Americans Are Sick of the Negative Coverage of the President.

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“Rather than give the American people something to smile about, the media tried to bash the Commander-in-Chief.”

Having been a public servant for my entire adult life, I find it tiring to listen to the constant negative media coverage about our President and his family.

When President Obama was in office, I do not remember this type of negativity from the media. I don’t remember Hollywood crying. But what speaks more about anything the media does cover, is what it does not. Sometimes omission is as bad as overdoing something.

Did you hear about the Memorial Day meeting between 6-year-old Christian Jacobs, his mother Brittany, President Trump and Vice President Pence? Of course you didn’t. It would not play well into the negativity that we get bombarded with daily. It would show the President and Vice President in a positive light, and that can not be allowed according to the mainstream media.

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The Haunting Words of Secretary of Defense, the Honorable Jim Mattis…

Watch the Memorial Day Wreath Laying at the Tomb of the Unknown.

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These are the words of the Secretary of Defense at the Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetary, May 29th, 2017. Very moving so I am not paraphrasing or editing this:

They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.

Mr. President, Mr. Vice President, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dunford, Gold Star families, everyone.

We gather here today with a shared attitude of gratitude.

Twenty-Three centuries ago, so Plutarch tells us, an old Spartan King observed, it is not the places that grace men but men grace the places.  Today we know that he was right.  More than a century ago, this 624-acre plot of land was a plantation on the…

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The Price We Paid – A Gold Star Family Legacy of Sacrifice…

This is why we are free!!!

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Families that have lost a loved one in the line of duty in the military are called “Gold Star Families” and they hold a special place in the hearts of all veterans. Here is the story of a couple of those families for you to watch for this Memorial Day.

Remember that the freedoms we all have in the USA are not free and the cost of those freedoms is paid for in lives by those who have signed a contract with a price. That price is anything and everything they have up to and including giving their lives.

No greater love have a man than he would lay down his life for his brothers and sisters.

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A Haunting Version of TAPS at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier…for Memorial Day!

This is in honor of those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. You will not be forgotten…

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If you have ever heard the sound of TAPS at a military funeral, or at any funeral of a veteran you will be very moved by this version. It made me cry when I watched it, and it will make you also.

“Taps” is a bugle call played at dusk, during flag ceremonies, and at military funerals by the United States armed forces. The official military version is played by a single bugle or trumpet, although other versions of the tune may be played in other contexts (e.g., the U.S. Marine Corps Ceremonial Music site has recordings of two bugle and one band version. It is also performed often at Boy Scout, Girl Scout, and Girl Guide meetings and camps. The tune is also sometimes known as “Butterfield’s Lullaby”, or by the first line of the lyric, “Day Is Done”. The duration may vary to some extent; the typical recording…

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Florida Officers are NOT Taught Firearms Law in the Police Academy.

I can only speak for my state, Florida, but I have found something that is very eye opening and needs to be addressed by the State of Florida.

I found that in the Basic Law Enforcement Officers Training Curriculum there is no mention anywhere of the laws and procedures relating to firearms and Concealed Carry License holders and laws, and it is vital that it be addressed immediately as it could result in the serious consequences for both my fellow law enforcement officers, and the law abiding citizens of Florida!

I have been teaching and training law enforcement and corrections officers in Florida for more than 34 years. I currently am the Law Enforcement/ Corrections Training Coordinator at Santa Fe College, Institute of Public Safety in Gainesville, and have been there for going on 20 years now. I have been very active in the past in writing and developing the FDLE/CJSTC Curriculum that we use to teach in our basic courses, acting as an SME (Subject Matter Expert) for FDLE on several subjects.

As part of my duties as coordinator, it is important that I review the current curriculums and make sure that we are teaching all of the needed information to make our officers/ deputies the very best informed and trained LEO’s we can. In addition, the more knowledgeable our LEO’s are the better they are equipped to handle situations that arise during their careers, and also helps to keep them from being liable for any misdeeds due to the lack of knowledge or training. It was while reviewing last years and this year’s Basic LEO curriculum that I found a serious omission in the text and materials.

I am sure that if I asked you how much time we spend on the firearms laws in the State of Florida in the Basic Academy you would probably say at least several hours, right? I mean with over 1.7 million concealed weapons license holders, you would think that we would address these laws and the proper way of dealing with this group of law abiding citizens correct? Well, we do not. There is actually 0 (zero) time or lessons dedicated to the instruction of the Firearms laws in the state of Florida. Even though Officers are expected to know and deal with these laws almost on a daily basis. In fact, we do not cover the laws concerning the CWL holders of Florida and what is legal and what is not as it pertains to citizens possessing firearms.

There are even only a few very brief, very short mentions of the Florida Chapter 790 in the entire training text. One of which simply mentions that it is one of the warrantless arrest exceptions for “Carrying a Firearm in Violation of an Injunction (s. 790.233, F.S.)” and “Carrying a Concealed Weapon (s. 790.02, F.S.)”[1] in Chapter 1. Chapter 2 mentions it as one of the crimes in Chapter 2, Unit 3, Lesson 2, Elements of crimes where it covers “carrying a Concealed Weapon (without a license), s. 790.01, Misdemeanor/ Felony”[2]. That is it! That is the entire law enforcement curriculum on dealing with firearms laws.

