Texas Gun Politics
By Mark Knapp, Firearms Lawyer
Originally published in SandpointPR.
Watch the video Fire and Ice near the end of this contribution.
Finland & the Progressive War on Common Sense
Wendy Davis is a Democrat running for governor in Texas that supports the right to openly carry firearms- at least the right to carry for some Texans. If the truth be known, the state senator from Texas, who became famous as a champion for abortion rights in the Texas legislature, probably has views about firearms that are like most others in her party.
The fact that leaders in the Democratic Party tend to hate guns creates a big problem for Davis, Texans love their guns and don’t vote for folks that hate babies or guns. But Texas has recently had a series of open carry demonstrations in which people show up with rifles slung The catch, however, is that Davis thinks the Second Amendment should not apply in cities, just on farms and ranches- and, of course, for sporting purposes.
“Obviously in Texas we have a culture that respects the Second Amendment right and privilege of owning and carrying guns — but we also, of course, have respect and understand the rights and privileges of property owners to make decisions about what’s right for them.”
“My position on open carry reflects my respect for both of those principles, and I believe that municipalities, school districts, hospitals, private property owners should be the ones that ultimately have a say as to whether this is right for them and their facilities,” she said
Liberals constantly tell us that they believe in the Second Amendment but that it only applies to the state militias. Or that we have to have more “common sense” gun laws. Most states recognize that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution contains common sense by including similar provisions in the state constitutions that make it clear that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right that belongs to the people! The opinion of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (not exactly a bastion of Conservative thought) stated in NORDYKE V ALAMEDA COUNTY:
“The right to bear arms is a bulwark against external invasion. We should not be overconfident that oceans on our east and west coasts alone can preserve security. We recently saw in the case of the terrorist attack on Mumbai that terrorists may enter a country covertly by ocean routes, landing in small craft and then assembling to wreak havoc. That we have a lawfully armed populace adds a measure of security for all of us and makes it less likely that a band of terrorists could make headway in an attack on any community before more professional forces arrived.
Second, the right to bear arms is a protection against the possibility that even our own government could degenerate into tyranny, and though this may seem unlikely, this possibility should be guarded against with individual diligence.”
Read the text of the Nordyke case.
Every day in the news we see situations all over the world in which city dwellers and rural folks alike are confronted with situations requiring the use of violence to stop violence. In the Ukraine, there have been armed citizens standing up against well-armed folks that claim they are not members of Russia’s elite military units.
There have been news reports that volunteers in Mexico have successfully taken up arms against the Knights Templar, a vicious cartel that has oppressed whole areas by cutting off the heads of law enforcement officers and any others that get in their way.
In Nigeria, whole villages have begged their government to arm the people against the Boko Haram that has kidnapped school children and terrorized people. Our own government has armed volunteers in places like Libya and Syria so that the people can defend themselves against corrupt regimes.
What about situations where the violence comes from groups that are allegedly sponsored by government but maintain some kind of plausible deniability like the “volunteers” in Eastern Ukraine that seem to be so well equipped?
Or, for example, some of the volunteers in Mexico think the Mexican and even the U.S. Government assist some cartels in order to advance the war being waged against other cartels. It is often not immediately apparent who perpetrates attacks but it is historically demonstrated that governments do attack their own people for various reasons.
All these considerations raise the issue of why some liberals like Davis claim that the Second Amendment is only for rural areas and should not be applied in urban environments.
Liberals are constantly accusing government of every variety of perfidy. Moreover, Progressives invariably characterize Republican administrations as Nazi or Fascist! So why shouldn’t urban minorities be armed, especially with so much latent genocide lurking in the heart of the U.S. government?
At this point in the conversation, the astute Progressive intellect usually objects, saying something like, “But how do you expect to stand on your front porch with a deer rifle and defend against armored vehicles and attack helicopters?”
I am so glad you asked that question. Let me tell you about Finland’s two wars with Stalin’s mighty Red Army in 1939 and 1941.
Finland’s geography is much like North Idaho without mountains. It is covered with lakes and rivers and forests that become frozen killing zones for Stalin’s troops during the Winter War of 1939. The Finnish people worked in the woods, underground in mining, hunted and often got around on skis in the winter time.
After WW I, the Finnish government began acquiring Mosin Nagant rifles in anticipation of a confrontation with Russia. The idea was to arm troops with the same weapons and ammunition deployed by their potential enemies.
In short, when Stalin demanded that Finnish land be annexed to Russia, tiny Finland was ready to make sure it was not digested as food for the Eastern Front and the Red Army’s war machine; the Ukraine and so many other countries never came out of that experience until the 1990s when the Soviet Union supposedly ceased to exist.
Stalin’s troops came into Finland with trucks and armor, which pinned down units near the roads. Finnish snipers decimated the Soviet personnel and then emerged from the woods to scoop up guns and ammunition. Pursuit was futile because the Finns vanished back into the wooded areas on skis.
Hostilities ceased with the Finns giving up very little land. But by 1941, Stalin resumed his quest to conquer tiny Finland. The result of the Continuation War was about the same as the 1939 Winter War. Finland had very little in the way of an army and Britain and the U.S. scared away any assistance Finland expected from her neighbors by declaring war against Finland for defying our Soviet ally!
Finland is still very much a nation that honors its heritage as an armed and fiercely independent people, like Switzerland and the U.S.A.
Watch the 2006 video FIRE AND ICE : THE WINTER WAR OF FINLAND AND RUSSIA if you want to learn how to stop a tank in its tracks. This is a beautiful and eloquent video history of Finland’s repulsion of a Russian invasion that dwarfed the Allied invasion at Normandy Beach. The video is a Finnish re-enactment that realistically documents this little known episode in man’s struggle against brutal tyranny.
Stalin thought it would only take “one shot” to turn the Karelian Isthmus into the Northern terminus of the Eastern Front, replete with conscript troops and slave labor.
See this article in Sandpoint PR with video: Fire and Ice.
