Do Civilians Armed With Guns Ever Capture, Kill, or Otherwise Stop Mass Shooters?
” If that’s so, what examples can one give of civilians armed with guns stopping such shootings? Sometimes, I hear people asking if even one such example can be found, or saying that they haven’t heard even one such example. Naturally, such examples will be rare, partly because mass shootings are rare, partly because many mass shootings happen in supposedly “gun-free” zones (such as schools, universities, or private property posted with a no-guns sign) in which gun carrying isn’t allowed, and partly for other reasons.”
Why the .22 can be a good choice for self defense
” Heresy! No gun writer is allowed to advocate for the .22 LR as a self defense caliber, right?Well, I suppose I didn’t get that memo. Maybe it is in the spam filter of my e-mail account. Don’t worry – It is not my intention to start a holy war over which caliber is better than another. I think we can all agree that given a center mass shot, any of the major calibers, such as the .357 Magnum and .45 ACP, are superior to the .22 LR in terms of stopping bad people from doing bad things. But that is not to say the little rimfire cannot be an adequate self-defense caliber. I hope to illustrate that the .22 might be a viable option for self defense in certain situations. “
” There was a time when most who carried a pocket gun chose a revolver over a semi-auto. Today, the semi-auto has gained in popularity, due to their light weight, improved reliability, small size, and lower cost. Still, the revolver is an excellent choice for concealed carry, whether in the pocket or in a holster. A lightweight, compact revolver such as the LCR carries very well. The hammer is concealed, offering a snag-proof draw, and the enclosed action also keeps debris from entering the innards of the weapon. A revolver also has the unique advantage of being capable of being fired from within a jacket pocket, if necessary. Doing so with a semi-auto will result in a malfunction, but the LCR and other enclosed-hammer revolvers can do so without a problem. Another great advantage of a revolver is that the manual of arms is much simpler and easy to understand, even for a beginner. Many gun trainers and professionals forget that most folks who carry a firearm for protection are not really “gun people”. They do not eat, sleep, and breathe guns as some of us do. To these folks, the gun is merely a tool. They want one around to protect themselves and their families, they want it to work when needed, but they do not obsess with its design nor its function. They simply want the weapon to fire when needed, without a lot of complication. For those who desire these attributes in a firearm, the revolver is as simple as it gets, from a user’s perspective. The revolver is easy to load, easy to unload, and easy to determine whether or not it is loaded, after only minimal instruction. “
” “As a permit holder, I don’t feel that the university has a unified message. I almost feel like there’s a harsh reaction towards me,” said Steve Ojala, an MBA student. “I’m here to protect. I’m not a criminal. I don’t have a background record. But I feel like I’m a criminal.” “
In 1984 the Florida Supreme Court ruled that there can be no assumption that everyone carrying a gun is doing so unlawfully because the legislature intended to exempt carry licensees from the crime carrying a gun. This made the absence of a license to carry a necessary element of the crime of Concealed Carry.
The Florida high court came to this conclusion by analyzing the statute and applying a general rule regarding exceptions and prepositional phrases. Most importantly, it said:
A court’s main guide in construing a statute is the legislature’s intent. Accordingly, general rules of statutory construction, such as the one in Baeumel, are designed to help courts ascertain the intent of the legislature. As stated above, however, Baeumel is a general rule, and in some cases the placement of a statutory exception is not determinative of the legislature’s purpose regarding a statutory exception. State v. Robarge (450 So. 2d 855) (internal citations omitted).
“The Nightmare is the latest variation of the popular Sig P938 semi-automatic pistol. The P938 follows on the heels of the P238 380 auto, but is chambered for the more-powerful 9x19mm cartridge. The P938 Nightmare has a unique appearance, with a dull black anodized frame matching the matte black Nitron slide, black checkered Hogue G10 grip panels, black barrel, hammer, and trigger. Contrasting with these are satin stainless slide lock, recoil spring guide rod, magazine release, and ambidextrous safety levers. Being a left-handed shooter, I particularly love the ambidextrous safety levers. The magazines are also bright stainless. Two magazines are supplied; one a six-round capacity that fits flush with the base of the grip frame, and the other a seven-round extended magazine with finger rest.”
