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June 21, 2014

Kansas State Rep. Jim Howell Stands With Gun Owners. Sort of…

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The mainstream media continues to make a mountain out of a molehill in Kansas, where a new law will take effect July 1 allowing concealed carry permit holders to carry their firearms inside the Kansas Statehouse.

The usual suspects whine incessantly about the dangers of allowing mere citizens to carry firearms but Rep. Jim Howell made it very clear where he stands, and it’s not with the whining ninnies.

“I’m not worried about the guys with concealed carry licenses. I’ve never been worried about them. The ones we need to worry about are the guys who are not licensed, who are concealing their firearm for some reason, and would walk in there apparently with some sinister intent.”

While I disagree that law-abiding American citizens require any form of carry permit (if the Second Amendment was ever obeyed!) if we’re going to pit one American against another it should be the good guys versus the bad guys, not permit holders against non-permit holders.

Howell, like most legislators sadly, only gets it partially correct. He says we need to worry about “the guys who are not licensed, who are concealing their firearm for some reason” and that is garbage.

We need to worry about bad guys with guns, period. It matters not whether they have permission slips from The Almighty State.

It matters whether they have, as Howell correctly says, “some sinister intent.”

Kansas Capitol Police, naturally, are against we mere citizens being armed on “their turf” but that’s just territorial urination. They’ve had free reign until now and there isn’t a bureaucracy on the planet that willingly gives up control. It must be wrested from them inch by stupid inch.

We always felt the building is safe and our concern would be if we had an active shooter, that other law enforcement agencies that might come to the building to help out, they won’t know who the concealed carry people are. If they saw them with a handgun, they mistake them for an active shooter,” Capitol Police spokesperson Officer Steven Crumpler said.

That’s very simple to determine, Officer Crumpler, and this is where the age-old maxim of firearm safety applies.

Make sure of your target and what is beyond.

You never fire a shot until you are positive you have the correct target. If there is an “active shooter” in the building the odds are pretty good it will be obvious to everyone, even law enforcement.

He’ll be the moron shooting all the other people.

The mere fact a person holds a firearm does not mean you shoot. You must be sure of the threat that person poses first. If someone, for example, points their firearm at the moron shooting other people he or she is clearly one of the “good guys” and you leave them alone.

Direct your intentions on the person posing the threat, not the person or persons stopping it.

How’s that for simple?

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April 1, 2014

Families of Slain Robbers Threaten to Sue Man who Killed Robbers While Defending Himself

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Parents-In-Denial-Sale-PFTR“He was such a good boy!  He didn’t deserve to die!”

“Robbing a convenience store shouldn’t be a death sentence!”

“He had no right to kill my boy.  He was a good boy!”

Bla bla bla.

If he was such a good boy, why did he rob a store at gunpoint, and then threaten an innocent shopper outside the store he just robbed?

It’s a simple question.

The answer is a lot more complicated, of course.  As the Bible tells us in Romans 3:10, “As it is written: ‘There is none righteous, no, not one;’” meaning that good people do bad things all the time.

It’s in our nature.

The harsh reality for the families of the two slain armed robbers is that Actions Have Consequences. If you rob a store with a gun, odds are you will pay steep consequences for that choice.

This all unfolded at Krick’s Korner Store in Reading, Pennsylvania.  A private citizen walking down the street saw two men inside the store pointing firearms at the store clerk.  He immediately called 9-1-1 to report the armed robbery in progress.  Then the two armed criminals exited the store and threatened him.

He shot them both dead.

A third suspect was arrested a short time later.  He wisely did not resist arrest.

“[William] had no right to lose his life over something that man could have called the police for,” said Virginia Medina, mother of slain armed-robber William Medina. “He took the law into his own hands and walked away scot-free.”

Uh, no, that is not what happened.

He DID call the police.  Only after your thug son threatened his life did this civilian defend himself, meeting your son’s lethal force with his own.  He acted in self-defense.  There is a difference.

Reading Police Department Sgt. John Solecki said in an interview with local media,

“He saw the first suspect with his arms extended, holding a large revolver, and he looked and saw a second suspect, also with his arms extended.”

Alexander Garcia-Bialek, the would-be getaway driver, was charged Tuesday with second degree murder and conspiracy.

“He was charged as an accomplice because he was involved in the planning of this robbery where they targeted that store,” said Solecki.

Keith Heckman, commenting on this story, wrote:

Let’s get this straight America. “Good boys” don’t point guns and rob people. Good boys shoot the guys that rob people.

Amen.

If getting shot down like a dog in the street isn’t on your Bucket List, then don’t rob stores at gunpoint.

You should also avoid pointing weapons at individuals willing to stand up to thieving thugs like William Medina and Robert De Carr.

Actions Have Consequences. 

Now there are three words to live by…

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March 17, 2014

A Police Chief Defending Citizens’ Right to Self Defense?

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Detroit-Police-Chief-James-CraigI’ve written about Detroit Police Chief James Craig before. I could probably write about him weekly and the message would still be missed by those too brain-dead to comprehend Craig’s support of civilian self defense.

