Episode 316 – John Pierce, Albert Almeida and Amber Kuneau

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“An armed society is a polite society.. and this is the Polite Society Podcast where we support and report on civilian self-defense.”

John: Welcome to the polite society podcast presented by the Firearms Policy Coalition recorded live on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015.  I’m John Richardson.
Rachel: I’m Rachel Malone and today we talk with Albert Almeida about how New Jersey would rather you rent protection than provide your own.
Rob-  I’m Rob Morse and we’ll also talk with with Amber Kuneau about women as victims and as victors.
John: Attorney John Pierce will join us to talk about Virginia gun laws sitting on the governor’s desk.
Rachel: so climb aboard.
Rob, strap in
John and hang on!   Because episode 316 of the Polite Society Podcast starts right now.
Show intro music.

Seg 1- Personal news from each participant

Rachel- I was the speaker for a TEA party club in Marble Falls last week. They had a great turnout – around 50 people wanting to be more active in politics. I had so much fun talking to them about how to direct change to achieve your goals. My premise is that change happens – we don’t have to hope for it. But we can respond with apathy, which means change just happens to us and we lose. Or we can take responsibility for directing that change for liberty.

I also taught a CHL class to 6 hardy individuals in Fredericksburg last Saturday. It was around 32 with freezing rain, but I have to admit, the range was beautiful. Everyone did great. I loved the discussion.

Rob- Dry practice a couple times.  I received approval for media credentials at the NRA convention.  Signed up for an IDPA competition Friday night.

John – I, too, received my media credentials for the NRA Annual Meeting. Other than that, nothing. Except of course my granddaughter Olivia who is gaining weight and doing well.

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Seg 2- News

-Goosing the Gander
Reversing a common technique of anti-gun orgs, a gun-rights attorney wants to see who’s giving money to defend an anti-rights effort.  Attorney Joshua Prince is curious to know who’s supporting Lancaster, Pennsylvania’s fight to keep an ordinance challenged by the National Rifle Association. The NRA is suing Lancaster, contending that the ordinance violates Pennsylvania’s preemption law. In 2009 Lancaster passed an ordinance requiring residents to tell police if a gun they own is lost or stolen within 72 hours of realizing it’s missing or face 90 days in jail.

The NRA claims the ordinance violates a state law that prohibits local governments from regulating the lawful ownership, possession, transfer or transportation of guns. Lancaster’s mayor has said that the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in Washington, D.C., will provide free legal counsel if the city is sued. The Brady Bunch just may have welched on that promise. Replacing their unwise reliance on the Brady’s, the city’s defense fund has raised more than $16,000.

Prince was curious to see who has donated to support the city’s fight for its possibly illegal ordinance. He wants donor names, addresses and how much they’ve given, as well as contracts and communications with law firms related to the NRA’s suit and any other record relating to the current litigation. Prince acknowledged on his blog, that he’d like donors prosecuted, as they are conspiring with the city to violate state laws by contributing to the city’s defense. It could be very interesting to see who put their money where their mouthpiece is.

Could it be….. Bloomberg?

Learnin’ at Nevada’s Universities   
Some of Nevada state legislators are looking to… ahem… liberalize Nevada’s institutes of higher learning, at least in respect to legally concealed weapons on campus.

Republican legislators have introduced two bills that addresses guns in Nevada campuses. The first bill, AB 2, allows guns to be locked in vehicles.  The second, AB 148 allows concealed carry weapon (CCW) permit holders to carry their firearms on school property.. Hearings are set to take place on March 5.

UNLV is said to be a gun-free campus. However, it is an open campus, with the outside community having free access to the school. Naturally, the ills of the surrounding community can follow the student across the symbolic boundaries onto school grounds. Those ephemeral boundaries are very real in one aspect, they require the student to disarm in the face of reality. Students and faculty must cross an unsafe area unarmed because there can be no weapons at their destination. Even within the sanctuary of school property, there’s no real assurance: over the past three years, the university has endured a significant increase in sexual assaults.

We hope these two modest proposals are taken to heart. Simply stating the school is very safe does not guarantee the safety of a student. As reality has shown, allowing an individual to protect themselves is the best way — even in the unreal world of a college campus.

source http://www.unlvrebelyell.com/2015/03/01/campus-conceal-and-carry/

Washington Cops Hurt by I-594
Washington voters passed Initiative 594.  The voters believed what they were told.  Advertisements and a compliant media said the initiative would “close a gun show loophole>”  There isn’t, and never was a gun show loophole.  The voters probably didn’t know that I-594 was so broadly written that it could make criminals of all recreational shooters. The voters didn’t know that law enforcement officers themselves could not perform their duties without possibly becoming criminals themselves.

Washington State Rep Lynda Wilson contacted the state Attorney General.  Representative Wilson had received questions from the Clark County Sheriff Department. The department was concerned about I-594 and their ability to train legally. The Attorney General refused to provide an opinion on the law.  The Attorney General told the deputies to seek training outside the state.

