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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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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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Unlike the screeching, hysterical New York Daily News, Mother Jones offers a more sober assessment of what Donald Trump’strump-rifle2000 victory means for gun rights in America. (And I’ll apologize right now: You’re gonna have the Georgia Satellites playing in your head for the rest of the day!)

Say what you will about Mother Jones, but their reporting on gun rights has been pretty fair. Rather than join in with the rest of the media fanning fears of “mass shootings” happening every other day, they looked at what’s really happening. They found, of course, that the Obama administration and their accomplices in the media have been lying: Mass shootings are not on the rise. Are they a pro-RKBA organization? Of course not. They’re a news organization; which is far more than can be said of companies like CNN, NBC, or the New York Daily News.

The piece cited above offers a realistic look at what gun owners (and the anti-gun Left) can expect from a Trump administration. First and foremost will be a flurry of executive orders overturning Obama’s less-than-legal EOs.

Most immediately, President Barack Obama’s executive orders on guns will be gone. (Obama has signed orders requiring more gun sellers to conduct background checks, requiring dealers to report lost or stolen guns, establishing an investigation center to track online gun trafficking, and launching research into gun safety technology.) “They’re going to overturn almost everything that Obama did,” [UCLA professor Adam] Winkler says.

President-elect Trump has promised that Obama’s EOs are going out the window on day one. Next up will be the Supreme Court. This is without a doubt the single most important issue of this past election for gun owners. Congresses and presidents come and go, but a Court ruling can last multiple lifetimes.

When the NRA magazine America’s 1st Freedom asked Trump whether the Second Amendment will be a consideration of his in nominating the next Supreme Court justice, he replied, “100 percent. I will appoint judges who will preserve our Second Amendment rights.”

Of the 21 names of possible justices Trump has released, the NRA considers none of them “non-starters,” an NRA spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal. But the gun lobby has some favorites, including Judge Bill Prior of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, who once called victims of violence and local and state governments that sued gun manufacturers “leftist bounty hunters.”

Finally, there’s pro-gun legislation on the table. National CCW reciprocity, which had the NY Daily News in such a tizzy, is likely the first piece of legislation that will cross President Trump’s desk.

“Gun owners are looking at an opportunity to go on the offense at the federal level. There a number of different bills that we could be pursuing,” [DC lobbyist Todd] Rathner says. Most prominently among those bills is national reciprocity, which would guarantee that people with concealed-carry permits in one state could carry their guns in any other state. “A concealed carry permit would be treated like a driver’s license. When you drive across state lines, you don’t worry that your license won’t be honored. We need that for concealed weapons permits,” Rathner says.

Winkler, however, notes some potential problems with this. Reciprocity, depending on how the bill is finalized, could require a state like California to recognize a concealed carry permit issued in a state like Utah. “In Utah, you don’t have to be a resident to get a concealed carry permit,” says Winkler. “So someone who is in Los Angeles and who cannot get a concealed carry permit can go get one in Utah, and then under national reciprocity, depending on how the bill gets shaped, California would have to recognize that.”

The anti-gun Left has long tried to use Federal law to dictate gun policy to the States. Now it looks like they’re getting their wish! (For my neighbors wanting more info on Utah non-resident CCW, you can look here. 🙂 )

Throughout the campaign, these pages have been advising gun owners that they had a binary choice in this election. We weren’t kidding. We had a choice between the most ardently anti-gun candidate in Democratic Party history and the most pro-gun GOP candidate since Ronald Reagan. (Can you imagine candidates like Mitt Romney or John McCain posting pro-RKBA position papers on their websites? How about any Bush?) And now even the Left sees that we weren’t kidding.

And even if gun advocates get everything they want in the next couple of years, there’s also a good chance that Trump will get to appoint more than one Supreme Court justice. If that happens? “Well then, everything changes,” says Winkler. For years, the gun lobby’s favorite myth was that the government was coming for everyone’s guns. With the election of Trump, the inverse may be coming true. The guns are coming for the government.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I gotta go find my shades. 😎

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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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From NRA-ILA:


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2016

California: Anti-Gun Bills To Be Voted on Tomorrow!

