Category Archives: National Issues

Setting Up a Home-Defense MSR

The MSR has proven itself exceptional for home defense. Here is how to optimize yours even better.

Setting Up a Home-Defense MSR

At a recent media event, I was made aware of a survey done by the National Shooting Sports Foundation on ammunition purchases. More than 12 percent of the respondents said they had purchased rifle ammunition in the past year for the purpose of self-defense. Not ammunition, rifle ammunition.

The results shouldn’t have surprised me as much as they did. I was reminded that the NSSF did a survey of over 12,000 respondents in 2010, and home defense was the No. 2 reason (behind recreational shooting and before hunting) for owning a “Modern Sporting Rifle,” the NSSF’s term for AR-15-style rifles.

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Iwo Jima: The Men Who Fought & The Guns They Carried

Iwo Jima: The Men Who Fought & The Guns They Carried

Sergeant Rinaldo J. Martini of the C Company, 27th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division takes aim with an M1 rifle while seated on Japanese mortar crates.

This photograph was taken after he earned the Silver Star on the first day of the battle, but before he was subsequently wounded in action and evacuated from the island. Note that he is carrying a shortened M1910 entrenching tool and a Model of 1917 fighting knife.

Iwo Jima paintinguring the battle for Iwo Jima, 22 Marines and four U.S. Navy corpsman were awarded the Medal of Honor. One of them was PFC Donald J. Ruhl, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines, depicted here in a painting by Col. Charles Waterhouse. On Feb. 19, PFC Ruhl single-handedly attacked eight enemies, killing one with his bayonet and another with rifle fire from his M1. He later gave his life, throwing himself on a grenade to save his fellow Marines. This painting is part of a special exhibit of Iwo Jima Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipients at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va., Gift of Col. Charles H. Waterhouse, USMCR (Ret.), Art Collection, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle, Va.

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Willow Creek’s big adventure

This article was written 12 years ago but could have been written yesterday. Little has changed.

April 2008 | by Gary Gilley

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It has been a tough year for the Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago, the flagship congregation of the ‘seeker-sensitive’ movement. Most know that Willow Creek has set the pace for 30 years in its redesign of the local church. More recently Rick Warren, and his Saddleback Community Church, have stolen the spotlight from Willow and, to some degree, eclipsed its influence on new-paradigm churches.

But rest assured, Willow – along with its Willow Creek Association which boasts 12,000 member churches from 90 denominations – is still charting the way for those who look to felt-needs, surveys, the latest innovations and market strategy, instead of Scripture, for their structuring of the local church.1 When Willow speaks, church leaders listen. When Willow wheels out a new product or method, churches around the globe fall in line. Whatever Willow promotes, others emulate.

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On Guns, Joe Biden is Full of It

American Rifleman, Monday, March 16, 2020

On Guns, Joe Biden is Full of ItPresumptive Democratic 2020 Presidential Nominee Joe Biden is not one for clarity, tact, or a firm grasp of the facts. However, even an American public that has long been aware of his shortcomings was taken aback this week when the former vice president launched an unhinged attack on a pro-Second Amendment auto worker. Aside from further exposing a waning control of his faculties, the exchange revealed Biden’s deep antipathy towards the Second Amendment, his profound ignorance on the firearms issue, and his willingness to lie for political advantage.

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Why Religion Is Not Going Away and Science Will Not Destroy It

Social scientists predicted that belief in the supernatural would drift away as modern science advanced. They were wrong.

Aeon, Peter Harrison

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In 1966, just over 50 years ago, the distinguished Canadian-born anthropologist Anthony Wallace confidently predicted the global demise of religion at the hands of an advancing science: ‘belief in supernatural powers is doomed to die out, all over the world, as a result of the increasing adequacy and diffusion of scientific knowledge’. Wallace’s vision was not exceptional. On the contrary, the modern social sciences, which took shape in 19th-century western Europe, took their own recent historical experience of secularisation as a universal model. An assumption lay at the core of the social sciences, either presuming or sometimes predicting that all cultures would eventually converge on something roughly approximating secular, Western, liberal democracy. Then something closer to the opposite happened.

