the citizens are disarmed they become subjects.

      • Average Joe


        “Unarmed Americans are indeed citizens not subjects. In no state, county, town, or city in America is proof of gun ownership required to vote.”

        And thank goodness for you…neither is intelligence.


      • eddie47d

        Average Joe uses his gun as an ID card at the polling station. LOL!

      • Bill

        So, your true thoughts of wanting to disarm America are exposed. What about this BS you give us about “I am a gun owner, but…”

        You are as full of crap as a christmas turkey

    • Buster the Anatolian

      Motov I must dissagree with a couple of your points. One is the remark : “64,999,987 firearms owners…” The last number I heard is 80,000,000+ and growing. The other is your last remark. Actualy more of an addition to it. The first shots fired in the American Revolution is generaly agreed to have happened over an attempt by the British to disarm

      • Motov

        So my numbers are off,….. it did convey law abiding people don’t go around shooting other people. It is those who think they can do harm and get away with it.
        It is always the few who think the world was made to plunder that screw it up for everyone else.

      • Buster the Anatolian

        Motov most people would have apreciated being given a more up to date number that further supported your point insted of getting your shorts in a wad over being shown a mistake.

        • Motov

          Did you understand the point? My shorts are none of your concern you pervert!

    • Average Joe

      To add to your post:

      13 rules of gunfighting that everyone should know:

      1) Guns have only two enemies, rust and politicians.

      2) It’s always better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

      3) Cops carry guns to protect themselves, not you.

      4) Never let someone or something that threatens you get inside arm’s length.

      5) Never say,”I’ve got a gun.” The first sound they hear should be the safety clicking off.

      6) The average response time of a 911 call is 23 minutes; the response time of a .357 magnum is 1400 feet per second.

      7) The most important rule in a gunfight is: Always win- cheat if necessary.

      8) Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets…you may get killed with your own gun, be he will have to beat you to death with it, because it will be empty.

      9) If you are in a gunfight; If you are not shooting, you should be loading. If you are not loading, you should be moving. If you aren’t shooting, moving or loading; you’re probably dead
      10) In a life and death situation, do something…it may be wrong…but do…something!

      11) If you carry a gun, people call you paranoid… Absolute Nonsense! If you have a gun, what do you have to be paranoid about?

      12) You can say ‘stop’ ‘alto’ or any other word, but a largebore muzzle pointed at someone’s head is pretty much a universal language.

      13) You cannot save the world, but you may be able to save yourself and your family.
      (Author unknown, but on the money)

      “Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading”
      Thomas Jefferson


      • Bill

        Great post, Average Joe

  • got my licence

    God created man, Sam Colt made them equal

    • Average Joe



    • Waterdude

      My favorite!

  • Jeff

    Everyone that supports the second amendment should show up to their respective capitals this coming Saturday. I know I will be there with a few friends and family. We need to make this a numbers game.

    The biggest obstacle that I see is all gun owners need to collaborate. Hunters need to understand that this is just the first step. If there is a reinstatement of the semi-auto rifle ban in place (I will not use the term assault weapons), then it is only a matter of time before they come for revolvers, pump shotguns, and bolt action rifles. Refer to the incremental steps in the progressive play book.

    • mark

      Well. the ban was in effect from 1994-2004, a whole ten years, and it led to no incremental steps to outlaw other forms of arms whatsoever. In fact it was followed by a drop in the ban and the continued manufacture of semi-automatic rifles for the last 9 years. So much for your incremental gun grab. You do know, of course, that given the current make-up of the House and Senate and the fact that the Democratic Senate Majority, Harry Reid, is a strong gun ownership proponent that the chances of another Assault Gun ban is zero despite President Obama’s call for one. At most all that will come out of this is a closing of all loopholes on criminal background and mental illness checks before any gun purchase. This is something that 74% of NRA members and 82% of gun owners like myself support. For these stats see:

      • Bill

        Don’t BS us. You are not a gun owner. You are a wolf in sheep’s clothing

      • mark

        So Bill, through clairvoyance, you can tell who has a gun and who doesn’t? Who served in the U.S. military which I did, and who didn’t? Can you guess my age and weight, too?

      • Average Joe

        “In fact it was followed by a drop in the ban and the continued manufacture of semi-automatic rifles for the last 9 years.”

        It wasn’t followed by a drop in the ban…the bill was only authorized for a period of 10 yrs…it expired. They’ve attempted almost every year since to get it reinstated…they didn’t have the votes nessessary to pass it.

        “So much for your incremental gun grab.”

        Not looking to take our guns?
        If Mrs. Franken…er… Feinstein has her way… we won’t even be allowed to have pea shooters or spitballs…Straws are dangerous don’tcha know…. 121 guns on her list…by name…banned.


      • eddie47d

        Hold on Mark while Bill goes and gets his tarot cards. I also think he wants to put pins in his Mark doll! Do you feel the flashes of pain? LOL!

      • Leroy

        Heaven forbid Mark,you can’t possibly be a gun owner. People who are mentally ill are not allowed to own guns.

  • Allen Rinyon

    You don’t want to support gun owners on saturday. Then you tell me what we should do? Set at home and do nothing, write letters. WHAT THEN???

    • http://midcontent ridge runner

      The people who will not support gun owners, need to grow a beard, put their diapers on their heads, go insiide their tents and beat and abuse their property, which means their wife, sons(as long as they aren’t 12, their daughter(any age} their dogs, goats and any sewer drain, of course baths are a waste of water


    How to Make a Gun

    Sometimes things go wrong, and sometimes they go really wrong.

