I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and are having a joyful and restorative long weekend.

Still giving thanks here.  Bad news is I’m up to five good friends battling cancer, good news is they’re all holding their ground or winning so far.

The New York State Rifle & Pistol Club’s lawsuit on carry permits at SCOTUS left virtually all impartial viewers with the sense that the gun owners’ civil rights side had won the argument, and that a majority of our highest court appeared to realize that.  I for one await the decision with guarded optimism. 

America’s courts had been backed up before the Covid pandemic that virtually closed them for eighteen months, and now the dam has burst.  I am up to my neck at the moment on the expert witness side of my work.  I am thankful that the evidence is on our side in every one of them, and that this week the defendant in one of my cases won a Stand Your Ground hearing in Florida.  Kudos to attorney Arturo Hernandez for some masterful lawyering.

Half my lifetime ago, there was only one state, Vermont, which allowed law-abiding citizens to carry concealed handguns in public to protect themselves and their loved ones, without a specific permit. As of this year there are twenty-one which do so.  There were seven states where there was no provision for the private citizen to do so even via permit; now there are none such, though Maryland, New Jersey, and particularly Hawaii make acquisition of the permit extremely difficult.  Most states did not recognize carry permits; now, most do. It has been a tremendous leap forward in personal and public safety, and I for one am thankful for it.

The recent acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse is something to be thankful for, because a conviction – particularly with what looked like some underhanded lawyering on the prosecutors’ part – would have had a chilling effect on self-defense.

Have a great weekend! Be true to the holiday. We can discuss all the stuff we’re worried about…later.


  1. The USA is going downhill, but we still have a lot to be thankful for. I am thankful I don’t live in Venezuela, Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia or North Korea. I guess I am also glad I don’t live in a Democrat-run, American city. As long as we have electricity and food, life is still tolerable. For those in the middle class and above, life is still quite good. Crime is rising, but we still have our guns.

    The conflict is Communists versus Patriots. Even though I live in a deep blue state, I am surrounded by Patriots. There is hope, but the struggle will continue. Could it be that some Democrats will wake up if they become victims of crime? In other words, if they reap what they have sown with their poor voting choices, will they change their beliefs?

      • Lauren Neher,

        Thanks for the report on Californistan. I suppose people can remain on the path they have chosen as long as they have enough health and wealth to travel that path. If a Leftist were to lose their wealth, so that their lifestyle changed dramatically, maybe that would get their attention. However, some Leftists might feel noble if they became poor.

        During WWII, the German people admired and trusted Hitler. They fought right to the end, and believed his wonder weapons would save them from the advancing armies on both their east and west.

        In the 1990s, in the TV news, I saw Russians, who admired Stalin because he was a strong leader, having a rally. Also, I saw a group in France who wanted to restore the monarchy. I guess it is possible for people to hang onto their beliefs no matter what evidence is presented to their eyes. Ego might have a lot to do with it, too. Can’t admit they are wrong.

  2. I’m thankful for people like you who keep us up to speed on the firearm industry and legal issues.
    Thanks for all your hard work.

  3. “The recent acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse is something to be thankful for…”

    We live in very dangerous times. A left-wing inspired ideological-mass-insanity movement stalks our land, Europe and much of the English-speaking World. Once a mass insanity movement gets rolling, one never knows how it will end. Too often, they end up in genocide.

    Nevertheless, the insanity has not degenerated to genocide, just yet, and some people are starting to wake up to the EVIL that prevails from this Marxist insanity movement. I have hopes that the tide is starting to turn and that people are starting to “regain their senses” (as Charles MacKay puts it) even if it is only “slowly and one by one”.

    The Rittenhouse verdict is one sign of a turning tide. As this article indicates, it is one thing to truly be thankful for during this season of Thanksgiving:


  4. Mas:

    I first met you at Columbia at Bianchi. Cannot recall the exact year, but late 70s or very early 80s. I think you could pinpoint the year as you were carrying the HK P9S in C&L mode and you were wearing, if I recall, “Wolf Ears” electronic hearing protectors.

    Anyway, I have always been thankful for your kindness and willingness to spend far more time visiting with me than I likely deserved. Same kindly treatment every other time I have encountered you at SHOT, NRA, or any of the other usual places that we go.

    I have read everything you have written, and I want you to know how thankful I, and other gun owners are, to be able to read read, watch and learn from your thought provoking articles, books, and videos.

    So, this Thanksgiving, I am grateful for you and the things I have learned from you. In my mind, you are part of that top-tier of writers which, in my case, includes Elmer Keith, Uncle Jeff, and my great friend Tim Mullin, who always appreciates me passing his well-wishes to you!

    So, I hope, despite the difficulties of the friends you mentioned who are fighting cancer, that you are having a great Thanksgiving weekend.

    Best regards,

    Shawn McCarver
    Farmington, MO

  5. Completely off the subject here, but has anyone noticed the advertisement on the right for backwoodssolar.com showing the snow covered log cabin? A brown dog appears to be wanting to go inside where’s it’s warm, but can’t. It gives the appearance of a mean inhabitant(s) not caring for the freezing dog outside. Maybe the dog and the cat, who’s inside, doesn’t get along. A better image would show the dog and cat sitting together looking out the window.

Comments are closed.