It Happened Again in Santa Fe, Texas, and We Could Have Done Something!

With today’s shooting in Santa Fe Texas, it brings to the forefront once again that the people of the United States are not looking at these issues with logic and experience in how we can help lessen these types of incidents or at least minimize the damage done when they do happen.

Wake up America. Criminals, as the name applies, commit crimes. They violate the laws already on the book and any others that may be thought of. What then can be done to stop these types of attacks? We should look at what has worked other places and in other types of places.

The military has a specialty called “physical security”. It is used to provide security for anything the military considers important. Things like nuclear weapons, specialty equipment, and locations that need protection are “hardened”. Rings of various levels of security measures are put in place to make things secure and safe.

My specialty in the U.S. Army for half my time in the military was as the training coordinator for the security forces in charge of the physical security of several hundred nuclear weapons in what was at the time, West Germany.  We, of course, had fences, alarms, and various other physical barriers, but also had armed security on the sites. These were trained and equipped soldiers that took the security of these special weapons very seriously. We could be up and out into the fray in 30 seconds or less on these sites. We trained daily for it.

While I am not recommending that we place military units in our schools, I am recommending we take some of the lessons learned by the military and by other countries that have school security (Israel comes to mind) and look at what has worked and what could be implemented to protect our schools. It is simple really. As long as have no or little physical security measures in our schools, they will remain a target for depraved minds and those wanting to cause mass casualties. Armed response to an armed attack is also another thing that must be thought about. Why do you think you call the police when something like this happens? Because they are bringing guns to confront the armed suspect. Again I call it common sense.

I train law enforcement for a living. I teach law enforcement firearms and have for over 2 decades. I will be the first to tell you that police for the most part (not including specialty units like SWAT Teams) are not any better at using firearms than many civilian firearms owners and carriers. Putting law enforcement officers in the schools, called school resource officers can and has been effective at stopping mass school shootings. Just this same week in Illinois a school resource officer, Ofc. Mark Dallas, confronted a 19-year-old who was armed and started shooting at Dixon High School in Dixon, Il and was able to stop the shooter, by confronting him with an armed immediate response. Yet that, of course, did not make much in the way of news, because the only casualty was the criminal himself.

So let’s stop panicking and becoming emotional and trying to pass laws that only affect law-abiding citizens, and takes away the rights of regular citizens to be able to protect themselves, and we need to make some changes to the physical security in our schools, and allow or place armed security in the schools. For heaven’s sake, we require fire extinguishers in schools. fire alarms,  and fire education. Yet we do not require bullet resistant glass in the doors, or entry control points with armed security or officers or other easy things that can absolutely reduce or mitigate the damage for these types of things.

America, stop listening to the media, stop listening to the right or left, stop getting emotional about things like this and let those with the knowledge and ability of those that know about these types of things help make “common sense” changes to our schools and the security that they have.

There are many things that we can do in the short term to help secure the schools until physical changes are made to help also. Police Officers placed it he schools is not a negative thing, it’s positive. An armed immediate response is what is needed to stop these types of criminals.

Until America realizes that you don’t stop these things with just laws and emotion and demonstrations, we are doomed to continue to repeat it over and over. They say that doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome is the definition of insanity. So America, let’s stop the insanity, and give our schools the armed security they need and realize you fight fire with fire, in this case, it is you fight an armed attacker with an immediate and armed response.

Get over it America, stop arguing over “common sense gun safety” and focus on the real things that will make a difference. Making changes to our schools and the security we provide them.

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To Those Who Want More “Gun Control” and Think We Have a “Gun Crime Epidemic” in the U.S.A.

I find it very distressing, and actually a bit disgusting, that there are people out there calling themselves “Americans” who do not understand the very basics surrounding the issue of firearms crime and use in the United States and yet are crying for the removal of certain firearms, or the reduction of the ability for law abiding citizens to arm and defend themselves. How can anyone with half a mind and says with a straight face that they are for disarming law-abiding citizens to try and reduce the number of murders by firearms in the US? In what fantasy world do they live in where murder, violent crime, school mass murders and virtually any other crime involving firearms has become an “epidemic” or “risen sharply”?
 
Why can’t those same people that cry for “common sense gun control” use that same supposed common sense they claim to have to look into and deal with the real facts surrounding firearms use and crime? The only answer I can see is that they have decided that they don’t care about facts, they don’t care about rights, and they don’t care about safety and would rather give up their rights to make themselves “feel” like they did something. I hear it over and over we have to do “something”! Why? And is a uniformed, ill-conceived something better than taking the time to look into the facts before taking action?
Let’s take a hypothetical situation and see what those same people think. Let’s say for discussion sake that we reduced or removed the vast majority of firearms from American society. And that after that was done, while murder by firearm goes down some, other violent crimes rise sharply. Crimes like rape, battery (hitting a person), and other physical crimes go up. The criminals are still using guns, but those citizens who would have been able to defend themselves before, no longer can so those crimes happen more and more frequently. And the criminals then also turn to using other weapons, say knives. In fact, let’s say knife crime and other crimes go way up, to the point that combining those crimes and the still happening gun crimes, the crime rate is called “out of control” and “worse than New York City’s crime rate”? What would you say about the firearms being the problem then? Well, this hypothetical is not so much one since it’s exactly what has happened in Britain.
 