The legislature will convene tomorrow for the last time before summer recess. It’s anticipated that a number of gun bills will be considered in both chambers. This could be the last opportunity to voice your opposition before the bills are sent to Governor Brown’s desk for his consideration. The eligible bills range in topic but hold a central theme, limiting and restricting the rights of law abiding citizens.  Click here and here for additional information on the eligible bills.

It is CRITICAL that you contact state Senators using the take action button below urging them to OPPOSE AB 450, AB 1664, AB 1673, AB 1674, AB 1695, and AB 2607.

Contact state Assembly Members using the take action button below urging them to OPPOSE SB 880, SB 894, SB 1235, SB 1407, SB 1446, AB 156, AB 857, and AB 1511.

Yesterday, June 28, the Senate Public Safety Committee passed Assembly Bill 450 on a party line vote.  AB 450, sponsored by “F” rated Assembly Member McCarty, is a  “gut and amend” that covered a completely different subject matter until last week. Now, AB 450 is aimed at arguably the most law-abiding citizens, CCW permit holders.  The bill seeks to increase fees to not only cover issuance but also enforcement.  Exactly what “enforcement” is to cover remains unclear, however what was abundantly clear is McCarty’s disdain for concealed carry permit holders and his desire to put a price tag on permits beyond the reach of average citizens.

It is important that you forward this alert to your family, friends, and fellow guns owners and sportsmen and urge them to contact state Senators and Assembly Members. 

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From NRA-ILA:


MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2016

California: Anti-Gun Bills Could Receive Floor Votes Today

Contact State Senators and Assembly Members IMMEDIATELY

Thirteen anti-gun bills are now on third read and concurrence calendars where votes could possibly take place as early as today, Monday, June 27.   Should these bills not come up today they will stay on the calendar until they are brought up on the floor.  It is CRUCIAL that you contact state Senators and Assembly Members TODAY urging them to oppose these anti-gun measures.

On Thursday, June 23rd, anti-gun legislators continued to play in the shadows by suspending the Assembly rules to pull several anti-gun bills out of the Appropriations committee and straight to the floor.   While no further action was taken, this moved several bills one step closer to Governor Brown’s desk without public participation.

Rather than fight the criminal element, anti-gun legislators would rather continue to erode the rights of law-abiding Californians by making firearm laws even tighter and unworkable.  WE MUST send a clear message that more onerous restrictions of our constitutional freedoms, which only impact law-abiding Californians, will not be tolerated.

It is CRITICAL that you contact state Senators using the take action button below urging them to OPPOSE AB 1664, AB 1673, AB 1674, AB 1695, and AB 2607.

Contact state Assembly Members using the take action button below urging them to OPPOSE SB 880, SB 894, SB 1235, SB 1407, SB 1446, AB 156, AB 857, and AB 1511.

Please click here and here to read the background on all of the above mentioned anti-gun bills.

These onerous anti-gun bills will do nothing to reduce firearm crimes nor will they make California safer.

It is important that you forward this alert to your family, friends, and fellow guns owners and sportsmen and urge them to contact state Senators and Assembly Members. 

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If there isn’t a West Hollywood Militia, there should be.

In the wake of the Islamofacist terror attack in Orlando, pro-gun artwork has been showing up around West Hollywood.

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Those murdered in Orlando were denied the ability to #ShootBack by the gun grabbers. FL law prohibits firearms in any establishment that serves alcohol; even if one has a concealed carry permit and isn’t drinking. The odds are that someone in that club that night had a CCW, but left their gun in the car. How many lives could have been saved by one person shooting back?

The LGBT community, like other minority groups before it, may finally be waking up to the fact that the police cannot be everywhere at all times. If minority groups, particularly ones who have been the subject of pogroms in the past, are to be protected from violence, they will have to be the ones seeing to their own protection. Anti-gun extremists like Gavin Newsom and Kamala Harris are doing all they can to put these groups in danger.

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