Words of Wisdom:
“Awareness allows you to see the danger coming in time to do something about it.” – Massad Ayoob
Principles Before Personality
What are the principles that drive your advocacy? This is an important consideration when applied to our Second Amendment advocacy, as well as other areas of politics or legislation. Do you know the first principles from which your positions are formed? This can be an important exercise as it will root out inconsistency. In fact, some of your views may change as a result.
Understanding how your principles shape your positions will also aid in being to articulate those positions. It is particularly vital that we are able to articulate our positions on 2nd Amendment issues. Whether we are interacting with our loved ones or strangers, an grounded explanation based on clear principles is convincing.
Finally, how can we know who we stand with if we don’t know what we stand for? Not understanding the principles that impact our policy analysis may leave us open to accepting policy prescriptions that don’t align with our beliefs.
ID House debate SB 1389 –
Mike notes that the propagation of false firearm related self defense information continued. Idaho House Representative Melissa Wintrow (District 19) purported that there are no documented cases of using a firearm in self defense, you are much more likely to have a firearm used on yourself than using it on an attacker, and there is no crime deterrent effect with the increased carrying of firearms.
Calling the Shots:
- Permitless Carry (Constitutional Carry) is still gaining ground in states. Idaho and West Virginia joined these states recently.
- Tennessee Declares Barrett .50 Caliber as its Official State Firearm!