A little over a week ago I received the Lethal Lace LLC's universal concealed carry holster to test out and review. As I have only had this roughly a week, I will be giving you my first impressions on this holster. Upon opening the packaging, I rolled out the holster and laid it flat. The middle of it is solid black, while the edges have lace and it has some elasticity. Perfect balance of functional and feminine in my opinion. I placed my gun, which is a .40 S&W compact into the holster. I then wrapped it around my torso, as I was trying it out for hip carry on this day. It is comfortable to wear and did a good job of supporting my gun. I did notice that for me, wearing sweatpants that there was some slipping, but I also am not a size 2/4 and/or have a six pack/flat stomach. (Kid and all) So it might work for someone who is smaller in size than myself. With a pair of jeans it worked great. Comfortable while I wore it throughout the day. I also tried it back carrying, not something I personally due, while it took a bit for me to get it situated comfortably, once it was, I hardly noticed it was there. I personally wouldn't wear it that way with a larger framed gun.
Overall at this time, I find it to be comfortable to wear and so far a good option. I had no printing issues with it, which was great. This type of holster does present challenges when it comes to re-holstering. However, drawing from the holster presented no problems and in a defensive use situation, you are most likely not going to be re-holstering your firearm.
I am planning on continuing testing it out in various locations that I could use it as well as using different firearms available to me, including a 9mm and a .45ACP 1911. I am curious to see whether or not the elasticity of the holster/band holds out after repetitive/extended use. As well as how it does with different firearms and in different locations. I will be giving my full review within a few weeks, in order to thoroughly test and give a complete and comprehensive review.
Everyone involved in the shooting sports / 2A rights movement as well as supporters of the gun control industry has heard of Shannon Watts, the so-called founder of Moms Demand Action by now. What many don’t know is what her background is, who the REAL Shannon Watts is. Far from being the Suzy Soccer Mom she portrays herself as, she is a high powered corporate mouthpiece hand selected to shepherd suburban upper middle class housewives under the banner of “gunsense”. In this 3 part series I will deconstruct the fiction she has built up that many believe to be true. Far from being a hit piece, these articles will simply lay out the facts of her background based on her work history, that of her husband, her own LinkedIn profile and the timeline of the Moms Demand Action (then called 1 Million Moms for Gun Control) Facebook page along with her various media appearances during the first few months of the group’s existence. Nothing more and nothing less than cold, hard truth.
Of course we have all heard the legend of how Shannon Troughton Marmion Watts, a stay at home mom, heard about the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School and ran home from her yoga class to start her organization based on nothing more than her reaction to the sheer horror of the event. As far as stories go, it is a nice one. It's simple, emotionally visceral and tugs at the heartstrings. You can almost picture it in your mind. The problem is that the story, like many other things Ms. Watts has said, is totally untrue.
Let’s begin by looking at Ms. Watts’ background and her life experience beyond the legend of the stay at home mom. According to her LinkedIn profile, her first public relations job came in 1993 as a Public Affairs Officer for the Missouri State Government under Democrat Mel Carnahan. Suzy Soccer Mom cut her PR teeth working as a Public Affairs Officer for a rabidly anti-gun politician. This is the first of her pre Moms Demand connections to gun control extremists in her background.
She then moved to a position as Vice President for Corporate and Public Affairs at Fleishman-Hilliard, a massive public relations firm that handles such clients as the Bayer Corporation, Perdue Pharma and Monsanto. Her work here set the stage for several employment transitions within the world of multi-national conglomerates and major health care corporations.
Three years later she took a position at Monsanto as the Director of Global Public and Corporate Affairs. Read that title again. Suzy Soccer Mom was the chief mouthpiece for Monsanto on a global basis. She formulated press releases in which suing farmers whose fields were pollinated by bees carrying Monsanto GMO pollen from adjoining fields was “good business practice”. Far from being the “concerned mom” she portrays today, she was concerned with putting a good face on bankrupting family farms that didn’t have the resources to fight Monsanto’s onslaught against them based on the actions of wild bees.
