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Mountain Lion Defense by 12-year-old not widely reported

9 hours 17 min ago

By Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)- A mountain lion defense shooting has not been covered in the old media, at least not extensively.  I have not found any other stories about the event other than that published in the 14 November, 2014 issue of the Lone Star Outdoor News.  The Lone Star Outdoor News claims to be the “largest hunting and fishing newspaper in Texas”.

The picture was taken by Alyssa’s father, Joshua.  No date is given for the picture, but it appears to be reasonably modern, as attested by the contemporary stainless rifle barrel, camouflage composite stock, and what appears to be a nylon sling.  The camouflage pattern of Alyssa’s hunting gear seems quite modern.   Alyssa is said to be a resident of Midland, Texas.   From the article:

Alyssa said she had no idea the mountain lion was there until she was looking him in the face. 

“I saw him first,” Alyssa said.  “I didn’t hear him or see him until he was really close.  I didn’t know exactly what it was but I knew it wasn’t a bobcat.  I raised my gun when he crouched down.”

Alyssa shot the cat at only 5 yards.  She said that it was clear that the big cat was stalking her.

While the place of the incident is not precisely mentioned in the article, it appears to have happened in New Mexico, near to the Colorado border.  Alyssa continued on the hunt and two days later harvested a trophy bull elk.

Update: I contacted the author of the article in the Lone Star Outdoor News, Conor Harrison.  He confirmed that the event occurred in October of this year, 2014.
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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Pistol Whipped, Tied, Husband Escapes, Gets Gun, Fights Back

13 hours 14 min ago

By Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)- If you cannot effectively fight back immediately, escaping and fighting back may be the next best thing.  The best chance to fight back and prevail is usually before you are put under restraint.   That does not mean that you have no chance after that point.   Your assailants may be sloppy or overconfident.  You many be able to seize an opportunity.  Getting away should be more important than revenge.   If you manage to escape, try not to give yourself up to allies of your assailants, as happened recently in Syria.

Washington State had two home invasions recently.  The first, in Tacoma, involved medical marijuana.   The second was in Lakewood, and fighting back after escape, was necessary.  From q13fox.com:

At some point during the robbery, the suspects stepped outside and the husband was able to free himself and untie his wife, police said. They shut the door and locked the suspects out before running into a back bedroom.

However, the suspects forced themselves back into the house, police said, and ran to the bedroom. 

The husband, who had since armed himself with a handgun he kept in his room, fired two shots as the suspects barged through the door. Police said evidence from the scene suggests one of the suspects was hit by gunfire, and the suspects fled.

One of the three suspects had fired at the husband, 62 year old Harry Lodhollm.   Mr. Lodhollm required about a dozen stitches for his head wound from the pistol whipping.  The body of a 20 year old black man was found a short time later, 20 miles  away.  Police determined that a fake 911 call was made to alert them to the location where the dead invader was dropped.

It is a good that Harry did not have to undo a trigger lock before he could fire his weapon.  Decisive action was necessary.  A firearm equalized multiple assailants, multiple weapons, and age differentials.  Too bad Harry did not have it with him when he answered the door.

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

Update: Harry Lodhollm is said to have fired five shots, according to the AP.  The suspect who was found dead has been identified as 19-year-old Taijon Voorhees.  Duprea Romon Wilson, also 19, was arrested in conjunction with the home invasion.  Another suspect is still being sought.   The two men above fall into the category of teenagers, but it does not make them less dangerous.   A third suspect is still at large.

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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Caruba: Thankful, But for What?

15 hours 1 min ago

By Alan Caruba

Caruba: Thankful, But for What? Column by Alan Caruba

New Jersey --(Ammoland.com)- I know that Thanksgiving is the day we are all supposed to review a list of all the things for which we should be thankful and surely each of us has a list, usually family and friends, and, patriotically, for being Americans.

What makes this Thanksgiving different from those that have proceeded it is the reminder from President Obama that, in his opinion, America is not exceptional and, presumably, that means neither are we.

I don’t think this nation has ever celebrated Thanksgiving when its President did not like America. We’ve had six Thanksgivings with Obama and each one has given us less for which to be thankful in terms of the economy and our national security.

Consider the vast unemployment that exists nationwide thanks to his failure to bring an end to the Great Recession. Forty million will use food stamps to put food on the table. Nearly half of all Americans are receiving government benefits that are paid for by those thankful to have a job. Thanks to ObamaCare millions lost their healthcare plans and millions more will in 2015. There is nothing “affordable” in the Affordable Care Act including the billion dollars spent on its website.

I think this Thanksgiving Day will have a different mood for the many Americans, especially who did not vote for President Obama or the Democratic Party.

It is astounding to me that somewhere around 47% of those who presumably voted for him say they approve of his performance in office.

After election results that rejected him and his party, Obama has told them that he is more interested in what the two-thirds of voters in the last election who stayed home had to say. He “heard” them, too. He apparently did not hear what those who voted to give power in the Senate to the GOP while adding more Republicans in the House had to say.

Anyone paying any attention for the past six years knows that he doesn’t much care what any of us say and never has.

He believes his job is to “transform” a nation that did not need any transforming. America was and is a beacon of freedom to the world. That beacon, however, has grown dim for our allies whose leaders can no longer trust him. It has become clear to our enemies that they can do what they want without paying a price.

To drive home that message, he has been reducing our military to pre-World War II levels. Reluctantly he has increased our military presence in Iraq and will maintain troops in Afghanistan after making it clear that abandoning both of those nations to the Islamists was a major element of his foreign policy; if indeed he can be said to have a foreign policy other than retreat and isolation.

Instead of addressing the growing threat of Islamic fascism, Obama is talking about “climate change” as the great threat when, except for the idiots that believe anything he says anymore, people with any intelligence knows that there is nothing anyone can do regarding the climate. The only people who believe there’s any global warming haven’t been paying any attention for the last nineteen years in which the Earth has been in a predictable, natural cooling cycle, just like the Sun.

Closer to home, the White House just released plans for 3,415 regulations, the worst of which are from the Environmental Protection Agency that is destroying our nation’s ability to generate electricity, the one energy on which we all depend. At the same time, the President has just returned from China having signed an agreement to reduce “gashouse emissions” when such a reduction has no basis in science or logic, but translates into higher costs for electricity.

A national holiday should celebrate the ideals of our founding, but this year’s Thanksgiving occurs as the federal government grows ever larger and the amount of regulation of every aspect of our lives and the economy grows with it. This is the exact opposition of what the Founding Fathers intended.

Those Founding Fathers came together to wage a revolution against England’s King George III, a monarch whose commands they did not want to obey any more. This year’s Thanksgiving occurs as Congress is being challenged by a President who wants to ignore the separation of powers in the Constitution and the limits on executive powers. His intention to alter the current immigration laws is totally unconstitutional and must be stopped by every legal means available.

This Thanksgiving America is a less free nation in which a tsunami of regulations and laws continues to reduce our fundamental freedoms. This Thanksgiving, America is a nation that is losing the respect of other nations. This Thanksgiving, we face two more years of a lawless President who threatens the Constitution.

We have suffer two more Thanksgiving Days before we turn America around and restore it to the great nation it was.

c Alan Caruba

About:
Alan Caruba’s commentaries are posted daily at “Warning Signs” his popular blog and thereafter on dozens of other websites and blogs. If you love to read, visit his monthly report on new books at Bookviews.

