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A Recipe For Independence Day

July 1, 2009
Ohio Valley Outdoors
Editor’s Note: The following article was sent to OVO from subscriber Ron Pacurar with the attached note.

“Now, mind you, I am no writer and certainly no historian, and I am not part of any fanatical 'gun rights' group, although I do belong to the NRA. I am simply an ordinary guy, living an ordinary life, and I enjoy hunting, shooting and owning guns. I would like to continue to do so, and want the same rights for my children and their children.”

By Ron Pacurar

Each year on July 4, Americans celebrate Independence Day with barbecues, picnics, and family gatherings.  It began on July 4, 1776, when we claimed our independence from Britain and Democracy was born. It was born in the blood of a revolution, and it came with great peril and at a heavy cost to the founding fathers.

Remember that,  while history looks back on these men as great patriots, the reality of their time was that they were traitors.  These men signed the Declaration of Independence and pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured. Of the 56 signers,history tells us that five were captured by the British,  charged with treason, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, another had two sons captured.  Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags. Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, while his family was kept in hiding.  The properties of  Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton were looted.   Thomas Nelson, Jr. died bankrupt and Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed, and his wife was jailed where she died.   John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart. Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.

These men entrusted to us the very fabric of the freedom and liberty we enjoy today. This  freedom and liberty is guaranteed only to the extent that we choose to defend it.  There are those who, even as you read this, are trying to take away these freedoms. The second  amendment is in jeopardy.    In June, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling on the Second Amendment right to bear arms, in  D.C. v. Heller.  We won only the battle, not the war. The time for our diligence in preserving our rights is here.  Do not give up.  Call, write, email, or fax your representative and tell them to oppose bills like H.R. 45, a.k.a. Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009. If this bill passes it will be a major erosion on our Constitutional

rights. Tell them that you expect them to do all that they can to stop this Bill and others, like the Brady Bill, and remind them that you will remember how they voted come next election. The cost of inaction is defeat, and an end to the freedoms we enjoy today.

Your inaction could well lead to the following recipe for any future Independence Day barbecues, picnics, and family gatherings. 



3 cups apathy (reserve half for later)

2 Tbs  detachment

5 oz. indifference

1 cup  unconcern

1 pinch disregard

2 cups  insensibility


Mix all ingredients together and allow to simmer in the oven of 'public opinion' on low for several years, constantly basting with left wing lies, half-truths, pure rhetoric and distortion, until it begins to boil over.  Remove from oven, sprinkle with remaining apathy and force down everyone's throat.

This recipe will feed the entire country.


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