Monday, October 31, 2005
This does illustrate why some feel you should be able to carry in places that serve alcohol, as long as you don't drink. Most dates involve a stop at such a place, usually in an urban area, usually at night. Would be nice to have the option of self-protection.
Sunday, October 30, 2005
He was sentenced to 85-yrs in prison for murder, attempted murder, and a felon possessing a firearm.
Has anyone ever thought felons should be more closely monitored? I know probation exists for this - but once you've proven you can't be trusted, why not check up on these a-holes every now and then? Toss their home, find anything illegal, and charge them if something is found.
Once you've broken the law for something serious, you should lose your right to vote (though the Democrats like Hillary are trying to change this - it would improve their chances of winning, believe it or not), the right to touch a gun (already in place, though rarely enforced), and the right to privacy.
Repeat offenders account for A LOT of crime. If we harassed these guys more, maybe the repeat crime would be stopped before more people die.
These geniuses ever think "gangsters" could practice by shooting outdoors? Canada isn't the most urban place, afterall. And what about practicing by shooting at innocent people, or police?
Why don't they worry about CATCHING the bad-guys when they're doing bad things, instead of worrying about the extremely small percentage of bad-guys dumb enough to go to a public gun range (where evidence from their guns, pictures of them, etc. can be easily collected)?
Sure, this guy shouldn't have been carrying: he's below 21 (which makes it illegal for him to own a handgun at all), he didn't have a permit (because he's not 21), and he was at a school event (where it's illegal to carry).
Given all the things above, we can still learn from this. Situations like this emphasize how important it is to carry safely. You need to make sure the trigger guard of your gun is covered - especially if your gun doesn't have a manual safety.
The biggest culprit of these goof-ups are Glocks. I'm not anti-Glock, I own more than one. But they don't have a manual safety and come in very compact sizes. People tend to carry these sub-compact Glocks chambered and in a pocket - no holster. When something catches that trigger (though they do have a "double trigger" which makes it somewhat harder to accidentally pull) the gun fires, causing a situation like this.
I carry a Glock 36 now and then. It's a single stack, compact 45-ACP. Small, lightweight, and super-tough. But I don't keep it chambered when I carry it. A big no-no according to some instructors. Sure, it takes me an extra second-and-a-half to be ready if something comes up, but this trade-off is fine with me if it eliminates the chance of an accidental trigger-pull.
Just be aware - accidents can happen. Those who carry are charged with the responsibility of carrying safely. Accidents are very rare, but when they happen it hurts the cause of concealed carry.
If you carry, and aren't sure if you're carrying safely, email us and we'll advise. Carry safe!
Saturday, October 29, 2005
One, it would have been prevented if the gun would have been inaccessible to unathorized persons (the teen). Two, it would have been stopped sooner if the "neighbor" he confronted would have been armed.
It's a sad thing... especially considering it was preventable.
A good example of how making guns illegal doesn't work. If you don't beleive the stats (that gun crime goes UP when guns are made illegal), check out what this Jamaican says about it.
Not sure if I like the idea of mandatory training, but it I think it is good to encourage those you know who are interested in firearms (even if they don't plan to apply for a CHL) to get some learnin'.
Friday, October 28, 2005
Virginia has a cool law - if you're caught committing a felony while you're armed, it bumps your sentence up 10 years. So far, it seems to be helping. They did a study of inmates about a year ago and a large percentage said they stopped carrying (illegally, obviously) due to the law (I'll try to find the study for a future post and link). It's called Project Exile in Virginia.
Parts of Michigan are also toying with the new idea. They call it Project Safe Neighborhood in Michigan.
These are the sort of gun laws I'm OK with. The laws are supported by the NRA.
Get the bad guys with guns - and the ones without - and leave us good guys alone.
1) Point guns in a safe direction (seems as if this one was followed)
2) Keep your finger off the trigger (broke this one)
3) Keep firearms unloaded until you're ready to use them (broke this one - CCW isn't legal in Wisconsin yet).
He even says he's tired of hearing Canadian politicians blaming the U.S... interesting.
