[VIDEO] Shows Georgia Woman Shooting at Invaders During Home InvasionPosted: September 23, 2016 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, Self Defense, U.S. News | Tags: Atlanta, Burglary, Gun, Home invasion, Self-defense, WSB-TV Leave a comment
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – Police are hoping someone can help identify two home invaders. They were caught on camera as a woman in the house shot at them.
“She exercised her right to defend her livelihood and property,” Cpl. Deon Washington with the Gwinnett County Police Department told Channel 2’s Nicole Carr.
Surveillance video from inside the home shows the Gwinnett County woman rush from her bedroom and then unloads all her bullets on the three men who kicked in her front door.
The woman is a local restaurant manager who was staying in a housemate’s Spring Drive home for work-related reasons. Read the rest of this entry »
Report Shows No Group of Americans Is More Law-abiding Than Concealed Carry HoldersPosted: August 19, 2016 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Guns and Gadgets, Law & Justice, Politics, Self Defense | Tags: Barack Obama, Brady Campaign, Concealed carry in the United States, Concealed Carry Permit Holders, Crime prevention, Florida, Gun, Gun laws, Investigation, John Lott, Research, Texas, United States, Violent crime Leave a comment
Cortney O’Brien reports: “Indeed, it is impossible to think of any other group in the U.S. that is anywhere near as law-abiding” as concealed carry permit holders. So concluded the Crime Prevention Research Center following its new report, “Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States 2016.”
“With about 685,464 full-time police officers in the U.S. from 2005 to 2007, we find that there were about 103 crimes per hundred thousand officers. For the U.S. population as a whole, the crime rate was 37 times higher—3,813 per hundred thousand people.”
The center studied the rate of criminal offenses among concealed carry holders in Florida and Texas when coming to its conclusion.
The findings speak for themselves. Read the rest of this entry »
Prison Ahead For Woman In Vagina Gun CasePosted: November 19, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Guns and Gadgets, Law & Justice, Mediasphere | Tags: Albuquerque, Arrest, Body modification, Conceal Carry, Domestic violence, Florida, GoPro, Gun, New Mexico, Robbery, The Smoking Gun, Vagina, WTSP 1 Comment
Mini-revolver hidden inside arrested Tennessee teen
NOVEMBER 19–The Tennessee woman who had a loaded gun hidden in her vagina when she was booked into jail last year has pleaded guilty to an assortment of criminal charges that will cost her several years in prison, court records show.
“Following Archer’s arrest, a TSG reporter broke the news to Souther that his revolver had been stashed inside Archer. ‘Oh, gosh,’ Souther said. He added that while he wanted “the little fellow” returned, the revolver would need ‘a bath in bleach.'”
Dallas Archer, 21, is scheduled to be sentenced today for introducing contraband into a penal facility, a felony for which she will serve a three-year prison term, according to a plea agreement.
Archer, seen above, has also copped to vandalism and failure to appear charges, the sentences for which will be served consecutively following the completion of the custodial term for the contraband count. She will also have to pay about $1000 in fines.
The Kingsport resident was arrested last April (when she was 19) for driving with a suspended license. As Archer was being booked into the local lockup, a female jailer searching the suspect “located an unknown item in her crotch,” according to a Kingsport Police Department report.
[Read the full story here, at The Smoking Gun]
Archer was then accompanied by the jailer and a female cop to a bathroom, where the investigators discovered that the teenager had a loaded handgun concealed in her vagina. After the pistol was “recovered,” cops determined that it was a .22 caliber North American Arms mini-revolver (which can hold five rounds).
A police check determined that the four-inch gun had been stolen in 2013 from an automobile owned by John Souther, a Kingsport resident.
CHART: The Truth About Gun Ownership in America Isn’t What Liberals ThinkPosted: October 4, 2015 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, Self Defense | Tags: Background check, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Domestic violence, Facebook, Gun, Gun control, Gun violence, Open carry in the United States, United States 1 Comment
The truth? The number of guns in the United States has increased by 62% since 1994 but gun violence has decreased by 49% since 1993.
Source: National Review Also see here, here, and here
Dr. Krauthammer: Obama’s ‘100 Percent Knee Jerk Reaction’ Came ‘When Bodies Still Warm’Posted: October 1, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Guns and Gadgets, Mediasphere, Self Defense, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Charles Krauthammer, Christian, Fox News, Gun, Islam, National Review, Oregon Shooting, Press Conference, Special Report, Terrorism, United States 1 Comment
“I don’t doubt that the president’s statement was 100 percent sincere and 100 percent knee-jerk. He has no idea what the gun is, how it was obtained, who the person is, and what the person’s motive is.”
Krauthammer said on Thursday’s Special Report.
[See the VIDEO here, at National Review Online]
“What does he do if it turns out he was a terrorist? We don’t know whether it is or not and to make a pronouncement at this time when – I hate to say it, the bodies are still warm and the wound reasonable doubt now in surgery — I think is at least premature.”
