Being a woman gun owner, actively advocating for gun rights, I am constantly aware that I am part of a demographic. I am a fraction of a number in a statistic in an article sitting on someone’s desk. I understand that the cause I am passionate about is bigger than just myself or even my organization. I am representing gun owners, and women, not merely in my home state, or even country, but across the expanse of the world. That is a truly humbling thought.
Of course, I know that to my loved ones I am more than a mere percentage. I am an integral part of their world. I am as vital to their lives as they are to mine.
Whenever headlines scream from the page that an open carry, or conceal carry citizen, is shot by a law enforcement officer in the line of duty, I pause. I pause and think of all the ways something such as this could happen and ways to try to prevent it from happening. I pause and remember how often the media blasts headlines without fact-finding in the hopes to drum up interest in their brand. I pause and pray for those who are directly and indirectly affected by the event itself regardless of perceived faults and attributing causes. I pause just the same any time there is news of a murderer who has taken the lives of innocent people whether they are children at school, politicians at a fundraising event, moviegoers, unarmed military personnel, members of a church congregation, people at a nightclub, police officers protecting citizens right to assemble and keeping the peace at a rally, or any of the person to person violent crime which thrives wherever we take away innocent people’s ability to defend themselves.
There are many reasons I pause before reacting to sensationalized headlines and bursts of emotion driven speculations. One of those reasons is integrity. Not only my personal integrity, which will eventually stand before God giving an account for each word I have uttered, but also for the integrity of those I represent with my voice and platform. Bringing condemnation upon an individual, group, or entire demographic is something which I take very seriously. It is pertinent that I have facts to base my point of view upon. Surmising the situation without facts will not produce anything of substance. Pontificating without knowledge can result in something more damaging than the original event itself.
Unfortunately, there is a severe, and socially accepted, lack of integrity today. There is a movement within our nation which is based on emotion instead of logic. The movement is driven out of fear and ignorance which is being manipulated by those who see a way to pilfer people's basic individual rights, and with it, their collective power. Mass amounts of people are being herded along by headlines, half-truths, and outright lies. Those who prey on the good intentions and vulnerable emotions of well meaning people are not only uninterested and undeterred by facts, but they are deliberately burying them in hopes that the avalanche of public opinion will entomb their blatant disregard for truth, individual rights, and ultimately freedom.
Upon pausing to seek out the truth in situations such as what we have been bombarded with this past week it has become ever clearer that those hastily painted as victims were perhaps not the people they were portrayed to be. I do not have access to all of the evidence in these such cases and must base my ultimate summary on what we can devise from the facts which we are privy to and await the eventual findings from the investigations of those directly involved before sentencing guilt to any party.
The careless way which the mainstream media and social media warriors throw out condemnation through irresponsible headlines and sensationalized stories has fueled the flames of contention and hostility. Creating a domino effect of destruction and death. It has yet to provide anything of import or promote healing and peace. It has, in effect, been detrimental to not only the human race as a whole, but our communities, our families, and our individual contributions to that which is bigger than ourselves. When we look at ourselves as being as vital to the demographic we represent as we are to our loved ones, we begin taking personal responsibility for our actions and reactions. We begin to value the pause.
The following is a response I wrote after hearing a distant family member state that an irrational response to stress is buying a gun. A little more background on the situation, this family member found out that a "mass shooting" suspect lives on their street and they were feeling stressed and unsure about how to protect their family. It is a little lengthy.
The lives of my family are the absolute highest priority in my life. I would sacrifice my own life for theirs without hesitation.
I have a distant cousin who lives in the Seattle area, where there was a "mass shooting" of some sort. After a few days, this cousin found out that the person who is the suspected shooter, lives on her street. Her two young daughters have played on the street in front of his house. She is understandably scared, stressed, unsure, angry, and God knows what else. She asked if stress and the inability to focus are normal responses to stress. ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY!!! Her husband responded by stating, "You know what is not a rational response to stress? Buying a gun!" Here, I go back to my opening statement. The lives of my family are the absolute highest priority in my life. I would sacrifice my own life for theirs without hesitation.
So, cousin's hubby, you're telling me that it is okay with you that the kids in your neighborhood played in this person's yard? He shot up a public place, and you don't think it might be a good idea to have a way to defend your home, your children, yourselves, your neighborhood kids,etc in the event that another neighbor decides those kids shouldn't play in front of his house? Or, what if you had been at the place that he shot up??