In what reality does it make any sense to disarm the victims and let the criminals be the only ones able to use a firearm? How can that possibly protect people? Of course, it can’t. Removing the ability of people to defend themselves does absolutely nothing to reduce crime. If you had two people standing in front of a store, and a criminal was looking at who to rob, would they choose the person that they see is armed and take the chance of being shot or possibly killed, or would they choose the unarmed person who they know they have the upper hand on? Please don’t try the stupid line “well they can rob the person of the gun.” That’s idiotic. Of course, they would choose the easy unarmed victim. In fact, a 1985 Department of Justice survey of incarcerated felons reported that 57 percent of felons polled agreed that “criminals are more worried about meeting an armed victim than they are about running into the police. Did you read that? Criminals worried more about armed citizens than the COPS!
How can anyone who considers themselves an American EVER think about reducing or giving up the very rights our founding fathers fought and died for? I find it repugnant that people who live in this country and enjoy the freedoms they have become so used to they don’t realize they are using a right and are willing to give some up based on fear and nothing more.
 
Wake up America! Let’s set the record straight once and for all. DO NOT tell us, the law-abiding armed citizens of the U.S. that you only want to restrict certain firearms and pass “common sense” laws. Murder is already against the law, yet it still happens with and without firearms. The cry is for making “assault firearms” illegal to own (although there are millions of them in the US already and are one of the most popular firearms in the U.S.) is blatantly ridiculous in the light of the fact that more people are killed with hands and feet and baseball bats than those terrible “weapons of war” as they like to call them. Oh and that brings up the point, many against the owner of the AR-15 say that the 2nd Amendment does not say you can own such “weapons of war”, and that even if the 2nd Amendment meant weapons that you can use to overthrow a tyrannical government were protected, no one could fight the US military with AR-15’s. Yet it is a weapon of war? So which is it, either it’s a weapon of war and one that should be allowed under the 2nd Amendment, or it’s not a weapon of war and therefore should be OK to own. Make up your minds, please.
 
But the FACT of the matter is that murder in the United States is down from the highs in the 1980’s by 48%. While it has increased by single-digit percentages in the last two years (2015/2016) overall the murder rate down by almost half of what it was in the 1980’s. It still is way down over the last 30 years. So let me understand this, even though murders by firearms are down by almost 50%, it’s still an “epidemic”? Violent crime of all kinds is down it the US. All one has to do is look up the numbers from the FBI and Department of Justice. At the same time, while violent crime is way down and firearm crimes included, firearms ownership has increased dramatically. If firearms were the problem, would not the increase in firearms ownership and the number of firearms make the murder rate increase as well as other violent crime? It’s a simple concept. People claim that murders and shootings are increasing not decreasing. Yes, they are for the last two years only but are still 48% less than 30 years ago.
 
So to all those people who claim to know what they are talking about and want the reduction in rights and firearms in the United States, my simple question is this, WHY? What fact supports your stance for this need? There is none; you have nothing to base your “fear” on. You have been convinced by the media and anti-rights groups that firearms are bad and firearms murders are an epidemic, yet that is not the case. So now what? Now, what do you base your unfounded fear on since you now know you have based your fears and wanting for “common sense gun control” is no longer based on facts but media and anti-rights group bias. Anyone with half a brain and common sense and even a bit of intellectual integrity would realize that there are real issues out there that need to be addressed, and it’s not firearms.
 
So when you, those calling for the removal of rights, and the restriction of the ability of people to defend themselves, want to try and justify your position, come back when you have something to base that position on and can talk about real facts and issues. Otherwise, no you cannot have our firearms or our rights. That’s the beauty of rights; they are for everyone, even those that don’t understand them.

What Type of Person Wants to Give up Their Own Rights?

After seeing the groups of people marching around different parts of the country, and watching some of the videos of just how uninformed they are on the real facts and issues surrounding firearms, mass murders and violent crime in general, it brought to my mind a question that I just figured out the answer to.

What kind of person wants to have their own Constitutional Rights taken away? I thought about that for a very long time and could not come up with an answer. Being uninformed on the topic does not excuse it, being misled cannot excuse it. Someone telling you that it is for your own good definitely should not excuse it. Being completely ignorant of the Constitution and what it stands for should not even excuse it.

