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Monday, December 15, 2014

Concealed carry. If you can legally do it, it makes good sense.

  Given events in the United States, Canada, and now Australia it's pretty evident that the individual citizen doesn't just have the run of the mill criminal to worry about.

We also have the Islamo-fascists going full bore, and that aspect of the threat to Joe and Jane Citizen is going to ratchet up.

The folks in the chocolate shop in Sydney were easy prey for the terrorist who took them hostage. If you are in a place where one of the Jihadi show up, it's up to you to get yourself and others out of harms way.  Much easier to do that if you armed, than if you aren't.

 ISIS is being very clever in their efforts to inspire disgruntled individuals to join their cause. Every time one does, it motivates others to emulate them. That puts citizens at risk. Think of it as walking through a mine field the size of a baseball diamond. If there's only one mine out there, your chances of avoiding it are pretty good. But as the number of mines increases, so do your chances of stepping on one.



If you go to malls, sports events, public buildings, churches, or any place people gather, you're at greater risk than someone who avoids those places. It would be a positive development if you had some means of self defense, since the police can't be there every second. Remember the mall in Kenya, or the attack on Bombay, or the lady beheaded at work by the newly hatched Islamist, or the young man shot at a stop sign by another recent convert to Islam, or the Canadian parliament building, and on and on. That's going to continue and to increase in scope. Especially since the current regime has no clue how to deal with it, nor any inclination to do so. They're too busy running "Operation Choke Point' or "The Truthy Project" to worry about mundane things like terrorism anyway.


If you have a clean criminal record, it's not hard to get a concealed carry permit in the Southern states. Here, the right to self defense it recognized and provided for by law. If you live in some of the states like California, New Jersey, Connecticut, et al you have to be a politician or a member of the ruling elite to get a permit.



It's worth looking into.  My state has a reciprocity agreement with most of the states that issue concealed carry permits, so I can travel and retain my ability to influence negative events that may occur. I've been carrying for thirty years. In all that time, I've had to present my pistol exactly twice. On both occasions, that brought a potentially deadly situation to a screeching halt and that was the end of it. However, had I not had the pistol both of those events would almost certainly have ended disastrously for me. I'd say it was worth it.  Now, more  than ever before, people need to recognize that "it" can happen to anyone.  Having a concealed weapon can save the situation.




46 comments:

  1. I'm much more careful than I used to be. When I lived in Atlanta, and in Savannah I didn't have a car. I walked so many places by myself because I had to. I took the bus in Atlanta. Sometimes I'd miss one, or one wouldn't come, so I just walked in the dark. So bad of me. Now I try not to even go out at night.

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    1. Too many women just disappear off the streets. I don't know why so many deranged psychotics choose women for their victims but it's a fact that they do. The mere thought of you walking in Atlanta at night raises the hair on the back of my neck. I wouldn't do that myself except under dire circumstances. But young people often do things like that, my own daughter has despite my hooting and hollering!

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  2. There was a time when walking a city street after dark wouldn't bother me in the slightest. Times have changed. I have changed. I have gained enough age and experience to know that I am no longer bullet proof. I don't venture out after dark unless I am in the company of one of my grown children. I tend to do my shopping at local stores rather than at high traffic malls. And isn't a shame that it has to be that way.

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    1. Vicki, it's a real shame and like you I can remember when life here was not like that. But with the continuing degradation of law and order in America it will only get worse. Although I am not a Christian I think the real fall began when the federal government began to work assiduously to root Christian values from our society in the name of multiculturalism. I can see how a great deal of evil came about as a result of that.

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  3. G'day Harry,

    I work 2 blocks down from the Sydney cafe, we were not evacuated during the seige, the building was locked down by security with access only by passes. I went out at midday yesterday to grab some food for the others in the office and all was quiet with many workers already evacuated and sent home.

    Police stormed the cafe at 2.10am this morning and unfortunately 2 innocent hostages are dead along with the terrorist who is a known radical refugee from Iran, I hope he enjoys his 72 demons in hell.

    I am back in this office this morning, the city is almost back to normal, we Australians will never let terrorists make us live in fear, we will defeat Islam and all the evil it stands for.

