Inside School Shootings: What Have We Learned?

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This is by Tim Schmidt USCCA founder in JPFO.

We have learned liberals are willing to dance on the graves of school shooting victims to advance their agenda.

Liberals want the rest of us unarmed as well as gun free zones everywhere, so everybody is a victim.

The Liberals have armed bodyguards and live in gated communities and many have concealed carry licenses.

I chose to become a sheepdog to defend my friends and family and never be a victim.


As we approach the 2nd anniversary of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, I’m left with an overwhelming sense of sadness. Sadness over the tragic loss of innocent life that day…but also sadness over how few strides we’ve made since then to really make our schools any safer.

Anti-gunners seem to have no problem, still, exploiting the children of Sandy Hook—and the families of those children—in order to push forward with their agenda.

Not only are anti-gun politicians spreading the wrong message, they’re also deterring real progress from being made in schools all across the country.

On the other hand, pro-gunners have quietly continued their fight, one that involves pushing back against the pervasive attitude incited by the media and the gun control crowd.

I’m talking about the attitude that guns—rather than deranged criminals—are somehow responsible for mass tragedies like school shootings. I don’t have to tell you that we still have a long way to go.

I recently saw a glimpse of light on the horizon when I had the chance to read (and re-read) Michael Martin’s passionate, thought-provoking series in Concealed Carry Magazine. Martin examines incidents like Sandy Hook and other mass shootings from recent years to pinpoint what we know, what we’ve learned, and what MUST be done to stop the scourge of violence once and for all.

I can honestly say that Martin’s three-part series is one of the best—and certainly one of the most important—pieces I’ve ever read on the topic.

He questions whether or not a reduction in magazine capacity would have affected the outcome of any of these shootings. He examines whether or not gun-free zones are a component in the planning of these mass murders. And he asks, “Why haven’t we taken more steps toward arming responsible educators?”

Martin’s response to this last question sent chills down my spine:

He writes, “It’s because the anti-gun crowd and liberal politicians (is there a difference?) want you to believe that a physically fit teacher wearing a level III retention holster who’s been trained in weapons retention and use of force is more dangerous to your children than a school shooter who walks through the front door loaded down with multiple firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. We need to politely disagree.”

The series is absolutely overflowing with crucial insights like this.

I think it’s so important, in fact, that I’ve decided to collect all three parts of the series and put them together in a handy PDF for you to download (if any problems with the link – you can find this file here on JPFO – 3.3MB) and forward to everyone you know. I’ll echo Michael’s suggestion that you print it out and share it with educators and administrators at your child’s school.

Unlike the anti-gunners, who prey on the emotions of a hurting nation, Michael Martin provides real, logical, and compassionate steps we can take to prevent these tragedies from happening in our schools and other places where we (and our families) are supposed to feel safe.

I’m proud to be associated with this kind of thinking, and I hope you’ll agree that there IS a way out of the darkness. I promise that this series will help you see that path more clearly.

As usual, positive change starts with good, responsibly armed Americans just like you.

Take Care and Stay Safe,

Tim Schmidt
Publisher – Concealed Carry Report
USCCA Founder


Gun control advocates vow to take fight into 2014 elections, spend millions

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This is from Fox News Politics.

To all of our brother and sister gun owners we need to

Stand and Speak with a united voice.

The anti gun nuts will come at us full bore.


Gun control advocates acknowledged Sunday that they were disappointed with efforts this year to tighten firearm laws across the country but vowed to continue their fight, including spending millions on their candidates in next year’s elections.

Their comments came one year after the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in which 20 students and six adults were fatally shot in Newtown, Conn. However, Congress failed to pass no major gun-control legislation in the aftermath.

“We get disappointed,” said Mark Kelly, who co-founded the gun-control group Americans for Responsible Solutions with wife Gabrielle Giffords, the former congresswoman who was shot on the campaign trail in 2011.

The retired astronaut and Navy captain told “Fox News Sunday” the defeat of the so-called, bipartisan Manchin-Toomey Senate gun bill was “not a good day” but that his group plans to spend $25 million in the next election cycle.

Though the focus of America’s gun debate appears to be shifting from weapons bans to keeping firearms away from criminals and the mentally ill, gun-rights advocates seem steadfast in their efforts to limit background checks and repeal laws that prevent people from defending themselves against attackers.

“There’s no victory until we get guns in school and elsewhere to protect ourselves,” Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, told Fox News. “The legislation that is on the books is lethal … and we simply have to get rid of them.”

Kelly said that anti-gun groups were able to spend about as much as pro-gun groups in the recent Virginia gubernatorial race in which Democrat Terry McAuliffe defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli — a sign that the balance of power is shifting after his side got outspent in the Capitol Hill gun debates.

Carlee Soto, whose sister was killed in the Dec. 14, 2012, attack at Sandy Hook elementary, in Newtown, Conn., also acknowledged the effort to tighten gun laws has been difficult, but she remains optimistic.

“Some days I don’t want to speak in front of the camera … but my sister can’t do that,” she told Fox News. “I believe we will have sensible gun laws in the future.”


