Why do you need an AR 15? 18

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Why do you need an AR 15?

In the wake of the latest horrific shooting, the topic for many people seems to focus on why someone would need an AR 15. Depending on the political and philosophical background of the people speaking about this, the first thing you have to do is separate fact from emotion.

Fact: The AR 15 is not an assault rifle. It stands for “ArmaLite Rifle” after the firm that designed the weapon in the 1950s. The AR15 is a lightweight, intermediate cartridge magazine-fed, air-cooled Armalite Rifle with a rotating lock bolt, actuated by a piston within the bolt carrier or by conventional long/short stroke piston operation. It has been produced in many different versions, including numerous semi-automatic and select fire variants. or the most part, semi-automatic is the only version readily available to the public and no mass killing of civilians has ever occurred with one that was designed as fully automatic. (Bump stocks are not part of the gun as designed)

Fact: The AR-15 is not a “high powered” rifle. Yes, it has more power than a handgun – all rifles do. But when you’re talking about rifles, the AR-15’s .223 / 5.56mm ammunition is considered so low powered that it is banned from hunting large game like deer and elk because it cannot humanely take them down in one shot like most other rifle calibers can.

Fact: the typical owner has never committed a crime (there are laws about who can purchase one)

Fact: The AR 15 available for sale is a semi-automatic weapon. Despite its scary appearance, it is only one of many kinds of semi automatic weapons, many with high capacity magazine capability


If you come from a liberal or progressive point of view, not only do you not need an AR 15, you really don’t need any guns at all. We live in a modern age where the police and military have the only reasons to have firearms in the eyes of that group and the world would be safer and nicer if all the guns were gone. Most of them won’t say it out loud of course since they know it would reveal their bias but at the heart of most of them, guns represent a long ago day when we lived in a primitive society that no longer exists. Plus they don’t want to lose elections. That’s the reason they couch all of their criticism in softer terms like “sensible gun laws” and join groups like “Moms demand Action” and “The Coalition to stop gun violence”.

On the frontier, people needed guns as much as they needed an axe or a shovel. The frontier was full of dangerous things and your family’s protection was dependent on what you could provide. There were also no supermarkets back then so hunting played a key role in feeding that same family. As we evolved, guns also protected the livestock from dangerous predators and yes, we even needed protection against hostile Indians who saw our incursion as a violation of their lands.

But that was a long time ago. The world has evolved. We are more educated now and more sophisticated. From a liberal/progressive point of view, those were the only justifications for those weapons.

To the untrained and uninitiated, modern guns are symbols of war and are scary. I still laugh when I think about the east coast liberal reporter who wrote an article about the time he had to fire one for his article.


Most anti-gun people will tell you about the capacity of fire for these weapons despite never actually seeing one or picking one up. They repeat stories from supportive publications that detail how destructive each weapon is. The truth is normally the first casualty in such stories but it doesn’t matter anymore what the truth is. AR 15s are bad and nobody needs to own one.

Then there is the other side.

People who typically identify as Republican or conservative are the ones who hold the brakes on the gun grabbers. Many are former military but all hold one belief as a core value. The Second Amendment is a sacred trust built into the Constitution for the express purpose of keeping the government from denying individual citizens the right to keep and bear arms.

The gun rights crowd have a healthy skepticism of the government. While many have served in the military and work in the government, they see the one truth that is rarely spoken of and universally known. In a Republic that often has an identity crisis, it is only one election cycle away from “democracy” taking hold of the seat of power and changing the rules. A shift in public opinion and a change in the weight of liberals to conservatives is the greatest threat to individual liberty and freedom that exists. It is greater than a foreign invasion, Russian meddling in an election, or a natural catastrophe of biblical equations.

Sound crazy? Well, what is a democracy?

Democracy (Greek: δημοκρατία dēmokratía, literally “rule of the people”), in modern usage, is a system of government in which the citizens exercise power directly or elect representatives from among themselves to form a governing body, such as a parliament. Democracy is sometimes referred to as “rule of the majority”. Democracy is a system of processing conflicts in which outcomes depend on what participants do, but no single force controls what occurs and its outcomes.

The uncertainty of outcomes is inherent in democracy, which makes all forces struggle repeatedly for the realization of their interests, being the devolution of power from a group of people to a set of rules.

A better word for democracy is mob rule. If you found enough people to take your side, you can force everyone else to abide by your rules and their rights no longer matter. In the twentieth century, there were many examples of the mob being manipulated to do things that were exactly why you do not want a pure democracy. The Communist Revolutions, Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Laos and Cambodia. All were meant to be worker’s paradises and yet all ended in brutal destruction and widespread death.

