BREAKING NEWS: 72 Killed Resisting Gun Confiscation.

National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed by elements of a Para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw.

Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement.

Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the group’s organizers as “criminals,” issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government’s efforts to secure law and order.

The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed wide-spread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons.

Gage issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition earlier in the week. This decision followed a meeting in early this month between government and military leaders at which the governor authorized the forcible confiscation of illegal arms.

One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out that “none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and turned over their weapons voluntarily.”

Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize arms and ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily-armed extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government’s plans.

During a tense standoff in the Lexington town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed group to surrender and return to their homes. The impasse was broken by a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists.

Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange.

Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored, armed citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units. Colonel Smith, finding his forces over matched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat.

Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support the state/national joint task force in its effort to restore law and order. The governor also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the attack against the government troops.

Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock, who have been identified as “ringleaders” of the extremist faction, remain at large.

And this fellow Americans, is how the American Revolution began, April 20, 1775.

History. Study it, or repeat it.


Borrowed from my Facebook news feed posted by several different people.

Originally posted on February 22nd, 2018 by borrowed and used by the permission of Tom Grisham and The Truth Squad of GunTalk.

We Reject That Premise

The gun-ban lobby wants us to accept responsibility for the misuse of guns. We reject that, but for our message to gain any traction, we must back it up. I recently had a chance to do that, and it might help you with your responses.

Following the school shooting in Florida, politicians and the media shamelessly repeated their calls for restrictions on guns, including banning the most popular rifles in America before the bodies were even removed from the crime scene. A listener to Gun Talk directed me to a tiny blog where the writer wanted to ban guns, or magazines, or something, as a way to “do something.” She seemed sincere, so I offered a few thoughts. You can read the exchange here.

Note that neither I nor others who joined in tried to shout her down, but we offered information, history, facts, and other viewpoints, in hopes that she might realize that her take on the situation was created by a movement bent on banning guns.

Here’s one message I posted. Use the information in it wherever you can. “A lie left unchallenged becomes the truth.”



It’s clear that you are sincere in your concern and your desire to find “a solution.” What’s also clear is that your base knowledge (what you “know” to be true) is badly flawed. As a result, you don’t hear what we are saying, and you dismiss the decades of history those of us who work daily (yes, daily) on these issues have.

Case in point: You said, “I am disappointed that it does not offer any solutions to our national epidemic of mass shootings. I’d like to think we can agree that the background check you point out was cursory at best.”

“National epidemic of mass shootings” is a great sound bite, but it simply is not true. This is where what you “know” to be true has positioned you at a place where you can’t see or hear the reality. Let me back that up.

It has been claimed that the Florida school shooting is number 18 this year. No less than the Washington Post (hardly a fan of the NRA) debunked that nonsense, pointing out that this number was generated by a gun-ban group co-founded by Michael Bloomberg, who has pledged millions to push for restrictions on gun owners.

Further, Politifact debunked the huge numbers claimed by “Mass Shooting Tracker” and parroted by many politicians that there is an “epidemic of mass shootings.”

Politifact: “The Congressional Research Service counted 25 incidents in 2013, compared with 363 incidents counted by Mass Shooting Tracker.”

No one is saying that 25 mass shootings is good, but it makes meaningful discussion impossible when one group simply makes up massive numbers to push the gun-ban agenda. You appear to have bought into this popular-but-bogus belief that we have an epidemic of gun violence, or an epidemic of mass shootings, or an epidemic of school shootings. None of those is true.

Are you aware of the school shootings, which have been stopped by students with guns, or staff with guns?

We on the gun-owner side work on this every day. Literally. We have done very, very well. Accidents are down. Murders


are down. We have a national background check system (did anyone point out to you that the NRA was instrumental in setting that up?), every gun purchase from a gun dealer (whether at the store or at a gun show) must be approved by the FBI.

