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VCDL’s Progress on Lawsuit to Reopen Indoor Shooting Ranges

I’m not sure what to think of the below:

While I believe in fighting for 2A and general freedoms, the recent pandemic requires social distancing. I can understand why indoor ranges should be temporarily shut down. Some folks state that with modern indoor ranges having ventilation systems that would negate some of the infection vectors, it would not vacate all of them (ie, surfaces that will be contaminated such as stall walls and benches, door knobs, and range equipment).

A large majority of my wife’s extended family are either doctors or nurses and they’ve seen people directly affected by the virus. This is no joke and I’m very sure they’re not embellishing when sharing their daily happenings, yet there are folks in the gun community that are accusing folks of lying or embellishing the truth (so that they can have their boogaloo, maybe…dunno). They’ll tout the 2% death stats but I’d rather not rely upon the luck of the draw when we can just keep away from each other for a 3-4 months. That type of crap is easy to say when you’ve stake in the game and I’d rather not have someone decide that type of thing for me.

In my opinion, there has to be a balance of things. The current situation requires distancing. As well, everyone forgets that we’ve been through something like this before with the Spanish flu. For those that need education on that, here is a video published in 2018 regarding that worldwide pandemic (please watch it ALL before leaving any comments):

They had issues containing that pandemic as well.  In fact, we were hit 3 times in 1918, with the virus mutating each time (probably because people were not taking the virus seriously).  Each mutation was more dangerous than the last.

We as people are very short-sighted.  A Japanese friend actually told me that.  He said that compared to other countries in the world, the U.S. is young, yet we continue to make the same mistakes.  I was a bit offended at first but came to understand that what he said is true. 

I believe we can balance the need for freedom while also doing what’s required for the nation to stay as healthy (economy-wise) as possible.  It requires compromise (from both sides).  If the VA governor was as nasty as people say, he could’ve just outright told citizens that outdoor ranges had to be shut down as well.  I can’t stand Northam.  I hate him with a passion.  That doesn’t mean that he’s wrong in everything he says or does, though, and remember, he has a staff that’s helping to guide him in making his decisions. 

I do miss going to shoot.  I can go to an outdoor range but it will require additional commuting and the closest outdoor range requires a max shooting time of 30 minutes, using their ammo (reloads).  I’m not going to drive 1 hour to only shoot 30 minutes.  I’m not going to shoot reloads, either.  Yes, there are folks that are new gun owners, but really, if you’ve not prepared until now, it’s quite late in the game, IMO.

Lastly, those same folks hating government are the same ones giddy with excitement about the government giving them surplus money, which most say they’ll spend on a gun.  Wait a minute.  I thought that you hated big government.  You’re frothing at the mouth at the mention of this hand-out, though.  IMO, that’s no better than the folks you complain about (the welfare abusers).  If you’re going to take that money, better to put it away in case you need it later or in case they decide to take it back next year (they may have told you that they won’t ask for it back, but it’s not like they can’t change their mind later…it’s the government).  And before anyone asks, no, I’m not taking any of it.  I don’t qualify.  The wife and I make too much, yet either one of us can be laid off at any time, but I wouldn’t take it anyways (we’d have put it to the side to give it back if we’d have qualified) because we already get raped annually…I don’t want to give them an excuse to dig deeper.

I wonder how this will turn out.

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VA-ALERT: VCDL Mini-Update 7/23/17

VA-ALERT: VCDL Mini-Update 7/23/17

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1. Update on White House petition for National Concealed Carry Reciprocity
2. Congressional Representative Don Beyer on reciprocity and hearing protection
3. ROFLMAO!  Now Katie Couric is actually lecturing the media on the dangers of “fake news!”
4. WAMU to have “neighborhood conversation”  on guns in Arlington on Tuesday, July 25

1. Update on White House petition for National Concealed Carry Reciprocity

At 4 PM on Sunday, there are now 7,887 signatures.  We need over 92,000 more by August 17 for a formal White House response.  I am reaching out to national organizations, such as the NRA, GOA, CCRKBA, SAF, etc.  and am reaching out to our sister groups, such as Maryland Shall Issue, West Virginia Citizens Defense League, and to other media, such as GunTalk.  But we need all hands on deck!

