Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Seriously. What's wrong with people?

You may have heard that our new Miss U.S.A. is an advocate of self defense.

But what you may not know, is that some folks (idiots) are losing their bloody minds over that statement.
"Feminists" are screaming that a woman shouldn't have to defend herself from rape. Instead, men should learn to not rape......

Do these folks not know that rape is a crime already? Do they really think that if they simply educate the potential rapists that rape is wrong, then the act will just disappear overnight? Are some people really so stupid?

I'd challenge anyone to find an example of an existing, civilized culture in which rape is considered "OK". Here is the U.S. it is certainly a crime and everybody KNOWS that...no amount of education will change the fact that the rapist already KNOWS that what he is doing is wrong. (Of course, we should continue to teach that rape is wrong, I'm not suggesting that we stop...just that those bent on doing rape won't be swayed)

Why would anyone discourage women from learning how to defend themselves? What possible bad result could come from that? An attempted rapist who gets his ass beat or worse? I fail to see the down side of that outcome.

Yes, in a perfect world, women should not have to worry about being raped (or mugged, stabbed, beaten, etc). On this, we can all agree. But here's a clue: We don't live in a perfect world! and until we do (never), then discouraging anyone from learning to defend themselves just perpetuates a nation of victims and empowers the rapist.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

One of our best, gone

Last night I learned of the passing of Otis McDonald.

Mr. McDonald's name is very familiar to most folks involved in the fight to keep our Second Amendment rights. Otis, joined by David & Colleen Lawson and Adam Orlov went to the courts in order to strike down Chicago's ban on handguns. McDonald v. Chicago determined that the Second Amendment applies to the states and forced Chicago to recognize those rights.

But Otis was more than that of course. He was a much loved family man and friend to many, I believe he was really one of those men that never met a stranger.

I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Otis in 2011 by a mutual friend (thanks JD) and was able to visit with him again in 2012. Sadly, I won't get that opportunity again.

Otis McDonald, loved and respected by many, now gone from this life April 4, 2014.

Fair winds and following seas, sir.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Aaaaand, we're off!

I'm sure it's much to the dismay of ICHV and others, but some folks have already received their IL concealed carry licenses in the mail today! I have seen the photographic proof over at IllinoisCarry.com and it's a beautiful thing.

Much anticipated and long overdue, it looks like this is really happening. Congrats to those that have received theirs already, the rest of us will just wait a bit longer.

If anyone can, please run by and check on Lee Goodman. He's likely huddled in a corner shivering in fear.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

YOUR help is needed!

Let me spin you a brief tale...

A young lady of 20 lives by herself somewhere in Illinois and wishes to own a shotgun for home defense, which requires that she apply for a FOID card. However, her parents have both passed away...

This young lady now has a legal problem here in The Land of Lincoln. For anyone under the age of 21, the FOID application requires that a parent also signs the form to "give permission" for the applicant to own a firearm. Without this signature, her permit will be denied.

She can vote (let's hope she does!) and she can enlist in any branch of our military on her 18th birthday, she would be tried as an adult if she were a criminal but she can't get a FOID card. Seem a bit screwed up? Yeah, I think so too.

Other situations can also cause the FOID of a person under age 21 to be revoked...if a parent's FOID is revoked, then a child under 21 can also have their existing FOID revoked due to the actions of the parent. Sins of the father and all that. If that child is considered a legal adult (18 and above) this seems like quite a travesty.

With these and similar situations in mind, HB3762 has been introduced.  This bill would remove the parental consent for a FOID applicant that is 18 years or older (currently 21 as previously discussed).

How can YOU help? Just click on the following links and fill out a Witness slip to show your support of the the bill, these slips are counted during the committee meeting that all bills must go through before reaching the House floor.

Don't know how to fill out a witness slip? No problem! There's also a link below that will lead you directly to instructions for doing so.

Direct link to HB3762 Witness slip.

Link to instructions for filling out a witness slip over at IllinoisCarry.

Hey, while you're at IllinoisCarry.com getting those instructions, stop by the forums, join in the conversation and stay up to date!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

IL Concealed Carry permits are in process

Of course, the title above isn't a surprise to anyone that has been paying attention. I just want to mention it again to encourage folks to go ahead and apply.

I've heard from several people that say they don't want to apply because the law is "too restrictive" or they "rarely leave their town/county" and so forth. But we all need those citizens that can spare the money to apply so that we can show the strength in numbers that "we" have.

There will be bills introduced to knock out some of the "off limits" places, some have already been written and are awaiting the filing process. Of course, everyone wants to see the fees come down...after all the costs are very heavy and folks like the elderly, single moms and those working for minimum wage, etc. are struggling to get by now. They must be able to afford to protect themselves also, no question.

So, I'm directly asking anyone that can afford it to get the required training and apply. For those that are struggling with the costs, keep your eyes and ears open...training can be had for reduced amounts. I'm not saying that you should accept subpar training though, many quality trainers have offered discounted rates and will continue to do so.

Keep an eye on the forums at IllinoisCarry for folks posting about training with reduced costs.

Check this guy out!

Well, he isn't really just "this guy", he's Mike Vanderboegh over at Sipsey Street Irregulars and he's decided to start up a neat little idea to smuggle standard capacity magazines into those states that have made them illegal (Colorado, New York, Connecticut, Maryland). Not only that, but he's sent such magazines to the Governors of those states as well as David Gregory of NBC, etc. just for good measure.

I like what Mr. Vanderboegh is up to here and support him in it. He's got a strong history of standing up and demanding that those in the .gov take responsibility for their actions. In my mind, the best example is that his was one of the blogs, along with David Codrea of Gun Rights Examiner, to break Operation Fast and Furious aka Project Gunwalker.

So do yourself a favor and go check both of the above linked blogs out and maybe step into the fray yourself...just remember, you can and may be tossed in the slammer for your actions. It looks like the Connecticut State Police would like to talk to Mr. Vanderboegh concerning his actions already...he doesn't seem too concerned though. 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Has the worm turned?

It appears that some Chicago residents have had enough.

A recent Town Hall meeting that the Rev. Sharpton meant to be about gun violence took a nice little turn and several folks had plenty to say. Clearly, they weren't interested in talking about gun violence.....

Jobs were a popular topic and it also seems that they're tired of Aldercritters that aren't representing them, not to mention some general unhappiness with the 5th Floor (the Rahm-father).

Rather than blab on, check out some video for yourself:

In other news, apologies for my lack of posting lately. We had a retirement at work that won't be replaced and lots of slack had to be picked up. My past few months have been work, sleep, work, be a dad, work, you get the picture.