It is understood that we cannot cover every law and every situation in the Basic Law Enforcement Academies. I know this better than most people. But I also know that with the increase in Concealed Weapons License’s in the State of Florida (now over 1.7 million!) officers are encountering the law abiding citizen that is legally armed more and more. And with several current cases and lawsuits against officers and departments for unlawful arrests[3], or otherwise unknowingly violating a law-abiding, licensed citizens’ rights and getting complaints filed against them, we need to do something to better protect our officers, departments and the law abiding citizens of Florida.

I first discovered this lack of information when working on an in-service training curriculum with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Training Unit. They were getting complaints about officers disarming CWL holders during routine traffic stops and were investigating the legality of this issue and trying to better educate their Deputies. I assisted with the curriculum due to my involvement in this subject matter for a number of years.  We developed and used a very good curriculum and taught their deputies during in-service about the current state laws concerning the carrying of firearms by citizens. Both lawful and unlawful, and the training was well received.

The major issue at hand is the practice of officers “disarming” lawfully carrying citizens on the side of the street without any further reason than they are armed. Any handling of a firearm (which the LEO may not be familiar with) on the side of the road or elsewhere is potentially dangerous. It has been discussed and there is case law to support the view that officers, while being able to use Stop and Frisk (F.S.S. 901.151) when someone is under investigation for a criminal act, and when finding that the person may be armed AND is a danger to the officer, the officer may frisk for weapons, it does not cover frisking or disarming a law abiding citizen, who is not breaking any laws other than a possible civil infraction of traffic law. Officers can and do ask motorist and passengers if they are armed, and rightly can do so. But by Florida law it is not covered that they can then, upon learning they are a licensed, lawfully carrying citizen, disarm that person and deprive them of their property. In fact, the courts have held otherwise. In fact case law states that it is not permitted.[4] In fact, Florida law does not require a citizen to notify an officer they are lawfully armed unless the officer directly asks the person if they are armed (790.06).

In order to prevent citizen complaints and lawsuits for violation of citizens’ rights, do away with the unnecessary handling of firearms on the side of the street, and to increase the trust of the citizens with our police officers statewide (which is vital right now considering current events) I respectfully request that the CJSTC consider adding a lesson on Chapter 790, Firearms Laws and include as part of that, “Law Enforcement interactions with Concealed Weapons License Holders”.

This training is vital to our current situation and may help prevent unnecessary litigation and even possible injury or worse happening to one of our LEO’s or a law abiding citizen. And it is important to remind everyone involved that there are multiple cases now of lawfully armed citizens saving the lives of Police Officers across the nation! Lawful gun owners are not the problem or the enemy!

 

Refs:

1 Florida Basic Recruit Training Program, Text Book 1, Version 2016.07, Page 52 & 53.

2 Florida Basic Recruit Training Program, Text Book 1, Version 2016.07, Page 74.

3 Freeman & Florida Carry v. City of Tampa, et al./ Norman vs. State of Florida (currently under review by the Florida Supreme Court) / Florida Carry v. City of Daytona Beach

4 741 So.2d 1268 (1999), Bruce WELCH, Appellant, v. STATE of Florida, Appellee. No. 98-2615. District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fifth District.

[1] Florida Basic Recruit Training Program, Text Book 1, Version 2016.07, Page 52 & 53.

[2] Florida Basic Recruit Training Program, Text Book 1, Version 2016.07, Page 74.

[3] Freeman & Florida Carry v. City of Tampa, et al./ Norman vs. State of Florida (currently under review by the Florida Supreme Court) / Florida Carry v. City of Daytona Beach

[4] 741 So.2d 1268 (1999), Bruce WELCH, Appellant, v. STATE of Florida, Appellee. No. 98-2615. District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fifth District.

 

Moms Demand Action is having a national wear orange day to”end gun violence”. Little did they realize…

Lol. Moms Demand Action, or MDA, is trying to set a national “wear orange” day to show unity to end gun violence. Like that will do so much to help. But I get their messages and had to respond to this one. You can see what I wrote back to them. Know thine enemy. I may just have to take off and wear my orange hunting vest, or maybe just wear my pro self-defense shirts to their party.

Want to end gun violence? Teach people to defend themselves. Do away with gun free zones (called target rich environments). Learn how to shoot properly, and learn the laws of self-defense in your state. Why do I carry a gun? Because harsh words don’t stop bad guys with guns, and neither do signs, but an armed victim has a fighting chance.

And who was the stupid person that picked orange? That’s the color required by law for hunting!! All I can do is shake my head and chuckle.

 

Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Looking for New Long Range Sniper Rifle..

“The fact that the Special Ops community is looking for a good long-range sniping rifle is a sign that they realize there are more useful platforms out there.”

Being a shooter—especially one who likes long-range shooting (my favorite rifle is my Ruger Precision Rifle in .308)—I can say that I find it refreshing that the military is taking a cue from the civilian world instead of the other way around and trying to recreate the wheel, as they say.

For many years, the military has gone under the premise that they know what is best. Developing and setting the standards for firearms and rounds that perform to a certain standard has been their way of making things into “military” standard. But with the announcement that they will be looking at an already established, high-performance round like the “6.5 Creed,” as some of us like to call it.

The fact that the Special Ops community is looking for a good long-range sniping rifle is a sign that they realize there are more useful platforms out there. Currently, the 7.62 mm round that is the civilian equivalent of the .308 is a very good round that has been in use for many years in the military as well as other specialty calibers, but the 6.5 Creed has gotten many great results over the last few years, especially in the long-range shooting world, including competitions.

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