VA-ALERT: VCDL Update 1/30/13

1. Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro joins MAIG 
2. TTAG simulated school shooting experiment - results and analysis 
3. Moran's gun control bill faces tough opposition in Congress 
4. FBI stats show hands, feet and fists more deadly than guns 
5. Guns and antidepressant drugs: A middle school teacher's point of view 
6. White House plans to overwhelm NRA with rapid victory 
7. Stealth scheme to pass gun bans in the works in Congress 
8. Member of Biden's gun control task force has a son convicted of planning school mass murder 
9. Giffords and Kelly: Fighting gun violence 
10. Article on Treasury Secretary's power to ban imports 
11. Americans aren't buying 'assault weapons' just to have something to register 
12. Choose your own crime stats [Video] 
13. If they come for your guns, do you have a responsibility to fight? 
14. Buchanan: "There would be a revolution" if government confiscated weapons [Video] 
15. Law enforcement and the Second Amendment 
16. Ret. Marine owns CNN anchor On 2nd Amendment - "Unconstitutional Laws Aren't Laws" [Video] 
17. Gun owners, are you part of the problem? 
18. RT LTE: Pick of the day: Responsible owner against gun control 
19. Robbery and self defense: A personal perspective 
20. Who needs a gun in a city park? 
21. Shocker! "Vaccine" prevents gun violence 
22. Who needs a gun in your garage? 
23. The big list of who hates guns 
24. A nice little poke back at the Journal News [Video] 
25. Thoughts on activism and dealing with fatigue 
26. Permit submission for a new range in Cumberland 
27. Guns stolen at the Chantilly gun show 
28. Shooting Grip Essentials [Video] 


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1. Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro joins MAIG 
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VCDL members in Purcellville might want to contact their Mayor. 

Purcellville, VA Mayor Bob Lazaro has gone to the dark side... Mayor Lazaro participated in a charity NRA gun raffle hosted by VCDL executive member Ed Levine. Since then, things have taken a turn for the worse. The Loudoun Times Mirror reported that Mayor Lazaro signed on to Bloomberg's gun grabbing group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns. When Ed heard the news, he immediately contacted his friend the mayor and asked him what was going on? 

Ed told me, "I spoke to Bob at length this afternoon. Bob explains his position as not extreme right and not extreme left. I advised that by joining the MAIG he 'looks' like and extreme left. He explained that by joining, he will have a voice within the organization to explain what HE feels is good.. (like background checks for all gun transfers).. I explained why that is not a good idea (gun registration) and he disagreed with me... so for now.. it looks like Bob will remain a member of MAIG. I told him to keep researching and reviewing their info and tactics and I would gladly hold a 'Bob quit the MAIG organization celebratory dinner'.. I am sorry to say, I won't be holding my breath until then." 


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2. TTAG simulated school shooting experiment - results and analysis 
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This is a MUST READ/WATCH! 

Alan Rose sent me this via Facebook: 

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What works and what doesn't to stop school shooters? This is just one attempt to find out but the results are quite interesting. 

Unfortunately, the "cop standing by the front door" didn't make the grade. 

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From The Truth About Guns: http://tinyurl.com/bcuy77f 

By Nick Leghorn 
January 7, 2013 

[SNIP] 

On Sunday, December 30, 2012, The Truth About Guns joined forces with King 33 Training to perform a series of live fire simulation of active shooter scenarios. We wanted to assess the potential impact of armed personnel on school property during an event like the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. This article will serve as the "Key Findings and Executive Summary" of the results from that experiment, providing a single article that discusses the results. It contains a link to the full report at the end . . . 

Executive Summary 
At the King 33 facility in Connecticut, 11 volunteers and five staff members enacted a series of simulated shooting scenarios with the intent of determining whether an armed teacher or armed guard at a school such as Sandy Hook Elementary would have been able to successfully confront and interdict an active shooter. 

When designing the scenarios for this experiment, care was taken to identify moments during the progression of a "typical" active shooter case where armed intervention may have been effective in interdicting the shooter. Three such moments were identified: 

1. The moment the shooter enters the school building 
2. The moment the shooter enters a classroom 
3. The moment an armed response arrives on scene. 

One of these scenarios (when the shooter entered the classroom) was enacted both with and without any advanced warning that the shooter was coming. In the first case, the control allowed sufficient time for the teacher to enact a standard "lockdown" procedure such as the one implemented at Sandy Hook Elementary (approximately 15 seconds). 

For scenarios where no advanced notice was given, unarmed participants were instructed to leave and re-enter the area being defended at random to simulate normal traffic. This protocol was implemented keep the defender from being able to react to an event (e.g., the door opening) instead of the first sight of a gun or the sound of a gunshot, as would be the case during a real shooting. 

[SNIP] 


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3. Moran's gun control bill faces tough opposition in Congress 
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Bill Hine emailed me this: 

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From WTOP.com: http://tinyurl.com/aesrwlf 

By Hank Silverberg 
January 7, 2013 

WASHINGTON - A gun control bill that's one of the first pieces of legislation to be introduced in the 113th Congress is likely to face tough opposition. 

The bill - sponsored by Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va. - is called the "NRA Members Gun Safety Act of 2013," but the National Rifle Association has opposed it previously. Moran sponsored similar legislation last year, which was opposed by the NRA and never made it out of committee. 

The legislation would require background checks for a gun purchase or to work at a gun store. It also would prohibit anyone on the Terrorist Watchlist from buying a gun, set some minimum standards for carrying a concealed weapon - including training - and require gun owners to file a police report when their gun is stolen. 

Moran says more than 600,000 guns are stolen every year. 

"These are common sense gun safety measures that the vast majority of NRA members support," says Moran. 

Moran says five of the proposals in his bill have at least two-thirds support from NRA members, according to a poll conducted in May by Republican pollster Frank Luntz and commissioned by the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns. 


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4. FBI stats show hands, feet and fists more deadly than guns 
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In Virginia hands and feet kill more than twice as often as a rifle, knives 3 times more, and other weapons 4 times more. 


From FBI.gov: http://tinyurl.com/c2ywkvy 


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5. Guns and antidepressant drugs: A middle school teacher's point of view 
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From The Daily Caller: http://tinyurl.com/am4rr6j 

By Barbara J. Cook 
January 4, 2013 

Allow me to preface this article by saying that the shootings in Connecticut are a travesty and my prayers go out to the community and family members who lost someone that day. Is the solution banning guns? I think one place to start is considering information regarding mental health. 

