” The DEA likes to borrow stuff. It’s just not very good about returning borrowed items in the same shape it got them.
Like a woman’s Facebook account. Or a businessman’s semi truck. And his employee’s life.
Craig Patty runs a tiny trucking company in Texas. He has only two trucks in his “fleet.” One of them was being taken to Houston for repairs by his employee, Lawrence Chapa. Or so he thought.
In reality, Chapa was working with the DEA, which had paid him to load up Patty’s truck with marijuana and haul it back to Houston so the DEA could bust the prospective buyers. That’s when everything went completely, horribly wrong.
[A]s the truck entered northwest Houston under the watch of approximately two dozen law enforcement officers, several heavily armed Los Zetas cartel-connected soldiers in sport utility vehicles converged on Patty’s truck.
In the ensuing firefight, Patty’s truck was wrecked and riddled with bullet holes, and a plainclothes Houston police officer shot and wounded a plainclothes Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was mistaken for a gangster.
The truck’s driver was killed and four attackers were arrested and charged with capital murder.
Until Patty received a call notifying him that his employee had been killed, he was completely unaware of the DEA’s operations involving both his truck and his driver. Unbelievably, things got even worse for Patty after this discovery.
Patty’s truck was impounded by the DEA. After it was released to him, it was out of service for several months as it underwent more than $100,000-worth of repairs. The DEA offered him no financial assistance for the truck it helped fill with bullet holes nor did it offer to make up for the revenue Patty lost while his truck was out of commission. His insurance company likewise turned down his claim, citing his truck’s use in a law enforcement operation.
Nor did the DEA offer to do something to repair his newly-acquired reputation as a drug runner and/or DEA informant — something that makes Patty’s life a little bit more dangerous.
Nor will it have to. A federal judge has dismissed Patty’s lawsuit against the DEA seeking up to $6.4 million in damages. (h/t to attorney Mark Bennett, who previously advised Patty but did not represent him in this lawsuit.)”
” U.S. Special Operations Command is preparing to launch a five-month, multi-state exercise across private and public land to prepare Army special forces for threats anywhere in the world. Or at least that’s what the Pentagon would want you to believe. Officials and citizens in Texas, one of the states involved, see something potentially more nefarious in the exercise, dubbed Jade Helm 15. And now Rep. Louie Gohmert is joining them.
” Over the past few weeks, my office has been inundated with calls referring to the Jade Helm 15 military exercise scheduled to take place between July 15 and September 15, 2015,” Gohmert said in a Tuesday statement. “This military practice has some concerned that the U.S. Army is preparing for modern-day martial law. Certainly, I can understand these concerns.”
” When leaders within the current administration believe that major threats to the country include those who support the Constitution, are military veterans, or even ‘cling to guns or religion,’ patriotic Americans have reason to be concerned,” Gohmert wrote.”
” The congressman took particular issue with the layout and labels of the Pentagon map for the exercise. “Once I observed the map depicting ‘hostile,’ ‘permissive,’ and ‘uncertain’ states and locations, I was rather appalled that the hostile areas amazingly have a Republican majority, ‘cling to their guns and religion,’ and believe in the sanctity of the United States Constitution.” Gohmert called on the Pentagon to change the map, the names on the map, and said “the tone of the exercise needs to be completely revamped so the federal government is not intentionally practicing war against its own states.” “
” Controversial, intolerant and provocative. Mainstream media outlets broke out these three words to describe the “Draw the Prophet” contest, the American Freedom Defense Initiative and Pamela Geller.
While the police were still checking cars for explosives and attendees waited to be released, CNN called AFDI, rather than the terrorists who attacked a cartoon contest, “intolerant.” Time dubbed the group “controversial.” The Washington Post called the contest, “provocative.”
Many media outlets relied on the expert opinion of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a multi-million dollar mail order scam disguised as a civil rights group, which had listed AFDI as a hate group. Also listed as hate groups were a number of single author blogs, including mine, a brand of gun oil and a bar sign.
The bar sign, which hangs outside a bar seven miles outside Pittsburgh, appears to be made out of metal and plastic. It is reportedly unaware that it is a hate group and has made no plans to take over America.
