Monthly Archives: February 2011

WRAL on Castle Bill (*Video*)

WRAL weighs in on the Castle Bills
But some worry that panhandlers, tapping on car windows will be shot.
This guy’s kidding, right? I guess he doesn’t understand the difference between tapping on a window and forcible entry. It’s sort of like the difference between chatting a girl up at a bar and rape. Not all that hard to tell the difference, assuming an IQ above room temperature. Let’s go to the tape,
First, the fear tactics

Now the truth

Which person has you, the decent citizen in mind, and who’s thinking of protecting the criminals? Make sure to tell your Representative and Senator how you expect them to vote.

Castle Bill legislative dance

SB 34, the NC Senate version of the Castle bill has passed its 1st and 2nd reading in the Senate, and is up for its 3rd reading on Monday. Look for it to pass then.
But the House version, HB 74, got ambushed from an unlikely source
What the heck was that all about? We kind of expected that my Representative wouldn’t be much help
But the Republican House Majority Leader? If you really want to know, I suggest you call or write him, [email protected] and 919-733-2962. Ask him why, at this late stage, he’s decided to act like this. While you are at it, make sure that you’ve spoken to your Representative and Senator to make sure that they know where you stand. They can’t accurately represent you if you stay silent.

Note to the Census Department

Dear Census Department,
2
Adults
Mind your own business about the rest.
Respectfully,
Me.

Can’t let an old Vet down

I watched this video and it brought back some memories.

I watched this video and it brought back some memories.
See how the Army Marksmanship Unit guys react to the old sniper. You can see the deep respect they have for him. Notice too how he sees the AMU guys. You can feel the respect he has for them. It’s clear to me that he sees them not as a couple of guys in uniform, but as the modern, living, breathing successors to the guys that fought with him against the Axis in WWII. You can see how that shakes them. I know just how they feel.
I spent 4 years in the 82nd Airborne, from 1990 to 1994. (I was also in the Navy, 1996-2001, but that’s another story) I took leave for a month in Michigan City, Indiana in ’92 or ‘93, to hang out with a buddy that was getting out of the Army. We would ride out motorcycles from his house to his girlfriend’s house, and along the way there was a house that always had an 82nd Airborne flag flying.
And it wasn’t on a little flagpole, either. It was on an enormous flagpole, much bigger than you usually see in front of a house. It took me almost 3 weeks before I decided to knock on the door. The lady that opened the door didn’t seem all that surprised to see me. I told her that I saw the flag, I was in the 82nd Airborne, and I wondered why it was there. She seemed more worried that I might escape. Her husband, you see, was a WWII veteran of the 82nd, and he would like to meet me. In a serious voice she warned me “He’s blind.”
She ushered me in to his room, which was a sort of “man-cave,” but much cleaner. He had a tasteful shadow box on the wall with his decorations, but I don’t remember thinking that anything about the room would have warned me that this guy had been through hell and come back covered in glory. And his own blood, too. He told me about joining the Division as a replacement in Normandy. “I didn’t jump into Normandy, but I jumped everywhere else until I got wounded.” He told war stories about how the Army screwed this or that silly thing up. Same type of stuff they’ve done to every vet! He was tested in mortars, rifles, machine guns, and it was machine guns that he was worst at. Guess which unit he ended up in? Machine guns.  He told me about his last jump, into Holland I think. It was delayed, and for reasons that still aren’t clear to him, they made him jump out in broad daylight. He said it made everyone sitting ducks. You can shoot at Paratroopers while they are under canopy. The Germans did.
He said that he got shot in the head during that battle. He should have died, but his Company Commander got him into a jeep and back to an aid station. They managed to save his life, but not his vision. He’s lived in the dark since 1944, when my dad was 2 years old.
He told me all about the things he did, and then he told me all about the things I could do. He just knew, in his heart, that had I been faced with the dangers he had faced, I’d do just as well as he and his buddies did. I was a Paratrooper, you see, and an American soldier. It didn’t matter that he’d grown up in the Depression and I’d grown up a pampered son of the richest, laziest nation the world had ever seen. (My words, not his) I was a Paratrooper, and a soldier. If the balloon went up, I’d march to the sound of the guns and destroy our country’s enemies and set the world to rights. Just as he and his buddies did.
I’m still not sure that I could have done as he said. But I’d have rather died than have let the old Vet down. So if you live in Michigan City, and you know who I’m talking about, and he’s still alive, go shake his hand. Tell him that the young Paratrooper he met all those years ago still thinks about him. If he’s gotten his final discharge and has gone on to his heavenly reward, thank his family for me. Two hours in his presence told me more about what it means to be a soldier and a Paratrooper than 4 years of living it.  

