Friday, June 15, 2018

Happy (Belated) National Bourbon Day


National Bourbon Day was yesterday. Sad to say my tipoff was an email from Liquor Barn which is a large chain in Kentucky. I apologize for not keeping up with the calendar to alert you to such a momentous day!

To make up for it, here is a good video put out by NBC News. I'm kind of shocked that NBC actually put together a decent story but it was. It talks about craft distilling, sourced whiskey, bourbon marketing, and the half-truths put out regarding the various brands of bourbon.

The key words to keep in mind are "distilled by". If it doesn't say that on the label, it is probably sourced whiskey. "Produced by", "bottled by", "made by", and other words are marketing tools used to confuse the buyer into thinking the people behind the brand name on the label actually distilled the whiskey. It is probably from MGP in Lawrenceburg, Indiana or one of the other major distillers in Kentucky who had some excess production.


Daniel Easterday Talks About Gun Rights In Deerfield


Daniel Easterday, a resident of Deerfield, Illinois and the name plaintiff in the lawsuit against Deerfield, was interviewed by Dana Loesch of NRA-TV. It's a short interview - less than two minutes - but the most interesting part in my opinion is who he first credits. It is my friends from the Firearms Policy Coalition Brandon Combs and Alan Normandy.




The Firearms Policy Coalition is a small gun rights group on the national scene when compared to the NRA, GOA, and SAF. Their size and their background from the fight for gun rights in California has given them an agility that is essential in the fight against the corporate, big money, gun control lobby.  A few bucks sent their way goes a long way.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Good News - A Win In Illinois


Daniel Easterday, the Second Amendment Foundation, and the Illinois State Rifle Association scored a win today in Lake County Circuit Court when they were granted a temporary restraining order against the enforcement of Deerfield's assault weapon (sic) and magazine ban. The ban which was scheduled to go into effect tomorrow (June 13th) would have levied an up to $1,000 a day fine plus surrender of the firearm for each day the person violated the ordinance.

Congratulations to Glen Ellyn (IL) attorney David Sigale who served as second chair in the monumental McDonald v. Chicago case.

Both SAF and ISRA issued releases on this win.

First, from SAF:
A circuit court judge in Lake County, Illinois has granted an injunction against the Chicago suburb of Deerfield, blocking the village from enforcing a ban on so-called “assault weapons,” and handing a victory to the Second Amendment Foundation.

SAF was joined in the lawsuit by the Illinois State Rifle Association and Deerfield resident Daniel Easterday, who is a lawful firearms owner. SAF and ISRA had challenged the ban on the grounds that it violates the state’s preemption law that was adopted in 2013. That change amended state statute that declared “the regulation of the possession or ownership of assault weapons are exclusive powers and functions of this State. Any ordinance or regulation, or portion of that ordinance or regulation, that purports to regulate the possession or ownership of assault weapons in a manner that is inconsistent with this Act, shall be invalid…”

There was a short grace period during which municipalities in the state could change or adopt their gun laws, and Deerfield maintained that its ban was merely an amendment to an earlier ordinance that regulated firearms.

“We moved swiftly to challenge this gun ban because it flew in the face of state law,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “The village tried to disguise its extremism as an amendment to an existing ordinance. The ordinance bans possession of legally-owned semi-auto firearms, with no exception for guns previously owned, or any provision for self-defense.

“Worse, still,” he added, “the ordinance also provided for confiscation and destruction of such firearms and their original capacity magazines. It was outrageous that the ban would levy fines of up to $1,000 a day against anyone who refused to turn in their gun and magazines or move them out of the village. This certainly puts the lie to claims by anti-gunners that ‘nobody is coming to take your guns.’”

Plaintiffs were represented by Glen Ellyn attorney David Sigale.

And now from ISRA:
The Illinois State Rifle Association is pleased to announce the issuing of a Temporary Restraining Order preventing Deerfield Illinois from enforcing their anti-gun ordinance. We will now seek a permanent injunction.

Was This Intended Or Unintended?


Where you place paragraphs in a story makes a difference and can lead to different interpretations of your argument. Today's Wall Street Journal provides an excellent example of it in a story on the flaws of the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The story is in the Southeast paper edition of the Journal but does not appear online. The only thing online is an infographic on the failures of the system.

Consider this paragraph.
And then there are private sales. Background checks aren't always required when sales are made by private sellers, those people who make only occasional guns sales from private collections.
It was immediately followed by this paragraph.
Several mass-shooters have purchased guns they shouldn't have been able to buy. 
The story by Ashby Jones then goes on to give examples of how both the Virginia Tech mass-murderer and the Sutherland Spring First Baptist mass-murderer were able to obtain their weapons, though prohibited persons, after passing a FBI NICS check. The story does detail how the Virginia court and the US Air Force had failed to submit the records for inclusion in the FBI's databases.

By placing the second paragraph immediately after the paragraph on private sales, the reader is at first led to believe that the mass-murderers obtained their firearms from a private seller which we know was not the case.

If that second paragraph had added "due to the failure to submit disqualifying records to the NICS database" or "even though they passed background checks", then it would be understood that the killers obtained their firearms due to a failure of the system and not due to the negligence or greed of a private seller.

