Premier Gun Show at Big Town This Weekend

This weekend we are back at Big town. Our Favorite show, with our favorite promoter.

The show is at the Big Town Event Center, 2323 Big Town Boulevard. S

Admission is $9, Kids 11 and under are FREE, and Parking is FREE! Say “COLT” at the door for $1 off! We’ll see you there!

SHOW HOURS
Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

We hope to see you there.

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Knock It Off and Protect the NRA Wall

The NRA can be annoying as all get out with their frequent begging and sometime their choices of spokespeople, who seem to bring more controversy than support.

But they are the big org. and the other orgs though worthy of our support,  (Especially true of minority group gun owners and Second Amendment supporters who feel neglected by the NRA. and have formed groups that more closely met their needs.) are not big enough or organized enough to step up and take the place of the NRA.

After you read the post go to Ammo Land and read the letters.  I share a hell of a lot of the same ambivalence expressed by those commenting on Ms. Lightfoot’s piece.

From Ammo Land:  https://www.ammoland.com/2019/05/knock-it-off-and-protect-the-nra-wall/

Carrie Lightfoot
May 16, 2019
Under Creative Commons License: Attribution

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- I’m surprised and disappointed at how quickly and blindly so many grab on to the misinformation about the NRA that’s put forth and paid for by Bloomberg and those foaming at the mouth to take away our Second Amendment.

If you didn’t know, they are the source of all the lies that we see flooding the news. This tactic of intentionally spreading misinformation to discredit an enemy is no different from what we see happening in DC every day. We witnessed it during the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh, and we see it happening now to Attorney General Barr. I would wager you abhor this foul play and shake your fist at it every day.

Now ask yourself is what we are seeing with the NRA somehow different? I think you will see that it isn’t.

This spreading of misinformation is an intentional tactic designed to weaken the NRA.

Why? Because the NRA is the solid brick wall between them and our Second Amendment. Guess what? Those that believe the garbage and attack the NRA without knowing the facts are creating cracks in our wall. You do as much damage to our Second Amendment as Bloomberg and his ilk.

  • Of course, there is work to be done at the NRA.
  • Of course, it isn’t a 100% perfect organization free of mistakes.

There have been actions some won’t agree with or understand, but don’t we all want the healthiest and most effective NRA we have ever had? However, some rip the leadership, the staff, and those that passionately volunteer their time on OUR behalf, damaging the wall even further. You undermine not only them personally but undermine their work as well. Based on what? Falsehoods, gossip, and lies?

It is true, and you don’t have all of the facts and all the information. It’s essential to keep in mind this is necessary for them to protect us as well as themselves.

The NRA is in the middle of MAJOR legal actions. They are wrapped up in lawsuits with NY Governor Cuomo, New York’s financial regulation agency, and NY Attorney General Leticia James. For example, the NRA is fighting back for the state of New York’s “blacklisting campaign” aimed at getting banks to cut ties with the NRA. James, while campaigning for her election last year, said in an interview “The NRA holds [itself] out as a charitable organization, but in fact, [it] really [is] a terrorist organization.” Now elected, she is coming after us. She has opened an investigation threatening the NRA’s nonprofit status. These legal battles threaten the very existence of the NRA.

The facts MUST be protected to ensure our success. The NRA can’t put out information or evidence that would in any way jeopardize our position in these cases. Is it a coincidence that the misinformation put out there that is causing the anxiety and anger towards the NRA is precisely the type of information that can’t be released to clear their name? It is more than a coincidence; it’s intentional. It is intended to cause the exact response we are seeing in the gun community with the intended goal of creating division, discrediting NRA leaders and bringing down the NRA-giving them free run to trample our Second Amendment.

“There are influential people in the gun community that are writing articles and saying it is all true” you say.

I can’t speak for them, know what is in their heart or what motivates them to do so, but I can and will tell you what I think: They don’t know the facts! They are not privy to them, period. Does ego play a role? Perhaps. Do some naysayers just have to be in a fight? Perhaps. Could retribution be the motivation? Perhaps. Do some people just love the thrill of a scandal? Perhaps.

