Hickok45 and his son Jon, have a channel on Youtube where they show and operate firearms on their home shooting range in rural Tennessee. The channel currently has over 325,000 subscribers.
Hickok45 joined YouTube on January 6th, 2007. The channel has almost 109 million views as of this date. His son Jon produces the videos from the Hickok45 “compound”. Hickok45 has participated in the shooting sports his entire life . He purchased his son Jon a .22 rifle the day he was born. Hickok45 was involved in competitive shooting matches for many years. He served as a reserve Deputy Sheriff in Tennessee for ten years. He is currently a concealed carry license holder. Hickok45 has been employed as a high school teacher for decades. Therefore he works in a gun free zone. Hickok45 has said many times on his videos that he is not a hunter and has never used a firearm to kill any living thing.
On December 25, 2012 Hickok45 posted on his YouTube shooting channel some random thoughts on recent events and the “Gun Culture.” Here’s a summary of the video, which you can view in its entirety below.
One of the key points I wanted to make here is that for millions of Americans, guns are as common as golf clubs, baseballs & gloves, or any other sporting equipment people have around the house. Other than the obvious need to be careful with them, as with vehicles, matches, gasoline, etc., I regard them as nothing different from anything else. When visiting friends or relatives over the decades, it’s nothing for me to throw in a few firearms to take along that I know they might enjoy seeing or shooting.
I’m lucky to live in the United States, as well as in a “free state.” For example, I might visit a gun shop today, literally, and perhaps see a gun I want to purchase. If so, it will take about five minutes to do the paperwork and get the background check online. I’ll bring it home and be shooting the gun within minutes. It’s just not a big deal. This is what so many people cannot relate to, I suppose, especially if they’ve grown up in a family or country where firearms are considered “dangerous” and just not around much.
Having grown up in Kentucky and Tennessee, firearms for me are as much a part of life as fireworks, basketball, football, or boating. The fact that there are some “bad” or “crazy” people in the world who murder, rape, steal, torture, stab, shoot people, etc. just has very little to do with me. I do NONE of those things and have no inclination to do so. I am very thankful I have the easy means to prevent any of that from happening to me. I understand if your experience is far different from mine, but I’m darn sure not going to allow you to determine how I live MY life.
By the way, a few facts:
The “AR” in AR15 stands for Armalite Rifle; they introduced the rifle.
Semi-automatic rifles and technology have been around for over 100 years.
An “Assault Weapon” is a firearm capable of full-auto fire. These are already very highly regulated and require a long waiting period and Federal Stamp. Virtually none of the ARs and AKs in gun shops, gun shows, and citizens’ hands are “Assault Weapons,”.
Gun-Free Zones serve as “Easy Murder Zones” for any psychopath who chooses to do it.