Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: Concealed Carry

“Stand for the Second” Student Walkout Extends Across the land

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, May 2, 2018: 

Will Riley, a senior at the 1,600-student Carlsbad High School in Carlsbad, New Mexico, got upset when he saw the mainstream media fawning over the likes of David Hogg and his March for Our Lives rally. He decided to do something about it: “I’m watching the news and I see they’re saying, ‘Well, we have to do something about [school shootings]. We have to enact some sort of gun control legislation because this is what the kids are asking for.’ And I’m thinking, ‘I’m not asking for that. I look at my friends and I think, ‘They’re not asking for that.’”

So, on his own, he started “Stand for the Second” — a 16-minute walkout by students at Carlsbad to support the Second Amendment. The walkout took place today at 10 a.m. Said Riley, “I wanted to give a voice to all of the people who feel that they’re being misrepresented by the media.”

Riley was invited to express his views by the Washington Examiner, and he unloaded on the mainstream media’s attempt to apply the views of David Hogg to every student in the country. He wrote in April:

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Anti-gun Hollywood Turning off Americans

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, March 18, 2018: 

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Photo taken in Minute Man National Historical Park in Middlesex County, Massachusetts

A poll conducted by Zogby Analytics during the last week of February showed how the combination of hypocrisy and real-world facts are negating Hollywood’s anti-gun message. When 869 likely voters were asked by Zogby, “When Hollywood actors and actresses speak out about gun control, does that make you want to support or oppose our constitutional right to bear arms (the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution)?”, the response across every class, age group, and political party affiliation indicated that Hollywood’s anti-gun message is being increasingly rejected. Taken altogether, 56 percent of those polled said Hollywood’s anti-gun rants make them want either to “somewhat” support or “strongly support” the Second Amendment. Just 28 percent are reflecting the bias pitched by Hollywood, with 16 percent “strongly opposed” to the right guaranteed by the Second Amendment in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights, and 12 percent “somewhat opposed.”

But support for the Second Amendment was strongest among Millennials:

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Florida Republican Legislators Turn Backs on Second, Fourth Amendments

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, March 9, 2018: 

Official photo of Florida Governor Rick Scott

Florida Governor Rick Scott

In 1970, Florida’s legislature officially adopted “The Sunshine State” as the state’s nickname. It was designed for the tourists: beaches, warm weather in the winter, and so forth.

About the same time, a 4’10” grandmother teamed up with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and, over time, successfully added another nickname to the state: “The Gunshine State.” When the Gun Control Act was passed in 1968, Marion Hammer decided to do what she could to overturn it. She started in Florida. She was the first female president of the NRA, and the rest, as they say, is history. In 1987, she almost single-handedly persuaded the state’s legislature to pass the first concealed carry law in the nation. In 2005, she was inducted into Florida’s Women’s Hall of Fame.

That was then. This is now.

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No Weapons Violations in First Six Months of Campus Carry at KU Lawrence

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, March 6, 2018: 

John Lott (left) being presented SAF's Journal...

John Lott (left) being presented SAF’s Journalist of the Year

In a report that the national media didn’t deem newsworthy, the Office of Public Safety at the Lawrence campus of the University of Kansas (KU) said last week that during the first six months that students were allowed to carry concealed on campus, there were no incidents — zero criminal weapons violations — to report. But the office did report that overall crime, mostly thefts, dropped by 13 percent.

The report said nothing about the freedom granted students starting last July to carry concealed on campus if they so desired, but instead stated that the drop in crime and the utter lack of weapons violations were likely due to “the use of security technology on campus, such as cameras … and more police and security officers [that] were added to the Public Safety Office in 2017.”

Undoubtedly, if there had been one weapons violation — just one — it would have made headline news in every liberal media outlet in the country. But in its absence, the media has remained silent.

The Kansas City Star noted that prior to July 1,

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When Firearms are Present, Shooters are Absent

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, March 7, 2018: 

John Lott being presented SAF's Journalist of ...

John Lott

John Lott, in his book, The War on Guns, gave his readers an astonishing statistic:

Since 2011, there have been only three mass public shootings in areas where concealed carry was allowed … these cases are very rare. From 1950-2010, not a single mass shooting occurred in an area where general civilians are allowed to carry guns.

 

Over the entire period from 1950 through February 2016, just over 1 percent of mass public shootings occurred in such places.

Put another way, according to Lott more than 98 percent of the time shooters choose places where their intended victims aren’t allowed to defend themselves with firearms!

