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GeorgiaCarry Convention Report

SAMSUNGI had a great time last month at the GeorgiaCarry.org 5th Annual Convention. I got to meet a lot of great supporters of gun rights in Georgia, and hear some great speakers, and share in the successes and challenges of the last year, and the year ahead.

Some highlights from the convention:

  • There was a TV crew from the Netherlands at the convention all weekend, making a documentary about GeorgiaCarry.org. They were quite friendly, and asked a lot of questions.
  • A protest group, Georgia Gun Sense Coalition, held a protest in front of the convention center, and the event drew about a dozen people, and was covered by a local community news website.
  • There were no Atlanta news outlets covering our convention. I thought this was sad, although not surprising.
  • Despite the fact that Georgia law does not require formal training or testing of any kind in order to receive a Georgia Weapons Carry License, GeorgiaCarry.org has developed a Georgia Firearms Carry Course, which covers basic firearms operations and selection, concealed carry basics, and goes over Georgia Law governing concealed carry. It is the first training class of its kind specifically designed to cover Georgia requirements. During the convention, GeorgiaCarry.org offered, free of charge, a training class to certified NRA instructors, which further certified them to teach this class. Over 30 instructors are now ready to begin teaching.
  • Even though ownership of firearms in Georgia is up significantly in the last year, and GeorgiaCarry.org has added over a thousand members, there has been no increase in the number of firearms deaths or accidents in Georgia in that time.
  • It will be of interest to our neighbors in North Carolina that despite claims that HB89, the law passed in 2008 that allowed carry in restaurants and bars, incidents of blood running in the streets outside these establishments has not been observed. In other words, lawful gun owners obey the laws and mind their own business wherever they are, even when armed.
  • Our main speaker at Saturday night’s banquet was former Presidential candidate at conservative talk show host Herman Cain. Mr. Cain has definite opinions about the state of our government, and about the motives and agendas of the left wing. As he puts it, they want nothing less than to do away with the liberties guaranteed by the US Constitution, and they realize that the main stumbling block to their plans is the Second Amendment. If we ever lose the Second Amendment, there is nothing, practically, to prevent the abolition of the rest of the Constitution.
  • Mr. Cain has definite, specific opinions of the Democratic leadership, which, in the absence of FCC regulations restricting his talk show, he was happy to share with us. I agree with him.
  • I was successful bidder on a year’s membership at Hi-Caliber Gun Range in Holly Springs, in the annual Silent Auction. I can’t wait to go take advantage of it!

I look forward to getting more involved with my local and state representatives about upcoming gun legislation. I also plan to volunteer to man the membership table at local gun shows.

Here It Comes

My heart goes out to the victims of the shootings yesterday at the Washington Naval Yard. I watched the news feed from the first Twitter reports, all through the day. My colleagues and I discussed it, and I withheld judgment until I knew what facts I could.

The murderer appears to have been a relatively normal person. Yes, he had some brushes with the law. He was angry about some things. If that ought to have been some kind of warning to us, then there are a million others that need to be rounded up.

So then he violates almost every existing law in the strictest gun control fortress in the nation, and shoots up the place. Predictably, the gun control factions start their calls for stricter laws.

But everything he did was already against existing laws.

Except the existence of the guns themselves.

Bookmark this post. I am not the only one who will point this out.

We on the side of the Constitution have always insisted that the guns are not to blame for violence, that it is the criminals who should be punished. That cannot be disputed. We, who lawfully and Constitutionally own guns for protection, sport, hunting, or any reason, should not be punished for the actions of criminals.

There is one side, however, which insists on previous restraint of every wrong. To them, anything that can go wrong can be prevented by restricting something, ahead of the potential wrong. So, in the case of gun violence, they pass laws to prevent convicted criminals and the mentally ill from buying guns. And they pass laws preventing anyone from bringing guns into areas where they think there should be no guns.

Only, not everyone who is violent has done something in the past that would have prevented them from lawfully buying a gun. And, strange as it seems, someone who is intent on committing a crime already (murder) sees nothing wrong with violating Gun Free Victim Zone laws.

So, in the near future, the overwhelming logic will become clear in the media: since we can’t know who will kill with guns, we must remove all the guns from society. Now.

Here it comes.

Do not be surprised.

Do not be weak. Look to Australia and Britain if you wonder where this leads.

