By Dean Weingarten
Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)- An anti-freedom policy has been spreading across United States police departments, the legalized theft of citizens guns.
Recently, it occurred in Georgia. I am not talking about forfeiture laws. They are related but have been covered elsewhere.
This is a problem in many urban areas, and it is spreading. The policy is to impound guns, in extreme cases, all guns that officers come across, whether involved in any crime or not, then to refuse to return the guns until a judge issues an order to return them. As the attorney fees needed to obtain a court order can easily be 10 times what the gun is worth, most people do not bother.
It is a form of legalized theft.
I first learned of this policy from students who were or who had lived in California. I had numerous students who had dealings with the LAPD. I started hearing stories about how guns were seized, even if there were no crime involved. If an officer came across a gun, it was seized, and it would not be returned until the LAPD received a court order demanding that it be returned. As hiring a lawyer to obtain a court order could easily cost thousands of dollars, very few people even tried. I also heard that some judges, who had a personal animus toward firearms ownership, simply refused to grant an order.
Here is a case related by a student: The student was stopped for a routine traffic stop. While stopped, the officer asked him if he had any guns in the vehicle. The student replied that he had rifles locked in the tool box that was attached to the bed of the pick up truck. The officer demanded that the student open the tool box, which he did. The officer then confiscated the rifles. The student was never charged with a crime, but the police refused to return the rifles unless they received a court order ordering them to do so.
This reverses the presumption of innocence and the presumption of ownership that goes with possession of an item.
In 2005, a California law was passed requiring people who had firearms impounded by police to fill out forms sent to the State government, and be certified as being eligible to legally own a firearm by letter, before the firearm can be returned.
Even with this state imposed certification, many departments are still requiring a court order before they will return lawfully owned property. SAF and Calguns settled a lawsuit against Oakland and San Francisco for refusing to return firearms.
- Cleveland recently settled a case where they refused to return a firearm to the lawful owner.
- In Arizona, a reform was passed to require issuance of a receipt in firearm seizures.
- In Wisconsin there have been a number of settlements where guns have been returned, often with a cash settlement to cover lawyers fees, although these were primarily for illegal arrests involving firearms carry.
I have been told that police are reluctant to return guns because they fear liability if the firearm is subsequently used in a crime. While this is an extremely rare occurrence, it is easy to see how police might use this excuse to fail to take appropriate action.
One remedy is to educate the police as to their liability if they *fail* to return property to its legal owner. The lawsuits mentioned above are useful for that purpose. Often, a letter from an attorney, threatening legal action, can spark a desired response. Once, I was able to obtain the return of a firearm simply by showing up at the crime lab and asking about its disposition. I was asked if I was a lawyer. I noncommittally said that I had studied the law. I was immediately told that the firearm would be returned (and it was). Another solution is public awareness. Policies can be changed more easily than legislation. Public pressure and lawsuit settlements can result in a change of polices.
If your firearm is seized or impounded, insist on a receipt, then follow up with documented requests for the return of the firearm. Inform activists groups of the situation. This may lead to pro-bono legal action or necessary funding for the same.
I have encountered officers who think that impounding firearms and making their return difficult somehow “gets guns off the streets” and makes crime less likely. The passage of laws that mandate the return of firearms to legal owners and the sale, rather than destruction, of “found” firearms helps to short circuit that assumption. It reinforces the fact that firearms possession is a constitutionally protected right.
This is primarily a problem of police policy and attitudes. Most court actions result in the firearm being returned. The difficulty is that the owner should never have been forced to go through the legal process to have his property returned in the first place, or the firearm should never have been impounded to begin with. The conversion of police thinking about firearms from “contraband” to “constitutionally protected property” is what is needed to stop this form of legalized theft.
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About Dean Weingarten;
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.
As gun rights go, Michigan has come a long way since I moved here 15 years ago. At that time, I marveled at the whole pistol registration “safety inspection” scheme – I had to go to the police station several times to buy my first pistol – the very strict transportation laws, and the lack of any means to get a concealed pistol license.
Once the concealed pistol law changed to “shall issue,” I was one of the first persons to get a pistol license in Kent County having gone to the county clerk’s office the morning of the first day to pick up my packet. I still remember how unfriendly the person working behind the desk was. I could tell she was not very happy about the new law.
Since then, more and more rights have been restored to the citizens of Michigan.
The right now in question is that to possess rifles and shotguns with barrels shorter than 16″ or 18″ respectively if (and only if) they are legal to possess according to federal law. There is no question that SBRs and SBSs comprise a highly desired class of firearms. People have come to realize that these are some of the best weapons from a handling perspective. They are ideal for fighting in close quarters, the most relevant example of which would be using them to defend one’s own home.
Federal law, namely the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) and ATF regulations, controls the lawful possession of NFA Firearms. Short barreled rifles and shotguns (as well as suppressors) are subject to the NFA. In a nutshell, one must have federal approval to possess NFA items, including paying a $200 tax for each item. An SBR with a suppressor would require two tax stamps and therefore $400 in additional taxes.
In addition to an individual owning these items, the NFA also provides for corporate and trust ownership. Purchasing these items with a trust currently has several advantages.
An NFA trust is a living trust that you set up to own your NFA items. It may also own other firearms as well. The way an NFA trust is drafted ensures that your trustee (whoever is in charge of the trust) or trustees if more than one, as well as the beneficiaries are authorized to possess those items. An NFA trust with additional trustees, for example naming your spouse as trustee, ensures that he or she is not an unauthorized person in constructive possession of your NFA items. Likewise, upon your death, there is a person who is authorized to possess the items and a process in place to ensure that your beneficiaries are authorized as well and that they get the items in an orderly and lawful fashion.
