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I listened to your show for the first time yesterday on AM 970 in Hillsboro, Oregon, and I love it! Having said that, I would like to voice my opinion about the stereotype of honest law abiding citizens having guns versus criminals.
I am a 12-time convicted felon, having been convicted of numerous property crimes involving burglary, theft and forgery. And while this might make the average gasp, it is also worth noting that if I had opened a bottle of champagne in the courtroom as I was being convicted of my twelfth and final felony, that I would have then been charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol, as all of these convictions took place between the ages of 18 and 20. Now at the age of 37, I feel that they should no longer be relevant.
It is, and has been my opinion that the laws prohibiting convicted felons from owning or possessing firearms is nothing more than a way of systematically disarming the American people. I feel confident in making this statement because it is now estimated that more than 80% of Americans have committed a felony at some point during their lives. And before you dismiss this figure as being inaccurate, understand that no one is immune, and that it goes all the way to the top. In his book ‘Dreams from My Father,’ President Obama openly admits to having used marijuana and cocaine in high school and college. The only problem with this is that one cannot use cocaine unless they first possess it, and the possession of which is a felony crime in all 50 states of the Union. And even if it wasn’t, the Gun Control Act of 1968 prohibits not only convicted felons, but also known users of drugs.
The comedian Ron White used to say that we need to stop putting all crazy people into the same category because there are crazy people who roll their poop into little balls and eat crayons, and there are crazy people who kill productive members of our society. The same principle applies here in that we need to stop putting all felons into the same category. Here in Oregon, if you use a false name (if you so much as utter the name) of anyone, living or deceased, real or imaginary, and regardless of whether it is to defraud or to deceive, you are guilty of the felony crime of Identity Theft. I recently asked a Hillsboro police officer if this was true, and the officer responded by telling me that if he, or anyone else asks me my name, and I say ‘Mickey Mouse,’ that he can take me to jail for Identity Theft. So I ask you now, should this be grounds for a man to forever forfeit his constitutional right to keep and bear arms?
Furthermore, I find it absolutely sickening that the laws prohibiting convicted felons are able to legally stand when they are not constitutional amendments and stand in direct opposition to the United States Constitution.
It also sickens me that the laws prohibiting convicted felons from possessing firearms are not set in stone, and are subject to circumstance. For example, Oregon law grants exception to felons possessing firearms if a sworn peace officer has asked them for assistance. If a police officer is being murdered in the street, and he asks me to take possession of his sidearm in order that he might live, well then it’s perfectly okay for me to do. But if a man breaks into my home in the middle of the night while my wife and children are asleep, and I hold that man at gunpoint until police arrive, I will be charged with felon in possession of a firearm. During the height of the War on Terror, more than 3,000 convicted felons served overseas in the United States Armed Forces. As long as they put on that uniform, the government will not only give them a gun and live ammunition, but teach them to use that weapon, and use it effectively. But when their service to their country is complete and they return to civilian life, they again return as a lowly felon who isn’t worthy of the right to bear arms.
To add insult to injury, Oregon not only prohibits felons from an offense, but they prohibit them from a defense as well. If I am bow hunting in the mountains and decide to wear an orange vest and a bullet proof vest to protect myself from other hunters, I will be charged with being a felon in possession of body armor. It is perfectly lawful for citizens to possess body armor, but if you are a convicted felon, it is a felony crime. Why don’t they just say what they mean… “If a bullet is fired at a convicted felon, and that felon fails to allow that bullet to pierce and penetrate their body, they are guilty of another felony crime. Failure of a convicted felon to die upon command is punishable by up to five years in prison.” That might sound as though I am being a smart a#s, but is there any other way to see it?
On a federal level, the Gun Control Act of 1968 did have a provision that allowed convicted felons to file a petition seeking relief from their disability to possess firearms with the United States Secretary of the Treasury. The provision stated that if that petition was denied, that the petitioner could then file an appeal to be heard in federal court. I believe it was during the Clinton Administration that the Secretary of the Treasury delegated the processing of these petitions to the A.T.F., at which point Congress stopped appropriating funds to the branch of the A.T.F. that processed those petitions. So now when you file a petition, your petition is never processed, and therefore neither approved or denied. And coincidentally, Congress ruled that a petitioner cannot file an appeal unless they first have first been denied.
To make a long story short, I think we need some serious changes when it comes to the laws prohibiting convicted felons from owning or possessing firearms because while the majority of people (like Obama) are never caught, the message being sent is that 80+% of Americans are criminals who should not be allowed to possess firearms, and also that it’s okay to commit and admit to certain felonies as long as you were able to get away with it and never held accountable in a court of law.
