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Views and articles on the right to keep and bear arms
Sometimes, it’s the easy things that explain the complex ones. Take, for example, this I want to hear the argument that the well balanced breakfast has the rights. I want to understand how ANYONE would believe that. They won’t, and yet switch that with “Well Regulated Militia” and suddenly bacon has more rights than you.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/19/2014 3:56:35 PM | Feedback (12)
Graphics matter, year the fifth and graphics matter, year the fifth, part two are up. As usual, Linoge does a phenomenal job of crunching the numbers the anti-gun loons refuse to see. We have numbers, charts, references, open discussions, facts and history. They have dick jokes.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/23/2014 1:31:58 PM | Feedback (2)
If you turn your clocks back to a few years ago, Starbucks was intentionally neutral on carrying guns into their stores. Moms Demand Financial Action from Bloomberg tried to get them to ban guns from their stores and got a polite brush off. Gunnies busted a collective nut and decided Starbucks was suddenly the quintessential supporter of gun rights rather than a store that sold overpriced coffee and… well, you know the rest. Instead of just saying thanks with our wallets, we had people holding...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/7/2014 12:31:55 PM | Feedback (10)
Time and time again, we are told the best way to reduce ‘gun’ violence is to toughen gun laws, as if violence doesn’t exist unless a firearm is involved. It’s repeated ad nauseum that a primary reason violent people commit crimes is because they have easy access to firearms and that extra tough gun laws would diminish their capacity. Here's a story that illustrates why they are wrong. In the melee, Beasley clutched a gun in each fist, blasting away. More than 40 shots were fired as neighbors...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/7/2014 9:47:01 AM | Feedback (5)
Or, as I read this from one doctor, I am nodding my head in agreement. The comments, as all gun related comments go, get nasty at times. Insults are slung rather than thoughtful commentary (and this is from both sides) although my favorites are the ones that go “Why can’t you gun-tard NRA freaks be reasonable?” Although thoughtful doesn’t always equate to reasonable either. Some people thoughtfully find ways to dehumanize gun owners, and if you read through the comments, you’ll see what I mean....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/17/2014 9:35:57 AM | Feedback (9)
The American mood is more toward freedom than gun control. It’s popular because it’s right. The facts are (and have always been) in our court and Ace does a good job summarizing it for non-gunnies like us.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/27/2014 1:54:26 PM | Feedback (0)
Chicago’s ban on purchasing handguns goes against it.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/7/2014 6:59:35 AM | Feedback (0)
And Kevin has a quote from a theoretical biologist that illustrates this point quite nicely (A)s soon as I learn that someone owns a gun, and is pro-gun ownership without heavy regulations, I totally judge them to be uneducated and conservative. … I am happy to do that, because I have yet to meet an intelligent, well educated person who is pro-guns in real life Look at that quote. The tone-deafness can be measured in decibels, but only if you use scientific notation. It is almost a given...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/30/2013 10:01:18 AM | Feedback (18)
There is nothing wrong with pointing out the racist roots of gun control. In fact, it is an effective means of arguing our points since gun control didn’t start off as a way to ‘lower crime’ but rather a way of keeping ‘the other’ from being legally allowed to defend themselves. However, I do want to remind people that while the original intent of the laws was to keep guns out of hands of minorities, intent is non-transferable. I’ve seen a few tweets, a few comments on message boards and...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/1/2013 8:46:44 AM | Feedback (4)
As an activist, you tend to be very involved in a relatively small part of the bigger picture. For a relevant example, I’d say the vast majority of the population doesn’t spend the amount of time and effort I do into firearm related politics. Doing so tends to focus your attention to details and if you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself trying to shoehorn everything into the tiny box you call ‘activism’. There have been several items of interest to me late.  Take this article over at Ace...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/7/2013 8:51:05 AM | Feedback (7)
I’m not a fan of it when people complain that [Some Popular Movie / Rock Star] is mouthing off against [Some Issue] and shouldn’t be listened to since their stardom doesn’t give them special insight and then the same people get all excited when [Some Other Popular Movie / Rock Star] agrees with their views and they trumpet it around like gospel. However, while I find Madonna to generally be an odious figure, her views on guns (insofar as what she said in this article) are correct In a recent...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/26/2013 8:07:49 AM | Feedback (2)
Miguel had a post yesterday where he found a gunnie in an unexpected place He took a look at the card and said “A CWP! I love you!” I was a bit taken aback. Yes I suspect the gentleman was of the softer side of males but it was not because of that but by the actual friendliness which he expressed. We got to talking as he was finishing my fleecing paperwork and he admitted that he had one too and that he had decided to arm himself after being victimized at a convenience store/petrol station. I...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/28/2013 9:34:08 AM | Feedback (9)
I have a small beef with many of my fellow gun rights supporters, namely the seemingly kneejerk reaction to point to the fact that all the recent mass shooters were on some sort of SSRI medication. Of course they were, they were bugnuts crazy before the meds, that’s why they put them on it - to try to control it. But the way many people speak of things like Paxil, Zoloft, and Lexapro, you’d think that Little Johnny Killemall was a perfect choir boy who was just a little depressed and because he...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/22/2013 9:41:09 AM | Feedback (28)
Got a note from a friend of mine here in God’s Waiting Room (aka Florida) about a run in with the popo that her husband had. She wants this story out there for the world to see Dan got pulled over by a statie today because he didn't get over into the middle lane fast enough when passing their vehicles and a car they'd pulled over. The trooper asked Dan if he had a weapon in the car, and of course Dan said, "Yes, I'm a CCW holder and my pistol is locked in the glove compartment." The trooper...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/21/2013 9:28:15 AM | Feedback (15)
One thing I cannot stand is how fast many 2A supporters nod their head in agreement that no right is absolute and then pop off to agree that you can’t yell fire in a theater, as if that has anything to do with the price of cheddar in Sheboygan. Yes, it is true that no right is unlimited because at some point your rights will interfere with other people’s rights. Usually the example is yelling ‘Fire’ in a theater, and then saying well,yes, there are some styles of firearms that can be restricted...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/12/2013 8:58:40 AM | Feedback (12)
We seem to be eating them. I agree with Barron. By lumping all gun companies into “With us or against us” based on their sales to LEO’s, we’re doing the exact same ‘Zero Tolerance’ thing we bitch about schools doing. Not every company has that luxury. Not every company can even entertain the idea if they’re publicly held (when you’re not protected by the Progressives, laws are applied harshly). But the one that has been a thorn in my side are the attacks on Alan Gottlieb. For fuck’s sake folks,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/28/2013 9:08:51 AM | Feedback (17)
A bill to expand Stand Your Ground protections is being filed in Florida. Not restrict, not neuter, but to expand the protections offered for citizens doing the right thing. Now, I will say I think warning shots are dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb and I’m actually not fond of promoting them as a valid way to scare off intruders - warning shots should be placed center mass, period. However, it’s logical that if you fire in a direction not at your attacker, you are not using lethal force (just poor...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/28/2013 8:42:12 AM | Feedback (15)
Yesterday I made a small joke about not being able to eat an AR-15 after the SHTF. It was really said tongue in cheek because… well, this comment from McThag sums it up nicely Might not be able to eat an AR, but there's lots of people without one who bought lots of food. Read that. Let it simmer in your brain for a little bit if you need. What good is all your work if you cannot defend the fruits of your labor? Come TEOTWAWKI, the police will not be there to arrest the man murdering your...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/26/2013 9:41:03 AM | Feedback (13)
The good – Miguel over at Gun Free Zone got a response from Florida State Senator René Garcia regarding the push for gun control. Chalk that one up to another good guy in the fight. For the bad and the ugly, US Representative Kathy Castor Thank you for sharing your views on current legislation concerning firearm regulations within the country. I appreciate you taking the time out to share your views with me. The recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, the terrifying Aurora, Colorado movie...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/1/2013 8:37:39 AM | Feedback (8)