Source: National Review Online
[PHOTO] Not Concealed CarryPosted: July 20, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Guns and Gadgets, Humor | Tags: Concealed carry, fashion, firearms, Glamour, Gun, Jeans, Open Carry, Photography, Pistol 1 Comment
Gear: 21st Century AccessoriesPosted: July 1, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Food & Drink, Guns and Gadgets | Tags: Ammunition, cigarporn, Cigars, Cigarsandguns, design, fashion, Glamour, Gloves, Gun, gunporn, Guns, Rifle, Watches 2 Comments
OH YES THEY DO: Polls Say Americans Prefer to Live Around Armed PeoplePosted: June 13, 2015 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, Politics, Self Defense | Tags: 2nd amendment, Civil Rights, Firearm, Gun, Gun control, Gun rights, Number of guns per capita by country, Rasmussen, Rasmussen Reports 1 Comment
Just 22% of Likely U.S. Voters would feel safer living in a neighborhood where nobody was allowed to own a gun over one where they could have a gun for their own protection
Charles C.W. Cooke writes: Today, Rasmussen finds that the vast majority of Americans also want to live around other armed people:
The question Rasmussen asked was, ”Would you feel safer moving to a neighborhood where nobody was allowed to own a gun or a neighborhood where you could have a gun for your own protection?” From this, outfit drew the conclusion that ”Americans prefer living in neighborhoods with guns. This seems fair to me. After all, if you have the right to own a gun, everyone else does too. At the very least, though, one can take from this inquiry that the vast majority of Americans want the capacity to own a firearm for their protection, and that they would not want to move somewhere where it was prohibited….(read more)
Source: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 22% of Likely U.S. Voters would feel safer living in a neighborhood where nobody was allowed to own a gun over one where they could have a gun for their own protection.
[See John R. Lott’s More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, Third Edition (Studies in Law and Economics) at Amazon]
Sixty-eight percent (68%) would feel safer in a neighborhood where guns are allowed, while 10% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.
[PHOTO] Tall and Cool and Tan and LovelyPosted: June 8, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Guns and Gadgets, Humor, Self Defense | Tags: firearms, Glamour, Gun, Photography, Pistol, Self-defense, Sexy 2 Comments
The Vandenburg Volley GunPosted: February 5, 2015 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, History, War Room | Tags: American Civil War, Barcelona, Cannon, Civil War, Columbia, England, EUROPE, Gun, Premier League, South Carolina, Union Army, Vandenburg Volley Gun, William Tecumseh Sherman 1 Comment
The Vandenburg Volley Gun
A weapon of questionable value, this large volley gun was manufactured in England and saw limited use in Europe and in the American Civil War. Different models could have anywhere from 85 to 150 barrels that fired all at once. The method of ignition was unique in that the center charge was fired by percussion and ignited the whole volley simultaneously. However, by plugging off the vents, or ignition galleries, in advance, the discharge of the piece could be regulated to fire by clusters or rows of one-sixth, one-third, or one-half of the group. The other sections remained charged, ready to be fired by inserting a new percussion cap, and opening the formerly plugged orifices. The gun was loaded from the breech with the back unscrewing to expose the chambers. A loading machine for facilitating the charging of the many chambers in the breech. The device, when placed on dowels, was in proper position over the holes in the chambers. By manipulating a lever, measured charges of powder were dropped simultaneously into every chamber. This mechanism could be removed quickly, to be replaced by another containing lead balls. When properly positioned, the latter dropped the bullets into place. A ramming device was then put on, and all charges were compressed at once by the action of a lever on the loading plungers. Unfortunately the gun was big, heavy, and hard to move, making in difficult to place in order to achieve maximum effect. Plus the tightly grouped shot pattern of the gun was not large enough to cover a large area, and cannon grapeshot was considered to be a more effective weapon.
A Shocker From NPR: ‘Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible’Posted: June 10, 2014 Filed under: History, Mediasphere, Self Defense, U.S. News | Tags: African-American Civil Rights Movement (1955–1968), Civil and political rights, Gun, Gun rights, Martin Luther King, Michel Martin, NPR, Self-defense 2 Comments
For NewsBusters, Tim Graham reports: The liberals at National Public Radio can’t really imagine guns being necessary for anything…unless perhaps it’s to keep Southern segregationists at bay.
On Thursday afternoon’s Tell Me More talk show, host Michel Martin brought on Charles Cobb, who wrote the book This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made The Civil Rights Movement Possible. She called it a “hiding in plain sight story” and asked why he wrote the book:
COBB: I’m very conscious of the gaps in the history, and one important gap in the history and the portrayal of the movement is the role of guns in the movement. I worked in the South. I lived with families in the South. There was never a family I stayed with that didn’t have a gun. I know from personal experience and the experiences of others that guns kept people alive, kept communities safe. And all you have to do to understand this is simply think of black people as human beings, and they’re going to respond to terrorism the way anybody else would….
MARTIN: Why do you think we don’t know more stories like this? Read the rest of this entry »
Rewind: City Pays $25,000 To Man Arrested For Bringing A Gun To MoviesPosted: June 1, 2014 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, Law & Justice, Self Defense, U.S. News | Tags: 2012 Aurora shooting, Concealed carry in the United States, Daily Caller, Dark Knight Rises, Greg Campbell, Gun, Theatre, Thornton Colorado 2 Comments
For The Daily Caller, Greg Campbell reports: A man who was arrested for carrying a holstered handgun into a movie theater a week after the Aurora shootings in 2012 received a $25,000 settlement check from the city of Thornton last week, according to Denver’s 7News.