The debate about gun control is much more than a debate about who can own a firearm. It is a debate about whether we can trust our future to the goodwill of our fellow man. To be honest, mankind has a really shitty track record. The government envisioned by the leftists proposes that all of our needs, including security, should be provided by the state. Given the chance in this utopian world, everyone would be the same (except of course the insanely rich leaders) and no one would have any reason to have fear.

That sounds wonderful until you get out of the concrete caverns of New York and the Ivy covered halls of Boston. When you are surrounded by armed guards and well-disciplined security, it is incredibly easy to say that no one needs a gun for protection. But it’s a big country. There are a lot of people in flyover country who woke up this morning to a completely different reality. The drug epidemic is out of control, gangs of every kind are running rampant in cities and even small towns. Crime is more violent and unpredictable as people lose their moral compass.

Think about this. The same group of liberal progressives that long for the day that you will lose your firearms are the same people who want us to have open borders. The same open borders that allow MS 13 to come in and out like they were actual citizens. Those leftists want all of the illegal invaders to have your constitutional rights despite the fact that they are not citizens and make no attempt to become them. That group of people even incentivize cheating by creating sanctuary cities and states. At the same time they are doing this, they constantly scheme and plan to disarm the rest of the actual citizens.

Do you trust the government to uphold your rights? Look at a place like Pennsylvania. Our democrat Governor and a democrat Supreme Court have just overturned the established voting districts because they didn’t like the balance of power. Just like that. No voice of the voters will mean anything because this governor has elected to lead a takeover of our state. The shift in power will result in higher taxes, more companies moving out of Pennsylvania and a public more dependent on government than ever before. Your rights will not mean a thing.

This government cannot provide the security for its citizens now. Many areas no longer have police forces and the state police can’t fill in all of the gaps. Wait times for a policeman to show up can be hours in rural areas. These same rural areas are already reeling from drug related crimes and to make it a complete disaster, the idiots in Harrisburg want this entire state to join others as a haven for illegals. With an increase in illegal invaders, MS 13 will surely see the opportunities. Entire communities can be held hostage and the pitifully weak state under progressive leadership will be powerless to do a thing. Most people are not aware of how large MS 13 has become but it corresponds to the number of leftists controlled states providing them with sanctuary.

And you want to take our guns away? What do you want after that’s done?

I am in the later part of my life. God will take me home at some point and I will no longer have to be concerned about the insanity sweeping across this once great nation. I remind myself every election that we are only one cycle away from losing all of our rights. While neither party is perfect by any means, I keep hoping that enough sane people will show up to do the right thing. Until then, I will keep the words of Patrick Henry close to my Bible…

“I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided,” he said, “and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years, to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves, and the House?”

Henry then turned his attention to the British troops mobilizing across the colonies. “Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation?” he asked. “Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled, that force must be called in to win back our love? …Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us; they can be meant for no other.”

“Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty”—Henry burst from his imaginary chains and grasped an ivory letter opener—“or give me death!” As he uttered these final words, he plunged the letter opener toward his chest, mimicking a knife blow to the heart.

As to the original question, do I need my AR 15 or any of my personal defense weapons?

Yes I do.

If you have read this far and still don’t understand why, you probably never will. I would advise against you coming to take them away however.

Mister Mac

January 1943… Freedom Rising Reply

Change… new directions… imperial doctrines… When you have nothing less to lose, giving your life gains new meaning. We are going to be tested soon in ways that a few years ago would have been unimaginable. But consider this… in the 1920′s before the rise of Hitler and the Nazi’s would you have even thought this imaginable? Incremental and fundamental changes to the Germanic race brought them to this place. The intelligentsia and the scholars of the day were as wrapped up in it as the thugs and monsters. The churches knew and did nothing. The entertainment industry worshipped the ground Hitler walked on and helped him in his rise to absolute power. The largest armies of the day were too late in coming. No one had clean hands. Not one of the people left breathing from that time in that place does to this day.

Sometimes the Poles have trouble gaining the correct respect from tyrants though… http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/02/opinion/obamas-misstep-on-poland-and-a-history-lesson.html?_r=0


70  years ago today, a forlorn and belated bid for freedom and human dignity started. On 18 January 1943 German troops entered the Warsaw Ghetto to round-up 8000 Jews for transport. For the first time they met armed resistance. To say they were surprised would be an understatement, in four days they manged to round-up only between 5 and 6000. The difference in the Ghetto was marked, once resistance began, so did unarmed resistance and hiding as well as many refusing to leave even forcing the Germans to kill them in place.

