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.




The Myth (and phony math) of ‘Green’ Jobs by Duggan Flanakin


Governments are killing real jobs and conning us about ‘millions of well-paid green jobs’ 

Duggan Flanakin

“Fool me once,” Stephen King wrote, “shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, shame on both of us.” His adage certainly applies to the myth (and fake math) of green jobs. 

During the 2020 election campaign, Joe Biden asserted that more than 3 million Americans are already “employed in the clean energy economy.” He then boasted that, “if executed strategically, our response to climate change can create more than 10 million well-paying jobs in the United States that will grow a stronger, more inclusive middle class … and not just in cities along the coasts.”

That would make Joe twice as boastful as his former boss, who promised the 2009 $787 billion stimulus package would create “over five million” green jobs. Four years later, the Brookings Institution reported that, “of the nearly 2.7 million ‘green jobs’ [the Obama-Biden Administration] identifies, most were bus drivers, sewage workers and other types of work that don’t fit the ‘green jobs of the future’” description. 

Energy analyst David Blackmon later reported that Obama’s own Department of Labor acknowledged the initial failure to launch. DOL’s September 2011 report, “Recovery Act: Slow pace placing workers into jobs jeopardizes employment goals of the Green Jobs Program,” noted that only a third of the allocated funding had been spent; a fifth of the “degrees” and “certifications” went to people with a single day of training; and half of the “graduates” had five or fewer days of training. Just 2% of program participants held their jobs for at least six months. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics counted oil industry lobbyists as holding “green” jobs! The septic tank and portable toilet servicing industry had 33 times more “green” jobs than solar electric utilities. The BLS had to admit in a June 2012 report, “Green Technologies and Practices – August 2011,” that they could identify only 854,700 “green” jobs, including janitors and cleaners

What a sham! Shame on them for trying to con us. 

David Kreutzer pointed out in a Heritage Foundation report that steel workers had the most “green” industrial jobs. Why? Most U.S. steel is recycled scrap, and some steel gets used in making wind turbines. The next largest groups were bus drivers, waste collectors and used-merchandise store employees – followed finally by engineering and architectural services. The much hated nuclear industry accounted for over 80% of the 44,000 “green” electric utility jobs. There were five times as many “green” jobs in social advocacy (environmentalist group lobbyists) as in renewable electric power.

Ah, but that was then – and this is now, you say. Right.  

In January, the Associated Press reported on “Biden’s fuzzy math” regarding his claim of creating 1 million new auto industry jobs – even if he actually replaces the 650,000-government vehicle fleet with electric cars and installs 500,000 new EV charging stations – all at taxpayer expense. Theoretically, a huge government buying program will lower EV costs, and the myriad of charging stations will lessen fears of being stuck in a hurricane evacuation in a vehicle you cannot quickly gas up. Theoretically. 

But hold on! Every electric vehicle job will likely come at the expense of a gasoline-engine vehicle job, and every EV charging station will diminish jobs in pipeline, refining, gasoline retail, gasoline delivery, and other sectors. The AP story adds that industry analysts and the United Auto Workers union agree that EV manufacturing will likely mean fewer automotive jobs. One reason is that EVs have far fewer parts and are simpler to build, thus require fewer workers, and often just need a new $6,000 battery module. Another is that battery manufacturing is easily automated. But that is hardly the whole story. 

Back in 2019, while losing over a fifth of its U.S. market share of sales over a 3-year period, General Motors admitted it already employed more non-union auto workers in China than union workers in the USA. The harsh reality is that there are 10 times more electric vehicle battery manufacturing facilities in Asia than in all of North America. Maybe Jinping Joe Biden is talking about the number of Chinese “green” jobs. Especially child and near-slave labor in China’s mines and processing plants. 

Other fact checkers have also found Biden Administration green jobs claims are “mostly false.”

Electric vehicles are just part of the Green New Biden Deal. Surrendering our economy to the Paris climate accords and its draconian environmental restraints is another. Abandoning oil, gas and coal – and very likely nuclear energy – and all the jobs those industries create is a third. Mr. Biden is merely following Germany and other European Union countries down the primrose path to economic suicide. 

According to Deutsche Bank, climate policy regulation of Germany’s automotive sector is triggering “the biggest structural break in the industry in decades.” A bank report explains that strict carbon dioxide limits for new passenger cars in the EU for 2021 and 2030 are forcing manufacturers to prematurely switch to higher cost electric vehicles. The resultant price increases, the bank predicts, will have a very negative effect on future employment in the Germany auto industry.

One reason is that the EU’s CO2 limits for passenger cars and subsidies for electric vehicles are “extremely inefficient [expensive] and hardly effective instruments” to achieve emission reduction in the transport sector. While government incentives and mandates may push people toward buying government-favored vehicles, radical climate and energy policies decrease investment in energy-intensive sectors such as metals and chemicals. This will further increase the cost of new German cars.

Despite the push for green energy and electric vehicles, the German Trade Union Association reports that the number of “green” jobs in the German renewables sector had fallen from 300,000 in 2011 to just 150,000 in 2018. Many of these lost jobs were due to the collapse of Germany’s solar power industry, as companies were forced out of business by Chinese manufacturers that undercut German prices – and had much easier access to raw materials. 

The track record for American renewable industry jobs vis-à-vis Chinese competition has mimicked the German experience. A primary reason is China’s near-monopoly on rare-earth metals essential for the Green revolution. Despite these realities, Biden “climate envoy” John Kerry recently said displaced American oil and gas workers can simply and easily go to work making solar panels. 

Energy economist Tilak Doshi agrees the West’s fascination with renewables-only de-carbonization, and ultimately de-industrialization, is a recipe for economic suicide. He notes that Germany’s “green” world involves behemoth wind turbines with blades made of petroleum-based, fiberglass-reinforced resins; motors built with iron and rare earths extracted, processed and smelted using fossil fuels; concrete that also requires fossil fuels; and factories run on coal and natural gas. Solar panels have the same pedigree. 

The turbines and panels are installed in forests, grasslands, farmlands and coastal areas, where they destroy scenic vistas and wildlife habitats. Turbine blades kill endangered birds and bats. 

The result of this save-the-planet zeal? Germany has a burgeoning 17% poverty rate, thanks largely to its shutdown of reliable nuclear and fossil fuel power plants and the resultant skyrocketing electricity prices for homes, factories, businesses and hospitals over the past 15 years. 

Back in the USA, California operates the world’s fifth largest economy by importing most of its crude oil from overseas (despite massive in-state reserves) and a third of its electricity from other states (also for political expediency). As a result, Californians now pay 60% more than the national average for residential, commercial and industrial electricity, while enduring frequent rolling blackouts due to pricey weather-dependent energy and pathetic forest management. People and industries are fleeing the state.

And Team Biden-Harris (Harris-Biden?) wants to turn the rest of the United States into California!

Duggan Flanakin is director of policy research at the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org)

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: