Guns Against Goons (Plus … )

The founder and editor of GunsSaveLives declares that one of the reasons he carries is in order to spare himself the fate that befell two young brothers at the hands of passing gangsters, as they waited for a train at the Brown Line train stop, in Chicago. According to WGN-TV,

A group of seven, 6 males and one female, surrounded them on the platform and someone in the group told them to flash their gang signs and they refused, telling the group they weren’t in a gang.
That’s when police say Mario Elvira pulled out a machete and started swinging. He struck the 26-year-old according to police leaving deep cuts to his neck and head. He continued to violently swing the weapon until the next train showed up on the platform and perhaps forced the group to run.
Police later caught up with the 4 adults and 3 juveniles charged with the incident 18-year-old Elvira, 19-year-old Kevin Ramirez, 20-year-old Kevar Preston and 23-year-old Jean Salvatierra. They are all charged with robbery, aggravated battery and trespassing on the CTA. The three minors, two males and one female, also face charges.

Strictly speaking, the gentleman is correct. There can be no doubt that had the victims been carrying, and both willing and permitted to defend themselves in a public space—stand your ground in Chicago?—they would have averted this horrid attack.

The story, however, is multifaceted; it cannot be reduced or dismissed with reference to a single remedy. To wit, another, less politically polite source reports that the aggressors consisted of a gang “of Obama’s Dreamers.” In other words, illegal aliens, candidates for amnesty:

WGN reports that the Border Patrol had been called in to investigate the immigration status of the assailants – finding that nearly all of them were here illegally — and probably all “Dreamers” eligible for amnesty under Barack Obama’s DACA executive order. (TopRightNews)

If I am to believe my lying eyes, moreover, the victims appear white; their attackers Hispanic. Yet another kink in an everyday crime story in the US.

So, while a gun might have stopped this particular gang of goons, there are many more layers to this sad story.

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Your Home: The Government’s Castle

Marvin Louis Guy (49), pictured below, defended his home against the wrong criminal. Now he could die.

Didn’t Mr. Guy know that when an intruder, who happens to be a police detective, breaks into your home in the wee hours of the morning, you may not repel him? Guy shot Detective Charles Dinwiddie in the face and killed him as Dinwiddie attempted “to serve a search warrant by entering a house through a window.” SWAT was close by.


Prosecutors in Texas are going to seek the death penalty against [Guy]. KWTX offers a dreadfully written summary that says next to nothing about the circumstances of the raid but gives Dinwiddie’s whole life story. Guy faces three additional charges of attempted capital murder for shooting the other officers. The story mentions the no-knock raid but fails to explain why it happened or the failure to find any drugs.

It would appear that agents of the state are supposed to be safe from harm in … your home.



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As Clear As Claire

On her inimitable, eponymous  blog—for “Living Freedom” is synonymous with “Claire Wolfe”— the lady speaks further to the ins and outs of “selling out.” In her September 10th entry, Claire alludes to the merger of JPFO with the Second Amendment Foundation, expounded upon at length in earlier Wolfe blog posts, to wit:

The sellout of JPFO to SAF will be complete as of this Friday, September 12. The remnants of JPFO will be hauled away to Washington (and, I picture in my mind’s eye, be stashed away like the Lost Ark at the end of that movie).
While Gottlieb promises JPFO will continue to operate “independently,” in fact SAF is making no attempt to learn anything at all about how the organization functions. Surely they’ll keep some JPFO-ish thing going and it may even look good for a while, but it’s clear that what they’re really after is mailing lists — of members, donors, sponsors, and purchasers. …


This deal was preordained. The JPFO board was never even going to look at any alternate proposals, let alone give them serious consideration. This began and ended as an act of supreme arrogance, authoritarianism, secrecy, and wholesale contempt for JPFO’s members, donors, corporate sponsors, and contractors. And of course, even deeper contempt for the legacy of Aaron Zelman and the importance of his uncompromising voice for gun rights. (The sellout is now complete.)

Another uncompromising JPFO member sees the merger in a similar light: “So long, JPFO, and thanks for the memories,” laments Kent McManigal.

Here is Claire’s vivid pictorial depiction of the “Pitfalls” of gun-control.” Brilliant.

Myself, I’ve arrived on the JPFO scene in the midst of this organizational upheaval. I was recruited in my capacity as a natural-rights nut. I’ll continue to apply the philosophy of natural rights, as I see it, in this space, until I am told to stop.