Note to newspapers and TV stations

RANT ALERT: Caps lock rage follows!
This one’s for all those professional news men and women out there. You run a news station or a news paper, and you are in the business of telling people what happened. Due to the dawning of the Internet, it is possible for people from all over the world to arrive at your news website without knowing where you are located in the real world. It is up to you to tell them!
This is an actual screen shot of a story I found via Girls <3 Guns.
Will someone please tell me WHERE THE HECK THIS STORY IS FROM!!! Is it too much to ask for you to tell your web guys to change your banner from “FOX 23.com” to “Fox 23.com Tulsa, OK?” I never went to J-school. In fact, if I ever went to any school with “J” in the title, it better be someone teaching me to sail a “J-class” sailboat. But even I know that the 5 W’s (and an H) apply here.

Who
What
When
Where
Why
How
THIS APPLIES TO YOUR WEB SITE TOO! IF YOUR READERS CAN’T TELL WHERE SOMETHING IS HAPPENING, THEY CAN’T TELL IF IT AFFECTS THEM!
For those people who are interested in legal issues relating to carrying of firearms in Oklahoma, here’s a helpful link to a lovely Fox News story. FROM TULSA!

I think we have another one to put on suicide watch

Icon shamelessly pilfered from Robb Allen
She’s not from the Brady Campaign, she’s Roxanne Kolar of North Carolinians against Gun Violence (NCGV). Hilariously mis-identified by the local free leftie rag as Executive Director of North Carolinians Against Gun Control, she once again conflates self-defense with murder and gun owners with vigilantes. She’s whining about the improved Castle Doctrine that’s making its way through the NC General Assembly.
Yeah, because it makes total sense that it’s legal to kill an intruder attempting to enter your house, but once he’s inside, you have to wait for him to make a move to hurt you before you can shoot him. Because it makes total sense that when you shoot a carjacker who is trying to harm you, you’ll end up trying to explain to the court why you didn’t attempt to retreat.  Because it makes total sense that after you shoot a criminal, he or his surviving family, depending on your aim, can sue you.
Like I said in the comment I left, it does my conservative heart good to see lots of leftie money wasted giving this fool a platform to embarrass herself and the anti-gunners. Once all these laws pass, what will she do? Will she down a bottle of sleeping pills and a bottle of Jack? Or, based on the performance of many other gun grabbers, will she turn her rage outward? I wonder if I can get Robb Allen to make me an NCGV Suicide Watch icon.

Certainly the people have no arms (*Video*)

Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya’s deputy ambassador to the UN tosses the “G” word. Genocide. Listen carefully at the 1:35 mark where he says “Certainly the people have no arms.”

He doesn’t mean that the people have no upper extremities. He means they have no guns. This guy isn’t some outsider pissing and moaning about Libya, he’s Libya’s deputy Ambassador to the UN. He pressed the UN for serious sanctions, including military force in the form of a no-fly zone.
This is why we have the Second Amendment. This is why we say that the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental human right. Without arms, people cannot even try to resist their government if that government starts massacring its citizens.
Ask yourself a simple question. Could this happen here? Could roving bands of mercenaries terrorize the people of this country for very long? No. They’d get shot dead in short order. Since this sort of state sponsored terror is impossible, how does that change the calculations of any would be tyrants that arise? How many plans get round-filed because it might lead to people getting shot? How many times in our history have leaders said to themselves and their advisors, “Maybe we shouldn’t do that. The people might call that tyranny and fight back.”

