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Caleb Lee is the #1 best-selling author of "Concealed Carry 101" and founder of PreparedGunOwners.com. He is a civilian (no law enforcement or military experience) who shares information about self-defense and becoming more self-reliant. He's a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo, NRA Certified Basic Pistol & Personal Protection Inside The Home Instructor, Concealed Carry Academy Instructor certified & also a graduate of the Rangermaster firearms instructor course. He's also the author of numerous online courses including the UndergroundAssaultRifle.com course.

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After walking — literally — over 10 miles worth of trade show floors at SHOT Show 2017, I was lucky enough to find some neat products.

What I’m really interested in, and have been for some time now, is the idea of conceal carry backpacks. Packs you can stick not just a handgun in, but also a short-barreled-rifle (SBR) or AR-15 pistol sized Personal Defense Weapon (PDW).

Check out these awesome new packs:


1. Backpacks from Elite Survival Systems

I thought I knew all the people that made conceal carry backpacks like this, but I had not heard of Elite Survival Systems until I went to SHOT Show.

I’m glad I did, their backpacks look really nice. They actually LOOK like regular backpacks with nothing “Tactical” to give them away.


The Stealth backpack was pretty impressive (pictured above) and as you can see they offer a few others that are just as “low profile” but can conceal carry perfectly.

See more at http://www.elitesurvival.com/ and check out the video review I found on Youtube of the Stealth Covert Operations Backpack


2. Sneaky Bags


Sneaky Bags has been in the game for a while and they didn’t disappoint. This was actually my first time going hands on and checking out their SPYDER line of bags and seeing how quickly you could deploy a PDW type weapon out of one. They also had a new backpack out, that I really liked because it had multiple compartments. That way you could carry a gun in one compartment but also a laptop or other regular carry stuff in the other, so you can still use it like a regular backpack and nobody would know. It’s pictured to the far right in tan in this picture. http://www.sneakybags.com/ Check out the SPYDER bag below:


3. Tuff Products Sentinel Backpack


I was looking forward to seeing this backpack that was designed by Steve Fisher of Sentinel Concepts. It looks almost completely like a regular hiking backpack on the outside … but you can fit a LAW tactical folded AR-15 PDW inside.

This thing is really slick and the guys at TUFF are good people.
See more at Tuffproducts.com And here’s the backpack walkthrough by Yeti and Jeff from YouTube:


Bonus 4: 5.11 Covrt M4 Bags

The 5.11 COVRT M4 Bags have been out a while, but this was the first time I got to handle them together. I could definitely see using the small size. Check them out at 5.11.  Dave Biggers gives you a good review in the Youtube vid below:

I’ll keep my eyes out for more Covert Conceal Carry AR-15 bags!

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I’m sitting in a hotel room in Las Vegas writing you today because I’m at SHOT Show 2017.

The SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) Show is the biggest annual trade show of this type in the WORLD.

Attendance is RESTRICTED to the shooting, hunting and outdoor trade and commercial buyers and sellers of military, law enforcement and tactical products and services ONLY.

That means it’s not like a gun show where you can walk in off the street to check stuff out and buy it, you have to be in the “business” so to speak.

Yesterday I was at the the SHOT Show Industry day tat the range, which means I got to shoot a ton of guns from all the manufacturers there. Check out what I saw …

What Is SHOT Show Industry Range Day?

For a quick primer on what goes on during the Industry Day at the range, check out this promo video from SHOT show:

Helping Setup Shooting Tables …

Early in the day, I helped my friends over at Dixie Gun Worx setup their shooting tables — which are the official shooting tables provided by the SHOT show for the exhibitors. Some brough their own, but these bad boys were setup for many of the booths.

They’re pretty darn cool actually, because they’re completely mobile. The table top disconnects from the base. The base is a tripod design that folds up and so does the shooting seat. The shooting seat is completely and totally adjustable — meaning you can easily (within seconds) have it setup for right or left handed shooters and accommodate various heights of shooters.

I’ll be doing a full review on these shooting tables in the future, because I think they’re a big jump forward compared to what most people are using and they fit a really unique spot in the market place.

Geissele Triggers And New Rail

I don’t have any aftermarket triggers in any of my AR-15’s. But that MAY change in the future because of Geissele. I got to shoot their single-stage and 2-stage triggers – the SSA and SD-SSP specifically – and they were really, really nice. This was actually my first time shooting a single-stage and I can see how it’d make long range accurate shots much easier.

Of note was the new rail from Geissele too. I’m a big fan of their rails, I really liked this one too the new MK13 rail, this one was 13″:

Vortex Shows Off New Holograph Weapon Sight — It’s Nice!

You already know that I’m a big fan of Vortex scopes for the AR-15. With their durable construction, great glass, and all for an even better price and lifetime warranty they’re great scopes. This new holographic site — if it is anything like their scopes — will be a serious contender.