Here is a simple link you can share with people for the petition:

Long time gun-rights journalist Dave Workman is getting the word out in some of his latest articles:

Concealed Carry Skyrockets to More than 16.3 Million, Report Says

Soaring CCW: Eleven states top 10% carry; more women carry

2. Congressional Representative Don Beyer on reciprocity and hearing protection

Congressman Don Beyer, from Northern Virginia, has been responding to his constituents on their requests for his support of National Concealed Carry Reciprocity and also the Hearing Protection Act (makes silencers/suppressors much easier to purchase).

The one thing I can say to his credit is at least he says how he will vote, unlike so many who give the meaningless, “I will keep your comments in mind when I vote on this issue.”

Beyer says he will not vote for either bill.  That’s not a good thing, but not a surprise.  That said, if he is going to oppose a bill, his facts should be correct and his reasoning should at least make some sense.  He fails both tests.

He actually calls both bills, and I’m not kidding, “dangerous.”  Dangerous?  A bill to protect a person’s hearing is “dangerous?”  A bill to allow the most law-abiding group of people the ability to carry in a few more states is “dangerous?”  Dangerous for who, exactly?

Let’s look at Don Beyer’s claims about HR 38 (National Reciprocity) and analyze them.

*  Claim: “Gun owners with concealed-carry licenses in one state would be automatically extended those same rights in every other state, no matter the laws of the state they are in.”  Facts: Rights are not granted by government (I guess Beyer skipped Government 101).  A permit holder would be able to carry in the same locations and have the same restrictions as the permit holders for the host state.  Beyer makes it sound like all state gun laws are thrown out and that is completely false.

* Claim: “The bill would abolish gun free school zones, allowing for potentially dangerous or untrained individuals to carry loaded firearms in K-12 schools.”  Facts:  Not true.  It does not abolish the Gun Free School Zone Act (GFSZA).  Currently, if a person is in their home state and has a permit, they are ALREADY exempt from the GFSZA!  H.R. 38 merely extends that exemption to cover the permit holder when traveling outside their home state.

* Claim: “H.R. 38 would force every state to accept the permits of the other 49, regardless of how minimal those requirements may be.”  Facts:  That is true, but it’s not actually a problem in reality.  More than 20 states are ALREADY accepting ALL permits, including Virginia, and without any problems.

* Claim: “H.R. 38 would jeopardize police safety by placing law enforcement in the compromising position of determining concealed-carry certifications from other states.”  Facts: How could a police officer’s safety possibly be jeopardized by merely determining the “certifications” of a permit?  I think “police safety” is just being thrown in as a buzzword to scare people.  The officer doesn’t have to worry about “certifications.”  As long as the officer is presented with a permit from another state, that is all the officer has to see.  If the person is from a Constitutional Carry state, where a concealed carry permit is not available or is not required, then a simple roadside warrant check is all that is needed:  if the person is not prohibited from owning a gun due to a warrant, previous felony, or other prohibition, then he is legally carrying.

Now H.R. 367, the Hearing Protection Act:

* Claim: “Buyers are required to pay a $200 transfer tax and comply with a federal background check, as well as submit fingerprints and a photograph.”  Facts: Paying a tax doesn’t make a person law-abiding, but it does keep poor people from purchasing a silencer.  The background check is basically the same check as when purchasing a firearm.  Criminals submit fingerprints and photographs when they are booked.  That doesn’t stop them from being criminals.

* Claim: “The bill would allow silencers to be sold on the private market, allowing buyers to completely bypass a background check.”  Facts: That is no different than a firearm.  But a silencer is merely a firearm accessory!

* Claim: “The noise guns produce is an essential safety feature. In the event of an active shooter situation, hearing and identifying gunshots is often the only way the public can respond quickly to the threat of gun violence.” Fact: Using this logic, removing mufflers from cars and trucks would be a safety feature!  The silencer is the safety feature, protecting the hearing of the shooter and others nearby.  Silencers are rarely used by criminals because they make the gun pretty much unable to be concealed.   Also, silencers merely lower the sound to a safe level for the shooter and others nearby (< 140 dB).  The shot can still be as loud as a chainsaw or a jack hammer!  A quick trip to the range to hear the sound of a suppressed gunshot and Representative Beyer could have his fear allayed.

Here is an article by the NRA that takes Beyer to task for his anti-self-defense positions and lack of facts or manipulation of facts to suit his purposes:


3. ROFLMAO!  Now Katie Couric is actually lecturing the media on the dangers of “fake news!”

You simply cannot make this stuff up.

