Hoplophobia: The Four Types of Gun Phobia

Common phobic responses including hoplophobia (a term Marine Col. Jeff Cooper said he first coined in1966), the morbid, irrational fear of weapons, firearms, guns, knives, military, police, legally armed law-abiding citizens, etc., are usually viewed as learned behavioral responses. Bad learning. Not useful. In extreme cases, a phobic response can seriously get in the way of a person’s life! In much milder forms, people can choose to just live with it. For example, a fear of flying could be seriously problematic, depending on one’s occupation or lifestyle. Fear of snakes and alligators, not so much, unless you live in Florida. But then again, you should have some fear of alligators. In other words, it all depends on who, what, where, your personal life, and the degree of the bad learning. Other causes exist too.

The bad news is: when irrational thoughts and seriously limiting beliefs get well-conditioned and reinforced regardless of causation, they will absolutely seem to get increasingly real and powerful to even otherwise moderately functional people. That’s the trap. It’s like quicksand. And some people may have much greater loss of functionality, depending on many factors. It can become enormously limiting by changing people’s thinking, their behaviors, their lives in many ways, always for the worse! It can even affect others. For example, a Second Amendment advocate would have a next to impossible time of it if married to a hoplophobe. Similarly, a person with hoplophobia should never be voted into a position where they can either set firearm policy laws or enforce them. That would be certain, absolute disaster!

The good news is: if and when a great flood of more useful, wiser dominant thoughts are backed up with more powerful motivations, emotions, new life-saving needs and skills, learnings and unconscious resources, with high desire and genuine willingness, old learnings can indeed get extinguished and replaced. Thus “change” can become much more irresistible than that older, bad learning. When that happens, the newer, stronger, more resourceful dominant thoughts will win the day. And a great day it will be! And when that happens with hoplophobia … voilà … we will have new, highly motivated gun owners! And smarter, more well-informed voters! At least, that’s the formula. It is my hope that more and more people, including Jews, will undergo this very transformation. Let’s face it, without a well-informed electorate, we will lose!

Now more bad news: While irrational bad learning like hoplophobia is not necessarily permanent, it easily can be, and sadly usually is. But where there is a sincere motivation, a powerful meaning and new learning, there is at least, hope.

Hoplophobia is most common with Leftists. With today’s American Marxists (as “The Great One” Mark Levin so accurately calls them), it is absolutely a mandatory, foundational, knee-jerk response! The political pressures are way too strong! They irrationally both hate and blame the gun itself (an inanimate object), not the crazies and criminals who use them. They believe that by taking firearms away from law-abiding citizens, all our problems will magically go away. In other words, the gun itself did it! Guns have evil intent! They will never understand that our right to defend ourselves comes from G-d, not man. The Second Amendment is meant to STOP the government, wayward politicians and law-makers, from taking our rights away. They have it all hopelessly backwards. For us, this is profoundly dangerous!

Hoplophobes aren’t necessarily bad people. They aren’t automatically sick people, though some are decidedly bad, sick, and even evil, as are those who head their Democrat party. They are wholly uninformed about the Second Amendment and guns. They are rigid, stuck, ideological people. It’s their false, bad learning about all things Second Amendment that gets deeply invested in them, in many ways. When this happens, beliefs get deeply rooted in cognitive concrete. And below that concrete is the bottomless quicksand of fiercely wanting to be right and demanding their way so they can have POWER and CONTROL over everyone else. It’s all for the greater good of the collective. Individual rights not only don’t matter, they must be stripped away don’t cha know. Death to the individual. Long live the collective.

More than knowing next to nothing about that which they seek to dominate and rule, hardcore hoplophobes will never learn by listening to reason or indisputable facts. They don’t know they don’t know, what they don’t know. And they profoundly don’t care! All that matters is POWER and CONTROL. And they want it all. That criminals will be emboldened and innocent lives will be lost because of their ignorance and selfishness, laws and policies, is most unfortunate. It’s called collateral damage. But that is not their prime directive. All that matters is POWER and CONTROL. And they want it all.

Hoplophobes very often become hysterical and present the worst symptoms as those with any hardcore phobic response. Trying to explain anything factual to a hardcore hoplophobe is all but guaranteed to be a hopeless battle, one that generates a recitation of false talking points escalating into yelling and screaming. In other words, it’s a complete waste of time. One will find greater company when discussing quantum mechanics with a brick wall.

Most importantly, hoplophobia is a totally FUNCTIONAL phobic response. It is highly PURPOSEFUL. From a political standpoint, the ever-present “gain” of it all, is POWER and CONTROL over those who are meant to sit down, shut up, and obey their rulers. Here’s why …

American Marxists not only hate the Second Amendment, they hate the Constitution, individual liberty, individual rights, our history, our traditions, capitalism, religion, the family unit … they hate America herself! They want to tear it down in its entirety and reimagine it their way. And what’s going to replace all our foundations? Why the American Marxist government, of course! That’s the way of the American Marxist!

If these people ever get absolute total control (and they are well on their way), they can and will cram their beliefs, demands, rules, regulations, their entire power trip of total domination, right down the throats and back up the other end of all Americans. Our rights, beliefs, traditions and liberties will be gone, as will the constitutional and historical foundations of our very country! Our America will be gone. The Second Amendment, like the First, will be among the very first to go.

The Cloward and Piven “overload, collapse and destroy the system from within” theory works, and they know it. The Second Amendment that protects our right to defend ourselves (that comes from G-d, not government), is but one piece of a much greater whole. The truth is, we are already in more than serious trouble and at more than tremendous risk. We have been for some time and it’s getting worse every single day. It’s happening right here, right now, right before our eyes. If one is awake and not woke, you can’t miss it. We are not looking into the abyss. We are tragically, already very much in the abyss!

