FLORIDA LEGISLATIVE ALERT! ANTI-RIGHTS BILLS TO BE HEARD ON 01/28/2020 IN SENATE COMMITTEE! WE HAVE 2 DAYS TO ACT!

Well well…. Sen. Perry (who has now voted twice for anti-rights, anti-firearms bills) has more Anti-rights bills in his Criminal Justice Committee (he is the Chair) now! Wonder if they will all vote unanimously on these also?

On 01/28/2020 at 1:30pm the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice will hold a meeting:


MEETING DATE: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
TIME: 1:30—3:30 p.m.
PLACE: Mallory Horne Committee Room, 37 Senate Building


And on the agenda for that meeting to be heard and voted on are a couple of Anti-Firearms Bills! That means we have 2 days to let them know we do not support and do not want them to support these anti-rights/ waste of the TaxPayers Money bills!

The first is SB 652: Urban Core Gun Violence Task Force by Sen. Pizzo. This bill creates a task force at taxpayer expense to investigate:

“… system failures and the causes of high crime rates and gun violence incidents in urban core neighborhoods and communities. In addition, the task force shall develop recommendations for solutions, programs, services, and strategies for improved inter-agency communications between local and state government agencies which will help facilitate the reduction of crime and gun violence in urban core neighborhoods and communities.”

This Bill is full of problems and will do nothing to reduce violent crime or help ALL of Florida citizens be safer. Why do our legislators continue to try and divide us into groups? Why can’t they just focus on all of Florida’s citizens?

This bill will not help the vast majority of Floridians if anyone. How many “task forces” do we need to tell us that violence is not good and how to combat it?

The second Bill on the agenda of Sen. Perry’s Committee is one I wrote about before. CS/SB 728.

This bill makes it a crime to threaten to use a firearm to make a threat (that is already illegal and called Aggravated Assault, 784.021) or “future threat” whatever the heck that is, and makes it a felony of the Second Degree. Now I hope people see that if you already have something against the law, why are you making it part of another law? Why is this an issue at all other than to put just one more anti-firearms law on the book? The Bill did not have an exception for self-defense (that was added later by amendment) but now it does. Still, this is unnecessary and stupid to waste time on something that is already illegal.

What should be of concern is the term “future threat”, which does not get defined in the proposed law. What in the world does that even mean? Without definition that could be used in many ways if you think about it.

We need to write to ALL of the Committee members, of course including Sen. Perry and tell them to VOTE NO on SB 652 and CS/SB 728. We do not need more regulations, task forces or other waste of time and money. We need them to start focusing on real issues and the bigger picture. Mental Health screening and treatment. Early intervention for young violent offenders, harsher punishments for already existing violent crimes (and actually doing that), caring for our natural resources and so much more.

Here are links to the Senate Criminal Justice Committee members’ pages and emails. Please take the few minutes it requires to do this. If you stay silent you are part of the problem and why our rights are being eroded a little at a time. Do not remain silent, become a voice for your rights and those of all Florida Law Abiding citizens!
Committee on Criminal Justice

Members
Chair: Senator Keith Perry (R)
http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/S8
Vice-Chair: Senator Jeff Brandes (R)
http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/S24
Senator Randolph Bracy (D)
http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/S11
Senator Anitere Flores (R)
http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/S39
Senator Jason W. B. Pizzo (D)
http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/S38

Sen. Perry recently said he is pro-firearms rights and pro-second amendment. Ask him to prove it.

Citizens will not stand Idly by anymore!

In light of the recent events where law abiding, lawfully carrying citizens have saved several lives of police officers, and not to mention all of the lawful self-defense uses of firearms in the news, I thought of this article I wrote on my Firearms Instructor Facebook Page last year on July 19 th , 2016.

Now it seems kind of prophetic; An open letter to those that would harm our police officers in the United States, or our citizens.

To those that are considering doing harm to our men and women in blue, or the law abiding citizens that this country has, I have a word of advice for you. Make sure you have made arrangements for who should claim your body. This is not an idle threat but a promise, an oath that has been taken, and a lifestyle of pride and love of this country and all it stands for that is good.

