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Looking Back on 2018 Makes Me Realize How Important 2019 Really Is

What a whirlwind of a year. With just a few days remaining in 2018, looking back on this year makes me realize just how important the next couple of years really are. 2018 is going down as one of the top years for gun control measures. Numerous laws were passed in individual states, and potentially even at the federal level with the Trump Stock Ban.

To make matters even worse, those politicians who would love nothing more than to have the Second Amendment taken away have promised us that they would try to pass more gun control legislation to do just that.

Mark my words, 2019 is going to be a bumpy year.

How do I know? Because 2018 has been, largely, a bumpy year for us, and our opponents are feeling energized with, according to Giffords Law Center, 67 gun laws passed in 26 states and DC.

That is more than half the states for those of you worse at math than I am, and before you go and say that it all took place in historically anti-gun states like New Jersey, I urge you to reconsider that thought as Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee are also on that list.

Before I go any further for anyone who may be wondering, no I don't want school shootings, or any shooting for that matter, to happen. No, I'm not a fan of pshycopaths getting guns and killing people.

Just make NO mistake, the psychopath is going to kill someone if he has a gun, a knife, a car, a bat, or anything else that can be used to kill. 

Why? Because that's what psychos do. They hurt people.

Someone who is hell-bent on killing is going to kill no matter what, the only thing that you'll do by taking away my guns, is put my family at further risk from said psychopath. Why? Because taking my guns away won't change the guy's attitude who is hell-bent on causing harm. If he wants to hurt someone he will find the means to do so.


I'm not saying we should do nothing. I'm all for doing something. I'm just not on board with my rights being taken away. The Second Amendment is, after all, a RIGHT. I'm an honest, responsible citizen who just happens to carry a gun for self-defense, and the Constitution guarantees that right no matter what any slimy politician has to say about it.

What can we do? Before we get there, we need to discuss what changed …

What changed?

Kids used to be able to shoot target practice and bring guns to school. Old timers tell stories of the good old days where they used to show up to school with their gun rack in their trucks, filled with guns so they could go hunting after school, or wake up early to go beforehand.

Schools used to have gun clubs, and gun safety was taught along with the fundamentals of shooting. Today, those opposed (and ignorant) to guns will do anything they can to stop a kid from handling a gun that they'll even administer a toy gun buyback to get Nerf Guns and Super Soakers off the streets.

In the age of education, nobody wants to teach their kids about gun safety, or that guns can kill. Further, if you do handle a gun and it kills someone, they don't understand that there's no reset like in the video games. You don't get a second chance at life if you go on a killing spree like you'd see in a game like GTA.

If you go to a school and kill all your friends, it's permanent. Sadly, a lot of kids don't have the capacity to understand this permanency.

Then again, maybe that is the goal of some of these deranged little ones. And, there is research suggesting what's going on there, too.

The family is gone.

Everyone, in their selfish endeavors, just wants to be happy. They don't want to work for what's hard so parents get divorced and often times, the father is absent. According to this study, that's exactly what's wrong with confused young people. They grow up in a broken household with absent fathers and mom doing the best she can, only to have the kid grow up and take it out on the world, many times for the rest of his life.

Here are a few bullet points I pulled from the above linked study, in case you don't want to read through it:

  • Sixty-three percent of youth suicides are from fatherless homes.
  • Ninety percent of all homeless and runaway youths are from fatherless homes.
  • Eighty-five percent of children who exhibit behavioral disorders are from fatherless homes.
  • Seventy-one percent of high school dropouts are from fatherless homes.
  • Seventy percent of youths in State institutions are from fatherless homes.
  • Seventy-five percent of adolescent patients in substance abuse centers are from fatherless homes.
  • Eighty-five percent of rapists motivated by displaced anger are from fatherless homes.

And here's a quote:

Without fathers as social and economic role models, many boys try to establish their manhood through sexually predatory behavior, aggressiveness, or violence … Many poor children who live apart from their fathers are prone to becoming court involved. Once these children become court  involved, their records of arrest and conviction often block access to employment and training opportunities. Criminal histories often lock these young persons into the underground or illegal economies.

In other words, a broken, fatherless family is often the cause of crime among youths who never outgrow crime.

But the gun grabbers don't want to talk about this stuff. They don't like facts, and have no interest in fixing the thing that's actually broken. Instead there is an agenda in place which criminalizes law abiding citizens.

Taking anyone's guns away who doesn't deserve to have them taken away is just a band aid. It's a temporary fix to a problem and, at some point, the band aid falls off exposing the cut underneath. It's foolish to think that taking away everyone's guns will fix the deranged people out there.

Why? Because their fundamental issues weren't addressed to begin with. We have to fix those fundamental issues before trying anything else. Taking away rights from people who don't deserve to have them taken isn't the answer.

To fix THEM, you want to take away something that belongs to ME. If that doesn't sound asinine to you, I'm not sure what will.

