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Who Says There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch in New Jersey

2 hours 6 min ago
New Jersey Second Amendment Society

New Jersey --(Ammoland.com)- Come and join the New Jersey Second Amendment Society for a casual meeting of some of our far west New Jersey members and supporters.

We’ll even provide you with a FREE LUNCH! The NJ2AS is hosting a meeting in Hunterdon County.

The event will be held at the Clover Rod & Gun Club, 46 Lockatong Rd, Stockton, NJ 08559. Our Hunter liaison, Eric Saperstein will deliver a brief welcoming address. There will be a member of law enforcement present to discuss some of our ongoing concerns, and Dan Ingram will be on hand to demonstrate some of his unique concealment furniture.

This is an opportunity to meet a bunch of people who think the way YOU do (well… if you love freedom and respect individual rights and responsibility, and I know that you *DO*). You might even have some fun. Nice grounds! If the weather is good, bring the kids and some lawn games.I hope you can make it.

Please register so we can be certain to have more than enough food!

If a few people are available to assist Eric in setting up please give him a call at 609-658-2955.

Thank you, The NJ2AS Leadership Team

About:
New Jersey Second Amendment Society – Our mission is to promote the free exercise of Second Amendment rights within the community and Legislature of New Jersey, to educate the community regarding the enjoyable, safe, and responsible use of firearms, and to engender a sense of camaraderie and fellowship among the members and their families. Visit: www.nj2as.com

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Shooting in Canada, More ‘Workplace Violence’

2 hours 48 min ago

By John Farnam

Vandal Desecrates Canadian War Memorial on Veterans’ Day: ‘Canada Will Burn Praise Allah’ (Photo source: CTV — Sean MacInnes) Defense Training International, Inc

Ft Collins, CO --(Ammoland.com)- Our “media,” less than a day following an attack on the Canadian capitol by yet another Islamic extremist, has already begun to rewrite history, based on their sluttish leftist agenda.

Once more, they are doing their best to absolve Islam and ISIS of all guilt, and all connection.

We are now to believe a “mental case” committed this crime. Just one more example of purely spontaneous “workplace violence,” I’m sure!

The truth is that this Violent Criminal Actor was clearly motivated by radical Muslim ideology, freely preached and plotted in mosques, there and here, with not the slightest interference from either of our governments.

At the War Memorial. Each of two uniformed guards carried a fully-functional black rifle, but there was no ammunition anywhere near them. We’re told, with a straight face, rifles are kept and carried unloaded, so they won’ t “go off” (all by themselves, I’m sure) during daily routines. The Canadian government obviously has the same condescending contempt for their own people, and for their joke small-arms training, that our current Administration does!

A local Canadian Police Chief assured all that he “… promises to protect our soldiers,” but, of course they will never be allowed to protect themselves. Yet, he didn’t do such a good job protecting the one who was murdered. Did he?

I fear Canadians are currently paying the price for this dress-rehearsal of what is coming here. ISIS is obviously fully capable of keeping its promises. We aren’t!

In the West, I’m convinced we have lost our minds. We’ve certainly lost our way!

“The business of intelligence is connecting dots. The Art of Intelligence is clearly seeing where the dots are going!” ~ Intelligence Axiom

As a civilization, we’re no longer able, nor willing, to clearly see anything!

/John

About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit: www.defense-training.com

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First Annual Minnesota Gun Owners Lobby Day To Be Held January 26 2015

3 hours 21 min ago
First Annual Minnesota Gun Owners Lobby Day To Be Held January 26 2015 Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance

Minnesota – -(Ammoland.com)- On Monday, January 26th, Minnesota’s gun owners will converge on the Minnesota State Capitol for the first annual Minnesota Gun Owners Lobby Day (MNGOLD).

We will show our strength with a rally outside the capitol, then march inside to meet with every single legislator in the state. In the capitol, we’ll deliver a strong message: you work for us, and it’s time for you to respect, protect, and advance our Second Amendment rights.

The event is co-sponsored by Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance and Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee.

The organizations will be releasing more information about the event next week.

About:

We are the Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance, the organization behind CCRN (Concealed Carry Reform Now!). We are people from all walks of life who have banded together to preserve and protect all of our civil rights as gun owners. Visit: www.gocra.org

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North Carolina’s Commissioner Steve Troxler Leaves Disarmed Fairgoers Unprotected

6 hours 24 min ago
North Carolina State Fair Grass Roots North Carolina

North Carolina --(Ammoland.com)-After vowing to disarm all law-abiding citizens at the State Fair, NC Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler promised fairgoers that security at the Fair would be top-notch.

Unfortunately, politicians will say anything that is convenient at the moment to get what they want, but they rarely see a need to follow through. This instance seems to be no different.

Reports from fair-going families are now rolling in, and they are telling us that security at the Fair is little more than pretense. Fairgoers have reported going through metal detectors with all sorts of metal objects in their pockets, and the detectors did not react. They’ve been asked if they have any weapons, and a simple “no” has sufficed. At other times, metal detectors seem to have been turned off entirely, and bags were often not searched when it would have seemed necessary. Of course, most people passing through Troxler’s lax security apparatus are just nice people who are there to have fun. However, slack security does tell us that anyone who is a danger to North Carolina families will have little problem moving in and around the fair with weapons. And now, they can do this with confidence, knowing that Commissioner Troxler has kindly disarmed all of their potential victims.

With that in mind, note that Police Chief Joel Keith’s promise of uniformed police escorts on demand also seems to be hit and miss (mostly miss). Some fairgoers in need of an escort to or from their vehicle have been flat refused. It seems that some officers are either unaware of Keith’s promise, or just unwilling to assist vulnerable fairgoers. As was feared, Troxler’s promise that safety at the fair will be a priority was just talk—talk he used to disarm North Carolina families. Funny all of that, since as recently as Tuesday, Troxler said:

“I want to refocus today on what the state fair is. The state fair is about being safe.”

After fighting hard to deny NC citizens their Second Amendment rights, Troxler has added insult to injury by failing to follow through on his promise of vigilant security at the Fair. Below, see how you can easily contact Commissioner Troxler to tell him that you don’t appreciate him thumbing his nose at NC gun owners, and you certainly don’t appreciate him putting your family in danger with his unnecessary “gun-free” zone.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!

CALL COMMISSIONER TROXLER: Use this number: (919) 707-3000, and deliver this message:

I’m calling to express my disappointment in Commissioner Troxler’s security arrangements at the State Fair. After fighting so hard to deny fairgoers their Second Amendment rights, the commissioner has added insult to injury by failing to follow through on his promise of vigilant security. I understand that metal detectors are barely working, bags are not being searched when necessary, and citizens have been denied the police escorts that were promised to them. Please inform the Commissioner that I am taking note of his lack of follow-through on his promise, and the fact that the gun-free zone he has unnecessarily created has put my family at risk. Thank you.