And yet, fools call the idea of armed resistance to tyranny foolish. Are they planning on being the tyrants? Or are they just cowards?
Ht: my Dad, via email

South Carolina Constitutional Carry on Carolina Politics Online

Carolina Politics Online weighs in on Constitutional Carry in South Carolina.
He’s singing my song. If it’s a right, you shouldn’t have to beg the authorities to exercise that right.

Stronger Castle Bill passes first hurdle in NC Senate

It looks like the stronger version of the Castle Bill is on the move in the NC Senate, despite NCGV’s whining.
Note the key word there. Unanimously. Grass Roots North Carolina sent out an alert about this as well.
The new bill includes a “no duty to retreat” clause, and it specifies that if someone breaks into your occupied house, vehicle, or workplace, you can assume that they mean you great bodily harm or death. That means that if someone car-jacks you, you can use deadly force to protect yourself. If someone breaks in to your workplace, you can use deadly force to protect yourself.
Again, the key word in all of this is unanimously. All the members of the Senate Judiciary II Committee, both Republican and Democrat, voted to pass the bill on to the full Senate. This is fantastic news. Make sure to call, write, or visit your Representatives and ask that they support passage of this bill in the Senate and House Bill 78 in the House.
For those who like to read the actual text, here’s SB34, as amended.
S                                                                                                                                                    2
Short Title:        The Castle Doctrine.
 (Public)
February 7, 2011
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT TO PROVIDE WHEN A PERSON MAY USE DEFENSIVE FORCE, INCLUDING FORCE THAT IS INTENDED OR LIKELY TO CAUSE DEATH OR SERIOUS BODILY HARM, AND TO CREATE A PRESUMPTION THAT A PERSON IS PRESUMED TO HAVE HELD A REASONABLE FEAR OF IMMINENT PERIL OF DEATH OR SERIOUS BODILY HARM IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1.  Article 14 of Chapter 14 of the General Statutes is amended by adding the following new sections to read:
“§ 1451.2.  Home, workplace, and motor vehicle protection; presumption of fear of death or serious bodily harm.
 (a)       The following definitions apply in this section:
 (1)       Home. – A building or conveyance of any kind, to include its curtilage, whether the building or conveyance is temporary or permanent, mobile or immobile, which has a roof over it, including a tent, and is designed as a temporary or permanent residence.
(2)        Law enforcement officer. – Any person employed or appointed as a fulltime, parttime, or auxiliary law enforcement officer, correctional officer, probation officer, postrelease supervision officer, or parole officer.
(3)        Motor vehicle. – As defined in G.S. 204.01(23).
(4)        Workplace. – A building or conveyance of any kind, whether the building or conveyance is temporary or permanent, mobile or immobile, which has a roof over it, including a tent, which is being used for commercial purposes.
(b)        The lawful occupant of a home, motor vehicle, or workplace is presumed to have held a reasonable fear of imminent death or serious bodily harm to himself or herself or another when using defensive force that is intended or likely to cause death or serious bodily harm to another if both of the following apply:
(1)        The person against whom the defensive force was used was in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering, or had unlawfully and forcibly entered, a home, motor vehicle, or workplace, or if that person had removed or was attempting to remove another against that person’s will from the home, motor vehicle, or workplace.
(2)        The person who uses defensive force knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry or unlawful and forcible act was occurring or had occurred.
(c)        The presumption set forth in subsection (b) of this section does not apply in any of the following circumstances:
(1)        The person against whom the defensive force is used has the right to be in or is a lawful resident of the home, motor vehicle, or workplace such as an owner or lessee, and there is not an injunction for protection from domestic violence or a written pretrial supervision order of no contact against that person.
(2)        The person sought to be removed from the home, motor vehicle, or workplace is a child or grandchild or is otherwise in the lawful custody or under the lawful guardianship of the person against whom the defensive force is used.
(3)        The person who uses defensive force is engaged in, attempting to escape from, or using the home, motor vehicle, or workplace to further any criminal offense that involves the use or threat of physical force or violence against any individual.
(4)        The person against whom the defensive force is used is a law enforcement officer who enters or attempts to enter a home, motor vehicle, or workplace in the lawful performance of his or her official duties, and the officer identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person entering or attempting to enter was a law enforcement officer in the lawful performance of his or her official duties.
(5)        The person against whom the defensive force is used (i) has discontinued all efforts to unlawfully and forcefully enter the dwelling or residence and (ii) has exited the home, motor vehicle, or workplace.
(d)        A person who unlawfully and by force enters or attempts to enter a person’s home, motor vehicle, or workplace is presumed to be doing so with the intent to commit an unlawful act involving force or violence.
(e)        A person who uses force as permitted by this section is justified in using such force and is immune from civil or criminal liability for the use of such force, unless the person against whom force was used is a law enforcement officer who was lawfully acting in the performance of his or her official duties and the officer identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person was a law enforcement officer in the lawful performance of his or her official duties.
(f)         A lawful occupant within his or her home, motor vehicle, or workplace does not have a duty to retreat from an intruder in the circumstances described in this section.
(g)        This section is not intended to repeal or limit any other defense that may exist under the common law.
“§ 1451.3.   Use of force in defense of person; relief from criminal or civil liability.
(a)        A person is justified in using force, except deadly force, against another when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that the conduct is necessary to defend himself or herself or another against the other’s imminent use of unlawful force. However, a person is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat in any place he or she has the lawful right to be if either of the following applies:
(1)        He or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another.
(2)        Under the circumstances permitted pursuant to G.S. 1451.2.
(b)        A person who uses force as permitted by this section is justified in using such force and is immune from civil or criminal liability for the use of such force, unless the person against whom force was used is a law enforcement officer who was lawfully acting in the performance of his or her official duties and the officer identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person was a law enforcement officer in the lawful performance of his or her official duties.”
SECTION 2.  G.S. 1451.1 is repealed.
SECTION 3.  This act becomes effective December 1, 2011, and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.  Prosecutions for offenses committed before the effective date of this act are not abated or affected by this act, and the statutes that would be applicable but for this act remain applicable to those prosecutions.
I’ve highlighted the best parts.

