Moms Demand Action Is At It Again with Not One More

STAND WITH RICHARD: After his only child was murdered in the Santa Barbara shootings last week, Richard Martinez’s voice roared across America: “Not. One. More.” Join Julianne Moore and the more than 400,000 Americans who – in just two days – have sent nearly two million postcards to Congress. Show that you stand with Richard, and that you will hold legislators accountable for protecting our children, families and communities from gun violence.

CLICK HERE to send a postcard to your members of Congress and governor telling them that not one more American should die because of our broken gun laws: http://every.tw/1irSuER. And SEND your #NotOneMorephotos to photos@momsdemandaction.org

 

It just never ends. Why is it that people refuse to look at the fact the more guns means less crime? They are basically using the argument that the number of mass shootings is steadily increasing and they won’t tolerate it any more. Which, I hate to break it to you Mom’s Demand, but the FBI crime report shows them as flat from 1980 to today. That means mass shootings are not increasing nor decreasing. However, violent crime IS decreasing drastically. I think that has something to do with the fact that 42% of American households have a gun in the home.

Where is Moms Demand when someone uses a gun in self-defense and ultimately saves their own lives? How about WE NEED MORE. We need more people behind legal gun ownership. Law abiding citizens are not the reason this poor man’s son was killed. You want to get rid of guns in the hands of criminals? Go for it! I agree. Not one more criminal should have a gun, but you’re attacking the wrong people. Sending hundreds of thousands of cards to congress isn’t going to take weapons out of the hands of violent people, it will take weapons out of the hands of those hoping to use them AGAINST a criminal in a violent or threatening attack.

Gay Rights VS Gun Rights: Which is more dangerous to society?

I feel like from the title alone I am going to get a mass of angry emails. But regardless of how many people decide to yell at me for this post, it still makes me wonder.

Reading this article before continuing may offer a better understanding of why I posted this and how I am making this connection: http://carm.org/is-homosexuality-dangerous

 

Total death by firearm (homicide, accidental, suicidal, and self-defense) each year is estimated at around 11,000 people, according to the CDC.

Also according to the CDC, there were almost 50,000 NEW cases of HIV/AIDS in the year 2011 alone and over 1.3 million people today who are diagnosed with HIV/AIDS (not including those who do not know they have it). The number of deaths associated with HIV/AIDS is estimated at 8,369 per year. To add to that, nearly 7,000 homosexual men die each year from HIV/AIDS. Then considering an additional 40,000-50,000 NEW cases each year, this only adds to the amount of homosexual men and women who will eventually die due to this disease. Aside from this, homosexuals and liberals are still putting ALL of their focus into allowing same-sex marriage because gay men and women should be allowed to EXERCISE THEIR RIGHT to love and marry anyone they want. Although, I don’t know where this ‘right’ came from. This is a right that they believe they have developed over the years, not necessarily a right that has been written down for government not to intervene.

Yes, the number of deaths by HIV/AIDS is still less than death by firearms. However, if you take out deaths from handguns, the death from rifles and shotguns combined is lower than the deaths from HIV/AIDS each year. Anyways, so let’s look at something else now- Suicide and self-harm are another factor. The Stonewall 2012 Survey discovered that 3% of gay men and 5% of bisexual men had attempted to take their own life, compared to only 0.4% of men in general. The rate for suicide is MUCH higher in homosexual men. When looking at self-inflicted harm, here are similar findings. 7% of gay and bisexual men had deliberately harmed themselves compared to only 3% of men in general, and in the 16- to 24-year-old age group, 15% of gay and bisexual men had harmed themselves compared to 7% of men in general.

Next we have murder, domestic violence, and hate crime.

In 2010, 6,628 hate crime incidents, involving 7,699 offenses
and 8,208 victims, were reported to the Federal Bureau of
Investigation by local law enforcement agencies.

Hate Crime

So in 2010, there were a total of 8,208 victims of hate-inspired crime, 19.3% of which were geared towards sexual orientation. That means that in 2010, about 1,560 homosexuals were victims of hate crime. This number increased to 2,016 incidents reported and 25 homicides in 2012.