Senator Davis, we need all law abiding Americans to have legal access to firearms. The American heritage of firepower, the Gun Culture, encourages familiarity with weapons. The knowledge and understanding gained from easily keeping and bearing arms prepares all of us to protect what we hold dear. Not just a few white Texans that go to elite schools or live on ranches and farms! And despite our appreciation for your permission to carry openly, most of us still prefer to carry unobtrusively.Permalink
By Mark Knapp, Contributing Firearms Editor for SandpointPR.com
Patrick Kelley’s dad taught him to shoot. He went on to become an avid Bull’s-eye target shooter and shotgun competitor. After years of developing skills in the fundamentals, he started shooting USPSA and 3-Gun matches.
See video of action at Spokane Valley Rifle & Pistol Club.
Pat is now in his 50’s and one of the top 3-Gun shooters in the world with many accomplishments.
Devoted to passing on the techniques he has learned to a new generation of shooters, Kelley is also an announcer for 3-Gun Nation on the Sportsman’s Channel.
Fifteen of us attended the INLAND NORTHWEST ACTION SHOOTERS’ 3-Gun seminar at the Spokane Valley Rifle & Pistol Club in Mica, Washington on May 10. Pat started out by discussing the fundamentals of marksmanship. He states unequivocally that the fundamentals learned in Bulls-eye and clay target sports are what earned Kelley so much success in shoot-on-the-move disciplines.
Trigger Pull: the heart of the matter in multi-gun shooting
Trigger control, of course, is the heart of the matter. No matter how quickly you are traversing a complicated course of fire, things always boils down to a proper trigger pull. Misses result from jerking the gun out of alignment when the trigger is pulled.
Once Pat had us confirm that our sights were aligned, we proceeded to shoot steel plates with pistols while moving backwards, forward and sideways. Kelley quickly had us performing similar drills with rifle.
Learning the rhythm of shooting when the shooter’s weight is transferred to the front foot is difficult.
Each technique takes a lot of practice after the class is over and the homework assignments are demanding. The ability to maintain fundamentals while engaged in a very intuitive and fluid series of movements with transitions to three different weapons takes a great deal of discipline.
Game plan for action
The shooter must have a game plan and be ready to change the plan at any point. No where does this become more apparent than when shooting a shotgun which has an inherent tendency to malfunction- more than rifles and pistols which have a way of developing problems under conditions of many rounds that are rapidly fired.
When things are working, smoothly the shotgun is ideal for swinging through a series of targets. Our class practiced shooting steel targets while swinging the shot gun back and forth with a nonstop motion. It was easy to miss but the goal is to keep the muzzle moving at a steady speed. We quickly realized the potential to shoot faster than with a rifle because of the fact that each shot pattern shades into the following one and the need to be totally accurate is not as great as with a single round.
The Mica Range
The range at Mica is surrounded by green hills and farmland and sits alongside farmland that is hemmed in by trees. Long distance shots of 1000 yards go up into the timbered areas. But we were shooting at distances of about 40 yards or less. The weather was sunny- 60 degree temperatures- and right next to us were USPSA pistol shooters shooting a match hosted by the Inland Northwest Action Shooters which also provided the Patrick Kelley seminar.
Some of us left the class for about 30 minutes to shoot through the four courses of USPSA targets. Normally this would take the better part of the day but the range officers let us go ahead of the other shooters so we could get back to class.
On Sunday, the class shot the INAS 3-Gun Match at the Mica location as a squad of 15 shooters with Kelley as our coach. The weather was perfect and we started out with rifle, shooting a rack of small plates about 40 yards out. I was surprised how many of the shooters could quickly knock down the plates without missing. I had to shoot at one plate twice but they all went down nicely. Then we transitioned to popper plates with shotguns. I had to pick up another plate that I missed from swinging through the plates too rapidly with my Mossberg 930.
Some of the challenges you face
All three courses of fire held challenges for our squad which had shooters that have never shot a 3-Gun match and experienced practitioners of the sport. There were four clays hung out on two ropes at close quarters. The red dot optics that most of us use on our rifles makes for an offset at close range; the offset requires that a shooter aim about three inches high- especially with such small targets. I hit each clay on the first shot but then missed a swinging paper target with my pistol. A failure to neutralize adds seconds to the time. Missing adds up quickly and will rapidly bring down even the fastest times. We all enjoyed watching our instructor whip through the courses of fire with smooth reloads and very good accuracy.
I shot in the open category and there were only a few other shooters shooting with optics on their pistol. It takes some practice to locate the red dot on the JP site that I recently had mounted on my Glock 17. Once you get the red dot on that first target, acquisition of targets becomes very fast and surgically accurate.
I only had one malfunction with my Mossberg (which also has a red dot) and was about two or three inches low on one of my four slug shots- another failure to neutralize because I got over confident and only shot the target once. One hit in the A zone is all it takes to neutralize a target. The key is to stay focused and have a good time.
Inland Northwest Action Shooters will host a USPSA and a 3-Gun match every second Saturday during the coming months. The Fernan Range in Coeur d’Alene has also started a monthly 3-Gun match. Multigun is the fastest growing shooting sport and now appears on the Blaze channel for those of us that know Glenn Beck.
3-Gun Nation was featured on NBC until the school shootings in Connecticut scared the network away.
I have never been able to view 3-Gun Nation on television but I am sure that Patrick Kelley makes it lively. He is a treasure trove of information about many of the personalities, techniques and history of modern shooting sports. I hope to be watching him on television soon! Patrick is also available for classes, usually with groups of about six people.Permalink
The South King County Fire & Rescue has had its share of problems. As an example, the Chief, Al Church, complained about unfair attacks on his son claiming that Jerry Galland and Mark Freitas have conspired and “unfairly targeted the Church family,” even though his son was investigated by an independent board and found to have behaved unethically by contacting a woman that he helped to transport while on duty as an emergency medical responder.
See video of meeting.
Mark Freitas is an elected commissioner with a duly constituted responsibility to oversee the Chief’s activities. The commissioners hire the fire chief, who is the SKCFR’s administrator, and agree by contract to goals and expectations.