From Monsanto she shifted her employment once again to be the Director for Global Communications for GE Healthcare. Here she was in charge of a 10 member team whose job it was to be the face and voice of a Fortune 100 company that generated over 14 billion in revenue on medical diagnosis and imaging devices alone annually. I don’t know many stay at home moms who have been Global Directors of Communications for multi-national corporations. I’m not saying that they don’t exist out there somewhere- but then again I’m not going to say that the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot don’t exist out there somewhere. I find it highly unlikely that they do, and there is a better chance of the next hurricane raining down Bowmore 25 year old Islay Scotch, but anything is possible.
Her next job which she took in 2005 provided her with both a husband, John Watts Jr. and a connection to her eventual financier- the powerful & politically connected NY multi-billionaire gun control extremist Michael Bloomberg. She became the Vice President for Corporate Communication for WellPoint. Her husband John S. Watts Jr. was a fellow WellPoint executive whose clients as Chief Executive of National Accounts for WellPoint included… you guessed it… Michael Bloomberg via the NY City Blue Cross health care plans which were acquired by WellPoint in 2005- the same year Shannon took over as the head of their PR division. Pretty amazing coincidence that Ms. Watts, a high powered corporate PR executive, whose husband handled the NYC Blue Cross accounts while Michael Bloomberg was Mayor, whose first job in the PR world was working for a rabidly anti-gun Governor, would start a gun control group that was funded by Michael Bloomberg immediately after Sandy Hook huh?
Please check back next week for Part 2 of this 3 part article.
- Mr. Decker
UPDATE: Part 1 is out and can be read HERE
10-Year-Old Competitive shooter Shyanne Roberts receives a custom engraved Henry American Beauty lever action rifle from her father Dan Roberts for a Valentines Day gift. The days of flowers and candy have been cast aside by the modern "Tom Boy Diva."
Shyanne takes a day off from the world of AR's, Glocks, and Beretta shotguns to enjoy some time on the range with dad. Although a snow storm was setting in, the pair was determined to get some trigger time.
URGENT ACTION!!! STOP SB347 FROM TURNING INTO AN ANTIGUN BILL!!!
Behind the scenes, there are efforts to turn SB347 into an antigun bill. It would still be "Constitutional Carry" in the strictest sense, but it will also roll back preemption that the WVCDL and NRA have fought so dearly to win. The net result will be that we have our constitutional right to carry recognized, but in ten years, as every city and county passes gun ban after gun ban, no where to carry.
We need your help. We ask you to call the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ask them to pass SB347 in its ORIGINAL FORM.
Some of these phone lines have been ringing without answer, coincidental to this action or no. Let them ring if no one answers. Keep those phones ringing until the original bill passes intact.
Share this post far and wide. Let every West Virginian that cares about his Second Amendment rights have his voice heard.
Numbers are provided below:
Charles S. Trump (R - Morgan, 15)
David C. Nohe (R - Wood, 03)
Robert D. Beach (D - Monongalia, 13)
Art Kirkendoll (D - Logan, 07)
Ronald F. Miller (D - Greenbrier, 10)
Corey Palumbo (D - Kanawha, 17)
Mike Romano (D - Harrison, 12)
Herb Snyder (D - Jefferson, 16)
Bob Williams (D - Taylor, 14)
Mike Woelfel (D - Cabell, 05)
Mitch Carmichael (R - Jackson, 04)
Daniel J. Hall (R - Wyoming, 09)
Ryan Ferns (R - Ohio, 01)
Ed Gaunch (R - Kanawha, 08)
Robert L. Karnes (R - Upshur, 11)
Kent Leonhardt (R - Monongalia, 02)
Mark R. Maynard (R - Wayne, 06)
A home defense firearm should be the last thing one considers when planning out a home defense plan. That sounds kind of odd coming from a 2A advocacy group doesn’t it? Actually it isn’t. As firearm owners we know that the firearm is the last resort in a defensive situation, it is the “nuclear option” to exercise when all else has failed. The old saying goes “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and in this post you’ll get some tips and pointers from a soldier’s & a police officer’s perspective on how to work the prevention side… on a budget.
