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January 2016

NRA vs. Gun Control

For many years the U.S. Government and the N.R.A have gone back and forth about the laws regarding gun control. Under recent years, the NRA has come under fire for their avid dedication to keeping firearms freely accessible to all U.S. Citizens in wake of the uncommon spike of mass shootings. There were shootings that took place in a South Carolina church, there were multiple shootings in theatres and other venues across America. We often look back to the shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary. All of these events were heartbreaking and all of these events involved guns.

In these past couple of months, President Barack Obama has been tampering with a thin line for the NRA. He proposed a Bill that would block the “gun show loophole” which forces background checks for the buyers at gun shows. Currently there is not gun show law set in place, and private sellers can sell ANY gun of choice at trade shows. However, all sellers at these trade shows are required to have background checks prior to having the ability to sell guns to regular citizens at these trade shows. The rule regarding that was set by the NRA and has been in place for many years. The biggest fear for the NRA is change.

The NRA feels the blockage of the “gun show loophole” is violation of the 2nd Amendment which is classified as the “Right to Bear Arms” as it feels that it’s a well-regulated and controlled militia. Often, they do not consider themselves to be a militia unless necessary action has to be taken. The NRA currently sees no issues with how they currently manage transactions between buyers and sellers and would like to be left alone entirely by the government.

In wake of the election of a new president, many politicians are asked to answer questions of the spiking murder rate in the United States. The NRA is taking a huge hit as the political races have started taking a reformation approaches at gun laws. Many of the questions directed toward the politicians running for President are reflective of 3 things: economy, international affairs and national violence. Many individuals are calling for a ban on Assault Rifles as they feel they are unnecessary and a military weapon that should not be in the streets of our nation what so ever. During the recent Democratic debate, a candidate stated, “You do not need an assault rifle to hunt, so what do you need it for.”

This raises great controversy because Republican Nominee Marco Rubio recently bought another firearm for his household on Christmas Eve. How do you feel about this, that he is arming himself? While there are many pro’s to firearms, there are a lot of cons as well. How do you feel about the proposed bill and how do you feel about civilians owning assault rifles?


The First Sword Ever Made

There are many tales and legends that take us back to finding the historical origin of the weapon we deem to be a Sword. Before we go back in history, one of the things we must look at is, what is a sword exactly? A sword is a weapon with a long metal blade and hilt with a hand guard, usually used for thrusting and striking. A sword can have one blade in most cases when referring to the Samurai and sometimes two blades when thinking of Swords during the era of the Roman Kingdom. The Roman Kingdom has a more accurate version of the sword based on shape and overall structure. The sword was developed from the construction of the dagger which had a double blade. The oldest sword-like weapons were found in Arslantepe, Turkey and date as early as 3300 B.C. Before the implementation of the guns by China in the middle of the 12th century, Swords, Trebuchets and Arrows were the main forms of battle weapons in the early ages.

Swords have developed over the many years to finally being sold with Carbon Steel and Stainless Steel Blades. The first Swords were made out of Arsenic Copper. Those swords had an extremely low density and often lead to plenty of breakage. Tin-Bronze, which is not one of the most durable metals around but was generally lighter than other metals used. As time progressed in history, so did the quality of the Sword.

One of the most notable of Swords in history, is the Japanese Sword. In particular, the Katana used by the Samurai. While other styles of Swords like the Wakizashi and the Tachi gained recognition, the Katana was the sword wielded by some of the worlds most talented Swordsman. The Katana’s used by the Japanese Samurai, were constructed out of Tamahagane, which is a very high carbon steel. The art of folding each piece of steel was one of the most delicate of processes and made the Samurai unique in every aspect. This is one of many factors that made the Katana completely notable in the long line of history which involved amazing swords.

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The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

When Martin Luther King Day is mentioned, many people think of the most monumental of speeches given by a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on August 28, 1963. He boldly stood in front of thousands of people, and called for an end to racism in the United States in the shadows of the Lincoln Memorial. This was a great accomplishment to say the least; however, there were attributes that contributed to the success of Dr. King way before the days he was an avid activist. He is an alumni of the exemplary Booker T. Washington High school in Atlanta, GA where he was said to be a precocious student. His impeccable successes did not stop at high school. In 1944, at age 15, after skipping two grades, Martin Luther King Jr. enrolled into Morehouse College. During those college years, he was having trouble finding purpose in his life and choosing a direction. His freshman and sophomore years seemed to be in “auto-pilot” as he was just floating by with no purpose. This all came to an end when he took a bible class in his junior year of college. This class not only renewed the faith of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. but encouraged him into entering into ministry. His entrance into ministry lead to many other endeavors that had Dr. King traveling across the nation experiencing wide ranges of segregation and racism. His focus was undeniable and proven once he received acceptance letters for doctorate school from Yale and Edinburgh of Scotland. He was a motivation to many other individuals who began to notice his rapid progressions. He stood for many other entities than just equality. He was a man of high intellect, he was a role model to younger individuals with his array of academic accomplishments and an icon to the people that were seeking just purpose in life. Dr. King was more than just an activist and much more than just a hard working citizen. He was a man of dignity, a man of honor and a man of love.

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Sword Care & Maintenance

How to clean your sword? Below are some fun facts on how to help care for your sword and keep it looking brand new for as long as possible.

Wielding a Sword
ALL edged weapons, battle ready or not, may be liable to cause injury or fatality. These weapons are also susceptible to become damaged if used improperly. Below are a couple of do’s and don’ts for care of your own personal sword.

Please Use Common Sense
Be responsible and aware of your surroundings, please do not swing any edged weapon carelessly. Keep in mind that your sword, battle ready or not, is still a weapon and can cause serious injury or possible death. Although we all have that “warrior” instinct inside of us, we must remember we do not live on a battlefield. Make sure you are extremely cautious of objects surrounding you and ensure you have plenty of room. Swords can also slip out of your hands. Selling your sword to pay for a lawsuit settlement is a big bummer. Be very careful and use common sense when handling your sword.

The Samurai respects his swords’ edge and protects it at all costs
No matter how tough or strong the steel is in any sword, it will chip or be damaged when struck against something equally hard. Do not bang your sword against another sword in theatrical-style duel. Do not bang your sword against any hard object to test its strength or to hear the notorious “sword sound” of the steel as it hits a hard object. Swords used for theatrical purposes are custom made with added thickness and dull edges to be able to sustain a fight scene.

Reasonable Use
Do not attempt to chop, cut or slice down trees with your sword. Such an activity is guaranteed to damage your sword. Axes and machetes are well designed for that very purpose with a weighted blade. When you strike a firmly fixed object like a tree or a thick branch with a sword, a great deal of the blade projects past the object being cut, causing the blade to bend or torque. It should be pointed out that the Japanese, who believe in a lot of practice with the sword, used thick bamboo. The bamboo was resistant to a cut, but didn’t have the rigidity of a tree, and so would not have damaged a valuable blade. For a Japanese warrior to cut in to a tree would have been unthinkable.

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