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Happy New Year!

The old year is gone, and the new one just begun.

2009 was an unprecedented year in many ways.  The government of the US, the one that is supposed to be of the people and by the people, has uniformly ignored and alienated itself from the people.  Government take-overs of banks and industry, started in late ’08, have continued.  Government control of your health care seems assured.  Our representatives (in both parties) no longer listen to their employers, and they have seized enough power to continue their existence in perpetuity.

2010, I hope, will be the beginning of the process to reverse all of this.

In 2010 we have a new set of national elections, in which, we can begin to make a change.  But we can also make important changes at a much more personal level.

We can become more vocal with our leaders.  We can write more letters, make more phone calls and show up at their office to express our views.  We can write more letters to the editor of the local paper.  We can become more involved in the election of those people who represent our views.

Additionally, we can take a friend to the range.  I expect we will see new attacks on the Second Amendment in 2010.  The best way to sway public opinion, is to take non-shooters to the range.  The more people who realize that shooting is a safe activity, and that it is *gasp* fun, the more people we have on our side in the battle over the rights of the individual to own, carry and use firearms.

Goodbye 2009, and welcome 2010.  These may be the times that try mens’ souls, but I believe we have the fortitude to withstand the storm and restore our country to its once proud status as a beacon of liberty.

By Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a gun writer, amateur historian and - most importantly - a dad. He's done a lot of silly things in his life, but quitting police work to follow his passion of writing about guns was one of the smartest things he ever did. He founded this site and continues to manage its operation.

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