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Stand Your Moral High Ground

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A few days ago, I received an e-mail from a former student; a Christian man, a patriot and a defender of freedom in the US Military. He wanted me to comment on an article he had just discovered in the Huffington Post written by Mr. Wallis of the Sojourners, entitled “Stand your Ground has no Moral Ground”.  As a believer in our country’s moral high ground and the inalienable right to self- defense, my student seemed to be concerned. I understand why. Huffington Post Article: Stand Your Ground Has No Moral Ground To say the least I am once again disappointed that there are Read More

Sitting Ducks

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Straight from the headlines, school shootings, mall shootings, grocery store shootings…  These often occur in places that ban firearms.  Like a restraining order against an abusive spouse, gun bans are just paper to the bad guys.  Many of us take for granted the right to defend ourselves against random acts of violence but it isn’t that easy.  Many states make it almost impossible to get a carry permit, and even if you have one, local businesses can ban carry. Most recently a gunman opened fire at the Columbia Mall in Maryland, killing at least 2, the police are still sorting things Read More

The Line Between Self-Defense And Murder Is Sometimes a Fine, Fuzzy Line

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Do you understand when you can use a firearm to protect your life, dwelling or to stop a felony?  Would you bet a charge of murder on it or risk a wrongful death suit or both?  How about the limits castle doctrine and retreat?  Do you carry a firearm in another state? Do you know the deadly force laws of those states? If you cannot answer these questions off the top of your head, you are taking unnecessary risk and are at extraordinary legal peril. A failure to understand all the legal concepts of deadly force may land you in jail for murder and loss of your wealth. In this webinar, a Read More

We Can All Breathe Easier

Heidi Yewman

Yep. Heidi Yewman has surrendered her firearm, or as she liked to call it…”weapon”.  Don’t know who Ms Yewman is?  She is an anti-gun activist who chronicled “My Month with a Gun”, starting in Ms Magazine and ending in The Daily Beast, Her stated intent was to show that she was able to get a permit and carry a gun without any training, and she did.  Putting herself, her family and all those around her in jeopardy by her reckless actions. She wrote of the fear, sitting in a Starbucks with a gun on her hip, and children nearby.  Later she wrote of leaving her gun in her purse Read More

Motorcycle Trip with Kitty Austin and “Gun Laws by State” by Bryan Ciyou (Part II)

Motorcycle Trip with Kitty Austin

The last time I talked about the first two states of my 21 day trip on a 1999 Kawasaki Vulcan Classic, again it is as much fun as anything else to do in the summer time. I do want to briefly update on Illinois – just as I finished submitting the blog Illinois’ Legislators overrode the veto by Governor Pat Quinn on the Federal appellate court order mandating that Illinois uphold the Second Amendment. Even though Illinois has this new legislation Chicago’s police superintendent still suggests that guns are the cause of the city’s violence. Has he ever heard of knives? What about just a Read More

The Law of the Jungle = Survival of the Fittest

New York City

It is sad to read of a recent court decision in NYC where a man was brutally stabbed by an assailant who had already killed four and injured three during the previous 28 hours. The victim, turned hero, was attacked in a subway car while two transit police officers barricaded themselves in the conductors car and stayed there until the victim was able to subdue his attacker, get the knife away and hold him down. Only then did the hero receive aid from the police. When he sued, the case was dismissed because “the NYPD had no "special duty" to intervene at the time”. While I have a Read More

Vintage Gun Ads on Huffington Post

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The claim, they “will make you wince”. Their point was supposed to be about firearms used to be marketed in mass media, shamlessly. Gee, so were cigarettes, cigars, alcohol…and, ladies delicates used to be shown over the top of full coverage garments, compared to the “Angels” of Victoria’s (not so) Secret. I looked at the ads, and it brought a smile to my face. Many of them had a Norman Rockwell vintage feel to them, and it was nostalgic. It is a sign of how far we have come from our roots that firearms are vilified instead of respected in mass media. The Red Rider BB gun has Read More

Response to Violence – Citizens Are Pushing Back

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Across the country, we have seen instances of random acts of violence, assaults on our homes, neighborhoods and communities.  They are frightening and remind us of our vulnerability to fall prey to selfish thugs who only care about themselves and what they can get with minimal effort.  They aren't interested in working for what they want, they want you to work for it so they can take it from you. There is a growing trend coast to coast.  Citizens are pushing back.  There are events such as Light the Night, Neighborhood Watch groups, and neighbors looking out of their windows in response Read More

One Way Or Another

The Nine Classes of People Who Cannot Possess Firearms.

“One way or another I'm gonna find ya. I'm gonna getcha getcha getcha getcha” from One Way or Another by Blondie. Seems state governments are looking back to the 70s for inspiration is their zeal for “gun control”. To me, Gun Control is “hitting what you aim at” (seen on a t-shirt…in my closet) but for some individuals, and governments, gun control means you don’t have them. In the name of safety, five states and the District of Columbia, are considering bills that would require law abiding gun owners to purchase between $250,000 and $1 million dollars in liability insurance Read More

The Value of a Multi-State Carry Permit – The Utah Concealed Firearm Permit

handgun with natural reflection

I am certain that you have heard of at least one story of someone carrying a firearm across their state lines and having to prove to the Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) in a neighboring State that they have a valid reciprocal permit and/or are not aware of the correct method of transporting a firearm across state lines. The truth is the majority of Law Enforcement Officers are not equipped with the entire United States’ firearms reciprocity list at that moment on the side of the road or immediately in their heads. Granted, several States are more lenient in that regard and others, not so Read More