Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Armed Citizen

Willie Lee Hill says he returned home and "butted into" a robbery in progress. Police say the suspect struck Hill several times with an unopened soda can, rendering him unconscious. He awoke minutes later. Bleeding profusely and half-blind without his glasses, he managed to reach a pistol in his bedroom as the robber returned. "He lunged toward me," Hill said. "There was only the bed between us, and I shot him and he fell face first on the bed. He didn't move." Hill says the gun saved his life. "I can handle a pistol; he said. "I know that he was going to kill me if I hadn't got him first' When police arrived, the suspect told them, "I cant feel my legs and I got what I deserved." (El Dorado News-Times, El Dorado, Ark, 07/28/2007)

A man was sitting in his vehicle while his wife shopped for groceries. To his horror, three men burst into the store with a gun, appeared to fire and began robbing customers. The man called 9-1-1, then received a call from his wife. "I just heard her saying, `There is nothing in my purse,'" he recollects. "And there was a `pow.' The phone went dead." The man, a concealed-handgun license holder, sprang from his vehicle and entered the store with his .45-caliber pistol. He hoped to avoid confronting the bandits, but police say that was not to be. One of the robbers pointed a gun at the man, and he responded by firing two shots at the suspect, injuring him as his accomplices fled. Neither the man's wife nor any others were harmed. "I was just worried about my wife," the man said, noting he took no satisfaction in shooting the suspect. "I just wanted to get her out of there." (The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, 07/05/2007)

As Carrie Carter watched in horror, one burglar began ransacking her daughter's home next door while an accomplice walked across her yard and through her front door with a club. But the 64-year-old Cleveland, Tex., woman was ready, leveling her gun and wounding the man. Both burglars were later arrested. (The Advocate, Cleveland, TX, 02/04/1986)

Tim Welby was putting tools away when he noticed his back door was suspiciously ajar. According to authorities, he found several signs of burglary and was missing a firearm. "As far as I know, there's an armed person inside my house, so I go and grab my .357 out of my nightstand," Welby explained. That's when he heard noises coming from the garage apartment where his stepson, Tristan Pierce, resides. In the apartment, he encountered a man wearing a motorcycle helmet. Thinking it might be his stepson, he called out, "Tristan?" Silence followed, until the helmeted man said, "Please, sir." When Welby knew the man wasn't Tristan, he pointed the gun at him and said, "You move, I've got a biohazard on my hands." Hearing the commotion, several neighbors came out of their homes with guns ready to help. One of them called 9-1-1 and the intruder was arrested without incident. (The Gabber, Gulfport, Fla., 07/12/2007)

Johnny Johnson awoke to the sound of a gunshot and his front door being kicked in. A security system alerted the sheriff's office while Johnson phoned his mother. She told him to avoid heroics and "stay lob" but Johnson had other plans. He snuck down the hallway with a 9 mm pistol, surprising one of the intruders and shooting him multiple times. Police nabbed the alleged burglars and their getaway driver at a hospital. "I'm in the right, because it's either me or them," Johnson said. Police agreed. (The Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., 07/12/2007)

Responding to a knock at the door, 22-year-old Carri Humphrey thought she saw another resident of the apartment building through the peephole. Police say that when she opened the door, however, two strangers forced their way in, one of them toting a .22-caliber rifle. Humphrey's roommate, 24-year-old Michelle Reeder, heard Humphrey's screams and ran to the bedroom where she retrieved a handgun. Reeder returned to the front room, where she found Humphrey being held at gunpoint. The intruder then trained the rifle on Reeder and threatened to kill her. In response, she fired several shots, striking her assailant once. The other suspect fled, but the injured intruder continued to struggle, forcing Reeder to stab him. He succumbed to his wounds at the scene as the young women fled to safety. (The Record Herald, Waynesboro, Pa., 07/02/2007)

Want even more stories? Visit The Armed Citizen blog.

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
Shopkeeper Defends Himself and Employees,
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
Armed Student Saves 10 People,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,
Crime Spree Stopped with the Simple Presentation of a Firearm.

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work
Scotland holds a Summit on their Failed Gun Policies, Chicago's gun ban continues to fail
Real Women's Rights (This one includes one of my favorite personal accounts)
Opposition to CA AB 2062
Knife Control?!
Protecting Children through Gun Control?
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy
A Contrast to VA Tech

Thoughts just prior to the release of DC v. Heller, with one of the best appellate court quotations ever.

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.

Carrying a firearm is an inherently civilized act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?

