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It’s That Time of Year Again!

va-gen-assemblyThe Virginia General Assembly is back in session again as of January 11th and right on queue there are some anti-gun bills being submitted. It’s the usual suspects Barbara A. Favola (Arlington/Fairfax/Loudoun), Janet D. Howell (Fairfax/Arlington), and Johnny Come lately Marcus B. Simon (Fairfax) with solutions in search of problems. Each having at least 2 bills submitted, with Mr. Simon submitting 3 bills. Read more…

 

The Virginia Supreme Court Gets It Right, Finally!

va-supreme-courtA merry Christmas from all of us to all of you, especially including a Norfolk citizen who has lived in a five-year hell as a result of a legitimate self-defense shooting. In Hines v. Commonwealth, the Supreme Court of Virginia finally reversed a Norfolk trial court’s outrageous manslaughter conviction of Mr. Hines. In so doing, the Virginia Supreme Court showed that it still stands as a firewall between you and overzealous, anti-gun prosecutors and judges who will try to condemn even the legitimate use of firearms for self-defense. The not so merry news is that it took the legal system a very long time to sort through it all and correct its horrendous mistake. Read more…

Georgia Reciprocity for Virginia CHP Holders

state-of-georgia-seal seal_of_virginiaWe have had more than a few people tell us that Georgia now honors Virginia Concealed Handgun Permits, and argue when we tell them that it is not in fact the case. I’m not sure where that information is coming from but, I can tell you there is a lawsuit by Georgiacarry.org, Inc, Virginia Citizens Defense League, and Robert Sadtler  (the VCDL EM) vs. Chris Carr (individually and in official capacity as the Georgia Attorney General) to recognize licenses issued by Virginia. Read more…

Here Comes 50 State National Reciprocity!

hypo2We’ve been getting a lot of questions and comments about what we think will happen concerning guns now that Republicans control both Houses of Congress and the White House. First let me say that I would really like to see a national reciprocity law pass and become a law. It sure would help to clean up a lot of the inconsistencies across the U.S. regarding firearms and transporting them across the nation. Since all 50 states have different laws that you must follow as you navigate your way to your destination, it would be nice to have one basic law that would apply where ever you may be in the ole U.S. of A. Read more…

July 1st 2016 New Virginia Laws go in to effect

Today is the day for the new laws passed this year to go in to effect. Virginia will now honor any permit from any state. This should help get more recognition for a Virginia permit as well. We’ll see in the next few days/weeks/months. Maine, New Hampshire, Colorado, and Georgia now should honor a Virginia Resident permit. Read more…

What Ammunition do You Carry?

I garms and ammunitionet a lot of questions while teaching our concealed carry classes about the best caliber to carry, or the best gun to carry for protection? These are good questions but the main reason to carry a firearm for self protection is stopping the threat. The answer to which gun/caliber is best to carry, is always the largest gun you are willing to carry, that has the largest caliber you can shoot accurately. Read more…

 

Rob a Robber of His Greatest Weapon

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One of the most important things for a concealed carry permit holder to learn is to be aware. If you have taken our concealed carry class, you know how much emphasis we place on awareness; if you weren’t sure why we stress this point so much, it is about to become very clear. In our class, we talk about studies that show that in 60% of instances, a criminal will walk away from a target that makes eye contact with them. The other 40% of criminals will continue with their plan; they will not be deterred. This means that being aware of your surroundings has a two-fold benefit. It might deter crime against you in up to 60% of cases, and in the other 40%, it will improve your odds of a successful defense. How? Read more…

 

Plan, Prepare & Mitigate

aaaMuch like FEMA recommends that each family have a plan and an emergency kit in case of hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters, I am a firm believer in having a plan in place for other situations, like home invasions and burglaries. A few weeks ago, a police officer’s wife in the Hampton Roads area demonstrated the importance of just such a plan when a man broke into her home.Read more…

 

 