Is that as clear as Claire? I hope so.

Off to stick my “Gun Control is NOT KOSHER” sticker on the GTI. (I purchased the cap too for glorious runs, in sunshine and rain.)


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Unequal Under The Law

The case of Ray Rice, the Baltimore Ravens running back who was suspended for assaulting his wife, is of no particular interest—other than that it instantiates what a society of busybodies we inhabit. What is of interest is the case’s connection to Shaneen Allen—she’s the young mom who got arrested for being unaware that her Pennsylvania gun permit was invalid in New Jersey, into which she had crossed. (See “Bloodsuckers Sock It To Innocent Mom.”)

“Shaneen Allen wants to know what makes her so different from Ray Rice,” who was approved for a certain pretrial program that resulted in no jail time. The same prosecutor and judge team refused to admit Allen to the program, resulting in a harsh sentence of more than three years in prison.

The pretrial program is tailored for “first-time offenders,” and is “similar to probation” in that it spares the offender from incarceration.

 Atlantic County prosecutor Jim McClain recommended Rice for the program in May, months after denying the single mother’s application. And Superior Court Judge Michael Donio, who signed off on the agreement that spared Rice jail time, denied a motion by Allen’s attorney to force McClain to reconsider.

“What makes Ray Rice so different from me that I couldn’t be accepted by the same prosecutor and judge? Is it that he ‘was’ a pro athlete but I’m a single mother of 2?”


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Police In Arms Race Against The Public. Really?

Just as you think statists have run out of arguments for increasing the government and shrinking the individual, they get creative, offering up a reason and an excuse for “the militarization of the police in the first place.”

Liberals are tying police militarization to … an overarmed citizenry.

According the this circular “reasoning,” the police, essentially, are forced into an arms race with an overarmed public.

Via The New Republic:

Because there are so many guns out there, police officers are trained to live in fear of the very people they are supposed to protect and serve. Anytime a police officer pulls over a car, he or she must worry that the person inside that car will have a gun that could be turned on them …

David Kopel offers an impassioned refutation:

“Complete bullshit,”  said … Kopel, an associate policy analyst at the Cato Institute and research director of the Independence Institute in Colorado. Elaborating, Kopel noted that back in the 1960s, before police forces became militarized in the war on drugs and war on terror, there was also very little gun control. He noted that as the country has proceeded to pass what few gun control laws are on the books (the 1993 Brady Law requiring background checks at licensed firearms dealers, the since-lapsed assault weapons ban, etc.) the militarization of police departments has only proceeded apace. He noted that the light hand of policing in England (where few beat cops even carry guns) long predates the country’s strict gun control laws. He granted one point often cited by the pro-militarization side: that a notorious 1997 police shootout in North Hollywood with bank robbers who were armed with machine guns had further spurred police to obtain heavy weaponry, but he said incidents like that did not justify the broader use of heavy weaponry in police operations such as, say, raiding a basement where someone’s suspected of growing marijuana. … Simply put, Kopel said, gun control regulations are a “separate issue” from police militarization, no more directly relevant than arguing that “it would be better to improve the public schools to have fewer 17-year-old gangsters.”

Radley Balko, “who wrote the definitive book on police militarization, The Rise of the Warrior Cop,” ventured that he was “wary of ‘the idea that government is abusing its power and authority and thereby we should put more restrictions on what citizens should have.'”

Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership would never dignify such a notion.  Inalienable rights don’t become alienable or get watered down because those entrusted with safeguarding these rights encounter occupational hazards.




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Brother ‘Noir’ Sheds Light With An AR-15

Yes, he’s with the NRA, but Brother “Noir” still manages to shed light where others shed only darkness. Mr. Colion Noir has provided a much-needed antidote to the kind of anti-Second Amendment treason preached from the CNN perch.

You consistently call a magazine a clip
You think an AR 15 is an assault rifle
You have armed security guards
You are in possession of an illegal magazine while arguing gun control on national television
Your kids have armed security guards
Your kids’ school has 11 armed security guards
You think a .223 is a military round
You think the thing that goes up is a barrel shroud
Your husband used to sell crack
Your husband raps about crack
When you hear the words “fast and furious,” you think, “Oh, great movie.”
You rule a country where a large part of the city from which you originated is a killing zone, even though no one is allowed to carry a firearm.
You’ve never held a gun.
You’ve never shot a gun
You’ve never read the Second Amendment and looked beyond the mere words on the paper. …

“If you’ve ever carried concealed, if you’re Piers Morgan, if you own a knife, if you live in a gated community—anyone in the “Demand a Plan” video—the first thing out of your mouth when you heard about the Sandy Hook shooting was gun control.”