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Bad Outcomes Are Not Always The Result Of People Doing Bad Things

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 21:37

By John Farnam

I am persuaded that current riots in any number of metro areas are being promoted by leftist race-baters, like Al Sharpton, with the furtherance of the goal to neuter local police. Defense Training International, Inc

Ft Collins, CO --(Ammoland.com)- “I notice that people who claim everything is predestined, still look before they cross the road!” ~ Stephen Hawking

From a friend and physician:

“When we talk with sick people, before we give them facts, it is critical for us to lay the groundwork, to educate our patients about how things work, and how and why we do what we do the way we do it.

Only then can we tell them what didn’t go as we planned and why. And, straight up, we say we’re sorry, that we’re sympathetic, that we know what getting bad news feels like.

That doesn’t mean we confess to being guilty of some wrongdoing, nor incompetence. Always under pressure and with incomplete information, we do the best we can!

Bad outcomes are not always the result of people doing bad things, nor even doing good things incompetently. When doctors, and lawyers too, agree to take tough cases, they know only too well, and their clients also need to know and understand that, going in, it doesn’t look good.

‘We’ll do the best we can’ is a close to a guarantee as we can give our patients.

The police parallel isn’t strained.

In policing, some critical and immediate ‘problems’ cannot be solved without using force, sometimes deadly force. Any use of force, also delay in using force, puts people at risk, including officers.

This is accepted and understood by cops, going in. However, acceptance of risk isn’t the issue. That issue is understanding risks and outcomes by the nonprofessional public.

Sometimes cops are wrong, sometimes even criminal. Something concrete needs to be done when that happens, and usually is.

However, in modern policing, to one degree or another ‘unhappy outcomes’ are unavoidable and are often part of the whole of doing the right thing, at the right time, and for the right reasons. That is what needs to be communicated. Deadly force is never a cheery thing. And we, as normal human beings, can be distressed about death, without being apologetic.

Sometimes, in order to save a life, you have to take a life. Who can’t accept that are destined to become object lessons in Darwinism!

Self-righteousness actually has its place. When you don’t believe in yourself, your organization, and your mission, you can’t do your job. It is appropriate to be sorry that someone died, while simultaneously not being sorry that you survived and defended yourself expertly, appropriately, and justifiably.”

Comment:

My problem is the weary, leftist rhetoric we continually hear from the Administration. There is little doubt their goal is to neuter local police, with disarmament of citizens to immediately follow. I am persuaded that current riots in any number of metro areas are being promoted by leftist race-baters, with the furtherance of that goal in mind.

When it becomes an automatic civil-rights violation for cops to employ any degree of force in an effort to protect themselves from harm, it logically follows that it is also a civil-rights violation for any citizen to live through a violent attack, using any degree of force against an attacker(s).

The erroneous notion that every bad outcome requires a scapegoat is corrosive to any organization, to any society.

“Foolish liberals who are trying to read the Second Amendment out of the Constitution by claiming it’s not an individual right, or that it’s too much of a public safety hazard, don’t see the danger. They’re courting disaster by encouraging others to use the same means to eliminate portions of our Constitution they don’t like.” ~ Alan M Dershowitz

“The right of self-defense never ceases. It is among the most sacred.” ~ James Monroe

/John

About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit: www.defense-training.com

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Bakery Shootout: no Restraints

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 16:09

By Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)-
I teach students to make a decision about being put under restraint before they get into a deadly force situation.   By restraint, I mean that the aggressor/attacker is attempting something, or commanding you to do something, that significantly reduces your options for resistance.  One of the simplest of these is for someone to aim a gun at you from a vehicle, and order you to get into the car.  It is almost always better to run for cover at that point.  Criminals do not want to move you somewhere for your benefit.

Other examples are: they are going to tie you up, move you to another location, put a hood over your head.   It could be as simple as commanding you to lie face down on the floor or go into a cooler at a retail outlet.

It is worth repeating: criminals do not want to put you under restraint for your own good.   It often ends badly for the person put under restraint.  I  recall reading a source that claimed that once you were under restraint, the chances of your survival dropped below 50%.  Academic studies and common sense indicate that resistance with a weapon are far more likely to be successful.

Make the decision now.  At what point will you resist?  I have made my decision.  If the criminal tries to put me under restraint, I will fight.  Pick your moment for optimum resistance.  The recent case in Atlanta is a good example.  Another is this case in Illinois, just south of Chicago.   From nbcchicago.com:

He said a pair of men came into the shop at about 3:30 p.m., took a couple of hundred dollars out of the safe, and then tried to force him and another employee to the back of the bakery. That’s when the shop owner fired the weapon, striking one of the robbers.

“They had the money already, why would they ask us to go to the back,” the owner said. “It just didn’t feel right, everything happened so fast.”

The baker acted quickly and decisively.  He shot one  robber seven times.  We do not know if the other robber was hit, because he escaped.  Let this be a lesson for disarmists in New York, such as Governor Cuomo, who claim that no one would ever need more than seven shots to defend themselves.

Another important point is the benefit to society that accrued from the Baker’s resistance.  A criminal was put out of action for a considerable period.   It is likely that another will be caught and prosecuted.  Many crimes will be prevented as a result.   The police chief, Edward L. Gilmore,  supported the bakery owner.

Calumet City Police Chief Edward L. Gilmore said the shop owner is a legal gun owner and was acting well within in his rights. Gilmore said it should serve as a warning to other would-be criminals.

“I think a message should be sent to all would-be criminals out there that business owners have a right to protect themselves,” Gilmore said.

Police Chief Gilmore joins the ranks of chiefs who recognize the rights of citizens to self defense.  Perhaps he will join Sheriff Clarke of Milwaukee and Police Chief Craig of Detroit in actively supporting armed citizens.

Definition of  disarmist

 

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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Gun Owners Much to be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 15:51
“[Let us] dedicate ourselves to honor anew the Author of Liberty [and] I call upon the citizens of this great nation to gather together [and] affirm by their prayers and their gratitude the many blessings God has bestowed upon us.” — President Ronald Reagan’s Thanksgiving Day proclamation (1987) Gun Owners of America

Washington, DC --(Ammoland.com)- President Obama paid quite a complement to Gun Owners of America and its activists this year.

Speaking to a Tumblr audience over the summer, Obama said that his “biggest frustration as President” was not getting new gun control legislation enacted in Congress.

GOA members and activists should accept this complement and pat themselves on the back.

After all, it was the liberal media that blamed GOA’s grassroots( see doc below ) for the defeat of the President’s gun control agenda in the Senate.

Truly, we have a lot be thankful for this Thanksgiving. But not just because we defeated the President’s agenda in Harry Reid’s “house.”

After the President announced that his “policies [were] on the ballot” this November 4 2014, his Party was soundly defeated at the polls — due, in no small part, to the fact that his anti-gun actions animated gun owners against him. Harry Reid is now in the minority, and this means that we will have a much better environment next year to advance a solid, pro-gun agenda.

GOA spokesmen have covered the airwaves to discuss the opportunities and battles that we will be facing next year. You can listen to an example here.

