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Dramatization Depicting the Dangers of Victim Disarmament Zones to be Performed In Austin, Texas

Freedom of Speech and Expression will be tested this Saturday when we use the concrete sidewalk as our stage, with the public and the media as our audience in an important dramatization. Will it be police in the public schools armed with semi-automatic rifles?  Will it be a mangled car on display for students to see the dangers of drinking and driving? Will it be the survivors of tragic personal injury at the hands of another?  No. This will be a serious, theatrical skit consisting of ketchup and cardboard props to capture the reality of the plot.

CATI Austin flagWe won't have high price directors nor a casting agent, just a volunteer group concerned activists bringing to light an important message. A skit of significance detailing a very specific cause, (Personal Protection), a Human Right that seems to have been slowly removed from the people and placed upon a shelf to be voted off or given back according to whomever is deserving of this essential benefit.  Wanting to capture the crucial dangers of gun-free zones we are acting out a play or series of plays in which one or two are armed against a group of unarmed victims, ending in a number of casualties that are a result of a law regulating self-defense or any similar rule that is abided by only the innocent.

Our goal is to instill the importance of everyone to be able to defend themselves in any way they choose. This way we can broadcast it to everyone, including our readers and the listeners of our show. We have had our share of negativity throughout the years and have still came out unscathed by any proposed deterrence of our ideas.  Mahatma Gandhi once said

"You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results".

Our upcoming performance is gaining ridicule and slander from people all across the land, the anti-gun crowd, and even people within our family tree of Freedom Fighters but we will proceed. Most of the finger-pointing bunch just left the theater watching a movie where the characters take up arms against their government like the Hunger Games and are eagerly awaiting the new Star Wars to hit the screen with a similar scenario.  The Chief of Police in Austin, Art Acevedo is against open carry of weapons in public and on campuses and even stated that he'd rather have young women go through rape counseling instead of having the right to carry a firearm for protection.

The State of Texas has installed their own gun control measures upon their citizens by limiting the use of handguns for defense to people who pay a concurring fee and get permission to exercise that right from the State. Texas has even used their version of the 2nd Amendment article 1 section 23 to go as far as creating more Gun-Free Zones by enacting 229.001 a law that gives cities the authority to regulate firearms in designated areas of their choice.

When the ranchers on the Red River were threatened by the Bureau of Land Management we were there, when fellow 2nd Amendment activists were incarcerated, we were there.  When San Antonio police Chief William McManus said No to open carry of rifles at the Alamo we were there.  When the city of Dallas said No, to feeding and clothing the homeless we stood our ground and are moving forward with our third annual event catered to the unfortunate in downtown. When innocent victims are being slaughtered in Victim Disarmament Zones we are here again on the front-lines of freedom and liberty to do what we do best.

"It has long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sit back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things" - Leonardo Da Vinci.   

Our current event will be conducted the same way and will not require tickets, ambulances, or police and will certainly not have a list of victims.  Words can only go so far in explaining ourselves, this way we'll get our message out ten-fold, and hopefully the shackles that prevent us from fully protecting our lives are lifted.

By Andre' Gabriel Esparza - DontComply.com

Date: Dec 12th
Time: 12:00pm
Meetup: 2426 San Antonio St
Austin, TX

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The First Midnight Open Carry March Around Texas Capitol

The First Open Carry Of Modern PistolsAustin, Texas  - With September 1st being the start of a number of bills to be enacted in the long list of Texas laws. Come and Take It Texas along with its sister group Dontcomply.com are taking it into their own hands, these 'Free' men and women will not wait for the new open carry law to go into effect on January 1st 2016, they will show the stupidity of the embarrassing gun laws in the state of Texas on midnight August 31st.

This new law that some say is a win, was not much of a change at all, simply allowing Texans to raise up their shirt a few inches to expose their personal defense tool, while still being extorted of part their personal income to pay the fee, giving their fingerprints, and waiting on permission from the Lone Star State.

You see here in Texas, were everything is supposed to be much bigger and that we are recognized by outsiders as an independent state, is really the opposite, we have shackles on just like most of the others. Here we can carry a fully loaded semi automatic rifles, shotguns, and or pre-1899 or replica black powder pistols in public without a license, but are not allowed to carry a modern handgun or even a little .22 pea shooter open or concealed in public at all. To outline the inconsistency of these draconian, and freedom suppressing laws, a rally of this nature is essential to further educate Texans and the world about all oppressions in good ol' Texas.

