Monday, July 31, 2006
This is why anti-CHL signs, laws forbidding carry into places that serve alcohol, etc. don't work. The criminals don't care. They carry their guns ILLEGALLY, commit crimes a heck of a lot worse than misdemeanors (the penalty for carrying into a place with signs), and look for the paths of least resistance (like places they know people won't be armed).
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Why? They say to make to the info public. I argue it's to intimidate people from getting their licenses. Or maybe to allow criminals to do a yellow-pages look-up for some free guns while people are out at work.
What good do they think they're serving? The applicants have already passed a criminal background check, received training, and have their info on file with the sheriff. What good would their names appearing in the Plain Dealer serve?
There is no valid journalistic cause served by this kind of blatant disregard for the safety and privacy of Ohio's concealed carry license holders. It is simply editorializing to scare people from applying for licenses.
We need to close this loophole! Stop the abuse of anti-gun newsrags like the Plain Dealer!
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
U.S. House of Representatives to vote on "The Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act" (H.R. 5013) Today!Call Your U.S. Representative at (202) 225-3121 Immediately!
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 5013 "The Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act." Sponsored by U.S. Representative Bobby Jindal (R-La.), this NRA-supported legislation would amend federal emergency statute laws to prohibit federal, state, and local authorities from confiscating lawfully-owned firearms during states of emergency.
A similar, though temporary, measure offered by Senator David Vitter (R-La.) overwhelmingly passed (84-16) the U. S. Senate on July 13 as an amendment to the Homeland Security appropriations bill (H.R. 5441).
As you know, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, various reports indicate that law enforcement agencies from the federal government and several states confiscated guns from law-abiding New Orleans residents. Following the Hurricane and the resulting gun confiscations, NRA filed suit in federal court and won a temporary restraining order ending the illegal gun confiscations.
Enactment into law of the "Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006" is our top priority.
Please immediately contact your U.S. Representative and urge him or her to support and vote for H.R. 5013. You can reach your Representative at (202) 225-3121.
*From NRA alert, 7/25/06
A good example of how media doesn't like to admit that guns STOP criminals and save lives.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
MICHIGAN IS LATEST STATE TO ENACT
NRA-BACKED "CASTLE DOCTRINE" LEGISLATION!
On July 20, Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) signed into law a package of six self-defense bills backed by NRA, bringing "Castle Doctrine" protections to law-abiding Michigan citizens.
"I want to thank the Michigan Legislature and Governor Jennifer Granholm for working together in making this victims' rights bill law," said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox. "When you're confronted by a criminal, you don't have the luxury of time. This "Castle Doctrine" package states that if victims choose to stand their ground and fight, their decision will not be second-guessed by the State of Michigan. The ability to protect yourself, your children, or your spouse from harm is important, whether you're in your home or outside."
The six-bill "Castle Doctrine" Package passed with bi-partisan, supermajority support in both houses of the Michigan legislature:
HB 5143, sponsored by Rep. Rick Jones (R-71), creates the "Self Defense Act" and specifies that it is not a crime to use force or deadly force to defend oneself if that person is not breaking any laws when defensive force was used. The person must be facing imminent threat of death or great bodily harm.
SB 1046, sponsored by Sen. Alan Cropsey (R-33), outlines rebuttal presumptions for justified use of self-defense. The bill makes it clear that there is no "duty to retreat" if a person is in a place where he or she has a legal right to be.
SB 1185, sponsored by Sen. Ron Jelinek (R-21), allows for the award of court and attorney fees in civil cases where it was determined a person acted in accordance with the "Self Defense Act" and where civil immunities apply.
HB 5548, sponsored by Rep. Tim Moore (R-97), gives civil immunities to persons acting in accordance with the "Self Defense Act," preventing criminals and their families from suing law-abiding citizens.
HB 5153, sponsored by Rep. Leslie Mortimer (R-65), puts the burden of proof on the prosecutor to show that a person acted unlawfully in the application of force, rather than the person using the force having to prove they acted lawfully.
HB 5142, sponsored by Rep. Tom Casperson (R-108), expands the definition of "dwelling" to include a person's garage, barn, backyard, etc.
"On behalf of all NRA members in Michigan, I want to thank each of the bills' chief sponsors for their leadership in seeing these measures become law," Cox said. "The Castle Doctrine is about putting the law back on the side of the victim; the way it's supposed to be."