Currently, purchasing NFA items directly with a trust bypasses a few of the additional requirements placed on individual purchasers, such as the requirements of local law enforcement approval, fingerprints, and photographs. This has been one of the main reasons why people have used NFA trusts. From an attorney standpoint, however, the issues of constructive possession mentioned above and the orderly transition of ownership are just as important as the convenience of purchasing.
As you may have heard, there are proposed changes (Proposed Rule 41P) to the ATF regulations concerning the purchase of NFA items with a trust. One of the proposed changes would require local law enforcement approval of purchases, even with trusts. This is a more onerous burden that one might think because few law enforcement officers want to certify that a person is worthy of possessing firearms. There is no incentive for them to do so and it risks their credibility if someone were to misuse a firearm subsequent to the officer’s approval. Another proposed rule is that fingerprints, photographs, and a full background check would be required for every “responsible party” of a trust or corporation. Just who is a “responsible party” in the final rules, if adopted, remains to be seen.
As you can see, there are quite a few benefits to using an NFA trust to purchase NFA items, even if some of the ATF’s proposed rules are adopted. The only real drawback is the cost of setting up a trust. Most NFA trusts, with some support from an attorney, can be had for around $600. There are some slightly less expensive alternatives, as well as some more expensive ones that have additional features, such as asset protection and perpetual ownership. Perpetual ownership would be applicable if a new law were to ban the transfer of certain items once the original owner died. If the trust were to own the items, and because a trust doesn’t die, then many generations should be able to enjoy the use of the items in question.
If you are interested in an NFA trust or would like more information, you are welcome to contact me at 888-878-7658.
Charles E. Cottrell
Attorney at Law
The West Michigan Estate Planning Center
Cottrell & Jacobs PLC
6739 Fulton E., Suite A-10
Ada, Michigan 49301
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Minnetonka, MN --(Ammoland.com)- Need help finding a unique gift for the avid hunter this holiday season.
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MALTA, Mont. --(Ammoland.com)- Total hunter numbers and animals reported through west-central Montana’s three hunter check stations are slightly higher than the last two seasons at the close of the fourth week.
The general season for big game hunting will close at the end of Thanksgiving weekend.
Overall, the Darby, Bonner and Anaconda check stations tallied 12,730 hunter-trips, 369 elk, 131 mule deer and 419 white-tailed deer through the fourth week of the season, up from last year in all categories except mule deer.
The hunter check station near Darby accounts for the most hunter numbers and success. An elk tally of 272 at the Darby station is 24% above last year, but 5% lower than the five-year average. Mule deer checked through Darby is up 31% from last year, but down 26% from the five-year average. White-tailed deer harvest is up 46% compared with last year, and also exceeds the 5-year trend by 26%.
At Bonner Check Station, hunter trips through the fourth week are up from each of the previous two years, but the total harvest of deer and elk is down 6% from last year and 31% below the five-year average. Hunting conditions in the Blackfoot—the source of the Bonner data—have been especially poor this year, and the scattered snows turned crunchy with the colder temperatures this week, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Regional Wildlife Manager, Mike Thompson.
Hunter trips and harvests through Anaconda Check Station this year have been equal or lower than last year, and biologist Ray Vinkey says that little snow and mild conditions are keeping elk scattered, making hunting challenging.
Still, Vinkey reported checking a cow elk harvested by a 77-year-old woman, and a nice bull taken by a 21-year-old woman.
The percentage of hunters with game is 7.3% through the first four weeks of the season, down slightly from the five-year average.
“The hunter success percentage from the check stations is considerably lower than the hunter success that is registered in the statewide hunter harvest survey,” Thompson said. “The percentage of hunters with game through check stations includes many of the same hunters on multiple trips. A hunter might be tallied as unsuccessful on several trips before being tallied as successful.”
For the second year, biologist Vickie Edwards has operated a check station on weekends at the mouth of Fish Creek, in Mineral County. So far this season, she has checked 1,286 hunter-trips, 3 elk, 17 mule deer and 48 white-tailed deer, generally on par or slightly up from last season.
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New Berlin, WI – In celebration of the white-tailed deer and the annual hunting mecca that is Thanksgiving weekend, Sportsman Channel will once again deliver four consecutive days of unmatched whitetail hunting shows by giving thanks (and racks) with Racksgiving presented by Weaver Optics on November 26-29. Wall-to-wall deer hunting can be consumed in primetime on November 26-28, culminating with an incredible 13-hour Black Friday marathon of deer hunting on November 29.
For more details and show schedule, visit www.thesportsmanchannel.com
“This is prime season for Sportsman Channel viewers and all-things whitetail, said Graig Hale, vice president of business development of Sportsman Channel. “There is no better way to acknowledge this passion than by giving our audience a marathon dedicated to their favorite animal – in crystal clear HD. Season after season, Sportsman continues to deliver superior and authentic programming about the most popular, big-game animal. It’s just one of the reasons why Sportsman is the ultimate destination for adventure and lifestyle programming.”
“Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family, food — and hunting,” said Weaver Marketing Director Jason Nash. “Deer seasons are open all over the country—and even if you can’t get out in the woods this year—your mind has probably wandered to that favorite stand. And what a better way to help keep you in the mood than exceptional deer hunting shows from Sportsman Channel? We wish everyone the best—especially those serving this great country domestically and abroad.”
Rackgiving kicks off on November 26, during Hunt Camp Tuesday. Six series will showcase deer episodes starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The special programming continues on Thanksgiving night, as deer trumps turkey over six episodes of Thursday Trailblazers also starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
And all that is but a precursor to the deer marathon on Friday, November 29, from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT.
Join the Twitter conversation @SPORTSMANchnl and let your voice be heard by using #RACKSGIVING.
“Racksgiving” Special Programming: All times ET/PT.
Tuesday, November 26
Whitetail Properties – 8 p.m.
