I’m gonna sit right down and write myself a letter
Gun Rights Examiner readers who have been here since the beginning, lo, these many weeks ago, will recall one of my first concerns involved police arresting gun owners who open carry–a legal practice that can still result in dangerous encounters with law enforcement officers who may not know that (or may know and act anyway). To that end, I wrote a letter to Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers,
putting her on notice that Ohio law is being violated by those we rely on to enforce it, that it is public knowledge she knows of this, and that it is her duty to use the powers of her office to ensure all public officials are in compliance with Ohio laws. Basically I’ll be asking her to formally notify every police official in the state that open carry is legal, that liabilities exist for continued interference with it, willful and otherwise, and to put the ball in their court to ensure their officers are trained…
The above graphic is my USPS Domestic Return Receipt, proof that her office received my letter.
Will it do any good? Well, not at forcing action out of her. She’s been as effective at setting up precautions against abuses as she was in the “Joe the Plumber” affair–and held to even less account for it. As she’s in the final days of her term, I wouldn’t expect to see her shake up the status quo.
Which doesn’t mean it’s been a wasted effort. A wall is built of many bricks, and this one may yet prove useful should a gun owner needlessly suffer while the state knows danger exists yet fails to act. Plus, along with earlier actions, it provides a foundation for continued efforts that may yet bring needed change.
One guy who does promise a shake-up is Rogers’ successor, Attorney General-elect Richard Cordray, who
said he hopes to conduct a review of the Ohio Constitution, which hasn’t been done in over three decades, to see if any of the state’s guidelines are outdated or nonconforming.
Have I got an opportunity for him. I’m going to send him a similar letter to the one I sent his predecessor. It will be interesting to see if a politician given an “A” rating by NRA will be more responsive, don’t you think?
The aim of mayors
We’re having a gathering of eagles, and I didn’t know about it. I don’t suppose many did, as our local “government watchdog” press hasn’t exactly been trumpeting the event:
Aim of Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition is stopping flow of illegal guns into cities…
Area mayors and state legislators will gather today in Cleveland to hear how other large cities deal with gun trafficking and violence.
It would almost be funny if it wasn’t so tragic. Wonderful. The men and women who preside over the most violent areas of the Republic are going to tell us what needs to be done. The politicians who keep you and me defenseless before armed criminals while relying exclusively on the “only ones” to react after the violence has happened, are going to share their expertise in making us safer.
Oh, but what’s wrong with going after illegal guns?
What, you mean like owning a personal defense handgun in Chicago? Good luck with that, unless you’re a connected alderman.
Or how about getting a license to carry in New York City? Well, maybe if you’re Donald Trump or Robert DeNiro.
What we’re going to hear instead are pejoratives like “Iron Pipeline,” which is really code-speak for imposing big city restrictions on areas outside their jurisdiction where peaceable armed citizens conduct themselves just fine. See, there are an estimated 20,000+ gun laws in this country, and they figure 20,001 followed by 2, 3, 4, etc. might just do the trick.
So they’ll start by trying to end private sales. And demanding licensing of a right and registration of property. Oh, and banning this gun because it’s too large, that gun because it’s too small–what’s been called “Goldilocks gun control,” because none of them are “just right.”
The goal is for them all to be illegal.
That is, unless they’re carried by police, or by one of the Mayors Against Guns’ taxpayer-funded bodyguards.
Let’s meet a few coalition members, shall we?
Say “Hi” to Mayor Larry Langford of Birmingham, AL, just cuffed by the feds the other day.
Coalition members all. And these are just the ones I could find quickly this morning, after noticing the Plain Dealer story. Kind’a makes you wonder how the law-abiding status of the Mayors Against Guns coalition would stack up against, say, the membership of the NRA.
It also kind’a makes you wonder why they’re so desperate to disarm you and me, and what the mayors are really aiming at.
Teach your children well
Here’s another one from the “Only Ones” files:
Monroe police say Chief Greg Schwarber accidentally shot himself in the leg at his home on Todhunter Road Friday afternoon.