EMAIL COMMISSIONER TROXLER: Use the email address steve.troxler@ncagr.gov and deliver the copy-and-paste message below. (Note: This email was derived from others in the department and tested, but not confirmed, so please make sure to use the comment form below as well.)

USE THE FOLLOWING COMMENT FORM: To ensure Troxler gets the message, use the following link by CLICKING HERE (http://www.ncagr.gov/htm/contactusform.htm). Use the copy/paste message below.

DELIVER THIS MESSAGE

Suggested Subject: “Why is Fair Security so Lax?”

Dear Commissioner Troxler:

I am writing to express my severe disappointment in the security arrangements at the State Fair.

After fighting so hard to deny law-abiding fairgoers their Second Amendment rights, you have added insult to injury by failing to follow through on your promise of vigilant security. I understand that metal detectors are barely working, bags are not being searched when seemingly necessary, and citizens have been denied police escorts when they were requested, escorts that were promised to them. This is not acceptable.

I am only one of many thousands of North Carolina gun owners who are taking note of your attack on gun rights, as well your lack of follow-through on your promises.

I will continue to monitor this issue via alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina.

Sincerely,

About:Grass Roots North Carolina is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to preserving the freedoms guaranteed us by the Bill of Rights. Our main focus is the right to keep and bear arms. GRNC was central to drafting and passing North Carolina’s concealed handgun law and since that time has continued to push for improvements to gun laws. Visit:www.grnc.org

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Majority of Washington State Sheriffs Oppose I-594

6 hours 54 min ago

UPDATE: 26 of 39 Sheriffs now oppose Initiative 594

Majority of Washington State Sheriffs Oppose I-594 NRA – ILA

Fairfax, Va --(Ammoland.com)- A majority of Washington State’s 39 sheriffs have come out in opposition to anti-gun Washington State Ballot Initiative 594.

The sheriffs oppose I-594 because it will not make anyone safer, will strain scarce law enforcement resources, will criminalize the lawful behavior of millions of law-abiding gun owners in Washington and will be unenforceable.  Instead, I-594 would vastly expand the state’s handgun registry and force law-abiding gun owners to pay fees and get the government’s permission to sell or even loan a firearm to a friend or family member.

To date, 26 of the 39 sheriffs have publicly opposed I-594.

Here is what some Washington State Sheriffs who oppose I-594 have to say about this ill-conceived initiative:

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, Spokane County:  “I-594 is just another attempt to erode the Second Amendment.”

Sheriff Alan Botzheim, Pend Orielle County:  “[I-594] is focused on honest hardworking citizens and making them criminals when they are not criminals.”

Sheriff Steve Mansfield, Lewis County:  “I-594 does little to nothing in addressing the high profile shooting sprees and massacres that have pushed the gun control advocates’ agenda: registering, restricting and controlling the law abiding citizens’ constitutional right to keep and bear arms.  The very fact that this legislation further expands the government’s massive database on law abiding citizens is even more disturbing.  Government cannot address the serious mental health issues at the root of this violence through gun control. It won’t work.”

Sheriff Scott Johnson, Pacific County: “While I am sure the initiative was well-intended, it would not solve the problems we in the law enforcement community face. “

Sheriff Brian Burnett, Chelan County: “My biggest concern is that this initiative is a fast track in turning many law abiding citizens into potential criminals.”

Sheriff Frank Rogers, Okanogan County:  “I-594 will do nothing to stop the bad guys….it just puts more of a burden on the folks that follow the law.”

Sheriff Ben Keller, Garfield County: “This initiative is a violation of the Second Amendment.  I come from a gun owning family and it would be a crime every time someone wanted to use my trap gun at a trap shoot. Being in law enforcement for 24 years, this initiative is not going to keep guns off the street.  What keeps guns off the street is keeping the felons that are using the guns illegally in jail.”

Sheriff John Hunt, Adams County:  “I believe that the current proposal would put an unnecessary strain on law enforcement agencies without any additional funding, and will not affect in any way the ability for criminals intent on getting a firearm to do so.”

Sheriff Pete Warner, Ferry County: “I wholeheartedly oppose I-594. It’s just stupid. It penalizes the honest and law abiding citizens, and does nothing to keep the criminals from having firearms.”

Sheriff Brett Myers, Whitman County: “I-594 is like requiring everyone to pay for a buffet dinner on the “honor system” while leaving the door open at the other end of the food line. In the end only the honest patrons will pay and those who don’t, still eat all they want.”

Other sheriffs opposing I-594 include:

  • Sheriff Steven Keane – Benton County
  • Sheriff Bill Benedict – Clallam County
  • Sheriff Rocky Miller – Columbia County
  • Sheriff Mark Nelson – Cowlitz County
  • Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal – Douglas County
  • Sheriff Richard Lathim – Franklin County
  • Sheriff Thomas Jones – Grant County
  • Sheriff Rick Scott – Grays Harbor County
  • Sheriff Gene Dana –  Kittitas County
  • Sheriff Rick McComas – Klickitat County 
  • Sheriff Wade Magers – Lincoln County
  • Sheriff Dave Brown, Skamania County
  • Sheriff Kendle Allen – Stevens County
  • Sheriff John Snaza – Thurston County
  • Sheriff Mark Howie – Wahkiakum County
  • Sheriff John Turner – Walla Walla County

Other law enforcement organizations including the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs (WACOPS) and the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association (WSLEFIA) also oppose I-594.  Here is what these organizations had to say about their opposition to this initiative:

Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs: “As law enforcement officers, we do not believe that I-594 will keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals or the dangerously mentally ill. They will continue to ignore the law and engage in black market transactions.” For more on WACOPS’ opposition, click here.

Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association: “There are a lot of politicians, including some mayors and chiefs, who will tell you that I-594 is a good law designed to close the gun show loophole. This is not the truth. I594 is a law so broadly written that it clearly is designed to make criminals of all recreational shooters and most law enforcement officers. When you understand what it will actually do, then you too will oppose it.” For more on WSLEFIA’s opposition, click here.

For more on why I-594 would be disastrous for Washington’s law-abiding gun owners, go to www.VoteNo594.com.

 

About:
Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org

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Cheap Guns Event, New Orleans, 25 October, 2014

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 20:15

By Dean Weingarten

Detroit Area Activists Turn Firearm Buy-Back Into Gun Show Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)- The New Orleans Jefferson Parish and Kirsha Kaechelel, will be hosting a gun turn in event on 25 October, 2014. While these events are commonly labelled with the propaganda term “buyback” the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them.

The event will be held at The Embassy located  at  1200 Franklin Avenue, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

It appears that they will be giving out cash.   $75 will be given to those who turn in a handgun, $200 will be given to those who turn in “Assault Rifles” (no definition given).  I did not see the price for ordinary rifles and shotguns.

