Why Good People Should Be Armed

I’m no triskaidekaphobe but thirteen minutes of Ms. Outlaw’s rant is a bit much, green screen or no. Still, full marks for a comprehensive tour of all the political reasons why guns are a good thing, not a bad thing, in good hands (with a free lesson on the four rules of gun safety). I’ll add a simple justification to Josie Outlaw’s list: shooting is a lot of fun. Which is just as well, really. [h/t hesgonefishing]

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  1. Too bad you don’t agree with her philosophy.

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      Please do us all a favor and forget how to breathe.

      1. avatar Keith in TX says:

        Tell us how you justify such a statement.
        That sounds like something a far left leaning Fool-Aid drunken 0bo fan liberal would post.

        1. avatar Matt in FL says:

          By justify, I assume you mean where do I get off saying such a mean, hurtful thing?

          It’s simple, really. First, I don’t think his antics are helpful to the pro-gun community, and if he actually got any press, they’d likely be hurtful. However, his antics are his choice and his right. But second, and more importantly, he has ceased being at all a contributing member of the community here. When he first found TTAG some months back (because we posted one his videos), his comments, however misguided some of us may have found them, at least contributed to the conversation about open carry. Lately over the past couple weeks his “contributions” have gone away in favor of nothing but sniping one-liners like the one above. Thus, I would tell him don’t go away mad, just go away.

        2. I justify it with the “shall not infringe, but….” statements that are written by RF and most others on this blog.

      2. avatar John L. says:

        Matt, you do realize you’re just encouraging him, right?

        I have to wonder, though, if this is mike reincarnated…

      3. avatar Myshkin says:

        Serious question: what did Leonard do? I’ve recently seen a few allusions to his prior actions.

        1. avatar Matt in FL says:

          I assume you’re referring to his prior actions outside of this site. Here’s the post where he first came to the attention of most people here at TTAG: http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2013/07/robert-farago/open-carrying-a-rifle-while-wearing-a-bullet-proof-vest-seriously/

          That was not his first encounter like this. Ask him about the rest, I’m sure he’ll tell you.

      4. avatar Taylor Tx says:

        @ matt, completely agree with you but I still think its easier just to not feed the troll, unless you can re-feed him his own BS.

        1. avatar Matt in FL says:

          Point taken.

    2. avatar David PA/NJ says:

      What the hell are you doing here?

    3. avatar sbk510 says:

      I’m glad you’re here so I can see everyone ridicule you. It’s hysterical. Thanks, Leonard.

      1. avatar William Burke says:

        Call him Lenny.

    4. avatar Davis Thompson says:

      I’m glad that TTAG is willing to allow opposing opinions on their site, as opposed to certain bullies in bras I could name who ban people at the first sign of a differing viewpoint.

      And for the record, I agree with just about everything she said.

      1. avatar Keith in TX says:

        You’re not the Lone Ranger here.
        Stay the course and disregard those that have fallen off the wagon of rational.

        1. “Rational”? My belief is the following:

          Men have the right to keep and bear arms. The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

          If I choose to open carry a loaded handgun, that is my right. If I choose to open carry a loaded rifle, that is my right. If I choose to wear a bullet proof vest, that is my right. If I choose to wear camouflage clothing, that is my right. If I choose to wear a hoodie, that is my right. If I choose to hand out rights based literature on a public street, that is my right. If I choose to not talk to cops, that is my right.

          Too bad that most here believe that to be irrational. If you choose to be good little statists and belittle my rights then at least be honest about it. Don’t tell me you support the 2A and all that the right entails and at the same time support the statist idea that the right may not be exercised in a manner you choose not to accept. In other words, don’t be Feinstein and proclaim you support the 2A while supporting infringement.

        2. avatar Soccerchainsaw says:

          Embody,
          If that’s what you believe, which a large number of folks that enjoy this site seem to also believe, what have you said before that makes folks here think you may be Mikenumbers in camo?