The SPLC’s inability to conduct even the most elementary fact checking did not stop news networks from inviting its talking head on to suggest that AFDI got “the response that they — in a sense — they are seeking.” Neither CNN nor MSNBC were impolitic enough to mention that no AFDI supporter had used its materials to plan a killing spree, while at least one of SPLC’s supporters had done just that.
But being “controversial” and “provocative” has nothing to do with who is doing the shooting. It’s a media signal that the target shouldn’t be sympathized with. The Family Research Council, which was shot up by a killer using the SPLC’s hate map, is invariably dubbed “intolerant.” The SPLC, which targeted it, is however a “respected civil rights group” which provides maps to respected civil rights gunmen.
A contest in which Bosch Fawstin, an ex-Muslim, drew a cartoon of a genocidal warlord is “controversial” and “provocative,” while the MSA, which has invited Sheikh Khalid Yasin, who has inspired a number of terrorists, including apparently one of the Mohammed contest attackers, is a legitimate organization that is only criticized by controversial, intolerant and provocative Islamophobes.”
” Texas police shot dead two gunmen who opened fire on Sunday outside an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad that was organized by an anti-Islamic group and billed as a free-speech event.
The shooting in a Dallas suburb was an echo of past attacks or threats in other Western countries against art depicting the Prophet Mohammad. In January, gunmen killed 12 people in the Paris offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in revenge for its cartoons.
Sunday’s attack took place at about 7 p.m. in a parking lot of the Curtis Culwell Center, an indoor arena in Garland, northeast of Dallas. Geert Wilders, a polarizing Dutch politician and anti-Islamic campaigner who is on an al Qaeda hit list, was among the speakers at the event.
Police said they had not determined the identity of the two gunmen or whether they were linked to critics of the event who had branded it anti-Islamic.
As a precaution, a police bomb squad was checking the suspects’ car, and the immediate vicinity of the Culwell Center was evacuated, city police spokesman Joe Harn said. Investigators were keeping their distance from the bodies of the gunmen, which were close to the car, until the vehicle was deemed clear of explosives, he said later.”
” Concerned citizens confronted county and military officials Monday in Texas over the planned Jade Helm 15 training exercise that has ignited fears of a military takeover.
Elite forces from all four branches of the military will take part in the July 15-Sept. 15 operation in seven states across the southwest, where role players will stand in for hostile and less-hostile forces.
Residents packed the Bastrop County Commission, where a U.S. Army spokesman answered questions while an overflow crowd watched from downstairs on closed-circuit television.
Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria tried to assure the crowd that no intelligence would be gathered on non-participants, no property would be confiscated, and no psychological operations would be conducted.
Participants were torn between their respect for the military and their suspicion of the Obama administration, and they frequently expressed concern that they had not been notified about the exercise until conspiracy theories began circulating on social media.
The recent closing of five Walmart stores sparked fears that those stores would be converted into detention centers or link to underground tunnels to transport troops.”
” Frank Ernest Shephard, known also as “Trey,” led police officers on a high-speed chase early Wednesday morning in Houston, Texas. Once the chase ended, the officers opened fire on Shephard, and it was all caught on live television.
According to KTRK, police were attempting to pull over Shephard for what they described as “suspicious activity.” But as the officers began approaching Shephard’s vehicle for questioning, he took off, leading them on a high-speed pursuit.”
The shooting occurs at about 6:40 point in the video and note that there is an innocent driver directly behind the suspect as the cops kill the man . A still photo on the Inquisitr’s page shows at least ten bullet holes in the passenger side windows of the suspect’s car and we would like to know how many of them went through the car and struck the innocent motorist’s vehicle that was tangled in the wreckage .
Compare the angles in the video at the 6:41 mark with the damage shown in the still photo while taking into account the location of the cop with his gun drawn and it seems inconceivable that the by-standing driver was not in danger of becoming “collateral damage” . Regardless of the “threat” posed by the suspect this shooting was not “protecting and serving” anyone but the cops .
