Florida Legislators let the law abiding citizens down again. And we keep electing them.

Well I guess firearms were not a very popular topic in the Florida Legislature this year (or any year for that matter). While some of these were very negative and dangerous bills for firearms owners some were positive. It saddens me greatly that the House and Senate and Gov. are all one party and they can’t get anything done. Kind like our Federal Govt. Was before this last election. Remember this come next election cycle. Those who did nothing to protect or restore your rights. 
But hey at least Felons get to vote!

SB 500 (2019) Gun Safety
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00500
SENATE – Died in Criminal Justice

CS/SB 598 (2019) Firearms
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00598
SENATE – Died in Criminal Justice

SB 108 (2019) Regulation of Concealed Weapons Licenses
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00108
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

SB 170 (2019) Federal Immigration Enforcement
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00170
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

SB 364 (2019) Prohibited Places for Weapons and Firearms
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00364
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

HB 403, 1st Eng. (2019) Safety of Religious Institutions
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00403
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

SB 466 (2019) Assault Weapons and Large-capacity Magazines
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00466
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

SB 468 (2019) Firearms
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00468
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

SB 654 (2019) Transfers of Firearms
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00654
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

SB 752 (2019) Concealed Weapons and Firearms
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00752
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

SB 764 (2019) Home Safety
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00764
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

SB 922 (2019) Discharging Firearms in Public or on Residential Property
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00922
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

SB 956 (2019) Three-dimensional Printed Firearms
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00956
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

SB 996 (2019) Possession of Firearms on School Property
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00996
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

SB 1532 (2019) Local Regulation of Firearms and Ammunition
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/01532
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

SB 1718 (2019) Sale and Delivery of Firearms
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/01718
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

So what is anything positive pass? Nope… time for new tactics I think by the people that support the Constitution and the rights of citizens as protected by the Constitution of the United States of America. Maybe time to use the right to peacefully assemble and maybe also to exercise our rights as much as can be done under the current system. Not sure yet, but will think about it and get back to you all. 😉 The least we can do IS VOTE OUT EVERY legislator that could not get things passed with both the HOUSE and SENATE and Governorship in one party! Is there more going on? Of course.

Well after a short time away, I’m back!

I wanted to let those that read this paltry blog and follow my thoughts and articles that I have not written anything for several months for a reason.

The love of my life, my wife of over 25 years, Carla Wagoner passed away from lung cancer on Feb 12th, 2019. I have been adrift for a while. So for a few moths prior to that and a few after I have not been in the writing mood as one can imagine. Well I am trying to change that. Finding my new normal.

I have recaptured the need to write and express myself on various issues and hope that you will come back and take a look, comment and otherwise pass around the thoughts and articles on your own social networks. I have even downsized those to the very basics.

Twitter was nothing more than a collection of false information and people ranting at other people. Nothing was even accomplished. Even when you presented people with facts and data they did not care. Kind of like pointing out to a anti-gunner that while they call for more laws that MURDER was already illegal.

So for now my mantra is “Deus Vult” which translates to God wills it.

So sit back, enjoy the ride and be brutal in your comments and remarks, and as always feel free to email me at chris@chriswagoner.us!

LEGISLATIVE ALERT! OUR RIGHTS NEED YOUR VOICE! BAD BILL ALERT!

Florida HB 197  – Concealed Weapons and Firearms – Prohibits concealed weapon or firearm licensee from openly carrying a handgun or carrying concealed weapon or firearm into any child care facility.

Sometimes it is just as important opposing bad Bills as it is to support the good ones!

HB 197 – has been assigned to committees for hearing and review. Yesterday afternoon (01/16/2017) HB 197 – Referred to Criminal Justice Subcommittee; Children, Families and Seniors Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee. While it has not been scheduled for any hearings yet, if you are a firearms rights and Constitutional supporter you should support this Bill. It is time to make your voices heard. This Bill needs to be voted down. It is just one more infringement on your rights!

Think of the parent going to pick up their child at a daycare and they are a lawful concealed carry license holder. They must disarm before doing so! Florida Law defines “Child care facility” as: “Child care facility” includes any child care center or child care arrangement which provides childcare for more than five children unrelated to the operator and which receives a payment, fee, or grant for any of the children receiving care, wherever operated, and whether or not operated for profit.” Notice it does not say licensed! A babysitter with more than 5 kids (private home) would be included. This is just one more attempt to limit law abiding citizens from protecting their families and children!

The Chairs of each committee decide what Bills get heard, and they can stop a Bill dead in its tracks by simply ignoring it. If they do not take it up for hearing, it dies a quiet death. We want this Bill to be opposed or voted down and we need to make sure they know it has opposition from the law-abiding firearms owners of Florida.