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    1. I'm glad to hear you're ok. I knew that happened right down there in your balliwick. I heard the deputy mayor of Sidney say today that Australians may need to reconsider some of their gun laws so that people can protect themselves against this kind of thing. Good for him, that was both courageous and farsighted.

      I don't think Isis and their ilk can intimidate Australians, who have a government more rooted in reality than the lefty DreamWorld based bunch we are cursed with.

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  4. Diversity, is nothing more than a suicide pact. This is France today. It is already happening here as well.
    http://youtu.be/A3YQANdvvbY

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    1. America is the only country I am aware of that is so infatuated with multiculturalism that some are willing to commit collective suicide in the name of furthering it's advancement.

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  5. NH has a one page concealed carry form. It's a must issue state. Filled in the form. Got my approval in a week. Paid my $10. Good for 5 years. Your state probably accepts it. Very glad that FL does as I spend a good part of the winter there.

    You don't have to be in the south for concealed carry.

    VT doesn't even require a permit.

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    1. No, that's true. However, when I think of that part of the country it's the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut cabal that tends to garner the attention. I'm sure Georgia would recognize your permit as our only requirement is that your state recognize ours in turn.

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    2. The Northeast isn't all one thing. In fact, upstate NY has a lot more in common with VT and NH than NY City. Of course, they are saddled with the laws designed for the city, so it really sucks to be them.

      I'm in a very rural, low population area of NH.

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    3. Thought I'd toss this 100% unhelpful thing in...

      To foreigners, a Yankee is an American.
      To Americans, a Yankee is a Northerner.
      To Northerners, a Yankee is an Easterner.
      To Easterners, a Yankee is a New Englander.
      To New Englanders, a Yankee is a Vermonter.
      And in Vermont, a Yankee is somebody who eats pie for breakfast.

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    4. I had never heard a lot of that.

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  6. I carry concealed and have a permit to do so. I am an old lady, on oxygen and weigh 105 lbs. Even if I did not have or were not allowed to have a permit I would carry concealed in this day and age. My life is more important to me than what some politician says I can do. I remember America in the good old days. Another thing to remember is not to have the stance or look of a victim. Keep your head up and be bold when looking at somebody (don't stare). Of course, I think we carry ourselves differently when armed. I don't care how much feminists scream that they are equal to men.....in size and strength they are not. That is why women are attacked. Easy prey. The muslims and liberals have the same mindset in that if you don't agree with their thinking you are attacked. Libs just do it with words and not bombs.

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    1. I think you're quite right about carrying, legal or otherwise though in some states the risk of doing so is great. In Georgia, assuming you have no criminal record, the first offense of carrying concealed without a permit is a judicial slap on the wrist. However,in a People's Democratic Republic like California it's a felony and will probably mean jail time.

      I suppose you could say that God made men and women but Colonel Colt made them equal, as a variation on the old saw.

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    2. That's why we don't live in Kalifornia anymore. Pity....it is a beautiful state.

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    3. It really is. I lived in Northern California for awhile and it is very beautiful.

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  7. I agree with Alissa - it makes a difference to use common sense and caution about your activities.

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    1. Lisa, it does indeed. Sometimes though, I've found myself in the wrong place at the wrong time and then the weight of an M1911 under my coat was welcome indeed, even if I turned out not to need it.

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  8. I don't know how you feel about it, but I think it would be very instructive to hear the story from you about those two times you had to pull that handgun in self defense. Perhaps in an upcoming post? --Troy

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    1. Troy, that's one of those things I might be better off not going into a lot of detail about. Off the cuff, a couple of escaped convicts from Tennessee tried to carjack me on a snowy mountain road once. The other involved an incident with some Mexican gangbangers up on a mountain near here. Neither are pleasant memories but they could have ended a lot worse than they did.

