The last few months have been turbulent and I'm not even sure if that's the right word for it. Depending on where you are in the country, turbulent may or may not describe what you're seeing.
In Western NC, it's an accurate description, though my family up in Pennsylvania would effectively be able to use a much more descriptive word to describe what they're going through and seeing, being right outside of NYC, NJ, and Philly.
Regardless of what your specific area is seeing, there is a lot going on across the country.
Let's take a look at some of the gun news going on out there, some good some not, to get a better understanding of the world around us.
TN trying to go permitless for carry —
The Tennessee House has advanced a couple pro gun proposals. The first one would allow public college students who have a concealed carry permit to carry on campus.
The second proposal would eliminate the requirement to force residents to obtain a permit to carry a gun. These proposals are backed by the governor, but are not currently a priority while the coronavirus pandemic continues on.
We will watch this one closely and report back as needed, on our TN state site: Tennessee.ConcealedCarry.com.
Gun owners point guns at their nuts to prove a point —
A few days ago the website Vice posted an article about gun owners pointing their guns at their genitals and making memes about them. I'm not going to get into the ins and outs of this because I personally think it's stupid and paints us all in a bad light, suffice it to say that Vice is a very large website with tens of millions of monthly readers.
And now we all look like idiots while we're in the middle of our fight for gun rights.
NZ sees boost in criminals with guns —
This one is a real shocker for sure. (I jest)
Even amidst the outlawing of multiple types of firearms in New Zealand, the country is still seeing an increase not only in crime, but criminals being arrested with guns.
Hmm, it's almost as if criminals don't follow the laws or something. As reported by rnz.co.nz:
Last year, there were 3540 occasions where an offender was found with a gun.
And in both of the last two years, the rate of deadly incidents involving a firearm was the highest it had been since 2009.
The number of guns seized by police is also on the rise, up almost 50 percent on five years earlier at 1263 last year.
An officer was attacked by someone wielding a gun 13 times in 2019, up two on 2018 but remaining steady over the past five years.
So, because of this, the country's officials will likely call for more gun control, ya know, because when gun control doesn't work, instituting more gun control is the obvious answer. Always.
Forever, as goes the slippery slope of gun control.
And finally …
Can't we all just get along?
I've often said that gun owners were some of the nicest people you could ever meet. I've always said that if you're new to guns and you want or need help with anything, just asking will yield you with incredible results. After all, aren't we willing to further our cause by bringing more people on board?
While I thought that was true, I am getting tired of the Facebook fighting, people trolling each other, arguing over the stupidest crap, making new gun owners feel dumb for asking questions, etc.
Here me out on this, as long as we're bickering among each other about stupid stuff like the above mentioned, we'll never further our rights. I believe that.
Two experienced gun owners fighting over something is one thing, but throwing a new gun owner into the mix and fighting with or talking down to him or her is unacceptable.
How will you know the difference between the two people? You won't, unless you know that person personally, which means you'll just need to be nice to everyone.
Or, keep doing the same and sowing discord among our ever fragile community. Up to you.
There is incredible strength in numbers, and talking down to people who are seeking knowledge is definitely not the way to help us grow our numbers.
Then again, this is just my opinion and I could be totally wrong here. Let me know in the comments below.