by Michael A. Cummings
Clash Daily Contributor
“[What has] been used to implement both the highest and basest goals of humanity – to put food on the table, to provide personal protection, to enforce or defy the law, to defend or acquire territory and treasure, and to liberate or to enslave.” ? (Source: http://www.nramuseum.org/gun-info-research/a-brief-history-of-firearms.aspx )
Guns, my fellow Americans. Precision engineering and fine art, harmonized as one to empower people around the world — even women.
Yes, Clashmates, I meant that last part for the Left. Tweaking them has become good fun.
A quick history:
The origin of gunpowder is unknown, and may have occurred in China, Turkey, or Europe. The first record describing the combination of charcoal, sulphur, and saltpeter, to produce a rapidly burning or exploding powder is a coded writing by Franciscan monk Roger Bacon shortly before 1250 A.D.
Within 50 years, early cannon had been developed. A large thick metal tube with one closed end (the breech) and an open end (the muzzle) was loaded first with gunpowder and then with a projectile. The powder was ignited with a torch or smoldering ember through a small hole in the rear (the touchhole). The rapidly expanding gases from the exploding gunpowder would throw the projectile from the barrel. This basic principle still applies today.
It took another half-century for this concept to be applied to individual hand-held weapons. The first firearms, ca. 1350, called “hand cannons” or “hand gonnes,” were essentially miniature cannons designed to be held by hand or attached to a pole for use by individual soldiers. They were loaded and fired in the same manner as the full-size cannons.
Seven hundred fifty-eight years later, outside Sadr City, Iraq, Navy SEAL Chris Kyle shot a .338 Lapua bullet (almost half an inch in diameter) out of his McMillan TAC-338 to make his longest shot, 2,100 yards. Almost a mile and half. That record shot saved an entire Army convoy from a rocket-propelled grenade.
What a glorious history. Despite the endurance of the basic science of firearms, we’ve come a long way. Rifling, powders, bullets, auto-loading, scopes, lasers, and so on. Imagine if we had no firearms. What we experience as reality today would be markedly different, and immeasurably more dangerous.
This is why the Left can’t stand firearms. They always hate what empowers the individual. It’s one of the pinnacles of hypocrisy because celebrities and those in government leadership positions have no objection to being protected by guns. But like the SUV which provides fun, function, and freedom, guns are fun, functional, and full of freedom.
Have you fired one? If not, do it. Find your local range here (http://wheretoshoot.org/Find_Range/). Shooting is a blast. Mrs. Cummings didn’t have much experience with guns before she qualified for her conceal carry permit. I wish you could have seen the look on her face shooting even a 22LR pistol, and doing very well at 25 yards (I think she beat me with my 9mm and 45 but let’s not get into that). Ear-to-ear grin, and a sense of power and accomplishment.
The Left claims a monopoly on empowering women but the only tools they clearly want women to have at their immediate disposal are taxpayer-supported contraception and abortions. If they truly wanted to empower women, they would support any and all education and training efforts. Not only would crime rates plummet against women, but you would silence the morons in government who have the unmitigated temerity to advise a woman to vomit, urinate and claim they are menstruating to avoid rape.
You didn’t hear that one? That’s your Democrat party.
Sadly, accidents happen with firearms, and people get hurt and die. Evil people with and without criminal records can and do get their hands on a gun and do harm to others. Since not a single law in this world will eliminate guns, why would anyone disarm ourselves?
The answer is we won’t, ever. In fact, we need more guns in the hands of more people. If good fences make good neighbors, good gun people make us into Mayberry.
Empower yourselves and your families by getting a gun. Get several if your budget allows. Learn how to use, maintain, and store them properly. And never let anyone tell you guns are bad, for as most Americans know: We can’t blame the spoon for making us fat.
Michael A. Cummings has a Bachelors in Business Management from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, and a Masters in Rhetoric & Composition from Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a department store Loss Prevention Officer, bank auditor, textbook store manager, Chinese food delivery man, and technology salesman. Cummings wrote position pieces for the 2010 Trevor Drown for US Senate (AR) and 2012 Joe Coors for Congress (CO) campaigns. See more at www.cummingsamerica.com and https://twitter.com/cummingsamerica