Friday, July 18, 2014


                                         “The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend”
 
  That saying from the Middle East is the mindset that all gun owners should adopt when it comes to dealing with the never ending assault on our Rights. Our enemies in this fight are the anti-gun politicians and groups. Have no doubt that they are unified in their desire to end civilian ownership of guns. Our goal should be to unify all gun owners and have everyone fighting the fight against those that seek to disarm us. Like I’ve said here before; there are only two reasons why anyone would want to disarm a law abiding citizen: 1) To control them and/or 2) To do them harm. We should take offense at both.

  The problem we have as gun owners is that we separate ourselves too often into smaller groups. Many gun owners don’t realize that an attack on one type of gun is an attack on every kind of gun. We’ve talked before about how the anti’s use the “divide and conquer” approach to picking off different types of guns, or even parts of guns like with the standard capacity magazine bans in some States, one at a time. Each gain they make at encroaching on our Rights is a win for them, no matter how small. As gun owners, far too often we enable the anti’s with their divide and conquer approach when we squabble amongst ourselves or think that we aren’t worried about anti-gun efforts because “they are not talking about the kinds of guns I own”. Sadly, we are very, very wrong if we think they aren’t talking about the types of guns we own when they say “we aren’t trying to take away your hunting guns”. They most definitely are talking about taking away each and every gun you own, one gun at a time. After they get rid of the so-called “assault rifles” they will target, so to speak, all semi-automatic rifles and shotguns. Next will be your scoped Remington Model 700 by calling it “the same sniper rifle used by military snipers”. Think back to the times President Obama has said “Weapons of war don’t belong on our streets” and you can see how that will all tie in.
 
  Think right now about who the anti-gun politicians and anti-gun groups scream the loudest about. What organization do they hate the most? Our enemies will tell us who they fear the most. That is who they will attack and demonize and that is who we should throw our full support behind. The problem is that is often where we squabble amongst ourselves. This is where we need to remember the saying “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”. If the National Rifle Association is the organization that popped into your head to the question of which organization our enemies fear the most, you are correct. Is the NRA perfect? No. Can we change the NRA without being voting members? No. Do you ever wonder why the NRA isn’t challenging a certain gun case in the courts, when it is clearly an un-Constitutional gun law? I know I often question why the NRA isn’t as aggressive at going after un-Constitutional gun laws as I would like. Part of the problem is that there are somewhere between 90-93 million gun owners (and growing by the day), but only about 5 million gun owners belong to the NRA. Multiply 90 million times the $25 yearly membership dues and you can see the overwhelming monetary clout that we could bring to bear against those that wish to take away our Right to keep and bear arms. The time to take a stand is not when they come after our guns, but before they even try to pass un-Constitutional anti-gun laws. It’s before we elect them to public office without knowing where they stand. If you are not a member, please join today. If you are a member, give a gift membership to a friend or family member for their birthday present. If each NRA member gave one NRA membership gift, we could double our numbers over night.  Hit the link below and Jim Scoutten will pay $10 towards your membership or your gift membership. Get in on the fight to defend our Rights and help grow the NRA numbers. Work to change the things we don’t like about the NRA from within as voting members. An attack on one gun is an attack on all guns.

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

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Monday, June 30, 2014


                                                              
                                                                     I Don’t Really Care

  When it comes to guns and shooting, it really doesn’t matter to me which shooting sport someone loves the most or which gun or type of gun anyone prefers. I don’t really care if you love your Glock and hate 1911’s or you love 1911’s and hate Glock. It doesn’t matter to me if you are a shotgun aficionado and only shoot trap or skeet and you wouldn’t consider owning an AR or AK. It doesn’t matter to me if someone only likes handgun shooting or their tastes lead them to prefer precision shooting disciplines.  It doesn’t matter if you only own guns for hunting or whether you are a muzzle loader enthusiast, a Class III owner or a 3 gun competitor; it’s really irrelevant to the main discussion of our Second Amendment Rights. My only concerns are that you own guns and shoot, bring others to our cause and that we all stick together.