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The Oil That Could


More than 100 years ago, the Imperial German Army was looking for an all-purpose oil with which to outfit its soldiers. The army wanted oil that could maintain the metallic parts on rifles, but could also be used to condition both the wooden stocks on rifles and the leather gear carried by its troops. In addition, this oil had to be safe enough to treat minor wounds, sores and scratches.

Dr. Helmut Klever, a chemistry professor at the Technical University of Karisruhe, believed he could develop a new type of oil that would meet these stringent demands. Klever also happened to be the son of the founder of Klever Company, a producer of oils and grease from coal.

In 1904, Klever introduced Ballistol, which the army tested and adopted in 1905. For the next 40 years, Ballistol was issued to Imperial Army troops as a general, all-purpose oil with a multitude of functions.

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The Man Who Saw the Pandemic Coming

Will the world now wake up to the global threat of zoonotic diseases?

Nautilus, By Kevin Berger March 12, 2020

Dennis Carroll doesn’t mean to sound callous when he says the coronavirus outbreak was predictable. And he doesn’t. He sounds sympathetic to people frightened by the outbreak. He has been an eyewitness to people around the world suffering from similar viruses. Most of all, Carroll sounds authoritative.

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The Armed Citizen

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Armed Citizen Extra

A good Samaritan came to the rescue in Cape Coral, Fla., when a man aggressively followed three woman from a local bar into the streets. The man was acting strange towards the women inside the bar, and when they left the man stalked them. In distress the women yelled for help on the side of the road to a passing truck, which pulled over for them. The driver let the women climb in and the man began to walk up to the truck. When the man approached the truck, the driver warned that he was armed and to stay away. The man then went to his own truck and chased down the truck with the women inside.

The man then passed the truck, moved in front of it, then proceeded to back up and ram the truck repeatedly. The driver of the truck responded to the assault by firing several rounds with a handgun into the man’s tailgate. The driver then held the man at gunpoint until police arrived. Police ruled that the driver was acting in self-defense for himself and the three women the man was stalking. The man was charged with four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for ramming the other truck with his own. (Fox 4 Now, Cape Coral, Fla., 01/24/2020) 

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The Trump Card

by Lenny Leatherman, January 30, 2020

One of President Trump’s goals from the beginning of his Presidential campaign was to “build the wall and make Mexico pay for it”.

I believe he is well on his way to meeting that goal!

By orchestrating the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and by applying unrelenting pressure on the Mexican Government to stop the flow of illegal aliens through Mexico to the US, taxpayers will no longer be burdened with the future cost of supporting the thousands of illegal aliens and their dependents for life thereby saving billions of dollars more than the one-time cost to ‘build the wall’.

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The Armed Citizen


A Chicago man, 30, was leaving a business Dec. 1 at 4:45 p.m. when two men approached, at least one of whom was armed. With his handgun drawn, the one suspect allegedly demanded that the man hand over his property. Instead, the armed citizen, who has a valid concealed-carry license, drew his own handgun and fired at the armed man, who fled on foot with his accomplice. No arrests were made, and the suspects were still at large, according to Chicago Police. (Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago, Ill., 12/2/2019)

Armed Citizen Extra
Despite living on the same street as a police department, a South Carolina man was forced to rely on his Second Amendment right to defend himself one Tuesday night. When two men charged into his house, the homeowner was forced to think quickly. Being armed, he produced his firearm, and used it to fight back against his attackers. One intruder died at the scene, while another was found wounded at a McDonald’s about a mile away. (, Hampton, S.C., 4/25/19)

From the Armed Citizen® Archives
January 1968
Hearing glass shatter in his Tampa, Fla. store, Fernando Carreras picked up a pistol and dashed from his apartment in the rear to investigate. Coming upon a prowler removing glass from the front door, Carreras fired one shot. The man fled but was found dead a few blocks away. (Tampa Tribune)

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