Posts Tagged ‘Florida’

Chief Kozak… We sir, are not the ones that are stuck on stupid!

November 2, 2013

 

Chief Kozak wants you to believe that despite his years of experience in police work, he was unable to “connect the dots” that the ADL is an east coast anti-gun lobbying group.  Ah huh…

Of course Kozak started running for cover with his first public statement — that our alert about his scheduled ADL training was “bogus”.

His next move was criminal in nature. Kozak deleted all evidence from the Cheyenne PD webpage listing the actual ADL event – See a screen-shot of the web-page here. You can also see the event flyer that was linked on the deleted page here.

But after getting even more of your phone calls Chief Kozak attempted to back peddle again, now claiming that even though this training is led by the ADL, it’s about “hate crimes” and it had nothing to do with gun control.

By now it was certain that Kozak was going to leverage his position as Chief of police to carry on this event by this known anti-gun organization the ADL, even though as he said himself, “he was getting a ton of calls.”

As we already know, the “hate crime agenda” is the progressive lie of the century.

Just look at what the ADL said about the Zimmerman verdict in Florida:

“This case raises serious questions about the wisdom of stand-your-ground laws and the easy access to concealed weapons permits in states like Florida, where more than one million permits have been issued since 1987 when the state’s concealed weapons law went into effect. Had neither been in place, this tragedy may never have occurred.”

In the same statement the ADL then played the ‘race’ card to further denigrate the Jury decision:

“Hopefully, the debate concerning the justice of the verdict in the Zimmerman case will inspire a continued much-needed discussion about the lingering impact of racism in society.”

So according to an official statement from the ADL, if there wasn’t a law to protect citizens from having to retreat from dangerous criminals, and that if Florida had never allowed concealed carry starting in 1987, the Zimmerman/Martin case would have never happened, and that we need to keep up the discussion on racist gun owners in America.

By now the gun-free-utopia model as embedded in the ADL’s hate philosophy is coming across loud and clear
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The ADL’s  gun control propaganda is so bizarre, that you just can’t make this kind of stuff up…ADL Director Abraham Foxman says that the use of Adolph Hilter as an analogy against gun control is wrong and offensive to Jews.

This radical-progressive lobbying group that the Cheyenne Police Chief Brian Kozak has partnered with, fundamentally believes that anyone who adheres to the premise enshrined in the Second Amendment, that a armed society is the primary safe-guard against Tyranny, is to be suspected as being a criminal.

The ADL has stated that they have held these “Right Wing Extremist” trainings for the FBI, DHS, ICE, FEMA and many other agencies. One has to wonder if the ADL was involved in the FEMA training where America’s Founders where labeled as the nation’s first terrorists. See the FEMA video here.

Chief Kozak also wants you to believe that his testimony during the last legislative session where he helped to squash was somehow in his job description. HB-103 was legislation that’s sole purpose was to protect the rights of the citizens to keep and bear arms from the over reach of city officials.

I was standing there with — 50 plus pro-gun advocates – while witnessing Chief Kozak acting as the gun-control lobby to the state legislature
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The good news…is that many “Rank and File” police officers responded positively to our presence and to our knowledge of the ADL’s liberal-progressive agenda. These same officers had no idea that the ADL was in support of Obama and his policies.

WyGO Director Anthony Bouchard and WyGO/JPFO member Howard Last greeting police officer with a pro-gun message at the “Right Wing Extremist” police training event in Cheyenne

A Cheyenne WyGO member who is also a JPFO member lended a hand passing out JPFO pro-gun literature.

In case you didn’t catch this, the ADL is a “progressive” Jewish anti-gun organization — so it was fitting to distribute literature from the renowned pro-gun Jewish organization the JPFO – Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. Much thanks to JPFO for providing the materials on such short notice.

Kozak should have a look at this JPFO video called — “No Guns for Jews”, as it exposes the danger to a disarmed populous in the face of a Tyrant and Psychopath like Adolph Hilter.

While I believe Chief Kozak may never see the light, there is always hope that one day he may take the oath he swore to defend the Constitution seriously.

