Posts Tagged ‘Pro-gun’

If you have never heard of the Friends of the NRA you are missing out. Since it’s inception, The Friends of the NRA has had over 16,000 events, reached over 2.8 million attendees, and raised over $230 million through its wildly-successful fundraising program for The NRA. The money raised goes towards projects aimed at youth shooting programs, women’s programs, range services, education & training, hunter safety services, and The National Firearms Museum. A large part of the money will stay in the community it was raised in.

I am proud to say that I sit on the committee for Coshocton’s first ever Friends of the NRA banquet. All the counties surrounding Coshocton have their own committees and banquets to raise funds to help their county’s interests and now finally Coshocton  has their chance.

The Coshocton event will be held on April 4th and the doors will open at 5:00 pm. I can say that there will be no dull moments between the raffles, auction, and the amazing dinner that everyone is in for. Tickets are $30 and that includes your dinner. The raffles will consist of a coin game, a knife game, an ammo can game, and the standard Friends of the NRA WALL OF GUNS raffle. One other raffle that I am super excited about is called the Mystery Safe. Here is what is cool about this, the winner will receive a 45 gun safe worth well above $1000 dollars MSRP and inside that safe will be 2 guns. This is just an example of what kind of prizes you could walk away with.

The committee is also doing many pre-event raffles. We are raffling off 30 Glocks, a Ruger 1911, and various other raffles AS WELL AS A PRE-EVENT MYSTERY SAFE!!! That’s right we aren’t just giving away one safe with two guns we are giving 2. Only 50 tickets on the pre sale will be sold so if you are interested you need to move quickly. You can message me or contact the committee chairman HERE.

Of course I will be at the event making the rounds so if you would like to meet me in person this will be a perfect chance and you will be helping out a great cause! Again if you have any questions please feel free to contact me or the committee chairman HERE. You can also buy your dinner tickets online and as an incentive to buy your tickets early there is a free raffle for one of two handguns called the Early Bird Raffle for the first 200 dinner tickets sold. All you have to do is buy your ticket sooner than later.

Please share this with your friends and family. We would love to make the first ever Coshocton Friends of the NRA banquet a successful one so please help me get the word out. I would love to see everyone there and meet some of my readers from the Ohio area so jump on and get your ticket. Maybe if we get a good group we can even head out for a sit down and a beer afterwards. I hope to see you there!

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A man who trumpeted gun control and assisted with New York’s SAFE Act was found to be in possession of a gun on school property last Thursday. If that isn’t enough irony for you he is labeled as a key figure in the adding making it a FELONY to posses a gun on school property. Woops! But as we have discussed many times before the laws are only for the little people.

Of course Dwayne Ferguson had a carry permit because they are so easy to get in New York being “may issue” and all. Just like you would expect the elitist take care of their own and this instance is no exception. The amount poetic justice in the article linked to above is almost too much for me to handle. The two felony charges carry a maximum sentence of 4 years in state prison.

There are plenty of great quotes in the article so I urge everyone to read it for a good Monday morning laugh. The sad part is if the offender was your run of the mill citizen they would have been painted much differently in this news story. There wouldn’t be activists running out in defense saying it was an honest mistake, instead they would be claiming a victory in taking an irresponsible gun owner off the street. Let us not for get…. The laws are for the little people.

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No. I’m sorry but no thanks. I stopped reasonable discussion, and compromise a long ago. With the recent snafu with Dick Metcalf and his odd anti-gun editorial in the latest issue of Guns and Ammo I thought putting my stance out there for everyone to digest would be a good idea. If you would like to read what Dick wrote click here.

As I started with I am not the reasonable type and I feel as gun owners we can’t fall into the trap of national dialogue and reasonable discussion. For some reason some gun owners feel the need to be reasonable and open towards the anti-gun side and want to come to the table and have that discussion or national dialogue we hear about so much from the mainstream media. Little do these gun owners know they are falling into a trap, the same trap Dick fell into. People like Dick feel that if they come to the table and show that gun owners are able to listen the people on the other side of that table are going to understand and be satisfied with just conversation. WRONG! Gun owners have been reasonable for far too long.