Is this a case of unintended juxtaposition? Is it a case of tight editing for brevity in the second paragraph? Or is it, more problematically, a case of using the structure of the story to convey an argument for so-called universal background checks.

I don't know but I do know that the wrong impression is initially given by the structure of the story.

If this came from the New York Times or the Washington Post I would say it was intended to mislead. Since the Wall Street Journal tends to be more neutral on firearms issues, I could go either way. Nonetheless, this is a case of the mainstream media, intentionally or unintentionally, pushing the narrative for universal background checks which is wrong.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Not Smart Business (Corrected)


The Illinois State Rifle Association issued the following urgent correction this afternoon regarding the benefit car wash:

URGENT ALERT: CORRECTION TO EARLIER ALERT

On June 5, 2018, the Chicago Tribune’s Naperville Sun ran a story in which the leader of a west suburban gun control organization reported that she was holding a car wash to benefit gun control behind the Bill Kay Chevrolet auto dealership. Naturally, the wording of the article would lead readers to believe that Bill Kay was affiliated with the benefit car wash.

Bill Kay Chevrolet has since contacted the ISRA to report that the dealership is not affiliated with the car wash. Likewise, the Tribune has, on June 11, re-released their story with clarifying language that accurately identifies the location of the benefit car wash.

Now that the Tribune has corrected its article, the ISRA is advising its members that the Bill Kay Auto group is no way involved in the car wash and that gun owners should feel free to keep Bill Kay in mind when shopping for a new or used vehicle.
Bill Kay Auto Group is not so dumb after all. They will NOT be the sponsor of the car wash and is not involved in any way.

Nonetheless, the neo-Red Guard aka Hogg and Co. is coming to Illinois.

Original post below

If you were a gun owner in the Chicagoland area would you really want to support a chain of car dealers that is sponsoring a benefit for anti-gun group? I didn't think so.


The Illinois State Rifle Association sent out an alert about a benefit car wash being held by Bill Kay Chevrolet for Friends Who March of Naperville, Illinois. The dealership is part of the Bill Kay Auto Group which has a number of dealerships around the Chicago area.

From ISRA:
A west suburban auto dealership will be holding a benefit “car wash” to support gun control legislation that, if passed, promises to empty your gun safe. Bill Kay Chevrolet, located on Ogden Avenue in Lisle, will be the site of the June 16th car wash. The event will reportedly kick off at Noon and end around 3:00 PM.

The beneficiary of the Bill Kay event is a cell of extremist gun controllers based in Naperville, IL. The radical group is known for organizing harassment activities against attendees of the DuPage Gun Show and for inciting near-riot conditions during a raucous anti-constitution, anti-freedom demonstration in Downers Grove last March. The gun control group has, as its objective, the banning and confiscation of your lawfully-acquired firearms.

As law-abiding gun owners, we shouldn’t be supporting businesses or other organizations that support and sustain attacks on our 2nd Amendment rights. The Bill Kay Auto Group has chosen to align itself with the gun controllers in their war against your rights as an American citizen. Bill Kay Auto Group’s overt support for gun control should carry consequences.

The Bill Kay Auto Group operates a number of dealerships throughout the Chicagoland area. Those dealerships represent a variety of brands – not just Chevrolet. So, the next time you go shopping for a vehicle, or when booking auto maintenance, remember that Bill Kay is not your friend. Vote with your feet – shop elsewhere.
The Chicago Tribune has more on the event and the featured guests of Friends Who March:
The Naperville town hall is one of the 50 stops on the 20-state Road to Change tour being conducted by David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, Jaclyn Corin and about two dozen other students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., who experienced the mass shooting at their school in which 17 people were killed in February.

The students reached out to Jax West, president of Friends Who March, to organize a town hall event in the western suburbs because she helped host a March For Our Lives event in Downers Grove...

In addition to the town hall, West is planning a voter drive during a car wash Downers Grove North High School students are hosting with the Parkland students from noon to 3 p.m. June 16 behind the Bill Kay Chevrolet, near Ogden Avenue and Interstate 355 in Lisle.

The League of Women Voters of Downers Grove, Lisle and Woodridge will register people to vote at the event.

The Road to Change tour officially kicks off June 15 in Chicago, where Parkland students be joining a Peace March led by students from St. Sabina Academy.
There is no word if Father Pfleger of St. Sabina's and his armed guard will attend the car wash or "Peace March". Also there is no word whether David Hogg and his neo-Red Guard minions will make a pilgrimage to the grave of Saul Alinsky while in the Chicago area.

People v Berrezueta - More Knife Law Lunacy From New York


The New York Court of Appeals is the highest appellate court in the state of New York. They decided a case last week that is very problematic to everyone who owns an assisted-opening knife in the state. In the case of People v. Berrezueta they declared in a 6-1 decision that a spring-assisted opening knife is a switchblade within the definition of the New York's penal code. The dissent by Judge Jenny Rivera disagreed strongly and pointed out the deficiencies in the majority's argument.

Doug Ritter has more in an alert he sent out this morning:
URGENT New York State WARNING
Are Assisted-Openers Now Illegal Switchblades ?

