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What Changed? Not Guns, Not Kids… Culture

Sadly, there is another mass shooting in the news. I’ve been thinking about these tragedies more intently since my oldest daughters are at an age when they are becoming more aware and thoughtful about such things.

I’ve been attempting to piece together some coherent thoughts about this kind of overwhelming violence so that I can talk to my girls in an honest way. I don’t know that I’ve reached any great epiphanies or that I have any of the answers, but I do know that most of the rhetoric out there is self-serving and aimed at symptoms instead of root causes.

What Changed?

Why don’t people ask themselves what has changed to cause the increase in these types of attacks? We hear on the news that these mass shootings are on the rise (I understand there is some valid debate about whether this is true or not) but no one seems to be asking why this is so beyond the immediate knee jerk reaction to blame guns.

It isn’t guns in general. Guns have been part of the fabric of our nation as long (or longer) than there have been organized schools. It isn’t any specific type of gun. Semi-auto firearms (and even full autos if you go back a few decades) have been around and accessible for decades. It isn’t kids. Every kid starts out life just as flawed but with as much potential as any other. So, what changed?

Our culture changed and we changed with it.

Guns are incapable of doing anything on their own and kids are a reflection of their parents so neither can truly be at the root of problem with violence. The mass violence we are seeing is the result of the godless, self-centered, largely absent form of child rearing that our culture peddles. It is a result of a cultural devaluation of human life and relative morality. These are the deep seeded issues. These are hard to face issues that you can’t assuage with legislation. But, these are also deeply offensive issues in today’s politically correct environment.

The answers won’t come from politicians. Politicians seem to be happy to sell the lie as it is a useful means to their political ends. It would not be politically correct address the root cause of the problems we face as a culture. It could hurt someone’s feelings, after all, to hear that they are personally responsible for their actions and that their choices have consequences – even in the lives of subsequent generations. Beyond that, it is too scary to think that, even when a culture is on the straight and narrow, evil still exists and there is no accounting for what it will do.

Maybe I am overreaching by even attempting to discuss root causes. We can’t even get a politician to address the symptoms effectively (allowing or providing some form of armed recourse)! They are only interested in a quick and easy “solution” that lets them tell their constituents that they’ve done something.

The Change Will Start in Your Own Home

Our culture did not become what it is overnight. Changing it will not happen over night. It won’t be as easy as writing a letter or throwing money at it.

Yes, you should absolutely invest money in your favorite Second Amendment advocacy groups but also invest your time in your kids. Yes, you should write a letter to your representatives to let them know you are still here, demanding representation. But, you should also let your kids know that you are still here and always will be here for them. Yes, you should demand common sense, honesty, and strong morals from your politicians but you should demonstrate the same qualities to your children in your own home.

The future of your liberty might depend on the actions that you take to counteract the culture in your own family today.


Armageddon Gear Tacticooler

It’s that time again! I always look forward to when Armageddon Gear rolls out a new product because often they roll out a funny video with it. The new Armageddon Gear Tacticooler and related video doesn’t disappoint.

From Armageddon Gear:

The Tacticooler is the coolest little tactical cooler you’ll find (see what we did there?). Built with the same high-tech reflective insulation we use in our US Army issued P.U.S.S. Pad, It’s a dove stool, a gear bucket, or better yet, a beer bucket. Take it on the golf course to regain some of the man points you lost with those plaid pants and keep your cold ones frosty. It even has an expandable mesh pocket to lovingly cradle your balls. The Tacticooler is perfect for the back of the pickup, the deck of your fishing boat, or on the rack of the four wheeler for a day in the mud bog. Simply add ice and refreshments to the 5-gallon bucket (Bucket not pictured, but included with purchase!) into the Tacticooler and voila, ‘Merica!. Can be custom embroidered with your business logo, CB handle, Tinder username, favorite sports team, or just about anything else. Contact us for embroidery specifics. Like everything Armageddon Gear makes, the Tacticooler is proudly manufactured right here in the good ol’ USA!

Check out the Tacticooler at ArmageddonGear.com.


Aimpoint Booth Celebrity Appearances

Aimpoint has announced the roster and schedule for their 2018 SHOT Show booth (#14573) celebrity appearances.

Tuesday 1/23
Wednesday 1/24
Thursday 1/25
Magnus Samuelsson
Magnus Samuelsson
Teemu Rintala
Tatiana Whitlock Tatiana Whitlock
Larry Vickers
Larry Vickers
Jeff Gonzales Vera Koo Jeff Gonzales
Magnus Samuelsson Vera Koo
Magnus Samuelsson


Merry Christmas from JTT

I think most people who share the types of interests that bring them to a website like this would say they try to be wise. We try to be aware of what is going on around us and take action on what we see… not unlike three wise men who noticed a new a star and followed it to the most important Child ever born.

Isaiah 9:6

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

My family and I hope that you and yours have a very, very Merry Christmas and that you get to follow that star together.

Mission Spec EOC – Empire Only Carrier?

Mission Spec made this Star Wars themed carrier. It’s pretty much the best thing you’ll see all day.

TK-421. Never at his post.

