Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Another Record Breaking Gold!

And the United States has another gold medal in skeet shooting under their belts, thanks to Vincent Hancock, who became the first person to ever win the gold medal twice in Men's Skeet Shooting!

Read more about his journey to the London Olympics here

Congratulations Vincent! Thank you for representing the US in London, and for showing the world how great a sport skeet shooting is!

Monday, July 30, 2012


Did you see that the U.S. raked in a gold in the Women's Skeet Competition?! Our record setting shooter, Kimberly Rhode did it again, and she's determined to keep at it!

Congratulations to Kim on her 5th Gold Medal and on all the records she broke! Thank you for representing our country and the sport that we love!

Read more about her record setting here

Watch the Women's Skeet Shooting Highlights here!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Root, Root, Root for the U.S!

GOC will be proudly watching the U.S. Olympic Shooting Team in the games this year!

We will provide updates on our team throughout the Games, so be sure to check back here to see how our team does in the sports we all know and love!

Olympic Shooting Schedule & Results | London 2012

They need our support more now than ever, as the main stream media questions them on their sport and the shooting in Colorado.  As fellow gun owners and shooters, let's stand behind them as they represent the United States in the Olympic Games!

Life Savers: Good News in Gun News!

Happy Friday Gun Owners! Here are a couple of Good News Gun Stories to send you off into the weekend!  I love this granny's attitude, as she feels safe with her .38-caliber pistol by her side! 

And I know this video has made its way around the internet, but I had to include it, since it's such a great visual example of how guns really do save lives!

Gun-toting S.C. granny scares off burglars

BLENHEIM, S.C. – There are certain people criminals should not mess with: martial arts experts, superheroes and Ruby Hodge of Blenheim.
When two would-be burglars broke into the 89-year-old widow’s house Monday on S.C. Highway 38 just outside of Blenheim, they probably didn’t expect to find Hodge and her .38-caliber pistol waiting for them.
Standing in her bedroom next to her pink and white floral bedspread, Hodge is just over 5 feet tall and weighs maybe 100 pounds soaking wet. However, just after 8 a.m. Monday, she was more than two grown men could handle.
“I decided I would go see who it was,” Hodge said, recalling she heard someone knock twice on her back door just off the kitchen of her small house. “But before I moved, they knocked a third time and busted my door open. I said to myself, ‘That’s a break in!'“
The men – later identified by police as Ronnie Henry Stevenson Jr., 31, of 956 High Point Road in Lydia, and Nelson Hawkins, 42, of 1564 Turnpike Road in Darlington – were no strangers to the law. Both had lengthy criminal records and were persons of interest on prior burglaries by both Marlboro County and Darlington County sheriffs’ offices.
Their experienced criminal background did them little good against Hodge.
“I got my gun,” she said, reaching under her mattress just as she did Monday morning and pulling out her .38-caliber pistol, fully loaded with six bullets. It belonged to her late husband, who died some 22 years ago. Since then it has just been Hodge and as she showed Stevenson and Hawkins, she can take care of herself.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/07/25/3404133/gun-toting-sc-granny-scares-off.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/07/25/3404133/gun-toting-sc-granny-scares-off.html#storylink=cpy

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

IT DIDN'T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT: PART 3 "The Socialist Majority"

Read Part 1 & Part 2

The left-wing political leadership recognized that, by themselves, they were only a tiny percentage of the American population, never enough in numbers to win elections. However, small as they were, they were organized and they had a plan, a grand scheme to socialize America! They knew where they wanted to go but how to get there was the question! Patient gradualism was the answer.

Studying the mechanics of American politics, they soon recognized that, on the average, only fifty percent of all adult Americans ever bothered to register to vote. ONLY HALF! Then, in the primary elections, where the two parties choose their candidates, again, ONLY HALF of those who took the time to register even bothered to participate. So, only ONE OUT OF EVERY FOUR Americans actually vote in primary elections where candidates for the general election are selected. It's quite a shock to realize that three out of every four Americans have no say-so in the selection of primary candidates. THAT'S NOT ALL!!! ... Add to those facts, multiple candidates run in primary elections, it is not uncommon for five to ten candidates to seek the same office for each party; thereby splitting the vote even farther. This is especially true when no incumbent is running for re-election, or when every ten years, new seats are created by reapportionment and the office is considered an "open seat". [More in a later column on how the games are played in reapportionment]

Therefore, a small organized percentage of voters could nominate and elect their candidate in primary elections since multiple candidates inevitably seek the same office. The following is an actual example of how a small minority can win a major California State Senate office. The registration heavily favored one of the major parties.