I make no excuses for the poor decisions I made in my youth, but I will say that all of my felonies were property crimes, not person to person crimes, and given my age at the time, that was a whole lifetime ago. So when you talk about defending our 2nd Amendment rights, I find myself scratching my head because I have no knowledge of what it means to have those rights. At the risk of offending some, the self proclaimed honest law-abiding citizens are not what you would want in resisting tyranny. They might be great at defending their own life and property, but when you look at the American Revolution, and more specifically the Boston Tea Party that sparked it, were those guys honest law-abiding citizens that boarded other people’s ships, took their tea, and dumped it into the Boston Harbor? It takes a certain kind of personality to do something like that. You might call upon a car thief, bank robber, or extremist. But probably not upon the likes of an Eagle Scout, bank teller, car salesman, civil engineer, etc., etc. In short, if we are going to continue to prohibit convicted felons from owning or possessing firearms, then we at least need to stop putting all felons in the same category because we are not talking about hundreds or thousands of citizens, but millions! In many states, voting rights are automatically restored to felons after their sentence has been served. But nationwide, 5.2 million have had their rights stripped from them, including 377,000 in the state of Virginia alone, which does not factor in the millions of others whose rights were automatically restored. So when you look at the term ‘felon’ in general, we are talking about many, many millions of people who are affected by this, but who are all put into the same Charlie Manson piece of junk category.
Last Sunday when I sent you an email, it was akin to sending out a note in a bottle. I was hoping for a life raft, what I got was more like an amphibious assault group. Mark, it was amazing! We filled our County Commissioners Chamber. The pro gun people outnumbered the anti gun folks by at least 10 to 1. It was the first time in my life that I’ve been to a meeting like that!After the first hour of overwhelmingly pro gun testimony, all the anti gun people left!We had two additional hours of just pro gun testimony. We haven’t killed this ordinance yet,but we may have pushed off consideration ’til after the elections. By that time,we should have a majority on the board of county commissioners. The war is far from over,but we won this skirmish. So a big thank you to you and all the people there at Armed American Radio!Tell your listeners that, no matter how bad it looks, they are not alone.As long as one gun owner can reach out to another from all the way across the nation, and receive such overwhelming support, we will never lose our freedoms.God Bless you Mark and the staff and listeners of Armed American Radio, and God Bless the United States of America. Still the greatest and freest nation that the world has ever known. Charles Ely,Kitsap County, Washington State
Here are two websites that I think you should check out concerning the National Real Id Act of 2005 and the ever increasing government surveillance \ police state that is coming to America. I think it ties in real well with what you guys do on the radio show.
http://www.constitutionalalliance.org contact Mark Lerner (One of the nations experts in biometrics and Real Id)
http://www.axiomamuse.wordpress.com contact Kaye Beach (is suing the State of Oklahoma concerning the biometrics of her drivers license)
I would love to hear them on your radio show!!
I posted a comment a few days ago, hoping to receive a response with your thoughts on 2nd Amendment rights, and how they pertain to convicted felons. Instead, I came back and quickly discovered that my comments were removed from the site altogether, which struck me as a liberal move.
“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.”
Those words are pretty clear, and nowhere does it say ‘except for convicted felons, known drug users, etc., etc., etc.’ Why is it not okay for a convicted felon to possess a firearm, unless he is serving in the United States Armed Forces, or assisting a police officer in desperation?
The point I was trying to make is that if we are going to exclude felons from owning or possessing firearms, then we need to specify which kinds of felons are prohibited because in today’s modern society, felonies are handed out like candy canes at Christmas.
The Obama campaign has accused Romney of being a felon over technicalities in some of his corporate paperwork filings, and by his own admission, Obama himself is a felon. Because of the way the laws are now, it is estimated that more than 80% of the American people have committed a felony at some point during their lives. One felon might be a Charles Manson or Timothy McVeigh, while another felon might be someone who took an elk out of season, stole a car when they were a kid, or (in the state of Oregon) opened a facebook account under a fake name (Identity Theft). Should they all be placed in the same category. Rather than remove my question, for a change, perhaps you will answer.
P.S. – I love the show!
hello mark .
i live in a town called Soldotna in the very free state of Alaska. the radio station in my town plays a commercial . that goes something like this ” to all you would be robbers, rapers and thugs. alaska is a concealed carry state. so next time you decide to brake the law , think twice becuase an alaskan could be waiting and armed ” it was a great commercial . thanks for all you guys do . and don’t forget that arizona isn’t the only free state out there . don’t forget about us up in alaska .i will try to get the audio of the commercial and send it to you. thanks for all you guys do .
p.s. its about 65 gore out side here haha
Loved listening to your show. I never gave serious thoughts into this issue until about now. I think the right for one to be able to defend oneself must be protected especially now with all the random shootings everywhere.
