Biden Will Deploy, FEMA and National Guard, to Vaccinate Americans

H/T Western Journal.

Joe Pee Pads Biden can deploy the Boy and Girl Scouts to help vaccinate people I still am not going to take it.

The National Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will have key roles in President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to increase the numbers of Americans being vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Biden’s plan, released Friday, calls for the National Guard and FEMA to build vaccine clinics, according to CNBC.

He had said last fall that he planned to have the federal government foot the bill for National Guard deployments related to COVID-19.

It costs a lot of money and governors need that paid for,” Biden said at the time, according to Politico.

“The fact is that this is a national emergency — that’s what FEMA is supposed to deal with. Our view is that should be done. When it comes to deploying the National Guard for COVID relief, that should be paid for.”

West Virginia, which has used about 90 percent of its supply of the first vaccine shot, showed how it can be done by letting the National Guard take the lead instead of government bureaucracies, CBS News reported.

“We have taken 10,000 square-feet of our National Guard headquarters and turned it into a command center with representatives from all levels of state government,” Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, who retired from the National Guard but stayed in place to manage the vaccination effort, told CBS.

“Young soldiers and airmen are out distributing the vaccine across the state. We run this just like a military convoy,” he said.

Biden is also looking at tapping the military to develop vaccination sites in school gyms and sports stadiums, CNN reported.

The president-elect has set a goal of 100 million vaccine doses given out in the first 100 days of his administration.

“Here’s the deal: The more people we vaccinate, the faster we do it, the sooner we can save lives and put this pandemic behind us and get back to our lives and loved ones,” Biden said Thursday, calling the Trump administration vaccination rollout plan a “failure.”

Biden did not offer much hope for the near future.

“We remain in a very dark winter,” Biden said. “Almost a year later we’re still far from back to normal. The honest truth is this: Things will get worse before they get better.”

What CNN described as a “Democratic state official” it did not name said that there might be a difference between what is planned and what is accomplished.

“A lot of that sounds very Pollyanna, because I hear the phrase ‘mass vaccination site,’ and I think to myself, OK, what operating system are they using to register all these people?” the official said. “It’s all very pie-in-the-sky.”

Biden’s plan also calls for the federal government to “quickly jumpstart” efforts to ensure the vaccines can be available at neighborhood pharmacies, according to CNBC.

Using drug store chains to vaccinate Americans had been in the plan for rolling out the vaccines, but the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is now begging for states to send them vaccine doses so they can deliver the shots.

As of Friday morning, about 31 million doses of vaccine had been distributed, but only a little over 12 million vaccinations had taken place, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

California, for example, has received more than 3 million doses but only administered 40 percent of them, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

An example of what happens after vaccines go to the states has emerged in New York City, where Mayor Bill de Blasio said the state is not getting New York City the doses it needs, NBC News reported.

“I’m telling you, at this rate, there will not be any doses available in New York by next week,” he said. “If we don’t get a serious supply, we’re going to have to freeze the appointment system. That would be insane after all the progress we’ve made.”

Military Radio – Armed Forces Network

Pacific Paratrooper

1943 ‘G.I. Jive’ sheet music by Johnny Mercer

ARMED FORCES NETWORK

Although American Forces Network Radio has officially been on the air for 60 years, listeners began tuning in at the end of World War I.

A Navy lieutenant in France broadcasted information and live entertainment to troops accompanying President Wilson to the 1919 Paris Peace Conference.  Radio was a novelty then, and little equipment was given to overseas military broadcasting until the United States started gearing up for World War II.

playing music for the troops

Bored soldiers in Panama and Alaska created makeshift transmitters and aired records, according to an Armed Forces Radio pamphlet. The U.S. military was unaware of the broadcasts until celebrities wrote asking how to send the stations recordings.

During the first days of the U.S. entry into World War II, Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s staff members set up military radio stations in the Philippines. Their…

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Americana Corner: Our Bill of Rights: 2nd Amendment

H/T Bryan County News.

