The Gentleman’s (and Lady’s) Guide to the 2nd Amendment and Gun Ownership

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide here. So, this post will likely be extremely controversial, so if it ends up getting taken down for any reason, let the record show that it was WordPress that took it down, not me or Jonah. Like I said in an earlier post, a gentleman stands up for what he believes in, and even if I get torn apart or even expelled from my university for what I say in this post, it’s staying up. Also, I’ve learned from my mistakes in past posts, and from now on, if I include any information that is not my own, I will put my resources, as subjective or objective as they may be, at the bottom of each post. In any case, I’m sure most of you who are reading this have at least about the shooting and mass murder in Parkland, Florida last week, and to those who were affected in any way by this, whether you were injured or lost a family member to the assailant, I offer my sincerest condolences. This was a tragedy that should never have happened, and my heart goes out to all who were affected by this. With this in mind, unlike what a majority of the mass media has been doing as of late, I won’t be fighting for stricter or more abundant gun control laws. As a matter of fact, I’ll actively fighting against them. Why? Because slightly looser gun control laws than those we have now could have prevented this as well almost all school shootings that have happened in recent years. And in this post, I’m going to give you four (4) facts about gun ownership, the 2nd Amendment and why such things are incredibly important, especially in the United States today.

1. The right to self-defense

The 2nd Amendment reads as follows:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Now what exactly does that mean? Many people view it as gun rights should only be to members of a state militia. And since the US doesn’t use such a state militia anymore, many people are viewing the 2nd Amendment as even more outdated than they think it is. However, the wording of the amendment in and of itself completely disassembles this argument. However, people seem to overlook five very important words that are included in the amendment: “The right of the people.” This shows that the Founding Fathers had the interests of the people in mind when drafting this, not the military. They realized that humans have the right to self-preservation and self-defense. They also realized that the most effective way to provide self-defense was through use of a firearm. And just think about it; if an assailant is breaking into your home, they’d be more likely to flee if you even brandished a firearm. A lot of times, you wouldn’t even have to fire a bullet. A burglar would be intimidated even by the sight of a firearm because it’s possible that they might get shot. There’s an extension to this self-defense idea that is also just as important.

2. Enhanced security

There is staggering evidence that shows that around 92% of mass shootings occur in “gun-free zones”, where even concealed-carry permits are nullified. And there’s a simple reason for this: gun-free zones are simply the easiest targets. So the simplest answer is to simply get rid of gun-free zones in order to bump up armed security. If campus security, campus police, and even certain staff members were allowed to have firearm training and concealed-carry permits, the amount of school shootings would plummet practically overnight. As counterintuitive as it sounds, the removal of gun-free zones, easy targets for mass shooters, will actually make the US a much safer place.

3. A firearm is a firearm

Many opponents of the 2nd Amendment try to argue that the only thing the Founding Fathers had in mind about firearms were muskets. Well first things first, that argument is just completely wrong. There were other rifles and even handguns invented around the time of the Revolutionary War or even hundreds of years beforehand, that could fire upwards of twenty (20) rounds in five (5) seconds. But all of these details aside, the most important thing to know is that the entire purpose and function of firearms has not changed since they were invented. Regardless of era, regardless of design, a gun is designed to expel either a pellet or wad of lead (unless you use a BB gun or airsoft gun) out of a long metal tube for the purpose of hitting something, killing it if it’s a living thing, human, animal, or otherwise. As such, all firearms need to be treated with the same amount of care and caution, whether it’s a musket, an AR-15, a 20-gauge shotgun, or a Glock 19. Probably the most important things to know when handling ANY firearm are the three (3) most important universal rules of gun use, the first rules I heard when I first learned to shoot a gun when I was eleven (11) years old.

1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
2. ALWAYS keep you finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

4. Women benefit from gun ownership as well

I was watching another video from Prager University,  called Gun Rights are Women’s Rights. In it, journalist and author Katie Pavlich talks about how because women on average have less muscle mess and physical strength than men (not to shame or judge women, it’s just biology), the best way for them to “even the odds”, as Pavlich puts it, is for more women to own guns, especially in the US. Like I said earlier in this post, even just brandishing a firearm or showing that you have one on hand will deter most criminals from doing anything to you, your family, or your property. Right-leaning blogger and social media personality Lexie Bess goes even further into this in a video series on her Facebook page, the pilot of which you can check out right here. So for any of you young ladies reading, this may be worth checking out.