Me? I carry a gun, most of the time. Want to know why? So that I don't have to be afraid. I am not afraid for my own life. I am not afraid for the lives of my children. I am not afraid that someone will hurt me. I live in confidence, rather than fear. I am confident that if I was in a "mass shooting" location, or a robbery or somewhere where people intended to do harm, that I would not be a victim. I am confident that those around me would not be victims. The only victim in that location would be the one who initially intended to harm others. That person would be a victim of a mother protecting her children. The victim of the one who does not have to fear for her life.
Am I trying to jab, hurt or chastise those who choose to live without guns? Hell no! I respect your right to choose not to carry. And if it came down to it, and you were in the store or wherever, choosing to fear for your life from behind a shelf of crackers and candy, I would selflessly PROTECT YOUR LIFE. Have I met you? Maybe. Do you deserve to die while eating dinner with your family, or going on a date, or grocery shopping? NO. That is why I choose to live in confidence, not fear. I do not fear for my life. I live in confidence that I can help people stay alive by carrying a gun.
I choose not to go inside many places where I am "not allowed" to carry my gun. Many times, I am angry when this happens. This place of business feels that they can take away my ability to live in confidence. As I, very hesitantly enter places where firearms are forbidden, knowing that I am not going to be able to protect myself and my kids, or that lady behind the candy shelf, IF something went wrong-I fear. I fear. I fear for the lives of the people in this place. I fear that every person who comes in is not abiding by the law and has a gun. I fear that someone with evil in their heart will hurt me, my family, the elderly man waiting for his prescriptions, the child unattended at the drinking fountain, the soldier on his way home, one of my past students and his mom, the 18-year-old cashier, the single mom who had somebody to watch her kids for 15 minutes so she could run to the store for dinner, the father and son in the fishing aisle, the dad with 5 kids in the cart, the deaf lady in the bathroom, the bank teller, or the unarmed security guard. I fear. When I fear, I am only confident about one thing. I am confident that I will be a victim.
Let me tell you a little bit about the town I live in. The major employer in the area is the Department of Corrections. We have both Federal and State operated prison facilities. We have a super max facility, which holds, or has held, people like Timothy McVeigh, Ted Kazinsky, and some of the most vile people who have ever lived. There are no signs up around our community warning people against picking up hitch hikers. There are, instead, signs encouraging you to "Do time with us!" Now, even though there are no signs discouraging picking up hitch hikers, most people in this town know that it is extremely risky to do so. There are regularly scheduled drills at our schools for the event of an escaped inmate. Sirens sound at all hours. Most of us ignore them. They are just "normal." SORT and Search & Rescue teams do regular simulated escape scenario training on my street. But, I am not afraid. I live within walking distance of 13 correctional facilities, containing approximately 20,000 inmates, some of which have done things that do not even need mention. I am not afraid. My house does not have a "no firearms" sign. I do not lock my doors when I leave, or when I go to bed at night. I am not afraid. I live in confidence.
So, when this guy says things like, "Buying a gun is an irrational response to fear," I ask, "Why don't you protect yourself so you don't have to be afraid in the first place???"
Keep all this in mind as you're running the cash register at the gas station and you are all of a sudden looking down the barrel of a gun. Please hope that me, or someone else who is not afraid is in the store right now, because you are now a victim. Hope with all your might that my daughter drove me to the store because she is learning to drive. Hope that I am prepared to sacrifice myself for my child. Hope that I push your head down behind the shelf of cereal as he looked down the barrel at you. You hope. YOU HOPE. You hope with every cell in your body. You hope with every ounce of faith that you have. You hope that I grabbed my gun off my nightstand.
