Monday, July 31, 2006

Doesn't he know it's ILLEGAL to carry into a restaurant that serves alcohol?

OH YEA... criminals don't care about the law. That's what makes them criminals.

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 Ohio's open media access to CHL list must be closed!

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has once again published the names of everyone who has recently applied for a carry license in Cleveland.

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

Don't believe that the UN doesn't want your guns

Call your representative

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

Armed citizen stops stabbing spree

I heard this story from both national and local news, but none mentioned that an armed citizen stopped the attacker. They said "he was subdued by an onlooker" or "stopped by a shopper."

A good example of how media doesn't like to admit that guns STOP criminals and save lives.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Our northern neigbor gets "castle doctrine" protection

From the NRA-ILA alert, 7/21/06:

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."

These Senators think it's OK to take guns in time of emergency

THE NOT-SWEET 16

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

Colorado's "make my day" law

Trouble brewing in Europe

There has been a brewing concern among Europeans. As their cities begin to become more crime-ridden, and as the concerns over terrorism increase, many are wishing they had the same rights as Americans, who enjoy the 2nd amendment protection of gun rights.

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.

Figures show widespread use of guns in crime in Great Britian

Crime at gunpoint up 68% in the last year, though guns are illegal in the UK.

What's that saying? "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns."

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Well, it's worked great so far, hasn't it?

NYC is passing more anti-gun laws. I know when I think of a crime-free utopia, I think of New York City!

It's basically impossible for a normal civilian to have a handgun within NYC, and their crime is still nuts... they'll never learn.

75% of Britian's crime caused by 7% of the population

An example included in the linked article, with some interesting stats. Anyone who says allowing civilians to be armed is just asking for people to "crack" is joking themselves.

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.

Women at home on the range in Boston

Women are usually really good shots. Beyond this, many women enjoy shooting immensely, as long as they're taught correctly and take proper safety precautions.

Looks like it's not just a local phenomenon.

We need carrot control!

Of Course You Realize This Means War

"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

The fashion of carrying

A sign that in some places, carry licenses are the norm, not the exception.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Law making it illegal to carry into bars didn't stop this shooting

It's a serious crime in Ohio to carry a gun into a liquor establishment. It didn't stop this guy. That's why anti-gun signs don't keep the bad guys out, only the good guys.

LOCK UP YOUR GUNS

It's clear why Florida's crime keeps dropping

A letter from Sen. Frist

The Second Amendment unquestionably protects the right of individual Americans to own firearms. Thankfully, most gun-owners are never forced to defend themselves, their families, their homes. But during an emergency or disaster, when police protection breaks down like it did in the chaos in New Orleans that followed Hurricane Katrina, lawfully owned firearms may be the only effective means of protection.

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

The NRA protects your rights, again

From an NRA-ILA bulletin...

U.S. Senate Votes to Protect
Second Amendment Rights During Emergencies

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Please click here to make a secure, online contribution to help fund NRA's legislative efforts around the country.

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

Deli clerk in Price Hill defends self successfully

After he was shot (realizing the robbers would probably kill him), this Price Hill deli clerk shot back at the bad guys, scaring them off. Police caught up with one of them at the hospital - seems the clerk is a pretty good shot, and got him in the face. The deli clerk worker is OK, and the bad guy is going to jail (and is 19-yrs old, and therefore had a gun illegally - big surprise, eh?).

Chalk one up for the good guys.

Attacked in a parking garage

Three things to note about this :

- 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.

THIS is where gun violence comes from, not law abiding citizens

Another home invasion in Cinci, another person hurt

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Question: Do I ever have to take the training again for my CHL?

Answer: Unfortunately, yes.

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's pioneering gun laws are WORKING

Florida's crime rate is down AGAIN, for the 14th year in a row. In fact, it's down to 1971 levels.

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.

Florida's castle doctrine law hasn't caused the "Wild West" as predicted (shocking, I know)

Anti-gunners have an OLD playbook. Whenever a law is introduced that will loosen gun laws for law-abiding citizens, such as concealed carry or castle doctrine (the ability to stand your ground if confronted by a bad guy, as opposed to having to attempt escape like in most states), they claim that the streets will erupt in violence.

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

Not safe when supersizing

Note to those who carry - don't leave it at home, just because you're running out to get a snack.

Good to see some foks with GUTS

Another home invasion, this time in Anderson Towship

Bad guys are finding easy prey by kicking in doors late at night.

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

For all those who say we'll be safer if only police/military have guns

D.C. is an anti-gunner utopia. Gun ownership is restricted to those police and military - a regular citizen cannot have a gun.

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

We need power saw control!

A guy went nuts with a power saw on the NYC subway, cutting a guy's chest.

I think it's time we call for power saw control legislation. Hey, it works so great for guns... might as well extend the ban in NYC.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Report finds crime decreases as gun sales increase

KY now requires birth certificate to apply for a carry permit

For homeland security? Do you think a terrorist is going to carry illegally, or put his info on file with the sheriff to carry legally?

Doesn't really make a lot of sense. Anyway, just a head's up.

Monday, July 03, 2006

At least the dog had the guts to fight back

Another home invasion in Cincinnati this morning, this time the family dog chased the bad guys out the door.

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.