” A Texas Muslim, an Imam, who supports Sharia Law, the brutal Islamic justice system, is refusing to back an Irving, Texas, Mayor and City Council stance of a Texas bill that American courts under American law is the only law, not Sharia, that rules the justice system in America, Creeping Sharia reported on Saturday. Irving, Texas Mayor, Beth Van Duyne accused Islamic mosque leaders of creating separate laws for Muslims and when the City Council voted last Thursday, endorsing the bill in a 5-4 vote, preventing Islamists from creating their own judicial laws, Duyne was falsely accused of targeting Muslims. The Texas State bill was penned by state Rep. Jeff Leach, (R-Plano), which would forbid state judges from using foreign law in their rulings.
Zia Sheikh, Imam at the Islamic Center of Irving stated, “It fuels anti-Islamic hysteria. Her whole point was to rile up her supporters. … The problem is we become the whipping boys. We don’t care about the bill. It’s not going to affect us in any way, shape or form… The bottom line is the foundation of this bill is anti-Islamic.”
Alia Salem, who leads the radical North Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has also decided to speak and stated that such laws are anti-Muslim and relates to bigotry, a false analogy made by Salem. Islamists and the radical Islamic organization, CAIR refuse to acknowledge that the American justice system and other American laws over-rule Sharia laws or any other laws that are not in line with State Constitution’s or the U.S. Constitution.”
We would like to know why there were 4 votes against this refusal to support Sharia in Texas … read the rest
Below are the members of the Irving city council as described on their website and while we found a record (item 19 , page 11) of the minutes of the March 19 meeting where-in the vote for/against the application of “foreign laws” was dealt with , we could find no role call vote .
Four of these gentlemen voted against upholding the rule of law and we would like to know who . The mayor and councilmen Ward and LaMorgese sponsored the resolution so the four in favor of Sharia come from the remaining 6 .
Update: We found an accounting of the meeting and the vote:
” After heated deliberation between council members, the resolution passed 5-4: Van Duyne, LaMorgese, Ferris, Ward and Spink voted for the resolution, and Meagher, Webb, Putnam and Danish voted in opposition.”
Feel free to put the contact information above to use and let these Dhimmie fools know how you feel , respectfully of course . They should be ashamed to call themselves Texans . American law , and by extension Texas law , has no room for the barbarity of Sharia .
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” The city of Austin is often the only part of Texas that makes sense to solid-blue progressives. It’s a connection that is embodied by the South by Southwest festival currently underway, the annual event to which lovers of music and human inventiveness like to flock.
It is thus with regret and a sense of intra-tribal disloyalty that I come not to praise the festival but to — well, probably not bury it, because SXSW is a cultural juggernaut and I am not. But I come to call on my fellow lovers of music and human inventiveness, and most especially my fellow liberals, to stop with all the praise. Because the for-profit, privately held entity that is South by Southwest annually turns a handsome profit from nearly immeasurable amounts of unpaid labor.
In this, SXSW — which started as an itty-bitty thing before becoming a corporate behemoth —is hardly alone. The American cultural scene and labor market writ large are chock-a-block with people profiting from unpaid labor. It’s just that, traditionally, progressives are supposed to oppose that sort of thing. Not pay anywhere from $650 to $1,745 to attend.
South by Southwest happily touts the financial benefits it brings to Austin (“in 2013, SXSW was responsible for injecting more than $218.2 million into the Austin economy”), but is rather more shy about revealing its own profit margin (“as a privately held company we do not make our financial statements public”).
However, between ticket sales, merch ($75 “interactive sunglasses,” anyone?), and colossal corporate sponsorships, it seems safe to assume that the margin isn’t slim — and all that bank is made on the backs of thousands of artists and volunteers who are in every meaningful sense unpaid. Volunteers get festival passes; artists get to choose between a tiny honorarium, or festival passes. Neither goes very far at the grocery store.”
Published on Jan 19, 2015
Hill Country Rifles
” On September 28th, 2014 a team from Hill Country Rifles joined with expert instructors from FTW Ranch to attempt a 3600 yard shot onto a 36” steel target. At more than 2 miles, it will take the bullet a full 7.2 seconds to reach the target.
New Jersey native Jim Spinella is not a stranger to long distance shooting, but this shot would be a new personal record. One that few would ever consider attempting.
Rifle: Hill Country Rifles Custom 375 CheyTac (http://www.hillcountryrifles.com/cata…)
Optics: Schmidt & Bender 5-25X56mm PM-2 scope
Distance: 3606.41 Yards (2.049 Miles)
Target: 36” circular steel plate
Altitude: 2000 ft.