As if New York wasn't already a confusing legal and regulatory nightmare for honest, law-abiding knife owners, the highest court in the state just upheld, in a one paragraph opinion, the conviction of a person in possession of an assisted opening (spring-assisted) folding knife under the theory that it was an illegal switchblade knife under New York law.

The decision was overwhelming, 6 to 1, but it's worth noting the excellent dissent by Judge Jenny Rivera which is detailed, analytical, logical and very well-reasoned.

Click here to read the decision including her brilliant dissent.

Assisted opening folding knives are widely and routinely carried by millions of law abiding individuals, and given the momentous nature of this decision, certainly affecting hundreds of thousands of pocket knife owners in New York State, a review of the briefs suggests that the seriousness of the issues at stake was not presented to the court. The prosecution fundamentally mischaracterized the nature of the knife as being a switchblade. The significant and fundamental differences between a switchblade and the assisted-opening folder the defendant was carrying were not before the Court.

In addition to completely redefining what a knife's handle is, essentially eliminating the difference between the handle and the blade, the Court disregarded the fundamental difference in how the two types of knives operate - switchblades being automatic (an essential element of the definition) while assisted-openers are not.

Given that this confusion goes against clear historical precedent and that nobody in the real world is likely to interpret that statute in that manner, it creates a trap for all knife owners who would rationally never consider an assisted-opening folder to be a switchblade, especially if they were intimately familiar with plain wording of New York's switchblade statue.

265.00 Weapons Crimes - Firearms and Other Dangerous Weapons Definitions
...
4. "Switchblade Knife" means any knife which has a blade which opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in the handle of the knife. (emphasis ours)
Regardless of whether we win our current civil rights case against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. over their unconstitutionally vague gravity knife prosecutions of those carrying common folding knives, the hundreds of thousands of knife owners who possess an assisted-opening folding knife anywhere in New York state could now be liable to being prosecuted for simply possessing a per se (inherently) illegal switchblade under §265.01, which is a serious crime, a fourth degree misdemeanor with a potential penalty of a year in jail. And, as we have seen far too often in our Federal gravity knife case, anyone who has had a prior conviction, even decades ago, is likely to have the charge against them upgraded to a felony with potentially years of jail time and loss of civil rights.

Actually carrying an assisted-opener will certainly raise the likelihood of arrest and prosecution.

At this juncture we must warn anyone living in New York State, or who visits or travels through New York State, that you risk arrest and jail if you carry an assisted-opening folding knife. Retailers within New York State may want to consider their potential criminal liability in continuing to sell assisted-opening knives.

We'll certainly be looking to find a solution to this problematic decision, but for now, discretion is the better part of valor with regards to assisted-opening folders in New York State.

And, just to be clear, this assisted-opener issue that covers the entire state of New York is entirely separate from New York City's gravity knife arrests and prosecutions; as well as New York City's administrative code prohibiting open carry of a knife (including being clipped to a pocket or "printing") and its under 4-inch blade length limit. Details at: https://kniferights.org/legislative-update/new-york-city-administrative-code-knives/

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Really, YouTube? Brownells Offends Your Sensitivities? (Updated - Restored)


Brownells is one of the most mainstream of companies in the firearms industry. Thus it is very surprising that their YouTube channel was terminated without warning or notice at around 2am this Saturday morning.

WTF?!



Here is what they posted on Facebook:
Brownells’ YouTube channel has been terminated without warning or notice.

If you’re opposed to the continued attack on our community’s First and Second Amendment rights, please contact GOOGLE: 650-253-0000 OPTION 5 FOR YOUTUBE M - F

MESSAGE YOUTUBE AND GOOGLE:
https://twitter.com/YouTube
https://twitter.com/rkyncl?lang=en
https://www.facebook.com/youtube/

USE "SEND FEEDBACK" AT BOTTOM OF YOUR PAGE to message YT

Thank you! And as always, we appreciate your support.

Among the groups that Brownells has provided support include both Operation Blazing Sword and Black Guns Matter. Is YouTube that scared of gays and African-Americans exercising their god-given right to self-defense and their Second Amendment rights?

More on this from the Gun Collective:




We are in a culture war and the other side wants us dead. I mean that both figuratively and literally. Terminating Brownells YouTube channnel is another shot across the bow in this culture war. Take a few minutes and letting YouTube know your opinion of this.

UPDATE:




The Brownells YouTube channel has been restored. There is still no explanation why it was taken down.

Brownells issued this message on their Facebook page:

Brownells' YouTube account has been restored!

We CANNOT thank you ALL enough for your shares, reposts, retweets and positive comments!

We are beyond proud to have the finest group of customers and supporters anywhere.

Thank you again! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‘

Headline Of The Day

The headline of the day comes from an online story in American Handgunner magazine.

American Handgunner Guide To Picking Your Nose

It actually has nothing to do with your body parts and everything to do with the shape of your handgun bullets. Stuff like wadcutter, semi-wadcutter, flat nose, and round nose bullets when you are talking about cast bullets with others for jacketed bullets.

As Tank Hoover notes in this article:
As you can see, a lot of thought is involved in picking your nose for getting the best results. Besides nose style, we’ve yet to discuss alloy hardness and bullet lubes for cast bullets. Then there’s the choice of plain base or gas checked bottoms. Powder Coating, of which I’m a firm believer in its attributes, is another option.