A “progressive” “artist”  states upfront that the purpose is a political message:

“The project itself is basically an anti-gun violence message,” Lozano said.

Nola.com writes a pretty balanced article about the “buy back”.   It quotes Steve Levitt:

 Steve Levitt, an economist and co-author of the Freakonomics books, once called gun buybacks the most “ineffectual public policies that have ever been invented in the history of mankind.”

A particularly ironic note is that Kaechele’s husband is coming up with the $100,000 for this bit of political theater, but she still owes over $33,000 in back taxes.  It is not unusual for people to abandon properties in overtaxed, Democrat run cities.   But the people who still live in New Orleans have mixed feelings about giving this “progressive” artist a pass.

It’s certainly an uncomfortable place she has put herself in. On the one hand, the lifeisart installations seem quite beautiful. On the other hand, it feels like New Orleans was just a convenient place for artists to get that ‘third world vibe’. It’s some form of poverty tourism/exploitation. These are people’s homes, afterall.

Still, her wealthy husband’s money might create some opportunities to buy some nice firearms relatively cheaply.   If anyone attends, I would love to have a report.

Across the country, communities, police departments and churches are sponsoring gun turn-ins to get “guns off the street”. At many of these events, private buyers are showing up, offering cash for the more valuable guns. These private additions to the public turn-in are effective, no doubt, in getting more guns off the street, because they add to the resources that are available to those who want to get rid of guns for something of value, be it a grocery card or a number of twenty dollar bills.

You can help make the turn-in in your area more effective by standing on the curve with your “Cash for Guns” sign, or at a folding table, willing to offer more than the gift card for firearms that are more valuable. It would be best if numerous private parties were available, as more good guns could then be transferred into responsible hands.

This action serves many useful purposes. It stretches the turn-in budget so that more guns can be taken off the street. It helps keep fearful widows from being defrauded of most of the market value of the gun they are turning in. It prevents valuable assets from being destroyed by bureaucratic inflexibility. It is a win-win-win situation.

It also dispels the pernicious message that guns are bad and should be destroyed.

Link to article with numerous examples of private sales at gun turn in events

Link to most recent article about private buyers at Detroit event

Link to Phoenix Article: pictures of private buyers

c2014 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch

About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Did University of Idaho Promote ‘SWATting’ of Legal Gun Carriers?

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 20:05

By Dean Weingarten

Matt Dorschel University of Idaho Executive Director For Public Safety Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)- Last Wednesday, 15 October 2014, the University of Idaho held a forum on “guns on campus”.   The main presenter was Matt Dorschel, university executive director for public safety and security.  While the forum attracted only a few students and faculty, the policy presented was radical.   From the Lewiston Tribune (pdf):

Dorschel said any firearm sighting is grounds to call 911 even if a person is not purposely showing their weapon. He said firearm holders have a responsibility to conceal their weapons and they are violating the university’s policy if they don’t.

Despite this strict interpretation of the concealed carry law, it is unclear what the repercussions might be if a carrier can prove they have a concealed carry permit and were not intentionally showing the firearm. Aside from being asked to conceal or remove the weapon, Nelson said it’s unlikely there would be any further punishment in these minor situations.

On 11 September, Dorschel said essentially the same thing.  From the uiargonaut.com:

Nelson said faculty should contact police even if they see a firearm for a brief moment.

“We will not question a decision to call 911,” he said.

This is very close to “swatting” people who are carrying firearms, if someone notices them for any reason.  The article says that this is a “strict” interpretation of the law.   It goes far beyond that.   Nothing in the law that I read indicates that individuals with the enhanced permit have to conceal their firearms.   The enhanced permit merely allows them to carry concealed weapons.   It does not *require* them to carry concealed weapons.   Idaho law does not prohibit the open carry of firearms, although the law allows open carry of firearms to be regulated on a college campus for people who do not have the enhanced concealed carry permit.  The wording of the law which restricts the authority of public colleges and universities is clear:

(2)  Notwithstanding any other provision of state law, this authority shall not extend to regulating or prohibiting the otherwise lawful possession, carrying or transporting of firearms or ammunition by persons licensed under section 18-3302H or 18-3302K, Idaho Code.

Neither 18-3302H or 18-3302K, referenced above, requires that holders of these permits always carry all of their weapons concealed.   That would be absurd.  It would mean that they could never carry a rifle or shotgun, even while hunting.  It would mean that they would be *more* restricted than people with ordinary permits or without permits at all, because they would not be allowed to carry weapons openly.   From  the Idaho Constitution:

Idaho Constitution Article I, Section 11
The people have the right to keep and bear arms, which right shall not be abridged; but this provision shall not prevent the passage of laws to govern the carrying of weapons concealed on the person nor prevent passage of legislation providing minimum sentences for crimes committed while in possession of a firearm, nor prevent the passage of legislation providing penalties for the possession of firearms by a convicted felon, nor prevent the passage of any legislation punishing the use of a firearm. No law shall impose licensure, registration or special taxation on the ownership or possession of firearms or ammunition. Nor shall any law permit the confiscation of firearms, except those actually used in the commission of a felony.

The state constitution seems quite clear; open carry of firearms shall not be abridged, but the carry of weapons concealed on the person may be regulated by law.

Nonetheless, the UI policy maintains that the law specifically allows the University to prohibit the open carry of firearms on campus.  From uidaho.edu:

Q 14. Does the new statute prohibit open carry of firearms on University property?
A – Yes. The law specifically allows the University to continue to prohibit open carry of firearms on University property. Open carry of firearms on University property is a violation of the Board of Regents and University policy.

However, the Q & A document never cites any applicable law that grants them the authority to ban the open carry of firearms by people with enhanced permits; they repeatedly only state that it is University policy.

People who go to the trouble of obtaining an enhanced permit are extremely law abiding.   They do not seek out trouble, but go to considerable lengths to avoid it.   Otherwise they would not go to all the effort to obtain an enhanced permit.   The permit is available to those from out of state, but the intricacies of the requirements effectively mean that you have to go to Idaho to obtain the permit if you are not a retired law enforcement officer.

Chances of someone challenging the absurd UI interpretation of the law are small.   It is unlikely that a retired, black, female, FBI agent will stroll through the UI campus with an obviously unloaded hunting shotgun over her shoulder.  Still, I think a YouTube video of such an event would be a hit.

Rights not exercised are rights lost.   Perhaps an alumni of UI would perform this act of strong, symbolic, political speech to show that the disarmenters* and hoplophobes among UI officials are all bluff.

*dis·arm·en·ter (ds-ärmn-tr)
n.

1. A political operative who works to disarm political opposition through the use of irrational and/or emotional arguments.

