The Positive Impacts of Law-Abiding Citizens Owning Firearms

Gun control is a frequently discussed topic these days. There’s a lot of conversation about regulations, but not a lot about the positive impacts that firearms have on society.

Law-abiding citizens who are sensible gun owners can make for a safer and more confident nation. Unfortunately, it’s those who shouldn’t own these powerful tools in the first place that ruin it for the majority of citizens who exercise their Second Amendment rights responsibly. Take a look at some of the beneficial effects of law-abiding citizens owning firearms when you read on here.

Influence on Criminal Behavior

It’s no secret that crime happens in spite of law enforcement. In fact, in some major cities, crime happens even more frequently in areas that are highly concentrated with police. The simple truth is that violent criminals fear armed citizens more than police officers. There are a few reasons for that:

  • It takes time for police to respond to a crime — especially in remote rural areas. A law-abiding citizen in the area can often react much quicker when an incident occurs.
  • Many civilians are well trained in defending themselves and others, as they are forced to take additional courses and training in order to conceal carry.
  • In states where Open Carry is legal, visible weapons can act as a deterrent to potential criminals knowing there will be resistance should they try to commit a violent crime.

A Sense of Safety

Responsible gun owners don’t want to have to use their weapons, but it’s nice to know that they’re available if a last resort situation should occur. People deserve to feel safe and secure in their own homes and in public. The simple fact is that law enforcement can’t be everywhere at once, and in some areas, it can take a significant amount of time to respond to an emergency call.

Owning a firearm empowers the owner to take action to protect loved ones or neighbors in a timely manner — when it matters most. Stable, levelheaded firearm owners can fill the gap that police officers can’t. When push comes to shove, having an armed, law-abiding citizen around can benefit anyone unfortunate enough to require fast assistance.

Shooting Can Be a Rewarding Hobby

Besides the impact on society, shooting guns is a classic hobby and way of life for many law-abiding gun owners. Hunting is an economical and eco-friendly way to provide food for a family. Spending time at the shooting range is a great way to meet like-minded people while refining shooting skills.

Becoming a skilled shooter is a fantastic way to boost self-esteem and confidence, and it can really help gun owners to understand the responsibility that comes with owning such a powerful tool. Shooting doesn’t have to be a disruptive hobby either. There are plenty of silenced weapons that make hunting and target shooting just as unintrusive as any other sport.

Guns Create Jobs

Plenty of passionate gun owners have made firearms a career. There is a massive subculture behind the industry, and enterprising individuals can make an honest living selling products such as handmade gun holsters and rigs for firearms enthusiasts. For many, the gun industry provides a livelihood and allows good people the opportunity to work in a field they genuinely love.

It’s an American Right

American citizens have the right to bear arms. While a citizen uprising is unlikely in these modern times, history has shown that the government wields less power when the people are able to fight back if necessary. If a large-scale conflict should occur, it’s important that American citizens are able to stand together and take necessary action to preserve their personal safety and the safety of their loved ones.

The Takeaway

Good people with guns make the world a better, safer place. It’s the mentally unfit minority that makes headlines. It’s critical that gun owners understand the responsibility and the power that comes with owning a firearm in order to offset the negative attention garnered by people who do not respect the law.

If more law-abiding citizens carried firearms, and those who were deemed unstable or had criminal records didn’t have access to them, the scales would be tipped in the favor of the law-abiding majority. Be the change that you want to see, and show the world that safe gun ownership is entirely possible if the right people continue to use their weapons for their intended purpose.

Author Bio – Alex G Forrester is a content marketing and SEO professional who enjoys the challenge of driving sales through blogging while creating awesome and useful content. In the beginning of 2015, Alex quit his day job and ditched his plan to head to law school all so that he could start and launch his freelance career.  When Alex’s not at work for clients or coaching business owners and solopreneurs on how to start a website and earn money online, he can be found on the beach with his black lab, Louie. Say “hi” to Alex on Twitter!   

Happy Birthday Sean

November 14, 2013

November 14, 2013

Sean,

So many things I would have liked to share with you… The simple pleasure of warm sunlight on your face. The color of the sky on a cloudless, moonless night. The smell of a freshly caught fish. The intensity of what truly great music sounds like. Subtleties involved in humor.

But we will never have those — or the millions of other — opportunities.

Goodbye son. Show me around and tell me what it’s like when I get there.

Love,
Dad

Beginners Guide For Hunting Preparation And Reminders For Professional Hunter

Lots of new people go out for hunting every year but most of them return with the empty hand. Hunting is not just taking a gun and shooting the target. You can’t see any progress in hunting until and unless you acquire some skills. For taking the game down you must know the initial factors that are related to hunting. Even sometimes professional hunters also get distracted for not taking the right decisions and steps while targeting and shooting the game. Missing the target actually ruin the day which is so pathetic for a hunter.

So, to chase the game you have to follow some hunting rules literally technique. You can’t avoid these hunting techniques if you want to be a pro hunter. Besides knowing the hunting techniques, you also have to prepare for the hunting season. Now you must be wondering what are these preparation that I don’t know? These are simple and you know most of these things. But If you forget some of these things before hunting season, here is my article to remind you the preparation to be taken for a hunting season.

Know the hunting rules:
The first thing that you must know is the rules and regulations related to hunting spot and species. All sports are not open for hunting and hunters are not allowed to hunt all kind of species. Before You start planning for your new hunting season you must know the state regulation regarding hunting. You must check the rules because every year rules changes. This year doing something in hunting spot might be wrong which was right for doing in the last year. That’s why you should recheck the rules and regulation of hunting.

Take the necessary gears:
Your gear and tools choosing for hunting should depend on the type of hunting you want to do. Either you choose bow or rifle for hunting take the perfect one. Don’t use any rifle that is prohibited by the state hunting regulations. For deer hunting, you can use a long-range rifle which is recommended by the professional hunters.
Other essential gears that should be taken are hunting knife for skinning the game. Hunting clothes to hide you from the target. Hat or cap if the sun is scorching badly. Hunting sunglass to keep your eyes safe from the gas when you fire the rifle. Hunting boot for better hunting convenience. You can also choose a two-way radio for your hunting gear if you are planning on hunting with a group of hunters. This will allow you to communicate with other mates to make the plan.

Take permission for hunting:
If you want to go for hunting in a public land then you must have to take permission from the authority to go for hunting. Hunting also requires the license for different species. You cannot hunt big game like deer if you get the license for small game hunting. You can take the license from the local license vendor who will give you a tag for hunting a certain species. If you want to hunt both big game and the small game then you have to get the license for both.

Scouting before going to hunt:
Hunting season begins before one or two weeks of the opening day. Your success in hunting mostly depends on this first or two weeks prior to the opening day. Take a map and see where the game is located. You can get the map from the state department of hunting or from the resources available online. You can easily identify the location of the game you want to target following the map.

After getting the map now scout the hunting spot. By scouting the hunting spot before the opening day, you can make the plan from where you can target the game. Most importantly for hunting, you will need a place either on the ground or on the tree to track the game and shoot the game without placing any footprint of your location. That’s why you should scout the place to know where the game lives and the feeding place. If you know these things before the opening day then you are going to make the season successful.

Hunting on private land:
If you own a private land for hunting then you will not need any permission all you need is to get the permission for the hunting license. If you want to hunt in a private land that belongs to another landlord then you must take the permission from him. Also, follow his rules and regulation for hunting certain species.

Use your techniques:
Hunting techniques normally depends on the game. For ELK hunting you have to know how to call the game. Generally, hunter goes for ELK hunting by group. Some people call the yalk whom we know as caller. And some people hunt the game whom we know as hunter. Calling plays the most important role in ELK hunting.
For bird hunting you have to know how to find the bird. Specially for upland bird hunting you will require a dog who can assist you to find the dog. Most of the time you will need to shot the game multiple time in case you miss the first shot. So, for this reason you have to make plan B or C before shooting in the Plan A. For bird hunting especially for upland bird hunting you have to have the top skill for targeting.
For big game hunting you can feed the game before the opening day. If you feed them regularly then you can easily target them. Because in the opening day they will again come in the place where you have feed them. This way it will be easier for you to call the game near your targeting spot.

This are the initial techniques and preparation that we often forget. Even some people who are new in hunting they don’t have any knowledge about the prior work before the opening day. Hope now this hunting preparation checklist will help all the hunters for their successful hunting.

Bio: This is Chris louis from Northpoint consulting. Travelling is my hobby . I travel place to place and share my stories with people who also want to travel like me.

It’s ‘insane’ that civilians can buy semiautomatic assault rifles

A Trump administration nominee for a top Pentagon job told Congress on Tuesday that it’s “insane” civilians can buy semiautomatic assault rifles — like the type used in Sunday’s deadly church shooting in Texas.

“I’d also like to — and I may get in trouble with other members of the committee — just say how insane it is that in the United States of America a civilian can go out and buy a semiautomatic assault rifle like an AR-15, which is apparently the weapon that was used,” said Dr. Dean Winslow, the nominee for assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, during his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Read the rest of the article: http://abcnews.go.com/US/top-trump-pentagon-nominee-insane-civilians-buy-semi/story?id=50996546

Lessons That Hunting Taught Me: The Quiet Meditation of Stillness

In our fast-paced world, an increasing number of people are seeking stillness. Practices such as yoga, meditation, and mindfulness have never been more popular. The human mind is rebelling against the rat race, and many of us seek to escape, at least occasionally.

 

While I’ve always appreciated the closeness with nature you experience, when hunting, I was taken by surprise when I discovered the art of stillness during my recent outing. To my surprise, I realized how each hunter must practice complete stillness to succeed, and the many hours of hunting I had clocked up over the years suddenly produced unexpected results.