I must quickly add, this transformational change I am rooting for is only for apolitical hoplophobes. American Marxists are automatically, by definition, foundational hoplophobes who detest from the innermost core of their secular beings, the very idea of G-d, much less a G-d given right, and the freedom and liberty of people to defend their very lives with a gun. This is all very much part of their default setting.

Foundational hoplophobes are all political hacks and beyond all hope. They can be exceptionally evil. They don’t deserve contemptuous pity as some have suggested. What does a person, for example, with an adverse phobic response to public speaking or being enclosed in an MRI deserve? I say, understanding, without judgment. Snark isn’t going to promote understanding and cool headed analysis of the situation. Snark may feel good in the moment, but it doesn’t do anything to help win the battle. And it is a battle! The only way to deal with American Marxists who hate the Second Amendment and want to take away our rights, is to defeat them at the ballot box. More conversations and debate will be useless. There is no middle ground nor reaching across the aisle. We are way too divided. We have nothing in common. And the Second Amendment is a very small part of our ever-escalating uncivil, Civil War.

REMEMBER: THE ONLY WAY TO DEAL WITH AMERICAN MARXISTS AND FOUNDATIONAL HOPLOPHOBES IS TO DEFEAT THEM AT THE BALLOT BOX!

So as I see it, there are FOUR TYPES OF HOPLOPHOBES.

Type One – A severe case of hoplophobia with genuine, full-blown, recognizable mind-body symptoms, well-known in the literature. They hate guns and will do everything in their power to take away the G-d given Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding citizens, like you. They could seek professional help, but it is much more likely that they would never ever even consider it. They are firmly set in the concrete. Deep in the quicksand. They do not believe what you believe. They do not want what you want. And they most probably never will.

REMEMBER: HOPLOPHOBES MUST BE DEFEATED AT THE BALLOT BOX!

Type Two – A mild case of hoplophobia, but still unlikely to seek help. Fear of guns and all the rest, but they aren’t necessarily out to take away the rights of others. They might personally avoid certain situations, probably don’t watch COPS, are OK with others maintaining their right of self-defense, but probably will still insist that 2A rights come from the government, and not from G-d. They more than likely believe that Karl Marx was right when he wrote that “religion is the opium of the people.”

Type Three – This purely functional hoplophobe is a fake. They are like the song from the 1950’s: The Great Pretender. With them, it is 100% philosophical and political. So when they act out a symptom, it’s all a lie, a con. It’s a show meant to defeat you! They want their American Marxist party to prevail in ruling and regulating the hell out of all Second Amendment proponents. They want taxation, regulation, and confiscation (the big three), but they are just acting the part because they want that confiscation end game they dream of. It’s all virtue signaling, to the max!

Type Four – This is the mild case of hoplophobia where the person has come to a time and place in their life where they may and can truly decide, that they seriously want to make a significant change. They may seek initial help from their Primary Care Physician and get a quality referral. Or maybe, just maybe, strong, dynamic individuals can finally outgrow it all by themselves, by sensing and heeding a strong message from life, realize what it means, and then have the inner strength to finally outgrow the old Lefty lies and propaganda from the political hacks on PMSNBC and the like. Those talking heads don’t know their asses from the barrel of a gun. But they sure know how to recite their hateful, toxic talking points of pure poisoned propaganda, lying, lying, and lying, night, after night, after night. Why do they do it, besides to draw a salary? In order to keep their small audience hopelessly misinformed, devilishly lied to, and all ginned up!

So there you have it …

Types One, Two, and Four are genuinely conditioned, FULLY AUTOMATIC, ASSAULT BEHAVIOR. The assault behavior is against you, your 2A rights, and your personal liberty! The phobic response is automatic.

Type Three is the fake. It is a SEMI-AUTOMATIC, ASSAULT BEHAVIOR. The assault behavior is against you, your 2A rights, and your personal liberty! This fake phobic response is not automatic but consciously chosen, just as one would consciously choose to pull a revolver’s hammer back to cock it for single action.

Interestingly, we 2A people well understand the difference between automatic and semi-automatic. In this paper, I and we certainly do. If the theory fits … use it! Sadly, American Marxists never understand the difference of most anything, and somehow, a 5 shot, 38 Special magically becomes an “assault pistol,” and a basic hunting rifle, an “assault weapon” as used in the theater of war. Ignorance on parade!

Lastly, if a hoplophobe is robbed or worse, his own assault behavior could literally become a self-affliction! That’s exactly right. His own assault behavior could be self-afflicted and render him impotent against the criminals and crazies of the world! Tragically, without any self-defense options, the outcome could be deadly!

Type Five – After decades of research, I recently discovered that there actually is a fifth type of hoplophobia involving those who got fixated by watching too many TV reruns from the ’30’s, ’40’s, and ’50’s of the famous cowboy Hopalong Cassidy and his horse, Topper. It seems that these always functional hoplophobes got too close to Topper … and his droppings! They stepped right in it, slipped, fell, and rolled around good and long, before getting up. And for this reason, to this very day, if you look at the bottom of all functional hoplophobes’ shoes and their clothes, you will always see the clearest evidence of exactly what I mean. It is unmistakable! But as with the leaders of their Democrat party, there really is no need to visually inspect the bottom of their shoes or their clothes. There is instead one very simple test. One single, deep inhalation will more than confirm the matter. Now since I can not positively, 100% confirm that Hoplophobes all got their name by standing too close to Hopalong Cassidy’s horse, evidently rolling around with great zest and adventure while good old Topper was relieving himself, as a sincere researcher, I can not officially count it as a certified fifth type of hoplophobia. But nonetheless, it is true. There is absolutely no doubt about it. Don’t doubt me!

