Friday, March 16, 2018

Ludicrous Posturing

It is like little kids posturing on the school yard. One kid says something and the other kid says, "Yeah? Well, I did that and this too!" So it is with politicians and firearms especially if they have D after their name.

The latest extreme example of this comes from my home state of North Carolina. Rep. Rodney Moore (R-Mecklenburg) says he'll introduce a bill to raise the legal age to purchase a rifle to age 21.

Here is his rationale as reported by WRAL:
Rep. Rodney Moore said he didn’t need to look any further than the faces of the victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to know change was necessary.

“[They’re] very tragic examples of where we’ve become as a society in letting weapons of war be distributed on our streets,” Moore said.
 His bill would per the usual exempt law enforcement, firefighters, and members of the military.

You are probably saying, "So what! Lots of people have said they want to raise the age to 21."

Ah, but it gets better.
Penalties for using rifles to commit a crime in places like a school or public building would increase and the law would require a 90-day waiting period to purchase guns.

“We need to go through a thorough criminal background check. We need to do a mental evaluation and that is why we need the waiting period,” Moore said.
In a statement of extreme irony, Moore concludes by saying he supports the Second Amendment.
Moore said he is a supporter of the Second Amendment, but does not feel his proposal violates anybody’s rights.

“What it is doing is enhancing the safety of that particular amendment,” he said. “When the Second Amendment was written into the Constitution, the founding fathers had no idea how technology, how weapons would change.”
 Raise the age to 21, add a 90-day waiting period, insist on a mental evaluation, AND say you are doing it to enhance the "safety" of the Second Amendment. In terms of political posturing that is going to be hard to beat.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Quote Of The Day

“Guns don’t have much legitimate purpose in cities outside of the hands of trained law enforcement,” Cook said. “I think many cities would want to reinstitute a blanket ban or licensing requirements on carrying in public.”
Philip Cook is the ITT/Terry Sanford Professor Emeritus of Public Policy Studies at Duke University. He is a well-known researcher in "gun violence" (sic) with a significant anti-gun bias. The quote above comes from Duke's student newspaper, The Chronicle, in which Cook was interviewed about past and proposed firearms-related legislation in the North Carolina General Assembly.

He advocated much tighter restrictions on concealed carry as well as doing away with state preemption so that cities like Durham where Duke is located could enact their own gun controls. As to enacting a ban on carrying in public, at least for open carrying, it would be an unconstitutional act. The North Carolina Supreme Court decided that in 1922 in the case of State v. Keener where the court ruled that open carrying was a constitutional right.

Another gem in this article deals with a total mischaracterization of why North Carolina has the pistol purchase permit wherein one must apply for a permit from their local sheriff to buy a handgun.
“That is relatively unusual, especially among Southern states,” said Cook, who researches gun control and crime prevention...

“The wisdom of the time [in 1919] was that rifles and shotguns are used for hunting and target shooting and other sports uses. Handguns are used against people,” Cook said. “And I think that remains true today.”
No, the wisdom of the time had nothing to do with handguns being used against people. The wisdom of the time was that blacks, union organizers, populists, and even Republicans had to be kept relatively disarmed. This was so that these people could not present a challenge to segregationist Democrats and their Klan allies. I have researched it extensively and have had many posts over the years on this subject. You can find some of them here, here, and here. I would note again that the co-sponsor of the 1919 bill was State Sen. Earle A. Humphrey (D-Goldsboro) who was the brother-in-law of ardent segregationist and Democrat party boss Furnifold Simmons.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Two Steps Forward; Potentially Many Back In Illinois

As I reported yesterday, Gov. Bruce Rauner (R-IL) did the right thing and vetoed SB 1657 - the Gun Dealer Licensing Bill. However, there are many more bills out there that need to die. Moreover, the anti-gun forces are attempting to repeal the state law that pre-empts local regulation of firearms. You can imagine the regulations that would be enacted by Chicagoland politicians in the city and the suburbs.

On another note, kudos to the Iroquois County Board for its pro-Second Amendment resolution. The county is located in northeastern Illinois between Chicago and Champaign-Urbana on the Indiana border.

Illinois Carry has sent out this alert. If you are an Illinois resident, contact your representative and senator. Now.

