Category: Ordinary Citizen

O.C. Profile: Bill Buppert

This time we speak with @Zero_Gov. He’s a husband, father, writer, and retired Army officer living in the high desert of the American Southwest. Bill is the author of at least two books and publisher of ZeroGov.com.

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@Zero_Gov’s Twitter avatar.

Why are you a gun owner?

I think it is immoral for me to outsource my self-defense to others absent their permission nor do I have any desire to trusts others with my own protection.

Do you carry daily?

I carry a modified G19 daily in a AIWB or G-Code RTI OWB rig. Everywhere excepting the risk I have assumed of not carrying in my workplace because I can’t afford to lose my job.

What got you into expanding your collection beyond one rifle and one pistol?

Mission profiles and expanding the protection envelope to 1200m.

What’s your fave rifle and/or fave pistol?

Until I can get a 40-watt plasma rifle, the AR is the best of breed fighting rifle on Earth and I use the Glock exclusively for all my handguns.

Bill Buppert

What worries you most about American culture today?

Critical thinking skills are disappearing, people aren’t reading enough, they have no rear-view mirror to assess history on their own and no one is aware that the government supremacist Stockholm Syndrome can rob you of your self-ownership unconsciously.

Books by Bill Buppert

Bill’s Books are available on Amazon.

To what do you attribute this diminishment of citizens’ critical thinking skills and historical ignorance?

Government schools, the current mass malady of screen addiction and well orchestrated program to get everyone addicted to a Milgram Sadism and Stockholm Syndrome cocktail with a police state chaser. There is a reason urban folk pride themselves on their lack of self-sufficiency.

What do you believe responsible citizens should do to address this clear cultural change?

Unplug your televisions from cable and satellite, never watch televised news, always use biased new media for current events ( I use antiwar.com, for instance). Read books, acquaint yourself with real history, use Ohno’s five whys and Socratic drilling. If you see a good idea, always try to murder it, cross examination is the engine of truth.

As a capitalist I immediately identify with the moral approach to life you’ve described, but I count myself and would count you as a minority in the US, and a diminishing minority at that. How do you see the capitalist’s / libertarian’s place in American society in the years to come?

We are the remnant, the abolitionist in my case is a single digit percentage of a single digit percentage minority on the planet (libertarians). My position is absolute: I am opposed to all forms of human slavery. Capitalism and free markets aren’t an ideology, they are THE default ecology for humans when they are together. The politicians (violence brokers) are the alien interlopers who have convinced generations that they must be harnessed to the sadistic fever dreams of a authoritarian/psychopathic subculture that considers all other humans chattel and Helots to be lorded over by the communist master race. Every society has a nomenklatura, that’s what the politicians are; a viral contagion that cripples free will and habituates its charges to the violence of the state as the natural order of things. Once you see that all politicians consider themselves as entitled zookeepers, it all fits together.

Do you believe we’re headed for a cultural divestment from responsible living? And if so, how do you believe it could be avoided, if at all?

As a Stoic, I believe every man ultimately commands his fate even if it means his death. I explicate that idea in this article on ZeroGov.

“Epictetus tells us: ‘All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.’ You either submit or defy. The middle course will always benefit the former and the acceptance of death as a certitude will inform the latter.”

-From Hold Death Dear And The State Will Vanish

Thanks, Bill.

O.C. Profile: @TuffAdams

This time we speak with @TuffAdams. He’s a family man from the mountains of Idaho and, basically, the poster-dad for ordinary American citizens who maintain ordinary traditions and habits.

@TuffAdams

Why are you a gun owner?

I grew up in rural West Georgia on a farm. Guns were always around. We had cattle and other livestock and seeing snakes in the chicken houses was pretty common. If it wasn’t venomous, we would just put them back outside unless they were a repeat offender but often there were copperheads and timber rattlers around.

Even though my family had a cattle operation, we also enjoyed venison and deer hunting was part of my childhood, and still is to this day. As a matter of fact, I purchased my elk and mule deer tags today here in Idaho. I have three sons and that is a major way we bond. In my family, once you’re old enough to go hunting, you’re pretty much considered a man. I was trained on gun safety by every member of my family, including my mom and grandmother. My wife, and all of my adult children carry every day, including my two daughters. I expect my other two daughters will carry, as well. There is a sense of safety I have knowing they can protect themselves. We go to the range as a family and practice often.

