Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

Thoughts on militia kit

Written By: Bob - Dec• 28•13

I’m going to be working on a post for Bearing Arms ( you know, the Second Amendment site that I now run for a living) on “militia kit.”

The basic premise for the article is that as the Founders wanted Americans to be armed with arms and accouterments of military utility for militia use, then we have a civic duty to be appropriately armed, equipped, and trained to function at a very basic level as riflemen.

The problem I’m having in writing this article is deciding:

  • What arms should be considered acceptable for militia use? Considering that the M4/M/16 platform is the military standard and shares 80%  parts commonality with the AR-15 for repair, maintenance, and resupply purposes, I’m having a hard time accepting an argument for anything other than an AR-15 from a logical point of view… but I’m open to persuasion.  I’m less interested in pistols and shotguns because of their comparatively limited use.
  • how expansive the ” standard kit” should be? Should it just be the rifle, mags, ammo cleaning kit, and something to carry it all, or should it include sustenance equipment?
  • What should be considered a minimal level of acceptable training and competency?
  • Should a minimal level of  physical conditioning be part of the requirement, and if so, what is that minimal standard?

I do not have any illusions of developing actual functional militia units or even fire-teams with such a project, but think that a nation of riflemen with adequate arms and marksmanship training form a powerful deterrent force against tyranny that could be molded into a fighting force with real training in a shorter amount of time than a citizenry with no standards, common equipment, or minimal proficiency at arms.

I’d love to get your thoughts in the comments.

Welcome to the Minitrue

Written By: Bob - Dec• 14•13

That there was a shooting at a high school just eight miles from Columbine yesterday was bad enough. That the Denver Post immediately began trying to whitewash the “outspoken Socialist” background of the shooter to protect their precious narrative is even worse.

When did Winston Smith become the managing editor there, anyway?


Where do you draw the line? A question for law enforcement.

Written By: Bob - Dec• 02•13

This young woman puts a very good question to the law enforcement community.

Where do you stand, my friends?

EBT user laments she won’t be able to buy exotic fresh fruits

Written By: Bob - Nov• 02•13

I’m trying real hard to find some sympathy here… and I got nothin’.

“It may not sound like a lot but to a person like me, it is,” says Annie Crisp, 30, a single mother of two girls in Lancaster, Ohio. “It’s not just a number.”

She says she received a little less than $550 a month in food stamps and now will receive $497. Crisp, a babysitter who brings home about $830 a month, says the food stamps help her buy her family fresh fruits, vegetables and meat.

Crisp worries now she may end up trying to supplement her family’s groceries by going to a food bank or cutting into her electric or gas money for the month. The cut, she says, also means she will have to buy more canned fruits and vegetables, foregoing her daughters’ favorite fruit, kiwi, and buying packaged meat.

Crisps’ family eats better than most people not on food stamps. I’m not remotely sorry that she’ll have to start eating frozen and canned vegetables, and choosing prepackaged meats instead of asking the butcher to cut her a stack of fresh inch-thick ribeyes.

Food stamps was not supposed to provide luxuries. It was supposed to keep families from starving.

Perhaps for the first time in their lives, EBT users might actually have to use their brains and shop intelligently and use coupons for the best food deals… just like those millions of hard-working taxpayers who pay for their food.

PR maven behind Moms Demand Action admits she wants to ban all guns

Written By: Bob - Nov• 02•13

Shannon Watts is the career public relations professional behind Moms Demand Action, the astroturf gun control group.

Yesterday, she attempted to redefine “assault weapon.”

I tried on several occasions to get her to admit the simple fact that AR-15s are not machine guns, but she and Moms Demand can’t afford to be honest with their meager cadre of followers. What a clown car full of fools.