http://www.assaultweapon.info/ Well done, fairly quick and easy, and would make a good site to send your friends who think an AWB is a good idea. I especially like pointing out that murders committed with rifles that fell under the AWB went down after the ban expired and more of them were sold.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/13/2013 2:29:46 PM | Feedback (0)
Just an off the top of the head thought – you should attempt to discuss gun issues with people, not debate them. Debating makes it a win / lose thing. Discussion means you can bring up facts and figures without putting them on the defensive. I need to heed that advice myself. It’s always a debate with me. Hmm. Just a thought.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/31/2012 3:50:04 PM | Feedback (4)
But the gun banners aren’t. Look, I know Feinstein’s bill has as much chance at passing as the Democrats proposing a bill stating that the US recognizes Socialism as a failed policy, but remember – they’ll float the most outrageous bills in order to make other bills seem tame in comparison. I also see that the narrative isn’t cooperating and that more people are wondering about the mental health system than they are about gun bans, but that’s still not much consolation. At our Florida Carry...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/27/2012 12:08:41 PM | Feedback (3)
I’m feeling feisty. Why? Because I’ve been thinking of our situation and came to some conclusions that other people have said so much more eloquently. First, Sebastian’s point is dead-fucking-on This isn’t our last stand, it’s theirs (I think that was Sebastian, I recall reading it on his blog, but I can’t find it at the minute. Corrections will be made if I’m misattributing it). Second, Oleg The real reason for the gun control talk — in my opinion — is to take the pressure off the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/20/2012 8:51:32 AM | Feedback (11)
I won’t lie to you – at 3AM last night, my daughter woke me up because she was cold. I grabbed her an extra blanket, tucked her back in, and then tried to get back to sleep. I couldn’t. We are in for the fight of our lives in the near future. There is an emotional wave right now that our opponents are using to push for gun control laws (none of which have ever stopped a single shooting) and emotion is a powerful, powerful tool. If we, as law abiding gun owners, do not contact our...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/19/2012 10:51:19 AM | Feedback (12)
In Common Use. I was reading this post by Joe Huffman and in the article he talks about the phrase “in common use” and how it’s been applied to cases like Heller. The phrase bugs the shit out of me because it means absolutely nothing when it comes to protecting rights. Either the right to self defense against tyrants big and small exists or it doesn’t – why does it revolve around whether or not a lot of people use the same tool or not? Now, I am not a lawyer, and I realize lawyers make a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/25/2012 9:52:24 AM | Feedback (13)
On Saturday, upon leaving the GRPC, I had misplaced my parking validation which was going to be a $17 chunk out of my own pocket. Luckily, the parking lot attendant was able to call it in and get me validated. However, it took a good 10 minutes to do, and that was a good thing. You see, when I told him I was at the Gun Rights Policy Conference, he got all excited to talk about guns. He was a younger, Hispanic kid, and was saying he never really shot guns until he started playing video games and...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/5/2012 10:41:53 AM | Feedback (3)
At the GRPC, I learned that the total costs for being allowed to own and carry a gun is over $1500 in Puerto Rico. I also heard you are allowed 50 rounds total per year for practice and self defense, and there are only ‘allowed’ places you can carry vs. those off limits. The Brady’s would consider that effective. How’s Puerto Rico’s crime rate?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/4/2012 8:58:08 PM | Feedback (1)
Because you let them arrest Scummy McScumbag for the “crime of carrying a gun” and before you know it, carry a gun is a crime. For everyone. Even if you have a permit Now the courts are saying that anytime you carry a firearm you are committing a crime.  If you have a concealed carry license, that just gives you an “affirmative defense” to the charges. It’s a crime to carry a gun, which they can arrest you for, which you then can present your permit as a defense. Later. After all of it...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/18/2012 1:44:42 PM | Feedback (7)
One of the more depressing things in the life of being an activist for rights is that more often than not, rights are lost because people didn’t want to defend the bad guy. It’s easy to look the other way when Scummy McScumbag has his rights violated because… well because scumbag! Take this basic example. In summary, cop pulls over a car. Car stops, passenger gets out and walks into his own yard. Cop sees the butt of a pistol sticking out beyond passenger’s shirt, and arrests him for the crime...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/11/2012 10:20:55 AM | Feedback (12)
Folks, this is just our press release for today, but trust me, I have a LOT more to discuss on this topic. This case is going to be huge, and I mean in the same vein as Heller and McDonald. More to come later, but please read through this to get  your started Florida County Court Judge off target on the right to bear arms. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Aug 14th 2012 Ft. Pierce, FL - Today, St. Lucie County Judge Cliff Barnes denied all constitutional arguments to dismiss the case against Dale...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/15/2012 10:49:48 AM | Feedback (7)
Many of you might recall the Panama City School Board shooting in December of 2010 where a crazy man managed to get by the magical gun free force field and start shooting up the meeting. Thankfully, the only person shot was the gunman himself, but Steve Moss was there in that room that day, and what he says about the incident should be plastered on billboards across the country. "There's nothing more scary than knowing that the only one in the room with a gun is there to kill you." Think about...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/14/2012 10:48:59 AM | Feedback (9)
And even they can look at the numbers behind the arguments for gun control and find them lacking Additionally, when you do the math about chances of being a victim of firearm murder, the figure 312.8 million is what you need to divide into the 8,775 yielding a terrifying 0.000028% chance of being a victim of a firearm murder in 2010 (if you’re a gambler, though, move to Chicago and you can quickly reduce the odds). The 24 Hour news cycle has conditioned people to believe that which is said...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/10/2012 8:47:45 AM | Feedback (9)
http://www.gunlawsbystate.com Looks like a fairly comprehensive state-by-state look at firearm laws. I’m going through the Florida section as I don’t know other states’ laws that well. Heck, I have a hard enough time understanding OUR laws. Check it out and let me know what you think. I like any resource that helps the gun community out and as long as the information is accurate and easily accessible, it’s a good resource.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/3/2012 10:04:04 AM | Feedback (9)
I hate saying this out loud because it doesn’t help my cause, but I will – The biggest hurdle to regaining our 2A rights tends to be gun owners. Call it Fuddism or whatever you like, but working in this field it shocks me how many and how fast gun owners will turn on you. We’re not doing enough, we’re doing too much, we’re not doing it the way someone else does it. The bitching never stops especially from those who can’t even pony up $25 for a membership. Another thing is how even gun owners...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/25/2012 10:58:12 AM | Feedback (6)
If that doesn’t work, give up The Tampa City Council dropped plans today to appeal Florida Gov. Rick Scott's decision against banning concealed handguns in downtown Tampa during the Republican National Convention. … City Council members had considered a proposal by Councilwoman Lisa Montelione to appeal the decision. But Montelione withdrew her proposal, saying today that a special legislative session would cost too much and expanding the security perimeter would make it too difficult...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/8/2012 4:00:00 AM | Feedback (10)
I don’t actually believe that those who are against guns truly want to see young adults slaughtered, but the end result of their actions leads to that each and every time. Leslie Adams’s mother, Holly, said this about her daughter’s murder at the hands of a deranged lunatic Speaking for myself, I would give anything if someone on campus; a professor, one of the trained military or guardsman taking classes or another student could have saved my daughter by shooting Cho before he killed our...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/18/2012 8:40:13 AM | Feedback (5)
You know things are going well Despite its reputation as a gun-friendly state, Florida is losing ground to liberal enclaves like Vermont and Maine when it comes to carrying concealed weapons. Four states -- Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming -- allow their residents to "conceal carry" without a permit. Twelve more states are considering legislation to join that group. But Florida is not among them. … Such laissez-faire laws have alternately earned praise or elicited...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/9/2012 9:25:49 AM | Feedback (3)
In the past few days we’ve had enough civil rights victories to make Josh Sugarmann and Ladd Everitt consider hanging out together, drinking vodka and swapping phenobarbital pudding recipes. A ban on campus carry was struck down in Denver, Iowa is looking at pushing Constitutional Carry, and May Issue was just presented a nice wooden stake and a mallet in Maryland. The icing on the cake is this quote A citizen may not be required to offer a ‘good and substantial reason’ why he should be..