Now, let me tell you about what I hope for. I hope, every time I holster my gun on my body, that it stays there. I hope I don't need to touch it until I get undressed. I hope that I don't need it. I hope other people have their firearms so I don't have to use mine. I hope YOU push MY head down behind the cereal. I hope that barrel isn't pointing at me. I hope that only good people go shopping today. I hope to draw a bear tag this year so I can test the lethality of this little gun against something big. I hope I never shoot this gun at anything alive.I hope I don't have to be a hero. I hope nobody robs the bank today, because I have to go inside. I hope that I don't have to kill somebody in front of my children, or your children. I hope my gun is staying concealed well so it doesn't freak you out. I hope your 3-year-old doesn't see my holster, and announce at the top of her lungs in the middle of the store, "Mommy, that lady has a gun!!" I hope you have let your children see what kind of damage can be done by a gun. I hope you never need to use your gun to kill a person. I hope you kissed your wife before you left the house. I hope nobody was mad when they decided to come here today. I hope I don't get fired today. I hope that creepy dude outside the door doesn't talk to me. I hope 5 bullets is enough. I hope I miss. I hope I don't miss. I hope I didn't break the law. I hope.
I hope you are beginning to understand.
Now, let me tell you some things that I know. I know where my gun is at all times. I know that my gun is loaded at all times. I know that every member of my family is competent with at least 1 firearm in our house. I know that if somebody entered my house, making a threat on someone's life, that my family would know what to do. I know that I have a better chance to make it out of danger if I can defend myself. I know that doing nothing is not an option. I know where I am "not allowed" to carry my firearm. I know I worry about my sister who lives in a metro area and wouldn't know what to do with a gun if her finger was on the trigger. I know I am not a person who will attack another person. I know that I am a caregiver by nature. I know that I am refusing to be a victim. I know there are more felons in my town than there are in most. I know a girl who studied karate from the time she could stand up until she graduated high school, who was beaten within inches of her life by her boyfriend. I know that being a 115 lb., 5 ' 2", blonde female that my chances of being sexually assaulted are very high. I know that more laws are not going to fix problems. I know that my family has skills that will allow them to survive most situations. I know the lives of my family are the absolute highest priority in my life. I know I would sacrifice myself to save the lives of my children.
Again, I ask, "Why don't you protect yourself so you don't have to be afraid in the first place?"
So, family-afar, hear this. I did not run out and purchase a gun due to being scared or stressed by something scary. I did lots of research. I asked friends what they carry. I asked to shoot theirs. I shot everything we already owned. I did more research. I spoke to my gunsmith, a firearms instructor, the guys at the gun counter, and my very knowledgeable husband. I decided what I wanted and for what purpose. I have been through all of the required safety courses and training by my state for me to carry a concealed handgun. I choose confidence over fear.
Make an educated decision for your family. This is my decision. I choose confidence. I choose life.
Amy E. Garner
Step-Mom of 2
Former Preschool Teacher (14 years)
Like many of you, I am reading the latest on the concealed carry decision of Kelly McGillis and I am confused. In one post she proclaims that she is no longer willing to be anyone's victim, and with the next, posts memes which promote the Progressive's gun control agenda.
On the surface it seems as if she is another, guns for me but not for thee, celebrity who has been given a free pass to protect her life while the peasants must bleed and die waiting for the police to arrive.
However, having not spoken to her directly, I have no way of knowing if this is the case. I am hoping that we are simply witnessing the transformation of a woman who did not understand the freedom, empowerment, and protection afforded her under the Second Amendment.
I may be a bit naive, or blinded by hope, time will suerly tell if that is the case. Yet, I've seen this transformation happen before, many times. We all start somewhere.
Should you and I, who are actively pro gun rights, immediately attack her for her left-leaning tendencies with harsh words and ultimatums there is a very good chance she will become one of the, I deserve a gun but I can't trust anyone else to have one, people. We do not want that to happen.
Now is the time to show her empathy and support for taking her first step in the direction of the freedom and personal responsibility that is gun ownership. We must use this opportunity to help her learn that we are a community, a family, who believes that EVERYONE should have the ability and freedom to protect themselves and their loved ones. This is the perfect opportunity to prove that we gun owners are in fact the helpful, knowledgeable, education minded people that we are. Remember, #EducationEqualsEmpowerment.
With Ms. McGillis, as well as all other new to the life individuals, and fence sitters, we have a responsibility to teach. Her local firearms instructors and gun shop owners may be on the front-lines of her experience with this new path she has chosen. However, we are their back-up. Each of us, in our daily lives, represents something much bigger than ourselves individually. We represent gun owners. We represent tradition. We represent empowerment. We represent personal accountability and responsibility. We represent freedom. We represent America.
