It would seem counter-intuitive for a male to join a group called “1 Million Moms Against Gun Control” especially as the group itself is centered around a female point of view with an emphasis on mothers. Their posts have a definitive female slant, their web store carries mainly products geared towards females, their gear reviews are based on a feminine perspective (such as holsters for the female form)… let’s face it this is a woman’s group. Those are exactly the reasons why I thought it was important for me to contribute here and lend my support.
I was a police officer for 10 years. That time was spent as a patrol officer and later as a K9 officer and ERT Team member. I was on the road, I was out amongst em, I have seen things in my career that would make most sane people curl up in a ball in the corner and twitch until they fell asleep- which is when the nightmares would start. I have seen firsthand the violence and depravity that humans are capable of up close and personal. I didn’t read about it on a Facebook page or Twitter feed, I didn’t watch it on a news program; I have walked around pools of blood and have had the smell of death in my uniform. I have held victims as they let out screams that sear your soul and you carry with you forever. I have notified parents or children that their loved ones were gravely injured or dead and seen the look of abject horror in their eyes as they process what I am telling them.
Many of those times I was responding to a 911 call from a woman. It was their blood. It was their body. It was their scream. These women were someone’s daughter, someone’s mother, someone’s sister, someone’s wife or girlfriend. Almost every time I got there too late to make a difference (I can recall 3 instances in my entire career where I was able to respond before an attacker went “hands on” with their victim). While I would outrun my headlights, pushing my cruiser to its limits and beyond, my response times were invariably 4-8 minutes depending on where I was in my patrol sector. If you don’t think that is a lot of time, look at your wristwatch or start the stopwatch on your phone. Let it run 6 minutes. Just stare at it- don’t do anything until those 6 minutes are up- then tell me 6 minutes isn't a lot of time for help to arrive. We want to be there in time, we risk our lives to be there in time, but the reality is by the time we get there our jobs are normally limited to recording the circumstances of your misfortune and (hopefully) apprehending the perpetrator.
Not every call from a woman resulted in her being assaulted, robbed, raped or killed though. The one common denominator in every case where the intended victim was either unharmed or only slightly injured was a firearm. No- the firearm was not a magic wand and there were cases of armed women being injured and/or killed but in every case (other than the aforementioned 3) where the intended victim walked away, the woman had a gun.
1MMAGC promotes the concept that it is better for Moms to TAKE action than it is to demand it. 1MMAGC promotes the idea that it is better to have a firearm handy to deal with a threat to their lives & the lives of their family than it is to call someone with a firearm and wait 4-8 minutes for them to show up and deal with the threat for them. 1MMAGC promotes the idea that a woman is better off explaining to me why the tweaker is shot in her hallway than for me to try and catch the tweaker after he ripped her apart. 1MMAGC promotes the concept that women can and SHOULD take an active role in their well-being and in the defense of themselves and their family.
I have seen firsthand, over the course of a decade, how well those concepts work.
That is why I joined.
- Mr. Decker
*Note, image above is distorted due to current employment.
As I write this, I doubt there is one single firearm owner in the country who is not aware of the BATFE’s attempt to ban the most common cartridge in America which is chambered in the most popular rifle in America. This BATFE sleight of hand attempt at back door gun banning was based on the AR pistol and a law written over 30 years ago that bans armor piercing handgun ammunition.
Originally the law was written in response to the KTW round which was developed by active duty police officers looking for a round that would penetrate car doors and moderate cover, as jacketed lead rounds deformed and failed to perform. They were made of hardened steel and brass with a Teflon coating (the Teflon just kept the barrel from wearing out- it has nothing to do with its performance). They were made in 9mm, .357 Magnum as well as other popular handgun calibers. In 1982, NBC ran a story which turned a niche series of cartridges not commonly available to the public into “Cop Killer Bullets” despite no officer having been killed (or even shot) with one. Of course the nascent gun control extremist organizations just had to ban them, and the law was written to address hardened steel, tungsten, hardened copper, and hardened brass bullets.
