Ever wonder why we have “news” and social media in the first place? It’s simple! So we can have trials of public opinion and get the entire Judge, jury and conviction out the way. Whewww, that is such a help for all of mankind, don’t you think?
I have never really understood the ability to lose touch with the common core of a “process”. When a crime takes place, there is a process. Not all crimes are the same; therefore, not all processes are the same. Let us take a look at how the mind can be tricky and cause us to forget we are smarter than the average Bonobo.
Go to any news story on Facebook listed on a Law Enforcement page, any! Read through the comments. Who is the first and loudest person to make excuses, cast doubt or defend the criminal element? Yep, the good ole family and friends crowd. Stop listening to them! They were more than likely not even there and yet they can break down the entire evening, points of the crime and how they did it and why. It is always an injustice too, ever notice that?
The problem with this is not the expectation of blood being thicker than water and mothers being thicker than thieves. The problem is, YOU as a spectator believe it. Every single time a local event is posted on my wall activity, someone will say we are defending the wrong person, not because they read the police report. Not because they found information that I missed or you overlooked. Not because they took the time to understand the law and what to expect. Not because there has been an update in the case. No way. They saw the cousin post in the feed telling what REALLY happened. This is where the real corruption is coming from in our battle to fight crime. It isn’t your overworked, understaffed and underappreciated scapegoat of a police department. Again, want to weed out a felon, find the one barking the loudest about all police and departments being corrupt.
I challenge everyone to stop listening to the media. Stop listening to the hype of strung-out and bitter felon’s fathers. Take the time to research and appreciate due diligence. Did you know you can go sit in a public trial? You can learn how the system really works, good and bad, and apply that to the things you hear in the future. Did you know that you have access to public records when a crime has been committed? Yes, that’s right. You can go see the actual police report and court details, including witness statements. You can see that Cousin Billy wasn’t even in the state when his family member gunned down six people, yet he can tell you all about it.
If you spent the time researching cases the way you spend time following junk threads, you would be so empowered with knowledge about what is happening around you and how you can truly protect yourself and others. Stop making excuses and do research. If you are not able, wait it out to form a true opinion. Not everything is released during an investigation. What you hear first is not the final answer, for either side.
I just read a very long rant about why no one should ever need 30 Guns. I want to respond with a similar sized post and give you actual reasons and examples of exactly why every gun in my possession, or another woman’s possession, of similar quantity is reasonable.
Keep in mind, whether you have thirty guns that shoot one round or one gun that holds a 30 round magazine, you can only shoot one at a time (unless ya wanna double fist and waste targets AND ammo). I know we keep hearing people say we should, “only have guns that shoot one bullet at a time”. Well, I do not own a magically tricked out double-barreled rifle (no elephants roaming my yard) so, I have not figured that trick out as of yet. Anyone with insight, please share.
Here is a simple List of Ten Reasons:
First: A collector’s item or two is no different than the 57’ Chevy you have in your garage that you never drive. It is for haves and nothing more. You may even have a few of those, why not?I won’t even count the two Collector BB Gun Rifles that belong to my 8 month old son.
Second: A handgun for each room in the house for self-defense is one of many ways to make sure if there is an intrusion, you can defend yourself without being cornered. How many rooms are in your house?
Third: For home defense, everyone should have a shotgun. Of course one shotgun is a pistol grip for size, ease and convenience and does not hurt my shoulder during fire. The one for the shoulder is for hunting, clay shooting or bidding a-due to pesky snakes and rodents or maybe even a little competition.
Fourth: For the art of range time practice and the joy of playing with a scope, there’s the good ol’ 10/22 AR style rifle. It’s cheap to shoot and good for practice. It is loads of fun and affords very little disturbance in tight quarters when sharing range space with friends. It is one mean looking pea shooter.
Fifth: You have the AR (that’s a rifle that has never assaulted anyone). That’s for hunters, self-defense and just a plain good time. It has the impact and distance to allow you to protect yourself past your bedroom door and become an equal combatant when things get hairy.
Sixth: These would be the pistols that you need to make sure suit your daily carry. As a woman, I need the small .380 because I’m in a sundress one day and the next I want to wear the heavier pistol because it’s cool out and my jeans and sweatshirt will not be dragged to the floor. I know when fishing, out on a trail or on a horse or walking the woods there is an open carry handgun that may better fit. If you are a woman that carries in your purse, better make sure that revolver is hammer-less. What? That’s an additional gun to own? No way!
Seventh: When on a boat, I refuse to take a gun worth its ammo in case it ends up at the bottom of Lake Murray. I call these “throw away” guns. The best choice for something like this would normally be a Hi-Point, but I actually want it to fire and not sink the boat.
Eighth: Some are just plain cool.
Ninth: All you married folks know you cannot agree on much of anything let alone everything. She is not going to like what you carry. She needs her own collection of attire just like she needs her own collection of purses and shoes. Who knows what she will need today vs. tomorrow.