Major League Bowhunter – 8:30 p.m.
Reeltree’s Monster Bucks – 9 p.m.
Back Country Quest – 9:30 p.m.
Brad Farris’ Game Plan – 10 p.m.
Savage Outdoors – 10:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 27
Big Deer TV – 8 p.m.
Destination Whitetail – 8:30 p.m.
North American Whitetail – 9 p.m.
Winchester’s World of Whitetail – 9:30 p.m.
The Zone – 10 p.m.
Adrenaline Junkies – 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 28
Fresh Tracks with Randy Newberg – 8 p.m.
The Outfitters Built by Ford F-Series – 8:30 p.m.
Petersen’s Hunting – 9 p.m.
Into High Country – 9:30 p.m.
BuckVentures – 10 p.m.
Brush Country Monsters – 10:30 p.m.
Friday, November 29
9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Non-stop deer hunting action! (For a complete listing of all the shows, please visit www.thesportsmanchannel.com).
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by Blaine Smith, Associate Editor
America’s 1st Freedom, December 2013
Doth the secretary protest too much? Listening recently to Secretary of State John Kerry insist that the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) poses no threat to the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding American gun owners, it began to sound that way.
Coinciding with headline-grabbing developments with Syria’s and Iran’s chemical and nuclear weapons capabilities, respectively—weapons programs that the U.N., it should be noted, has long proven ineffective in curbing—the Barack Obama administration signed on to the ATT in late September when the national media had its resources trained elsewhere.
Still, for those who wondered what exactly the Obama administration was up to by subjugating the nation’s right to keep and bear arms to the whims of a group of nations less free than our own, Kerry solemnly vowed, “Make no mistake, we would never think about supporting a treaty that is inconsistent with the rights of Americans, the rights of American citizens to be able to exercise their guaranteed rights under our Constitution,” sounding like a guy who really, really wants listeners to believe what he’s saying.
“This treaty will not diminish anyone’s freedom,” Kerry further promised. “In fact, the treaty recognizes the freedom of both individuals and states to obtain, possess and use arms for legitimate purposes.”
The secretary of state further claimed the U.N. ATT is not aimed at the individual’s right to possess arms; but is, in fact, a goodwill attempt by the international community to halt the transfer of small arms from legitimate markets into the hands of criminal organizations across national borders.
All of which might sound reasonable to some. But look closer at the international controls that our sovereign Second Amendment has been subjected to by the Obama administration’s signing of the ATT, and it’s clear that every freedom-loving American has, to this point, protested Obama’s dalliances with the U.N. ATT much too little.
Is that to say the Obama administration has mischaracterized the ATT to the American public? Absolutely.
“The Obama administration is once again demonstrating its contempt for our fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action. “These are blatant attacks on the constitutional rights and liberties of every law-abiding American.”
Just as NRA warned prior to the 2012 elections, the Obama administration has dedicated its second term to a full-scale assault on the Second Amendment rights of Americans through any means at hand. Be it through executive order, legislation or judicial appointment, every avenue available to the Obama administration has been leveraged in service to its anti-gun offensive.
So why wouldn’t the administration use the U.N. to instigate movement in its anti-gun aspirations? It’s a venue that isn’t beholden to immediate oversight by any American contingent other than the Obama administration itself, and is also powerful enough to affect real change—at least when it comes to attacking an American freedom that most at the U.N. seem united in opposing.
After having the majority of its recent anti-gun initiatives defeated by gun owners and the NRA, the Obama administration knew it would find an atmosphere friendly to its freedom-prohibiting designs in the “international community.”
In courting the U.N. gun prohibitionists, the Obama administration had to reverse the George W. Bush administration’s longstanding U.S. policy of refusing to become a signatory to any U.N. treaty or policy that would stand in conflict with the Second Amendment.
Then, it pressed forward in efforts to pass, and promised to sign, a U.N. ATT despite significant bi-partisan majorities in the Senate signaling over and again that the people of the United States neither supported nor wanted to be part of a process that would gut our Constitution.
Soon after the administration revealed it was set to sign the treaty, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., wrote in a letter to President Obama, “as the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, it is my view that you may not take any executive action to implement this treaty, provisionally or otherwise, unless and until: (1) the United States Senate has provided its constitutionally required advice and consent to its ratification; and (2) the Congress has passed any and all required legislation to bring this treaty into effect under United States domestic law.”
Further, Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., also sent a letter of protest and warning to the administration. “It is my understanding that you have decided for the United States to become a signatory nation to the United Nation’s Arms Trade Treaty. … I am extremely disappointed to learn of this decision as this treaty is destined to meet the same fate as other U.N.-sponsored treaties that threaten our country’s sovereignty. It will collect dust alongside the Law of the Sea Treaty, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Kyoto Protocol, to name a few, which have all been rejected by the U.S. Senate and the American people,” he wrote in a letter to Secretary Kerry.
“It has been made clear on several occasions that the president does not have the support of the Senate when it comes to the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty. Most recently, it was made clear at 5 a.m. on March 23, 2013, when 53 senators from both parties went on record to vote for my amendment to the Budget Resolution preventing the United States from entering into the treaty. …”
But what of the administration’s protestations that the ATT is concerned only with cross-border firearm sales to criminal groups? Don’t forget a little BATFE operation named “Fast and Furious,” which saw administration officials surreptitiously funnel firearms into the hands of Mexican drug cartels as a means of building public support for anti-gun legislation. Instead, it has led to death and misery on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border. And the Obama administration still refuses to come clean about that one.
Considering all of this, one must conclude that the Obama administration’s claims regarding the treaty are a ruse. So is the ATT, in fact, an imminent threat to the Second Amendment rights of Americans? According to Wayne LaPierre, NRA executive vice president, it’s a ticking time bomb.