Chief Church initiated a formal complaint against Freitas which alleged the following:
• Driving through the District parking lot, to “check in on the Chief;
• Unfairly criticizing the Chief for not attending meetings each month at which his contract provides he is to report the District’s business and get commissioner approval if needed;
• Stalking the Chief and conducting surveillance on him at the chief’s house.
• Meeting with others such as Jerry Galland, for the purpose of obtaining “inside information” about the Chief and the Department’s activities.
• The chief negotiated a “few modifications to my contract”- i.e., a 100% increase in severance pay. In a year that saw firefighters being laid off, his golden parachute increased from over $170,000 to over $340,000 at today’s salary.
Nevertheless, seeking information about the severance package was alleged to be improper on the part of Galland and/or Freitas.
In early 2013, while reviewing Chief Church’s self written evaluation and prior to approval, Commissioner Freitas asked the CFO for the Chief’s compensation information; instead of providing the information, David Lawson turned the note over to the secretary and the board, who chose to treat it like a public records request, delaying the release until after it was of any use. The Chief became indignant that a commissioner was trying to make an informed opinion prior to adding a comment to an employee evaluation.
The seating arrangement in the board of commissioner meetings is such that the commissioners seat facing the room, the chief and secretary are in the front row. The chief accused Freitas of looking at him.
Apparently Freitas should be expected to stare out the window and avoid eye contact with Chief Church, a very common demand made by potentates and satraps operating under principles of despotism that are common throughout world history but entirely inconsistent with principles of equality as practiced in our constitutional republic. Of course, if your opponents get too aggressive you can initiate an investigation and your friends on the Commission might find an attorney that will put the offender in a poor light.
Jerry Galland, a friend of mine, attends the Commissioner’s meetings at the SKCFR and argues that Commissioner Freitas often positions himself in a position where he can fully participate. The chief accused Freitas, who I have met but do not know well, of moving to a position where Freitas “stares at me throughout the entire process.” I have had the experience of seeing Mr. Freitas in public and feeling as though he was looking at me in a harsh manner. When I went up to him and said hello, he was perfectly congenial.
According to the March 3, 2014 Investigative Report written by Attorney Russ Perisho, Freitas used to be a deputy with a sheriff’s department. Many LEOs are not overly congenial and can make people feel uncomfortable, especially people harboring a guilty conscience!
Church has made numerous unsubstantiated accusations against Freitas which the Investigator did not investigate. One such allegation is that Freitas had inappropriately gathered information from someone affiliated with the union involving a possible merger with Valley Regional Fire; sharing work product about the service benefit charge in 2010 with Bob Roegner and Jerry Galland; having coffee with a constituent, Jerry Galland, and other conduct that was “reprehensible, egregious and beyond mere words of expression.”
Church even alleged that Freitas was “feeding (Galland) with information”, all of which was “reduced into blog form” (www.southkingfire.net) so that Galland could personally attack him and his family.
Church claims that his son, Brandon, is “currently doing excellent work as a firefighter” and that Galland fabricated facts. Brandon Church was found guilty of ‘unprofessional conduct’ in a department investigation in early 2012. The district and the employee holding an EMT license is required by law to notify the Department of Health (DOH) when a licensee is found to have violated a condition of the license.
Neither the district nor the employee, Brandon Church, notified the DOH of inappropriate contact made by Church’s son even though the incident was found to have occurred and became widely reported in the communities SKCFR serves.
In November of 2012, while on probation at the fire district for unprofessional conduct, Brandon answered NO to a question on the renewal application regarding whether he had been disciplined for unprofessional conduct. Galland reported on his blog site regarding the District’s attempts to minimize the affair and not reporting what had happened to the state DOH.
Freitas was elected to serve the public and all the facts in the report are consistent with taking his duties seriously when it comes to staunching the costs that have many taxpayers fuming. The fact that four members on the SKCFR board of commissioners have conducted an investigation pertaining to alleged harassment and hostile work environment at substantial expense to the taxpayers- thousands in attorney’s fees- says something about our local political leadership.
The accusation that seemed to be well founded, according to Mr. Perisho the attorney-investigator, is that Freitas told the Chief and the Assistant Chief they should retire. I have never talked to the Chief but I know the Assistant Chief. Ed Plumlee is a wonderful person. But maybe they should retire. I don’t think either of them are too old but if Freitas meant that some folks at SKCFR need to come back to reality and stop wasting the taxpayers money. I agree with him!
The trouble is that after years of working together, people get so comfortable that no one wants to rock the boat. Meanwhile, there are all kinds of interests at work. Unions make demands. Constituents read newspapers and become unhappy if they hear that more money is not going for some facilities or equipment- stuff that our firefighters supposedly cannot go without.
Kids need braces and college tuition or a job as a firefighter- just for example. And then there are those pesky little travel expenses, steak dinners and other important functions.
Of course there are the other constituents that complain about proposals to spend more, guys like Jerry Galland that always find things wrong with the Commissioner’s meetings and then raise issues that are reported by the media. Galland claimed that he had the right to record the SKCFR meetings. It turned out he was right.
Then some Commissioners threatened to eject anyone that carried a gun into their meetings. A bunch of open-carry advocates showed up, the commissioners called the police and the police had the gall not to make any of the armed advocates leave.
After that Commissioner Fossos defended his violations of the campaign disclosure laws by claiming he had to leave a meeting with Galland at which he was scheduled to show his campaign expenditures.
Why did he have to leave? Because Galland came to the meeting with a gun. Even though there was no evidence indicating that Galland ever even carried a gun at that time, a PDC investigator found that the refusal was justified but still found two counts of noncompliance with campaign disclosure laws against Fossos.
Most investigators honestly report what they find. They have biases, however, just like all of us, and attorneys definitely have a need to obtain work. Most people know better than to rock the boat. Keep watching what is happening with the insiders in our local, state and federal governments.