Every defensive position (and your home is one) should have defense in depth. This means multiple layers starting from the furthest point out (your property line) up to where you are currently reading this article. In between the property line and your person, there should be things that would dissuade someone from choosing your home as a target. They can either make it difficult to access your home, or make your home unappealing to a criminal so they look elsewhere to score.
For your property line, you can consider a fence. The proverbial “white picket fence” serves as a deterrent to the casual criminal who is out looking for a home to rob. It places a barrier that (s)he must cross to get to your home and restricts entry/exit to a single point usually directly in front of the house. This is the most expensive (outside of a firearm) thing I will suggest throughout this article.
Perimeter lighting is also effective. Even inexpensive solar “stick” lights can provide illumination to the area around your home. Criminals prefer (by and large) the darkness to operate in and by illuminating your property line, it may cause them to pass over your residence.
For your front lawn, consider getting an alarm company sign. Sure you can go for the full on alarm system, and that is a definite plus, but I am writing this for those of us who don’t have the 500 bucks or so to spend. The objective is to cause a criminal to look at your home and say “Nope- gonna go somewhere else”. Simply having the sign pus the idea that your home is on central station monitoring and that as soon as he trips it, the police would be on their way.
Moving inwards the next item to look at would be shrubbery close to the house. Yes- shrubbery. Large and/or overgrown shrubs provide a place for a criminal to conceal themselves and allows a criminal to work out of the view of people on your street. Big shrubs look pretty and can increase the value of your home, but when you are considering hardening your home, shrubs should be well trimmed. Another option is to plant shrubs that nobody in their right mind would want to be around. Cactus or Spanish Bayonet plants (where appropriate) will dissuade just about anyone from using them as concealment. In colder areas, holly trees (kept to shrub size) or other prickly plants can be used.
Motion detector lights are also a good thing to have on your home. Illumination is a criminal’s bane so installing lights on the exterior of your home is always a good thing. Set the motion detection to only pick up movement over 2 feet (so your local raccoon raiding your trash doesn’t keep them burning all night).
Simulated security cameras can be used in conjunction with lighting. The criminal doesn’t know if the cameras are real or simulated but the do know they don’t want to be on video. The purpose here is to get the criminal to choose an easier home to break into rather than spend a bunch of money.
Ground floor windows should be of good construction and in good repair. Lock the windows while you are away from the house so a robber would have to break the window to gain entry. Breaking glass is loud and can attract the attention of neighbors and criminals are aware of this. Doors should be solid core wood or steel clad and be equipped with a deadbolt lock and a peephole. Keep the deadbolt locked, even if you are home. Doors are a primary route for criminals to enter the home and a solid wood or steel door without glass and deadbolted presents a significant obstacle to the enterprising robber. Having the peephole allows you to look out and identify whoever is at the door without opening it and allowing an easy entry route into your home.
Inside the home, consider getting yourself a loud dog. While large working breeds such as the German Shepherd, Malinois, Rottweiler or Doberman are best (as they can be trained for protection), even a small yappy dog who alerts to strangers in the vicinity provides a significant deterrent to someone looking to break into your home. A barking dog lets the criminal know that you are aware of something out of the ordinary is going on and can also attract the attention of neighbors. Of course having a working breed dog staring out the window the criminal is peeking into will cause all but the most determined (or most stupid) of burglars to go elsewhere. Not many people want to tangle with a 100 pound German Shepherd protecting its territory or family! Great dogs can be found at the pound as well as breed specific rescue groups. You're saving a life, spending the cost of a couple meals at McDonalds, and getting a fuzzy ball of love & kisses that will lay down it's life in your defense. Win-Win! (Yes I was a K9 officer- can you tell?)