“Once a treaty like the ATT is signed, it never dies,” LaPierre said. “Even if we prevent a two-thirds majority of the U.S. Senate from ratifying the ATT this year, next year or even the year after that, there is nothing to stop a future Senate from dusting off the treaty and ratifying it 10, 20 or even 50 years from now. The text of the treaty specifically states that it ‘shall be of unlimited duration.’”
Further, “the ATT would potentially create an international gun registration system that could eventually pave the way for the full-blown confiscation of firearms owned by American gun owners,” LaPierre said. “Specifically, Articles 8, 12 and 15 of the treaty would create international pressure (and the perfect excuse) for signatory nations to compile ‘records’ of all gun owners who purchase firearms imported into their country—and then supply this sensitive, private information to governments of exporting countries. … In other words, if you bought a shotgun made by an Italian gun maker, the u.s. government would have an obligation to the international community to keep a record of your purchase. Worse, it could be forced as a condition of continuing to receive exports of Italian firearms to provide this information to the Italian government. This would result in nothing less than international gun registration.”
Yet that’s not all. As LaPierre said, “If the U.S. refused to take part in the U.N.’s international gun registry, other nations could potentially ban their domestic firearm manufacturers from exporting firearms to the United States. Considering imported firearms make up more than one-third of the new firearm market in the U.S., this could drive many foreign gun manufacturers out of business; significantly increase the cost of commonly used rifles, shotguns and handguns; and have an immediate and devastating impact on American gun owners.”
Speaking exclusively to America’s 1st Freedom, John Bolton, former United States ambassador to the United Nations for the George W. Bush administration, agreed with LaPierre’s assessment of the dangers posed by the ATT, and also noted several other reasons for gun owners to be gravely concerned.
“The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty is dangerous to the rights of American gun owners because it is a reflection of the anti-gun ideology [of U.N. member nations],” Bolton said, meant “to satisfy the ideological bases” of foreign governments and anti-gun activists here at home.
But while the goal of anti-gun ideologues championing the ATT is known—civilian disarmament—Bolton notes that the language itself used in the ATT is intentionally “indirect.”
“When it’s explicit which types of firearms are targeted, gun owners can mobilize to form opposition,” Bolton said. “But to prevent illicit arms sales, the ATT says the government should establish a ‘national central system’ for keeping track of sales, because to make the ban effective, we must know what’s being exported. And in the end, the only way to comply is to have more registries.”
And it’s not Senate ratification alone, Bolton says, that serves as the demarcation for U.S. compliance to the ATT. The Obama administration could impose executive orders that enforce parts or all of the ATT. Also, said Bolton, the Vienna Convention has established this international norm for treaties: If a nation has signed but not ratified a treaty, that nation cannot take action to defeat the principles of that treaty. Therefore, international pressure could realistically be brought upon the United States to take up any aspects of the ATT.
Oh, and remember Secretary of State Kerry’s claim mentioned earlier that the ATT recognizes legitimate use of firearms by individuals? According to Bolton, passing reference to hunting and the shooting sports is mentioned only in the preamble to the treaty, not as part of the actual, binding language of the treaty.
Now that the ATT is signed, Bolton said gun owners can protect their right to keep and bear arms by encouraging the legislature to continue denying the ATT a chance at ratification. Further, the legislature can monitor the Obama administration to find out in advance if any executive orders related to the ATT are being planned.
“The NRA will continue working with the United States Senate to oppose ratification of this assault on our fundamental freedom,” said NRA’s Cox, noting that to win the battle against the ATT in the U.S. Senate, gun owners must pool their strength by joining together with the NRA.
LaPierre agreed. “If the U.N. gun-ban treaty is ever ratified into law, we may never get a second chance to save the Second Amendment,” he said. “So please, call your U.S. senators and urge them to stand strong—publicly and defiantly—against the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty. Recruit your fellow gun owners and patriotic friends and neighbors to join NRA and take an active role in this fight to protect our freedom and our sovereignty from this treacherous assault.
“As NRA members,” LaPierre added, “you and I are the brick wall standing between the United Nations and our Second Amendment freedoms.”
Before you're buried in the mania of Black Friday and find yourself dashing through the proverbial snow, NRAstore™ Senior Merchandise Buyer Brian Evans breaks out one item you're sure to put down on your list ... Fairfax, Virginia - Some Christmas customs you just can't wait to retire – like fruitcake and that ugly Christmas sweater. But other yuletide traditions should last a lifetime – like the NRA’s annual Christmas Ornament.
Every year, our staff here at the NRA Store teams up with the exact same crew that develops the famous White House ornaments. They put those same creative talents to use in order to design our own collectible piece, and the 2013 version is easily one of our favorites yet!
This year the NRA played a starring role in the preservation of all Americans’ Second Amendment freedoms. So, it’s fitting that the 2013 ornament is built upon a bold, ornate five-pointed star base. Crafted in a stunning metal die-cut, 3D layout, we showcase the NRA eagle perched on two crossed rifles and the star spangled shield. Festive bows and holly are there to add a little Christmas cheer.
On the back, we’ve engraved the Second Amendment in its entirety. A reminder of the NRA’s singular, historic mission: to unyieldingly defend the right to keep and bear arms. Handsomely presented in a flocked and windowed gift box, the 2013 NRA Christmas Ornament is destined to become a much treasured heirloom.
So this holiday season, decorate your family fir with our 2013 NRA Christmas Ornament. Show your support for the organization that has been protected your liberties all year long, whether you’ve been naughty or nice. This limited edition piece is 100% made in USA – be sure to get yours early!
by David Burnett
America’s 1st Freedom, December 2013
Holly Adams is no stranger to tragedy. Thirty-six years ago, she escaped a violent and abusive marriage. Six years later she was attacked and raped while stationed in Hawaii.
