5 Basic Guidelines of Firearm Ownership: From the perspective of several owners with decades of experience

Recent news splashes and legal snafus between gun owners and law enforcement/ anti gunners and politicians have led many gun owners to take stances against those individuals who regularly wander aimlessly about town with a carbine, rifle or even handgun holstered in open sight. The general consensus with many gun owners this author knows is that these people are doing all the wrong things at the wrong time for the wrong reasons, even though they believe quite the opposite.

It is essential to understand that this particular firearms owner is neither a friend of the police, politicians or those who would see our natural rights taken away in the name of false security. In fact in most cases this gun owner (the author) truly detests modern policing as a profession as well as those who support the need for these enforcers of legislation passed at the whim of political rats scuttling about clinging to their bits of power for powers sake. This belief does not, however, cause the author and many of those he knows to act in ways that are sure to eventually cause harm to themselves or those they love. Rather it simply reinforces the need for alternative approaches to the currently accepted stance which includes but is not limited to conflict be it verbal or physical in nature.

And so after long discussions the author and friends have come up with 5 Basic Guidelines of Firearm Ownership (in times like these).

  1. A gun is a tool of self defense, food gathering and freedom maintenance. It is not a tool for political maneuvering and should never be used as such.
  2. Ownership of a firearm comes with a commitment to be responsible and safe, this includes knowing your backdrop, understanding how to use one and never abusing the use of one.
  3. Carrying a firearm in the open has never prevented crime, loss of freedom or the attempt to subjugate by tyrannical powers. Rather it is the threat inherent with a well armed but CIVIL population, who has the will to use and the ability to control their own emotional responses that will continue to prevent the above. Those who choose to use firearms as a means of confronting the badged enforcement of tyrannical powers do not benefit the cause of freedom, rather they tend to only lead to the further tightening of restrictions and natural rights by that same tyranny.
  4. Train in the use of firearms, understand the laws and policies governing those who are used to prevent our ownership of the same and always be prepared to defend yourself, your loved ones and your freedom, doing so with a quiet efficiency and devoid of external emotional outbursts.
  5. There is a difference between owning a firearm and using a firearm. Before one can affect positive change around themselves they have to understand this. In other words, constantly attempting to physically challenge others views only serves to reinforce those same views and harden the resolve against you. Rather show the differences and abilities through the willingness to act and the ability to reserve action until necessary by avoiding confrontation and promoting peaceful resolution that preserve your natural rights.

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About Jesse Mathewson

Jesse Mathewson is the author of the popular blog, jessetalksback.com and provides commentary to many varied places based on a background that includes education in criminal justice, history, religion and even insurgency tactics and tactical training. His current role in his community is as an organizer of sorts and a preacher of community solidarity and agorism. He also runs Liberty Practical Training, a self defense school specializing in the practical applications of defensive approaches versus the theoretical. As an agorist, voluntaryist and atheist his life is seen as crazy and wild by many, though once they get to know him most realize he is a bluntly honest individual who will give you the shirt off his back if he believes it is necessary to help you. Very simple, "That which is voluntary between all individuals involved is always right, if it is not voluntary, it is always wrong."
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8 Responses to 5 Basic Guidelines of Firearm Ownership: From the perspective of several owners with decades of experience

  1. Alfred E. Neuman says:

    Reblogged this on The Lynler Report.


  2. jeffreycanthony says:

    You know… it’s kinda funny, i’ve open carried very rarely.

    And it had nothing at all to do with politics. It had to do with “it was supposed to be 70 degrees today” I was wearing a shoulder holster and a sport coat, and it ended up 95 degrees at 80% humidity. And sadly i should have planned ahead to have a cheap ass $3 hawaiian shirt to cover with, and had to go to one place for 10 minutes before heading home. Wasn’t comfortable with it, but didn’t want to leave in van given area and the like. Might have just shoved in pocket for the situation. Now i make sure to have what I need in the van.

    Other driver, is in PA, if i have my concealed carry revoked, which it was for 3 months after an event, if one cares about legality (balancing needs, safety vs legality given situations) that the only option one has at that point is to open carry.

    Noob mistakes, weird circumstances.

    My problem with open, you are not only making yourself a target politically and creating further strife, I’m curious how many people out there are actually able to react well to a weapon retention struggle. I’m not confident with open carry when someone is basically given the opportunity to observe me ahead of time and figure out the right moment to create a situation where my own firearm can be used against me or others. I’m sure there are many who are amazing at keeping their firearm in these cases, but me, I like avoiding the possibility in the first place.

    The whole “carry a rifle around and get attention” is the total opposite of everything i’ve ever learned about the reasons to carry and own firearms. We are better off IMHO making governmental services obsolete through better possibilities as opposed to starting shit with the group that has the present force monopoly.

    Then again, if it’s so bad you need to carry a rifle around on the streets, there’s ways to do that too. 🙂


  3. Chuck C says:

    Yup plastering on FB


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