By Ron Paul
Ron on his new personal website, and why he became a doctor and not a soldier.
When I was thinking of the URL for my new personal homepage, I considered many possibilities. Thanks also to all those who sent other suggestions. But I settled on RonPaulMD.com as reflecting a very important area of my life. To be a physician, and deliver 4,000 babies, was extremely fulfilling. Many times, I see people wearing a “I Was a Ron Paul Baby” t-shirt. Once, when I gave a speech in Iowa, I was told the head of the convention center wanted to talk to me. She had her birth certificate, and this time, she said, she wanted a legible signature! I was delighted to sign it again.
RonPaulMD.com highlights the non-political aspect of my life, the part not involved with that great engine of violence in DC, except to oppose it. Though when I first ran for office, advisors told me to emphasize the MD, since it showed I was not a lawyer!
Most important, I became a doctor to avoid being a soldier. I knew I would be drafted, and such things as seeking asylum in another country, or becoming a conscientious objector, were out of my range of thought at that time. But if I became a doctor, I knew I would not be given a rifle and told to shoot other young men at government orders.
Though the horrible UN oath is used in medical schools these days, I still adhere to the Hippocratic Oath, and its injunction to “First, do no harm.” It’s a great, ancient libertarian principle.
Thanks for visiting my home page. I hope you come back often. (emphasis Guffaw)
Dr. Paul reminded me of something. When I turned eighteen, my Father made certain I registered for The Draft. This was during the height of the Vietnam War. Between my disgust for communism, and a family history involving Marines, I really wanted to go. And kill communists for my country.
But, being disabled, they wouldn’t have me. Later, in college, I tried again with R.O.T.C. They, too, refused me. Said I couldn’t march. (I could shoot, but when was THAT ever a qualification?)
One of my good friends, David (Yes, another David – this makes 4?) came-of-age and registered as a conscientious objector. I even wrote a letter to his draft board attesting to his sincerity in his beliefs. And I asked a third time if they’d consider me as his replacement. No go.
But in my adolescent fantasies (the ones not consumed by girls), I had dreamt of becoming a Marine, then a local cop, then a federal agent of some flavor. This was not in anyone else’s cards.
It occurred to me a couple years ago that the primary reason I wanted law enforcement under my belt was so I could carry a firearm, legally, concealed. And, of course, to catch the ‘bad guys’. Now, with my CCW permit (and Constitutional Carry) I can do that in most of my State with impunity.
Now that I’m over 60, and the appeal of working for The Man is gone, I would not carry a gun for my government. Unless, of course, the Chinese military is advancing up from the Mexican Border…
And many of those ‘bad guys’ now work for government. Who knew?
I cannot imagine the anguish of those in government who honor their oaths to The Constitution, and have to do the bidding of the ‘bad guys’. It must be excruciating. And demoralizing.
Some of them are friends. You know who you are. Thank you for your service and dedication.
from Guns and Ammo magazine (via The War on Guns)
If you’re not a Hollywood celebrity or rock star, odds are you won’t be getting a permit—especially if you live near a populated area. Among the most strict gun laws in the nation, California legislation also restricts residents to one handgun purchase per 30 days, and handguns have to be on the “approved” list for legal sale.
The fight to earn Shall-Issue concealed carry in the Land of Lincoln has been a roller coaster ride in 2013 since the 7th Circuit Court ruled Illinois’ ban on concealed carry was unconstitutional. Residents are currently waiting until at least January 2014 to apply for licenses. The current law is Shall-Issue, with 16 hours of required training and an excessive application fee. Legislative battles over carry rights in Illinois are far from over, but are on track to becoming more forgiving.
And, my favorite of the listings:
After taking the top spot in “The Best States for Gun Owners,” Arizona tops the leaderboard once again. As a “Constitutional Carry” state, anyone 21 and over who can legally own a firearm can carry it concealed without a license. In addition, Arizona issues licenses on a Shall-Issue basis, allowing residents and non-residents to carry their weapons when traveling out-of-state. Arizona also has no duty to immediately inform an officer, has excellent reciprocity and a Stand Your Ground law.
ANOTHER reason I’m glad I’m not Guffaw in CA…
They are a danger – take the guns away!
By Jackee Coe The Arizona Republic | azcentral.com Sun Oct 20, 2013 2:40 PM
A man was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries early Sunday morning after a shooting broke out at a Glendale house party, authorities said.