Then came the increase in popularity of the AR pistol. An AR pistol is nothing more than an AR platform with no buttstock and a short barrel, typically 10” long. These have been around since the late 1980’s and there has not been one instance of an officer being shot with one that I have been able to find. Just like in 1982 though, actual facts have nothing to do with the discussion as far as gun control extremists are concerned, and the M855 round is being called a “Cop Killer”. Keep in mind that any rifle cartridge fired from a pistol platform will defeat the body armor worn by most officers. This is where the latest gun control extremist scheme comes from.
BATFE attempted to redefine the cartridge as “armor piercing” despite the construction of the actual bullet not meeting their own definition of armor piercing based on the AR pistol chambering it. Commonly called “green tip” due to the green paint on the nose of the bullet, it is not in any way, shape or form an AP cartridge. Military rounds that are constructed as AP have a black tip. The current 5.56x45mm AP round is the M995 round which carries a black tip and contains a tungsten penetrator. It is this tungsten penetrator which makes it armor piercing. The M855 cartridge contains a small amount of mild steel and carries no components which meet any definition of armor piercing. Despite a pistol chambering it, it is not a handgun round either- it is a rifle round.
Gun owners obviously pushed back against this nonsensical reclassification. Even the National Fraternal Order of Police opposed this ban, citing the fact that the AR pistol (at 2 feet long and 5.5 pounds) did not present a threat to officers. Every officer I know was laughing at the ridiculousness of the anti-gunner’s claims. Street officers were up in arms nationwide (pun intended) as the ban would drastically increase the price of their practice ammo and actually force a potential criminal to use more effective cartridges. The M855 is a singular failure in terms of terminal ballistics. I have used it in combat and can personally attest to its poor performance. Commercial ammunition, which will also blow through Level IIIA armor like a knife through butter, has vastly improved terminal ballistics over the M855. Gun control extremists just wanted to ban it because it was inexpensive, available and popular. They don’t care about officer safety and will gladly increase risk to the lives of my brothers in blue as long as they can ban something.
Anti-gun and anti-officer safety politicians like Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) are now pushing a bill that would ban ALL rifle cartridges. Not some- ALL. The way he is able to attempt the most sweeping firearm infringement in history is due to a single shot niche handgun called the Thompson Contender which has been chambered in every cartridge under the sun. Every cartridge is now a “handgun” cartridge according to him. Everything from the .22 Magnum to the .458 WinMag would be gone. No cartridge that is capable of penetrating “Minimum Standard” body armor would be allowed to be possessed. The “Minimum Standard” is Level I which is only rated to stop .22 rimfire.
Every single caliber of self contained metallic cartridge designed since 1870 would be banned at the stroke of a pen. Want to hunt deer with your grandfather’s 30-30? Too bad- if you have the ammunition, you’re a felon. Want to shoot the 8mm Mauser your grandpa brought back from WWII? Sorry- possession of the ammunition is a felony. Want to go hunt squirrels with a .22 Magnum? You’re a felon if you do. Want to go varmint hunting with your antique .22 Remington Jet? You’re going to go to prison.
Street cops know this cartridge ban is ridiculous. Firearm owners know this cartridge ban is ridiculous. Even the politicians and gun control extremists pushing this know it is ridiculous- but I guess they can’t resist the lure of free Bloomberg money.
They may not be coming for the actual guns, but making you into a felon for possessing any cartridge larger than a .22 rimfire and ensuring that no firearm you own is capable of being used as anything other than a large expensive club comes pretty darn close!
A group of eight children, ranging in age from preschool to seventh grade, watch as Eddie Eagle lays out the four basic gun safety rules for children in a short film. Their parents, in an adjoining room, are being commended on taking competent and necessary steps to prevent gun related tragedies.
Instructor, Tyson Kilbey, takes a moment to reiterate to the parents that pretending like guns are not around does not prevent accidental gun injuries and deaths. Telling a child to never touch a gun only adds to the mystery and curiosity which leads to unsafe handling of firearms. He takes it a step further and urges the parents to, "make gun training a constant process. Make it fun, and they will continue to practice safe gun handling their entire lives."
