Here’s a photo of Sen. Curt McKenzie playing chess on his smartphone during consideration of his guns on campus bill, SB 1254

“Sen. Curt McKenzie, who wants to let young people with a total of 8 hours of training carry concealed weapons on Idaho campuses–despite the objections of law enforcement, college presidents, faculty, and students–is apparently so uninterested in anyone’s opinion about his bill that he played chess on his phone during public testimony. Really?” – from a friend’s Facebook page.



The Gun Guide for People Who Know Nothing About Firearms


The Gun Guide for People Who Know Nothing About Firearms:

The problem with talking about firearms is that people tend to be either gun nuts or they’re totally ignorant and/or scared to death of firearms. If you’re a novice and try to find answers online you’re soon flooded with divergent opinions, conflicting advice, and sometimes ridicule for asking such “stupid” questions.

Finding answers in person, in a gun store, surrounded by firearm devotees, is even more intimidating! Who, in their right mind wants to embarrass themselves in a room full of complete strangers!

The print version of this book is titled The Gun Guide for Those Who Know Nothing About Firearms. It’s also available at Amazon Books.

This book takes those who are new to the world of firearms and explains the basics of how firearms work, the strengths and weaknesses of every major type of firearm you’re likely to encounter, and in the final section, shows you how to evaluate firearm and ammunition choices. When you’re finished reading this book you’ll be equipped to make an informed purchase that takes into account your budget and your needs.

Amazon review:

I’m just starting to get into guns and shooting and this book gave me enough information that I finally feel ready to enter a gunstore for the first time. This book will do nothing for anybody who is already into guns and shootings, but as the title suggests this book is for the complete newbie. Book covered a lot of the basics on how guns work (what “action” means, etc.), as well as a good starting point on what all the different rounds of ammunition are. A great book for the total beginner. And like I said, it gave me enough knowledge that when I go into a gun store, I won’t be totally confused by all the terms.

Steven Gregersen lives with his wife on a 20 acre (almost!) self-sufficient, off-grid homestead in the mountains of northwestern Montana. His early years were spent in Kansas where he worked summers on his grandparent’s farm. He enrolled in the auto-mechanic’s course at the local vocational school while still attending High School. Upon graduating he served three years in the USMC. After that he pursued a career as an auto mechanic, eventually owning his own auto repair business.
Steven has been a life-long student. He grew up hunting and fishing and, as an adult, added trapping, ammunition reloading, gardening, animal husbandry, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, photography and other skills. He earned his college degree in his late 30s and served as a pastor and Christian camp director. His primary source of income at this time is writing. He’s had articles published in Fur-Fish-Game magazine, Traditional Bowhunter magazine, Primitive Archer magazine, Backwoodsman magazine, Back Home magazine, Backwoods Home magazine, and several others. He currently has two books in print and is working on a third.

His writing is not based on research but on his experiences in life. He’s a “hands on” type of guy. When there’s a new skill to be learned he’s never content to just read or watch a Youtube video. He has to do it himself. When he writes of homesteading, shooting, reloading, hunting or any other topic you can bet that he’s done it himself and is sharing that experience with you.

Do Obama’s laws merely take guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens?

  1. Disgusted Reader says:

    How many guns are registered in America?

    That’s a seemingly obvious question without a straightforward answer. There’s no universal gun registry, and thus not a simple way to pin down the exact number of firearms in the U.S. … There are estimates, however. According to the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey – the leading source of international public information about firearms – the U.S. has the best-armed civilian population in the world, with an estimated 270 million total guns. That’s an average of 89 firearms for every 100 residents — far ahead of Yemen, which comes in second with about 55 firearms for every 100 people, or Switzerland, which is third with 46 guns for every 100 people.

