No due process.
No Second Amendment protected rights.
This is not the first state which has passed laws similar to this. Chances are that it won't be the last.
Where do we draw the line between liberty and safety? Are rights inherent or are they bestowed and revoked by government?
On the surface Oregon's Senate Bill 719, which easily passed the House and is heading now for Governor Kate Brown's signature, sounds great. It sounds like crisis situations will be averted. It makes people feel like they are helping. However, when you look at the facts beyond the feelings, there is no due process in this law. Any family member or police officer can allege that someone is a threat, citing very little evidence before a judge, and that person loses their right to protect themselves. They are deemed guilty before they have the opportunity to prove their innocence. At that time, their property must be forfeited to the state or it will be seized by force.
They must then prove to the state that they are "safe" in order to regain their constitutionally protected rights as well as their personal possessions.
Are you willing to forfeit your rights for the illusion that a truly unhinged and dangerous person would not simply steal a gun, buy a gun stolen gun, or use a different type of weapon to enact whatever destruction they are bent on?
Should those who are falsely accused in courtrooms across the nation everyday have their rights stripped away by a law which only serves as a feel good, ignore the root of the problem, at least it looks like we care about helping people, power grab?
Of course not. Unfortunately, this is in fact the trend we are witnessing and it is spreading rapidly.
So, which will it be, America?
Will we hold fast to the illusion of safety or to our inherent right to actually keep ourselves safe?
Before I allow my child to play with your child, there is something must ask...
As I'm sure you've noticed, there's been a recent campaign revolving around firearms and friends, children's sleepovers and playdates, in particular. The parent of one child is to ask the parent of the other child(ren) if they *gasp* own a firearm.
This social experiment is being promoted as a way to ensure the safety of your child.
The promoters are encouraging people to ask tough questions such as; do you have guns in your home, how do you secure the guns in your home, do you ever carry your gun on your person, where do you keep the ammunition, what kind of background and training do you have, and other incredibly personal and highly invasive questions.
Call me skeptical and old fashioned, but if I don't know the parent well enough to trust them with their potential guns, I'm not liable to trust them to be honest about their guns. Furthermore, and more importantly, I am certainly not going to trust them with caring for my child(ren).
It is my job, as a parent, to protect my children. If that means no sleepover at little Tommy or Suzie's house, because I don't know their folks, so be it.
Protecting my children also means that I ensure they have the training to be safe around guns even if others around them do not. There are many programs and courses available nationwide, such as (but not limited to) the NRA's Eddie Eagle program, information through organizations like Childsafe, or even good old fashioned teaching by parents, to train children to understand and utilize gun safety.
Parents cannot be with their child 100% of the time. That's just reality. We must ensure that they have the wherewithal to be alert and educated enough to recognize and take action to remove themselves from a situation where someone is being unsafe (firearm or not).
Do the parents asking about gun ownership also ask about prescription drugs, swimming pools, parked cars, and refrigerators? Do they ask if anyone in the home has ever gotten a speeding ticket? Do they ask if anyone in the home has a history of domestic violence? Do they ask, perhaps, if the parents have ever drank an alcoholic beverage and then climbed behind the wheel of a car? All of these things either have the opportunity to be, or statistically been proven to be, as potentially dangerous as having a gun in your home.
Then again, as all of us rationally thinking gun owners already know, this nosey neighbor campaign is not, and was never, actually about safety. Instead, it was yet another not so veiled attempt to publicly shame those of us who exercise our Second Amendment protected right to protect ourselves and our families.
The antis can whine, cry, and try to use our children in a play for emotional extortion (ie, if you own guns your kid will be friendless and lonely). Yet, we are not ashamed. We are parents. It is our job to keep our children safe when they are with us. It is our responsibility to teach our children how to keep themselves safe when we are not with them. We take that job and responsibility very seriously.
Should you wonder, if you or your child is visiting our home, we will take your safety just as seriously.
Four words can change a life.
“Lockdown. Not a drill”
Is this really happening right now? What do I do? Is the door locked? A panicked shout of confirmation comes from across the room. “Locked!’ The lady in the blue sweatshirt just checked to be sure. Now she, along with the rest of us, were frantically looking around the room for a safe haven somewhere among the student desks and shelves full of books which lined the classroom. There is no cover to be found. We are left resorting to attempt to find concealment in this sudden and sickening game of hide-and-seek.