Together, we have changed the direction of the gun narrative through education and determination. Together we have seen our numbers and demographics explode to include those who had previously not been what many think of as a typical gun owner, Second Amendment supporter. Together, we have reclaimed many of our rights and are diligently working to reclaim even more every day.
Please, take this into consideration as you approach this particular situation as well as all the countless ones you see in your personal daily lives. We all know anti-gunners. We all know someone from the younger generation. We all know someone who is sitting on the fence. Take this opportunity to be the person who empowers them through education. Their lives, and our freedom, may depend on it.
Chances are you’ve heard the argument from both complete anti-gun, as well as some pro-gun so long as it’s not their gun, individuals that nobody needs an AR style rifle. There are many sources which explain that the AR style modern sporting rifles are simply the same rifles we’ve had for years only instead of wood, they are made with plastic. There are also many sources which explain that they are the perfect firearm for the elderly and disabled due to the design features that make them lighter, easier to hold on target for accuracy, and easier to operate (for example, racking a handgun slide is nearly impossible for someone with arthritis or loss of grip strength).
While, yes, all of those things are accurate and worth mentioning, that is not really the point.
The point is, it’s not a need. Nobody needs an AR any more than we need anyone’s opinion on what we choose to own. Defense of one's life is a personal, unalienable, inherent right. Our founders understood that right predates government, all government. It predates our United States Constitution and all of the bills and articles therein. The Second Amendment was simply their way of ensuring that going forward the government recognized the individual's right to keep and bear whatever was going to be the most effective and efficient tool to protect and defend yourself from anyone or anything which would attempt to take your life from you.
Freedom can be a scary concept for people.. It gives you the right to live your life according to your personal will so long as your personal actions do not impede on your neighbor. It scares people who want to be in control. It leaves them trying desperately to impose their own will on their neighbor because they fear their neighbor’s will does not match their own. This is precisely how we get to the point where someone who has little to no knowledge of tools of self defense, and a soapbox, feel it is their place to stand up and demand that, “Nobody should be allowed own this gun because I think they are too scary.” Well, bravo, you just showed your hand. Now, everyone can see you for the freedom-hating, sniveling, coward that you are.
Quite frankly, it is nobody's business what firearms you own, or even if you own firearms at all. I hope that next time you see or hear some dictator wannabe spout off that nobody needs an AR you will join me in the reply, “Nobody needs your opinion either, yet here you are proving that you don’t understand the difference between rights and needs. Thankfully, inherent rights are not subject to fear or opinion, no matter how loud your tantrum is.”
Half the reason that gun owners tell gun control advocates to go get bent like a soggy pretzel is because they literally have no clue what they are talking about. Most famous is Carolyn McCarthy’s crusade to ban guns with barrel shrouds which she defined as "shoulder things that go up". For the record a barrel shroud is a tubular (or semi-circular) piece of sheet metal that provides stand-off from a potentially hot barrel preventing people from being burned. It is literally a “gun safety device”. Carolyn McCarthy wanted to make guns MORE dangerous not less.
When those of us who have carried arms as a profession, either in harm’s way or in competition hear terms like "high powered assault weapon" (PROTIP- actual assault weapons use low to intermediate power cartridges to facilitate effective suppressive fire on full auto) to Kevin de Leon's famous "Thirty 30 caliber bullet clips a second" speech... we assume you're carrying around an extra chromosome.
Yes- terminology does matter, especially if you want people (at least thinking people) to take you seriously.
Modern semi-auto rifles are not “weapons of war”. The last time a semi-auto rifle was a weapon of war was during the Korean War when soliders and Marines were issued the M-1 Garand rifle which fired from a 8 round clip.
On that note, modern semi-auto rifles use a magazine, not a clip. Clips are used to load magazines and the magazines are used to load the rifle.
If one wishes to look at an actual weapon of war available to US civilians, it is the Remington Model 700. It is a manually operated bolt action rifle, typically fed by a 5 round (or 3 round) internal fixed magazine. Grandpappy’s good ol’ deer rifle, with its shiny wood stock is a weapon of war. The AR-15 is not.
