Dispatches from gun country: ‘We must always retain the ability to defend ourselves’

Tildon Bullard, patriot, photographed in Denton, Texas sporting his Hawken .50 cal cap and ball muzzle loader mountain rifle made by The Austin and Halleck Company. (Photo: Ben Philippi)

Tildon Bullard is a cowboy, professional barbecuer and a big fan of Theodore Roosevelt. When he’s not working on his ranch, where he always carries a sidearm in case he runs into a dangerous animal, he’s volunteering around town and helping his neighbors.

It’s more than just a firearm. It is a tapestry of memories of ancestors and a time long ago. That is when you realize you are holding family history in your hands. The smell of smoke and the thunder from the muzzle reminds me of all the men and women who have shed their blood and given their lives for the liberty and freedom that we all share and enjoy.

Make no mistake, The Second Amendment is not about hunting. God forbid if our government should ever turn against us, or we are invaded by enemies. We must always retain the ability to defend ourselves.

The only thing that ensures our liberty and freedom is guns, and We The People.

Read more perspectives on America’s gun culture in Ben Philippi’s book “We The People.”