  2. avatar William Burke says:

    “A bit much”? Maybe you should find some puzzles to work on your attention span; you’ve posted MUCH longer videos here, Robert. Physician, heal thyself.

    I actually watched this yesterday, and I find Outlaw Josie’s film very compelling, and to the point.

    1. avatar Tominator says:

      Agreed! That video was PERFECT! The 2ND Amendment EXPLAINED!

    2. avatar Davis Thompson says:

      I’m with you, Burke. While the constant shift of locals was a wee bit distracting, the content was an out of the park home run. I’m going over to her website right now to thank her for a job extraordinarily well done.

    3. avatar Cliff H says:

      Agreed. She doesn’t have the charisma of Mr. Colion Noir, but she has the facts and presents them well.

  3. avatar Pat says:

    I do. She is 100% right. Where do I sign up?

    1. avatar Keith in TX says:

      ^^^^ This. Subscribe and hope for more videos soon.
      If honesty prevailed TTAG should have a new found infatuation other than an attractive young woman that can accurately fire a .22.

  4. avatar Matt in FL says:

    I like this girl. I don’t like her like her, but lemme get to know her better. She certainly speaks my language.

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      Absolutely. I saw this last night and was going to post it, but once more, this site was hinky and I couldn’t load ANYTHING. What’s going on with that? I have to delete posts if I can’t open them. Otherwise, if I leave them for the next day, I’d never go to bed. I’d just nap at my computer desk.

      Which I sort of have to do a little bit anyway, being an insomniac. I get microsleeps.

      1. avatar Matt in FL says:

        Email inbound.

    2. avatar Keith in TX says:

      Watch the rest of the videos on her channel them come back and tell us how you feel after you make up your damn mind.

      Matt in FL has inspired a niche market for fence saddles.
      Get ’em while they’re hot, the barbs poke your ass not!

    3. She may speak your language, but you are too much of a statist to believe anything she says. The same goes for RF.

      The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, but…

      1. avatar peirsonb says:

        Witch hazel. Worked wonders when my butt hurt as bad as yours seems to…..

  5. avatar Accur81 says:

    Thanks RF, for making this a separate post. I admire this woman as an articulate pro-2A speaker. I’m just not posting as much because I’m working a ton of hours.

    1. avatar Adub says:

      Are you within three years of retirement? 😉

      1. avatar Accur81 says:

        Depends on the job situation in WI. I’m getting burned out on CA over-regulation, and this state also has some incredibly stupid gun laws.

        1. avatar William Burke says:

          Try New Mexico; red and blue are both gun-friendly.

        2. avatar Marcus Aurelius says:

          It’s decent as far as I know. I’m a CA resident currently employed out of WI. Well, my industry stops for the holidays pretty much, but aside from the seasonal slump.

  6. avatar Rob.G says:

    I felt she nailed all the points extremely well with a level of wisdom and maturity I rarely see anymore in a person of that age group, and she didn’t go down a single rat hole.

    She has another video out regarding some very pointed questions to our LEO’s and gives me some much-needed hope for the next generation!

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      I agree. This lass is way ahead of the curve. And her curves, and mmmm…. ah. Yeah.

      1. avatar Rob.G says:

        Well, there is definitely that. But since she’s probably my oldest daughter’s age, I’ll behave and act my age.

        1. avatar William Burke says:

          Talkin’ ain’t the same as actin’. I can separate the two. Almost always.

        2. avatar Rob.G says:

          Right on, Bro!

        3. avatar sbk510 says:

          You’re only as young as who you feel.

          Read that again.

        4. avatar Matt in FL says:

          I’ve come to the conclusion that whoever invented that “half your age + 7” rule for relationships >48 hours was a wise, wise man.

        5. avatar William Burke says:

          Young women incite and excite the imagination. That’s sorta the idea. Eventually, you realize you’re from two different worlds, and the two worlds can never converge. WTF are you going to TALK about with a 22-years old, anyway?

