Monday, 27 April

05:47

Civil Rights Update: State restrictions on concealed carry by... [Gun News]

A federal district court in North Carolina held Friday that North Carolina may not discriminate against permanent resident noncitizens in issuing licenses to carry concealed guns. The U.S. Supreme Court's D.C. v.

04:36

It's been a rough weekend. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

And Rosey was on me to take a day off. Overslept this morning and won't get much of anything posted until later. Sorry.

Sunday, 26 April

22:22

Ohio bill would ease conceal/carry rules [Gun News]

A new bill recently introduced in the Ohio House would make it much easier for adults to carry a gun by taking away the need for a license. Ohio House Bill 152, introduced in April by Rep. Ron Hood, R-Ashville, would allow any person 21 years or over to carry a concealed handgun without a license as long as they are not legally prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm by federal law.

13:34

Newest appearance on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal on people’s changing views on guns, Bloomberg’s research director explains why he won’t debate [John Lott's Website]

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From C-SPAN: "John Lott talked about the new study put out by Pew Research Center which finds that support for gun rights have increased and, for the first time, protecting gun rights is more important than controlling ownership."
I was originally supposed to be on for an hour to discuss these issues with Ted Alcorn, the research director for Michael Bloomberg's Everytown. But Alcorn would not appear at the same time and insisted that he be allowed to appear after me. This clip is from the end of my appearance on C-SPAN.

The first caller to Mr. Alcorn segment asked him why he wouldn't appear on air with John Lott and Mr. Alcorn had this response.

The rest of Mr. Alcorn's segment is available here.

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13:08

Vermont doing well without gun training [Gun News]

It is refreshing to read that The Dispatch admits that the predictions of mayhem 11 years ago did not come to pass after Ohio allowed those with a license to carry concealed firearms . I agree the classes teach basic gun-handling, gun safety and instructions in Ohio self-defense law, but I fail to see the logic The Dispatch sees that the concealed-carry permit process weeds out criminals and the mentally ill.

12:57

Five of the top ten criminology papers at the Social Science Research Network are by the Crime Prevention Research Center [John Lott's Website]

I probably shouldn't brag about this, but this is interesting.  
Those interested in downloading the papers can click here to do so.  I hope that this paper on the FBI data gets more attention.  Getting more downloads force other academics to deal with our work.  John Whitley should also be listed as being with the Crime Prevention Research Center.



08:53

Grandma uses NAA Guardian to Stop Knife Attack [Gun News]

"He stood there and we talked for a while, [him] just asking for directions and me giving them to him," Turner recalled. "Never thought that when I turned my head that that young man would stick a knife to my throat."

06:44

New Jersey man denied gun permit for crime he didn't commit [Gun News]

Welcome to the Garden State. Just leave your guns at the border, please. Local news outlets are reporting on a court case which has recently come to a close wherein a citizen, identified only as Z.L., had applied for a gun permit in 2013.

Saturday, 25 April

21:28

Gun safety should be supported [Gun News]

Gun control arguments took a strange turn recently as country singer Tim McGraw began getting push-back after announcing plans to play a benefit concert for Sandy Hook Promise, a group that promotes gun safety and education.

18:23

Guns allowed at Norman Music Festival, attendees weigh in [Gun News]

Originally, the Norman Music Alliance and City of Norman said weapons would not be allowed at this year's Norman Music Festival, but the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association put up a fight and a judge ruled in its favor. Now, gun owners have been able to enjoy the event with weapons in tow, and for the most part, the guns have gone unnoticed.

17:36

Please hold your fire while I reload -- Tee Shirts, Hats, Magazines and Gas Money. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

I'm finally getting over the pasting I took while traveling 3000 miles round trip -- two days out, two days back, 24 hours total behind the wheel -- to Colorado and back. My endoscopy is coming up on Tuesday, so perhaps I'll be in better shape after that. Keep me in your prayers. In retrospect, I'll never try that again without a co-driver. Of course, I couldn't have done it at all without the support of the magnificent folks who provided me shelter along the way, sort of a freedom fighter underground railroad. Without that, I couldn't have afforded the hotels to stay at (the rental car and gas sucking up the majority of resources). I'd have done it anyway, but I would have ended up sleeping in the car and showering in truck stops.
You know, for the NRA annual meeting I stayed in a hotel paid for by a reader, and it wasn't cheap. Such help, unsolicited, is humbling beyond belief. I cannot thank those of you who support my work enough. I try to make it count as best I can. May God bless you all.
However, as much money as has been raised by the sales of tee shirts and hats, I now find myself having to reload -- there are several tee shirt sizes and colors that I quickly ran out of. Green seems to be most popular and I am now out of all colors of large, extra large and XXL. In fact, I may restrict the number of colors since I find it harder to deal with the multiplicity -- WalMart I ain't. All orders will be honored, of course, but if you haven't received yours yet, then they're now on backorder and I'll get them out to you as soon as I've reloaded. Same goes for hats. I'll let you know as soon as that happens.
In addition, the Colorado trip has now exhausted the entirety of the magazine stocks, politician grade and freedom fighter grade. I would like to do more smuggling into Connecticut later this year to directly confront THAT beast, so I am dependent upon y'all for reloading.
Bear with me, please.

17:18

In Your Town for April 25, 2015 [Gun News]

Seniors for Peace will host a talk titled “Subsidizing America's Most Hated Company: Why the Comcast-Times Warner Merger is a Bad Deal” April 27 at the Redwoods. Stan Dennison Jr., financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial, and Peter Churchill, a Novato CPA and attorney, will focus on bringing retirement goals within reach.

16:26

Florida Alert! Associated Press (AP) story on “Neighborhood Ranges” is FALSE [NRA-ILA News]

An AP reporter in Florida's Capitol Bureau recklessly wrote an article without bothering to get his facts straight and misinformed readers throughout the state.  AP reporter William March reported that an amendment had passed the Florida House that would prohibit recreational discharge "in a residential area with a density of one home per acre or more."  Mr. March wrote that it would ban shooting ranges on private property whether in the center of one acre or in the center of one-hundred acres. THAT IS FALSE.

13:13

Study: College-Age Concealed Permit Holders Don't Fit Left's Lawless Portrayal [Gun News]

On April 20, Breitbart News reported that Colorado has had Campus Carry for concealed carry permit holders since 2003, and there have been no mass shootings nor crimes by permit holders. This cuts to the heart of the left's argument that passing Campus Carry means more guns in the hands of more allegedly irresponsible college-age people.

09:13

As theater shooting trial opens, gun debate dwindles [Gun News]

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2013 file photo, Theresa Hoover, right, who's son A.J. Boik was killed in the 2012 Aurora movie theatre massacre, hugs Terry Sullivan, who's son Alex was also murdered that night, following a ra... . FILE - In this March 4, 2013 file photo, opponents of proposed gun control bills being considered by the Colorado Legislature hold signs to those passing in cars, in front of the State Capitol, in Denver.

09:13

As theater shooting trial opens, gun debate dwindles [Gun News]

In this April 18, 2013 file photo, community gun safety advocates and members of the public hold signs during a rally and vigil to honor victims of gun violence, sponsored by Colorado Ceasefire, on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol, in Denver. When a gunman opened fire inside a packed movie theater in July of 2012, killing 12, it helped revive the national debate over gun control.

09:13

As theater shooting trial opens, gun debate dwindles [Gun News]

FILE - In this April 18, 2013 file photo, Keith Richards, of Denver, holds his son Jake, age 4, during a rally and vigil to honor victims of gun violence, sponsored by Colorado Ceasefire, on the steps of the Colorado S... Protesters who've been holding near-daily demonstrations this week over the death of Freddie Gray are promising their biggest march yet a day after the Baltimore Police Department acknowledged that it failed to... Protesters who've been holding demonstrations almost daily this week over the death of Freddie Gray are promising their biggest march yet a day after the Baltimore Police Department acknowledged that it failed to get... DENVER - When a gunman opened fire inside a packed movie theater in July 2012, killing 12 and injuring 70, it did more than spread fear and heartbreak across the Denver suburbs.

08:14

Time for Tim McGraw to take off his Cowboy hat & wear a 'Rasberry Beret' [Gun News]

If there is one thing that really "Gets my Goat" its when famous people portray themselves as one thing and then do another! Tim McGraw who has amassed a fortune singing country music and depicting the mantra of a cowboy with his signature cowboy hat and all is promoting Gun Control .

03:59

Harris County Sheriff's Office [Gun News]

Education on responsible firearm safety and storage is the first step towards preventing firearm accidents in the home. With this in mind, the National Shooting Sports Foundation will join the Harris County Sheriff's Office and the Harris County Constable's Office to host a special media and public event to provide free firearm safety kits to the community.

03:15

Collectivist "Lebensraum." Hartford Courant cartoonist Bob Englehart advocates resettlement of firearm owners. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

"In fact, I’d feel safer if those folks were obliged by law to join a well-regulated state militia or of (sic) they just moved somewhere else, such as like-minded Texas."
Courant cartoonist takes personal hatred, frustration out on gun owners
I once got my daughter Zoe in trouble at school when she answered the social studies teacher's question, "What is the difference between socialism and communism?" A socialist she explained (as she had learned at her daddy's knee), was a communist who had not yet found his AK-47 or the will to use it, and a communist was a socialist who had found his AK-47 and would kill you with it. (I told this story to an Oath Keeper's meeting in New York.)
Likewise, a fascist is a national socialist who has not yet worked out how to make the east-bound trains to the camps run on time, or the guts to load them. However, as we see from the above, a latter-day Julius Streicher is now advocating forced resettlement of firearm owners to make his state safer for collectivism.
You know, we've seen this movie before. We know how it ends. Englehart evidently doesn't. Perhaps he should check with Julius Streicher. Of course he would have to go to Hell to do it.
Julius Streicher, Hitler's favorite "journalist" and propagandist, after dancing the executioner's jig at Nuremberg in 1946.

Friday, 24 April

23:58

Exclusive: Handling the Beretta Pico [Gun News]

At 5.1" in length, 4" in height, less than A3 4" wide, and 11.5 ounces, Beretta's Pico , a 6+1 .380, carries concealed very easily and almost disappears in hand. Being the epitome of small, thin, and lightweight, the Pico surprised me with easy-to-manage recoil.

22:42

Tyler v. Hillsdale Police Dept goes en banc [Of Arms and the Law]

Tyler was the case on an "as applied" challenge to the ban on possession where a fellow had had a short mental commitment decades ago, and Michigan law did not incorporate the Federal route to getting that lifted. The panel opinion did use facial challenge logic to reason to its conclusion (as applied logic would be simply: there is no reason to deprive this guy of the right to arms for his entire life, because he is not dangerous, regardless of whether persons in that category in general are risky). The Sixth Circuit has take the case en banc.

19:43

House bill would make concealed guns a right [Gun News]

A proposal that would allow South Carolinians to carry concealed weapons without a permit was met with approval by the House of Representatives but has some gun enthusiasts up in arms. House members passed an amended bill Thursday that does away with language requiring a permit to carry a concealed weapon in South Carolina.

