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  • 20 Years and Millions of “Assault Weapons” and “Large” Magazines Ago...

    Twenty years ago, not long after Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) federal “assault weapon” and “large” magazine “ban” took effect, CBS 60 Minutes reporter Lesley Stahl faced a dilemma. To help Feinstein make her case for a new ban that would cover more types of guns and more magazines, CBS would have to do something that doesn’t come naturally to gun control supporters. It would have to tell the truth.

    The network hadn’t done so previously. In 1989, the year Senators Howard Metzenbaum (D-Ohio) and Dennis DeConcini (D-Ariz.) introduced the first “assault weapon” bills in Congress, CBS 48 Hours had tried to drum up public support for a ban by showing fully-automatic firearms being fired during a story about semi-automatic “assault weapons.” Interspersed with video footage of machine gun bursts and placards labeled “machine gun” for those who couldn’t figure it out for themselves, the subsequently discredited news anchor, Dan Rather, intoned, “Armed and deadly. . . . The right to bear arms. . . . Have we gone too far?”

    In 1995, however, CBS did the right thing, even if for the wrong reason, by exposing the ineptitude with which Feinstein’s legislation had been written, and the patent dishonesty of its most enthusiastic supporter, President Bill Clinton.

    Stahl showed footage of Clinton claiming the legislation “will finally ban these assault weapons from our streets.” On the one hand, she didn’t point out that most detachable-magazine, semi-automatic rifles were not “on the streets,” but were instead at the rifle range, in hunting fields, or locked behind closed doors in people’s homes. However, Stahl derided Clinton’s claim as “a good applause line.” Calling 1994 “the best year for the sales of assault weapons ever,” Stahl said, “these banned weapons are still everywhere.” She offered two reasons why. 

    First, firearms and magazines lawfully within the United States before the “ban” took effect on Sept. 13, 1994, were exempt. Second, the “ban” allowed manufacturers to continue making and selling “banned” firearms, provided that certain external attachments were omitted as the firearms came down the assembly line. The most common resulting firearm: an AR-15, absent its standard flash suppressor and bayonet mount. Over 730,000 AR-15s in this so-called “post-ban” configuration were made and sold during the 10 years the “ban” was on the books.

    Stahl could have also mentioned, but didn’t, that magazines manufactured overseas before the law took effect were exempt as well. That exemption, according to the sponsor of the “ban” in the House of Representatives, Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), resulted in the importation of 50 million “large” magazines during the 10 years the “ban” was in effect.

    For these reasons, the Violence Policy Center (VPC), the handgun prohibition group that in 1988 had conceivedthe idea of campaigning against “assault weapons” as a way to “strengthen the handgun restriction lobby,” complained that the “ban” was “badly flawed,” “a ban in name only,” and a “charade.”

    In 2003, 2005 and 2007, then-Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) introduced legislation to impose a ban that would do what Feinstein’s 1994 legislation had failed to do, and in 2013 Feinstein introduced the same sort of legislation herself. Dishonestly, gun control supporters have said that the new legislation proposed to “reinstate” the earlier “ban,” and the media played along. In December 2012, USA Today said, “President Obama supports efforts to reinstate an assault weapons ban.” In January this year, the Washington Post said that President Obama’s gun control proposals included “reinstating the assault weapons ban.” A petition promoted online by Change.org in early 2013 urged the U.S. Senate to “Reinstate the federal assault weapons ban” and, after the Senate refused to do so, the New York Times reported, “Senate Vote 101 Rejects Feinstein Proposal to Reinstate Assault Weapons Ban.”

    However, the new legislation didn’t propose to “reinstate” anything. Back in 1995, during the 60 Minutes piece, Feinstein had said, “If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them—‘Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ‘em all in,’ I would have done it.” Her 2013 legislation didn’t go that far, but it proposed to ban the manufacture and importation of all semi-automatic shotguns and all detachable-magazine semi-automatic rifles, regardless of their appearance, along with other categories of guns and magazines holding more than 10 rounds.

