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  1. 01.07.2020 The gun grabbing Constitutional violators are at it again. The super majority set their Judiciary agenda today and are pushing the same legislation that Republican Senators killed last time when they walked out in protest. They have scheduled hearings with invited testimony only for “legislative days” (before the actual session even begins) to push another version of HB 2505 from 2019. “Legislative Concept 38,” (mandatory gun lock downs) will be heard on January 15th at 2 PM in Hearing Room F. We have been told that House Rep. Courtney Neron will be a co-sponsor. Because it is invited testimony only, we can all expect the same red shirts and gun haters only, to testify on taking away your rights. They can forbid you from testifying, but they cannot keep you out of the hearing. January legislative days are a precursor to what will be railroaded through in the first weeks of the February session. They are ready to punish law abiding Oregonians with the same garbage legislation they introduced last session and you are not invited to tell them what you think. This is the supermajority’s version of “representative government.” Silencing any dissent. It has also been confirmed that there will be other bills introduced by the usual gun hating suspects. Apparently they are ready to significantly limit where you can conceal carry. They want to literally make law abiding CHL holders criminals. Nothing has changed since last session. This is nothing more than a continuation of the 2019 session as they push through the exact same policies. Please use this link to voice your outrage to the Oregon Democrats. The battles are about to begin. We need your support more than ever. Please consider making whatever donation you can afford to keep us in the fight for your rights.
  2. Sheriff Scott Jenkins of Culpeper County, Va., said he plans to deputize “thousands” of law-abiding gun owners if necessary to help protect them from sweeping gun control Democrats have proposed for 2020, should those measures become state law. Jenkins made the remarks both in a meeting of the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors on Dec. 3 and in a Dec. 4 social-media post. “Every Sheriff and Commonwealth Attorney in Virginia will see the consequences if our General Assembly passes further unnecessary gun restrictions,” Jenkins noted in his Facebook post. “‘Red Flag’ laws without due process will create enormous conflict as well. America has more guns than citizens and murder has long been illegal. At best, the proposed gun restrictions will disarm or handicap our law-abiding in their defense … I remain very optimistic that our General Assembly will not pass the proposed bills. Obviously, if passed, there are many of us willing to challenge these laws through the courts. In addition, if necessary, I plan to properly screen and deputize thousands of our law-abiding citizens to protect their constitutional right to own firearms.” Jenkins, who has been working in law enforcement for 30 years, has been the sheriff of Culpeper County since 2012, according to the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office website. The county is located 60 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. and has about 47,000 residents. Jenkins emphasized in later interviews that any new deputies would undergo the same background checks and psychological evaluations all new deputies receive. He also said having so many deputies would be a “big asset” to the community, as they must volunteer at least eight hours a month, and thus would be performing duties at no charge to the community. “The announcement was surprising to me,” one man who attended the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors meeting said in an interview with America’s 1st Freedom. “I was not expecting him to go to that extent. I’m proud of him for standing up for the Second Amendment.” Asked whether he would want to be deputized if the new laws pass, the man responded, “I would be interested in hearing more if it really came to that. My guess is that it’s not going to get that extreme, but it’s good to know the sheriff is willing.” Another Culpeper County resident, a teacher, said, “I’m glad I live in a place where they voted to protect our rights, even though I think it’s ridiculous it had to come to that!” Virginia gun owners are particularly concerned about SB 16, which would expand the state’s definition of “assault weapons” to include many standard firearms, restrict the sale and possession of guns so defined, limit shotguns carried in public to seven rounds and restrict magazine capacity for all firearms to 10 or fewer rounds. The restrictions include not only the popular AR-15 rifle, more than 16 million of which are estimated to be in American homes, but also many other standard pistols, rifles and shotguns in common use for target shooting, hunting and self-defense. Second Amendment supporters all over the state have been voicing their displeasure regarding the proposed measures to lawmakers both in person and in writing, and most county lawmakers have responded by affirming their support for the Second Amendment. The substantial grassroots support of the Second Amendment has not seemed to influence the outlook of newly elected state-level Democrats very much. They’ve threatened funding to the counties and even suggested calling in the National Guard. However, Gov. Ralph Northam indicated on Dec. 9 that Democrats would now allow the guns they planned to ban to be “grandfathered,” provided they are registered. Grandfathering with a registration remains unacceptable to many Virginia gun owners.