15:34

'Kapo' von Furstenberg gives Giffords 'gun control' award at UN [Gun News]

Designer Diane von Furstenberg 's DVF Foundation presented former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords with its Inspiration Award at the United Nations Thursday, the Associated Press reported . The $50,000 prize will be given to the Americans for Responsible Solutions Foundation, a group Giffords founded with husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, to promote efforts to pass additional " gun control " edicts.

Thursday, 23 April

23:12

Write-Up of the Canon City Patriot's Day Event in the Westcliffe Sangre de Cristo Sentinel. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

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 Patriot's Day Celebration : A Great Success
by George Gramlich
The Sangre de Cristo Sentinel
Westcliffe, CO.  April 24, 2015, Front Page
The 240th anniversary of “The Shot Heard Around The World” was celebrated in grand style last Saturday at Veterans Park in Cañon City with music and speeches by local, state and national political figures. April 19, commonly known as “Patriot’s Day,” commemorates the first shot fired at the British in Lexingtion, Massachusetts, in the Revolutionary War in 1775.
The event was organized by Mara and Jack Roberts of the Liberty Action Group in Pueblo West. Sponsors included the Sentinel, Warrior Kit in Pueblo West, and Raft Masters/Colorado Jeep Tours in Cotopaxi. Music was provided by George Rivera and his Fat Chance Blues Band who rocked the crowd from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. when the speech making began.  Joseph Santoro (U.S. Army, Retired) was the Master of Ceremonies for the event and led the audience with the Pledge of Allegiance at 1 p.m.
Speakers included former U.S. Congressman Tom Tancredo, Colorado Senator Kevin Grantham, Colorado Representative James “Jim” Wilson, Chairwoman Becky Mizel of the Pueblo County Republican Party, Custer County Sheriff Shannon Byerly, nationally known patriot Mike Vanderboegh, founder of the Three Percent movement, author of the Sipsey Street Irregulars blog site and one of the sources that broke the Fast and Furious scandal a few years ago, and finally, the featured speaker, the founder of the Oath Keepers Organization (Oathkeepers.org), former U.S. Army paratrooper, and Yale scholar, Stewart Rhodes.
Mike Vanderboegh (who was the featured speaker at last year’s Southern Colorado Patriots Club entry in the Independence Day Parade in Westcliffe) energized the crowd with a rousing speech entitled, “The “Law” Versus the Rule of Law” where he expounded on the unconstitutional laws being passed all over the country and especially here in Colorado with our recently passed unconstitutional gun laws including the magazine ban. Near the end of his speech, Mike’s assistant opened a box and dumped fifty 30-round AR15 magazines in front of Mike on the grass. Mike then ended his speech with these words:
“Here’s a box filled with fifty misdemeanors -- magazines that mysteriously appeared in your state yesterday coincident with my arrival. Now these are “politician grade” magazines. We have smuggled hundreds of perfectly reliable magazines into Connecticut and Colorado over the past two years. We call those “freedom fighter” grade magazines -- you can bet your life on them. But politician-grade magazines. . . well, like politicians they are unreliable and probably won’t work as advertised. They are perfect, therefore, for presentation to anti-gun politicians.
What I am looking for here today is co-conspirators in liberty. I am looking for volunteers to take these misdemeanors, present them to the politicians in this state in whatever otherwise legal method that you choose, along with the message -- “This was smuggled into Colorado in violation of your law. Now that you’ve taken possession of it, why don’t you go arrest yourself?
So the alternative is yours -- will you join the nationwide conspiracy for liberty? It is not without risk, but somewhere the Founders will be smiling. And remember this -- THE ENEMIES OF LIBERTY CAN ONLY MAKE YOU A SLAVE TO THEIR APPETITES WITH YOUR OWN PERMISSION AND INACTION. The choice is yours. Do I have any volunteers?”
At that moment dozens of audience members rushed to the front of the dais and picked up every single one of the “illegal” magazines as the crowd roared with applause.
Finally, the featured speaker, Stewart Rhodes, rose to speak. Mr. Rhodes described the sacrifices that our militia members went through in the Revolutionary War and that victory was achieved because virtually all adult males in the northern colonies were militia members. He spoke eloquently of the need for us to support our sheriff’s posse as they represent the militia concept today. He encouraged all citizens to join the posse as it is the final bulwark for freedom and liberty.
The event concluded with Mr. Santoro leading the entire assembly in taking or re-taking our sacred Oath to the Constitution of the United States of America.

(Editor/GG: Next week we will be printing Mike Vanderboegh’s speech in it’s entirety. Be sure to check it out!)

22:51

List of traitorous dogs who voted for Loretta Lynch. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Alphabetical by Senator Name

Alexander (R-TN), Nay
Ayotte (R-NH), Yea
Baldwin (D-WI), Yea
Barrasso (R-WY), Nay
Bennet (D-CO), Yea
Blumenthal (D-CT), Yea
Blunt (R-MO), Nay
Booker (D-NJ), Yea
Boozman (R-AR), Nay
Boxer (D-CA), Yea
Brown (D-OH), Yea
Burr (R-NC), Nay
Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
Capito (R-WV), Nay
Cardin (D-MD), Yea
Carper (D-DE), Yea
Casey (D-PA), Yea
Cassidy (R-LA), Nay
Coats (R-IN), Nay
Cochran (R-MS), Yea
Collins (R-ME), Yea
Coons (D-DE), Yea
Corker (R-TN), Nay
Cornyn (R-TX), Nay
Cotton (R-AR), Nay
Crapo (R-ID), Nay
Cruz (R-TX), Not Voting
Daines (R-MT), Nay
Donnelly (D-IN), Yea
Durbin (D-IL), Yea
Enzi (R-WY), Nay
Ernst (R-IA), Nay
Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Fischer (R-NE), Nay
Flake (R-AZ), Yea
Franken (D-MN), Yea
Gardner (R-CO), Nay
Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea
Graham (R-SC), Yea
Grassley (R-IA), Nay
Hatch (R-UT), Yea
Heinrich (D-NM), Yea
Heitkamp (D-ND), Yea
Heller (R-NV), Nay
Hirono (D-HI), Yea
Hoeven (R-ND), Nay
Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
Isakson (R-GA), Nay
Johnson (R-WI), Yea
Kaine (D-VA), Yea
King (I-ME), Yea
Kirk (R-IL), Yea
Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
Lankford (R-OK), Nay
Leahy (D-VT), Yea
Lee (R-UT), Nay
Manchin (D-WV), Yea
Markey (D-MA), Yea
McCain (R-AZ), Nay
McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
McConnell (R-KY), Yea
Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
Merkley (D-OR), Yea
Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
Moran (R-KS), Nay
Murkowski (R-AK), Nay
Murphy (D-CT), Yea
Murray (D-WA), Yea
Nelson (D-FL), Yea
Paul (R-KY), Nay
Perdue (R-GA), Nay
Peters (D-MI), Yea
Portman (R-OH), Yea
Reed (D-RI), Yea
Reid (D-NV), Yea
Risch (R-ID), Nay
Roberts (R-KS), Nay
Rounds (R-SD), Nay
Rubio (R-FL), Nay
Sanders (I-VT), Yea
Sasse (R-NE), Nay
Schatz (D-HI), Yea
Schumer (D-NY), Yea
Scott (R-SC), Nay
Sessions (R-AL), Nay
Shaheen (D-NH), Yea
Shelby (R-AL), Nay
Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
Sullivan (R-AK), Nay
Tester (D-MT), Yea
Thune (R-SD), Nay
Tillis (R-NC), Nay
Toomey (R-PA), Nay
Udall (D-NM), Yea
Vitter (R-LA), Nay
Warner (D-VA), Yea
Warren (D-MA), Yea
Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
Wicker (R-MS), Nay
Wyden (D-OR), Yea

22:29

High Country News reports on Oregon situation. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Oath Keepers show up for a public lands dispute in Oregon.
Yet, as of Wednesday, Oath Keepers were still asking for more “boots on the ground,” and Barclay was again supporting the escalating presence. Idaho three-percenters (a group that holds anti-federal government views and is named for the three percent of the colonial population that fought in the American Revolution) have also rallied to Medford to support the miners.

15:00

74-year-old grandma stops knife wielding robber: "You back off, or I’ll blow your head off" [John Lott's Website]

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A 74-year-old woman in Fort Worth, Texas stopped a robber who had a knife to her throat (a video from the local Fox affiliate is available here):
Jewell Turner, 74, told NBC 5 she was waiting in her minivan outside of her doctor’s office, near the corner of West Magnolia Avenue and 6th Avenue in the city’s Near South Side, when a man tapped on the glass of her driver’s side window.
Turner said she rolled down the window when the man said he needed directions.
“He stood there and we talked for a while, [him] just asking for directions and me giving them to him,” Turner recalled. “Never thought that when I turned my head that that young man would stick a knife to my throat.” . . .
“I just reached down, got the gun and turned around and pointed it to his face. And I told him, I said, ‘You back off, or I’ll blow your head off.’ And his eyes got big and he just backed up and he took off walking down the street like nothing happened.” . . .
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14:28

Lucky Gunner recovers $280,000 in legal fees [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here.

My favorite line: "The Brady Campaign declined Guns.com's request for comment about paying court costs and the dismissal."

If Brady pays it (they're the attorneys, and the award is assessed against their client, not themselves) that'd be about 10% of their assets, or 5% of their budget. If they don't ... they're gonna have some serious problems finding clients for future cases.

UPDATE: I can't find where the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act provides for attorneys' fees. The operative part of the statute simply says that a "qualified action," lawsuit, shall not be brought and any pending ones shall be dismissed. I wonder if the judge might have awarded the fees as sanctions for bringing an utterly frivolous suit. That's a rare action for a court to take, the suit has to be utterly beyond the pale, and in awarding them the judge could assess them directly against the attorneys.

05:55

More on Valdosta. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Hundreds of VSU students show support for American flag after controversial protest
Father of VSU protester tells son to turn himself in to authorities
In addition, I received this email advising of the details of the ride:
Subject: Ride to Valdosta Friday 24 April 2015
Plans are pretty well finalized regarding our ride to Valdosta. . .
Ride: Via I-75 (Times are estimated but should be close). We will ride 70-75 MPH staggered in the left lane. This is to avoid 18 wheelers. As we approach rolling pick-up exits, probably about 2-3 miles out, we will get into the right lane and slow down to 50 MPH. Riders in the back should put on flashers to warn trailing motorists that we are at 50 MPH. Joining riders are to be at exits and come down entrance ramps. If properly positioned, they should be able to see and hear us. (We are not stopping except at Exit 101 Pilot in Cordele for gas top off). Once riders join the group, we will then resume highway speeds and move back into the left lane. Then rear riders turn flashers off. Ride order, for group cohesiveness and safety, will be 2 wheelers, then trikes, then cages. I will have a sweep rider to help us with lane switching. Passing down hand signals will be critical with a large group on the interstate.
Stage 8:30 AM From south bound I-75, Exit 149, right on GA 49, to Waffle House on the right. Gas station (Flash Foods) are very close to the WH.
Ride Briefing 8:45 AM
KSU From Byron 9 AM SHARP
Rolling Pick Up Exit 112 (9:30 - 9:45 AM) Greg Royal
Gas stop for 15 minutes and Rodney's crew joining the ride Exit 101 Cordele Pilot (10:00 AM - 10:15 AM)
Rolling Pick Up Exit 62 (11:15 AM) Wild 1 Handy and his ALR crew
Exit 22 into Valdosta. (12 Noonish) Stage Check In at 3103 Ashley Street Valdosta (5 Points Mall)
Lunch somewhere and return to 3103 Ashley Street for KSU at 2:00 PM
While there: I understand that a large meeting was held where police went from hostile to accommodative. We plan to ride on the public streets and follow all traffic laws as we ride onto VSU campus. Wild1 and I between us will have approximately 50 flagline flags on our bikes if we have an opportunity to dismount and stand flag line(s). Not sure of that yet. USAF Vet and Heroine Michelle Manhart will be at staging but cannot ride onto VSU campus, as she would be arrested for trespassing.
We seek no trouble nor do we plan to break the law. Please make sure that your driver license, bike registration paperwork, insurance, Georgia Firearms License, and tags are current and up to date. We don’t want to give anyone an excuse to stop us and/or detain us. I encourage that those riding should keep “things” well concealed. I have no information that we should be concerned otherwise.
By the way, University Stooge President has announced his resignation effective July 1, 2015. No reason given. LOL
“Evil flourishes where good men do nothing”.

