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On the Radio While Working from Home

March 30, 2020

I’m lucky to share my thoughts with you here at Slow Facts. I am also on the radio every week, and sometimes several times a week. I don’t do it often, but thought I’d share that with you so you know what I’ve been doing. I get to talk with fascinating people.

Eye on the Target Radio- Disarming the Good Guys, Gun Control Cost Lives in Ohio- 15 march, 2020

Polite Society Podcast- Politics and Guns- 17 march, 2020

The King’s Report, Pastor Sean Moon- Talking about a good guy with a gun- 19 march, 2020

Bill Frady’s Lock-N-Load radio- Guns and Freedom- 23 march, 2020

Self-Defense Gun Stories Podcast- weekly reporting and commentary on self-defense- 24 march, 2020

Good Gun Bad Guy with Dan Wos- Episode 2, Guns in the Age of Coronavirus- 28 march, 2020


Each week brings new challenges. I recorded a podcast this morning and will record two other shows tonight. Thank goodness I’m retired and my wife puts up with this.

Thank you for all you do.

Lock N Load Radio



Orange Man Bad- The Media Will Blame Trump for Every Dead Body

March 30, 2020

Accurate criticism is invaluable when we want to correct our mistakes. In contrast, unwarranted criticism propels us to do something foolish. You’ve felt that truth in your personal life. Now we are seeing that same dynamic played out on the national stage as the media criticises the Trump administration’s handling of the Wuhan virus. This is what I saw during the reporting on the Wuhan virus;

We want the news media to give us us useful distinctions and insights into world events. Disproportionate complaint is not a substitute for good reporting.

  • President Trump was criticized as xenophobic and reactionary when he stopped visitors from China entering the US due to the Wuhan virus.
  • President Trump was criticized when he asked us to quarantine at home.
  • President Trump was criticized when he pointed out that New York state had many ventilators in storage they were not using.

I’m noticing a pattern. I predict that if the epidemic died out tomorrow, then President Trump would be blamed for every person who dies with the Wuhan virus, even if they didn’t die from the Wuhan virus. In contrast, if the president kept the quarantine in place for six months, he  would be blamed for destroying the economy and locking people out of work.

The president will be blamed for doing too little, doing too much, acting too early, and acting too late.
That isn’t helpful.

Those complaints on the news might sell car insurance, but they aren’t helpful when we try to figure out the right thing to do. We’ve seen some socialists governments ignore the virus until many people were infected at once. That means we can do too little and do it too late. We know that unemployment leads to addiction and suicide. We already have states where the number of suicide deaths exceeds the number of deaths from the Wuhan virus. That means we don’t want to do too much for too long.

We don’t want to make the cure worse than the disease, and that takes good judgement.

I’ve spoken to doctors I respect. They suggested we quarantine people whose health is at risk if they caught the virus so they don’t all get the virus at once. I’ve also read a limited number of reports that quarantine of assisted living institutions was ineffective in stopping this virus. That contradiction means we have more to learn about good public health practice.

These doctors also said, “Wash your hands.” Unless you have an obsessive-compulsive disorder, I know that is good advice.

There is plenty of criticism to go around. The media ignored the fact that New York State hid ventilators they had in storage while Governor Cuomo complained on the news that people were dying due to lack of ventilators. The media ignored that California’s Democrat governors sold their state’s mobile emergency hospitals, ventilators, and hospital supplies. The media ignored that the Obama-Biden administration disregarded three government reports that highlighted the lack of ventilators in hospitals. The media ignored the news when Canada and Mexico shut their borders with the US. The media’s selective outrage offends me and causes me not to trust the news media.

Politicians often make bad decisions for the wrong reasons. The public pays the price. I’m afraid we’re also taking bad advice from the news media when it comes to public policy. Their mis-reporting of the facts distorts our view of the world and, in turn, lets our politicians hide from the truth.

Turning the Wuhan virus outbreak into a media sensation
will cost us billions of dollars in bad public health policies,
and may cost us lives of those unemployed.

I understand the plight of the news media. Today, the legacy media is desperate for viewers because the web has taking their advertising dollars. The media is selling shock-and-outrage in order to hang onto the few viewers it has left. That is a bad prescription to cure a business problem.. and it’s also making us sick.

Would the media please leave satire for the Babylon Bee
rather than putting it on the air masquerading as news.

I think this is more than my personal bias. I want the media to give us the facts and context so we can decide what to do for ourselves.


There is No Emergency Shutdown of the Second Amendment

March 28, 2020

Give someone power if you want to see their character. Unfortunately, the usual characters have revealed themselves during the Wuhan virus epidemic. Government officials asked citizens to limit their contact with others in order to slow the spread of the virus. Some government officials went well beyond that. They closed roads, released jail inmates, refused to arrest or prosecute suspects, closed gun stores, and refused to process firearms applications. It is precisely during such an emergency that we need government officials to stay within their authority.. and not one inch beyond.

Stay at home orders- New York Times

Lots of us wanted a firearm after we saw criminals released from jail and law enforcement refuse to respond to calls. We increased the rate of firearms sales up to four fold, and up to eight fold for sales of ammunition. The instant background check system run by the FBI was overwhelmed. State agencies added weeks of delays to complete a firearms transfer..if the state bothered to process the applications at all.

The sheriff of Los Angeles County, CA told stores to close. The mayor of LA said they would shut off water and power to stores that stayed open. The county council, the lawyer who advises LA county officials, told the sheriff not to close gun stores or he would face lawsuits. The sheriff rescinded and then reinstated his order to close stores. As predicted, he was sued by four human rights organizations within hours. Sheriffs in Pennsylvania and New York said they would not process concealed carry firearm applications. Officials in New Jersey and Illinois simply stopped processing the permits required to purchase a firearm.. and they were sued.

gun stores ordered to close-

The order to close gun shops and the refusal to process state required firearms paperwork is a significant confession on the part of these law enforcement officials. They are saying that they are more important than you are, that they should have guns and you shouldn’t. Many of these government officials were quickly sued for violation of civil rights under color of law. Government officials don’t have the power to suspend the constitution and violate civil rights. They exceeded their authority.

Some government officials were more reasonable. A city in Texas told firearms stores to close, but then the Texas Attorney General said that local officials did not have that authority. To their credit, some governors stood up and said civil rights have to be respected, particularly during a time of crisis. Perhaps these governors remembered what happened in Los Angeles when police refused to respond to violence and civilians were left on their own to defend themselves from violent rioters. The Feds said that firearms manufacturers, distributors and sellers were essential.

armed korean shopkeepers during Los Angeles riots

Idaho took the Wuhan crisis to heart and expanded the segment of people who have a right to carry concealed without a permit. Called “permitless carry”, that right only applied to state residents. Soon in Idaho, permitless carry applies to all legal US residents who may legally possess a firearm. Sensible government officials also extended the expiration dates for concealed carry permits just as they had for existing drivers licenses that could not be renewed during the quarantine. If only all government officials were that smart.

The lesson is clear. If it is too dangerous for a government official too to sit at their desk and process paperwork, then it is a state of emergency. The state has admitted that it can not fulfill its obligations to honest citizens. Under those emergency conditions, permits should not be required for citizens with a clean criminal record to own, transfer, or carry a firearm. We’ve used that same relief valve during hurricanes, wildfires and earthquakes when civil government ceases to exist. Your rights and your safety take precedence over the convenience of a bureaucrat.

That lesson sounds obvious, but some politicians are blinded by their bigotry against honest citizens protecting themselves. Now we know the officials who don’t trust us, and in whom we should not place our trust. We gave them power, and they revealed the shortcomings in their character.

The original article is here with sources. I gave you 600 words. Please like, comment, and share them with a friend. RM


What an Amazing Country is this USA

March 25, 2020

We are amazing. This season, the flu has already killed 20 thousand of us in the USA. Before the season ends this summer, we’re expected to lose another 15 thousand lives. A similar disease, the Wuhan virus, might kill a hundred thousand of us, but most of us will catch it and hardly know we’ve had the disease. The difference in the two types of flu tells us a little about the viruses involved, but our response tells us a huge amount about our character. Here is the news, the good and the bad, as I see it today.

One out of a thousand of us will die from the flu. The victims are typically people in poor health and with a compromised immune system. If you think back, lots of us eventually lost our grandparents to the flu. The Wuhan virus might kill five of us per thousand, 0.5%, but it will particularly hurt those of us with pre-existing lung and heart issues, and those with diabetes.

We’ve seen far worse epidemics. A century ago, the Spanish flu killed about 41 million of us world wide, or about 2 percent of us. The concern with the Wuhan flu isn’t that it is so deadly, but that it is so targeted.

The Wuhan flu attacks our lungs. Breathing becomes harder and harder. We die when we get too tired to breathe any longer. That is why mechanical ventilators save the lives of critical patients by breathing for them until they heal. That explains the sudden increase in mortality when the number of seriously sick people outnumbers the available beds with ventilators and nurses to operate them. Doctors, nurses, and technicians can save us if they are healthy and have the tools they need.

So why are we staying home, losing our jobs and our patience, over the lives of one-out-of-200 Americans? We are doing so because we can. It is a measure of our wealth and our compassion that we won’t leave a small segment of our neighbors to die without fighting for their lives. Other countries have refused to treat the aged and infirmed. We made the opposite decision. As a people, we have, and we will, accept great risks so long as we all share equally in that risk. In this case, the risk isn’t shared at all. It is concentrated on a few of us, and that feels unfair.

