USCCA Minute, True Stories of Responsibly Armed Women, Dawn’s Story ~ VIDEO

H/T AmmoLand.

Women can take a lesson from Dawn and her life.

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USA – -( I want to tell you a little bit about a friend of mine named Dawn and her story.

Now, Dawn’s Story begins in 2006 when out of the blue, a guy that she used to date started calling her and blowing up her phone over and over and over to the point of harassment. Dawn wasn’t quite sure what was going on or what to do with the situation.

And unfortunately for her, it became a nightmare. Six years of relentless stalking by this man. And for Dawn, this was not a time when she was involved with firearms. In fact, her method of operation was hiding. I think a lot of women can relate to that. To try to get away from her stalker instead of standing up to him or getting self-defense training. She chose to basically close the doors and hideaway.

Unfortunately, the stalking was so bad that she lost her job and lost those full six years of her life. Thankfully, he was put away, finally, for two felony counts of aggravated stalking. He wasn’t supposed to get out of jail until 2017.

After he went to jail, Dawn was basically a new woman, still scarred by the event, but challenged by it as well. Knowing that she never wanted to experience this kind of trauma again. So what did she do? She got training and she went out and bought her very first firearm. Fast forward to just two years ago. Dawn gets a call out of the blue from a detective warning her that her stalker was released two years early with no warning.

Now, Dawn had a choice she could have gone back to her mode of operation from years ago. She could have gone back to hiding. But instead, she chose to live her life with her firearm on her side. Now, I would like to share a couple of quotes directly from Dawn so you can really feel and relate to all that she was going through and how she feels now.

“Women are becoming their own heroes and are refusing to be victims. And we’re seeing the number of women getting concealed carry permits growing substantially. This is a strange and amazing confidence that comes with knowing you got this. No matter what you got, this might be not to mention the average response. Time for law enforcement is seven minutes. And a lot can happen in seven minutes. With me, it was time to put my money where my mouth was. I will not live like that again. I will continue to talk about it and live out loud and if need be. I will be my own hero.”

Now, Dawn’s story is definitely one of resilience and triumph.

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Sheriff Offers Free CCW Classes So Churches Can Shoot Back

H/T Breitbart.

It would be great if more Sheriff’s would hold these classes.

The sheriff in Butler County, Ohio, is offering free concealed carry weapons courses so churches can form a security team and shoot back, as did the church that was attacked in Texas.

Sheriff Richard K. Jones put out an announcement, saying, “Unfortunately, in these days and times, no place is immune from mass shootings and we want our citizens to go to church without worry and fear felling safe and secure to worship with their families and their fellow church members.”

To that end, Jones’ office is offering “free CCW classes to churches that have or are implementing security teams.”

On December 29, 2019, Breitbart News reported an attacker pulled a gun and began shooting inside West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas. Within seconds he was shot and killed by a member of the church’s security team and surveillance video showed other members of the team–all in plain clothes–draw guns and close in on the suspect as well.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) praised the armed congregants as “immediate responders.”

Never Again Again


By L. Neil Smith. January 6th, 2020. (
Attributed to L.Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise

I may not get around very much these days. I may not see and hear everything that’s going on. But in all of the “news” coverage of the vicious attacks on Jewish people in the streets, lately, or even in their own homes at Chanukah, there has been a highly conspicuous absence of one vital concept. Forget all of the mindless blather about “hate”. Hate is a ghost. It’s an immortal ghost. Trying to fight hate is like trying to nail Jell-o to a wall. After all of the empty, futile moaning and groaning on TV, what we have here is a practical problem that can only be solved by practical means.

I have been called a widely-recognized expert on the ethics of self-defense. I am a freelance writer by trade. I am not religious at all. Yet I was chosen to write for a Jewish civil rights organization about twenty years ago. I wrote two books for them and hundreds of essays like this one. In the end, they were generous enough to make me an honorary Life Member, something I treasure as much as my hard-earned rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts of America.

