Changing the Narrative on Gun Ownership

The media will of course resist anything that threatens their world-view. More Black Women Than Ever Are Getting Concealed Carry Permits In Chicago & It’s Changing How Women Think About Self-Defense

Black women are getting concealed carry permits at an astounding (at least to the media) rate.

In [Chicago] where violence against women and girls of color has been overlooked for far too long, more than 1,300 Black women received a concealed carry license in 2017, a 67 percent increase since 2014, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune.

I almost hate to give a link to the article in the Tribune, because while it is mostly unbiased they have to give their favored narrative – about how more guns equals more violence (John Lott, call your office) even in the face of statistics that show otherwise. That is, legally owned guns don’t cause crime and are not the problem.

Because they are likely to be the victims of crime, and they know from experience that when seconds count, police are at least minutes away. And that police investigate crime much more than they prevent crime.

But that narrative. You know the one, where all gun owners are uneducated white men from the south. The one the media loves, even when they know it isn’t true. The media won’t give that narrative up without a fight. Still, the facts are changing.

And what’s perhaps even more important than all of this is for Americans in general, and American gun culture specifically, to witness how women like Tigner are changing the way our society talks about Black Americans and gun ownership. As Tigner recently put it for WBUR: “Every story you see with a Black person and a firearm is a negative story. It’s about someone, you know, getting shot, or someone robbing someone, so I wanted to change that narrative and make it normal,” Tigner said. “We can exercise our Second Amendment rights just like everyone else can, and it’s not just a bad thing or making you a criminal. And I think education is key to changing that narrative.”

The media hates it when their point of view is challenged.

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They Didn’t Expect Him To Be Armed

He was just out walking his dog, after all. Police: Man walking his dog kills would-be armed robber | 13wmaz.com

An SUV pulls up next to him. One guy gets out and talks to him about his dog. Another guy gets out with a gun, and the two tried to rob him.

The victim said that he acted as if he was going to give the men his wallet, but instead reached into his waistband and pulled out a gun. He shot one of the suspects and the other ran away. The SUV driver drove away.

The one guy died in a local hospital. Cops are still looking for the other 2 (and the SUV).

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

I Love Florida Sheriffs

While a couple of them are crazy, most are 100% behind armed, law-abiding citizens.Fla. Sheriff: ‘If You Need to Shoot Somebody, Shoot Them a Lot’

Given radical Islamic terrorist attacks and people’s concern about safety, Florida’s Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd advised that people who are not afraid of a gun should get one, “and if you need to shoot somebody, shoot them a lot.”

Also, get a concealed carry permit.

Polk County is located between Tampa and Orlando. It isn’t exactly rural, and it isn’t exactly urban.

Iowa Gets “Stand Your Ground” and More

More 2nd Amendment rights are recognized in Iowa. Branstad hails Iowa’s new ‘significant…pro-Second Amendment’ law (AUDIO)

The new law’s “stand your ground” provisions will shield Iowans from lawsuits or criminal charges if they shoot to defend life or property, not just in their own homes, but anywhere they are legally permitted to be. That part of the bill takes effect July 1.

People from any state with a permit to carry a concealed weapon will be able to take it into the state capitol after July 1st, too.

There are more provisions.

Congratulations to the folks in Iowa and the legislature who worked to make these changes.

Concealed Carry Stops a Crime

A bad guy with a gun is stopped by a good guy with a gun. You could also file this under “Smoked Goblin, aisle 5.” Authorities: Customer shoots would-be robber at gas station | News | kpvi.com

According to authorities, the man entered the Marathon gas station, pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money. That’s when the customer shot him in the right thigh.

He was met leaving the store by a Sheriff’s Deputy (responding to a 911 call) and was taken to a local hospital.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

More African Americans Gun Owners – This is a Good Thing

A reasoned article that isn’t all doom about the increase in gun sales to minorities? More African Americans look to purchase guns

Oliver saw a slight bounce in sales after the November election. He also saw his minority clientele increase as several of those customers signed up for his concealed weapons permit classes

People are buying guns (which is good) and getting training (which is even better).

New link has been added to the 2nd Amendment Organization list on the sidebar. The National African America Gun Association. Do I wish they would join the NRA? Sure. But I recognize their right to free association.

Clerk Kills Would-Be Robber

Self-defense is a human-right. Florida Clerk, with Concealed Carry Permit, Kills Would-Be Robber

Clay County deputies said the clerk, at Prime Stop Food Store in Orange Park, became suspicious after a man wearing sunglasses walked into the store around midnight.

Deputies said that William Smith, 29, pulled out a gun and tried to rob the store.

The clerk, being a concealed-weapon permit-holder, fired, killing the would-be robber.

The reaction of the family of the guy who got shot is refreshingly honest.

His family said he was addicted to drugs.

“In all honesty, if he didn’t die this way, he would have ended up dying,” his sister, Lisa Marie, said. “He would have ended up killing himself on drugs.”

This is clearly a tragedy for the family, but they are not trying to shift blame. That takes its own brand of courage in this age of shirking responsibility.