Passing national recognition of concealed carry and reauthorizing language to defund Obama’s ability to enforce the UN gun control treaty are two of our top agenda items. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a lot of ground that we want to reclaim.

Gun Owners of America will continue to keep you abreast of important developments.

Meanwhile, during the holidays, make sure you check out GOA’s YouTube page for recent videos that GOA has produced.

These videos:

Also on the web, if you haven’t friended GOA on Facebook, please make sure that you do so soon!

Finally, if you are already a GOA member, consider how you can amplify your voice in Congress by giving gift memberships to your close friends and family this holiday season.

Gun Owners of America Top 13 2013

About:Gun Owners of America (GOA) is a non-profit lobbying organization formed in 1975 to preserve and defend the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. GOA sees firearms ownership as a freedom issue. `The only no comprise gun lobby in Washington’ – Ron Paul Visit: www.gunowners.org to Join.

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Gillette, Ground Zero For Gun Grabbers in Wyoming

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 13:54
One of WyGO’s November mail campaigns into Mary Throne’s District Wyoming Gun Owners

Wyoming --(Ammoland.com)- One starts to wonder why Campbell county, WY, produces so many anti-gun politicians. Is there something in the water?

The reality is this: Campbell County is an fine example of how the anti-gun politicians operate,
and how these same politicians and lobbyists work together to advance evil.

Being there at ground zero is how we know just who the gun grabbers are.

And you can also measure the effectiveness of our grassroots efforts in the way the anti-gun politicians personally react when they are exposed — in the act of crushing freedom.

Following are some examples from Gillette.

…They’ll shake a finger in your face

In 2011 the former Gillette Mayor Tom Murphy (Republican) shook his finger in my face inside the walls of city hall while he was in full contempt of the Second Amendment. WyGO was there to stop gun free zone expansion proposed by the Mayor. It was a day of victory when Mayor Murphy finally resigned in 2013.

…They’ll join forces

Last year we exposed the Gillette police department’s keystroke gun registration scheme. And in turn the political operatives joined together in a public press conference in an attempt to shroud the truth.

The current (and soon to be retired) Speaker of the House Tom Lubnau of Gillette, actually held a press conference standing next to Mayor Murphy and the Gun Registry Police Chief, Jim Hloucal.

Point and laugh: Their public cry only further exposed Gillette’s political ring and the ties to Millions in public funds raised by the anti-gun Wyoming police lobby based in Campbell County. It was no surprise that Gillette Police Chief Jim Hloucal was a high ranking officer (Vice President) of this anti-gun lobby organization calling themselves the WY Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police (WASCOP).

Byron Oedekoven a former Campbell County Sheriff — is the director of WASCOP’s multi-million dollar operation that regularly lobbies against gun rights. Oedekoven held office prior to Sheriff Bill Pownall – who just last week turned in his resignation before he was to be removed from office for malfeasance.

…They’ll continually deny the truth by running away from their own voting record

In the recent election cycle, Tom Lubnau (Republican) Speaker of the House came to the rescue of a known gun grabbing candidate — Democrat House Representative Mary Throne.

Directly in response to WyGO’s mailing that exposed Mary Throne’s bad voting record, Lubnau said, that he was tired of “this guy” (me), “raising money” on what he called “lies.”

Lubnau defended Mary Throne, saying she was from Gillette and that “she was a rancher” and that “she grew up with guns.” Lubnau a lawyer used trickery and a sleight of hand, Lubnau steered clear of the facts about Thrones voting record.

Lubnau himself believes that politician’s votes should be hidden from their constituents. In fact, in 2013 Lubnau favoring a voice vote only, spoke against other lawmakers calling for recorded votes on the floor of house.

The famous Gandi quote tells the ‘reality‘ of politics: “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”

And this also points to where we are right now.

Politicians that stand behind cover from the likes of Tom Lubnau are looking for one thing only — to stop the effectiveness of WyGO’s grassroots efforts.

Their Modus Operandi is to say ‘anything’ that may divide us. But this is why we do what we do…to watch every move these turncoat politicians take.

And that brings me to the good news…

The part that politicians hate the most. WyGO’s aggressive year-round grassroots activism.

It is very likely that the following image dances in the heads of anti-gun politicians, while lying awake at night. Don’t you love it?

WyGO political mail on the dock of the U.S. Post Office — Contributions = Grassroots Mailing

And finally with Thanksgiving upon us…

Join me with thanks to the financial supporters who help make the anti-gun politicians have sleepless nights, and hopefully a few nightmares too.

For Liberty,

Anthony Bouchard
Executive Director
Wyoming Gun Owners

About:
Wyoming Gun Owners is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, single-purpose citizens’ organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the Right to Keep and Bear Arms as guaranteed by Article 1 Section 24 of the Wyoming Constitution and the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Wyoming Gun Owners is the only organization taking action at this level–with an aggressive program designed to mobilize public support for pro-gun legislation as well as opposition to gun control. www.wyominggunowners.org

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Oath Keepers Guarding Businesses in Ferguson, Mo: Calling on Volunteers to Assist

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:54

Calling all skilled veterans and patriots! We need your help in Ferguson, Missouri.

Business owners carry so called “assault weapons” to protect their stores from looters in Ferguson, Missouri Oath Keepers

Ferguson, Mo - -(Ammoland.com)- Oath Keepers has a Security Team on the ground right now, in Ferguson, guarding businesses.

That team is led by local Oath Keepers, including retired Missouri police. last night, that team secured four local businesses after the riots erupted, and will do so again tonight, and as long as it takes, but they need your help! (See below for list of skills needed, and how to connect with the team).

They need more volunteers to assist them as they expect more looting and burning (they DO NOT trust Governor Nixon to safeguard these businesses. Twice now he has utterly failed to do so). It is expected that there will be even more arson attempts tonight, and on future nights, because the bad guys were so successful last night. If you have the skills to assist, and can make it, please go.

Because we suspected that Governor Nixon would drop the ball, we put a call-out among our membership early Monday morning, asking for volunteers, and got enough of a response to commit to protecting the property of four local small business owners (two Asian, one black, one white) in downtown Ferguson. Their shops are in the same strip mall. Those shop owners could not afford to hire security and several had tears in their eyes as they thanked our team for offering to help for free. They couldn’t believe someone would be so kind as to volunteer without pay, to protect them.

We are getting additional requests for help from other Ferguson business owners and if we have enough volunteers to guard additional businesses in the days ahead, we will.

St. Louis area Oath Keepers member Sam Andrews is helping to coordinate and vet the prospective volunteers. Sam has requested that if you qualify and are willing, please grab your gear and start rolling toward Ferguson, and call Sam while on your way.

Time is of the essence, and he needs you there ASAP. Contact him here:

Sam Andrews
314-369-7850
tieroneweapons@att.net

If you call during darkness, keep in mind he may be a bit “busy” and unable to answer the phone. So, as a default, roll out and try him as you drive. We WILL have gas money to reimburse you, so save all gas receipts (you must have them to get reimbursed).

Ferguson, Missouri

If you arrive in the area during darkness, DO NOT attempt to go to downtown Ferguson in any attempt to link up with the Security Team there. That is just too dangerous a thing to try to do in the middle of riots, in the dark. Instead, go to Sam’s shop, in nearby Eureka, Missouri, and wait till daylight. He will have someone there to liaison, interview, etc. and then he will bring you in once he has vetted you.