After all, when a drunk kills someone with his car while intoxicated, you don't take away my truck, do you? No, because that would be ridiculous. Instead, you take away his privilege to drive.

Why do we even need to have this conversation? Isn't all this common sense?

I guess not. Which begs the question …

How do we fix it?

It's not going to be easy and it will take a long time–but it's well worth the effort we can all put forth.

First, we need a fundamental shift in the family unit. We need to show people that it's worth co-parenting. Both parents are needed in the family unit. If one of them isn't available, grandma or grandpa will help, so will uncle and aunt. We need to combat this delinquency where it starts.

Second, we need a program that actually teaches kids about guns and safety. Not just kids who have parents unafraid of the NRA and their massively successful Eddie Eagle program, but ALL kids, everywhere.

My old Korean and Vietnam era veteran friends tell me stories of yesteryear where everyone had guns and nobody got shot. That cannot be coincidence. Instead of sheltering our children from guns, we need to teach them more about firearms, safety, handling, fundamentals, etc.

And it has to start now. I don't even want to wait the few days to hit 2019. It has to be now.

Finally, and this goes against traditional thinking, more guns = less crime. I know it sounds crazy, but it's true. And, having armed guards in schools who are both willing and trained to engage violence as it happens is only going to help. Normal people and school staff don't want to hurt kids. Psychos do, and they are the first line of defense against an active shooter.

The schools need trained staff willing to put their lives on the line to protect our children. Some schools are making this common sense transition. It's time we brought this discussion into the limelight. Also, the crime rates in places like New Jersey, Maryland, and others, would go down if people were actually allowed to harden themselves as targets.

There are predators all across the world, both in the wild and the civilized culture. The difference, is the Zebra can protect itself from the lion:

Looking forward to 2019, and beyond.

2019 is going to be bumpy for us and we need to start putting forth arguments for change or our gun rights will continue to be attacked and withered down to the point of revolt. The gun grabbers have found a solution that seems to be working for them: Child activists.

And, I believe that they'll continue to exploit these kids for all they possibly can in the coming year, no matter what it does to them personally, or what kind of line is drawn in the sand between these kids. They'll use the kids because it's actually gaining ground. That should be concerning for us on many different levels.

Let's take action. It's time to stand together regardless of the gun you carry or your preferred ammunition. It's time to unite or 2019 is going to be rough.

Will you stand with me on this? Let me know in the comments below.

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14 Responses to Looking Back on 2018 Makes Me Realize How Important 2019 Really Is

  1. samcolt December 28, 2018 at 6:10 pm #

    Joshua, great points you’ve made & I agree with your opinions. I would like to add, this began I believe in the 1960s with a Dr. Benjamin Spock. He was a pediatrician that advised against the use of corporal punishment for children.
    I know, some lilly liver might get offended with my comment!
    My dad didn’t follow the Dr. Spock school of thought! He also kept multiple guns in the house, before gun safes, or gun safety devices. He had a 12ga pump & a .38spl revolver loaded at all times & two wild boys in the home that knew their location & that they were within reach.
    Neither of us dared touch a gun before our daddy taught us how to use one & gave his approval. We had a respectful fear of stepping over the boundaries with some things when daddy drew the line.
    No fathers in the home is a detriment to society & a father without a firm but loving hand is no better!

  2. Dennis Sumner December 28, 2018 at 6:56 pm #

    Wonder who the libs will blame when second civil war starts, that’s right, its Trumps fault! They still believe it’s just conservative rhetoric, just dont understand, proud free people can be pushed just so far.

  3. Bill Schoettler December 28, 2018 at 7:39 pm #

    A couple comments; I went to high school in Los Angeles, 1950-54 (Loyola High) and we actually had a 5-point indoor rifle range on campus (and a Junior ROTC unit), I was a competition shooter for all 4 years of high school.

    Many years later I was at la Constitutional Rights Dinner sponsored by the Los Angeles branch of the ACLU. Ramona Ripston was the head of the ACLU and I was seated at her table. I asked her if she agreed that I could use the American Flag for toilet paper. She agreed. I asked if this opinion was based on her interpretation of the 1st Amendment of our Constitution. She agreed. I asked if anywhere in the Constitutioin it specifically said that I could so abuse the American flag? No. But she agreed that a liberal construction of the wording of the 1st Amendment allowed for such flag abuse. I asked if the ACLU believed that the Constitution was a sound document which needed to be interpreted loosely and with imagination rather than strictly construed? She agreed. I than asked if this were so, wouldn’t a liberal interpretation of the 2nd Amendment allow me to personally carry a firearm, either openly or concealed? At this point she backed off and refused to answer directly, simply saying “I knew you were going somewhere with these questions.”
    I find it amazing that the ACLU is mostly silent on the 2nd Amendment while they readily interpret all other Amendments they liberally interpret.