Crash! Pop! Pop-pop-pop! Shrieks and gunfire are coming from the other side of the wall.
The older gentleman standing next to me abruptly demands help turning the table at the back of the room over. As he is raking it’s contents onto the floor my mind races. “Help me!” he pleads again. I grab the end I’m standing next to. As I am turning this table onto it’s side, the gunfire keeps sounding. Was that eight rounds now? Or was it ten? I’d lost track. The man is motioning for me to get behind the overturned table with him. I know it’s not going to stop a bullet. I know that once the gunman gains entry into the room he will know people are hiding in this obvious spot. What can I do? I was trained to lock the door, hide, and wait. So, I climb behind the table and the man pats me on the shoulder. Out of habit, I nod and try to force a grateful look. On the other side of the plaster wall the gunman is still laughing. Making jokes about fish in barrels and shouting, “Gotcha!” as he fires again and again. I can hear people screaming. People I just saw, people I just spoke to; screaming, yelping, and all the while the gunman is laughing. The firing stops. All I can hear now is my heartbeat in my ears. Ba bum-ba bum-ba bum-Bang!
The door! The lock held.
Bang! Bang-bang-crack! He’s in. I look at the older man next to me. He looks defeated, weary. I must look the same to him. We know what is coming. Footsteps, then that laugh again. “I wonder what’s behind that overturned table?” Pop! “Thought you could hide behind the door, did ya?” Pop-pop! That shelf didn’t help you did it?” Pop! “I can see you!” One by one, he makes his way around the room. He has time to spare, jokes to make. He even stops to lean on a desk and laugh at one lady who is trying to hide behind a stack of textbooks. Pop! He is right on the other side of the table now. I hold my breath. Pop! The man next to me is shot, point blank. I’m next. I did exactly what I was told by my school administrators to do. I did everything just as they said. I look up...Pop!
We are back in the library now. Nervous, rattled, and trying to joke about the welts the airsoft gun used in the training had left on us. We had all just sat in this room for an hour listening to Lieutenant Curtis Hall and Lieutenant Doug Waterman, from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, tell us about the active shooter training program, ALICE. They explained that mass shootings, more aptly referred to as active killing events, since not every mass killing event is executed with a gun, has over the years had one common denominator. They happen in gun free zones. Areas where the criminal can do the most damage with the least amount of personal risk. Lt. Hall pointed out that the average response time to a 911 call in our district is between five and six minutes. However, that does not include the time it takes for someone to realize the severity of the situation, get to a phone, physically dial 911, be connected to the proper dispatch for the district, convey the distress to the dispatcher, and dispatch contacting the emergency responders in the area of the event. All of those variables, provided the gunman doesn’t find and kill the person making the call before they can go through all of these steps, extend the response time to somewhere between ten to twelve minutes.
Research has shown that the average active shooting event lasts around ten minutes, and as reported in The Stopwatch of Death, on average one to two people are killed per minute, not including those who are injured and survive. Therefore, in twelve minutes, the odds are that we will have 24 children and adults die while we hide and wait for the police to come rescue us from behind overturned tables and stacks of books.
Ever since the tragic events at Columbine High School in April of 1999, police have known that teaching our children to cower in fear behind their desks or in a closet does not save lives. We as a nation witnessed that fact again during the killing spree at Virginia Tech in April of 2007 and then Sandy Hook Elementary School in December of 2012.
Yet, across the nation our children and their school staff are still being trained to turn off the lights and hide in a corner. They are not given the chance to escape or fight back in any way. They are being trained to wait their turn to die.
Lt. Hall does not believe that hiding and waiting to be shot by an armed intruder is the best option we have available. He quotes Theodore Roosevelt, “In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” He is concerned for the lives of our children and how they will react to life threatening encounters as they grow into adults. He fears that we are being trained from early childhood to be, “sheep stuck in a pen, awaiting slaughter, because we’ve been trained to hide.”
The ALICE program is based on easily learned and adaptable principles. ALICE is simply an acronym which we use to asses each unique situation and deduce the most effective method of survival. Afterall, that is the goal, to survive.