So what kind of person would rather give up inalienable rights, that we have had for over 240 years, to make absolutely no difference? What kind of person cannot see that regardless of what laws you pass, what kinds of guns you ban, the criminals will still get the guns, or turn to bombs, or turn to trucks to cause their carnage?

The school shooting in Parkland was a tragedy, for everyone, but what we are not addressing is the failures of the system already in place to address these types of people. Instead, we are focusing on the tool used and not one the person pulling the trigger, even though we had plenty of warnings that were not followed up on. Then just a month after Parkland a school shooting in Maryland was stopped by a good guy with a firearm. So which is it, they cannot stop them or they can? Well, obviously firearms can stop mass murderers, and have.

So back to my original question. Why would a person or group of people want the Government to take away their rights? When taking away that right will do nothing to change the outcomes they want to be changed?  Our rights, including the 2nd Amendment, have stood the test of time for more than 240 years and in that time there have been many things this country has gone through. Wars, recessions, many ups, and downs. Men and Women have gone and died in wars to prevent the take over of our world by people who wanted to do just the thing these people are wanting, the removal of your rights.

Despots like Hitler, Stalin, and others did the very thing that these people are asking of their own Governing body, the removal of the ability of the people to defend themselves. The removal of firearms, of the right to own and possess firearms, was one of the first actions taken by these dictators, just before the mass executions began. Why could they get away with it? Because the ability of the people to defend themselves was removed and a defenseless people are nothing more than slaves.

What makes this whole topic insane is that the numbers just do not support the reactions we are seeing. Many more things kill far more people than firearms do every year. Yet we do not see marches in the streets to make cars safer (although the technology is there), we do not see marches to end the drug epidemics, we do not see the marches to end medical malpractice. All of those things kill far more people than firearms. Yet firearms seems to become a lightning rod for anger and hostility from those opposed to ownership and those who want the right to own them. Why? What is it about the firearm that drives what should a be a sane and normal person into a frenzy that they will not listen to rational talk and common sense? Fear of the unknown? Fear of being helpless?

I think it is a lack of the basic understanding of just what our rights are designed to do and why you need them. Violent crime is way down in the U.S., that is a proven fact. Murder is way down, firearms victimization is way down (more than murder!). So why would this equate to people being willing to give away freedom they need to protect themselves? Because they have never had to use it, so they see it as not being needed. You see the U.S. has become soft. Violent crime is so rare people have become used to being safe that when we do have an act of violence like parkland, with the media and instant 24 news cycle we feel like its something out of the ordinary. Even though school shootings are way down since 1990.

So unless you have been the victim of a violent crime, or had to use a firearm to defend yourself, or carried one as part of your profession, I think your perspective is that of a person outside the experience and knowledge base needed to appreciate the need and even necessity for having firearms for personal protection and the ability to defend your rights from those that may wish to remove them.

So I get it, your scared because the news and others tell you that you should be afraid. You should fear those big bad assault rifles. You should fear those who want to keep their rights and be able to defend themselves. Why? Because someone told you that you should or you researched, made up your own mind because of the facts you uncovered? If you are fearful it is not because you should be, it is because you have chosen to not take your own safety into your own hands. You have chosen to be fearful, you have chosen to give your rights away, BUT YOU HAVE NO RIGHT to give mine or anyone else’s away.

If you don’t want to own a firearm, that’s fine, don’t buy one. You don’t want to own an assault rifle? Fine don’t, but you have no right to tell me I can’t. That’s the great thing about rights they apply to the individual, not the group. That is why they are called individual rights, not group rights. But most of all, you have no right to give away my rights.

 

An Open Letter to Those Who Support the Student Anti-Gun Movement!

After reading and watching the reports about the “national” day of protest recently, and listening to dozens of media talking heads tell us just how “great”, “fantastic” and “mature” these high school students are, I almost lost my logical, calm mind. Around 4,500 students in my county alone walked out of class and the media followed by telling us how we should “listen to these young people” when it comes to this particular issue.

Enough is enough! First off, the State of Florida just passed a law stating that 18-20 year-olds are not old enough, mature enough, and cannot be trusted to buy firearms of any kind. Hold on! Why am I supposed to listen to the voices of high school kids when it comes to firearms and gun violence, yet I cannot trust those same kids until they turn 21? How does that make sense? On one hand, you want me to pay close attention to, listen to, and take what they say to heart. On the other hand, you want me to violate their constitutional rights when they turn 18 and legally become an adult?

Let’s get one thing straight—violating anyone’s rights is wrong. For any reason. Can we all agree on that? Let’s agree that discriminating against anyone based on race, age, or gender is against the law and the Constitution. Remember the small phrase “We the People”?

