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I’ve been called a liberal several times on this blog and it finally hit a nerve somewhere inside me.  I’m not a right wing extremist, offended by being called such a name, but I’ve also never considered myself a liberal at all.  So I decided to do a post proclaiming my opinions on the big issues that our country has to deal with all the time.

Maybe my readers can label me so I know which arguments I’m “supposed” to fight for . . . you know, since we all think exactly like one group or the other.

Guns:  I’m sure this is a no-brainer.  I support the right to own firearms.  Period.  This right should never be infringed.

Government Control:  I’m in favor of less government control and regulation.  We’re the land of the free, but we’re not really free to make decisions anymore; the government makes them for us.

Abortion:  I support a woman’s right to choose.  I think every woman has the right to an abortion provided by a professional medical staff.  I don’t think it should be paid for by taxpayers or any government aid, and I don’t think it should be allowed after significant development has taken place.

Immigration:  I support stronger border control.  I am not opposed to immigrants flocking to our great nation, I just think they need to do it the right way.

Gay Marriage:  I see no problem with allowing homosexuals get married.  Regardless of your stance on whether or not being gay is a choice, I think they should be allowed to marry.

Healthcare:  I don’t think we need a government funded healthcare system.  Not only does that strain the country with more financial burdens, requiring that everyone be insured is just one more way the government is removing our freedom to choose for ourselves.

Military:  I support our military and our troops.  I always have.  I don’t always agree with decisions made by those sitting behind the desks, but our troops are fighting, and some dying, in support of this great nation.

Foreign Policy:  We don’t need to police the world.  I think we need to become less involved in the United Nations and stop letting their policies influence ours at home.  That said, we need to maintain a strong nation both militarily and diplomatically to ensure we remain a top contender in world power.  Being a top contender allows us to receive far better trade deals and helps ensure a strong economy.

I also feel like we should stop sending so much money overseas.  I like that my country is so kind-hearted that we want to help everyone, but we have people in need of help right here in our own country.  Lets take care of our own first and foremost.

Stem Cell Research:  I feel strongly that this is the area of science that will lead to cures for many diseases which are currently incurable.  Stem cell research (not all of it is embryonic) has great potential in the medical field and should be fully explored.

Religion:  I do not practice any form of religion, though I do not consider myself “atheist”.  I don’t worship God or any other supreme being, but I don’t chastise those who do.  I am close to people who are very religious and I always honor their time of prayer and silence the same way they do.  I am also not against the idea that there may very well be a god or gods, I just choose not to worship any.

Welfare:  I support drug testing for anyone on welfare or financial aid.  I get tested at my job where I work for my money.  Those on welfare don’t have to go through such restrictions and are able to receive money without working.  I’m also against people having more children just so they can receive more financial aid (yes, it happens a lot).  That is not fair to anyone, especially the children.

Drugs:  I think Marijuana should be legalized and taxed.  It impairs users no more than alcohol; alcohol is legal in every state.  In addition, legalizing it would reduce the extra strain on our justice system and could provide much needed revenue.  I think smoking should not be regulated on private properties.  Businesses and individuals should be allowed to choose whether or not people can smoke on their property.  *As a side note here, I do not participate in any of these activities and actually despise them, but I still think others should be allowed to do them without irrational restrictions.

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I consider myself an individual, capable of forming my own opinions.  However, as a citizen of the United States Political Machine, I’ve been trained to think of myself only as red or blue.  Left or right.  Conservative or Liberal.  Democrat or Republican.  We can’t have our own thoughts and ideas unless we stick to some variation of what our party believes.

So, what am I?  You tell me.

**  This post is not intended to incite a debate or anger, though I know it will.  I will listen to everyone’s comments but I do not intend to respond.  These are my beliefs and I don’t feel like trying to defend against attacks from internet trolls.  I accept that we all have different opinions and I understand they are just that, opinions.  And I hope that you, the reader, understand that this is a blog.  I am in no way a professional anything and I do not claim to be.  I just want everyone to understand you don’t have to define yourself as a member of one party or the other.  Be yourself and support ideas you believe in and not just those your party supports.  **

With a lot of state’s now at least considering a weapon ban of some sort, many manufacturers and distributors (here’s the current list) have come together to help put a stop to it.  If you haven’t already heard, many companies are no longer selling products to law enforcement agencies in states that have taken rights away from the residents.

What’s fair for one is fair for all.

The government can’t take away the rights of the people without facing consequences themselves.  Is this a good thing?  I think so.  I think it sets the stance of all gun owners.  We wont sit back and watch our rights be taken.  Some people would argue that its only making the situation worse and that we should never disarm our law enforcement officers.

Will it prevent them from getting ammo and firearms?  Certainly not.  Will it make it harder?  Absolutely.  I think as gun owners, we should stand behind companies who have enacted these policies.  Let them know we support their decision by supporting them.

The list below is provided by The Blaze and it shows over 20 of the companies who have decided to take this stance.  You can see their entire post right here.