          Then we face women of our own age. I don’t think I need to say more about that. It’s a timeless dilemma, with no apparent solution. Another sign the universe is cruel and perverse.

        6. avatar Adub says:

          I don’t think the age thing is a big problem as long as you are on the same page as to what you want out of life. Hell, just trying to find a girl who isn’t a Democrat and likes guns is like finding Santa riding a leprechaun.

  7. avatar Bob says:

    She makes a good point about how Hollywood never shows safe gun handling and very rarely depicts ordinary people defending themselves with a gun.

    Gun control = gun violence. Excellent!

    1. avatar Jeff says:

      people in TV and movies rarely own guns. nobody in any disaster movie grabs a gun. only recent movie I can think of where some average dude grabs a gun first thing when SHTF was the Tom Cruise remake of War of the Worlds. crime victims never arm themselves and tremble in fear until the police arrive RIGHT AWAY.

      even if they do have one, they are clueless about how to use it, and the bad guy will just snatch it out of their hands (where do you think antis get that idea that a bad guy will just take your gun and shoot you with it?) or they will do something dumb with it and the hero cop character will say “gimme that” and take it away from them – or some other variation on “guns are for pros only.”

      1. avatar William Burke says:

        Well, in the zombie genre, everybody goes to find the guns first. Because in a Zombie Apocalypse, what else are you gonna use, a rolling pin?

        1. avatar Jeff says:

          I don’t watch many zombie movies so I can’t offer expert testimony, though most I’ve seen were heavy on the blades

        2. avatar William Burke says:

          Mostly they use the blades when the ammo runs low. Or out. Nobody really wants to get close enough to a zombie for him to take a chunk out of them.

      2. avatar Cliff H says:

        It does happen in Hollywood that regular folds pick up arms, eventually, but usually only in Westerns. I just watched “Open Range” again a few days ago and it was great.

        In modern stories, not so much. As was just mentioned they tend to show “civilians” with guns as inept or clueless or shooting the wrong people for the wrong reasons. I often wish that would change, but then I realize that in almost every cop drama if there was a competent armed citizen the show would be over in about 10 minutes, which would be as long as it took the DA to decide it was a good shoot, and then they’d have to fill the other 50 minutes with commercials.

    2. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

      In all fairness, if movies and TV shows depicted armed self defense by victims then no one would watch them for a lack of excitement.

      If someone isn’t murdered in the beginning of show because they defended themselves against the serial killer/rapist then there is no Law & Order, or Criminal Minds.

      If the first victim of the chainsaw wielding killer stops the threat by shooting killer then there is no Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

      If one of hostages pulls a pistol and shoots Hans before Bruce Willis even shows then there is no Die Hard.

      I hate to say it, but there has to be victims for there to be heroes, it’s what makes the plot exciting.

      It’s the only part of this video I don’t really agree with.

  8. avatar Frank Masotti says:

    All great points. This video should be a public service announcement. 🙂

  9. avatar jirdesteva says:

    BRAVO and well played. Presidential candidate material. Makes sense and this won’t work in politics.

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      Ron Paul’s running mate?

      1. avatar jirdesteva says:

        Colion Noir.

        1. avatar Cliff H says:

          Are you saying Colion should be Ron Paul’s running mate, or that Josie should be Colion’s VP?

          Whichever, I might go with Rand Paul and either of those two as VP. Not a huge Ron fan.

  10. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    Her message was outstanding. In my opinion 13 minutes was NOT too long. She touched on many important points and facts that millions of U.S. citizens really need to hear and understand.

    Personally, I am tired of people who want anything and everything explained and solved in 20 seconds. This young woman’s video explained her points with enough depth to be meaningful.

