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Spartan

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  1. Current production Charters are pretty darn good guns. I have a Bulldog in .44 Special that's a GREAT little gun; good enough my wife stole it to be her backup gun.
  2. The SP101 is a nice little gun; but too small for the bear paws I have hanging off my wrists. The 6-shot GP100 fits my hand better, and I like not having to sacrifice the extra round. I've always been a fan of S&W revolvers, and it saddens me how poor triggers on S&Ws have been lately, while the Ruger - long known for its "lawyer-proof" triggers - would have such a sweet, smooth trigger.
  3. I ran a G23 for several years; though with modern ammo the 9mm doesn't give anything up to the .40 in terms of effectiveness anymore, so I switched to the G19. Funny thing is that I ran a Colt 1911 for years as my EDC and found it quite comfortable for carry; but then I learned early that a good, properly fitted dedicated carry belt and quality holster can make almost any gun feel comfortable. But then I'm 6', 235 lbs with a 32 inch waist, and with an inside-the-waistband holster at my appendix I can hide pretty much anything I want under an untucked T-shirt and no one will ever see it.
  4. Recently I've rediscovered my passion for pursuing mastery of the DA revolver.
  5. Yeah, you tell yourself that if it makes you feel better. Wow... that is such complete bovine excrement... and proves you know nothing of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, Freedom, Liberty... any of it. I might almost say that your refusal to acknowledge fact and reality was genuine diabolical hyperbole; but in the end you're just a sheep incapable of any thought not fed you by your partisan masters.
  6. See, I won't blind myself to the fact that the Chinese had found themselves stymied at every turn in their attempts to force America into line through financial hostility. Instead, they found themselves with their own economy in a tailspin... and conveniently a virus FROM CHINA, ultimately shown to have been manipulated in a CHINESE LAB, suddenly spreads across the world and undermines the economy of China's biggest rival in the world... And in an election year that sees a politician long in the pocket of the Chinese suddenly be installed as President of that rival. And a Speaker of the House with ties to China... and a member of the House of the same political party is caught banging a Chinese spy and nothing comes of it - the State-run media refusing hardly to cover such stories - and you call me "cuckoo" for not smelling a rat. You can call me "cuckoo" all you want; that just shows how blind you are and incapable of recognizing the evil intrinsic to your own actions.
  7. My father was a war hero as well; highly decorated as part of actions in both World War II and Korea. He fought Fascism and Communism and thought them different only in the flags they flew. My grandfather served his community as a law-enforcement officer and was highly decorated in his actions as part of that service as well. They both also understood the importance and the merits of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which they had sworn oaths to uphold and defend; oaths which I took myself when I served in law enforcement. Who your descendants are has zero to do with you and your own actions... and you have openly advocated for the undermining of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights in your own postings. I daresay your ancestor who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence would be horrified by your own stated viewpoints. The Declaration states, in part: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government..." You ask me about the violent overthrow of government... and your ancestor recognized that sometimes it is indeed necessary.
  8. Ah, a most intelligent response. No, I am someone who will not blind myself to inconvenient facts just because they reflect badly on the political party I've chosen to affiliate myself with... unlike yourself.
  9. I believe that We the People are the final check in the system of Checks and Balances. When the government becomes hostile towards the Constitution and its protections of the People's Liberty, and the use of the ballot box ceases to be effective in reining in those abuses, then after all other options at finding a peaceful solution are exhausted the final act may very well be the people rising up against the standing government. At that point, I do not believe the government would be being overthrown so much as being RESTORED to its Constitutional provisions.