Tenth: When your car breaks down, don’t you wish you had a back-up? Well, I do. For all of you that own multiple cars, do you ever feel like you are being overly criticized because it is not necessary to own more than one vehicle? Are you treated like a criminal for occupying both sides of the garage? After all, you can’t drive them both at the same time (insert your personal sarcasm here).
Now, go back and count all the different purposes and uses for these firearms. Not one time did I say I was going to load them all up into a duffel bag and come to your house or job. Just like with any maniacal misfit, if you wanted to, you would not need more than one to carry out a horrible and hostile agenda.
For all of those “gun supporters” that say that is too many firearms, please stop telling people you are a gun supporter and a carrier. You are embarrassing the rest of us that actually understand guns and how they are really used.
Editor’s Note: Sadly, the CWPchick lost all of her guns, ammo, accessories and like in the 2015 Floods of South Carolina. They did not wash away or anything, she just lost them. She has no personal firearms to report on at this time.
What does an Amber Alert, Teen Runaways, Missing Children and Child Porn all have in common? You may have seen their face during an Amber Alert and never knew it.
When I see an Amber Alert with a missing teen or preteen now, the first thing I think of is Human Trafficking. That pretty naive little 17 year old that ran away with her 17 year old boyfriend may not really be with her boyfriend. She may be with the 17 year old that groomed her into leaving with him so he could place her in traffic. Don’t assume it is a trusted or protected person in their shadows. Many of these girls have no idea that the person they have trusted to hide with is the monster that just kidnapped them and placed them in the sex slave market.
The Department of Homeland Security along with the Department of Justice work on Human Trafficking and exploitation cases in the United States as well as abroad. This is an epidemic that is not just a problem for third world countries or “bad areas” of other territories. The United States alone is responsible for more than one million children being raped and exploited for the purpose of pornography. The children are getting younger and the demand for brutality is increasing. More than 91% of children in these videos are under the age of twelve.
Did you know that there are over 100,000 pedophiles involved in organized pornography rings around the world and more than one third of them operate in the United States? This is in your backyard. Read up on the terminology and how they work the system and pursue their victims. Read up on it.
The animals heading these rings are not all well-aged adults. Many are teenagers and young adults themselves. They work as kidnappers, pimps and tortures. Three men ages 18-21 were recently arrested after kidnapping a 17 year old girl and forcing her into prostitution for three days before she escaped. They used threats of torture, murder and family harm if she attempted to flee. They are the workers for the heads of the snake. Read Arrest Story.
South Carolina has seen more and more of the trafficking problem over the last few years. It has always been here, you just didn’t hear about it. Because of the efforts of Homeland Security, Department of Justice and The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) to combat this horrific crime, efforts are being made to save these children and adults and detain the traffickers and abusers along the way.
Trafficking and the child sex trade is at its highest in Myrtle Beach, SC in the summertime. The trade increases by over 400% during peek beach season. Hiring prostitutes allows for supply and demand. Many kidnappers turn to beach goers for targets. Many teens on their own find themselves missing, kidnapped, murdered, enslaved and never heard from again. The crowds are overwhelming and spotting or locating a missing person can be virtually impossible.
Greenville, SC is the state capital for Human Trafficking in South Carolina. The incidents and missing are greater there than anywhere else in the state. Many are brought into the state and dropped into Greenville then distributed throughout the state as seen fit. It’s the “Central Station” if you will.
A recent ring associated with kidnapping, prostitution and child porn was rounded up. They had ties to SC, GA and NC. Their arrest and sentencing made headline news. Story.
Identifying and Reporting Human Trafficking
KNOW THE INDICATORS
Indicator 1: The person has no control of his or her travel and identification documents.
Indicator 2: The person has no freedom of movement or social interaction.
Indicator 3: The person has no logical means of reaching, or lacks knowledge of his or her final destination.
Indicator 4: A child traveler does not seem to be accompanied by his or her parent or legitimate guardian.
Do not confront the suspected trafficker or suspected victim.
Do not draw unnecessary attention to the suspected trafficker or suspected victim that may alert them to your suspicions.
Do report your observations. In addition to submitting video alerts, call the DHS tip line, you will be asked:
Airline, flight number, and seat number;
If the individual is currently in-flight;
Arrival city and estimated time of arrival;
Identities (names, citizenship, etc.) of suspected victims and/or suspected traffickers; Physical descriptions of the suspected victims and traffickers; and indicator(s) you saw or heard.
Call 866-347-2423 toll free in U.S. and Canada, 24 hour a dayFlashcard Front
Call 802-872-6199 (tolls apply) in any country in the world, 24 hours
National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 and or 911
Airline Ambassadors International has developed a cell phone app and strategy to recognize and help report human trafficking suspicion throughout airports nationally and internationally.
Get the wallet card. The app works on all operating platforms – Androids, iPhones, & more. Get them here for Google Play and for Itunes
Another service to report an incident you are witnessing lets you take a picture of the person you suspect is in danger and text it to 909-ALERT-US (909-253-7887) where Bashpole will search for the person in their database and alert authorities. You can read more about this service here.