But knowing that this isn’t very likely, WyGO will be watching Chief Kozak very closely.

To Liberty,

Anthony Bouchard
   Executive Director
Wyoming Gun Owners

 

P.S. In case you didn’t call during the last email, here is a second chance to callchief Brian Kozak at (307) 637-6500 — let him know that you don’t appreciate him inviting his anti-gun pals to Wyoming.

If you would like to help fight against ALL gun control schemes, and expose public officials that pal around with gun-grabbing lobby groups, then please consider donating to Wyoming Gun Owners today.


 

“WyGO is the only state level group that legislators take seriously” – Dudley Brown Executive Director National Assoc. for Gun Rights

“Wyoming Gun Owners has a proven strategy to hold legislators accountable” – Larry Pratt Executive Director Gun Owners of America

Florida Democrats trying to Convene Special Session to Repeal “Stand Your Ground”

August 15, 2013

Florida Democrats trying to Convene Special Session to Repeal “Stand Your Ground”

Barrack Obama and the liberals on MSNBC just can’t take “no” for an answer.

A jury of six women in Florida found George Zimmerman “not guilty,” and even liberal national pundits seem to believe that the outcome was the result of a flimsy case.

Subsequently, “lynch mobs” all over the country rallied to unsuccessfully get Attorney General Eric Holder to do what the criminal justice system refused to do.

Now, Florida Democrats are scrambling to convene a special session for the purpose of repealing Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, and the Secretary of State is currently polling legislators to gauge support for such a special session.

Republicans should resist this siren call.

Florida’s Stand Your Ground law has worked quite well:

* According to a database maintained by the Tampa Bay Times, minorities (such as blacks and Hispanics) are actually MORE LIKELY to successfully use the Stand Your Ground defense.

* The Florida Sheriffs Association is in unanimous support of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.

* And a majority of Americans (53% to 40%) support Stand Your Ground, as evidenced by a recent Quinnipiac poll.

Floridians have been safer because they have been able to defend themselves and their families, without having to consider whether defending their families could put them in prison — or leave them civilly liable — for the rest of their lives.

The attempt to use a “quickie” special session to cram a repeal through, without adequate consideration or debate, is particularly objectionable.

ACTION: Contact your state Representative.  Urge him to defend Stand Your Ground and oppose any special session convened to repeal it.

 


HOW TO CONTACT/WRITE YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE:

1. Proceed to http://cqrcengage.com/gunowners

2. Enter your zip code in the box provided under “Find Your Elected Officials” on the lower right.  (Preferably, you should enter your nine-digit zip code to get the best answer.)

3. Scroll down and click on the on the name of the desired representative.

4. Click on your representative’s website, which will be found under your representative’s name (upper left)

5. Find and click on the representative’s email address or webform.

6. Take the pre-written letter below and cut-n-paste this into the email or webform.

—– Pre-written letter —–

Dear Representative:

Barrack Obama and the liberals on MSNBC just can’t take “no” for an answer.

A jury of six women in Florida found George Zimmerman “not guilty,” and even liberal national pundits seem to believe that the outcome was the result of a flimsy case.

Subsequently, “lynch mobs” all over the country rallied to unsuccessfully get Attorney General Eric Holder to do what the criminal justice system refused to do.

Now, Florida Democrats are scrambling to convene a special session for the purpose of repealing Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, and the Secretary of State is currently polling legislators to gauge support for such a special session.

You should resist this siren call.

Florida’s Stand Your Ground law has worked quite well:

* According to a database maintained by the Tampa Bay Times, minorities (such as blacks and Hispanics) are actually MORE LIKELY to successfully use the Stand Your Ground defense.

* The Florida Sheriffs Association is in unanimous support of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.

* And a majority of Americans (53% to 40%) support Stand Your Ground, as evidenced by a recent Quinnipiac poll.

Floridians have been safer because they have been able to defend themselves and their families, without having to consider whether defending their families could put them in prison — or leave them civilly liable — for the rest of their lives.

