Saturday, January 13, 2018

Are there Craphole Countriies?

There's a lot of fake outrage over the president calling Haiti and some African countries "craphole* countries."  Most of it is coming from people who routinely call conservative portions of the U.S., including the midwest "flyover" states "crapholes."

The fact that "craphole" is used by conservatives and liberals to mean "a place where I wouldn't want to live," or "a place where conditions are pretty bad," regarding Caucasian areas of the U.S.  means something simple.  It may be hateful terminology, but it isn't racist.  In fact, Haiti and the African nations indicated are not monoracial.  They're countries, not races.  So, we can drop the racist drivel right now.  Donald Trump may harbor racist sentiments, and that is unsavory.  This comment didn't overtly reflect that, however, and claiming it did is intellectually dishonest.

Speaking of intellectual honesty, let's admit something:  some countries are really crappy places to live.  It is not the fault of most of the people who live there.  It's most often a result of poor governance.  This is demonstrable in the case of the island of Hispaniola.  For those who weren't aware, there are two political states (nations) that share the island of Hispaniola.  Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the island.  The Dominican Republic does far better economically.  Part of that is geographic and a lot of it is due to governance.
In 1960 the two countries were equally impoverished. The Dominican Republic pulled ahead in part because it was luckier in its dictators. Rafael Trujillo, who ruled for 31 years until 1961, was a brute but at least encouraged the development of industry. What came after was a sham democracy, backed by the United States, but it did allow for the development of political parties. The Duvalier dynasty, which governed Haiti from 1957 to 1986, stifled enterprise, in part because it mistrusted mulattos, who dominated business.

The post-Trujillo Dominican Republic has acquired a reputation as a Caribbean powerhouse. Its economy is the largest in the region; its growth rate of 7% in the past two years has been the fastest in the Americas. “Tourism is looking bright; remittances are quite robust; foreign investment is through the roof,” says Franco Uccelli, JPMorgan’s chief economist for the country.  (Source:  The Economist)
Bad governance leads to  undesirable living conditions.  That's what we mean by "craphole."  If you don't like Republicans, you're likely to think states governed by them are crapholes.  If you don't like Democrats, you're likely to think states governed by them are crapholes.  From your perspective, you're correct.   You'd find living there a craphole situation.

Even U.S. states aren't immune to this.  In California, we've been experiencing a net outflow of domestic migrants.  The poor can't afford to live here.  Conservatives no longer want to.  Many of us are looking for a good way out, especially those of us with families who don't feel welcome because our aspirations simply don't match the goals of our state government.**

For some countries, this feeling of living in an undesirable circumstance is near universal.  Those are politely described as countries with poor living conditions.  Although vulgar, the label "craphole" fits according to the citizens of that nation.  That is why they want to leave in larger numbers than in countries where the feeling of living in undesirable conditions is not universal.  You know, places like much of Europe, Canada and the U.S.  Places where there's pretty good governance, especially compared to much of Africa, much of central and South America and Haiti or Cuba.

Here's the noncontroversial part of all this:  The president should not have said what he said.  It is incumbent upon the president to be more respectful of other nations in his phrasing, even in a "closed door" meeting.  Mr. Trump needs to shed his bombastic and often inflammatory style when discussing international matters.  Our president must be restrained and polite at least when discussing such things.

*Note that the president used a stronger form of the word "crap."  While this blog is intended for adults and will address adult topics, I would also like it to be family friendly.

**Interested in this topic?  Here are more stories on it:
Leaving California? After slowing, the trend intensifies (The Mercury News, April 24, 2017)
"...California leaders have other things on their minds that do not include accommodating the aspirations of residents who refuse to abandon suburban homes, or who are unwilling to desert their cars for the pleasures of mass transit. Until Californians demand a government that reflects their aspirations, too many people will continue to have to seek their futures elsewhere, to the detriment to those who remain behind."

16 Reasons People Are Leaving California By the Millions (Charisma News, 03/09/2017)  Note:  I was specifically looking for if religious people are leaving California, as the LDS population in the Sacramento area seems to be declining.  This is definitely an opinion piece, but it also shares some solid facts.