This self-induced to return to human dignity and the right of resistance was the direct precursor and cause of the much more famous uprising (more like urban warfare) that we remember as the Warsaw Uprising in April when the troops again entered the Ghetto to set about its ultimate dissolution.

The following article is an op-ed from the Jerusalem Post.


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A chain is only as strong as its weakest link 7


I am not sure what philosopher first uttered the words in the title of this post

It may have been an old Navy Boson’s Mate Chief trying to square away a young non-rated seaman about ship’s lore. Ultimately, the phrase has been used in more stories and tales about life than most of the alternative phrases combined. Thomas Reid’s Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man, 1786, included this line:

“In every chain of reasoning, the evidence of the last conclusion can be no greater than that of the weakest link of the chain, whatever may be the strength of the rest.”

Nimitz Flyover

When you look at the size of a modern aircraft carrier of the US Fleet, you realize that the chain holding her anchor must have mammoth size chain links. The ship itself weighs more than 100,000 tons and are over 1,090 feet in length making them difficult to dock when away from ports that have the capacity to dock them. Without a reliable anchoring system, these 4.5 billion dollar boats could end up on the front pages of every newspaper in the world in a very bad way.

The Nimitz class ships have two thirty ton anchors that are designed to keep the ship in a fairly stable anchorage. That is 60,000 pounds of metal (each) suspended near the bow of the ship with an anchor chain locker full of potential “weakest links”. I was the officer in charge of the anchor system maintenance and repair on my last ship and I will freely admit I hoped that the company that cast the metal for the links, the men and women who maintained them for the thirty years she sailed, and whatever Angel is in charge of anchors were all having the best of days when they assembled and installed my chains.

The anchor chains on the Nimitz class are pretty remarkable in and of themselves:

The length of each anchor chain: 1,082 feet

The weight of each anchor chain link: 365 pounds

The weight of an entire anchor chain: 308,000 pounds

Obviously, the individual links have to be able to be assembled rather than cast as a single piece. The 1,082 feet is broken up into “shots” of fifteen feet and a number of other links that serve a special purpose. Even the cleverest designers could not design a chain that large without some kind of assembly and that is when you discover that the weakest link could potentially be a lot weaker. The anchor chains are carefully inspected and stored in an anchor chain locker. Only skilled technicians are allowed to repair and replace the links that can be fixed. You should never allow amateurs to touch the components that are so well designed and you would absolutely never allow them to try and change the design based on a wish and hope.


I look at America as the biggest and most powerful ship on earth.

Being an old Navy man, that certainly would be a natural way I would view her. Like all big ship’s we occasionally need to dock and in many cases that means we may have to drop anchor to keep from drifting too far from where we need to be. Yes, we can survive rough storms and the seas can often be stormy and unpredictable. But the world is a better place when it can see us and know that we will protect the weak, ensure freedom and act as a beacon of liberty.

We have an anchor called the Constitution. It is the best anchor any ship could ever hope for. In fact, we only need one to do the job. For almost 225 years, that anchor has stood the test of time because the founders made sure to build enough strength into it for any storm. Like the anchor on a ship though, it relies on the chain holding it fast. While there have been many who have tried to adjust the chain and even break it for their own purposes, none have been successful.

Until now

What made the chain so strong is the standards that were put into it. Words like responsibility and freedom are equally balanced. While we are dependent on each other to hold together in the bonds of freedom, there is also a strong need for independence in the strengths we have that add together to ensure the chain stands unusual strain and unexpected shifts to port and starboard. The ship at anchor will swing back and forth and even drag a bit from time to time, but as long as the system works as designed, it holds.

Now, there are some who have gained the control of the system who would weaken the chain.

Several members of the current supreme court have decided that the founders were not such visionary builders after all. They would have us adopt methods that are more “interpretive” and actually go counter to the original design. They are proud of themselves for their own arrogance that runs counter to the wishes of the American people.

Worse still, the current resident of the White House agrees with them. His interpretation of “justice” and laws is clouded by years of indoctrination and orientation of “alternative visions”. The power of whoever is in the White House to push not only an agenda that is not American but to fill the court in the next term with more people who agree with an anti-exceptionalism point of view is stunning and breathtaking.


September 17 is the 225th anniversary of the Constitution

I hope there will be a large celebration. Decisions that are supposed to be revealed by the current Supreme Court later this month will determine how much of a celebration and who will be celebrating. We do not need revisionists to determine how to weaken either the anchor or its chain. Their skills are focused on division and if you break the chain anywhere along its length, you will lose that anchor forever. I don’t really care if they are acting in supreme ignorance or are doing it with a vision to fundamentally change America forever.

