Friday, March 31, 2006
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Jack was born at 20:27 3/29/06, 7lbs 8oz, 20.5 inches.
Thanks to everyone who has wished us well, especially those attending CHL classes during her pregnancy!
We'll have him at the range in no time and he'll be out-shooting his dad before we know it!
I really don't get why people aren't willing to blame the bad-guy for the shooting, instead of the guns.
Yes, some guns are built to kill people, not animals. They're used for self-defense 2.1 million times per year according to the FBI to save the lives of Americans.
The shame is this guy, who is a convicted felon (despite the article saying otherwise), was allowed to keep his guns after being convicted of a serious crime.
If you let bad people have guns, bad things happen. Just like if you let drunks drive, they'll end up killing someone. No one is condoning the banning of alcohol or cars. It's the fault of the bad-guy, not the gun.
Put criminals in jail for crimes, and you'll prevent a lot of tragedies such as this one.
That's why it's especially important to give yourself a routine. Put the gun in the same place everytime you're done carrying. I use a safe in my bedroom, and a lock-box in my car. It's always either on my person or in one of those two spots.
Here's an example of a cop leaving behind his gun, only to be found by the secret service.
Goes to show anti-gunners don't get that CRIMINALS are the problem, not the tools they choose to use to do their misdeeds.
Let's go ahead make cars illegal, since they're used in homicides and robberies. Or ski-masks? When does the blame on the inanimate object end and the blame on the criminal begin?
*Hat tip to PWD for the link
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Only three states have no concealed carry - Wisconsin, Illinois and Nebraska. And both Wisconsin and Nebraska have passed legislation, only to be vetoed. Nebraska will probably get carry this year. Wisconsin will get it when they elect a governor who is actually for the people, instead of in the back pocket of Chicago.
Yes, there are a few pockets in here with laws that stink. The "restricted" states have may issue concealed carry - which means only if you've got a fat checkbook or a famous name you can get a permit. It's better than nothing, but these states are fighting to change. And the high-crime places like NY City, DC and Chicago all ban guns (works great, doesn't it?).
Goes to show, though, you are NOT alone in the U.S. having a carry license. Millions of Americans have them, and the vast majority (47 states - or 94 percent of the U.S.) has the right to carry, and most of that (41 states, 82 percent) has "shall issue" concealed carry, which means if you want a permit and qualify, you get a permit. You'd never know that by the news, movies, etc., but it's true.
*Hat tip to packing.org for the map, updated to include Kansas
Monday, March 27, 2006
Ohio law disarmes CHL holders when entering a bar. Many other states allow you to carry, as long as you don't drink.
Be aware of your surroundings, and work to fix this bug in our law.
BULLETIN FROM THE NRA:
The House Criminal Justice Committee will be holding a hearing on House Bill 541, "Castle Doctrine" legislation, Tuesday, March 28. Sponsored by Representative Steven Buehrer (R-74), HB 541 restores Ohioans right to self-defense by removing the "duty to retreat" in the face of a criminal attack and provides civil immunity in such situations.
It is unreasonable that victims of crime should have to worry about being arrested or prosecuted if they use force to defend themselves or their family!
The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28, at 2:30 p.m. in Room 121 of the State House at the capitol. Please plan on attending to show your support for HB 541. If you are unable to attend, please contact your State Representative and ask him or her to support your right to self-defense by voting in favor of HB 541. All State Representatives can be reached during normal business hours by calling toll-free at (800) 282-0253.
To find further contact information please use the "Write Your Representative" feature found at www.nraila.org/.
Not true. He's a convicted felon, and shouldn't have had a gun in the first place. Check out the end of this article.
It is VERY rare that shootings of this nature happen. When they do, many of the anti-gun media like to claim that the person "snapped" and isn't the kind of person who they would suspect of such things.
It is almost never the case that someone who commits such a horrible crime doesn't have a history of violence. Dig deeper - don't believe the headlines.