    This is the real power of the Internet. “We the People” have never had such a powerful communication medium at our disposal at any other time in history. The ruling class took over major media decades ago which has played a crucial role in our nation’s path to the present. That is changing. The ruling class no longer controls large scale dissemination of ideas and information. We face interesting times ahead … and the ruling class may not like it.

    1. avatar Keith in TX says:

      I agree about the quality and quantity of her presentation. Very well done for someone of her generation.

      The internet is a great form of communication for all but remember who has access to the internet kill switch and all other communication devices dependent upon the power grid.
      When the feces encounters the rotating pitched blades and chaos abounds the only available form of communication for the general populous may be limited to little more than smoke signals.

      1. avatar Adub says:

        I guess we all need ham radios, short waves walkie talkies, and phone lists. I mean, I just moved to Michigan and don’t know anybody local I could rely on if SHTF.

        1. avatar Keith in TX says:

          That’s was a hint about off grid communication, CB or Ham radio on battery or backup power, a little more than smoke signals.

      2. avatar Cliff H says:

        Unfortunately I think if SHTF the form of communication used most often will be little copper jacketed lead pills.

  11. avatar ThomasR says:

    I watched this video and the others on her web site; all very well done and all make very good points; I’ll be going back regularly to see what else she’ll post.

  12. avatar Bob says:

    Her Message to Police video is good also.

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      She’s awesome. Where is that? The Smokies? NC? TN? WV? KY? Ohio?

  13. avatar Dr. Michael S. Brown says:

    If you go to her site you can make a donation by PayPal. Let’s reward her for a great video.

    http://www.josietheoutlaw.com/?page=join-donate

  14. avatar Marcus says:

    She’s got a nice voice, too. Well presented, I thought.

    1. avatar Keith in TX says:

      True but her monotone voice lacks passion to emphasize the greater points.
      It’s like hearing one side of a soft spoken Barbara Walters interview.
      She could use a touch of MLKs “I have a Dream” speech that tugged the emotions of many both black and white.
      The audience is deep and wide and a bit of heartfelt passion could cross the divide.

      1. avatar Cliff H says:

        She’s still young. Let’s give her some encouragement and some time to develop her delivery.

        1. avatar Zachary Hunt says:

          Well said Cliff

    2. avatar Scottlac says:

      It was her voice that made me turn it off in the first minute. Most younger women these days use lower register “Vocal fry” excessively. She is no exception. When I hear it I start subconsciously trying to clear my throat, then I stop breathing, then I just give up and turn her off.

      Ladies, lets make vocal fry a short-lived fad and move on. If you don’t know what it is then google it.

      1. avatar Matt in FL says:

        At least she’s not an uptalker.

        1. avatar Scottlac says:

          There is that.

      2. avatar peirsonb says:

        ….I was thinking it beats 30-40% of her vocabulary being “um” or “like”

      3. avatar Myshkin says:

        The vocal fry is definitely obnoxious; unfortunately, I don’t think it’s going away anytime soon, if ever.

        1. avatar William Burke says:

          What the eff are you two talking about? WTF is a “vocal fry”? Gott im Himmel!

        2. avatar Scottlac says:

          “What the eff are you two talking about? WTF is a “vocal fry”? Gott im Himmel!”

          William, that is why I included the phrase “Google it”. There are audio and video samples available on this here newfangled internet to demonstrate what we are talking about.

          Vocal Fry, is that croaking, creaking sound in their voice that that younger women tend to use these days. It’s like they are running out of breath at the end of the sentence and just want to finish. In more civilized times it was considered a speech impediment and there was therapy for it.

          Matt mentioned “Uptalk” as another thing. At least she doesn’t do that. Uptalk is when the speaker makes all of her statements with an upward lilting tone at the end of every sentence and makes everything sound like a question.

  15. avatar Foster says:

    Wow, very well presented. All excellent points. A rare combination.

  16. avatar Zachary Hunt says:

    I think she does a good job. Good start. Remember women are going to be more likely to watch this than men because it’s by fellow sister

  17. avatar MojoRonin says:

    I like the cut of that young lady’s jib.

