Friday, May 31, 2013

7 rounds still isn't enough

I've posted before about why New York's 7 rounds of ammunition in a magazine, or even California's 10 rounds isn't enough for self defense.  Here's a video that makes the point visually.

PLEASE BE WARNED, THIS VIDEO IS GRAPHIC.  When I say graphic, I do not mean it is gory, but I do mean a real person is shot quite dead and a police officer wounded in the process.  It is instructive and useful in proving the point, but the taking of human life should never be treated lightly.


There are several important things to note. The man who was shot was shot multiple times, even to the point of making one leg useless, and was still capable of shooting at officers.  Even after the shot to the head that finally takes him down (and head shots are not always fatal, a point made in this excellent post from whence I grabbed the video) if he had retained possession of his pistol, he appears to have sufficient mobility to potentially squeeze a trigger and harm or kill another officer.  Thank goodness that didn't happen, but the fact remains that many more shots than 7 were fired with no time for the several good guys to change a magazine and the bad guy was still capable of inflicting great bodily harm or death upon one or more good guys.  Thank goodness he wasn't a home invader attacking a family restricted to a 7 or 10 round magazine, or the family might not have lived through the encounter even if the bad guy eventually succumbed to his wounds.

Demand Answers

If you haven't seen this ad, you need to and you need to share it.  It ends powerfully and clearly.


Note: I can't say that I support or agree with Mitch McConnell, but his team put together a powerful set of clips in this ad.

Will I have health insurance next year?

The ACA, also called Obamacare, was supposed to make healthcare more affordable and provide it for more people.  In looking at the anticipated results, I'm forced to wonder, will I have health insurance next year?  Here's the headline on Drudge right now:

Rate Shock: In California, Obamacare To Increase Individual Health Insurance Premiums By 64-146%

The article is from Forbes.  The problem I'm facing will be the same many middle-class families face next year:  will I be able to afford it?  Understand, I do fine in California, which means I have an income higher than average nationwide (because if you're earning the nationwide average in California, you're very likely in poverty here).  But that means I don't have a lot left over monthly.  I honestly don't know what I can give up when my health insurance premiums go up.  Unlike my neighbors on public assistance, I've already cut out things like cable television.  Internet access is a necessity these days, and it's really the only "luxury" I haven't cut off.

So what do I do when my premiums increase by almost 150%?  Unfortunately, I'll probably need to give up my own insurance and try to cover my child through California's program to cover minors.

Thanks, President Obama, for making my life worse in every way.

Post Script:  One possible solution will be to go see doctors who don't take insurance:   Maine Doctor Able to Slash Prices in Half After He Stops Accepting Insurance

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Working too hard to make it sound weird

Jodi Arias Trial Puts Mormon Sex Rules in Spotlight

That headline makes the law of chastity as members of the LDS faith call it sound really weird, doesn't it?  The rules are pretty simple:  (1) Don't have sex or anything approximating sex before marriage.  (2)  Once you're married, only have sex with your spouse. 

If those rules sound familiar, they should.  They're the rules most of humanity has agreed are a good idea (at least in theory) for several thousand years at least to prevent harmful things like heartache and other emotional trauma, teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases as well as other things that often come with a high societal cost like broken homes and single parenthood.

Most people see the sense in those rules even if they have a hard time keeping them personally, so journalists have to work to make them sound weird.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Armed Citizen

Brad Correia and his family had just returned to their home in Rochester, Mass. when a stranger knocked on the door. With his children safe in bed, Mr. Correia tucked his handgun into his pants before answering the door to a disheveled looking stranger who said his car had broken down on the interstate. The Correias invited him into their home and offered the use of their telephone along with warm tea and fresh clothes, but when Mr. Correia began noticing inconsistencies in the man’s story, he called the police and learned the man was a fugitive. Mr. Correia held the fugitive at gunpoint until police arrived. Rochester Police Chief Paul Magee said of Mr. Correia, “I commend the man for his actions. He did what he needed to do, and I am glad it worked out well and nobody got hurt.” (SouthCoastToday.com, Rochester, MA, 02/28/2008)

