Castle Rock, CO Votes to Support Open Carry

Castle Rock, Colorado sits on the urban corridor that stretches south between Denver to Colorado Springs. It’s primarily a bedroom community that has had explosive growth in the last 30 years, increasing in population form 3,921 in 1980 to 51,348 in 2012. In 2003 the home rule city’s town council gave the town manager, who is appointed by the council, the authority to ban the open carry of firearms on town property. In 2014, the council voted to remove that authority. The current Town Manager, Mark Stevens, had prohibited open carry on city property, resulting in a stand-off . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Mind the Gap!

“Atlanta police say an officer was forced to open fire after a man stabbed a plainclothes Georgia State University officer with a large knife in the middle of downtown Atlanta,” reports. Roger that. Also no question: it sucks to get stabbed. The best way not to be stabbed is not to be stabbable. The best way to attain unstabbability? Stay out of reach. How far out of reach? Different time zone works for me. Short of that . . .

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Should Have Been a Defensive Gun Use: Fake Taxi Driver Edition

Don’t mess with Mama bear. That’s one of the takeaways from this assault on a mother of three by a faux Big Apple taxi driver. The back story [via]: “Police said the 26-year-old woman and her children — ages 1, 3, and 5 — were picked up about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday allegedly by Vargas, who claimed to be a cab driver, on 207th Street in Manhattan. When they arrived at their destination in the Elmhurst section of Queens, the driver was caught on camera attacking the woman. Police said he was trying to sexually assault her. As the woman fought back and tried to escape with her children, the attacker elbowed one of the children and tossed another out of the car before fleeing.” You caught the time, yes? Which raises a few questions . . .

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Sandy, Utah Agrees to Comply with State Preemption Law

The Utah municipality of Sandy City, A Salt Lake City suburb, has agreed to stop violating state law. Most states have reserved the power to regulate firearms to the state level so as to ensure uniform gun laws to keep compliance simple. Utah is one of the vast majority of states that have a preemption laws. But Sandy had passed ordinances that were  clearly in violation of the state preemption law, prohibiting carry in some parts of the city. The Second Amendment Foundation has been looking at local municipalities that are in violation of the law, and pushing to have them follow the law. In the case of Sandy City, the violation was obvious . . .

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Border Patrol Agent Fires at Armed Militia Member

The Border Patrol has for decades adopted strict policies about the firing their weapons. In the most famous recent case, Border patrolman Brian Terry was killed in a firefight in which the patrolman used less lethal “bean bag” rounds.    Border patrolmen I have talked to have always said that the mere presence of a weapon isn’t enough to justify shooting at someone. This makes sense, because most people in the United States can legally possess weapons, and because the law is clear on what is required to justify the use of deadly force. And in border areas, where there is often rampant criminality, many people consider it foolhardy not to be armed . . .

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Quote of the Day: F*ck The Second Amendment Edition

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“This magazine bills itself as follows — ‘Tactical Weapons is the exciting bi-monthly publication that is much more than a gun-test driven magazine.’ Exciting??? Sorry, that’s not a word I want associated with someone brandishing a firearm. If someone is about to cream in their pants with a finger on the trigger, f*ck your Second Amendment rights. You’re not a patriot. You’re a psychopath.” – Nolan Dolla, Taking Aim at Gun Magazine Pornography [via]


There’s More to School Safety Than Active Shooter Training

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By Paul Hughes

Soon after the Columbine shooting, security experts, school administrators and other observers at the time began looking for lessons in the “teachable moment.” Since then, with shootings from Virginia Tech to Sandy Hook to Isla Vista, we’ve had a teachable decade-and-a-half to learn from these incidents, yet there’s little evidence schools are getting any safer. Some experts say they may even be getting less safe. What are we not learning? Are we even asking the right questions? . . .

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This Is What Happens to a Disarmed Populace: Everyone Becomes a Spy

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“The home of Godzilla actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson [not shown] and his wife, Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson, was raided by police on Thursday evening (August 28) after a passerby saw a machine gun through the window in London, England,” reports. Only it wasn’t a rock. It was a rock lobster! Sorry. I mean, it wasn’t a machine gun. It was a “fully decommissioned M16 assault rifle [not shown] that was provided to Mrs Taylor-Johnson by the international charity Peace One Day as part of an art project entitled ‘Peace One Day M16’.” Yeah, that so works on a post-modern level . . .

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Incendiary Image of the Day: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America’s Poster Child Edition

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OMG! He called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America member Claire a “child”! First, the NRA portrays our beloved maximum leader Shannon Watts as a 50′s style hausfrau (note: Moms don’t do irony). Now that misogynist Farago at The Truth About Guns calls a grown woman a child! Does she look like a child to you, fellow civilian disarmament crusaders? No! She’s a grown woman! From Texas no less, a state where under-endowed pig farmers carry assault rifles into Kroger’s frozen food section. (Brave woman.) She’s also . . .

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Dan Baum: Shooting is Good for Kids


The sturm und drang has been flowing freely since Charles Vacca met an untimely end earlier this week after allowing a 9-year-old girl to fire an Uzi with the giggle switch engaged. Reactions have fallen somewhere on the spectrum between ‘you deserve to be dead, you moron‘ to ‘all gun owners should be imprisoned and their children taken away.’ But taking a more measured view of the value of teaching children to shoot is Dan Baum, author of Gun Guys: A Road Trip. He’s out with a piece at today, ‘Letting Kids Shoot Guns is Good for Them,” in which he extolls the virtues and benefits of teaching kids to shoot . . .

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Question of the Day: Who’s to Blame for Police Militarization?


“The Jul/Aug 2014 issue of The Police Marksman is now available online at from Hendon Media Group,” reports. “This issue’s ‘Bullseye’ focuses on long guns with reviews of three AR-style rifles. First up is the Mossberg MMR, an inexpensive carbine that eliminated some standard features to keep the price down. Next is the MGI Hydra, an amazing multi-caliber, quick-change AR rifle that can be tailored to any police assignment. Last, Ruger’s SR-762 ups the ante with a .308 caliber semi-automatic that turned in sub-MOA accuracy and 100% reliability.” To say the timing of this announcement – and the picture accompanying it – is a little off would be like saying . . .

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