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Action Training Group Promotes Gun Rights in Spokane & Post Falls
08/22/16 @ 04:42:17 pm, Categories: Announcements [A], 1374 words   English (US)

On September 15, 2016 we will present a training event for new shooters. The Action Training Group presents shooting events at Fernan Rod and Gun Club near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

We have formed a Steering Committee and we are in the process of incorporating as an Idaho nonprofit for the purpose of raising money, organizing volunteers and establishing written By-Laws and protocols, including range rules.

We are seeking volunteer range officers, instructors and others who can serve in a number of capacities.

Rustin Rathbun, describes the following categories of volunteers we are seeking:

PR and Media team. Folks that have grabbed onto the vision who can promote to the community the Mission of the group. This is through email, phone calls, posters, signage for events etc. (They can also double as Event registrars, see below)

Set-up/Tear-down. ( Minimum 4 people) A group that makes sure our classrooms and ranges are properly set-up with details handled prior to events.

Event registrars/communications. (Minimum of 2) It is important that we have dedicated people manning the tables to get waivers signed and a list of people active on the range. They also assure that people have brought proper equipment and if they have not get them accommodated. This includes Eye protection, Ear Protection, a ball cap (which is highly advised) and ladies advising ladies about their neck line (so we don’t have the hot brass between the twin peaks dance)

Instructors. For all the disciplines in which we train. SIRT, Pistol, Rifle, Gun safety/Newbies, Run and Gun etc.

Chief Range Officer. Who oversees other RSO’s (Must have priority meetings before each event so we know what is happening and how.)

1-2 Range Safety Officers per Bay. Minimum of 2 on the action/move shoot range. One is watching the shooter and giving commands (This could be the instructor) the other watching the line and the spectators section.

Range officers. For the primary purposes of range orientation and clarify protocols. They need to identify with the group where people are at in their learning and skills and match them to the proper instructor or range. By the way this needs to be done in a formal setting such as the club house not on the range with no interruptions. All people are thinking once on the range is let’s get shooting.

Staging personnel. (Min. of 1 per bay) They are the ones who stage people for the activity going on. Example. When you are doing the action/move shooting. They establish the line of who is next, course of fire, etc. and then when it their turn they can communicate that properly to the Instructor and/or RSO. All this so you have a good flow and can run several people through the course of fire when the crowd is larger. But we need to get good at it now.

President of the Club. Stays relaxed, brings folks together with introductions and makes sure everyone is coordinated before, after and during events. There may be situations where personnel need to be delegated for responsibilities on the spot. Thus, the President moves around, gets people working together and helps by trouble shooting.

We need to think about an indoor range for the winter, however, and most indoor ranges might need to be limited to 15-20 shooters. We will obtain liability insurance for our volunteers as soon as we take in enough paid memberships.

We expect to provide support in creating the new Jensen facility near Medical Lake. See Jensen Ranch.

REALITY BASED TRAINING. Our objective is for the next several months will be to focus on new shooters. Eventually we will progress back to Action Shooting and we are developing plans for force on force scenarios, including scenarios for members of church security teams. Such scenarios should include foreseeable church emergencies- low light, crowded rooms, hostile shooters stationed at exits, etc.

The ADTA- which I helped start in Federal Way- has had a great deal of success with New Shooter Clinics.

We are presently working on a Mission Statement with clear, measurable objectives and a slogan or motto along with a name that resonates with people. The primary weapon is what is between our ears! Nevertheless, the following is an example of what the final statement might include:

MISSION STATEMENT- We are a group of citizens that have come together in order to be prepared for action when a crisis arises. We encourage each other to anticipate threats, think about our actions and the consequences of what we do- or fail to do- and we train accordingly.

ACTION- We must take action. because we cannot prepare by simply thinking and talking about what we see happening;

TRAINING- because we know that preparations fail without continual training;

GROUP- Because we live in communities and cannot prepare & train adequately unless we work together.

OBJECTIVES-We exist for the purpose of giving participants monthly opportunities to continue sharpening skills and to develop a regular schedule of events that includes Reality Based Training, to develop situational awareness and instill skill in the use of arms while maintaining a mindset that fosters defense of ourselves and others.

What do we mean by REALITY BASED TRAINING?

Reality One. The mind is our primary tool for self-defense. Firearms are also a tool but the risks of carrying a firearm outweigh the benefits without constant training in safe handling, storage and use.

Reality Two. Tools need to be maintained therefore we need to think actively about our responses in advance and then act thoughtfully during an emergency that may require an immediate response.

Reality Three. Use of force requires a mindset by which we respond immediately and effectively; our response must be correct for the circumstances.

Reality Four. Conveying a positive public perception towards armed citizens is important because misperceptions can contribute to the potential for chaos during a crisis. Thus, we will aim for opportunities to interact positively with local police and other public agencies and the news media and remain free of taking political positions.

Reality Five. We are committed to monthly “live-fire events” that may consist of AirSoft or other Reality-Based simulated lethal force technology, shooting on the move and making real-time decisions related to use of force. Developing marksmanship and the ability to deploy lethal force under stress with follow-up in the form of after-action reports is critical. We will endeavor to provide training scenarios that will develop fundamental skills and also provide training for the more advanced shooter and/or a security team.

One example of Reality-Based Training:

Set up a restaurant scene with people and tables. We want to see how you enter a room, seat selection, observation of environment and then respond during a shoot /don’t shoot scenario involving actors with possible deployment of a SIRT pistol or other training tool. The group will evaluate your response and actions taken. We might utilize a parking lot or empty building.

The next event will be held Thursday, September 15 at 4:00 PM. As usual, some of us will be setting up before 3:00 PM and we need volunteers to help.

We will present live-fire Action Shooting events every third Thursday of the month. By October, 2016, we plan to be insured so we can obtain an indoor venue.

You should bring your carry pistol, a hard holster suitable for carrying a pistol on your belt with extra magazines and 100 rounds of pistol ammunition for your pistol.

Reality Based Training is beyond what is available to most gun owners.

The shoot-on-the-move courses of fire will develop many of the skills and challenges featured in various competition shooting matches like IDPA and USPSA shooting.
The group is very much like the group some of us started in Federal Way.

The Armed Defense Training Association now has about 100 members with live-fires held in Federal Way and the Everett area.

We invite interested groups and individuals to contact us and consider serving on one of our volunteer planning committees.

Promoting respect for law enforcement, gun safety and preparedness are just some of the values fostered by the numerous activities presently under discussion.

Go to Firearms Lawyer for my email or contact Mark Knapp at (253) 202-2081.

A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. Proverbs 22:3

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Heritage of Marksmanship Key to Defeating Al Qaeda in Pakistan?
07/20/16 @ 12:11:13 pm, Categories: Announcements [A], 989 words   English (US)

There is no safety for honest men,
except by believing all possible evil of evil men.