Get involved and stop letting these voiceless victims get pulled right past you. To learn more about spotting a victim and reporting it, visit The US Institute Against Human Trafficking http://usiaht.org/
Yes, pregnant women can shoot too! The freaky notion that a pregnant woman puts herself and baby at a greater risk is ridiculous. There are a few things you can do to make sure these tiny issues do not become your issues.
Carrying your gun does not put you at any additional risk of shooting yourself or your baby. If you are well trained, responsible and smart enough to prevent shooting yourself any other day of the year, this day should work just the same. Remember the cardinal rules and expect the same from others and all is well.
Let’s discuss what you do need to avoid and how to keep you and baby healthy. The question of noise, pollution, lead, bacteria and all those other bad words come to mind. One thing a woman learns to ask almost the moment she gets pregnant, “Is it safe?” You ask this now before taking up any new activity or even continuing with older activities you may have considered safe before…like shooting.
Let’s take a look at the components of your firearm first. Your firearm is made up of several aspects and components. Steele, polymer, aluminum, scandium/titanium and so many other sturdy items make the list. If you own a Hi-Point it will contain plastic and Paper Mache (insert laughter here). These items are not a huge threat when clean and used appropriately with a firearm. If you are burning them in a bonfire and breathing in the debris, that’s a different topic of smarts we need to delve into later
When it comes to your ammo, you are dealing with the items that will cause waste and dirt. You are dealing with lead, dust, powder and more. Casings are more than likely made of brass and everything is sealed in well. Only when fired are you exposed. The word LEAD is the one we all worry over so.
There are ways to trump these issues. Using an outdoor range will provide great ventilation and freedom of air flow. You are not trapped with the excessive use of other shooters. If you do use an indoor range, choose one that has a quality filtration system and find time alone. You should always wear a dust mask. Do not reuse. Once done, trash it.
Consider also wearing shooting gloves to prevent the lead from sitting on your skin. It would take great amounts to absorb or be ingested but we are talking about precautions here right? After shooting, wash your hands in soapy cold water, blow your nose and get your clothes changed and washed. This practically eliminates any risk of exposure. This all goes the same if you are nursing.
We now have you bundled like the hazmat guy clearing an asbestos field, and you will be safe. You still worry about noise though. This is the easy part. As much as I refuse to use or allow a .22 in my life for the sole purpose of self-defense, I do use them for plinking and cheap practice. Another time I use them is with a pregnant student. I recommend she go shoot alone with just me on the range, and she uses a .22. The noise is controlled and at a minimum. There is very little stress and sound for baby. To make you feel even better, wrap your belly as a sound barrier.
Isolating us to the range gives the safety of the only shooters. No “irresponsible” guests in your elbow space also shooting. It is just you. The sound is at a controlled minimum and there is very little debris and lead.
Now go get that permit and make sure your practice is on track. You will be a pistol packing mama in no time. If you are expecting and want to discuss better ways to get through the training safely, contact me and I will work with you.
In preparing to structure my newest blog entry, I Googled ‘Domestic Violence Statistics’. Amazingly, the first business that pops up is a paid advertisement link from a Columbia, SC attorney to fight charges of CDV. The next four are shelters and hotline ads. That attorney paid more per-click to be top of the search engine than any other site on the web. That alone should tell you where we are in South Carolina when it comes to battling domestic abuse.
Having the conversation about being armed to protect yourself in the event of familiar violence is a tough subject, but it is a necessity. First, wrap your head around a few statistics so you know why this topic is about to head south:
FACT: 4,774,000, (that’s four million, seven hundred, seventy four thousand) women in the United States alone experience physical violence by an intimate partner (this excludes mental or verbal).
FACT: 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience domestic violence during their lifetime.
FACT: 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
FACT: The #1 cause of death in pregnant women is murder.
FACT: Domestic violence is the 3rd leading cause of homelessness among US families.
FACT: Each year in the US, 2 MILLION injuries and 1,300 deaths are causes as a result of domestic violence. THREE women are murdered every day by an intimate partner.
FACT: 19% of domestic violence involves a weapon.
FACT: Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.
FACT: On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide
FACT: The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.
FACT: There are an average of 11 murder-suicides a week in the US. It is far more common than the public mass shootings that make national headlines.
FACT: 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner; 94% of the victims of these murder-suicides are female.
We are a savage society when we fear acquaintances as much, if not more, than strangers. I won’t even go into the chit-chat about the syndromes and why they stay; I want to discuss how to stay alive.
There are endless articles and memes about how abusers with guns are more likely to kill women. Yes, this is true as it is merely a tool to inflict abuse. Women that own their own guns and refuse to be abused are less likely to be killed by one owned by an abuser. Think about it.