First of all, the shooter was mentally ill. This is the population I work with in public middle school, so am speaking from experience. For some mentally challenged children who also have autism, every day is a new learning curve. What I mean by that is that for a few students, we never know what the day will entail. Will "Billy" (name changed) start cussing vile obscenities, and throw books or chairs for no apparent reason? Will he have a meltdown because he wants a particular food for lunch and he's not allowed that particular food item, clearing the room to ensure the safety of the other students? Or will the day be calm with conversation, the student wanting hugs, and saying, "I love you"? 

Bottom line, people with mental illness do not think rationally and in the case of the Connecticut shooting, it's not the gun-it's the shooter at fault. (One can read daily about the murders taking place in inner cities and I'm pretty sure those guns are not registered - but that is for another article.) 

In the past three years, I have personally known four people who were on anti-depressants and committed suicide. One of my family members was prescribed anti-depressants for something that was not depression-related, but soon after started to have thoughts of suicide so they stopped taking the medication. Thankfully the person had enough wits to realize that those thoughts were not normal and conducive to being in good mental health. 

In Alabama, three of my nephews have gone to the doctor for such ailments as broken bones, weight loss, anything unrelated to mental illness, and each time they were prescribed anti-depressants. Thankfully, they did not fill the prescription. 

The question is why are the doctors prescribing antidepressants for almost every ailment? Money perhaps? (Another article...) 

Regarding my mentally ill students in the classroom, yes, they need medication. One of them takes an anti-psychotic medication and we've seen the person off the medicine-it is not a pretty sight. 

Severely autistic people need help to keep themselves (and everyone around them) safe. Their thinking is not rational and generally they are very literal in their thinking. 

However, medication alone is not enough to help combat mental illness. Yes, I understand the shooter was autistic, and I don't know all the details about his illness but I do know that doctors frequently prescribe anti-depressants for autism to help treat and manage symptoms without instructions for behavior modification. 

I am not saying we should just leave people with mental illness alone to suffer, but let us use common sense and look for treatments that do work without life-threatening side effects. 

I am not saying we should just leave people with mental illness alone to suffer, but let us use common sense and look for treatments that do work without life-threatening side effects. 

Many doctors prescribe antidepressants thinking the medication will help the patient. Antidepressants are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) and, ideally, correct chemical imbalances in the brain. Serotonin controls everything from appetite to mood swings, and is one of the most important biochemical in the brain, playing a vital role in the regulation of learning, mood, sleep and vasoconstriction (constriction of blood vessels). People lacking in serotonin could suffer from compulsive eating, just being moody, or depression. 

Prozac, Paxil, Luvox, and others are antidepressant drugs (SSRI's). The potential for some very serious side effects include thoughts of suicide, homicide, restlessness, aggression, facial and body tics, dizziness, hallucinations, nausea, sexual dysfunction, addiction, and electric-shock-like sensations in the brain. 

Remember Columbine? One of the shooters, Harris, was prescribed Luvox and it was in his system at the time of the shooting. 

The Aurora shooter, Holmes, calmly told detectives he had taken 100mg of the prescription painkiller Vicodin, and identified himself as "The Joker". Side effects of Vicodin can include paranoia euphoria and hallucinations. 

The following is a quote from Health And Nutrition Secrets by Russell L Blaylock MD, p79: 

It is also interesting to note that in all the cases of school shootings, the kids responsible for the violence were taking SSRI medications, which are known to produce suicidal and homicidal 'side effects.' It is also known that these medications increase brain levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which, in high concentrations, can also act as an excitotoxin. 

The attached link is a very lengthy compiled list of random murders/suicides directly associated with antidepressant drugs. Please be sure to take a look; it's daunting, to say the least. 

Will banning guns solve the problem of random shootings? No. People will always find another method for killing-even if it means making their own guns. The solution? Perhaps looking into the use of and continuous dolling out of pharmaceuticals-but again, that is another article. 


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6. White House plans to overwhelm NRA with rapid victory 
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James Durso emailed me this: 

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From Talkingpointsmemo.com: http://tinyurl.com/a5oxz9h 

By Benjy Sarlin 
January 4, 2013 

The White House and gun control supporters are gearing up for a whirlwind month, with plans to pass reform legislation before outrage over the Sandy Hook massacre has a chance to fade. 

While the fiscal cliff has dominated Washington's attention in recent weeks, lawmakers and activists are laying the groundwork for their big push. Vice President Joe Biden, tasked with heading a commission to investigate gun violence, has been quietly meeting with experts, interest groups, and public officials and is expected to release a set of recommendations within weeks. Boston mayor Thomas Menino, co-chair of Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns, told the Boston Herald this week that an optimistic Biden had assured him that Obama would sign legislation "by the end of January." 

"We had been led to believe their report would come by end of January, but we're hearing they may want to have something out by January 15, even quicker than expected," Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, told TPM. 

House Democrats are moving ahead with their own plans as well. On Friday, Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), chair of the newly created Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, announced the appointment of 12 vice chairs, including Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), the body's leading voice on gun control. According to a Democratic aide, the group plans to release its recommendations in early February and is already organizing public hearings on the issue. 

Obama has personally identified an assault weapons ban and limits on ammunition magazine size as top priorities. Other possible reforms could include background check requirements for purchases at gun shows, a loophole that's helped create a huge market of off-record arms purchases. 

Pro-gun groups have dominated Congress in recent years and, while lawmakers approved by the National Rifle Association have mostly kept their heads down in recent weeks, any legislation could face an difficult path to passage, or even a vote, especially in the Republican-led House. 

Glaze said his group would work hard to build public support, hosting local events with various mayors, dozens of whom will descend on Washington later this month for The United States Conference of Mayors winter gathering. 
Gun violence survivors are also planning trips to lobby lawmakers to support legislation. Former Rep. Gabby Giffords, who survived a mass shooting in 2011, could play a prominent role in that regard: on Wednesday she met with Bloomberg in New York and on Friday traveled to Newtown to comfort families who lost loved ones in the attack there. 

But Glaze acknowledged the NRA has long held an advantage not only in its cash resources, but in its large and active grassroots membership, which has rallied in the past to whip members of Congress against gun control bills. For gun control advocates, they'll have to offer a compelling case that lawmakers who squelch reforms will pay a price in the midterm elections and that means building their own active network of supporters. Glaze is confident they can do so, citing recent polls showing restrictions on extended ammunition clips and an expansion of background checks to be popular nationally. 

"The broad solutions are there and if Congress doesn't act I think theyre going to be digging themselves further into a big hole," he said. 