- Edmund Burke (1729-1797) Irish Statesman

“While strangers are brought in to suppress us, our commonwealth, and posterity; while idolatry is maintained, and Christ Jesus His true religion despised, while idle bellies and bloody tyrants, the bishops, are maintained and Christ’s true messengers persecuted; while, finally, virtue is contemned and vice extolled . . . what godly man can be offended that we shall seek reformation of these enormities (yes, even by force of arms, seeing that otherwise it is denied us)? . . .

John Knox of Scotland

John Knox was a Scottish Protestant that who who struggled for religious freedom in Scotland. History is full of examples of how armed Believers have created religious and political freedom. Such facts raises the issue of whether people in nations like Pakistan can do the same thing.

I got to thinking about this in connection with the Peshawar school massacre. The Pakistani people, made up of rival ethnic groups with different interests and languages, live under a government that has acquiesced in the activities of extremists that even have ties to Pakistan’s military and intelligence agencies.

Taking a stand against the terrorists killing Pakistan’s innocent children can mean standing in the cross hairs of terrorists that have direct ties to very high levels of Pakistan’s government.

The freedom contained in the Second Amendment is ordained by God and the authors of the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence recognized that the “right” is inherent in our Creator and thus cannot be alienated; sold or relinquished in exchange for promises of the security that government provides.

Switzerland, on the other hand, long known for the preparedness of its armed citizens, is legendary for its heritage of marksmanship.

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Switzerland was comprised of local cantons that refused to bow to the ambitions of European despots. The Swiss soon discovered Swiss marksmanship could be formidable (remember William Tell). The situation in countries like Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, on the other hand, may always have a greater element of chaos than Switzerland.

Iraq, for example is a mix of cultures that were artificially combined by the Great Powers of Europe when the Ottoman Empire was divided after World War I. Pakistan was carved out of former British colonial holdings and is also an artificially constructed nation state.

Part of the reason the surge in Iraq worked was a hard won recognition that Al Qaeda is the enemy of humanity- including but not limited to Christians, Jews, Sunni and Shia. This relates to Switzerland because of the contrast between the peaceful way of life there and the experience of people in the Middle East and Central Asian nations like Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The benefits of liberty belong to those that are vigilant and our Founding Fathers often repeated the precept that our Republic depends on Biblical morality for the nation to survive. We the People must govern ourselves under God. This is why we do do not live in a country always on the verge of sectarian violence. There are interests working overtime, however, to encourage attacks on our law enforcement officers and to divide Americans on the basis of race and virulent political rhetoric.

The Sindh province of Pakistan (the home of the Bhutto family) is an example of an ethnic group that is divided from the rest of Pakistan because they distrust the Punjabs.

Sindh is one of the four provinces of Pakistan and historically is home to the Sindhis. Different cultural and ethnic groups also reside in Sindh, including Urdu-speaking people and others who migrated from India at the time of and after independence and partition.

The Punjabis have controlled much of the government and military in Pakistan for some time- they even control the water. The farmers in Sindh province have seen their farms dry up due to Punjabi diversion of rivers that flow between the two provinces.

Not so many years ago, the carcasses of thousands of vehicles smoldered for a long distance alongside the highways after Bhutto’s Sindhi followers and others expressed their fury when she was assassinated.

The men that drafted the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights anticipated situations where a ruling elite oppress a minority group. Pakistan mirrors what is happening in nations all over the world today- especially nations governed by Islamic Shariah law. ]

The way to protect Christians and other minorities is that the citizens at-large, can choose to become familiar with and own small arms. Not just for sporting purposes but weapons that actually have military usefulness!

We are guarding the life of the Republic when we worship, when we vote, shop and conduct business, when we go to work and target practice and when we teach our children to hunt. All of these activities are expressions of God-given freedom that the Founders articulated in the United States Constitution, including our freedom to express ourselves and our freedom to become informed about governmental matters.

The exploits of the Kurdish women who are YPG fighters warring against ISIS to hold Kobane illustrate how ordinary people can rise to heroic levels when armed with fire power, training and courage. The Kurds, Swiss, Punjabis, Sindhis and Urdus (to name a few) are all great people and we will be watching the directions that they take.

Meanwhile, the Body of Christ, needs to get to work politically to influence public policy at all levels of the U.S. government to provide meaningful religious freedom and the means for minorities to protect themselves. We, the Body of Christ, need to examine the Scriptural basis for self-defense and find ways to impart the means for churches in places like Pakistan to defend the Christians under their care.

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06/17/16 @ 08:32:47 pm, Categories: Announcements [A], Background, 441 words   English (US) What do folks that live around Chicago think about the high rate of violent crime, including but not limited to gun violence, that still exists there? It seems like Chicagoans have just become numb. But most the rest of the nation is saying, “This is why we are not going along with Chicago-style gun control!” Shameless manipulation of statistics in Rahm Emanuel’s blood-soaked Windy City? Chicago Mayor Emanuel is bragging because the first three months of 2013 saw the Chicago murder rate go down to 70. Michelle Malkin points out that in 2012, Chicago racked up the nation’s deadliest death toll, with 506 of its residents murdered. The murder rate has simply returned to business as usual in 2013. Here are the first-quarter death toll breakdowns for 2009-2013: 2013: 70 2012: 120 2011: 75 2010: 75 2009: 70 Last year, there were at least 17 new laws enacted since Sandy Hook- all granting state residents more firearms freedom and demonstrating that most states continue to become less restrictive regarding firearms because crime rates go down when the people are enpowered to defend ourselves and our communities. Only a few states are going in the direction of more restrictions. Does anyone really believe that if honest Americans disarm, cities like New York and Chicago will be safer? A good title for a movie would be, “WINDY CITY WITH THE BLOODY TATTOO”. According to the Wall Street Journal on April 4, 2013: Arkansas eliminated prohibitions on carrying firearms in churches and on college campuses. South Dakota authorized school boards to arm teachers. Tennessee passed a law allowing workers to bring guns to work and store them in their vehicles, even if their employer objects. Kentucky shortened the process for obtaining licenses to carry a concealed gun. Expanded gun rights in recent years have accelerated since Mr. Obama pledged to use the “full force” of his office to tighten limits after 20 children and six adult staffers were killed at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. On the other hand, the Soviet Socialist Republic of Washington, the people enacted I-594, which requires a background check for any transfer of a firearm, even if temporary. Law enforcement groups opposed it and now everyone is scrambling to figure out how to comply. The initiative was drafted by liberal ideologues and has so many conflicting provisions that it seems unlikely that it is even enforceable. It would never have passed if politicians had to stake their careers on the outcome. Now they may have to try to save it by revamping major sections of the law before the courts rule that it is void for vagueness and un-Constitutional. Woe to him that builds a town with blood, and establishes a city by iniquity! -Habakkuk 2:12 Permalink
Liability of Washington School Districts for Playing Politics With Children's Lives
05/31/16 @ 09:23:44 am, Categories: Announcements [A], 3130 words   English (US)

Failure to Protect: Potential Liability Factors in School Shootings

“To hear the ensuing debate about arming teachers and principals and security guards, I just want to go on the record with the board in saying I think that is one of the most irresponsible positions to take in this gun discussion.”