"I'm done": Fed up with California, some conservatives look to Texas (LA Times, 07/20/2017)
Honestly, I'm sure the majority in California (liberals) are cheering this.  They don't want conservatives and libertarians here.  The feeling is mutual.  We don't want to be here.  If I didn't have family, a good job and property in California I would leave today.  I'll still leave eventually.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Decriminalizing Marijuana

I saw an article today by Billy Hallowell titled, "Marijuana Use Isn’t Moral. Neither is Normalizing It."

Beginning much as he did, let me lay my cards on the table:  Marijuana use is a poor life choice.  Regular users tend not to get much done.  Oddly enough, South Park probably provided the most solid commentary on it I've read (I've never actually watched South Park) in popular culture:  
“Well, Stan, the truth is marijuana probably isn’t gonna make you kill people, and it most likely isn’t gonna fund terrorism, but, well son, pot makes you feel fine with being bored, and it’s when you’re bored that you should be learning some new skill or discovering some new science or being creative. If you smoke pot you may grow up to find out that you aren’t good at anything.”
Hallowell thinks we should fine people for having marijuana, but not jail anyone--he likens the solution to being like speeding.

I think he's wrong in his assumptions, particularly this one:  "Sadly, people don’t seem interested in a rational approach, specifically those who want to see the drug legalized. These activists have convinced a number of U.S. states to legalize the drug and to, in turn, send a message to kids and adults, alike, that it’s suddenly a viable substance worthy of being green-lit."

I don't use the government as my moral compass.  I'm not sure anyone is dumb enough to do that.  I don't consider alcohol or tobacco use moral, either and both of those are "green-lit" by the government.  I don't need the government's help to realize use of these substances is a poor life choice.  For example, we're just coming to understand the link between alcohol and cancer.

When medical marijuana became legal in California, I don't know anyone who decided "Hey, it's legal, I'm going to go try it on my elbow pain!"  People who had been using it illegally now had a way to use it legally.  One would be hard-pressed to find an individual old enough to buy recreational pot who wasn't already aware of what it is, what it does and whether they were interested in trying it and continuing to use it.

Much like with the prohibition of alcohol, there's an inescapable conclusion regarding the ban on marijuana:  the dangers of the drug do not merit the blood spilled or money spent enforcing it. 

What's more, legalizing marijuana takes the profit out of it, and that is good for everyone. 
The data behind the first four years of legal pot sales, with drops in retail prices and an increase in well-funded cannabis growing operations, shows a market that increasingly favors big businesses with deep pockets. As legal weed keeps expanding, pot prices are likely to continue to decline, making the odds of running a profitable small pot farm even longer.

Washington offers a cautionary tale for would-be pot producers. The state’s marijuana market, for which detailed information is available to the public, has faced consistent declines in prices, production consolidated in larger farms and a competitive marketplace that has forced cannabis processors to shell out for sophisticated technology to create brand new ways to get high.

“A lot of people (in Washington) are surprised, and a lot of people are in denial about the price dropping,” said Steven Davenport, a researcher with the RAND Corporation. “The average price per gram in Washington is about $8, and it’s not clear where the floor is going to be.”
When marijuana becomes like any other crop, cheap and plentiful, then we'll see safety benefits.  Right now in California national forests, illegal pot farms (often run by illegal immigrants sent here by drug cartels) are making it dangerous for lawful citizens to hike, camp, fish or pursue other legal recreational activities.  Teams of police trying to combat the problem can't keep up.
Growers have followed, detained, threatened, pursued, and shot at officers and civilians, including scientists and field techs. One Forest Service biologist who stumbled upon a grow site in Sequoia National Forest was chased for close to an hour by armed growers. When he briefly lost radio contact, his supervisors feared he had been captured or was dead, but he made it out safely. In a single week in the summer of 2016, two K9 dogs were stabbed while apprehending suspects at trespass grows. (Both survived and have returned to work.)

