Here Comes The “Fatal Funnel”….?

Here Comes The “Fatal Funnel”….?

 

 

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According to the ’94 AWB criteria, this M1A was still OK since it only had a threaded barrel and a detachable mag. 10 round AWB “acceptable” mag in gun. 20 rounder below it.

I haven’t written anything “Politics” related in a while. It’s mostly because I’m sick of feeling as if I’m beating my head against a brick wall in trying to convince those who might read what I write that certain things (like history) are important in weighing your present decisions.

Decades ago, I used to be involved with a group that was pretty squared away. We leaned towards training for offensive “Take it to the bad guy” type missions, instead of my present Survivalist defensive mindset. I realized in my late 20’s that all that “Offensive mindset” would do, as civilians, is get us killed needlessly and thus, I corrected my direction in preparedness and training. The situation described below was during my participation in the group mentioned above.

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A training pic circa 1993 before the ’94 AWB was implemented

Here’s the situation. The House of Reps passes the “Federal Assault Weapons Ban” in May of 1994. My friends and I thought we could read the writing on the wall, so we started preparing for what we thought was the inevitable “war”. Over the course of the Summer of 1994, I purchased about $2,000 worth of gear, weapons and ammo.

Hell, I remember making thirteen hundred dollars worth of purchases in one day from Centerfire Systems and Classic Firearms, that summer. This purchase involved two RPK type AK’s, 5 cases of ammo, and five 75 round drums. The group I was involved with at the time used the AKM type rifle as the standard, and well, you get the picture.

Some other things that impending (and what we believed was coming with it) ban brought about was a need for caches and a recon of areas to set up base camps and RON’s. We systematically went about checking and designating those areas in a 50 mile circle, and putting “under” (reports and all), excess/extra gear and needed equipment.

What were we thinking? Well, first we believed the Senate would pass the AWB (it was close like the House vote was) when it got to them (I think we were figuring the end of Summer). Second, we knew Clinton would sign it. Third, many of us were under the impression that Slick Willie would be more than happy to bring in UN troops to assist in a more draconian firearms ban that he was rumored to be floating with the help of certain Gov officials.

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A training pic after the ’94 AWB taken in approximately 1996.

Were our preps in vain? I don’t believe so. The purchase of those firearms and mags at that time, paved the way for better purchases later after a few were sold for 3x the cost. Besides, that activity by the government PROPERLY motivated us to do something we should have been doing in the first place. Was the rumor (#3) correct? Who knows. It didn’t happen, but everyone knows he was definitely considering something like that. Keep in mind what Feinstein said about her gun ban opinion. She said she would ban every firearm from civilian possession if she could get 51% of the vote.

Good things that came from the AWB? The concentration on designing reliable, compact pistols like the Glock 26 and 30 because 10 round mags….. An appreciation for only having to pay $15 for a quality AR mag. Being able to easily find a large assortment of quality semi auto mil type rifles without having to drive 2 or 3 hours to that obscure, out of the way gun shop, then  payin’ $1500 for a “Pre Ban” rifle that was only $350 four years earlier.

I tell you that story from exactly 25 years ago to tell you this. Don’t panic (unless you don’t have anything gun related). Keep calm. Make a realistic purchase plan if you haven’t already, and concentrate on the basics (solid, reliable rifle with 7 mags, reliable pistol with 3 mags, and ammo for both) . I told you almost three years ago that President Trump’s election was nothing more than a brief reprieve. If President Trump does what many believe he wants to do on gun control, it was a little more brief than I believed.

Here’s the thing though. He hasn’t done it yet. He talks a lot of smack, then usually backs off the rhetoric a little. We’ve been at this point a few times in his last three years. Yes, he banned bump stocks. So what? Reagan banned the production of new machine gun receivers made after 1986. My personal belief is that bump stocks are an effeminate affectation of someone who wants to play, but isn’t serious about realistic weapon’s usage. Kinda like the “Operator” selfies by “Never Been-But Wannabees” on social media.

Regardless, I don’t believe he should have done anything to their availability or legality, useful or not. I personally think he banned them as a token on the alter of  the “Commie Gun Grabbers” so he could calm the BS after the Vegas shooting, but, who knows. He wheels and deals so it’s anyone’s guess.

