Monday, February 19, 2018

The Mueller Indictment

For months now, the nation has been gripped by an investigation of tremendous import.  Special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating what the Left hoped would end up in a criminal collusion case of President Trump and what the Right felt was biased nonsense.

The indictment reveals neither.  This quick post is based on this longer one:  Robert Mueller’s Alarming, Reassuring Indictment 

Here's the short version:
"How can an indictment be both alarming and reassuring? It’s simple. I don’t want foreign powers engaging in domestic disruption operations, and I don’t want to see domestic political campaigns cooperating with foreign foes. We have evidence of the disruption operation. We do not have evidence of collusion.

"I’m alarmed by the Russian actions. The indictment alleges a long-running effort (one that included identity theft in the United States) to undermine America’s already-weak public trust and — ultimately — to take sides in an American political context. Moreover, this is but one aspect of the overall investigation into Russian disruption operations. The social media program isn’t necessarily related to Wikileaks and the email hacks, and it’s far from certain the indictment encompasses the whole even of Russian social media efforts.

"But what’s alleged is bad enough. The Russians sought to generate street protests, suppress voter turnout, and spread disinformation."
 So, the Russians didn't care who won as long as Americans ended up hating each other worse than we ever have before.  "Divide and Conquer" is a known, historically-proven method to destroy one's enemies.

Americans should probably stop obliging Russians.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

What can we do?

There was another school shooting this week.  In the wake of the event, we were all left asking, "What can we do to prevent this from happening again?"

It turns out there are several things we can do, one of them you can do right now.  What you personally can do is point 4.

What would have worked in this case?

1. The FBI doing something about the credible report they received about this kid could have prevented it.  Here's a story about that.  CBS has chosen to name the shooter, and I wish they hadn't done that (see below).  However, I will link the story to make the case.
2. Anybody in a position to help him choosing to do so could have prevented it.  This is an opinion shared by students who survived.  The story is here.  I think the students are correct in their assertions.  This kid showed all the signs of needing help and being dangerous without it.  We just expelled him and didn't dig any deeper.
3. A trained, armed security guard or trained, lawfully armed citizen or staff member on site and ready to respond immediately.  This is a big deal.  To stop an attack that's started, the only proven, effective method is to have an immediate, armed response.  Shooters either get shot, surrender or suicide (or a combination of these) on being confronted by someone else with a gun.  Note that some schools are already doing this.



4. Media observing the no notoriety rules (visit nonoteriety.com and people refusing to watch or click stories that fail to observe these rules.  Refuse to watch the news media reporting the shooter's name, showing anti-hero pictures of him and refuse to click links to news stories that do the same.  This is a form of boycott that tells news media that you want a change in how they cover these things.

Psychologists agree that giving these shooters notoriety encourages more people to do it to get the attention they want.  The news media largely goes along with it, demanding human sacrifice to provide that infamy.  Don't accept it.  Don't accept human sacrifice as a payment to get a shooter's name, life and manifesto out there.  You can make it stop and all you have to do is not watch and not click.  You waste no time or money.  Want to get active?  Contact media you see not observing No Notoriety rules and ask them to change.  For more, see this article.  The WSJ also published it, but have it behind a pay wall now.

Step four is the most important of all, and I am baffled by the media ignoring it.  I have a truly cynical take that I hesitated to write about, but I'll provide it for the interested.  If you have already gotten what you wanted out of this post, feel free to stop here.

A deeply cynical thought


I think some media and personalities (like Jimmy Kimmel, for instance), feel keenly that we have to do something and don't realize the solution they are proposing isn't effective.  For more on that assertion, see below.

I fear that some media and personalities aren't quite so earnest.  It falls under the "You can't be cynical enough about politicians or the media," guideline.  Why the knee-jerk gun control response by the media following school shootings?  There are a couple of reasons.  If you can blame an inanimate object, you don't have to blame a troubled shooter, the people who should have helped him but didn't, and a media that glorifies these events for profit. 

The media knows that gun control won't solve the problem (see below), but they don't want a solution.  They want to sell more commercials.  They are willing to exchange human blood for profit.  As I said, deeply cynical.  I hope that the people who truly feel this way are few and far between.  But how can I not think it when we see them continuing to do things that will generate more mass shootings?

