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  • Legally Armed People Have a Murder rate similar to Japan

    04/21/2018 12:19:17 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 17 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Michigan Concealed Pistol License holders have an extremely low murder rate. Japan has a very low murder rate. Japan is also a very law-abiding culture. The United States, as a whole, has a much higher murder rate than Japan. Within the United States, there is a law abiding culture that has a murder rate as low as Japan's. That culture consists of gun owners who carry guns legally.The FBI generally includes legally defined murder, which may be in the first or second degree, and non-negligent manslaughter, in the definition of murder for their statistics. A more precise definition might...
  • Cheap Gun Opportunity in Crawfordsville, Indiana, 28 April, 2018

    04/20/2018 1:01:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 18 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    A gun turn in event in Crawfordsville, Indiana, delivers an opportunity for brave Second Amendment activists to obtain some nice guns for little money. Their actions would also create a media event to protect Second Amendment Rights. The event will be held at the Crawfordsville Police Department from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Crawfordsville is about 40 miles northwest of Indianapolis.  From journalreview.com: Residents can turn in semi-automatic rifles, bump stocks or large-capacity clips in an upcoming program sponsored by a local church. Wabash Avenue Presbyterian invites owners to take the weapons and accessories to the Crawfordsville Police Department...
  • AP: Gun Clubs Teach Patience. Discipline. Responsibility.

    04/19/2018 11:50:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    School shooting teams were common before 1970. They suffered enormous decline with the war on guns from 1970 to 2000. Now they are making a comeback. The numbers are growing, and even the Associated Press is noticing. From detroitnews.com: Dahlonega, Ga. – Their classmates took to the streets to protest gun violence and to implore adults to restrict guns, seeming to forecast a generational shift in attitudes toward the Second Amendment. But at high school and college gun ranges around the country, these teens and young adults gather to practice shooting and talk about the positive influence firearms have...
  • Iowa Legislature moves Toward Right to Arms Constitutional Amendment

    04/19/2018 2:12:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 12 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Only six states do not have some sort of right to keep and bear arms amendment or clause in their state Constitution. They are California, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, and  New York. California, Maryland, New Jersey and New York show the lack of a state constitutional protection with their highly restrictive firearms laws.Two outliers on that list are Iowa and Minnesota. State constitutional protections of the right to bear arms provide protection when the federal Constitution fails to do so. The U.S. Supreme Court has been reluctant to protect Second Amendment rights for a decade. Getting to the U.S....
  • Oklahoma Legislature Votes to Extend Home, Business Defense Options to Churches

    04/18/2018 1:32:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    The Oklahoma legislature has overwhelmingly voted to extend the protections homes and businesses have in the laws of defense of self and others to Oklahoma churches. From publicradiotulsa.org: The Senate voted 42–1 on Thursday for House Bill 2632, which makes places used either part- or full-time for religious services covered by the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act. The shooting still must be done because of reasonable fear of harm or death or to prevent a violent felony. "That makes it clear that there has to be some reason that you felt that you were threatened and needed to use that defensive...
  • Swiss to Debate Restrictive Gun Laws in 2018

    04/17/2018 12:40:53 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Switzerland has long been one of the safest and well governed countries in the world. Switzerland had historically few firearms restrictions and high rates of gun ownership. Until 1996, the firearms laws in Switzerland were entirely an affair of the local cantons. Gun laws in Switzerland were generally less restrictive than in the United States. Most firearms were not registered. It was easy to purchase handguns and automatic rifles. Cannon required an approximate $5 registration which could be obtained at the local police office. Cannon breech blocks were required to be stored separately from the cannon. Before 1998, pistols...
  • Michigan Supreme Court to Hear Open Carry in Schools Case

    04/16/2018 2:04:41 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 11 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Michigan law protects the right of people with carry permits to openly carry guns in schools. The law also preempts local government entities from creating local laws and regulations that violate the state laws. People with carry permits are more law abiding than police officers. They make schools more safe, not less safe. Some school officials are perfectly willing to have law enforcement officers openly carry in schools, but not parents with carry permits. From foxonline.com: “Obviously, we don’t believe that individuals should open carry in our school unless they are uniformed officers of law enforcement,” says Fletcher Spears...
  • Gun Control Logical Fallacy – Ignoring Lives Saved

    04/15/2018 1:25:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 10 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    A person who dies because they did not have a gun is just as dead as a person who is murdered with a gun. In practice, overall unjustified homicides tend to rise a bit when gun are banned or restricted. Those who push for disarmed populations use a logical fallacy when arguing for gun restrictions and gun bans. They only count people who are killed with guns, and ignore people who are killed because they were unarmed or disarmed.This logical fallacy is called an irrelevancy argument. Whenever you see a chart or graph or statistic that uses the terms...
  • Lord Zuckerberg? Lord Farquaad?

    04/14/2018 5:29:43 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
  • Trump Era NICS Backround Check hit new All time Record for March

    04/14/2018 2:14:10 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    The March number of National Instant background Criminal Checks hit an all-time record.  The 2018 numbers in the chart are from the second year of the Trump Presidency. The number of checks in March 2018 was 2,767,699. That is 245,000 more than in 2016, the previous all-time record for of 2,523,265.  The number of checks for the first quarter of 2018 is 7,131,422. That is 6% higher than the first quarter of 2017.It is obvious that the all-out push for bans on rifles, accessories such as detachable magazines and trick stocks, has re-ignited the concerns of those who refuse...
  • Are You Exempt from Pistol Registration in Michigan?