I am one of tens of millions of Americans that would not hesitate a second to help out our officers on the streets if I see them in need. This includes most veterans, most retired police officers and other law enforcement, and just plain old good people this country has. I will not stop to grab my cell
phone to video what is happening if you are trying to harm law abiding citizens trying to mind their own business. I would be going to their aid, and that aid may be armed if needed. As a 35+ year veteran cop, who now teaches law enforcement recruits full time in an academy, I will not stand idly by and watch someone try to harm my former students and friends, and I have thousands of them. I carry a firearm ALL of the time. Even when you think I will not be. I also have access quickly to the same kind of firepower that you can get hold of, probably better. And I have trained for decades to use them, to stop people like you. And I like to think I am pretty good at it, since I teach others how to shoot.

You see what has happened is that with the recent ambushes by the cowards that murdered the innocent people in Florida, Texas, and other places, many of us who would do nothing rather than just be left alone and mind our own business are now watching our cop’s backs and watching out for our fellow citizens. Just the other day on my way to work, I saw two of my former students arresting a man on a busy corner in town. I pulled into the parking lot of the gas station they were stopped in, parked where I could see them on the other side of the parking lot, and began to watch those around the area, not the cops, but what was going on around them. Nothing happened thank goodness and I made it to work about 10 minutes later than normal, well worth it to me.

To all of the other people out there that want to do something to help out the thin blue line, take a look the next time you see cops on the street involved in something. Do not bother them, do not approach them, they are busy, but hang out nearby and watch the surroundings for them, if you see
something that is a danger to them or may be, let them know! If you happen to see a fellow citizen in need of help, don’t grab your phone to video it, do something about it. Stand up for what is right and what is good. If we don’t help each other who will? We have become a nation of cowards and it’s
considered OK to “stay out of it” even if someone is being seriously hurt or killed. Why? You afraid to get hurt? Then learn how to protect yourself and your family, it will be the best money you ever spent!

Let’s show these cowardly ambush murderers and terrorist that we will not stand by any longer and we will fight back! Will not run, or hide, but FIGHT! And when Americans start standing up for each other again, these things will not happen as much, and will not be as deadly as now. It is true that good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns, why do you think cops carry them?

Reading that now it seems like many other people in the United States felt the same way. You can find the original post here:
https://www.facebook.com/Chriswagonerfirearmsinstructor/posts/1625665824410244

It’s time for Law Enforcement to take a stand with the law-abiding firearms owning citizens of this country.

As many of my readers know I am a 35 year veteran sworn law enforcement officer who retired at the rank of Commander and more years after that training cops. I can tell you that a large majority of cops are strong supporters of citizens rights to be armed. I am also a U.S. Army veteran of the 3rd Infantry Division. Contrary to the few incidents that make the news or social media most of law enforcement supports the citizens right to self-protection and to being armed. I have had citizens come to my aid more than once when I needed back-up and none was around, and I was thankful for their help.

But there is rapidly coming a time in this country when law enforcement as a whole may need to finally take a stand with the citizens and stand up for the Constitutionally protected right to “keep and bear arms” that seems to be under attack.

In VA. there are many Sheriff’s and Police that have taken a stand with the citizens they are sworn to serve. This is a good sign, but I do not think it is going far enough. We need a national push, and national movement in law enforcement to stand up against further restrictions on a citizens right to keep and bear arms. The second amendment is for all citizens, even law enforcement. Citizens in several states have even gone so far as to save officers lives using a firearm to stop attacks on officers.

Virginia sheriff: We’ll deputize law-abiding citizens to counter state Dems’ gun control ‘overreach’

Think for a second why many firearms laws exempt law enforcement from the restrictions placed on the average citizen. The legislators and some figure heads in law enforcement will tell you its because police are highly trained in the use of firearms and can be trusted to have firearms. Well that is not exactly the truth. If you look at the training of many law enforcement agencies throughout the country you would be astonished at how little training they actually get. In the State of Florida for example officers are only required to qualify with their service firearm every two years! While some agencies do qualify more than that there are agencies out there that only shoot their firearms every two years. Now that does not make them “highly trained” or better trained even than most firearms owners. I know for a fact that our local agencies offer officers free time on the range every month to practice if they want, and yet out of almost a thousand officers and deputies, very rarely (one or two maybe a month) would take part in the offer.