The New York Daily News, which ran a story on Katie’s fake-news warning, is itself guilty of being fake news because they never mentioned or hinted at Katie’s hypocrisy.  But Fox News nailed her on what she did to VCDL and ate her alive:




Katie Couric: Fake news is ripping America ‘apart at the seams’

“I remember I got sent a lot of stories from friends who were quite educated and were like, ‘Did you see this?'” she told the New York Daily News. “And I would say, ‘Come on, you’re kidding, right? This is BS.'”

She added, “We’re not doing enough of a good job of breaking down complicated issues and helping people really understand them.”

While Couric blasted what she called fake news sites, she avoided placing blame on the mainstream media.

However, she did say the lines between straight news and opinion “have been blurred considerably.”

“[Americans] are so divided that it’s hard for us to come up with solutions and find commonalities,” she said. “And there’s vitriol spewed by both sides at people who disagree with them.”

Couric herself has been accused of reporting fake news. She was hit with a $12 million lawsuit over her documentary “Under the Gun.” Pro-gun activists accused Couric of deceptive editing but the case was dismissed in May.

And fake news from the New York Daily News:


4. WAMU to have “neighborhood conversation”  on guns in Arlington on Tuesday, July 25

I tried contacting Kojo Nnamdi to see if I could be on the panel, but never heard back from him.  The panel consists of two professional gun-control lobbyists, one gun owner, and a George Mason law professor whose bonafides show her to be strongly pro-rights.  (I have added some information on the gun owner and the professor at the end of this item.)

The event is open to the public, so it would be good if we had some VCDL members there to ask questions and to wear GSL stickers.


Kojo In Your Community: A Neighborhood Conversation About Guns On July 25
Patrick Madden / WAMU

It’s been just weeks since a U.S. Congressman was shot during practice at a Northern Virginia baseball field, and 10 years since the mass shooting at Virginia Tech, one of the worst in our country’s history. The Commonwealth’s gun laws, meanwhile, are considerably less restrictive than they were a decade ago. In communities like Arlington, neighbors have engaged deeply in debates on the issue, ranging from the economics of local gun shops to the legislative moves in Richmond.

As Virginia voters prepare for a statewide election this fall, join Kojo for a community conversation about where the Commonwealth fits into debates about gun rights and gun violence — and how views about these issues shape broader attitudes about politics in our region.

The conversation will be held at Founders Hall on the George Mason University Arlington Campus. The hall is accessible via public transit.

Doors to the event space will open at 6 p.m. and the event will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. The conversation will conclude at 8 p.m.

Please note: seating is available on a first come, first served basis. We will do our best to accommodate all interested parties, but cannot guarantee a seat for all. A recording of the conversation will air at a later date on WAMU 88.5 and will be posted at the Kojo Nnamdi Show website.

GMU’s campus POLICY prohibits carrying weapons of any kind, firearms included.

More info:

The 90-minute event will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with four ‘conversation facilitators’ but everyone present will be given an opportunity to share their perspective if they wish. The conversation facilitators will be both pro and anti gun control. The conversation would be recorded and aired on WAMU 88.5 FM on Thursday, July 27.

Here are the four ‘conversation facilitators’:
Joyce Lee Malcolm (George Mason University law professor)
Adith Subramanian (Local gun owner)
Colin Goddard (Virginia Tech survivor, activist)
Josh Horwitz (Coalition to Stop Gun Violence)

Here is information on the the gun owner, Adith Subramanian.  I am hopeful that he will do well:

And information on professor Malcolm:

Gun controllers Goddard and Horwitz should be familiar to everyone on this list.

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Gadsen Guns & VCDL

Gadsen Guns is a gun shop that I was made aware of by the VCDL (Virginia Citizen Defense League) Facebook page.  They’re not local to me (but they’aren’t all that far away, either, being between Fredericksburg and Richmond), but their website has competitive pricing relative to the local gun shops around here.

There’s an additional bonus:  there are some pretty good articles within their blog.

On a small tangent, if you’re a Virginia gun owner and value your right to own and bear arms, joining the VCDL will definitely benefit you.  The Virginia Citizen Defense League is:

…a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to advancing the fundamental human right of all Virginians to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I Section 13 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

I became a member a few months ago, as I tired of seeing the 2nd Amendment under attack.  This is my way of contributing to the defense of the 2nd Amendment.

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Further Discussion of Roanoke Reporter Shooting

Last week, I posted about the Roanoke shooting where a disgruntled ex-employee of station WDBJ killed two ex-coworkers.

