Warning to Gun Owners – “Big Brother” is Watching
The emerging scandals surrounding the abuse of power by a growing number of government agencies should send chills down the spines of every gun owner in America. After all, if there is any group likely in the sights of those who wish to restrict the rights of Americans, it would be gun owners. And gun ownership is soaring. Gregory Gwyn-Williams at CNS News noted the | Read More »
Anatomy of a Rape – Oregon 911 Call
This story should anger anyone, regardless of their political views. Simply put, a woman called 911 because an intruder was attempting to break into her home. The 911 operator’s conversation with the victim is nothing short of astounding – after informing the frightened woman that there were no law enforcement personnel available to answer the call, she suggests that the woman “ask the man to | Read More »
The Company You Keep. Common Sense Choices for Those Who Lawfully Carry a Gun.
Those of us who regularly carry firearms for self-defense are generally well aware of the need to avoid confrontations. Whether using inappropriately provocative speech, or being foolish enough to become involved in something as dangerous as a road rage incident, we know only too well that any misstep by us will more than likely be exploited by some future prosecutor. But in the quest to | Read More »
From “Fast and Furious” to the IRS and Bengazi. What Will it Take?
First we had Obama’s “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal, in which hundreds of Mexicans (as well as American border agents) DIED, then Bengazi, in which American diplomats and security personnel DIED. Now we find out that the IRS is acting like the Secret Police. We have wiretaps of Associated Press reporters. And as if all that weren’t enough, it now appears that the EPA may | Read More »
Oooops! More People, More Guns, and…LESS Crime?
Facts are stubborn things: A study released Tuesday by the government’s Bureau of Justice Statistics found that gun-related homicides DROPPED from 18,253 in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011. That’s a 39 percent reduction in the RAW NUMBER, while the population grew by 51 MILLION, and the number of guns in America went from 200 million to over 300 million! Pew Research Center found a similar | Read More »
2014…Crossroads for American Gun Owners
Never in American history have our rights been more at risk than they are today. As a result, gun stores have fewer and fewer guns on their shelves, and ammunition is flying out the doors as fast as the pallets are unloaded. Even 22 rimfire ammo is scarce, along with soaring prices everywhere you look. However, a silver lining in this is that these shortages | Read More »
Will My Gun Hurt Me in Court?
One of the most important ways we can protect ourselves legally is to make sensible choices before we find ourselves in a self-defense situation. And asking ourselves, “What will a jury think?” is an excellent way to ensure decisions that give us the edge. From mock jury trials to psychological studies, there is substantial research on the psychology of juries, especially where self-defense is concerned. | Read More »
Where are the Parents?
The stories are becoming all too familiar. A young child does something utterly harmless, and the “authorities” come down on him (or her) like a SWAT team. Or school administrators announce some outrageous new “rule” that 20 years ago would have gotten them fired. Recent examples include: Two 10 year-old girls running a lemonade stand suddenly find themselves confronted by armed police officers, telling them | Read More »
Minimum Wage Madness
Here in Minnesota, at the behest of our looney-tunes Democrat Governor Mark Dayton, the Democrat controlled House and Senate is considering once again the insane idea of raising the state minimum wage. Now, the very fact that something as destructive as a government imposed minimum price for unskilled labor even exists is a testament to the economic illiteracy of much of the American public. That | Read More »
Warning: “Stealth” Gun Control on the Rise
By keeping our attention on things like bans of “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazines, the anti-gun forces are using a tried and true technique of magicians throughout the ages – misdirection. If the anti-gun “illusionists” can keep the public (including us) watching one hand, they can use the other hand to achieve their true objective. Pro-gun-rights supporters expend significant energy on opposing more obvious | Read More »
Obama’s Anti-gun Fanaticism No Surprise
Obama’s State of the Union message focused pointedly on his desire for yet more gun control initiatives. This is exactly what we predicted when he first got elected – that he would do nothing on guns in his first term, so as not to endanger his reelection. But once he no longer had to run again, watch out. And, as predicted, barely days after the | Read More »
Warning: Ammunition is the next “Big Tobacco”
How does $89 for a 50 round box of 9mm target ammo sound? Well, if gun owners don’t get off their collective rear ends that may well be the “new normal” – and sooner than they think. I’m old enough to remember when cigarettes were 35 cents a pack. Thanks to the “war on Big Tobacco” they now go anywhere from $5 at the discount | Read More »
Apathy is not an option…
With calls for gun control becoming more numerous and more strident, it is increasingly clear that the Obama administration is intent on using “any means necessary” to restrict the average citizen’s rights to own and carry firearms. At the local level, anti-gun governors and state legislators are jumping on board, promising (threatening?) “serious” changes in gun laws. However, what is at least as disturbing, especially | Read More »
Following the gruesome massacre of school children in Connecticut, news stories have shared a common theme – that gun owners are now “ready to compromise” on guns. Unfortunately, too many of those on “our side” seem intimidated by the media, and unwilling to fight back. But they are making a huge mistake, both in terms of public safety, and our freedoms. Anyone who understands anything | Read More »
You knew it was coming. Democrats, hardly able to contain their enthusiasm for their new-found excuse for the kind of gun control they’ve always wanted, couldn’t even wait for the victims of the Connecticut shooting to be buried. From President Obama’s thinly veiled threat to the outright demand for yet another “assault weapon ban” from Democrats like Senator Diane Feinstein, the gun control zealots are | Read More »
Mind Game – A Different Take on Guns in America
In the wake of the Jovan Belcher murder/suicide case, sportscaster Bob Costas made his now well-publicized anti-gun rant during half-time of a football game. The reaction was immediate, and overwhelmingly negative. Surprisingly, a number of NFL players chided Costas for blaming guns, noting that 3 out of 4 of their fellow NFL athletes are gun owners, with few incidents of violence. Even super-sports-celebrity Charles Barkley | Read More »
The Little Falls Break-In. Self Defense? Or Murder?