Automatic weapons are also weapons of war. Automatic weapons have been subject to a ridiculous amounts of oversight, and sales of new ones have been prohibited to civilians since 1986. Automatic weapons are not semi automatic rifles. The M249 SAW, the M240B GPMG and the M2HB are automatic weapons. As long as the trigger is held, they continue to fire at a cyclic rate of 600-800 rounds per minute. Semi automatic rifles require a separate pull of the trigger to discharge each round, just like a revolver.
While we are on the topic of 600-800 rounds per minute, semi automatic rifles will not fire that fast. Those figures are for the cyclic rate which is the maximum theoretical rate of fire. For the fully automatic M-16 rifle the maximum effective rate of fire is 120-150 rounds per minute. For the M4 carbine it is 90 rounds per minute. For a semi automatic civilian AR-15 it is 45 rounds per minute.
To take this concept one step further, firing any fully automatic rifle at its maximum effective rate, even if they were generally legal to purchase over the counter, would destroy the rifle within a few minutes. A test was done on one which included firing to destruction. The barrel blew out by the 20th magazine.
The shooter in the above described video was not injured. That is because the AR-15 is not a “high powered rifle” or any variation thereof. It is a low powered rifle. It chambers a cartridge based off of the .222 Remington which was designed to hunt varmints like coyotes and woodchucks. Many States ban its use for big game like deer. A high powered rifle would be something like Grandpappy’s Remington 700 in 30-06 which is one of America’s most popular cartridges for big game (since the .223 is typically not suitable for big game hunting).
With that in mind, why should we expect a carefully constructed law that respects our rights that, at the same time, addresses serious concerns about firearms getting into the wrong hands, when you don't even know what the heck you want to ban or why?
When we have Senator Bill Nelson on CNN expounding on how dangerous the “.223 Magnum that has exceptional military velocity” we point at you and laugh. Literally. We point, then laugh. You’re just making things up at that point. You’re not even TRYING to lie effectively.
If the entire discussion was about dogs- this is what most gun control advocates sound like:
“I don't want to take away dog owners' rights. But we need to do something about Rottweilers.”
So what do you propose?
“I just think that there should be some sort of training or restrictions on owning an attack dog.”
Wait. What's an attack dog?
“You know what I mean. Like military dogs.”
Huh? Rottweilers aren't military dogs. In fact "military dogs" isn't a thing. You mean like German Shepherds and the Malinois?
“Don't be ridiculous. Nobody's trying to take away your German Shepherds. But civilians shouldn't own fighting dogs.”
I have no idea what dogs you're talking about now.
“You're being both picky and obtuse. You know I mean hounds.”
What the hell are you going on about?
“OK, maybe not actually ::air quotes:: hounds ::air quotes::. Maybe I have the terminology wrong. I'm not obsessed with vicious dogs like you. But we can identify kinds of dogs that civilians just don't need to own.”
Well it is plain to see you can’t…. and don’t expect us to listen to what you have to say.
Hey folks, well here's just a list of things I've learned recently.
1. Having your first-ever fractured hand sucks
2. Fractured hand means one handed practice.....A LOT!
3. Practice slow with one handed techniques so it develops muscle memory
4. SEE RULE 3!
5. SEE RULE 3!
So with that being said, I'm lucky it's my non-dominate hand that got injured but it's still important because my non-dominate hand is my magazine and blade techniques hand.
So what else have I learned? The slide lock on large frame pistols are a blessing and revolvers are like angels! Trying to operate a small concealed carry semi-auto pistol is difficult but do-able.
So what techniques have I practiced? Well here's an order of how to practice.
Semi-auto Compact or Full Frame I.E. Sig P2022 and S&W MP9c
1. Slide locks to the rear, drop magazine
2. Place pistol between knees, barrel down
3. Secure fresh magazine
4. Insert new magazine
5. Secure master grip
6. Press the slide lock
7. Engage the threat
RULES: Practice in a safe area, practice dry until you feel comfortable before moving into live fire, TAKE YOUR TIME!!!! IF YOU HAVE A SAFETY THEN USE IT BEFORE DOING MAG CHANGE!!!
Revolver, conceal or large frame, I.E. Ruger LCR 357 and S&W 626
1. Insure all rounds have been fired
2. Adjust hand to release the cylinder
3. Unlock cylinder and drop spent casings
4. Place revolver barrel facing at a downward angle in between your arm pit. Meaning, keeping the barrel pointed down and away but the cylinder opened and resting on your bicep area.