    Maybe one day Lesley Stahl will cover the issue again. If she does, we hope she will make it clear that Americans now own tens of millions of semi-automatic shotguns and detachable-magazine semi-automatic rifles, an equal or larger number of semi-automatic handguns, and so many tens of millions of “large” magazines for semi-automatic rifles and handguns, and even some other firearms, that it’s pointless to guess their precise number. And, though Americans are now much better armed for their protection than when the first “assault weapon” and “large” magazine bans were proposed, the nation’s murder rate is at an all-time low.

    Having seen 60 Minutes in action on another gun issue recently, however, we won’t hold our breath.

    © 2015 National Rifle Association of America, Institute for Legislative Action. This may be reproduced. This may not be reproduced for commercial purposes. 

  • Lessons from the UC Merced Stabbing Incident
    by Greg Ellifritz

    [Recently], a student at The University of California at Merced entered a classroom and began stabbing another student. A construction worker who was working nearby heard the commotion and interrupted the attack by kicking the knife wielding attacker. The construction worker was stabbed himself before the suspect fled. While fleeing, the student stabbed two more people in the stairwell of the classroom building. When confronted by police, the student lunged at an officer with the knife. The officer shot him dead. The coroner found a two-page “manifesto” in the student’s pocket, describing his planned actions for the day.

    If you would like some more information about the incident, this article provides a good overview. Let’s take a look at some of the lessons learned from this attack and how we might better respond to other similar acts in the future:

    1) Detailed Planning. One of the hallmarks of most school violence is the presence of very detailed planning on the part of the attacker. These events are rarely caused when a student “just snaps.” They are planned days, weeks, or months in advance. The manifesto in this case proved that fact. This wasn’t an angry student lashing out after being thrown out of a study group. This was a serious attack that had been extensively (if poorly) planned in advance.

    This is where we as family members, friends, co-workers, teachers, and fellow students need to be alert. The planning process takes time. It is also the only way we can “interdict” the attacker before he commits the crime. If someone had noticed the detailed planning this student was engaged in, there might have been an opportunity to stop him before he started stabbing people. Be alert for interdiction opportunities like this and don’t be afraid to call the police if you believe someone is planning an act of terrorism or school violence.

    2) The attacker had plans to restrain hostages, slow responding officers, and acquire better weapons from responding cops.

    According to this article:

    “According to the manifesto, the plan included binding students to their desks with zip-tie handcuffs, after which Mohammad was going to make a fake 911 distress call, ambush responding officers with a hunting knife, steal their guns, and shoot a list of targeted classmates, including those in his study group.”

    These few sentences give us quite a bit of guidance for responding to these types of incidents in the future. Some questions to ask yourself:

    • How could one person bind an entire classroom with zip ties? That’s a stupid plan, but one you should be prepared for. When in the process would you choose to resist or escape? If I were trying to accomplish this goal, I would take a hostage and tell the class, “If any of you runs or fights, I cut her throat. You may escape, but she won’t.” Would that strategy change your response plan? What would your resistance plans be if the attacker takes a hostage?
    • Do you know how to escape zip ties? I cover this material in several of my classes.
    • Your attacker may have plans to acquire better weaponry like this guy did. Intervention at the earliest opportunity before this happens will be more successful than after the guy acquires more potent weapons.
    • If you are responding to an active killer event (either as a cop or armed citizen) have you considered that the entire plot may have been staged so as to acquire YOUR weaponry? Slow down a bit. Watch out for traps and ambushes. Everyone wants to be a hero, but rushing in only to get your gun stolen by an active killer doesn’t help anyone. Make sure you know how to retain your firearm if it is grabbed. Better yet, keep your firearm hidden when you respond.

    3) Explosives? According to this article, the suspect “..had been carrying two plastic baggies of highly flammable petroleum jelly….He intended to squirt the petroleum jelly on the floor to create a slippery surface for anyone entering the classroom.”

    We don’t know if this plan was listed in the manifesto or if it was the assumption of police officers who found the petroleum jelly. We do know that the bomb squad responded and blew up a couple items in the suspect’s back pack. From the same article:

    “Kristen Halliday, a UC Merced freshman, told the station that she and a group of friends were trapped in their dorm room above the scene and saw the bomb squad arrive.

    ‘They did detonate something. We heard the sirens and then they said: “Fire in the hole”, and then it detonated.’