Federal Way School Superintendent Rob Neu at school board meeting after the Sandy Hook school shootings:
“I hate this conversation, I hate that it’s a necessary evil. What happened in Newtown…is just horrible. And having young children at home, and sitting and watching the TV, and seeing those photos with the names being called…with your children in the room, looking at the TV, and looking at you, and you’re fighting back the tears. You’re so thankful they’re sitting in that living room with you, and you’re not one of those parents. I can’t imagine what those parents feel like.”

” But the reality is, if a gunman wants to do what these gunmen want to do…there’s little that anyone can do to stop them. Putting guns in the hands of teachers and principals, who got in this business of educating kids, and not being armed forces…It’s just not a solution, in my mind, and will not be one that comes forward as a recommendation while I’m your superintendent.”

-FEDERAL WAY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT ROB Neu

ISSUE: Are proposals to arm teachers and/or administrators irresponsible? What are the potential liabilities faced by school boards that arm school personnel compared to a policy of employing only unarmed School Resource Officers.

FEDERAL LAW: The Gun-Free School Zones Act (GFSZA, codified at 18 U.S.C. § 922(q); federal United States law that prohibits any individual from knowingly possessing a firearm at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a “school zone” as defined by 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(25). The Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 states in part:

(A) It shall be unlawful for any individual knowingly to possess a firearm that has moved in or that otherwise affects interstate or foreign commerce at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone.

(Subparagraph (A) does not apply to the possession of a firearm—

(iv) by an individual for use in a program approved by a school in the school zone;
(v) by an individual in accordance with a contract entered into between a school in the school zone and the individual or an employer of the individual;
(vi) by a law enforcement officer acting in his or her official capacity; or…

WASHINGTON STATE LAW: Similar to federal statute. RCW 9.41.280. States the following in part:

Possessing dangerous weapons on school facilities — Penalty — Exceptions.
(1) It is unlawful for a person to carry onto, or to possess on, public or private elementary or secondary school premises, school-provided transportation, or areas of facilities while being used exclusively by public or private schools:
(a) Any firearm;….
(3) Subsection (1) of this section does not apply to:
(b) Any person engaged in military, law enforcement, or school district security activities. However, a person who is not a commissioned law enforcement officer and who provides school security services under the direction of a school administrator may not possess a device listed in subsection (1)(f) of this section unless he or she has successfully completed training in the use of such devices that is equivalent to the training received by commissioned law enforcement officers;
See Washington State Gun Free School statute.
Subsection (1)(f) includes:

(f)(i) Any portable device manufactured to function as a weapon and which is commonly known as a stun gun, including a projectile stun gun which projects wired probes that are attached to the device that emit an electrical charge designed to administer to a person or an animal an electric shock, charge, or impulse; or
(ii) Any device, object, or instrument which is used or intended to be used as a weapon with the intent to injure a person by an electric shock, charge, or impulse

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CONCLUSION: The legislature has already provided that non-law enforcement personnel armed with firearms need only be involved in school district security activities; i.e., authorized to carry a weapon for security purposes.

THEORIES OF NEGLIGENCE RELATED TO ARMED SCHOOL PERSONNEL
A PRUDENT PERSON FORESEES DANGER AND TAKES PRECAUTIONS. THE SIMPLETON GOES BLINDLY ON AND SUFFERS THE CONSEQUENCES. Prov. 22:3

Foreseeability issues: Teachers are the other major group in schools that face victimization. During similar periods of time, the reports of threats declined from 12% to 7% from 1993-94 to 2003-04. n33 However, the reported incidents of physical attack, at 4%, were not measurably different comparing 1993-94 and 2007-08. n34 Threats declined, but attacks upon teachers remained unchanged .(13 Conn. Pub. Ont. LJ. 275.)

1. Unauthorized individuals may access a firearm that is negligently stored. How will firearms in schools be stored safely and used safely?

2. Will the individual employee or the employing school district, or likely both, be liable for this increased foreseeable harm of bringing weapons to school with hundreds of adolescent students if a foreseeable injury occurs?

3. How many employees will be allowed to carry weapons at school?

4. Are there risks that are foreseeable from inadequate training. How should school boards ensure that personnel are properly trained if concealed weapons are allowed at school?

Currently, at least eleven states have adopted the “armed-teachers” approach in fighting the war against school violence.

PUBLIC DUTY DOCTRINE: Maintaining a GUN FREE ZONE is a policy decision involving discretion and not operational duties involving no discretion; i.e., Ministerial.

RCW 4.96.010 Tortious conduct of local governmental entities—Liability for damages.

(1) All local governmental entities, whether acting in a governmental or proprietary capacity, shall be liable for damages arising out of their tortious conduct, or the tortious conduct of their past or present officers, employees, or volunteers while performing or in good faith purporting to perform their official duties, to the same extent as if they were a private person or corporation.

Public Duty Doctrine - In General. Under the public duty doctrine, liability may not be imposed for a public official’s alleged negligent conduct unless it is shown that the duty breached was owed to the injured person as an individual and was not merely the breach of an obligation owed to the public in general (i.e., a duty to all is a duty to no one).

Exceptions to the PUBLIC DUTY DOCTRINE: (1) legislative intent, (2) failure to enforce, (3) the rescue doctrine, and (4) a special relationship. BABCOCK V. MASON COUNTY FIRE DIST. NO. 6 , 144 Wn.2d 774 , 784, 30 P.3d 1261 (2001).

In CUMMINS V LEWIS COUNTY, Mrs. Cummins brought a wrongful death action alleging that her husband’s death was the result of the negligence of the Lewis County 911 emergency dispatch unit as well as that of the Centralia police department which had responded to the call. The court determined that no assurances creating a special relationship had been provided by the 911 dispatcher. CUMMINS V LEWIS COUNTY, 156 Wn.2d 844 (2006).

ISSUES: a. Does a policy decision to maintain a so-called gun-free zone constitute a special relationship?

b. Where the law requires that children attend school, is there a special relationship existing such that there is a specific, individualized duty to protect?

In HALVORSON, a city defendant had been dismissed on the grounds that it did not have a tort duty to enforce fire codes. See HALVORSON , 89 Wn.2d 673. We reversed. The HALVORSON court considered the fact that the inspection and enforcement of building codes existed for the ” welfare of the occupants of such buildings.” HALVORSON n, 89 Wn.2d at 677 (quoting former SEATTLE HOUSING CODE 27.04.020). Therefore, the court found a duty was owed to those who lived in the buildings.