Lexington, SC’s most recent murder-suicide that took the lives of a young mother and her two children sets a tone for every FACT stated above. The only person in that scenario that had a weapon was the attacker. It took him at least two minutes to gain entry into the home. The 911 call started after he had made his presence and his intent well known so there were more than likely an additional minute or two before the call was made.
If she would have had a firearm of her own, how differently would this story have ended? Chances are it would have been a very different story about gun use. It is highly likely that she would have stopped him from entering or escalating once he entered. There would have been one dead attacker and not three dead victims.
Many students throughout the years have come to class expressing their personal reasons behind obtaining a permit, firearm and training. Top of the list is always an “ex” or some type of familiar violence. It includes men but the majority is women. As unsettling as it is to hear this, they are here! They are taking the step to be safer and more aware by arming themselves and learning how to protect them when needed, from all evils.
When dealing with threats or bad behavior, report every single incident no matter how seemingly insignificant, for they add up. If you are a witness to even the most minor of incidents or threats, report them. Your statements matter as well and when no one else is listening, show that you are paying attention. You carry, you report. You need to cover your backside just like anyone else in case your actions come into question one day. Make it clear to law enforcement when you are in fear. It needs documented and you need record of stressing your fears. Not only domestic or intimate partners can bring this founded feeling or fear. It can be a neighbor, outside associate or stranger.
If at all possible, seek restraining order or order of protection. They are not simple or easy to get in most cases. Keep trying and file reports. In Lexington for instance, it takes three incident reports and you have to file a case with a Magistrate to request a restraining order. You appear in court to plead your case and a judge may very well deny your request. There is a certain Magistrate in Lexington County that virtually refuses to issue restraining orders. It is deplorable that he ignores these situations, but you have it documented that you attempted and you continue to file reports even after court dates.
Family Court is a fresh new hell that we can debate and pick apart for hours, but we will move on. Go to the courts and seek the help you need the minute you feel threatened or placed in fear. You need a track record. This may successfully stress to the agitator that you mean business. It can work against you with the right nut but as long as you are prepared to protect yourself, press on.
If you do get a restraining order, remember, it is a piece of paper. The only good it serves is the demand to arrest the violator if law enforcement has to be called as violations are made against them. Continue to protect yourself as if that paper is just that, paper. Call and report each instance of violation. Do not drop orders out of guilt or pressure from the defendant. You are not only being manipulated, you now set yourself up to the courts as a willing participant with no voice. Starting over in the process will become even more difficult, if and when, that roller coaster starts back up.
Let law enforcement do their job. When they want to approach the person you are reporting, do not interfere or ask for leniency. Many victims fear repercussion and retaliation from their abuser, and the abuser is depending on that. Take that power away – report and stand up against them. Get to know the officers involved in your reports. Utilize their contact info when you file reports. Ask for the same officer if it is an appropriate opportunity.
If you feel your reports or pleas are going unnoticed, you have rights. Contact the department heads and then the Sheriff or Chief of Police of the department in question when you are not getting answers. If you are reporting to a town or city department, and they are failing to respond appropriately, request County departments get involved. If this does not help, reach out to The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office to file a report at 803-734-3970.
As a sincere self-preservationist, I stress the importance of learning how to protect yourself and acting upon it appropriately. Take the classes. Get the right tools and practice, practice! If you need help with training please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a victim of domestic abuse, please call 800-799-SAFE (800-799-7233) or go to http://www.thehotline.org. For hearing impaired 800-787-3224 (TTY). Stop The Madness!
The 50/50 ratio for my classes; ever wonder what that means? I am referring to what brought you to a CWP class in the first place. Are you one that has finally made the conscious decision to utilize self-preservation and survive the outside world as best you can? Maybe you are the other half of the crowd. You have already experienced victimization in some way. Unfortunately, that is what brings half my students to my door.
In a classroom of 16-20 students, on average, half have experienced some type of violence in their lifetime. Some students share what brought them to the table and gave them the guts and desire to arm themselves. The stories can be horrifying. I won’t mention any names as I take the privacy of students very seriously.
A student that was attacked in Down Town Columbia was almost killed a few years ago. The recovery time for him was daunting. He opened up in class that when he was brutally attacked by a crowd of men, he had no means of defending himself. He fought with his hands but that was no match for a pack of grown men on one person. He was fortunate to have survived as their intent was to beat him to death. It was a long road to recovery and once he was able, he registered for class. He said it would have been very different if he had been armed that night. He said he may have been in the news for a different reason.
The story of the man who was there because his entire family had been murdered sticks with me the most. An entire home filled with family was destroyed by two people that decided to rob a home and kill anyone in the way. A single firearm could have saved 5 lives that night. No one was armed and no one could fight back. He was in that class to prepare to fight back.
Sometimes the devastation is from a distance. You are not the actual victim but you know someone that was a victim or almost became one. You hear the stories all the time about home invasion, carjacking, bank robbery, public muggings, the knock out game, kidnappings, public business robberies. These don’t happen in “other places”. You are IN “other places”. This is it. You are just as available as anyone else.