It’s the Razor AMG UH-1 and it’s sweet. I’ve barely ever used a holographic site, but this was so easy to use I was able to hit a “hostage” steel target (similar to the image below) in 1.80 from low ready at (I’m guessing?) 15-25yds with it. They had a little contest going on and they wrote my score down on a brochure — you can see how it can allow you to make precise shots really quickly:

New Polymer-Copper Ammo Looks Promising

This new polymer copper ammo from Ruger and Inceptor looks promising. The rest of the cartridge is the same except the bullet projectile is made from a copper polymer blend and it comes in both self defense projectiles and “training” ammo similar to ball ammo like the pic below:

 

Jerry Miculek broke – ANOTHER – world record

And because it was a Monday (and I’m guessing because he was bored?), Jerry Miculek broke yet another world shooting record with official time keeping by the NRA there. Here he is praising the M&P-15 that he used in typical Jerry — humble — fashion instead of himself after smoking the three targets with over 7 rounds in 1.50 seconds I believe it was? I’ll have to track down the actual record he broke. Of note, I THINK he was using the new Vortex holographic site I talked about for this?

Silencers are BIG and going to keep getting bigger

Because of Trump being in the White House it seems like everyone is expecting the legislation for safe hearing — making silencers finally legal without all the hassles of paper work — to pass. I stopped by the SilencerCo booth and got to finally shoot the shotgun silencer and a really, really cool 45-70 lever gun that was silenced. Of note is that the silencer REALLY reduces the felt recoil of normally hard-kicking guns like the shotgun and 45-70 and turns the impulse into more of a “push” feel then a sharp jab into your shoulder. Silencers are going to be an excellent way to introduce new people to shooting in the future — I can’t wait till they’re 100% legal like they should be.

UTM Paint Marking Training Rounds For Civilians

Lastly, because this is getting long and I have to get ready for the 2nd day of SHOT show here, another cool new thing is that UTM is really expanding their training rounds for the civilian market.

Now you can buy these kits relatively affordably and either do target shooting in your backyard (even in the suburbs! As long as your neighbors are cool …) with your normal guns you shoot (but shooting these paint rounds) or force-on-force training with the “man marker” rounds using your concealed carry or home defense guns. Really valuable training is going to happen in the future because these guys are selling to civilians when many aren’t.

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I’m very excited about the future of 3D printing for homemade guns.

Actually, the future of homemade/DIY 3D-printed EVERYTHING is very exciting, but for now we’ll talk about guns.

Today I’d like to show you the first 3D-printed M1911 that I’m aware of.

Check it out:

3D Printed M1911 With 3D-printed Parts Too!

The complete IMGUR album is here, but what I find really interesting is that this 1911 handgun not only has a 3D-printed frame, but parts too!

The author says: “Parts were printed in Taulman 910 nylon. Grip safety, manual safety, mainspring housing, mag release, and slide stop are all printed. That saved like $100 in parts (at least for testing purposes).”

For anyone that has built a 1911 pistol (or detail assembled one), you know there’s a lot of “hand fitting” to get things right. I wonder if it being made out of nylon/plastic makes it easier to file/fit?

Here’s a bunch of the test frames that were printed first …

The upper on the 1911 is a standard Kimber .22LR conversion kit. Very cool!

Explanation video here of the entire build with some test-firing:

Honestly, in the updated video below where he does additional test-firing — stuff like “stiff trigger” and “light primer strikes” doesn’t sound like that big of a problem. At least for the 1911 platform, where if you mess with a lot of stuff (like spring strength, etc) you run into these problems anyways.

In other words, I don’t think a lot of his problems are directly because of the 3d-printed frame. They sound like regular 1911 problems.

Pretty cool stuff, what do you think?

If you’re a 1911 guy, do you think — in 10-20 yrs — you would be 3d-printing your own “custom” 1911 at home like this?

 

 

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I’m not one for conspiracy theories …

But, there is something weird going on.

As you’re about to see, there are some very suspicious things going on with the Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooting incident.

 

Ft. Lauderdale Gunman Told FBI “the government controlled his mind and forced him to watch ISIS videos”

Estaban Santiago, the 26-year-old airline passenger accused of shooting up a baggage claim area at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood airport visited the FBI Anchorage field office and told officers

… the government controlled his mind and forced him to watch ISIS videos“.

Keep in mind, this is not just being reported on so-called “fake news” websites (according to the mainstream media, any media/news source that is not influenced by the political regime in Washington is a “fake news” site). This is all over mainstream media news too.

In fact, I took a screenshot of the CNN story that I first read this on, just in case it later gets removed (obviously emphasis of red box and arrow are mine):

In other words, this gunman — the father of a baby in September — is claiming a US Intelligence agency was controlling his mind and forcing him to watch Islamic State videos.

Although nobody is claiming this is Islamic Terrorism yet, the following picture shows him doing what appears to be the Islamic State salute:

This is important. From Foreign Affairs (emphasis mine):

When ISIS militants hold up a single index finger on their right hands, they are alluding to the tawhid, the belief in the oneness of God and a key component of the Muslim religion. The tawhid comprises the first half of the shahada, which is an affirmation of faith, one of the five pillars of Islam, and a component of daily prayers: “There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”

It is no surprise, then, that the shahada features prominently in ISIS’ public image. The group’s black flag bears the vow’s words in white Arabic script (as does Hamas’ and even Saudi Arabia’s). And Muslims have long associated a single index finger with the shahada in a variety of contexts, ranging from daily prayers to conversions.