    It is at those times when you may find yourself in need of an improvised weapon. You may need to make a gun to defend yourself, or you may only make a gun to aid in aquiring a better gun.

    Whatever your needs, you can make a gun with commonly available materials and tools, ingenuity, and hard work.


    The purpose of a gun is to fire ammunition safely towards a target.

    To understand how to make a gun, you must first understand ammunition.

    Modern ammunition consists of four main components:

    A piece of lead or another soft metal which is called the bullet.
    A small amount of smokeless gunpowder which creates and enormous amount of gas as it burns. This gas forces the bullet through the barrel and towards the target.
    An extremely small amount of pressure-sensitive explosive which starts the smokeless gunpowder on fire. This is called the primer.
    A brass or steel casing which holds the bullet, the powder, and the primer.
    These components put together are often referred to as a cartridge.

    The bullet will be seated in one end of the casing and the primer will be on the other end. .22 caliber ammunition is rim-fire, meaning that the primer is stored in the rim of the cartridge. Most other calibers are center-fire, meaning that the primer is stored in the center of the end of the cartridge.

    The Gun Barrel

    A gun must have a barrel. A pistol may have a barrel of only a few inches, while rifle and shotgun barrels tend to be 16″ or more.

    In production quality firearms, rifle and pistol barrels have small grooves cut into the insides of them. These grooves do not run straight, but are instead curved slowly along the length of the barrel. This is called rifling. Rifling causes the bullet to spin as it passes through the barrel. This spinning helps to stabilize the bullet and make the gun more accurate.

    Most improvised guns do not have rifled barrels, because rifling is difficult to create in an improvised workshop.

    Improvised guns commonly use steel gas or water pipe for barrels. Steel pipe will make an effective shotgun barrel, and will even serve as a short pistol barrel. Steel pipe will not make an effective rifle barrel.

    The choice of what caliber of improvised firearm to build is usually determined by what ammunition you have been able to scrounge up. 1/4″ pipe will hold .380, 9mm, .38, and .357 ammunition. 3/4″ pipe will hold 12 gauge shotgun ammunition.

    The Firing Pin

    The primer is pressure sensitive. This means that when we strike the primer hard, it explodes. The term primer comes from “primary explosive”, meaning it is the explosive which detonates first and is responsible for detonating the secondary (larger) charge.

    Smokeless gunpowder is a very safe material. It can be safely stored, transported, and even burned. It is only useful (and dangerous) when it is ignited in a confined space, such as inside an ammunition cartridge.

    The primer is protected behind a thin metal wall. The job of the firing pin is to strike that thin metal wall hard and fast. The primer is pressure sensitive. When struck by the firing pin, it will detonate, which will create a flame and ignite the smokeless powder.

    The Breech Block

    When the smokeless powder ignites, it will create an enormous amount of gas. This gas must go somewhere. We want this gas to escape by pushing the bullet out of the front of the gun. We must ensure that the gas does not push the cartridge casing out the rear of the firearm, as this can be deadly for the person holding the firearm.

    The rear of the firearm is called the breech. To prevent the cartridge casing from exiting through the breech, we must block the breech somehow. The mechanism we use to do this is called the breech block.

    The breech block is the most difficult part of an improvised firearm, and the most varied. They tend to be manufactured from whatever is available and looks sturdy. The breech block is complicated because it must block the breech while concurrently allowing the firing pin access to the primer.

    One good form of a breech block is a simple pipe cap with a hole drilled into it for the firing pin.

    The Trigger

    The firing pin must strike the primer hard and fast. The best ways to accomplish this are to make the firing pin rest naturally against the primer and use some sort of force to pull it away from the primer.

    These force usually consists of a set of strong rubber or elastic bands or a set of metal springs. These are attached to the firing pin and the firin pin is pulled back. When the firing pin is released, it strikes the primer and causes the gun to fire.

    In production quality firearms, a block is usually placed in front of the firing pin to prevent accidental discharge if the firing pin is struck or if the weapon is dropped. Few improvised weapons will have such a device. Be careful.

  • ranger09

    my cousin a 22 year marine 3 tours in viet nam, spent this time not liking killing or destruction, but asked why he went for his 3rd tour, he replied its for all these young boys they send to Viet Nam not understanding what they are about to face, I just want to keep as many alive as i can.
    he then said cousin i will no longer go outside this country to fight when our govt tell me its for our freedom,but i will fight within my own country. In our Country if you fight i will run to your side, if i can not run I will walk, If i can not walk, I will use a wheelchair, if i have no chair i will crawl to your side, If you Bleed and die know that I will Bleed and Die at your side.
    Sgt. james Mac Us marines.

    • shade

      SEMPER FI!

  • Adrian Vance

    On two occasions our people having guns saved the nation: The Revolution, including the War of 1812, and in 1931 when the Japanese high command decided they would never invade America “…because they’re all armed!”

    Come see us at The Two Minute Conservative, and when you speak ladies will swoon and liberal gentlemen will weep.

  • Dan Mancuso

    I think an effective way to celebrate ‘Gun Appreciation Day’ would be if every gun owner in America showed up at some centralized federal building in their local area, bristling with guns, and held a silent demonstration.
    I think this would send a very clear message to Obama and the anti-Constitutionalist gun grabbers.

    • shade

      This is what we did in Connecticut, over 1000 Law Abiding Legal CCW holders, hunters and non-carriers showed up peacefully , said their peaceful message and peacefully left! No one was arrested or threatened, and most everyone was “packing” because Hartford is a VERY bad town to be a good guy in. But alas, the bad guys stayed home banging their neighbor’s girl friend’s 14 year old daughter and doing needle crap!


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