To seriously misquote John Keats and his good old, Ode on a Grecian Urn …

“Crap is crap, crap crap. Don’t step in it. Learn to walk around it.
That is all you know on earth cowboy, and all you need to know.”

REMEMBER: REGARDLESS OF TYPE, THE ONLY WAY TO DEAL WITH BOTH FOUNDATIONAL HOPLOPHOBES AND AMERICAN MARXISTS IS TO DEFEAT THEM AT THE BALLOT BOX!

American Marxism is very much like a metastasizing cancer.
It is a terminal disease.
No country has ever survived any form of it.

Following my article proper, I will share a post by J. KB which will show that highly motivated Type Four hoplophobes indeed can change. Seeking a good therapist can often get seriously motivated people the good help they need if and when they seriously want to outgrow their bad learning. Psychotherapy, clinical hypnosis, medication, and other options are available. The point is, there is hope … even though I fully admit it is only for a small minority of people with this particular learned phobic response. Hoplophobia is just too well-rooted and supported by the American Marxist party (formerly the Democrat party), the media (a branch of the American Marxist party), most cable news stations (branches of the American Marxist party), network news stations (branches of the American Marxist party), Big Tech (a branch of the American Marxist party), the teachers union (a branch of the American Marxist party), etc. Yes, they are seriously in our educational system (to brainwash and ruin the kids when they’re young), our health care, our military, and most everywhere else.

We must take Mark Levin’s advice and be like modern-day
Thomas Paine pamphleteers to get the word out!
All our rights and liberties hang in the balance!

Things happen in life because of causes and conditions. We know this. The truth is and always is, when certain satisfactory causes and conditions are present and become ripe for change, great learning and transformation is always possible from within our shared human condition. And that’s a good thing. It’s a very good thing. It’s the best part of the very best to be found in man’s nature. Indeed, in life itself.

Is any of this possible transformation a certainty? … POSITIVELY NOT!
Will it be easy? … ABSOLUTELY NEVER!
The enemy is insidious.
It gets stronger and more harmful every day.

Freud was spot on about resistance and defense mechanisms. But if and when (and never one without the other) causes and conditions permit it, human change is most often at least a possibility, a hope, and if you like and dare to silently think it so the Thought Police don’t arrest you, jail you, fire you, cancel you, or otherwise try to ruin your life … it’s worth a prayer!

As the kids say, “now that’s the change I’m talking about!” Keep reading and we’ll see some evidence of great change in action!

The following article alluded to earlier, recently posted by J. KB on a blog called Gun Free Zone, speaks exactly to my point. The examples given should be an inspirational call to action for many. As I always say … one can hope.

Stay safe. Stay free.
Stay awake. Not woke.
And always at the ready!

© 2021 Copyright William Barclay Masterson

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Asian Community Responds to Violence by Buying Guns
by J. KB

Six months ago, Svetlana Kim was so scared of guns, she couldn’t even look at an image of one without feeling anxious.

If she was home watching a movie that suddenly depicted gun violence, the 47-year-old accountant would scramble to hit the fast-forward button on the remote. If she couldn’t skip the scene, she would shut her eyes, and her husband would gently put his hand over hers until the scene was over. Kim knew it was just a movie, but in those moments, she couldn’t help but feel like she was in the victim’s shoes, staring the shooter in the eye.

“My brain was always signaling danger. I just felt like, it’s here, it’s present,” says Kim, who blames empathy and imagination for her visceral reaction, since she has never personally experienced gun violence. “It was bad like that, and I couldn’t control it.”

That all changed when something scarier came along. Months into the pandemic, people who looked like Kim were being shoved and kicked to the ground, punched, stabbed and slashed, while doing everyday activities like walking around the neighborhood, shopping and riding buses and trains. One after another, unprovoked, racist attacks against Asian Americans being unfairly blamed for the COVID-19 virus started to increase in major U.S. cities. Kim wondered if she could be the next victim.

“It was a turning point when I saw that people just randomly got attacked based on their race,” says Kim, a Korean American, who lives in Downey, Calif.

On March 3, Kim went from being a “really anti-gun person” to the new owner of a Springfield Armory handgun.

After months of rising anti-Asian hatred, many others like Kim are having a change of heart about firearms. Tired of relying on bystanders for aid that sometimes never comes, more Asian Americans are bucking entrenched cultural perceptions of guns and overcoming language barriers to help fuel a spike in U.S. gun ownership. While there is no official data on firearm purchases by Asian Americans, a survey by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) indicated that Asian Americans bought 42% more firearms and ammunition in the first six months of 2020 than they did in the same timeframe the year before. At Jimmy’s Sportshop in Mineola, N.Y., where guns and pepper spray have been flying off the shelves since the pandemic, gun purchases by Asian buyers have surged 100% due to recent fears of attacks, according to Jimmy Gong and Jay Zeng, the shop’s Chinese-American owners.

Asians have been historically underrepresented among gun owners, so much so that major national demographic surveys conducted on gun ownership trends in the past have left out Asians as a category entirely. A 2013 NSSF report on diversity found some reasons why. About 35% said gun ownership negatively impacts their ethnic community, while 38% said owning a firearm is not desirable in their culture, according to the report, which was based on a national survey of 6,000 white, Black, Hispanic and Asian adults. That was true for Reduta, who waited a year to tell his family that he had bought a gun. Kim still has not shared the news with her two sisters.