District population approximately 600,000
Those who could register to vote 400,000
Those who bothered to register 235,000
Total who voted in primary election 120,000
Dominate party primary vote 70,000
Lesser party primary vote 50,000 

Eight candidates sought the major party nomination and the winning candidate gained 16,000 of the 70,000 votes cast; the other seven candidates split the remaining 54,000.

The primary winner won handily in the general election because of the registration advantage. He easily gained the Senate seat and served for 22 years. He gained leadership and helped elect many others of like mind. Is this race an exception? No! It happens all the time. Realize the significance of only 16,000 votes out of potentially 400,000 who could have participated. Think about it. Is it any wonder that a small dedicated minority of voters could have a disproportionate impact on our government when three out of four Americans don’t even register or bother to take part in primary elections ---- in the very important process of selecting who their candidates might be? Think long and hard about it!!!

The left saw that in local elections for school boards, city council, supervisory races, a even much smaller numbers of votes could affect the outcome. With an organized minority of fellow activists, left wing candidates could, and have won local offices. Once elected, and establishing a base of operations as an incumbent office holder, it's much easier to develop important name identity --- therefore, making it much easier to move up, step by step, to higher office, such as state representatives and state senators. Then, at a later opportunity, to Congress and the US Senate. Many a national left-wing Congressman and Senator has successfully followed this upward path and are now in national office. Study the careers of Democrat Congressman George Miller and Henry Waxman as good examples.

Once elected, even to the smallest seat, the socialist becomes an active part of the movement; committed to help promote the socialist cause, and helping others succeed. They effectively use their office to hire those of like mind, train staff, raise funds and gradually introduce, bit by bit, socialist legislation. For years and years, the good socialist activist moves upwards to one higher office after another --- that is, if he or she remains a good soldier.

The socialists, in Democrat or Republican garb, believe that any method that achieved socialist power is “ethical.” As mentioned before, “the end justifies the means” becomes their motto and method of operation. Deception and lying became the tools of their trade. To call someone a “lying socialist” is a redundancy.

To Be Continued ...

delays and debates

Sorry for the delay in posting yet another riveting article on guns and/or the Second Amendment.  Given last week's unfortunate shooting incident, our office has been slammed with phone calls, interviews, and the like ... while short staffed at the same time.  I know, that doesn't mean that much to you, but it's my excuse nonetheless.

Whenever a mass shooting occurs, GOC and GOA get bombarded with phone calls from reporters who want quotes on why we still think the Second Amendment is important and others who want interviews to provoke discussion on the gun issue.  Yesterday, our Executive Director, Sam Paredes, participated in a debate with  Ben Van Houghton of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence on News10 in Sacramento.  

Watch the debate and tell us who you think won! (My favorite part is when Sam leans in and corrects Mr. Van Houghton on his facts)


Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Read Part 1
Let's first review some important historical facts.

Theodore Roosevelt, one our most popular and articulate Presidents, said at the very beginning of the twentieth Century that our destiny as a nation was being threatened. He excoriated some American intellectuals who were espousing what they called "a new morality." Emphatically and without equivocation he stated, "There are those who believe that a new modernity demands a new morality. What they fail to consider is the harsh reality that there is no such thing as a new morality. There is only one morality."
He went on to state "There is only true Christian ethics over against which stands the whole of paganism. If we are to fulfill our great destiny as a people, then we must return to the old morality, the sole morality.”

Roosevelt saw the beginnings of the moral and intellectual slippage and it bothered him greatly. He saw some college academicians advocating a “new morality” embodying atheism, evolution, and socialist materialism. Our twenty sixth president then emphatically said, “All those blatant sham reformers, in the name of new morality, preach the old, old vice and self indulgence which rotted out first, the moral fiber and then even the external greatness of Greece and Rome.”

Tough stuff, hardly what today's political liberal sophists would publicly say much less believe. Not many paid attention to Roosevelt's prophetic warnings. The ethics of these “new moralists” flowed primarily from the theories of two atheistic authors; the now 150 year old, 1859 "scientific" evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin; detailed in his book “Origin of Species,” and, the 1848 socialist "scientific" concepts in Karl Marx’s Das Kapital, and Communist Manifesto. Darwin and Karl's theories became quickly the 'new thing" for a number of American academics who, not only accepted as truth, but, quickly began to advocate as scientific fact to their students.