What do you think about this?  Where do you stand on this issue?  Let me know in the comments.

I am not an extremist when it comes to politics.  I tend to find myself in the middle on most issues.  And as a result, I am getting very irritated with the extremists on both sides of the gun control issue.  We don’t need to issue every man woman and child a gun.  And we don’t need to disarm and criminalize law abiding citizens.  There is a middle ground and we just need to find it.

I had the pleasure of going to DMV this morning to get a new title for my car.  On the side of my local DMV there was Virginia’s state seal.  The figure, Virtus, standing atop of a tyrant at the end of a battle, his crown tossed aside.  The seal represents peace and freedom.  Along the edge of the seal it reads:  “Sic Semper Tyrannis” – Thus Always to Tyrants.

Wikipedia defines a tyrant as “a ruler of a cruel and oppressive character who is an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or constitution, or one who has usurped sovereignty”.  Tyrants come in all form and are not just dictators or kings.  I’ve known several in my life.  Even worked for one once.  I hate tyrants in every form.

If we had not had firearms back in 1776, we might not even be talking about this right now.  We were living under the rule of a tyrant from across the seas.  We had firearms for hunting and self defense.  We had firearms well before we even had the Constitution!  And it was with those firearms that we won our freedom.

We shouldn’t be discussing this as an item that affects the constitution.  We shouldn’t be discussing how to ban a right that we have had from the beginning.  We should instead be talking about how to maintain and protect that right while at the same time, protecting everyone’s right to life and safety.  Having firearms, in the hands of law abiding citizens, is the greatest check on government that exists.

We don’t need to arm everyone.  And we don’t need to disarm everyone.  The government does not need to tell us what we can and can’t do.  Every added law and restriction is one step toward tyranny; one step toward less freedom.  Many would classify Obama and his administration as tyrants, but I wont go that far yet.  We’re a long way away from a dictatorship or monarchy right now and Obama still requires lawmakers to work with him.

So lets all stop blaming the other side and try to work together.  Because tyranny rises when one person (or group) refuses to bend to the will of others.  When they do what they want, when they want, with no consequences.  This could happen for either side as well.  Like I said though, we aren’t there quite yet.  As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day.  With time, any government can turn tyrannical, and if that happens to us, we better hope we still have our guns . . . sic semper tyrannis.

I found this to be pretty interesting. Just wanted to share it with everyone. Hope you enjoy!

auntiebs

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Why Carry a Gun?

My old grandpa said to me ‘Son, there comes a time in every man’s life when he stops bustin’ knuckles and starts bustin’ caps and usually it’s when he becomes too old to take an ass whoopin.’

I don’t carry a gun to kill people.

I carry a gun to keep from being killed.

I don’t carry a gun to scare people.

I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m paranoid.

I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil.

I carry a gun because I have lived long enough…

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There seems to be a lot of confusion about what the Second Amendment really means.  Whether its a check on the government and the last defense of the people should our government decide it does not need to answer to the people any longer, or simply the right to keep firearms for hunting purposes.

Well I have the answer!

So there you have it.  No need to bicker anymore.  It’s clear that the founding fathers wanted to protect the people from a deerpocalypse.  The picture is pretty funny, but of course I’m obligated to note that the picture and my comments are sarcasm.  Too many people out there probably believe stuff like this . . .

I really wish there was a way to inform people about what the Second Amendment really means.  Unfortunately its really hard to explain to most people because, fortunately, we live in a time where we’ve never needed the right.  Where everyone takes their rights for granted and just expects the government to take care of them.

Our founding fathers lived in a much different time.  They took care of themselves and had to protect themselves from governments that simply didn’t care about individual rights.  It’s hard to relate to that now because we live in one of the greatest countries in the world, but the threat is still there.  It always will be.

Just look at most of the middle eastern countries.  Think they feel safe with their governments?  What are your thoughts?

I’m not a political person, and this is not a political blog.  But I just want to remind everyone to vote tomorrow.

You may not think your vote matters, and in some states (California, Texas, etc) it probably doesn’t.  But you have the constitutionally guaranteed right to vote for our future president and you should at least try to make your voice heard.

Saying you don’t like either Obama or Romeny is no reason not to vote either.  Both republicans and democrats go to great lengths to ensure their parties are the only ones being mentioned.  But there’s more than just TWO political parties!  There are several others that have a candidate on the ballot in every state!

I don’t agree 100% with the beliefs of either republicans OR democrats.  I’m pro-guns (obviously), pro-choice, against excess government control, and against high taxes.  Becaue of that, I’m voting for the Libertarian, Gary Johnson.  His stance on a lot of issues mirrors mine much better than either from the big two parties.

I know he won’t win the election but its a dream of mine to see a United States with more than two presidential candidates that stand a chance of winning.  Having a polarized government is what makes it so hard for them to work together.  Having more variance in opinions is better for everyone and better reflects the needs of the american people.

I doubt we’ll ever see my dream become a reality, but it’s a nice thought.  Either way, get out there and vote!