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Membership is great, your CHL or CCW is better.

There are many great organizations promoting and protecting our Second Amendment rights. From nation-wide groups such as the National Rifle Association, to state groups such as Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association, Buckeye Firearms Association and Ohio Carry for us in Ohio, to your local rod and gun club. They all do important work and being a member of any or all is a good idea. They all also show a collective support of firearms and our rights. The strength in numbers they offer is solid. The problem is, not everyone can afford, or has a desire to financially support so many organizations. Their having good solid numbers is important, but at the end of the day, well, you’ve joined a club. 

I have the opinion that there is something that each of us can do that shows a more sincere and dedicated commitment to protecting and supporting our rights.  Get your concealed carry permit. I understand every argument people have against this. No, we shouldn’t have to pay for permission to exercise our rights. No, you may not have any desire to carry a gun, or even own a handgun. I understand that some are concerned that it gives a solid link to you owning guns. What is often overlooked is the direct benefit it does to the cause of protecting your and my right to own firearms. 

In most cases, getting your CCW/CHL involves taking some training and submitting to background checks  voluntarily. You also pay for the fee of the license and, eventually, its renewal. Many benefits are gained from this. Individually  you have become a certified “good guy.” In many states, having your chl replaces the need for your NICS instant check at the time of purchase of a firearm because your valid CHL shows you’ve already done this and it’s on good standing. The collective benefits are even more substantial. Every license is recorded, counted, and reported, not by a club or lobby organization, but by the issuing government. There exists, at all times, a finite and exact count of the number of permits and the percentage of the population that has them. It’s not arbitrary, estimated, or arguable. X number of people have a valid permit. You or I can look up that number, as can the media, as can your elected officials. The higher that number, the more attention to it that has to be paid. 

The gist of it is this. Having your CCW/CHL shows a level of commitment to firearms ownership that is stronger than being a member of EVERY 2A supporting organization in the country. We gain the advantage of the very people who may consider firearms ownership a fringe or odd thing having their own data tell them that we are here, we are willing to commit the resources to get a permit, and the likelihood is that we also vote.  Sometimes the best way to beat a system is to use the system to beat itself. 

Please consider getting your CCW/CHL, even if you never plan to carry a firearm a day of your life. You bolster the numbers of people who are pro 2A in a way that cannot be matched by any club or lobby. And that benefit is priceless. 

Another article written for a defunct FB page, originally published September 11, 2015.

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Gun owners, it’s time to “come out.”

You know them, I know them, we all know them. The person who likes to shoot but doesn’t talk about it for fear of repercussions from friends, family, the kids’ school, or the media. They act like they are doing something dirty and should hide it when, in fact, it’s perfectly normal, common and acceptable. They’re in fear of discovery because they feel they will be ostracized or shunned. Sounds pretty horrible, doesn’t it? 

It’s more common than you think. With the demonization of weapons by those who fear them, and publications such as The NY Times calling gun owners, essentially, barbarians, not to mention well funded political groups blaming tools for human acts, some people feel like hiding the fact that they own guns and shoot. 

Firearms ownership is not uncommon. There are, by conservative estimate, 420 MILLION guns in the United States. Essentially, one per person.  Likely two because records before 1968 were less exact. There’s also, by actual count, 8% of the United States population with concealed weapons permits, as well as a significant number of law enforcement officers and retired Leo’s who carry all the time. Let’s call it 6% of the population, and it is steadily increasing. 

You’re not alone. Not only is firearms ownership common, it is acceptable, legal and enjoyable. What needs to happen is to reduce the stigma that some have placed upon it. And those of us more out in the open? We need you who are not. We’re all around, we’ll help and support you. 

So come out. Speak up. Tell your friends and neighbors you’re a responsible and safe shooter and you are not ashamed of it. You’ll probably gain a range buddy or two. And you will fight the false idea that gun owners are freaks. 

Note: This was original an editorial for a FB page I administered, posted October 4, 2015.  I believe the page is long gone, but I felt the content was worth getting back onto the ‘net.

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Civil liberty, disability, firearms and responsibility.

The current national focus on gun violence, firearms laws, and the best ways to address the above.  Many people on the liberal side of the spectrum feel that the answer is to legislate, tax and eliminate firearms and ammunition, or to make it very difficult to own them.  These items are being discussed at all levels of government, in the media, on the Twitter and Facebook, and all other areas of the internet.  It is an often polarizing, always passionate, and, in most cases, very personal issue to all of those involved.