Most of us are going to get sick and then recover from the Wuhan flu, but we’re trying to do it slowly. Most of us won’t notice our infection. I hope you’re one of them. Some of us will spend an uncomfortable evening in bed with a slight fever. Then, we’ll get back to our lives. At some strange point in time, we’ll want to go out in public again so the few of us who escaped the flu will get it and develop a natural immunity.

Our decision to put our lives on hold says volumes about the American character.
We sacrifice our comfort to save a few percent of us.

You can argue that our response isn’t financially wise. You might be right. You can argue that the government response brought out the worst of political corruption, and I think you’re absolutely correct. We can go too far in our compassion and in our trust of politicians to do the right thing in a crisis. Let’s look at what we did this time.

This was a bold, emotional, unified, committed, and courageous decision. It will be criticised, analized, and parsed as to who came out ahead and who paid an unfair share of the burden. We will argue that we did too little, did too much, acted too early, and acted too late.

Good for us. Let’s criticise the mistakes we made and the people who made them. Let’s learn all that we can from this situation.

Let us also appreciate what happened. We will have some people struck down by unexplained illness. That seems unavoidable in any large population. But we decided to watch reruns of old TV shows rather than roll sick people into the hallway to die because we couldn’t treat them. We made that decision before it happened, and now we’re paying the price and watching old movies.

I like my fellow Americans a little better for us making this decision. Thank you. I tip my hat in respect to you, and when this is over, I owe you a beer. And at least for a while, wash your hands.


Yes, You Need a Gun During the Virus Scare..and After

March 23, 2020

You want to have a gun before you need it. Advocates of armed defense have been saying that for decades, though recent events underlined their point. Last month, sentencing reforms in some states effectively decriminalized theft under about 900$. We saw stores stripped by flash-mobs. Police refused to investigate a “misdemeanor” crime even though the total loss may be tens-of-thousands of dollars. Those sentencing revisions also let more serious criminals out of jail without bail. The revolving door of injustice spun pretty fast after that. Last week, some cities let convicted thugs out of jail because of a flu virus. States closed gun shops and promise to arrest you if you leave your home. Police in some cities refuse to respond to crime in progress due to the risk from public contact. Yes, you need a gun.. and you need a lot more.

These recent headlines highlight an obvious fact. These events let us see that we are on our own. If we’re attacked, the police arrive after we’ve gotten to safety, after we’ve made the call to 911, and if law enforcement has personnel available to help us. It is up to us to defend ourselves until the police arrive.

That realization changed last week, but only by a matter of degree. Now we’re in the middle of a virus scare and police may or may not respond to our calls. Today, law enforcement in many cities are refusing to come to the scene of the crime if the criminal threat is gone. As you’d expect, crime increases when criminals are not pursued, arrested, jailed, charged, and prosecuted. Today, you are at a greater risk, but you were never completely safe.

Many people wanted to believe that they’d be safer if they were unarmed. Our experience with armed citizens says otherwise, and so do the recent headlines. Many people who were only vaguely aware of self-defense now see the need for a personal firearm. I’m sorry, but for many of you it is too late to become armed defenders.

First, you’d need a gun. Some states said that gun shops were “non-essential businesses” so they were told to close their doors. We’ve seen panic buying that emptied store shelves. If you wanted a gun, now you’re too late.

You thought you needed a gun, but you also need a holster, ammunition, and cleaning supplies for that firearm. Some states require a permit before you may buy a gun. Some states also stopped processing those firearms purchase permits. If you’re not ready now, then you’re too late.

You want to protect yourself and your family, but two thirds of aggravated assaults happen away from home. That means that you might need a permit to legally carry a firearm as you walk to your mailbox. States that disregard the right of self-defense have stopped processing those concealed carry permits.

The advocates for armed defense have been warning you about these infringements for years, and now you’re too late.

You thought that owning a gun would make you safer, but a firearm is useless without the skills to use it. Fortunately, defending your family from thugs coming up the stairs doesn’t take a lot of skill. Unfortunately, it takes skill to defend your family from several thugs converging on you at night from between the parked cars in the grocery store parking lot. If you haven’t developed that skill, then you’re depending on luck, and there are usually several attackers.

How did you get here? The public receives the public policies for which they voted. Now, you’re paying the price with your family’s safety. I hope you’re one of the lucky ones and no one is hurt.

I like that you want to defend your family. Now defend the right to do so. The right of honest citizens to keep and bear arms should not be infringed. This virus scare will pass, but the infringements on your rights of armed defense will remain.. until you remove them. Don’t wait until November. Secure your rights before you need them. Become politically active now, or the rights you lost will be lost forever.. and then you’re depending on luck.

Please rate, comment, and share this article with a friend. RM


You Just Bought a Firearm for the First Time, Now What? – Down Range with Chris Wagoner

March 22, 2020

Words of wisdom from Chris Wagoner. RM.


“ need to be a responsible firearm owner.. take it from someone that has owned and used firearms for more than 40 years and as part of my daily life, both as a police officer and firearms instructor, GET TRAINED!

“The very first thing you should learn if you are thinking of or have a firearm are the four cardinal rules of gun safety..

  • Treat all firearms as they are loaded, regardless if they are or not!
  • Never point a firearm at anything unless you are willing to kill or destroy it!
  • Always identify your target, and what is beyond it!
  • Keep your finger off of the trigger until you are on target and ready to shoot!

Read all of Chris’s article here: You Just Bought a Firearm for the First Time, Now What? – Down Range with Chris Wagoner

It Appears Impossible To Legally Buy A Handgun In DC | The Daily Caller

March 21, 2020

And DC judges can’t see an infringement. SMH RM

“..there is no legal way for a resident of Washington, D.C. to buy a new handgun, because Sykes was the only person permitted to facilitate transfers.”

Read it all here: It Appears Impossible To Legally Buy A Handgun In DC | The Daily Caller

Data Study: Ammo Sales Continue to Soar in Wake of Coronavirus Panic

March 20, 2020 gives us some numbers on increased ammunition sales. RM

“The table lists states by sales volume with Texas having the largest sales volume and South Dakota the least. It also shows the top three ammo calibers for each state listed so that you can see which calibers have sold the most in each state, and their corresponding sales increase since February 23rd.

Source: Data Study: Ammo Sales Continue to Soar in Wake of Coronavirus Panic

No Cops to Save You, but Too Bad You Couldn’t Get a Gun to Protect Yourself

March 20, 2020

You might not have wanted a gun before, but now you do. You’ve seen the empty shelves in grocery stores. You read in the news that some police departments are taking longer to respond because of the outbreak of the Wuhan virus. Some police departments are conserving their resources and only responding to critical incidents in progress. The whole situation sounds unbelievable until you read that unarmed shoppers in California were robbed of their groceries. That is why many people decided they suddenly needed a gun for self-protection. Some gun stores reported a five-fold increase in sales. The Federal National Instant Background Check system reported processing three times the number of applications compared to a year ago.. if you could get a gun at all. Many citizens who wanted to buy a gun ran into our bizarre gun-control scheme and were disarmed. That wasn’t all they learned.

These gun buyers discovered that buying a gun legally wasn’t as easy as they thought. After you’ve passed your state and federal background checks, then the gun buyer must wait an additional ten days if you’re a resident of California. You’ll wait an additional 14 days if you live in Hawaii. In theory, there is only a six month wait to get a permit to purchase a gun in New Jersey, but New Jersey stopped processing applications. There, the good guys are disarmed by gun-control.

Lots of new gun buyers found out that the mainstream media lied to them. They discovered that you can’t buy a gun online. They found out that democrat politicians lied when they said it is easier to buy a gun than to buy a book. These new gun buyers crashed head-first into the 23 thousand firearms regulations we have in the US. That system isn’t easy for anyone.

In theory, these regulations prevent a known criminal from getting a gun. In practice, the bad guys get their guns the same way they get their drugs; the criminals get their guns illegally. These thousands of regulations disarmed the honest citizen who wants to obey the law.

How does disarming the honest citizens make us safer?
Millions of new gun owners and their families are now asking themselves that very question.

The practice and theory of gun-control are wildly different. Gun control laws are not designed to do what the politicians say they do. Gun-control laws are designed to put a politician in front of a camera while he reads a glowing press release. The politician slaps a wonderful sounding title on more regulations that don’t stop crime any better than the last ink-on-paper did. The news media nods with approval and refuses to ask for evidence that this charade really works. The media stays silent because their job depends on being invited to the next press release.

When this political-theater is presented to us in the news, most of us didn’t ask how gun-control was supposed to keep us safe. For millions of us, that changed last week. Today, more of us are asking that question as the recent wave of want-to-be gun owners were disarmed.

Gun-control has never stopped crime. Gun prohibition was designed to stop you from protecting yourself while pretending to make you safe. Now that you’re threatened, you are supposed to go pay a politician for an exemption, or pay so the police will protect you after you were denied the tools of self-defense.

That scheme is tried and true. It is as old as politicians and prohibition. Many citizens didn’t believe that gun-control worked that way until they saw it with their own eyes.

Now they know.. and so do you.

I gave you 600 words. Please share them with a friend. RM

After the Virus Scare, How Do I Own a Gun?