The Chief said he was teaching his daughter about gun safety and shooting technique shortly before the accident.
Say the word, chief. I know the Mayors Against Guns deem badged uniform-wearers more capable and trustworthy, but I’ll be happy to teach you both how to avoid shooting yourself.
By the way–if an ordinary citizen negligently discharged a firearm in a residence and endangered others, I’m just wondering if they’d, you know, face charges or something…?
House of blues
Yesterday, we anticipated the arrival of anti-gun mayors in Cleveland for a public discussion of their plot against Liberty. They did not fail to disappoint.
Nor, we shall see, did our friends in the media.
Before getting into that, I’d like to explore a bit about some of the hosts. We saw from the Plain Dealer announcement the witches gathering was held at The House of Blues. I see they’re headlining the “2K Sports Bounce Tour featuring Q-Tip & The Cool Kids with The Knux.”
That wouldn’t be the same Q-Tip arrested for assault?And that’s The Knux pushing violent gang retaliation as a means of obtaining street justice? To their credit, I can’t find much on The Cool Kids, aside from vulgar lyrics, but compared to much of the genre, they come off like choir boys. I’m too square to know if “I’m a Murder Club dope pedal rider” means much more than “Golly, I sure am swell.”
At $25 to $74 per admission, that’s a nice deal the Blues folks have–and what with the mayors meeting, it looks like they get to play both sides against the middle.
But I digress.
As for the principals behind the mayoral gathering, two are credited:
The Cleveland branches of the National Council of Jewish Women and Citizens for Safety are sponsoring today’s event.
The latter organization is enigmatic. There is a group with that name out of Massachusetts, which is where featured mayor Tom Menino hails from, but there’s very little information available other than they are a “crime prevention” 501(c)(3) public charity accepting tax-deductible contributions, which, according to the IRS means:
The organization will not, as a substantial part of its activities, attempt to influence legislation (unless it elects to come under the provisions allowing certain lobbying expenditures)…In general, if a substantial part of the activities of your organization consists of carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, your organization’s exemption from federal income tax will be denied.
That a Form 990 has not yet been posted on Guidestar (activists–you know about this resource, right?) could mean a couple things: They’re new, or their income was below the $25,000 requirement to file one. In any case, my sense is they’re what some gun bloggers have termed an “astroturf” (as opposed to “grassroots”) group.
Barring any breaking news of import that shoves this to the back burner, tomorrow I’ll talk about the other sponsor, National Council of Jewish Women, and I’ll compare their activities against those of another organization, Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership.
And the day after that I hope to explore how Cleveland media have once again failed the people they are supposed to serve. It’s enough to give a gun rights activist the blues.
A standoffish former chief
I was going to continue with my follow-up on the anti-gun mayors’ forum, but some ongoing breaking news pushes that off the front burner for today:
RAVENNA, Ohio — An Ohio sheriff says deputies are in a standoff with a former police chief accused of firing a shot at his adult son.
The story says he “resigned…in 1998 after pleading guilty to using a firearm while intoxicated.”
And it wasn’t just him:
Five Ravenna police officers were disciplined for their involvement in a Dec. 4 gathering at an officer’s home that led to the recent indictment and resignation of Police Chief Michael Swartout.
Calling in sick so they could booze it up. Drinking before their shift. And the chief setting the example for them all by “discharging a weapon from a vehicle and having a weapon while intoxicated.”
And then we learn the chief’s wife “wife, a police dispatcher, was fired for attempting to listen to and to record conversations during the investigation of her husband.”
Does anyone still think putting on a uniform establishes proof of judgment, morality and training to where police are the “only ones” who can be trusted with guns?
Because that’s the ultimate message of the mayors’ coalition, which I hope to get back to tomorrow.
Women-Only Pistol Class
Faith Ferkel has found a universal concern among Ohio women who want to use firearms to protect themselves. Many of the women who would like to obtain a concealed weapon permit are intimidated by the thought of taking the state’s mandatory Basic Pistol course with a room full of men.
