Are Tannerite Users Giving Gun Owners a Bad Name?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We’ve all done it. You’re supposed to be working, but you find yourself on YouTube, snickering at an unexpectedly entertaining video. For many who are interested in firearms and/or cool explosions, the endless supply of videos of users using large amounts of Tannerite or other binary exploding targets can delight or enrage.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Many firearms enthusiasts have uploaded videos of exploding targets. While one pound of binary exploding target mixture can produce a good-sized explosion, many users have come to the predictable and natural progression of mixing together tens or hundreds of pounds of the exploding target mixture.

The videos are fairly entertaining, but they have some Second Amendment advocates concerned that highlighting this activity might produce a crack-down on the exploding targets by the government and/or a crackdown on our Second Amendment rights, against which the left has crusaded for decades.

Tannerite is the most popular binary exploding target, but there are many others by different names. The premise is the same: a user purchases a kit with two completely separate ingredients that, by themselves, possess little or no danger to anyone. Mixing the two ingredients creates a shock-sensitive formula that cannot be detonated by flame or by dropping or hitting the solution. Only a highspeed bullet will detonate the mixture that explodes and produces no flame, but only produces a harmless vapor cloud.

Recently, I watched a video where a man blew-up an unwanted barn on his property with 164 pounds of the mixture. Needless to say, it was thrilling to watch, but comments on YouTube and on various firearm forums indicated that some were less-than-thrilled with the man’s actions and the unwanted attention it may incur from federal authorities who, seemingly, spend their days trying to think of new things to ban.

However, while such concerns are understandable, they are cowardly at their core.

Our Second Amendment rights are absolute rights and discussions concerning the preservation of our rights must be centered upon a unified dedication to fighting against unconstitutional restrictions upon our rights- not ways in which we can avoid offending federal stormtroopers.

Self-regulation within the gun community is a good idea insofar as we should educate about proper firearm handling instructions. Safety is definitely a worthy priority.

We should also feel obliged to freely share knowledge. One must be a damn Second Amendment scholar to understand the ins-and-outs of the federal laws that curtail the right that simply says, “shall not be infringed.” Still, as few of us wish to spend 10+ years in Leavenworth, it is only proper that we help each other avoid violating these laws, unconstitutional as they may be.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]However, we who press for the preservation of our civil rights cannot focus our attention on curbing activities that are legal, but that might attract federal attention.

In a nutshell: our conversation should sound more like, “We will fully exercise our rights and pushback against any who are uncomfortable with that.” Not: “Maybe if we overly-regulate ourselves, the government won’t attack us and our rights.” That’s like John Boehner hoping that if he out-liberals the Democrats, they will leave Republican values alone. We’ve all seen that this mindset only emboldens bullies; it does nothing to slow them.

If we wish to retain our rights, the worst thing we can do is cower to avoid the left’s wrath.

Understand the Constitution. Understand the laws (even the unconstitutional ones). Follow the laws. Be safe. But don’t be a fool.

And always speak-up for what is right, even if doing so puts you on a more-difficult path.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]


About the Author

Greg Campbell
Greg Campbell
An unapologetic patriot and conservative, Greg emerged within the blossoming Tea Party Movement as a political analyst dedicated to educating and advocating for the preservation of our constitutional principles and a free-market solution to problems birthed by economic liberalism. From authoring scathing commentaries to conducting interviews with some of the biggest names in politics today including party leaders, activists and conservative media personalities, Greg has worked to counter the left’s media narratives with truthful discussions of the biggest issues affecting Americans today. Greg’s primary area of focus is Second Amendment issues and the advancement of honest discussion concerning the constitutional right that protects all others. He lives in the Northwest with his wife, Heather, and enjoys writing, marksmanship and the outdoors.

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