 

Now all of that aside, what is everyone doing in order to confront this issue and end violence against homosexuals? They are attacking the culture. They are attacking the “old-fashioned” view that being homosexual is wrong/dirty/sacrilegious. In general, America has an extremely violent culture which in turn leads individuals to resort to violence. We have homosexual awareness rallies, we have government funded screenings to help educate and prevent HIV/AIDS, and we have people encouraging them to EXERCISE THEIR RIGHTS. Which, I’m sorry if this offends anyone but last time I checked ‘gay rights’ was not protected by the Constitution. At most, one could argue that the Constitution protects one’s privacy and even that’s a stretch. All in all, people are fighting for gay rights because people believe that we should have the right to make our own decisions. With guns, instead of attacking the culture, they are attacking the weapon and the people who own them. Tell me, if being homosexual is life-threatening and dangerous ALSO due to the increased risk of disease, suicide, depression/mental instability, and hate crime then why is owning a gun not approached in the same way?

This doesn’t make any sense to me. How can you expect us to support your choices and what you choose to do with your life, but want to restrict us from making choices of our own? We shouldn’t be attacking law-abiding gun owners. We should be attacking the culture that is encouraging people to act violently. We should be attacking the criminals who are hurting people. You’re attacking them for hurting homosexuals, why aren’t you attacking them for using a gun? Do you want to know why I have a gun? Because I KNOW this country is violent and I want to protect myself from it. I know we have criminals on the street with what seems to be the result of little consequences and being let out of jail early on ‘good behavior’. Would I need a gun if there was no murderers, rapists, or other horrible people out there? No. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t have ever thought about getting one.

Whether or not I agree or disagree, support or don’t support homosexuality and same-sex marriage is not my point here. My point is that you are asking us to support your decision and your right when it kills a large number of people each year as well. My second point is that I don’t want to hear that you are in favor of gun-control because of the amount of gun-related deaths each year. If you are truly concerned about death, you wouldn’t support homosexuals yet you do anyway.

 

Sources:

http://fathersforlife.org/gay_issues/gay_hate_crimes.htm

http://gaylife.about.com/od/hatecrimes/a/statistics.htm

http://aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/hiv-aids-101/statistics/

http://blogs.poz.com/peter/archives/2013/03/aids_kills_7000_gay_men_each_year.html

http://www.avert.org/usa-hiv-aids-statistics.htm

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/lgbt/news/2013/10/31/78518/4-years-later-examining-bias-motivated-crimes-against-lgbt-people-after-the-shepard-byrd-act/

http://www.cdc.gov/search.do?q=HIV&sort=date%3AD%3AL%3Ad1&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF-8&ulang=&entqrm=0&wc=200&wc_mc=1&ud=1&site=nchs

Victim Speaks Out Against Gun Violence in a State with Heavy Gun Control Laws

As horrible as it is that this child was shot by some thug aiming for a his rival on the streets, this doesn’t make much sense to me.

How exactly can you speak out against gun violence in a state that has some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the country? I thought that is why gun control laws were/are implemented in the first place; to stop gun violence. 

Most New York State gun laws are covered in two sections of New York Penal law: Article 265 – Firearms and Other Dangerous Weapons; and Article 400 – Licensing and Other Provisions Relating to Firearms

Click here for a summary of Gun Laws in New York State.

Basically, if you want to purchase, possess, or carry a firearm in the state of New York, you have to go through flaming hoops, pay hundreds of dollars in fees, and have some special connections with people who have the authority to grant you access. 

So with these restrictive gun control laws in place, gun violence is still happening. If gun violence is still prevalent even in the presence of these laws, explain to me why we have these laws in the first place? Right, because law-abiding citizens aren’t the problem. 

Having to speak out against ‘gun violence’ when you already have gun control laws in place to prevent it just goes to show that gun control does not keep criminals from harming people. Gun control does not stop gun violence. Gun control does not stop gang members from accidentally shooting children or other innocent bystanders nor does it stop them from shooting at each other. All gun control does is take weapons away from citizens who rely on guns for self-defense while criminals still have them. 

Kareem Potomont was arrested and charged in the shooting with attempted murder, reckless endangerment, and assault. It has already been confirmed that victim was in the crossfire of a gang-related gun battle. Not to mention, Potomont has had 13 other prior arrests. Even in a state that doesn’t have strict gun control laws, he still couldn’t legally own a gun with that criminal background. Yet even in a heavily gun-restricted state, Potomont was able to get a hold of one anyway. Why? Because criminals don’t follow laws.