How much will we see in the way of restrictions on our Second Amendment Rights from the Joe Pee Pads  Biden and Kalama Knee Pads Harris’ regime?

The Second Amendment: 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.

The Second Amendment is corollary to one of the most basic natural rights we have, that of self-defense. However, it has recently been the subject of great controversy. Becoming familiar with the history of this doctrine is critical to understanding it.

Today’s gun-control debate in America focuses on two questions. First, does the Second Amendment give citizens the right to keep and bear arms for personal reasons or did it only pertain to the militia? Second, if the right is granted to individuals, can it be restricted or is it unlimited in scope?

To find the answers, we must examine our Forefathers own words on this subject and understand how the Supreme Court has interpreted the Second Amendment.

The right to keep and bear arms has been enshrined in English law since 1689 when it was added to England’s Bill of Rights, the precursor to ours. The right was seen by many as a natural right for “self-preservation” and “to restrain the violence of oppression” by the government.

 

When the Founders created our Bill of Rights, they saw two primary reasons for the need to keep and bear arms. First, there was the inalienable right to self-defense that all people enjoy. Second, this right was deemed essential as a bulwark against oppression by the government.

Samuel Adams stated the Constitution should never be interpreted to “prevent the people from keeping their own arms”. Additionally, Theodore Sedgwick declared “a nation of freemen who know how to prize liberty and who have arms in their hands” cannot be oppressed.

James Madison was also concerned about the threat a standing army posed to our democracy. In Federalist No. 46, he stated militias formed from an armed populace “would be able to repel the danger” of a federal army and thwart any attempt by it to impose autocratic rule.

Thomas Jefferson added, “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government”. Anti-Federalists, worried about oppression from within, clearly saw the right to keep and bear arms as extending to all citizens for their personal use.

In 2008, the Supreme Court affirmed in District of Columbia v. Heller, a close 5-4 decision, that the Second Amendment guarantees to individuals the right to “keep and bear arms” for self-defense in their home. However, they also stated these guarantees come with some limitations regarding who could own a weapon and on “dangerous and unusual weapons”.

Not all agreed with this position. In his Heller dissent, Justice Paul Stevens stated the prefatory clause “a well-regulated militia” means “the right to keep and bear arms” only protects “a right to possess and use firearms in connection with service in a state-organized militia” but not for one’s personal use.

Since Heller, two more Supreme Court decisions, McDonald v. City of Chicago (2010) and Caetano v. Massachusetts (2016), have further confirmed that the Second Amendment does grant individual citizens the right to possess and use firearms in their homes and not only in conjunction with a militia.

Based on these decisions and the words of our Founders, it seems clear Americans have a Constitutionally guaranteed right to own firearms and other weapons for self-defense and other personal reasons, but these rights are not unlimited.

WHY IT MATTERS So why should it matter to us today that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed by the government?

Nothing is more natural than securing oneself from harm. Whether that danger be a physical assault or oppression by a stronger force such as the government, owning and knowing how to use a firearm is a sound means of ensuring one’s well-being. The Founders recognized this as a fundamental right and made certain they guaranteed it to posterity.

SUGGESTED READING A superb anthology of some of America’s greatest works of literature, famous speeches, and patriotic songs is the book “What So Proudly We Hail”. Published in 2011, it contains excerpts from a wide array of subjects, everything from Theodore Roosevelt’s “True Americanism” to Washington’s Farewell Address to the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

PLACES TO VISIT If you are a gun enthusiast, you should visit Springfield Armory National Historical Site http://www. nps.gov/spar/index.htm in Springfield, Massachusetts. This National Park site includes the world’s largest collection of historic American firearms and several beautifully preserved buildings.

Until next time, may your motto be “Ducit Amor Patriae”, Love of country leads me.

The NRA Is Ditching New York for This Less Hostile State

H/T Town Hall.