Wednesday, 22 April

23:14

The Only Strategic Deterrence of Tyranny We Possess: Six Years Later & The Origin of the One Hundred Heads. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Sir,
I have read you on the internet and believe in what your doing. One day the ATF will come to count coup on you and take your head. I promise to take One hundred heads for yours.  -- Cheyenne 0317/8541
Dateline, Sequoyah's Cabin Historic Site parking lot, Sallisaw, OK, 21 April 2015:
In my experience, the concept of One Hundred Heads began with this note above, received in my post office box not long after I started Sipsey Street Irregulars. I later explained the larger concept of One Hundred Heads and the mathematics of liberty in the 21st Century here.
I was telling this story of my anonymous Marine scout-sniper benefactor to Dean Weingarten at the NRA annual meeting recently and he observed that the man must be a Kipling fan. "Kipling?" I asked. Dean then told me of this poem: The Grave of the Hundred Head which was first published in The Week’s News on 7 January 1888.
The Grave of the
Hundred Head




There's a widow in sleepy Chester
Who weeps for her only son;
There's a grave on the Pabeng River,
A grave that the Burmans shun;
And there's Subadar Prag Tewarri
Who tells how the work was done.


A Snider squibbed in the jungle,
Somebody laughed and fled,
And the men of the First Shikaris
Picked up their Subaltern dead,
With a big blue mark in his forehead
And the back blown out of his head.

Subadar Prag Tewarri,
Jemadar Hira Lal,
Took command of the party,
Twenty rifles in all,
Marched them down to the river
As the day was beginning to fall.

They buried the boy by the river,
A blanket over his face—
They wept for their dead Lieutenant,
The men of an alien race—
They made a samadh in his honor,
A mark for his resting-place.

For they swore by the Holy Water,
They swore by the salt they ate,
That the soul of Lieutenant Eshmitt Sahib
Should go to his God in state,
With fifty file of Burmans
To open him Heaven's gate.

The men of the First Shikaris
Marched till the break of day,
Till they came to the rebel village,
The village of Pabengmay—
A jingal covered the clearing,
Calthrops hampered the way.

Subadar Prag Tewarri,
Bidding them load with ball,
Halted a dozen rifles
Under the village wall;
Sent out a flanking-party
With Jemadar Hira Lal.

The men of the First Shikaris
Shouted and smote and slew,
Turning the grinning jingal
On to the howling crew.
The Jemadar's flanking-party
Butchered the folk who flew.

Long was the morn of slaughter,
Long was the list of slain,
Five score heads were taken,
Five score heads and twain;
And the men of the First Shikaris
Went back to their grave again,

Each man bearing a basket
Red as his palms that day,
Red as the blazing village -
The village of Pabengmay,
And the "drip-drip-drip" from the baskets
Reddened the grass by the way.

They made a pile of their trophies
High as a tall man's chin,
Head upon head distorted,
Set in a sightless grin,
Anger and pain and terror
Stamped on the smoke-scorched skin.

Subadar Prag Tewarri
Put the head of the Boh
On the top of the mound of triumph,
The head of his son below—
With the sword and the peacock-banner
That the world might behold and know.

Thus the samadh was perfect,
Thus was the lesson plain
Of the wrath of the First Shikaris -
The price of a white man slain;
And the men of the First Shikaris
Went back into camp again.

Then a silence came to the river,
A hush fell over the shore,
And Bohs that were brave departed,
And Sniders squibbed no more;
For the Burmans said
That a white man's head
Must be paid for with heads five-score.

There's a widow in sleepy Chester
Who weeps for her only son;
There's a grave on the Pabeng River,
A grave that the Burmans shun;
And there's Subadar Prag Tewarri
Who tells how the work was done.

I was embarrassed to realize that for all the Kipling I had read, I didn't recall this work, that I had never put two and two together.  "Makes sense, I guess," I observed.  "The man's a Marine, a soldier, and likely would have been stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Kipling's just the sort of poet a guy like that would read."

I have never said much about where, specifically, the note came from.  I destroyed the original and kept a xerox of it in order to keep any potential forensic tests being done on it in the aftermath of a raid on my archives.  But at the distance of six years, I don't think I'm giving up much to tell you that it was postmarked Sallisaw, Oklahoma, right where I'm writing this today.

As an adopted son of Alabama, I couldn't travel back home from my speech in Colorado without stopping by for a pilgrimage to the cabin of Sequoyah.

Sequoyah, for those who do not know, was the Cherokee genius who invented the written form of the Cherokee language. In a nod to both Cheyenne 0317/8541 and Charlie Quintard, I had to stop, if for no other reason than to recover my muse on Absolved and attempt to banish once again Churchill's black dog to I can finish the damn thing. It was also a recognition, after my trip to Colorado reinforced in me the same realization that the original card had generated, that the concept of One Hundred Heads as enunciated by Cheyenne 0317/8541 was the purest form of Fourth Generation Warfare in an American context. It is, in fact, the only strategic deterrence of tyranny we possess. As I wrote in Tyrants beware. 4th Generation Warfare: How the next civil war will be fought.
 
 “Direct military operations” are precisely what the 4GW insurgent seeks to avoid. His target is the mind and the will of the political leadership of his enemy -- to be specific, the few inches between their ears which are filled with brains to be influenced or, if not, popped like a grape with an unanswerable rifle shot from distance as an example to the others.

Let us make an example of the difference by briefly war-gaming the American Revolution using present-day 4GW tactics.


David Bushnell's Turtle

Early in the war, the following incidents occur:

Benjamin Franklin arranges a coordinated attack by David Bushnell in his submersible and John Paul Jones in the Ranger on English commercial shipping in the Thames estuary -- right at the King‘s doorstep in full view of horrified Englishmen who never thought the war would come there. Bushnell has greater success against the commercial shipping because their wooden hulls are not copper-sheathed as are British military hulls. This “infernal device” which strikes without warning or even apparent effective countermeasure frightens British shippers. Bushnell, John Paul Jones and his surviving crew are taken prisoner, but the very destructive raid, which also sets a large portion of the London docks ablaze, is just as stunning, if not more so, than the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in 1942.

The Ranger


Meanwhile, Franklin dispatches a trio of riflemen by way of a neutral port into London. One fine day, when Lord North emerges from his country estate, he is killed by an aimed shot from 300 yards away. His wife, standing next to him, is unharmed. (NOTE: Lord North is targeted, but not the King. Under 4GW rules the King would be sacrosanct, just as an American President in the 21st Century would be. Anyone around them, however, would be fair 4GW targets if involved in the decisions or operations which oppress their own people. Remember, the point of 4GW is to destroy the will of the enemy elite to proceed with the war, not give them motivation to win, or provide them a propaganda coup to use with the people.) After North is replaced, the replacement King‘s minister is shot as well in identical circumstances.

Simultaneously, Franklin activates a third group already living quietly in England to attack by arson the buildings of the British East India Company, Lloyds of London and the Company of the Bank of England. They do this at night so there are no civilian casualties, although several adjoining structures are inevitably destroyed as well.

The attacks by John Paul Jones and Bushnell are (barely) within the rules of war and Franklin takes credit for them. The others are plausibly deniable. British merchants and politicians get the point, however. This war against the American revolutionaries is going to cost them far more than they ever dreamed. How long would they have supported the King’s North American obsession when they were cumulatively losing hundreds of thousands of English pounds daily?

 Or, in a modern American context, as I also wrote in 2009:
I have asked this question before. They will fight to the last ATF agent or to the last oath-breaking soldier. Will they fight to the first senior bureaucrat, the second Congressman, the third newspaper editor, the fourth Senator, the fifth White House aide? Can they stand Bill Clinton's rules of engagement?
Indeed, can they stand experiencing One Hundred Heads? I think not. The reaction of the Connecticut authorities to my posting of the names, home addresses and contact information of those who voted for the Intolerable Act tells me that people who like to put us on lists are made distinctly uncomfortable by being put on lists themselves, even if they are the ones responsible for putting their own names upon it.
So, today, as I write this from the home ground of Cheyenne 0317/8541, I have this hope -- That our enemies, those domestic enemies of the Constitution who seek to rob us of our liberty and property even if it is the at the cost of our lives, recognize that One Hundred Heads is a very real prospect for them and may well cost them their lives. Only thereby can we avoid another American civil war -- a Fourth Generation civil war -- that targets their minds and their will to carry it out. For the anonymous, unfindable Cheyenne 0317/8541's of this country will make certain that the war makers and tyrannical decision takers pay the price of their folly.
One Hundred Heads Life and Casualty Company, indeed.

20:59

Thoughts in the long term [Of Arms and the Law]

In the wake of Brady Campaign being handed its posterior in court, Sebastian notes that Brady no longer serves any purpose, even to the antigunners, and Bob Owens asks "Is the Brady Campaign done?".

Both good points. I just had one worry, though. There have been rumors that Bloomberg's groups have been in some conflict/rivalry with the older antigun groups, trying to encroach upon their space, as it were, in terms of PR and fundraising. Might this lead to Bloombergian hegemony? They may be astroturf, but they have the money to form mercenaries, and the other side has never worried much about real grassroots anyway.