To insist that people try to escape when they're threatened is ludircris - and dangerous. I don't know about you, but getting a knife in the back while you're trying to escape doesn't sound like "self-defense" to me. It sounds like another victim of a stupid law.
Nearly no-one. Watch the news. Who dies by being shot and shot with what in Cincinnati? It's thugs who own guns illegally shooting each other with cheap handguns.
How about we try enforcing the laws on the books - take guns away from felons and people under the age of 21 - don't you think that would help more?
Thursday, October 27, 2005
The guy's a weiro hot-head who's staunchy anti-war and anti-Bush.
I don't have a problem with someone being any of the above - but did you see his commercials during the election he lost with Jean Schmidt? The guy claimed to be a good-old solider boy. He didn't even say he was a Democrat...
Just be aware, not everyone is who they appear to be.
Not to be callous, but she could have taken steps to protect herself and her family. I don't care how scary someone is - as people used to say in the early 1900's - "God didn't make humans equal, John Browning did." (John Browning invented the 45-automatic handgun, one of the first big-bore mass produced handgun in the U.S.).
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
It's sad it has to come to this, but it's good to see at least one state sticking up for those left in a natural diseaster's wake.
There is a mention of a crime, but he wasn't convicted of it. Owning a gun for protection (tow truck drivers aren't in the safest of circumstances) landed this guy 11 years in the can.
Meanwhile, in Thailand (where guns are also illegal if you're not police or military), an armed gang went on a spree to collect more guns from cops.
If liberals had their way, this is how the U.S. would be.
Too bad if the guy would have followed basic rules (like know what you're shooting and what's beyond) and not been popping off rounds near a busy road, it wouldn't have happened.
It's just like in Canada, where they're trying to ban toy guns. At least some Candians think it isn't such a smart way to confront their raging crime problem.
Folks like these don't understand the real problem is making everyone easy prey. Let people defend themselves and the police would have a lot less bad guys to deal with.
Making the guns illegal doesn't reduce crime. Period.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Most are typical anti-gunner BS. But keep reading, the post from a Brazilian is very interesting:
braziliscorrupted (Oct 25 2005 - 12:26)
There is corruption everywhere here.
Few criminals are arrested and very very few are judged.
A legal gun is very restricted and expensive, but the illegal are very cheap and easy to get.
Only "good" people would be affected by this sale ban.
Farmers would lose their properties to armed groups.
So, don't just think we're nuts or dumb. Reality if very different here.
Actually, Brazil isn't different from America. Or any other place on earth. If you take guns away from the good guys, who's left with guns?
Did you know in the U.S. it's more likely that a child dies from drownding in a bucket of water than from a gun death? Or that a child is much more likely to die from a medical malpractice mistake than by a gun accident?
Sure, laws are looser in the U.S. But strict laws in Germany didn't save this boy. And how many victims of Germany's rising crime rate has it created?
For some people it's not about results, it's about intentions. In the U.S., allowing people the freedom to protect themselves is working. In Canada, they're just making sure the criminals don't meet any resistance.
Locking them up at home helps deter bad guys from getting them. While I don't think it should be the law, it is common sense.
Good to see some people on that sunny little island have their heads on straight. Now let's see Hawaii pass concealed carry...
Monday, October 24, 2005
Wisconsin is still subjected to the "sky will fall" articles like this one. 38 states have it, not a single one has repealed it.... need any more proof?
The anti-gunners have a proven cycle. First, tell everyone that concealed carry doesn't work, makes it more dangerous, etc. Then when it passes and it's working, they fight any changes that make it easier to carry.
Lucky for us their cycle hasn't worked in most states, so we're probably gonna see our laws get easier to deal with in the not too distant future.
Here's a pretty typical foreign press response pre-vote article. Another one that's more neutral, but still sounds like anti-gunners crying.
There are some positive articles out on the wire, though. Here's one, here's another.
And here's something funny, even Brazil's rock stars are liberals.
If you lived in Mexico, you couldn't legally own a gun to defend yourself, your family, or your property from the looters.
Notice there wasn't much looting in Texas after the hurriane? Try to do a search on Google news. Nothing. Take a guess why...