They may tell you they heard this or that from someone on the inside, but I must ask, how can you trust what has been divulged if they so greatly lack integrity, that they are leaking information in the first place? That alone puts their “facts” into question. How do we know said leaker is not a plant or paid off by those that are hell-bent on the destruction of our Second Amendment? If someone from the inside did truly leak information, it is a fraction of incomplete information intentionally absent of “the rest of the story.” Shame on them.

Another “scandal” surrounding the NRA is that of their CEO. I can hear it already! “Wayne LaPierre is paid too much!” So how much is the protection of your Second Amendment worth to you? I don’t know about you, but I want the person best suited, best gifted, most experienced, and most qualified to lead in the fight to preserve our Second Amendment. I also want to pay him enough to compensate for all the sacrifices and the threats to him and his family. Do you really want to change the General in the middle of a battle that we are winning just to try and save a few dollars? Is putting our Second Amendment at risk worth it? No, I don’t think so.

  • The CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic makes more than Wayne.
  • The CEO of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts makes a lot more than Wayne.

What has either of these CEO’s done to protect your Constitutionally protected rights? Nothing. By the way, both examples also operate on smaller budgets than the NRA. The President of the University of Chicago makes more than twice what Wayne makes. Believe it or not, these salaries are from 2014!! I wonder what they are paid now? Now, do you believe Wayne is paid too much? No, I don’t think so.

Yes, I am frustrated. I am discouraged by what I am seeing and reading out there. I have read article after article, social media post after social media post, and I just can’t take it anymore. It is painful to watch all of these forces weakening our wall. My brother and sister patriots so quickly losing sight of the decades of successes, un-grateful for all the sucker-punching of our NRA leaders on our “behalf,” and to see you turn against the one and only organization that stands between us and the loss of our ability to protect ourselves and our country is very disheartening.

Again, is the NRA perfect? No. Do we have some work to do? Yes, but for heaven’s sake, wise up to the masterful manipulation playing out and don’t fall prey to it. Don’t be a weak brick in the wall and please don’t be so quick to jump ship. Hang in there; we are all on the same side.

I am on the board of directors of the NRA, but these views are mine as a Second Amendment advocate.

Go read the comments:  https://www.ammoland.com/2019/05/knock-it-off-and-protect-the-nra-wall/

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Robert Maxwell, World War II Hero Who Fell on a Grenade, Dies at 98

From The New York Times:  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/13/obituaries/robert-maxwell-dead.html

By Richard Goldstein
May 13, 2019

In the early hours of Sept. 7, 1944, Robert Maxwell, an Army communications specialist, made a split-second decision that was virtually certain to bring his death.

Technician Fifth Grade Maxwell and a few other G.I.s were on observation duty outside their battalion headquarters near the city of Besançon in eastern France when German soldiers got within yards of their outpost and opened fire.

The Germans blasted away with automatic weapons and even antiaircraft guns, seeking to destroy the stone house where the battalion commanders were stationed. The G.I.s on sentry duty were armed only with .45-caliber automatic pistols, but they fired back.

And then a grenade was hurled over the fence in front of the house’s courtyard and landed beside Technician Maxwell. Using an Army blanket for protection, he fell on the grenade.

“I could hear it fall right near my feet,” Mr. Maxwell told the cable TV station COTV of Bend, Ore., long afterward. “I didn’t know for sure where it was. This was between 1 and 2 in the morning. I groped to find it and throw it back, but I knew it was too late to do that. I was already crouched down, but I did have my blanket, shoved it down on my chest and dropped where I was.”

The grenade exploded, knocking him unconscious, tearing away part of one foot and peppering his head and left arm with shrapnel. World War II was over for Technician Maxwell, but he received the Medal of Honor. It cited him for inspiring his fellow G.I.s to join with him in a firefight that delayed the German onslaught and then, having “unhesitatingly hurled himself squarely upon’’ the grenade, “using his blanket and his unprotected body to absorb the full force of the explosion.”

The citation called it an “act of instantaneous heroism” that “permanently maimed” him but “saved the lives of his comrades.”

When Mr. Maxwell died on Saturday in Bend at 98, he was the oldest surviving recipient of the medal, the military’s highest award for valor.

