Sunday, December 30, 2012
My Resolutions for 2013 – what are yours?
We are living in interesting times. Those with a knowledge of history realize that there are powerful forces at work intent on repeating some of the most catastrophic mistakes of the past. This is not a blog about history, but I will point out that no good has ever come about from a government disarming its populace. Any short term benefit of such an action has usually been followed by far more severe long term harm. I strongly suspect we will be seeing more and more of these consequences as history marches on.
The portrayal of guns, gun owners, violent crime, and government action in the “main stream media” is incredibly one-sided. I perfectly understand how people who rely on these sources often come to hold some extremely slanted opinions. The only hope I see is that the monolithic media has been losing its once monopolistic stranglehold on information.
I mentioned in a previous post that, as sappy as it sounds, the purpose of this blog is for me to do what I can to make the world a better place. Towards that end, I resolve to develop this blog in 2013 to be a reliable source of information on topics surrounding guns, tactics, training, and skill development. When people have actual information on these topics from knowledgeable people, they are far less likely to fall for the lies and misrepresentations in the media.
I also resolve to provide as much training to people as I can. Reading words on paper or a website only goes so far in getting people to understand these issues. When people train under a competent instructor, they understand far better.
I resolve to redouble my efforts with respect to my own training. I've pointed out before that I am not professionally employed in the firearms or training industry. This is my avocation, but one that I feel is very important, from a moral perspective, to the concept of a “free people”.
I will also log much of my training, both taken and given, in this blog in the hopes that I can inspire others to train. Skill is knowledge, and knowledge is power.
And speaking of knowledge - if enough “good people” can learn from history, maybe we can help prevent repeating some of the more heinous parts of it.
What are your resolutions?