Presented this video to the VFW leadership in Georgia yesterday for discussion. Good results! Leadership is required, but followership is where growth happens.
"Situation: One of our greatest 2A advocates compiles the stories of four women who survived because they had handguns — and a fifth who wasn’t allowed to have one.
"Lesson: 'Use enough gun.' Get the bullets where they need to go. Have the gun where you can reach it immediately, and if the law doesn’t allow this, fight for reform.
"It would be hard to find a more ferocious warrior for gun owners’ civil rights than Tanya Metaksa. The anti-gun magazine Mother Jones called her “one of the most powerful lobbyists in America,” and the Associated Press described her as “a blunt, no-nonsense voice for the gun lobby in Washington.” I had the privilege of meeting her and hearing her speak back in the day.
"She would introduce herself as “Metaksa, not Metaska. AK, as in AK-47.” A year prior to her retirement from the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, where she served as Executive Director, the Harper Collins subsidiary Regan Books published her book Safe, Not Sorry: Keeping Yourself and Your Family Safe in a Violent Age.
"I thought the most powerful part of that book was the section in which Tanya focused on women who had faced homicidal attack. Four of them prevailed, because they were able to reach handguns in time to fight back and win. One of them could not, because the law in that place and time forbade her to. Here, thanks to Tanya, are their stories."
True stories of where law-abiding citizens used the correct tools to protect themselves from bad guys.
Story by Massad Ayoob See the full article at American Handgunner
Represented the Department of Georgia at the 7th District meeting at Post 8385 in Kingsland today. We drove down yesterday and enjoyed steak night with the Post and my first ride (hopefully not the last) in a Slingshot. Driving it was fun and something to be investigated further.
The meeting went well and I fully expect that the 7th District will continue the strong growth we've seen over the last couple of years. We have a great group of Commanders and Quartermasters that truly care about the VFW mission. It's shaping up to be a most excellent year.
Thank all of you for your continued diligence, dedication, and hard work in support of Georgia's veterans.
Our goal this year is to significantly grow Georgia's VFW. And through that growth we will multiply our positive influence in our communities. More members allows us to share the VFW's message more broadly and gives us more opportunities to celebrate, help and advocate for veterans.
Enjoy your Independence Day and help others know the true meaning of independence. As Veterans of Foreign Wars, we knows better than most that our freedom comes with the price of vigilance, sacrifice and perseverance. And it is so worth it.
Each of us comes from different places and situations. But we gain strength when we join together in our shared VFW mission. Where we are going matters most... and we're going to do this.
Veterans. Community. Action.
Honored to attend the Post meeting and install the incoming 2019-2020 officers. The Helen K Denton Post 3650 in Fayetteville, GA is a solid, community based Post that continues to do the right things.
Was honored to attend the ceremony in at Greenwood Cemetery in Atlanta to honor a World War I nurse, Camille O'Brien, who gave her life supporting troops in France and then lay in an unmarked grave for 98 years. That was rectified this week. (That's me, center back...) Full article at 11alive.com
In the words of Crocodile Dundee... "Now that's a knife..." I think I could use one of these.
Reading an article by Seth Godin this morning and he pointed out:
Traffic at work isn’t just a metaphor. It’s real. We get stuck. Surrounded by people who are just as stuck. It can seem like progress is at a crawl.
This got me thinking about the VFW and VFW activities. We're all busy, I get it. But we have to stop and look at the lane we're locked into. Most Posts are doing good things, but some are locked into a "what's required" mentality. We've got to bust out of that. We need more Posts focused on the opportunities in their communities. Where we can go is so much bigger than we know. But we've got to band together and push.
It won't always be easy but it will be worth it. Nothing great ever came from doing the required minimums. Let's do something great.
Things I want to remember, thoughts rattling around in my head, and other notes and memories.
Cats (I know, right?)
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