  3. On January 8th, the New Hampshire General Court will begin the 2020 legislative session. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on several retained bills, including House Bill 687, which would take away the constitutional rights of individuals without due process. Please contact your Representative and urge them to OPPOSE HB 687. Click the “Take Action” button below to contact your Representative. House Bill 687, sponsored by Representative Debra Altschiller (D-Rockingham 19), would allow ex parte orders that would suspend Second Amendment rights without adequate due process. Further, if the order is vacated after an individual surrendered their firearms, that individual will have to go to court to have their property returned, unlike when the court wrongfully takes them away. Knowingly filing a false claim is only a misdemeanor, while violating an order is a Class B felony, punishable by three and a half to seven years of imprisonment. This extreme difference in punishments could lead to false accusations against many law-abiding individuals. Constitutional rights should only be restricted with sufficient due process of law. Due process limits restrictions on constitutional rights to only serious convictions and adjudications that provide procedural protections to the accused, which results in more reliable proceedings. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms should not be treated as a second-class right and should only be restricted when sufficient protections are in place. Please click the “Take Action” button above to contact your Representative and urge them to OPPOSE HB 687. Your NRA will continue to fight to promote and protect your right to keep and bear arms and hunting heritage. Our members remain the most powerful political force in American history, and together, we will secure the Second Amendment for present and future generations.
  4. There is no such thing as a gun free zone. A person intent on criminal violence will not be deterred from bringing a gun to a location because of a “no guns” sign or an anti-gun statute. The only consequence of such measures is to ensure law-abiding citizens are disarmed and vulnerable. As demonstrated by Texas churchgoer Jack Wilson and the other armed congregants of West Freeway Church of Christ, allowing law-abiding citizens to carry for the defense of themselves and others can prevent harm. As counterproductive as gun free zones are, Virginia’s Michael Bloomberg-bought General Assembly wants to go even further. Under VA Code Ann. § 18.2-308.1, the Old Dominion already prohibits firearms on “the property of any public, private or religious elementary, middle or high school, including buildings and grounds.” On December 31, Delegate Kaye Kory (D-38) filed HB318, which would make it a crime to knowingly possess ammunition at such locations. A violation of the ammunition ban would be a Class 1 Misdemeanor punishable by a $2,500 fine and up to a year imprisonment. Gun owners know just how easy it would be to run afoul of this law. Many gun owners keep ammunition in their vehicles to facilitate quick trips to the range or for hunting. Other gun owners keep additional ammunition for their carry firearms in their vehicles for self-defense purposes. As it exists, § 18.2-308.1 would seem to provide a small exemption to this prohibition for “a person who has a valid concealed handgun permit and possesses a concealed handgun while in a motor vehicle in a parking lot, traffic circle, or other means of vehicular ingress or egress to the school.” However, given the sloppy drafting, it is not clear if the exemption would only pertain to the concealed firearm or if it would pertain to the concealed firearm and its ammunition. Moreover, current Virginia law exempts “a person who possesses an unloaded firearm that is in a closed container, or a knife having a metal blade, in or upon a motor vehicle, or an unloaded shotgun or rifle in a firearms rack in or upon a motor vehicle.” HB318 does not extend this exemption to include ammunition. Therefore, under this legislation, a person who frequently uses their motor vehicle to hunt, shoot, or carry, would need to remove every piece of ammunition from their vehicle before parking and leaving the vehicle on school property, even if they are a concealed handgun permit holder. Under the proposed legislation, it would not matter if a person was found with only one round of ammunition and it would not matter if the person had no way of utilizing the ammunition. The mere possession of a single round of ammunition by itself would be enough to trigger jailtime. Gun free zones are senseless enough without expanding such mindless prohibitions to ammunition. Ammunition without a firearm to use it in does not pose a threat to anyone. The irrational nature of HB318 further exposes the truth that the Bloomberg-bought General Assembly’s gun control agenda is not about public safety. Rather, bills like HB318 are about attacking gun owners and discouraging the exercise of Second Amendment rights by placing senseless restrictions on harmless conduct. This legislation is aimed at harassing law-abiding gun owners, not at keeping people safe. Stay tuned to www.nraila.org for updates. And, in the meantime, please sign up to volunteer to help defeat Bloomberg’s gun control legislation.
