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For Some, Memorial Day is a 24/7/365 Event — (TAPS)

Every so often, I am able to take the time to tell our readers about a worthwhile charity or organization we can all get behind with our support. This Memorial Day is no different. Although the Veterans Administration is embroiled in scandal right now, let’s not forget about the good things it does. While we may all be disappointed with the V.A.’s recent actions, let’s remember it is not about the organization. Rather, it’s what the people, and this post, is about—the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and the children of fallen heroes.

Unknown Soldier Grave

Memorial Day — Carrying the Torch

Memorial Day – a day set aside to commemorate the brave hearts that laid down their lives for our nation. A day to remember that freedom isn’t really free and the rights we enjoy were paid—and continue to be paid for—with American blood. It is a day to remember those who hover as a cloud of witnesses above.

Government Destroying Surplus Ammo

We have all felt the pinch of the ammo crunch and there has not been any shortage of stories about the government gobbling up supply. Suddenly it seems the government has too much ammo! In fact, the Pentagon estimates it has about $1.2 billion worth of ammo that it has slated for destruction.

Gun Purchase Background Check

New Budget Proposes Almost $1.5 Billion to Protect You from Gun Violence

President Obama wants to protect you from gun violence.

Just reading that, you know this cannot be good. In his latest budget request, Obama requested $1.1 billion for gun control and “to protect Americans from gun violence.” But the assault on our Second Amendment rights will not stop there. Adding fuel to the gun control fire, the Department of Justice (DOJ) asked for an additional 382.1 million for gun control.

Salesman showing sub compact pistol at Pekin Gun and Sporting Goods

Illinois Concealed Carry Law

It took until July of 2013, but my home state of Illinois became the last state in the Union to enact a concealed carry law. Illinois was last for a reason, and both sides offered plenty of rhetoric. The Antis claimed the law would paramount to the Wild West; the streets would lawless and gun fights rampant. A friendly punch to the snot locker would instead lead to murder conviction because everyone would be packing heat.

Disgraced California Senator Leland Yee

Gun Running, Corruption, Murder-for-Hire… California Lawmaker?

Stop me if you have heard this one before, “A leading Democrat makes a career from crusading against guns and the Second Amendment only to be accused of moral turpitude and gun crimes.” They preach against you and me owning guns, claim they have the moral high ground to legislate and restrict our Second Amendment rights and all the while are wearing hypocrisy on their sleeves. California State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) was recently arrested for gun running among a laundry list of other major crimes.

Chalk One Up for the Good Guys! Defending the Second Amendment

We get plenty of bad news when it comes to legal battles and regulations regarding our Second Amendment rights. Fortunately, there are several organizations fighting to retain our rights and reverse the efforts of over-zealous anti-gun lawmakers. This is the first installment and recaps pro Second Amendment wins and challenges from the previous month.

Diamondback DB9, Baofeng radio, paracord braclet and pocket knife

What is Your Emergency Communications Strategy?

A few months ago, I was chatting with my boss when, out of the blue, he asked if I ever had considered getting my amateur radio (ham) operator’s license. It never really had crossed my mind. My parents were into CB (Citizen’s Band radio) when I was a kid, and I certainly had spent time on radios in the Navy, but it really did not seem like a hobby I needed. The truth be told, I am busy enough without another hobby.