I missed your show here in Tallahasse yesterday. Your website says 7pm-10pm, but a friend told me it is on at 9pm-11pm. Can you please tell me which one is correct?
Listening to hour 3 of the Aug. 19th show, regarding the TSA and now NFL’s need to wand you was bad enough, but your commentary about the further erosion of our privacy rights is already coming true. According to reports, the TSA was ‘Rifling Through Bags and Conducting Pat Downs At Paul Ryan Event’ in Florida. Paul Ryan being Wisconsin’s contribution to the Presidential ticket hoping to stop Obama’s agenda. Listen, when a Federal Agency can force citizens of this country to submit to random searches on the street, spy on you at their discretion using potentially hazardous-to-your-health means and certainly unconstitutional means, and detain you indefinitely – it becomes apparent that the constitution has lost all authority and we are moving towards a dictatorship and not a Republic.
Thanks! ~Andy, Hosts of the Concealed Wisconsin Podcast
I LOVE YOUR SHOW I AM A VETERAN AND HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT THE SECOND AMENDMENT IS AS SIMPLE AS IT WAS WRITTEN SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.BUT RECENTLY I WAS AT A PAWN SHOP I HAD MY EYE ON A SHOTGUN. WHEN AN OLD MAN CAME IN TO THE STORE AND SAID HE WANTED TO BUY A PISTOL HE WAS TIRED OF BEING ABUSED AND ROBBED,SO HE PICKED OUT ONE THEN THE PROBLEM CAME AND IT WAS AT THAT MOMENT THAT I FELT THAT HTE SECOND AMENDMENT JUST DIDNT WORK. WHEN HE FILLED OUT THE PAPERWORK HIS FELONY OF 50 YRS AGO SHOWED UP HE TOLD THE MAN AT THE COUNTER THATS THE ONLY TROUBLE HE HAD EVER BEEN IN DIDNOT SERVE ANY TIME JUST PROBATION THAT HE WAS A COMBAT VETERAN A BUSINESS OWNER A TAXPAYER A HE COULDNOT OWN A GUN WHAT A SHAME THANKS NRA THNAKS
I listened to your 26 August broadcast on live feed last night and again tonight just in case I missed something.
When y’all got to talking compromise … Speaking of compromise, Gun owners have been compromised in almost every piece of firearm legislation in history. Gun owners have given in to the pleas for compromise and have had our rights restricted time and again and for every argument from, “It’s for the children.” up to and including, “We have to keep arms out of the hands of criminals.”
I’m not against the spirit of compromise as long as it’s true compromise and not just surrender of all my rights a smidgen at a time. If the Brady bunch and their ilk would agree to scrap every restrictive gun control statute passed since shortly before the ink dried on the Constitution (which would include all of them) and start over with debates concerned with logical beneficial regulations that do not infringe upon law abiding citizens’ rights, I would be open for compromise. I don’t see that happening.
Their idea of compromise so far is “their way or the highway” and when we try to debate them we’re called obstructionists and labeled with other less than respectful adjectives.
Good luck with getting an answer from the gun owning liberal. I attempted the same question with another liberal gun owner who flatly refused to answer the same question and when I pressed him, he opted to ignore and refused to talk with me about anything. I haven’t heard from him since. He may have died by now.
I have a somewhat silly question that i’m hoping you can answer for me. I’m new to concealed carry and i ran into a situation that I’ve never read about ANYWHERE so i’m not sure how to properly handle it.
(warning this is sort of an embarrassing subject)
How does one go about dropping their pants in a public restroom without making your gun visible to everyone or having it clatter to the floor. In most places you walk into the restroom and can clearly see under the walls of the stall to see people’s feet and such.
I carry inside the waste-band with a cross breed supertuck deluxe but the weight of the fully loaded mag makes for quite a top heavy load when you lose the rigidity of the belt. I don’t want anyone to see it under the stall, but the last thing i want is for someone to peek through the space between the door and see me on the can holding a pistol either.
I listen to your podcasts each week and enjoy them. I have never made a comment on any of them but decided to on your interview with the democrat, who believes in gun rights. I believe his name is Dan Baum.
You keep talking about compromise, but he is compromising nothing. He is a gun owner who has specific social values. He wants others to compromise their principles and give up their social values and come to his side. He gives up nothing and is not willing to. yet he expects others to.
It is interesting how quick people on your program are to think people should compromise their principles and toss them by the way side to join his side but would not even consider asking him to do the same.