I can understand people fearing what they do not understand.  It’s human nature.  I can even understand someone such as James Brady or Gabby Giffords having a very personal reason to dislike firearms.  When something horrible happens there is often a tendency to develop an aversion, dislike or hatred of the people involved, and often, the tools.  People who are bitten by dogs learn to fear them, people who are shot tend to dislike guns.  Understandable.  The problem is that fear does not make for good laws and it often creates demons out of mindless objects.  It can also lead to creating policy, or worse, law, that creates victims rather than protecting the victimized.

I am a 40 year old gimp.  Not very politically correct, but accurate, and, thank you all the same, the labels apply to myself are mine and it’s not your job to police them.  I became functionally disabled due to diabetes, fibromyalgia, and possibly physical damage done from long term use of medication.  While I am not quite to point of needing a wheelchair, I cannot walk long distances, have days when I can barely walk at all, and certainly cannot run away from an attacker.  I am, by all appearances, an easy mark.  I also have the same right to “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” that you do.

There is an often-stated quote in the firearms community that is found earliest in a 1927 Hunting and Trapping magazine. “God made some men small, and some men large; but Colt made them all equal.”  Cliche, yes?  True? Yes.  There is a growing segment of our community in this country that lives every day with physical disabilities, or even just advancing age, which makes us an easier target for thugs and bullies than the average man or woman.  We’re older, or disabled, and we cannot just “run away.”  Dialing 911 isn’t going to stop an assault on us, the only 911 call would likely be to call an ambulance for us or worse, the coroner’s van.  This is one of the reasons I will soon be taking the required courses, along with my wife, to be able to legally carry a concealed firearm.  It is my civil right to defend myself and those I care for, and the only way someone in my position can do so with definitive means is with a firearm.  You may ask about non-lethal means…  Tasers are bulky and unwieldily, pepper spray or mace is largely ineffective if the mope (thanks Chief Oliver!) has ever had exposure to it and knows what to expect, and if the attacker happens to be cranked up on meth, or bath salts, or cocaine, any of these can have the effect of only making the coming attack worse.

I have been a lifelong firearms enthusiast.  I was taught proper use of, and respect for, firearms at the age of 4 or 5 by my maternal grandfather.  The first representation was him showing me what a .22 short would do to an orange and then explaining to me that my skin was not nearly as tough as orange’s.  The lesson stuck and I have respected the inherent danger of firearms from that point on.  In my adult years they became a source of enjoyment.  I have punched hundreds of thousands of holes in paper targets, tin cans, knocked over target silhouettes and practiced the art of shooting from the range of 21 feet to that of 1000 yards.  It was always fun. In the back of my head I always knew it was a skill that could feed me if I absolutely needed it to, and when I hunted, it did so.  But it was more a luxury than a necessity.  Now that I am older, disabled and not the strong young man I once was, the right to be able to have a firearm, of my choosing, to defend my life and family is not a luxury, it is a necessity.

Instead of regulating, demonizing and legislating tools, my feeling is that we need to properly educate the populace on the effects of firearms, the dangers thereof, and make sure that it is fundamentally understood from a very young age.  The television, movies, video games, all present a romanticized view of what these tools are, and can do.  And it is sanitized.  Reality is not pretty, in most cases, but it should be understood.

People have asked how I can be an enthusiast of handguns, military-style tactical weapons, and other items that are designed to kill.  If firearms are designed to kill, mine are all defective.  I have never shot another human being, and I pray I never have to.  They are a tool which is designed to accurately place a fast moving projectile powered by a small chemical explosion into a precise location.  For most of my life, that precise location has been the bullseye, the pop can, the knot on yonder tree.  *I* am the weapon.  The tool in my hand is just that, a tool.  And when you are disabled and unable to fight, you then have to make the conscious choice of applying the tool to the purpose of defending yourself, and the inevitable reality that doing so is going to maim or kill the person trying to do you harm.  But the ultimate choice, the true weapon, is ME.  And asking me to give up my right to own any or all tools by which I can defend myself, my family, or maybe even you or yours makes about as much sense as telling a carpenter that he can no longer use a hammer because people have been bludgeoned to death with them.

The idea of owning these tools is now essential, in many ways, to my continued survival on the planet.  The reality is that we live in a world where the criminals will NEVER follow the laws.  If so, the 20,000 firearms laws already in existence would have eliminated gun violence.  The complete disarming of Britain’s populace would have, too.  I ask, politely, that you not allow your fears and horrors to step on the rights of those of us who abide the law, are responsible, and will never harm another human being save to defend and protect what’s left of our lives.  Every human has a right to live, and a right to defend themselves.  We should not allow the horrors of evil to disable those who are good.