“Asians never like guns,” says David Liu, another gun shop owner who has seen a spike in his Arcadia, Calif. business. “They only buy guns after they’ve become a victim.”

I suspect that the Asian community was never that into guns because in most Asian countries, legal civilian gun ownership is either extremely restricted or non-existent.

Asian immigrants, therefore, have very little in the way of native gun culture.

The last line “They only buy guns after they’ve become a victim” is a significant point. Even though the Asian community might not have a gun culture when they are threatened they adapt and arm themselves.

Good.

No community targeted for violence should be at the mercy of their attackers.

Meet force with force and defend yourself.

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know where I am going to go next with this.

The Jewish community in America needs to take note of this. Like the Asian community, the Jewish community has little to no native gun culture, having been systematically disarmed in Europe and then concentrated in non-gun-friendly locations like New York City. And like the Asian community, we are also being targeted for hate crimes. It’s time the Jewish community arm itself as well, to be prepared to face violence with violence and end the attacks that threaten us.

Which Weapons Are Most Commonly Used for Homicides?

H/T JPFO.

I can not get the chart to copy use the link above to see it.

The above image (click on it then keyboard ‘F’ to reveal full size) is the start of a large detailed infographic compiled from 2019 FBI data, comparing figures for different weapons’ usage in homicides, including a “by state” analysis. It shows how the much condemned rifles feature very low compared with hand guns, but also shows significant figures for non-firearm homicide weapons, which are frequently overlooked. (Download the large image file for reference if required.)

Thanks to the Jocelyn Law Firm:—

With the renewed push by the federal government for an ‘assault weapons’ ban, we couldn’t help but wonder, just how often are ‘assault rifles’ really to blame for crimes? More specifically, how often are they used as murder weapons when compared to all of the other types of weapons available?

Using FBI homicide statistics from the 2019 Crime in the United States report, the insights team at the Joslyn Law Firm charted out how often different types of weapons were used in homicides in the U.S.

Of the 16,425 homicides that occurred in 2019, the FBI was able to collect supplemental data for 13,922 of them, which is what our data is based on. The weapon types are broken down into the different types of firearms: handguns, rifles, shotguns, and a category for homicides in which the type of firearm was unknown. It also compares the number of homicides that were committed by non-firearm weapons such as knives or cutting instruments as well as bodily weapons, which include people’s hands, fists, and feet. Non-firearm weapons were used for one-quarter of all homicides in the United States.

Would a ban on ‘assault rifles’ actually help to curb the violence? With rifles being a relatively uncommon type of weapon used in homicides in the United States, an ‘assault rifle’ ban may not make much difference when it comes to the number of murders that occur. Homicides are overwhelmingly committed using handguns; they were found to be the most common murder weapon for nearly half of all homicides in the United States in 2019. Even hands, fists, and feet are used to commit homicide almost twice as often as a rifle is.

An NIH study that investigated the levels of criminal activity committed with assault weapons or other high-capacity semiautomatics also found that these types of weapons are only being used in a small percentage of crimes: “Assault weapons (primarily assault-type rifles) account for 2-12% of guns used in crime in general (most estimates suggest less than 7%).” Wouldn’t all of the time, money, and resources being used to push for an assault rifle ban be better used elsewhere, such as creating a better mental health-care system that is accessible to those that need it most?

New Colorado Gun Control Law In Effect, But Don’t Expect Criminals To Notice

H/T Bearing Arms.

Gun laws only have an impact on law abiding citizens.

In 2013, Democrats in Colorado approved a package of gun control laws, including a ban on so-called large capacity magazines, universal background checks, and more. Since then the state has only gotten more restrictive when it comes to the right to keep and bear arms, but while the left is cracking down on legal gun owners, violent crime continues to climb. In fact, Denver is on pace to top last year’s homicide totals, which were already the highest in three decades.

Now Colorado’s newest gun control law is in effect; one that will supposedly cut down on the ability of thieves to steal firearms. In reality though, I don’t expect that criminals will notice the new law at all.

The Isabella Joy Thallas Act, a gun control measure requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement within five days of realizing that they’re missing, goes into effect Tuesday.

SB21-078 was signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis in April, and through an amendment, the bill was renamed as the “Isabella Joy Thallas Act” in honor of the woman who was murdered on June 10, 2020 while she and her boyfriend were walking their dog outside of their apartment in Denver’s Ballpark neighborhood.

The high-powered semi-automatic rifle used in the killing was stolen.

9Wants to Know confirmed earlier this year that an AK-47-style rifle belonging to former Denver police officer Sgt. Daniel Politica somehow ended up in the hands of the suspect accused of shooting and killing Thallas. Politica resigned from the Denver Police Department March 13.

Politica reported his rifle stolen when he discovered it was missing, but that wasn’t until nearly two weeks after the shooting took place. The former police officer is facing a civil suit filed by Thallas’ father and boyfriend, who both claim that Politica was negligent in not keeping his rifle locked up and secured in his home.

Thallas’ death is tragic, but the person responsible for her murder is the guy who allegedly stole Politica’s rifle and used it in the shooting. As for the new law that bears her name, I’m still not sure why supporters believe it will do anything at all to prevent future gun thefts.

A first offense for failure to make such a report is a civil infraction punishable by a $25 fine, and a second or subsequent offense is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum $500 fine.

The bill requires a law enforcement agency that receives a report to enter information about the lost or stolen firearm into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database and report the information to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Now, the vast majority of gun owners who discover that one or more of their guns has gone missing are going to inform police; not because of the prospect of a $25 fine but because they’ve been the victim of a crime. The Democrats who pushed bill through the statehouse in Colorado say that tens of thousands of guns have been stolen in Colorado in recent years, but to the best of my knowledge they’ve never said how many of those thefts were never reported to police.

