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Concealed carry nonsense

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Concealed carry nonsense

It was a tough crossing. I couldn’t just wait for the light to turn green. I had to make certain that I was under cover so I wouldn’t be shot by all those concealed pistols around me. After all, Florida had become Dodge City in 1987, and no one would ever be safe again. If I stuck my head out, I’d be a target.

At least that’s what the Left wanted me to believe. And that’s what the Left wants us to believe if the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act that just passed the House becomes law.

The facts are, shall we say, slightly different from that picture. On two major counts. The first is historical. The “Wild West” wasn’t so wild. Careful examination of Aurora and Bodie, Nevada, two “Wild West” mining towns, paints a different picture.

These towns had a host of bars and brothels, with a fearsome homicide rate. Single, transient young males (today’s gang members?) shot each other after microaggressions (Chicago, anyone?). But other crime was virtually nil. Robbery was less than 1/15th of New York’s current rate. Burglary was 1%, and rape was unknown. One resident of Bodie did “not recall ever hearing of a respectable woman or girl in any manner insulted or even accosted by the hundreds of dissolute characters that were everywhere. In part this was due to the respect depravity pays to decency; in part to the knowledge that sudden death would follow any other course.”

Put bluntly, in the wildest part of the Wild West, private carry of firearms kept the peace, and no ordinary citizen had anything to fear.

Returning to my home state of Florida, thirty years of experience shows that “shall issue” concealed carry does indeed result in Dodge City. But it’s the Dodge City of reality. There is less than one criminal event per year related to concealed carry in a state of twenty-one million people. Most of those are misdemeanors. Concealed carry holders are convicted of crimes at one sixth the rate of sworn police officers. It’s simply not a safety issue, at least in the negative direction. And violent crime overall has steadily declined.

Florida does indeed have crime. The Orlando area, where I live, is home to several key tourist destinations. There used to be a lot of crime against tourists. When rental car bumper stickers and license plates were removed, much of that stopped. The bad guys couldn’t tell who was an unarmed tourist anymore.

This same dynamic has been shown numerous times. Burglars prefer to enter unoccupied homes, and when they do go into an occupied dwelling, they prefer an unarmed occupant, not one with a gun. It seems that they value their skins.

But there are still crimes. Within ten miles of my home Omar Mateen shot up the Pulse nightclub, killing forty-nine and wounding fifty-eight. Did I mention that it was a “gun free zone?” By Florida law, if alcohol is served and I go in, my gun stays out. He had a free field of fire. He knew his victims would be disarmed.

This event, the Sandy Hook massacre, and others suggest, but don’t prove that private carry of guns would reduce crime. But that question has been definitively answered by Professor Gary Kleck and others. Guns in private hands are highly effective in preventing both injury and property loss. Bad guys simply do not wish to die in order to steal your stuff. Millions of lives are protected annually by private citizens with guns. A month ago, a private citizen ended a massacre in Texas. Yesterday a woman with a gun protected a police officer. Other examples are legion.

Before we listen to the Lefty scream about… well… whatever… remember that what they are saying fits the answer Tommy Smothers gave when Dick asked him if he knew the Russians had a ballet company.

— Bolshoi!!!

We do not need to refute the counterfactual arguments of those who call us “Neanderthal racist gun lovers.”[i] They have no facts on their side.

If we study the history of the Second Amendment, we find that a large part of the concern was ultimately about the individual’s inherent right to defend himself from the highwayman. This right of self-defense was a widely accepted natural right of the individual, not a right somehow granted by the state. If it did not exist, safe society could not exist. And the application to the larger question of the militia was an extension of this basic right.

This right extends throughout the entire United States. When some states attempted to limit the natural rights of citizens, the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified. Through it, the Supreme Court has now “incorporated” all of the rights in the Bill of Rights to every point in the country. But a handful of jurisdictions have refused to accept this fact.