Jim Mapes had a concealed-carry permit and said he’d carried his gun to the same theater several times in the past. Another theater-goer called 911, saying a man with a weapon had just entered a movie theater. He was originally charged with brandishing the weapon, which Mapes denied.
“It never left my holster,” he told the station. And although the gun was carried openly rather than being concealed, his lawyer said that’s never been against the law in Thornton. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] How 3-D Printed Guns Evolved Into Serious Weapons in Just One YearPosted: May 15, 2014 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, Science & Technology, Self Defense, U.S. News | Tags: 3D printing, Cody Wilson, Defense Distributed, Firearm, Game of Thrones, Gun, Liberator, Right to keep and bear arms, Wired 4 Comments
For WIRED, Andy Greenberg writes: A burgeoning subculture of 3-D printed gun enthusiasts dreams of the day when a lethal firearm can be downloaded or copied by anyone, anywhere, as easily as a pirated episode of Game of Thrones. But the 27-year-old Japanese man arrested last week for allegedly owning illegal 3-D printed firearms did more than simply download and print other enthusiasts’ designs. He appears to have created some of his own.
“With the Liberator we were trying to communicate a kind of singularity, to create a moment…”
Among the half-dozen plastic guns seized from Yoshitomo Imura’s home in Kawasaki was a revolver designed to fire six .38-caliber bullets–five more than the Liberator printed pistol that inspired Imura’s experiments. He called it the ZigZag, after its ratcheted barrel modeled on the German Mauser Zig-Zag. In a video he posted online six months ago, Imura assembles the handgun from plastic 3-D printed pieces, a few metal pins, screws and rubber bands, then test fires it with blanks.
“…The broad recognition of this idea seemed to flip a switch in peoples’ minds…We knew that people would make this their own.”
— Cody Wilson
It’s been a full year since I watched the radical libertarian group Defense Distributed test fire the Liberator, the first fully printable gun, for the first time. Imura is one of a growing number of digital gunsmiths who saw the potential of that controversial breakthrough and have strived to improve upon the Liberator’s clunky, single-shot design. Motivated by a mix of libertarianism, gun rights advocacy and open-source experimentation, their innovations include rifles, derringers, multi-round handguns and the components needed to assemble semi-automatic weapons. Dozens of other designs are waiting to be tested.
The result of all this tinkering may be the first advancements that significantly move 3-D printed firearms from the realm of science fiction to practical weapons. Read the rest of this entry »
Japan Makes First Arrest Over 3-D Printer GunsPosted: May 8, 2014 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, Japan, Law & Justice, Self Defense | Tags: 3D printing, Firearm, Gun, Japan, Jiji Press, Mainichi Shimbun, NHK, Shonan Institute of Technology, Tokyo 3 Comments
YOKOHAMA – A 27-year-old man who allegedly made handguns with a 3-D printer was arrested Thursday on suspicion of illegal weapons possession, the first time Japan’s firearms control law has been applied to the possession of guns made by this method.
“I can’t complain about the arrest if the police regard them as real guns.”
The suspect, Yoshitomo Imura, an employee of Shonan Institute of Technology in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, had the plastic guns at his home in Kawasaki in mid-April, the police said. No bullets for the guns have been found.
The police launched an investigation earlier this year after Imura posted video footage online of the guns, which he claimed to have produced himself, along with blueprints for them, according to investigative sources.
One of Imura’s postings carried a comment: “The right to bear firearms is part of basic human rights.”
Police searched Imura’s home last month and seized five guns, two which can fire real bullets, the sources said.
Imura, who purchased a 3-D printer for around ¥60,000 through the Internet, was quoted as telling investigators during the search, “I produced the guns, but I didn’t think it was illegal.” Read the rest of this entry »
Badass Fashion Accessory of the Day: ‘Warrior Pack’ Rugged Conceal Carry for WomenPosted: April 18, 2014 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets | Tags: Clothing, Concealed carry in the United States, equality, Facebook, Fanny pack, Glock, Gun, Handbag, Handgun holster, Recreation, Shopping, Warrior, Women 6 Comments
The Warrior Pack purse line. There are 8 different ways you can wear the purse (handbag, purse, thigh holster, shoulder holster, messenger bag, backpack, fanny pack, and protected purse). Simply adjust the straps to change the look. The safest purse ever created and even more safe with a Glock 23 in the middle compartment! A high quality leather bag that is fun and gets noticed. See more at www.warrior-creek.com. and visit Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WarriorCreek for giveaways and promotional offers. This bag is badass!
‘Shrimp Boy’ Tactical 9mm AmmoPosted: April 1, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Guns and Gadgets, Self Defense | Tags: 9×19mm Parabellum, Ammo, Ammunition, California, Cartridge (firearms), Gun, Guns, Lucky Gunner, Recreation 4 Comments
I can’t tell if this is an April Fool’s announcement, or real, but I got this in the mail this morning, and had to share it:
Lucky Gunner is proud to announce that we now have in stock a special batch of 9mm Statesman Ammunition™. Originally made as a special production run for a California state official, the ammo will not reach its intended customer due to pending legal proceedings and is now being offered for sale to the public at a deep discount!
Featuring the Triad-Tech™ bullet from Shrimp Boy Tactical for enhanced accuracy, each round is meticulously made to ensure reliable ignition and all rounds are incredibly corrosive. Don’t get caught feeling stung, elect to buy some Statesman 9mm ammo today!
