Gay Marriage

Friends and fellow followers of Christ, I feel I must weigh in on the SCOTUS decision regarding gay marriage.

Politically they erred because this truly should have been left to the states. A conservative state should be free to legislate what their citizens decide. The same for a liberal state. The usurping of state’s rights has been the great pitfall of the last century.

One more on the legal side. This application of 50 state precedent is fantastic for concealed carry reciprocity! I can’t wait to hear the hypocrisy when freedom-loving Americans start arguing for their civil right to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights outside the home!

For me, this is not a moral issue. If all you care about is holding up the Bible’s morality applied to unbelievers, you’re a legalistic, moralist, and a Pharisee. That’s not the gospel.

Now my Christian friends may take issue with that. I say, quit applying the law of God to an unsaved nation! Why get your underwear in a bunch over God’s standards applied to people who reject God’s law. They don’t need heterosexual marriage. They need Jesus! They need the gospel preached into their lives. How can we expect righteous behavior from an unsaved people?

S&W M&P Shield 9

Issue de jour…GUNS

As is the case with every mass shooting, our civil right to own firearms and the notion of infringing on those rights is a hot topic right now.

Articles are shared and reshared on social media, as if we’re going to change each other’s worldviews. I do it too. Personally, I just want folks to understand where I stand on the issues, as if that wasn’t clear enough already. :-)

Above all, I want to clarify one single point with the alleged gun control debate. The right to purchase, possess (inside and outside the home), and use firearms is not a privilege. It is a basic human right. The US Constitution recognizes this right, and categorizes it as a civil right. Imagine needing a permit in order to have a cop NOT enter your home without a warrant because he/she wants to see if you’ve got something illegal. The 4th Amendment actually means something, and you have the basic human right, codified as a civil right, to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.

This is the same way all of our civil rights shall be treated. What part of shall not be infringed do so many Americans not understand?

One article I read today attempted to compare the overregulation of florists in Florida to the ease of access to a firearm, by a law abiding citizen. This is a comparison of a right to a choice. It’s a failed comparison!

Then there’s the old argument that the government should respect the rights of hunters as it attempts to infringe on the rights of other law abiding citizens. THE 2ND AMENDMENT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HUNTING OR SPORTING! Read it!

“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.”

As you look at the history of the US, we have survived through several waves of civil rights violations. I trust in our system to repair the damage. Every day I see encouraging news coming from states that are repairing their past infringements.

Clearly I’m passionate about this issue. I’ll leave you with a truth that so many just don’t understand, fueled by their emotions on this issue, instead of sound thinking.

The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.

2015 CHALLENGE, WEEK 25 – MACRO: METAL

Fujifilm XT-1

Fujifilm XT-1, Canon 70-200mm macro @ 70mm, f/4, 1/7, ISO 200, Aperture and Silver Efex Pro 2

I set out to shoot something entirely different for this challenge. But I couldn’t find it. Then it hit me, the distinctive look of an AR-15 bolt carrier group is really cool and unique. So I busted out my 6.8 SPC II BCG, and proceeded to try a macro shot of it with a couple of different approaches.

First I started with my Canon 70-200mm lens, on a converter for the X-Mount. The minimum distance isn’t nearly as close as I’d prefer. So next I did the flip the lens trick, with my Fujifilm 35mm. That got me real close, but I couldn’t get it sharp enough in focus. Last I tried my macro lens mounted to my iPhone. I just couldn’t get it still enough. So I went with the Canon’s result, which is good, and I like. A little creative crop and some of my fave processing in Silver Efex Pro 2, and presto! I did a color one too, but black and white always gets my personal vote.

Enjoy!

Alternate BCG

Dad

Pops ain’t so bad…

Happy Father’s Day Dad!

My dad is a great dad. God saved him when I was 10, and the following year I too was saved. My heart was opened to Jesus, as I saw Him slowly begin to change my dad. He continued to grow and find a healthy balance between being a really great Deputy Sheriff, and attentive father. He would make the greatest effort to attend all my swim meets and my Boy Scout events. He served in my scout troop in a number of different roles, yet wasn’t a helicopter dad, floating around getting into my own growth.

