Brazil Moving Toward More Armed Citizens

First Bolsonaro gives the climate conference the heave-ho, and threatens to withdraw from the Paris Accord, now this. The New York Times is NOT happy. Brazil’s New Leader Wants to Ease Gun Laws. Supporters Are Ready, and Training.

For a population angered by the last few years of political and economic turmoil and worried by escalating violence, Mr. Bolsonaro’s vow to break with Brazil’s restrictive attitude toward weapons and make it easier for “good guys” to own guns was particularly resonant.

It’s almost like he isn’t a Leftist. (He’s not, and the NY Times is SO confused.)

Mr. Bolsonaro’s tough-on-crime stance helped catapult him to the head of a splintered race in a country reeling from a record-level epidemic of violence. Last year there were roughly 175 homicides per day in Brazil, according to the Brazilian Forum on Public Safety. Often simulating gunfire with his fingers at campaign rallies, Mr. Bolsonaro said he would combat the homicide epidemic by easing firearm laws and giving the police more freedom to shoot suspects.

“We have to stop this politically correct thing, saying that disarming everyone will make Brazil a better place — it won’t,” Mr. Bolsonaro said.

And for all of that, the NY Times HAS to call him “far right.” Funny how no one is ever “far Left” in the world view of NYT.

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“We can’t allow ourselves to go on auto-pilot when innocent people’s lives are at stake.”

David Yamane always seems to have some insight. Recent events indicate that cops could use some of the insight. It’s Not About the Shoothouse, It’s About Decision-Making with a Gun/

The line that forms the title to this post is about the fact that everyone in his class shot a picture of an under-cover police officer. It brought to mind the shooting in suburban Chicago, where a cop shot an armed security guard, and the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, where cops shot an armed homeowner in his own home. (The homeowner was hard of hearing, and couldn’t hear the cops. The only thing he pointed at them was a flashlight.) There are other examples of course.

Although clearing a structure with a rifle and a partner in search of a hostage in a terrorist bomb making facility is an unlikely scenario for me, I was easily able to substitute my own more realistic (even if also unlikely) scenarios as I reflected on my runs through the shoothouse. For example, I come home from a trip and find the door of my house kicked in and my wife inside, or I am awoken in the middle of the night by a cry of distress coming from my child’s room. Do I sit outside or barricade myself in my room and wait for the police to arrive? No.

I think it’s worth a few minutes of your time.

But the Rules Aren’t Supposed to Apply to THEM!

Only the peons should have to follow the rules. (Maybe they’re more like guidelines.) Hollywood, amid fires and looters, finds its pro-gun side.

So some folks in Hollywood – who’ve been impacted by the fires – are deterring looters in the traditional way.

“PDC Posse,” a group of gun-toting men who’ve taken it upon themselves to defend properties affected — read: nearly destroyed — by the Woolsey Fire by warning, via a posted sign, “Looters will be shot on site! PDC Posse.” And maybe these guys were all pro-Second Amendment prior to the tragedies of fire ravaging their homes.

Funny how they don’t think self-defense should be available to the peons in Flyover Country.

Some More Info on Thousand Oaks

Considering the MSM, this isn’t a terribly anti-gun article. At the only gun shop in Thousand Oaks, fearful residents decide it’s time to buy a gun.

I stopped writing about mass shootings, because immediately after an event it is all speculation. Well, that and the Democrats doing the Gun-control Dance. But this article had some information that I find interesting.

Overall this is an interview with a gun-store owner and some of his customers on a given day. With a few quotes from a guy who runs training at a nearby range.

As new customers cycled through the store, the constant chatter—besides general expressions of hatred for the shooter—was about the six unarmed, off-duty law enforcement officers who were reportedly at the bar during the shooting. Their lack of weapons was a presumed consequence of a California law barring firearms in bars.

Six members of law-enforcement disarmed for everyone’s protection by the Democratic legislature/governor of California. How’s that working out for you?

The other piece of info that is completely expected – the neighbors are shocked to discover that they do live in the Real World™ where crime can, and sometimes does, happen.

