New Counter Cultured Article: Gun Owner Donates Proceeds from Gun Sales to KS Girl Battling Cancer

I’ve penned a new article up at Counter Cultured on a New Jersey gun manufacturing helping a Kansas girl, aged 4, battle cancer. It’s really quite the heartwarming story! Check out an excerpt below:

Gun manufacturers are evil, we’re told. All of them are blood-thristy, dangerous, and racist, right? Nope–those are criminals who disobey gun laws!

Contrary to popular belief, the gun industry is quite charitable and awesome. Whether it’s a firearm instructor or gun manufacturer, individuals comprising the industry generally have a heart of gold and give back to their communities.

For example, one gun manufacturer has decided to help a Kansas girl named Grayson Sutton, 4, battling terminal cancer.  Here’s more about this uplifting story from the Wichita Eagle:

Continue read up at Counter Cultured.

NOVA Firearms Won’t Open Arlington Shop Due to Bullying From Anti-Gunners

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News broke yesterday that McLean-based NOVA Firearms, which was slated to open its second shop in Arlington next month, canceled plans altogether following harassment from Michael Bloomberg and other anti-gun activists. I wrote about the gun shop back in May and supported their efforts to open the Arlington shop.

James “JB” Gates of NOVA Firearms emailed me the following update regarding this development:

As of July 20, 2015, Nova Firearms has canceled its plans to open an additional location in Arlington, Virginia. We wish to thank our many friends, customers, and supporters who have stood by us during our recent attempt to expand our business. We now plan to explore better opportunities in the area to expand our business so that we can continue to serve our customers, including those in Arlington.

For the record, our interest in Arlington began only when a representative of the Arlington landlord asked us to consider leasing the space in question. We invited the landlord to our current location in nearby McLean, Virginia so we could get acquainted. We’ll never forget his words of encouragement and toleration to us while standing in our gun shop: “I don’t tell the florist what kind of flowers to sell, and I won’t let them tell you how to run your business.” Thus we signed a lease for the explicit purpose of selling firearms. Later the landlord complemented our work to prepare the space for our business.

When news of our planned location in Arlington became public, there were some local critics; however they enjoyed outsized influence when anti-civil rights campaigns backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg picked up their cause.

Make no mistake, whether it is billionaire Michael Bloomberg or a few local critics, an attack on a gun dealer like ourselves is an attack on the Second Amendment. Those who wish to ban gun shops also wish to ban private ownership of firearms. When the opponents of gun ownership fail at the ballot box, they resort to social pressure and interference with the private business of others.

Nova Firearms will continue to grow, and we will continue to serve residents of Arlington and beyond. To our friends across America, take note of our location. We are on the front lines of the Second Amendment, along the banks of the Potomac River across from Washington, DC. Just as free speech is the great bulwark of liberty, so shall Nova Firearms serve as the foxhole of the Second Amendment in the backyard of the nation’s capital. offered more context behind this:

The gun store had leased a space at 2105 N. Pollard Street, causing outcry from members of the community. However, the store’s would-be landlord said today that he has reached an agreement with NOVA Firearms to cancel the lease.

The debate over the gun store heated quickly with County Board candidates speaking out against it and the National Rifle Association coming out in support. Petitions were launched for and against the store, accumulating thousands of signatures. Conservative media outlets ran articles in support of James Gates, the Marine Corps veteran who co-owns the store, drawing national attention.

Community members — and owners of businesses in and around the small shopping center the gun store was to open — took their concerns directly to landlord Kostas Kapasouris.

Kapasouris was open to those concerns, said Bill Hamrock, the co-owner of Bistro 29, which would have been across the street from the gun store. (The restaurant is co-owned by Kapasouris.)

This is truly a sad state of affairs. Small business – especially of the firearm variety – bolsters local economies. Why should a gun shop be treated differently than other small businesses? They also pay taxes, shift through paperwork, employ people, and pump money back into the economy. Targeting gun stores has morphed into harassment and must be quashed.  No gun store should fear retribution for existing and promoting true gun safety.

Let’s offer NOVA Firearms are continued support and hope that they open sister shops elsewhere in the Northern Virginia area.

New Counter Cultured Video: Millennials Supporting Gun Rights

Today at Counter Cultured, we released our new video project entitled, “Millennials Defend The Second Amendment.”