A - Alert: give as much accurate and updated information, to as many people as you can, as fast as you can; call, text, facebook, twitter, scream, send someone, use the intercom system, any method of communication you have available, get the information out
L - Lockdown: We must learn when to lockdown, is there a code? How do you lockdown? Do you lock the door? Does it lock from the inside or the outside? Do you turn off the lights? Do you barricade? What is concealment and what is cover? When should the door be opened?
I - Inform: (Much like Alert) Give as much information to as many people as possible. Give accurate and updated information in real time. Inform about everything from the active killer's clothing, to what weapon he is using, to where he is, and who has been contacted. Be flexible. The key is to give the victims the chance to determine which option is best taken at any given moment to increase the odds of survival.
C - Counter: Noise, screaming, banging tables or chairs. Distance, how far are you from the shooter, can you get further away? Movement, running past a distracted shooter through a doorway, running in zigzag patterns away from the shooter. Disturbance, throwing anything and everything that is not nailed down at the shooter. Attacking is a last resort, but given the choice of waiting to die and trying to survive, attacking may be your last best option. It’s a continuous series of Observe - Orientate - Decide - Act. As Lt. Hall remarked, “Make the bad guy react to what you are doing instead of you waiting to react to what he is doing.”
E- Evacuate: Run, get out, get away, find safety. Previously settle on a reunification point and once it is safe to do so, meet there. Do not try to use your car, run. Cars cause traffic jams and give the killer the opportunity to find another group of unarmed people to continue his attack.
Lt. Hall stresses that victims resolve two and a half times more incidents than police officers do simply because the victim is on scene and the police officer is not. He reiterated, “If you have to wait for the cops to show up, you are waiting too long.”
These students being forced to hide in the dark and wait their turn to die are our children. The school staff are our spouses, our family members, our neighbors, our friends. What are we doing to protect these vital members of our communities? Putting up plastic signs? Will those signs disarm a person with evil intentions? Will the sign stop a bullet? Can that sticker you walk past on the door everyday save a single life? No, of course they can’t. Signs cannot, and will not, create crime free zones. They are not metal detectors or security guards. They are not first responders. They are pieces of painted plastic that announce that the individuals inside are unable to defend themselves.
There are a number of other programs being taught across the nation in every classroom setting, from elementary through the college level, such as FASTER [fastersaveslives.org] which takes the basic principles learned in this course a step further by implementing concealed carry staff members and first aid trauma training. Both Ohio and Colorado have recently been in the news for using this training program.
Whether your school district is campus carry friendly or not. We must ask ourselves what we are doing to protect the most vulnerable among us as they seek an education. If the only thing standing between your child and someone who wants to commit murder is a sticker and a lock on a door, you must go to your school board and demand that training be made available district wide. Our future, our children’s lives, are at stake. There is no time to waste. We must take action today.
Two years ago Kansans reclaimed the Second Amendment as their gun permit. Now, the nationally debated issue of Campus Carry has also become state law.
Permitless carry, often called constitutional carry, went into effect on July 1, 2015. If you will recall there was a massive push of resistance from the anti gun crowd saying everything from how Kansas was going to dissolve into wild west style showdowns, rivers of blood running through the streets, people would be shot to death by the thousands over parking spaces, and we would be riddled with epic shootouts at little league games all across the plains. They claimed that having average people be able to carry concealed firearms made everyone less safe.
Well, how's that been working out over the past two years? What is the reality of the situation?
Unfortunately, the Center of Disease Control and Prevention's published statistics only go up to 2015.
So, we will have to wait another year or two for statistical evidence as to what we are witnessing everyday here in the Sunflower State.
So far, it seems as though more people are reporting the use of firearms for self defense. It seems as though violent crime has either dropped or it has stayed the status quo. However, given that even the Washington Times reported that, "according to the latest report, concealed carriers are among the most law-abiding citizens in the country, even more so than police officers" there is a good chance to believe that those exercising their right to carry concealed are not going on crime sprees as the left so vehemently foretold. There have been no wild west style shootouts. No streets stained with rivers of blood. No drastic crime increase. No thousands of women robbed of their firearm and shot to death with it. Come to think of it, we haven't even seen the drastic number of gun related accidents the anti's predicted. Weren't we told that those accidental shootings were supposed to overflow out of emergency rooms across the state?
