In other news…I’m beginning to suspect that I may be a cynic. That’s the only reason I can think of that these types of things occur to me.
You know your state sucks when…
I was in both Terminals A and C of the Newark International airport and there was not a New Jersey or Newark hat, t-shirt or coffee mug to be found.
Not that I would have wanted one had I found one…the absence was just striking to me. It’s the only airport I’ve ever been in (and I’ve been in a LOT of airports) that didn’t have some sort of memorabilia from…well…the location of the airport.
Man charged after Heights party-goer shot to death while wearing bulletproof vest
A Rosenberg man has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of another man wearing a bulletproof vest at a party in the Heights, Houston police said.
Officers were dispatched early Sunday to a garage apartment in the 300 block of West 23rd, where a man had been shot in the chest. Paramedics pronounced the man him(sic) dead at the scene.
Um…not so much.
Gee, I wonder where [media] the idiot [hollywood] could have gotten the idea [media] that a bullet resistant [hollywood] vest is actually bulletproof?
By the way…the trigger puller was arrested for felon in possession as well as for, well, shooting someone…but it’s obviously the NRA’s fault because if we pass one more law and make it even more illegaler than the 3 felonies (minimum) they were already committing, that would have prevented this tragedy, or something.
I have been a faithful patron of Delta for many years, am a Silver Medallion member, and have always felt welcomed and appreciated; however after recent events I no longer feel that way.
Following the tragedy in Florida, a vocal minority pointed fingers at the NRA, blaming an organization of over 5 million people for the act of one unbalanced individual. The fact is that the NRA has consistently advocated for current laws to be enforced vigorously in order to prevent tragedies like what occurred in Florida from happening. The NRA’s urgings have obviously fallen on deaf ears as the enforcement failures at multiple levels of government increasingly come to light.
In spite of that this vocal minority has managed to convince Delta to rescind an offer for discounted fares to the annual meeting.
Delta knew the NRA’s positions and politics before extending the offer of discounts, the NRA has never kept it’s positions secret. Nothing has changed in the NRA’s positions or policies since the tragedy, yet Delta found it advisable to rescind the offer of discounted fares.
The only conclusion I can draw is that Delta agrees with the vocal minority and places the blame for this tragedy on NRA members, of which I am one.
Therefore, short a convincing explanation, sincere apology and reversal of this decision, I cannot, in good conscience, continue to patronize a business that views me in such a negative light.
This action is not without sacrifice on my part. In my line of work, I tend to travel quite a bit. Perhaps not as much as some, but much more than the average person. I have several long trips in the offing, including at least one trip to Germany and three trips to Honolulu this year (during one of which I plan to take my wife). It is a shame that I will have to fly on an airline that provides (in my view) inferior service and will have to eschew the loyalty miles I’ve built up to this point, but my conscience will not allow me to patronize a business that would impugn me and my associates in such a way.
I just bought the tickets for my first trip to Hawaii for the year. Cost over $1000. Guess which airline didn’t get that money?
From VCDL President Phillip Van Cleave, via e-mail
February 20, 2018
Last weekend, while doing what seemed to be a regular interview, I discovered that a movie is being made with the intent to discredit gun-rights leaders across the country.
No, this is not a joke, it is real and we need to get the word out to other gun-rights organizations, gun-rights leaders, and prominent firearms trainers across the country and we need to do this FAST.
Back in 2014, alleged Hollywood sexual predator Harvey Weinstein said he was going to make a movie “that would make the NRA wish they weren’t alive.” (All gun organizations are the NRA in his mind.) And he was dead serious. Michael Moore has been attempting to discredit gun owners and leaders for years by tricking people and using creative editing techniques to make them look foolish or idiotic.
Who’s behind this effort isn’t clear, but they are EXTREMELY WELL FUNDED PROFESSIONALS. For example, to reel me in and to try to make me feel beholden to them, they laid out the red carpet, by providing luxury accommodations, limousine service, and providing a generous monetary allowance to cover meals and other expenses for two days.