Illinois, California, New York, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia are the most notable holdouts. They have made private ownership of firearms very difficult, and often have imposed severe restrictions on who may carry a gun. In 1977, I got a concealed carry permit from the Sheriff of San Bernardino County, California. In 1978, when I tried to renew it, I was told I didn’t have an adequate reason to exercise my Constitutional right, and my renewal was denied.

In 2013, Shaneen Allen of Pennsylvania was stopped by a traffic cop in Atlantic City. For the officer’s safety, she did what we’ve been taught to do, and informed him of her pistol’s presence. She faced a three year prison sentence. Only a pardon by the governor saved her. We could go on.

State concealed carry laws are a hodge-podge. But one thing is very clear. Concealed carry permit holders are the safest law-abiding citizens that exist. They are safer than the police. And they make the mean streets safer.

No state requires anyone to get its own state driver license while visiting. They all honor your home state license. But motor vehicle accidents cause over three times as many deaths (ca. 37,000) as all firearm homicides (ca. 11,000). When concealed carry holders are the safest of all citizens, and private gun use saves lives, why would states resist national reciprocity?

Their arguments are clearly without merit. If it’s illegal to bring a gun into a bar in Florida, the fact that you are from Kentucky doesn’t change that. But if I can carry in Florida, reciprocity will mean that I can also carry anywhere it’s already legal to carry in New Jersey. I just don’t have to get a New Jersey license. I’m already vetted. I passed the test, just like I passed my driving test.

The next time someone argues that it’s OK for New York to make a criminal out of me for exercising my natural right to self defense with the most useful implement for that task, I want to be able to tell that prosecutor that it’s also my Constitutional right to do so, and Congress has made it clear that he isn’t allowed to take it away from me.

And the next time someone tells you that national reciprocity will turn the whole country into Dodge City, simply say, “You’re right!”

[i] Arlene Eisen, Guns: In Whose Hands? A Portrait of Gunowners and Their Culture, 7 Inj. Prevention Network Newsl., Winter 1989-1990

Ted Noel MD is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist with 36 years of experience. He produces a video blog on current political subjects weekly at www.VidZette.com.

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DOJ to retry Menendez

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DOJ to retry Menendez

Senator Bob Menendez had hopes his day in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons was over after a jury failed to reach a verdict in his federal corruption case late last year. Those days away from the spotlight may soon be over for the Democrat as the Department of Justice announced their intentions to retry him and his co-defendant Salomon Melgen.

Feds intend to retry Menendez and Melgen ‘at the earliest possible date’

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/19/bob-menendez-retrial-justice-department-350904“The United States files this notice of intent to retry the defendants and requests that the Court set the case for retrial at the earliest possible date,” reads the one-paragraph notice signed by AnnaLou Tirol, acting chief of the department’s public integrity section. “Defendants Robert Menendez and Salomon Melgen have been indicted for bribery and corruption by two separate grand juries properly impaneled in the District of New Jersey. The first trial ended in a mistrial with a deadlocked jury. An early retrial date is in the best interests of the public, and the United States is available to schedule a retrial at the Court’s earliest convenience.”

My Take

I’m no lawyer, but the evidence against Menendez is pretty clear cut. An unfavorable jury and bungling by prosecutors made it hard for the jury to reach a verdict while mainstream media essentially ignored the story until the verdict. I hope to see justice served.

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Charges being investigated in Las Vegas Shooting

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Charges being investigated in Las Vegas Shooting

As noted on the January 12th article We still want answers Las Vegas Shooting investigation, a hearing was set to take place on January 16th to possibly unseal the exercised search warrants in connection to the Stephen Paddock, the only identified Las Vegas Shooting participant. This followup is being conducted as part of getting the Las Vegas Shooting back into the front page as the public awaits answers. People  want answers and it’s good that some members of the media are fighting for them. The hearing was part of a legal action brought fourth by members of the media, most notably the Las Vegas Review Journal. Also covering the hearing was Craig Fiegener, a reporter who has closely followed this story.

