Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Aurora: You Asked, I'll Tell You



So quite a few of my anti gun friends are sitting with smug looks on their faces in light of the terrible tragedy that took place in Aurora.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families impacted.  This post is not to make light of what happened but rather to respond to all of the anti gun people who feel like this justifies them telling me the everyday citizen should not have the right to bear arms.

I actually feel like this more so emphasizes the fact that places like movie theaters need to let CCP (concealed carry permit) holders like myself, legally carry in their establishments.  Had someone been concealed carrying this person would more than likely have gotten a rude awakening after the first or second shot.  Still not convinced?

Let's take a look at 71 year old Samuel Williams who foiled an armed robbery attempt when he shot 2 armed robbers at an internet cafe just last week.  Or let's look at Aurora just earlier this yar when an off duty officer shot and killed a man who had just murdered a woman in the church's parking lot.  Because of his quick action, no one else was hurt.  In nearby Colorado Springs back in 2007, a woman CHP holder stopped an attempted massacre at a church by shooting the criminal after he had killed two people in the parking lot.  The badly wounded criminal, realizing he could not continue the massacre, killed himself.  In each case the carnage was limited by the immediate reaction of a gun owner on site.

A recent study of over 5000 news reports over an eight-year period showed that the mere presence of an armed citizen thwarts many crimes.  Of the 5,000 incidents reported between October 2003 and November 2011, 488 involved home burglaries along with another 1,227 incidents where intruders fled when confronted by armed inhabitants. Another 34 concerned pizza delivery drivers defending themselves, along with 172 animal attacks. Concerns about an attacker taking a gun away from an armed victim were proven invalid, with 227 incidents reported where the intended victim disarmed his attacker, while just 11 attackers disarmed his victim. Twenty-five rapes were avoided by armed victims. Two hundred and one attacks were neutralized by armed senior citizens.  Sixty-five carjackings were successfully ended by an armed citizen who used his weapon to defend himself.

What bothers me most when the anti gun crowd cites stories like this in their defense is that they are lumping me in with crazy people like James Holmes and that's not fair nor is it an actual representation on the average gun owner.  Should there be something in place to prevent things like this from happening of course! Does it need to be as ludicrous as taking away my 2nd Amendment right?  Of course not!  Let's think before we speak people.  Don't make ignorant, over-arching, statements.  It's ridiculous and offensive regardless of the context.

Everyday I pray that I don't have to use my firearm and that will always be my prayer.  However, if the need arises I will be equipped to protect myself and my family because I strongly believe that it is not only my right but it's my responsibility to protect myself and even more than myself, my child.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

She Can Shoot on Good Morning Washington



If you were tuned in to ABC7 this morning around 6:15 you saw a piece on She Can Shoot, LLC.  The segment featured interviews and footage of some of the Shooting Divas in action.  The group was founded by Tina Wilson-Cohen in November 2010.  I joined that same month because I wanted to get my concealed carry permit.  Before then I kept my firearm in the house.  Once taking one class with Tina I quickly realized this was something I wanted to become second nature for me.  I wanted to be proficient at handling my weapon.  I wanted to be comfortable carrying it and I wanted to know what I was doing if I had to pull it.  Being a part of this amazing group of women has been AWESOME and eye opening for me.  We've done archery, some have taken vacations together (I'm still jealous I didn't get to go to Key West), there are pizza and gun cleaning socials, bowling pin shoots and of course every NRA Certified course including my favorite Refuse to Be a Victim series.  If you missed it this morning you can see the feature here: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/07/she-can-shoot-a-women-only-shooting-club-77745.html

And to learn more about She Can Shoot or to become a member and take some classes go to shecanshoot.com or find us on facebook!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

DC Gun Law In My Favor? Tell Me More...



Emily Miller has done it again!  You guys remember last week's post about an article Emily Miller wrote on the correlation between gun ownership and violent crimes.  Well this week, she is reporting that DC may actually acknowledge my right to carry as a non-resident of DC.   Emily is reporting that D.C. is seriously considering a change to its laws to decriminalize possession of an unregistered firearm and ammunition for NON-RESIDENTS of D.C.  In case you didn't know, if I as a registered gun owner in Virginia am pulled over in DC with my firearm on me then I will be charged criminally.  This has been an issue for me when I want to go to the range in Virginia and have to first take my daughter to my moms in DC.  For this reason my and the hubby rarely go to the range together.  Sound a bit ludicrous to you?  Just ask Army vet  First Lt. Augustine Kim who arrested while lawfully transporting his firearms from New Jersey to his home in South Carolina.   During a traffic stop Kim had $10,000 worth of property seized (and subsequently damaged when officers engraved marks on the sides of the firearms).  The vet only passed through to DC to stop at Walter Reed for medical attention.  No, this is not a joke.  Still not convinced?  Check out former Army Specialist Adam Meckler's story.. The medic had been out of the military for just two weeks when he was arrested at the VFW in Washington in September because building security found 14 long-forgotten 9mm rounds in his backpack. He didn’t even have a gun with him.

D.C. city council Chairman Phil Mendelson will introduce a bill this week to decriminalize possession of unregistered firearms and ammunition for nonresidents. His legislation will allow those arrested in the District on firearms charges to choose administrative disposition of the charge, which means paying a fine and not getting a criminal record.

Sorry DC residents but you guys will still be charged with the misdemeanor crime, which carries a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and a year in jail. It’s unclear if visitors who have already pled guilty in the District will have the opportunity to expunge their record if this law is enacted.

While this possible change makes me happy because at least some progress is being made.  I will be estatic when the city I love so dearly and called home for almost 25 years realizes the ACTUAL criminals aren't bothering to register their firearms and these asinine laws aren't stopping them from carrying and killing.  They are only serving to prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves from the ACTUAL criminals. 

Friday, July 6, 2012

More Guns = Less Violent Crime



According to a recent Emily Miller (my shero) article in the Washington Times, the FBI recently announced that violent crime decreased 4 percent last year. Since the 2008 election gun sales have surged.  Because of the Obama Administration's policies?   You could say that.  Many gun owners, like myself, feared a Democratic Administration would enact some form of legislation to infringe on our Constitutional right to bear arms so for the week of November 3 to 9, the FBI received more than 374,000 requests for background checks on gun purchasers . 

It has been shown time and again that violent crime rates decrease when the number of guns in the home increase.  In March the NRA released an article on the current status of Right to Carry (RTC) 2012.  Here are just some of the historical numbers: Homicide rates in Miami, Jacksonville, and Tampa had fallen 10, 18 and 20 percent, respectively, in those metropolitan areas after Florida's RTC law. D.C.’s murder rate tripled after its 1977 handgun ban.  An earlier study for the Justice Department found 34 percent of felons had been “scared off, shot at, wounded or captured by an armed victim,” and 40 percent had not committed crimes, fearing victims were armed.


I'd also like to think "us women folk" had something to do with this surge in gun ownership and decrease in crime.  The National Shooting Sports Foundation shows gun stores reported a 73 percent increase in female customers.  In this economy we need to feel safe.  We are becoming less dependent on our husbands and fathers to protect our families.  I know I for one refuse to be anyone's victim and with every fiber of my being I'll make sure my child doesn't either!