    04/14/2018 1:43:52 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Michigan is one of the few states that require people who buy handguns to register them. The law is ineffective in solving crimes. There is only one case known, in over 90 years of the law's existence, that may have been solved because of pistol registration in Michigan.    Link to video The primary purpose of the legislation, enacted in 1927, is believed t have been to keep black people form legally owning pistols. The law is an artifact of racial discrimination that serves no useful purpose.  The law that requires the pistol license and registration is MCL 28.422,...
  • ID: Stand Your Ground Bill Clarifies Law

    04/13/2018 1:05:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, Idaho bill SB 1313 was enacted into law. It became law without Governor Otter's signature when he failed to veto it. The new law will take effect on 1 July, 2018.  The law qualifies as a "stand your ground" law, consistent with the law in 70% of the states. The law made relatively minor adjustments in the law of self defense in Idaho. It clarified when homicide was justifiable, adding places of business and conveyances as places with the current protections for habitations. In Idaho, the law already defined as justifiable, homicide done to...
  • VA: Armed man Stops Dog Attack, Multiple Victims

    04/12/2018 12:10:54 PM PDT · by marktwain · 52 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Link to video  On Thursday morning, 29 March, 2018, a English Bull Terrier escaped from an apartment and started attacking people on the street. A man and a woman were bit on the arms and legs and were taken to the hospital.  People attempted to use several items to stop the attacks. They kicked at the dog. They beat it with a hammer.  They used pepper spray. Nothing worked until a man with a gun waited for the right moment, then shot the dog. Twice.  From wsls.com: Paul Burek saw it all unfold and rushed to help. He had...
  • The War On Us

    04/11/2018 1:46:20 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    thezman ^ | 8 April, 2018 | zman
    Whether you know it or not, you are at war. It’s not a shooting in the street war, at least not yet, but it is a war. Specifically, the people in charge have decided to wage war on segments of the American society. To paraphrase the late historian Christopher Lasch, the managerial elite has turned their back on average Americans and opted instead for a ruthlessly cosmopolitan view of life, one that values rootlessness, internationalism and transience. Increasingly, their ends are in direct conflict with liberal democracy. Another way of looking at this is that the managerial elite has reached...
  • Council of Great City Schools Pushes Anti-Second Amendment Resolution

    04/11/2018 1:21:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 8 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    The Council of Great City Schools has published a resolution calling for severe infringements on the Second Amendment. The Council of Great City Schools (CGCS) is an organization of 70 urban public school systems, first formed in 1956.  It started with 10 large, urban schools and has grown with federal funding. As such, it is not surprising it pushes causes dear to those pushing for more and bigger government, more taxes, more spending, more federal funding. It's member are nearly entirely funded by tax dollars.  Most of its teachers would be members of the far left National Education Association. When...
  • Progressive Illinois Rep. Declares Constitution Means Nothing

    04/10/2018 1:07:52 PM PDT · by marktwain · 86 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    An Illinois technocrat has demonstrated the Progressive attitude about the Constitution and the Second Amendment. Representative Bill Foster has a PhD in Physics from Harvard. He was raised and earned his Bachelor degree in ultra-liberal Madison, Wisconsin.  In his view, the Constitution is a document that can be re-interpreted to mean different things every few years. That is true in a sense. Amendments to the Constitution can be put forward and passed any time. It is clear a constitutional amendment is not what Representative Foster is talking about. From chicagotribune.com: Flanked by two area high school students, a pediatrician...
  • Book Review: War Before Civilization

    04/09/2018 11:35:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 45 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    War Before Civilization; The Myth of the Peaceful Savage by Lawrence H. Keeley, 1996, Oxford University Press, paperback edition, 1997, 245 pages. War Before Civilization is one of those works that cause observers of the human condition to have an "Aha!" moment. I first read the book over a decade ago. I have recommended it to many, including my friend, Curtis Eykamp of Medway, Quirindi NSW, Australia. He ordered a copy, and while I was helping take care of his 100 year old father, Roy, I had the happy occasion to entertain Roy by reading to him. War Before...
  • Michigan Build Your Own AR-15 VFW Class Attracts Professor’s Ire

    04/08/2018 1:12:32 PM PDT · by marktwain · 43 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 5 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post 4073 in Marshall, Michigan was the site of a class to teach people to build AR-15 rifles. The class had been scheduled for months. This was the third year the popular class was held at the post. Chris Walden of Walden's Firearms taught the class to about 60 participants. This year was a little different a professor from Albion College, W. Jeffrey Wilson organized a protest of their peaceful, voluntary activity. No one at the VFW post or Chris buckled under to the bullying of the protesters. The protest drew national attention....
  • Volunteer Church Member Stops Attacker in Church Gunfight

    04/07/2018 9:07:12 PM PDT · by marktwain · 56 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 4 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On Wednesday, 28 March, 2018, the West Maypole Avenue Church of Christ was having a Bible study that started at 7:30 p.m. At 8:09 p.m., the study was interrupted by 27-year-old Kenneth Baines, who announced an armed robbery. A 57-year-old armed church member was seated inside. The church member was legally armed and had a concealed carry permit. It seems likely that he was a member of a voluntary church security team, as later reports refer to him as a “security guard”, but no report mentions that he had a security guard license, or that he was paid as a...
  • Knowing their Attacker makes Armed Victim Defense Claims Simpler

    04/07/2018 9:51:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 3 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    It is undeniable that a significant percentage of killers are known to their victims. This often makes self-defense claims easier to understand. Previous death threats, a violent criminal history, and/or a current restraining order does much to show that an armed victim was justified in shooting and/or killing a person they knew who was attacking them.One of the most misleading statistics in the debates about self-defense is that “most victims know their killers”.  Everyone knows hundreds or thousands of people in the area where they live. They know the creepy neighbor, the homeless guy who accosts people at the supermarket...