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  1. Perhaps someone should inform young Mr. Kaepernick that America militarism is the reason he speaks English instead of German or Japanese.
  2. Vietnam ERA Veteran - Never set foot in country USAF - AGE mechanic, ARNG - Mortar-man 4Duece Life Member VFW NRA member, of course. Volunteer Fire Fighter - Retired EMT - Retired 50 Years in Telecommunications. Still active. Traveling Man
  3. The Devil Said to me: There's a storm coming. FEAR the storm. I said to the Devil: Screw you, Devil. I AM the storm!
  4. I possess a concealed carry permit because it's required by law in North Carolina. I carry a weapon because it is my constitutional right to do so if I so choose. North Carolina is an open carry State and I have, on occasion, done so. I am reluctant to extol the merits of either carry method, as both require a level of personal responsibility, training and a good deal of caution. These are not called deadly weapons for no reason. Never have I fired a round in anger, or in defense on life. I hope that decision is never presented to me, however concealed or open, it would be a shame not to be prepared.
  5. I am new to this forum, however I am not new to the AR platform. Serving in the Air Force in 1966, at basic training, we were issued a M-1 Carbine. There was talk of another platform to replace the M-1, and before our first trip to the firing range, we were relieved of the M-1 Carbine and issued a new M-16. The platform had been around since 1959, but was new to us. Who would have ever thought that little rifle would cause such controversy even today? It's the name that does it; That would be ArmaLite Rifle #15. Colt bought the ArmaLite patent and modified the AR15 to the military spec M-16. The rifle has been terribly maligned by anti-gun groups and self serving politicians, and AR (Armalite Rifle) has been bastardized to AR (Assault Rifle). Sounds much more sinister, doesn't it. Of course that's the intent of those groups of people. Let's make it sound scary and push that false narrative on the American public. Do it enough times, and the name will forever be AR Assault Rifle. We, the public, gun forums, gun dealers, etc. are partly at fault for allowing this renaming to happen. So recognizing that we are partly to blame, we can begin to reclaim the original meaning of AR - ArmaLite Rifle #15, simply by referring to it as such. We say Winchester Model '94, Browning A5, Ithaca Model 37, why not ArmaLite Rifle #15. Imagine a politician standing before congress with a bill that bans an Armalite Rifle #15, rather that him standing there with a bill banning an Assault Rifle. What's in a name? You tell me.
  6. The General Assembly in Virginia is poised to 'light the fuse'. With signatures on a sheet of paper, thousands of, until that moment, law abiding, gun owning Virginians will instantly become felons. Seven Virginia signatures on another sheet of paper in 1776, objected to "the establishment of an absolute Tyranny" by King George, established themselves as men " endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights , that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness ". King George has been replaced by a Governor and General Assembly, who derive "their just powers from the consent of the governed", and are now standing at the edge of Tyranny. " Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it". Let this "fuse" be seen throughout this nation as a warning torch held aloft by patriots reminding all law abiding, gun owning Americans that we have a duty to each other, stand up and let lose the gales of November on election day. " 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". Not then, not now, not ever!
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