I think oncethe NRA gets moved to Texas they need to tell Wayne LaPierre it is time for you to step down.

On Friday, the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) slammed the “corrupt political and regulatory environment” in the State of New York and announced plans to reincorporate in Texas. The NRA has been incorporated in New York for approximately 150 years. The NRA describes the move as part of a new restructuring plan aimed at streamlining costs, handling pending litigation, and operating in a more efficient and welcoming environment.

New York Democrats have not been shy about their disdain for the country’s oldest civil rights organization. When New York Attorney General Letitia James was running for office, James called the NRA both a “terrorist organization” and a “criminal enterprise.” When elected, James vowed to investigate the NRA’s “legitimacy,” the NRA recalled in a press release. 

Hostility from New York leaders prompted the NRA to file a lawsuit against the state attorney general, accusing the attorney general of “attempting to ‘blacklist’ the organization and its financial partners in violation of their First Amendment rights.” The NRA has filed similar lawsuits against Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) and New York’s Department of Financial Services. 

Part of the NRA’s restructuring plan utilizes the protections of chapter 11 bankruptcy. 

“Under this plan, the Association wisely seeks protection from New York officials who it believes have illegally weaponized their powers against the NRA and its members,” said NRA counsel William A. Brewer III. “The NRA will continue the fight to protect the interests of its members in New York – and all forums where the NRA is unlawfully singled out for its Second Amendment advocacy.”

The NRA notes many businesses, nonprofits and organizations of all kinds routinely file voluntary chapter 11 proceedings to streamline their legal and financial affairs. Despite the organization filing chapter 11 protection, the NRA reports to be in its strongest financial condition in years and expects to uphold its commitments to employees, vendors, members, and other stakeholders in the community.

 

“This strategic plan represents a pathway to opportunity, growth and progress,” said NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre. “Obviously, an important part of this plan is ‘dumping New York.’ The NRA is pursuing reincorporating in a state that values the contributions of the NRA, celebrates our law-abiding members, and will join us as a partner in upholding constitutional freedom. This is a transformational moment in the history of the NRA.”

The NRA says it will seek court approval to reincorporate in the State of Texas, citing Texas as the home of more than 400,000 NRA members and the host of the NRA’s 2021 Meeting set for Houston.

I’ll leave you with this. It may shed some light on why the NRA decided not to reincorporate in California.

 

Rush Issues Dire Prediction: 2022 Isn’t Going to Save Us ‘Wake the Hell Up’

H/T Western Journal.

If Rush’s words do not chill you down to your soul then you will never wake up.

If you’re waiting for the 2022 midterm elections to serve as a deus ex machina, saving us from the brunt of what four years of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will do, Rush Limbaugh thinks you need to “wake the hell up.”

In a segment on his Monday show, Limbaugh responded to a caller who thought there was voter fraud and asked where conservatives go from here after the Republicans lost the White House and both houses of Congress.

Limbaugh began with an anecdote regarding his friend Vince Flynn, the thriller novelist, who would always exhort people to “keep the faith.”

“He just believed in keeping the faith,” Limbaugh said.

This might not be the time to just keep the faith, however.

“Now, I hear a lot of people talking about — and I’ve got a problem with this — a lot of people talking about the upcoming midterms in 2022. I’m hearing people on our side, the traditional political junkies, ‘Well, let the Democrats do whatever they’re gonna do, ’cause they’re gonna be swamped, baby, we’re gonna wipe ’em out in the midterms. We’re gonna win the House back, we’re gonna win the Senate back, man, it’s gonna be beautiful,’” Limbaugh said.

“I said, ‘Wait a minute, do you people not get what’s going on here? The days of traditional American politics … the Democrats are setting it up so they’re never gonna lose elections again. What do you mean we’re gonna win it all back in 2022? Who in their right mind thinks that that’s in the cards?’”

