Foundations of Freedom: Using common sense to dispel the myths on guns

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Semi-automatics are pretty scary, right? And there’s no reason for guns to be big, scary, and shoot lots of bullets. Progressives are trying to ram through an anti-gun agenda using tragedies like the one in Newton, CT to advance causes they have been advocating for years. But is regulation the answer? Glenn sure doesn’t think so. Further regulation only takes away the right to bear arms, infringing on second amendment rights guaranteed by the Constitution, and does little to dissuade the criminals who won’t be stopped by these new laws. On this week’s “Foundations of Freedom” episode, Glenn and David Barton decided to educate the audience and kids about guns in order to instill healthy respect rather than irrational fear.

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After going through the various types of guns on set (there were a lot), Glenn and guest Paul Michael showed a group of kids on set how to shoot a gun. Why? So they could get acquainted with basic safety and see guns without the irrational fear that has been drummed up by politicians, the media, and teachers.

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Think that New York’s rules about the size of a gun magazine keeps the streets any safer than they were just a few weeks ago? Glenn invited the Miculek family on to show that a skilled shooter can reload and shoot with a standard revolver just as fast as a criminal could fire off a banned firearm. He didn’t do this to make people more afraid of guns, but to show that the problem of gun violence can’t be solved through gun regulation. It has to be done by fixing the individuals – and that’s not a problem the government can solve.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elaine-Lopez/100000255237444 Elaine Lopez

    Thank you for the verse of the day…  It was blessed reassurance.  Joshua 1:9  “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

  • landofaahs

    Simple demonstrations will not cure the liberals who have phobias about guns. The dishonest ones don’t care.  But it is still good to make them examples of liberal mental disorders.

  • Draxx

    I used to do Military Shooting Competitions when I was in the Army Nat’l Guard, and the only way to make yourself so familiar with rifle/pistol is to keep doing it over and over.  But, I always enjoyed target practice (Because when I did competitions I usually shot about 300-400 rounds, but when I practiced I usually shot between 2,000-5,000 rounds, and when I hunted it was usually just one round.).  I used to use the M16-A1/A2 Rifle, 1911 .45 Caliber ACP, Berretta 9mm Caliber Pistol, M60 Machine Gun.  I used to train Military, Police, and Competition Shooters for the Guards.  It also included going to many different states with firearms, and Most Times we travelled by Commercial Airlines (There are safety rules and regulations, especially with Fully Automatic Military Weapons.  But it is safe to do so when you follow them.  Oh, I also used to have a Class III Handlers License, and the authority of the US Gov’t.).  I even placed 39th out of 437 shooters at the Winston P. Wilson National Competition in 1991, and this was my first time at nationals.  Out of at least 300,000 rounds that I have fired, I have Never Once Recklessly Endangered Anyone, or killed them by accident either!  No one was ever shot while on the shooting ranges/competitions I attended either.  Those competitions/practices gave me some of the best memories.  I would recommend to anybody the thrill of a Safe Competition.

    There was one downside to shooting so much…

    You get good enough at shooting short & long range that it makes hunting deer like shooting a cow in a field.  So I ended up going hunting with a PSE Thunderflight Express Compound Bow with Extended Cams and Carbon Arrows.  With 495 grain arrows/broadheads and 92 lb let-off my bow hit harder than a 30-30 caliber rifle at 25-70 yards.  The bow brought back the sport of hunting to me, and shooting competitions gave me the thrill of fast action shooting (it was the best of both worlds for me).

    I have taken every opportunity to teach my kids safety with all kinds of weapons, BB Guns, Airsoft Guns, Small Caliber Rifles, Super Sharp Swords (single handed, double handed, and double sword methods), I have taught some with the bow but not a lot.  *Note: Some of you are probably thinking BB Guns aren’t weapons, but they can kill.  So I teach them to handle everything as if it is a deadly weapon starting at the age of 8… I just wish other parents would do the same!

  • Soulphoenix

    My father taught me proper respect for guns and how to use them when I was young. That was a healthy education. Hunting didn’t turn out to be my thing, so I don’t even own a gun (which keeps my address from being published – whew!), but I’m a solid supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and I don’t lapse into severe panic attacks when I’m within 25 feet of a gun.

    It’s great to see kids being taught to respect and understand the technology we have; couple that with a strong moral grounding in a loving family that believes in personal responsibility and hard work, and you have a recipe for developing successful, dynamic, contributing members of society … and not paranoid OWS freaks with Obama phones.

  • Sargonarhes

    Don’t forget liberals will buy their kids something like a Nerf gun and some of those Nerf guns hold more than 7 rounds! Some fire semi or full auto! Nerf assault weapons. Better buy some of those before it’s too late!

    Yes, I’m trying a hand at sarcasm. But seriously after Christmas the shelves were low on Nerf guns, so seriously some anti-gun liberals had to have been buying some for their kids. Hypocrisy much, and oh they do lots. I’m already working with all my nieces and nephews getting them use to the idea of firearms and the safe way to handle them.

  • Anonymous

    So because the shelves where librals had to buy them?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1176821419 Tommy L Powers

    I hate to be the one to point this out Glenn, but we are doing plenty about the terrorists. We just sent them BILLIONS of dollars worth of fighter jets and tanks are next. If a child can be suspended for the use of a Hello Kitty Bubble Gun, then maybe we should have sent billions of dollars worth of those to the Muslim Brotherhood :) The video of the “family that shoots together” was excellent ammo for this government. Now they will outlaw “practicing”! Darn it Glenn…I thought you were on our side. lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/xxKingNothingxx Aaron Edwards

    I WAS going to share this with all my friends, but I can’t even do that with the misrepresentation of facts in the 2nd video. A .223 round is NOT the same as the .22LR, both do not ‘do the same damage’. The .22lr rifle may hold 17 rounds, but the mag on the AR is clearly a 30 round mag, not a 20 round mag. They’re trying way too hard to make an AR look just as harmless as a .22 rimfire rifle. 