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/6/2012 9:12:14 AM | Feedback (9)
Because they, like Starbucks, follow state law and allow weapons into the fair. From this   Wanding patrons and no weapons signs To this   We’re winning. Just not as fast as the anti’s are losing.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/15/2012 10:45:22 AM | Feedback (6)
Looks like the idea is catching on! STATE lawmakers are poised to advance a bill that could financially punish cities that require the timely reporting of lost or stolen firearms. House Bill 1523’s sponsors say it’s an issue of governance: Municipalities cannot adopt ordinances that supersede state laws. If that passes, watch those ordinances start dropping like IQ’s at the Brady Campaign HQ.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/9/2012 8:33:25 AM | Feedback (4)
Florida Carry is thrilled to see that CS/HB 463, a bill that allows any soldier, regardless of age to be able to obtain a concealed weapons permit in Florida, has now passed two hurdles with unanimous votes. Concealed Weapons or Firearms; Provides that otherwise qualified members & veterans of U.S. Armed Forces be issued concealed weapon or firearm license regardless of age in certain circumstances; provides additional methods for taking of fingerprints from such license applicants;...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/26/2012 10:09:25 AM | Feedback (12)
When the fire is one of freedom, you want it to spread. NRA is alerting members on two bills proceeding in Pennsylvania. One is a bill to give some teeth to our preemption provision, HB1523, sponsored by Daryl Metcalfe. This bill does not go nearly as far as the Florida law, but at least puts the municipality on the hook for legal fees and damages. HB45 was an amazing piece of work. Illegal gun laws dropped off the books on their own accord and even Miami folded like a cheap lawn chair...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/24/2012 9:06:58 AM | Feedback (0)
But Larry Correia says is much better As for all of the people out there on the internet having a massive freak out about the government potentially damaging something they love… WELCOME TO THE PARTY. You think this is something new or unusual? Nope. This is just about a topic that you happen to be familiar with. If you fall into that camp, I want you to take a deep breath, step back, and examine all of the other issues in the past that you didn’t know jack squat about, but your knee...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/19/2012 11:24:01 AM | Feedback (2)
Weer’d Beard came up with a great idea for a counter protest to the Brady’s “Light a candle to prevent gun violence” and I thought it was a great idea. Here is my offering. What makes this particular picture special is that what you see is an actual firearm that was used to prevent violence. As a ‘gun violence survivor’, I am alive today because I had that particular Dan Wesson .357 in my car while driving up to reserve duty. Had I not had that pistol in my front seat, I would have surely...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/7/2012 8:59:29 PM | Feedback (4)
I hope everyone had a good Christmas and that Santa was generous with his goodies (I got coal… again). I was at the inlaws’ for Christmas dinner and had one of those run ins with reality that aren’t that pleasant, but… it’s reality so you have to face it. My wife’s family is very conservative. They own guns, have the shrine to Reagan in the house, support the Tea Party, etc. You would think that with those types of views, the following conversation couldn’t have happened. Brother-In-Law:...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/27/2011 8:32:51 AM | Feedback (23)
Sean explains why there are limited opportunities to fix our gun rights here in Florida. As a side note, when I challenge people to find actual cases of someone OC’ing that resulted in a loss of gun rights, I actually know of a few. That there story contains one.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/20/2011 8:40:12 AM | Feedback (3)
My blogging malaise has seen me miss a few items people have mailed to me. As I said, it’s not that I didn’t have material, I just didn’t have the mind to actually write stuff up. There are a few items that I need to just post and I’ve not really gone over them. First was an email from someone who fights for gun rights in Canada Hi, I know that you occasionally write about gun rights issues in other countries. I thought you might find this video interesting – it is my testimony before the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/23/2011 10:16:47 AM | Feedback (0)
With the work that we do as activists, we have a tendency to focus on getting our message out to those who do not see things the way we do. Part of why Florida Carry has monthly Open Carry Fishing Events is so that we can get out in front of people in a low key affair. Yes, this is the dreaded “Open Carry as activism” that so many gunnies deride, but it has a positive impact and shouldn’t be dismissed. We choose fishing piers because of two reasons. One, because we are fishing, Open Carry is...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/14/2011 12:47:53 PM | Feedback (5)
BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation today announced the creation of a formal Corporate Sponsorship program to be led by SAF Director of Development Ray Carter. Carter will be tasked with contacting corporate and institutional supporters to build strong alliances to further advance the cause of firearms rights, according to SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. The Second Amendment Foundation has done historic work for more than 30 years, restoring and...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/26/2011 9:27:17 AM | Feedback (0)
I meant to get to this story last week, but like many things in my life, it got pushed aside and partially forgotten. Although cleared of shooting charges in a 2007 dispute at a Key Largo trailer resort, a Hialeah man still faces a felony count of carrying the handgun he used to defend himself. Why, pray tell, is this man facing felony charges for a right enumerated in the Constitution? Because he didn’t have a permission slip to do so. Jorge Correa, 44, must return for a November...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/2/2011 9:25:45 AM | Feedback (6)
Dale Franks over at Q&O There should be some system whereby any private citizen who has performed federal military or law enforcement service can obtain a federal concealed weapons permit that is valid in every place in the United States, irrespective of any state or local laws to the contrary. Those eligible should have completed at least one term of service with an honorable discharge or its equivalent, have no criminal record, and no history of mental illness. Now, Dale is a great...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/26/2011 9:28:07 AM | Feedback (17)
While we didn’t get the Open Carry laws we wanted this time around, the strengthening of preemption was big. How big? This big Stuart commissioners agreed to erase the word firearms from all its ordinances, on first reading Monday, to avoid conflicting with a new state law sponsored by state Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, and pushed by the National Rifle Association. City officials had initially said they didn't believe any local changes were needed to meet the new law that sets fines for...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/17/2011 11:00:12 AM | Feedback (4)
So, yesterday during the bi-weekly dev meeting, someone brought up guns and how someone he used to work with got fired for bringing one to work. The discussion switched to why would anyone need a gun at work which then devolved into the general disdain for people who carry a gun. I said nothing. There’s a time and place for everything. I try to keep my personal life and work life separate. As much as I’d have loved to dropped into a discussion about rights and how I pose no danger to anyone,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/8/2011 9:00:07 AM | Feedback (12)
And sometimes, some jerk comes along to try to taketh it away A Senate Bill has been introduced. NRA is not calling for action yet, just noting it. What’s interesting to me is that one of the sponsors of SB176 is Republican Stu Greenleaf, who is the committee chair for the Senate Judiciary Committee. Greenleaf lost his NRA endorsement after helping to sabotage Castle Doctrine with anti-gun amendments in the last session. I’m guessing his leadership position on this anti-gun bill means we...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/14/2011 8:02:33 PM | Feedback (0)