James Craig believes each and every one of us has the right to defend ourselves against aggression, even if that means not dialing 9-1-1 until the problem is already solved.

By “problem” I mean the home invader, the attempted rapist, the violent criminal intent on robbing you or worse… should one of we mere citizens shoot a bad guy James Craig will not lose any sleep over it and he doesn’t want the good citizens of Detroit to do so either.

“Coming from California (Craig was on the Los Angeles police force for 28 years), where it takes an act of Congress to get a concealed weapon permit, I got to Maine, where they give out lots of CCWs (carrying concealed weapon permits), and I had a stack of CCW permits I was denying; that was my orientation. I changed my orientation real quick. Maine is one of the safest places in America. Clearly, suspects knew that good Americans were armed.”

Instead of doing what Canada’s RCMP is currently, namely harassing law-abiding gun owners and turning them into criminals and fabricating stories about mass shootings with AK47s, Detroit Police Chief James Craig is doing what police ought to do.

He’s going after actual criminals.

He feels no need to manufacture them out of his law-abiding citizenry, and for that he is to be commended.

Going after the bad guys does come at a cost, of course, which is why the RCMP doesn’t seem very interested in following James Craig’s lead.

Bad guys do stupid things when police get in the way of their “earning” power, and Detroit Police Chief James Craig’s case is no exception. He’s knocked such a hole in Detroit’s drug crime that the dealers want him dead. Literally.

From DetroitNews.com:

The FBI and local police are investigating a threat to kill Police Chief James Craig, the chief said Saturday.

The threat, made over the internet by a man believed to be a drug dealer, was uncovered Friday, Craig said.

“We got information that a dope dealer basically said ‘We need to take the chief out,’” Craig said. “We investigated it, and it was deemed a credible threat. This is the kind of thing that happens in third-world countries.”

Craig believes the man who made the threat is upset because police are costing him money by ramping up the number of drug-house raids they conduct.

“We’re raiding, on average, 35 dope houses a week, and we’ve done five large-scale sweeps, and it’s putting a serious crimp in the dope dealers’ money,” Craig said. “What I take from this is, what we’re doing is working. This guy actually did me a favor, because he let me know we’re making a difference by going after these dope dealers.”

“I want to be there when we get this guy. I want to look him in the eye. You don’t threaten any police officer, let alone the police chief.”

Here in Canada, however, we’re content with turning over 13,000 law-abiding citizens into criminals overnight, all at the whim of some RCMP bureaucrats.

As I’ve said before and will no doubt say again, law-abiding gun owners don’t shoot cops. Real criminals will.

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July 21, 2012

Why every mass shooting has the same common denominator: A GUN-FREE ZONE

The mass shooting at the Aurora, Colorado, Cinemark Theatre on July 20, 2012 is a tragedy.  There is no doubt about that.

It was, however, a preventable tragedy (at least as far as the high body count goes) except for one thing: all of those fine Colorado folks did what law-abiding people always do… they obeyed the rules.

What rule?

The rule issued by Cinemark that said nobody was allowed to carry a firearm on their premises, not even if they were a lawful concealed carry license holder.  Their movie theatre is precisely the kind of “target-rich environment” that spree killers like James Holmes pine for: a gun-free zone.

Colorado is what we in the concealed carry movement call a “Shall Issue” state.  If a citizen applies for a concealed firearms permit and has no criminal record then the state MUST issue that citizen his or her concealed carry permit.  This is a good thing.

The problems we have when faced with spree killers such as this Denver moron are two-fold.

First, no matter how fast the police response is to the shooting (and in this case the police response time was truly remarkable) they cannot get there until bodies are already on the ground.  They are not on the scene at the time all Hell breaks loose.

Second, rules based on a political agenda instead of the safety of human beings ultimately cost lives, as this case proves so terribly.

The anti-gun (and anti-human life) policy of the Cinemark theatre chain only prevents rule-following citizens from carrying firearms.

Their politically based ideological rule that prevents law-abiding citizens from carrying legally-owned firearms inside their premises is, of course, their right.  It is their business and they can make any rule inside that place of business they deem reasonable, even if that rule just cost dozens of people their lives and health.

This “gun-free zone” rule had no effect whatsoever on the murderer willing to kill dozens of people.  These rules never do.  The only thing they do is guarantee a tragically high body count.

You would think that even the most anti-gun fanatic would be able to comprehend this simple truth!   Sadly, they never do and more people will die because of that.

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July 17, 2012

Armed Robbers Take Heed: Don’t Mess With Old People

There will always be individuals in society who believe they are entitled to the contents of someone else’s wallet without ever having earned it.  Generally we call these people thieves, although there is an argument to be made that the same is true of welfare recipients, but that’s for another day.

Today I’ll simply deal with the scum who personally like to steal from decent, honest, hardworking people using force.

Allow me to introduce you to Samuel Williams.  He is 71 years old.  He was minding his own business on July 13, 2012, just like he does every day.  On this particular day he was sitting at a station in the Palms Internet Cafe, located in Marion County, Florida, drinking his coffee and surfing the web.

Then the stupid patrol arrived.

