Posts Tagged Concealed Carry
Saturday, August 04, 2012
By: J. D. Heyes
[NaturalNews] As the political debate heats up once more in the wake of yet another shooting massacre, it again becomes necessary to ask the nation to take a collective deep breath and stop to think about the real reason why the founding fathers included the right to keep and bear arms in our Constitution.
Cases in point: Legally armed citizens (and by that I mean Americans who have not otherwise forfeited their rights by committing crimes against civil society) who use their firearms in self-defense, or – even more honorably – in defense of others.
One such case involved an armed Utah citizen who recently used his gun to stop a knife-wielding man who had begun to stab people in a downtown Salt Lake City business.
According to police, the crazed suspect first bought his knife in the store, then immediately turned it on other patrons inside a “Smith’s” grocery store.
“He pulled it out and stood outside the Smith’s in the foyer. And just started stabbing people and yelling you killed my people. You killed my people,” said Dorothy Espinoza.
The man seriously wounded people in the melee, Espinoza said.
“There is blood all over. One got stabbed in the stomach and got stabbed in the head and held his hands and got stabbed all over the arms,” she said.
Thank the gun industry and our founding fathers
But before the suspect could sink his weapon into another helpless victim, an armed citizen pulled his gun and stopped the out-of-control perpetrator.
“A guy pulled a gun on him and told him to drop his weapon or he would shoot him,” said Espinoza. “So, he dropped his weapon and the people from Smith’s grabbed him.”
When police arrived, the suspect had been subdued by employees and shoppers alike, according to a report by local ABC News television affiliate KTVX.
Cops were appreciative of the armed man who managed to stop the carnage.
“This was a volatile situation that could have gotten worse,” police Lt. Brian Purvis, a spokesman for the Salt Lake City P.D. said. “We can only assume from what we saw it could have gotten worse. He (the Good Samaritan) was definitely in the right place at the right time.”
Not to give cops grief because they truly do perform a difficult, thankless job, but opponents of more gun control are fond of using examples such as this one to say, “When seconds count, remember, the police are only minutes away.”
by: Mark S. Mann
August 4, 2012
This piece has been contributed exclusively for reader’s of SGTreport by our friend Mark, a firearms industry executive & part-time police officer. If you missed my in-depth interview with Mark in which we talk about the Second Amendment, Liberty and the UN gun ban treaty, please give it a listen, here. ~ SGT
Steps Every Gun Owner Should Take To Help Protect Their Guns & Gun Rights:
by Mark S. Mann,
Theft of legally owned firearms from gun owners is on the increase every year. The NRA, the Media or Law Enforcement never fully covers the severity and depth of this issue. Many of the guns used in crimes are those that our stolen out of the residences of legal gun owners. By taking a few easy and practical steps, you help prevent being a victim of gun theft, and help limit access to criminals that would use your firearms in the commission of a crime. By doing this, over the long term, it will undoubtedly have a positive effect on statistics of crime and gun violence, which are used to attack private gun ownership.
Don’t make it easy for Criminals, Gun Grabbing Police & Federal Agents, or UN Troops to just walk away with your firearms. What good was it having your firearms if they are stolen or easily confiscated when you need them most? If you lose your guns how can they protect you? You also need protect your guns.
This all starts with covering the following steps:
August 3, 2012
In Garden Grove, California the other day, a 65 year old woman with a gun chased 5 armed criminals out of her jewelry store. The video of this amazing incident (posted below) is quite funny, but it also demonstrates a very serious point. The streets of many of our largest cities are slowly but surely being transformed into a living hell as our society rots from the inside out. The criminals are always going to have plenty of guns. If we have no way to defend ourselves, then many of us will be at the mercy of the criminals. For example, imagine what would have happened if those 5 armed robbers had invaded her home at night? Without a gun, what could that 65 year old woman have done? The best she could hope for is that the criminals would take whatever they wanted and would not do any violence to her or to her family. Of course the police would show up later and “take a report”, but the police would not be able to undo any of the damage that the crooks had already done. This is especially true when it comes to violence against women. You can always replace your possessions, but you can never undo a sexual assault or a rape. America is being absolutelyoverrun by psychos these days, and if you don’t have a gun how in the world are you going to keep a pack of criminals from having their way with you or with members of your family? I realize that is a very disturbing thing to think about, but these are dark times that we are living in. As society continues to fall apart we are going to see home invasions because more twisted and more horrifying than ever before.
Without a gun, the 65 year old woman in the video below and her employees would have been at the mercy of whatever the criminals wanted to do.
Hopefully the criminals would have just grabbed a bunch of jewelry and left the store, but you never know.
