Armed Citizens Do Save Lives

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Recently Garen Wintemute, director of the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program, was quoted saying: “I think most people don’t want to be in a society where people have arms everywhere, particularly since there is no evidence that being armed is a benefit.”

Well, possibly to the surprise of some, I agree with Mr. Wintemute – that is, I agree with half his statement.

I too, as most Americans certainly would, prefer a country where no one has the need or even desire to arm themselves – beyond weapons for hunting. That would be wonderful and there is a place that has achieved this level of civility, peace and love for one another.

It’s called Heaven and its inhabitants are angels.

Unfortunately, this isn’t heaven, and none of us are angels, so we do what we must to try to assure that our loved ones and neighbors don’t get there prematurely. read more

Gun Education vs Sex Education

by: the Common Constitutionalist

With the most recent senseless killings at a California university, gun control is once again front and center.

Although Joe the plumber didn’t word it correctly, we all know what he meant. A killing spree by an obvious whack job gives no one the right to either confiscate our weapons or pass knee-jerk, feel-good laws that inhibit only the reasonable and law-abiding.

Interestingly, I don’t hear an outcry for knife control. After all, the lunatic in California didn’t just use a gun to kill.

With what seems to be a recent rash of unhinged young killers, the debate has progressed from not just gun control but America’s “gun culture”, and what can be done to limit our children’s “exposure” to guns and gun violence.

Guns have always been a part of American society, but some say our children are becoming saturated by it, thus desensitizing them. Many point to movies and video games as the main culprits.

To a point, I agree with them. The most popular action movies and video games are shoot-em up thrillers. I can see how some less than well-adjusted kids could easily be sucked into shoot-em up fantasies – where you get shot or killed in the game, then magically get to re-spawn or start over.

But that’s what parenting is all about. It is our job to teach them what the real world is like – where if you get shot, you don’t get up. read more

Gun Laws Were Different Back Then

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Up here in the Northeast, most of the states are either full on radically leftist or headed that way in an awful hurry.

Back when I came to New Hampshire from Georgia, it was truly an island of conservatism in a sewer of liberalism, surrounded on all sides. Unfortunately the once proudly red state is now blue, succumbing to the influence of its liberal neighbors.

Now thankfully, thus far, the state hasn’t begun adopting restrictive gun laws like its neighbors, particularly Massachusetts and Connecticut, but I fear that is just a few years down the road, maybe less.

It’s not that the states never had gun laws until the progressives took over. New England states have always had laws concerning guns, going all the way back to the colonial era, even back to the 1600s. read more

Oil Change and Gun Control

by: the Common Constitutionalist

I was having my oil changed this morning, during which the service manager and I somehow got to discussing the “knockout game”, were punks attack unsuspecting victims and knocked them to the ground, just for fun.

I have done business with this dealership for years, so they know me and are comfortable that I open carry my side arm.

Our conversation soon attracted more people and most that ended up taking part in discussion, were in favor of law-abiding citizens owning and carrying guns. There was however, one who advocated strict gun control. Interestingly, this young woman had no problem with me carrying a weapon, but was generally against it.

I posed a scenario to the “discussion group”. Yes I know, I’m such a geek, discussing politics with a bunch of gear heads at an auto dealership.

Anyway, here was the scenario: You (anyone of them) and I are walking down the street – not together, but on the same sidewalk. A criminal has the intention of robbing someone. He spots us both and has to make a choice of whom to rob. Neither of us is particularly physically intimidating. The difference is that the perp can plainly see that I have a side arm and you do not. Now, who’s he going to victimize? read more

Anti-Gun Activist Isn’t Who She Seems

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Last week I wrote an article entitled “Bloomberg Finances Another Anti-Gun Group“. The article focused on a mom/activist named Shannon Watts, whose group “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America”, was being financed but none other than former Mayor Michael Doomberg.