For those listeners who believed cheating was the only reason for Democrats’ success — be it states unilaterally ignoring their own election laws, historically low ballot rejection rates or outright voter fraud — Limbaugh turned them away from this kind of thinking.

‘Well, Rush, it’s gonna be so massive, they can’t stop it with cheating. They’re gonna be so rejected.’ They’re gonna be so rejected?” Limbaugh asked.

“How the hell did they win? ‘They didn’t run, Rush, they cheated.’ Folks, you’re making a big mistake if you think that all of this success that they’re enjoying is simply due to cheating. There are gazillions of Americans who’ve bought into this. There are lots of Americans who have gone over to the dark side.

“This is not simply because the Democrats fraudulently stole an election. Even if they did, [Biden] still got enough votes to enable them to go over the line by cheating. We have a serious problem here. But the idea that the American people didn’t know what they were doing and in two years are gonna be running to the ballot box to reverse their decision because they had no idea they were electing a bunch of communists, what do you think just happened in Georgia?”

Limbaugh noted that “Georgia has been overrun by people leaving the Northeast,” repeating an apocryphal story that Democrats wanted people to move to Georgia to sway the election.

This part is factually dodgy; one major Democrat, former 2020 presidential candidate and 2021 New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang, seemed to suggest he was doing it, although the context of his tweet appeared to indicate this was more to mobilize voters for Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock than to add two votes to the state rolls:

As Slate pointed out, there was a social media proposal circulating for a billionaire — “oh, just for fun, let’s say Michael Bloomberg,” Slate’s Molly Olmstead wrote — to pay people to move down to Georgia and register. This, as she noted, would be illegal, difficult and irrelevant even without the exigencies of 2020. The idea of people picking up stakes and moving to Georgia simply to cast a vote in a close Senate race is similarly dubious.

Rush was right, though, when he noted that “the idea that we are in the midst of a traditional American politics I think — while it would be great if it’s true, it’s woefully naive. It misses the point of what is happening right in front of our faces in this country.

“‘We’re gonna sweep ’em in 2022, baby. That’s right.’ I mean, why didn’t we sweep ’em in Georgia last week? Georgia’s been a red state for I don’t know how long. What the hell happened?” Limbaugh asked.

“’Oh, we’ll get ’em in 2022, Rush, you’ll see.’ Folks, remember my admonition, the Democrats, if they could, if they could, would eliminate elections? What if they effectively have? I mean, we still have them, but what if they’re irrelevant?

“The only thing — you ask me, what can the American people do — wake the hell up, those who haven’t. And understand what we’re up against, because I still think we have the ability to outnumber these people. I still think we do. But I think we’ve got way too much — I don’t know — blindness or ignorance, and perhaps it’s worse than that. Maybe people have gone over to the Democrat Party side knowingly and purposely ’cause they believe in it. Who the hell knows.”

If Limbaugh sounds fatalistic, it’s probably worth noting many of us sounded too optimistic in the days following the 2020 election.

Yes, it became clear that barring legal challenges succeeding, President Donald Trump had almost certainly lost — but against tremendous circumstantial headwinds and media indifference. The Democrats hadn’t outright recaptured the Senate, which had been predicted; Republicans only had to win one of two runoffs in the traditionally red state of Georgia. Instead of bolstering their margin in the House, the Democrats lost seats and almost every toss-up race in the election.

Then came Georgia. We’ll debate endlessly about what happened — bad Republican campaigns, Democratic momentum, L. Lin Wood barnstorming the state spouting crazy theories basically accusing every entity but Judge Crater and the Sultanate of Zanzibar of rigging the election, what-have-you. There are several problems here, though.

The first is that the electorate in many states is changing. People are fleeing blue states with high costs of living and moving to red states — and bringing their politics with them. CNN noted Georgia had one of the highest numbers of newcomers of all the states in the union in 2019. Other states like Arizona and Texas are seeing similar influxes.