The last item is a firearm for home defense. While they are beneficial, they are not magic wands. They are the last step, the last resort for when everything else has failed. They do allow you to defend yourself when all your preventative defenses have failed but we also realize that firearms are not for everyone. I do encourage everyone to at least give the shooting sports a try and to become proficient and comfortable enough to purchase their own. It is always better to have it & not need it, than need it & not have it!
I won’t delve into the whole handgun / shotgun / carbine debate on the “best” home defense firearm as that is a very personal choice and would take up more space that the Moms here allow me to have! If you would like assistance and direction on making the choice of firearm to keep in your home, reach out to the 1MMAGC staff and they will be happy to point you in the right direction.
- Mr. Decker
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense (MDA) in America hit the capitol in Washington State last week to try and persuade the legislators to see things their way. They brought stacks of signed petitions from their members to hand over to our lawmakers.
There were moms begging the legislators not to loosen up on I-594. In fact, on the agenda was pressuring our lawmakers to pass bills that require all firearms to be locked up in the home. Are they going to tell us to lock up our kitchen knives? What about the kids’ baseball bats? I’ll have to build a huge shed just to store all of the rocks that we’ll have to lock up here. That’s the insanity of it. Where does it stop? It goes on with wanting stricter penalties for parents whose children find and fire their guns. You’ll want to watch for this one, it’s HB 1747. There is also a companion measure, SB 5789.
Well with the MDA, of course, it won’t stop there. Oh no. Instead, they are also asking to that Washington allow the so called “turn in your neighbor bill” currently a law in California. Meaning that if your family or friends claims you are crazy, they can ask the court to come and “temporarily” take your firearms away.
We need to match and exceed their numbers when it comes to contacting our legislators. We can’t let their voice be the only ones heard, because they don’t speak for us! It’s time to stand up, Women, and let OUR voice be heard!
Passion. Pride. Performance.
These three words describe the membership of the WVCDL. All three of these words were visually evident during this years Lobby Day.
The passion was evident in the member turnout, even though it was a bit lower than anticipated due to Winter Storm Octavia, we still managed to have enough members show up to make a positive impression.
The rooms were full of pride as members were introduced in both the House and Senate sessions, but especially for that chance to stand on the Senate floor for a photo session with the Senators.
Our performance speaks for itself...
You know your group has made a positive change in the state when multiple members of the legislature push aside their ties, unbutton their shirts, and reveal that infamous black shirt of the WVCDL.
For more information on the West Virginia Citizens Defense League (WVCDL), please visit their website, at WVCDL.org
Next week, pro-gun bills Senate Bill 275 and Senate Bill 347 are expected to receive hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Senate Bill 275, introduced by state Senator Charles Trump (R-15), would ensure the confidentiality of personal information of all current and renewing applicants for a concealed handgun license. Additionally, it would make the personal information of those persons who have earned a concealed handgun license private to everyone other than law enforcement agencies.
Senate Bill 347, introduced by state Senator Dave Sypolt (R-14), would recognize your right to legally carry a concealed firearm without the burdensome requirement of having to obtain a costly and time restrictive Concealed Handgun License (CHL). This is a necessary update to concealed carry statutes in West Virginia, allowing law-abiding gun owners the ability to protect themselves and their loved ones. In West Virginia, it is already legal to carry a firearm openly, as long as the individual is not prohibited by law from possessing a firearm. However, under current law, if a firearm becomes covered by a coat or if a woman prefers to carry a firearm for self-protection in her purse, he or she would need to possess a concealed pistol permit.
This permitless carry legislation gives you the freedom to choose the best method of carrying for each individual, based on your attire, gender and/or physical attributes. Also critically important, this legislation would keep in place the current permitting system so that people who obtain a permit could still enjoy the reciprocity agreements that West Virginia has with other states across the country.
These bills would greatly benefit law-abiding gun owners in The Mountain State. Please contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and politely urge them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 275 and Senate Bill 347.