So, let’s just come out and be truthful. I know for some that is hard, but lets just for once be honest and utilize logic when discussing controversial matters.

First, the movement being presented by the young people in high school is not their movement. It is your movement, one in which you saw an opportunity to use these kids to further your anti-gun and anti-rights agenda. You jumped on the chance. Who funded the buses to move these groups around? Who funded the signs they held? Who funded the food? It’s wasn’t paid for by the kids themselves, that much any person with half a brain can see.

Second, let’s just come out and say what your group’s real goal is. You want to make all firearms illegal. You will work a little at a time, but the real goal is to get firearms banned in the United States. In case you are not educated enough, or have been so brainwashed into thinking it’s not, that is against the Constitution. The document that all of our other laws are based on.

Third, you are not willing to have an honest and open discussion about the real facts about firearms in the U.S. If you were, your movement would die a quiet death—the facts do not support your emotionally driven half-truths and lies about firearms.

So, this open letter is to anyone who supports the student anti-firearms movement. If you were really concerned about our young people, and wanted to keep them safe, you would try and push for real, concrete actions and laws that help make our schools safer. Give law enforcement the tools and training they need—put money and research into trying to figure out the underlying causes of why these things happen. But of course, you really are not interested in those things. Because an unarmed populace is one that fears its government. Why do some people fear firearms so much? It’s most likely their lack of education on the topic. If you’ve never had to carry one to protect yourself and others, you don’t understand the real use of a firearm in the hands of a law-abiding citizen.

So, let’s drop all the half-truths and lies, drop all the fake, emotionally driven, do-nothing laws and bills. Let’s get a group of people together, who have some actual knowledge about physical security, firearms, law enforcement, training, and the like. Let them come up with real solutions to make our schools safer instead of turning them into “gun-free zones”—where the only free gun is the one in the hand of a mass murderer killing our young people.

When you are willing to talk about facts, truths and real solutions, we will be listening and willing to help.

Until then, stop violating constitutional rights.

OK, it is Our Turn to Protest. But Ours has a Purpose and Meaning!

April 7th, in Ocala Florida we hope this is the start of many more to come. And we hope it is not localized to just Ocala. I just heard of one in Alabama on March 21st!

Recently in Florida, the State Legislators and Governor thought it was OK to take away the Constitutional Rights of those Florida adults between the ages of 18 and 20. Also, the walk out of students from school to protest school violence was in the news all over the country (some of which turned violent). Well many people in Florida, and across the nation for that matter, feel that this has gone one step too far. The infringement on our rights and the rights of all law-abiding firearms owners across the nation must stop! We are not the problem, and we should not be the ones whose rights continue to be taken away a little at a time, one age group, one demographic or weapon or magazine at a time.

On April 7th, 2018 on what we hope will be a beautiful Florida Saturday a group of people who believe in the rights of ALL Floridians will gather at a location in Ocala and walk to a local park that has a nice lake for fishing. In Florida, the state law is clear, under F.S.S. 790.25 (3)  LAWFUL USES.—The provisions of ss. 790.053 and 790.06 do not apply in the following instances, and, despite such sections, it is lawful for the following persons to own, possess, and lawfully use firearms and other weapons, ammunition, and supplies for lawful purposes: (h) “A person engaged in fishing, camping, or lawful hunting or going to or returning from a fishing, camping, or lawful hunting expedition; “ may openly display or wear a firearm. So to show the public at large, the media, and those who think guns are evil and dangerous things, we will be wearing our firearms (both pistols and long guns are welcome, following the 4 cardinal rules of gun safety of course) while walking from our gathering point to a local lake for a little fishing and fellowship. Maybe even a few speeches to be given (maybe one by yours truly!). Then everyone will be taken back to their rides at the starting point.

Many will be carrying flags, many will be carrying those scary AR 15 style rifles, and why? To show anyone who passes and anyone who asks, that they are not the scary, “assault weapons” that many have labeled them. They are no more scary or deadly than other semi-automatic firearms.

Some will ask “What do you hope to accomplish with this demonstration?” What we want to accomplish is to show the public in general that firearms and firearms owners are not scary things to be feared. We want to show people that we are normal everyday citizens just like them, but that we take our own protection and safety as our responsibility, not someone else’s. We want to talk with anyone that will listen to the actual facts behind firearms and supposed firearms violence in the country. We want to be able to spread the FACTS surrounding firearms and firearms crimes, not have the one-sided displays that some in this country call the mainstream media.

We the law abiding firearms owners of Florida, and those that believe in the Constitution will be walking to show our support for the 2nd Amendment, and to make a point to say that we are done allowing our rights to be taken from us. We will be working on future events like this, and also working on making sure that those who gave away our rights (yes yours and mine because aright is for ALL people) will be hearing from us at election time. We are tired of the taking of rights a little at a time, we are tired of the media bias and hate for all things firearms related. It is our turn to get the facts and information out.