Friday, March 24, 2006
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Sweden is an example that more guns does not equal more crime. And it's an example that it's the culture, not the presence of guns, that causes homicide shootings.
We need to control our CRIME, not our guns. When criminals go to jail and when there are SERIOUS consequences for crime, crime decreases. It works every time. Gun control does not reduce crime (see D.C., NY, Chicago). Locking criminals up does.
This is why we follow the safety rules!
1) Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction (good thing he did that!)
2) Always keep your finger off the trigger (to disassemble a Glock, you have to squeeze the trigger, that's why you make sure you follow step 3)
3) Always keep your gun UNLOADED until you're ready to use it
I guess the police in VA need more training on their firearms. That's why you CHECK a gun to make sure it's unloaded EVERY TIME YOU PICK IT UP.
Accidents don't have to happen if you're careful and follow the rules.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Florida's attorney general supports such legislation, and many others are putting forth the case to Florida's legislature.
Why? Because some states have a higher per capita crime rate than the state in question. But you can't compare two states directly - you have to compare a state with concealed carry and then the SAME state after.
Florida, for instance, saw a 30%+ decline in violent crime after they passed concealed carry legislation. If no other statistic convinces you, know that NO state that has passed concealed carry has done away with it. In other words, crime has never gone up due to concealed carry.
Citizens of Kansas deserve to join the rest of the nation (all but a few lingering states) to have the ability to protect themselves with concealed carry. Hopefully the gov's veto will be overridden, and Kansas will join the rest of the country.
Often this is the case, but there are glaring examples of this being false. Mayor Bloomberg of NYC is an example. He's probably the most anti-gun mayor in the country, in a tight race with Chicago's mayor.
Remember to do your research before voting. "R" doesn't always mean pro-gun.
Monday, March 20, 2006
If you're attacked, your odds of survival increase dramatically if you have the means to fight back.
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Dozens of laws were broken with the shooting, and odds are the perpetrators had illegally acquired the guns. These add up to lifetimes in prison, even before the shootings happened.
Instead of dealing with the problem - crime and criminals - anti-gunners try to outlaw the guns. Also note that it is ILLEGAL already to have a firearm in Chicago, which didn't stop the crime.
So would making guns illegal have stopped this horrible tragedy? Absolutely not. The guns used are already illegal in Chicago.
Instead of taking responsibility for the rising crime in the gun-free utopia of Chicago, the mayor and governor point the finger at legal gun owners.
NRA has negotiated an agreement with New Orleans regarding the firearms seized from lawful owners during and after Hurricane Katrina. The issue is pending before the federal court in the case NRA v. Mayor Ray Nagin. On March 15, 2006, lawyers for both sides informed the court that positive settlement negotiations were occurring. After months of stonewalling, the city of New Orleans has now admitted that it holds a number of firearms, and that owners of firearms which may have been confiscated may contact the Property and Evidence Division of the New Orleans Police Department in any of the following ways: by telephone, at (504) 658-5503; by mail, sent to: New Orleans Police Department, Property and Evidence, 400 North Jefferson Davis Parkway, New Orleans, LA 70119; or in person at the same address. Please be patient as records are incomplete, and the police are currently understaffed. Records are most accessible if you can supply your gun's serial number. Claims can be made based on proof of ownership, or, lacking such documents, an affidavit that the item belongs to you. For those who go through the above process, whether successfully or unsuccessfully, NRA would be interested in hearing your comments on what occurred. Please contact NRA Grassroots at 800-392-8683 or by email at https://secure.nraila.org/Contact.aspx.
Friday, March 17, 2006
It's sad to think anti-gun groups stated purpose is to litigate gun manufacturers out of business in the U.S. Good think common sense reins, now and then.
If you were hit by a Chevy, would you sue GM? That's the logic used by people who sue gun manufacturers. If the product isn't defective, it's the fault of the bad guy, not the manufacturer.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Sunday, March 12, 2006
No mention that 42 states have concealed carry. No mention that the law has worked, no wild-west in the streets, crime has not gone up, and thousands of Ohioans have gotten licenses to legally protect themselves.