Without that anchor and the chain which binds us to it, change will surely mean a ship adrift at sea. Ships adrift at sea are a hazard to all other ships and one this large would be a pathetic nightmare, tossed from one place to another and finally run aground.

Not if those of us who care can help it. It is time to clean out the anchor chain locker once and for all. Send the amateurs packing before they have a chance to do any permanent damage. Maybe we can reassign them to Mail Buoy Watch permanently.

Mister Mac

Sorry, I just read this and feel it vindicates my position … Plus I just couldn’t resist:

“President Obama is looking to relax after a difficult week by hitting the links.”


On Wisconsin (bring on the fall!) Reply

Just a short message this week to the

Followers of the New Freedom Underground

Deep disappointment for the dirty dogs of war… David Ax-man denied

In the dying days of democracy dozens of devious democrats demanded debilitating deals while denying the details of its descendant direction. Decadency caused by deleterious debutants disguised as “lawyers” who sought to divide the denizens of a once proud land. First they denied the Deity. Then they destroyed decency. Finally they declared dictatorship by unilaterally demanding a strict denial of self-determination.

Let the dirge begin…


Or let the flags of freedom once more fly.

With fealty to no man or party, let us frame our freedom and fan the fires of liberty. Fill your lungs with the first breath of emancipation and liberate those who would have been forced into modern day slavery. Fall approaches… Rise up and be counted.

Freedom first, Freedom last, Freedom always

Denial to the dividers and their debasing decisions and direction

Mister Mac


Tom and Dad

I was about five years old when my Dad and Mom decided to move us to a new house. I remember going to the building site up on Duncan Station Road and seeing a hole in the ground surrounded by big grey blocks. In the bottom of the hole was cement and they put these long steel rods all through the floor and in the blocks that made up what would be our basement. It seemed kind of funny that they would put all those rods in but I do remember Dad talking about how important it was for a good house to have a good foundation.

Climbing through the framework later of what would become our house, I learned a lot of lessons. One of the important ones was not to use a toilet that was not yet hooked up to anything. (Hey, it wasn’t really my fault, up until that point I got yelled at every time I didn’t use one). One of the other things I learned was how important it was to use sturdy materials. The weight of the walls and roof were balanced so that they supported each other. That would be important in years to come because of the storms that would come.

Mom and Dad used a good builder (Harry Gilbert) and the best materials available at the time. This helped the house to become even more reliable. The windows were double glass and the outside doors were thick and sturdy. To add to the strength, many courses of bricks went up on the outside. The inner walls of wood and the floors were made of the strongest pines and even though there was some settling over the years, the house stood the test of time.

There were three bedrooms on the upper floor. Mom and Dad had their own room, my sister had hers, and my three brothers and I shared a room. We had two bunk beds (which were assigned by age and rank) so it wasn’t much of a change when I went from there to boot camp and on to subs. My youngest brother Tom was also acclimated when he joined the Navy and it really paid off when he and I had to hot rack on the 711 boat.


I have to admit that it’s a really good thing that Harry built the second floor well too. As all brothers do, we celebrated being brothers by occasionally pushing each other around up in the room. Unfortunately, it was right above the dining room and from what my parents later told me, the chandelier would sway after a certain amount of time. A stern warning would be followed with silence and denials, but I am sure we did not fool anyone.

When I think about our country, I think about that house. The builders took the time to make sure it had a strong foundation. That foundation was of course the Constitution. They used the best builders available. The early fathers were not perfect nor were they free from defects individually. But as a group, their unique combinations added to the strength that would be tested in many harsh environments.

The “house” was built on solid ground and the ties that bind it together are freedom, liberty, justice and service to each other. The bricks come from many fields but are cemented together with a bond that makes them dependent on each other. If they start to crumble, it will affect the external shell. But if the foundation is strong enough, the house will stand.

Storms from outside have shaken the house. Time and again, the cosmetics have needed to be repaired but through it all the core has stood strong.

Some inside the house have become dissatisfied with her. They long for the house to look like other people’s houses but fail to recognize that such a fundamental change will lead to a weakening of its structure and attack upon its core. Taking a wall out without understanding its purpose to the framework can be disastrous to the stability. Replacing a solid door or window with a flimsy replacement to save costs (and be more fashionable) will let the cold winter wind and snows blow through and damage the internal structure.