Ohioans for Concealed Carry has a great article about women and guns. Click here to read it.
It’s true. When we were living in LA, my wife took Paxton Quigley’s course, and really enjoyed and got a lot out of it.
More ‘gun control’? Oy vey!
First, an update from yesterday’s report of the “standoffish” former police chief:
Former Ravenna Police Chief Michael Swartout peacefully surrendered to authorities…after a standoff that lasted more than 35 hours.
Swartout resigned as police chief in 1998 after pleading guilty to charges that he threatened to shoot and kill one of his officers at a Christmas party. In 2004, he was arrested for domestic violence against his wife and his 22-year-old daughter.
One of the reasons I use the term “only ones” is to point out how a different standard can apply in terms of both privileges and immunities. Who among us who are not LEOs think we could get away with threatening to shoot a cop and suffer no criminal repercussions–assuming we survived the experience? And domestic violence qualifies one to become a “prohibited person,” forbidden to own guns under the Lautenberg amendment. Which means either the system gave the chief a pass, or we have yet one more example of “gun control” laws being ignored by the non-“law abiding.”
What a surprise that would be.
Meanwhile, before we were so rudely interrupted
…I’d planned on talking about the second sponsor of the Mayors Against YOUR Guns conference, the National Council of Jewish Women. I know you’re just dying to meet them–or could be if they have their way.
My radar goes up when I hear terms bandied about like “social justice,” not because I don’t believe in it, but because certain groups have appropriated it as code-speak for–how did Mr. Obama put it?–“spread[ing] the wealth around.” Then I hear “progressive” (and I like progress as much as the next guy, as long as we’re not progressing toward national socialism), and I have to ask myself what they mean by it. And as for being “inspired by Jewish values,” I frankly get baffled: Aren’t the “progressives” the same ones who scream for separation of church and state? Yet they’re imposing those values on the rest of us through gun law advocacy?
In the case of gun rights, what they mean by “progressive” is clear, Here are some recent press release titles:
NCJW Urges Reauthorization of Assault Weapon Ban
NCJW Outraged by Repeal of DC Gun Ban
NCJW Denounces Passage of DC Gun Bill
NCJW Urges Renewed Effort on Gun Control in Wake of Tragedy at Virginia Tech
NCJW Urges Renewal of Assault Weapon Ban
NCJW Deplores Gun Decision, Warns of Court’s Direction
NCJW Urges Congress to Protect Public Safety
And if you need further enlightenment on how our legislative “progressives” view gun ownership, perhaps this will help.
Next week I intend to examine whether or not this commu… uh… progressive group has the market cornered on “Jewish values” and guns. If you don’t already know him, I’ll introduce you to one of my favorite patriots, Aaron Zelman, executive director of Jews of the Preservation of Firearms Ownership.
Until then, you might be interested in listening to an interview he did a while back with probably the smartest, best-looking, nicest and most humble guy I know.
From the Examiners
Sounds like I’m pretty rough on “progressives,” doesn’t it? I sometimes get agitated. Let me make things up by directing you to the Birmingham Progressive Politics Examiner, who gives us further enlightenment on one of my favorite Mayors Against Guns, the recently-arrested Larry Langford.
Also, the Miami Veterans Affairs Examiner just posted “Vets and Guns.”
‘Gun control’? One Jewish group says ‘Never again!’
Logo courtesy JPFO
On Friday we discussed the anti-gun efforts of the National Council of Jewish Women, a group that claims to be “inspired by Jewish values.”
Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership would disagree. Billed as “America’s most aggressive defender of firearms ownership,” the “twin goals” of JPFO are:
To destroy “gun control” and to encourage Americans to understand and defend all of the Bill of Rights for everyone…Founded by Jews and initially aimed at educating the Jewish community about the historical evils that Jews have suffered when they have been disarmed, JPFO has always welcomed persons of all religious beliefs who share a common goal of opposing and reversing victim disarmament policies while advancing liberty for all.