The attempt to use a “quickie” special session to cram a repeal through, without adequate consideration or debate, is particularly objectionable.

Please defend stand-your-ground and oppose any special session convened to repeal it.

Sincerely,

Democrats in Washington: Get shot in the back as you try to be a Rabbit!

May 19, 2012

Democrats in Washington are launching an all-out war to destroy state self-defense laws.

A newly-floated Democrat amendment would threaten to cut off crime prevention grants to any state with a Stand Your Ground law on the books, forcing states to eliminate the law in order to receive the grant.

These rabid anti-gunners are demanding that states put the law on the side of armed criminals, or else!

Will you take action right now to oppose the destruction of Stand Your Ground self-defense laws by filling out your Stand Your Ground Citizen Survey below?

After the Trayvon Martin incident in Florida, the gun-grabbers and their pals in the press are working feverishly to whip up anti-gun hysteria nationwide.

Their goal is to DESTROY our right of self-defense by gutting or repealing Stand Your Ground Laws wherever they’re found and pass a host of new anti-gun initiatives.

The bad news is, without your IMMEDIATE help, I’m afraid they may succeed.

Stand Your Ground Laws simply state that law-abiding gun owners do not have a “duty to retreat” and cannot be prosecuted for defending themselves against criminal attack.

Do you really want to be second-guessing yourself if an armed thug is attacking you or a loved one?

Well, in states without Stand your Ground, being targeted by an anti-gun prosecutor is almost as dangerous as being attacked by a criminal.

After all, there’s nothing prosecutors with big egos and bigger political ambitions love more than to say they’re “tough on gun crime.”

So they look for every opportunity to nail law-abiding gun owners to the wall and crow as if they’ve just locked away a few Bloods’ and Crips’ gang bangers for good!

Worse, even if the armed citizen is found innocent, it can be virtually meaningless.

That’s why it’s vital you fill out the Stand Your Ground Citizen Survey below — RIGHT NOW!

In a recent tragic case in Iowa — which has no Stand Your Ground Law — a black former law enforcement officer and security guard, Jay Rodney Lewis, was thrown in jail for 112 days after defending himself against two white attackers.

One of the thugs was a drunken convicted felon with over 40 criminal charges going back 15 years!

Mr. Lewis was finally found innocent of all charges.

But during the time he was imprisoned, he lost his home, his car, his firearms collection and nearly everything else.

So where were the outraged headlines about this story?

Why didn’t the national media — so desperate to play the race card — ever report on this tragedy?

You and I both know the reason.

Guns are used an estimated 2.5 MILLION times per year by law-abiding citizens to deter crime, but there’s literally NEVER a mention about that fact in the press.

Instead, the gun-grabbers lay and wait with baited breath for a story where they can twist the facts to SMEAR our country’s “gun culture” and complain that we’re not more like Europe where victims are disarmed and criminals can roam free.

Now, the gun-grabbers and the national press are deriding Florida as the “Gunshine State” for daring to protect law-abiding gun owners’ rights to self-defense!

Worse, their scheme is working.

Florida’s Republican Governor, Rick Scott, has announced he’d be willing to “to look at any laws that made citizens feel uncomfortable.”

And sadly, Governor Scott isn’t the only Republican nationwide who suddenly went spineless.

In fact, I’m afraid if Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law falls, it could create a domino effect all over the country.

Not only could we see these critical laws repealed, but it could embolden anti-gun politicians to ram through even more new gun control schemes at the state level, including:

*** Psychological “screening” and “proof of need” requirements designed to arbitrarily allow government officials to deny law-abiding citizens before they can obtain a concealed-carry permit;

*** “Permit to purchase” requiring gun owners to go through an extensive training and permitting process just to be able to buy a handgun;

*** So-called “Assault Weapons” Bans designed to ELIMINATE gun ownership of all semi-automatic rifles and shotguns — even those commonly used for hunting.

As fights begin to heat up throughout the country, my goal is to deliver surveys to key legislators and Governors to prove that it’s you and me who truly have the backing of the grassroots.