The Brady Campaign, the gun control group founded by former Ronald Reagan press secretary Jim Brady, is also expected to play a role in promoting legislation, but it's an open question whether they can compete with the NRA's experienced leadership. TPM reached out to the group's staff in recent days for information on its plans, but received no response. 


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7. Stealth scheme to pass gun bans in the works in Congress 
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Members Cas & Debbie emailed me this: 

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From Examiner.com: http://tinyurl.com/a9ao57z 

By Anthony Martin 
January 5, 2013 

[SNIP] 

Although the gun ban legislation promised by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is not set to go on the agenda until Jan. 22, 2013, powerful senators are working feverishly behind the scenes, laying the groundwork for a stealth scheme to get the ban passed in spite of heavy opposition, according to two sources today at Gun Owners of America (GOA) and Talking Points Memo (TPM). 

Anti-gun congressman and senators are said to be preparing to strike swiftly and without warning in order to take advantage of public outrage concerning the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. 

Twenty young children and six adults were killed in a shooting spree that most analysts say would not have been prevented by the proposed gun bans, given that Connecticut already has some of the most stringent gun control laws in the nation and the fact that the perpetrator had stolen the guns he used from his mother. 


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8. Member of Biden's gun control task force has a son convicted of planning school mass murder 
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James Durso emailed me this: 

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Nothing like personal experience... 

From Townhall.com: http://tinyurl.com/amlvx4r 

By Katie Pavlich 
January 7, 2013 

President of the National Assocation of Police Officers and Boston Police Officer Thomas Nee is a member of Vice President Joe Biden's gun control task force, which was created by President Obama in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Nee's son, Joseph Nee, was convicted in 2008 for planning to commit mass murder of students and teachers at Marshfield High School in Massachusetts, similar to that of Columbine in 1999. After spending nine months in prison, Nee's conviction was upheld by the Supreme Judicial Court. 

Nee told police the plan involved taking ammunition and explosive devices into the school, securing the school's exit doors with bicycle locks, and shooting students and staff. 

As the blog SipseyStreetIrregulars first pointed out, Nee may have planned to carry out murders of his classmates with his father's service gun. 

Boston Police plan to contact authorities investigating the alleged Columbine-style attack plot at Marshfield High School to determine if a gun that one suspect allegedly showed to another student was a .40-caliber handgun issued by Boston Police. 

A female student told Marshfield Police that Joseph T. Nee, one of the two suspects in the case, pulled what she thought was a black, .40-caliber handgun from his waistband as she was getting off a school bus this past spring and told her "how the school was going to be shot up," John P. McLaughlin, an assistant Plymouth district attorney, said at Nee's arraignment Monday. 

Nee is the son of Thomas J. Nee, president of the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association, the city's largest police union. Boston police officers carry .40-caliber Glock handguns, according to a department spokeswoman. 

Yesterday, Boston Police Lieutenant Kevin Foley said news reports that Joseph Nee was carrying a .40-caliber handgun "was really the first we'd heard of that particular allegation." 

Thomas Nee is serving as an expert on gun violence for Biden. Attorney General Eric Holder, Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department Charles Ramsey and others have also been tapped to provide their expertise to the task force. 


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9. Giffords and Kelly: Fighting gun violence 
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Usual anti-gun baloney. 

From USA Today: http://tinyurl.com/bam9ch2 

By Gabrielle Giffords & Mark Kelly 
January 8, 2013 

In response to a horrific series of shootings that has sown terror in our communities, victimized tens of thousands of Americans, and left one of its own bleeding and near death in a Tucson parking lot, Congress has done something quite extraordinary nothing at all.

I was shot in the head while meeting with constituents two years ago today. Since then, my extensive rehabilitation has brought excitement and gratitude to our family. But time and time again, our joy has been diminished by new, all too familiar images of death on television: the breaking news alert, stunned witnesses blinking away tears over unspeakable carnage, another community in mourning. America has seen an astounding 11 mass shootings since a madman used a semiautomatic pistol with an extended ammunition clip to shoot me and kill six others. Gun violence kills more than 30,000 Americans annually. 

This country is known for using its determination and ingenuity to solve problems, big and small. Wise policy has conquered disease, protected us from dangerous products and substances, and made transportation safer. But when it comes to protecting our communities from gun violence, we're not even trying and for the worst of reasons. 

An ideological fringe 

Special interests purporting to represent gun owners but really advancing the interests of an ideological fringe have used big money and influence to cow Congress into submission. Rather than working to find the balance between our rights and the regulation of a dangerous product, these groups have cast simple protections for our communities as existential threats to individual liberties. Rather than conducting a dialogue, they threaten those who divert from their orthodoxy with political extinction. 

As a result, we are more vulnerable to gun violence. Weapons designed for the battlefield have a home in our streets. Criminals and the mentally ill can easily purchase guns by avoiding background checks. Firearm accessories designed for killing at a high rate are legal and widely available. And gun owners are less responsible for the misuse of their weapons than they are for their automobiles. 

Forget the boogeyman of big, bad government coming to dispossess you of your firearms. As a Western woman and a Persian Gulf War combat veteran who have exercised our Second Amendment rights, we don't want to take away your guns any more than we want to give up the two guns we have locked in a safe at home. What we do want is what the majority of NRA members and other Americans want: responsible changes in our laws to require responsible gun ownership and reduce gun violence. 

We saw from the NRA leadership's defiant and unsympathetic response to the Newtown, Conn., massacre that winning even the most common-sense reforms will require a fight. But whether it has been in campaigns or in Congress, in combat or in space, fighting for what we believe in has always been what we do. 

Let's not be naive 

We can't be naive about what it will take to achieve the most common-sense solutions. We can't just hope that the last shooting tragedy will prevent the next. Achieving reforms to reduce gun violence and prevent mass shootings will mean matching gun lobbyists in their reach and resources. 

Americans for Responsible Solutions, which we are launching today, will invite people from around the country to join a national conversation about gun violence prevention, will raise the funds necessary to balance the influence of the gun lobby, and will line up squarely behind leaders who will stand up for what's right. 

Until now, the gun lobby's political contributions, advertising and lobbying have dwarfed spending from anti-gun violence groups. No longer. With Americans for Responsible Solutions engaging millions of people about ways to reduce gun violence and funding political activity nationwide, legislators will no longer have reason to fear the gun lobby. Other efforts such as improving mental health care and opposing illegal guns are essential, but as gun owners and survivors of gun violence, we have a unique message for Americans. 

We have experienced too much death and hurt to remain idle. Our response to the Newtown massacre must consist of more than regret, sorrow and condolence. The children of Sandy Hook Elementary School and all victims of gun violence deserve fellow citizens and leaders who have the will to prevent gun violence in the future. 

