Small Talk

Commentary by  Don Bekeleski

Don has been contributing to our quarterly newspaper for years and has proven to be quite popular with our readers.  Don continues to work with us on our website as one of our premium contributors in this section that we call "Smalltalk".

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LYING PRESS? CMON!

LYING PRESS? CMON!

By Don Bekeleski

LYING PRESS? CMON! 


Boy, we are hearing a lot about the lying press and fake news nowadays!
I am sure 99% of us don’t believe everything we read as Gospel, but it is amazing how the press does twist and turn the truth!

Something happened just recently that was a very flat out lie!
I am sure it was used to make the American people think Congress made a great mistake or ask “OH my lands, are they crazy or what?”

In order for you to understand what I am about to say, I have to clue you in on a little history. Back under the end of Obama’s reign, he pulled a fast one, to once again attack the gun rights of Americans. There were so many you are probably saying, “Sure one more shot before you exit office”! That’s exactly what it was!!

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WOW CAN YOU DIG IT!

WOW CAN YOU DIG IT!

By Don Bekeleski

                                                                                                 Wow, Can You Dig It?!

Everyone knows Patrick Henry best for, “Give me liberty, or give me death.”  But the American Revolution’s greatest orator also said, “The great object is that every man be armed" and "everyone who is able may have a gun."

It makes great sense because an unarmed people could become slaves to the government. In other words, don’t trust a government that removes your right and then we should do something legally to stop its governing.

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LOOK AROUND YOU

LOOK AROUND YOU

By Don Bekeleski

                                                                                                    LOOK AROUND YOU

It’s Christmas time but somehow not the same as the ones before!  There are a lot of people that have lived in the fifties, sixties and seventies that now look at the world situation and a rumbling feeling in the pit of their stomach bothers them every day. Ask any of them and they will answer yes.

Those were years when America was a great place to live. People went to work and actually enjoyed driving to and from work. It gave them time to think about what they were going to do when they got home or maybe on the weekend.

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IT HAS PROVEN ITSELF & WHERE ARE THE NAYSAYERS!

IT HAS PROVEN ITSELF & WHERE ARE THE NAYSAYERS!

By Don Bekeleski

IT HAS PROVEN ITSELF & WHERE ARE THE NAYSAYERS!

I AM SURE YOU ALL RECALL WHEN WE WERE TRYING TO PASS CONCEAL CARRY IN THIS STATE AND ALL THE NAYSAYERS WERE SCREAMING THAT THERE WILL BE BLOOD IN THE STREETS!

People would be shooting each other over parking spaces and there would be shootings over everything, because every CC holder will think he or she is a cop.  Now that we have a few years behind us with conceal carry the law of the state, none of that has come true!

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A FEW THINGS THAT NEED FIXING

A FEW THINGS THAT NEED FIXING

By Don Bekeleski

A FEW THINGS THAT NEED FIXING 

There are a couple things I wish would get fixed soon. One is to get rid the ridiculous tax on ammunition that the Cook County board has put on ammunition in that county.  There is a bill in Springfield “HB 4348” introduced to eliminate this. It can’t happen soon enough. Cook County does everything it can to discourage gun ownership.  Every one that I talk to told me they were not buying ammo in Cook County anymore.  They have placed 5 cents per bullet on all larger ammo than 22 cal.  They have placed a one cent tax on every 22 cartridge you buy.  People said this is ridiculous and I agree.

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THINK ABOUT IT

THINK ABOUT IT

By Don Bekeleski

There are all kinds of people talking more gun control!  I have read a lot of sayings though that really prove a point.

Let’s cover the first one.
There are many people calling for gun control---YET— some of the people yelling the loudest for gun control are protected by armed security! They scream that you should not be allowed to own guns for protection—yet they are surrounded all around by guns for protection. Hillary being one! Duh!

Then there’s the blame game!
When there’s a bombing we blame the bomber. When there is a drunken driving accident –we blame the driver! But, when there’s a shooting we blame the gun! Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by not selling cars to good people!!
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THE REAL INTENTION OF THE CONSTITUTION!

THE REAL INTENTION OF THE CONSTITUTION!

By Don Bekeleski

When reading or discussing the 2nd Amendment with someone, you must go back to the real intention. Justice Scalia always said you must look back at the words and quotes to gain the true meaning!

Thomas Jefferson: “On every question of construction of the Constitution, (let us] carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was past”.

How did Americans regard arms? “Arms of all sorts including guns are clearly regarded as necessary and even a good part of American life”. Richard Henry Lee
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THE FIRST AMENDMENT PROTECTING THE SECOND!

THE FIRST AMENDMENT PROTECTING THE SECOND!

By Don Bekeleski

In a previous article called “House Gathering” I used a lot of quotes from the Founding Fathers about the 2nd Amendment. I have read more quotes from different persons also backing it up and I would like to share them. These people all recognized the 2nd Amendment for what it was & their words prove it!

“The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in ‘full’ possession of them”—Zachariah Johnson Virginia ratification 1778.

So I guess this settles the different weapons with the words “full”, meaning not picking ‘any’ out of the bunch to take away! As the colonies became states they adopted Constitutions to back up the Federal one.
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LET’S GET IT STRAIGHT - DON’T BLAME THE REPUBLICANS!!

LET’S GET IT STRAIGHT - DON’T BLAME THE REPUBLICANS!!

By Don Bekeleski

An awful lot of people believe that the Republicans failed to pass the bill to keep people on the “terrorist list” and the “no fly” list from getting guns.
There was a very important reason for not passing that particular bill.

If you think they voted against it for no reason just because it was a gun control bill, you are wrong! I watched part of the debate in the Senate. I happened to watch the truth part! You see there was a Republican woman Senator that proposed a bill that she said the Republicans would back this bill and that they could get it passed today! I don’t remember her name right now. The Democrats voted to defeat that bill!
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MAKE IT A POINT!

MAKE IT A POINT!

By Don Bekeleski

Nice weather and warmer temperatures are starting to gear up.

All of us should be planning to take someone shooting that has never been. Hunting this fall is another idea. The only way we are going to keep up the fight to defend the 2nd Amendment is to get someone who isn’t involved in shooting to get involved.

As older gun owners reach an age where they just can’t do it anymore, then we who can must make up those losses with new people! It can be a grandchild, neighbor, a friend’s child etc. you really don’t have to look far.
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