    My guess is that these weren’t bags of petroleum jelly to spread on the floor. If slowing responders was the subject’s goal, there are lots of other substances that would prove to be more slippery and easier to spread onto the floor. My guess is that the shooter had created “poor man’s C-4” an explosive created by mixing potassium chlorate and Vaseline. The presence of explosive devices is consistent with other recent school attacks.

    In one of the bomb training classes I attended, we mixed up some potassium chlorate and Vaseline. If you've ever seen what a half pound of this mixture can do, you may understand why the shooter would carry around a couple of “baggies of highly flammable petroleum jelly.”

    As I’ve said before, if you want to be prepared to handle an active killer incident, you have to be prepared to deal with bombs as well as guns.

    4) Effective resistance stopped the attack. When the construction worker entered the classroom and began fighting the attacker, it changed the attacker’s plans. According to the sheriff:

    “His plan went haywire because people fought back,” Warnke said Thursday night. “He got so befuddled at the activities that happened; it took the script away from him.”

    Effective resistance is the key to stopping active killer attacks. And just like in this situation, effective resistance usually causes the attacker to disengage and flee or to kill himself. Remember this fact. Fight back at the first opportunity where the odds are in your favor. You’ll be surprised at how often sheer aggressive resistance will run an attacker off.

    One thing I like to do when I see news articles about attacks like this one is to “war game” how the standard “active shooter response plan” would fare against a similar attack. Most schools have a very basic plan to address school violence. That plan can be quickly summarized as “lock down and wait for the police.”

    The problem with basic response plans is that they don’t take into account the many contingencies and differing attack strategies the killers use. If a lockdown was somehow triggered at the start of this event, how would the students have fared? Not so great, I’m afraid. If the attacker is already inside the classroom, a lockdown isn’t going to protect the students who are being attacked. If anything a lockdown in this situation would create more victims, as students would be required to stay put in the classroom where the killer was conducting his attack rather than fleeing or fighting like they should. Turning out the lights, locking the door, and hiding under desks wouldn’t be an effective strategy for the classroom under attack.

    What about the other classrooms in the building? Against a solo attacker who is only armed with a knife, locking down might be useful to delay his access to additional victims. The overall effectiveness would depend on the speed of police response and entry. Did you read in the article that the student had basic breaching tools (hammers) in his backpack? How do you think he was planning to use those? My guess would be that he was planning to use the tools to breach any classroom doors that happened to be secured if a lockdown had been triggered. Given enough time, he probably had the ability to breach whatever door he wanted. Again, in this case, lockdown probably would have been a poor response choice.

    I’m not demonizing the lockdown process. It has saved lives in past incidents. It isn’t automatically a bad choice. In fact, it’s often a good choice. But it isn’t ALWAYS a good choice. This incident highlights that fact. Teachers should be given the authority to alter basic response plans if necessary. In my experience, most teachers are not allowed to do this. That’s a huge problem with the “lockdown and wait” mentality. Sometimes that doesn’t work. Teachers need to be trained how to recognize when locking down is a bad plan and be given the authority to alter it on a classroom by classroom basis. That isn’t happening in most schools right now.

    One final point…

    A lot of folks are getting spun up about the attacker’s supposed ties to Islamic Terrorism. He mentioned several times in his manifesto that he planned to “praise Allah” after each stage of his attack was finished. He wrote about cutting off people’s heads. Other students claimed he was smiling as he attacked. Both of these strategies are mentioned in Islamic literature.

    The kid was clearly a follower of Islam. He might have been inspired by fundamental ideology. Or he could have just been a mentally ill kid. I would bet on the latter. Take a look at the pictures of the attacker. Doesn’t he look a bit “off?” I doubt this was a planned Islamic terrorist attack against an apostate target. I think it was the work of a lone crazy kid who was trying to garner attention by “affiliating” himself with the “big boys” of Islamic Terrorism (ISIS and the like).

    It really makes no difference. Whatever the attacker’s motivation, be it either religious ideology or sheer lunacy, it doesn’t change your response strategy! That’s the important thing here. While many of you are spouting off on Facebook about the need to “do something” about the spread of fundamentalist Islam in this country, attacks like this are happening on a daily basis.