Gabrielle Giffords is the former Democratic U.S. representative from Arizona. Mark Kelly is a former astronaut. 


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10. Article on Treasury Secretary's power to ban imports 
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Cy DeKeyser emailed me this: 

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From Market-ticker.org: http://tinyurl.com/aayvqcp 

By Karl Denninger 
January 8, 2013 

Jack Lew MUST NOT Be Treasury Secretary 

Bet you didn't know what's hidden in The Gun Control Act of 1968. 

The Treasury Secretary is vested with the right to ban importation of any firearm he finds "does not have a sporting purpose." 

While this authority is "currently" delegated to the BATFE, it doesn't have to remain delegated. In fact, there is nothing legislative about that delegation to the best of my knowledge, which means it can be revoked by pure fiat. 

Jack Lew, the person most-likely to be nominated to replace Geithner, is Obama's current Chief of Staff. As such it must be presumed that he will do whatever Obama wants, within the limit of his statutory authority. 

And that authority includes the ability to ban the import of any gun. 

The Gun Control Act of 1968 should be repealed. But so long as it stands, no person who comes from inside the Obama administration can be considered for confirmation to the Treasury Secretary's post, and any such person must be made subject to strict scrutiny on their 2nd Amendment views. 


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11. Americans aren't buying 'assault weapons' just to have something to register 
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Jay Minsky emailed me this: 

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From Examiner.com: http://tinyurl.com/b4clvs8 

By Kurt Hofmann 
January 7, 2013 

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As discussed before, Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) proposed legislation to ban so-called "assault weapons" would amount to gun confiscation for many tens of thousands of peaceable, responsible, law abiding Americans. For the rest of the owners of these politically incorrect firearms, Feinstein's (as yet unreleased, but described in some detail) bill would merely mean a requirement for registration with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). 

Saying that the legislation would "merely mean registration" somewhat implies that registration does not lead to confiscation--that ease of confiscation is not, indeed, pretty much the point of registration. That notion is probably a tough sell for anyone who has followed the history of gun politics, both in the U.S. and abroad. Feinstein's home state, in fact, received "extra credit" in the Brady Campaign's ranking of states for anti-gun tyranny, specifically for using the gun registry for the purpose of wholesale confiscations. 


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12. Choose your own crime stats [Video] 
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Joe Brenchick emailed me this: 

A friend of mind showed me this six and a half minute video comparing crime stats in the US and BG. I think it's well worth your time to look at it. The video questions how politicians and the media pick and choose crime stats to fit their agenda. 


From Youtube.com: http://tinyurl.com/b42ucsc 


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13. If they come for your guns, do you have a responsibility to fight? 
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Clay Klemm emailed me this: 

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From The D.C. Clothesline: http://tinyurl.com/a8cxhy3 

By Dean Garrison 
January 3, 2013 

I feel a tremendous responsibility to write this article though I am a little apprehensive. Thinking about the possibility of rising up against our own government is a frightening thing for many of us. I am not Johnny Rambo and I will be the first to admit that I do not want to die. The reason I feel compelled to write this, however, is simply because I don't think the average American is equipped with the facts. I feel that a lot of American citizens feel like they have no choice but to surrender their guns if the government comes for them. I blame traditional media sources for this mass brainwash and I carry the responsibility of all small independent bloggers to tell the truth. So my focus today is to lay out your constitutional rights as an American, and let you decide what to do with those rights. 

About a month ago I let the "democracy" word slip in a discussion with a fellow blogger. I know better. Americans have been conditioned to use this term. It's not an accurate term and it never has been a correct term to describe our form of government. The truth is that the United States of America is a constitutional republic. This is similar to a democracy because our representatives are selected by democratic elections, but ultimately our representatives are required to work within the framework of our constitution. In other words, even if 90% of Americans want something that goes against our founding principles, they have no right to call for a violation of constitutional rights. 

If you are religious you might choose to think of it this way... Say that members of your congregation decide that mass fornication is a good thing. Do they have the right to change the teachings of your God? The truth is the truth. It doesn't matter how many people try to stray from it. Did I just compare our founders to God? In a way I did, but please note that I am not trying to insult anyone. For the purpose of the American Government our constitution and founders who wrote it are much like God is to believers. It is the law. It is indisputable. 

Our founders did not want a "democracy" for they feared a true democracy was just as dangerous as a monarchy. The founders were highly educated people who were experienced in defending themselves against tyranny. They understood that the constitution could protect the people by limiting the power of anyone to work outside of it much better than a pure system of popularity. A system of checks and balances was set up to help limit corruption of government and also the potential for an "immoral majority" developing within the American People. We have forgotten in this country that we are ultimately ruled by a constitution. 

Why is a democracy potentially just as dangerous as a monarchy? Let's look at something that Benjamin Franklin said because it answers that question more fully and succinctly than I can. 

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote. - Benjamin Franklin 

Even 230+ years ago our founders were perceptive enough to realize that democracy was a dangerous form of government. How so? Because the citizens of a country can become just as corrupt as any government. We have seen evidence of this throughout history. Ask Native Americans and African-Americans if this population can become corrupt. 

I think in 2012 we are seeing evidence of what Franklin was trying to tell us. Just because a majority of people may support certain ideas it does not mean that those ideas are just. In simple terms, just because most Americans love our president and voted for him, it does not mean that he has the power to go against our constitutional rights. 

Next I'd like to review the text of the second amendment. It is very clear. This is the law of this land. So when Senator Feinstein or President Obama talk about taking your guns, you need to think about something. Are they honoring their sworn oath to uphold the constitution? 

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. 

supremeThis is a pretty clear statement. The fact is that it took 232 years for the Supreme Court to even rule on this amendment because it has never been successfully challenged. In 2008 a case of Columbia v. Heller the Supreme Court ruled that a handgun ban in Washington D.C. was unconstitutional. One also has to take this into consideration. The Supreme Court supports your right to own guns. If you want to research this decision further you can start here. 

For those who try to debate the spirit of the 2nd amendment, they are truly no different from people who will try to take Biblical quotes out of context to try to support their immoral decisions. The founders were very clear on the intent of the 2nd amendment. Let me share a few quick quotes here: 

The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. -Thomas Jefferson 

Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence ... From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable . . . the very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that is good. -George Washington 

The Constitution shall never be construed....to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms. -Samuel Adams 

founderspicI could find hundreds of quotes like these. This country was built on the right to bear arms. It was built on the rights of an individual to bear arms, regardless of what his government or neighbor happened to think. This is crystal clear. Ironically the people who voice their opinions against this right have their free speech protected by your guns. Without guns in this country, all other amendments become null and void, simply because "We the People" will lose our power of enforcement. 