Back in January on the first day that the lawmakers convened in Austin Murdoch Pizgatti operated a 'Ghost Gun' Machine at the south gate of the Capitol and manufactured  a few AR-15 Lowers, while a Fort Hood Shooting survivor gave a heartfelt speech about how he was unarmed crouching down in the back of a room and the agony of feeling like a sitting duck while their was somebody shooting at them.

Murdoch Pizgatti and Jason Orsek were asked to leave the Capitol while other Concealed License Holders were whisked right in all for concealing their guns with their 'Glock Socks' which was totally within the law and with the licenses which they obtained, but believe me, they were like a couple of guys forced to eat something they absolutely hated when going through the torturous requirements. Come and Take it Texas and other gun rights groups for the past two years have walked, marched, gathered, passed out literature, and even talked with legislators about gun laws in Texas, but to no avail, lobbyists and fat pockets have prevailed in coercing these law makers to go against freedom. So come join us in our fight for Freedom and Human Rights and walk with us on Midnight August 31st, 2015, at 11:00pm at the south gate of the Capitol, bring a fake gun, long guns, black powder pistols, or you may chose to carry your real one and blend in with others and engage in civil disobedience and let's show them how stupid it really is to carry one and not the other. - View Event Page

By Andre' Gabriel Esparza - DontComply.com

Open Carry Passed in Texas: Mission Accomplished?

Austin Ehlinger helps hold a banner during a Guns Across America rally at the state capitol, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Austin, Texas.  Texas officials opposed to new federal gun control proposals plan to speak on the steps of the state Capitol during a pro-Second Amendment rally. The event is one of many rallies planned across the country Saturday. They come four days after President Barack Obama unveiled a sweeping plan to curb gun violence.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Austin Ehlinger helps hold a banner during a Guns Across America rally at the state capitol, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!  (?)

After two years of hard-fought political battles, the tide in the Texas gun rights fight has finally turned in favor of open carry Friday, May 22nd, as the Senate fast-tracked and ultimately approved HB910 eliminating the outright prohibition on the open carry of modern handguns and sending Open Carry back to the House to reconcile the two bills before sending the legislation to the governor's desk.  Governor Abbott has openly declared his intent to sign the legislation, making the era of prohibition only a few short months away from expiration.

The Luby's massacre on October 16, 1991 drew a public outcry that culminated in the 1995 passage of the Texas Concealed Handgun Licensing law.

The Luby's massacre on October 16, 1991 drew a public outcry that culminated in the 1995 passage of the Texas Concealed Handgun Licensing law.

Originally intended to keep newly "freed" slaves unarmed following the States' War, the prohibition on carrying pistols outside the home dates back 125 years and is deeply rooted in institutional racism.  The prohibition was selectively applied in postwar Texas as a legal weapon against Blacks, Hispanics and American Indians.  It wasn't until 1995, after a public outcry spurred largely by the 1991 massacre at Luby's in Killeen, that Texas finally realized the absurdity of depriving law-abiding citizens the right to self-defense.  Licensed concealed carry became the law of the land after four years of heavy political debate, with Concealed Handgun Licenses finally being dispensed by the government on a "shall-issue" basis just in time for the turn of the century.


Today, provided one can afford the hefty licensing fees, meet State's laundry list of eligibility requirements, and comply with the several arbitrarily constructed, common sense-defying conditions on where and how to carry, one should have no problem being granted permission from the government to exercise this God-given Right.  After the new open carry law goes into effect, one will be allowed to carry a handgun visibly, but still must meet all the same liens on liberty.

The question now is, what do we do with this information?  Is it a victory?  A half-victory?  A defeat?

There are four distinct classes of attitudes toward this development, all of which are palpable this Memorial Day weekend.  The first of these attitudes is the obvious, unified front upheld by virtually all Democrats, upon which New York mayor and anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg has spent millions of Yankee dollars.  This is the ultra-statist position that any expansion of gun rights whatsoever is tantamount to a terrorist attack on children, women, the government, and society in general.  Bloomberg and his personal anti-gun political machines, Moms Demand Action for Gunsense In America and Everytown for Gun Safety are undoubtedly heartbroken by open carry's passage, and their copious tears reportedly make excellent gun lube.

Exercising open carry faithfully for two years from 2013-2015 along with diligent political campaigning, resulted in the passage of  "licensed" Open Carry.