So if you want to learn the true facts behind firearms and firearms crime and the talk to regular people that feel very strongly about the rights of all people, I invite you to come out to the park at our destination, bring your fishing pole and join us in a little relaxation, fishing, and fellowship! We would be glad to have you! No one will be violent, no one will be shouting at each other, this is a peaceful, simple demonstration of rights, and having a little fun in the process.

When: April 7th, 2018 at 11:00am. (We start walking at 11am!! Be early!)

Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1510 NW 4th Street, Ocala, Florida

To: Tuscawilla Park, 829 NE Sanchez Ave, Ocala, Florida

Route will be provided for. Permit has already been drawn.

Stay tuned to floridafirearmscoalition.com for more information!! You can go here to post your response to this event: https://www.facebook.com/events/171104517023573/

Florida Legislators Pass $400+ MILLION Dollar Bill that Violates 18-20 Year Olds Rights and Other Stupid Things!

Yesterday the Florida Legislature passed SB 7026. A bill entitled ” Marjory Stoneman
Douglas High School Public Safety Act” in order to provoke emotional responses and not actual logical thought. A Bill to “do something” even if parts of the bill make no sense or are outright unconstitutional. The introductory summary itself is 11 pages long! That should tell you a little about the bill itself.

A Bill that started out with good intentions took a turn for the worse when legislators started adding things to it in response to emotional pleas and unfounded fears.

This bill lays out training for people that want to be armed in the schools. Called the “Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program”, again an emotional appeal to people. Yes, he was a brave and outstanding human that protected his charges and was a true hero. What about all those that have done the same before him? What it does say is that teachers CANNOT take part in this program. That means other school staff may participate, but not teachers unless they are a veteran or former law enforcement officer. So that means that it will be staff or administrative staff that will be armed. Or others hired to do just this duty. The training the must undergo is the same training in firearms that law enforcement gets in the police academy (I teach this almost daily) and then some additional topics.

While this is a step in the right direction, the legislators could not leave it at that. Then they went on to BAN 18-20-year-olds from buying longs guns from dealers, private sales are not illegal. Now what kind of sense does that make (even though it is federally permitted). Now you say what is wrong with that? If you are an 18-20-year-old you see a lot wrong with it. It is a restriction of your 2nd Amendment rights, to begin with. Our young people who legally are considered adults can serve in the military (where they carry a firearm (rifle and pistol) and operate million or billion dollar equipment are not mature enough to own a rifle of any kind. Oh and let us not forget they can VOTE, which we are hoping they will in the thousands in Florida and let those legislators who voted away their rights know just what they thought of the loss of their rights.

It is obvious that this is an unconstitutional portion of the law. Anyone that has half a brain would have seen this and voted this portion out of the Bill. But no, we have to punish someone, even if they have had nothing to do with the crimes involved. Oh and a minor fact that the average age of the mass murderer of this type is 35, not 18-20.

The Bill also adds language that allows police to break into your home if you are subject to an ex parte order (order to seek mental treatment) and may take all of your firearms and ammunition into custody. While against the idea behind this potion, I am against the way it is written. It places to much burden on the police to be the deciders and they should not be. If your firearms are to be taken into custody it should be decided by the same court that decided you needed to be forcibly taken into custody for an examination. Cops are not psychologist nor are they judges and we do not want to be.

Part of the Bill I applaud is the creation of “community action treatment teams” which will help find and treat those who need it. And any steps in helping the identifying and treatment of mental illness is a HUGE step int he right direction. But it should not be tied to other parts of this Bill.

Also in this bill is a new “written threats to kill” section that would make it an arrestable offense to “or any person who makes, posts, or transmits a threat in a writing or other record, including an electronic record, to conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism, in any manner that would allow another person to view the threat” commits a felony. Again this itself is not a bad thing and could have easily been a separate bill that added to the current laws already on the books about such things.

And of course, no anti-rights anti-firearms bill would be complete without banning those terrors of the civilized world “bump stocks”. The minor issues that bump-stocks have never been reported as being used in any mass murder, it is the focus of the uninformed and emotionally driven. The FACT that you do not need a bump stock to make a firearm operate at near or at automatic fire levels and can fire much more accurately without one is of minor consequence.  Here is a link to a short video showing what a practiced shooter can do, without a bump stock and with a standard semi-auto rifle. And of course, never mind the fact that they are outlawing something that makes thousands of Floridians automatically FELONS for simply owning these accessories used in no reported crimes to date. And for those sreaming at the screen “What about Las Vegas?” It has not been reported in any official report from the FBI or other law enforcement that a bump stock was used in that crime. Only that it was found on one of the rifles in the room. So stop screaming.