You own a gun-free zone establishment.
You drafted an assault-weapon’s ban but you carry concealed.
You think the NRA is the KKK.

…If you’ve ever used a gun in a movie.
If you don’t know the difference between a high-capacity magazine and a standard capacity magazine

You think hollow-points are cop killer bullets.
You think there’s a gun-show loophole.
Everything you know about guns is from TV and movies.
You think cops are expert gunmen.


If you ask me, hypocrisy is too soft and imprecise a word for the detritus of humanity described by Brother “Noir.”

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Bloodsuckers Sock It To Innocent Mom

She draws blood for a living, but—it goes without saying—she’s nothing like the bloodsuckers who sit in judgement of her. The update on the legal position of Shaneen Allen comes courtesy of Recall, the 27-year-old phlebotomist, mother of two, was unaware that her Pennsylvania gun permit was invalid in New Jersey, when she was “found with a weapon in her car during a traffic stop on the Atlantic City Expressway last fall.”

Allen was on her way to Atlantic City for her son’s birthday party, and was stopped by a state trooper on the expressway about 1 a.m. for a routine traffic violation. Allen voluntarily handed over the loaded firearm, which was in her purse, during the stop. She had earlier given the officer her Pennsylvania gun permit when she showed her driver’s license.

“This is someone who should not be turned into a felon and sent to state prison and have her destroyed because she made a mistake and committed a victimless crime,” said [her attorney].

An upstanding mom who sought to protect that most precious thing of all—her life and the lives of her children—Allen has done nothing illicit in natural law. She has, however, violated the petty law of the state. Yes, “sometimes the law of the state coincides with the natural law. More often than not, natural justice has been buried under the rubble of legislation and statute.”

So, Cui bono, Judge Creep? Who benefits from incarcerating an innocent woman? “The law mandates a minimum sentence of 3½ to five years for certain gun crimes.”

A Superior Court judge denied a motion Tuesday to drop charges against [the] Philadelphia woman  … Judge Michael Donio also refused to overturn an Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office decision that denied Allen, who has no previous criminal record, the opportunity to enter New Jersey’s pretrial intervention program, which would have allowed her to avoid jail time. …

It is here that jury nullification would free Ms. Allen from the clutches of these in-justices. Judging from the Comments section, the community is on Ms. Allen’s side.

As are we.


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Las Vegas Anti-Gun Policy: Kill And Cover


On July 10, 2010, Erik B. Scott, a 1994 U.S. Military Academy at West Point graduate with an MBA from Duke University, was shot to death by three Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (“Metro”) officers in front of a Las Vegas, NV, Costco big-box store. While many readers will recall that egregious, senseless murder, few know what followed: A jaw-dropping cover-up more typical of the old Soviet Union than America.

To every man and woman who carries a firearm, the Erik Scott shooting is a chilling reminder that billion-dollar companies, such as Costco, have irrational, secret, anti-gun policies that literally kill their customers.

Erik, a Boston Scientific cardiac pacemaker sales rep, was carrying a legally registered concealed firearm, while he and his girlfriend were shopping at Costco-Summerlin in Las  Vegas. He also had a concealed-carry permit in his wallet, issued by the same Metro police force that killed him.

When Erik squatted on the floor to verify that three metal water bottles would fit into a soft-sided, zip-up cooler, a Costco employee spotted Erik’s Kimber Ultra Carry .45-caliber semiautomatic in an inside-the-waistband holster. A civil interchange with a Costco manager ensued, and Erik was told that a Costco policy banned guns inside company stores—although there were no signs to that effect posted outside or inside, and there’s no mention of a gun-ban policy in the membership application. Erik calmly responded that his sidearm was legal and that he had a concealed-carry weapon (CCW) permit on his person. The manager never asked Erik to leave the store, and the two parted on good terms, according to witnesses.

The Costco manager reassured a plainclothes security guard that Erik would be leaving soon. For reasons known only to him, the same young, cocky guard—defying management practices and company policy—placed a 911 call to the local police, falsely claiming Erik “had a gun and was acting erratic.” Thinking an armed madman was barricaded inside, Metro cops descended on the store in overwhelming force—15 police cruisers, a helicopter, an incident-command team and an ambulance.

