Guess What? I’m Now a Contributor at Wide Open Spaces!

Hi readers!

I have an exciting announcement to share with you. I’ve been tapped to do some writing for this awesome, newish outdoors blog called Wide Open Spaces. You will be seeing quite a bit of content from me there. I recommend you follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

I’ll continue to blog here and elsewhere, but am happy to be expanding my reach to the fishing, hunting, and shooting realms as well.



New Counter Cultured Article: Let Military Carry Guns

I’ve penned a new article up at Counter Cultured today about the need to abolish gun-free zones domestically–especially those found in military bases and outposts.

Below is an excerpt:

First and foremost, we at Counter Cultured extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the four Marines and sailor who were killed in Chattanooga, TN last week in an apparent terrorist attack. It’s unconscionable that this transpired here in the U.S.  Rest in peace.

In wake of this terrorist attack, six states – Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Indiana – plan to immediately arm their National Guardsmen. This move should be applauded.

The question beckons: How many more people have to die before anti-gunners and government bureaucrats realize their failed policies put people in harm’s way? Our servicemen and women shouldn’t be deprived of their right to keep and bear arms at outposts any longer. Gun-free zones – especially those found at military outposts – should be abolished.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

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.