Lo and behold a few days go by and we start hearing reports of Shannon Watts throwing verbal barbs at Dana Loesch of  The Blaze. A video altercation of Loesch and Watts was posted on The Blaze and picked up by Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin’s site.

In the video, mommy Shannon was seen walking in a park with some of her anti-gun mommy compatriots and a couple of beefy looking, suit and sunglasses wearing men. Who were the men? Turns out they were Ms. Watt’s armed security. Armed with guns? Yep, armed with scary guns.

One’s first thought might be – what a hypocrite. But then one must remember that there is no such thing as leftist hypocrisy. Whether it’s taxes, the environment or guns, with the left, it will always be, do as I say, not as I do.

Now mommy Watts, mother of five, according to lefty press reports, is just a suburban mother who was apparently shaken to the core by the Sandy Hook shootings and felt she had to do something. read more

Bloomberg Finances Another Anti-Gun Group

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Last week I received an e-mail from my good [email protected] regarding Michael Bloomberg’s latest attempt at confiscating all our guns.

The e-mail blast said that Bloomberg will be spending $50 million on gun reform. Now since I don’t know what “gun reform” is I read on, asking myself whether I believe my guns needed reforming?

It turns out that the e-mail blast was not focused on Bloomberg’s efforts, but one of the many wack job organizations that he will be funding with his $50 million.

The organization, and particularly its founder, that MoveOn.org was focused on is “Moms Demand Action for Guns Sense in America” and its founder Shannon Watts.

MoveOn describes Ms. Watts as a supermom, who evidently has time for her five children and also to fight the evils of “gun violence”. They describe her as a force of nature communicator and the NRA’s worst nightmare. Ooh – scary! read more

Courageous States Fighting Back

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

For years we conservatives have been frustrated, and that’s putting it mildly, by the ever-growing size and reach of the federal government.

 

We’ve all asked, both ourselves and each other; what can be done? What can we do to fight back? Can anything be done to beat back the onslaught of the feds – to somehow limit their power over us?

 

Well, until recently we’ve all felt pretty helpless. Then, it seems something happened – as if a light came on or a voice from above exclaimed, “You know… you don’t have to take it. You have the constitutional authority to take the power back. All you have to do is have the courage to use that authority.”

 

And that’s exactly what is happening – either recalling or discovering for the first time – states are realizing that the United States Constitution was written to empower them, not the feds. read more

Maryland Police Knew of Florida Gun

A Florida man was traveling South with his family on the way home from a wedding in New Jersey when the Maryland Transportation Authority Police (MTAP) began tailing his Ford Expedition. After about 10 minutes, the police pulled him over and told him they knew he owned a gun. They demanded he produce it for them on the spot — even though the firearm was locked away in a safe 1,000 miles away.

John Filippidis of Hudson, Fla., told The Tampa Tribune he wasn’t speeding or doing anything illegal when the cops took an interest in his car. In fact, he’d intentionally left his Kel-Tec .38 pistol locked up at home precisely because he understood the potential legal headaches that can arise when traveling through multiple State jurisdictions with a firearm. read more

Demand A Plan To End Lunacy

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Imagine you are speaking to a friend. He claims his kids are straight ‘A’ students. The reason they are is that he has developed a system that guarantees better grades. No matter what the situation, he can better anyones grades.

Your logical reaction to such a claim is, “show me the proof”. Don’t just throw out these wild claims. Show me what your children’s grades were prior and what they are now. Then show me that it was your system that caused the positive change.

It seems reasonable for him to have to prove his system is a success, is it not? You wouldn’t just sign your children on without some proof, would you?

So why is it that we don’t view gun control in the same way? There is not a shred of evidence that disarming citizens makes us safer, yet the left has been clamoring to do just that.

There are organizations like Demand Action.org, who’s slogan is Demand Action to End Gun Violence”.

They want us all to “Join more than 1,000 mayors and over 1.5 million grassroots supporters to demand that Congress take action to end gun violence“. read more