Do More Than Just Light a Candle

I first raised the idea here, Today the antis will be doing their best to light candles to “Stop Gun Violence”. First up I take offense to the term “Gun Violence” as it ignores so much violence for the sake of pure politics, and second, what does a candle do by itself?

So I called for those of us who believe in tools of self-defense and who care about stopping all violence to also light a candle and snap a picture showing what tools you have to back up your desire to prevent violence.

The turn out is HUMBLING! I’ve already seen a ton of submissions and pages up, as well as heard the pledges of many who said they’ll join me today. Because of the extent of the submissions You’ll need to click on the page break. So without further ado, Let us light a candle to prevent violence!

My S&W1911Sc in my Galco Sholder Holster and my Very awesome FAL which is the first thing I’ll reach for if things get REALLY ugly.

I’d like to first lead with a photo sent from Tornado

His message really put a smile on my face: “Small contribution from the Czech Republic. We are, too, a CCW shall-issue country :)” He’s right, I was unaware they had such reasonable laws for Europe.

Next a Few From Wally

Light a Candle to Prevent Tank violence!

You may be seeing double (But its a Combo Edge Ultima, a Kahr in 9mm, and a M1911 in .38 Super)

Next from CheifJayBob a lovely 1911

I wish I knew more about these classic guns from Emac.

From Rob Halvorson a VERY nice S&W619 7-shot

From Bubblehead Less our roving News Correspondent.

here’s the breakdown. The EDC gun is my Smith 4043 in .40S+W, and it’s riding one of Dennis’s Dragonleatherworks Fugly IWBs. The Baby Browning is in an old Allesi Talon IWB, and that’s for Uber Discreet carry and/or Back Up. Yeah, yeah, I know .25ACP, but it beats a Sharp Stick. The Dan Wesson .357 has the 2″ Barrel on it, and it’s riding in a Galco Pro I had to modify. But that is the weapon I use when I have to let the Dogs out in the middle of the Night, or if it’s really Snowing Bad, it goes into my Parka. Sometimes, you HAVE to shoot wearing Gloves, and the Dan Wesson has a big enough Trigger Guard. Spare Speedloaders are available, of course.

As for the knives, the smaller one is my CRKT M-16 that I ground the serrations off. That’s mostly my 3 Season Knife. The K-Bar Zilla is my Winter Blade, ’cause I can open it with gloves on. And the Cold Steel Sword Cane is for my Bad Knees, and those places were “No Guns Are Allowed,” like the Tilt-N-Kilt in Pittsburgh. Hey, I DO have a Sharp Stick!

And a neat one from Maura

I want to know how she did that!

And Wallphone with a warm and moody pic! I LIKE it!

And one from Tommy bringing more love for the J-frames!

Now links to other blogs who’ve already put pictures up in no particular order.

Jay who says he’ll have more up today
North with a great use of color. I really dig that shot!
Erin With her go-to Long-guns.
Jeffersonian gets his Gadsden On
McThag has already posted three, keep your eyes peeled for more, and go DROOL at that Colt Anaconda in .45 Colt!
Bryan Strawser has good tastes.
Jack continues the trend of pairing 1911s and Kahrs
KniteBane with a nice assortment
Shy Wolf with Flag and Pow-r-ball
Lokidude brings the Plastic and Steel
A Girl and Her Gun and her candle!
THOT PD does the Bayonet Thing!
Maddmedic Was on the scene early too
Miguel has a similar thread up at “Gun Free Zone”

That in NO way is all the vigils held throughout the country, and I don’t expect to to keep up with all of them. So if you put up a picture on your blog, or see one that isn’t mentioned here post it down in the comments. Also this is in NO way limited to blogs, I know we have several forums participating as well as facebook. Also SOMEBODY has got to have a youtube video for today!

Watch the comment for updates, and of course I’ll be watching The Blacklist like a hawk!

And I think I’ll close with a quote from North who has been supporting the vigil and the community in general with the Gun Blog Blacklist

Please defend yourself with something more than hot wax.

Carry your guns people, you just might need them. And always be safe because you are the good guy!

Thanks again all for your participation!

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133 Responses to Do More Than Just Light a Candle

  1. BalloonGoesUp says:

    You can find mine here.