Cutting holes in the base to allow people to more freely enter will surely result in a loss of security. While all are invited to eat at the table in their proper order, some will want to stay the night as well and overburden the house’s resources. Those holes can also allow unexpected varmints to freely roam the house.

Some of the current tenants of the house want to do some major remodeling. They have been very clear that their desires are to see fundamental change. Instead of all the house members  having their own chores, the leadership wants to change the work schedule so that anyone who has ever had a grievance with the original owners can now spend all their time propped up in front of the TV while the descendants of the original owners pick up the newly created slack.

The leader encourages all of these divisive actions as a method to maintain control. Keeping people fighting with each other inside of the house will not only make the chandelier swing, but the floors themselves will become weakened. Instead of a calming voice from below telling the “brothers” to knock it off, the leadership encourages them to express their rage. Soon it spills over until every room in the house is filled with conflict. Conflict creates friction. Friction creates heat. Heat creates fire. Fire creates destruction.

Is the foundation strong enough to withstand the fires that are raging and about to grow stronger?

I hope so. I’ve stood fire watch for many years and always saw a glimmer of hope (real hope) at the end of each small flame. The important lesson was to always try and catch the flame while it was still pretty small.

Bob fire fighting

I still stand here with my CO2 extinguisher at the ready.

It just frightens me a little that the guy holding the torch doesn’t seem to know how to use it properly.

Mister Mac

Seems like just yesterday… 3

I'm so angry

Over 106 years ago, a group known as the Wobblies (IWW) was born in June of 1905 to organize all of the workers of the world into One Big Union

The following is the preamble to the constitution for the International Workers of the World:



“The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life.

Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the means of production, abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the Earth.

IWW Is coming    Clenched fist


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We find that the centering of the management of industries into fewer and fewer hands makes the trade unions unable to cope with the ever growing power of the employing class. The trade unions foster a state of affairs which allows one set of workers to be pitted against another set of workers in the same industry, thereby helping defeat one another in wage wars. Moreover, the trade unions aid the employing class to mislead the workers into the belief that the working class have interests in common with their employers.

These conditions can be changed and the interest of the working class upheld only by an organization formed in such a way that all its members in any one industry, or in all industries if necessary, cease work whenever a strike or lockout is on in any department thereof, thus making an injury to one an injury to all.

Instead of the conservative motto, “A fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work,” we must inscribe on our banner the revolutionary watchword, “Abolition of the wage system.”

It is the historic mission of the working class to do away with capitalism

The army of production must be organized, not only for everyday struggle with capitalists, but also to carry on production when capitalism shall have been overthrown. By organizing industrially we are forming the structure of the new society within the shell of the old.”

What will be the form of the Worker’s State? “

“Nobody who employs labor for profit can vote.”


That sentence was contained in the Letter of support and comradeship from the Communist International (Soviet Russia)  in 1920 to the IWW


Like many people, I have been watching the antics of the Occupy whatever people. Many of the old hippies have reappeared in their new garb but the message remains essentially the same. Class Warfare. Without that weapon, most normal people would probably avoid the procession of moon bats, drum beaters, freeloaders, and agitators. What has been disturbing to me is how many agitators are showing up on social media web sites that cater to Veterans and drive a divisive spike into the heart of their main missions.

occupy this

I would find it hard to cheer on the Occupy somebody else’s property group in any case. But seeing them drag the flag, talk about destroying other people’s property, and overthrowing the government to be replaced by some kind of “democracy” more appropriate for the masses just kind of makes me madder than hell. The people who want these things claim to be true Americans yet they fail to remember the basic principles that made America great.

Flags on the ground

The history of the IWW is closely tied to many of the current agitators of today. The community organizers have always had a plan to redistribute the wealth of America more fairly. The people in the Occupy movement are being led by people who are working quietly to help to fulfill the promises of the founders of the IWW. Make no mistake, despite the scrubbed version of who the IWW was a hundred years ago, they were flush with anarchists, anti-Americans, and anti government agitators who would have loved to have seen the same type of revolution as the one that destroyed Russia.

Do not be lured by the simple messages that come from the puppets who occupy other people’s property. The only end game for the agitators is the destructive actions that will fundamentally  change America. Frankly, I have travelled and lived in many other countries over the past forty years. Even with all of its flaws, there is still no Republic on the face of this planet that even comes close in regards to freedom, opportunity, responsibility and a brilliant future if we let it continue to grow.

Power in a civilization will always exist. The real question for ever American is:

Where should that power truly reside?

Mister Mac

1943 Army Poster