Submitted by cbaus on December 13, 2013 - 4:00pm.
Google "Organizing for Action" (OFA), supposedly a non-partisan, grassroots group, and you get www.barackobama.com. Likewise, click on the preceding link, and it takes you to the Organizing for Action website. Despite OFA's innocuous-sounding name, the Chicago-based group is an arm of the Obama political machine, the successor to a similar Obama store-front put together after his 2008 election, Organizing for America. Whatever the group's name happens to be at a given moment, fulfilling the president's goal of "fundamentally transforming America" remains its mission.
On Monday, [December 2,] Obama's current operation sent an email to supporters urging them to hold events advocating gun control on December 14, the one-year anniversary of the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Connecticut.
Meanwhile, Michael Bloomberg's euphemistically-named group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, along with Moms Demand Action, are releasing a 60-second version and a 30-second version of a TV ad portraying a person approaching an elementary school with a duffel bag, as students observe a moment of silence for the victims who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary. The obvious implication is that the gun control laws that one or both groups support could prevent the type of crime committed at Sandy Hook.
Concurrently, Vice-President Joe Biden sent an email encouraging organizers of the OFA events to center them on support for a "universal background checks" law that would prohibit private sales of firearms without a background check and for increasing penalties for illegal gun trafficking.
Dovetailing with the Bloomberg ads, Biden implied that imposing "universal checks" and increasing trafficking penalties would prevent terrible crimes like those committed at Sandy Hook; in the Aurora, Colorado, theater; in the Sikh temple in Oak Park, Wisconsin; and at Virginia Tech University.
Like so much of what underlies the gun prohibition movement, the premise behind Bloomberg's ad and Biden's message is simply not true. In each of the crimes the gun control supporters point to, the guns involved were bought legally, from a firearm dealer, with a background check. No trafficking was involved. And the guns used in the Sandy Hook murders were stolen from their lawful owner, who was also murdered by the perpetrator.
Submitted by cbaus on December 13, 2013 - 8:00am.
Editor's Note: The following article editorial was published on December 3 edition of the Sidney Daily News. School officials in that city, with the support and aid of the Shelby Co. Sheriff, have implemented a program to provide armed staff members inside the schools, and are struggling with a resistant local police chief.
by Jim Irvine
Everyone wants schools to be safe, but how is that best achieved. There are many aspects to school safety, and the best approach will have multiple overlapping layers of security. They are all important, but I'm going to focus on one specific layer; armed protection.
Our president, business executives and celebrities are protected by men and women who carry guns. We do this because they are at risk and are worth real protection.
I believe that children are our most precious resource. They deserve real protection too.
Submitted by cbaus on December 12, 2013 - 4:00pm.
by Mike McCoy
Law-abiding citizens are likely to soon see several improvements to Ohio’s concealed carry law. In a bipartisan vote Tuesday, the Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee of the Ohio House of Representatives voted to send House Bill 203 to the full House. This was an important step in moving this legislation to passage.
...What the misnamed stand your ground provision actually does is expand the number of locations at which a law-abiding citizen has no duty to retreat before using force in self-defense. Obviously, this increases safety for the law-abiding citizen, who no longer is trying to run from a dangerous criminal before being able to defend himself or herself.
As always, opponents of freedom are predicting doom and gloom if stand your ground is enacted in Ohio. They claim it will be open season on innocent teenagers like Martin (who turned out not to be so innocent at all). They claim criminals will use stand your ground to kill other criminals and get away with it, when the law clearly says anyone claiming stand your ground still has to prove they were entitled to self-defense. In other words, the anti-gun, anti-freedom crowd is doing what they always do — predicting catastrophe.
Perhaps we should go back in time and examine the past predictions of the anti-gun crowd.
Submitted by cbaus on December 12, 2013 - 10:40am.
by Jim Irvine
Saturday, December 14, 2013 marks the one year anniversary since a coward murdered his mother, stole her gun and her car, then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where he brutally murdered his mother, six school employees and 20 innocent children before committing suicide.
Buckeye Firearms Foundation recently surveyed school employees to find out what has changed in the year since the Newtown killings. As we have already reported, our survey found that nearly two dozen Ohio schools have authorized individuals such as teachers, administrators and parents to carry firearms in schools. There has been enormous progress toward protecting our kids from mass killings at schools, but not all districts are taking your kids safety and security seriously.
The following information is taken from a survey with over 300 responses. This is not scientific, as the pool questioned is not random. They are all people who applied to be trained to carry firearms in schools. Still, their answers give reason to not only to rejoice at the progress in the past year, but also frustration at how reckless some districts are with your kids lives.
Submitted by cbaus on December 11, 2013 - 4:00pm.
by Raquel Okyay
Women seeking to arm themselves and their daughters are figuring out that guns are not 'taboo' but a powerful means of protection.
"Women are the holy grail of the Second Amendment movement," said Skip Coryell nationally recognized firearm expert and author of the newly released The Shadow Militia.
The Second Amendment will stand or fall depending on the way women vote, he said. "Women make-up about 52% of the population and they vote with a mind of their own."