Governor Rauner Vetoes Gun Dealer Licensing

Calls for Bipartisan Solutions

After a full court press, all hands on deck, Katie bar the door effort by the anti Second Amendment legislators in Chicago, Governor Rauner, with a stroke of his pen, has undone the heinous firearm dealer licensing bill.

We've been working with the Governor and his staff from day one for just a time as this. IllinoisCarry has taken him at his word and with this, the worst gun bill to hit an Illinois governor's desk in decades, he has proven his mettle.

IllinoisCarry extends our sincere thanks to the Governor, and to our members who supported him while considering this difficult, but well reasoned, decision.

But the fight isn't over!

We expect anti-gun Chicago legislators to attempt an override of the Governor's veto, and to pass several other pieces of legislation.

An amendment has been filed on HB1465 "Assault Weapon" ban Under 21 proposing an "affirmative defense" for our youth who participate in shooting sports with adults.  This is a poor attempt to make shooting sports illegal for our children while seemingly addressing our concerns.

An amendment was filed on HB1467 Bump Stock & Trigger Crank Ban to now include the repeal of state preemption of local gun law, turning a bill that some considered an acceptable loss into election year theater.

New momentum was given SB2314 Assault Weapons - Municipality, the inspiration for elimination preemption, and SB2317 Crim Cd Trigger Modification,  yet another flavor of bump stock ban.

Call Your State Senator!

Tell your Senator to vote against any attempt to override Governor Rauner's veto of SB1657 Gun Dealer Licensing.

Also urge your state Senator to vote No on the following bills and any amendments to these bills:

HB1465 "Assault Weapon Under 21

HB1467 Bump Stock & Trigger Crank Ban

SB2314 Assault Weapon - Municipality

SB2317 Crim Cd Trigger Modification

Contact information for your legislators can be found here.


Iroquois County Board Passes
Pro-Second Amendment Resolution!

Tuesday night, Mar. 13th the Iroquois County Board voted to adopt the following resolution supporting lawful gun owners in Illinois.  We encourage other counties to adopt similar resolutions, and ask each of you to share a copy with your county board members!

Copies of the resolution and contact infromation can be found here.

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Resolution opposing the passage of HB1465, HB 1467, HB1468, HB1469, SB1657, any
trailer bill, or any bill similar too, or any bill where the 100th Illinois General Assembly
desires to restrict the Individual right of US Citizens as protected by the Second
Amendment of the United States Constitution

WHEREAS, the Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms is guaranteed as an Individual Right under
the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and under the Constitution of the State of Illinois, and;

WHEREAS, the Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms for defense of Life, Liberty, and Property
is regarded as an Inalienable Right by the People of Iroquois County, Illinois, and:

WHEREAS, the People of Iroquois County, Illinois, derive economic benefit from all safe forms of
firearms recreation, hunting, and shooting conducted within Iroquois County using all types of firearms
allowable under the United States Constitution and;

WHEREAS, HB1465 is a violation of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution requiring responsible
persons under 21 to surrender lawfully owned firearms or face becoming instant felons; fails to define how to
relinquish firearms; only allows possession at Sparta shooting complex, but fails to provide similar exemptions
for recreational shooting at gun clubs, private ranges or under supervision of responsible adult or parent, unless
certified as a firearms instructor;

WHEREAS HB1467 is violation of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution requiring persons to
immediately relinquish lawfully owned bump stocks or trigger cranks, while also failing to provide where and
how to relinquish firearms devices, thus creating instant felons upon passage;

WHEREAS HB1468 contains broad and unclear definitions which will cause confusion amongst
firearm owners and dealers as to which type of firearm is subject to 72 hour wait period; bans nonresidents from
purchasing certain long guns defined loosely as assault weapons, puts dealers in jeopardy of unknowingly
violating the law;

WHEREAS HB1469 is violation of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution requiring persons to
immediately relinquish lawfully owned magazines, fails to provide how to properly relinquish banned
magazines, creates instant felons if enacted as written, creates conflicts allowing for sale to out of state persons
while stating possession is a felony, bans body armor worn as protection for those who employ the use of chain
saws, motorcyclists, range officers and firearm instructors, shop owners and employees who work in dangerous
neighborhoods or during night shifts;