Legislators tried adding scores and scores of amendments to this already bad bill. Everything from outright gun bans, assault weapons bans, high capacity magazine bans and more. Thank goodness that those did not make it, the original is bad enough.

Now it is on to Gov. Rick Scott to sign or not sign. He has said he will take his time and read all 105 pages of this bill (yes a state law that is 105 pages long!) and hopefully he will see fit to line-item veto the parts of this bill that do not deserve to see the light of day as a law. Gov. Scott, I encourage you to veto the unconstitutional 18-20-year-old ban, the pointless “bump stock” ban that makes felons out of law-abiding citizens n Florida. Line out the pointless 3 days waiting period for all gun sales.

Do this thing and you might have some positive things come out of this debacle of legislation that has done more to show Floridians how emotionally driven and not factually based our laws are. Let’s not address real problems and add in things that just make people feel good and punish law abiding citizens. Shame on our legislators for passing this bill in the form it is. You took 4 days to get very little accomplished. Something that could have been done months or weeks ago, and in fact was proposed by other BIlls, yet since you don’t like other legislators, you decided to try and make your own.

I can’t wait to see how 18-20 years olds vote in the next election. I will be personally asking my college students to make their voices heard!

Here is a link to write to Gov. Scott and let him know what you think about this Bill.

Just how stupid is H.R.5087 – Assault Weapons Ban of 2018 115th Congress (2017-2018)?

I have gotten many questions about this Bill in the US House. H.R. 5087. What is it trying to ban, what would be illegal or legal? And after reading it, I have discovered that it really was written by people that have no clue how firearms work or how people can use them.

The list of firearms it attempts to make illegal is impressive and long! It first attempts to define that elusive “semiautomatic assault weapon” as a firearm that has any ONE of the following:

(i) A pistol grip.

(ii) A forward grip.

(iii) A folding, telescoping, or detachable stock.

(iv) A grenade launcher or rocket launcher.

(v) A barrel shroud.

(vi) A threaded barrel.

Now if you know anything about firearms you would know that those things would make many common rifles illegal, not just AR 15 type of rifles.

Then they go on to also spell out and make the vast majority of semi-auto pistols illegal, stating that any semiautomatic pistol that can hold more than 10 rounds is bad so how. Now, of course, I am not sure of how they came to that magic number of 10.

Then they go on to list many specific firearms and pistol and yes even shotguns as being illegal:

“All of the following rifles, copies, duplicates, variants, or altered facsimiles with the capability of any such weapon thereof:

“(i) All AK types, including the following:

“(I) AK, AK47, AK47S, AK–74, AKM, AKS, ARM, MAK90, MISR, NHM90, NHM91, Rock River Arms LAR–47, SA85, SA93, Vector Arms AK–47, VEPR, WASR–10, and WUM.

“(II) IZHMASH Saiga AK.

“(III) MAADI AK47 and ARM.

“(IV) Norinco 56S, 56S2, 84S, and 86S.

“(V) Poly Technologies AK47 and AKS.

“(ii) All AR types, including the following:

“(I) AR–10.

“(II) AR–15.

“(III) Alexander Arms Overmatch Plus 16.

“(IV) Armalite M15 22LR Carbine.

“(V) Armalite M15–T.

“(VI) Barrett REC7.

“(VII) Beretta AR–70.

“(VIII) Black Rain Ordnance Recon Scout.

“(IX) Bushmaster ACR.

“(X) Bushmaster Carbon 15.

“(XI) Bushmaster MOE series.

“(XII) Bushmaster XM15.

“(XIII) Chiappa Firearms MFour rifles.

“(XIV) Colt Match Target rifles.

“(XV) CORE Rifle Systems CORE15 rifles.

“(XVI) Daniel Defense M4A1 rifles.

“(XVII) Devil Dog Arms 15 Series rifles.

“(XVIII) Diamondback DB15 rifles.

“(XIX) DoubleStar AR rifles.

“(XX) DPMS Tactical rifles.

“(XXI) DSA Inc. ZM–4 Carbine.

“(XXII) Heckler & Koch MR556.

“(XXIII) High Standard HSA–15 rifles.

“(XXIV) Jesse James Nomad AR–15 rifle.

“(XXV) Knight’s Armament SR–15.

“(XXVI) Lancer L15 rifles.

“(XXVII) MGI Hydra Series rifles.

“(XXVIII) Mossberg MMR Tactical rifles.

“(XXIX) Noreen Firearms BN 36 rifle.

“(XXX) Olympic Arms.

“(XXXI) POF USA P415.

“(XXXII) Precision Firearms AR rifles.

“(XXXIII) Remington R–15 rifles.

“(XXXIV) Rhino Arms AR rifles.

“(XXXV) Rock River Arms LAR–15.

“(XXXVI) Sig Sauer SIG516 rifles and MCX rifles.