They use psychological manipulation, as well as lies and tricks to put their victim into comedic situations that subject them to public shame, embarrassment, and ridicule. I believe the intent is to destroy reputations and even lives.
I did some detective work in the days immediately following the “interview,” and I managed to find out they had targeted at least one nationally known firearms trainer and I know there are more. They appear to be setting up near gun shows. I also found out they covered their tracks carefully to avoid revealing their true identity.
It started when VCDL received an email last week from a company called “First Freedom Television” to do an interview with an “Israeli security expert” on the “shared security interests of like-minded countries, such as the U.S. and Israel.” It went on, “Unlike the misguided position of American liberals, who aim to eradicate guns altogether, Israel has proven that universal gun training and widespread gun ownership actually leads to a safer society.”
I do interviews all the time, and this one didn’t seem to be all that much out of the ordinary.
On Sunday, February 11, 2018, I did the interview in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. About 5 minutes into the interview, my radar turned on big time when the interviewer was making claims about Israeli schools training selected children to use firearms from age 17 down to age 4 (!) as a last ditch effort in stopping a terrorist attack on a school if the teachers and security staff had been killed. The children would have codes to unlock secured firearms in such a case.
When I balked at 4-year-olds being able to do that, he showed me an alleged newscast video on his iPad. The text was in Hebrew, but with an English-speaking narration, talking about how a 4-year-old boy had indeed stopped a terrorist attack at his school. The newscast said that he killed two terrorists using his dad’s gun, which he had brought to school in his backpack to show a friend, in violation of school rules. Israeli Premier Netanyahu was touting him as a hero in the video.
While I’ve never been to Israel, I do know they have some serious terrorism concerns, especially at schools and other public gatherings. The way they handle some of their security can be very different from what we have in the U.S. But that news story just didn’t look right, and 4-year-olds can hold a gun and fire it with supervision, but not take on terrorists, and especially manage to shoot and kill two of them.
Because of this and various other odd things I noticed during the interview, I was now convinced that something wasn’t right. This wasn’t real and probably some sort of a set up.
I could only think of Hollywood’s threat. At a minimum, it could be a comedy which would play only in Israel, but it could be a more damaging attempt to make a “mocumentary,” by someone like Michael Moore, or, even worse, a Sacha Baron Cohen-esq “Borat”-type of shock comedy meant to be devastatingly embarrassing and humiliating to the victim in the crosshairs.
As the 15-minute interview terminated, the interviewer asked me if I, as an English-speaking firearms trainer, would help him make a “gun safety” training video for children of various ages. This had to be the “kicker,” I thought.
For better or for worse, I decided that I would play along with the scheme so I could find out who was behind this and where this was going. I figured if I was right about this being a set up, I could blow the whistle and get a warning out to the gun-rights community across the country to protect as many people as possible and maybe derail this attack. If it turned out to be nothing, then no harm, no foul.
We recorded for almost 3 hours using Airsoft guns as props. They even had a teleprompter!
I was right – it was a set up – and it was much worse than I could have imagined. If you’ve seen the 70’s movie, “The Sting,” it was much like that. It was a well-orchestrated, well-choreographed, psychological manipulation, with a production cast of at least 10 people, to slowly lead a person down the primrose path.
We went step-by-step with a ready, and seemingly logical, answer every time I balked at some crazy part of the training. They seemed to have thought of every thing that a person might question. All I can say is that these people were extremely good at deception and manipulation. And no matter how stupid the things the interviewer and I were doing (we were side-by-side the whole time), no one else cracked a smile or laughed once, and I was watching. The professional actors were keeping up the appearance that this was a serious project.
The end goal was to get the victim to make a “training film” teaching 3 and 4-year-olds how to shoot guns hidden in toy animals at “bad” people, to sing little songs and make gun noises during the training to make it “fun for children,” and even teach little kids how to shoot a rocket-propelled-grenade or a squad automatic weapon at an approaching suicide bomber vehicle!
