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No, this isn’t the same sort of paradox as the bootstrap paradox. I’m talking about the weird, nearly simultaneous arguments that anti-gun types make claiming that we pro-gun types are either stuck in the past or not stuck in the past.

We’re told, on the one hand, that the 2nd Amendment is an outmoded document. We’re told that it’s a relic of a bygone era when most of the country was lawless frontier. We’re told that we need to get with the times, be like Europe, and all but ban firearms from civilian ownership. If there’s trouble, the argument goes, just call 911.

And in the next breath, we’re told that our view of the 2nd Amendment is far too modern. “The Founders could never imagined fearsome weapons of war like the AR-15!” And then, after stating that the 2nd Amendment only protects Brown Bess muskets, these same anti-gun leftists will hop back into their TARDIS and proclaim that the Constitution is a “living document” that evolves with the times.

…but not when we’re talking about guns.

Both arguments are ridiculous. The 2nd Amendment did not create a new right out of thin air. It recognized a preexisting freedom that flows from a right that all Humans have: The right to self defense. If one has the right to self defense, then one has a right to the means of self defense. It doesn’t matter whether that means is a sharp stick or a semiautomatic rifle. Not one of the Founders would have argued that a version of the 2nd Amendment written in the Bronze age wouldn’t have applied to steel weapons. And not one of these anti-gun leftists would argue that the 4th Amendment applies only to documents written on parchment. (Unless, of course, it were necessary to do so to argue against private gun ownership!) Just as the 4th Amendment applies to electronic files on your computer, so too the 2nd Amendment applies to the modern firearms in your gun safe.

As to their first claim that firearms are now “unneeded” in a modern, civil society, I suggest that they skim a few headlines from media outlets in Chicago. The Wild West was far more peaceful than is “civilized” Chicago.

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The firearm is the most versatile self-defense tool that Man has ever developed. It allows the physically weak to equal and potentially best the strong. A 98 pound grandmother can drop a 250 pound thug with one squeeze of the trigger. There’s a make and model that will suit any user or application. But, there are times when you are unable, or not allowed, to have access to a firearm when you really, REALLY need one.

As I write this, the L.A. County Sheriff’s office is conducting an active shooter drill at El Monte High School. A school is an example of a “non-permissive” environment. While it’s physically possible to carry and use a firearm there, it’s not legal to do so. (And the State is trying to make it impossible for even local school officials to allow guns on a campus!) So if the exercise at El Monte High wasn’t a drill, and you were there, what options would you have?

What got me thinking about this was a trip to Disneyland. Disney has really stepped up their game when it comes to security. They used to concentrate on purses and backpacks that guests were carrying into the park. This meant searching mostly women (Who generally aren’t a threat) and ignoring men (…and most violent perps are men!). I don’t know how many times I walked into the park with my knife and they didn’t notice because they were too busy looking in my wife’s purse. That’s no longer the case. Everyone gets looked at now! So now that the knife stays in the car, I started thinking about “what if” scenarios. (Yes, that’s the sort of thing I do while waiting in line at The Happiest Place On Earth. Doesn’t everyone?) I began to notice that there are potential weapons everywhere. These aren’t stand-off weapons like a gun, but neither is a knife.

A school or an office is no different. There are potential weapons all around you. You just have to start seeing things for what they can be made into rather than what they are now. A chair is a place to plant your butt; until you throw it at someone’s head.

Students (or office workers) are taught to lock doors and keep quiet during an active shooter attack. This is a good start. In a classroom, there are lots of heavy objects like tables and file cabinets. Use these to barricade the door. The chairs in the room make nice projectile weapons or clubs, should someone force the door open. (It’s not easy to aim a gun when there’s a chair flying at your face!) Pens and pencils make adequate stabbing instruments; especially when directed at an attacker’s eyes. Look around and think about how this or that can be used to inflict life threatening injuries. Work in teams. While one group of students is throwing things, others should be moving flank the attacker.

Sounds dangerous? It is. But at this point, what have you got to lose?! At the very least, you turn yourself into a moving target. Passivity won’t save your life. You may become someone else’s “meat shield”, but that’s about all sitting and cowering will do.

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If Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) has her way, shall issue CCW will be coming to California. Melendez has introduced AB 757 to put an end to California’s may issue system; a system that is rife with corruption. Under current California practice, CCW permits are issued at the discretion of local law enforcement. Many authorities who do issue these permits do so only to their more prominent campaign donors or close friends. Others do not issue permits at all by setting requirements that are impossible to meet.

Melendez said of her bill:

“It is our Constitutional right to defend ourselves… Californians should not be subjugated to the personal beliefs of one individual who doesn’t believe in the Second Amendment. If a citizen passes the background check and completes the necessary safety training requirements, there should be no reason to deny them a CCW.”

Of course, there’s little chance that her bill will make it out of whatever committee is assigned to kill it. But Democrat lawmakers really ought to consider it. The alternative is CCW in California where the issuing authority is another State such as Utah. As we’ve mentioned before, nationwide CCW reciprocity is on its way. California can either get out in front of Washington D.C. or get steamrollered.

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The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 will indeed apply to non-resident permits. The bill’s author, Rep. Richard Hudson (R., N.C.), stated that this is his legislative intent. “My legislative intent is to ensure a non-resident carry permit is recognized, and I’ve confirmed this with legislative counsel and Judiciary Committee staff,” Hudson told the Washington Free Beacon.

