Episode 195 – Ken Kowalski and a Drunk Voicemail

Paul: Hi and welcome to the Politics and Guns Podcast recorded Wednesday the 1st of January 2014. Happy new year and I’m Paul Lathrop
Tom: I’m Sticks and on tonights show we have another large news segment
Rob: I’m Rob Morse and we also have several DGU stories, so climb aboard
Ken: Strap in
Toby: And hang on,
Paul: episode 195 of the Politics and Guns Podcast starts right now.
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Seg 2- News
Tom- An article from the Los Angeles Times, of all sources, describes a group of disabled gun owners protesting against arbitrary gun restrictions.  In states like California, Connecticut, New York or Illinois, the gun-haters banned small, light weapons that have ergonomic features.  These firearms typically trade reduced recoil for increased ammunition capacity.  That makes them fun to shoot, but it also makes them accessible, and in some cases essential for individuals with decreased strength and mobility.  Yes, magazine restrictions are a bigoted attack against the physically disabled.  Disabled Americans for Firearms Rights testified at hearings in Connecticut and has a facebook page.

Kathy Jackson calls these lightweight rifles “girl guns” or “kid guns”.  We could add “grandpa and grandma guns” to that list.

Ken- Speaking of New York, a Federal judge upheld the New York SAFE act, but threw out the 7 round restriction.  The judge ruled that bans on modern sporting rifles and magazines are constitutional because the state says the bans make us safer.  Judge, I have a bridge out on Staten Island that I can sell you if you believe that.  The judge ruled that the 7 round restriction was arbitrary and unconstitutional.

Rob- In New York City, sales of AR-15s have stopped, and New York City firearms laws that preempt state law have created over a thousand felons out of honest New York Gun owners.  I’m sorry, but we told you that elections have consequences.

 Paul-  A disarmed man is in stable condition, but one robber is dead.  This happened a few weeks ago in gun-free San Francisco, so of course the victim was unarmed.  Several 16 year olds stop the victim near the Alemany public housing complex and first demand his cell phone.  Then they demand he empty his pockets.  The victim complies, but one of the robbers pulled a gun and shoots the victim anyway.  The bullet glances off the victim’s skull and hits another robber.  Police arrive to find the wounded victim.  They also find Clifton Chatman, one of the muggers, dead on the ground.  We have two unlikely events.  One is that underage criminals got a firearm in gun-free San Francisco.  I thought that was impossible.  The second is that the victim is very lucky to have a bullet glance off his skull.

Tom- Minnesota gun owners political action committee endorsed State Senator Julianne Ortman for United States Senate.  Senator Ortman voted against gun control, and “demonstrated a strong commitment to policies that protect the rights of Minnesotans to hunt, enjoy the shooting sports, and protect their families from violent criminals.”  It sounds like she deserves our support.

 Ken- Minnesota is a middle-of-the-road state when it comes to gun-rights so Minnesota citizens have the option of going armed.  We all know that personal experience can change our opinion.  Democrat politician Mark Andrew had such an experience when he was sitting at a Starbucks in the Mall of America and had his cell phone was taken from his table.  Mister Andrew chased the thieves, and two of them gave him a severe beating with a nightstick as people in the mall looked on.

I noticed three things in this news article.   One- The thieves had cased the “gun-free” Starbucks repeatedly, so Starbucks isn’t a safe place to enjoy your coffee; .  Two- We’ve trained a generation of citizens to be good witnesses as they pull out their cell phones, but not get involved.  And three- a couple of young women with a baton can really hurt a 63 year old man.  I’m looking at the picture and it Mr Andrew was left a mess.  Don’t be that guy.

 Rob- That isn’t what happened in Dayton, Ohio.  A young man asked the owner of a laundromat for change, but then the young man then demanded the 90 year old man’s money.  The laundromat owner grabbed his concealed handgun and the thief fled.  No shots were fired.  Note that a nearby drive through restaurant owner shot a thief only a few months ago.  We’ve proved again that some thieves.. and some politicians.. are slow to learn.

 Paul- A Virginia restaurant owner gathered a list of businesses where firearms are welcome.  One restaurant offers a 15 percent discount to gun owners.  Another has Open-Carry Wednesday.  The website is 2amendment.org  A similar application for smart phones is at http://www.gunfreezoneapp.com  It’s nice that someone loves us.

Tom- Firearms are now welcome in Oregon parks after a judge on the Oregon state court of appeals ruled that a camper was correct and the US Forest Service ranger was wrong.  The camper said his rented campsite was his home, and therefore he could carry in the campsite.  The ranger cited him anyway.  The judge said “If state legislators had intended “a place of residence” to apply only to houses, apartments and other structures, they would have said so.”  Can our Oregon listeners tell us if carrying with a concealed carry permit was always allowed in state and federal parks in Oregon?

Ken- Illinois firearms instructors are now training civilians for concealed carry.  Democrat governor Pat Quinn stacked the deck against honest citizens when he hand picked former federal prosecutors, FBI agents and judges to a seven-member appeals panel.  The panel hears appeals if a citizen’s application for CCW is rejected by local law enforcement.  In theory, the panel responds to an appeal in 30 days.  It looks like the board is there to help the cops, not the applicants.  That is pretty much what I expected from the Chicago machine.