The following is a description of this incident from the Los Angeles Times….
The attempted heist occurred Sunday at Continental Jewelry in the 12000 block of Brookhurst Street. Surveillance footage from the store shows a white SUV backing up to the front of the building and five men getting out, pillowcases in hand.
The men rush to the front of the counter and point handguns at the clerks and a customer. Seconds later the shots are fired and the men race back to the door, fighting to get out as the woman runs after them.
Video of this elderly woman shooting at these thieves and chasing them out of her store is posted below….
July 30, 2012
Gun ownership in America is the primary reason why the internationalists fear the wrath of an armed citizenry.
The destruction of the Bill of Rights is a prime objective of the beltway statists. Conversely, the elimination of the remnants of an American federalist constitutional republic is the key eliminate required for imposition of the global Illuminati matrix.
The primal reason to foster a society that bears weapons is to maintain the means to fight tyranny on your native soil.
The United Nations is a subversive and diabolical appendage of world despotism. The choice has never been clearer. Lock and load or kneel and grovel. Guns are mere instruments of force or defense, while government oppression is the reason why the public must possess the means of accountability.
Government of, by and for the people has become domination, coercion and submission to the State.
The inarguable linkage that private gun ownership has given pause to the most abusive authoritarianism, has served this nation well. Since the founding of the country, the clear lesson of history, that an armed population counteracts and checks the effective ambition of despots, protected our liberty.
Now the proposed UN backdoor gun registration and eventual confiscation is exposed. The most basic of common law rights are the target for destruction. The excellent research of Aaron Dykes in Leaked UN Treaty Does Ban Guns, provides the evidence.
Friday’s horrible shooting in Colorado occurred in yet another place where guns are banned. And that’s consistent with a trend:
With a single exception, every multiple-victim public shooting in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed since at least 1950 has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry their own firearms.
The Cinemark movie theater in Aurora, like others run by the chain around the country, displayed warning signs that it was illegal to carry guns into the theater.
This applied to all nonlaw enforcement personnel, including individuals with concealed handgun permits.
In other words, despite more than 4% of the adult population of Colorado having concealed handgun permits, a gunman intent on killing a lot of people could be confident that law-abiding citizens there would be sitting ducks.
by: Steve Watson
July 24, 2012
Gun sales in Colorado and elsewhere in the country have spiked exponentially since Friday’s tragic mass shooting in Aurora.
The Denver Post reported today that 1,216 background checks were conducted in Colorado on Friday alone for people looking to purchase a gun. That equates to a 43 percent increase compared to the average number of checks for the previous two Fridays,
Friday through Sunday, Colorado approved a total of 2,887 background checks, again a 43% rise on the same period in the previous week.
“A lot of it is people saying, ‘I didn’t think I needed a gun, but now I do,’” Jake Meyers, a worker at the Parker gun store, told the Denver Post. “When it happens in your backyard, people start reassessing – ‘Hey, I go to the movies.’”
“It’s been insane,” Meyers added, referring to the amount of people seeking training for a concealed carry permit, a legal right in 49 of the 50 US states.
by: Steve Nolan
Monday, July 23, 2012
The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference. They deserve a place of honor with all that is good. When firearms go, all goes. We need them every hour. — George Washington, Founding Father in his address to the 2nd session of united States Congress.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and survivors of the Aurora, Colorado shooting as well as to their families and the brave first-responders.
Such a senseless tragedy leaves us all saddened and speechless for a brief moment . . . but then inevitably we find ourselves being drawn into the national debate over gun control. The timing of the shootings combined with the rabid media attention has seemingly diverted national attention from President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder’s Fast and Furious debacle, as well as the upcoming United Nations Gun Treaty vote in two weeks — both of which are blatant attempts to restrict our God-given rights to bear arms.
Thomas Jefferson, himself a liberal in the truest sense of the definition, stated,”The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
Now contrast that to what New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has made a career calling for stricter national gun laws, stated . . .
Already we are seeing anti-gun advocates and liberal Hollywood icons attacking the Second Amendment from every corner, each calling for greater gun control. It’s deeply unfortunate that none of the moviegoers attending that premier of The Dark Knight Rising were packing a legally permitted concealed weapon. God only knows how many lives one armed law-abiding citizen may have saved.
