Because nothing worth having ever comes easy.

“Not everything in life has to be a challenge, David,” a friend said to me one brisk morning on Mt Lemmon, Tucson’s drive-thru mountain getaway. That’s what I loved about Tucson. …

The importance of being physically and mentally prepared.

I recently took a long weekend to Colorado to visit an old Air Force buddy of mine, Jay. Jay and I spent the weekend fishing, eating barbecue, drinking beer, and, most of all, telling stories.

We’ve told each other so many stories over the years that we tend to preempt…

Why Trump has got me casting a ballot for the first time in sixteen years.

In October of 2004, I abruptly packed up my stuff and headed off to Iraq for a year, leaving my house, my car, my National Guard Unit, You Know Who, and my ability to vote.

I didn’t have time to file for an absentee ballot.

Regardless, George W. won even…

Hint: It’s not intimidation.

Guns are for killing, period.

Before you puff out your chest and say something to the contrary, let me debunk some common arguments.

I use my guns for target shooting — You’re practicing killing.

I use my guns for hunting — That’s killing.

I collect guns — You collect killing tools.

Don’t get me wrong…

Your statistics don’t mean squat

Over the past few days, I have seen some posts from people touting that the statistics of police officer-involved shootings are evidence that #BlackLivesMatter protests are a sham and unnecessary. They claim that the fact that the police in the U.S. shoot more white people to death than black people…

The day I realized I was homeless.

When I finished my twenty-year commitment to the military and hit the road for a little traveling, I began to notice a trend. Everywhere I went, I saw an abundance of homeless people. Tucson, Sedona, Boulder all had what seemed to me, more than their share of homeless people.


David Soto Jr.

David is a retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant who didn’t realize until reaching his forties that he was a writer. Books available at

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