Yes, well, much like everything else they have used to try to manufacture a panic over permitless carry, it has been two years and we haven't witnessed any of their predictions come to pass.
Now that Campus Carry has gone into effect here in Kansas, we have heard the same worn out arguments, the same hype and hysteria, the same pseudo outrage, the same wailing and gnashing of teeth. Yet, as we've learned from passing concealed carry in 2006, making open carry state law as opposed to county law in 2014, and then permitless carry in 2015, the emotional blackmail that the anti gun activists try to use to infringe on our Second Amendment protected right is simply another tactic in control. It has never been about facts and logic. It has never been about safety. It has always been about restricting the inherent, constitutionally protected, right to defend ourselves against those who have evil intentions.
Starting July 1, 2017 those who meet the legal requirements to lawfully carry a concealed firearm, can finally exercise that right on our college campuses. They will be free to keep themselves and others safe, as opposed to hiding behind the failed social experiment of gun free zone signs. I venture to guess that in another two years, when we look back on this day, it will be strikingly similar to when we look back on our constitutional carry law. We will find that our Kansas citizens are safer because they have taken the personal responsibly to keep themselves safe.
We will also surely find that the anti gun rhetoric was void of any truth whatsoever, as usual.
#ConstitutionalCarry #CampusCarry #2A #Freedom #icarrymysafeplace#EducationEqualsEmpowerment #prepared2protect
Rebecca and I attended the NRAAM in Atlanta this year (if you couldn’t tell by the pics…) and it was energizing. To be in a place with over 80,000 like-minded individuals is an amazing experience, and if you are able to get to one you should take the opportunity. For me personally, it is definitely awesome to catch up with industry professionals, and meet a few celebrities. The main thing it does for me though is encourage me to continue to defend my 2A rights. A firearm is truly a great “equalizer for women. I may not be able to physically stop a man with brute strength, but by carrying a firearm I can compensate for that if I am attacked. As a mom I will continue to fight for my right to defend not only myself but my family. Not until I had kids (and most women, I think, can agree) do we truly understand the mama bear effect. Sure I loved kids before, but when you have them you have this overwhelming sense to guard and protect children, not only mine but others. I can understand the emotional side that Shannon Watts likes to prey on. I am a very emotional person. If we can just save one life…. If you just ban guns….etc. It appeals to the emotional side and can be QUITE effective! However, we must put emotion aside for a moment and use our reasoning skills.
We guard banks, courthouses, presidents, jewelry stores, sporting events and more with guns (there is a great meme about this) BUT we guard our children with a sign. Where in history has a sign defended someone against an attack? If signs were so very effective we wouldn’t be going to war with guns. We could solve those wars with Dollar Store poster Board and fruity smelling markers… Moms Demand believes that if no gun signs are posted, no bad guy with a gun will enter the premises. They better come out with a new campaign on No Knives, No Cars, No Blunt Force Object signs to cut down on those incidences. Someone forgot to inform my sisters’ attacker that he was NOT supposed to kick down my parents’ door stab her multiple times, and use objects to beat her but I digress.
Back to the meetings…. Now, if you are Moms Demand Action, you are thinking OH MY GOSH all those people and guns someone is going to die!! I can tell you, not only do those cities become a bit safer during the multiple day event, there aren’t incidences by the guns of the attendees. If we are to truly believe that guns are the issue at hand, then one would assume one of these meetings (and this is the 146th year of meetings) would become a bloodbath. Are police on edge when large events come to their towns? Being a LEO wife, I can tell you it can be nerve wracking especially in todays’ world. However I can bet that THIS specific event is most likely the least of their problems. Why would I say that? I can’t produce numbers or graphs to prove my point but I can point out the past and the lack of incidences. All these extra “scary” weapons in town and what did I hear about in the news in the morning as I got ready to leave for the event? Not an out of town, NRA supporting, law abiding citizen hurting someone. No, an FBI agent was shot by a criminal who had shot another person a few days before. Of course who is on TV with the 5th District Rep. John Lewis saying the NRA isn’t welcome here and he would tell them if he had a chance?