Anyone who thinks this to be a fair compromise is just naive or does not care about how unfair it is. Also, anyone who thinks Obama or the leaders in the democrat party will make anything even close to a fair compromise on these things is fooling themselves.
Finally, some things are just not things that should be comprised. The 2nd amendment should not be compromised, and neither should things like protecting innocent unborn children from being slaughtered or God’s institutions and values.
When my children were young, one of them came home from school with some of his friends. One of their teachers had told them that conservatives were so unfair because they claimed to want to save unborn children while murdering people by supporting the death penalty (which I don’t support). My son and his friends thought their teacher had made such a logical and good point.
I said no, that is not a good or logical point. I explained that conservatives wanted to protect the innocent unborn children and punish the guilty murderers and rapists etc, while their liberal teacher wanted to punish the innocent unborn children and protect the guilty murderers and rapists. Your democrat friend, who wants conservatives to trash their principles, is using similar stupid logic like my sons teacher was using to brainwash his students.
Hi Mark! Found this website recently and am sitting here listening to some of the recent shows on my DROID. OMG, I can’t believe I haven’t been listening before this!! You can bet I’ll be tuning in to listen live every week!
Thank you for doing this show and fighting for our rights!
Please take this as a constructive critique.
While your other female participants in today’s program were good, Val does not add to (but instead subtracts from) the show. Her poor response to the RNC/DNC platform question in the beginning and the later silence and terrible questions to your guests were bad.
It might be better to let her go.
Mark, Just watched a documentary called Agenda,Grinding Down America.You should watch this it is the reason for the shape of our country and where it is heading, it shed a lot of light on the inner working of the political system and Obama. Proud NRA,USCCA member and CCW in WV. Thanks Art L.
Wonderful show last Sunday. Us “good old boys” really need to hear the female point of view. I looked up both Kathy Jackson & Vicki Kawelmacher’s web sights right after the show and forwarded the links to other members (all guys) of my local gun club. We’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about female only training/shooting and were wondering how to get started. Kathy & Vicki may be getting emails asking for some “how to” advice. I’ve also really enjoyed Val Deore being on the show. She really adds to the mix. I hope she becomes a regular fixture. Keep up the great work. Your show has become part of my Sunday routine. How can I go wrong if I start the day with Church and end it with Armed American Radio.
I am a 39 year old single mother of two. I have recently lost my job because I mentioned at work that my daughter and I had a great weekend target practicing. A woman I worked with that didn’t like me because I had been promoted and she hadn’t decided that because I own a gun it must be in my car at work. Which is against the rules. When I was hired I signed a consent to search my car and property if they even felt it necessary. After the woman called corporate to report I had a gun at work I was told to leave I was suspended for violent behavior. I was clueless but was told I had to leave so they could investigate. I did so and later found out it was because I was accused of having a gun. They did not search me, they didn’t even tell me it was about a gun. I found out on my own and questioned HR and they said yes the woman stated I had a gun. When I asked why didn’t u search they didn’t answer me. I’m in a horrible position financially because of this and I want to know if there is anything I can do legally. Just because I own a gun does not mean I’m a bad person. They labeled me and fired me. I am looking for an attorney but need any advice. I worked in Memphis, TN.
I just wanted to give you some feed back on how information presented on Armed American Radio gets put to use out here in the hinterland. A few weeks ago, your show featured Kathy Jackson & Vicki Kawelmacher as guests. As our local gun club had been receiving a lot of requests for female only firearms training, the information presented on your show was timely indeed. I forwarded links to both Vicki & Kathy’s web sights to a few of my fellow Knuckle draggers and lo and behold, it looks like we will be able to get a female only personal defense/firearms training program up and running by the end of the year. As it turns out, our club already had female instructors(NRA certified)who were ready, willing and able to teach the classes. All we male Neanderthals had to do was to ask for the help(imagine that). Your show is always thought provoking and informative. I hope to be able to listen to it for many years to come.
google.com comes up with a whole list of things when i type in 1911…
You can’t find holsters on Google?
I can not believe that someone who is charged with informinf the public, could be that ignorant.
Take it off “safe search”, the family filter, on the right side of the screen.
I typed in “holsters”, and got 17,700,000 results.
Fritz – Albany, New York
Here in Wisconson. gun owners are boycotting academy, for their cancelation an event for Walker…. I would have to agree with their stance against academy…
gander moutain is who I met to say
Answer to your question! To the burglar you reply, “I am a Quaker and would not do violence to a single living creature, but I must warn you. You are standing where I am about to shoot!”–dr fishyard
I just thought I would pass on this… It was an interesting Week. This week I picked up a Springfield XDM .40, My Son picked up a Springfield XDS .45 and my Daughter just called and she picked up a Walther .22. We are all headed to the Range this weekend with My Dad and his 9mm, My Mom with her Ruger Single Six and my sister, not sure what see has. Also, my other son will be using my 71 BL22, and my Son-In-Law will be there with his Rifle. Hows that for a Family Reunion.