Sunday, March 24, 2013

What works

In the news today is a piece that shouldn't shock me, but still does.  Jim Carrey to release song for "heartless motherf***ers unwilling to bend for safety of our kids."

I posted previously my real fear:  If we implement gun control policies which we already know don't work and gain therefrom a false sense of security, [Sandy Hook] will happen again.

If strict gun control would protect our children, I might give it real consideration, despite my firm stance that freedom comes with risk.  The problem is that strict gun control doesn't work.  Chicago proves it.  DC proves it.  Finland proves it.  Germany proves it.   

So what do we do?  We should do what works to protect the people we want to protect.  What I propose is indicated by a quotation I've come to love because it addresses so much of the gun debate clearly and concisely.  "The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles." -Jeff Cooper, "The Art of the Rifle"

How do we protect the president?  With lots of defensive measures that ultimately he can't always rely on, so his last line of defense is a lot of good guys with guns.  How do we protect the president's children (and every other child at their school)?  We protect them with lots of good guys with guns.   How do we protect our nation from other nations that would take our freedoms?  With lots of good guys with guns.  How do we protect society from nasty bad criminals?  With laws and punishments enforced against criminals who don't care by lots of good guys with guns.  How do we protect our society from tyrannical government?  According to the 2nd Amendment, with lots of good guys with guns.

You may have noticed a trend.  Everything worth defending we ultimately defend with lots of good guys with guns, from our leaders to our freedom to our property.  Why would it be any different with our children?  You can't stop criminals with laws.  You can't stop mass murderers with gun free zones (which actually make their disgusting, insane acts easier).  You can stop them with lots of good guys with guns.

Guns aren't evil.  Lawful gun owners aren't evil or heartless.  We recognize what works, and we're willing to defend it all with our lives and lots of guns.

The Armed Citizen

Police say two or three men who broke into a home looking for drugs messed up big time."The victims had never seen them before. They probably picked the wrong house," explained Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Charles Jurcak. "[The suspects] entered the location, confronted the husband and demanded to know where the pot was!' When the couple said they didn't know anything about marijuana, the frustrated intruders began to beat them. While they focused on the husband, the wife went to the bedroom to retrieve a firearm. On her way back, she was confronted in the hallway by one of the intruders and shot him several times. The suspects fled, but the injured intruder was found lying nearby and arrested. (Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Ontario, CA, 06/15/2007)

Leroy Hudson was asleep upstairs while his wife, Janice, slept down-stairs. Both awoke with alarm to loud, suspicious noises coming from their enclosed back porch. Leroy got a firearm while Janice called 9-1-1 to report an intruder. Leroy, 71, opened the door and encountered a man in his mid-20s. He demanded to know what the intruder was doing in hopes of getting him to leave. But the man refused to speak, instead moving toward Hudson, who fired a single shot, incapacitating him. (The Oregonian, Portland, OR, 06/30/2007)

A pastor and a 17-year-old boy were guarding their church's fireworks stand late at night when a group of suspicious juveniles approached. According to police, the suspects tried to enter the stand and concocted a phony story when confronted. They returned thirty minutes later. This time, two or three suspects attempted to distract the pastor while the others went around and again tried to sneak inside the stand."When the 17-year-old confronted them, they began assaulting him" said Muskogee, OK, Deputy Police Chief Johnny Teehee. "The boy was screaming for help .... " The pastor answered his cries, shooting one of the assailants, who will be arrested after his release from the hospital. Four other juveniles were also arrested. The 17-year-old was treated at the hospital and released. (Tulsa World, Tulsa, OK, 06/26/2007)

Three armed men allegedly barged through the unlocked front door of a home occupied by five men and one woman, most of them students. Police say the residents fled in multiple directions as the suspects raided the home. One of the victims grabbed a semi-automatic AK-47 and hid in a closet. He heard two shots fired somewhere in the home and the next thing he knew one of the intruders was trying to force his way into the closet with a handgun. The victim fired three rounds, killing the gunman. "He did everything possible to avoid a physical confrontation. The last thing he wanted to do was kill somebody," said Orlando Deputy Sheriff Carlos Padilla, who didn't know why the house was targeted. "Deep down in his heart, he felt his friends were getting killed." (Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, FL, 06/22/2007)

