Episode 53: Why, as a Liberal, I *cannot* vote for Hillary Clinton for President; and thoughts on the police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge

The Oval Office

The Oval Office

There’s a Presidential election coming up, folks.

As a Liberal, I’ve had to think long and hard about who I might vote for.  As you might expect, I’m not a particular fan of the Republican candidate, Donald Trump.

What you might not expect is this:  under no circumstances can I in good conscience vote for the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton.

What??  A Liberal not voting for the Democrat?  What’s up here?

Turns out I have some very good reasons for this view, and I’m going to share them with you.  You may or may not agree with them.  But they are my reasons, and I consider them 100% valid, given my own life experience.

Some of you might say, “Cowboy T, you just don’t want to vote for a WOMMMAANNN!!”  Well, if you think that, then you’re as poor a judge of character as you clearly are in logical discussion.  I have no problem voting for a female candidate…just not that particular one.  And I’m hardly alone.

When the Black lives matter as much as the White lives, then ALL lives will matter.

We’ll also discuss the reasons for those terrible shootings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge a couple of months ago.  When discussing something terrible like that, I don’t need to “be first” to cover it.  I’d rather think carefully about it, and we’re going to talk about what we can do to address the root causes of the mindset that would commit such a horrible act.

You would do well to listen to Episode 40, here.

Episode 52: America’s 240th birthday, why reloading is necessary, and the danger of Gun-Free Zones

Today’s the Fourth of July, 2016.  That’s right, the day we declared independence from Britain.  It is our 240th birthday as a free nation.

On that note, I think it’s important to consider the freedoms and liberties that we have here in the United States of America.  As both a patriot and a veteran, I have no choice but to think about this stuff a lot.

One of those rights is the right to keep and bear arms.  And that includes having ammunition to feed those arms.  One way to ensure you have ammo is to handload, or reload, your own.  A gun is useless without ammunition with which to feed it.

We’re going to give you a real-world example of why the right to keep and bear arms is so important.  And it happened to a member of “the elite”, or rather, an elite-in-training.  Yep.  Having a privileged life is no protection against attack, folks.  You still need to be able to defend yourself.  Just ask Katie Couric.  She knows.

Included among our rights is the right to defend ourselves from just that sort of thing.  That’s America, and we’re supposed to be able to do that ANYWHERE, HERE in this country…well, ideally, anywhere in the world or beyond.

Happy 240th Birthday, America.  You’re a labour of love, always a work in progress.  And it’s our job to make sure that work to preserve our liberties never, ever stops.  And if we ever do stop…that is when we will have failed you.


Episode 51: A case for GAYS to be armed! (this episode rated PG-13)

I am a Pink Pistol.

Yep, we’ve done the case for Blacks to be armed, and the case for Muslims to be armed.

In light of two recent events, now we make the case for gays to be armed.

By now everyone’s heard of that horrific act of terrorism in Orlando, FL by a madman who swore allegiance to the terror group ISIL.  If there is a Hell, then may he rot there forevermore.

We address actress (and as it happens, also gay) Kelly McGillis’s recent decision to get her conceal and carry permit.  And given what she’s had to endure in her lifetime, I’m surprised it hasn’t happened sooner.  I’m sure glad it’s happened now, though.

As we Pink Pistols say, “pick on someone your own caliber.”  🙂


Finally, we bring you a li’l surprise, a nice ‘n’ juicy nugget from Katie Couric’s “Under The Gun” interview with the VCDL.  Katie apparently thinks it’s somehow–oh, I dunno–“more OK”, I suppose–to face an attacker with a knife vs. a gun.  Apparently she’s never heard the old policeman’s adage:

“If you’re facing a gun, you might get shot.  If you’re facing a knife, you WILL get cut.”

I think Kelly McGillis would disagree with her, too.  I think we’re also starting to perhaps see why Katie got fired from CBS back in 2011.  Shoddy journalism can have that effect.

NOTE:  This episode is “Rated PG-13” for a small amount of “strong” language during the discussion of Ms. McGillis’s ordeal.

Episode 50: Katie Couric’s lies, the M1D Garand Sniper Edition, and visiting an anti-gun country

Just before the panel discussion, at Mason Government Center in Annandale, VA, June 2015
Just before the panel discussion, at Mason Government Center in Annandale, VA, June 2015

Some of you may have learned by now about Katie Couric’s, shall we say, “creative editing” to make the VCDL look bad for her “Under The Gun” so-called “documentary”.  She invited us for a panel discussion about why we’re pro-2A.  She then deceptively edited some footage to make it look like we were “stumped” by one of her “gotcha” questions.  But it didn’t actually happen that way.

