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VCDL Alert 8-2-18 Part IV

VCDL Alert 8-2-18 Part IV

VCDL Alert 8-2-18 Part IV
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1. “March for our lives” going to be protesting at the NRA on Saturday (yawn)
2. No ‘single piece of legislation’ would have stopped TX school shooting
3. Resource officer indicted for firing shot inside middle school
4. Seven pistol-shooting tips for people with arthritis
5. Santa Fe survivor, CNN challenge Nancy Pelosi on armed guards
6. It’s only gun confiscation ‘if they’re caught with them’
7. FBI admits armed citizens stopped 4 recent mass shootings
8. Make schools safe again: repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act
9. One roadblock to arming teachers: Insurance companies
10. What if school walkouts don’t work?
11. Women may now lead in obtaining concealed carry permits
12. Building a church safety/security team [VIDEO]
13. ‘Media portrayal of gun ownership is inaccurate and biased’
14. What if I told you the left is NOT anti-gun?
15. How to prove the NRA is wrong: just make stuff up [VIDEO]
16. The problem with “common-sense” gun laws
17. Liberals make home defense weapons useless
18. Lazy AR’s and bad parents [VIDEO]
19. [FL] Pizza worker shoots, kills scissors-wielding attacker in clown mask
20. [IN] Teacher released from hospital after being shot stopping school shooting
21. Jimmy Kimmel claims mass killings don’t happen in countries with gun control
22. [UK] Murder surges 44% in Khan’s London amidst ‘troubling’ rise in serious crime
23. [UK] Knives are too sharp, filing them down is solution to violent crime
10. What if school walkouts don’t work?
https://tinyurl.com/yaunl5ax
or
http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2018-05-23.html
THE DOOMSDAY SCENARIO: WHAT IF SCHOOL WALKOUTS DON’T WORK?
By Ann Coulter, May 23, 2018
The New York Times seemed to think it was bitterly ironic that some of the students at Santa Fe High School, site of the recent mass shooting, had staged a walkout last month in support of the Parkland, Florida, students. But now, only a month later, one of the students who participated in the walkout is in the hospital from yet another school shooting.
I suppose we could revel in the irony, but, as a more results-oriented person, what I take from that vignette is that school walkouts are not effective deterrents to school shootings. I’m not sure the poems did much either.
These are hideous events that require serious proposals, not the self-indulgent mawkishness our media keep serving up.
Here are some news items that might help us figure out how to reduce the number of school shooting victims.
— May 3, 2017, Arlington, Texas: James Jones went to the Zona Caliente sports bar and began yelling incoherently. When the manager, Cesar Perez, went to talk to him and calm him down, Jones pulled out a gun and shot Perez dead, then started shooting wildly at patrons. Luckily, a concealed carry holder happened to be having dinner at Zona Caliente with his wife that night. He shot Jones dead before anyone else was hurt.
— Aug. 7, 2016, Linndale, Ohio: Two men getting into their car in a Dollar Store parking lot were held up by a masked armed robber. As the gunman, Varshaun Stephen Dukes, was rifling through one of the men’s pockets, the other pulled out his concealed handgun and told him to stop. The robber fired at the man but missed. The concealed carry permit holder shot back, putting a .45 bullet in the robber’s brain. (Naturally, he survived.) All of this was captured on the Dollar Store’s surveillance camera, so no charges were brought against the armed citizen.
— June 26, 2016, Lyman, South Carolina: Jody Ray Thompson opened fire in the crowded Playoffz nightclub, injuring three. But before he could kill anyone, he was shot in the leg by a club patron with a concealed carry license. Police arrested Thompson without further incident and no one died.
— May 31, 2015, Conyers, Georgia: After arguing with a liquor store clerk, Jeffrey Scott Pitts returned with a gun and began shooting at everyone in the store, killing two. Todd Scott, who was there to buy a six-pack, returned fire. The crazed gunman fled, went home and shot his parents. “He was very surprised that he was not the only one in the store with a gun,” Scott said. Apart from the two people killed in Pitts’ opening barrage, no one died. Scott saved the lives of everyone else in that store.
— July 24, 2014, Darby, Pennsylvania: Felon and psychiatric patient Richard Plotts pulled out a gun at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, murdered his caseworker and wounded his psychiatrist, Dr. Lee Silverman. He would have kept shooting — Plotts had 39 more bullets — but the doctor pulled out his own gun and fired back, in violation of the hospital’s no-guns rule. No one else died.
— Jan. 11, 2014, Portland, Oregon: After being turned away from a strip club in Portland, repeat felon Thomas Elliott Hjelmeland came back, wearing a clown mask, guns blazing. He hit a waitress, a security guard and a patron before a bouncer, concealed carry permit holder Jonathan Baer, returned fire and ended the attack. No one died.