According to police, a teenager asked a 16-year-old acquaintance if he could stay the night, claiming he was experiencing problems at home. The acquaintance agreed, presumably under the impression the teen was a friend, but this was no friendly visit. Once invited inside by the 16-year-old and his mother, the teen left the front door unlocked. During the night, two youths used the unlocked door to rush inside with a shot-gun and pistol. While they demanded money, the mother snuck into a back bedroom to phone police and a neighbor for help. The neighbor, armed with a firearm, showed up first and held the would-be robbers at gunpoint until police arrived. As police handcuffed the boys, they discovered that the teen who had been invited to stay the night also had a gun. (News Channel 5 WTVF, Nashville, TN, 06/18/2007)

Mack and Wanda Crawford were awakened about 1:40 a.m. by a thump in the night. When Mack Crawford grabbed a 9 mm handgun and went looking for the source of the noise, he encountered a masked man in his kitchen. The masked intruder demanded Crawford's prescription for OxyContin and then pulled a weapon. Crawford reported that he thought it was a gun. A struggle ensued and Crawford fired his gun several times, hitting his assailant twice in the torso. Crawford then removed the man's mask and discovered it was an acquaintance of his. The intruder was taken to the hospital where he was listed in critical condition. During their investigation, police took into evidence a straight-blade knife that Crawford said did not belong to him. (Kingsport Times-News, Kingsport, TN, 10/15/2002)

Note: Ironically, the intruder probably got his own OxyContin prescription following the incident.

Want even more stories? Visit The Armed Citizen blog.

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
Shopkeeper Defends Himself and Employees,
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
Armed Student Saves 10 People,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,
Crime Spree Stopped with the Simple Presentation of a Firearm.

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work
Scotland holds a Summit on their Failed Gun Policies, Chicago's gun ban continues to fail
Real Women's Rights (This one includes one of my favorite personal accounts)
Opposition to CA AB 2062
Knife Control?!
Protecting Children through Gun Control?
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy
A Contrast to VA Tech

Thoughts just prior to the release of DC v. Heller, with one of the best appellate court quotations ever.

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.

Carrying a firearm is an inherently civilized act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Florida firearm violence hits record low; concealed gun permits up

Florida firearm violence hits record low; concealed gun permits up
NAPLES, FL - In the so-called Gunshine State, home to the most gun permits in the country, firearm violence has fallen to the lowest point on record.

As state and national legislators consider gun control laws in the wake of last month's Connecticut school shooting, Florida finds itself in a gun violence depression. The firearm-involved violent crime rate has dropped 33 percent between 2007 and 2011, while the number of issued concealed weapons permits rose nearly 90 percent during that time, state records show.

"We're happy to have facts and statistics put into these debates, because every time they do, we win," said Sean Caranna, executive director of Florida Carry Inc., a pro-gun-rights advocacy group.
Almost enough said, but it seems more guns in responsible hands are a good thing everywhere, even in California!

California gun sales jump; gun injuries, deaths fall

I'm shocked The Sacramento Bee even reported it. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Colin Noir nails the Gun Debate


Here's a more complete and developed argument instead of clips cut together. This guy's amazing.

What are Common Core and CSCOPE, and why should you care?

If you have children in public school, you need to be aware of Common Core and CSCOPE.  Since the early Progressives like Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson tried to circumvent the Constitution and largely failed, the movement has been working hard to subvert education to expunge reverence for our founders and founding documents.  Once knowledge of rights is lost, or the public is convinced they're outdated then rights may be freely taken.

WND recently published a column that outlines the basics on these programs.  They've gone with a sensationalist title, but the important information is there.  If you're at all concerned about education, you should read it here.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Armed Citizen

Police are praising the courage of a concealed-carry permit holder who helped subdue a gunman in a deadly bank robbery. Chris Chappell was making a withdrawal when a man opened fire, killing two tellers and wounding two others. Chappell ran out of the bank and drew his gun, taking cover behind his SUV.The gunman tried to flee the bank, but encountered Chappell and ran back inside. At that time two passing sheriff's deputies noticed the disturbance and turned around to investigate. The gunman grabbed a hostage and made another attempt to escape, but he was met by Chappell and the deputies. When the gunman stumbled, one of the deputies subdued him with a gunshot."It's certainly commendable; said Jefferson County, Alabama, Sheriff's Sgt. Randy Christian. "It's obvious he played a key role in keeping the guy there until we could get there. It's a great testament to someone willing to take action." (The Birmingham News, Birmingham, AL, 05/16/2007)

Five people on a crime spree with an unloaded pistol and a baseball bat had robbed a 16-year-old of his cell phone, silver chain and wallet, and had also attempted to carjack a couple in their driveway. Later, according to police, they attempted to carjack a man at a car wash.The would-be victim, however, had a concealed-carry permit and a 9 mm handgun, which he used to shoot one of his assailants. The injured suspect's accomplices took him to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The surviving suspects face armed robbery charges. (Detroit Free Press, Detroit, MI, 05/19/2007)

