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WA – SELF-PROTECTION – Democrats push to require firearm training for concealed carriers

A PROPOSAL BY SENATE DEMOCRATS WOULD REQUIRE CONCEALED PISTOL LICENSE APPLICANTS TO COMPLETE A SAFETY COURSE. SENATE BILL 6294 WOULD REQUIRE CONCEAL-CARRY PERMIT HOLDERS TO COMPLETE A EIGHT HOURS OF TRAINING THAT WOULD INCLUDE SAFE HANDLING AND STORAGE OF FIREARMS, STATE LAWS REGARDING THE USE OF DEADLY FORCE, CONFLICT RESOLUTION, SUICIDE PREVENTION AND LIVE-FIRE SHOOTING EXERCISES.

NAT’L – SELF-PROTECTION – How Armed Citizens Can Prepare to Engage an Active Shooter

MANY CITIZENS OWN AND CARRY GUNS FOR SELF-DEFENSE AND TO PROTECT THEIR LOVED ONES. IN 2017, APPROXIMATELY 40 PERCENT OF AMERICANS REPORTED THAT THEY OWN OR LIVE WITH SOMEONE WHO OWNS A FIREARM. THERE WERE 17 MILLION CONCEALED-CARRY PERMITS ISSUED IN 2018. WITH THE INCREASE IN MASS SHOOTINGS ACROSS OUR NATION, ARMED CITIZENS NEED TO CONSIDER WHAT ACTION THEY WOULD TAKE, IF ANY, SHOULD THEY FIND THEMSELVES IN THE PROXIMITY OF AN ACTIVE SHOOTING.

NYC – SELF-PROTECTION – Gun Permit Applications Surge Nearly 1,000% in New York Jewish Community

GUN PERMIT APPLICATIONS SURGED NEARLY 1,000 PERCENT IN NEW YORK’S JEWISH COMMUNITY SINCE THE DECEMBER 28, 2019, ATTACK ON HASIDIC JEWS IN A RABBI’S HOME. THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER REPORTS THAT THE SURGE IS CLEAR IN ROCKLAND COUNTY, THE VERY COUNTY IN WHICH THE RABBI’S HOME WAS ATTACKED. THE ROCKLAND COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE REPORTED THE “NEARLY 1,000 PERCENT INCREASE IN GUN PERMIT APPLICATIONS IN THE WEEK FOLLOWING THE DEC. 28 ATTACK.”

TX – SELF-PROTECTION – Good guys with guns can be an answer but aren’t the answer

THE ECHOES OF SHOTGUN BLASTS WERE STILL REVERBERATING OFF THE WALLS OF THE SANCTUARY AS JACK WILSON TRIED TO DRAW A BEAD ON THE GUNMAN. "THE ONLY CLEAR SHOT I HAD WAS HIS HEAD BECAUSE I STILL HAD PEOPLE IN THE PEWS THAT WERE NOT ALL THE WAY DOWN AS LOW AS THEY COULD," WILSON LATER TOLD THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. "THAT WAS MY ONE SHOT." IN THE TANGLE OF CONFUSED AND PANICKED PEOPLE SCRAMBLING FOR SAFETY, WILSON'S LINE OF SIGHT CLEARED FOR AN INSTANT. "I FIRED ONE ROUND. THE SUBJECT WENT DOWN." AND THERE IT WAS: "A GOOD GUY WITH A GUN HAD STOPPED A BAD GUY WITH A GUN.

INT’L – SELF-PROTECTION – Self-Defence and Firearms in Canada

Recent news stories about the use of a firearm to stop the commission of various crimes and subsequent statements from the RCMP have (again) raised the issue of armed self-defence under Canadian law. Does that right still exist? If so, how and when can it be exercised? Canada has a history of decades of political fear-mongering about firearms and so it is difficult to have an intelligent, principled debate…

NAT’L – SELF-PROTECTION – 5 Ways You Can Prepare For Dangerous Gun Scenarios

WHETHER IT’S A CHURCH, SCHOOL, OR WALMART SHOOTING, THE RESPONSE IS THE SAME: THE MEDIA BLAMES GUNS, PEOPLE PANIC, AND A GUN CONTROL FURY ENSUES, UNTIL IT ALL DISSOLVES AND REPEATS WEEKS OR MONTHS LATER. WE SAW THIS LAST WEEK WHEN A MAN OPENED FIRE AT A TEXAS CHURCH, THE DAY AFTER A MAN KILLED SEVERAL JEWS WITH A MACHETE. THE TEXAS SHOOTING WAS PARTICULARLY NOTABLE BECAUSE JACK WILSON, A FORMER RESERVE DEPUTY SHERIFF AND A FIREARMS INSTRUCTOR, SHOT THE PERPETRATOR WITHIN SECONDS OF HIS FIRST SHOT, BOOSTING THE MANTRA AMONG CONSERVATIVES: IT TAKES A GOOD GUY WITH A GUN TO STOP A BAD GUY WITH A GUN.

