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I think YouTube is one of the best tools to come along in years. I routinely search for videos on how to perform certain tasks that I am not quite sure about and usually someone on YouTube comes through for me. Of course you have to critically evaluate each video, but you can almost always find something that can help you.

I was looking for a review of a certain firearm some time ago, and I came across a prolific YouTube producer called Nutnfancy. He takes his YouTubing very seriously, calling his excellent series of videos “The Nutnfancy Project” or “TNP” for short. If you are into knives, guns, backpacking, mountaineering, survival, or just general outdoorsmanship, you should definitely check him out. Anyway, occasionally Nutnfancy gets political and philosophical. He released the following video called “Dangerous Things” a couple of days ago, and I thought it was especially excellent and worth re-posting here. It outlines the following philosophy:

dangerous things + proper skill set + personal responsibility = safe society

The first couple of minutes is Nutnfancy driving his car around, so you can skip to about 2:30 if you want. By the way, if you are a whiny nanny-state kind of person, don’t even bother watching.

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beach7Tomorrow I am going on vacation. Tonight I am preparing. The following ramblings are some advice for the travelling patriot to consider when planning and executing a journey.

Recon— Know where you are going. If you have been there before, great. If not, swallow your pride and get directions. A map is good. Mapquest is better. A GPS in the car is best. All three is super best. Consult someone who has been to your destination ahead of you for advice. Let some folks a home know where you are headed and when you plan to return so that if you don’t come back, they can send out the search party.

Intel–[By personal choice, I have elected to exist and operate my person within the system. Some folks have elected to operate outside the system and I think that they are well within their rights to do so. If you are one of these, the advice in this section will not apply to you. For others who are interested in the advantages, disadvantages, and various and sundry ins and outs of living outside the system, see Arthur Menard’s excellent lecture series Think Free: Bursting the Bubbles of Government Deception.]
Gather your necessary papers and documents for travel: driver’s license, vehicle registration, proof of insurance, medical insurance and contact information, roadside assistance information, etc. If you are travelling armed (which I personally think is a good idea) be sure you have your carry permit with you. Check the laws of all the states you will be travelling through to make sure they honor your carry permit. This is easy to do at USACarry.com. If you are travelling through or to a state that does not honor your carry permit, or if you don’t have a carry permit, you are still legally permitted to carry a firearm with you in your vehicle by following the Interstate Journey Law. In order to be in compliance with this law, you must have the firearm unloaded and inaccessible from the passenger compartment of the vehicle (locked in a case, the trunk, etc.) Of course, if you are a felon or for some other reason are not legally allowed to possess a firearm, this does not apply to you.

Gear–There is a minimum amount of emergency gear you should pack for any journey by motor vehicle. In my opinion, the minimum for your car kit should include the following:

-Food and water for 24 hours for each person in the vehicle
-Blankets and/or coats for each person (in cool or cold weather)
-Tools for minor repairs including spare tire, tire change equipment, jumper cables, extra motor oil/transmission fluid/brake fluid, screwdriver, wrenches, etc.
-Signaling device such as road flare, light/glow sticks, or cones
-Flashlight
-First aid kit
-CB, Ham radio, or cell phone for communication
-Games or toys for entertaining the kids

Hostile contact–Whenever you go on a journey, there is a chance you may have a run-in with law enforcement. If you are following the law, these encounters should be few and uneventful. However, depending on where you are travelling, the cops don’t always follow the rules. It is wise to have a basic knowledge of the laws of the states you will be traveling in/to, and a complete and thorough knowledge of your own rights as an American citizen and motorist. Immediately before leaving on your trip, review the excellent film Busted: The Citizen’s Guide to Surviving Police Encounters. This will give you an clear idea of what to say and how to conduct yourself when dealing with the police.

Above all, in case of an accident, be sure to be wearing clean underwear.

Some of you out there may have additional advice for vacation preparation. If so, please feel free to post a comment. Until next time, I wish you all safe journeys and Godspeed.