Here is his shop address:

Tier One Weapon Systems
223 Thresher Rd.
Eureka, Mo. 63025

Here are the skillsets/experience we are looking for on the Ferguson Oath Keepers Security Team:

1. Police Officers (preferably with 5 years or more experience) street cops or corrections.

2. Forward deployed assets, such as scouts, with binocular range finder and requisite equipment, and the right field experience.

3. Communications experts with HAM and/or FRS radios

4. Direct action infantry (11B or 0311). You need to have your own gear necessary for this mission, including your own body armor, tactical lights, and other essential tactical gear, and cold weather gear. etc. Personal Security Detail training and experience a plus.

5. Photographers/cameramen with video and still-camera, preferably with combat experience, or similar high stress field experience. Also, we prefer that they have their own body armor and cold weather gear. Photographers need to be able to film all activity outdoors in all weather. We want to film any encounters with looters, as potential evidence. We also need someone who can live-stream.

6. Private drone operators, with drone mounted cameras.

7. Truck drivers (4WD) (military experience preferred)

8. Medics and Paramedics with own gear. Both military medics and corpsmen, and civilian paramedics and EMTs, are needed.

9. Experienced Fire-Fighters.

Please be prepared to substantiate your qualifications. Keep in mind this is a dangerous situation and only those with the right mindset (cool under pressure, in control of themselves), skillsets, and experience should even think of going there. If you are not qualified, do not go.

All should bring a gas mask if at all possible. Also, all volunteers must bring their own IFAK (with tourniquet, combat gauze, pressure bandage, chest seals, etc). You should also bring a sleeping bag and a cot if you have one. We will provide the space to sleep in. Any questions on what to bring, call Sam and ask him.

Oath Keepers will help with logistics such as gas money, food, water, and other support. Please keep all gas receipts! We want this to be as well organized as possible, and will work hard to make it so.

If you cannot make it there in person, but want to donate to the Ferguson Security Team Fund, Go here:

SECURITY TEAM DONATION LINK: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?750628-oJ9AeG1sgf

This is a good chance for us to do something very positive, and by guarding businesses owned by black, Asian, and white owners, we show that when we say we stand up for the rights of all Americans, we mean it.

We still fully support the rights of PEACEFUL protesters, but we also feel obligated to help protect the community from the violent looters, shooter, and burners, the provocateurs, and the racists who are trying to turn this into a race war. This is not about race. Not for us.

It’s about rights. And it is critical that we not leave fellow Americans defenseless while politicians play their games and fail to do their duty.

For the Republic,
Stewart Rhodes
Founder and President of Oath Keepers
www.oathkeepers.org

PS – we are desperately in need of cameramen/photographers

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Harris Teeter Grocery Chain Respects Your Right to Self Defense

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:32

Second Grocery Chain Stands Its Ground.

Harris Teeter Respects Your Rights Grass Roots North Carolina

North Carolina --(Ammoland.com)- Score that: Freedom 2, Bloomberg 0.

That’s right, Michael Bloomberg’s subsidiary, Moms Demanding Action (MDA) has been told to take a hike by yet another grocery chain after Kroger invited the militant moms to take their bossy ways elsewhere.

So as of now, no chain has posted because of MDA’s dishonest tactics. That’s right, Bloomberg’s Moms are batting exactly zero in North Carolina.

Grass Cannot Grow Without Roots

You see, for all of his billions, there is one thing Michael Bloomberg cannot buy. That is grass roots support. Despite financial sleight of hand aided by a sympathetic media, Moms Demanding Action is simply a well funded shell organization with little if any grass roots support. The Second Amendment, however; has broad and deep support here in the Tar Heel state.

Thank Harris Teeter

CONTACT HARRIS TEETER: Let them know that you appreciate their respecting your lawful rights.

CONTACT INFO

Email: customerrelations@harristeeter.com
1-800-432-6111, option 2

Harris Teeter Inc.
Attn: Customer Relations
PO Box 10100
Matthews, NC 28106-0100

Lies Told by Moms Demanding Action

Click here to learn the full details of the deceptions spread by the so-called Moms Demanding Action (or rather Moms Demanding Gun Bans).

Additional Skills Needed for the GRNC Alert Team:

A person is needed to expand the GRNC alert team. Good writing skills is a must along with the ability to coordinate with personnel at various levels. Knowledge of HTML and ability to manipulate HTML style emails on the code level. Strong understanding of desktop publishing concepts and Microsoft Office tools. Person should be able to translate legal, political, technical and firearms jargon into layman’s terms and make the public care about the issue. Familiarity of a mass emailing system like Constant Contact is a nice to have.

If interested, please contact GRNC via the following e-mail address: alert@grnc.org

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FSU Student Caught In Shooting Had CCP But Couldn’t Carry On Campus

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 10:58

By AWR Hawkins

FSU Student Caught In Shooting Had CCP But Couldn’t Carry On Campus AmmoLand Gun News

Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)-  During the November 20 2014 attack at Florida State University (FSU) a student --who is also an Army combat vet– was close enough to the gunman to shoot and kill him but was not allowed to have a handgun for self-defense even though he has a concealed carry permit (CCP).

This is because Florida law currently bans campus carry. 

A bill to change that law and allow campus carry was thwarted by current FSU President John Thrasher in 2011, when he was a state senator.

According to Students for Concealed Carry at Florida State (SCCFS), the student had a CCP and a “clear shot at the shooter” but the campus carry ban rendered him defenseless when 31-year-old Myron May opened fire. In other words, although he had “the training and skills necessary to end the shooting… [the student was] powerless due to Florida’s laws.” 

The Miami Herald reports that news of the FSU shooting, and the defenseless posture it left students in, has already stirred lawmakers to talk about lifting the campus carry ban. House speaker Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) said a time of grieving over the FSU tragedy needs to be honored, after which the legislature “will consider all factors that contribute to stopping tragedies like this from happening in the future.” 

SCCFS is calling on FSU President Thrasher to change his position on campus carry and support the right for students with CCPs to carry handguns for self-defense.

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His southern drawl is frequently heard discussing his take on current events on radio shows like America’s Morning News, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, the Ken Pittman Show, and the NRA’s Cam & Company, among others. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal (summer 2010), and he holds a PhD in military history from Texas Tech University.

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What Obama’s Ferguson Sermon Left Out

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 10:46

By Michelle Malkin

Sweet Innocent Teenage Martyr, Michael Brown Michelle Malkin

Los Angeles, CA - -(Ammoland.com)- In his 967-word statement to the nation about the Ferguson grand jury decision on Tuesday night, President Obama devoted precisely one sentence to the risks and sacrifices police officers make to keep the peace.

Just One!

Obama delivered a tepid, obligatory acknowledgement that “our police officers put their lives on the line for us every single day.” But he sandwiched it between a finger-wagging admonition that cops need to “show care and restraint” and a pandering discourse justifying the “deep distrust” that “communities of color” have toward law enforcement because of the “legacy of racial discrimination in this country.”

Note: Multiple African-American witnesses told the panel that teen Michael Brown, suspected of robbing a local market, charged Officer Darren Wilson before his shooting death. The grand jury concluded that there was no probable cause for indicting Wilson after considering hundreds of pages and scores of hours of witness and expert testimony.

