@Gunsense Says Ask Your Host if they Have Guns in the House!

I have to say when I read the tweet the first time it did not really register just how funny it really was. Then when I sat and thought about it for a second, it really began to sink in. Even though they later deleted the Tweet, Moms Demand Action (@momsdemand) thought it a good Thanksgiving Day tip to tell people to ask the host of anyplace they are going if there were guns in the home, alluding to the fact it was for the safety of the children.

What happened was fast and furious. As can sometimes happen to short-sighted tweets of silliness, the twitter world jumped all over them, pointing out that if you’re going to ask about guns, you should also ask about more dangerous things to children. And then one commenter hit the home run:

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As his tweets showed, the original poster seemed to forget that guns are not the most dangerous things for our kids, and what else could he say. I thought that he did such a great job of pointing out the obvious, it was worth repeating here.

So to all of the @gunsense and @momsdemand folks, you may want to think a bit before you make foolish statements that people obviously see through as cheap attempts to swipe at the Constitutional Right to own and possess firearms, especially in the home.

And if I invited you to my home and you asked me if I had guns in the house, I would answer “Of Course! Don’t you?”. And if you said no, then I think you would not be invited back for Christmas dinner.

What Happens When Good Intentions go Wrong? When Fighting for Rights Become Second to Power and Money?

What happens when good intentions go wrong? What happens when people get used to being in power and controlling everything? What happens when they feel the money flow is threatened? What happens when the rules/laws are not followed by the very people that wrote them? What happens when people feel that their “good thing” may be found out? Their way is the only way!

Does that make you think of the state or federal government? Federal Senators or State Legislators?

Well, it sounds like it. But what if I told you that is a “grassroots” pro-firearms rights group? What if you found out that the group you thought stood for all the right things, actually wasn’t as stand up as you thought? What if you were a part of the leadership of that group and when you questioned where the money went, and why things were being done the way they were, you got labeled as a troublemaker and were no longer welcomed by the leadership. Even to the point of not wanting you to talk at all to the rest of the members. What if when you ask for something as simple as transparency, you get all kinds of anger and heat? What if this leadership told you that being a part of the leadership was a good thing, as you got to go to a meeting every year at the expense of the members? Sounds good right? Nothing wrong with that by itself right? But add that to the other things and you start to think.  

You would think that a rights group that ask its members for money would be more than happy to tell those members where that money goes. Like the NRA posting its yearly financial report. Nothing to hide, right? You would think that a group that professes to be for rights would honor the rights of all, including its own members to ask questions and to question what and why things are done. 

If you were paying to be a member of a group, and that group failed to follow its own rules it had written for itself, what would you do? Speak up? Be silent and become part of the silent majority? Or just ignore it all?

A group that supposedly stands up for people that fails to follow its own rules and bylaws, fails to have membership meetings as it requires, failed for years to post where the money goes, only to do so when it is forced to, fails to keep its members informed of just what it is doing and what it needs them to do, is not much of a “grassroots” stand up group if you ask me. But then, they would not want you asking me. If you did I would say it’s time for a deep look inside, time for a look at who and how things are done and why, as it is written in the bylaws itself. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, even when it starts out as good intentions.

Is it wrong to question things? Is it wrong to point out that they (the leadership) need to do a better job of being transparent with financials and what they are doing to help people get their gun rights back. Is it wrong to be the voice of the members that have no idea what the rules are. How can people question what they do not know is wrong or going on? Where is the openness and honesty? 

Honesty you say? Did you know how many members are in these groups? I was told they do not want those numbers made public. Really? Why? Yet we can testify to numbers before legislators, but when asked by a board member, it’s secret? Think ethics, honesty, integrity, and transparency and ask yourself, does my group stand for these things and follow them? 