The gun-grabbers can yell and scream all they want. But at the end of the day, they’re a paper tiger.

If I can run a full-scale program, they simply won’t be able to match our grassroots muscle.

But without a program like this, the only noise politicians will hear will be coming from the anti-gun media.

And THAT is a recipe for disaster.

For Freedom,

Dudley Brown
Executive Vice President

P.S. The Trayvon Martin incident in Florida has given the gun-grabbers a new crusade — and that’s to REPEAL Stand Your Ground Laws and a host of other anti-gun initiatives.

It’s up to you and me to FIGHT BACK.

Help the Cause!

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Trayvon Martin, and Stand Your Ground Laws

April 20, 2012
It wasn’t the first time that virulently anti-gun New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried to pick the bones of a national tragedy for political advantage.
But pick he did.

And now every anti-gun zealot in America is trying to use the Trayvon Martin incident to repeal pro-gun laws, such as Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law.

The New York Times, always a toady for anti-gun causes — put it this way:

“As the [George Zimmerman] case proceeds, the Stand Your Ground law should be on trial as well.  It has invited gun owners to flirt with vigilantism…”

In other words, anti-gun zealots would take us back the “bad ol’ days” in 2003 — when a 78 year-old man was taken through the wringer by the legal system because he shot a man breaking into his trailer.

Or a 71 year-old-man was almost destroyed by the legal system because he used a gun to defend his 63 year-old friend against thugs who were trying to rob him.

In fact, in the four years for which we have statistics since the Stand Your Ground law was passed in Florida, homicides have dropped by 16.1%.

This is faster than the national average.

This means that many — perhaps hundreds — of Floridians are alive today because criminals have had to pause before robbing or killing them.

And, in most cases, they have had to pause not because a victim pulled a gun, but because the killer didn’t know whether or not the victim had a gun.

But make no mistake about it: Florida will be the test case to see whether anti-gunners can use the threats of riots and lynching’s to force repeal of America’s pro-gun laws.

We have to stop their threats in Florida.

And we need to do this by getting Governor Rick Scott to agree to veto efforts to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.

Because, if we don’t the anti-gun laws — the threats of riots — the vigilante justice — may soon be coming to a state near you.

I hope you will take a minute to sign your Gun Owners of America petition to Gov. Scott urging him not to repeal laws that protect your right to self-defense.
No one knows exactly what happened in the Trayvon Martin incident – and we may never know.  But the fact is that your gun rights will be on trial in the courtroom in that case.
That’s why it’s important that gun owners from across the country make their voices hear loud and clear.
Click here to sign the petition to Florida Governor Rick Scott urging him to reject efforts to gut the right of citizens to protect themselves.
The anti-gun lobby has billionaires like Michael Bloomberg and George Soros to fund their battles.  And believe me, they truly believe they have an opportunity to repeal Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground laws in many states, and they are even pushing to repeal concealed carry laws.
The billionaire club will stop at nothing to push their anti-self-defense agenda.  After all, what do they care about your gun rights?  They can afford as many armed security guards as they want.
But we have something the other side does not have: millions upon millions of grassroots gun owners who will let the politicians know that they will be voted right out of office if they dare to undermine our sacred right of self-defense. It is with generous contributions from activist such as you that we can engage in this fight.
So today take just a moment to sign the GOA petition.
Sincerely,
Tim Macy
Vice Chairman
  Click here to sign the Petition
PS –  Even if you don’t live in Florida, it’s important that you sign the petition.  If Florida’s laws are weakened, you can be sure that the same thing will begin to happen in other states.
Billionaires Michael Bloomberg and George Soros are after your gun rights like never before.  The battle starts in Florida, as anti-gun forces attempt to repeal the state’s pro-gun laws.
And after you sign the petition, please consider making a contribution to Gun Owners of America — the only no-compromise gun lobby in Washington — so that we can engage as many gun owners as possible in this battle.

“Vast left-wing conspiracy”

April 14, 2012

Interesting piece from an email.

