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California: Making Us Better Citizens: One Lightbulb and Gun Law at a Time

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I’ve noticed something about California lawmakers: They don’t trust us citizens to be good people on our own. So they create laws to help us become better people … with their help.

As a transplanted Texan, do I need the enlightened folks in Sacramento to help me be a better person? Nope. When it comes to lightbulbs and handguns, I need a nanny state like I need a hole in the head.

Take this legislative push to help Californians use less energy. If you add floodlights to the outside of your home, by law they must have motion sensors that kick them on and then turn them off after the neighbor’s cat triggers them at 3 a.m. Why not just leave them turned off when you go to bed? Because this makes way too much sense.

You see, most Californians can’t be trusted to turn off their floodlights before turning in. The folks in Sacramento know this right well, which is why they created a law to help mitigate our thoughtlessness. However, if you buy newer, more efficient LED floodlights, you don’t need a motion sensor built in.

It’s kind of a carrot, you see—do the right thing, and buy an energy efficient LED floodlight, and it doesn’t matter that you’re still likely to leave your floodlight on. This way, thoughtlessly burning it all night uses much less energy.

Many Californians use LEDs because they use a fraction of the energy of fluorescents and incandescents. They’re smart and cheaper. Do we need a law to be wise and thrifty? Nope.

Guns Guns GUNS!

As silly as the lightbulb thing is, California’s handling of the “gun issue” is the mother of all efforts to make us citizens better people. Here’s an irony—once a part of the Old West where saloon disputes were solved with revolvers on main street, California has become an overprotective, hyper-legislative wuss of a state.

Conversely, Texas is the rootinest tootinest shootinest hombre east and north of the Rio Grande. Most Texans take a heap of pride in this distinction. Mostly for this reason—through all its bluster, Texas runs on common sense.

Funny thing is that for years as a Texas resident, I didn’t give a hoot about owning a gun. After moving to California and experiencing the angst and annoyance many Northern Californians felt during the Obama years, I now exercise my Second Amendment rights with grit and gusto.

You see, when a silly pseudo-Old West state like California tries to force itself on us for our own protection, we’re likely to protect ourselves from it. It’s called Freedom, and it’s mighty scarce ’round here.

A matter of trust

It all boils down to this: California lawmakers, many of them hailing from the Northeast either directly or one or two generations removed, don’t trust their citizens—or anyone for that matter—to do the right thing. This goes for energy use and for self and/or property protection. In the case of firearms, these Yankee know-it-alls think California citizens don’t need those dangerous, treacherous things.

Know how many people guns kill people in California annually? A big, fat zero. Criminals kill people—with guns. Folks in Sacramento don’t seem to understand this about guns: They need a finger to trigger them. Otherwise, they’re just pieces of steel or alloy. And limiting magazines to 10 rounds doesn’t do diddly.

You see, it’s not like bad people are gonna abide by the law and make sure their magazines are legal capacity. They don’t follow the rules in getting weapons; why would they give two shakes about a 10-round magazine limit? Here’s a timeless truth: Criminals will always have and use guns.

More good guys and girls with guns

Here’s another truth: Good can always more effectively combat evil. How many times do we hear of a good guy with a gun saving others by stopping a bad guy with a gun? Depends on where we get our “news.” It happens more than we know—just as it used to be natural and right for police to stop criminals by shooting them.

How’s this for fair: A background-checked and trained citizen is ready to protect others, but the 10-round limit gives the criminal the advantage in a firefight. Here’s an idea: Instead of forcing citizens to carry more magazines (which negates concealment, by the way), why not let good guys and girls use magazines that hold as many rounds as the handgun can manage?

Level the playing field between good guy and bad guy, right? Common sense? Nope. California lawmakers don’t consider this commonsensical; they think it’s dangerous. Why? The answer brings us back to an earlier point: If they don’t trust us to turn off floodlights, why would they trust us with guns?

The truth is that they want to eliminate gun ownership in California … period. It’s that simple. They think citizens who want to own and use guns shouldn’t. Their legislative message is always this: Don’t be a right-wing, gun-crazy nutjob—that’s what Texans are for.

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Patrick grew up in Texas and graduated from the University of North Texas with a master’s degree in journalism and advertising. His undergraduate degree is in English and photography. He served six years in the U.S. Navy where his life was changed forever by the Lord Jesus Christ. He lives in the Sierra Nevada of Northern California with his wife, dog and two cats. He enjoys hiking and cycling, taking pictures, writing and blogging at https://luscri.com/



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DO YOU KNOW YOUR GUN TYPE?

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Do you Know your Gun Type?

There are so many TYPES of handguns out there aren’t there?

If you are new to shooting or only have handled one or two; you may not be aware of all the different types of handguns that are available!

It can be kind of confusing with all the levers and switches and although they all have barrels and triggers some function very differently than the others!

Today, I’m going to break the most popular types of handguns that are used across the country for competition, concealed carry/home defense, law enforcement and the military or just for recreation.

