Defending your right to defend yourself
The Violence Policy Center, displaying an enviable aptitude for temerity, carefully categorized and painstakingly described 95 incidents occurring over 3 years in 25 different states for a section of their website they have conscientously dubbed "Concealed Carry Killers". (Somewhere, Ed Wood is smiling.)
During that same period of time, close to 5 million people in all 50 states were able to celebrate a birthday, pick up their kids from school, barbecue some burgers, shop for shoes, watch a movie, finish a home improvement project, bring home a paycheck, and swap stories at the local watering hole. These citizens were able to prevent violence from destroying their lives because increasing numbers of legislatures across the United States are doing the right thing by recognizing an individual's right to protect self, family and property by the most effective means available - a firearm.
Thirty-nine states now have "shall-issue" laws when it comes to carrying firearms, and these states have seen violent crime rates drop or remain steady - they have not increased. According to the 2004 FBI Uniform Crime Reports, states with restrictive laws that reflect the Violence Policy Center's recommendations suffer violence at an 11% greater rate than the national average.
The Violence Policy Center's slogan reads "Research, Investigation, Analysis and Advocacy for a Safer America", but it's obvious that the only ones who stand to reap any safety from their efforts are the violent criminals that the Violence Policy Center inexplicably ignores.
For those of you who weren't able to make it to Washington DC this past Monday the 19th, you all missed a great time. The weather couldn't have been more perfect - a beautiful sunny day, light breeze, cool temperatures and gun rights activists from all over the country.
To be in the company of such eloquent, intelligent and stalwart Patriots was an experience I'll never forget. This was a history-making event. To the best of my knowledge, never before have so many known RKBA luminaries been in one place at one time for one cause.
Not everyone has the 'stones' to take a day off from work and travel a long distance. Those couple thousand on the green remind me of the handful who were with Washington at Valley Forge. From small beginnings grow a mighty oak. I'm reminded of Thomas Paine's words from "The Crisis" when naysayers begin grousing in the background:
"Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated."
As a fitting end to this first ever Second Amendment March, the SAM has produced a LIMITED EDITION large format (16x20!) photographic print based on Oleg Volk's work to commemorate the event. Autographed by the speakers at the march, there are only fourteen (14) of these available. Each will be beautifully framed with two 'Challenge Coins' (which were only minted in a limited edition of 100) and will be sold for a price of $1500 to help offset the enormous costs of holding this event.
Keep in mind that never before that we know of have so many well-known 2nd Amendment patriots gathered in one place at one time.
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Please help support the SAM any way you can, but most especially by purchasing one of these beautiful prints. Contact us to learn more about how to arrange for payment and delivery by using the 'contact' link at the left and send us a message.
In a desperate attempt at preserving relevance, the Brady Campaign has resorted to the worst of bullying tactics, placing the innocent folks at Starbucks directly in their crosshairs by demanding that Starbucks not serve law-abiding customers who have chosen to exercise their right to self-defense and their right to bear arms.
Starbucks Customer Relations
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