I know, because I WAS THERE.  You will get a first-hand account of it, from me.

Turns out she pulled a hack-job worthy of a Soviet-era “news” channel.  I really thought she’d be more ethical than this.

Folks, I know we don’t always agree with each other as people.  But fraudulent editing and lying should be off-limits, and Katie stepped over that line here.  I’m going to show you, and it should make every one of you mad when you can’t trust the press to at least be honest.  Disagree, fine, but at least be honest!  She crossed that line.

M1C and M1D Garands
Thanks to SniperCentral for this image

We also continue our discussion of M1 Garands, this time, specifically the M1D Sniper Rifle.  Shooting it takes you back a few years, and it got me to thinking about a few things.

I’m writing this two days, almost to the hour, after getting back from a trip to Thailand.  I’ll give you some thoughts on visiting there, from a 2A perspective.  And yes, jet lag is somethin’ else!

Episode 49: A very recent example of why the 2A exists…and finally getting to shoot Dad’s guns!

Yes, our Black lives *DO* matter! And we *will* defend ourselves.

Today is Monday, May 2nd, 2016.  What you see in the picture, though, looks straight out of the 1960’s, doesn’t it?  We promised we’d talk about this, and now, right here in Episode 49, we will do so.

A month ago today, there was a beautiful example of why the Second Amendment exists and why it’s still needed.  Seems some bigots calling themselves the Bureau of Islamic American Relations (BAIR) decided to do an armed protest in front of a mosque, located in a mostly-Black neighborhood.  Yep, these protestors were White. And yes, they did have the right to do their protest, as Texas is an open-carry state.

Here’s the URL for the story.


What the residents of this neighborhood did in response was just beautiful.  I laughed my can off when I found out about this.  Here’s a hint: not a single shot was fired.  🙂

The instrument of my Dad’s self-defense

Also, this evening, I finally got a chance to take Dad’s guns to the range.  These are the very same guns that protected him for decades; one of ’em’s probably close to my age.  I’ll tell you about them and how they were to shoot, from a shooter’s perspective.  One’s a Taurus, the other’s a Smith & Wesson.  Both are revolvers.

And finally, I’d like to recommend a Facebook page by a fellow Liberal named Anne Weber.  She added some important information regarding that whole Journal-News fiasco with the gun-owner-permit holders in New York City.  Folks, *this* is why the government shouldn’t know who and where privately-owned firearms are.  Anne, thank you for calling this to our attention; I hadn’t been aware of this until you posted it.

Episode 48: Shooting M1 Garands, and why I’m now “feeling the Bern”

Two things of note here.  First, New York State’s Democratic Primary election is tomorrow.  There are two candidates for President, Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Sec’y of State Hillary Clinton.  Until pretty recently, I hadn’t taken a favourable position on either of the Democrats.  But this last debate in New York, on Friday, April 15th, 2016, finally got me to, as they say on Twitter, “#FeelTheBern”.

I will explain to you how and why, as a Liberal, I came to this conclusion, and why you might consider doing likewise.

On the M1 Garand front, you know already that I went to the CMP’s Alabama facilities and

M1 Garand ad
If only they were still this price!

built my own rifle.  You will now hear what it’s like to actually shoot one of these.  I brought two women with me to enjoy the rifle’s inauguration…along with its brother rifle I picked up while at the CMP Store.  Hey, gotta do your part for the economy, right?  🙂  You will hear about their experiences, too…and you may be surprised at how easy a .30-06 rifle can be to shoot.

Episode 47: Dissecting Hollywood’s latest plan for demonizing law-abiding gun owners, Part 2 of 2

No More Gun Bans!

We continue our dissection of Hollyweird top bosses’ latest plans to try to paint lawful gun ownership as somehow a bad, socially unacceptable thing.

It further turns out that these new plans of theirs are incredibly ironic and even hypocritical.  We’ll go into that, too.

This is Part 2 of the 2-part series.

True Liberalism demands that we honor and fully support the entire Bill of Rights, folks.  All of it.

Episode 47: Dissecting Hollywood’s latest plan for demonizing law-abiding gun owners, Part 1 of 2


They never seem to stop, do they?

I just found out, thanks to the good folks at CalGuns, about Hollyweird’s latest plan to demonize us, meaning law-abiding gun owners.  They see that the courts aren’t going their way.  So, they’ve now turned to using their control of media to portray us as socially unacceptable.