Iowa has House Study Bill 17 which contains the following language “The right of an individual to acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, and use arms to defend life and liberty and for all other legitimate purposes is fundamental and inviolable. Licensure, registration, special taxation, or any other measure that suppresses or discourages the free exercise of this right is forbidden.” That’s undeniably the strongest language I’ve seen yet. According to the NRA-ILA, the vote was...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/4/2011 9:29:39 AM | Feedback (3)
It’s almost a cliché in the gunnie circles that “The Second protects the First”. I’m a firm believer in the saying because there’s a lot of truth to it. Dr. Suzanna Gratia Hupp once said How a politician stands on the Second Amendment tells you how he or she views you as an individual… as a trustworthy and productive citizen, or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded over, controlled, supervised, and taken care of. Unfortunately, I think this goes well beyond politicians....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/31/2011 12:08:54 PM | Feedback (1)
When will we stop hearing this same story over and over? Once again, here’s another breathless article talking about how increases in concealed weapons permits simply did not increase crime. I’m tired of all these “No blood in the streets” stories showing up. I was promised death and mayhem by the anti-gun forces. Shootouts over parking spots would be common place, people murdered for the last Oreo cookie would be a story you hear daily, things like that. Interestingly… it just never comes...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/5/2011 8:18:02 PM | Feedback (0)
Hartsfield airport to no longer hassle people carrying guns into non-sterile areas. Tampa Airport (TPA) considers everything off limits the instant you step out of your car. Lord knows it doesn’t make a lick of sense and there are certain, local gun bloggers who may have committed accidental felonies multiple times by carrying in there because he or she didn’t realize that TPA had such stupid rules. If we can be trusted to have weapons in pretty much any place in the state, it’s only common...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/10/2010 1:00:16 PM | Feedback (2)
Florida has preemption when it comes to gun laws. Cities or counties cannot regulate firearms stronger than state law. Unfortunately, like most governmental agencies, many a mayor or city councilweasel believe themselves to be above the law and have passed ‘laws’ that interfere with Floridian’s right to keep and bear arms. Currently, the laws themselves are nothing more than an annoyance. Due to preemption, you will be protected in the case of an arrest from one of these ‘illegal laws’....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/8/2010 8:48:01 AM | Feedback (3)
We’d be thrown in jail, but when you’re working for the government, there’s no penalty. Counties in Florida have repeatedly been knowingly violating the state’s preemption laws. Persons having to fight cases against the counties have had to pay for their ordeals out of their pockets without any chance of recompensation. That is something we are fighting to change Plaintiffs in the South Miami case were unable to recover any attorney’s fees or court costs.  Under the current state...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/14/2010 10:00:41 AM | Feedback (6)
Reader Rich sent me along this email Hi, My name is Rich Burgess. I am part of some of the 'gun rights movement' here in Connecticut. I think many people have given up on us considering our neighbors, but we have an active gun community here. I am currently working on issues with regards to Open Carry, and we have people working on our permitting process and other things that are currently being abused here. Recently a local paper has picked up on this and gave a pretty good and fair...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/5/2010 10:33:51 AM | Feedback (1)
Probably not much. The Democrats were in too big a rush to ram through every piece of legislative crap they could to focus on banning guns. The Republicans will be too busy pushing legislation to make gays in the military illegal or banning nipple slips at halftime shows to fight to improve on our rights. With the house and senate at odds, I'm hoping more for gridlock than anything else. I still think our rights will continue to move forward as more states start adopting loosened restrictions...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/3/2010 8:30:24 AM | Feedback (9)
I marked this story to comment upon but it got lost in the noise that is known as life. From Jay Reading the story, we find out that the choirboy that was killed was 32 years old. 32 and 45 and they double-team a 79 year old man after choking, pummeling and pepper-spraying him. What do you think that 79 year old's chances were without a handgun? What's the likelihood that he would have lived through the encounter without the gun? What are the odds that a near-octogenarian could fight off...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/5/2010 2:08:42 PM | Feedback (5)
One thing that really rubs me the wrong way is a belt sander for a bicycle seat. Another is the constant call to only play it safe when it comes to furthering our gun rights. It's as if some 2A supporters exist on a half-bent knee, ready to compromise before anyone could possibly do something they consider stupid and ruining it for the rest of us. Sometimes, they ain't quite as stupid as one would think. Now, I'm not saying everyone should start walking around with a pink tipped AK-47, but I...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/4/2010 10:30:39 AM | Feedback (2)
You can now consume beer and / or tote your heater in public parks in my county. Just like you can do at home, at a restaurant that serves alcohol, on your own business property, at the mall, etc. Since it's not been a problem (are you listening Tennessee?) there's no reason to restrict freedom for the illusion of safety. Now, if we could get away from the silly rule that I have to wear uncomfortably hot clothing in order to carry (i.e. no Open Carry), things would be much better. Oh, and the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/24/2010 11:09:20 AM | Feedback (12)
Tam (again) What I don't get is this: I have carried a pistol every waking moment for most of my adult and, despite sometimes being mad enough at people to spit nails, I have never, ever drawn that pistol and pointed it at somebody like it was some kind of tool of argument, let alone started busting caps. The screamingly obvious lack of impulse control on this sergeant is appalling; I sincerely question whether he should be allowed out walking around near decent folk. And again, we point...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/13/2010 9:21:26 AM | Feedback (1)
Breitbart Warning in effect. Westside killer denied handgun permit An application for a concealed handgun permit filed by one of the shooters in 1998's Westside Middle School Massacre in Jonesboro has been denied by the Arkansas State Police, citing the objections of the Sharp County sheriff and at least one answer on the application that appears to be false. For those not in the know, here's a rundown of the Westside Middle School Massacre The following morning, the boys drove in...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/28/2010 9:38:55 AM | Feedback (13)
Louisiana Catholic churches won’t allow guns Concealed handguns will continue to be banned in Catholic churches despite a new state law that allows them, officials said Monday. The decision was made by Louisiana’s Catholic bishops. “We don’t think it is appropriate to have guns in churches,” said Danny Loar, executive director of the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops. Unfortunately, the NRA headlines this as Louisiana: Catholic churches will not respect Right-to-Carry. I...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/20/2010 10:59:34 AM | Feedback (33)
I mean it. But there are some juicy morsels worth highlighting. Short of it, Wisconsin, one of the last holdouts of states that bar bearing of arms, recently had the District Attorney for Jackson County flatly state that his office will no longer … hell, just read this This Supreme Court ruling is binding on all states and local governments, and immediately renders some of Wisconsin’s current laws unconstitutional. Therefore, in keeping with my oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, I.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/6/2010 9:18:53 AM | Feedback (7)
Colorado State University votes to make guns on campus illegal, even if you're a CCW holder The Colorado State University Board of Governors voted unanimously Tuesday to place students at both of its campuses in harm’s way with a sweeping weapons ban law-abiding citizens will obey and criminals will ignore. Larimer County Sheriff James Alderden, outraged by the ban, told The Gazette’s opinion department he will undermine it in the interest of student safety. … “I have told the CSU..
