My intentions were to write a blog about events happening in the past couple of months. What I was missing was so called “trigger” to unleash my thoughts.
The moment came in the least expected way. I was driving across wide open western Wyoming where thousands of Antelope roam the high prairie and local sheep herders graze probably just as many heads of woolly, very docile animals.
It is early morning, sun rises over the horizon in the east and to my right I see a lonely horseman on the nearest ridge. I wonder what he’s doing there so I stopped and took out binoculars to check. He is a horse mounted sheep herder looking for lost sheep or two. What I also see is a whole herd of sheep on the other side of the road, behind a barbed wire fence with only about twenty foot gate open to access this pasture. Mind you the pasture is probably few hundred thousand acres in this part of Wyoming. The gate is guarded by couple very intense sheep dogs. At that moment it all came together.
I’ve lived in the United States now for twenty four years and the changes I’ve seen in the last 4-5 are not for the better. The lone sheep herder and his dogs represent our centralized federal government that is constantly trying to increase its power through regulations (EPA), enforcement of taxation (IRS) and their own interpretation of the Constitution (Justice department). These agencies represent the dogs. The President has very good command of these “enforcers” because he is the sheep herder and makes changes as he wishes through the executive orders.
As mentioned above the sheep are very passive, docile and content. The basic necessities are provided so what else is there to worry about. We as a nation have our smart phones, reality shows, celebrity sightings, cheap unhealthy foods and we feel really safe and content inside our “pasture” provided to us by our ever growing federal government. Perfect situation for very few to rule so many. I am not trying to tell anyone to follow the right, left or the middle. What I’m trying to do is open peoples eyes, look past the comfort we have and fight for better future not just for ourselves but preferably for the ones who come after us. Just like our ancestors have done for many generations. Following blindly, depending on government’s favors , not having the desire to partake in decision making and allowing to be ruled by career politicians is not progress. It is modern way of enslaving the masses with promises of better future. The few (ruling class) can never accomplish that. We the people can. It has been tried by Stalin’s Soviet Union, Mao’s China, Castro’s Cuba and many others. Tried and failed over and over again, yet so many in the US say “why don’t we try it here?” I say never! Go out and learn, work hard, lead by example, compete for jobs, speak your mind, exercise all your rights etc. That is PROGRESS. Do not wait for the sheep herder and his dogs to bring us to better pasture. It won’t happen!
I do not like to be all doom and gloom but current sentiment amongst most Americans (not all) is not encouraging. There are some positives examples but only few. The most recent in Nevada. This was exactly what Thomas Jefferson had in mind when he insisted on the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms to be part of the U.S. Constitution. I am not standing up for Nevada rancher Clive Bundy and his questionable tactics to pay or not to pay the fees for grazing rights. Mistakes are made every day. I am standing for people’s right not to have their property confiscated without going through the proper court proceedings. The warrant is needed for law enforcement to search and seize. It’s called the Fourth Amendment. Federal Government can not just send its armed enforcers to confiscate the cattle, land or anything else for that matter. What happened next was one of defining moments in recent history. (This is my opinion only but I believe the event that took place were extremely significant). Many people from all around the country came to the rancher’s defense, armed and more determined then the special units of the Bureau of Land Management. Stand off occurred. Finally the government decided to pull out and let the courts handle this situation. Their reasoning they did not want to escalate the situation and put people in harms way. Excellent because we are a country with rule of law, not bullying.
The question I have is: Would the government pull out if the people or armed militia (thank you T. Jefferson) did not show up? Absolutely not. And you all remember that, because this time it was Clive Bundy, next time it could be any one of us. That is precisely why this story of armed militia standing up to potentially tyrannical government never had any legs in most media, mainstream or any other. Media historically likes to be on the side of the government. As long as they protect the government, the government will protect them while our freedom of speech/expression will get trampled on. This was the best example of The Second Amendment’s usefulness in my lifetime. The terms like armed militia, tyrannical government were just as front and center in late 1780’s as they are now. Thomas Jefferson and other Founding Fathers did not want to guarantee only their rights but rights of all others in the future. We should start thinking the same way.
Speaking of arming ourselves I have been improving my skills with the CZ 97 BD .45 caliber and getting quite excited about it. I have also been shooting lot clays and skeet not only to be ready for next falls bird season but trying the whole line of CZ double shotguns.
Redhead Target is a great way to commit to very affordable yet quality sporting shotgun. I have shot many rounds with my customized Sporter but can get pretty good score with the off the rack Redhead for less than half price.
Ringneck line of shotguns is all encompassing. You can shoot from 410 all the way to 12 gauge. They are beautifully made and in the field they easily transfer you into older days with it’s nostalgic appearance. I personally prefer the 12 gauge with 28 inch barrel. One gun I really look forward of trying out is the new Ringneck Target with the 30 inch barrel and the Tom Mack’s custom chokes the Kicks.
The Canvasback Gold or the Wingshooter is where it’s at for me. These over/under shotguns handle so well,aim and shoot like “butter”(I have yet to know anybody who does not like butter). The Canvasback comes with all the choices for gauge of your desire. The Wingshooter in 12 and 20.
The last but not least is the Upland Ultra light. As the name says it is an Upland gun for the most rigorous type of hunting you can imagine. It has worked for me and I’m planning to carry it again on the ridges around Riggins Idaho this fall.
There many other shotguns offered by CZ-USA. Pumps, semiautomatic but I have not had a chance to try them. The feeling of opening an over/under or a side by side and re loading after good shot, many times good miss too, is hard to beat.