That organization was, and remains today, Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. It was the conviction of their illustrious founder and leader, the late, great Aaron Zelman, that if Jews had possessed personal weapons in Germany in the 1930s, and refused to give them up, there would never have been a Nazi Holocaust. Many a hand-wringing “liberal” idiot — for example, the thick-headed, myopic leadership of the Anti-Defamation League, which might be more accurately labeled “We Who Refuse To Learn From History” — argued with Aaron about that, but I agreed with him wholeheartedly, having written the first novel that I know of — 1980’s The Probability Broach — advocating that everybody in society should be armed. I was more than happy to help him spread the message any way I could.

The historical problem of Nazi Germany in the 1930s might have been solved the Swiss way, with a competent battle rifle — yes, a “weapon of war” — in every home. Try not to faint on the coffee table, Mrs. Grundy. Today’s war against soulless evil and mindless violence needs to be fought with different weapons, personal weapons, weapons that we carry with us all the time. That recent attempted mass shooting in a Texas church should give us a clue. The murderer was armed with some kind of shotgun. The cool, heroic defender put him down with a single round from a SIG Sauer P229, a lightweight and handy concealable high-capacity 9mm pistol. I have professional objections to that caliber (most of the time, it’s inadequate), but it did its job in this case, and if it hadn’t, there were six other defenders in the church with their guns out. Of course there should have been sixty.

In some ways, the specific caliber doesn’t matter. I, myself, prefer weapons that “begin with a four”, like .40, .41, .44, or .45. Yet I have long believed that if each and every human being in America (or anywhere else), man, woman, and responsible child, carried at least a tiny .380 automatic (look it up), or a “snubbie” .38 Special revolver in his pocket or her purse, street crime would completely vanish. Vile predators like Jeffrey Epstein and his evil helpers would have to find other ways of amusing themselves. History is full of ample demonstrations that would-be criminals and bullies detest the idea of their victims fighting back, and won’t risk being injured or killed by someone they wanted to rob or rape. .380 and .38 Special may be relatively small and weak, as these things go, but they can injure or kill. An early 20th century ad for Savage automatic pistols said it best: Banishes Fear!

Please understand that it doesn’t matter why some goblin wants to maim or murder Jewish people (or anybody else, for that matter) if he (or she) is deterred by the knowledge that his potential victim can easily humiliate or kill him. And how much longer would organized thugggery like Anti-fa or Black Lives Matter last if they understood the mortal risk they were taking when they try to hurt people? Most politicians are horrified by this because — for reasons that would require another whole essay — they identify with criminals and killers, and not with you. They are the enemy, as much as any rapist or home invader. Politicians don’t want you to be armed and are doing everything they can to stop it.

Don’t let them. I have always believed strongly that, given history and human nature, the Second Amendment is more than merely the declaration of a right to own and carry weapons, it is an absolute imperative. A free society and civilized order depend on it. Thomas Jefferson agreed with me, writing, “Take your gun with you on all your walks.” There will always be weaklings and cowards who object to this. I heard some female newsie weenie-wailing that she was terrified at the idea of sitting next to somebody in church who had a gun. To her, I would say, fine, let Darwin choose his own. It’s time for the rest of us, men, women, responsible children, and even little old Jewish grandmas to start packin’.



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Bloomberg Dismisses Texas Hero, Insists It Wasn’t His “Job” to Have a Gun or Decide to Shoot


When seconds count the police are minutes away.

How many more worshipers would have died had they waited for the police to respond?

Jack Wilson – a 71-year-old congregant of the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Tex. – is a hero to most Americans. When a deranged man savagely murdered two of Mr. Wilson’s fellow worshippers during a service at the church on Dec. 30, Wilson took swift action. He exposed himself to danger to deliver a single shot from his lawfully carried handgun that instantly ended what undoubtedly would have been even more terrible carnage among the hundreds present.