This is another “soundbite solution” to Colorado’s crime problem; something that may sound good coming out of the mouths of lawmakers, but actually does little to no good at preventing crime or increasing public safety. Denver isn’t seeing a 30-year high in homicides because legal gun owners aren’t reporting burglaries or thefts to police. According to Denver police drugs, domestic violence, and gangs are sending crime rates soaring.

A review of police documents in cases with an arrest shows a wide array of alleged motives. Fights between couples that escalated to violence. A drive-by shooting allegedly committed with a baby in the backseat of the vehicle.

Denver police Cmdr. Matt Clark said 13 of the 39 homicide cases so far this year were linked to drugs, which is the same number of drug-related homicides recorded in all 2020. The cases include drug deals gone awry, planned robbery of drugs and disputes over narcotic use or purity, he said.

“We seeing these cases across all the hard narcotic drugs: methamphetamine, heroin, oxy, fentanyl,” he said.

Domestic violence, too, has spiked compared to last year. Eight people, including a 1-month-old baby, have been killed in domestic violence incidents so far this year, Pazen said. That’s already more than the five such homicides recorded in 2020.

Crime is a serious problem in Colorado, but once again the Democrats in charge of the state have offered up a decidedly unserious solution. How exactly would a lost or stolen gun law have prevented any of these homicides? I doubt that even the sponsors of the new law could offer an explanation that makes sense. No, this is just another attempt to pin the blame for violent crime on legal gun owners, and while that might make some Coloradans feel better, it won’t do a damn thing to make them any safer.

New Orleans 911 Operator Show Us Why Guns Matter

H/T Bearing Arms.

Depending on 911 to save you is a bad bet to make.

Critics of the Second Amendment argue a number of things, but one is in response to claims that we need guns to defend ourselves. They argue that instead of using a firearm, all we need to do is call the police.

 

Now, this argument has flaws. For one thing, if I knew five minutes out I’d need a police officer, that would be one thing, but that’s not really how it works. In the best of circumstances, help is minutes away when you only have a matter of seconds. Plus, hundreds of millions of Americans don’t have the best of circumstances.

Another flaw appears to be just what you’re supposed to do when the 911 operator hangs up on you.

The New Orleans Police Department has put out an arrest warrant for one of its own in a case with an unusual criminal charge. Precious Stephens, 25, is a police dispatcher who is accused of not recording information or simply hanging up on emergency 911 calls. After the pattern was discovered, she fled. She is now accused of criminal malfeasance in office and interfering with an emergency communication.

According to the New Orleans Police Department, Stephens deliberately brushed aside or ignored the emergency calls of citizens:

“Working as a 911 operator with the Orleans Parish Communications District at the time, she is wanted for allegedly disconnecting 911 calls deliberately without obtaining necessary emergency information or relaying such emergencies to the other dispatchers for aid,” the NOPD noted in a press release. “The report was taken on August 23, 2021.”

Stephens has been charged with malfeasance of office, which is kind of a rare charge.

However, I can’t help but wonder just how many people were hurt or possibly even killed because she just didn’t want to be bothered with doing her job.

Now, granted, this is a rare circumstance. Most emergency services operators are dedicated individuals who are proud of the role they play in helping keep people safe. I’ve known more than a few in my lifetime and they’ve all been that way.

But I somehow doubt Stephens is the only one.

Currently, she’s on the run trying to avoid the charges, which almost never works. However, I suspect many more are just simply fired for what they’ve done and we never really hear about it. How many times have we heard about people calling the police in what seems like an emergency situation and they never show up?

It kind of makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

So why do I have guns? Because even if I do try to call the police, there’s no guarantee that the dispatcher will even record my information. That means I may well find myself on my own for more than a few minutes, and some people out there think I should be taking on violent, dangerous criminals with…what? A resounding round of sea chanties?

Yeah, I don’t think so.

Personally, I’ll keep my guns so I can make sure I can keep my family safe. If the police show up in time and no one gets hurt, so much the better, but I’d just as soon not have to take the chance. Especially if you have 911 operators hanging up on people.

 

NICS: Gun Sales for August, 2021

H/T JPFO.

In August of 2021, National Instant Background Check System (NICS) and the associated gun sales are at high levels, but not as high as the record sales in 2020. The August sales of 2021 are the second highest on record, as were the July sales in 2021.

This may indicate a new normal of consistently high gun sales, below the record setting levels of 2020.

There were about 1.29 million gun sales recorded by NICS this past August. In 2020, the gun sales were about 1.67 million. The next highest August was in 2016, with about 1.17 million gun sales.

These consistently high gun sales in 2020 may come from political unrest, lack of faith in the electoral system, and millions of new gun owners. In 2020, estimates of new gun owners varied between 4 and 8 million. This correspondent has not seen any surveys showing a percentage of new gun owners for 2021. There have been about 12.5 million firearm sales through federally licensed dealers in 2021 by the end of August. There were about 13.5 million sales by the end of August in 2020.

Since the election of President Obama in 2012, about 168 million guns have been added to the privately owned stockpile in the United States. Nearly all of those guns are not registered. Only a few states require registration of guns.

Most of the approximately 476 million guns in private hands in the United States are unregistered and untraceable.

The estimate of guns sold is uncertain because not all sales go through the NICS system. About 10 million people with carry permits may purchase guns through federal dealers without going through the NICS system, because they already went through the NICS to obtain their carry permit. The 10 million is an estimate, because half of the states have this system. There are more than 20 million people in the United States with carry permits. One person may purchase several guns with one NICS check.