Glendale police officers responded about 1:30 a.m. to a house near 51st and Olive avenues where they found a 27-year-old man who had been shot, Glendale Police Department spokeswoman Officer Tracey Breeden said. He was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital, where he remained Sunday afternoon.
Investigators determined an argument started between individuals at the party and the 27-year-old, and he was asked to leave, she said. The man left for a short time, then returned with a rifle and began firing off rounds outside the house.
The man pointed the rifle at partygoers and a 39-year-old partygoer pulled out a handgun and shot the 27 year old before police arrived, Breeden said. The shooter did not try to leave and waited for officers to arrive.
The shooter has been cooperative with investigators, she said. He was questioned and released by detectives.
“This is standard procedure under these type of circumstances,” Breeden said. “Information and evidence detectives have gathered leads them to believe the 27-year-old was not only firing his rifle, endangering partygoers, but also pointed the weapon at other partygoers, endangering them, prior to the 39-year-old displaying a weapon and shooting the 27-year-old.”
The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending, Breeden said.
When the Balloon Goes Up just posted an excellent article regarding an oft forgotten part of a gunnie’s equipment – their belt.
I’ve seen experienced shooters with $100+ concealment rigs hanging from to a $9.95 cardboard 3/4″ belt from WalMart. Not a good idea. I had a belt break once. Kinda ruins the whole discrete, concealed thing.
My daily go-to belt is a Wilderness belt. So much so that I’ve 5 or 6 of them, in assorted sizes, as my weight has gone up and down over the years. My only caveat might be if carrying in a designated ‘no guns allowed’ area, it might be a ‘tell’ to the authorities. ’Course, they might decide your are an ‘only one’, and let you slide.
(Not that that’s ever happened to ME!)
For dressier (business) wear, I’ve a thick, dense, leather dress belt with a heavy nickeled brass buckle. Thankfully, I don’t have to dress-up much, anymore. While I LOVE my Wilderness belts, they don’t work as well with dress slacks!
attn FTC – I bought all of my belts, holsters and assorted gear from Ralph (The Wilderness) Holzhaus, with the exception of those bought elsewhere! Now go away.
Well, it was a nice run.
A few years back the ubiquitous coffee distribution chain Starbucks let it be known that as long as their patrons followed federal, state and local law, they could carry and possess weapons in their places of business. The No Guns Allowed signs came down.
Why this is weird and/or shocking is weird and/or shocking.
And the gunnie community jumped on the bandwagon, promoting Starbucks within it’s ranks as a gun-friendly place. I’m certain their revenues increased. And two or three anti-gun rights freaks boycotted and wrote scathing letters!
Sadly, while O.C. (open carry) might be legal in many parts of the country, culturally it’s looked-down-upon, at least in some areas. And parts of the gunnie community attempted to push the envelope by attending Starbucks in open possession of all manner of weaponry, including shotguns and rifles.
If we look ‘normal’ and unthreatening, it will become a cultural norm, and so on…
Sadly, there continue to be hoplophobes. Those folks who see a real firearm from 50 yards away (or a toy or a squirt gun, or a paintball gun, or a child making a pistol image with his thumb and forefinger) AND THEY FREAK OUT!
And many of these folks (the previous two or three?) wrote threatening letters to businesses with whom they have issues.
Starbucks recently responded, stating while the current policy remains in force, they are asking the firearms community to leave their guns at home!
I, for one, had hopes the fear subculture would change, and bringing a rifle or a pistol into a place of business wouldn’t be looked at any more askance than bringing a wallet. Seriously, when I see someone with a gun in public, as long as it’s not being pointed at someone, my first thought is ‘Cool! What kind is it?’
I don’t get coffee out much and rarely at Starbucks, anyway. Guess, if I do, I’ll continue to carry concealed. But, at their policies and prices, I’ll probably go to Dutch Bros.! Locally, they had an armed employee stop a robbery of their shop, and they didn’t fire him!
They gave him a raise!
pistol-training.com has an interesting link adding to the debate regarding the speed of the draw (pistol presentation). It seems, empirically:
Professor Ross explains that in 90% of the 1,100 cases studied, an officer had less than two seconds to react to perceived lethal danger. (Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 2013, #13(2), p 90) (emphasis Guffaw)
While an interesting factoid (and, to be fair, I’ve not read the study, it costs $4.00) my emphasis is about an officer being the focus. Most of us gun folks on the Internet, reading this and many other blogs are not officers, not in uniform and not charged with protection of the public at large.