WHEREAS SB1657 and trailer bills will create economic hardship on lawfully owned and operated, small business firearm dealerships, in effect forcing them to close; will create undue burdens and price increases on persons to lawfully purchase firearms; will have a direct negative impact on local economies thru job loss and sales tax loss; will create another layer of burdensome government regulation on top of the heavy Federal regulations; imposes new fees on top of existing Federal license fees;

WHEREAS, Iroquois County Board, being elected to represent the People of Iroquois County and
being duly sworn by their Oath of Office to uphold the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the
State of Illinois, and;

WHEREAS, the Illinois House of Representatives and the Illinois Senate, being elected by the People of the State of Illinois and being duly sworn by their Oath of Office to uphold the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Illinois, and;

WHEREAS, The Governor of Illinois, being elected to represent the People of the State of Illinois and
being duly sworn by your Oath of Office to uphold the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the
State of Illinois, and;

WHEREAS, proposed legislation, any bills similar to, under consideration by the Illinois State Legislature would infringe the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and would ban the possession and use of firearms, magazines, body armor now employed by individual citizens of Iroquois County, Illinois, for defense of Life, Liberty and Property and would ban the possession and use of firearms now employed for safe forms of firearms recreation, hunting and shooting conducted within Iroquois County, Illinois;

WHEREAS, the proposed legislation potentially violates the 5th Amendment failing to provide just compensation under the takings clause, 8th Amendment imposition against excessive fines and punishments on law abiding citizens by punitive forfeiture/relinquishment of lawfully owned property, and Ex Post Facto Law Clause of the United States Constitution.

NOW, THEREFORE, IT BE AND IS HEREBY RESOLVED that the People of Iroquois County,
Illinois, do hereby oppose the enactment of any legislation that would infringe upon the Right of the People to
keep and bear arms and consider such laws to be unconstitutional and beyond lawful Legislative Authority.

BE IT FURTHER RESOVLED, that the Iroquois County Board demands that the Illinois General Assembly cease further actions restricting the Right of the People to keep and bear arms, and hereby demand that the Governor of Illinois veto all such legislation which restricts the Right of the People to keep and bear arms.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Clerk of Iroquois County is hereby directed to prepare and deliver certified copies of this Resolution to all members of the Illinois General Assembly and to the Office of the Governor.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Some Good News Out Of Illinois

Finally, some good news on gun rights out of Illinois. Gov. Bruce Rauner (R-IL) vetoed SB 1657 which would have forced Illinois gun dealers to be licensed by both the Federal government and the state. It was legislation intended to eventually force the mom and pop gun shops out of business.

However, the fight is not over. There are other bills out there as well as the potential for Rauner's veto to be overridden.

From ISRA:

Monday, March 12, 2018

GRNC Alert: Help Develop NC’s School Safety Plan

The North Carolina General Assembly's Joint Committee on Emergency Management Oversight will be meeting on Thursday, March 15th, to discuss school security issues. It is essential that they hear from those of us who have real and actionable suggestions and not merely those with ineffective, looks good on paper, feel good schemes.

I sent my message to the Republicans on the committee and I hope you will as well.

From GRNC:

Thursday, state legislators are hearing arguments that will inform life-and-death decisions regarding school security. Please be there … 
This Meeting Needs Your Voice
At the state legislature, there are two committee meetings in March which revolve around school security. The first is this Thursday (March 15), the Joint Committee on Emergency Management Oversight. There will likely be opportunities for public comments, and it is critical that this not be a one-sided discussion. We all know that the anti-gun-rights crowd will have people there to demand policies that will only make things worse. Due to the deadly serious nature of this topic, ineffective, feel-good schemes cannot be allowed to take hold. Please make every effort to attend these meetings. Below, find details on the upcoming meetings.

Gun-free Zones: the Psychotic-Killer Loophole
The most effective way to reduce mass public shootings is for our elected officials to wise up and eliminate dangerous gun-free zones (GFZs). Documented evidence tells us that criminals and psychotics carefully choose GFZs to commit their heinous acts, because they know they will not be met with timely armed resistance.
All but two of U.S. mass shootings since 1950
have occurred in so-called
“gun-free” zones.
That’s 98%!

