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Divide & Conquer: The Danger of Us vs. Them Thinking

It’s easy to stand together with others who are the same type of person as you.

That’s why we’re members of political parties, fans of sports teams, members of special interest groups, and proud alumni of our chosen schools.

We like to be part of the team, standing together with others who are like us.

Here’s the thing, though:

What makes a person the same “type” of human as you?

What makes them different?

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Firearm Confiscation in the United States

Firearm confiscation isn’t something that only happens on foreign shores.

We’ve had more than a couple instances of firearm confiscation within our own borders, and every example follows a disturbing trend:

The US Government has used (and continues to use) gun control as a way to wield power over racial minorities and those with inconvenient political opinions.

It’s time for a history lesson.

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Escape Vehicle Ban of 2016

Recent reports are creating a frenzy over the increasing numbers of motor vehicles used in crimes.

We all know that these reports are total BS because the item used to commit a crime is not the real problem, but they make exciting news stories and prompt citizens to feel important by choosing which of the 2 clearly defined “sides” of the “issue” they support, so they continue to proliferate.

Repercussions are largely as expected.

The American public has resumed its cries of “why doesn’t somebody do something?” while simultaneously intending to do nothing more strenuous than posting an emotionally charged status on social media.

*Note: “somebody” in the above context can be assumed to mean “somebody else” and “something” can be assumed to mean “something that doesn’t involve any action, discomfort, or minor irrelevant changes in my own personal routine.”

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Evidence of the public danger presented by escape vehicles

As usual, politicians have espied the opportunity to seize upon the vague, general fear, and use that widespread unease to sign their name on yet another piece of feel-good legislation.

The proposed legislation will, of course, not actually provide any security.

But at least the aforementioned politicians can claim that they’ve taken some kind of action on your behalf, and will certainly remind you of this during the next election cycle.

The proposed Escape Vehicle Ban legislation is as follows:

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Do you FEEL Safe?

There has been a lot of focus lately on public safety. In the wake of the horrific massacre in Orlando there has been a renewed public outcry to DO SOMETHING to ensure our safety.

We wanted to weigh in on the subject, given that we have a professional focus on safety issues.

How to Respond to an Emergency Situation

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Human Rights are Non-Negotiable

Many of us will pick a particular cause to champion, with various human rights being a favorite topic of most.

Some people fight to squash racial prejudice.

Others fight for the rights of those with unconventional sexual orientation.

Religious freedom, free speech and the right to keep and bear arms (RKBA) are other worthy causes.

However, we would be remiss if we didn’t point out that all of these things are interrelated.

For instance, we could not defend our right to practice our chosen religion (or choose NOT to practice one) without being able to voice our preference.

We could not influence laws covering religious freedom without the right to petition our government.

Without the ability to have an impartial jury of our peers arbitrate our grievances, we would be at the mercy of a dictatorial government.

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For Our Friends in Virginia – Do You Know About VCDL VA Alerts?

We love our friends and family nationwide, but today we have a special message for our neighbors in the state of Virginia.

You might have heard us mention the Virginia Citizens Defense League before…

VCDL is an outstanding organization that does so much more than represent Virginia’s gun owners.

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It’s For Your Own Good

The government may be money hungry, corrupt, and inept, but as a whole, the law is essentially there to protect the general public…right?

And, out of the three branches of government, it’s the judicial system that has your interests most in mind, isn’t it? The Supreme Court isn’t nearly as corrupt as Congress or the office of the President.

After all, that’s what checks and balances are all about. If the Executive and Legislative branches are full of crooks, the Judicial keeps things from getting too far out of hand.

But what if your safety and wellbeing weren’t being protected by the Supreme Court, either?

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You Can’t Measure That

The internet is full of shady statistics.

Even accurate statistics are used to tell half truths or lead you to false conclusions. You already know this, of course. Nobody needs to remind you that numbers are easy to manipulate.

For example, that stat that’s been floating around claiming that there have been more “mass shootings” than days of this year might be technically factual, if you’re willing to include in that figure all incidents of gang violence, defensive firearm uses, inner city scuffles that resulted in minor injuries at best, and events that were alluded to in news outlets but may not have actually occurred.

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5 Ways To Make Activism Work

The Modern Activist

For most people today, political activism amounts to little more than expressing their opinion publicly.

Debate and discussion are certainly  part of the core of this nation’s political system, and we have the utmost respect for anyone willing to speak up and let their voice be heard on a larger scale. It takes courage to express your beliefs and let people challenge you, and maturity to listen to opposing viewpoints and weigh in with reason and thought.

Activism, though, requires a little bit more.

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