  • Draxx

    If you look into history of executions/assinations by the mafia and such organizations, you will find that the majority of them have been done with a .22LR round to the head.

    You are right though there is truly not a direct comparison of the two rounds (especially when you look at the 22LR has about 9 grains of powder and the .223 has about 150 grains of powder.  Kinetic Energy is not equivelant, but the Lethality can be at Close Range…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CBFYLTUFFPHMD6F6CBFTTFJ7TM HAPPY GUN OWNER

    The AR-15 style weapon shown was NOT a .223 chambered rifle. It was in fact a .22 LR chambered rifle. My father has one, and it only holds 10 rounds of .22 LR. Many makers are making .22 LR AR style rifles due to the fact that it is an excellent platform to train on, to get familiar with the AR style, and not blow a ton on money on the .223 round. 22 LR is cheap and you can plink away all day and not break the bank.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.kong.165 James Kong

    The next time an anti gun advocate starts spewing off at the mouth; just tell him why don’t we take away all Rights, starting with they First Amendment.
    When he says that you can’t do that, just tell him you just did and to shut  up.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn seem to be struggling with the semi-automatic vs. full automatic description of operation.  A very wise instructor imparted to me years ago that the appropriate description of the semi-automatic operation is auto-loading.  If you think carefully you will realize that function is the only thing automatic on these weapons.  So when I try to describe the differences between semi and full auto to a novice, I indicate the rifle or handgun is auto-loading.  This disconnects the implication that firing is in anyway “automatic”.

  • landofaahs

    Liberals fear the sense of self-impowerment and self reliance that a weapon can bring.  Less fear and less need to depend on govt.  That is poison to liberals.

  • http://youtu.be/XEjnyMyJYTI Sam Fisher

    I wished I had a job so I could own a gun these videos showed how fun they could be. The third video reminded me of my family reunion this year.
    Most liberals are afraid of guns because most never handle such a thing before. It is out of pure ignorance that they believe guns our evil. If it were not for guns we will still be a British colony under their Queen but thank God people actually believe in responsibility back then. Punishing the wrong people has also been the left MO lately as well. instead of screening people coming from the middle east that fly to our country we have children and grandma being felt up in the airport instead but I don’t see the left crying over the trauma that puts children though. Now instead of fixing the mental health system the liberals they attack gun owners and children playing with fake guns again not focusing on the cause. They made fun of Dick Chaney for shooting his friend in the face but yet these liberal hypocrites miss the target all the time.

  • http://youtu.be/XEjnyMyJYTI Sam Fisher

    “So because the shelves where librals had to buy them?” and you wonder why I called you an idiot.

  • http://youtu.be/XEjnyMyJYTI Sam Fisher

    No that is not true they think it is self-impowerment to kill I baby in the womb.

  • Anonymous

    The NRA, which is dragged through the mud in effigy just about every time a gun goes off in this country anymore, has done more to promote gun safety, both for adults and kids, than Sarah Brady ever dreamed – but then her dream has nothing to do with guns or gun safety; her dream is about power and control, and she wants you to have neither with regard to your own life, your own safety, and that of your family.

  • Anonymous

    Just a typo, thanks for pointing it out.

  • Anonymous

    What should come out about the NRA is how they specifically started (and still are) as a Civil Rights organization in1971 to provide marksmanship and safety traing to the Recontruction Era Black Americans to protect themselves from the KKK. 

  • Clayton Boutian

    I have been hunting and shooting since I was nine years old, I am fifty-six now. I am a expert shooter with revolvers, semi-autos,rifles,and shot guns. If you are taught the correct way to handle a weapon and its uses and treat them with respect as you would any tool (which is what they are ,a tool) a person would be ok with handling guns. But in the case of the of the shooter at Sandy shooting it sounds to me as though the mom (not trained herself ) was trying with the best of her ability to educate her son with guns knowing he had a mental history. This is where she failed . It is like letting a drunk drive a car. DO WE TAKE AWAY OR BAN THE CAR? NO WE PUT THE DRUNK IN JAIL OR REVOKE HIS DRIVING PRIVLEGES.

  • Anonymous

    We need to gun proof our kids, not kid proof our guns.  

  • Anonymous

    Where I came from, every 6 year old kid learned to handle weapons from their parents and friends.  If there had been more than one local TV station available, we might have been on TV.  We had the very best teachers … WWII veterans.  My father and his brothers had served in WWII, my dad with the Army COE in Burma, on “the road”, the oldest uncle, with Patton in Africa, Italy and Europe, the youngest uncle, on a B-17 crew over Europe as a waist gunner.  Doesn’t get any better than that.  I have an old M-1 bolt action 30-06 that my dad brought back and I use for hunting.  Kicks like a mule but it brings em’ down with one shot.  My 6 mm Remington HP rifle is used for smaller varments, and my 38 special S&W and 45 Colt semi auto are used for protecting my family and friends.  In Texas, we are well armed and proud of it.

  • Anonymous

    Flip flop; President Obama would like to make millions of
    Americans exercising the 2nd Amendment felons and millions of illegals breaking
    federal immigration laws, American citizens!!!  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001986706969 Drwildi Wildi

    Guns provide false sense of security.

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