I just wanted to start by telling you how much I appreciate your show. It is the coolest thing on the radio on a Sunday night.
I am an atheist conservative, who strongly believes in lower taxes and gun rights. Because of my nontraditional spiritual views however, I spend a lot of times of forums with people who are also not religious. I want to share with you a trend I have noticed.
Whenever the subject of guns come up on those forums, I have found surprising support from many members of the LGBT community. Many of them come from communities where they feel threatened because of their sexuality, and to them a right to carry is a strong comfort. I know in the past you have discussed crossing the aisle to find people on the other side who we normally don’t agree with, but with whom we can find common ground on Gun Rights. I believe the LGBT community provides us with this opportunity.
Many of the homosexual folks I have gotten know have a lot of conservative tendencies, but basically view themselves as willing to pay more in taxes if that is what it takes to get politicians who support them. Of course socalist politicians are only too grateful to take advantage of their emotional loyalties in order to secure their votes. We need to reach out and show them that we are willing to give the tools needed to protect the lives they have fought so hard to make for themselves.
Some of us may not agree with how they have chosen to live their lives, but in America we can agree they have a fundamental right to protect that life.
I thought about making jokes about hunting buddies, and designer gun holsters, but I will refrain because I think that this is a serious area where we can reach out to find allies from across the way.
Just got off of the order page for budsgunshop, found through google search. All I need is a credit card number to purchase. You specifically said that when searching for “1911″ the notice came up “nothing found”, or some other similar notice. Credibility is slipping. I own a lot of weapons, listen to your show every Saturday, and really enjoy it. I don’t care what you originally said, there are many sites found through Google that you can buy guns from. I don’t even use Google as my search engine because I do not like Google. I had to go to Google search just to use it.
Great show as always. Just one comment for Jim Irvine. We in England did not give up our rights. They were taken from us by the government because we as gun owners did not have the support that you have with the NRA and such. Many people protested and campaigned for many years to keep our firearms. As some one who fights this cause daily I’m sure you would find it insulting if for some political reason you lose your rights and I tell everybody ” you just gave up those rights.”
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Glad to meet you in Orlando during the CCW expo at Gander mountain. I am enjoying the book you autographed. Enjoyed the show even with all the live technical difficulties you experienced that night. Thanks for passing on my “experiences” and “take aways” from my 2nd amendment situation in Panama City.
Attached in a link to an article that ran in our local paper.
It’s shows how far some officials will go to persecute gun owners. I just thought that you and your listeners would like to know about it.
love the show tonight so far – keep it up! the line about “do your homework!” in reference to “Little o” helping gun rights by passing the nat. park carry… ugh – i hate when people try and use that in defence of the empty chair!
Point of this message – your friends in CA looking to listen… AM920 has an app in (ironically) the “google play store” for free – you can listen anywhere!!
(and it IS a great name)
Fritz…Learn how to use Google and learn how to listen…..I SAID THE SHOPPING FUNCTION.
What’s really troubling about this is that Obama and Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State are even going to ram this treaty through the Senate during his lame-duck session if he is not re-elected. Find out what it says about U.N. gun control of U.S. rights to bear arms laws! The U.S. will lose its sovereignty to the U.N. to create a world government. And because the Senate, which ratifies treaties (not in cooperation with the republican held house) is controlled by democrats and they will vote for it and Americans will be subject to the laws and redistribution of the U.N. to third world countries. Read this. It’s important.
listening. can you explain to me WHY, using the word nigger is so out of bounds, when they tnemselfs use it among themself. Aren’t you contributing to being Political correctsness? so making yourselfs racist?
OK… I never knew it was acutually against the law of the FCC. Not being in the broadcast industry and a normal citizen. I was not aware of the law…. I asume it is the same as cursing on the radio…So don’t call me a dumd ass. Would the same law prohibit the work Cracker?
Just tryed the Google shopping issue and yes I got no results for ammunition. I also tryed Winchester, I got results for heater, and Ruger a big fat zero. I’m no fan of Google today!!!
Took me a week because you are on a week delay in the Little Rock market.
It’s to bad you was so insulted by the comment, or question. In the same program was you not talking about how people who talk and brings up the racist card, Like Al Sharpton, are racist. Your own guest, asked about it.. So why make me sound to be so repulsive for asking. And then you made it sound as if I didn’t have the guts to put my name along with the question… Yes. it is to bad, I’ve enjoyed the show in the past.. Just goes to say, everything has to come to and end sometime…
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For the record, I am married to a beautifull black women.