Then there’s the media, determined to treat the Biden administration with a reverence and awe not seen since the days of John F. Kennedy and Camelot. There’s social media, which — the moment they knew the Senate would be in Democratic hands and therefore unwilling to hold them to any sort of account — showed a new (but wholly unsurprising) willingness to censor people, organizations and publications. At CNN, Oliver Darcy even called on TV providers to deplatform Fox News. All of these factors have only intensified since the Capitol incursion.

And if you think the voting rules for 2020 were just a matter of emergency procedure, some Democrats would prefer they stay. California secretary of state nominee Shirley Weber, for instance, told KQED she would be in favor of automatically mailing a ballot to every voter in the state on a permanent basis.

You may remember in 2018, ballot collecting — the practice of a third party collecting absentee or mail-in ballots instead of the individuals mailing them in themselves — helped the Democrats turn historically red seats blue in the Golden State. That practice reversed itself to some extent in 2020, but all bets are off in 2022 if California manages to carry this year’s rules on. Other states are considering making them permanent, as well, according to The Wall Street Journal.

And no matter what, enough people bought into the message of not only Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in Georgia; they bought into two hard-left candidates in Ossoff and Warnock in Georgia.

Rush is right. Yes, 2022 can be a great year for Republicans. No, 2022 won’t automatically save us.

In fact, it may be an uphill battle.

A Brief History of the TV Dinner

H/T Smithsonian Magazine.

I remember as a kid I thought they were great.

Thanksgiving’s most unexpected legacy is heating up again

Vintage Swanson TV dinner packaging
A new form of entertainment and a wandering trainload of frozen turkey triggered a convenience food boom. (Evan Angelastro)
 
 

In 1925, the Brooklyn-born entrepreneur Clarence Birdseye invented a machine for freezing packaged fish that would revolutionize the storage and preparation of food. Maxson Food Systems of Long Island used Birdseye’s technology, the double-belt freezer, to sell the first complete frozen dinners to airlines in 1945, but plans to offer those meals in supermarkets were canceled after the death of the company’s founder, William L. Maxson. Ultimately, it was the Swanson company that transformed how Americans ate dinner (and lunch)—and it all came about, the story goes, because of Thanksgiving turkey.

 

According to the most widely accepted account, a Swanson salesman named Gerry Thomas conceived the company’s frozen dinners in late 1953 when he saw that the company had 260 tons of frozen turkey left over after Thanksgiving, sitting in ten refrigerated railroad cars. (The train’s refrigeration worked only when the cars were moving, so Swanson had the trains travel back and forth between its Nebraska headquarters and the East Coast “until panicked executives could figure out what to do,” according to Adweek.) Thomas had the idea to add other holiday staples such as cornbread stuffing and sweet potatoes, and to serve them alongside the bird in frozen, partitioned aluminum trays designed to be heated in the oven. Betty Cronin, Swanson’s bacteriologist, helped the meals succeed with her research into how to heat the meat and vegetables at the same time while killing food-borne germs.

 

A vintage Swanson TV dinner advertisement
“Eating off a tray in the dusk before a TV set is an abomination,” the columnist Frederick C. Othman wrote in 1957. (Advertising Archive / Everett Collection)

 

The Swanson company has offered different accounts of this history. Cronin has said that Gilbert and Clarke Swanson, sons of company founder Carl Swanson, came up with the idea for the frozen-meal-on-a-tray, and Clarke Swanson’s heirs, in turn, have disputed Thomas’ claim that he invented it. Whoever provided the spark, this new American convenience was a commercial triumph. In 1954, the first full year of production, Swanson sold ten million trays. Banquet Foods and Morton Frozen Foods soon brought out their own offerings, winning over more and more middle-class households across the country.

