Saturday, June 8, 2013

Oppose the Second Amendment… Pay The Price

This article I read on Cheaper than Dirt "The Shooters Log" and I felt it deserved repeating!

(credit to by for an excellent article)

They say all politics are local. Perhaps that is still true, but if you asked Colorado’s Senate president, John Morse, he may tell you otherwise. That’s likely because he could soon make Colorado political history—by being the first lawmaker in the state to be recalled. Donations to support his recall have come from much more than simply local advocates. In fact, they have been attributed to every corner of the nation, from Washington D.C. to Alaska.
Morse was first elected to the Colorado Senate in 2006 and reelected in 2010. He is term-limited after next year and—if he survives the recall—will be the first state lawmaker in Colorado to face a recall election; nationally he is only the fifth to ever face such a vote. Of the first four, three were recalled which bodes well for Second Amendment advocates.

The reason for Morse’s recall should not be much of a surprise. He represents a historically conservative district, but has proven to be a staunch advocate of gun control demonstrated by his support of background checks for private and online gun sales and laws that limit magazines to a maximum of 15 rounds. According to the individuals that filed the petition, Morse’s actions do not represent the will of his district.

The entire endeavor has been a huge success for Second Amendment advocates. Recall organizers gathered more than twice the number of signatures necessary to force a special election, which according to at least one report was more than the total number of votes Morse received in the last election.
Morse could resign and his seat would remain in Democratic hands with an appointed successor. However, indications thus far are pointing to Morse fighting to keep his seat. A resignation would be a victory for Second Amendment advocates, but unseating the Senate leader will send a much stronger message that will be heard across the nation and at all levels of political leadership.
Morse is only one of four Democrats being targeted for recall and the chances of success look positive. Robert Harris, one of the individuals responsible for filing the petition was quoted as saying, “We had many Democrats who came up to our volunteers and told them they had voted for Morse, and they needed to rectify that situation by signing the petition.”
A recall would reverberate across the nation and show the political will of the people without the damper of the liberal media. It may be the best tactic to send a chill up the spines of lawmakers and cause them to consider the ramifications of whimsical and abusive gun control measures such as those recently signed into Colorado law.
With Morse as the pawn in the middle, the real fight is shaping up to be the NRA against New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns. An overstatement perhaps, but it will certainly play that way across mainstream media.

Morse has two weeks after petition signatures are validated to challenge the results. However, as soon as the secretary of state deems the recall effort valid, residents of the district may file candidate affidavits. Afterward, the special election would likely be held in early September.
The big take away from this effort is that politics are not local. Industries, businesses and citizens beyond Colorado’s borders were all affected by the legislation. As a result they came together pooling money and resources in a united display of indignation. As the recall effort progresses, stay tuned for ways you can become involved. One of the easiest ways is to join or renew your NRA membership or make a donation to one of the organizations involved in protecting your Second Amendment rights.
Remember, the rights this recall saves may be your own—whether or not you live in Colorado. Restrictive legislation such as the laws recently passed in Colorado have a habit of going viral if not quashed early, SO GET INVOLVED!



Friday, June 7, 2013

Not what it seems......



‘Stand your ground’ case not what it seemed
By: George Parry writing for the Winnipeg Free Press.  Published in the Winnipeg Free Press.
Posted: 06/6/2013 1:25 PM  
 
On Monday, in a Florida courtroom, George Zimmerman goes on trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin.

In the immediate aftermath of Martin’s death in February 2012, the media portrayed Zimmerman as a gun-crazy vigilante who stalked and murdered a harmless black youth.

Since then, Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s tenacious lawyer, has extracted bits and pieces of evidence from an ethically challenged prosecution that prove Zimmerman shot Martin in self-defense. So, at long last, the media’s false narrative is about to collide with the hard facts in a court of law.

