Posts tagged ‘Concealed Carry’

June 17, 2013

Misguided Gun Grabbers Still Ignoring Reality

by lewwaters

A Salt RifleIt seems shortly after any horrific shooting, where some crazed gunman goes on a frenzy shooting up another gun free zone, as we saw last year in Aurora, Colorado and the Newtown Elementary shootings, misguided individuals crawl out of the woodwork with their cries of “we need gun control,” “repeal the second amendment” and “pass an assault weapons ban.”

These and many more cries begin within minutes of such horrific events, receive lots of press and TV time and a lot of noise is made in Congress from self-serving politicians demanding a ban on any and everything in sight and without a clue of why there is a second amendment or that gun-free zones provide easy targets for malcontents bent on causing mayhem and death.

Eventually, the noise lessens, misguided gun grabbers crawl back into their holes, useless legislation might be passed and largely ignored and nothing really changes.

We saw this same scenario playing out after the Newtown shooting, but the noise level is increasing again as those misguided individuals are still screaming for a piece of paper with words on it, falsely believing it will protect them from the criminal element.

January 24, 2013

Oak Harbor City Council Member Exits Council Meeting Over Legal CCW – UPDATED

by lewwaters

This little tantrum occurred earlier this week, Jan. 15 at an Oak Harbor City Council meeting.

Kudo’s to the majority of this City Council that stood up for a trained citizens & Disabled Veterans right to legally carry a concealed weapon.

Raspberries to Councilman Rick Almberg for insulting a Disabled Veteran, showing his immaturity and spitting on his oath of office to uphold the constitution.

Read more at City council member walks out after council refuses to ban guns from meeting

UPDATE: Council member Rick Almberg: Departure was about bringing attention to gun issue

July 20, 2012

A Little Reminder On Gun Bans

by lewwaters

A little reminder as we see the inevitable cry of the gun-grabbers to ban guns again. The emotional testimony of Suzanna Gratia-Hupp who witnessed her parents being gunned down in the 1991 Luby’s Restaurant shooting in Killeen, Texas. She owned a gun, but left it locked in the glove box of her car to be in compliance with the law banning guns in restaurants then.

35-year-old George Pierre Hennard did not care about complying with the law and slaughtered 23 people while wounding another 20 before committing suicide.

July 21, 2010

Second Amendment Right? Or Paranoia?

by lewwaters

On Monday, July 19, 2010 the Columbian posted an interesting blog post on their Political Beat blog, Hedrick brings ‘heat’ to Stranger interview, referencing a video and interview from Seattle’s alternative media, the Stranger, Which Congressional Candidate Brought a Gun to The Stranger Yesterday?

Watching the video, I initially thought, “big deal, the guy has a concealed carry permit and carries a gun.” I admit that reading about the kids’ theater incident sounds a bit contrived and although I strongly support the Second Amendment and concealed carry with the proper permit, and that I wouldn’t carry a firearm into a kid’s movie, he does have a legal concealed carry permit.

Unless the theater bars guns, it is legal to carry, even if not the smartest thing a parent would do with his kids.

But, something didn’t set well with me. Something just didn’t sound right to me.

Admittedly, I do not support Hedrick in his congressional run, even though I supported him in standing up to Brian Baird last August. I even have questions that remain unanswered concerning his service in the US Marine Corps and disability claimed. But none of that entered my mind as I watched the video over and over trying to figure out what did not set well with me.

After a few viewings, it dawned on me what it was. If you didn’t pick up on it, watch again and pay attention towards the end of the video, after Hedrick tells the interviewer that they have a legal right to bar guns on their private property.

He states that he would not be there doing the interview in person, but it would be by phone, had they barred his carrying a gun into the interview.

The second amendment is a very serious right that carries with it grave responsibility. Concealed Carry, under current laws, is a privilege not to be taken lightly. I strongly support both, but also feel such a responsibility must be tempered with some good old fashioned common sense.

Much like holding a security clearance in the Military, having the clearance isn’t enough; you must also have “the need to know.”

As Hedrick even shows in the story about the incident at the children’s movie, it is extremely rare to need to pull a gun if you are carrying. However, the likelihood of actually needing your gun, although slim, can be real at any given moment.

But, to indicate that if you may not carry on someone’s private property, their legal right, you, a candidate for federal office, would not do an in person interview? It would be only by telephone?

Such a comment comes across to me as paranoia, or a young man still trying to prove to himself that he is a man, with little clue what manhood is really about.

I have to believe that he received adequate training in the safe and proper handling of rifles while in Basic Training and AIT, since he did serve a short while in the US Marine Corps, even if he is tight lipped about that service other than making his rank held central to his campaign, but I also wonder if that attitude of “no gun, no in person interview” extends to other venues, such as political forums or school functions with his children?

I wonder because RCW 9.41.280 prohibits firearms “in a public or private school building,” except under some strict exemptions.

To me, given his comment in the video, it would only seem logical that he would not attend school plays or PTA Meetings concerning his own children unless he was armed either.

I can only hope that this is not the case and that he obeys the law concerning concealed carry on school grounds and buildings, leaves it home or properly locked in his car and is there for his children.

There are those that see no problem with his carrying a concealed weapon to an interview. If not for the comment of “no gun, no in person interview,” neither would I.

But, that one little comment, giving us a glimpse into the mind of a candidate for office, leaves me feeling like he might just be too immature or too paranoid to be elected to office.

February 4, 2009

Jaime Herrera Introduces Legislation Protecting Lawful Gun Owners

by lewwaters

It’s really sad that Jaime did not continue in this mode, instead of selling us out to the SEIU.

Did Herrera Even Read HB 1329?

Herrera Campaigns Attempt At Damage Control

jaime-herreraRepublican Representative from the 18th District, Jaimie Herrera, has introduced House Bill 1832, protecting the right to the lawful possession of firearms during an emergency.

The legislation would “repeal the prerogative of the Governor, upon declaring a state of emergency, to prohibit private citizens from carrying firearms on their person, away from their home of residence, during the declared state of emergency.”

Original bill here

If, like me, you did not know the governor had the power to usurp the Federal Constitution and you support legal firearms ownership, this is a very important piece of legislation.

After Hurricane Katrina, we saw the outcome of the New Orleans Gun Grab and how it left law-abiding citizens at the mercy of thugs, gangs and criminals.

Congress outlawed gun confiscation in 2006 due to that fiasco and outright usurpation of citizens Second Amendment Rights.

Ms. Herrera’s Legislation would further protect us in the event of a major disaster from protecting ourselves outside of our homes and retaining the rights we were granted when we obtained a concealed carry permit.

This is exactly what we need in Washington State and I applaud Ms. Herrera and co-sponsors of the legislation. In case of emergency or disaster, we cannot expect protection from the authorities that will undoubtedly be heavily overtaxed in responding to emergencies.

The last thing we would need is to be faced with threats on our and our family’s lives by thugs and criminals who prey on the unprotected.

I urge you to contact your Representative and demand they support this very important piece of legislation.

Thank you, Jaimie

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