  We’ve talked before on this blog about the “divide and conquer” approach that anti-gun groups and politicians use. They will try to separate gun owners into smaller, niche groups and attempt to divide the individual groups from each other; thereby making it easier to make gains against the Second Amendment one group at a time. When a group or politician declares “we aren’t trying to take away your hunting guns” you should know two things: 1) They know full and well that the Second Amendment isn’t about hunting and 2) Their statement should read “We aren’t trying to take away your hunting guns…..yet”.  They are simply dividing hunters from 3 gunners or folks that own and use the AR or other military themed small arms. They’ll say things like “Who needs a 30 round magazine (or more likely they’ll call it a 30 caliber shell high capacity clip for a Ghost gun shooting 30 shells per second) for hunting”, again denying the point, deliberately so, that the Second Amendment isn’t about hunting. The divide and conquer approach worked horribly well in Great Britain because the gun owners there allowed themselves to be divided. Shotgun owners didn’t care at all that they were going after pistols, because that wasn’t their preferred gun or type of shooting. Right down the line the anti’s went, going after the next group in line until they had effectively neutered the gun owners in Great Britain as a whole……..piece by piece, gun by gun, group by group.

  The truth be told, anti-gun groups and politicians are so woefully ignorant of guns that there really is no distinction to them between an AR 15 and your Grandfather’s old pump shotgun. They want both eradicated from civilian ownership. They want all guns out of civilian hands. When we think about the thousands and thousands of times each month that guns in the hands of good people have stopped a criminal from assaulting them or others, halted crimes of all sorts and saved the lives of innocent people and we realize which side of each event that the anti’s are on, we can begin to understand how evil their end state really is.

  I don’t really don’t care which gun or type of shooting discipline anyone prefers; I only care that good people own guns, know how to use them and shoot them and that we all stick together. Have no doubt that the anti-gun groups and politicians really don’t care what kind of gun you own or what type of shooting discipline you prefer either. They only want to get guns out of the hands of civilian ownership and they will divide us to conquer us. An assault on one type of gun is an assault on every gun. To quote one of our brilliant Founding Fathers {and thank God for our brilliant Founding Fathers}:
"We must all hang together, Gentlemen, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately."
Ben Franklin
 
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014


                                    Table Legs and the Responsibility of Defense
 

  Most of us probably know friends or family members that are not on board with the Second Amendment.  The odd thing is that most of those people will still believe that they have a right to defend themselves and their family, but will discount the very instrument that gives them the greatest ability to defend their life, the lives of their family and their property. It reminds me a story that one of my friends relayed to me about a husband and wife that live in the D.C. area. They were totally against guns and the individual Right to keep and bear arms. He would talk with them about self defense and guns in a way to draw out their thoughts and make them think. It turns out they believed in their right to defend themselves, each other and their home. Their tool of choice was……a table leg. To be kind, these folks weren’t exactly following the Charles Atlas fitness routine and they weren’t training with their self defense weapon of choice in order to wield it effectively. The bludgeoning they would take with their own table leg if they were ever confronted with a physically superior attacker and managed a weak “swing and a miss” would  make for a very gruesome crime scene. The only tool that would put them on equal footing would be the very tool that they were so strongly against: a gun.

  We have a God given right to self defense. We also have the responsibility of self defense, especially when others depend on us to defend them. Having a family but lacking the very tools needed to protect them in these dangerous times we live in is irresponsible. To be cavalier about our own health and our own right to self defense is one thing when one lives alone with no one else depending on them. When others depend on us, it is quite another. Depending on 911 getting the police to you in time to save you from an attacker is a gamble of the worst sort. The Police carry guns for their protection, not ours. There’s a reason they carry crime tape and the chalk to outline where the body was last positioned. As the saying goes “when seconds count, the Police are only minutes away.”