Two armed thugs barged inside the cafe and tried to rob the place while Williams and other patrons were peacefully enjoying their refreshments and internet access.

Davis Dawkins, 19, was armed with a baseball bat as he entered the Palms Internet Cafe.  He was followed closely behind by Duwayne Henderson, also 19, armed with a handgun which he waved around like a lunatic once he entered the cafe.

In a show of toughness, Dawkins smashed a computer monitor with the bat to show the patrons they meant business.

They got far more lead than they bargained for (and a lot less cash) thanks to the heroic actions of concealed carry license holder Samuel Williams.

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April 19, 2012

Silver Lake, Wisconsin, Police Chief Dan Kingsley has the right idea about firearms

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Study after study shows that firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens reduces crime.  In his landmark study of this issue, More Guns, Less Crime, John Lott, Jr. discovered that the paradox was overwhelmingly true.

The more firearms there are in the hands of ordinary decent citizens, the less crime there was.

Naturally the anti-gun crowd went nuts trying to find some way of discrediting Lott’s study, but they couldn’t.  So now they just do what they do best when the facts don’t fit their pre-determined conclusion: they ignore him.

One police department that is NOT ignoring the wisdom of Lott’s conclusion is the Silver Lake Police Department in Silver Lake, Wisconsin.

Silver Lake is a small village of roughly 2,400 people according to the wikipedia entry for the village.

Like most small towns in America, there likely isn’t much crime in Silver Lake and Police Chief Dan Kingsley wants to keep it that way.  That’s why he has asked his Firearms Training Officer, Keith Kerwin, to host a Concealed Carry class for anyone who would like to apply for their Wisconsin Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) permit.

While everyone is welcome to attend the CCW class (scheduled for April 21 from 10am – 2pm) if you’re a resident of Silver Lake you get a $15 discount on the course fee.

The course only costs $75, but hey, better $15 in your pocket, right?

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April 3, 2012

If Christians do not believe in self-defense, somebody forgot to tell the good folks at South Side Freewill Baptist Church

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South Side Freewill Baptist Church is located in the town of Boiling Springs, North Carolina.  It’s a small town of just 4,301 according to the town’s website.

One of the debates that will rage on until the end of time is whether or not the Bible teaches self-defense. Personally I believe it does, but that’s not the point.  It’s not in debate at all for the parishioners of South Side Freewill Baptist Church.

jesse-gates When 38-year-old Jesse Gates kicked in the doors of the church during their Sunday worship service and pointed his shotgun at Reverend Henry Guyton everyone was shocked and terrified.

Aaron Guyton, a concealed weapons permit holder and Reverend Guyton’s grandson, decided that this was the perfect opportunity to put his beliefs on self-defense into action.

Guyton held Gates at gunpoint while fellow parishioners disarmed Jesse Gates and held him until police could arrive. Reverend Guyton was the man who actually plucked the shotgun from Gates’ hands.

Nobody was injured and no shots were fired, a fact that’s consistent with the vast majority of defensive uses of firearms.

Sheriff Chuck Wright made a point of praising Aaron Guyton for having his concealed weapons permit and being willing to use his firearm to defend himself, his fellow parishioners and his grandfather.

“We’re very fortunate we didn’t have gruesome scenes to work there,” Sheriff Chuck Wright said. “I like the fact that a concealed weapons permit holder was prepared to protect the worshippers.”

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August 25, 2011

Wisconsin passes concealed carry law, newspaper editorial board goes crazy as a result

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The editorial board of the Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel have their heads firmly planted up their rectums.  Their August 23rd editorial titled “Keep them out” shows how out of touch with reality they are.

Their case against law-abiding citizens opens with this asinine statement:

Before the Civil War, a Southern congressman once used a cane to beat a Northern senator to within an inch of his life on the Senate floor. But, although we haven’t done an extensive search of the records, we’re unaware of any gunplay that ever took place in those hallowed halls or similar halls of other legislative bodies.

They open with an odd historical fact that has absolutely nothing to do with firearms, and then openly admit they were too bloody lazy to actually do their research before writing this tripe.

They promote local bans on firearms in public places, citing “many” municipalities are considering them.

The Journal-Sentinel editorial writer(s) clearly despise any strong emotion, and would probably call the cops on me just for writing this response to there moronicity.  (Yes, that’s a word.  Jane and I agreed!)

They quote their fellow nitwit, Waukesha Common Council President Paul Ybarra, who says:

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June 26, 2011

Wisconsin finally passes Concealed Carry Legislation

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It’s not the first time Wisconsin has passed Concealed Carry legislation.  They’ve done that twice before, but this is the first time the Wisconsin Governor is expected to actually sign the legislation into law.  The third time’s a charm, as the saying goes!

On two previous occasions the state legislation and senate passed legislation allowing its citizens to legally carry firearms for self-defense.  Both times then-Governor Jim Doyle vetoed that legislation, and efforts to overturn his veto failed by slim margins.

The tide has turned now though.  Republicans now control both houses of government and the governor’s office, and that’s the difference.  Governor Scott Walker is expected to sign the legislation when it hits his desk.

There are a lot of people opposed to Wisconsin’s concealed carry law of course.

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