Shrimp Boy Tactical Statesman 9mm Ammo
Poll: Americans Feel Safer With Gun in Their HomePosted: March 29, 2014 Filed under: Self Defense, U.S. News | Tags: Breitbart.com, Democratic, Gun, Gun control, Republicans, Twitter, YouGov 1 Comment
AWR Hawkins writes: A poll from YouGov conducted March 22–24 shows that Americans who feel safer with a gun in their home far outnumber those who do not.
According to the poll, when asked, “Do you think you would feel more safe or less safe with a gun in your house?”, respondents said “more safe” by a margin of 42 to 20 percent.
Broken down by gender, 51 percent of males said “more safe” versus 15 percent who said less safe; 33 percent of females said “more safe” versus 25 percent who said “less safe.” Read the rest of this entry »
Idaho State Senator: Gun Owners, Not Government, Are Best at Keeping Guns SafePosted: March 17, 2014 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, Self Defense, U.S. News | Tags: Butch Otter, Gun, Idaho, Idaho Statesman, Law, Official, Russ Fulcher, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 4 Comments
Awr Hawkins reports: On March 15th Idaho state senator Russ Fulcher (R-22nd Dist.) wrote an op-ed on trusting gun owners more than government in the process of restoring and defending 2nd Amendment rights.
“For me, this is not an issue about “special privileges;” it is about reclaiming those Second Amendment rights law-abiding citizens have already lost.”
— Senator Russ Fulcher
In the Idaho Statesman, Fulcher wrote, “I not only believe in the right of all people to defend themselves, but I believe people are inherently responsible in the way they do so.”
A Valentine From the SwamplandsPosted: March 13, 2014 Filed under: History, Self Defense, Think Tank, U.S. News | Tags: Barack Obama, Doctors for America, Fox News, Fox News Channel, Gun, Gun control, Manny Alvarez, Murthy, Vivek Murthy Leave a comment
Punditfromanotherplanet’s fictional interview with Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy has been a popular item, thanks to the many good-humored readers who visit our site. Though, there’s always the occasional unhappy customer.
In a spirited discussion at another blog, Richard Rowe maintains that Dr. Vivek Murthy never said he promoted a gun ban, never said he wants to ban guns. And anyone who says otherwise–including conservative bloggers, but primarily Fox News–is a liar.
So this post is about Dr. Murthy’s controversial gun-control agenda, a discussion about fact vs. fiction in public policy debates, and a discussion about guns in general.
The disgruntled message comes from the founder of a site called “Americans Against the Tea Party“. Blogger and self-proclaimed official professional journalist (his bio says he’s written over 3 million words!) Rowe responded to my comment on his blog. I left a nutty comment on a nutty left-wing site, what did I expect? Flowers and candy? …where I eagerly expressed my (tongue-in-cheek) support for Dr. Vivek Murthy‘s candidacy for Surgeon General. Needless to say, my comments were unwelcome. Rowe followed the link back to this site, where he read the fictional interview with Dr. Murthy, and was totally not amused. It really, really displeased him. Though Mr. Rowe doesn’t share our political point of view, or appreciate our humor, he engaged in a friendly discussion, graciously taking the time to write a thoughtful, good-humored comment, in response to mine.
Nah, just kidding. His message is a typical left-wing cuckoo-bananas temper tantrum. A threatening, insulting, vindictive, chunk-blowing rant. But I liked his message anyway, and welcome the opportunity to set the record straight. I enjoyed his commentary, and would like to share some of his comments with our readers.
Richard Rowe – March 11, 2014 at 5:27 am @ The Butcher: Oh, that is so CUTE! The anonymous blogger with a WordPress site who won’t even sign his work with his real name made a funny! I just read your “exclusive interview” with Murthy…just out of curiosity, do you have any evidence at all that you actually conducted this interview? Or did it come out of the same hole that the rest of your posts obviously do? Because I followed all the links you posted in your “interview,” and all I see is a paraphrasing of an editorial by Manny Alvarez on Fox “News.” I understand, though…it can be hard to get interviews when you won’t tell the person you’re interviewing your real name. But, if you DID get that interview…did Murthy by any chance, at any point say he wants to ban guns? Because I can’t find a single instance of him referring to a gun ban, except on right-wing websites (like yours) that never directly quote him saying so. Shame THEY couldn’t get that “exclusive interview,” huh?
Leaving aside the interview comments — obviously satire — let me address the question: “by any chance, at any point, did [Dr. Murthy] say he wants to ban guns?”
Yes, Dr. Murthy is on record advocating a proposal to ban guns.
This doesn’t come from my interview (fictional) it doesn’t come from any interview, and it’s not in the form of a quote, captured by a reporter, then published in print or online. It comes directly from Dr. Murthy’s organization, Doctors for America.
Specifically, it was a call to ban “assault weapons” and “military style” weapons, as well as an “aggressive buy-back” program to collect these types of guns. Along with other gun-control measures. The critics are correct, Dr. Murthy wants the guns. To his admirers, his gun-control activism is one of his public-service achievements. To his opponents, it makes him a target for criticism.
However, no, there’s no evidence I’m aware of that Dr. Vivek Murthy wants to ban guns, if that means “ban all guns“. (though to be fair, no one claims it was suggested by anyone in the first place) Dr. Murthy’s record, along with his colleagues, of advocating a federal gun ban is well-documented.