Washington State law requires law enforcement officers to receive extensive training and certification in firearms use. This often requires an outside armorer to conduct trainings that involve multiple firearms.  No one knows if these transfers would require background checks. Some armorers cancelled their training courses in Washington state.  Now law enforcement agencies are being told to train out of state.  No one wants to be the test case for this miserable law.  The result is confusion and an obvious chilling effect on the rights of the citizens and LEOs.

Given this law was written for Bloomberg and by Bloomberg, the law’s confusion and uncertainty are not a bug — they’re a feature.

-There are two conflicting views of violence in our inner cities.  One view says guns are to blame for violence.  The other view says that fatherlessness, unemployment and drug gangs drive violent crime.  Fortunately, the rate of violent crime overall, and assault with a firearm in particular, have been falling for years.   Now there is an uptick in violence.. in a gun free zone.

The murder rate in New York City spiked 20% in the last two months.  There were 54 murders in the city.  That is an increase of nine from the same period a year ago.  Shootings have also climbed 20% , with 149 so far this year.  At least 19 of the slayings this year were the result of robberies, burglaries, gang warfare or drug dealing.  This year, seven drug-related murders involved marijuana dealers being robbed.

-New Jersey Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi authored a bill to exempt antique firearms from state gun laws.  New Jersey earned some well deserved criticism after they arrested 72 year old Gordon Van Gilder for having an incomplete and unloaded flintlock pistol in his car.  The antique was several hundred years old.

Assemblyman Fiocchi said “Many people collect vintage guns.  Some enjoy trading and selling while others are history buffs who attend national gun shows looking for another ‘treasure.’ Collectors and historians should not face prison for possessing or transporting such a firearm that poses no danger to public safety.”  The bill , A-4250, revises the definition of “antique firearm” to include handguns.

The charges against Van Gilder have been dropped, but the retired history teacher still has to pay his legal bills.  His go-fund-me page has collected 21 thousand dollars.  Unfortunately, he needs more.

Rachel- A few weeks ago Federal District Court Judge Reed O’Connor ruled that the federal regulatory ban on interstate transfer and sale of handguns is unconstitutional.  In layman’s terms, the judge said the decision wasn’t even close.  It appears the government got lazy and never presented convincing arguments to the judge.  Now the government asked for a stay on the judge’s decision.  The request for the stay was to make it easy for the government to adjust their judicial calendar.   The judge denied the government’s stay.  It is time for the government to lawyer up and file an appeal.. or to comply with the judges ruling.

-The ATF is trying to ban surplus 223 ammunition by reclassifying it as “armor-piercing” even though the bullet doesn’t come close to meeting the legal definition as required by law.  Some members of congress recognized that the attempt to ban M855 ammunition could be used to ban almost any rifle ammunition in every caliber.  Opponents of the ATF power grab won support from 40 percent of the House of Representatives, and from the Senate.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia collected the signatures of 238 House members in just two days on a letter questioning the ATF’s surprise proposal targeting the surplus ammunition.  In the Senate, Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa is spearheading a new drive to collect signatures from his chamber to stop the move.  This may stop the ATF from reclassifying ammunition.

-Border patrol agent Brian Terry was murdered on the job several years ago.  He was shot with a firearm that the united states government deliberately sold to criminals.  The department of justice operation that sold those guns was called operation Fast and Furious.  Brian’s family commemorated a statue to Brian Terry last weekend.  The statue show Brian carrying another border patrol agent on his shoulders.  It is a moving statue.  The mainstream media ignored the commemoration of the statue in Bisbee, Arizona.  Only fox news covered it.  No one from the Obama Administration was there for the ceremony.

One border patrol agent said this off the record.  “President Obama made certain to appear with illegal aliens, promising them that he would punish any immigration enforcement agents or officers who did not follow his anti-deportation policy, (the president) appeared indifferent to the deaths of law enforcement officers killed by illegal aliens or foreign gangs.”

Speaking personally, I’m sorry that Brian Terry was murdered in a political attempt to make gun owners look bad.  I’m sorry the news did not cover his memorial.  Thank you Officer Terry.

In late breaking news, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said that the City of Sunnyvale could ban the possession of standard capacity magazines. They went on to say that the district court was right to apply intermediate scrutiny to this case. Note that the Sunnyvale ordinance bans the possession of magazines with greater than a 10-round capacity not merely the sale of them. There is no grandfathering of existing magazines under their ordinance. The judges said that Sunnyvale had an interest “in reducing the harm and lethality of gun injuries in general, and in particular as against law enforcement officers.”

Comment – Should we be surprised that all three judges were appointed by Bill Clinton?

This episode’s gun quote is from James Madison.  He said, “Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.”
Hang on everybody, we’ll be back to talk with our guests.

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Segment 3 Interviews

John Pierce at 5 pacific (cell), The law office of John Pierce Bristol VA.
Virginia Senate bill 948 to deny MD CCW info.
948 is waiting for the governor’s signature.
Another bill for rights restoration passed unanimously.
A chief LEO must sign NFA applications unless the individual is disqualified.