Those shooters may be certifiably insane, but they aren’t stupid. Take, for example, Khalil Abu-Rayyan, an ISIS supporter who was planning an attack on one of the biggest churches in Detroit. According to Lott, Rayyan explained his choice of target this way:

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More Schools Allow Teachers and Staff to Arm Themselves

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, March 5, 2018:  

During the Pike County, Kentucky, school board hearing last Wednesday night, the board reached a unanimous decision to approve arming teachers and staff at the county’s 25 schools. Predictably, Executive Director Jon Akers of the Kentucky Center for School Safety said that “every educational group across the country” opposes the idea.

Said Akers, the idea “scares me to death … arming people who are not trained equal to that of law enforcement officers is risky.”

Akers’ argument, like so many being offered by people such as him, just doesn’t hold any water. Under the new proposal, school teachers and staff could volunteer to carry concealed at the schools, but only after passing a background check, a drug test, a mental evaluation, and a qualification course. And they would have to requalify regularly.

Teachers’ unions are nearly out of arguments, especially in light of the massacre of innocents in Florida on Valentine’s Day. Those innocent students had no chance to defend themselves because the school was declared a “gun free” zone. Those opposed to arming teachers say that such programs

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Trump Proposes Teachers Carry; Opponents Push Back

Post-secondary educational organizations

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, February 23, 2018:

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English: The front side of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, located in Parkland, Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During his “listening time” meeting at the White House following the Parkland, Florida shooting, President Trump was patient, sensitive, and understanding of the grief many of the participants were going through. Then he answered a question about concealed carry, responding that it “only works where you have people very adept at using firearms, of which you have many, and it would be teachers and coaches.” Then he made it personal:

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Gun Rights Expanding After Florida Shooting

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, February 20, 2018:

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The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution

Following mass shootings at the Connecticut elementary school, the Orlando gay nightclub, the Las Vegas concert, and now the massacre at the Florida high school, anti-Second Amendment groups such as Everytown for Gun Safety and others ramped up pressure on federal legislators to “do something, anything” about the violence. Happily, very little further infringements of precious rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment have occurred.

On the state level, in fact, much progress has been made in reasserting those rights.

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Efforts to Pass National Reciprocity for Concealed Carry Focus on Senate

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, December 29, 2017:

Riding the momentum from passage of the National Reciprocity for Concealed Carry bill by the House on December 9, attention of the National Rifle Association (NRA) is now being directed to the Senate’s version, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, S. 446.

The NRA’s arguments are simple:

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Active Shooter Defense Classes Springing Up Following Texas Church Massacre

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, November 10, 2017: 

FBI New agent training.

In just the last two years, former FBI agent J. Pete Blair, author of the FBI’s “Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013,” has trained more than 130,000 citizens in how to respond to the sudden presence of an active shooter. Blair now leads the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training program at Texas State University. Said Blair: “We’ve seen a series of incidents and an increase in lethality [but] it could be that we’ve had a really unlucky few weeks.”

Lucky or not, American citizens are flocking to training classes offering strategies they can use if they are confronted with an armed attacker. Churches are

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Pro-gun Victory: D.C. Decides Not to Appeal Concealed Carry Ruling to Supreme Court

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, October 5, 2017:

Effective Thursday, residents of the nation’s capital seeking a concealed carry permit won’t have to show a “good or proper reason” to obtain it. That’s because anti-gun politicians on Washington, D.C.’s council think it’s too risky for them to take their case to the Supreme Court, considering the current political climate there. If they appeal the ruling handed down in July and the Supremes sustain it, it would likely apply not only to their district, but also to other states that have imposed similar restrictions on their citizens.

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine noted the risks of an appeal going against it:

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Washington, D.C. Loses Again in Its Long War Against the Second Amendment

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, October 2, 2017:

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Parker v. D.C. attorneys Bob Levy (left) and Alan Gura (right).

Alan Gura, the Second Amendment Foundation’s lead attorney in Heller and McDonald, has been taking the fight over gun rights to anti-gun politicians infesting Washington, D.C.’s council for years. With any luck at all, he’ll get a chance to take it to them again. When the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia turned down the city’s request for a full court rehearing of its decision striking down its concealed carry laws last week, Gura rubbed it in:

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Tennessee Church Shooter Subdued by “Gentle Giant” Sheepdog

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 25, 2017: 

Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

Most of the media covering the shooting at a Tennessee church on Sunday morning focused on the shooter and his horrific attack on innocents. Precious little was said about the “gentle giant,” Robert Engle, who instead of running away, ran toward the sound of gunfire and neutralized the shooter before he could wreak more havoc.