Tuesday, 21 April

14:11

Cases where concealed handgun permit holders have stopped mass shootings [John Lott's Website]


This past Friday, an Uber driver with a permitted concealed handgun stopped what likely would have been a mass public shooting.  Police arrived on the scene quickly, but the Uber driver had still already taken care of the situation before they arrived. From Mitch Dudek in the Chicago Sun-Times:
An Uber driver put his concealed carry permit to use Friday night when he pulled a gun and opened fire on a man he saw firing a pistol into a group of people on a Logan Square sidewalk, according to prosecutors. Six blasts from his gun injured a 22-year-old man identified as Everardo Custodio. Custodio suffered wounds to his shin, knee and lower back . . . Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas refused to grant [Custodio] bail on charges of aggravated battery with a firearm and illegal possession of a firearm. The 47-year-old Uber driver “was acting in self-defense and in the defense of others,” Assistant State’s Attorney Barry Quinn said. . . . The Uber driver had dropped off a passenger minutes before the shooting occurred, said Uber spokeswoman Jen Mullin. She had no comment on the driver’s actions other than to say the company requires all its drivers to abide by local, state and federal laws pertaining to transporting firearms in vehicles. . . . Police patrolling the area heard the shots and arrived to find Custodio on the ground and bleeding. Police also recovered a handgun found near Custodio, Quinn said. . . . [The Uber driver is] a registered gun owner who has a concealed carry license. He doesn’t face any charges. . . .
In a Washington Post column, Eugene Volokh asks: "Have civilians with permitted concealed handguns stopped such mass shootings before?" The Uber driver case isn't even the first mass public shooting in Chicago that has been stopped by a concealed handgun permit holder. Chicago, July 7, 2014, from Geoff Ziezulewicz in the Chicago Tribune:
A Gresham man fired on a group of people leaving a party, only to be shot himself by one of the victims, a military service member with a concealed carry permit, authorities said. The military member and three others were leaving a party Friday night . . . One of the victims had noticed a cup of liquor on top of her vehicle and asked attendees of a party next door who it belonged to, Hain said. When she removed it, Denzel A. Mickiel approached her, shouting obscenities and threatening her and her friends, according to Hain and court records. . . . As Mickiel fired at the victims’ vehicle, the military member retrieved his gun and took cover near the vehicle’s front fender, according to Hain. Two unidentified people also shot at the group, she said. The military service member fired two shots and struck Mickiel twice, she said. A 22-year-old woman in the group was injured by Mickiel in the shooting, suffering wounds to the arm and back, according to court records and Hain. The four victims escaped the melee in two vehicles as two unidentified people continued to shoot at them, Hain said. . . .
Some other cases include Anniston, Alabama, December 1991, J. Neil Schulman in the Los Angeles Times:
. . . two men armed with recently stolen pistols herded 20 customers and employees of a Shoney's restaurant in Anniston, Ala., into the walk-in refrigerator and locked it. Continuing to hold the manager at gunpoint, the men began robbing the restaurant. Then one of the robbers found a customer who had hidden under a table and pulled a gun on him. The customer, Thomas Glenn Terry, legally armed with a .45 semi-automatic pistol, then fired five shots into that robber's chest and abdomen, killing him instantly. The other robber, who was holding the manager at gunpoint, opened fire on Terry and grazed him. Terry returned fire, hitting the second robber several times and wounding him critically. The robbery attempt was over. The Shoney's customers and employees were freed. No one else was hurt. . . .
Muskegon, Michigan, August 1995, The Chronicle:
Plans to slay everyone in the Muskegon, Michigan, store and steal enough cash and jewelry to feed their "gnawing hunger for crack cocaine" fell apart for a band of would-be killers after one of their victims fought back. Store owner Clare Cooper was returning behind the counter after showing three of the four conspirators some jewelry, when one of the group pulled out a gun and shot him four times in the back. Stumbling for the safety of his bullet-proof glass-encased counter, Cooper managed to grab his shotgun and fire as the suspects fled. . . .
Edinboro, Pennsylvania, April 1998, from Robert Moran and Susan Q. Stranahan in the Philadelphia Inquirer
 . . . Yesterday, Andrew Wurst, 14, was charged with fatally shooting John Gillette, 48, a science teacher at James Parker Middle School, as Gillette was chaperoning a prom for Wurst and his eighth-grade class at Nick's Place. After Wurst shot Gillette in the head, police said, the teenager entered the banquet hall where his dressed-up schoolmates were dancing Friday to the final song of the evening, ``My Heart Will Go On,'' from the movie Titanic.
Wurst shot and wounded two students and another teacher, police said, then fled from the hall. None of the three was seriously injured. As the 240 youngsters and teachers ran for cover - some diving into a closet for protection, singing and praying to stay calm - hall owner James Strand grabbed a shotgun and followed Wurst out the door, police said. Strand caught up with Wurst, who lives in nearby McKean, and held him until authorities arrived. . . .
Tyler, Texas, February 2005, Fox News (see also here):
. . . Wilson, a licensed concealed handgun permit holder, heard Arroyo’s shots and saw the commotion from his apartment window. He grabbed a handgun and headed toward the attacker. Arroyo had already wounded several police officers and there was no one left to prevent his rampage. Arroyo had also shot his 22-year-old son and was about ready to shoot him again from very close range when Wilson fired his gun, hitting Arroyo several times in the chest. Arroyo was wearing a bullet resistant vest and flak jacket and Wilson's shots did not seriously wound him. Yet, Wilson’s shots forced Arroyo to come after him, and it used up a couple of minutes of his time. Unfortunately, in the exchange of gunfire, Arroyo eventually fatally shot Wilson. With police arriving, Arroyo fled the scene and was later shot to death by police as they pursued him. . . .
Oklahoma City, December 2009, KWTV NEWS Channel 9:
. . . Police said the man started firing multiple shots in the parking lot of the Tammaron Village apartments around 4 p.m. Thursday. Witnesses said the man initially went into the apartment complex's main office. When employees locked him out, he opened fire in the parking lot. As the man was firing shots, another citizen armed with a gun came around the corner and ordered the gunman to put his weapon down. The gunman dropped his weapon and ran into his father's apartment and barricaded himself inside. . . .
Santa Clara, California, July 26, 2012, Reuters:
. . . 21-year-old Richard Gable Stevens, was subdued after tense moments Monday evening at a shooting range and gun store in this town 30 miles (48 km) south of San Francisco. "He intended to go out in a blaze of glory," Morec said, noting Stevens had accumulated more than 100 rounds of ammunition for his rented 9mm semi-automatic weapon. "It certainly looks like he intended to take a lot more people out.". . . . After several minutes on the range, however, Stevens returned to the club's gun store and shot at the ceiling. He then herded three store employees out the door into an alley, saying he intended to kill them, Morec said. Unknown to Stevens, one store employee was carrying a .45 caliber handgun concealed beneath his shirt. When Stevens looked away, the employee fired, hitting Stevens several times in the chest and bringing him to the ground. . . . .
Grundy, Virginia, Jan. 16, 2002, Josh White in the Washington Post recounting the testimony of Mikael Gross, one of the two students who had :
. . . Odighizuwa accepted responsibility for the shootings that began after school officials told him that he was failing out of the program. On Jan. 16, 2002, he took a .380-caliber pistol to the offices of Dean L. Anthony Sutin and Prof. Thomas Blackwell and killed them before opening fire on a crowd, killing student Angela Dales, 33, and wounding three others. Odighizuwa was subdued without incident by armed students. . . . -- More details of the attack are available here, including interviews that Lott conducted with the two students who stopped the attack as well as various reporters who covered the case.
Memphis, Tennessee, March 2007, WBIR TV NBC in Knoxville, TN:
Police in Memphis say a gunman firing a pistol beside a busy city street was subdued by two passers-by who were also armed. No one was hurt during the incident that apparently began with a minor traffic accident, but one passing car was believed hit by a bullet. Brothers William Webber and Paul Webber told police they stopped their car and pulled their own pistols when they saw a man firing a handgun yesterday. The brothers said they ordered the man to drop his weapon and then held him at gunpoint until police arrived a few minutes later. Police say the Webbers did not fire their pistols. Police arrested Dementrius Roberson and charged him with reckless endangerment. Police say the Webber brothers and Roberson have licenses to carry firearms. Paul Webber says Roberson was firing across traffic and they couldn't tell why he was shooting. . . .
Colorado Springs, Colorado December 2007, by Solomon Banda with the Associated Press:
After a year of accolades that followed her shooting of a gunman who killed two teenage sisters at her church, security guard Jeanne Assam remains "low key" and says she thinks of the family of gunman Matthew Murray. . . . Assam shot and wounded Murray after he opened fire at New Life Church on Dec. 9, 2007. Murray then killed himself, ending a spree that killed four people in two cities. Assam said volunteering as an armed security guard at the church remains the highlight of her week. . . . Murray began his shooting spree at the Youth With a Mission center in the Denver suburb of Arvada just after midnight Dec. 9. There, he killed Tiffany Johnson, 26, and Philip Crouse, 24. Hours later, he drove 65 miles south to New Life Church in Colorado Springs and began shooting as worshippers left a Sunday service. Sisters Rachel Works, 16, and Stephanie Works, 18, were killed. . . . . Wearing a trench coat and carrying an assault rifle [sic], Murray opened fire in the church complex's parking lot and headed into the church. He walked past a playground, which church spokeswoman Amie Streater said was empty that day because it had been snowing, and entered a hallway that led toward the sanctuary past a children's worship area. Outgunned and stationed near the children, Assam stepped out from a doorway, confronted the gunman and then fired 10 shots from 63 feet away, hitting Murray once in the wrist and twice in a leg. Murray died in the hallway barely 40 feet from where he entered. . . . .
Reno, Nevada, May 2008, KOLO ABC Channel 8:
. . . Winnemucca Police Chief Bob Davidson says the violence erupted around 2:30 A.M. Sunday when a man entered the crowded Players Bar and Grill. He fatally shot two brothers, 20-year-old Jose Torres and his 19-year-old brother, Margarito. The shooter was later identified as 30 year old Ernesto Villagomez. All three were from Winnemucca. According to witnesses, Villagomez at some point stopped to reload his high-capacity handgun and began shooting again when he was shot and killed by another patron - a 48-year-old Reno man who had a valid concealed weapons permit. . . .
College park, Georgia, May 7, 2009, WSB-TV 2
“Apparently, his intent was to rape and murder us all,” said student Charles Bailey. Bailey said he thought it was the end of his life and the lives of the 10 people inside his apartment for a birthday party after two masked men with guns burst in through a patio door. “They just came in and separated the men from the women and said, ‘Give me your wallets and cell phones,’” said George Williams of the College Park Police Department. Bailey said the gunmen started counting bullets. “The other guy asked how many (bullets) he had. He said he had enough,” said Bailey. That’s when one student grabbed a gun out of a backpack and shot at the invader who was watching the men. The gunman ran out of the apartment. . . .
Spartanburg, South Carolina, March 2012, article by Jenny Arnold at GoUpState.com: 

. . . About 11:20 a.m., Jesse Gates returned to the church. The Rev. Guyton's grandson, Aaron Guyton, 26, was in the recreation building separate from the church and saw Gates get a shotgun from the trunk of his car.

“At that point, I knew I had to do something,” Aaron Guyton said. “I wanted to try to contain him outside.”

Aaron Guyton went into the main building and locked the doors.

Henry Guyton said he was in the pulpit, preaching about how Jesus spoke the word of God and healed the sick, when Gates kicked open the side door of the sanctuary and entered with the shotgun, pointing it at the pastor and congregation.

Church members, including Aaron Guyton, a concealed weapons permit holder, acted quickly.

Aaron Guyton held Gates at gunpoint, as church members Jesse Smith and Leland Powers held him on the floor and waited for deputies to arrive. The Rev. Guyton said he stepped onto a chair, climbed down a 3-foot bannister surrounding the pulpit and took the shotgun from Jesse Gates. . . .