“(XXXVII) SKS with a detachable magazine.

“(XXXVIII) Smith & Wesson M&P15 rifles.

“(XXXIX) Stag Arms AR rifles.

“(XL) Sturm, Ruger & Co. SR556 and AR–556 rifles.

“(XLI) Uselton Arms Air-Lite M–4 rifles.

“(XLII) Windham Weaponry AR rifles.

“(XLIII) WMD Guns Big Beast.

“(XLIV) Yankee Hill Machine Company, Inc. YHM–15 rifles.

“(iii) Barrett M107A1.

“(iv) Barrett M82A1.

“(v) Beretta CX4 Storm.

“(vi) Calico Liberty Series.

“(vii) CETME Sporter.

“(viii) Daewoo K–1, K–2, Max 1, Max 2, AR 100, and AR 110C.

“(ix) Fabrique Nationale/FN Herstal FAL, LAR, 22 FNC, 308 Match, L1A1 Sporter, PS90, SCAR, and FS2000.

“(x) Feather Industries AT–9.

“(xi) Galil Model AR and Model ARM.

“(xii) Hi-Point Carbine.

“(xiii) HK–91, HK–93, HK–94, HK–PSG–1, and HK USC.

“(xiv) IWI TAVOR, Galil ACE rifle.

“(xv) Kel-Tec Sub-2000, SU–16, and RFB.

“(xvi) SIG AMT, SIG PE–57, Sig Sauer SG 550, Sig Sauer SG 551, and SIG MCX.

“(xvii) Springfield Armory SAR–48.

“(xviii) Steyr AUG.

“(xix) Sturm, Ruger & Co. Mini-14 Tactical Rifle M–14/20CF.

“(xx) All Thompson rifles, including the following:

“(I) Thompson M1SB.

“(II) Thompson T1100D.

“(III) Thompson T150D.

“(IV) Thompson T1B.

“(V) Thompson T1B100D.

“(VI) Thompson T1B50D.

“(VII) Thompson T1BSB.

“(VIII) Thompson T1–C.

“(IX) Thompson T1D.

“(X) Thompson T1SB.

“(XI) Thompson T5.

“(XII) Thompson T5100D.

“(XIII) Thompson TM1.

“(XIV) Thompson TM1C.

“(xxi) UMAREX UZI rifle.

“(xxii) UZI Mini Carbine, UZI Model A Carbine, and UZI Model B Carbine.

“(xxiii) Valmet M62S, M71S, and M78.

“(xxiv) Vector Arms UZI Type.

“(xxv) Weaver Arms Nighthawk.

“(xxvi) Wilkinson Arms Linda Carbine.

“(I) All of the following pistols, copies, duplicates, variants, or altered facsimiles with the capability of any such weapon thereof:

“(i) All AK–47 types, including the following:

“(I) Centurion 39 AK pistol.

“(II) CZ Scorpion pistol.

“(III) Draco AK–47 pistol.

“(IV) HCR AK–47 pistol.

“(V) IO Inc. Hellpup AK–47 pistol.

“(VI) Krinkov pistol.

“(VII) Mini Draco AK–47 pistol.

“(VIII) PAP M92 pistol.

“(IX) Yugo Krebs Krink pistol.

“(ii) All AR–15 types, including the following:

“(I) American Spirit AR–15 pistol.

“(II) Bushmaster Carbon 15 pistol.

“(III) Chiappa Firearms M4 Pistol GEN II.

“(IV) CORE Rifle Systems CORE15 Roscoe pistol.

“(V) Daniel Defense MK18 pistol.

“(VI) DoubleStar Corporation AR pistol.

“(VII) DPMS AR–15 pistol.

“(VIII) Jesse James Nomad AR–15 pistol.

“(IX) Olympic Arms AR–15 pistol.

“(X) Osprey Armament MK–18 pistol.

“(XI) POF USA AR pistols.

“(XII) Rock River Arms LAR 15 pistol.

“(XIII) Uselton Arms Air-Lite M–4 pistol.

“(iii) Calico Liberty pistols.

“(iv) DSA SA58 PKP FAL pistol.

“(v) Encom MP–9 and MP–45.

“(vi) Heckler & Koch model SP–89 pistol.

“(vii) Intratec AB–10, TEC–22 Scorpion, TEC–9, and TEC–DC9.

“(viii) IWI Galil Ace pistol, UZI PRO pistol.

“(ix) Kel-Tec PLR 16 pistol.

“(x) The following MAC types:

“(I) MAC–10.

“(II) MAC–11.

“(III) Masterpiece Arms MPA A930 Mini Pistol, MPA460 Pistol, MPA Tactical Pistol, and MPA Mini Tactical Pistol.

“(IV) Military Armament Corp. Ingram M–11.