Temp: 70 degrees
Elevation: 60.2 mil (26.8 in rail, 22.6 in turret, 10.8 hold over)
Windage: 3.5 mil left
Wind calls by FTW instructor Doug Prichard.”
” Rather than degenerate into a lawless land where criminals rule the streets, a Texas town that fired its entire police department has seen a 61% decrease is crime.
In 2012, Sharpstown, a community of 66,000 located just southwest of Houston, declined to renew its contract with the constable’s office, essentially dismissing its cops.
“ Since we’ve been in there, an independent crime study that they’ve had done [indicates] we’ve reduced the crime by 61% in just 20 months,” James Alexander, Director of Operations for SEAL, told guns.com”
The most surprising thing about this article were these revelations:
” Not only has SEAL been more successful at preventing crime in Sharpstown than traditional law enforcement, they are cheaper. Sharpstown is saving $200,000 per year over their previous contract with the constable, and they get more patrol officers for less money, guns.com reported.
So far, more than 70 communities in Harris County, where Sharpstown is located, have contracted with SEAL, according to guns.com.”
Read the rest and note this Washington Post article of a few days ago that also highlights the rise of private police forces , albeit with the much more Statist attitude typical of that democratic mouthpiece.
” In a deliberate “show of force,” federal and local police forces raided a political meeting in Texas, fingerprinting and photographing all attendees as well as confiscating all cell phones and personal recording devices.
Members of the Republic of Texas, a secession movement dedicated to restoring Texas as an independent constitutional republic, had gathered Feb. 14 in a Bryan, Texas, meeting hall along with public onlookers. They were debating issues of currency, international relations and celebrating the birthday of one of their oldest members. The group, which describes itself as “congenial and unimposing,” maintains a small working government, including official currency, congress and courts.
According to MySanAntonio.com: “Minutes into the meeting a man among the onlookers stood and moved to open the hall door, letting in an armed and armored force of the Bryan Police Department, the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office, agents of the Texas district attorney, the Texas Rangers and the FBI.
“ In the end, at least 20 officers corralled, searched and fingerprinted all 60 meeting attendees, before seizing all cellphones and recording equipment in a Valentine’s Day 2015 raid on the Texas separatist group.” “
WorldNetDaily has the story of the crushing of political dissent by the State
” A Houston, Texas cop was recently caught on video illegally detaining protesters and threatening them with his department-issued assault rifle. His reason? Protesters were spouting what he called “Constitutional bullsh**.”
The video was recorded by Open Carry Texas and uploaded to their YouTube channel after a recent peaceful assembly where they advocated for “Constitutional Carry,” which is already legal in Texas when it comes to rifles of any sort.”
” A grieving Texas father told Breitbart Texas, “my son is dead because the concept of borders is dead.” Spencer Golvach was senselessly murdered by an illegal alien who had been deported a number of times after being convicted of committing crimes, including as law enforcement officers now tell us, crimes of violence. Golvach was shot in the head on January 31st while sitting in his car waiting for a stoplight to change. Golvach’s father said he wants the “boomerang” of deportation and illegal reentry into the country to be stopped.
Victor Manuel Reyes was a violent man who on the night of Golvach’s execution, went on a killing spree through the streets in Harris County. He killed two men, including 28-year-old Juan Garcia. Then he shot at another couple before he was shot to death by a Harris County deputy.
Mr. Golvach recounted the tragic events of his son’s death. “My son, Spencer, pulled up to a stoplight … A Victor Manuel Reyes, an illegal alien, pulls up next to him, pulls his gun out, rolled his window down and blew my son’s brains out.”
Golvach said he “understands that not all of those who enter here illegally are bad, but the current system does not allow us to check. This leaves Americans vulnerable, as we see with my son.”
The grief-stricken father told Breitbart Texas “this has to do with foreign intruders into our country. We are not … filtering out …we simply do not know who is coming in.” “
” The announcement of a Prophet Muhammed cartoon contest and a suspected arson attack on an Islamic centre building have put a Texas town on edge.
The controversial ‘Draw the Prophet’ contest is scheduled to be held in Garland, Texas, in May, the organizers have announced.