  5. Jack Wilson – a 71-year-old congregant of the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Tex. – is a hero to most Americans. When a deranged man savagely murdered two of Mr. Wilson’s fellow worshippers during a service at the church on Dec. 30, Wilson took swift action. He exposed himself to danger to deliver a single shot from his lawfully carried handgun that instantly ended what undoubtedly would have been even more terrible carnage among the hundreds present. Other congregants were also seen producing lawfully carried handguns in response to the threat. Several closed in on the fallen assailant to ensure he was neutralized. None of them panicked or acted rashly and no errant shots were fired. The entire episode was over in six seconds and was captured on the church’s livestream. The evidence is inescapable and available to anyone who cares to view it. Anybody who has ever tried to justify a public policy proposal on the grounds that it could save “just one life” is now on notice that lawful concealed carry saved many lives in just that one episode. Yet one person who did not bother to watch the video or acquaint himself with the facts is Democrat presidential contender Michael Bloomberg. Commenting on the incident at a campaign stop in Montgomery Ala., Bloomberg did not mention Jack Wilson’s name. Bloomberg did not even acknowledge that the events depicted in video and widely reported in the media – including on Bloomberg’s self-named news site – were authentic. But if they were, he huffed, it didn’t change his mind that only the police (which apparently include the current and former officers on his own armed protection detail) should be able to carry firearms in public. “It may true, I wasn’t there, I don’t know the facts, that somebody in the congregation had their own gun and killed the person who murdered two other people,” he said. “But it’s the job of law enforcement to, uh, have guns and to decide when to shoot.” He continued, “You just do not want the average citizen carrying a gun in a crowded place.” In the best-case scenario, responding police would still have been minutes away from the violence breaking out in the West Freeway Church of Christ. The shotgun-wielding assailant could have killed many more people in that time had he not faced armed resistance of his own. But Bloomberg’s own words indicate he would consider that an acceptable price to pay to vindicate his arch-statist and anti-constitutional view that the government should have a complete monopoly on the lawful use of lethal force. What, in Bloomberg’s mind, make police the only people who can be trusted with firearms? Does he feel that only law enforcement can effectively and safely use firearms? Jack Wilson answered that question on Dec. 29, 2019, by delivering a single, precise shot at 15 yards that felled its target and only its target, saving innocent lives. But somehow that’s still not good enough for Michael Bloomberg because Wilson is not an active-duty police officer. What lesson are we supposed to learn from Bloomberg’s response to the White Settlement events, other than who shoots whom isn’t as important to him as who gets to decide who lawfully wields lethal force? Are you willing to helplessly take one for Team Bloomberg’s scheme of law and order if you end up in the wrong place at the wrong time? Note that Michael Bloomberg isn’t taking that risk himself; his payroll includes plenty of armed men to keep him safe. The Second Amendment is your guarantee that you need not take the risk either, which is why Michael Bloomberg’s worldview cannot be reconciled with that fundamental liberty. This stands in stark contrast to President Trump, who understands exactly what the right to keep and bear arms is all about and unabashedly respects that right. “It was over in 6 seconds thanks to the brave parishioners who acted to protect 242 fellow worshippers,” President Trump tweeted on Dec. 30. “Lives were saved by these heroes, and Texas laws allowing them to carry guns!”
