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Canadian MPs had Makeshift Spears; Congress may do Better

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 19:13
Makeshift Barricade inside Canadian Parliament

By Dean Weingarten


Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -( In the recent terror attack on the Canadian Parliament,  Members of Parliament (MP)s fashioned crude spears out of flagpoles.   If such an event happened at the American Capitol, it is likely that members of Congress would have more effective weapons.

Members of Congress are restricted from bringing loaded guns into the Capitol, but they can have guns and ammunition in their offices.   In a strange way, the bizarre gun laws of the District of Columbia make it difficult for members to transport the firearms into and out of the building.  From

Members of Congress and designated employees, acting on behalf of their bosses, can bring unloaded guns into the Capitol. Inside the confines of their offices, regulations set by the Capitol Police Board even allow lawmakers to load the guns. However, carrying the guns through D.C. without a gun license would violate local law.

MPs in the Canadian Parliament had to be content with makeshift spears.  From

“People took the flag poles with the maple leafs on the end – they’d make pretty good spears – and said ok, if the son of a b***h is coming through the doors we’re going to make him pay,” Edmonton MP Laurie Hawn recalled Thursday.

Some MPs became attached to their makeshift weapons.  From

Some MPs kept their flagpole weapons as souvenirs. “Everyone was taking their spears home,” the MP said. “I’m going to frame mine.”

Machiavelli summed up the mindset rather well:

 There is no comparison whatever between an armed and disarmed man; it is not reasonable to suppose that one who is armed will obey willingly one who is unarmed; or that any unarmed man will remain safe…. – Niccoló Machiavelli, The Prince. 1537.

c2014 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch

About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Why I Will Not Submit To Medical Martial Law

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 18:20
Ebola SWAT Teams Oath Keepers

Texas - One of the most dangerous philosophical contentions even amongst liberty movement activists is the conundrum of government force and prevention during times of imminent pandemic.

All of us at one time or another have had this debate.

If a legitimate viral threat existed and threatened to infect and kill millions of Americans, is it then acceptable for the government to step in, remove civil liberties, enforce quarantines, and stop people from spreading the disease?

After all, during a viral event, the decisions of each individual can truly have a positive or negative effect on the rest of society, right? One out of control (or “lone wolf”) citizen/terrorist could reignite a biological firestorm, so, should we not turn to government and forgo certain freedoms in order to achieve the greater good for the greater number?

If the government in question was a proven and honorable institution, then I would say pro-Medical Martial Law arguments might have a leg to stand on. However, this is not the case. In my view, medical martial law is absolutely unacceptable under ANY circumstances, including Ebola, in light of the fact that our current government will be the predominant cause of viral outbreak. That is to say, you DO NOT turn to the government for help when the government is the cause of the problem.

The recent rise of global Ebola is slowly bringing the issue of medical martial law to the forefront of our culture. Charles Krauthammer at The Washington Post recently argued in favor of possible restrictions on individual and Constitutional liberties in the face of a viral pandemic threat.

The CDC now argues that in the case of people who may be potential carriers, or even in the case of people who refuse to undergo screenings, it has the legal authority to dissolve all constitutional protections and essentially imprison (quarantine) an American citizen for as long as they see fit to do so.

The Obama Administration is now using militant terminology in reference to Ebola response, including the formation of “Ebola SWAT Teams” for quick reaction to potential outbreak areas.

In typical socialist fashion, the nurses union ‘National Nurses United’ has called for Barack Obama to use “executive authority” to take control of all Ebola response protocols in hospitals across the country.

Yet another perpetuation of the myth that more government power is the solution.

And finally, the Department of Defense has been tasked to create a military controlled “quick-strike team” to deal with Ebola within U.S. borders. This team will be under the command of none other than Northcom, apparently trampling the Posse Comitatus Act and setting the stage for the rationalized use of military personnel against U.S. citizens under the guise of pandemic prevention.

It should be clear to anyone with half a brain that medical martial law is being quietly prepared, and that the threat of such measures is not a paranoid conspiracy, but a very real possibility…

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Troxler Bans Lawful Guns at NC State Fair, Three are Robbed at Gun Point

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 14:44
North Carolina State Fair Grass Roots North Carolina

North Carolina --( Today GRNC President Paul Valone issued the following open letter to NC Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler who implemented an illegal ban of handgun carry during this year’s state fair.

In a painful irony that is attracting national media attention, three attendees became victims of an armed robbery walking to their car after attending the fair.

An open letter to North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler

Dear Commissioner Troxler:

So much has happened since last we spoke. Since then, as we both know, an activist judge sanctioned your willful misinterpretation of N.C.G.S. 14-415.23, allowing you to prohibit lawful concealed carry at the state fair.

When concealed carry at the fair was under debate, GRNC pointed out that ostensibly “gun free” zones actually attract sociopaths and criminals who know potential victims are disarmed. Indeed, of mass shootings in the United States since 1958, all but two have taken place in “victim disarmament zones.”

At a highly publicized press conference, you responded that you would have more than two hundred armed law enforcement officers inside the fair, to which we noted that your prohibition would still leave concealed handgun permit-holders defenseless in parking areas surrounding the fairground.

When your security chief, Joel Keith, was asked at yet another press conference whether disarmed fair-goers could receive armed escorts to their vehicles, he responded in the affirmative. Unfortunately, that promise was carried out only reluctantly, and only when people demanded it. Worse, the metal detectors you promised for fair entrances were used only sporadically, as numerous fairgoers have reported.

Sometimes, I hate to be right: Three of the people you purported to protect were robbed at gun point. That’s right, Commissioner Troxler; in case you haven’t heard, here is an early account from WTVD:

“Raleigh police are looking for two armed men who robbed three people at gunpoint late Saturday night near the North Carolina State University Club.

“Police say the victims were robbed around 11:35 p.m. as they were walking back to their vehicles on Hillsborough Street after leaving the North Carolina State Fair. Fortunately, no one was injured.

“The suspects drove off in a tan or cream-colored Lincoln. They’re described as two black males, one wearing a gray-hooded sweatshirt, one wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and each armed with handguns.” [Emphasis added]

Where were your law enforcement officers when these innocent people were victimized, Commissioner Troxler? What if the criminals hadn’t just robbed them, but murdered them as well? One of the suspects is in custody but, of course, that would be far too late to help the victims.

Consider that by holding press conferences and announcing to the world that fair-goers would be disarmed, you also declared open season on them by informing violent predators that their victims would be defenseless. Indeed, you and Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens should count yourselves fortunate that nobody was killed.

Even before our involvement, word of your failure to follow through on protecting the fair-goers you disarmed is spreading throughout the gun rights community nationwide.

