The historian Michael Bellesiles tried to usher in the new millennium by claiming that guns were scarce in colonial America and even beyond. The problem was, it was quite easy to show that his research was flawed and his conclusions nonsensical. It wasn’t the first time that a historian with an agenda was found out, disgraced, and stripped of his prizes and his job. I have timed it: It takes just about thirty-seven seconds on a limited research tool—the Internet—to find out that a non-warrior culture in New England defined gun-control by requiring households to… OWN GUNS!

If the USA has a real, bonafide, ubiquitous tradition, it is in the ownership and use of guns. Since it is often the aim of government to limit or reverse that tradition, the truly imaginative conservative should consider its defense. BUY THE ONE YOU LOVE A GUN FOR CHRISTMAS! I even have a suggestion.

Ruger is an American company, and makes a great line of guns for sport and self-defense. My wife and I recently purchased a Ruger SR9c 9mm pistol, which is small enough, powerful enough, and aesthetically pleasing enough to satisfy the person you love the most.

Merry Christmas!

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