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I was going to end this post here, with a warning. But I cannot, because, to me, the real answer is obvious and must be presented.

The real answer, for us, is to end this unreasonable insistence that every crime can be prevented with some new law. True, the only way to prevent crime – any crime – is to give the potential criminal a reason to decide not to commit the crime. But believing that some law, which results in a sign or a metal detector or a background check or a potential prison term, will somehow always cause a potential criminal to change his decision, is demonstrably absurd. Yesterday’s events prove that.

What, then, would prevent criminals from carrying out something like the Washington Naval Yard tragedy?

Armed victims.

Thanks to a change in the laws in 1993, no one other than guards may carry guns on a military base. So, the murderer yesterday was attacking a Gun Free Victim Zone. The murderer at Fort Hood last year attacked a Gun Free Victim Zone.

The murderer in Newtown attacked children in a Gun Free Victim Zone.

The murderer in the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, picked that theater because it was a Gun Free Victim Zone.

We must end Gun Free Victim Zones.

If  the potential criminal thinks his targets may be armed, he may decide not to attack. In this case, prior restraint turns out to be a real thing, but only if it is a real thing, not a law or a sign.

And, if the threat of potential victims fighting back does not change the criminal’s mind, then the potential victims do fight back, and the incident is resolved. Not completely peacefully, admittedly, but the final results are much less than they would have been otherwise. Ample historical examples exist. And, the more these kinds of results occur, the more that potential criminals are swayed to prior restraint.

But we must be ready to make this argument, and not be swayed by the other side. Be persistent, and be calm, and be polite.

Here it comes.

Why We Must Train The Next Generation

Dealing With The Front Door - The Family DiscussionIt is obvious that the gun control factions in Washington and at the state level are not going to take their recent defeats at the national level as final. They continue to press their agendas, especially at the state level, and will likely do so without ceasing.

Consider a couple of recent events:

By now their goal is clear. They intend to so stigmatize guns and gun ownership that the next generation of Americans will agree to, if not demand, the anti-gun faction’s final goal, complete confiscation.

That is why is it up to us, law abiding gun owners, to raise the next generation to resist and reject the anti-gun agenda. If we don’t, we risk losing it all in less than a generation.

What can we do to resist? How can we raise and train our own children to see that the Second Amendment protects American liberty at its core?

  • Teach them to shoot. That’s easily the most simple thing we can do, because it will reinforce to our children that the messages they hear from the ant-gun side are false and misleading.
  • Support youth organizations that support shooting. Sebastian writes of the Boy Scouts in his area who are expanding their program. Make it work in your area.
  • Encourage them to take up shooting sports. The Dauphin, shooting in the picture above, is going to start competing with me this summer, shooting my G19.
  • If you hunt, take them hunting. Passing that on to the next generation is a time honored, tested way to pass along our way.
  • Speak out against the lies that the anti’s spread, and make sure your children know the difference.
  • Above all, be a responsible owner. Stay safe, and teach safety. When our children feel comfortable around guns, the lies will be obvious.

What are some of the things you are doing to pass along our liberty?

 

Keep Calm and Ignore the U.N.

As I have written of before, a couple of times, in fact, the anti-gun factions in the United States have come to realize that they have no chance of achieving their universal dream of total confiscation of guns. So, they have turned to another tactic, namely, scaring lawful gun owners with the threat of armed hordes of foreign troops in the streets. Namely, the United States has signed the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. If you want to know what that does, go read it. I won’t defoul my blog with it’s drivel.

For the good of the Republic, let me reiterate why even this won’t work.

  • First, the Constitution is the law of the land, despite any treaties signed, even if they are ratified by the Senate. When the treaties violate the Constitution, they are null and void, and attempting to enforce them is a violation of just about everyone’s oath of office.
  • Second, since any treaty requires ratification by the Senate, consisting of a 2/3 vote – that’s 67 Senators – this treaty has no chance of passing. If Feinstein couldn’t get 60 Senators to ban magazines over 10 rounds, they won’t get 67 on anything pertaining to gun control.
  • Third, Executive Orders do not have the force of law, except to enforce laws that have already been passed by Congress. So forget that route, too.
  • Fourth, Calm The Hell Down. Remain vigilant. Smile and nod when the anti-gunners wax poetic on this fiasco. At least it keeps them occupied. But don’t engage them, just let them think they’ve got something, and then let them swing in the breeze.

As you were.

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