Cam’s Corner | Well-Armed Women

From America’s 1st Freedom:

An organization of pro-gun women is doing incredible things in communities across the nation.

This feature appears in the December ’17 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association.  

I recently had the privilege of attending a chapter leader conference of The Well Armed Woman held in Provo, Utah. Hundreds of women from across the country had gathered to learn from each other about how to bring more women into the shooting sports, into self-defense, and into the close-knit community of thousands of members.

A few were involved in the industry, but many more simply have a desire to help empower women to exercise their right to keep and bear arms. Several women got involved in the industry after picking up a gun for the first time, including a chapter leader in Mississippi who actually opened up a range about five years after she attended her first firearm class. These women are engaged in everyday activism in hundreds of communities across the country, and they are quietly doing some incredible things.

I was surprised to learn that there were more than 200 women in the Sacramento, Calif., chapter of The Well Armed Woman, and that the Columbus, Ohio, chapter shows up to greet every Honor Flight at the local airport. I met the Virginia state leader, who drove hundreds of miles between southern Virginia and Richmond, Va., to help ensure that the Richmond chapter had a place to shoot. I even met my local chapter leader, who lives just down the road from Farmville in Appomattox, Va.

These women are Second Amendment champions, and it was truly a pleasure to get to meet so many of them. Be sure to check out the organization at

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Texans shouldn’t need permits to carry handguns

From Texas Tribune:

Nov. 27, 2017

When tragedies strike, as they did recently in Sutherland Springs, people set aside their differences and unite. We pray, because we know it is powerful even when we feel powerless, and we work to find healing.

Part of that healing is anger. We want to find anyone possible to blame. Beyond just the perpetrator, people may blame the victims for not being prepared, or the police for not being faster, or the Legislature for not having more laws — or even God for allowing it to happen at all.

Anger is understandable, but it is also dangerous. Often people want to use anger to achieve their own personal goals. They want the mob to rise up and help them increase their power. We see this regularly from politicians crying out for more authority so they can “fix things.”

One of the most common guises this can take is to call for “common sense gun control.” Adding common sense in front of it to supposed to make you feel nonsensical if you do not happen to agree.

But Texans have historically had a different sense of how to deal with gun legislation.

That is why the Republican Party of Texas calls for our state to recognize constitutional carry, so that anyone who legally possesses a handgun may carry it, open or concealed, without a government-granted permit.

The Texas Young Republican Federation supports and affirms this legislation, and hopes lawmakers will make it a priority.

As we saw in Sutherland Springs, good men and women should not only have the right to carry, but should exercise it. We are thankful for those who were prepared and helped stop the killer from escaping. These armed citizens possibly saved countless innocent lives.

We continue to call on all elected officials to conduct themselves with tact, and cease using these types of situations to manipulate public sentiment. We oppose any call for committees or commissions whose purpose would be to limit innocent, free Texans’ ability to defend themselves, no matter the side of the aisle from which it comes.

We cannot stop evil. We can only empower good people to do the right thing.

As former state Rep. Susan Gratia-Hupp testified to Congress regarding the 1991 shooting at a Luby’s Cafeteria where her parents were killed, “I’m not a victim of guns, but of lawmakers who legislated me out of the right to protect myself and my family.”

Hupp was only 32 at the time of that attack, but like her, today’s Texas Young Republicans respond to terror not by seeking to limit freedom, but by working to see that more people are prepared to protect their families and communities.

We understand the anger. We know why people would want to give the government more power. But history shows that government limiting good people is not the answer. We urge lawmakers not to use tragedies to lead Texas down the road of more government, but to lead us to a place of greater freedom. We demand Texas finally recognize constitutional carry.

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Deconstructing the Anti-Gun Second Amendment ‘Musket Myth’

From NRA Blog:

by Jason J. Brown
Thursday, October 13, 2016

In the continued war on American gun rights by political opponents and anti-gun zealots, the rhetoric has taken on a faux-academic approach, as some politicians and pundits have fashioned themselves as Constitutional scholars. These self-made history experts claim to know precisely the intent of the founding fathers when drafting the document, particularly its embattled Second Amendment.