There were about 2.70 million NICS checks in August of 2021. Most of those were for permit checks and rechecks. Illinois and Kentucky run multiple rechecks of carry permits each month. This skews the system with more than twice as many NICS checks as there are firearm sales.

A general shortage of ammunition may account for the slight slackening of gun sales. Demand has outstripped production. President Biden has placed a ban on future imports of guns and ammunition from Russia, which may re-inflate the ammunition bubble.

Ammunition manufacturers all around the world are running at high levels, attempting to meet the demand. There were signs of a deflating ammunition bubble before the fiasco in Afghanistan and the Biden ban on Russian importation.

The times are uncertain. A rising power (China) threatens world stability. The leadership of the dominant power (the USA) seems feckless, hesitant, and incompetent, unwilling to offend the rising power. There are substantial reports of family corruption in the Presidential family.

This correspondent does not see a significant reduction in demand for ammunition or firearms in the near future.

As gun sales rise the number of people with carry permits soar, and the number of gun owners increase, support for and exercise of Second Amendment rights continues to rise.

The number of people who want restrictions on gun ownership, sales, and usage is shrinking.

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Armed Barber Speaks Out After Defensive Gun Use

H/T Bearing Arms.

It was a good thing this barber was armed and was able to shoot this thug.

It was a week ago today when 24-year old Marlon Mascoe walked into the New York Hair barbershop in Melbourne, Florida looking to get a haircut. What should have been a quick in-and-out turned into shots fired, however, after Mascoe allegedly drew a gun after taking offense to a quip from the owner of the shop.

According to that owner, while Mascoe was waiting for a particular barber to become available, the owner offered to cut his hair instead, saying that “he had nappy hair like me.” Rather than laughing off the remark, Mascoe walked out of the shop, only to return a few minutes later with a mask on his face and a gun in his hand.

The barber said Mascoe said, “This is real, this is a real gun” and pointed the weapon at barbers and patrons in the shop.

A witness later told Melbourne police, “When (Mascoe) was pointing it at me … I was looking down the barrel.”

As Mascoe continued to point the gun at people, the shop owner said he retrieved his firearm and ducked behind a barber chair.

The barber said when Mascoe turned, he took the opportunity to shoot him. After Mascoe was on the ground, the barber instructed someone else to call 911, according to the report.

In the 911 call, the caller described what had unfolded inside the shop.

“Somebody ran in here with a gun and aimed it at the barber and he got shot,” the caller said, adding “self-defense, stand your ground.”

The shop owner told police two young children were crying and screaming through the incident.

“We got kids in here and everything,” the caller said.

Mascoe was shot in the hip and was taken to a local hospital after he was arrested by arriving officers. Now the 24-year old is facing charges of displaying a firearm during the commission of a felony as well as three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The barbershop owner, on the other hand, isn’t facing any charges at all. Not only was he acting in self-defense, but he may have saved several other lives with his quick thinking and steady aim.

I’m somewhat surprised that the city of Melbourne and the local police department haven’t any type of statement praising the barbershop owner for his defensive gun use. Mayor Paul Alfrey is a former police officer and Coast Guard veteran, and as someone who’s protected and served his community, you’d think that he’d want to highlight armed citizens acting in defense of themselves and others. As far as I can tell, however, neither the mayor, police chief, or any city council member have made any sort of public statement about the actions of the barbershop owner.

I’d suggest inviting the owner of New York Hair to the next city council meeting to thank him in person and to commend him for looking out for himself and his customers. The barbershop owner doesn’t necessarily need to be awarded the key to the city, but a little recognition for his good deed would be an appropriate gesture on the part of city officials.

 

Unarmed Uber Drivers Targeted In Chicago Carjackings

H/T Bearing Arms.

Uber drivers are easy prey for these thugs.

According to Uber’s policy, both drivers and passengers are supposed to be unarmed during rides. Of course, there’s no way for the company to ensure that its policy is being followed, at least proactively, and as a result drivers have become increasingly targeted by carjackers and robbers who are looking for an easy and unarmed victim.

 

The latest example of this comes from Chicago, where a 19-year old has been arrested and charged with the attempted carjacking of an Uber driver on Monday. Prosecutors say that while Bicarious Young is only facing charges in one incident at the moment, they believe he was responsible for at least three other attacks on Uber drivers that same day.

Young and an accomplice were captured on video as they ordered take-out food from a Thai restaurant on the 2900 block of North Sawyer and then climbed into an Uber that they summoned under the user name “Lil Split,” prosecutors said.

As they approached their destination, Young and the other man allegedly tazed the 56-year-old driver on both sides of his body and ordered him out of the car. The accomplice pushed the man to the ground before driving away with his black Toyota Highlander.

Young would later admit to crashing the Highlander when he spilled his Thai food and became distracted while driving it, according to prosecutors.

Police in suburban Harvey arrested Young at a gas station Tuesday after they saw him getting out of a car that was taken in another hijacking, prosecutors said. Another man who was with him escaped.

According to prosecutors, Young was “adjudicated delinquent” just two years ago in an armed robbery case, but was sentenced as a juvenile.

Carjackings are skyrocketing in Chicago this year, with more than 750 incidents recorded through early July, and as WGN-TV reported earlier this summer, an increasing number of perpetrators are juveniles.

WGN Investigates found 84 juveniles had been charged in carjackings through mid-June. That’s more than the number of adults charged this year.

Okay, before we go any further, let’s point out the fact that, with more than 750 carjackings reported between January and July, arrests have been made in fewer than 25% of incidents. One big reason why these types of crimes are becoming more common is because the individuals committing them are getting away with it.