The bottom line is that “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED” is pretty cut and dried for those with a moderate education in the English language and some common sense. Will you go to war over a Federal “Red Flag” law passing? No, you won’t. For the three of you it will be a noisy version of suicide. Will “Red Flag” laws make a difference? NO, THEY WON’T! Why? Well because the institutions who are supposed to report things to the Feds for NICS can’t even do that or do it right. The Air Force was one of ’em, and people died in a church in Texas because the AF “employees” were criminally incompetent.

As an AP Staff member mentioned to our group the other day, “Conservatives” and the liberty minded are a lot more pissed off than they were 25 years ago. I agree. One of the reasons is that the last three years, if not the last three decades, have shown us what utter contempt, Gov elites like the Senior Executive Service members have for the working American.

They define the “This is for me and not for thee.” mentality. This is just a small issue in the “Mountain of Crap” the DC crowd is doing. Do I think those in President Trump’s Administration are trying to find, fix and eliminate the problem? I really don’t know. One step forward and two steps back seams to be the norm these days, and I haven’t seen any gas leak, let alone a gush, out of “The Swamp” that is the District of Criminals. It appears as if it’s just a big distraction from the economic “balloon”, and that “balloon” is leaking badly when you know what figures to look at.

The President has weaponized his Twitter feed, but even while the things he tweets about appear to point out a real problem, which the MSM dutifully and immediately calls “mean”, they still only end up as “fluff” and the follow on “substance” is generally, non existent.

So to the problem at hand, gun control/background checks/gun confiscation/weapons bans,….etc., etc., ad nauseam, and what to do about it. Just like 1775 at Lexington and Concord, YOU are not gonna start a war unless it is a reaction done in self defense to being attacked/fired on. As risky as letting it go that far is, you won’t start it because you/we don’t/won’t control the narrative, and most will not start a conflict with a narrative they can’t control.

On a side note, and speaking of “the narrative”. During a convo with friends and associates the other day, one of them asked why no CCW holders engaged and fired on the shooter in the Texas Walmart, with Texas being the firearms mecca that it is. The implication was that if you can carry it and have it on you, you should engage the bad guy. I mentioned that I have one prerequisite in that instance, to get those I care for, and am responsible for, to safety.

I will not draw my weapon until I see the shooter and he appears to be a DIRECT threat to me and mine. As a civilian I will not run to the sound of the shooting if I have others in my charge. If I don’t have them with me, I definitely will not run around with my weapon drawn and possibly be engaged by LEO’s or Armed Security and/or be labelled as “Shooter #2”. I don’t like it, but this is common sense in the day and age in which we live.

If they pass Fed “Red Flag” Law they pass it. If they pass another Assault Weapon Ban, they pass it. I don’t believe they will pass a total ban because they don’t have the personnel and logistics to deal with that kind of overt and deadly grief. Regardless, plan accordingly NOW! You should have read that writing on the wall three years ago, but that’s water under the bridge, isn’t it? So let’s try to be constructive.

Keep things like price in the aftermath of the ’94 AWB, and the Newtown shooting in mind. Glock 21 .45ACP 13 round mags were $80 in 1999 during the AWB, and even .22LR ammo went through the roof after the Newtown shooting as examples. Buy 20, 30 and 40 round box mags and drum mags for your weapons while they are cheap. Buy as much ammo as you can to feed those weapons while it’s relatively cheap. Buy at least one or two “Assault/Battle” rifles.  Buy a couple pistols while you can. Buy the gear needed to carry a fighting load for your weapons, and related survival equipment. Check in with John at UWGear for quality equipment that does the job well. Buy spare parts for all the weapons you have so you can maintain them after a ban. Buy and learn how to use reloading equipment, then stock up on components. Buy gear to cache your excess or back up equipment.

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Things to get now if you don’t have them. 20, 30 and 40 round mags for your rifle. Drum mags if you can get them for your rifle. Standard and large capacity mags for your pistols. Gear to carry your mags, pistol and supporting equipment.

Finally, get training on not only how to use those weapons, but how to use them and survive in non permissive environments. Both Brushbeater/NC Scout and I (MDT) offer classes on small unit tactics, operating as a small team and survival. The time is coming when you will have to make a decision. Will you stand up and fight when attacked, or will you grovel at the “master’s” feet hoping for the scraps of “Rights” he gives you?

As a Nation, we’ve been at that juncture before. There is a good chance we will eventually be there again. Steel yourself to that eventuality by making your course of action decisions now. “In the moment” will be too late, and a falter on your part will only be survivable due to Divine Providence.

The bottom line is this. You don’t have a crystal ball, but you do have historical references to guide your decisions. Prudence, tempered with realistic, historical reflection creates it’s own path to sound decisions. Good luck.

