Trayvon Martin’s Death and the Stand Your Ground Law vs. the Duty to Reatreat

There are few things more sad than an avoidable death. And I guess few things more unavoidable than using that death to push for a political position, as we see in the death of Trayvon Martin. Young Mr. Martin was a 17 year old walking home from the store when he was confronted by neighborhood watch “captain” George Zimmerman, who apparently (hopefully) thought he was protecting the neighborhood. But when the situation ended the teenage Martin hadn’t just been confronted or even picked up by the police, he was dead. But did Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law have anything to do with it? And if so, for whom?

It was a death that didn’t have to happen, for sure, and should have all of us questioning ourselves and what we would do in a similar situation whichever side we are on. But the political focus of those using young Mr. Martin’s tragic death has been on a Florida law, commonly called the “Stand Your Ground” law, that removes the duty to retreat for someone under assault and allows them to use force to defend themselves if they feel threatened. But the ironic thing is the person who chose not to . . . → Read More: Trayvon Martin’s Death and the Stand Your Ground Law vs. the Duty to Reatreat

Colorado Supreme Court overrules CU ban on guns on campus

Which means that licensed CCW will be legal (possibly open carry as well — I’ve not reviewed the actual ruling) on all state college campuses in Colorado. I’m sure there are more details to come, but what a victory this is. And finally the Brady Campaign will have to give Colorado a better (lower) score for 2012 as they’ve been incorrectly claiming we ban campus carry and punishing us with 2 extra Brady points.

I always hate to see courts making these big decisions, as they can be so darn biased and come up with crazy rulings (like they did on open carry in Colorado), but given how the law was written this should always have been a gimme. Regardless of what current Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said as Colorado Attorney General – that CU was somehow exempt from laws passed for the entire state.

This is great news. Although I’ve never carried a firearm while walking on campus, I”ve always been worried that on a trip to Boulder I’d inadvertently turn onto one of the roads that crosses the CU and get pulled over by a campus cop. It’s not clear what criminal charges I would have . . . → Read More: Colorado Supreme Court overrules CU ban on guns on campus

So a person killed with a sword is better than a standoff with a gun?

As gun control has ceased to be a mainstream issue, gun control proponents have gotten more extreme to the point of becoming silly — not surprising for a movement who’s leadership has become people victimized by gunfire and know nothing about guns/the gun culture and don’t want to. And the fact that they just plain hate guns, hate them so much they don’t care if people die so long as no one can buy or carry a gun, becomes more clear. Here is an exchange on the Wisconsin Anti-Violent Effort Facebook page about a confrontation between a sword wielder and a (possible) CCW holder that ended peacefully, i.e. with no one getting hurt. And yet to anti-gunners it’s proof that horrible and violent people are getting their CCW’s.

Now … there are obviously some bizarre sides to this — brother’s fighting over cigarettes, etc. — but I’ve got to say that brandishing a firearm at someone brandishing a 5 foot long sword is not unreasonable. Whether or not you should be able to use deadly force against someone about to kill your dog just to be mean is more arguable, but jeez … he was going to kill the guy’s . . . → Read More: So a person killed with a sword is better than a standoff with a gun?

The pro-gun vs. anti-gun White House petition situation — meh!

Earlier I was worried that we on the pro-gun side were going to lose a grassroots type online vote.  Turns out to be a non-issue.

The first pro-HR822 (nationwide CCW) poll went down with less than the 5,000 votes in 30 days required for an administration response, but it did come fairly close.

The anti-HR822 poll, promoted by Mayor Ramsey of Philadelphia, skyrocketed quickly to 8,000 votes and seemed on track to hit the 25,000 votes currently required for an administration response, but died as quickly as it exploded. It has been stuck at less than 9,000 votes for some time with only 10 days left and little chance of making the grade.

There is a new pro-822 bill to vote on, and I hope you will, but unfortunately pro-gun/conservative types tend to be adverse to posting their contact information to a white house server (though I really don’t understand why).

So the whole poll thing is pretty much a joke. The administration will (supposedly) have to make some statements on some odd subjects that got enough votes, many having to do with legalizing pot, but with the new threshold for a response set to 25,000 votes in 30 days . . . → Read More: The pro-gun vs. anti-gun White House petition situation — meh!

Another important petition — to make silencers generally available

One truly common sense fact about guns is that being loud doesn’t make a gun safer any more than being silenced makes it more dangerous. The law forcing us to pay a punitive tax to own a simple device to make a gun less loud is ridiculous, and it’s time to petition the government to remove it. Which is exactly what Sean at A NC Gun Blog has done by putting a petition on the Obama White House website (he beat me to it — I was going to post such a petition today).

The petition is here if you want to go directly to it. And while you’re there …

Sign this petition to allow ownership of post 1987 automatic weapons.

And this one to support the bill for national CCW.

And this one to support ownership of short barreled rifles and shotguns.

Any of these issues that get over 5,000 votes have to get an official response from the administration. And I hope we can do it, because I’d love to see the current administrations views on these items.

Off Road

The best book ever written!

By me, anyway.

Set against the background of the American civil . . . → Read More: Another important petition — to make silencers generally available

So the Wisconsin Anti-Gun (Violence) Effort thinks it can get businesses to ban guns

So the Wisconsin Anti-GunViolence Effort group thinks it can talk businesses into banning CCW. Hmmm. They can only get 3,164 followers on their FB page — and considering an occasional gun-friendly comment pops up before it is immediately deleted (can’t have anyone debating, dontcha know) some of those are on our side rather than theirs. To put that number into perspective, I have over 3,000 followers on FB myself, and the national NRA group has 1.1 million (with the latter constantly rising). Yeah — I’m guessing their grass roots chi is all about bark and not bite.