“I just stared at him in the eye and into the barrel of the gun and I’m pleading with him ‘please, no,” Alyssa Blanchard said.

The CPS teacher was carjacked last year outside her South Side home. Authorities have charged a 13-year-old boy with the crime.

“I could have died. Literally, I should not be standing here talking to you right now,” Blanchard said.

Chicago police declined to comment for this story, although publicly police officials have blamed the increase on a court system that they say goes too easy on juveniles.

Children who commit carjackings face far less serious consequences than adults.

Despite this, juvenile justice experts say that’s for good reason, citing studies showing locking up kids can do more harm than good in the long term.

“Every young person who is engaged in harmful behavior has the potential to stop doing it in the future and in fact, most young people who commit serious felony crimes including violent crime will grow up into adults who don’t continue in that behavior,” Stephanie Kollmann said.

Yes, people have the ability to change, and the juvenile justice system is supposed to be about rehabilitation more than incarceration. The problem is that there’s little evidence that Illinois’ juvenile justice system is actually rehabilitating young offenders. As a 2019 study found:

While the number of incarcerated juveniles in Illinois has consistently decreased over the years, the recidivism rate remains high. To better understand the extent of Illinois youth recidivism, researchers measured three-year rearrest and reincarceration rates among a sample of youth released from state juvenile correctional facilities. Over the three-year period post-release from the juvenile state correctional facilities, 87 percent of youth were rearrested, 55 percent were recommitted to a state juvenile correctional facility, and 54 percent were committed to an adult correctional facility.

Bicarious Young is likely going to end up as one of the 54% of juvenile offenders who end up being sent to prison within three years of his release from a juvenile correctional facility. He’s already among the 87% of youth who’ve been re-arrested within three years,

Young’s alleged carjacking spree is not only evidence that Uber (and fellow rideshare company Lyft) should scrap their “no-guns allowed” policy for drivers and recognize their need to be able to act in self-defense, but that Chicago’s criminal justice system is seriously screwed up and in need of a complete overhaul. Sadly, I expect the status quo to remain in place for both the private companies and the government institutions that are failing to keep Chicagoans safe and denying them their ability to protect themselves.

Michigan Gun Instructors Train 10000 Detroit Area Women How To Shoot Handguns

H/T AmmoLand.

These instructors are to  be commended for their training these women.

 

Detroit –  -(AmmoLand.com)- Firearm instructors and range safety officers from southeast Michigan, along with a cadre of counterparts from 11 other states, recently came together in late August to give free shooting lessons to 1,000 women. The annual program, now in its tenth year of operation, was the brainchild of Rick Ector. Ector is a National Rifle Association (NRA) appointed Training Counselor and credentialed Chief Range Safety Officer.

Ector launched the program after watching a local news story in 2012 in which it was disclosed that a woman was brutally attacked, raped, and murdered. Ector convinced a handful of fellow local firearm trainers to join him in providing free shooting lessons for women. The first iteration of this annual program, publicized solely via social media posts, trained just 50 women.

 

Over the last 10 years, the program has experienced steady growth. Last year, the program experienced its current high watermark for popularity. In 2020, almost 2,000 women were trained in fundamental firearm safety, given a range safety briefing, and were given a free 20 round shooting lesson with a 9mm pistol in a two-day window.

In addition, the annual training program for women is gaining national attention. As a result, firearm trainers from the following states donated their time to this year’s event: CA, FL, GA, IL, IN, MO, NE, OH, PA, TX, VA, and WI. Ector hopes that his program is used as a model for expanding firearms education to interested women all over the United States.

Last month, during the weekend of August 21st and 22nd, participation fell to 1,000 participants in the two-day event. Ector attributed the change in participation to be due to a number of factors, including the fact that the geographical region is no longer under lock-downs, citizens have a greater choice of activities to enjoy such as the “Woodward Dream Cruise,” firearm inventories are at higher levels in local gun shops, families are now able to enjoy trips and vacations, and parents are focused on their children returning back to the classroom.

Ector plans to move the timing of his annual shooting event to a more schedule-friendly time period in 2022. He feels that attendance will bounce back, as a result. The program was only recently moved to August in 2020 due to metro-Detroit communities being shut down due to Covid concerns.

Train 10000 Detroit Area Women How To Shoot Hanguns 2021
Michigan Gun Instructors Train 10000 Detroit Area Women How To Shoot Handguns

An event of this size and scope depends heavily upon the generosity of organizational and commercial donors. The following entities were instrumental in making this year’s event a success. Please feel free to contact them and voice your support of their contributions to our annual free firearm training program for women.

  • Gun Owners of America (GOA) equipped the event with donated target silhouettes, shooting glasses, and hearing protection.
  • Fenix Ammunition of Novi, MI donated 40,000 rounds of 9mm Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) ammunition.
  • Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners (MCRGO) donated 20,000 rounds of 9mm FMJ ammunition.
  • MCRGO Legal Foundation donated 20,000 rounds of 9mm FMJ ammunition.

Michigan Gun Owners (MGO) donated a sizable donation of bottled water, ice, and snacks to provide comfort to event’s volunteers and participants.

  • Top Gun Shooting Sports of Taylor, MI provided free use of its gun range and meeting rooms for two days. It also provided free use of 9mm pistols for women to use during their training. Furthermore, it also catered food and refreshments for event volunteers during the entire weekend event on its premises.
  • Recoil Firearms of Taylor, MI provided free use of its gun range and meeting rooms for two days.
  • American Tool and Engraving (ATEi) of Taylor, MI provided free use of its 9mm pistols for women to use during their training on the Recoil Firearms premises..
  • Firearms Legal Protection (FLP) provided catered food and refreshments for event volunteers during the entire weekend event on the Recoil Firearms premises.