Anti-gunners don't like worrying about the facts, or about that Americans should be free to protect themselves in whatever manner they wish, given that they're not hurting others.
Instead, they like to wax poetic about how a bunch of hillbilly rednecks that just want to put bullet holes in everything that moves is taking everyone for a political ride.
Arm yourself with the facts, a concealed carry permit, and the knowledge that 84% of the U.S. can legally protect themselves with a concealed weapon, despite the elitist anti-gunners whine about.
And guess what? Looks like Kansas and Nebraska will be getting the right to carry soon... That will make 88%.
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Friday, March 10, 2006
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
*Hat tip to BM for the link
To: The University of Cincinnati Community
From: Director, Public Safety
The suspect in the shooting that occurred early Sunday morning
on campus has been arrested.
UC Police investigators had determined the identity of the
suspect within hours of the shooting, but needed assistance
in locating the suspect.
A tip to Crime Stoppers provided the information that led to
his arrest by Cincinnati Police District 5.
*Hat tip to SW for the info
*Hat tip to SK for the link
Monday, March 06, 2006
Ohio law makes it a felony to carry a gun into a bar, with 1-2 yrs in prison as the penalty.
If you're a CHL holder, you know you're not allowed to carry into anywhere that serves alcohol for consumption on premises. It's pretty obvious that these rules don't carry criminals, who are carrying illegally in the first place.
This makes law-abiding citizens more prone to getting caught unable to defend themselves when bad guys do bad things.
Ohio should consider changing the law to like that of many other states - you can't carry and drink, but you can carry into a place that serves alcohol. Maybe innocent bystanders would be able to stop the bad guys, instead of just hiding from them.
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Subject: Shots Fired On Campus
From: Director of Public Safety
Re: Shots Fired On Campus
At approximately 2:15 a.m. on Sunday, March 5, shots were fired on the western edge of the UC campus near the McMicken Circle intersection with Clifton Avenue. Two vehicles were known to have been struck by bullets fired from a third vehicle, which then fled the scene.
One occupant in each of the two vehicles suffered a single wound to the arm. The victims were both taken to University Hospital for treatment. The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Neither victim is believed to be a UC student.
*Hat tip to SW for the info
Friday, March 03, 2006
In most cases where "may-issue" is the law, it's very difficult to get a permit. Hawaii, NY, NJ, and California are states with this form of concealed carry.
If you're a politician, a celebrity, or rich, you get a permit. Everyone else, like this guy who is obviousially qualified to carry, is out of luck.
So if a liberal tells you "may-issue" is the way to go (as a cop-out to make him/her think you agree), don't buy it.
The changes would allow people to omit their names from the "public list" of permit holders if they fear it could cause a problem, and would clear up the problems with car-carry (that only Ohio has).
So why not allow these changes? Because the ticked-off anti-gunners want to make as much trouble as they can, and are still bitter the law passed in the first place.
Anyone who knows the Ohio CHL law knows it has some serious flaws. The most ridiculous argument in this particular piece is that if the names of permit holders aren't available to the media no one would be able to check to make sure felons aren't getting permits. Obviously the author has no idea how the law works, because the sheriff does a background check before issuing the permit.
Anyway, cleaning up the law is a good idea. In fact, the changes listed would put Ohio's law on par with most other state's laws, and clear up some of the confusion and hesitation people have before applying for a permit. Maybe that's why anti-gunners don't want the law fixed - they know it will encourage those on the fence to get a permit.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
More than not, police are clean-up crews for horrible crimes. Given that, and given that this guy was "caught in the act" (who knows if the crime began or was stopped), and finally that he broke into a house in Cincinnati in the middle of the night with the intent to rape a woman, it might be smart to keep a loaded gun by the bed. Or in your purse.
Seems like rapes in the Cincinnati area are getting a lot more attention lately. Women should know that Ohio law gives them the right to carry a gun for self-protection.