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/24/2010 9:29:13 AM | Feedback (4)
And why my support for the Second Amendment is so strong. Jeff Soyer writes It’s rare that I even bring up “gay issues” here, mostly because — and this might surprise you — I’m not all that interested in them. I have a gun. If someone wants to take issue with my being gay, I can present my own argument. You can swap out "gay" with practically any other description and it works the same If someone wants to take issue with my being a woman If someone wants to take issue...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/10/2010 10:58:48 AM | Feedback (4)
I've had something rattling around in my noggin for a long time and it's something I can't seem to ever get out in words to explain what I'm thinking. Thankfully, Say Uncle has a post that allowed me to be sarcastic in the comments, and I realized that's EXACTLY the point I've been trying to make From his post OK law makes it illegal to fortify home if you have drugs: bill that makes it unlawful for “any person to willfully fortify an access point into any dwelling, structure, building...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/14/2010 10:55:14 AM | Feedback (7)
At one of the Gun Blogger get-togethers, I joked around about what gun controllers must do for entertainment – hit up the anti-gun range or go to an anti-gun show. We all had a good laugh over that, but it stuck in my head for a while, and I think I've finally got a handle on why that pithy statement meant something to me. Think about it – this past weekend, both Breda and I took a new shooter to the range. In both cases, it was pretty evident we've created new shooters. At the least, we've...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/22/2009 12:56:07 PM | Feedback (7)
While both are enshrined in the Bill of Rights, one right gets treated a little differently Before engaging in new free speech you must pass an instant background check by a government authorized free speech dealer.  Sorry, if your name is like someone else prohibited from speech and religion, it is up to you to prove you’re not that person. (NICS instant background check and Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993) Any speech or work with more than 10 sentences per page...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/9/2009 7:59:11 AM | Feedback (4)
When your own side is firmly against you? My earlier post had nothing to do with Sebastian directly. He just happened to, like clockwork, chime in about open carrying in his usual manner. You see, to Sebastian, everything is political and a PR stunt. There is a time and place to open carry, to exercise your rights, but so far, Sebastian has yet to find a single instance where he thinks it is OK to do so. And trust me, he believes his view on the matter is the final word. For example I am...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/12/2009 2:52:21 PM | Feedback (42)
Marko speaks complete and utter sense. Too bad you can't argue with the illogical using logic.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/25/2009 12:59:46 PM | Feedback (2)
No blood on the swirly slide, surprisingly.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/20/2009 12:20:36 PM | Feedback (4)
Much has been said about a certain person carrying an AR-15 type rifle openly near where Obama was going to be speaking. Surprisingly, many of those I consider like minded speak derisively of this man and his actions. What is about to follow is my view on this, but I have to give a disclaimer. I'm tired as hell, I'm already grumpy from other stuff from my day, and writing longish posts is hard for me. I'll be all over the place using bad language, worse grammar, and more than likely looking...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/19/2009 7:20:11 AM | Feedback (59)
Not only do we have Kevin Baker, we have Joe Huffman. On bringing a new shooter to the range At about 10 feet nearly all of her shots were within the black. After about 20 rounds she told me, "Maybe I should buy a gun." I said we could talk about it after we got outside. I did a little bit of shooting with the Buck Mark and my Gun Blog 45 then we left. In the parking lot I asked her about why she wanted a gun. The answer was the economy is probably going to get worse and...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/17/2009 8:36:02 AM | Feedback (2)
Idiot in XXXL In an earlier article about the 2nd amendment I proved beyond a shadow of any doubt that the 2nd amendment has nothing to do with an individual right to own a gun. And the facts are irrefutable. Irrefutable!!! Well, minus the part where it's been unanimously determined by the Supreme Court. And countless other documents, articles, studies, etc. Oh, and reality.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/13/2009 10:39:33 AM | Feedback (24)
Two-thirds of State Attorneys General File Amicus Brief Supporting Second Amendment Incorporation Fairfax, Va. – Two-thirds of the nation’s attorneys general have filed an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to grant certiorari in the case of NRA v. Chicago and hold that the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments through the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. This bi-partisan group of 33 attorneys general, along with the Attorney General of California in...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/7/2009 11:03:04 AM | Feedback (8)
I once saw a bumper sticker that derided religion by saying "The Bible was written by people who thought the Earth was flat". Now, I'm not here to defend the accuracy of the Bible nor the religion itself, but to bring up a point about believing in a flat planet. Algebra was invented by people who thought the world was flat, as was most of the basis for science as we know it today. And why shouldn't they have believed that? There was no proof at the time that the Earth was a sphere....
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/1/2009 10:00:23 AM | Feedback (14)
This is the type of story the anti-gunners flock to. An argument outside of a restaurant over a parking space turns deadly. It involves both booze and guns. This is definitely an example of a time where the lack of a firearm would have probably resulted in nothing more than a case of fisticuffs and some bruises. However, as Clayton points out, this is a rare event. As Second Amendment supporters, we have to face up to the fact that there are people out there who should not own firearms and...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/10/2009 10:51:04 AM | Feedback (8)
Did you know that tomatoes were once considered poisonous? Up until the end of the eighteenth century, physicians warned against eating tomatoes, fearing they caused not only appendicitis but also stomach cancer from tomato skins adhering to the lining of the stomach. To prove they weren't, a Colonel ate an entire basket of tomatoes in front of a crowd of people As the story is told, it was Colonel Johnson who on September 26, 1820 once and for all proved tomatoes non-poisonous and...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/9/2009 9:56:41 AM | Feedback (15)
Uncle points us to a poll asking if you feel safer in a restaurant that allows guns or not. Seems like the bill has passed as it is, which is good, but the comments and general PSH from the Commercial Appeal is a sight to behold. First, 80% of the states allow for carrying a weapon into a place that serves alcohol. 80% of states do not have shootouts every 13 minutes from drunks pissed that they're out of Beer Nuts. The shootouts they claim will happen haven't happened anywhere else, period....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/14/2009 11:18:23 AM | Feedback (6)
Two words – Kevin Baker. How he manages to actually write his "patented Überposts™©®" I will never understand. After the 10th paragraph, I get distracted by pocket lint. Read the whole thing (bring a cot and some refreshments. It'll take a while). Notice how Kevin lays down the facts. No snark, no ad hominem attacks, no appeals to emotion. Tons of links. Tons of citations. Everything you need to make your own conclusion, which Kevin requests that you do. I am not a gun rights...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/13/2009 6:49:48 PM | Feedback (5)
But it's cheaper in other places apparently
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/9/2009 10:05:50 AM | Feedback (0)
Guy decides to open carry at church. Freedom ensues. Sometimes, it doesn't scare the white people.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/5/2009 12:59:56 PM | Feedback (0)
When Pat Guan wrote an article about concealed carry in 2003, he got an earful from a passionate Second Amendment supporter. Fast forward 6 years later, and Pat has come to a conclusion we all here know Well, Missouri went ahead with it and as far as I can tell not one of us from Illinois has been shot, justifiably or not, by one of those pistol-packers. Hardly any Missourians have been shot by them either, reconfirming the experience elsewhere that concealed carry seems to be neither a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/5/2009 8:45:06 AM | Feedback (2)
I know I'm a hypocrite since I have a CCW and you shouldn't have to license a right, but that’s a battle for another day. Things being what they are, and for the point of this discussion, here in Florida you must apply for a Carries Concealed Weapon permit in order to have a concealed weapon on your person. Criminals are exempt from this licensing scheme, which is odd since that's supposed to be the point of licensing or something, but I digress. Via Uncle, it appears Florida can't keep up...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/20/2009 10:22:42 AM | Feedback (9)
The rest of the country can go f**k themselves. And to think President Floppy Ears is going to pick quite possibly several SCOTUS members. I'm so happy to be living in interesting times...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/10/2009 7:13:04 PM | Feedback (0)