An inbound Metro lieutenant suggested that Costco managers quietly evacuate the store. Unaware that the evacuation had anything to do with him, Erik and his girlfriend calmly walked out with the crowd, passing three Metro officers waiting at the entrance and exit doors. Costco’s aforementioned security guard identified Erik to an agitated, scared Metro officer, William Mosher, who was clutching a semiautomatic, visibly shaking and sweating profusely. Alarmed, Mosher spun around and immediately yelled something, which even nearby cops failed to comprehend.

Erik turned to find a frightened, supersized cop shouting three conflicting commands. With his left hand, Erik lifted his T-shirt to expose the Kimber, and repeated, “I am armed, I am armed … .” Witnesses said he moved his right elbow enough to expose the Kimber. In his right hand, Erik held a BlackBerry cell phone.

Mosher instantly panicked and fired two shots with a .45-caliber Glock 21. The cop’s first hollow-point slug struck Erik in the heart; the second went through his right thigh, well below his jeans’ front pocket.

Two other officers hesitated not at all, then fired another five rounds, all into Erik’s back. Erik was shot a total of seven times. The five that hit him in the back were fired after he was on the ground, dying.

Based on a recording of the Costco fool’s 911-call, we’ve confirmed that Mosher gave Erik three conflicting commands and fired, all within two seconds. Mosher then knelt on his victim’s back and handcuffed Erik’s hands.

Costco had numerous security cameras inside the store and at least four trained on the entrance, where the lethal shooting took place. Violating department policies, Metro detectives did NOT immediately seize the surveillance system’s two digital video recorders’ hard disks. They left the critical DVR and hard drive in Costco’s control for five days, allowing Costco-Summerlin personnel and the store’s IT contractor to tamper with video data. Five days after the shooting, Metro detectives finally decided to pick up one Costco DVR. After valiant attempts to “recover” critical imagery, the DVR was sent to the U.S. Secret Service’s Los Angeles office, where forensics experts examined it. The experts later testified that 96 percent of the DVR’s data were recovered. The four percent not recoverable just happened to encompass the time Erik was in Costco, as well as the fatal officer-involved shooting. The hard disk’s platter sectors, where that critical four percent of unrecoverable data resided, was physically damaged, as if the disk were running, “then dropped from about chest high,” according to forensic experts’ testimony.

Within hours of the shooting, a Clark County deputy public administrator and a Metro cop illegally entered Erik’s condominium and removed several of his firearms. One pistol, a small Ruger LCP, was later produced as “proof” that Erik was carrying two guns. Why two? Because the AMR ambulance crew had reported finding a gun on Erik’s body. The sole gun Erik really was carrying (the Kimber) had already been removed from his dead body and placed on the ground at Costco, still in the holster, as if Erik had pulled it, thereby “justifying” Erik’s murder. In fact, the only item Erik ever had in-hand was his BlackBerry smartphone. In a state of panic, Mosher couldn’t distinguish a BlackBerry from a semiautomatic pistol. Erik was literally executed.

There is absolutely no doubt that Erik was murdered. However, the integrity-challenged cops of Metro’s “Blue Wall” immediately resorted to post-shooting procedures that are standard practice for hundreds of corrupt Las Vegas police officers: Conceal the facts, destroy and manufacture “evidence,” coerce selected eyewitnesses, and systematically demonize the deceased victim. The cover-up of Erik’s murder-by-cop was aided and abetted by the Clark County district attorney, an unprincipled union—the Las Vegas Police Protective Association—and wealthy power brokers who control The Strip.

My family filed two lawsuits in federal court—one against the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the three shooters and the sheriff, Douglas Gillespie, and a second against Costco. For reasons unbelievable, both suits went nowhere. After the second was dismissed, our lawyer said, “I don’t think it’s possible to get justice in this town.”

The truth about Erik’s murder and its blatant cover-up is so bizarre that non-Las Vegas citizens would never believe it. Consequently, I resorted to asymmetric warfare. I wrote a novel based on the actual events of my son’s senseless execution. Entitled The Permit, the book is “faction”—truth wrapped in a techno-thriller story. The Permit is a fast-moving, riveting tale of intrigue, corruption and accountability, in which murder-by-cop victim “Erik Steele” was actually a covert assassin for Checkmate, an ultra-secret Department of Homeland Security counterterrorism team. Arrogant, low-intelligence Las Vegas Metro cops had brazenly killed a high-value federal agent. As Metro leaders soon realize, their trigger-happy cretins truly did kill the wrong guy.

