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When Concealed Carry Laws Are Void on Campus, Students Are Easy Targets

I always enjoy hearing how my fellow citizens are working to advance Right to Carry Laws across the country and today I was forwarded an impassioned letter that definitely deserves to be shared. Navy Veteran Art Ellingsen sent the following note to his legislators in Illinois:

Please watch this brief news item from Orlando: [VIDEO]

Had that college girl lived in an Illinois State University owned dorm or a dorm owned by the U of I in Urbana, she, the victim would have been arrested.

Why?

Please change the laws in Illinois so that dorm rooms are considered people’s homes where guns may be used without a conceal carry card, just like any other homeowner or renter can.

Please change the laws so that crime victims don’t become criminals due to unjust laws.

Remember that criminals don’t care about those annoying signs which declare someplace to be a gun free zone.

Follow the Second Amendment.  All gun control laws violate the 2nd Amendment.

Navy Veteran Art Ellingsen

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Lifetime Member of Vietnam Veterans of America, Post 311
Member of American Legion, Edison Park Post 541

The story out of Orlando illustrates how UCF student Sable Nehme was able to deter two violent intruders, who had already attacked her boyfriend, from attacking her. The couple attend UCF and were in an apartment when they received a knock at the door. Upon answering, the intruders burst into the apartment and Sable’s boyfriend Nour Skargee was violently forced to the floor with a gun held to his head.
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Bill Thompson: ‘Resisting Gun Control is for the Weak-Minded’

In an absurd letter titled “Resisting Gun Control is for the Weak-Minded“, some gun-grabbing idiot named Bill Thompson rants on about how resisting gun control is for sheep, the NRA is evil, a 2A writer said ‘jumping through hoops to keep guns from people who hate children is a burden’, and that every citizen has the right to feel safe in their home. Ugh… it’s so derpy, it’s making me light-headed.

Maybe he missed the Gallop Poll showing more than 6 out of 10 Americans say that a gun in the home makes them feel safer. Maybe Thompson missed the point that it’s our Second Amendment right to arm ourselves and take ownership of our personal protection. I mean, he must know we can’t all be like Shannon Watts and lug a team of armed bodyguards around with us. Maybe he simply fails to realize that some of us are strong enough to protect ourselves.
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Chopping Down Our Own

I’ve long commented on how the left remains united through thick and thin. They bury their failures, ignore when they make ignorant or false statements, turn a blind eye to scandals, affairs and financial misconduct, even gloss over murders, psychiatric disorders and tax evasion. No matter what blunders they bury, they do it together and they do not waiver in their support of their own. They dig a deep hole, throw in their mistakes, make sure it’s covered and filled in tight, then never speak of it again. It’s like it never even happened.

Now take a look at the right. I’m seeing more and more people on our side fighting openly on social media, even hit pieces against our own. How can we fight together for our cause when we’re so busy focusing on who’s fighting next to us? This person had an affair! That person said something contradictory on Facebook! Posting screenshots, gossiping about what they heard, commenting on what they’re opinion of that person is, bringing up old, insignificant bullshit: blah, blah, blah. My eyes glaze over when I read this bologna on our side from our side and it seriously gives me a headache. Why are we taking our own people out at the kneecaps? I have a few theories, but first: some background on me.
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The Fairer Sex Hardens Up: Female CCP Applicants on the Rise

Good news ladies: According to the NSSF, 80% of gun retailers surveyed saw a dramatic increase in female gun buyers between 2011 and 2012! Overall, the number of female gun owners has soared to 23% in 2011, a drastic increase from 13% in 2005. Additionally, 37% of new target shooters are female compared to 22% of established shooters being female.

Not only are more women purchasing and shooting guns, but they are all so applying for concealed carry permits in droves as well. While the specific number of women who submit concealed carry permits is state specific, on average, the number of female applicants is on the rise across the nation. In fact, in the state of Washington, women now outnumber men in percentage of conceal carry permit submissions.

As reported by the Seattle Times, “The number of Washington state residents receiving a concealed carry permit has tripled between 2005 and 2012. The surge has been especially large among women, whose ranks have swelled twice as fast as men since 2011.” According to the analysis done by the Seattle Times, the major increase in female concealed carry permit submissions is attributed to women knowing the importance of self-defense.
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The Latest Trend: Gun Shaming

There’s a new trend among gun grabbers where they attempt to “gun shame” legal gun owners. Keyboard cowboys on social media love to call gun owners things like “gun nuts”, even saying we have a problem they refer to as “fetishizing guns”. The thing is, they talk about our guns far more than we do. I also can say that in all of my many conversations with strangers on guns, I have never been called a name or been shamed for carrying a gun by anyone I interact with face to face. I truly believe that’s the key.

I don’t know about you, but being a gun owner is only one part of who I am as a person. I’m many things; a wife, mom, sister, daughter, friend, Christian, runner, movie buff, hunter, reader, blogger, wine lover, plasma donor, and a gun owner. No one aspect of my life defines me, it is the sum of all my traits makes me me. This is part of the reason I am constantly saying that we need to be talking to everyone we meet in order to show them that we aren’t fully consumed and defined by our possession of firearms or our support of the Second Amendment, in an effort to combat their ignorant stereotypes of gun owners.

Obviously, no one has been able to speak with these next two women yet.