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arkansasHere is my letter to my state reps about the soon to be proposed (I hope) Arkansas Firearm Freedom Act:

Dear Representatives Betts and Dismang,

My name is Garret Myhan. I am a resident of Searcy, Arkansas and a graduate of Searcy High School (1995) and Harding University (2000). I am a proud citizen of the great state of Arkansas and I would like to take this opportunity to thank both of you for your service to the residents of White County in the Arkansas State House of Representatives.

I have steadily become more and more concerned over the past few months about the control the United States federal government, under the leadership of President Barack Obama, has been exerting over our proud state. Our tax dollars are being spent unwisely and contrary to the will of our citizens. Federal plans are underway to regulate our agricultural industry and nationalize our healthcare system. Just recently President Obama urged the Senate to ratify the Inter-American Convention Against Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms (the CIFTA treaty), which would place our Second Amendment rights under subordination to other nations.

I hope you share my alarm at these federal intrusions into our state business. That is why I am writing you to urge you to take the following actions. Please assist Representative Debra Hobbs in resurrecting and by co-sponsoring her outstanding bill, HCR1011, CLAIMING STATES’ RIGHTS UNDER THE TENTH AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. In addition, please draw up and propose a bill modeled on the state of Montana’s House Bill 246, the Montana Firearms Freedom Act. This bill, recently signed into law, will exempt all firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition manufactured and retained in the state of Montana from all federal firearm regulations. Several other states, including our neighbor, the state of Tennessee, are considering similar legislation. A law of this nature would send a clear message to the federal government that the proud state of Arkansas is fully capable of handling her own affairs without their assistance. In addition, a law of this type would be very effective in attracting additional firearm and ammunition manufacturers to Arkansas. I urge you to take these actions before further intrusion on our state sovereignty by the federal government (like the CIFTA treaty) strips Arkansans of their right to keep and bear arms.

For your convenience, I am providing a link to Montana’s House Bill 246 below:

http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/2009/billhtml/HB0246.htm

Thank you for your consideration in this matter. I know that you share my concern for the well being and sovereignty of our state and her citizens. Please pass this message along to Representatives Reynolds, Dickinson, and Brown, as their email addresses were not listed on the Arkansas state government website. Thank you again for your service to the citizens of Arkansas. Please feel free to contact me at the address or phone number listed below to discuss this matter.

Sincerely,
Garret Myhan

Other Arkansas residents can feel free to use this letter as a template for your own if so inclined. You can find your state representatives’ contact information at the State House website.

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montana-flagThe state of Montana has officially spit in the face of the federal government. Effective October 1, 2009, the Montana Firearms Freedom Act (Montana House Bill 246) goes into effect. This law EXEMPTS FROM FEDERAL REGULATION UNDER THE COMMERCE CLAUSE OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES A FIREARM, A FIREARM ACCESSORY, OR AMMUNITION MANUFACTURED AND RETAINED IN MONTANA. That means that all firearms, accessories, and ammo manufactured in the state of Montana and used in the state of Montana will not be subject to federal gun regulations. This is possible (and lawful) because the firearms will not cross state lines and therefore fall under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. That’s right. No interstate commerce=no federal jurisdiction=no federal gun laws.

This is a historic reclamation of a state’s right to govern its own, and I can’t wait to see what the Obama government does about it. Will they be smart and just let it go, or will they get crazy and send in federal troops to try to enforce illegal federal law? How will Montana react to invasion by the feds? Secession? War? This has the potential to get outrageous really fast.

I expect that by the time October 1 rolls around, the feds will have more than just Montana to deal with. The state of Tennessee is considering a similar law, as are several other states. I’m sending a letter to my Arkansas state representative. If he won’t introduce a similar bill, I may just have to move to Montana.

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guntreatyIt seems that President Obama is pushing hard for ratification of the Inter-American Convention Against Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, or CIFTA treaty. CIFTA is 12 years old and was initially imported in 1997 by then President Bill Clinton. Clinton signed CIFTA but it was never ratified by the Senate. According to the Constitution (Article 2, section 2):

He [the President] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur.