Jacketed bullets have far less options than their cast brethren. Besides nose-styles, cannelures are about the only other option. Cannelures are useful for crimping bullets into place, while non-cannelure are used for taper crimped bullets used in semi-autos, where the cartridge seats on the case neck.

Who would have thought there was so much involved in picking your nose, let alone, the right bullet, to get the results you want and need? There’s nothing wrong with being picky — if you’re after certain results.
It is a good article with a great headline.

Friday, June 8, 2018

National Negroni Week


As Professor David Yamane reminded me in a text a few days ago, this is National Negroni Week. For those that wonder just what the heck is a "negroni", it is a simple cocktail made with three ingredients: Campari, sweet vermouth, and gin. There are variations and my favorite is the Boulvardier which substitutes bourbon for the gin.

So in honor of National Negroni Week and in memory of the late Anthony Bourdain, here is how he makes the Negroni.




Sign A Birthday Card For Gabby?


Nothing says cult of personality quite like being asked to sign a "birthday card" for the namesake of a gun prohibitionist organization. I don't ever seem to remember the NRA asking me to sign a birthday card for Wayne LaPierre nor the Second Amendment Foundation asking me to sign a birthday card for Alan Gottlieb. Hell, even the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (sic) doesn't ask people to sign a birthday card for Joshua Horwitz.

When all your gun control proposals do nothing to stop the criminal misuse of a firearm, you have to resort to something. In this case, it is playing on the cult of personality that is being built around the tragic shooting of Gabby Giffords and murder of innocents. Never mind that the murderer passed a FBI background check to purchase his firearm and that the Democratic sheriff of Pima County, AZ looked the other way more than once about his behavior.

It's just, I don't know, kinda pathetic.

  All that is to say, Gabby loves receiving those notes of support. And since tomorrow is her birthday, we were hoping you can sign a card we created for her before the big day. What do you think?
Thank you for your continued support of Gabby throughout the years. I know that it means the world to her.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

D-Day Plus 74 Years


D-Day or the Allied invasion of the beaches of German-occupied Normandy took place 74 years ago today on June 6, 1944. To kids like me born in the 50s and who grew up in the 60s, D-Day wasn't the distant past. Our parents came of age during WWII and had passed that knowledge of the war on to us.

While searching for something to use for this blog post, I came across this first-ever documentary about D-Day. It had been put together by the Public Relations Division of the Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) for viewing by military leadership. Sometime after that, it was deemed classified and forgotten. Archivists rediscovered this documentary when they found films of in the Eisenhower Library back in 2014.





As an unrelated aside, this morning I was going through my father's military records and found that he was sent to Korea on June 6, 1957. It is just an interesting coincidence with no relevance to this.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Lawsuit Against Deerfield (Illinois) AWB Makes Fox And Friends


Richard Pearson, Executive Director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, was interviewed this morning on Fox and Friends regarding the lawsuit that ISRA and the Second Amendment Foundation have filed against the Village of Deerfield, Illinois. The lawsuit seeks a restraining order against the village's recently enacted assault weapons (sic) and high capacity (sic) magazine ban on the grounds that village doesn't have the authority to do so under Illinois state law.


You can see the video of the interview here.

Monday, June 4, 2018

GRNC Press Conference In Raleigh On Tuesday


The Demanding Moms can gets lots of turnout to their events because of stay-at-home moms, retirees, and kept women. Well, I don't know about the kept women part but I think the first two are pretty accurate.

Grass Roots North Carolina is holding a press conference in conjunction with Rep. Larry Pittman (R-Cabarrus) on school safety. They need - WE NEED - as many people who can to attend that press conference and especially teachers who want the ability to be armed to protect the school children under their care.

The full release is below:

PRESS CONFERENCE:
SCHOOL SELF-DEFENSE ACT

Children will only be safe when adults are permitted to protect them …

Tomorrow (Tuesday, 6/5), the sponsors of the “School Self-Defense Act” (HB 1039) will be publicly introducing the bill, and you’re invited. GRNC was involved in creating this bill as well as directing input to the offices of the Speaker and the House Rules Chair, and we’re excited about its introduction. This is GRNC's answer to all of the counterproductive, and worse, gun-grabbing "solutions" proposed by the left. More press conference details below.


Parents and especially teachers,
please attend this press conference


Please RSVP using the following
email address:
directorofdevelopment@grnc.org


Note: Signs are not allowed in the Legislative Building.


Calling All Teachers and Parents
It is very important that you attend this press conference. Seeing you there will help the General Assembly members recognize that the people are serious about this, and your presence may even help the politicians develop spines. Please see below for details.