Sad, but true.  They’ve even got a list of “suggestions” of how to portray us.  Here it is.


Constitutional Carry = Safest State in USA
Constitutional Carry =
Safest State in USA

You should read these “suggestions”…because I’m going to dissect them and explain to you where and why they’re wrong.  This needs to be done, just like with David Hemenway and his distortions earlier.

Folks, there is absolutely nothing “Liberal” about disarming the law-abiding public.  There just isn’t.

As if on cue, West Virginia overrode a gubernatorial veto and now has Constitutional Carry!  That makes them the seventh state to follow in Vermont’s lead, for a total of 8 states.  Perhaps Virginia will also return to Constitutional Carry soon.

This is Part 1 of a 2-part series.

Episode 46: Defense against campus rape, carry in Virginia state offices, and why Black lives do matter

Legalize carry for all of us!
Indeed…legalize self-defense carry nationwide!

We’ve got three things to talk about here:

  1. why armed defense against college campus rape is a good thing,
  2. new rules for carrying in Virginia state offices, and
  3. what’s going on with this “war on cops” narrative I keep hearing.

A listener sent me his account of when he was attacked in Texas.  He wasn’t sure if he was going to live or die, as he was unarmed and essentially helpless.  He’s lucky to be alive.  You will hear his account of how he felt.  I’m pretty sure this applies to rape survivors as well.

There are new rules for carrying in offices owned or operated by VA State executive branch agencies.  Basically, you can’t anymore.  This is Executive Order #50, put out by current Gov. Terry McAuliffe (“McAwful?”).  No matter how he tries to frame his action, it doesn’t even qualify as a solution looking for a problem, and I will explain to you why.

Finally, we had yet another incident of racism from a White police officer toward a Black man, a part of the Black Lives matter movement.  The now-former officer was subsequently fired from the force.  This incident inspired a discussion of what’s going on and what police officers generally can do to help the issue.  Yes, all lives do matter…INCLUDING the Black ones.  Let’s not forget that.

When the Black lives matter as much as the White lives, then ALL lives will matter.
When the Black lives matter as much as the other lives (especially including White or “Blue” lives), then “All Lives Matter” will finally be true.  May that day come soon.

Here’s an example that illustrates the problem, from my own hometown of San Francisco, California.  WARNING:  some of the language you will read in the below link is rather offensively racist and bigoted.  But we can’t shy away from it, either.  We’ve got to confront it head-on.


We can’t give up, folks.  When the Black lives matter as much as other lives do–especially including White and “Blue” lives, then “All Lives Matter” will finally be true.  May that day come soon!

Episode 45: The “Deal” on Virginia Reciprocity…and Building a CMP M1 Garand!

The CMP Armory, Anniston, AL
The CMP Armory, Anniston, AL

It’s been a little while.  Given what happened in October (see the previous episode), I hope you all can understand why.  If anyone could possibly be the “poster child” for the need to carry, my Dad–the now late C. Terrell Prude’, Sr.–would be it.

But he wasn’t alone.  You’ll also hear the story of a young lady who really needed a gun recently.  Fortunately, there was a Good Guy With A Gun (me) to help her out of a very bad situation.

Speaking of carry…let’s talk about “The Deal” that was hammered out and signed into law recently, regarding carry permits and reciprocity here in the Old Dominion (that’d be Virginia, folks).  It seems that Atty. General Herring’s action caused enough of a firestorm that the McAuliffe Administration had to back off, and quickly.  Not only are we getting reciprocity back…it’s coming back in a new and improved form!  Liberty won this time, folks, because We, The People did our jobs.

And now…let’s talk about a symbol of that very liberty.

This is my rifle! There are many like it, and THIS ONE IS MINE!
This is my rifle! There are many like it, and THIS ONE IS MINE!

Just last week, I attended the CMP’s Advanced Maintenance Class for the M1 Garand rifle.  In three days, I learned how to build a complete, fully functionalM1 Garand.  I know it’s functional because I tested it out on the CMP’s extensive rifle range afterwards!  🙂  This class is a wealth of information, and when it’s all done, that rifle is yours to keep and take home with you.

That’s right, I build my own M1 Garand!  There are many like it, and this one is truly MINE!

Liberty is our best friend.  It is this nation’s life, and there can be no more potent American symbol of the defense of that freedom than this rifle.  It is indeed, “the greatest battle implement ever devised.”