Overcoming the Acute Stress Response

hypothalamusThe outcome of just about any stressful situation is going to depend on your mindset and preparedness. For example, if you’re driving down the highway at 70mph and a deer jumps out in front of you, things can go one of two ways. If you were never told what to do in that situation, and have never gone through what you would do if it happened, the probability that you will react correctly is very low. On the other hand, if someone explained what to do, and you have mentally rehearsed your reaction, it is more likely that you will avoid a collision or at least minimize the damage. This is because when we are under stress our brain is hardwired to focus on certain activities and eliminate others, resulting in the “fight, flight, posture, or freeze” response. So how do you know how you will react? How can you control your response to be what you want it to be? Read more…

 

Gun Confiscation in the 21st Century

gun showFrom the time Bill of Rights was drafted, Americans have known that it is their right to “keep and bear arms”. Unfortunately, over time, we have begun to take that right for granted and many believe that no one can take that from us. However, in this day and age that right is being threatened, and in some states, blatantly stripped away. New York is one of the states in which gun confiscation is being implemented under the guise of the “SAFE (Secure Ammunition & Firearms Enforcement) Act”. Just a few months ago, a 30-year police veteran had his four legally owned and registered firearms confiscated because he was declared “mentally defective”. Read more…

 

 

If you think you are a victim, you are right!

CaptureThe outcome of just about any stressful situation is going to depend on your mindset and preparedness. For example, if you’re driving down the highway at 70mph and a deer jumps out in front of you, things can go one of two ways. If you were never told what to do in that situation, and have never gone through what you would do if it happened, the probability that you will react correctly is very low. On the other hand, if someone explained what to do, and you have mentally rehearsed your reaction, it is more likely that you will avoid a collision or at least minimize the damage. This is because when we are under stress our brain is hardwired to focus on certain activities and eliminate others, resulting in the “fight, flight, posture, or freeze” response. So how do you know how you will react? How can you control your response to be what you want it to be? While you cannot completely change the way your brain is wired, there are a few things you can do. Read more…

 

A Columbine Survivor on Guns in Schools

columbineWhile most, if not all, of us know of and remember the April 20, 1999 Columbine Massacre, very few people know the name Patrick Neville. Patrick was a sophomore in Columbine High School at the time of the shooting, and is one of the survivors of the horrific attack. Even though Neville was not the best student at the time, and may have been on the “wrong path”, that day changed him forever. Read more…

 

 

 

 Two Victories for Armed Citizens

crimesceneIf you watch the news regularly, you may have begun thinking that the bad guy always wins, and that it doesn’t pay to be the good guy, but once in a while, the good guys still win. Just a few days ago, on February 4th, a 67 year old man in Upper Darby, PA was targeted as a victim, but much to his attacker’s surprise, the senior citizen was no victim! In Houston, just last week, another concealed carry permit holder won a round for the good guys, as well. Read more…

 

Concealed Carry Permits in D.C.

mpdc-logoOn September 22, 2014, after a federal court declared the District of Columbia’s gun ban unconstitutional, D.C. enacted a May Issue concealed carry permitting law. But what does that mean? Can people carry concealed in D.C. now? How do you get a concealed handgun permit?

As of October 23, 2014, just over a month after the law was passed, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) began accepting applications; and this is open to non-D.C. residents as well. Read more…

 

Interaction with Law Enforcement

traffic stopOne concern that many concealed carry permit holders share is what to do when interacting with a law enforcement officer while in possession of their firearm. I agree that it is a situation that makes many people nervous or uncomfortable, and knowing exactly what you are going to do if you are ever in that situation can make it much easier for you, so let’s take a look at this, keeping in mind that most law enforcement officers are just regular people, like you and me, who want to make it home after their shift is over. Before we dive in to what you should and shouldn’t do when interacting with an officer, there is a very important thought to consider. You don’t know what the officer’s previous call was… Read more.

