Make the political personal

My cousin’s husband has been ranting on the Book of Face about the Founder/CEO of Jimmy John’s big game hunting.  From the best research that I can find, nothing Jimmy John Liautaud was illegal and that the pictures of his African hunts that made it online, are from a fair chase safari.

None of that matters to him, who continues to push the same old canards that big game hunters are cowards, psychopaths, murderers, etc.  Of course he considers it his moral duty to proselytize to all his friends on the Book of Face, why they should Boycott Jimmy John’s because of this outrage.

Here’s the thing.  I am a gun industry insider (that’s as much detail as I’m going to give).  I make my living off of guns, many of them for hunting.  I pay for my house, utilities, food, everything, with the money spent by people like Jimmy John.

My cousin in pregnant.  Her baby shower is coming up.  Giving the feelings that have been espoused, I’m wondering if I should not buy them a baby shower gift?  The money that will be used to buy a gift would have come from cowards, psychopaths, and murderers hunters and sportsmen.  I’m sure they aren’t going to want something tainted by “blood money” as a present?  I’m only abiding by their wishes, right?

Forgetting history and being doomed and all

Ben Carson is under attack for his comments about gun control and the Holocaust.  Of all the groups condemning him, the one that has truly gotten under my skin in the Anti-Defamation League.  I have no love for the ADL.  I have participated in a few Appleseed Shoots and have found the atmosphere to be nothing but inviting and patriotic.  The ADL, unsurprisingly, is not a fan of Project Appleseed.  I have ranted about anti-gun Jews before, so this time around I’m going to let the Nobel Laureate, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, have the last word.

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”