    There are certain types of firearms that do require registration in the United States: those subject to the National Firearms Act, including machine guns, shotguns and rifles with barrels shorter than 18 inches, and silencers. … According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which handles that registration, there were more than 3.1 million National Firearms Act-registered weapons in the U.S. as of March 2012. That includes more than 488,000 machine guns and more than 2 million “destructive devices” such as grenades, which are also classified under the law. … Obama is pushing laws that will only affect law abiding citizens, not perps. What wrong with that? Everything. Fix the problems, don’t make new ones. … Guns were barred in the New Town school, that didn’t stop Adam Lanza. … When the laws fixes something, I’m all ears. These things just make things worse.

  2. Ranger says:

    In what way shape or form do laws make things worse. DUI laws make drunk driving go up? Domestic violence laws make domestic violence go up? Car vehicle insurance laws make car wrecks go up? No it is a simple matter of social responsibility. For your information as well the Homestead Act was repealed in 1970. Law abiding citizens????? Now that is a good one—Read on the Boston investigation that these terrorists groups are looking for people with a clean record to help perpetrate the crimes. A clean record often means little more than comfortable affluence. Records can be expunged, vacated, or dismissed across the board. Really quite useless. They are like credit scores. If you got the money and the time a clean slate is there for the asking. … Got a good lawyer? The danger with high powered guns is they will fall into the wrong hands. A great misnomer of the gun advocates is that they actually believe there is such a thing as a criminal class. That is the joke. “We are the great American law -abiding American heroes,’ and everyone else including the kid caught shoplifting candy is a criminal, or the boys caught with beer and on and on.

    In reality there is no such thing as the criminal class. It is a fiction. There are people who make mistakes. There are people who need to learn how to make a living. Society creates its own ills. When you have a materialistic mania that goes on in America with people on their heels ready to shoot each other over pennies then you have a sick society. America is a sick society bent on moral militaristic destruction, and you MR DR encompass the problem. You represent an intolerant class based on priveledge. I know you have your sob story about living on garden vegtables and on and on. But across the board yours is a story of priveledge. You gre up in acohesive society and a mono culture. You have no basis for evaluation other than your refractory limited experience. Unfortunately there are many like you. But you view the world slanted. Why would 33,000 gun deaths per year be something to be proud of? It shows the consciousness of an irresponsible nation. … It also shows a nation of affluent discrimination.

    The irony of course is that your little group of bloggers is not a majority. Yours is a braggocio that you expect everyone to react to. … So you can take pot shots. Too bad too bad.

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Guns, Germs, and Steel is a brilliant work answering the question of why the peoples of certain continents succeeded in invading other continents and conquering or displacing their peoples. This edition includes a new chapter on Japan and all-new illustrations drawn from the television series. Until around 11,000 BC, all peoples were still Stone Age hunter/gatherers. At that point, a great divide occurred in the rates that human societies evolved. In Eurasia, parts of the Americas, and Africa, farming became the prevailing mode of existence when indigenous wild plants and animals were domesticated by prehistoric planters and herders. As Jared Diamond vividly reveals, the very people who gained a head start in producing food would collide with preliterate cultures, shaping the modern world through conquest, displacement, and genocide.The paths that lead from scattered centers of food to broad bands of settlement had a great deal to do with climate and geography. But how did differences in societies arise? Why weren’t native Australians, Americans, or Africans the ones to colonize Europe? Diamond dismantles pernicious racial theories tracing societal differences to biological differences. He assembles convincing evidence linking germs to domestication of animals, germs that Eurasians then spread in epidemic proportions in their voyages of discovery. In its sweep, Guns, Germs and Steel encompasses the rise of agriculture, technology, writing, government, and religion, providing a unifying theory of human history as intriguing as the histories of dinosaurs and glaciers.

Bullet grazes the cheek of 10-month-old Middleton baby

by Andrea Lutz and KTVB.COM

MIDDLETON – The Canyon County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the accidental shooting of a 10-month-old baby by a three-year-old toddler.

Sheriff Kieran Donahue said the shooting happened around 4:15 p.m Monday at a home on the 25000 block of Middleton Road.

Authorities say the 10-month-old was accidentally shot by the 3-year-old sibling when the children’s mother left them alone in a car with a loaded pistol.

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