Senate Judiciary Committee Members:
Senator Charles Trump (R-Morgan, 15), Chairman
Senator David Nohe (R-Wood, 03), Vice-Chairman
Senator Robert Beach (D- Monongalia, 13)
Senator Art Kirkendoll (D-Logan, 07)
Senator Ronald Miller (D- Greenbreier, 10)
Senator Corey Palumbo (D-Kanawha, 17)
Senator Mike Romano (D-Harrison, 12)
Senator Herb Snyder (D-Jefferson, 16)
Senator Bob Williams (D-Taylor, 14)
Senator Mike Woelfel (D-Cabell, 05)
Senator Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson, 04)
Senator Daniel Hall (R-Wyoming, 09)
Senator Ryan Ferns (R-Ohio, 01)
Senator Ed Gaunch (R-Kanawha, 08)
Senator Robert Karnes (R-Upshur, 11)
Senator Kent Leonhardt (R-Monongalia, 02)
Senator Mark Maynard
From: Indiana Moms Against Gun Control
Well the deadline is fast approaching. There are likely only 5, perhaps 6, hearing days remaining for Indiana’s “part-time” legislature. Today the committee approved one of Rep Dermody’s pet bills, a compromise on other legislative measures allowing some Sunday alcohol sales. Tomorrow there is another hearing for 1 bill, but its sole focus is on various gaming matters. This bill is one which does appear to have a fairly strong fiscal impact; negative fiscal impact – costing the state several million dollars. (These are HB1624 and HB1540, respectively – for any who are interested; but as they are NOT part of our cause, so I am not adding links).
Why do we need you to call Dermody (800-382-9841 or 317-232-9850 -- firstname.lastname@example.org )? Why call Bosma 800-382-9841 or 317-232-9677 -- email@example.com )?
Because – in the meantime – Sitting in the House Public Policy Committee are the following bills:
HB 1143 – “Possession of Firearms on State Property” – SUPPORT THIS – removes restriction on state property; including “rules” by state sponsored agencies (universities). This is one of the “PREMIER” bills
HB1144 – “Handgun License Repeal” – SUPPORT THIS – removes conflicts of state law vs. state constitution and provides true “constitutional carry”; amended version retains LTCH as OPTION under current guidelines for sake of reciprocity for Hoosiers. – This is the other “PREMIER” bill.
Other (mostly good, 1 not) bills in this committee are:
HB 1107 – “Handgun training & Reciprocity License” – OPPOSE – While I see the “intended purpose”; this one falls into the “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” and “I’m from the government and I’m here to help” category. We are GAINING more reciprocity now (34 states with Ohio this year); this could just as easily cause other states where we have existing reciprocity to pull it for those without the ‘endorsement’. NO; this one is opposed.
HB 1244 – “Firearms on Business Premises” – Protects business owners from liability for NOT restricting law abiding carry of firearms. We SUPPORT this one (and a similar bill, SB 107 was in the judiciary committee, where it also appears it will not heard; and it is that committee chairman’s own legislation).
HB 1494 – “Firearm ownership and Medical Records” – SUPPORT – Protects gun owners from intrusive questions by Doctors, as from the ACA and promoted by certain physician groups.
HB 1633 – “Indiana Firearms Freedom Act” – SUPPORT – Firearms made and retained lawfully within the state are not subject to Federal Regulations.
HB 1634 – “Regulation of Knives by Political Subdivisions” – SUPPORT – This is State pre-emption of local knife ordinance, similar to state pre-emption of firearms ordinances.
It is also entirely likely (but I have not seen it yet to confirm) that SB 433 “SHOTGUNS”, will end up in Chairman Dermody’s Committee following the session break. We’ve written about and it has been passed by the State Senate. It does not sit well with me that this could be derailed by the Chairman of this committee.