No shots were fired and no one was injured, according to deputies.

During a news conference Sunday, Wright called Aaron and Henry Guyton, Jesse Smith and Leland Powers “everyday heroes.” . . .

Aurora, Colorado, April 2012, Fox 31 Denver by  Tammy Vigil:
Kiarron Parker rammed his car into another in the church parking lot, got out and attempted to kill multiple church members. He was only able to kill one before a member of the congregation, the nephew of the lady killed, and an off duty police officer, drew his handgun and shot Parker, stopping the killing.
Early, Texas, August, 2012, KTXS ABC Channel 12:
An armed citizen, Vic Stacy, shot and stopped a deranged man who had just murdered two neighbors and was firing at police with a rifle. Stacy made a very long shot with his revolver, three times as far as the perpetrator was from the police officer, who had an AR-15 type rifle.
Portland, Oregon, December 2012 KGW Staff:
 Meli is emotionally drained. The 22-year-old was at Clackamas Town Center with a friend and her baby when a masked man opened fire. "I heard three shots and turned and looked at Casey and said, 'are you serious?," he said. The friend and baby hit the floor. Meli, who has a concealed carry permit, positioned himself behinda pillar. He was working on his rifle, said Meli. He kept pulling the charging handle and hitting the side. The break in gunfire allowed Meli to pull out his own gun, but he never took his eyes off the shooter. "As I was going down to pull, Isaw someone in the back of the Charlotte move, and Iknew if Ifired and missed, I could hit them," he said.. . . I'm not beating myself up cause I didn't shoot him, said Meli. Iknow after he saw me, I think the last shot he fired was the one he used on himself. . . .
March 2014, Plymouth, Pennsylvania, article by Bob Kalinowski Citizensvoice.com
. . . It's the gun prosecutors said Ktytor used to put an end to a 26-year-old man's shooting rampage on Sept. 9, 2012 in Plymouth. Ever since Ktytor, who has a concealed carry license, dropped the killer with several shots on Main Street in Plymouth, . . . In October, the murder suspect, William Allabaugh of Plymouth, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and attempted murder, then was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in state prison. Authorities say Allabaugh critically wounded Stephen Hollman, 30, by shooting him in the head inside Bonnie's Food and Spirits on Main Street. A short time later, Allabaugh fatally shot Scott Luzetsky, 39, outside the bar. Police said both victims were innocent bystanders who didn't provoke the attack by Allabaugh, who was angered he was being kicked out of the bar. Ktytor shot Allabaugh during a gun battle on Main Street after Allabaugh started shooting at him, police said.
July 2014, Darby, Pennsylvania, John Lott in the Philadelphia Inquirer (Other details on the case are available here).
The attacker, Richard Plotts, is a convicted felon, which bans him from legally owning a gun. . . . At Mercy Fitzgerald, caseworker Theresa Hunt was killed when Plotts opened fire during a regularly scheduled appointment with Dr. Lee Silverman. Fortunately, the doctor had his own gun and returned fire, hitting Plotts three times and critically wounding him. After firing all the bullets in his gun,  Plotts still had 39 bullets on him, bullets that he could have used to shoot many other people . . .
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 2015, NBC Channel 10:

Police say a man likely saved the lives of several people when he shot and killed a gunman inside a West Philadelphia barbershop.

A 40-year-old man was inside Falah Barber Shop Inc. on the 600 block of Preston Street shortly before 3 p.m. Sunday when police say he began fighting with another person inside. . . .

The fight quickly escalated and the 40-year-old man took out his gun and opened fire on customers and barbers, police said. , , ,

As he was shooting, another man outside heard the gunfire, ran into the shop and took out his own gun, according to investigators. He then opened fire, striking the 40-year-old man once in the chest. . . .

"The person who responded was a legal gun permit carrier," said Philadelphia Police Captain Frank Llewellyn. "He responded and I guess he saved a lot of people in there."

Off-duty police have also had some dramatic cases Salt Lake City, Utah, February 2007, CBS News (note this off-duty officer carried his gun where he was not allowed to do so):
An off-duty police officer having an early Valentine's Day dinner with his wife was credited Tuesday with helping stop a rampage in a crowded shopping mall by an 18-year-old gunman who killed five people before he was cut down.
A day after the shooting, investigators struggled to figure out why a trench-coated Sulejmen Talovic opened fire on shoppers with a supremely calm look on his face. The teenager wanted to "to kill a large number of people" and probably would have killed many more if not for the off-duty officer, Police Chief Chris Burbank said.
Ken Hammond, an off-duty officer from Ogden, north of Salt Lake City, jumped up from his seat at a restaurant after hearing gunfire and cornered the gunman, exchanging fire with him until other officers arrived, Burbank said.
"There is no question that his quick actions saved the lives of numerous other people," the police chief said. . . .
New York Mills, New York, May 2010, WKTV (possibly shouldn't be included in list as it was an off-duty police officer who stopped this attack):
. . . Shortly before 1 p.m. on that Thursday afternoon, Dicken walked into the cellular phone store on Commercial Drive, with a 357 magnum in his hand, and a list in his pocket containing the six names of the AT&T store employees to which he was holding such deep anger, and planned to kill as a result. "The suspect had no prior history," said Lt. Troy Little of the New York State Police. That man with no prior criminal record walked into the store and shot Seth Tyrk, a store employee who was doing no more than working at a computer at his job. Authorities believe Dicken could have been even more successful with his list of six victims, if not for the instantaneous actions of Rome Police Officer Donald J. Moore, who was off-duty, but in the store as a customer at the time of the shooting. "He heard and sees the gun, draws his weapon, and fired," Lt. Little said of Officer Moore's reaction. Officer Moore was carrying his own 40 caliber handgun. "It's his own personal choice," said Moore's boss, Rome Police Chief Kevin Beach. "We do encourage our officers to carry off-duty." . . .
 

14:04

Newest piece at Fox News: Gun control advocates taking a page out of global warming advocates' handbook [John Lott's Website]


My newest piece at Fox News starts this way:
Gun control advocates this month took a page from the global warming activists playbook: the science is settled, so there is no need for debate. 
However, instead of actually reviewing the scientific literature on the subject, Professor David Hemenway at Harvard made a survey of cherry-picked authors.  Surprisingly, he found the vast majority agreed that we need more gun control. 
So let’s look at the details.  He polled authors who had published in the fields of “public health, public policy, sociology, or criminology.”  Most notably, half of the authors picked were within Hemenway’s own field of public health and another third were sociologists/criminologists, followed by public policy and a few economists. It dramatically over weighted those in public health.  It didn’t matter whether the publications even contained any empirical work or were related to the survey questions. 
Authors were asked if they agreed with the statement: "In the United States, guns are used in self-defense far more often than they are used in crime.”  Hemenway reports that 73 percent disagreed.  However, many respondents may have believed that there still exists a net benefit from gun ownership — just not enough to say that guns are used defensively “far more often.” 
It is abundantly clear that it matters who you ask and how the questions are asked.  A survey released in February by the Crime Prevention Research Centerconducted by Professor Gary Mauser at Simon Fraser University in Canada found that 88 percent of North American economics researchers agreed with the statement that, in the US, guns were more frequently used for self-defense than for crime. . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.

10:14

Albany Law Review out... [Of Arms and the Law]

Latest issue here. The firearms related articles are at the end of the issue. There's Steve Halbrook on the NY SAFE act, and Dave Kopel on the history of firearm magazines and restrictions on them.

H/T to Alice Beard....

Monday, 20 April

15:36

If you want to go to a fast food restaurant where other customers share your political views, here is the list [John Lott's Website]


This list was put together by the Wall Street Journal.  Interestingly, Liberals congregate in only three fast food restaurants.  Conservatives appear more spread out.  Conservatives don't dominate any restaurant the way that Liberals do -- CHIPOTLE and AU BON PAIN.  If you include a restaurant where Liberals are just as likely as not to go to (a rating of 100), you would get a third restaurant: Jack-in-the-box.  By contrast there are six restaurants where Conservatives have a rating of 103 or higher and nine where they are above 100.

It would be interesting to see how Starbucks was for conservatives before their meaningless statement of asking people not to bring guns into their restaurants.

Sunday, 19 April

12:22

April 19.... [Of Arms and the Law]

1775: the Revolutionary War breaks out as General Gage sends a force to seize militia supplies, and the Americans resist.

1993: the final day of the Waco siege. FBI armored vehicles fill the Davidians' building with CS gas and methylene chloride, a fire breaks out, and over a hundred die.

1995: Timothy McVeigh sets off his bomb at Oklahoma City, killing 168.

2015: the Washington Post remembers one of the above.

10:00

Bringing a knife to a gunfight [Of Arms and the Law]

As a general rule, bringing a knife to a gunfight is unwise, but there are exceptions to every rule. It probably helped that the knife in question was a katana.

Saturday, 18 April

18:22

Crucial keys to the 2016 election [The Liberty Sphere]

Excerpt:

More serious minded people, however, are fully aware that there are issues that must be considered and discussed. And gender is not one of them, despite Nancy Pelosi's contention this week that Hillary must be elected merely because she is a woman. The real issues, however, are far more serious.
Click here to read the whole thing.

Friday, 17 April

23:05

Highlights from the Crime Prevention Research Center's first Annual Dinner: Brad Thor, Katie Pavlich, Glenn Reynolds, Dana Loesch, Ted Nugent, and John Lott [John Lott's Website]


cprcduck Recent Media Highlights Video  

Pictures and videos from our talks Brad Thor's Talk -- above picture shows Brad cutting up is Illinois Firearm Owner Identification card _MG_0136 g Katie Pavlich's Talk _MG_0146 Katie
 Glenn Reynolds -- Academic of the Year Award Winner _MG_0197 Glenn Reynolds

Dana Loesch's Talk _MG_0204 Dana  

 Ted Nugent's Talk _MG_0285  

John Lott's Talk _MG_0169

 Our auction was run by Tennessee State Representative Judd Matheny _MG_0109 g

 Pictures from the event -- Click on pictures to enlarge
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16:42

Country Music Star Tim McGraw pushes for more gun control [John Lott's Website]

Tim McGraw says that he is headlining a concert for Sandy Hook Promise, not because he supports gun control, but because he supports "education and safety" regarding guns.  No one disagrees with  "education and safety," but the question involves the gun control regulations being pushed by this organization.  If McGraw is raising money for the group, he is helping achieve the gun control regulations that Sandy Hook Promise is lobbying for.  Nicole Hockley's video here talks about her lobbying for "common sense" gun control legislation.
"Let me be clear regarding the concert for Sandy Hook given much of the erroneous reporting thus far," McGraw told FOX411 in a statement. "As a gun owner, I support gun ownership. I also believe that with gun ownership comes the responsibility of education and safety – most certainly when it relates to what we value most, our children. I can’t imagine anyone who disagrees with that."
The problem is that her push to prevent access to what she calls "high powered weapons," like an AR-15, and her desire to lock up guns can lead to more deaths.  Guns that fire .223 caliber bullets are not "high powered weapons."  If she really wants to ban all rifles that fire that size bullet or larger, she would ban the vast majority of hunting rifles.  Mandating gunlocks emboldens criminals to attack people in their homes and makes it more difficult for people to protect themselves.  As criminals are more successful in committing their crimes, you actually see an increase in the number of deaths.