Exercising lawful open carry faithfully for two years by dedicated activists, along with two years of diligent political campaigning, resulted in the passage of Open Carry in Texas' 84th Legislature.

The second view is that open carry is a decisive, overwhelming victory for Texas gun rights and the Second Amendment.  (Sure, we're still saddled with arbitrary amounts of government regulation, and we don't like asking permission to carry, but right now it's time to do a heavily-armed end zone dance in the produce section of Kroger)!  This view is held by the majority of NRA types and Republicans who count the open carry law as a sign of the times, and a well deserved payoff after two years of false arrests, armed marches and political campaigning.

Despite the obvious shortcomings of the legislation, there is merit to this feeling of accomplishment.  In light of the heavy resistance from complacent, status quo-loving Concealed Carry advocates, compounded by the virtually limitless resources pumped into the propaganda machine by open carry's anti-gun opponents, the Open Carry activists fought an impossible two-front war.  And they won.

The third view is that of the hardcore Libertarian, the Constitutional purist.  This one despises all forms of government control and counts anything less than full Constitutional Carry as a furtherance of the system of fiat slavery in which rights are ignored and substituted for probationary, government-issued privileges.  These are the types who, rightly or not, are certain to put a damper on the celebration, because the moderates secretly know they have a point.

The fourth and final attitude, which happens to be the correct one, is my view.  Although it may be tempting to cynically offer "how generous of them" in response to the failure of Texas to remove the licensing requirement, we must view this situation with an eye for our present place in history in order to see it in the appropriate perspective.  The fight for liberty is long and difficult, and rightly so if anything valuable is to be gained from it.  We must count our victories, but temper them with the realization that the fight is never over.

Full, unregulated, unmolested Constitutional Carry is still the goal, as it always has been.  But consider that it took over a century and a major massacre to even get rid of outright prohibition.  Then it took a series of illegal arrests by well-meaning but ignorant cops for the general public to even become aware that it was still legal to carry a loaded rifle or shotgun openly.  It then took careful analysis of the laws, experimentation by a few brave activists and further unlawful arrests for anyone to realize that the prohibition did not include pre-1899 pistols or black powder revolvers.

Open Carry is neither a victory or a defeat, it is the accomplishment of one objective in a centuries-old fight for Liberty.  Image: wsj.com

Open Carry is neither a victory or a defeat, it is the accomplishment of one objective in a centuries-old fight for Liberty. Image: wsj.com

The worst thing anyone can do now is to allow the public to go back to sleep.  Open Carry is the culmination of two years of relentless fighting.  Right Now, tide is turning, and the momentum is on the side of the gun rights activists.  After a century of lagging behind, Texas is now in a position to set the example for the lesser States with regard to gun rights as it has in economic policy.

Open carry is neither a victory nor a defeat.  It is the accomplishment of one mission, one objective, in a lifelong and centuries-old fight for Liberty.  It is not a Superbowl win, but it's a first-down.  Take it for what it is, and carry on.

By Anthony James Kidwell - CATITX.com

Come And Take It Texas, Central Texas Militia Team Up To Host Public Open Carry Training

TEMPLE, TX - In anticipation of a new law to be passed and enacted in 2015 expanding gun rights in Texas to include the open carry of modern handguns, gun rights activist organization Come and Take It Texas (CATI) has joined forces with Belton/Temple based Central Texas Militia (CTM) to provide a series of open carry courses for Texans who wish to enjoy their new-found liberty in a safe and effective manner.  CATI will host the training while CTM will provide range safety officers and assistant instructors for the events.

Veteran Texas peace officer JR Ryan heads up the training as the primary instructor, giving average citizens a chance to learn how to open carry like a pro, and will focus his training primarily on weapon awareness, retention, how to interact with law enforcement, and self-defense in close quarters confrontations. "Someone who has never open carried a weapon has not had the 'real' threat of their weapon being easily accessible to others before," said Ryan. "It is imperative that anyone open carrying a weapon have training in weapon retention. This way, they have an idea what to do in that situation, and do not have to 'learn on the fly' if it were to happen to them."

CATI and CTM will train citizens how to interact with police, including what to do when police respond after a pistol is used in self defense. Image courtesy of Central Texas Militia.

CATI and CTM will train citizens how to interact with police, including what to do when police respond after a pistol is used in self defense. Image courtesy of Central Texas Militia.