Let’s start with the tape of Zimmerman’s 911 call to police. Unlike the deceptively spliced and edited snippets broadcast on television news, the full, undoctored tape proves that, at the time he was supposedly hunting down his intended victim, Zimmerman was asking 911 to send a police officer to his location to investigate Martin’s suspicious behavior. If Zimmerman was intending murder, why would he first alert the police and invite them to the scene of the crime?

Similarly, Zimmerman can be heard on the full tape telling the 911 operator that Martin was approaching him. This unscripted, real-time declaration contradicts the media gospel that Zimmerman stalked a retreating and inoffensive Martin.

Moreover, various civilian witnesses have given police statements establishing that, when the fatal shot was fired, Zimmerman was on the ground being beaten by Martin. One witness told police he saw a black male in a dark-color hoodie (later identified as Martin) on top of a "white or Hispanic male" in a red sweatshirt (later identified as Zimmerman), who was on the ground. Martin was throwing punches in "mixed martial-arts" style, while Zimmerman was calling for help.

A second witness told police that he saw Zimmerman on the ground, calling for help "over and over" while he was being beaten.

These and other witnesses described Zimmerman’s cries as "a whining sound," "a groaning noise" in which he cried, "Oh, oh, help me," and "crying or moaning in desperation."

The beating lasted until Zimmerman shot Martin.

How long was Zimmerman beaten before he fired his gun? One witness called 911 while the assault took place. The tape of that call runs 38 seconds, during which a voice is heard in the background repeatedly screaming for help. According to the caller, the screaming had prompted her to call 911. How long the screaming lasted before she called is unknown.

But, adding that time — however long — to the 38 seconds on the tape establishes that the allegedly trigger-happy, bloodthirsty Zimmerman had been pinned to the ground taking a beating for 38-plus seconds before finally resorting to deadly force. By this measure, Zimmerman acted with great restraint.

Martin’s parents have repeatedly claimed that the person on the tape calling for help was their son. But immediately after the killing, the police played the 911 call for Martin’s father, who said unequivocally that the voice pleading for help was not his son’s.

Another witness reported being in his condo when he heard "someone yelling, almost crying," followed by a single gunshot. When the witness ventured outside, he asked Zimmerman if everything was "OK." Zimmerman replied, "Just call the police."

Are these the words of a murderer who has just executed his victim?

Then, having allegedly murdered someone, did Zimmerman flee? Far from it. He waited for the police. When the first officer arrived, a witness heard Zimmerman say: "I’ve got a gun. Just take my gun from me."

The first responding officer describes the scene as follows:

"Zimmerman stated that he had shot the subject and was still armed. Zimmerman complied with all my commands and was secured in handcuffs. ... I could observe that his back appeared to be wet and was covered in grass, as if he had been laying on his back on the ground. Zimmerman was also bleeding from the nose and back of the head."

By this account, Zimmerman certainly wasn’t acting like a violent predator fresh from the kill. Moreover, the officer’s description of Zimmerman’s clothing and injuries further corroborates that he had been flat on the ground taking a beating.

Other officers reported that Zimmerman appeared to have "a broken and bloody nose and swelling of his face," as well as cuts and abrasions to his face and the back of his head. And, consistent with Zimmerman’s injuries and the witness statements, the autopsy report documents that Martin had a premortem abrasion to his left ring finger.

According to the autopsy report and the prosecution’s forensic analysts, death was caused by a single shot fired from a gun that was either in contact with or no more than one inch away from Martin’s hoodie. 

This supports witness accounts of Martin straddling Zimmerman in the immediate prelude to the shooting, and undermines widespread claims that Zimmerman shot Martin from a safe distance.

All of this evidence makes clear that Zimmerman should never have been arrested. That he must now stand trial for second-degree murder is a sad reflection of the prosecution’s cowardice in the face of media-spawned hysteria connected to Florida’s "stand your ground" law.

Now, as the trial begins, the only real question is whether a fair and impartial jury can be found that will have the courage to defy the lynch-mob frenzy swirling about this case and free an innocent man.