The court also noted that if the ordinance was enacted for purposes of public safety or the general welfare, the duty was not enforceable in tort by any one particular individual. HALVORSON, 89 Wn.2d at 676.

These later Washington cases are sometimes collectively referred to as the “public duty” cases because courts, in interpreting individual statutes or ordinances, often found that no particular person or class of persons was intended to be protected. See, e.g ., Michael Tardif & Rob McKenna, Washington State’s 45-Year Experiment in Government Liability , 29 SEATTLE U. L. REV . 1, 48 n.290 (2005).

See DESHANEY V WINNEBAGO COUNTY DEPT. OF SOCIAL SERVICES, 489 US 189 (1989); See also ESTELLE V GAMBLE, 42 US 97 (1976)(Deliberate indifference by prison personnel to a prisoner’s serious illness or injury constitutes cruel and unusual punishment contravening the Eighth Amendment but no indifference where simply medical malpractice and lacking magnitude of a Constitutional tort).

CONCLUSION: It is doubtful that school districts owe a special duty to keep students safe. Nevertheless, OSHA regulations and other administrative codes create a duty to keep school employees safe from foreseeable harm. Thus, a prisoner in custody of the DOC or any public employee has a better claim against the respective public entities than a student in custody of a public school! Child may be in custody of school authorities due to compulsory education law but building the body of case that will compel school authorities to protect children’s lives will take new statutes or a long line of case law precedent must be forthcoming, probably under 42 USC 1983.

42 USC 1983 LIABILITY

INSURANCE ISSUES: School Districts that determine that arming school personnel is more cost-effective than armed SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS (RSOs) will find that liability insurance coverage is either not available or that actions of armed personnel are excluded from coverage. This is an unintended consequence of Washington’s PUBLIC DUTY DOCTRINE that excludes policy decisions but waives Sovereign Immunity for ministerial acts.

But the issue is whether the failure to protect meets the requisite element of 42 USC 1983 liability in that the facts present a policy, custom or practice of violating Constitutional rights under color of law.

NOTE WELL: The requisite disregard for Plaintiff’s to 14th Amendment Constitutional right to life will always raise the issue of whether a mere failure to protect rises to the level of a Constitutional tort.

Under 42 USC 1983, the problem is that a passive omission or failure to intervene normally does not rise to the level of a Constitutional Tort; i.e., one that shocks the conscience. Arming teachers, on the other hand, can be characterized as an affirmative act and arguably becomes a state-created danger in the event of an accidental discharge, unauthorized access to a negligently stored weapon or where a frightened and poorly trained volunteer shoots at a bad guy and hits an innocent 3rd party during a school shooting rampage.

The irony is that lawsuits for school districts that fail to stop garden variety of bullying have multiplied but a claim for a school district’s failure to protect may be easily dismissed on a Motion for Summary Judgment. Furthermore, a District is prone to be sued under 42 USC 1983 for negligent acts of its armed employees. See MONELL V DEPT. OF SOCIAL SERVICES NY, 436 US 658 (1978).
REQUISITE TRAINING: The best protection against such legal action pursuant to 42 USC 1983 is to require training that meets the same requirements expected of law enforcement under current case law.

FIREARMS AND USE OF FORCE TRAINING: Training must be tailored to specific needs and consequently becomes a compelling factor when the allegation arises that armed school personnel are not in compliance with the guidelines spelled out by the U.S Supreme Court in POPOW VS MARGATE, 476 F.Supp. 1237 (Dist. N.J. 1979) (Officer’s firearms training of going to a range twice a year; no training with respect to low light conditions, moving targets or firing in residential areas. Entirely foreseeable that an officer from the City of Margate, a largely residential area, would have to pursue a moving suspect at night under low-light conditions).

Note: Just as LEOs must be trained in the specific situations that an officer will foreseeably encounter, armed school personnel, (whether SROs or specially trained volunteers) must train for many foreseeable situations that are inherently different than situations presented to traditional uniformed LEOs. These situations would include, for example, a plain-clothes officer entering the scene under Active Shooter Protocols that encourage any officer that arrives first to enter the area and neutralize an active shooter. See YOUNG V. CITY OF PROVIDENCE, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1847 (R.I. 2004).

1. Situations that may be de-escalated by non-deadly force responses;

2. Response to emotionally disturbed persons;

3. Response to off-duty LEO response situations;

4. Response to suicide situations;

5. Decision making with respect to good citizens who are in possession of firearms and try to intervene;

6. Crowd scenarios and hostage situations where missed shots may endanger innocent persons; and

7. Fleeing attackers that or other persons that turn with innocent objects in their hands that look like guns.

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Liability cannot be absolutely eliminated unless the legislature immunizes armed volunteers who act in good faith. Such immunity should be enacted with specific criteria for state mandated certification that includes:

1. Psychological evaluations such as LEOs undergo;
2. Reality Based Training (RBT) exercises;

3. Shoot don’t shoot scenarios with simulators or simulated live-fire ammunition;

4. Stress-training with firearms in RBT scenarios.

All of the above are either mandated or strongly suggested in case law dealing with law enforcement training.

Such training protocols that provide authentic, innovative, and up to date training do not guarantee that mistakes will not be made under stress. Just as with LEOs, the emphasis on Realty Based Training diminishes liability for a school district. Active Shooter Protocols (ASP) with live-fire simunitions in conjunction with law enforcement ASP training must be required. Until the Washington State Legislature takes such action, each school board should consider establishing such criteria and begin a certification process that can be combined with armed SRO training.

A mix of uniformed and non-uniformed personnel is most effective at deterring and stopping armed school attacks; provided that there are RBT components for school personnel, LEOs and SROs to recognize each other.

All law enforcement officers (LEOs) should be getting such training under YOUNG V. CITY OF PROVIDENCE (plainclothes officers holding suspect at gunpoint shot responding uniformed officer in low-light situation). The court determined liability based on an admission of of very limited training in RBT scenarios and especially low-light situations.

STANDARD OF CARE: As more Districts take these steps, new industry standards will be established creating a new standard of care. At least 11 states already have approved some kind of concealed carry in public schools. Insurance companies once were averse to insuring armed anti-piracy units at for maritime shipping. In a few short years this has become an industry practice and insurance is getting less expensive.

Air Marshals and armed pilots were extremely controversial. Many years later and the programs have been a success despite all the arguments that were similar to the arguments against armed school personnel. Furthermore, the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 was opposed by many law enforcement associations, including the Washington Association of Sheriff’s and Police Chiefs because the federal law empowered retired officers to carry on all 50 states and Washington, DC and the islands. There has been no outcry since enactment that retired LEOs impaired by dementia have created a hazard across the land.