Perhaps you should convene another press conference … this time, to issue an apology.


F. Paul Valone

President, Grass Roots North Carolina

P.S. I note from USA Today that the fair’s attendance was down nearly 20% from its peak in 2010. Could it be that gun owners decided to stay home?


Contact your NC House and Senate Representatives.
Tell them these bureaucratic violations of state law must be fixed during the next legislative session.


Use the interactive map on the NCGA website to find contact information for your NC House and Senate Representatives.

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Suggested Subject: “Stop Bureaucrats from thumbing their nose at the Assembly”

Dear Senator/Representative:

HB 937 which is now SL 2013-369 provides important clarity to the scope of where North Carolinians with concealed handgun permits are able to lawfully carry.

As you know, bureaucrats and municipalities hostile to Second Amendment rights have gone to absurd lengths (classifying lakes as pools, dog parks as playgrounds, etc.) to interfere with the clear intent of the Assembly to eliminate the confusing patchwork of conflicting laws that have faced citizens with permits.

Unfortunately, this effort has continued with the NC Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler prohibiting concealed carry during this year’s NC state fair in clear violation of the law the Assembly just passed. As a direct result of his malfeasance, three fair-goers returning to their vehicle on Hillsborough Street were robbed at gunpoint.

Similar arrogance has been stopped in other states through implementation of civil penalties for those responsible for unlawful bans.

Clearly North Carolina needs to put similar “teeth” in place to protect the will of the Assembly, and the rights of North Carolinians.

This must be made a priority in the upcoming legislative session.


About:Grass Roots North Carolina is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to preserving the freedoms guaranteed us by the Bill of Rights. Our main focus is the right to keep and bear arms. GRNC was central to drafting and passing North Carolina’s concealed handgun law and since that time has continued to push for improvements to gun laws.

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Open Carrier SWATted in VA, Caller ID & Voice Caught on Tape

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:40

By Dean Weingarten

Author Dean Weingarten ; “But For The Grace of God Goes Me” Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -( Moms Demand Action (MDA) disarmenters have threatened to make false 911 calls to police,and encouraged others to do so.

In at least one case, perhaps more, an innocent man was killed by police as a direct response to false allegations in 911 calls.  Last week, in Virginia, an open carrier was falsely accused of robbing a 7-11, in a 911 call.   Fortunately, he was not harmed.

Here is his account, from Robert Dickens, as related to the Virginia Citizens Defense League, recounted at  (PVC stands for  Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League)

On 10/15/14 at about 5:30 pm, I stopped at a 7-11 for some coffee in the skyline area of Fairfax.

Like every other day when I’m off work, I had hopped on my motorcycle for a short ride . Being an open carry proponent, I didn’t think twice about putting on my every-day-carry pistol.

After leaving the 7-11, I went to the Verizon store for some quick shopping. Both stores are within five miles of my home. Chores done, I decided to go for a nice ride around the block.

What’s that Fairfax County officer looking at me like that for? Damn he’s going to pull me over! Yep… Lights, boop boop. Sigh.

Now I’m thinking that I’ve got my pistol on me and I’m asking myself how I would feel if I were an officer pulling over someone who was armed? [PVC: That is called “empathy,” something that normal, law-abiding people have, but violent criminals lack.]

Ok, turn the bike off, straddle the bike, interlock your hands on your head, and be calm. [PVC: Doing these steps calmly and slowly probably helped send a clear signal to the SIX responding officers in FOUR patrol cars that Robert was not a threat.]

As the officer gets out of his car, three other cars show up.

Wow, what did I do?

I let the first officer know that I have a firearm on my side. He says, “I know.” I did not move an inch!

To my surprise not one of the at least six police officers have a weapon pointed at me. [PVC: Hats off to FCPD for their professional handling of this situation! Robert’s life was not unnecessarily endangered during the stop by the police pointing their guns at him.]

The officer walks up behind me and asks if he can take the weapon from my holster. “Yes, sir,” I replied.

“Do you have any other weapons on you, sir?”

“Yes, sir, a knife in my pocket.”

“Yes, sir. Why did you stop me?”

“I will get to that in a minute.” [PVC: Robert wisely decides to temporarily let the issue drop at this point.]

As I’m being frisked, I’m still not moving and am keeping my hands on my head.

“Sir, can I put my hands down now?,” I asked when the frisking was concluded.

“Yes, you can stand at ease.”

At this point I ask the officer what is going on.

“Well, we had a person call from 7-11 and they stated that a white guy on a motorcycle robbed the place.”

I laughed nervously and told the officer that I left a 7-11 30 minutes ago, but that I didn’t rob the place! [PVC: This is where an attorney might advise the client to stop talking to the police for fear of saying something innocent that ends up getting misinterpreted. To do so properly, you must verbally indicate you are invoking the Fifth Amendment and stop talking. In this case it’s hard to argue with success, but one should be very, very cautious.]

I’m getting kind of angry now. I’ve heard of anti-gun people saying that they will call the police if they see an open carrier and make up some story to get the police to respond in a forceful manner.

Wow, I could have been killed!

Ten minutes later I’m on my way. With the police “checking the sanity of the caller.”

I put a call into the police station the following Monday and sent a email thanking FCPD for being very professional.

VCDL became involved and quickly put in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request into Fairfax County.   They expeditiously received a recording of the 911 call, with the callers name and phone number blanked out.  Here is a link to the audio.

Link to audio of 911 call.   The audio file is 5:36 long and is well worth listening to.   It appears that the caller is of diminished mental capacity.  The 911 dispatcher tries to get details to substantiate what the caller is saying.   The dangerous part is that the caller does get most things correct.   He has a good description of Robert Dickens and his motorcycle.   He has the correct location of the 7-11.   It is just that the robbery that he describes never happened.

Just as clearly, the police seem to know this caller, and know that his calls are suspect.   The problem is, of course, that he gets most things right, so there might be something substantive to the call.   The fact that the officers did not draw their weapons on Robert shows that they were treading a middle road.

It also shows that MDA supporters that threaten and encourage false 911 calls are treading a very dangerous line.    John Crawford III is dead, arguably because of false statements made on a 911 call.    Another woman died in the panic induced by the call.   Eric Scott, a West Point Grad, was killed by police in an incident in Las Vegas that may have resulted from bad information on a 911 call.  Video tapes of the events of that shooting were never recovered.    Other incidents of SWATting have occurred involving open carriers.

This is a bit personal, as supporters of MDA wrote that they would call 911 on me when no crime was committed; urged others to make false 911 calls, and even threatened me with death if they saw me openly carrying.