The training is meant to head off criticism from both sides of the gun rights debate, that average citizens are not properly suited to openly carry firearms, including the often repeated strawman argument that open carry could make people automatic targets for criminals. To Ryan, this represents a crucial teachable moment for gun rights activists. "The critical message that I want to get out there with this training is that when someone attempts to take your weapon it becomes a fight for your life." For this reason, martial disciplines including arm traps and throws, are a central focus of the training.

However, open carriers are cautioned not to think of their guns as some sort of talisman that grants complete safety by virtue of its being worn, and are reminded that assuming the responsibility of wearing arms demands careful consideration of the risks involved, and an increased level of proficiency and heightened situational awareness.

Part of the training intended to drive this message home involves a 21-foot "sprint" scenario, in which an attacker with a simulated knife closes on the trainee who must attempt to draw before he is overtaken. It is expected that most people, especially using holsters with additional levels of retention, will not be able to effectively employ the weapon while being charged from that distance, and therefore must practice increased vigilance as well as alternative defense and evasion techniques.

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CTM trains volunteers in close quarters pistol fighting against armed aggressors. Image courtesy of Central Texas Militia.

Trainees will also be taught that the pistol is not necessarily their only defensive option. As assistant instructor B. McLoughlin of Central Texas Militia explains, "Some situations might not require that level of violence or the gun could have a failure caused from the confrontation or accessing. Then you would resort to other means of defense. Hands, impact objects, knives." McLoughlin is a military veteran who studies and teaches close-quarters combatives, as well as advanced stress shooting techniques.

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CTM member learns what happens when you grab a policeman's gun at a train-the-trainer class Saturday, February 7th. Image courtesy of Central Texas Militia.

Some form of open carry legislation, whether licensed or constitutional carry, is expected to pass the Texas legislature this year, and Governor Abbott has promised to sign it. Despite concerns raised from conceealed carry supporters, including recent comments from former Governor Rick Perry questioning the safety and effectiveness of allowing ordinary citizens to open carry, CATI and CTM remain confident that once seeing people openly armed becomes the norm, crime will fall and police relations with the community will become less tense. As McLoughlin explains, "the thought of a firearm being a taboo weapon will change to it now being a tool. Something that you bring. Just like jumper cables or a wallet."

"I see the legislation getting passed," says Ryan, "and I for one support it wholeheartedly. I think it ought to be constitutional carry, but I have a sinking feeling that it will get passed as licensed open carry.... a privilege, not a right. That being said, once it is the norm, I do not see it being a hindrance to law enforcement, and being a positive thing as concealed carry has been."

The training is set to begin in late March, and will be open to anyone who wishes to participate. Those interested in participating are encouraged to contact CATI or CTM for more information. The forthcoming training events will be announced on both organizations' public Facebook pages at www.facebook.com/catitx and www.facebook.com/groups/CentralTexasMilitia later this month.

Sinister Anti-Gun Promotion At Capital Building Exposed

There are many folks that don't like seeing guns. Even though they may claim to be "strong 2A supporters" at the very moment they see a citizen with a firearm, the story changes. How many times have we heard, "Yes, I have guns, lots of guns! I shoot, I hunt, I can protect my family, BUT sometimes it's not the right time or place to have a firearm." Yet they claim to be STRONG 2A supporters.

Let's take a closer look at the statehouse in Austin. I personally have been chin deep in the gun rights movement in Texas since 2013 when CATI started pushing for full State recognition of our unalienable right to keep and bear arms. I have been to meetings with legislators and other government officials, and have been there with boots on the ground, in front of the scene and behind it, and everything I write here is coming from firsthand experience.

To understand where we are right now and what led up to these recent events, let us take a step back in time and cover some history.

The State Preservation Board is the state’s department in charge of the Texas State Capital Building, and the attorneys for the SPB have responded to me directly regarding my request for information on carrying a firearm on the grounds and inside the building. There is no "rule" against the firearms as per the state agency that operates the capital. Yet, apparently, there are folks under the dome that don't like it and have put pressure on "someone" to suppress our political speech of openly carrying firearms.