NAT’L – Self-Protection – After Hanukkah Stabbing, Some Ultra-Orthodox Jews Are Arming Themselves

“See the dot?” the Israeli Defense Forces soldier in the video asks. “You’re gonna aim that at your target.” He is directing these words to a woman in traditional Orthodox garb, complete with a wig and long sleeves for modesty. The woman, who appears at least a foot shorter than the soldier, lowers her head and aims her gun at an unseen target on the wall. She stands a…

TN – SELF-PROTECTION – Getting A Tennessee Handgun Permit Just Got Easier, Worrying Some Gun-Rights Advocates

A new gun law (that took) effect January 1, 2020 in Tennessee has raised some concerns — even among gun-rights advocates. Many are calling the measure unsafe because it drastically cuts the training required to get a handgun permit. Jim Mauth, a firearm instructor in Franklin, is one of them. “I’m a Second Amendment guy. You know, I’m ex-military,” Mauth told WPLN News in Nashville. “I’m a lifelong member…

NAT’L – SELF-PROTECTION – Backup Gun Carry Options

It wasn’t until I had three or so years on the job as a cop that I began to carry a backup gun on a regular basis. Working at a mostly rural sheriff’s office in Ohio, in 1980, I didn’t feel the need. At the time, no one at the agency was wearing soft body armor yet, either. Even when working undercover assignments, I only carried one handgun (mostly…

CA – SELF-PROTECTION – Cashier shoots back, kills armed robber after pistol-whipping (VIDEO)

An Air Force vet shot and killed one of two armed robbery suspects who pistol-whipped him as he worked behind the register of a California convenience store, according to a report. Mark Kasprowicz, 56, said his “instinct just kicked in” when he was ambushed behind the register Sunday night at Kam’s Market in Bay Point, news station KTVU reported. “Fear and adrenaline kicked in together. I’m lucky to be alive,”…

WI – SELF-PROTECTION – Wisconsin’s US Concealed Carry Association Courts NRA Members With Family Focus

ZEE MARTÍN BOUGHT HER FIRST FIREARM — A SHOTGUN — IN THE LATE 1970S AFTER HER HOME NEAR 10-26
SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI WAS BURGLARIZED. OVER THE YEARS, SHE BEGAN BUYING MORE FIREARMS, EVENTUALLY COLLECTING HANDGUNS AND PARTICIPATING IN GUN COMPETITIONS. IN FACT, THAT'S HOW SHE MET HER SECOND HUSBAND. MARTÍN HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE NRA FOR DECADES. A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO, SHE JOINED ANOTHER GROUP — THE UNITED STATES CONCEALED CARRY ASSOCIATION. THE WEST BEND, WISCONSIN-BASED GROUP OFFERS A SIMILAR PRODUCT AS THE NRA, BUT THE MESSAGE IS VERY DIFFERENT. ORGANIZATION OFFICIALS SAY THEY'VE REPLACED THE NRA'S LEGENDARY MACHO IMAGE WITH A BRAND THAT INSTEAD SAYS PROTECT THE FAMILY. THAT APPEARS TO BE RESONATING WITH GUN OWNERS LIKE MARTÍN.

Iowa poised to make its most expansive changes to gun rights

With one stroke of a pen, Gov. Terry Branstad is poised to make Iowa one of the friendliest states for gun owners.

Lawmakers have passed a bill that many say is the most comprehensive and broadest piece of legislation on gun rights the state has seen. The legislation would, among other things, allow citizens to use deadly force if they believe their…

PA – SELF-PROTECTION – Robbery suspect dead after shootout with FedEx driver in Philadelphia (VIDEO)

A robbery suspect is dead after a shootout with a FedEx driver on Tuesday night in Philadelphia. It happened around 7:10 p.m. in front of a home on the 600 block of Unruh Ave. near Bingham St. in the city’s Lawndale section. Investigators said someone robbed the FedEx driver at gunpoint after he delivered a package to the home. The driver was shot in the stomach near the front…

NAT’L – SELF-PROTECTION – 11 More Examples of How Firearms Save Gun Owners’ Lives, Property

At a time when some gun control advocates appear intent on painting lawful gun ownership as a danger to society, and the Second Amendment as little more than an outdated protection of a person’s right to hunt, it’s important to remember the regular role armed citizens play in defending inalienable rights. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention affirmed in a 2013 report, almost all major studies on defensive…

The Eternal Search for a Gun That Doesn’t Kill

STOCK DAILY DISH December 16, 2019 –  In the new cop drama APB, an Elon Musk-type billionaire engineer buys a beleaguered Chicago police precinct to avenge his buddy’s murder.

He re-outfits the station with wizardry including drones, a biometric interrogation chair and guns that instantly (and nonlethally) stop bad guys with the range and accuracy of a traditional pistol.

We’ll leave…

VA – GUN POLITICS – Va. rep. suggests military enforcement for new gun legislation, National Guard responds

The Virginia National Guard has responded after Governor Ralph Northam said there would be consequences for law enforcement who didn’t enforce new gun legislation. “If we have constitutional laws on the books and law enforcement officers are not enforcing those laws on the books, then there are going to be some consequences but I’ll cross that bridge if and when we get to it,” Northam said. A representative from…

OH – SELF-PROTECTION – A Very Scary Thing For Me’: Some Black Gun Owners Worried About ‘Stand Your Ground’

For some, after Donald Trump was elected president, conversations about race became even more intense. Tensions heightened so much, one 15-year-old African American boy cried and began to question the safety of his Ohio family. Single mother Tiffany Ware reassured her son she would make sure they were safe. “I was like well, I gotta figure it out,” Ware says. “I told him, ‘Zion, that’s mommy’s job; you don’t…

WI – SELF-PROTECTION – ‘Unhappiness comes in a lot of forms:’ The psychology of school gun violence, threats (VIDEO)

There was an extra police presence Tuesday at Germantown High School and Kennedy Middle School after authorities investigated a potential gun threat. It seems safety risks like this are happening all too often and are alarming for many. In recent weeks, at least nine schools have had instances of threats or gun violence, with Oshkosh West High School and Waukesha South High School having school shootings 24 hours apart….

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