Hal Shurtleff

Director and Co-Founder of Camp Constitution.


A friend recently sent this to me and being a grandfather who carries a gun, I thought that I would share it.  Its author is unknown and there have been various versions of the article:


Why Grandpa carries a gun

The quintessential reason why Grandpa carries a gun.

Please take time to read this and pay particular attention to “A Little Gun History” about half way down staggering numbers!

Why Carry a Gun?
My old Grandpa said to me, “Son, there comes a time in every man’s life when he stops bustin’ knuckles and starts bustin’ caps and usually it’s when he becomes too old to take a whoopin’.”

I don’t carry a gun to kill people;  I carry a gun to keep from being killed.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil; I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the World.

I don’t carry a gun because I hate the government;  I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m angry;  I carry a gun so that I don’t have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.

I don’t carry a gun because I want to shoot someone;  I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.

I don’t carry a gun to make me feel like a man;  I carry a gun because real men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.

I don’t carry a gun because I feel inadequate; I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.

I don’t carry a gun because I love it; I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.

Personally, I carry a gun because I’m too young to die and too old to take a whoopin’!



In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control:

From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1911, Turkey established gun control:

From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Germany established gun control in 1938:

From 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were  unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
China established gun control in 1935:
From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Guatemala established gun control in 1964:

From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Uganda established gun control in 1970:

From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Cambodia established gun control in 1956:

From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
56 million defenseless people were rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control.
You won’t see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.

Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.

With guns, we are ‘citizens’;

without them, we are ‘subjects’.

Gun owners in the USA are the largest armed force in the World!

If you value your freedom, please spread this anti-gun control message to all of your friends.

Last year, we offered marksmanship classes at our annual family camp.  We are offering them this year as well.  For more information on our annual family camp, please visit our website http://www.campconstitution.net


The Weekly Sam: How to Rise a Literate Child

The late Sam Blumenfeld conducted this timeless presentation in the 1980s:


Sam was a pioneer in the modern homeschool movement, and an instructor at Camp Constitution.  He willed most of his library and books to Camp Constitution, and with it we created the on-line Sam Blumenfeld Archives.  Please sig up for this free-donations accepted-resource:  http://campconstitution.net/sam-blumenfeld-archive/


The Weekly Sam: Do Australian Schools Have Problems-A Lecture by Sam Blumenfeld

Sam Blumenfeld traveled to Australia back in the mid 1980s to speak to concerned parents.  Sam contended that Australia had the same exact problems with reading and education that the United States and other major English speaking nations.  This presentation was conducted in  Shepherdstown



Should We Hold an Article V Convention: A Debate Between N.H State Rep Max Abramson and Constitution Scholar Robert Brown

Camp Constitution Radio recently hosted a debate between Mr. Max Abramson, a New Hampshire State Representative and a sponsor of resolutions applying for an Article V:    https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal/episodes/2021-02-20T17_19_51-08_00

Article V of the U.S. Constitution:

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.




Mark Meckler, CEO of Parler-A Troubling Development


Like tens of thousands of Americans, I signed up for Parler because, unlike Twitter, and Facebook, it supported free speech. Early January, it was deplatformed.  It is now back in business with Mark Meckler as its CEO.  This is a troubling development.
Who is Mark Meckler
I first encountered Mark Meckler back in September 2011 at an event held at Harvard Law School entitled Conference on the Constitutional Convention that he co-hosted with Larry Lessig, a left-wing Harvard law professor.  The odious Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks was also on hand at this event.   In the wake of this event, Meckler formed Convention of the States (COS), and Uygur formed Wolf PAC.  Both groups have the same goal:  hold an Article V Convention.  Meckler’s group openly advocates “structural change” of the U.S. Constitution.   Meckler, who claims to be a conservative Christian, vilifies patriots who dare oppose an Article V Convention.  His New Hampshire COS once accused me and fellow vocal Article V opponents of bribing New Hampshire State Senator Kevin Avard.  Thanks to a friend who was receiving unsolicited E-mails from COS, we caught them in this lie.
Meckler’s departure from COS to Parler may be because, COS has had little success over the past three years getting its resolutions for an Article V Convention passed by state legislatures.  Recently in New Hampshire, the State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Committee voted 19-2 against his resolution.  However, he may be using Parler to advance an Article V Convention.  Time will tell.

A link to an Article and video we did about the men behind an Article V Convention:  http://campconstitution.net/the-men-behind-the-article-v-convention-movement/

Meckler with Joanne Blades of Living Room Conversations and the Soros funded MoveOn

Meckler and Van Jones working together

Camp Constitution Offering a $50. “Early Bird” discount for its 2021 Family Camp


Camp Constitution is offering an “Early Bird” registration.  All attendees-campers-staff, and non-staff adults can save $50. per tuition if they register by June1.  We are offering this because our contract calls for 120attendees.  We have the option to book the entire camp raising the contractual obligation to 140.  The sooner folks register for camp, the sooner we can book the entire camp.

We realize that unexpected things happen.  If you register and need to cancel, you will be given a full refund. We are going back to a two-page paper registration since we had difficulties with the system we have used over the past few years.  A link to the registration:  http://campconstitution.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Camp-Con-2021-Registration-Form.pdf

Download it, scan it and E-mail it to Charles Everett halleckeverett@gmail.com  Payments  can be made via our PayPal account accessed from our websites homepage http://www.campconstitution.net or mail the application with a check to Mr. Everett C/O Camp Constitution 5945 Quail Hollow Road, Unit D  Charlotte, NC 28210-5028.

Do not plan to attend but would like to help give a worthy young person or a family the opportunity to attend this year’s camp?  Make a donation and earmark it for tuition assistance.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  My telephone is 857-498-1309.  Looking forward to another great family camp.

Hal Shurtleff, Director
Camp Constitution


George Washington’s Farewell Address

Today, we observe  what is now known as “President’s Day” but once called Washington’s Birthday to honor the birthday of the Father of our Country who was born on February 22, 1731.  While the Marxists-Cultural and otherwise, have been working to denigrate the memory of Washington and other founders, we at Camp Constitution, true to our motto, honor their memory.

We reprinted George Washington’s “Farewell Address” and make it available on our website in a PDF:   http://campconstitution.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/George-Washington-Farewell-Address.pdf

And here is a reading of Washington’s Farewell Address conducted by the late Pastor Garrett Lear at our 2014 annual family camp:

Truth from The Youth: A Review of ” Rescue Mission Planet Earth: A Children’s Guide to Agenda 21″


Back when the members of the Deep State used  the term “Agenda 21,” the United Nations published  Rescue Mission Planet Earth:  A Children’s Guide to Agenda 21.  It is one of the most vile pieces of propaganda that I have ever read.  Gus and Stephen, hosts of “Truth from the Youth” review the book:   https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal/episodes/2021-02-12T17_11_49-08_00

And a link to a PDF version of the book:    http://campconstitution.net/files/2019/rescue-mission-planet-earth-agenda-21.pdf