 

 

Don’t Tread On Me

dont tread on meHave you ever wondered who designed the famous “Don’t Tread on Me” Gadsden Flag, or when it was designed? Or what motivated its adoption? I recently did some research on this, and was surprised to see that while it has only recently become popular again, it actually dates back to the 18th century. As a matter of fact, it was adopted by Commodore Esek Hopkins of the Continental Navy, during the first mission the Navy ever received. Read more…

 

 

Are CHP Holders Trigger Happy?

trigger happyMany gun-control groups argue that those with concealed carry permits are just looking for an opportunity to shoot someone while looking like heroes, but a recent event clearly contradicts that belief. Just last week a concealed handgun permit holder came to the rescue of a young woman without firing a single shot. Read more…

 

 

Educating Your Children About Firearms

kidWhether you are a gun owner or not, it is important that every parent educate their children about firearm safety, because while you may not own guns, approximately 35% of all households in the U.S. have firearms, so your child may still come into contact with them. Deciding how to approach and tackle this subject with your children isn’t always the easiest thing to do, so I have tried to put some ideas on paper. Read more…

 

 

 

What is Brandishing?

brandishingOne of the most common questions I hear when teaching concealed carry is, “What is brandishing?”, and I think it’s very important for anyone who carries a gun to know what the law says about brandishing. There are a couple of important points to analyze in the Virginia Code, and we are going to take them in the order in which they are mentioned. In the first sentence it includes “objects similar in appearance” which means that a person can be charged with brandishing even if they have nothing but a toy gun. Read more…

 

 

The Truth About Gun Owners, Gun Shows, and CHP Holders

imagesL5VN1KXRMany gun control advocates have argued that civilian gun ownership and concealed carry shouldn’t be legal because it breeds more violence, and believe that guns, even in the hands of law-abiding citizens, result in more violence. In an attempt to address these concerns, I decided to do some research on gun owners and concealed carry permit holders, and I found some very interesting information. In 2000, a study showed that law-abiding citizens use a firearm to defend themselves or someone else at least 989,883 times per year. Another study showed that only 0.2% of concealed carry permit holders committed a crime that prohibited them from carrying a gun in a span of 23 years, which compared to the 3.2% of US population which is under some form of correctional control, is a miniscule amount. Read more… 

 

How Do Criminals Choose Their Victims?

“In the rush to examine a criminal’s behavior, it is not difficult to become distracted by the dangling carrot of that criminal’s potential characteristics and forget about the value of understanding his victims.” – Brent Turvey

imagesMRSJXFVNLet’s talk about what criminals tend to look for. Much like a wild animal, a human predator wants an easy prey, which means they will seek out someone they perceive as weak, submissive, and unlikely to fight back. In 1984, Betty Grayson and Morris I. Stein conducted a study to determine the selection criteria used by predators. As part of their study, they videotaped over 60 people walking on a busy New York City sidewalk

without their knowledge over a three day period. This tape was later played for convicts of violent crimes who identified those they would consider desirable targets. Within seven seconds, the participants made their selections, and shockingly, there was a huge consistency. Read more…

 

D.C. Gun Ban Declared Unconstitutional

guns-in-DCOn Saturday, July 26, 2014, five years after a lawsuit was filed, United States District Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. struck down the District of Columbia’s long-standing ban on open and concealed carry as unconstitutional, saying “[t]here is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny.” Read more…

 

Concealed Carry 103: How and Where Should You Carry Your Gun?

summer-conceal-skirt-blackContrary to what many people may think, deciding how and where to carry your concealed handgun is more than just about comfort, although that is something to think about. First of all, make sure that your holster is made for your handgun, because if it doesn’t fit properly, it will wobble, or move around, which can be very irritating when you’re trying to go about your day without making it obvious that you’re shifting your gun around every time you sit down or stand up. Also, your holster should retain the gun while you run or do other physical activity, because it is not out of the question that you may have to do that one day. Another important aspect of the holster is to make sure that it completely covers and protects the trigger (which most holsters do). Having said that, the two most important things to consider when choosing your holster are speed and conceal-ability. Read more…

 

Concealed Carry 102: What Caliber is Right For You?

Bullet-Comparison1          Choosing the caliber and ammunition for the gun you will carry is very important for more reasons than simply determining how well you can control your handgun. So what caliber handgun is the best? Contrary to what many people may believe, .45 is not the only right answer; as a matter of fact, there really isn’t one. It has been proven, in multiple studies, that bullet placement is a more reliable “fight-stopper” than the round itself. There are multiple factors to consider in your caliber selection. Read more…

 

 

Concealed Carry 101: Selecting Your Handgun

200x161xhandguns_png_pagespeed_ic_8O_bGoeL-pChoosing a gun can be a bit overwhelming when you realize how many options there are out there. However, there are specific factors you should take into account when selecting a firearm, which will help you narrow down your options. The first thing to consider is the intended use of the firearm. For the purpose of this series of articles, we are going to assume the firearm is for self defense, and discuss the factors you should consider as you shop for your concealed carry handgun. The first question you need to answer is, should I carry a revolver or a semi-automatic? Read more…

 

 

Are Mass Shootings on the Rise?