  6. Disgraced Governor Ralph Northam and his anti-gun allies in the newly elected legislature have made it clear they are hell-bent on enacting gun control. They want to take your guns and they want taxpayers to fund it. They’ve seen the same research that has shown that gun control doesn’t work. Violent crime in Virginia fell for the second consecutive year, and the Commonwealth has the fourth lowest violent crime rate in the nation – also for the second consecutive year. Virginia had the 25th largest decrease in the violent crime rate from 2017 to 2018, while holding its spot as the fourth safest state. Virginia is outpacing the nation in reducing violent crime; the national rate decreased 3.6% while Virginia’s decreased 5%. It isn’t just overall violent crime that has decreased in Virginia. The murder rate fell by 17.3%, and firearms-related homicides specifically fell by 13.8%. For all of the Bloomberg talking points Northam and his minions regurgitate, there were eight homicides with a rifle of any type in Virginia in 2018. There were 3.75 times more homicides with knives (30 total) than rifles of any type and about twice as many fatal assaults with hands, fists, or feet (15 total) than rifles of any type. Virginia has 14 times the population of Baltimore but 1.4% of the homicides (391 in Virginia statewide compared to 309 in the city of Baltimore). Clearly firearms aren’t the problem, and gun control doesn’t work. The robbery rate fell 17.3% in Virginia from 2017 to 2018, and there was a decrease in both the number of robberies committed with a firearm (down 7.5%) as well as the percentage of all robberies that were committed with a firearm (down 2.4%). The rate of aggravated assaults increased 0.7%, and changes in the number of aggravated assaults committed with a firearm tracked with the number of overall aggravated assaults (increases of 8.1% and 7.9%, respectively). The share of aggravated assaults that involved a firearm was steady while the percentage of assaults involving a knife or other cutting weapon increased 1.4%. There was a larger increase in the number of aggravated assaults committed with knives (9.2%). So violent crime decreased. Homicides and robberies committed with a firearm both decreased while the percentage of aggravated assaults involving a firearm held steady and the overall aggravated assault rate only marginally increased. One might think, to listen to anti-gun legislators and activists, that Virginia is some kind of apocalyptic frontier with no law, no order, and danger around every corner. The data shows that Virginia is safe, both comparatively and categorically. None of this is to suggest that any level of crime is acceptable. There is still violent crime in Virginia, and there are still criminals to find, arrest, and prosecute. However, the best way to tackle the crime that does occur in Virginia is to focus on those who commit the crimes – not criminalizing gun ownership and lawfully owned firearms. Virginia would be best served by efforts focusing on criminals rather than bringing Bloomberg’s fantasy of criminalizing legal gun ownership to life. These efforts have been acknowledged by the Bloomberg-funded researchers at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and have had actual real-world results. Anti-gun researchers, found that so-called “universal background checks” don’t reduce crime just as we know that bans on commonly owned firearms don’t reduce crime. Focusing on actual criminals does work. Please contact Gov. Northam and let him know you oppose his unconstitutional gun control measures. You can contact Northam using the Governor's Office contact form or call his office at 804-786-2211. Help us hold the line. Join us in Richmond on January 13th and sign up to volunteer to help us defeat Northam’s unconstitutional gun control agenda.
