It’s not what you think

You have heard the saying before ‘I carry a .45 because they don’t make a .46’ or ‘It was good enough for John Wayne in The Green Berets, It’s good enough for me’. The .45 ACP, or Automatic Colt Pistol, was designed over a hundred years ago and the model 1911 had many variants and customizing options. I believe that it is not only a piece of history, it is an icon that many people have in their collection. Someone asked me why I shoot a 1911 chambered in .45 caliber. I said ‘It’s not what you think’.

I grew up in The Peoples Republic of Khalifornia, OK it wasn’t a bad state when I was growing up, unlike now where people eat tofu and hate guns and freedom and live off the teet of government, but I digress. My dad would take me into the mountains, when it was still legal, and teach me to shoot. He started me out with a .22 then worked his way up to .38 then we would shoot rifles and shotguns, you know…skeet. I can’t tell you how many clay pigeons we killed. But my dad did not have a .45 for me to shoot. His friend, we will call ‘Bob’, was into the shooting sports and shot competetively. My dad had gone to visit Bob and I got to tag along. Bob had just bought a Colt Gold Cup and I saw it. It was beautiful. I asked ‘Bob’ how it shot, and his reply was ‘It’s a hand cannon’. Well, I was an impressionable kid and I respected ‘Bob’ alot….he was a nice guy. He was big like my dad, so I had this visual of something that could ‘blow your hand off’, so I had this fear of the Colt .45. I even remember watching old world was two movies and seeing guys get blow backwards after being shot (hollywood trickery and over acting I’m sure). But the image stuck in my head.

Now, fast forward about 15 years or so. I was newly married with our first child on the way, and I wanted to be a protective husband and father, so I went on a search for the perfect self defense weapon. I went to the local gunshop that also had an indoor shooting range, and started renting various guns and trying them out. My childhood heros included James Bond, who may have been shaken but never stirred, so the first gun I rented was a Walther PPK chambered in .380. I may like James Bond, but I hated the PPK. So I rented others….. a 9 mm Beretta, Smith and Wesson, Ruger. I tried my hand at a Dirty Harry special, a .44magnum. I tried a .357 magnum and what was new at the time, a 10mm. I just did not like them or the price. But I specifically avoided the 1911 platform or any gun chambered in .45 caliber.

The Gunsmith saw me spending so much time and money trying out different guns, so he talked to me and asked if I had tried a .45. I exclaimed ‘The hand cannon? No way’. After he choked back a chuckle, he said ‘Here, try mine. You buy the ammo.’ So, reluctantly, I agreed. I took it to the range, loaded it and grimaced, almosed winced as I fired the first shot. I half expected to blow my hand off, remember, I had a mental visual no matter how foolish it was. I was supprised, pleasantly, and fired again. The gun fit well in my hand and was all metal. I am a big frame guy, OK, OK, I am a little overweight, but my hand was still intact, and I not only hit the target, I had good groupings. I decided on the 1911 platform right then and there.

You see, I overcame a childhood fear and am close to mastering it. I am now planning to goto Camp Perry and participate in the NRA Conventional Pistol Competition. Everytime I pick up a .45 caliber and shoot it, it is a sign of me overcoming a childhood fear. I know some people may laugh at my childhood fear and how unreasonable it was, but really, what childhood fear is rational? So my answer as to why I like to shoot the .45 caliber, it is because it is a personal sign to me that I overcame my own fears….that’s why.

White man speak with forked tongue

As many know, this is a heated political year. It is the year we as a nation will choose a replacement for President Barrack H. Obama as well as a replacement for one of the most conservative members of the Supreme Court, not to mention some Senators and all Congressional Representatives in the House. This will be a pivital election and I think alot of American citizens are feeling the necessity to change directions from the ‘Hope and Change’ & ‘…most extreme liberal’ President this country has ever elected.