About 6 years ago, I had a dispute with a neighbor. His grandson was trespassing in my main hayfield and was ripping it up with his ATV. The grandfather come on my property and attacked me. It was a pathetic attempt and I couldn’t help but laugh at his weak punches. This enraged him and he pulled a pistol out of his pocket. He didn’t realize that I was also carrying and I was much faster. Before he could bring his weapon up, he was staring down the barrel of my weapon. Had he raised his, I would not have hesitated to send him to his maker. My weapon saved my life that day as I found out later that he had served 30 years for murder. Had I known that, I probably would’ve pulled the trigger. As it was, I continually had to watch my back when I was on my property as he had a nice vantage point in which to fire upon me from his property.

Well that’s a harrowing tale. Good thing you were habitually, responsibly armed. I’m struck by your family’s traditions with firearms. I had a similar upbringing, but I don’t see that as so common anymore. From what you’ve seen, do you find your family’s approach to be common or the exception?

Oh, I am quite sure we are the exception these days, even here in Idaho. The influx of Californians has turned the Southern part of the state a little less red and the sight of a firearm being carried openly is now uncommon. I have always been an advocate of concealed carry but just from a tactical standpoint. I keep my head on a swivel 24/7. This shouldn’t be misconstrued to believe that I am a scared person. I am an AWARE person. I feel like the training I had in he Army has given me situational awareness that most people don’t have. This is probably the biggest thing I teach my kids. My wife is a flight attendant for a major airline and situational awareness training post 9/11 is a big part of training for them. I supplement that with our own training at home. Most people would consider how I raise my kids as paranoid but I just think of it as my own Scout troop. Be Prepared was the Scout’s motto before the liberals screwed it up. I don’t know what it is now, probably “Don’t be Offensive” or something.

Weapons training isn’t all we do, either. my kids know how to start fires, build tools, and survive in the wild. We are actually planning a camping trip for next weekend and we will be practicing our woodcraft then. My kids love it. We also teach hand to hand combat and practice martial arts. Funny story…My daughter was playing soccer in a youth league and one of the opposing players was playing the game a little rough. The refs weren’t calling it so my daughter took it up a notch. A girl had shoved her to the ground a couple of times and she had had enough of that. When the ref turned his back, my little girl took her to the ground. HARD. The girl got up and started towards my daughter and swung at her. She ducked and put the girl back down on her back with a sweeping leg kick. She then stood over her and said, “Next time I’m not going to be so easy on you. I know Krav Maga. You might want to Google that.” She was 10. I was so proud. She got a yellow card but the other girl got a red card so it was worth it. After the game, all of our parents went to lunch together and wanted to know if my wife and I could teach their daughters a few moves.

Do you carry daily?

If you see me out in public, I have at least one pistol and one tactical knife on me. Always carry, all of the time, is my motto. Same goes for my wife. I don’t open carry because I like the element of surprise but that is a personal preference and I don’t judge others who open carry.

I believe I’ve seen you mentioned air travel with your EDC gun. Would you consider that extraordinary or just part of ordinary living?

I travel for business and sometimes fly standby because of my wife’s job. Under the rules, I am not allowed to bring my firearm unless I actually PURCHASE a ticket. I pretty much fly to the same places so I have had to rent lockers in various places to store my gun and ammo. It’s a pain in the ass but not as painful as being caught without one. Some of the states don’t have reciprocity with Idaho so I am “carrying dirty”, so to speak. I don’t recognize bullshit laws so I just play it cool and keep it concealed. I’m looking forward to the day when we have national reciprocity. I would sell most of those guns I keep in lockers as they are weapons I would not own otherwise.

Huh, lockers. That’s an interesting and useful approach! That issue aside, what got you into expanding your collection beyond one rifle and one pistol?

I spent ten years in the military, with eight of them serving as a Ranger. I love weaponry and very much enjoy shooting. I don’t kill anything I don’t eat. Here in Idaho, a favorite pastime of the locals is going out and shooting whistle pigs. No matter how many you kill, three times as many come back to take their place. I’ve been invited several times but I just can’t bring myself to do it.