OSHA, STATE & LOCAL REGULATIONS AS BASIS FOR EMPLOYER LIABILITY: Administrative regulations provide a standard of care because they establish an industry practice standard. For example, Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA) has promulgated a regulation at 29 CFR 1910.157 requiring Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) if there are fire extinguishers required or provided in the workplace.

The OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH ACT states at Sec. 5(a)(1) that every employer in the United States shall furnish to each employee employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are likely to cause death or r\serious physical harm to employees.

This is often called the General Duty Clause. Failure to so provide can result in fines and an investigation involving training and procedure, including EAPs. Local and state authorities having jurisdiction may be the Department of Labor and Industries and local fire departments which maintain variations of the International Fire Code. These get updated after major terrorist attacks like the Oklahoma City federal courthouse bombing and the World Trade Center attack in 2001.

These will not specifically deal with Use of Force scenarios in most cases but as terrorist attacks become more frequent, it will become more important for schools, other governmental entities and businesses to include Use of Deadly Force protocols into their EAPs. Although the basis for liability on mass shootings is not clear at this time, the Public Duty Doctrine and other bodies of law that shield public and private entities are in a state of transition.

The changes being driven by mass Active Shooter incidents will continue to bring about rapid change in industry changes. Management at apartment complexes has experienced increasing liability over many years for failing to protect tenants from violence. Stores have increased responsibilities in parking lots and other vulnerable areas. Statutory codes and case law precedent increasing the potential for 3rd party violence are in transition in convenience stores and many other workplace environments across the United States. LEOs are also held to higher standards of care when it comes to use of force and custodial situations.

Maybe the least well protected are the school children. Most American children are within the custody of public school administrators and employees; it is unacceptable for school authorities to put money and institutionalized politically correctness ahead of the most important Substantive Due Process right- preservation of a child’s Constitutionally protected interest in life and the child’s liberty interest in pursuing compulsory education without the anxiety now faced in our vulnerable schools.

Many school administrator’s actually think they don’t have the authority to protect children’s lives. And they don’t want to hear otherwise. Failure to participate in the discussion sets in place a perfect record for a good mass tort lawyer. Unfortunately, true change may only start when school district employees initiate legal action against their employers for failing in the employer duty to provide a safe workplace.

The State of Washington and the federal government have empowered school administrators to empower their employees. A school superintendent that hates the necessary conversation about armed force is not making a reasoned policy decision- he is abdicating responsibility to protect lives where he or she, the Administrator, has a general duty to protect lives.

That is also called paralysis or reckless indifference to Constitutional rights and we are seeing it throughout our institutions. It may take years of collecting data like it did in the litigation against Big Tobacco. That is the amazing thing about our profession. We will spend years in the discovery process with various legal actions until we have the means to bring about change in whole industries. A sea change is coming to security planning in Big Education and many other industries.

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Guns & Bibles: Protecting Children in Schools
03/23/16 @ 04:27:07 am, Categories: Announcements [B], 1834 words   English (US)

“ To hear the ensuing debate about arming teachers and principals and security guards, I just want to go on the record with the board in saying I think that is one of the most irresponsible positions to take in this gun discussion.”

This what a Superintendent of schools stated after the Sandy Hook school shootings several years ago.

“I hate this conversation, I hate that it’s a necessary evil. What happened in Newtown…is just horrible. And having young children at home, and sitting and watching the TV, and seeing those photos with the names being called…with your children in the room, looking at the TV, and looking at you, and you’re fighting back the tears. You’re so thankful they’re sitting in that living room with you, and you’re not one of those parents. I can’t imagine what those parents feel like.”

Sup. Neu said the proposal to arm teachers and/or administrators was irresponsible. But who was actually being irresponsible? Under Neu’s leadership, an emotional reaction became a dangerous policy decision. His refusal to discuss all the options, however, was actually a decision. The Superintendent admitted to being paralyzed; he was unwilling to face up to the necessary responsibility of leading our community:

” But the reality is, if a gunman wants to do what these gunmen want to do…there’s little that anyone can do to stop them. Putting guns in the hands of teachers and principals, who got in this business of educating kids, and not being armed forces…It’s just not a solution, in my mind, and will not be one that comes forward as a recommendation while I’m your superintendent.”

Neu’s statement that “if a gunman wants to do what these gunmen want to do…there’s little that anyone can do to stop them” was not a true statement and invited carnage right here in Federal Way. This was an abdication of his responsibility to protect our schools. Rather than use his authority under the law, he claimed that we are helpless!

We are called then for concerned citizens to join with us for the purpose of exploring all the concerns related to armed volunteers which could include school personnel interested in a program to protect our schools with deadly force. There have been close to sixty volunteers working with the FWPD and some of them are almost full time.

About sixteen of them attended a class we provided at Federal Way City Hall and many of them were retired military with CPLs and emergency preparedness training.

The Gun-Free School Zones Act (GFSZA, codified at 18 U.S.C. § 922(q) ) is a federal United States law that prohibits any individual from knowingly possessing a firearm at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a “school zone” as defined by 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(25). The Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 states in part:

(A) It shall be unlawful for any individual knowingly to possess a firearm that has moved in or that otherwise affects interstate or foreign commerce at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone.

(B) Subparagraph (A) does not apply to the possession of a firearm—

(iv) by an individual for use in a program approved by a school in the school zone;

(v) by an individual in accordance with a contract entered into between a school in the school zone and the individual or an employer of the individual;
(vi) by a law enforcement officer acting in his or her official capacity; or…

See http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/922

Washington State has a similar statute which states the following in part:

RCW 9.41.280

Possessing dangerous weapons on school facilities — Penalty — Exceptions.

(1) It is unlawful for a person to carry onto, or to possess on, public or private elementary or secondary school premises, school-provided transportation, or areas of facilities while being used exclusively by public or private schools:

(a) Any firearm;….

(3) Subsection (1) of this section does not apply to:

(b) Any person engaged in military, law enforcement, or school district security activities. However, a person who is not a commissioned law enforcement officer and who provides school security services under the direction of a school administrator may not possess a device listed in subsection (1)(f) of this section unless he or she has successfully completed training in the use of such devices that is equivalent to the training received by commissioned law enforcement officers;

See Washington State Gun Free School statute.

Subsection (1)(f) includes:

(f)(i) Any portable device manufactured to function as a weapon and which is commonly known as a stun gun, including a projectile stun gun which projects wired probes that are attached to the device that emit an electrical charge designed to administer to a person or an animal an electric shock, charge, or impulse; or

(ii) Any device, object, or instrument which is used or intended to be used as a weapon with the intent to injure a person by an electric shock, charge, or impulse.

Thus, carrying electronic devices requires special training for non-LEOs. The legislature has already provided that non-law enforcement personnel armed with firearms need only be involved in school district security activities; i.e., authorized to carry a weapon for security purposes.