March 18, 2020

Long lines outside a gun store in Culver City, CA. Photo from

The Wuhan virus inspired lots of new people to buy guns. That is both unusual and common. Many people didn’t expect to be gun owners until they suddenly found out they needed a firearm. The good news is that we’ve lived with firearms for hundreds of years. We’ve learned how to live with them safely and and use them reliably. That body of best-practice is called the gun culture. The first thing a new gun owner needs to learn is that you can learn from others. Yes, a firearm can be dangerous if you mishandle it. Welcome to the gun culture, and the more you learn the safer you’ll be.

How do I talk about gun ownership with my family and colleagues?

Our discussion needs to start with people. You might plan to use a gun to protect your family, protect your business, or protect yourself as you travel in public. In each case, I hope you included your family and co-workers in your safety plans. Yes, you want to keep your kids safe, but no, you don’t want your children showing their playmates where you put your new gun. You want your colleagues at work to be able to help you in an emergency. That takes instruction, planning, and practice.

At home, you must child-proof your guns and gun-proof your children. That is important because yours isn’t the only home with new firearms. Your children have to know what to do when they see a gun. Please go a step further, so your children are a role model who can guide other children in what to do when they see an unsecured firearm. Your education program may be the Eddie Eagle program for youngsters, or enroling your teenagers in a firearms safety class. That safety class is also a great place for adults to enter the gun culture.

Now that I brought the gun home, how do I store it?

Welcome to one of the great compromises in the firearms culture. The perfect solution means that your firearm is both secure from unauthorized users while ready for immediate use. We’re still looking for that perfect solution. Keeping your unloaded firearm in the factory cardboard box under your bed isn’t a great idea. An unloaded firearm kept separate from your ammunition isn’t very useful. A loaded firearm in your bedroom closet isn’t secure. Many of us put our loaded handguns into small locked boxes like this one. The rest of the time, we keep the loaded firearm on our body in a holster. It is an imperfect solution.

How do I use a gun to protect my family?

That is the key question for many of us. Who do you want to protect? Where do you want to protect them, and how does your firearm fit with your other layers of protection? The answer depends on your particular situation. The best solution is the one that avoids armed conflict. That is why you need a plan. Many firearms instructors will come to your home or office and help build your personal protection plans. Talk to the instructor about applying for your concealed carry permit. You must learn the gun laws in your state before you travel with your firearm.

For a start, you’ll want to lock your doors and windows. You won’t open your door to strangers at night. You also need some range time with an instructor to learn how to manipulate your firearm. Ask the local gun store, the local shooting range, and search the web to find an instructor near you. You also need to find a place to practice with your firearm. The other adults and teenagers in your family need to practice too.

When should I use a gun to defend my family?

That topic is formally called the legal use of lethal force. The particular answers vary from state to state. The broad answer is that you use a firearm when you’ve run out of better options and have to use it. You may use lethal force to defend an innocent person when they face an immediate, lethal, and unavoidable threat. Your response also has to be proportional to the threat. That is why you can shoot an armed intruder who kicks down your door at night, but you can’t shoot your neighbor’s three year old who grabs a steak knife off the kitchen table and waves it around.

Retreat if you can so so safely. Don’t use deadly force to protect property. Most criminals run away to find easier victims when they see you’re armed. Don’t trade shots with criminals. Shoot until the threat stops, and then call the police.

Because of the way our brain works in an emergency, you can only use the plans you’ve rehearsed ahead of time.

What else do I need to know?

A few bullet points don’t make you a competent and informed gun owner. I’ve given you the crudest map so you can orient yourself in a new world of armed defense. The key point is that other people have learned to live with a gun and you can learn from them. Most gun owners want you to be a responsible and informed firearms owner. The more you learn the safer you’ll be, and there is so much to learn.

I gave you 900 words. Please share them with the new gun owners who needs them. RM

Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, and here on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob was an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor. He has taken over 400 hours of instruction on self-defense, the legal use of force, and emergency medicine/trauma care.


Are Bureaucrats Shutting Down Schools for Their Benefit, or for Yours?

March 16, 2020

Local schools are closed due to the Wuhan virus. Is that a good idea, or a bad one? The lockdown is bad news if you’re a young, ordinary family with two working parents of school-age children. The shutdown is great news if that family also has grandma living with them. The results depend on your situation, but the decision was never made for your benefit.

The school shut down for a reason. Children are one of the least likely age groups to be seriously affected by the Wuhan virus, but that hardly matters. If Little Johnny is going to school every day and gets seriously sick, then the school will be sued for not shutting down. It is cheaper for the bureaucrats to send Little Johnny home than pay legal bills. It is much more expensive for you to be off work, but the school bureaucrats don’t have to pay for that. You pay because the school year is longer, and you also pay because you have to juggle work hours and parenting hours more tightly.

We see different incentives when a manager isolates an old folks home. People with a compromised immune system or lung disease are at serious risk of prolonged illness or death from the virus. Isolating those patients today means that fewer of them will be infected tomorrow. The staff at the old folks home won’t be overtaxed so they can provide adequate care. That saves lives.

The mayor shut down the hotels and casinos in his city for a different reason. Isolation blunts the rate of infection. Isolation buys us time to develop vaccines and for more people in good health to develop immunity to the virus through the slow process of infection and recovery. Isolation spreads the illness through time so hospitals are not overwhelmed by patients in acute respiratory collapse. The mayor really wants to avoid that at all costs.

Once the hospital runs out of treatment beds, then the local hospital will start selecting which patients to treat and which patients to simply monitor as the illness runs its course. Lots of voters will be angry at the hospital and at the mayor if grandma dies because there wasn’t a bed for her. Grandma might die of the virus anyway, but the mayor won’t be blamed as long as the hospital had a room and grandma was fully treated. The mayor wants to avoid the pages of bad press that results if the hospital starts triaging patients. The mayor can put you out of work by shutting down your job, but that choice probably won’t cost him the next election.

Families, bureaucrats, and politicians face different incentives. Their incentives have little to do with the seriousness of the particular public health risks we face. When faced with a complex situation, politicians often make self-serving decisions due to the incentives they face. They wrap their selfish decision in the cloak of the public good.

This virus also exposes some of the organizational weaknesses in our healthcare system. We pay for empty hospital beds and for unused supplies with higher medical bills. We dislike the higher costs, but we really like the extra capacity and capability during an epidemic. We get what we pay for.. sometimes.

We would usually share resources between hospitals and between communities, but in the case of the Wuhan virus, many facilities are husbanding their supplies since they don’t know how hard they will be hit. In contrast, it is common to loan people and equipment after a fire, but we like to wait for the smoke to clear. We want to see if our local community is out of danger. With the Wuhan virus, that takes time, and hospitals don’t know if they have resources to spare.

If you want to help your community, then see if the local blood bank needs donations. In the meantime, wash your hands.

I gave you 600 reasoned words. Please rate, share, and comment. RM


Can Government Officials Be Trusted With Our Children’s Lives

March 13, 2020

I’m watching the news media and the government go nuts over the flu. That increased my level of skepticism about our public institutions. That was my frame of mind when Bill Frady asked me, “Didn’t we learn what to do from the first school attacks? Why was there ever a second school shooting in the USA?” Bill asked the right question under the right circumstances, and I think Bill is right. We should have learned from the first attack, but we didn’t. We know how to stop mass public violence, but, too often, we chose not to. Fortunately, recent news helps us figure out what happened. Attacks in public are rare and hard to understand. We pay for preparation every day, but the reward may never come. We make excuses when we fail, and we don’t get credit when we succeed. All of that plays a part. Government has trouble filling a pothole. Sometimes it needs our help to do the right thing.

School attack in California

Practice is a better teacher than theory-

Some problems are easy to solve. You know how to feed yourself and you solve that problem several times a day. You learned what a solution looks like when you were a child. You practiced taking care of yourself as a teenager. In contrast, we don’t have that familiarity with rare events like a school or church attack. We didn’t grow up with school and church security. Most of us don’t know how to think about the problem of mass violence, let alone know what to do to solve it in our local schools, churches, or shopping malls. We don’t have a mental model for violence the way we have a model for feeding ourselves at lunch.

We know how to protect our communities, but the solutions are outside our everyday experience. We have to study before we can distinguish the bad proposals from the good ones. The solution is harder to recognize because it may be an assembly of many small factors rather than one quick fix that solves everything.

As a case in point, the school board in Santa Fe, Texas recently allowed selected, trained, volunteer school staff to go armed on campus. The school board reached that decision almost two years after a school in their district was attacked, seven years after the attack at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Connecticut, and almost 21 years after the attack at the high school in Columbine, Colorado. We have to become comfortable with a new idea before we’ll adopt it, and that takes time.

It is psychologically hard to face violence-

Doctor William April studies violent criminals. He says, “To properly plan for violence, you must first admit and accept that the world is not as it ought to be.” We don’t like to think about unpleasant events. You know how it felt to set up a retirement plan, get life insurance, get flood insurance, and write a will. If you don’t know how that feels, then you made my point for me, and please take care of yourself and your future.

We put off those tasks because they remind us of unpleasant possibilities, and because we can. We ignored the problem yesterday, and we saw the sun come up today.. if we’re lucky.

Many of us are distressed by reality. Thinking about evil is depressing. If getting insurance made you uncomfortable, then hold onto your emotions when you think about stopping the murder of children. Thinking about the worst possible events can be emotionally painful. To make matters worse, we ignore our small successes.