Only in fiction was justice finally done.


William B. Scott, the late-Erik Scott’s father and author of “The Permit,” is a full-time author and consultant. He retired in 2007 as the Rocky Mountain Bureau Chief for Aviation Week & Space Technology. Over a 22-year career with the international magazine, he wrote more than 2,500 stories, and received 17 editorial awards. He is a coauthor of two other novels, “Space Wars: The First Six Hours of World War III” and “Counterspace: The Next Hours of World War III,” and a nonfiction book, “Inside the Stealth Bomber: The B-2 Story.”

During a nine-year Air Force career, Bill served as aircrew on classified airborne-sampling missions, collecting nuclear debris by flying through radioactive clouds; an electronics engineering officer at the National Security Agency, developing satellite communications security systems; and an instrumentation and flight test engineer on U.S. Air Force fighter and transport aircraft development programs.

Bill is a Flight Test Engineer graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School and a licensed commercial pilot with instrument and multi-engine ratings. He has logged approximately 2,000 hours on 80 aircraft types, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University-Sacramento.

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UPDATED: What Media That Matters Are Saying (The Other Side)

Being new at Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, and having been thrown in at the deep end, in as much as I’ve arrived on the scene in the midst of organizational upheaval—it is instructive to see what freedom lovers are saying about a possible merger of JPFO with the Second Amendment Foundation. Writes a blogger at

Claire Wolfe has a lengthy post on the possible (or now, likely) merger of the organizations Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership and the faux Second Amendment Foundation. Ms. Wolfe links to a petition for people to sign  to speak out against the merger. Apparently, not only did the faux Second Amendment Foundation endorse the Schumer-Toomey-Manchin universal background checks bill, but they wrote the bill themselves! But throughout the years, Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership has consistently promoted the rights of all individuals to possess the means to protect and defend themselves.

 UPDATE (8/27):  Writes Carl Stegmaier:

The SAF is legit; I am a life member. Whatever Claire is talking about is almost surely a misrepresentation …  And I don’t care to waste my time proving it to anybody! SAF was there with the NRA and CCRKBA when the rest of the country was whooping it up over the Persian Gulf War…

Nicki Kenyon rebuts:

Let me say that I’ve worked with Alan and I like him, so there’s that. I’m also a lowly contractor, so my knowledge is somewhat limited. That’s number two. And finally, here’s the thing. This merger is being approached in a very underhanded way, and that makes me uneasy. Board members did not communicate with anyone, and members’ attempts to approach them have been ignored. At the very least, the board is accountable to the membership, and should be responsive to their concerns. For one board member to unilaterally approach another organization without consulting the board or the membership and put the organization up on the selling block is not above board and not honest.

Additionally, Claire worked closely with Aaron Zelman. She knew him well. She knew his heart. To say she’s blatantly … misrepresenting is repulsively insulting. Claire has been there with JPFO for years. There is no question about her dedication to freedom or gun rights, and no doubt of her love for the organization. So back off.

And finally, there are and have been concerns about Alan’s promotion of the Manchin-Toomey abortion. I can understand those concerns. JPFO was founded on certain principles of no compromise, so the concerns aren’t unwarranted.

All that said… I think if there IS another way to rescue JPFO, it should be attempted. I don’t know if there is, and I certainly don’t know if it’s viable. That’s for folks above my paygrade.

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You Can Tell We Are All Jews

It is no laughing matter when the organic continuity of a magnificent organization like “Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership” is in jeopardy for whatever reason. I’ve read most of the opinions offered by fellow JPFOers. Still, as the new, gun-toting girl on the block, that’s as much as I’m qualified to say. I guess I can attempt (hopefully) to keep you smiling as you hammer out a solution that’ll both preserve the legacy of founder Aaron Zelman, as well as ensure JPFO’s financial viability.

I’ve been with  JPFO for a mere week, I believe, but right away, when debating the name of our group blog, “Packing Heat, Shedding Light,” it was obvious I was in the company of fellow Jews. How so?

We arrived at an impasse in no time at all. The men all fell silent. And the women took over.



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