Politicians are starting to fall into the pits that they dig for their enemies. The unfunded municipal, state and federal liabilities for public pension plans are a huge threat to our way of life and the unions just keep getting the same people elected again and again in Wsetern washington and then ask for more.
Meanwhile states like Illinois, California and Washington are getting closer to following cities like Detroit, Stockton and San Bernardino into bankruptcy. Wisconsin is one very good model of a way out of this mess. But South King County Fire is like a morality play that symbolizes the national issues that are about to set our house on fire.
Kris Jensen competes in a Biathlon Shooting Event on cross-country skis. Photo courtesy Kris Jensen.
Sandpoint PR Contributing Editor, Mark Knapp.
A lot of people watched the WINTER OLYMPICS and are asking questions about the Biathlon competition in Sochi. In a Biathlon, competitors get their heart beats racing by skiing across the countryside from one location to another and then stopping to engage targets out as far as 165 feet!
One of my friends asked me about the unique features of the .22 caliber rifles that the competitors use. I went to law school at Gonzaga with Kris Jensen. Jensen is a Biathlon competitor so I asked him about which rifle he shoots. It is an Izshmash 7-4. Izmash was at the Shot Show this year and, judging by their presence in Las Vegas, the armory that produced the AK-47 and many other Russian firearms, is invading the U.S. gun market in a big way.
There are two makers of biathlon guns, Anschutz, the German Biathlon rifle is about $3500.00- just for an entry level version without most of the accessories. The Izshmash entry level version is about $1500.00. All the guns used in competition have been modified extensively to lower the weight, custom fit the shooter and make the gun shoot more accurately. The rules of Biathlon are that triggers be within a certain pull weight, overall weight must be over a certain amount and lengths are also specified within certain parameters. Ammunition is standard .22 caliber.
The bolt action on the Anschutz is finger pull back and thumb press forward. The Izshmash action is also finger back and thumb forward but requires the thumb to come out on the side of the bolt, which is a little slower because your hand moves a little more between shots. This German YouTube video shows some good views of the Biathlon rifles that show the bolt action movement with finger back and thumb forward.
Jensen grew up in Wenatchee in a family that hunted a lot. Jensen had two other brothers that were also athletic. Over the years he enjoyed Nordic skate skiing more and more. His family had a cabin in the Methow Valley where he was cross-country skiing a lot during the winter. Skiing and shooting were a natural fit. Jensen is the President of the Methow Valley Biathlon board. The team is coached by a volunteer, Winthrop veterinarian Betsy Devin-Smith.
The participants are mostly high school kids but there is a Masters division that holds regular races during the winter season. There is also a club that uses facilities at Stevens Pass.
Jensen helps support the team and takes the pressure off the coach by administering the website and helping with logistics.
Methow Valley Biathlon has two main fundraiser events each year. They are called TRY BIATHLON. The club invites recreational skiers to come try the sport of biathlon. If you want to give Biathlon competition a shot or just get more information, you can go to http://methowvalleynordic.com/biathlon/try-biathlon/.
Range size really depends on the site. Shooting distance is 50m (165feet). A range typically has ten lanes, so that’s about 100 feet wide making the total shooting footprint about 16,500 square feet. Jensen estimates that with proper backdrop and good side shields you could squeeze it onto one acre (43,560 ft2). An enterprising entrepreneur or local government working with Idaho business leaders can create such a venue in North Idaho with a minimum of expense and use the range year around for action matches, high power and bull’s eye shooting the rest of the year.
The backdrop in the pictures is USFS land with a steep hillside. We have been advocating for additional shooting venues in North Idaho and there are already things happening behind the scenes that promise to be exciting! Olympic shooting trials can bring in a huge amount of international coverage and tourism. Thus, despite the suggestion that one acre may be sufficient, several acres may be more favorable to North Idaho’s plans for economic development.
If some investors want to get really ambitious, North Idaho can even become the birthplace of a new sport in which participants shoot rifle, pistol and shot gun from skis. Biathlon started as a military discipline with high power rifles. In 1978, eighteen years after Biathlon became an Olympic event, athletic officials bowed to European ways by going to standard velocity, more politically correct .22 caliber ammunition. Prior to 1978, the American team used Winchester Model 70s in .243 Winchester!
In the summer time, North Idaho can turn the Nordic skiing trails into motocross trails and really crank up some high speed shooting action!
Reposted with permission of Sandpoint PR.
FWPD’s Dep. Chief Andy Hwang spoke at the Armed Defense Training Association’s monthly membership meeting on Thursday, January 9th. The meeting was held at Brooklake Church in Federal Way.
Changes in Federal Way
Things are changing quickly in Federal Way and some things seem very optimistic. Mayor-elect Jim Ferrell is about to engage in a “full court press” to attract new business to Federal Way and is already changing the city’s management structure.
The Mayor has appointed FWPD Deputy Chief Hwang as interim chief while a search is made for a new police chief. Hwang could not be a better choice for a permanent chief.
Interim Chief a Resident of Federal Way
Dep. Chief Hwang has been active in Federal Way and has the kind of professional and congenial manner that makes him the man to whom other officers have looked for leadership. Andy lives in Federal Way, something that should be important to local government leaders. Knowing folks as neighbors that we see around town is what may be lacking in many of our modern institutions.
Andy Hwang is definitely part of our community. He is liked and respected by his colleagues at the FWPD and his presentation and discussions with the members of the Armed Defense Training Association demonstrate why the City of Federal Way places so much confidence in him!
I have known Andy personally from when we were both members of the Federal Way Noon Kiwanis Club. His quiet, congenial approach hardly suggests that he has trained other LEOs in the use of force, including combat tactics for the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Copmmission.
Statistics: Traffic Fatalities Outnumber Murder
After briefly introducing himself, Dep. Chief Hwang explained the importance of recognizing a number of statistical facts. For starters, 35,000 people die in the United States every year as a result of traffic collisions; only 16,000 per year are murdered.