I’ve seen churches easily respond to an accident in the parking lot because they had prepared to face larger emergencies. The church volunteers and the church governing board deserve praise for their rapid response and the increased level of care they were able to provide. They seldom get the credit they deserve.

It is hard to deal with rare events-

It is hard to work for something that has a payoff in the distant future. That is a truth, and if you doubt me then look at how hard it is for most of us to lose a few pounds. We know what we should do to lose weight, but the reward of better health and a longer life comes years from now, while the cost of shedding weight is paid at every meal and at every workout session. Likewise, the emotional and physical costs to protect our kids are paid every day. The reward of preventing or minimizing an attack will only come at in some undefined moment in the future.

A plastic sign

The pain is real. The thought that there is evil in the world is uncomfortable, and some people experience that discomfort every time they see a sign that says ‘school staff may be armed.’ They are willing to trade dead kids in the future in order to avoid the discomfort of recognizing evil today. Some people are angry at those of us who recognize evil.

Most of us have pleasant memories of going to school. These angry people are saying, ‘Don’t put those ugly walls around my happy place. Won’t the problem simply go away if we close our eyes and wish real hard?’ In a perverse inversion of incentives, they will have a lot of company and sympathy if their undefended school is attacked.

We find it hard to blame people who refused to prepare-

I have friends who ride out floods, hurricanes, and fires with ease because they planned ahead. Likewise, some friends study self-defense and trauma care. In contrast, we donate time and money to help the victims who didn’t prepare. Of course our heart goes out to the victims of mass murder since they didn’t deserve such an attack. I think we also owe a debt of gratitude to those who put plans in place today so they could ride out those storms. Give thanks to the people who prevent and minimize the damage caused by an attack on our schools and churches. We owe them that.

Government is only as smart as we are-

Preventing mass public violence is controversial. Our bureaucratic system isn’t designed to make unpopular decisions. That means politicians can only go where we lead them. A politician may make the correct decision, but be criticized by people who have not studied the problem as much as he has, or as much as you have. You have to speak up, or someone else will.

There are lots of easy answers out there but few of them help. Politicians are often rewarded for doing the wrong thing. A popular but ineffective solution may solve the political problem today, but worsen the long-term security problem. We’ve seen some communities proudly leave their children undefended even after an attack in their community.

In contrast, other communities faced the reality of evil and learned to prevent and minimize violent attacks on their kids. Some of those preparations, like armed volunteer staff, cost almost nothing. At the other end of the spectrum, better mental health programs are expensive but provide payback for years, if not for generations. We need both.

How long should we wait to face our problems? I’ve seen churches build a security team in a week, with help. We can pay now, or we can pay later. That is up to us since we are the conscience of our body politic. Our politicians can’t solve a problem until we recognize the solution. It is up to us to remind our politicians and bureaucrats to do the right thing.

Have you told your politician what to do to make our society safer?

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Gun Control Costs Lives in Ohio

March 9, 2020

Ohio State Flag

In Ohio, about one out of 18 citizens have a permit to carry a concealed firearm in public. That says quite a lot since a noticeable number of Ohio citizens are not eligible for a permit. Those statistics also hide a terrible truth. The concealed carry laws in Ohio disarmed over a million eligible adults. The results are exactly what you’d expect after we denied the right of armed defense to law abiding citizens.

Because of Ohio laws, thousands of additional victims, including hundreds of rape victims, were disarmed when they were attacked. Is it worth it?

5.4% of the Ohio population has their permit to carry a concealed firearm in public. About two thirds of us are eligible to vote, so a conservative estimate is that six-out-of-ten citizens could get a carry permit if they wanted one. The people who don’t have a permit might be too young, or they might be so old that they don’t want to carry any longer and let their permit expire. Some citizens have a disqualifying legal offense. Considering all that, one-out-of-18 citizens in Ohio with a permit doesn’t seem so bad.. until we look at the rest of the United States.

About 20 million US citizens have their carry permits. That puts the national average at about one-in-15 people. Those national statistics don’t count the 17 million eligible adults living in constitutional carry states where government permission is not required to carry concealed in public. Critics argue that constitutional carry, also called permitless carry, is dangerous. Contrary to our imagination, the amount of firearms training goes up in states that removed the minimum requirements to carry a firearm. Inadvertently, the requirements for a state permit formed a floor. Civilian gun owners wanted more training to feel competent once that minimal requirement was removed. We don’t know how many people carry concealed in constitutional carry states, but we have some estimates.

The carry rate varies from state to state. Some states, like Hawaii, don’t grant permits for ordinary citizens to carry in public, yet the violent crime rate in Hawaii is higher than the national average. New Jersey doesn’t let ordinary citizens carry, yet New Jersey has five cities in the 100 most dangerous cities in the US. Gun prohibition doesn’t bring peace.

In contrast, Alabama has the highest carry rate of any state with about a third of eligible adults having their permit. Even that isn’t the highest carry rate we can find. About half the eligible adults in some Pennsylvania counties have their permits. Constitutional carry rates should fall somewhere in between.

Why does that matter to the citizens of Ohio? We all want to be safer. The Ohio permit requires 8 hours of training and costs about $120. That doesn’t seem like a lot, but the results are dramatic.

The costs we impose on honest citizens to carry in public reduced the number of people who got their permit. More law-abiding adults went disarmed. Compared to the states with high carry rates like Alabama, Ohio disarmed over 1.1 million honest adults. To put that number in perspective, the gun-control laws in Ohio disarmed the eligible adults in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Toledo combined. What do you think would happen if we disarmed the honest adults in those cities?

The good news is that the overall rate of violent crime in Ohio is lower than the USA average. The bad news is that the rate of crime in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati is several times the national average. Even if every city in Ohio were exactly average when it comes to crime, our 1.1 million disarmed citizens became disarmed victims over four thousand times a year, including over 300 disarmed rape victims.

Those disarmed victims were the price we paid for gun control in Ohio. We can also examine Ohio’s murder rate and see what happens to those million honest citizens who were disarmed.

Ohio’s gun-control laws take the tools of self-defense away from 57 murder victims every year.
That is the cost of gun control in Ohio.

We can do better. The cost of a permit in Pennsylvania is about $19. Alabama charges slightly more, but recent legislation eliminated the fees for a permit in Alabama.

In Ohio, we disarmed 57 citizens who are no longer alive to tell us that gun-control disarms the victims. When it comes to saving innocent lives, being average isn’t good enough.

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Young Black Women are the Target of Crime.. and Democrat Politics

March 3, 2020

Let the victims be armed

Young minority women are disproportionately victimized by violent criminals. That explains why Connecticut Democrats want them disarmed. Here is their horrible bigotry at work.

Criminals want easy victims. Unfortunately, young women are more likely to take public transportation late at night. Minority women are more likely to live in our violent inner cities. Women are weaker than men 90 percent of the time. Those factors explain much of why young minority women are robbed, assaulted, raped and murdered so often. There is another factor as well. Young minority women were less likely to go armed.

Young, urban, minority women have the greatest need to defend themselves. They want to stay safe and they learned that the police will not be there to stop their attacks. These women learned that the police will arrive after they have fought off their attacker, after they have run to safety, and after they have called 911.. if they can, and if police bother to respond to the scene of the crime after the attacker has run away.

That explains why young urban minority women are the fastest growing segment of gun owners. Unfortunately, this minority group of young-minority-urban-women is also considered the core support group of the Democrat party. Unfortunately, today, the Democrat party is the party of gun-control. That explains why Connecticut democrats proposed a 35 percent tax on ammunition. Taxes of 100 percent and 50 percent were also proposed by Democrats.

Politicians want easy scapegoats. Democrat politicians in Connecticut need an excuse for the violence in their inner cities. It is better to blame the tools of defense than to admit that Democrat policies have failed so miserably.

If that means the Democrats also have to disarm poor black women, then so be it. Democrats want to retain their voting blocks. It is better for Democrats to disarm the victim than let the victim go armed and leave the Democrat party.

Does that strategy really make our cities safer? We know that unemployment causes violent crime. Unemployment is above the national average in Connecticut, and particularly high in Democrat controlled cities. Democrat policies have regulated and taxed jobs out of Hartford, East Hartford, New Haven and Waterbury. Democrat policies led to higher rates of addiction, and lower rates of marriage. Addicts and fatherless boys feed gangs and fuel violent crime. We’ve seen the pattern play out for decades.

This is an election year so Democrat politicians need someone to blame. Connecticut Democrats scapegoated gun owners. Gun owners are a minority of the population, and only a minority of gun owners vote for Democrats. The media never corrects the lie that gun owners cause crime.

Taxing honest gun owners doesn’t stop criminals from misusing guns. The unreported truth is that blaming gun owners and taxing ammunition means fewer minority women can afford to own a firearm for defense.

We all want people to handle guns responsibly. Honest gun owners need to train themselves in the safest ways to use their firearms. The more often gun owners practice, the lower their rate of accidents. Said another way, the most dangerous gun is the one you think you know how to handle.. but don’t. I’ve seen a similar situation with someone who hasn’t operated a piece of equipment in a few years. They need to practice until they are safe again. Practice is good, and practice with a firearm is essential.