Good thing the NRA got FEMA to back down from their ban of guns in temporary housing for the victims of Katrina.
There's something deeper here, though. In the lead-up to this vote, there were dozens and dozens of media stories on how horrible the gun crime there is, and how Brazilians were fed-up with the guns, and how the gun ban would win in a landslide.
Looks like the typical bias (as demonstrated from the headline of the article linked above) once again misses the mark of what people actually want.
Good for Brazil. Now they need to get out there and arrest the a-holes causing the problems. Let the people defend themselves, but also put the bad guys in jail or the morgue.
Sunday, October 23, 2005
Friday, October 21, 2005
The basis of his argument is a personal anecdote and a flawed study. The anecdote I'll give him - maybe in that situation he is right. Or maybe someone who had half-a-brain wouldn't shoot someone for just coming into their garage (maybe say something first, like the NRA says). But the study claims that people are X times more likely to be involved in a homicide if there's a gun in the home... one problem, the study in question included FELONS and was of a small sample that included a high-crime area. Sure, if a felon and a gun live under the same roof, it's not too safe... but common sense would dictate that a valid study would weed out illegal gun owners.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Seems like people on both sides need to look at the facts a little closer. Concealed carry is easy to defend - it works everytime it's tried. Simple as that.
I say err on the side of letting people carry. Arrest them if they do something they shouldn't, but always lean towards freedom.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
The anti-gunners will tell you no other industry has this protection. I'd say that no other industry is continuously sued for producing a legal, non-defective product to pursue political interests.
This is a typical tyraid against the bill. The truth is, it only protects gun makers whose product isn't defective. You don't sue Ford if you're hit by an Explorer. You sue Ford if it explodes when you put gas in it. See the difference?
It has been a stated tactic by anti-gunners such as the Brady campaign that if they can't get the laws to change, they'll sue gun-makers out of existence. Their response to this sort of legislation is that it is "special interest" pandering.
Hopefully this bill will pass protecting our ability to buy guns in the U.S., and thwarting the intention of the anti-gunners.
Put the criminals where they belong - in jail or in the ground. And maybe if someone in the parking lot would have been carrying, this guy would be in the latter.
They're trying to ban "lethal knives." They're on the same kick in the UK. Banning guns didn't reduce crime, it went up (gun crime, too). So they think the next logical step is banning anything that can be used as a weapon.
It's not the criminal, it's the knife that's causing all the problems. Would be very frustrating to eat a steak over there if garbage law like this comes into play...
Have you noticed the 38 other states with the law? And their crimes DECREASING?
Typical anti-gunner BS with no foundation in truth. They have to lie for anyone to be on board.
And beyond all this - what's wrong with people's elected officials doing what they were elected to do? Give people freedom to protect themselves..
Wisconsin is one of the few hold-outs in the U.S., though it's passed the state legislature several times and been vetoed.
It's against the law to carry anywhere that serves alcohol for consumption on premises in Ohio. They dispense a lot of beer at football games, so leave your piece at home.
This is yet another example of why they should change the law to be like a lot of other states - you can carry as long as you don't drink. That walk from the parking garage downtown to Paul Brown isn't a very safe one...
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Doesn't work so well more than not, since it only takes a few minutes or even seconds for a bad guy to get his way, and he knows that. Especially hard to do when your 911 service goes down.
She claims gun crime in the U.S. is up, while in Canada (stricter gun laws) it's down. That's wrong. It's down in the U.S., up over 12% in Canada.
And she says that CHL holders aren't being caught for gun crimes because CHL holders are good at not getting caught... whatever, lady. CHL holders are the most law-abiding citizens in Ohio. That's true in every state with concealed carry.
She needs an internet browser and a clue.
Monday, October 17, 2005
While I feel for the lady's plight, and anybody who shoots a cop should be fried in the electric chair, blaming the gun shop is like blaming the car dealership for someone killed by a drunk driver.
This is why the protection of legal commerce in arms act had to be passed. It's ashame that groups like Brady have to pick on gun shops to prove their political points, instead of tackling the problems of crime in society.