Thursday, 16 April

16:00

Hillary Clinton, the candidate who "will fight for average working people" fails to leave a tip at restaurant [John Lott's Website]

It is always easy to say that someone who claims that they will fight for average working people, but assuming that they even know what will help those people, how do you measure whether they actually care?  Well, one simple way would be whether they actually tip waiters or waitresses.  Hillary Clinton is worth hundreds of millions of dollars.  She probably isn't even paying for her meals as I suspect her campaign is paying for them.  Granted the campaign will apparently only have $2.5 billion to work with this go round, but you would hope that either Hillary or her campaign could afford to leave a 15% tip or even the change that they got back on the meal.  From Bloomberg Politics:
"Her bill was $20 and some change, and they paid with $21 and left" without putting anything in a tip jar on the counter, Charles Wright, the manager at the Maumee, Ohio, Chipotle restaurant told Bloomberg. . . . . 
"We get a bunch of tips," said Wright,  who only realized that the customer had been the presidential candidate after news organizations began calling the restaurant and he had reviewed surveillance video. "If we're doing our job right, people tip."  
The question of whether Clinton had tipped the workers during the Chipotle stop was first asked by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday.  . . .
 UPDATE:  For those who claim that people don't tip at this restaurant, please actually read the points in bold from the article.  The restaurant not only has a "tip jar," but they say that "If we're doing our job right, people tip."

Still, I am sure that some people won't tip, but don't you imagine that the people who feel most sympathetic to the workers would be the ones most likely to tip?

Tuesday, 14 April

17:57

The legal dilemma posed by pistol-gripped shotguns [Of Arms and the Law]

Interesting issue ... and here I'm referring to shotguns which were originally made with a rear pistol grip in place of a buttstock.

Under the Gun Control Act, the issue seems simple: they are pistols. Very big pistols, but pistols. Thus they have been treated, and sold in large numbers over quite a few years.

The National Firearms Act, however, poses a problem. Under it, they are not shotguns, since the definition of "shotgun" includes "designed to be fired from the shoulder." 26 U.S.C. §5845(f).

The problem is posed by a different part of the NFA, created when it was amended in 1968. Those amendments created a class of firearms designated "destructive devices," and really aimed at artillery pieces. As you might expect, these were VERY tightly regulated, nevermind that criminal use of artillery wasn't exactly a big problem.

Under the NFA, "The term "destructive device" means .. any type of weapon by whatever name known which will, or which may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, the barrel or barrels of which have a bore of more than one-half inch in diameter, except a shotgun or shotgun shell which the Secretary finds is generally recognized as particularly suitable for sporting purposes..." 26 U.S.C.§5845(d).

Every shotgun but the diminutive .410 has a bore greater than half an inch. The "sporting purpose" exemption doesn't apply, since that is limited to shotguns, and as we have seen, these firearms are not "shotguns" under the definitions of the NFA.

The situation as it stands is thus: BATF must never have realized that these firearms are NFA "destructive devices," and as a result thousands, if not millions, are in private possession of persons who bought them legitimately over the counter, with no reason to suspect that there was anything legally amiss.

Monday, 13 April

12:21

Some of Hillary Clinton's comments that could come back to haunt her: from foreign policy to gun control [John Lott's Website]


Hillary Clinton: 'The Reset Worked' With Russia  

Clinton Was Challenged With Polling That Showed That She Had Not Restored America's Standing

 Clinton: On ISIS, Obama “Passed With Flying Colors Every Leadership Challenge”

Clinton calls Syria's Assad Is "A Reformer"

 Hillary Clinton: Gun Proponents Are Terrorizing the Majority of Americans "We can not let a minority of people, that is what it is, a minority of people, hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people" Clinton

Described Her "Rescue" Of Chinese Dissident Chen Gangcheng As "James Bond-Ish" Hillary

Clinton approvingly talks about defending child rapist

Sunday, 12 April

19:32

Moms Demand "demonstration" pic uses trick photography [Of Arms and the Law]

While at the meeting, I wandered over to the "Moms Demand" so-called demonstration. (It was over half a mile from the meeting, but since the object was publicity I suppose its location was unimportant to its organizers). It looked like a hundred people or so people were there (its organizer had predicted four hundred).

To put in context, 300 attorneys attended NRA's National Firearms Law Seminar.

The Moms event was pitiful. One guy sung some sixties sorta-protest songs, while an old lady danced around with a red banner. Two people held a banner where cars could see it.

They had to use trick photography to try to inflate their numbers for a pic. As the linked page points out, they took the photo on an incline. They had some people stand close to the camera, then others formed up 50-100 yards back, at just the right angle to create the impression that their massed group was that deep, when most of the distance was empty space.

Here's an enlargement of a portion to show how they did it. Notice the rear ranks are far apart from the front ones.


In the full picture at the linked page I counted a total of 102 people, right about my estimate. With the trick photo, it seems like 2-3 times that.

18:30

Back from NRA meeting [Of Arms and the Law]

Best presentation I heard at the Firearms Law Seminar was that of Massad Ayoob. I'm a good and often tough judge of speaking, and he was simply first rate. He spoke on self-defense and the law of self-defense.

I lost my notes, unfortunately, but some of the points he made, with force, logic, and humor were:

Some people don't talk to the police. He says, if you had to unholster your gun, your next move should be to dial 911. Reasoning: police instinctively divide humanity into perps and victims. Whoever calls first is assumed to be the victim. If you warded off a road-rage type with your gun, his revenge will be to call 911 and claim you were the one provoking everything and drew for no reason at all. You want to have called first. (Obviously, this advice may not apply if carrying illegally in New Jersey).

Point out the evidence. If there were shots, you want the spent brass pinned down before people start picking it up or accidentally kicking it out of place.

Say you are willing to sign a complaint. This better than saying "press charges," which is the prosecutor's job.

Do not recite "I was in fear for my life" as if it were magical incantation. Point out WHY you were in fear for your life.

On a human level, the fact that you tried to avoid use of force is persuasive, even if the law is "no retreat." If you could have closed and locked the door instead of "standing your ground," there's a human tendency to think that you were looking forward to using force.

If you hear a pounding on your door at 3 AM, consider that it's less likely to come from a mutant with 666 tattooed on his forehead than it is to be police with word that, oh, your car was stolen and they found it. If you open the door with gun in hand, "you don't need this little A-rab to tell you where things will be going."

Memorize what you will shout if things go bad. No need to be hesitating between "freeze," or "don't move," or something else.

Your opponents will go for the media first and try you there. Zimmerman is a classic case. His head being smashed by someone who is far more powerful than he, he winds up being branded as a vigilante racist who shot an unarmed man. Ferguson -- a guy who committed a robbery, fought with an injured the officer, tried to get his gun (the forensic evidence was clear there) became a racist who shot an unarmed "gentle giant" in the back while the guy was trying to surrender. In both cases, the defender winds up with his life ruined even after he proves his innocence.

Saturday, 11 April

16:19

5 of the US demands that were dropped in negotiations with Iram [John Lott's Website]


5 things that the Obama administration gave in on when they negotiated with Iran.  The agreement doesn't really seem enforceable as we will have to give the Iranians a heads up before any investigations occur.  Summarizing what was in The Hill newspaper and some other sources:

1. Banning uranium enrichment

2. In 2012, Obama promised ending their nuclear program. In 2013, he promised capping centrifuges at 500 to 1,500


what we got was 6,104

3. Shuttering secret nuclear facilities 

President Obama said in December 2013: “They don’t need to have an underground, fortified facility like Fordow in order to have a peaceful nuclear program,.  They certainly don’t need a heavy-water reactor at Arak in order to have a peaceful nuclear program."

What we got was that nothing got shut down

4. Ending Iran's ballistic missile program

What we got was nothing

5. Finalizing  a 25-year sunset clause

10 year agreement, assuming that one believes that it is enforceable. 

Tuesday, 07 April

Monday, 06 April

20:38

Letter in the Nashville Tennessean on who benefits from lowering the fees to get a concealed handgun permit [John Lott's Website]


Letters logo

This letter appeared in the April 7th edition of the Nashville Tennessean
Poor people suffer at anti-gun bill elitism 
Re: “Shame of Senate: Guns for all but no time for people,” by by Keel Hunt, April 5.

Keel Hunt claims that the Republican legislature in Nashville only cares about “serving power, not people,” but Mr. Hunt is really the elitist.

One of the gun bills that Mr. Hunt dislikes that died in the legislature this year would have eliminated the $140 it costs to get a permit and pay for fingerprinting.

These fees stop poor minorities who live in high-crime urban areas from getting permits.

They are the very people who are most likely to be victims of violent crime, the ones who would benefit the most from being able to protect themselves.

Hunt seems oblivious to cities like Memphis, where the murder rate is more than four times higher than the U.S. rate.

Police are extremely important, but what happens when police can’t be there to protect people?

John R. Lott Jr.
President
Crime Prevention Research Center
Swarthmore, PA 19081

20:13

Nevada one step closer to getting rid of gun-free zones in colleges and government buildings [John Lott's Website]

From the Las Vegas Review Journal:
A controversial bill that would allow people with concealed weapons permits to carry their guns on Nevada college campuses won approval in the Assembly on Monday and now goes to the Senate. 
The so called “campus carry” measure, Assembly Bill 148, is sponsored by Assemblywoman and gun rights advocate Michele Fiore, R-Las Vegas, along with many of her colleagues. 
The vote for passage was 24 to 15 with all but one Democrat, James Ohrenshall of Las Vegas, opposed. Three members were absent. . . . 
Washoe County Sheriff Chuck Allen is supporting the bill. 
Gov. Brian Sandoval has said he won’t take a position until and if a bill lands on his desk. 
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures in information dated from February 2015, 23 states let universities make the call on carrying concealed weapons, 20 ban weapons and seven, including Utah, Colorado and Idaho, allow firearms to be carried with some limitations. . . .

Sunday, 05 April

11:00

A very meaningful Easter to you.... [The Liberty Sphere]

"Worthy is the Lamb that was slain and hath redeemed us to God by His blood..." (Excerpt from Handel's Messiah).

May your Easter be a meaningful one as you contemplate the fact that Christ died for you, shedding His blood on a cruel Roman cross. That in itself is enough to celebrate. But God goes further. On the third day after having been found guilty of false charges, it would seem that it was all over for Christ, His disciples, and Christianity. God, however, specializes in doing what seems impossible and makes a way where there is no way. Christ rose from the dead on the 3rd day after having been crucified and buried. Thus, our sins are forgiven. The past is wiped clean. We are given a brand new start.And even death has no power over us because Christ conquered it. This does not mean we do not die. It means that even in death we are triumphant because Christ made it possible.

Happy Easter!
Selection from Handel's Messiah,
Artists:Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra along with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Originally recorded and released by Columbia Records on their Masterworks Series, 1968.
Currently available on CD by Sony Records.

"Worthy is the Lamb"

Saturday, 04 April

22:05

Liquid body armor [Of Arms and the Law]

Some things are just impossible to believe. But then, who would have believed glass could be turned into flexible threads of great strength?

