What Do You Think About the President’s Gun Plan?

What is an AR-15?

Is this an assault weapon? How many cartridges are in that magazine? Is Patrick Sweeney angry or just concentrating? Is it possible to even tell by a quick glance at a photo? The answers can be found below.


On Jan. 16, President Barack Obama unveiled 23 executive orders and a four-point legislative plan as part of a package of gun control measures. They reflected the results of firearms discussions led by the White House after the Sandy Hook mass murders. The firearms community hasn’t stopped talking since, and neither have many people normally unfamiliar with guns. It seems everyone has an opinion. Living Ready wants to help sort fact from fiction.

Living Ready, which originally was a special edition of Gun Digest, doesn’t deal much with opinions. It deals in hard information. Unfortunately, inarguable information is lacking in this gun law discussion.

Muddying the waters are terms like “assault weapon” and “high-capacity magazine,” which lack consistent definitions and leave much up to interpretation or manipulation. These words are bantered about by politicians, advocacy groups, everyday folks and, yes, even firearms enthusiasts. That these opaque terms are woven into laws should disturb anyone desiring government transparency.

Living Ready was founded on a mission of clear-cut education. From bug-out bags and home survival kits to backup generators and growing food, there is no room for obscurity when lives are on the line. Only rock-solid information matters. The rest is just noise.

The same goes with the firearms discussion. Gun owners, Second Amendment advocates, gun control groups, lawmakers, law enforcement, firearm collectors, dealers, retailers and people who have never even touched a gun all owe it to themselves to be informed before drawing any conclusions. Living Ready recommends these books for the best information anywhere on these topics.

What is an assault rifle?* Gun Digest Book of the AR-15 Series SetFact or fiction: “AR stands for assault rifle.” Answer: Fiction. It actually stands for “Armalite.” That’s just one of the many misconceptions about the AR-15, the much-maligned “assault weapon” referenced by politicians and pundits. Is it a killing machine or a rifle with practical applications? Expert Patrick Sweeney dives into AR-15s like no one else in this four-book set.



Concealed carry definition* Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry, 2nd EditionFact or fiction: “There are people walking around armed every day and you’d never know it.” Answer: Fact. Massad Ayoob, arguably the world’s foremost firearms instructor, makes the case for why concealed carry is not nearly as scary as knee-jerk reactions would have you believe. There are sound reasons why an everyday person would carry a concealed firearm. Ayoob explains them with a clarity only his decades of experience can provide.



Exploring Glock handguns* Glock DeconstructedFact or fiction: “Glock is another term for handgun.” Answer: Fiction. It is not a substitute for any handgun. It’s a brand, and an important one at that. Author Patrick Sweeney takes a look at this influential handgun company and its renowned products.



Here's why people need guns for self-defense* Self-Defense Bundle (Armed for Personal Defense, Personal Defense for Women, Gun Digest Book of Personal Protection & Home Defense) – Fact or fiction: “The police will always be there when you need them.” Answer: Fiction. This three-book bundle explores that answer with a slate face. No macho stuff here. This is practical, pertinent information for protecting life and limb.



What are high-capacity magazines?* The Cartridge Comparison GuideFact or fiction: “No one needs more than one bullet in their clip.” Answer: Fiction. Also, they’re called cartridges, and they usually go in magazines. There are many characteristics to ammunition. Understanding these traits will provide a better view on how to legislate magazine capacities. Even the United States Fish & Wildlife Service agrees that author Andrew Chamberlain offers a “gold mine of information” in this book.



Your Turn: Tell Living Ready What You Think

Has talk of new gun regulations changed the way you look at preparedness? Living Ready wants to hear your views. Leave a comment below.

Intelligent discussion only. That means if you make a statement, provide evidence for it. Be polite ladies and gentlemen about it. Personal attacks only encourage opposing opinions to yell louder. These issues are too important to get lost in inflammatory rhetoric.

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33 thoughts on “What Do You Think About the President’s Gun Plan?