But for ISIS, the symbol is more sinister than a mere declaration of monotheistic beliefs. As Salafi jihadists, members of the group adhere to a fundamentalist interpretation of tawhid that rejects non-fundamentalist regimes as idolatrous. In other words, the concept of tawhid is central to ISIS’ violent and uncompromising posture toward its opponents, both in the Middle East and in the West.

When ISIS militants display the sign, to one another or to a photographer, they are actively reaffirming their dedication to that ideology, whose underlying principle demands the destruction of the West. If rank-and-file soldiers are aware of the precise theological implications of their sign — and it would be no surprise if they are — that would be a sobering comment on their deep-seated opposition to pluralism.

The gesture is equally important for what it means to Westerners, most of whom cannot read Arabic. By raising their index fingers, militants send an easy-to-understand message of the group’s goals of theological supremacy and military hegemony. When potential ISIS recruits in London, New York, or Sydney see the symbol on Twitter, they can grasp the scale of ISIS’ ambitions and its underlying aims. At some visceral level, less-radicalized viewers understand that it means dominance.”

He certainly seems to be embracing Islam.

It’s a Fact That The FBI Has Been Funding, Provoking, And Helping “Create” Terror Plots Since 9/11

Again, I’m not one for conspiracies.

That’s why the truth is so interesting here.

It’s a well-documented fact that the FBI uses a portion of its budget to hire informants. They also reach out to people and — posing as terrorists — offer help, assistance, guidance, and even weapons & money for terrorist plots.

Then they “bust” those guys that they basically “setup”.

Again, this is not conspiracy theory or even conjecture here, this is documented. The TED Talk below explains the situation rather effectively:

In 2012, Petra Bartosiewicz in The Nation reviewed the post-9/11 body of terrorism cases and concluded:

Nearly every major post-9/11 terrorism-related prosecution has involved a sting operation, at the center of which is a government informant. In these cases, the informants — who work for money or are seeking leniency on criminal charges of their own — have crossed the line from merely observing potential criminal behavior to encouraging and assisting people to participate in plots that are largely scripted by the FBI itself. Under the FBI’s guiding hand, the informants provide the weapons, suggest the targets and even initiate the inflammatory political rhetoric that later elevates the charges to the level of terrorism.

It appears to be easier to manufacture terrorist plots than to find ones in actual progress. To quote FBI assistant director Thomas Fuentes:

“If you’re submitting budget proposals for a law enforcement agency, for an intelligence agency, you’re not going to submit the proposal that “We won the war on terror and everything’s great,” cuz the first thing that’s gonna happen is your budget’s gonna be cut in half. You know, it’s my opposite of Jesse Jackson’s ‘Keep Hope Alive’—it’s ‘Keep Fear Alive.’ Keep it alive.”

Omar Matteen, the Orlando Nightclub shooter was also approached by FBI informants and they tried to get him to do some terrorist attacks. The FBI said he did not take the “bait”. They closed their investigation on him. He later shot up the Orlando Gay Nightclub – murdering 49 people.

It Makes You Wonder … How Many of These Terror Attacks Are the Ones The FBI Instigated But Failed To Stop?

I’m not saying there is some vast “illuminati” conspiracy here.

Not at all.

I am saying that, it is actual fact the FBI uses provokes and attempts to “help” suspected domestic terrorists to commit terrorist attacks … so they can later stop the attack and arrest them.

(Whether this works or not, I don’t have the knowledge or experience to judge. But we do know it’s happening.)

What I’m wondering is …

How many of these terrorist attacks were inspired, planned, and encouraged by the FBI at some point. The — often mentally unstable — suspect backed out. Then later — after he was no longer a subject of the FBI’s interest — thought to himself, “you know, that wasn’t that bad of an idea …” and then goes on to commit a horrific act of mass murder/terrorism.

Further, how many of these terrorist plots are created by the FBI to achieve political goals? Like say, committing a mass shooting with a firearm carried in checked baggage to inspire popular outrage in the hopes of further gun control?

What are your thoughts? Think this is some vast Government conspiracy? Or maybe just some rather reckless “counter terrorism” strategy that has backfired?

 

 

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The clip you’re about to see is somewhat disturbing …

It might be taken down from the internet (multiple other copies of it already have). It is also NSFW because not only are they torturing them, but there’s a lot of cussing/cursing.

That’s why you should watch it now, while it’s still live:

4 Black Chicago Teens Torture White Special Needs Kid On Facebook Live (Make Him Say ‘F*ck Donald Trump’ & ‘F*ck White People’)

WARNING: you are welcome to comment on this post, please do in fact, however any racist comments will be deleted. I hold my readers to a higher standard.

The Importance Of ‘Escape & Evasion’ Skills

I post this video not just for shock effect, but so that we can all learn from it.

This is not the full video, which was taken down as I understand it, but I have read that the full video is 30 minutes long.

It starts with the mentally disabled teen being cornered by the 4 assailants and taunted and threatened …

My first takeaway is that if you find yourself facing multiple assailants that are intending to do your harm — flee.