After retiring from law enforcement training, I began teaching civilian classes at a local gun range and found to my very pleasant surprise that many firearms owners shoot as much if not more than most cops. Sure, there are some in each group that train a lot and some that train very little. Point being that on an average I have to say from personal observation police are no more well trained in firearms than most firearms owner citizens.

So why do legislators seem to always include exemptions for law enforcement in most firearms bills and restrictions then? Well they will say it’s for public safety. But an officer’s home collection does nothing for public safety. Only the officer’s duty firearms while they are working and maybe their off-duty firearm (if they carry one, I know many that do not). The reason that they include these exemptions is because they know that if law enforcement had to abide by the same laws and rules as citizens the cops would be in an uproar and fight any more restrictions. Imagine if law enforcement officers’ personal firearms were going to be banned just like they are threatening citizens firearms. What if law enforcement was required to keep any “assault weapons” (before you scream at me I know there is no such thing, I’m using the anti-rights groups words) at the station and check them out only when working. What of they were only allowed the same magazine capacity that the legislature is trying to place on citizens. I don’t think they would like it much and you would hear a huge cry from the police unions and officers themselves. Now do not misunderstand me, I think that ALL law-abiding people should have a right to those things, not just law enforcement. And I know some will say, and I agree, law enforcement does need these things since those are the same weapons they encounter criminals already using. Being at least as well armed as the criminals is a necessity for law enforcement, why is it not for the citizens who will encounter the criminals before the cops do?

I teach the police recruits that I have in the academy that the golden rule of law enforcement is to treat every person (good and bad) the way they would want another cop to treat their family member if they were in the same situation. Cops need to remember that these laws and exemptions affect their families and friends who are not cops, and everyone else.

In closing let me point out that I am pro law enforcement and know most are great, brave, decent people trying to make the areas they live in just that much safer, but I also know we (LEOs) see the worst that society has to offer and sometimes forget that there are millions of times more good people out there than criminals. If we remove the exemptions for law enforcement from the firearms laws, then I think we might see much different reactions from the law enforcement world in opposition to any more restrictions. Maybe even they might stand with the citizens and require the law makers actually follow the Constitution and remind them they “shall not infringe” on their right to “keep and bear arms”, both citizens and cops. Virginia law enforcement seems to have figured that out.

When Law Enforcement say They will not Enforce Unconstitutional Laws..

The Virginia Democrats try to change a law to fire them for following their oath of office protecting the Constitution, Oh and outlaw any type of training to protect your rights or yourself.

There has been a lot of coverage in the social media world (very little on the mass media of course) of the newly elected Democratic Governor and Legislature in Virginia announcing that they would be moving full steam ahead with sweeping firearms laws that would turn millions of Virginia residents into criminals for simply possessing certain common firearms. This push seems to be being led by the newly elected Governor Ralph Northam.

From a Reuters report: “

“They want us to finally pass commonsense gun safety legislation, so no one has to fear being hurt or killed while at school, at work, or at their place of worship,” Northam said hours after the election results. “I look forward to working with our new Democratic majority to make these priorities a reality.”

The legislature will take on several proposals, including banning assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines and raising the minimum age to 21 from 18 to buy a rifle or shotgun, said Dick Saslaw, the top Democrat in the state Senate.”

What they had not planned on was the overwhelming anger and reaction of the people of Virginia, and especially the county Sheriff’s and County Commissions.

The on November 21st, 2019 a Virginia Senator filed Bill 64 wants to make it illegal and a felony for anyone that:

“Teaches or demonstrates to any other person the use, application, or making of any firearm, explosive, or incendiary device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, knowing or having reason to know or intending that such training will be employed for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder”.

Now I don’t know about you but I teach firearms to citizens. And how am I supposed to know what they are going to use that training for? The thought police are alive and well in Virginia!