The fact that almost a third of the traffic deaths involve DUI collisions and that many murders involve domestic violence and/or drugs and alcohol means that many threats can be avoided just by making good choices. Keeping guns locked up when they are not on your person can prevent many accidents, suicides and thefts.
Teen suicide has tripled since 1960 and the frequency of active shootings has nearly tripled. When non-LEOs are confronted with deadly force virtually every means of protecting oneself is legal.
Dual Standard for Use of Force
For law enforcement, however, what constitutes a reasonable use of force is different than for the rest of us because LEOs have different tools and traning and are held to a higher standard under RCW 9A.16.040:
“The legislature recognizes that RCW 9A.16.040 establishes a dual standard with respect to the use of deadly force by peace officers and private citizens, and further recognizes that private citizens’ permissible use of deadly force under the authority of RCW 9.01.200, 9A.16.020, or 9A.16.050 is not restricted and remains broader than the limitations imposed on peace officers.”
The Constitutional criteria for reasonable use of force on the part of police officers is set forth in the 1989 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Graham v. Conner.
Mental Conditioning and Attack Indicators
Dep. Chief Hwang reviewed the color code of awareness and the mental conditioning that prepares normal people to recognize threats and act with confidence under stress. Recognizing pre-attack indicators will very often give a potential victim an opportunity to defuse violence, avoid it and to react when necessary.
For example, watch for someone that seems to be building resentment and anger in order to justify a violent attack. On the other hand, some attackers may become overly cooperative right before they execute their plan. Small changes in posture or even a person’s glance could indicate that a suspected attacker is preparing to take action.
The protocaols for how school authorities should deal with active shooter situations are changing. A member of the audience asked a question as to whether the Federal Way Public School District has started training school personnel and students in new ways to react to active shooters. In many cases the best solution is to run and fight. It seems to be unclear as to the current state of FWPS protocols in such situations but if there is an escape path, an attempt to evacuate is imperative.
It may be necessary to fight with improvised weapons as a last resort and this means that the most violent action possible- initiated by two or more defenders- if possible- may save many lives even if one or more defenders are wounded or killed by disarming the shooter.
Hand to Hand Combat
The Deputy Chief demonstrated a number of ways that elbows and hands can become very deadly. He called upon a member of the audience and demonstrated various striking moves. It quickly became apparent why Andy Hwang has been teaching tactics to other officers for so many years.
Fighting is a last resort but there is a point, regardless of whether you are in a road rage situation or an active shooting scenario, where talking or hiding is not productive and could get you or your loved ones killed.
So be mentally prepared to fight violently, quick and hard!
One point that is important that was not made during the ADTA session on Thursday night is that if you are armed and someone has closed the gap, do not draw your gun until you have broken away or at least taken control of the opponent’s hand in such a way that he is not able to grab the gun. There are techniques for accomplishing this and the ADTA is a good place to start working on such issues.
Wu Chin is our ADTA martial arts instructor and provides classes at the Federal Way Community Center. Some of his students, including ADTA President Chad Hiatt, are also martial arts practitioners. The primary weapon that all of us possess is the mind. Awareness, training and being committed to act appropriately are all things we expect to see in our law enforcement officers. Each of us can develop a modicum of such conditioning by attending classes and seminars like the ones offered at our meetings.
Upcoming ADTA Events
Future membership meetings, which are on the second Thursday of every month, will deal with knives, hand to hand self-defense, self-defense for women, disarming attackers and similar subjects.
We also have Dave Workman coming to share on the subject of Washington State Firearms Rights and Responsibilities. Dave wrote the book on the subject and will be at the monthly ADTA membership meeting on Thursday, February 13th at Brooklake Church in Federal Way. The meetings, held on the second Thursday of every month, are open to the public at no charge.
A GOOD GUY WITH A GUN & WHY ECONOMIC THEORY MATTERS.
On Friday an armed school resource officer stopped a potential mass shooting at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. The 18 year old shooter legally purchased a pump-action shotgun. He was also armed with a machete and three Molotov cocktails.
Many high schools don’t have any armed personnel. It is good that Arapahoe’s SRO (actually an armed Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Deputy assigned to the school) was armed. Karl Pierson, self-avowed socialist, had enough ammunition and weaponry to create another grizzly scene like nearby Columbine High School or Newtown.
One of his classmates, Claire Esther Davis died after lingering on for several days. Pierson also ignited a firebomb in the school library. Then he killed himself as the school resource officer closed in.
Apparently Pierson had been kicked off the debating team and had a reputation for talking about subjects like Keynesian economics. In fact, he is reported to have held a very dim view of Republicans because of the cold hearted economic policies favored by those on the GOP side.
One media outlet quoted one of his fellow students describing Karl as having socialist opinions. The news outlet changed the quote and simply characterized the shooter as “opinionated.”
Imagine the way the Mainstream Media would have managed the message had young Karl Pierson been a fan of Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin! The whole event took 80 seconds- enough time to kill many innocent people- but only one person died and another was injured.
Then on Tuesday, Dec. 17th, a shooter killed an innocent victim and himself at the RENOWN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER in Reno, NV. Nothing has been reported so far as to the Reno shooter’s politics or economic theories or whether a good guy armed with a gun had a hand in preventing further carnage.
The number of active shooters with leftwing socialist world views has been noted by many observers. Most recent mass shooters, with some exceptions, did not have a great deal of experience with firearms. They often seem to purchase their guns right before embarking on their deadly killing sprees. Karl Pierson, an Eagle Scout, may have had some prior training because the BSA still encourages gun safety education and many Scout troops actually go the range and engage targets.
Boy Scouts with guns might be regarded as a symptom of latent homophobia by the Huff Post crowd. The fact is that Eagle Scouts rarely go off the rails until they start buying into Marxist-Leninist theory and various strands of socialism; i.e., the Progressive intellectual stew that begins and ends with the premise that all human progress springs out of social interests clashing in inexorable struggle; i.e., violent struggle.