The Illinois State Police worked through the long backlog of Firearms Owner Identification Cards, so the applications now being processed were received during the last 30 days.  We’d love to hear from our Illinois listeners about their experience applying for CCW permits.

 Rob- Ohio should know better, but now an Ohio sheriff permanently bars citizens from concealed carry if they were so much as charged with a felony or violent offense.  All the other Ohio sheriffs require a conviction.  Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly only requires that charges be brought in order to disqualify an applicant.  I see an obvious problem.  Most police officers are charged with violent offenses by the criminals they apprehend.  LEOs also have an unusually high rate of domestic violence charges. This would demand that Sheriff Kelly and his deputies be disarmed if we apply the Sheriff’s criteria evenly.  Sheriff Kelly’s is up for election in 2016.  Our listeners in Ohio are members of Buckeye firearms, aren’t you?

Paul- In great news across the US, 2013 saw the fewest number of law enforcement officers killed by gunfire in the line of duty.  The 111 officers  killed is the lowest since 1959.  The tragic toll peaked in the 1970s with the cocaine epidemic and the beginning of the war on drugs. There are several causes for this recent decrease in police fatalities.  Police wear body armor, they are better trained, they have more information before approaching a suspect.

Traffic accidents take a larger toll on law enforcement officers than do firearms, and traffic accidents were down this year as well.  I hope both trends continue in 2014.

Hang on everybody, we’ll be right back after this and close out the show.
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Tom- DGU 1-  A taxicab customer bit a Nashua, New Hampshire cab driver rather than pay the cab fare. That is when the bleeding cab driver pulled his licensed firearm and held the passenger until police arrived.  The passenger was charged with assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. The cab company does not encourage drivers to carry, but many drivers do, particularly when working at 1AM.  Don’t bring your teeth to a gunfight.

 Ken- DGU 2- Lexington police are investigating an overnight home invasion near the University of Kentucky campus.  Victims told police they were alerted at 2:30 am when a man threw a brick through their second-floor window and climbed up to their apartment.  They say they fought with the intruder before eventually pulling out a gun, which sent the intruder running.  This is a good outcome since no shots were fired.  It doesn’t say so, but at 2AM, I’m betting alcohol or drugs were a factor.

Paul- DGU 3- Three criminals entered a small market in Bakersfield, California.  One of the thieves then displayed a gun and demanded that everyone raise their hands.  The store clerk was armed as well, and the clerk fired one shot before the thieves ran.  The wounded thief is in critical condition with a head wound at Kern Medical Center.  Two of the other criminals are in custody and a fourth is sought by police.  Potential criminals should note that it is legal to have firearms in your place of business in California.  Also, Kern County, California has a “shall” issue rather than a “may” issue policy for concealed carry applications.  Maybe you want to be a criminal somewhere else.

Rob- DGU 4- Someone posted this on our Facebook page.  Four robbers piled into a West Dallas, Texas store back in May.  What drew our attention is that the store owner shot one of the thieves and then all the thieves then fled. The store owner called the police.. who took..their time.. to respond.. as in 74 minutes.. to respond, and by the time the police arrived, the owner of Pepe’s Market and Deli had locked up his store and sent his employees home.  Thank goodness the owner had a firearm because the Dallas Police were not going to arrive any time soon to protect him and his employees. YouTube video of the News 4 video here

Paul: We have some year end stats for Politics and Guns. We grew,  and now have tree times more listeners than last year. Given that our advertising budget is the same as our the budget for our hosts and co-hosts, thank you, our listeners, for recommending the show to your friends.

Paul: We have Politics and Guns Podcast download applications out on Amazon for Android and I-phone is coming.

Frank Fiamingo of New Jersey Second Amendment Society will join us for the Weekend show, so let us know if you have any questions for Frank.  Contact us at Paul@politics and guns.com, Toby, Sticks, Rob, Susan, or Onair to reach all of us.  Call 605-215-1438 to hear your voice on the air!
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Ken: Roadgunner’s Mag 40 class in Conway, Arkansas at Shoot House USA is scheduled for May 15th thru 18th 2014

Paul: 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.  Listen to other podcasts on the Gun Rights Radio Network, the Crusader Podcast Network, and give Roadgunner a listen.

Rob: 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 you’re a chump.

Tom: Join your local civil rights group like the New Jersey Second Amendment Society, Arizona Citizens Defense League,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 Politics and Guns.  Until the weekend show…
Rob, stay safe,
Tom, be aware,
Paul, and we’ll see you down the road.

Episode 60 – GRPC 2012 Orlando

In today’s show we we have the debut of Mick Swagger in the guns and gear segment and lots of interviews and audio from the Gun Rights Policy Conference that wrapped up last weekend in Orlando.


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Project Appleseed

Fran Becker

Florida Carry

No Lawyers Only Guns and Money


Second Amendment Society

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