It is truly sad that we only hear in the media about tragic incidents like Aurora and never hear of the cases where firearms are legally used in the defense of life and liberty. In February of this year, the libertarian think tank, Cato Institute, published a report entitled “Tough Targets, When Criminals Face Armed Resistance From Citizens.” The report cites approximately 5,000 news reports from October 2003 to November 2011 involving defensive gun usage. According to the authors, “tens of thousands of crimes are prevented each year by ordinary citizens with guns.’ Both authors, Clayton Cramer and David Burnett, openly admit the actual number of cases is much higher because many of the instances are simply not covered by the media. “Many defensive gun uses never make the news,” the report said. “After all, ‘Man Scares Away Burglar, No Shots Fired,’ is not particularly newsworthy.”
The purpose of this study was to investigate “When ordinary Americans are forced to use guns in self-defensive situations, what is the nature of that situation and how frequently do these events occur and what are the consequences?” Of the 5,000 incidents reported between October 2003 and November 2011, 488 home burglaries and there were 1,227 incidents where intruders fled when confronted by armed inhabitants. There were 34 incidents where pizza delivery drivers defended themselves, and 172 incidents involving animal attacks.
Despite what the anti-Second Amendment pundits claim about gun violence, between May 2007 and March 24, 2010, at least 9 law enforcement officers and 142 private citizens were murdered nationally by concealed handgun permit holders (approximately 0.003% of all murders in that time period).
The basic reality is that today, the government cannot guarantee the safety of its citizens, and is in fact not legally responsible for doing so. Having the ability and the capability to protect yourself, your family and/or other members of the general public from armed attackers should be seen as a personal responsibility and the government has no right to deny responsible adults the ability to do so legally. The criminal elements of our society carry concealed weapons despite laws designed to prevent that. If our laws do not deter illegal use of firearms in the commission of a crime, they certainly should not prevent or deter the lawful use of firearms to prevent such crimes!
Another factoid lost in the mainstream news is that armed citizens kill more crooks than do the police. Citizens shoot and kill at least twice as many criminals as police do every year (1,527 to 606). And readers of Newsweek learned that “only 2 percent of civilian shootings involved an innocent person mistakenly identified as a criminal. The ‘error rate’ for the police, however, was 11 percent, more than five times as high.” As a matter of fact, nationwide every year, as many as one-half million citizens defend themselves with a firearm away from home.
Those who swallow every misconception shoveled by the mainstream media regarding guns and crime should consider an experiment that took place in 1982 in Kennesaw, Georgia. This suburb of Atlanta passed a law requiring heads of households to keep at least one firearm in their home. The residential burglary rate subsequently dropped 89% in Kennesaw, compared to the modest drop of 10.4% in Georgia as a whole. Ten years later (1991), the residential burglary rate in Kennesaw was still 72% lower than it had been in 1981, before the law was passed.
This effort in Kennesaw clearly supports the fact that 3/5 of felons polled agreed that “a criminal is not going to mess around with a victim he knows is armed with a gun.”As a matter of fact, according to U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice’s report entitled “The Armed Criminal in America, A Survey of Incarcerated Felons,” 74% of felons polled agreed that “one reason burglars avoid houses when people are at home is that they fear being shot during the crime.” And if that wasn’t compelling enough, 57% of felons polled agreed that “criminals are more worried about meeting an armed victim than they are about running into the police.”
Thomas Jefferson once quoted Cesare Beccaria, an Italian philosopher and politician best known for his treatise On Crimes and Punishments:
In the spirit of that quote, let’s look at twenty-five examples from just this year of why we need to preserve our Second Amendment:
Reason #1: Gun Carrying Attorney Shoots and Kills Assailant: An article published by MSNBC told the tale of a nervous armed gunman attempting to rob some citizens in Columbia, South Carolina who confronted attorney Jim Corley demanding he give him his wallet. Corley agreed to comply and reached around to his back pocket and pulled a small Kel-Tec .32 pistol hidden in a wallet holster loaded with six hollow-point rounds. Unfortunately for Kayson Helms, 18, of Edison New Jersey, Corley gave him more than he bargained for. The attorney fired once into the robber’s stomach. The young would-be robber turned and ran. Corley fired twice more, hitting him the neck and torso. Bleeding profusely, Helms ran into the night and later collapsed and died on a railroad embankment 100 feet away.
Reason #2: Female Marine Kills Attacker in Self-Defense: Marine Cpl. Rayna Ross bought a gun (in a non-waiting period state) and used it to kill an attacker in self-defense two days later. Had a 5-day waiting period been in effect, Ms. Ross would have been defenseless against the man who had been stalking her.
Reason #3: A Pastor Shot and Wounded a Man Who Broke onto his Detroit Church: Lawrence Adams went to Westside Bible Church on Sunday evening and found the intruder inside the building, said Detroit police Sgt. Eren Stephens. The man began swinging an object at the retired police lieutenant, who pulled out a handgun and shot him in the abdomen, he said.