  10. Actually, as extreme as I'm sure you find my beliefs regarding, say, the right to bear arms, environmentalism is something I am an advocate for. The environment is what we have to live in, and we are irresponsibly failing to protect it. Pollution is out of control partially because corporations find it cheaper to pollute and pay fines than to change their behaviors. But... while I might cheer efforts to improve the situation and save our planet's fragile ecosystem, I am uncomfortable with the government being the driving force behind it. We all - as individuals - need to take responsibility for ourselves, and nothing - not even government regulation - can improve anything until we do something about ourselves and how we treat the world around us. Again, I believe that a free people have to be responsible for themselves, and it's silly not to utilize safety equipment when it's available. BUT... using that equipment is part of being responsible. The Constitution never gave the government the power to regulate such things and as such it has no business doing so. I believe that kind of thing is something the states should be dealing with, not pawning it off on an ever-more bloated Federal bureaucracy. When the government decided they wanted to be part of banning alcohol, they realized it would take an Amendment to the Constitution to make it happen. So, the people voted and the Amendment enabling Prohibition was ratified. BUT, the end result was catastrophic, so the Constitution was again amended to end Prohibition... but the modern drug war has raged for decades and no one has thought to amend the Constitution to make all those drug laws Constitutional. Why the disconnect? Or is it that getting an Amendment ratified is just too hard... so we'll pretend that requirement doesn't exist?? The Founders didn't believe in Democracy either, which is why our nation was founded as a Republic and pure democracy was blunted throughout the Constitution. Were they "Nazis"? The Soviets slaughtered far more people than the Nazis, and were even more totalitarian in their viewpoints... yet modern leftists condemn the Nazi Swastika while they proudly wear the Hammer and Sickle of the USSR. Which is worse? Calling someone a "Nazi" simply because they don't agree with you doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Yeah, I threw the word "Nazi" in your face for your use of it, but only to make a point.
  11. I believe that Freedom and Liberty require self-responsibility, and all rights likewise require responsible exercise. A sidestep away from what we're talking about; but I believe COVID is a manufactured threat. I believe the virus exists, engineered for a specific purpose, and that it was purposefully released as part of a focused agenda to dismantle protections of people's liberty and to allow more authoritarian entities to pursue dictatorial power. Most of the government mandates and directives regarding COVID have been based in political motivations and not scientific ones, and the health orders so thoroughly ludicrous in their contradictory, arbitrary nature as to be genuinely laughable. I find it shocking, frankly, that so many people are blindly following along based more on partisan political loyalties than on anything else.
  12. Personally, (and this is not targeted at you, but at the idea overall) I believe that the need to pigeonhole people to define them is part of minimizing them. That said, I would define myself as a true liberal. I believe in looking forward while learning the lessons of the past. I believe that ALL Americans - regardless of race, gender, religion, etc. - are deserving of equal protection under the law. I believe that so long as your choices regarding your own life do not prevent others from living their lives as THEY choose then it is no one's business how you live your life but yours. I believe in the Constitution and its protections against overreaching, authoritarian majority rule. I believe the government's primary purpose is to protect liberty - and freedoms - all Americans possess.
  13. There might be truth in that, and for that I give provisional apology. But when people who initiate use of "Nazi" to attempt to close the door to discourse and shout people down then react with outrage when the terms they choose to use are thrown back at them... isn't that hypocrisy too?
  14. As am I... but there are a lot of people attacking the right to free speech and demonizing people for speaking against the dominant narrative. Something else I found easy to condemn Trump for. I feel the government's primary role is to act as a protector of not only the people but their rights and liberties. When the actions of government become harmful to the people's rights, and based upon "science" that is beyond questionable but which is highly conducive to totalitarian actions, then the government's actions are wrong; plain and simple.
  15. Well, I appreciate that. But, at the core of my postings is to condemn Constitutional abuses and the undermining of personal liberty. THAT viewpoint should transcend politics IMHO.
  16. You're so intellectually stunted you can't comprehend how ignorant you are. Trump has nothing whatsoever to do with the the celebration of Constitution Day. You see, I remember when he advised violating the Constitution first... and THEN giving people Due Process. Again, I'd stop throwing around the term "Nazi", you moron. You're just looking in the mirror again.
  17. Your ignorance is profound. I am NOT a Republican and I did NOT support Trump; so right there you clearly don't know what you're talking about. Oh, you mean the right of women that I SUPPORT?? I'm not an anti-abortionist either, moron. Again, I am more of a TRUE liberal than you could ever comprehend being.