  With the couple mentioned in the first paragraph; their thinking towards guns, as is the case with most people that are against guns, is mostly based on fear and ignorance. They are ignorant in the use of guns and can’t imagine anyone outside of law enforcement and the military being capable or trained enough to use firearms. Both fear and ignorance can be overcome, if done correctly, by those of us that believe in the Second Amendment. If done incorrectly; we could further solidify their anti gun stance and views. Invite someone like the couple above to go shooting when you can. Start them off slow and easy. Work on getting rid of their unhealthy fear first. Teach them to have respect for guns, but not fear them. I’ve seen people handle a gun for the first time literally trembling with fear that it was going to go off and blow up in their hands, even when the gun was made clear and shown to them that it was unloaded. Once you’ve gotten them past the majority of their irrational fear about guns, ease them into learning about guns to begin the process of removing their ignorance. There is an awful lot to learn {and the learning never stops} and we don’t want to overwhelm them at first. Take care of them while they are with you and never play the recoil game with them by getting them to shoot something that is well beyond their entry level skill set or physical abilities {the most severe recoil I ever felt was when I was about 5 years old shooting 12 gauge 00 Buck magnum loads. To this day, nearly 48 years later, I have to consciously fight to overcome the flinch every time I go to the range to shoot}. Bring them into gun safety and the shooting sports responsibly and we can win over folks that are anti gun. Their fear and ignorance can be overcome and it is our responsibility as gun owners to bring as many new folks to our side as possible. And besides, everyone smiles at the range. It’ll be a great time and they will enjoy themselves.
 

   There is a growing movement by the anti’s to portray gun owners as a fringe, kook element of society instead of the main stream citizens we actually are. They will highlight a single irresponsible act by a gun owner or criminal using a gun while ignoring the thousands of times each day that a gun is brought to bear in defending one’s life, family, innocent bystanders and property. We must do our part to counter their efforts. We must welcome new folks to our side and bring them in the right way. It is our responsibility. Thank you to everyone out there providing the proper training and doing all they can to responsibly bring new folks to our cause.
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Thursday, June 12, 2014


                                                   Playing Hooky and Living Well

  Talking with my boss today at work, we shared a few stories about being kids and playing hooky and what we did on those “unauthorized, unaccompanied field trips”. That has me remembering all the things I did and the peace that I felt when I was out of school and away from home. It has me rather thankful that I grew up then instead of these days where the school contacts the parents by email/text/Facebook or phone calls immediately if you even show up late. I would have probably died an early death if the schools had that kind of electronic surveillance and instant contact with parents back in the 60’s and ‘70’s.

  I got a very early start with playing hooky. I was born in Northeast Arkansas outside of the town of Blytheville and lived there on the family farm for a few years before moving just down the road to West Memphis, Arkansas. When I started school there at Maddux Elementary, my Grandfather would often drive down and take me out of school to go with him to the cattle auctions in Memphis. Back then, he could just walk into the school and tell them who he was and that he needed to sign me out. After a while, I think they’d see him driving up in his truck and have me in the office waiting on him when he walked in the door. Those days were the best days ever. It was just me and him and the amazingly fast talking auctioneer. I was usually the only kid there and that made me feel even more special. My Grandfather would spend the auction schooling me on the cattle that were going through while the fast talker was rattling off numbers and the bidding was going on all around us. In all the times at the auction there in Memphis, I don’t recall him ever buying a cow or even bidding on one. It was more for entertainment and something we did together.  Cattle were something that he understood completely and he wanted to share that knowledge with me. I’m thankful to this day for every minute of those hooky days with him.

  Moving to Northeast Tennessee some years later took me away from the cattle auctions and those days I shared with my Grandfather there. By then I knew that I cherished the knowledge gained outside of school more than I valued the knowledge my teachers tried their best to impart on me. I do apologize to them that my thoughts and desires were a long way away from the classroom. It’s just that they were up against all those wonderful things that were outside while we were stuck there inside. I’m afraid that most of them sounded like Charlie Brown’s teacher to my ears and my distracted mind; muffled and barely audible until I’d be snapped back to reality when a question they would ask me finally penetrated my thoughts. These days they’d probably put me on medication, but I was just a boy; nothing more and nothing less.