I want to explain again that this incident was tragic.  The shooter apparently was delusional and probably needed mental help.  WDBJ had issues with the Flanagan when he worked for them.  He was one of the types of employees that give employers and fellow employees headaches with HR complaints due to narcissistic behavior.  Even when WDBJ terminated his employment, he had to be escorted out of the building by law enforcement and the room had to be cleared so that there would be no confrontation with the employees while he cleared his desk.  He had issues and his employment with WDBJ didn’t help at all.

Many people have been making this into a gun issue.  The government will never be able to predict if people will mentally snap (or not).  Penalizing people because it *might* happen is stupid.  Penalizing a whole population because a small percentage lose their minds is stupid.  Adding additional laws when the current ones don’t stop such tragic events is stupid.  Each mass murder or active shooter incident needs to be analyzed scientifically (not emotionally), as each shooter/killer has different motives and none of them represent the population that legally carries.  Case in point, when Flanagan was being escorted off of WDBJ property by LEOs, and if he’d obtained a concealed carry license, they would almost certainly have been in a much higher state of alert after seeing how belligerent he was.

So far, we know the following:

  • He obtained the weapon via legal means — a bought a gun after passing a background check and the check didn’t flag him as someone that shouldn’t own a gun.  He didn’t obtain the gun via any anti-2A declared loopholes.  This isn’t really the norm for a bad guy.
  • He had a narcissism issue (which Laurence Hammack highlights here).
  • He claimed he killed the victims because they made racist statements and because of the recent Charleston, SC church killings.

The first bullet showng above is an exceptional finding, as Virginia anti-2A groups and even the VA governor himself stated that they were going to use this killing as a means to further restrict gun ownership.  In a land of millions of gun owners, there’s no exception to someone wigging out?  More people drown in pools than people who commit mass murder in a given year.  More people die by car accidents than when getting shot by a firearm.  Just as many people swim or drive on a daily basis and many more die because of it, yet there’s no uproar over driving or swimming.  But in the end, Flanagan didn’t use any loopholes to get his gun.  He didn’t steal it.  He didn’t buy it at a gun show or via private means.  He bought it from the state- and federally-regulated method: via FFL.  He had no felonies or any history of domestic violence, so his background check came back clean.  The system worked as designed.  Did he have mental issues?   Almost certainly, but he hadn’t yet committed any crimes.

The latter two bullets listed above were personal issues that no one can control, although I fully believe that WDBJ had a responsibility to report or file a complain against Flanagan’s past aggression…that may have given the background check a chance to work, and may have prevented him from being able to purchase a gun.  Then again, if a background check prevented his purchase, he may have just used another tool as a murder weapon.

A guy was shot by LEOs in NYC this year because he was attempting to hit people in the head with a hammer while walking down a busy street.  They saw him and confronted him, he tried to kill an officer, and he was shot dead.  People die by aggressive acts all the time, but guns only get the scrutiny.  Some people use tools other than guns.  Some have run people over, purposely.  Some have poisoned their victims.  Some used airplanes (WTC and Pentagon attacks).  Some used chemically-made explosives using non-banned ingredients (McVeigh).  None of those tools have faced scrutiny and made to be regulated or illegal.  They’re tools that were abused by deranged people.

Maybe we need to start focusing on our apparent problem with mentally unstable people?  Make obtaining help a more available option, or notify people that when they see overly aggressive people to report them to law enforcement so that there’s a record of the issue.

I firmly believe that to remove from citizens the option of protecting themselves via firearms is a dangerous means of trying to keep bad people from causing harm.  If you’ve a wolf problem, is removing the guard dogs the solution?  What do you think happens when the guard dogs are removed?

You want to beat the criminal?  Make laws that stop the criminal and not the good guys.  Another thing:  if you want to catch a criminal, you’ve to think like them…the intelligence community has a saying:  “know your enemy”.  If you know them, you can exploit their weaknesses,or predict their next move(s), or at very least not play into their strengths.  Removing guns from average citizens plays into their strengths, because less guns for the good guys means more power for the bad guys.

Apparently, it was found that there were 2000+ instances where background checks stopped people from buying guns last year.  2,661 examples, to be exact.  The actual comment:

About 405,000 checks were made last year, and 2,661 attempted purchases were denied, according to the Virginia State Police, which runs the program.