Escape!

Fight first if you must but then get out/away as quick as possible.

It seems like a good a plan as any to drill the closest guy in front of you as hard and fast as possible and then sprint away, shoving your way through the others if necessary. Don’t put your fists up and try to continue the fight. Don’t wait to see “how bad your punch hurt him”. You want a vicious, surprising, “ambush” type attack just to startle them all and distract them — giving you enough time to start running.

You do not want to get tied up or otherwise restrained like the man in this video.

(Oh yeah, that also brings up the point — can YOU outrun 4 young, physically fit teens? Oh you can’t? Because you’re fat and lazy and you don’t take your physical training seriously? You need to fix that then. And your age is not an excuse!)

If you do get tied up, then you should learn some basic escape & evasion skills.

That’s because this happens more often than you think.

Especially during home invasions, people are often restrained.

The criminals favor zip ties, rope and duct tape.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 1 out of every 5 homes will be the victim of a break-in or home invasion. And get this: 38% of violent assaults and 60% of rapes occur during a home invasion.

it would be good if you learned how to escape common restraints such as rope, zip ties and duct tape that home invaders like to use. It’s not that hard and will go a long way towards keeping you calm in a situation like this.

My good friend and former CIA officer Jason Hanson teaches this in his Spy Escape & Evasion Course. This method #1 works well with zip ties and duct tape:

When you are getting ziptied, make sure you keep your elbows together and bend forward.

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Next, you need to have the lock in the middle of your hands. This allows you to pop the lock, later. If the lock is not in the middle of your hands, you need to maneuver it, or use your teeth to reposition the lock.

zip-tie-restraint-escape-jason-hansons-evasion-methods6Put your hands over the head, come down past your hips out to the side. The lock will pop right off.

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Those images are from Jason’s full course called “Spy Escape & Evasion” which you can learn more about here. He also offers this course work in a live class format.

Greg Ellifritz also has a good article called “Your Tactical Training Scenario- Tied Up During a Home Invasion” where he give some great tips on surviving a hostage situation like this.

Keep your head up and stay safe out there. Can you think of any ways to escape a situation like this? If so, post them in the comments!

WARNING: I really want you to comment on this post, however any racist comments will be deleted. I hold my readers to a higher standard.

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This …

Is one of the coolest Do-It-Yourself and/or Home-made things I’ve seen all year.

I’m THAT excited about it.

This “punk” kid (sorry, I have no idea how old he is) just made his own body armor for $30 and it stops 9mm and EVERYTHING shot out of a 12 gauge shotgun (including buckshot and a slug!).

You do NOT want tomiss this. Click the link below to see it now!

How To Make AMAZING Bullet Resistant Armor For $30!

Not only is this kid a genius, but he’s also SUPER entertaining to watch. Check this out for sure:

From what I gather from this video, this kid achieved this amazing DIY body-armor for $30 with the following:

1. A 5×5′ sheet of fiberglass welding blanket. This blanket on Amazon looks perfect for this.

2. Fiberglass Resin from Bondo. Click here to get it on Amazon.

And quite simply, I’m amazed!

This kid made home-made armor for $30 that’s probably as light as most dyneema body armor and almost works as well. The ONLY thing it didn’t stop was the 5.56 rounds and I’m guessing that’s because they’re so high velocity … and this is just fiberglass.

Wonder what other fiber-based materials you could source to make this type of body armor cheaply that would stop the higher velocity rifle rounds like 5.56/7.62×39?

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    Today, I thought it’d be cool to take a look at what you and my other readers thought were the BEST posts on PreparedGunOwners.com for all of 2016.

    So I dug into the analytics and discovered that the following 10 posts were the “Top 10” most popular posts of the entire year.

    That means more people looked at these pages (by the thousands!) than any other posts. Check it out:


    10. Why you should almost NEVER use the “double tap”


    9. You Won’t Believe What Donald Trump’s SON Said About SILENCERS (America is Losing To Europe!)


    8. 7 Tips For Armed Citizens To Fight Terrorists (By Massad Ayoob)



    7. How to grip a handgun to shoot fast & accurate


    6. BREAKING: Pictures of The FBI’s New Glock 17M 9mm Finally Revealed!


    5. Do NOT Use These Types of Holsters


    4. How To Test Your Defensive Handgun Skills With Just NINE Bullets (The 3M Test)


    3. What’s the best self-defense ammo for a .380 pocket pistol?


    2. The “Approved List” Of 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem Self-Defense/Duty Ammo


    1. The “approved” list of self-defense ammunition (is your ammo on this list?) pt 3 of 3


    Going by page views, those were the most popular posts of 2016.

    If you missed any of those, check em’ out now and have a great New Year!

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    If you thought Trump getting elected was going to solve all your problems …

    And if you think he can fix all the problems in America right now … please, please, PLEASE …

    Wake up.

    You are wrong.

    And no matter how much you believe “your guy” getting in office is going to fix things — it won’t happen.

    Trump is not “draining the swamp” and I’m as happy as can be that it’s not Hillary in office, but you have to understand …

    Trump Is NOT Your Savior!