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Recently some questionable shooting statistics were released, saying that there have been 74 school shootings since Sandy Hook. After the release of this incorrect information, CNN ran a story on this very subject, and it was refreshing to see them report unbiased facts. First of all, CNN only found 15 situations that could truly be classified school shootings, and of those fifteen, only one could be classified as a mass shooting (at least 4 victims). Criminologist James Alan Fox compiled data for all mass shootings in the last 35 years, which showed a relatively flat trend line. Some spikes and troughs are seen in certain years, but interestingly enough, mass shootings were more common in the early 1990’s than they have been in recent years. So, what has changed? Read more…

 

Can You Buy a Gun For Another Legally Eligible Person?

dontlie-campaign-logo-300x225When Abramski’s uncle gave him $400 to purchase a handgun for him, using his law enforcement discount, neither of them imagined it would lead to a Supreme Court case. Abramski went through a federal firearms licensee (FFL) to buy the handgun, and answered “Yes” to being the actual transferee/buyer of the firearm(s) listed on the form although he knew he would immediately transfer the gun to his uncle. Abramski was indicted on making a false statement regarding a fact material to the lawfulness of the sale, and making a false statement regarding information to be kept on file by an FFL. Read more…

 

What Would You Have Done Differently?

wilcoxThere has been a lot of chatter about the shooting in Las Vegas, and I think it is crucial for anyone who carries a gun for a living or for self-defense to stop and analyze what happened, and what could have happened or been done differently. For those who did not hear what happened, on Sunday June 8, 2014, two suspects, carrying two handguns and a pump-action shotgun, shot and killed two police officers and a concealed carry permit holder (picture) who tried to stop them. Read more…

 

How Would You Perform in a Gun Fight?

DSC04077When you make the decision to carry a firearm, you have to remember that your shooting skills may one day determine not only your survival, but possibly the survival of an innocent bystander as well. So when you strap that gun on every morning, you should be confident that if faced with a self-defense situation, your shooting skills will get you through it. Because of this enormous responsibility, I believe that everyone who carries a firearm should (out of personal responsibility) do more than go to a shooting range a few times a year. So, how do I propose you improve your shooting skills, and confidence? There are two strategies I recommend. Read more

Firearms And Fashion Show

imagesWhat do you think of when you hear “Fashion Show”? Is there anything about that event that brings a firearm to mind? Maybe it should! On May 10, 2014 Edison’s Park Firewater Saloon in Chicago, Illinois held its second annual Firearms & Fashion Show, sponsored by two women. Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

The Safe Carry Protection Act

guns1-1024x576Just a couple of weeks ago, on April 23rd, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed what the NRA called the “most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation introduced in recent state history”, into law. The Safe Carry Protection Act will allow permit holders to carry into public places, including bars, nightclubs, schools, churches, and government buildings. Governor Deal stated, “People who follow the rules can protect themselves and their families from people who don’t follow the rules. The Second Amendment should never be an afterthought. It should reside at the forefront of our minds”. Read more…

 

 

Jefferson’s 40 Year Battle for America

jeffersonMany people believe that the political situation in the United States is worse than ever, and that the freedoms we enjoy have never been threatened in this manner before. However, Thomas Jefferson, one of the finest minds of the 1700’s, would probably disagree. Jefferson was born in Albermarle County, Virginia on April 13, 1743, and among the numerous accomplishments of his life, Jefferson authored the Declaration of Independence, acted as the third U.S. president, served in the Virginia legislature and Continental Congress during the American Revolutionary War, and helped found the University of Virginia. All in all, Thomas Jefferson fought for the freedoms of the country he loved for forty years. Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can You Legally Buy a Firearm For Another Law-Abiding Citizen?

