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Because I love you: On concealed carry

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It is almost impossible to follow the news of the day without being exposed to firearms.  Stories of criminals committing acts of violence with firearms are common.  Also becoming more common are stories of ordinary citizens using firearms to protect life.  This can be attributed to a growing number of concealed carry gun owners.  Allow me a moment to share a personal story of fear, and why I am a huge advocate for responsibly armed citizens.

That Fearful Day

I have been exposed to many fearful days in my life.  Many, in my younger years, were self-inflicted due to unwise decisions.  I certainly faced fearful situations during my time in the United States Navy.  Stories of men and women dying in training accidents are not uncommon.  Much less in a theater of war.  However, the most fearful day in my life occurred much closer to home.

I have been a concealed carry permit holder in North Carolina for many years.  A few years ago, during Easter week, I had a very busy Maundy Thursday schedule.  One of my three children had an athletic event at the local gym in the afternoon.  Then we were headed to church for the Maundy Thursday service right after sports practice.  I had volunteered to keep any children whose parents would be attending the service.

Because the facility where my daughter’s practice was located is a posted, No Concealed Weapons facility, I had left my firearm at home.  Something I almost never do.  Due to time constraints, we headed straight for church after practice.

The Moment of Fear

Several children where in the room I was volunteering in, including my three.  About the time the service was to end, some staff from the church met us in the room and told us not to worry about cleaning up and to start moving out of the room.  My antenna went up quick!  What was going on, I asked?  “A man upstairs says he has a gun”, was the response.  Here I am with my three children, among others, without my firearm.

I felt a feeling rush over me I’ve never experienced.  A momentary feeling of helplessness and stupidity.  Had I put those I love in danger by being a law-abiding citizen?  How stupid!  Protection of my family and those I love should be job one.  I quickly gathered myself and training and instinct took over.  I quickly and quietly guided my children out of the building to safety.

A Happy Conclusion

The police arrived quickly and professionally.  Fortunately, there was no actual gunman.  As it turns out, there was simply a misunderstood statement from a local homeless man, who had wandered in to the church building.  I thank God that was all it was.

Our Founders recognized our God-given right to self-protection.  They enshrined the right to bear arms in the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution.  I would highly encourage responsible citizens to consider owning a firearm.  Get properly trained and get a concealed carry permit.  I don’t wish anyone to experience the fear I felt on that Maundy Thursday night.

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Vice says women shouldn’t have guns

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On Friday, Vice’s Twitter account tweeted out a previous Vice article from June 14, 2016, entitled, “A Very Incomplete List of People Gun Rights Activists Think Should Be Armed.”

The brief article is a lamentation of the belief of Second Amendment advocates, specifically “the NRA and other right-wing groups,” that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

The tweet (below) reads, “The NRA wants to put guns in the hands of: Schoolteachers, Preachers, Anyone who goes into a nightclub, Women …just to name a few.”

According to author Harry Cheadle – who evidently believes that women shouldn’t be afforded Constitutional protections or exercise our God-given human rights – “the goal [of 2A advocates] is to make sure everyone is prepared to engage in a shootout at all times.”

“And by everyone, I mean everyone,” he emphasized.

So, just who, exactly, does Vice believe should be considered prohibited from exercising his/her Second Amendment rights?

“Here is a surely incomplete list of people that gun rights activists believe should be packing heat. Once all of these categories of Americans are all carrying guns on them at all times, presumably we will finally be safe…”

The listed include (as worded the article), but are not limited to:

-Women

-Gay people

-Jews

-Holocaust victims

-Some people who commit domestic violence

-Firefighters

-Every black person in America

-Pilots on planes

-People on the terrorist watch list

Yes, ladies, you read that right. A gun in the hand of a woman is as great a risk as possible terrorists. I can imagine Mr. Cheadle must be petrified at the sight of a woman behind the wheel of a car!

Ahhh!

Yes, Mr. Cheadle is apparently quite fearful of women, Holocaust victims, and black Americans, among others.