So that’s it for the list. Again, to any of those who were affected in Parkland last week, I offer my condolences, and I am fighting to help you. It’s just that seeing how so many people react to something like this and try to push for things that have never worked and never will work just gets my blood boiling. This is just my take on it and why I feel that so many things that the left is pushing for are complete nonsense. In any case thank you for reading. I would truly appreciate it if you shared this post, and go the word out. Also be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram. This is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time.

 

Resources

Crime Prevention Control Center: crimeresearch.org/2014/09/more-misleading-information-from-bloombergs-everytown-for-gun-safety-on-guns-analysis-of-recent-mass-shootings/

Politifact: politifact.com/florida/statements/2017/feb/21/richard-corcoran/do-most-mass-shootings-happen-gun-free-zones/

Louder with Crowder: https://youtu.be/CquUBWHU2_s (yes, I get Steven Crowder is more of a comedian if anything, but I trust him more than most mainstream media sources)

Prager University: https://youtu.be/2iKBEJp92CA

Lexie Bess: facebook.com/officiallexiebess/videos/884689121713489/

 

The Gentleman’s Guide to Hiking/Backpacking

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from the Young Gentleman’s Guide here! First off, thank you all so much for the amount of traffic and support you gave my last post about my grandfather. I could not have predicted how much support it got, and I truly appreciate all of you who read and/or shared it. In any case, let’s get on with today’s post! So, if you read my post about my grandfather, you would know that he is quite the outdoorsman. As a result of this and my experience in the Boy Scouts, I’ve picked up more than a few tricks of the trade when it comes to going out on the trail. While I may not be as much of master trailblazer like Grandpa or my even my own father, I still believe I’ve gathered enough knowledge, either from Grandpa or the Boy Scouts, to share with you young gents reading this post. So today, I’m going to share four (4) helpful tips to make your next hiking trip a little easier and more enjoyable.

1. Plan out your route ahead of time

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Every summer, my Boy Scout troop would go on a week-long, 50-mile hike in the High Sierra Mountains. It should be no surprise that such a venture required a meticulous amount of planning, including meal plans and, of course, planning our route. Grandpa, with the help of a few other guys in my family like my dad and my uncles, would scour over countless maps to figure out the best routes that could easily be completed in a week and had campsites near water sources. As a result of such planning, we have almost always been able to complete our hikes on time. But this should really go without saying. Planning out where you want to go will help figure out how many days you might be out, if you’ll be near any water sources, the kind of terrain you’ll be coming across, and if there are any viable camping areas along the trail. This will in turn help you figure out how much food and water to bring, and whether or not you’ll need overnight equipment like a tent or sleeping bag. So make sure to use a map, and figure out where you want to go before you even head out to the trailhead.

2. Pack the essentials first

When you’re planning for a hike, you should keep in mind the most important things: preventing blisters on your feet, staying hydrated, staying warm, and simply just trying to survive, especially if you’re planning to stay overnight in the wilderness. Because of this, you should keep in mind what equipment you should pack that helps you accomplish that. As such, the most important things to put in your pack are small, energy-packed foods that can easily fit in a small bag, (if you’re on a day hike, that is) and enough water to keep you hydrated for a few hours. And of course, in order to prevent blisters or other damage to your feet, make sure you are wearing proper walking/hiking shoes or boots that are just the right size. If your shoes are too tight, you potentially cause ingrown toenails, which can be an incredible pain if you’ve ever had to deal with them, but if your shoes are too loose, the friction from the constant rubbing of your feet in your boots can cause blisters, which can lead to infections if not taken care of. If you’re staying overnight, you’ll want to pack things to keep you warm. Jackets and/or sweaters are always good things to have, and a well-kept sleeping bag in good condition will obviously keep you warm and help you sleep better. And of course, a tent and a ground pad are also good things to take, so your sleep can be as comfortable as it can. A decently-stocked first aid kit wouldn’t go amiss either. Just in case you get a blister, it’s always good to have some moleskin on hand to treat blisters, and some bandages and antibacterial to help dress cuts and other small injuries will also be extremely helpful. And these are just the most essential things. Now there may be other places that, by law, may require you to take some other things with you, so I would recommend doing a bit of research into wherever you plan on going, so you can be absolutely sure what you need to take with you.

3. Pack a little extra food

I know this may sound ridiculous, but just keep reading. Now, you hopefully will have figured out where you’re planning to go, and how long you’ll be on the trail for, but whether you’ll be out for three (3) hours or three (3) days, it’s always a good idea to pack a little extra food and water, usually about a day’s worth. The reason being that you may have miscalculated how long you would be out on the trail for, and need to camp out an extra day. Or in extreme cases, you might get lost, and need to take an extra day to either get rescued or find your way back onto the original route. In either case, it’s just always a good idea to have these extra rations on hand as a means to survive. Also, here’s a bonus tip. If you find yourself lost and need to camp out an extra day, find a nearby water source. It’s always a good idea to have as much water as you need close at hand as well as food.