You see only the misuse of firearms. We see tens of millions of people shooting billions of rounds a year safely and responsibly, and we see the misuse of guns as a tiny fraction of gun use. There are, by best guesses, 100 million gun owners and 300 million guns in the U.S. If there were, in fact, 25 mass shootings, can one even come up with an understandable number when comparing the legal use of all guns (yes, including semi-automatic sporting rifles) with this number of mass shootings?

Not to sound clinical about this, because we all ache and agonize when innocent people are killed, through any means, but when establishing public policy, one simply must look at the problem realistically, must look at what has been tried, what has worked and what has failed, and only when one has a thorough understanding of what has gone before can one reasonably come up with a plan of action.

How many children have died in school fires in the last 50 years? Zero. Why? Because we pour money into making schools fire-safe. You could build and remodel schools to make them more resistant to intruders, but no one is offering up the billions of dollars that would take. Instead, they take the easy way out. The way that has proven, over time, to not work.

When someone proposes banning any class of gun, I am prompted to ask how other prohibitions have worked. Alcohol? The War On Drugs? And those are consumable. Guns last virtually forever.

So, we are offering a plan. You appear to reject it out of hand and then worry that no one is offering a solution. Let me try again.

1. You can not prevent this. You can only reduce the effects by putting in serious security measures.

2. In the event that an attacker (with a gun or anything else) does make it inside the school, you have two choices on stopping him. 1. Call 911 and ask them to send someone with a gun. That involves waiting anywhere from 5 minutes to two hours (See Virginia Tech), during which time, people are being shot. Or, 2. You can have someone on the scene who has the training and has a firearm stop the attack. (Google “Stopwatch Of Death.”) It happens over and over, all over the country, in schools, malls, churches, etc. Trained men and women with guns stop attackers.

That’s the solution. It’s not standard-capacity magazines. It is not “bad-looking” guns (which is all the modern semi-autos are).

There are many other areas worthy of our time: Hyper-violent video games, “reality” TV shows which glamorize hateful behavior, the use of mind-altering drugs on our young people, etc. The firearms community really can’t do anything about that, nor should we. What we can do — what we are doing — is working within the framework of our “universe.” We teach safe gun handling. We teach young children to avoid guns. We teach safe gun storage and give away tens of millions of gun locks. We give our own money to fund training for teachers who want to provide protection for students without having to throw their bodies in front of bullets.

We are involved on a daily basis. We are doing things. We are there, on the ground, spending money, spending time, getting great results with lower gun crime rates, lower gun accident rates, and constantly working to improve what is already a great track record.

Frankly, it’s insulting when you say “I am disappointed that it does not offer any solutions to our national epidemic of mass shootings.”

We gun owners do a lot, but what we will not do is accept the blame for criminal actions of others, which is what the gun-ban chorus attempts to force on us.

In the end, we invite you to actually do something rather than wring your hands and wonder aloud “Why isn’t anyone doing anything?”

The water’s fine. Come on in. ~ Tom

Tom Gresham
Author, outdoorsman, gun rights activist, and firearms enthusiast for more than five decades, Tom Gresham hosts Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk, the first nationally-syndicated radio show about guns and the shooting sports, and is also the producer and co-host of the Guns & Gear, GunVenture and First Person Defender television series.

Originally posted by The Hill on November 8th, 2017.

Gun Laws People Often Call For

Here are some ideas for tough federal gun laws — most of which should have been enacted years ago.

For people convicted of domestic violence, even a misdemeanor, how about a lifetime prohibition on firearms possession?

Further, a government license should be required for anyone who wants to manufacture, import, or sell firearms. The license should be mandatory not only for formal businesses, but also for individuals who make repetitive transactions for the purpose of profit. This would cover people at gun shows who put up signs declaring themselves to be “unlicensed dealers.” Anyone who engages in the firearms business without a federal license should be punished by up to five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

Manufacturers, importers, and dealers who are granted a federal license should have to keep meticulous records of every transaction. Their records and inventory should be subject to warrantless, random inspections by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). If a license-holder goes out of business, all the records of past sales should be delivered to the ATF.