Other congregants were also seen producing lawfully carried handguns in response to the threat. Several closed in on the fallen assailant to ensure he was neutralized. None of them panicked or acted rashly and no errant shots were fired.

The entire episode was over in six seconds and was captured on the church’s livestream.

The evidence is inescapable and available to anyone who cares to view it. Anybody who has ever tried to justify a public policy proposal on the grounds that it could save “just one life” is now on notice that lawful concealed carry saved many lives in just that one episode.

Yet one person who did not bother to watch the video or acquaint himself with the facts is Democrat presidential contender Michael Bloomberg. Commenting on the incident at a campaign stop in Montgomery Ala., Bloomberg did not mention Jack Wilson’s name. Bloomberg did not even acknowledge that the events depicted in video and widely reported in the media – including on Bloomberg’s self-named news site – were authentic.

But if they were, he huffed, it didn’t change his mind that only the police (which apparently include the current and former officers on his own armed protection detail) should be able to carry firearms in public.

“It may true, I wasn’t there, I don’t know the facts, that somebody in the congregation had their own gun and killed the person who murdered two other people,” he said. “But it’s the job of law enforcement to, uh, have guns and to decide when to shoot.” He continued, “You just do not want the average citizen carrying a gun in a crowded place.”

In the best-case scenario, responding police would still have been minutes away from the violence breaking out in the West Freeway Church of Christ. The shotgun-wielding assailant could have killed many more people in that time had he not faced armed resistance of his own.

But Bloomberg’s own words indicate he would consider that an acceptable price to pay to vindicate his arch-statist and anti-constitutional view that the government should have a complete monopoly on the lawful use of lethal force.

What, in Bloomberg’s mind, make police the only people who can be trusted with firearms?

Does he feel that only law enforcement can effectively and safely use firearms?

Jack Wilson answered that question on Dec. 29, 2019, by delivering a single, precise shot at 15 yards that felled its target and only its target, saving innocent lives.

But somehow that’s still not good enough for Michael Bloomberg because Wilson is not an active-duty police officer.

What lesson are we supposed to learn from Bloomberg’s response to the White Settlement events, other than who shoots whom isn’t as important to him as who gets to decide who lawfully wields lethal force?

Are you willing to helplessly take one for Team Bloomberg’s scheme of law and order if you end up in the wrong place at the wrong time?

Note that Michael Bloomberg isn’t taking that risk himself; his payroll includes plenty of armed men to keep him safe.

The Second Amendment is your guarantee that you need not take the risk either, which is why Michael Bloomberg’s worldview cannot be reconciled with that fundamental liberty.

This stands in stark contrast to President Trump, who understands exactly what the right to keep and bear arms is all about and unabashedly respects that right.

“It was over in 6 seconds thanks to the brave parishioners who acted to protect 242 fellow worshippers,” President Trump tweeted on Dec. 30. “Lives were saved by these heroes, and Texas laws allowing them to carry guns!”

Why it is critically important to call it ‘liberty control’ instead of ‘gun control’

H/T NOQ Report.

If the left takes away our right to self-defense they can strip away all of our liberties.

The inalienable human right of self-defense is the keystone of liberty, so why aren’t we treating it that way?

Two recent stories that involve freedom of speech and the right of self-preservation illustrate why we have to be precise in the words we use to frame the issue. The arch of liberty is built upon the keystone of the inalienable human right of self-defense. This critically important concept buttresses our other human rights, that is why it is the first target of tyrants. Taking away the people’s ability to resist oppression always invites more oppression.

It is a severe mistake to couch the issue in terms of inanimate objects with nonsensical phrases such as ‘anti-gunners’ or similar terminology. Using the term ‘gun’ misdirects the argument away from the true purpose of gun control. This is a debate over liberty, not inanimate objects of aluminium or steel.

The left loves that we use the gun instead of liberty.