We need to keep this in mind as our "representatives" try to push gun bans. I don't care if 99% of people are in support of gun bans (which is far from the case), it is a violation of our constitutional rights, plain and simple. 

A constitutional republic protects the rights of the individual even when their ideas are very much in the minority. If I were the only person in America who believed in the 2nd amendment, I would still be within my rights to call upon it. You would all think I was insane and possibly celebrate if I was gunned down, but in the end I would be the only true American among us. 

Our framers were very clear on this. If my government comes to take my guns, they are violating one of my constitutional rights that is covered by the 2nd amendment. 

soulonfireIt is not my right, at that point, but my responsibility to respond in the name of liberty. What I am telling you is something that many are trying to soft sell, and many others have tried to avoid putting into print, but I am going to say it. The time for speaking in code is over. 

If they come for our guns then it is our constitutional right to put them six feet under. You have the right to kill any representative of this government who tries to tread on your liberty. I am thinking about self-defense and not talking about inciting a revolution. Re-read Jefferson's quote. He talks about a "last resort." I am not trying to start a Revolt, I am talking about self-defense. If the day for Revolution comes, when no peaceful options exist, we may have to talk about that as well. None of us wants to think about that, but please understand that a majority can not take away your rights as an American citizen. Only you can choose to give up your rights. 

Congress could pass gun ban legislation by a 90%+ margin and it just would not matter. I think some people are very unclear on this. This is the reason we have a Supreme Court, and though I do not doubt that the Supreme Court can also become corrupt, in 2008 they got it right. They supported the constitution. It does not matter what the majority supports because America is not a democracy. A constitutional republic protects the rights of every single citizen, no matter what their "elected servants" say. A majority in America only matters when the constitution is not in play. 

I just wrote what every believer in the constitution wants to say, and what every constitutional blogger needs to write. The truth of the matter is that this type of speech is viewed as dangerous and radical or subversive, and it could gain me a world of trouble that I do not want. It is also the truth. To make myself clear I will tell you again. If they come for your guns it is your right to use those guns against them and to kill them. You are protected by our constitution. 

Most of the articles I am reading on the subject are trying to give you clues without just coming out and saying it. I understand that because certain things in this country will get you on a list that you don't want to be on. I may well be on that list. This blog is small and growing so I may not be there yet, but I have dreams. I also have my own list of subversives and anyone who attempts to deny my constitutional rights is on that list. 

I am not the "subversive" here, it is the political representatives who are threatening to take away my inalienable rights. If they come to take my guns and I leave a few of them wounded or dead, and I somehow survive, I have zero doubt that I will spend a long time in prison and may face an execution. But I would much rather be a political prisoner than a slave. 

If I go down fighting then I was not fighting to harm these human beings. I was simply defending my liberty and yours. It is self-defense and it is what our country was built on. We won our freedom in self-defense. We would not be ruled by a tyrannical government in the 1770's and we will not be ruled in 2012 by a tyrannical government. There is no difference. 

This is a case of right and wrong. As of now the 2nd amendment stands. It has never been repealed. If Feinstein or Barack have a problem with the constitution then they should be removed from office. They are not defending the constitution which they have sworn an oath to protect. It is treasonous to say the least. They would likely say the same about me, but I have the constitution, the founders, and the supreme court on my side. They only have their inflated egos. 

I am not writing this to incite people. I am writing this in hopes that somehow I can make a tiny difference. I have no idea how many of my neighbors have the will to defend their constitutional rights. 2%? 20%? I am afraid that 20% is a high number, unfortunately. When push comes to shove many people may give up and submit to being ruled. I believe that our government is banking on this. 

What I do know is that this country was founded by people who had balls the size of Texas and Patriotic Americans take shit off of no one, especially our own government. For evidence of that, you might research the Revolutionary War. My question is how many Patriots are left? 

I would hope that our officials come to realize that, regardless of our numbers, we still exist because they are calling Patriotic Americans to action. They are making us decide if we want to die free or submit to their rule. I can not tell you where you should stand on that. I do know that it may make the difference between living a life of freedom or slavery. 

thinking You must start thinking about this because I believe that the day is coming soon and I personally believe it has already been planned. Not all conspiracy theories are hogwash. They may throw down the gauntlet soon and my suggestion is that you prepare yourself to react. 

I mean no disrespect to our elected officials but they need to understand that "We the People" will not be disarmed. If they proceed then it is they that are provoking us and we will act accordingly. We are within our rights to do so. 

For those who are in support of taking the guns, you need to ask yourself a very important question, and I am not just talking about the politicians, because if you support them, you have chosen your side. 

Are you willing to die to take my guns? 


IMPORTANT UPDATE From Dean Garrison!!! When this post originally went viral I was trying to answer every single comment and that lasted for almost 48 hours Then I came to grips with the fact that I am human and I can't do it. If for no other reason I value my family and I can't steal time from them to constantly be on the site. I want you all to know that I appreciate your support and good debate whether you agree or disagree. I also want to thank each and every American Patriot who has made the honorable choice to serve their country. Anyone who wants to repost this on their blog or website is also given permission to do so, so long as nothing is changed in the text of the article, and a link is provided back to this site. Again, thank you so much. I am humbled. This free wordpress blog has just gone from averaging 300 visitors per day 40,000-50,000 hits per day and I have no idea when things may return to normal. That was caused by the people that cared and not the author. I am just an average American that cares. Every Facebook share, retweet, and email is helping and please continue to support what you believe in. We make no money from this blog. We may someday, but for now it is our choice to offer the truth as we see it for the good of our country and not for anything material. Keep on sharing and let's make them pay attention to us! No sane American really wants a Civil War. We want peace but we will not back down from a government that chooses to ignore our founding principles. I am forever in your debt and service. -Dean Garrison 


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14. Buchanan: "There would be a revolution" if government confiscated weapons [Video] 
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Walter Jackson emailed me this: 

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From Real Clear Politics: http://tinyurl.com/a4kmk7w 

By Pat Buchanan 
January 5, 2013 

PAT BUCHANAN: There are three million ArmaLite rifles -- those Bushmaster types -- out there right now, and people are buying them like hotcakes. Every gun show, the sales are up enormously. Forty-one percent, they were up in December -- for last December -- which was a record year. John, what is common though, Eleanor [Clift] is correct, the push is going to come on three things: grandfather in the assault weapons that are here now; to try to outlaw assault weapons, outlaw magazines that carry more than 11 or 12 bullets; and also background checks at gun shows. 