— Dec. 16, 2012, San Antonio, Texas: Jesus Manuel Garcia began shooting at the Santikos Mayan Palace movie theater from a nearby restaurant and continued shooting as he walked toward the theater. An armed off-duty cop shot Garcia four times, stopping the attack. No one died.
— March 25, 2018, Boiling Springs, South Carolina: Jesse Gates kicked in a side door of the Southside Freewill Baptist Church during services, raised his gun to shoot — but was grabbed and held at gunpoint by the reverend’s grandson, a concealed carry permit holder. No one was hurt. Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said, “I like the fact that a concealed weapons permit holder was prepared to protect the worshipers.”
It’s seems like it’s been awhile since we’ve heard of a crazed gunman being quickly disarmed at a school. Maybe because we’ve been trying to stop mass shootings with gun-free school zones.
Here are some older school shooting cases that had comparatively happy endings.
— In 2001, 15-year-old Charles Williams tried to shoot up his high school in Santee, California, but luckily, an off-duty cop happened to be bringing his daughter to school that day. He ended Williams’ rampage with his own gun, holding him until more police arrived. Two fatalities.
— In 1998, a 14-year-old student began shooting up a school dance being held at a restaurant in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. The restaurant owner pulled out a shotgun, keeping the death toll to one.
— In 1997, a student shot several people at his high school in Pearl, Mississippi, killing two, and was headed to the junior high, until assistant principal Joel Myrick retrieved a .45 pistol from his car and pointed it at the gunman’s head. Another massacre averted.
— In 1993, student Mark Duong pulled out a gun during his disciplinary hearing at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, wounding three people, including the police officer, who, luckily, had been asked to attend the hearing. The officer immediately shot the psychotic student dead, saving the lives of everyone in the room.
We can try the walkouts, rallies, moments of silence, media adulation, poems and fist salutes. But if the full arsenal of liberal disapprobation doesn’t stop schizophrenics from going on shooting sprees, concealed carry laws will at least save a lot of lives.
11. Women may now lead in obtaining concealed carry permits
Thanks to member Walter Jackson for sharing this:
http://tinyurl.com/y88grptz
or
http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2…carry-permits/
Women May Now Lead In Obtaining Concealed Carry Permits
By Rachel Y, May 18, 2018
The dramatic increase in the number of firearms purchases made by women over the past decade is indisputable. One only need look at the number of “muddy girl” or “Tiffany blue (Robin’s egg) colored firearms on the market today for verification that the firearms industry has taken notice. However, recent studies are now showing that growth could be more substantial than originally thought and that women may have surpassed the number of men obtaining concealed carry permits nationwide.
Concealed Carry Permits By the Numbers
Last month, a study conducted by John R. Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center showed that from 2007 to 2017 the number of concealed handgun permits issued in the United States soared to over 16.36 million – a 256% increase.
Page 13 of the same study states that 14 states, with about 4 million permit holders between them, have reported permit data by gender for 2016. Among those states, women averaged 36% of permit holders. The states represent all regions of the country: Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Washington State.
Additionally “in the eight states where we have data by gender for both 2012 and 2016, the number of permits increased by 93% for women and by 22% for men –– a 327% faster rate among women.”
Between 2005 and 2012, the number of state residents receiving new concealed-carry permits tripled to 62,939. Now some 451,000 Washington residents are allowed to carry a hidden handgun almost anywhere they go, more than 100,000 of them women. Notably, the growth rate for women getting new permits is twice as fast as that of men.
There always seems to be an uptick in the number of women getting their concealed carry permits when active shooting incidents or gun control is being discussed” says National Carry Academy Co-Founder Nick Dahlberg. “These events sometimes shake people’s world views in terms of thinking they will be safe, or that others will protect them.
In their “Statistics, Facts and Figures for the Media” released on April 18, 2018, the National Carry Academy stated:
– The number of women taking concealed carry courses through the NCA is up 24% since the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida on February 14. It was the biggest 60-day jump ever for the NCA since July/August of 2016.
– Historically, men have received 66% of all concealed carry permits issued through the NCA. Since the Parkland shooting, half of all enrollees to the course are women.
These insights were taken from data on U.S. residents who passed concealed carry training courses through the National Carry Academy, which has certified more than 100,000 Americans since 2012 – more than any other organization.
However, it’s not just about the number of concealed carry permits issued. Anyone of any gender, race, or creed should always continue to receive ongoing training regarding their concealed carry weapon and the safe/necessary use of the firearm if the situation warrants it. The presence of a gun is not a magic talisman which deters crime.
Firearms Industry Responds
The many firearms manufacturers have been quick to create or modify firearms for the female shooter, predominantly handguns – a trend which mimics findings from the 2017 Washington Post article regarding the buying habits of most firearms owners:
“There has been a large increase, especially since 2005, in the share of firearms produced that are of higher caliber and therefore greater lethality,” according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine this year. “In addition, the growing production of 0.380 pistols, which are generally compact, suggests a shift toward more-concealable weapons as well. Thus, firearm production has moved toward products designed to be more powerful and more concealable.”