4. Whenever possible, use the buddy system

Now, I’m willing to give Grandpa a pass on this one. He used to go on hikes on his own all the time, but because he’s been hiking and hunting for longer than I’ve been alive, he probably knows his way around the High Sierras better than I do my own house. But I’m  getting off-topic. If there’s one thing I can say I took away from the Boy Scouts without a doubt, it would be the buddy system. Always have a person to travel with, so you two can keep an eye each other. Better yet, if you can, travel with a group.  Not only will it make your hike more of a social experience and therefore more enjoyable, but in the event one of you gets lost, it’ll simply help them get found and rescued more quickly. On top of this, you can share food and water this way. If you run out of water on the trail before you reach your next water source, you can simply ask one of your buddies to share with you is they have any extra. In short, it’s just always a better idea to hike with a friend or even a group of friends if you can.

So there it is! Four (4) tips to help make your next hike a bit easier and more enjoyable. If you gents follow these simple tips, maybe one day you’ll be able to climb to the top of Mount Whitney like I did!

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This was me at the top of Mt. Whitney the summer before my freshman year of high school

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Lessons In Manliness From My Grandfather

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from the Young Gentleman’s Guide here! First off, apologies from both Jonah and myself for not having any posts up for a while. I just started another semester at San Francisco State, and these first few weeks have truly thrown me for a loop and have really been testing my patience. In any case, I should be back to my regular posting schedule right starting right now, and today, I have a big one for you guys! Now, any man should have a positive male role model in his life, and I consider myself incredibly lucky since I have several in my life. Whether family, friends, or otherwise, there are several men in my life that I look up to and strive to emulate every day of my life. With this in mind, I thought it would be nice to talk about possibly the biggest male role model in my life, my grandfather, Robert Mahan. In this post, I’m going to talk about the things I admire about my grandpa and how he can serve as a model for all up-and-coming gentlemen today. So with all of that out of the way, let’s get started!

1. He’s handy

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Grandpa is mechanic and metalworker, so he obviously knows how to use tools as well as how to work with just his hands. Just about anything involving the use of of his hands, he’s able to do. He can change a tire, build and fix engines, effectively use an axe, and he even built a fully-functional, scale model train engine from scratch, which took the better part of thirty years to complete. Here’s a picture in case you don’t believe me.

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On top of all of this, there’s one thing Grandpa always has on him that can help in so many situations: his pocketknife. He and my uncles are essentially the ones who taught me to always carry my pocketknife with me (which is why I rarely leave my dorm without my Swiss Army Knife). Long story short, if you have any project that involves work with tools or with your hands, Grandpa either always has the right tool for the job, or knows where to find and how to use said right tool. And that’s a great thing that men should know how to do. Being able to help and have the right tools for any situation can generally just make life easier, and being generally reliable is just a great trait to have. But that only scratches the surface of what Grandpa can teach.

2. He’s a true outdoorsman

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I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this on the blog before, but I’m actually an Eagle Scout, as is our other admin, Jonah. While I can’t speak for Jonah as to why he even started with the Boy Scouts, I myself can honestly say that my entire reason for becoming a Scout can be attributed to Grandpa. He was the first person in my family to join Boy Scout Troop 119, the troop in which my uncle, my cousin, my brother-in-law, and I all ended up joining. Practically everything I’ve learned about camping and the outdoors can be credited to Grandpa. As a man who has been camping, backpacking, and hunting for almost eighty (80) years, he clearly knows a thing a two about backpacks, tents, and the like. I’m sure if he had the option, he could just live off the land and the wilderness. He can read a map just as well as he can read a book, make a fire, cook his own food, shoot a gun, and even track animals to an extent. If these all aren’t important things for all young men to know, then I don’t know what is.

3. He’s a true family man

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My grandparents have been happily married for sixty-two (62) years, and in my eyes, they’re happier than ever. Obviously, Grandpa has an innumerable amount of traits that I admire and strive to emulate, but the most important thing to know is that no matter what he does, at the end of the day, the thing that’s most important to him is his family. He clearly shows that he loves his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and would give anything to make them happy. And after fairly recently becoming great-grandfather, I’ve never seen him so happy in my life. The fact that his legacy will continue to live on through his family pleases him to no end, and I cannot wait to share what he’s taught to my future kids and grandkids.