Bloombergs’ mouthpiece Shannon Watts. You know, the woman who lies like a rug on the living room floor and tells us that the majority of mass shootings occur in the home. What boggles my mind is the fact that so many believe her and her group. At least our group won’t lie, and pass out shirts to homeless for the mere fact we need photo props. We were approached by a very pregnant homeless woman who donned a Moms Demand T-shirt. Bob Owens of Bearing Arms broke the Moms Demand T-shirts to homeless scandal, but it was mind boggling to see in person. Sad that they use the unfortunate as pawns in their true lies game.
With all that said, I encourage you to get out and counter the trash that anti gunners sling at us. Be the voice of reason, and keep fighting for our 2A rights no matter if your state has fabulous gun rights laws. The opposition will never cease to take away our rights so stay vigilant.
Not that I oppose the idea of Bloomberg putting the former head of Mansanto’s Global PR Division back into the spotlight. Shannon Watts has done more for gun rights than some of the most staunch 2A advocates since 2013. Her constant stream of inanities, her pathological lying, the ease in which her lies are uncovered, her multiple ties to Bloomberg stretching back more than a decade, her stating “Good guys with guns don’t stop bad guys with guns” from behind a phalanx of heavily armed Bloomberg funded goons (who show a propensity for shoving female reporters around) all have added up to one of the biggest, longest lasting public relations win for the 2A side since… well forever.
Every week she got handed a new defeat. Constitutional Carry exploded. Shall Issue spread like wildfire. The Heller decision refuted everything Bloomberg instructed her to say. Concealed Carry permits climbed to record highs, shattered those records, and continue to climb today. Minorities, women and senior citizens joined our ranks in numbers never seen before. It was glorious! At the height of her exposure her “rallies” we sad, sad events. One Facebook page suggested that “MDA” didn’t stand for Moms Demand Action but Moms Demanding Attendance. We found gun control’s comedic Rosetta Stone. Everything and anything she did resulted in millions of people pointing and laughing at the epic failure she had become, and the amount of money Bloomberg wasted on her astroturf movement. (See here for background information: http://www.1mmagc.org/…/growing-astroturf-the-manufacturing… )
We crushed our enemies, saw them flee before us, and heard the lamentation of Moms Demand Action.
Then, alas, Shannon faded from the limelight. She returned to the underside of whatever slimy rock by the lakeside she spawned from. Gone were the days of endless memes. Gone were the days of the material writing itself. Gone were the days of her making a statement in which every word that came out of her mouth was a lie including the words “the” and “and”. Gone were the days of her denigrating memorials to NYPD officers who fell on 9-11 in NYC. Gone were the days where we could point and laugh as Shannon made a complete ass of herself in front of the entire nation.
We wandered in the desert, lost and adrift. The well of LULZ had dried up and we went in search of greener pastures. There were some bright spots like Ladd Everitt’s buddy and CSGV contributor Jonathan Romans getting arrested for assault and disorderly conduct (it seems criminals just LOVE gun control- go figure) but for the most part the meme fields were barren. Then, just a couple days ago, we crested the last ridge and beheld the Holy Land!
She's back and funnier than ever. Of course she is up to her usual nonsense, like trying to turn campuses an sporting events into killing fields, denying domestic abuse victims the tools to fight back, pushing what amounts to OSHA for thugs, rapists, jihadis and killers, supporting the cop killers of Black Lives Matter, and saying CCH holders are responsible for the US homicide rate not prohibited persons(apparently she can't read the Uniform Crime Report of the Federal Bureau of Investigation), but this NRAAM counter-event...that is just icing on the cake.
I truly wish I wasn’t going to be out of the country during the NRAAM. It’s almost worth resigning my position just go head down to Atlanta, find out where the Demanding Moms are holding their event (the location is kept secret), and spend an hour pointing, laughing and taking photos of what is sure to be a miserable turnout as usual.
Come to think of it I do have vacation time I need to burn…
- Mr. Decker
There's a trend we have heard much about over the past few years, safe spaces.
As a parent, it is my obligation to keep my children safe. My life is devoted to keeping them out of danger.
When your children are young, they are essentially with you all of the time. It is a parent’s primary job to ensure that child’s space is safe. As they grow in their independence, there are times when they are no longer under our roof of protection. That is when we, as parents, must teach them how to effectively make their own space safe. We must teach them how to protect and defend themselves from those who have absolutely no regard for their life, let alone an ounce of respect for a sticker on a door, or the laws already on the books which state that murder, attempted murder, rape, kidnapping, and the like, are illegal.