The recent incident in Little Falls, Minnesota, in which two teenagers apparently broke into a man’s house and were subsequently shot by the home owner, brings into sharp focus the issue of what constitutes legitimate self defense. The story first broke just after Thanksgiving: http://brainerddispatch.com/news/2012-11-27/little-falls-shooting-killing-2-teens-sparks-homeowner-rights-controversy As a longtime firearm instructor and gun rights activist I am constantly amazed at the lack of understanding by the | Read More »
2012 – Why Republicans Lost. And What They Must Learn to Do…IF They Want to Recover.
Now that Barak Obama has been reelected, the usual flurry of excuse-making and finger-pointing by Republicans has been even more intense than usual. “Democrats cheated!” – So what else is new? They always cheat. So get a big enough margin and it won’t matter. Democrats cheated when Reagan won 49 states. Who cared? “Obama spent millions on vicious attack ads!” – Once again, this is | Read More »
Lessons from “Sandy” – Think About Energy When You Vote on Tuesday
If there is anything that was made perfectly clear as a result of “‘Superstorm Sandy” it is this: America runs on ENERGY. But not just any energy. America runs on COAL, OIL, GASOLINE, NATURAL GAS, and ELECTRICITY that has been generated by coal, oil, and natural gas. The plain fact is that 99.6% or our energy comes from good old fossil fuels. Contrary to the | Read More »
“Suppression” and “Disenfranchising” of Voters – the Same Old Democrat Canard
As the handwriting on the wall becomes ever more clear, the Democrats are already gearing up to cry “FOUL!” should Barak Obama lose the election. You’ve probably seen the Michael Moore inspired video from the Marxists at MoveOn.org. It features (surprise) foul mouthed senior citizens threatening civil war if America dares to send Barak Obama packing: http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/30/michael-moore-moveon-org-video-features-dirty-mouthed-old-people-lambasting-republicans-romney/ Now, liberals using course, vulgar, and even violent | Read More »
The Fiscal Cliff: No Pain, No Gain.
The reaction to the final presidential debate underscored what anyone who is paying attention already knows: The current state of the American economy is the most important issue on everyone’s mind. Foreign policy is important, but the lack of jobs and weak growth are simply more immediately felt by the average citizen. Thinking people also recognize that unless major changes are made, we are headed | Read More »
“If It’s Not Close, They Can’t Cheat!”
The above title is taken from a book by Hugh Hewitt - author, Constitutional Law scholar, and popular conservative talk show host. The full title is “If It’s Not Close, They Can’t Cheat: Crushing the Democrats in Every Election and Why Your Life Depends on It.” I highly recommend it, especially this election season. Here in Minnesota, we have had abundantly clear examples of how a | Read More »
Unemployment Magically Drops Below 8% just a Month Before the Election…Gosh, Who’da Thought?
We hate to say “we told you so” but…we did. The diary entry below was published last February, long before we even knew who the Republican nominee was going to be. But the flawed methodology behind the “official” (U-3) numbers, and the media’s linguistic strategy in doing everything possible to re-elect Barak Obama, are as insidious today as they were then. And remember that today, | Read More »
Election 2012 – Obama targets the SUV
No, I’m not talking about Sport Utility Vehicles…I’m talking about Stupid Uninformed Voters. And if you have any doubts that appealing to this segment of the population IS a big part of the Democrat strategy in 2012, you need only look at the numerous video interviews of those who voted for Obama in 2008, as well as the more recent (and downright hilarious) examples circulating | Read More »
Obama and the Middle East – Jimmy Carter 2.0?
Watching the violence unfolding in Egypt, Libya, and now Yemen, it is impossible to avoid recalling the embarrassing impotence of the Carter administration in dealing with the Iranian Hostage Crisis. And since today’s “protesters” clearly have no compunctions about killing American citizens, it is obvious that they have no more fear of the United States than the Ayatollah Khomeini did in 1980. In my own | Read More »