Remember back in the 1990s when Hillary accused conservatives of being a part of a “vast right-wing conspiracy”?

Well, her left-wing co-conspirators are back at again, this time, placing blame directly on you and me — gun rights activists.

As you have probably heard in recent days, “Stand Your Ground Laws” have been under attack across the nation.

Left-wing anti-gunners are on the prowl day and night seeking to slash and burn pro-gun laws in dozens of states.

For example, gun-grabbers have put so much pressure on Republican Governor Rick Scott of Florida that he wilted to the heat and established a commission that will surely recommend shredding “Stand Your Ground” in Florida.

So much for Rick Scott’s so-called “pro-gun” credentials.

But this “pressure” isn’t just coming from the usual suspects — billionaires Michael Bloomberg and George Soros, and Hillary Clinton — it’s coming from all directions, including from Big Labor bosses.

Put simply, Big Labor’s forced-union dues are a major driving force in this assault on our gun rights.

In a recent interview, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker placed the “blame” for pro-gun laws on (you guessed it) . . .

. . . “conservative, right-wing policies.

Of course, this shouldn’t be much of a surprise, considering the AFL-CIO is in the tank for anti-gun President Barack Obama and every other gun-grabber running for office.

The AFL-CIO’s Baker went on to say that “stand your ground legislation passed in Florida and . . . in a number of other states” was the work of a coalition of pro-gun legislators and groups from around the country.

If you want to watch the entire sickening video, please click on the image below. To save you some time, the highlights are at these marks: 0:20, 1:32, 1:50, 2:15 and 3:25.

You know as well as I do that YOU are responsible for passage of pro-gun legislation — calls, emails, faxes, petitions and post cards.

But these words should certainly be a wake-up call to ALL gun rights activists — there is another billionaire on the block who wants to destroy your gun rights — it’s name is Big Labor.

While none of this information is new to me (and it may not be new to you), you should know that Big Labor spends more than one billion dollars every election cycle to defeat pro-gun candidates for state legislature and Congress.

If a “conspiracy” truly does exist in American politics today, it’s not a “vast right-wing” one, it’s on the left.

You and I are at a very dangerous point in the fight to protect our gun rights.

With at least one Republican Governor (Florida’s Rick Scott) abandoning any pro-gun principles he may have had in regards to “Stand Your Ground,” there is no telling what gun-grab template this “vast left-wing conspiracy” is crafting at the moment.

If that template is successful in a pro-gun state like Florida, it could be coming to a state capitol near you sooner than you think . . .

. . . with billions of dollars to back it up.

It’s imperative that you stay viglante in the fight to defend our gun rights.

I will do everything in my power to keep you alerted.

Please take action if I ask you to do so in the future.

For Freedom,

Dudley Brown
Executive Vice President

NAGR

Violence Policy Center’s “research?” Stuck on Stupid!

October 14, 2011

Violence Policy Center Continues to Misfire on Concealed Carry Holders

This year, Wisconsin became the 49th state to recognize the right of its citizens to carry firearms.1  Now, only one state remains in the Dark Ages — that being the state of Illinois.

But as can be imagined, the anti-gun media is predicting that letting citizens carry firearms will result in carnage in the streets, shootouts in bars, and angry parents settling scores on the ball field with their firearms.

And to supposedly prove their point, they cite a bogus report of the Violence Policy Center (VPC), entitled “Concealed Carry Killers.”  The faux report says that “since May 2007 at least 300 people — including 11 law enforcement officers — have been killed by private citizens legally allowed to carry handguns in killings not ruled self-defense ….”2

An article at PajamasMedia.com has done a good analysis of the VPC “report,” showing that the anti-gun group:

  • Double counts victims to inflate their statistics;
  • Counts people who are still alive today, as though they had been murdered by concealed carry permit holders;
  • Includes deaths that were caused by rifles, beatings or strangulation — in other words, tabulating deaths that were clearly NOT caused by concealed handguns; and
  • In some cases, even counts “murderers” who were later cleared in court as having acted in self-defense.3

According to the Pajamas Media analysis, less than half of the deaths which were attributed to concealed carry holders by the VPC were actually “committed by a permit holder drawing and firing his or her concealed weapon.”4

Less than half?

