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As if on cue, here’s another letter writer going on about his imagined right to feel safe from non-existent threats. This one is willing to admit to your right to keep and bear arms, but only a version of that right that ends at your front door. The “simple logic” he offers in support of his argument is that “The more loaded guns there are in public, the more bullets will fly.” This argument, however, is not borne out by the facts.

As we recently discussed, areas where gun ownership is at its highest are the areas of the country that are the safest. Homicides and other violent crimes occur in those areas where legal gun ownership is at its lowest. The letter writer’s “simple logic” falls apart in the face of real data. The very restrictions he calls for have, at best, no positive effect on violent crime rates. At worst, they make violent crime worse by making it safer to be a criminal. (Think of gun laws as workplace safety regulations for criminals!) The corollary to his argument would be that the fewer loaded guns there are in public, the fewer bullets will fly. But this is also false. Other factors, such as poverty and the presence of the illicit narcotics trade, decide how many bullets will fly; not the availability of loaded firearms.

(H/T: TheTruthAboutGuns.com)

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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 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.


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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On January 1st of this year, open carry became legal in Texas for those who have a concealed handgun license. The usual suspects made the usual predictions of blood running in the streets. What resulted was a big ol’, Texas-sized yawn.

So now, what continues to mystify me is how anyone anywhere would consider these anti-gun airheads to be experts about anything, let alone firearms. Their ignorance is simply astounding, whether they’re talking about “gun free” zonesconcealed carry, or “assault weapons“. They couldn’t be more consistently wrong if they were trying.

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  1. prevent (someone) from accomplishing something

The Los Angeles Times must have a different dictionary. Their story, Man praised as hero for thwarting UC Merced stabbing rampage, details the selfless actions of contractor Byron Price during Faisal Mohammed’s rampage at UC Merced. This is another of those “You keep using that word…” situations.

When Price opened the classroom door, his father said, a professor yelled “No!” and a man rushed toward him with a large hunting knife.

Price told his father he kicked to open the door wider. As the assailant lunged toward him, Price dropped to the ground and lay on his back, shielding his chest and face as he fought with his legs, his father said.

Price was stabbed in the side during the attack. Mohammed went on to severely injure two more people outside the classroom. In total, four were injured. Mohammed would be shot later by responding police officers.

I don’t want you to think that I’m minimizing Price’s bravery. Most people run away from the sounds of danger; he ran toward it. But because of California’s insane laws, neither he nor anyone else who was actually there at the time was able to use a weapon to stop the attack. Like Victoria Soto at Sandy Hook Elementary, the only tool Price had available to protect others was his own flesh. In truth, he wasn’t able, or allowed, to thwart anything.

In this case, the “gun free zone” didn’t cost innocent lives. It did, however, once again cause trauma that will last a lifetime for the victims. Once again, the only one present with a weapon was the killer.

Laws that forbid an effective response to a murderer are simply immoral.

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There are some news stories that are next to impossible to pick apart. What do you write about when a story that appears, at first, to be about poor gun safety is about someone who took proper precautions to prevent an accident?

On December 30, 29-year old Veronica Rutledge was accidentally shot and killed by her 2-year old son while shopping. Initial reports made sound as if she tossed a loaded gun into a shopping bag and headed off to Wal-Mart. That wasn’t the case. Rutledge, a chemical engineer at the Idaho National Laboratory, had her firearm in a purse designed for concealed carry. She was a CWL holder and an experienced shooter. It sounds like she did everything right.

So what went wrong?

Her father-in-law is quoted as saying that “She generally carried on her person”, which I presume to mean that she usually carried “on-body” as opposed to in her purse. He also implied that this was uncomfortable for her, hence the purse.

This brings us to a dilemma that concealed carry permit holders face: How important is comfort? On body carry offers us better accessibility to a weapon as well as better control; it’s “right there” and you know when someone or something is touching it. It’s also uncomfortable having a chunk of metal jabbing you in the side all day long. It’s also human nature to not want to do something that’s uncomfortable. This is one of the things that makes off-body carry attractive. If carrying a firearm is more comfortable, we’re more likely to do it on a daily basis.

Why is this important? Because only carrying sometimes is the same as being unarmed sometimes. (Or, as we Californians who aren’t Hollywood A-listers like to say, “Welcome to my world.”) When things go wrong, a gun and a carry permit aren’t of much use if they’re sitting at home. If off-body carry makes taking your gun with you a daily exercise, then that’s the option you should explore.