The number of mass shootings prevented by good guys and gals with guns is large enough that we will have to present one or two examples at a time in future articles. And what is the relationship of Keynesian economics and socialism to mass shootings? That will take a trip back to former times in England- a journey that introduces a cast of characters fit for a novel by Charles Dickens!
The literary in our audience realize that Dickens wrote his novels in installments in magazines and newspapers. So please look forward to future installments.
The NEA encourages union officials to recruit and train candidates for the board, so that employees can “elect your own employer.” Union officials like to stack school boards, since the school board decides how to spend levy tax funds when negotiating with the union.
The Federal Way Education Association has endorsed Carol Gregory and Geoffey McAnalloy for the School Board race. And they donated $1,800 – $900 to each candidate- via the Washington Education Association Political Action Committee. See Sept 9 & Oct 2, 2013
See Pg. 3 & 4 of the Public Disclosure Report here.
And they are running phone banks, sign-waving and doorbelling campaign activities right out of the union buildings at WEA headquarters; FWEA headquarters. See Pg. 6 of the 30th District Democrats’ newsletter.
Families and taxpayers may not realize that school boards have the power to divert levy funds from services and instead use it for levy-funded wage enhancements. Federal Way union negotiators would rather have those negotiations directed by union-funded School Board members. The contract is scheduled to be negotiated next in 2014.
Thank you to Freedom Foundation and Jami Lund for most of the information herein!
District employees in Federal Way already receive 12.45%, 13.45% or 14.45% wage enhancements for unverified responsibilities (the highest increases go only to the highest paid employees).
Using the limited levy funds for wage enhancement means these funds cannot support services like supplemental learning time for students, stronger English Language Learning services, dropout retrieval programs, school safety efforts, or specialized programs like art, music or athletics.
Such a diversion of funds often means that parents start paying for activities which levies used to cover. It can also mean that districts defer maintenance and drain their financial “cushion.”
The chart shows a rough estimate of how Federal Way is currently balancing the interests of families, taxpayers and employees. You can see that roughly 29% of the levy–nearly $12 million–is used as wage enhancements. Who knows how much it will be if a union-funded board makes those decisions next spring.
See Chart here.
It is also worth noting, that Federal Way contract requires the District to seek the shortest school year in the state, only 173 days rather than the state-required 180. The District secured a special waiver to let students stay home for seven of the school days. Shorter school years end up being another employee benefit, for wages increase or stay the same for a more convenient work schedule.
The fact is that superintendants tend to want unions to endorse board members that will follow the superintendant’s lead, including endorsements of candidates favored by the superintendant. This is why they avoid rocking the boat by going against Progressive-Unionist dogma. Teachers unions are filled with a legion of doctrinaire professionals that equate bigger teachers’ salaries with education.
This fact explains how we keep getting Progressive policies (like the District paying Dr. Angela Davis to come to Federal Way and talk about diversity) and failing educational outcomes even when we elect many Board Members who are at least somewhat fiscally and socially conservative. So, every time Sup. Neu starts extolling the benefits of Globalism, think Progressivism and unions and grab your wallet!Permalink
It was 1968 and Soviet tanks rolled into Czechoslovakia to crush the “Prague spring”. Angela Davis joined the Communist Party. She was soon fired from UCLA because of her membership in the Communist Party. A First Amendment court battle forced UCLA to rehire her.
In 1970 Davis was implicated in the an armed invasion of a Marin County, California courtroom. Judge Haley, the prosecuting assistant district attorney, and two jurors were removed from the courtroom at gun point.
Judge Harold Haley’s was blasted in the head with a sawed-off shotgun owned by Davis. She then fled using aliases and had disguised herself when she was arrested two months later in New York City.
At her 1972 trial, Davis acted as her own attorney. Thus, she could not be cross-examined. She presented a number of alibi witnesses, almost all Communist friends, who testified that she had been with them in Los Angeles playing Scrabble at the time of the Marin slaughter. Prosecution witnesses who placed her in Marin were dismissed by Davis and her fellow attorneys as being unable to accurately identify blacks – because they were white.
When Davis was acquitted many of the jurors went to her victory party!
According to DiscovertheNetworks.org, Davis was awarded the International Lenin Peace Prize in 1979 (formerly named the International Stalin Peace Prize) by the East German police state. Davis ran for Vice President of the United States in 1980 and 1984, alongside Gus Hall, on the Communist Party ticket.
Davis remained an active member of the Communist Party until 1991, when she was expelled for opposing the coup against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. She then formed the “Committees of Correspondence” to carry on the Communist mission with other Party members, including Bettina Aptheker (also a professor at UC Santa Cruz), Conn Hallinan (Provost at UC Santa Cruz), and Professor Harry Targ (Chair of the “Peace Studies” program at Purdue).
Davis is the leader of her own movement against what she calls the “Prison-Industrial Complex,” claiming that all minorities in jail are actually “political prisoners” and should be released.
Says Davis, “My question is, Why are people so quick to assume that locking away an increasingly large proportion of the U.S. population would help those who live in the free world feel safer and more secure? . . . [H]ow difficult it is to envision a social order that does not rely on the threat of sequestering people in dreadful places designed to separate them from their communities and their families.”
These facts, along with the fact that she recently spoke to our community at the invitation of the Federal Way Public School District, raise the issue of whether she has ever actually changed any of her views regarding violent revolution.
She called for killing those in authority. Jonathan Jackson with whom she lived, acted on her beliefs and entered the Marin courtroom with a sawed-off shotgun which Davis had purchased and admitted giving to him the day before he hijacked the courtroom and shot it out with law enforcement.
Did the Federal Way School District know any of this history before they invited her? Did anyone on the Board object? Has Dr. Davis ever expressed any remorse for the sorrow she brought to so many lives?
Additionally, if proponents of armed revolution are to be invited to speak to our community, why did Beamer High School make an advertiser completely republish a school sports calendar to prevent my Firearms Lawyer URL from being advertised? I paid for the calendar- along with other Federal Way business people. The school prohibited the FirearmsLawyer.net URL or any reference to my firearms law practice.