Obama’s first priority was to dwell on racial injustice against “communities of color,” and his first instinct was to warn police officers to restrain themselves.

Yet, Obama’s first priority was to dwell on racial injustice against “communities of color,” and his first instinct was to warn police officers to restrain themselves.

Only after expending 756 words on the need to “understand” the “problem” that “communities of color” have with police did Obama address the thugs of color “throwing bottles” and “smashing car windows” and “using this as an excuse to vandalize property” in the name of social justice.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner had nothing to say about the hate-filled “F**k the police” refrain from rioters of color in Ferguson and anarchists of pallor in Oakland and Occupy Wall Street pot-stirrers of privilege poisoning social media.

The nation’s self-styled healer of souls was mum in response to black radical grievance-mongers’ calls to vengefully burn Ferguson to the ground — a seething sentiment echoed the next day by Brown’s stepfather.

Mr. Hope and Change stayed silent about the lynch-mob instigators calling for Wilson to be shot and his family murdered.

And while the uniter-in-chief has given several public shout-outs to Brown and his family, he has delivered no special national address addressing the families of police officers ruthlessly targeted by domestic terrorists and racist radicals.

Obama used his bully pulpit this week to bemoan the “real issues” of discrimination by some police officers.

But he said nothing about the murderous strain of racial animus against America’s men and women in blue.

It’s part of a longstanding cultural war against cops that has permeated academia, Hollywood, media and “progressive” halls of power for decades — from the “pig“-hating Weather Underground to mainstream rappers to MSNBC’s [race baiter] Al Sharpton to high-ranking convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal’s advocates such as former Obama administration green jobs czar Van Jones.

And the bloody beat goes on.

In October, a militant black nationalist and jihadist vigilante attacked white New York police officers with a hatchet. Zale Thompson maliciously wounded Officer Kenneth Healey in the head and slashed Officer Joseph Meeker in the arm. Thompson was no poor, uneducated youth. He is a College of New Rochelle liberal arts alumnus and one-time master’s degree candidate at Obama’s alma mater, Columbia University.

As the New York Post reported, Thompson was a radical “black power” proponent who converted to Islam, obsessed over jihad, spent months consuming pro-ISIS propaganda and “wanted ‘white people to pay’ for slavery.”

Thompson was hailed as a “crusader for justice” by the Queens chapter of the New Black Panther Party. That’s the same anti-white hate group whose members instigated racially charged chaos in Ferguson; racially charged intimidation at a Philadelphia voting booth in 2008 that went unpunished by the Obama administration; and racially inflammatory threats against the innocent Duke lacrosse players exonerated of false rape accusations in 2007.

A week after Thompson waged his racist anti-cop jihad, another police officer in Washington, D.C., was ambushed by an ax-wielding assailant in a chillingly similar attack. He remains on the loose.

To these men and women of all colors on the front lines, risking their lives against homeland security threats of all kinds, Obama last night offered hundreds of lines of warning and lecturing.

But not this one word: “Thanks.”

About: Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” & “Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild“. Her e-mail address is malknblog@gmail.com.

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“We is teenagers, don’t shoot me”

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 15:23

By Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)- Has the use of the word “teenager” by the old media given criminal teens a sense of immunity?   You see it again and again. Trayvon Martin is constantly referred to as a teenager, as though that somehow absolved him of his crimes.

Most male children, who are brought up in intact families, do not become predatory creatures in their teens.   But for those who do not have strong, moral, male role models in their lives, especially if this is the default position in their community, predation is a common role.

In a home invasion in Georgia, the homeowner grabbed his gun as his door was broken down.  As he confronted the three invaders, they yelled at him.  From wrdw.com:

“The first thing he hollered, we is teenagers, don’t shoot me,” Green said.

Green said he didn’t care what age they were, they were breaking into his home.

“If you are old enough to do a crime, age doesn’t matter. Doesn’t matter whether you’re a teenager, you’re grown. If you can do the crime, your punishment, it shouldn’t matter. I had my gun in my hand and I just started firing at them,” Green said.

A six foot plus 17 year old can be just as dangerous as an older criminal, maybe more.   As I read media reports, it seems that being 17 should give some special sort of invulnerability to bullets and jail.   The juvenile justice system may give some invulnerability to jail, for a time.   But words do not stop bullets.

The “progressive” position seems to be that “children” are inherently good.  That is not true.  Children are inherently selfish and amoral.  In Christianity, this is recognized as original sin.  Each child is a wild animal that must be civilized and taught moral virtues.  This is much harder to do in a single parent home.    If teenagers are told that they are expected to steal, as many media reports seem to imply; and that it is excused because they are “teenagers”, we should not be surprised when large percentages of them become actual criminals.
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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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Beware of Our Betters

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 14:30

By Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell

California --(Ammoland.com)- Jonathan Gruber’s several videotaped remarks about the gross deceptions that got ObamaCare passed in Congress should tell us a lot about the Obama administration.

And the way that the mainstream media hesitated for days to even mention what Professor Gruber said, while they obsessed over unsubstantiated charges against Bill Cosby, should tell us a lot about the media.

Whatever did or did not happen between Bill Cosby and various women is not likely to affect the lives of 300 million Americans. But ObamaCare does.

For both the politicians and the media, this was not just an isolated incident. Gruber’s videotaped discussions of the complicated deceptions built into ObamaCare with his help, designed to take advantage of what he called the “stupidity” of the public, are all too typical of the role played by the political left.

Neither the politicians nor the intelligentsia — including the media — want that role exposed for what it is.

Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi acted as if she had never heard of Jonathan Gruber, and had no idea who he was. But she too had been caught on tape, a few years ago, citing him as someone whose support of ObamaCare was supposed to show that the “experts” knew how good it was.

President Obama gave a somewhat more sophisticated version of the same act. He pointed out that Professor Gruber was not part of his staff. But he did not mention that Gruber had been to the White House 19 times, and the Obama administration had paid Gruber about $400,000 of the taxpayers’ money for his supposedly unbiased expert opinion.

Gruber’s own statements seem to indicate that his mathematical models were enough to baffle the Congressional Budget Office in its efforts to figure out how ObamaCare works. That kind of expertise apparently does not come cheap. Moreover, the 400 grand is chump change compared to the millions that Jonathan Gruber has reportedly raked in from state governments for his expertise.

Barack Obama is currently playing the same political game of parading experts by citing a list of prominent law professors who say that he is not exceeding his Constitutional power by granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.

Someone at the Fox News Channel has checked out these professors and found that every one of them whose political registration could be traced is a Democrat.

But the names of these profs are still being paraded as if they were simply eminent scholars seeking the truth. Maybe. But maybe not.

Whether the issue is ObamaCare, amnesty for illegal immigrants or “global warming,” when you hear that “all the experts agree,” that may mean nothing more than that the fix is in. And “all” may mean considerably less than 100 percent — or even 50 percent.

No one can know for sure what motivated Professor Gruber to do what he did, or what motivated the media to stonewall as if he had never spilled the beans, or the liberal law professors to give Obama cover while he violated the Constitution.

But running through all of their actions seems to be a vision of the world, and a vision of themselves, that is a continuing danger to the fundamental basis of this country, whatever the specific issue might be.