George Parry is a former state and federal prosecutor practicing law in Philadelphia.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

MASSAD AYOOB GROUP TRAINING OPPORTUNITY

Massad Ayoob Group "MAG-20 Range Course" coming to the Daytona Beach, FL area on December 1st and 2nd, 2012! 

This is a great opportunity to receive world class training from one of the Massad Ayoob Group Staff Instructors.  In case you've been living under a very large rock for a long time, here's a little background information on Massad Ayoob the Massad Ayoob Group and the training methods he's pioneered:
 
Massad Ayoob has been handgun editor of Guns magazine and law enforcement editor of American Handgunner since the 1970s, and has authored thousands of articles that have been published in various magazines, publications, and law enforcement journals.
 
He is the author of more than a dozen books on firearms, self-defense, and related topics, including “In the Gravest Extreme,” widely considered to be the authoritative text on the topic of the use of lethal force.  Ayoob founded the Lethal Force Institute (LFI) in 1981 and served as its director until 2009, and now trains through the Massad Ayoob Group (MAG). 

The winner of the Outstanding American Handgunner of the Year Award in 1998, He has won several state and regional handgun shooting championships. Ayoob is one of approximately ten Five Gun Masters among the 10,000-member International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), and was the first to earn that title.

He served 19 years as chair of the Firearms Committee of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers (ASLET), and several years as a member of the Advisory Board of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA).  He has received judicial recognition as an expert witness for the courts in weapons and shooting cases since 1979, and has been a fully sworn and empowered, part time police officer for 36 years. 

In case you missed that "The Man" has literally, LITERALLY, "written the book" (or in his case "the books") on the carry and use of self-defense firearms; as well as set the training standard for a generation of Law Enforcement Officers and Armed Citizens.

The MAG-20 Range Course is formally the “StressFire” Course of Massad Ayoob’s Lethal Force Institute.  After interviewing hundreds of officers who had survived gunfights, Ayoob drew on their experiences, combined with his own extensive research to create a powerful combat handgun system, initially known as the "StressFire" shooting method.

Ayoob's research showed that in life threatening situations, human beings experience profound physical and psychological pressures causing deterioration of fine motor skills, and altering perceptions of time and other sensory inputs.

Combining proven shooting techniques with principles from various martial arts styles, the “StressFire” system he developed not only works under the enormous stress of violent encounters but actually feeds off it.

The techniques are now taught in Ayoob's MAG-20 Range Course; a dynamic two day course that is designed to bring out the student's maximum potential for shooting a handgun under stress and to achieve the optimum blend of speed and accuracy.

Students will learn drawing from positions of concealment, two-handed shooting stances, one-handed shooting with either hand, positions that work from behind cover, speed reloading and more; with overall emphasis on fast, accurate shot placement.

Training includes completion of a police-style qualification course. The MAG-20 Range Course is ideal for the shooter who wishes to hone and fine-tune their techniques and/or develop new skills with a self-protection handgun. 

Students will fire approximately 500 rounds of ammunition during the course.  Pre-registration is required.  Contact the host:  TripleArcTraining@gmail.com or call 386-259-0572 for a registration packet and required equipment information.



Don't miss out, this class will fill up fast!

As always; Be Aware, Be Prepared, Have a Plan, Act Without Hesitation!

Sunday, January 29, 2012


“WHAT CALIBER SHOULD I CARRY?”

Standing behind the counter at a gun shop you get to hear the strangest things; and frankly sometimes you can get quite worn out with the disinformation, rumors, myths and just plain Bulls**t that gets spewed forth as actual fact from the misinformed, misguided “armchair commandos” that think of themselves as knowledgeable subject matter experts in the field of firearms and all related matters.

Having had multiple documented violent encounters with all type of subjects in a wide range of stressful scenarios; as well as having literally hundreds and hundreds of hours of advanced and specialized tactical training; with over 25 years of experience as a EMT-Paramedic / Law Enforcement Officer dealing with incidents in progress as well as the aftermath; I can speak with some certainty regarding a wide range of issues regarding violent encounters.

