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Various law enforcement agencies and military units  have memorials to those that have fallen in service to their country.

If we ever build such a memorial to concealed carriers who put their lives at risk to save others, the name of Joseph Robert Wilcox, 31, of Las Vegas deserves to be on that wall.

Wilcox was killed yesterday (June 8) attempting to take down the deranged couple that had just  murdered Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo at a nearby Cici’s Pizza location.  Wilcox apparently spotted the husband as he rushed into Walmart, and tried to take him down.

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So what??
Most CCW courses are basic safety classes, I’ve seen many I wonder if safety is even taught that well.

Please do not fool yourself into thinking you are trained to fight just because the state issued you a license

When the rubber meets the road, a lot can be going on, and basic training may not save you, I don’t know how much training Mr Wilcox had, , and he may have changed the course of the event, but he lost.  (Maddened Fowl)

Not to cast aspersions toward Mr. Wilcox, but most of us are armchair adventurers at best.  I’ve been in IPSC competitions wherein civilians cleaned the clocks of sworn officers, but these were pretend, not real life.  And I’ve observed many officers whose firearms safety regime was trumped by their huge egos.  And they paid for it.

Most of us are not sworn officers or spec ops guys home on leave from Afghanistan.  We are regular Joes (and Janes) going about our mundane daily lives, but we do so armed.  And many of us have received a permission slip from our respective States to carry our tools concealed as we go about our business.

The concealed weapon permit is akin the driver license.  It doesn’t mean that we are automatically Mario Andretti upon our receipt of it.  Keep training, keep learning, keep maintaining and most importantly, keep paying attention to your surroundings.

We, as civilians, have no obligation to rush in like John McClane (Die Hard films) in the movies and save everyone.  And most of us don’t have the skills.

Know yourself, too!

h/t Bob Owens, The Duck

“Badges? We Don’ Need No Stinkin’ Badges!” II

ccw badgeI don’t own one of these.

I do have an assortment of security guard badges from my tenures there, as well as my fraternal grandfather’s railroad police badge.

The question is, what will you do to ID yourself when a patrol unit rolls up on the scene, wherein you just dropped a guy in self defense?  Show your CCW Permit?

Or is it a better idea to have something like the above badge (they abound on the Internet and Amazon) in one’s possession when the constabulary sees one man down and you with a hot, smoking gun in your hand covering him?

Between you and me, I already carry a packed wallet, numerous keys, a speed strip (or 2) OR magazines and my sidearm.

Some states prohibit use of a badge with a private investigator’s credential.  It’s possible some prohibit a badge with a CCW permit, too.

And some anti-gun rights/anti-self-defense prosecutor/cop might tack on ‘impersonating a police officer’ to your charges.

What do you guys think?

SMART Guns

Brady sues to force “smart gun” requirements in NJ

Posted by David Hardy (on his blog)

Here’s the complaint. Essentially, the NJ legislature passed a law in 2002, which required the attorney general to report whenever “smart gun” technology went on sale in the US. Three years after he so reports, the only handguns that can be sold in NJ will be ones so equipped. The complaint alleges that the technology is now on sale, and seeks an order that the AG file the report. Nevermind that there are major concerns about reliability and safety. If people don’t want to rely on such guns, Brady figures, we’ll just have to force them to do so.

Ah, “reasonable gun control”! Brady apparently thinks that even New Jersey is “unreasonably mild” on the subject.

Because New Jersey is already so lax on their gun laws, and smart gun technology has been proven to work consistently.

Yeah, that’s SMART…

In days of yore, the British SAS carried Browning High Powers WITH THEIR SAFETIES UNENGAGED!  Why?  Because they knew with proper training there wouldn’t be any negligent discharges.  Relying on man-made devices to act as a ‘safety’ against gun accidents is foolhardy.  And these so-called smart guns use batteries.  See any problem here?

The Times – They Are A Changin’

(Courtesy of Sean Linneane – Stormbringer)

Friend sent this in last night he’s over there in the Suck . . . S.L.There was this new Intell chick at this evening’s base defense meeting. The Company Commander asked a couple of basic introductory questions and it went something like this . . .Major: “So where are you from?”

Chick: “CJSOTF.”

Major: “No, I mean where are you from in the States?”

Chick: “Florida.”

Major: “What about your husband, where’s he from?”

Chick: “I don’t have a husband, I have a wife and she’s from Florida too.”

The whole room erupted.

True story . . .

FINALLY! Some Good Legal Stuff!

AZ: State Preemption Law to Get Some Teeth

While specifically aimed at Tucson’s gun ordinances, it would apply statewide:

HB 2517, approved Thursday by the House Judiciary Committee, would change all that.

It says any individual or organization whose membership is “adversely affected” by a law they believe is illegal can sue. Challengers who win are entitled to legal fees and damages up to $100,000.

The legislation also says the court can assess a civil penalty of up to $500,000 against any elected or appointed government official if a judge determines the violation of state pre-emption laws was “knowing and willful.”

And to make sure that resonates with city officials, HB 2517 forbids the city from reimbursing the council member or employee for that penalty. It even says the official has to bear his or her own legal fees.

Of course, while the committee has passed it, there’s still a long road to travel before the Governor signs it into law.

AND…

9th Circuit Affirms Right to Carry Guns in California

From WaPo:

The Ninth Circuit’s decision in Peruta v. San Diego, released minutes ago, affirms the right of law-abiding citizens to carry handguns for lawful protection in public.

California law has a process for applying for a permit to carry a handgun for protection in public, with requirements for safety training, a background check, and so on. These requirements were not challenged. The statute also requires that the applicant have “good cause,” which was interpreted by San Diego County to mean that the applicant is faced with current specific threats. (Not all California counties have this narrow interpretation.) The Ninth Circuit, in a 2-1 opinion written by Judge O’Scannlain, ruled that Peruta was entitled to Summary Judgement, because the “good cause” provision violates the Second Amendment.