As our children approach college we are entrusting the school to either pick up where we've left off in keeping them protected while in our care, or simply allow them to protect themselves via nationwide campus carry.
To deprive them of both, on the basis of people's feelings, is an outrageous travesty.
Why should their lives be placed in jeopardy on the assumption that criminals will obey laws? Why should their lives be placed in jeopardy because someone else did not tech their child how to protect themselves?
Our children are our future. Their lives are worth protecting.
It is time to make sure they are able to be their own safe space by providing their own personal security with the ability to carry concealed on campus.
Well here we are into the next Presidential Administration and things seem to be all kinds of rosy for those of us on the side of individual freedom and liberty. We have the Hearing Protection Act moving through Congress, which eliminates the onus attached to firearm suppressors and reduces the physiological damage that can arise from engaging in shooting sports. We have a push for national CCH/CCW reciprocity; the same reciprocity afforded to drivers licenses (since that seems to a comparison the gun grabbing crowd just adores). We also have a vacant SCOTUS seat and the nominees all seem to hold to a Constitutionalist school of thought rather than the “Living Document” types who view contracts as changeable depending on political whim. Overall, the picture is looking pretty good for firearm owners for the foreseeable future.
That does NOT mean our fight is over!
Do you think Bloomberg and his crowd of elitists have given up? Do you think the Monsanto Mommy isn’t planning her next press release DEMANDING our freedom and liberty be curtailed from behind her Bloomberg funded phalanx of armed men? Do you think Ladd Everitt and his followers will cease their calls for firearm owners to be SWATed to death and stop harassing pre-pubescent girls on Twitter?
If you do, please find a brick and beat yourself about the face and head until the stupid is all gone.
They will never give up trying to strip our rights away. They will never rest until the only people allowed an effective tool for self-defense are themselves, and those they hire to protect them. They want… no they NEED… the average American to be a defenseless victim to expand their power and control.
Therein lies the difference between them and us. They feel a need to force their will on everyone around them while we just want to be left alone.
We want to exercise our natural right to defend ourselves and our loved ones with the most effective tool at our disposal. Every organism known to science develops or acquires defenses to ensure their survival and the survival of their offspring. Water buffalo have gigantic sharp horns to defend themselves and their herd against lions. Bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics. Cactus plants have sharp thorns to keep animals from eating them. Many insects have venomous bites, stings or hairs to ensure they are left alone by predators. Humans have the advantage of technology which has birthed something that makes a 100 pound woman the equal of a 250 pound rapist in a fight… the firearm.
The gun grabbing crowd wants to turn the natural world on its head. According to them the best way to keep a lion from killing off members of the buffalo herd is to saw off the buffalo’s horns. The best way for a cactus to avoid being eaten is to trim off all its thorns.
Most telling they believe the best way to stop that 250 pound rapist, or the crazed ex determined to ensure that if they can’t have her nobody can, is….
Wait for this….
It’s going to be good…
I promise this will be classic…
They believe the best way is for the woman to be disarmed, call the police, and wait 10 minutes or so for them to show up to handle the problem for her.
The same goes for our elderly in regards to a home invader. The same goes for the disabled in regards to a robber. The same goes for the weak in regards to the strong.
They know, despite our best efforts, that the police are there to record the circumstances of your misfortune and hopefully arrest the perpetrator. Do I wish I could prevent crimes from happening? Of course and I did all I could when I wore a badge to do so. I can't say how many I prevented but I can recall, with perfect clarity, those I could not prevent.
The gun grabbers don't care about that though. They don't care about us. They don't care about anyone or anything but themselves and their twisted vision of utopia where they are safe and we are thrown to the wolves. I guess their line of reasoning is if the criminals have a nice juicy victim pool to choose from, with no fear of those victims defending themselves, no fear of injury or loss of life, they won't bother them behind their walls and armed guards. It's the only thing that makes any kind of sense.