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  4. Maura says:

    Weer’d – My pic is one I found online. I ‘shopped out the Spanish advertising that was originally on the picture and added my words. I found the image so powerful I decided it was a better one than any I could take of a gun. Also, I live in one of the most restrictive Carry states in the US – Maryland. 99%+ of applicants for a CCW are rejected. I don’t carry. I can’t carry.

    As a non-gun blogger but one who supports gun ownership and gun rights…it is the right picture for me today. Thanks for posting it.

  5. Mike B (not THAT Mike B) says:

    Mine – and I posted a FB message as well as started a thread at

  6. Sarah says:

    I’m loving these pictures, folks!

  7. Ontoliberty says:

    Here’s my contribution.Two thumbs up for a great idea!

  8. I’ll get mine up this evening. Still trying to decide between actual carry-piece or something a touch classier.

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  10. Updated with a post to my rarely used blog just for this!

  11. Ed Hering says:

    Here’s mine, posted as part of another post because I’m lazy and tired.

    Also because I live in the Peoples’ Demokratik Republik of Illinoistan, and I live in fear of my masters in the state government learning that I carry a knife with me. (Yes, a little one.)

  12. Erin Palette says:

    I am really envious of so many of you guys. What a great eye for composition! My submission looks half-assed in comparison.

  13. Walt says:

    I had some trouble putting my thoughts down, but here is my blog post with photo

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  16. Bob S. says:

    Here is mine.

    Great idea Weer’d and fabulous pictures from everyone

  17. Jack says:

    Bravo. This is a nice bit of subversion and shows the real mechanism to reduce victims.

  18. alcade says:

    Here is my contribution.

    Good job coming up with the idea, Weerd!

  19. Probably is better to post the link here.

    But today, in honor of the Brady Bunch, I’m packing a good old Colt Govt. Model .45.

  20. 45er says:

    Done and done. I couldn’t pick just one, so I picked my two most regular carry pieces.

    Here’s the post: A light in the dark

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  22. You missed mine. I’m working on a video effort between me and Joe right now.

  23. Cargosquid says:

    I think we should do this every year.

    Let’s make this the FIRST annual candle lit self-defense vigil.

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  26. Another one. I’m kind of a S&W whore I guess.

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  28. North says:

    As always – thanks for the links!

  29. Weerd, you should do a Google search for ‘light a candle violence’.
    I think you would be pleasantly surprised!!

  30. Nancy R. says:

    I’m in.
    And, no. I’m not harboring the ghost of Liberace.

  31. Stranger says:

    Add my memorial to three LEO friends to the list.


  32. 45er says:

    I don’t know what happened, but I tried to post one earlier and must have messed it up. Here it is…

    a light in the dark

  33. phelan says:

    I read about this on a few other blogs, here is my contribution

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  36. Lanius says:

    Tornado is a traitor to the Czech Republic and a disgrace to his fellow citizens!

    A Glock… an imitation firearm made also from recycled soda bottles. A gun so cheap to make it only costa $150. A gun so ugly it’s aesthetics are a running joke here…

    He owns a Glock, even if for the same money, you can buy a CZ here!

    • Weerd Beard says:

      A little harsh. But I’m also a big CZ fan, and was curious why there wasn’t a CZ in the picture.

      That being said its a pain in the ass to get ANY defensive firearm over there. Good on him for doing it, and I’m honored he shared it with me!

      • Lanius says:

        I’m not completely serious in that post..
        Yeah, some people do own Glocks… and most other scoff at them for that.

        Who knows.. I’ll probably go shooting with a Glock-owning cousin of mine. Maybe when he has a chance to compare a regular weapon with a Glock and see the better groups, he’ll buy himself a Sig or something. Anything’s better than a Glock. (save HiPoints, Lorcins and other crap guns that haven’t been ever sighted in these parts. Around here, people usually reserve their scorn for CZ’s… quality has gone down somewhat compared to the 1990’s, or maybe the company sells crap pieces here and exports the rest)

      • Tornado says:

        Well, it was a tough decision, between a compact CZ and this field shovel 🙂 But its not like every gun owner here has a CZ, not at all.

        • Weerd Beard says:

          Heh, no shit. There are assloads of Glocks, CZ, Taurus, an Para Ord (They’ll always be Canadian to me!!!) guns around here.

          Not to mention this dork who has a safe crammed full of Mosin Nagants of various Vintages (I will note ONE of which was made in Massachusetts).