But most interesting in their article, which assumes Wisconsinites are all bumpkins who have never been out of state:

Bonavia says they are calling on businesses to ban guns from being carried inside. She says similar steps have been taken by about 80-percent of the businesses in other states that allow concealed carry.

As a statistic, that one is laughable. 80% would be 8 out of 10 businesses, and I haven’t seen anything close to even 8% of business posted, much less 80%, anywhere I’ve traveled. Probably more like 4%.

If you include all states that allow CCW (49 now) it becomes even . . . → Read More: So the Wisconsin Anti-Gun (Violence) Effort thinks it can get businesses to ban guns

The anti-gun craziness in WI persists — and why police should not have unlimited access to CCW database

Common Sense Takes a Holiday in Wisconsin

Taking a break from my posting break for this delightful bit of paranoid crazy from the WAVE FB page (an organization for Anti-Gun Wisconsinites that has only managed to get 3,160 followers — slightly less FB friends than I had at my peak (I’m little below that now)).

Common Sense Takes a Holiday in Wisconsin

In case you can’t read the above:

the law will not only put cops at risk but store owners and women on dates and people wearing rolex watches or large diamond rings or fur coats…………yes we all new this—–really there are but 2 types of people nowadays in the USA “religious zealot knee jerk liberals of which I am one and then our opponents neo nazi gun death power and sex obsessed psychopaths.

To be honest I am thinking this may be sarcasm, as few people refer to themselves as “religious zealot knee jerk liberals,” … but given the quality and mental state of the anti-gun groups/liberal Wisconsin groups it’s really hard to say.

But regardless whether it’s parody or serious, well incorporated in this post is that bizarre fear that having a gun available turns otherwise law abiding people into criminals or murderers. . . . → Read More: The anti-gun craziness in WI persists — and why police should not have unlimited access to CCW database

On Wisconsin! WI becomes the 41st shall issue state, 49th to have civilian CCW

So with the Wisconsin assembly having sent their shall-issue Concealed Carry (CCW) bill on to the governor (who’s promised to sign it) another 5.7 million American’s are empowered with the ability to legally arm themselves for defense of themselves and their communities. Good Job!

I’m not a Wisconsinian/Wisconsinite (whatever) so I haven’t been following this closely, from what I read it’s a fairly clean bill with good reciprocity rules and NO exclusion for colleges. Only school grounds. If the legality of carrying on a college campus is true, this makes them the 3rd state to allow that, after Utah and Colorado. Hopefully we’ll be getting a lot more in years to come.

On Wisconsin!

Off Road

The best book ever written!

By me, anyway.

Set against the background of the American civil war of “progressives” vs. patriotic American traditionalists and a family caught in the middle, Off Road is a journey into the uniquely American world of God, guns, big trucks … and family.

More information here. Buy it at amazon.com in paperback or Kindle (only .99 for Kindle, which can also be read on a PC with a free reader). Or at Barnes and Noble in paperback or . . . → Read More: On Wisconsin! WI becomes the 41st shall issue state, 49th to have civilian CCW

Greg Gutfeld’s “Red Eye” gets stupid in a gun debate

I’m a big fan of Redeye on Fox News, but last Friday Gutfeld’s panel mostly got it completely wrong on the issue of the new Arizona law that would make it legal to carry firearms on college campuses. Did the Redeye panel deal with the actual issues at hand, or go immediately to chair wetting exclaims of “Oh My God stoned and drunk teenage students waving guns around in class and shooting professors because of bad grades and hormones and did we mention they’re all stoned and drunk and nuts?” Let’s just say … the majority of the chairs needed recovering when the segment ended, though Mr. Gutfeld’s outlook was much more reasonable.

To recap, the new law would make it legal for people who can legally carry a weapon (meaning pretty much any law abiding citizen over the age of 18, since Arizona allows 18 and over to “open carry”) to drive or walk across an Arizona campus with a firearm on their person or in their vehicle, though they cannot enter any building (i.e. dorm room/classroom) with the firearm. Though I would have liked it if the law had gone a step further and included access to buildings, . . . → Read More: Greg Gutfeld’s “Red Eye” gets stupid in a gun debate

A run in with “The Man!” And yeah … I was packin’ …

So a few nights ago I was working late and decided to run out to the store for a few things and pick up a snack (grocery store’s open 24 hours, and there’s never a line at midnight). As I pulled out of my subdivision I noticed a police car behind me. But I was going the speed limit, I had my seat belt on … no problem, right? Of course, I wasn’t aware that my license plate light was out. And that this officer was apparently having a boring night.

So as I pulled into the parking lot of the grocery store my car was suddenly flooded with blindingly bright red and blue lights (when I started driving police cars had two slowly spinning dim red lights on top, but nowadays they flare up like a psychadelic supernova). This startled the heck out of me.

For one thing, I rarely get pulled over. Because when I was a youth and drove a fast car/fast motorcycle I was too smart to get caught, and as the middle aged guy I am now I drive too boring. The fact is, I’ve only had one ticket in my life, and that was . . . → Read More: A run in with “The Man!” And yeah … I was packin’ …