I have been telling people for years that CALIBER is not the defining issue regarding a personal defense firearm.  Much more important is having a gun that you:

·        CAN easily carry;
·        WILL consistently carry;
·        WILL routinely practice with;
·        And can ACCURATELY put multiple rounds on target with;

An excellent research article written by Ohio Police Officer/ Trainer Greg Ellifritz published on the Ohio based “ Buckeye Firearms Association” website (please visit their site at http://www.buckeyefirearms.org/) makes a rational, fact based and dispassionate study of approximately 1800 “real world” shootings over a 10 year period.    See the report here:  http://www.buckeyefirearms.org/node/7866  

Officer Ellifritz does not have an agenda and provides this information for the reader to review, analyze and add to their own personal arsenal of knowledge in preparation for the “what if..” factor of life. 

I respect his dedication, perseverance and professionalism in writing this report and encourage all to read this report in total; then pause and read it again; before jumping off with some type of personal argument pertaining to their favorite caliber that begins with “I know this guy…”, or “I read….”  

Facts are facts, stories and opinions are useful only for their entertainment purposes!  Reality hurts sometimes.  Train to win. Prepare, prepare, prepare….it WILL pay off in the long run!


The views and opinions expressed in the Hot Shot Shooting Blog are those of the author and not the company, corporation, entity or any of the officers, investors, employees or customers.  Basically its freedom of expression people, covered even before the right to bear arms because it’s more important than that!  If you find something here that is politically correct, rest assured it’s here by mistake.  If you are offended by the content, tone or opinions of the author, oh well, go read a comic book.   Reading a blog is no substitute for actual training or competent legal advice.  Everyone is encouraged to spend as much time and money on obtaining competent tactical real world training as they think their life is worth. –The Author. 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

PERSONAL SAFETY - 2011

Thank God we live in a civilized society where the responsibility for our personal safety has been turned over to the State!  Oh, wait a minute; people have been saying that since the days of the Roman Empire.  Didn’t work then, doesn’t work now.   Personal safety is just that… personal. 

Times are becoming tougher economically and opportunities are remaining limited.  Add those facts to the issues of our current government sponsored “liberal/Marxist” slide into the apocalypse; touting “wealth redistribution” (previously known as “theft”) and the ideology and mindset that those with assets and wealth are “evil” and you can see the writing on the wall.  More and more of those without are going to be trying to take what they think should rightfully belong to them from those who they don’t believe deserving.

A quote alternately attributed to both Ben Franklin and/or Thomas Jefferson states quite correctly: “Those who would trade their freedoms for security are deserving of neither.”  I believe this to be one of the most truthful and clarifying statements ever made.  Accept responsibility, and be prepared to act.

There is a theory espoused among Law Enforcement and Military circles promulgated by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, U.S. Army (Ret.) regarding the theory of “Sheep, Sheepdogs and Wolves”.  Having been a sheepdog for many years myself, I love this theory and I greatly respect this man.  If you have the opportunity to read any of his books or attend any of his seminars, you are doing yourself a huge disservice if you do not take advantage of this warrior’s insights. 

Basically the theory goes like this:

Wolves are the threats among us.  Predators with no regard for society at large, just concerned with themselves.  They prey on the weak, unprepared and unsuspecting among us.  Those who believe the written word on a piece of paper will stop someone from doing them harm.

Sheepdogs are the protectors among us.  Law Enforcement Officers, Military and Security Specialists who willingly place themselves in opposition to the wolves to keep them at bay; and stand ready to respond when threats emerge; exerting dominance over the flock only when necessary to keep them out of danger or on the correct path.

The Sheep represent our society at large.  Docile, non-hostile, concerned only with their daily lives and the quest for the best pastures to graze. 