  4. PAUL December 28, 2018 at 9:55 pm #

    Lot of baloney on both sides of this issue.

    I certainly don’t want to give up the right to own a gun for sport, for hunting, for defense.

    I also don’t think anyone is trying to Grab All Our Guns. That is kind of a right wing conservative push (political).

    I don’t think regulations on what type guns we can own are of much value, but same time we don;t allow hand grenades, bombs, tanks, et.c etc.

    I certainly don’t have the answers.

    Maybe have some ideas on regulations like more meaningful background investigations, close loop holes on gun purchases and transfers, more training required, more law knowledge (EX: Especially for Carry Permits – more training and Law of Self Defense knowledge).

    Maybe a permit required for anyone that has a gun. Then anyone (criminals in particular) that have a gun with out that permit would be subject to arrest. Might keep the criminal element in check or at least grounds to arrest them (if you can catch them).

    I don’t know the answer, but the continued ridiculous rhetoric on both sides is not the answer.

    Now it is all the talk about stop the mentally ill, stop the kids with no fathers or bad fathers and all will be OK.

    Or, all the talk about eliminate this or that type gun and all will be OK.

    OK all you 2nd amendment folks can go nuts now over a gun liker that is willing to hope there is some way. I might add the 2nd was written at a time of different circumstances.

    • Jim December 30, 2018 at 2:46 am #

      “Maybe a permit required for anyone that has a gun. Then anyone (criminals in particular) that have a gun with out that permit would be subject to arrest.”

      Maybe we should just arrest criminals that are in possession of firearms, and pass on the permits.

    • davida January 3, 2019 at 4:06 pm #

      This permit thing should require a non gun owning permit after 18 , all the same cost as a carry permit . require non gun owners to know gun safety also , and make sure they know how to run also and avoid bad situations ect. Get gun safety back into schools too. Given everyone has a choice already any added stuff demands they have a non gun owning permit too … to be fair.

  5. samcolt December 29, 2018 at 1:03 am #

    Ok, here are some irrefutable points to consider.
    • To force change on a nation or people you must be stronger or take away their ability of the people to defend themselves.
    • To blind an enemy with sleep or ignorance is the best offense.
    • The country/people that forgets history is doomed to repeat it.
    • Austria was overthrown without a war by peaceful promises by a new leader with amazing ideas that was going to stop crime. One of the first was a national gun registry. When that failed to curtail the crime rate, the weapons were easily collected because all of the law abiding citizens had registered. Thus, no defense!
    • Laws don’t stop criminals. Just try to get the drug dealers, armed robbers, & MS13 members to get a gun permit!

    We’re now living in the land of the weak & offended. A nation taking more pride in the pathetic & diverse than in who we are as a nation & what brought us to where we are!

  6. samcolt December 29, 2018 at 1:17 am #

    Oh, for those that doesn’t know history. The new ideas to fight crime in Austria was brought about by a progressive thinker with great vision.

    Adolf Hitler!

  7. Lawrence Meadows December 29, 2018 at 6:26 am #

    Agree with your statements.

    I grew up and went to HS in Detroit Michigan
    There was a range in the school, run by the ROTC instructors. I do not remember is they were active duty or retired military.

    At one time we lived with the notion that
    A persons rights ended where, another persons rights began.

    Today there seams to be the philosophy that; we have to protect the rights of some, by taking away the rights of another.

    Both of these statements are over simplified.

    There has always been and will always be differences of opinion.
    How to do this or that. Agreed and disagreed with what has been done, and implemented.
    The problem has become no accountability or willingness to correct actions taken when the desired result or or byproduct has adverse results. Just constant course correction and additional implementation.

  8. Gordon Bisdorf December 29, 2018 at 9:18 am #

    Excellent article! Well presented and developed. Thank you

  9. Darren Echelmeier December 29, 2018 at 11:43 am #

    Very well written excellent article. Thank you.

    • Joshua Gillem December 31, 2018 at 9:51 am #


      You are most welcome. Thank you for the kind words.


  10. Andie December 30, 2018 at 10:52 pm #

    Education and open mindedness counters ignorance. Project Appleseed teaches the fundamentals of safe and effective rifle shooting. It also tries to light the fire of true liberty in our fellow Americans to combat apathy. This is done through telling the story of America’s beginning, the battles of Lexington and Concord, and how important American marksmanship was in the founding of this country.. I highly recommend going to an Appleseed shoot to save this country from the wrong path we are diverging from, then that set by the founding fathers. And this program is well suited for youth as well as adults. It’s been great doing this with my children, to pass on this tradition to the next generation

  11. Dave Cassacia December 31, 2018 at 11:16 am #

    The other night I was watching a news story about active shooter training at schools and how stressed the students were. These children with their impressionable minds will grow up not only fearing AR15’s but all guns. These are the future voters that will push to end your second amendment rights.

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