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen an election like this one …

    People were more divided than ever before, but except for maybe Obama, I’ve never seen so much “hope” put into one candidate before.

    In fact, just check out this one comment from a reader on the blog here:

    “My MAIN support of Trump was out of FEAR. Clinton SCARED THE HELL OUT OF ME!!!! In my mind, a scenario went like someone would claim my weapon at my door, I would use it to fire my refusal, they would shoot me down, and Clinton would win another political victory.

    I truly was afraid of the possibily that Clintonh would win. DEATHLY AFRAID. From FEAR, I screwed many things in my life, paid a $20 taxi ride, all so I could vote for Trump at the poll station. I viewed this as an emergency that reqirred my IMMEDIATE attention, and that is what it got. I have high blood pressure, and I was in PANIC mode until I was SURE that Trump had won.

    Note that I was in PANIC again when I thought that the electorate could have denied him his goal. I was dismally ill on that night.”

    Many people have been incredibly emotionally invested in the outcome of the recent presidential election and especially in Trump.

    In short, we are in the honeymoon period where many people think he is a savior that will fix all of America’s problems.

    Sorry.

    That’s not gonna happen …

    Trump is NOT Going To “Create Jobs”

    First off, no president — Trump included — “creates jobs”.

    That’s what you, me and the guy down the street do.

    The ONLY thing that a president can do that could even reomotely allow him to take credit for “creating jobs” is to get the heck out of the way!

    On that point, if Trump actually does what he has promised … which is cut taxes and regulations … he may create a more ideal “pro job environment” but he is still impotent when it comes to creating jobs.

    Guess who creates jobs?

    The guy in your community who owns the farm, the corner store, or the truck and does handyman work.

    Or You do.

    That’s America. That’s the source of jobs.

    Trump has nothing to do with it. Obama had nothing to do with it.

    You want a job? Find one.

    Can’t find one? Create one by starting a business.

    In short, don’t hold your breath — not much will change with Trump in office — if you need a job find it yourself or create one because he won’t do it for you.

    Trump Is NOT Going To “Drain The Swamp”

    Remember Trump saying this to Hillary?

    “But if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation, because there has never been so many lies, so much deception. There has never been anything like it, and we’re going to have a special prosecutor.”

    It was just seconds after Trump won when he said this in his victory speech:

    “TRUMP: I’ve just received a call from Secretary Clinton. (APPLAUSE) She congratulated us — it’s about us — on our victory, and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign. I mean, she — she fought very hard. Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country.

    (APPLAUSE) I mean that very sincerely. (APPLAUSE)

    Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division; have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.”

    And Politico explains how Trump is already backing away from the “Drain The Swamp” campaign promise too:

    “President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington of corruption, but now that he’s preparing to move into the White House, Newt Gingrich said the Manhattan real estate mogul is looking to distance himself from that message.

    “I’m told he now just disclaims that. He now says it was cute, but he doesn’t want to use it anymore,” the former House Speaker and close Trump adviser said of the “drain the swamp” message in an NPR interview published Wednesday morning.

    Trump’s Cabinet and other high-level appointments seem to have deviated somewhat from his “drain the swamp” message. After attacking Democrat Hillary Clinton regularly throughout the campaign for being too close to Wall Street banks, Trump has put three former Goldman Sachs executives in prominent White House positions, including Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary, Steve Bannon as chief White House strategist and Gary Cohn as the director of the National Economic Council.”

    In other words, Trump is surrounding himself with the same bankers and Wall Street Executives, war hawks and other financial and global power elites that have been running the FedGov behind the scenes for some time now.

    Trump Can NOT Fix The Debt-Ridden, Economic Mess That Is The Federal Government

    This is not a knock against Trump.

    This is just basic math.

    Nobody can fix the Federal Government and its economic mess.

    To quote Richard Maybury, from his latest Early Warning Report newsletter:

    “No one can fix the federal government. Its unfunded liabilities, which are the money it does not have, to pay all the obligations politicians have incurred, is $104 trillion. That’s $874,000 per taxpayer. An average family of four is on the hook for $3.5 million over and above
    present taxes.

    Hopeless, entirely hopeless. In 1966, economist Howard Kershner warned, “When a self-governing people confer upon their government the power to take from some and give to others, the process will not stop until the last bone of the last taxpayer is picked bare.”

    The only thing to do is stand aside and let the federal government go ahead and commit economic suicide. Do not get in the way.”

    Keep in mind, as Maybury says often, the Federal Government and the country are not the same thing. The country, America, can survive without the FedGov.

    At the end of the day, the FedGov collects TRILLIONS of dollars every year in taxes and spends it all, and goes into debt to spend more.

    It’s hopeless. There are 4 million government employees who will not go away quietly. And then there’s the defense spending …

    Trump Is NOT Going To Win The Global War On Terror

    One of Trump’s promises is to “rebuild our depleted military”.

    Umm …

    To quote NationalPriorities.org, “In fiscal year 2015, military spending is projected to account for 54 percent of all federal discretionary spending, a total of $598.5 billion. Military spending includes: all regular activities of the Department of Defense; war spending; nuclear weapons spending; international military assistance; and other Pentagon-related spending.”

