Saturday, December 10, 2016

Self Defense

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With all the talk right now on gun control, it is important to keep the public aware of the right ways to handle a threatening situation.

What do you do if an armed robber wants all your stuff?

In this video, an off duty police officer is robbed at gunpoint in a crowded area, but manages to take down the criminal and nobody else got hurt.

This video is graphic and does show a criminal getting shot, but it also shows the right way to draw a gun and handle a dangerous situation.

When watching this video, it reminds us why it is so important for the good guys to carry guns too.

If we ban guns then only the police and bad guys will carry and the rest of us will be helpless little victims. Sometimes the police can’t help and you need to take matters in your own hands.

The next time someone tells you that we don’t need guns in America, send him or her to this article and have them watch this video. The good guys need guns too.

Do you carry a gun on you? Let us know in the comments below.

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An armed robber was shot and killed while trying to rob a corner store in Chicago on Halloween—thanks to the quick-thinking of a customer with a concealed carry permit.

The would-be thief, Reginald Gildersleeve, 55, was pronounced dead at 7:10pm.

According to police, Gildersleeve walked into the store at around 7pm, and pulled a handgun on the store’s female cashier.

He then demanded she go to the back of the store and give him the store’s stock of cash—believed to be a substantial amount, considering the store also functioned as a currency exchange.

Unfortunately for Gildersleeve, he wasn’t alone in the store—and another customer pulled out a gun and opened fire.

The customer, who hasn’t yet been identified, had a valid concealed carry permit. It’s not clear whether or not he or she will face charges for the crime—but it’s not likely.

“We’re looking at it as a self-defense issue at this point,” a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department explained.

With a rash of high-profile shootings over the last few years, gun control has been a major talking point on the liberal Left—from President Obama, on down.

But the Left continues to ignore the fact that, in most situations, a litany of gun restrictions doesn’t keep guns out of the hands of bad guys—but, rather out of the hands of law-abiding good guys, who sometimes are called to use their guns to take action.

Because of the actions of a quick-thinking customer, no one was hurt (except for the thief) in the robbing of one Chicago store on Halloween.

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Three Colorado teens were shot earlier this week – one fatally – as they attempted to rob three moving men at gunpoint as the victims were moving furniture into at the Bayberry Condominiums on Kalispell Way near Alameda Avenue and Chambers Road in Aurora police reports say.

Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz said the three robbers approached the movers and attempted to rob them at gunpoint in the foyer area of the apartment building. The three robbery victims were described as men all in their 20’s.

“Two of the movers started to hand over their money, the third mover who was in fear for his safety of his friends, pulled out his weapon”, Metz said. Metz added that all three robbers were shot in a 10-by-6 foot space between two doors late Friday night.

The robbery victim who used his firearm in self-defense had a concealed to carry weapons permit and put the gun down when he saw officers arriving.

Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler held a press conference about the shooting saying that the case should get serious attention because three people were shot. According to Brauchler, Colorado’s self-defense law allows the use of deadly force.

“If you have a weapon on you and you are placed in imminent fear of serious bodily injury or death, you are entitled to defend yourself,” Brauchler said.

“I don’t think we would call this necessarily a make-my-day issue” referring to a state law similar to the “stand your ground” law on the books in other states. “This is a straight up regular common sense statutorily codified self-defense,” Brauchler added.

Brauchler clarified that Colorado’s self-defense law still applied to the shooter even though the attack occurred just outside the apartment.

Police are seeking help in identifying the assailants. Police questioned the movers and allowed them to leave without pressing any charges.

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A concealed carry permit owner used his firearm to fatally shoot a 27-year-old man in the parking lot of an Orem, Utah grocery store this past Saturday during a carjacking attempt against a woman getting into her SUV.

Capt. Ned Jackson of the Orem Police Department said the man who shot the would-be carjacker, who did not wish to be identified at this point in the investigation, said he had stopped at the store to purchase food on his way to a planned target-shooting outing.

The identity of the deceased, who was also suspected of assaulting a woman earlier in the day, was not released.

The permit holder who ran the aid of the woman was only described as 31 years old who had parked near the woman’s SUV and heard her scream as she was being pulled her out of her Mercedes SUV. The shooting occurred around 11:20 am. Capt. Jackson said that:

“According to the citizen’s statement, the suspect starts to walk to the back of the car and lunges at him trying to grab the gun. The citizen shoots one round, shoots the suspect in the chest…”

Paramedics attempted to save the injured man’s life but he died at a hospital a short time later.