Yes, less than half of the killings were actually committed by a handgun that was in the possession of a concealed carry permit holder.  That was the analysis as of December 21, 2009.  Sadly, VPC’s reporting has not gotten any better in the following two years.

VPC still embellishing its figures to demonize gun owners

With the Wisconsin law set to go into effect on November 1, 2011, VPC is excoriating the Badger State for ignoring the “bloody record of police deaths, mass shootings, and attempted political assassination” which have supposedly been perpetrated by concealed carry holders.

There are some in the media who are peddling this hype and using VPC’s bogus statistics to scare the public.5  But what goes unnoticed by a gullible media is that VPC is still inflating the number of “concealed killers,” even while they ignore the fact that the average citizen — yes, even the average cop — is much more likely to commit a crime with a gun than is a gun owner with a concealed carry permit.  (More on this below.)

As for inflating the statistics, the VPC:

  • Counts non-permit holders who, in some cases, were even prohibited by law from carrying a firearm;
  • Uses non gun deaths to inflate “concealed carry” killings; and
  • Adds accidental killings to its totals — even including a case where an errant shot was fired at a robber.

Okay, let’s take these up one-by-one.

Non-permit holders prohibited by law from carrying a firearm.  Over the past couple of years, the VPC has counted several non-permit holders in their “concealed carry killers” tally.  But a notable case that is still currently on their website is Jared Loughner, who shot Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords — injuring her and killing six people.

The VPC claims that because of Arizona’s new law which allows law-abiding citizens to carry concealed handguns without a permit, “Loughner was able to legally carry his pistol to the Giffords event in his assassination attempt.”

But what VPC misses is that this right applies ONLY to law-abiding citizens.  Arizona law clearly states that,

A person commits misconduct involving weapons by knowingly:  (1) Carrying a deadly weapon … concealed on his person or within his immediate control in or on a means of transportation in the furtherance of a serious offense … [or] (8) Using or possessing a deadly weapon during the commission of any felony offense.”6 (Emphasis Added.)

Thus, Arizona’s law specifically PROHIBITS and DISALLOWS the concealed carry of a handgun with the intent to commit a crime!  Jared Loughner was most certainly NOT able to legally carry his pistol to commit the crimes he perpetrated in January, 2011, as the VPC claims.

But this sloppy “scholarship” (if you can call it that) is just the tip of the iceberg.  Take this next category.

Non gun deaths used to inflate “concealed carry” killings.  VPC has the audacity to inflate its statistics by using murders that were not committed by handguns — and, in some cases, were not even committed by any type of firearm at all.

A classic case is that of Tony Villegas, a Florida man who strangled a woman in her own garage. Did you get that?  She was strangled by Villegas’ hands (presumably) and not his gun.

Commenting on this twisted logic by the VPC, Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Chapman asks, “How can strangulation be blamed on a concealed weapon permit?  If a fisherman kills someone, do we ban fishing rods?”7

Using non gun deaths is not the only way that VPC inflates its statistics.  Consider how the organization slips non permit holders into its “concealed carry killers” totals.

Accidental killings — by non-permit holders.  Accidental shootings have been the long-time shibboleth of anti-gun legislators and media.  They like to demonize all gun owners because of the tragic accidents that occur with firearms.

But if we’re going to follow VPC’s logic, then we should also ban those items which accidentally kill far more people than guns do — things like cars, doctors, trans fats (which lead to heart disease), etc.  It’s strange that the anti-gunners never seem to much care about these other deadly killers, or about the fact that food and water kill more children than guns do.8

Nevertheless, anti-gunners focus on the gun — and the gun only.  To wit, VPC on several occasions lists examples where children have accidentally fired a gun, killing themselves or others.  While these cases are very tragic, one has to ask:  Why are these unintentional shootings being added to the list of “concealed carry killers”?