They’re not a lobbying organization. Their work is done through education, via books, videos, pamphlets…
JPFO Executive Director Aaron Zelman is particularly authoritative on the subject of Jews and “gun control,” (JPFO originated the convention of using quotation marks around the term, to highlight that it is, in fact, a euphemism for citizen disarmament.)
I asked Mr. Zelman his thoughts on the National Council of Jewish Women’s support for disarmament. Here’s what he told me:
Jewish organizations that embrace ‘gun control’ have obviously not learned from history nor do they understand or accept Jewish teachings and commandments concerning self defense.
They probably do not have a clear understanding of the Sixth Commandment,in the original, the wording is “thou shall not murder” and over the centuries has been misinterpreted to say “Thou shall not kill.” Even in the film “The Ten Commandments” they get it wrong, and so the confusion about self defense continues.
In our film “2A Today for the USA,” we strive to help folks better understand self defense.
Another problem with the Jewish stance on “gun control” is the belief that big government is good and will protect you, yes they really do believe this nonsense. A book with the title “The Fatal Embrace: Jews and the State” covers a couple hundred years of this lunacy.
I encourage you to spend some time over at the JPFO website to learn more, to let your gun owner friends know about them, and to support the important work they do by becoming a member and by purchasing and sharing some of their educational materials.
Buckeye Firearms Association has made their Firearms Forums radio program available online via podcasts you can download.
Ohioans for Concealed Carry helped in the successful petition effort to allow concealed carry in National Parks. They’ve also announced their locations for the Holiday Meet and Greet this coming Saturday evening.
Tre Crips say ‘Turn in those guns’
We spoke earlier of the “community organizer” in Denver who wanted to hold a gun “buyback” and pointed to Cleveland as his template.
There was a hitch. Things didn’t go as planned.
[Alvertis] Simmons held a press conference at the park Friday afternoon complaining about the city’s unwillingness to let him conduct the gun buy-back operation…
It seems guns aren’t allowed in city parks. Oops.
As an aside, I’m sure violent criminals respect that restric…uh, never mind…
One person died Tuesday evening after a shooting in Curtis Park, Denver police said. Officers were looking for the shooter who is described as a teenage male.
Gee, he wasn’t a peaceable armed citizen. What a surprise.
The thing is, park officials still think promoting citizen disarmament is a grand idea:
“We want him to have the rally, even though his application had no language about buying back guns.”
Why this public employee’s interest should go beyond cleaning restrooms, mowing lawns, emptying trash and replacing lights on the basketball courts is beyond me, but there is one civic-minded group whose advocacy and endorsement is worth noting:
“The Tre Crips gang has told me they’re tired of the violence. They want to stop using guns. Six of them told me they would be here tomorrow to turn their guns in,” Simmons said.
Ah. The Tre Crips gang. The young worthies who
are violent gang members who make their living selling drugs, dealing with guns…
You know: these guys.
Well, heck, if they think it’s a good idea for people to turn in their guns, who am I to argue?
Fortunately, all is not lost:
Simmons said he didn’t want to risk something going wrong by holding the rally without a permit. So he’s going to have a gun buy-back program at the New Covenant Christian Church…He won’t need a permit to hold it in the church, he said.
‘You got to protect yourself’
At the risk of stepping on the Cleveland Browns Examiner’s turf, I’m going to suit up and talk about his team.
You’ve probably heard about the Plaxico Burress case. The Giants wide receiver is in a heap of trouble for shooting himself in the leg while “illegally” carrying a gun in a New York City nightclub. That has earned him the wrath of Legion of Doo… uh… Mayors Against Guns mastermind “Furious Mike” Bloomberg.
Enter Mike Ditka, showing more bone-in meat between his ears than that 30 oz. “Tomahawk” ribeye they serve at his namesake restaurant:
I don’t understand the league, why can anybody have a gun? I will have a policy, no guns, any NFL players we find out, period, you’re suspended.”