  1. Master marksman

    In reference to the current crisis on anti-gun ownership: I think the media – press, TV and radio and the politicians are aiming their attacks at the WRONG TARGET.

    The correct targets are the entertainment industry and the advertisers who use violence to attract attention to their products and to benefit financially from increased sales.

    They try to demonize certain firearms, e.g. “assault rifles”and “large capacity magazines” and to disarm the law-abiding public, without considering the consequences: MORE CRIME. The assault rifles in use in 1776 were about four feet long, single shot black powder smoothbore single shot muzzle loaders and some had bayonets attached.

    The AR-15 in 5.56 mm calibre was adopted during the Vietnamese War, so the troops could carry more ammunition than the M1 Garand rifle in .30-’06 calibre. The AR-15 in various models is the current combat rifle of the United States and millions of U.S. servicemen and women have been trained with it.

    If guns are outlawed, only criminals will have guns!

  2. SmithKoWitz

    I guess if ammo prices really shoot (hee hee) the roof, I might finally see my golden parachute coming in for a landing. On another note, I placed my name on a waiting list for an S&W M&P Shield in 40 caliber last April, I finally received a phone call today, it’s in! 10 months it took. Most places I call near Seattle won’t even take orders. I am glad I didn’t have to put money down as some places request. From what I have heard on the street, the 40 caliber version has not been hitting the shelves like the 9mm has been. Though even the 9mm has been on a 3 month (or more) waiting list at most places; that was before they decided to no longer add names to their lists. I pick it up tomorrow and will be testing it on Wednesday, on my birthday, how awesome is that : )

  3. Leslie Hawkinson

    If only Soros’ puppets would use some common sense and budget for the prosecution of criminals instead of disarming the innocent (to justify their law enforcement agencies expanding jurisdiction) we’d all be better off.

  4. Eagle43

    None of “the president’s” so called “Executive Orders” are worth the paper they are written on. They are all un-Constitutional. They should be ignored. The thing to concentrate on is preventing any new legislation that is being attempted. Any and all anti-gun legislation must be stopped. “We the People” must stand up and protect our Constitutional rights and do all we can to protest against any attemps to destroy or modify those rights. What part of “shall not be infringed” is unclear. The Second Amendment is intended to provide an armed citizenry equal to or better than the armed Militia, which means ordinary citizens have the right to own state of the art firearms, including fully automatic weapons. This is also intended to protect “We the People” from the tyranny of goverment. Enough said.

  5. bhp0

    Komrade Li Sun,

    Greetings comrades. Our dear leader Xi Jinping of the Peoples Republic of China has sent President Obama his condolences on the Newtown massacre and heartily endorses an all out ban of all firearms in the U.S. immediately by executive action.

    To achieve the same Utopian society in America that we now enjoy in China this can only be achieved by first outlawing all private ownership of firearms. Only then can the U.S. government then implement new laws that will result in a more ordered State.

    After the gun confiscation the U.S. should, like China implement strict guidelines for the news media which should be required to work closely with the governments rules of media conduct and content.

    All public meetings and gatherings should be first cleared with local party officials.

    Re-election of the president should not be limited to only 8 years as the vast experience of a president should not be waisted by term limits. Our dear leader should have the right to be re-elected indefinitely.

    It should be recalled that it was the American Communist party that brought such glorious social change such as Social Security, aide to education, and the new glorious National Health Care System. We, your Chinese brothers and Comrades stand by ready to help you implement the “New American Communist” Utopian Society of the 21st Century.

    Gung Ho!

    1. Ranger1989

      “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

      “All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”

      (from “The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions: Address Before the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois” January 27, 1838)

      “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within. ” — Ariel Durant

      I love history. Those who do not learn from History’s mistakes will repeat it.

  6. strom19

    I’m a veteran who served this country during the Vietnam era and have walked the strait line as long as I’am on earth. If Obama and the likes of his Zombie followers get their way only criminals will have guns! Do you know that makes me? Yup…. A CRIMINAL!