Brian Smith was walking toward his apartment when two men approached him. Police say the men pretended to be lost, but became violent as Smith gave directions. One of the men pulled a revolver from his waistband, but Smith, who has a concealed-carry permit, reacted swiftly, drawing his own revolver and firing two shots. One suspect was injured and arrested at the hospital, while the other remains at large. (Kalamazoo Gazette, Kalamazoo, MI, 05/18/2007)

Upon having her ex-boyfriend charged with domestic violence and stalking, a woman began carrying a firearm for protection. According to police, her next encounter with the violent ex-boyfriend occurred at a store, where the man "threatened great bodily harm." The woman reported the threats to police, and they followed her home to be sure the man wasn't there. Officers searched inside the home, and found nothing suspicious -- but they didn't check under the porch. When police left, the ex-boyfriend burst from under the home. The woman shot at him, but she missed and fled inside. Minutes later the ex-boyfriend broke down the back door and rushed at the woman, who shot her assailant twice. He was found hiding in a nearby garage by police. (The Town Talk, Alexandria, LA, 06/01/2007)

Monroe, La., resident Mattie Ann Givens became alarmed at two men "moaning and groaning" on her porch. Retreating to her bedroom, she called police and then ducked behind a bed when she heard someone breaking in through a rear window. Seconds later, when a man entered the bedroom, Givens leaped up, pointed a revolver at him and held him at gunpoint until police arrived. (The Daily Reveille, Baton Rouge, La., 01/25/1984)

An elderly man discovered an intruder less than one-third his age burglarizing his boat. Police say the young criminal sprang at the man, stabbing him in the chest. Despite his injuries, the victim retrieved a shotgun and fired upon his assailant, causing him to flee. The victim was expected to recover from his injuries. The suspect was charged with attempted murder after he was found seeking treatment for gunshot wounds. (The Mendocino County Observer, Laytonville, CA, 04/19/2007)

California boat-builder Robert Eeg was making a deposit at his bank in Laguna Hills when a man announced an armed robbery. After the man took money and left the bank, Eeg followed him into the parking lot and from his van retrieved a pistol and ordered the crook to stop. When the robber instead charged, Eeg fired several shots, killing him. The dead man was also the prime suspect in the armed robbery of an auto rental office a few minutes before. (The Times, Los Angeles, CA, 6/11/1991)

According to police, a 36-year-old man awoke to popping noises resounding from the back of his residence. He took a .40-caliber hand-gun from his room and walked down the hallway to investigate. Detecting movement from the rear bathroom, the man opened the door and found a 16-year-old climbing through the window and another standing outside; both boys wore cotton gloves. The homeowner held both suspects at gunpoint until law enforcement arrived. Police arrested the boys on suspicion of burglary and possession of burglary tools. (The Tribune, San Luis Obispo, CA, 05/21/2007)

Want even more stories? Visit The Armed Citizen blog.

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
Shopkeeper Defends Himself and Employees,
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
Armed Student Saves 10 People,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,
Crime Spree Stopped with the Simple Presentation of a Firearm.

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work
Scotland holds a Summit on their Failed Gun Policies, Chicago's gun ban continues to fail
Real Women's Rights (This one includes one of my favorite personal accounts)
Opposition to CA AB 2062
Knife Control?!
Protecting Children through Gun Control?
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy
A Contrast to VA Tech

Thoughts just prior to the release of DC v. Heller, with one of the best appellate court quotations ever.

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.

Carrying a firearm is an inherently civilized act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Permanent Political class

Listening to Mark Steyn on Monday I connected a few thoughts.  I've always thought a permanent political class was a bad idea, but I never thought about precisely why.  I knew that governments always trend toward creating a rich, privileged political class.  The next step would seem obvious, but it never coalesced for me until I was listening to a gentleman from the U.K.  They become royalty.  By gerrymandering their districts so they can't be ousted from office, they arrange to have power for their entire lives.  They often die in office.  They've become royalty, precisely what a citizen-legislature was supposed to prevent, and why the limitations on government power were so carefully crafted in the Constitution.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tyranny for the good of its victims