supreme court        In the fall of 2009, former police officer Bruce Abramski offered to buy a firearm for his uncle because he could receive a discount on the firearm at a local Virginia gun store. His uncle sent him a check for the cost of the gun, and Abramski purchased the gun legally through an FFL, and checked the box that stated he was the “actual buyer” of the gun on the ATF form. Abramski then went to Pennsylvania where his uncle lives, and transferred the gun to his uncle through a Pennsylvania FFL, where his uncle filled out the correct paperwork and underwent a background check. In the summer of 2010, Abramski was arrested for a bank robbery committed a few days before the gun purchase (charges were dismissed), and in their search of his home, the FBI found a written receipt from Abramski’s uncle regarding the gun transfer. Based on this, a federal grand jury indicted Abramski for making a false statement on the ATF form claiming he was the actual buyer of the firearm, and making a false statement about information required to be kept by a firearms dealer. Read more…

Should Guns Go To School?

columbineAfter the 1999 Columbine school shooting emergency plans were developed, but since more recent school shootings (such as that at Sandy Hook), lawmakers and school officials have been voicing concerns that these are not enough to protect the children from an active shooter. Because of this, even though a federal law prohibits carrying a firearm in a school zone, many states, communities, and school boards have passed exemptions giving certain permit holders permission to carry. Not only that, but several state legislatures and school districts in the country are moving to allow school staff to carry firearms on the school property to protect both students and teachers. Read more…

 

 

 

 

Richmond Teen Shot…in Self Defense?

crime sceneLate in February a 16 year-old teenager, Robert Lee Fox, was fatally wounded in a shooting in

Richmond, VA. According to some sources, the teenager may have been breaking into cars in the neighborhood in which he was shot when a car owner had a confrontation with the teenager before shooting him. Police say they know who pulled the trigger, but have not arrested anyone. Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Herring who is prosecuting the case said, “The facts themselves are complicated because they involve the use of force either in defense of property or in reasonable apprehension of harm to oneself.” To see more about this case , and what Virginia law says on the use of deadly force, click here

 

 

 

 

Lawsuit Against New Jersey’s “Justifiable Need” Restriction

new jerseyJohn Drake runs an ATM servicing business and carries large amounts of cash, making him a prime target for robbery attempts, and wants to legally carry a firearm for protection. However, according to the state of New Jersey, he failed to prove “justifiable need” (even after a thwarted robbery attempt on his business) to carry a gun under their statute which prohibits people who have or carry large sums of money on them as part of their jobs from also carrying a handgun for protection. He initially appealed to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but lost. Because of this, Drake joined an existing lawsuit, originally filed by a New   Jersey pet shop owner who was kidnapped and beaten after being denied a carry permit; however that man dropped out of the lawsuit when his permit was approved. Drake says, “it seems unreasonable to me to have to wait until you’re beaten up or shot at to get a permit.” The NRA and nineteen states have no joined Drake in the lawsuit, and are asking the Supreme Court to hear the case. Read more…

 

 

The Constitution’s 225th Birthday

“[A] bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse.” – Thomas Jefferson (December 20, 1787) first congressDid you know that it was on March 4, 1789 (225 years ago) that Congress had its first session under the Constitution? At that point the Articles of Confederation had already been written, but in 1786 Congress endorsed a plan to draft a new constitution because of defects they found in the Articles. Some states, though, including Massachusetts, opposed the new Constitution, because it did not reserve powers not delegated by the Constitution to the states, as well as its lack of constitutional protection for things like freedom of speech, religion, and the press, and the right to bear arms. Read more…

 

 

 

What Constitutes Self-Defense?

crime sceneIn the last few weeks there has been a lot of talk about several shootings in “stand your ground” states. Some of these have clearly been self-defense, other clearly not, and other still are highly controversial. Although Virginia is not a “stand your ground” state, I think it is important to talk about some of the more high profile shootings that have taken place in “stand your ground” states, not because it is comparable to Virginia law, but because it is important to keep in mind that we must abide by all of the stipulations of the law. Read more…

 

 

 

Does Law Enforcement Need AR-15’s?