According to various media reports,

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Los Angelinos Are No Safer Today Than They Were on Monday

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 30, 2017:

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Los Angeles Times Building

The Los Angeles Times reported that on Tuesday the city council was going to repeal its ban on “ultra-compact” handguns that has been in place since 2001. It’s responding to pressure from the NRA and the California Rifle & Pistol Association (CRPA) that the city must conform to the roster of firearms already banned at the state level. It’s not because of a change of heart on the part of those council members.

The law was put in place in 2001 based on the assumptions that

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LA City Council to End Its Ban on “Ultra-compact” Handguns

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, August 29, 2017:

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According to the Los Angeles Times, LA’s city council is “poised to roll back its ban on ‘ultra-compact’ guns” on Tuesday, thanks to pressure from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the California Rifle & Pistol Association (CRPA). Those groups hold that California state law overrules and overrides the city’s attempt to ban small, concealable handguns from its citizens.

The ban, passed in 2001, was based on several assumptions that have proved to be false. For example,

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Washington, D.C. Asks Full Appeals Court to Review a Pro-gun Ruling

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 28, 2017:

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The Supreme Court of the United States. Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.’s Attorney General Karl Racine filed a petition on Thursday with the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia, asking the court to rehear a decision that a three-judge panel of that court issued in July. That decision, 2-1, issued a permanent injunction prohibiting the district from enforcing its “good reason” requirement to obtain a concealed carry permit.

At issue is the requirement that citizens applying for a permit have a “good reason” for it that goes beyond just wanting a firearm for self-defense. It even obviates claims that a permit is needed because someone lives in a dangerous neighborhood.

Writing for the majority in that panel’s decision, Judge Thomas Griffith said:

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Concealed Carry Permits Hit New All-time High

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, August 22, 2017:

English: New York Mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg.

Michael R. Bloomberg

The latest report from the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) shows that not only did nearly two million more Americans obtain their concealed carry permits in 2016 — a new record for the fourth year in a row — but that brings the total to more than 16.3 million U.S. citizens with permits. That’s up from 4.5 million just a decade ago, and means that, on average, one in every 20 American citizens has a concealed carry permit.

Most of the growth is taking place among women and minorities, partly because of concerns about personal safety and partly because of the paradigm shift in favor of the Second Amendment that has been taking place in the United States. Said John Lott, the founder of CPRC and its chief researcher,

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Michigan Foster Parents’ Conundrum: Give Up Gun Rights or Give Up Child

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, August 16, 2017:

Bill and Jill Johnson were asked by the state of Michigan to consider becoming foster parents for their grandchild after the state ruled his mother was incompetent to raise the child. Bill Johnson has had a concealed weapons permit for the last 10 years and has carried for personal protection ever since. So when the social worker told him that, as a condition of caring for the grandchild, he would have to provide the state with a list of the serial numbers of all of his firearms, Johnson resisted. A heated discussion ended when the social worker told Johnson, “You are going to have to give up some constitutional rights here if you want to keep that boy.”

The Johnsons took their case to court where, two weeks later, the judge sided with the state: “We know we are violating numerous constitutional rights here, but if you do not comply, we will remove the boy from your home.”

That’s when Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), got mad, and got involved:

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Texas Instructor Protests Campus Carry by Wearing Helmet and Body Armor to Class

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 14, 2017: 

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Rather than resigning or noisily transferring to another, more “enlightened” school, or filing a frivolous lawsuit, geography instructor Charles K. Smith protested Texas’ new campus carry freedom by showing up on the first day of class wearing — ready? — a helmet and a bullet-resistant vest! Smith teaches at San Antonio College.

His foolishness made the papers, and he took full advantage of the publicity, claiming the new law somehow puts him at risk:

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Pressure Building to Pass National Reciprocity

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 14, 2017:

With the newest Republican Congresswoman from Georgia, Karen Handel, cosponsoring HR 38 last week, there are now 209 cosponsors of the national reciprocity bill. That bill was introduced in the House by Representative Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) in January with a companion bill being introduced in the Senate simultaneously by Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas). With Handel’s endorsement, that means passage by the House is just nine votes away.

The bill has gained some significant momentum from various sources, including municipalities such as New York City, which has jailed travelers there for violating its stringent anti-gun laws. A video interview by John Stossel on YouTube of two unsuspecting citizens caught in New York City’s web brought to light just how dangerous it is to travel there despite having followed all the rules.

