In Defense of the 2nd Amendment

Jerah Hutchins is owner of Texas-based Clearing the Chamber, a firearms training company in the Dallas-Forth Worth area. On Thursday, October 10, Ms. Hutchins was invited to testify at the DFW Gun Rights Hearing – a forum hosted by Texas state legislature, allowing citizens to express their views on firearms legislation and the 2nd Amendment.

Here is a video of Jerah’s amazing testimony:  

https://youtu.be/XDsjYewo_gw

While her words should encourage everyone to hold our elected officials accountable for standing up for our Constitutional rights, they are especially impactful to women. 

Meet an Average Concealed Pistol License Holder

Tim Cooper, Family 1st Defense

I am pro-2nd Amendment, own guns and, yes, I have concealed a pistol license (CPL). Due to the stereotypes casually tossed around by certain politicians and members of the media, some try to peg me as a fringe element, overzealous religious fanatic, who might be planning the next sensational mass shooting. Of course, that is not true and you are probably not that judgmental. Still, you may have a few of misconceptions about the average CPL holder.

It’s my belief that the original intent of the 2nd Amendment was not to protect hunters’ rights or give the government the right to create the National Guard. It was intended to give individual, law-abiding citizens like you and me the right to own and carry firearms for self-defense. As an American, I take great pride in knowing the 2nd Amendment does not discriminate — it extends to all citizens regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, or political affiliation. By the same token, I understand guns aren’t for everyone and respect the wishes of those who choose not to own and carry them.

As an average CPL holder, I am responsible and respect our laws, including those governing firearms. Did you know citizens who legally carry concealed in Michigan are required to register there fingerprints and handgun serial numbers with law enforcement? That’s right — I voluntarily give the police advance notice that I own and carry firearms, which makes it quite difficult for me to get away with a gun crime (or any crime at all for that matter). This fact helps explain the results of one recent study, published by the Crime Prevention Research Center. It found that, as a group, CPL holders have been convicted of 83% fewer of crimes than even police officers – in other words, we are among the most law-abiding people in the country.

I own multiple firearms, not as a “wannabe” cop or soldier but as an educated individual who recognizes different guns have different applications — hunting, home defense, and concealed carry to name a few. These weapons do not grant me special powers. They are simply last resort options, available to protect me and the ones I love. Carrying a gun is not a paranoid response to social issues. It’s a recognition that evil exists in this world. A CPL holder refuses to be a victim.

Some say a gun on my waist makes me dangerous but I pose a threat to no one. Safety is my top priority. I’m the prepared guy who drives around with a battery booster, flashlight, and tow straps in my truck, ready to help if you’re stranded. I lock-up my firearms to keep them away from children and criminals, and regularly train at local shooting ranges to pound safe gun handling habits into muscle memory. As an average CPL holder, I follow a code of conduct that encourages the mentorship of new gun owners to make them safe and responsible too.

But here is what you really need to know about me: In most ways, I’m just like you. I love my family, go to work every day, own a business in the local community, and stand behind you at the convenience store waiting to pay. By the way, that guy who just entered the store owns a gun too and stuffed it down his pants before getting out of his car. He’s looking for some quick cash to support his drug habit and doesn’t care who he hurts to get it. When one of us can finally make the 911 call, the police will be at least 4½ minutes away ….

Pleased to meet you. I’m an average CPL holder, joining millions of others across the United States who are men and women, Republicans and Democrats, members of every race and religion, LGBTQ and straight. Until you can guarantee me the bad guys aren’t carrying guns, I just feel safer having my own. You are welcome to disagree with my beliefs, but please refrain from lumping me in with the perpetrators of violent crime. I’m on your side.

“March for Our Lives” Leads to Week of Insanity

Family 1st Defense

Regardless of where you think you stand on guns, we encourage you to read the post below by the NRA-ILA. It summarizes some of the notable statements made by “March for Our Lives” activists and lauded by the media — statements that prove responsible 2A supporters are not a paranoid bunch of right-wing fanatics.

The knee-jerk reaction to “ban guns” or “repeal the 2A” in response to the Parkland school shooting reveals an irresponsible lack of understanding about our Constitution and the underlying intent of the 2nd Amendment.

Unfortunately, the students and adults shouting these extreme slogans and waving their signs have no concept of something called a “police state.” The 2nd Amendment is not just about giving citizens the right to defend themselves from burglars and rapists; it is also the ultimate check and balance to provide us the means to resist an over-reaching, authoritarian government. Simply put, the 2A was originally intended to make the government FEAR the public. “Ridiculous” you say? “Authoritarian rule would never happen here?” Talk to the descendants of slaves, or survivors of the Jewish Holocaust and Cuban Revolution. See what they have to say.

Isn’t it interesting that gun sales among Democrats spiked after the election of Donald Trump amidst accusations of Russian collusion, just as they did among Republicans as a response to the Obama administration’s alleged abuse of the IRS, NSA, and CIA to target political opponents? That’s the point! In both cases, concerned citizens were exercising their constitutional right to keep and bear arms against potential threats.

As I’ve said repeatedly, the 2A does NOT discriminate. It protects all of us, regardless of our political affiliation. Think very carefully before committing yourself to the idea of banning guns, or giving your government “an inch to take a mile.”

NRA-ILA | So They’re Not Coming for Our Guns, Eh? We call BS.

In the wake of the terrible crimes in Parkland, Florida, gun control activists and progressive social justice warriors have found their scapegoats in the National Rifle Association and its five million members. And as they always do when they feel emboldened, they are revealing the true agenda they usually try to downplay to the American public in less emotionally-charged times.