secret service2Have you ever seen a police officer walking around with an AR-15 strapped on him or her? The most likely answer to that is probably no. Does that mean that they don’t have them? Absolutely not! Any police department that values its police officers is going to arm them to be able to stand up to more than a criminal with a handgun. After all, criminals can use rifles, shotguns, and bombs to commit crimes, too, right? Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposed Gun Laws of 2014

imagesN5G0EWHDIn the last few weeks several laws have been proposed, voted on, and passed in the Commonwealth of Virginia, which concern the gun-toting, law-abiding citizens. Several of the laws that have already passed with a majority vote include…

 

 

 

109 New Gun Laws You Should Know About

lawsDid you know that since the Newtown massacre, there have been about 1,500 state gun bills introduced? Did you know that 109 of these have now become law? The LawCenter to Prevent Gun Violence has stated that in the twelve months after the Sandy   HookElementary School shooting, nearly every state has enacted at least one new gun law. Contrary to what you may think, almost 2/3 of these new laws actually decrease restrictions, and expand the rights of gun owners. Click here for a few of the laws that have been passed in the last year.

 

 

Stopping the Violence Epidemic

crime sceneWith gun control laws becoming more strict in Maryland, it’s obvious that the rate of violent crime in this state and its peaceful capital would have dropped in 2013, right? Wrong! On Sunday, December 29, 2013, the city of Baltimore recorded its 234th homicide, the highest in four years. Nonfatal shootings also increased after six years of steady declines. Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

Arapahoe High School Shooting

AHSAs many of you may have heard, on December 13, just 10 days ago, there was a school shooting at Arapahoe High School, just a few miles from Columbine. The 18 year old gunman (who we will leave a nameless), was reportedly carrying a legally purchased shotgun, 125 rounds of ammunition, three Molotov cocktails, and a machete. Sources claim that he purchased the shotgun about a week before the shooting. Read more…

 

 

Has Gun Control Gotten Out of Hand?

sockmonkey            Did you ever shoot cans with a BB gun when you were growing up? Maybe you even learned a little bit of responsibility about not pointing it at people. Unfortunately, in some states, our children may not have that same opportunity to spend a nice Saturday afternoon in the backyard with their father, doing some target shooting with a BB gun. Our children may also have to start leaving their toy’s toy guns at home, too. Read more…

 

 

 

Gun Confiscation in the “Free World”

confiscation           Thomas Jefferson once said, “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms”, and that he “prefer[red] dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” However, here we are today, in “the land of the free” facing the very real possibility of gun confiscation. Is it possible that we, the people of the United States of America, have preferred peaceful slavery for so long that we have actually lost one of our most essential freedoms? Read more…

 

 

 

Could You Be Deemed a Prohibited Person by Mistake?

arrestOn May 24, 2012 Jeffrey L. Burtner tried to buy a hunting rifle in ButlerCounty but was denied, and told that he was a prohibited person. Having purchased firearms in the past, and knowing full well that he was not a prohibited person, Burtner filed an appeal, only to learn that the records showed that he had been involuntarily committed to ButlerMemorialHospital in 1992. Read more…

 

 

 

Why is Veterans Day Commemorated on November 11th?

veterans dayDo you know the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day? Do you know why we commemorate our veterans on November 11? According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, most Americans do not know the answer to either of these questions. Read more…

 

 

 

 

“Any attempt to harm children will be met with deadly force”

STAFF_HEAVILY_ARMED_1_500Unfortunately, we are all too familiar with shootings at schools all the way from Columbine to the most recent in Sparks, Nevada. So it comes as no surprise that so many people around the country are scrambling to find a solution that will save the lives of our innocent children. One such solution that has been proposed in several different states is to arm the teachers and school employees. This, however, is not an entirely new idea. Since 2008, in response to the Virginia Tech shooting, school staff members have been allowed access to guns in Harrold, TX, as well as in 13 school districts in Arkansas.  Utah has allowed teachers to carry concealed handguns if they pass a background check and undergo training since 2000. Hawaii doesn’t regulate guns in schools, and New   Hampshire only bans students from having firearms on school grounds. Read more…

 

 

 

Why Vote?