Moreover, conducting a firearm training event of this size requires an adequate number of credentialed instructors and range safety officers to ensure proper training and safety. Safety is always a priority at this event.

This program is indebted to the following trainers and staff – listed with their state of residence – who donated their time and expertise to this year’s training program: Derrick Adams (MI), Lavette Adams (MI), Angela Armstrong (OH), Lori Blackwell (IL), Earl Boone (FL), Darwin Brooks (MI), Monique Brooks (MI), Darryl Burke (MI), Jasmine Caldwell (MI), Deverett Campbell (MI), Rob Campbell (OH), Aaron Cobb (MI), Patrick Collins (GA), Janet Coursey (MI), Craig DeLuz (CA), Kevin ‘KD’ Dixie (MO), Joe Eaton (OH), Dr. John Edeen (TX), Dave Essad (MI), Rhonda Ezelle (IL), John Fleenor (MI), Andre Gabriel (MI), Jamie Gabriel (MI), Dori Goldberger (MI), Chad Gruenstern (WI), Mark Haaseth (MI), Tom Hall (OH), Jermaine Hart (MI), Jamie Headley (MI), Greg Hendrickson (MI), Bryon Hill (MI), Dale Howe (MI), Jim Irvine (OH), CJ Chasefu Jacobs (MI), Steve Lambeth (MI), Taye Land (MI), Matt Lapsley (PA), Nick Laurino (IN), Dana Lupher (MI), Jose D. Morales (PA), Theadro Nelson (MI), John Olesinki (IL), Alan Olinzock (MI), Abby Petticord (OH), Candy Petticord (OH), Michael Petticord (OH), Michael Piwowarski (FL), Latonya Poindexter (MI), JR Robinson (MI), Robert Robinson II (MI), Jim Ryan (MI), Stephanie Schafer (NE), Charles LeBron Simmons (MI), Damon Smith (MI), Richard Spight (MI), Elijah Stroughter (GA), Amanda Suffecool (OH), William Thomas (VA), and Karen Vernagus (MI)

Instructors who served as Chief Training Officers or Chief Range Safety Officers are listed as the following: Audree Danielson (MI), Amy Lucas (MI), Will Luker (MI), Raymond Massenberg (MI), Tanisha Moner (MI), and Margie Walden (MI).

Ector is openly inviting citizens and firearm training organizations interested in replicating his event in their own communities to establish communication with him for advice.

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DA Says Armed Citizen Saved Several Lives In NY Shooting

H/T Bearing Arms.

The anti-gun crowd will not be pleased by this statement a armed citizen saved lives.

Here’s a story with a happy ending from my state, reported by WSYR-TV at localsyr.com

 

This is one of those stories that the likes of Everytown, Moms Demand, and Giffords likes to pretend doesn’t happen.

Onondaga County District Attorney: Man ‘saved the lives of several individuals’ after fatally shooting man who fired at crowd

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Demetrius Jackson, the man killed in the Lodi Street shooting on Tuesday, was in possession of a loaded 9mm handgun while outside of 1808 Lodi Street, District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said.

Jackson threatened multiple people at the location and fired the loaded handgun in the direction of those people, officials said.

An initial report on the incident said that there were about 50 people standing around the crime scene.

It is unclear from the report how many of those 50 people were present during the incident and threatened by Mr. Jackson.

Another man, who was on scene and in possession of a 9mm handgun returned fire striking and killing Jackson, Fitzpatrick said.

According to Fitzpatrick, this man has a valid pistol permit for the 9mm handgun.

The District Attorney said in a statement that based on preliminary investigation, it appears the man who shot Jackson saved the lives of several individuals.

There you have it. A lawful citizen, navigating the labyrinth of New York’s pistol permit requirements, armed, trained, and accurate enough to hit a target under stress saved the lives of several people. A mass shooting was averted with his immediate, effective response.

If this gentleman had not responded to the threat, the unthinkable may have happened. Unlike the sparse coverage of the successful DGU story, we would have had wall-to-wall reporting in the national news, and those with a pre-determined agenda to shred our Bill of Rights would have been jumping with joy to exploit the incident to disarm people like the very gentleman who saved several lives Tuesday.

This story is still evolving and I hope we get more details on the case. There is no indication on the background of Mr. Demetrius Jackson, the ownership and legal status of the handgun he used to threaten the people, and whether or not he was a pistol permit owner who acted unlawfully, or if he was unlawfully carrying to begin with.

In the meantime, we should all celebrate this instance of a defensive gun use, especially in a state as anti-Bill of Rights as New York, where our legislators are drafting new laws to attack our rights, our Attorney General Tish “Fash” James is attacking the First Amendment rights of not just the National Rifle Association, but also those of pro-life protestors, spying on them using hidden cams and undercover cops.

I would also like to point the reader to a very useful resource on Defensive Gun Use (DGU) stories. The Heritage Foundation has started a DGU database that appears to be alive and up-to-date. You can find it here.

Rapid City Man Charged with Illegal Possession of Firearm

H/T AmmoLand.

They need to throw the book at him.



USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Receipt of a Firearm While Under Indictment.

Huya Smoke, age 19, was indicted on August 19, 2021. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on August 25, 2021, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

 

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The charge stems from Smoke knowingly being in possession of a stolen 9mm semi-automatic pistol in Rapid City in April 2021. At the time, Smoke was also under indictment in Meade County, South Dakota. The charges are merely an accusation and Smoke is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Rapid City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Patterson is prosecuting the case.

Smoke was detained pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

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