Episode 208 – with Ken Kowalski and Brian Bolivar

Brian: Everyone knows an armed society is a polite society. This is the Polite Society Podcast where we support and report on civilian self-defense, eh.

Paul: Welcome to The Polite Society Podcast recorded on Sunday, February second, 2014. I’m Paul Lathrop
Rob: I’m Rob Morse and we’ll bring you our usual news and DGUs, but we have guests in the house. They know their way around. Did you guys find what you need? Drinks are in the fridge.
Brian Bolivar: I’m Brian Bolivar from Modern Rifleman Radio.
Ken Kowalski: I’m Ken Kowalski from Modern Rifleman Radio, and we have a lot of good new on the firearms front.
Paul: So climb aboard
Rob: Stap in
Paul: And hang on! Episode 208 of the Polite Society Podcast starts right now.
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Seg 1
Catch up with each participant
Tom is away on urgent family business.
This is the 2 year anniversary of the show. Started Feb 3 2012.

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Seg 2- News

-Here is some good news.  Castle Rock Colorado read its new rule allowing open carry of a firearm in city facilities including parks and recreation centers.  The rule was read a second time and approved by the city council on a 4 to 3 vote after several hours of debate.  Castle Rock joins a growing number of Colorado towns and local governments who allow open carry.  Jeff Meek listens to the podcast and was at the meeting.  Jeff posted his comments on our facebook page and his blog.

-Tennessee Senator Stacey Campfield proposed a bill to stop local government’s from creating more disarmed victim zones in “gun free” public parks.  The measure passed the Senate Judiciary Committee 6-2.  Under Campfield’s proposal, permit holders would be allowed to carry, unless there’s a school function in the park. Republican Governor Bill Haslam has said he’s opposed to the legislation.  Sounds like our listeners from Tennessee have some phone calls to make.

-We have similar news from Kansas.  The Saline County Commission approved a significant change in employment policies.  The commission allowed county employees to carry a concealed weapon at work. Employees must have a concealed-carry permit, as required by law, and keep their firearm on their person at all times. That means employees are prohibited from storing or leaving a firearm in off-body carry bags.  Employees must also submit a copy of their concealed carry permit to the Saline County Human Resources Division.  Give Saline County, Kansas a hand.

A bill introduced in the Nebraska legislature would allow trained teachers and staff to carry a gun in school.  The bill’s sponsor, State Senator Mark Christensen of Imperial said, “If we really care about the kids, don’t we want to have the maximum security for them?” Schools in the state’s rural areas can be 15 miles or more from the closest police department or sheriff’s office. “Do we want to wait 30-40 minutes for a response and leave our kids at risk?” he said.

This sounds similar to bills we reported on in Arizona and Colorado.  Nebraska listeners, call your legislators.

-US Senator. Rand Paul proposed a bill to again allow guns in post offices.  The initial reaction from Democrat Committee Chairman Thomas Carper from Delaware was critical.  We don’t know how the votes stack up in the committee.  Senator Paul plans to revise sections of the bill covering Postal Service facilities housed within other federal buildings. Generally speaking, the measure would allow individuals to carry guns in post offices when otherwise carrying the weapon would be in compliance with state and local regulations.

The US Post Office sometimes claims to almost be a private corporation and sometimes more like a government entity as the subject suits them.

-It’s that time of year.. the season when year-end statistics come out about the growth of concealed carry.  The number of concealed carry licenses in Michigan rose statewide by 35%.  An overwhelming majority are in West Michigan.  Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, and Newaygo Counties saw anywhere from 30% to 65% jumps in pistol sales, registrations and concealed pistol license applications in just one year.  The statewide number of women with concealed carry permits in Michigan increased by 57% to 33,096.  Way to go Michigan!

-Also in Michigan, here is a big city police chief who defends self-defense.  We covered the story a month ago when Detroit Police Chief James Craig publicly supported concealed carry.  Last Thursday, Detroit resident Sandra Hines challenged Chief Craig’s position during a Detroit Board of Police Commissioners meeting.  Hines claimed that arming citizens could lead to vigilantism.

