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Why the Controversy Over CCW Technology?


The core concept behind concealed carry is to keep the firearm hidden until it is needed. The means of carry, or how it is concealed is secondary to having it on/near you and readily accessible when it is needed.

Keeping the core concept of concealed carry in the front of ones mind, whatever configuration the firearm is, the carrier is under no obligation to make their own true lethality known to those who may wish them harm.

With the numbers of carriers ever growing, it is only natural that those technologies which will serve to help concealed carriers better conceal their weapons and blend into their surrounding environments – will inevitably and thankfully – proliferate.

In light of the new technology boom, it is only logical that CCW holders find transformer guns such as the herein mentioned “Ideal Conceal” as invaluable alternatives when traditional carries may be less practical due to bulk, discomfort, or otherwise less desirable for whatever reason.

In the end, let the carriers make the decision of when and to what extent they want to gear down, it is their lives on the line and no one should make the decision for them.

The two dominant conversations surrounding Ideal Conceal are pretty polar opposite: glowingly optimistic or severely pessimistic. Some people view Ideal Conceal for its curb appeal of convenient to deploy, easy to conceal, and its level of comfort or basically not requiring a holster. The other mindset is that Ideal Conceal creates a horrifying new concern for law enforcement. All cellphones could now be possible weapons used against our men and women in blue. As if their jobs aren’t difficult enough in the heat of the moment they must now decipher and identify if a small object is a possible threat or just another Samsung cellphone.

Source: The Firearm Blog

Recent Illinois Gun Sales are Breaking State Records

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Recent Illinois gun sales are breaking state records. The jump in the sale of firearms reflects a national trend.

Illinois State Police did 418,000 background checks last year. The actual number of guns sold could be higher because some transactions involved multiple guns.

Some retailers say recent mass shootings and the state’s concealed carry law are the reasons for the increase.

Source: FOX2now.com

Kansans seek concealed carry training despite relaxing of laws

“As President Obama continues to push for tighter gun control, many consumers aren’t taking the chance of waiting to purchase one.

‘I think there are concerns that there might be further restrictions on guns so people are starting to buy them now,’ said concealed carry permit holder Ron Pope.

As of July 2015, the concealed carry of a firearm without a license is legal in the state of Kansas. Gun owners are still piling into concealed carry classes despite the law change.

Ron Pope received his concealed carry license two years before the law changed.

‘I’ve always enjoyed shooting, ever since I was young. As my children got older, I wanted them to have experience shooting and I thought the additional education I’d get with a concealed carry class would be important,’ explained Pope.”

(Via.) www.wibw.com <—Read more here

You Know Less Than You Think About Guns

“‘There is a gun for roughly every man, woman, and child in America,’ President Barack Obama proclaimed after the October mass shooting that killed 10 at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. ‘So how can you, with a straight face, make the argument that more guns will make us safer? We know that states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths. So the notion that gun laws don’t work—or just will make it harder for law-abiding citizens and criminals will still get their guns—is not borne out by the evidence.’

n this single brief statement, Obama tidily listed the major questions bedeviling social science research about guns—while also embodying the biggest problem with the way we process and apply that research. The president’s ironclad confidence in the conclusiveness of the science, and therefore the desirability of “common-sense gun safety laws,” is echoed widely with every new mass shooting, from academia to the popular press to that guy you knew from high school on Facebook.

In April 2015, the Harvard gun-violence researcher David Hemenway took to the pages of the Los Angeles Times to declare in a headline: “There’s scientific consensus on guns—and the NRA won’t like it.” Hemenway insisted that researchers have definitively established “that a gun in the home makes it a more dangerous place to be…that guns are not used in self-defense far more often than they are used in crime…and that the change to more permissive gun carrying laws has not reduced crime rates.” He concludes: “There is consensus that strong gun laws reduce homicide”

(Via.) Reason.com <— Read more here

Identity Politics Must Die – Vincent Birrittella

“As I watch the events unfold in Oregon, I cannot help but notice the draconian nature of political culture. It seems that people are extremely willingly to support government aggression so long as it’s compelled on their particular scapegoat. This kind of mindset needs to be dead and buried. Identity politics has to go and never come back.

Nowadays, terrorism seems to be the perfect route to take to cause an uproar. Left and right both take advantage of a public that’s filled with anxiety and uncertainty. The incidents in Oregon really show that liberals actually have a bit of neocon in them: as long as the people they despise are the possible perpetrators, it doesn’t really matter what the government does to them.

For god sakes, I saw some supposed liberal doves calling for drone strikes! How can you not be frightened by such thoughts? (Thats a warning for you beer-bellied, Don’t Tread on Me–flag waving, and gun-bearing middle-aged white men. The liberals got drones and they wanna use them.)