This is mainly a disagreement between Rowe, somebody at Fox News, and maybe some other conservative bloggers, not really with me.
But I thought it was odd that Rowe jumps to the conclusion that Murthy’s critics in the media are all “liars”. Why not just check the facts? Instead of making false accusations in bold, inaccurate headlines? Or picking fights with annoying humorists? The people that Rowe takes issue with aren’t likely to simply invent a story that Dr. Murthy wants to ban guns, if he didn’t want to ban guns. It’s too easy to prove, or disprove. If a guy like me found conclusive evidence in about 30 seconds, we can imagine other bloggers, reporters, and media people did, too. The information is readily available.
Imagine what could be found if someone spent several days on it? We can be sure some bright-eyed researchers at the NRA have accumulated more than 30-seconds worth. I’m fairly certain what I found represents but a minor part of Dr. Murthy’s gun-control resume.
To summarize: Dr.Vivek Murthy signed an Op-Ed, advocating, among other gun-control measures, a federal gun ban. In fact, the organization that Dr. Vivek Murthy founded sent a letter to Congress advocating a federal gun ban, among other gun-control measures, and a letter to Vice President Biden, advocating a federal gun ban. The gun-banning advocacy, targeting “assault weapons”, has Dr. Murthy’s seal of approval, on the site of the organization he founded, Doctors for America. So the short answer is yes, Dr. Murthy is on the record advocating a gun ban.
Here’s the relevant text:
“We want doctors to be able to ask, document and counsel patients on gun safety in their homes. This alone is not enough. We want to see a ban on assault weapons and an aggressive buy-back program for military-style weapons that are currently in circulation.”
There’s that one word, that’s a dead giveaway: Ban. Rowe couldn’t find any instance, except on “right-wing” websites like mine? Rowe should have checked Dr. Murtha’s website. This might explain why journalists, bloggers, and opinionated network news commentators are saying Dr. Murthy is in favor of banning guns. Because, well, he is in favor of banning guns. He certainly was at the time he and his colleagues sent letters to Washington D.C., laying out their proposal, calling for action.
Now that we’ve cleared that up, here’s my suggestion for a revised headline:
Fox News Reports the Facts AGAIN! Says Obama Surgeon General Appointee Wants to Ban Guns
If journalistic integrity is important to Rowe, he might consider a revision. Not my headline suggestion, of course. But something that isn’t obviously false. Unless his readers know that it wasn’t meant to be factual, but a customary example of hyperbole, or inside-joke, anti-Fox overstatement. In which case, I approve!
Want Fewer Guns on California Streets? Open Carry May Be the AnswerPosted: February 26, 2014 Filed under: Self Defense | Tags: Adam Winkler, California, Concealed carry in the United States, Gun, Gun control, San Diego, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, United States Supreme Court 3 Comments
Letting people tote their guns around on their hips sounds dangerous. But think again.
Adam Winkler writes: What’s the best way to minimize the number of guns on California’s streets? That’s the question confronting gun control supporters after this month’s ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals striking down San Diego’s restrictions on carrying handguns in public. That case was brought by gun owners who applied for but were denied permits to carry concealed weapons.
[Adam Winkler is a professor of law at UCLA School of Law and the author of “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America”. It’s available at Amazon]
San Diego will undoubtedly appeal the decision in the hope of saving its restrictive policy for awarding concealed carry permits. Lawmakers who support gun control might want to consider another option: Rewrite state law to allow people to carry guns openly.
For many in the gun control community, that will seem like a crazy idea. State law bans ordinary civilians from carrying openly displayed firearms. And gun control advocates don’t want to see more gun enthusiasts showing up at Starbucks or the local movie theater with guns hanging on their hips like Gary Cooper in “High Noon.”
Yet if they don’t want too many guns in public, open carry may be the answer.
With Ban on Concealed Carry Lifted, Chicago Residents Learn to Protect ThemselvesPosted: February 22, 2014 Filed under: Self Defense, U.S. News | Tags: African American, Chicago, Concealed carry in the United States, Firearm, Gerald Vernon, Gun, Illinois, South Side Chicago 1 Comment
“Most of what Americans know about guns they learned from TV and the movies, and 99 percent of it is wrong.”
— Gerald Vernon
Katie Pavlich writes: In December 2012 the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Illinois’ ban on concealed carry as unconstitutional, finally opening the door for residents in crime ridden areas of Chicago to protect themselves and their communities. Although permits must be approved by local police and a state licensing board, it’s a start. People who have applied for permits are expected to get approvals and permits in the mail by the middle of March 2014.
As more people carry concealed in Chicago, the crime rate will decrease. Guaranteed.
Now that Illinois residents have finally been given their rights back, they’re flocking to concealed carry classes to learn more about how to safely carry a firearm. The Reader just did a feature story Gerald Vernon [see Dismantling the Stigma of Guns] a long time Second Amendment advocate and firearms instructor living in Chicago’s south side.
The first lesson Gerald Vernon shared with his conceal-and-carry class is, to him, the most fundamental: “The only thing that stops bad people with guns is good people with guns.”
