Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Armed Citizen

NRA member Vernon Allen was watching television when an unknown male darted into his apartment. According to police, it was the third residence the suspect had unlawfully entered that evening. Allen asked the suspect, who mumbled unintelligibly, if he needed help. The suspect responded by raising his fist in a threatening manner. Allen retreated to the bedroom, got his 12-gauge shotgun and told the intruder to get out. But the suspect ignored him, instead advancing and trying to grab the shotgun's barrel. "When he grabbed the barrel of that shotgun," Allen recalls, "I had to make a choice so I pulled the trig­ger on him." The suspect was killed. (Morris Sun Tribune, Morris, MN, 06/21/2009)

Gaylord Cox, an 82-year-old church minister, was sleeping when a young man knocked on his bedroom window. The juvenile, who unbeknownst to Cox had recently escaped from a detention center, said he needed to use the phone because his car had broken down. Cox said he would meet him at the front door. As a precaution, Cox placed a .38-cal. revolver in his pocket before letting the juvenile inside. Police say the suspect used the phone, then immediately turned and sucker-punched the older, weaker Cox in the face, knocking him to the floor. C ox sat up, drew his pistol and fired one shot, causing his assailant to flee. The youth was apprehended nearby. (Morning Journal, Lisbon, OH, 06/16/2009)

Hearing footsteps, a 50-year-old woman assumed her mother had returned home from work. When she called out but received no answer, she investigated. The footsteps belonged not to her mother, but a convicted felon wielding a knife and a gun. He threatened the woman, who attempted to appease him with cash and liquor, but his threats only grew more violent. After 30 horrible minutes, the woman's mother, 77-year-old Doris Gatchell, returned home. She proved to be a woman of action. "When someone comes into your house and threatens you, you don't have to tolerate that," Gatchell said. "I have taken a course in gun safety. I knew what to do." Police say Gatchell got her gun and ordered the suspect to leave the house. He promptly ran out the front door. "... It is a good thing to take a gun safety course and I recommend it for everyone, particularly women in this day and age," Gatchell added. (Calais Advertiser, Calais, Maine, 06/18/2009)

About a year ago, Elliott Firby and his wife grew concerned about increasing crime, so they purchased their first firearms and obtained concealed-carry permits. "You have to do something to protect yourself," Firby said. "The police can't be there all the time." Firby began carry­ ing his .380-cal. handgun regularly. He was glad he carried it one evening when a man leapt from a truck and accosted him. Police say the suspect pointed a shotgun at Firby, but chose polite words to announce the armed robbery. "Give it up, sir," he said. Firby slowly went to his knees, pretending to comply, before drawing his handgun in a fast, smooth motion and firing two shots. The suspect and his accomplice were arrested at the hospital when he sought treatment for a gunshot wound. (Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, FL, 06/12/2009)

Police say a 17-year-old approached Michael Dawes and asked for a dollar. Dawes said he didn't have any money, so the teen moved along. Not long after, a man approached Dawes and asked for marijuana. Dawes said he didn't have any and told the man to shove off. At that point, the teen returned to the scene and the two suspects began assaulting Dawes. A concealed-carry permit holder, Dawes drew a handgun and opened fire. The suspects fled the scene but were arrested shortly thereafter. (The Morning Call, Allentown, PA, 06/28/2009)

"What was he going to do?" Harold Chick asked regarding a home invader. "I don't know if he had a weapon." Chick can ponder those questions now, but it's fortunate he did not have to discover their answers on the night of the crime. Chick, who had been watching television with his wife and daughter, had just fallen asleep when he heard his television auto­matically shut off. When Chick opened his eyes, he was alarmed to find a man standing over him. "He was standing there at the foot of the bed, and I was wondering, 'Who the hell is standing there?'" Chick said. According to police, Chick grabbed his shotgun, which he'd kept nearby, and the intruder fled the home. (Ocala Star­ Banner, Ocala, FL, 06/05/2009)

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?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Where are the President, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson?

