Why Now Is The Time To Buy A Gun

Your days may be numbered when you can legally buy a gun. If you think a gun ban is an incredulous possibility, you should consider some recent developments in the political landscape.

Gun ownership in the Unites States is nearing threat of extinction. Hillary Clinton has made many statements against gun rights. She can claim she wants common sense reform, but those are lies for a gradual and complete eradication of the Second Amendment. When her husband was president, the Clinton “Assault Weapons Ban” was imposed from 1994 to 2004. Senator Dianne Feinstein proposed the ban saying people, “can’t be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans.”

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

The court decision of District of Columbia vs. Heller was split 5-4. After the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, it is now split 4-4. That is 4 Justices in favor of the ruling and 4 dissenting opinions (not exactly dissenting anymore). Do you see how the balance of power will shift one way or the other with a new Justice? The Heller decision holds that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual’s right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. If Clinton becomes president, she will appoint a new justice to the court.  If that happens, the POTUS AND the Supreme Court of the United States will be against the Second Amendment. These are truly dangerous times not only for gun rights, but all the rights of the people. If they can take down the Second Amendment, they will take away the first and all the rest.

Americans are uncertain of the future in terms of who will be president, what will happen with the Supreme Court, and what will happen with gun rights. The gun market will react to speculation, whether there may be a gun ban or not. We have seen this before in previous elections when gun stores couldn’t keep certain firearms and ammo in stock. Store shelves were empty as they could not keep up with high demand. Prices were driven sharply up, people kept buying what little stock could be found because of the idea that these items would be unavailable for an unknown period of time or possibly forever. People were buying up the supply at high prices and hoarding. Eventually the market went back to normal, but these items are still in demand. Businesses have responded by adding 24,763 gun industry jobs in 2015 according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Some stores have expanded their offerings and products, many new retail stores have opened and new suppliers have started businesses to meet the demands of consumers.

If you are a first time buyer, or looking to add another gun to your collection, now is the time to buy. Avoid the high prices and crowds at the gun stores later this election year and Christmas season.

 

Why I Carry

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9mm rounds

When I turned 21 I got a Concealed Carry Permit. I didn’t live in a high crime area or have paranoia issues. None of my friends or family ever used a gun to protect themselves. I didn’t think I’d be in a situation where I needed a gun. I still don’t. So why then, do I carry a gun?

At this point I could default to the utilitarian (and very valid) argument that, “it’s better to have and not need than to need and not have.” Much the same way that I click a seatbelt every time I get in a vehicle, if it doesn’t hurt to carry a gun, why wouldn’t I carry a gun? But let’s be honest, we wouldn’t be satisfied with much in life if, when asked why we do what we do, our response was, “why not?”

For me, and hopefully many others, the reason for carrying runs much deeper than, “why not?” I do it because it’s independent. It’s self reliant. It’s everything governing bodies from the beginning of time have feared – If we the people have the ability to protect ourselves, our families, and our property, who else can claim such a responsibility? No one. And it is our responsibility! A free people must maintain their freedom by ensuring their own safety. As we know, the government that promises freedom and safety will provide neither.

It’s simple. I am a free man. That is why I carry a gun.

4 Every Day Carry Essentials

What are you carrying right now? I’m not asking about your firearm, I’m interested in your every day carry (EDC) gear. You can’t take your firearm everywhere, so it is good to have other tools. As a Liberty Carrier, I want to be ready for anything, my EDC gear allows me to respond to daily challenges with ease. Minor annoyances or stressful situations can be overcome by being prepared.

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My EDC Gear in Bento Box

Have you ever been in a situation where the power suddenly went out and you were in the dark? Has your cell phone battery ever died? Have you ever been unable to pay for something? Have you ever lost track of time or were late to a meeting? Were you ever unable to open something? I’m sure at one point or another some of these things have happened to you. Obviously a gun would not be the tool to help in those situations, this is where your non-firearm EDC gear comes into play. These items are small and easy to carry on my person, my 4 essential EDC items are: wallet, watch, knife, and flashlight.


Wallet
I carry my wallet at all times for several reasons. One reason is for identification, whether I think I will need to show it or not. I don’t live in a constitutional carry state, thus I need to have my CPL with me at all times when carrying. A second reason is to have multiple forms of payment available; if there is a power outage, no electronic cards can be processed and merchants will only accept cash. I can protect my privacy by using cash, instead of leaving a record of the merchants I visit. The final reason is that it keeps my important things organized and secure in one place. I have used a Maxpedition wallet for 8 years and it shows little signs of wear.


Watch
There are only 1,440 minutes in a day, I want to be productive as possible with such a scarce resource and honor my time commitments. In addition to displaying the month, day, and time, other useful features of my Casio G-Shock digital watch are the back light, timer, and stopwatch. I set the timer for 4 minutes everyday while my french press coffee is brewing. Using the illumination in the dark does not ruin my night vision or give away my location. Wearing a wrist watch allows both of my hands to remain free which makes life easier and is much better for self defense.


Knife
My SOG Flash has just about unlimited uses, I can’t say enough about this folding knife. The most common thing I use my knife for is opening packages, especially those I order from my advertiser Amazon.com. Some boxes of ammo are taped on the end, so a knife is the perfect tool for the job. I once was walking down a busy path and saw a girl fall off of her bike because her pant leg became pulled into the chain and stuck in the gears. She got up on her own, but was attached to her bike by the caught fabric, my knife made quick work of cutting the material and freeing her. Your EDC gear can help others as much as it will help you. Your knife can go places that your gun cannot and can be used for self defense.  An attacker may be too close and you cannot draw your gun, a knife is much quicker. I recommend taking a knife fighting class, if you can’t find one, the next best thing is to read the excellent book Contemporary Knife Targeting by Christopher Grosz and Michael Janich.


Flashlight
You can take a flashlight anywhere, it will allow you to light up the darkness. With out-of-control government regulations shutting down the coal industry, we are much more likely to find ourselves in the dark. One time I was shopping with my mom in a large store when a sudden and powerful thunderstorm knocked out the power. There were no emergency lights, the store was pitch black, my Fenix flashlight allowed us to see our way out of the store. A flashlight can be useful day and night, it can also be used as an improvised defensive striking implement.


Smart Phone
While a smart phone is a versatile tool, it cannot be relied upon. Everyone knows someone who has had a broken phone, cracked screen, dropped in water, won’t turn on, etc. It is a delicate computer with limited battery life. I protect my Galaxy S4 with a heavy duty Otter Box. It’s best used as a communication tool, do not use it to check the time constantly as you will be wasting battery and distracting yourself, not to mention rude. Imagine using your cell phone flashlight to find your way out of somewhere but the battery is quickly depleted and dies, leaving you with no way to call for help.

At night, many criminals will lie in wait around mall parking lots looking for a person with the cell phone glow bathed across their face. You are easy prey when you are distracted by a cell phone and the bright screen diminishes your vision. You likely won’t see the attacker(s) coming, plus one or both hands will be tied up, unable to parry an attack. The smartphone itself may be the target of theft for resale on the black market. Keep your phone out of sight and out of mind and maintain your situational awareness.


Where does it all go?
All of these items will be placed into secure pants or shirt pockets. You wouldn’t want to put your gear in a coat or bag that you might set down. When I change clothes or when it’s time to retire for the night, all of my EDC items go into one spot, ready to go when I am. I’m using the Violent Little Machine Shop Bento Box which I received as an awesome gift from my cousin, thanks bro!

What are your thoughts on EDC? Let us know in the comments!