A good guy with a gun………..

You know the rest, and, of course the Cult of Gun Control mocks this saying, but the truth is armed citizens stop many crimes every year. Here is the latest example from Arlington, Texas

Police in Arlington, TX are praising the swift action of a concealed carry permit holder who stepped up to eliminate a threat in a local restaurant Wednesday night.

Authorities say the gunman walked into Zona Caliente, in the 6500 block of South Cooper Street, about 6:15 p.m. and fatally shot 37-year-old Cesar Perez of Duncanville, the bar’s manager, Arlington police spokesman Christopher Cook said.

Authorities later found two loaded guns and two knives on Jones, Cook said.

“We do believe he had the capacity to do much greater harm,” Cook said.

Witnesses told police the gunman entered the establishment and immediately began yelling incoherently at patrons.

Those same witnesses saw Perez trying to have a conversation with the man to calm him down before he was shot and killed.

That’s when a patron with a concealed carry permit told his wife to get down as he drew his weapon and eliminated the gunman, preventing further loss of life.

“After he was struck once, the suspect started shooting at the front door,” Cook told the Arlington Voice. “We know people were trying to escape, but we’re not sure if he was just trying to harm others.”

Cook said the customer, who was dining with his wife, “prevented further loss of life.”

The customer, who has not been identified, was carrying a handgun under the Texas concealed handgun license program, Cook later confirmed.

“We’re treating the good guy as sort of a hero,” Cook said.

If that armed citizen had not been there, it is likely more would have perished or been wounded. Of course a mass shooting would have national news. A law-abiding citizen stopping a possible mass shooting? Not so much because, the narrative

How about some thug control instead?

If you ever take time to note, please tell me the last time the left ever blamed violent crime on criminals? I would wager you would have to think long and hard before you could cite anyone on the left blaming anything but guns, and racism, and poverty of course. Especially guns Animal Magnetism explains that we ought to focus on the cause of violent crime, yes, I am going to use the T word, thugs!

Amazingly, (or perhaps not) murders in the United States are highly concentrated in a few locations; mostly urban.  Excerpt:

The United States can really be divided up into three types of places. Places where there are no murders, places where there are a few murders, and places where murders are very common.

In 2014, the most recent year that a county level breakdown is available, 54% of counties (with 11% of the population) have no murders.  69% of counties have no more than one murder, and about 20% of the population. These counties account for only 4% of all murders in the country.

The worst 1% of counties have 19% of the population and 37% of the murders. The worst 5% of counties contain 47% of the population and account for 68% of murders. As shown in figure 2, over half of murders occurred in only 2% of counties.

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Did you spot anything significant about where the violence is taking place?

It doesn’t take a genius to note that many of the most murder-intensive counties are also those with strict gun control laws; look, for example, in southern California and the environs around Chicago.

Look also at the predominantly rural counties, where gun ownership is high but the murder rate is low.

My grandfather used to say “the kids that grow up along the river are never the ones that drown.”  Born in 1898, Grandpa was a man of a different era, but his wisdom here still applies.  When you are talking firearms, folks who live with and use them legitimately in their lives are not the ones committing crimes with firearms.  Criminals are, and they will continue to do so no matter what laws are passed

Yet, the left persists in blaming guns, the NRA, and, by extension lawful gun owners.Talk about things that make you go hmmmmm! The Cult of Gun Control blames high murder rates in Chicago on Indiana, which has, according to the , “lax” gun laws. Likewise for murders in DC, which they blame on Virginia and its “lax” gun laws. Hmmm, here is a question you might ask of anyone spreading the propaganda. If the guns are the cause, then why are murder rates in Virginia and Indiana as high as D.C or Chicago? You might also inquire if they might explain why, if their claim that guns are the cause of crime is true, why then is the U.S. #1 in per-capita gun ownership, but #103 in violent crime? You could also ask why violent crimes, homicide rates, and accidental shootings are, and have been dropping for over twenty years, while the number of gun owners and concealed carriers has been rising over that same time?

You don’t have to be an uninformed buffoon to write editorials for the NY Times…………..

……….but boy does it help! Francis X Clines recently got out his crayons and construction paper to give us this bit of babbling idiocy

FAIRFAX, Va. — A poster figure of John Wayne, the mega-hero of Hollywood westerns, offers a greeting here at the gun museum’s gallery door as he holds his Winchester carbine at the ready and offers an amiably crooked grin. The bad guys in the movies never fully understood that the menace behind Wayne’s grin (“Whoa, take ‘er easy there, Pilgrim”) meant he was about to deliver blazing fantasies of triumphant gunfire that would leave them dead in the dust. It’s no wonder modern Florida legislators could not resist protecting actual shooters who draw and fire like John Wayne as guilt-free, “stand-your-ground” defenders.

Good grief! Stand-your-ground laws simply allow citizens to better defend themselves when confronted with lethal threats to themselves. This law is an extension of the Castle Doctrine

A castle doctrine, also known as a castle law or a defense of habitation law, is a legal doctrine that designates a person’s abode or any legally occupied place – e.g., a vehicle or home – as a place in which that person has protections and immunities permitting one, in certain circumstances, to use force (up to and including deadly force) to defend oneself against an intruder, free from legal prosecution for the consequences of the force used.[1] The term is most commonly used in the United States, though many other countries invoke comparable principles in their laws.