Most of my guns were passed down to me from my father and grandfather. Others I have were purchases of opportunity. There’s a lot of guys who buy guns because their buddies buy guns. I like those guys because the first time they get in money trouble, I’m there with a pocket full of cash. About fifteen years ago, a guy who worked for me bought a Desert Eagle. Three months later I owned it for $311: The exact amount he owed Ford Motor Credit for his past due car payment. I’ve purchased many more and I figure I have about 3 dozen pistols and forty or so rifles.

Nice-sized collection. Would you consider yourself a collector, then? And do you acquire firearms for qualities other than the go-bang function?

A lot of the guns I have inherited are sentimental and I don’t fire often. I wouldn’t consider myself a collector. If I buy a firearm, it is for a specific purpose. I have seven children so all of them have guns for certain purposes. For example, every member of my family has a pistol. Even my 12 year old daughter. It is in her room in a drawer, loaded with one in the chamber. I am 100% confident that if she was home alone and an intruder came into our home, she would be able to take him out. But that is the only gun she has. My boy and I like to hunt, so they have shotguns and hunting rifles for deer and elk. I have one long range rifle and will probably buy another in the near future. I can see a point where it might be prudent to have a 1000 meter rifle that can stop a running engine ;).

So, in a nutshell, I buy weapons for specific purposes, not because I think they look cool and I want to have a coolest collection on the block. Most of my neighbors have no idea I even own a gun. It’s not something I advertise. I guess that goes back to the whole concealed carry preference I have.

What’s your fave rifle and/or fave pistol?

My every day carry is a Sig P320 in .45. It has a meaty grip. I’m 6′-6″ and weigh about 250. I prefer a big, heavy pistol. As far as rifles go, I use different ones for different things but if I had to pick a favorite, I have a Browning Medallion 270 that has put a lot of meat on my table.

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A small sample of Tuff’s collection.

What worries you most about American culture today?

I’m not sure I could explain this unless I had a glass of whiskey and a Camacho cigar, but in a nutshell, it just seems to me that everyone is looking to be offended and people feel like if you offend them, they have the right and obligation to destroy you. There are lots of Chairborne Rangers out there, hiding safely behind their keyboard in mama’s basement who have nothing better to do than out you to the Hive. The Hive is the name I’ve given the perpetually offended liberals out there who don’t seem to have employment and seem to be hell bent on changing a world they have never experienced. If they were out in the real world, working hard to provide for their families, they wouldn’t have time to be offended, that is, until they saw the amount the government steals from their paychecks.

I agree, and lament the fact that “the hive” is supported and emboldened by a massive propaganda industry that represents itself as objective journalism. Do you see a wholesome way forward from this sad state of affairs or do you think we’re past the point of gentle correction?

I think we are past the point of the Union staying together. I think that within 30 years, there will be a bloodless civil war. Liberals don’t want us and we don’t want them. There’s really nothing to fight about except maybe some of the more ambiguous states such as Washington and Oregon, and maybe northern California. I wish this wasn’t the case but I don’t think I’m wrong.

Sober analysis. Thanks Tuff.

O.C. Profile: Skip @thefreerifleman

This week’s ordinary citizen profile is with Skip (@thefreerifleman on Twitter).

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Skip, I know you like to keep many specifics private, but what can you tell us about yourself.

I spent a year as a cop before going into the Army I served 15 years in the Army I have a Bachelor’s Degree in History. I’ve spent over 8 years working through a study with Ludwig Von Mises Austrian School of Economics. I’m married, have three children, have worked as a gunsmith, firearms trainer, I build kydex holsters and sheaths and live in Southern Arizona.

I have transitioned philosophically from Republican, to libertarian, to Voluntaryist, with a dash of Collapsitarian, a term I’ve coined on Twitter as a solution to what I believe the polarity of politics is unsolvable without a collapse.

Why are you a gun owner?

I am a gun owner because it is sociopathic to outsource one’s self-defense, which includes Life, Liberty, and Property. The non-aggression principle and malum in se law are self-sustaining if people took their responsibilities seriously. The only rights that exist are when someone is willing to die defending them, otherwise, they are punchlines told by quisling politicians during their fundraiser dinners they invite the banksters and pedophile globalists to attend the $10,000 a plate wholesaling of America’s future.