PRESS RELEASE:
LEGISLATION & PRESS CONFERENCE DETAILS


Bill Provides
Active Shooter Protection for Students



Legislators herald introduction of House Bill 1039: “School Self-Defense Act”
Press conference:
When:  Tuesday, June 5 at 11:00 A.M. EDT
Where: NC General Assembly, Legislative Building Rm. 1328, 16. W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC
Who:    Representatives Larry Pittman, Michael Speciale, John Blust and Mark Brody

To deter active shooter scenarios and better protect North Carolina students, North Carolina House Representatives Larry Pittman, Michael Speciale, John Blust and Mark Brody have introduced HB 1039: “School Self-Defense Act,” which is patterned after the Department of Homeland Security’s highly successful “Federal Flight Deck Officer” program and would:
  • Create a “Volunteer School Faculty Guardian” program for full or part-time school faculty members who have concealed handgun permits and wish to carry firearms to protect students;
  • Create an active shooter training program for School Faculty Guardians; and
  • Allow school systems to “opt out" should they choose to do so.

Teachers to speak out in favor of HB 1039:

The June 5 press conference will allow an opportunity for teachers in favor of arming faculty members, whose voices have long been stifled, to be heard.

Said GRNC president Paul Valone:

Too often, politicians have wrongly equated protecting school children with the loss of individual freedom. GRNC thanks these courageous legislators for promoting a solution, already operating successfully in Ohio and elsewhere, which will deter mass killings, allow volunteer faculty members to provide a last layer of defense for school children, and preserve our Constitutional liberties.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!


  • EMAIL THE SPEAKER AND THE RULES COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN. Use the copy/paste details provided under 'Deliver This Message' to insist on a hearing for this bill.

  • ATTEND TUESDAY'S PRESS CONFERENCE: As soon as you can, please contact GRNC at this email address, directorofdevelopment@grnc.org, and let us know you're coming. More details below.

    This Tuesday, June 5, at 10:30 AM, meet GRNC representatives here:

    Legislative Building
    Room 1328
    16 W. Jones Street
    Raleigh, NC 27601


    A couple of notes: It’s probably best to arrive in Raleigh by 10:00 AM to make sure you find parking. Please “dress for the press.” Professional attire preferred. Firearms are not allowed on the grounds of the General Assembly. Signs are not allowed in the Legislative Building.
DELIVER THIS MESSAGE

Send to:  Tim.Moore@ncleg.net; David.Lewis@ncleg.net

Suggested Subject: "The School Self-Defense Act Must Receive a Hearing"  

 
Dear Speaker Moore and Chairman Lewis:
I am writing to insist on a hearing for the "School Self-Defense Act" (HB 1039).
I was quite elated when I heard that several courageous legislators have stepped forward to develop a practical and effective solution to the school safety issues we are currently facing. It's about time we stepped out of the endless cycle of rhetoric, and took actual steps to defend our children. This bill, HB 1039, does just that. 

Due to the potentially imminent nature of this problem, time is short. Please do not position yourself as the one standing between school children and their safety. Rather, make sure the School Self-Defense Act receives a hearing immediately. NC Parents and Teachers need this, school children need it even more, and that's why I'm insisting on it.

I will be monitoring your actions on this issue through alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina. 

Respectfully,

Sunday, June 3, 2018

We Don't Want To Be California


With apologies to my good friends in the gun rights movement from California, we don't want to be you. You have things we in North Carolina just don't want and this includes your California Handgun Roster. This should be patently obvious to every legislator, Democrat or Republican, in the North Carolina General Assembly but sadly it is not.

Representatives Verla Insko (D-Orange), Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford), and Marcia Morey (D-Durham) have introduced HB 1060 which would establish a handgun roster for North Carolina. Actually, it goes further and straight out adopts the California Handgun Roster in its totality.
Development; Prohibition. – The Department shall develop a roster of handguns determined not to be unsafe based off the California Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale. Except as provided in subsections (d) and (e) of this section, it is unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to (i) manufacture, sell, give, loan, import, or otherwise transfer a handgun that is not listed on the roster as of January 1 of the calendar year in which the handgun is to be sold, given, loaned, imported, or otherwise transferred or (ii) own or possess a handgun that is not listed on the roster as of January 1 of the applicable calendar year, unless the person, firm, or corporation lawfully owned or possessed the handgun prior to that date.

It goes without saying that this is nothing but a political stunt by these anti-gun Democrats as the General Assembly has a Republican super-majority. While I am pissed at the Republican leadership for dragging their feet on permitless concealed carry, I am reasonably sure that they won't let any gun control bill like this see the light of day.

Of the three representatives, only Pricey Harrison is a North Carolinian born and bred. Insko was born in Arkansas and grew up in California while Morey is from Illinois and educated there. Morey, it should be noted, was appointed and not elected to the House as she replaced a representative who had died. Of note about Harrison, she is the great-granddaughter of Julian Price who founded the Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company which through mergers is now known as Lincoln Financial. Her grandparents were well-known philantropists in Greensboro. My point is that Harrison grew up with a silver spoon in her mouth and somewhere along the way adopted the leftist orientation that many of those who never had to struggle seem to adopt.

HB 1039 - North Carolina's School Self-Defense Act Introduced


House Bill 1039 - School Self-Defense Act - has been introduced into the North Carolina House of Representatives. The bill will have a formal unveiling at a press conference to be held this coming Tuesday at 10:30am in the Legislative Building. The authors of this bill include many pro-gun legislators. Moreover, they sought the input of Grass Roots North Carolina in their drafting of the bill.

