Thanks to Eric, Chad, Ray and the whole IV8888 crew for providing the range day every year. Full video coming soon!
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It is no secret I really did not like bump stocks when they first appeared on the scene. They rank up there with the arm brace in my mind. These accessories seem to me more of a plague on the gun industry than anything else. I like my guns well designed and built from the factory. These parts almost seem to troll the guns they are placed on. They are the gesters of gun parts.
BUT, and I have a big one! I also believe that in our free society, each person should be able to make these decisions based on their own choices. Some of my friends love these accessories and have much fun shooting with them, So I get joy out of seeing them shoot with them. Are they hard rubber and plastic lesions on guns? Yes, but who am I to judge? I am placing my opinion here and not on your videos.
My biggest peeve is with Wayne LaPierre. I want conservative leadership at the NRA and I do not think he fits the bill. I wanted him to come out and identify the problem as an ideology that was carried out by a psychopath on peaceful, free-loving people. Not blame gun parts and suggest that gun laws need to be "reviewed". And I am completely baffled by his thinking that a national right to carry law would have done any good here. This seemed to be some sort of bone he was throwing NRA members. I haven't decided myself that national reciprocity is a good thing. I would rather the states take care of reciprocity agreements. The federal government has no place making laws regarding who can carry and who cannot. It seems to me like Mr. LaPierre is trying to run interference for congress. I want to see the votes on any legislation regarding gun laws. I do not want ATF agents who are not elected officials creating legislation from their bunkers. I do not see Mr. LaPierre's comments very well thought out on this matter.
I went to IV8888's Range Day just yesterday and spoke with a few friends there about the issue. I spoke with Tim at MAC, Sootch, Mrgunsandgear, DBcooper and Marco of gun channels and while there were some differing opinions on some details, the general consensus seemed to be that people were not happy with how the NRA is handling this issue. I also noticed that Hickok45 and Big John were no-shows. I know Hickok has a more favorable opinion of the stance the NRA has taken but I am not sure if that had anything to do with him missing the event. I think he and John have had a positive impact on the sport and I hope they will be vocal and continue to provide their opinions on the matter.
I have never before seen a period in time nor a happening that has the potential to divide the shooting sports community than the event in Las Vegas. I do know that we should try to get along and after meeting with people face to face at Eric's range day, I am even willing to work on my hardened opinions to get along better with people who I disagree with. There is something about being able to hear one's voice and see their eyes to know their sincerity. I am convinced most gun owners are passionate and sincere about their beliefs. We just need to figure out a way to stay united for the 2nd Amendment.
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A viewer, GOVSWALKER, placed these links on the video I made [Thank you] about the SHARE Act being moved out of committee. It is super easy so please clink on the links. It will automatically send the letter to your represenattive. Can't get any easier. As you may know, the Hearing Protection Act is now a part of the SHARE Act.
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I was thinking one day, as I often do, and thought, "wouldn't it be nice if we were older", oh wait, that's a Beach Boys song :) . . . What I really thought was that it would be cool to start a Political Action Club (PAC) that meets once a month in a hangout and actually performs activism while in the hangout. Activism would include, organizing group members, calling our political representatives live on air and having guests that are people who get things done. Of course, that would make us people who get things done too, which is the cool part.
I have already sent out invitations to people like Sen. Bob Corker, who is my Senator from Tennessee and I am sure there are many more interesting people we can contact and interview to try to sway their opinions in our direction. It is only a matter or organizing and making the effort.
I will be scheduling evening organizational meetings (hangouts) soon and at these meetings we will plan our missions which would be held during hours that politicians and movers are in their offices. So we would have say 3 weekly meetings during convenient hours and 1 monthly meeting at a special time so that we could reach these movers and shakers by phone.
It's gonna be fun and I will release a video soon to announce the first PAC meeting. Please register here or contact me for details. I also hear that people who participate will be entered to win a freakin gun!! :)
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I am starting a new investigation into a phenomenon I call "The Gun Owner Dynamic". It deals with the different types of gun owners and their philosophy about guns and (just as important) their politics. After 10 years on YouTube and becoming an insider, I think I am uniquely qualified to take on this (what I would like to think of as an) investigation into the mind of the culture of gun owners.
My thesis? I think that guns attract all types of people. The obvious conservative, the fence straddling independent and even the ultimate hypocrite, the liberal. The group that intrigues me the most is the gun loving liberal. I think there are more of these than we know and they are scattered amongst all other groups. Like a cancer on true gun and freedom lovers. They hide among us waiting to beat down the ideas of true gun lovers and those who want to make positive changes to laws passed by corrupt administrations.
So join me as I document and expose those who dwell among us with the motive to tear down the foundations of freedom. It's gonna be fun!
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In Support of Operation HPA
One of the funniest adages in the construction industry is "Just do something, even if it's wrong". The idea is that some sort of action is better than no action at all. So for our first mission, Barret and I are going to create flyers and go out locally to raise awareness of the Hearing Protection Act of 2017. You can participate in this mission by completing the mission objectives and requirements.
Mission Objectives and Requirements
1: Test concept of USconOPS community goals and operations.
2. Raise local community awareness to the Hearing Protection Act of 2017
3. Download Mission Handout here and share it with people you meet.
3. Begin building USconOPS operator base.
4. Document mission with video and post it here.
The goal of this mission is to support a larger operation which is to help pass the Hearing Protection Act of 2017. There will be other smaller missions by USconOPS members coming in the following days. Also stay on the lookout for videos
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