Whereas Maxson had called its frozen airline meals “Strato-Plates,” Swanson introduced America to its “TV dinner” (Thomas claims to have invented the name) at a time when the concept was guaranteed to be lucrative: As millions of white women entered the workforce in the early 1950s, Mom was no longer always at home to cook elaborate meals—but now the question of what to eat for dinner had a prepared answer. Some men wrote angry letters to the Swanson company complaining about the loss of home-cooked meals. For many families, though, TV dinners were just the ticket. Pop them in the oven, and 25 minutes later, you could have a full supper while enjoying the new national pastime: television.

In 1950, only 9 percent of U.S. households had television sets—but by 1955, the number had risen to more than 64 percent, and by 1960, to more than 87 percent. Swanson took full advantage of this trend, with TV advertisements that depicted elegant, modern women serving these novel meals to their families, or enjoying one themselves. “The best fried chicken I know comes with a TV dinner,” Barbra Streisand told the New Yorker in 1962.

By the 1970s, competition among the frozen food giants spurred some menu innovation, including such questionable options as Swanson’s take on a “Polynesian Style Dinner,” which doesn’t resemble any meal you will see in Polynesia. Tastemakers, of course, sniffed, like the New York Times food critic who observed in 1977 that TV dinner consumers had no taste. But perhaps that was never the main draw. “In what other way can I get…a single serving of turkey, a portion of dressing…and the potatoes, vegetable and dessert…[for] something like 69 cents?” a Shrewsbury, New Jersey, newspaper quoted one reader as saying. TV dinners had found another niche audience in dieters, who were glad for the built-in portion control.

The next big breakthrough came in 1986, with the Campbell Soup Company’s invention of microwave-safe trays, which cut meal preparation to mere minutes. Yet the ultimate convenience food was now too convenient for some diners, as one columnist lamented: “Progress is wonderful, but I will still miss those steaming, crinkly aluminum TV trays.”

With restaurants closed during Covid-19, Americans are again snapping up frozen meals, spending nearly 50 percent more on them in April 2020 over April 2019, says the American Frozen Food Institute. Specialty stores like Williams Sonoma now stock gourmet TV dinners. Ipsa Provisions, a high-end frozen-food company launched this past February in New York, specializes in “artisanal frozen dishes for a civilized meal any night of the week”—a slogan right out of the 1950s. Restaurants from Detroit to Colorado Springs to Los Angeles are offering frozen versions of their dishes for carryout, a practice that some experts predict will continue beyond the pandemic. To many Americans, the TV dinner tastes like nostalgia; to others, it still tastes like the future.

Bill Aims To Clarify Use of Force In Nebraska

H/T Bearing Arms.

Bravo Nebraska for considering a Stand Your Ground Law.

A little bit of good news from the Cornhusker State for gun owners. State Sen. Julie Slama has introduced a bill that would remove “duty to retreat” laws concerning the use of force to defend life property. The bill is similar in concept to the Stand Your Ground law in Florida, though LB 300 approaches the issue from a different angle.

From the Omaha World-Herald :

[Under] Bill 300, gun owners would be granted a “rebuttable presumption” to use deadly force when they believe “reasonably and in good faith” that they are endangered by an unlawful intruder. A rebuttable exception means the law would require the court to presume a gun owner had legal cause for taking action, unless that were disproven.

The bill also provides a rebuttable presumption that anyone trying to forcefully enter a dwelling, business or vehicle “is doing so with the intent to commit an unlawful act involving force or violence.”

With a surge in support of dangerous polices such as the defund the police movement and several cities’ “hands off” approach to dealing with rioting, laws like this one will perhaps serve as a reminder to make the ill-intentioned think twice about what they may do.  

Slama, who’s also a law student at the University of Nebraska, says the legislation is designed to clarify more than expand state law, but that doesn’t mean that the bill is symbolic in nature.

Patricia Harrold of the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association says the change would ensure that the concept of “innocent until proven guilty” remains a part of the justice system.

“The bill, if passed, would force prosecutors to prove that a gun was used unreasonably to protect someone from harm, rather than putting the burden on the gun owner to prove they had to use a firearm.”