Women and particularly women with children have been raised with an idea that guns are dangerous. Yet once women get over their initial fear of the firearm, they feel empowered by it, he said. "Women want to be armed and capable."
It has been his experience that women who receive instruction quickly become comfortable with using firearms, he said. "They come into my class afraid of the gun, but 4 or 5 hours later they are on the line like a kid in a candy shop, blazing away, having a ball."
If women are not encouraged to support firearms and instead rely on the stigma that guns are bad, they will vote against the Second Amendment and they will not be protected, said Coryell who is the owner and president of White Feather Press.
It is much more important to teach girls how to use guns than boys because girls will grow up to be women and are more likely to be victims of crimes, he said.
"If someone is going to be raped, mugged or robbed it will not be by a woman, your attacker will be a man," said the Marine veteran. "A woman needs a Samuel Colt Equalizer to make her equal and more powerful than her attacker."
Submitted by cbaus on December 11, 2013 - 10:41am.
by Jim Irvine
Saturday, December 14, 2013 marks the one year anniversary since a coward murdered his mother, stole her gun and her car, then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. There he broke a window through which he entered the school, murdered several administrators then walked down the hallway and shot teachers before killing a classroom full of children. All told he brutally murdered his mother, six school employees and 20 innocent children before committing suicide.
Buckeye Firearms Foundation recently surveyed school employees to find out what has changed in the year since the Newtown killings. The information below is from just over 300 responses taken from school teachers, administrators and other employees who signed up to be trained to carry firearms in schools.
There are at least 20 different school districts in Ohio that have authorized individuals such as teachers, administrators and parents to carry firearms in schools. The list includes rural, urban and suburban schools. It includes public, private and parochial schools. It covers small, medium and large schools and all grade levels. Those authorized include teachers, administrators and others. In short, it is a cross section of Ohio, and the United States of America.
Some of these districts took quick action and had authorized people carrying soon after the Sandy Hook killings. Others waited until the start of the current school year. Many are considering expanding their program to include more people as they realize there is great upside potential and almost no downside issues with authorizing good people to carry the tools necessary to stop an active killer.
Submitted by cbaus on December 10, 2013 - 4:00pm.
COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio hunters checked 75,408 white-tailed deer during the weeklong gun hunting season, Dec. 2-8, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
"With the muzzleloader season and almost two months of archery hunting yet to come, Ohio hunters have many more opportunities to harvest a deer," said Scott Zody, chief of the ODNR Division of Wildlife.
Hunting is the best and most effective management tool for maintaining Ohio's healthy deer population. Hunters have harvested 162,720 deer so far in the 2013 hunting seasons, compared to 171,867 at the same point last year, a 5 percent difference.
Submitted by cbaus on December 10, 2013 - 8:00am.
The November 2013 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 1,308,100 is a decrease of 14.2 percent compared to the NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,525,177 in November 2012. For comparison, the unadjusted November 2013 NICS figure of 1,805,759 reflects a 9.6 percent decrease from the unadjusted NICS figure of 1,997,703 in November 2012. NSSF-adjusted NICS for November 2013 is the second highest on record — an 18.8% increase over November 2011.
The adjusted NICS data were derived by subtracting out NICS purpose code permit checks used by several states such as Connecticut, Illinois, and Utah for CCW permit application checks as well as checks on active CCW permit databases.
Though not a direct correlation to firearms sales, the NSSF-adjusted NICS data provide a more accurate picture of current market conditions. In addition to other purposes, NICS is used to check transactions of firearms sales and transfers on new and used handguns and long guns.
Submitted by cbaus on December 9, 2013 - 4:00pm.
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, today noted that Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) Co-Chair Bob Latta (R-Ohio) has introduced HR 3590, a new bipartisan version of the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2013.
Earlier this year, Latta and CSC Co-Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), joined by Vice-Chairs, U.S. Reps. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) and Tim Walz (D-Minn.), introduced the SHARE Act as a package of pro-sportsmen's legislation designed to safeguard and promote America's hunting and fishing traditions. The legislation enjoys wide support from both sides of the political aisle.
"The SHARE Act is made up of several pro-sportsmen's bills that will help ensure our outdoor traditions are preserved, protected and promoted. HR 3590 addresses some of the most pressing concerns of American hunters and recreational shooters. Its passage would be a significant accomplishment for the sportsmen's community and for America. We salute Congressman Latta for his continuing stewardship of this important legislation."
Submitted by cbaus on December 9, 2013 - 8:00am.
by Andrew Branca
Of the 50 states in the US, 49 of them require the State to disprove a defendant's claim of self-defense, beyond a reasonable doubt. Ohio, on the other hand, requires that the defendant prove self-defense by a preponderance of the evidence. Why is Ohio Such an Odd Duck on the Burden of Proof for Self-defense? To understand this curiosity it is necessary to cover a little history and to really understand what is meant by the phrase "burden of proof." Let's do them in reverse order.
Most of us know the phrase "burden of proof" from our understanding—borne of movies and TV dramas—that the prosecution bears the burden of proof to prove the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
And that's true. But it also a very superficial understanding of how the law actually allocates the "burden of proof." So, let's dig a bit deeper.