But nothing could prepare her for April 16, 2007, when Virginia Tech University student Seung-Hui Cho murdered 32 classmates and faculty and wounded 17 others on the school campus in Blacksburg, Va. While the day’s imagery is unforgettable—students fleeing, sirens screaming and armed officers rushing to the scene—Adams has a different reason to remember: Her daughter, Leslie Sherman, was one of the victims.
Some Virginia Tech victims and survivors, several no doubt coached by gun control lobbyists, responded to the tragedy by demanding harsher gun laws. (In reality, the perpetrator had passed a background check when purchasing the firearms he used in his crime, even though he had been court-ordered to undergo mental health treatment. The failure was in the reporting of the information, not the gun laws.) Like most, however, Holly preferred to grieve in private rather than politicize her loss. But after five years of watching a vocal minority continuously use their victimhood to advocate for gun bans throughout the nation, Holly released a statement through the Virginia Citizens Defense League that read, in part:
There is an unfortunate drive for more gun control and the continuation of preventing guns on campus by parents whose children lived or survived during that fatal day. Several family members of those victims have actively voiced their support for increased gun control measures. As a result, it has been assumed that they speak for all families of the Virginia Tech victims. I am writing this to make it clear that this is not the case. They do not represent me and my views.
Speaking for myself, I would give anything if someone on campus—a professor, one of the trained military or guardsmen taking classes or another student—could have saved my daughter by shooting (Seung-Hui) Cho before he killed our loved ones. Because professors, staff and students are precluded from protecting themselves on campus, Cho, a student at Virginia Tech himself, was able to simply walk on campus and go on a killing rampage with no worry that anyone would stop him.
I ask a simple question: Would the other parents of victims be forever thankful if a professor or student was allowed to carry a firearm and could have stopped Seung-Hui Cho before their loved ones were injured or killed? I would be. I also suspect that the tragedy may not have occurred at all if Cho knew that either faculty members or students were permitted to carry their own weapons on campus.
Recently, Holly opened up to America’s 1st Freedom about her experiences and her decision to join the NRA and fight for the rights of gun owners.
Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to us. Can you start by telling us about your daughter? Leslie was 20 years old on April 16, 2007, when she was gunned down by Seung-Hui Cho at Virginia Tech while she was sitting in her classroom doing what she loved to do most—learn. She was a quiet little girl; very, very bright. She had an enthusiasm for learning and for life. She was a track and cross-country participant at school. Because I was military, she and the rest of the family traveled and moved quite a few times, and she was nothing short of resilient and always showed a positive attitude about everything. She participated in a lot of fundraisers. She spent three years as an assistant coach for Special Olympics. She grew her hair to donate to Locks of Love. She went down to New Orleans to help clean up after Hurricane Katrina. She didn’t spend a penny on anything frivolous for herself. She was a delightful child. “Perfectly imperfect” is the way I like to describe her. Nobody’s perfect, but even her imperfections were perfect to me. I would give anything—anything—to have her back for a day, to tell her one more time how much I love her.
What was your exposure to guns growing up? I was born and raised on a farm in Washington state. As long as I can remember, there was a huge rifle in the work closet that my dad had for times of need. He occasionally brought it out if a coyote was attacking our sheep, or he would put down a sheep that was critically ill to keep it from suffering. So, in my mind, this rifle was a tool, something that everybody needed. Myself, I managed to learn how to use a BB gun and a pellet gun when I was still young—I think about 10 years old—and I shot birds for sport, magpies particularly. But I didn’t do much more than that until I joined the military in 1980 and learned how to use both a .45 and 9 mm handgun and M16 rifle. I qualified as an expert on both, and while I never had to actually use them on anybody, I did carry a firearm each time we had a defensive exercise. That was the extent of my exposure until just recently when I bought a firearm of my own. It was just a part of the job, I never thought of it as anything unusual.
How did you first learn of your daughter’s death? I first heard on the news about 10:45 that morning on April 16. I was sitting at my desk, and my deputy poked her head into my office and told me there’d been a shooting at Virginia Tech. Almost immediately I had this feeling that Leslie was among the victims. I listened to the news for about 10 or 15 minutes, learning as the numbers went up. I called my husband and we went home before noon. We were frantically trying to reach our daughter. We thought if she was in class and they were on lockdown, she wouldn’t have her phone with her. So there was a little ray of hope that she didn’t have access and wouldn’t be able to respond. But inside, we knew she was one of the victims. … it was something we could feel. We tried all afternoon to reach her. We did reach the officials at Virginia Tech. They couldn’t give us anything, but finally told us if our daughter was a victim, we’d be notified by the local police department. Fifteen minutes after we were told that, there was a knock at the door, and we opened the door and there was a policeman standing there. I heard a noise that I never want to hear again: my husband letting out a wail of anguish. It was the worst, worst sound I’ve ever heard in my life, it was horrible.
What were those days like afterwards? You always hear that behind every cloud there’s a silver lining. In a cloud like this, I wouldn’t say there was a silver lining, but there were things we learned about people in general that we really didn’t know. One of those things was that people are really, truly generous and truly sincere in times like this. We were fed for a couple of weeks. A couple of ladies in our neighborhood association got together. And the church. We didn’t belong to this church, but the church we chose for the funeral—the one that our daughter indicated she liked when she went to a wedding there—they brought breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for several weeks. We had more flowers in our house than we’d ever had anywhere. It looked like a garden. We had asked in lieu of flowers, we wanted to start a scholarship in Leslie’s name at her high school for applicants who had been accepted to Virginia Tech. Ultimately from the settlement from the Commonwealth and the donations we got from hundreds of people, we ended up with a fund of $150,000. We’re able to send one student per year, full tuition, to Virginia Tech.