It all sounds unbelievable. But everything was elaborately and expensively staged; every contingency planned for, with explanations that make unbelievable things seem plausible (fake documents and videos about how Israel handles security in their schools, for example). The interview moved along at a pace, designed not to give the “mark” time to reflect on where things are going. The craziness factor very gradually got more extreme, like cooking a frog by slowly heating up the water so he doesn’t realize what’s happening until it’s too late. It’s a con game, a sting, plain and simple.
I don’t know if they have other scenarios or they will use other company names to continue concealing their identity, but anyone doing an interview dealing with gun rights where they sense something odd should terminate that interview. Or, better, bring a recorder and tell the other party you are going to make your own recording of the interview. If they say “no,” then walk out. I am going to make that my own policy going forward to protect against any future fake interviews. BTW, they had me leave my cellphone in an office “because it might interfere with the recording devices,” but I think it was so I couldn’t take any photos of them or make any video or audio recordings on that phone.
In the end we played each other and I confirmed what I feared this was all about. Sadly for me, I’m sure I’m going to be in whatever crazy film finally comes out, looking really stupid and, just as sadly, I’ll probably be in good company. A few of us will no doubt get hammered, but if we can get the word out IMMEDIATELY, we might be able to save the reputations of many other good people.
Finally, looking at the possibilities and what I saw while making the “training film,” I’m betting this is going to end up being a “Borat”-style film and it’s going to be vicious on the victims.
Please share this alert far and wide.
Philip Van Cleave
Virginia Citizens Defense League
I’m sad to report that while My wife and I were on vacation, on Monday, our house was broken into. My gun locker was broken into and many of my guns were stolen.
The real issue is that they stole several antique guns that were family heirlooms and cannot be replaced. The frustrating thing is that those guns aren’t useful to criminals and aren’t worth much money, but are of infinite sentimental value to me.
Of course I have the “It’ll never happen to ME” syndrome and I don’t have serial numbers or pictures of all the guns, but I’m going to post a list of the guns and the serial numbers and pictures I have. During your travels at gun shows, flea markets and gun shops, please keep a lookout for any of these guns and if you see any of them, please let me know, or contact the Norfolk Police Department. The case number is 160815000129.
1. Make/Model: Springfield Model 67
Type: Pump Shotgun
Caliber: 12 Ga
Description/Notes: Blued barrel and receiver, blond (light colored) stocks. Inoperable: action does not cycle correctly causing shells to hang as they enter the chamber, also firing pin is worn and rarely hits the primer hard enough to fire shells.
2. Make: Ball & Williams Carbine
Type: Single Shot Ballard Drop Block Carbine rifle
Caliber: .54 Rim Fire
Description/Notes: Civil War era carbine, ballard drop block (lever) action, blued barrel and receiver with some rust and pitting, dark wood stocks with a crack from the rear of the receiver into the buttstock. Inoperable
3. Make: Marlin Model 60
Type: Semi-auto rifle, fixed tube magazine
Caliber: .22 LR
Description/Notes: blued barrel and receiver, dark wood stocks, many scratches and dings, well-used rifle.
4. Make: Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine
Type: Bolt Action Rifle
Description/Notes: WWII era Russian rifle. Blued barrel and receiver, dark wood stocks, folding bayonet.
5. Make: Ruger KP-97D
Type: Semi-auto Pistol
Caliber: .45 ACP
Description/Notes: Stainless steel slide and barrel, black composite frame. Operates but has a distinctive “hitch” when pulling the trigger.
6. Make: Navy Arms Remingon 1858
Type: Black Powder Cap and Ball revolver
Description/Notes: This is a replica of a Remington 1858 Black Powder percussion cap revolver. Blued barrel and frame, dark wood stocks.
7. Make: Lancia Razzi Model 1900
Type: Starter Pistol
Caliber: .22 Blanks
Description/Notes: This is a blank firing starter pistol, not an actual firearm, but has the appearance of a firearm.
8. Make: Colt Double Action Frontier Model
Type: 6 Shot revolver
Caliber: .45 Long Colt
Description/Notes: This is a late 1800’s era revolver with a loading gate and shell ejection rod. It accepts black powder cartridges. Blued barrel and frame, dark wood stocks. Inoperable: The cylinder does not lock up so it has not been fired in over 20 years and would be unsafe to fire.