Both Patricia Jordan and Avi Wolf were arrested for violating the city’s strict gun laws. Even though they both had called TSA to get current on rules about flying with firearms, and had followed those rules carefully, each spent a day and a night in a New York City jail, months of uncertainty until their cases were settled (they each plea-bargained to being a public nuisance), and between $15,000 and $17,000 each for attorneys’ fees. Stossel made the point that this is happening nearly on a weekly basis in the city.

Especially annoying was the response of the city’s district attorney to Stossel’s query about the severity of the punishment for such minor violations of the city’s rules: “We’re not going to apologize for enforcing our gun laws.”

Responded Stossel: “Give me a break! Prosecutors have discretion. They could be reasonable with these poor people who had no idea they violated New York’s strange laws. But New York politicians don’t want you to have a gun, so they will put you in jail to send everyone [else] a message.”

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Affairs (NRAILA) is helping things along by making passage of the national reciprocity bill its No. 1 priority. It explained that in New York City:

Lawful possession requires a local license, which is not available to non-New York residents.… The Big Apple, in short, remains a Constitution-free zone as far as the right to keep and bear arms is concerned….

 

It is long past time for concealed carry reciprocity. Far too many good Americans have had their fundamental right to self-protection unfairly denied. If ruthless New York City politicians and bureaucrats “won’t apologize” for jailing and fleecing innocent travelers, the Congress likewise should unapologetically enforce the U.S. Constitution, the supreme law of the land, and restore Second Amendments rights to all.

Passage was urged by Conservative Daily:

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would force states to treat concealed carry permits the same way they treat out-of-state driver’s licenses. If you are allowed to carry in one state, you are allowed to carry in all states.

 

Here at Conservative Daily, we support Constitutional Carry. The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution should be the only “permit” a law-abiding American needs to defend himself in public.

Nationally known firearms expert and trainer Massad Ayoob weighed in on the matter on Sunday. He had just finished teaching a class in New Jersey, which he cryptically referred to as “operating behind enemy lines,” adding that “more than a dozen states now have followed the Vermont Model in which no permit is required to carry a loaded handgun concealed for protection in public.” But New Jersey “does not recognize carry permits from any other state.” As a result New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie has repeatedly granted relief to people such as Shaneen Allen, whose case made national headlines a few years ago. Allen crossed over from Pennsylvania into New Jersey, was subjected to a routine traffic stop that got ugly when she told the officer that she was carrying a firearm. The fact the she also had a Pennsylvania concealed carry permit didn’t matter. She was jailed and only saw the light of day after Christie intervened.

Jerry Henry, the executive director of Georgia Carry, weighed in on the bill as well, writing in Breitbart last week that state “laws should simply address carry licenses the way many other licenses are addressed. With a driver’s license issued in Georgia, I can drive my vehicle in any other state in this country … providing I follow the laws of the state I am in at the time. My marriage license is treated the same way.” Added Henry: “I have said for many years I should be able to carry anywhere a criminal carries.”

Naturally, New York’s Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance sees things differently:

If the residents of Idaho want to have a state when you don’t need a permit to get a gun, I don’t think New York should tell Idaho how to manage its public safety, and I certainly don’t think the people of Idaho should tell New York City how to manage its public safety.

The trouble with that argument is that when Idahoans travel to New York City they don’t expect to be treated like common criminals, thrown in jail, and be forced to pay thousands of dollars in legal fees to regain their freedom.

These arguments for national reciprocity are muting any discussion of the constitutionality of such a law. As constitutional lawyer Joe Wolverton wrote in The New American:

The problem plaguing Americans [is] looking to Washington, D.C. for permission to do that which is beyond their authority to rule….

 

Our Republic was not founded by men and women who looked to government for the green light for the exercise of timeless rights that have been enjoyed by their ancestors for years….

 

Promotion of a proposed federal law that would force states to recognize concealed carry permits issued by others states … would be unconstitutional.

The House Judiciary Committee will be holding hearings on the bill in the middle of September. While it’s expected to pass the House handily, it faces tougher sledding in the Senate where Democrats have promised a filibuster. Working for passage, however, is the political mathematics facing the Senate in 2018, where 24 Democrat Senate seats are open, including in many red states where national reciprocity is getting traction. As neither House Speaker Paul Ryan nor Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seem interested in pushing the bill, it will have to have increasing public support for it to come to President Trump’s desk for signing.

And he will sign it. On September 18, 2015, Trump said:

The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway. That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too. That permit should be valid in all 50 states. A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state. If we can do that for driving — which is a privilege, not a right — then surely we can do that for concealed carry, which is a right, not a privilege.

Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.
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