What’s helped you get past this the most and find healing? Time. The passing of time. Watching my surviving daughter grow up into a beautiful young woman who has a bright education and a wonderful job. My husband by my side through the whole ordeal. I also see a grief counselor, and that has helped somewhat. Also, the people who remember us, who are not afraid to talk about her. So many people are afraid to bring it up because they think it’ll hurt me. But those who are brave to bring it up, it doesn’t hurt me. It helps me to know she’s remembered by others—not just me.
Leslie was in the same class as Colin Goddard, who now professionally represents the anti-gun movement. How has your response differed from that of other victims? Colin is a survivor. He doesn’t look at it from the point of view I do. He can travel the country and speak out on these issues. He’s not the parent of a child who died. So I have trouble with it, the ones who get together as Virginia Tech victims. There are two separate camps—the ones who stand in one corner, who lost our child and will never see them again; and there’s this other group who are celebrating their child made it through. If I were to go back and relive that day, I would give anything if that day, that morning, somebody in the classroom was armed and could have stood up and taken Cho out before he got 32 victims. I wish there had been a gun in the classroom.
Did you ever have any contact with Cho’s family? I knew that almost immediately after people were notified, his parents were identified from the government system and they were put into a witness protection program because they were getting death threats. I tried to reach them by sending them a card. I wanted to let them know that I understood there were 33 people that died that day—not just 32—and as a mother I know how devastating that could be. I wanted to let them know that we forgave them. I had to send my card through the FBI, who screens all of their mail. I never got any kind of response from them, I didn’t really expect to. I’m not even sure they got it. I’m hoping they did, there was nothing condemning or threatening about it. I just wanted to let them know I didn’t blame them. It was one of the last things I had to do to get rid of the blame game.
What would you tell other people going through what you have? Keep your hands busy. One of the things—that first day we went to Virginia Tech following the shooting—one of the phrases I kept hearing was, “You will need to set a routine to be your new normal.” The words “new normal”—I hated those words, you know? I wanted my old normal. I know that the people saying that had the best of intentions, but that’s not something you need to hear over and over again. Give yourself time to let it all soak in before making changes. Give yourself time to get used to the idea. Do a few things your child would want you to do. Donate belongings to shelters or charity. A couple of the mothers went home and got rid of every single thing in their child’s bedroom so there was no evidence of their child ever living in their home. It was a kneejerk reaction. We didn’t do that. We still have some of her clothes hanging in the closet, and in the dresser. Her dog goes into her room at night.
Also, don’t say anything in haste. Give yourself some time following the incident before answering questions of a political nature. If I had been asked these questions the day of the shooting, I would probably have different answers than I have right now.
When did you first decide to purchase a gun? I’d been tinkering with the idea for the last couple of years, and I’d done some target shooting in the Navy and enjoyed it. My husband really didn’t like the idea of me getting a firearm. My surviving daughter and parents didn’t either, but I think they were looking at it in terms of, “Well, gee, if Holly gets depressed, is she going to do something stupid?” Well, Holly’s not that stupid. But I told them it wasn’t their decision to make: I just wanted to let them know what I was going to do. So I went to the range.
And what did you buy? I bought a 9 mm Beretta with two 15-round magazines. It’s nice, I buy boxes of rounds by 50, so I only have to reload the magazines once. If I had smaller magazines, it’d be more annoying to stop and reload. I’ve enjoyed going to the range and trying to better my score. Seems like my score’s getting worse instead of better, though.
Has that decision affected the situation with the other victims? I’m not sure they know. I’m certainly not hiding it. I remember reading about how [anti-gun lobbyist] Lori Halas’s husband has a couple of guns, but she’s still for more gun control. You know, having one in the family and owning it yourself are two different things. The way I look at it, I haven’t gone on record yet touting my ownership of a firearm, but I’m definitely not trying to hide it.
Until now, of course? When they know, they’ll know. Virginia Citizens Defense League invited me to participate in their meetings, they asked me to speak for a few minutes about my ownership. They gave me a standing ovation for having the courage to go out and buy a gun on my own. It’s kind of nice—it’s really kind of a fellowship.
How do you respond to the people whose response is to ban guns? I say, “Aren’t we lucky you’re not the one making the decisions about our rights?”
Let’s talk about your artwork. It was featured by The Washington Post? Yes, there was a picture featured of one of the paintings I had in an exhibit. When I was in Iraq, that’s one of the things I did. That was something that kept my hands from being idle. When I retire, I want to devote a class to teaching victims of post-traumatic stress disorder—it doesn’t have to be wounded soldiers, but people who have been traumatized by a death in the family, like in my case. I want to find a sponsor who can help defer the expense of materials. It’s something on the bucket list.
Where do you go from here? Affiliating myself with the NRA, doing some target shooting, answering the call if anybody wants to talk about why I believe what I do—why I don’t support tighter controls on guns, why I do support classroom concealed carry. From day to day, I’m open to answering the same kind of questions we just discussed. I’m not hiding from it, but I don’t pretend to represent a whole group of people. These are my views, and I’m not afraid to tell you.
The anti-gun movement frequently coaxes victims to tell their story with the promise of translating their pain into action. But there’s often an agenda lurking beneath their compassionate façade; the use of victims as human shields of a sort, assuming the sensitivities of their opponents will inoculate them against the rigors of political discourse. These groups then ignore people like Holly Adams, or Nikki Goeser, or Amanda Collins—the ones who testify that if only someone had been armed, they might not have been victimized. When brave voices like Adams’ are heard, more Americans see through the lie that being disarmed is safer than being armed.
Now that Adams has spoken, it’s up to law-abiding gun owners to continue retelling her—and other victims’—story, while continuing to introduce more of our friends and neighbors to responsible gun use. And, most importantly, we must continue doing everything we can to make sure stories of people disarmed and victimized in supposed “gun-free zones” become a thing of the past.