Someday I will die, but I prefer it to be on my feet, facing tyranny, and defending what I believe in, over dying a 1000 times each day in human slavery, knowing I could have passed onto my future generations the freedom I owed them but rather chose temporary safety and convenience over their liberty.

So do you believe that defending liberty is going to come down to armed domestic confrontation in your lifetime?

This depends solely on the determination of the freedom prohibitionists set to destroy it. When you have or are in the act of defending freedom, you have two choices, defend your rights from any and all attackers, or allow it to be whittled away for convenience. At this very moment in America, defending liberty is nearing the cartridge box and voting from the roof tops, any attempt to avoid that level of responsibility is capitulation.

Do you carry daily?

Yes, I carry daily. Sometimes several, depending on where, when, and why.

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.”
– Thomas Jefferson

What got you into expanding your collection beyond one rifle and one pistol?

My gun collection expanded with my family, requiring a pistol and a rifle in the hands of every family member, plus a few other specialized capabilities. Anyone who is serious in defending freedom realizes this is a multi-generational fight Americans are losing to Communists thanks to their compulsory and continuing collegiate indoctrination they like to call “education.”

So your other family members are involved with your approach to ordinary citizenship?

Most, everyone is at different times in their lives at any given point, but I’ve seen families just like communities come together at times of dire need and emergencies, which is why I tell people they need to form friendships and bonds with their neighbors so as to prepare them for the coming endarkenment.

What’s your fave rifle and/or fave pistol?

My primary carbine is a (both modified, refinished, and built by me) BCM AR-15 in .223 and a Glock 19. Much of this is based on availability of ammunition, magazines, and parts, given that I chose to carry the calibers of my occupier.

[We have since learned that these and any other firearms he and his family may have possessed were recently lost in a tragic boating accident.
-Ed.]

What worries you most about American culture today?

The extinction of individual rights and liberty, as designed by the communist social engineering plot that has taken generations to dull the senses of most Americans into rethinking what their moral compasses told them. The “Greatest Generation” should have fought the communist coups here, rather than flouncing off to save Joseph Stalin in Europe.

What do you think it’s going to take to preserve liberty here in the U.S.?

Anyone that is serious about preserving their rights is the resistance to the Communist Coups that has been underway for a very long time here in the US. If you look at every civilization that didn’t stand up to its advance has had some very mixed results, most involve mass graves, but if you look at Europe today, it’s going to experience a special kind of philosophical cuckoldry.

If people aren’t willing to make the sacrifices necessary to preserve it, it’s lost forever.

Thanks, Skip. I sincerely hope that enough of us are up to the task, should the need arise.

O.C. Profile: Kim Priestap

Kim Priestap

Today we talk with Kim Priestap@kimpriestap on Twitter. She’s also on Facebook and on Gab.

Why are you a gun owner?

I’ve always been a big supporter of the Second Amendment and found guns to be fascinating, but I’ve not owned any guns myself or even shot a gun until about three years ago. Well, I once shot my husband’s 12 gauge years and years ago but that one doesn’t count since I had no idea what I was doing and bashed my shoulder. I’ve since learned how to shoot one correctly and accurately. Anyway, I decided three years ago to buy a gun and get trained because it had occurred to me (why it didn’t occur to me sooner, I don’t know) that I had been living my life under the assumption that if something terrible happened, someone would be there to protect me and my family. Unfortunately, that’s almost never the case. I think we’ve all heard the saying, “when seconds count, help is minutes away.” That was when I decided it was time I got a gun and got trained. From there, I found a local NRA certified instructor to teach me gun safety, the fundamentals of shooting, as well as defensive shooting. After just a few lessons, I took a CPL (Concealed Pistol License here in Michigan) class. It’s been three years, and I still shoot with him on a regular basis, about once a week.

That’s great that you maintain a regular training schedule. So few everyday carriers do. Can you share what sorts of things you work on in practice?