9. Make: Smith and Wesson Model 3
Type: Break top revolver
Caliber: .32 Smith and Wesson
Description/Notes: This is an early 1900’s era top break revolver that accepts black powder cartridges. The original finish is virtually gone and the gun is very rusty and pitted. Black plastic stocks. POSSIBLY Inoperable. Due to the condition, this gun hasn’t been fired in over 20 years. It would be difficult to find ammunition for, but may still fire.
10. Make: Springfield M1 Garand
Type: Semi-Automatic Rifle
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Description/Notes: WWII era military rifle. Internal fixed magazine fed with 8 round clips. Parkerized (dark gray) barrel and receiver with dark wood stocks and leather sling.
11. Make: Inland M1 Carbine
Type: Semi-Automatic Rifle
Caliber: .30 Carbine
Description/Notes: WWII era military rifle. Removable box magazine, parkerized (dark gray) barrel and receiver with dark wood stocks and canvas sling.
12. Make: SKS M59/66
Type: Semi-Automatic Rifle
Description/Notes: Highly modified Yugoslavian SKS. Removable box magazine, blued barrel and receiver, black composite stocks. Folding vertical front grip, Bipod, Scope, flashlight, nylon 3 point sling.
13. Make: Ruger American Rimfire Rifle
Type: Bolt Action rifle
Caliber: .22 LR
Description/Notes: Less than 2 years old, pristine condition. Stainless barrel and action, gray composite stocks. Variable power scope. Removable “rotary” box magazine.
14. Make: CMMG National Match AR-15
Type: Semi-Automatic Rifle
Caliber: .223 Remington
Description/Notes: A2 style National match Rifle. DPMS upper receiver, Stainless Steel heavy barrel, Anodized (black) aluminum upper and lower receiver with fixed carry handle, black stocks, Jewell brand match trigger, fixed buttstock with “US Navy Marksmanship Team” sticker on the side. Free float forestock, national match (1/4moa) rear sights, National match leather sling. Lead weights in buttstock for balance.
15. Make: CMMG M4 style AR-15
Type: Semi-Automatic Rifle
Description/Notes: M4 style rifle. Del-Ton upper receiver, blued 16” barrel, anodized (black) aluminum receivers, flat-top upper receiver with Aim-Point red dot sight attached to rail, Adjustable rear stock, canvas sling.
[Update] When I initially posted this, I missed a closing tag which prevented everything after the blockquote from showing up. I fixed it so now there’s more content, it’s not that I added the additional content later, I just fixed the tag so that what was there is now visible. My bad [/update]
It’s rare that an anti-freedom advocate so clearly articulates why they oppose free people being properly equipped to defend themselves, but a “Code Pink” organizer in Cleveland this week accidentally did so:
McCracken says she’s not sure why relatively few people showed up to protest in Cleveland, but she believes many were scared off by Ohio’s open carry laws, which allow people to carry firearms
You see…they know that if we commoners are “allowed” to defend ourselves against assault and injury, they have no power to bully people, harangue people and shut down free speech. In other words, laws that liberalize the ability of free people to be properly equipped to defend themselves against tyranny (governmental or non-governmental) ensure that freedom reigns supreme and prevents those tyrants from employing their oppressive tactics.
This is, of course, related to a couple of other points I and other gun rights activists have raised from time to time:
1. If gun owners were really as dangerous and prone to violence as anti-gunners accuse us of, there wouldn’t be any anti-gunners left by now.
2. Every time I’ve ever been involved in a public demonstration, meeting or other event that pitted pro-gun activists against anti-gun activists, it was ALWAYS the anti-gunners who acted angry, tried to shout down opponents, got in people’s faces and just acted violent in general. The pro-gun activists were always respectful of the oppositions speakers, calm, level headed and polite.
3. Which raises one of the possibilities as to why anti-gunners are so virulently anti-gun: they know good and well that they are not personally emotionally stable enough to even trust themselves with the tools of self-defense. They project that untrustworthiness and instability onto everyone else; thus assuming that no one should be afforded those rights.