At least you can make it expensive San Francisco Pays NRA $380,000 for Successful Proposition H Lawsuits Fairfax, Va. – The City of San Francisco has paid $380,000 to the National Rifle Association (NRA) as reimbursement for legal fees incurred while striking down Proposition H, passed by San Francisco voters in November 2005. ... Combined with more than $200,000 in fees paid to City lawyers defending the ordinance and an equal value of lawyers time donated to the City for the unsuccessful...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/6/2009 12:17:42 PM | Feedback (5)
David Codrea has been diligently writing about Gun Rights for the Examiner and there seems to be quite a surge in firearms related writers for them, indicating a strong desire to read about it. This bodes well for us. I've been remiss at highlighting this, and for that I apologize. He is a tireless advocate for our right to keep and bear arms and is a strong voice for us all. Even those who disagree with him benefit from his efforts. If you're not aware of David's writing, please give them a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/27/2009 10:02:00 AM | Feedback (2)
Georgia's Lieutenant Governor is a little unclear of a concept Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle on Monday shot down plans one lawmaker has to expand the places gun owners in Georgia may legally carry concealed weapons. Cagle, speaking with reporters at his Capitol office, said he had “no appetite” to revisit the concealed carry law. Sen. Mitch Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg) has been considering a bill that would expand the places where guns would be allowed. The current law bans weapons at places the public...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/5/2009 8:38:26 PM | Feedback (5)
Bill Quick attempts to buy a rifle. In California. The sending FFL has to go to a special web sight and jump through three pages of hoops. I, of course, pay an additional $100 to support the California FFL transfer system. And at the moment, I don’t know whether the seller will even want to go through this insane rigamarole. I took another look at GunsAmerica, and saw that several sellers will no longer sell to California residents. No doubt the authors of this latest bullshit think that is a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/9/2008 7:52:42 AM | Feedback (2)
Greg points out some interesting statistics for CCW here in Florida Additional stats from 10/1/1987 (when shall issue licensing was passed) to 10/31/2008 (the last full month of data available): 1,408,907 licenses have been issued. 533,181 of those are current and active. 166 have been revoked due to a gun-related crime. ... In further conversations, he discovered that 3,716 permits were revoked due to crime. So let's use the bigger number for grits and shins. "AHA!" say the anti-gun people....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/3/2008 1:39:41 PM | Feedback (5)
If you look back on this blog just two years ago, you'll notice I rarely posted about guns. Heck, a few years before that and it was all politics (ah... the salad days of 2000+ daily hits), then I simply was aimless for a while. However, I began to realize that it was in my best interest to be able to defend myself if need be. Now I am 6'3", two hundred and something pounds, walk with a purpose and make eye contact with people, so I don't project "EASY TARGET", but that doesn't preclude me from...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/3/2008 10:36:57 AM | Feedback (10)
From Armed Canadian over in a rather spirited discussion at Sebastian's about the term "Fudd" the only difference between a hunting rifle and a sniper rifle is the target. A good point to hammer home in the heads of Fudds hunters who don’t mind banning weapons they don’t use.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/18/2008 3:14:26 PM | Feedback (7)
So, seem's like Cooper Firearms is spinning in an attempt to protect their company from the revelation that their owner, Daniel Cooper is a rabid Obama supporter. Recently, their web site spouted several paragraphs about how much they love the 2nd Amendment and that the original contribution was to knock Hillary out of the race and that to make up for it, double that amount has been donated to the Republicans and McCain Regarding the USA Today Article. Cooper Firearms of Montana, Inc. did not...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/29/2008 11:28:28 AM | Feedback (8)
Imagine being an elderly woman. Imagine your husband lost both legs to diabetes and that you do not possess the strength needed to defend yourself against younger, stronger opponents and you decide to purchase a tool that will give you leverage you need to defend yourself and the one you love. You decide on a pistol. Now the phrase Shall Not Be Infringed is pretty straightforward. It doesn't say Shall Not Be Infringed After a 3 to 10 Day Waiting Period, Shall Not Be Infringed for the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/28/2008 7:05:03 PM | Feedback (9)
The topic of guns came up in this guy's class. He's almost there, but needs a little push. Let's show him what real Reasoned Discourse is, ok?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/27/2008 9:37:03 AM | Feedback (4)
So, I'm reading the comments over at Q&O where Dale got himself some new rifles when Joe pipes up Well Hooray for Dale, he bought his wife a death machine...that says so much about you nut-jobs...I’m hoping the next POTUS will change things and bring the US more into line with the reasonable restraint on small arms tha the UN proposes. Written By: Joe Where as I proceeded to get all Gun-Righty and lay down the factoids and huffed and puffed until that house fell in. 'Cept Joe was being...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/27/2008 7:46:37 AM | Feedback (6)
A simple question was asked of the incumbent and the challenger Urban gun violence remains a significant issue in many U.S. cities. What steps should be taken to quell this issue?” Here's how they answered Politician A “Urban gun violence is obviously a deeply troubling issue throughout much of this nation. Like most citizens, I am deeply concerned about this matter and recognize the need for a comprehensive response to the challenge. I firmly believe, however, that legal gun ownership is not...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/23/2008 11:06:56 AM | Feedback (4)
Roberta X asks How about you? Why do you shoot? Why do you carry, if you carry at all? I shoot because I find the action of shooting to be relaxing. There's a Zen-like state one can achieve when target practicing. All the variables come into play - trigger control, breathing, stance, grip - and you can find that thinking of any of them will throw you off. You have to almost go on automatic pilot to get them all to play well together. When one of the variables is off, you concentrate on that...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/16/2008 8:29:27 AM | Feedback (6)
Senate blocks rollback of DC gun regulations Seems like the standard line is "DC should be able to make its own laws", which would be fine and dandy if said laws weren't unconstitutional. But theirs are and a Supreme Court ruling nailed that one home. So, it's up to Congress to reel them in. Wouldn't want to decrease the amount of power the government has, now would we/
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/25/2008 1:58:05 PM | Feedback (2)
Why is it when there's a shooting of innocents, the calls for more gun control reach a feverish pitch but when there's a story about a woman defending her life and those of her family with a firearm, there's not a similar amount of noise given to reducing the restrictions on firearms? Even though there are more of the latter than the former?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/23/2008 9:13:28 PM | Feedback (2)
We all know Barack You ever seen a grown man naked? Obama doesn't like the little people to be armed. Sure, he'll mouth platitudes to hunters that he's not going to take away their guns, but that's mostly based on the fact he knows he doesn't have the votes in congress. I've read in several places where people think us gun-nuts are overreacting, that an Obama administration won't be knocking on doors to confiscate our rifles. Which, shockingly, is probably true while completely missing the real...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/9/2008 11:38:43 AM | Feedback (2)
Clayton Cramer on one of the most useful links on the Internet for us gunnies, The Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog Increasingly I find myself wondering if continuing this effort really makes any sense. We've made some efforts to engage NRA with this--with no success. There must be some wealthy gun owners or people in the gun business who can see the advantage of what we are doing, and would be willing to provide some limited funding to justify the effort. But if not, the temptation is very...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/1/2008 7:38:00 PM | Feedback (4)
John Noble was handing out gun rights flyers near a Barack Jesus 2.0 Obama rally. He was also, quite legally open carrying his Glock pistol. Guess who got arrested for it? Is he remorseful for what he did? Asked if it was wise to carry a gun near the Obama event, Noble said: "His rights don't trump mine." Amen brother, amen. What bothers me is that this happened near the rally. Then the police had the hope and audacity to arrest him because he "created a clear public alarm and caused a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/31/2008 9:41:48 AM | Feedback (5)
Britain Needs Guns Do We Really Need More Guns In British Society ? Yes, because gun control causes more problems than it solves.    You would think that if gun control was going to work anywhere, it would work on a little island surrounded by water. Yet Britain has seen a massive rise in shootings, and it's not getting any better. How can it make sense to use laws to protect us from people that don't obey laws ? Gun control only serves to give people a false sense of security. It doesn't...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/19/2008 10:19:12 AM | Feedback (4)