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  9. oh Harry - i hate to read this post and especially from you - a man who i consider one of the most adept and trained...due to your vast military experience and from all of your scholarly achievements and reading on your own. YOUR opinion about a variety of things always makes me and jam stop and think, regroup and question. i think many think of you in these ways.

    this crap has got to stop. and Harry, you and those like you (like us) need to put a stop to this.

    we love you and yours and always will. make sure those kids have a ton of ways to get to us, buddy! your friend, always.
    kymber

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    1. Kymber, I sure wish I knew what could be done to arrest the rot, but I don't. One of the reasons I don't write as often as I used to is that the news has been so bad, and I don't want to be negative but there hasn't been much positive lately to counterbalance the bad.

      I think that younger people are going to have to fix things if they can be fixed.

      We haven't forgotten you two are up there, and would certainly take advantage of your kind offer if the circumstances arose. And who's to say when they might, these days.

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  10. It's a sad world we live in today. Sometime all I feel is "stop the world, I wanna get off". That is not a solution, I know, but I get to feeling so helpless - so miniscule in the grand scheme of things.

    What happened to man that they put their interpretation of religion before the written teachings?

    I miss your regular posts but understand the frustration and despair that caused your hiatus.

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    1. It does seem like darker times. I'm not religious but I've been reading Revelations again. I guess that's morbid. But life goes on. For people like us, who live away from population centers, the impact of all the horrific events taking place now is largely secondary.

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  11. Hey Harry,


    (captaincrunch)


    Yeah' your right Harry.

    The feds have been busy with 'Operation choke-the-chicken and 'Operation honey-bun-runner to be worried about 'Jihadi jackasses and Sharia scum bags.

    I think for personal protection I will cross breed a Ferret with a Wolverine and call it a 'Wolvo Ferret'

    Maybe I will try to cross a Ferret with a Honey Badger?

    I could call it a 'Honey Ferret' (and it ain't gonna be no honey) The damn thing will be a mean son of a bitch. So mean that that Honey Ferret will make 'Chuck Norris cry and make Clint Eastwood vote for Hillary CLinton.

    Maybe we can air lift ten million 'Honey Ferret's and Wolvo Ferrets into the middle east and Persian Gulf and be done with it once and for all.

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    1. captain buddy - no matter what you can always make me laugh! captain crunch for president 2016!

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    2. You'd be safe if you had enough ferrets. Maybe a hundred or so.

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    3. Hey Kymber,

      (captaincrunch)

      "Aint heard from ya' in a while Kymber. I done thought, I may have angered the nation of Canada by saying that Texas may purchase Canada.
      "Hell we offer lower taxes, less bullshit, great Beer and Barbecue"

      For up north Kymber, maybe I can cross a 'Wolvo Ferret" with a Polar Bear!
      That would freak out the enviro's (environmentalist) A giant man eating, cuddling monster that can pick up shiny cars and motorcycles and carry them back to their lairs.
      (that would be cool) A mega man eatin' Ferret with fangs.

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  12. Without wanting to play devils advocate too much, but the one statistic I never see is how many situations are caused by someone with a concealed carry licence loosing their cool or misreading a situation?
    You've been trained to use weapons and read situations but many haven't. What if they pull the gun with good intentions and then misuse it by accident or it gets taken from them and used against innocent people, nerves make them pull the trigger to fast?
    I don't think more guns would be the answer here and I know that's not what you want to hear. I know a lot of people here that I'm glad can't get a gun in this country!
    And although it's tragic, we live in a much smaller world these days so we hear all the news, whereas 30 years ago it might not have been reported around the world. Still best to avoid the big cities though.

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  13. Kevin, I know gun statistics pretty well and they don't show that individuals with concealed carry permits cause any incidents such as those you mentioned. I'm not aware of a single instance in my state of that occurring. You have to be wary of "statistics" when they are quoted to attack gun ownership because, in this country at least, they are frequently false. An example would be the number of children killed in this country with guns. The statistics you see quoted by the Brady Bunch and the Gabby Giffords Traveling Circus include individuals up to the age of 19, hardly children and frequently victims of gang infighting. If you had been in that shop in Sydney with your wife, would you have preferred not to be armed? Don't get me wrong, Kev, I'm not attacking you or your thoughts. I want to be sure you know that because it's easy to give the wrong impression on the internet. It's that I believe everyone has to protect themselves and their families, and if you rely on other's to do that you may wind up face down.