JOHN MCLAUGHLIN: With no Second Amendment, Congress could pass a law, as limited as this: banning assault rifles or as sweeping as prohibiting all private firearm ownership and requiring the surrender of all privately held firearms. 

BUCHANAN: There would be a revolution in this country! 

MCLAUGHLIN: Baloney! That doesn't mean you can't own one, but you have to put it in first and then go try -- 

BUCHANAN: There are 270 million guns in this country right now, John, and they're adding to them at a rate of 16 million a year. (The McLaughlin Group, weekend of January 5, 2013) 


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15. Law enforcement and the Second Amendment 
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James Durso emailed me this: 

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Gun owners are usually supporters of law enforcement. However, the Administration has signaled that it intends to enlist senior law enforcement officers to support of its push to dilute the Second Amendment. 

We regularly receive fund-raising requests from various police groups, such as the Virginia Sheriff Association http://vasheriff.org/,the Virginia State Police Association http://vspa.org/ ,and the Fraternal Order of Police http://www.fopofva.com 

This may be the time to make it clear to these groups that your financial support is conditional on them supporting the Second Amendment. 


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16. Ret. Marine owns CNN anchor On 2nd Amendment - "Unconstitutional Laws Aren't Laws" [Video] 
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Walter Jackson emailed me this: 

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From Youtube.com: http://tinyurl.com/be4n9wm 


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17. Gun owners, are you part of the problem? 
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Board member Dale Welch emailed me this, which I have opted to steal: 

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**Gun owners** who enjoy all the benefits of activist efforts while allowing others to carry the entire load are every bit the enablers of citizen disarmament as overt enemies of the right to keep and bear arms. 

In other words, they are part of the problem. 


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18. RT LTE: Pick of the day: Responsible owner against gun control 
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Brian Velkoff sent me this via Facebook: 

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From The Roanoke Times: http://tinyurl.com/bbek9yh 

January 7, 2013 

I find it terribly ironic that in the Dec. 30 edition of The Roanoke Times, you publish an article on Chicago's jaw-dropping murder statistics ("Gang violence skyrockets in Chicago in 2012"), then on the same day in your editorial ("The right limits on gun rights") you somehow manage to speak for us gun owners and say we understand the need for more responsible controls. 

Chicago has a near-total ban on firearms; look how well that has worked (just read your own article). 

No, we responsible gun owners are rightly wary of any and all restrictions being placed on us for the unproven reassurance of public safety, as Chicago has amply demonstrated. 

None of my guns has killed anyone in Chicago, Connecticut -- or anyplace on Earth, for that matter. So why should I be restricted in my ownership of them in any way, shape or form? 

BRIAN VELKOFF 
ROANOKE 


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19. Robbery and self defense: A personal perspective 
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Bill McKee emailed me this: 

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I would like to pass on my own testimony regarding "self-protection" during a robbery. A few years ago my sixteen year old cousin was working nights in a gas station, providing for his mother and siblings. Two thugs entered the gas station, with guns drawn, demanding him give them the money out of the register. My cousin was scared to death no doubt. There were no cameras to record the incident; however what transpired was my cousin was found "hog tied" with two bullets to the back of the head. 

The thugs were eventually caught, but were teenagers so they only spent two years in jail. Two years of their lives and forever own cousin, as son, brother, and loved one. With the recent robbery in Cincinnati gas station, as reported in your message, it brings back bitter memories. The Police officer obviously has not lost a love one. One can risk not protecting him or herself and end up in a grave. 

That's a choice everyone has to make when confronted by a would be robber. If they are so brazen to hold up someone in broad daylight, what makes anyone believe they're not going to be shot after compliance? The old saying, "dead man tell no tales" is a truth that must be considered carefully. 

Congratulations to the law-abiding Ohio citizens taken matters in their own hands and defending themselves. 


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20. Who needs a gun in a city park? 
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Walter Jackson emailed me this: 

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By Daily Mail: http://tinyurl.com/ag7dgwl 

January 8, 2013 

Horror as four people - including a one-year-old boy - are mauled to death by pack of wild dogs in Mexico City park 

A brutal pack of wild feral dogs is being blamed for mauling four people to death in a Mexico City park - including toddler who was found partially eaten and a young woman whose arm was torn off. 

One of the victims, who was in the park with her boyfriend, called her sister and pleaded for help as she tried to flee the dogs. Her mutilated body was later found in a wooded area. 

Neighbors of the Cerro de la Estrella, a partly wooded, hilltop park surrounded by the city's poor and populous Iztapalapa district, first found the bodies of a 26-year-old woman and a 1-year-old child in the area on December 29, authorities in Mexico's capital said. 

The woman, Shunashi Mendoza, was missing her left arm, and prosecutors said that both she and the boy had bled to death and been partially eaten. 

Then on Friday visitors to the same park found the bodies of a teenage couple who had also bled to death. 

'Experts have established that due to the gravity of the wounds, at least 10 dogs were involved in each attack,' Mexico City prosecutors said in a statement. 

In the second attack, Alejandra Ruiz, 15, and her boyfriend Samuel Martinez, 16, had gone to the park Friday afternoon. 

The girl called her sister Diana Ruiz at around 7pm pleading for help. 

'Several dogs are attacking us, help me!' the girl screamed. The call then stopped. 

Ruiz told Milenio Television she thought her sister was joking and still doesn't believe her sister was killed by dogs despite the call. 

'What kind of dog can tear the skin from your whole arm and leave just bone and if it was an attack dog why didn't it attack her neck?' Ruiz asked. 'What's most shocking is that one of her breasts was mutilated.' 

She said she later visited the place of the attack and saw no pools of blood. 'There needs to be a thorough investigation,' she added. 
Killers? A Mexican newspaper ran this photo of dogs trapped at the park - those these hardly look vicious enough to mangle four humans to death 

Killers? A Mexican newspaper ran this photo of dogs trapped at the park - those these hardly look vicious enough to mangle four humans to death 

Antemio Maya, president of the Street Dog Protection association in Mexico City, also doubts that dogs could have killed the people found in the park. 

'It's not the behavior of street dogs to kill humans,' Maya said. 

Maya said authorities should focus on sterilizing pets and educating people about pet ownership instead of spreading the idea of killer animals. 

'The authorities trapped beagles, Maltese, poodles; can you imagine how long it would take for them to kill a person?' he asked. 