2. A person who believes that disarming citizens will reduce crime or unjustified violence, in spite of contrary evidence or facts.

3. A person who wishes to disarm others because they do not trust themselves to bear arms responsibly.

 

 

c2014 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch

About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Peoria IL, Gives In & Repeals Unecessary Concealable Weapons Ordinance

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 19:11
Illinois State Rifle Association

Illinois --(Ammoland.com)- On Tuesday, October 14, 2014 the Peoria City Council repealed their Concealable Deadly Weapons Ordinance.

This ordinance was nothing but a restriction on the right of self-defense.

We could never find a case that this ordinance, which required Peoria residents to register with the City and a thumbprint fee of $20, was used in a crime investigation.

The Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) had been pursuing this ordinance for quite a while. Finally, with the help of our members who live in Peoria, our General Counsel had prepared a lawsuit which would have been filed had the ordinance not been repealed.

We are now looking at other municipalities who have such noxious ordinances. This is why being a member of the Illinois State Rifle Association is so important.

If you have not purchased your 111th anniversary coin please do so right away. These donations are what enable the ISRA to continue with our Pro Second Amendment Rights agenda.

Thanks for being a member.

Richard Pearson
ISRA Executive Director

About:
The ISRA is the state’s leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. Since 1903, the ISRA has represented the interests of over 1.5 million law-abiding Illinois firearm owners Visit: www.isra.org

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Sportsman, Are You Going To Just Surrender Your Guns This November

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 18:50
Many hunters once echoed this thought. Now the recently passed CT gun bill ONLY effects sportsmen! Coalition Of Connecticut Sportsmen

Connecticut --(Ammoland.com)- I recently spoke with “Ray” a Sportsman who told me he wasn’t voting in the mid-term election on November 4 2014.

When asked why, he replied, “My vote isn’t going to make a difference.”

Sadly Ray’s defeatist attitude is shared by many sportsmen who have endured years of Presidential lies, political abuses from both parties, a wanton lack of respect of our Constitution, and so much more. But sportsmen can make a difference, and it starts at the ballot box on November 4 2014.

Most voters are frustrated with the inability of CT to keep financial pace with the rest of the nation, and we are truly disturbed with the recently passed gun bill which affects ONLY sportsmen!

You as a sportsman not showing up at the polls in 14 days is surrender! What will you tell your children?

Vote!

About Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen:
The Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen is the only state sportsmen’s organization singularly dedicated to the protection, promotion and preservation of hunting, fishing, trapping and the scientific wildlife management programs which support them; Right to Keep and Bear Arms Constitutional provisions; Boating; Land use; and other sportsmen associated issues through legislative lobbying, legal defense in the courts, and political action. No other state sportsmen organization has as its sole purpose these activities. The Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen takes pride in its unsurpassed achievement and service to all of the Connecticut sportsmen’s community. Visit: www.ctsportsmen.com

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WAPO: ‘Thank God’ a Good Guy Had a Gun to End Terror Attack in Canada

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 17:37

By AWR Hawkins

Canadian Sergeant at Arms and National Hero Kevin Vickers AmmoLand Gun News

Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)-  The Washington Post (WaPo) published a story on October 23 expressing thanks to God that Canadian Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers saved an untold number of lives and further carnage in Canada’s Parliament when he drew a gun and shot and killed Michael Zehif-Bibeau–the recent Islamic convert who had shot and killed a Canadian Forces reservist and was running through Parliament trying to reach the gallery of MPs.

On October 22, Breitbart News reported that Vickers, a good guy with a gun, ended the terror attack by ending Zehif-Bibeau’s life. This point is not lost on The Washington Post, which on October 23 2014 ran a story thanking God for Vickers and his gun. According to WaPo, “In numerous news reports, Vickers, 58, is already being held as a national hero who eyewitnesses say prevented a massacre that would have been nothing short of a national tragedy.”

The article continued:

By all accounts, the white-haired grandfather, a decorated veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, kept cool amid the chaos as dozens of bullets flew in the corridors, went in his office, retrieved his weapon and with a firm hand and a steely eye shot a killer before he could kill again. Vickers, who is 6 feet 4 inches tall, then walked away, gun-in-hand, having “taken care of business,” as one news outlet put it.

After the attack, Craig Scott, who represents Toronto-Danforth, tweeted that members of Canada’s Parliament “owe their safety, even lives, to Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers who shot [the] attacker just outside the MPs’ caucus rooms.”

After saving lives, Vickers “called his mother to say he was safe.”

Follow AWR Hawkins on Twitter @AWRHawkins.

About:
AWR Hawkins writes for all the BIG sites, for Pajamas Media, for RedCounty.com, for Townhall.com and now AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.

His southern drawl is frequently heard discussing his take on current events on radio shows like America’s Morning News, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, the Ken Pittman Show, and the NRA’s Cam & Company, among others. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal (summer 2010), and he holds a PhD in military history from Texas Tech University.

If you have questions or comments, email him at awr@awrhawkins.com. You can find him on facebook at www.facebook.com/awr.hawkins.

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No Ebola Panic Despite Media Hysteria

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:41

By Alan Caruba

Obama, Ebola, currently only one is curable, get ready to vote November 4th 2014 Column by Alan Caruba

New Jersey --(Ammoland.com)- One man has died of Ebola in the U.S. and he came here from Liberia.

Two of the nurses that tended him are in intensive care and likely to survive. A third was thought to be infected, but wasn’t. That news has been sufficient to keep most Americans calm as the media has done its best to exploit Ebola-related news.

The public absorbed the facts and came to their own conclusion.

An October 8 2014 Pew Research survey found that “Most are confident in Government’s ability to prevent major Ebola outbreak in U.S.” That reflects the way we have all been conditioned to look to the federal government to solve our problems, but the public mood had not changed by October 20 when a Rasmussen Reports analysis of a survey concluded that “Americans are keeping their cool about Ebola, but some acknowledge that they have changed travel plans because of the outbreak of the deadly virus in the United States.”

Wrong. There has been no “outbreak.” One dead Liberian and two infected nurses is not an outbreak.

Fully 66% of the Rasmussen respondents said that Ebola is a serious public health problem, including 29% who deemed it very serious, but few believe it is an active public health threat here in the U.S.

All this was occurring as spokesmen for the Centers of Disease Control tried to both warn and reassure Americans, managing only to evoke a measure of derision. President Obama also sought to reassure Americans, but fewer and fewer believe anything he has to say these days.

Then he appointed an “Ebola czar” who had no medical or healthcare background whatever to qualify for the job. Add in Obama’s failure to institute a travel ban and the likelihood is that Democratic candidates will pay a price for this on Nov 4 2014.

