After Action Report: How America’s volunteers protected their troops, screwed it up and what we can learn from it

In light of a recent attack on a US Military Recruiting station and Reserve Depot that left five servicemen dead, American veterans and civilians have been exercising both word and action. They have been not only demanding the repeal of a policy that forbids service members to carry firearms but guarding the recruiting stations with their own time, manpower and weapons until that policy change is made.

While the idea itself is noble, it has raised as much controversy as it has praise. Just recently, the US Army issued a warning for all recruiters, demanding they treat the armed volunteers as a security threat. The Defense Department, currently reviewing solutions to the lack of armed troops, has asked civilian volunteers to stop guarding the centers altogether, with several National Guard Units relieving the volunteers of their posts in their respective states.

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Taurus Agrees To $39 Million Settlement In Defective Pistol Case | Hunting, Fishing and Shooting News on Grand View Outdoors

Brazil-based handgun maker Forjas Taurus SA has agreed to a $39 million settlement in a class action lawsuit alleging some of the company’s most popular semi-automatic handguns can discharge when dropped and have a defective safety that allows the gun to fire even when it’s engaged.

According to court documents filed May 15 in a U.S. District Court in Florida, the company has agreed to pay up to $30 million to owners of nine separate handgun mode who opt to send their pistols back, with owners receiving anywhere from $150 to $200 for their pistols depending on how many choose that option.

The agreement also will extend the warranty for the nine handgun models, allowing gun owners to send the pistols back to have the handguns inspected by Taurus technicians and address the “safety defects” alleged in the suit. Documents show the settlement could include as many as 100,000 handguns.

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To the idiot who broke into Stelly’s, Lt. Higgins in St. Landry’s Parish is looking for you!

There’s a line in the film, “Two Guns,” where one of the lead characters says to the other, “Never rob a bank across from the best donut shop in three counties.” Well, this guy didn’t rob a bank and it isn’t a donut shop but, it’s close enough. Instead, he apparently burgled a favorite pit stop in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, about 20 miles north of Lafayette. It almost seems Lt. Higgins is taking that personally. I’d say I feel sorry for the suspect but, he brought it on himself and it sounds like his life is going to suck for at least a year…His burglary is considered a felony.


Civilian guard accidentally fires weapon outside Lancaster recruiting center | The Columbus Dispatch

“LANCASTER, Ohio — An armed volunteer guarding an Army recruiting station in the River Valley Mall area has been charged with a misdemeanor after he accidentally fired his AR-15 rifle this afternoon.

One shot was fired, and no one was injured, Lt. Shane Wilson said.

Someone from the recruiting station at 1530 River Valley Blvd. flagged down an officer at 12:01 p.m. to report the incident, Wilson said.

Christopher A. Reed, 28, of Lancaster, was charged with discharging a firearm in the city limits, and was issued a summons to appear in Fairfield County Municipal Court on Tuesday, according to the police incident report. “

Source: Civilian guard accidentally fires weapon outside Lancaster recruiting center | The Columbus Dispatch


Sadly, this was predictable. But it’s not a knock against civilians. Few will admit it but, their own ineptitude at times is one of the big reasons there’s such aversion to allowing military personnel to carry guns in their own defense. There is an assumption by many that being in the military or police makes one an “expert” in carrying arms. That assumption is false.

I have lost count of the number of times I have attended training with people who were supposedly high speed low drag only to see some of the biggest egos get  pulled aside by the instructor and taken back to day one, hour one…”This is a gun. It is a dangerous tool. Don’t point it at yourself, at me, or anyone/anything you don’t intend to shoot. Keep your booger-hook off the freaking bang-switch!” The eye opening moment for me came when I attended the Concealed Handgun License instructor course for the first time in Texas. I had veteran cops in my class who were scared they couldn’t meet the 90% accuracy standard on a test that I’ve seen a blind man pass! Let’s not even discuss the safe handling and storage of a firearm.


Obama seeks to deny 2nd Amendment Rights of Social Security recipients

If Social Security, which has never participated in the background check system, uses the same standard as the VA, millions of its beneficiaries would be affected. About 4.2 million adults receive monthly benefits that are managed by “representative payees.”

Source: Obama pushes to extend gun background checks to Social Security – LA Times

As you may have heard, the President and his minions are making the best of recent tragedies. They are attempting to go around Congress by enacting additional restrictions on gun ownership through Social Security. Specifically, they are exploiting the the definition of “prohibited persons,” in much the same way the Veterans Administration has been barring disabled veterans from owning guns in recent years.

The VA reports disabled veterans to the National Instant Check System as, “adjudicated as a mental defective.” Only problem is, the only criterion to make the determination that one is a mental defective is that someone has been appointed a fiduciary. While that certainly includes a bunch of 80-year-old-plus guys with dementia, it also includes a bunch of folks who are no danger to themselves, anyone else, and still quite capable of living productive lives. The VA rules already lead to veterans choosing not to seek help out of fear the VA will strip them of their rights to manage their own affairs, let alone own a gun. Expanding such rules to the Social Security Administration will simply expand the pool of people who avoid seeking help with mental illness.

None of that matters to Obama’s administration. It seems they would rather see people spiral into psychosis for fear of losing their rights to the government. All that matters is at least 4.2 million people could lose the right to own a gun under these rules. That’s at least 4.2 million fewer guns on the street. And if that saves just one life, trampling the civil rights of those millions is well worth it. Actions like this clearly indicate the Obama administration and their political allies will continue to seek every opportunity to eliminate the rights protected (not granted) by the Second Amendment.