It is always advantageous to use the proper terms in a debate, this is why the national socialist left puts so much effort into controlling speech and the words we use. In the debate over the inalienable human right of self-defense, we of the pro-liberty right put ourselves at a severe disadvantage when we couch the issue in their terms. Consider this list of common phrases from the issue and how they sound in terms of liberty than on inanimate objects:

  • Gun control – Liberty control
  • Gun reform – Liberty reform
  • Pro-gun – Pro-liberty
  • Anti-gun – Anti-liberty

Note how the second set using the term liberty sets the proper tone. Most leftists would be proud to announce that they are ‘anti-gun’, but it would be doubtful that they would say they are anti-liberty, even though they mean the same thing. They still like to pretend to be supporters of freedom, they cannot face themselves as being against the concept. They like to think of themselves as liberators, not tyrants, although that is effectively what they have become.

Abuse of the 2nd Amendment leads to abuse of the 1st Amendment.

We can prove that the debate over the inalienable human right of self-defense is really over liberty and not inanimate objects. With two stories that show the 2nd Amendment debate has expanded into a debate over the 1st amendment.

The first comes from Yahoo Lifestyle about a liberty prevention advocate who has her knickers in a twist over some humorous signs being sold in her local Hobby Lobby. Apparently her disdain for the inalienable human right of self-defense extends to the freedom of speech as well.

The second story hails from the New York Times entitled: Free Speech Is Killing Us. That begins with the absurd line: “There has never been a bright line between word and deed.” Continuing on with the idea that since we’re restricting one inalienable human right, why not do the same to another?

As in the case of the 2nd Amendment, the restrictions on 1st Amendment demanded by the authoritarian socialist left will only redound to others. Leftist politicians and celebrities will always have their armed security, just as the birdcage liner of record will always be able to exercise their civil liberties and rights. It will only be those left deems to be beneath them that will have rights sacrificed.

The bottom line: Rights are like potato crisps, the left can’t destroy just one.

This is what happens when the ever-virtuous people of the national socialist left begin restricting everyone else’s liberty. Leftists depriving the people of some of their rights in their Utopian quest will always result in other liberties ending up on the chopping block. It begins with an obsession with gun confiscation, morphing into speech controls, then having to get rid of basic privacy rights.

This is why this is an issue of liberty and not inanimate objects. While oppression starts with assaults on weapons, it quickly expands into other areas. People tend to take their inalienable human right of self-defense seriously and want to speak out on the subject, so the ever oppressive left will make the counter move in taking away those rights as well as was illustrated. Soon enough the right to privacy [at least in this realm] will soon need to be addressed, with the government having vested interest in what everyone is doing in private, lest it have a negative effect on the ‘greater good’.

Properly calling it liberty control frames the argument against those on the national socialist left who only pretend to be liberal. It also keeps the issue under one label as the left lifts their sights on other freedoms. That is why the term should be liberty control and not gun control.




Safety Not Guaranteed: Concealed Carrier And Robber Both Die During Gun Battle Following Robbery

H/T Concealed Nation.

Sadly the armed citizen died along with one of the thugs.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — An armed citizen was robbed at gunpoint by two thugs, and they then made their way into a business to conduct another robbery. The armed citizen made the decision to confront them, and it ended badly for all involved.

Derrick Gholston, 43, was standing about 7:15 p.m. outside of a business in the first block of East 112th Place when he was approached by two men who flashed a handgun and demanded his property, according to Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

After Gholston complied, the two suspects entered the business and announced another robbery, police said. Gholston, who was a concealed-carry permit holder, then pulled out his own gun and confronted the robbers, leading to an exchange of gunfire.

He and one of the robbers, 18-year-old Carlos Smith, were each struck and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, authorities said. Both were pronounced dead within an hour of the shootout.


A 51-year-old man inside the business was also struck, but is expected to survive.

Getting into that fight, a fight that you didn’t want in the first place, is a decision that cannot be taken back. It’s a tough call in many situations, and there are never any guarantees that the good guy is going to prevail.