There is a well deserved anger towards the National Republican party because they have betrayed the very people they promise to help. Look at who the last two nominees were for president in 2008 and 2012. Establishment party hacks who would have not been much better than the man raised in Indonesia by a muslim stepfather. McCain is an republican in name only, a.k.a a RINO republican, and Romney who drafted a healthcare plan which was used as a framework for the Affordible healthcare a.k.a ‘Obamacare’. Both weak republicans who were not close to being conservatives. Face it, We could vote for the communist or the communist lite candidate. And, in 2010 and 2014, we the people gave the republicans what they begged us for, a republican majority in the House of Representatives AND the Senate were they promised to repeal Obamacare or at least defund it. The ‘power of the purse’ lies squarely on the House of Representatives who were so afraid of being blamed for a government shut down that they gave away their power to the Marxist president and granted him a blank check making most of them liars. So it is not hard to understand why the three front runners for the rupublican nominee for president are Donald Trump, Ted Cruze and Marco Rubio. But I am afraid that the American people are falling for yet another snake oil carpet bagger.

Lets look at Donald Trump. It is easy to see the allure of Donald Trump. First off, he is a charismatic figure who is a successful billionaire. He is self funding his campaign which makes him beholden to no one person or special interest groups, you know…the ones who give a couple hundred thousand dollars to a candidate with a wink and a nod and an expectation for special considerations once that person gets nominated. He is bombastic and says what we all think and wish we could say ourselves and is saying all the right things…now. This man grew up in New York City. He was born with not a silver spoon in his mouth, but a golden spoon. He contributed to both party nominees in the past just to hedge his bets. He is friends with the likes of Hillary Clinton and George Soros. He claims to be a christian now, but is confused with simple things like explaining his denomination or the common knowledge of the bible, i.e. calling second Corinthians ‘two Corinthians’. He claims to have one of the few consealed weapons permit issued in the state of New York and ‘be for the second amendment’, yet just less than two years ago, be for stricter gun laws. And if you listen to some of his campaign speaches, he says ‘…believe me’ an awful lot. ‘We are going to make America great again, believe me’. Even I, a Ronald Reagan conservative started rooting for him. That is until I started actually listening to him and researching his positions just a few short years ago. I don’t see were Donald had an apiphany. Were is his ‘road to Damascus’ moment? At what point did he realize ‘hey, I was wrong and conservatism is the only way to save America’? At what point in his life did God himself blind him and tell him to stop persecuting Him and conservatives?

I remember seeing America blindly nominate the ‘Hope and Change’ charismatic speaker from Kenya, er Hawaii, er Indonesia…where is he really from? I am afraid that Donald Trump is a similar charasmatic, egotistical self centered speaker spouting an empty slogan and premising it with ‘trust me’.

Ted Cruze is, while not perfect, closer to Reagan like thinking with his priority on restoring America to following the Constitution of the United States of America. His parents are of Cuban descent who immigrated to America and worked hard. Ted not only says he believes in the bible, but lives it and he not only says he belives in the Second Amendment, but he has fought to preserve it. He is a Senator that has a verifiable voting record so we can see not only what he says, but what he does. I will trust the guy with a history that I can verify. And as a bonus, the established republican national committee hates him. Maybe that is a good thing.

Now Marco Rubio, on the other hand, also has a record we can see. He has been absent from his post more than he was present. And he permitted a crucial vote to allow the President a blank check for the rest of his ‘lame duck’ term increasing the national debt. Not to mention he has a terrible record of allowing illegal immigration. And he is an establishment candidate by the republican national committee. Can we really trust the republicans in charge to start doint the right thing?

It is clear to me that the only canditate that can give America the fighting chance we need is Ted Cruze. While I would love to hear Donald Trump utter those all too famous words ‘you’re fired’ to Barrack Hussein Obama, I would rather this country get its perverbial head out of Karl Marx’s ass and smell the crap that Obama has been shoveling for the past 7 years.

WAKE UP AMERICA! before it is too late