Jackson said it did not appear that the man who was shot was armed. Jackson said all of those involved were interviewed at the Orem Police Department Saturday afternoon and that police did not anticipate that the shooter would face charges although the altercation is still under investigation. Capt. Jackson said:

“He’s trying to assist this lady whose car is being stolen. He was fighting with her, he was trying to protect her. Then at the point the suspect comes to him and he’s trying to take the gun from him, then he’s trying to protect himself…”

In unrelated incidents that occurred earlier in the day, police received multiple calls regarding the man who was later shot and killed. 911 callers said a man had reportedly assaulted a woman and was driving about Orem with two passengers.

A short time later police said the man who was killed during the attempted carjacking had reportedly stolen a Ford pickup at a residence and that the owner chased the thief in another vehicle with Orem police in hot pursuit.

Through a translator, pickup owner Luis Zarate said a man on a bicycle stopped at his truck while Zarate was doing some yardwork. Suspicious, Zarate called out to him. At that point, the man dismounted the bike, entered the truck with the keys inside and drove away.

Zarate and members of his landscaping crew gave chase and called police during the pursuit. The man drove the stolen pickup into the Macey’s grocery store parking lot at 880 N. State Street where he exited the truck and attempted to carjack the SUV. At that point he was fatally wounded, police said.
Police said there were several outstanding felony warrants for the attempted carjacker and that the fear of getting caught may have been why the situation escalated from crime to crime throughout the day.

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Last week, residents of Ferguson, Missouri might have noticed a strange sight amidst the scenes of burning buildings, overturned cars, crazed rioters, and police in full military dress. Standing stoically on the rooftops of buildings in areas threatened by prolonged rioting were men dressed in masks and camouflage, armed with buckets of water, fire extinguishers, and occasionally AR-15 rifles.

These men were not members of the Ferguson Police Department or the Missouri National Guard. They were members of the Oath Keepers, a nationwide collective of military veterans, former law enforcement officers, first responders and other concerned citizens who have sworn an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. They were drawn to Ferguson to help protect the people and property of the town from the rioters and criminals, who largely had avoided being stopped by the police and National Guard troops.

While the appearance of the Oath Keepers came as a relief to citizens and small business owners affected by the riots, to the authorities they posed a threat. That’s right. Within just days of arriving, rather than being thanked by the police for volunteering to help protect lives and property, these law-abiding volunteers were ordered to get out of town, apparently for “operating without a license.”

Absurd as it is that a person would need a “license” to do nothing more than protect private property from wanton destruction — especially when the police force’s apparent “best efforts” to do so were woefully deficient — that is exactly how government views the right to self-defense in the Bizarro World of 21st Century America.

While the government’s assault on the principle of self-defense underlying the Second Amendment is nothing new, the degree to which federal and state officials misunderstand or simply choose to ignore the fundamental principle of self-defense, is truly disheartening.

Many people consider that the modern era of gun control began in the late 1960s following the assassination of Robert Kennedy; but it actually dates to 1934 when the Congress passed the 1934 National Firearms Act. Since that seminal event, a distinct anti-firearms philosophy has taken hold in large segments of society; one that considers personal ownership of a firearm not as an exercise of a God-given right to defend oneself, but rather as a direct threat to “public safety.” Adherents of this group-centric philosophy consider the right to defend oneself with a firearm as something separate from — indeed, inferior to — the collective responsibility of government to protect society. In this world view, “public safety” trumps both individual responsibility and individual liberty.

Employing footholds gained through advocacy in the legislative, judicial and executive branches at all levels of government, these anti-gun forces have worked steadily to transmogrify the Second Amendment into a public-policy commodity, subject to the at-will regulation of government officials. The ultimate goal of this movement is to empower government as the exclusive owner of the means to personal defense; thus relegating citizens to a position of absolute reliance on the government for their personal and property protection. It is all about Control.

The historically-sound notion that citizens possess primary responsibility for protection of their persons and property, is reflected not only in the clear intent of the Second Amendment, but as well in federal court decisions. For example, in 1981, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit noted in Warren v. District of Columbia, that “. . . government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any particular citizen.” This assertion was reiterated a year later by the Seventh Circuit, in Bowers v. DeVito, when that Court held “there is no constitutional right to be protected by the state.”

Government, of course, wants to have it both ways. While accepting it is under no absolute obligation to protect citizens from harm (thereby avoiding liability for failing to protect against criminal actions), government officials constantly seek to acquire and maintain a monopoly of the means by which individuals are able to exercise their responsibility to protect themselves – that is, by remaining free to exercise their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Thus the bizarre spectacle of police in Ferguson rejecting efforts by citizens to protect lives and property when most critical to do so.

Unfortunately, the reaction by state and local authorities in Ferguson to citizen-based self-defense represents not the exception, but the prevalent view of “public safety”; and not only in the United States but throughout western society generally. It is, however, particularly discouraging that such a fundamentally flawed understanding of individual rights and constitutional history are run amuck here, in what Ronald Reagan correctly described as “the last best hope of man on earth.”

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