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Armed CitizenJeff Soyer on 08 Sep 2014 07:02 am

With anti-Semitism on the rise, and Jewish houses of worship becoming prospective targets for Islamic attack, more Jews are arming themselves:

Some rabbis approve of congregants coming armed to synagogue, though they are a minority.

Rabbi Stuart Federow, who leads Shaar Hashalom, a Conservative congregation in Houston, said that because synagogues are a prime terrorist target, he is thankful for congregants who arm themselves. He said that dozens of people of all ages show up to an informal Jewish group called Glocks & Bagels, which meets infrequently at a local firing range.

“I know there are members of my congregation who do, in fact, carry a gun when they are at my synagogue. I have no problem with them doing that,” Federow said.

Congregation Shearith Israel, in Atlanta, has no official policy allowing guns, which makes the carrying of a firearm inside the building illegal. But apart from the “philosophical” problem of violating the law, the congregation’s rabbi, Hillel Norry, said he does not mind if a congregant brings a concealed weapon to services. “We have an armed security guard… every Shabbat,” Norry said. “But he’s just one guy.”

Much more at the link.

Armed CitizenJeff Soyer on 29 Aug 2014 07:25 am

That’s the question asked of 17 Alabamans in this article.

Armed CitizenJeff Soyer on 25 Aug 2014 05:34 am

From the Citizens’ Voice (PA):

The victim was walking in the area of Hazle and Bank streets around 1:30 a.m. when the males confronted him.

One suspect pointed a gun at the victim and said, “What do you got for me?”

The victim told police he grabbed the robber’s gun as he drew his own semi-automatic firearm, sending the suspects running.

Gutsy maneuver, but it is possible (if the punk is close enough to you) to disable some firearms by grabbing them a certain way. Revolvers are easy if you seize it in a way that the cylinder can’t turn.

Armed CitizenJeff Soyer on 22 Aug 2014 03:50 am

Naturally, it’s not REALLY mandatory that all households own a firearm, but in this town, pretty much everyone had one already.

Armed CitizenJeff Soyer on 17 Aug 2014 05:57 am

The only businesses not being looted or worse in Ferguson are the ones with armed employees and owners:

Society has broken down in Ferguson, Missouri. It’s not the Zombie Apocalypse but a toxic stew has left law-abiding American citizens helpless. Thank God and the American Constitution some of those citizens own guns.

The gentlemen pictured above reportedly guarded their business establishment during last night’s rioting. This morning they still have a business. Others weren’t so lucky.

Armed CitizenJeff Soyer on 15 Aug 2014 02:09 am

This happened at the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. Guy has a Georgia carry permit. Georgia has a new “guns everywhere” law. Guy first checks website of the museum — nothing on it about weapons being prohibited. Guy and his wife go to museum. He’s open carrying. No “guns prohibited” sign on the door. Guy finds himself surrounded by security guards. From 11 Alive TV:

Ariemma says they took his gun from him, took it apart, escorted him outside, watched him place the pieces inside the trunk of his car, then escorted him back to his wife, inside.

At one point, he says, one of the security officers said something about the museum’s policy on guns. “They said, ‘We’re sorry, we should have had it posted on the door, we should have had it on the website.’ I said, look I’m sorry, but it wasn’t posted or I would have gladly abided by the rules, and I would have put the gun back in the car.

Video at the link. Incidentally, later that same day, suddenly there was a notice on the museum’s website stating that guns are not allowed.

Armed CitizenJeff Soyer on 14 Aug 2014 11:36 pm

The Blaze interviews Frank Miniter about his new book.

Armed CitizenJeff Soyer on 29 Jul 2014 03:07 am

WKRN News 2

Note, though, that the news reporter withholds the store clerk’s identity to protect him, but then blithely identifies his mother.

Armed CitizenJeff Soyer on 20 Jul 2014 11:46 pm

A veteran working the night shift at a local supermarket was concealed-carrying. He stopped a robbery. He was fired for violating the store’s no-gun policy. You can read my June 19th post about it here. Anyway, the good news is that he’s working at another store where being armed is A-OK. He’s drawn the attention of the NRA. Video at the link.

Armed CitizenJeff Soyer on 31 May 2014 11:41 pm

Well, it’s pretty obvious to all of us who take our personal defense seriously, but the Seattle Times decided to do a photo essay.

Armed CitizenJeff Soyer on 08 May 2014 08:09 pm

From the Blaze:

Ainsworth was reportedly shot three times in the side and once in the hand. The woman then pulled her .45 and started blasting away at the violent thugs.

“I said, ‘You mother (expletive),’ and pulled out (my gun) and started shooting,” she told WDIV-TV.

Both of her attackers were later arrested after they checked in at Sinai-Grace Hospital to receive treatment for gunshot wounds. One of the men was reportedly shot in both of his legs.

Armed CitizenJeff Soyer on 29 Apr 2014 02:48 am

From NBC Montana:

The law may be in for a challenge in the 2015 legislative session. Several lawmakers have publicly acknowledged their in intent to repeal the law, noting the number of cases where the law is applied.

Monday, State Representative Ellie Hill of Missoula submitted a draft request to do just that. The request came after a German foreign exchange student was killed by a homeowner in a Grant Creek neighborhood. Hill says, “human life is more important than a ‘reasonable belief’ that you are protecting your property.”

In fact, Rep. Hill would like you to help the thug carry your stuff out to his car. If he doesn’t have one, you should give him the keys to yours.