Here is part of Chief Craig’s responce: “I did, in fact, say that good Americans, good Detroiters, if responsible, could get Concealed Pistol Licenses .. I said that because of my experience in four cities, having seen good Americans and good Detroiters that have CCWs and what effect it has had on deterring violent crime..”

“Most telling, there was research done by felons who were incarcerated, and what they said is that they’re more fearful of armed citizens than they are of police officers..”

“I do not condone vigilantism. I don’t support individuals arming themselves and doing the work of police officers. Police officers are trained to enforce the law..  I do see that a concealed weapon is an opportunity for self-protection only; not to go out and enforce the law.”

After Thursday’s Board meeting, Police Commissioner Lisa Carter and her husband, Tyrone Carter – both former police officers – said they agreed with Chief Craig.  “There are a lot of seniors in Detroit who are victims.  It’s not vigilantism for people to protect themselves.  That’s all we’re talking about: The right for people to be able to protect themselves.”

From the Good Cop files, Brevard County Florida Sheriff Wayne Ivey now offers a Self Defense Through Tactical Shooting and Decision Making class due to his county’s surge in gun owners.  “We’ve seen a huge increase in the applications for concealed weapons permits,” said Cpl. Thomas Gunter.  “If you are going to have a gun, we want you to know how to properly use it,” Sheriff Ivey said.  Hallelujah, this police officer gets it.

-Moving up the coast, here is more good news from Green County Virginia.  Sheriff Steve Smith offers training to thousands of citizens in his 60 firearms classes offered each year.  That helps explain why the number of permit applications increased to 660, double the number in 2012.  “We go over laws, the permit process, handling techniques, even proper selection, legal transport, what states they can legally enter once they have that permit,” said deputy Steve Keene.

I love it when a department gets it right.

-Some states say they can’t support a citizens right to self-defense because the paperwork is insurmountable.  For example, the number of Oklahoma handgun license applications increased from 40 thousand to 60 thousand last year.  In response, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation announced an online application for handgun licensing and license renewals. Thank you for Oklahoma for stepping up and joining the modern online world.  I wish other states would follow your example.

-Representatives in the Iowa House granted preliminary approval to lower the minimum age that minors can use handguns under supervision.

This brings two things to mind.  First, a Department of Justice study back in the Clinton era showed that youngsters who were formally trained with firearms have a lower delinquency rate than other youngsters.  The second thing is that this training should be the prerogative of parents rather than legislators.  I know when, or if, my children are mature enough to train with firearms.

Rob: A friend sent in this second article about Iowa.  The group Iowa Gun Owners is raffling off an AR to raise funds and grow membership.  An anti-gun group got several Democrat Iowa lawmakers to condemn the raffle.  Iowa Gun Owners went on the offensive.  They posted the anti-gun article on social media and news outlets pointing out the anti-civil rights statements by Iowa politicians.  Instead of being shunned, membership and contributions to Iowa Gun Owners soared.

Way to go Iowa Gun Owners. And Mayor Bloomberg, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in California or Maryland any more.
I’d like this article even more if a listener from Iowa asked to have Iowa Gun Owners added to the list of state civil rights organizations.
Is that a hint?
I’d call it a plea.

Gun Quote
Rob- The Detroit Police Chief reminded me of this quotation from my friend John Longenecker, “Nothing puts the dignity in personal dignity (or the freedom in personal freedom) like the self in self-rule.”

Paul: That means we’re depending on our listeners to be great ambassadors for responsible self-defense. We’re going to go to break and then interview Ken and Brian from Modern Rifleman Radio. Hang on everybody. We’ll be right back.

Kathy Jackson quick tips.

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DGU- Keith Dennis was walking to his home in Columbus Ohio late Wednesday night when two men came up behind him and demanded money.  They kept a knife to his back as they followed him home.  When they arrived, Dennis’s friend heard the two robbers, pulled his gun and chased the robbers from the home.  Police arrested the robbers a few hours later.