His ten students—eight men and two women, all African-Americans—were listening intently. They had gathered in a meeting room at a south-side social service center to learn about gun ownership and self-defense from Vernon, a veteran firearms instructor who was seated at the front of the room next to a table set with an array of revolvers and semiautomatic handguns from his collection.
Dismantling the Stigma of GunsPosted: February 22, 2014 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, Self Defense, U.S. News | Tags: African American, Background check, Chicago, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Firearm, Gerald Vernon, Gun, Illinois, Martin Luther King Jr, Mitt Romney 3 Comments
Gerald Vernon believes conceal-and-carry laws and responsible firearm owners are crucial to keeping people safe—especially in the communities hit hardest by crime
Mick Dumke writes: The first lesson Gerald Vernon shared with his conceal-and-carry class is, to him, the most fundamental: “The only thing that stops bad people with guns is good people with guns.”
His ten students—eight men and two women, all African-Americans—were listening intently. They had gathered in a meeting room at a south-side social service center to learn about gun ownership and self-defense from Vernon, a veteran firearms instructor who was seated at the front of the room next to a table set with an array of revolvers and semiautomatic handguns from his collection.
The students didn’t appear to need any convincing. “I’m interested in protection,” explained Thomas Brandon, 57, when it was his turn to introduce himself. The others said they were there for the same reason.
Smith & Wesson Unveils .460 Caliber Zombie Warning System : The ‘Backpack Cannon’Posted: January 22, 2014 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, Self Defense, The Butcher's Notebook | Tags: Backpack Cannon, camping, Daily Mail, Glock, Gun, Handgun, Self-defense, Smith & Wesson, Taurus Judge, Washington Times, YouTube, zombie apocalypse 1 Comment
“It’s a very comfortable gun to shoot”
Wow. This got my attention. For fans of the Taurus Judge “Public Defender”, this is a welcome addition to the “shock-and-awe” subset of Super Handguns. Before I bought my first handgun (a Glock) a friend directed me to the Judge, for all the wrong reasons, as it turns out (shooting shotgun shells out of a pistol increases the chances that even in a panic, you’ll hit your target, even if the weapon is completely impractical, and don’t even think about conceal-carry) but mainly because he was interested in it, too. It was getting a lot of buzz, that first few years, and continues to get a range of reactions: A. It’s a solid, respectable handgun, good for a nightstand, home protection B. It’s a novelty, often dismissed as foolish, not essential. C. Holy cow I want one.
I suggest checking out some YouTube videos of the Judge blowing up watermelons, or various discarded home appliances, if you’re curious to see one of these large-caliber revolvers in action. Step aside, Judge. There’s a new kid in town. Enter the Backpack Cannon.
My thinking is, if Smith & Wesson is getting in the game (or maybe they’re already in, I haven’t been following closely) it’ll surely be an attention-getter. Note: Cannon balls not included. The Washington Times has an item about it:
Cheryl K. Chumley writes: Smith & Wesson has unveiled the monster of all monster handguns at the recent “Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show” in Las Vegas: A .460 caliber beast with a 3-inch barrel, high-visibility sights and a synthetic shock absorber on the handle — a likely necessary addition for so much firepower.
The manufacturing company is billing it as “great for a back-up gun, or for hunting,” and has dubbed it the “Backpack Cannon,” The Daily Mail reported.
Gun Test: Ruger SR40Posted: January 15, 2014 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, Self Defense | Tags: Gun, Gun Digest, Handgun, MSRP, Ruger SR series, Safety (firearms), Suggested retail price, Trigger (firearms) 4 Comments
The Ruger SR40 is a striker-fired handgun that offers a host of unique features, exceptional reliability, great ergonomics, and excellent accuracy. It is also modestly priced, with an MSRP of only $525.
Steve Gash, from Gun Digest writes: Recently, the SR40 and SR40c were introduced in the super-popular .40 Smith & Wesson cartridge. This makes a lot of sense, since many justifiably think any defensive caliber ought to begin with a “4.”
Both frame sizes have their place, depending on the intended use. The compact models shave about .64-inch off the barrel and 3.1 ounces off the weight of the standard models. This is not to say the standard models are big. They’re not, but they are a bit larger than the compacts. All four versions have a coordinated set of synergetic features that produce a comfortable, efficient, and reliable shooting system.
The Ruger SR40 is striker-fired and offers a host of unique features, exceptional reliability, great ergonomics, and excellent accuracy. (I might mention that it is also modestly priced, with an MSRP of only $525.)
It features a glass-filled nylon grip frame. The pistol fits my hand like a glove, and—praise be—its angle is exactly the same as a 1911, important to those of us trained on the old .45. When I raise the SR40 to shooting position, the sights are pointed right at the target.
New ‘Smart Rifle’ Makes Any Shooter a ProPosted: January 10, 2014 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets | Tags: CNBC, Firearm, Gun, Oren Schauble, Precision-guided munition, Rifle, TrackingPoint, Washington Free Beacon 5 Comments
How about this fresh report from the Washington Free Beacon Staff: A start-up gun company unveiled a highly accurate “smart rifle” at the Consumer Electronic Show this week.
TrackingPoint presented at the show its new 500 Series AR Smart Rifle, which is just one of the company’s line of “Precision Guided Fire Arms.”
This technology turns even a neophyte into a marksman, at least within a 500-yard range. The user simply “tags” the target, and the gun and ammo do the rest, all for a mere $9,950—the starting price for the new series.