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”  ― C.S. Lewis

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Armed Citizen

Cashier Theresa Stuckey sold a woman groceries, and the next thing she knew the woman was outside pleading for her life. "She was screaming, 'Help, he's trying to kill me!' She was rolling on the ground, trying to get out of the way, but he kept stabbing her" Terrified onlookers yelled at the man and honked their horns. Ignoring the crowd, the rampaging man poured gasoline on the woman and attempted to set her ablaze, but a passerby entered the scene armed with more than a car horn. According to a witness, the Good Samaritan drew a gun and, "He told the man, 'Stop, or I'm going to shoot! And if you run, I'm going to kill you"' Police say the heroic man held the suspect until they arrived; however, he left before anyone got his name. The victim was listed in good condition at the hospital. (The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., 03/05/2007)

When James Wiggins' dog began barking, he peered out a window and spotted two men approaching, clad in black ski masks, dark clothing and toting a handgun. Wiggins fled to his bedroom, retrieved his firearm and braced for an attempted invasion of his home. According to police, the masked men forced open the back door and Wiggins opened fire on them. Both suspects were taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds. (WRAL-TV5, Raleigh, N.C., 03/10/2007)

Police say two brave brothers with concealed-carry permits quashed an apparent road-rage incident. It began when a man was rear-ended and started yelling at the occupants of the other car. The argument escalated until he began shooting a gun into the air. At that point, passersby Paul and William Webber saw the man and quickly did a u-turn. The Webbers unholstered their guns, demanded the man put his hands in the air and held him for police. "If you see people doing wrong and especially putting lives at danger, said William Webber, 23, "it's pretty clear what you have to do." Memphis police Sgt. Robert Tutt called the brothers' actions, "Very responsible, very restrained" (The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn., 03/07/2007)

A concealed-carry permit holder from Florida is fortunate thanks to reciprocity laws. Police say he was walking his dog during a trip to Missouri when two men inquired about the pet. Then one of the men pulled what looked like a pistol and demanded the man's jewelry and cash. The suspect's pistol turned out to be a EE gun, but the victim had a real gun. "I definitely thought he was going to shoot me, so I pulled out my gun and started firing; he said. The suspects fled; one was apprehended. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Mo., 03/14/2007)

Something didn't add up about the two men claiming to be policemen, and Jason Daniels wouldn't answer the door. Police say Daniels' suspicions proved valid when the suspects broke into the home and tied him up. They began ransacking the home, and Daniels took the opportunity to free himself and grab a 9mm pistol from a cabinet. According to the police report, "When the suspects returned, they found Mr. Daniels armed and in a shooting stance." One of the suspects attempted to draw a revolver, and Daniels shot him. The injured suspect died and the other was apprehended. (Associated Press, Ashland, Ky., 03/08/2007)

Joshua Nicholson and his roommate were allowing Sarah Enkler and her two children to stay with them while she fled an abusive husband. Late one evening, Nicholson was jolted awake by the sound of someone breaking in through his back door. Police say he retrieved his .380-caliber pistol and walked down the hallway. When Nicholson saw the suspect entering the home, he fired a shot, causing the man to flee. The suspected invader -- Enlder's husband -- was arrested after seeking treatment for a gunshot wound. (The Morning News, Springdale, Ark, 03/27/2007)

Want even more stories? Visit The Armed Citizen blog.

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
Shopkeeper Defends Himself and Employees,
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
Armed Student Saves 10 People,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,
Crime Spree Stopped with the Simple Presentation of a Firearm.

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work
Scotland holds a Summit on their Failed Gun Policies, Chicago's gun ban continues to fail
Real Women's Rights (This one includes one of my favorite personal accounts)
Opposition to CA AB 2062
Knife Control?!
Protecting Children through Gun Control?
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy
A Contrast to VA Tech

Thoughts just prior to the release of DC v. Heller, with one of the best appellate court quotations ever.

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.

Carrying a firearm is an inherently civilized act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Probably not real, but funny

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I can't track down anything on the veracity of the sign.  Given how impressive many people are with photoshop, I doubt it's real.  States tend not to antagonize each other quite so deliberately.  Aside from sheer entertainment value, the sign serves a purpose.

As a though experiment, imagine you're a criminal.   Would you continue on to Indiana, or would you return to Illinois?

Sumner County farmer kills fugitive from Iowa

SUMNER COUNTY, Kansas -- A farmer shot and killed a 42-year-old fugitive in rural Sumner County Monday evening.

Around 5 p.m. Monday...a farmer called the Sumner County Sheriff's Office to report he'd seen Lamasters.  [Lamsters was the wanted fugitive]

"The farmer had advised us that he had confronted the individual and had him at gunpoint and the individual took off running," said Chambers. "At that point, the farmer did not feel threatened and allowed the individual to run away."
Note that the farmer did the right thing here.  If an individual running away from you, he is not a threat.  There is no reason to use deadly force.
But as the man ran away, the farmer realized he was heading toward a relative's home where a woman might be home alone.