Handgun Types – Most Popular

  • Derringers
  • Hammerless or Snubnose Double Action Revolvers
  • Double Action / Single Action Revolvers
  • •Single Action Only Semi Automatics
  • •Double Action/Single Action Semi Automatics
  • •Striker Fired Semi Automatics

Understand that this video is not an exhaustive review; there are other reputable Gun manufacturers and models out there.

This is just my take on the most popular and most used and abused and have stayed in the fight long enough.

Conversely, due to my experience on the ranges I’ve seen some doozies of some models that just don’t run or don’t run well. I’d recommend sticking with the top 10 gun manufacturers (in my opinion):

Manufacturers

Glock – Striker

Sig Sauer – DA/SA DAO/ SAO & Striker

Hk – DA/SA DAO and Striker

Smith & Wesson – Revolvers & Striker •Springfield Armory – Striker

CZ – striker Fired Most Popular

FNH – DA & Striker

Colt – 1911’s & Revolvers

Kimber -1911’s

Ruger -Revolvers

Choose wisely my friends! Go to a range; ask your friends and family, get some training and test drive some until you find the one that is right for you!

Don’t forget to follow me on FB/IG and subscribe here on YouTube! And checkout my new site www.thegunlifecoach.com

That’s all I got for you today! Evolve Your Skills and Evolve Yourself!

 

Stephen D. Powell ~The GunLife Coach

 

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McCuomo “Takes a bite out of our rights”

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Like the old dog McGruff you can’t teach an old dog democrat new tricks. For as long as they have been around democrats like to chip away at the rights of citizens.  Governor Andy of New York is still hung over from the power conovirus gave him has announced a state of emergency from gun violence. Power the founders and voters never intended for him to wield. He will use this addition power to reward his cohorts with a brand new state agency, a jobs program, and fight out of state straw purchases, to combat systematic injustices (??). Andy also promised to allow people to sue gun manufactures if one of the criminals he lets out of jail or without bail uses a gun to rob or kill you. This will only cost the law abiding citizens of formally broke New York State $140 million.

Democrats have always been supporters of disarming those that threaten their power. When the 13th amendment was passed they responded with the “Black Codes” that prohibited blacks from owning firearms. When the gangs of New York that supported Tammany Hall complained about the dangers from armed citizens, the Sullivan laws were passed. 1934 saw the banning of fully automatic weapons, by 1938 a federal license was required to sell firearms and records of gun ownership was instituted.  1986 saw mandatory prison for using a gun in commission of a crime. 1990 saw the ban of fictitious assault weapons, the 90’s saw many liberal democrats trying to sue gun manufactures for criminals using their guns. And last but not least Cuomo’s “Safe for Criminals act”.

When one see’s the amount of gun restrictions in the name of safety one has to wonder about the democrat game plan. From selling untraceable guns to Mexican cartels during Fast and Furious to defunding the police what is their goal. When was the last time you saw a straw purchaser receive a high profile prison sentence? Why are they releasing criminals from prisons, inviting the worst of the worst from every third world country? Removing bail so criminals are on the street before police have a chance to finish their report. How many BLM, Antifa rioters have been prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law?

The answer might be connected with George Soro’s push to fund district attorneys races thru out the country. By doing so he has control over what crimes are punished and which ones slide. Notice attorney Mark McClosekey prosecuted for defending his home against rioters threatening to burn down his home. Not one rioter was even charged with trespass. Notice how many mass shooters were known to FBI and local law enforcement but they never stepped in to stop or even flagged them on the national back ground check.

Step one in the plan to disarm Americans might be to turn the country into a lawless society where honest citizens will risk the wrath of the law to defend themselves. Step two will be to get the media to always blame the guns and not the criminals or politicians that enabled such activity. Step three will have paid operatives start calling for more control of guns and the useful idiots and Hollywood celebrities will join the chorus. Step four try to codify all gun laws as federal laws. Step five ban guns. (Ask Sarah Johnson how banning guns in England is working out)

The biggest impediment to their step five is that pesky Constitution. You know the one written by dead white men, that should be a living, changing with the times document. It unequivocally states our rights come from God and not governor Cuomo, George Soros or the federal government. Until they can get the masses to accept them as smarter and more woke than the founding fathers they must work around this road block. They do this by trying to make guns and ammunition more expensive. They try to demonize gun owners as some sort of crazy. They try to pervert the meaning of “Shall not infringe” to only mean hunting. (IE: why would you need more than 10 rounds to hunt?) They will make gun ownership a hassle thru excessive fees and draconian regulations. Try to drive manufacturers out of business thru lawsuits. Make so many regulations and laws that even the most careful citizen will be a law breaker.

So be warned when the democrats talk about safety it is their safety they are referring to. If they would push us so far as to curtail our free speech, force business to close, and make everyone comply with their mandates no matter the logic or science. Imagine how far they would go if we could not fight back. Never forget the founding fathers put the second amendment near the top because they knew the nature of man and what he would do for power. Ben Franklin once described the way to destroy a nation is like eating a large cake, you start by nibbling away at the edges.

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