Browns coach Romeo Crennel showed a much more reasoned approach:
“I did give the team a reminder about guns yesterday,” Crennel said Thursday. “If you have a gun and you haven’t taken a gun safety course, then maybe you should take one. Then, hopefully, you can prevent an accident like what happened to Plaxico.”
Essentially sound advice.
OK, I’ll argue with him over the gratuitous “if you don’t have a gun, then those gun accidents don’t occur.” That fails to account for the rarity of negligent discharges when proper gun handling is practiced, and totally dismisses the protective benefits of being armed. Still, when he says
“I told them they need to be up on gun laws in different states, particularly the ones they reside in…Or if they have a gun and are traveling between states, they need to know the laws there, as well,”
I can’t disagree, if only to know what you’re putting on the line if you decide you’d rather risk being judged by 12 than carried by six….
I understand cornerback Brandon McDonald’s sentiment, and agree with him about doing what you can to avoid risky situations. Thing is, sometimes the wolf comes to your door anyway. Especially doors with “No Guns” signs posted.
It really all distills down to the statement from the unnamed defensive lineman, elegant in its brevity, simplicity and truth:
“You got to protect yourself. That’s all I’m gonna say.”
Dial 911 and die
December 11, 8:10 AM
by David Codrea, Cleveland Gun Rights Examiner
cove photo ©1999 by Richard W. Stevens
We’ve been focusing on gun “buybacks” lately because of the ones they held in Cleveland and Akron. While part of me says anyone oblivious enough to turn in a defense tool for a gift card has made their choice, another part wishes I could give them a copy of a book that’s been part of my collection for over nine years, and is just as relevant today as when I first got it: “Dial 911 and Die.”
Written by attorney Richard W. Stevens based on an idea by JPFO’s Aaron Zelman, the book illustrates a simple truth, codified in state laws across the land. Per Stevens:
The government owes no duty to protect individuals from criminal attack.
That means if they fail to do so, they incur no liability. They escape it in two ways, Stevens tells us: Through immunity and through a “no duty” rule. In other words, crime victims cannot sue the police for failing to protect them unless a specific “special relationship” is found by a court–instances such as when the citizen is a witness, a court has ordered their protection, specific promises were made…but even then we’re assuming the victim will be able to seek damages. That won’t do you any good if you’ve been damaged to death.
Stevens goes on to give examples from all of the states, summarizing their legal position and providing real life examples of people who relied on the police for protection they didn’t get.
The inarguable conclusion, of course, is if the state can’t and won’t protect you, you need to be able to protect yourself.
Buy this book.
Ask for it in writing
Stevens’ book gives me an idea.
I wonder how many “buyback” gift card recipients would be willing to complete the transaction if they first presented the cops doing the collecting with a simple card and asked them to sign it? The text would go something like this:
GUN SURRENDER PROTECTION CONTRACT
The [Name of Law Enforcement Agency] agrees that a special relationship exists between our department and [Name of Individual Surrendering Firearm] by virtue of his/her turning in a working firearm to us. Because we have encouraged him/her to be personally defenseless, we hereby agree to assume responsibility for his/her personal safety and protection, and admit liability should we fail in this duty.
I’d like to print a bunch of these up on 3 X 5 cards and hand them out to people before they turn in their guns, and urge them to ask the police to sign the card before handing over their weapons. I’d love to see the face of the officer receiving one and hear the ensuing conversation.
I wonder what the police would do if their refusal to sign caused the citizen to change their mind? I wonder if they’d just let people walk away with the gun they brought in spite of the “no questions asked” promise?
Today’s “must reads”
The first comes from Buckeye Firearms Association. Chairman Jim Irvine gives us an eyewitness account of the mayors conference we’ve been talking about in the Gun Rights Examiner column.
Daniel White of Ohioans for Concealed Carry shows us the dangers of making restaurants that serve alcohol “No Guns” zones, and makes the case for changing the law.