I suspect the President’s advisors are telling him the Ebola problem has been a blessing because the media will not be reporting any of the stories that could harm Democratic candidates. Starting with the fact that the nation’s voters are evenly divided between a liberal or conservative point of view that means that independent voters will be the deciding factor and they are independent because they pay more attention to events and the news.

One of the stories that are being held back from the news is the outcome of the U.S. Army investigation of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who was traded by Obama for five top Taliban leaders to secure his release. Members of his unit unanimously say he deserted them and, if that is the Army’s conclusion, it makes the swap look dubious, if not treasonable.

The news after the midterm elections will be filled with reports of employers cutting healthcare insurance to both full and part-time employees. Wal-Mart has already announced this for its part-timers. There is already news of the fact the ObamaCare, the Affordable Patient Care Act, is proving to be very expensive for those who signed up. This includes news about its higher deductibles and premiums.

Robert E. Moffit, a senior fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Health Policy Studies, recently reported that “Thanks to ObamaCare, Health Costs Soared this Year”, noting that “On November 15, open enrollment in the ObamaCare exchanges begins again.” Among the lessons learned from Year One of ObamaCare is that “Health costs jumped—big time.” Compared with employer-based coverage, the average deductible of a little over $1,000, doubled to more than $2,000.

Obama promised that the typical family premium cost would be lowered by $2,500, but it has actually increased and ObamaCare actually reduced competition in most health-insurance markets. We do not know how many Americans are actually insured. Despite predictions of millions who would be insured, the administration “now concedes that there are 700,000 fewer persons in the exchanges.”

The claim was that ObamaCare would reduce U.S. health spending, but a recent Health and Human Services report —delayed as long as possible— found that its Accountable Care Organization element has increased costs. States are dropping out of ObamaCare exchanges as a result.

The Obama administration has been very quiet about his intension to by-pass Congress to impose an amnesty program for the eleven million or more illegal aliens in the US. Most polls demonstrate widespread opposition to amnesty. Obama is expected to try to institute one anyway.

Lastly, unless the Islamic State shows up at the gates of Baghdad and takes control, there is likely to be little news from an Iraq that exists now in name only.

The results of Obama’s six years in office have been a disaster in many ways and the outcome of the midterm elections will have a dramatic effect on Obama’s ability to continue his destruction of the U.S. economy and other policies.

Essentially, a majority of Americans, including many of his former supporters, have concluded that there is no Ebola crisis and that Obama’s time in office has been the very opposite of what he promised. The change they want is to see an end to Obama’s term in office. A start in that direction is the November 4 midterm elections.

c Alan Caruba

About:
Alan Caruba’s commentaries are posted daily at “Warning Signs” his popular blog and thereafter on dozens of other websites and blogs. If you love to read, visit his monthly report on new books at Bookviews.

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No Ebola Panic Despite Media Hysteria

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:41

By Alan Caruba

Obama, Ebola, currently only one is curable, get ready to vote November 4th 2014

Column by Alan Caruba

New Jersey --(Ammoland.com)- One man has died of Ebola in the U.S. and he came here from Liberia.

Two of the nurses that tended him are in intensive care and likely to survive. A third was thought to be infected, but wasn’t. That news has been sufficient to keep most Americans calm as the media has done its best to exploit Ebola-related news.

The public absorbed the facts and came to their own conclusion.

An October 8 2014 Pew Research survey found that “Most are confident in Government’s ability to prevent major Ebola outbreak in U.S.” That reflects the way we have all been conditioned to look to the federal government to solve our problems, but the public mood had not changed by October 20 when a Rasmussen Reports analysis of a survey concluded that “Americans are keeping their cool about Ebola, but some acknowledge that they have changed travel plans because of the outbreak of the deadly virus in the United States.”

Wrong. There has been no “outbreak.” One dead Liberian and two infected nurses is not an outbreak.

Fully 66% of the Rasmussen respondents said that Ebola is a serious public health problem, including 29% who deemed it very serious, but few believe it is an active public health threat here in the U.S.

All this was occurring as spokesmen for the Centers of Disease Control tried to both warn and reassure Americans, managing only to evoke a measure of derision. President Obama also sought to reassure Americans, but fewer and fewer believe anything he has to say these days.

Then he appointed an “Ebola czar” who had no medical or healthcare background whatever to qualify for the job. Add in Obama’s failure to institute a travel ban and the likelihood is that Democratic candidates will pay a price for this on Nov 4 2014.

I suspect the President’s advisors are telling him the Ebola problem has been a blessing because the media will not be reporting any of the stories that could harm Democratic candidates. Starting with the fact that the nation’s voters are evenly divided between a liberal or conservative point of view that means that independent voters will be the deciding factor and they are independent because they pay more attention to events and the news.

One of the stories that are being held back from the news is the outcome of the U.S. Army investigation of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who was traded by Obama for five top Taliban leaders to secure his release. Members of his unit unanimously say he deserted them and, if that is the Army’s conclusion, it makes the swap look dubious, if not treasonable.

The news after the midterm elections will be filled with reports of employers cutting healthcare insurance to both full and part-time employees. Wal-Mart has already announced this for its part-timers. There is already news of the fact the ObamaCare, the Affordable Patient Care Act, is proving to be very expensive for those who signed up. This includes news about its higher deductibles and premiums.

Robert E. Moffit, a senior fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Health Policy Studies, recently reported that “Thanks to ObamaCare, Health Costs Soared this Year”, noting that “On November 15, open enrollment in the ObamaCare exchanges begins again.” Among the lessons learned from Year One of ObamaCare is that “Health costs jumped—big time.” Compared with employer-based coverage, the average deductible of a little over $1,000, doubled to more than $2,000.

Obama promised that the typical family premium cost would be lowered by $2,500, but it has actually increased and ObamaCare actually reduced competition in most health-insurance markets. We do not know how many Americans are actually insured. Despite predictions of millions who would be insured, the administration “now concedes that there are 700,000 fewer persons in the exchanges.”

The claim was that ObamaCare would reduce U.S. health spending, but a recent Health and Human Services report —delayed as long as possible— found that its Accountable Care Organization element has increased costs. States are dropping out of ObamaCare exchanges as a result.

The Obama administration has been very quiet about his intension to by-pass Congress to impose an amnesty program for the eleven million or more illegal aliens in the US. Most polls demonstrate widespread opposition to amnesty. Obama is expected to try to institute one anyway.

Lastly, unless the Islamic State shows up at the gates of Baghdad and takes control, there is likely to be little news from an Iraq that exists now in name only.

The results of Obama’s six years in office have been a disaster in many ways and the outcome of the midterm elections will have a dramatic effect on Obama’s ability to continue his destruction of the U.S. economy and other policies.