I will not allow this type of intimidation prevent me from exercising my rights.   make no mistake, that is the purpose of the MDA supporters.   They do not like people exercising their constitutional rights, so they resort to threats and bullying to stop them.   They are generally too cowardly to make the threats in person, so they use their favorite means of oppression, the police power of the state.

The way to make this ineffective is to make it known.   As more and more police become aware of these SWATting efforts, more and more false 911 calls will be prosecuted.

Definition of a disarmenter

c2014 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch

About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Ohio Pro-Gun Voter Guide Out From Buckeye Firearms #GUNVOTE

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:02
Ohio Pro-Gun Voter Guide Out From Buckeye Firearms #GUNVOTE Buckeye Firearms Foundation

Ohio --( Be ready for Ohio elections this coming Tuesday, November 4 2014!

Use our Pro-Gun Voter Guide to make your decisions.

Note: We’re sending this message to everyone because many of our supporters have not told us where they live. If you’re outside Ohio, please vote for pro-gun candidates in your state..

Dear Gun Voter,

Election day is next week on Tuesday, November 4 2014. Make sure you’re registered, know the issues and candidates, find your polling location, and VOTE.

Our Political Action Committee has created a Pro-Gun Voter Guide to help you make wise choices for candidates who will protect your rights.

We suggest you take our guide to the polls or create a “cheat sheet” to have with you on every race. Don’t just vote for the races at the top of the ballot … vote all the way to the end because the smaller local races will help determine the crop of candidates for major races in years to come.

Buckeye Firearms Association is a grassroots political action committee dedicated to defending and advancing the right of Ohio citizens to own and use firearms for all legal activities. Visit:

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Elect Gary Marbut for Montana House District 94

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:17

By Gary Marbut

Elect Gary Marbut for Montana House District 94 Montana Shooting Sports Association

Missoula, MT --( Dear MSSA Friends,

You haven’t heard from me much lately. All of my time and energy has been focused on my campaign for the Montana House in HD 94 (Missoula area).

People keep asking me, “How’s the campaign going?”

Truthfully, a candidate for the Legislature never knows. There’s not enough money in a legislative race to be able to afford the sophisticated polling that would really answer that question. A candidate just does everything he possible can and hopes for the best.

I do know a few things about how the planets are lining up, although not enough to be counting any chickens yet. I’ll tell you what I do know.

I’m on the ballot as an Independent in a district with no Republican running. When I ran two years ago, I knew going in that the district was about 70% Democrat. Still, I gave it the “college try” running as a Republican. The Montana Redistricting Commission changed the district a lot. The district is now, best guess, about 50% D and 50% R. So, that’s better.

Also, Gallup recently released the results of a poll showing that 47% of voters now consider themselves to be independent – not Republican or Democrat. I don’t know how solidly that number holds in HD 94, but it’s something to think about.

Although I’ve had differences with the “good old boys” in the Republican Party (that’s why I’m running as an Independent), since I’ve run in this (mostly the same) district before as a Republican, I have pretty good name ID here. One might suppose that with no Republican on the ballot the Republican voters would NOT vote for a Democrat and would vote for me, if they vote in the race at all (they might not; they might stay home or not vote in this race).

My liberal, lady lawyer, incumbent opponent doesn’t seem to be doing much campaigning. She’s done just one direct mailing to some subset of registered voters (I didn’t get one), and has hardly any signs up. There are a number of theories about why she’s not campaigning, maybe some truth to all. Her husband is running for Justice of the Peace, a county-wide race. With their commitment to his campaign, plus work, plus taking care of her three cute, young kids, maybe she just doesn’t have time or energy to campaign for herself. The Democratic Party ran much of her campaign for her before, but Democrats are said to be very dispirited this election cycle, between embarrassment over Obama and the Walsh fiasco, so they’re having trouble energizing and turning out volunteers. So, she doesn’t have a lot of experience campaigning, and may not have the time, or even the interest. Maybe she thinks that since she won two years ago that the election is in the bag. Maybe she sees the handwriting on the wall and has just given up. Maybe she knows something I don’t know about how the votes get counted. Whatever.

She sure doesn’t have the money. Campaign finance reports just filed with the Commissioner of Political Practices show that my opponent has raised only $2,300 since the Primary, and has $800 in campaign debts, leaving her just $1,500 to spend before the election on November 4th. Without a sudden infusion of cash (could happen), that’s not much. In the same period, I have raised $16,300 (thanks to many of you). Of that, I’ve spent about $8,000 already and have planned expenditures for the rest before the election.

Meanwhile, I have some good cards to play, and I’m playing them. I live in the district; my opponent doesn’t. I’m a veteran; my opponent isn’t. I’m self-employed; she’s a government-employed lawyer. Although she promised voters two years ago that she respected the RKBA, she voted anti-gun in the last session 23 of 24 votes. I own that turf. There’s more, but that’s enough for here.

So, how’s the campaign going? Now you know much of what I know. You tell me. I’m still not counting any chickens. Ask me again on November 5th 2014. Stay tuned …

If you’re in the Missoula area and want to help, look at the district map on my campaign Web page, at: .

Call anyone you know who lives in the district and advise them to vote for me, and to be sure to actually vote – no staying home. If you want to walk around neighborhoods in the district to knock on doors and talk to people, come get campaign materials from me to hand out.

Best wishes

Gary Marbut, president Montana Shooting Sports Association
author, Gun Laws of Montana

About Montana Shooting Sports Association:MSSA is the primary political advocate for Montana gun owners. Visit:

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Giffords’ Gun Control Group Targets Another Female Military Member

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:01

By AWR Hawkins

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Washington DC - -( Gabby Giffords’ gun control group — Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS) — plans to spend the last week before the midterm elections targeting Republican candidate Joni Ernst.

She’s a Lt. Colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard and is running for U.S. Senate against pro gun-control candidate Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa).

Ernst is the second female military member ARS has targeted this election cycle. ARS ads attacked Martha McSally (R-AZ) — “the first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat” — in September.

Like McSally, Ernst is under political assault by ARS because she supports the Second Amendment.

According to MSNBC, Ernst elaborated on her pro-gun stance during a speech at “a 2012 NRA rally” in which she said: “I do believe in the right to carry, and I believe in the right to defend myself and my family — whether it’s from an intruder, or whether it’s from a government, should they decide my rights are no longer important.”

An ARS ad taking Ernst to task for being pro-gun “is set to run on broadcast and cable media through Election Day.” 

Real Clear Politics currently shows Ernst holding a slight lead over gun control candidate Braley.

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Anti-Gun Groups Supporting Crist, Fight Back Re-Elect Rick Scott as Florida’s Gov.