From the GRNC Alert:

PRESS CONFERENCE:
SCHOOL SELF-DEFENSE ACT

Children will only be safe when adults are permitted to protect them …

This Tuesday, the sponsors of the “School Self-Defense Act” (HB 1039) will be publicly introducing the bill, and you’re invited. GRNC was involved in creating this bill as well as directing input to the offices of the Speaker and the House Rules Chair, and we’re excited about its introduction. This is GRNC's answer to all of the counterproductive, and worse, gun-grabbing "solutions" proposed by the left.

We all have a stake (an understatement) in protecting school children, so GRNC and the sponsors of this bill would like for those closest to the issue, parents and particularly teachers to attend this unveiling. Parents and especially teachers, please attend this press conference.

HB 1039
This bill, sponsored by Representatives Mark Brody, John Blust, George Cleveland, Larry Pittman and Michael Speciale, would allow certain members of school faculty or staff to carry a handgun on school grounds to respond quickly to acts of violence and imminent threats of violence.

Finally, a few courageous legislators are stepping outside of the circular rhetoric and are proposing a practical and effective solution that will actually protect the children.

Calling All Teachers and Parents
It is very important that you attend this press conference. Seeing you there will help the General Assembly members recognize that the people are serious about this, and your presence may even help the politicians develop spines. Please see below for details.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!


  • EMAIL THE SPEAKER AND THE RULES COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN. Use the copy/paste details provided under 'Deliver This Message' to insist on a hearing for this bill.

  • ATTEND TUESDAY'S PRESS CONFERENCE: As soon as you can, please contact GRNC at this email address, directorofdevelopment@grnc.org, and let us know you're coming. More details below.

    This Tuesday, June 5, at 10:30 AM, meet GRNC representatives here:

    Legislative Building
    Printed Bills Office
    16 W. Jones Street
    Raleigh, NC 27601


    A couple of notes: It’s probably best to arrive in Raleigh by 10:00 AM to make sure you find parking. Please “dress for the press.” Professional attire preferred. Firearms are not allowed on the grounds of the General Assembly.
DELIVER THIS MESSAGE

Send to:  Tim.Moore@ncleg.net; David.Lewis@ncleg.net

Suggested Subject: "The School Self-Defense Act Must Receive a Hearing"  

 
Dear Speaker Moore and Chairman Lewis:
I am writing to insist on a hearing for the "School Self-Defense Act" (HB 1039).
I was quite elated when I heard that several courageous legislators have stepped forward to develop a practical and effective solution to the school safety issues we are currently facing. It's about time we stepped out of the endless cycle of rhetoric, and took actual steps to defend our children. This bill, HB 1039, does just that. 

Due to the potentially imminent nature of this problem, time is short. Please do not position yourself as the one standing between school children and their safety. Rather, make sure the School Self-Defense Act receives a hearing immediately. NC Parents and Teachers need this, school children need it even more, and that's why I'm insisting on it.

I will be monitoring your actions on this issue through alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina. 

Respectfully,

Texas Grassroots Gun Rights Coalition Responds To Gov. Abbott's "School Safety" Proposals


This past Wednesday, May 30th, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) unveiled his School and Firearm Safety Action Plan in reaction to the murders at Santa Fe High School. Among the proposals included was an extreme violence or gun violence or red flag or whatever you want to call it protective order proposal. As many have commented, if the person is so dangerous that you have to take their firearms from them, then why are they still running around on the streets?

A coalition of Texas grass roots gun rights groups have responded to his proposals. As my friend Rachel Malone has pointed out, Gov. Abbott did not seek the advice of everyday Texans nor did he reach out to the many gun rights organizations within Texas.

The release from this coalition of Texas gun rights groups is below:

TEXAS GRASSROOTS GUN RIGHTS COALITION RESPONDS TO GOVERNOR ABBOTT’S SCHOOL SAFETY ACTION PLAN

Temple, TX, May 31, 2018– Seeing a need for increased grassroots representation in the discussion on school safety and firearms-related legislation in Texas, several grassroots gun rights organizations have come together to form the Texas Grassroots Gun Rights Coalition representing over 250,000 law-abiding Texas gun owners. The coalition currently includes Lone Star Gun Rights, Open Carry Texas, Texas Firearms Freedom, and Texas Gun Rights. The leaders of these groups offer valuable contributions to the discussion, drawing on their backgrounds and expertise in the legal, teaching, self-defense, and counterintelligence and physical security professions.

Like all Texans, our hearts break for lives lost in senseless shootings and students who have to endure the trauma of seeing their friends shot. It's because we care so much about the gift and treasure of precious human life that we devote so much time to work guaranteeing our ability to defend it. To that end, our own proposals for school safety would include the following:

1.) Acknowledge that evil will always exist and will always find a way to achieve its end in this world unless it is stopped by those capable of opposing it. As evidenced by the failure of existing laws to prevent school shootings, it’s clear that the government and first responders will never be able to prevent harm from coming to people. The closest that they can come, however, is in not hampering the ability of law-abiding citizens to protect and defend themselves from inevitable violence and harm.

2.) The American system of government is set up so that we err on the side of not punishing those who may be innocent - there is a high standard for denial of rights. Do not allow the focus to be on preventing anyone who might possibly be under suspect of causing harm from having access to firearms -- this is likely to abridge the rights and decrease the safety of peaceful, law-abiding citizens. Suggestions to strip citizens of rights based on what they might do is dangerous to liberty and our founding principles of due process.