The farmer took his 17-year-old son and a shotgun with him to check the relative's house east of the Kansas Turnpike about 5:30 p.m.

The relatives were not home, so the farmer and his son decided to check the relative's outbuildings.

He found the man hiding in one of the buildings.

"The individual jumped out from behind a pile of feed sacks, told the farmer he was going to kill him and attacked," said Chambers. "As he attacked, the farmer shot him. The individual was deceased right there."

The son witnessed the shooting and corroborated the events to authorities.

The sheriff will present the case to the district attorney, but he does not expect the farmer will be arrested or charged. The DA's office is expected to make a decision by early next week.

 Meanwhile, the sheriff says it was a case of self-defense and the farmer is very shaken up about it.

"I hate to see him in this position, but he did what he felt like he had to do," said Chambers. "He wanted to protect his family."

Weapons of War

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Berkeley Councilman Proposes Email Tax To Fund Postal Service

Wait, aren't these guys supposed to be all about progress?  Gordon Wozniak's proposal to tax e-mail to fund the postal service is equivalent to taxing tires to subsidize the ailing farrier's union.

If you ask what a farrier is, you've grasped my point perfectly.

Sometimes Ridicule is the only Answer

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

There goes the Constitution

Didn't anybody who likes civil liberties complain about warrantless wiretapping?  I did, and I'm no Code Pink member.  It's not that hard to go to a FISA court and get the warrant quickly and in secrecy, so why skip that step?  Just go do it and comply with the constitution.  I don't care if it's an R or a D in office, you need to follow our charter documents to defend the liberties our ancestors purchased with blood so that our posterity never has to.

I was shocked that the administration moved on the 1st Amendment before the 2nd.  Assaults on religious liberty have been incredible, and the "most transparent administration in history" has no qualms about dismissing the press when they feel like it and abusing it when they don't like what they have to say.

Drone strikes gave me pause.  You can legally blow up enemy combatants any way you like.  American citizens, are stickier, though.  They enjoy constitutional protections.  The solution is as simple as going to a FISA court for a warrant.  If you take up arms against your country, your citizenship can be revoked.  Do that, then they're simply enemy combatants and you can blow them up.  Why not take that simple step to defend the constitution?

Clearly, it's because this lawless administration doesn't feel bound by the constitution, or the rights it does not grant (as they preexisted the document) but rather formalizes and guarantees.  Need further proof?

Eric Holder: Drone strikes against Americans on U.S. soil are legal

There is nothing I can say strong enough to underscore the significance of this.  This is truly a "Holy Crap" moment in our history.
Attorney General Eric Holder can imagine a scenario in which it would be constitutional to carry out a drone strike against an American on American soil, he wrote in a letter to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

“It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States,” Holder replied in a letter yesterday to Paul’s question about whether Obama “has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without trial.”

Paul condemned the idea. “The U.S. Attorney General’s refusal to rule out the possibility of drone strikes on American citizens and on American soil is more than frightening – it is an affront the Constitutional due process rights of all Americans,” he said in a statement.
No, Mr. Holder.  It is never okay, under any circumstance to murder a U.S. citizen from the sky on the president's authority.  Dictators do that.  Monarchs* do that.  Fascist and communist regimes do that.  The United States of America never, ever does that.

Droning an unsuspecting victim form the sky is not the same as ending a crime in progress through a police shooting.  It's not the same as serving a lawfully obtained warrant and in the process having to shoot the wanted criminal.  It's acting on the president's authority to assassinate an American citizen on American soil.  At the very least, it violates the 5th amendment.  If it were ever to be done, it would deserve a trial for treason.

*If you said a monarch is a dictator, that's pretty true.

Catastrophic Cuts

This is what Obama calls a “catastrophic cut”

The graphic at the link is absolutely incredible.  Here's a half'sized preview (go see the full-sized, it's great):

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Remember that sequester isn't actually what any of us would call a cut.  It's a slight decrease in the rate of increase of federal spending.  From that link:

Charles Krauthammer: ”The assumption is that somehow at every stage of the expansion of the liberal federal government we have reached a platonic ideal and that if you cut a dollar off that, it’s as if God had devised exactly the size of government America needs and any cut leads to Armageddon.”