    I think you could spend your time and energy in a much more productive manner if you concentrate on planning your individual response tactics and teaching your friends and family members how to prevail against a similar attack. Save the motivation discussions to the psychologists and “talking heads” of the media and politics. The attacker’s motivation doesn’t matter much when you are at the pointy end of his knife. Stop arguing about stuff you can’t control and concentrate your efforts on developing strategies that will keep you and your loved ones safe.

    Greg Ellifritz is the full time firearms and defensive tactics training officer for a central Ohio police department. He holds instructor or master instructor certifications in more than 75 different weapon systems, defensive tactics programs and police specialty areas. Greg has a master's degree in Public Policy and Management and is an instructor for both the Ohio Peace Officer's Training Academy and the Tactical Defense Institute.

    For more information or to contact Greg, visit his training site at Active Response Training.

  • Looking Back at the Fort Hood Shooting
    by Greg Ellifritz

    I was doing some active killer research and came across this excellent recap of all of the events that took place in the (first) Ft. Hood shooting six years ago this month.

    Read this extremely detailed account of the Ft. Hood activer shooter (terrorist) incident. Whether you are a cop, soldier, or citizen, think about how you would respond in an event like this.

    Some very interesting passages:

    “Inside a nearby medical processing building, investigators found six empty magazines and 146 spent shell casings amid the blood and bodies. An additional 68 casings and three empty magazines were recovered in a grassy area where Hasan stalked fleeing soldiers.”

    That’s A LOT of bullets fired! This isn’t the average incident with fewer than one magazine fired before the shooter takes his own life or flees. Does this fact make you think about your daily loadout?

    “Munley said she couldn’t get a clear shot at the gunman at first, because so many soldiers were running behind him. “I did not want any friendly fire,” she said.”

    Think about this from the perspective of both a responder (how do I take an angle to get the shooter, but no one else) and from the perspective of a witness or victim…get the hell out of the way!

    “Shots slammed into a rain gutter above Munley, sending shrapnel into one of her hands. She could see the gunman closing in, she recalled, so she rose to take a standing shooting stance”

    Hands get shot all the time in gunfights. How good are you at your one-handed and off handed shooting? What about one-handed malfunction drills?

    “Munley said her Beretta 9 mm handgun jammed. She frantically tried to unjam her gun, she said, and “the shooter comes and kicks my weapon out of my hands.”

    Guns jam all the time in gunfights. This is a bad position to be in. Know how to reflexively clear pistol malfunctions. Better yet, carry a backup gun and transition to it!

    “Her Beretta skittered about three feet. She crawled toward it. “I notice he’s struggling or having some sort of problem with his weapon,” Munley testified. “He begins to walk in the other direction.”

    Fortunately, the bad guy’s gun can jam too. He had a backup gun, but didn’t transition to it. That fact alone saved Ofc. Munley’s life.

    “Todd said he ran up, kicked the man’s weapon away and flipped him on his belly to handcuff him. Reaching into Hasan’s pants pockets, Todd said, he found a formidable arsenal: six loaded magazines for Hasan’s semiautomatic, as well as a loaded, unused revolver and a cellphone.”

    Don’t assume that a bad guy only has one gun. Approaching a downed person who isn’t clearly out of the fight is a dangerous act. Be careful and always think about his backup guns.

    In an event like this it would also be smart to think about any explosives he might be carrying…either command-detonated or set on a timer. Again, be cautious on your approach!

    “Richter said he sprinted out as Todd handcuffed the wounded major. He grabbed the major’s pistol, thinking he might need it if there was a second gunman. The major, a medical administrator, said the gun was jammed and its barrel was so hot from repeated firing that he burned his fingers.”

    This is a smart man. Don’t forget “Battlefield Pickup” techniques. If you can get a better gun (or any gun if you are unarmed), do it. Know how to load, clear and shoot everything. How many of you could clear a malfunction and shoot a FN 5.7mm pistol? It’s not hard, but this isn’t a common gun that a lot of people see. Just recognize that should you choose to use the shooter’s weapon, responding cops might think you are the shooter. Not many armed citizens or off duty police officers run around with an AK-47 rifle. If you “battlefield pickup” something like an AK, be very cognizant of the fact that cops will be coming. As soon as the there is no longer a threat, drop the weapon and get your hands up so you won’t be shot by responding officers.