We want our inner-cities to be safe. Unfortunately, disarming honest gun owners won’t make our Democrat controlled cities safer. We’ve studied gun owners a lot. Data tells us that gun owners who are licensed to carry their firearms in public are extraordinary. They are the most non-violent and law abiding segment of human society we can find. We need more citizens like them.

These gun owners are less likely to break the law than the police. When these civilians are finally forced to use their firearms in defense, concealed carriers are less likely to shoot the wrong person than the police. These gun owners do a wonderful job at protecting themselves and their family.. and they make an easy political scapegoat for Connecticut Democrats.

Democrat politicians should stop the racist bigotry of taxing firearms out of the hands of young urban black women. Be pro-choice, and let these women choose the best way to protect themselves and their family. For once, put safety ahead of politics.

This tax on ammunition will probably pass in Connecticut. I’m sorry if you are a gun owner who finds it hard to pay for enough ammunition to train regularly and stay safe. I can’t fix that for you, but you can fix it for yourself when you vote Connecticut Democrats out of office in November.

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Gun Owners Cause Peace- the amazing experiment in Richmond, Virginia proves the media wrong.

February 28, 2020

The mainstream media tells us that guns cause crime. The media shows us night after night that guns are bad. We see it in their “news” and in their Hollywood dramas. We recently conducted another massive public experiment and the results contradict the media’s story about guns. We put tens of thousands of armed men and women on the street in one small area. The rate of crime dropped precipitously when these armed civilians were there. Guns brought peace. Let me show you what happened.

Virginia Capital on Second Amendment Rally Day

Twenty-five-to-fifty thousand people came to the Virginia Capital on one morning to lobby the legislature. Once they filled the capital grounds, they overflowed into the streets in every direction.

A few thousand people deliberately disarmed to enter the capitol building. I can’t prove that everyone else was armed, but the vast majority of them were since this was a second-amendment protest. Judging from the pictures I’ve seen and the people I’ve talked to, for each person who was not armed at the rally, there was another person who carried multiple firearms. Call it one gun per person in round numbers.

Show us your badges- Virginia Gun Owners Rally Day in Richmond

I couldn’t find reports of violent crime in the area of the protests when I searched the news and police records. The protesters even brought trash bags and left the city streets cleaner than they’d found them. The single reported arrest I could find was of a counter-protester.

Video from ground level-

This peaceful gathering isn’t a surprise once you study the record of legally armed civilians in the US. We’ve seen this phenomenon before and I’ve seen it with my own eyes. I routinely stand in a room with twenty-to-thirty thousand armed individuals. I’ve done that over a dozen times and the results are uniformly boring.

I’ve never seen violence at those sites. I’ll go a step further and say that people are polite and there is very little conflict of any kind. We’ve searched police records and the rate of crime drops in every city when that many gun owners gather together. A public experiment on that scale is a sociologist’s dream come true.

Honest gun-owners bring peace rather than crime and conflict.

It is remarkable when we gather that many gun owners together, and we conduct that experiment for free year after year. You could argue that we conduct a similar experiment every day when these honest gun owners return home and go about their lives.. armed. We are there day after day, but concealed is concealed, and you never see us.

That leaves an obvious question unanswered. Ask yourself why the media continues to sell the lie that guns and legally armed citizens cause crime.

-Peaceful Rally in Richmond- “
-New England Journal of Medicine- Injuries drop during NRA convention “
-Lots of guns, no crime, at NRA convention- “

Support the Constitutional Carry Bill in Louisiana

February 27, 2020

House Bill number 72 is the “Louisiana Constitutional Carry Act of 2020.” H.B. 72 says that you may carry a concealed firearm unless you are a prohibited person under state and federal law. This is commonly called constitutional carry or permitless carry. In short, if it was legal for you to get a permit and carry in public, then the bill allows you to carry in public. If it was illegal for you to carry in public, then it remains illegal for you to carry in public.

Please support this bill. Contact your Louisiana State Representative and Senator- HERE.

That page gives you live links that take you to your your legislator’s web page. Please click on the legislators contact link and send them these messages.

Ask your representative to co-sponsor and support hb-72.

Ask your senator to offer companion legislation to hb-72, and to support constitutional carry.

Call them. Contact them on their web page and e-mail them, and fax their offices.

The usual objection to constitutional carry is that we’ll have more accidents if untrained people carry in public. We have not seen more firearms accidents after constitutional carry when we look at the data. Where we have been able to measure it, we see people take more firearms classes once we remove the minimum state requirements to carry. The state permit acted as a artificial floor for training. Gun owners drive themselves to higher levels of training and competence when that floor was removed. It is past time for us to remove the firearms prohibitions that have their roots in the civil war.

Please contact your legislators today and share this article with your friends in Louisiana.

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Rapid Social Change from the Top Down and the Bottom Up

February 25, 2020

The news is amazing and occasionally unpredictable. News can be predictable and still be called news, the same way the weather changes in consistent but unscheduled ways. I want to contrast several political changes I saw last week. Some occurred because of easily identifiable actors, and some were unpredictable. As Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said, there are knows, unknowns, and unknown-unknowns.

The Knowns-

We knew that Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been buying politicians for years. We knew that Virginia Democrats were for sale, but we didn’t know when Bloomberg would have his majority and how far those Democrat legislators would go with Bloomberg’s plans.

Mayor Bloomberg consolidated his takeover of Virginia in last November’s election. He got most of the political change he wanted when the Virginia legislature went into session in January. I said most, but not all, because the Mayor was frustrated by some of the votes. His most egregious gun control measures were voted down in committee. That is where a few Democrat legislators rejected some of the confiscatory gun control that Mayor Bloomberg wanted.

Last week, a few Democrat legislators opposed their party and stood up for the citizens in their district. That too happened for a reason.

Politicians have always been for sale, but the wholesale purchase of politicians by billionaires like Soros and Bloomberg is news.

The Unknowns-

That brings us to the second unexpected change we saw last week. To understand it, we have to go back to the second-amendment-sanctuary movement started years ago in Illinois. For those that don’t know, Illinois politics are controlled by Chicago. In order to have some small measure of control, some Illinois counties passed local resolutions and ordinances that opposed the Chicago political machine. In particular, Chicago Democrats wanted firearms confiscation while Republicans and rural down-state-Democrats wanted the right to keep and bear arms. Too often, the Chicago Democrats would pass a gun-control law that would take decades to overturn in the courts. To protect their citizens, down-state-politicians in Illinois passed resolutions saying that sheriffs and other local officers would not enforce unconstitutional laws that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms.

Democrats first established cafeteria-style law enforcement with their immigration sanctuary cities. Now, that same issue of local control was used to protect the right of self-defense.

What started in Illinois didn’t stay in Illinois. The second-amendment-sanctuary movement spread over the next few years from Illinois to Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, and to Texas. Bloomberg’s takeover of Virginia accelerated the second amendment sanctuary movement. In the three months since last November’s election, 91 of Virginia’s 95 counties passed 2A sanctuary resolutions. Some cities in Virginia did so as well. A few counties established militia that the sheriff could activate in case of emergency.

Virginia 2A sanctuaries Jan 2020

Seeing Virginians stripped of their rights by Bloomberg Democrats, the second-amendment-sanctuary movement spread across the US like wildfire. Sanctuary resolutions quickly passed in Florida. Fifteen states had new counties and cities become second amendment sanctuaries in the last seven days. That is an amazingly widespread grassroots groundswell that isn’t controlled by a billionaire or by any national civil-rights organization. The elites couldn’t do that if they tried.. but you did.

Second Amendment Sanctuaries across the US, Feb 2020

Millions of us made a few phone calls and walked into the meeting of our county boards. We’ve spoken up before, but this particular movement is both unexpected and politically unpredictable. It is American democracy in action.

The Unknown Unknowns-

There is one more political change we saw last week. It was expected but unprecedented. President Donald Trump changed the political balance of the 9th US circuit court of appeals. From one perspective, that judge’s confirmation simply continues the slow trend as President Trump appoint more federal judges.

Now consider the history of the 9th circuit. That court has been wildly political for years. It was the court you went to when you wanted a statist interpretation of the law so you could expand government power. It was the circuit most overturned by the US Supreme Court. That long-standing political bias changed last week when the 9th circuit upheld the federal government’s defunding of abortion.

Trump nominated conservative and originalist federal judges. This is an amazing turn of events since we’ve never seen a Republican president do what he said he would do.

That consistency must frighten the elites. Limiting government power and returning the United States to the control of the American people is a dangerous job. It angers the elites like Soros, Bloomberg, and Clinton. I pray for President Trump’s safety.. and for the safety of the elites.

We live in amazing times. I’ll keep my eye on the movement to expand Idaho to include conservative counties in Washington, Oregon, and California. That is fascinating, but it leaves me asking one question.

Where are the billionaires for liberty?

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An Open Letter: To The Kentucky General Assembly — DBC

February 21, 2020

My friend, David Cole, has a good proposal. He proposes to pass a law so property owners are not liable for criminal acts on their premises.. if they allow their patrons to bear arms. I would go further and say that the owners of “gun-free zones” assume a custodial duty for the safety of those on their property. David and I agree on strategy and quibble about tactics. RM

“The (proposed) law simply offers property owners immunity from liability in the event of a shooting…if they take down signs banning guns carried by law abiding citizens.”