America’s 1st Freedom, December 2013
The National Firearms Museum collection is well known for historic pieces, but sometimes you encounter a unique gun that steps to the front of the line. On Nov. 2, 1858, a lucky man named William Caughy received this engraved Sharps Model 1853 Sporting Rifle for being the best shot. But it wasn’t just any shooting match—Caughy was presented this .44 Sharps at the first-annual Target Excursion of the Sharps Rifle Guard, the elite marksmen who watched over the Sharps factory in Hartford, Conn. You could say that Caughy was the best sharpshooter that day.
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By C. Douglas Nielsen A shooting day for buyers joins the SHOT Show Media Day at the Range during SHOT Show week. What goes on at these events and how does the hosting range get involved and benefit? Successful NSSF Compliance Workshop Held in New Orleans, Next One in San Diego Dec. 8-10 Members of the shooting range industry walked away from NSSF’s fourth Lead Management and OSHA Compliance Workshop, held Oct. 13-15 in New Orleans, with knowledge that will allow themselves to strengthen their compliance efforts. Sign up for the last such workshop of the year, to be held in San Diego Dec. 8-10. Read more about this program. NSSF First Shots Big City Tour Rolls Into Atlanta Area Participation in target shooting is at an all-time high, and newcomers were able to see what all of the excitement was about by attending a First Shots seminar at one of 11 Atlanta-area target-shooting facilities that participated in the Nov. 1-3 First Shots Big City Tour event. NSSF Updates Modern Sporting Rifle Consumer Report NSSF’s initial Modern Sporting Rifle Report, created in 2010, provided the first professional survey data on ownership of these popular semiautomatic rifles. The newly released update of the report reveals important current data. The Greatest Reward of Attending the SHOT Show? Three shooting facility owners identify the valued benefits of going to the SHOT Show. Varying Options in Albuquerque If locals, tourists on vacation or business people on a trip to New Mexico’s largest city wish to shoot, they have choices both indoor and outdoor. Convenient ‘Range Finder’ By Bill Dunn NSSF’s Where To Shoot app is a hit with iPhone and Android users, and if your range isn’t listed in North America’s most comprehensive directory of shooting ranges, it’s time to get onboard, for free.
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Grove City, PA --(Ammoland.com)- What would the Senate be like without the filibuster? It would be a more efficient body, but efficiency has never been a hallmark of democracy.
Reflecting on Senate Rule 22, the so-called cloture rule that allows for filibusters, former Senate parliamentarian Floyd M. Riddick dramatically stated its importance when he said, “Coming from the House to the Senate, it is like going from prison to freedom. . . . I’m talking about the freedom of time to develop what you are trying to get over. . . . I just can’t imagine debates in the Roman Senate ever being developed under the House procedures.”
What would America be like without the filibuster? That’s the vital question. William F. Hildenbrand, former secretary of the U.S. Senate, said the filibuster is “the one way a bad bill can be stopped. It is a way of calling public attention to a bill. . . . Without it, the . . . [minority] here would be steamrolled. If you ever take away the filibuster, I think the people would be the losers.”
Conservatives and liberals have benefited from the filibuster. Conservative Strom Thurmond of South Carolina talked for 24 hours and 18 minutes against the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Liberal Wayne Morse of Oregon talked for 22 hours and 26 minutes against the Tidelands oil bill of 1953. In the short run they appeared to thwart majority rule. But in the end the Senate passed and the public accepted changes on these controversial social and economic issues.
And more recently Texas Senator Ted Cruz’ filibuster of 21 hours and 19 minutes in opposition to Obamacare not only foreshadowed overwhelming popular opposition to the Affordable Care Act, but also demonstrated that Democrats should never have passed that legislation in the first place without Republican support.
Just because the majority can impose its will does not mean that it should.
Assembly-line speed is not necessarily a virtue when applied to the resolution of serious social and economic problems. Persons obsessed with productivity often fail to recognize that the legislative process is designed not just to produce results but also to insure that the results are the best possible.
In a democracy issues are supposed to be thoroughly debated so that voters can make intelligent decisions based on the best data available. Research to get the facts, debate to determine the alternatives, and compromise to achieve agreement on issues require a good deal of time.
Senate Rule 22 is a rational way not only to maintain America’s legislative system, but also to enhance society’s acceptance of legislative decisions. By deliberating at length on legislation, the Senate performs the useful function of gradually educating and preparing people for change.
One has only to imagine what could have happened had there not been extensive debates about civil rights prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Debate and deliberation help cushion the impact of change, and aid in stabilizing American society with its diversity of volatile interests.
In modifying Senate Rule 22 to allow a simple majority to confirm most presidential nominations, Democrats have opened the door to further modifications, namely allowing a simple majority to act on Supreme Court nominations and legislation.
But even the present modification poses two serious problems. First, it strengthens executive power at a time when Americans have grown weary of its excesses. Second, it enables the president to pursue a narrow ideological agenda in making his nominations.
To illustrate, the president can now nominate judges far to the left of the American mainstream, which will enable him to more easily secure judicial support for his policies in critical judicial tests, especially before America’s most important appellate court, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
President Obama and Senate Democrats have won, but America has lost.
— Dr. Charles W. Dunn is author and editor of 21 books on American politics, chairman emeritus of the U.S. J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, and a founder of, and contributing scholar to, The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.
© 2013 by The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. The views & opinions expressed herein may, but do not necessarily, reflect the views of Grove City College.
Washington, DC --(Ammoland.com)- Somehow, there are people who confess they are gun owners, who keep saying that Barack Obama is no threat to the Second Amendment.
They actually go so far as to say that he has strengthened the Second Amendment during his first term.