Jason Orsek of CATI Texas

Jason Orsek - CATI Texas Vice President

I was one of the four original Texans that walked into the statehouse with my Scar 17 across my back on July 4th, 2013. Although I held a letter clearly stating that there was no rule against it, someone didn't like it and ordered the DPS troopers to remove us from the building. None of the involved troopers could produce any law, statute, or rule concerning out actions, or even a written request for us not to do it. All they could say was “It is not allowed.” and that we could open carry “Outside only.” After exiting the building and as we stood at the outside door of the capital debating DPS, citizens walked right past us and entered the building with a CHL. Someone did not want those rifles inside the building....

As time passed we had rallies at the capital and stayed outside and DPS continued to claim no rifles were allowed inside, yet they could not cite any source for this infringement on our right to bear arms. Then we came to a realization that CHL holders were allowed inside with their handguns, so surely a pre-1899 black powder revolver would be ok! According to the Texas penal code, it is not even considered a firearm, and is less regulated than a pocketknife!

Mr. Gary Hays entered the building with his BP. Again he suffered the same fate we did with our rifles. He made it in for a short time and then was asked to vacate. DPS was very nervous about this and treated it like a huge ordeal. They took Mr. Hays down into the basement to question him alone. I intervened because I was his official caregiver. I insisted that either I was going along, or else they were going to have to replace me with a RN or arrest me. I was allowed to stay with my "patient" and observe everything. It was pretty much what you can imagine, no one knew what to do or how to handle it because no laws were broken, but someone obviously didn't like it and hey, the troopers were” just doing their jobs” right? Eventually, Mr. Hays was released and escorted off the property. They released his black powder revolver to me and instructed me not to come back on the property. The oddity of it all was this: I had my loaded and chambered Glock 19 on me the entire time. Now I had a CHL, but they didn't know that because they never bothered to ask and they shuffled me around the metal detectors. Don't ask, don't tell, right? I was legal either way.

Then things got even more interesting ...

After a quadriplegic managed to legally enter the building with a unloaded black powder revolver , this silent somebody pulled some strings in order to get even more illegitimate gun control going at the statehouse.

The readers of this blog know the events that took place after that, namely the arrests of Holcomb, followed by Scott and Gary .....

After this, they would allow no firearms, or pre-1899 black powder guns on the Capitol Grounds.

Dova with a BP and Grisham arrested with a toy gun as others carried rifles not 20 feet from them....

Tom and Dewlash....

Every gun arrest case at the capital was later dismissed as the prosecutor could find nothing with which to charge the alleged “offenders”.....yet DPS still enforces this law that does not exist, and all because someone doesn't like guns in that building...

It was, and still is, a mess, but one thing was growing: gun control at the statehouse by someone with the political clout to have nonexistent laws enforced by arrest (kidnapping?).

Now we are up to date as of January 13th, 2015...

Gun activists have been playing nice and staying off the grounds (Though any CHL holder can carry a handgun right into the building, no questions asked).

In the past two years, Texas gun activists have made HUGE headway towards defeating these antiquated gun laws and making it harder to regulate firearms on the grounds (that are already legal)

Then on January 13th, 2015, something powerful happened. Known gun rights activists entered the building without firearms but instead heavily armed with signatures. Signatures from sorted voting pools and organized to target each legislator.

One senator was approached that is not in support of HB195 (the bill that would remove the wording in the Texas State Constitution that was enacted directly after the civil war that allows the Legislature “by law, to regulate the wearing of arms, with a view to prevent crime.”) and voiced his opinion. As expected, some words were exchanged and after approximately 45 seconds of feelings being expressed, the gun activist left the office.

Now here is where I believe it gets even more interesting…

The very next day, first rattle out of the hat, they pass a rule that legislators can install a "panic button" in their offices. The new law also gives representatives more discretion about who can enter their public offices.

CATI TexasSo now we have a unique situation. Apparently in 100+ years of voting age Texans voicing an opinion utilizing their 1A rights, despite the thousands of disagreements before this one that were far more heated...now, all of a sudden, they need a panic button? So now, when a legal voting age Texan with a CHL enters HIS statehouse to express his opinion to a legislator that was voted in for his district, and dares to say something the legislator doesn't want to hear, they can call in the DPS to remove or arrest him? To disarm him? To strip him of his CHL which is in itself is a perverse version of his UNALIENABLE RIGHT that was already taken from him, and sold back to him at a premium, via the CHL program? Now those who are supposed to work for us, have even more power to prevent them from hearing our opinions and problems that they are elected to address?