Loud noises interrupted Julius Billy's discussion with his wife. According to police, a man tried to kick open he back door and continued lurking outside. Billy says he was forced into action because the man was on the side of the house where his 5-year-old slept. He grabbed his 9mm handgun and repeatedly ordered the man to the ground, but he wouldnt' comply. "...He kept coming toward me," Billy recalled. "He even jumped a little fence towards me and said, 'Go ahead. Shoot me.'" Billy did just that, and the man fell. Billy ran inside to ensure his wife was calling 9-1-1, then returned to the back yard. "...This time he told me not to shoot," Billy said. Police arrested the man minutes later. (The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, TX, 03/15/2008)

One holdup man was killed and his partner wounded when they tried to rob the Miami discount store of Vincent Molina and Gerardo Fojo. As the robbers demanded cash, one of Fojo's brothers began flinging soft drink bottles at the pair. In the confusion, Fojo and Molina grabbed their own guns and opened up, killing one robber and putting the other to flight. He was pursued by two passers-by in a CB radio-equipped car, who chased him to a nearby hospital. (The Herald, Miami, FL, 6/27/1981)

After a man was killed at his apartment complex, Phillip Reinhardt bought a 9mm handgun and kept it nearby while he slept. Months later he was glad he had it. Police say an 18-year-old intruder kicked in Reinhardt's dead-bolted door just before dawn. The commotion woke Reinhardt's girlfriend, whom the intruder grabbed and began to touch inappropriately. Reinhardt came to her rescue, freeing her and firing one shot at the intruder. In hasty retreat, the wounded intruder broke a window and jumped through it. Police found him running down a street. (The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, UT, 03/16/2008)

A Texas homeowner went outside to close his property's gate when two masked men pulled into the driveway. Armed with guns, they demanded drugs and money. According to police the homeowner said he didn't have anything and told them to leave. Instead, they tried to enter the home and a struggle ensued. The homeowner's wife, who'd been watching the incident unfold from a window, quickly loaded a shotgun and ran outside. I [told my husband], 'Duck and I'll shoot! Duck and I'll shoot!,'" she recalls. "And he said, 'No, don't! Don't!' And I was debating whether to shoot or not." In the end, she found a compromise, firing a warning shot into the distance. The frightened suspects fled. "We should feel at home in our own home," the woman said. "We shouldn't feel frightened or afraid of anybody. This is our home." (KRGV-TV, Weslaco, TX, 03/12/2008)

"Was that you?" Les Daniel asked his 10-year-old grandson, who was sleeping in another bedroom. "No," the boy said. That was all Daniel needed to hear. Police say he quickly armed himself with two handguns and went to investigate the sounds he'd heard. Fish tank lights in the unlit dining room shone against a hooded stranger. "Who is it?" Daniel asked. "KCP," the man said, apparently meaning Kansas City Police. Daniel detected two more prowlers. "Whatever you think I got, you're wrong!" Daniel called out. "There ain't anything in here! You're about ready to die over eight dollars!" Daniel let them know he meant it by racking the slide of his .357-caliber Glock. All three men promptly fled. (The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO, 03/12/2008)

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, May 23, 2013

Greens see the error of their ways

This post comes from a surprising article in the U.K. Telegraph, What the Green Movement Got Wrong: Greens come to see the error of their ways.  

It's shocking because it's presented without disclaimers, as was the show on BBC channel 4: 
Perhaps the most interesting thing about this programme is that it was made at all. It shows how the Green monolith has cracked. For many years, Channel 4 would not have dared devote an hour to the errors of environmentalism; or, if it had done so, it would have wrapped it in the cordon sanitaire always put round anything considered Right-wing, stating that this was a "provocative" and "personal" view.
His full article is worth a read no matter where you stand on this issue.  I'm tempted to relate it to another issue, but in the interest of brevity, I'll stick to the main point.

Where did the green movement get things wrong?
Misanthropy. According to a veteran American Green, Stewart Brand, too many Greens believe "Nature good – humans not so good". This approach is ultimately unpersuasive, since it is human beings you are trying to persuade. A policy focused on preventing human activity is one which defies human nature.