5. Load new rounds
6. Insure rounds are secure and achieve master grip
7. Shut the cylinder and engage.
RULES: SAME RULES AS BEFORE WITH SAFETY!!!
Now these techniques are just some that worked for me. Be sure to figure out what works for you and practice, practice, practice!!!!!!!!!!
Stay safe, Stay alert, and always carry!
The events that transpired in Orlando which we woke up to in shock and horror were tragic. My heart aches for the loss of innocent life, as does all of ours.
Actually that statement isn’t true. Some of us see it as a way to advance a political agenda that would ensure nothing more than a repeat of the event.
Politicians were quick to jump on the gun control bandwagon, along with their paid lackeys in the gun control movement, insisting on background checks, gun bans and terror watch lists.
The problem with that is the shooter (who I refuse to name) had been interviewed twice, by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, whose Director was appointed by President Obama. He was cleared every time. He not only passed the background check to buy the firearms, but was licensed to carry firearms. Not just as a civilian either- he was licensed as an armed guard and assigned to a Federal building.
The very politicians who say he shouldn’t have been allowed to buy a gun, allowed him to carry them on Federal property.
He had been fingerprinted, interviewed, investigated, photographed, trained, vetted, and had been given permission to carry firearms on Federal property (and was paid to do so).
Read that over and over until it sinks in.
The NY Daily News, which has given up the pretension of being something more than a leftist version of the National Enquirer, ran a headline blaming the NRA for allowing a terrorist to purchase firearms. While I would normally point, laugh, and wonder whether the editors took a brick to the head at some point in their life, I feel it needs to be addressed.
First- the question should not be “If he was interviewed as a possible terrorist why was he allowed to buy a gun?” It should be “If he was interviewed as a possible terrorist, why did the government allow him to carry one on Federal property?”
Secondly the terror watch list is fatally flawed. Anyone can be added for any reason without oversight or questions. You cannot legally find out if you are on it. If you should somehow discover you are on it, you cannot find out who put you on it to begin with, or why you are on it. Finally there is no method to appeal your inclusion, as the process would reveal sources and methods.
Third is a little thing called “Due Process” It is kinda-sorta important in our country that someone be convicted of a crime before their civil liberties are stripped. The people who founded our country considered it important enough to write it down. The terror watch list avoids due process like hemophiliacs avoid pools filled with razor blades.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, those prohibited from purchasing a firearm. Why does the government leave them out on the street free to kill people en masse with bombs (Tsarniev, Murrah Building, Bath School), incendiary devices (Happy Land, UpStairs Lounge) or any other method they choose? Shouldn’t they be locked up?
Of course that last bit is facetious. We, as a country, do not go about stripping rights away from citizens without them having been charged with a crime (or being found mentally incompetent), giving them the opportunity to present a defense, and of course being found guilty through a trial where they are judged by an empaneled jury of their peers… for now.
What these politicians, gun control groups, and mainstream media outlets are seeking to do is strip away not only our Second Amendment rights, but our rights to confront our accuser, our rights to a trial, our rights to counsel and our rights to be free of unlawful search & seizure. They are not only seeking to dismantle the 2nd Amendment, but the majority of the inherent rights we possess as free men and women which are laid out in the Bill of Rights.
Of course the club where these killings took place was one of the much vaunted “Gun Free Zones”… but that is a topic for a different article.
It would be utterly impossible for me to be more disgusted with Mr. Obama's consistent impotence as our nations leader.
It is not American values, nor the second amendment, which murdered the people in Orlando. It was blatant, admitted, terrorism.
To stand before us and call it anything other than an Islamic extremest terrorist attack on America is not only shameful and irresponsible, but an outright lie.
Demanding the surrender of our constitutionally protected, unalienable, right to defend ourselves in the wake of such atrocities is nothing short of pinning a child to the ground so that his bully won't be hurt by the child trying to fight back while being attacked.
What kind of person upon seeing someone being stalked as prey, as known terrorists have been doing by exterminating innocent lives across the world, would demand the innocent victim give up their means of defense in order to not further upset their attacker?
Yet, this is the demand, time and time again, from Mr. Obama and those who share his shortsighted, misguided, vision of disarming law abiding, constitutionally protected, citizens of the United States of America. They would have us believe that relinquishing our inherent rights will somehow appease those who are bent on murdering us.