When I got my first gun and knew I wanted to get my CPL, I talked to one of my husband’s friends who is the Security Forces Manager with the Air National Guard out of Toledo. He made it very clear that if I’m going to carry regularly, I had better be proficient or I could be more of a danger than a help. So I took his comments to heart and train regularly. Shooting is a perishable skill. If you go too long in between training sessions, you can lose accuracy.

I always begin each session with some sort of accuracy drill. One of my favorites is from Guerrilla Approach. It’s an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper with 24 small and large circles. From 3 yards, shoot one bullet in each small hole, two in each large. The goal is to complete it with full accuracy in 25 seconds. I’m not at 100% accuracy in that time yet, but I’m working on getting there.

Then I drill on drawing from my holster, both my carry and duty retention holsters, and getting off several shots, both one handed and two handed, in a just a few seconds. I also work on shooting left handed, which interestingly enough I’m very accurate doing. My instructor told me most people have to work to get accurate shooting with their non-dominant hand. I seem to be quite good at it. I also work on shooting from behind barriers, turning and shooting, shooting while moving, dropping the used mag and reloading, both behind a barrier and while moving. I do all this within 5-10 yards, as that is where most shootings take place. Then I’ll practice distance shooting from 15 yards or so. When I’m not shooting I dry fire, practice drawing from the holster, and dropping and replacing mags at home. My ultimate goal is for my gun to feel as if it’s an extension of my body.

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Kim doing some odd-position training.

That’s great. Do you carry daily?

Yes. I holster up when I get dressed every morning and carry everywhere I legally can. Our business is located at our home, so I get to carry at work. 🙂 Since I carry every day, I make sure to stay proficient by shooting weekly, twice a week if I can fit it in, primarily outside where I can move around and practice defensive shooting. My instructor told me once that he wants me carrying so often that when I don’t have my gun on me I feel naked without it. I’m there. I definitely don’t feel right without it on me.

What got you into expanding your collection beyond one firearm?

I’ve got three pistols, a Kahr CM9, which was my first, a Glock 43, which is my everyday carry, and a Glock 23, which is my duty weapon (I’m a volunteer special deputy with my local sheriff’s office). I’m hoping to add a rifle to my collection this summer.

How do you get to be a volunteer special sheriff’s deputy and what do you do in that capacity?

My instructor is the president of my county’s sheriff’s auxiliary and he asked if I’d be interested in applying. Since we are armed while in uniform, just as the certified deputies are, we must go through qualified with our duty weapons, just as the other officers are. I like participating in and around my community and helping to keep it safe. Special Deputies support the certified deputies by riding on patrol with them periodically and assisting in traffic stops or other incidents, helping with traffic control in case of accidents, providing security at parades, festivals, and other community events. We also help with school lock down drills. Nearly every community across the country has auxiliary officers who help support the certified law enforcement officers. It’s a great way to get involved and to let people know you care about your community’s safety.

What’s your favorite gun?

I like my Kahr but nothing beats a Glock if you ask me. My G43 is my everyday carry, especially in the summer and when I run, but I really love my Glock 23 and am planning to make that one my everyday winter carry. I don’t own a rifle yet (my husband has a .410 bolt action shotgun and a Mossberg 12 gauge) but I’m planning on correcting that this summer when I buy my first AR-15. I want an AR as opposed to any other rifle because they are lighter, can shoot more than five rounds at a time, and are great for home defense. And they look badass.

What worries you most about American culture today?

So much worries me about American culture today but probably my biggest concern, at least when it comes to guns, is the irrational fear more and more people have of them. Some seem to think a gun is going to jump out of its holster and start shooting people on its own. A gun is nothing more than a tool, like a hammer or shovel, but if you tell these fear mongers that, they lose their minds. What makes it worse is that many people who have these irrational fears have huge platforms from which to rant about their fears, stoking even more fear among those who might not have been afraid to begin with or who don’t know anything about guns and are now unwilling to learn. This irrational fear of guns is a small part of a larger issue, which is more and more Americans want to be coddled from cradle to grave, so they refuse to take on the responsibility of their own safety and self-defense. Instead, they want to outsource their self-defense to the government, assuming that if we take guns away from private citizens, leaving only the government with them, they’ll be safer. As history has proven over and over again, this most certainly is not the case.

