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November 12, 2014

Veteran's Day, The Marine Corps Birthday and the Sig Sauer 938...
 
Last night a neighbor who recently moved in to the neighborhood brought a card and a six pack over to the house just to say ‘Thank You’ because it was Veterans Day. I've met him and his wife only twice since they moved in. Of all the people in the area, the new guy was the one to actually do something. I'll probably remember the six-pack far more then the texts, emails and calls I received yesterday, but the thoughts were nice as well! That following up the Marine Corps Birthday on Monday made it a pretty great week over all!

The one downside to Veteran’s Day this year was the Eau Claire School district canceling an 80-year tradition of celebrating Veteran’s Day because it involved ceremonial firearms. Honoring the men and women who risked all to keep this nation free is somehow less important than the irrational and unfounded fears of a few educators... Fortunately we have the contact information for the person who made that decision and I sincerely hope you do reach out to him to let him know what you think. Contact Tim Leibham. Once you are done with him, might I suggest reaching out to the school board, who under the direction of Rich Spindler is still trying to justify the decision. You can find the entire boards contact information here. While I would not expect a response, my guess is that with a bit of follow through, we can ensure that it doesn't happen again next year. A few phone calls and emails could make the difference in the country we want vs. the county we have.

  On a more positive note, take a look at Howard's thoughts on Veteran’s Day for some positive news, and get some insight in to what he thinks of the Sig Sauer P938. In the news this week we had an attack prevented, and found out that 2/3's of Americans believe guns makes homes safer. Check out a bit about the two primary assault weapons and take a minute to read about Navy Lieutenant Mark Donald and remember his sacrifices. 

Have a great week!
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A Veteran's Reflection on Veteran's Day
 

Today, as our Nation pauses to honor its veterans, some Americans are enjoying a day off of work… some are cashing-in on some internet and retail sales presumptuously named after the federal holiday… and others are actually reflecting on what this day means to our Nation and her veterans.  While I don’t claim to speak on behalf of all veterans, I’m not soliciting for any charity or cause and I’m not prodding anyone to go out of their way to “thank a vet.”  After 20 years of serving our Nation, however, I feel compelled to share a few thoughts on Veteran’s Day from the perspective of just this one veteran.  I believe the veteran’s story is a compelling one that is worth sharing… for our veterans are both a product of and protector to the families, schools and communities that raised us.  In the following paragraphs, I will tell you about the history of Veteran’s Day, a very brief history of the American Veteran, and share an inter-generational message among veterans.

~ Howard Hall

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Sig Sauer P938 - Review by Howard Hall
 

Through 20 years of trial-and-error in finding the right concealed carry pistol to best suit my requirements, the Sig P938 emerged as my personal #1.  In this product review, I will provide an overview of Sig Sauer’s micro-compact 9mm pistol and share the details of my range report.

My Personal Progression of Concealed Carry Pistols

Twenty years ago, when I first earned my concealed weapons permit and began carrying, I was heavily influenced by my competition experiences with the .45ACP platforms and a relative lack of effective 9mm cartridges.  Therefore, a sub-compact 1911 in .45ACP was the only apparent option for me at the time.  My first carry pistol was the Colt Defender in .45ACP.  It was relatively heavy and had sharp corners that snagged the inside of my shirts.  After a few years, I “stepped up” to the Kimber CDP (Custom Defense Package).  While the CDP’s “carry melt” eliminated the snagging problem, it was still difficult to conceal under shorts and T-shirts in the summer months.  The edge of the back-strap would “print” (reveal the outline of the pistol) in light clothing. I eventually moved-on to the Ed Brown Kobra Carry with the “bobtailed” back-strap to alleviate the printing problem.  This, however, did not alleviate the problem of excessive pistol weight.

~ Howard Hall

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Happy Veteran's Day: Wisconsin School Cancels Veteran's Day Ceremony Because Traditional 21 Gun Salute Uses Guns

A veteran’s group in Wisconsin has been forced to move their traditional Veteran’s Day ceremonies from a local public school to a Burger King because school officials are concerned that the ceremony — which includes a traditional 21 gun salute — uses guns. Check out the full story here.
 

 

Local Governments Push for New 'Smart Gun' Technology

You could call it gun control without legislation. Local governments that buy handguns for their police departments are asking, as customers, for a change in the way that gun makers do business. Check out the full story here.




Poll: Nearly Two-Thirds of Americans Agree Gun Makes Home Safer

A new Gallup poll shows that nearly two-thirds of Americans agree that a gun makes the home safer, rather than "more dangerous." Check out the full story here.

 

Maryland Teen Planned to Kill Parents, Classmates with Stolen Gun, Documents Say

A Maryland teenager told police he planned to use a stolen handgun to kill his parents, then drive to his high school and kill students and teachers as revenge for years of bullying he suffered, according to court documents released Wednesday. Check out the full story here.
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Do you know the difference between the AR-15 and AK-47?

AR-15 rifles are lighter and have a higher rate of accuracy than the AK-47, but the AK-47 is considerably cheaper and more dependable in comparison. Both are extensively used by the military and police, as well as for general purpose hunting rifles and self-defense.

The AK-47 is an assault rifle designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov in the Soviet Union in the 1940s, while the AR-15 is an assault rifle designed by Eugene Stoner in the U.S. in the 1950s.

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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Mark Donald for actions as set forth in the following citation.




Lieutenant Donald was part of a multi-vehicle mounted patrol ambushed by extremely heavy fire from rocket-propelled grenades and small arms. When two rocket-propelled grenades exploded immediately in front of his vehicle, Lieutenant Donald exited the vehicle and began returning fire. While under heavy and continuous machine gun fire he pulled the wounded Afghan commander to relative safety behind the vehicle's engine block. He left his position, completely exposing himself to the small arms fire, and pulled a wounded American trapped behind the steering wheel to cover behind the vehicle. He covered the wounded with his own body while returning fire and providing care. In the process, multiple bullets passed through his clothing and equipment. Identifying wounded Afghan personnel in the two lead vehicles, Lieutenant Donald moved to their aid under heavy fire and began medical treatment. After treating the wounded, he took charge of an Afghan squad in disarray, deployed them to break the ambush, and continued to treat numerous critically injured personnel, while arranging for their prompt medical evacuation. That afternoon, while sweeping an area of earlier action, a U.S./Afghan element was ambushed by a platoon-sized enemy force near Lieutenant Donald's position. Knowing personnel were gravely wounded, Lieutenant Donald without hesitation and with complete disregard for his own safety ran 200 meters between opposing forces exposing him to withering and continuous heavy machine gun and small arms fire to render medical treatment to two wounded personnel, one Afghan and one American. He placed himself between the casualties and the extremely heavy enemy fire now directed at him and began emergency medical treatment. Still under intense enemy fire, wounded by shrapnel, and knowingly within dangerously close range of attacking U.S. Army AH-64 Apache helicopter rockets, he organized the surviving Afghan soldiers and led a 200 meter fighting withdrawal to friendly positions. Lieutenant Donald coordinated the medical evacuation of wounded soldiers and withdrew overland back to base before treating his own wounds. By his heroic display of decisive and tenacious leadership, unyielding courage in the face of constant enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, Lieutenant Donald reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


A Look Back in Time

From November 2013

Who will carry the sword and shield of this Nation

Today is about honoring all those Americans who said, “I will bear the risk of our national decisions and I will carry the sword and shield of this nation”.

“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”

~ George Orwell

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