Well, the answer is probably obvious.  The VPC is desperately trying to inflate its statistics.  And that is why they have included examples where children grabbed a parent’s gun and unintentionally inflicted harm.

Again, these cases are very tragic, but let’s be clear.  One can peruse the newspapers and find examples where the children of POLICE OFFICERS have experienced the same type of tragedy.  So, to follow VPC’s logic, should police officers be disarmed?

Accidental killings — including errant shots fired at criminals.  Now, as mentioned above, some of the accidental killings listed in the VPC report don’t even directly involve the concealed carry holder.  But setting that aside, VPC includes the case of Edward Bell, who accidentally shot an innocent bystander while he was being robbed.

Mr. Bell is a 65-year old man who lives in a very dangerous area of Detroit.  He was working in his yard one day when a gunman held him up and stole his Chevrolet Suburban sport utility vehicle.9

Bell’s mistake, while understandable, is that he fired at the crook after he drove off.  It has long been established in the Common Law that self-defense ends when the attack is over.  While that’s the law, it’s understandable that Mr. Bell — with his adrenaline pumping and being upset that his vehicle was just stolen at gunpoint — wanted to get it back.  Bell fired at the thief, and one of the bullets entered a home and killed Geraldine Jackson, who was cooking dinner at the time.

Certainly, this does not excuse Mr. Bell’s miscalculation.10  But for VPC to include this story as evidence that concealed carry holders are perpetrating crimes is simply disingenuous.  And it ignores the fact that this same problem happens with police officers, as well.

Just last month, police injured two innocent bystanders in San Francisco by firing at a suspect who was running away from them.11  Of course, this sounds similar to Mr. Bell’s case.  Which makes one wonder:  had the bystanders in the Bay area died, would the VPC have included these two police shootings in their “concealed carry killers” totals?

Permit holders more law-abiding than average population — even more so than cops!

The VPC wants to focus on the few bad apples in the concealed carry community and suggest that citizens can’t be trusted to carry firearms.  But using their own logic, they should be arguing for cop disarmament, because they break the law far more often.

As compared to concealed carry permit holders, the average American is almost 8 times more likely to be convicted of crimes and over 40 times more likely to be convicted of burglary — and police officers are almost 800 times more likely to violate the law.12

There are an estimated six million citizens who possess a concealed carry permit.13  The number of legal concealed carriers is probably higher, considering the growing number of states that recognize the right of their citizens to carry without a permit.

Press reports indicate that concealed carry is at an ALL TIME HIGH, even while crime rates have been dropping in the U.S. over the past few years.  Yet, we’ve been hearing the Chicken Little cries of doom and gloom as far back as the mid-1980s, when Florida kicked off the modern concealed carry movement with the enactment of its “shall issue” law.

Prior to its passage in 1987, there was a vigorous debate in the Florida legislature.  Opponents of the law claimed that a carry law would turn the Sunshine State into the “Gunshine State.”  It was a cute jingle, but their dire predictions never materialized.  Murder rates started dropping immediately after the passage of the law, prompting one of the chief opponents, Rep. Ron Silver, to admit that he had been wrong about concealed carry.

Such was the case in Texas, as well.  One of the chief opponents in the Lone Star State was Senior Cpl. Glenn White, who is president of the Dallas Police Association.  White lobbied against the law in 1993 and 1995 because he thought it would lead to wholesale armed conflict.

Senior Cpl. White admits, though, “All the horror stories I thought would come to pass didn’t happen.  No bogeyman. I think it’s worked out well, and that says good things about the citizens who have permits. I’m a convert.”

It takes guts to look at the evidence and admit you were mistaken.  Kudos to Rep. Silver and Senior Cpl. White for being “man enough” to admit they were wrong.

Who knows, maybe the VPC will own up and admit they were also wrong about all the fear and paranoia they’ve peddled in their faux report.  But then again, don’t hold your breath.