future in your handsIn the 2009 Virginia Gubernatorial Elections, only 39.8% of the registered voters actually voted, making it the lowest turn out in fort years. The lowest participation rates normally coming from 18-35 year olds, minorities, the unemployed, and those with the lowest income levels. With less than half of the registered voters actually making their voice heard, how can we expect the elected officials to represent the majority? Read more…

 

 

Zero Tolerance in a “Tolerant” Society

zero toleranceEvery day we hear about the heroic acts of our men and women in uniform, we see them on the news and in movies, we teach our society to be grateful for what they do to keep us safe. So, why does society punish our children for wanting to be like them when they grow up? For using their imagination, and pretending to be that hero in their make-believe games? For wanting to play cops and robbers, or being brave enough to want to defend other people? This year there have been multiple incidents of children being suspended from school for just that. Read more..

 

 

 

Did Hitler Ban Guns?

hitlerFor months now there has been a lot of talk about Adolf Hitler’s stance on gun control. Pro-gunners argue that he disarmed the Jews before attempting to exterminate them, but gun control advocates say that he did not ban guns. So, which is it? Who is right? They both are…sort of. Read more…

 

 

The Law that Requires You to Own a Gun

kennesawWhat would you think of a law that required you to own a gun for home defense? Would you agree with it? Would it make you worry about the possibility of random shootings and an increase in gun violence? There is a city in Cobb County, Georgia, near Atlanta’s metropolitan area, with just such a law. Read more…

My Day with Tracking Point

Tracking-Point-Linux-RifleI have been hearing a lot about Tracking Point, a brand new, state-of-the-art bolt action rifle which claims anyone can pick it up and shoot a target at 1,000 yards and hit it on the first shot. So, never having done long distance shooting before, I drove 563 miles to Ohio in order to put Tracking Point’s claims to the test. Read more…

 

 

 

 

United We Stand…Remember 9/11

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Twelve years ago tomorrow, the United States of America as we knew it, was changed forever, but not in the way the terrorists had hoped. On September 11, 2001, while evil men with no regard for human life attempted to divide and destroy us, and what we stand for, they were confronted with a very harsh reality; we are not easily defeated. Read more

 

The Facts, and Nothing But the Facts

  Myth: You are more likely to be injured or killed using a gun for self defense. Fact: You are far more likely to survive a violent assault if you defend yourself with a gun. {The Value of Civilian Handgun Possession as a Deterrent to Crime or a Defense Against Crime, Don B. Kates, 1991, American Journal of Criminal Law}… Read more

 

Who Will You Vote For?

elections     November 5th is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to vote again. Among many other important issues to consider about each candidate, is the issue of gun control. So, where does each candidate stand when it comes to Virginia citizen’s gun rights? …Read more

 

 

 

The 2nd Amendment’s Day in Court

supremecourtThere has been a lot of debate regarding the 2nd amendment this last year, following the mass shootings in CO and CT. Everyone, from the President of the United States, to New York City Mayor billionaire Michael Bloomberg, as well as the National Rifle Association and every media outlet. There has been talk about federal gun bans, expanding background checks, and debating what the 2nd amendment does and does not cover…Read more

 

Virginia Gun Crime Drops, as State’s Firearm Sales Soar

Just last week, FoxNews.com published an article about the effect of the nationwide call for stricter gun laws in Virginia. Interestingly enough, Virginia’s gun-related crime has declined as firearms sales have increased… Read more.

 

 

 

Defenseless

burglar About four years ago, when I was 23 years old, I had all sense of security and privacy suddenly ripped away by three armed men who broke into my house while I was sleeping. I woke up to a noise at the front gate, as if someone had hit it. … read more

 

 

 

 

No Longer Defenseless

woman-at-gun-rangeI had always wondered how I would react if put in a life threatening situation… fight or flight? The day I had a gun to my head inside my own house, I quickly learned I was ready and willing to fight. Having established that, I had to get the right tools in order to fight effectively…. read more

 

 

 

 

 

“The Firewalls to the Constitution Have Been Breached”

imagesMark R. Levin, American author, lawyer, conservative commentator, and host of radio show The Mark Levin Show, who worked in the administration of President Ronald Reagan and was chief of staff for Attorney General Edwin Meese, has written five books, including his latest, The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the AmericanRepublic…. read more