Admittedly, the tone in this weekly column is often similar to Ben Shapiro and Glenn Beck – sort of a wrist-slashing, apocalyptic, America-as-we-know-it-is-over meme. No doubt we’d all love to sing fairy tales to each other but that doesn’t help us be clear what’s going on, and what’s going on isn’t good.
This week, however, I want to give you a reason for hope. Not the tyrannical, fundamentally transformational crap sandwich peddled the last eight years by the Left, but real, solid hope that boldly proclaims, “America will stand.”
I’ve recently had exposure to the gun industry from gun ranges to retail gun shops, firearms instructors, AR-15 mass productions and custom jobs, ammunition, ballistics, and close quarters combat tactics. I’ve come across people new to firearms who were very nervous, and easygoing experts who have forgotten more than I will ever know. I’ve spoken with personnel from local police, sheriff’s deputies, DHS, US Marshals, Secret Service, Marine Force Recon, Navy SEALs, Army, Air Force, gun reps and manufacturers, and accessory reps and manufacturers. You never get to the point of thinking you know everything, because so much changes. The minute you think you know a few things or have some sense of who gun people are, something new will pop up and tell you: You know nothing, Jon Snow.
For example, I met a couple during their weekly practice time at a range. You wouldn’t know it looking at them — they were both aging and highly overweight, and she had oxygen pumping through her nose – but it was only a year ago that life circumstances forced her to buy a gun for the first time, and learn how to use it well. They couldn’t have been nicer people, but in no way did they look like they could handle firearms beyond Wal-Mart’s finest Nerf guns. Well done, folks.
Personal preferences abound; it’s often said if you ask 10 people, you’ll get 20 opinions. Brand preference and dominance in the firearms industry is like the battle among Ford, GM, Dodge, Toyota, and Nissan. Today’s winners can be tomorrow’s losers, or maybe they fail at one product but excel at another.
Despite all the variables this industry has to offer, I’ve hit on a consistent theme I want to share with you: My fellow Americans, we may be in for a tough fight from foreign or domestic enemies. But if my little piece of the world is any indication, those who commit the mistake of attacking us have no idea how large and powerful an army they will engage. We come from all walks of life. We are all colors. We are all shapes and sizes. We are all levels of income and education. We are believers in God, and non-believers. What binds us is we are Americans, and we are informed, armed, trained, motivated, and ready.
This is what gives me hope, that individual Americans will stand when the need arises. Knowing this, we can all sleep better.
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