gun owners

Philando Castile – who had been improperly stopped due to racial profiling – told the officer that he had a gun on his person. He told the officer that he had a concealed carry permit. He produced the gun his ID at the officer’s request. – as seen by millions of people.

He was still killed by a trigger-happy cop.

Jeronimo Yanez should’ve been found guilty of manslaughter, plain and simple. 

And the NRA? Its silence speaks volumes. It rushes to exploit the murders of children but doesn’t say a word when a patriot fights back against tyrannical politicians or when a black gun owner gets gunned-down by a police officer.

(Apologies to those who reblogged before my corrections were made.)

Philando Castile

He can be just a regular guy who isn’t as sweet to the entire community as he is to his wife and daughter and he still doesn’t deserve what happened.

He did everything that was expected of a legal gun owner and still got killed. 

It’s nice that I saw what type of person he was, but I NEVER, EVER want people to Minority Report Black people just to say we deserve to live. We deserve the same rights as everyone to a fair trial, to a lawyer, to things like that and be convicted later… while breathing.

I hate this.

The gun owners of America should be upset, but I know some of them won’t be. So you know what? I honestly don’t care about the second amendment anymore. 

Aye I once was a kid all I had was a dream
Mo’ money mo’ problems, when I get it I’m a pile it up
Yeah I’m dope wonderbread we can toast
So fresh how we flow, everybody get their style from us
I once was a kid with the other little kids
Now I’m whippin’ up shows and ‘em fans goin’ wild with us
Tell mommy I’m sorry
This life is a party
I’m never growing up

(team north america’s goal horn)

Hundreds and hundreds of small boats pulled by countless pickups and SUVs from across the South are headed for Houston. Almost all of them driven by men. They’re using their own property, sacrificing their own time, spending their own money, and risking their own lives for one reason: to help total strangers in desperate need.
Most of them are by themselves. Most are dressed like the redneck duck hunters and bass fisherman they are. Many are veterans. Most are wearing well-used gimme-hats, t-shirts, and jeans; and there’s a preponderance of camo. Most are probably gun owners, and most probably voted for Trump.
These are the people the Left loves to hate, the ones Maddow mocks. The ones Maher and Olbermann just *know* they’re so much better than.
These are The Quiet Ones. They don’t wear masks and tear down statues. They don’t, as a rule, march and demonstrate. And most have probably never been in a Whole Foods.
But they’ll spend the next several days wading in cold, dirty water; dodging gators and water moccasins and fire ants; eating whatever meager rations are available; and sleeping wherever they can in dirty, damp clothes. Their reward is the tears and the hugs and the smiles from the terrified people they help. They’ll deliver one boatload, and then go back for more.
When disaster strikes, it’s what men do. Real men. Heroic men. American men. And then they’ll knock back a few shots, or a few beers with like-minded men they’ve never met before, and talk about fish, or ten-point bucks, or the benefits of hollow-point ammo, or their F-150.
And the next time they hear someone talk about “the patriarchy”, or “male privilege”, they’ll snort, turn off the TV and go to bed.
In the meantime, they’ll likely be up again before dawn. To do it again. Until the helpless are rescued. And the work’s done.
They’re unlikely to be reimbursed. There won’t be medals. They won’t care. They’re heroes. And it’s what heroes do.

via–Todd McLaren

Motherfuckers out here with “Cocks Not Glocks” actin like I can’t have a sizable collection of Bad Dragon dildos in addition to my guns. 

Talkin like Gun Owners don’t like assplay. 

anonymous asked:

Please stop posting about Communism and Socialism. Some of us that beleive in these things are gun owners. I don't mind pro 2a posts, but what I come for is pictures of guns ect. Not to be told my political beliefs are wrong.

Your political beliefs are wrong and have killed millions of people.

Trump’s Civil War

Trump’s unwillingness to denounce the white supremacists who came to Charlottesville last weekend bent on violence has been part of his political strategy from the start.

Remember, weeks after he began his campaign by alleging that Mexican immigrants were criminals and rapists, two brothers in Boston beat up and urinated on a 58-year-old homeless Mexican national, subsequently telling police “Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported.”

Instead of condemning the brutality, Trump excused it by saying “people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again.”

During campaign rallies Trump repeatedly excused brutality toward protesters. “You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks.”

After white supporters punched and attempted to choke a Black Lives Matter protester, Trump said “maybe he should have been roughed up.”

Trump was even reluctant to distance himself from David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan.  