  7. Politicians and journalists often portray fiction as fact. It is easy to be opinionated, but hard to be informed. This came to mind as I listened to Virginia Democrats tell us we’d be safer if we were disarmed. What is the truth about gun-control laws? What politicians says a law will do might have nothing to do with what the law actually does. Lives are at stake when gun-control laws fail. Saying that the next gun-control law is necessary to stop violent crime admits that the 23 thousand firearms regulations already on the books didn’t work as advertised. It is a rare politician who admits how limited the government really is when it comes to public safety. Fortunately, we’ve lived with firearms for several hundred years. We know some things that work. Here are a few inconvenient truths I’ve found after a few decades of study. Inconvenient Truth: Most gun-related deaths are suicides, not murders. Unfortunately, restrictions on firearms have not reduced the rate of suicide. Fortunately, informed gun owners are reaching out to other gun owners who are dealing with mental illness. Mental health treatment works. We’re changing the gun culture for the better, no thanks to the politicians. Inconvenient Truth: Most murders with a firearm in the United States are committed by members of criminal gangs. The police know who most of these murderers are. Gun-control laws that restrict the actions of honest gun owners have not changed the actions of known criminals. Most of the young people shot with guns are gang members who were shot by other gang members. Unfortunately, some of the victims are also innocent bystanders or victims of crime. Disarming the innocent victims doesn’t stop the criminals. Inconvenient Truth: Background checks don’t reduce the rate of violent crime. Criminals don’t buy their guns at gun shops or gun shows. Criminals get their guns the same way they get their drugs; they get them illegally from other criminals. (By the way, there is no gun-show loophole. Every law that applies outside a gun show also applies inside a gun show.) Inconvenient Truth: Honest gun owners do not cause crime. In fact, licensed concealed carry holders are both more law-abiding and more accurate with their guns than the police. Civilians with a permit to carry a gun in public are the most law-abiding group that sociologists can find. Inconvenient Truth: Civilian gun ownership is the most cost-effective way to reduce violent crime. Inconvenient Truth: Owning a gun does not make you more likely to be a victim of violent crime. It is true that people who live in high-crime areas are more likely to want a firearm for personal protection. People tend to be more sensitive about personal safety when someone they know have been victims of violent crime. Gun ownership is often a response to criminal violence rather than the cause of it. Inconvenient Truth: Criminals don’t often take a person’s gun and hurt them with it. There are more examples of victims disarming criminals than of criminals disarming victims. Inconvenient Truth: A sexual assault almost never becomes a rape if the victim is armed. The armed victim is such an uninviting target that the attacker usually runs away once he sees that the victim is armed. Inconvenient Truth: Criminals don’t fight fair. There are usually several criminals attacking a single victim. We civilians are the first victims of crime. Police are our backup and usually arrive after the fight is over. Here is one last inconvenient truth: Politicians often exempt themselves from the laws they pass. Some politicians own guns. They must think guns are useful. Some politicians have armed security. They must think guns make them safer. If politicians don’t live by the gun regulations they want for us, then the politicians don’t believe in gun-control. I agree with what these gun-control politicians do even if I disagree with what they say, and that is the truth. The world isn’t safe. If you don’t believe me, then ask a policeman who deals with criminals every day. The policeman wants a firearm because he lives in a dangerous world. Unfortunately, the average criminal will victimize over 20 civilians before the policeman catches him. That is why you and I need a firearm too. We have to protect our self and our loved ones until the police arrive, and we only call the police after we’ve been attacked. There is no doubt that self-defense is inconvenient, but I’d rather be inconvenienced now than be a helpless victim later. To make matters worse, you don’t get to pick when you might be attacked.
