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It sometimes seems as if you are alone in the world. That was what happened to me yesterday. I let those who have no fight in them get to me. I needed a short breather. It seems as though the news is all bad. In the middle of all of this bad news, the bill from my ER visit two weeks ago arrived: It was for $53,000. Luckily, some calls to the insurance company got my part of the bill down to a more reasonable $1700.

Then I saw Larry Correia’s post. Here is what got me back on my feet:

Some of you know it, but you’re too scared to talk. You’re the ones who piss me off the most. The ones who come to me at events in confidence or send me sheepish emails about what goes on behind the scenes, and how you recognize the rot, the fucking cancer in the bones of your organization. But you do nothing, you say nothing in public, you never take a stand, and so you get bulldozed. Great. You fucking deserve it, cowards. You know who you are.

You cowards know who you are- the ones who demand that OTHERS take a stand. While you ask that others take the risks, saying that YOUR life, YOUR pension, YOUR job, and YOUR fortune are too important to risk because “it’s just an AR-15,” or “it was only a little bit of fraud, not enough to change anything,” or even “they protesters only burned down a few businesses.”

When my fire department hired a fire chief from New York, who immediately declared that ALL firearms we came in contact with were to be turned over to police so they would be confiscated and lost in bureaucratic mazes until the owner gave up, I risked my job by compromising. I unloaded them, held on to them until our business was concluded, then returned them to the owner. Those who are on my side called me a jackboot and said if I had any guts, I would have told the chief to kiss my ass. Those are the same people who today tell me that “Be realistic here. Who is going to risk their lives, their family’s lives, their retirement, their home, etc… to keep an AR-15? Will you?” Yes. Not only will I, but I already have.

Now that they are trying to silence those of us who value liberty, there are those of us who are using our own money and resources to fight back. This server? I have laid out about a kilobuck of my own cash setting it up. This isn’t a plea for money. It’s a fact. I believe in freedom, I believe in the ideals of this nation, and I am willing to sacrifice for them. Are you?

4 replies on “Motivation”

$53,000? You got to keep the extra Bandaids, right?

About feeling discouraged, we all need to work through it in our our own way. I feel discouraged at least ten times per day. Today, so far, it’s only been a niner, so, I’m practically giddy with optimism.

Hang in there, you are not as alone as it may seem. Here in Wyoming, I have started a firearms training business in the past year. My facility is not quite built yet (classroom is good to go, “powder room” needs to be framed once the weather clears). I have a waiting list of about 30 – mostly middle-aged women, many of whom have a pistol already. But …. “I have had it for 10 years and don’t know how to see if it is loaded or not.”
I do not have an online presence for the business, but even here in Wyoming (where most folks believe they were born with all the knowledge they need to use a firearm in stressful two-way range self-defense situations) there are people thirsty for knowledge and training. Each and every one of them is a liberty seed waiting for nurturing and growth.
I am building a rifle for Project Appleseed shoots. On the stock is painted “In 1775 the redcoats came for our weapons. We shot them.” I have already inculcated the philosophy behind that fact to a dozen students.
I greatly appreciate your blog, and visit often, although I lurk much more that I publish. I have donated NRA Basic Pistol classes to several local charities. A small thing, but if we all give a little the end result can be tremendous.

I haven’t yet run into any situations where I have needed to make a choice… I’d like to be in a position to make a difference, but haven’t found a way to yet…

Like our gracious host has noted – if you have any contact with government, or business organizations large enough to have firmed a bureaucracy, you keep your eyes and ears open, and you have anything that even vaguely resembles a moral compass – you will run into corruption.

Sometimes it’s small, sometimes it’s big, and sometimes it’s positively criminal.

Human nature being what it is, that you haven’t seen anything big enough that you felt a burning need to draw a line in the sand and call out the problem for what it is – is either a blessing, or a sign that you really aren’t aware of your surroundings.

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