Read Dave’s article here- An Open Letter: To The Kentucky General Assembly — DBC

The Usual Anti-Self-Defense Bigotry Would Make Bloomberg Proud

February 21, 2020

An Austin Texas TV station, KXAN, reported on a home invasion-robbery.  Unfortunately, the original article was more propaganda than news report. The original article, since revised, asked why citizens should be allowed to own guns and defend themselves from violent intruders forcibly entering their home. They asked why landlords can’t require tenants to be disarmed. The original article asked if the use of force was warranted since we don’t know the motives of the robbers. The article lamented that the defenders may go unprosecuted.

I think the reporters are in over their heads and we can help the news staff come up to speed.

Everyone has the right of self-defense. The legal presumption is that people who kick down your door are there to do you harm, particularly when there are multiple attackers at night. That presumption is necessary since you as a defender may have neither the time nor the ability to discern intent in the dark. Good people knock and introduce themselves. We’ve been doing that for a long time, but that obvious fact doesn’t sell advertising.

Granted the right of self-defense, your response still needs to be proportional to the threat you face, so mere intrusion doesn’t justify the use of lethal force. For example, don’t be an idiot and shoot your neighbors’ toddler who walks through your unlocked door. Even at night, you have to identify the threat.

As to the motive for the attack, people-in-need knock on their neighbors’ door and ask for help. We’ve been doing that for years and it works very well. We borrow a cup of sugar or a pair of jumper-cables without a thought to ask or a thought to give. That isn’t what happened here.

Most violent multi-attacker robberies are over drugs and drug money. That is true in Austin and in most US cities. If the news article wanted to provide thoughtful analysis, then they could look at our drug laws.

The right of self-defense is inalienable. Your life and the safety of your family is yours to protect. You have that right, and it isn’t up to the state to grant it to you. You have that right in public and at home.

A third of our violent criminal assaults occur in or near our home. Many of these attacks happen at night when the occupants are assumed to be asleep. Honest citizens justifiably defend themselves with their legally owned firearms thousands of times a day. You should blame the biased and bigoted media if that comes as news to you. Those facts put the news into perspective. They are easy for us to find on the web and equally easy for a journalist to report.

Some anti-rights billionaires pay journalists to slant the news against gun owners. Whether the news station wanted to look at our drug laws or examine our laws of self-defense, both deserve serious thought and less innuendo. KXAN-San Antonio needs to do better reporting. Look for more reliable news sources until they do.

Recent Attacks Show the “Tolerant” Left is Violently Intolerant

February 18, 2020

Tolerance means allowing others to think and act in ways with which we disagree. As long as they are not violating your rights, then “tolerance” means hands-off, live and let live. In the last few weeks, we’ve seen Democrats show us how intolerant and violent they are. Unfortunately, the list of violent leftists is long and wide. We have to condemn this violent behavior before violence and retaliation spreads.

This idea that big-government leftists are violent has been at the edge of my awareness for several years. The man who tried to murder Republican congressmen on a baseball field in Alexandria was a dedicated Bernie Sanders supporter. That planted the question, but recent history made the connection to violence clearer.

Here are nine recent examples-

-GOP volunteers were registering voters in Duval County, Florida when a man drove his van over their tent, their signs, their tables and their chairs. The driver backed up and took a picture of the debris. Then, the driver shouted obscenities, gave the stunned victims the middle finger, and drove away. The six volunteers said they were lucky that they had stepped out of the way and were not been crushed. The attacker was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a person 65 years of age or older and one count of criminal mischief. He is held in jail on a $500,000 bond.

-In New Mexico, a former intern for Democrat Governor Grisham spray painted the state GOP headquarters in Albuquerque. The vandal was charged with criminal damage to property. The estimated costs of repair was between $2,500 to $4,000. The vandal worked for Governor Grisham when she was a congressman. The vandal now works for the state of New Mexico.

-A local volunteer from the business community donated security cameras to the GOP headquarters in Medford, Oregon. This was after the GOP offices had been vandalized several times and police said they had no suspects. When the donation became publicly known, the volunteer was threatened. Callers said they would burn down the volunteer’s house.

-The Republican headquarters in Eureka, California has been vandalized six times in the last two years. The glass windows and doors were smashed. The interior was defaced with paint. The police called it “radom violence” despite the fact that the Democrat headquarters hasn’t been touched. One perpetrator was back out on the street the day after his attack. There are clearly two standards of justice at play.

-We see a similar double standard applied on college campuses. There, using the wrong pronoun is considered assault. In contrast, liberal students at Arizona State University screaming to slit the throats of college Republicans is tolerated as “free speech”.

-That behavior is mild in comparison to the threats received by the Republican candidate for congress in San Francisco. The candidate participated in a city-clean-up event when an Antifa thug said he knew the candidate was racist just by looking at him. The thug said he wanted the candidate dead, and wanted to “fuck him up” when the cameras weren’t around. The attacker was not arrested.

-A black man was called a racist and tackled to the ground for wearing a “black guns matter” t-shirt at a Bernie Sanders rally. The attacker was not charged.

-Demonstrators waving pro-Trump signs were threatened and then assaulted by a man with a sword in Ocala, Florida. In this case, the attacker was arrested and charged with 10 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of disorderly conduct.

-A construction worker in Florida stabbed his employer to death on a construction site. The victim was attacked for being a Trump supporter while the employee said the government was out to get him. At least this attacker was arrested.

As we long suspected, the power of the state to regulate and tax is the power to control, and American Socialists mean to rule..even if that demands violent oppression of those who disagree with them.

Celebrating diversity means you appreciate our differences. Saying that I can be different as long as I agree with you and do what you tell me to do is fascism, not tolerance. When will American liberals walk-the-talk and leave others alone?

‘In the US, there are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty. They are the soap box in the public square, the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.. preferably used in that order.’

We failed to speak up. Let’s hope we can still vote for liberty before we have to fight to defend it.

I hope you’re registered to vote.

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New York Politicians Lied and Their Gun-Control Laws Failed Again

February 12, 2020

New York politicians said we would be safe. Democrats told us to register our guns so the criminals would be disarmed. New York Democrats said we needed to have fewer cartridges in our guns so the bad guys couldn’t hurt us. Last week, a convicted felon shot police officers in New York City. We were told this couldn’t happen because of New York’s strict gun laws. Clearly, the Democrats lied to us. If it could happen to the police, then it could happen to any of us. It isn’t the tool that does harm, it is the evil person who kills with any tool he wants to use. We were fools to believe the old lies, and we’d be bigger fools to believe the New York politicians now.

New York Democrats passed the SAFE act in 2013. This gun control legislation was passed in the middle of the night because it was “emergency legislation” that we needed desperately to insure public safety. The legislation outlawed many handguns and long guns. The law limited the number of cartridges honest gun owners could carry in their guns. It required a background check before law abiding individuals could transfer a gun or buy ammunition. Provisions in the SAFE act meant honest gun owners could be disarmed if someone questioned their mental health. Democrats said that would keep us safe.

Convicted Felon Attacks Police

It didn’t work at all. Disarming the good guys doesn’t stop the bad guys. Last week, a convicted felon got a gun. The felon attacked police officers several times. The criminal had a previous conviction in 2002 after he shot and tried to kill a man, carjacked a woman, and then shot at police. He was arrested again in 2018 for driving while intoxicated. The criminal was out on parole when he shot a police officer in the head, another officer in the arm, and then attacked a police station. Criminals don’t obey our laws and the police can’t keep us safe.

In New York City, criminals get guns in a few minutes on the street while honest gun owners need months or years to receive government permission to own a gun. It turns out that criminals don’t care about New York gun laws any more than they are stopped by laws against assault and murder. Criminals use any weapon they want and carry it anywhere they want.

Criminals don’t care who we are. If thugs would attack the cops, then we are not safe. That means we should protect ourselves, but New York’s gun-control laws makes that difficult if not impossible for law abiding citizens. Disarming the good guys puts all of us in greater danger rather than making us safer. That is the opposite of what we were promised.

Governor Cuomo announcing the NY SAFE act.

Is that failure of gun-control an accident, or were these laws designed to fail? Was this failure part of a larger plan?

Democrats in New York condemned honest police officers and released repeat criminals. Democrat politicians made it harder for honest citizens to defend themselves in public. Now, the thugs shoot cops, and crime soars. In the face of this new violence, will Democrat politicians then demand complete gun confiscation from honest citizens to stop the ‘unprecedented levels of public violence’ they created? That is another prescription for failure.. for deadly failure.

That idea sounds crazy to me, but we let New York politicians lie to us before. New York Democrats might get away with their lies again.. if we let them. Our future, like our family’s safety, lie in our hands.

Tell your politicians to repeal these failed laws.


Thank you for reading SlowFacts- American Communists Call for Violent Takeover

February 10, 2020

I wrote about Communists in the USA proposing violence. You read and shared that post. Thank you.

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American Communists Call for a Violent Takeover.. and the American People are Ready for Them

February 5, 2020

It is uncomfortable to face violent threats. We endure that discomfort because it is better to face them than run from them. Communists in the US have flocked to Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign, and the things they want to do are horrible. Fortunately, we’ve faced threats like this before and we’re prepared to face them again. The US model of limited government and an empowered people is up to the dangerous task of defending liberty. We are made for this.