They could be such a driving force for good and the firearms rights of all the people they profess to represent, but fail to see what has happened. And we sure don’t want the members and public to know about it, that could cause “change”, and we all know that is a bad thing. They even have a Board of Directors, selected by the two executive members. But they don’t vote on much, as the two executive directors have final say so on everything regardless of the other Directors. Heck, the other “Directors” can’t even call anything up for a vote, the Executive Directors have to do that. The Directors are there just to settle disagreements between the two Execs. They said so themselves, and yes I have that in writing. Some of the leadership is afraid to speak out because they know how they will get treated, so they remain silent, yet thank people who speak up, and yes that is in writing also. When leadership is afraid to speak up to other leaders, what does that tell you?

And no I am not talking about the NRA, they do all those things the right way. This group questions our government about things all the time, yet we are not allowed to question our own “support” group about itself. Before you send money to ANY group professing to be fighting for your rights,  find out how the money is used, how you can become a part of it and do things to support your rights, how often do they send out information on issues and things of interest, do they assist you in learning about the issues and current Bills being submitted in the Capital (State and Federal). Ask questions, if they don’t like questions, then that should be a red flag.

Fighting for your rights is as simple as signing up for notices from your state and federal representatives and senators and writing them and letting them know how you feel. Writing opinion pieces based on facts and real-world issues and sending them to your local news media outlets. Post rebuttals to opposing pieces, be heard. Don’t settle for “we are working on it, but can’t talk about it right now”. Those opposing your rights talk about it all the time, you should be also! Write your representatives and tell them what you expect of them, they are hired by you, to represent you, and they can be fired (voted out) just as easy. You only have this last election cycle to look at to see that. Educate people on the real facts surrounding firearms and self-defense, most people who oppose your rights are woefully uneducated about the topics you care about and know, so educate them. What is your group dong to educate the public at large? If you do those things you will be doing more than some groups and most people. Become part of the solution, not part of the problem.

 

You Cannot Legislate Evil Away…

With the recent murder of 27 innocent people in Texas, the typical cry for more gun laws has started.

It doesn’t seem to matter that the psychopath broke multiple laws to get his firearm, and the government made errors in following its own laws and policies. But the cry for just one more law is still being raised.

What about the real cause of this and other mass murders, the lack of morals and values based on good verse evil. As a man of faith, I believe in the good in men. I believe each person has a possible bright future, they only need find it. I also believe that evil walks among us and that is why the good and righteous must be prepared to defend themselves or those unable to defend themselves from that evil.

Laws cannot legislate evil away. Evil will always find a way as long as man is around. But what can we do to lessen the impact of evil when it shows itself? We can be prepared to take action. When a murderer uses a car, or a bomb, our a knife to kill, there is no cry for more laws to control those things. Why not? Why only when a gun is used? I think it’s because a gun is a form of self-reliance, self-preservation, and the ability to fight back. And I truly think there are those that don’t want you to be able to do those things. Because if you can protect yourself, and defend yourself, you don’t really need those that want you defenseless.

Our country has slowly devolved into gratuitous violence, normalizing death and violence. The graphic nature of much of our entertainment lends to desensitize people to real suffering and pain. Most people have watched movie or tv killings so much when the real thing happens it has little impact. Our kids get higher scores for headshots and killing innocents in games. Is it any wonder that they have no problem murdering innocents in a church?

Now I don’t mean all are affected, but the susceptible ones, those that are a little easier to sway, fall for the evil that bombards us daily.

So to all you getting calling for more gun laws maybe you really need to look at fatherless families, violence in our entertainment, economic growth and development, mental health treatment, and following the laws we currently have.

Oh, and I am sure that the fact the murderer was shot by a citizen with a gun makes the argument for fewer guns a little more difficult. Had he been unable to have that rifle, the murders could have been much worse.

So let’s start a real discussion to lessen the carnage and suffering, let’s talk about what is acceptable to our society, let’s talk about self-responsibility, let’s talk about enforcing the laws we currently have better.

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FBI Crime Stats Demonstrate How Politicians Manipulate Tragedies to Fit Legislative Agenda – Fail to Address Real Problem

With the release of the FBI Uniform Crime Statistics for 2016, it is once again obvious how our media, social networks, and legislators fall for the knee-jerk reaction to crimes that have very little impact on the grand scheme of things.