We could call this “knife beat unarmed man” and “gun beats knife.” Sounds like a loaded 45 beats Rock, Paper AND Scissors.

DGU- A 44-year-old Chicago man on crutches fatally shot an intruder who rushed him in his apartment.  The homeowner was awakened by his frightened daughter who heard noises coming from the back apartment.  The homeowner then got his gun when two intruders rushed him.  He fired once, killing a 31 year old intruder.  The second intruder fled.  Police found that the back door had been pried open with a shovel.

DGU- A Pensacola man answered the knock at his door at 2:30 in the afternoon.  That is when John Paul Phillips attempted to force his way inside.  The homeowner blocked the door with his body, and Phillips shot through the door.  The armed homeowner returned fire.  When they arrived, police found Phillips firearm laying on the sidewalk.  Phillips was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital for treatment of a shoulder wound and arrested on multiple charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, shooting into a dwelling and using a firearm to commit a felony.

DGU-  A man wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, a mask, and white gloves presented a weapon and demanded cash at the small Delli Mart in northwest Roanoke, Virginia.  The store owner gave the man money, then the suspect demanded a box of cigarettes and grabbed a box of condoms.  The store owner grabbed his revolver and fired five times.  The thief was found by police in a nearby alley and taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.  He is charged with robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.  I noticed that the newspaper account already had a picture of the thief so I suspect he’s been photographed before.

Paul: The Politics and Guns Podcast download application is out on Amazon for Android and the I-phone app is in I-tunes.  The link is in our show notes.  Yes, they will get you the Polite Society Podcast.

From a listener that didn’t leave a name,  for the state level 2nd Amendment rights organization list, here in the state of West Virginia we are proud to have the West Virginia Citizens Defense League (WVCDL)
Webpage  http://wvcdl.org
Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/groups/WVCDL

Rob: We had a listener e-mail us.  He enjoys the show, and likes how the show is changing with time.  Hey, Paul?  He says that Sticks and I are a good addition and expects the show will continue to grow and change with time.
Paul:  Good job.  I’ll double your pay.
Rob: Thanks for your comments, Jeff Armstrong.

Paul: You can contact the show by e-mail.  Paul@politics and guns.com, Sticks, Rob, Susan, or Onair to reach all of us.  Call 605-215-1438 to hear your voice on the air!
Rob: That’s 605- 215- 1438 and Canadian operators are standing by.

Paul: Roadgunner’s Mag 40 class in Conway, Arkansas at Shoot House USA is scheduled for May 15th thru 18th 2014 you can register here.  Tommy Nelson, Glen Tate and Sticks will be there.

Rob: Also please check out Kathy Jackson’s Cornered Cat training. Her next class is at Nighthawk Custom Training Academy in Centerton AR, March 1st and 2nd..

Paul: Rob, do you have any new posts from your SlowFacts blog you want to mention?
Rob: I do.  I wrote a satire about a tweetfest between an anti-gun politician and an anti-gun activist.  It is called the Sneaky Talking Points About Gun Control.  They will rob us of our words before they try to steal our guns.

Rob: Also please check out the shooters club by Bob Mayne and Ben Branam.  For $75.00 a year you get 24/7 access to some fantastic training and audio podcasts that you can’t get anywhere else.

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Paul: Join the National Rifle Association, Second Amendment Foundation, Gun Owners of America and Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership.  Joining two makes you a hero.  Supporting all four makes you a super hero.  Not belonging to any of them means we won’t loan you any ammo if you run out.

Rob: Join your local civil rights group like the New Jersey Second Amendment Society, Arizona Citizens Defense League,Connecticut Citizens Defense League, Illinois Carry, Michigan Gun Owners , Michigan Open Carry, and Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners, Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance, Texas Firearms Freedom,Texas State Rifle Association. Tennessee Firearms Association

Paul, That wraps up another episode of the Polite Society Podcast. Until the mid-week show…
Rob, stay safe,
Paul, be aware,
Rob, and we’ll see you down the road.

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