The publisher refunded my money and had to republish several hundred calendars. I would have spoken at the lecture series with no charge and could have told how I repented of Marxist-Lenist philosophy when I recieved Christ as my Lord and Saviour.
Incidentally, I still have not heard any reports on how much we paid Dr. Davis to come to Federal Way. The District does not seem to be announcing who the future speakers will be in the Intercultural Speakers series? She is a radical feminist, Lesbian and expert on raising conciousness.
Thus, her credentials when it comes to Progressive diversity are unquestionable. She pulled down a hefty salary at the University of California before she retired which proves again, radical left politics is the gift that just keeps paying and paying for its avatars.
Full disclosure: I wrote some articles for the Federal Way Mirror- a few years back- about local educational issues that even earned praise from some of the liberal trolls that usually denounced me at every opportunity.
I subesequently learned that person(s) from the FWPS District told the Mirror not to publish further columns from me related to education. I was told by the paper not to submit any more articles related to education. It seems that the First Amendment freedom to proclaim any philosphy under the sun stops when it comes to urging public schools to slow down their Progressive juggernaut.Permalink
People need to make the decision to prepare for deadly force now, not when the attack precipitates. By then, it will be too late.”
Read Israel’s answer to school violence.
Schools and school buses are probably under surveillance by terrorists and being “pinged” in order to measure reactions and identify security measures.
Every active shooter attack in a school, mall or other public place provides data for terrorists who study news reports and publicly available studies conducted by security experts. Beslan was a slaughter of school children in Russia that was probably a dress rehearsal for the rape, slaughter and torture of young school children in the U.S. The attacks on innocent people conducted by Al Qaeda affiliates, like al AShabaab’s attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya may be harbingers of how future operations in the U.S. might look.
The school attack in Beslan has been carefully analyzed in John Giduck’s study. Entitled Terror at Beslan, Giduck’s warnings detail the importance, but also the pitfalls, when armed citizens react to terrorist attacks. Both the attack at Beslan and the Westgate Mall attack demonstrate how helpless governments become in the face of well-armed terrorists working in teams.
Beslan came under attack from Chechen terrorists that had already made up their minds not to negotiate and to inflict the maximum amount of pain on Russian school children by unleashing torture, death and pysychological damage to the survivors and the Russian people. The terrorists demanded opportunities to negotiate. Such demands were only issued in order to deceive the Russian authorities into providing more time for the terrorists to wire school buildings with bombs.
Security personnel and operatives on the side of terrorist groups study every aspect of how the authorities and media respond to such attacks. This includes reaction time, vulnerabilities, follow up, etc. John Giduck was in Russia at the time the attack on the Beslan school occurred and was able to work closely with Russian security forces during the immediate aftermath of the attack. The book also got the author banned from Russia because of his honest criticism of what the Russian security forces did wrong. Eleven men from Russia’s elite Alpha and Vympel Counter Terror units lost their lives saving 1,181 hostages- 777 of them children.
The attack began on Sept. 1, 2004. The school was destroyed in an explosion and 334 were killed, 186 of the dead were children and many that survived witnessed horror that will scar them forever. Lt. Col. Dave Grossman has long warned that it COULD happen here, there are things you and I can do to prevent such attacks and it could be YOUR child’s life that you save.
John Giduck suggests what we can do as parents and as concerned citizens that are not in the law enforcement or intelligence communities. Mr. Giduck is a trial lawyer who also holds the highest level certification in Homeland Security. He works with a non-profit NGO, the Archangel Group, consulting with law enforcement and other agencies in the field of anti-terrorist training and has spent considerable time gaining first hand expertise on Russia’s security operations.
Giduck’s recognition of the role armed citizens can play in responding to terrorist activities should silence very anti-gun idealogue. After the events in Nairobi’s Westgate Mall attack, refusing to acknowlege the need for armed security in our schools is tantamount to giving aid and comfort to terrorists! Even an Interpol chief has now publicly proposed that armed citizens are one of the few options available to stop terrorist attacks like the one at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya.
Almost every attack has been in a “gun-free” zone. Thus, the murderer knows that it is unlikely any of his or her victims will be armed. At the present time, the Washington Administrative Code, promulgated by unelected bureaucrats, prohibits weapons on campus in Washington. It is questionable whether the WAC regulations have any legal effect since they conflict with Washington State’s firearms preemption law that prohibits any local municipal gun laws more restrictive than the restrictions in the state RCWs.
Some liberal lawyers and anti-gunners in Olympia want to get a new law passed to “clarify” the situation. No one wants to be a test case and you could get expelled from your state university for carrying. Each student in a state college or university has to make an informed decision as to whether to exercise his or her right to carry on campus with a valid carry license pursuant to our state laws.
It is your life and your education that is at stake. There is no right to carry at a high school or elementary school with or without a license to carry, at this time. But write to your representatives and demand that something be done like what is starting to take place in Oregon and other states that have empowered certain armed volunteers to carry in schools.
Most restrictions only restrict law- abiding people and not criminals, psychopaths and terrorists. If a disturbed person would gun down a defenseless child, that same person will pay no attention to a law restricting guns.
In fact, the gun-free status of the institution or facility makes it a target for the psychopathic killer.
The individuals in our colleges and universities that need to be the first line of defense>, however, are the students, instructors and staff with either concealed carry permits or specialized training.
Elementary, high school and middle school personnel may need a new kind of training with a special license indicating some advanced tactical training for active-shooter situations. Most of the security guards that do provide a presence at such places are unarmed security guards, however, and the expense of hiring enough armed security is prohibitive.
Revenge or anything like vigilante action is the worst possible thing anyone can do and advocating or engaging in retaliation is criminal conduct.
True Followers of Christ will not engage in murdering innocent people but many Americans may be carried away with the concept of imprisoning or taking revenge against Islamic people in the same way as Japanese were interned during WW II.
The same “liberals” that already want to restrict our gun rights and disarm honest people may be holding the reins of power if and when the country faces the chaos of a WMD, Mumbai-style tactical teams terrorizing our communities or some other disaster.