Now is the time for the leader of our nation to stand in solidarity with the citizenry he was elected to represent, and the laws of the land which he has pledged an oath to uphold, and condemn those who would dare pledge allegiance to our enemy and bring an act of war into our homeland. Anything less than that speaks volumes and says more than merely displaying him as a pusillanimous, incompetent, leader. Mr. Obama, your choice on what to speak on, and your choice of where to remain silent tells us everything we need to know about who's side you are on.
Today I woke up to news that a wonderful young singer, Christina Grimmie was shot and killed in a murder / suicide at a venue where she was signing autographs. This is a scenario we in law enforcement see on a daily basis- a stalker, an ex-boyfriend, an obsessed individual decides that if they can’t have her, nobody can, and acts. We saw it happen with Carol Bowne, stabbed to death in New Jersey, where gun control extremists ensure women are easy prey. This time the life lost was a rising star in the music industry, a young woman just 22 years old.
Of course immediately upon hearing the news, Shannon Watts and her also-ran buddy Ladd Everitt jumped into the still warm puddles of blood to wallow around. A visit to their Facebook pages shows the usual gun control extremist narrative of blaming the NRA, calling for door-to-door confiscation, calling for the shooting deaths of gun owners (yet we’re the violent ones right?) etc.
I’d like to take a moment here to digress from the article to make an observation. People like Shannon Watts and Ladd Everitt don’t want less victims, they want more. Without new victims they can point to, without new victims they can politicize, without new victims that they can exploit, without new pools of blood for them to splash in, Bloomberg’s money stops flowing. I just wanted to clarify their motives for our gentle readers.
Back on topic:
What these gun control extremists, and their followers, will conveniently leave out is that in this case, they actually got their wish. Their every desire came to fruition at a venue in Florida called “The Plaza LIVE”. Just like Sandy Hook, just like the Aurora theater, just like VA Tech, just like Ft. Hood, just like Columbine, just like the Washington Navy Yard, just like Luby’s cafeteria, just like the Long Island Railroad… it is a “Gun Free Zone”. The very first item on their “Prohibited” list is firearms.
Prohibited Items and Entry Procedures
While on Plaza Live property, Patrons and their belongings may be searched by Plaza Live staff using both contact and non-contact methods.
Without proper authorization, Patrons are not permitted to possess the follow items while on Plaza Live property at any time;
Firearms/ Concealed Weapons
While I fully understand that having a firearm does not guarantee that someone will survive a lethal force encounter, it gives them a CHANCE to. It is why my Department issued me an HK USP .45 pistol, a Remington 870 shotgun, and a Bushmaster built M4. My having those tools to hand increases my chance of making it through my shift and going home to see my family. They don’t guarantee it, but they level the playing field.
I also realize that 95% of my job is arriving after a crime has been committed, recording the circumstances of the incident, and hopefully finding & arresting the perpetrator. Realistically, if one were to truly examine my profession and describe it accurately, I am essentially an armed reporter with arrest powers. I’d like to be there before a violent incident occurs, but I neither possess the powers of precognition, nor do I work for the Department of Pre-Crime (yes gun control folks- Minority Report was fiction).
I further realize that an honest citizen having their own firearm increases their chance of surviving a lethal force encounter.
Christina Grimmie, her brother who tackled the shooter, and every other patron in the venue were stripped of that chance.
What is even more perverse is that those pushing to create more “Gun Free Zones”, those pushing for a “disarmed society”, those who tolerate and celebrate their followers violent fantasies of killing good guys with guns, do so from behind a veritable phalanx of heavily armed guards, funded by Michel Bloomberg who famously stated “Only the police should have guns” while surrounded by privately hired and funded security.
I digressed a little there but what is the solution to the problem of violent, obsessed people who wish to do others harm?
Is the solution more “Gun Free Zones”? Is it a 2-4 month long applications to carry while an unstable and violent stalker is on his way to your house? Is it dialing 911 and waiting 10 minutes or so for someone like me to show up? Is the solution making firearms illegal with the knowledge that criminals will still obtain whatever they want anyway?
Perhaps, and bear with me here, the solution is to empower the intended victim. Perhaps the solution is to enable the weak, the elderly, women and the disabled to effectively resist an attack right then and there. Perhaps the solution is to allow citizens to have the same tools that they have given to me, and for the same reason; to give them a chance to live to see another day.