  Once I reached driving age and had an old 1968 F 100 Ford pickup {named Duke}, I was able to feel the freedom and peace that I felt from the cattle auction hooky days. I played old fashioned hooky like in the “Our Gang” TV show. I’d go fishing, hiking, hunting or just somewhere to sit out in the woods or by a river to listen and learn and think. My high school; Dobyns-Bennett High School in beautiful Northeast Tennessee, had these huge windows that faced the mountains. It really wasn’t my fault that I played hooky so much. They’d have had better attendance out if me if it hadn’t been for those huge windows.  Quite a few days while at school, after passing those huge windows on the way to my next cell…..uh, I mean classroom, I’d write a note saying that I had a Doctor’s appointment so I could slip out early when the mountains seemed to call me extra loudly. It really wasn’t my fault. Really.
 

  There were days that my best friend J.P. and I would go hunting before school and then drive to school, park in the parking lot with our shotguns or rifles in the gun rack in my truck and we’d be off to hunt after school. Put that in terms of the way things are these days and they’d be calling out the SWAT teams and every news channel at the local and National level would be circling overhead in helicopters while they put the entire city on lockdown. We have certainly lost a great deal, haven’t we? On more than one Monday, J.P. and I would be running late going to school after a weekend of fishing and then remember that all of our fishing gear was still in the back of the truck. It was much easier to get an excuse for missing a day the next day than it was for coming in late, so we’d just go fishing. See, it really wasn’t my fault…..it’s like they encouraged me to take the whole day for fishing. I have two grandsons now and I really need to take them to a cattle auction. I’d hate to have all this Hooky knowledge and not pass that down to them. There’s just so much to learn outside of school.
 
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014


                                                   Crime, Politics and Gun Control
 

  We have all seen the above poster or heard those sentiments at our favorite gun store, range or in passing at a gun show. We’ve probably all shared those words with those that agree with us and hopefully with those that disagree with us. We all know that gun laws are only followed by the law abiding gun owner and that they do nothing to hinder criminals from going about their criminal ways. Why then, would politicians and anti-gun groups work so hard to take guns away from law abiding citizens and seek to limit the Right to “Keep and Bear Arms”? The answer is in who they actually fear and who they don’t fear.

  Somehow, politicians in America have been allowed to set themselves up as the ruling class. They pass laws that apply to us, but not to them. They exempt themselves and their families from the laws that they pass down for the rest of us to follow. They enrich themselves while in office and use tax dollars to buy votes; almost guaranteeing themselves re-election, further enrichment and growing power. There are very few in office these days that understand the difference between serving themselves and selfless service. They live protected lives, vote themselves raises, plush retirements and benefits of office that we can only dream of and have somehow flipped the script to where “We the People” serve them instead of them serving “We the People.”

  Politicians, especially at the National level, have no fear of criminals. They will talk tough about crime during their re-election speeches so that the citizens will have hope that their fears are shared. They are not. The “ruling class” live protected lives and will only venture to high crime areas for well scripted (and Police protected) photo-ops. Crime, in fact, helps the politicians in doing the one thing that governments always do: grow bigger. “High crime? Why we need more government. We need more Police….we need more taxes…..we need more control of your lives, and of course…..we need more gun control.”

  Criminals are not politically active. Criminals won’t write their Senators and Congressman to address issues. Criminals don’t demand anything of their government. Criminals don’t march on the Capitol to protest or to have their voices heard. Criminals will have no impact on elected officials in any official capacity. Politicians can pass whatever laws, taxes or regulations they want and the criminals will pay them no mind.

  Conversely, politicians fear an armed populace. They can’t force their will on an armed people. As the saying goes “An armed man is a citizen; an un-armed man is a subject”. The “ruling class” seeks to make subjects of us. They seek to subject us to their will, while of course, exempting themselves from the onerous laws, taxes (through loopholes and carefully crafted “exemptions”) and regulations. An armed populace, especially those that believe in the Constitution and the principles of our brilliant Founding Fathers, have the ability to take back our government and return it to the people, if need be. Law abiding citizens vote and often vote early. They write letters and call their elected officials. They march on the Capitol when their voices are not being heard and as long as they maintain their Right to keep and bear arms, they maintain the ability to “speak louder” in case the “ruling class” turns a deaf ear to the citizens of this Country.

