By Victor M. Baca
Everyone who cares about defense against tyrants or criminal evil needs an AR-15,backed up with a reliable 12 Gauge, along with a pistol for good measure. The “Holy Trinity” of self defense: Rifle, shotgun, handgun. A triple threat to tyranny and crime. I was reading about Mexican cartels taking territory in Antelope Valley, CA. I think I’m going to resolve to shoot a lot more.
The world is getting to that point where you need to think long and hard about defending yourself. You can’t rely on the military or the police to save you. Most of the people I know have long ago given in to the official narrative as espoused on the nightly news. “Guns are bad things and they can ‘go off,’ all by themselves.” I would not expect any of these “manly men,” who are actually acting more like scared girls these days, to come to my defense should society boil over. I truly believe they’ll be face-down in a video game when trouble comes a’knocking. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not really entirely the fault of postmodern men.
We let the commies redefine men for us. Remember all those TV shows and national advertising that subtly changed the roles where the male lead, usually “Dad,” was so dumb, even a teenager could get the better of him. The bumbling dad role begins to include the cross-dressing son and so on. Then the power businesses flooded the airwaves with their advertising featuring weak men. Soon a lot of men become boygirls in a generation or so. So, males ended up being weak guys who are gonna have to toughen up real quick if trouble ever comes. I’ll bet a lot of them will do just fine, if they can survive long enough. It’s all a matter of mindset. But, they are, afterall, Americans. We got Freedom in our blood. Hell, we don’t know any other way.
Comes right back around to guns. I tend to like them all. That’s how I learned, nobody ever really taught me how to shoot. I bought a really cool Smith & Weson blue-steel Model-18, .22 caliber revolver with a 4″ barrel. My first real gun, back in 1977. Then I got a pile of those shooter’s manuals from the sporting goods and gun stores, “Pistol and Revolver Digest,” comes to mind, a pile of gun magazines, a few VHS tapes, and I learned how to shoot and reload, using the trusty Lee Loader when I became enamored with the versatile .38 Special. (If assembling ammo on your kitchen table, with a small hammer no less, freaks you out, you might want to skip that part). But, really, the Lee Loader is an ingenious set of dies that let you reload a specific caliber using the minimum of tools and taking up less space than socks in a drawer.
I was lucky, I could shoot as a member of the public at the local police range for a nominal fee. I reloaded the .38 Specials (148 grain “target wad cutters,” loaded on top of a charge of 2.7 grains of Bullseye powder, a nice target-velocity load, as I recall). Don’t take this as a recipe, though. The first thing you want to get if you’re thinking about reloading your centerfire cartridges is a reloading manual and read the whole front part about bullet types, powder considerations, powder charge in grains-all that specialized shooter stuff. Like any discipline, it’s a good idea to read up on it on the internet and you may even decide it’s not for you afterall.
For me, the prime focus of the shooting sports was all about self-defense. A Whatcom County deputy asked me one afternoon while on patrol, “So that’s your house huh? Do you have a gun to protect yourself?” I tend not to automatically trust any cop, because I believe the officer or deputy with the wherewithal to imprison me or summarily take my life must prove his virtue before I’ll trust and accept his authority.
I, probably with much suspicion in my voice, answered, “Yup, and I know how to use it.” I didn’t mention the shooting range I built beside my house and the daily practice that honed my skills to the point I could blow away a tin can, shooting from the hip with my Smith and Wesson Model-15 revolver.
The deputy nodded in affirmation, “Great! ‘Cause by the time I show up, I’ll be taking a report. You live this far out, you need to be able to protect yourself.”
It reminds me of the time I was buying a nifty stainless steel S&W L-Frame .357 snubby at the local pawn shop In Bellingham. A beat cop walked in to see the books, looking for stolen property. He looked askance at my soon-to-be great gun deal and said, “You buying that?”
Again, my answer was a non-committal, “Yup.”
He nodded, “That’s a great gun, you take care of it and it’ll take care of you…”
When I decided to carry concealed, I took a citizen’s class offered by Blaine, WA police chief Bill Elfo. We met at a local fire station and he brought along examples of weapons suitable for concealed carry. He talked about the law, your role as a citizen and his ideas that the citizen has some responsibility in personal self defense. He spoke as well about the possible role the armed citizen can play in the real world, coming up against a scenario where a policeman is in need of immediate help alongside a lonely county road. Bill Elfo eventually became the Whatcom County Sheriff and I have a lot of respect for him.
I love cops like that. They know the score and like the idea of citizens armed and well trained in the shooting skills. A wise law enforcement officer knows a well armed citizenry is a form of back-up and not a threat. To me there is no greater ally to the average person than a law enforcement official who sees value in the armed citizen. I’ve been lucky to live in towns and counties where most of law enforcement sees the public as potential partners.
Now, let’s look at the man who’s single-handedly responsible for the sorry state of our nation as it stands today, the Communist racist, Barack Hussein Obama. If you look at his history since taking the position of President of the United States, you see a man who stirred up the notion that all whites are inherently racist, living in a racist country they created, even though they voted for and accepted the first black (well, half-black) president of our nation. He repaid their gracious votes by immediately calling them racist and has been working against the white race ever since.
There’s no other way to put it, like it or not. It almost sounds white supremacist when I read it, but it isn’t. I can blue check every freaking box on your card-carrying race card. I don’t wanna know your race, I just wanna know if you’re made right or not. You got my back I got yours, that kind of stuff. So if the truth hurts about even thinking of a brewing race war, don’t start in on me, I’m too old to give a rip anymore, just leave me alone and stay the hell offa my grass.
Obama also took advantage of any and all school shootings, (he holds the record for school shootings on his watch), to gin up hatred for the 2nd Amendment and our right to defend ourselves. Now everyone who doesn’t agree with Democrat Party “ideals” is a racist. The white guy, Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot and killed two other white guys intent on murdering him and blew away the bicep of another, (who was admittedly pointing a 9mm pistol at Kyle’s head at the time he was shot), has been called a racist and murderer so many times in the press, most people believed it. We now base our daily news “information” on a journalism profession that can’t even tell a black guy from a white guy. It’s so easy to fool the masses with damned lies.
The events of this past week with the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial, judged by a jury of 12 brave citizens to be not guilty was a pleasant surprise. Lately we’ve seen juries cave to threats and public pressure and this jury had it in spades. They did not cave, and that fact gives me hope. For, if they had given in to “public opinion,” we would surely see a strengthened attack on all of our 2nd Amendment God-given rights and calls for the confiscation of guns. Like those brave jurors and Kyle Rittenhouse, we must all guard this right to self defense and jealously defend it to the death if need be. Ask any Australian, they know all about it.
I had to sell most of my weapons when I was forced to live homeless due to a bad economy where the derivatives sellers and the financial “wizards” doing what they called, “god’s work,” destroyed the economy back in ’08. Those guns put food in my belly and provided the wherewithall to get an RV van to live in instead of a tent. I’m building back better, and still need an AR. Or maybe a SKS, I like them both. There’s an old saying in shooting circles, “Beware the man with only one gun.” It refers to the fact that the person who only relies on one firearm is likely to be so familiar with it that you’d be up against a foe who has deadly and practiced skills. I did keep the one centerfire gun that I was the most practiced with, so don’t you get any crazy ideas.
Thank God I still have what I need to protect me and mine. God bless America, and you all stay safe.