Happiness is a romantic walk to the Range!
Grab a cup of coffee as this one is a bit long.
Below find something I wrote in about 2013 during my prior career. While the murderous event noted is dated, the material discussed is not.
More and more jurisdictions throughout the Republic are awakening to the fact that the socialists continue to try to overthrow our Nation and way of life. As a result, many are now using the socialists own verbiage against them as to their “Sanctuary” communities.
I don’t mention “sanctuary” in my posting, but my conclusion is similar.
“The entire Nation was shaken by the horrific and tragic shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of them, and to other victims of violent crimes.
As a Sheriff, an elected Constitutional Office Holder, father and a Citizen, I believe we must have a meaningful dialogue on how tragedies like this can be averted and prevented. However, any discussion on these matters must be considered in manners consistent with our Nation’s Rights and values. Many fellow Sheriff’s recognize that it is a lack of respect for the sanctity of human life and human dignity rather than an absence of laws that have caused these violent crimes.
Millions of law-abiding Americans lawfully possess and use firearms daily for recreation and protection. We must not forget those most vulnerable and their ability to protect themselves from the miscreants and those focused on harming us. Furthermore, our discourse should not cast a shadow of doubt on these millions of law-abiding Americans. Firearms are inanimate objects that have no will of their own. However, they can be exploited by malevolent souls as instruments of violence. We must work tirelessly to see that those who show no respect for the sanctity of life are punished to the fullest abilities of the law.
The energy of this debate would be better focused at working to keep firearms out of the hands of those who use them to commit acts of violence against our citizens. It is important that we hold steadfast in the belief that we focus our attentions on not what divides us, but instead on what keeps us together.
As your Sheriff, I respect the power and authority that the people have placed in me through the Constitution of the United States and the State of Indiana. It is clear in both these documents that the People have the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. These rights are not conferred by the documents nor the men signing them, but rather by God, to the People.
As one who holds Constitutional Office, I revere the documents, the processes and those wise men who crafted it. The Office of Boone County Sheriff will obey the Constitutional Laws of this Nation and State of Indiana, protecting the Rights of those Citizens who placed their faith and trust in me as their Sheriff.
God Bless America, the State of Indiana and Boone County.
Sheriff Ken P. Campbell
Boone County, Indiana”
Get involved and stay involved in your local politics. Make your voices heard from the precinct level through Congress. Do not waver.
Now, on to some Gunsite business.
SHOT Show was outstanding. I had about 101,000 steps recorded over the week. Buz, Dave, Susan and I all avoided the dreaded “SHOT Show Crud.” (Thanks to hand sanitizer and medicinal bourbon.) More importantly, we met with many Gunsite family, distributed many Gunsite Raven pins and met with countless vendors.
Information on a new pistol will be forthcoming very soon. We can’t make specific mention of it just yet, but it is something that has been requested for several years. I know I’ll be needing two (2) of them!
We have opened registration for the Jeff and Janelle Cooper Centennial Celebration Pistol Match on May 24. One hundred (100) shooters will compete in a 1911 single stack match (Think a gun Jeff Cooper would put in his holster.), using courses similar to what The Southwest Pistol League used, finalizing in a winner from a J-Ladder. We also will have a best “BBQ Gun and Rig” contest. Former Gunsite Gunsmith Ted Yost is making up a traditional GSP on a Springfield Armory Pistol to be auctioned off. (Donation to the Jeff Cooper Legacy Foundation and thanks to Gunsite Family Member Matt Olivier for his significant on-going support and help.) Don’t wait to enroll. If you need a tune-up, there is an all-steel Pistol Range Day on May 23!
February came in a bit chilly, but the students in 556 and tutorial are going strong. The heat off the barrels seem to keep them warm! The remainder of February include a 250 Pistol, 270 Rifle, Shotgun Range Day, 260 Shotgun and Shotgun ATP and the popular Church Defense.
The mining of the lead from all the ranges continue. Have you submitted your guess to Ken@gunsite.com as to how many pounds we will recover? Winner will receive a prize of some sort. The ranges have not been mined in 8+ years and Shot Quad has never been mined. So, make your best SWAG (Scientific, wild-assed guess.) to Ken@gunsite.com.
The Nashville TN 250 has seats remaining for the first week of March as does the “Seasoned Citizen Course” here at the Gunsite Ranch. Tactical Medicine returns for the weekend in mid-March along with 250 Pistol (A double class!), 350 Intermediate Pistol, Battle Rile and the new Seasoned Citizen 350 Pistol. It just gets busier as the weather gets better.
We also wish to introduce our new staff member in the Pro Shop. Lindy Walters joined Susan and Shari in mid-January. She is a Gunsite family member and active in our Well-Armed Women Chapter. She will be here to help you in Gunsite’s most dangerous place: “The Gunsite Pro Shop!”
We spread quite a bit of information using social media. Please follow or like us on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter. Help share the contact with your friends as well. Sharing the good word is evangelism of life-saving skills.
I’ve probably rambled enough for February, but I made it a bit longer since February is a leap year!
Keep the faith and get yourself involved in protecting the Republic and our way of life.