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...

NSSF Issues Report on Combined Spending by Hunters and Target Shooters

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- National Shooting Sports Foundation's "Hunting in America" and "Target Shooting in America" reports reveal the broad impact that spending by hunters and target shooters have on America's economy. Now, responding to demand for a combined report, NSSF has issued "Economic Impact of Hunting and Target Shooting in America," showing, among other significant statistics, that spending...

Church Safety

One would imagine that among different locations, places of worship would be a safe haven and we would not have to be concerned about safety from violence there. Unfortunately, churches are not the sanctuary they once were. Here we are not talking about mere arson, assault, burglary, mugging, rape, or robbery. Even worse, churches can and have been the site of murder, multiple murders, and “Rapid...

Rolling Stone’s seven steps to winning the war against the NRA

Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis had it right in 1963 – coincidentally, the year that Colt introduced the AR-15 to the civilian market – when he named one of his band’s classic albums “Seven Steps To Heaven.” The release features exceptionally creative improvisations by Davis, tenor saxophonist George Coleman, pianists Victor Feldman and Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummers Frank Butler and...

Gun rights advocacy starts over the backyard grill

We all like talking about guns at the gun show. We are comfortable when surrounded by friends and family who share our passion and enthusiasm for collecting and shooting. It’s easy and enjoyable to “preach to the choir,” but we need to reach out to the “non-believers.” Too many gun owners shy away from discussing Second Amendment issues with their neighbor, school teachers, friends at church, or...

Appellate Court Upholds Privacy Law, Tells Anti-Gun Doctors to Take a Powder

In a victory for gun owners who pay to visit doctors for medical care, and not the political opinions of their physicians, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has upheld Florida’s Firearm Owner’s Privacy Act. This law was passed after an escalating series of events in which patients were harassed or denied access to services because they refused to be interrogated by their doctors...

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