About Aaron Spuler

Founder and Executive Editor for The Weapon Blog, Aaron is a firearms enthusiast and recreational shooter.

2016 Magpul Calendar Photoshoot

It’s that time of year again. We loaded up the cars, bikes, and guns and headed a few hours north to Dallas. Once there, we met up with an all-star cast of some of the most beautiful women on the planet and put together a calendar that may just be our best one yet. The Texas sun was unforgivingly hot, but we think you’ll agree that the images that Dixie Dixon captured for us were even more so. The on-set work is all wrapped up, and now we’re working on choosing the best shots and formatting to finish out our 2016 calendar. While you’re waiting for the finished product, here’s a short look at what it took to get the shots and a sneak preview at the amazing girls who will grace the pages.

Photography by Dixie Dixon
Videography by Camden Robinson
Firearms by Magpul

What Your NRA Decal Says About You

I don’t even know where to begin. This strikes me as written by someone out of touch with reality, blindly believing every bit of rhetoric presented to him. I feel sorry for the man that wrote these words.

I see that NRA decal on the rear window of your car and my eyes narrow. I look at the back of your head in the driver’s seat and I wonder if you are a threat.

A threat to my children. A threat to me. A threat to society.

I see a news report about the latest shooting deaths in the United States. I brace myself for the NRA talking points on social media.

I try not to read them. I fail at that. I am appalled and saddened and sickened and angry.

I am reminded why I consider you a potential threat.

To me, that NRA decal on the rear window of your car represents violent death.

By displaying that NRA decal on the rear window of your car, you are endorsing violent death.

By endorsing violent death, you show me that you do not care about the tens of thousands of gun deaths in the United States every year.

You don’t care about the gun deaths at Columbine. You don’t care about the gun deaths at Virginia Tech. You don’t care about the gun deaths at Tucson. You don’t care about the gun deaths at Aurora. You don’t care about the gun death at a movie theater up the road from here in Wesley Chapel. You don’t care about the gun deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown. You don’t care about the gun deaths at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

You don’t care about the gun deaths this morning at Bridgewater Plaza in Virginia.

That is what the NRA decal displayed in the rear window of your car tells me.

Is that fair?

Is it just of me to conclude that you don’t care about the loss of human life because of the proliferation of guns in the U.S., simply because you choose to display an NRA decal in the rear window of your car?

Maybe not. Yet, how am I to know that you are not the next “good guy with a gun” to snap?

How am I to know that something about the way I drive, or something about the way your day or life is going, or something imagined by you and unimaginable to me triggers the compulsion to shoot, and to kill?

Because of that NRA decal in the rear window of your car, because I am the father of two beautiful boys who are growing up with a backdrop of rampant gun violence, the only responsible conclusion for me to draw is that you are armed – and dangerous. That you are a threat. That you could, if you chose, pull out your gun and shoot me or my children without a thought or even provocation.

Maybe that is not fair. Maybe you are a gentle, kind person who happens to enjoy shooting sports.

Maybe.

All I know is what the NRA decal in the rear window of your car tells me.

Here is a fair conclusion, though: You care more about your “right” to own a gun than you care about my right to live without the fear that members of my family or my friends might be shot and killed at school, at the movies, in our car, on the job, in church … anywhere. Anywhere at all.

It is more important to you that the 300 million guns in the United States remain in the hands of their owners than it is for my children to grow up in a country where violent gun deaths are an anomaly, rather than the norm.

You would rather risk more lives, thousands more, than take responsible action on gun control. In your world, there is an “acceptable” number of violent gun deaths.

I conclude that about you, because you choose to display that NRA decal in the rear window of your car.

How does it feel to know that the father, the husband, the son, the friend, the writer in the car behind you is afraid of what you might do because of that NRA decal displayed in the rear window of your car?

How does that feel to you?

Actually … never mind.

I don’t think I want to know.

Source: http://dadscribe.com/2015/08/26/nra-decal-danger/

Texas Governor Honors Chris Kyle With State’s Highest Possible Military Honor

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has bestowed his state’s highest military honor to the late “American Sniper,” former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.

Abbott posthumously awarded the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Kyle’s wife, Taya Kyle, in a ceremony Wednesday at the governor’s mansion in Austin, the Dallas Morning News reported. Abbott also awarded the medal to Lt. Col. William Dyess, a World War II veteran who died in 1943.

“America is the brightest beacon of freedom the world has ever known because of all who have honorably worn the uniform of the mightiest military in the history of the world,” Abbott said, according to KXAS-TV. “We can never repay the debt we owe for the lives these men saved and the freedom they preserved, but today we honor their memory, their patriotism and their sacrifice.”

Kyle was a Navy SEAL from 1999 to 2009 and recorded the most confirmed kills in the history of the U.S. military. The 2014 film about his life, “American Sniper,” is the top-grossing war movie of all time.

Kyle was fatally shot by a fellow veteran at an Erath County, Texas, gun range in 2013. The shooter had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder.

This is the third action Abbott has taken to honor Kyle’s service since taking office in January. The Republican governor declared Feb. 2 “Chris Kyle Day” earlier this year and in June he dedicated a stretch of U.S. Route 287 in Midlothian, Texas, where Kyle attended high school, as Chris Kyle Memorial Highway, the Texas Tribune reported.

Source: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/08/27/texas-gov-greg-abbott-honors-american-sniper-chris-kyle-with-states-highest-possible-military-honor/

The Lessons From The VA Reporter Murders

I agree with these three lessons, especially the first.

Lesson #1: Situational awareness is key to safety.
Lesson #2: Get armed. Get trained. Carry daily. We don’t know when tragedy will strike next.
Lesson #3: The media & the liberals will always blame the gun to advance their gun control agenda.

Read the rest of the article: http://floridagunsupply.com/firearm-blog/virginia-reporter-shootings/