The contest will take place at the same venue where the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) had held the “Stand with the Prophet” conference following the Charlie Hebdo attack in January.
Pamela Geller, the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), told Brietbart News that she will conduct the cartoon contest and an art exhibit at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland on 3 May.”
Boy Suspended From School For ‘Magic’ Comment: Fourth-Grader Said He Could Make Classmate ‘Disappear
” A Texas boy is suspended from school for his active imagination entailing “magic.” The fourth grader from Kermit Elementary School allegedly brought a ring to his class and told a classmate that his magic ring could make him disappear. According to Odessa American, Aiden Steward’s comment was viewed by school staff as “terroristic” and threatening.
The student’s father, Jason Steward, said the family watched The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies recently and that played into the incident. Steward says that the school’s principal — Roxanne Greer — informed him that threats of any kind toward another student’s safety will not be tolerated. Greer has reportedly declined to comment on the situation because she says all “student stuff is confidential.”
New York Daily News offers a glimpse into what Aiden said at school in regards to making another student disappear. “
” The heartbreaking case of Kristiana Coignard, a 17-year-old girl gunned down by Longview, Texas, police officers in the lobby of their own police station last Thursday, has drawn the attention of the online hacker collective “Anonymous,” which threatened retaliation Saturday against the police and the city of Longview over the girl’s death by police gunfire.
The Inquisitr on Sunday reported the tragic but equally mysterious story of the Kristiana Coignard killing, which took place after the teen walked into the Longview police station lobby in the early evening and used a courtesy phone, requesting to speak with an officer.
“ When Officers arrived they were confronted by a white female who threatened them,” according to the Longview Police Facebook page. “The suspect brandished a weapon, made threatening movements toward the officers and was shot.” “
Kristiana Coignard was reportedly shot “multiple times,” with three officers involved. She was transported to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead. But police have not released any video or audio of the incident though they have acknowledged that such evidence exists.”
Here is a surveillance camera video of the killing. The confrontation escalates to the physical at about eight minutes and the shooting starts at approximately the 11 minute mark:
The police’s version of events goes like this:
” According to police, Kristiana Coignard entered the lobby of the police station at 6:28 p.m., picked up the lobby phone and asked for help, but she would not say why she needed help.
Officer Glenn Derr was the first officer to arrive. When he did, police say Coignard indicated that she had a gun.
“ She had ‘I have a gun’ written on her hand,” Brian said.
A physical confrontation began when Derr tried to secure Coignard.
During the confrontation, Derr determined Coignard had a butcher knife that she was trying to pull from her waistband.
Derr got away from Coignard. Then, Officer Gene Duffie entered the lobby during the confrontation and drew his Taser.
A third officer, Grace Bagley, entered the department lobby and saw Coignard had a knife. Police say Coignard charged Derr with the knife in a threatening manner. Duffie then deployed his Taser at Coignard, but police said it had no effect.
Derr then fired his weapon three times, and Bagley fired her weapon twice. “
A careful viewing of the video begs many questions . For one , why was Officer Derr alone in dealing with the girl for the first few minutes , why after he had her on the ground , face down was he not able to keep her there , and finally after two other officers arrive , why do they allow her to stand up ? Also , in the video it is apparent that after again gaining her footing , the young lady does not charge the cops , but heads for the counter when the officers open fire . Where was the imminent threat ?
Another question that comes to mind is what kind of marksmanship training do these cops receive when three officers had to fire five shots in the confines of the lobby ? What was the range ? 10 feet ? 15 tops ?
Undoubtedly the police will rule the shooting justified , as is nearly always the case , but we find it disgraceful that three officers were incapable of subduing a slender teenaged girl , armed with a knife or not , without using deadly force . Apparently the officer’s singular duty is to protect their own lives and not those of the public . Shameful .
” In Gustine, population 457, what happens at the schoolhouse affects nearly everyone. And something happened Monday that is causing a big controversy in this small town.
“I felt uncomfortable, and I didn’t want to do it,” said 11-year-old Eliza Medina. “I felt like they violated my privacy.”