Along with improved security provisions, such as fewer unlocked entrances and generally beefed up security, the most effective way to protect school children is to proclaim that any attack will likely be met with rapid armed resistance from an unpredictable source; that source would be teachers and other school personnel. 

Remove the Shackles
Of course, teachers who do not want to carry defensive weapons should not be required to. However, the shackles must be removed from those willing to mount effective resistance if the worst should occur. Some seem very concerned about teachers using weapons during a dire emergency. But consider the alterative: bullets flying in only one direction and resulting in the deaths of many innocent and helpless people. Any objection to evening those odds seems entirely unreasonable. 
Let’s demand that legislators close the psychotic-killer loophole!


  • EMAIL THE REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBERSCLICK HERE to generate an email message. After you click, check your email program. An email should have been generated for you. Simply add you name to the bottom and hit ‘send.’ 

    If an email was not generated automatically, or wasn’t generated properly, send the email using the copy/paste email list and the copy/paste text provided below, under ‘Deliver This Message.’
  • ATTEND THE JOINT COMMITTEE MEETING: It’s critical that the public be involved in these meetings, especially because it’s the safety of the citizenry’s own children that is being debated. Practical and effective solutions from concerned citizens like you must be discussed, and ought to dominate the conversation. But without you there to speak, or at least to support the speakers by your presence, that may not happen. Please attend. Find the meeting details below.  
    • SAVE THE DATE TO ATTEND A SECOND COMMITTEE MEETING: The ‘House Select Committee on School Safety’ will be meeting on Wednesday, March 21, at 9:00 AM to discuss the same issues. Please mark your calendar and watch for an upcoming GRNC reminder about that meeting. This meeting will also be in the Legislative Office Building, Rm. 643.  Please plan to attend.
WHAT:Joint Committee on Emergency Management Oversight Meeting
WHEN:Thursday, March 15, 9:00 AM (arrive an hour early if possible)
Legislative Office Building, Rm. 544
300 N. Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC
NOTES:Dress for the press. Please dress professionally with no inflammatory slogans or the like on clothing.
 Arrive early. To deal with any parking issues, and to make sure you get a seat. Arriving at least one hour early is recommended.


Copy/Paste email List;;;;;;;;;;;;

Suggested Subject
"For School Safety: End Gun-Free Zones"  

Dear Committee Member:

I am writing today in reference to your service on the Joint Committee on Emergency Management Oversight.

Since the recent disturbing events in Florida, all the usual gun-control voices have called for all the usual ineffective and unconstitutional schemes. None of these useless and ominous notions are acceptable, and I insist that you not lend them credence during your upcoming committee meetings. I do expect you to discuss school security concepts that are actually effective and will truly result in the protection of school children.

Removing the shackles from school employees who have concealed handgun permits would be the simplest and most effective solution. The legislature could do this almost immediately by removing the dangerous gun-free zone (GFZ) status from school buildings and grounds. Teachers and other school staff are no danger to students. If they were, we wouldn’t allow them unfettered, daily access to our children. Yet, the threat of swift armed resistance from an unpredictable source is a highly effective deterrent. This is why a full 98% of all mass public shooting since 1950 have occurred in so-called “gun-free” zones. Should the worst occur, teachers defending their students with deadly force is not such a terrible thing when you imagine the alternative. Indeed, no imagination is necessary, as recent events have shown us exactly what the alternative looks like.

A large number of teachers are already willing and ready for classroom carry. A recent Elon University Poll of North Carolina teachers (which skewed heavily Democrat) revealed that roughly 20% of teachers are open to the idea of concealed handguns in the classroom. Consider that the number of every day citizens who legally carry a gun in our state is something less than 10%. This means the number of teachers willing to consider classroom carry is at least twice the number in the general population who already carry a handgun. This is great news, and further evidence that dangerous GFZs have run their course. 

Our children’s very lives are at stake. I demand that your time on the School Safety committee be used to consider and implement only practical and effective policies. I will be monitoring your actions on this matter through Grass Roots North Carolina legislative alerts.