  8. Matthew Larosiere is the Director of Legal Policy at Firearms Policy Coalition. You can connect with him on Twitter @MattLaAtLaw. New year, new laws going into effect It’s the new year and governments across the country have resolved to infringe on the rights of their people. In Nevada, this means the implementation of A.B. 291, which includes a red flag statute, bans bumpstocks and similar devices (we thought Trump already did this by fiat), and makes it a misdemeanor to leave a firearm in a place where it can be accessed by a minor under certain circumstances. The red flag provisions of this bill are extensive, and the most minimal standard for permitting the state to take firearms from individuals is that the filing party “reasonably feared for their safety.” Thankfully a group of Nevadans are standing up to the state legislature, having filed for an injunction against this law in court this past December. Also in Nevada, S.B. 143 requires nearly all firearms purchases and exchanges to be conducted using an FFL. In its infinite wisdom, the legislature noted that most Nevadans live within 10 miles of an FFL, but of course they failed to consider three things: 1) the increased financial and procedural hurdle of having to go through an FFL to purchase or exchange a firearm; 2) that almost nobody fails a background check in the first place; and 3) that the NICS system is fundamentally busted. Nye County has responded like many Virginia counties, declaring itself a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary. Although this declaration was made by passing a resolution, which is merely an expression of intent and does not carry the force of law. Hawaii is implementing its own red flag law as well, and it allows family members, police, doctors, and even neighbors petition to have firearms and ammunition seized by a star court. Some of the justifications for seizing your property include making a threat that is unrelated to the use of a firearm, “reckless” storage of a firearm, getting a DUI or public intoxication charge, or bizarrely, recent acquisition of a firearm or ammunition, so don’t invite your neighbor into your house to show them your coffee table handgun of the week that you just bought. Tennessee, on the other hand, has introduced a less-burdensome CCW licensing option. The new program is being criticized because it does not require in-person training. While we’d prefer to see carry restrictions abolished entirely, progress is progress. 2020 also brings additional restrictions in where else but California. One of the 15 bills Governor Newsom signed last year, SB 61 bans the sale of centerfire semi automatic rifles to persons under the age of 21. So what is Nanny Newsom trying to tell Californians? Adults, who up until this year have been allowed to vote, buy cigarettes, and serve in the military, aren’t deserving of rights. Certainly the irony of this scenario cannot be lost on the 184,000+ service members currently in California, especially not on the roughly 80% of Marines who are 20 or younger and stationed at 29 Palms. Despite what the state would have you believe, even sources unfriendly to us admit that laws like this have little to no impact. Fort worth shooting somehow spurs gun debate In White Settlement, Texas, a murderer produced a shotgun and began firing at church parishioners. An armed man in the church immediately responded, taking down the attacker. While the Lieutenant Governor of Texas lauded Jack Wilson’s the man who stopped the murderer, gun-grabbers didn’t hesitate to claim this response would have been unnecessary if there had been adequate gun restrictions in the first place. This argument is absurd for a host of reasons. Let’s not forget the odds of being involved in an event like this are remarkably low, and banning firearms from “sensitive places” like churches are more likely to disarm men like Mr. Wilson than murderers. This particular incident should serve to drive this point home - the murderer had a fairly substantial rap sheet. Northam wants a special gun grabber task force In continuing the ludicrous circus that has been Virginia politics for the past few months, Governor Ralph “Smooth Criminal” Northam is seeing to summoning an 18-man posse to enforce any new state gun laws. His plan? Spend $4.8 million of Virginians’ tax dollars on enforcement of new gun laws, despite 91% of the state’s counties openly opposing new gun control, declaring themselves 2nd Amendment sanctuaries. The governor’s plan also includes hiring 10 more overseers to enforce a new background check, purchase restriction, and red flag provisions. With multiple Virginia counties resolving to form militias, it seems pretty clear this policy lacks the consent of the governed. Florida municipalities want to pass gun laws really super bad A few weeks back we covered Florida cities’ desire to file in a challenge to a component of the sunshine state’s preemption law. Basically, local gun laws have been preempted in Florida since 1987. In 2011, a series of penalties were added for local governments that violated the law and restricted peoples gun rights anyway. Now, a group of cities are suing to try to get rid of these penalties. The cities prevailed in the lower court, where the judge developed new theories of immunity shielding public officials from such fines. That decision is being appealed, and the local governments are not having it. This week a big splash was made as state politicians took opposing sides on the question. State agricultural commissioner Nikki Fried—a person every Floridian associates with the smell of gasoline because of her taxpayer-funded personal branding exercise—is taking the side of the ban-happy municipalities. Naturally this isn’t because she wants governments that agree with her to be immune from the law, of course not. It’s about integrity. Or something. This whole suit is a sham. The local governments want to be free from consequence for callously violating the law, and turning the state of Florida into a minefield for typical gun owners. There are good reasons for preemption. It’s hard enough having to take account of whether your right to a competent means of self defense will be respected on interstate journeys, Floridians don’t need to worry about whether they’ll be imprisoned on their daily commute. Fighting For Your Rights in the Digital Era Since the colonial era, the town square has been the center for the free expression of ideas. As society has become less communal, the mode of expression shifted from town squares to shopping malls and eventually, to online forums and social media platforms. The First Amendment protects the right to freedom of expression and assembly, but there’s a tension when speech is hosted by private companies. Because social media companies are non-state entities, no First Amendment protection exists on platforms like Facebook or Twitter, So what do you do when these sites are the only avenues for the discussion of Second Amendment rights, especially when their leadership is openly hostile toward firearms ownership? Chuck Rossi, who is the cofounder of Open Source Defense, and Cam Edwards, Editor at bearingarms.com sat down for a thoughtful discussion of how to fight for your rights under these conditions. To watch, click here.