Please take a few minutes in the next couple of days to email or call the Chair of the Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Rep. James “J.W.” Grant and Vice Chair Rep. Stan McClain and tell them to OPPOSE the Bill and want it voted down in committee if it’s heard! They have a meeting scheduled Jan 23rd, 2019 but the Bill is not on the agenda yet.

Emails:

James “J.W.” Grant – james.grant@myfloridahouse.gov   Twitter: @JamesGrantFl, Phone: (850) 717-5064

Stan McClain – stan.mcclain@myfloridahouse.gov  Twitter: @RepMcClain, Phone: (850) 717-5023

While many of us feel very strongly about the Gun Free Zone/ Unarmed Victim Zone issues, this Bill would just create more, please be respectful and concise when emailing to them. We want them to be on our side, not against it.

In the Subject line, please include “Please OPPOSE HB 197!” as part of your subject.

If you happen to be on Twitter I also use it at @CmdrCW, but I may not be as tolerant of the anti-rights people there as I am here. 😉  

FLORIDA LEGISLATIVE ALERT! OUR RIGHTS NEED YOUR VOICE!

HB 6007  – Licenses to Carry Concealed Weapons or Firearms. Removes provision prohibiting concealed carry licensees from openly carrying a handgun or carrying concealed weapon or firearm into college or university facility.

HB 6007 – Sometimes called “Campus Carry”, has been assigned to committees for hearing and review. Yesterday afternoon (01/16/2017) HB 6007 – Referred to Criminal Justice Subcommittee; Higher Education and Career Readiness Subcommittee, and Judiciary Committee. While it has not been scheduled for any hearings yet, if you are a firearms rights and Constitutional supporter you should support this Bill. It is time to make your voices heard. This Bill needs to be scheduled for hearings and a committee vote.

The Chairs of each committee decide what Bills get heard, and they can stop a Bill dead in its tracks by simply ignoring it. If they do not take it up for hearing, it dies a quiet death. We want this Bill to be heard and we need to make sure they know it has support from the law-abiding firearms owners of Florida.

Please take a few minutes in the next couple of days to email or call the Chair of the Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Rep. James “J.W.” Grant and Vice Chair Rep. Stan McClain and tell them to put the Bill up for hearing and a vote and that you, a law-abiding citizen of Florida support it! They have a meeting scheduled Jan 23rd, 2019 but the Bill is not on the agenda yet. Let’s see if we can get that changed!

Emails: James “J.W.” Grant – james.grant@myfloridahouse.gov   Twitter: @JamesGrantFl

                                Phone: (850) 717-5064

                Stan McClain – stan.mcclain@myfloridahouse.gov  Twitter: @RepMcClain

                                Phone: (850) 717-5023

While many of us feel very strongly about the Gun Free Zone/ Unarmed Victim Zone issues this Bill would fix, please be respectful and concise when emailing to them. We want them to be on our side, not against it.

In the Subject line, please include “Support HB 6007” as part of your subject.

If you happen to be on Twitter I also use it at @CmdrCW, but I may not be as tolerant of the anti-rights people there as I am here. 😉  

Florida House Bill 175, Needs a Fair Hearing!

FLORIDA LEGISLATIVE ALERT! OUR RIGHTS NEED YOUR VOICE!

Fla House Bill 175 (HB 175) – Repealing provision of Chapter 790 relating to seizure of firearms because of disability, repealing the 21-year-old age limit for purchase of firearms (including rifles), defining “handgun” and repealing the waiting period for purchase of long guns, repealing the “bump fire stock ban, and repeals the “risk protection orders” seizure of firearms.

HB 175 has been assigned to committees for hearing and review. Yesterday afternoon (01/16/2017) HB 175 by Rep. Hill and Sabatini was referred to the following committees: Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Justice Appropriations Subcommittee, Judiciary Committee. While it has not been scheduled for any hearings yet, if you are a firearms rights and Constitutional supporter you should support this Bill. It is time to make your voices heard. This Bill needs to be scheduled for hearings and a committee vote.

The Chairs of each committee decide what Bills get heard, and they can stop a Bill dead in its tracks by simply ignoring it. If they do not take it up for hearing, it dies a quiet death. We want this Bill to be heard and we need to make sure they know it has support from the law-abiding firearms owners of Florida.

Please take a few minutes in the next couple of days to email or call the Chair of the Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Rep. James “J.W.” Grant and Vice Chair Rep. Stan McClain and tell them to put the Bill up for hearing and a vote and that you, a law-abiding citizen of Florida support it! They have a meeting scheduled Jan 23rd, 2019 but the Bill is not on the agenda yet. Let’s see if we can get that changed!

Emails: James “J.W.” Grant – james.grant@myfloridahouse.gov  

Twitter: @JamesGrantFl, Phone: (850) 717-5064

                Stan McClain – stan.mcclain@myfloridahouse.gov  Twitter: @RepMcClain, Phone: (850) 717-5023

While many of us feel very strongly about the Unconstitutional issues this Bill would fix, please be respectful and concise when emailing to them. We want them to be on our side, not against it.