 

Chipotle Backs Down After Mom’s Demand Twitter Attack

Well, that sure took long.

After a long day of countless #BurritosNotBullets Twitter posts, Chipotle has come out to say that they will now ask customers not to bring their firearms into their restaurants. Read their full statement here.

Recently participants from an “open carry” demonstration in Texas brought guns (including military-style assault rifles) into one of our restaurants, causing many of our customers anxiety and discomfort. Because of this, we are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.

Historically, we felt it enough to simply comply with local laws regarding the open or concealed carrying of firearms, because we believe that it is not fair to put our team members in the uncomfortable position of asking that customers refrain from bringing guns into our restaurants. However, because the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers, we think it is time to make this request.

In a statement earlier today, the company said that “the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers”. Originally, Chipotle did not ask the gun rights advocates to leave after bringing their “assault rifles” into the restaurant because they were following local laws regarding open and concealed carry. There’s that word again! Assault rifles. Good grief.

I found this information after scrolling through my Facebook feed about an hour a go. This comment made me chuckle.

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Ok, explain this to me. Why would you call them a ‘dangerous jerk’ and end your sentence with “what are you going to do, shoot me?” As if to imply that you don’t feel threatened. So why is someone dangerous if you don’t feel threatened by them? Why is someone a jerk for exercising their right to own a gun? Is it because they followed LOCAL laws and Chipotle didn’t kick them out? Really, that makes someone a jerk?

Sheesh.

Anyways, so after a bunch of anti-gun nuts harass Chipotle via social media, the company buckles at the knees and boom. Guns are no longer allowed. Here are a couple of Tweets from this morning that had Chipotle so scared of losing customers.

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There’s that word yet again. It’s not an assault rifle or a ‘military style assault rifle’ as stated in ABC’s recent article. They were carrying semi-automatic rifles. There’s a difference, look it up.

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All in all, I think a lot of people over-reacted. No one was hurt or shot at. You had law-abiding citizens that decided to eat at a restaurant after participating in a pro-gun rally. If you ask me, this goes to show that these citizens aren’t the danger here.

Sadly, they all whined on Twitter and Facebook and got their way.

More Women Turning to Firearms For Self Defense

When compared to 2013, numbers from the Indiana State Police show an increase of 27% of females applying for a fire arm license within the first quarter of 2014.

Female gun ownership is rising fast. Thank goodness! Sadly this increase in sales and ownership is coming from recent Indiana homicides striking fear into female citizens. Women feel the need to protect themselves, as they should!

Rebecca Bartol jumped on this opportunity quickly and opened up a gun store catering to women called Femme Fatale Guns & Sporting Goods Inc. Along with her pink guns, purses, and feminine holsters, Bartol will also be working closely with certified instructors to get more women into classes and educate them on proper gun training, safety, and handling. The grand opening of her store was this month, and so far, it looks like sales are doing well.

We do have quite a few women who come in and are [saying], ‘I don’t have a firearm and I don’t know where to start,’ Bartol said.

 

As a girl, I can relate. I only wish I had access to a gun store that is targeted for women. The thought of walking into a gun store with a bunch of men intimidated me. I honestly think that if more stores like this were to open, more women would be encouraged to ask they questions they’re afraid to ask.

Aside from the spike in female gun ownership in Indiana, the trend stretches across the nation. According to the 2012 by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, 61% of firearm retailers surveyed said they saw an increase in female customers.

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This makes me happy. You go ladies!

Purchasing a Handgun

Well cheers to me everybody! I am finally a happy owner of my OWN Beretta PX4 9mm semi-automatic pistol. No more borrowing from the shooting range. Hey, that’s a big step for me. 

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I was actually pleasantly impressed at how easy it was for me to make my purchase today. I was upset the first time I tried because I was denied for not having my in-state driver’s license for more than 30 days. I guess that’s one of the many disadvantages of having to move. So I waited my 30 days and kept my money stored away in an account where I wouldn’t touch it, which was a good move on my part. My husband got off work early today so we grabbed a late lunch and were on our way! First, I stopped into REI and asked if they sold handguns. The guy looked at me like I was insane and told me to go to Dick’s Sporting Goods. It was only a couple of miles away from my home but I said no anyways. I don’t really feel like supporting stores who are helping the anti-gun movement. Heck, they even run background checks on the purchase of ammo. Being that we’re near DC, if it weren’t Dicks it would be purchasing from a shooting range or purchasing online and transferring the weapon to a dealer. So instead, we ended up driving about an hour south to Gander Mountain. 

