Not All Memories Are Free
Published: May 28th, 2015
By: Josh Sheldon

Many things in life require hard work and dedication to even be able to see or experience what will create a lasting memory. When someone goes out of their way – so far that it causes others to remember them – a price it typically paid.

Americans often take freedom for granted. We were born into a society that offers comfort and great hope, while people elsewhere just hope. Sometimes that hope can turn into jealousy, hatred or resentment if never reached. This in return can cause others to try and take what they can't afford, make or simply access. For his reason, we as Americans have been the focus of much discrimination. Yes, you can discriminate against others that have more than you. Discrimination has no boundaries and often turns to violence. Lucky for us, we have a built-in barrier to such confrontation. Unfortunately for people that like to hunt and fish, there is little protection from the bad guys.

First off, I want to thank everyone in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and National Guard for placing their lives on the line to protect our way of life. All freedoms we enjoy are bought and paid for by sacrifices made by those whom have stepped up to protect us. The price of freedom is high and can only be paid by the blood of those willing enough to protect it. The reason for this is there will always be people out there that resent the United States, and will want to take what we as a country have worked so hard for. These people are willing to die to stop our way of life, as are our soldiers to protect it. Hats off to you all!

I spend a lot of time in the woods and on the water. There is much time to think out there, and my thoughts often revolve around the protection provided by guns. While holding a gun, you feel an added sense of security, whether in the home or in the woods. You recognize the ability to protect yourself is in your own hands. With bears now roaming around our woods, I feel quite uncomfortable just carrying a bow. Multiple shot capabilities and instant knockdown power is the only thing that offers me the feeling of safety. I realize the reason I'm able to be out there with a gun is because of a gun in the first place. The Second Amendment grants us the right to bear arms against anyone threatening our way of life. Guns were used in the production of our free country, and will ultimately be what defends it in the future. I'm not sure what the future holds, but I can guarantee it will revolve around who has the most firepower. This is why we strive, as a country, to have the strongest military forces possible.

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