A certain amount of silliness

A little background is necessary before I get to the meat of this particular entry. When I graduated college, my wife and I moved to the DC Metro area, specifically the Northern Virginia area. We lived in a nice, low crime, middle class area; but it was also still the DC Metro area. I had a VA concealed weapons permit, and Virginia also allows unlimited open carry; of which I availed myself to from time to time. Thankfully, I didn’t work in DC, but rather the Arlington area, so for the most part I was able to avoid the District’s draconian gun laws.

While living in that area, I never once felt like it was a bad idea to exercise my right to carry. Even though the specific area I lived was low crime, I worked in a high crime area of Arlington. Carrying there made good sense to me.

Fast forward to now. A year and a half ago, my wife and I moved to the Indianapolis area to be closer to family, afford a house, etc. We now live in a nice suburb, with a very low rate of crime, and I work in a very low crime area. I still carry, every day. But now I feel almost silly doing it. I’ve spent the last 6 years preaching the mantra of “Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it”; and yet I cannot but help feel slightly silly when I strap on my pistol and tuck a spare magazine into my pocket.

Of course, I’m not about to stop packing, because no matter how silly I feel it is still better to have it and not need it.

Tiger mauls trainer

Tiger mauls trainer from the Communist News Network.

I honestly don’t have much comment on that. Obviously, when taking care of wild animals, one should take measures to ensure that you do not become food.

One of my friends did mention that it was sad that the tiger went crazy like that, to which I would respond by quoting Chris Rock: “That tiger didn’t go crazy, that tiger went tiger.” Which of course rolls quite nicely into cautioning people to be careful when dealing with carnivores.

Let the bastards kill each other

In this fascinating article from the Communist News Network, it seems that the militants in Palestine have grown tired of just murdering Israeli citizens, and have now decided to turn their ire on one another. The short version is that Fatah and Hamas are two rival parties in the Palestinian “government” (note: I use that term loosely here), and have decided to settle the political power struggle in the Traditional Mideast Fashion. Which means shoot it out.

Excellent.

I’m sure that several people in the Israeli military are kicking themselves for not letting the asshole terrorists Palestinians elect Hamas into official power before now. If this is the sort of “democracy” we can count on from the assholes, then they can have all the democracy they want.

This makes The Duke smile.

Welcome to the Church of the Duke!

That’s right, ask yourself the question “What Would John Wayne Do?” One simple question can change your life.

Mostly, I’ll be blogging on gun stuff, the occasionally political issue that I pick up, and what may catch my fancy.

I’ll explain the Church of the Duke, first. A while back, I was getting tired of seeing all the WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) stuff everywhere, so I took it upon myself to ask a different question.

“What would John Wayne Do?” Over the last year, it’s sort of evolved into a running gag amongst the internet community that I frequent; along with jokes about me worshipping The Duke, which of course lead to the Church of the Duke. It’s not intended to be blasphemous, but if you do get offended I’m not going to care, so don’t waste your time.

So forgive me if I ever say something like “The Duke would not approve”, and remember that John Wayne is still the overarching theme of this gun-nut’s blog.