Exaggeration. If you say that the end of the world is nigh all the time, people start to disbelieve you. Paul Ehrlich talked utter rubbish about how the world would starve in the 1970s. A glorious clip showed a young but authoritative Magnus Magnusson explaining against a backdrop of artificial snow that "the new Ice Age" was upon us. Green activists give out the figure of 93,000 for deaths attributable to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986. The figure favoured by the recent UN investigation is 65. The idea that there are only a few months or years left to save the planet is both so discouraging and so untrue that it disables the cause it is supposed to galvanise

Damage. The most powerful part of the programme was that arguing that the Green obsession with banning and preventing things has done actual harm. The refusal to contemplate nuclear power has encouraged more use of fossil fuels and therefore – if you believe the warmist theories – more adverse climate change. The banning of pesticides has led to the deaths of millions of Africans from malaria. The obsessive hatred of GM crops led, in 2002, to the Zambian government refusing US supplies of GM food sent to relieve its people's starvation.  
Many scientists have begun to call out the green movement on the exaggeration and damage, and that needs to continue. 

For example, one of my friends posted on the dangers of GM foods.  Despite long discussion, she wouldn't believe me, or mainstream science. 
There have been more than 100 peer-reviewed studies over the years—many by independent, non-industry scientists—that have demonstrated the safety of GM crops and food. 
The one report that suggest otherwise has been thoroughly lambasted by other independent, non-industry scientists (in other words, it's agenda-driven junk science).  For more, here's a Forbes article.

Pesticide banning is even worse.  That's not to say all pesticides are good and none should ever be banned.  When we have real, solid evidence of a danger to humans and the rest of the environment, we should stop using a particular agent.  That's not how the Green movement has done things, though.  DDT for example, seems to have been maligned by an agenda-driven smear campaign.  Years later, we've found out DDT is largely safe, non-carcinogenic and not the culprit behind the thinning of eggshells.  The largest racial genocide in history wasn't carried out by Adolf Hitler or Slobodan Milošević.  It was carried out by the green movement against poor, Black Africans.  Sickeningly, many Greens would find nothing wrong with that slaughter.  They're even proud of it.

Being good stewards of Earth and our environment is a cause all of us can support, but the green movement has gotten a lot wrong, and left those of us who want to preserve our world in a sensible manner in a worse position than if their movement had never existed.


California Senate Votes 28-8 to Exempt Itself from California Gun Laws

I've posted in the past about government creating a privileged and wealthy political class.  It's deeply unfair and it isn't right, especially when it applies to so basic a a right as self-defense.  From the Washington Times:
The California state Senate voted 28-8 Wednesday to exempt itself from the pointless gun-control laws that apply to the rest of the populace. Legislators apparently think they alone are worthy to pack heat on the streets for personal protection, and the masses ought to wait until the police arrive.

This is just one of many bills Golden State politicians used this legislative session to set themselves apart from the little people, the ones who pay their inflated salaries. Annual compensation for legislators averages about $140,000, not counting luxurious perks such as taxpayer-funded cars and free gasoline. By comparison, the average Californian earns $50,000 a year, and the unemployment rate is 11.9 percent - far above the national average. Exact salaries for state assemblymen and senators are obscured by the use of a “per diem” payment scheme that shelters a significant chunk of income from taxation.
 Read more here:  One law for us, another for you

 It would be bad enough if it were just California, but rest assured that similar things are being done by the federal House and Senate, and in all likelihood in your state legislature, too.  If you're reading this, you're probably aware, so it would help if you'd try to make anyone who will listen aware.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Armed Citizen

It was a terrifying night that refused to end. Edith and William Stevens, both in their 80s, had already scared away an intruder. According to the sheriff's department, deputies completed an investigation and left, but two hours later the couple heard gunshots outside their home and glass breaking. William got his handgun and investigated. Finding an intruder in the hallway, he opened fire and the intruder returned it. "Had Mr. Stevens not had that handgun, I don't know what could have happened," said Maury County, Tennessee Chief Deputy Ashley Brown. The couple locked themselves in the bedroom and tried to phone the police, but the lines were cut. The intruder, who police believe was after money for drugs, fired once more through a window. After discovering the intruder had fled, the couple phoned police from a neighbor's house. (The Daily Herald, Columbia, TN, 02/10/2008)