There you have it folks. Somebody in that house doesn't like guns, and they have managed to get unlicensed carry of rifles off the complex, managed to get the carry of non-firearms (according to Texas penal code section 46.01 (3) a&b) off the public grounds completely, without passing a law or an amendment to the Texas Constitution which is what it would lawfully require, and they have now achieved the first step of getting the coveted CHL holders that speak out removed from the complex and stripped of even the state approved perversion of their right... This doesn’t look good to me.

Be mindful what you say.....Somebody in that house doesn't like guns and they just breached the last threshold of bearing arms we had in our own capitol...the CHL...

CATI Shows up at Ferguson Protest

CATI (Come Ant Take It Texas) is the frontline of gun rights here in the great state of Texas. That is made more evident daily as we are the boots on the ground walking the walk. Last Wednesday the 26th Matthew Short, Mark Nash And Guy Potter arrived at the Ferguson protest happening in downtown Dallas. They were open carrying and at first the protesters were unsure, even mad that they were there. The point that was lost on them was the fact that CATI members were not there against the protesters. They weren't there against the police either. As members of this community it is important that anyone is allowed to exercise their 1st amendment right to free speech. We are there in support of that. We also have pride in our community and don't want to see where we live destroyed like Ferguson. Where were the community patrols preventing the residents from themselves there? Here in Texas it is a different story indeed. We not only respect our right to free speech, we respect private business owners that have struggled to get the American dream. As concerned citizens will not stand idly by and watch either be violated. Lets all stand up for our rights as Americans, despite our differences one thing is clear; you don't have to agree with someone to help protect their right to speak that opinion. Open Carry On.

 


 

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Harris Teeter To Moms Demand Action: We Will Not Change Gun Policy

Harris Teeter Gun PolicyOn November 20, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America delivered a petition to the Harris Teeter grocers asking them to bar law-abiding citizens from carrying guns in their stores. Harris Teeter responded by saying they have no plans to change their policy, which allows the carrying of guns in states and municipalities where doing so is legal.

According to The Charlotte Observer, North Carolina-based Harris Teeter issued a statement expressing its position: "We have and will continue to adhere to the firearms and concealed handgun laws as outlined by states in which we do business. We believe this issue is best handled by lawmakers, not retailers."

Breitbart News previously reported that Moms Demand was rebuffed by Kroger in August, after they pressured that grocery chain to bar law-abiding citizens from carrying guns in its stores. Kroger told Moms Demand they abide by state and local laws and trust their customers "to be responsible" to carry guns where allowed.

Source:  Breitbart.com 

 

Israel Eases Restrictions on Carrying Guns after Synagogue Killings

Robert Farago - The Truth About Guns

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“In the coming hours, I will ease restrictions on carrying weapons,”Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch announced today on public radio. Aharonovitch indicated the liberalization would only apply to licensed gun carriers, such as private security guards and off-duty army officers. The change does NOT mean that anyone with a gun can carry a gun, or that the State will make it easier for Israeli citizens to get a gun license. As TTAG has reported, the Jewish State has been moving in the opposite direction, towards civilian disarmament, for years. If that blows your mind check out the Sephardi chief rabbi of Israel’s reaction to today’s synagogue slaughter [via jta.org]. . .

Following the attack, Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, the Sephardi chief rabbi of Israel, said that Jews in Israel should not pray in a synagogue unless there is an armed guard. Yosef called on the government to help in funding the extra security.

“In every other public place security guards are stationed; there is no reason synagogues should remain defenseless,” Yosef said, according to the NRG news website.

The slaughter of four unarmed rabbis in Jerusalem may trigger something a sea change in terms of Israelis looking to exercise their natural and practical right to keep and bear arms. We shall see. [h/t AP, Pascal]

 

DC Police: Even Female Assault Victims have No Right to Carry Firearms

Emily Miller is the senior editor for the Washington Times Opinion pages. She served as the Deputy Press Secretary at the U.S. State Department for Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. She is the author of 'Emily Gets Her Gun: But Obama Wants to Take Yours' which details her struggle to legally own a handgun Washington D.C.

Emily Miller is the senior editor for the Washington Times Opinion pages. She served as the Deputy Press Secretary at the U.S. State Department for Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. She is the author of 'Emily Gets Her Gun: But Obama Wants to Take Yours' which details her struggle to legally own a handgun Washington D.C.