Before a gun store can sell a firearm to an ordinary citizen, the citizen should have to get government approval. This should apply not only to storefront sales, but also if the retailer rents a table at a gun show. As for the Internet, retailers can be allowed to advertise there, but the actual transfer of a firearm should only be allowed at the retailer’s place of business.

The purchaser should be required to answer dozens of questions certifying her background information. It is important that the government know the purchaser’s race, and whether or not she is Hispanic. Before the sale is consummated, the Federal Bureau of Investigation or a state counterpart ought to be contacted for a background check on the purchaser.

Any customer who purchases two or more handguns in a week should be automatically flagged and reported to the federal government and to local law enforcement.

Every handgun manufacturer should require handgun buyers to purchase a safe storage device for every handgun. Even if the buyer owns a gun safe, the buyer should always be forced to buy a separate locking device.

Of course, licensed manufacturers should have to put a serial number on every firearm. If someone alters or obliterates a serial number, the person should face five years imprisonment.

Felons should be forever prohibited from owning guns. They should never be allowed to hold a gun in their hands for even a few seconds. The lifetime prohibition should include non-violent felons who have been law-abiding for decades; anyone who was convicted of marijuana possession in 1971 should be presumed to be a continuing menace to society.

A lifetime prohibition should also apply to anyone who has ever been committed to a mental institution. Mental illness is not necessarily permanent, but the ban should be.

Patients prescribed medical marijuana should be banned, even in states where such use is legal. In fact, all medical marijuana cardholders should be automatically banned, regardless of whether they are current users.

Current federal gun laws provide a statutory procedure for prohibited persons to petition the ATF for a restoration of rights. For example, ATF would have discretion to restore the Second Amendment rights of a non-violent felon who has been law-abiding for many years. Congress should enact appropriations riders to prevent ATF from considering such petitions.

Only persons over 21 should be able to purchase a handgun at a gun store. That 18-to-20-year-olds defend our country with automatic weapons overseas does not mean that they can be trusted with handguns within our country. A similar law should bar rifle or shotgun purchases by persons who are under 18.

Assault rifles must be virtually banned. These, according to the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, are “short, compact, selective-fire weapons that fire a cartridge intermediate in power.” For example, the Russian AK-47 or the American M-16 rifles. No civilian should be able to transfer or possess any assault rifle that was not already in circulation by 1986.

Any of the older assault rifles in citizen hands should be registered with the government. If someone wants to acquire one, both the buyer and seller should have to file an application with the ATF. The tax for a transfer should be $200, to discourage ownership. In the application, the ATF should require fingerprints and two recent photographs. Local law enforcement should be notified. The FBI should conduct a background investigation, and the registration process should take months.

If the purchaser is permitted to acquire the assault rifle, she should be required to maintain records proving that the rifle is registered, and notify the government of any change in address. To take the assault rifle out of state, the owner should need written permission from ATF in advance.

Assault rifles are one type of automatic firearm, but there are many other types of automatics. All of them should be controlled just as strictly as assault rifles. A violation of the stringent laws on these guns should be a felony with up to 10 years imprisonment—and much longer in cases of multiple violations.

The above is just the minimum baseline for federal laws. States should be allowed to enact must more restrictive additional laws.

If you think that this legal system would make firearms the most-regulated common consumer product in the United States, you would be correct. Every one of the above restrictions is already federal law, and has been for decades. A few of these date back to the 1980s or 1990s. Most of them are from the Gun Control Act of 1968. The tax and registration laws on automatics are from the National Firearms Act of 1934.

My thanks to Dave Kopel and Joseph Greenlee, who actually wrote this.


Photo borrowed from the official Ted Nugent Facebook page.

Reposted on the Ted Nugent official Facebook page. Originally written by Stanislaus Drew Copied and posted here for the sake of future reference to a well thought out piece written out of frustration during a time of National unrest. 