I’m not going to put words in the mouth of American Communists. Project Veritas recorded many Sanders’ staffers in candid conversations. These are their words, not mine. Please see my sources and listen to the Communists in their own words. It is worth your time to read what they said-

“Well, the Gulags were founded as Re-Education Camps…What will help is when we send all the Republicans to the Re-Education Camps.”

I’m ready to start tearing bricks up and start fighting.. I’ll straight up get armed.. I’m ready for the f*cking revolution, bro.. Guillotine the rich.”

The Soviet Union was not horrible…I mean, for women’s rights the Soviet Union – I think – the most progressive place to date in the world.”

So, do we just cease – do we just dissolve the Senate, House of Representatives, the Judicial Branch, and have something Bernie Sanders and a cabinet of people, make all decisions for the climate? I mean, I’m serious.”

“..I think the goal is just to build a..coalition… Their politics fall outside of the American norm, so their politics are Marxist/Leninist.. they have more of a mind for ‘direct action’ for engaging in politics outside of the electoral system.”

“…Once we break up Google, YouTube, Facebook, nationalize these things, then that would be a huge thing forward so far as education stuff goes.”

“We would need a federal government and labor union movement that is working together to strip power away from capitalists and preferably directing violence toward property.”

“’s gonna take militancy…like a militant labor movement that’s willing to…strike, and if necessary, you know, just destroy property and things like that.”

“A militant labor movement is kind of.. our last real chance before we try other means.” 

After we abolish landlords, we don’t have to kill them, that’s my feeling I think it’s damaging to the soul, but um, there were plenty of excesses in 1917 (Russian Revolution) I would hope to avoid.”

“We don’t want to scare people off, you first have to feel it out before you get into the crazy stuff…You know we were talking about more extreme organizations like Antifa, you were talking about, Yellow Vests, all that but we’re kinda keeping that on the back-burner for now.”

“It’s unfortunate that we have to make plans for extreme action but like I said, they’re not going to give it to us even if Bernie is elected.”

Comrade Sanders

Communists in the Sanders campaign said they would take power by force once elected, or burn cities if the convention, or the voters, rejected their candidate. Politicians who still call themselves Democrats also want ordinary citizens disarmed. That strange coincidence is no coincidence at all.

Bernie’s campaign workers are not alone in their ideas. Their fellow communists, the Ruling Council in China, said Americans should be disarmed. Remember that the Chinese government killed over 10 thousand unarmed students who were protesting in Tiananmen Square. The Bernie Bros want to bring that level of terror here. I’ll remind you that 10 thousand dead students at is a mere dust mote when compared to the 45 million people the Chinese government killed during Mao’s “Great Leap”. The Bernie Bros think a few million corpses here in the United States will bend us to their will.

Communists Utopia is always a few million corpses away.

Sanders Unmasked

Governments have power and governments have money. They have both at the point of a gun. Our system of government in the US of A was supposed to stop the excesses of government by leaving power, both political and martial, with the people. No wonder the Communists want us disarmed.

When the one percent disarm the 99 percent, then the 1 percent have all the power.

We shouldn’t be surprised by this political turn towards totalitarianism. The Sanders’ approach is a logical extension of Obama’s ideas. A government large enough to give you want you want has to be large enough to take everything you have. Under President’ Obama, the Democrats used the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice as political tools against their enemies.  Democrats broke the medical-service-sector in the US with Obamacare. Today, Democrats propose to disarm and regulate honest US citizens. Billionaires like Soros and Bloomberg buy state legislatures while political parties prostitute themselves for campaign donations. Political operatives manipulate election results in the US.

Now, socialists want more power and more control.. and shallow headline surfers agree.

Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has some campaign staffers who want a simpler solution than winning elections. They will take power at the end of a gun. A public school teacher in North Carolina told her class that Vice President Mike Pence should be shot in the head. I wonder if that point of view is fairly common amongst her union leaders. It is time we listened to them and believed what they say.

The Socialists fantasy ignores the American People. We are not going quietly. In fact, we’re not going along with them at all. We won’t turn over our lives, and our children’s lives, to government thugs. We were made for this, and the power lies with us, not with them. I mean it.

The second amendment doesn’t leave us armed to hunt deer, but to hunt tyrants. Read it for yourself. It is a terrible power reserved for terrible times, times that violent communists want to bring here. You won’t let it happen.

“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.”


Trouble at the Iowa Democrat Caucuses

February 4, 2020

In theory, there are meetings across the state of Iowa to measure the will of the people local caucuses of Democrat voters. In one election precinct, Senator Sanders started with twice the votes of any other Democratic presidential candidates. He ended in a five-way tie where each candidate got a single delegate.

This is a perfect example of socialism.. and Democratic socialism at that, so why is Sanders and his supporters upset?

The firm hired by the Iowa Democrat party to count the votes is lead by ex-Clinton campaign staffers. The state tally has been halted without giving a date for completion. Was that because the vote was in error, or because the results upset the Democrat political establishment?

The results are unusual.

  • The Des Moines Register preference poll was not published. Sanders was first in the Des Moines Register poll according to inside sources.
  • An entrance poll was taken but the leaders were not specified. Sanders was first in some of the entrance polls. 
  • The official results from the caucuses are delayed indefinitely.

I think we can take a lesson from Florida Senator Rick Scott when asked who would win the Super Bowl. The senator said,

“35-24 Kansas City. Thank God the game isn’t being played a few miles north in Broward County, or we’d wake up the next morning, and San Francisco would have a dozen more points than they had the night before.”

Maybe the Socialist wing of the Democrat party learned from Joseph Stalin who said,

“The people who cast the votes don’t decide an election, the people who count the votes do.”

This must be terribly frustrating for loyal Democrats. I hope they can learn from it and demand an honest election. Sadly, the results in Iowa show us the true face of Socialism; there are a set of rules for us and another set of rules for the elites.

The US system of limited government and representative democracy was a way to settle differences without violence and bloodshed. That system is worth preserving, but it depends on the system being seen as fair. Thwarting the will of the people, by either political party, moves us closer to violence.

Please stand up for justice now so we don’t have to stand up later.

Protect the Innocent.. and other tough facts of life

January 31, 2020

One of you sent me a note. We’ve never met, but the writer takes care of a few hundred people. He takes care of their comfort. They talk about spirituality, so he cares for their souls. He also wants to keep the group physically safe when they gather together. To do that, there are a few armed men and women in the group. From time to time, one of the group finds out that they are protected by people with guns. Sometimes, the Questioner objects.

They Questioner asks, ‘Why do they have guns in this place where we come together?’

The Writer takes them aside and gives them a simple exercise.

The first rule of the exercise is that you can’t change the rules.

‘In this exercise, there are three people. The Questioner, the Innocent, and the Bad Guy. Pretend that you are the Questioner. The Innocent is one of the kids that you know in the larger group. The Bad Guy is going to kill the Innocent unless the Questioner shoots the Bad Guy.

Now, the Writer poses this unpleasant problem,

‘Which person would Jesus want protected, the Bad Guy or the Innocent?’

The first thing that usually happens is the Questioner says this isn’t a fair problem and wants to change the rules.

‘But the bad guy shouldn’t come to church.. and if he does, he shouldn’t want to hurt anyone.. and if he does want to hurt the people here, then he shouldn’t have a club, or a knife, or a car or a gun.. and if he does, then the police should stop him before someone is hurt.. and if the police stop him, then the police shouldn’t hurt him.. and that is why I don’t have to defend the Innocent.’

And that isn’t what the Writer asked.

‘Who would Jesus protect? The bad guy, or the Innocent?’

The question is simple, but unpleasant. It isn’t a particularly hard choice to make. I think the difficulty with the question goes deeper than the use of force, deeper than the use of violence against another person, deeper than using a gun. I’m amazed that people are willing to sacrifice the innocent so that they don’t have to face the existence of evil.

Perhaps I understand a bit of how the Questioner might feel. I’ve met many men and women who are the Certified Good Guys who used violence to save others. I see a little bit of what it cost them. They know that there are monsters among us because they have seen the monsters. They have grabbed the monsters. These Good Guys are better men and women than I am. Their character is stronger than mine. They have looked into the soul of people who look like us but are not like us.

Some people want to hurt the innocent, and we don’t get to change the rules. We try to be a light, but there are still dark places in the world. As long as there is evil, then we should protect the innocent from it. We should not leave that burden of protection on our brother’s shoulders. I should do it. You should do it. It is our duty.

It is our calling if we love the innocent.

You have done amazing things and thank you for sharing what you’ve learned. RM

The Laboratory of Democracy is Working, but Only if We’re Watching the Results

January 30, 2020

Our cities and states are different. Rules matter, and we can see how important the differences really are. Elections have consequences, but it might take time for the effects to become clear. This is one of those times. The laboratory of democracy is working. We get to see the policies that succeed and those that sounded good but failed miserably. Now, we have to expand the successes and make sure the voters correct their mistakes.

Washington State– There was a violent attack in Seattle last week. Two criminals fought a gun battle on a crowded street. Eight innocent bystanders were wounded and another was murdered. It is important to note that Seattle has extensive gun-control laws by any standard. It also has a problem with mental health and open drug markets. Each time a criminal hurts innocent people, the state and local government put another infringement on the right of law abiding people to defend themselves. Seattle politicians said the new gun laws would make us safe. These laws did the opposite. Perhaps because of those new restrictions, both shootings and fatal shootings increased in Seattle.

