2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pics from the 'net....


Been away from this blog for a few days, sorry.  Sitting here in the bunker cranking out a few posts to put out for the next few days...and then I am on vacation (holiday for you European types).  Going to warmer regions for a week with the family, might chime in once while there if I run across anything worthy of mentioning on the gun front, but doubt it.  Going to maybe try and push some stuff out for next week before I leave..we'll see......

Back to the post...  Often I run across some funny stuff on the internet in the form of pictures....and sometimes you gotta think a bit when you see them...  Here are a few examples...

#1 Old Lady with guns...



OK, that's a funny story right there.  But I have to take a sec and question the "what are you afraid of / not a f___ing thing" line.  Yes, I know its a joke.  But many will look at that and high five themselves mentally thinking "hell yeah, packing my piece I fear no evil either..for I am the baddest mothere....blah blah blah".  Yeah, you go buddy...right to your grave.  Fear is a natural, essential part of being human.  Anybody who has told you that they have faced death or danger without fear is either lying, crazy, stupid or a combo of any of the three.

The fight-or-flight response is a natural response to fear and the difference between those that fight and those that fly is not necessarily determined by whether one is armed or not.  I assure you that most of those "black ops" guys all the mall ninjas try to imitate in dress and equipment have one thing that they don't.  An acknowledgement of fear.  Being brave isn't necessarily being fool hearty or blindly jumping into danger, its doing so knowing the danger but doing it regardless of the fear out of a sense of duty or honor to a higher calling or commitment.  Once one can acknowledge their own fears they can then learn to manage and control them in order to work with fear, and not against it.  That little "Spidey sense tingling" feeling one might get right before an ambush on patrol, the slight shiver that a police officer might feel before entering a dark alley that causes him to ready himself, the increased heart beat a CCW holder might feel when they notice the three 'hoods at the corner are sizing them up as they walk buy that causes them to move there had where its accessible to their weapon...all of this is fear.  Its caused by ones awareness of the environment and the bodies reaction to stimulus it receives (sight, sound, smell, ect) and past training and experience that tells the brain to "watch out".   Heed its warning, its your own version of a "early warning system".

Like in the 1986 movie Wall Street where Gordon Gecko talks about greed...Fear Works!  Those who think that a gun will enable them to conquer fear by itself are destined to either fail and freeze or over react when they are confronted with it in a life or death situation.   A gun is a tool in your arsenal of self defense, its not a magic wand that will make all things right it and of itself.  Train yourself to deal with fear and use it instead of fighting it...

#2.  Velociraptor Free Workplace...



Found this on my neice's FaceBook page.  I've seen a couple different versions of this on the internet.  Yeah its funny, funny and whether the person who made it or those that read it realize, it makes a point about guns as well.  Its modeled after those "gun free zone" signs that we see often.  This is obviously made to make fun of them and does so rather well.

What it also does is point out how ridiculous the "gun free" signs are as well.  A sign like this will no more prevent you from an attack by and extinct dinosaur than a gun free sign will prevent someone carrying a gun intent on doing bad things from walking through a door.  Does anyone actually think any workplace shootings have been stopped because the disgruntled employee who packed a pistol and a bag of ammo and went to work to shoot his fellow workers got to the door and said "dang, I guess I can't go in now!".  Of course not.  What signs like that do is to legally (at least in Ohio) limit the ability of legally armed citizens that, in most cases, have passed background checks and obtained some level of training to carry a gun from freely entering businesses that think signs like this make a difference.  Sorry folks, criminals do not obey laws..or signs for that matter..hence the name "criminals"..as in "one who commits a crime".

I have stated it before and will so now, guns are not for everybody.  A fully armed society may be a "polite" society in some views but is unrealistic and unobtainable to boot.  Even in societies that have mandated martial participation in pursuit of the common defense you do not find 100% participation. There is a town in Georgia that mandates by law all residents own a firearm...but its an unenforceable law.  In the meantime you have two types of people that carry guns...those that do it legally by either position (police/LE) or choice (licensed CCW) or those that illegally (criminals).  Only one of those two categories will obey those signs...which one do you want in your establishment?  I know the one will be in there regardless (criminals) so what is the sense letting the law abiding ones stand outside?

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Pictures are powerful communication tools.  Before photography painting and watercolors were one of the most important forms of visual communication available.  Paintings took days if not weeks or even months and years to paint, in which time the artist had ample time to develop and shape the message he wanted to convey to the audience.  Since the dawn of photographs, especially the explosion of digital imagery, TV and the internet we are bombarded by visual stimuli.  Its so bad that many Americans have only a "sound bite" grasp of the meaning of images presented to them.  They judge the meaning of an image solely on the second it takes to absorb the reflected light into their eyes, transcribe it to the brain and make a preliminary decision on its meaning.  Sometimes we need to slow down on what we see and think about the deeper meaning of what we observe and how it might apply to our otherwise buy lives.  While taking an art class in college I remember the professor telling us that art appreciation was not a passive pursuit.  An active mind and critical eye are required to fully assimilate and images meaning...any less and you are simply a mirror looking across the surface of an oceans, reflecting what is on the surface without ever knowing what lies beneath.

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