Take a little trip to Valley Forge in January. If you don’t know where that is, just Google it from the sidelines. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two. There won’t be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the battle, so just wait your turn. Take your cleats and socks off to get a real experience. Then take a knee.

Then, take one at the beach in Normandy where man after American man stormed the beach, even as the one in front of him was shot to pieces… the very sea stained with American blood. The only blockers most had were the dead bodies in front of them, riddled with bullets from enemy fire.

Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam. from Khe San to Saigon… Anywhere will do. REAL Americans died in all those jungles. There was no playbook that told them what was next, but they knew what flag they represented. When they came home, they were protested as well… and spit on for reasons only cowards know.

 Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110 degree heat… Wear your Kevlar helmet and battle dress… Your number won’t be printed on it unless your number is up! You’ll need to stay hydrated but there won’t be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth. You’re on your own.

 There’s a lot of places to take a knee. Real Americans have given their lives all over the world. When you use the banner under which they fought as a source for your displeasure, you dishonor the memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you have. That’s what the red stripes mean. It represents the blood of those who spilled a sea of it defending your liberty.

 While you’re on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on a manicured lawn striped and printed with numbers to announce every inch of ground taken… but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and sweltering forests and bitter cold mountains… every inch marked by an American life lost serving that flag you protest.

 No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans… just American men and women… delivering the real fight against those who chose to harm us… blazing a path so you would have ‘the right to take a knee.’

 You haven’t an inkling what it took to get you where you are; but your ‘protest’ is duly noted. Not only is it disgraceful to a nation of real heroes, it serves the purpose of pointing to your ingratitude for those who chose to defend you under that banner that will still wave long after your jersey is issued to another…

 If you really feel the need to take a knee, come with me to church on Sunday and we’ll both kneel before Almighty God. We’ll thank Him for preserving this country for as long as He has. We’ll beg forgiveness for our ingratitude for all He has provided us. We’ll appeal to Him for understanding and wisdom. We’ll pray for liberty and justice for all… because He is the one who provides those things.

 And there will be no protest. There will only be gratitude for His provision and a plea for His continued grace and mercy on the land of the free and the home of the brave It goes like this…


by Stanislaus Drew

For some odd reason I have found a complete lack of time for blogging since the start of production season at work.  My day starts before sunrise and supper is typically after 8 PM.  5:25 AM alarm clock, work all day, supper, a bit of TV with the family, a shower and bed.  Repeat day after day. There seems to be little time for anything not required to have my body ready for work tomorrow.

The forecast had been calling for rain for today. Finally we see nice day long soaking rain free of severe weather. This wet weather makes it difficult for construction work. However, taking most of the day off seems easier on everyone rather than trying to stay busy without any bigger jobs open for the day.

With my dump truck still in the shop for brake repairs I did a few odd jobs for the boss today.  A trip to Menards for two pallets of cement mortar mix for the shops warehouse inventory was my first job.  As I pulled the truck into the warehouse the boss showed up asking if I’d mind going back for a pallet of paver bricks and cement block.  The block had to be ordered which means a future trip to Menards.  I greased my dump truck and went home for the day.

— QBall45

After getting rained out on Monday evening with a load of fertilizer on the trailer and sitting on hold/standby all day on Tuesday my boots are finally back in the dirt.  

Monday evenings load has been unloaded and I’m back in line to load another


We spent most of the day under threat of rain and constantly checking the radar screen on the phone. My floater operator received the call to put us on hold at the field before we had even arrived. This was a 150 acres using a total of 107,000 pounds of fertilizer. As such this wasn’t a small nor quick job and the plan is always once you start it’s got to be finished. 

After we spent about half an hour waiting, the rain finally came and we headed back to the fertilizer plant. 

Sometimes there are spots that appear, from the drivers seat,  like it’s going to be impossible to safely drive out of.  I have yet to find a spot that I’ve backed in to that couldn’t be driven out of.