Can gun control help?


Is gun control effective in stopping these events?  Europe suggests not.  If I thought it would work, I might even compromise my "freedom is more important than safety" position. 

The most deadly shooting of deliberately-targeted school-aged children happened in Norway, where there is strict gun control.  Here's the New York Times story on that.

France's strict gun control has not saved lives:  France had more casualties from mass public shootings in 2015 than the US suffered during Obama’s entire presidency (532 to 527)  Note that figures are not adjusted for population, these are raw numbers, and France is smaller than the U.S.  That means that adjusted per capita, their mass public shooting casualties are sickeningly higher than ours. 

The truth is, we need more lawfully-armed folks willing to protect the innocent.  We need people willing to stand up and fight evil, and we need to arm them and put them in our schools to protect our most precious resource:  our children.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Thanks for making that point


Note that illegal items are still illegal on the black market, but thanks for making that point so effectively.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

A Leftist, pacifist hippy makes a case better than I have

If you search this blog for nuclear energy, you'll see that I am a fan.  I think it's the least bad solution to growing need for energy worldwide.  That is, of all the power generation we have developed so far, nuclear is the safest, most containable and least polluting of any we have.

Despite years of research and reading, I've never made the case as well as this fellow.  If you have any interest, give it 20 minutes of your time. 


Monday, February 12, 2018

Goodbye, San Francisco Bay Area

Here's a story about people fleeing the San Francisco Bay Area and California.  California is losing population in State-to-State moves, but more than making up for it with illegal immigration.  Of course, that's a losing equation.  Established, hard-working people are required to run California's massive welfare state, so losing people and families who are doing the heavy lifting will make California's system unworkable in time, and the other 49 states may object to a Federal bailout of the State's terrible policies.

San Francisco Bay Area Experiences Mass Exodus Of Residents
[Carole] Dabak cites crowding, crime and politics as the reasons for her own exodus.

“We don’t like it here anymore. You know, we don’t like this sanctuary state status and just the politics here,” she said.
For those leaving, here's an important tip:  If you don't like it here, don't vote for the same policies in your location.  Maybe you weren't part of the problem, but if you voted for the party in power and the policies they favor, maybe you need to rethink your choices given that the outcome made you flee the State.  In a related thought, dear immigrants, you fled your countries of origin for a reason.  Please don't make the U.S. into what you left.

For those staying in California, it's time to rethink your votes.  What has been done in California isn't working.  The only reason it has for years is that many very lucrative businesses that paid for the policy mistakes of this State needed to stay in California to do what they do.  In a world of instant global communications, that simply isn't necessary any longer.  New Silicon Valleys are springing up in less taxed and regulated states and will continue to do so.

It's time for a voluntary change in California before bankruptcy forces one.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Armed Citizen

Cristy Vasilakos got into a heated argument with her boyfriend early one morning prior to kicking him out just before 6 am. He returned soon thereafter, however, and demanded to be let in. He broke several windows and banged on the front door. The fight moved outside to the sidewalk where the couple continued to argue. The noise woke neighbors, including Vickie Rock, who was staying at her boyfriend’s apartment upstairs. Rock, 50, went outside and tried to intercede when she saw Vasilakos’ boyfriend beating her with a metal object. When he turned on her, Rock pulled out her .45-cal. handgun and fired. He staggered away and was later found dead in a nearby parking lot. (Tampa Bay Times, Riverview, FL, 08/17/2013) 

Heather Thompson, 22, had a restraining order against her former boyfriend when he entered her home with a knife and began stabbing her. Michael White, 24, Thompson’s current boyfriend, witnessed the attack and tired his rifle twice.The ex-boyfriend was taken to the hospital, but later died of his injuries. Thompson, who is pregnant, was taken to the hospital as well and treated for multiple stab wounds. She is expected to recover. There were two children in the home at the time of the attack, but no other injuries were reported. (The Post Star, Danby, VT, 06/18/2013) 

After a day’s work at First National Bank, a woman found herself at gunpoint in her own home. Her husband was being held by the two intruders as well. The assailants abducted the couple and forced them to drive back to the bank and take an undisclosed amount of money, then ordered them to continue driving. It was then that the husband grabbed a gun kept in the vehicle and fired at the suspects before calling 911. Police arrived to find both suspects lying on the ground near the vehicle suffering from gunshot wounds. They were taken to the hospital where one suspect was pronounced dead. (Times Record News, Houston, TX, 08/04/2013) 