Sadly, in this case, the good guy went down along with a bad guy. It’s a tough thing to see, and makes us realize even more that some people will have no problem shooting innocent people who are simply trying to go about their day.

Keep that training sharp.

Assault Victim Shoots Two Time Attacker to Death

H/T AmmoLand.

There is no doubt theses three thugs would have beaten and most likely killed the assault victim.

Bob Irwin highlights the latest self-defense and other shootings of the week. Read them and see what went wrong, what went right and what we can learn from self-defense with a gun.

Gang Members Thugs Robbers Muggers Home Invasion
Assault Victim Shoots Two Time Attacker to Death

USA –-( Mountain News in Arrowhead, CA reports 07-18-19 a 29-year-old resident of Crestline was shot July 11 at Lake Drive and Lake Gregory Drive moments after he began to assault a 27-year-old male victim. This is according to an incident report and a press release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives responded to a residence on Lake Gregory Drive to conduct the investigation. They learned that three men had approached the victim around 9 P.M.

The victim recognized one of the approaching men as an associate of a suspect who had beaten him up him back in January. That assault resulted in the victim being hospitalized.

As the three men approached, the victim felt threatened by them and their verbal taunts. He made his way toward his car.

The most aggressive suspect, age 29, apparently grabbed the 27-year-old victim’s shirt and punched him multiple times.

The victim was still able to retrieve his firearm from a compartment in the car. He fired the gun ending the assault around 9:15 P.M.

An off-duty nurse who was nearby, was administering medical aid to the 29-year-old when deputies arrived. The nurse informed deputies of the gunshot wound to the lateral left chest, about one inch above the pectoral muscle.

At that time, 9:22 p.m., a reporting party told a 911 dispatcher that the 29-year-old was awake and in pain. An ambulance transported him to St. Bernadine’s Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 10:12 p.m.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who may have information, are asked to contact Detective Eric Ogaz, (909) 387-3589. The incident will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review.


The reason for the assault is not detailed in the reports. Cleary the victim here had reason to fear great bodily harm as he was beaten badly enough to be hospitalized by associates of these men 6 or 7 months earlier.

No mention is made of the firearm in the car being permitted under CA law.

The first rule of self-defense is don’t get killed. This especially applies when you get killed because you are trying to obey the some firearm law. Only survivors get to defend themselves in court.

Bob Irwin, Las Vegas

About Bob Irwin

Bob is retired after 30 years of ownership of The Gun Store & Indoor Range in Las Vegas. He continues his 2A issues show “Fired Up with Bob Irwin” on YouTube and on KLEY 1230 AM, The Nevada Talk Network on Saturdays.

As a firearm instructor of Concealed Firearm Applicants, Armed Security Officer and Law Enforcement Academies over his career, Bob appears frequently as an expert witness for firearm & use of force cases in Federal, State, and local courts.


Armed Citizen Saves Kidnapping Victim In California

H/T Bearing Arms.

Without this good guy with a gun the woman beyond any doubt been raped and murdered.

Authorities in Redding, California are praising a concealed-carry holder who stopped a kidnapping and helped police put the suspect in a series of violent crimes behind bars on Thursday afternoon.

Carl Hulsey allegedly attacked his wife and her sister at a home in Redding before taking off in a car with his sister-in-law. When officers arrived a few minutes later, Hulsey’s wife told police that he had assaulted them both, but had fled with her sister. As police were scouring the nearby neighborhoods for Hulsey, they received a report of a man at a gas station holding an individual at gunpoint.

Officers rushed to the scene and upon arrival, they learned the person with the handgun was actually a good samaritan who had confronted Hulsey after seeing victim #2 in the vehicle in distress.

RPD says Hulsey fled from the Mini Mart location after the samaritan pointed his handgun, and began heading southeast in a field towards the Sacramento River, and was eventually apprehended.

