Op-Ed: VPC = Very Petty Con

Analysis performed by gun control groups is about as thoughtful and deep as Miley Cyrus’s song lyrics. The Violence Policy Center, one of America’s oldest and most conniving Joyce Foundation funded institutions, is this week’s example. Keep in mind that the VPC has called for the banning of all handguns, declared that confusing the public about “assault weapons” is good policy, and even...

Reciprocity Mix-Up Leads to Felony Charges for Philadelphia Mom

On Tuesday [August 5], Superior Court Judge Michael Donio declined to dismiss a case for unlawful possession of a firearm against Philadelphia resident Shaneen Allen. Allen was arrested during a traffic stop last October after she volunteered to the officer that she had a firearm in her car. She mistakenly believed her Pennsylvania license to carry firearms was valid in New Jersey. This was...

Op-Ed: Halt and I Won’t Shoot

Cornered on his ATV by a rampaging maniac in a Northern California suburban cul-de-sac, an armed financial advisor had the legal authority to shoot his attacker in self-defense with the .45 pistol he had in his hand. He didn’t. His story is not unique, but tales like his are vastly underreported. Of the millions of annual instances of self-defense with a firearm (defensive gun use, or DGU) fewer...

Headline: Firearms group promotes self-defense

A group that trains with firearms puts down guns and picks up different self-defense techniques. The Well-Armed Woman" put on a survival workshop Tuesday night. It's a group usually known for firearms, specifically training women. But Tuesday evening the group was not at the range to shoot. The Cincinnati East chapter of The Well-Armed Woman was hosting women and men at a self-defense seminar...

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Releases Candidate Questionnaire

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a multi-billionaire. According to Forbes, he is the 16th richest person in the world. There's nothing wrong with being one of the richest people on the planet, but it doesn't mean you get to dictate how others lead their lives. Apparently, Bloomberg believes he is in a position to tell everyone else--especially gun owners--what's best for them and...

CCW in places of worship? No more "our insurance guy says no" excuse

The issue of security in places of worship has been near and dear to my heart for as long as Ohio's concealed carry law has been in place. That's because, whereas all other private property owners in the State of Ohio must choose if they want to ban legal concealed carry on their property, when it comes to places of worship, legislators chose for them. (Apparently the myth known as a First...

Op-Ed: The Social Utility of Firearms

Looking down the wrong end of a telescope gives you an entirely mistaken perspective on the universe. The Los Angeles Daily News allowed Tim Rutten to publish an opinion piece ( The dangerous illusion of Americans and their guns , May 30, 2014) that displayed just such an inverted perspective on the topic of the social utility of guns in American society. Rutten correctly noted that nearly two...

Firearms Training: How Do I Get Ready for My Next Class?

I've noted that many students, upon completing a basic handgun course, are eager to obtain additional training...at least that is what they say when I tell them about the next course in the sequence that they might want to take and when it will be offered. Unfortunately, few of them follow-up and actually take that course. One of the reasons may be the passage of time, because I tell students...

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