There’s also the issue of “printing”. This is where the outline of a concealed firearm is visible through one’s clothing or the gun or holster protrudes from under your clothes. Depending on where you live, this may be illegal. Off-body carry reduces this problem.

On the other hand, off-body carry can leave the weapon outside of your control. If the gun is in your purse, backpack, or briefcase, then the only way to ensure that you always have control over it would be to never let go of that item. Unless you’re like my great grandmother, who maintained a death-grip on her purse, that’s probably not practical.

So now let’s look at the what ifs. What if Mrs. Rutledge only carried on-body? What is that made her carry infrequently? What if she needed the gun one day? What if it was a day when she left it at home? Now let’s back up. What if she always kept the purse on her shoulder? What if lugging the purse and pistol around became the cause of discomfort? What if that caused her to carry infrequently? Now we’re back to “What if she needed the gun one day? What if it was a day when she left it at home?”.

The terrible truth is that we could consume megabytes on other what ifs and never reach a satisfactory conclusion. Sometimes there is no right answer. Kobayashi Maru. Unfortunately, this won’t stop some people from demanding new laws to prevent something that can’t be prevented.

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If only this were a joke…

So take a guess and tell me who said the following. Was it Barack Obama or Vladimir Putin?

“You can get a lot more done with politeness and a weapon than with politeness alone.”

If you guessed that it was the American, you’d be wrong.  Another question: Did Putin or Obama decide that his anti-gun policies need adjustment and that the law-abiding ought to be able to carry concealed firearms? Again, if you guessed the American, you’d be wrong.

Russia has amended its gun laws to make it easier for citizens to carry guns, either concealed or openly. With a homicide rate roughly 4 times that of the US, Putin’s government decided that their people would be better served by allowing them the opportunity to defend themselves against violent crime.

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Contact Governor Brown TODAY urging him to VETO all anti-gun/anti-hunting bills!

Several, anti-gun/anti-hunting bills are still pending action by Governor Jerry Brown.  Call AND e-mail Governor Brown TODAY urging him to VETO SB 1221, SB 1366, AB 1527, AB 2460 and AB 2333.   Let him know that these bills will only hurt law-abiding gun owners, because they are the only ones who respect and obey the law. These bills will do nothing to reduce California’s crime rate.

Governor Jerry Brown can be reached at 916-445-2841 and by e-mail here. 

Urge Governor Brown to VETO the following bills:

Senate Bill 1221 – Hunting Ban

SB 1221, introduced by state Senator Ted Lieu (D-28), would ban hunting bears and bobcats with dogs.  Hunting with dogs is a tradition that continues across the country.  Many dog breeds with select characteristics for hunting can be traced back for thousands of years.  Seventeen states allow bear hunting with dogs.  The use of hounds for hunting has never been shown to have an adverse impact on wildlife numbers.  Biologists and other wildlife experts determine regulations and bag limits, just as they do with other hunting seasons.

Senate Bill 1366 – Lost and Stolen Reporting of Firearms

SB 1366, introduced by state Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-7), would require every person to report the theft or loss of a firearm he or she owns or possesses to a local law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction in which the theft or loss occurred within 48 hours of the time he or she knew or reasonably should have known that the firearm had been stolen or lost.  Law-abiding gun owners should not be made a victim twice and punished for theft of their firearm(s).

Assembly Bill 1527 – Open Carry Ban (of unloaded long guns)

AB 1527, introduced by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-44), would expand on last year’s ban on open carrying of an unloaded handgun to also include unloaded rifles and shotguns.

Assembly Bill 2460 – Ban of Law Enforcement Transfer of Firearms

AB 2460, introduced by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-9), would ban law enforcement officers from transferring handguns that are not on California’s approved “roster” to anyone but law enforcement officers.  Currently, California law allows for the transfer of firearms that are not on the approved “roster” to be transferred to law-abiding civilians.  These transfers must go through a licensed firearms dealer and are only transferred when the new civilian owner has passed a criminal background check.

Assembly Bill 2333 – Liability for Negligent Storage of BB Devices

AB 2333, introduced by Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-69), as amended, would expand California’s negligent storage law to any person who knowingly or reasonably should have known that a minor is likely to gain access to a BB device without the permission of the minor’s parents or legal guardian and the minor carries the BB device in a public place.  The definition of “public place” includes a “front yard, driveway, doorway or entrance to a building or dwelling.”  If a minor possesses a “BB device” that is visible from your own private property you and your child would be in violation.  Violators would be subject to a civil penalty and/or community service.

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