Firearms Refresher Course

EDITED 2 November 2015

I got this in an email a long time ago. No idea who wrote it or where it originated…but I think it is very pertinent in the current climate. Thought I’d share.
“Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.”
Thomas Jefferson



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. “Free” men do not ask permission to bear arms.

8. If you don’t know your rights you don’t have any.

9. Those who trade liberty for security have neither.

10. The United States Constitution (c) 1791. All Rights reserved.

11. What part of “shall not be infringed” do you not understand?

12. The 2nd Amendment in case the politicians ignore the others.

13. 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.

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

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

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

17. 911 – government sponsored Dial-a-Prayer.

18. Assault is a behavior, not a device.

19. Criminals love gun control — it makes their jobs safer.

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

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

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

23. Enforce the “gun control laws” we HAVE, don’t make more.

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

25. The American Revolution would’ve never happened with gun control.

26. “A government of the people, by the people, and for the people…”




2 November  2015

There was an armed robbery thwarted in Chicago yesterday by a citizen with a CC permit. The criminal was killed and no one else was hurt. There was question as to whether the man who kept the robbery – or any other possible crime – from happening would be charged.

As always, reading through the “Comments” section of the story in question is enlightening and educational about people. One poster included the following and I thought I’d share here:

The 13 Rules of Gun Fighting

These are the rules of gun fighting everyone should know

Have a gun.

Some words to the wise. Shooting Advice from various Concealed Carry Instructors. If you own a gun, you will appreciate this. If not, you should get one and learn how to use it.

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. (remember this truism at all times)

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

5) Never say “I’ve got a gun.” If you need to use deadly force, the first sound they hear should be the safety clicking off. (“Glock’s” are the exception to this rule…)

6) The average response time of a 911 call is 23 minutes, the response time of a .357 is 1400 feet per second. (the police are there to fill out the crime scene report…make sure that you are still there to so that it’s an accurate report)

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, but he’ll have to beat you to death with it, cause it’ll be empty.

9) If you’re in a gun fight:
If you’re not shooting, you should be loading.
If you’re not loading, you should be moving.
If you’re not shooting, moving or loading, you’re probably dead… or soon to be.

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. Nonsense! If you have a gun, what do you have to be paranoid about?

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

13) You cannot save the planet, but you may be able to save yourself and your family.



Blog Response

I’m the first to admit I’m not all that great at this social media stuff. I got a link to a blog site on Twitter which I read. I wanted to respond to that blog and have been trying to do so for well over an hour. It kept putting me in this weird loop.

One of the steps I took trying to post there was to create this blog to have an identity. Still didn’t work. However…since I have this spiffy new space – I’ll just post my thoughts here! Voila!

So, the blog that I read was this:  An Open Letter to Diana Gabaldon

Everyone is entitled to their opinion. All good. I disagree with nastiness and name-calling, but legitimate opinions are all just that – someone’s opinion. Here is MY opinion in response to the above blog.

1st – This is your blog and your opinion perfectly valid.

2nd – By opening this blog up to comments, you accept that the comments made, other people’s opinions, are just as valid. You scorched DG and were scorched a few times in return. Fair is fair.

3rd – as a FAT woman – I get so tired of all the political correct CRAP.  FAT – come on everybody say it.  FAT! For those of us so encumbered of body, embrace who and what you are and KNOW you are still a person of worth.  I am 5’1”, weigh in at 235 and will be 48 on Monday – I think I qualify as a FAT woman! As such, I am actually more offended by the blog than any of DG’s books. FICTION…a made up story that has touched countless lives in very positive ways.  Yeah it sucks that us larger gals (or guys for that matter) seldom get starring roles or the great love interests in the stories.  However, I’ve seen in RL that the guys that LOOK like the great storybook heroes seldom ACT like heroes. Sam just may be an exception. As a fat woman I say – get over it. I read fiction, like most people I’m sure, to get AWAY from RL; to find myself in another time, place and person.

4th – writing is something you obviously embrace. You write clearly, distinctly and well. So, use that talent to, how did you put it? “giving fat people positive fictional role models”. Write your own sweeping, stirring, life changing and embracing novels with the characters you seem to think are so vitally important to give the world instead of sniping at someone who has done it.