In the Subject line, please include “Support HB 175” as part of your subject.

If you happen to be on Twitter I also use it at @CmdrCW, but I may not be as tolerant of the anti-rights people there as I am here. 😉  

Facebook becoming Socialistbook?

Well for the first time in many years of using Facebook for various reasons, and being an administrator of multiple groups and pages, I found myself being cut off in the middle of a session.

I re-logged in and found that I was presented with a message that Facebook had found something of mine violated their “community standards” and it showed me this:

A quote about Socialism by Hitler, circa 1927.

Now I had posted that as part of a collection of memes. Anti-gun control memes. Now I know that someone probably had to complain since it’s a .jpg, and not readable as a general rule by text recognition programs. SO some poor little socialist must not have liked that I pointed out that Hitler was a staunch socialist also. Too friggin bad.

So to all my friends and rights supporting, capitalist loving Americans, post and re-post away! Have fun with it! Trigger a few little socialist and have them froth at the mouth and hyperventilate.

No, I will not remove it. History is history and if you agree with it or not, like it or not, it proves a point and that is that Socialism is and has killed millions of people across the world, and Facebook does not want people to know that.

Do you really try and want to protect your family from evil?

The recent kidnapping case of Jayme Closs and the cold-blooded murder of her parents should serve as a wakeup call for people of the “it can’t happen to me” or the “nothing bad ever happens here” crowd. I am sure those same thoughts went through her parents’ minds, before the morning of October 15th, 2018.

According to authorities on that night at around midnight 21 year old Jake Patterson knocked on the door of the Closs home. Jayme’s father, James Closs appears to have answered the door (it appears to have been kicked in) and was found dead of gunshot wounds near the front door. Denise Closs was found elsewhere in the home, also shot to death. A 911 call was made from the Closs home at 12:56am, and all the dispatchers heard was a lot of yelling. From this audio investigators have determined that Jayme was inside the home and on their arrival she was missing. At 3:37am Jayme was officially listed as missing.

It appears from all indications that the suspect targeted the family to abduct Jayme. We do not yet know why or how he came to target her.

Fast forward to this last Friday, Jan 11th, 2018 at about 4:43 p.pm., and Jayme was found near a housing development just outside Gordon, Wisconsin. Alive thank goodness, and in apparent good condition.

So how does one prepare and “get ready” for an attack on your home and family like this? How can anyone even think that someone might try and do this to you or yours? Easy, it does, will and can so prepare for it and hope it never happens! It’s like insurance, something you have and hope to never have to use.

So let’s imagine someone knocks on your door at 12 am. First, why would you even answer the door? And in addition to that why would you do so unarmed and not ready to defend your home? I am willing to bet that the Closs’s do not have a camera system that shows the front door. I do. A simple check of the camera (takes seconds) would have shown James that the person knocking on the door was a stranger and it would have possibly shown him that Patterson was armed. Had that happened a simple call to 911 while being armed yourself inside the home would have probably prevented this whole thing.

So what can you do to prevent this type of home invasion and kidnapping from happening? Simple take simple precautions to secure your family and home. Get a good deep deadbolt and a steel front door. Get a camera system (they are very inexpensive these days) for the front door. If you really want to make a good security system, get cameras that cover all sides of your home. I bought the Ring doorbell for my home, and the Blink camera system for all sides of my home. They are great. Send alerts to me on my phone at work so I can see who is at my home when my wife and son are home. My wife has access to the camera feeds also, and is also armed at home if needed.

That brings me to arming yourself. Many people are fearful of firearms. Most of the time this is because they have never handled or been shown the proper way to handle them. Firearms in the home are not some scary boogyman that is going to jump up and shoot someone. Firearms are just a tool, like anything else you buy do to protect yourself. The only difference is that they require that you learn to use them properly and train with them to be proficient enough with them to make them effective tools of self-defense.  While it is your right to own one, I also recommend you get training with it to make it more effective as a tool for defense.

I do not have enough room or time to write out all of the things you should do to train correctly. Best thing you could do is find a local gun range that provides training in the use of firearms and take a few classes. They are worth it. In the grand scheme of things how much is your life and the life of your family worth?

Or you can always be one of the “it will never happen to me or my family” group and when it does, you can then either be dead, or planning the funeral of a loved one. I choose to be prepared, having seen firsthand others having to do those very things.

Here is an article I wrote some time ago “Responsible Firearms Ownership: I Bought a Firearm for Self-Defense, Now What?” That should help you if you decide to take you and your families security into you own hands as you should. Take it from a lifelong cop, we cannot protect you and your family. We are minutes away when sometimes seconds count!