In short, the castle doctrine, and stand your ground laws simply affirm the basic human right of self-defense. In no ways do they allow anyone to simply “draw and shoot” on a whim, or without fearing for their safety. Clines should put his Crayolas down and read the laws, and the standards for self-defense they set. But, again, Clines is emoting, not thinking

But the cardboard fantasy of the good guy gunning down the bad guy is what makes the museum work as an enjoyable escape from the life-and-death reality of American gun carnage.

The fact is that millions of Americans carry firearms every day and never draw and shoot. These Americans have proven they are incredibly safe and understand the responsibility that carrying a deadly weapon requires. Most gun deaths, the vast majority are suicides, not homicides. Of those that are homicides, more than a few are justifiable homicides, A.K.A. self-defense. But the vast majority of times guns are used in self-defense, the weapon is not even fired. And, I would remind Clines that the lowest reliable stat on defensive gun uses is 108,000 annually, just a tad under 300 per day. And many more estimates are higher. What would the crime rate be if those Americans were disarmed? Or maybe the better question is would Clines even care about more innocent victims? Given this part of his screed I imagine he is far more invested in Leftist dogma than in human rights like self-defense

There are thousands of ingenious, gleaming rifles and handguns in displays about America’s gun-rich history of colonialism, immigration, expansionism and vigilante justice.

Ah yes, America is bad! Guns are bad! Americans with guns are bad! Clines is simply put, a typical mouth-breathing knuckle dragger who hates natural rights and individual liberties like self-defense. Here are some things Clines, if he were a thinker, would consider

Accidental shootings and violent  crime rates are down, and have been going down for over two decades. This at the same time that firearm ownership, gun sales, and Americans carrying firearms is going up and up. Clearly Clines view that gun owners are trigger happy idiots is fallacious. the U.S. is number one in firearm ownership, yet ranks 103 in the rate of homicides.  Yet he persists! In fact he goes full-bore BS

Gun safety researchers count more than 900 people killed by concealed-carry gun owners in the past decade, with only a tiny fraction of shootings ruled self-defense. Many of the deaths were suicides, and 31 were in mass shootings by concealed-carry owners. The gun lobby disputes all of this, but nevertheless opposes detailed public health research, perhaps because people could then see exactly how this nation’s gun toll dwarfs that of other democracies.

Oh, good Lord! Could Clines have found a more biased source? 31 mass shootings committed by CHL holders? Reading through the list I noted that gang members, people with violent criminal records were among the “CHL holders” that committed these “mass shootings”. Sorry, but people with criminal records are not issued carry permits, and certainly gang members would not bother with a permit would they? The fact is the source Clines uses is not credible or reputable. But, they regurgitate the lies he longs to hear, so, he gives these lies credence.

In the end, Clines is simply another brainwashed drone, bleating the bogus “facts” the Cult of Gun Control feeds him.

Why would anyone oppose this?

I am a believer in educating our young folks about safety, and safety around firearms, and handling firearms is no different. Reading this from Bearing Arms I have to wonder how lIberals would respond to it

A new piece of legislation introduced in North Carolina aims to give high school students a little extra learning: firearms education.

House Bill 612, filed this week by Representative Jay Adams, would give the state room to develop a firearms education course and allow the class, which would include “firearms safety education as recommend by law enforcement agencies or a firearms association”, to be offered as an elective to high school students.

The course, which would be developed by the North Carolina Board of Education, would not allow live ammunition in the classroom and would also cover the history and mechanics of firearms with a firm emphasis on the importance of gun safety.

Honestly, I cannot lay my finger on any reason anyone would be opposed to this. Especially, I would imagine, Liberals who favor sex education because kids are going to be curious so……. By the way, I have no issue with sex-ed as long as it is agenda free, and teaches all the consequences that can happen. The same goes for firearm safety. But some members of the Cult of Gun Control, are, well, putting their agenda over common sense

Of course, the bill has drawn sharp criticism from individuals who feel the course would encourage students to become shooters… or something.

“I think it would hurt and help. It’s kind of like a catch-22,” said Tanica Wilkerson.

How it would hurt exactly, I cannot say, but, Liberals…………

“I think high school is a little early,” Wilkerson said. “I think some of those kids are not ready for that type of environment, to be exposed to something like that. I don’t feel like they’re mature enough.”

What type of environment? This is about teaching kids what NOT to do with guns, the rules of gun safety. Not all kids have a dad and granddad like I did. They both emphasized how to properly handle, and operate a firearm, how to respect what it could do and what NEVER to do with a firearm. But, not all kids have that background in firearms.  Why would anyone oppose educating them? Perhaps one word sums up their opposition, ignorance!

“I don’t even see the point in that,” Jenny Rorie said. “I don’t think they should, there’s enough violence going on without them doing that.”