    Greg Ellifritz is the full time firearms and defensive tactics training officer for a central Ohio police department. He holds instructor or master instructor certifications in more than 75 different weapon systems, defensive tactics programs and police specialty areas. Greg has a master's degree in Public Policy and Management and is an instructor for both the Ohio Peace Officer's Training Academy and the Tactical Defense Institute.

    For more information or to contact Greg, visit his training site at Active Response Training.

  • Public university professor labels NRA a "murderous terrorist organization" & "threat to national security"
    Professor labels NRA terrorist organization
    by Chad D. Baus

    A public records request has revealed that Dr. James E. Evans, a professor of geology at the Bowling Green State University (BGSU), considers the National Rifle Association (NRA), which is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, to be "a murderous terrorist organization that is a threat to national security."

    The claim came in an email sent by Evans to Rep. Tim Brown (R-Bowling Green), demanding that Rep. Brown vote against House Bill 48, a bill which seeks to make several critical changes to Ohio firearms laws, including allowing colleges and universities the same right that Ohio's primary and secondary schools already have - the right to choose whether or not to allow concealed carry on their property. The bill was passed out of the House last week on a 68-29 vote, and awaits attention in the Senate.

    Mr. Evans, who, ironically, has been a member of BGSU's "Academic Honesty Committee," offers no evidence to back his assertion that the NRA, which teaches firearm competency and safety, influences legislation, participates in or initiates lawsuits, and endorses or opposes various candidates, is a "terrorist organization." (Under the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, terrorism is "the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.")  Nor does Evans provide evidence to back up his accusations of a threat to national security.

    According to his email, Evans seems to labor under the false notion that he has "rights to live in a world where I am not threatened by guns." (I realize I don't have a Ph.D. in the study of rocks, but I've not found that particular "right" enumerated in the Constitution of the United States of America.)

    Evans goes on to ask Rep. Brown what he should do "if a student comes to my office to protest a grade. Am I supposed to have a gun ready to shoot back in necessary?" I'm not sure if Brown bothered to answer, given that Evans concluded his letter by saying "don't bother sending me another insincere response," but if he asked me that question, I would inform the nutty professor that there is absolutely nothing stopping a disgruntled student from bringing a gun to his office right now, and that he needs to get his head out of the sand if he believes otherwise. People who want to do violence to others don't care about campus policies or gun bans, but those types of policies are the exact thing that keep peaecable people from being able to defend themselves from such evil.

    Finally, Evans asserts that Rep. Brown is operating under an "unbelievable conflict-of-interest" "because of campaign donations from the NRA." The problem with that claim? Rep. Tim Brown has never received a single penny from the NRA.

    Informant says University "Hostile" to Free Speech

    According to a separate email sent to Rep. Brown from an informant, also obtained by Buckeye Firearms Association through a public records request, it is revealed that Evans participates in a discussion list operating at facultydiscussiongroup@lists.bgsu.edu, and that he posted additional comments there, presumably to get other faculty members to join his protest. And many did.

    In the days leading up to the vote, Rep. Brown received no less than 29 emails from @bgsu.edu email addresses (listed below). 27 other BGSU employees sent a form letter through a website called "the Action Network," which describes itself as "a progressive online organizing platform" that "only work[s] with progressives."

    The informant told Brown that not only is the Second Amendment apparently not respected on the facultydiscussiongroup@lists.bgsu.edu list, but the First Amendment right to freedom of speech isn't either, at least not for "moderate or conservative viewpoints."

    The BGSU campus is a very hostile workplace to anyone who [is] not on the very left side of everything. If anyone ever offers a moderate or conservative point of view on this list-serve they are verbally attacked.

    The informant goes on to say that "not everyone feels that it was a bad vote [in favor of HB 48], but it is dangerous to admit as much."