Even though the statute does not require specialized firearms training, certain criteria should be determined by the district in conjunction with law enforcement experts and possibly others. Such unpaid personnel could be called “Special Security Officers” since they would submit to very intense training and not merely be amateurs that walk in off the street.

Ed Barney asked the Chief at one of the meetings what Chief Wilson’s opinion was about arming teachers. The Chief stated that he thinks arming teachers will distract them from educating students. Thus, Federal Way is beginning to have the discussion. Kudos to Ed and the Chief who has now moved on to better and bigger things. As has Rob Neu who left Federal Way during a mess that he allegedly helped to create and went to Oklahoma City to be their school Superintendent!

But we need to drill down and get past politically correct talk into the realities of a very fluid and disturbing situation which is beyond simple political tactics. There is an overall attack against our lives and our way of life that requires an overarching operational strategy in which firepower is embedded randomly to combat random violence. The embedded firepower needs to be prepared for deployment in such a way that an active shooter has no idea how many adults may be ready to confront him or where and how the volunteers may be placed.

Police officers are present as school resource officers at our high schools and there are also some security personnel at the middle schools. The fact that there are uniformed officers means that uniformed individuals could be the first personnel targeted by active shooters. Chief Wilson delivered a report that included many of the important things done to make sure the schools are safe.

The Chief emphasized that many of the circumstances regarding school shootings are very random and that events can begin on the other side of a campus, where the school resource officers may find it difficult to protect lives. Even if there are no teachers interested in obtaining the specialized training that could qualify personnel to carry in the schools, there are others that will do whatever it takes to become qualified. If there are ten volunteers going around to all the schools, there will certainly be the kind of deterrent effect that we have seen from having armed pilots and air marshals in the friendly skies.

There may also be maintenance staff or administrators that are willing to take some time off and pay for their own training- like commercial airline pilots can decide to do.

Deliver those who are being taken away to death,
And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back.

IF YOU SAY, “SEE, WE DID NOT KNOW THIS,” DOES HE NOT CONSIDER IT WHO WEIGHS THE HEARTS? AND DOES HE NOT KNOW IT WHO KEEPS YOUR SOUL? AND WILL HE NOT RENDER TO MAN ACCORDING TO HIS WORK?

Prov. 24:11,12

I have gone on record at school board meetings, offering to meet with the District and share ideas about protecting our schools. I have also contacted many of the school leaders via email regarding security issues.

My first Firearms Lawyer column appearing in the Mirror in July, 2008, called for armed volunteers in our schools.

Armed volunteers, including some motivated school staff trained and supervised under the oversight of law enforcement professionals, are far less expensive to place in our schools than unarmed security guards. And they can be more effective in deterring violence because there is no way for an active shooter to anticipate who will emerge to deploy unexpected deadly force.

Volunteers will also have roots in the community and can be an example and an encouragement to our youth. These could be retired military folks, those with law enforcement experience or just grandparents that can meet the qualifications including proficiency testing on the range that will be at least as rigorous as the testing under which LEOs qualify.

In other words, do not assume that a “volunteer” is just a person that walks in off the street with a CPL. The criteria will be determined by the School Board working with top law enforcement officials and security experts. The main expense may be the consultants and the insurance cost which will eventually go down if a number of school districts decide to work with armed volunteers.

Federal Way deserves better proposals from its leaders than just having unarmed, uniformed law school resource officers at our high schools and security officers armed with pepper spray at middle schools with some security roaming between the remaining elementary schools. Let’s find ways to make sure that if anything happens in any of our schools in Washington, Idaho or anywhere in the USA our students and school personnel do not have to wait for the police while witnessing carnage in a school. We owe it to everyone in our schools to make sure that they can do more than just hide from violence.

Public policy should not be determined by emotionalism even where the aftermath is shocking and gruesome. The cost of denial after what occurred in Connecticut, Columbine and other places is unthinkable. Schools will not be safe until we guard them with more than talk. Our schools need armed force that can materialize randomly- just like the violence that continues to plague our society. Maybe some Bible reading in the schools might also help? Our Idaho legislature just enacted a law permitting Bibles in schools- imagine that.

A PRUDENT PERSON FORESEES DANGER AND TAKES PRECAUTIONS. THE SIMPLETON GOES BLINDLY ON AND SUFFERS THE CONSEQUENCES. Prov. 22:3

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Kyle Odom's Story
03/12/16 @ 10:41:16 pm, Categories: Announcements [B], 605 words   English (US)

Odom link to Reptilian Conspiracy theorists?

An article in the Boise Weekly recently stated that, "Despite the tragedy in Coeur d’Alene and the controversies surrounding Icke, the reptilian conspiracy theory is more mainstream than might be expected. According to a 2013 survey of conspiracy theories by Public Policy Polling, 12.4 million Americans (about 4 percent), believe reptilians or “lizard people” control politics."

On March 7, 2016, we attended a prayer vigil for Pastor Tim Remington, The vigil at Candlelight Christian Fellowship in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho ended with a literal candlelight ceremony just outside the front entrance of the church facing Hwy 95. The police identified Kyle Odom, as the shooter.

But the most important thing about the gathering of people from throughout the Body of Christ is Jesus Christ and how Tim Remington embodies the Spirit of Christ. Several probation officers from Kootenai County told us how Pastor Remington advocated in an amazing manner regarding faith-based drug rehabilitation. Some of the officers who worked with Tim were skeptical at first. But there was real change in the people seeking help.

The officers gave wonderful testimonials regarding how their personal supervision of people on probation who were getting help from Good Samaritan Rehabilitation. Probation Officers look at Facebook accounts, check with employers and watch every aspect of where people go. One PO described how hardened he got after years of seeing people in programs that did not bear the fruit that he saw over a period of time while assigned to Good Samaritan's program.

Pastors and Probation Officers, and even family members of the Pastor prayed for the grace of Christ in Kyle Odom's life. Odom allegedly shot six rounds into the Pastor right in the church parking lot at almost point blank range. The base of the skull, pelvis, shoulder and lung all took hits that will take time to heal. The shoulder was all but obliterated but there is no brain damage or paralysis. Just some nerve damage.

Mr. Odom was caught in Washington D.C. throwing things over the White House fence that included a manuscript about Martians and alleging that Pastor Remington, members of Congress and political leaders in Israel were from an alien race.

As we prayed for Pastor Tim and Kyle Odom, I started to see Kyle as a human being and not a monster. Both men have families that are in shock. Both have families that are praying for them. Satan can so deceive a man that he will suddenly act violently and the man will sincerely believe that he is serving God, In some cases, such acts may even be planned in a cold calculated manner. Mr. Odom's manuscript revealed that he got into intense states of meditation and experienced so-called out-of-body sensations during intense study for a degree in Biochemistry at the University of Idaho.