In fact Michael Bazinet, public relations direction for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) confirmed to TFB that there are more and more exhibitors at the SHOT Show that have products oriented toward women. One only need to have attended the US Concealed Carry Association Expo (USCCAE) or the NRA Show in 2018 alone to confirm a noticeable increase in female shooter-related products, of which TFB has covered several.
– SHOT Show 2018 also covered “Women of the Gun” – an evening where women could come and interact with professional female shooters on a more personal level.
– USCCAE created a Women’s Concealed Carry Showcase for women-specific products on exhibit at their event.
– NRA 2018 held a Women’s Leadership Forum luncheon and auction, as well as a seminar on “Women and the Gun Buying Experience”
In conclusion – While the number of actual firearms purchased can be attributed to one of a dozen factors (increased desire for security, empowerment, etc), the issuance of concealed carry permits to women should continue to be explored. Perhaps a study to show where the number of crimes against women which were prevented through a direct correlation with the concealed carry weapon versus those where another form of self-defense (Krav Maga, pepper spray, and other non-lethal measures) were used.
Either way, it’s become obvious that more and more women are arming themselves in an effort thwart potentially dangerous situations. The real questions for future studies will be – did the presence of the concealed carry weapon aggravate or alleviate the potential threat? Are the increase in concealed carry permits being issued nationwide corresponding to the number of additional training women are receiving in order to carry that weapon safely? Only time will tell.
12. Building a church safety/security team [VIDEO]
Thanks to member David Taylor for sharing this:
In case you missed it, you may REPLAY the Free Webinar below:
https://youtu.be/H63Iyb1chrU
13. ‘Media portrayal of gun ownership is inaccurate and biased’
Laugh-out-loud idiocy from Hollywood on guns. They are dumber than a bag of rocks.
Thanks to member Walter Jackson for sharing this:
https://tinyurl.com/y6wvjt59
or
http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/201…-you-dont-say/
‘Media Portrayal of Gun Ownership is Inaccurate and Biased’ – You Don’t Say
By Dan Zimmerman, May 10, 2018
That’s the title an editor at Fox News slapped on John Lott’s latest post, which just may be the biggest understatement in the history of the world ever. But you knew that. As Lott rightly points out,
“The media’s pro-gun control bias doesn’t just distort news coverage. TV networks have used their primetime entertainment shows to portray gun rights advocates as dishonest, extremist and unconcerned about the loss of innocent lives. At the same time, advocates of gun control are portrayed as caring, upstanding and responsible citizens.”
Of course they are. They’re on the side of the angels, right?
Lott pins the title for most biased network entertainment content on NBC in what’s no doubt a close contest and cites a few examples. Like this:
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Recently the NBC show “Taken” (Season 2, Episode 11) tried to convey to viewers that gun-free zones work because the criminals won’t disobey the bans.
Santana (Jessica Camacho) asks Bryan Mills (Clive Standen), if he is “OK with this whole no-guns thing.” Mills replies that it is OK because the gun-free zone means that “bad guys won’t have them either.”
Do people really think that a group of paid, professional killers couldn’t find some way to get guns into a hospital, a school or some other place just because a sign is posted saying guns are not allowed? There’s no mention that over 98 percent of mass public shootings since 1950 have occurred in places where guns are banned. This is precisely because criminals prefer unarmed victims.
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That’s some jaw-dropping stupidity, to be sure. But some of the anti-gun agitprop can be blamed on the general level of ignorance that pervades the optimistically titled entertainment industry where guns is concerned. Such as . . .
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About a month ago the NBC show “Chicago Fire” (Season 6, Episode 15) had a scene where stored ammunition catches fire. Bullets fly everywhere, seriously wounding one of the firefighters. The firefighters think that a sniper is targeting them. It is hard to believe that anyone would want to have a gun in their home after watching this scene.
But the scene is complete fiction. A gun barrel is needed to harness a gunpowder explosion so a bullet can be propelled forward. Outside of a gun, the gunpowder in a bullet would simply explode in all directions, producing very little energy to actually push the bullet forward.
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And though Lott doesn’t mention it, also missing from these programs is any sense of the good that guns do, such as mentioning that Americans use firearms in successful defensive gun uses about 2.5 million times a year. These are uses that prevent rapes, murders, robberies, assaults and dozens of other crimes, usually without firing a shot. Not that you’d know it from watching The Blacklist or Hawaii Five-0.
“It is bad enough that news programs provide only one side of the gun control debate. But even in entertainment shows, Americans can’t escape a biased, distorted view of gun ownership.”
We certainly feel his pain, but there’s a simple solution to this that many of us have adopted long ago. Vote with your remote and don’t watch TV network-produced dreck.
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