    And also (emphasis mine)… “U.S. military expenditures are roughly the size of the next seven largest military budgets around the world, combined.”

    We don’t exactly have a “depleted” military.

    The reason that the “Global War on Terror” has not been won and will never be won is because you can not fight a tactic. You can fight a person, a people, or group of people but “Terror” is just a tactic.

    Just like the “War on Poverty” and the “War on Drugs”, the “War on Terror” can not be won.

    It’s an ambiguous term and mission statement so that the FedGov can pursue whatever agenda they desire anywhere in the world with little accountability to anyone.

    Speaking constitutionally, National Defense is a legitimate function of the FedGov, but it’s not as if our military is lacking …

    If it was actually being used for defense.

    Instead the U.S. Military is currently involved in GWOT in the middle east while simultaneously promising to back NATO against Russia and arguing with China over islands in the South China Sea.

    It’s spread thin if anything.

    Increasing defense spending will of course increase the deficit and make the FedGov’s spending problems worse.

    Instead, Trump should stick to his promises on the campaign trail, namely …

    “We will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past. We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments. …In our dealings with other countries we will seek shared interests wherever possible…”

    … and this …

    “We don’t want to have a depleted military because we’re all over the place fighting in areas that we shouldn’t be fighting in. It’s not going to be depleted any longer,” he said.

    But I don’t think that’s gonna happen.

    In Summary, Trump is NOT Your Savior, You Are!

    Look, I’m not bashing Trump.

    I think out of all the Presidents I’ve seen in the last 20 years, I sincerely like him the best.

    But he’s no savior.

    Because at the end of the day he’s just the “figure head” at the front of the FedGov machine that’s working behind him.

    He has no real power.

    And the FedGov has become a leviathon that exists simply to feed and grow itself like an insidious cancer.

    No one man can change the direction of the machine enough to positively affect your life.

    Yes, I’m beyond thrilled that Hillary is not heading for the White House. 

    In other words, you’re still on your own.

    But that’s the beauty of living in America! Even with all the crap we’re dealing with, it’s still one of the free-est nations on earth and you can still change your life with your own brain and your own two hands.

    So stop waiting for Trump to save you and get to saving yourself.

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    One of the things Trump promised to do to protect the 2nd Amendment was to promote a “National Right To Carry”.

    The exact wording he uses makes me THINK that he’s talking about National reciprocity for state concealed carry permits.

    That would be good.

    The other option? A National concealed carry permit?

    That would be bad, bad, bad.

    I recently came across the website of Alan Korwin who runs Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country.

    He puts into words my feelings on a National Carry permit better than I could, so I asked to re-publish his article here and he graciously accepted. Please read it all the way through and understand what he’s saying (also, the very last line BLEW my mind! Check out what he calls “Diplomatic Carry”, that is what we should be working for as free people!)


    Stop The National Carry Permit

    “Gun Guys” Are Pushing In Wrong Direction

    Misguided effort to restore rights can destroy rights

    Will NRA, GOA and others get it right?
    The lamestream media told you:

    “Do you have a firearms carry permit Mr. Trump?”
    “Yes.”

    “Are you for law and order?”
    “Yes. Law and order is very important.”

    The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

    The last thing you ever want is to have the federal government issuing national — or any — firearm carry permits.

    The feds do not have this power. The feds should never have this power.

    Your right to have a firearm anywhere in America should never depend on getting “papers” from any government, much less the federal powers in Washington, D.C.

    If you have a gun — constitutionally protected private property — and you aren’t doing anything inherently wrong, that should never be a crime. There is no victim. No one is harmed. No actual crime is committed. The idea that you need a wallet card to be somewhere you have a legal right to be is preposterous.

    Too many gun owners, including some leaders of the gun-rights movement, sincere but totally misinformed and misdirected, are salivating for our permit-carrying president elect to issue some sort of national carry plan. It cannot, must not, better not be a national permit in any way shape or form.

    The best solution

    The best plan to resolve the travesty of national gun-rights denial Americans have suffered under for generations — worse than racism — is to repeal the restrictions that deny your rights. You don’t need no stinkin’ permits to be black and we don’t need no stinkin’ permits to be peacefully in possession of property.

    Repeal restrictions
    on the right to bear arms.

    The next logical step would be to arrest and charge officials who under color of law deny a peaceful person’s civil right to possess arms. Denial of rights is a federal felony under 18 USC §241 et seq. You can’t just deny a person’s constitutional, civil and human rights because you don’t like those rights. That’s got a name. It’s gunism, like racism. This law 18-241 and the ones that follow it were written to prevent haters from denying blacks their rights. Everyone has fundamental rights that need the same protection.

    Blind hatred of guns is gunism.

    If a national carry solution is proposed that does not include punishment for violators (officials who stop you solely for possession, or harass you, remove or attempt to remove your firearm for any invalid reason, incarcerate you, post signs that falsely indicate you cannot “drink at this water fountain,” or otherwise act against your legal right to keep and bear arms), experience shows they will not obey the law. We see this all the time. The law only matters if it has teeth.