Since becoming president, Trump’s instigations have continued. As Representative Mark Sanford, a Republican from South Carolina, told the Washington Post, “the president has unearthed some demons.”

In May, Trump congratulated body-slamming businessman Greg Gianforte on his special election win in Montana, making no mention of the victor’s attack on a reporter the night before.

Weeks ago Trump even tweeted a video clip of himself in a WWE professional wrestling match slamming a CNN avatar to the ground and pounding him with punches and elbows to the head.

Hateful violence is hardly new to America. But never before has a president licensed it as a political strategy or considered haters part of his political base.

In his second week as president, Trump called Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association to the White House.

Soon thereafter, LaPierre told gun owners they should fear “leftists” and the “national media machine” that were “an enemy utterly dedicated to destroy not just our country, but also Western civilization.”

Since then the NRA has run ads with the same theme, concluding “the only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom, is to fight this violence of lies with a clenched fist of truth.”

It’s almost as if someone had declared a new civil war. But who? And for what purpose?

One clue came earlier last week in a memo from Rich Higgins, who had been director for strategic planning in Trump’s National Security Council.

Entitled “POTUS & Political Warfare,” Higgins wrote the seven-page document in May, which was recently leaked to Foreign Policy Magazine.

In it Higgins charges that a cabal of leftist “deep state” government workers, “globalists,” bankers, adherents to Islamic fundamentalism and establishment Republicans want to impose cultural Marxism in the United States. “Recognizing in candidate Trump an existential threat to cultural Marxist memes that dominate the prevailing cultural narrative, those that benefit recognize the threat he poses and seek his destruction.”

There you have it. Trump’s goal has never been to promote guns or white supremacy or to fuel attacks on the press and the left. These may be means, but the goal has been to build and fortify his power. And keep him in power even if it’s found that he colluded with Russia to get power.

Trump and his consigliere Steve Bannon have been quietly encouraging a civil war between Trump’s base of support – mostly white and worried – and everyone who’s not.

It’s built on economic stresses and racial resentments. It’s fueled by paranoia. And it’s conveyed by Trump’s winks and nods to haters, and his deafening silence in the face of their violence.

A smaller version of the civil war extends even into the White House, where Bannon and his protégés are doing battle with leveler heads.

National security advisor Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster fired Higgins. Reportedly, Trump was furious at the firing.

McMaster was quick to term the Charlottesville violence “terrorism.” Ivanka Trump denounced “racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis.” Reportedly, chief of staff John Kelly pushed Trump to condemn the haters who descended on Charlottesville.

Let’s hope the leveler heads win the civil war in the White House. Let’s pray the leveler heads in our society prevent the civil war Trump and Bannon want to instigate in America.  

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Springfield Armory M1A

Classic American rifle chambered in .308 Winchester, the M1A is Springfield’s designation for their models. Other companies that build rifles like Smith Enterprises or Rockola will mark theirs as M14. If you’ve ever delved into the M1A/M14 “fandom”, you’ll always run into the never ending debate about who makes the best, most accurate (by spec not grouping) receiver. Every company claims to have used the original factory blueprints and incorporated the best steels and heat treating processes to build a superior receiver. In the end your average gun owner/shooter really won’t care aside from the final cost. (GRH)

vox.com
Why millions of Americans — including me — own the AR-15
What everyone is getting wrong about the weapon behind some of the worst mass shootings in America.
By Jon Stokes

“The AR-15 is not an “automatic weapon.” As we’ll see shortly, the range of firearms that fall (to one degree or another) into the category of “AR-15” is staggeringly diverse, but one thing they all have in common is that they all fire only one round with each pull of the trigger. In contrast, the AR-15’s military sibling, the M16, is capable of fully automatic fire, which means that the gun will keep spitting out bullets as long as the trigger is pressed and the magazine is loaded…

“…My point in bringing up the lever action rifle is that civilians have been buying “weapons of war” for a very long time, since the black powder musket days. This is partly because soldiers who come home from wars to enter civilian life often want to buy a version of the weapon they were trained on and trusted their life to. And it’s also because “military grade” is widely (if sometimes mistakenly) understood to mean “this technology has been tested in the real world, the kinks have been worked out, and its reliability and effectiveness have been proven in the field by an entity with the resources of an entire nation at its disposal.” Thus it is that since the dawn of the gunpowder age, gun buyers have snapped up military hardware, because that is often the very best hardware they can get their hands on. In this respect, today’s AR-15 buyers are no different than yesteryear’s lever action rifle buyers….