To briefly summarize the hearing, the media attorney said that we have a right see the unsealed search warrants. The LVMPD ended up resorting to revealing that because additional charges are being considered, the hearing should be done behind closed doors. So no decision was rendered as Judge Cadish will give the police time to file a brief. For now we wait another week and then some for answers. But until then we can speculate. At the mention of charges being investigated, all eyes are on the shooter’s girlfriend.

Perspectives

Criminal charges possible in Las Vegas shooting, lawyers say

https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/shootings/criminal-charges-possible-in-las-vegas-shooting-lawyers-say/The hearing, before Clark County District Judge Elissa Cadish, related to local police search warrant records.

Metro’s initial argument was that Cadish did not have the authority to unseal the records because that authority should remain with the individual judges who initially ordered the records sealed. Cadish rejected that argument.

The only other evidence Metro submitted in support of keeping the records sealed was an FBI affidavit. Review-Journal attorney Maggie McLetchie argued that Metro could not make assertions on behalf of the FBI, then noted that federal authorities did not oppose the release of federal search warrants last week.

“The press has an important role in being able to get access to this warrant information and help the public understand what occurred in regard to what warrants law enforcement got, what came back and what the actual facts are,” McLetchie said in court. “The horrific incidents of 1 October were over three months ago. The public still has many, many questions.”

That’s when Metro attorneys suddenly asserted that the sealed documents were pertinent to possible charges.

Cadish said she wanted to read through the sealed documents and compare them with information that already has been made public. She indicated she would make a decision by Jan. 26.

Court claim puts attention on Las Vegas shooter’s girlfriend

https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/shootings/court-claim-puts-attention-on-las-vegas-shooters-girlfriend/“It’s a very bold statement to say that criminal charges are going to be filed in this case when the only person whose name or inference has been put in the news is his girlfriend,” Las Vegas attorney Craig Drummond said. “I would hope they’re going to back it up. If they don’t, it will incite all of these conspiracy theorists even more.”

Drummond said it is possible authorities are looking at other people who may have not followed proper procedures when selling firearms to Stephen Paddock or others who may have helped him modify some of the weapons.

Defense lawyer Robert Langford speculated that if Danley knew of Paddock’s plans and somehow aided or abetted his actions, she would already have been charged.

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Culture and Religion

The strange tale of the Turpin family

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The strange tale of the Turpin family

Abuse of children is one of the most horrible things anyone can do. Rarely do I even read stories about abuse. I know it exists. I’m against it. I don’t want reminders of how evil some people really are. The story of the Turpin family drew me in and made me weep for a world that allows such things to happen.

Here’s the story, followed by my brief thoughts:

California family: Parents charged after children found shackled

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/16/us/california-turpin-13-siblings-held-captive/index.htmlDavid, 57, and Louise, 49, are accused of holding their children captive in their Perris, California, home in filthy conditions, some of them shackled to beds with chains and padlocks. The 13 siblings range in age from 2 to 29.

The parents are charged with torture and child endangerment, and scheduled for a court hearing Thursday. Bail was set at $9 million each. It was not immediately clear if the suspects had attorneys or whether they had entered a plea.

On Sunday, one of their daughters, a 17-year-old, managed to escape from their home by climbing out a window and called 911 from a deactivated cell phone she found in the house, police said. She told officers her parents were holding her 12 siblings captive inside the home, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.

My Take

There’s a danger here. We have to be mindful of children who are being abused. Unfortunately, that also means there will be times when the state must intervene. Any time that happens, I get worried. I want as little intervention as possible and only when absolutely necessary. The story of the Turpin family is an example of it being necessary.

The problem is that this evil was allowed to continue for decades. How can that happen? How do we respect the rights of parents and embrace a non-interfering government when there are people like the Turpins in the world? It’s a slippery slope and I have no answers.

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