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:33

By Marion P. Hammer

Re-Elect Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott Marion P. Hammer

Florida - -( A group founded by former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband sent $100,000 this week to a political committee supporting Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, according to a newly filed finance report.

Giffords was shot in the head in January 2011 and left Congress a year later.

She and her husband, Mark Kelly, founded Americans for Responsible Solutions, which calls for changes in gun laws.

The group sent $100,000 on Tuesday to the committee “Charlie Crist for Florida,” which overall has raised about $30 million and plays a major role in Crist’s campaign.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott, meanwhile, has received backing from the National Rifle Association, including a radio ad from Marion Hammer, a past president of the NRA who is an influential gun-rights lobbyist in Florida.

The NRA and I have our own radio ad supporting Gov. Rick Scott found below:
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Home Invader Twice Thwarted By Armed Citizens, Evansville, Ind.

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:51

WFIE, Evansville, Ind. 10/24/14

Guns Save Lives

USA --( Somewhere, everyday in the USA, 2100+ people use a gun for self defense, to stop a crime or save the lives of themselves or their family.

“We believe that the American public deserve to understand that on the average, guns save 2,191 lives and are used to thwart crimes every day,” says Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation

Most times you won’t see these tales on the news as it does not fit the main stream media’s story line of “Guns and Gun Owners are Bad“.

This is just one of those stories;

Brian Hiner was at home in Butler County, Ohio when his dog alerted him to an intruder. Hiner retrieved a gun, went to investigate, and apprehended the home invader.

When police arrived, they detained the intruder in a cruiser. However, the criminal managed to escape the vehicle, ran into a cornfield, and eventually invaded another house. 15-year-old Justin Kugler was at home at the time, and responded to the intrusion by retrieving a gun. When Kugler encountered the home invader he told him, “get out of the house or I’m going to shoot you.” Police recaptured the intruder outside the Kugler residence.

When interviewed by a local media outlet, Kugler stated, “I feel pretty good about it that I could have saved other people’s houses and their property.” (WFIE, Evansville, Ind. 10/24/14)

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27 Of 39 Washington Sheriffs Now Oppose Initiative 594

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:34
Majority of Washington State Sheriffs Oppose I-594 NRA – ILA

Fairfax, Va. --(  A majority of Washington State’s 39 sheriffs have come out in opposition to anti-gun Washington State Ballot Initiative 594.

The sheriffs oppose I-594 because it will not make anyone safer, will strain scarce law enforcement resources, will criminalize the lawful behavior of millions of law-abiding gun owners in Washington and will be unenforceable.  Instead, I-594 would vastly expand the state’s handgun registry and force law-abiding gun owners to pay fees and get the government’s permission to sell or even loan a firearm to a friend or family member.

To date, 27 of the 39 sheriffs have publicly opposed I-594.

Here is what some Washington State Sheriffs who oppose I-594 have to say about this ill-conceived initiative:

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, Spokane County:  “I-594 is just another attempt to erode the Second Amendment.”

Sheriff Alan Botzheim, Pend Orielle County:  “[I-594] is focused on honest hardworking citizens and making them criminals when they are not criminals.”

Sheriff Steve Mansfield, Lewis County:  “I-594 does little to nothing in addressing the high profile shooting sprees and massacres that have pushed the gun control advocates’ agenda: registering, restricting and controlling the law abiding citizens’ constitutional right to keep and bear arms.  The very fact that this legislation further expands the government’s massive database on law abiding citizens is even more disturbing.  Government cannot address the serious mental health issues at the root of this violence through gun control. It won’t work.”

Sheriff Scott Johnson, Pacific County: “While I am sure the initiative was well-intended, it would not solve the problems we in the law enforcement community face. “

Sheriff Brian Burnett, Chelan County: “My biggest concern is that this initiative is a fast track in turning many law abiding citizens into potential criminals.”

Sheriff Frank Rogers, Okanogan County:  “I-594 will do nothing to stop the bad guys….it just puts more of a burden on the folks that follow the law.”

Sheriff Ben Keller, Garfield County: “This initiative is a violation of the Second Amendment.  I come from a gun owning family and it would be a crime every time someone wanted to use my trap gun at a trap shoot. Being in law enforcement for 24 years, this initiative is not going to keep guns off the street.  What keeps guns off the street is keeping the felons that are using the guns illegally in jail.”

Sheriff John Hunt, Adams County:  “I believe that the current proposal would put an unnecessary strain on law enforcement agencies without any additional funding, and will not affect in any way the ability for criminals intent on getting a firearm to do so.”

Sheriff Pete Warner, Ferry County: “I wholeheartedly oppose I-594. It’s just stupid. It penalizes the honest and law abiding citizens, and does nothing to keep the criminals from having firearms.”

Sheriff Brett Myers, Whitman County: “I-594 is like requiring everyone to pay for a buffet dinner on the “honor system” while leaving the door open at the other end of the food line. In the end only the honest patrons will pay and those who don’t, still eat all they want.”

Other sheriffs opposing I-594 include:

  • Sheriff Steven Keane – Benton County
  • Sheriff Bill Benedict – Clallam County
  • Sheriff Rocky Miller – Columbia County
  • Sheriff Mark Nelson – Cowlitz County
  • Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal – Douglas County
  • Sheriff Richard Lathim – Franklin County
  • Sheriff Thomas Jones – Grant County
  • Sheriff Rick Scott – Grays Harbor County
  • Sheriff Steve Boyer – Kitsap County
  • Sheriff Gene Dana –  Kittitas County
  • Sheriff Rick McComas – Klickitat County 
  • Sheriff Wade Magers – Lincoln County
  • Sheriff Dave Brown, Skamania County
  • Sheriff Kendle Allen – Stevens County
  • Sheriff John Snaza – Thurston County
  • Sheriff Mark Howie – Wahkiakum County
  • Sheriff John Turner – Walla Walla County

Other law enforcement organizations including the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs (WACOPS) and the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association (WSLEFIA) also oppose I-594.  Here is what these organizations had to say about their opposition to this initiative:

Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs: “As law enforcement officers, we do not believe that I-594 will keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals or the dangerously mentally ill. They will continue to ignore the law and engage in black market transactions.” For more on WACOPS’ opposition, click here.

Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association: “There are a lot of politicians, including some mayors and chiefs, who will tell you that I-594 is a good law designed to close the gun show loophole. This is not the truth. I594 is a law so broadly written that it clearly is designed to make criminals of all recreational shooters and most law enforcement officers. When you understand what it will actually do, then you too will oppose it.” For more on WSLEFIA’s opposition, click here.