“…The AR-15 is less a model of rifle than it is an open-source, modular weapons platform that can be customized for a whole range of applications, from varmint control to taking out 500-pound feral hogs to urban combat. Everything about an individual AR-15 can be changed with aftermarket parts — the caliber of ammunition, recoil, range, weight, length, hold and grip, and on and on. In the pre-AR-15 era, if you wanted a gun for shooting little groundhogs, a gun for shooting giant feral hogs, and a gun for home defense, you’d buy three different guns in three different calibers and configurations. With the AR platform, a person with absolutely no gunsmithing expertise can buy one gun and a bunch of accessories, and optimize that gun for the application at hand. You can even make an AR-15 into a pistol….

“…So the “defensive rifle” (as opposed to the “assault rifle”) is a nonsense idea that exists only in the minds of people who know nothing about guns. This being the case, you can’t fault gun owners for not buying or building such a weapon, because that is not a real thing and never will be. An assault rifle is a defense rifle, and a defense rifle is an assault rifle; these two concepts are identical — such is the very nature of armed combat, in which one person is trying to prevent himself from being killed by killing the other guy first. Anyone who “needs” a defense rifle “needs” an assault rifle, because they are the same…

… “You may reject all of the rationales offered above, which is fine. It’s totally respectable for you to admit that you don’t believe the rationales for AR ownership outlined above are legitimate, and therefore we should outlaw civilian ownership of a very large category of weapons. But what isn’t respectable is to argue this way, and then to turn around and claim that “nobody is coming for your guns!” That’s insulting, and we both know it isn’t true. Stop doing that. If you’re serious about banning guns, you can talk about banning all semiautomatic guns, or about restricting guns to a list of approved models or actions. This is may not be politically realistic at the moment, but at least it’s consistent and rational. But talk of banning just the “AR-15” — as if that’s a specific model of gun that you can just up and ban — is technologically infeasible and ultimately counterproductive.

Writing Tips: Building Tension

My hands hesitate before the keys. They tremble, suspended mid-air as I strive to spin together a thought. Writing tips. Writing tips - what do I know? The glaring screen captures my attention as blood pounds in my ears. Slowly, slowly, I start to type…

Hey guys! Building tension is one of the most important parts of any story, and it’s important to get it right, so I’ve strung together a few of my top tips on how to put the reader in the edge of their seat.

1. Vary the lengths of your sentences.

I stare down the barrel of the gun. Its owner sneers. The trigger clicks, and I run, my hair billowing in the night air as my feet fly and I try to drag air into my lungs. I can’t outrun him.

An underdeveloped example, maybe, but do you see how I used a few short sentences, then a long one, then a short one? Play about with your sentences like this, it’ll make your reader feel more in the moment, which can only be a good thing, right?

2. Use (more than) five sentences.

Obviously you tell the reader what the characters see, this we know, but what about everything else? Tell us the little noises - the click as they swallow, someone’s rasping breath, the trickling of water. Details that make this more realistic. But perhaps that’s obvious too. Go deeper - I want to smell the stench of flesh as they search the bad guy’s lair, the sweaty odour before the big fight, the gunpowder after the warning shot. And deeper still! The icy bite of metal handcuffs as they hero tries to escape, the taste of smoke on their tongue as they search the smouldering remains of a building for survivors…

Let’s see: sight, sound, taste, touch, smell… Is that it? No! There’s the air pressure, temperature, muscle tension, pain, time, thirst and subconscious ones, like feeling presences near you. Use these to your advantage to truly capture your audience.

3. Put your characters at a disadvantage.

Your hero is in the forest, knowing the beast is nearby. The reader knows he’s going to outrun the beast because duh, he’s really fast. But oh no, the hero tripped on a tree root, he breaks his leg, as he hears the beast’s snarl drawing closer.

Or maybe their hands are still tied together as they make their great escape. Or they have to navigate their way to safety in the pitch black, unable to see a thing! This challenges your reader’s belief that everything will OK, thus creating fear and tension.

4. Cut down your word count.

The trick is to be concise. All of your ‘because’s and ‘she felt’s and ‘if only there were’s, consider getting rid of them. And all of your redundant sentences, the ones that just draw things out, delete them all. Only leave the raw, intense action and emotion to leave your reader desperate for answers. 

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And there you have it! Hope this was valuable to you guys and you enjoyed reading, let me know if this was helpful. See you next time!

- Hazel