Obviously they had to run a background check, which there seems to be almost no way around that now. I needed 2 forms of I.D. and to fill out a couple of forms. After that, it was all mine. They had a large selection, the employees were helpful and kind, and I finally got my gun! Honestly, I was expecting a much more difficult time being that DC makes it nearly impossible to legally purchase a firearm. I’m sure you’ve all heard about the ONE licensed dealer in DC named Mr. Sykes. He’s been DC’s only licensed dealer since 1994. But thankfully, purchasing was a breeze. 

Coming home, I immediately read the manual and familiarized myself with the gun. Now that I finally have one of my own, I hope to start posting how-to’s and videos for new handgun owners.

What was your first purchase experience like?

Armed Citizen Stops Robbery in Houston

“This is what happens when people take a stand against crime”. Exactly. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Check out this video! A woman was almost a victim of a robbery when an armed citizen steps in, scares the suspects, and waits until the police arrive to take them to prison.

‘Don’t Mess with Texas’ seems to fit this situation well. Remember my friends, you don’t stop crime by taking guns away from law-abiding citizens, you stop crime by placing them in their hands.

Tulsa Oklahoma Parks Soon-To-Be Gun Friendly

State law in Oklahoma says that guns are allowed in parks, it is city ordinance that prohibits them. Currently, parks in Tulsa are ‘gun-free zones’ which will change very soon according the Mayor Breicha.

“City of Tulsa we do not desire to have stricter gun restrictions than what state law allows,” said Jarred Brejcha, of Mayor Bartlett’s administration.

 

Here is the link to the original news story from KTUL:

http://www.ktul.com/story/25346638/tulsa-to-allow-guns-in-parks?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10095135

As usual, a lot of people are uncomfortable with the idea that guns will be permitted around their children. You see and hear comments like:

“Bad, bad idea, and bad law for sure,” said Tulsa city councilor Jack Henderson. He says parks aren’t the place for pistols.

“Parks is about kids having fun,” he said.

 

“I don’t think guns need to be in parks,” said Catherine Cresson.

“Who the hell needs a gun in a park?” asked Daniel Akers.

“Enough can go wrong when you have little kids in a park so I don’t really see a point in adding one more potential hazard,” said Craig Immel.

“I definitely don’t think it’s a place where you would need a gun,” said Justin Vinson.

 

“Who’s gonna take the blame if our child get, if they get shot?” asked Julia Lee Stokes. She is set to have a baby this September and was at the park today with her niece.

 

“The bullet has no name on it. So somebody could be shooting somebody to protect their self, but it could hit one of our children, and then who’s at fault then? Right. So is it gonna be the city’s fault? Are they gonna take blame for our children dying because of a stray bullet?” she asked.

For the average Joe, these comments seem like real concerns. But to say that “parks are for fun, not for guns” is completely ignorant in the sense that they’re assuming bad things never happen in parks. I can recall several experiences that happened in my own cities of residence.

Georgetown, TX- Rachel Cook was kidnapped while running through a park. It’s been over 10 years and her body has never been found.

Stephenville, TX- My first year of college, I attended Tarleton State University. Our city was on lock-down after 3 girls were raped and beheaded in the park. There was also an incident where a man walked up to a random woman watching her son play and stabbed her.

Need more? Ok, well here you go:

http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2008/03/violent-deaths-national-parks

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/justice-story/justice-story-twisted-trail-yosemite-murders-leads-resort-handyman-article-1.1168927

http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/crime/2014/04/20/2-dead-in-shooting-at-tampa-park/7944067/

So much for not needing a gun. Not to mention, gun owners who actually spend time to learn how to properly handle a fire arm know their target and what is behind it, so a ‘stray bullet’ hitting a child would not be the issue that everyone makes it out to be. Either way, I guess gun-control advocates will be opposed to gun freedom no matter what we decide.

To conclude my little article here, I would like to add that comparing current gun freedom laws to the Wild West makes you look extremely uniformed. I mean seriously, is that the best response you have? Like this guy..

“Go back to the saloon days, that’s right, ride horses, that’s what people think of Oklahoma anyway,” said Henderson.

 

 What an intelligent guy! You TOTALLY changed my view on guns.