  Take it seriously anytime a politician mentions any form of gun control; even when they try to soften the wording by saying things like “sensible gun control”. There is nothing sensible about infringing on our God given Rights. I view the actions of gun control politicians and anti-gun groups as treasonous. I view any mention of curtailing my Rights as a violation of their oath of office. The Founding Fathers knew that the best, most effective way to prevent tyranny in government was the Second Amendment; with the people maintaining the Right to keep and bear arms.

  Criminals and politicians both support gun control for the exact same reason: It makes it easier for them to go about doing what they want to do to us.
"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
Thomas Jefferson 
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Friday, April 18, 2014


                   First the Second, Then the First and Fourth and….
 

  Those of us on the pro-gun/pro Constitution side have always warned that without the Second Amendment, the entire U.S. Constitution would be worth little more than the paper it was written on. The Second Amendment is what gives the people {read We The People} the ability to protect the Constitution and our Nation from “all enemies, both foreign and domestic”.

  While our government and anti-gun politicians/groups have gone after our Second Amendment Rights in an increasingly fanatical way over the past 25 years, the sad truth is that they are not waiting until they achieve their goal of total civilian disarmament before going after other parts of the Constitution. The Fourth Amendment is clearly being violated with the warrantless NSA domestic spying of U.S. citizen's phone, text and email records; regardless of what the political, agenda-driven rulings by Judges in Federal courts have decreed.

  We have also seen violations of the First Amendment to the Constitution by our government in recent years. The IRS scandal where conservative groups/individuals were targeted, harassed, investigated/audited and had their non-profit status delayed or denied was purely an attempt to silence those groups and individuals. In recent years, going back to 2005, we have seen the establishment of “First Amendment Areas”. These “First Amendment Areas” have been upheld in Federal courts as Constitutional. How can that be? The most recent example of “First Amendment Areas” was in the recent Bureau of Land Management standoff with rancher Clive Bundy in Nevada. The BLM fenced off an area and put up a “First Amendment Area” sign and designated that area as the place where people could go to protest and speak their minds on the issue. How bizarre, how contrary to our brilliant Founding Fathers intent is that? How unconstitutional is that? What is next? Could the government at the local, State or National level declare certain areas as “worship-free zones” and require Churches to move out of those areas and move to “worship approved zones”? The attempts by the Bureau of Land Management to silence speech and to move any dissenting views away from the actual site failed miserably because of one reason……the Second Amendment. The protestors in Nevada were armed and in numbers that made the BLM stand down. Imagine what would have happened to those protestors without the Second Amendment. Their free speech would have been silenced by a government entity, which was armed beyond its actual needs. No doubt they would have been unlawfully searched, arrested and removed from the scene. Without the Second Amendment, they would have had no voice and no recourse. With the Second Amendment, they had their voices heard. They had recourse to the actions of a government entity that seemed to be acting in a manner counter to the Constitution. Without the Second Amendment, the government would have been free to do as it pleased. These protestors, utilizing their First and Second Amendment Rights in trying to give voice to what they saw as a Fourth Amendment violation taking place were called “domestic terrorists” by the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Instead of working to find an appropriate way to settle things between the Federal Government and a citizen of his State, he chose to attack the protestors who were seeking to give voice to the situation. Surely, the Senate Majority Leader wouldn’t have ulterior motives or a vested interest in the government getting its way, could he? Regardless of where you stand politically and regardless of the party that is currently in power, was in power or will be in power, it should chill every American to the bone the way the government is using..... I mean abusing, its power against the Constitution and the people. It is not just the Second Amendment that anti-gun {read anti-Constitution} politicians and groups are after though. Disarming Civilians is not their end-state.  It is the step they need to take to enable them to reach their end-state unopposed though. As mentioned in the second paragraph, they are not waiting for the Second Amendment to be abolished before going after other parts of the Constitution and we must fight them at every encroachment of every part of the Constitution.  The political rulings {not the Constitutional based interpretations they are tasked with} handed down by activist Judges proves that the final word on Constitutionality cannot be entrusted to the courts alone. The final word on Constitutionality must rest with “WE the People”.