A young man I met during a class earlier this year explained his father was car jacked and had to use his firearm to defend himself, resulting in a man dying. He was a CWP holder from one of my classes a few years earlier. He explained his dad was having a difficult time coping but wanted his son to be able to defend himself the same and paid for him to come. His firearm saved his life that night and he did not want anyone else he loved to go through that and not survive.
How prepared are you to actually deal with these things as they approach you? Yeah, you made the decision to get a gun, learn to use it and carry it. Now what?
The first thing you do is avoid any obvious ways of being victimized. Stay alert and know your surroundings (including staying out of Walmart). My students will understand that one! Don’t get distracted by a cell phone. You cannot read a cell phone, book or anything else at the same time you are watching your peripheral areas. When I am in public and need to check my phone, emails or anything like that, I stand out of the way with my back to a wall. The only thing that can come at me comes from in front of me. THAT I can still see and have a better chance of control. People walking through a parking lot texting and reading are not seeing their surroundings and the foe knows this. They look for distractions. This is why people are mugged and attacked at 2:00 in broad daylight in the middle of Walmart parking lots (or anywhere else for that matter). The foe does not care. You are easy pickings’.
They say it is plain common sense to know to lock your doors. Is it now? How many of you actually keep your car and house doors locked at all times? The honest ones will tell you they do not do it ALL the time. I bet you lock the doors and set the alarm when you leave your house at night? Why? Why is your crap so important that you arrange to protect it so well but won’t do that for yourself when you are at home? The home invaders are counting on you to be home in the middle of the day because they know you won’t set the alarm.
I challenge you to visit your local County Courthouse sometime and pull up the violent crimes in your area. You will need a shower and Xanax when you get home. These horrible acts of violence are at your doorstep and you have no idea. It doesn’t matter how expensive and exclusive your neighborhood is or how abandoned and poor it is. You are a prime target for foes for many different reasons. When you start thinking like they do you will understand how to combat them.
There are proven ways to turn a foe’s head and make them seek another target instead of you. There are behaviors, practices and things to avoid. You can prevent being a soft target by getting ahead of the game by already knowing what he is going to do. Want us to tell you what he is doing and how? When he will strike next and why? We can. We actually teach a seminar addressing these very issues. We share the actual crimes and events taking place in your communities that you don’t know about. We show you how to avoid falling for them and know it when you see it.We also refresh you on the things you think would be common sense, but are acts of complacency because we forget that the enemy is watching. We have a class scheduled for January 28, 2017. Susan, Tim and I will be going over many of these tactics, skill sets and community awareness cases so you are in the know. Join us. All ages are welcome. You can purchase tickets at CWPchick
So, your Church said you cannot defend yourself. There is absolutely no hypocrisy in that now is there? We can start at the top of this mountain and work our way down if it makes it easier for you to understand what you have just been told and what is expected of you.
In the state of South Carolina, and many other states in the Union, places of worship are off-limits for concealed carry. As in our state, permission must be granted to conceal and carry legally in any type of place of worship. Here are a few reasons why this happens and why it is so misunderstood – and wrong.
I discuss this dilemma in detail in class in hopes that people will understand their rights, where they are infringed and how to combat them properly. It is difficult to stand up against someone you respect in your faith and their opinions on life in general, let alone being told the value of your life just took a downgrade.
In the 90’s you would open the paper or turn on the news every week to see another church shooting or attempted shooting. People were injured or killed on a routine basis.
The churches became a target. The Charleston, SC church shooting in 2015 was not the first of its kind, not even for South Carolina. In Spartanburg, a man was subdued after kicking a door open of a church, shotgun in hand. A CWP holder shut it down. The Story.
I have listed 22 shootings in churches in the US just in the past 11 years (this does not include the attempted shootings that were diffused by counter gunfire or community action and ones that did not fall in my random search):
June 17, 2015. During a prayer service, nine people were killed by a gunman, including the senior pastor, State Senator Clementa C. Pinckney; a tenth victim survived. The morning after the attack, police arrested a suspect, later identified as 21-year-old Dylann Roof, in Shelby, North Carolina.
Virginia requires “good and sufficient reason” to carry in church. This ought to qualify.
August 15, 2014 in Martinez, GA, a husband is dead, his wife injured after Daniel Robinson attacked the pair in their church parking lot of Marvin United Methodist Church. Robinson shot Bill Davitte three times and hit his wife, Jenny, in the head.
In April 2014, a gunman opened fire at a Jewish community center and a Jewish assisted living facility in a Kansas City suburb, killing three, including a 14-year-old boy. The suspect, an avowed white supremacist named Frazier Glenn Cross, aka Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., was charged with first-degree murder. None of the victims were Jewish.