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett Signs Firearms Preemption Legislation into Law

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:29
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett Signs Firearms Preemption Legislation into Law NRA – ILA

Charlotte, NC --( Tuesday October 28th 2014 Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett (R) signed into law House Bill 80, the strongest firearms preemption statute in the country, at a public signing ceremony.

This critical pro-gun legislation strengthens the state firearms preemption statute to further ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout Pennsylvania and allows citizens to seek legal remedies against localities whose gun control ordinances exceed state law.  A much-needed protection for gun owners in the Keystone State, HB 80 will provide a way for responsible gun owners to hold municipalities accountable and responsible for infringing on our Second Amendment rights.  HB 80 takes effect in sixty days.

After four years of hard work, your NRA thanks you for your active involvement and support on this issue.  Without your years of phone calls and e-mails to your state legislators, this legislation might never have become a reality.

Please thank Governor Corbett for being a steadfast advocate of your Second Amendment rights and for signing HB 80 into law.

Governor Tom Corbett
Phone: (717) 787-2500

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The Spectacular Self-Immolation of Wendy R. Davis

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 16:31

By Michelle Malkin

The Spectacular Self-Immolation of Wendy R. Davis Michelle Malkin

Los Angeles, CA - -( Wendy Russell Davis is on fire. And I don’t mean that in a good way.

I mean it in a five-alarm, set-her-own-skirt-aflame, billowing-human-torch kind of way. To say that Davis is smokin’ hot is not a compliment. It’s a campaign incineration status update.

The Democratic darling of the Hollywood Left and glamour gal of abortion thought her path to the Texas governor’s mansion would be a pink-sneakered walk in the park. Instead, her single-issue campaign has combusted.

The high point of Davis’ career came last year when she flamboyantly opposed state restrictions on late-term abortions in the wake of Philadelphia death-doc abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s baby-killing spree. Gosnell’s conviction provoked national revulsion at abortion gone wild. But Davis’ radical supporters at the Texas Capitol donned tampon earrings and waved uterus flags in solidarity with abortion rights at any cost. Planned Parenthood ghouls and celebrity femmes latched on to La Davis.

Militant gender identity politics, however, can only get you so far.

Davis’ gubernatorial bid the past month has been a series of unfortunate, cringe-inducing events exposing her empty soul. Last week, she insanely accused her opponent, Republican State Attorney General Greg Abbott, of wanting to ban “interracial marriage.” Abbott’s wife, Cecilia, is the Hispanic granddaughter of Mexican immigrants.

The week before, Davis ridiculed Abbott’s physical disability with a vulgar TV ad featuring an empty wheelchair. Abbott was paralyzed in 1984 when a tree fell on top of him while he was jogging. In response to a bipartisan backlash against her crass campaign insensitivity, Davis doubled down by attacking Abbott for lacking “empathy” — while she cynically surrounded herself at a damage-control press event with disabled human shields (one of whom had to be dragged away from the podium by a Davis staffer while the crowd waited in awkward silence for the next speaker).

To bolster her Girl Power bona fides, the Davis campaign disseminated a photo of young female “friends” posing on Twitter last week after voting for the Democratic candidate. The tweet carried the hashtag “#GenWendy.” Like, you know, “Generation Wendy.” The photo, however, turned out to be a pilfered image of young Virginia College Republicans getting out the vote for GOP gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie.

“All out of support, Wendy?” a Virginia CR spokeswoman jibed. The “imaginary friends” of Wendy became a social media mockfest.

Texas Democrat Wendy Davis

Desperate for positive press, Wendy welcomed New York City liberal Jon Stewart to Austin, Texas, for a last-ditch appeal on his comedy show Wednesday night. Quel appropriate: a professional clown propping up a miserable joke of a candidacy. Trailing in all the major polls, bleeding cash and abandoned by women voters by double-digits, Davis turned to Stewart to get out the vote and pump up anemic sales of her book, “Forgetting to Be Afraid.” ( )

Stewart forgot to mention the trail of discredited autobiographical details Davis exploited to gain a national platform. The Dallas Morning News reported earlier this year that she “blurred” several “key facts” of her rags-to-riches story. As feminists hailed the single mother for putting herself through Harvard University while caring for two young daughters, it emerged that a second husband had taken custody of Wendy’s girls, cashed in his 401(k) and secured a loan to support her higher ambitions.

Which-Way Wendy tried to pivot from her biography botch by becoming a born-again Second Amendment rights advocate (after working to ban gun shows while serving on the Fort Worth city council).

Me-Too Wendy attempted to burnish her border-control credentials by supporting Republican calls for an Ebola travel ban from West African countries (after earlier attacking Abbott over his “‘stop the invasion’ rhetoric” and accusing him of disliking “people who don’t look like him.”)

And in the ghastliest turnaround since Linda Blair’s head spin in “The Exorcist,” ( )  No-Shame Wendy claimed she would support legislation banning abortions after 20 weeks — after vaulting into the national spotlight with her 13-hour back-brace-and-comfy-shoes-aided filibuster on the Texas Senate floor last year against the very bill that would have outlawed late-term abortions and cracked down on filthy, dangerous abortion clinics like the one serial baby-killer Gosnell operated for 15 years thanks to shoddy government oversight and abortion-rights apathy.

Callous evil is as callous evil does.

The lady parts-obsessed liberal bet all her feminist marbles on her chromosomes. After Election Day, all Wendy Davis will have to show for it are well-coifed selfies and the ashes of her Vogue magazine fashion photo spread.

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Sacramento-Area Cop Shooting, Illegal Alien, Suspect Had Already Been Deported, Twice

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:35

By AWR Hawkins

Sacramento-Area Cop Shooting Illegal Alien Suspect Had Already Been Deported, Twice AmmoLand Gun News

Washington DC - -(  Marcelo Marquez allegedly shot and killed a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy and a Placer County Sheriff’s Deputy, and also allegedly shot and wounded a second Placer County deputy and a civilian on Friday.

On Saturday, authorities revealed that the suspect — real name, Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte — had already been deported twice from the United States.

According to Sacramento’s KCRA, he was “sent back in to Mexico in 1997 and again in 2001.”

The 1997 deportation was the result of “conviction in Arizona…on charges of possession of narcotics for sale.” He was arrested stateside in 2001 as well.

After the suspect allegedly shot three deputies and a civilian, he was apprehended in a residential area near Placer County High School. Janelle Marquez Monroy, the female who accompanied him during part of his shooting spree, was arrested earlier in the same day.

Both now face charges in the shooting deaths of the two deputies, along with other charges.

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Obama’s War on U.S. Energy

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:24

By Alan Caruba

Keystone XL Pipeline Column by Alan Caruba

New Jersey --( September 19th was an anniversary you did not read or hear about in the nation’s news media.