This makes total sense When classes start Aug. 25 at the tiny Harrold school district, there will be one distinct difference from years prior — some of the teachers may have guns I would have no problem sending my own children to a school that allowed teachers to carry firearms or other weapons. Why would I? I carry weaponry myself. This is a refreshing piece of news!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/14/2008 7:50:48 PM | Feedback (3)
Another domino tumbles Following on the heels of a Supreme Court decision that held that a blanket ban on handguns violated 2nd Amendment rights, Evanston's City Council voted 7-1 Monday night to amend the North Shore suburb's weapons ordinance to conform to the landmark court ruling. Council members believe the move will allow the city to avoid a potential court challenge. "I find the Supreme Court decision repugnant," said Ald. Steve Bernstein (4th). "But because of it, it's the law. In the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/12/2008 7:37:57 AM | Feedback (6)
One of the Interweb greats - KB - has written out another long read, but damned well worth it. I wanted to respond on my own blog because, well, comments aren't always read especially after such a lengthy post. The article revolves around the infamous Mike Vanderboegh letter to the editor. I've not written much on it because I'm in an odd spot. I understand, sympathize, and even partially agree with Mike, but I disagree that his letter was effective, and Kevin's post really nails home why....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/7/2008 9:16:27 PM | Feedback (0)
Glenn brings up a great point But nonetheless, all nine Justices specifically said the right is individual, and thus rejected the "collective right" position on the Second Amendment, a position that's been the mainstay of gun-control groups, newspaper editorialists, and lower federal courts for decades, and one that was presented by those adherents as so obviously correct that those arguing for an individual right were called "frauds" and shills for the NRA.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/30/2008 1:34:16 PM | Feedback (0)
Or, I didn't like the outcome so I'll use ad hominem attacks instead My favorite part is this, which should have been at the very beginning of the article so I wouldn't have bothered with the rest Constitutional doctrine is properly ever-evolving, but that evolution ought not to be shaped by manufactured provenance masquerading as scholarship. Ah, yes. The living constitution. Which is like a living contract between your mortgage company and you. I know we agreed on 6.5%, but the contract is...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/29/2008 11:25:34 PM | Feedback (0)
Remember, Heller was a call to battle, not a victory song. This kind of thinking illustrates what we're going to be up against. Because the case before the court arose from the District of Columbia and thus involved only federal law, the court did not resolve the important question of whether the Second Amendment's protections apply to limit state and local laws. Benna Ruth Solomon, a lawyer for the city of Chicago, said there is, for now at least, no doubt about the proper answer to that...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/27/2008 2:58:08 PM | Feedback (0)
Just a reminder - The Heller (Peace Be Upon Him) decision is not the call of victory, but a call to battle. The anti-forces will be doubling down now to find loopholes in phrases such as "dangerous or unusual" or "self defense in the home". They can not easily win in a full frontal attack, but be prepared for the whole 1,000 paper-cuts thing. Now is not the time to relax. Enjoy your day, hit the range, buy some ammo or a new gun, but get ready for the upcoming battles. The will be small, but...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/26/2008 3:24:08 PM | Feedback (0)
Or, it's getting old waiting on this. I'm betting it won't be today, because if it were today then my nerves could take a break and I never get the good breaks.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/25/2008 2:07:53 PM | Feedback (0)
What if what they want is your child? The mother, who did not wish to be identified, said the man approached her 16-year-old daughter on Alhambra Circle near their home. “She was walking her dog in the median right out in front of our house here, and a man approached her in a truck and tried to get her to come to the truck,” the woman said. The teenager ran to nearby Coral Gables Elementary School, calling her mother and 911. The mother confronted the man and showed him her 9-mm gun. “It’s...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/11/2008 10:12:33 AM | Feedback (4)
From various conversations and posts I've had / made over the past few days regarding gun control and background checks, I'd like to offer this observation. Point Of Sale is the wrong time to prevent criminals from obtaining the tools they ply their trade with. If you wait until they try to purchase something before you figure out "Hey! They shouldn't have this! They might hurt someone with it", then you've waited too long to be effective. It's like trying to put your seatbelt on while slamming...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/29/2008 12:56:57 PM | Feedback (1)
Ego Assassin asks I think there is absolutely NO argument when it comes to fighting for “more guns” for citizens. There are PLENTY out there. Go ask the local gang bangers or the thugs that go around knocking over liquor stores. Go ask the idiots who shoot out their own schools with multiple weapons. Is this still not enough? Can a gun-lover please explain to me where the shortage is? What is the problem here? Why do you need so many guns in so many flavors? Hunting? Shooting range? Is it that...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/25/2008 10:14:31 AM | Feedback (7)
Shut 'em down. They're dishonest and the entire organization needs to be disbanded. I'd have no problems if they themselves followed the law, but the agency acts as if it is totally unaccountable to the people of the United States. With behavior like this, it’s no wonder that more and more, FFLs and gun owners are assuming that the ATF isn’t interested in enforcing the law, but rather in shutting down licensees across the country.  That’s essentially what’s at stake here for Adventure Outdoors...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/12/2008 5:44:14 PM | Feedback (2)
"Hey! Look at these stats that prove my point! Oh, wait... Sorry, I was wrong." You won't get honesty out of the anti side. They rely on bad data, distortions, and outright lies to get their points across. I think most gunnies are like myself - we're pro-gun because it's right, not because it's a cause. And striving to find the truth is more important than being right.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/12/2008 7:41:37 AM | Feedback (2)
Brain Blogger I’m curious to hear what people think. Would you not see a doctor if you knew he had a gun in his office? Do you feel that physicians are similar to the Red Cross and that they should be neutral and conflict avoiding? Someone needs guidance and you guys and gals are the perfect ones to help.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/9/2008 3:25:09 PM | Feedback (3)
Enlightenment I could not have anticipated the overwhelming response from gun owners across the country. Every day for more than a week e-mail messages poured in and two gun owners called from out of state to thank me for being an "open-minded journalist." ... Gun owners, men and women alike, have been very therapeutic for me. They are an incredibly encouraging and generous lot, letting a newcomer borrow their pistols, try a variety of guns and use up their ammunition. With the price of metal...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/5/2008 8:32:13 AM | Feedback (4)
Kim DuToit, wordsmith Remember, this is not “taking the law into your own hands”—the law has never left our possession, we just delegate its enforcement to others temporarily; and if those people are incompetent, we just take it back. This is a point that is so lost on people that sometimes I fear we may not be able to repair this country. The law is what we, the people, make it. Being a vigilante means you go and seek out the bad guys, not that you protect your self or your community....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/23/2008 9:47:08 AM | Feedback (1)
I failed to put The Sentinel in my blogroll. Oh, sure, it's been in my RSS reader, but that only helps me. It's the blog for the Virginia Citizens Defense League who, in my mind, is one of the most impressive pro-gun organizations out there who consistently hit waaaay above their weight level. I truly wish we had something like that here in in Florida. Sorry for the delay, guys.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/22/2008 9:38:50 PM | Feedback (1)
Let me state unequivocally that the "Commuter Protection" or "Trunk Doctrine" law they just passed here in Florida is stupid, wrong, and a waste of everything from money to political capital. I'm disappointed in the NRA for pushing such a boneheaded law. This law is supposedly a boon for our rights as it "allows employees to keep a weapon secured in their vehicle". I call bunk. I dislike this law because it is too narrow to be of any use. It only protects a specific class of citizen from...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/10/2008 4:37:11 PM | Feedback (12)
A great questionnaire by Greg. I think this points out a giant flaw in every "poll" that states Americans believe there should be tougher gun laws. Most Americans probably have no idea what laws exist already. Show them this quiz.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/3/2008 7:59:13 AM | Feedback (2)
Sile, over at The Gun Blogs, opines It really PAINS me to find myself leaning towards agreement with the state of New York in anything, much less when it comes to banning of firearms. New York is considering a ban on "brightly painted guns", you know, the bright reds, blues, and worst in my opinion, orange. I'm not a guy who believes that the looks of a firearm should be a factor in determination use, but at the same time, I work in the law enforcement area and know that a orange gun (if they...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/28/2008 2:03:02 PM | Feedback (8)