I wrote my second novel, “The Battle of Mayberry.” It has been published by River City Press and is an action/comedy. The subtitle I originally had was “Guns, Booze, Lies.” My first Amazon reviewer thinks this story of economic, cultural and political rot would be warmly received by the 2nd Amendment crowd. I agree. I would love to send you a free copy. It’s funny, ironic and uplifting and right up your alley. Let me know.
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I read your article in Concealed Carry magazine.
I’ve been a shooter most of my life thanks to my father starting my brother and me with
.22 target practice when we were kids. My brother won several marksmanship awards while in the service, serving in Viet Nam. I recently obtained my NY concealed carry permit and have been honing my skills with 9mm and 45acp semi automatics. Being in the construction industry and now doing remodeling, I’ve always carried a firearm with me in my vehicle and now on my person. I’m a strong believer of the 2nd amendment and would not hesitate to use lethal force if a situation warranted. The firing range I wanted to join to practice required a NRA membership, so I sent in my application and joined.
Here’s the rift with me and the NRA and people like you-
I’ve been a working man all my life, working in the building trades as a union carpenter, supervising construction jobs, and now running a small remodeling company. I know from experience that the Republican Party is not the friend of the working people like myself. It was the Democratic Party that aligned itself and fought for worker rights. The Republicans only pay lip service to workers while favoring legislation for big money. It never ceases to amaze me how the Republicans can suck in the working class by demonizing the Democrats. They are masters of this deception.
The NRA has aligned itself with the Republicans and does their bidding in brain washing the susceptible mostly through hate and fear mongering. The vitriol leveled against Barack Obama during the last campaign was unprecedented. The paranoia the NRA tried to invoke about losing the right to bear arms was obvious to any of the members with a reasonable amount of intelligence. The only change I’ve seen since his election is the public is now able to carry in National Parks where before they were not. The problem with aligning so closely with a political party is you eventually become their tool. Mitt Romney is no more a gun person than Barack Obama. The Democrats aren’t stupid. They know if they start putting the screws to gun owners, they’ll get a huge backlash and lose many races because of it. By some estimates, there are over 300 million firearms in the US and growing. It would be easier to reinstate prohibition than remove this arsenal.
I have more respect for a bigot telling me they don’t want a ‘nigger’ for their president than using the lame excuse of losing their gun rights, because that just ain’t going to happen.
As far as this being a Do or Die election for gun rights, you’re full of shit.
Mark yet another great show. Here is a website that you can recomend to all those who still believe Obama would not reinstate the gun ban. Change.gov/agenda/urbapolicy. Here they can read it in his own words straight from the assess mouth…..
If he’s voted in IT WILL HAPPEN..
Mark, this is one of the best statements of why we should carry that I have ever read. I thought you might want to highlight parts of it on your show sometime.
Why I Carry a Concealed Firearm
By Col (Dr) Benjamin Findley
Although I served 30 years in the military and am trained in proper use of guns, I do NOT have an aggressive, macho “commando complex” that influences me to seek out danger and confront others physically or with force, which would make me one of the worst kind of predators. Although trained and prepared, I have not used a gun on anyone and actually do NOT have any desire to use a gun on anyone and pray I never have to draw it for any reason. I want to avoid and retreat from danger and strongly believe in the power of deterrence and peacefully and rationally talking through differences to solve problems. Only as a LAST RESORT, I want to be prepared to defend myself with a gun when attacked or threatened with death or serious physical harm. I don’t place myself in dangerous situations or go places where I think danger may be present. In other words, my primary form of self defense is AVOIDANCE of potential danger, NOT confrontation. I accept that retreat and leaving a dangerous or potentially dangerous situation is usually the best form of defense. This is NOT a sign of WEAKNESS and does NOT make me a coward or a wimp… or irresponsible. This is a disciplined, rational, intelligent win-win way of THINKING and peacefully resolving conflicts and problems. However, I am PREPARED to respond with force as necessary and without hesitation as a last resort, if necessary to protect lives and great bodily harm from predators.
I have Confidence in who I am, my abilities to reason through difficulties, my decision-making and firearms skills, and trust in my God. I know I can “hit the side of the barn” with my accuracy, if necessary. I have never in my life felt unsafe or afraid in any of my daily activities or travels in any place I have lived or visited in the U.S. I don’t constantly look over my shoulder in fear and don’t carry a concealed firearm because of fearful suspicion or paranoia.