After the children introduce themselves the room quickly fills with laughter as Kilbey leads them in a high energy game of Simon Says. Kilbey has all of the children's direct and active attention on him. They listen to every word and hurriedly obey. The children are having a blast as he is effortlessly establishing authority in the room.
Once the final child obeys the last command and the game has been won, instructor David Whisenhunt, steps in to reiterate the lessons learned from Eddie Eagle. The children, excited to share their knowledge, shout out the four rules for children and guns.
2) Don't touch
3) Leave the area
4) Tell a trusted adult
Whisenhunt then stretches their mode of thinking, as they prepare to move into the five cardinal rules for gun safety, by asking, "How do you know if a gun is loaded?" To which one boy quickly replies, "You don't. That's why you don't touch it " Kilbey steps up and writes the numbers one they five on the white board and asks the group to explain the rules for safe gun handling. Obviously, some of the children had heard these before as hands raise, thrashing the air around them, voices shouting, "Pick me! I know! Treat all guns as if they are loaded!"
"Never point a gun at anything you are not willing to shoot."
"Know your target and what's behind it."
"Keep your finger of the trigger until you are ready to shoot. "
Kilbey points out that there is one more rule and Whisenhunt steps in to explain the importance of storing guns unloaded, reiterating that you can't tell if a gun is unloaded simply by looking at it. One of the children blurts out that, "there could still be a bullet in the chamber," even if the magazine is out, to which Kilbey demonstrates with the use of dummy ammunition (snap caps).
Both instructors form a line and use training guns (blue guns) to teach the children the importance of keeping your finger off the trigger and never pointing a gun at anything you are not willing to shoot.
During this training, one little boy is heard saying to a friend, "Don't point that at me, I like my life!"
Soon, all of the children feel comfortable and their curiosity has been quelled, the room one again erupts in games and laughter as they play they are reminded gently about thinking things through and being aware and responsible for the safety of themselves and those around them.
After the last game is over, the children review what they have learned. A five year old girl, who had started the class reluctant and shy, was beaming with pride as she recited, "Stop, don't touch, leave, get a grownup!" (Though honestly I think her dad, who was looking on, was even more proud of her than she could possibly be of herself.)
Each child was called up and presented with a certificate of training and given a few pieces of candy for their hard work.
When asked, one mom explained that, "with more friends and family owning guns, I want my child to know what to do around them. I can't be there to protect my child in every situation, but I can teach them ways to protect themselves." Then a dad chimed in offering, "If you're a parent you know that sometimes your kids don't listen to you. But, sometimes they are more likely to listen to someone else who says the exact same thing as you. So you have to find someone you trust and I wouldn't trust anyone but Kilbey and Whisenhunt to train my kids." This statement was met with resounding agreement from all the parents in the room.
In no time, the small voices and high energy that had filled the room moments before, were all headed on their way to family and activities that were awaiting them. Yet, it's satisfying to know that those eight children now know the basics of gun safety. Even more, it's encouraging to know that those children can help educate those in their sphere of influence, both peers as well as adults.
[A special thank you to Tyson Kilbey and David Whisenhunt, with Top Firearms Instruction, for giving me the opportunity to observe the Kids Handgun Safety class.
Keep up the good fight!
The only gun that you should carry is the largest caliber commercially available: a sniper rifle in .50 BMG. Just displaying that monster is enough to scare away the Incredible Hulk.
No, wait. Not all states permit long gun carry, and such rifles are often prohibitively expensive. When you factor in the weight issues, deployment issues, and cost of ammo, that gun is just not going to work.
What you REALLY want is something light, cheap, and definitely concealable: a micro .22 derringer. You can have that on you literally anywhere, as some people have actually sneaked those pea shooters into prison. And the draw is no problem! Just stick your hand in your pocket and pull out two rounds of "I'm slightly upset with this current situation."