“(V) Velocity Arms VMAC.

“(xi) Sig Sauer P556 pistol.

“(xii) Sites Spectre.

“(xiii) All Thompson types, including the following:

“(I) Thompson TA510D.

“(II) Thompson TA5.

“(xiv) All UZI types, including Micro-UZI.

“(J) All of the following shotguns, copies, duplicates, variants, or altered facsimiles with the capability of any such weapon thereof:

“(i) DERYA Anakon MC–1980, Anakon SD12.

“(ii) Doruk Lethal shotguns.

“(iii) Franchi LAW–12 and SPAS 12.

“(iv) All IZHMASH Saiga 12 types, including the following:

“(I) IZHMASH Saiga 12.

“(II) IZHMASH Saiga 12S.

“(III) IZHMASH Saiga 12S EXP–01.

“(IV) IZHMASH Saiga 12K.

“(V) IZHMASH Saiga 12K–030.

“(VI) IZHMASH Saiga 12K–040 Taktika.

“(v) Streetsweeper.

“(vi) Striker 12.”

That is quite a list of firearms. Many of which HAVE NEVER BEEN USED IN A CRIME. Yet for some reason automatically are considered evil by the authors of this Bill.

So let’s just show how stupid this Bill is. First and foremost it tries to blame an inanimate object for the actions of humans. If we did that to things that kill people we would have laws banning knives (they kill more than rifles each year), and we would make every car have a breathalyzer inside it (DUI’s kill more also). But that logic fails the authors of this bill.

Also if one just looks at the actual facts, you would know that banning things that have never been used to harm anyone, that makes zero sense. The Bill only bans new or future purchases, not any already owned firearm in the list. So exactly what is the intent of this BIll then? Simply put it is to try and reduce the number of available firearms by attrition.

So why is this Bill dangerous? Because if it passes, it is just the start of a slow decline of rights. First they outlaw these firearms (which includes not just rifles but pistols and shotguns also), and then what will stop them from going from 10 rounds to 7 then to 6 and finally to none? What is to stop them from making those firearms “grandfathered in” and making them illegal then? Where do they stop? Once the slide starts, what stops it?

America was founded on the basis that the individual freedoms were more important than the collective group sometimes. That the rights of Americans are vital to a free and just society. Why are people willing to give up freedom for an unknown outcome? Are you willing to give up freedoms for a little security? That sounds very much like Communism or other totalitarian types of societies. Do you want to live in a country where only the government has the weapons and the people lose any means of protecting themselves? Are you willing to rely completely on the police and the government for your protection?

I was a cop for 35+ years, I am also a U.S. Army veteran and I do not and will not allow my family and our safety be completely controlled by the Government. While I was one of those responding to help others, it was most of the time after the fact. After the shooting is over, or the violence has already happened. I cannot tell you how many times I had wished that the victims of the violence I witnessed had been able to fight back, or try and defend themselves.

We, a free people, cannot allow our freedoms to be infringed upon by the government that professes to want to protect us from ourselves? No thank you, I will take my chances by protecting myself and my family. I would rather be armed and never need it, than not armed and a helpless victim, like those I saw while working as a cop. Why can people not see beyond the emotions that the media and very select groups are trying to use against them? I find it hypocritical that those who are trying to ban the very firearms millions of us own, use and carry when they are themselves protected by guess what, armed security. Not all of us are as fortunate, and many of us have to provide our own armed security.

Our founding fathers were a very smart group. They foresaw a time when our society would change and we would need to make sure that words written back then, were able to be understood even now. So they wrote some very easy to understand words into the 2nd Amendment, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”.

So to all those anti-rights and anti-gun groups and individuals out there who think that outlawing firearms is the answer to all the problems. You have the right to feel that way, and you have permission not to buy any firearms ever. But your fear and lack of knowledge do not outweigh my right to purchase, possess and carry a firearm. We both have our rights, and as long as yours does not intrude or infringe on mine, you may be as defenseless as you want. You just have no right to force your fear on me and my family.

So while I think this Bill is absolutely a piece of emotional, knee-jerk legislation, I also know that thankfully it stands very little chance of passing since the majority of our representatives still have some form of common sense and realize that it is pointless and will accomplish nothing. Now are your anti-gun and anti-rights types ready to discuss the real issues contributing to these types of tragedies? Mental health screening and treatment, the breakdown of the family unit, the lack of training on firearms in our schools and other youth groups. The only thing needed to overcome all this fear is the confidence that comes with knowledge and knowing that you are taking your safety and the safety of your family into your own hands. Self-reliance is a great feeling, it builds character and confidence, something that seems to be lacking in the authors of this bill and those that follow the anti-rights and anti-gun groups.

God Bless the United States of America and God Bless the Constitution, that document that makes America great and free.