On the other hand, the jihadist believes that in a few generations a Caliphate will force you to submit (that is what Islam means- subjection) to its religious laws.
Many of the U.S. authorities are presently so eager to accomodate Islamicists (and are so intimidated by CAIR’s threats of legal action) that Christianity is being denigrated while Islam is celebrated in the name of diversity. There are many examples but sufficient to state for now that these are the first steps toward submission.
Self-defense and defense of others when attacked is not vigilantiism.
Make sure you recognize your school bus drivers and ask your local school district to provide for some staff to become trained and certified to carry weapons.
We need to take precautions similar to the Israeli schools and schools in other countries like Thailand where the staff is armed and ready for jihad. Meanwhile get your permit and learn how to shoot.
Some of our neighbors in Federal Way are preparing to provide opportunities for teachers and other school professionals to learn to work tactically so that they are trained when the authorization to carry in our local schools finally comes. It does not take an act of the Congess or the legislature. Federal and state lawmakers have left it up to local school boards!Permalink
It is becoming painfully apparent that the authorities in Kenya might be withholding the true number of dead hostages. This is because of the embarassment caused by corrupt soldiers who cordoned off the mall and then proceeded to loot merchandise, steal money out of safes and cash registers and get drunk on the alcohol in the restaurants.
It is no wonder some terrorists might have escaped. There are now reports that there may have only been four gunmen. There are allegations that the Kenyan government has intentionally misrepresented some of the facts or simply covered the fatcs up. There are also reasons to believe that the terrorists paid security forces to look the other way as al Shabaab’s killers brought their weapons into the Westgate Mall in Nairobi.
But armed citizens performed very well during the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi. The hostages held by al Shabaab terrorists in Westgate did not fare well, however. The government reports 60-70 dead but there is reason to believe the number is far higher and that even the identities of the victims are puposely being covered up!
Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble suggested to ABC in October that the U.S. and the rest of the democratic world should look to armed citizens as a solution to such attacks on public places.
Noble said there are really only two choices for protecting open societies from attacks like the one on Westgate mall where so-called “soft targets” are hit. More professional security or allow civilians to carry their own guns to protect themselves:
“Ask yourself: If that was Denver, Col., if that was Texas, would those guys have been able to spend hours, days, shooting people randomly?” Noble said, referring to states with pro-gun traditions. “What I’m saying is it makes police around the world question their views on gun control. It makes citizens question their views on gun control. You have to ask yourself, ‘Is an armed citizenry more necessary now than it was in the past with an evolving threat of terrorism?’ This is something that has to be discussed.”
“Societies have to think about how they’re going to approach the problem,” Noble said. “One is to say we want an armed citizenry; you can see the reason for that. Another is to say the enclaves are so secure that in order to get into the soft target you’re going to have to pass through extraordinary security.”
Reports are mixed but it looks like the Kenyan army troops and special forces may have caused the collapse of a roof which buried many hostages in rubble and may have helped some of the attackers posing as victims to escape.
The authorities in Kenya received specific warnings related to the Westgate Mall for many months but failed to develop basic response plans that would facilitate a coordinated response. Kenyan forces arrived four hours after the attack began. According to the Telegraph:
No radio contacts were set up between the units. No overall command had been appointed, and different commanders squabbled. A senior policeman was shot dead in a friendly-fire incident. Chaotic gunfire streaked across the mall’s open spaces.
Kenyan commanders did not listen to advice from UK operatives and others that attempted to give advice. When Kenyan troops entered the area where the hostages were held, they shot at the terrorists with an RPG and brought down part of the structure. Then the “White Widow escaped, crying with her clothes covered in blood to disguise herself as a victim.
An SAS trooper armed with a pistol shot it out with al-Shabaab and led hundreds to safety. The ex Royal Marine was at the Westgate mall when it was attacked. He had a pistol and hostages were still being held by the terrorists, possibly as many as 13. The former soldier returned to the building on a dozen occasions while taking fire, saving 100 people.
A local businessman, arrived at the mall to help his brother and carried a four-year-old to safety. A Kenyan Hindu neighborhood patrol also came with their pistols and forced the terrorists back. The fact that Kenyan officers took action against the armed neighborhood patrol, may have contributed to the stand-off which lasted for eighty-hours!
Four large explosions occurred. Smoke poured through a skylight inside the mall’s main department and grocery store, according to the Associated Press. Sorting through the rubble is a slow process because of the threat of bombs.
Nevertheless, the initial reports indicate mass torture with victims hung from hooks, eyes gouged out, castrations, rape and mutilation of limbs, fingers removed and hands and faces burned. By including children in the carnage, the terrorists are seeking to create so much hatred for all Muslims that the backlash of persecution against innocent Muslims will radicalize as many Muslims as possible.
Reports from Kenya describe a technique in which the al Shabaab terrorists “sharpened the arms” of the victims and forced them to write their names in blood with their limbs as writing implements.
Torture is the way Communist and other radical terrorist organizations have always worked. But such gruesome techniques are nevertheless shocking.
The other lesson the terrorists want to drive home is that governments cannot respond well to such attacks. On the other hand, we know from many recent attacks in the U.S. that ordinary people closest to the initial attack have the best opportunity to stop the carnage- if we are armed and ready to bring violence to bear that is just as sudden, bold and deliberate as the actions of the attackers. The former SAS-Royal Marine was just having coffee when all hell broke loose!
The armed citizen’s identity has been withheld for security reasons. The British train and operate out of Kenya and members of the British Royal Marine work with governments and security firms across East Africa. The “former” SAS member may have been a professional operator employed by a government or private industry. On the other hand, he could have just been retired and found himself at the wrong place with the right weapon at the right time to save lives!
Nevertheless, the fact remains that his heroism under fire is within the grasp of anyone that takes the trouble to carry and train continuously. You may die going against several automatic rifles with a pistol. But it is better to die and break up a well-rehearsed jihad operation than to die cowering in a corner.Permalink
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