Over the last 150 years, both Marx and Darwin have been thoroughly discredited and debunked by modern science, logic and time. However, both fallacies were taking hold at the turn of the 1900's. These “new moralists" were becoming increasingly vocal on our college campuses and in the national labor union movement. It didn't take long before they were demanding their “new scientific" ideas should become implemented politically. They began their maiden political voyage by attempting to elect their candidates under the socialist banner. They were unsuccessful and their numbers and influence remained small.

They, at first, had made the mistake of trying to explain how their atheistic, materialistic, and collectivist political schemes worked --- concepts such as governmental ownership of all businesses and property. These were wild ideas at the time --- diametrically opposite to the way Americans thought and therefore, were not only rejected, but scoffed at. The vast majority of our citizens were happy with personal liberty, ownership of private property, constitutional government, free enterprise and politics implemented through the established two party system.

Up to the beginning of the twentieth Century, the nation's ethics were decidedly Christian based --- 90% of the citizenry proudly called themselves Christians and approved of it being discussed in our public schools. Students were instructed on why and how the Constitution was written and who were the Godly men who did so. Students were instructed to memorized passages from their fore-fathers speeches and recite them before the class. Christmas carols were learned and joyfully sung in our public schools. Bible verses were memorized and recited in class. Even the United States Supreme Court, after years of voluminous study, declared in 1898 that America was decidedly a Christian nation.

Patrick Henry emphatically stated, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been offered asylum, prosperity, and freedom to worship here.”

Americans became very comfortable with our good life, our two party system --- only a few ever thought about wanting to change it. "Why would anyone want anything else?" --- was the national attitude.

In Europe however, the socialists were making some headway in the labor union movement, promoting their Marxist, anti capitalist, hate the rich, divide the wealth, propaganda. The English Fabian socialist movement grew and captured the interest of some of the British intellectuals, such as Bertrand Russell and George Bernard Shaw.

At the turn of the twentieth century, a well organized radical by the name of Lenin, put wheels under the international world socialist movement. He directed a tiny minority of well organized communists in subverting and overthrowing the Russia's Czarist government. He set up what was soon to become a socialist dictatorship of the proletariat. In so doing, Lenin developed a financial base and an international platform for the promotion of world socialism through agitation, subversion, and propaganda. Lenin believed that if subversion worked in capturing Russia, why not anywhere else? After the First World War, the leftist movement wanted to become more politically active in the United States. Lenin was an excellent organizer, and he and other socialist leaders such as Norman Thomas, realized that it was an impossible task to sell their bad tasting political medicine to the vast majority of Americans. Lenin wrote extensively on how not to sell socialism, calling left-wingers who tried to explain socialism an "infantile disorder." In essence, he told the faithful, don't try to sell the details of how the socialist system works, if you do, you'll scare people away. They will quickly see how all power is centralized in the hands of a centralized government and in the hands of a powerful few. Just tell the masses that socialism is wonderful and that it promises equality for all. Safe your breath trying to explain how socialism works, make headway condemning the inequities of capitalism.

Norman Thomas, an early leader in the American socialist movement, promoted the concept that Americans would "never knowingly adopt socialism but, under the name of liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened." The socialist movement decided there were three areas of extreme importance for them to penetrate and influence. Since human beings are nothing more than graduate animals, all humans were just another accident of nature. What they hear and read control all their actions so --- control the avenues of mass communications and you can program the beasts to react like Pavlov's dogs. That meant that the media, education and politics became their prime areas of conquest.

The left then wisely abandoned attempts to sell their socialist programs as a third political party--- deciding that there was more fertile ground within the two party system running as “liberals” and “progressives.” They soon found it wasn't very difficult to do so --- as long as they kept their mouths shut on the glories of socialism. At the beginning of the Twentieth Century, the Democrat’s had a weak national political party, eager for any new members. The left seized the opportunity, registered as Democrats, called themselves "progressives" and went to work within the Democrat party.