It marked six years—2008—since the first permit application for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline was submitted to the federal government.

Can you imagine how many jobs its construction would have created during a period of recovery from the 2008 financial crisis?

President Obama is universally credited with delaying it.

Thomas Pyle, the president of the American Energy Alliance, pointed out that World War II, the construction of the Hoover Dam, and the Lewis and Clark Expedition all took place in less time. In a September Forbes article, he noted that “Earlier this year a Washington Post/ABC News poll found that 65 percent of Americans support building the pipeline, while only 22 percent oppose it. In Washington three-to-one margins are usually referred to as mandates.”

In contrast, in March 2013 the then-Interior Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, boasted “In just over four years, we have advanced 17 wind, solar, and geothermal projects on our public lands.” It is not these projects that Americans depend upon for energy. The opposite is a stark explanation why coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy remain the heart blood of the economy.

The Daily Caller reported in July that the “U.S. Bureau of Land Management is currently sitting on a backlog of 3,500 applications that need approval to move forward on drilling for oil and natural gas on federal land,” just part of Obama’s war on U.S. energy.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, fossil fuels met 82% of U.S. energy demand in 2013.

Petroleum, primarily used for transportation, supplied 36% of the energy demand in 2013. Natural gas represented 27%. Coal represented 20% and generated almost 40% of all electricity. In the six years since Obama took office that is a loss of 10%!

The much ballyhooed “renewable sources” of energy, justified by the false claim that carbon dioxide emissions are causing global warming or climate change, are a very small part of the nation’s power providers. Wind power represented 1.6% and solar power represented three-tenths of 1%! Hydropower supplied 2.6% making it the largest source of so-called renewable energy.

Politically, it has been Democrats advocating renewable sources and siding with the President’s delay of the oil pipeline and the Environmental Protection Agency’s assault on coal-fired plants to produce electricity. By contrast, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has been busy putting forth legislation to fix aspects of our energy problems and needs.

Some of the bills that were introduced included H.R. 2728: The Protecting State’s Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act; H.R. 3: The Northern Route Approval Act (regarding the keystone XL Pipeline; H.R. 1900: The Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act; H.R. 2201: The North American Energy Infrastructure Act; and H.R. 6: The Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, intended to expedite the export of liquefied natural gas to our allies around the world. The global market is growing at a colossal pace.

These bills will likely all die in the U.S. Senate, controlled by the Democratic Party. The Nov 4 midterm elections can change that if enough Republicans are elected to gain control.

It’s not just natural gas that is helping the economy improve. The Financial Times reported in late September that “The U.S. is overtaking Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest producer of liquid petroleum, in a sign of how its booming oil production has reshaped the energy sector.” Why? “The U.S. industry has been transformed by the shale revolution, with advances in the techniques of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling enabling the exploitation of oilfields, particularly in Texas and North Dakota.”

The only places you won’t find oil drilling are on federally controlled lands. The same holds for coal and natural gas.

This is in keeping with a virtual war on U.S. energy waged from the White House. Consider what we have witnessed:

  • Obama has refused to let the Keystone XL pipeline be built.
  • Billions wasted on loans to renewable energy companies, many of which like Solyndra and Solar Trust of America went bankrupt.
  • Obama made electric cars like the Chevy Volt part of his energy policy, providing subsidies but their high cost and low mileage capacity has resulted in few sales.
  • Obama and the EPA advocated a cap-and-trade tax on greenhouse gas emissions when there has been no global warming for 19 years and carbon dioxide plays no role whatever in the Earth’s climate.
  • The Obama administration terminating the construction of a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada despite nearly $15 billion already spent on this necessary repository.

These are just a few examples, but in the meantime, the U.S. still requires that a valuable food commodity, corn, be turned into ethanol, an automotive fuel additive, that (a) reduces the millage in every gallon and (b) increases its cost at the pump. As Seldon B. Graham, Jr., a longtime energy industry consultant and observer, notes that “Ethanol production peaked in 2011 at 6% of total oil demand.” Favoring replacing imported foreign oil with American oil, Graham says “Americans would have saved $64.7 billion on the oil price since 2009.”

Americans are afflicted by a President and his administration that for political and environmental reasons are costing them trillions in needless, senseless energy costs, loans and subsidies, and efforts to impose laws that have no basis whatever in science.

c Alan Caruba

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Outgoing AG Eric Holder Cites as ‘Personal Failure’ Lack of Additional Gun Control

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:30
Outgoing AG Eric Holder Cites as ‘Personal Failure’ Lack of Additional Gun Control NRA – ILA

Charlotte, NC --( As Eric Holder’s disastrous reign as attorney general comes to a close, he counts among his and his anti-gun administration’s biggest failures the inability to further restrict American’s Second Amendment rights.

Considering his track record (we’re still dealing with the ramifications of the infamous Fast and Furious debacle, among other things), that’s saying something.

Anti-gunners have long used the tactic of exploiting tragedy to further their agenda, and in that regard, Holder continues steadfastly to stick to the script.  As reported in the Washington Times, Holder said in a recent CNN interview that “the inability to pass reasonable gun safety laws after the Newtown massacre is something that weighs heavily on my mind.”   Holder further said, “the thought that we could not translate that horror into reasonable — I mean, really reasonable gun safety measures that were supported by the vast majority of the American people is for me something that I take personally as a failure.”

Despite Holder’s assertion of Americans’ support for more gun control laws, in December 2013–a year after Sandy Hook–a CNN poll showed that support for gun control had dropped by six points since January of that year, and that a majority of Americans opposed stricter gun laws. Meanwhile, even the president and vice-president themselves acknowledged that nothing that had been proposed would “fundamentally alter” the chance of another mass casualty event or “stop every act of violence and evil.” In other words, the proposals did not seek to address what really happened on that awful day. Rather, they merely sought to use the heartache it caused to advance a pre-existing agenda to, as Holder once said, make gun owners “cower” like shamed smokers and to “just really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.”

Holder’s “disappointment” serves as another reminder that those who would trample our rights remain determined to push their gun control agenda and will exploit any occasion to do so. They don’t care that polling data contradicts them or that past experiments with the same type of legislation have failed.  For them, the real goal is restricting firearm ownership in America.

It’s disturbing, but not surprising, that Holder’s biggest disappointment as attorney general is his failure to further restrict Americans’ Constitutionally-guaranteed rights.  As he resigns his post, Holder’s contempt for the Second Amendment will likely continue, but at least he will no longer be acting upon that contempt as the country’s chief law enforcement officer.

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How does Banning Legal Guns in Kroeger’s Stop Armed Robbery?

