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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Hillsdale College, Shooting Guns, and More

From left to right: Sheila Brey, instructor; Gena Grant, event coordinator; Shannan Chada, instructor; and Sheila Hoekstra, lead instructor

Trust me: if you love to shoot pistols, trap, skeet, archery, 3-D archery, and sporting clays, you must check out Hillsdale College! I’ve been here for just under a week, and I have grown in so many ways. It’s so satisfying to visit a college that is so deeply committed to the Constitution and is preparing our young people for the future; to be with people who share my values and where I’m supported in practicing Judaism; and where I have excellent instructors who have improved my shooting skills dramatically.

As I wrote in an earlier post, we scheduled attending this workshop, not realizing that Yom Kippur fell right in the middle of the week. I asked the Hillsdale representative if there was anyone who would be holding Yom Kippur services—at a Christian college, right!—and they found a group that was holding abbreviated Erev Yom Kippur Services and morning services. Even though both services were short, I was so moved to be praying with other Jews and they were so welcoming, too. I did fast from sunset until lunch the next day. I do not think in any way that this was a “replacement” worship—there are no substitutes—yet I was so contented having Hillsdale College support my faith.


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Buying a Gun Does Not Make You a “Responsible Gun Owner”…


…training, practice, and following the rules of gun safety make you a responsible gun owner.

Whether it was driven by a fear of a gun-grabbing Chief Executive or the fear of more crime in their communities, Americans bought guns in record numbers. As a result, 2016, like 2015 before it, was a banner year for gun sales in the United States.


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Defensive Firepower on a Budget


buying_a_handgunThe boom in gun sales over the past few years has been largely driven by a surge of interest in owning a gun for personal defense. Many first-time gun buyers are realizing that they themselves are the actual first responders to a crime, and that the police usually arrive on the scene only after a crime has been committed.

Choosing a gun for self-protection can be a daunting task: There are many different types of guns to chose from, and confusing buzzwords like “trigger reset” and “FBI minimum stopping power” are the norm inside a gun shop. In fact, in many ways, choosing a gun is a lot like buying a stereo, except that in the back of your mind, you know that your life does not depend on buying the correct subwoofer, but it just might depend on choosing the right gun.


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Choosing Your First Firearms Training Class


nra-basic-pistol-safety-class-1If you’re one of the millions of people who recently purchased a firearm for the first time, congratulations and welcome to the ranks of American gun owners. Like the majority of modern gun owners, you probably bought a gun because you were concerned about self-defense or want to enjoy the shooting sports in some way. Buying a firearm for self-protection is one of the most adult things you can do, because it means you’ve realized that law enforcement personnel are not “first responders,” they’re actually second responders. The first responder to a crime scene is, and always will be, the victim of the crime itself.

If you are the victim of a violent crime, you will not receive a flash of inspiration from on high about the best way to use your gun to prevent injury or death. In order to save your life and possibly the lives of others around you, you’ll have to rely on your instincts and the training you’ve already received.