Petitioner has standing and states a claim upon which relief may be granted because LEOSA and the Administrative Procedure Act is appropriate for the relief sought. Johnson v. New York State Dep’t of Corr. Servs presents facts that are very different from the facts presented herein. In Johnson, the Plaintiffs asserted a right to carryContinue reading “Brief in Support of Retired LEO Denied Federal LEOSA Card”
The cartels just across the border from El Paso, Texas erupted in violence several years ago. Ciudad Juárez was ground zero in Mexico’s war against drug cartels. The violence spread until citizens in Michoacán organized what became known as Autodefensas or self-defense organizations. Dr. José Manuel Mireles, the leader of the self-defense group in theContinue reading “Personal Self-Defense is Fundamental to Liberty & Economic Freedom”
Church Safety. Security Training. Joel Reese has a background in security and law enforcement. For the last 41 years he has worked for Paragon Systems, a security contractor for the Spokane Federal Building. Joel also travels around to other federal courthouses in the Northwest training Paragon security personnel. He has credentials for training in mostContinue reading “Church Safety Seminars In Spokane”
Dancing Wuli Masters, Keynesian Warlocks & Reptilian Conspiracies Some people thrive on conspiracy theories. The very nature of conspiracy theories is such that historically the widespread belief in conspiracies has destabilized societies in ways that can be very well documented. Conspiracy Theories For instance, the German High Command promulgated false documents, “The Protocols of theContinue reading “Wuli Masters, Keynesian Warlocks & Reptilians”
WHY THE SECOND AMENDMENT MATTERS In 2008, the Supreme Court of the United States (hereinafter SCOTUS) ruled that Americans have an individual right to keep and bear arms. Why does the decision in DC V HELLER matter to city-dwellers like you and I that live or work in Federal Way and have almost no placeContinue reading “Why The Second Amendment Matters”
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.
[pagebreak]Did Christ literally instruct his followers to acquire swords or is this symbolic language- a metaphor for studying his Word, perhaps? We will follow with more but it does not take too much thought to see that a pistol is analogous to the sword. The sword was the personal weapon of choice down through the ages. Why did Peter possess the sword that he wielded when the Lord was arrested? Because the Lord told him to have one, of course.
Another passage that is often quoted is the one where Jesus stated, “He that lives by the sword, dies by the sword.” Was this a command to practice pacifism in the face of enemies that would kill us and take the things that we hold dear? Isn’t our understanding of what is right and wrong about public policy intimately enmeshed with our views about the underpinnings of morality? In other words, when we discuss certain “universal” values, such as the sanctity of human life and the dignity of individuals, aren’t most of us coming from a Judeo-Christian perspective?
I suggest that even most of you that carefully adhere to empirically secular methodology, have feelings about right and wrong that go back to what you or your parents (or grandparents) learned about the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount. If you are offended that Christ instructs us that self defense should be a priority, ask yourself whether it is because of certain unexamined “theological” beliefs that you reject the suggestion that Christ has a warrior side to his personality as well as the gentle nature with which he is associated.
After all, Christ (Yehoshua) was a Jew named after Joshua (Deliverer in Hebrew), a great warrior of the Old Testament. Even those that reject the authority of the Scripture often appeal to a belief system that is essentially Judeo-Christian but in favor of a more pacifist approach. Those that read the Bible with a view towards basing our lives on Biblical principles tend to see matters more in terms of spiritual warfare with powers and principalities in heavenly places. Warfare always has spiritual, psychological and physical components to varying degrees.
But is it rational to be unarmed in a world that contains very little mercy for the defenseless? The same Spirit that inspired men of old under the Old Covenant, also inspired the New Testament. Those prophets and other men of the Bible, including the author of the Book of Hebrews (see Hebrews 11) held the “Men of Valor” in very high regard. In the light of the New Testament teaching, as well as the “old”, we have to acknowledge the role of warrior as having relevancy to present day scriptural practice. One of the goals of this website is to raise public awareness and educate miltary, police and civilian shooters as to the high degree of honor Biblically placed on men (and women) that train and risk their lives for honorable purposes. Jesus told the Disciples many times that he was sending them out among wolves!
Everybody claims to honor our veterans. The anti-war activists that despised President Bush “supported” the troops. Such support is often expressed as concern about the levels of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome experienced by returning veterans.
Veterans often deal with high levels of stress. The public’s perception that veterans may harm themselves and others can contribute to stress. The perception is fostered by mainstream media outlets like the New York Times.
A spokesperson for a mental health provider that works with the VA and veterans told me that veteran’s gun rights are not important. Her main concern was ensuring that vets did not blow their brains out- supposedly it is a small price to pay if vets lose their gun rights. Why should a veteran trust such professionals who regard Constitutional rights with such a cavalier attitude?
Returning veterans are justifiably upset. Legislation has already been enacted by which the Veterans Administration reports mental health concern to other agencies. There is now a procedure for depriving a veteran of the right to possess firearms without a finding of mental illness by a judge. There is little due process and getting the rights restored is very difficult.
Medical providers may already be required to disclose mental health records to government bureaucrats. Remember- disgruntled veterans with guns are the people that Homeland Security told us fit the profile for lone-wolf terrorists. The healthcare system, including the private sector, is on its way to uniform record-keeping that will interface electronically with the federal healthcare system.