Reason #4: Minneapolis Good Neighbor Apprehends Robbery Suspect: Seeing an armed criminal rob a woman of her purse at gunpoint and pistol-whip her, a Minneapolis CCW holder pursued the robber in an attempt to capture him, which resulted in a confrontation in which the citizen had to shoot the robber, who later died of his wounds.
Reason #5: North Dakota Senior Citizen Stops Burglary With Gun: Hearing a loud noise and seeing an intruder in the house at 4:00am, a woman alerted her sleeping husband, who armed himself with a pistol and went to investigate. The 82-year old husband found the 26-year old burglar in the home, and held him at gunpoint until the police arrived. Both the burglar and would-be victims were unharmed and the criminal faces felony charges.
Reason #6: Temple University Student Fights Off Armed Robbers: A 21-year old Temple student and friend were accosted by a 15-year old armed robber and two accomplices about 2:00am near the university. When the armed assailant fired on the student in the course of the robbery, the student drew his legally-carried pistol and returned fire. The student sustained gunshot wounds to the stomach, and the robber was shot in the chest and leg. Philadelphia Police will place felony charges against the 15-year old assailant upon his release from the hospital.
Reason #7: Ohio Woman Shoots Ex-Boyfriend That Restraining Order Failed to Stop: An Ohio woman who feared that her ex-boyfriend and father of their two children was not going to be deterred by the restraining order requiring him to stay away armed herself with a pistol and was glad she did when the ex-boyfriend broke into her home and assaulted her with a crowbar. Fearing for her life, she shot and killed the intruder. Under Ohio’s newly-adopted Castle Doctrine, there is a presumption of self-defense in circumstances such as these.
Reason #8: Armed Naples Florida Clerk Foils Robbery and Kidnap Attempt: A 22 year-old clerk was changing shifts at a family-owned convenience store when an armed man entered and demanded money. He also grabbed a stroller holding one of the clerk’s two babies and tried to flee with the year-old child. That cost him his life, as the clerk pulled a gun kept behind the counter for protection and shot the would-be robber and kidnapper, wounding him and causing him to flee the store empty-handed. Tackled outside the store by an arriving employee who saw what had happened, the robber was held for police and later died of his injuries.
Reason #9: Released Inmate Shot Dead During Redding, CA Home Invasion: 37-year-old Jesse Theis was released early Thursday morning from the Shasta County Jail and before sun-up Friday, he invaded a Redding, CA home. The 66-year-old female homeowner fired warning shots when she heard someone trying to force entry into her home. When the invader tried a short time later to climb into her window, she shot him dead. Theis had been released due to a county prison policy designed to ease over-crowding by requiring the daily release of those inmates prison officials deemed “low-risk.”
Reason #10: Beaumont, TX Homeowner Fights Off Two Young Home Invaders: Two Texas youths picked the wrong house to try to invade. Both armed, the two forced their way into a Beaumont home about 2 a.m. on a Sunday morning and demanded money of the owner. While tussling with the armed intruders, the homeowner was able to get to his own gun, and fatally shot one of his attackers and drove off the second one. The dead robber was found in an adjacent field by responding police. No charges have been filed against the homeowner, who was acting in self-defense.
Reason #11: Armed Houston Dad Foils Attack on 14-Year-Old Daughter: Hearing a commotion shortly after his daughter had left for school early one morning, Richard Goodie left his house to see two men, one of them armed, accosting his daughter. Goodie’s warning shot failed to frighten off the assailants, one of whom put the daughter in a choke hold and a pistol to her head while threatening to kill the girl if her father did not back off. While the assailant was dragging the daughter away, some space opened up between the daughter and the bad guy, allowing the father to shoot the suspect in the stomach, ending the encounter and putting the second suspect to flight. No charges are expected against the father, who says he did what he had to do to save his daughter.
Reason #12: NC Woman Defends Family Members: A North Carolina family was returning to their vehicle at 1 a.m. after some Black Friday shopping at a Myrtle Beach, SC Walmart when they were set upon by armed robbers. One of the robbers shot a woman in the foot, even though she had surrendered her purse on their demand. The woman’s son attempted to protect his mother, and was shot at and pistol-whipped for his efforts. The woman’s sister, hearing shots fired as she entered her vehicle, picked up her own loaded pistol from the vehicle’s console and confronted the robbers. Not wanting to shoot directly at the robbers for fear of hitting her family or bystanders, she fired two shots over the heads of each robber, scaring them off. Her family credits the legally-armed woman with saving the lives of her sister and nephew.