Probably few people on the political left are opposed to the Constitution of the United States, much less actively plotting to undermine it. But, on issue after issue, what they want to do requires them to circumvent the three words with which the Constitution begins: “We, the people…”

Many on the left may want to help “the people.” But once you start from the premise that you know what is best for the people, better than they know themselves, you have to figure ways around a Constitution based on the idea that the people not only have a right to choose their government and control government policy with their votes, but also that there are vast areas of the people’s lives that are none of the government’s business.

Jonathan Gruber’s notion that the people are “stupid” is not fundamentally different from what Barack Obama said to his fellow elite leftists in San Francisco, when he derided ordinary Americans as petty people who want to cling to their guns and their religion.

We need to see through such arrogant elitists if we want to cling to our freedom.

About Thomas Sowell
Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, as well as a prolific author including Black Rednecks And White Liberals. His website is www.tsowell.com. To find out more about Thomas Sowell and read his articles visit his website above.

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President Obama Versus George Washington on Thanksgiving (guess who loses)

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 14:19

By Chuck Norris

President Obama Versus George Washington on Thanksgiving Chuck Norris

Dallas, TX - -(Ammoland.com)- Last week, when “Fox & Friends” highlighted my most recent column, titled “Neutering Religious Holidays,” liberals came out of the woodwork to try to defend President Barack Obama’s record.

So I decided to do a little research and see just how spiritual his past Thanksgiving addresses have been and compare them with the thoughts of our founding president, George Washington.

In 2013, Obama’s Thanksgiving address didn’t give a single mention of the Pilgrims, their Christian devotion or thanks to God. He did, however, share his gratitude for the Native Americans and their “generosity during that first Thanksgiving.” He gave a litany of “we give thanks” lines, but none of them included faith.

In 2012, Obama didn’t make a single reference to the Pilgrims, their faith, their God or his God, either. Instead, he explained that Thanksgiving is a nonspiritual day for his family and most Americans:

“For us, like so many of you, this is a day full of family and friends, food and football. It’s a day to fight the overwhelming urge to take a nap — at least until after dinner. But most of all, it’s a time to give thanks, for each other and for the incredible bounty we enjoy.”

He made a single generic reference to our religious choice, but in a twisted progressive reinterpretation of Thanksgiving’s purpose:

“Today we give thanks for blessings that are all too rare in this world — the ability to spend time with the ones we love, to say what we want, to worship as we please, to know that there are brave men and women defending our freedom around the globe, and to look our children in the eye and to tell them that here in America, no dream is too big if they’re willing to work for it.”

Obama declared that “Thanksgiving is a chance to put it all in perspective,” but that refocus didn’t include God or faith. Rather, it was just “to remember that, despite our differences, we are — and always will be — Americans first and foremost.”

Going back to 2011, I finally found a reference to the “first Thanksgiving” in Obama’s Thanksgiving address, but it was not exactly our traditional religious picture of the Pilgrims. In fact, it had nothing to do with the Pilgrims giving thanks to their Christian God for their survival and harvest. Rather, he said, “The very first Thanksgiving was a celebration of community during a time of great hardship.” He said the Pilgrims “had faith that tomorrow would be better than today,” but there was no mention of their faith in God. (Sounds as if Obama’s indoctrination as a community coordinator was successful under the tutelage of Bill Ayers and Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals. ( tiny.cc/2y9c3w ) “)

In 2010, in a 700-word Thanksgiving address, the president didn’t give a single reference to any aspect of Thanksgiving’s religious history, its religious purpose or gratitude in God, either, save the tip of his hat to “the God-given bounty of America.” Yet he didn’t forget to include the same old progressive drivel for Americans to consider our country’s journey “since that first Thanksgiving.”

In 2009, Obama started his reign with a Thanksgiving address that excluded any reference to a Pilgrim or Thanksgiving’s real history and any gratitude to God, though he did conclude with the words “God bless you.”

For five years, the president has flunked Thanksgiving Day remembrance and proclamation. Will he do so again in 2014?

Friends, what am I missing? If it were up to President Obama and his liberal minions across this land, Thanksgiving would turn into nothing more than a day of gratitude for things like his Affordable Care Act. We can’t allow that to happen.

We must continue to explain to our children and our children’s children about the religiously steeped history of Thanksgiving. We must tell them about the devoted Christian faith of the Pilgrims and how they crossed the Atlantic clutching their Geneva Bibles. They trusted in God and Jesus despite facing horrendous hardships and loss of life. They learned to “give thanks in everything” (1 Thessalonians 5:18), and the Almighty rewarded their perseverance and faith.

And along with all that believing history, we must remind our posterity what I said last week: Let us never forget there was once a time in the U.S. when people and even presidents weren’t afraid to stand for traditional values and encourage others to do the same.

If Obama is looking for a Thanksgiving address this Thursday to model, then I recommend he look no further than Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. I dare him to cite them even in part.

In fact, I’d call on all Americans to read one or both of their speeches in their entirety before they bow their heads in thanks for the Thanksgiving meal. You can easily find them through an Internet search.

If Obama is looking for a Thanksgiving address this Thursday to model, then I recommend he look no further than Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Washington was the first president to issue a Thanksgiving Day proclamation, and his action wasn’t alone. In 1789, the first year of his presidency, Congress passed a resolution that asked Washington to “recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the many signal favors of Almighty God.”

So on Oct. 3, 1789, President Washington gave a 450-word religious proclamation, which contains, from beginning to end, nothing but a list of blessings for which the nation should be thankful to exclusively God.

Among those bountiful blessings is this partial list from Washington:

“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor … now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be — That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks … and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions.”

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Hard Facts: More Guns but Less Crime

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:43

By Jeff Knox

Hard Facts: More Guns but Less Crime FirearmsCoalition.org

Buckeye, AZ --(Ammoland.com)- Crime and criminal violence tend to go up or down due to a variety of factors, many of them apparently not yet identified by criminologists and sociologists.

Poverty, the economy, unemployment, and illegal drugs are frequently point to as major factors, but for the past 7 years, as the US has gone through one of the worst recessions in our nation’s history.

While we’ve seen high unemployment, unprecedented numbers of home foreclosures, and massive drug-related violence broiling in Mexico, violent crime in the US, including crime involving firearms, has been going down or holding steady.

While politicians debate and billionaires expend millions of dollars convincing people to expand restrictions and record-keeping on gun sales, the problems they’re arguing about and supposedly addressing with their restrictions have been mitigating.  The media and paid “researchers” of the anti-rights crowd have successfully kept Americans’ attention focused on a few aberrations and away from the broader reality of declining crime.

Rather than examining the dramatic declines in criminal violence to determine what factors have driven these declines, the media and politicians have raised bugaboos like “assault weapons,” “high-capacity magazines,” and “universal background checks.”  Debates regarding research on gun control have focused on methodology and fine detail, rather than big-picture results.  Professor Gary Kleck’s research concluding that guns are used by citizens to stop crimes as many as 2.5 million times a year are dismissed with arguments about “survey bias,” while the broader implication – that Americans do use guns more frequently than reported – is ignored.  Critics of Professor John Lott’s research indicating that crime goes down when gun carry licenses go up, have successfully managed to keep debate focused on the details and methodology of his research, while ignoring the indisputable fact that while firearms carry restrictions have been liberalized significantly across the country, violent crime has been going down.