Essentially, a majority of Americans, including many of his former supporters, have concluded that there is no Ebola crisis and that Obama’s time in office has been the very opposite of what he promised. The change they want is to see an end to Obama’s term in office. A start in that direction is the November 4 midterm elections.

c Alan Caruba

About:
Alan Caruba’s commentaries are posted daily at “Warning Signs” his popular blog and thereafter on dozens of other websites and blogs. If you love to read, visit his monthly report on new books at Bookviews.

Super Model Chrissy Teigen Responds to Canadian Attack by Criticizing America

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:01

By AWR Hawkins

Super Model Chrissy Teigen AmmoLand Gun News

Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)-  With one attacker dead and up to two more still on the loose in Ottawa on October 22 2014, super model Chrissy Teigen tweeted a joke about gun control in America and defended the joke by tweeting that she was unapologetic.

The tweets began at 8:34 a.m., when Teigen wrote: “active shooting in Canada, or as we call it in America, Wednesday.”

After being criticized for “minimizing” the attack on Canada, Teigen sent an 8:37 a.m tweet explaining that she was knocking America, not Canada. The tweet said: “Sorry you don’t understand that is a knock at america and our issues with gun control. No one is minimizing the Ottawa shooting.”

One minute later–at 8:38 a.m.–after taking more heat for her comments, Teigen tweeted: “I’m not apologizing. If you take it wrong, that is your fault.”

Follow AWR Hawkins on Twitter @AWRHawkins

Super Model Chrissy Teigen Responds to Canadian Attack by Criticizing America

About:
AWR Hawkins writes for all the BIG sites, for Pajamas Media, for RedCounty.com, for Townhall.com and now AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.

His southern drawl is frequently heard discussing his take on current events on radio shows like America’s Morning News, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, the Ken Pittman Show, and the NRA’s Cam & Company, among others. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal (summer 2010), and he holds a PhD in military history from Texas Tech University.

If you have questions or comments, email him at awr@awrhawkins.com. You can find him on facebook at www.facebook.com/awr.hawkins.

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Super Model Chrissy Teigen Responds to Canadian Attack by Criticizing America

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:01

By AWR Hawkins

Super Model Chrissy Teigen

AmmoLand Gun News

Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)-  With one attacker dead and up to two more still on the loose in Ottawa on October 22 2014, super model Chrissy Teigen tweeted a joke about gun control in America and defended the joke by tweeting that she was unapologetic.

The tweets began at 8:34 a.m., when Teigen wrote: “active shooting in Canada, or as we call it in America, Wednesday.”

After being criticized for “minimizing” the attack on Canada, Teigen sent an 8:37 a.m tweet explaining that she was knocking America, not Canada. The tweet said: “Sorry you don’t understand that is a knock at america and our issues with gun control. No one is minimizing the Ottawa shooting.”

One minute later–at 8:38 a.m.–after taking more heat for her comments, Teigen tweeted: “I’m not apologizing. If you take it wrong, that is your fault.”

Follow AWR Hawkins on Twitter @AWRHawkins

Super Model Chrissy Teigen Responds to Canadian Attack by Criticizing America

About:
AWR Hawkins writes for all the BIG sites, for Pajamas Media, for RedCounty.com, for Townhall.com and now AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.

His southern drawl is frequently heard discussing his take on current events on radio shows like America’s Morning News, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, the Ken Pittman Show, and the NRA’s Cam & Company, among others. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal (summer 2010), and he holds a PhD in military history from Texas Tech University.

If you have questions or comments, email him at awr@awrhawkins.com. You can find him on facebook at www.facebook.com/awr.hawkins.

Tight Ohio Races That Need Pro-Gun Help #gunvote

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 16:42
It is your Duty as a Gun Owner to Vote Ohioans For Concealed Carry

Ohio --(Ammoland.com)- It is the closing weeks of this general election cycle and some of you might wonder which of the pro-gun candidates out there are in tight races that could really use your help. We’ve done some analysis and offer the following suggestions:

These campaigns could really use volunteers. Please let them know that you are a pro-gun activist who wants to help.

Additionally, if you feel moved to make a contribution you can take a credit of $50 per person (or $100 on a joint tax return) when donating to these races. Here’s the relevant section of the Ohio Revised Code:
Ohio Tax Credit for Contributions

This is the time to make the political will of pro-gun activists felt in Ohio!

If you have not cast your ballot yet, check out our list of 2014 OFCC General Election Endorsements.

About:
Ohioans for Concealed Carry, founded in 1999, is a grassroots political activist organization. When founded, the primary goal of OFCC was getting concealed carry passed into law in Ohio. With that accomplished, our mission became to refine the concealed carry law and to expand and preserve the rights of all gun owners in Ohio. Visit: Ohioccw.org

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Tight Ohio Races That Need Pro-Gun Help #gunvote

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 16:42

It is your Duty as a Gun Owner to Vote

Ohioans For Concealed Carry

Ohio --(Ammoland.com)- It is the closing weeks of this general election cycle and some of you might wonder which of the pro-gun candidates out there are in tight races that could really use your help. We’ve done some analysis and offer the following suggestions:

These campaigns could really use volunteers. Please let them know that you are a pro-gun activist who wants to help.

Additionally, if you feel moved to make a contribution you can take a credit of $50 per person (or $100 on a joint tax return) when donating to these races. Here’s the relevant section of the Ohio Revised Code:
Ohio Tax Credit for Contributions

This is the time to make the political will of pro-gun activists felt in Ohio!

If you have not cast your ballot yet, check out our list of 2014 OFCC General Election Endorsements.

About:
Ohioans for Concealed Carry, founded in 1999, is a grassroots political activist organization. When founded, the primary goal of OFCC was getting concealed carry passed into law in Ohio. With that accomplished, our mission became to refine the concealed carry law and to expand and preserve the rights of all gun owners in Ohio. Visit: Ohioccw.org

Another Michigan Public School Adopts Compliant Weapons Policy, Allows Guns

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:45
Traverse City Area Public School Adopts Compliant Weapons Policy, Allows Guns. Note To Hoplophobes: the image above is just for illustration purposes, sorry if we made you wet your panties. Michigan Open Carry

Michigan – -(Ammoland.com)- Last night, Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS ) adopted a new weapons policy and it’s good news for Michigan CPL holders. The new policy appears to respect Michigan law and your rights, by allowing those “permitted by law” to carry at TCAPS facilities and events.

Earlier this year TCAPS learned that Open Carry on school property with a CPL is legal in Michigan after someone did just that at one of their school board meetings. Since then, TCAPS has talked with local law-enforcement, reviewed state law, and determined that their weapons policy was not in compliance.

At last month’s Traverse City Area Public School board meeting new policy language was submitted for review to the board, which was forwarded on to MOC’s leadership by MOC member Andy Marek. MOC’s legislative team looked over the new language and was very pleased to see that the school district appeared to be making a good faith effort to comply with state law. Though the language wasn’t perfect, it was good enough for the team to send Traverse City Area Public School a letter of support containing a few suggested tweaks, with copious citations of course.