  37. I posted mine on Twitter (I’m no photographer, obviously).

    By the way, Ladd is upset with you–pretty much a guarantee you’re doing the right thing.

  38. Dannytheman says:

    I’m in now!! Not that anyone was waiting for me!!

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  40. Miguel says:

    Scratch “had” & substitute with “have”

    I need to get my arse in bed.

  41. P. Edward Murray says:

    As a Catholic Christian American I am disgusted at your attitude toward the sanctity of human life and your attitude toward Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and those who lost their lives that day because people like you think that a Gun is more important than anyone’s life.

    Jesus said to St Peter that those who live by the sword shall die by the sword. Today’s sword is a gun.

    I hope that Jesus forgives all of you before you have to meet him.

    • Weerd Beard says:

      What did the bible say about bearing false witness?

      If you’re going to take the time to write a comment, maybe you should read the post you’re commenting on.

      Still you show a good deal more courage than most anti-rights activists, I’ll give you that.

      I’m not a Christian, but I do read the bible and respect the faith of others. You are correct that the sword in the days of Christ was not only the Gun, but specifically the Assault Rifle.

      “And He said to them, “But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one.” Luke 22:36

      Now why would Jesus make such contradictory statements as he did in Luke 22:36, and Matthew 26:52? Simple, CONTEXT! It wasn’t the TOOL it was how it was being USED!

      Now think about those and re-read my post, and the posts of my fellow bloggers and maybe we can have a nice chat about this issue as equals.

    • George says:

      As a Catholic Christian American, I respectfully suggest that you re-read your catechism?

      264 Love toward oneself remains a fundamental principle of morality. Therefore it is legitimate to insist on respect for one’s own right to life. Someone who defends his life is not guilty of murder even if he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow

    • “I hope that Jesus forgives all of you before you have to meet him.”

      I sure hope the same about you. I plan on delaying the meeting as long as possible, principally by shooting any asshole that tries to arrange that meeting before I’m good and ready. In fact, I plan on being so stubborn on this point that I expect that Death will have to sneak up on me while I’m sleeping because he’s too scared of me awake.

      I don’t have any idea how Jesus would feel about my lack of interest in an early appointment with him, but I imagine that he would understand. Given that my life is a gift from God, and that I have responsibilities towards others created in His image, I don’t think I will get into too much trouble for sticking around down here and tending to my responsibilities. In fact, one would hope that people who hurry that meeting up will be graded down. Jesus has waited this long for the face to face, a couple more decades won’t hurt.

      When I reach the Pearly Gates, I want the first thing I will hear to be “Unload and show clear.” I don’t ever want to hear, “Why weren’t you carrying your gun?” Or worse “Because you weren’t carrying, your wife will be along as soon as her killer finishes up.”

      I carry a gun because it allows God to hide his miracles. There is the old story about the guy whose boat started sinking. When the first sailboat came by, he said “Don’t worry, Jesus will save me.” Then a Navy helicopter came and he told them over the radio “Don’t worry, Jesus will save me.” Finally, as his boat sank from under him and he was slipping under the waves, a Coast Guard cutter dropped a rescue swimmer in after him. He fought the guy off, saying “Don’t worry, Jesus will save me.” The old and foolish sailor found himself at the Pearly Gates facing an angry Jesus. “Why didn’t you save me?” the old man asked. Jesus, if anything got even madder and said “I sent you a sailboat, a helicopter, and a Coast Guard rescue swimmer, what else did you want, a miracle?”

      I keep worrying that God won’t miracle me out of a situation that he thinks I am smart and resourceful enough to solve myself. I don’t doubt that He’s capable of putting his thumb on the scale from time to time, but I think that demanding he send me a burning bush and lightning bolts from the clear blue sky is asking a bit much.

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  44. Firehand says:

    Not being a good scholar I can’t give you the exact words, but in Jewish law there is not just a right but an obligation to defend your life, you family, your people; to not do so is a grievous sin.

    By the way, Mr. Murray, the actual wording of that Commandment is ‘Thou shalt not murder’, as in ‘unjustly kill’. And if you have the right to defend your life, you also have the right to the tools to do the job with. Deal with it.

    • Weerd Beard says:

      Mr. Murray like most intellectual Cowards didn’t want to discuss he wanted to sling insults (also not very Christian of him) and run and hide.

      I do hope he was kidding about being Catholic, because if he is, he’s got a LOT of demons to square with before judgement.

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