Guns versus Crime

Proponents of gun control have been highly successful at keeping American’s attention focused on a leaf or two in the huge forest of reality.  They point to declining violent crime rates as proof that people who choose to carry guns for self-defense are paranoid, and in the next breath, raise alarms about the threats posed by aberrant deviants gaining access to firearms.

It’s high time the American people – and the politicians we hire to act in our interest – stop focusing on leaves or single trees, and step back to look at the whole forest.

Here are the numbers that really matter from the FBI’s recently released 2013 Uniform Crime Report:

  1. Murder involving firearms has plummeted to a new “normal” that is 39% lower than it was in 1997.
  2. Violent crime involving firearms has been steadily going down during that same period – by about 65% – and has yet to plateau.
  3. Unintentional deaths involving firearms have been going down steadily since 1930, and are currently at an all-time low.
  4. The number of guns in circulation, the number of gun owners, the number of households with guns in them, and the number of people licensed or otherwise able to lawfully carry firearms for personal defense in public, are all at all-time highs.

These are all clear, irrefutable facts.  They are not nuanced by collection methods or skewed by someone’s personal bias.  Some might claim that some of the numbers are over- or under-estimated or reported, or that points chosen for comparison or inclusion create some distortion of the total perception, but there can be no doubt that there are millions more guns in circulation today than at any time in our nation’s history, and the rate of gun ownership today is sharply higher than it was a few years or a few decades ago.

Simultaneously, “gun murder,” “gun violence,” and unintentional “gun deaths” have not gone up, but have actually declined.

Are more guns in private hands driving crime and accident rates down?  I don’t know.  What I do know is that the growing number of guns in private hands is not driving crime and accident rates up.  That is absolutely clear from this raw data, and anyone who suggests otherwise is prevaricating.

Crime and violence are complex issues; they have no simple solutions.  Guns absolutely do make dangerous situations more dangerous.  But the mere availability of guns – in the home or on the street – does not increase the likelihood of their use in criminal acts of violence or their abuse in stupid accidents.  There are an estimated 300 million guns in circulation today in the hands of a conservatively estimated, 90 million gun owners.  In most states, any law-abiding citizen can legally strap one to his waist or throw one over her shoulder and go about their daily business.  In a growing number of states it is legal to carry a loaded firearm concealed upon your person without any special license or permit; yet violent crime keeps going down.

If more guns really did result in more crime or more deadly crime or more deadly accidents, there should be data showing gun-related crime going through the roof due to the massive increase in guns.

They say that figures don’t lie, but liars do figure.  The next time you see some “research” painting guns as a public health hazard, or making some outrageous comparison between “gun deaths” and automobile fatalities, remember that “gun murders,” “gun crime,” and unintentional “gun deaths” are all down dramatically, while guns and gun ownership are up, and realize that you are face to face with a liar who figures.

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FSU Shooting Should Have Been Prevented, & Could Have Been Stopped

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 09:39
The Florida State University Marching Chiefs play during the Gathering of Unity candlelight vigil on campus. Florida Carry

Florida - -(Ammoland.com)- The tragedy at FSU should have been prevented, and could have been stopped as soon as it started.

While people were being shot at FSU, a combat veteran looked on in horror. Despite being “in position” to end the assault, and in spite of having the necessary skills and training to defend himself and his community had he been armed, as the first shots rang out he realized that he could do nothing.

Even as an Expert Marksman qualified Army Infantry Veteran, he was powerless to help due to Florida laws that require that he be disarmed on campus.

This is the result of the failed policy of creating “Gun Free Zones“, such as Florida campuses, where unstable attackers know that they can bring mayhem without fear of being immediately stopped. This must change.

The tragedy at FSU has once again showed, to horrible effect, that people must not be deprived of their right to an effective means of self-defense. This attack was also another tragic reminder that, far too often, people who are known to be disturbed are not being referred for mental health interventions that could save lives.

We resolve to do everything within our power to protect and expand the right of self-defense throughout Florida. College Campuses are no strangers to violent crime, Campus Carry is needed now.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and to the entire FSU community.

We Need Your help!

Florida self-defense laws are under unprecedented attack. Florida Carry is fighting back hard in local government, the courts, and the state legislature but cash and volunteer action is necessary to support this important work. Please donate or Join Today.

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Florida Carry works tirelessly toward striking down ill-conceived gun and weapons control laws that have been proven to provide safe havens to criminals and be deadly to law-abiding citizens.

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UK Proposes Adding Gun Ownership Records to Medical Files

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 08:28
UK Doctors NRA – ILA

Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- With warrantless home inspections and an onerous registration and licensing scheme, UK gun owners already have little refuge from the prying eyes of the state.

However, some law enforcement and Home Office officials are keen to extend gun owner surveillance into the doctor’s office.

On November 9 2014, The Sunday Times published an article titled, “Doctors are told to report on mental state of gun owners.”  The title aptly summarizes plans to enlist doctors to inform police when a patient exhibits mental or physical characteristics (including terminal illness) the doctors deem incompatible with gun ownership.  In explaining why he wanted to draft physicians as informants, Chief Constable Andy Marsh of Hampshire Constabulary lamented, “Lots of things happen in people’s lives which the police don’t know about.”

Most troubling, the item reported that “Owners of shotguns and other firearms are to have medical files permanently marked.”  In other words, gun license information would be placed in a patient’s medical file and automatically supplied to their doctor.

Marsh’s words to the Times echo comments he made in a June 11 meeting of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Firearms and Explosives Licensing Working Group.  According to minutes of the meeting, Marsh said, “Firearms licensing needs an enduring marker on the medical records of people that hold a firearm or shotgun.”  If the name Andy Marsh sounds familiar, it might be because last month we reported on his vocal support for surprise warrantless firearm storage inspections.

Serious talks of implementing a surveillance scheme incorporating firearm licenses into medical records have been going on since 2009.  At that time, the British Medical Association and the ACPO came to an agreement on the topic, with the BMA stating, “In the BMA’s view such a system can be appropriate, provided it is used as part of the ordinary care given to a patient.  It can, for example, be a useful aide-memoire, to remind doctors that the patient has, or may have, access to a firearm.”  Anti-gun advocates again pushed the policy in 2010 in the wake of a high-profile shooting in the County of Cumbria.

Unfortunately, the United States hasn’t been immune to this type of intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship.  In California, Illinois, and New York, healthcare providers have been deputized as gun control enforcement agents, tasked with alerting police when a patient displays undesirable behavior.   Because these states also have registration schemes, the police then cross-check these reports against firearm transfer or licensing databases to determine if the subject of the report is on record as having a firearm.  The report itself may be enough to cost the individual his or her Second Amendment rights, with nothing more than after-the-fact opportunity for a hearing masquerading as due process.

As bad as this is, however, the patient-provider relationship in these states is at least not colored by the provider having direct access to records of the individual’s firearm ownership information.  In contrast, the UK system would apparently alert a physician to a patient’s status as a gun owner when the doctor opens the patient’s medical file.  This exposes all gun-owning patients to whatever personal biases a given healthcare provider may have against firearms and their owners.