3.) Measures such as hunker-down drills, increased background checks, and laws forbidding weapons are not proven to make our children statistically safer. Let’s instead put our efforts toward proactive solutions that are statistically proven to make our children safer.

4.) Before any solutions can even be entertained, we must ensure that we are asking the right questions:

- Can we stop all attacks?
- Where do most mass killings occur?
- When they occur, what works to stop them faster?
- Where do killers obtain weapons?
- What are the observed, statistical benefits in areas that have implemented currently proposed legislative changes? What is the tradeoff?
- When violence happens, who is best positioned to protect children? What are they willing to do, and are we hindering their ability to be effective?

5.) Don’t let fear hinder us from finding a rational solution. No good laws are made from fear, panic, and other rushed and emotional responses. Psychotic killers are gradually normalizing the American public to acts of mass violence. Let’s remove barriers to reclaiming our tools of self-defense and normalizing the sight of guns used as a line of defense against acts of violence.

6.) Lack of respect for the value of life in modern culture lowers the innate hurdle to take innocent life for youth raised in that culture. As a long-term goal, work to restore a culture of valuing life while enforcing punishments for those who destroy it.

We know that we are not alone in developing proposals to address the immensely important issue of keeping our children safe. Yesterday, Governor Abbott released a proposal for school safety. We have serious concerns with many points, particularly relating to due process, expectation of privacy, and individual liberty. In hopes of ensuring the best possible final result that protects liberty, here are some specific concerns that we hope will be addressed as we move forward.

First, from a process standpoint:

#1: From press reports it appears that everyday Texans were not represented in the Governor’s roundtable discussions to gather ideas for these proposals. It is troublesome that Governor Abbott’s recommendations were made without the benefit of grassroots involvement that could have contributed a fresh set of ideas. We'd like to see more grassroots input acknowledged and considered for out-of-the-box practical solutions.

#2: Important groups also may not have been solicited for their input -- including (as best as we can tell) Students for Concealed Carry, Lone Star Gun Rights, Open Carry Texas, and Texas Gun Rights. These groups have established themselves as stakeholders in any firearms-related legislation and should be included. We are confident that they will be participating in continued dialog to help reach productive solutions. We need every tool in our toolbox to achieve the best possible result for our children.

From a proposed solutions standpoint, we offer the following solutions and responses to already posited recommendations.

Yesterday’s release:

#3: Focuses on the school marshal program to bring increased protection to schools. Despite the good intentions of this program, it was highly flawed from the start. Although these proposals address some of the flaws, a much more effective solution is to simply drop the prohibitions on armed citizens carrying in schools by repealing Section 46.03(a)(1) of the Texas Penal Code. This would include allowing teachers and staff to carry in school should they wish to do so. Many individuals have their own high standards of training they maintain and would be happy to take responsibility for their own safety instead of relying on a government program. The State of Texas can take action by passing a resolution calling upon the private firearms industry of this State to create non-required training programs tailored for stopping active shooters, and encourage competition across the marketplace;

#4: Pushes for unfunded mandates. Ultimately these types of measures are unlikely to be well-implemented, and/or adversely affect taxpayers;

#5: Pushes state safety mandates on charter schools, which are supposed to be deregulated for a reason. This emphasizes that public-private partnerships are actually government-controlled despite the illusion of private entities having the freedom to run their organizations as they wish. It also shouldn’t go unnoticed that school shootings are not happening in charter schools;

#6: Relies on federal funding. We'd prefer that Texans take responsibility for our own safety rather than be subject to inevitable strings and additional mandates forced upon us by the federal government;

#7: Recommends the iWatch program which sounds more like a real-world version of Orwell’s 1984 “Big Brother Is Watching” concept. The example given in the plan includes someone purchasing ammunition as an item that would trigger a possible alert on a person. We do not want people tracking when we purchase ammo -- and we do not want that innocent free-market action denigrated as an indicator of someone who may have ill intent. The program is nothing more than a feel-good effort that will create more problems than it solves;

#8: Recommends deploying fusion centers to monitor social media. How will this not become like the TSA, but with scanners for our minds instead of our bodies? It's security theater with imaginary benefits and actual downsides. We have already seen the deleterious effects these programs have had on European societies where thoughtcrimes have become prevalent. According to the plan, innocent social media posts could be flagged for potential law enforcement action simply for talking about guns. That alone is wrong, but the risks of also stereotyping and wrongly targeting minority groups would cause great harm to those communities;

#9: Proposes "Red Flag" laws that allow a vengeful relative to threaten an individual’s gun ownership based on nothing more than a personal opinion that they’re unfit to own guns. That person could then be taken to court -- without any probable cause that they’ve broken a law and without being able to defend themselves prior to having their rights stripped from them. Our justice system is supposed to prosecute and punish people who have broken an actual law -- not those who are “likely” to commit a crime in the future. Wading into predictive judicial action is detrimental to a free society;

