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by Greg Ellifritz
I've recently received quite a bit of feedback on carrying and using the .22 as a self defense weapon. I had no idea how many of you rely on the rimfire for a defense round! There are a lot of people packing .22s out there!
I occasionally carry either my S&W 317 or 351 as self defense weapons in low threat situations…usually while working in the yard or garage. They are light, handy, and don't get in the way. I recognize that they aren't the most effective calibers for self defense, but I don't know many criminals who will press the attack after I put eight high velocity .22 bullets in his face in two seconds. I don't really feel undergunned.
With that said, I don't often carry the .22 as my primary defensive piece. I generally pack something a bit more substantial when I'm out in public (usually a Glock 19). I recognize that my situation may be a little different than yours and you might be forced (or prefer) to carry something a little smaller. I'm not the best person to advise you about carrying .22s since I seldom do it myself, but I do want to share some options with my readers.
In recent months, several traditionally anti-gun states, and Colorado, have enacted laws that abuse the rights of the average citizen and offend their corporate citizens. The situation has led to an exodus of gun manufacturers to more friendly climes, with anti-gun states losing the significant tax revenue and jobs these companies provide.
Amongst the companies that have chosen to relocate is Magpul Industries of Erie, Colo., a manufacturer of AR-15 parts, accessories and magazines. Magpul warned the state in February that the company would move if legislation banning standard capacity magazines passed. In March, Gov. Hickenlooper signed a ban, and Magpul set out in search of a new home, possibly in Texas.
by Jeff Knox
Colorado Senate President John Morse and State Senator Angela Giron are both out of a job as of September 10 when vote-counts showed that recall elections against the pair were successful. Morse lost in a close race, while Giron was effectively trounced. The recall effort was initiated by angry GunVoters after the legislature passed, and the Governor signed, a gun control bill which requires almost all private firearm transfers to go through a licensed dealer for background checks, requires gun buyers to pay a fee to the dealer for processing the paperwork, and limits new magazines to no more than 15-rounds.
It’s no news that the NRA supports not only the Second Amendment, but also other parts of the Bill of Rights, including the First Amendment’s protection of the right to express one’s political opinion. That was made that pretty clear in the debate over Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, in which the Supreme Court ultimately struck down restrictions on the ability of the NRA and other groups to speak freely during the days and weeks preceding elections.
So, NRA supports the constitutionally protected right of the anti-gun group, Washington Ceasefire, to buy advertisements mounted on the sides of city buses in Seattle, saying “Think twice about having a gun in your home. There is a 22x greater chance of killing a family member or friend versus an intruder.”
Fair is fair, however, so Washington Ceasefire should support our right to point out that their claim is baloney, that the itsy-bitsy Seattle-based “study” that the claim comes from has been discredited more times than we can remember, and that “studies” of its sort are precisely the reason Congress should deny President Obama’s request for $10 million to fund additional such nonsense.
by Chad D. Baus
The Cincinnati News reported recently that a Hamilton resident shot and killed a man who stabbed him during a robbery.
From the article:
Chad Gabbard, 44, of Hamilton was shot to death at 11 p.m. inside 1860 Parrish Ave. in Hamilton, said Hamilton Police Sgt. Ed Burns.
Gabbard tried to rob Robert D. Shoemaker, 38, who was found on the front porch with three stab wounds to the neck, police said.
Shoemaker was transported to West Chester Hospital, where he is currently being treated.
Shoemaker's mother called 911, according to a recording of the call, released this morning.
"My son just called and told me he'd been stabbed," she said. "... He needs help. There's blood all over him."
Editor's Note: This report is a follow-up to an article posted at BuckeyeFirearms.org on September 9, in which we attempted to make sense of an Cleveland.com article by Jeff Piorkowski.
by Jesse Hathaway
A correction to an inaccurate Cleveland.com story about House Bill 203 (HB 203) is forthcoming, after communications between Media Trackers, Northeast Ohio Media Group reporter Jeff Piorkowski, and South Euclid City Council President David Miller.
On September 6, Jeff Piorkowski wrote that Miller was sponsoring a non-binding resolution to voice the city's disapproval of HB 203, which would expand Ohioans' legal right to self-defense with a firearm and make a number of other revisions to state gun law.
Piorkowski wrote, "Miller is also against another portion of the bill that would allow concealed gun permit holders into bars provided they do not consume alcohol."
by Chad D. Baus
MediaTrackers.org reported recently that The Ohio Education Association (OEA) is assisting Organizing for Action (OFA) in its lobbying for new gun control laws, using social media accounts maintained with teachers' mandatory union dues.
From the article:
The afternoon of August 22, OEA linked to a BarackObama.com gun control petition from the union's official Facebook page:
At roughly the same time, an abbreviated version of the same message was posted to the union's official Twitter account.
Colorado sends a message to politicians: Vote against your constituents, and your constituents will vote against youSubmitted by cbaus on September 11, 2013 - 12:00pm.
by Jim Irvine
After very hard-fought, highly-contested recall races in Colorado, which saw hundreds of thousands of dollars from out of state, the votes are counted. Two anti-gun, anti-freedom, anti-self-defense Democrats who voted to trample on individual rights and support a radical agenda being pushed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg have been voted out of office. The importance of these historic events will be felt for years to come, and it will affect all of us, no matter where you live.
Senators Angela Giron (D-3) and John Morse (D-11) voted for a bill to limit magazine capacity to 15 rounds, and to require uniform background checks for gun sales. As sitting Senate President, Morse didn't just vote for the bills, he championed their passage.
One of these news reports is not like the others... Columbus ABC buries news of Bloomberg anti-gun group's failed rallySubmitted by cbaus on September 11, 2013 - 8:00am.
by Chad D. Baus
Last week, Buckeye Firearms Association volunteers made national news after they succeeded in out-numbering a tiny rally (mostly-paid staffers) organized by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
The turn of events was covered by everyone from the Washington times to Breitbart.com, all of whom noted the fact that MAIG produced a tiny turnout, with BFA volunteers outnumbering them 10-1.
Perhaps it was WBNC (CBS Columbus) 10TV's Jim Heath who said it best, when he began his report by saying the rally "certainly answers the question of what exactly happens when you throw a political rally an no one shows up - except your opposition?"
by Aaron Kirkingburg and Jim Irvine
We often hear calls for "common-sense" firearms restrictions. All these restrictions on the transfer, ownership and use of firearms is common sense to those who dislike others' ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights without undue infringement. But what about the First Amendment?
As with all rights, there are limitations. One cannot yell "FIRE!" in a crowded theater. With all the mass killings this year, we got to thinking that maybe there should be some more "common-sense" restrictions on the First Amendment.