“I’m worried about my family going hiking and running across one of these, or my friends,” Hendrickson says. Gabriel looks up from counting empty bags of fertilizer. “I’ve hiked and snowmobiled through this drainage,” he says. “We’ve done spotted owl surveys here, too. There’s a nest right over there.”
As if this weren't enough, these grow operations dump tremendous amounts of chemicals into California waterways to fertilize the marijuana plants. 
“It’s a massive problem,” says Craig Thompson, a wildlife ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service. “People don’t tend to grasp the industrial scale of what’s going on. There are thousands of these sites in places the public thinks are pristine, with obscene amounts of chemicals at each one. Each one is a little environmental disaster.” Thompson also studies fishers in the Sierras, and he is one of the few scientists besides Gabriel who studies the problem firsthand. “I can stand at the intersection of two forest roads and generally know of three or four pot gardens within a quarter or half a mile.”

Gabriel and Thompson fear the poisons could spread far beyond each grow site and contaminate the water supply of towns and cities far downstream. The toxicants can leach into the soil and linger for years. Using water monitors, Gabriel has already found organophosphates—nerve agents used to make insecticides and certain types of chemical weapons—several hundred meters downhill from grow sites. “We know it’s happening, we just don’t know the extent, and we don’t know what other chemicals are involved,” he says.
The only way to stop these grow operations is to take the profit out of it--to undercut them on a massive scale.  That's what decriminalization can do. 

In short, using marijuana is a poor life choice, but maintaining a ban simply isn't worth the damaging consequences to society, especially given that people determined to use it will continue to do so no matter what its legal status.  Decriminalizing marijuana means the rest of us are a little less likely to get shot or end up with organophosphates in our drinking water.  Further, we can use the tax revenue to fund anti-marijuana education, the same as we've quite effectively done with tobacco.

Monday, January 1, 2018

You can help save recycling

This post is pretty random, but it's an important one.  You can help save recycling.

The reading I did on this subject was because a friend was lamenting that we don't recycle as much as Europe.  The video posted on her Facebook page clearly indicated we need to charge a lot more per container for the deposit. 

I disagree with this vehemently because refund deposits are just a hidden tax.  Governments in the U.S. hope you won't recycle so they can keep that money.  Also, Europe does other things differently, like putting the responsibility for container reclamation on the manufacturer.  In short, higher deposits won't help much here.  I'd like to see deposits eliminated entirely.

There's still something you can do to help, and I didn't even know about it.  I found it in a USA Today article titled "Recycling is in trouble — and it might be your fault."

The big takeway is this:  Stop putting glass in your mixed recycling.  Where there is a refund value, keep it separate and turn it in yourself.  Or throw it in the garbage.  Just don't put it in your mixed recycling.
In most American cities, the glass bottle you toss in the recycling cart is essentially worthless, and if it breaks, the shards may make the paper in a mixed cart worthless as well.

"We work hard to keep glass in the system because it is an iconic recycled item," said Keefe Harrison, CEO of the Recycling Partnership, a non-profit committed to improving recycling programs nationwide. But "it has very minimal market value because it has to compete with sand," which is the raw material glass is made from. Some municipalities have simply stopped collecting glass in their curbside recycling programs. Santa Fe overhauled its recycling program this month and said it would no longer collect glass from households. Residents are being asked to take their glass to four drop-off centers around the city.

The Elkridge facility sorts a lot of glass, Mike Taylor said, but it "doesn't add value" to the waste stream. "You can't move it long distances without paying hefty freight rates," Taylor said, so "it’s a negative-value material for us at the processing facility by the time you separate it and then try to truck it three or four or five hundred miles to get it to a market.”
You should also not put in things that your local program can't handle, but the big thing to not recycle is glass, because if it breaks, it destroys other valuable recycling including the cardboard that actually has become valuable in large amounts (thanks, Amazon!).

Friday, November 24, 2017

Everyone Should Stand for the National Anthem

If you've followed this blog, you've noticed that I'm not great at brevity.  PragerU does a lot better.  I've thought all these things and said some of them.  The video does it more succinctly.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

8 rounds is not enough

In recent years, gun control advocates have worked hard to implement a new tactic:  restricting magazine sizes.  There's some evidence that this could help when a shooter goes on a rampage, but the effect is negated if the shooter practices magazine changes.