Suddenly awakened by the sound of someone rapping on the window, Matthew Kovschak called 9-1-1 and grabbed his .357 caliber handgun. According to police, Kovschak warned the prowler that he had a gun and police were on the way. The noise stopped, but only momentarily. Kovschak heard a commotion and then he saw a hand reaching through the broken window pane trying to unlock the back door. After one more warning, Kovschak fired four shots, twice striking the female intruder. Police believe a second suspect fled the scene. (The Ledger, Lakeland, FL, 01/22/2008)

When Eric MacFarlane saw three teenagers kick in his neighbor's door, he got his pistol and told a neighbor to call police. Fearing his neighbor's small children were endangered, he ran to the scene. Police say two of the teens immediately fled, but MacFarlane found one in the doorway. "I told him to step back and lay down if he wanted to live," MacFarlane recalls. "Then I talked to him about the direction his life was going in." The teen said he broke in for money. MacFarlane told him he's lucky the decision didn't get him shot. "I just hope this young man has learned a lesson," MacFarlane explained, adding that he doesn't believe in violence. "[MacFarlane] did a really great job," said Midwest City, Oklahoma police Captain Sid Porter. "We're probably going to issue him a commendation." (The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, OK, 02/21/2008)

Upon witnessing a man yelling at a woman and pushing her into a van, a passerby tried to be a Good Samaritan. Police say he asked the woman if she was okay and told her she didn't have to get in the man's vehicle. While stopped at a traffic light moments later, the van's driver confronted the man. Both men exited their vehicles, and the van's driver knocked the Good Samaritan to the ground. Two women, including the woman the victim tried to help, exited the van and began stomping on him. A passing motorist witnessed the scene and quickly stopped. He drew a firearm and ordered the three suspects to halt the beating. Police received reports of a man holding people at gunpoint, but quickly determined he had a concealed carry permit and arrested the three suspects. (Ann Arbor News, Ann Arbor, MI, 02/14/2008)

Elwood Pickett just wanted to be a good neighbor, so when two young men asked to use the phone, he handed it out the door. Then he grew suspicious. "They used the phone and left, but when they came back a second time, I was ready for them in case there was trouble," the 80-year-old Pickett explained. He handed the phone out a second time, but says one of the men "pushed through like an elephant and pounded me with a knife. He...stabbed me half to death, and I thought it was time." But it wasn't. Police say Pickett, a World War II vet and lifelong hunter, drew his .38 caliber pistol and fired three shots, striking one of the men and causing both to flee. One suspect went to the hospital; the other to jail. Pickett was badly injured but is recuperating. (Hood County News, Granbury, TX, 02/13/2008)

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, May 18, 2013

No One is Coming for your Guns


If you doubt him, confiscation is what the registration list was used for in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. 


Thursday, May 16, 2013

IRS Official in Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office

IRS Official in Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office

I guess I should expect an audit and denial of any medical procedures I need.  This is something those opposed to Obamacare warned against, of course.  Even we didn't expect it to come to pass so quickly and blatantly, however.

Axelrod: Government ‘So Vast,‘ Obama Can't Know About Wrongdoing

Axelrod: Government ‘So Vast,‘ Obama Can't Know About Wrongdoing

From the National Review Online.

My thoughts are simple--that is the problem, Mr. Axelrod.  It's exactly what the Tea Parties are trying to correct.


Sunlight: Time for a Check-in

From time to time, it's important to see how the politician measures up to his promises.  Feel lied to yet?


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Family attacked for getting gas while being white

Police: Family attacked for being in "wrong neighborhood"
"The defendant (Dickerson) approached the white male victim," the police report stated.
It went on to read, "the defendant told him he was in the wrong neighborhood and he was not going to make it out." The victim said that's when he "was punched and knocked to the ground." 

