I READ the Constitution of the United States of America

competitive marksmanshipI rant, I rage, I blast my opinions loquaciously, I teach, I preach, but I also do my homework. I like to think my words find basis in reality and experience and research, not in inventedness. I read the Constitution this weekend to clarify and verify. Indeed, our nation’s precious document initially states the federal government promotes the welfare of the people. Interesting. Not that the government provides for the people, but that it promotes that we get out the front door and care for our well being, our welfare. Then, further into the document, I read about providing for the welfare of the people. But, to look these words up in the dictionary- really, I look words up- welfare very clearly owns a temporary status to its definition. Very interesting. The Constitution touched on military, militia and “defence” in great detail. The very means for protecting our nation, our homes and families, ourselves earns greatest print space in the document. Really interesting. Once again, the gun is not the problem, the bad guy is. But we will leave that for another article. This welfare subject matter, then, alludes to caring for yourself and when determinably unable, the feds help for a temporary amount of time. But, no time gets specified. How about three  generations? How about 29 years? How about, I don’t know, three years? Maybe the feds want to take our firearms rights away because the specificity of their description and boundaries listed in the Constitution invites such ease, while the ambiguity and lack of clarity surrounding promoting welfare, providing welfare, what exactly is this welfare makes for a more complicated task. Maybe. So when did anything easily achieved ever be worth its time? I worked my fingers to the bone, round after round fired, hour after hour at the range spent, for my achievements and accomplishments in competition. Handed to me, I believe I would have quickly dismissed the brevity of the honors and never understood what I did or stood for. But, I know what I did, I EARNED my place. We all need help from time to time, but to make a lifestyle out of charitable handouts is shameful. Just my humble opinion. From someone who did have to stand in the welfare line for three years. And, I never did find anything in the Constitution about healthcare. I suppose that can fall into the black hole of that “welfare” thing. How shameful.So, while I speak from rant, from rage, from opinion, from homework, from a teacher’s stance, a preacher’s pulpit AND from life experience I would say that defines: winning combination. What can YOU say about yourselves??


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"I worked as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for over 14 years, in a firearms carrying capacity. First assigned to LAX (1994), then to the Los Angeles/ Long Beach Seaport (1997-2007), I took an early retirement from my final duty station of El Paso, TX (2007-2008). Never having handled firearms prior to this job, I give full credit for my initial shooting lessons and safe firearms handling skills to the government. As I began to compete, I gleaned tips and coaching lessons from the best law enforcement instructors across the nation, turning myself into one of the best, too. I was a firearms instructor in Los Angeles and a national level competitor on a formally sponsored team from 1999 through 2003, being sent all over the nation for pistol match competitions. As a result of this gift of an experience, I went on to set five national records in the law enforcement shooting sports. Check in regularly to read about those and other adventures and misadventures!"
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