What restricting the number of rounds a lawful citizen can have in the magazine really does is handicaps someone who is firing in defense of his or her life.  If you don't believe me, read this story:

Why one cop carries 145 rounds of ammo on the job

Most of us won't need 145 rounds of ammunition in a self-defense situation, but the fact remains:  this officer, Sergeant Timothy Gramins, shot a suspect 14 times, 6 in fatal locations and he was still up, shooting and trying to kill the officer.  After that experience, Gramins always carries a lot of ammunition. 

This makes the point better than anything else I can say would.  8 rounds of ammunition isn't enough (Listen up, New York and California).  This suspect wasn't even on drugs.  He was just determined and wouldn't go down.

As a related note, the Gramins overheard the doctor making an observation often made by the underinformed:
At one point Gramins heard a doctor exclaim, “We may as well stop. Every bag of blood we give him ends up on the floor. This guy’s like Swiss cheese. Why’d that cop have to shoot him so many times!”

Gramins thought, “He just tried to kill me! Where’s that part of it?”

Well, doctor, when defending oneself against the imminent threat of death or grievous bodily injury, one keeps firing until the threat stops trying to kill you.  That's how many rounds it took for the officer to save his life.

The result of this experience was a telling one:
When Gramins was released from the hospital, “I walked out of there a different person,” he said.

“Being in a shooting changes you. Killing someone changes you even more.” As a devout Catholic, some of his changes involved a deepening spirituality and philosophical reflections, he said without elaborating.

At least one alteration was emphatically practical.

Before the shooting, Gramins routinely carried 47 rounds of handgun ammo on his person, including two extra magazines for his Glock 21 and 10 rounds loaded in a backup gun attached to his vest, a 9 mm Glock 26.

Now unfailingly he goes to work carrying 145 handgun rounds, all 9 mm. These include three extra 17-round magazines for his primary sidearm (currently a Glock 17), plus two 33-round mags tucked in his vest, as well as the backup gun. Besides all that, he’s got 90 rounds for the AR-15 that now rides in a rack up front.


Gramins shook his head and said “Preparation.”
Good for you, Sergeant Timothy Gramins.  Loss of life is always regrettable, but if a bad guy is determined to kill a good guy, I'd prefer the good guy be prepared to win.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

What to do in a terrible situation

This is an awful story that may help others avoid similar injury. 
Tiffany Phommathep was shot by 44-year-old Kevin Neal Tuesday morning while she was dropping her children off at school. Phommathep threw her body on her 10-year-old son who was sitting in the passenger seat.

Phommathep thought she was going to die as she frantically drove around asking people for help. She was bleeding and losing consciousness.
The story is available here.  Its focus is how 4 different people chose not to help Tiffany.  That's bad.  She is probably right in her assumption that they were simply afraid.  I'm glad she's recovering.

I have no criticism of Tiffany.  She responded in a crisis and protected her children. 

With a little planning ahead, any of us might escape uninjured from this situation.

There's a simple thing you can do if anyone draws or fires a weapon near your car.  Drive.  If you're boxed in, there's little you can do, but if you're not, just drive.  Hitting a moving target with a handgun is very difficult.  Hitting a swerving, speeding car with a handgun beyond point blank range is next to impossible, despite how large cars are.  The chances of injuring someone inside a rapidly fleeing vehicle are slim.

If you're determined to help rather than escape, a car is a far better weapon than a handgun for killing people.  Here's an example:
A man shot and killed a cook Saturday morning at a well-known Ashland lodge, an apparent random attack that ended with the suspect firing shots at Interstate 5 traffic before a pickup hit and killed him.

The suspect connected to the homicide was killed when he was run over by a pickup while firing shots at vehicles on Interstate 5, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. A man in an older model maroon Subaru Legacy stopped on I-5, got out of the vehicle and began firing at other vehicles in the southbound lane near milepost 1, just north of the Oregon-California border, officials said. He was subsequently struck and killed by a gray pickup truck.

The suspect parked his car diagonally along the freeway, exited and shot at oncoming cars, sheriff's officials said. The man was run over by a car he shot at shortly before 7 a.m. The driver called 911 and reported he had hit a man who was firing at his car, officials said. 
The full story is here.  Justifiable vehicular homicide probably isn't for most of us, but you should have a plan to avoid injury in any likely circumstance.  We take our safety for granted in the U.S., and while shootings are statistically quite rare, a little planning might save your life.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Al Franken should be fired today

Since allegations against Harvey Weinstein brought his career to a halt, there seems to be no end to the allegations against powerful people.