But I have to disagree with the NRA's push here in Florida for SB-1103 / HB-503. Here's the bill in a nutshell. It would prohibit employers from searching your car for a firearm. I believe that the contents of my vehicle or private and should not be required to allow anyone to search it sans warrant. I agree that my employer can terminate our relationship at any time for pretty much any reason except those that violate my civil rights. They can't fire me for my race, gender, or sexual...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/26/2008 1:57:43 PM | Feedback (1)
Apparently, a lot of people are giving him shit for the machine gun part of his arguments. He responds quite gracefully From Subguns The solution to 922(o) will have to be political in the end. The fact is, outside the gun community, the concept of privately owned machine guns is intolerable to American society and 100% of all federal judges. If I had suggested in any way — including, by being evasive and indirect and fudging the answer — that machine guns are the next case and this is the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/20/2008 1:28:45 PM | Feedback (5)
But remember, human rights are inherent. Governments may make the free exercise of them awkward but they can only impede; even when penalized or barred, your rights exist. Such a great point. Hobsonian as the choice may be, you still can exercise your rights at any time.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/20/2008 8:20:20 AM | Feedback (2)
Today, oral arguments for Heller will be heard. Logic and history are at our side and I feel confident that we will prevail, but the battle will not be easy. May the good Lord bless Mr. Gura and Mr. Levy and should they prevail, a national holiday should be held in their honor.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/18/2008 9:47:35 AM | Feedback (6)
http://waronguns.blogspot.com/2008/03/breaking-news-len-savage-on-lou-dobbs.html I just got off the phone with Len Savage.Lou Dobbs Tonight is featuring him in two segments. Per show producer Chris Murphey: We will possibly split this story into a two part event…either way we’ll be running something tonight in the show…airs 7P-8p EST on CNN…unsure of the hit time for this piece, but expect it in the first half-hour.So it may be one segment tonight and another segment tomorrow. Anyway, plan on...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/13/2008 4:49:11 PM | Feedback (2)
But the more PSH I read like this, calling it a "SUBMACHINE GUN!!!!!"* makes me want to get one (when they come out) just to annoy the hoplo-incontinent among us. *According to Justin, it is a submachine gun. However, since it causes rectal leakage in the gun-fearers, well my point still stands.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/11/2008 10:00:45 PM | Feedback (5)
Free and Flawed - Alternative Gun Control I've seen what we can do as a group. These are the minds we should be aiming for. Poisoned with the lies of the media and anti-gun lobby, but young and not permanently scarred. Lots of misconceptions there that we can try to correct.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/7/2008 8:51:04 AM | Feedback (9)
He's done some wonderful work. Please give him some of your time and attention.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/7/2008 7:42:03 AM | Feedback (0)
The Armed Canadian has a fantastic article regarding the oft repeated "we only want to ban assault rifle" shtick. Go give it a read.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/4/2008 3:33:33 PM | Feedback (0)
David Young, author of The Origin of the Second Amendment, sent me an email about his article regarding the D.C. gun ban. Please give it a read and help spread the message.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/24/2008 4:07:44 PM | Feedback (0)
Just LOOK at this quote from an amicus brief filed by the Montana Secretary of State, Brad Johnson, and a some Montana lawmakers A collective rights decision by the court would violate the contract by which Montana entered into statehood, called the Compact With the United States and archived at Article I of the Montana Constitution. When Montana and the United States entered into this bilateral contract in 1889, the U.S. approved the right to bear arms in the Montana Constitution,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/20/2008 7:51:37 PM | Feedback (11)
I've been having a conversation with Brandon Bryn of Prevention Works regarding a post he wrote about the Gun Show Loophole. I, of course, disagree with the term "loophole" and have been arguing my point and Brandon has been respectful in his replies. This is what true reasoned discourse is like. To that end, I'd like to draw the conversation over here so that (a) I have more room than a comment box and (b) hopefully get a little more exposure. As always, I expect nothing but the best behavior...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/30/2008 11:46:20 AM | Feedback (6)
Greg has put up an excellent analysis of the stupid local waiting periods. There are some very interesting things he found, especially about the part that, if you can show a prior purchase of a gun, that a waiting period isn't required. Sounds familiar, somehow.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/11/2008 2:33:37 PM | Feedback (0)
Michigan sees fewer gun deaths — with more permits Six years after new rules made it much easier to get a license to carry concealed weapons, the number of Michiganders legally packing heat has increased more than six-fold. But dire predictions about increased violence and bloodshed have largely gone unfulfilled, according to law enforcement officials and, to the extent they can be measured, crime statistics. The incidence of violent crime in Michigan in the six years since the law went...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/6/2008 10:32:39 AM | Feedback (4)
Waiting periods for firearms purchases will be waived if the person purchasing the firearm has, on their possession, a firearm (unloaded, of course). Because waiting periods are to "cool off". If you already own a gun (and simply having it on you means you have plenty of access to it) then there is no reason to make you wait for another. Any takers on why this would be a bad / non workable idea?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/3/2008 2:03:41 PM | Feedback (19)
Well, it seems that way.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/2/2008 2:10:46 PM | Feedback (2)
In response to another "The Founding Fathers couldn't have foreseen advances in firearm technology" letter In counter, I'd like to suggest a five-day waiting period on publication, while the government background checks facts for accuracy, after which time Hammerle can spout off in a paper he prints with lead type and distributed on horseback, just as our Founders intended. Emphasis mine.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/23/2007 10:18:50 AM | Feedback (1)
Civil Liberties Insurance Device I like it. Thanks Scott!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/18/2007 8:20:51 AM | Feedback (3)
It is considered "reasonable" to restrict 2A rights when the "greater good" is served. Law abiding citizens are told that it is in their best interest if they are closely monitored when purchasing firearms, licensed to do so, registration, fees, etc. since these "reasonable infringements" will somehow lower the number of guns in the hands of those who would use them with ill intent. The justification for this is that we have a crime problem. Some of that crime is committed with a firearm. And...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/13/2007 9:35:15 AM | Feedback (6)
Seriously. What law is so powerful that even the deranged are cowed by its authority? He found Jason Wenger, 27, a graduate student at the University of Alaska Anchorage. According to the documents, Rogers told police he shot Wenger a few hours later during a carjacking at Wenger's West Anchorage home. When he wasn't able to get Wenger's body out of his Bronco quickly enough, Rogers fled on foot to a wooded spot, where he took a nap, he told police. At that point, he told police he was no...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/12/2007 2:11:54 PM | Feedback (0)
A lot of people are talking about the recent shootings. Some of it are conversations I've overheard, the others are through my news alerts. The big thing I see and hear is the concept that Gun Free Zones are useless. Anywhere. Everyone seems to be on the ball that an armed good guy is not the problem and is the only one who will obey the rules anyway. I have a feeling we're about to see a significant shift in gun rights. Just a hunch. A lot of these places I've read in my alerts have nothing to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/11/2007 4:07:32 PM | Feedback (8)
Jeanne Assam is a hero. There is nothing I can laud upon this woman that makes what she did any greater of a feat. But I don't want to focus on her right now, I want to focus on this (from the Smallest Minority) If what I heard on the radio this afternoon is correct, there were three armed security people at the church in Colorado Springs. Only one willingly engaged the shooter, calmly walking towards him, firing the entire time. Jeanne Assam fired approximately twelve rounds, and took down...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/11/2007 11:35:45 AM | Feedback (4)
Here's a proposal. It's something I've said before, but I'm wanting to repeat it here. The general populace should be allowed to own the same firearms as their local police. If the police are allowed to have fully automatic handguns, so should John and Jane Citizen. The S.W.A.T. team is armed with concussion grenades and 50 Cal. sniper rifles? I should be able to purchase them without any restrictions. If you cannot trust J&J Citizen then you need to disarm the police as well. Nothing says...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/4/2007 11:33:32 AM | Feedback (5)

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