In the early days of our REPUBLIC, we had no choice, be armed and ready. If not the US journey would have finished with a distnctly British accent.
Our choices today are the same, keep an armed populace or elements will creep in and destroy our Nation by the death of a thousand cuts.
The Media has joined with the Liberals, to the delight of our enemies, to make gun owners social pariahs.
Our current issues with mass shootings is stemming from a cheapening of Human Life. Abortion, Ethanasia being touted widely, and a departure from moral values that included prayer and Bible reading being excluded from govt schools.
The public square has attempted to exclude Judeo-Chritian teachings and values.
So all this together, in my most humble opinion, has contributed to the mentally unstable shooting up the crowds. Death by cop, and noteriety, along with exacting revenge, for usually imagined slights, all are in this mix.
So here we are, the Agenda slicing and dicing us into in non-communicating segments.
Each side is entrenched, each side won’t budge on thier position.
So… There so many people of diverse views that do talk, that do work on managing the nutcases with guns.
What they say is, if the gun isn’t on your person, lock it up, in a safe, behind a locked door.
If you are violent, no gun.
If you are a gun owner, allow for the concerns non owners have.
Gun opposers can turn down the Media Agenda of demonizing gun owners and realize we all want the same thing… Safety.
All of us need to actually learn what gun ownership is, and what it means.
Children making appeals for gun safety, and gun bans are being used by the Agenda to decide us into opposing camps.
Not going to be passive about my personal response to potential mass violence.
When I enter a room, I look for exits, and potential defenses in the room. I work in schools and private homes.
In the course of my day you will find me armed.
I teach and model behavior that promotes each person being responsible for their own safety.
The Police have no role in preventing injury to you, they are the cleanup crew after a crime. They can pursue, and apprehend AFTER the fact.
For decades now, anti-terror experts, law enforcement agents, and emergency responders have been gathering information on who perpetrates mass shootings most frequently in the United States. Because these tragedies are so prevalent, they’ve now compiled quite a large mass of data on the phenomena.
Their data shows that active shooters often exhibit similar behavior and characteristics in the months and weeks before an attack. This behavior can provide warning signs for a potential shooting, but these signs are rarely reported to the authorities.
For that reason, here is some information on what to look out for if you suspect someone might be a mass shooter. Keep reading to get the warning signs.
A Single Man is More Likely to Be a Mass Shooter
In 2018, the FBI published a study that examined 63 mass shootings in the United States from 2000 to 2013, in an attempt to identify “those who may be on a pathway to deadly violence.”
In it, one point of data clearly differentiates American mass shooters from other members of society. 94% of active shooters were men. A different FBI study analyzed 50 active shooter incidents from 2016 to 2017, and found that all the shooters were male.
57% of the shooters were also either divorced, separated, or single at the time of the shooting.
According to the first study, mass shooters are white 63% of the time, which makes sense consider 60% of the U.S. population identifies themselves as Caucasian.
Watch Out for Abusive Behavior
Aside from being male and divorced or single, the majority of shooters had troubling behavior in common. This is behavior in the form of harassment, bullying, abuse, and perhaps previous incidences of violence.
The FBI found that 35% of our mass shooters in the 21st century had been previously convicted of a crime, felony or misdemeanor. 62% of mass shooters had a personal history of acting in an “abusive, harassing, and oppressive way,” according to the aforementioned reports. This behavior included incidents of “excessive bullying and workplace harassment.”
16% of shooters had previously had domestic abuse records and 11% were known stalkers and harassers of both men and women.
Prior to the attacks, the shooters in this study had, on average, 4.7 instances of troubling behavior.
77% spent at least a week planning their shootings, where these types of behaviors increased in frequency as they became more erratic. Most shockingly, over 50% of the shooter had told someone prior to the attacks that they were planning a mass shooting. Still, these behaviors rarely get reported.
The people who can most easily spot this troublesome behavior are the people closest to a potential shooter. This is either friends, family, or classmates. Again, most of the time, these people rarely ever report their erratic friend or relative to the FBI or their local police force, unfortunately.
This is surprising, as these people often have the most to lose. Of the nearly 160 mass shootings from 2009 to 2016, the gunmen shot their family member or romantic partner 54% of the time.
An Obsession with Guns and Other Weapons
Shooters often like to buy, build, or study illegal explosives, and quickly learn how to get and use a variety of guns, whether it be an assault rifle, a Glock, or a shotgun.
They also might have an assorted collection of other weapons like knives, batons, and other military gear. Post-shooting, law enforcement officers often find the shooters’ residences armed and booby-trapped with explosives and other weapons.
Look Out for Loners
Shooters are lone wolves. They tend to stick to themselves unless they find someone willing to join their nihilistic cause, like the two Columbine shooters that took the lives of so many.