Well, as you might expect, this didn’t go over too well on Twitter. Here are just a few of the (often snark-filled) reactions.



And, in case you are wondering about my own response to Vice’s tweet… I joined the NRA.

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Scott Israel: SRO avoided confronting Cruz

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The latest breaking news on the Parkland Shooting reveals yet another failure in preventing or mitigating the shooting rampage. According to Sheriff Scott Israel, the school SRO positioned himself outside and never went in. This took place for about four minutes during the shooting that lasted about six minutes. The deputy’s name is Scot Peterson, and he resigned upon being suspended without pay while being investigated.

Cautious Take

There are a lot of perspectives on this development. We shouldn’t rush to judgement as this story is still developing. Was Scot Peterson a coward? Absolutely. He had a weapon and training. No doubt some of the colossal failure rests on him. But not all. Scott Israel is in charge of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, meaning Peterson reports to him. This could be the higher ups scapegoating an underling so that their contribution to the incident, such as the slow response time and failures prior to the shooting go unnoticed. Furthermore, are we to assume, as Scott Israel would have us, that during these four minutes Peterson did absolutely nothing? What if he was ordered to wait? Too many questions remain, so lets wait.

What’s also concerning about the situation is that Scott Israel has been going after the NRA. Many leftists are using this story as fuel against the idea of allowing teachers to have concealed carry. Perhaps that was Sheriff Israel’s purpose in throwing his guy under the bus. Remember this as the government and elected officials play the blame game: Aaron Feis did more to protect students with less.

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Andrew Pollack: Should have been one school shooting and we should have fixed it.

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Andrew Pollack lost his daughter, Meadow, during Cruz’s rampage. He gives a speech in front of Trump with his three sons standing next to him. In his speech he calls on Trump to work with him on ending school shootings. We credit Daily Caller with the transcript. Note: CNN’s blatantly misleading headline on the video.

I’m here because my daughter has no voice.

She was murdered last week, and she was taken from us, shot nine times on the third floor. We as a country failed our children. This shouldn’t happen. We go to the airport, I can’t get on a plane with a bottle of water, but we leave some animal to walk into a school and shoot our children. It is just not right.

And we need come together as a country and work on what’s important.

And that is protecting our children in the schools. That’s the only thing that matters right now. Everyone has to come together and not think about different laws. We need to come together as a country, not different parties, and figure out how we protect the schools. It is simple.

It is not difficult. We protect airports. We protect concerts, stadiums, embassies. The Department of Education that I walked in today that has a security guard in the elevator. How do you think that makes me feel? In the elevator, they got a security guard. I’m very angry that this happened because it keeps happening.

9/11 happened once, and they fixed everything. How many schools, how many children have to get shot? It stops here with this administration and me. I’m not going to sleep until it is fixed. And Mr. President, we’re going to fix it. Because I’m going to fix it. I’m not going to rest.

And my boys need to live with this. I want to see everyone — you guys look at this. Me, I’m — I’m a man, but to see your children go through this, bury their sister. That’s what I keep saying because I want to sink in. Not forget about this. We can’t forget about it.

All these school shootings, it doesn’t make sense. Fix it.

Should have been one school shooting and we should have fixed it. And I’m pissed. Because my daughter I’m not going to see again. She’s not here. She’s not here. She’s in North Lauderdale at … King David Cemetery. That is where I go to see my kid now.

And if we all work together and come up with the right idea — school safety. It is not about gun laws. That is another fight, another battle. Let’s fix the schools and then you guys can battle it out whatever you want. But we need our children safe. Monday, tomorrow, whatever day it is, your kids are going to go to school. You think everyone’s kids are safe?

I didn’t think it was going to happen to me. If I knew that, I would have been at the school every day if I knew it was that dangerous. It’s enough. Let’s get together, work with the president and fix the schools. That’s it. No other discussions. … I’m never going to see my kid again. … Never, ever will I see my kid. I want it to sink in. It’s eternity. My beautiful daughter I’m never going to see again. And it’s simple. It’s not — we can fix it.

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