Hero With Concealed Carry Firearm Prevents Mass Shooting in SC
I owe the unnamed hero a beer, let me know when you will be in Portland.
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Oregon man helps save museum worker threatened by a man at knifepoint
We've been to the museum a few times. We've also been both mugged and attacked by an armed assailant, yes, more than once. We just seem to be lucky.
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Concealed carry is not for the faint of heart, but then thwarting evil is ever a dangerous business . . .
‘He thought he could help’: Concealed carry gun-wielder intervenes in domestic dispute and is shot dead
. . . for oft evil will shall evil mar.
T.J. Antes a "concealed carry permit holder was trying to intervene in a domestic dispute . . .
Instead, he was killed."
There are lessons to learn here. Mr. Antes did some things right, and made a fatal mistake as well. Overall, Mr. Antes acted in the way we should expect a Marine to act, as a counterpoint to evil, in an attempt to stop a violent man from further violence.
The fatal error is not a dint on what Mr. Antes did but should be evaluated to keep others from making the same mistake. The general rule is once the person acting violent breaks off the encounter, the concealed carry holder should as well. This is not hard and fast, but once the chance of violence has declined, placing oneself in harms way becomes increasingly difficult to justify. This outcome shows us why.
Temper fi, and condolences to his family. I am sure he will be greatly missed. I appreciate his attempt to maintain order in a world seeking to spin ever into chaos. His actions where the actions of a man attempting to do good, and thwart evil, but as evil will, it ultimately destroyed itself by killing Mr. Antes. A long prison sentence for Bradden is the only likely outcome from this encounter.
Once part of the story needs to be corrected because it is simply factually wrong.
The "journalist" writes, "As the number of states allowing people to carry guns has increased, reports of injuries and deaths have also risen." This is an absolutely false statement.
Some background history, the general move from "may issue" to "shall issue" concealed handgun licensing for most states occurred from the mid 1980s through about 2005 when the emphasis shifted from a move to "shall issue" to "Constitutional carry", essentially the right to carry without the need for a permit.
FBI statistics show that in 1960 the rate of violent crime in the US was 160.9 per 100,000 population. The violent crime rate rose unrelentingly thereafter. And by the mid 1980s the states were taking action to allow their citizens to protect themselves by adopting "shall issue" concealed carry laws.
by 1986 the violent crime rate was 620.1 per 100,000 population. As the states increasingly adopted concealed carry laws the violent crime rate slowed, plateaued and then reversed. The rate was 758.1 in 1991, and then dropped to 506.5 in 2000, and further dropped to 469.0 in 2005. During the slow early adoption of "shall issue" concealed carry laws by states the violent crime rates continued to rise somewhat, but as more states adopted these laws, the crime rate plateaued, and finally dropped. The violent crime rate today after myriad states have adopted "Constitutional carry" is even lower at 375.7 per 100,000 population.
There is no evidence to support the fact that reports of injuries and deaths has also risen. The evidence does support a serious decline in violent crime, however. The same evidence holds for murder in the US and nearly every other serious or violent crime.
The "journalist" points the readers to a few anecdotal stories as apparent proof.
In a different vein, it is interesting that the new face of the American $20 bill will be a black, republican, gun toting, chick who fought the Democrat party for the liberty of an entire peoples, and, with a bit of help, won! You go girl! I would do anything to get rid of the racist, Democrat bigot front man on the bill today. Thanks Obama! Perhaps for the first time I actually mean it.
Apparently, "controversial" now means the few journalists who disagree, have their panties in a wad . . .
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. . . since the law passed by veto-proof majorities in both houses.
"The law, which allows full-time employees to carry concealed handguns, protects higher education institutions from monetary liability for handgun use. Those who want to carry guns on campus have to notify law enforcement and have a valid conceal carry permit. According to the Tennessean, handguns can’t be brought into stadiums or gymnasiums, and the law doesn’t allow students to carry handguns on campus.
Faculty and staff also can’t carry concealed handguns in meetings for discussing disciplinary or tenure issues, or into hospitals, according to the Associated Press."
First let me say, concealed handgun license holders are the safest, most law abiding large group of people in any state. Police have far more incidents of criminality.
Second, this law is a good tentative start but it does not go nearly far enough.
Third, all venues, or properties which are open to the public but do not allow concealed carry under the state license should be strictly liable for the protection of everyone within the location who is proscribed from self defense. This is to say all injuries or deaths related to a self defense event would be the absolute liability of the property owner. This should include all public buildings including courthouses. Further all such entities shall carry insurance to cover this strict, and absolute liability.