Still there is time to act. I have called (again!) today to speak to an aid, since I was only able to leave a voice message yesterday. I was hoping to gather some information, to better determine the number of calls and letters he has received. CALL NOW, WRITE NOW to get these bills heard. Do you know who we refer to when we say “MdA” or “Mrs.Watts” – THERE ARE PEOPLE, PRO 2A PEOPLE out there – that do NOT know this. Surprising as it is to the enlightened – it is true. Each of you has the power to help make a difference. It is up to you who are informed. We are a small but potent group.
This is why I do this – because we MUST train ourselves, our families, our friends, our neighbors. No one else can do it. In a republic, while the rights of the individual are paramount; the individual also has a responsibility to the whole. In this case – to help educate, train and mold the next generation. I do this because when my grandsons ask: “What did you do to protect our freedom” – I want to be sure I can say with a clear answer => “ALL THAT I COULD!” Is it enough? I do not know – I suppose only THEIR grandchildren will be able to answer that, and even then – ONLY IF – we and they – do this right.
Thank you for all your support. Please Write and/or Call.
Links to several related prior posts and legislation
Letter to Dermody and Bosma
Write-up info on HB 1143
Link to House PP Committee (all bills can be found there)
Write-up / Sample Letter on SB 433
The first settlers in America arrived in Jamestown in April of 1607. (1) It was a long and difficult journey. There were some who didn’t make it to see the beautiful terrain that would soon be referred to as the Land of the Brave. Those who did, I’m sure they were glad for the firearms that they brought with them. I’m sure that you are wondering what Jamestown settlers and weapons being used have to do with Alabama. I assure you that I am almost there. Just bear with me a little more.
Fresh from the Mother Land, the settlers were armed with mainly matchlocks, as that was the most popular firearm at the time, along with some wheel locks and snaphaunces. The term matchlocks was used to describe three types of firearms; the harquebus (arquebus), the caliver and the musket. During the 16th century, the harquebus was the most used. The muskets, built requiring something to support the 20lbs that it weighed was introduced by Duke Alba in the Spanish service. The English had a lighter musket that was a 10 gauge. But to use these, you need to have plenty of time. It was slow to load and was only able to shoot twice a minute. (1)
By 1609, there were reports by John Smith claiming that there were 300 muskets, snaphaunces and firelocks (wheel locks) at Jamestown. Wheel locks were less common because they cost a considerable amount more than other firearms. The workings of the wheel lock functioned in a similar fashion as today’s cigarette lighters. There was a key that wound the steel wheel and when that was released by pulling the trigger, it forced the wheels edges to ignite on a piece of pyrite. If you lose the key, the weapon was useless.
In 1610 the first flintlock was invented; being the first firearm to shoot a spherical bullet after the spark ignited the gunpowder. Most of the settlers were using long rifles by the early 1700s. It was lighter than the matchlocks, weighing in at 7-10 pounds. It might have been the very firearms that the settlers would have showed up and established a fort that came to be known as Fort Louis de la Mobile. This bluff that would draw the Le Moyne brothers was only 27 miles up from Mobile River. (2)
The people in this area continued with their firearms clear up until the Alabama Territory was created in 1817. Alabama then entered into the United States officially as a state on December 14th, 1817. (3) The people of Alabama knew it was important to be able to keep their right to bear arms. In Article I Section 26 of the Alabama State Constitution it states “That every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state.” (4)
Today, Alabama stands in support of the Second Amendment. Thanks to the early settlers who forged the new land and created a new country, where we could be free to bear arms.
1. National Park Service. History of Armour and Weapons Relevant to Jamestown. January 1995. February 7, 2015. http://www.nps.gov/…/history-of-armour-and-weapons-relevant….
2. Brian McLintock. Modernization of the Muzzleloaded Rifle. 2015. February 7, 2015. http://www.popularmechanics.com/…/the-modernization-of-th…/….
3. Alabama Department of Archives and History 1801-1900. Timeline 1801-1900. February 7, 2015. http://www.archives.alabama.gov/timeline/al1801.html.
4. Opencarry.org. Alabama. February 7, 2015. http://www.opencarry.org/?page_id=176.
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