Today we are pleased to report that not only did Traverse City Area Public School accept the new compliant language (starts on pg. 54) last night, they also adopted almost all of MOC’s suggestions.

It’s good to see another school following the law. As this trend grows, more and more of their worst fears are shown to be baseless and/or absurd. The truth is getting out there – we are not the problem.

Does this mean that the TCAPS board has suddenly turned pro-gun? Well, let’s not get carried away, it may be possible MOC’s pending lawsuit had something to do with it.

However, there are some school districts that are still holding out and continue to look for any possible way to not comply. These holdouts will have to be dealt with the hard way and we need your help. MOC is preparing to file suit against one of these holdouts and we need all of the support we can get.

Won’t you help us continue the trend by donating to our legal fund today?

About Michigan Open Carry
Michigan Open Carry, Inc is a Not-For-Profit organization that depends on our dues paying members to continue our operation.  We are an all-volunteer organization.  As such, no one is paid a salary and very few of the personal expenses of our officers are reimbursed.  Won’t you consider joining us or renewing as a dues paying member today?  If you need technical help with the process, please email secretary@miopencarry.org.

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Another Michigan Public School Adopts Compliant Weapons Policy, Allows Guns

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:45

Traverse City Area Public School Adopts Compliant Weapons Policy, Allows Guns. Note To Hoplophobes: the image above is just for illustration purposes, sorry if we made you wet your panties.

Michigan Open Carry

Michigan – -(Ammoland.com)- Last night, Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS ) adopted a new weapons policy and it’s good news for Michigan CPL holders. The new policy appears to respect Michigan law and your rights, by allowing those “permitted by law” to carry at TCAPS facilities and events.

Earlier this year TCAPS learned that Open Carry on school property with a CPL is legal in Michigan after someone did just that at one of their school board meetings. Since then, TCAPS has talked with local law-enforcement, reviewed state law, and determined that their weapons policy was not in compliance.

At last month’s Traverse City Area Public School board meeting new policy language was submitted for review to the board, which was forwarded on to MOC’s leadership by MOC member Andy Marek. MOC’s legislative team looked over the new language and was very pleased to see that the school district appeared to be making a good faith effort to comply with state law. Though the language wasn’t perfect, it was good enough for the team to send Traverse City Area Public School a letter of support containing a few suggested tweaks, with copious citations of course.

Today we are pleased to report that not only did Traverse City Area Public School accept the new compliant language (starts on pg. 54) last night, they also adopted almost all of MOC’s suggestions.

It’s good to see another school following the law. As this trend grows, more and more of their worst fears are shown to be baseless and/or absurd. The truth is getting out there – we are not the problem.

Does this mean that the TCAPS board has suddenly turned pro-gun? Well, let’s not get carried away, it may be possible MOC’s pending lawsuit had something to do with it.

However, there are some school districts that are still holding out and continue to look for any possible way to not comply. These holdouts will have to be dealt with the hard way and we need your help. MOC is preparing to file suit against one of these holdouts and we need all of the support we can get.

Won’t you help us continue the trend by donating to our legal fund today?

About Michigan Open Carry
Michigan Open Carry, Inc is a Not-For-Profit organization that depends on our dues paying members to continue our operation.  We are an all-volunteer organization.  As such, no one is paid a salary and very few of the personal expenses of our officers are reimbursed.  Won’t you consider joining us or renewing as a dues paying member today?  If you need technical help with the process, please email secretary@miopencarry.org.

War by Algebra Defies the True Nature of War

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:26

By Dr. Earl Tilford
Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Breitbart.com.

As legendary football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant once observed, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog that matters.” The Center For Vision & Values

Grove City, PA --(Ammoland.com)- Many Americans think of war as a great national struggle, as was the case during WWII, where violence rose to address the belligerents’ objectives.

These were “total” wars between nation-states driven by incompatible political ideologies supported by the mobilization of industrial-age economies.

For the United States and its allies the objective was unconditional surrender. Most wars, however, have been between states of unequal strength, and outcomes do not always favor the side with the larger battalions—the American Revolution and French and American wars in Indochina being prime examples. As legendary football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant once observed, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog that matters.” Regardless of the size of the dogs in the fight, all wars are characterized by primordial violence, enmity, and hatred.

Nearly two centuries ago, Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz posited violence, enmity, and hatred as constants pushing warfare to extremes of violence. The object of combat is to destroy enemy forces as a means to achieve a political objective. Clausewitz termed destruction of enemy forces “the first born son of war.”

All wars involve some level of violence where combat fosters and intensifies enmity. Hatred, however, goes beyond enmity and invariably escalates as fighting continues. The more intent one side is upon destroying the enemy’s forces, the greater the efforts involved and the greater the danger will be if the enemy is not subdued quickly. War is the most volatile of human endeavors, which, once embarked upon, is subject to increased passions.

The Obama administration’s air power-centric strategy currently underway in the Middle East may degrade the fighting capabilities of ISIS, but it cannot destroy ISIS armies or break their will. For nearly a century, air power combined with artillery provided the prelude to attack by ground forces to engage and destroy enemy forces with the objective of controlling territory. Military advisors and forward air guides can help achieve that objective, but they are no substitute for infantry backed by armor to find, fix, and annihilate opposing forces. Consider a nation that abdicates the use of ground forces and proceeds with a minimal air campaign that measures success by bomb-damage assessments: that is what Clausewitz termed “war by algebra.”

The tactical success of ISIS rests on exploiting the lack of leadership and cohesion in the poorly led and unmotivated Iraqi army and the lack of heavy weapons among the better led, more determined Kurds. Neither the Iraqis nor the Kurds can stop ISIS forces inspired by sectarian religious hatred. The size of the fight in the ISIS dog inspired by sectarian and religious hatred is too large.

Unless U.S. ground forces intervene, substantial help from a vague coalition of Arab partners is unlikely.

Most Arab armies, while equipped with sophisticated military hardware thanks to petro-dollars, exist to keep their respective tyrannical regimes in power. These glorified national police forces do not possess the power-projection capabilities required for a sustained campaign beyond their respective borders. The Turks and Egyptians come closest in capabilities but they are subject to internal political pressures militating against the kind of commitment needed to destroy ISIS.

Recently, U.S. Department of State spokesperson Jen Psaki, commenting on what might have transpired in Iraq had a residual American military force remained, stated it was unlikely a force of 10,000 U.S. troops could accomplish what 175,000 Iraqi soldiers could not. Her remarks reflect naiveté and ignorance of military matters. While fanatical and cruel, ISIS would be outclassed and out-gunned by U.S. troops supported by air power, especially in the relatively open deserts of Iraq and Syria.

Above all, the president as commander-in-chief must lead.

