Two hundred and ninety-eight felons died in 2018 “… during the commission of a felony …” when armed private citizens shot the attackers, according to the FBI’s latest release from its Uniform Crime Reporting Program. The statistical study does not inventory the more common encounters when a civilian’s presentation, declaration or firing of a self-defense firearm was effective at stopping other perpetrators.
A Message For Gavin Newsom Regarding Red Flag Laws
The US Constitution — our individual Bill of Rights — says the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Those are the words from our Second Amendment, an individual right that enables the law-abiding US citizen guarantee of self-defense, and defense from an intrusive, onerous, tyrannical government.
What I just stated in the above paragraph is objective truth, non-debatable, and rooted in our founding documents and principles. As well, many of our state constitutions back up exactly what I asserted. It is not subjective or mere opinion. However, consistent with the rhetoric of Rahm Emanuel — who said “never let a good crisis go to waste,” — progressive socialists are doing what they always do: finding a means to disarm citizens. That, as well, is not debatable and has been evidenced throughout history by every socialist, fascist, communist, or imperialist dictator.
Given that so much gun-policy research is explicitly funded by individuals hostile to our rights, gun owners are right to be skeptical of many academics. However, there are times when well-respected academics have proven confident enough to challenge the prevailing anti-gun orthodoxies. Such is the case with recent pieces from James Alan Fox, professor of criminology, law, and public policy at Northeastern University, and Thomas Abt, research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
In a July 23 item for USA Today, Fox pondered why a recent mass killing in Kyoto, Japan, did not garner significant attention in the U.S. media. On July 18, a man entered the Kyoto Animation studio and doused parts of the building with an accelerant and screamed “drop dead” or “die!” before setting the building ablaze. The resulting fire killed 34 people and injured more than 30.
Internet foolishness has forced a very busy man with a big job, Colt’s Mfg. Co. President and CEO Dennis Veilleux, to step away from making sure guns are produced at the East Hartford, Conn., factory and, instead, focus on the chatroom perception that, somehow, today’s Colt’s is against the consumer sale of AR-15s.
This is a sure way to demoralize the GOP base, destroy the Republican brand, and turn Texas blue.
“Hell yes, we are going to take your AR-15.”
Beto O’Rourke’s proclamation at the third Democratic presidential debate dominated the news last week. Though it was a revealing moment of candor, Beto shouldn’t worry gun owners. He holds no office, is at 1 percent in the polls, and will not be able to affect Texans’ gun rights in any material way in the foreseeable future.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick—not Beto—poses the biggest threat to Texas gun owners. Not only is he pushing a new law that would make greater strides towards Beto’s goal of gun confiscation than anything President Obama was ever able to achieve in eight years in office, but he also has the influence and power to ensure that law is passed.
Weatherford ISD board of trustees tabled the compensation increase in a 6-1 vote on Monday evening during the regular board meeting.
Trustees discussed increasing pay for all employees by 3 percent from the pay grade midpoint on top of the state-required pay raises for employees. They are scheduled to meet next Monday to reconsider the increase.
In the motion to table, most of the board members agreed that the compensation increase decision should be resolved by July 1. Employee contracts begin in July for 12-month and 11-month contracts, and 10-month contracts, which most teachers are on, begin in August, WISD Business and Finance Assistant Superintendent Lori Boswell said.
When Jefferson told us that “every state has a natural right” to nullify federal acts outside the constitution, he didn’t say how to do it.
In fact, even though a few decades later, some of his most prominent supporters claimed to base their own nullification process on his advice, he never in his life actually gave us step-by-step nullification instructions.
So is Jeffersonian nullification just an abstract philosophical concept? Did he leave us totally in the dark?
Well, he did leave a pretty serious clue about how to nullify in his draft of the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798. In response to the hated Alien and Sedition Acts, he called on each state to:
Read these amazing stories which highlight accounts of law-abiding gun owners in America using their Second Amendment rights for self-defense in this online edition of the Armed Citizen®.
March 27, 2019 –
Ina reported home invasion in Chattanooga, Tenn., a man was doing laundry in his residence when a would-be robber entered through the front door, spoke briefly to the homeowner, and then let two other men into the residence. The would-be robber took a pistol from one accomplice and demanded money from the homeowner. Surprising the apparent robbers, the homeowner retrieved a gun from underneath a couch cushion in the living room and fired several times at the men. One man was struck by a bullet and died. A physical struggle ensued between the homeowner and the first man who entered the residence, while the third fled. The homeowner broke free and ran into his bedroom. At that time, the first would-be robber apparently ran off. Police located both suspects and charged them with aggravated robbery. (timesfreepress.com, Chattanooga, Tenn., 3/27/19)
Armed Citizen Extra A pastor and his wife defended their Houston home from an intruder one Saturday night. After hearing something outside of their back door, they went to investigate and saw the suspect breaking in. In fear for their lives, both fired upon the man, who reportedly died on the scene. After the shooting, the couple went outside, placed their guns on the ground, and waited for the officers to arrive. (abc13.com, Houston, Texas, 5/6/19)
Well, if you talk to legislators themselves, it was the best ever. That is based on how they feel more than anything else. There was far more “cooperation” and “unity” than before; everybody was nicer to each other throughout this session. The fights were minimal from the outside.
So, everything is great, right?
Not exactly. We don’t send these folks to Austin to be a tax-funded social club; we send them there to get things done. So, let’s move away from feelings and look at facts and accomplishments. Did they accomplish more?