With the recent flip of Arlen Specter to the Democratic Party and the imminently probable seating of Al Franken in Minnesota, Obama will have a filibuster proof 60 votes in the Senate with which to push CIFTA through.

Most proponents of gun control, like this one, tout CIFTA as “a multilateral attempt to stop the flood of illegal weapons into Mexico and beyond.” They also state that “most of the organizing around CIFTA to date has been staged by right-wing zealots unreasonably up in arms over this treaty.” If that’s the case, consider me another zealot who is up in arms.

In my view, CIFTA, if ratified, would do three things that would be extremely detrimental to the free exercise of the right to keep and bear arms that is protected by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution:

1. It redefines what is illegal. Under section 1 of CIFTA, the following definition is given:

1. “Illicit manufacturing”: the manufacture or assembly of firearms, ammunition, explosives, and other related materials:
a. from components or parts illicitly trafficked; or
b. without a license from a competent governmental authority of the State Party where the manufacture or assembly takes place; or
c. without marking the firearms that require marking at the time of manufacturing.

Point b is the major problem here. It states that any assembly of firearms or ammunition without a state issued license is illegal, thus the building of firearms or reloading of ammunition by private unlicensed citizens would be considered “illicit”. Pay attention to the word “illicit”; remember what the treaty defines as “illicit”. This will be important in points 2 and 3.

2. It requires the creates a national firearm database and requires that this information be available for international use. Articles 11 and 13 outline these requirements (pay special attention to article 13:1(a)):

Recordkeeping
States Parties shall assure the maintenance for a reasonable time of the information necessary to trace and identify illicitly manufactured and illicitly trafficked firearms to enable them to comply with their obligations under Articles XIII and XVII.

Exchange of Information
1. States Parties shall exchange among themselves, in conformity with their respective domestic laws and applicable treaties, relevant information on matters such as:
a. authorized producers, dealers, importers, exporters, and, whenever possible, carriers of firearms, ammunition, explosives, and other related materials.
2. States Parties shall provide to and share with each other, as appropriate, relevant scientific and technological information useful to law enforcement, so as to enhance one another’s ability to prevent, detect, and investigate the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, ammunition, explosives, and other related materials and prosecute those involved therein.
3. States Parties shall cooperate in the tracing of firearms, ammunition, explosives, and other related materials which may have been illicitly manufactured or trafficked. Such cooperation shall include accurate and prompt responses to trace requests.

Did you notice something? Both “illicit” and “authorized” producers, dealers, and carriers of firearms would be tracked by the government. That’s everybody who makes, buys, sells, owns, or carries a firearm.

3. It requires extradition. Individuals who violate CIFTA can be extradited to other nations for trial and punishment. Article 19 states:

Each of the offenses to which this article applies shall be deemed to be included as an extraditable offense in any extradition treaty in force between or among the States Parties. The States Parties undertake to include such offenses as extraditable offenses in every extradition treaty to be concluded between or among them.

So conceivably, if CIFTA is ratified, a home re-loader or rifle building hobbyist could be tracked in a international database, arrested, charged with “illicit firearm or ammunition manufacturing without a license” and sent off to Mexico for trial and imprisonment, all under the smiling approval of the U.S. government. Kind of gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling, doesn’t it?

Remember that under the Constitution, legitimately ratified treaties are considered part of the “supreme law of the land” (Article 6). However, no treaty that violates the Constitution can be legitimately ratified, so it begs the question: does President Obama, in pushing for the ratification of CIFTA, claim that the acts of banning of gun kits and ammo reloading, creation of a national firearm database, and extradition of Americans to other nations for “firearm treaty violations” do not violate the Constitution, specifically the Second Amendment? If this is the case, he should state it clearly because violation of his sworn oath of office is perjury, and a felony, and an impeachable offense.

We do not need CIFTA. Obama is simply trying to slip his anti-gun policies around the Constitutionally established system and into law without debate. In my opinion, any senator who votes to ratify CIFTA and any president who signs it is in violation of his oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic and bear true faith and allegiance to the same and should be impeached. Amen and amen.