Police were dispatched to Pizza Heaven II late one evening to respond to a robbery. The owner of the pizzeria reported that he had just been robbed by two men, one of whom was armed with a rifle. The robbers demanded money from the cash register, which the owner handed over. The suspects then ordered the owner into an office where they demanded more money. Instead, the owner pulled rat his own firearm. One of the robbers was so alarmed that he fell backward and dropped his rifle. The owner then chased the two robbers from his business. Both men were later arrested and charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny and conspiracy for both counts. No one was injured in the robbery of the pizzeria. (The New Haven Register, New Haven, CT, 08/20/2013)   [Editor's note:  I love the stories where the problem is solved with the simple presentation of a firearm and the bad guys get to spend time in prison for their crimes.  No injuries is the best outcome to this sort of confrontation.]

Shortly before midnight, three men entered Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall brandishing weapons and attempted to rob the polka bar. The owner of the business, Andy Kochanski, pulled out his own firearm and fired on the suspects, killing one. The other two robbers fled the scene, but were later arrested. "I defended myself,” said Kochanski. "I did the shooting. Two guys with guns, what are you going to do? Protect yourself and your customers, that’s what I did.” (The Huffington Post, Milwaukee, WI, 08/19/2013) 

Rodney Long, 38, an inmate who had escaped from prison, decided to hide out in the home of 71-year-old Jerome Mauderly and his wife Carolyn, 66. He broke into the home around 10:15 pm and held the couple hostage as he gathered supplies to aid in his escape. But after four hours, Jerome Mauderly decided to put up a fight and retrieved his shotgun. Mauderly fired a single shot before a 911 call was made shortly after 2 am. Police arrived to find Long lying face down in the kitchen of the Mauderlys’ home with a fatal gunshot wound, putting an end to the manhunt. Long was serving time on a burglary charge and was suspected of shooting a sheriff’s deputy after his escape from prison. The Mauderlys sustained no injuries (The Huffington Post, Bedford, IA, 08/21/2013) [This story illustrates a simple truth about firearms.  They make the elderly equal to the young and strong.  Swords didn't do that.  Bows didn't do that.  Only firearms have allowed the traditionally weak and defenseless to protect themselves against younger, stronger and more desperate people.]

John Hunt was outside washing his car with his two sons around 7 pm. when they were approached by two armed men. One of the men put his gun to the neck of Hunt’s son, Marcus, and said. "You know what time it is." Marcus ran into a nearby yard and the suspect followed him, taking a necklace and a large amount of cash. He then fired a shot at Marcus. Meanwhile, Hunt had gone inside and retrieved his 9 mm handgun. Hunt quickly returned to the scene and fired at both suspects, striking one in the chest and the other in the thigh. After being treated, both men were arrested and are now facing charges of first-degree robbery. (The Buffalo News, Buffalo. NY. 07/30/2013)  [Hey, NY?  How about charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon?  Maybe those charges are forthcoming, but for a state that hates guns, "first-degree robbery" seems a bit light when a suspect fired at a victim complying with demands.  That fellow should only ever see daylight again with bars obstructing the view.]
 
Want even more stories?
Breitbart is providing 2nd Amendment stories. (Despite what Steve Bannon did to Breitbart, the 2nd amendment stories are still good).
The Blaze is providing 2nd Amendment stories.
Visit The Armed Citizen blog for older stories (the blog seems abandoned).

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work
A great personal account:  My Transformation From Anti-Gun Feminist To Armed Feminist
Knife Control?!
Protecting Children through Gun Control?
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy
A Contrast to VA Tech

Thoughts on publicized shootings: Shootings early in 2009, Alabama Shootings, Finland School Shooting. Remember: The only proven method to mitigate the disaster of a rogue criminal shooter is to have more first responders, e.g. CCW permit holders lawfully armed and on scene. These criminals do not respect "gun free" zones, but simply view them as target-rich opposition-free areas in which to slaughter innocents.

CCW Holders are an especially lawful group.