The Annotated Homicide Rate VS Gun Control, 1885 To 2011

Rather than repost the whole thing, I'll link it:

The Annotated Homicide Rate VS Gun Control, 1885 To 2011

A couple of recent key points:

6.) The Second American Gun Control Drive The second gun control drive effectively began in early 1963 and the results were immediately obvious. Homicide rates doubled in a decade, going from a rate of 4.6 per 100,000 population in 1963 to an official rate of 9.4 per 100,000 in 1973 and 9.8 in 1974. The apparent short term declines between 1973 and 1991 are a result of under-reporting crime totals, and not an actual decline. That decline did not come until…

7.) Relaxed gun laws and
falling crime rates
By 1991 the beneficial effects of Florida’s Concealed Carry Weapons permit system had become obvious. The two murders a day in Florida’s roadside rest areas had disappeared, violent crime and homicide rates were “falling off a cliff, and people sorely beset by violent crime were begging their legislators for relief. And for concealed carry.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Armed Citizen

A local (to me) armed citizen story:

Redding, California woman on phone with 911 kills intruder

A Redding woman called police early this morning, armed herself with a gun and shot an intruder while talking to dispatchers, Redding police reported.

The suspect died at the scene.

According to police, the woman, Donna Hopper, 66, called police after noting a person in her yard on Branstetter Lane.

The suspect description matched that of a person confronted by a Roger Funk Cars security guard at about 4 a.m. this morning.

Police were responding to that call when Hopper's call came in.

While Hopper was on the phone, the suspect broke a window to Hopper's bedroom and she fired multiple shots, hitting the intruder at least once.

The identity of the suspect has not been released and investigation is ongoing.

Want even more stories? Visit The Armed Citizen blog.

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
Shopkeeper Defends Himself and Employees,
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
Armed Student Saves 10 People,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,
Crime Spree Stopped with the Simple Presentation of a Firearm.

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work
Scotland holds a Summit on their Failed Gun Policies, Chicago's gun ban continues to fail
Real Women's Rights (This one includes one of my favorite personal accounts)
Opposition to CA AB 2062
Knife Control?!
Protecting Children through Gun Control?
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy
A Contrast to VA Tech

Thoughts just prior to the release of DC v. Heller, with one of the best appellate court quotations ever.

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.

Carrying a firearm is an inherently civilized act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?

The Armed Citizen

Employees at Texas Components were stunned when the daughter of an employee entered the business armed with archery tackle and a realistic-looking toy gun. Police say the crazed woman drew her bow and fired an arrow into an employee's chest, then pointed the fake pistol at others. Fearful for their lives, two employees, both of whom had concealed-carry licenses, drew pistols and shot the woman several times. She fled to an office and police were called. When the woman pointed an arrow at a responding officer, he shot her once more. The suspect and injured worker were both listed in stable condition at the hospital. (The Houston Chronicle, Houston, TX, 01/20/2009)

Police say two suspected burglars have already been dealt a great deal of punishment. First, a homeowner caught the suspects rifling through his garage. "I asked him what the hell he was doing and he said, 'Cleaning the garage,'" the homeowner recalls. The homeowner ran inside to get a gun, and the suspects fled. Police caught one of the men hiding under a nearby vehicle. His accomplice was arrested after he brazenly broke into a second home. In that incident the homeowner shot the suspect with a shotgun and held him for police. (The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, OK, 12/20/2008)

Ninety-year-old Berlie Mae Johnson was watching the evening news with her husband when two men burst through the back door. "Be quiet. Don't say a word. Don't move!" demanded one of the intruders as he put a gun to her head. "It's terrible. You expect at any moment..." she said, her voice cracking. "My nerves are shot. He'd probably have killed me." But her husband, Charles, age 91, came to the rescue. He grabbed his .38-caliber revolver from under a sofa cushion. One of the intruders fled immediately. "He saw the gun and, boy, he was gone," Mr. Johnson recalls. The other intruder was still threatening his wife, but a single shot from Johnson's revolver sent him running. Johnson said he has a message for others. "Be prepared. Keep your doors locked. And be alert." His wife added, "And have a gun ready." (Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, FL, 12/25/2008)

The owner of Midwest Grillz and Jewelry, Andre McKesson, let two men into his store while a third man waited outside. The men expressed interest in purchasing a decorative mouthpiece known as a grill, but an argument ensued. The man outside recalls hearing, "Why you playing games with us, man? Where's our teeth? Can you give us a refund? Then give me my teeth!" Police say one of the men pulled a gun and fired two shots into the wall where McKesson had been standing. McKesson grabbed a semi-automatic rifle from behind the counter and killed both assailants. (Omaha World-Herald, Omaha, NE, 01/17/2009)