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Grandpa giving his great-granddaughter a ride in a wheelbarrow

So there it is! My grandfather has obviously left a huge impact on my life, and I feel like he’s taught me so much that many of you young gents who are reading can learn as well. Again, my sincerest apologies for being so absent lately. As stressful as these first few weeks back at school have been, we should be back to our regular posting schedule starting now. In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post. Please be sure to share the post, follow the blog, and follow The Young Gentleman’s Guideon Facebook and Instagram. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

Welcome to our Patreon!

Evening gents, it’s Max from the Young Gentleman’s Guide here, and we’ve got a huge announcement! As you can probably tell, we’ve started a Patreon! For those of you who don’t know, Patreon is a way for people to provide a monthly income for the creators whose art they enjoy, in exchange for the creator giving certain benefits or rewards to their patrons. It’s used by countless online creators, and we thought it would be nice to jump onto that bandwagon. As far as rewards go, every time we hit 150 patrons, Jonah and I will pick one random patron to become a temporary admin for the blog, being able to put up to posts on the blog, pending our approval. That’s all we have for now, but we’ll start adding more rewards if and when we start getting more patrons or get more monetary benefits. You can become a patron right here: patreon.com/younggentlemansguide.

In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post. Please be sure to share the post, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guideon Facebook and Instagram, or donate on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

A Gentleman Stands Up For What He Believes In

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from the Young Gentleman’s Guide here! So, one of our latest posts, The 1950s: The Greatest Generation for Families, has received quite a bit of heat lately, which isn’t very surprising. Now, we here at The Young Gentleman’s Guide are always open to a thoughtful and cordial conversation, and we were made aware of quite a few differing opinions. On Instagram, a few commenters were saying that I should’ve done some more research into how women and minorities were treated in the 1950s, or how women today can and do live happy lives without starting a family or having kids. Now what would you do in this situation? I would guess that some people would either take the post down or issue an apology for offending anyone. But that is not what a gentleman would do, and that is not what I want to teach to my readers.

Now, I will fully admit that I should have done more research into the era of the 1950s, and I should have also addressed to role of women today. Don’t get me wrong, if you are a woman and are happy with working and not getting married or starting a family, then I’m fine with that. And guys, if you also want to focus on your career and not worry about finding a lady to settle down with, then that’s fine! Pretty much everything I mentioned in that post were just statistical trends, not absolute certainties. However, I have no plans to apologize for what I said take down the post, because I still stand by the core message of the post: that traditional family values are important and should be preserved, despite them being dangerously undermined in today’s society.

I believe it was Ron Swanson, a character from the TV show Parks and Recreation who says “If you believe something, you sign your name to it.” I’m prepared to take that sentiment to the bank! Caving into the demands of your audience or the people who disagree with you, just shows that you don’t actually believe in what you said. Also, if your first reaction is to resort to violence as opposed to having an open discussion (as is, more often than not, the case with politics or religion), that’s not upholding your belief, that’s just a display of cowardice. Again, that goes completely against what I’m trying to teach our readers. Like Ron Swanson says, “If you believe something, you sign your name to it.” Sure, it is inevitable that other people will have a different opinion than yours, but that’s ok. If you’re willing to hold an open and cordial debate about your differing opinions. Whether or not one of you end up agreeing on everything shouldn’t matter. As long as you can both stay level-headed and find at least a small amount of common ground, that’s what matters.

In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post. Please be sure to share the post, follow the blog, and follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on Facebook and Instagram. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

On Friendship, From the Norse

Evening Gents! It’s Jonah here form The Young Gentleman’s Guide. Today we return to our series on Norse mythology and the many lessons for gentlemen held within.

Today we discuss friendship and its importance. Do you have a few bros? Maybe there are a few guys at school who you see regularly, or a few fellas who go out for drinks with you. But do you have real friends? Men who you aren’t afraid when they see you as you really are?

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In just two verses, the poet of the Sayings of the High One explains to us the importance of choosing friends and being intentional about our friendships. Keep in mind this just scratches the surface of what the poem has on friendship. Here you can find all the verses: https://www.artofmanliness.com/2016/01/31/the-80-wisdom-sayings-of-the-vikings/

The Sayings of the High One say,

  1. I was once young,/ I was journeying alone,/ and lost my way;/ rich I thought myself,/ when I met another./ Man is the joy of man./

And back up a bit:

  1. Know, if thou has a friend/ whom thou fully trustest,/ and from whom thou woulds’t good derive,/  thou shouldst blend thy mind with his,/ and gifts exchange,/ .and often go to see him.