Carrying a firearm is an inherently civilized act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?
Firing a gun at another human being will never make your life better.  This is always true.  Police officers I've spoken with agree:  use of lethal force (even on the job) never makes things better.  It may save your life, and that is why self-defense is a right.  The loss of any human life is regrettable.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

What SpaceX has done

This past week SpaceX did a test on its new Falcon Heavy rocket.  It is insanely cool.  They've done something incredible beyond simply sending a car past Mars into the asteroid belt (eventually).  For those who missed it, the most impressive part is probably the landing of the two boosters.  The guidance software appears to be flawless.


If you have a half hour to watch SpaceX's full version, here that is:


SpaceX is doing something truly magnificent.  They are bringing back the wonder and excitement of space exploration.

When I was young, the space shuttle program was new.  We read about it in class in the Weekly Reader.  It was exciting.  We were doing new things, we were learning new things and we were developing new materials and technology.  Critics of spending money on space exploration (and their arguments have merit) got to see new, useful things come out of research efforts that allowed us to get a clearer picture of our universe.

Over time, perhaps to maintain relevance and funding, NASA seems to have become a propaganda arm of the global warming movement.  They keep declaring each month the hottest on record, and then often go back and revise the finding later (but the initial headline is what people remember, not the correction).  To be fair, sometimes it really is the hottest month on record, but the overall effect has been to undermine the credibility of NASA research, at least among those of us actually paying attention.

SpaceX isn't a propaganda arm of anything except maybe Elon Musk.  What the space shuttle program got wrong, SpaceX is getting right.  SpaceX is lifting things into orbit (and eventually beyond) much less expensively and safely than NASA has.  It turns out, private industry trying to make a profit has to be efficient and avoid liability. 

All in all, SpaceX is proving something I have suspected for a long time.  There is nearly nothing private industry (yes, even with a few subsidies) can't do better than government bureaucracy.  For students of bureaucracy, that should come as no surprise.

For me, the biggest impact is still the excitement.  My child watch that landing the same way I watched shuttle take offs and landings, awed by how cool it was.  At the end, we all cheered.  Thanks for bringing back the magic, SpaceX.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Armed Citizen

Early one morning in March, a family in Fresno, California noticed a man carrying a soda bottle and pouring liquid outside the perimeter of their home.The homeowner grabbed his firearm and went outside to investigate. When he confronted the intruder, the stranger attempted to set the homeowner on fire by tossing what turned out to be gasoline from the bottle onto the armed citizen and flicking a lighter at him.The resident fired a shot at the assailant, who grabbed a board as a weapon.The homeowner fired a second shot, after which the troublemaker dropped the board and acquiesced to the resident, who held the man at gunpoint until police arrived. The suspect was arrested and charged with attempted arson, assault with a deadly weapon and trespassing. Apparently, this was not the first time that the mischief-maker had allegedly damaged the home; two previous incidents in February were what prompted the citizen to buy a gun for protection. (Fresnobee.com, Fresno, CA, 03/01/2017) 

In Indiana, a state conservation officer owes his life to an armed citizen. After receiving a call about a suspicious person, the officer approached a vehicle parked on the roadside. The vehicle's owner began to resist and fight the officer as he tried to arrest the loiterer. Noticing the disturbance, a nearby resident came to the officer's aid. She fired one shot, and hit the assailant in the torso. The officer, who suffered assault injuries, and the attacker were taken to the hospital, where the bad guy later died. The woman will not be charged. (The Enquirer, Rising Sun, IN, 02/22/2017)

Two people were sitting in a car in Venice, Illinois one morning after a Vietnam veteran had driven his friend home. Two thugs approached, one of whom pulled a gun in an attempted robbery. The veteran drew his own firearm and fired at both men, killing one. "Not only did he save himself, his friend and protect everyone around them, he may have saved another individual’s life if these people had continued to do this,” said Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons. (Belleville News-Democrat, Venice, IL, 02/04/20l7) 

A lover’s spat could have turned lethal if not for the efforts of an armed citizen. The ex-boyfriend of an employee came into the 39-year old’s workplace and began to harass the woman. The offender punched the woman several times before throwing her to the ground. A customer saw the commotion and helped. His intervention made the woman’s ex angry, and he attacked the armed citizen, trying to grab the man’s gun. The good Samaritan fired twice at the suspect, who was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. (Holland Sentinel, Holland, MI, 02/24/2017) 