As of the writing of this article there were more than 70 counties and cities that had voted on resolutions that they are calling “Second Amendment Sanctuary” status. Whats does this mean? Well collectively they are stating that they will refuse to enforce any more 2nd Amendment restrictions that they feel are in violation of the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights, of the U.S. Constitution. Now I could debate that this is a bit late and long overdue. That if they are truly declaring this and mean it are they going to stop enforcing the current violations of the second amendment, but that is another whole article worth of thoughts.

In response to this growing trend of resistance to any new restrictions or laws, the Virginia Governor Ralph Northam came out swinging with threats to those sayign they would resist these laws, even if they thought them unconstitutional;

“If we have constitutional laws on the books and law enforcement officers are not enforcing those laws on the books, then there are going to be some consequences but I’ll cross that bridge if and when we get to it,” Northam said. “

Well that was not well received of course, but then a Virginia representative really doubled down by basically recommending that the Governor use the Virginia National Guard to force compliance:

“And ultimately, I’m not the governor, but the governor may have to nationalize the National Guard to enforce the law,” Rep. Donald McEachin said. “That’s his call, because I don’t know how serious these counties are and how severe the violations of law will be. But that’s obviously an option he has.”

Now that was enough to send some into calling for armed resistance, the start of the next civil war and debates on if the national guard would even follow any such order to use possible force on the very citizens they are sworn to protect. But then Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of VA stepped up and posted a response to the representatives statement by posting on Twitter (taking a play out of the Presidents playbook?):

Many think the tweet says that the VA National Guard would be willing to take action. I do not see that said anywhere, what I do see is the very obvious omission of any mention that the VA National Guard taking any side and no mention of response to the Representatives call.

So the big question is really how far will this go? Well the VA Democratic controlled Legislature decided to push the situation to an even higher level of anger and threats by filing Bill 67 in the legislature that would result in any law enforcement officer, Sheriff, or other public employee who refuses to enforce what they felt was an unconstitutional law (following the very oath of office they took) being fired and not able to be employed as such for at least 12 months.

So what does this all mean? Well Virginians elected a Democratic majority and a Democratic Governor and now are seeing exactly what that can mean for rights. We do not have the electoral college at the state level and this is what happens when highly populated dense areas are able to outvote all the other areas in a state and force upon the rest of the citizens the views that do not apply to them or the rest of the state. Elections have consequences. Turnout is key and the Republican turnout did not help in this state.

So what is going to happen in Virginia? Will the state legislature pass these obviously unconstitutional laws? And will the local county and city elected officials decide they are not going to enforce those new laws? If so will the Virginia government decide to try and fire all those law enforcement and county city officials who say no more restrictions? Or will the Governor of Virginia force the issue by employing the National Guard to try and use force against the very citizens they are sworn to protect and defend from unconstitutional enemies? That could result in armed conflict. If that happens will it spread to other places and outside Virginia? Could this be the spark that ignites the next American Civil War?

I think that people are beginning to see that our Constitutionally protected rights (they do not come from the Bill of Rights or Constitution, they are protected by it and restrict the Government from infringing on them) and they are tired of seeing more and more limitations being placed on rights.

Think about this for a second, only one right in the entire Bill of Rights includes the words “shall not be infringed”. There is a very good reason for that. The citizens were supposed to be able to have the same weapons as the standing army so that should it become necessary they could fight that standing army or the agents of the government to take it back and re-institute that Government of the People, by the People and for the People that our forefathers fought a war to establish and many have died to defend. Is it time again to feed the tree of liberty? #boogaloo

I would be very interested in your thoughts on the legislation, the stance of the people and where you think we are headed.

Newsweek Outright Lies to the American People about Firearms Deaths!

Why am I not surprised that another supposed “news” source would publish a article “STUDY: U.S. GUN DEATHS SURGE, EXCEPT FOR TWO STATES WITH RESTRICTIVE GUN LAWS – BY ASHER STOCKLER ON 10/8/19” that is not only full of falsehoods, but the headline itself is an outright lie.

Is it any surprise that the American people no longer trust “news” sources like Newsweek? When supposed news sources publish such blatant lies about a topic rather than take 5 minutes to actually research reliable sources, you get results like this:

Screen grab from Newsweek.com

Now if you read that headline you would think they at least were telling you the truth. But would it surprise you if I told you that according to the FBI “2018 Crime in the United States” firearms murders went down the last two years? Firearms murders have decreased since 2016. 2018 was lower again from 2017. So why would Newsweek want to mislead or lie to the American public? Well of course we know why, they want to influence the public into thinking there is a “surge” or “epidemic” or “crisis”. When in reality the only one of those is in the minds of those who manufacture these claims.

