It was late December, 1971, and tensions in the city were high. While everyone was used to a certain level of crime being perpetrated throughout the 5 boroughs, one rash of incidents had many on edge. For several weeks, two men were out targeting diners, coffee shops, and just about any other place where a full cash drawer could be found. Upon entering an establishment, without saying a word, one would shoot the person behind the counter and the other would empty the till. This one night, they selected their next target…and this is what happened next.
This past Saturday I had the opportunity to participate in an Urban Rifle training course offered by Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department up here in Maine. I’ve known Scott for a little while, with him being the Sheriff of the County I live in, and had previously interviewed him for Liberty First Foundation.
When entering a gun store, my advice is for people to keep their ego in check, mind their business, conduct themselves in a professional manner and keep all guns cased and unloaded with the breech locked open. For guns that do not lock open, a chamber flag is a nice touch.
In the video below, I asked a couple of gun store workers what upsets them the most about certain customer’s behavior. They make some good points that should serve a lesson to all of us who frequent gun stores. Watch the video and let us know your experiences at your local gun store.
From September through April 1787-1788, The Federalist Papers were written and published in New York newspapers. These editorials explain the new Constitution, including what the different articles and clauses mean. And they encouraged the people of New York State to ratify the Constitution.
When it comes to the issue of the Second Amendment, there is no lack of passion from opponents and supporters alike. Yet one of the biggest issues for both sides is the lack of clear, credible, concise facts. Misinformation and misrepresentation can be found in wave after wave of memes and fake quotes on the internet and social media. To combat this deluge of disinformation, and to further informed discussion, the Americans for Restoring the Constitution (AFRTC) invited NY licensed firearms instructor Frank Johnson to speak at their July meeting in Vestal, NY at the Vestal Public Library. The event was open to the public and free.
Civilization has always progressed by adapting as the need arises, inventors and engineers devise solutions necessary to thrive in an ever-evolving world. The Cavemen developed fire and the wheel to survive in their environment, the Chinese gunpowder, We can look back and calculate empires survival and crumbling defeats, simply by observing the innovations created by their generation or the foes that rose up and defeated them.
The early days of the United States show a story that unfolded that closely parallels the events of today. Gun-control advocates are working hard to enact legislation that is eerily similar to the laws enacted by the British Crown. Today July 4th, 2017 needs to mark the day that we reclaim our Independence from those that wish to enslave us. Defending the Second Amendment is crucial to preserving that independence.
We need to reevaluate the way we address the arguments that the pro-gun control group is using to promote their agenda to disarm the American Public. The arguments they are putting forth can easily be rebutted but you have to actually listen to them and then offer an argument that will actually produce some results instead of offering the same old rhetoric.
The intellectual origins of the American Constitution and Bill of Rights are many. They include the prevailing common law doctrines of the sixteenth and seventeenth-century England, as well as, the writings of English political philosophers John Locke, Algernon Sidney, and William Blackstone, all of whom influenced Thomas Jefferson. Paramount and predominant to all, were the general principles of liberty or natural laws described as the absolute rights of individuals, including the three great and primary rights of personal security, personal liberty, and private property. These principles are clearly embodied in the Second Amendment.
The Framers of the Constitution recognized that allegiance must be to the Constitution – not the State – as a limit on the power of the State to protect the people. This is why it’s sometimes said that sworn personnel are “sworn to protect the people.”