'A lot of people get tired of their dogs and they simply throw them on the streets,' he said. 'This is going to create a terrible hate for street dogs and that's going to lead to even more abuse.' 

Mexico City Public Safety Secretary Jesus Rodriguez told Milenio Television that the bodies were not dumped in the area as some had suggested. He said the victims had bite wounds that were inflicted while they were alive and others after they had died. 

He warned against visiting the park and said all the dogs in the area will be trapped and checked to see if they were involved. 

At least 100 police officers were scouring the park in search of wild dogs. They had trapped 25 by Monday night, including 10 females, eight males and seven puppies. The dogs had been living in caves and crevices in the park, prosecutors said. 

Experts are testing the dogs' hair for traces of human blood and will also test their stomach contents. Authorities did not say what they would do with the animals. 

Local newspapers published photos of the dogs. Several looked like domestic pets, suggesting the dogs were abandoned animals or their offspring who had formed a pack or packs in the hilltop park. 

Iztapalapa is a massive and poor district on the eastern outskirts of Mexico City, and stray dogs roam many of its streets. Hundreds of thousands of spectators gather each Holy week in the Cerro de la Estrella park to watch a reenactment of the mock crucifixion of Christ. 

Mexico City's famed Chapultepec Park, in the city's center, also has feral dogs living in wooded areas and there have been reports of minor attacks on human, but none fatal. 

In that case, animal rights activists have urged authorities not to kill the dogs, instead spaying them and either leaving them in the park or finding them homes. 


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21. Shocker! "Vaccine" prevents gun violence 
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James Prince emailed me this: 

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From wnd.com: http://tinyurl.com/b7t5dtl 

By Lee Hieb, M.D. 
January 7, 2013 

In recent years, some physicians and physician groups have proposed that "gun violence" be considered a disease - that we should analyze these public mass shootings as we would a disease and, using that paradigm, search for a cure. 

Of course their cure is always disarmament of all citizens, not just criminals. But the same docs want more "evidence-based medicine," and the evidence points to a very different approach. 

In the late 18th century, a London physician, Edward Jenner, learned from local dairymen that dairy maids who got cowpox never contracted the more fatal smallpox. He speculated that cowpox somehow prevented smallpox and tested this theory by taking germs from the cowpox lesions and inoculating unexposed persons. These people were shown to survive smallpox outbreaks unscathed and thus was born the science of immunology and the process of controlling the deadly disease of smallpox. This is real science - observation, testing and practice - no politics involved. 

If we observe gun violence as a "disease," one thing is strikingly clear - this disease never strikes people known to be or potentially armed! It may be true that the recent Connecticut shooter was mentally ill, but he was not so crazy as to take on a police station. Neither he, nor any of the other similar shooters, decide to shoot up gun stores or NRA conventioneers. They may be crazy, but apparently not that crazy. 

No, they invariably pick gun-free zones for their mayhem. And when confronted with an armed counterforce, they either surrender or shoot themselves. They do not wage gun battles against other armed people. 

So, using the logic of Edward Jenner, the inoculation to prevent the disease of gun violence is putting guns into the hands of potential victims. So thinking like Edward Jenner, lets see what happens when we do just that - arm citizens by permitting concealed carrying of firearms. 

Dr. Jacob Deakins, in an excellent review of the subject, "Guns, Truth, Medicine and the Constitution," points out that both the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2004 and the Center for Disease Control in 2003 failed to find any written evidence that gun control reduced violent crime, suicides or gun violence. 

Dr. Deakins goes on to cite John Lott Jr., who reviewed the FBI's yearly crime statistics for all 3,054 U.S. counties over 18 years (1977-1994). This constitutes the largest national survey of gun ownership and state police documentation in illegal gun use. 

Lott concludes: 

While neither state waiting periods nor the federal Brady Law is associated with a reduction in crime rates, adopting concealed-carry gun laws cut death rates from public multiple shootings by 69 percent. 

Allowing people to carry concealed weapons deters violent crime - without any apparent increase in accidental death. If states without right-to-carry laws had adopted them in 1992, about 1,570 murders, 4,177 rapes and 60,000 aggravated assaults would have been avoided annually. 

Children 14 to 15 years of age are 14.5 times more likely to die from automobile injuries, five times more likely to die from drowning or fire and burns and three times more likely to die from bicycle accidents than they are to die from gun accidents. 

When concealed-carry laws went into effect in a given county, murders fell by 8 percent, rapes by 5 percent and aggravated assaults by 7 percent. 

For each additional year concealed-carry laws are in effect, the murder rate declines by 3 percent, robberies by more than 2 percent and rape by 1 percent. 

It is generally conceded that immunization of some percentage of a population confers decreased risk of disease on the entire group, not just those immunized - the so-called "herd immunity." So too, allowing people voluntarily to carry concealed weapons confers some protection on those not carrying - because criminals and crazies never know if the person they confront will be armed.

Recently in New York State, a newspaper published a who's who of registered gun owners in two counties, giving out names and addresses. Part of the ensuing hue and cry came, not from those listed, but from people not on the list who had just been "outed" as being unarmed. They felt they had been put at risk by this information. So too every no-gun sticker on every hospital or school door puts occupants of the building at risk. 

Edward Jenner wasn't the first person to invent vaccination - he was the first to fine tune it and sell the idea to the masses. More people have died as the result of smallpox than from all the wars combined, but now no one dies thanks to appropriate medical action. 

How many unarmed populations will be genocidally murdered, how many shootings will take place in gun-free zones before we get the point, take appropriate action and allow weapons to be carried by those at risk and/or their defenders? 


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22. Who needs a gun in your garage? 
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Bill Albritton emailed me this: 

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Who says you don't need a gun on at all times? Bet he wished he had a gun on him! 


From NBC News: http://tinyurl.com/a4nreen 

By Daniel Arkin 
January 7, 2013 

Three people, including a teenager, went face-to-face with an unlikely visitor to a Brookfield, Mass., home on Sunday: a wild bobcat.

Roger Mundell, 53, discovered the animal in his garage, police said. Before he had a chance to get his bearings, the bobcat lunged at him. 

"It only took a split second for him to be on me," Mundell told WHDH, an NBC station in Boston. "I didn't have time to process it." 

Mundell sustained a large gash on his forehead and puncture wounds on his arms during the attack. 

"It hit me with it's face right here," Mundell told WHDH, pointing to the wound on his forehead. "Then it gave me a bear hug." 

