Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 6.50.54 PMMy Watcher’s Council colleagues have, once again, demonstrated their almost total lack of taste by recognizing my wretched scribblings. Sigh. Oh well. At the very least, read their articles, which, as always, are mind candy.

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“You know why there’s a Second Amendment? In case the government fails to follow the first one.” – Rush Limbaugh

““Guns are our friends because in a country without guns, I’m what’s known as “prey.” All females are.” “ – Ann Coulter

“[The Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation (where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” – James Madison

This weeks’ winning essay, Stately McDaniel Manor’s I Carry A Handgun, Because.. is a real treat, a beautifully written essay that explains exactly why the author chooses being armed as opposed to the alternative! Here’s a slice to whet your appetite for the entire feast:

I do not advertise the fact that I carry a concealed handgun, or that I am an instructor. However, on the occasions when this comes up, people are often amazed. Not because I am a diminutive wisp of a fellow–I’m anything but, and if I do say so myself, and I do, I’m roguishly masculine–but because I am an English teacher and singer, and my default facial expression is a smile. The resulting conversation usually goes like this:

Friend:  “Really? You carry a gun?”

Me:  “Yup.”

Friend: “Where?”

Me:  “Everywhere.”

Friend: “Everywhere?!”

Me: “I carry a spear gun in the shower.”

Friend:  “No!” The horror and surprise in their eyes is delightful to see.

Me:  “No; but everywhere else.”

Friend:  “Why?”

I usually hit on a few of the high points, issues of logic, common sense, gentle persuasion enabling those that already know me to accept a side of me previously unimagined.. Employing my most frequently used weapon–the keyboard–I’ll endeavor to explain.


* Evil exists and may confront anyone at any time and any place.

* I believe God exists and expects me to protect those that can’t protect themselves.

* Self-defense is a God-given, natural, unalienable right.

As the article is here at SMM, merely scroll down, or take this link for the rest: 

In our non-Council category, the winner was noted Middle East commentatorRaymond Ibrahim with Is Islam Violent? Forget the Koran, Let’s Talk About Islam’s PROVEN Historical Record submitted by Joshuapundit. While he left out part of the story (the Indian Genocide during the Muslim conquest alone is estimated at between 1 and 20 million people), the basic point is fairly obvious.

Here are this week’s full results:

Council Winners:

Non-Council Winners:

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