 


1 – While there are 49 states which allow for concealed carry in some shape or form, there are various levels of restrictions in those states.  Wisconsin’s carry law goes into effect on November 1.  At that point, 40 states will have relatively liberal policies regarding concealed carry.  Most of them are known as “shall issue” states, where the officials must issue permits to those who apply — as long as the law does not disqualify the applicants from possessing firearms in some way.  Of these states, four (Alaska, Arizona, Wyoming and 98% of Montana) also provide an option for citizens to peacefully carry their firearms without getting a permit or permission from the government.  This is similar to the law in Vermont, which does not require or issue permits at all.  Nine states are “may issue” states which means just that — officials “may” issue a permit to applicants (but they don’t have to do so) — even if the applicant is not prohibited by law from possessing a firearm.  Only Illinois completely bans concealed carry. 

2 – The “Concealed Carry Killers” report can be found at:  http://www.vpc.org/ccwkillers.htm

4 – Ibid.

5 – Steven Elbow, “Open or concealed? Gun owners in Wisconsin will soon be able to choose mode of carry,” The Capital Times, June 22, 2011, at:  http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/crime_and_courts/blog/article_8729ec02-9c46-11e0-91ec-001cc4c002e0.html

6 – Arizona Statutes, Section 13-3102 at:  http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/ars/13/03102.htm&Title=13&DocType=ARS

7 – Steve Chapman, “False fears about concealed guns — Illinois should give licensed citizens the right to carry around weapons,” Chicago Tribune (March 31, 2011) at:  http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-03-31/news/ct-oped-0331-chapman-20110331_1_concealed-carry-permit-holders-brady-campaign

8 – See the Gun Owners of America Fact Sheet at:  http://gunowners.org/fs0404.htm

9 – At the moment the robbery was occurring, Mr. Bell had no way to know that the thief was actually using a fake gun.

10 – In July 2010, Mr. Bell received one year of probation for the events that occurred on May 12, 2010.  See “Edward Bell to get probation deal in shooting death of grandmother,” The Michigan Standard (July 9, 2010) at:  http://www.michiganstandard.com/edward-bell-to-get-probation-deal-in-shooting-death-of-grandmother

11 – “Two bystanders wounded in S.F. police shooting,” San Francisco Chronicle (Sept. 17, 2011) at:  http://blog.sfgate.com/crime/2011/09/17/bystanders-wounded-sf-police-shooting

12 – Crime statistics related to concealed carry permit holders are difficult to come by, as every state does not publish detailed figures relating to their permit holders.  Some (like Texas) do provide these statistics.  Interestingly, a study of concealed carry in Texas over a four year period (2002-2005), found that non concealed carry permit holders are 7.89 times more likely to be convicted of crimes than permit holders — and 40.58 times as likely to be convicted of burglary.  [See Tables 1 and 3 in Howard Nemerov, “Concealed Handguns: Danger or Asset to Texas?” at http://www.prattontexas.com/documents/Texas%20CHL%20Study.pdf.%5D  Moreover, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 4.72% of all officers (state and local) were found to have committed police abuse in 2002.  [Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Citizen Complaints about Police Use of Force [in 2002]” (published 2006) at http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/ccpuf.pdf.%5D  Comparing the BJS figures to the Texas data — showing that just over six-thousandths of one percent (.0062%) of permit holders were convicted of crimes in 2002 — one can make some interesting correlations.  While somewhat different, it is interesting to note that police reviewing authorities found that officers had committed crimes at 761 times the rate that the Texas study found for convictions of concealed carry holders for the same criminal acts.  [Compare BJS, “Citizen Complaints” to Nemerov, “Concealed Handguns.”]

13 – Mike Stuckey, “Record numbers licensed to pack heat — Millions obtain permits to carry concealed guns,” MSNBC.com (June 24, 2010) at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34714389/ns/us_news-life/t/record-numbers-licensed-pack-heat

14 – Clayton E. Cramer and David B. Kopel, “‘Shall Issue:’ The New Wave of Concealed Handgun Permit Laws” (1994), p. 14.

15 – Scott Parks, “Charges Against Texans with Gun Permits Rise; Law’s supporters, foes disagree on figures’ meaning,” Dallas Morning News (December 23, 1997).

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