The central argument laid out by anti-gunners calls into question the intentions of America’s revered founding fathers, whose gallantry, vision and wisdom produced the inalienable law of our land. The language of the Second Amendment reads:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Critics of the Second Amendment and revisionist historians claim James Madison and his contemporaries used the term “arms” in reference – solely – to muskets, the long muzzleloaders that conjure nostalgia of Minutemen in ranks, tediously loading and offering single-shot volleys in concert. While the majority of firearms used by soldiers and citizens alike were ripe with said muskets, they hardly represented the monopoly on guns in America – and our forefathers knew it.

Historical evidence suggests that “assault weapons” – firearms that can hold larger capacities of ammunition and operate at faster rates of fire (at least that’s one of the myriad definitions as to what constitutes an assault weapon, in and of itself a term purely of arbitrary political manufacture) – have existed in the United States and its preceding colonies well before the drafters of the Constitution even bore the thought to bring quill to parchment.

Moreso, even as some firearm designs were developed with a military purpose in mind, the gunsmiths and inventors created these innovative arms for the private citizen, improving on existing concepts to help owners shoot more easily.

Some early firearms boasted mechanics designed to provide multiple shots without reloading, primarily through the addition of multiple barrels or locks, according to Jim Supica, Director of NRA Museums. While primitive, the first of these repeating arms were seen in development as early as the 14th century, some 400 years before the creation of the Bill of Rights.

“In the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, double-barreled, muzzle-loading firearms provided a second shot available before reloading,” Supica explained. This feature was prominent in shotguns and pistols, only less so in rifles due to the “cumbersome” extra weight it added to the firearm.

However, Supica explained that while most rifle barrels were usually fixed, some swivel barrels allowed multiple barrels to be sequentially fired with a single lock mechanism, a massive developmental and mechanical improvement over the simple muskets that armed Revolutionary War militiamen.

Supica points to a variety of examples of firearms that predate 1791’s Second Amendment as evidence to counter claims that our founding fathers immortalized our right to keep and bear arms mutually exclusive to muskets:

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Anual Post-Thanksgiving Dallas Arms Collectors Show at Dallas Market Hall

I don’t know if it caught on but a few years back small businesses that found themselves ignored in the rush to the Black Friday Sales at the Big Box Stores tried to start the idea of Small Business Saturday.

Well the truth is small businesses can offer you a fair deal all year long but can’t sell below their costs just to get you to shop with them, preferably using a store charge card where the interest makes up for the loss.

We’ve brought stuff we’ve collected over the year along with our usual to this show folks.  Some is rare others would make good presents.

Show hours are:
Saturday     9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday        9:00am-4:00pm

Hope to see you there.

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Gun Control and Its Inevitable Unintended Consequences: Quote of the Day

From The Truth About Guns:

Nov 13, 2017

“A frenzy of attempts at preventive policy making follows each high-profile incident but actually creates the conditions for future failure . . .

“Gun prohibition produces the same problems as drug or alcohol prohibition; attempts to restrict harmless sale and possession in order to catch a minority of misusers yield all kinds of unintended consequences.

“Black markets make the purchase of prohibited items riskier and more expensive, and make the transactions untraceable.

“Bans are likely to be disproportionately enforced among black and Muslim gun owners, increasing racial disparities.

“Narrowly tailored restrictions will push product development teams at big firearms manufacturers and garage tinkerers alike to find workarounds that circumvent the letter of the law.

“And any mass confiscation of illegal weapons or accessories will lead to more violence, as die-hard gun rights believers inevitably fight back against law enforcement.” – Katherine Mangu-Ward in How to Talk to Your Kids About Guns [via]

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Ease of Legal Access to Firearms vs. Homicide Rates

From Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership:

October 31, 2017

Firearms are misused a minute fraction of the time; that is vastly exceeded by the good uses they overwhelmingly have, at times uniquely life-saving.