One of them isn't an allegation.  It's a fact, and it should be acted on right now.  Al Franken should be fired, and the political Left should be howling for his ejection from the senate.

Leeann Tweeden has photographic evidence that Al Franken sexually assaulted her.  We all do.  You can simply google it.  I won't repost the picture here.  A sleeping woman can't consent to intimate contact.  No one on the Left, the people who brought us "Affirmative Consent" can possibly think that what Al Franken did is anything but a crime. 

Whether he ever works as a comedian again is up to the entertainment industry, but he can't work in the U.S. Senate. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

A researcher abandons the gun control lie

I was deeply impressed by a recent article:  I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise.

It made the rounds on social media for an important reason.  When it comes to the gun control debate, very few people are intellectually honest.  We're all biased, and it's hard to overcome that, but facts matter.  So, I like it when researchers, statisticians and criminologists who disagree with me publish honest findings.  Yes, for me it is confirmation bias.  It isn't for them, however, and that makes it especially meaningful.

This researcher is anti gun.  As she explains:
By the time we published our project, I didn’t believe in many of the interventions I’d heard politicians tout. I was still anti-gun, at least from the point of view of most gun owners, and I don’t want a gun in my home, as I think the risk outweighs the benefits. But I can’t endorse policies whose only selling point is that gun owners hate them. Policies that often seem as if they were drafted by people who have encountered guns only as a figure in a briefing book or an image on the news.   [Emphasis mine]
What about her project convinced her of this?  I recommend reading her article.  It's brief and pithy.  The really short version is:
I researched the strictly tightened gun laws in Britain and Australia and concluded that they didn’t prove much about what America’s policy should be. Neither nation experienced drops in mass shootings or other gun related-crime that could be attributed to their buybacks and bans. Mass shootings were too rare in Australia for their absence after the buyback program to be clear evidence of progress. And in both Australia and Britain, the gun restrictions had an ambiguous effect on other gun-related crimes or deaths.
Britain and Australia share a lot in common with the U.S., so studying them is logical.

What about suppressors? 

As for silencers — they deserve that name only in movies, where they reduce gunfire to a soft puick puick. In real life, silencers limit hearing damage for shooters but don’t make gunfire dangerously quiet. An AR-15 with a silencer is about as loud as a jackhammer. Magazine limits were a little more promising, but a practiced shooter could still change magazines so fast as to make the limit meaningless.

For those who wish to end gun violence (and I'd love to end all violence regardless of the tool used), there is hope.  It just doesn't lie in broad gun control measures.
Instead, I found the most hope in more narrowly tailored interventions. Potential suicide victims, women menaced by their abusive partners and kids swept up in street vendettas are all in danger from guns, but they each require different protections.

Older men, who make up the largest share of gun suicides, need better access to people who could care for them and get them help. Women endangered by specific men need to be prioritized by police, who can enforce restraining orders prohibiting these men from buying and owning guns. Younger men at risk of violence need to be identified before they take a life or lose theirs and to be connected to mentors who can help them de-escalate conflicts.

Even the most data-driven practices, such as New Orleans’ plan to identify gang members for intervention based on previous arrests and weapons seizures, wind up more personal than most policies floated. The young men at risk can be identified by an algorithm, but they have to be disarmed one by one, personally — not en masse as though they were all interchangeable. A reduction in gun deaths is most likely to come from finding smaller chances for victories and expanding those solutions as much as possible. We save lives by focusing on a range of tactics to protect the different kinds of potential victims and reforming potential killers, not from sweeping bans focused on the guns themselves.
This is what many firearms enthusiasts have been saying we should do all along.  The tool isn't the problem.  If we don't address the problems, we will never solve them.

