Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Philandro Castile debacle - what can we learn?

Knoxville Police Motorcycle
photo by Liston Matthews
There's nothing you or I can do for Philandro Castile. But what can we do to minimize the chances of our suffering the same fate he did?

So, here's some food for thought. Please chime in with your ideas.

The police officer on patrol is analogous to the Apex Predator in the wild.
His job includes many duties, such as catching criminals, catching drunk drivers, and so forth. One of those jobs is to catch those of us who violate traffic laws. He may very well be on an adrenaline rush when pulls you or me over. He may be agitated because of something he has just experienced. . .
Our job is to help him complete the traffic stop, without the benign traffic stop advancing to the point that we get killed.

NRA Summer Membership Drive


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Right now, the NRA is offering a great deal on Life Memberships. The regular price is $1500.00. Through the month of July, these Life Memberships are only $600.00

If you want to join, but now is not the best time to ante up the six C notes, then they have other options available, also:

  • 1 Year Membership - $30.00 (Regularly $40)*
  • 5 Year Membership - $100.00 (Regularly $140)
  • 3 Year Membership - $85.00 (Regularly $100)

If you are interested in taking advantage of any of these deals, you will need to act quickly, because when July is in your rear view mirror, they will be gone. Just click on the NRA logo above, and it will take you to my NRA Recruiter page, where you can sign up.

This would be an ideal time to give a life membership to a young person in your family. Prices may never be this low again. (Then again, maybe they will.)

You will have your choice of these publications with your membership:

American HunterAmerican Rifleman   
Shooting IllustratedFirst Freedom 

*Check out the math. $1500.00 (regular life membership) at $40.00 per year would take 37.5 years to pay. But, you know in that time the life membership as well as the annual membership would have gone up some number of times. That makes the $600.00 deal really look good.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A tale of two lawsuits

Chilhowee Park photo by Liston Matthews
This narrative begins in the year ought-nine, although there is a history that goes back (should one care to look) five score years, or so.

For the purposes of brevity, flash back to the turbulent decade of the sixties, to the year sixty-two, in the Borough of Noxingham. At that time, the local burgesses, fearing a serf uprising, saw fit to disarm serfs who entered parks. Thus they outlawed muskets, blunderbusses, pepperboxes, pistols, dirks, Bowie knives, revolvers, &ca., from all areas that were generally known as parks.

In ought-nine, the lawgivers in Nashtown issued a decree, duly signed by the Governor-General, that pistols and revolvers would no longer be outlawed in state parks, provided the citizenry carried a permission slip issued by the chief constabulary of the state. But those lawgivers gave local boroughs, parishes, villages and counties permission to continue outlawing all such weaponry in local parks.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Guns now legal on KAT buses

WATE reports that the City of Knoxville has quietly changed its position regarding guns on KAT (Knoxville Area Transit) buses. A new law that went into effect July 1, 2017 requires bus stations, etc., to either provide certain security measures, including such things as metal detectors and controlled access if they are going to have a wholesale prohibition of weapons. The City decided to not spend the money. After all, even if they could control access in the bus terminals, they certainly can't control access at every bus stop.

This means that if you have a valid handgun carry permit, signs such as this in Tennessee don't apply to you. In spite of permit holders being the most law-abiding group or citizens, bar none, officials can't seem to comprehend this is not the same hoodlum group that keeps robbing, raping, and murdering in our cities.

Seems there are only two ways to get bull-headed potentates to see the light.

  1. Legislate them into compliance
  2. Litigate them into compliance

They don't seem to be able to comprehend that the individuals that need to be prohibited from carrying onto KAT buses, and into other venues are already prohibited by Federal law from having a single Barney Fife bullet in their pocket.

Keep calm and carry!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

What's that you say, Matt Lauer?

Today on Today, Matt Lauer, in a conversation with Texas Rep. Roger Williams and Zack Barth, his legislative correspondent, said*,

"Think what would have happened had that gunman not been opposed by those first two officers during those first three minutes before the Alexandria Police got there."
Well, Matt, that's essentially what we armed self defense advocates have been saying all along. You know, when seconds count, the police are just minutes away.

But our duly elected representatives in Washington are forcibly disarmed each day when they go to work. You see, they, like you, Matt Lauer, work in a "Gun Free Zone". This ball practice session was early in the morning before work. Had any of the congressmen been armed there (in Virginia), they would have had to go back home and disarm before going on to do the people's business.

Fortunately the whip, Rep. Scalise, had a security detail due to his position in the House of Representatives. They were able to return fire and take the perp out.

So, Matt Lauer, it's time to get on board with HR. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. This would allow average Joe Citizens as well as congresspersons to carry a defensive firearm in the District of Columbia, provided they may legally carry back home.

When it comes to these massacres, the carnage is mitigated when someone with a gun returns fires. If that is a person already on the scene, whether police or private citizen, more lives are saved.
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*Lauer's statement is about five minutes in, near the end of the interview.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Gun bill signed by Haslam

Haslam signs bill requiring additional security where governments ban guns says the headline in the Knoxville News Sentinel.

There are some good features in the bill*, but it also expands some gun-ban zones. You might think that it fixes some of the problems with the Guns in Parks bill. But. . .it still does not address this issue:

If you are going to an event such as a fair in a high-crime area of a city, and that event is posted, you still must disarm yourself to walk from your car to the "secure" venue. 

Another gun-ban zone, the VA in Knoville
Meanwhile big-city mayors, governors, and others of our betters still get armed security on your dime.









*This appears to be the final version that became law, but don't bet the farm on it.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

What's wrong with campus carry for Tennessee adjunct faculty?



Last Tuesday, March 7, I had the opportunity to be on a panel with John Becker of WBIR-TV of Knoxville, and Don Bosch, a Knoxville attorney. The subject was a bill in the Tennessee Legislature which would extend handgun carry "privileges" to part-time employees in colleges and universities. I suggest you go watch the video HERE, then come back and read on. . .

Have you ever been in a situation where, after leaving, you have a head slapping moment, and you say to yourself, "I should have said _____!" Well, that didn't exactly happen here, but in order to present my point better next time there is an opportunity, I think it is a good idea to go back and analyze our discussion.

With that in mind, here is my analysis of that panel. Our conversation is color-coded, and I have included my observations [in green].

Becker - A big issue facing state lawmakers today is access to guns on college campuses. A new bill looks to expand guns on campuses allowing part-time employees to carry.* It came before a House subcommittee this afternoon and that bill is an extension of a law passed last year that allows full-time campus employees to carry guns. That became law without Governor Bill Haslam's signature.