It's another murder where race doesn't appear to be a factor, but it is interracial violence, so I'd expect immediate attention from the media, the President, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

Here's the story:
"Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford said he had secured the confession of the 17-year-old who summoned investigators to his jail cell and claimed he and the younger boys were bored 'so they decided to kill somebody.'"
Two of the three teenagers are black.  The victim was white.  Oh, so there's the problem.  The victim wouldn't have looked like Barack Obama's son, or a young Barack Obama.  The victim doesn't look like him, so he doesn't care.  That strikes me as kind of racist, actually.
Sarah Harper [the victim's girlfriend], 23, also told the Herald Sun that she didn't know what punishment would be appropriate of the three teenagers, aged 15, 16 and 17 years, accused of Lane's murder.
I know what punishment would be appropriate.   Anybody who takes a human life BECAUSE HE'S BORED is such a sociopath should be put down right now.  I really don't care how, as long as he can't harm anyone ever again.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Woman with Concealed Carry Handgun Stops Six Robbers at Houston Denny's

Self-defense is a good thing:  Woman with Concealed Carry Handgun Stops Six Robbers at Houston Denny's
At around 4 a.m. Thursday, a man who does not want to be identified, said his brother was robbed by six men with guns at a Denny's off the Gulf Freeway in southeast Houston.

"I don't know if it was random or someone set him up. Because he got his own label," said the victim's brother.

His brother's wife was in the restroom at the time, but when she exited the restroom she saw the group of suspected robbers. Police said that's when she pulled out her gun and shot at them.

"She said she came out of the restroom and saw my brother on the floor. That's when she started doing what she gotta do. She got a license and she'll do anything to protect her kids and my brother," he said.
It would probably be a great idea for the lady to get a bit more training so next time the police have a suspect who can't run in custody to solve the case, but at least no one was harmed (no bystanders or customers were injured in the exchange of fire). 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Armed Citizen

Adriana Sauceda was touching up her makeup before work when she glanced in her car's side-view mirror and caught a man staring at her. As the man approached, the terrified Sauceda scrambled to lock the doors and raise the windows. But it was too late. Police say the man opened the driver's side door and pointed a gun at Sauceda, shouting,"Get the [expletive] out!" Instead, Sauceda punched him in the face and drew her gun from the glove box. The would-be carjacker screamed and fled to a get-away car. Sauceda had purchased a firearm and obtained a concealed-carry permit after she was robbed previously. (St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, FL, 05/15/2009)

Ten college students were enjoying a birthday party at an off-campus apartment when two armed men burst through the door. Police say the intruders separated the men from the women and demanded their cell phones and money. That's when one of the male students took action, drawing his gun from a backpack and shooting at the sus­pect guarding the men. That suspect fled the apartment. The student then hurried to the women, where he found the second suspect about to commit a rape. He yelled for the girls to get down and fired several shots at the suspect, who jumped out the window and died nearby. "Apparently, [the dead suspect's] intent was to rape and murder us all," said student Charles Bailey "I think all of us are really cognizant of the fact that we could have all been killed." (WSB-TV, Atlanta, GA, 05/04/2009)

Four accused shoplifters were fleeing a grocery store when a shopper got in their way. Police say they'd stolen groceries worth less than $50, but were apparently willing to kill for it. The driver pointed the thieves' truck directly at the shopper and floored the gas pedal. Fortu­nately the shopper, who has a concealed­ carry permit, drew a handgun, shot out the truck's front tire and leapt from its oncom­ing path. Another shopper called 9-1-1 to report an undercover officer shooting at someone who tried to run him down. The "officer"was determined to be the armed shopper, who proceeded to follow the vehicle until the flat tire disabled it. Thanks to his help all four men were arrested. (Azle News, Azle, TX, 05/07/2009)

A neighborhood in Detroit's East side has seen a rash of break-ins and, according to a 38-year-old professional who lives there, the resi­dents have decided to do something about it. "I can bet you everyone on this block has a [firearm], and they're going to defend themselves," she said. The woman's assertion comes after the neighborhood's most recent break-in, in which police say a resident caught the burglar in the act. As the suspect climbed through the window, the resident fired two shots. The suspect collapsed outside and died. The incident happened across the street from the 38-year-old's home. "[It's] not good that he's dead, but good that it sends a message," she said. (Detroit Free Press, Detroit, MI, 05/05/2009)

It was the middle of the night, but a homeowner was awake in his living room after working third shift. And so he was ready, rather than sleeping, when he heard a man force his way into the home. Police say the homeowner investigated a strange noise and found the suspect standing by the front door. He aimed his .22-cal. revolver at the intruder and yelled at him to leave. The intruder charged the homeowner, forcing him to shoot. At the shot's report, the intruder fled the home. Police alerted area hospitals to be on the lookout for a man seeking treatment for a gunshot wound. (The Lima News, Lima, OH, 05/09/2009)

