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I just wanted to take a minute or two and express my opinions on the crisis we’re facing right now.  Do we strike Syria for using chemical weapons against their own people?  Or do we sit back and let whatever happens happen?

Because we are often seen as leaders of the free world, it is partly our responsibility to stand up for injustice around the globe.  If we fail to act when something like this occurs, our enemies will take that as weakness and our supporters may very well lose faith.

That said, can we really justify repeating what happened with Iraq and Afghanistan?  I know Obama has been quoted saying a strike on Syria would be nothing like those two conflicts, but how can anyone know that?  Once the dust settles after whatever “strike” we use, how do we know what their reaction will be?  How do we know this wont become like those?  We can’t predict how the Syrian government will respond to an attack on their soil.  Nor can we predict how the rebels will respond.

I am not advocating that we sit back and do nothing.  However, I’m not calling for a strike either.  I, just like most of the american public, don’t have all the information that our leaders in Washington have.  I am trusting that they will make the right decision, as silly as that sounds.  We elected them and they’re going to do what they think is best (based on whatever morals or motivation they have) even if we aren’t behind them 100%.

I’ve emailed my representatives and voiced my concerns about military intervention in Syria; that’s all I can do.  I want to see our military take action but only enough action to ensure that chemical weapons will not be used on innocent people again in the future.  I do not want our military getting actively involved in the Syrian civil war any more than they already have.  This is their fight and while we may have a vested interest in the outcome, so do other leading nations around the world.

In the next few weeks I’m sure more details about the planned action will come out.  Maybe then we will have more definitive evidence of what has happened and where our allies stand.  I just hope that everyone involved takes great care in their decision making.

I am all for protecting the lives of innocent people around the world, but its time we stop trying to decide who should be in charge of every country around the world.  Sure, I would love to see a world where every nation out there supports us and our actions, but that’s not a reality that will ever exist.  The more we meddle in middle eastern affairs, the more we put ourselves in harms way.

Remember, the politicians make the choices but its our soldiers who have to carry out the plans.  Everyone wants to tell their NFL team coaches what they think they should do, but how many of those armchair quarterbacks have been there?  How many have experienced what its like to play out the decisions that others have made for you, especially when its your life that they’re gambling with?

That’s how I feel.  Let me know what you think in the comments below.  Let me know if you agree, or call me a freedom hating commie if you want, it really doesn’t matter to me.  This is how I feel and I just felt I needed to get my opinion out there, as I feel every citizen should do.  Congress is supposed to represent the people and if they don’t hear our voices, how can they represent us? (This is in no way saying they do accurately represent what the people want – that’s an entirely different discussion that doesn’t belong here)

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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.

My boss showed us all a video today at work.  We’re not a super productive bunch as you can probably guess, but I decided I should pass this along.  Its not a new video (it was uploaded almost 2 years ago) but its definitely worth a watch if you care about your Second Amendment rights at all.  It happened in Australia and it can happen here:

I’m not sure how much of it is just propaganda, but there are certainly a lot of facts in there and we should pay attention.  Our political figures often point to what other countries have done to show the direction they wish us to go as well.  But banning guns isn’t the answer in the United States, even if other countries may have experienced positive results.

Our founding fathers created the Constitution to protect our rights.  To protect us from a tyrannical government from which we declared our independence.  To start restricting those rights goes completely against what they intended.  It goes against what our country represents to the rest of the world:  Freedom.

I am simply passing along information I found over HERE.  I did not research this first hand.  But according to Fox Nation, the following is a list of what Obama plans to do.

I personally don’t find any of the items to be troubling in themselves.  Nothing he intends to do with these orders will directly impact law abiding gun owners.  These orders are intended to make gun legislation easier to pass in the future however.

And even though these are easy things to enact, it works like this:  One small step for a society; one giant leap for gun control.  When you start taking small steps like this its easy to start taking larger steps.

Here’s the list:

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.
11. Nominate an ATF director.
12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.
13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.
16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.
22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.
23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.

According to another blog, Walmart is no longer ordering in new ammunition until after Obama and Congress make some sort of a decision regarding gun control.  Kinda hard to believe Walmart would stop ordering in stuff that is selling out so fast.

But I can see their point as well.  Why place another $15,000 ammunition order if you’re not going to be able to sell it next month.  Then you’re stuck with a whole lot of inventory that does nothing but collect dust.

But from a consumer’s point of view, this is horrible.  Walmart’s are located just about everywhere and as far as I know all, or at least most, sell ammunition.  So no matter where you go you can depend on there being ammunition available.  Or at least you could before all this weapon ban talk resurfaced.

Lots of people are calling for gun owners to boycott Walmart, but I don’t think that would help.  Walmart is already so large that they wont notice significant losses even if absolutely nobody shops at 3 or 4 stores.  They’re just too big.

There’s nothing we can really do except tell the manager that you’re not going to be purchasing your ammo there in the future if they refuse to re-order their stock.  If enough people bring it up, hopefully the local managers would take it up the chain to corporate.  Hopefully that would prompt them to change their mind.

But I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you.  I’d start looking for local companies that would be more than happy to have your business.  Shopping local is the best way to support our economy anyway.

****  UPDATE  ****

Walmart has responded to this and apparently they have no intention of halting ammo sales.  See my post HERE about it.

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!