At this time, his wife got out of the car and ran to help her husband. The victim said, "he continued to struggle with the defendant and was eventually knocked unconscious, which later he awoke in the hospital."
His wife told police, "after running to help her husband, she remembers falling to the ground and (being) knocked unconscious."

According to a close family friend, that's when the couple's teenage daughter got out of the car to check on her parents and, "observed a female punch her mother in the face, when her mother then fell to the concrete, hitting her head on the surface." 

The daughter was also punched in the face.
 It won't be charged as a hate crime, despite the racism involved. 
When police were questioned about why all three defendants were not charged with felony second degree battery, Stubbs responded, "Because you have to have disfigurement for a second-degree battery charge, and only one victim had disfigurement and he was attacked by the one suspect that we booked."

However, Louisiana law defines second-degree battery as "bodily injury which involves unconsciousness, extreme physical pain or protracted and obvious disfigurement."

The victim suffered "a broken eye socket, broken nose, and several lacerations to the face," and his wife was knocked unconscious. 

"I feel that's racist," said Henderson. 
Mr. Henderson, that's only because it is.  If white thugs did this to a black family, it would be national news and the President would get involved. 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Armed Citizen

"I just didn't hesitate," Cody Buckler explained while recalling an armed invasion of his home. He awoke to the sound of strange voices in the living room. Peering into the hall, he saw two masked men toting handguns. His girlfriend's young daughter confronted one of the men, who claimed to be a police officer. Buckler quickly returned to the bedroom for his 12-gauge shotgun. Police say he proceeded to the living room, spotted one of the suspects holding his television, and promptly shot him. That suspect fled, but his accomplice charged up the stairs. Buckler shot him, too, causing him to retreat to the basement and exit via a window. The suspects were found seeking treatment for gunshot wounds at the hospital. (The Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO, 01/22/2008)

When a 51-year-old-woman informed a man she didn't want to be his girlfriend, he committed a series of disturbing acts. Several police reports chronicle the incidents, which include break-ins, vandalism and even assaults at the woman's workplace. One day she found her home broken into, a clock radio destroyed and her undergarments missing. Two days later, she heard breaking glass and called 9-1-1. the entire chilling incident was recorded on 9-1-1 audio. "I'm so scared," she told the operator, who advised her to lock herself in a bedroom. She hid in the closet with a 9mm pistol loaned to her by a friend. Police say the alleged stalker began kicking in the bedroom door. "What are you doing?" the woman screamed. "Stop it! Please stop it! Just stop it!" The man burst into the bedroom and began choking her. Gunshots rang out. The woman escaped while her assailant lay mortally wounded. (The Times, Munster, IN, 01/10/2008)

Alerted by the sound of screaming children, Paulo Jean stepped outside his home. "Trouble is out!" the children yelled. Jean was familiar with Trouble, an aptly named pit bull, and rushed to the scene. The dog immediately attacked, viciously biting Jean's arms and buttocks. Jean drew a pocket-holstered .380-caliber handgun and fired three shots, killing the dog. (The Miami Herald, Miami, FL, 01/11/2008)

Police were pursuing a suspect in an armed robbery. Meanwhile, George Richard heard a commotion outside and quickly armed himself with a firearm to investigate. Just outside the door, police say Richard found the robbery suspect hunched up and hiding. "Man, you need to get up and get out of here," Richard told him. "Somebody's trying to kill me," the suspect said. "Well, you still need to leave," Richard replied. The suspect then tried to enter the home. "Man, don't come in. I'm gonna have to shoot you," Richard advised. With the gun in his right hand, Richard pushed the suspect with his left arm to prevent his entry. But the suspect forced a foot inside the door, and Richard was forced to shoot him. The homeowner phoned police, who found the wounded suspect nearby. (The Daily Advertiser, Lafayette, LA, 01/10/2008)