In fact, the system is so accurate that a user will have up to five times the accuracy of an experienced shooter, said Oren Schauble, the company’s marketing director.
The gun can track a target moving at up to 10 mph and allows for rapid engagement, meaning a person can shoot multiple targets quickly.
According to TrackingPoint, the company’s unique rifles are meant to “dramatically enhance the hunting and shooting sports experience while delivering a powerful tactical advantage to military and law enforcement organizations.”
Novelist’s Ex In Bizarre Handgun Threat ArrestPosted: January 9, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Guns and Gadgets, U.S. News | Tags: Cormac McCarthy, Extraterrestrial life, Gun, Jenny McCarthy, McCarthy, Pulitzer Prize 1 Comment
Cormac McCarthy’s former wife pulled weapon from her vagina
A domestic dispute over space aliens escalated Saturday morning when a lingerie-clad New Mexico woman allegedly pointed a silver handgun at her boyfriend, a weapon she retrieved from her vagina, where it had been placed while the accused was performing a sex act, police allege.
To make matters more strange, the arrested woman is the most recent ex-wife of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Cormac McCarthy, author of “The Road” and “No Country for Old Men.”
As detailed in a probable cause statement, Jennifer McCarthy, a 48-year-old artist, argued about space aliens with her 53-year-old beau, whose name was redacted from the document released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. When questioned by deputies, McCarthy reportedly acknowledged that she “did have a gun at the time” the couple was yelling at each other.
4 Concealed Carry Compromises to AvoidPosted: December 28, 2013 Filed under: Self Defense | Tags: Concealed carry, Concealed carry in the United States, Gun, Gun Digest, Human security, Open carry in the United States, Self-defense 3 Comments
Gila Hayes writes: If you carry concealed, eventually you’ll be tempted to compromise one of these four things. Don’t give in—avoid them at all costs.
We make hundreds of decisions every day. Be sure the decisions you make enhance your safety.
This includes avoiding dangers, and it means having a way to defend against that which you cannot avoid. Playing a guessing game that tries to predict when trouble may strike is foolhardy.
Habitually and regularly carrying a gun for personal defense whenever and wherever legal is a sensible decision.
You must persevere even when carrying a gun for personal defense is inconvenient, uncomfortable or when doing so opens you up to criticism. Falling prey to a predator is considerably worse than any of those discomforts.
It is ironic that much of the advice about carrying a handgun for personal protection includes compromises.
Here are four compromises you must avoid.
1. Compromises between the size of the gun and the clothing required to conceal it;
2. Compromises in choices of activities to allow legal concealed carry for better personal safety;
3. Compromises in physical comfort for the mental comfort of having a gun quickly at hand to fend off danger.
4. Compromise that is sometimes urged upon us as women to let others take responsibility for our safety. This “offer” is a lie because it simply is not reasonable to believe that another person can be continually present to provide your protection.
If you understand and accept that your safety is your own responsibility, and have chosen to carry a concealed handgun as part of your personal safety provisions, make the commitment to yourself to carry your gun consistently.
Julie Golob: Recent IDPA Nationals could be the catalyst for getting women involved in shooting sportsPosted: December 19, 2013 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, Self Defense | Tags: Firearm, Gun, IDPA, International Defensive Pistol Association, Julie Golob, Recreation, Shooting sport, Smith & Wesson 2 Comments
The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is on to something big and they might not even realize it.
Julie Golob writes: A few weekends ago I shot my first match in over a year — the inaugural IDPA Back Up Gun (BUG) Nationals. In a sport that has been known for intricate target engagement sequences and specific rules regarding reloads and the use of cover, those who signed up to compete in the match weren’t sure what to expect for the first national championship featuring small, concealable carry guns.
The BUG Nationals presented shooters with short and simple shooting problems, uncomplicated equipment rules and quite possibly one of the easiest ways to get the female demographic into the shooting sports. With the increasing number of women purchasing firearms for both target shooting and self-defense, women represent a huge market for the gun industry.
Think of the many women who own a Smith & Wesson J-frame revolver or a pocket size .380 or 9mm for personal protection. How many of these women carry such firearms in purses or non-traditional holsters designed specifically for women? It’s a number that could easily be in the many thousands. Read the rest of this entry »
‘Women are the Holy Grail of the Gun Rights Movement’Posted: December 14, 2013 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, Politics, Self Defense | Tags: Firearm, Gun, Gun control, Gun politics, Gun safety, National Rifle Association, Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Second Amendment 2 Comments
Raquel Okyay writes: Women seeking to arm themselves and their daughters are figuring out that guns are not ‘taboo’ but a powerful means of protection.
“Women are the holy grail of the Second Amendment movement,” said Skip Coryell nationally recognized firearm expert and author of the newly released The Shadow Militia.
The Second Amendment will stand or fall depending on the way women vote, he said. “Women make-up about 52% of the population and they vote with a mind of their own.”
Women and particularly women with children have been raised with an idea that guns are dangerous. Yet once women get over their initial fear of the firearm, they feel empowered by it, he said. “Women want to be armed and capable.”
It has been his experience that women who receive instruction quickly become comfortable with using firearms, he said. “They come into my class afraid of the gun, but 4 or 5 hours later they are on the line like a kid in a candy shop, blazing away, having a ball.”