Aside from the usual accusations (like some mentioned above) against people who carry concealed firearms, then why do I carry one? I carry BECAUSE:
1. It is a right afforded to me by the U.S. Constitution and the State of Florida. It is afforded to me by Florida Concealed Carry law statutes that law-abiding citizens should never have had to fight for. Nonetheless, it has been hard won through long and expensive legislative action to develop what we have today. It is a right and the more of us who obtain the license and legally carry guns for lawful and prudent use, the harder it will be for controlling politicians to reverse it in the future.
2. It is my duty and responsibility to take advantage of a right afforded to me by what I believe was the guiding hand of an almighty God in the framing of the Constitution of the U.S. and the Bill of Rights to defend myself and my loved ones.
Some say a Christian or other religious folks should not own or use a weapon in self defense. There is no support for this in the Holy Bible and it differs from the second amendment to the Constitution. Skeptics and people determined to disparage Christianity and religion in general refer to “Thou shall not kill” (in the King James version of the Holy Bible in Exodus 20:13.) In virtually all modern interpretations and versions of the Bible and the Ten Commandments, it is translated as “You shall not murder” and does NOT refer to self defense or war. Peter and other disciples carried swords daily for self defense against robbers, wild animals, etc. Jesus acknowledged their possession of weapons (2 swords), but never told them to give them up (Luke 22:38.) Christians and others who believe that the U.S. Constitution was framed (including the Second Amendment) under the guiding hand of an almighty God, have an obligation to train with, obtain, and lawfully keep and appropriately use firearms to protect themselves, their families, their country, and their beliefs.
3. Law enforcement officers (LEOs) must help prevent crime, detect and investigate it when it happens, and enforce laws that have been broken. They certainly deserve our utmost thanks and appreciation, however the large majority of LEOs’ duties are after-the-fact and this has been upheld in courts. I choose to personally take immediate responsibility for my and my family’s safety. Because of LEOs’ responsibilities, limited resources, and average response time (at least 4 minutes and can be between 8-10 minutes or longer per Department of Justice studies), they generally arrive at a crime scene after the criminals are long gone and the devastation to victims is already done. Again, please understand that I most certainly respect them and their responsibilities! They are there to investigate and capture criminals after a crime has been committed. It is foolish to believe that our civil governments have the ability to protect us from the predators of our society, BEFORE they act.
4. I live in a real world in which I recognize that criminals, ruthless bad people, violent behaviors, and dangers DO realistically exist. Sadly, there is “Bad” in the world. I want to focus on the positive and good, but must recognize that there is evil. To not understand this is to stick my head in the sand and ignore the ever-present dangers among us. I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil, paranoid, and looking for trouble, but because I want good, am a realistic “thinker,” and want to head-off any negative, predatory acts of criminals. I carry a firearm because I have lived long enough to see the actual evil in the world and accept responsibility for protecting myself and loved ones and for my own self-defense before crimes happen.
5. I want to be part of DETERRENCE of evil and crime. To cause criminals to wonder if the next person they choose to assault may be the one that fights back and possibly ends their life, thus influencing them not to act. The more law-abiding citizens that are armed or who might possibly be armed in the eyes of criminals, the more worry and hesitation they will have about their predatory actions… the less certain criminals can be of the outcome of their actions against us, thus they may choose to NOT attack.
Continued success, safety, preparation, and training! Remember your mental state of mind, training and preparation are much more important than the equipment you carry.
About Col (Dr) Benjamin Findley
Col Ben is retired with 30 years service in the U.S. Air Force, with joint-services weapons training, Special Ops duty at various bases, and is Air Force qualified as “Expert” in small arms. Ben is an NRA-Certified Pistol Instructor, NRA Range Safety Officer, FL Concealed Carry License Instructor, Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network Affiliated Instructor, and USA Carry Registered Instructor.
Contact him for reasonably-priced firearms training for small groups or individuals in Pensacola or at your location, including courses in Fundamentals of Shooting & Safety, Basics of Firearms Self-Defense for Women, and Florida Concealed Carry License training at ColBFF@gmail.com or at (850) 484-3221.
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Just became aware of your radio show, and I’m really looking forward to it. When it comes to CARRY, when my feet hit the floor in the morning, my Judge .410 gets covered for the day, and my little .380 Luger w/laser goes in my shorts BEFORE I even hit the head. Have a 9mm Beretta in front seat holster, and sometimes put my little .22 in a shin holster on the left (if I wear long pants – I’m a Florida boy).
At home, I have a pump 12 Ga handy, and the AR-15 in the office. LOTSA AMMO FOR EVERYTHING- but THEY have to take the first shot.
