22 October 2014

Something to Think About

There's a question that I get asked quite often: "Why does everything always change? Why can't things stay the same?" I always have the same response.

"If nothing changes, then how can things get better?"

Don't get hung up on how things used to be. The past is past, and we are always dealing with the now.

History is important, and offers lessons for today, so that we don't repeat the mistakes of the past. But we mustn't get stuck there. Rather, let's look at where we are right now, and make a sober assessment of reality. Once we understand the current events, then we can plan for the future.

Let's face it, folks: we know what works, and what doesn't. Why keep repeating the same old same old?

It's time for change, but we must observe another very important principle:

Each time you have the opportunity to make a choice, move in the direction that YOU want to go.

Firearms and the State of Alaska

I've been asked to elaborate on the firearms freedom here in Alaska.

Simply put, there is no permit required for concealed carry. Open carry is okay, too; it's up to the individual's discretion. I was reading comments in one of the 1911 forums, last year, and saw a comment by a California Highway Patrolman who said he grew up in Alaska. His comment was, "Guns in Alaska are like drugs in California: everyone's got some."

That's true. It's also true that nearly everyone carries, most of the time. (Maybe not as many in Anchorage as elsewhere, but still ...) Some folks choose not to bring them to work; and some employers have banned them inside their buildings. This, of course, varies widely by employer and work conditions. State law does permit the owner of any building to post a specifically-worded sign, prohibiting firearms inside.

I've written that we can carry in City Hall. That was true when the State enacted its preemption law a couple of years ago, but the State and the courts have made it clear that they can't prohibit guns in a public building. They can (and have) posted areas within City Hall where guns cannot pass ... such as the Mayor's chambers.

Anyone who is 21 years of age and otherwise legally able to purchase a firearm can also carry concealed. We cannot carry:
  1. While intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.
  2. On or in any school property or grounds, posted areas within government buildings, or any court building.
  3. In any place or premise where alcohol is sold for consumption. It is an affirmative defense, however, if possession occurred at a place designated as a restaurant and the person did not consume intoxicating liquor.
  4. In any place where signs are posted indicating the prohibition of firearms.
  5. In any private residence without the permission of the owner/resident.

In addition, the latest change to the self-defense statute is that there is no obligation to retreat; one can defend one's self "anywhere that person has a right to be."

Other than that, carry is practically encouraged. Since there are bears in many of the city parks (they tend to be near streams) and many moose, it's amazing how common concealed carry is. I've seen some guys packing so much concealed hardware that it makes the anti-shoplifting devices at stores flicker a few times as they enter.

Another example: at our church, we discussed this topic and asked how many people had - right then - knives with blades longer than three inches. Almost every hand in the congregation went up. Then we asked how many people were also carrying firearms. About three-quarters of the hands stayed up. In that group of about 120, that represented around 90 firearms in the room.

The sound man, a rather large fellow, showed me his knife after church; he was carrying a 12" bowie under his sweatshirt. I jokingly asked where his pistol was; he said he had a .454 in his truck. Okay then.

And yet no one was injured or killed. No weapons were brandished; no shots were fired. I know the anti-gunners would probably get the vapors by the sheer volume of shootin' irons ... so here we have a city of 300,000 people, with many more firearms than that. And none of us shot anyone on the way to work this morning.

To sum it up, I was standing in line at the local coffee shop the other day, and a good friend came up from behind and put her arm around my waist. I had a brief moment of anxiety as I knew she could tell my 1911 was there. She looked up at me and said, "I love men with guns."

Eat your hearts out, guys. :)

20 October 2014

Reprint: America in the Balance

By request, from a friend:

While much attention has been paid to the administration's announcement of further restrictions and infringements on that which shall not be infringed, we mustn't forget that there are other forces at play.

Radical Islam not only threatens our nation, our security, and our lives, but there's another side which we've now seen playing out all across Europe and elsewhere. Apparently peaceful Muslim adherents to the radical view move into communities, begin multiplying their numbers through both procreation and recruitment, and then ... when they reach numbers that they consider sufficient, they suddenly turn into militants, using protests, disruption of service, and legal challenges to force Sharia law onto unsuspecting populations.

Case in point: an Anglican bishop stated, in 2009, ""Many bishops prefer to turn their heads, to carry on as if nothing has changed, rather than face the reality that England is no longer a Christian nation."

The use of Sharia, or Islamic religious law, is growing in Britain, with thousands of Muslims using it to settle disputes each year, but women's groups and some others are objecting.

Meanwhile, in America, "40 Percent of US Muslim Voters Want Islamic Law, 12 Percent Want Death for Blasphemers".

There's the apparent, on-going loss of morality as many in the population congratulate themselves on how "post-Christian" they are. The media's war on Christianity is obvious to most of us, with adherents being demonized for believing in a code of moral behavior centered around obedience to the Creator of us all.

That doesn't fly with many. Admission that a Supreme Being exists would require acknowledgement that He is in charge and makes the rules. Of course, we can't have that.

Of course, many of the things mentioned above flow out of, and through, the Progressive movement, firmly in place in this nation since the presidency of Woodrow Wilson, wants to "progress" past the Constitution - and it is they who insist the Constitution itself is a "living document, subject to modern interpretations which would be unrecognizable by those who wrote it. Their heartfelt desire is to subvert, twist, and suspend that document - the supreme law of the land - as often as they can. They insist that it really doesn't mean what it says in black & white.

The Progressives are those who wish to "appease" the radical Islamists.
"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."
-Sir Winston Churchill

But first and foremost, the very soul of this nation is under attack. By passing unConstitutional laws restricting our natural (pre-existent) rights, attacking Christianity as being divisive and somehow "incorrect", society in general is farther than ever before from the foundational principles which the framers of the Constitution believed necessary for continued existence.
"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” (John Adams, 2nd President)

The Apostle Paul wrote, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
Ephesians 6:12, KJV

In modern English, that reads, "This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels." (Eph. 6:12, The Message)

If you of the praying, Bible-believing sort, please believe that we are at a very critical juncture in our history, as we fight for our continued existence. The outcome of this very battle may well determine whether America remains that shining city upon on a hill, or declines into just another banana republic with rule by oligarchy.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

An Inch, They Said


6+ inches at our house; less as I drove north toward work.