  18. We need to remember the importance of the Constitution, and learn about it, so that we may see how the politicians of today are corrupting it and dismantling it... and to recognize it is time to fight back.
  19. No, you don't. You seek to corrupt America and undermine the rights and Liberties of her people; to facilitate authoritarianism and tyranny.
  20. People throw around the term "Nazi" when they don't have an argument to make. Get this straight, asshole: YOU are the totalitarian, and have infinitely more in common with the "good little Nazis" than I ever will. YOU are the fascist. YOU are the racist. And I am far more a true Liberal than you will EVER be.
  21. Happy Constitution Day! On this day in 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution. Perhaps you’ve heard what Benjamin Franklin did immediately afterwards? He’d been spotted by a Philadelphia matron as he emerged from that meeting. She was curious. What had delegates been doing behind closed doors? “Doctor,” she reportedly called out, “what have we got, a Republic or a Monarchy?” Franklin’s response was brief: “A Republic, if you can keep it.” The tale is simple, yet Franklin is often misquoted. Some think Franklin responded: “A democracy, if you can keep it.” Modern Americans easily believe this misquote because the foundations of our Constitution are not taught—and thus are not understood. But Franklin and other Founders knew better. Simple democracies are dangerous. Our second President, John Adams, once observed that “democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” A signatory to the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Rush, stated, “A simple democracy . . . is one of the greatest of evils.” Another signer agreed: “Pure democracy cannot subsist long, nor be carried far into the department of state—it is very subject to caprice and the madness of popular rage.” Think about it. In a simple democracy, 51% can rule the other 49% all the time, without question. (In some cases, a mere plurality might even suffice.) Imagine what a bare or emotional majority can do in the wake of an event such as 9-11. In fear, anger, or outrage, 51% could enact any law, regardless of its effect on the other 49%. Even very sizable minorities can be tyrannized in such a system. Religious freedoms and civil liberties can easily be infringed. If the Founders rejected simple democracy, does that mean they rejected self-governance altogether? Emphatically, no. Remember, the Founders had just fought a bloody Revolution. They’d made many personal sacrifices—and they did it all, at least partly, because they had no representation in Parliament. The principles of self-governance were important to our Founders. They would not abandon them now. What, then, were they to do? How could our Founders create a Constitution that allowed the people to be self-governing, even as they erected hurdles to stop irrational, bare majorities? How could minority political interests, especially the small states, be protected? What constitutional provisions allow majorities to rule, but also require them to consider the needs of the minority? Our Founders solved the problem by creating a Constitution that combines democracy (self-governance) with federalism (states’ rights) and republicanism (deliberation and compromise). This is why we have a Senate (one state, one vote) and a House (one person, one vote). It is why our government is divided into three co-equal branches: executive, legislative and judicial. It is why we have supermajority requirements to do things like amend the Constitution. It is why we have presidential vetoes. And it is why we have an Electoral College. When the checks and balances in our Constitution are respected, they enable us to accomplish the near-impossible: be self-governing, even as we avoid mob rule and majority tyranny. Can we keep our Republic, as Franklin hoped? Perhaps it depends on our ability to educate future generations about the foundations of our Constitution.
  22. Thomas is more than qualified. I don't often agree with him on some of his positions, but just because I don't like how he sometimes rules doesn't mean I don't think he has served this country well or to the best of his ability. The problem is that extremist leftists such as yourself have no imagination or capacity to feel any empathy or compassion for any who dare to disagree with you... and the sometimes overt racist language directed at Thomas because he isn't a blind loyalist to Progressive beliefs is beyond disgusting to me.
  23. You're more of a Nazi than most here. You would strip Americans of their most fundamental rights so you can micromanage their lives for them. Sieg Heil, mein Fuhrer....
  24. Your demonstrable contempt for the Constitution and our rights as Americans makes comments like this from you more than a little laughable.
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