Albert Almeida at 5:30 pacific,  In New Jersey, you can rent protection, but not own it.
“I carry large amounts of cash, and people around there know that,” Almeida said. “The areas I enter are very high crime. I face that every single day.”
Almeida said his final straw — which served as the catalyst to apply for a carry permit — was when a tenant’s live-in boyfriend threatened to kill him.
state Superior Court in Newton, where he was once again denied for not having a “justifiable need.”
the state argued the dangers of Almeida’s job did not qualify as “justifiable need” because he had taken the job voluntarily and could choose a new career if he felt it was too dangerous.
They said your job is dangerous, but you could take a different job.. rather than protect yourself at the job you have.
That is like saying New Jersey is dangerous.. and if you think you need a gun for protection.. then leave.

Amber Kuneau at 6 pacific.  Welcome to PSP.
You live in Arizona.  You are a firearms instructor and amateur competitor.  You are also an author, and congratulations on your latest article in concealed carry magazine.
Amber is also a regular guest on the Armed American Radio show.  Amber, this is not live radio, so welcome to the fun of podcasting.
We talked about women who were armed, and women who were disarmed.  Could you tell us a little about that and about yourself.
Real stories of women.
Pappa Johns Pizza delivery driver was robbed and defended herself.
Dominos Pizza driver was robbed and raped.
Victim of domestic violence.
Women as victims and victors.
Shannon watts wants to disarm women.
Tell us about your training classes.
Women’s training classes.
Amber, where can our listeners follow you.

Segment 4 DGUs

The couple that robs together, stays together. That is until they are confronted by an armed homeowner. A married couple tried to break into a Baton Rouge, Louisiana home Tuesday morning. The husband, Jermoid Wheeler, 31, had a violent criminal history which included murder and was armed with a crowbar. The robbery began with the husband trying to break down the backdoor of the Baton Rouge home. The sound of Wheeler beating at the door woke up the homeowner – who grabbed a firearm and proceeded down the hall, where he could see someone was trying to break in. The homeowner said he ordered Wheeler several times to stop, but Wheeler ignored him, broke the door open and walked toward him with the crowbar. The homeowner fired a single shot, killing Wheeler at the scene. At that point, Wheeler’s wife, Deneatrice Cage-Wheeler, 36, reportedly ran into the home and grabbed the crowbar before running out. She was later arrested and booked into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated burglary, second-degree murder and theft of goods.

A group of burglars in the Atlanta area found out that just because no one answers the door it doesn’t mean easy pickings. Tuesday morning around 11:45am, several burglars kicked in the door of a south Fulton County house when no one answered the door. However, the homeowner was there and exchanged gunfire with the burglars. Neighbors say they heard 30-40 shots and then the burglars tried to drive off but crashed into a hedge. Police later found one of the burglars who had been wounded in nearby woods and took him to Grady Memorial Hospital where he is in serious condition.

-This next DGU should be a reminder on why we should stay aware when out in public. A group of diners had just left a restaurant in Milford, Connecticut and were headed to their car when they were accosted by two robbers – one of whom was armed. Rumone Richard, 23, essentially began the robbery by shooting one of the diners in the neck. Fortunately, one of the other diners was carrying concealed and shot him. The other robber ran away. The diner shot in the neck was treated and released while Richard remains in the hospital in serious condition. His bond has been set at $500,000 and he is charged with attempted murder, attempted robbery, conspiracy, firearms charges and assault.

-Early Monday morning, two men broke into a house in Harrison County, Kentucky. During a struggle in the bedroom with the armed homeowner, one of the home invaders was shot. After they fled, the wounded criminal was dropped off at a hospital in nearby Cynthiana where he later died. The Kentucky State Police are still looking for the other suspect and hope to identify him from security tapes at the hospital. None of the residents of the home were injured during the home invasion and there are no reports of charges being filed against the homeowner.

John- We post each of our news and defensive gun use articles at Polite Society Podcast.com  Please take a minute and share them with a friend.

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Segment 5 Show close
Rob, do you have any new posts from your SlowFacts blog you want to mention?
Concealed carry on campus.

John do you want to mention anything off of your blog you would like to talk about?

We spoke about NRA Board endorsements by Jeff Knox in the last episode. I compiled a list of endorsements for the Board from Jeff, from Col. Robert Brown at Soldier of Fortune, and others that I could find. If you are a Life Member of the NRA or an annual member with 5 or more years of continuous membership you are eligible to vote and should have received your ballot in the Feb. issue of American Rifleman or Hunter. From what I understand, there are about 500,000 eligible voters and only about 75,000 vote. This is worse than most off-year municipal elections! If you want to influence the direction of the NRA and are eligible to vote, then you darn well should vote!!!

John: That wraps up another episode of the Polite Society Podcast.  I’d like to thank John Pierc, Albert Almeida, and AMber Kuneau for joining us today.  co-hosts, will you be with us next time?  I’m looking forward to it.  Until the next time…
Rob: stay safe,
Rachel: be aware,
John: and we’ll see you down the road.

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