First Amendment:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Second Amendment:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Fourth Amendment:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Thank God for our brilliant Founding Fathers!

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Saturday, April 5, 2014


                                                   
     
                                                              Silence! I Keel You!”

  That funny line, from the character puppet Achmed the Dead Terrorist of ventriloquist Jeff Dunham’s routine, that serves as the title for this MOG Blog posting, is sadly the state of American discourse these days. Those with an agenda, driven by a radical ideology, seek to destroy any debate…any differing opinion…any discussion that is counter to their agenda. Personal attacks, shameless name calling, accusations of every sort will be hurled in anyone’s direction, even at those on the same political side of the fence, that dare have an opinion that is not in lock step with the vocal radical minority whose agenda is being countered.

  As the saying goes “Politics and religion are things that should not be discussed in public”. I’ll stick to that here, with the exception of how politics treads on the Second Amendment. Law abiding gun owners, unlike professional agitators, are busy with their lives being productive parts of society. They are busy with work and families, paying their taxes and contributing to the things that make our Nation great. They don’t have time to camp out in major cities for months on end like the professional agitators do. Those professional agitators, being as destructive and filthy as they are, garner a great deal of attention from the “mainstream media”. Much more attention than they deserve. What that coverage does is slant the news, giving a great deal of voice to a radical minority of rabble rousers that is totally out of proportion with the vast silent majority across this Nation. Why are they the “silent” majority? For the very reasons I listed above…they have lives to lead, families to raise, responsibilities beyond themselves and jobs. The vocal, radical minority seeks to silence all opposition in pursuit of their end state. As it relates to the Second Amendment, they seek to shut down the speech of those on our side. They target businesses and groups that are pro-gun. They try to force Facebook to delete pro-gun pages and they try to shout down any debate. With their anti-gun politicians in the lead, they seek to demonize the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America. Gun owners often help in those efforts when we let them divide us into smaller groups; hunters versus target shooters, handgun enthusiasts versus rifle shooters, shotgun enthusiasts versus tactical gun fans. Make no mistake that the banning of all guns in civilian hands is their end state. Your gun and your favorite form of the shooting sports may not be their first form of guns and shooting they go after, but yours are on the list.

  There are several anti-gun {read anti-Constitution} States out there. They are well known by those of us on our side of the Second Amendment. Elections have consequences and we as Second Amendment supporters had better realize that. We deserve the government that we elect, especially if we don’t vote. I wonder how many gun owners…those that are proud Second Amendment and Constitution supporters in those anti-gun States voted for the very people that are undermining their Right to Keep and Bear Arms? How many gun owners voted for the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy or the Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper who are now suddenly are up in arms, so to speak, over the actions of these anti-gun politicians? Silence will kill us. So will ignorance. The time to get active is not after an anti-gun politician takes action against the Second Amendment, but before we elect them in the first place. We have to pay attention in the run-up to elections. We have to listen to what they are saying…or not saying, while they are running for elected office. The upcoming elections at the local, State and National levels this year and in 2016 are extremely important elections in regards to the Second Amendment. We must not be silent. We must not be ignorant. We have to know who and what we are voting for. I am not a single issue voter, but one of the issues that I vow to support and defend and be active on is the Second Amendment and our Constitution as a whole. Without the Second Amendment, freedom itself is at stake. Think that’s a bit of a stretch? Just look at the photo below of Venezuelan protestors fighting the tyranny of their government with bottle rockets. Look at what the protestors in the Ukraine had to fight with as they sought the overthrow of a government that no longer had their support, and was in fact acting to destroy their Nation as they knew it and desired it to be. After that overthrow, which was possible only because the Ukrainian military refused to act against the protestors, one of the first things the protestors sought was their own Second Amendment to their Constitution. “Silence! I Keel You!”? Yes, silence….and ignorance will kill us.
 

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