Religious Freedom

There's a disagreement in US society about conflicting rights.  Some people don't believe that others should believe what they do, and they're willing to ask the government to pass laws to try to force a change.  That's not a great idea.  This video outlines what religious freedom is, and a bit about why it matters.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Armed Citizen

For every mass shooting and misuse of a firearm you hear about on the news, there are multiple incidents of lawfully armed citizens presenting and sometimes using a firearm to protect themselves and others.  Here are a few of those stories to help balance negative media coverage.

Two robbery suspects thought a pawn shop run by a 74-year-old woman would be an easy target, but Shirley Cornett proved them wrong. Two men walked into a Springdale, Ark., store in early December, pulled out handguns and started stealing property. As one of the troublemakers jumped the counter toward her husband, Cornett pulled out a .38-cal. revolver and shot the man in the arm. He fired back, and the bullet ricocheted off a pile of books and hit Cornett, but didn't break her skin. The suspects fled to a hospital in Fort Smith, about 65 miles away, where police found the wounded man and later nabbed his alleged partner in crime after a foot chase near the parking lot. Charges are pending against the men. Police reviewed surveillance video and said Cornett acted in self-defense. (, Fort Smith, Ark., 12/7/14)

A 14-year-old boy, Anthony Hernandez, protected his grandparents by shooting and killing a burglar who was breaking into the family's Charlotte, N.C., home by climbing through a window. "My grandson told him to stop and get out of here, and he didn't so my grandson shot him," Anne Marie Wyant said during a 911 call. An accomplice has been arrested and charged, and police said the shooting was justified. The Wyants made a commitment to teach their grandchildren about self-defense six years ago, after Anthony's father was shot to death while working at the auto shop he owned. "[Anthony is] his grandmother's hero," Wyant said. "If I was by myself, God knows what they [the intruder and his cohort] would have done to me." (The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, N.C., 12/18/14)

In Baton Rouge, La., a resident shot and killed a man during the daylight break-in of his home in early December. The intruder was shot while he was ransacking one of the bedrooms in a house in the Broadmoor neighborhood, a subdivision where residents don't take to crime. "This is not really a neighborhood to mess with," said Pete Dawson, who lives in the area. (The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La., 12/6/14)

Two Palmer, Alaska, burglary suspects who shot one resident of the home they were invading got what was coming to them when the apartment dweller, despite suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, fired back and injured both of the trespassers. Medics treated the 26-year-old resident and he was initially listed in serious condition after being taken to a hospital. Meanwhile, two men suffering from gunshot wounds sought medical help at a regional emergency room. They were admitted and listed in critical condition, and police are investigating whether they are linked to the burglary. (Alaska Dispatch News, Anchorage, Alaska, 12/3/14)

Cell phones, a home security system and a gun were used to allow a California homeowner to thwart a home invasion. A 53-year-old Antioch resident, whose name was not released, was working in his home office one day in December. His wife, who had left the home, received an electronic alert from the couple's home security system provider saying that the system had been breached. She then called her husband, who grabbed his gun and went downstairs to investigate. The homeowner found two intruders pawing through his belongings and, fearing for his life, fired several shots, hitting one of the suspects. A few minutes later, two people arrived at the Sutter Delta Medical Center seeking treatment for a man who had gunshot wounds. Police arrested the man and his 19-year-old female companion. No details regarding what charges would be filed against the suspects were available. (San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, Calif., 12/12/14)

Bobby Shaw, a 77-year-old Tyler, Texas, homeowner shot and killed a burglar who allegedly invaded Shaw's home. Shaw, who was in his bedroom, heard glass breaking late one December night. He grabbed a shotgun and went to investigate. Shaw spotted an intruder wielding a large tool. When the man charged, Shaw shot him. (Tyler Morning Telegraph, Tyler, Texas, 12/10/2014)

An armed robbery suspect got a surprise when the man he was robbing pulled out a gun instead of his wallet. The attempted theft occurred in Delray Beach, Fla., in early December. The man who was accosted pointed his gun at the suspect and told him to get on the ground. The suspect originally complied, but he later ran away-leaving behind his .38-cal. revolver-when the armed citizen was distracted. Police have made an arrest, and the man faces robbery and aggravated assault charges. (Sun Sentinel, Palm Beach, Fla., 12/15/14)

Want even more stories?
Breitbart is providing 2nd Amendment stories.
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?