I’ll focus on two little bits. First, from verse 47, we learn that “man is the joy of man.”

Gentlemen, nothing will give you joy like other people. That is why to be a gentleman relates entirely to people and how you interact with people. That is where our joy derives – from each other. Never forget that!

Now here’s the friendship-specific bit, verse 44. Let’s break it down:

“Know, if thou…”

Already we have something. When thee, thou, thine, and thy were in common usage, the thou form denoted closeness. Spouses would say “thou”, and friends, while authority figures would be addressed as you. The poet is addressing his audience as a close person or a friend.

“Know, if thou has a friend whom thou fully trustest…”

Do you have a friend who you fully trust? Think for a moment – trust them completely? Who you could tell anything…? If you do, I feel profoundly good for you. If you don’t, then we may be in the same boat. Let’s continue – this one verse is pure gol.

“…and from whom thou woulds’t good derive…” Are you deriving good from your friends? Are you getting advice; genuine, wholesome fun; and a renewing of your spirit? Do your friends challenge you to be a better man?

Or do your “friends” disparage your decisions and pressure you to lower your standards? Do they try to get you drunk, just because it seems cool? Do they try to get you to live short of your commitments in order to hang out? If they do these things, sorry to break it to you, but they are not good friends – or even friends.  

But true friends bring out the good in you.

“… thou shouldst blend thy mind with his,/ and gifts exchange,/ and often go to see him.”

To “blend thy mind”, and “often go to see him”  – what does this say? We must be intentional about our friendships. We must put work into them. We must spend time and effort. We must be magnanimous when our friends can’t hang out because they need to handle their responsibilities. Not only that, but we must support them in their responsibilities.

We must choose wisely. Choose men who challenge us to be true gentlemen. Men who are truly fun to be around. Men whom we trust, men for whom we would put in all the effort and stick through thick and thin.

If we want to be friends with those men, we have to be those men.

On that note, I’m Jonah with The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time.

The 1950s: The Greatest Generation for Families

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from the Young Gentleman’s Guide here! So I’ve made it abundantly clear that I love just about anything having to do with the 1950s. The cars, the music, the fashion, and probably my favorite thing, the emphasis on the family! I’ve also made it just as clear that I was born and raised in a traditional family, with both biological parents still married and living under the same roof. And of course, in the 1950s, a traditional family like that was essentially the norm, not the exception as it seems to be today. Now, I’m not going to act like everything in the 1950s was all sunshine and rainbows, but it has been shown to be a generally happier time. And while that can be attributed to any number of reasons, it’s my firm belief that the biggest reason is that traditional family values were a huge emphasis in American society. I’ve stated many times that I’m a huge advocate for traditional family values because said values are what’s important to every single member of the family. Protest or undermine them all you want, but traditional family values and gender roles are what’s best for society. Children who are raised with both biological parents living under the same roof are less likely to commit crime, drop out of high school, and live in poverty. Women who are housewives and stay-at-home moms have consistently been shown to be happier and more satisfied with their lives. And most importantly for our readers, a man who works to provide for his family is taught some of the most important things in his life: responsibility, leadership, work ethic, and how to care for others. And what era had the greatest emphasis on all of these things? The 1950s!

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The 1950s were a time where men acted like men, women acted like women, and children acted like children. It sounds like a far cry from today where people are aiming to not have any differences between any of those three things. Not only that, but as of 2014, approximately 24% of children grew up in fatherless homes, and it’s likely that percentage has increased in four (4) years. That’s more than twice as high as that rate in 1960, 11%. The value of the family is being dangerously undermined in our current year 2018. With modern social justice and universities trying to teach young people, especially women, that marriage and starting a family is obsolete, I’m hoping we can go back to the 1950s. If a woman wanted to try to call out someone for advocating being a sexist or a bigot for just arguing common sense and science, she might ask him “Why don’t we just go back to the 1950s?” But is someone were to ask me that right now, I would say “Yes, we should. Because life was better back then for men, women, and children. Sure racial relations weren’t the best, and we were slightly worried about nuclear armageddon, but people were happier. Men were real men, women were real women, and the family was going strong. I wish families today were as strong as they were back in that day. Families are the cornerstone of a prosperous society, and the 1950s had that in troves. Plus everything in general was just better back then. The cars, the music, the movies, and especially the government and economy.” Sorry for rambling there, but hopefully I got my point across. In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post. Please be sure to share the post, follow the blog, and follow The Young Gentleman’s Guideon Facebook and Instagram. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!