  9. Maybe she should have read this 1st - and before someone says it is from 2011 the ATF refers to this and the tells you to review the 2016 revision of the 4473 question 11e which ask: Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance? Then states: Warning: The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.
  10. When evil came to the West Freeway Church of Christ in Texas, parishioners were ready. Sadly, the murderer managed to kill two people—Anton “Tony” Wallace, a deacon who was holding a silver Communion tray at the time, and Richard White, who had yelled “Drop it!” as he reached for his own handgun—in the seconds before Jack Wilson, a member of the church’s volunteer security team, shot and killed the murderer. This horrific event could have been much worse if not for the valiant actions of Wilson; still, this was hardly a flock of sheep, as reportedly, at least four other parishioners drew their self-defense handguns but didn’t shoot, presumably because they didn’t have a clear shot at the murderer in the crowded church. This worst-case-scenario showed what good guys and gals can do with their freedom. It exhibited this so clearly, in fact, that even most mainstream-media outlets were forced to report that an armed good guy had undoubtedly saved lives by killing a bad guy. It also embarrassed—or should have—former Vice President Joe Biden (D), as just last September Biden called Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) decision to sign a bill allowing legal gun owners to carry concealed firearms in places of worship “irrational.” Really, Biden? It’s irrational to carry a self-defense tool in these times? Still, it wasn’t long before the media found a way to get back to its anti-freedom narrative. On January 1, for example, USA Today published an opinion piece that they summed up well in a tweet: “Jack Wilson is exactly the type of person you want around with a gun because he’s a firearms instructor. But we know nothing about the at least six other parishioners who also appeared to draw their handguns. And that’s terrifying.” This opinion writer is terrified of normal, everyday Americans, as are many other members of the mainstream media who’ve expressed similar sentiments. These media members don’t trust you and me and other normal, law-abiding Americans with our freedom. They find American freedom to be so terrifying that they want it controlled to death. This isn’t an enlightened sort of opinion; it is the expression of fear rooted in ignorance of guns, of true liberty and even of statistics related to crime. The thing is, it is characteristic of lawful gun owners to, even in a time of crisis, practice the NRA rules of gun safety. Those other armed citizens in that church didn’t shoot. They acted responsibly. This is the norm for law-abiding gun owners. Statistics clearly show that concealed-carry permit holders (and those who lawfully carry in states that have “constitutional carry”) are extremely law-abiding citizens. The revealing part of this reaction is the bias expressed by this opinion writer. Any reasonable person should, at the very least, realize and acknowledge that, if they were in that church, they’d want as many armed Americans as possible between them and the murderer. That is rational.