Still grasping for relevance

I got a lovely email today from North Carolinians against Gun Violence (NCGV), the local branch office of the Joyce Foundation, alerting me to the dread terror that awaits us if the evil Republican majority gets their way on guns.
Dear Sean
Only 7 percent of voters nationwide think current gun laws should be less strict. 
That’s it –  just 7 percent. 
Here in North Carolina the majority of voters, including gun owners, support our current state gun laws which keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals. 
With such overwhelming support for sensible gun laws, it makes little sense that our legislators are introducing bills which would weaken North Carolina’s gun laws.
Yet in the first 30 days of our legislative session, bills have been proposed to allow guns in family restaurants, to allow concealed weapons into neighborhood parks, and to force employers to allow guns in ANY parking lots – even in churches or hospitals.
An additional ‘Shoot First’ bill has also been proposed, which seeks to extend this philosophy far past someone’s home into nearly any public place. 
Allowing concealed weapons into our restaurants and public parking lots threatens the safety and lives of our citizens.  Please show your support that North Carolina’s gun laws should not be weakened. 
Send this message to your elected officials.
Have more time? Volunteer to distribute our NCGV fact sheet to your elected officials.
Thank you,
NCGV
They helpfully included links to each of the bills! I knew about the bill they style the ‘Shoot First’ bill. I had not heard that Restaurant Carry, park carry, and a parking lot bill were already submitted. This is exciting!
Now that you know that these bills are submitted, you know what to do. Contact your Senator and Representative and let them know that you support each of these bills. Since (according to Illegal Mayors Against Guns Mayors Against Illegal Guns biased polls) only 7% of us are kicking their backsides all over the country, we better get started.