This past week I received a letter from a 15-year veteran of law enforcement in New York State who claims that “he has had enough” and is making a change in his life by moving to North Carolina. This is a pretty powerful statement for someone to make. How can the state that he has grown up in, raised a family in and worked in for all these years made it so unbearable for such a law abiding citizen? Easy. The people have become complacent. Laws are being changed without consideration for the greater good. People have become unwilling to speak out and now the State of New York is losing good hard working residents and businesses alike and they are not alone.
Connecticut-based Sturm, Ruger has opened a new factory in Mayodan, N.C., as some states toughen gun control laws. The small North Carolina town is already headquarters to Freedom Group Inc., owner of Bushmaster, Remington and other firearms brands.
Magpul has moved to Texas and Wyoming. What does that means for the state of Colorado that it left behind? $80 million and 200 jobs moved out-of-state.
Beretta USA built its newest plant not in Maryland, but in Tennessee. Why? Take a look at Maryland’s new gun laws.
Wake up, people. We live in a wonderful state and with you I hope to help keep it that way; and to do that, we all need to keep our eyes and ears open and protect our rights.
On Feb. 2, The Jacksonville Daily News ran a full page color ad by Ed Brown in support of his bid for re-election. One sentence in the ad has sparked enormous controversy and a great topic of discussion. For those of you who didn’t see the ad let me share the sentence: “Those in the Law Enforcement Profession have complete Power and Authority over You, Your Life, Your Family, Your Loved Ones, Your Rights, Your Freedom, Your future, and Everything Precious to Life,” according to Brown’s ad.
Wow. That’s a heart stopper, isn’t it? Unfortunately we all know that words have power, especially those in print.
Regardless, we need to pay attention. Listen, learn and speak. Those are your rights. Use them.
Remember your knowledge is your power so always help it grow.
Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.