We've got lots of goofy local ordinances in Ohio, making following the law more difficult than it should be. We'll keep an eye on Alaska and see what happens...
Iraq had a 93% turnout at its second free election on Saturday. There were 13 terror attacks, down from 347 at the first election.
Iraqi citizens are showing that they are willing to risk death for freedom by going to the voting booths.
We hear a lot of negative press on Iraq. But what it all boils down to is this: a nation that just two years ago was under the fist of a brutal dictator is now VOTING in FREE ELECTIONS. Sure, the transition has been and will continue to be difficult, but things are moving in the right direction.
It's hard to rape a woman when a 38 special is pushed into your face...
Women - get a carry license to defend yourself. Men - encourage your wife/girlfriend/sister/mother to protect themselves the best way legally available.
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Friday, October 14, 2005
Thursday night CSI on CBS opened with a guy flushing a bad guy out of his house with a pretty 9mm Beretta. No shots fired, guy ran off, and he protected his family.
Kudos to CBS... or at least to a writer who actually knows how things usually go down.
Dude might want to find a new cause to screw up the UK a bit more...
But check out the rules already in place for Brazil. You have to be 25 yrs old, can only by 50 cartridges a month, have to have a background check and gun training...
If Brazilians think that it's the people who go through all this that are committing the crimes, I think they'll be in for a big surprise that gun crime doesn't dissappear, or even decrease, after guns are made illegal.
Notice that no where has anyone compared the LEGAL gun owners who commit crimes to the ILLEGAL gun owners...
You gotta be joking! They went through who would talk when - they didn't ask what they'd be asking. Have you ever been involved in ANY media event, AP? This is done EVERY time to make sure there's no dead-air in the broadcast.
Beyond that, they say that Bush lead them on by saying "The American People support you," or something like that. Don't the protesters say they support the troops but not the war? What's wrong with saying you support the troops? How is that leading them?
This blog is not dedicated to pro-Bush or pro-war, but gun stuff. This is, however, typical of how some media sources twist info to make it look bad, when there's really nothing there. Happens with guns, concealed carry, etc. all the time.
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Don't know about you, but it makes me glad I've got the ability to legally defend myself is this sort of thing pours into my neighborhood. Sure, one guy couldn't do much against a force of many. But I'd rather have the option...
Maybe no one but the bad guy would have died if they followed Isreal's lead - allow teachers to be armed.
Machine guns and assault rifles aren't necessarily the same things. A machine gun, by definition, fires continuously as the trigger is squeezed. An assault rifle, which is actually a BS term for anything that looks like a military rifle, is almost always semi-automatic (one cartridge fired for each trigger pull).
This is a good example of the media goofing the terms. They say a "Kalashnikov AK47 assault rifle." What they probably mean is an SAR-1, the semi-auto version that looks like an AK47. Two completely different guns. The AK47 is a machine gun, the SAR-1 is a terribly inaccurate semi-auto rifle that looks like an Ak47. The SAR-1 functions in the exact same way as your daddy's hunting rifle.
So, which was it? Who knows, the writer just got the point across that the scary "assault rifles" are out there and shooting up people.
And most guns are illegal in Ireland anyway... proving yet again, making guns illegal doesn't really effect the bad guys.
Let's hope the UK sees the folly of its ways, and the U.S. doesn't go down the same misguided liberal track.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
It's an anti-gun paradise in the UK, and still it isn't the bad guys at fault, it's "gun crime."
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Not only is it illegal for him to touch a gun, but he filed off the serial number. I hope this a-hole spends some serious time in prison.
And jobs are a great way to reduce violence - and so is letting people fight back... that one is often overlooked by the writers/editors, who would rather make a cute graphic blaming the inanimate object for the issue.
Ohio has a similiar local-gun affliction. Did you know it's actually illegal to have a handgun in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus and Toeldo? The laws haven't been enforced, though, because the state steps in and says "YOU CAN'T DO THAT" to the cities... would be nice if there was a state law that makes the local laws go away (like it says in the State and U.S. Constitiution - you'd think that'd be good enough).