 Emily Miller, FOX 5 WASHINGTON D.C. -

I am a registered gun owner, but I feel that I'm in more danger on the streets of Washington, D.C. than inside my home. So when D.C. recently passed a new law allowing for some rights to carry a gun outside the home, I decided to apply for a permit. I quickly found that it is still impossible to exercise my Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Until July, Washington, D.C. was the only place in the country did not allow for any right to carry a gun outside the home. A federal district court judge ruled in the Palmer case that the total ban was unconstitutional.

The D.C. attorney general said last week that the city will appeal the ruling. While the issue goes through the courts, the Metropolitan Police Department has started giving out applications, so I went to the firearms registration office to start the process.

Milton Agurs, a civilian police department employee was at the front desk. I told him why I was there.

“You need to meet two criteria,” Agurs explained. “First that your life is in danger, your family or your property, or you have the type of business you carry large sums of money, jewelry. Under those circumstances, you can get a carry permit in DC.”

“To prove my life is in danger?” I asked. “Obviously there is a rising crime rate and a high rate of murders and sexual assaults in D.C. -- is that enough to say I want this for self-defense?”

“You have to prove you need concealed carry as opposed to just wanting one,” he replied.

Prove a need for a constitutional right? That's what D.C.'s new law says.

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The application that Agurs gave me said that living and working in a high crime city is not enough to get a carry permit. I read further down where it says that it has to be “a special danger to your life."

What's the difference between a regular danger -- like getting raped and murdered on the street --- and a special danger? You have to prove you are being targeted.

“Do I have to give evidence?” I asked.

“Yes ma'am,” said Agurs.

“I was a victim of a home invasion. And I've gotten a threat against me. Do I just give the police records?” I asked.

“Yes, ma'am,” he said.

I asked Agurs who will decide whether or not my self-defense needs are special?

That's something the chief of police will do,” he said, referring to Chief Cathy Lanier.  “But you'll have your reasons why you feel like you need it.”

“The chief of police personally will decide whether or not I get a carry permit?” I asked.

“You know it usually works-- it's going to be her or someone on her staff,” he said.

Proving a “need” is just one part of the carry permit application.  You have to do 16 hours of classroom training, plus two hours at the range.

“Where do I go to do that?” I asked Agurs.

“Unfortunately, I think they are still setting up the classes,” he replied.

There's the rub.  The city isn't actually abiding by the court decision. No one can apply for a carry permit because the police haven't certified any trainers for the mandatory classes. That might be partly because D.C. charges trainers $400 to be certified.

In contrast, Virginia accepts any class that is certified by the NRA. And there's no minimum time requirement for training.

So I asked Agurs:  "The Second Amendment right to bear arms just doesn't fully apply here?"

"I believe when the Second Amendment was written, that was more or less for when the British were coming."

When the British were coming? The Bill of Rights is no longer relevant?

Well, I spoke with Alan Gura, the lawyer for the plaintiffs in the Palmer case. He said that the city's new carry permit law is unconstitutional and does not adhere to the court ruling. Gura has filed a request for a permanent injunction, which a district court judge will hear on Nov. 20.

So I can't go any further in the application process until the police certify someone to teach the 18 hours of classes. The police gun registration office told me to keep calling to find out when that happens.

Open Carry Book for Children is #1 Bestseller on Amazon.com

My Parents Open Carry, a book authored by founding members of Michigan Open Carry and Michigan Carry, has become a number one bestseller on Amazon.com proving once again that the true majority of Americans overwhelmingly oppose gun control despite earnest attempts by groups like Moms Demand Action to portray Americans as helpless hoplophobes in need of an ever-expanding nanny state.

The book's website explains:

"My Parents Open Carry was written in the hope of providing a basic overview of the right to keep and bear arms as well as the growing practice of the open carry of a handgun. We fear our children are being raised with a biased view of our constitution and especially in regards to the 2nd Amendment."

In contrast to the statist myth that people are afraid of guns, the authors express a very real and justified fear resulting from the literal "brainwashing campaign" by Eric Holder, Jesse Jackson and others to convince people that owning a gun is "...not cool, that it's not acceptable."
"We have to do this every day of the week and just really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way." - US Attorney General Eric Holder

"We have to do this every day of the week and just really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way."                                                       - US Attorney General Eric Holder

In a 1995 speech by Eric Holder that was aired on C-SPAN, the Obama regime's Attorney General deviously fantasized about devolving the American mind so that the natural right of self-defense would be as shameful as the self-detrimental habit of smoking. Holder explained: "over time, we changed the way that people thought about smoking, so now we have people who cower outside of buildings and kind of smoke in private and don’t want to admit it.”
Reflecting the true nature and traditions of American culture; the authors of My Parents Open Carry, Brian Jeffs and Nathan Nephew, took it upon themselves to address a neglected need thereby working to protect the rights of all Americans, regardless of whether or not they support human rights in regards to self-defense.