Lynda Waddington wrote a piece for The Gazette out of Cedar Rapids, IA titled “Why Your Gun Makes Me Nervous“. Aside from her glaring ignorance throughout this gun shaming narrative in which she recalls an encounter with a concealed carry citizen in a bookstore, she unknowingly makes a pretty good argument for how concealed carry is effective.
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Guntry Clubs: Your Local Gun Range Has Evolved

Today, I was invited to discuss the growing trend of “Guntry Clubs” on the NRA News program Cam&Co. with Cam Edwards which I had to giggle at because the first headline I read said they are targeting younger, affluent females and I am neither younger, nor affluent, but I am a female gun owner and I’m always humbled and honored when anyone asks for my opinion, much less on NRA News. So here’s my take on it:

I think it’s fantastic that these Guntry Clubs are opening up across the country and kudos to whoever coined the term “Guntry Club”, because it is seriously brilliant! It also has me actively working on a parody of Travis Tritt’s song “I’m a Member of a Country Club”, and I’m wracking my brain to incorporate trendy words and firearm terminology while humming a great country tune. Definitely aces in my book.

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Time to Repeal the Gun-Free School Zone Act

Last week, Congressman Thomas Massey (R–KY) introduced H.R. 86, the Safe Students Act, which would effectively repeal the Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1990. Massey’s H.R. 86 would undo the GFSZA, which currently makes it “unlawful for any individual knowingly to possess a firearm at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone.” The Supreme Court found the GFSZA unconstitutional in 1995, which prompted Congress to amend the bill in 1996, however the Supreme Court has not ruled on the constitutionality of the amended Act.

“Gun-free school zones are ineffective.” says Rep. Massey, “They make people less safe by inviting criminals into target rich, no-risk environments. Gun-free zones prevent law abiding citizens from protecting themselves and create vulnerable populations that are targeted by criminals.”
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Dylan Has Down Syndrome But Is Just One Of The Boys #SCTop10

Dylan Magyar is a bit of rock star in Dublin, Ohio.  As the youngest child in a family with four boys, he has an active schedule.  Dylan is an average 6-year-old with lots of friends.

Dylan also has an extra chromosome.

 

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Dylan pretty much always has an optimistic attitude.  He’s quick to greet you with a hug and smile. I often refer to people with Down Syndrome as, “God’s Prozac” because their upbeat demeanor is so contagious. That extra chromosome seems to create an extra dose of sunshine that radiates from them.

Dylan’s family treats him the same as his brothers. He plays soccer with “typical” kids and will follow in his brothers’ footsteps by playing hockey next year. He also wrestles.  And Dylan had his first victory this weekend.

Casey, 12, is Dylan’s oldest brother.  He sees the obstacles his youngest brother has to face and how he is able to champion them.

“Dylan is my inspiration. When ever I think something is too hard or I can’t do it, I think about Dylan and how hard he has to work for things that I take for granted. It helps make me push myself to do what it takes to achieve my goals.”

Dylan is treated as just one of the boys. He is viewed as a typical kid who can accomplish a lot with a little extra perseverance and time.

And this weekend he accomplished quite a bit by winning his first match of the season.

Dylan Magyar proves that all lives matter. And he proves that with hard work, determination and a great support system, there are no viable excuses for not achieving your dreams.

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Gun Control And How It Enabled The Paris Massacre.

Here’s a little story about how four people with guns terrorized France, a gun controlled country.

January 7, 2015 was a day of sadness and terror that did not need to happen. Two gunmen entered Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical newspaper and executed 12 people. This was a newspaper that was guarded members of the local French police force. Two of those officers were killed because thanks to French law, they were unable to have the necessary means to defend themselves. According to one report, a witness said they saw the local police come, (unarmed and on bicycles), and then they left.

There was nothing they could do. 

Sadly, these same two men, who escaped after the Charlie attack, were able to terrorize again in a city north of Paris along with a coordinated attack by two others at a kosher grocery store in Paris at the same time. All four had guns. In a country where they should not have been able to obtain or even own those guns. The citizens were unable to defend themselves thanks to France’s ridiculous strict gun control laws.

French gun control laws date back to 1939. While France has a fairly low gun crime rate, it has left not only its citizens vulnerable, but its police force unable to protect themselves and the citizens.

The French have three separate types’ of police. Two of the forces are centralized. They are the Police Nationale and the Gendarmerie Nationale. Both can be armed with very specific weapons, thought the Gendarmerie (the oldest force in France) has much more flexibility than the Nationale. The Police Municpale (The local police) are under the mayor’s authority.

The local police are generally unarmed. If they are armed, they must get special permission from government.

So why have I explained all of this? Simple. They are the same police who patrol in the neighborhood where 4 innocent people were murdered at a grocery store. The same police who were in the neighborhood of Charlie Hebdo and helpless to do anything or stop the terrorist when they left because they couldn’t protect the citizens thanks to strict gun control.

The people are basically disarmed and the police have very limited use of weapons.

The terrorists are not. They have guns.

Twenty people died at the hands of gun wielding terrorists in strictly gun controlled France this week. Again, showing gun control only emboldens and enables those who wish to misuse guns and how it denies the citizens the basic right to defend themselves.

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Look to Paris

If any Americans are still wondering why we fight so hard to keep our guns, simply look to Paris. In a country that not only embraces muslims but goes above and beyond to accommodate islam, we are seeing terrorist attacks on its people in a disturbingly brazen manner. We fight not only to keep our Second Amendment rights, but to expand our Right to Carry to ensure more Americans have the opportunity to carry if they choose to do so.

In a time when the world is in such turmoil, we are bound by political correctness and silenced by the idealism of tolerance. THIS. IS. NOT. OKAY. We need to be able to talk about these very real threats to our people and our freedoms. We need to have the discussion about what needs to be done and how we can protect ourselves here in America and around the world.

To take the mindset that these are isolated incidents and think ‘it won’t happen here’ or ‘that won’t happen to me’ is glib. It is extremely sad that people need to be reminded of what happened in Ottawa, Canada. Woolrich, England. Sydney, Australia. Moore, Oklahoma. Fort Hood.

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