That’s 2000+ examples of the checks working properly, yet you don’t see the anti-2A people focusing on that.  2000+ examples of background checks working…in a single year.  That’s very significant, in my opinion.  What we need to do is focus on the laws that work and ensure they keep working (or enhance them to work even better, if possible) and kill bad laws that only hurt legal gun owners.

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Roanoke Shooting – 2 Reporters Dead, Interview Person Wounded, Suspect Dead

I’m sure most of you are already aware of what happened in Western VA today (Roanoke).

A disguntled ex-employee of WDBJ by the name of Bryce Williams (also known as Vester Lee Flanagan) killed two former co-workers and also shot and wounded a person who was being interviewed at the time of the shooting.  The shooter also used a GoPro action camera to record the shooting.  The shooter, after a long attempt at escape and after uploading the footage for the public to see, shot himself in a suicide attempt hours from Roanoke, off of I-66 in Faquier county.  He was flown to the INova care center in Fairfax where he died.

This guy was a pure nut.  He was a gay Black man that appeared to have a chip on his shoulder, to the point where WDBJ terminated his employment.  He was so belligerent that the room had to be cleared of employees while he cleared his desk and was escorted off the site with a police escort.  His excuse for the killings was explained in his manifesto:  the recent Charleston SC killings and the fact that at least one of the people he shot had apparently made racist remarks toward him.  In fact, the bullets that he used to kill his victims apparently had their names written on the bullets.  He also idolized several well-known deceased active shooters (Seung-Hui Cho of the Virginia Tech murders and the Columbine school killers).

The Left wasted no time in condemning the attack but also blaming background check ‘loopholes’ and lax gun laws.  The VA governor (McAuliffe) assumed that the shooter obtained his gun via private sale, which doesn’t require background checks (which they think is a loophole in the law).

Well, it has been discovered (by ATF) that the shooter obtained his handgun, a Glock 19, via normal means — FFL.  This means he submitted and passed a background check as most VA citizens have when buying through local gun stores.

This should take the wind out of the Left’s sails, as the shooter followed the process of the law in obtaining his weapon.  Granted, he still killed two people, but there is no way to close any loopholes because no loopholes were exploited when he obtained his handgun.

The following is from VCDL’s (Virginia Citizen Defense League) VA-ALERT notification system:

This comes as no surprise to me, yet another killer passed his background check. BATFE has confirmed to ABC News that Bryce Williams had indeed purchased his gun “legally” from a dealer and passed a background check!

So, Governor McAuliffe, what was that you said this morning on your soapbox about how Virginia needs background checks for gun purchases?

Oh, and Delegate Patrick Hope – you already started an online petition to push for more background checks – what made you think that Mr. Williams had not passed a background check, just like Cho and virtually all the other mass shooters?

Here’s the story – thanks to member Walter Jackson for the link:

ATF Confirms Virginia Gunman Vester Flanagan Bought His Firearm ‘Legally’ – Breitbart
by AWR Hawkins26 Aug 2015

The gun was a Glock 19 9mm.

According to ABC News, Faison said Flanagan bough the gun “legally.” And BuzzFeed reports that Faison said the ATF had recovered the weapon today. 

News that Flanagan bought his gun at a store squares with what Flanagan wrote in his manifesto, where he indicated that he “put down a deposit for a gun on 6/19/15.” That was two days after the heinous attack on the church-goers in Charleston, and The Telegraph reports that Flanagan said that very attack pushed him over the edge. 

Confirmation that Flanagan passed a background check means he joins numerous other attackers and alleged attackers who have passed background checks for their guns. These include John Russell Houser  (Lafayette), Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez (Chattanooga), Dylann Roof (Charleston), Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi (Garland), Jared and Amanda Miller (Las Vegas), Elliot Rodger (Santa Barabara), Ivan Lopez (Fort Hood 2014), Darion Marcus Aguilar (Maryland mall), Karl Halverson Pierson (Arapahoe High School), Paul Ciancia (LAX), Andrew John Engeldinger (Minneapolis), Aaron Alexis (DC Navy Yard), Tennis Melvin Maynard (West Virginia), Wade Michael Page (Sikh Temple), James Holmes (Aurora theater), Jared Loughner (Tucson), Nidal Hasan (Fort Hood 2009), Jiverly Wong (Binghamton), Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech), Naveed Haq (Seattle), and Mark Barton (Atlanta). 

The fact that Flanagan passed a background also calls into question Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s (D) call for background check legislation earlier today. He called for that legislation while the police pursuit of Flanagan was still underway.

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