As reported in last week's Alert, on July 13, 2006, all 55 Republicans, joined by 28 Democrats and 1 Independent, voted to pass Senator David Vitter's (R-La.) amendment to prohibit the use of taxpayer funds allocated under the Homeland Security appropriations bill (H.R. 5441) to be used to confiscate lawfully-possessed firearms during an emergency or major disaster. Sixteen Senators opposed the prohibition.
In passing this legislation, the United States Senate acted on a bi-partisan basis to protect the self-defense rights of citizens when those rights are most vital, in the aftermath of a major disaster, when law-abiding citizens are left to defend themselves and their families.
Sixteen Democrats (including both Senators from the states of California, Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York) voted to defeat this commonsense legislation (Déjà vu Note: Under the unblinking eye of the C-SPAN cameras, Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) voted against the Vitter amendment, then minutes later he reversed course and voted for it.) These extreme opponents of the Second Amendment are:
|Daniel Akaka, Hawaii||Edward Kennedy, Massachusetts|
|Barbara Boxer, California||Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey|
|Hillary Clinton, New York||Carl Levin, Michigan|
|Christopher Dodd, Connecticut||Robert Menéndez, New Jersey|
|Dick Durbin, Illinois||Barbara Mikulski, Maryland|
|Dianne Feinstein, California||Jack Reed, Rhode Island|
|Tom Harkin, Iowa||Paul Sarbanes, Maryland|
|Daniel Inouye, Hawaii||Chuck Schumer, New York|
While the passage of Senator Vitter's Amendment is significant, enactment into law of the "Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006" should remain our overarching goal. Introduced as S. 2599 by Senator Vitter in the Senate, and H.R. 5013 by U.S. Representative Bobby Jindal (R-La.) in the House, this NRA-supported legislation would amend federal emergency statute laws to prohibit federal, state, and local authorities from confiscating lawfully-owned firearms during times of disaster.
Please be sure to contact your U.S. Senators and your U.S. Representative, and urge them to cosponsor and support S. 2599, and H.R. 5013, respectively, the "Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006!" You can reach your Senators at (202) 224-3121 and your Representative at (202) 225-3121.
*From the NRA-ILA update, 7/21/06
Friday, July 21, 2006
Our constitution is an amazing thing, and many Europeans are wishing they had the rights we take for granted. Hopefully they'll lean towards respecting the rights of self-protection for their citizenry, rather than clamp down on everyone in the hopes of quelling potential problems.
What's that saying? "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns."
Thursday, July 20, 2006
It's basically impossible for a normal civilian to have a handgun within NYC, and their crime is still nuts... they'll never learn.
A very small percentage of people are responsible for most crimes. Finding and arresting these people is the way to lower crime, not disarming those who woudln't break the law, anyway.
"A 46-year-old man is accused of assaulting his wife with a carrot, causing her to lose sight in one eye," reports the Associated Press from Monroe, Conn.:
Pamela Vecsey, 46, underwent six outs [sic] of surgery after being hit in the left eye with the vegetable Saturday night, but doctors were not able to restore her vision, prosecutor Stephanie Damiani said.
The couple was arguing when Roderick Vecsey tossed the carrot, Damiani said.
It is a scandal that thanks to the carrot lobby, Americans--even the mentally ill, convicted criminals and stalkers--are able to buy these dangerous weapons without so much as a license or background check. We need carrot control! It's the only way to deal with crime at its roots.
* From the WSJ's "Best of the Web" 7/18/06
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Saturday, July 15, 2006
In the days following Katrina, when police and other first responders where overwhelmed and overstretched ... when the failure of telephone and other communication systems prevented so many from calling for help ... the police began seizing legal firearms from law-abiding citizens. This gun confiscation defied common sense as well as the rights protected by the Second Amendment ... and it left many ordinary Americans defenseless at the worst possible time.
That's why I'm proud to say that the Homeland Security legislation passed by the Senate last night includes a much-needed amendment offered by my colleague, Louisiana Senator David Vitter. This amendment specifically prohibits the temporary or permanent seizure of lawfully owned firearms just because a state of emergency has been declared. The amendment overwhelming passed the Senate by a vote of 86 to 14 ... and I don't have to tell you that all 14 of its opponents were Democrats.
I will support keeping Senator Vitter's proposal in the final bill that is sent to the President. We cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of Katrina ... and prohibiting gun confiscation from lawful citizens -- especially during periods of emergency and disaster -- is an important step in the right direction.
Senator Bill Frist, M.D.
Majority Leader, U.S. Senate
Friday, July 14, 2006
From an NRA-ILA bulletin...