Every time we have a reasonable discussion the gun owners tend to be on the losing end of the outcome. They come to the table thinking “this will be the last time the Antis ask for anything. If we just give a little compromise everything will be ok.” We have given in little by little thinking this is the last peace offering we will have to make. Don’t believe me? Lets talk a little history.

  • 1791 the Second Amendment was Ratified. Twenty-seven beautiful words that guaranteed the right to keep and bear arms to every American.
  • 1934 The National Firearms Act was put into place due to the gangster culture brought about by prohibition. This law famously eliminated automatic weapons along with short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, and suppressors. Transfers of such weapons were subject to $200 fee and subject to the Treasury Departments approval.
  • 1938 The Federal Firearms Act was approved by Congress forcing anyone involved with selling firearms to obtain a Federal Firearms License from the Secretary of Commerce. This also required the new FFL’s to record the names and addresses of everyone they sold guns to.
  • 1968 The Gun Control Act was brought about after the assassination of JFK. FFL’s were required to keep even more detailed information along with forbidding sales of handguns across state lines. The major change came in the outlawing of purchasing rifles and shotguns through mail order. (Lee Harvey Oswald used a mail order rifle in the assignation of JFK)
  • 1972 The ATF was formed
  • 1986 The Law Enforcement Officer Protection Act stopped the manufacture and importation of “cop killer” bullets that could pierce body armor.
  • 1990 The Crime Control Act established what we now know today as “Gun Free Zones” in schools and the stopped the assembly of illegal semi-auto rifles and shotguns with legally imported parts.
  • 1994 the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention act placed a mandatory 5 day waiting period and background check on handguns until Nov. 1998 when the National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) went live. The law stated all new firearm sales are subject to a NICS background check.
  • 1994 The Violent Crime and Law Enforcement Act, commonly referred to as the “Assault Weapon Ban,” made the manufacture, possession, and importation of new semiautomatic assault  weapons and large-capacity ammunition feeding devices for  civilian use illegal.

How about that for compromise and reasonable? We go from “shall not be infringed” to illegal for civilians to possess. I bet there was a lot of gun owners that thought the same as Dick Metcalf on the other side of the table when each of those laws were penned.

How about a more recent example of a reasonable discussion? Anyone remember Colorado and the dialogue that happened there? That is what happens when we open the door for reasonableness. If you don’t remember how it went just picture a one sided conversation with a senate majority leader telling his senators to ignore their constituents. Colorado is what happens when we have national dialogues and compromise. All the laws above came from compromise!

See? I told you I’m unreasonable. I don’t compromise. When it comes to my rights there is no compromise. Every time we have reasonable compromise we see another crack or a chip fall off of the foundation of our Second Amendment. Don’t be fooled into thinking we need to be reasonable. If you start thinking that way, come back to this post and read the middle part to remind yourself we have already compromised enough.