Tim Remington, on the other hand, started working in street ministry in Southern California many years ago. He was willing to go to great extremes of personal sacrifice to disciple people in need. He and his wife would take street people into their homes- as many as 300 over the years! He also prayed with Ted Cruz the day before he was shot.

There is a great deal of interest in alien races which is connected to Satanism and the occult. Kyle Odom may not have even realized that he was being drawn into a netherworld- not a world controlled by Reptilian Martians- but by people like David Icke. Icke is a self-professed New Age, White Majick Warlock with Anti-Semitic doctrines. It is hard to know what motivates such teachings but Icke obtains revenue from his speaking engagements.

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03/07/16 @ 09:05:55 pm, Categories: Announcements [B], On the web, 539 words   English (US)

In Matthew 22, as Jesus prepared to leave from his last meal to go to his execution, he said to them,...he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.

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01/17/16 @ 06:03:28 am, Categories: Announcements [B], 467 words   English (US)

We started the ARMED DEFENSE TRAINING ASSOCIATION several years ago. We met for many years in a church in Federal Way. The Federal Way ADTA chapter presently meets in a Senior Community Center. When we start a similar group in Spokane Valley or even North Idaho, it could be a great opportunity for professional trainers who are willing to come in and help us on a volunteer basis. This will give trainers an opportunity to create relationships with potential clients. We should also reach out to churches and other community organizations.

We need 5 or 6 men and women that are committed to attending a meeting to discuss feasibility and create the structure. Participating in action shooting drills is a challenge for any organization because it can be time consuming and costly. We do not take the place of professional shooting schools. Nevertheless, we will have members that have the professional experience and credentials to help all the volunteers work safely and effectively implement training programs!

A church- or even a library- is an ideal location for monthly membership meetings and some occasional classroom education. We need names of potential members and leaders, that might be interested in such a self-defense group.

The ADTA is completely apolitical and simply encourages experienced shooters to help inexperienced shooters. A new Spokane area program modeled on the ADTA concept with similar objectives and protocols would present monthly live-fire events. Most ranges do not permit shoot-on-the-move or even rapid fire from the holster.

We will seek to arrange exclusive use of a range for 2-4 hours in order to set up drills for shooters to engage multiple targets on the move and from cover. The new group will present other educational activities like New Shooter Clinics, Firearms Law seminars, Personal Protection in the Home classes, etc, that can occur on the range and/or in a classroom or larger facility.

What we propose is to start a group in the Spokane Valley and/or North Idaho area that will be similar to the ADTA. We can present events that are similar to IDPA matches. We plan to start out without the competitive aspect of IDPA which often intimidates even experienced shooters. Nothing would prevent us from presenting competitive shooting events in the future, however. If the interest exists and we have a range facility that is practical to host such matches, we will be discussing these and other programs.

The ADTA, with about 100 members, has a new chapter in Mount Lake Terrace and may be close to starting another chapter.

Please also forward this message to friends- especially church members, members of law enforcement and other community oriented organizations that might be interested. I encourage those with questions to call me or send me an email. Contact information is at www.firearmsLawyer.net.

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HOW I CAME TO BE THE FIREARMS LAWYER
01/04/16 @ 04:26:55 am, Categories: Announcements [A], 1137 words   English (US)

Now that we have called local citizens to join us in our new training group, it behooves me to tell more about myself and what we are doing. Over ten local leaders met a few weeks ago in Liberty Lake and we now have an event scheduled for 5:00 PM, Wednesday, June 15 at the Fernan Rod & Gun Club. We expect to present monthly events at local ranges.

I went to Law School in 1986-89. Within a year after graduating, I left Post Falls, Idaho to practice law in the Seattle-Tacoma area. Then I came back to North Idaho three years ago with my wife- after being away from Post Falls for almost a quarter century!

I went right to a local range and gun store in Post Falls and introduced myself as the famous Firearms Lawyer here from Seattle area. The owner of our local indoor shooting range chortled, “What the hell is a firearms lawyer? I’ve been in this business for many years and never heard of such a thing as a Firearms Lawyer!” So let me explain how I came to be the world famous firearms lawyer.

For a few years I was working as an attorney for the provider law firm for Prepaid Legal, answering questions on the phone and trying to keep body and soul together. Many folks would call asking where they could go with their CPLs and other such legal perplexities.

While talking to the PREPAID LEGAL members, I had a computer with internet access right in front of me. So I was able to easily research such questions- like can an employee of a drinking establishment carry a firearm while working and how to get gun rights restored after convictions for felonies & Domestic Violence.

Soon I was inundated with calls from folks calling to ask about such things. I soon decided to make a complete law practice out of everything that has to do with gun laws.

I created a website dealing with guns and disaster preparedness- www.firearmslawyer.net. Preparedness seemed politically correct. The government has spent billions starting in the 1950s to prepare the public for everything from nuclear holocaust to earthquake evacuations- especially after September 11, 2001.

In 2001, our federal government poured vast amounts of money into educating Americans about everything we need to have in case of an emergency- everything except for the most valuable item- the means for defending our families from the violence which can be the aftermath of events like Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

I also reasoned that if a major disaster engulfed Seattle-Tacoma area it would make sense to let law enforcement know in advance who I was and that I was one of the good guys with no evil intentions.

Then I took all kinds of armed self-defense classes- from groups like the FIREARMS ACADEMY OF SEATTLE, Massad Ayoob and FRONT SIGHT and started teaching others what I had learned about tactical and practical defense of myself and others and the laws of armed defense. I obtained my CPL, joined the NRA and Paul Bunyan Shooting Club in Puyallup and also got involved in competitive shooting.

First I shot steel target at Paul Bunyan and then USPSA action pistol matches, then rifle & shotgun all in the same event; i.e., 3-gun matches.

Around that time the editor of our local Federal Way newspaper asked me to write a column that we called the FIREARMS LAWYER.

I was writing articles that appeared 2 or 3 times a week; thus, the Firearms Lawyer was a unique column for a weekly community newspaper. The police in Federal Way soon knew who I was. So I was on my way to achieving at least one of my objectives!

Then the editor of the Federal Way Mirror suggested I run for judge. The publisher seemed mostly Liberal and the editor apparently thought controversy would help circulation- nothing like a Constitutionalist, gun nut in a seven-way race for the municipal judgeship. Things were already very weird due to some scandals that had transpired in the Federal Way Municipal Court.

I joined the Chamber of Commerce to engage in some electioneering and several Chamber members wanted to get an indoor gun range started in Federal Way.

We started the ARMED DEFENSE TRAINING ASSOCIATION. A local businessman built a gun range in Federal Way; at about the same time, the ADTA started hosting shoot-on-the-move events at various locations, including the new Federal Way Indoor Range.

