Over the past few years, I've enjoyed reading the thoughts, facts, opinions and general musings of gun-blog owners.
As I've told people in the past, on September 11, 2001, I drew a hard line in the sand. On the day this nation made the biggest single mistake of its entire two-century plus existence by electing Barack Obama, I poured concrete in that line.
I'm proud to be counted in that group.
My wife and I only have a small--very small--handful of friends who do not (presently) own a firearm. BUT. . . they have exactly zero problems with us, or any other law-abiding citizen owning and carrying a firearm. Guns just ain't their thing.
We absolutely respect that.
On the other hand, we have exactly ZERO friends who are anti-gun. That is ZERO as in none, nada, zip.
And we won't, either.
Prior to the anointing of the marxist community rabble rouser, we tolerated a few friendships with individuals or couples who were (are) anti-gun, but none actually belonged to any of the communist groups like the Brady bunch or Center to Prevent Violence or whatever nonsense name these asshats have from one year to the next.
We both told those handful of friends before the concrete even finished drying and setting up in our line in the sand that so long as they believed that the Second Amendment (and other portions of the Bill of Rights) didn't apply to every American, they were no longer welcome around our campfire. What's more, we did not return messages or e-mails, and on those occasions that we might see them in the grocery store or a restaurant, we didn't even acknowledge their existence.
Harsh? Maybe so. But every time I see a young man or young woman with a tired look in their eyes and their BDUs still on because they just got home from Hell itself (Iraq, Afghanistan), I ask myself how can I have a friendship with someone, anyone who would willingly undo the very freedoms these young men and women are risking their LIVES to defend?
I once wore a uniform and swore the same oath these young people did. Now that I'm older and hopefully wiser, the sacrifices and risks we took seem all the larger and more severe.
No, my wife and I as well as our family choose to associate with those who respect the Bill of Rights and who do not wish to deny us any aspect of them.
Put simply, we think gun-owners are some of the finest, most honorable and unselfish people you'll meet anywhere. That goes for gun-owners in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, France. . . anywhere.
For the second post in a row, I bring up A Girl And Her Gun's incredible, powerful and moving post about her experience with our community when she made the decision to become self-reliant and sought our community's help, assistance, and guidance as she began exploring what firearm was appropriate for her.
When I sat out to write Above Reproach, the goal was to always write this book first and foremost for the gun-owning community. My objective was for it to be an affirmation of who we are, what we're about, and most important of all, why we're right in our thinking and our actions. Because it is a novel and I had the luxury of creative freedom, I worked to make it entertaining and to make the principle characters people that you and I could relate to.
There are no super-CIA/SEAL/Delta heroes in this book. There is no super-huge government conspiracy--only anecdotes that illustrate real-life, present-tense government idiocies and the idiots who are responsible. There are good cops in the book as well as a few bad ones--just like real life.
There is no super-hero who is the solution to the problem scenario presented in the novel. Instead, the solution becomes everyday, ordinary American citizens who chose to lawfully exercise their Second Amendment rights in order to defend themselves and their fellow citizens.
In other words, in the situations detailed in the book, virtually anyone reading this post right now who is a gun-owner, and especially a CHL holder, can see themselves in this book.
For the gun-blog owners and writers, I'd like to offer you a free look at the book. I'll give my e-mail address here, and if you're interested, I'll e-mail you the book in your choice of e-pub format (most readers), Mobi (Kindle) or a PDF (computer screen viewing).
All I ask is that you also include the name and url of your blog for verification.
A colleague told me I was crazy for doing this. When I asked her why, she replied "What's keeping them from e-mailing it all over and you'd never get paid?" My response was simple and almost without thinking. "They're fellow gun-owners. Sorry, but that's just not how we think or do things." We loan our guns to fellow gun-owners for hunting trips or travel or someone's wife or daughter are going to be at the house or a hotel by themselves and all the husband/dad has are long guns or large caliber handguns. We hand our guns over almost unhesitatingly to complete strangers at the range and say, "Hey, try this one," while unabashedly asking, "I'd sure like to fire a round or two out of that baby."
We're gun-owners. We know who we are and what we're about. And that's why I have no trepidation about making this offer.
If you're interested, e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, and best regards.
Author, Above Reproach