17 participants from all walks of life participated in our video. Counter Cultured seeks to give conservative/libertarian Millennials a greater voice. Our commentary seeks to make conservatism spicy without diluting the message. Check out the video below:

Make sure you LIKE Counter Cultured on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Update I:  Our video has been profiled by Bearing Arms and The Dana Show.

Update II: Video is profiled up at TheBlaze.

New Counter Cultured Article: Support the Freedom to Carry

I’ve penned a new op-ed at Counter Cultured on the freedom to carry–constitutional carry–in all 50 states. Below is an excerpt:

Last week, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states by citing the 14th Amendment as justification for this. While this ruling was disappointing –  government has now redefined marriage – we must promote a culture of marriage without quick legislative fixes or government intervention.

If one positive thing has come out of this ruling, it gives the 14th Amendment license to be applied to gun rights with respect to the right to carry.  Section I of the 14th Amendment reads:

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

#WearingOrange Campaign Pushes Same Old Gun Control Narrative


Countless celebrities, politicians,  and other public figures have tweeted pictures with the hashtag #WearingOrange to draw attention to National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Sounds like a noble cause, right? I don’t personally know anyone who’s for senseless violence–do you?  What could possibly be wrong with this occasion? Plenty of things.

Why be skeptical? It’s an effort headed up by Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, the parent organization of Moms Demand Action and Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Both of these groups are also notorious for their anti-gun, pro-disarmament positions. They exploit tragedies and profit from fearmongering.  Several people have tweeted me saying this is a nonpartisan, moderate campaign. The list of featured sponsors suggests otherwise:

  • Amnesty International
  • Brady Campaign
  • The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus
  • Center for American Progress
  • Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
  • Media Matters for America
  • National Action Network
  • Unite Blue

The anti-gun crowd has continuously framed the debate suggesting the presence of more guns will lead to more violence. (False!) Newsflash: guns don’t kill people; people kill people. Why can’t criminals be held responsible for their wrongdoing? Why do those of us who safely operate firearms and actually preach real gun safety have to be scapegoated? Legal gun owners are responsible, mature, and highly trained. Actor Vince Vaughn summed this up well in a recent GQ interview:

“I support people having a gun in public full stop, not just in your home. We don’t have the right to bear arms because of burglars; we have the right to bear arms to resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government. It’s not about duck hunting; it’s about the ability of the individual. It’s the same reason we have freedom of speech. It’s well known that the greatest defence against an intruder is the sound of a gun hammer being pulled back. All these gun shootings that have gone down in America since 1950, only one or maybe two have happened in non-gun-free zones. Take mass shootings. They’ve only happened in places that don’t allow guns. These people are sick in the head and are going to kill innocent people. They are looking to slaughter defenceless human beings. They do not want confrontation. In all of our schools it is illegal to have guns on campus, so again and again these guys go and shoot up these f***ing schools because they know there are no guns there. They are monsters killing six-year-olds.”

I tweeted some thoughts about the campaign:

How come Everytown and its surrogates won’t combat violence that emanates from gun-free zones? Why do they continue to demand our government to enact more gun control policies when checks are already in place? Thankfully, they are on the losing side of history. Pew published the following findings back in April:

For most of the 1990s and the subsequent decade, a substantial majority of Americans believed it was more important to control gun ownership than to protect gun owners’ rights. But in December 2014, the balance of opinion flipped: For the first time, more Americans say that protecting gun rights is more important than controlling gun ownership, 52% to 46%.

I’ve written about Everytown’s misinformation campaign on several occasions, including their most recent campaign to paint college females as victims. They still need to be exposed for the frauds they are.

If you want to support true gun safety efforts, I encourage you to support National Shooting Sports Foundation and their Project ChildSafe campaign.

Molon Labe.


Anti-Gunners Want to Prevent Gun Shop From Opening in Arlington, VA

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Fellow small business supporters and pro-gun folks of Northern Virginia–where you at? One future gun shop is under attack, and its owner needs our support in wake of salacious attacks targeting his new gun shop.