While fetching wood from her garage one evening, a 70-year-old woman heard what sounded like people fighting. "I looked over into the road to see what was going on, and about that time a guy comes running around the house," she explained. The woman ran inside, got her gun and dialed 9-1-1. The man circled the house, pounding on all the windows. He broke through the living room window and knocked over the television. The woman can be heard on the 9-1-1 tape yelling at the man, "You stay right where you're at!" Police say she aimed her gun at the intruder and told him, "If you come any closer, you're going to be dead." She then ordered him to the floor and he obeyed, collapsing into a fetal position. He remained that way until police arrested him. (South Bend Tribune, South Bend, IN, 01/06/2009)

A frequent customer at a convenience store noticed a man looking around the store as if casing it. Suspicious, he decided to go to his vehicle and call for help. "As soon as I touched my cell phone, I heard [the store clerk] screaming, 'Help, help, help!" the customer explained. The 5-foot-4 man grabbed his Smith & Wesson .40-caliber pistol from the vehicle and bravely ran back inside the store. Surveillance video shows the suspect hitting the female clerk with a beer bottle and wrestling her to the ground. The customer fired two shots, killing the suspect. Police found a knife and a wad of cash on the attacker. (Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, FL, 01/08/2009)

Want even more stories? Visit The Armed Citizen blog.

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
Shopkeeper Defends Himself and Employees,
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
Armed Student Saves 10 People,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,
Crime Spree Stopped with the Simple Presentation of a Firearm.

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work,
Scotland holds a Summit on their Failed Gun Policies, Chicago's gun ban continues to fail,
Real Women's Rights (This one includes one of my favorite personal accounts),
Opposition to CA AB 2062,
Knife Control?!,
Protecting Children through Gun Control?,
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy,
A Contrast to VA Tech.

Thoughts just prior to the release of DC v. Heller, with one of the best appellate court quotations ever.

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.

Carrying a firearm is an inherently civilized act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?

Carrying a Firearm is a Civilized Act

I was sent this some time ago, and thought it was worth posting.  I haven't any idea whether Major Caudill exists or is simply a pen name used to give weight to the argument. The reasoning stands on its own merits, so feel free to disregard that and decide whether you agree with the content.

Why The Gun In Civilization?

By Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret)

Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force.

If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that's it.

In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction, and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical as it may sound to some.

When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force.

The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gang banger, and a single gay guy on equal footing with a carload of drunk guys with baseball bats. The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.

There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the source of bad force equations. These are the people who think that we'd be more civilized if all guns were removed from society, because a firearm makes it easier for a [armed] mugger to do his job. That, of course, is only true if the mugger's potential victims are mostly disarmed either by choice or by legislative fiat--it has no validity when most of a mugger's potential marks are armed.

People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic rule by the young, the strong, and the many, and that's the exact opposite of a civilized society. A mugger, even an armed one, can only make a successful living in a society where the state has granted him a force monopoly.

Then there's the argument that the gun makes confrontations lethal that otherwise would only result in injury. This argument is fallacious in several ways. Without guns involved, confrontations are won by the physically superior party inflicting overwhelming injury on the loser. People who think that fists, bats, sticks, or stones don't constitute lethal force watch too much TV, where people take beatings and come out of it with a bloody lip at worst. The fact that the gun makes lethal force easier works solely in favor of the weaker defender, not the stronger attacker. If both are armed, the field is level.

The gun is the only weapon that's as lethal in the hands of an octogenarian as it is in the hands of a weight lifter. It simply wouldn't work as well as a force equalizer if it wasn't both lethal and easily employable.

When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I'm looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn't limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force.

It removes force from the equation, and that's why carrying a gun is a civilized act.

Sunlight is the Best Disinfectant

This has gotten hard to find.  Compare the promises to his actual presidency.  No more secrecy, huh?

Friday, March 1, 2013

Joe Biden is an Idiot, "Buy a Shotgun" Edition

The video does the work here, but just as an additional note, Joe's advice to his wife (firing warning shots) is illegal everywhere, and varies between a misdemeanor and a felony depending on jurisdiction.


Can all those shotgun videos be attributed to bad stance and/or grip? Nope. I've seen a friend's wife (who weighed all of about 105 pounds) fire his 12-gauge. We'd shown her proper grip and stance. She did everything right and was knocked back several steps.  If a follow-up shot had been needed to stop an assailant, she'd have been dead before she could bring her weapon back into firing position.