Should the Capitol Remain “Gun-Free”?

From John Lott, Jr…

Like so many mass public shootings, the gunman who attacked the U.S. Capitol on Monday first tried shooting a uniformed officer.  Fortunately, the lone gunman was quickly subdued and no one other than the attacker was seriously injured. But it raises questions of what would have happened with a more coordinated terrorist attack.

With terror attacks occurring regularly around the world, we can’t ignore the fact that the Capitol would provide a primary target for terrorists.  Indeed, an FBI informant foiled such an attack in January.

Police are crucial – probably the single most important factor in reducing crime. But uniformed police have a tough job stopping terrorists since they are often the first targets in any attack.

In late 2013, Ron Noble, who at the time was secretary-general of Interpol, Europe’s version of the FBI, noted two means of protecting people from mass shootings:

“One is to say we want an armed citizenry; you can see the reason for that. Another is to say the enclaves (should be) so secure that in order to get into the soft target, you’re going to have to pass through extraordinary security.”

But with terrorists planning these attacks many months or even years in advance, Noble warned that his experience taught him it was virtually impossible to stop killers from getting weapons.

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Bill Adds Michigan Libraries to Killing Zones

An awful bill with many sponsors, it was introduced early in this legislative session. This proposed law would add libraries to the list of Mass Murderer Empowerment Zones (The so-called “Pistol Free Zones” where a licensed concealed carrier may not carry a concealed pistol.) So, in addition to the other places where law-abiding citizens are left vulnerable to criminal attack, such as hospitals, churches, etc. (The full list reads like a psychopath’s shopping list for victims), libraries would be off limits.

Today’s example is House Bill 4261.

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Into the Fray: In Tight With No Sights

If you find yourself in the unenviable position of being extremely close to your attacker and you need to draw your weapon to engage an active deadly threat, you don’t have to aim. In fact, you don’t have time to aim.

Kevin Michalowski is currently the Executive Editor of Concealed Carry Magazine, a working law enforcement officer and a pistol instructor with certifications in five different areas of training. Into the Fray is a weekly video blog focusing on self-defense and the concealed carry lifestyle. It will cover everything from defensive firearms use to the legal and ethical aspects of deadly force and its aftermath.

Felon out on bond meets woman with .357 during break-in

Trenton Hartman

The judge upped the ante on Trenton Hartman’s bond this go around. (Photo: Metro PD)

This 24-year-old man broke into JoShanda Odem’s apartment in South Nashville , he  did not expect to find the woman inside armed with a .357 revolver.  Now he nurses a gunshot wound.

JoShanda Odems, 36, told police she heard knocking at the door to her apartment around 11 a.m., but when she looked through the peephole, did not recognize the man on the other side of her door. She did not open the door, but the knocks continued. Feeling uneasy about the man at her door, Odems went to her bedroom and armed herself with a .357, Nashville Metro Police said in statement.  More here…


SAF Applauds SCOTUS for Reversing Massachusetts Court Gun Ruling

BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation is delighted by today’s U.S. Supreme Court reversal of a court ruling in Massachusetts that upheld that state’s ban on stun guns, sending the case back to the state’s Supreme Judicial Court.

A woman named Jaime Caetano was convicted after police found a stun gun in her purse while she was in a parking lot. She told them it was for self-defense and argued that she had a right to carry it for defense against an abusive ex-boyfriend.

While the high court did not strike down the Massachusetts ban, it instructed the state judges to reconsider their initial ruling in the case against Caetano. The state has banned the non-lethal weapons on the grounds that they are not protected by the Second Amendment.

“This ruling shows that the United States Supreme Court is not happy with lower courts ignoring the Heller and McDonald decisions affirming the individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “It is also an important ruling because the gun in question is a modern type and was used in public outside the home.

“Just because something didn’t exist at the time the Constitution was ratified doesn’t mean it isn’t protected,” he added. “By that same reasoning, no modern newspaper, online publication, or broadcast media would be protected by the First Amendment in the Bay State, and we all know that’s nonsense.” Read more

LaserMax Launches 2016 Spring Rebate

Spring Mail-In Rebate Offers $30 and $60 discounts on Premium LaserMax Products


(Rochester, NY) – Just in time for the Spring shooting season, select purchases will qualify for up to $60 back from LaserMax. This 2016 Spring Rebate applies to the company’s award-winning Guide Rod, CenterFire and Rail Mounted laser systems.

Details: Between April 1, 2016 and May 31, 2016, purchase of any* Guide Rod Laser entitles the buyer to a $60 rebate, while purchase of any* Rail Mounted Laser, CenterFire Laser or light qualifies for a $30 rebate. Read more

NCPA Launches Provide for the Common Defense Now!

Dallas, TX – As top military leaders voice their concerns that budget cuts and troop reductions have left us unprepared in the event of a crisis, National Center for Policy Analysis has launched the “Provide for the Common Defense Now!” petition. The petition urges Congress to use this year’s National Defense Authorization Act to build – not diminish – the capabilities of our fighting forces.

“We have degraded our venerable military deterrent capacity. At every time since World War I, when America reduced its military capabilities, enemies of a Machiavellian bent saw opportunity. And now is no different,” warns NCPA Executive Director Lt. Col. (Ret.) Allen West.

The petition focuses on building a strong, fiscally responsible military by:

*Building a military ready to deploy and capable of defending America against terrorists and adversarial governments.
*Reducing the growth of the Department of Defense bureaucracy and eliminate redundant military and civilian positions to create a more effective and agile fighting force.
*Transforming warfighting strategies so that military objectives are clearly defined and achievable, and rules of engagement do not create unnecessary risk for our men and women in combat zones.
*Reforming the military acquisition and research and development process to eliminate significant cost overruns and guarantee warfighters receive modern weapon systems on time and under budget.
*Compensating our men and women in the military at a pay rate above poverty level so service men and women do not have to be on federal government assistance.
“The recent apprehension of the Islamic terrorist aligned with ISIS in Brussels along with the proliferation of Islamic jihadism, Russian and Chinese military expansions, Iranian hegemonic designs in the Middle East, and North Korean ballistic missile testing reminds us of the global instability and insecurity we face,” added West. “It is hardly a time to have Senior U.S. Generals testifying that our forces may not be ready to respond. Nor is it the time to further weaken America’s defenses.”

The petition aims to collect 100,000 signatures, and will be delivered to Congress before the vote on the NDAA. The full petition can be found at: For more, visit:\

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