    Violation of University Policy

    According to the FY2016 First Half Projected SSI Distributions for Universities, BGSU is slated to receive more than $70 million in taxpayer funding next year. Given that gargantuan investment, Ohio taxpayers have a vested interest in ensuring that the money is not being misused.

    According to the BGSU website (here and here), the "Handbook of Commonly Shared Employment Policies for BGSU Faculty, Administrative and Classified Staff" states that "It is university policy that all contact with state and federal legislators and governmental agencies be coordinated through the Office of University Relations and Governmental Affairs. That office, working with the President, is responsible for engaging in meaningful dialogue and relationships with government officials and agencies at the local, state and federal levels."

    Furthermore, university policy states that "Use of the University letterhead, address, e-mail system or other identification that might associate the content and conclusion of the document with the University should be avoided."

    The policy goes on to express that "The aforementioned points on use of the University name, letterhead and e-mail apply specifically to political activities (including lobbying efforts to influence legislation or regulations) by any member of the BGSU community, except in connection with an institutional position taken by the University." (emphasis added)

    BGSU's Office of the President has failed to respond to email and phone inquiries about the matter, but at this time, there is no indication that BGSU has taken an "institutional position" on HB 48, or that the efforts coordinated by Evans were "coordinated through the Office of University Relations and Governmental Affairs."

    Despite this policy prohibiting their use of BGSU email and name in this way, the following employees of this taxpayer-funded university emailed Rep. Brown in opposition to HB 48:

    Other emails from BSGU employees were sent via info@actionnetwork.org or, in a few cases, their own personal email accounts:

    • Carmen Alvarez
    • Kata Attrep
    • Sara Chambers
    • Lynn Darby
    • James Evans
    • Colleen Fitzgerald
    • Enrique Gomezdelcampo
    • Beatrice Guenther
    • Geoffrey Howes
    • Lucinda Hunter
    • Steve Langendorfer
    • Vera Lux
    • Laura Meyer
    • Adam O'Dell
    • Vipa Phuntumart
    • Scott Piroth
    • Megan Rancier
    • Karen Roderick-Lingeman
    • Harold Rosenberg
    • Kristen Rudisill
    • Laura Sanchez
    • Christopher Scholl
    • Karen Sirum
    • Charlie Stelle
    • Robin Tucker-Falconer
    • Margaret Yacobucci
    • Mary Zachary

    While these people have every right to have their own opinions on this issue, they are wrong to make use of university resources in order to attempt to influence this or any other legislation.

    We believe prohibiting institutions of higher education from adopting “best practice” protocols for violence including active killer/active shooter is bad policy. HB 48 fixes this problem and gives each institution the ability to do what they believe is best for their staff and students. When it passes in the Senate and is signed by Gov. Kasich, these faculty members can take it up with the parents and students who pay the taxes and tuition through which they are compensated.

    Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary, BFA PAC Vice Chairman, and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website.

  • Obama, 7-time Gun Salesman of the Year, Looking To Retire Undefeated
    by Jim Shepherd

    Lately, President Obama has done more smack talking about gun owners than Rhonda Rousey before Saturday night's title, um, defense. 

    Unfortunately, our peerless leader doesn't have to defend his title against anything more intimidating than a Washington media corps that's more than demonstrated an ability to hit the canvas faster than any pug brought in to "fight" a contender.

    At a time when I'd prefer a Commander in Chief who was working to mandate basic self-defense training for all citizens to repel what many experts now say is an "almost inevitable" terror attack, he has now looked down from his lame duck perch and proclaimed his hopes to make gun control his top issue in his final year in office. 

    Unfortunately, he's not talking about quick recovery for a second shot should it be necessary on an attacker. 

    He's talking about controlling guns as in making certain the average citizen (that would be you and me ) doesn't have one - at least if he can orchestrate that happening over the next year.

    I first declared Mr. Obama the gun salesman of the year- eight years ago. Yes, before he assumed office. 

    Now, I feel safe predicting he has a far better chance of leaving the presidency with that title intact than any team in the NFL has of finishing their season undefeated. Or Rhonda Rousey has of regaining her undefeated title.

    In an interview published [recently] in GQ, Mr. Obama explained that the "only variable" between the United States and other developed countries is the easy access to guns. That, he "reasons" means that - while American's aren't any more violent than people in other developed countries- they have "more deadly weapons to act out their rage." 