The nature of war is such that half-measures, while unlikely to succeed, are almost certain to encourage the enemy to bolder aggression. So far, the present air-power strategy has not deterred ISIS from expanding territory under its control, a prime example being the recent siege of Kobani, a town in northern Syria along the Turkish border.

Additionally, ISIS propaganda uses Internet videos of American bombings to depict a cruel technology being unleashed on innocent civilians as a recruiting tool across a vast uninformed Arab populace inclined to hate Americans. There is no nice way to make war. In this case, air attacks absent a coordinated ground campaign cannot succeed and may do more harm than good.

War is a serious endeavor eluding quantifiable figures of destroyed or damaged targets. Violence is the means for breaking the enemy’s will and nothing does that like devastating opposing armies. It takes land forces to do that effectively and then consolidate and hold territorial gains.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria kidnapped several Americans, murdering two so far. It commits war crime atrocities as a tactic to destroy its opponents’ will. ISIS has threatened terror upon the U.S. and its allies. Sporadic airstrikes seemingly unrelated to a strategic goal are useless and potentially counter-productive. The administration must either fight this war to win or admit the Middle East is no longer within the purview of U.S. national security interests. Fighting to win means committing ground forces.

Above all, the president as commander-in-chief must lead.

Dr. Earl Tilford is a military historian and fellow for the Middle East & terrorism with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. He currently lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where he is writing a history of the University of Alabama in the 1960s. A retired Air Force intelligence officer, Dr. Tilford earned his PhD in American and European military history at George Washington University. From 1993 to 2001, he served as Director of Research at the U.S. Army’s Strategic Studies Institute. In 2001, he left Government service for a professorship at Grove City College, where he taught courses in military history, national security, and international and domestic terrorism and counter-terrorism.

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War by Algebra Defies the True Nature of War

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:26

By Dr. Earl Tilford
Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Breitbart.com.

As legendary football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant once observed, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog that matters.”

The Center For Vision & Values

Grove City, PA --(Ammoland.com)- Many Americans think of war as a great national struggle, as was the case during WWII, where violence rose to address the belligerents’ objectives.

These were “total” wars between nation-states driven by incompatible political ideologies supported by the mobilization of industrial-age economies.

For the United States and its allies the objective was unconditional surrender. Most wars, however, have been between states of unequal strength, and outcomes do not always favor the side with the larger battalions—the American Revolution and French and American wars in Indochina being prime examples. As legendary football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant once observed, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog that matters.” Regardless of the size of the dogs in the fight, all wars are characterized by primordial violence, enmity, and hatred.

Nearly two centuries ago, Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz posited violence, enmity, and hatred as constants pushing warfare to extremes of violence. The object of combat is to destroy enemy forces as a means to achieve a political objective. Clausewitz termed destruction of enemy forces “the first born son of war.”

All wars involve some level of violence where combat fosters and intensifies enmity. Hatred, however, goes beyond enmity and invariably escalates as fighting continues. The more intent one side is upon destroying the enemy’s forces, the greater the efforts involved and the greater the danger will be if the enemy is not subdued quickly. War is the most volatile of human endeavors, which, once embarked upon, is subject to increased passions.

The Obama administration’s air power-centric strategy currently underway in the Middle East may degrade the fighting capabilities of ISIS, but it cannot destroy ISIS armies or break their will. For nearly a century, air power combined with artillery provided the prelude to attack by ground forces to engage and destroy enemy forces with the objective of controlling territory. Military advisors and forward air guides can help achieve that objective, but they are no substitute for infantry backed by armor to find, fix, and annihilate opposing forces. Consider a nation that abdicates the use of ground forces and proceeds with a minimal air campaign that measures success by bomb-damage assessments: that is what Clausewitz termed “war by algebra.”

The tactical success of ISIS rests on exploiting the lack of leadership and cohesion in the poorly led and unmotivated Iraqi army and the lack of heavy weapons among the better led, more determined Kurds. Neither the Iraqis nor the Kurds can stop ISIS forces inspired by sectarian religious hatred. The size of the fight in the ISIS dog inspired by sectarian and religious hatred is too large.

Unless U.S. ground forces intervene, substantial help from a vague coalition of Arab partners is unlikely.

Most Arab armies, while equipped with sophisticated military hardware thanks to petro-dollars, exist to keep their respective tyrannical regimes in power. These glorified national police forces do not possess the power-projection capabilities required for a sustained campaign beyond their respective borders. The Turks and Egyptians come closest in capabilities but they are subject to internal political pressures militating against the kind of commitment needed to destroy ISIS.

Recently, U.S. Department of State spokesperson Jen Psaki, commenting on what might have transpired in Iraq had a residual American military force remained, stated it was unlikely a force of 10,000 U.S. troops could accomplish what 175,000 Iraqi soldiers could not. Her remarks reflect naiveté and ignorance of military matters. While fanatical and cruel, ISIS would be outclassed and out-gunned by U.S. troops supported by air power, especially in the relatively open deserts of Iraq and Syria.

Above all, the president as commander-in-chief must lead.

The nature of war is such that half-measures, while unlikely to succeed, are almost certain to encourage the enemy to bolder aggression. So far, the present air-power strategy has not deterred ISIS from expanding territory under its control, a prime example being the recent siege of Kobani, a town in northern Syria along the Turkish border.

Additionally, ISIS propaganda uses Internet videos of American bombings to depict a cruel technology being unleashed on innocent civilians as a recruiting tool across a vast uninformed Arab populace inclined to hate Americans. There is no nice way to make war. In this case, air attacks absent a coordinated ground campaign cannot succeed and may do more harm than good.

War is a serious endeavor eluding quantifiable figures of destroyed or damaged targets. Violence is the means for breaking the enemy’s will and nothing does that like devastating opposing armies. It takes land forces to do that effectively and then consolidate and hold territorial gains.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria kidnapped several Americans, murdering two so far. It commits war crime atrocities as a tactic to destroy its opponents’ will. ISIS has threatened terror upon the U.S. and its allies. Sporadic airstrikes seemingly unrelated to a strategic goal are useless and potentially counter-productive. The administration must either fight this war to win or admit the Middle East is no longer within the purview of U.S. national security interests. Fighting to win means committing ground forces.

Above all, the president as commander-in-chief must lead.

Dr. Earl Tilford is a military historian and fellow for the Middle East & terrorism with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. He currently lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where he is writing a history of the University of Alabama in the 1960s. A retired Air Force intelligence officer, Dr. Tilford earned his PhD in American and European military history at George Washington University. From 1993 to 2001, he served as Director of Research at the U.S. Army’s Strategic Studies Institute. In 2001, he left Government service for a professorship at Grove City College, where he taught courses in military history, national security, and international and domestic terrorism and counter-terrorism.

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