Most studies never adequately consider the contribution of increased legal gun access to preventing criminal violence (which is far the greatest cause of shootings). When there is enough ambiguity to claim an anti-gun conclusion, there is also enough evidence to discount it.

A recent paper published by the American Journal of Public Health on October 19 has received a lot of press attention.

“Easiness of Legal Access to Concealed Firearm Permits and Homicide Rates in the United States” claims that “Shall-issue laws are associated with significantly higher rates of total [6.5%], firearm-related [8.6%], and handgun-related [10.6%] homicide.” And, according to their methods, this seems meaningful. The findings appear to make the case for may-issue over shall-issue state permitting.

Of course, the paper lies behind a pay wall, so who can tell? DRGO can, with our own academic resources and expertise.

The authors include some anti-gun academics who we’ve taken to task before: Bindu Kalesan, PhD, MPH, MSc, Eric Fleegler, MD, MPH, and Kristin A. Goss, PhD, MPP. Bindu Kalesan, for example, serially vilified gun owners, and DRGO in particular, in a serious of vicious Facebook posts. But by contrast, lead author Michael Siegel, MD, MPH has been open to corresponding with us and seemed to appreciate our feedback. We hope the rest of the Boston and Durham crews will likewise value informed criticism.

First, let’s summarize some of the more obvious issues in this study:

  • They do not discriminate between murder and justified homicides. (This is a general problem in research, because homicide statistics are based on reports of initial charges, not final dispositions, which may shift toward self-defense and dismissal.)
  • They do not consider legal vs. illegal gun possession patterns in the states they analyze.
  • Their “excluded 13.4% of firearm homicide cases in estimating handgun homicide rates” and “approximately 10% of all homicides” due to unavailability data. (More on such exclusions below.)
  • They ignore numbers of firearms per capita, a remarkable oversight considering the topic.
  • There are real differences in the application of permitting laws that confound a simple may-issue vs. shall-issue dichotomy. (For example, in may-issue New York, you’ll never get a permit in NYC but beyond the metro area it is virtually Compare this to Hawaii, which denies essentially 100% of may-issue requests.)
  • No attention is paid to the long-term trends of increasing firearm ownership and shall-issue and permitless carry vs. decreasing violent crime and murder rates.
  • And as always, no account is taken of likely higher rates of successful self-defense with firearms.

With so many states converting to may-issue (or even permitless) carry, there are commonalities, differences and changes in gun culture within each that make them poor controls for each other. But this is the way the study is structured. The better comparison is over the several years before and after changes in permitting laws, so that each state is its own control. This doesn’t eliminate every possible confounding variable, but minimizes them. And other research indicates that increasing numbers of firearms in America (which facilitated by less restrictive laws on legal gun possession) do not increase rates of homicide and violence, and may even reduce them.

Discriminating between handgun and long-gun homicide was limited because the source for this information, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports Supplemental Homicide reports lacks data about the firearm used in over 13% of its cases.  The study is also missing about 10% of all homicides. The authors attempt to compensate for these two separate data deficits by weight adjustments of the known data, which introduces more uncertainty. “Noise” is a good description of the fuzziness each inaccuracy introduces.

Additionally: “Only 4 states had permitless-carry laws in place during the study period” which they “were unable to analyze . . . because of the small number of observations” therein. These would be Minnesota, Wyoming, Arizona and Alaska, for which one might think a “small number of observations” (of homicides?) might be reckoned as positive. And another 5 states instituted permitless carry during the study period. Examining these most permissive states should have made even clearer whether fewer restrictions on gun ownership lead to any significant change in firearm homicide rates.

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Premier Show at Big Town This Weekend

Get an early start on the Christmas Shopping Season, beat the Black Friday Insanity.

Come to the Premier Gun Show at Big Town in Mesquite this weekend.

We have some very collectable knives and some sweet deals

Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Over 750 tables of guns, knives, ammo, and gear, we have everything you need for hunting season under one roof! The hours are Saturday 9-5, Sunday 10-4, Admission is $8, kids 11 and under are FREE, and Parking is FREE.

Say “THANKFUL” at the door for a dollar off admission!

We’ll see you there!

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