The woman who was kidnapped confirmed to police that she had been taken against her will, and also said that Hulsey attempted to sexually assault her while in the car. He’s now behind bars on multiple felony charges, including domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon, carjacking, kidnapping, sexual battery, and resisting arrest.

We don’t know much about the armed citizen, other than the fact that they are a concealed carry holder. We also know that Shasta County, where Redding is located, has the highest concealed carry rates in the state. According to the California Department of Justice, there are 45.6 concealed carry licenses for every 1,000 residents, or about 45 times the number of concealed carry licenses in Los Angeles County. Shasta County, with less than 180,000 residents, has issued more than 8,000 concealed carry licenses. Compare that to San Francisco County, with a population just under 900,000 residents and 2 concealed carry licensees. I didn’t leave out a digit, by the way. Two. That’s it.

The odds of you running into one of the two concealed carry holders in San Francisco when you need them are pretty small. Thankfully for the kidnapping victim in Shasta County, her odds were a bit better. I hope that Sheriff Tom Bosenko will be talking about this case with some of his fellow sheriffs in the coming days, particularly those sheriffs in coastal California that refuse to issue concealed carry licenses or give special treatment to their county’s powerful and politically connected residents.



Georgia Man Shoots and Kills Three Masked Armed Teenage Attackers Outside His Home

H/T  The Truth About Guns.

It is very sad that three teens are dead but these punks were armed so it was Self-Defense.

Rockdale County, Georgia is southeast of Atlanta. That was the location of an attempted home invasion or robbery early Monday morning.

Three masked yoots, two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old, at least one of them armed, approached a home and were confronted by the owner on the front lawn. The homeowner was also armed. It didn’t go well for the would-be robbers.


The shooting happened around 4 a.m. at a house off White Oak Court in Conyers. One of the boys died at the scene. The other two later died at the hospital.

Investigators said one of the teens pulled out a gun and fired at the neighbors before the homeowner returned fire.

The homeowner apparently had more firepower at his disposal than the attackers.

“It was five shots and then it sounded like a handgun. Then I heard somebody have an assault rifle. And it was a slew of shots that came out,” neighbor Carlos Watson said.

Deputies say they still don’t know who owned the two guns they found.

Investigators say three people were at the home, including a woman, when the shooting happened.

The homeowner who shot the masked intruder is a man. Neighbors say he’s a truck driver who owns a semi-automatic rifle and is highly protective of his mother.

No one has been charged yet. Investigators may be trying to determine why the homeowner was awake at 4:00am and prepared to intercept the three outside his home. Here’s a statement from Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett:

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Neighbors interviewed in the report above didn’t seem to sympathize with a homeowner defending himself against three attackers.


Man Forced To Shoot Brother In Self Defense, Who Dies At The Scene

H/T Concealed Nation. 

It would be tough to shoot a total stranger but it would be harder to shoot a family member even in self-defense.

SUMMERVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA — A man was forced to shoot his own brother in a case of self- defense, police say. As unreal as this may sound, here is how local media say things went down;

Paul Felkel Rush, 53, of Summerville was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Dorchester County coroner.

“Come on, stay with me! Stay with me!,” Paul’s brother can be heard saying in the 911 calls. “My brother attacked me, so I had to shoot him. Hurry up and get here!”

When officers arrived, they found Paul’s brother in the yard waving them down and took him into custody. Officers then found Paul Rush on the ground inside the house and unsuccessfully tried to revive him.

via live5news

There was no mention in the news report as to what transpired that night, but it would seem that the attack was enough to warrant lethal self defense.

It’s the worst nightmare of many to think that they would ever need to shoot a member of their own family, but incidents like this do happen once in a while.

It’s a sad time for the family, as one cannot imagine what a person would be going through after shooting and killing his own brother.

Family or not, there sometimes comes a moment where the fear of death is so great, it doesn’t matter who the threat is. We hope it’s never someone we know, but reality shows us that this is not always the case.