EDITOR'S NOTE: I produced this episode, and the last one, with a Samsung Galaxy 7-inch tablet and Youtube's video editor. And I did it like a BOSS! "Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome" Baby! If I have to, I'll WALK to Lansing with a sandwich board around my neck. If they want to stop me, they're gonna have to shoot me.
Alpena Mi - I got up at 0700 after only an hour of fitful sleep and traveled 120 miles to the only open spot in a concealed weapon licensing class - The only reason I got in at all was because I "know a guy", as CPL classes in Michigan are booked solid for at least two months - and spent the entire day brushing up on the law; taking written exams to prove I knew it, and then spending another three hours qualifying on the gun range for my Michigan Concealed Pistol License.
My classmates ranged from an older (70-ish) 1st MarDiv Marine to a young couple in their early 20's. We were all there for one purpose; to be certified to carry a concealed pistol in Michigan. But why?
Northern Michigan is a beautiful place, and it is also a place where folks stop to help you back out of the snow drift that suddenly jumped out in front of you (me), where the owner of a LOCAL tire store drives your wife and son (mine) back to the car they had abandoned when the tire blew, puts on a used tire for them and charges only $30, and where most people don't even lock their doors unless they are leaving town for an extended trip. Every now and then a snowmobile will get stolen, or someone will get busted for drugs, petty theft, or shoplifting; but by and large there is not much in the way of violent crime here.
Other than a general desire for personal protection, I can't say why the others were there; but after the world intruded on our little paradise in the form of threats of my murder and the rape of my wife simply for something I said, there is no way I can NOT carry a gun. I RESENT having to carry a gun up here, it's totally cheesing my calm; but I refuse to be a victim or to allow my family to be anyone's victims either. Until the people who made these threats are in jail, I will be forced to carry a gun for our protection.
Since the government has no interest in tracking down and prosecuting those who have made threats against not only me, but every NRA member, Tea Partier, and Republican - basically anyone who isn't all up on Obama's jock - in the United States; OR in allowing us to defend ourselves, it is up to every free man, woman and child to take up that responsibility themselves.
Part of that responsibility is standing up to protect our God-given rights as enumerated in the Constitution, and thousand of Michigan gun owners are going to join me on the capitol steps in Lansing this Friday, Feb. 8th. Even more exciting is the fact that this Open Carry demonstration is going to take place simultaneously in each of the fifty states, and with one voice we are going to say, "No More! No more blaming an entire culture for the horrific acts of of a few deranged DEMOCRATS as an excuse to limit access to guns, or take them away entirely. No more stupid, unconstitutional laws that are passed without even being read by those who vote on them. NO MORE!"
Now that Obama has been reelected he is going to pull out all of the stops in order institute a demonically inspired, Communistic Tyranny on these fifty individual, free, and Sovereign states. Not one to shy away from doing whatever the hell he pleases through the use of Executive Orders, you all can expect one to gut the Second Amendment any time.
This demonstration is the most important event in which I have ever taken part, or covered as a reporter. It is the most important event in which YOU will ever take part, as I believe it is our last opportunity to use our voices to defend our rights. If the Obama administration actually does institute the Draconian gun laws many observers expect it to, the time for talking will be over and a new American Revolution will be the result.
I'm not advocating violence against any person or entity in any way, shape or form; I never have, and I never will. I am simply stating what I fear will come true, no matter how badly we wish it wouldn't.
Since I didn't sleep last night and I've been up all day shooting and scooting, I am dead beat and my back is killing me. I'm going to bed early tonight, and after church tomorrow I am going to get busy setting up my new computer. With individual donations ranging from $1 to $100, about twenty of my viewers donated a little over $450 towards the near $800 it cost, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Thanks are due also to those who could not afford to make a monetary donation, but donated their time by sharing the show wherever they could, and to those who have offered to send used computer parts and even a whole computer. I've got a guy who is going to help out by putting those parts together to create a backup system so this never happens again.
However, with the demonstration now just days away I couldn't sit around waiting and hoping for more donations to come in, so I borrowed the balance - plus the estimated cost of driving to Lansing and back - from our household budget for February; I guess we'll see if the Lord really does provide. I'm betting everything He will, through you. Three of the donations were for $100, from people digging deep to do their part; but the rest came in $1, $5, $10, and $25 at a time. Even the small donations add up, and they are greatly appreciated.
A few have said that they would help if they could mail their donation, but with the nature of the threats that have been made, coupled with the anonymity of the Internet, I am extremely hesitant to provide anyone with my actual address. So on Monday I will set up a P.O. box for those who wish to help out that way. If that seems like a slap in the face to those who have so generously offered to help, I truly do apologize and I hope that you understand that I just can not take a chance on compromising the safety of my family by publishing my home address, even in a private message.
As soon as I get the computer set up, I'll be extremely busy until after Friday editing two new shows - one shot on location at the gun range - as well as putting the finishing touches on my speech. Trust me, it's not easy to channel Voltaire, James Madison, Ron Paul, and William Wallace; but I'm doing my best to make sure that this speech will never be forgotten. It has to be that epic; that is how important this is.
So I'm going to count on you, my loyal viewers - my friends - to continue to spread the word about this demonstration in particular, and The Truth Is Viral in general. Thanks to you, TTiV gained 627 new subscribers and nearly 67,000 views in the last thirty days alone. TTiV is well on its way to becoming a driving force in New Media, but now is not the time to rest on our laurels.
Now is the time to redouble our efforts and work harder than ever to save lives by waking people up while we still can.
God bless you all,
Semper Fi, and Ooh Rah,