Many doctors (especially within the public health sector) are already asking patients questions dealing with whether the patient has guns in the home, how guns are stored and whether trigger locks are utilized.
Although there are HIPAA laws that keep medical records confidential, the federal government has passed many laws that are buried in thousands of pages of legislation already enacted. The sponsors of such laws often have no idea what is contained in these laws!
We advise veterans and others not to seek counseling from mental health professionals where the federal government can gain access to any records- now or in the future.
Studies indicate that a returning combat veteran experiences stress at least partly due to reactions from family and friends that imagine a propensity for violence on the part of a veteran. Thus, the perceptions of others toward the vet are often more devastating than the stress of combat.
Ironically, our modern repugnance to any armed force is at least partly due to complacency bred by peace and freedom for which our warriors fought, killed and died. One antidote to PTSD is deep religious faith that recognizes and honors the values demonstrated by warriors on the battlefield. There have been studies showing that soldiers, sailors and law enforcement officers deal better with violent experiences when they are connected to a faith community that honors warrior values as a highly regarded calling and held in high esteem. There is a strong basis in Scripture for such Warrior values.
On Saturday, April 18, Inland Northwest Action Shooters hosted the 8th annual 1st Lt. Forrest P. Ewens Memorial Match. Forrest Ewens was killed in action on June 16, 2006 during combat operations in Afghanistan. His all-terrain vehicle struck an IED in the Pech River Valley. Sgt. Ian T. Sanchez was also killed.
1st Lt. Ewens, of Chewelah, Washington was 25 years old and had attended Whitworth University in Spokane. There were men present at the match, including a returned Ranger veteran, who knew him and spoke of how energetic and committed to his country Forrest was.
There were at least 14 volunteers that helped set up and serve as range officers for the match. Will Woodbury organized 20 cadets from the Gonzaga Bulldog Battalion to honor their fallen friend and soldier.
The Bulldog Battalion is Gonzaga University’s Army ROTC and the men and women that participated demonstrated the highest example of our nation’s greatest hope for the future. INAS raised $400 to contribute to the Forrest P. Ewens fund that will go directly to a Gonzaga cadet upon commissioning!
Tactical Tailor and Grey Ghost Gear sent their representative named GW with great prizes and gifts for the cadets and volunteers. Frank De Soma of POF- USA (Patriot Ordinance Factory) provided the sponsored rifle for match winner, Anthony Novak. It was a P415 piston rifle with a MSRP of over $2000. POF has now sponsored four such matches.
After the cadets and volunteers shot the three Courses of Fire, Will Parks brought out a Squad Automatic Rifle (SAW) and let several cadets and a few volunteers shoot at exploding targets. Everyone in attendance learned a great deal and the weather was perfect.
The Spokane Valley Rifle Pistol Club has been the primary range for INAS matches for eight years. SVRPC also hosts other shooting groups. The range, outside Mica, Washington, surrounded by rolling farmland, is being sued by Tim Hunt of Huntwood Industries for alleged shooting on his property over one mile away.
SVRPC is defending the suit and needs support. Consider joining the SVRPC club for only $65 per year. Or donate to the defense fund. If Hunt succeeds he is calling for closing the range. INAS is committing $500 towards the defense fund.
The “Merovingian Bloodline” is an esoteric doctrine and network of secret societies that have a pedigree purporting to relate back to a time before Charlemagne. King Dagobert II and his descendants used such fables to perpetuate the succession of their…
Terror at Beslan by John Giduck discusses the terrorist attack on Russian school children. The author is a security professional with extensive law enforcement background and the book contains law enforcement related analysis related to the difficulties of handling a hostage situation (or multiple coordinated situations) where the hostage-takers have already determined that they want to cause maximum harm to children.
One very important point that is easy to overlook is how volunteers, many of whom were armed Russian civilians, made the job in Beslan more difficult for the professionals. One role that armed citizens like our local Armed Defense Training Association members can provide- in the event that terrorists ever get hold of a school- is to encourage parents and others at the scene to cooperate with the police. We should also be prepared to conduct surveillance of the environment outside the areas of police control.
The vicinity around the school, including the parents and media people that gather near the school, will almost certainly contain observers working with the terrorists inside the school. Additionally secondary attacks are often planned against first responders. The police will have their own surveillance detection in the area but they can’t see everything.
A few years ago, I attended a class on surveillance detection that was provided jointly by state, local and federal governments at Federal Way City Hall. Just being alert, calm and cooperative with the police helps a great deal. The anxiety and clamor from the public at large can add to the chaos of such a tragedy during rapidly changing situations!
Hopefully, if anything ever happens here, our local ADTA members will have enough credibility with law enforcement and the whole community that we can play a role by just telling anxious parents and other Federal Way residents why we all need to be cooperative, calm and vigilant.
Getting to know your local police so that they know you understand the dynamics of such a situation is important. The professionals need to understand that we are part of the solution and not potential problems like some of the volunteers at Beslan that kept shooting into the school from behind the police lines inadvertently killing some first responders!
I am convinced the U.S. will experience the kind of attacks experienced in Mumbai and Beslan.
Initially, the armed citizen may be the best chance of throwing the plans of the terrorists out of whack. One armed citizen stands little chance of surviving or even stopping the initial attack but, like the author says, there are worst fates than dying violently.
We need training based on realistic scenarios in order to train like we will fight if we knew our kids were going to be tortured and killed!