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Posted by Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman, president and chief executive officer
Dear Fellow Americans,
Few topics in America generate a more polarized and emotional debate than guns. In recent months, Starbucks stores and our partners (employees) who work in our stores have been thrust unwillingly into the middle of this debate. That’s why I am writing today with a respectful request that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas.
From the beginning, our vision at Starbucks has been to create a “third place” between home and work where people can come together to enjoy the peace and pleasure of coffee and community. Our values have always centered on building community rather than dividing people, and our stores exist to give every customer a safe and comfortable respite from the concerns of daily life.
We appreciate that there is a highly sensitive balance of rights and responsibilities surrounding America’s gun laws, and we recognize the deep passion for and against the “open carry” laws adopted by many states. (In the United States, “open carry” is the term used for openly carrying a firearm in public.) For years we have listened carefully to input from our customers, partners, community leaders and voices on both sides of this complicated, highly charged issue.
Our company’s longstanding approach to “open carry” has been to follow local laws: we permit it in states where allowed and we prohibit it in states where these laws don’t exist. We have chosen this approach because we believe our store partners should not be put in the uncomfortable position of requiring customers to disarm or leave our stores. We believe that gun policy should be addressed by government and law enforcement—not by Starbucks and our store partners.
Recently, however, we’ve seen the “open carry” debate become increasingly uncivil and, in some cases, even threatening. Pro-gun activists have used our stores as a political stage for media events misleadingly called “Starbucks Appreciation Days” that disingenuously portray Starbucks as a champion of “open carry.” To be clear: we do not want these events in our stores. Some anti-gun activists have also played a role in ratcheting up the rhetoric and friction, including soliciting and confronting our customers and partners.
For these reasons, today we are respectfully requesting that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas—even in states where “open carry” is permitted—unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.
I would like to clarify two points. First, this is a request and not an outright ban. Why? Because we want to give responsible gun owners the chance to respect our request—and also because enforcing a ban would potentially require our partners to confront armed customers, and that is not a role I am comfortable asking Starbucks partners to take on. Second, we know we cannot satisfy everyone. For those who oppose “open carry,” we believe the legislative and policy-making process is the proper arena for this debate, not our stores. For those who champion “open carry,” please respect that Starbucks stores are places where everyone should feel relaxed and comfortable. The presence of a weapon in our stores is unsettling and upsetting for many of our customers.
I am proud of our country and our heritage of civil discourse and debate. It is in this spirit that we make today’s request. Whatever your view, I encourage you to be responsible and respectful of each other as citizens and neighbors.
Howard Schultz

I wont lie, I am a coffee drinker. What I am not is a $6 coffee drinker. My sleepy little hometown doesn’t have a Starbucks so I have to drive about an hour to get to the closest one and I would much rather prefer to push the brew button on my Keurig than make the drive. I will enjoy a cup of Starbucks on special occasions but it is rare.

Yesterday Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz came out and made the announcement that starting today Starbucks is respectfully requesting that guns be kept out of Starbucks. Here is the video of his request:

Sure I am a little pissed by this choice but to be honest I have seen this coming for awhile now. About a week ago I was shopping around for a place to do some work for Valkyrie Defense Group I wanted to keep the money local so I called one place and had a appointment made to come in and talk over what I needed. When I pulled up to the business I noticed the “No Gun” sign and walked in told them I had new plans and I was sorry that they didn’t include them anymore. I went down the street to the next place with no sign and thanked them for respecting my rights to carry a firearm.

Back to Starbucks, am I surprised they made this decision? Nope. Starbucks has found themselves in the middle of two extremes for quite some time now . You have Moms Demand Action on the extreme of one side while on the other side you have open carry demonstrators who frequently plan rallies. Starbucks is the unwilling participant of a turf war and is understandably getting tired of it.

Moms Demand Action quickly took credit for Starbucks’ announcement but I don’t think they can take all the credit. I think some credit or blame goes out to all the open carry demonstrators who went as far as to open carrying not just pistols, but rifles and shotguns also. We know all too well how far some of the anti-gun side can take things way to far by exploiting the tragedies of a shooting and using them to fuel their side of the argument. I feel that some on our side went a little too far and this in-your-face open carry “support” is what prompted Starbucks to take their new stance. Some on our side took Starbucks’ response that they would abide by the local and state laws regarding firearms as a pro-gun statement when they were just saying “Hey we are here to just sell overpriced coffee.”

Some people went pretty far to “educate the lefties” of our rights. Take these three guys for instance, after they showed up with rifles to demonstrate their rights they were charged with disorderly conduct.

I am not completely against open carry. I believe there is a time and place for anything. When I teach I generally open carry. When I am headed to the range I carry openly. Open carry can be done right and wrong. When I open carry I have been mistaken for a police officer quite a few times. I have never once been mistaken for a meth dealer or a crack addict and I think that is where some people go wrong. As a gun community we need to police our own a little better to prevent another situation like this happening again. We win together, we lose together.

Open carry done wrong

Rob Pincus did a video covering the subject of appropriate open carry over on the Personal Defense Network in May and I think it is pretty relevant under these circumstances.

