Alpena Mi – I got up at 0700 after only an hour of fitful sleep and traveled 120 miles to the only open spot in a concealed weapon licensing class. The only reason I got in at all was because I “know a guy”, as CPL classes in Michigan are booked solid for at least two months – and spent the entire day brushing up on the law, taking written exams to prove I knew it, and then spending another three hours qualifying on the gun range for my Michigan Concealed Pistol License.
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My classmates ranged from an older (about 70) 1st MarDiv Marine to a young couple in their early 20’s. We were all there for one purpose: to be certified to carry a concealed pistol in Michigan. But why?
Northern Michigan is a beautiful place; and it is also a place where folks stop to help you back out of the snow drift that suddenly jumped out in front of you (me), where the owner of a LOCAL tire store drives your wife and son (mine) back to the car they had abandoned when the tire blew, puts on a used tire for them and charges only $30, and where most people don’t even lock their doors unless they are leaving town for an extended trip. Every now and then, a snowmobile will get stolen (or someone will get busted for drugs, petty theft, or shoplifting.) But by and large, there is not much in the way of violent crime here.
Other than a general desire for personal protection, I can’t say why the others were there; but after the world intruded on our little paradise in the form of threats of my murder and the rape of my wife simply for something I said, there is no way I can NOT carry a gun. I RESENT having to carry a gun up here. It’s totally cheesing my calm, but I refuse to be a victim or to allow my family to be anyone’s victims either. Until the people who made these threats are in jail, I will be forced to carry a gun for our protection.
Since the government has no interest in tracking down and prosecuting those who have made threats against not only me, but every NRA member, Tea Partier, and Republican – basically anyone who isn’t all up on Obama’s jock – in the United States (OR in allowing us to defend ourselves), it is up to every free man, woman, and child to take up that responsibility themselves.
Part of that responsibility is standing up to protect our God-given rights as enumerated in the Constitution, and thousands of Michigan gun owners are going to join me on the capitol steps in Lansing this Friday, Feb. 8th. Even more exciting is the fact that this Open Carry demonstration is going to take place simultaneously in each of the fifty states. With one voice, we are going to say: “No More! No more blaming an entire culture for the horrific acts of of a few deranged DEMOCRATS as an excuse to limit access to guns or take them away entirely. No more stupid, unconstitutional laws that are passed without even being read by those who vote on them. NO MORE!”