4. And finally, it’s not about the guns, it’s about the control.
That Germans aren’t allowed to carry concealed handguns.
Someone might have gotten hurt.
ISIS has released a chilling video of the Afghan refugee who went on an axe rampage on a German train where he says he will attack the country in revenge for airstrikes against the terror group.
The attacker, who is named in the footage as Muhammad Riyad, was gunned down by armed police after fleeing the scene
In other words, he was free to commit mayhem the entire time the train was moving and could only be confronted by anyone properly equipped to handle a deadly threat after he finished rampaging and was trying to escape.
In other news: Why are you opposed to bringing refugees here? Are you afraid of widows and children?
The attacker…is believed to be 17 years old
In light of the recent attack in Nice France, when is western culture going to have a serious discussion about the proliferation of dangerous assault trucks in civilian hands?
These high powered death machines are made for nothing more than mowing down as many people as possible in the shortest time.
No one needs such dangerous things and you can’t even use them to hunt.
So I’m calling for a serious and frank discussion on strong measures to get these dangerous killing tools out of the hands of the public.
In order to facilitate that discussion, any comments that disagree with me or in any way challenge my ignorant and uninformed opinion will be promptly deleted, the authors will be blocked and I’ll spend the next week whining about people threatening me and scaring my cat.
I’ve got a couple of thoughts about the Dallas attack…fair warning, none of them are particularly “politically correct”.
I do feel sad for the families of the slain officers and hope for the rapid recovery of those wounded. There’s a good chance that those cops were good, hard working and diligent public servants.
But they were a part of a larger community and that leads me to my first thought:
You reap what you sow.
The Police, as a community, has been fostering an “us vs them” mentality for many years. They openly consider themselves “warriors” and place more value on “getting home safe” at the end of the shift than protecting the public or doing their jobs.
When you treat the general public as the enemy and publicly declare that occasionally killing innocents is an acceptable outcome when compared with officer safety, you are no longer a police force, you are an occupying military.
It should come as no surprise when some of the people you view as the enemy decides to view you in the same way.
“You reap what you sow” also applies to the Black Lives Matter people.
Details are still sketchy and we have no inkling of the motivations of the attackers, but considering that they killed none of the protesters and only cops, I’d have to say it’s a safe assumption that they were at minimum ambivalent toward the movement and were likely supporters of it.
Many of the BLM people, who have been actively calling for attacks on police and shouting down, harassing and intimidating anyone who had the audacity to counter with “all lives matter”, are now decrying the attacks and claiming that they never really MEANT all those times they chanted about killing cops.
Sorry, but this is what you’ve been begging for for over a year, acting all surprised now when you get it seems a bit disingenuous to me (to put it lightly).
And, of course, the inevitable blood dancing has already begun. Those who eagerly await any bloodshed they can use as a rationalization for advancing their agenda of control have already started doing so. We don’t even know who the attackers were yet, let alone how they got their guns, and Obama is already blaming the shooting on “easy access to guns”.
My sincere belief about this is that it’s been a long time coming and it’s going to get A LOT worse. The government has been abusing the people for way too long and way too many are seriously pissed off about it. With the Hillary fiasco demonstrating unequivocally that the laws are only for “little people” and that only we will be held accountable for our actions, while the “elite” can pretty much do whatever the heck they want with impunity, it’s only going to get worse.
And, in the face of rising unrest and discontent, they want to relieve us of the most effective tools we have available to defend ourselves against the coming mayhem?
I think not. In fact, that would be the quickest and most sure way of adding more recruits to the ranks of those ready to strike out against those who would try to control us.
Unless that’s the plan. I’m no conspiracy nut, but it sure would be convenient for Obama for things to go to hell in a handbasket over the next few months, thereby “requiring” him to declare martial law and “temporarily postpone” the upcoming elections…you know…for the public’s safety and all that.
At any rate, it doesn’t take a crystal ball to foresee what’s coming. Gun rights activists and patriots had better be prepared because the onslaught against our rights is about to reach a whole new level.