September 11, 2015

Vol. 09  No. 19

News Letter

Staying Alive®:  Firearms & Texas License to Carry

Michael J Arnold


Scheduled Training:
Subject:  Texas License To Carry (CHL) 
Date: Saturday, 09-26-2015
Time: 08:00 -
Place: Bexar Community Shooting Range (Classroom)
15391 Bexar Bowling Rd.
Marion, TX  78124
CLICK HERE for directions.

Second Amendment:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Here we go again:

These days, we don't have to look far for a gun related argument.  It's easy to find someone, who will argue that the Second Amendment to our Constitution is obsolete and overdue for repeal.  Just as easy, is finding someone who will argue that the  Second Amendment is the only thing that stands between us and the next Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, or Pol Pot.

What is the truth?

Unfortunately we, the sheeple, have been conditioned to search for truth in the middle ground.  We assume truth will be found midway between the extremes.  We look for a compromise that will appease both sides.  Heaven, forbid we should offend anyone in our quest for the truth.

Truth is not found through compromise or popular vote.  Truth is an absolute.

What, then, is the truth about the Second Amendment?  Do we need it, or not?

Yes & No.

YES:  We need it to remind the government that in 1791 it made a commitment to the people of this Country that it would respect the right to Keep and Bear Arms.  What is the Second Amendment worth?  It's worth no more than the word of our government, and those who run it.

Draw your own conclusion.

NO:  Keep in mind that the Second Amendment does not give us the Right To Keep And Bear Arms.  That is a birth Right, bestowed upon us by God, just like the Right of free of speech, et al.  Never forget, the government has never given us any of our Rights.  Those Rights were never the government's to give.  Likewise, our Rights will never be the government's to take away.  It is also important to remember that the only way we can lose our Right to Keep and Bear Arms is to surrender it.

I think of the Second Amendment like the sign on my front gate that tells all that I want them to keep away from my property.  It would be good to keep in mind that the sign on my gate is only as effective as the willingness of the potential trespasser to obey the law, and my willingness to enforce it.

The Second, and other Amendments that make up the Bill of Rights serve us, in much the same way, by putting government on notice that they should keep away from my Rights.

Similarly, the Second Amendment is only as effective as the government's willingness to follow the Constitution, and our willingness to hold them to the provisions of same.

The bottom line:  The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is ours, forever.  It can not be taken away.  On the other hand, the ability to Keep and Bear Arms is dependent on a number of factors:

  • Will the government respect what is ours and follow the Constitution that says, "Posted - Keep away ...?"

  • Will we stand up to a government that doesn't?

  • How hard are we willing to fight for what is ours?

  • What are we willing to sacrifice for our Rights?

Life is full of choices.  Are you ready and willing to make one to fight for your rights, regardless of the consequences?

I believe that, if we are not willing to fight to keep what God gave us, we didn't deserve it, in the first place.

Last month we ran Part I of Alan Korwin's article on Subarming Americans.  If you missed Part I, CLICK HERE.

Here's Part II

The Effort To Subarm America (Part II)

Alan Korwin

To a careful observer, the ongoing effort to subarm Americans is increasingly obvious. It’s a cooperative project involving government, private hoplophobic (gun-fearing) anti-rights groups, and a compliant poorly informed “news” media that has become a lapdog, not a watchdog.

The whole point of being armed is to be properly armed, to create the balance of power the Second Amendment intends and makes possible. Balance of power. You heard that phrase in school if you’re old enough. It used to be important. It still is. Subarming the public upsets this critical balance.  READ MORE

Big Gun or Little Gun

Charles Cotton

Rest easy, I'm not about to get into this Ford v. Chevy argument -- well, at least not with both feet anyway. I do want to make an observation from my CHL classes and I hope it will make some of the guys out there reconsider the theory that "the little lady needs a little gun." Of all the students I've taught, only four failed to pass the shooting portion of the CHL class on the first attempt. In every case, the gun was the problem; i.e. it was too small and kicked like a mule! All four of the women passed on the second attempt using a larger gun.  READ MORE

Bayanihan Kali Fighting and Emergency Medical

by:  Rudy Salazar

Scheduled Training:
Subject: Point Counters
Date: Saturday, 09-26-2015
Time: 09:00 - 10:30
Place: off Cynthia Dr
Garden Ridge, TX  78266
CLICK HERE for directions.

Why Not Punch Him In The Face?

Leslie Buck

You may feel like punching him will solve the problem, but it could end up killing you. In our self defense systems, we avoid punching for two reasons.