Outside the box
As activist gun owners, we often times find ourselves frustrated because we’re unable to get our message “outside the choir.” We find ourselves feeling besieged by gunbashers stereotyping us as yahoos, politicians exploiting that to erode our rights, and media voices inclined toward perpetuating ignorance and bias.
We have a tough time getting anybody to listen to our message but ourselves.
How we go about changing that will be a subject for many columns to come. But in my years of promoting a peaceable armed citizenry, I’ve found our biggest impediment comes from within. Opportunities are squandered due to apathy.
This morning we have new opportunities to make our voices heard by two different audiences.
The first are the sports guys. Cleveland Browns Examiner Aaron Calafato has written about the Plaxico Burress incident.
What I think I can do is give a regular football fans perspective on the whole situation.
He does a good job of it, too. That doesn’t mean I embrace everything he’s written, but notice he’s willing to consider (and publicize) the issue, he sees a protective benefit to guns, and he concludes that ultimately, you must protect yourself. That’s an excellent start for someone who doesn’t “claim to have… knowledge or expertise.” What a great platform he’s given us to build on.
Our second opportunity comes from what many of us will consider an unlikely source, Karen Harper, the Birmingham Progressive Politics Examiner. Just look at this recent headline:
Corruption in Birmingham: anti-gun rights, anti-gay rights Larry Langford
I’ve read this lady’s opinions, both in her column and in comments she’s made on other Examiner articles. I can tell you right now we’re many times political polar opposites, but look at this: She understands when we talk “gun rights,” we’re talking human rights.
The few correspondences I’ve had with her, based on Examiner business and what we can do to maximize the potential of our respective columns, have been helpful and cordial. And now she’s given us a forum to appeal to her readers.
And here’s where I assume the role of nag. I have a challenge for those of you who come here every day.
What are you going to do with these opportunities? First of all, are you going to click on the hyperlinks and visit the referenced columns? Are you going to read what the writers say?
Then are you going to take advantage of the “Comments” utility to make your thoughts known, and use it as a further opportunity to invite and persuade the authors and their readership to take a closer look at the gun issue?
OFCC Holiday Meet and Greet reminder
Click here for all Ohio locations. The Cleveland event will be Saturday, Dec. 13, 6:00 pm at the Cracker Barrel – 5100 Tiedeman Road, Brooklyn, OH 44144. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, my plans are to attend.
OFCC also announces they have a scholarship winner. Go meet him and read his award-winning essay. Can you think of anything more important than encouraging the next generation to embrace Liberty?
No rush to judgment
The good news is, it looks like the 8-year-old Cleveland boy shot by his 11-year-old brother is going to be OK.
The boys found the gun in [their grandmother’s] car, but police said the weapon belonged to the boys’ aunt. The kids were playing “gangster” when the shooting occurred…
The grandmother “asked people not to rush to judge her.”
“I want everybody to know that this was an accident,” she said.
The estranged grandfather summed up his thoughts:
He…said he was not angry with his ex-wife because the boys found the guns.
“Kids are gonna be kids,” Lonzel Hicks said. “Kids get into things you don’t think they can get into.”
This is a sad situation, compounded with the boy’s mother being in prison for beating them with an axe handle. Where their father is is unclear.
We can sympathize with the struggle the grandmother endures having responsibility for the boys, and we can agree with her need to be able to protect herself, but the truth is, this could have all been avoided.
It’s no rush to judgment to attribute this to ignorance and negligence on the part of all involved.
The solution for that, of course, is not avoidance. It’s education, including age-appropriate training for children.
OFCC Meet & Greet
My wife and I attended the Cleveland event on Saturday evening. It was a great turn-out and also great to meet some of the folks I’ve been email corresponding with. I believe they’ll post a follow-up report for all the cities, and I’ll make sure to provide a link in the Gun Rights Examiner column.
“An armed society is a polite society”
Check out Dallas/Ft. Worth Libertarian Examiner Garry Reed’s column about the St. Louis alderman who says his constituents should arm themselves. Good stuff.