Nova Firearms – a McLean, VA-based gun shop – is set to open an Arlington, VA shop in August. Its owner- U.S. Marine Corps veteran J.B. Gates, 28- is facing backlash from local curmudgeons of the leftist variety. Some local Arlington residents are trying to prevent the store from opening up in Cherrydale. Here’s more from the petition:

There are reports that the former Curves storefront at 2105 N. Pollard Street, in a small strip mall along Lee Highway, will be occupied by a gun shop. We, the citizens of Arlington County, oppose a gun shop at this location. We are alarmed that the shop is within 2 blocks of an Arlington County Public School that houses the HB Woodlawn Program and Stratford Program. Further, two elementary schools (Taylor and Arlington Science Focus), are only blocks away. Four additional schools are within 5 miles: Washington-Lee High School, St. Agnes, Key Elementary, and Glebe Elementary.

It is unconscionable, in an era where our children are forced to practice “lock down” drills designed to train them how to protect themselves from armed intruders, to locate a gun shop anywhere in the vicinity of schools. The fear of armed intruders permeates their education, and placing a shop that sells guns and/or ammunition within immediate distance of schools is confusing to students at best, and sparks fears of access to them at school at worst.

We call on the owner of the shop to exercise concern for the community, and most particularly its youngest and most vulnerable residents, and cease any action that would allow a gun shop to occupy the space.

Please also express your concern to your local elected officials –

Arlington County Board Members:
Arlington County School Board Members:

The petition has amassed nearly 2,000 signatures. And property owner Kostas Kapasouris may cave to pressure if we don’t speak out in support of  Mr. Gates, who’s the co-owner of Nova Firearms. From Washington Times:

And he has reason to be worried. Mr. Kapasouris told local news station WJLA-TV last week: “The community is very upset, and I don’t want the community to be upset.” The landlord said to the local television station he was looking for a way to legally break his lease with Mr. Gates.

I tweeted about the ordeal on my Twitter account:

Nova Firearms has every right to open up shop in Arlington. Our beloved Commonwealth of Virginia is a so-called business-friendly state. It’s relatively pro-gun too. And most of all, Arlington residents are allowed to conceal carry. 

First and foremost, opening a gun shop near an elementary school or any school for that matter shouldn’t be cause for alarm. Anti-gunners and other leftist apparatchiks have imposed “gun-free” zone policies nationwide. These zones arguably leave people, particularly students and teachers, vulnerable to attack. These signs invite dangerous folks to commit crimes at these respective places. (More good guys with guns will take out bad guys with guns. Period. I recommend supporting Project ChildSafe.) Second, guns don’t have a mind of their own. Responsible gun owners  practice the four gun safety rules. Guns won’t up and shoot an unsuspecting person; they’re operated by a person. (It’s called personal responsibility and having common sense!) Third, anti-gunners harassing Mr. Gates should redirect their efforts to combating crime in nearby D.C. perpetrated by criminals. Violence is high in The District because criminal activity isn’t reined in and strict gun control policies  dominate the Beltway. Fewer gun owners are able to legally protect themselves due to Draconian laws already in effect. This constant fearmongering isn’t going to fly anymore; we won’t tolerate it.

J.B. Gates appeared on Fox and Friends this morning to counteract attacks on his prospective gun shop.How can we support Mr. Gates and his gun store? Like Nova Firearms on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and sign this petition in support of the store. Additionally, we – citizens of Northern Virginia, regardless of jurisdiction – should be patrons of Nova Firearms and help this store rake in big bucks to show these bullies they can’t undermine local small businesses.

Welcome to Arlington, Nova Firearms! We look forward to welcoming you with open arms.


A counter petition in support of Nova Firearms has been created. It has amassed close to 2,000 signatures. If you live in Northern Virginia, please sign it here.

New Counter Cultured: Crayle Vanest Is Great Campus Carry Advocate

I interviewed Crayle Vanest of Students for Concealed Carry about gun rights on campus. Check it out!

Here at Counter Cultured, we are inclined to give our fellow right-minded Millennials the spotlight if they are doing big things. Our movement grows when we have more passionate voices–not fewer voices. One Millennial worth profiling is Crayle Vanest, a 22-year-old Indiana University senior passionate about the Second Amendment.  Crayle currently serves as the Midwest Regional Director of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus.

GH: Why and when did you become a passionate advocate for concealed carry on campus?

CV: I have been passionate about all forms of self-defense since I was 14 years old, and began advocating for campus carry when I was 18. I’ve always enjoyed my independence from a young age, even it was just walking to a friend’s house a few miles away, but even with hand-to-hand self-defense knowledge, I was always aware that some people out there were just faster and stronger than me.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.