And, I’m certain a civilian carrying discretely doesn’t have the same constraints on their actions. Civilians probably have more.
Having said all this, it would be ‘cool’ is all of us were Condition Yellow enough to be able to react to perceived lethal danger in less than two seconds. But, we are not cops, special operators, nor super heroes. We are just responsible men and women who train for the eventuality.
And hope it never happens.
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No, the above photo isn’t she. She was, uh, more endowed. (and a redhead). And while she was known to carry a concealed weapon, it usually wasn’t a .38 snub. It was one of those truncated Kimber .45s, in a belly-band, right below the, uh, area pictured above. Presentation was ‘between’.
This takes me back to the book Stopping Power, wherein Marshall and Sanow present numerous examples of police and civilians utilizing firearms against assailants. In teaching my students, I used to refer to the book as ‘bedtime stories’. One story had a female sheriff’s deputy rushing to exit the women’s room to back up her partner, going into full-on-Weaver, and engaging the threat. Without having properly fastened her pants. The back up cops told her doing so was a helluva diversion!
Obviously, the woman above (or Roberta) would have accomplished the same thing.
Hey, I’m all about women carrying, and carrying something effective and discrete. The presentation may lose some discretion, but, so be it!
And I saw this photo on a couple other blogs and thought, “Hey, Roberta! And Rule Five.”
FTC – neither Flashbang, Kimber, Marshall nor Sanow gave me anything. Roberta did for a few years, then we parted company. No money changed hands.
h/t From The Caer, Breitbart
Good thing!. Tactically, he sucked. and with regard to his ‘technique’…
Well, THAT sucked, too! Cup and saucer? SERIOUSLY?
Regardless, go see Mr. Michalowski’s essay at the link above. We need to keep training, especially because we are NOT finely-tuned spec-ops guys.
And we know better.
The lovely, endearing and forever snarky Tam recently posted about Starbucks Appreciation Day, persons objecting to the militarization of civilian police, and other issues. She referred to Sebastian and his take on the matter.
Even to the point of suggesting carrying an elongated garden implement into the coffee shop in lieu of the ostensibly more objectionable bullet projector. Reductio ad absurdum, I presume (?)
This got me to thinking. Back in the day, when I first became a handgun owner (the 70s) there was no CCW law in Arizona, and certain no Constitutional Carry provision on the horizon. One carried concealed at one’s own peril – a misdemeanor conviction if caught and possible loss of the offending firearm if convicted.
Open Carry was the LAW. And, the rule. And except for occasionally running into a tourist or snowbird (Winter visitor) there was rarely a problem. I remember one late night visit to a grocery store. I was at one end of an aisle, and a woman at the far end was screaming (to no one in particular), “Oh My God! He’s got a GUN!” I assumed she was speaking about me.
No one cared.
However, times have changed. Arizona law still provides for Open Carry (whilst adding brandishing to the list of no-nos) as well as a concealment permitage and Constitutional Carry. Citizen’s choice!
But with the concealment laws have come changes in the State’s culture. Open Carry isn’t as accepted as it once was. Concealment is considered more socially acceptable, more polite. Only uncouth ruffians would carry openly.
At least in the big city. I guess if I lived in Apache Junction or Prescott, O.C. would be no big deal.
But, I mostly choose to carry concealed, now. A more genteel Guffaw…
My roommate sprung for lunch, yesterday. We went to SMASHBURGER; first time visitors. It was kinda like an upscale McDonalds. Clean, organized, comfortable. Greasy/Juicy burgers in a multitude of varieties, with a variety of sides, including some healthier choices.
They also had beer (!) and Haagen Dazs milkshakes! No, those weren’t the healthier choices.
Arizona CCW Law says one may carry into a place that serves alcohol, if it’s predominantly a food emporium and one doesn’t drink whilst carrying. Unless there is the dreaded ‘No Guns/Weapons Allowed’ sign posted. Open Carry has been legal in Arizona since she was a territory! (Statehood – 1912, last of the 48!)
Smashburger had this sign, which I’d not seen before:
I did find this amusing, as this is a fairly liberal college town, and the sign didn’t conform to the CCW statute guidelines. Of course, I would have prefered no sign at all, but hey, it’s their business.
We anticipate a return visit sometime, but not necessarily soon. It’s no Thirsty Lion!
(FTC – neither Smashburger nor Thirsty Lion gave me anything. Move along – nothing to see here.)