Good to see the media isn't 100% on the anti-defense kick, though.
This happened to one unlucky TX State Legislator. Accidentially brought it to the airport. Big no-no.
So stay aware of them... and nice to see a lawmaker carrying a peacemaker.
Monday, October 10, 2005
Ken Blackwell, Jim Petro, and Betty Montgomery.
Montgomery is anti-gun, so don't even consider her.
Petro is the current Attorney General, and he's been AWESOME when it comes to gun rights.
And Blackwell, well this is from his website: "As a life member of the National Rifle Association, Ken Blackwell is steadfast and resolute in his support for the right to bear arms. In 2004, Ohio passed a conceal carry law to allow peaceable citizens to carry their firearms. As Governor, Ken Blackwell will push for legislation to stop media access to the concealed carry list. Concealed carry permit holders should have a right to privacy and not be treated like criminals. Statistics show that concealed carry permit holders are only a threat to criminals."
So who's the better candidate - Blackwell or Petro? Not sure yet. Blackwell stuck to his guns when it came to the '04 election stuff in Ohio. But Petro's been kicking butt when it comes to the current law, including getting CHL holders access to other states.
Will update as we get closer... either way, REGISTER TO VOTE!!
Usually, Arnold isn't very friendly to gun owners. About a year ago he OK'ed a measure which made 50-cal rifles illegal there, though they had NEVER killed a single human being in the state... makes a lot of sense, huh? Anyway, it's a good day today in California!
Good to see they realize it won't help them do their jobs. Good gun news from California - savor it!
Overlooking things like robberies being the biggest "workplace shooting" of all seems minor, until you realize who's sponsoring the study... again, gotta lie to get people to believe them.
Many people don't even know that the law STILL states the first two aspects - you need to honestly believe you're being threatened and not create or escalate the situation.
Just goes to show, anti-gunners usually have to resort to half-truths or lying to convince people they're right.
While I'm not into the agenda behind some of the groups giving out gun locks, it is the responsiblity of any gun owner to keep their guns out of the wrong hands.
Indiana has had concealed carry a long time - too bad there wasn't a customer in the store carrying to stop the situation... or at least prevent another poor clerk from getting shot by taking down the woman burglar.
What the heck? It seems to reason that with more criminals behind bars, less criminals will be free to... well... commit crimes.
Goes to show how the reasoning of anti-gunners works. More people carrying reduces crime? Well then, let's make guns illegal.
I might just schedule a trip there myself this winter... Florida in winter- when Ohio is bitterly cold? And I get to carry? Sounds like a good time to me.
Do you really think making toy guns illegal will decrease the crime rate? "Man stops raping women because his toy gun is confiscated by police," reads the headline... yea, right.
Do the anti-gunners really believe that granting someone the right to protect themselves hurts people? And don't they see that by saying that it hasn't increased crime, they're debunking their own fervent claims that Ohio would become the "wild West" if it passed?
The whole concept of a free society is that you're free to do anything you like, as long as it doesn't hurt other people. Why curb freedoms if it's only because you think something is a bad idea? If it doesn't increase crime, or has been shown to decrease crime in other places, it should be LEGAL!
Sunday, October 09, 2005
The problem with this line of thinking - all the people who went on shooting sprees would have done so whether or not it was legal to have a gun in your car. People who go on shooting sprees DON'T care about the law. You think getting fired is a concern for someone about to kill his co-workers? That's the punishment the companies who refuse to allow people to have guns in their cars.
However, if one good citizen had a gun in the vehicle in ANY of the situations this man speaks of, maybe the carnage would have been stopped. In fact, many times it has been stopped, thanks to a law-abiding citizen with a piece in the car and the bravery to confront a crazy person trying to wreak havoc.
And the study he sites? Do some research. It's been completely debunked as BS. It was sponsored by a number of anti-gun groups, to start. Ever done any research on how concealed carry effects crime rates, friend? ALWAYS causes a decrease.
The problem isn't the gun, buddy. It's that good people can't defend themselves from bad guys. The law doesn't effect the bad guys - but it could get the good guys killed.