Then let the chips fall where they may. Property owners who wish to limit legal concealed carry on premises, would have to put their insurance money where there mouths were, and the insurers would undoubtedly require lots of highly trained professionals to ensure no self defense events occurred.
This would address the Governors concerns, level the playing field, and address the concerns of the Legislature.
PSU Protesters Want to Ban THESE From Campus; They AREN'T Joking...
. . . but watching the failure parade does make one feel better about one's own children.
It's "Portland" State University, what can you expect? Here at the home of kaleidoscope eye progressivism, this rates as Monday. This level of ignorance permeates the entire community from the clown college they employ as City Council right on down to the PSU students.
"It’s hard to even comprehend college students such as these Portland State University students can get even MORE stupid but they sure do try hard.
From Campus Reform:
Students at Portland State University (PSU) shut down a Board of Trustees meeting with accusations that the school perpetuates a “corrupt decadent white-supremacist capitalist patriarchy hetero-patriarchy.” [emphasis added]"
Wait for it! You know it gets better, it's Portland!
"'I’m a transwoman of color and for me to just walk across campus, like, that’s, I mean—I see you [points to a police officer standing in the room] and I think that’s great, like, that you’re, you know, um, like, you’re here, but, like, you know, like, what you represent to people like me is that, like, is violence, the threat of violence, and I hope you know that, and just, like, basically, I do not feel safe here. I’m pretty sure all of you do not feel safe here with, like, men with guns here, and mind you, Oregon was founded on white supremacist capitalist ideology,” she said to a round of applause from her fellow protesters."
The sound of his, er, her, er, um, it's voice is so enjoyed by it, that it can't stop talking even when it has nothing to say, but jabberwocky. Sorry sweetie, I, like, don't, you know, like, um, er, like, um, you know, guns, you're, you know, like, threat, um, er, violence. Sweetie, perhaps you could hire someone who can string an entire sentence together to speak for you, because you are an idiot.
Perhaps it was the ozone. The levels in the room must have been EPA ThreatCon I what with all those "well-educated" brains, smoking, sparking, and farting. The tragedy is these incoherent, mindless, fools believe they are educated. But a 5 minute conversation with one will prove otherwise. They speak only in platitudes, linked occasionally by "thinking words." Or, on really good days, you only get the platitudes sans conjunctions, or "thinking words." These conversations play like a wildly inappropriate platitude association game. You say a word, they list all the platitudes which can be used in response to that word.
You ignorant troll, the only racists here are you, and your fellow travelers. If you are worried about armed white men in Portland, not cops mind you, your worries are completely misplaced. Whitey with a Concealed Handgun License is the least criminal cohort in the population, they are about as criminal as quadriplegic monks.
crimeresearch.org: Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States
On the other hand, blacks and muslims are dangerous folks. "Black on white crime is higher and more prevalent than white on black crime. Apparently this chick hasn’t taken a stats class or bothered to look at Black Criminals, White Victims, and White Guilt." Portland Christmas tree bomber gets 30 years as questions about arrest linger. Notice how "white" he looks? Me neither. In fact, he looks amazingly like the chick here, well, thinner.
As Pogo said, "We have met the enemy, and he is us."
What you should be concerned about is female genital mutilation.
Female Genital Mutilation Is A U.S. Problem, Too.
It is time to simply cut the cord completely on state funding of higher education. This is no longer a productive enterprise. Until a more reasonable alternative exists, I would be very careful about hiring one of these "educated" idiots.
Customer with concealed carry permit fatally shoots ax-wielding attacker at 7-Eleven | Fox News
. . . because gun trumps axe pretty much every time. Politicians love to claim they are public servants performing a public service, while they lie, cheat, steal, and defraud the taxpayers. Concealed carry license holders pretty much say nothing, or very little, but when needed they perform an actual public service. And then return to their quiet lives.
"The customer who shot the suspect is described as a 60-year-old Seattle man who visits the store every morning to get coffee. His name was not immediately released." They may not know his name, but I bet they call him "Hero" from here on out.
If you have the disposition, obtain your concealed handgun license, practice weekly, become proficient, and carry all the time. It would be horrible to have to shoot a lunatic like this, but even worse to watch the lunatic chop down the clerk, and then come after you, and your loved ones.
Hat tip: Instapundit