Thus, residents of Los Angeles and other parts of California will enjoy the same liberties as those living in Free America. A Utah non-resident permit, for example, would be valid here in LaLaLand where no permits are issued. Ever!

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I’m sure that I’ve used that headline before…

The Ft. Lauderdale airport shootings are yet another example of a criminal having free run of a facility without the worry of armed bystanders interrupting his killing spree. We’ve seen this repeatedly. Laws passed by gun muggles with the best of intent, and over the objections of those of us who actually know about guns, get people killed.

This is also an example of government dropping the ball, again. Esteban Santiago didn’t spring into existence ex nihilo. The FBI knew about him and apparently did nothing. What’s being reported now indicates that he should have been either flagged as a “prohibited person” under Federal law, and thus unable to possess a firearm, or placed on the no-fly list as a suspected terrorist. There’s nothing to suggest that the feds followed up in this information; not until after he killed 5 people.

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Happy New Year ya anti-gun freakazoids!


NRA Backs Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill in U.S. House

Bill Would Eliminate Confusing Patchwork of State Laws

Fairfax, Va. – On behalf of its five-million members, the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauded the introduction of H.R. 38, The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, authored by Congressman Richard Hudson (NC-8). This legislation would eliminate the confusing patchwork of state carry laws by allowing individuals who possess concealed carry permits from their home state or who are not prohibited from carrying concealed in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state that does not prohibit concealed carry.

“The current patchwork of state and local laws is confusing for even the most conscientious and well-informed concealed carry permit holders. This confusion often leads to law-abiding gun owners running afoul of the law when they exercise their right to self-protection while traveling or temporarily living away from home,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA. “Congressman Hudson’s legislation provides a much needed solution to a real problem for law-abiding gun owners.”

This legislation would not override state laws governing the time, place or manner of carriage or establish national standards for concealed carry. Individual state gun laws would still be respected. If under federal law a person is prohibited from carrying a firearm, they will continue to be prohibited from doing so under this bill.

“Law-abiding citizens should be able to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense while traveling across state lines,” continued Cox. “This is an extremely important issue to our members and we thank Congressman Hudson for leading the fight to protect our rights,” concluded Cox.

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An “active shooter” has been reported at Ohio State University today. The school sent a mass text message to students telling them: “Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.” Latest reports at that the shooter is down and possibly dead. There are 8 other injured; one seriously.

The “run, hide, fight” advice is generally good and this writer is happy to see a school that put some thought into this kind of “what if…” message template. Running, assuming that you have a specific location to run to, puts distance between you and the bad stuff that’s happening. (But just don’t run like a scared deer!) It then gives you time to consider your options. It may let you reach solid cover. If you can’t run, hiding can at least offer concealment. Cover is better, but concealment can work too. Again, this will allow you time to think. Finally, passivity will just get you killed. If you’re cornered, fight like a rabid bear! Use any weapon at hand. In a school setting, chairs and desks make good weapons. (No one can take careful aim when a chair is flying at his head!) A mass shooter entering a room full of people should be met with a hail of large, heavy, thrown objects. Don’t sit there like a rabbit hiding under a bush, hoping that you’re somehow invisible.

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The famously anti-gun New York Daily News is suffering the mother of all meltdowns at the thought of Donald Trump re-writing America’s gun laws. The tears are flowing at 4 New York Plaza and they’re simply delicious.

liberal-tearsThe paper’s editorial board is howling with outrage at the thought that rights enjoyed by Americans in places like Florida or Utah extend across state lines. Worse, that Americans in places like New York or California ought to enjoy those same rights. In this particular case, it’s Donald Trump’s promise to treat concealed weapons permits like driver’s licenses that has their collective knickers in a twist.

The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway. That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too. That permit should be valid in all 50 states. A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state. If we can do that for driving – which is a privilege, not a right – then surely we can do that for concealed carry, which is a right, not a privilege.

Odd.. I thought that they wanted to treat guns like cars. But I digress.

The meltdown, however comical we might find it, is actually justified. The anti-gun left had the same view of this past election that we did: That this was the single most important election in history with regard to the right to keep and bear arms. They knew what we knew; that electing Hillary Clinton would end private firearms ownership in America and that electing Donald Trump would have the exact opposite effect. And they were right!

 

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The is going to sound cold-hearted, but Australia couldn’t have picked a better time for a surge in violent crime.

No one wishes ill upon our fellow Anglophones down under, but their gun control laws keep getting pushed here in the US. And given their cultural similarity to ours, they make a good test bed for those laws. Unfortunately for them, the results of the experiment aren’t very good. (But then again, the “lab rats” never fare well, do they?)

The promise in Australia was that new gun laws would reduce violent crime. These same promises are being whispered to the American people today. The reality is that gun laws intended to disarm the violent only succeed in disarming the peaceful. There’s a reason why we call them “criminals”; they break laws like those against carrying firearms.

Laws do not prevent crime. Instead, they punish it after the fact. Thus laws that are preventative in nature, like gun laws, only have an effect upon the law abiding. Those with no intention to commit acts of evil are disarmed by gun laws, but those who are not deterred by laws against assault and murder ignore them. Said laws only come into play against the violent after they’ve committed other crimes. In the meanwhile, their victims have been conveniently disarmed.

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