JCD

"Parata Vivere"- Live Prepared.

 

 

Independence Day, The Flag, And The National Anthem, What They Mean To Me

As a kid I was always told respect the flag of our Nation, and those that not only laid it all on the line for our freedom, but also for others around the world. I always followed that guidance, and when I was old enough I also decided to put my comfort, convenience, and life on the line, not only for the freedom of my fellow Americans, but for the freedoms we might be able to offer those around the world who were under the boot of the many tyrants and despots who inhabit this planet.

For me it was the need to give back a small amount of what I had been given in a life, that up till my point of enlistment, had been the American dream. I was nothing special as a Soldier, but I know many who I served with that are/were. Service in the name of your fellow countrymen is a privilege and an honor.

I ended my service in the Fall of 2008, and I fortunately have no regrets concerning that service, and the way in which it was carried out. I did my job to the best of my abilities, I served with others who took their commitment seriously as well, and I believe when it came time to “See the elephant”, we made a difference and saved lives.

I say all that to say this, We honor the Founding Fathers because they allowed themselves to be used by God to make this the best nation on the planet, and it still is even 242 years later. With all the faults we have as a nation, we are still the best place on earth to enjoy the freedoms others around the world only dream of. There is a reason they all want to come here, and it’s not the EBT card dreamers I’m talkin’ about.

Understand that when you see our nation’s flag or hear the National Anthem, you are seeing or hearing a representation of the good America has done, and the America we can still be if freedom is allowed to reign. That flag represents all of those who have died standing in harms way. That flag represents every American Citizen who desires to do it even better tomorrow. It does not represent the Communists who are trying to subvert our laws, and use our rules against the original intent, all so we can be subjugated by them. If you think it represents them, you are part of the problem.

There have been many missteps made by many poorly picked leaders of our Nation. With that being said, historically there have been enough triumphs to give us a reputation as the the best place in the world to go to live free. Whether you like President Trump or not, you cannot avoid the fact that he is gaining the U.S. more respect by the day with our allies, and our enemies. Obama tried to destroy our Nation’s reputation, its economy, and if you are a freedom advocate, your will. We weathered that storm, and President Trump has made great strides in undoing Obama’s many errors.

When you see the Flag or hear the National Anthem, what do you see or hear? If you see or hear all the wrongs that have been done, all the slights that have been given, all the injustices that have gone unaddressed up till now, maybe you are the problem. A glass that’s half empty will never be full of anything positive, simply because what’s filling it up is probably full of negative content.

If you see the glass as half full, and that it is filling up more every day, continue on that mindset, because a positive attitude will never fail you, even if the eventual result is failure. Remember, the flag and the anthem are representations of the idea of what good America has done, the good America can do, and the ideas which were espoused 242 years ago in the Declaration of Independence. They are also a tribute to those who have served and given the ultimate sacrifice in that service.

The above listed reasons is why I will not tolerate someone burning or disrespecting an American Flag in my presence. I don’t care if it’s your right to freedom of expression. Your Rights have a Duty, and most don’t know that, let alone understand it. The rights you espouse when you burn or disrespect a flag were secured for you by the people whose memory you now disrespect. Trying to argue for your “Right” to burn or disrespect the flag is like saying you wish your Mother had committed abortion. It makes no sense.

When you have your 4th of July parties tomorrow, take a minute and remember what the idea of America was originally. Remember those who have died keeping our nation and others around the world safe from the evil that is rampant across the globe. Most importantly, think of a way you can make a positive impact (remember, “Half-Full”) as an American, even if it’s making yourself less of a burden on society by being as self reliant as possible.

Below are a few videos I found that express some of the sentiments I’ve written here.

God Bless and keep you and our great Nation.

JCD

"Parata Vivere"- Live Prepared.

The Hammonds Petition

 

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I originally posted and to check out this petition for the Hammonds back in January 2016 and signed it on Jan. 8th (#195). They only last for thirty days, so by the 7th of February, it was gone. There have been a few petitions since then, and there have been a number of people raising money “for the Hammonds” (some nefarious and proven thieves, some not). There is a new petition as of yesterday, May 19th, and I would encourage you to sign it on their behalf. I signed it this morning, and although the first one only made it to  1,249 in thirty days, it was already up to 1,122 in less than 24 hours of being posted. Who knows, maybe President Trump will actually see this one and take action. It can’t hurt, can it?

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JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE