Thanksgiving Proclamation

George Washington
February 22, 1732 - December 14, 1799

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to “recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3rd day of October, A.D. 1789.

Five Reasons Why You Have the Right to Carry and Should Be Insured



I’ve been watching the news a lot lately. Every morning is a new story about another assault, murder, home invasion, or car-jacking. Every day I have another reason to be glad that I live in a country that allows me the right to own a gun and protect myself. Like most people, I have my own reasons to be concerned with the direction that our country is headed, but there is only one that really matters to me –

1) There are people who would rather take what I have than work for it.
2) There are plenty of people who are willing to prey on the weak.
3) Tempers are short and violence comes easily to the disenfranchised.
4) Prison overcrowding has placed dangerous criminals on the street.
5) My family depends on me to keep them safe.

Any of these reasons would be compelling enough for me to want to carry a weapon. Caring for my wife and family. The thought of questioning my financial ability to carry a weapon for fear of litigation is bothersome to say the least. I am grateful to know that for law abiding gun owners, there is an insurance policy that will protect me should I find the need to protect myself or my family.

Knowing that I have self-defense insurance protection should I be sued or investigated for a lawful shooting is a comfort for both myself and my family. It means that I don’t have to worry that an attempt to protect them will leave them with a stack of bills that they can’t pay. It means that I don’t have to stand impotent while my family suffers at the hands of strangers. 

I would like to think that I would do whatever it took to protect my family in any case. Money shouldn’t be a consideration when you are facing danger. Sadly, in our litigious society, it is. Every action we take is a potential lawsuit. Everywhere we turn there is some dishonest loser willing to lie to make a quick buck. Self-defense insurance gives me peace of mind knowing I don’t have to worry about being a victim twice.

Now that I know about it, I feel like I would be a fool to carry my firearm without self-defense coverage. It’s just another way to protect myself and my family in uncertain times like these. It may be a small expense, but the cost of not having insurance is a price I am not willing to pay.

Open-Carry Advocates See Hope In Abbott Proposal

For years, supporters of open-carry gun laws have pleaded with lawmakers to allow Texans to bear their arms openly in public. With the front-running Republican gubernatorial candidate proposing open carry laws, many supporters believe the time has finally arrived for legislators to approve such a measure.

“I think open carry will be the Second Amendment issue this next session, and I do think that we can pass it because the support is just tremendous,” said state Rep. George Lavender, R-Texarkana, who introduced open-carry legislation that failed earlier this year.

In a speech earlier this month, Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott proposed allowing concealed handgun license holders to carry their firearms openly. Gun advocates say Abbott’s proposal reflects growing acceptance within Texas of unconcealed handguns, and some predict open carry laws could pass as soon as 2015. But opponents of the proposal say looser gun laws won’t reduce violence.

“People are advocating for open carry because it gives a feeling of dominance, but there is zero scientific evidence that more guns or openly carrying reduces violence,” said Kellye Bowman, the Texas spokeswoman for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense.

The gun proposal was part of Abbott’s “We the People” policy initiative released earlier this month. In it, Abbott called open carry important to anyone who wants to use a handgun as a deterrent or for self-defense.

“An openly carried weapon is no more dangerous than one carried in a concealed manner,” the proposal said. Abbott’s proposal would also allow CHL holders to carry weapons on college campuses, subject to the approval of each school’s board of regents.

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