Charlie Merrell was standing in a grocery checkout lane when a masked man leapt over a neighboring counter, pulled a gun on a store employee and demanded cash. Luckily for the store employee, Merrell, a right-to-carry permit holder, was not about to stand idly by. Police say Merrell drew his handgun and ordered the suspect to disarm. The suspect put down his gun, removed his mask and sprawled out on the floor. Merrell held the man at gunpoint for police. The suspect's gun was discovered to be unloaded. (WRTV6 News, Indianapolis, IN, 01/03/2008)

Eighty-year-old Martha Smith says there was no time for fear when her border collie confronted a mountain lion near her home. "I could see the tail twitching, and she was snarling and spitting," she recalls. Smith shot at the cat with her .22 caliber rifle, but missed, and ran inside to dial 9-1-1. Informed help was a long way off, Smith decided she'd have to deal with the agitated cat herself. "I shot him in the light spot under his leg where I knew his heart would be," she explained. "You do what you have to do--you don't have time to be afraid." Smith has been versed in riflecraft since adolescence, when she herded sheep on the family ranch. "My sister and I were put on horseback with the lunch, the water canteen and a gun," she recalls. (Angus Leader, Sioux Falls, SD, 01/09/2008)

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, May 9, 2013

Exactly

A friend posted this with reference to Mother's day.  I really wish people would think of it in terms of our national deficit.


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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware

The story from Pew Research is linked here.
Compared with 1993, the peak of U.S. gun homicides, the firearm homicide rate was 49% lower in 2010, and there were fewer deaths, even though the nation’s population grew.
 So, while the media is up in arms about guns and screaming for gun control, gun homicides have dropped by half.

What has changed in that time?  There's been a massive movement toward right to carry.  For an illustrated map, check out the site linked here.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Armed Citizen

It's a story not even anti-gun media outlets could ignore. Matthew Murray allegedly wrote online, "All I want to do is kill and injure as many [Christians] … as I can." Police say he made good on his word, first by killing two young students at a missionary training center outside Denver. His next target was a gathering of 7,000 people in and around the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo. With a rifle and a backpack full of ammunition, Murray entered the church and opened fire. Sadly, two sisters were killed. One man yelled to distract the gunman and was shot in the arm. That's when volunteer security guard Jeanne Assam, who has a concealed-carry permit and once worked in law enforcement, yelled, "Surrender!" Armed with a handgun, she walked toward Murray and shot him several times. "It seemed like it was me, the gunman and God," Assam recalls. His twisted plan foiled, the immobilized gunman killed himself. (Associated Press, 12/11/07)

Hygens Labidou was driving in Deerfield Beach, Fla., when two men confronted him in a racially motivated attack. Labidou, who is black, heard the two white assailants shouting racial slurs as they tried to pull him out of his vehicle. One of the men threatened Labidou with a knife while the other kicked the vehicle’s door and ordered Labidou to come out. Labidou, a Right-to-Carry permit holder, drew his gun and shot the two attackers, killing one and wounding the other. Prosecutors said the surviving attacker, who was already on probation for federal firearms charges, will be charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and could spend 15 years in prison. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Deerfield Beach, FL, 12/13/2007)

Rob Pierce, Jr. was walking to dinner when two men, one a self-proclaimed Crips gang member and the other wielding a handgun, accosted him. With a gun to his back, Pierce was dragged across the street to a dimly lit area and told he was about to be killed. "It was like hell," he explained. Pierce, a concealed-carry permit holder, drew a .357 revolver and shot one of the suspects, causing both suspects to flee. They were later apprehended. Northampton County, Pa., District Attorney John Morganelli said he hoped the incident would teach "these young thugs" that the good guys might be armed. "We don't expect our citizens to wait and get shot. As long as I'm district attorney here, I'm probably going to err on the side of the citizen," Morganelli said, adding he supports concealed-carry laws. (The Morning Call, Allentown, PA, 12/06/2007)

A week before Christmas, Ken Foshee of Milledgeville, GA was contentedly sitting on the back deck of his new home, his wife and grandson warm inside when two armed assailants surprised Mr. Foshee, forcing him into his home and demanding money. In the struggle, one of the robbers shot Mr. Foshee in the hand. Foshee’s grandson ran next door to alert his uncle, Ronnie, the Foshees’ son, who grabbed his gun and ran to help. Ronnie fired a warning shot, causing the robber who was holding a knife to Mrs. Foshee’s throat to flee. As the remaining assailant was severely beating Mr. Foshee in a bedroom, Ronnie shot and killed him, saving his father’s life. Baldwin County Sheriff Bill Massee said, “Had it not been for the grandson's brave action and Ronnie Foshee arriving at his parents' home, it's likely the attack would have ended in even more tragedy.” (The Macon Telegraph, Milledgeville, GA, 03/04/2008)

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, May 4, 2013

What is Cinco de Mayo?