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    1. Kev - Harry already responded to this but i couldn't help myself. there are almost ZERO statistics on people who conceal carry losing their cool....in fact, it is quite the opposite. there are statistics that speak to people who conceal carry helping in a multitude of examples. just fyi.

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    2. Is there zero statistic or is there no data collected showing that? Just a question, sometimes the media distort everything that we see and we have to see through it.
      Also I'd obviously want to be armed in a situation like tha, but t I'd rather the other guy was denied access to the gun in the first place. I might be hypercritical in some respect as if I could carry over here I'm sure I would, but then I think there should be full training and tests before a license was handed out.
      An interesting take on the situation is on this video by Russell Band (not everyone's favourite I know) but it is interesting how the news is portade to make us think one thing. This in no way means I don;t think this was a tragic loss of life by the way, and my heart goes out to the people involved and their families.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZ8ZYAvWTxo&feature=youtu.be

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    3. Kev - i am sure that Harry will come back with a comment as well. trust me when i say with the Obamma gov pushing and using example after example for why there needs to be more gun regulation...if there were stats of concealed carriers losing their cool and shooting up a bunch of people, it would be all over the news. it's why they have to pump up new items like sandy hook and the trayvin thing - it's to try and make it harder to own a weapon and conceal carry it. if a concealed carrier lost his nut and shot someone it would be all over the news for months. here in canada there are very rigorous laws in order to conceal carry and i sure wish wasn't so. i have been all over the US and Canada...and the people that i have met that have conceal carry are very upright and responsible people. i wish that it were easier to conceal carry in canada. just my thoughts, kev. i am glad that you are asking questions.

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    4. Kev, bad people can always get a gun. All that depriving people of the means of self defense does is make it easier for the criminals and terrorists, who are spectacularly unconcerned about what the law says in any case.
      I did a quick internet search and can't find any indication that a concealed carry permit holder in this state has ever utilized their carry gun to commit some barbarous act. If you do come across such a case I'd want to know of it. On the other hand there are many, many instances of people using firearms to protect themselves and their families from home invaders, gang members, common criminals, etc.

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    5. Kev, I looked at Russel Trews. You are kidding me, right?

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    6. Kev:
      Being British and all, I know you can't help but have a typically Brit view on things, and the farce that is European (read socialist leaning) media is largely to blame for this perspective. But this Russel Brand character is taking absurdity and ignorance of historical facts to the level of insult. Simply put he is reveling in the terrorist's acts and is as disdainful as the very perpetrators of the islamic motivated brutality in Sydney.
      The MUSLIM savage who took and murdered the hostages in Sydney obtained a firearm in a country with one of the most restrictive gun laws in the world. Yet it did not stop him. Once again proving the abject idiocy of laws aimed to limit firearms.
      Do we ban steak knives because some idiot stabs another with one? Statistically more children die of drowning in swimming pools than of gun shots. Is there an outcry to ban pools?
      The muslim terrorist in Sydney proclaimed with his sign he was acting in the name of Islam. The cops only went in to the place when he started shooting his hostages as they tried to escape. To imply that the deaths occurred due to police intervention is excusing the muslim terrorists actions. The two victims died due to HIS actions motivated by islamic religious hatred. On multiple occasions he openly expressed his sympathies for ISIS. His current wife murdered his previous wife. He was charged as an accessory to the crime, as well as more than 25 charges of sexual assault and battery. Yet on Friday last, some no doubt multy-culty minded judge let him walk. Personally I think the judge should have his testicles nailed to the wall. The Muslim terrorist and his murderess concubine both have on multiple occasions publicly expressed their glee over the events of 9/11. They both repeatedly sent nasty letters to the families Australian soldiers that died in action in Afghanistan. He was motivated by HATRED, CONTEMPT and INTOLERANCE for all that is not his particular flavor of islam. Pussyfooting around the issue and attempting to call it something else or blame a mental condition does nothing but encourage his kind. We understand that you have to be insane to do do what he did but, it is fundamentally based on a perverted religious ideology that we persist on excusing. The muslim community a whole has done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to eliminate these radicals from their midst. At best they have justified the actions of these savages, more usually they encourage and celebrate them. If there is one thing that stands out about islam is its INTOLERANCE and disdain for others who do not share their views.