If women are not encouraged to support firearms and instead rely on the stigma that guns are bad, they will vote against the Second Amendment and they will not be protected, said Coryell who is the owner and president of White Feather Press.
Colleges Can’t Ban Guns, Florida Court RulesPosted: December 12, 2013 Filed under: Law & Justice, Self Defense | Tags: 2nd amendment, Alexandria Lainez, Florida, Florida Carry, Gun, Gun control, UNF, University of North Florida 5 Comments
The University’s policy prohibiting weapons on campus will remain in effect while reviewing its options on whether to appeal the case. “…the university intends to continue breaking the law.”
The Florida appeals court ruling that the University of North Florida was violating state law when it prohibited a woman from storing a gun in her vehicle while she attended class will spill over to cities and counties statewide, an attorney said Wednesday.
And it’s one of many nationwide where anti-gun activists are trying to do at the local level what they can’t do in the statehouse – restrict Second Amendment rights.
“This is a growing movement in a number of cases,” said Jacksonville attorney Eric Friday, who represents Florida Carry Inc. and UNF student Alexandria Lainez in the court fight.
Friday, who called the Lainez decision the biggest of its kind in Florida in 20 years, said the case “reaffirmed that the power to regulate firearms rests solely with the Legislature and not anywhere else.”
Florida Carry Inc. and Alexandria Lainez vs. the University of North Florida centered around Lainez’s ability to store a gun in her vehicle while attending classes at UNF so she would have available for self-defense while traveling to and from campus.
“I believe that the police misinterpreted me and that I may have misspoken about certain facts in my statement to police…”Posted: December 9, 2013 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Guns and Gadgets, Law & Justice, Mediasphere, Self Defense | Tags: Daily Caller, Gun, Orlando Sentinel, Police, Scheibe, Shooting of Trayvon Martin, Twitter, Zimmerman 2 Comments
claims he pointed gun at her recants gun assault accusation
Chuck Ross reports: The woman who told police that George Zimmerman pointed a gun at her face has recanted her story and is now saying “I want to be with George,” according to a court affidavit published by the Orlando Sentinel.
Last month, Samantha Scheibe called 911 to report that Zimmerman had pointed a shotgun at her face during a domestic disturbance sparked after she asked the former neighborhood watchman to move out of her house.
The 911 call from last month’s incident captures Scheibe yelling at Zimmerman, “You point your gun at my fricking face.” Scheibe said that Zimmerman also pushed her out of her residence and was smashing her belongings during the argument. Zimmerman claimed that Scheibe started the fight and denied pointing a weapon at her.
Now Scheibe has contacted Zimmerman attorney Jayne Weintraub to recant her accusation.
CHILL: NYPD Sending Out Gun Confiscation Letters to Law Abiding CitizensPosted: December 1, 2013 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, Law & Justice, Self Defense, U.S. News | Tags: Andrew Cuomo, Confiscation, Gun, Gun control, Gun rights, New York, New York City Police Department, NY SAFE Act, NYPD, Second Amendment, Second Amendment Foundation 5 Comments
Law abiding citizens with legally registered guns are receiving letters from the NYPD ordering them to surrender their firearm.
Who is not receiving the letters? Gangbangers with illegal guns.
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Top 6 Pocket GunsPosted: November 12, 2013 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets | Tags: Gun, Handgun, Kahr PM9, Overpressure ammunition, Ruger LCP, Ruger LCR, Smith & Wesson, Sturm Ruger & Co., Suggested retail price 2 Comments
Richard L. Johnson writes: One of the most convenient ways to carry a handgun for self-defense is in a pocket. With the right sized gun and a good pocket holster, a gun can ride comfortably and unnoticed in all but the tightest of pants.
Here are my top six guns for pocket carry.
Kahr PM9/CM9 – I think it is hard to beat the Kahr PM9 and CM9 pistols for pocket carry. They offer exceptional reliability and accuracy with a smooth trigger and good sights.
Like all of the guns on this list, these pistols are double action only. Both are chambered in 9mm, and use six round magazines. Unloaded, both guns weigh less than a pound in part due to their polymer frames.
The PM9 and CM9 are substantially the same gun, with the CM9 being the lower cost version. The CM9 uses a number of MIM parts instead of machined parts, a conventional barrel instead of a match grade one, and a pinned front sight instead of a dovetailed one.
I personally own a CM9 and have gotten great reliability with it. The added machining of the PM9 is nice, but I am satisfied with the CM9. MSRP on the PM9 is $786, while the CM9 is $517.
The Taurus Judge Public Defender: Carjackers Worst NightmarePosted: November 11, 2013 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, Self Defense | Tags: Criminal law, Gun, Jay Nixon, Law, Legal Information, Missouri, Public defender, Taurus Judge 3 Comments
Keeping a gun close at all times includes keeping one with you when you are in your car. For many people this simply means they put their concealed carry gun in the console or under the seat whenever they get into their vehicle.
However, for others who regularly drive three or four hours at time or who drive a lot in the worst areas of big cities, the question is: What gun can I keep in my car for self defense?
In my mind, one gun stands out above the rest for this application–the Taurus Judge Public Defender.
The Public Defender is a five shot revolver that holds either .45 long colt or .410 shotgun shells, or a combination of the two.