They want us to be defenseless and will lie, cheat, and (to take their own slogan) do “Whatever It Takes” to bring their vision to reality. They want to rest at night, safe and secure in their gated neighborhoods, behind their estate walls, behind their armed guards, knowing that their mission of disarming you and I was successful. They advance the concept, with all the earnestness of a Preacher on Sunday, that loading 8 cartridges into a magazine should carry more time in prison than arson or persistent sexual abuse of a child. They say we are in the midst of an “epidemic” of gun violence when firearm related homicides are at 100 year low. They classify a drug dealer getting killed across town over a deal gone bad and dumped in a high school dugout as a “school shooting”.
When dealing with such dishonesty, such arrogance, such conviction only found in cults, do you honestly believe they will sit back and say “Oh well they won- we will go away now”?
Continue writing and calling your State and Federal representatives. Become involved on a grassroots level with a 2A advocacy group. Donate some money to your favorite 2A advocacy group (1MMAGC comes to mind). Bring new people into the shooting sports. Arm yourself with irrefutable facts and march into battle against the lies of Bloomberg and his cronies and paid mouthpieces.
We may have won the battle, but the war is far from over.
So here my first blog since i announced my return. I have been thinking about this while on patrol and while i have been at home. Even while out with my family at public places, some of which it's legal to carry and even those that are posted up as "Weapon Free" areas.
As well all know very too well from other blogs and "news" outlets, many officers and individuals are now getting ambushed. That's because criminals are cowards and don't want to fight an opponent that is ready. Well, that's where i like to say, they're wrong about us, the armed public, being ready. So i compiled a short list of things to consider or to think about when it comes to ambushes.
On Duty - As we know, we are always in the public's eye and almost always inside our vehicles while on patrol. Those of us that are lucky will sometimes get assigned foot patrol or static positions. Although i have known security guards to have more of a static position when it comes to a job but we do get the occasional assignment.
So how can we as officers obey the law ourselves, keep the public trust, and come home at night without thinking that everyone is an enemy especially since the public isn't exactly law enforcement friendly in today's time? Here's one thought; park and walk.
Many of us that are in the cities know that the public is always lively and from time to time, a little bit insteresting. So one of the things i have done is find an area that is well lit and parked my patrol car where there is a lot of people. Now if this was my personal POV, this wouldn't happen but i will explain that in a moment.
So why park in an area that's well lit but full of people? One of the results i have had by doing this is more interaction with people at the local hang outs and even had the chance to talk to kids and young adults as if they were my kids or younger siblings. This has helped me create a tighter bound with the new generation. It has also helped me figure out what they think law enforcement really is and why they believe the way they do?
This way of getting out talking with the publichas also helped me learn more about people's emotions, reactions, and body language more than what i do from the driver seat of a patrol car. Many adults and younger adults have told me that seeing an officer just sit in a car and watch them makes them feel scared. By getting out and interacting with the public, this helps eliminate that fear.
So what does this have to deal with ambushes? Here goes, first you're in a crowded area with a lot of witnesses. Two, you're helping lower your chances and the departments chances of making enemies in areas which maybe not be police welcomed. Three, you're learning more on what to look for and where to look for an attack.
That parking garage you have to ride through, the back ally that you pass up and down the street, those high rise buildings that put you in a 'fish in the barrel' situation, even the school that used to be the nicest place in town. Learn what is the 'norm' and so should something ever look or feel off, you know it and can tell yourself that maybe you should call someone or maybe now would be a great time to undo that seat belt and look for possible cover and concealment.
It's not a lot to go on, but it's a tool that can help keep you alive just a little bit longer.
Off Duty - With today's technology and all the cyber attacks, you really don't picture ambushes following you at home or out in public after you're shift or on that well deserved day off that you want to spend with your loved ones. Well this is whwn you at your most vulnerable and more often than not will let your guard down.
Wrong answer if you're guilty of this. With the increase of ambushes on first responders and military, this has become the most common occurrence type of attack. Why? Because the criminal knows you will protect your family but also you're not wanting to think about that fugitive that got let go, not thinking about that rapist that everyone is talking about, not listening about the latest B&E or armed robbery that just occurred.
Nope! You're thinking about your spouse, your kids, the in-laws coming over while your favorite team is playing this afternoon. Your mind is anywhere but on the streets. Here's just a couple of tips to help with decreasing your chances of attack. Park your POV away from everyone else and walk some distance. This helps create space and also allows you to see everything going on around you. You come back out and see a car or two near you; go into defense mode and start scanning for threats. Don't take the same route back that you took coming in, this creates a pattern.