I agree and can’t imagine the issue being stated better. Do you have any thoughts on how ordinary Americans can help address that irrational fear and pervasive demagoguery?

This is a big question, so I’m going answer it in two parts. The first is big picture. Ordinary Americans can teach their children about the significance of our country in contrast to other countries in the world today and in history. Make sure they understand the significant role guns played in the formation of our country. It wasn’t just about protesting taxation without representation or religious liberty. Our founders understood that for man to truly be free, he had to have the means to defend himself. However, today we take our freedoms for granted, so much so that most Americans don’t even know that our country with our Constitution is unlike any other country that has ever existed in the history of mankind. For many people, history began when they were born. They may not realize that so much of humanity that existed over the centuries and millennia didn’t live but, rather, suffered under the thumbs of tyrannical dictators and monarchs who saw their subjects as nothing more than ants or bugs that could be crushed at their whim. Never before had people been told that not only did they have the God-given right to their own lives but that they also had the God-given right to protect their own lives, and not just from the bad guys who lived among them, but from their own government as well. Such a concept has never existed before The United States of America. Ever. Our children must understand the significant role the Second Amendment and guns play in preserving our freedoms, so guns should never be feared, but appreciated and valued.

Second is much more practical. Introduce your kids, family, and friends to guns, if they aren’t already familiar and comfortable with them. I clean my pistols in the dining room in front of my kids. I wear my gun around them. I start out letting them hold it, correctly and unloaded, so they get a feel for it. I have them dry fire it so they get a sense of how it works.Then we move to shooting live rounds. I talk about guns to my kids, family, and friends. Why I carry, why I train regularly, why I joined the auxiliary. Take your friends or family members to the gun range. It is especially important for women gun owners to talk to other women, since women can be more fearful. Find an NRA certified instructor and take lessons with a friend or family member. All this can help remove the strange or scary mystique about guns and show reveal what they actually are: tools. And just like other tools, they have a specific purpose as well as a correct way and an incorrect way to use them.

Well said, Kim. Thanks.

Kim Priestap

O.C. Profile: Carlton Leflore

Carlton Leflore

Today we talk with Carlton Leflore@cleflore23 on Twitter.

Why are you a gun owner?

I started owning guns right after I got shot 3 times during a home invasion and left for dead. I used to be against guns, I was a classic liberal. Once my life was in danger and I knew I was helpless without a firearm, I changed my view on guns. Now I own guns for protection, target shooting, collecting and supporting the Second Amendment.

Wow. I have no doubt that an experience like that can change a person’s outlook. How did you view the role of firearms ownership before that terrible event as opposed to now?

I thought guns were something that only criminals and the police used. Growing up in a bad neighborhood you only see the bad guys use guns against the good guys. Because of this I was largely against guns, I fell into the liberal mindset. If you want them to play softer on a criminal, you had no reason to own guns. But of course I was against criminals having guns and I thought law officers would stop them. Of course I was wrong.

Do you carry daily?

I carry a variety of guns, but my everyday carry is my Glock 17

What got you into expanding your collection beyond one rifle or one pistol?

I love different calibers and the craftsmanship of each and every firearm that’s out there. No firearm is the same, they all are unique in every way.

So you see firearms as objects of beauty or art, too, or are they more just interesting tools for you?

I view them as both. I think some guns are just tools like your carry guns or your hunting guns. I think others are works of art like a 1911 that’s beautifully crafted to be displayed in a case and never to be shot. I can look at my Kimbers and see a beautiful work of art and then I can look at my Glock as a tool for my defense while in the field.

What’s your fave rifle or pistol?

My favorite pistol in my collection right now has to be my Kimber Eclipse Target 2

What worries you most about American culture today?

That we are more reliant on the government than ever before. It used to be that a man took pride in protecting his family, now men are more reliant on the government to protect their family and themselves. We are weaker than ever before.

How do you combat in your home or with your family this cultural decay that you see in modern society?

Interesting question. I live in Orlando, home of the second worst mass shooting in American history. I used to tell my family and friends that the worst thing that could possibly happen to them while being unprepared is a mass shooting. A lot of people used to brush it off as me being paranoid, then the Pulse Nightclub shooting happened. They quickly changed their tune.