Gun Control Ad Released as Tragic Sandy Hook Anniversary Approaches

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This is from Town Hall.

Mom’s Demanding Action For Gun Violence, Nanny Bloomberg

 are dancing on the graves of the Sandy Hook‘s victim’s grave.

They are shameless media whores bent on destroying

our freedom to keep and bear arms.


Moms Demand Action for Gun Violence in America is using the Sandy Hook tragedy to promote its “No More Silence” campaign. Monday marks the first day in the group’s “week of action” leading up to the anniversary:

“On Saturday, December 14, Moms will gather in more than 35 states to honor the victims of the tragedy in Newtown, and the thousands of Americans lost to gun violence every year. All events will include a communal bell-ringing to remember the victims, and to show our resolve to never be silent again about gun violence.“

The gun law advocacy group released, what HuffPo described as, a “searing new commercial, timed to the one-year anniversary of the Newton school shooting

As noted by HuffPo:


 “The ad, which was co-produced with the Michael Bloomberg-backed group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, shows a ticking clock and images of children in a classroom, and a presumed shooter entering a school building. A voice intones, ‘On December 14th, we’ll have a moment of silence for Newtown. But with 26 more school shootings since that day, ask yourself — is silence what America needs right now?’” 

Obama’s Organizing for Action is already using the day to promote its training and information to make each community’s remembrance day a “success.”




This is from Breitbarts Big Government.

Which laws on the book now or proposed laws would

stopped Adam Lanza from getting a gun and using it?


A report released Monday by Connecticut’s Attorney for the District of Danbury says all the guns and ammunition involved in the heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary were legally purchased by Nancy Lanza and then stolen by her son, Adam.

The report lists “a number of crimes” Lanza committed with the stolen guns—including the crime of “Murder Under Special Circumstances,” which was committed twenty-six times—and the report says Adam Lanza “was solely criminally responsible” for all these crimes.

According to State’s Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III, the firearms found inside the school after the crime were a Bushmaster XM15-E2S, a Glock 20 in 10 mm, and a Sig Sauer P226 in 9mm. The Sig Sauer was never fired, and the Glock was the weapon Lanza used to take his own life after shooting innocents.

An Izmash Saiga-12, a 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun, was found in Lanza’s car outside the school, and a Savage Mark II .22 rifle was found at Lanza’s residence.

Lanza used the .22 rifle to shoot and kill his mother as she slept.

All of the guns were lawfully purchased by Lanza’s mother, as was all the ammunition. Lanza then bypassed all gun control by stealing the firearms before using them to carry out his heinous crimes.

Because the guns were stolen, Senator Joe Manchin‘s (D-WV) failed gun control bill would have done nothing to prevent the crime at Sandy Hook Elementary.


Akron police chief: Focusing on gun ownership will never curb gun violence


This is from The Buckeye Firearms Association.

It is good to see that LEO’s understand the gun grabs

can not and do not work.

How many more LEO’s nation wide get it also?


Last month, Akron Police Chief James Nice made waves when he told that mandatory background checks won’t work to stop criminals, and that “gun buybacks are a farce.”

This month, Nice is speaking more words of truth on the subject of the impotence of gun control, in an interview with Cleveland’s fox affiliate, WJW:

Simply put, Akron Police Chief Jim Nice believes almost every proposal to curb gun violence that he has heard won’t work.


Because Chief Nice, who used to head undercover operations for the FBI, says the proposals don’t address the main problems that lead to gun deaths.

“It makes me so mad I can’t see straight,” Chief Nice tells the I-Team.

In the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in Connecticut where 20 children and six adults were killed, many proposals focused on banning assault weapons and increasing security at schools.

The article quotes Chief Nice as saying he doesn’t doesn’t think they will help much to curb crime in his city, since most people aren’t shot in schools and most people aren’t shot with expensive assault rifles.

The legislative focus, Chief Nice believes, should not be on gun ownership, but rather on illegal gun possession and use.

State Senator Frank LaRose agrees.

“Less than one percent of the bad guys are committing 57 percent of the violent crimes,” he says.

Senator LaRose, a Republican from Akron, is working with other lawmakers to try and write a new state law that would stiffen penalties for illegal gun possession and use. The challenge is to write a law that is both tough and narrow – one that targets career criminals without throwing away the lives of some people who have committed crimes.

“Prisons are for people who are a real danger to society,” Sen. LaRose says, “and not just people we’re unhappy with, but people that we’re legitimately afraid of.”

Sen. LaRose told Fox 8 says the goal of the state legislators is to draft a law that will “find the folks who are the worst of the worse and make sure they’re in prison.”

Chief Nice agreed, noting that there are not many people in society who are willing to illegally carry a gun and shoot people, but that “if you can’t incarcerate those people, you will never be safe.”

Earlier this year, Attorney General Mike DeWine proposed the Violent Career Criminal Act, which would change current gun specification sentencing laws and increase some penalties for offenders with two or more violent felony convictions.