Saturday, October 08, 2005
Goes to show that if the bad guys are locked up, crime goes down. Making life harder for law-abiding gun owners does not reduce crime.
Prosecute the guys who commit crimes with guns (or crimes at all), not the people trying to buy or carry a gun to protect themselves from the bad guys.
Friday, October 07, 2005
A gun registry has never worked in any country or state. Spend a few billion, and they get NOTHING from it. Just more paperwork and a bigger pain for gun-owners... oh, and confiscations when they decide to.
The fact of the matter is, criminials are criminals, and they'll find ways to do their evil deeds. All we can hope is that they run into someone like the old guy in the article below.
If someone starts throwing chop-sticks at people, maybe they'll switch to sporks (I think we all know that forks are too dangerous an alternative).
Thursday, October 06, 2005
OOOOOhhh... Criminals don't follow the law... so... I guess outlawing guns only leaves guns with... well... outlaws.
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
A few problems with this story.
1) If, as the story states, he has a documented case of clinical depression, it was against Federal law for him to touch, much less own, a gun of any sort.
2) In NY, it is VERY difficult to get a handgun permit. Most ex-soldiers can't get them. I doubt this guy had one, so requiring a permit to own a handgun didn't stop him.
3) Do people you know just snap and go on rampages? People I know don't...
Anyway, the anti's will chock this one up as proof that they're right. I say it's proof their limitations don't stop this sort of thing. ENFORCE the law. Stop making new laws.
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Monday, October 03, 2005
1. You cannot have caused or escalated the situation.
2. You must truly, honestly believe you're about to receive serious bodily harm or be killed.
3. You must have not had an avenue of retreat (known as the "duty to retreat").
Guess what, #3 doesn't apply in Florida anymore. And the anti-gun folks DON'T like that one bit.
Should I have to run away if someone's trying to kill me? Don't think so. Hopefully this will catch on.
England tried it. Crime went up. Australia did it. Crime went up. Closer to home, DC did it. Now it has one of the highest murder rates in the U.S. When will people learn?
If taking away guns got rid of crime, I'd be for it. But it doesn't. Did the Clinton gun ban effect crime in the U.S.? Not according to the U.S. DOJ. In fact, no gun law that doesn't involve jail-time for the CRIME committed with a gun, not the possession itself, has ever proven to have an effect.
Most firearms are illegal in England… how the heck did he get it…
Man… if CRIMINALS can get a hold of guns… that means they don’t care about the law… good thing law-abiding good citizens don’t get guns in the UK. Then they could protect themselves against the bad-guys…
So much for “less-than-lethal” alternative… guess it’s back to rubber-band sling shots for those afraid of a little boom-boom.
Thank the NRA for stopping illegal confiscation when people need to protect themselves most.
Right to Bear Arms (2nd Amendment)
No free man shall ever be de-barred the use of arms.
The strongest reason for the people to retain their
right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to
protect themselves against tyranny in government. -
This constitution shall never be construed to
authorize congress to prevent the people of the United
States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their
own arms. - Samuel Adams, Continental Congress
To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole
body of the people always possess arms, and be taught
alike, especially when young, how to use them. -
Richard Henry Lee, Continental Congress, Signer
Declaration of Independence
I dont like the idea that the police department seems
bent on keeping a pool of unarmed victims available
for the predations of the criminal class. - David
Mohler, after being denied a permit in NY. Apr 1989
The Second Amendment is the palladium of the liberties
of the republic. - Joseph Story, 1833, Supreme Court
The best we can hope for concerning the people at
large is that they be properly armed. - Alexander
In 1789, when used without any qualifying adjective,
"the militia" referred to all citizens capable of
bearing arms... The "militia" is identical to "the
people." - Akhil Amar, Yale school of law, Mar 1991.
Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in
awe, and preserve order in the world as well as
property... Horrid mischief would ensue were
law-abiding citizens deprived the use of them. -
The great object is that every man be armed. - Patrick
Americans need never fear their government because of
the advantage of being armed, which the Americans
possess over the people of almost every other nation.
- James Madison
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