Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Another look at George Zimmerman's trial*

Yesterday, George Zimmerman's attacker was sentenced to 20 years, according to the Orlando Sentinel. This brings back memories of Zimmerman's killing of Trayvon Martin, and Zimmerman's subsequent trial.

I did not follow Zimmerman's trial day-by-day. But, I remember hearing the testimony of the female medical first-responder who arrived on the scene shortly after the police. She described the injuries to Zimmerman's nose and head, and I said to myself that Zimmerman was innocent.

As stated, I did not follow the trial closely, and my opinion is just that, but Massad Ayoob followed the trial closely, and compiled a series of reports at his Backwoods Home Magazine blog. If you are not acquainted with Ayoob, check his Biography HERE. He is a sought out trainer, expert witness, and speaker.

The following is a compilation of his Zimmerman trial reports.
14. The judge
17. The cops
19. Lessons
The facts are in. The jury decided correctly. It is up to you whether you will accept the clear facts, or stand on illogical emotion. Standing on emotion means you help perpetuate the race problem. Yes, it is sad that Martin was killed in this incident, but the facts show that he attacked Zimmerman, and Zimmerman had every right to defend himself against this unlawful, felonious aggression.

*Author's note: I originally published this when I wrote for Examiner, which is now out of

Friday, October 14, 2016

Two choices

You may not like it, but you only have TWO realistic choices in this 2016 presidential election.

On the Left, you have Hillary Clinton.
Towards the Right, you have Donald Trump.

There are other contenders, but unless you've been smoking wacky weed, you know that they are not going to win.

Read the rest of this over at Good Hill Press.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Defender Award - What a nice surprise

I went to the Gun Rights Policy Coference (GRPC) in Tampa this weekend, to meet and network with many folks in the 2A restoration community. This is a great event, giving the opportunity to meet with such giants in the movement as Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF); Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America (GOA); and David Keene, former president of the NRA and Opinion Page Editor of the Washington Times.

Then there was Alan Gura, the attorney who won both the Heller and McDonald cases at the Supreme Court, Tom Gresham, host of Gun Talk Radio, Mark Walters of Armed American Radio and Jeff Knox of The Firearms Coalition. These are some of the individuals who are giants in the right to keep and bear arms community.

GRPC had an awards luncheon on Saturday, where Alan Gottlieb presented awards to individuals who have made significant contributions to the cause. Imagine my surprise when Alan called out my name as one of the recipients of the SAF Defender of Liberty award for 2016. 

I think if anyone had been looking at me, they would have seen my shocked face. I was glad to see that Cheryl Todd of Gun Freedom Radio received this award, too. 

There were are others who are equally as deserving if not more so. Just to name a few that I know: Rob Morse (Slow Facts), John Richardson (No Lawyers, Only Guns and Money), Rachel Malone (Texas Firearms Freedom), and Dr. John Edeen of Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership (DRGO).

So . . . . what's next? Well, we still don't have Constitutional Carry in Tennessee. The City of Knoxville is still banning guns at Chilhowee Park, the zoo, and Ijams Nature Center; and shooting ranges within the City. Knox County still is banning guns at libraries, Farragut Town Hall's recreation area is posted . . . 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

University of Tennessee weapons policy explained

In my last post, I questioned some SEC coaches' suspension of the Second Amendment for their student-athletes.

As mentioned, that prompted me to take a close look at the University of Tennessee firearms policy. I sent some questions to UTPD. 

After several days wait, and a follow-up email, I received a reply. My questions are in  COURIER BOLD, BLUE, UT Answers are in Arial Orange. All other text is plain text.

Simsen, Karen Ann (Karen) <karen.simsen@tennessee.edu>
9:47 AM (13 hours ago)

Hi Mr. Matthews –
I apologize for the delay in our response.   Below are responses to your questions.  Please send me any follow up questions you may have.  Thank you  - Karen Simsen

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Can SEC coaches suspend a Constitutional Right?

A decade ago, in the aftermath of Katrina, the City of New Orleans violated both the 2nd and 4th Amendment rights of their citizens by confiscating lawfully owned firearms. You may remember THIS video from that time.

Officials, in their officialdom, seem to have a penchant for officially banning/confiscating guns here or there, and everywhere (they can get away with it). As you see from the NOLA* video, that sometimes includes your home. In Buffalo, NY, it is from estates. In California, well let's just say they've got a lot of Goldilocks gun bans in the works.

Then we learned last weekend from Jenn Jaques at Bearing Arms that some SEC football coaches have taken it upon themselves to institute a broad-based ban against firearms by student-athletes. She had picked up on a story over at the Montgomery Advertiser, Can SEC football players own a gun? Depends on each school's policy.

Matthew Stevens at the Advertiser reports that the Advertiser asked 12 different head coaches-
if they had a policy regarding restrictions on their players legally owning a handgun.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Saf-T-Round review

I was turning right from Cedar Bluff onto Kingston Pike recently, when I heard an ad for Saf-T-Rounds on the radio*. I had seen these advertised on the web, and wondered how well they work. Imagine my surprise, the ad said they are made right her in the Knoxville area!

I contacted the company and made arrangements to visit their office,where they showed me their products and told me about the history of their company.  They gave** me a few samples to try, and here are the results:

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Who, or what, is really on the presidential ballot in 2016

In Knox County, Tennessee, we are currently in the midst of an election that includes county commissioners, school board members, and aldermen in Farragut.

But another group on the ballot is judges. In Tennessee, high level judges are appointed, then in order to stay on the court(s), they undergo a retention vote.

For example one race on our ballot reads like this:
Kenny Armstrong
Shall Kenny Armstrong
be retained in office as
a Judge of the Court of
Appeals, Western
Division, or be replaced?
☐ Retain
☐ Replace
Now think about the big issue on the November ballot. On the face of it, it appears to be about electing one of two people to the presidency.

But, the way you should see the presidential race is like this:
Amendment Two*
Shall Amendment Two
be retained in the Bill of
Rights, or removed?
☐ Retain
☐ Remove
. . . That is what is really on the ballot this time. A vote for Hillary Clinton is
  a vote for Australian style gun control, collect and crush. Note in the video that she also uses the term buy-back, which is a favorite leftist term, as if they owned the guns in the first place. Note what she says at about one minute forty seconds, "I think it would be worth considering on the national level, if that could be arranged, ...".

Now, since the Libertarian candidate can't win, voting for him or staying home in a huff, aid and abet Clinton in her quest. Do you really want to remove the Second Amendment from the Bill of Rights for the NEXT FORTY YEARS, perhaps forever. 

Only you can decide what to do in the privacy of the voting booth. Do you want your grandchildren to be like the Normandy flock that saw their priest murdered?

I vote
 ☐ Retain 
That means I vote Trump.

*A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.