These people are not terrorists, and no act of violence has been committed by these people. If occupying a public space for protest is a criminal act, then leftists causes are just as guilty. No one would consider Occupy Wall Street to be terrorists or criminals just for occupying a public space, nor should they. Guns don’t make it any intrinsically different.

I wish these people actually knew what could possibly result if the government decided to violently kill these people: a more reckless and authoritarian state. And let me remind the liberals that it’s the same state that brutalizes minorities — a group that liberals would die for — on a routine basis. But that is none of my business.”

(Via.) Liberty.me <—Read more here

Poll suggests Americans would arm themselves for protection – My News 4 – KRNV, Reno, NV

“WASHINGTON (SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP) — A Twitter poll conducted by Sinclair stations across the country found that 74 percent of respondents would arm themselves for protection.

More than 5,000 people responded to the poll, which was posted by 44 Sinclair stations across the country.

A total of 26 percent of those responding said they would not arm themselves for protection.

The polling comes amid heightened concerns over terrorism in the wake of the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino.

Attempting to quell the public’s fear, President Barack Obama said in an interview this weekend that ISIS ‘is not an organization that can destroy the United States.’

Obama validated the concerns of many Americans, saying he understand why people are worried, but he noted that the most damage ISIS can do ‘is if they start changing how we live and what our values are.’

He expressed that part of his last year in office will be spent making sure Americans remember, ‘who we are and make sure that our resilience, our values, our unity are maintained.’

‘If we do that, then ISIL will be defeated.’

Asked which was a better way to respond to terrorism in this country, enacting stricter gun control laws or encouraging more people to carry guns legally, a Washington Post/ABC poll found 47 percent of respondents felt more people carrying guns was a better response.

In that same Washington Post/ABC poll, 42 percent of respondents said stricter guns laws were a better response.

That poll was conducted by phone in December of 2015, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent. A random sample of 1,002 adults were questioned.

By comparison, a Gallup poll conducted earlier this year found 56 percent of respondents said more concealed weapons would make the country safer.

‘A majority of Americans, 56%, believe that if more Americans carried concealed weapons after passing a criminal background check and training course, the country would be safer,’ the poll concluded. Of those asked, 41 percent said the United States would be less safe.

The results were a part of Gallup’s annual crime poll, conducted in October.”

 

(Via.) My News 4 – KRNV, Reno, NV <—Read more here…

Obama meets Bloomberg as he prepares order on guns

“As his administration prepares an executive order tightening access to guns, President Barack Obama met Wednesday with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a proponent of new gun laws who has become the chief enemy of the National Rifle Association.

Obama has met with a series of gun control advocates in recent weeks as his aides complete work on a potential order expected to expand background checks on gun sales by closing the so-called ‘gun show loophole.’

A timeline on the order — which has been tangled in legal and administrative questions — is still unknown. The President met with former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was gravely wounded during a 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona, on December 4 to discuss gun control.

But even as he works to tighten access to firearms, a new survey shows dwindling support for an outright ban on assault weapons, which both Obama and Bloomberg have advocated as a means to prevent gun deaths.”

(Via.) CNNPolitics.com

Banned and “dangerous” weapons found for sale on Amazon.co.uk

How far our British cousins have fallen. In this case, the British press inadvertently serves as a functionary of the state, helping to disarm more innocent British citizens and thereby leaving their fellow citizens as helpless victims in waiting.

At this point in history, the British people should be seriously rethinking their centralized approach to security.  

“Internet retailer Amazon has reportedly been found to have had a number of illegal and dangerous weapons for sale to UK customers on its website.

As an investigation by The Guardian found, a number of firearms and concealed weapons, many of which are illegal under UK law, were freely available to the public on Amazon.

In test purchases, the paper was reportedly able to buy a Kimber Pepper Blaster II, a firearm which shoots powerful pepper spray at high speeds, a Gotcha Cap, a hat which conceals a knuckleduster-style bladed weapon under the brim, and a Zap Light, a stun gun which looks like an ordinary handheld torch, all of which are illegal under laws like the Firearms Act 1968 and the Offensive Weapons Act 1996.”

(Via.) The Independent

Following Paris, Scotland Yard urgently reviews terrorism tactics | The Student Newspaper

Oh, my…

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“‘The public can be reassured that our firearms officers are trained to deal with this kind of incident and we are constantly evolving new ways to combat the threats to public safety.’

Earlier this year, the police in London practised their response to mock marauding gun attacks in the centre of the capital, following the January attacks on the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, offices.

In view of the increasing threat posed by Isis and other terrorist groups, all eyes are set upon Scotland Yard’s new forces-style unit, especially trained to counteract terrorism.

The unit consists of 130 specialist firearms officers, equipped with new weapons and prepared to carry out extreme actions such as fast-roping from helicopters, storming burning buildings to rescue hostages or arresting or shooting terrorist gun attackers to the head instead of to the chest, as the police commonly does.