Continue reading at:  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/13/obituaries/robert-maxwell-dead.html

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Speaking With Piper Smith, The Founder & Director of Armed Equality

The Second Amendment protects all American’s Right to Keep and Bear Arms.  It makes me happy to see LGBT people and other members of minority groups standing up in defense of that right.

From Ammo Land:  https://www.ammoland.com/2019/05/speaking-piper-smith-founder-director-of-armed-equality/

by
May 10, 2019

USA – Piper Smith, is the founder and director of Armed Equality.

Armed Equality is the largest LGBT gun rights group in the country. Smith founded the group after the terrorist attack at the Pulse Nightclub. On June 12, 2016, an Islamic extremist who had a hatred for gay people, entered the club and killed 49 people. The terrorist thought that being gay was an offense to Islam.

The shooting became the deadliest terrorist attack since 9/11. None of the revelers were armed. They could not defend themselves. Smith realized that needed to change and if no one else were going to do something, then she would.

She founded Armed Equality with the sole goal of enabling the LGBT community to protect themselves against people that would do the community harm. The group doesn’t have any other political motivation other than Second Amendment rights and have people from all over the political spectrum.

Smith contacted AmmoLand News about a cartoon she found offensive. The cartoon was critical of the Equality Act. It pictured a very masculine trans athlete competing in a women’s competition. We wanted to speak to her about her group and the cartoon.

Piper Smith was courteous  enough to grant AmmoLand News  an interview.

John: What is Armed Equality?

Piper: Armed Equality is a group and movement focused on strengthening the self-defense skills of LGBT individuals.

Historically (~3 years or so) we have focused on facilitating armed and unarmed self-defense training and other similar events with vetted LGBT-inclusive instructors & businesses. Recently we have started to also focus on helping to reform the broader 2A community in terms of inclusivity in non-traditional demographics.

John: The Pulse nightclub shooting was a wake-up call to a lot of people. Do you think an armed citizen could have stopped the shooting?

Piper: It was absolutely a wake-up call for many Americans, especially for those paying attention in the American LGBT community. Something about Pulse that I wish more people were aware of was that law enforcement waited around outside for over two hours!

They prevented nearly all first responders from saving lives due to an active threat that they failed to confront (Note: there was one very heroic paramedic team that risked their careers to enter the area and saved many lives at great personal risk).

Most of us in the 2A community are well aware that we are our own first responders and 911 cannot be solely relied upon, and sometimes I think we take that acknowledgment and mindset for granted. For individuals without military or law enforcement backgrounds who have no idea what the difference between cover and concealment is, I think we owe them the opportunity to learn.

As we well know, not everyone wants to learn these harsh truths, and that’s their choice; but I think we owe it to our fellow citizens to at least offer. It’s painful to see individuals in the LGBT community be so complacent and negligent in their lack of prioritization of development in terms of a self-defense mindset and training.

I explained to a BBC reporter from the UK recently that while there is, of course, no way to know for sure if a well-trained, well-armed individual could have made a difference that night inside of Pulse, it certainly would have changed the odds.

Continue reading at:  https://www.ammoland.com/2019/05/speaking-piper-smith-founder-director-of-armed-equality/

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‘We are people, not a statement’: Students walk out of Colorado shooting vigil in protest

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Happy Mother’s Day

The first year we started doing Gun Show we ignored holidays and did a show every week for over a year.

Got to see a lot of small community centers and got to know a lot of other vendors.  But we learned that it cost more to stay over a couple of nights to do an out of town show on a holiday such as Mother’s Day than we make.  Father’s Day tends to be a different story.

We are older now and so we scrimp and take a weekend off for these special days.

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Premier Gun Show in Lewisville This Weekend

This weekend we will be at the Premier Gun Show in Lewisville.

Lakeland Plaza – Premier Event Center, 1165 S. Stemmons Freeway

Located on the west side of the 35E about a half mile south of the Fox Avenue Exit.

Admission is $8, Kids 11 and under are FREE, and Parking is FREE! Say “CINCO” at the door for $1 off.

SHOW HOURS
Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

We hope to see you there.

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