A store manager got the drop on two alleged criminals in Dublin, Georgia. While the manager was going to his vehicle to retrieve something, two men in their early 20's approached from behind. Brandishing a gun, one of the men demanded that the manager give over his valuables and made him sit in the car. The armed citizen played along before retrieving a revolver and firing three shots in their direction, hitting one while the other ran away. Both men were eventually caught and charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault. (The Courier Herald, Dublin, 6a., 2/7/17) 

Sometimes, a warning is enough to deter a criminal attack. A taxi driver in Gates, New York used that tactic to defend against an irate passenger. After picking up a female passenger, the driver took the woman to four different locations before realizing the individual would not be able to pay. The driver threatened to call 911 when he noticed she had a weapon in her hands. "She had the ice pick and was coming toward me, so I started backing up and she kept coming," the driver told media. The woman attacked the car, damaging it, then came toward him. The driver warned her to stay away before drawing his concealed firearm. The woman paused and the driver hopped into his vehicle and drove away. The alleged assailant was later caught and charged by the police. ( l 3WHAM.com, Gates, N.Y., 01/09/2017) 

I would do whatever it takes to protect my business, my family and my customers,” said one store owner who did just that against two armed men. The small-business owner was working one night when two men with bandanas over their faces entered the shop, flashing firearms and demanding money. The store owner, who had seen their approach on the security camera, responded by pulling out his own pistol. He refused to hand over his money and instead fired two shots in their direction, causing both intruders to flee. (Yakima Herald-Republic, Yakima, WA, 02/22/2017)

Want even more stories?
Breitbart is providing 2nd Amendment stories. (Despite what Steve Bannon did to Breitbart, the 2nd amendment stories are still good).
The Blaze is providing 2nd Amendment stories.
Visit The Armed Citizen blog for older stories (the blog seems abandoned).

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work
A great personal account:  My Transformation From Anti-Gun Feminist To Armed Feminist
Knife Control?!
Protecting Children through Gun Control?
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy
A Contrast to VA Tech

Thoughts on publicized shootings: Shootings early in 2009, Alabama Shootings, Finland School Shooting. Remember: The only proven method to mitigate the disaster of a rogue criminal shooter is to have more first responders, e.g. CCW permit holders lawfully armed and on scene. These criminals do not respect "gun free" zones, but simply view them as target-rich opposition-free areas in which to slaughter innocents.

CCW Holders are an especially lawful group.

Carrying a firearm is an inherently civilized act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?
Firing a gun at another human being will never make your life better.  This is always true.  Police officers I've spoken with agree:  use of lethal force (even on the job) never makes things better.  It may save your life, and that is why self-defense is a right.  The loss of any human life is regrettable.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Trump has shocked me

Some time ago, I wrote about why President Trump has the potential to be the greatest U.S. president in living memory.  Don't misunderstand:  that was hard for me to write.  I do not like President Trump personally.  I did not vote for him.  I think he governs from a place of emotion without regard for consequence and I really wish someone would take his Twitter account, especially while Fox and Friends is airing.  However, he's doing really well with regard to policies.  I will have something to say about his tone and commentary after discussing the successes, so skip down if you don't care or are already aware of what's been accomplished.

President Trump has had a very successful first year, and you wouldn't know that by watching or listening to most of the media.  His policies, including the appointment of many solid, conservative/libertarian judges (not just Gorsuch, but many other justices in various courts, including eight new federal appeals court judges and four new U.S. District Court judges, more than those of the previous four presidents in their first years in office).

My company, along with many economic experts, had forecast an economic slowing in 2017.  It didn't materialize, and the economy is in good health by all accounts.  A Hill opinion column includes:
Some may argue that Trump is riding the economic wave of his predecessor: that’s not true because Trump’s strong governing style and firm hand overseas is helping Americans make income. The stock market is reaching an all-time high that is increasing the value of pension funds and investor’s wealth.

Since Trump became president, the stock market is at all-time record levels. The Dow has set record highs 70 times this year, rising 5,000 points in a year for the first time in history. Congress has passed a tax overhaul which cuts the corporate rate to 21 percent, has excited business owners and fueled stock market records. In addition, the US gross domestic product has grown by more than three percent for two quarters in a row. In October, consumer confidence rose to the highest level in 17 years.
Any expert will tell you that the Dow isn't a great indicator of overall market success and health, but other key indicators support what the Dow has been doing.  The economy is healthy and it doesn't appear to just be a bubble.