There has been a big push since the Las Vegas mass murder to ban certain parts of rifles. There have also been the typical legislative reactions to “ban assault rifles” and other such items. All of these sentiments are completely based on emotion — not facts.

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Be aware of your surroundings on Nov 4th, 2017, and Carry Your Self-Defense Firearm!

As some of you already know, but many do not, Antifa (I refer to them as Anti-everything) is planning a nationwide demonstration on Nov. 4th, 2017. They are calling for all good anarchist to demonstrate in “in cities and towns across the country continuing day after day and night after night—not stopping—until our DEMAND is met: This Nightmare Must End: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go! In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America!” I find it rather funny that the lawfully elected President of the USA is being threatened with removal from office (the innuendo be by force) by the same group of people that can’t tie their shoes without a YouTube video on how to.

So what will you be doing before and during Nov. 4th? Well, I plan on going about my business as I usually do. I always carry a self-defense firearm, so that is nothing new. I may add an additional magazine to my carry, just as a precaution. I also always have a long gun nearby, and that will not change. So other than that I plan on going fishing that day I hope. I will be avoiding any large public gatherings. I also will not be going into any major metropolitan areas. I don’t like large crowds.

But if you have to visit one of those types of places, or are unfortunate enough to get caught up in one of the demonstrations while driving through town, you need to know the laws of your state on self-defense! Of course, you should know those anyway, it’s just plain common sense to know what you can and cannot do to defend yourself and your loved ones and friends.

I wrote an article a while back about the demonstrations because of the election of President Trump. You can find that here: “Protesters be Warned”. It speaks of the laws in Florida but has a good overall view of these issues and refers people to their own states use of force statutes or laws.

With a recent article in the media about there being 3 million Americans carrying a self-defense firearm daily, and about 9 million doing it at least once a month, I think that with an added threat out there that this call to violence by Anti-America is, that number will increase. If you are a concealed firearms license holder and take your responsibilities seriously like you should then you will be making sure to refresh your memory on these types of things.

To Antifa, you may wish to consider following the laws on peaceful protest. Everyone has the right to peacefully protest, as guaranteed by the US Constitution. But what you do not have the right to do is break laws, damage people’s property, detain people against their will by blocking roads and traffic, threatening people, and of course unlawful violence. Just remember that the same people that wanted change in the US from the same old government we had for the last 8 years and elected President Trump, the same millions that carry a self-defense firearm daily do not take kindly to being threatened or having someone try and bash them with a protest sign, throw rocks or bottles at them all while minding our own business. We carry self-defense firearms for just that reason, self-defense. To Antifa, I say enjoy yourself at your peaceful protest, have fun, exercise your right, but turn that into a violent one, and you may have bitten off a bit more than you can chew.

But look at the United Kingdom! It bans most guns and they have…..growing gun and knife crime?

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard the argument from the anti-firearms crowd “Look at the United Kingdom! They banned guns and have less crime!” And I am sure that very few of the people who say that have really researched what they are saying and just repeating what they have heard in some chat or tweet or post on one of the social networks. That, of course, is the case most of the time with these people, they do not research before making themselves look very foolish when talking with someone that has.

If you try a little bit of research (I think some people have not heard of Google) you would quickly find that all is not as quiet in the UK as some would have you believe. Crime, especially violent crime, including gun and knife crime (they classify that because it’s such a problem) is on the rise, and not just gradually, but rising at a rate that would alarm anyone that pays any attention.

According to law enforcement reporting (like our Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) here in the “states”), there has been a 13% increase in all police-recorded offenses across England and Wales, and even greater rise for violent offenses including knife crime, sexual offenses, and violence against the person crimes. Alarmingly there is a 27% rise in gun crime to 6,696 offenses, a 26% increase in knife crime to 36,998 offenses, robberies up 25% to 64,499, sexual offenses up 19% to 129,700, and stalking and harassment up 36% to 243,086 reported incidents. If we had a 27% rise in gun crime, we woudl be having a fit in the US, just like they are in the UK. But remember gun possession in the UK is highly regulated, some even refer to it as a ban of private possession, and they have a 27% rise in gun crime? Where are the criminals getting the guns then? Same place our criminals in the states do, the black market, illegally.