I honestly think they should have worded yesterday’s statement differently. Instead of asking guns to be left out of the Starbucks experience they should have asked to both sides to leave coffee out of the politics. Today we will see how far they are going to go with their request. If they put the signs on the door they are in fact taking a stance. If their stores remain unposted then they are still Switzerland.

Again I don’t think we can be mad. Everyone should have seen it coming…. sadly, I did. We need to learn and move on. Some blogs are thinking that there will be no signs going up and Starbucks will stop at the respectful request. Only time will tell. Be sure to look the blog up on Facebook and be sure to share the link onto your social media sites. We need to get the word out and show the in-your-face side of our team there are consequences to their actions that effect all of us.

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“You say concealed carry I say Trayvon Martin. Police officers make mistakes all the time. We spend six months in the police academy, six months of field training and ongoing training on a regular basis and the fact is once in a while we’re going to shoot someone with a cellphone; we’re going to shoot somebody with a flashlight and none of that is okay. But now you take John Q. Civilian, you give them six weeks or 10 weeks of training and you say ‘have at it?’ The fact is more guns are not the solution to the firearm gun violence problem in this country. Less guns and reasonable gun laws are. And just because it’s 49 states to one doesn’t mean the state of Illinois is wrong on that one.”

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy brings us this wonderful quote. That’s right 49 to 1. Funny thing is none of those other 49 have a city that is even close to the number of deaths as their Chicago, but that isn’t the topic today. I brought you that quote today mainly for the argument that police are not better trained or safer when it comes to owning, possessing, and carrying firearms over the average concealed carrying civilians. This misleading notion is used by the Civilian Disarmament movement  on a pretty regular basis when the subject of arming teachers comes up and it down right pisses me off. Don’t get me wrong, police have to deal with a level of shit on a daily basis that I could never have the patience for and I admire them for their service, but even with their “extensive training” they don’t handle firearms any safer or better than most non-police. In fact I have a few stories today to prove it.

In a Lodi elementary school a child was able to walk up to a police officer and pull the trigger on his holstered gun. SayWhat? His Glock 35 with a flashlight mounted was supposedly in his holster but according to the police department, the light somehow made the trigger more accessible.

Officer’s gun

I’m sorry for being skeptical but what kind of cheap holster was this gun in? Oh, my bad it was a thigh rig. Well don’t let me question this swat officer’s operator judgment but I am going to ask if this particular holster was even designed to hold the gun with a light on it? A real life SWAT officer of 5 years with all the extra training. You would think he would be above the lowly citizen in at least choosing a proper holster for his firearm right? Or atleast have it bolstered properly? How about his situational awareness? Not noticing a student poking at your holster is the ultimate fail. He paid for it with a gun shot wound to the leg from a child at a reading promotion event. It is a good thing it wasn’t some average citizen carrying a concealed gun on school grounds something horrible could have happened like a negligent discharge or something.

Next, we visit another school, this time it is York Comprehensive High School. An officer again has a little holster problem when he managed to some how ram his keys into his holster and defying all physics was able to press the trigger upwards and discharged his Glock 22 into the ground. The report says he was retrieving his gym bag from his cruiser and the officer can be seen on the video shoving his keys into the pocket of his bag as the gun goes off. I am not sure if should be referred to as a “Bag Pop” or not. The department has also said that there are a few other holsters identical to this one and are in the process of being replaced. The Truth About Guns breaks it down in great fashion as usual and is also skeptical of the claim that it was a key that set off the firearm. Don’t worry and think that the kids went unprotected while this officer was on paid leave, no sir, the police department replaced this expert with another uniformed officer with high levels of gun safety training.