The cut to corporate tax rates makes the U.S. more competitive than we've been in many years and will also help all consumers.  Corporations may write checks to the treasury department, but they do not pay taxes.  Any tax is passed on to consumers in a price increase on the goods or services offered.  While the tax cut will probably not result in lower prices, it will prevent hikes to deal with increasing tax burden.  The surplus is being reinvested and given to employees and stockholders as bonuses and dividends.  In a huge announcement, Apple is taking advantage of the extra low tax rate for repatriation of money to the U.S. and top executive Tim Cook answered that they are bringing home more than planned because of the tax break, but declined to provide specifics about how much was already planned and how much was due to the tax break.  Still, the fact is more money is coming home.  Money invested in the U.S. economy by companies that know how to make and use money will mean more jobs and a more solid market.

ISIS is nearly gone.  Also from the above-linked column from The Hill:
Trump crushed ISIS, or Daesh. The Trump administration upped the operational tempo of the campaign against these terrorists by increasing the use of military power to defeat Daesh. Trump’s decision to give field commanders more decision-making authority quickened the pace of the campaign against Raqqa and other Daesh-held Levantine cities.

Trump said that the military has “knocked the hell” out of the ISIS, adding that the battlefield success is based on his decision to give commanders more latitude in fighting the terror group. American military power led the way thru Operation Inherent Resolve and working with other countries, including Russia, to stomp ISIS in to the ground.

Trump’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the fall of ISIS was accelerated by “critical decisions” made by President Trump. Tillerson said: “In January, ISIS was actively plotting terrorist attacks against our allies and our homeland in Raqqa. Nine short months later, it is out of ISIS’s control due to critical decisions President Trump made to accelerate the campaign.” Clearly, the facts on the ground and Tillerson’s positive observations show Trump’s decision-making were correct. 
Remember what a huge problem ISIS was?  How frightening the cancer-like spread of their control in the Middle East was?  President Trump returned decision-making to the military.  The military, it turns out, knows how to destroy an enemy once politicians step out of its way.  Note that we haven't had an uptick in war crimes committed by our troops with military leaders calling the shots.  They're just getting the job done.

Finally, we're on a more solid path to energy independence than we've ever been.  That's tremendous.  It may eventually allow us to walk away from the Middle East entirely and let them sort out their own problems.

I can say I'm enthusiastic about the Administration's policies.  I'm not as happy with President Trump himself.  His crass, uninformed (other politicians have to correct his misstatements on Twitter and in meetings constantly) and childish emotional outbursts make the U.S. look ridiculous at home and abroad.  My big fear is that good, sound policies that make the country healthier will be tarnished and associated with this man-child's antics.  I think he is committed to governing from a conservative perspective, but much like the list of conservative judges he's using, the actual policies come from people who actually understand what they're doing and aren't just live tweeting responses to Fox and Friends.  He has vague ideas that are being more capably implemented by others who are more capable. 

It could be argued that that is what the president does:  he sets overarching policy and lets others implement the details.  While that is fine, I'd really prefer a president who could get these things done without sounding like a petulant teenager with an anonymous Twitter account.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Armed Citizen

A driver passing through Tonopah, Arizona saved a state trooper's life after a harrowing incident.  Just before sunrise, the trooper had stopped to investigate an accident. After discovering a flipped vehicle, the officer went to set out flares to warn other motorists.  The driver of the overturned car opened fire on the officer and struck him, prompting the officer to attempt to subdue the man. A passing motorist and concealed-carry holder saw the attack and stopped, asking the officer if he needed help.  After the officer said,”yes,” the armed citizen went to his vehicle and retrieved his firearm, warning the trooper’s attacker to stop. The man did not, so the good Samaritan shot him once, wounding him. While the passerby was tending to the trooper’s injuries, the assailant attacked a second time. The armed citizen shot the man again, this time killing him. Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Capt. Damon Cecil said the motorist saved the trooper's life. (The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, AZ., 1/17/2017)

