Recipe for Raising Patriots: Blood, Guts and Bedtime

Written by S.C. Sherman on March 8, 2014

Wayne La Pierre, Executive VP of the NRA all but cried out MOLON LABE at CPAC recently when he said, “The NRA’s five million members and America’s 100 million gun owners won’t back down, not now, not ever.” Awesome! You tell ‘em, Wayne! As a lifelong NRA member it’s nice to hear the battle cry coming from the top. People used to say that confiscation would never happen. Well, it’s about to happen in Connecticut and maybe Maryland.

Well, old Wayne laid it down and spelled it out pretty clear. “We will not go quietly. We will fight!” Oh, yes we will and to the bitter end. Remember Moses, I mean Charlton Heston. He had a way with words and a rocking voice to go with it. His famous words, you can have my gun when you take it from my cold, dead, hand, still gives me the chills and echo in my soul like a mantra. Come and get ‘em and bring your own body bags. This fight is mostly with words right now. We go to rallies, give money to gun groups, and argue at coffee shops and family reunions. Let’s hope it stays that way, but I’d buy ammo just in case.

If you look at history, you find this is an ancient fight. The first act of Government confiscation of firearms on this continent was among the Puritans in 1637. Almost 400 years ago. Simple reasoning will inform you that it will be going on 400 years from now over some sweet Han Solo type weapon with unlimited recharge.

So, one of the most powerful things you can do for the cause right here and now is to raise up the next generation of patriots. Teach them about weapons and freedom and a little Greek saying that is suddenly in vogue again, Molon Labe. Toss in the Gadsden Flag and you’re on your way to a fine young patriot. Here’s a great way to do it, a little bit every day. Read to your kids at bedtime. Not from your phone or Kindle either, a real book with paper in it.

Liberals love reading and they are forever doing things in the name of children. So they should love the idea of a dad reading to his wee-lad before drifting off to la-la-land. However, the local card carrying Grass fed-Peace loving-Gun fearing-Dem might flee in terror when they see what I’m reading to the spawn. We read books with killing, guns, blood, skinning, dragging, camping, flying, boating, drinking, swearing, satisfaction, pride, sweat, tears, and rip-roaring masculinity. What kind of book has all that you might ask? A good hunting book of course.

I was recently at a hunting show signing books and selling my latest novel titled, Mercy Shot (I suggest you order a copy now at ) when I met a fine Alaskan Guide who was also at the show. I discovered he had a book about his adventurous lifelong dream of being an hunting guide in one of the most beautiful and God-forsaken places on our planet, Alaska. Isn’t it just fun to say it? Alaska…say it with a kind of breathiness to your voice and stare off into nothingness. There you go.

I suggested we trade books. He agreed. The Alaskan guide is named Billy Molls and his book is titled Alaska and Me. Adventures of a Modern Day Mountain Man. Here’s how Billy describes Alaska, “Alaska is a place where the body, mind, and soul can roam free. It is a land of danger, mystery, and adventure.” Doesn’t that just scream, Come on up and give it a try. I dare you. To learn more about Billy or order his book go to

I was blessed to have taken an unguided Caribou hunt years ago with an old high school friend. That trip still haunts me and Alaska is forever in my soul. I dream of the day I will go back. Now, more than ever, that dream is being shared with my little fellas as we read a chapter of Billy’s book each night before bed. Each chapter is a story about a bear, moose, caribou, or wolf hunt that Billy was honored to guide. It’s fun to see the fire in my eight-year-olds eyes at the idea of traipsing all over Kodiak Island in search of a 10 foot bruin.

As we look at the pictures of Billy and his hunters around a massive brown bear the excitement at the thought of doing something like that calls to my little men. Facing one of the most terrifying creatures on this planet has its allure. Some may call it crazy. Some call it plain stupid. Others of us look at facing a 1200 pound-cold-blooded-killer with only your smarts and your rifle keeping you from being his lunch freaking awesome! Even an 8-year-old with a pair intuitively knows his manhood would be tested in such a place. Shoulder-to-shoulder with other men and he yearns to find out what he’s made of. Sometimes things like that can only be discovered in the wild places. And just so you don’t think I’m sexist, take your little lass along too if she’s of a mind to go…see Doug and Regis Giles for a great example.

To make gun loving patriots of your little monkeys, I suggest read a good hunting book for a bedtime story. Some blood and guts will put them fast to sleep with visions of moose ribs sizzling over an open fire dancing in their heads. Then when they hear of some lily-livered politician who wants to take their guns away…their natural reaction will be- no. Hell no, and come try and take ‘em!

Author, S.C. Sherman’s latest novel titled Mercy Shot is available for purchase at and Kindle version is available on Contact Steve via email Also, go LIKE to stay up to date on all things Mercy Shot.

Doug ‘The Big Dawg’ Giles reviews Mercy Shot:“Mercy Shot is a riveting, modern tale of the twisted and insidious war that’s being waged against our Second Amendment rights. S.C. Sherman does a great job of forecasting in this timely tome of how things could possibly go down. My advice is to a.)Read this book and b.) Buy a stack of guns and ammo, pretty damn quick. Molon Labe. –Doug Giles, CEO of

S.C. Sherman
S.C. Sherman grew up a farm kid in rural Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Communications Studies. Steve is a business owner, and recently ran for Iowa State House of Representatives.. S.C. enjoys political commentary and great stories. He has written three fiction novels found at He currently lives with his wife and four children in North Liberty, Iowa.