    We call this comitatus-style law, like the posse comitatus law. Instead of enacting, “A person may legally bear arms across state lines,” which officials can violate without repercussion, the law must say, “Anyone who interferes with a person legally bearing arms, shall go to prison and pay a fine.”

    Punish official perpetrators
    who illegally deny your right to arms.

    Recognition

    One small step in the right direction is a recognition bill. This would require states to recognize the permits already issued by the states. True, it would further entrench the existing sidearm permit system, but we have to face the fact that it is already in place, and it’s likely a good first step. It advances the freedom of millions of Americans, puts more honest armed citizens out in public, and we know this deters and prevents crime. It also softens the antis arguments.

    Despite the terrified but false screams from the agitated and hoplophobic left, having permitted gun owners all over the landscape does not lead to Dodge City and blood at stop lights. They cry about that every time a permit law advances, but it is 100% false every time — another great example of false news — with no corrections ever issued.

    Reciprocity

    A far less desirable choice, it requires states to agree to grant you privileges, which can be removed, typically adds requirements, and involves bickering between unelected bureaucrats on whether you and your state are qualified to have rights in their states. Who do these people think they are?

    News is circulating about four bills already in Congress to establish reciprocity, or something. They are: H.R. 923, H.R. 986, H.R. 402, and one Senate bill, S. 498. You can always look up bills by entering their numbers in Thomas.gov: https://www.congress.gov/. Four numbers, but only two basic sets of text. Both are flawed.

    HR923 “allows” people with permits to carry in other states under their ever-changing permit conditions, which you would have to know, somehow. There is no penalty if officials in the other states fail to comply, which we see happen all the time. Almost everyone in America is excluded — 97% of us haven’t signed up for “papers” even though more than half of us bear arms.

    HR986 explicitly prohibits arresting a person who is carrying under conditions similar to HR923, an improvement, but the same problems exist. It also creates official make-believe gun-free zones by federal law, a very bad precedent. In an effort to provide recourse, a person has an affirmative defense, so after they arrest you anyway, you can provide proof you’re legal, and then even sue. Thanks.

    There is still no real penalty for their criminal denial of your rights. It is time for a law-and-order change to that whole upside-down system. The other two bills are similar to these.

    I’ll be watching these. Tell your friends to sign up here for news.
    http://www.gunlaws.com (scroll to the box)

    And support this effort by doing some of your Christmas shopping with us.
    We have great items you won’t find elsewhere.

    All our books, DVDs and other goods are listed here by category and alphabetically
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    Constitutional Carry

    State after state has enacted this — freedom to carry with no government interference whatsoever. http://www.gunlaws.com/ConstitutionalCarryIndex.htm

    You can carry a gun pretty much like you can carry a book. It’s called rights.

    And everyone knows books are dangerous.
    Just look at deaths caused by the Quoran, or the Commie Manifesto.

    Constitutional Carry works just fine —
    People don’t shoot each other just because they’re armed.

    That’s paranoid fear perpetually projected by unstable left-wing reporters and citizens.

    Anti-rights wackos scream about Freedom to Carry of course —
    exactly as they do about permit laws — and they’re the exact same wrong.
    No one is harmed, there are no victims, crime drops, people are safer.

    Instructors and ranges make a lot more money too —
    because the market increases tremendously.

    You go from a measly few percent willing to sign up for a permit, to half the public that owns guns. Get the government out of the way (permits, paperwork, police, pay up, stand in line, register yourself)… and the freed-up market explodes. (At first though, trainers fear losing their government rice bowl.)

    Constitutional Carry is the real deal, remove restrictions, restore rights, advance freedom. Society always benefits when liberty is restored. Establish a Culture of Marksmanship.

    Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC) reportedly is cooking up some good new bill, but it’s not out for review yet. We shall see. Will it include punishment for rogue officials?

    And a good next step: Diplomatic Carry:
    http://www.gunlaws.com/DiplomaticCarry.htm
    Read that and salivate.


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Find more from Alan at GunLaws.com.

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    What I’m about to write is going to sound like heresy.

    And if you’re an idiot, you’ll read the headline of this article and skip to the comment section to leave your thoughts without even reading my article.

    If you’re NOT an idiot, you’ll read what I wrote and find you agree with me.

    As Obama prepares to vacate the White House and President Elect Donald Trump prepares to move in, I find myself reminiscing on the legacy that Obama has left America with.

    The good, the bad. Everything. And I smile to myself as I realize Obama has been the BEST president America has EVER had for gun owners.

    Reason #1: Obama’s Anti-Gun Policies Divided The Nation Into Vehemently Pro-Gun & Anti-Gun People

    That’s the look you get when you realize your legacy is EVERYTHING you despise!

    I have to admit, I never paid much attention to national politics before Obama.

    There’s a simple reason why too: even today, your “internal economy” is much more important than anything going on in the world around you. In other words, you can safely ignore 99% of the “news” and just focus on what YOU can do and YOUR mindset and be incredibly successful in today’s world. That’s because half the crap they print as news has no bearing on your life and is designed to keep you crippled by fear.

    That said …

    Obama Cured Many Gun Owners Apathy And Drove Them To Action!

