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This Is Why We Win
Mike Rowe visits Demolition Ranch in a quest to become a middle-aged action hero for his CNN TV show, “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.” Unsurprisingly, he has a tremendously good time shooting shotguns and blowing up a significant portion of the area outside of Austin, Texas.
This is why gun rights are advancing and gun control is losing: At the end of the day, safely shooting firearms is fun, and marching to take away the right of personal protection is not fun.
Firearms: The gateway drug to freedom.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmNOV05ZZCgPublished in Domestic Policy, General, Guns
I can’t think of many things more fun than blasting clay pidgeons. Makes me want to try actual duck hunting. Although the pistol range is also pretty stinking fun.
If you don’t, they’ll over-multiply. You have to keep the population down to a sustainable level.
And yes, I know, he doesn’t wear eye protection the entire time.
Bad (and dangerous) form there, Mike.
There may be seven mixed metaphors in that formulation, but it works, it really works. Thanks.
Love the disclaimer!
A guy at work wears a shirt from an ammo manufacturer that reads “Freedom has a nice ring to it … and a little bit of recoil.” Just so, shirt. Just so.
I haven’t bought a gun in a year. Feels wrong.
My husband and I got the CT conceal carry license right after the Cheshire Ct home invasion a few years ago. We followed up by joining a Rod and Gun Club about 35 minutes away from our home. We go there several times a month to practice . Its been the best thing we’ve ever done together. Our skills and confidence are improving. Just finished the class for the Utah multi state permit. Its been a wonderful experience.
I understand it isn’t necessarily the point of the post, but Mike Rowe is a great American.
I have never seen any of his shows (but enjoyed this one). If you don’t already, follow him on FB. His posts are terrific.
I have a fun example from last month, on a camping trip with some friends. We took 4 of the ladies, with ages ranging from mid-50s to mid-70s, shooting with the guys. At the start, they looked nervous about touching a gun. Within an hour, they were regular Annie Oakleys, posing like Charlie’s Angels for Facebook photos, and asking when we could do it again.
From my cold dead hand, indeed!
Don’t feel too bad. I haven’t bought a gun for myself in about 10 years.
I have bought 3 for my older son (now 20), and with my younger boy about to turn 13, I’ll probably get him a 22 rifle for his birthday.
Mike is a “Baltimore” guy, and Mrs III and I and a half a dozen parents of Eagle Scouts had a wonderful luncheon with his Mom. (Yes Mike is an Eagle Scout, but are you surprised?)
If you ever want to know what molds a person, listen to the tales their parents can impart. She will tell you that his experiences in the BSA were formative to Mike and his outlooks on life. If there was ever a walking talking reason why the parents here on Ricochet should take the time and energy to get your children into scouting, he is a poster boy.
And yes they have a great (coed) program for the young gals starting at age 14 called Venture Crew. Out troop started one about 8 years ago and I have been stunned by the character of the ladies that have joined our crew. As a side benefit they “matured up” the boys and make them play their “A” game. It was not what I expected when we started it, color me surprised.
My wife and I are with #8; we have common patients with Dr. Petit and were forced to re-examine our personal safety practices in light of his family’s terrible tragedy. Then we did nothing until Sandy Hook, which led us to take the courses and get the permits. We got concealed permits for CT and MA so that we don’t have to take guns out of the car each time we drive over the line to grab a burger. And we keep Mace in the glove compartment (color coded to the car) so that we can carry non-lethal protection when out on city streets. Firearms are indeed liberating. My only concern is forgetting and leaving a gun in the car when we drive through New Jersey or into Manhattan.
Just want to second GLDIII’s endorsement of Boy Scouts of America.
All three of my sons Eagled; not with a great amount of enthusiasm and cutting the deadline close. But they all learned management and survival skills. And son #2 (enlisted in the Marine Corps) has mentioned that the leadership skills have been invaluable. He’s amazed how unwilling his peers are to take a leadership role when some team effort is required.
Son #3 Eagled only because I managed to convince him that at some point it would be considered subversive. But even he rolls his eyes at his peers who can’t put up a tent, light a fire, tie down a load, make dinner.
When the zombie apocalypse happens, trust me. You want to be at my house with all three sons in residence. They are tanned, rested and ready.