It would also give homeowners more confidence in using a firearm to defend themselves in their home, Harrold said, by imposing a “reasonable person standard” for the use of force. That helps to ensure that the right of self-defense isn’t given second-class status, which would have disastrous consequences in a time of increased violent crime and civil unrest.

Details on Nebraska Legislative Bill 300 can be found here.

John Petrolino is a US Merchant Marine Officer, writer, author of “Decoding Firearms: An Easy to Read Guide on General Gun Safety & Use” and NRA certified pistol, rifle and shotgun instructor living under and working to change New Jersey’s draconian and unconstitutional gun laws. You can find him on the web at www.johnpetrolino.com on twitter at @johnpetrolino and on instagram @jpetrolinoiii

Dan Bongino “Is there anyone more feared in America right now than James O’Keefe of Project Veritas”

Jim Campbell's

By Jim Campbell

January 16th, 2021

President Trump was well aware of O’Keefe, who by the way had the goods on the Democrats steeling the election from president.

It’s surprising to me that he was not awarded the Presidential Freedom Award.

If you are on the wrong side of the law or scheming to be so James O’Keef and Project Veritas are likely out to get you.

James is now a nationally recognized staring out the role of a pimp to a female friend, Hanna Giles, undercover investigators presenting themselves as interested in ACORN’s help smuggling underage prostitutes and running the prostitutes in the San Diego-area.

Project Veritas’s James O’Keefe (Image via YouTube)

The now-defunct and disgraced Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) was a massive, unaccountable taxpayer-subsidized group that the Obama Administration was using to conduct the Census, register voters and sign people up for government…

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Montana House Approves Major Expansion Of Carry Laws

H/T Bearing Arms.

The state of Montana is expanding the peoples carry rights while Joe Pee Pads Biden will try to curtail those rights.

A bill to expand the right to carry in Montana has sailed through the state House and is now on its way to the state Senate, where prospects look good for the measure.

While the bill addresses many aspects of the state’s carry laws, the provision allowing concealed carry holders to lawfully possess a firearm on the grounds of public colleges or universities is definitely drawing the most attention from opponents of the measure. Rep. Seth Berglee, the bill’s sponsor, says that folks shouldn’t overlook the other aspects of the legislation.

 

“The first thing that it does is what I consider to be permitless carry so it allows you to concealed carry in most of the areas where you can currently open carry,” said Berglee. “So to me, Montana law is very prohibitive of concealed carry but very open on open carry. Concealed carry to me, coming from a strategic or tactical safety background, where negative public impact if you’re in a tourist type area, concealed carry makes a lot more sense. I think it’s a better and safer way to carry.”

Berglee further described areas where firearms could be carried.

“The second thing that it would do is allow permitted carry in a couple additional areas,” he said. “For instance, it allows carry in restaurants that serve alcohol or bars where you’re currently allowed to open carry. I made that a permitted area or as allowed in the bill you would be able to carry in the State Capitol with a permit and as well as other state owned property.”

As for the campus carry provision itself, Berglee says it makes sense.

“To carry on campus, the weapon has to be in a case or holster. It can’t be discharged on campus unless it’s for self defense purposes. You can’t keep it in a dorm room unless you have expressed written permission from somebody you might be living with. If it’s not on your person, it has to be locked and secured. You can’t carry in any area that serves alcohol for like a campus event.”

The bill had little trouble in the House, despite objections from officials with the University of Montana system. HB 102 cleared the chamber on a partisan-line vote of 61-33 (with a few lawmakers absent). The expansion to the state’s carry laws is also backed by both Gov. Greg Gianforte and Attorney General Austin Knudsen, and it should have little trouble in the state Senate as well.

Of course, if you’re a Montana gun owner you should still contact your state senator and urge them to support HB 102, as well as thanking your state representative if they voted in favor of the bill in the House. The bill may be likely to pass, but it’s always good to give your lawmakers positive encouragement to do the right thing.