Armed CitizenJeff Soyer on 17 Mar 2014 04:43 pm

Naturally, this happened in California:

A California man whom neighbors praised for scaring off burglars at a neighbor’s house by firing warning shots may face charges for discharging his gun.

[ . . . ]

The good neighbor called 911, according to the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, but law enforcement never arrived. An hour later, the burglar was back to pilfer more possessions. That’s when the man got his handgun and told the burglar to stop. When he didn’t, the man fired several warning shots. The burglar fled with his two accomplices, leaving behind money, a laptop, and other items.

But according to the local District Attorney’s office, the ending might not be so happy for the man who fired the shots. Attorneys are investigating whether to hit him with charges of negligently discharging a firearm.

Day after day, story after story about the abuses committed by prosecutors and cops. That’s why I know longer give a shit when I read that something happens to them. That goes for federal agents as well.

Armed CitizenJeff Soyer on 23 Feb 2014 05:28 am

From WXYZ:

Three different homeowners in Detroit used guns to defend themselves against intruders this week.

Two suspects were shot and killed.

“I think it’s just a matter of the individual homeowners protecting themselves and finally catching up with the criminals in that enough is enough and they aren’t going to take it anymore,” said Detroit Police Deputy Chief Rodney Johnson.

I can’t think of better reasons than those.

Armed CitizenJeff Soyer on 31 Dec 2013 06:02 am

Let me quote just three paragraphs from this Bluefield Daily Telegraph story:

Summarizing this incident, a young man out on bond for armed robbery was holding an employee of a retail establishment at gunpoint, and was challenged by a Good Samaritan with a gun, who then shot the young man when the Good Samaritan thought he was about to be shot.

Where this story gets really strange is in the reaction of Adric White’s family. The relatives of this young man who had already been charged in one armed robbery and was wounded in a second attempt to rob a store at gunpoint might reasonably condemn the young man’s behavior and be thankful that this wayward son is still alive and in relatively good condition, and therefore might be subject to rehabilitation. But that is not how at least some of his relatives reacted.

[ . . . ]

“If his (the customer’s) life was not in danger, if no one had a gun up to him, if no one pointed a gun at him — what gives him the right to think that it’s okay to just shoot someone?” said the relative. “You should have just left the store and went wherever you had to go in your car or whatever,” FOX10 reported the relative as saying.

There was no photo of the thug, but a quick search for “Adric White” on Google Images brought up his mug-shots. That confirmed to me that maybe, in my speculative opinion, the relative thinks this is another “Trayvon Martin” case.

Armed CitizenJeff Soyer on 19 Dec 2013 03:45 am

From WBZ TV:

Paul Jensen was sitting in the driver’s seat of his Ford Taurus in a hospital parking lot in Nashua (NH) when police say James Paul suddenly opened up the passenger door.

“As he started to get in, I didn’t have time to think about it, I just reacted, by the time he got in my car, I had my weapon out and pointed at his head,” said Jensen from his home in Nashua today.

Jensen had his loaded handgun within inches of the stranger’s head, holding him at gunpoint until police arrived.

Even without a gun, Jensen looks like a pretty intimidating guy; it’s surprising someone would even think of challenging him for his car.

Related: CCW’er stops robbery in progress in Minneapolis.

Armed CitizenJeff Soyer on 21 Nov 2013 03:45 pm

Don’t bring a punch, or even a taser, to a gun fight:

The victim was attacked by 17-year-old Marvell Weaver. But Weaver did more than try to knock his victim out, he tried to do it with a taser. Luckily for the victim, the taser didn’t work and he was able to protect himself with his concealed-carry .40 caliber pistol.

“He shoved something into my side. I wasn’t sure what it was. It had some force to it. I wasn’t sure if it was a knife or a gun,” said the victim.

Weaver was shot twice, in the leg and an inch away from his spine. He’s been sentenced to a year in jail for the attack, but he admits he’s getting off easy.

Wait for a few of these ‘knock-out’ punks to get killed and the charges of “racism” to fly.

Armed CitizenJeff Soyer on 11 Nov 2013 05:12 am

The blow-back has been huge after two students used a legally owned firearm to ward off an attack at their university-owned apartment. From KBOI TV:

Gonzaga’s president says the school may reconsider their gun policy, following backlash after two students faced expulsion for having a gun in their apartment.

In a statement released late Saturday night, President Thayne M. McCulloh says it is “an opportunity to do some important work, as a community: to objectively re-examine our firearms policy and openly debate perspectives and contextual issues with an eye towards an honest and open review of the same.”

Remember the episode of Star Trek, the Trouble With Tribbles? Of course you do. Spock is explaining to the fur-clad trader why removing the Tribbles from their natural habitat was a problem. The trader turns to Kirk, nods, and says, “Well, yes, er, what did he say?”

In the case of school president McCulloh, nothing.

Armed CitizenJeff Soyer on 31 Oct 2013 10:46 am

From a former police officer and homicide detective, advice you need to read.

Armed CitizenJeff Soyer on 21 Oct 2013 03:18 pm

Thank you. This happened in Indiana. The Pastor walked into a store, saw a robbery in progress, and then the punk came at him. From NBC News:

Sanders told NBC affiliate WFIE Evansville that Marshall came at him with what appeared to be a gun wrapped in plastic.

“He was telling me to get on the ground,” Sanders told WFIE. “That’s when I pulled my weapon and say, ‘No, you get on the ground.’”

Sanders has a CCW permit. As it turned out, the mutant had a spoon in a plastic bag.

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