” Armed concealed carrier stops a stabbing in front of school “
“The attack happened around 10:00 a.m. Tuesday outside the Bonham Academy on St. Mary’s Street. Teresa Barron, 38, had just dropped off her child at the school when the child’s father showed up, and the two got into an argument. The child’s father, 38-year-old Roberto Barron allegedly then
stabbed the woman several times in
the upper body and neck area.”
” Police say a bystander who happened to be a concealed handgun license holder pulled his weapon and ordered Barron to drop the knife. Barron surrendered and was taken into custody by the bystander and a school district officer. “
“While relatively simple, the El Presidente requires every skill you need if you are to be considered competent with a handgun when it comes to self-defense—the draw and a reload, both from concealment, movement (the turn), and engagement of multiple targets. Cooper considered par on this drill a perfect score in ten seconds, back when most everyone shooting it was using .45 ACP 1911s.”
“Here’s a look at the current USPSA classifier stage diagram of the El Presidente shooting drill. Please click image to enlarge.
The El Presidente is still with us. It (in slightly modified form) is still used as one of the classifiers used to test skill in the USPSA. The modern USPSA version has moved the targets closer (only three feet apart instead of three yards) and removed the concealment requirement, but no matter which version you choose to try you’ll still need to master the basics of weapon manipulation.”
“Two hooded men, their faces covered, went into a Florida Internet cafe Friday, hefting a baseball bat and toting a handgun. What they couldn’t have expected to encounter was Samuel Williams, a fleet-of-foot senior citizen with a gun.
The two suspects, identified by authorities as DuWayne Henderson and Davis Dawkins, went spinning and running after Williams, 71, dropped to one knee and aimed his .380.
Video of the incident at the Palms Internet Cafe in Ocala, Fla., shows two suspects directing patrons, who have their hands raised. Williams, a grandfatherly looking man in billed cap and shorts, stands, then bends briefly to one knee and begins shooting.”
From Ammoland comes more positive news from the firearms front …
Ohio --(Ammoland.com)- By a 59 – 28 margin, the Ohio House has passed House Bill 495, sponsored by Representative Terry Johnson (R-McDermott), which will reform Ohio concealed carry law to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners and continue a trend toward making Ohio law similar to other states.
Are Cars Really Safer than Guns?
“Consider that during the first decade of this century, 40 million new guns were manufactured for sale inside the U.S., even while the murder rate has dropped 14%.(1)
In other words, Americans own more guns than ever, and yet there is far less murder and crime.
So what’s the gun control lobby to do? Their basic tenet is that more guns will inevitably lead to more bloodshed. The statistics, however, betray their guiding principles.”
But there is more ..
”Yes, but it gets even worse for the VPC. A closer look at the ten states cited in their study reveals that, despite loosening their gun restrictions, these states are still experiencing less murder and violence.
In other words, fewer government regulations have resulted in fewer gun deaths! (Oh, what is the Violence Policy Center to do?)
Take the state of Alaska, which adopted a constitutional carry law in 2003, allowing its citizens to carry concealed firearms without getting a permit or prior permission from the government. The VPC claims these types of carry laws “threaten public and private safety.”(3) “
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Good for Gov. Scott and for us all . One more of the steady drip drip drip of small civil liberties victories happening all around us .
”Florida Gov. Rick Scott has turned down Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s request to ban the carrying of guns in downtown Tampa during this summer’s Republican National Convention, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
In a letter to Scott, Buckhorn wrote that while the carrying of firearms would normally “not pose a significant threat … in the potentially contentious environment surrounding the RNC, a firearm unnecessarily increases the threat of imminent harm and injury to the residents and visitors of the city.”
“March marked the 22nd straight month of increased background checks for gun sales and transfers over the previous year, and gun manufacturer stocks are soaring. Every state in the country
except Obama’s home state of Illinois now has concealed-carry laws on the books. “