22:04

How many errors can USA Today make in a single article on gun laws? [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here.

"A review of congressional legislative records, federal lobbying disclosure forms, as well as interviews with former ATF agents, shows how the NRA has repeatedly supported legislation to weaken several of the nation's gun laws and opposed any attempt to boost the ability of the Bureau of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to enforce current laws, including:

The Firearms Owners' Protection Act of 1986. This law mandated that the ATF could only inspect firearms dealers once a year. It reduced record-keeping penalties from felonies to misdemeanors, prohibited the ATF from computerizing purchase records for firearms and required the government to prove that a gun dealer was "willful" if they sold a firearm to a prohibited person."

No, FOPA says BATF can randomly inspect once a year. It can inspect additionally anytime a gun is "traced" to a dealer, or if they have evidence of specific misconduct. Certain conduct has to be proven "willful" (made in known violation of the law) to secure a conviction. A dealer who deliberately sells to a prohibited person is hardly in a position to claim he didn't know that this was illegal.

"The Tiahrt amendments. Beginning in 2003, the amendments by then-representative Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., to the Justice Department's appropriation bill included requirements such as the same-day destruction of FBI background check documents and limits on the sharing of data from traces."

As I recall, the same-day destruction requirement is only for persons who passed the background check. How would that, or sharing trace data with others, impair law enforcement?

"One provision in the law Vizzard cited as particularly vexing to the ATF was that false record keeping for dealers was reduced to a misdemeanor, meaning if an ATF agent audited a gun dealer missing 1,200 guns, the dealer could not be charged with a federal offense.

"You just don't get many U.S. attorneys filing misdemeanors in federal court," he said."

Sure. Just go out and violate a National Park or National Forest Service regulation, and see how hard it is for them to get a U.S. Attorney to file misdemeanor charges.

"ATF records show the agency had 1,622 agents and 826 industry investigators in 1973 compared with 2,574 agents and 833 investigators in 2012.

Meanwhile the number of firearms owned in the United States has only grown."

And the number of licensed dealers has shrunk.

"The agency has not had a permanent director since 2006, the same year the Congress passed a bill to require the head of the ATF to be confirmed by the Senate like their counterparts in the FBI - a bill supported by the NRA.... President Obama recently nominated B. Todd Jones, the ATF's current acting director, to fill the leadership void permanently. While the NRA has yet to weigh in on his nomination, key senators, such as Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, have already called for a thorough investigation of his record."

Hello? USA Today? Jones was confirmed by the Senate over a year ago, and recently resigned.

"Ronald Carter, who served as acting director in 2009, said the blame for the ATF's troubles ultimately lies with Congress and said it was time for the bureau to have a permanent head.

"ATF is not exactly loved," Carter said. "They passed the Brady Bill, but they never gave it any teeth. There are no penalties.""

A former acting director never heard that the agency now has a director? And doesn't know that Brady Act violations are felonies, carrying penalties of up to five or ten years? I hope he was misquoted.

Friday, 03 April

22:24

Nothing like elitism.... [Of Arms and the Law]

David Codrea notes that, while J. Edgar Hoover happily received the first .357 Magnum made, he'd secretly tried to outlaw its development, on a "cop-killer bullet" sort of theory.

13:33

Surely He hath borne our griefs... [The Liberty Sphere]

On this Good Friday, 2015, take a few minutes to contemplate the Cross, suffering, and death, of Jesus Christ. In one act of sacrificial love, dying for the sins of many, He became a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.

"Surely He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows," the Bible says.

Here is an excerpt from Handel's Messiah that encapsulates musically these basic truths. This is from Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra who, along with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, recorded their monumental and celebrated work in 1968, performing the entire work on the Columbia Masterworks label. None of the various recordings of the Messiah had approached the quality of this rendition until it was released, and I dare say that no recording of the Messiah has approached this level of quality in the years since it was released.
This, then, is my Good Friday gift to you.

Thursday, 02 April

21:38

Gov Christie pardons Pennsylvania mom who brought her permitted concealed handgun into New Jersey [John Lott's Website]

Shaneen Allen's life isn't going to be the same.  This mother of two was arrested in October 2013 for having her loaded .380 handgun in her car.  When she was pulled over by the police she immediately informed the officer that she had a gun.  Worse she had hollow point bullets, bullets that are illegal in New Jersey.  But bullets that make a lot of sense for a small woman who wants to make sure that she is able to stop a large man who attacks her.  I can only image the costs that have been imposed on her over 2.5 years.  From Fox News:
. . . Christie, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, initially said he would let the case play out in the state's judicial system. He said recently he would consider changing the state's gun laws, but that the Democratic legislature has no appetite for that and instead he would do what was in his purview, such as pardons . . . .
The case drew national attention, in part because the same Atlantic County prosecutor and judge who signed off on pre-trial intervention for former NFL star Ray Rice, who knocked his then-fiancee out in an Atlantic City hotel elevator last year, denied the opportunity to Allen. 
At least the pardon will end her legal problems. 

13:46

Major event at NRA Annual Meeting [Of Arms and the Law]

John Lott's Crime Prevention Research Center is having a very interesting event on the evening of Friday, April 10. You can sign up here. It's $50-200, depending upon your choices, and it's going to a good cause -- in terms of refuting antigun research and conduct progun research, the best cause, in fact. And how often can you hear about details of criminology alongside Katie Pavlich and Dana Loesch?

Tuesday, 31 March

17:17

Indy-gay controversy focuses on wrong issue [The Liberty Sphere]

The controversy surrounding a new law concerning gays and other minority groups in Indiana reached a fever pitch today. Indy Gov. Mike Pence issued a public response to the controversy and the anger of some citizens, not only in Indiana but across the country.
Continue reading here...


09:44

Newest Fox News piece: "French Alps crash shows psychiatrists cannot be last line of defense" [John Lott's Website]

My newest piece at Fox News starts this way:
There has been a lot of second-guessing about Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot who deliberately crashed his plane into the French Alps, killing himself and 149 others. If only Lufthansa had regular mental evaluations of pilots, if only people at the airline knew what obvious signs to look for, this tragedy could have been avoided. 
But psychiatrists know that isn’t true. It isn’t just fellow workers who fail to pick up the supposed subtle hints that indicate that someone might be a danger to themselves or others. “We have no indication what could have led the co-pilot to commit this terrible act,” said Carsten Spohr, Lufthansa’s chief executive. 
Psychiatrists themselves have a very poor record. Identifying mental illness is a long way from thinking that the person poses a danger. Look at the inability of psychiatrists to identify mass shooters. It’s very common for mass killers to be seeing psychiatrists before their attacks, including Elliot Rodger (Santa Barbara), Ivan Lopez (the most recent Fort Hood shooter), Adam Lanza (Sandy Hook elementary school), James Holmes (Aurora, Colo., movie theater), and Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech). 
Rodger had already been receiving top-quality mental-health counseling for years. Indeed, one of his psychiatrists, Dr. Charles Sophy, is nationally known and medical director for the LA County Department of Children and Family Services. . . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.

03:48

Faced with unyielding US regulation, Amazon moves to Canada to tests delivery drones [John Lott's Website]

From the UK Guardian:
Amazon is testing its drone delivery service at a secret site in Canada, following repeated warnings by the e-commerce giant that it would go outside the US to bypass what it sees as the US federal government’s lethargic approach to the new technology. 
The largest internet retailer in the world is keeping the location of its new test site closely guarded. What can be revealed is that the company’s formidable team of roboticists, software engineers, aeronautics experts and pioneers in remote sensing – including a former Nasa astronaut and the designer of the wingtip of the Boeing 787 – are now operating in British Columbia. 
The end goal is to utilise what Amazon sees as a slice of virgin airspace – above 200ft, where most buildings end, and below 500ft, where general aviation begins. Into that aerial slice the company plans to pour highly autonomous drones of less than 55lbs, flying through corridors 10 miles or longer at 50mph and carrying payloads of up to 5lbs that account for 86% of all the company’s packages. 
Amazon has acquired a plot of open land lined by oak trees and firs, where it is conducting frequent experimental flights with the full blessing of the Canadian government. As if to underline the significance of the move, the test site is barely 2,000ft from the US border, which was clearly visible from where the Guardian stood on a recent visit. . . .

01:30

Judge Napolitano: What Hillary Clinton did was "10 times what David Petraus was assured of doing" [John Lott's Website]


Judge Napolitano does a great job explaining the legal issues facing Hillary Clinton over her emails.

00:49

Permit holder defends himself against an armed robber, robber wanted the new Air Jordans the victim had just bought [John Lott's Website]


Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at  Tuesday, March 31, 3.14 AM From WCPO-TV Channel 9 in Cincinnati about a defensive gun use in Dayton, Ohio:
A 16-year-old Middletown High School football player wanted to buy the new Air Jordans on sale Saturday morning at the Dayton Mall. 
But Jawaad Jabbar got there too late and the shoes were gone. . . . 
So Jabbar went outside to the sidewalk and pulled a gun on a man who had just bought the shoes, Phares said. Only, the man had a gun, too. 
"The person who he tried to take the shoes from had a valid carry concealed weapon permit through Ohio, and when he was threatened with a firearm he drew his firearm and discharged it into the juvenile, who then died as a result of a single gunshot wound," Phares said. . . . 
Police caught the other teens. They are in detention in Montgomery County awaiting charges. 
They could face murder charges if it is determined that they had prior knowledge or were a party to the robbery.

00:46

Obama administration is making it very difficult to get the most basic data out of the federal government [John Lott's Website]

From the Washington Post:
Stacey Singer, a health reporter for the Palm Beach Post in Florida, was perusing a medical journal in 2012 when she came across something startling: a federal epidemiologist’s report about a tuberculosis outbreak in the Jacksonville area. Singer promptly began pursuing the story. 
But when she started seeking official comment about the little-reported outbreak, the doors began closing. County health officials referred her to the state health department. State officials referred her to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even though the CDC’s own expert had written the investigative report, the agency’s press office declined to let Singer speak with him. A spokesman told her it was a local matter and sent her back to the state office in Tallahassee. 
Through public records requests, Singer eventually was able to piece together the story of a contagion that had caused 13 deaths and 99 illnesses — the worst the CDC had found in 20 years. . . .

Monday, 30 March

14:46

Pattern emerges in Clinton document flap [The Liberty Sphere]

The unusual circumstances surrounding Hillary Clinton's private Internet server and the disappearance of thousands of official emails and documents only serve to point to a pattern of behavior that precludes any possibility of trust. The Clintons have been down this road before under highly unusual circumstances.
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14:40

Well well WELL! [The Liberty Sphere]

There you are. Where have you been? Welcome to the friendly confines of Wrigley Field, I mean, The Liberty Sphere. You will find a new Examiner article here shortly, so be sure to read it. Thanks!