That Was Friday, This Is Today

Marty Daniel of Daniel Defense caused a wee bit of controversy on Friday when he posted his support for the Fix NICS Act. The original Facebook post is gone so I'm copying this from
Message from Marty Daniel on the Fix NICS Act (S.2135)

Dear Friends,

I need your help. I believe the Fix NICS Act (S. 2135), sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), is presently the only common sense approach to keeping firearms out of the hands of the wrong people. This bipartisan bill, which aims to keep firearms from being sold to criminals and other dangerous people, was introduced by U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas. All provisions of this bill have already been voted on and passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. While the bill has enough votes to pass the Senate, we must put pressure on our representatives until the President puts pen to paper.

Our Senators, by passing the Fix NICS Act, can take logical steps TODAY to improve background checks through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). By doing so, states would not only be required to, but would be held accountable for not complying with new reporting procedures which would ensure background checks are complete and reliable. The Fix NICS Act would:

• Mandate federal agencies to report criminal convictions to the Attorney General
• Require reporting of select mental health records that prohibit the purchase of firearms (Fix NICS only seeks to require mental health records that fit current federal categories)
• Hold states and federal agencies accountable for failing to upload records

Here’s how you can help.

1.) Send an Email to Your Representatives at:
2.) Share this Post & Tag Your Representatives in the Comments

Together, we can get this thing passed.

- Marty Daniel
Let's just say many people were not happy and leave it at that.

Today, Mr. Daniel went back to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to post a quite different message. Here is the one from Facebook.

Message from Marty Daniel:


First and foremost, let me say that I have heard your voices. I put out a statement on Friday, supporting Senate Bill S.2135 also known as the Fix NICS Act. I have received overwhelming feedback since putting out this statement, which has brought to my attention that there are significant and justified concerns regarding this bill. I can no longer in good conscience put my support behind S.2135.

I released the original statement because I believed it was the best option available at this time to hold back the continued attacks on the Second Amendment and the erosion of our rights. I was wrong.

Let me be very clear:

• My life’s work is to protect an individual’s right to keep and bear arms by holding our lawmakers accountable to the Second Amendment.

• I believe that all firearms laws that limit the rights of law abiding citizens are unconstitutional.

• I will never support any legislation which infringes on any individuals rights, and could potentially subvert due process.

• Myself, my Family, and Daniel Defense love and serve our Veterans every day. I would never support a legislative measure which would strip them of their rights based on their history of service and sacrifice.

Thank you to everyone who reached out and voiced your concerns. You are a motivated and passionate group of people which I am proud to call my peers, my friends, and my family. We are all united in one fight – the fight to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. I will never turn my back on you. I stand with you and I am ready to continue to fight for our rights.


People I know and respect are on both sides of the debate regarding Fix NICS. I think it is up to you to make your own decision on it. The other thing I would note is that if even half the pressure put on Marty Daniel and Daniel Defense was put on wavering politicians there would be no debating Fix NICS, a new AWB, or age restrictions. The fight would be over and we would have won.

White House Proposals

The rumors and news coming out of the White House with regard to gun control all included a proposal to raise the legal age to purchase a rifle or shotgun to age 21. Even Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah was saying on one of the Sunday morning news roundtables. As things stand now, that proposal has been shelved. I don't know about you but I wrote both senators and my US representative yesterday strongly objecting to raising the age.

Given the White House has briefed the press but has not released a definitive public statement here is where things stand now:

  • Federal Commission on School Safety headed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will study age restrictions and other restrictions, They will issue a report later.
  • Improvements to the FBI's tip line.
  • Support for FixNICS Act.
  • Support of the STOP School Violence Act which would allocate $50 million annually for school safety improvements including violence prevention training for teachers.
  • Assist states in training teachers and other school staff in firearms use.
  • Allow military vets and retired LEOs to work as school safety officers.
  • Call on states to allow police, with court approval, to remove firearms from people who are a threat to themselves or others. It would also "temporarily" remove their ability to purchase firearms.
  • Ban bump fire stocks (which was previously mentioned).
  • Improve mental health systems to identify and treat treats. This would include "increased integration of mental health, primary health care and family services."
If I were to make a prediction now, it is that FixNICS is going through no matter what. The other is that gun violence (sic) protection orders (by whatever name) will become a hot topic in some states notwithstanding their threat to civil rights.