NRA has long recognized the privacy and trust concerns inherent in medical personnel taking on an active role in enforcing gun control.  That’s why NRA has supported legislation in Florida, Missouri, and Montana designed to keep medical practitioners from collecting information on gun ownership that’s irrelevant to the patient’s individual care.  Further, vital language was included in the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare) that prohibits the law from being used to collect information on firearms and firearm owners or to discriminate against owners or users of firearms in access to and delivery of health-related services.  Not coincidentally, the Obama’s administration’s nominee for U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, has advocated for the repeal of these provisions.

President Obama has embraced the UK as model for gun control policy.  The extreme nature of that endorsement becomes ever clearer, as what little rights and privacies UK gun owners cling to continue to erode.

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Ill-conceived WA. State Background Check Initiative Already Causing Absurd Outcomes

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 20:18
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Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- Barely two weeks after Washington State voters approved Initiative 594 — a measure the NRA warned was “deeply flawed” — our predicted consequences are beginning to emerge.

Under I-594’s restrictive language, a person simply handing his or her firearm to another is presumptively required to broker this “transfer” through a gun dealer.  This also necessitates the accompanying background check, fee, paperwork, taxes and, in the case of a handgun, state registration.

Proponents of the initiative had assured voters that fears of this overreach were exaggerated.  Prior to the vote on I-594, Geoff Potter, spokesman for 1-594 proponents Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, said I-594 “simply applies the current system of background checks to all sales.”

As recounted in a Washington State news report, however, the Lynden Pioneer Museum has opted to pull eleven loaned WWII rifles currently on display and return these firearms to their collector owners before the “transfer” requirement in I-594 takes effect next month.  The reason?  The law contains no exemptions for firearms loaned for museum displays, or loaned for similar educational or cultural institution study or uses.  Once the law takes effect, the firearms could not be returned to their owners without the mandatory background checks and all the logistics and expenses that entails.

The museum director in Washington came to this decision reluctantly but unavoidably.“I read through the law about 10 different times looking for a loophole,” he said.  He found none.  Unfortunately, there is no guidance at the state level because Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has reportedly not formed an opinion about I-594, and no authoritative interpretation of the initiative is available to the public, apart from the text of I-594 itself.  In the meantime, the museum’s attorney has stated he would welcome assurances from the state that it would not enforce the law to the detriment of the museum or the owners of the firearms on display.

To date, however, no such assurances have been forthcoming.

For his part, Geoff Potter, according to the Associated Press, now states that the museum scenario “is clearly not what was concerned when I-594 was designed,” and added, “You can’t craft every possibility into every law.”  The fact that advocates of I-594 ignored warnings by NRA and others of the measure’s overreach, however, tells a different story.  These consequences can hardly be considered unforeseen, and perhaps, unintended.  While even the staunchest supporters of the law do not appear to be arguing that the museum mishap somehow promotes public safety, it does serve their overarching goal of marginalizing the role of firearms in American life and history.

While we await news of other embarrassing and counterproductive consequences of the law, what is already obvious is that this poorly thought-out and badly drafted law goes too far, and will disproportionately, unnecessarily and unfairly burden law-abiding firearm owners.

Supporters of I-594 have indicated they will use the momentum from the Washington State vote to pursue similar “background check” campaigns in other states, including Nevada and Oregon.  Yet if I-594 in Washington is good for anything, it is to painfully illustrate how the gun-control agenda leads to the chilling of innocent conduct, potentially creates criminals out of decent people, requires the willful suppression of reason and reality, and has little to do with public safety.  Above all, it counsels that I-594 is a bad decision to be corrected, not one to be replicated in other states.

NRA is committed to doing everything we can to fight I-594 on behalf of our members in Washington State. We are already in discussions about legislative remedies to the most onerous provisions. As always, we will continue to work in whatever arena is realistic – legislative, legal or political – to address the concerns of our members.

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School Suspends Fifth-Grader Armed with Finger

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 20:10
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Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- Another sad battle by the agents of political correctness in their war on childhood was waged last Friday, when 10-year-old Milford, Mass., fifth-grader Nickolas Taylor was suspended for two days following an incident in the Stacy Middle School cafeteria.

The offense? Armed only with his index finger and a vivid imagination, Nickolas reportedly cut in front of two classmates in the lunch line while firing an imaginary “ray gun” and making corresponding ray gun sound effects.

According to a report in the Milford Daily News, the two pupils who claimed Nickolas cut in line informed a school official of the behavior.  When the matter was brought to the attention of Assistant Principal Noah Collins, the administrator deemed Nickolas’ actions a threat and issued the suspension.

Thankfully, it appears reasonable adults have now taken over the situation.

According to the Milford Daily News, during a Milford School Committee meeting School Committee Chairman Scott Harrison stated, “Quite frankly, I have zero tolerance for zero tolerance policies.”

Harrison added, “We need to make sure we’re not treating situations as black and white when there are shades of gray.”  Milford Superintendent Robert Tremblay also suggested that “[r]emoving a child from school may be in effect positively reinforcing a negative behavior.”

In any event, the Taylor family has decided to make other plans for Nickolas’s education.  Nickolas’s father Brian told the Daily News that he has submitted the paperwork to pull Nickolas out of Stacy Middle School in order to home school him.

While some forward-thinking local school officials have shown an interest in fixing policies with absurd consequences, NRA is working to change state laws to make sure incidents like these don’t occur in the first place.  In Florida NRA helped enact the “Right to be Kids” act, which states that “[s]imulating a firearm or weapon while playing or wearing clothing … that depict[s] a firearm or weapon or express[es] an opinion regarding a right guaranteed by the Second  Amendment  … is not grounds for disciplinary action or referral [for prosecution].”

Regrettably, overreaction to normal childhood behavior has become common in our nation’s public schools.  With millions of students at the mercy of nonsensical zero-tolerance policies that unreasonably punish harmless behavior, and the sometimes thoughtless school administrators who enforce them, state legislatures may be school kids’ best hope for graduating with their records and reputations intact.

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I Never Thought I’d See the Day, Russia Chooses Freedom & Liberty, USA Not So Much

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 19:46

By John Farnam

Vladimir Putin Defense Training International, Inc

Ft Collins, CO --(Ammoland.com)- The Amazing Vlad P!

Russia’s Vladimir Putin has made a landmark decision to trust ordinary, plain-vanilla Russian citizens to keep and bear arms for, of all things, “self defense” and to “protect lives, health and property” Included are “long-barreled weapons, pistols, revolvers.”

He said, “You can get a lot more done with politeness and a weapon, than with politeness alone!”

Vlad P’s detractors are forecasting carnage in the street. When it doesn’ t happen, like liberal hypocrites over here, they’ll all predictably develop amnesia!

What is the world coming to? While liberals over here can only talk about suffocating us with endless layers of new restrictions, Russians are talking about expanding individual freedom and liberty!

Could it be that the fact that armed citizens are the only credible deterrent to violent crime has finally become clear, even in Russia, if not in Washington?

Vlad P, for all his faults, at least genuinely cares about the people he is committed to protecting enough to courageously make this major change. I have to give him that!

Meanwhile, how long will those of us over here have to wait before we hear BHO say, “… and if you like your head, you can keep it.”

“An efficient and valuable man does what he can, whether the community pays him for it or not. The inefficient offer their inefficiency to the highest bidder, and are forever expecting to be put in office.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

/John

Obama vs Putin

About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit: www.defense-training.com

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