One reason is that it is really easy to break your hand by punching someone. It is pretty common for boxers to break their hands, even when they are wearing gloves and have been trained to punch properly. You are likely to hurt your hand or wrist if you punch someone without any hand protection.   READ MORE

SAAMAG: Self Reliance

by:  Pat Scott


Monthly Meeting
Subject: Firearms Safety and Shooting Fundamentals
Guest Instructor: Michael Arnold
Date: Saturday, 09-19-2015
Time: 09:00 - 11:00
Place: Bexar Community Shooting Range (Classroom)
15391 Bexar Bowling Rd.
Marion, TX  78124
CLICK HERE for directions.

Michael Arnold will be teaching safe storage and safe handling of firearms, and shooting fundamentals.  This will include the hands-on use of red guns and laser guns. There will be NO functioning firearms or live ammunition allowed in the classroom.  So leave your weapons in your vehicle.

As always, the meeting is free and there will be a voluntary "tip jar" to help pay for the classroom. Please, please let me know you're coming to the meeting so we'll know how many people to plan for.

Afterwards and separate from the meeting, Michael will join members for some basic live fire training, at Bexar Community's  pistol range.  He will not charge for training time, and will allow members to borrow a handgun.

If you're going to take advantage of the live fire training,

  • You will pay a range fee (to Bexar Community) of $11.25 per shooter,

  •  Bring your own ammunition

    • If you will be borrowing a handgun, bring only new factory ammunition for a 9mm handgun (no reloads, no steel cased)


While we're finishing up with the harvest from our spring planted gardens and are in the middle of planting the fall garden we should also be thinking of saving seed from the garden. It's important to have more than just one or two years' seeds stored. If you've gardened more than one season by now you have come to the realization that all kinds of things conspire to wipe out those tender little plants. Leading the way are insects, disease, animals and weather....but that's another newsletter. Today we'll chat about saving and storing seeds.

It will soon be time for some of the big box stores to be putting their seeds on sale. If the seeds are kept inside the store where it's been fairly cool and dry I like to stock up on seeds on sale for varieties I haven't saved from the garden . I'll also pick up some extras for longer-term storage unless the store has kept their seeds outside.  Even if it's in the shade I won't waste my money on those. Heat and humidity are the biggest enemy of germination rates. Overall, it's best to save seeds from your own garden. If you've selected the biggest, healthiest and best-tasting vegetable's seed from your garden, over time you will have created a vegetable that's best adapted to your garden, however, I just can't resist trying something new, a variety I haven't seen, an herb that looks good or a medicinal plant I need. I also pick up some to trade.

After you've chosen your seeds to save, you need to decide how to store them. I've linked to some articles below that may help:

One of the best gardening books I've seen and one that's in my personal library is Seed To Seed by Suzanne Ashworth. It tells you how to select the plants from which to save seeds (save from more than just one plant), and how to isolate plants so that your tomato varieties won't cross... it's a wealth of information.

There are also sources of free information on the Internet, such as The Vegetable Seed Saving Handbook. It's well worth your time to read.  It's a handy, complete and easy to use point & click, online handbook detailing useful information on a large variety of vegetables including:  Amaranth, Arugula, Basil, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Okra, Onion, and many others.  In the bibliography, you will find Seed To Seed and several other books that would be excellent additions to your library.

Storing Vegetable and Flower Seeds

Colorado State University Extension Service
by J.E. Ells, L.N. Bass and D. Whiting

Quick Facts

  • Vegetable and flower seeds may be kept for one year without appreciable decrease in germination.

  • Storage may be extended to 10 or more years under proper conditions.

  • Seed moisture and storage temperature are the most important factors in determining how long seed can be stored.

  • The drier the seeds are, the longer they will store.

A garden's success depends in part on the quality of seeds planted. Ensure good quality seed by planting fresh seed from a reputable seed company. Often, there is seed left over after a crop is planted. If there is enough for the next year, save it.  READ MORE

Four Reasons I Won't Be Buying Survival Seeds
Author: Angela (?)

I’m pretty sure you’ve heard about Survival Seeds, right? There are various companies that sell seeds for survival packed in cans or mylar bags or PVC tubes or some other long term storage set up. They are named such things as “survival seed vault”, “survival seed bank”, or just “survival seeds”. They are usually a collection of non-hybrid seeds put together as a package to grow an entire garden and sold with the assumption that you can store them with your food storage and pull them out and plant them when there is an emergency of sufficient significance as to require you to grow your own food indefinitely. Well, it sounds like a pretty good deal, right? Who wouldn’t want a pre-packaged garden that they didn’t have to plan and could just keep and plant when it’s needed? Well, actually, I don’t. And here’s why.  READ MORE

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