Two Montana miscreants were no match for an armed homeowner during an attempted burglary. Although the intruders targeted an empty cabin in Wolf Creek, Montana, the residents came back while the bad guys were ransacking the home. The couple thought something might be amiss when they spotted an unfamiliar SUV parked outside their cabin. As the couple approached the abode, the two burglars exited the cabin and accosted the homeowners. One of the two assailants pulled a firearm and attempted to shoot it, but the gun misfired.While he attempted to chamber another round, his accomplice approached the homeowner in a threatening manner with a firearm, but the armed citizen drew his concealed handgun and shot the approaching scoundrel in the leg. The residents were unharmed, and police later arrested the two suspects. (Independent Record, Helena, MT, 12/30/2016) 

Uber has a policy barring firearms, but a Florida driver and his fare are alive today because the driver didn’t follow the rules. The ride-sharing employee was taking a client to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood international Airport when a minivan suddenly cut him off in traffic on a busy street.  A man then exited the driver’s side of the van with two handguns drawn and attempted to rob those in the car.  Instead of getting any money, the gunman got shot. The Uber driver drew his concealed firearm and exchanged fire with the assailant. The attacker, who was shot multiple times, died on the scene, and his accomplice drove the van away. (Miami Herald, Miami, FL., 12/19/2017) 

WouId-be thieves picked the wrong victim when they targeted a gun store for a robbery in Mableton, Georgia. The owner was minding the shop when two armed thugs burst through the doors in broad daylight and held the man at gunpoint. One of the robbers shouted at him, ”Get down on the floor or I’ll kill you,” the merchant recalled, adding that they then shot at him. With his life and the lives of his employee and two customers in danger, the business owner pulled out a firearm and fatally shot one of the robbers.  He then fired at the second man, who fled the store.  Authorities said the business owner lawfully acted in self-defense. (11alive.com, Atlanta, GA, 01/10/2017) [Editors note:  At every gun store and range I've ever been to the employees were visibly armed.  I can not imagine what a robber is thinking trying to commit a crime in a gun store.]

Paternal love knows no bounds.  Even after being shot twice himself, a Frankford, Pennsylvania father of four defended his family during a home invasion. After hearing a knock on the door to his home late one night, the homeowner answered only to have the person on the porch force his way inside. The resident’s wife barricaded herself and the couple’s four daughters in an upstairs room during the altercation. The intruder shot, hitting the victim twice, but the armed citizen retrieved a firearm and fired back, with the bullet fatally striking his attacker in the head. The robber was declared dead at the scene. The injured protector was taken to the hospital where he was listed in serious condition. (The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA, 01/4/2017) 

Attackers come in all forms, both human and animal. A 17-year-old boy in Lignum,Virginia was at home looking after his nieces and nephews when he heard noises outside that alarmed him. Concerned for the safety of the children in his care, the boy grabbed his rifle and went to investigate. He saw what turned out to be a 545-pound feral boar tearing up the front yard.The boar saw the boy and charged at him.The boy fired in response.  "When he came up to me the way he did, I had no choice but to shoot him,” the teen told local media.  (Richmond.com, Richmond, VA, 01/27/2017)

Want even more stories?
Breitbart is providing 2nd Amendment stories. (Despite what Steve Bannon did to Breitbart, the 2nd amendment stories are still good).
The Blaze is providing 2nd Amendment stories.
Visit The Armed Citizen blog for older stories (the blog seems abandoned).

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work
A great personal account:  My Transformation From Anti-Gun Feminist To Armed Feminist
Knife Control?!
Protecting Children through Gun Control?
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy
A Contrast to VA Tech

Thoughts on publicized shootings: Shootings early in 2009, Alabama Shootings, Finland School Shooting. Remember: The only proven method to mitigate the disaster of a rogue criminal shooter is to have more first responders, e.g. CCW permit holders lawfully armed and on scene. These criminals do not respect "gun free" zones, but simply view them as target-rich opposition-free areas in which to slaughter innocents.

CCW Holders are an especially lawful group.

Carrying a firearm is an inherently civilized act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?
Firing a gun at another human being will never make your life better.  This is always true.  Police officers I've spoken with agree:  use of lethal force (even on the job) never makes things better.  It may save your life, and that is why self-defense is a right.  The loss of any human life is regrettable.