Armed Clerk at a Cell Phone Store Stops an Armed Robber

H/T AmmoLand.

A look at concealed carry in the People’s Republic Of Illinois.

 

The rush is over as people go home from work. Now, there is a slow but steady flow of customers into the cell phone store where you work. The next customer walks in. You let him look around for a minute. The store owner continues doing some paperwork so you ask the customer if you can help him. The customer turns away and then turns back with a gun in his hand. He tells you to give him the money and the new phones. You tell the robber that your boss will be back with the phones. 

 

You own a gun. You have your Illinois Firearms Owners Identification Card and your Concealed Carry License. You are armed tonight at work. The robber turns to look at the back room. That is when you draw your firearm. You aim for the center of his chest and shoot your attacker twice. Now the robber drops his gun and turns. You stop shooting. You and your boss run into the back room and call 911.

The police disarm your attacker. EMTs take him to the hospital. The police take your gun as evidence, and you give them a brief statement. Your boss talks to the news media but doesn’t tell them much. That is when you find out that your attacker died in the hospital.

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Let’s look at the things our defender did long before the armed robber walked into the cell phone store. Our defender recognized that he works in a dangerous job in a dangerous city. He went through considerable trouble to buy a gun in Illinois. He paid for the expensive training and application fees. He endured the months-long delays so he could get his carry permit. Our defender talked with his employer about being armed at work. That morning, our good guy went through the trouble of dressing around the gun and carrying concealed in public. He did all that before he faced a threat.

During the attack, we know that the defender put shots on the bad guy in order to end the threat. Our good guy didn’t chase the bad guy down the street. The robbery victims retreated and called the police. They also gave a brief statement to the police.

There is a lot that we don’t know about this event. We don’t know how the defender gained a few second advantage over the robber who already had his gun in his hand. We do know those good tactics can keep us from getting shot.

It appears that our defender waited his turn. Our good guy did not draw his firearm when the attacker already had his gun out and pointed at him. He waited until the robber looked away and the robber had his gun pointed in another direction. Perhaps our good guy opened the cash drawer and stepped to the side. Perhaps the defender moved behind a display case to mask his motions. That is important because we’d like to cheat. We’d like to have our hand on our gun before we start the presentation because that cuts our draw time in half.

We want to move as we draw because that buys us time too. The robber has to notice we moved, find out where we are, track our movement and point his gun at us before he can shoot. In that time, we want to put shots on target and move again. Ideally, we can shoot from a position of cover or at least concealment.

Fast hands help, but tactics help us beat fast hands.

Those are certainly good tactics, but there even better options. Have a plan with your boss. If the robber will let you, then you can walk into the backroom to get the robber what he wants. From that position out of sight, you can sound the silent alarm that calls the police. There, you can draw your firearm. From behind a curtain, from a position in the dark, and from behind a wall that will stop a bullet, you can shoot your bad guy through a doorway.

Think about this. Your attacker is threatening to kill an innocent person. You can shoot the bad guy when he isn’t looking at you. You can shoot the bad guy when he doesn’t have his gun pointed at you. You can shoot the bad guy from a position where he can’t see you. In order to save the life of an innocent person, you can shoot the bad guy from behind or from a dark corner.

That isn’t what you saw in the movies and it usually takes some time to sink in. You can start thinking about it now.

Planning like that can put us in a position from which it is hard to lose. Again, we’d like to wait until the robber is not pointing his gun at an innocent party when we fire. We’d like it if there was a solid wall behind the bad guy rather than a glass window that leads onto a public street. We might not get everything we want. Take a look at the place you work and at your home.

We want to give a very brief statement to the police. Of course, tell them that you’ll cooperate and answer all their questions at a later date. Let your lawyer watch the security video and put your story together. Look for legal help today before you need it.

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