Police say Bryan Derocher saw two suspicious men prowling around his property, so he called his brother, Chris, who lives on the property in a separate dwelling. Chris hurried home to find his garage window damaged and motion-sensor light on. Bryan, armed with a handgun, joined Chris to investigate. When they opened the garage door, they discovered the two prowlers inside. One man aimed what appeared to be a gun (later identified as a BB gun) at the Derochers. Byran fired two shots, killing the gunman. The other prowler threw his hands in the air and waited for police. His dead accomplice had previous arrests for armed robbery, burglary, illegal carrying of a firearm and other serious charges. Police were investigating about 15 recent burglaries-an unusual number for the area-and suspect the prowler's involvement. (Daily Comet, Thibodaux, LA, 05/07/2009)

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?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

That mostly sums it up

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That sums up the outrage issue, but I should briefly cover the 1st amendment issue.  We're not supposed to respect the president.  He's not royalty.  We're not supposed to respect our legislators.  We're supposed to be the final check on their inevitable grasping for more power.  We should make fun of them, discuss what they're doing and question their actions.  That's the way our system works if we'd like to keep our freedom.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

It's funny and it hurts a little

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The Armed Citizen

At first, NRA Life member Norman McBride assumed his dogs were barking at the deer that frequent his rural property. The dogs persisted, however, so McBride investigated. Police say that as he stepped onto his front porch, he was alarmed to hear someone breaking into his shed. McBride retrieved a pistol and a flashlight, and hur­ried to the shed as his wife phoned police. Discovering the shed's padlock broken, McBride shone his flashlight inside and demanded that anyone within come out. Two camouflage­ clad men and one juvenile advanced toward McBride, but they put their hands up and waited for police when they saw his gun. "The law officers thanked [me] several times," McBride wrote in a letter to the NRA, adding that his 2-year-old son is a fourth-generation NRA Life member. (Vandalia Leader, Vandalia, MO, 04/15/2009)

Suddenly awakened by the sound of someone removing the screen from her bedroom window, a woman quietly fled to her son's room and woke him. "I got up, grabbed my gun and went to...her room," said the son, whose identity is being protected. Police say the suspect slid open the window, reached inside and pulled back the blinds. When he stuck his head inside, the son fired two shots. The intruder died nearby. (The Sun Herald, Biloxi, MS, 04/24/2009)

Police say a 26-year-old man was filling a prescription at a phar­macy's drive-through window when two women approached his car. One of the women pulled a gun and tried to pull the trigger. For some reason, the woman's gun would not fire, but the man had a gun of his own-and unlike his assailant's, it was legally possessed and fully functional. He drew his firearm and fired two shots, causing the woman to fall to the ground. The man disarmed his assailant and phoned police, who will charge the woman after her release from the hospital. (Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, A, 04/24/2009)

Three Eastern Washington University seniors had no idea their rented home was about to be targeted by a couple of career criminals with convictions for bank robbery, theft and other charges. Police say the armed men entered the home seeking riches. "I think these people thought there might be more valuables in the house than there actually were," said police detective John Miller. The alleged intruders did not find gold, but they did find lead. One of the college students retrieved a firearm and shot one of the men, causing both sus­pects to flee. Police found the wounded man in a nearby yard and arrested his accomplice two days later. (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA, 04/01/2009)

A family was relaxing at home when their evening took a terrifying twist: a deranged man began pounding on the door and shouting obscenities. The homeowner ushered his brother, wife and children into a bed­ room and locked them inside. According to police, he then loaded his double­ barrel, 12-ga. shotgun and braced for the suspect's entry. The intruder smashed a sliding-glass door using a wrought iron patio chair and entered the home, but the homeowner wasn't going to let the intruder get any closer to his family. He emptied both barrels, killing the intruder. "When I heard someone tried to break in, I was just grateful he had a gun to pro­tect his family," said a neighbor. "There's a reason the Second Amendment exists. We support gun rights and we would have done the same thing." (Roanoke Times, Roanoke, VA, 04/12/2009)

Just as she was about to take a shower, a Seabrook homeowner heard "loud crashing" noises. She grabbed her pistol and came face-to-face with an intruder who had kicked in her back door. Gun in hand, the homeowner told the burglar to stay put while she called the police, but he took off running. Police later arrested the suspect at a nearby hotel. (Portsmouth Herald, Portsmouth, NH, 4/17/2009)

Linda Schultz Russo was at home when, out of nowhere, a disgruntled former employee of her pizza business breached the back door by firing a shotgun through it. Police say Russo was bleeding after the blast, but still had the presence of mind to fight back, running for her .40-cal. pistol and firing a barrage of shots at the intruder. The wounded man fled the scene. Russo was airlifted to a hospital for treatment and will fully recover. Her attacker will be arrested pending his release from the hospital. (Treasure Coast Newspapers, Fort Pierce, FL, 04/16/2009)

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?