And since they do not allow law-abiding citizens to carry or own firearms except under very strict conditions, knives become the weapon of choice. Criminals will find a way. A 26% rise in knife crime? And along with that sex offenses are up 19%!

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Those type of number, if they happened here in the US would be cause for great alarm, and rightfully so. But remember that many of the anti-firearms and anti-rights crowds hold the UK up as a shining example of what the US can be if we just outlaw firearms from private citizens. Really? That is what you want for the US? Double-digit violent crime increases and worse yet, law-abiding citizens being unable to defend themselves against it, which would just compound the issue and cause more victims.

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So to all of you anti-firearms and anti-rights types, you may not want to hold other countries crime stats up against the US numbers. Remember that the US has most of the free worlds privately owned firearms, and yet we are not the leading country in firearms deaths per capita.

If more guns mean more gun deaths, then explain how we have bought more and more firearms in the US yet our firearms homicide rate has gone down by over 45%!

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So it is obvious that some other countries that have restrictive gun laws and less ownership have higher and increasing firearm murder rates, while here in the US we enjoy our freedom, our Constitutional Rights, and yet continue to have decreasing firearm murder rates even though we have so many firearms. Sorry anti-firearms groups, you have no factual base to stand on and rely only on emotional outburst because of crimes that are made news by the anti-firearms media. Those of us who actually research and check our news before believing it know better, and the truth.

 

2016 Murder by Weapon Shows how Misdirected Legislators, Media and Celebraties are…

With the release of the FBI 2016 Uniform Crime Statistics, it is once again very obvious how our media, social networks, and legislators all fall for the knee-jerk reactions to crimes that while yes very newsworthy, in the real world of crime and causation have very little effect on the grand scheme of things.

There has been a big push since the Las Vegas mass murder to ban certain parts of rifles. Also, there have been the typical legislative reactions to “ban assault rifles” and other such bills. All of these are completely based on emotion and not on facts and a real look at the numbers and what is and is not really causing the murders we see in the news.

First, lets look at the numbers from the FBI Violent Crime Report for 2016. If any reporter, legislator or other people interested in the real issues and causes would bother to research just a few minutes, they would find that those nasty, deadly, horrific assault rifles actually caused very few of the murders in the country. In fact, they rank second from the bottom as far as weapons used, only slightly ahead of shotguns.

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Weapons like hands and feet, knives and other weapons (bats, sticks, others) kill far more people. Rifles were listed as the weapon used in 374 murders, while hands and feet killed 656! Knives and other cutting weapons killed 428% MORE people than rifles. And even hands and feet killed 174% more than rifles.

 

So let me ask why all the hysteria about banning rifle parts and assault rifles themselves when they are so far down the list of weapons used to kill people? Because the media and many of our political parties have an agenda. That agenda is to use any tragedy they can to further their agenda to remove the rights of the American people to own and possess/carry a self-defense firearm or own any firearm they so choose.

When we look at the numbers realistically we also need to look at the real causes of many of the murders in the US. Look at the offenders, are they gang-related, are they known to the victim, are they repeat offenders that have shown the propensity for violence? I think the answer to these and other questions we should be asking would be very interesting to people. But they will only be interesting and helpful if people were willing to listen to facts and not emotional appeals based on nothing more than misleading news headlines and fake anger at things that have very little impact on real crime.

Until people are willing to admit that our media, celebrities, and political figures are very uninformed and are not news sources we will not be able to have meaningful discussions on violent crime and what the real causes are.

To start you off here is a link to the breakdown of murder offenders by age and race. Think about this while viewing these numbers, what is the demographic make up the US, and what percentage of murders are committed by what groups, and against who? Is one group of offenders committing a disproportionate number of the murders? If so why? Are gangs, economic status, repeat offenders, and education things that have a bearing on these crimes? What about offenders arrested for other violent crimes? Here is a breakdown of those. Again apply the same thought process.

Until we can have an open, honest, and in-depth look at these and other issues that cause crime, we will not be able to legislate away the crime.