Dad and I on a ride  Dad teaching

His discipline was firm, yet loving. I never felt like he overreached, and was a wonderful teacher of all the things young men need to learn.

He transitioned quite well to being the father of an adult son. I remember coming home one of the first weekends after I’d gone away to college. As I went out to hang with some friends, I checked in with him. He told me something like this, “Trev, you’ve been away at college, doing your own thing. Go out, enjoy your friends. Come home when you’re done.”

The consummate Dodger fan The Legacy

As a father myself, there has been several times where dad waited for a good time, and pulled me aside to offer his take on how I had handled something. Sometimes to encourage. Sometimes to critique. Sometimes to compliment.

And now that he’s retired and they’re lives have changed, he has come to our aid in a wide variety of ways. Yes, much of their help has been both my parents efforts.

Dennis Carpenter continues to be a great father, and I’m blessed that God chose him as my dad.

Copper

 

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9

Stop infringing on my civil rights!

The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun. That truth seems to be lost on so many, and unfortunately it’s lost on too many elected officials, including our destroy-America President, BO.

If the rights of South Carolina citizens had not been infringed upon, by a quasi-ban on carrying a concealed firearm within a church, and one of those partitioners had chosen to exercise that civil right, that racist dirtbag could have been stopped before he murdered those 9 people.

Listen to me. If you read and remember nothing else, remember this…

Criminals to not obey laws. You will NEVER be able to ban and collect every firearm in the US. In nations where firearms are banned completely, there are still firearms! And in those rare occasions where the criminal can’t get one, he gets a knife and uses that. The very definition of a criminal is…

Criminal
noun
1. a person charged with and convicted of crime
2. a person who commits crimes for a living

Seriously, every person who believes that creating more gun laws will somehow stop gun crimes is diluted and ignorant of human behavior. It is only for their own selfish goals and fears that they pursue these laws. And all the while they’re infringing on law abiding citizens’ civil rights.

The right of self protection, including the right to own possess and if necessary use a firearm, of equal capability to the government is a right, a basic human right. The Bill of Rights doesn’t grant us this right, it recognizes it. There is a difference, and it’s important.

Bill of Rights

Your right to speak freely, assemble with your church, to not have your home searched without a warrant, to not be treated differently because of your skin color or family tree, etc, those are all fundamental human rights, that our Constitution RECOGNIZES, not grants. We don’t have those rights because of the Constitution, we have them because they’re given to us by God.

Do you know that the first gun laws were enacted so that southern democrat whites could keep recently freed black slaves from having firearms to defend themselves? Even then, Democrats were out to use civil rights violating and unconstitutional laws to force their control over others.

Do you know that the NRA was started, founded by religious leaders who wanted to protect freed slaves from the Ku Klux Klan?

Here’s two articles that support my last two claims…

This is yet another reason why this next presidential election is so important. There are a great number of federal judges preparing to retire, including the possibility of a few Supremes. We DO NOT need any fool that a liberal who wants to control our lives, and lives under the ignorant notion that infringing on our civil rights is good for America’s citizens. Hilary and her ilk will continue that same path, destroying the U.S.A. one more step at at time.

We need a president who will undo the damage already done by Barack Hussein Obama, the anti-colonial-destroy-Americas-influence-in-the-world stratagem. (Dinesh D’Souza produced a tremendous film revealing Obama’s hatred for America’s past colonialism, and the likelihood that his presidency was designed to undo America’s influence in the world. You should watch it! If you’re local to me, I have it.)

I’ve taken a small rabbit trail. Sorry.

Back to the point. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun. That truth cannot be refuted. Feel free to try, but I will engage you and show you where you are wrong. On this issue, I am unwavering. This most basic human right, the right to defend my individual self and others shall not be infringed. When firearms are outlawed, I will be an outlaw. That’s not a cheesy phrase, it’s a statement I will back up…unto my end.