Short post today, first, as I have discussed before, he HAD to accept the Amendment to the Credit Card Reform bill that allowed carrying of firearms in National Parks. He had the chance to allow guns in parks on its own and he refused. That means HE WAS AGAINST THE BILL.
Then there are his Supreme Court Judges, specifically Sotomayor who lied to congress about her belief in the Second Amendment only to rule against its definition of an individual right the first time it came up.
Now, lets look at a quick rundown of where the President really stands on the issues:
- • Renews support for gun control through UN Arms Trade Treaty (Nov 2012)
- • Calls to renew the Assault Weapons Ban (Oct 2012)
- • I believe in 2nd Amendment, but not war weapons on streets. (Oct 2012)
- • Fast-and-Furious: no prosecutions for Mexican gun/drug snafu. (Jun 2012)
- • Tells Sarah Brady will continue to push gun control “under the radar” (March 2011)
- • Opposed bill okaying illegal gun use in home invasions. (Aug 2008)
- • Ok for states & cities to determine local gun laws. (Apr 2008)
- • FactCheck: Yes, Obama endorsed Illinois handgun ban. (Apr 2008)
- • Respect 2nd Amendment, but local gun bans ok. (Feb 2008)
- • Provide some common-sense enforcement on gun licensing. (Jan 2008)
- • 2000: cosponsored bill to limit purchases to 1 gun per month. (Oct 2007)
- • Concealed carry OK for retired police officers. (Aug 2007)
- • Stop unscrupulous gun dealers dumping guns in cities. (Jul 2007)
- • Keep guns out of inner cities–but also problem of morality. (Oct 2006)
- • Bush erred in failing to renew assault weapons ban. (Oct 2004)
- • Ban semi-automatics, and more possession restrictions. (Jul 1998)
- • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
That is Obama’s REAL record on the issue of the Second Amendment from his time in Chicago through this past week.. Lip service saying he “believes in the 2nd Amendment” but does everything he can to marginalize and eliminate it. Voted for bans and draconian limits on purchasing. Opposed measures to protect firearm industry from frivolous lawsuits hoping to bankrupt them. Pushing a treaty that will impose gun controls from a foreign entity. And refuses to hold anyone accountable for a gun walking program that has killed Americans that was, despite his lies, begun under HIS administration to foster a public outcry for more gun control.
So if you are reading this and are a Obama supporter, that’s fine because you are free to support whosoever you choose in this country.
Just stop trying to pass off Obama like some 2nd Amendment Champion when in reality he is a gun grabbing Chicago politician who will be a gun control champion now that he doesn’t have to be re-elected anymore. If you can look at a mountain of evidence of word and deed and keep your head buried in the sand then even Obama coming to your home, ripping the gun from your hand and pistol whipping you with it because he doesn’t believe you should have it, wouldn’t be enough to get you off the kool aid.
He hates the Second Amendment and has a record fighting against it that goes back 15 years. I fear if left unchecked, his reach into the future will be much longer.
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CT State Police Releases Confidential Info, Detective Barbara Mattson Illegally Exposes Permit Holders
Middletown, Connecticut --(Ammoland.com)- In Middletown, Connecticut on November 25, 2013: During a Board of Firearms Permit Examiners meeting on November 14, 2013, Detective Barbara Mattson of the Connecticut State Police disclosed the name and the active permit status of at least one Connecticut State Pistol Permit holder on the public record.
This disclosure, prohibited by CGS 29-28(d), is both illegal and irresponsible.
Detective Mattson can hardly feign ignorance to the illegal nature of her disclosure since the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection recently won an appeal to their refusal to disclose permit applicant information under the Freedom of Information Act. The state argued against the plain text of the statute that only exempts persons issued a pistol permit, and the court applied that confidentiality to all applicants as well.
Detective Mattson did not disclose an applicant’s information, nor did she disclose the information of someone in an appeal. She disclosed the permit status, by name of a third party permit holder. This type of disclosure potentially harms or endangers members of the public, and the state police are expected to follow these laws that they enforce on the rest of us.
Rachel M. Baird and Associate of Torrington, Connecticut, on behalf of Connecticut Carry and the Connecticut residents we represent, issued a very direct letter to state officials. The state officials, including the State Police, the Attorney General and the Board of Firearms Permit examiners were informed and warned of this illegal conduct by a senior State Trooper from the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit. They have been asked to provide notice to all relevant agencies and personnel to make sure that they understand that the confidentiality of pistol permit holders must be upheld.
Important questions about these disclosures have also been asked, such as: What action does the state intend to take in response to a prohibited disclosure? When and where will the state deem it expedient to name permit holders in public?
How is the DESPP able to disregard the law for its own members but state in court that the same action is serious and prohibited by law and so serious that applicants for permits cannot be disclosed despite the contrary plain text of the law?Contact:
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By AWR Hawkins
Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)- A Seattle store clerk facing an attempted robbery on November 24th 21013 told the would-be robber, “I have a bigger [gun] than you do.”
According to KATU.com, “Robert Moore was ringing up a customer around 10 pm at the Morning Star Mini Mart…when two men entered the store wearing ski masks.” One stood watch at the door while the other approached the counter and demanded money.
When the one at the counter pulled gun, Moore thought it “didn’t look real.” So instead of handing over money, he told the would-be robber, “I have a bigger one than you do.”
Moore “then turned to reach for his own gun” and the two would-be robbers fled. They ran outside, jumped in a white SUV and took off.
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Belleville, NJ --(Ammoland.com)- This week on Gun For Hire Radio#130.
The twisted game of “knock out” is all the rage in America’s cities and mayhem is bleeding over into the suburbs, as roving youth gangs batter innocent citizens.
Learn what you can do to protect yourself from becoming their next target.
Plus, New Jersey State Police change the rules for gun permits under the cover of darkness…
What you need to know to avoid being disqualified.
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