Residents have long regarded this city as a serene little community forty miles away from the crime and blight of Los Angeles. But the shooting this week drove home a creeping feeling that the outside world is encroaching on Thousand Oaks.

The guy from the training center had a few words about the “closeted, gun-owning liberals” who would NEVER admit to being an evil gun-owner to their liberal friends. Because gun-owners are evil in the eyes of the liberals.

The reporter ends with a quote from a 12-year-old (who wasn’t in the store, but was skating around the parking lot).

He chimed in with his opinion on gun control. “No matter how hard they make it to get a gun, they’re going to get one,” Ethan said. “I’m a kid and I don’t know anything but I know that.”

“I pay as much attention to these brainless liberals as I do to a fly buzzing around a room.”

The is an interview with Yonatan Stern, Director of Cherev Gidon Tactical Training Academy in Pennsylvania. The difference between this and the few “sound bites” that other news organizations have carried is that this a complete interview. After Pittsburgh–Teaching Jews to Shoot Guns Gains Traction at Pennsylvania Tactical Training Academy.

I like what he has to say on the subject of self-defense.

A bit of background, he is training members of the Jewish community to defend their schools and temples from attack. In the aftermath of the Pittsburgh attack, he has been inundated with requests for training.

JV: Are you receiving any pushback from gun control activists, card carrying pacifists and other political operatives who oppose what you are doing?

YS: Liberals are always going to whine when people like us take effective initiatives to actually make positive changes within our society. They whined when trump got elected, they whined when Trump blocked Islamic terrorists from entering our nation, they whined when the embassy was moved to Jerusalem, they whined when Justice Kavanaugh was appointed, they whined that the President is sending troops to protect our border, and now they are of course whining that we are getting American Jewish civilians armed and trained in our synagogues.

I pay as much attention to these brainless liberals as I do to a fly buzzing around a room. Anyone who advocates for Jews to be disarmed while we are under violent attack by antisemites is either intentionally trying to get Jews killed, or is an ignorant fool who is probably suffering from mental illness.

I enjoyed it. You might as well.

Welcome to the Real World™

People have pretended that houses of worship are safe. In the past few years, they should have abandoned that fantasy. ‘When This Happens, You Get a Wake-up Call’: U.S. Jews Turn to Firearms Training After Pittsburgh Shooting.

So a course was offered by the Cherev Gidon Israeli Tactical Defense Academy near Scranton, Pennsylvania. Demand has been high since the recent attack.

“The fact is, we’re at war,” said Yonatan Stern, a veteran officer of the Israel Defense Forces and director of the academy, told his class. “We want every Jew in America armed.”

But of course there are those who just want to hope for the best.

“What kind of country we’re going to be if every house of worship has to have an armed guard?” [Rabbi Moti] Rieber said. “I think having less access to that kind of weaponry is going to be much more effective in the long run than having a single armed guard.”

So the usual gun control answer of the Left.

What kind of country would we be? A country where people are safe.

No place is safe on general principles. If you want someplace to be safe, then you need to provide security. It really isn’t rocket science.

One Year After the Church Shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas

That was when Stephen Willeford decided to be a hero. The Ultimate Good Guy With a Gun.

This is a nicely written review of the day, and the effect it has had on Mr. Willeford’s life in the past year. It is worth your time.

And for those who wonder why would you ever need a large-capacity magazine…

As they closed in on the SUV, it swerved back and forth across both lanes and then, abruptly, careered off the road into a ditch. Langendorff pulled up about five yards behind the Explorer. Willeford clutched the AR-15 in his right hand— he only had two rounds remaining, not enough to survive another shootout—and reached down to open the door with his left. Just as he was stepping out, the Explorer peeled off, plowing through a street sign on its way back to the road. Willeford closed his door. Langendorff stomped on the gas.

Johnnie Langendorff, a guy Willeford had never met, was driving by when all this started, he didn’t hesitate when Willeford said, “That guy just shot up the church.” Langendorff unlocked the door to his truck.