    1. avatar Keith in TX says:

      Rightfully so as any pro 2A advocate should be.

  18. Video critique:

    Edit it down to five minutes.
    Get it uploaded in HD.

    Good message though.

  19. avatar Soccerchainsaw says:

    “…but thirteen minutes of Ms. Outlaw’s rant is a bit much…”

    RF, I’ll have to respectfully disagree. Thirteen minutes was just about the right amount on a Saturday morning. And I wouldn’t call what she did here a rant. Rush Limbaugh rants, Alex Jones rants, Cam Edwards rants. Josie almost dispassionately presented her case. An anti-gunner might try to label this a rant so as to diminish it somehow. We should not do anything that diminishes Josie’s effort here.

    Lastly, I thank you wholeheartedly for posting it and all you do with TTAG.

    1. avatar JW says:

      Agreed. Her video was spot on! And since it is not coming from an OFWD her words will have greater weight with those who drank the media KoolAid on what a gun owner looks like and the reasons they believe in the 2cd Amendment.

  20. avatar Martin B says:

    I doubt there would be many 50 year olds capable of assembling and presenting such a coherent and convincing set of arguments. This really speaks well of the American education system. Though she obviously did not learn her facts through that medium! She moves from the local to the national, using good examples from history. It requires an ad absurdam position to reveal the true nature of the threat faced by the American people. Eisenhower warned of this in 1961. The ugly truth is the American Government is a monster completely out of the control of the American people, and that power now resides in Washington DC, not in Main Street, USA. A passive, supine populace is their determined goal, and gun control is one lever they are pushing to achieve that.

    Ms Outlaw would appear to have at least some Scottish heritage, as my ancestors would have called her “bosky”, “bonnie’ and “braw”. She represents what is best in American youth.

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      I agree completely, but the quip about the “American education system” was sarcasm, right? When it comes to education, she didn’t ALLOW it to fail her. Far too many not only allow it, but they embrace their ignorance. They don’t even care to know how much they do not know. “Unknown unknowns”, as that genius, Donald Rumsfeld, called it. [face palm]

      To my way of thinking, Josie Outlaw is a rare bird indeed. She KNEW about the things she didn’t know, and set about to know them (“known unknowns”)! 😉

  21. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

    I like this video, but mostly I just like that she even made it and the others. It’s great to climb a tree and holler about what you’re passionate about; especially when it’s a hugely important like firearms freedoms.

    I also get where she’s going with the air bag analogy, but that particular point is actually slightly off base. The economic literature contains a number of studies that have examined the costs/benefits of government-mandated vehicle safety features, including airbags. In the case of air bags, the research is generally consistent in finding that airbags do decrease the incidence of fatalities in accidents capable of causing death. That’s good.

    However, the research also finds higher rates of accidents of all kinds, and corresponding higher rates of non-fatal injuries, associated with airbag-equipped vehicles vs. those without airbags. The conclusion being that while air bags do work to save lives, drivers thus protected tend to feel much safer, so they drive a bit more recklessly. They end up in more accidents and therefore suffer higher rates of non-fatal injuries. It’s not the airbag’s fault, per se, but it’s part of the driver’s decision calculus.

    So in this specific case, the presence of the safety device can counterintuitively result in some marginal increase in overall injuries. With that said, that’s not to say the same necessarily applies to firearms; as anti’s are quick to (mis)characterize concealed carriers as wannabe gunslingers just itching for a gunfight.

    Individuals don’t generally consider a generic car accident as being a sure-fatal event. So they’re not considered catastrophic events to be avoided at all costs. Most individuals do consider gunfights to be catastrophic events, however, even though the fatality rates are actually very low. That’s another discussion for another day, though.

  22. avatar racer88 says:

    What’s the deal with the “outlaw” moniker?

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      As in, THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES.

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