I watch the local news all the time and I see how we’re becoming more detached from society. Killing has become a game to the deranged and evil. All they care about is racking up a body count and making the national news so that their name lives on forever. I try to encourage friends and family to seek self-defense training and it doesn’t always have to be with a gun, but seek some type of training. Understanding situational awareness and how to respond to a threat is key. I would rather someone have the training before they ever buy a gun. After get the training that they need on how to respond to a threat, and situational awareness, they can get the training they need on how to respond to a threat with a gun.

Sounds entirely appropriate for ordinary citizens. Thanks Carlton.

Here are guns from Carlton’s impressive collection:

Carlton's collection

O.C. Profile: Rob Province

Rob Province's cat

Today’s quick, ordinary citizen profile is with Rob Province@RobProvince on Twitter.

Rob Province

Why are you a gun owner?

I’ve been around guns my whole life. I was raised in southern Missouri and spent almost all my summers in Shell Knob, MO where hunting and fishing is as common as breathing. My dad is a Vietnam vet but never had the number of guns I do because he never had the disposable income I do and loved cars more. My first “gun” was a .177 air rifle. My first real gun was, like everyone, else a Ruger 10/22. My first real memory of wanting to collect firearms came in 1994 with the Clinton Ban. It really shocked me that something you could walk into the store and buy was suddenly illegal and could send you to jail. I was 20 at the time and couldn’t buy a handgun so I went to a gun show and bought a Glock 33-round stick mag for $100, the same mag would have cost $25 just the week before. I still have that mag to this day. This was also my first real-world experience with investing as well. Something that had been $25 just a week ago was now 4 times as much money. From that moment on I saw guns not only as for self defense and hunting, but an investment. When I turned 21 I bought my first handgun, a Springfield Armory 1911. Still have it.

For most of my life I didn’t have the extra money to buy guns, mags, or ammo as I do now. That’s a recent thing. Like most gun guys I was sure Hillary was going to win and bought every AR lower I could find. I had taught myself how to build ARs through YouTube Videos and friends on Twitter. I now have about 9 or 10 in various configurations and calibers. My first AR was a Daniel Defense DDM4 V11 LW I bought during the Ferguson riots. It was a bizarre experience for those of us here in St Louis. Police didn’t seem too have control of anything and the Governor was unwilling to do really anything. I realized then that when things got really bad the system we all rely on doesn’t work… it was on me. That’s when my interest in firearms changed from deer rifles, shotguns, and handguns to modern sporting rifles. And as the calls for more gun control came, my collection grew as an investment.

Do you carry daily?

I do when I can (Glock 26), but being a medical professional I can’t carry at work and I don’t carry where it’s prohibited. Being in Missouri it’s easier than most states, as we have Constitutional Carry and CCW that works in a lot of other states.

What’s your fave rifle or fave pistol?

Daniel Defense AR with MRO red dot, Glock 26 with night sights.

What worries you most about American culture today?

Not much. I’ve hit a “fuck it” place in my life. I’m 44 with no kids so my only concern is living my life with my wife as best I can. I’ll let everyone else worry about where things are going. I’ll just focus on where I am because at my age I’m going to do what I want.

So much of “journalism” today describes a society where The American Dream is long over. How is it you ended up being able to do what you want instead of being thrall to the government?

I think the idea that the “American Dream” (a job, family, home) is dead is just silly and lazy. People today have it easier than almost any generation before them. My grandparents had to deal with the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and WW2. I think kids got the idea that all they had to do was go to a good college and get any degree and life would be laid out for them. The luxuries of life have never been cheaper. Home loans are at historic low interest rates. Credit is available to almost everyone. Unemployment is below 4%. The stock market is doing well. We have more food than we can eat and its cheap. We are actually living in a golden age historically. You just have to actually study or get a skill people want to employ. I did my research in the 90’s of what jobs needed to be filled and nursing was #1 with a bullet. So I majored in Nursing and I’ve been able to find jobs because I picked a skill that was in demand.

What’s your argument against the popular idea that firearms are something Americans need to work to remove from society with “common sense” reforms?

Easy: every government that has sought to disarm its citizens has then abused its citizens.

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