Now I know there are good officers out there that are very safe and professional. It just turns out the next two guys we are going to talk about are neither of those.  Dejay Barber, 44, and Matthew Rincon, 24 both Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies fired shots into the air at a campground over a loud music dispute. A spokesperson from the sheriff’s office stated that both officers displayed their guns towards each other in a threatening manner and discharged their guns into the air. Don’t worry, the punishment was swift and just. Both deputies were relieved of duty with pay. I cannot even describe how bad my neck hurts from shaking my head when I read that they got extra paid vacations for getting drunk and escalating a situation to the point where both are firing guns into the air at a public camp ground. But according to the LA Times this isn’t the first embarrassing blunder this department has had to deal with. Here is a short list of recent events reported by the La times:

In 2009, a sergeant was accused of pointing a gun at the head of a fellow sergeant inside the Compton sheriff’s station and mouthing, “I’m gonna kill you.”

In 2010, a group of jail deputies brawled with two of their colleagues at a department Christmas party. At one point, a female deputy was punched in the face.

And last year, a deputy was accused of kicking another deputy in the groin without provocation. That came after she had been arrested the year before over suspicion of assaulting fellow deputies during an early-morning brawl at a La Mirada park where she and two colleagues were found bloodied and apparently drunk.

Well I feel better knowing that in California the average people have a hard time even possessing guns and are protected by these fine upstanding officers.

When I heard the quote that we started the blog out with today it really got me going. The Anti-gun side touts the training officers go through as the end all be all and that makes them more qualified to carry guns on a daily basis over the rest of us lowly “wanna-be cops”. I have always said that as responsible gun owners we need to seek more training. That means taking a refresher class every year and getting out and shooting often. You can only be as good as you make yourself, and talking about how good you are doesn’t make you any better. Just like talking about how safe cops are when it comes to handling firearms doesn’t make it true.

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Not really, but kinda. It is pretty well-known now that a lot of Bloomberg’s money had plenty to do with the recent happenings in Colorado. The citizens of Colorado are doing their best to send a message back to New York and to the rest of the politicians that chose Bloomberg over their constituents about exactly how much they appreciate it. This is probably no surprise that I am rather pleased to see Coloradoans take their state back, but there was a little reported on event in my home state of Ohio that occurred last week that gave me just as much pleasure.

On Friday August 31st New York’s Mayor decided to send some of his representatives to Columbus to possibly test the waters on how the Buckeye State was leaning on the gun issue. It is safe to say that the message was not well received. The Anti-gun rally quickly turned into a Pro-gun event when 50 gun-toting, freedom loving, citizens showed up to display Ohio’s displeasure about the Mayors Against Illegal Guns stance on stifling their rights. The attendance was obviously a good example of how Ohio feels about a New York politician meddling in Ohio’s affairs. The MAIG mustered somewhere around a “half-dozen” where the Pro-gun sides managed to roll in with…

About 50 guns-rights supporters were on hand, some with rifles over their shoulders and others with handguns in hip holsters.

Probably the best example was when the Anti-gun speaker was finished being drowned out by the pro-gun side Linda Walker of the Buckeye Firearms Foundation took over as the speaker and took the rally in a whole new direction than even Nanny Bloomberg could have expected. It is safe to say she was better accepted among the crowd.

The Buckeye Firearms Association has got quite the publicity lately with their donation to George Zimmerman and their assistance in the Colorado Recall Election. I think it is great that we have grassroots organizations like this out there helping fight for our rights. The big guys like the NRA, Second Amendment Foundation, and Gun Owners of America are great on a national scale but only small groups such as the BFA are going to be able to address intimate local issues that are over looked by the larger ones. Check and see if your state and local area has a group similar to the Buckeye Firearms Association and see what you can do to join up. If anything go join your local gun club, It may seem like a trivial act but the way local clubs can impact a community in a positive way is important in the fight for securing our right to keep and bear arms.

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In a stroke of mystery to our opposing anti-gun forces Virginia has seen gun owner ship rise by 16% in the year 2012 over the previous year. Amazingly the crime rate over the same period has dropped by 6%. Weird. Maybe that crazy Lott guy was on to something when he told us “states with the largest increases in gun ownership also have the largest drops in violent crimes.”

We have covered it before a few times (Moar Facts and The Justice Department Report You Will Never Hear About) and we always come back to find the facts are on our side.

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