Saturday, 28 March

20:39

Obama's Department of Education won't say which colleges it has banned receiving federal money [John Lott's Website]

From Inside Higher ED:
The U.S. Department of Education is so concerned about the risk that dozens of colleges pose to students and taxpayers that it has curtailed access to federal money at those institutions -- but it won’t say which ones.  
Even as it pushes to make far more information about colleges available to consumers, the department is keeping hidden from public view its decisions to punish certain colleges with funding restrictions known as heightened cash monitoring. 
At the end of last October, 76 colleges or universities were subject to the most stringent form of those restrictions, according to the department. Another 455 institutions, as of last August, faced a lower level of scrutiny.  
But the department has refused to provide the names of those colleges because of the “competitive injury” it may cause them.  . . . 
Such reasoning hasn’t stopped the department from publishing other information about colleges that might harm their reputation in the interest of protecting students. It annually publishes colleges’ financial responsibility scores and an array of other financial and price data. And last year the Obama administration began releasing the names of colleges under investigation for mishandling sexual assault cases. . . .
Here is my concern.  In the past the Obama administration has banned students at some private schools from obtaining federal student loans.  I wouldn't be surprised if all 76 schools here are private schools.

12:27

Canadian Supreme rules that the Canadian government can destroy the long gun registration [John Lott's Website]

Brian Lilley with The Rebel has this discussion of the Canadian Supreme ruling that the Canadian government can destroy the long gun registration.

Here is a March 2012 op-ed that I wrote with Gary Mauser on the failure of Canadian gun registration system.

Thursday, 26 March

23:55

Drug Enforcement Administration agents over several years attend sex parties paid for by drug cartels [John Lott's Website]

With the drug cartel making so much money from selling drugs, it is hard to see how the government can pay DEA agents enough to keep them from being tempted.  From Fox News:
In another major embarrassment for federal law enforcement, a Justice Department watchdog report alleges several Drug Enforcement Administration agents attended "sex parties" with prostitutes paid for by local drug cartels.  
The alleged parties took place in an unnamed "host country," which reportedly was Colombia, over a period of several years. According to the Justice Department inspector general report, the parties were even held in agents' U.S. government-leased quarters.
Further, agents received "money, expensive gifts, and weapons from drug cartel members," according to the report, which explored sexual misconduct allegations and how they are handled at the DEA; FBI; Bureau of  Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF); and the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS).  
The IG report found such allegations often went unreported or underreported, or were not pursued properly.  
The findings were immediately met Thursday with outrage on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers for years have pressured agencies to get tough on misconduct from within -- most notably, following the Secret Service prostitution scandal in 2012, also in Colombia. . . .

Tuesday, 24 March

12:04

Government micro managing people's behavior: NYC telling day care centers whether they can give children juice and how long children can sit for [John Lott's Website]

No juice to children under age 2?  Kids not allowed to sit for more than 30 minutes?  Seriously?  From the New York Daily News:

In a pint-sized version of ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg's attempt to ban super-sized sugary drinks, the city's Board of Health on Monday announced dramatically stricter rules for all licensed city day cares, including a limit on how much juice kids can drink.
Under the new rules, designed to try to cut obesity rates, children must be at least 2 years old before they can take their first sip of juice at day care, and they are only allowed four ounces a day.
Only 100% juice is allowed.
The old rules allowed babies as young as eight months to guzzle six ounces of 100% juice a day. 
Other new rules restrict kids' "sedentary time" to less than 30 minutes a day down from 60 minutes a day currently  and only one half-hour of screen time a week. . . .

10:24

Former Maryland state police Captain and Jack McCauley on Fox & Friends to discuss concealed handgun laws [John Lott's Website]




A Crime Prevention Research Center's study on concealed handguns is discussed here, though they are going to have to work with Jack a little bit to get the name right! Jack McCauley on Fox & Friends

Monday, 23 March

21:54

Putting it all together [The Liberty Sphere]

Some patterns are developing in the geo-political stratosphere that are cause for some alarm. Without intervention on the part of liberty oriented representatives in Washington and in the states and of course the patriots, then years of woe are imminent.

I will say no more, for now. Watch. Be diligent. Be ready.

Sunday, 22 March

22:16

Keeping watch [The Liberty Sphere]

Hello. I'm still here, keeping watch. More tomorrow, I hope.

Sunday, 15 March

09:37

Better to say nothing at all [The Liberty Sphere]

Rather than making promises I can't keep, it is far better to say nothing at all.

I told you in a recent post that it appeared I had completed all outstanding projects and was ready to hunker down in my normal routine writing daily columns for the Examiner and focusing here on liberty and gun rights issues. Then, poof. I had to take care of some things that cropped up unexpectedly, and I was gone again.

So, I have decided that I am not going to make any more promises like that. When I do that, circumstances make me into a liar. So, it is better to say nothing at all.

Glad you all are still here, my friends.

Wednesday, 11 March

18:07

Oh heck fire!! [The Liberty Sphere]

I got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning and have been running behind all the day. So, there won't be a masterpiece from me this evening, I'm sorry to say. I hate it when I do that, heck fire!

I hope for better results tomorrow. Just FYI.

Tuesday, 10 March

15:58

Clintons attract scandal like cats in heat [The Liberty Sphere]

Americans, Democrats in particular, should have known that as soon as Hillary Clinton announced her interest in running for president, the scandals would come out of the woodwork. It is the nature of Bill and Hillary both to create a circus-like atmosphere 24/7 with scandals stuck to them like cats in heat. But not only do they merely attract scandal. They actively engage in it. 
More here. 

Monday, 09 March

17:22

A voice from the locked down unit [The Liberty Sphere]

But there is one undeniable and glaring fact that the reader fails to consider. No matter what is on paper about our form of government, if those who are entrusted with leadership fail either deliberately or inadvertently, and if the voters persist in sending these treasonous wolves back to office, then no matter what is on paper the country has descended into abject tyranny, leaders and citizens alike.
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15:17

Hello! [The Liberty Sphere]

I'm back from a brief break, ready to delve into the current mess created by the child-king. If we ever get out of the chaos he has created in almost every part of the world, it will be a miracle.

Someone asked me recently, "What do you do during these little breaks you take? Sometimes you scare us with your unannounced absences. At least when you're sick you tell us."

I don't mean to scare anyone, but it has to be that way for now. There are things I cannot discuss openly. Studying and investigating threats to our liberties must be done incognito. To say the least I am not pleased with what I am observing. More about that later.

And then as soon as I can, I need to get back to passing along to you news concerning gun rights from liberty oriented bloggers. No, I haven't given up on it. I just needed to tend to some other things first.

Friday, 06 March

15:53

No longer a Republic, so now what? [The Liberty Sphere]

After the Framers spent long hours hammering out the most ingenious form of government mankind has ever devised, a woman happened across Benjamin Franklin as he and his colleagues emerged from their deliberations, and asked, "Dr. Franklin, what kind of government have you given us?" Franklin replied, "A republic, if you can keep it."
But we have not kept it. We have trashed it while giving lip service to its importance.
It took a little over 100 years for the voters and politicians to hasten its demise.
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Wednesday, 04 March

12:50

Observations of an Obamacare compliant doctor's office [The Liberty Sphere]

This week I saw a new doctor for a series of tests. To say that I was pleased would be gratifying if it were true. But the truth is it was not pleasant at all. I got to see upfront and personal a medical practice that has succumbed to Obamacare. 
Read the rest here.

Tuesday, 03 March

10:49

Netanyahu speech to Congress brings vermin out of shadows [The Liberty Sphere]

The vermin in this country has come out of the woodwork. We already know about Obama's nefarious alliances with Muslim radical barbarians. But now we see a large portion of the Democratic Party letting their true colors show. They boycott the only real democratic ally we have in the region.
Click here to read the whole thing.

Monday, 02 March

18:59

Socialist Vermont senator lies about Netanyahu visit [The Liberty Sphere]

In short, Sen. Sanders flat out lied about the Constitution, Congressional power, the limits of presidential power, and the Netanyahu visit. His credibility has been shot to pieces.
Click here to read the whole article...

Sunday, 01 March

16:43

Obama bomb threat against Israel looms large in hard feelings [The Liberty Sphere]

Barack Obama threatened to shoot down Israeli fighter jets if they fly over Iran to prevent the extremist Muslim state from making further advances in developing its nuclear program, which would enable Iran to manufacture and deploy nuclear bombs. Israeli leaders are super-sensitive about the Iran nuclear program, which has stated that its nuclear bombs would be used to bombard Israel to the point of wiping it from the face of the earth.
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Saturday, 28 February

18:45

Obama team smears Netanyahu prior to speech [The Liberty Sphere]

Rarely has a sitting president expressed such disdain and unmitigated gall in dealing with an important and strategic ally as the Obama team in dealing with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As soon as House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, exercised his discretion to invite whoever he wishes to speak to a session of the House, Obama and his spokesmen not only blasted the Speaker but Netanyahu as well. The concerted effort by the Obama team to tarnish Netanyahu shows just how deep the hatred flows toward Netanyahu and Israel at a particularly dangerous time when Israel stands alone in a vast ocean of radicalized Islamic terrorists and when those very terrorists have set their sites on American soil.
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Friday, 27 February

12:56

Republicans start to renege on numerous promises [The Liberty Sphere]

No sooner had Republicans taken the oath of office this January after winning enough seats last November to take control of both the Senate and the House than the elitist leadership of the Party began to act as if they are not on the record pledging to make major changes to the direction set by Barack Obama and the Democrats six years ago. Polls show that a clear majority of voters want some major changes in course. But the Republican leadership, particularly in the Senate, appears to have already forgotten their promises -- with the exception of the Keystone Pipeline.
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Wednesday, 25 February

13:34

FCC chair refuses to appear before Congress [The Liberty Sphere]

On the eve of the highly controversial attempt by Barack Obama and the Democrats to seize the Internet, FCC Chair Tom Wheeler flat-out refused to appear before Congress for questioning. Wheeler has also refused to provide information to Congress about the government takeover, demanding that Congress approve the proposal for the federal government to seize the Internet -- deceptively called "Internet neutrality" -- without knowing a thing about what they are approving.
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Tuesday, 24 February

17:53

Why are Republicans surrendering on amnesty? [The Liberty Sphere]

It is a betrayal that rivals anything seen in the history of U.S. politics. During the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans running for Senate and House seats vowed that if given a chance they would stop the lawless assault on our nation from the southern border and force Barack Obama to obey immigration law.
But today word has come from the Senate that the chamber is ready to cry surrender on the issue.
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Monday, 23 February

11:48

Retired General says U.S. will be hit, not if but when [The Liberty Sphere]

A retired U.S. military General told news sources last week that it is a foregone conclusion that the United States will be hit by a major terrorist attack in the near future and that the question is not if but when. 
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Friday, 20 February

12:52

Samantha Power behind Mideast debacle [The Liberty Sphere]

All over the Middle East turmoil involving radical Islamic terrorists has set the region ablaze. The U.S. has lost much of the territory we seized from barbarians with the blood of young men and women. If ISIS continues its march then every single victory for which Americans gave their very lives will have been n vain.
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11:15

Catching up [The Liberty Sphere]

Gonna try to catch up on my writing in the next week or so. I have to tell you I did not expect or even suspect the protracted roadblocks in my way here, not the least of which has been my computer woes. Still trying to get that worked out with a minimum of expense and hassle. But we shall see. There will be, however, a new post from me at the Examiner today, Lord willing.

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