Oh Good Freaking Grief! Teaching high school kids how to safely handle firearms is not going to increase violence. It will teach responsibility, and may reduce an already very low rate of accidental shootings. Liberals equate guns and violence as if they are the same thing. Again, they have fallen for the propaganda of the gun control fanatics. How very sad Imagine if this young man had been taught safety, just maybe a tragedy would not have happened.

It “suddenly went off.”

A teen is dead after he accidentally shot himself while his friends watched on Instagram Live, according to WXIA.

“I heard a big boom,” his mother Shaniqua Stephens said. “I couldn’t tell if it was a gun shot or what.”

Stephens had just watched her 13-year-old son, Malachi Hemphill, take out the trash Monday evening when she heard the gunshot.

She rushed upstairs with her daughter to find her son in pool of blood. His phone was still streaming on Instagram Live.

“We kicked in the door. We found him just laying there in a pool of blood,” Stephens told the station. “My daughter screamed and said, ‘Mom turn his phone off!’ As I proceeded to look at his phone he was on Instagram Live.”

The teen was live on Instagram holding a gun when it suddenly went off. He was rushed to the hospital where he died.

Blaming a homeowner for defending his life?

A man used his AR-15 to shoot and kill three armed home invaders in Oklahoma. The grandfather of one of those who armed themselves with a knife and brass knuckles says there was “no need” for him to use deadly force. The law, and reality, disagree

The grandfather of Jacob Redfearn believes shooting and killing the 17-year-old and his friends was not needed.

“What these three boys did was stupid,” said Leroy Schumacher.

Schumacher agrees his grandson and his friends made a bad decision, but not one worthy of deadly consequences.

“They knew they could be punished for it but they did not deserve to die,” said Schumacher.

I wish they had not died, I wish they had never entered that home. But they chose to kick in that door, they chose to arm themselves, they chose to put on masks. Would they have harmed the man who was in the home? Perhaps not, but is a resident supposed not defend himself? When three men in masks kick down your door, it is entirely reasonable that you fear for your life, and you have every right to use deadly force. And yes, you have every right to use an AR-15

Schumacher says his grandson didn’t have a chance. The 17-year old, he says, never got into trouble.

“Brass knuckles against an AR-15, come on, who was afraid for their life,” said Schumacher.

Yes brass knuckles, and knives, one of the intruders was carrying a knife are deadly weapons. What would the grandfather have the resident do? Ask the three masked men to wait while he gets his own knife? I feel for the grandfather, but the resident of that house did nothing wrong. 

The homeowner’s son has not been charged with a crime. Deputies believe he fired in self-defense.

“There’s got to be a limit to that law, I mean he shot all three of them; there was no need for that,” said Schumacher.

Schumacher does say he supports the right to bear arms and protect your home. But he doesn’t agree with shooting and killing intruders.

So, it is OK to have a firearm, but it is not OK to use that firearm to defend yourself? Exactly how would someone protect themselves with a gun if they did not use it? Again, I understand the grief of this man, but blaming the intended victim? 

What NOT to do when defending yourself with a firearm

You shoot to “stop the threat to your life” after that threat is no more, well Bob Owens explains

A Philadelphia laundromat owner with no understanding of self-defense laws is out of $2,000 in cash and is likely looking at jail time and expensive lawsuits after a botched robbery turned into a chase and shooting.

A laundromat owner armed with a gun shot a robber as well as a bystander in Philadelphia Sunday afternoon, according to police.

Investigators say the ordeal began at 4:19 p.m. when a 42-year-old man armed with a knife entered a laundromat on the 2800 block of N. 5th Street. The armed man forced the laundromat owner, who was behind the counter, to give him $2,000, according to police.

As the robber left with the money, the laundromat owner grabbed a revolver and began to chase him, investigators said. Police say the robber threw the money in the air and fled as the owner ran after him.

“I saw one of the guys running with a pack of money,” said Angel Perez, the owner of a store next to the laundromat. “When this guy ran he told him three times, ‘Stop! Stop! Stop!’”

The owner then fired five shots and struck the robber twice in the chest, according to officials. A 51-year-old woman, who investigators say was an innocent bystander, was also shot twice in the left hand.

In other words he did a very foolish and reckless thing

Self-defense laws are designed for the protection of human life from attacks by violent predators. They are not written to justify vigilante actions which put other lives at risk.

The laundromat owner would have been justified in drawing his gun and shooting the robber inside the laundromat during the robbery, but that’s not what happened here. The laundromat owner retrieved his firearm as the robber was fleeing, and decided to give chase. At that point, he became the problem. When he opened fire, he became the bad guy, and a liability to his community.

Very wise advice.

North Dakota latest state to enact constitutional carry

Very good

BISMARCK, N.D. –

Starting in August, North Dakota residents can carry a concealed handgun without a special permit.

Gov. Doug Burgum signed a bill Thursday that allows people to conceal carry as long as they have had a valid North Dakota driver’s license or state ID card for at least a year.

The new law applies to people only within the state. Residents will still not be able to conceal carry outside of North Dakota without the proper permit.