For those who are genuinely curious about what Cinco de Mayo is, I'll explain briefly.  It's an American drinking holiday.  It's not Mexican independence day.  In 1962, the Mexican army defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla.  That's all Cinco de Mayo commemorates, and it's a minor holiday in Mexico. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Magazine PSA

I actually don't like the term "High Capacity Magazine."  I suppose some could be termed that, like the 50 or 100 round drums.  However, if the mag fits into a standard pistol grip, it's not high capacity.  Depending on the caliber, industry standard is between 14 and 17 rounds.  An FN FiveseveN will accept a 20 round magazine.  When jurisdictions like California and New York limit magazine size, they're not banning high cap magazines.  They're restricting lawful owners to low capacity magazines.  It's a limitation criminals getting firearms and magazines from South of our porous border don't share.


If you've missed previous posts, you may ask, "Does it really take multiple shots to stop an assailant?"  Yes, it absolutely will in most cases.  Real life doesn't work like TV.  Unless a shooter hits very specific vulnerable points on the body, the assailant is likely to keep coming and be able to use a knife, gun or club.

A very special moment

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Haven't the Brits really wanted to disarm us since the 1700's? Except when Germany's getting scary, of course.  Naturally Canada hasn't forgotten 1812, and Canada, good point, our bad.  But I'm still keeping my guns.

No Agenda There

When people who want schools to teach things like reading and mathematics object to wasting instructional time on homosexual education, they're shouted down as homophobes.  "You can't catch homosexuality by being exposed to it," scoffers will mock.  Nope, you sure can't.  If you're forced at school to participate in homosexual conditioning, that might be a different matter, though.
School administrators colluding with college students from the far Leftwing Bard College held a bullying-prevention workshop for students at Linden Avenue Middle School during which the college facilitators asked girls to kiss girls.

When confronted by angry parents who were not notified ahead of time about this activity, Principal Dr. Katie Zahedi claimed that “the sessions were…about saying no to unwanted advances….In planning the discussion, we made it clear that absolutely no discussion of any sexual acts is appropriate to middle school, and they used the examples of a kiss….It was…ultimately about respect and safety.”
As every adult knows, kissing can be either platonic or erotic (i.e., sexual). If the workshop facilitators were using kissing to simulate “unwanted advances,” they were sexual kisses. No one considers a platonic kiss to be an “unwanted advance.”
Naw, they're not trying to force your kids to experiment or anything.  

How it's supposed to work

Remember that awful attack in Chicago where a shop owner had to defend himself with a baseball bat against a gun-wielding criminal because Chicago doesn't let lawful people have guns?  In case you don't, it's here.  Here's how it turns out when the lawful person hast he gun instead:

Sylvia and Alfred Armen were working in the music store they own, CBS Pittsburgh/KDKA reports, when the suspect came in and looked at some of the merchandise.  He reportedly left for a few minutes, then came back with a wooden club.

Without delay, he allegedly struck Sylvia in the head, before "Mr. Armen came to her rescue," Bethel Park Police Chief John Mackey said.

The Armens are both in their seventies.

Alfred reportedly engaged in a physical struggle with the assailant before fatally shooting him with a revolver.
It's awful they had to kill someone to protect themselves, but  this is why lawful ownership of firearms is such a civilized thing.  A big strong brute in his 30s with a club can't simply beat an elderly couple to death and take their stuff.  They can shoot him instead.  The uncivilized brute can no longer victimize society, and the elderly couple is traumatized, but alive and mostly unharmed.