In August 2012, an attacker entered a kitchen at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in suburban Milwaukee before Sunday services and began shooting. He killed three people inside the house of worship and three people outside. The shooter, Wade Michael Page, an Army veteran, reportedly wounded a police officer before killing himself. He was known to have ties to hate groups, but the FBI could not completely clarify his motives.
February 14, 2010 in Richmond, California, three hooded men walk into Gethsemane Church of God in Christ and opened fire and then fled the scene. The two victims, a 14-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man, were hospitalized.
In Maryville, Illinois on March 8, 2009, suspect Terry Joe Sedlacek, 27, of Troy, walks into the First Baptist Church and shoots pastor Fred Winters dead, point blank. Several church members are injured by a knife in the struggle to capture after the attack. The suspect also had stabbed himself, but survived, when his gun jams.
July 27, 2008, in Knoxville, Tennessee, a gunman opens fire in a church during a youth performance, killing two people and injuring seven.
In Colorado on Dec. 9, 2007, three people are killed and five wounded in two shooting rampages, one at a missionary school in suburban Denver and one at a church in Colorado Springs. The gunman in the second incident is killed by a guard.
May 20, 2007 in Moscow, Idaho, a standoff between police and a suspect in the shootings of three people in a Presbyterian Church ended with three dead, including one police officer.
In Neosho, Missouri on August 12, 2007 at the First Congregational Church, three were killed. Eiken Elam Saimon shot and killed the pastor and two deacons and wounded five others.
On May 21, 2006, at The Ministry of Jesus Christ Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, four were killed. The four at the church who were shot were members of Erica Bell’s family; she was abducted and murdered elsewhere; Bell’s mother, church pastor Claudia Brown, was seriously wounded – Anthony Bell, 25, was the shooter.
Feb. 26, 2006 in Detroit, Michigan, Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 2 people plus the shooter were killed. Kevin L. Collins, who reportedly went to the church looking for his girlfriend later killed himself.
On April 9, 2005 in College Park, Georgia, a 27-year-old airman died after being shot at a church, where he had once worked as a security guard.
On March 12, 2005 in Brookfield, Wisconsin at the Living Church of God, 7 killed by Terry Ratzmann when he opened fire on the congregation. He killed seven, wounded four before taking his own life.
July 30, 2005, College Park, Georgia, World Changers Church International, Air Force Staff Sgt. John Givens was shot five times by a police officer after charging the officer, following violent behavior.
It was March 12, 2002 in Lynbrook, New York at the Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church where Peter Troy, a former mental patient, opens fire during Mass, killing the priest and a parishioner. He later receives a life sentence.
In Oct. 5, 2003 in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Turner Monumental AME Church, two killed + shooter. Shelia Wilson walked into the church while preparations are being made for service and shot the pastor, her mother and then herself.
Dec. 17, 2004, Garden Grove, Calif.: A veteran musician at the Crystal Cathedral shoots himself to death after a nine -hour standoff inside the church.
In Conception, Missouri on June 10, 2002 at the Benedictine monastery, Lloyd Robert Jeffress shot four monks in the monastery killing two and wounding two, before killing himself.
On May 18, 2001 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky at the Greater Oak Missionary Baptist Church, Frederick Radford stood up in the middle of a revival service and began shooting at his estranged wife, Nicole Radford, killing her and a woman trying to help her. No one in the church was armed except Radford.
In Fort Worth Texas on September 15, 1999 at Wedgewood Baptist Church, Larry Gene Ashbrook shot dead seven people and injured a further seven at a concert by Christian rock group Forty Days in Fort Worth, Texas before killing himself.
It was on April 15, 1999 in Salt Lake City, Utah at the LDS Church Family History Library where Sergei Babarin, 70, with a history of mental illness, entered the library, killed two people and wounded four others before he was gunned down by police.
So why does your Minister, Rabbi or Priest tell you that you cannot carry? I hear this great line all the time, “we have security provided”. I am sorry, what happens when they go to the bathroom? What do “I” do then? No thanks pal, I want to leave the room on foot that day, not on my back.
I have paid visit to many sanctuaries throughout the years and as I have asked permission, I have been fortunate enough to never have been told no. That is the only reason I was able to visit them. After all, if I had been told no I would have left. I would not enter without my EDC. It would be a known fact that establishment disarms, so why be a sheep for those with evil intent? The majority of church shootings happen by a familiar hand, not a stranger to the group, location or rules.
I have taught many CWP classes inside a church as well as groups from churches. They fully believe in self-preservation and the protection of their flock.
At one point in my life I questioned why anyone would carry in a church of all places! A dear friend, who is a Rabbi, made it very clear to me one day. Levitt’s conversation changed my life and I would never be a sheeple again. We were at a function together and entered a room for a chat about events. He removed his jacket and he was carrying a full sized 1911 on his hip. With his small frame you could not miss it (still an ongoing joke between us).