She was one of about two dozen elementary students who were rounded up in the small town 90 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
Eliza’s mother, Maria Medina, said boys were taken to one room, girls to another, and they were ordered “to pull down their pants to check them to see if they could find anything.” “
” The FBI confirms it is investigating a claim made in a call to a police department in a Texas border town that a Mexican cartel has kidnapped a U.S. Border Patrol agent, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
But officials say there are no reports of any of the 3100 Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley sector being missing or unaccounted for.
” We are aware and continue to work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to determine whether there is any validity to this threat,” FBI Special Agent Michelle Lee told News Radio 1200 WOAI. “Until we rule it out, we treat it as a true kidnapping.”
Chris Cabrera, a representative with the National Border Patrol Council, the organization that represents Border Patrol agents, told Reuters that the drama began with a phone call to police in La Joya, a small town on the Rio Grande in extreme south Texas.”
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” A North Texas man is being heralded a hero after police said he held a man at gunpoint who was assaulting a woman. The tense standoff broke out on Friday near the intersection of Carroll Avenue and Southlake Boulevard.
Witnesses reported seeing a man standing in the middle of the street pointing a gun straight at the passenger of a red vehicle with the door open.
“ We expected crowds and long return lines, but we never expected to see that,” said Lindsey Bryant, who witnessed scene. Bryant was traveling as a passenger in the car with her mother and daughter. Her sister Mistina Doland was next to her behind the wheel.
Investigators sorted out the situation and determined the man with the gun was actually trying to help.
Chief Steve Mylett with the Southlake Police Department said the man had just witnessed the driver of the red vehicle hitting his female passenger. Police arrested MacMichael Nwaiwu, 28, who is now in jail.”
” Since the recession began in December 2007, 1.2 million net jobs have been created in Texas. Only 700,000 net jobs have been created in the other 49 states combined.
The remarkable employment growth in Texas looks even bigger considering its size relative to the rest of the U.S. Total non-farm employment has grown by 11.5 percent in Texas since December 2007. Employment in the rest of the United States has grown only 0.6 percent. Until September 2014, total employment growth in the rest of the United States since December 2007 was still negative.”
” Two police officers opened fire on an apparently unarmed man during a traffic stop in southwest Houston Friday night, allegedly shooting him three times for not following commands.
HPD officers pulled over the car the man was a riding in for an illegal lane change around 9:30 p.m. on Buffalo Speedway near West Fuqua.
According to authorities, the male passenger — identified by family as 38-year-old Michael Paul Walker — failed to obey orders and started to reach under his car seat.
” They saw the doors open up, one of the officers gave repeated verbal commands to stay inside the vehicle, then the officer went to brace the door to keep him (the passenger) inside,” said Houston Police Department spokesman Victor Senties. “At one point he had his arm all the way under the seat, right up to the elbow, as if he was trying to grab something … The officer gave him commands to show his hands … at that point the officer was in fear of his life and that of his partner.”
The officer fired at the man. Initial reports suggest that Walker then got out of the car and was walking around the parking lot of a convenience store before he was shot again.
Walker was shot three times total — twice in the legs and once on his side, according to his mother, Laura Walker. He was taken to Ben Taub Hospital, where he was said to be in serious but stable condition.
The shooting was witnessed by several party-goers from the Mystique Lounge and patrons in line at the nearby BBQ food truck.”
” Long depicted as the capital of American gun culture, Texas is actually one of the few states to ban outright the open carrying of handguns.
That could change in 2015, when the Republican-dominated state legislature and governor-elect Greg Abbott are expected to push for expanded gun rights.
“ If open carry is good enough for Massachusetts, it’s good enough for the state of Texas,” Abbott said the day after his election, last month.
If Texas, which allows concealed handguns, embraces open carry – rolling back a 140-year ban – it would be the largest state to have done so.
Open carry drew wide support in the 2014 statewide election, and at least six bills have been filed for the upcoming session, which starts in January. Abbott has pledged to sign one into law if sent to his desk.
Coni Ross, a 63-year-old rancher in Blanco, carries a handgun in her purse for personal protection and said she would like the option to carry it openly on her belt if she could. She already does when she is on her ranch and feels comfortable with her gun by her side.
“ In one-and-a-half seconds, a man can run 25ft with a knife in his hands and stab you before you get your gun out,” Ross said. “If your weapon is concealed you’re dead.” “