The Violent Career Criminal Act calls for a mandatory 11-year prison sentence for those convicted of illegally possessing a gun, if they have previously been convicted of two or more violent felonies. Today, a felon convicted of illegally possessing a firearm faces only one to five years imprisonment.

The act would also double gun specification penalties if the offender has previously been convicted of a crime involving a firearm. Current gun specification sentences range from one to seven years in prison, depending on the underlying gun crime.

Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary, and BFA PAC Vice Chairman.


State took guns of man for mischief night egg fight

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This is from The Connecticut Post.

This is from the you can not make this stuff up department.

Maybe it is time for Mr. Gorham  to move to a Red State.

He would enjoy more freedom. 

Norwalk Compressor employee James Gorham poses at his place of work in Stratford, Conn. on Friday June 7, 2013. Gorham has his gun permit revoked because he turned up in a database during a check for a misdemeanor arrest when he was 19 in 1971. Photo: Christian Abraham / Connecticut Post

Norwalk Compressor employee James Gorham poses at his place of work in Stratford, Conn. on Friday June 7, 2013. Gorham has his gun permit revoked because he turned up in a database during a check for a misdemeanor arrest when he was 19 in 1971. Photo: Christian Abraham

HARTFORD — A longtime gun owner who recently had his permit revoked over a 1971 Halloween egg fight was the inspiration for an amendment to the state’s new gun law.

James E. Gorham, a 61-year-old Norwalk gun collector and target shooter, received a letter in January ordering him to turn in his guns; his one instance of teenage mischief disqualified him from legal gun ownership.

“I was first contacted by the Norwalk Police Department before I got a certified letter from the State Police,” said Gorham, a businessman. “It was a real surprise. They told me I had been involved in domestic violence and I told them, `You’ve got the wrong person.’ ”

The letter referred to a misdemeanor charge for the egg fight, for which Gorham paid a $10 fine when he was 19.

So Gorham, manager of customer service and sales for the Norwalk Compressor Co., turned in his seven handguns to state police at Troop G in Bridgeport.

But his plight caught the attention of House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, who successfully introduced a change in gun legislation that will allow people like Gorham, with lower-level misdemeanors adjudicated before 1994 that do not involve drugs or firearms, to hold onto their guns.

During the General Assembly‘s debate on the release of photos of the school massacre victims this week, Cafero successfully argued that the rights of his constituent — Gorham — had to be protected and should be part of the amendments to the landmark April gun reforms.

Now, Gorham will get his guns back and he can resume target practice at Blue Trail Range in Wallingford.

The issue surfaced last year, when the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown sent law enforcement officials scouring through firearms records.

In January, state police ordered Gorham to surrender all his guns because they discovered a “misdemeanor handgun disqualifier” during a routine criminal background check after he used a gift certificate his wife gave him at Christmas to purchase a new new Smith & Wesson .380 revolver.

Even though he had no other criminal record and had held valid permits for more than 35 years, police discovered the third-degree assault arrest from his October 1971 mischief night egg fight in Westport, where Gorham went to high school.

He had been working a second job that night, Gorham said, driving a tow truck along Treadwell Avenue, when an egg hit the side of the truck’s windshield. He and his passenger drove to a nearby gas station to clean off the egg. A pump attendant there offered them a few eggs for later that night.

Soon thereafter, Gorham and his friend found the teens who had egged the truck and Gorham hit one of them, a 16-year-old, in the head from a few feet away. The boy complained to his father, and the issue of who instigated the egg confrontation apparently never came up with the Westport police who arrested him, Gorham recalled.

He paid the fine and that was that, until Jan. 24, when he received the police letter. His only remedies were to appeal to the Board of Firearms Examiners or seek a state pardon for the egg-throwing incident.

Similar seizure letters have gone out to other gun owners, but Lt. J. Paul Vance, spokesman for the state police, said last week he doesn’t know how many people were contacted or how many guns have been turned in.

“I haven’t a clue,” said Vance, who declined to talk specifics about Gorham because of confidentiality requirements and wouldn’t confirm that photocopies of the seizure orders were authentic.

“What happens in many cases, prior to the 1990s, someone might have gotten into a minor event,” said Vance, noting that in 1994, following the 1991 ban on assault weapons, lawmakers approved the tougher rules barring those convicted of misdemeanors from obtaining handgun permits.

Vance said that cases such as Gorham’s permit renewal every five years “could have fallen through the cracks very easily” until he tried to buy the new Smith & Wesson after Christmas.

“It’s very rare something like this rises to the surface,” Vance said. “We’ve got to apply the law as it’s written.”

Cafero said his amendment tries to balance the public’s safety with protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens.

“Here was Mr. Gorham, who followed the rules, hadn’t had so much as a traffic ticket, I believe, since he was 19, been married for decades, worked for the same company for years, has had his gun permit renewed every five years,” Cafero said. “We had no right to take away his permit. And this had nothing to do with the law we passed in April. The question is, how many more Mr. Gorhams are there?”

Gorham is relieved the new law will result in the return of his guns, even if it leaves state officials with a little egg on their faces.

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