I pointed and asked him what he was doing with that. He asked “with what?” I pointed at his sidearm, “Why would you carry that? Isn’t it a bit hypocritical?” I cannot explain in words the look I had thrown at me at that moment. It has burned in my brain forever. He made me sit down and had a long chat with me. Of the entire conversation, what stuck with me most was his explanation of hypocrisy. Speaking and teaching Hebrew he gave me a lesson in interpretation. “The Holy Bible is written in English. It was first written in Hebrew. During translation, many words were mistranslated. One was within the Commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’. It really says ‘Thou shalt not murder’. (Exodus 20:13). There is a big difference between murder and kill. If someone comes to murder me and I kill them, I have committed no sin”. I had absolutely no argument for that. I was silent – imagine that.
That was the beginning of my gun respect and journey that put me where I am today. He knows the impact he made and I still thank him often. He continues to share his faith in God and Guns with every crowd he meets.
For those of you that still need help, turn to the New Testament and how it feels about self-preservation. When your Minister tells you that you are not allowed to carry, before you leave to find a more trusted place to worship, leave him with this question, “Can you please explain Luke 22:36?” This passage states “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.” Even your Bible tells you to defend yourself as a priority.
On March 29, 2016, Mississippi passed the “Mississippi Church Protection Act” to allow armed security in churches, concealed carry without a permit and to provide for attempts to nullify federal regulations and executive orders that would limit gun rights. The argument included scripture to include “Luke 22:36”.
A place of worship should be a place of peace, calm and comradery. The good guy is less attentive in these conditions. The bad guy knows this and uses it to his advantage. What better group huddled together and unaware is there? Send your Minister, Rabbi or Priest an email asking if you are able to practice your rights to carry concealed with your CWP. “I am a CWP holder and I carry everywhere to protect myself, including my place of worship. Do I have your permission to carry during my visits to your church?” Let their reply determine if you will return or not.
Companies are becoming more and more mindful of the safety of their most valuable asset, their employee. The list of companies that have yet to figure this out, unfortunately, is longer. Some companies have already dealt with an employee having to save their own life or the lives of others, and how they respond should determine how you spend your money.
One of the most dangerous jobs with this stereotype is pizza delivery. There have been hundreds of robberies of drivers and store employees over the last few years, many being killed. Most pizza joints have a company policy prohibiting drivers from carrying a firearm in their personal vehicle, even with a CWP. When the employees follow that rule, they die.In 2012 alone, Domino’s appeared to have had more armed robberies and employee killings than any other pizza restaurant throughout the US. Their policy still remains that the employees are not to have access to firearms. A manager in Hollywood, FL, was being robbed and shot and killed the robber. Domino’s placed her on paid administrative leave while the investigation continued. I have yet to learn whether her job was spared. The Story.
This week, the news broke of a Pizza Hut employee shooting and killing an armed robber in Charlotte, NC. Again, no word on whether Pizza Hut will back their employee. They have been known in the past for firing employees for defending themselves. One incident in Irmo, SC, resulted in a driver being fired after he was robbed a second time by three attackers. One of those attackers was shot and killed, saving the driver’s life. Of course Pizza Hut did not stand behind their employee even after several drivers had been robbed and murdered in the Midland’s over that same year. The Story.
We all have heard about the Walgreens shooting that led to a pharmacist being fired for breaking company policy after a shootout in the store. He saved many lives but lost his job. The company policy was clear, he chose to carry with his CWP rights anyway and no charges were filed. Walgreens made a huge public display about not promoting his actions by making headline news that they were firing him for his response to being robbed at gunpoint.
Do you see a trend here? People are desperate and violent when they are robbing and victimizing people in the workplace. They are easy targets. Disarming them makes them easy and soft. Criminals will do what it takes to get what they want and you are nothing more than collateral damage. None of the stories I posted ended with the employees charged with any crime, however, some lost their careers by saving their lives.
When a company has the main stage after a self-defense shooting, they often state they want to make sure no one thinks it is “ok” to respond this way. Then you have the smarter element that says clearly, “we will not tolerate you harming our people”. Which one would you avoid as a robber? When these places put the bullseye on their employees’ backs, they should be held accountable. Making public statements that you will be fired if you survive, places these employees at greater risk.
When these things happen, we as self-preservationists, should reach out and make it known that we are in support of their actions to back their employee. You never see Moms Demand Action at the scenes of these robberies where the employees are brutally murdered. Their only concern is stopping self-defense.
These companies that bow to these odious demigods deserve none of your advertising or money. Reach out to the corporations that have employee involved shootings. Let them know how you feel. I can promise you, the anti-gun groups already have.
The Big Guy should never buy your clothes, so why would he think he can buy your Peace Maker? I think it is high time he realized he has poor taste, or at least, the unforgiving disadvantage of not being a woman. Easy fella, we are going to help you better understand.
Women need to decide what works best for them, on an individual basis. Collectively we cannot set a general carry rule or define what works for us as a whole. There are a wide variety of differences and preferences for each carrier, man or woman. So we do not have a standard “for her” gun to recommend.