Happy Bill of Rights Day!
Yep, today is the day. JPFO has lots more.
Also, I just got an email this morning about the Second Amendment Book Bomb. They’re asking gun activists to celebrate the day by buying a copy of, and spreading the word about Stephen P. Halbrook’s “The Founders’ Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms.” Click here to learn more.
A lesson to be learned about guns
Petric is the teenager who shot his parents, killing his mother, because they had taken away his video game.
His father, Mark, put the game in a lockbox in the parents’ closet. He also kept a 9 mm handgun in the box, according to prosecutors.
Daniel Petric took the gun and the game out of the box, they said.
We don’t know the dynamics going on in that family. What we do see in the aftermath might be indicative:
“You’re my son,” Mark Petric responded. “You’re my boy…He was always her little boy,” Mark Petric told the judge.
He was homebound for a year with nothing to do but watch television and play video games.
There are no solutions for this family. Sometimes, broken things cannot be repaired.
But are there answers we can take away from this?
Commentator “Appletart” thinks so, and I highlight it because it is a sentiment gun owners must be able to address:
There’s a lesson to be learned here:
Don’t keep a loaded gun in your house.
Most people think they are going to use these guns for self defense when someone breaks into their house, but what happens much more often is that the gun ends up being used on a family member in a situation like this.
This is the anti-gun position distilled down to the basics. I know what I’d say in response, but I do enough talking around here.
There is, indeed, a lesson to be learned, and I’m curious to see if it has been. So I’m going to relinquish the floor. How would you respond to the assertion that it’s too dangerous to keep a loaded gun in the home?
Just to let you know, this is not the only question I intend to pose over the coming days. I’m asking for a reason I’ll make clear in later columns.
Holiday Meet & Greets Fun for All!
Here’s the follow-up on OFCC’s get-togethers. I was glad to see so many come out to the Cleveland event.
Oh, and just a reminder: Their supply of 2009 calendars is limited. Fortunately, they’ve also knocked five bucks off the price. Important dates in history, pro-gun quotes, the photography of Oleg Volk…you know you want one.
‘A Christmas Story’ revisited
A Christmas Story House & Museum, illustration
by Ryan Tinnerman
We’ve talked about A Christmas Story House before, and their 25th anniversary event. I think the movie is an important one for gun owners for several reasons, obviously revolving around the Red Ryder BB gun.
There’s the desire to own one, certainly something we as gun owners are pleased to see in our children. There’s anti-gun prejudice (“You’re gonna shoot your eye out, kid!”) to be overcome. And because of the way it’s presented, the goal, the quest and the victory are shared by all in the audience. This is the essence of social norming, and it’s a positive empathy that can only benefit us–especially if watched with young children.
You’ll get a chance to see the film again. TBS is holding a marathon, starting on Dec. 24 at 8:00 pm, where they’ll show 12 consecutive screenings.
Also, and this seems kind of cool, although I haven’t seen it to give an informed review, the Cleveland Playhouse is presenting a live-action version through Dec. 21.
The last time I wrote about Cleveland’s landmark A Chrismas Story House, I promised a follow-up on how their 25th anniversary festivities went. The folks there told me this:
“A Christmas Story” 25th Anniversary Celebration & Convention was very successful, attracting more than 4,000 fans of the movie to the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel and A Christmas Story House & Museum. Both the fans and the actors from the movie had a wonderful time. Lines outside of A Christmas Story House were very reminiscent to the grand opening of the house two years ago. People traveled from near and far, including fans from Florida and Washington state.
If people missed out on the 25th anniversary convention, they are still welcome to visit A Christmas Story House & Museum which is open-year round. For hours, directions and other information, you can encourage your readers to visit www.achristmasstoryhouse.com. Also, there is a gift shop there, so if you want a leg lamp (they come in various sizes, from a small nightlight to a giant inflatable for your lawn) or other movie-related items, you can get your holiday shopping done there as well as online.