    So it seems he's willing to step in and prevent our acting out our rage. 

    Thanks for offering to step up on this one, Mr. President, but I think I'll continue to desperately cling rather than trust you to protect me.

    And I'll continue to labor under my apparently mistaken impression that one of the few things standing between the rest of the world and a motley collection of terrorists, despots and other tin-pot, would-be murderers was a good guy with a gun. Frequently, those good guys (and girls) are Americans.

    They're out there today, defending people whose inability to protect themselves has made them victims of the highest order. If you think I'm exaggerating, I'd point out mass graves regularly uncovered from Mexico to Kosovo. In each of those locations, the only legally armed protection their citizens have is - yikes - their government.

    And, in many of those locations, the primary difference between the victims and the victimizers hasn't been their level of decency, it's been their access to the means to eliminate the other side of whatever argument they use as the excuse to slaughter each other.

    I'd also point out that, despite significant philosophical differences across vast numbers of our population, the citizens of the United States, despite ready access to a vast array of firearms manage to behave more civilly regarding their differences (Missouri and a few other areas excepted) than those parts of the world that regularly dig - and fill- mass graves with their ideological opposites.

    But that's probably just me, and I've been wrong on far more than one occasion. 

    After all, I don't have access to the wealth of intelligence data that enables me to say we're really not at war with Islam- despite pretty definite indications that Islam's damned certain at war with us. 

    And I'm pretty certain that radical jihadists/terrorists have been behind the atrocities committed over the past [few] weeks across the globe, despite the fact that several candidates for the position Mr. Obama is scheduled to vacate in just over a year, simply can't bring themselves to admit that as a possibility.

    I'm not picking the final pair of candidates for Mr. Obama's position, but I'm more than prepared to say that until his term of office ends, he's not looking at any serious challenges to his title of "Gun Salesman of the Year."

    Republished from The Outdoor Wire.

  • Here's an easy way to donate items to our Buckeye Bash
    by Dean Rieck

    The Buckeye Bash is coming up on April 16, 2016 at the Villa Milano banquet center in Columbus, Ohio. It's the biggest fundraising event of the year for our Foundation.

    It takes months to collect donations of guns and gear for all the auctions and raffles. And you can help us kick things off this week as you start your Christmas Shopping.

    It's easy! And you can do it online without ever setting foot in a crowded store!

    We've set up a Wish List on Amazon.com. All you have to do is purchase items on the list. Every item you purchase will be used in the auctions and raffles at the upcoming Bash.

    Proceeds from the Bash support the educational and legal work of our Buckeye Firearms Foundation, including the FASTER Saves Lives educator training program.


    1. CLICK HERE to visit our wish list at Amazon.

    2. Look through the items on the list. You can sort the items by price and priority with the sort tool on the right just above the first item on the list. You can also use the paging links at the bottom to browse all 100 items. Click the "add to cart" button for the items you wish to purchase and donate to the Bash.

    3. When you're done selecting items, go to the cart and check out. Items you purchase will be shipped directly to our Bash prep center where they will be stored securely until the Bash banquet.

    Keep a record of your purchases. Buckeye Firearms Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and your "donations" are tax-deductible.

    tems on the Wish List range in price from just a few dollars to a few hundred dollars. Donate whatever you can. We need a wide range of items and EVERY item is a huge help in making this event a success!

    Thank you in advance for your generous support. We depend on YOU to help us fight the good fight to defend and advance your Second Amendment rights.

    P.S. If you own guns, gear, jewelry, artwork, knives, crafts, or other items you wish to donate, contact Jason at jmihalick@buckeyefirearms.org.

    Dean Rieck is Executive Director of Buckeye Firearms Association, recipient of the NRA's Club Recruiter of the Year Award, and a partner with Second Call Defense.

  • Thanksgiving: George Washington's 1789 Proclamation

    Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor -- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."

    George Washington painting Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be -- That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks -- for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation -- for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed -- for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted -- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

    And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions -- to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually -- to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed -- to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness onto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord -- To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us -- and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

    Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

    George Washington

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