Mundell wrenched away from the animal and ran inside his house, slamming the door to the garage behind him. After Mundell told his wife -- whose name was not given -- what happened, she bolted out the front door to alert her 15-year-old nephew, according to Brookfield police chief Michael Blancherd. 

But as soon as Mundell's wife went outside, the bobcat emerged from the garage's side door and lunged at her nephew. Mundell, who had also gone outside to warn his nephew, charged forward to rescue the teenager. 

"I had to get it off my nephew," Mundell said. "I was in a t-shirt by then and that's when it ripped up my arms and stuff like that." 

Mundell's next-door neighbor, Jim Mortenson, told WHDH he witnessed the attacks from his home's driveway, but the wheelchair-bound man couldn't do much to help. 

Roger Mundell Jr., bears cuts on his face at his home in Brookfield, Mass. after being attacked by a bobcat in his garage Sunday. 

"[The bobcat] just jumped on him, you know -- claws on him, was just trying to get him," Mortenson told WHDH. 

Amid the frenzy, Mundell and his wife managed to pin the animal to the ground with a walking crutch. While Mundell kneeled on the bobcat, his wife darted inside to retrieve a handgun, which Mundell used to shoot and kill the animal, Blancherd said. 

Mundell and his nephew were transported to a hospital to be treated for their injuries. The bobcat's carcass was taken to a veterinary hospital, where it will be tested for rabies, officer Sean Marino said. 

Although bobcat sightings are not unusual in the isolated area where Mundell lives, attacks are rare. 

"It doesn't happen that often," Marino said. 


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23. The big list of who hates guns 
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EM Greg Trojan emailed me this: 

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Philip, 

The Daily Caller has a list of anti-freedom gangs, you may be "shooting yourself in the foot" when you go to buy ice cream from Ben & Jerry's and entertainment can be a lot more fun if the actors in the movie you watch are not using ticket money to wipeout your Second Amendment rights. 

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From The Daily Caller: http://tinyurl.com/ahl8z9x 

By Mike Piccione 
March 1, 2012 

[SNIP] 

I was cruising the web reading gun articles and then I started wondering about writing an article on anti-gun organizations and people. Since anti-gunners are always saying "no one wants to take your guns away" or they want me to live under their take of "sensible gun laws" (neither of which I believe to be prudent, sensible or anything remotely truthful) I figured I would go to the NRA's Institute of Legislative Action to find out who are the people that want to be sure that I can't defend my home or go shooting my .22 in the woods (both heinous acts of human behavior to be sure). 

So, hats off the the NRA-ILA team for compiling this list. Here is what the NRA-ILA team had to say. 

The following organizations have lent monetary, grassroots or some other type of direct support to anti-gun organizations. In many instances, these organizations lent their name in support of specific campaigns to pass anti-gun legislation such as the March 1995 HCI "Campaign to Protect Sane Gun Laws." Many of these organizations were listed as "Campaign Partners," for having pledged to fight any efforts to repeal the Brady Act and the Clinton "assault weapons" ban. All have officially endorsed anti-gun positions. 

(View full list at link) 


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24. A nice little poke back at the Journal News [Video] 
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Oh, this is GOOD! 

Dale Hawley emailed me this: 

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Judge Jeanine calls out the Journal News. Too bad we didn't get anyone with this kind of media exposure during our 2007 clash with the Roanoke Times. 

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From FOX News: http://tinyurl.com/ara4gzu 


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25. Thoughts on activism and dealing with fatigue 
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Dale Hawley emailed me this: 

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Activism and Activism fatigue 

Any of us who've been fighting the good fight to protect our rights are subject to what I call "Activism Fatigue". That point at which you are just exhausted, depressed, feel like you are making no progress and that the tide of moonbats and blissninnys is simply endless. You find yourself thinking "so what's the point?" 

There are things you can do to help deal with this fatigue, or even avoid it in the first place. 

Make a realistic assessment of what RKBA activism really means. If you are looking for a "short and victorious war" you are destined for disappointment. The battle for our rights has been going on for 100+ years. Operating with the realistic understanding that rights activism is like doing dishes or laundry (there will always be more to do) starts you off on the right foot with the necessary "long term view" of the situation. 

Focus your energies on a targeted task. Much like washing your car with a pressure sprayer, if you diffuse your energies and attention too widely you aren't ever going to accomplish anything but a "focused stream" works a lot better to "wash off that mud". Pick one "pet" item. You can certainly work on other items as well but keep yourself focused and on track. 

Define some intermediate "goals". Let's be honest, a complete and across-the-board WIN of the rights war is unlikely in your lifetime. That doesn't mean you can't set interim goals and celebrate your WIN when you achieve those goals. The accumulation of small victories is every bit as important. 

Understand that sometimes the point actually isn't to win, the point is to keep the pressure on...constantly. 

"Sing in Chorus". What I mean is that no one person holds a long note in a chorus. When one singer is running out of breath and needs to inhale, another singer will pick up (also known as staggered breathing). If you need to breathe don't be afraid to "hand off" to someone else for a bit. Go on vacation, shut off the computer, play with your kids/dog/wife/friends, and then resume the "note" again later when you are recharged. Do this BEFORE you pass out! 

Expect setbacks but know they aren't forever. It seems to us like the tide of moonbats and anti-rights types is endless. It can feel overwhelming. But remember, to them it seems like WE are also an endless tide. You are NOT alone in the fight and you do have backup/support (see the "sing in chorus" note). 


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26. Permit submission for a new range in Cumberland 
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Judy Waters emailed me this: 

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On Dec. 17, 2012 a permit was submitted for opening a shooting range in Cumberland County, VA, Cartersville Area! Cumberland Co. is West, about an hour via Rt. 60, from Richmond City. 

Attached are the minutes from that Board of Supervisors meeting. Page 6 starts the application pages. 

Website for the minutes: http://tinyurl.com/9wfb3mn 


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27. Guns stolen at the Chantilly gun show 
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Thomas Drinkwater emailed me this: 

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Enjoy the updates as usual. Some bad news about the Chantilly show. I and several other dealers had firearms stolen from our tables. Mine were tied together - they just took the group as wired together and left the boxes sometime between 5:20 PM Saturday evening and 9:00 AM Sunday, December 29 and 30, 2012. 

They were: 

SIG Mosquito with rail light F043428 
SIG P226R 9mm U861001 
SIG P250 EAU019397 
SIG M11-A1 AJU22419 
Glock 19 TYB385 


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28. Shooting Grip Essentials [Video] 
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A lesson in gang-banger shooting grips. ;-) 

Serge Popper emailed me this: 

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From Youtube.com: http://tinyurl.com/am98l4p