If you doubted before, here is clear evidence that criminals don’t obey our gun laws. The two murderers in the recent Seattle attack had 66 prior arrests. As convicted felons, they were prohibited from possessing firearms. Facing the public outrage for this attack, Seattle politicians will pass another ineffective gun-prohibition and put out another press release claiming they solved the problem. Unfortunately, the Seattle progressives won’t fix their failed judicial system. That means more innocent victims will die. Public policy in Seattle will only change once the voters of Seattle change their politicians.

Will they learn, and will we learn from their experience?

Seattle’s failure is a lesson for us all

California politicians work for the state employee unions. Now that they have huge unfunded state pensions, massive state debt, and huge outmigration of the middle class, the politicians have chosen to massively raise property taxes. Unfortunately, Californians already pay some of the largest taxes in the US, and the state has one of the worst climates for business. High costs and lack of jobs squeezed the middle class out of California. To give a concrete example, it is insanely hard to run a retail store in California when shoplifting goes unpunished. The shoplifters will bite and pepper spray the store clerks and then dare the store to call the cops. I don’t know how these shop owners stay in business, but the rest of us pay for their losses.

California politicians also voted for extensive gun-control laws. With a state full of “gun free” zones, there are evidently too many disarmed and irresistible targets for mass murderers. Rather than deliver the peace the progressive politicians promised, California has a record number of mass murders. In this case, disarming the victims delivered more dead bodies. The only “hope and prayers” they deserve are that Californians change the future they voted for. Like helping a drug addict, it would be a sin to give them money before they hit bottom and fire their political junkies.

We can learn a lot from California. California voters have given us a wonderful example of what not to do.

New York recently instituted a catch and release plan for criminal, a.k.a. bail reform. The explosion of crime was remarkable. Bank robbers were back on the street in hours. Drug dealers who were caught with seven million dollars of fentanyl were released without bail. That would be comical if it were not for the lives at risk.

You can now sell drugs, and use children to sell drugs, without having to post bail. You can strangle someone until they pass out..and then walk out of the police station with a ticket to appear. Victims of domestic violence should be terrified.

If you live in New York, then expect your bank fees to increase to cover the increased costs of losses and security. I don’t know what you should do if you have children in New York and want to protect them from drugs on the street. It is cold comfort to remind you that this is the government you put in office..and can vote out of office. The rest of us can only watch in horror.

Democrat politicians recently took over the state of Virginia. They hold both houses, and statewide offices. Virginia had the fourth lowest crime rate in the country. The democrats wasted no time in changing Virginia laws. Soon, 16 year olds in Virginia will need parental supervision to hunt on their own property, but will be able to get an abortion without informing their parents. There are the usual Democrat measures of drivers licenses for illegals, free tuition for illegals, and eliminating voter ID.

Virginia Democrats also proposed a number of new gun-control laws. They proposed mandatory firearms confiscation. They also proposed mandatory background checks, not for a firearms sale, but for change of possession. That means you could neither use your friend’s gun, nor could you let your daughter-in-law have a firearm if she was being threatened without first going to a firearms dealer. Heaven help you if your daughter-in-law needs help on a Saturday night.

Virginia Democrats also proposed magazine capacity restrictions, and to make the capital a “gun-free zone”.. unless you were an elected politician. The rules don’t apply to them, so they can carry what and where you can’t.

At least 22 thousand citizens came to Richmond to protest and lobby for their rights. I don’t think the Democrats were listening. Money talks, and Virginia Democrats only heard the campaign donations from anti-gun New York Billionaire Michael Bloomberg.

In response, we saw the second-amendment sanctuary movement spread across Virginia and across the rest of the country. When state legislatures don’t listen to the voters, then hundreds of thousands of voters went to their county boards. They asked for, and were usually granted, a measure saying that the county would not spend money and enforce laws that violated the US constitution. In Virginia, 91 out of 95 counties, 16 out of 38 independent cities, and 34 towns adopted second amendment sanctuary resolutions.

Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties as of January 2020- from Wikipedia

You can buy an election, but you can’t buy the voters. The response to the takeover of Virginia isn’t over. Last week, the West Virginia legislature and governor invited the unrepresented counties in Virginia to secede from Richmond and become part of West Virginia.

I was inspired. That might be the best political solution I’ve heard.

There is a lot to learn as we look across these United States. I’m inspired by our successes, and we don’t have to settle for failure. If your vote doesn’t count at the ballot box, then vote with your feet.. or take your county with you.




Church Security | How to develop a church security plan | Free video guide

January 26, 2020

“..churches are scrambling to increase security and develop security plans. The difficulty of course lies in HOW to increase church security without it effecting the overall mission of the church.”

Source: Church Security | How to develop a church security plan | Free video guide

Lying Billionaires and Gun Control

January 23, 2020

I listened to Billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s remarks after the attack at the West Freeway Church of Christ in Texas. I paraphrase, but you can check the video of his remarks for yourself *

‘It is the job of law enforcement to have guns and to decide when to shoot.
You don’t want average citizens to have guns in public. That is the job of the police.’

This was a prepared speech so we have to assume Mayor Bloomberg meant what he said. One mistake is an accident, two mistakes are carelessness, and three or more falsehoods are propaganda. I had hope for Mayor Bloomberg, but, sadly, this qualifies as propaganda. To his credit, Mayor Bloomberg is probably telling us what he knows, but you know things that the Mayor doesn’t.

You know how to defend yourself and your family. I’ve taught beginners to handle firearms. My students have been properly intimidated by the moral weight of the gun. My student’s questions change with time in a consistent pattern.

They often evolve through this chain of thought.

-How do I shoot?
— When can I shoot?
——– When must I defend myself and those I love?

The law says you have may use lethal force when you face a certain level of threat under certain circumstances. With time, most people who carry concealed fall back to the situation where they must shoot. They are beautifully reluctant to harm others. They plan to use a gun to prevent a greater harm, and to do so only when they have no other choice. I’ve seen those decisions fall into place. That is my experience, but we know far more.

Contrary to what Mayor Bloomberg implied, people with a concealed carry permit are more law abiding and less violent than the police. That makes sense when you consider their very different situations. Police and civilians are figuratively headed in opposite directions. Police have to close with a criminal and make an arrest. The ordinary citizen wants to get away from the bad guy. I think police have a much tougher job, but more citizens have contact with criminals every day than do the police. In fact, thousands of honest citizens defend themselves from criminal attack by using a firearm in self-defense every day. Mayor Bloomberg chose to ignore those facts.

You know something else that Mayor Bloomberg doesn’t know. You know how you live. You know who belongs in your home and at work. You know your neighbors, your co-workers, and your customers. You know many of the people you meet routinely on the street. That knowledge gives you an incredible advantage when things go wrong. Because of what you know and who you know, you know the good guys from the bad guys. That helps explain why armed civilians are so much less likely than the police to shoot the wrong person. You saw the problem unfold while the police arrive later and have to figure it out in a hurry. Again, Mayor Bloomberg chose to ignore those facts.

Time is critical when you defend yourself from a violent attack. When we look at the attack at the West Freeway Church of Christ, the defenders had only a few seconds to respond. (The video of the attack is here.) We have an advantage that the police don’t have. We are there when the problem unfolds. The police arrive some 11.1 minutes later, on average. In mass murder attacks, that delay costs about a dozen lives. Mayor Bloomberg chose to ignore the lives we save.

Defense at West Freeway Church of Christ

Perhaps I’m being too hard on the Mayor. You have knowledge and experience that the Mayor doesn’t have. Tens of millions of us bear arms every day. In contrast, it has been years, if not decades, since Mayor Bloomberg lived without a paid security detail. Maybe he is telling the truth as he knows it since most of his security detail are former law enforcement officers. In that sense, the former Mayor still lives with police protection. The rest of us can’t afford that, so we do it ourselves.

Mayor Bloomberg hired New York cops to defend him, so of course he wants you disarmed.

I understand that politicians want to give us simple answers, but the world is a complex place. We’ve seen gun prohibition fail time after time. Can we afford a political leader who gets something as simple as self-defense so consistently wrong? I won’t trust Mayor Bloomberg with the safety of my family.

*- I noticed that Youtube has taken down the original video of Bloomberg on Fox news. Please let me know if you can find the original source video.


Mexican Elementary School Shooting: Seven shot, one murdered by 11-year-old – Crime Prevention Research CenterCrime Prevention Research Center

January 19, 2020

But Mexico has gun control, so how could this happen? RM

“On January 10th, an 11-year-old last shot seven people and then committed suicide at the Cervantes de Torreón elementary school in Torreón, Mexico.

“Ramos shot dead María Medina, a 50-year-old English teacher, last Friday at Miguel Cervantes School in Torreón, Coahuila. The sixth-grader then shot five students and 40-year-old gym teacher Aldo Omar Saldivar, all of whom survived.”

Source: Mexican Elementary School Shooting: Seven shot, one murdered by 11-year-old – Crime Prevention Research Center

WV Lawmakers Invite VA 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Counties to Secede And Join Their State

January 16, 2020

This is how you resolve problems peacefully. RM

“West Virginia lawmakers introduced a resolution on Tuesday inviting Virginia’s Second Amendment sanctuary counties to legally secede and “be admitted to the body politic of the State of West Virginia.””

Source: WV Lawmakers Invite VA 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Counties to Secede And Join Their State

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