It is this introverted personality combined with a history of violence, an obsession with guns, and a lack of conscience that is the most concerning. This type of person is very likely to one day become a mass shooter.
Shooters Come From Dysfunctional Families
Almost everybody has a mildly dysfunctional family, but a potential mass shooter typically has a dangerously dysfunctional home life. In other words, there are environmental and genetic factors that contribute to a shooter’s violent behavior.
They often lack mature brain development, and they tend to be far removed from environments and situations that would contribute to a positive outlook on life.
A Lack of Morals or Ethics
A lack of a guilty conscience is probably one of the most haunting signs of a mass shooter. A potential shooter can do horrible things and show no signs of remorse.
A mass shooter might have a history of killing wild animals or even family pets just for the fun of it. If you know a person like this, and they have no guilt about it, they may be a sociopath and one day commit an act of terror that is all too common in our country today.
Mass shooters don’t have to desire or the ability to live ethically. They have no conscience and get off on their traumatic displays of violence and murder. For many mass shooters, the thrill of it, as well as the notoriety is what made them want to commit a mass shooting in the first place.ay, no location is too sacred for a mass shooter to unleash terror, whether it be a school in Connecticut, a movie theater in Colorado, or a church in Charleston. Active shooters will hit your community where it hurts the most.
PERSONALLY, I carry a handgun, don’t go to potentially dangerous places. I use de-escalating speech and mannerisms. I am polite, and present as a non-victim.
I have thought through what I would do in a mass shooting event.
If possible, I will stop the guy with the gun, period.
Behind the HIGH PROFILE cases suing businesses over services to same sex couples, is big money.
This money is trying to change laws through the courts. Destroying families in the process.
Get this straight: Gay weddings don’t outweigh
| August 27, 2019 02:21 PM
The Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals defended the First
Amendment last week, and effectively also took a stand against forced
Once again, the putative dispute involved same-sex wedding
ceremonies. And once again, a federal court had to remind state
officials that people remain free to choose not to participate
in private events. Freedom to abstain is a basic right, period.
It should worry people that the political left seems so willing to
conscript labor in order to enforce its version of cultural
correctness. Even in this case, one of the three judges on the Eighth
Circuit supported the conscription. That judge, Jane Kelly, is badly
mistaken in wanting to curtail the rights of Americans. Federal
courts must continue to quash these efforts at compelled expression
and forced servitude.
In the first paragraph of the controlling
decision, Judge David Stras explained the case succinctly: “Carl
and Angel Larsen wish to make wedding videos. Can Minnesota require
them to produce videos of same-sex weddings, even if the message
would conflict with their own beliefs? The district court concluded
that it could and dismissed the Larsens’ constitutional challenge
to Minnesota’s anti-discrimination law. Because the First Amendment
allows the Larsens to choose when to speak and what to say, we
reverse the dismissal of two of their claims.”
This should go without saying. It should be obvious. Creating a
video is an expressive act. It is in every other instance protected
by the First Amendment. Moreover, as noted above, the Larsens do this
as a commercial enterprise. It is a hired service. Apart from public
accommodations such as inns and restaurants that provide basics of
life such as food and shelter, commercial enterprises are free to
withhold their labor for any reason other than discrimination against
a constitutionally protected class of citizens (such as a racial or
People desiring wedding services are not a protected class. Yes,
in Minnesota, homosexuals are a protected class, but the Larsens
serve homosexuals gladly and without discrimination. They just draw
the line at same-sexweddings. A wedding carries with
it a specific meaning to people of traditional faith. It has done so
several millennia. The First Amendment protects not just expression,
but also the exercise of faith.
A Muslim has every right to refuse to serve a Jewish wedding. A
Jew has every right to refuse to serve a wedding of neo-Nazis. A
devout Catholic has every right to refuse to serve a wedding of two
previously married people whose marriages have not been annulled by
the Church. So why should the Larsens’ case be any different?
Leftists are great at saying “live and let live,” until
somebody tries to live in a way they don’t like. They are unwilling
to let traditional Christians mind their own business and live the
way they want. The leftist hypocrisy is almost as bad as its
disregard for others’ basic rights. Almost as bad, but
not quite. Those basic rights include the right to be hypocrites.
Thankfully, the Eight Circuit panel ruled that they can’t be
hypocrites at the expense of someone else’s time, effort, and
beliefs. So should every other court that hears such cases.
In my sate of Tennessee, private gun sales happen with a casual transfer to a person who pays .
Gun shows are private sales for this purpose.
Many of us selling guns to individuals, will require I.D., a picture of the gun serial number, and a picture of , usually, a driver’s license.
I warn people to allow the picture of the license, and picture of the gun serial number, or buy from someone else.
That’s just me, many will hand the gun over, after payment, period.