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

She has a Point

This story is mostly entertaining, but the impaired driver had a point, as related by the officer who spoke with her:
“I questioned her as to why she had other peoples (sic) EBT cards and she 
began screaming that I was a ‘dumb (expletive)’ for paying for food when she gets it for free,” trooper William Koko­cinski wrote of Vivencia 
Bellegarde, 25, of Everett, noting she had her own electronic benefits transfer card and also the cards of two other people.
I probably am a dumb (expletive) for paying for food when I could legally steal from others to pay for it.  I guess I should look into that.  Oh, except I actually care about my fellow taxpayers too much to steal from them.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Faux News is Lying

Police officer shoots and kills armed 14-year-old boy on NYC street
Two officers with the New York Police Department were on foot patrol when they heard gunfire at around 3 a.m. The officers responded to the scene and found the boy with a 9mm handgun firing shots at a fleeing man, authorities said.

"The officers ordered Douse to drop the gun but instead he fired another round," NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said at a news conference. "It is undetermined at this time whether he fired at the officers or a fourth time at the unknown male who had just run past the officers."

When he pointed his gun in the direction of officers, one of the officers shot him, police said. Douse was pronounced dead at the scene.
Fox news must be lying.  Everyone knows guns are banned in NYC, so this story must be made up to embarrass the mayor and undermine the gun banning agenda.  So, Douse must have been unarmed when he was shot by the NYPD.  I'm sure that if President Obama had a son, he'd look just like Shaaliver Douse.  Vengeance for Shaaliver!

1 Killed in Venice Boardwalk Hit-And-Run; Person of Interest Detained

One person has died after being struck by a vehicle in a Venice hit-and-run that left 11 other pedestrians injured, authorities said.

Witnesses said the driver of the dark-colored sedan was “moving purposefully” at about 20 mph when the vehicle struck several pedestrians and tables near the boardwalk, according to LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey.

“It was unreal. It looked like bowling pins,” a man who witnessed the incident told KTLA. “It was outrageous.”
From:   1 Killed in Venice Boardwalk Hit-And-Run; Person of Interest Detained

I'm waiting for the breathless media coverage of this incident, national news asking what his motivation was and days of coverage about the man and his victims.  I'm waiting for legislators to call for pedestrian safe cars that won't crush people when they run them over.  Since the driver didn't use a gun, though, I guess that won't happen.  Did you know a car is easier to aim and more sure to do damage than any gun ever invented?

Want to know what crazy people will use for their mass slaughters if you take away guns?  Knives like in China or cars like this guy on the Venice Boardwalk.  The problem is still mental illness, not the tool used to carry out an atrocity. 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Armed Citizen

Turkey farmer Bryan Tew was driving his tractor down the road for refueling when he noticed a strange car, its trunk open, parked in his garage. Parking his tractor in front of the car, he reached into his pickup for a .22-caliber rifle. Police say that's when a man kicked open Tew's back door and stepped outside with his arms full of electronics and money. "You ever see those cartoons where their eyes get as big as saucers? That's what he looked like," Tew said. "I yelled at him and when he saw that gun, he sat the stuff down...and ran back into the house." The suspect slipped on the linoleum inside the home and Tew held him at gunpoint for police. "A friend of mine said your body only produces a teaspoon of adrenaline in a lifetime," Tew said. "Well, I think I used my whole teaspoon." Police are investigating the suspect's involve­ment in several other break-ins. (The Daily Record, Dunn, NE, 02/13/2009)

Police believe an armed intruder may have used a sliding glass door to enter the home of Heath Miller, a popular middle school music teacher. Miller's dogs began barking, waking Miller and his wife. Miller retrieved his .38-caliber pistol and readied himself as the masked intruder approached the bedroom door. It is unclear who fired the first shot. When the exchange of gunfire ended, the intruder lay dead. The Millers were not injured. (Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach, FL, 02/16/2009)