From: FBI “2018 Crime in the United States” report.

According to the FBI homicide data, murder over all is down again also in the US. That’s great news so why not share that good news? Isn’t murder being down a good thing? Oh that’s right if they admitted that it would make things like “gun control” the “assault weapons ban” and other things pointless. Well they are pointless.

Here is the homicide rate per 100,000 people in the US over the last 48 years. Notice anything? You can easily see that the Murder rate was much higher from about 1998 and prior. After the rate started dropping in the nineties it has stayed pretty stable until about 2008 when it dropped a little more. With the mass murder in 2016 it climbed but still not to previous levels. And now it has dropped again to 5 murders per 100K like it was back in 2009. Again it is still far lower than in the past prior to 1999.

Graphic by Down Range with Chris Wagoner. (chriswagoner.us)

So one has to also consider this. We are a nation of 350+ MILLION people. And a nation with hundreds of millions of firearms, some estimates are even more firearms than people. If firearms were the issue would we not have far more firearms murders than 10,265 out of 350+ MILLION people with all those firearms in the US? Of course we would. This is a very simple way of showing it is not the inanimate object that is a problem, but the person behind it. Just like it is the driver behind the wheel of a car driving DUI and not the car. It is obvious when you see that “hands and feet”, “Blunt objects” like clubs and hammers, and even “knives and cutting instruments” are used to murder far more people than those “assault rifles” that many say are the biggest threat to people these days.

So to Newsweek I make this challenge, if you want to put anyone up for a debate live online, I will gladly take you up on ti. Subject? The real numbers behind firearms, murder and fake crisis you are trying to manufacture.

I know they won’t take me up on it, but it’s fun to hope! Stay safe out there.

The Ban Assault Rifle Movement is Misled, Lied to and Down Right Manipulated.

Actually the whole anti-firearms movement is.

After finishing reading the new 2018 FBI report “2018 Crime in the United States” I am not surprised to find that crime is still down, murders are still down and those who are fighting tooth and nail to ban “assault rifles” are just plain uninformed. They are allowing themselves to be manipulated by a few powerful people with agendas.

When one of these folks claims that the deaths by these “weapons of war” is a crisis and needs to be dealt with now, one simple question should be all that is needed to show how poorly informed they are. Ask any of them, “How many people died from being shot with a rifle in 2018, and how many died by being beaten to death by hands and feet? If they can’t answer that simple question they are just repeating things they have heard the leaders of the anti-rights groups say.

When dealing with those poor misinformed and misled folks, be kind and point out to them that they are in need of education. Give them the link, hand them the report, or point out to them the reality of the numbers. Numbers that do not bear up the hysteria of the assault weapons ban folks.

First rifles (that’s all rifle kinds together not just “assault rifles”) are one of the lessor used firearms to murder people. What the above chart does not show is that the FBI reports 297 cases where criminals were shot lawfully while citizens defended themselves. That’s right more people are documented in the report having killed criminals than people were killed with rifles.

Also important to note is that knives or sharp objects, hands and feet and blunt objects all killed more people than rifles of all kinds did. Why are these people not trying to ban those things? Because they have been lied to and told that rifles kill thousands of people each year.

Murder is down from 2016 and 2017 in 2018. If you look at the rate of murder in the US per 100K people you get the idea we are actually pretty low and on a even trend over the last 10 years and far below the rate back in the 90’s and before. But we have a crisis?

When you are discussing the firearms rights issue or murder problem in the US, just ask them for numbers. They can’t or won’t say them because if they do, they lose all of the reasoning for the entire movement.

Sorry anti-firearms rifle folks, and especially sorry to all those that have fallen for the lies and misleading statements form those who want to restrict your rights even more. They do not have anything to stand on other than emotions.

I welcome any of them to a debate on these topics. But be warned I deal in reality and facts, not lies and emotions.