The one thing to bear in mind right now is that no politician is your friend. It doesn't matter the party nor their past support for gun rights. They will throw gun rights and gun rights supporters under the bus if they think it could impact their chances of reelection. One merely need look at Florida where many supposed gun rights supporting legislators threw gun rights under the bus in their haste to pass SB 7026.

UPDATE: Here is what the White House sent out with their "1600 Daily" email a few minutes ago:

How to secure our schools
After the horrific shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school last month, President Donald J. Trump met with students, teachers, lawmakers, and local officials to hear every idea they had about how to keep violence out of America’s schools.
Every child in our Nation has a right to feel safe. To achieve that goal, the President will announce a series of actions to protect our children and their communities:

  • Hardening our schools: The Administration will make sure our schools are safe and secure—just like our airports, stadiums, and government buildings—with better training and preparedness.
  • Strengthening background checks and prevention: President Trump is supporting legislation and reforms to strengthen the background checks system and law enforcement operations.
  • Reforming mental health programs: The President is proposing an expansion and reform of mental health programs, including those that help identify and treat individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others.
  • Keeping the conversation going: In addition to these immediate actions, President Trump is establishing a Federal Commission on School Safety, chaired by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, to recommend policy and funding proposals for school violence prevention.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Links For Your Weekend Reading

I spent three days this week in the gun control paradise known as Chicago. So I'm doing a little catch-up on my reading and I've come across a few blog posts that I think are must reads.

Since the murders at Majory Stoneman Douglas HS in Parkland, Florida, we have subjected to a non-stop assault on our civil rights from the gun control industry and their media allies. As the late Professor Brian Anse Patrick showed in his research, the NRA and gun rights groups in general actually benefit from this assault. My friend and Polite Society Podcast co-host Rob Morse has a post up about how NRA and SAF memberships have been rising with this assault. If you want to go into more depth on this, I highly recommend Prof. Patrick's The National Rifle Association and the Media: The Motivating Force of Negative Coverage. The Kindle edition is $9.99 or about half the cost of the paperback version.

Sebastian at Shall Not Be Questioned has two posts up that I would encourage you to read. The first, Dear NRA, says we and the NRA need to up our grassroots game. In particular, we need to convert those who believe in the Second Amendment from being passive observers to active participants. Our opponents have upped their game and are becoming much more effective. It will not be merely enough to watch a NRA-TV video with Dana Loesch or Colion Noir and nod your head in agreement. It will entail getting our rear ends out to city council meetings and hearings when they impact our gun rights.

In his second post, Sebastian has a lexicon of gun terms that the media has thrown out there to confuse non-gun owners. He addresses them and how we should in turn address them when a non-gun owner asks us questions. In one sense - and this is me saying it and not Sebastian - we need to listen to the immortal words of Crash Davis in Bull Durham, "You're gonna have to learn your cliches. You're gonna have to study them, you're gonna have to learn them, you're gonna have to know them. They're your friends." In other words, we need to know the gun prohibitionists' argument better than they do. You should also read Tam's post on Magical Thinking which also addresses this.

Kevin Creighton has a short post saying we need to get back into the game. He's right. We need to get back into the cultural game because we are in a cultural war. Two things he suggests is reaching out to motorcycle riders as we have a shared interest in freedom and to videogamers to encourage them to get into competitive shooting.

Finally, Erin Palette looks at SB 7026 which was signed in Florida on Friday by Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL). She analyzes it in depth and the implications of many of the things in the bill are horrendous. Insofar as creating "school guardians", it will be dependent upon a county's sheriff to approve it there. Moreover, it will require 132 hours of training to become qualified as well as another 12 hours in a "certified nationally recognized diversity training program". Diversity training for stopping an armed attacker? Who the f*&k came up with that nonsense.

So now you have your weekend reading in nice, digestible nuggets. My other suggestion is if there is a gun show in your area, go to it.  Spend some quality time with your cultural brothers and sisters. And, if you are in the Asheville area, go to the Asheville Gun Show at the WNC Ag Center. While there, stop at the Grass Roots North Carolina booth and say hello. I'll be working it from 10am until 5pm.