As the entirety of Europe is under threat and terrorists are able to enter Europe through different countries, Scotland Yard is also arranging to send abroad 60 counter-terrorism officers to protect the British people abroad.”

Well, golly-gee, what could go wrong now?

(Via.) The Student Newspaper <-read more here

Ignorance, Polarization, and Xenophobia on the Street and in the Press: “White Americans are the biggest terror threat in the United States”

Remember, when you are pointing a finger, you have three pointing back…

“Almost twice as many people have died in attacks by right-wing groups in America than have died in attacks by Muslim extremists. Of the 26 attacks since 9/11 that the group defined as terror, 19 were carried out by non-Muslims. Yet there are no white Americans languishing inside the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay. And there are no drones dropping bombs on gatherings of military-age males in the country’s lawless border regions.”

(Via.) GlobalPost

Attacker steals man’s concealed handgun in Walmart bathroom

Hint: If someone goes for your gun, the fight is on.

File under: Don’t get smoked with your own gun – please.

Interested to hear the story from the victims point of view, his training failed him. Seems that his concealment system failed him, as did his situational awareness, options to avoid, and his assertiveness. 

“A man with a concealed weapon permit was assaulted in a Walmart bathroom Thursday night and had his handgun stolen, Medford police said.

The 25-year-old permit holder entered the Walmart at 1360 Center Drive around 9 p.m., police said. He had a Springfield XD 40-caliber handgun in a holster in the back of his waistband, and his shirt covered the weapon.

The man went into the store bathroom and was followed by a white man in his mid 30s who was about 6 feet 2 inches tall and wearing an Oakland Raiders T-shirt, police said in a news release.

In the bathroom, the man wearing the Raiders shirt unsuccessfully attempted to snatch the gun from the 25-year-old’s waistband, then punched the man in the face, knocking him to the ground, police reports say. The suspect then grabbed the gun, pointed it at the 25-year-old and ordered him to leave. The victim complied and ran into the employee break room. Police were called to the store at 9:17 p.m. Thursday, records show.”

(Via.) MailTribune.com

Al Qaeda chief urges lone wolf (decentralized) attacks, and urges militant unity

 “CAIRO (Reuters) – Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri called on young Muslim men in the United States and other Western countries to carry out attacks inside there and urged greater unity between militants.

‘I call on all Muslims who can harm the countries of the crusader coalition not to hesitate. We must now focus on moving the war to the heart of the homes and cities of the crusader West and specifically America,’ he said in an audio recording posted online on Sunday, referring to nations making up the Western-led coalition in Iraq and Syria.”

(Via.) Yahoo News <—Read more here

The Dissident Dad – Our Family Manifesto

“I live in Texas, I pay taxes to the IRS, and I follow every law required of me. I am not looking for any trouble from the U.S. government. That said, my family and I have elected to sever ourselves from the cancerous monster that is Washington D.C. every chance we get.

We don’t vote or honor the state in anything we do. My money is completely outside of the U.S. banking system, via precious metals, digital currency, and whole life insurance contracts, which is nothing more than two private parties in a financial agreement. The stocks I own are in Canada or international businesses listed here in the U.S.

I wish the U.S. and its citizens the very best, but when it comes to the statists and banking elite — who ultimately form an oligarchy — I try to ignore and resist the beast in every way I can.”

(Via.) Liberty Blitzkrieg <—read more here

Support Peacekeeper 2.0 – Your Decentralized Security app of Tomorrow, Today, and Why You Should Support Their Indiegogo Campaign

The Peacekeeper app is one of my top picks for a decentralized security network – it’s on the “short list” of selected apps and technologies every rugged individualist should’t be without.

Those of you who don’t know what Peacekeeper is, you owe it to your selves to learn about it.

“Emergency protection is a vital service that we all need. But let’s face it,’’ say the developers of the Peacekeeper app “most of us know that the government is not able to protect us.”

In other words, “When seconds count, police are just minutes away” the developers continue.

Their skepticism is well founded. The courts have consistently held that not only are police not responsible for your safety, neither are they required to intervene in your behalf. In other words, when push comes to shove, you are on your own and you better be able to protect whats yours – or be prepared to lose it.

Does this sound familiar in light of recent events? Of course it does, and the developers of Peacekeepers aim to fix the problem – not just complain about it. They have actually designed a decentralized security app (1.0) and they are now refining it with all new features, beefed up software, and even more resources to back up their claim that “…(they) are determined to create a system that actually puts the odds in your favor.” 

Look into them and support them, and put the odds in your favor – you need this app.

 

(Via.) Indiegogo <—Read more here

Other states, research demonstrate safety of campus carry, despite detractors’ doubts

“Since the Texas Legislature began debating campus carry earlier this year, debate has raged over the issue on college campuses around the state. Proponents have espoused security benefits and the expansion of Second Amendment rights as benefits of the legislation, which was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott on June 13th. Detractors have largely cited safety concerns, claiming that the stressful nature of a campus environment will inevitably lead to instances of gun violence under the new law.