Remove all those damn stick family and family decals from your car! I know we all love our family and , having a family of storm troopers are cool but also this helps me figure out how many people you have that i can harm to get to you. "Proud 'insert military branch' parent" or "Proud 'school' parent" while we all love our kids or spouse, it's decals like these that help me learn who you are or who your loved on is.
These are dangerous and create data of which is visible and easy to gather. Therefore making you and your family easier targets.
Turn off your damn locator! "Living it up at 'favorite restaurants ' or vacation spot" well thank you for telling me where you are and what time you are there! Oh that time you say you do daily with your peace sign or bicep curl.....breakfast date or blind date you're going on; can't wait to be a place in x-y-z days, etc.
I know people are guilty of these and these not only let me know when you're not home but also tell me where i can find you and ruin your day and those snap shots tell me what you look like.
Sit where you can see everyone and everything! Counting one exit when are really three? Best change your vantage point before things settle down. Sit so you can have eyes on the entrance but the exits too. Ask for a new seat if at all possible or move to another spot before the lights go out. Anything to gain an advantage in the fight and to do recon without being rude.
Last but not least, get off your damn cellphones! You're out in public and you need to stay alert. That's not going to happen if you're glued to that miniature and portable television. This device will get you killed and now i have your contacts and information. So put it away!
These are some small tips but they will save you. Until next time, stay safe, stay alert, and always carry.
Here the crux of the entire conversation, the gun-free zone signs don't work. They are not effective in preventing crime and it is not difficult to understand why.
You first have to understand the difference between everyday, run of the mill, concealed carry citizens and criminals.
Statistics show that people who are licensed, concealed carry permit holders have proven themselves to be the most law abiding people in any area. Some studies suggest that these people adhere to the law more strictly than even police officers. Likewise, citizens who practice constitutional carry, where the law permits, are shown to be similar to their permit holding counterparts. On the other hand, criminals who carry concealed do not abide by local, state, and federal laws. They either don't bother to know the law or they blatantly disregard the law. How do we know this? First of all, the very definition of the word criminal is, a person who commits a crime. That really should be self explanatory. Secondly, in case it wasnt, the criminals who shoot people in gunfree zones have no regard for life, let alone laws.
A gun-free zone is a place which has a plastic or painted sign depicting a gun with a line drawn through it. Rarely does this artwork come equipped with bulletproof glass, metal detectors, armed guards, or any other safety measures. Therefore, when a criminal, who has no qualms about breaking the laws which state things such as; a felon cannot legally possess a firearm, stealing a firearm is illegal, trafficking stolen firearms is illegal, discharge of a firearm is illegal within city limits, and most importantly, murder is illegal, it is laughable to think that a plastic sign on a doorway is going to be the one strong suggestion which will gain their attention and magically provides the deterrent to breaking the previously stated laws.
To be blunt, the criminal is already aware that their actions have consequences. How do we make it more illegal to murder someone? What would an effective deterrent to that be? A sign? A sign on a door which has nothing inside to back up the suggestion that the business owner, employees, and patrons refuse to be victims of criminals and their criminal activity? That's all it takes to stop someone from breaking the law?
Of course not. That's ridiculous.
So then, in a gunfree zone, when a criminal decides to break several laws in order to commit a crime, and you are stuck with only the ability to try to hide behind that plastic sign on the door, instead of having the ability to adequately defend yourself, how many bullets will that sign deflect? How much more illegal will your murder be? How much more time will they get added onto their prison sentence simply because they walked past a sign painted or hung on a door? Will that get you home safely to your loved ones? Will that stop the criminal from hurting or killing others? Will it deter the next criminal who is contemplating ignoring a sign?
That, my friends, is why gun-free zone signs don't save lives.
Laws are a form of deterrent based upon consequences. However, if the person is not deterred by the action or consequences of breaking the law, a sign is most certainly not going to stop them. In fact, the only people who notice and abide by these signs are the very people who have proven to be the safest people to be around. But, hey, if you don't want us to come into your place of business we are happy to go make another business safe and profitable while we practice our Second Amendment protected right to defend ourselves and others.
We are law abiding citizens after all and we respect your rights, even when you've shown us that you don't respect ours.
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