Why not make plans to visit with your family over the holidays?
Ken Blackwell for RNC Chair?
Buckeye Firearms Association has the story.
“Returning to our core philosophy” sure sounds good to me.
You know: the Constitution and the Bill of Rights…
The right demeanor?
Ohioans for Concealed Carry tell us why it’s so important, especially while holiday shopping.
Criminals for gun control
Because of efforts in Cleveland and Akron, we’ve spent some time in this column discussing those most futile of gestures, gun “buybacks.”
Let me now tell you about one in Philadelphia, or more specifically, about its sponsorJoseph Mammana:
Sentencing has been postponed until February for a felon-turned-philanthropist who faces prison time on a federal gun charge.
…He had sponsored a gun buyback program…
Wait a minute…he wanted you and me to turn in our guns, but when it came to his own protection he kept “a loaded handgun in a master-bedroom nightstand”?
There’s a word I’m thinking of, hyp…hypo… I just can’t think of it right now, but I’m sure it’ll come to me.
Thing is, we can find plenty of examples of criminals for gun control.
Just a few days back, we talked about the Tre Crips in Denver thinking about maybe turning in some of theirs–that is, had the proposed “buyback” itself not been illegal (but you have to admit–asking people to turn in their guns at a “No Guns” park is kind of funny).
Then there’s one of my favorite gun control advocates:
Hector “Big Weasel” Marroquin, 51 — who founded the one-time city-funded group “No Guns” in 1996, purportedly to work against gang and gun violence in the inner city — is charged with the sale of an assault rifle, a machine gun, two pistols and two silencers…It is his second weapons-related arrest in as many years.
And there are plenty more. We could talk about Barbara Graham, the Million Mom March activist who shot the wrong man trying to avenge her son. Or another Million Mommy, Annette Stevens, who worked to disarm you and me while “illegally” possessing a gun and drugs. Or Amy Fisher, who shot her lover’s wife in the face in an unprovoked sneak attack.
Or how about an advocate for gun free schools? Are you ready for this one? Eric Harris.
I could go on. And on.
And you’ll notice I haven’t even touched on the real big timers, you know, the criminals in government who want to disarm us…
But the point is made. I’ll leave you now with the words of a recognized authority. We’d all do well to heed them:
Gun control? It’s the best thing you can do for crooks and gangsters. I want you to have nothing. If I’m a bad guy, I’m always gonna have a gun.
That was Mafia underboss and hit man Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, by the way, just in case anyone wants to challenge his credentials…
A champion of gun control
Cleveland Scene is profiling three local books on influential people. The one I’m interested in is “Fighting the Unbeatable Foe,” an apparent paean to the late Senator Howard Metzenbaum.
Diemer has what could be called institutional knowledge of Metzenbaum’s life and career, having covered him for almost a decade. He does a fine job portraying this champion of gun control, abortion rights and people over business.
A “champion of gun control…”
I guess that all depends on the meaning of the word “champion.”
We can cut to the chase on this guy–no need to list his many attempts at subverting your right to keep and bear arms–and there were many.
We can learn all we need to know about this “champion” from a comment he made about the Clinton gun ban:
Anti-gun Sen. Howard Metzenbaum complained that the Clinton ban didn’t go far enough, saying, “until you ban them all, you might as well ban none.” But, it “will be a major step in achieving the objective that we have in mind,” he said.
Ban them all. The objective that we have in mind.
Remember that the next time someone from the “common sense gun control” crowd uses the “No one wants to take away your guns” line.
And they’ll keep at it until they figure out how.
That is if we let them.
Our forebears fought foes who thought they were unbeatable. Let us prove ourselves worthy of their sacrifices.
Speaking of common sense gun control…
Ohioans for Concealed Carry’s Daniel White shares his thoughts on how senseless it really is.
Speaking of OFCC…
They’re hosting their fifth annual “Fun n’ Gun,” a basic tactical training day. Click here to learn more.
Big gap after Dec19