We're Winning The Battle!
September 29, 2011
There's so much going on with Cornered Cat that I scarcely know where to begin. But let me start by telling you about a trip I recently took. It was a tough trip for me, because it involved traveling to one of the most anti-gun jurisdictions in the entire nation: the city of Chicago. Illinois is the last state in the union that has absolutely no provision for concealed carry whatsoever (not even the false promise of a "may issue" law with impossible requirements, but a plain and simple "thou shalt not" law). Chicago itself has been the scene of several recent court battles over the simple right to own a handgun within the city, and it's entirely illegal for an outsider like me to bring one into town. Since I strongly dislike traveling without my self defense firearm, deciding to go was a tough call. But I'm glad I did. Here's what happened...
Cornered Cat Speaks at the GRPC
Last week at this time, I was on my way to the Second Amendment Foundation's Gun Rights Policy Conference. This was the 26th annual GRPC, which brings together firearms owners from all over the country to discuss ways to promote and expand recognition of basic human rights as they relate to firearms ownership. I was honored to be able to speak briefly at the conference, on a panel that included author Chris Bird and legal expert Massad Ayoob. Chris spoke before I did, and he gave a great speech! Among other things, he talked about the tremendous numbers of people getting their concealed carry permits over the past few years. This was a wonderful setup for my own talk. Here's what I said:
If you can support the work of the Second Amendment Foundation as it moves forward with court cases such as the successful Heller and McDonald cases, you would be doing a good thing. Putting my money where my mouth is, today I signed up for a life membership in that worthy organization. Because I meant what I said: the 2nd Amendment belongs to all of us, and these folks have worked tirelessly to make that right a recognized reality in the lives of people who live in some very restrictive places. Thank God for them and their hard work.
Quote of the Day
"The encouraging thing is that every time you meet a situation, though you may think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it you find that forever after you are freer than you ever were before. If you can live through that you can live through anything. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
"You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'
"The danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it. If you fail anywhere along the line it will take away your confidence. You must make yourself succeed every time. You must do the thing you think you cannot do." -- Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn By Living (1960) pp 29-30
Did you know...?
Bullets come in different weights, measured in grains. The higher the grain (gr.) number, the heavier the bullet. There are 7000 grains to a pound, so a 115-gr. 9mm bullet weighs just a small fraction of a pound -- 0.016428571429th of a pound, to be precise. That's a little heavier than a stack of three dimes.
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