"Before writing this, we looked for pro-gun children's books and couldn't find any. Our goal was to provide a wholesome family book that reflects the views of the majority of the American people, i.e., that self-defense is a basic natural right and that firearms provide the most efficient means for that defense. We truly hope you will enjoy this book and read and discuss it with your children over and over again."

My Parents Open Carry is sold on Amazon.com for only $10.76 and is eligible for free shipping; evidence that the authors are motivated by a love for Liberty, not cashing in on the media frenzy surrounding the open carry issue. Bulk discounts are also available through the publisher, White Feather Press, LLC.
Even for families that are pro-gun, owning multiple copies of this important book is worth considering. While the book undoubtedly makes an excellent gift for nieces and nephews growing up in "progressive" households; too often parents passively assume that their values will be absorbed by their offspring instead of actively teaching the importance of, and reasons for, traditional values.

Today's children are increasingly likely to become adults that are diametrically opposed to the  Renaissance ideals that propelled Western civilization to the heights of human development. This is of course due in large part to the concerted effort by Globalists like Eric Holder that have permeated every facet of civilization.
In 2008 Professor of Advanced Constitutional Law at Denver University, David Kopel, addressed this threat in a piece entitled The Human Right of Self-Defense.  

"The United Nations Human Rights Council has declared that there is no human right to self-defense. Moreover, the Council has ordered all governments to enact very restrictive gun laws (more severe than those of Washington, D.C., or New York City, for example), and has declared that failure to enact such laws constitutes a human rights violation. Further, the HRC states that it is a human rights violation for a government to allow a person to use a firearm in self-defense against a rapist or other criminal who is not attempting homicide."

-  David Kopel, The Human Right of Self Defense

Let that sink in for a moment...
"This can only be achieved through  the progressive strengthening of international institu-  tions under the United Nations and by creating a  United Nations Peace Force to enforce the peace as  the disarmament process proceeds."        -Freedom From War, US State Department 1961

"This can only be achieved through
the progressive strengthening of international institutions under the United Nations and by creating a United Nations Peace Force to enforce the peace as the disarmament process proceeds."    - Freedom From War, US State Department 1961

The United Nations has declared that you have no right to self defense! To accept this edict means that even the provisional allowance of firearms use in order to prevent homicide is nothing more than a privilege granted by our self-appointed overlords! This 'privilege' would certainly be revoked should we allow the US State Department to fully implement Freedom From War, the 1961 plan for "General and Complete Disarmament".
This plan is publicly available on the Library of Congress website and reveals that the State Department has been working with the UN to render the world's population defenseless for more than half a century.
When John Kerry signed the infamous UN Arms Trade Treaty last year, the state media insisted that it was only a harmless piece non-binding, feel good philosophizing on the part of global orchestrators. However, that will change ninety days after the ATT has been ratified by 50 countries making it a binding and enforceable treaty. On June 4th of last year the UN gloated that eight more countries had signed on bringing the number to 40, only 10 short of the number necessary to begin disarmament of the world's population, forcibly if necessary.
The enemies of Freedom and Liberty are monolithic, tireless and unyielding. In contrast, the Liberty Movement has for too long stagnated; crippled by infighting, a lack of mutual support and laziness. We can no longer be contented by complaining and playing at armchair politics. We face a very real effort to literally enslave our own children that will succeed if we do not overcome our apathy, ignorance and laziness. For less than the cost of a fast-food meal one could purchase a copy of My Parents Open Carry and use it as a tool to strengthen mankind's defenses against tyranny.

Isn't that the least we could do?

 - James Franklin is an activist and writer whose work focuses on issues of liberty, human rights and government accountability. His work has been read by millions online at The Examiner, Freedom Outpost, Intellihub, The Daily Sheeple, Gun Owners of America, The Daily Paul, DontComply.com, Come and Take It America and many other sites. He is a husband, a father of three boys and a native Texan. He works as an electronics specialist in the West Texas oil fields, as Regional Director for Come and Take It Texas and as a contributor for DontComply.com. Follow him on Twitter @mailboxuno.