U.S. Senate Votes to Protect
Second Amendment Rights During Emergencies
Thursday, July 13, 2006
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Fairfax, VA - On July 13, the United States Senate overwhelmingly passed (84-16) an amendment (#4615) to the Homeland Security appropriations bill (H.R. 5441). This amendment -- sponsored by Senator David Vitter (R-LA) -- prohibits the use of funds appropriated under HR 5441 for the confiscation of lawfully possessed firearms during an emergency or major disaster.
Commenting on the passage of the amendment, NRA-ILA Executive Director and chief lobbyist Chris W. Cox said, "After Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Police Superintendent issued orders to confiscate firearms from all citizens, allegedly under a state emergency powers law. With that one order, he stripped the one means of self-protection innocent citizens had during a time of widespread civil disorder. This legislation guarantees that will never happen again."
Various reports indicate that military and law enforcement agencies from the federal government and several states confiscated guns from law-abiding New Orleans residents. The Vitter Amendment prohibits the use of federal funds to seize firearms or restrict firearms possession, except in the circumstances allowed by current federal or state law. Convicted felons and other "prohibited persons" are not protected under this legislation and it does not effect law enforcement operations outside of disaster relief situations.
"In passing this legislation, the United States Senate acted to protect the self-defense rights of citizens when those rights are most vital. There was no 9-1-1 or police to rely on while looters and rapists and thugs ran rampant and honest citizens were left to their own devices to protect themselves, their families and their neighbors. I want to thank Senator Vitter for introducing this amendment and all the Senators who supported it."
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the resulting gun confiscations, NRA filed suit in federal court and won a temporary restraining order ending all the illegal gun confiscations. After the City of New Orleans failed to comply with the court’s ruling, NRA filed a motion of contempt that included an order that all seized firearms be returned to their rightful owners.
Due to NRA’s leadership, emergency powers legislation prohibiting government officials from restricting the rights of law-abiding gun owners during declared states of emergency passed in 10 states during the 2006 legislative session, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, Alaska, Idaho, Kentucky, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma.While the passage of the Vitter Amendment in the U.S. Senate represents an important victory for America’s law-abiding gun owners, the job is not yet finished. It is vital that this provision be included in the final version of the bill that emerges from the House and Senate conference committee later this year.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Chalk one up for the good guys.
- she was attacked in a parking garage, which happens often because people are distracted and trapped in an area that is secluded
- second, if she had a concealed handgun, she would have had to lock it up had he attacked her when she was ready to pull away in her car
- finally, most parking garages in downtown Cincinnati are owned by the city, and therefore posted with anti-CHL signs, making it an obvious target for bad guys
Glad to see the guy got caught, though.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Ohio law says the certificate issued for your training to apply for a carry license in Ohio is good for six years. That means you can apply for your permit, then in four years when it expires renew your permit, and that's it. After that (or the 3rd time you apply) you'll have to sit through a training class again.
This is one thing many are pushing to eliminate. While it might be a good idea to get a law refresher, the Basic Pistol class isn't very relevant for those who have been carrying for a total of eight years (first 4 with the license, then another 4 after the renew).
Anyway, hope that answers your question.
Florida has some of the most cutting edge self-protection and gun laws in the country, being one of the first states to have shall-issue concealed carry and allowing people to stand their ground when attacked.
Note to states like Illionis and Wisconsin, whose crime rates don't seem to be going down. Let the good guys protect themselves from the bad guys, and crime will go down.
There's nothing but their wild imaginations and fear of good people with the means of defense to support their claims. And this is proven by the fact that crime typically goes down when concealed carry is passed.
Keep this in mind next time you hear the "Wild West" claim. I think anti-gunners need to remember that Hollywood isn't real life...
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
A lock-box by the bed with a 357-mag tucked inside might be a good way to avoid being the next victim... And for God's sake, don't answer the door at night unarmed.
Monday, July 10, 2006
And what has that led to? The highest per-capita murder rate in the U.S. One of the highest gun crime rates in the country. And examples like this, where even a cop's gun is used by criminals.
The fact is, the bad guys don't follow the laws. Making it illegal for people to have guns means that only criminals will have guns, making us all less safe.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Doesn't really make a lot of sense. Anyway, just a head's up.
Monday, July 03, 2006
They knocked on the door at 4am, then barged in demanding money. Perhaps a 357-mag would have changed their minds. And maybe instead of the dog dying, one of the bad guys would have.