About Barron

Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms. He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.

Earworm Wednesday – 12/9/2015

I’ve been waiting for the music video for this to come out. I first heard this cover when listening to the album just after it released. I thought the cover won over the original, put with the visuals the power of the story is miles beyond the original.

Disturbed – Sound of Silence

Quote of the Day – AGirl (12/9/2015)

I am willing to accept and respect the awesome responsibility it is to own a gun. I will take training and follow safety rules and be as positive an example of an armed citizen as I can be, but not because I am forced to, but because my life and my safety and the safety of those that I love are worth me doing so.

A Girl – Facebook Post

December 8th, 2015


[And while I’m willing to accept that responsiblity for my self and demand that my rights be respected, does not mean that I am some how responsible for the acts of the irresponsible. That infinging on my own rights will some how benefit others.

I find it hilarious when I think about it many of us who do carry volunteer into our communities. Some are volunteer fire or EMTs. Some volunteer with CERT and other civil emergency services. We put our money where our mouth is when it comes to bettering our communities. Instead of just paying lip service with platitudes and laws, we pick up a hammer and nails taking action to make our communities a better place. Honestly, there is no better example than AGirl leading on that front. -B]

 

Quote of the Day – Barak Obama (12/8/2015)

Because when we travel down that road, we lose. That kind of divisiveness, that betrayal of our values plays into the hands of groups like ISIL…. Let’s not forget that freedom is more powerful than fear.

Barak Obama – National Address
December 6th, 2015


[And then he begins railing on how we need more gun control. How we need ot surrender our rights, in otherwords our freedom, for the illusion of security.  His leverage to make those pleas? Fear.

 

Seriously, that line while true and honest, was merely distraction to draw you from the lunacy of what their goals are. Not to mention the whole no fly list is largely motivated by “fear”. That’s why there isn’t a single amount of due process associated with it. -B]

Quote of the Day – Steven Taylor (12/7/2015)

If you are listening to Obama hoping for comforting words and a ‘plan’ you will always be sorely disappointed.

Steven Taylor – Facebook Comment
December 6th, 2015


[For context this was said with regards to Obama’s speech from his soap box deriding free American’s and blasting them for their god given rights to firearms.

Seriously, if you were watching that drivel expecting to hear how he planed on dealing with ISIS and protecting us from Islamic Extremists, you were left disappointed with a lecture of how the big bad NRA is responsbile for all the worlds ills.*

*Now he didn’t call them out by name, but let’s be honest here. Which group of people was berated against and blamed for the violence? That’s right, gun owners. -B]

Quote of the Day – Michael Z. Williamson (12/6/2015)

No, I will not give up my guns.  Now, what are you going to do about it?

If you say you’ll send someone to take them, then you’re admitting to a belief in using pre-emptive state sanctioned violence for political ends.  The state can use that same violence against any other group it disagrees with, and you’ve endorsed the concept. Congratulations. You’ve just justified my reason for having guns.  You’re also a coward, unwilling to act on your own behalf.  You’re only comfortable with contract violence.

If you’re not going to do anything, then you’re just a whining, bleating sheep, and a moral coward I can safely ignore.  This results in no harm to you.  You have every right to be a bleating sheep.  But, the bleating sheep don’t get to herd the sheepdog, and do get eaten by wolves.

So are you a coward or a fascist?

Either way, I am unswayed by your impotent bleating, and choose to ignore it.

Michael Z. Williamson – Facebook Post
December 6th, 2015


[It is amazing the number of people who think that the confiscation of arms will just magically happen. That there will be no violence and everyone will just cooperate peacefully. Not to mention the complete lack of acknowledgement that the state will employ violence against a group of people who have harmed no one.

This is the complete opposite of the American ideal and the character of American’s. The fact that citizens are attacking their fellow citizens who have done nothing wrong idicate just how morally corrupt the opposition has become. Villifying innocent people who want to be able to defend themselves and family for the actions of pure evil.

Michael Z. Williamson puts it quite well. Coward or a fascist, those are their choices. Not a single one of these people would blame all car owners for the actions of a drunk driver. Yet here they are attempting to attribute responsiblity for it. I’m done with the bullshit. -B]

I’m Back Baby…

So, tonight DaddyBear wrote up a post just after I did a Quote of the Day. Well I had come to the same conclusion as I wrote that post and evidently I’m not alone.

 I haven’t said much about gun rights in a long time.  To be honest, after the 2013 anti-rights push, I felt I was beginning to sound like a broken record.  I still supported gun causes, but I stopped using this soap box and others to get the message out.

It appears as always the collective guilt train is out in force again. Attempting to blame people for things they didn’t do. Not only blaming, but attempting to confiscate the property of innocent people who did nothing wrong. As if some how they can stop evil that is so vicious that it convinced two people to abandon their 6 month old baby so they could kill 14 people.

Let me be clear people, no matter how many laws you pass, no matter what barriers you put in place. You will not stop this kind of evil by merely passing laws. You must stand and fight. You must put the rabid dogs down when they show themselves. These people, while detached from reality, are so motivated to plan, acquire, detail, and act. You will not stop this by disarming and abusing innocent people.

Hell they still did this in California, with some of the most strict gun control in the country. Gun control didn’t stop them in Paris either.

Yet here we are, with the media and the extreme fringe blaming the NRA and the gun owning public as if they are responsible for the deeds of a lunatic. No, we’re not and collective guilt is bullshit.

So again I find myself winding up for the fight. Here currently on the soap box, with a drive over the next year for the ballot box. Additionally with a strive to educate those so they are ready even for the Jury Box. Lastly however we must train and prepare, even for the cartridge box. There are many who even think those first three boxes are a lost cause. Given many different factors they may be right, but currently the paths still exist so we must try.

Let me say here and now though they are flirting with a line in the sand for many. I remember the lessons of the 20th century. And well, this is the best way to describe exactly how I’m feeling right now.

Quote of the Day – Griffeath

If you ARE for denying people the right to own a gun or to get on an airplane because they’re on a secret government list, then it speaks poorly both of your intellect and your character.  

Seriously, that a sitting president would propose it, and people would follow it give me zero confidence the spirit that gave us Japanese internment is in the past.

  • J. Griffeath, Facebook Post, December 5th, 2015

 


[One would think we would have learned from that horrible chapter in history. However as that horrible black eye to American’s everywhere was championed by one of the lefts favorites, FDR, it should be no surprise that the left is more than willing to repeat the same behavior now.

We haven’t grown up, we haven’t changed, people are just as nasty and bigoted towards those they disagree with than ever. Worse is they’re more than willing to swing the power of the state to kill those they disagree with and see no moral problem with it. Keep your powder dry. -B]

Today I am Thankful

Currently I’m sitting in my Fifth-Wheel at my in-laws while my baby boy sleeps. This year has been a year of ups and downs. Win’s and losses.

First, I got hired full time at my employer. While I prefer the world of contract work, stability is nice for the sake of the family.  Additionally the project and who signs my paycheck is a nice feather in my cap. As usual, see the disclaimer, I’m not naming names. And if you know who I work for and mention it in the comments I’ll delete it and ban you.

Later my house sold and on the same day as the house closed I welcomed my son, Harry Eugene, into this world.

The downs though have been seeing so many friends running into my most hated of enemies, cancer. I’ve been there and done that and am still living in the wake, you always are, of losing a loved one to that shit-heel of a disease.

So mostly I’m thankful for my health and being able to hug my wife and hold my son. Here’s hoping I get to do it for many years to follow.