Listening to you live right now, Heard you and Sean talking about farmers. My Grandfather was a farmer, he grew corn and beans. Used to go to the farm all the time, riding the tractor while he was plowing the fields. We always had fresh corn on the cob from the field for dinner. And I agree with Sean, farmers are the backbone of this country. Thank you farmers and AAR.
2 Amendment is the right to have arms,not the right of others to decide which arm to bare.After what took place in Libya it shows each one how this party in office feels and protects Americans.The guards which were sent by Libya had not one fire arm,just a radio.Sounds like this party idea Does it not?Call 911 and wait and if it is safe for us to send people,for the other guys may hurt another also.This is just how foolish their mind does think and works.After what took place it should tell us all something of how their mind does think and work.Their after all guns not just a few.Also telling us how not to wish to save 4 Americans with force nor arming the few which were on the ground their.You best have your own arms and be very good at best with them.For it is your own life and your loved one’s depending on it in a time of need.Not any other is going to be their for you and your loved one’s at the worst time.Why would any one of sound mind wish to take away one’s self protection which keeps life.
I live in on the island of Jersey in the English Channel and I’ve been a student of the costs and effects of gun control since ’79. Since more serious research on this subject has been carried out in the US – by far – than the rest of the world put together, I frequently search the US media for relevant information – which search led me to this site.
What a lot of interesting letters! May I particularly congratulate Michael Failla for his detailed and persuasive contributions of August 13 & 16 about the blanket gun ban applied to ex-felons. I was hoping to read some thoughtful responses on the subject, perhaps from a criminal lawyer, or LEO, but haven’t spotted any so far.
I was also fascinated by Cam Canley’s October 21 support of the Democratic Party because he didn’t think that they will damage his gun ownership rights. As an outside, but extremely interested, observer of the US political scene, it seems to me that Cam is deluding himself. The Democratic Party and all its major figures such as Obama, the Clintons, Holder et al, including those in Cam’s own state of New York, regularly demonstrate a powerful commitment to diminish and, if possible, remove gun ownership rights.
Isle of Jersey
Why didn’t I find this site sooner?!
First, I love the show. I carry every day. By the way, although I enjoy BBQing while armed, my favorite is preaching while armed (I am. A pastor).
Anyway, I have a question for you regarding one of your favorite movies (and I have to be clear that it’s one of mine as well). The movie is tombstone. The question I have for you is this; isn’t the movie pro handgun control? As I understand the history (which is presented in the movie as well) the shoot out at the ok corral was caused by the sheriff outlawing guns within city limits. It seems to me that the citizens would have been better served by arresting the people shooting their guns in an inappropriate way rather than disarming everyone. The shoot out then happened because of unconstitutional laws. Now, I am not saying that the Clantons or the rest of the outlaws were good people, only that they should have been dealt with individually rather than with reactionary laws.
Anyway, keep up the good work.
I heard you say you are now on in Marysville, CA. I wanted to let you know that is the location of Beal AFB. Home of the U-2 spy plane.
You would’ve been proud today in class I was discussing how Obama has voted against our rights many times, Gunbanobama.com and this girl turned around and asked “why do you want a gun? Who’s out to get you?” I said let me ask…have you ever been in a serious car accident? She said no.
so why wear a seatbelt?
She said just in case.
I said has your house ever burned down?
She said no.
I asked then why have a fire extinguisher or home insurance?
She again replied just in case. To which I replied
Exactly! thats why I have a gun. Just in case.
Hi Mark, (for your radio show or write me back. Please do not use my name)
Why did the California democrats rewrite the felony laws in California? In Redding, California alone they have released over 500 felons. We are a small town with very high unemployment. The criminals are growing some much pot in the mountains that a good person has a hard time going hunting or fishing. Are these politicians’ stupid or what? What the hell are they thinking? There is shootings and stabbings everyday in our small town. Plus the government is giving the people cell phones (think through SSI or something like that)? The police said the homeless and criminals are using the phones to network free supplies (that ok if someone needs help) and to commit crimes. The police say that the criminals are networking with the phones. What are the politicians thinking? They have turned the felons loose on the middle class. You know if they want to cut the cost of the prisons they can get rid of the TV’s, weight machines, and all of the computer time etc……. Instead it seems like they turned them loose on the middle class. Law enforcement is way over taxed here. The criminals laugh at law enforcement here. They get out of jail before the officer finishes the report. The police have a hard time just putting the juveniles on probation back in jail. The police and the chief of police are great guy and gals doing their best and they are open to talking with the public. People tell me that they feel vulnerable a if they run into a criminal and vulnerable with the law if they protect themselves. What should the average law abiding citizen do to protect themselves?
People are moving out of Stockton California because it is so crime ridden.
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