More here and here.

This certainly has ramifications for gun holders in “may issue” states such as NY and NJ.  (BOTH STORIES stolen courtesy of Alphecca)

With regard to both stories, it’s about f’n time!

h/t Jeff Soyer

I’m Guessing She’s Not An N.E.A. Member?

Stormbringer reminded us of a teacher of yore.  We need more like her, today.

Here.  Now.

Meet Captain Nieves Fernandez, the only known Filipino female guerrilla leader and school teacher. When the Japanese came to take the children under her care she shot them. She didn’t hide in a closet, she didn’t put up a gun free zone sign, she shot them in the face with her latong (a home made shotgun).

Note she has an M1 carbine with a 15 round magazine – illegal in the Gun Control States of California and Massachusetts.

She then went on to kill over 200 Japanese soldiers during the war with a group of commandos and holds the distinction as the only female commander of a resistance group in the Philippines.

In this photo she is showing U.S. Army Private Andrew Lupiba how she used her bolo to silently kill Japanese sentries during the occupation of Leyte Island.

Can you imagine an American school teacher in the day & age having the chutzpah to pull off a class act like this?

h/t Theo Spark

“Because They Can…”

Matt, a former blogger, occasional commenter and friend commented thus on a recent post of mine regarding the apparent wanton killing of a pinned suspect by ‘the authorities’.

I asked why such a thing could occur.  His answer – because they can.

This is the crux of why I’m a libertarian, and not a left-wing socialist type.  The Left seems to hold to the idea of the Philosopher King.  Someone placed in charge by the gods to rule over us lesser folk, with wisdom and compassion. Even though many of them decry gods.

But, they forget kings are people.  Human beings.  Fallible, and with feet of clay.  This is also why the gun people control folks keep trying to tweak the system.

“If there is just one more law…”  Yeah, right.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely?  You bet!

I recall a story I heard some years ago about a local small business.  The business had been burgled, and the sole proprietor diligently reported records of the missing property and damages to his insurance company and the authorities.  They never caught the burglars.  He received his insurance settlement and all was right with the world.

Except, because of all the damage, he mis-reported something that he thought stolen, and had been paid for it.  And he tried to make things square with the insurance company and the police.

But, the insurance company filed a lawsuit against him, and made certain he was charged with filing a false police report!

The end result was he lost his business, his property, and was forced to pay a large fine.

As he stood in the back of the business behind the tape, watching ‘the authorities’ confiscate his remaining property, he asked one of the agents gleefully loading it up on government trucks, “Why are you doing this to me?”

His answer.  “Because we can.”

Because they can

Because they can

I have a healthy distrust of government.  I know many government employees who feel the same.  It’s inherent in the system to accrue power.

And not give it back.

Poverty & Immigration

This is a terrific, succinct analysis of poverty and immigration.  My only dispute with the presenter his conclusion. (click below)

Can immigration help other countries?   You will be surprised!!

If he suggested we need to begin FIRST with the disenfranchised in our own country, the United States, then I would completely agree with him.

h/t Judy and David

Condition GREY

Wirecutter shares with us a tale of people in Condition GREY…

The passengers on a San Francisco light rail line were so absorbed in their phones and their tablet computers that no one noticed when a madman pulled out a handgun and waved it around several times before opening fire and killing a random commuter, police have revealed.

Nikhom Thephakaysone is charged with murdering promising San Francisco State University student Justin Valdez, 20, in cold blood, without provocation on a Municipal Railway last month.

Police say the CCTV footage from the rail car show that neither Valdez nor any of his fellow passengers saw it coming – even though Thephakaysone pulled out a .45-caliber pistol several times – even rubbing his nose with it in his hand once.
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I used to hang with a shooter who said average people walk around inattentive (Condition WHITE), but those whose faces are buried in newspapers or magazines (the cell phones and tablets of the day) are even WORSE.  CONDITION GREY!

Don’t be GREY!

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♫ Everything That’s Old Is New Again ♫ Sadly…

Good God, I hope not…

Professor Jacobson of Cornell Law School seems to think so.  Here is part of his in-depth analysis of the potential survival of Jewish communities in Europe:

“Call it the yogurt’s-expiration-date syndrome”

There is no future left for Jewish communities in Europe.

That’s the inescapable conclusion of You Only Live Twice by Michel Gurfinkiel in Mosaic Magazine.

The lengthy article is a long trip down the death during World War II and then rebirth of Jewish communities in Europe, and how that rebirth is being snuffed out by renewed anti-Semitism from multiple directions, particularly leftist demonization of Israel and Islamist anti-Semitism.

This Leftist-Islamist coalition, centered around hatred of Israel, is a topic we’ve explored here many times in connection with anti-Semitism in Malmö, Sweden, on British campuses, in the BDS movement, in the academic boycott movement, among other places.

The fact is that while intellectually one can distinguish anti-Israeli fervor from anti-Semitism, in reality, on the streets of Malmö and Paris, and elsewhere in Europe, they are one and the same. ~

~It’s also no surprise that it is in Muslim communities in Europe that a Jew must be afraid to wear a yarmulke in public for fear of physical attack.

Here we go, again..

Add to the equation the demonization of Jewry in the United States, coupled with the politically-correct handling of Islamic folk, even radicalized Islamic folk, and the future doesn’t look good for Europe or the  U.S.

I’ve said it before, political correctness will be the death of us.  And many others.  We (meaning American society) are so afraid of offending anyone that we bend over backwards to accommodate certain folks, while simultaneously minimizing others.  Not a good idea, when all are created equal.

Last time I checked the text.

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