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From Stephen WengerSmoldering in Congress: Rep.-elect Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., wrote a letter to House leadership Friday, urging them to keep a 1967 rule that exempts lawmakers from a ban on firearms inside the Capitol building. The letter, which was signed by 82 other current and incoming GOP Congress members – including Dan Crenshaw, Mo Brooks, Louie Gohmert and Matt Gaetz – came three days after 21 Democratic lawmakers asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to change the 53-year-old rule to keep Boebert from carrying her gun into work. On Saturday, it appeared Boebert scored a victory, as new rules unveiled by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not appear to include a Democrat-proposed ban on firearms in the Capitol. "I refuse to give up my Second Amendment rights," Boebert said in a statement last week. "I’m a 5-foot tall, 100-pound mom with four children and will be walking to work and serving in one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S. I choose to defend my family and my life with all of the force the Constitution provides. I will not let a bunch of gun-grabbing House Democrats take away my Constitutional right to protect myself." The letter sent by Democrats said allowing lawmakers to carry guns in the Capitol creates "needless risk for Members of Congress, their staff, members of the Capitol Police, and visitors to the Capitol grounds." The Democratic letter was led by Reps. Jared Huffman, Robin Kelly and Jackie Speier. (Speier, of California, survived five gunshot wounds suffered during the Jonestown massacre in Guyana in 1978.) Fellow Colorado Rep. Jason Crow, a Democrat, accused Boebert of conducting a "political stunt" and "disrespecting" Capitol police. "The US [Capitol police] are professionals & I have rarely felt safer," he tweeted. "I should know. I’ve carried a gun for work. If Boebert wants to talk safety, I have legislation to discuss." … (Crow seems to be regurgitating typical Democratic poppycock. My understanding is that the 1967 rule – which predates both the Heller ruling and the issuance of carry permits by DCMPD – allows members of Congress to store firearms in their offices, not to carry them into the legislative chambers. It sounds to me as though Boebert and her fellow Republicans are essentially telling Pelosi not to use a ruyle change to keep those who've obtained DC carry permits from carrying for theior own protection to and from work. It's been nearly 165 years since Rep. Preston Brooks entered the Senate chamber and beat Sen. Charles Sumner with a cane. The only shooting inside a legislative chamber of which I am aware was the 1954 attack from a visitor's balcony by four Puerto Rican nationalists. There has never been an attempt by one member of Congress to shoot another so why is Pelosi's proposed rule change any less of a political stunt that Boeberts's declaration that she'll be carrying in DC? And Capitol Police could offer storage lockers at the security checkpoints to members of Congress and their staffers. Speaking of licensed carry in DC, see the report under State Issues.) ... See MoreSee Less
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"Your car is not a holster" (Claude Werner the Tactical Professor)Yesterday while at the range I saw a big pile of car window glass on the ground. All windows in cars except the windshield are made to shatter into little tiny pieces. When you see a pile on the ground you know someone has broken a car window. Now there are multiple reasons this can happen maybe you broke it by mistake, maybe you had to break it cause you locked your keys in your car. MAYBE SOMEONE BROKE IT TO STEAL YOUR SHIT (like a gun). People lock your guns in a car safe properly or don't leave your gun in a car. YOUR CAR IS NOT A HOLsTER!!!!!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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Colorado Rep Lauren Boebert off to a good start...... Incoming Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) spoke to Breitbart News Wednesday and made clear she will “carry a firearm each day in D.C.” Breitbart News reported that Boebert asked Capitol Police about carrying a gun shortly after winning the November 3, 2020, election. On December 8, 2020, Boebert tweeted, “I’ve always heard to ‘speak softly and carry a big stick.’ I prefer to speak loudly and carry a Glock.” Breitbart asked Boebert about her intentions upon taking office in January 2021 and she said, “I will carry a firearm each day in D.C.” “I’ve already gone through the concealed carry firearm courses to obtain a Washington, DC, permit,” Boebert said. She explained that as a representative, she will not be driven from her residence to the capitol “in an armored vehicle.” Rather, her safety will frequently be in her own hands. “I am my security,” Boebert observed. She added, “Washington, DC, like most Democrat-run cities, has a violent crime problem, so I certainly need a way to protect myself and I will be carrying each and every day.” ... See MoreSee Less
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Duty to RetreatHistorically Related: Apropos the stand-your-ground vs. duty-to-retreat debate, I thought I'd pass along an interesting case that illustrates how duty to retreat might work. Recall that, under a duty to retreat, ifyou are threatened with death, serious bodily injury, or some other serious crime, andyou can avoid the danger by retreating with complete safetyfrom some place other than your home (even though you're legally present in that place),but you don't retreat, and instead use deadly force to defend yourself,then you lose your legal right to use deadly force in self-defense. The theory behind that is that you should have avoided the danger instead of using deadly force. Under the stand your ground approach, you don't lose your legal right to use deadly force in self-defense. The theory is that you shouldn't have to surrender your right to remain where you lawfully are just because a criminal is threatening you. Let me also add one more twist: If you have a duty to retreat, you generally have a duty to stay retreated, at least for a modest amount of time—you can't just leave the place and then come right back, knowing that the person threatening you is still around (or else what would be the point of the duty?). This is sometimes articulated as a duty not to go where your "presence would provoke trouble." But it's linked to the duty to retreat, since the theory is that you should avoid trouble by retreating, and then not provoke further trouble by returning... ... See MoreSee Less