I am asked often, “Which gun should I buy?”, “what do you think about this model for me?” There are a few guns on my HOT list that are very popular for women to carry or use for training. On that list, one may suit you more than another so I always recommend trying them out first. Go to the range and get eye and hands on. A few things to keep in mind when shopping for your firearm:
For what purpose are you using this gun?
Is it for range use and target shooting? A gun on your nightstand is very different than one you want to put on your hip for every day carry (EDC). An EDC gun needs to mold to your carry and be easy for you to operate and handle as well as easy to properly conceal.
How will you carry this gun?
I am not a purse carry fan, yet the reality is, some will carry in their purse whether all day or as a back-up. If you are going to carry on your body, where is it best fitted and most comfortable? Will it need to be smaller so it fits your waste? How do you dress and will you need to dress around it? The gun you choose should be able to hide and stay secure no matter where you place it. Every “body” is different so not one-fits-all here. With a purse, you have different options all together. Hammer, holster, weight, size, ease of use and what concealed carry purse will I get?
Are you a revolver or pistol packer?
You need to know which style firearm will best suit you. Who will your new best friend be? Your EDC should be easy to maneuver and operate at all times. It should not be complicated or cause you to ask for help when you need to use it. Loading, unloading, cleaning and breaking down is important. If you cannot do these things, it is not going to be a good fit for you. Can you handle clearing a jam? You need to make sure the trigger is comfortable and you can pull it. What about a hammer? If you are concealing, do you understand the importance of a hammerless revolver?
Can you master that grip young lady?
Some of us have some small hands. Not all guns are “girlie grip” friendly. There are some pistols that come with adjustable (interchangeable) grips. This is a great option on the S&W models for instance. I always use the smallest of grips and it is an easy fit for me. You should be able to hold a firm, controlled grip on your firearm. You should not fumble or have to adjust when drawing. It should be an easy grip, hold, draw and handle with firing. You will be surprised how many guns have grips that you think are “too small” as well. You will not feel like you have a controlled grip and may want a larger frame.
We are so individualized, and bringing a gun into the mix just makes us even more complicated. Way too often a woman comes through the class and states that she bought her gun for the class or her husband bought her that gun and now she realizes she has a gun she cannot handle or it won’t support her purpose. You learn a great deal about how to shop during class. We help you understand what you need and how to determine what you like. We will also assist you in your shopping quest and answer your biggest concerns.
You can rent guns at the range, try them out. There are plenty of other gun owners that will also allow you to try theirs so you can see what you like. It is worth the time and effort to get the right gun the first time.
For you fellas wanting to give that amazing Gift of Life, gift certificates rock! Let her pick it out then go get it. It can still be a fantastic surprise. Just don’t want to see another 100 pound woman walk in with a G17 that her husband gave her to start carrying. Play nice guys.
The neighbor was so quiet and kept to himself. “No one would ever have believed he had a family stashed in his basement”. You read about this and you hear stories, but they are rare and far from home, right? Not so fast.
You are starting to hear stories as they are surfacing a little more over the years, but that is because those people have been saved (or remains found) and they make the news. What about the ones we still do not know about? There are people who have been held captive for decades. Many we will never know about. They went missing, maybe not, and were never heard from again. There are some that have been fortunate enough to have escaped but that is a small percentage of those still in captivity.
Sociopaths and psychopaths often deem slavery and captivity as part of their maniacal process. Many women, men and children are abused, enslaved, starved, raped, brutalized, mentally and physically tortured and more. Some women end up having children and their children too are confined during the entire duration of the captivity, often meaning their lifetime.
There have been too many stories about captives throughout the United States and beyond. This trafficking and captivity is not a stranger to our society. 11 Famous Kidnappings and Captives
Many of the stories hitting the headlines lately are a simple result of people paying attention and speaking up. If you see or hear something that seems the least bit strange or out of the norm, report it! So what if you are wrong? What if you are right? These social ills live right in the middle of neighborhoods and communities, right next door to YOU. No one notices or recognizes a thing. The signs are there, but would you know one when you saw it? This woman took action against the man next door.
I recently had a contact inform me they were working on contractual projects at a home in a local South Carolina area. He asked me who he would contact if he felt suspicious of the homeowner and the possibility something was not right in the home. His quote to me was, “this is the type of place you would find someone trapped in some room”. This is frightening. Of course through reaching out, the person provided confidential information to proper authorities to take a look. It is that simple.
Take notes including descriptions, dates and time. Do not approach the person in question and do not lead them to believe you are questioning their intentions. Call the police department in the area of the location or person in question. Let them know your concerns and that you expect someone to investigate. You do not have to provide your name. If there are children involved or you suspect children involved, call police and child welfare services to provide a check on the location. Make your thoughts and suspicions clear. Keep notes of when you report and whom you reported to, including names. If you do not feel action is being taken accordingly, you may also contact the FBI and provide tips.
Don’t be a bystander, be a hero! Speak up and speak out. Your communication can mean the difference in life or death.