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    7. -continuing-
      One person with a handgun, and the knowledge to use it in the cafe in Sydney would have made all the difference. In every instance one of these savages has carried out his intentions, regardless of the motivations the ONLY thing that stopped the perpetrator was someone else with a gun. What stopped the terrorist on this occasion? A bullet to the head. There is a plethora of evidence to prove that. You can go on youtube and find thousands of videos from security cameras that show store keepers stopping would be assailants by using their own handguns. Frequently with terminal consequences for the robbers. Had the store owner in Ferguson shot Michael Brown when he assaulted him, it would have ended right there. But instead we have the the farce promoted by the media and the race baiters and arsonists, that his death was due to some institutionalized nationwide racist policy on the part of disparate police agencies throughout the nation. The press world wide takes great delight in purposely ignoring facts, twisting the truth and promoting hysteria, confusion, misinformation and panic over guns because it serves them to sell more copies and TV minutes. Politicians rejoice because taking advantage of people's ignorance allows them to sell promises of safety to a herd of sheeple in exchange for their freedom thus gaining more control over their flock and assuring them selves more power and dominance over them. Folks have to disregard reality in order to not see that. Those who would trade their freedom for safety shall have neither. With freedom comes responsibility, and folks all too often mistakenly think they can separate the two. Thrusting upon others the responsibility to provide for them be it, sustenance, housing, health care or security, only enslaves them to, and put them at the mercy of their provider.
      Try this one on for size. Though I would however no be surprised to learn this is banned in Europe.
      http://youtu.be/Ry3NzkAOo3s

      PS: Cro's piece today about Mr Brand seems to be right on point:
      http://magnonsmeanderings.blogspot.com/2014/12/an-open-letter-to-russell-brand.html

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  14. It's alarming to think of how rapidly things have changed. As a kid I rode my bike everywhere by myself. Today, I wouldn't dream of letting a child do that. Harry, I think you're right about the moral decline occurring in conjunction with our government trying to eradicate biblical values from society. Prayer was banned in schools in 1962. Seems like it all went downhill from there.

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    1. Leigh, I don't understand why the government does everything it can to stamp out Christianity, while expending vast resource to facilitate the worship of Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, and even Santeria. There's no doubt in my mind that many liberals feel Christianity hinders the establishment of the multicultural nirvana they want America to be, and they are determined to get rid of it and it's practitioners. That in turn has had a drastic and woeful impact on the quality of life here.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      I got it all figured out.....

      bring in millions of non-Christians from countries where people are used to being oppressed (its easier to oppress them, they are used to it) Kill the economy with debt. Destroy the culture and Constitution. Destroy institutions such as marriage and make it legal for dogs and cats to get married to each other.
      Then you dumb down the populace with non-critical thinking education and get everyone hooked on dope!
      Next you take out trillions of loans from enemy countries and use your countries land and resources to back up the bad loan.

      Economy collapses, enemy countries foreclose on loans and strip away all natural resources and wealth for pennies on the dollar leaving a behind a poor nation state that forced to join a world government and reduce its population to a form of modern day sharecroppers.

      I think I may move somewhere else.....My ancestors left Scotland and Ireland for a reason. Now I know why.

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    3. If you figure out a place to go, let me know. I've been looking at Costa Rica for a number of years. My kids tried to go to Canada but we chose the wrong immigration lawyer and that didn't work out.

      In his book "Emergency" a guy named Strauss took out duel citizenship in some island country in the Caribbean. Can't remember which one, but he went to a lot of trouble and expense before being successful (and very happy) in the end.

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  15. Harry,

    The world isn't what it used to be. One must always be aware of their surroundings.....being aware will help you and your family not to become a target of ANY crime. We must protect ourselves and our family.

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    1. Also having 3,000 ferrets with armor will help, lol.....

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  16. I saw some cocktail accessories once that were little swords you put cherries on to put in your drinks. They were perfect ferret size. Had I known what the future held I'd have bought a box with which to arm my ferrets! :-)

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