Richard Creed had just finished helping a customer at his insur­ance agency when two men burst in wearing masks and carrying pistols. Police say the intruders forced Creed to an office in the rear of the store, which, unbeknownst to them, was where he stored a revolver. Creed kept his cool as they neared his gun. "It was none of the flashy lights," he explained. "It was, 'If you're gonna live, this is what you gotta do,' and you think about it real fast. It was pretty clear­ headed." Creed grabbed his revolver and shot one of the men several times, causing both assailants to run. Police apprehended the suspects and dis­covered that their pistols were realistic toys. (The Saginaw News, Saginaw, MI, 01/23/2009)

According to police, a home­ owner pulled into his driveway and watched in astonishment as a burglar carried items out of his back door. He confronted the burglar, who drew a knife and sliced the homeowner's arm. During the ensuing wrestling match, the homeowner tossed the bur­glar into the pool for a February swim. He retrieved a rifle before the burglar could exit the water and ordered him to stand in the middle of the pool until police arrived. (The State, Columbia, SC, 02/21/2009)

The residents of an apartment complex say their typically safe neighborhood had fallen victim to a rash of break-ins. Crime reached its zenith when someone broke into an apartment occupied by a woman and her children. The woman retreated to her bedroom with the children, locked the door and armed herself with a handgun. According to police, when the suspect approached the bedroom door, the woman fired a single shot. The suspect was found outside the complex suffering from a gunshot wound. He was placed under armed guard at the hospital. (Tyler Morning Telegraph, Tyler, TX, 02/03/2009)

While waiting for her school­ bus, a 9-year-old girl was attacked by a rabid coyote. The coyote bit her legs and badly injured her toe before l6-year-old David Miller and his grandfather could respond with a .22-caliber pistol. Miller bravely kicked the coyote, al­lowing the girl to run away, then he pinned the animal to the ground so his grandfather could shoot it behind the shoulder. The wounded coyote slipped Miller's grasp, charged the grandfather and bit down on the barrel of the pis­tol. Miller's grandfather fired a volley of shots, killing the coyote. Miller has been honored with letters of recognition for his bravery from the governor of South Carolina and the state House of Representatives. (The Herald-Journal, Spartanburg, SC, 02/14/2009)

Authorities say three men with little regard for stealth broke into the home of John Easby-Smith. Hearing a ruckus downstairs, Easby­-Smith grabbed his .45-caliber handgun from a bedside table and went to investi­gate. Encountering the burglars, he fired several shots, hitting one of the men and causing the trio to flee the home. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock, AR,01/23/2009)

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?

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Friday, August 2, 2013

Seattle officials call for ban on 'potentially offensive' language

Here's a gem that Statists propose from time to time:  Seattle officials call for ban on 'potentially offensive' language

I've made this point before, but it bears refreshing from time to time.  Polite speech needs no defense.  The things that challenge us, that force us to grow and think, are often offensive because they break us out of our usual mental paradigms. 

People get to be racist.  They get to be sexist.  They get to say stupid things.  That doesn't make them right, but in protecting even that garbage, we open the door for when someone comes up with a a great idea that we should take seriously but we find challenging.  In time, good ideas work, bad ideas don't and we discard the bad (which is why racism and sexism are waning, though they still do exist). 

This is why the 1st amendment exists.  There is no freedom from offense or hurt feelings.  There is only freedom of thought and expression.

Eliminate that, and you eliminate real political debate, which I believe is the real goal.  Statists, Leftists, Progressives, 20th Century Progressives or whatever you'd like to call them like Woodrow Wilson are simply fascists (don't believe it? Check out the Sedition Act of 1918).

Stifling free speech is a form of Statist control.  Communists do it.  Fascists do it.  Leftist/Progressives do it.  We shouldn't tolerate it.

Some really inconvenient truth

I don't think you're allowed to be this honest when you're talking about global warming. Somebody's going to be in trouble with the ecochondriac cabal.

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It's reminiscent of Christine Stewart, Canada's former environment minister's statement, "Climate change provides the greatest chance to bring about justice and equality in the world." On another occasion, she said, "No matter if the science is all phony, there is still collateral environmental benefits to global warming policies."

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Germany’s clean energy plan backfired

Energy production is a growing concern in modern society.  We don't want to pollute, but we also have to have energy.  The result is that we have choices to make, and those choices often involve selecting the "least bad" solution.  As I've studied it at some length, I've found that nuclear energy is the least bad solution.  It's the safest, cleanest and cheapest energy we can produce, and only the biases of aging hippies keep us from increasing our use of it.  I've posted before that I think newer, thorium reactors are the way to go, but any nuclear is better than coal or even natural gas.  Germany has helped remind the world of that with their panic decision to stop using nuclear power.  (Link redirects to Salon.com)