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:03

By Dean Weingarten

Bank Robber in Kroeger’s Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -( On, a discussion about the Moms Demand Action push for a gun ban following an armed robbery of a bank inside of a Kroeger’s, brought this commonly expressed question.  This one was from rktman:

“Uh, how would this have stopped the robbery again? Please ‘splain that to us.”

I will explain it.  MDA is playing a very long game.   In order to be effective, they have to reduce the number of guns in society by large, large, amounts.  They have to avoid considering any benefits gained from gun ownership.  Here is how I believe they think it will work:

1.  Bully retail establishments into banning the carry of guns in their stores, as a step to make guns illegitimate in society, as the combination of trial lawyers, legislators, and the old media have done with cigarettes.

2.  Keep incrementally banning guns everywhere possible to make guns more and more socially unacceptable, and legally difficult to own, in order to reduce the number of legal gun owners.

3.  When the number of legal gun owners are reduced sufficiently, ban the legal ownership of guns, except in extremely restricted circumstances.  Think Japan and the U.K.

4.  Gradually, through incremental gun confiscation, “buy backs“, increasingly draconian restrictions on ownership and use, perhaps over a couple of generations, reduce the number of guns legitimately owned by 99 percent.

5.   This will start to reduce the number of guns used criminally by some amount, it does not matter how little.   As soon as the number of gun owners and/or guns start to drop, immediately claim credit for any crime reduction, even if the trends started long before your legislation and are not backed up by facts.

6.   Keep up the pressure, and eventually, after several decades, we will have less crimes committed with guns.   This is sure to happen, because even though crime has not been reduced elsewhere when guns were banned or restricted, we have a much larger number of crimes committed with guns than the UK or Japan.  Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, and Jamaica do not count because they are not the UK or Japan.

7.  An increase in crime by other means does not matter.   The goal is to reduce the number of crimes with guns, so only statistics involving guns matter.    It does not matter if overall homicides increase, if they are not committed with guns.   We can always turn our efforts to banning knives, as they have in the U.K.

8.  We know that governments will be beneficent all along the way, because no western democracy has ever been overthrown in the last 75 years.   Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico and Ukraine or other examples do not count, because they were not really western Democracies.   We know this because they were overthrown, invaded or became failed states, so they never were real western democracies.  Blame their problems on the second amendment or on western democracies.

9.   The efforts to reduce gun violence will not be rendered useless by 3D printing, smuggling, home made guns, or other technologies.  This is because we will define “gun violence” as violence with guns that were produced in legal channels.   If a gun was produced illegitimately, we cannot be blamed.  We will also do everything we can to reduce access to those technologies that can be used to produce guns by anyone outside of governments.

So you see, sometime in the far, far distant future, after the Constitution has been completely trashed, and the U.S. is a Utopian socialist state like the UK, we will have reduced armed robberies committed with guns by some amount. (at the expense of safety and security of free peoples)

This general program seemed to be working until about 1994, except, of course, the crime rate kept increasing with more restrictions on guns.   About 1994 “gun control” peaked, as did the levels of violent crime.  The electorate rebelled against the Clinton gun ban.  Second amendment supporters made serious gains from 1994 through 2013.  The rate of “gun violence” and overall violent crime fell in half.

I do not believe that the disarmenters have sufficient media control to pull off the above program, as illustrated by the failure of the Obama push for more gun control.   We are in the process of seeing  if a combination of old media push and new “progressive” billionaire money can do the trick.

A serious challenge exists in the tens of millions of dollars that are being thrown into initiative processes such as the Washington state initiative I-594.    If the disarmenters fail there, after spending 10 times as much as second amendment supporters, they may fall back for another 20 years.

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Brian Aitken: Three Years Later – This Week on Gun Talk Radio

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 08:25
Brian Aitken was sentenced to 7 years in New Jersey State prison. Gun Talk Radio

Mandeville, LA -( It’s a detailed book from wrongfully-imprisoned Brian Aitken, a youth hunting program in Texas, a gridlocked senate in Iowa, exclusive guns, and more, this week on Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.

Remember Brian Aitken? In 2010, he was sentenced to seven years in prison for possessing firearms in New Jersey – totally legal, as he was in the process of moving at the time of possession. The police became involved when his mother called 911 and hung up.

After a court battle that included a judge improperly instructing the jury, Aitken was convicted. Four months after he reported to prison, Gov. Christie ordered his release. But the story was far from over – Aitken then had to battle for custody of his son. He recently wrote a book about his ordeal, and about the judicial system as a whole. He visits with Tom on Sunday with an update, and details of his book, The Blue Tent Sky: How the Left’s War on Guns Cost Me My Son and My Freedom. Buy the book at Amazon, and find out more about Brian’s life and court case at Facebook and Wikipedia.

The Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) joined forces to offer youth hunts that are safe, educational and affordable – The result is the Texas Youth Hunting Program. Director Chris Mitchell stops by to discuss the program which, since its inception, has coordinated youth hunts that have involved over 55,000 people. This past weekend, they conducted 15 youth hunts for 115 kids, bringing their total hunts this year so far to 117. Find out more at TYHP.

Barry Snell with the Iowa Firearms Coalition makes an appearance Sunday to talk with Tom about a situation in Iowa’s State Senate. The Chairman of the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee is Rob Hogg, an openly anti-gun senator who blocks every pro-gun bill that comes through the committee. The IFC is hoping to change the leadership in the upcoming mid-term election. Find out more at Iowa Carry.

Also on this week, Kevin Wilson with Gallery of Guns drops by Gun Talk with details of some of the coolest new guns available at Gallery of Guns – including some of the Davidson’s Exclusives, like the Ruger 10-22 rifle in navy digital camo and a Beretta U22 in black and purple.

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Open Carry March in Downtown St. Louis

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 08:19

By Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -( The open carry march in St. Louis went off without a hitch on Saturday, 25 October.   In stark contrast to unruly and violent Ferguson demonstrators, the open carry marchers, who celebrated the restoration of constitutional rights under the newly passed amendment 5, were polite, considerate, peaceful, and had no violent interactions with the police.  From, a counterprotestor complained:

Counterdemonstrator Tef Poe, of Hands Up United and the Organization of Black Struggle, said the calm police reaction was in contrast to police behavior at protests in Ferguson.

“When we protest in a similar manner, without guns, they proceed with aggression and arrest,” Poe said.

Except, as anyone who has watched the news knows, the Ferguson protesters have not protested in a manner that is very similar at all.   A commenter,  GeronL at made the following point:

So AI protests people shot by cops, while demanding that only cops carry guns??

Another commenter, cripplecreek noted a similarity with open carry demonstrators in Michigan:

Same way the unionistas complain they were locked out of the state capitol building in Michigan while open carry advocates were allowed to walk around in the building with impunity.

