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Coming This Weekend – the GeorgiaCarry.org Convention

Kenn Blanchard

When I went to my first big blogger shindig, the Lucky Gunner Blogger Shoot in 2011, the first event I went to was a dinner for all the participants. I mingled a little, not really knowing anyone there personally, and then we all took seats.

As it turns out, I sat directly across from Great Satan, but fortunately, I also sat next to Reverend Kenn Blanchard. We chatted throughout the evening, and kept up the next day, and I found him to be a warm and funny man.

Kenn is sometimes better know as the Black Man With a Gun, from the blog and podcast and Facebook page of the same name, and he will be this year’s Keynote Speaker at the annual GeorgiaCarry.org convention, held this weekend at the Renaissance Waver Hotel in Atlanta.

GeorgiaCarry.org is THE voice for gun owners and the Second Amendment in Georgia. Since 2007 they have been responsible for removing so many of the antiquated gun laws in this state, including prohibitions against carrying in a public gathering, restaurant carry, and even carry in public and government buildings. And despite all this, blood does not run in the streets.

I will be there Saturday, all day, and I look forward to seeing as many of you there as I can. Please message me and we will get together.

Lies the Gun Banners Tell

Kudos to Borepatch.

Oh, the lies they lie. Those lying liars.

For instance, a Harvard study looked at whether banning guns would reduce murders and suicides. Surprise!

As Borepatch recommends, bookmark this one, and cite it when you speak with the Anti’s. Especially since they are factless.

 

 

Coming Out

Tom Nobody Cares

My first foray into the gun social media world was when I first logged on to GlockTalk as FillYerHands in 2008. Then came Twitter and this blog, and now I even have a Facebook page.

When I started out, I never used my own name. Why? Well, for one thing, I was taking time at work to do the postings, in between my real job, recruiting. For another thing, I was afraid to use my real name, lest someone associate me with a Gun Crazed Maniac, and have that tarnish my business reputation.

Having said that, over the past few years, I have met a lot of people in the gun world who have never had any issues with using their real names. Sure, there are a few folks who prefer anonymity, like Linoge, Uncle, and Sebastian. But there are lots more like Sean and Miguel and Ron and Walt, and a hundred more, forgive me for not naming you specifically. So as I have thought about it more, I have decided that I really don’t have any real reason not to use my own name. So I changed it Saturday on my Twitter page, and so far, not an eye has been batted that I can tell.

So let me introduce myself.

I’m Tom Lindsay, and I live in the gun friendly town of Kennesaw, Georgia. I’m not an Operator. I’ve never been in the military or law enforcement. I’m just a regular guy who likes guns and shooting. I support the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

I’ve been shooting a little over 20 years, and I compete in USPSA and GSSF. I am a certified Glock Armorer. For money, I recruit engineers and manufacturing people for clients all over the USA. I’m a degreed chemical engineer, having graduated from Georgia Tech. Besides shooting, I love barbecue, jazz, bluegrass, cars, and a whole bunch of other stuff. I even blog about my barbecue efforts at SkinThatSmokeWagon.

 

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The Failure of Background Checks, and What it Means

By now we are all aware of yet another Gun Free Victim Zone “mass” killing, this time at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana. A nut job killed 2, wounded 9, then turned the gun on himself.

Of course, my first rant is that most of the left wing media insisted on over-reporting the death toll of this killer by a full 50 percent, by including his suicide as part of the Death Count. But I know that’s just them.

But now we learn that the killer apparently passed all the require NICS checks when he bought the gun he used. The linked article outlines the severe mental disorders the man suffered, yet he was allowed to buy.

Here we have, in black and white, a demonstration that the beloved Universal Background Check so demanded by the anti’s does not work, even when allowed to happen. A nut job followed the law, bought a gun, and the rest is history.

My comments on this are two fold:

First, we must come to terms with mental illness in America, and soon. And we must make mental illness more of a factor in allowing the purchase and ownership of firearms, just as we do previous histories of physical violence and law breaking. The problem here is that we must also allow for the eventual removal of those restrictions once the person has recovered, and the evaluations on both sides of the diagnosis must be dispassionate and unbiased. I think there is enough recent evidence, in Colorado and Virginia Tech and elsewhere, that refusing to face these issues just keeps a timebomb ticking that we could otherwise defuse.

Now, how do we allow this mental evaluation, without jeopardizing our inherent rights? Frankly, I don’t know. But my hope and prayer is that men and women smarter than me, who also value the Second Amendment, will see mental illness as what it is – an illness, not a permanent feature or a sin – and a come up with workable solutions.

Why do I call for this expansion of restrictions against the right to keep and bear arms? Because I know that if we do not face this, if we continue to say that All Is Well, we may eventually get to the point where enough people say ENOUGH, and we get the English and Australian solution, confiscation.

And I for one never want to see that day.

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