So, I Get This E-mail The Other Day…

And it’s from a Casting and Development Producer for what they claim is a major television network.   They really didn’t provide much detail or any specifics as to what is expected, but clearly they are looking for some raw talent meeting the following criteria:

  • From Minnesota
  • Business Owner
  • Hunter
  • Fisherman
  • Outdoorsman
  • Athlete
  • Survivalist
  • Brewer
  • Partier
  • And other people in-between.

Okay, I’m not exactly an athlete and my partying days are largely in my past, but after a few days ruminating on this possibility I just had to send off an application.   I figure…what the heck!C294509_l   I’ve got nothing to lose.

For the past four years I have been hounding Michelle Scheuermann, with the Sportsman Channel, they should develop a program called the Great American Snipe Hunt.   It would be a comedy show spoofing the long-standing practical joke that has been played on unsuspecting people for many decades.   Hidden cameras would show green outdoorsmen out in the woods with…well, you guessed it…a light and a gunny sack.

Now, mind you this tongue-in-cheek program pitch wasn’t any more serious than the program I was proposing, but it’s quite obvious with the cult success of Duck Dynasty that the world is hungry for programming that is a bit off-the-wall funny.

I’ll keep you informed as to when I get chosen for the lead role.   Okay, I will tell you if ANYTHING happens from this point forward.   Also, if you think you have the character and personality to be part of a reality TV program drop me a note at: jim7226 at Hotmail dot com.   I’ll pass along the details as to how you, too, can apply for this interesting opportunity.

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How Committed To The Cause Are Gun-grabbers?

Right now…in Minnesota…a skirmish for our gun rights is taking place.   On Monday, President Obama was in Minneapolis to underscore his support for sweeping new gun control legislation—both federal and at the state government levels.   Then on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week the Minnesota House of Representatives are holding a series of hearings on a handful of bills that, if they became law, would make Minnesota one of the most restrictive places in the country to own most guns.

And so, I’ve listened to the debate so far both yesterday and today.   In essence, it’s the same old story we’ve heard for years with now the emotional twist of some mass shootings thrown in for good measure.   Will the testimony really have an influence on the legislative committee?   I doubt it…I think both sides are pretty well set with how they will eventually vote.   In some ways these committee hearings take place just to give both sides a chance to air their views…to feel better somehow their message was at least listened to.

But, today’s hearing was most striking to me.   The author of HF241–Assault Weapon Ban Bill in presenting her opening remarks to the hearing about the bill had a decision to make.   Does she stay and fully introduce the bill while being available for questions, or does she leave the hearing early to attend a speaking engagement at a nearby theater for a bunch of school students?   Tough choice, huh?

On one hand she’s presenting legislation for enactment directly impacting everyone’s constitutional rights.   On the other hand, she certainly wouldn’t want to disappoint a bunch of school kids who my guess is doesn’t even know who Rep. Hausman is anyway.   Check out the video beginning at the 17:30 minute point and see what she decides.

More importantly, Rep. Hausman didn’t even turn her duties over to a co-author of the bill.   Nope!   Instead she turned her duties over to Heather Martens who is the executive director of Protect Minnesota.   To me that act alone shows a real lack of legislative commitment to one’s cause and duties as a legislator.

Frankly, I wonder how committed many sponsors of gun-grabbing legislation are no matter what legislative body they exist in.   They don’t have the facts on their side…so, instead they peddle raw emotion.   And that sometimes works great when terrible events are vivid in people’s minds and it overshadows logical thinking.   Yet, the truth is most poor decisions people tend to make in life are those based purely on emotion.   Take emotion out of the equation and allow logical, open-minded thinking to replace the discussion.

Right now it’s obvious the gun-grabbers are throwing lots of misguided gun legislation out there hoping something will stick.   I truly believe in their hearts they are not as committed to their positions as those of us who push for gun rights are committed to our beliefs.

There are many battles yet to be waged.   There will be lots of misinformation disseminated and twisted in the media about these and other proposed new gun control measures.   But in the end, if we are battling an opponent who lacks the commitment level we have as gun owners possess, their actions and words will ultimately ring hollow and will have no merit in our society.

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Of Band-aids, Guns, Preschoolers and Politicians

From time to time my four year old will come running to me in obvious pain and crying.   She’s not looking for real medical attention of any kind—there often is no blood involved.   Nor, does she want daddy to simply kiss her boo boo or give her a big, tight hug.   As her daddy I know what gives her the most comfort in these situations.   She needs a band-aid.

Now, mind you, the band-aid is not covering a real wound…just a perceived wound in the mind of a preschooler.   Nothing…and I do mean nothing…relieves her stress in these situations better or faster than a band-aid expertly applied.

And sometimes one is not enough.   When I see she is still fighting back the tears after sporting a freshly applied band-aid, I will occasionally grab one more…and another…and another.   You see, when a problem continues to persist I’ve learned that applying multiple band-aids on one tiny leg will eventually cause us both to break out in laughter.   Voilà!   Problem solved.

Right now gun owners are dealing with lots of band-aids.   Oh, these aren’t band-aids to help heal any emergent medical problem we have as a group.   Nope, they are band-aids some folks believe are necessary to solve a societal problem through restrictive gun legislation.   Unfortunately, a series of evil events have occurred in our world and a faction of lawmakers, along with the media, have devised their own form of a band-aid approach.

Small_pistolNow, I’m certainly not here to suggest we shouldn’t learn from and try to prevent future tragedies in our society.   Quite the contrary.   It’s the manner in how we react that displays if we deal with it like a 50 year old, or a four year old.   One expects that an adult has a certain maturity level suggesting a logical and well-thought out response.   A young child?   Well, of course they will be more reactionary looking for whatever gives some immediate resolution to a perceived terrible problem.

Let’s be honest.   At no other time in American history has the anti-gun movement felt so emboldened and powerful as they do right now.   They feel this is their time.   High emotions are being stoked on a daily basis with biased news reporting.   The enemy isn’t the criminal who commits these cowardly acts…it is the gun…THE GUN I tell you!   The gun is ALWAYS the problem.   Remove the gun and…Voilà!   The problem magically will go away.

Yeah, it will work just like that…won’t it?   Maybe in the mind of a small child who wants some immediate action, but not for an advanced society who should be mature enough to know far better.

In the days and weeks to come this blog will expose how gun control is a big hoax being perpetrated by folks who want to take away our freedoms.   Folks, it has nothing to do with protecting children in some school classroom or preventing another tragedy in some movie theater.   Indeed, this is about a group of politicians who want to take action to appease the whims of their voter base.   THEY WANT TO GET RE-ELECTED and they see restrictions on our guns as their first-class ticket to enabling political longevity.

How wrong they are.   I’m not about to tell my four-year old that putting a band-aid on an imaginary owie is a silly thing to do.   But I sure as hell will tell my politicians how taking a band-aid approach in dealing with gun violence is not the proper American thing to be doing.   Any solution that restricts my long-standing, God-given freedom as an American is simply juvenile and should be treated as such.

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