The difference being that the open carry advocates weren’t screaming, hollering, kicking doors and trying to disrupt state business.

Open Carry at the Michigan Capitol

This is what you see in open carry marches everywhere.    Open carriers are exemplars of good citizens.   When people see it, they recognize it.    That attracts more activists to open carry marches, and the movement continues to expand around the country.

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Would you Provide Security to a Disarmenter who Mocked You?

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 21:06
Open Carry at Arizona Gas Station

By Dean Weingarten


Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -( A poster at, Southern Covenanter, recounts an ironic experience in Charlotte, North Carolina.    From

I made it a point to stop and meet my parents for lunch in Pineville while I was passing through town, and after I left, I stopped at the QT on Woodlawn Road (right off I-77 where Woodlawn turns into Billy Graham Parkway) to gas up the Blue Bullet. This QT is in a somewhat sketchy part of town, so I was already on high alert when I pulled up to the pump. About the time I got the Bullet in park, I noticed three young men walking through the islands towards the store. One of the three was a younger white guy (about 6’1″, 175 lbs, and all tatted up) was shirtless, loud, high as a Georgia pine, and clearly acting aggressively. I took note of him, and strolled inside to pre-pay for my gas. Lo and behold, when I got inside, some yuppie soccer Mom type wear a “Moms Demand Action” t-shirt spotted me and the sidearm on my hip and immediately started ranting about how I was dangerous and scary, that my big, bad SigSauer made her nervous, how did she know I wasn’t going to shoot everybody in the joint, etc. I did my best to ignore her, hit the latrine, and came back out and paid for my gas.

While I was walking to the door, I noticed the doped up potential troublemaker was waving his arms around, beating on his chest and flinching at people like he was going to throw a punch while yelling, “I’ma f* you up! Y’all don’t want none!” and so on.

I walked out the door to head to the car, and when I did, the Mom’s Demand nutjob approached from my right and quietly asked, “Would you walk me to my car?”

My response: “I’m sure that loud mouth of yours will keep you safe.”

The shocked look on her face was completely worth it.

OC: 1. Moms Demand: 0.

The poster then goes on to explain that he briefly considered acceding to the request, but having information that the the local chief LEO was anti-open carry, and concerned that the clerk might misunderstand a “walk to the car” because of the previous rant by the woman, he decided against it.

Another poster mentioned that Moms Demand Action supporters have encouraged others to make, and have said that they would make, false 911 calls.

My instinct would have been to walk her to the car.   People with phobias can overcome them with experience.   However, I can easily understand his reluctance in the circumstances.

Definition of a disarmenter
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Woman Posts Yard Sign to ‘Out’ Neighbor as Concealed Carry Licensee

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 20:19
Hoplophobe Kimberly Edson of Savage, Minn., note to criminals she is unarmed. NRA – ILA

Charlotte, NC --( Few of the anti-gun movement’s positions are as self-defeating and mean-spirited as the impulse to “out” others for the choices they make about their Second Amendment rights.

Most of them try to justify prying into this private activity under the mismatched rubric of the “public’s right to know,” as if private individuals become public figures merely for the exercise of a fundamental right. In recent years, newspapers have published databases of Right-to-Carry and pistol permit holders, feigning interest in “public safety.”

Yet their true motivations were more candidly illustrated recently by the comments of D.C. Councilmembers at a public hearing on D.C.’s new concealed carrying permitting law. “Who cares about the confidentiality of a gun owner? We don’t want it … ,” Councilwoman Yvette Alexander said, arguing to make permit holder information public. Fellow Council member David Grosso — who also expressed his preference for “no guns at all” in the District — concurred:  “[A]t least we’ll all know who it is, and we can treat them differently ….” 

In fact, such tactics are so counterproductive to public safety that even law enforcement officials from anti-gun  jurisdictions have opposed the release of gun owner data, including most recently District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier. Making the anti-gunner’s hypocrisy even more transparent, they claim on the one hand to support stringent storage requirements and “lost or stolen” reporting mandates in order to diminish the effects of firearm theft. Yet at the same time, they call for making firearm ownership or licensing information public, in effect providing criminals with a roadmap of which homes do (and presumably don’t) contain guns, so they can plan their predations accordingly.

Now, according to ABC affiliate KAAL-TV, Kimberly Edson of Savage, Minn., has taken the impulse to “expose” gun owners in her community to a disturbingly personal level. When Edson discovered that Matthew Halleck, a former Parent Teacher Student Association president and father of two, drops his children off at school while lawfully carrying a concealed firearm, she sprang into action.

Edson initially called the police to report that Halleck was carrying a firearm near the school, but was enlightened by law enforcement officials that Halleck was well within his rights. The officious Edson then responded by surreptitiously taking a photo of Halleck walking with his child, blowing it up to poster-size, and crudely pasting it on a yard sign displayed in her front lawn. The photo is accompanied by a caption that states: “This man carries a loaded gun around your children every day.”

When interviewed by KAAL, Edson justified her actions by stating, “Since we don’t have a way to stop him, we felt it was important to notify the neighborhood and the parents that there is an armed man in their presence.” Displaying a narcissistic disregard for the rights and choices of others in a pluralist society, Edson added, “I have a responsibility to help create the kind of community I want to see.”

Edson’s professed concerns are particularly absurd when one considers how unremarkable Halleck’s actions are. According to census data, along with right-to-carry permit statistics from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, on average, nearly one out of every 20 Minnesotans over the age of 21 is licensed to carry a concealed firearm.

Woman ignorant of the law, Posts Yard Sign to ‘Out’ Neighbor as Concealed Carry Licensee

Further, the elementary school in question is located in a densely populated residential neighborhood. Polling data suggests, meanwhile, that nearly half of American homes contain firearms, so several of the homes in the neighborhood surrounding the school likely contain firearms as well. Additional data showing “Personal safety/Protection” as the number one reason for Americans to own guns suggests that some of those firearms might even be loaded and ready for immediate use.

Edson could, of course, be strikingly ignorant (or willfully in denial) of the prevalence and purpose of lawful gun ownership in America. On the other hand, her actions could also simply lay bare a virulent bigotry towards gun owners devoid of any rational basis or legitimate concern for the safety of children.

As for Halleck, he hasn’t let Edson’s bizarre and un-neighborly behavior alter how he protects himself and his children. When interviewed by KAAL, Halleck called Edson’s sign “ludicrous.” Regarding the public debate over the choice to carry a firearm, he stated, “If it heightens the awareness for folks out there that are confident enough, and see the changes in the world to add an extra layer of protection, I encourage people to do it.”

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