#10: Proposes changes in Safe Storage laws (Penal Code Section 46.13) which present a moral dilemma for parents who want their responsible almost-adult-child to have access to a firearm for home protection. It forces them to choose between following the law or doing all they can to ensure their child’s safety. It treats every household under a common standard without respect to individual circumstances. People have been charged under this law only 62 times since 1996, leading us to believe that this change would cause harm without adding any meaningful benefit. The proposed language doesn't just tie it to the home; it also would apply to vehicles and makes access a felony, even if the access happened at a friend’s or extended family member’s house. Research has been clear that safe-storage laws increase violent and property crimes against law-abiding citizens with no observable offsetting benefit in terms of reduced accidents or suicides. A perfect example of this is the Jessica Carpenter case out of California. Carpenter was babysitting when a drugged-out Jonathon David Bruce broke in and murdered two of the children before police arrived. Jessica was a trained shooter, but California safe storage laws prevented her from accessing her firearm. This is just one example out of many and is not something we want to see in Texas;

#11: Adds mandatory reporting of lost or stolen guns, creating dangerous unintended consequences. Texans have consistently opposed creating any type of gun registry for legitimate reasons, chief of which is that it is not a government agency’s business knowing what firearms we own or have owned. Any gun owner is already free to voluntarily report theft or loss of any item, including firearms, and this should be encouraged, but not mandated. Arbitrary reporting deadlines are a dangerous tactic allowing rabidly anti-gun prosecutors to bring charges against otherwise law-abiding gun owners with who are potential victims of criminal activity themselves. It should be noted that California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a law very similar to this in 2013 stating he was “not convinced that criminalizing the failure to report a lost or stolen firearm would improve the identification of gun traffickers or help law enforcement disarm people prohibited from possessing guns;”

#12: Fails to mention ending gun-free zones for law-abiding Texans -- the least expensive and most effective way to harden schools and provide responsible adults a fighting chance at protecting themselves and their students by mitigating harm from inevitable attempts at violence. Instead of looking only at law enforcement-based solutions, look at reducing barriers for everyday Texans who are teachers and volunteers in schools to be able to carry a firearm if they choose. This includes, but is not limited to, repealing most provisions of Penal Code Sections 46.03 and 46.035.

As Governor Abbott has clearly stated, his proposal is a starting point and not an end point. We have 6 months between now and the next legislative session to engage in dialog with interested parties and the incoming House and Senate members. We commit to doing so with the intent of ensuring that we find solutions that increase safety for Texas schools without reducing freedom and liberty.

About Open Carry Texas: OCT is a 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to the safe and legal carry of firearms in the State of Texas in accordance with the United States and Texas Constitution and applicable laws. Our purpose is to 1) educate all Texans about their right to carry in a safe manner; 2) to condition Texans to feel safe around law-abiding citizens that choose to carry them; 3) encourage our elected officials to pass constitutional carry legislation for all firearms; and 4) foster a cooperative relationship with local law enforcement in the furtherance of these goals with an eye towards preventing negative encounters.

Contact CJ Grisham
Cell 254-383-8238
Email cj@opencarrytexas.org
Website http://www.opencarrytexas.org

About Lone Star Gun Rights: Lone Star Gun Rights is dedicated to the restoration of our 2nd Amendment Rights. It is our firm belief that our right to bear arms comes from beyond government, and that government has no authority to create laws or regulations concerning it. Our mission is to ensure the liberty and safety of all Texans and Americans alike by enacting Constitutional Carry and repealing the existing infringements at both the State and Federal levels.

Contact Derek Wills
Cell 281-935-7505
Email derek@lonestargr.com
Website http://www.lonestargr.com

About Texas Gun Rights: Texas Gun Rights is organized as a 501 (c)(4) non-profit, nonpartisan grassroots citizen organization made up of gun owners and lovers of liberty. With over 300,000 members and supporters, Texas Gun Rights is the largest “No Compromise” gun rights organization in the State of Texas. Not only do we work tirelessly to defend against attacks on our Second Amendment Freedoms, but we work to advance true firearms freedom in the form of Constitutional Carry legislation. We invite all Texans who believe in freedom, liberty, and private property to join Texas Gun Rights.

Contact Chris McNutt
Cell 972-638-7314
Email chrism@nagrhq.org
Website https://txgunrights.org/join/

About Texas Firearms Freedom: We are dedicated to making activism accessible for the everyday Texan. Our mission is to pass Constitutional Carry in Texas and to reduce legislative barriers to Texans freely owning and carrying firearms. We train passionate grassroots activists to make their voice heard in the Texas Legislature in order to affect positive change, giving them a community so they are not alone.

Contact Rachel Malone
Cell 512-937-3006
Email rachel@texasfirearmsfreedom.com
Website https://www.texasfirearmsfreedom.com

Friday, June 1, 2018

Rachel's Moments


My friend and fellow Polite Society Podcast co-host Rachel Malone posted this video yesterday. For those that don't know Rachel, she started out life as an anti-gunner, had an epiphany, and then learned to shoot. What makes Rachel's epiphany even more remarkable is that she didn't stop there. She became a firearms instructor, a Texas CCW instructor, and founded Texas Firearms Freedom to fight for gun rights in Texas.






Oh, and did I add that Rachel is a professional musician and music teacher living in Austin? Not what you expected, was it?