As an individual who went through the extensive background check, class and firearm proficiency assessment required to obtain a concealed handgun license in the state of Texas, I’ve been somewhat perplexed by opponents’ allegations that my carrying a concealed weapon while walking along the south side of Dean Keeton as opposed to the north side, or along the east side of Guadalupe as opposed to the west side, would somehow pose a new danger to campus.

In an attempt to answer that very question — Am I, or other concealed carriers, actually dangerous to college campuses? — I contacted Steve Mecham, chief of the Utah State University Police Department, located in a state with roughly two and a half times the number of permitted concealed carriers per capita as Texas. Upon being asked if campus carry had caused any safety concerns at Utah State since Utah’s implementation of the law in 2006, Mecham replied that the only concern campus carry has presented is the accidental, unintentional exposure of a weapon on campus approximately once a year. Mecham explicitly stated that his department has no crime involving a person in legal possession of a firearm at Utah State on record.”

(Via.) The Daily Texan <—Read more here

How to Disable Stolen MRAP for Less than $50

“Police and military vehicles are stolen from time to time. Should a citizen be in a community where a military vehicle is stolen, it would be wise to understand how civilian populations throughout history have disabled military vehicles in the past. This article has absolutely nothing to do with the recent trend of police departments deploying armored vehicles against people exercising their Constitutionally-protected rights. Perhaps the reader travels overseas and a military crackdown erupts while they are drinking Pina Coladas on the beach. The point is that this information should never be used against US law enforcement. That would be a violation of the social contract and you might end up in jail.

Most Americans are familiar with the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle because their local police department obtained one to look cool. Due to familiarity, this will be the vehicle used as an example. The same tactics will work against almost all other armored vehicles.

Note: The parameters for this article are simple: The reader does not possess a great deal of tactical experience and has no access to firearms, high explosives, homemade explosives, or chemical weapons.”

(Via.) theantimedia.org <—Read more here

An Open Letter To Baltimore & The World: How To End Police Brutality Forever

“Question: How long has police brutality been around?

Answer: Ever since there was police.

Sure, some places its better and some places it is worse.

But, have you ever noticed when you have a problem and you keep trying to fix it and it never works… then, what you realize, was that you had the wrong concept? As a simple example, when you try to remove the lid off a jar of pickels and you try and try but just can’t? Then, finally, you realize you were trying to turn it the wrong way! Once you understood how it worked, the solution was easy.

It’s the same with the police brutality question. You keep trying to fix it and fix it but never can. Why? Because you’ve got the wrong concept.”

(Via.) TDVA <—Read more here

Troy Battlemag Torture Test

“Caleb Giddings of Gun Nuts Media did a torture test last year on a Troy Battlemag. I have seen some torture tests of Troy Battlemags but somehow missed this one. I thought it was rather impressive how much damage this magazine took and it still functioned.”

(Via.) The Firearm Blog <—Watch the video and read more here

Why Exercising Is a Higher Priority Than My Career

“There’s a prevalent attitude among entrepreneurs that the business, whatever that business is, comes first. It is the high priority that trumps everything else, including family, friends and especially health. More 8 Life-Changing Lessons on How to Be Happy 5 Common Resume Mistakes You Can Fix On Your Own Who Were the Gunmen Behind ‘Draw Muhammad’ Event Attack? NBC News ISIS Claims Responsibility for Garland Attack NBC News Student Caught Poisoning Roommates’ Food: Cops NBC News

I’ve seen entrepreneurs sacrifice all these things, sometimes with tragic consequences, to focus on making their businesses successful. I’ve also done it myself, although I’m one of the lucky ones. During the years I made my business my highest priority, my wife stuck by my side, I didn’t cause any permanent damage with friendships (although I certainly didn’t nurture any) and I didn’t die.”

(Via.) TIME <—Read more here

Uber driver, licensed to carry gun, shoots gunman in Logan Square

“Authorities say no charges will be filed against an Uber driver who shot and wounded a gunman who opened fire on a crowd of people in Logan Square over the weekend.

The driver had a concealed-carry permit and acted in the defense of himself and others, Assistant State’s Attorney Barry Quinn said in court Sunday.

A group of people had been walking in front of the driver around 11:50 p.m. Friday in the 2900 block of North Milwaukee Avenue when Everardo Custodio, 22, began firing into the crowd, Quinn said. cComments

The driver pulled out a handgun and fired six shots at Custodio, hitting him several times, according to court records. Responding officers found Custodio lying on the ground, bleeding, Quinn said. No other injuries were reported.”

(Via.) Chicago Tribune <—Read more here

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