    When he did his dead level best to try to ban guns towards the end of 2012 he so inspired me … that he led to the creation of this entire business and eventually the website you’re reading right now!

    He got a LOT of NRA members and other pro-gun Americans to get OFF their butts and call their Congress critters and act out in other ways that were pro-gun.

    In short, because Obama hates guns so much …

    And because he has made it so clear that he despises the gun rights a free people should naturally enjoy …

    He has cured millions and millions of Americans of their apathy and drove them to start taking their gun rights seriously, to get more politically active, to get more guns, to get more training, and to be more prepared.

    All that had an effect.

    And it drives President Obama MAD!

    CNN has a video called the “Legacy of Barack Obama” where President Obama is quoted as saying

    “If you ask me where has been the one area where I feel that I’ve been most frustrated and most stymied, it is the fact that the United States of America is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient common sense gun safety laws.”

    In short, because so many pro-gun Americans were “inspired” by Obama’s hatred for American gun rights that NO new gun laws were passed under Obama.

    Sure, he tried to do a lot of “Phone and Pen” Executive actions but many of them — while annoying — did very little to affect gun rights. And on the upside, because they’re executive actions they could be repealed just as easily by future presidents.

    Reason #2: Obama Is 100% Certified The Greatest Gun Salesman In The History of The World!

    Closely related to #1 is that fact that Obama has inspired many millions of Americans to buy MORE guns …

    And even drove many people who had never considered owning a firearm before to make their first purchase!

    This is absolutely wonderful.

    Along with that, the incredible growth in the firearms products and services market has been outstanding!

    Everything from AR-15’s and their tactical accessories … tactical nylon … custom kydex holsters … tactical gun training … tactical shooting sports … aftermarket customization to Glocks and other handguns … the list goes on and on and on!

    This has led to a ton of veterans coming home from the Global War on Terror (GWOT) being able to start businesses that have benefited Americans everywhere and the economy in total.

    According to Forbes, the gun industry says it has grown 158% under Obama.

    The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for firearms manufacturers, reported that the total economic impact of the firearms and ammunition industry in the U.S. increased from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $49.3 billion in 2015. The NSSF also reported that, in that same time period, the total number of full-time jobs related to gun making in the U.S. rose from about 166,000 to almost 288,000.

    All this has led to an incredible increase in gun sales under President Obama!

    Under President Obama, gun sales in in the United States broke record after record.

    NICS checks (background checks performed at the point of sale in gun shops) broke records and reached new highs for 19 consecutive months.

    On Black Friday alone, I’ve read enough guns were sold to private Americans in the United States to outfit the entire Marine Corps!

    Under President Obama, the private stock of firearms in the United States will have increased from about 308 million to over 405 million firearms by most estimates.

    Obama sold WAY more guns than his predecesor Bush! Just look at this chart showing guns sold per month comparing Bush’s last term to Obama’s two terms — it’s not even close!

    In short, President Obama has been the greatest gun salesman in HISTORY!

    Reason #3: Concealed Carry Has Grown More Under Obama Than Any Other President In History!

     

    Barack Obama wasn’t just a great gun salesmen, he also presided over the largest increase in concealed carry permits in our history.

    Under Obama, concealed carry permits skyrocketed a stunning 215%!

    That doesn’t even include the states where NO permit is required. Which is what we all want, true “Constitutional Carry”.

    A 2016 report from CPRC is packed full of facts the mainstream media would rather you not know. The bottom line is that the number of Americans choosing to arm themselves outside of their homes is exploding.

    During President Obama’s administration, the number of concealed handgun permits has soared to over 14.5 million – a 215% increase since 2007.

    To give you an idea …

    Check out this animated image showing the GROWTH in the United States of Right-To-Carry laws …

    Pay special attention to how, in 2008, after Obama’s first election, we saw multiple states pass constitutional carry laws!


    In short, under Obama, right-to-carry laws have benefited to the point where there is NO state in the union that does not have some form of carry law because it was proven that it’s a constitutionally protected right.

    Now, all fifty states have passed laws allowing qualified individuals to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a permit from a designated government authority at the state and/or local level.

    That has NEVER been the case in the history of our modern American government!

    Sure, some of these states make it so hard with their “may issue” regulations that it’s practically impossible to get a permit there but those states will eventually fall too. They’ve already been beaten into submission by higher courts that they MUST allow some form of right-to-carry now they’re just twisting the rules as much as they can to have defacto regulations. Eventually those states will get legally challenged and more.

    In short, we’re winning!

    Conclusion: President Obama Has Been The BEST President For American Gun Owners In History!

    The general trend since the founding of America in 1776 has been against gun owners …

    Since the first time President Obama stepped foot in the White House, he has inspired America to reverse that trend.

    Now Trump is heading into office.

    So what’s it going to be fellow American?

    Are you gonna relax now because “your guy” is in office and you don’t think you need to fight for your rights anymore?

    Or are you gonna continue to pound the ballot box and raise holy hell with your Congress critter and make it so that Trump’s presidency completely overshadows President Obama’s legacy as the greatest gun salesman in history?

    It’s up to you! SHARE this article with all your gun-loving friends and let’s make America great again for Gun Owners 🙂

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