  11. A new Tennessee law, effective January 1, allows residents to obtain a concealed-carry permit more quickly and inexpensively. The safety-training course required for the new Concealed Handgun Carry permit can be taken electronically. The course must be a minimum of 90 minutes, cover current state laws regarding carrying handguns and cover basic knowledge and skills for the safe handling and storage of firearms and ammunition. The permit’s application fee is $65 and it allows only for concealed carry, not open carry, and not on school or university properties. It expires after 8 years. Two vendors have reportedly been approved so far to provide the new electronic permit training—both reportedly charge just under $40. Advocates of the new permit option have emphasized decreased costs. “When we put people in a position where they have a high threshold before they can exercise what I think is an inherent right to self-defense, we put people at a strategic disadvantage," said Tennessee House Rep. Andy Holt (R), who introduced the legislation last year, in a news report. The previous minimum-level concealed carry permit is being retained but is now renamed as the “Enhanced Handgun Carry permit.” This permit costs $100, requires 8 hours of in-person training (costs vary) and allows for concealed or open carry everywhere not otherwise prohibited. Tennessee additionally offers a $300 Lifetime Enhanced Concealed Handgun Carry permit with no set expiration date. After the initial background checks required for all permit types, name-based background checks on Lifetime and Concealed Handgun Carry permit holders are conducted every 5 years.
  12. A stalker shot and killed her husband in a so-called gun-free zone. Now Nikki Goeser is worried that another gun control measure widely gaining popularity will result in other firearms owners being victimized. Ms. Goeser recently headed to Congress to speak out against red-flag laws, arguing that allowing a judge to issue orders to temporarily confiscate firearms over mental health concerns could have jeopardized her safety at a time when she was most vulnerable. “I’m trying to educate people about the dangers of red-flag laws,” Ms. Goeser told The Washington Times. “A lot of people seem to be for them, but there’s a lot that the everyday citizen doesn’t think about. I think red-flag laws completely ignore due process and violate due process rights.” After her husband, Ben Goeser, was murdered 10 years ago in a Tennessee restaurant, Ms. Goeser fell into a depression, wondering how she would face another day, and “you can understand how someone might misinterpret that.” “I wasn’t suicidal. I was just going through a really hard time,” she said. “But someone very well-meaning — a family member, a friend, a co-worker — could say, ‘We’re really concerned about Nikki. This horrible thing has happened, we know she’s a gun owner,’ and then take their concerns to a judge.” If a judge had ordered police to take away her firearm, deeming her a risk to herself or others, “for someone like me, that would have been trauma on top of trauma.” “Here I’m scared to death, I’m already concerned for my safety, and then to go and take my basic human right of self-defense away from me with no due process?” she said. “It’s pretty scary.”
  13. Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 BELLEVUE, WA – Former Vice President Joe Biden deserves every brickbat being thrown in his direction in the aftermath of Sunday’s church shooting incident in Texas for declaring in September that the state’s new law allowing guns in churches is “irrational,” the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today. But Biden should not be alone in the hot seat, said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “The deafening silence from Biden’s fellow Democrats still in the presidential race is equally telling,” Gottlieb observed. “Not one of them has stepped forward to offer even faint praise for the courage of Jack Wilson, who used his legally-carried pistol to stop the shotgun-wielding killer from wreaking more havoc at the West Freeway Church of Christ. “The gun control crowd has been predictably silent,” he continued, “because the use of firearms by private citizens in defense of themselves and others—especially a large crowd of worshippers in a church—just doesn’t fit the extremist gun control narrative.” Sunday’s tragic incident was ended in six seconds after the gunman, identified as a man with a criminal record in at least three states, fatally shot two members of the church congregation. Wilson’s quick action and accuracy prevented further carnage. “Within seconds,” Gottlieb noted, “video of the tragic incident revealed at least seven more church members with drawn guns carefully closing in on the downed killer. Their responsible use of firearms to defend their fellow congregants is exactly why Texas enacted its new laws. At the very least, Biden should apologize for his earlier criticism. “Biden’s trash talk in September symbolizes everything wrong with his party’s increasing hostility toward law-abiding gun owners and the Second Amendment,” he said. “This year, we’ve already heard proposals for mandatory buybacks, registration and licensing, gun bans and Beto O’Rourke’s outright threat of confiscation. If anyone has been irrational, it’s Biden and his fellow Democrats for their demagoguery and anti-rights hysteria. “What happened Sunday in Texas,” Gottlieb concluded, “reminded us all of individual heroism, and that actions always speak louder than words, and that brave people act while politicians pontificate.”
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