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Today in History: In 1775, Esek Hopkins takes command of the Continental Navy – a total of seven ships. (I assume that most list members are familiar with the yellow Gadsden flag, with the coiled rattlesnake and the words DONT TREAD ON ME. It is called the Gadsden flag because it was designed by South Carolina's representative to the Continental Congress, Christopher Gadsden, who commissioned two of them, one for Hopkins to fly on his flagship and one for his home state's legislature. The rattlesnake was a popular emblem of resistance to British rule and it is believed that Gadsden may have been inspired by the yellow drums used by the Continental marines. It was Christopher's grandson James Gadsden who, while serving as ambassador to Mexico, negotiated the Gadsden Purchase.) ... See MoreSee Less
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Always important to make that 1st shot countwww.youtube.com/watch?v=f_OhDktP6tc ... See MoreSee Less
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From Stephen Wenger today:Today in History: In 1933, the 21st Amendment ends Prohibition in the United States, which had begun 13 years earlier. (Again, Democrats who are plotting to criminalize the millions of Americans who will not comply with a new “assault weapon” ban should consider Einstein's 1921 observation about the prohibition of alcohol: “The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in the United States is closely connected with this.” Of course, on the flip side, we have this from one of Ayn Rand's fictional characters: “'Did you really think we want those laws to be observed?' said Dr. Ferris. 'We want them broken...There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law breakers – and then you cash in on guilt.'”) ... See MoreSee Less
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FEATURESkill Set: PolitenessA dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot.-- Robert A. HeinleinIt’s getting more difficult, every day, to make it through your day without someone committing a seriously rude offense. People purposely cut you off in traffic; if you don’t slam on the brakes there’s going to be an accident. And, they get upset if you react. People cut in front when you’re walking up to checkout lane at the store. Customers at the burger counter punch out the worker for getting their order wrong. This means, now more than ever, your best tactic is to be polite.Everyone is upset. The reasons may start with the “China” virus, which takes us to lock-downs, massive unemployment, record rates of depression, drug abuse and crime increases across the board. At the same time police departments are advising their communities on how to be a “good” victim. Then, most recently it’s the elections, or lack of “election.” Lots of people are losing faith in government institutions. Pretty much everyone is upset, frustrated, angry, sad, …. “Fuses” are short.While this gamut of emotions is understandable under these conditions, it’s certainly far from acceptable. Yes, crime is increasing, especially personal attacks. Yet, there’s very little one can do except be polite – and, as always -- practice avoidance. Now, more than ever, it’s important to be able to accurately gauge the “present,” or the situation you may find yourself evaluating.While the rest of the world goes into full stupid mode, you and I have to remain free of emotions. Think about it. The worst decisions you’ve ever made were when you were angry. When your passions - especially anger - take control all logical thought stops. We start operating from the primitive part of the mind, which doesn’t make rational decisions. Remember, the only thing you can control in a stressful situation is how you respond.Your response to any affront must be controlled – regardless of the offense. It’s up to you to be the “bigger” person. This can sometimes be difficult. But when you carry a weapon, it’s critical to keep in mind that - no matter where you are and what’s going on - the only reason to present your weapon is under dire circumstances. As Massad Ayoob puts it, “Ability, Opportunity and Jeopardy.” The threat has the ability and opportunity to do you harm, which puts you in jeopardy. Verbal insults, various hand gestures or not yielding to the person having the right of way -- these don’t count. And anything you do get involved in might turn violent.When people start their day being angry it only takes a second for things to turn ugly. In other words, it ain’t worth it. Put a big smile on your face, be polite and pass on by. Don’t get me wrong, keep practicing your defensive skills. But do everything possible to avoid ever having to use them.Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy. He is the author of The Book of Two Guns, AR-15 Skills and Drills, has a regular column in American Handgunner and makes some cool knives and custom revolvers. Visit Shootrite’s Facebook page for other details. ... See MoreSee Less
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Claude Werner (The Tactical Professor), suggested that concealed carriers might be well served to stick to the following four strategies when it comes to personal protection:I want to protect myself.I want to protect my friends and family.I want to remain financially solid.I want to avoid going to jail or prison.Wow that says it all........... ... See MoreSee Less
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