Well, no. That's not always a viable option. Most agree that .22 caliber isn't exactly a reliable fight-stopper, and the extremely limited capacity can leave you in as much trouble as Joe Biden's wife on the balcony.
On a serious note, I really cannot tell you that you're carrying the wrong gun. Very few can, but some are going to try anyway. Just remember that, no matter what you carry, you're compromising. You could
1) have a larger caliber
2) have a higher capacity magazine
3) have a longer sight radius,
but if you can't
1) put rounds on target with speed and accuracy
2) conceal (if you choose) a longer grip
3) comfortably carry
then you won't be carrying the right gun anyway.
We advocate that you choose your own risks as well as make your own compromises. You're a (mostly) free adult, and nobody knows what is best for you other than you.
From Keith Morgan, President, WVCDL (West Virginia Citizens Defense League)
3-22 Carry (SB347) Passes House Judiciary
WVCDL members and supporters, thanks to your efforts, 3-22 (constitutional or permitless) carry has passed a major legislative hurdle. It passed the House Judiciary Committee yesterday by a vote of 21-3.
Multiple amendments designed to poison the bill were shot down on 16-8 votes.
The bill is a committee substitute, and there are some changes from the senate version. So I will provide a summary of the bill as it stands now.
If the bill passes in its current form:
- The CHL licensing system remains completely intact so that we may take advantage of reciprocity agreements and carry in other states.
- Anyone over the age of 21 may carry openly or concealed without paying fees and obtaining a Concealed Handgun License, provided they are not prohibited from owning firearms.
- Anyone over the age of 18 who is a member of the Armed Forces, Armed Forces Reserves, or National Guard may carry openly or concealed without paying fees and obtaining a Concealed Handgun License
- The prohibitions of openly carrying a loaded handgun in a car, or in the woods of the state are removed. This will now be permissible without the "gotchas" in the Natural Resources laws.
- A longarm will be considered unloaded in a vehicle (thus legal) as long as the magazine is removed, and the chamber is clear. Meaning, you can't be charged with poaching for having a detached mag with some rounds in it.
- If a sheriff wrongfully denies your CHL, you may obtain reasonable court costs and fees if you take your appeal to Circuit Court and win your case.
- If you move to another county, the Sheriff must issue you a new CHL with your new license, and your original expiration date for a fee of $5.00
This bill is a HUGE win for West Virginians if we can get it to the governor in its current form. Stay tuned as it heads for a vote on the floor of the House.
Please contact your Delegate and ask them to support SB347!
Please read the Full Text of SB347
If you would like to use a sample email that you can copy paste, Randy Barnhart, WVCDL member, has drafted a simple one up. You may also use this as a transcript when making a call in support of SB347
Dear Delegate :
I am writing you today in support of SB347, as amended by the House Judiciary Committee. I understand you receive numerous emails on this, and other subjects, so I will keep my comments brief.
I am a constituent of your district and after reading the full text of SB347, I have formed an educated and informed opinion regarding the bill. Without going into great detail, I support this bill for numerous reasons. Some of which are:
- This bill removes the requirement that forces a West Virginia resident, who is not otherwise prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm, to purchase a license to bear arms in a concealed manner.
- This bill also removes the requirement that forces a West Virginia resident, who is not otherwise prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm, to purchase a license to bear arms while in a vehicle conducting their daily business.
- This bill retains our current licensing system, which allows West Virginians who choose to travel out of state the ability to enjoy the reciprocity agreements we have with other states.
The Constitution of West Virginia spells out explicitly that "A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, and for lawful hunting and recreational use." This legislative session will be remembered as one that affirmed the individual right to bear arms as best fit their circumstance. Over the years, the right to keep and bear arms has been chipped away little by little. This bill takes a big step to restoring and affirming a basic, fundamental right of West Virginians. That being the right to bear arms in a way that best suits the individuals need. I urge you to vote in favor of the bill, and to reject any additional amendments.
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