They were well aware that both parties are open to any one who wants to join, with no ideological strings attached --- no platform one must adhere to, no specific issues one must accept to be a member. All one had to do was register to vote, be of age, no felonious record and, if caring to run for office, have enough money to file for candidacy. There is no political litmus test in either party in order to be a member or a candidate. Socialists found it easy to register, and run for office as a Democrat; just sublimate their ideology and then campaign around any popular issue in order to get elected. Say what ever works in order to win the office, then legislate as they jolly well please once elected. The end justifies the means was their motto and moral guide, do whatever it takes to win --- lying was never a problem unless caught.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday Life Savers

Costa Mesa homeowner pepper sprayed by burglar, shoots at him with his handgun

Tip to burglars: Don’t bring pepper spray to a gunfight.
A burglar in Costa Mesa learned this earlier in the week after blasting a homeowner in the face with his pepper spray canister. The homeowner, presumably blinded, nonetheless managed to retrieve his handgun and squeeze off a few rounds in the general direction of the intruder, Costa Mesa police said in a press release.
He missed, but the burglar fled for his life.
The incident took place around 2:40 a.m. Monday morning, police said, when “an unknown suspect pried open the front door to a home in the 2400 block of Elden Street.” The homeowner, awoken by the noise, discovered the intruder in his bedroom -- right before getting pepper sprayed. (Apparently burglars are known to do this.)
But he somehow managed to grab his gun -- perhaps he keeps it by the bed? -- and fired at the burglar.
“The suspect was last seen running eastbound down the driveway,” police said.
Nothing in the home was taken.
Police have no description of the burglar, probably because his intended victim had been blinded. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Det. Rob Hanson of the Costa Mesa Police Department at (714) 754-5162.

Thursday, July 5, 2012


By Senator H.L. Richardson, ret.
June 2009 Part 1

I'm a conservative who has been active in government. Because of that, a number of acquaintances have recently asked me, "Senator, how did we ever get into the political mess we're in?"

Frankly, I'd rather not take the time to tell them because there is no simple answer--- However, I try anyway. Fact is, after I explain the facts, most don't get it. They rarely grasp the consequences of what I'm telling them --- They don't have the background to comprehend the consequences of what I've just told them. It's a rare bird who asks the important question "what can I do, or, is there a good cause that I can donate to?”

No matter what the response, I have to tell them anyway. Why? Because the Scripture tells me that if I know the answer, I should give them an ear full. In Ezekiel 3:18, the prophet Ezekiel was told to inform the people to shape up or else. The Lord commanded him to tell the impudent and stubborn children, both the good and the bad ones, to repent and ask for forgiveness. God told Ezekiel that if he didn't tell them, their blood was on his hands. What was good advice for Ezekiel was meant for all of us today. If we know and don't tell, the blood is on our hands as well.

That's why I'm writing this article so when the next person asks, I tell them to look it up on my Blog, www.SENHLR.BLOGSPOT.COM (editors note: refer to thegocblog.blogspot.com) and think about it. Maybe if they read it over a few times, they might get it and get busy.

It's a tough story to tell because it didn't happen overnight ---but happen it did! Ignoring God's directions and being a stiff necked people, we're now in deep, deep trouble. Robert Louis Stevenson once said, "Sooner or later in life, we all sit down to a banquet of consequences.”Well, we're at the banquet and we're suffering the consequences of having denied God's directions for a good life and a trip to eternity.

There are many reasons but this article is about the political complacency that affects most Americans. The vast number of our citizens have been happy the way we all live and aren't interested in changing anything, or doing much about politics. Slowly but surely, they have drifted away from knowing the vital role God played in this nations birth. Therefore, after paying scant attention to the mechanics of American politics, most Americans have little understanding or interest in how it has been cleverly changed. Most have been too busy to think about it and can't imagine "why anyone would ever want to change it anyway". Comfortable with the attitude of "If it ain't broke why bother to fix it!" --- and, forgetting the statement that "the price of liberty is eternal vigilance," complacency has pushed us to the cusp of losing big chunks of our income, our property and our personal freedom.

The second reason is that there are political activists who don't like "our way of life' and for over a century, have been working diligently to turn us into another godless European socialist state --- or worse.

"Well," you may ask, “How did this all happen?" It is difficult to cram a century of activity into a short article, but I'll try to give the highlights of how the socialists have gotten us in this bureaucratic mess and now have the power to push us over the cliff. 

... stay tune for part 2