When the flock has great pastures, lots of space to roam and all are healthy then life is good.  They don’t really like the Sheepdogs hanging about.  They look a lot like the wolves.  They smell a lot like the wolves.  They act a lot like the wolves.  The Sheep don’t like to socialize with the Sheepdogs. 

They don’t trust them, and hate the fact that the Sheepdog keeps them from wandering to the places they want.  They don’t really want them around.  They tolerate them because the results of confrontation are just as bad as facing a wolf.   After a while, the Sheepdogs really get on the nerves of the Sheep and a deep distrust develops; they comply not out of respect and appreciation, but out of fear.

But let a wolf pop up near the flock and suddenly the whole flock is calling out danger, running away as fast as they can while the Sheepdog charges forward to engage the threat.  The Sheepdog places himself between the flock and the threat, allowing them time to escape to safety.  This is an illustrative comparison; and having myself been a Sheepdog for many years; I find pleasant nobility in this simple yet very clear example.

But every now and then something strange happens.  Before the Sheepdog gets there, someone else will step up.  One of the sheep, a Ram, will come forward out of the flock!  He will place himself between the flock and the wolf just like the Sheepdog.  He squares up on the threat, prepared to fight if necessary to give his kids and mates time to escape.

He remembers deep inside that nature did not create the Sheepdog model, the herdsman did!   As a means to control the group and maximize benefits, the herdsman designed a different model of society for the flock.

Nature urges the Ram forward.  Nature states he must defend his offspring.  Nature forces him to place himself between the threats that come toward his family group.  It’s not that the flock has chosen not to worry about these things; the herdsmen keep the Rams limited in the flock to control conflict and keep the group manageable.

Too many Rams will fight among themselves; the flock may split; making care, supervision and maintenance concerns double for the herdsman.  He keeps just enough Rams to service the ewes in the herd and create offspring for his needs be they wool, meat or the milk they produce.

Our society “leaders” don’t want rams.  They want everyone to be sheep and to rely on a few Sheepdogs that they control to deal with the wolves.  The “herdsmen” don’t want to deal with the “rams”.  In this way the herdsmen maintain their sense of power and control.

The sheep aren’t to be forgotten in this issue, the sheep themselves don’t want too many rams.  They readily abdicate the responsibility and burden of constantly being on guard and having to face down a wolf.  Let the sheepdog do the nasty bits, more time to graze!

While everyone enjoys the benefits of our society and has the freedom to go about their daily lives in relative safety, we must always be mindful that sometimes all the sheepdogs may be on the other side of the pasture.  When the wolf strikes, each of us had better be prepared to at least put up the best defense we can until the sheepdogs get the alert and can get to our location!  Soft wool and a tender belly don’t really deter the wolves in our midst.

Teeth.  Teeth and claws.  Teeth and claws with the ability and willingness to use them.

Big bore, high velocity teeth and claws are a much better deterrent than soft wool, a tender belly and a pleasant demeanor. 

Take ownership of your personal safety, be a Ram for yourself and your family.  The Sheepdogs are working hard, but can’t be everywhere at once.  Let them do their jobs, but be ready if you’re left out in the field on your own.

The links below attest to the fact that many a sheep can defend themselves and might just surprise a cocky wolf!  Try not to be somebody’s lunch.









Be Aware, Be Prepared, Have a Plan, Act Without Hesitation!

For Training Information contact Hotshot Shooting at 386-677-1195 and ask about opportunities. 

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The views and opinions expressed in the Hot Shot Shooting Blog are those of the author and not the company, corporation, entity or any of the officers, investors, employees or customers.  Basically its freedom of expression people, covered even before the right to bear arms because it’s more important than that!  If you find something here that is politically correct, rest assured it’s here by mistake.  If you are offended by the content, tone or opinions of the author, oh well, go read a comic book.   Reading a blog is no substitute for actual training or competent legal advice.  Everyone is encouraged to spend as much time and money on obtaining competent tactical real world training as they think their life is worth. –The Author.