Jerking the Trigger Gift Guide – Cheap Procrastinator Edition

I have been getting heavy pressure to come up with a gift guide which I have generally resisted because, well most of what I write could generally be used as a gift guide, especially the Bargain or Just Cheap? and The EDC Tool Roll series. The JTT inbox had two emails in it yesterday asking about affordable gift ideas. While I am generally the least imaginative gift giver ever, I am relenting.

The following gift ideas cost less than $40 (much less in most cases) and you should be able to have them to your door before Christmas if you act fast.

Mini Pliers

Even if a guy already has a hundred pairs of pliers, the sight of these handy little buggers hanging out of a stocking will kick off MacGyver fantasies in any man.

The Knipex Cobras would be my pick but Tekton and Channellock both have more affordable, USA made options: Mini Pliers Comparison

Mini Ratchets

The VIM Tools HBR5 and GearWrench Micro Driver are going to appeal to every gun guy and tool guy. These tiny ratchets have the ability to drive both sockets and driver bits.

The GearWrench Micro Driver is often available at Sears on sale this time of year: GearWrench Micro Driver

The VIM Tool HBR5 is probably one of the top picks in this guide. It’s cheap, well made, incredibly handy, and one of the most popular entries ever in The EDC Tool Roll series: VIM Tools HBR5

Snake Eater Tactical IWB Magazine Pouches

These things are awesome. They can be used IWB or OWB and will fit every handgun mag the recipient owns. They also happen to be very affordable at $12. Get you order in soon: SET IWB Mag Pouch

Screwpop Utility Knife

These utility knives are cheap but handy which makes them the perfect stocking stuffer. No one can resist a tool that cuts stuff and open bottles: Screwpop Utility Knife

Fix It Sticks Replaceable Edition

This handy little screwdriver is right at home in an EDC tool kit or range bag. They are made in the USA by a company that doesn’t hate your guns… in fact, they make tools specifically for them: Fix It Sticks Replaceable Edition

Kershaw E-Train

If you know someone who is into training for self defense, why not get them a training knife like the Kershaw Emerson E-Train. Its affordable, well made, and it’s the kind of thing every gun/knife guy should have: Kershaw Emerson E-Train

ESEE Avispa and Zancudo

The ESEE Avispa and Zancudo are incredible knives for the money. They both carry easily, cut aggressively, and are backed with the ESEE warranty. That is hard to beat for the price: ESEE Avispa and Zancudo

ESEE Avispa D2

Bawidamann 2017 Titanium Utilitarian Christmas Ornaments

Surely I am not the only one who can’t eat a candy cane with turning the end down to a point and pretending its a shiv. Put me in bar fight with a handful of candy canes and I’ll stab my way out.

The mischievous Christmas Elves at Bawidamann Shenanigans gave a little sneak peek of their upcoming 2017 Titanium Utilitarian Christmas Ornaments and they are kind of like the pointy candy canes you make with your mouth except, you know… titanium. These would be perfect for shirt pocket carry to your office Christmas party in case Joe in Accounting has a bit too much Christmas “spirits” and gets handsy with your wife again this year.

These stabby ti candy canes are awesome and sure to sell out fast. If you want a shot at one, you better sign up for the Bawidamann Shenanigans newsletter and watch your inbox. UPDATE: These are available now and moving fast!


TangoDown Thanksgiving Promotions

TangoDown is serving up a number of special deals this Thanksgiving. Visit their website at TangoDown.com, their Facebook page, and their Instagram feed for special deals.

The Weatherneck

The Weatherneck is a balaclava that was designed by the people behind Fix It Sticks and packed with smart features. It could be just the ticket for making cold weather training a bit more bearable.

If you live somewhere warm, stay out of the comments. I don’t want to hear it.

Most balaclavas pose a problem for shooters and hunters (or anyone else wearing glasses while being active) because they cover your mouth and exhaled breath is forced up onto the user’s eye protection, fogging immediately and forever. The Weatherneck approaches the problem in two different ways:

First, the Weatherneck is actually two separate garments that work together – the Mullet Cap and the Facemask. The Facemask is joined to the Mullet Cap via magnets so it can be installed, removed, and adjusted for fit easily. The Weatherneck Facemask and Mullet Cap can also be worn individually or combined making this a 3 in 1 system and making it easier to regulate your body temperature.

Second, the Facemask has a mesh panel that allows the wearer’s breath to pass through instead of being pushed up onto your eyewear. It is less likely to fog your glasses but still keeps your face warm.

By now you are probably wondering how I could type “Mullet Cap” so many times without explaining why it is called that. I’m glad you asked. It has been weighing on me too. I mean, this isn’t the late ’90s when you can just say the word “mullet” and get a laugh. It must be called that for a reason! The Mullet Cap is so called for its unique shape that extends down the back of the wearer’s neck like a… mullet. The extension serves to keep the wearer’s neck warm and to hold the magnets that help join the Mullet Cap to with the Facemask. It also has a handy hidden pocket for storing cash, credit cards, a hand warmer, or a stash of Mike and Ikes.

The Weatherneck is made in the USA. You can check it out at TheWeatherneck.com.

Thank You Veterans


From my family, to yours, thank you for your service to this great nation. We appreciate your courage, sacrifice, and sense of duty.


Matt and the rest of the JTT Crew

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