What You Need to Know about Background Checks for Guns
There are several ways to buy guns in the US. You can buy them from a licensed retail outlet, a gun show, online, and through a private sale.
Background checks are only required if you purchase a gun through a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL), which includes retailers (anyone from Walmart to mom and pop shops) and some individuals. You do not need to undergo a background check if you buy a gun online, through a gun show, or through some private sales. You can check the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to see FFLs in your state.
The Gun Control Act of 1968 was passed in response to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. This act prohibited certain people from buying guns, such as fugitives, people convicted of crimes that were punished by a prison sentence of a year or more, substance abusers, and people convicted of domestic violence crimes.
The 1968 act also required retailers and individuals selling firearms to obtain a Federal Firearms License (FFL) and meet certain requirements.
The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (commonly known as the Brady Law) was later passed in 1993 after press secretary Jim Brady was shot during an assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan. The Brady Law requires all FFLs to run background checks on people purchasing guns, through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
How a Background Check for Guns Works
If you decide to buy a gun from an FFL, you have to fill out a 4473 Form (also called a Firearms Transaction Record). After you fill out the form, the person selling you a gun will run your information through NICS, which is maintained by the FBI.
Running a background check through NICS takes about 30 seconds. If there is nothing on your record that prohibits you from buying a gun, you can go ahead with your purchase. You will not be allowed to purchase a gun if something in your record disqualifies you.
Under the Brady Law, if there’s something in your record that needs further investigation, then the FBI has three business days (not including the day they run your initial background check) to get back to you. If the FBI doesn’t either approve or deny you after three business days, then you can go ahead and buy a gun.
Are diagnosed mentally ill, which can include being involuntarily committed, found not guilty by reason of insanity, or found unfit to stand trial
Reside in the US illegally
Are dishonorably discharged from the military
Had a restraining ordered issued against you (i.e. found guilty of harassing, stalking, or threatening a partner or the child of your partner)
Were convicted of domestic violence (i.e. convicted of using or threatening to use a deadly weapon against a spouse, former spouse, parent, guardian of the victim, etc.)
Have renounced your US citizenship
What Else Do You Need to Know About Background Checks for Guns?
It’s important to note that in addition to federal laws, each state also has its own gun background check laws. Make sure you check your state’s laws about who can own a gun and what the background check process looks like.
A series of new firearm laws will go into effect in Texas on Sunday just hours after a shooting left five people dead in the western part of the state.
The laws will further loosen gun restrictions in a state that’s had four of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern US history. They will make it easier to have guns just a month after a shooter stormed a Walmart in El Paso and killed 22 people.
Here are the sweeping firearm laws going into effect:
Weapons on school grounds
House Bill 1143 says a school district cannot prohibit licensed gun owners, including school employees, from storing a firearm or ammunition in a locked vehicle on a school parking lot — provided they are not in plain view.
Marshals at schools
House Bill 1387 loosens restrictions on how many armed school marshals a school district can appoint.
Guns in foster homes
House Bill 2363 allows some foster homes to store firearms and ammunition in a safe and secure place for personal protection. Proper storage must be followed, the bill says, including putting firearms and ammunition together in the same locked locations.
Weapons in apartments
House Bill 302 bans homeowners or landlords of rental property from prohibiting residents from lawfully possessing, carrying, transporting or storing a firearm or ammunition in the property.
Handguns during a disaster
House Bill1177 prohibits residents from being charged with a crime for carrying a handgun while evacuating from a state or local disaster area.
“We have learned many times over that there is no such thing as a gun free zone. Those with evil intentions will violate the law and carry out their heinous acts no matter what,” state Sen. Donna Campbell, co-sponsor of the bill, said in a statement. “It makes no sense to disarm the good guys and leave law-abiding citizens defenseless where violent offenders break the law to do great harm.”
The bill will make things clearer, she said.
The existing statute is confusing and clunky when it comes to clearly stating the rights of licensed Texans to carry on the premises of a church. This bill provides clarity of the Legislature’s intent to treat churches in the same manner as other privately owned establishments in Texas.”
While nut cases with guns will continue to turn their anger and anguish on others. Often committing suicide by Cop, and gaining notoriety by their name being in the news feed after shootings.
We remain with a 20 minute window to defend or run, until the police arrive.
SO… Do we just stuff our jackets into bleeding bystanders gaping wounds?
Do we cover our loved ones with our bodies as shields, until the bullets stop?
No, we legally train, and mindfully practice with a firearm.
We store our guns behind secure doors and safes, when we don’t control them.
We seek help for those who are violent, and threatening harm.
Carry your gun EVERYWHERE. At no time will many of us stand helpless while a nut splatters people around with bullets.
Many of us know that the solution is imperfect, but we know that minutes are life, when the shooting starts.