Most ranges don’t allow rapid shooting while moving down range. Nevertheless, the owners of several ranges agreed to let us have certain areas of the ranges to ourselves. That takes a bit of persuasion because we had to convince them that we could train inexperienced shooters with very high standards of proficiency.

None of us began with the kind of NRA credentials that are normally expected for the more advanced drills that we provided. But we grew and the ADTA is expanding to other communities in Western Washington. Some of us are now determined to create similar opportunities in Spokane Valley and North Idaho.

The ADTA group is nonprofit and all volunteer. The armed citizen group also presents educational sessions at which local law enforcement officials often appear to discuss topics of community interest. The emphasis is always on safety and getting training from professionals. The ADTA is more like a workshop for regular practice and also a place where many new shooters can get started in a user friendly atmosphere.

So my network of contacts, many with amazing leadership and business skills, opened many doors and helped us to recruit well over a hundred ADTA members- almost half of them women! Many new shooters came to us with limited or no shooting experience. The ADTA now has two clubs- we started a second chapter in Mount Lake Terrace. Another ADTA chapter is now forming in the Olympia area.

A few of us hope to start an armed citizen group like the ADTA in the Spokane area or Post Falls. We just need about five committed individuals with some basic organizational skills.

A self-defense shooting group is a great opportunity to work with your local police and other authorities. Law Enforcement will get involved just to keep an eye on what you are up to!

And when they see that you are a positive influence for good community relations, cops love to help out! There is nothing worse than having all your citizens running around with Concealed Weapons Licenses, brand new guns and no training or knowledge about the laws of armed self-defense. Not so much the case in North Idaho as it might be in Seattle!

If you are interested in experiencing a more action-oriented style of shooting, remember- we are looking for a few good men & women to make it all happen.

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Hillary's Logic
01/03/16 @ 12:55:41 am, Categories: Announcements [A], 1067 words   English (US)

A few years back we surveyed several high school girls in Federal Way with a few simple historical questions like which came first- the Civil War or WW II.

See video of Texas Tech Survey.

One girl in our unscientific survey knew the Civil War came before WW II but had to think about it- a lot. She remembered Harriet Tubman from Black Studies and that jogged her recollection. The video linked above exemplifies the same kind of results we discovered in Federal Way

Most of the HS students in Federal Way get taught much about critical thinking and diversity- both very big with modern educators; history is just for senior year, or so the Federal Way high school students claim. Supposedly knowing the difference between an ad hominem argument and a priori reasoning is more important than knowing any facts.

The trouble with such sophistry is that you can use critical thinking to convince someone of almost anything! You thought you believed in gravity, for example. But just because you fall doesn’t mean that some capricious entity hasn’t been manipulating the physical environment for years to create the illusion of a consistent natural principle. Scientific laws just seem inherently true due to our apriori assumptions that material and mass have actual physical properties that hold the universe in place. This is pseudo intellectual casuistry, of course, but a sophomore in high school (or even college) might find an instructor prating away on such things to be very enlightening.

The Bible states by Christ all things consist. But can’t it just as easily be the Lord of the Flies? Exalting a righteous God is just a method of injecting a dope like quality to people that are being enslaved by the overseer class. Its not difficult to persuade people into nihilism when they are starting out void of factual information; especially with kids, when you are working with a blank slate in the first place. Biases like honoring your parents, loving your country and rejecting the evils rejected by your forefathers are safeguards against intellectual chaos.

When kids have some experience and know some facts, they can actually exercise the “critical thinking” process to assess shortcomings in what they receive. Critical thinking would be relatively harmless if it were not for the fact that many of the teachers have been so radicalized by diversity training, Black studies, Chicano studies, neo-Marxist analysis and other anti-American biases.

It is amazing that more kids are not going on shooting rampages. Taking God and the Bible out of schools doesn’t really help either.

There is a whole branch of feminism that is also Marxist. None of these “studies” come labeled as Marxist or radical but they all employ elements of the so-called critical thinking process to deconstruct everything we try to teach kids at home. Communist lawyers founded a whole school of Critical Legal Studies many years ago. The movement is still going strong and has been very persuasively demonstrating how judges make decisions based on protecting the interests of their class-based social status.

Most of us were also educated into the “Progressive” agenda. So we need to use critical thinking to see through the agenda. Critical thinking can be good or bad; i.e., it is only a process and can be used to reach almost any conclusion. Especially when you eliminate any facts that are deemed to be biased just because they are traditional. On the other hand, supposedly innovative social ideas (which aren’t really new at all) are deemed to be inherently progressive, modern and imminently worth entertaining with a dialogue that usually engenders more Progressive foolishness.

There really are people trying to steal what we received from our forefathers and we are starting to see the tragic results. They aren’t people like Khrushchev or some commissars in Red China. People like the Clintons, the Obama True Believers and even some Republicans are just as subversive as Chairman Mao ever was. But the real source of the attack is coming from tax exempt foundations bearing names like Rockefeller, Ford and Carnegie. Millions of dollars go to fund academic studies and it skews the academic process and skewers our young.

Communist and Socialist are academic distinctions. The way the Obama administration has encouraged the racial strife in Ferguson, Missouri and other places along with the Obama Administration’s anti-police rhetoric is a harbinger of violence to come.

The only possible distinction between Communism and Socialism is that Communists profess to believe in violent revolution. But they also resort to disguising their beliefs and will even profess to be Socialists, Progressives, Democrats or even Republicans if it suits their purposes.

Do you know who Saul Alinsky is?

A very famous Chicago Communist, Alinsky died many years ago. Nevertheless, Saul Alinsky is still somewhat famous because President Obama learned community organizing under some of the organizations that followed Alinsky’s strategies outlined in the book, Rules for Radicals.

Hillary Clinton wrote her college thesis about him and actually worked in Alinsky’s operations before she took off for law school at Yale!

Mrs. Clinton was recruited into Alinsky’s operations in her Methodist Church right in Park Ridge where I went to high school. She graduated the year I started so we were not at Maine South at the same time.

I read her senior thesis written while she was at Wellesley College. It is about Saul Alinsky’s life and community organizing strategies. Very interesting! It makes my case better than I could explain it in 20,000 words or more. See the link to the thesis above.

We now have leaders who have values that are as chaotic and dangerous as the values I previously rejected when I got to meet some of the radicals in Chicago’s Hyde Park. I repudiated all of my leftist and hippy beliefs after I received Christ as my Lord and Savior. It would be a good thing for our nation if some of our leaders would also repent!

But what of our children? The so-called critical thinking that has replaced traditional educational values rooted in the traditional American heritage have left our students poorly prepared to question the premises of teachers who teach that the United States is a nation of genocide and greed. No wonder things are coming apart and our leaders seem more like adolescent children having a food fight when so many important issues confront the nation.

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