Richard Craver

Thoughts, Musings And The Occasional Rant

It Finally Happened

Written By: richardwcraver - Apr• 19•20

Up until this week of the Wuhan saga, I’ve managed to keep working. We all got a nervous feeling last Monday when a co-worker in the next department called out with 102°F fever.


The World Has Gone Crazy

Written By: richardwcraver - Mar• 23•20

Coronavirus is spreading and the world has lost it’s collective mind.


I Got A 5 Day Ban On Reddit…For A Meme

Written By: richardwcraver - Feb• 23•20

I’ve been on social media over a decade and in chats and forums at least a decade before that. I’ve shared opinions, tried to have civil discussions, been flamed and made a few snarky comments about utter BS; but I’ve never drawn a strike. That all changed today, in a firearm friendly reddit!


Amazon Marketing Stinks

Written By: richardwcraver - Dec• 28•19

I’m sure you’ve experienced it before; you buy something on Amazon and every two months they try to sell you the same item again.


Don’t Diss Amazon

Written By: richardwcraver - Dec• 28•19

Apparently Amazon doesn’t take kindly to less than 5stars.

An Open Letter To Wal-Mart

Written By: richardwcraver - Sep• 08•19

Below is a letter to Wal-Mart which I placed in the mail last night regarding their recent decision to ask customers to not open carry firearms.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
702 S.W. 8th Street
Bentonville, Arkansas 72716

September 7th, 2019

To Whom It May Concern,

Many years I have shopped at Wal-Mart stores, mostly enjoyably. But there came a time after the passing of Mr Sam that Wal-Mart gained the moniker China-Mart, and rightly so as the vast majority of products sold were sourced from the Asian rim. I became rather scarce around Wal-Mart stores. When I did shop at Wal-Mart, I often shopped by country of origin. If I was shopping for socks for example I would buy the ones made in the country that hates us least. Malaysia (Communist, largely Islamic and hostile to non-Muslims), India (Largely Hindu and largely peaceful), Mexico (Corrupt government that refuses to police violent drug cartels, floods our borders with illegals, actively soliciting US industry jobs); I choose India. If shopping for bandages (Band-Aids) if I found China (Communist, wholesale theft of US intellectual property, human rights violators) or Canada (A strategic ally and peaceful.), I choose Canada. Happily I have found US Made bandages on the shelves of late. It has nothing to do with hate or bigotry, I simply refuse to line the pockets of countries that hate our way of life, our freedoms and values.

In recent years there seems to have been a revival of some of Mr Sam’s ideals; more and more items have a prominently placed Made In U.S.A. logo, I like that. My shopping trips to Wal-Mart have increased in recent years as I have found it easier to support American Jobs. I’m still a label reader, and the placement of Made In U.S.A. and US products has made it easier.

In recent days Wal-Mart has caved to the vocal minority anti-gun lobby following a shooting in a Wal-Mart store. Any violent death is tragic, let me be clear about that at the outset. However I must state the obvious, (1)Criminals Don’t Obey Laws; Never Have, Never Will. And I must also state the obvious, (2)A Good Guy With A Gun Stopped A Bad Guy With A Gun. A third obvious statement is that (3)If Guns Were Banned, Outlawed, Confiscated; the good guys, ONLY the Law Abiding Citizens Would Be Disarmed, Not The Criminals; see obvious statement #1 above.

I have a Concealed Handgun Permit, aka Concealed Carry Permit, and regularly carry. I went to and passed the training required by my State, I was Finger-printed, had an extensive Criminal and Mental Background Check before my permit was issued. In 6 years of carrying a concealed firearm I have never had to draw my weapon in defense of myself or another. That said, I have been approached by aggressive panhandlers in the parking lots of Wal-Marts and at Murphy Gas. I have always been able to de-escalate. I don’t take the responsibility of carrying a firearm lightly and others that I know who carry do so with a serious mindset as well.

I am appreciative of the fact that Wal-Mart has only at this point banned Open Carry. Open Carry is legal in my State without a permit, but strategically I prefer Concealed Carry lest a would be attacker target me for an ambush to steal my weapon to do harm. I am not threatening boycott of Wal-Mart at this point, but be sure that I will look for other options if Wal-Mart continues the anti-Second Amendment path.

Wal-Mart has benefited greatly under the Free Enterprise model that this country affords, it also has a responsibility to afford it’s customers safety when we shop at Wal-Mart stores. Evil people will always walk among us, but making good people unable to protect themselves is not the answer.


Richard Craver

El Paso and Dayton

Written By: richardwcraver - Aug• 05•19

Like most I’ve been watching the news with sadness and anger at the senseless murders this past weekend in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH.


Walking Through The Cemetery At Night

Written By: richardwcraver - Apr• 20•19

Its the night before Easter and I suddenly remember that I had not taken the flowers to the cemetery. Maybe I forgot, maybe I subconsciously pushed it out of my memory for awhile, it is tough to go there.


My Hands Are Clean

Written By: richardwcraver - Jan• 22•19

It’s been just over a month now. After 34 years in the retail automotive repair business I walked away from it.


Snow Day!

Written By: richardwcraver - Dec• 10•18

So the southeast got hit with wintry precipitation this weekend. We got around 11″ here with drifts to 19″. Not a big deal in the northern areas of the country, but a disaster in the south.