- Mr. Decker
Feel free to express yourself? Not so fast.
New Jersey high school tells 15 year-old boy his self-expression is against school policy.
With all the recent uproar about ensuring that kids from preschool age through college are provided safe spaces and the freedom to express themselves in any form they desire in school, there seems to be one area in which schools still get to tell kids that who they are is not special or something to be celebrated.
An assignment was given in a photography class at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Ringoes, New Jersey, to take a self-portrait representing self-expression. A 15-year-old boy named Joshua Bruner, a student in that class, looked forward to his chance to express himself and was excited to share who he is with his classmates as well as school faculty. Unfortunately, he quickly found that his self-expression was not going to be allowed due to school policy.
Should you be asking yourself, how can a school in this day and age where anything goes as far as self-expression is concerned, even think to dismiss what this boy identifies himself as, you are not alone.
Is the problem with his gender identity, no. His ethnicity, no. His sexual preference, not at all. His religion, no, not even that. So, what could’ve caused such a reaction to this boy’s self-expression? Well, when you meet Joshua you will understand.
Joshua may be a 15 year-old boy but he has a passion for his country like we rarely see even in adults these days. He serves as a United States Sea Cadet, is a member of two state shooting teams, and happens to be a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He wrote an essay recently in which he explained what ignited his passion and resolve to do his part to protect and defend the United States of America and the American values which he holds sacred.
Joshua hits the proverbial nail on its head with an excerpt in his own words from his essay, What Makes America Great [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cOr6b-yfMK5jMNGttd0BxSnQHwUHHbigQZV99hFbVBM] “So yes we have the baseball, football and ice hockey. We have the freedom to go out at 3:00 am to get a hot dog from WAWA. We can be Jewish, Christian, Muslim or atheist. We have fireworks, hot dogs, lemonade, a melting pot of restaurants that serve food from every country out there. Dancing with the Stars, The Hunger Games, Everyone's got Talent, I can go on and on. But why do we have all of these things? Because of the brave men and women who stand up for our rights and protect us. That is what makes America great to me. “
Unfortunately, even in this great country where anyone can be anything they want, you are still not allowed to present a photograph of yourself waving the American flag and holding a firearm as your self-expression for a high school photography class assignment.
The teacher wrote to Joshua’s mom, Darcy Meys, that,“The rules of our school prohibit students from using artwork depicting themselves or another person with any weapon,”
Upon researching the school’s policy Ms. Meys believes that policy refers to guns and/or weapons on school property and not simply a photograph of a gun.
“Josh was just showing pride for his country and who he is as a shooter and as a kid who wants to be in the Marines and protect his country and follow in his grandfather’s footsteps,” she stated in an interview with Todd Starnes of Fox News “He was not dressed inappropriately. He was not holding the gun incorrectly and He was respecting the flag.”
Hunterdon Central Regional High School has since agreed to grade Josh’s photograph. However, the teacher maintains that publishing his work of self-expression could be detrimental to his fellow students as well as the school faculty. As she made note of in correspondence with Ms. Meys, “He will not be able to upload the image to our server, post them to his Google site or display them in his presentation. We would like to recognize his work on the portrait but limit the possibility that the photo can be taken out of context.”
Out of context? Seriously, how can a young man holding the The Stars and Stripes in one hand and a Remington pump action 12-gauge in the other, be taken out of context? This argument presented by the teacher is not limited to the usual Progressive attack on our Second Amendment protected right to bear arms, this is now an intrusion on this young man’s First Amendment protected right to express himself and his opinions freely.
It seems to be all the rage these days to extend and celebrate the freedom to identify and express yourself as anything you want, so long as you are not identifying as a red-blooded American patriot holding our flag and a gun.
As far as we at 1mmagc.org are concerned, we are proud to call Ms. Meys, and her son Joshua, our friends. We count it as a great honor to be able to share his work and vision with you. America needs more people who have the heart and drive of this young man. We need to stand up and say, we are proud of our heritage and invested in our legacy. We will no longer be bullied by those who would attempt to steal our voice, and with it, our inherent rights. We will stand, flag and gun in hand. We are brave and we are free. We are Americans.
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