Read the CIFTA treaty here.

Analysis of CIFTA by Gun Owners of America can be found here.

Analysis of CIFTA by Gunlaws.com can be found here.

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Why I Glock

glock-logoSome of my friends who shoot have asked me why I own and carry the Glock autopistol. The Glock (I like the Glock 23) is kind of ugly, thick, and boxy. You can’t really put it in your pocket or in the waistband of your running shorts. Compared to some other carry guns it runs a bit on the heavy side, especially if you tote one around fully loaded all day long. It isn’t especially accurate, although most of that is probably the shooter (me) not the gun. But all of these disadvantages aside, I consider the Glock the ultimate fighting autopistol.

Why? The Glock comes straight from the factory ready to shoot. You can put all kinds of aftermarket stainless barrels, match triggers, glock231fancy gadgets, and improved sights on it, but those are luxuries, not necessities. More importantly, I have probably put 4000 rounds through my current Glock 23 and have never had a malfunction. Not one. I don’t think I can remember ever having a malfunction in any Glock I have ever owned or fired. The things don’t jam. That’s the most important trait of a working handgun: reliability. It runs when you run it, every time.

I have never put more than 300 rounds through my Glock in one session, but the following videos by James Yeager of Tactical Response show that even after 1000 rounds fired continuously through a Glock 19, the gun won’t quit. Watch toward the end of the second video; the guide rod on the pistol actually melts and flies out of the front of the gun, and the Glock keeps going for another 50 rounds. That’s a reliable handgun, and that’s why I Glock.

I am now ready to accept insults from 1911 fans, mousegun people, and revolver lovers. Let the Glock bashing begin.

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oathkeepersIn the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the citizens of New Orleans learned many hard lessons. One of the most difficult was the realization that, in their time of greatest need, they were being betrayed by local law enforcement and by members of the United States military. As the post-storm chaos unfolded, the authorities went door to door confiscating firearms that were often New Orleans citizens’ only method of self-defense. As homeless survivors were packed into dark, overcrowded relief shelters, these same authorities denied them the ability to escape the disease-infested camps by walking north across the Mississippi River to safety.

It can not be denied that law enforcement and military personnel egregiously trampled the Constitutional rights of American citizens after Katrina. Thankfully, many other public servants across the country were horrified by these events, and vowed to do something so that these detestable acts would never be repeated. They call themselves Oath Keepers.

This is their self-description, from their website:

Oath Keepers is an association of currently serving military, veterans, and peace officers who will fulfill the oath we swore to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help us God.
Our oath is to the Constitution, not to the politicians, and we will not obey unconstitutional (and thus illegal) and immoral orders, such as orders to disarm the American people or to place them under martial law and deprive them of their ancient right to jury trial.
We Oath Keepers have drawn a line in the sand. We will not “just follow orders.”
Our motto is “Not on our watch!”
If you, the American people, are forced to once again fight for your liberty in another American Revolution, you will not be alone. We will stand with you.
There is at this time a debate within the ranks of the military regarding their oath. Some mistakenly believe they must follow any order the President issues. But you can rest assured that many others in the military do understand that their loyalty is to the Constitution, and understand what that means.
The mission of Oath Keepers is to vastly increase their numbers. We are in a battle for the hearts and minds of our own troops. To win that battle, Oath Keepers will use written and video testimony of active duty military, veterans (especially combat vets), and peace officers to reach, teach, and inspire our brothers in arms in the military and police to fulfill their oaths and stand as guardians of the Republic.
If you are currently in the military, are a veteran, or are a peace officer, please submit your written and/or video testimony on your oath, so you can help us win that battle for hearts and minds. Your submission may be anonymous.
Guardians of the Republic, fulfill your oath. Join us.

These are American heroes who have dedicated their lives to the defense of the Constitution. As we go forward into uncertainty, take comfort that there are still true patriots in government. God bless the Oath Keepers.

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