The Surprising Discoveries of My Hunting Trip

Even the preparation is, in some way, a mindful process because your decisions are based on a variety of factors, including lunar phases, time of year, time of day, deer movements, and behavioral patterns, and much more beyond. The preparation is geared toward fully blending in with nature and completely becoming a part of it. Even your choice of clothing and equipment or the fact you don’t use a powerful cologne before hunting illustrates the efforts to completely unite with nature.

 

This time, we opted for an evening deer hunt simply because it was more convenient. We sought out the best vantage point and sat in wait, immersed in complete silence. The weather was mild, the wind soft, and the interplay between sunshine and shade in our chosen wood offered perfect visibility. It was a perfect day for hunting, and all we needed to do was practice patience and wait.

 

Except, for one reason or another that day, I couldn’t get myself into a complete state of stillness. I was restless, I couldn’t get myself into a comfortable position, I coughed several times for unexplainable reasons, and I kept fidgeting. How many deer I frightened off that day, I couldn’t tell you. All I can say is my restlessness and inability to blend in highlighted the absolute need for stillness like never before.

 

On our way home, I pondered my discovery and contemplated the hidden benefits of hunting.

 

The Hidden Benefits of Hunting

My inability to blend in that day led me off on an entirely new train of thoughts. Up to that point, I had enjoyed hunting and been grateful for the time spent in nature, as well as gifts of a successful hunt. I had never taken a step back and looked at the “stillness-aspect” of hunting. It had never dawned on me; how many similarities exist between “hunting-stillness” meditation and mindfulness.

 

Soon, I concluded that a hunter’s stillness and oneness with nature is comparable to meditation. You need to be still, remain silent, be present in the moment, become one with your surroundings. A hunter has mastered these skills but, I am sure, few would classify their ability to be still as spiritual know-how.

What Experts Say About the Benefits of Hunting

Health experts have described the well-known benefits of hunting like enjoying nature, spending time outdoors, physical activity and exercise, helping the environment, and bringing a feast home to your family. Some have, however, added little-mentioned positive aspects of hunting, including:

 

  • Mental Discipline: Surprisingly, hunting is as much a mental activity as a physical one. Concentration skills, multi-tasking, observational skills, and problem-solving skills are key. Ninety percent of marksmen consider sport’s hunting primarily a mental activity.
  • Mental Relaxation: Hunting also provides mental relaxation for busy minds because hunters leave all their usual worries behind and focus entirely on the task at hand. This is enormously beneficial when it comes to stress relief.
  • Adrenaline Boost: Hunters experience plenty of adrenaline rushes. Though adrenaline is often associated with stress, many people deliberately seek out exciting pastimes precisely because of the adrenaline rush. Experts list a heightened state of mental awareness as the prime benefit of an adrenaline rush.
  • Mindfulness: Health experts have been promoting mindfulness or “a state of awareness and clarity” as a stress-relief tool. Hunting requires a sharp awareness, and this element of hunting may expand into other areas of life.

 

Every Successful Hunter Has Mastered the Art of Stillness

Hunting is perhaps the one pastime demanding utter stillness. When you go out to lie in wait, you become fully aware of your surroundings and the rhythm of your breath and heartbeat. You are fully present in the moment and become part of your surroundings. To bring your hunt to a successful conclusion, you try to remain undetected.

 

You keep your breath still so the wind won’t spread your scent and frighten off your prey. Your mind is entirely focused on the interplay between your surroundings, the animal you are watching, and your body. The racing thoughts normally plaguing you have evaporated, and you become invisible. Undoubtedly, your hunting success is rooted in complete awareness and utter stillness.

 

How Hunting Stillness Can Spill Over into Your Life

Ever since that day, I practice hunting stillness even when surrounded by traffic. Whenever I feel stressed out, I close my eyes and imagine myself out hunting. I try to practice the same stillness, blend in with my surroundings, focus on the wind and my breath, and leave my racing thoughts behind. Sometimes, I reach a state of calm; other times, I don’t—but each time, I improve a little.

 

My daily stillness practice has made me a better hunter. Now that I am aware of the importance of mastering the art of stillness, I am better able to blend in and fully become part of nature.

 

Why Stillness Is Important

Nowadays, when our body and mind are in a constant state of overstimulation, the need for stillness is ever-increasing. The benefits are abundantly clear and may include:

 

  • Reduced stress levels
  • Improved quality of sleep
  • Stronger immune system
  • Better mental health
  • Increased energy levels

 

I now try to set time aside each day to practice stillness and attempt to reach a state of complete calm. Though at times I struggle to calm my thoughts, I persevere. Whenever I do manage to calm my entire body and mind and maintain this stillness for a while, I relax.

 

Sometimes, this state of relaxation stays with me for the entire day and, on such days, I am far happier and better able to cope.

 

Hunting has taken on a whole new meaning for me now, and I enjoy and value my favorite pastime even more.


This guess post was written by Ross, the content manager at eKnives — who enjoys waxing green heads and eating venison jerky.